We will return January 2012......
Today in History -
Friday - December 23, 2011
1783 - George Washington returned home to Mount Vernon, after the
disbanding of his army following the Revolutionary War.
1788 - Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the
national government. About two-thirds of the area became the District of
1823 - The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore (" 'Twas
the night before Christmas...") was published.
1834 - English architect Joseph Hansom patented his 'safety cab', better
known as the Hansom cab.
1880 - Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Electric Light Company of
1888 - Following a quarrel with Paul Gauguin, Dutch painter Vincent Van
Gogh cut off part of his own earlobe.
1913 - The Federal Reserve Bill was signed into law by U.S. President
Woodrow Wilson. The act established 12 Federal Reserve Banks.
1941 - During World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered
to the Japanese.
1942 - Bob Hope agreed to entertain U.S. airmen in Alaska. It was the
first of the traditional Christmas shows.
1948 - Former Japanese premier Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders
were executed in Tokyo. They had been found guilty of crimes against
1953 - Soviet secret police chief Lavrenti Beria and six of his
associates were shot for treason following a secret trial.
1968 - Eighty-two crewmembers of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were
released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured.
1981 - NASA approved a plan to continue the Voyager II spacecraft on a
trajectory that would take it within 66,000 miles of Uranus on July 24,
1986 - The experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and
Jeana Yeager, completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight
without refueling as it landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in
1987 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for the
attempted assassination of U.S. President Ford in 1975, escaped from the
Alderson Federal Prison for Women in West Virginia. She was recaptured
two days later.
1990 - Elections in Yugoslavia ended, leaving four of its six republics
with non-Communist governments.
1995 - A fire in Dabwali, India, killed 540 people, including 170
children, during a year-end party being held near the children's school.
1997 - Terry Nichols was convicted by a Denver jury on charges of
conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 federal building
bombing in Oklahoma City. The bomb killed 168 people.
1998 - Guerrillas in south Lebanon fired dozens of rockets at northern
Un-Patriotic? Secret US missile cargo bound for S. Korea busted
RT - A ship heading to South Korea and China from Germany has been
impounded in a Finnish port after a shipment of dozens of American
Patriot anti-aircraft missiles and explosives was found aboard.
Exclusive: Pakistan army wants Zardari out but not a coup
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's powerful army is fed up with unpopular
President Asif Ali Zardari and wants him out of office, but through
legal means and without a repeat of the coups that are a hallmark of the
country's 64 years of independence, military sources said. Tensions are
rising between Pakistan's civilian leaders and its generals over a memo
that accused the army of plotting a coup after the U.S. raid that killed
Osama bin Laden in May.
Nato blames bad maps for drone strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops on
the Afghan border
Daily Mail -Nato have blamed bad maps for last month's drone strike that
killed 24 Pakistani troops at a post close to the Afghan border. An
investigation into the attack concluded that reliance on incorrect
mapping information shared with the Pakistani liaison officer resulted
in a misunderstanding about the true location of Pakistani military
units.' The US Defence Department said the investigation found US forces
- given what information they had available to them at the time -
reacted in self-defence and with appropriate force after being fired
upon from the direction of the Pakistani border.
U.S. concedes error in Pakistan attack
A U.S. military investigation released today accepted some blame for the
deadliest friendly-fire incident of the war in Afghanistan, but
ultimately concluded the airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers
were justified -- findings expected to infuriate an already angry
Pakistani public and military. The highly-anticipated U.S. investigation
admitted that one of its soldiers used an incorrect map and that the
U.S. communication with Pakistani officers that November night wasn't as
clear as it could have been. Defense Department and NATO statements
offered "our deepest regret" and "condolences" though not a direct
apology for the incident -- as Pakistan has repeatedly demanded.
Germany: Impounded Patriot missiles were legit
HELSINKI (AP) — A shipment of 69 surface-to-air missiles impounded by
Finnish authorities was a legitimate delivery from Germany to South
Korea, a German official said Thursday. The announcement came after
Finnish authorities seized the Patriot missiles and 160 tons of
explosives on a British-registered cargo ship and detained two Ukrainian
crew members on suspicion of violating weapons export laws.
Iran's navy to hold drill in international waters
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's navy chief said Thursday his forces plan to
hold a 10-day drill in international waters beyond the strategic Strait
of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, an exercise that could bring
Iranian ships into proximity with U.S. Navy vessels. The drill will be
Iran's latest show of strength in the face of mounting international
criticism over its controversial nuclear program, which the West fears
is aimed at producing atomic weapons — charges that Tehran denies,
insisting the program is for peaceful purposes only.
U.S. Jets Enter Iranian Airspace, Oil Depot Bombed
Kurt Nimmo - The Iranian news agency IRNA reported today that a U.S.
missile hit an oil depot in the southwest village of Abadan on
Wednesday. IRNA said British and American jets had entered Iranian
airspace several times. In addition to the oil depot attack, two rockets
reportedly hit the village of Manyuhi near the border of Iraq’s al-Faw
Peninsula near the Persian Gulf and the Iraqi city of Basra.
U.S. offers $10-million bounty for Iran-based Qaida financier
The United States on Thursday offered a bounty of up to $10 million for
information leading to the capture of an alleged al-Qaida financier
based in Iran, Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, also known as Yasin al-Suri.
The reward is "aimed at disrupting a financial network that has operated
from within Iran's borders since 2005," Treasury Department official
Eytan Fisch told a joint press conference at the State Department
Thursday, Reuters reported.
Despite observers, Syria's Assad hikes crackdown
BEIRUT (AP) — Bashar Assad's regime would appear to be setting itself on
a collision course: It let in outside observers for the first time
Thursday to monitor his commitment to halting the crackdown on dissent,
even as his security forces unleashed a fiercer onslaught this week,
killing more than 200 in two days.
Shi'ites targeted as Baghdad blasts kill 72
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A wave of bombings killed at least 72 people in
Baghdad Thursday, the first attacks since Iraq's Shi'ite-led government
was engulfed in a crisis that risks fracturing the country along
sectarian and ethnic lines. The bombings, just days after the last U.S.
troops left Iraq, marked a violent backlash against Shi'ite Prime
Minister Nuri al-Maliki's move to sideline two Sunni rivals. The
tensions threaten a relapse into the kind of sectarian bloodletting that
drove Iraq to the brink of civil war a few years ago.
Migrants flooding OUT of Europe in search of jobs as tens of thousands
flee Portugal, Ireland and Greece
Mail Online - Tens of thousands of Portuguese, Greek and Irish people
are abandoning their homelands as job prospects look increasingly dire.
Migrants used to see the EU as a top destination for work and a better
lifestyle, but now a stream of Europeans are leaving the continent,
figures show. In the past year, 2,500 Greeks have left for Australia
alone and at least 10,000 Portuguese people have moved to Angola,
according to the Guardian.
Shell oil spill off Nigeria likely worst in decade
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An oil spill near the coast of Nigeria is likely
the worst to hit those waters in a decade, a government official said
Thursday, as slicks from the Royal Dutch Shell PLC spill approached the
country's southern shoreline. The slick from Shell's Bonga field has
affected 115 miles (185 kilometers) of ocean near Nigeria's coast, Peter
Idabor, who leads the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency,
told The Associated Press. Idabor said the slick continued to move
toward the shore Thursday night, putting at risk birds, fish and other
wildlife in the area.
Retired, Computerless Woman Fined For Pirating ‘Hooligan’ Movie
Despite not owning a computer or even a router, a retired woman has been
ordered by a court to pay compensation to a movie company. The woman had
been pursued by a rightsholder who claimed she had illegally shared a
violent movie about hooligans on the Internet, but the fact that she
didn’t even have an email address proved of little interest to the
court. Guilty until proven innocent is the formula in Germany.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
VIDEO: Ron Paul defensive over past newsletters
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa (CNN) - Presidential candidate Ron Paul was
defensive Wednesday when pressed about controversial newsletters
in the 1980s and 1990s that were in his name. Paul, who had left
Congress at the time and was practicing medicine, has repeatedly
disavowed the controversial remarks in the newsletters.
VIDEO: CNN Poll: Ron Paul Most Popular Republican Amongst
While the establishment media continues to hype a 15-year-old
story concerning decades old newsletters as part of a dirty
tricks campaign to smear Ron Paul as a racist, the latest CNN
poll shows that Paul has the most support from non-whites out of
all the Republican candidates. The latest CNN/ORC poll released
Tuesday finds that Congressman Paul scores highest amongst
minorities when matched up against Barack Obama in a
hypothetical election head to head. Paul scores 25% of the vote
amongst non-whites, whereas Romney polls at 20% and Gingrich
Busted! Ron Paul racist rant caught on tape! OMG! OMG!
NOT! The media is now playing the race card. Maybe it's the only
card left they have to play.
YouTube: Ron Paul Interview on Jerry Doyle
Ron Paul on The Jerry Doyle Radio Show 12-22-11.
Ron Paul Polling In Top Tier In Nevada
Steve Watson - Desperate establishment now dismisses validity of
caucuses and primaries as well as Congressman. A new poll out of
Nevada shows that Ron Paul is holding his status as a top tier
candidate with a solid support base that can only grow
exponentially with likely successes in Iowa and New Hampshire.
The 8NewsNow/Las Vegas Review-Journal poll has Paul in third
place with 12.7 percent of the votes. Former Massachusetts
Governor Mitt Romney narrowly comes in first with 33.1 percent
to Newt Gingrich’s 29.2 percent. All the other candidates polled
5% or less.
YouTube: Adam Kokesh: Speaking for Ron Paul in Iowa (or anywhere
Adam brings up several techniques in the above video. - Be calm
- Be courteous to your audiences perspective - Be respectful but
assertive when delivering the facts - And if you're not just
delivering a speech, but debating with somebody one-on-one or in
a group, be curious! Ask why it is that your 'opponent' feels
the way they do, and get to the core philosophical root of their
position and politely attack that if it's illogical (which it
usually is when you're debating from the libertarian
perspective.) I hope you enjoy this humorous video!
NJ Gov. Christie won't rule out 2012 VP run
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who
dashed many Republican hopes when he said he would not run for
president in 2012, said on Thursday he had not ruled out running
for vice president. Christie endorsed Mitt Romney shortly after
announcing in early October that he would not join the group of
Republicans vying for the party's presidential nomination. He
has been campaigning for the former Massachusetts governor.
2012 Could Be the Year of the Sheriff, the Last Line of Defence
I am optimistic when Richard Mack who is a former Arizona
Sheriff who beat Bill Clinton at the US Supreme Court defeating
the Brady bill. This man has been on a crusade to teach county
Sheriffs the president cannot tell them what to do. They are the
highest executive in the county. In January next year. He will
be holding a conference to bring in 150 county Sheriffs from
around the nation to teach them to their duties to protect his
people from unlawful Federal intrusion.
America's Orwellian Police State Goes Live: US Citizen Convicted
of Providing ‘Material Support’ to Terrorists
Global Research - An American citizen from Boston suburb was
convicted on Tuesday on terrorism charges, but the charges were
loosely defined and the verdict may represent a significant blow
to free speech rights. Federal prosecutors claimed that Tarek
Mehanna, 29, traveled to Yemen in 2004 with the hope of training
as a terrorist and going on to fight American soldiers in Iraq.
He failed to find any training camps, but returned home and
allegedly promoted al Qaeda by writing about violent jihad
against U.S. foreign policy on the Internet.
Appeals court tosses Obama birthplace challenge
The so-called birther movement was dealt another legal blow
Thursday when a federal appeals court tossed out a lawsuit
challenging President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship and his
eligibility to serve as commander in chief. The 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals ruled that none of the challengers had legal
standing to file the lawsuit on Jan. 20, 2009, the day Obama was
inaugurated. The three-judge panel cited various reasons for
disqualifying six sets of plaintiffs, who included Obama's
political rivals, taxpayers and military personnel.
Drones: invisible to radar but vulnerable to primitive viruses?
The billion-dollar defense complex that keeps America safe and
sound is yet again under attack, with an antiquated computer
virus now apparently attacking the Pentagon’s drone aircraft
fleet. Sykipot, a malicious piece of malware that has been
around since at least 2006, was recently waged at the computer
systems of US governmental department and defense contractors.
Although Symantec, a world-wide leader in anti-virus protection
calls the Trojan neither “sophisticated” nor “well-coded,” new
reports confirm that the malware was emailed to DoD-affiliated
authorities in an attempt to do even more damage to the
top-secret drone program.
DHS Spent $9.8M to Store $44M of Steel It Did Not Use to Build
Mexico Border Fence
CNS News - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division
of the Department of Homeland Security, has spent about $9.8
million to store $44 million in steel that it bought but did not
use to build fence along the U.S,-Mexico border, according to a
report from the DHS Inspector General. CPB has in storage about
27,000 tons of “extra steel” that could be used to extend the
estimated 650 miles of fencing mandated by Congress along the
approximately 2,000-mile long southwest border, according to the
Soldier pawns Purple Heart for Christmas
Stars and Stripes - Here’s a harsh reminder that yellow ribbons
and care packages aren’t always enough support for the troops: A
soldier on leave from Afghanistan walked into a Michigan
consignment shop last week to pawn a Purple Heart to help cover
his Christmas bills.... Veterans groups and other local
charities have been flooding the store with donation requests in
the days since the story broke, but the owner has been directing
them to other military support programs. He said he has no
intention of selling the medal to someone else, and will simply
keep it safe until its rightful owner returns.
Civil disobedience possible to fight emergency law
DETROIT (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson and U.S. Rep. John Conyers
joined religious and civil rights leaders Thursday to promise
protests and possible civil disobedience against Michigan's new
emergency manager law that could lead to a takeover of Detroit
government..... Michigan recently enacted a law expanding the
state's power to push aside local government and school
officials whose agencies get in financial trouble.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
The One Percent whines: 'no one loves us'
RT - Those in the one percent apparently have feelings too. And
on the eve of Christmas, the biggest wish coming out of Wall
Street is that others would play nice and stop hating them
because of their success. “This attack is destructive,” John A.
Allison IV of BB&T Corp. Banks tells Bloomberg.Those assaults,
says Allison, shouldn’t be waged at the one percent because they
are successful; after all, that success came as a result of such
hard work as foreclosing on the thousands of Americans and then
benefiting off of their misfortunate. “Instead of an attack on
the 1 percent, let’s call it an attack on the very productive,”
Help for Low-Income Pet Owners
Last week I was half-watching TV while surfing the net, and saw
a commercial promoting a charitable venture in Rhode Island that
helps lower-income people pay vet’s bills. I was a little
surprised because let’s face it, that’s not the sort of thing
you see on TV very often. I jotted down the name of the
organization and looked them up on the net. Sure enough, there
it was: The RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation. Launched in 2004,
the Foundation’s mission is to provide funds to the state’s
participating veterinary practitioners for compassionate care of
pets whose owners are unable to pay.
GOP Agrees to Extend Payroll-Tax Cut for 2 Months
CNBC - House Republican leaders abruptly caved and agreed to
demands by President Barack Obama, congressional Democrats and
fellow Republicans for a two-month extension of tax cuts for all
workers. The agreement, struck after some of the staunchest
House conservatives began to retreat, also would renew jobless
benefits for almost two million people and spare doctors from a
big cut in Medicare payments.
Venezuela provides home heating assistance to 400,000
Venezuela has launched its energy assistance program for the
seventh consecutive year, which helps poor Americans to pay for
their home heating oil during the winter, Press TV reports. The
aid, which is provided by Citgo, a branch of the Venezuelan
state oil company, PDVSA, will be received by more than 400,000
poor Americans next year, a Press TV correspondent reported on
Thursday. Citgo’s president, Alejandro Granado, has said that
rising energy costs continue to affect millions of Americans,
impairing their quality of life.
Fitch Again Warns US Debt Burden Threatens AAA Rating
CNBC - Fitch Ratings on Wednesday warned again that the United
States' rising debt burden was not consistent with maintaining
the country's top AAA credit rating, but said there would likely
be no decision on whether to cut the rating before 2013.... In a
new fiscal projection, Fitch said at least $3.5 trillion of
additional deficit reduction measures will be required to
stabilize the federal debt held by the public at around 90
percent of gross domestic product in the latter half of the
Obama Launches “$40″ Payroll Tax Cut Campaign
President Obama is stepping up his PR war against House
Republicans with a just-scheduled 12:15 pm ET appearance at the
White House to tout a new campaign highlighting the tax break
families will lose if the partial payroll tax holiday is not
extended.... Obama will point people to a new section of the
White House website where they can “share what a $40 paycheck
means to them.” In addition, he’ll urge them to make use of a
new Twitter hashtag, #40dollars.
Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle
Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in
state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of
$3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman,
assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for
Public Policy. Hohman looked at total state and federal
assistance offered for the development and production of the
Chevy Volt, General Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. His
analysis included 18 government deals that included loans,
rebates, grants and tax credits. The amount of government
assistance does not include the fact that General Motors is
currently 26 percent owned by the federal government.
City offers homeless people free one-way tickets out of town
FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Just in time for the holidays, the
City of Ft. Lauderdale has come up with a way to help the
homeless who have relatives in other parts of the country
willing to take care of them. On Tuesday, the city’s commission
approved a $25,000 program which will buy them one-way bus
tickets out of town. The program won’t cost taxpayers a dime.
It’s being paid for by the Florida Law Enforcement Trust Fund,
which is money confiscated from criminals.
Americans are scared to fly thanks to TSA
RT - According to the results of a survey just released by the
US Travel Association, two-out-of-five travelers this season are
saying they’re trying to skip the plane and those pesky lines
and checkpoints in lieu of other methods of transportation. It
might not seem like a substantial number, but the association’s
CEO, Roger Dow, tells US News & World Report, "Our research
shows that reducing hassle without compromising security will
encourage more Americans to fly — as many as two to three
additional trips a year — leading to an additional $85 billion
in spending that would support 900,000 American jobs.”
VIDEO: Cash-Strapped USPS Turns To Deliveries After Dark
The U.S. Postal Service is delivering mail after dark as a way
to cut down on its debt, reports CBS 2′s Maurice Dubois. It’s
something most people aren’t used to seeing, but it could soon
be a common sight all over the area. “The morale? Let’s see, I
started in ’85 … The morale … the morale is the lowest I’ve ever
seen it,” one postal worker said. These are hard times for the
USPS and its carriers — like one who wanted to talk to CBS 2
about the changes but didn’t want to show his face because he is
afraid of losing his job. “We have no choice. They’re making
cuts,” one night mailman said.
Forget panels on your roof – could the future of solar power be
a coat of ‘solar paint’?
Mail Online - Researchers have developed a ‘solar paint’ that
could one day replace solar cells and make renewable energy much
cheaper. The paste, which is made of hi-tech 'quantum dots', can
be put onto any surface and produce electricity from the sun.
The dots are semiconducting crystals which are between two and
10 nanometres in diameter and are mixed into dye that looks like
VIDEO: Doctor Reverses MS in 9 Months by Eating These Foods
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, degenerative disease of
the nerves in your brain and spinal column, caused by the
destruction of myelin, the insulating substance around the
nerves in your central nervous system. Dr. Terry Wahls tells the
inspiring story of how she reversed her multiple sclerosis by
switching to a Paleo-style diet focused on fresh raw foods, high
in specific nutrients needed for proper function of myelin and
mitochondria. Essential nutrients for proper mitochondrial
function include animal-based omega-3 fats, creatine, and
coenzymeQ10, while your myelin needs vitamins B1, B9, B12,
omega-3, and iodine. Optimizing your vitamin D levels, which is
one of the best things you can do for your health in general, is
also one of the best preventive strategies against autoimmune
diseases like MS.
VIDEO: Is This Humble Plant Capable of Alleviating Most Human
Activist Post - Ancient Indians believed that turmeric contained
the energy of the Divine Mother. Modern science now confirms
that it has therapeutic properties relevant to well over 500
health conditions and may bestow on those who take it protection
from many common causes of suffering.
Is nutritional intelligence lost? (opinion)
(NaturalNews) We are living in a time that makes great demands
upon our efforts to keep healthy through a well-managed dietary
program. With all the devitalized and synthetic foodstuffs at
our disposal, it is often very difficult to obtain the necessary
natural foods that will keep our bodies in good health. Millions
of hard-earned dollars are being wasted by way of our mouths.
All of us are hungry for those necessary requirements that our
"All-Knowing" Creator designed our bodies to have, to maintain a
healthy, vigorous and responsive body.
Cure holiday hangovers naturally
(NaturalNews) No one likes a hangover; however, most people like
to eat and drink until they burst during the holidays. Tempting
treats peak around every corner. Hangovers are not only
relegated to those drinking alcohol. Gorging until eyeballs roll
back into one's head and the always present doggie bag produces
ample opportunity for a food coma. A variety of natural cures
abound to help holiday hangovers disappear up the chimney after
Inner-Pass acupuncture point improves health by reducing stress
(NaturalNews) Pericardium 6 or Inner Pass (PC6, Neiguan) is one
of the most well-known, highly researched and often utilized
Acupuncture points. It is indicated to calm the spirit and
regulate the heart, making it useful for conditions like heart
pain, palpitations, hypertension, insomnia, fear, mania, nausea
and menstrual irregularities to name a few. How can one little
point benefit so many vastly different conditions? Because it
works to treat the underlying cause and common denominator of
most illnesses: stress.
The Gift of Good Health: Where There Is No Doctor (Free
Activist Post - Those of us in the Western world often take good
health for granted. But there are times when we all get sick. If
we are lucky, we are near a clinic or medical facility and if
not, well, hopefully we will be prepared with sufficient first
aid items to get us through. There are times, though, when that
is not enough. If there is no doctor around, your best bet is to
practice some do-it-yourself doctoring. A couple of months ago
the Hesperian Health Group issued newly updated versions of some
of their books, including the following two must-have volumes.
NFL players sue league for allegedly drugging up players with
dangerous painkiller drugs in order to conceal concussions
(NaturalNews) At least 12 former football players in the NFL
have filed a lawsuit against the league for what they say is an
irresponsible and highly-dangerous concussion policy. The
plaintiffs allege that, before games, athletic trainers and
medical staff administered injections of Toradol, a high-risk,
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), to all players,
regardless of their individual health conditions, in order to
make them feel good for games.
ULCER ANYONE? Why Daily Low Dose Aspirin for Heart Attack
Protection Should be Discouraged
Natural Society - Several studies had been conducted on daily
aspirin use for over two decades. The studies had mixed results
which were mostly negative. The gastric hemorrhaging (stomach
bleeding) and ulcer production came in at close to one-third of
the trial subjects.... However, fatal heart attacks were
actually not reduced at all by taking low dose aspirin daily....
Those on daily aspirin regimens had a twofold increase in
hemorrhagic brain strokes... And now, another side effect from
daily low dose aspirin has popped up: Blindness.
Opting to track, not treat, early prostate cancer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Shoemaker visited six doctors in his
quest to find the best treatment for his early stage prostate
cancer - and only the last one offered what made the most sense
to the California man: Keep a close watch on the tumor and treat
only if it starts to grow.
FDA adds new heart warning to Sanofi's Multaq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials said Monday they
have added new safety warnings to the heart rhythm drug Multaq,
after a company study by Sanofi linked the tablet to higher
rates of heart attack, stroke and death in a subset of
patients.... European Union health officials have already
restricted Multaq's use based on the same safety information. In
September the European Medicines Agency said that the drug
should only be used after other treatments for atrial
fibrillation have been tried.... About 278,000 people in the
U.S. have received prescriptions for Multaq as of October,
according to the FDA. Sanofi reported about $224 million in
sales for the drug in 2010, with most prescriptions written in
Olympians warned: Don't eat liver; Clenbuterol drug residue from
Yahoo Sports - With the London Olympics quickly approaching, the
United Kingdom Anti-Doping Association warned athletes to avoid
foods that will make an athlete test positive on a drug
screening. The top of that list? Liver, which can increase the
risk of an athlete testing positive for anabolic agent
Renewed Reports of Tainted Mexican Meat Highlight Need for USDA
to Strengthen U.S. Country of Origin Labeling Rules for
Just months after the Miami Herald’s June 13, 2011 headline,
“Much of Mexican meat tainted with steroids,” which preceded an
article that stated, “Much of Mexico’s beef is so tainted with
the steroid clenbuterol that it sickens hundreds of people each
year,” today’s news reports indicate Mexico’s tainted beef
problem persists.... “Mexican beef is being imported into the
United States in record volumes, with 2011 imports through
August already exceeding levels for all of 2010,” said Mike
Schultz, R-CALF USA COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) Committee
Frito-Lay sued for labeling its GMO-filled snacks as 'All
Food Freedom - Less than a year after Frito-Lay announced plans
to make half their products without “any artificial or synthetic
ingredients,” the $13 billion company was sued last week in
federal court for fraudulently marketing the snacks that contain
genetically modified ingredients. Somehow, “artificial” and
“synthetic” doesn’t include “genetically modified” in Frito’s
VIDEO: Mead Johnson-made 'Enfamil' causes infant death; Tainted
with Cronobacter sakazakii, 3000 Wal-Mart stores pull off
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Wal-Mart and health officials awaited
tests Thursday on a batch of powdered infant formula that was
removed from more than 3,000 stores nationwide after a Missouri
newborn who consumed it died from a rare infection.... Wal-Mart
pulled the Enfamil Newborn formula from shelves as a precaution
following the death of little Avery Cornett in the southern
Missouri town of Lebanon. The government has not ordered a
recall, and the manufacturer said tests showed the batch was
negative for the bacteria before it was shipped. Additional
tests were under way.
Too late to contain killer flu science, say experts
Attempts to censor details of controversial influenza
experiments that created a highly infectious form of bird-flu
virus are unlikely to stop the information from leaking out,
according to scientists familiar with the research. The US
Government has asked the editors of two scientific journals to
refrain from publishing key parts of research on the H5N1 strain
of bird-flu in order to prevent the information falling into the
hands of terrorists intent on recreating the same flu strain for
use as a bioweapon.
DARPA Wants to ‘TiVo’ The Earth: Satellite could provide
real-time video from anywhere on Earth
“It sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake”
could be the theme song for a new spy satellite being developed
by DARPA. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s latest
proof-of-concept project is called the
Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE),
and would provide real-time images and video of any place on
Earth at any time — a capability that, so far, only exists in
the realm of movies and science fiction.
Facebook uses YOUR face to promote products to other users
(NaturalNews) Back in January, the social media empire unveiled
a new "Sponsored Stories" function that attaches user photos to
the goods and services they "Like" in order to market such
products to friends and acquaintances. A new lawsuit in
California alleges that this practice violates numerous laws in
the "Golden State," and perhaps elsewhere....California's Right
of Publicity Statute prohibits company's from using the names,
voices, signatures, photographs, or likeness of individuals for
the purpose of advertising, without their expressed permission.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
Achieving True Independence
My Dad was a great man, and he was a WWII veteran. He could
easily have either one without being the other but he was both.
He gave me a piece of advice I have tried to adhere to my entire
life. That is, “a real man takes full responsibility for
everything in his life.” This has always been a guiding
principle in my life.
Forget pesticides: Vineyards can use natural predation methods
to control pests
(NaturalNews) Conventional agriculture is heavily dependent on
the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides to control pests
and protect crops. But researchers from the University of
California, Berkeley (UCB) have made an interesting discovery
about natural predation that could eliminate the need for these
synthetic pest management interventions in grape vineyards.
Discover the doomsday seed vault's secrets
(NaturalNews) Are you aware of the Arctic Circle Doomsday Seed
Vault? Technically it's the Svalbard International Seed Vault.
The media has hailed it as an attempt to create a doomsday ark
containing a wide variety of seeds to ensure the future of
agriculture in the event of widespread crop disasters. A closer
look behind the curtains finds some suspicious characters
heavily vested in the vault's activity.
VIDEO: Toxic botulism among 40 new diseases in animals linked to
Food Freedom - Dr Mercola recently interviewed Dr Don Huber,
whose letter to the USDA warning that Monsanto’s RoundUp, a
broad-spectrum “herbicide” that has been linked with spontaneous
abortion in animals, continues to be ignored by food and
environmental safety authorities. In this important hour-long
discussion, Huber, a plant pathologist for over 50 years,
explains how RoundUp is destroying our healthy soils by killing
Reflections that Will Shape the Age of Change
Activist Post - There is no doubt that we have entered a time of
great change. Everyone can feel it whether they can comprehend
it or not. The evidence is everywhere; in politics, the economy,
science and technology, in earth changes and in consciousness.
Change in this great arena called life is happening so fast now
that it can seem overwhelming. It can feel as if time itself is
quickening. It can feel as if we have no control over the
outcome of this transition. When, in fact, the opposite is true.
Only we can determine the future, but we must actively
participate in the change, otherwise the future will be
determined for us if we choose not to look in the mirror.
2012 - end of the world or time for change?
(NaturalNews) The coming new year which is 2012, also happens to
be the name of a 2009 Hollywood disaster film in which a lucky
few survivors, mostly political leaders and the very rich, board
huge insulated arks to ride out a massive
civilization-destroying tsunami. As the real 2012 approaches,
pop culture speculation continues to fashion an
apocalypse-almost-now out of misinterpretation of the Mayan
YouTube: How to Make a Ron Paul Revolution Stencil
The Ron Paul Revolution Banner Stencil.
'How The Gingrich Stole Christmas'
Sit back, have a cup of “socialist tea,” and enjoy the video!s.
Remy: Grandma Got Indefinitely Detained (A Very TSA Christmas)
In seasons past, Grandma only had to worry about getting run over by a
reindeer. With "Grandma Got Run Over by TSA," web sensation Remy gets us
in the holiday mood with a song about Christmas, Homeland Security, and
the joys of civil rights abuses.
Today in History -
Thursday - December 22, 2011
1775 - A Continental naval fleet was organized in the rebellious
American colonies under the command of Ezek Hopkins.
1807 - The U.S. Congress passed the Embargo Act, designed to force peace
between Britain and France by cutting off all trade with Europe.
1864 - During the American Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent
a message to U.S. President Lincoln from Georgia. The message read, "I
beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah."
1894 - The United States Golf Association was formed in New York City.
1895 - German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen made the first X-ray, of his
1910 - U.S. Postal savings stamps were issued for the first time. They
were discontinued in 1914.
1943 - Sporting goods manufacturers received permission to use synthetic
rubber for the core of baseballs.
1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington
for a wartime conference with U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt.
1956 - Colo, the first gorilla to be born in captivity, was born at the
Columbus, Ohio zoo.
1956 - The last British and French forces evacuated Egypt.
1961 - James Davis became the first U.S. soldier to die in Vietnam,
while U.S. involvement was still limited to the provision of military
1976 - The last show of "Let’s Make A Deal" was aired.
1984 - New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot four black youths on a
Manhattan subway. Goetz claimed they were about to rob him.
1989 - Romania's hard-line Communist ruler, Nicolae Ceausescu, was
overthrown in a popular uprising.
1991 - The body of Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, an American hostage
murdered by his captors, was found along a highway in Lebanon.
1996 - A car bomb exploded in Belfast, injuring a known IRA supporter.
Police suspected that Protestant loyalists were responsible for the
2001 - Thirty Afghans, including two women, were sworn in as part of the
new interim government in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai was the head of the
Banks gorge on ECB loans, market cheer short-lived
(Reuters) - Banks gobbled up nearly 490 billion euros in three-year
cut-price loans from the European Central Bank on Wednesday, easing
immediate fears of a credit crunch but leaving unresolved how much will
flow to needy euro zone economies. The near half a trillion euro take-up
of ECB funds represented the most the bank has ever pumped into the
financial system and exceeded almost all forecasts. A total of 523 banks
borrowed with demand way above the 310 billion euros expected by traders
polled by Reuters, "The take-up was massive ... much higher than the
expected 300 billion euros.
US military 'ready to engage in a conflict with Iran'
Telegraph - General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of
staff, said that the US military had reached a point where they were
ready to execute force against Iran if necessary. n an interview with US
media in Afghanistan he said: "We are examining a range of options. I'm
satisfied that the options that we are developing are evolving to a
point that they would be executable if necessary." His comments come
just days after Leon Panetta, US secretary of defence, said "no options
were off the table" in stopping Iran develop a nuclear weapon.
Does This US And Israel Joint Missile Defense Drill Say Anything About
Plans For Iran?
Business Insider - Israel just announced it has finalized a deal with
Lt. General Frank Gorenc, commander of the US Third Air Force in
Germany, that will bring several thousand U.S. troops and two advanced
missile systems to the country for an unprecedented defense drill.
Yaakov Katz of the Jerusalem Post reports the "largest-ever" missile
defense exercise will commence this spring, in response to Iran's
Exposed: US Troops Guarded Terrorist Camp in Iraq
Activist Post - In a move that almost defies belief, is so brazen and
hypocritical many will not believe it no matter how many State
Department officials confirm it, the US has been guarding a terrorist
training camp inside Iraq with US troops and is planning to relocate
them, possibly in a freshly abandoned US military base in Iraq, while
D.C. lobbyists work feverishly to have them de-listed, armed, and sent
to conduct terrorist operations in Iran.
Soldiers just back from Iraq get new orders: Afghanistan
CNN - Atlanta (CNN) -- Soldiers who just returned from Iraq are among
several thousand being ordered to Afghanistan in six months as part of a
mission designed to beef up Afghan forces ahead of a planned 2014 U.S.
military withdrawal, officials said. News of the pending Afghanistan
deployments came as families at bases across the country were
celebrating the return in recent days of troops who turned off the
lights at a number of U.S. bases ahead of an end-of-the-year deadline to
Georgia in U.S. Military Authorization Bill
The U.S. defense authorization bill contains a section, which calls for
“normalization” of military cooperation with Georgia, including the sale
of defensive arms. The U.S. National Defense Authorization Act for
Fiscal Year 2012, a voluminous document authorizing appropriations for
military activities of the Department of Defense, has a section with
title “Defense cooperation with Republic of Georgia”. The Senate
approved the USD 662 billion defence bill on December 15, a day after
the bill was passed by the House of Representatives and it is now
expected to be signed by President Obama.
American re-arming of Georgia will spark new aggression – S. Ossetia
RT - The South Ossetian Foreign Ministry has stated that a US Senate
draft resolution on the resumption of arms supplies to Georgia can be
seen as pushing Tbilisi to aggression against its former republics of
South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The ministry voiced its regret over the fact
that American senators drew no conclusions from “the tragic events of
August 2008 and have once again settled down to a course of encouraging
[Georgian President] Saakashvili to a new aggression to please their
political ambitions,”cites Interfax.
Iraq PM tells Kurds
to hand over Sunni VP
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Shiite prime minister told Kurdish authorities
Wednesday to hand over the Sunni vice president, who fled to the
semiautonomous region to escape an arrest warrant on charges he ran hit
squads targeting government officials. The charges, leveled a day after
the last American troops left Iraq, have opened up a new round of the
Shiite-Sunni sectarian tensions that pushed the country to the brink of
civil war just a few years ago.
Turkey warns of reprisals if France passes ‘genocide denial’ bill
Guardian - Diplomatic relations between France and Turkey were on a
knife-edge after Ankara warned of reprisals if the French parliament
approves a law making it illegal to deny that the 1915 mass killing of
Armenians in Ottoman Turkey was genocide. The draft law put forward by a
member of Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing party would make denying any
genocide a criminal offence, punishable by a one-year jail sentence and
a fine of €45,000 (£37,400). All French parties back the bill, which
will be debated on parliament on
Thursday and is likely to be approved.
Hong Kong culls chickens at market, bans trade, as H5N1 found
(Reuters) - Workers began culling 17,000 chickens at a wholesale poultry
market in Hong Kong on Wednesday after a dead chicken there tested
positive for the deadly H5N1 avian virus, a government spokesman said.
The Hong Kong government also suspended imports of live chickens from
mainland China and the trading of live chickens for 21 days in a bid to
prevent any spread of the disease, which is normally found in birds but
can jump to humans.
Top EU court says carbon airline law valid
(Reuters) - Europe's highest court gave unreserved backing on Wednesday
to an EU law that charges airlines for carbon emissions on flights to
and from Europe, a decision likely to escalate tension with its trading
partners, including the United States. All airlines flying to and from
European Union airports will have to buy permits under the EU's
emissions trading scheme from January 1, the European Court of Justice
ruled. The initial cost is expected to be minimal but then rise to an
estimated 9 billion euros ($11.8 billion) by the end of 2020.
VIDEO: Hungary Gets Second Junk Debt Rating as S&P Follows Moody’s
It looks like Hungary is going down the drain faster than the European
Union. Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) — Hungary lost its investment-grade rating at
Standard & Poor’s, the second such downgrade in a month, increasing
pressure on Premier Viktor Orban to obtain an International Monetary
Ontario backs down on incandescent bulbs
Forget any fears the light bulb police might be peeking in your windows
or pounding on the door New Year’s Day searching for energy-hungry
incandescents. Energy Minister Chris Bentley confirmed Wednesday that
Ontario is scrapping a five-year-old promise to make it “lights out” for
incandescent bulbs in 2012 by banning stores from selling them.
Fukushima reactors could take 40 YEARS to dismantle
Telegraph - A road map produced by the Japanese government and plant
operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) envisages engineers will use much
of the next 10 years just trying to work out how to get at the fuel,
which has partly eaten through its containment vessels. Underlining the
challenges involved in dealing with the disaster, the plan says that
as-yet uninvented technology will be key to safely disposing of the
waste left behind by the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
Japanese hospitals refuse to see irradiated patients
In Japan, some of the (most of the ) hospitals refuse to see patients
who are sick from radiation. Because the connection between the symptoms
and the radiation is not clear, it will never be clear ever. The picture
below is a document distributed from Japan radiological society to an
academic medical center in western Japan. It says, currently radiation
level is too low to affect your health condition. Even in the 20~30 km
area, if you are in a building, it can not be harmful.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
2012 Official Campaign Website
Grassroots video on Ron Paul's foreign policy converts many
Examiner - Ron Paul's stance on foreign policy, in 2007 and now
again in 2011, has been called "dangerous," "naive," and Bill
O'Reilly on the 'Today' show on Monday even said it disqualifies
Paul not only as a candidate, but "as an American. "Sean
Wheeler, a clinical hypnotherapist in Atlanta, could not
disagree more. A Ron Paul supporter since 2007, Wheeler decided
to spend his nights and weekends over the last three months
creating a video he half-jokingly hoped would "change the
world," or at the least change some minds about Ron Paul's
New York Times Republican Primary Projections
These forecasts are formulated from an average of recent
surveys, with adjustments made to account for a polling firm's
accuracy, freshness of a poll and each candidate's momentum.
Although this improves accuracy, there is still considerable
uncertainty in the forecast as is reflected in the range of
possible vote totals for each candidate. Last updated on Dec.
21, 2011, Ron Paul is in the lead by 49%, Mitt Romney 27% and
Newt Gingrich at 12%.
YouTube: New Ron Paul Ad: Staying on the Right Path
The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign unveiled its new prolife
ad “Always on the Right Path” featuring four former patients of
Dr. Paul’s medical practice in Brazoria County, Texas.
Read more here.
YouTube: DemocracyNOW supporting Ron Paul 2012
In an amazing turn of typical support for the left wing, Amy
Goodman and DemocracyNOW featured a segment about Ron Paul’s
incredible rise in popularity and the upcoming Iowa primary
Republican caucus. Also some protestors were arrested as they
displayed Occupy Obama banners at the Democrat’s party offices!
The Hill: Ron Paul's Brilliant Iowa Campaign
I try to be a little ahead of the media curve, especially
regarding Ron Paul. For today I want to make one major point,
which is that his campaign in Iowa is one of the most
brilliantly run campaigns I can remember. I do not know his
staff, but the result is clear. The quality and timing of his
television ads, his multi-dimensional message, his targeting of
voters outside normal political channels, his sequencing of
various aspects of the campaign simultaneously and the high
level of professionalism of his campaign structure are all
Ron Paul’s plans for taxes, spending
The Ticket - If you know anything about Ron Paul's economic
views, it's probably that he's not a big fan of the Federal
Reserve system, or that he loves the gold standard. But those
are hardly the only noteworthy planks in his platform. The
Republican congressman from Texas, who now looks to have a real
chance of winning the Iowa caucuses in less than two weeks, also
wants to abolish five Cabinet departments, drastically lower
corporate taxes, and allow younger workers to opt out of the
Social Security system.
VIDEO: Martial Law Attempt In Louisiana Echoes Ron Paul’s
Kurt Nimmo - Following the fatal shooting of a toddler in a
crime ridden New Orleans housing project, a Louisiana state
representative has called for what amounts to martial law.
Austin Badon contacted Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office
Monday and asked that the National Guard be deployed. Jindal’s
office said Badon was told that any such a request would have to
come from the New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu.... The
Constitution says nothing about dispatching the military to
fight domestic crime, a task usually undertaken by local law
enforcement. Related article here.
Americans will be transferred to foreign prisons under NDAA
(National Defense Authorization Act)
RT - If you’re upset that congressional approval of the National
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 can send you away
to military prisons and be tortured in America, don’t worry — it
could be worse. The US could send you somewhere else.... While
the bill that left Capitol Hill last week and awaits
authorization from US President Barack Obama allows for the
United States to indefinitely detain and torture American
citizens suspected of aiding enemy forces, one provision in the
bill specifies that that detention doesn’t necessarily have to
occur domestically — nor does it have to be in a foreign prison
run by the US.
YouTube: Ron Paul explains his opposition to the NDAA 12/19/11
(National Defense Authorization Act)
Ron Paul gets asked about the NDAA at a townhall meeting in New
Hampshire on December 19, 2011.
Senate Vote on Conference Report: H.R. 1540: National Defense
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011 - List of Senators who voted for and against the
bill. Yea: 86 (86%) Nay:13 (13%)
Company Who Lobbied for the NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill Given
23 Million Dollar Contract for Night Raid Equipment
Intel Hub - According to reports from the Daily Kos and Russia
Today, a company specializing in night raid equipment was
awarded a 23 million dollar contract from the Department of
Defense and subsequently went on to lobby for the NDAA which has
given the government the power to indefinitely detain American
citizens. Surefire LLC openly lobbed for the House version of
the NDAA, a bill many have claimed has effectively ended the
Bill of Rights, months after receiving the 23 million dollar
contact from the DOD.
Local police forces stockpile high-tech, combat-ready gear
If terrorists ever target Fargo, N.D., the local police will be
ready. In recent years, they have bought bomb-detection robots,
digital communications equipment and Kevlar helmets, like those
used by soldiers in foreign wars. For local siege situations
requiring real firepower, police there can use a new $256,643
armored truck, complete with a rotating turret.... Fargo, like
thousands of other communities in every state, has been on a
gear-buying spree with the aid of more than $34 billion in
federal government grants since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks on New York and the Pentagon.
Manning's accuser is a convicted drug addict
RT - On Tuesday, the government presented perhaps the most
significant witness against Manning, Adrian Lamo, a former
hacker. Lamo had forged an online friendship with Manning and
says he opened himself up for the soldier to confide in him
regarding the leaked documents he is accused of uploading to
WikiLeaks, only to later turn him into the authorities. During
Tuesday’s testimony, however, Lamo confirmed that he had battled
problems with drug abuse and was convicted of a felony. The
ex-hacker also attested that he had overdosed on amphetamines,
suffered an addition of prescription narcotics in the past and
was involuntarily institutionalized at one point.
DHS to takeover Arizona Sheriff jurisdiction on illegals
LA Times - The Homeland Security Department will use 50
immigration agents to screen jail inmates in Arizona's most
populous county after revoking the sheriff's authority to access
its systems, the agency said Monday in a letter to Sen. Jon Kyl
(R-Ariz.).... The agents will replace county officers who had
special training and the authority to perform the task in
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lockups. Homeland Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano revoked that authority last week after a Justice
Department investigation concluded that Arpaio's office engaged
in a pattern and practice of civil rights and constitutional
violations and discriminated against Latinos.
EXCLUSIVE: Beset By Strife at Chemical Security Office, DHS
Internal Report Claims Anti-Terrorism Program Now In Jeopardy
A federal program aimed at securing potentially dangerous
chemicals is now in jeopardy after being beset by a series of
deep-seated problems, including wasteful spending and a largely
unqualified workforce that lacks "professionalism," according to
a scathing internal Department of Homeland Security report
obtained exclusively by Fox News.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
Occupy Wall Street Has a Drone: The Occucopter
Now the protesters are fighting back with their own surveillance
drone. Tim Pool, an Occupy Wall Street protester, has acquired a
Parrot AR drone he amusingly calls the "occucopter". It is a
lightweight four-rotor helicopter that you can buy cheaply on
Amazon and control with your iPhone. It has an onboard camera so
that you can view everything on your phone that it points at.
Pool has modified the software to stream live video to the
internet so that we can watch the action as it unfolds.
VIDEO: Boehner’s office cuts off C-SPAN cameras as GOP takes
A strange thing happened Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill. As
Rep. Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) attempted to call for a vote to extend
a payroll tax cut to middle class and working Americans, his
Republican colleagues adjourned the House and walked out of the
chamber. And if that weren’t odd enough, it got even stranger:
As Hoyer railed against them for failing to help working
Americans, footage from C-SPAN went silent, then cut away.
2011 Is Priciest Year Ever for Gasoline: $3.53 Avg. Per Gallon,
Over $4K Spent Per Household
By the time 2011 ends, the typical U.S. household will have
spent $4,155 gassing up their vehicles. That’s one out of every
$12 of median household income—the highest proportion for
filling up in three decades. Gas prices have dropped
significantly over the past few months. As late as
mid-September, a gallon of regular cost $3.65, on average
nationally. According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the average
gallon of regular is now selling for $3.21, a drop of 44¢, or
Bank of America to pay $335 million in fair-lending
Attorney General Eric Holder announced one of the biggest
fair-lending settlements in U.S. history with Bank of America [[BAC]]
agreeing to pay $335 million to settle complaints levied against
Countrywide Financial Corp. by the Department of Justice.During
a press conference Wednesday, Holder said his office
investigated discriminatory lending practices that impacted
200,000 African American and Hispanic homebuyers in 180
geographic markets and 41 states across America. Holder said his
office found qualified minority borrowers were steered by
Countrywide, which is now part of BofA, into subprime loans that
come with higher penalties, fluctuating interest rates and a
higher chance of default.
Foreclosure sales still pummeling home prices; Almost 50% of
US home sales in Nov. were foreclosed homes!
CNN _ There is no shortage of distressed properties: More than 6
million borrowers are delinquent 30 or more days, according to
LPS Applied Analytics. Two million are already in the
foreclosure process, and most of these homes will be repossessed
or sold as short sales. "The huge glut of distressed properties
coming to market is why there will be no home price rebound this
coming year and maybe into 2013," said Guy Cecala of Inside
Mortgage Finance, a publisher of mortgage information and news.
Simple strategies buffer blood sugar
(NaturalNews) Sweet foods and starches are not genetically
congruent to eat on a regular basis. Our ancestors looked at
these as rare delicacies. Most people in our society today are
raised on a steady diet of sugars, grains and other starches.
Here are the best strategies to lower the blood sugar/insulin
response when consuming carbohydrate rich foods.
Enjoy holiday meals again - Ten tips to cure acid reflux
(NaturalNews) Acid reflux is a common problem for many people
accustomed to making poor food choices and overeating. Add
holiday foods and drink into the mix, and it's a recipe for a
potential ulcer. Antacids, proton pump inhibitors and other
pharmaceuticals are the common go-to for most people suffering
from acid reflux, and the uninformed don't realize that these
dangerous medicines are not a cure. They temporarily suppress
symptoms, sometimes. As their short-term effects wear off,
rebound occurs, making the return of acid reflux and related
symptoms even more serious.
Genetically Modified HIV Vaccine Approved – Human Tests to
Activist Post - As a further attempt to halt the spread of HIV,
the United States is making a bold and extremely risky decision.
Researchers from the University of Western Ontario have
developed a new vaccine, and the Food and Drug Administration
announced its approval on Tuesday for use in the United States.
Not only should you be wary of this vaccine due to the negative
history revolving around vaccines, but the fact that it is made
with a genetically modified virus. While the researchers are
delighted by the creation, individuals are being sought out for
human trials – but you won’t want to volunteer.
Infomercial king Kevin Trudeau fined $38m for misleading
Americans over 'natural cures' for deadly diseases
Mail Online - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been after
Trudeau, originally from Massachusetts, for several years. The
FTC said that he has made millions of dollars by telling
followers that coral calcium can cure cancer among other claims.
On one episode of his radio show The Kevin Trudeau Show, he
said: 'Coral calcium is the best form of calcium.' He then tells
his listeners: 'Every single one of you are deficient in vitamin
D3 and calcium. 'If you take those two things, it's virtually
impossible to get cancer and it's impossible to get sick.'
AMAZING: Walking ability could be regained in spinal cord injury
patients by teeth pulp
Scientists said that this pulp and its stem cells could be
extracted from the human wisdom teeth and it could support the
broken nerves by regenerating severed nerves and stopping cells
dying. Dr. Mark Bacon, the research director at the charity
Spinal Research said that this new concept of teeth stem cells
used in spinal cord injury is showing promising results.
How Your Pulse Can Predict Your Risk of Death
Time - Your resting heart rate is an easy measure of your health
and fitness, and a new study suggests that a rising heart rate
over time may signal heart problems. Many factors go into your
resting heart rate, including your weight, blood pressure, the
medications you take and how much you exercise. Whether you are
standing up or lying down when you take your reading can also
affect pulse (that’s why your heart may race a bit when you
first get up in the morning). Experts say healthy adults can
have pulse rates ranging from 60 to 100 beats per minute. Elite
athletes typically have lower heart rates, around 40 beats per
minute because of their better heart fitness.
Frankincense production is "doomed", scientists warn
LONDON Dec 21 (Reuters) - Trees that produce frankincense, a
fragrant resin used in incense and perfumes and a central part
of the Christmas story, are declining so fast that production
could be halved over the next 15 years, scientists said on
Wednesday. In a study published in the British Ecological
Society’s Journal of Applied Ecology, ecologists from the
Netherlands and Ethiopia looked at large-scale field studies and
predicted that tree numbers could decline by 90 percent in the
next 50 years. If fire, grazing and insect attack, the most
likely causes of decline, remain unchecked, then frankincense
production could be doomed altogether, they warned.
Scientists Prove DNA Can Be Reprogrammed by Words and
The human DNA is a biological internet and superior in many
aspects to the artificial one. Russian scientific research
directly or indirectly explains phenomena such as clairvoyance,
intuition, spontaneous and remote acts of healing, self healing,
affirmation techniques, unusual light/auras around people
(namely spiritual masters), mind’s influence on weather patterns
and much more. In addition, there is evidence for a whole new
type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed
by words and frequencies WITHOUT cutting out and replacing
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
Nick’s Organic Farm Gets Extension To Farm Until Aug. 15
Dec. 16, 2011, Potomac, MD—In a settlement agreement that came
just prior to a scheduled court date this week, Montgomery
County agreed late Wednesday to allow Nick’s Organic Farm to
continue farming at the school land along Brickyard Road in
Potomac through Aug. 15, 2012. The extension, which could be
lengthened again until the end of 2012, according to the
agreement, is welcome news to thousands of farm supporters, who
have been rallying to keep the farm as an educational tool.
However, the fight for the farm is not over, as Montgomery
County currently still plans to build soccer fields on the site.
New Save Nick's Farm video.
Monsanto Admittedly Influences Colorado GMO Ban, Launches Phony
‘GMO Co-Existence’ Protests
Activist Post - While county officials and farmers claimed that
Monsanto influence had nothing to do with the blocking of the
health conscious legislation, the company itself has admitted to
being involved. Furthermore, Monsanto may have actually set up
phony ‘GMO co-existence’ protests in order to voice phony public
support against the bill. After the admitted involvement of
Monsanto and the curious protests, the county commissioners
changed their formerly anti-GMO tune.
VIDEO: How 1 MILLION Pounds Of Organic Food Can Be Produced
On 3 Acres
Wake Up World - I came across this video of a man who has
figured out a system to grow 1 million pounds of food on 3 acres
each and every year. How are they doing this? * By producing
10,000 fish * Using 300 to 500 yards of worm compost * By
utilizing vertical space * Having 3 acres of land in green
houses * Using 1 simple aquaponic pump * Food is grown all year
by using heat from the compost piles - A packed greenhouse
produces a crop value of $5 Square Foot! ($200,000/acre). Can
you imagine if places like this started popping up all over the
world? It would be one giant step towards self-reliance.
FBI Says Activists Who Investigate Factory Farms Can Be
Prosecuted as Terrorists
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has kept files on activists
who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms and
recommended prosecuting them as terrorists, according to a new
document uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act. This
new information comes as the Center for Constitutional Rights
has filed a lawsuit challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism
Act (AETA) as unconstitutional because its vague wording has had
a chilling effect on political activism. This document adds to
the evidence demonstrating that the AETA goes far beyond
property destruction, as its supporters claim.
Beware of Chicken Jerky Dog Treats from China
Warning: If You Feed Your Pet These Popular Treats - Please Stop
Now!! The FDA has issued another warning concerning chicken
jerky dog treats imported from China. These products are also
labeled chicken tenders, chicken strips and chicken treats.
Ingenious ideas to make life easier
Why didn’t I think of that?! I guarantee you’ll be uttering
those words more than once at these ingenious little tips,
tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems.
A GIGGLE with the GOATS Jingle Bells Holiday Performance
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!!
Today in History -
Wednesday - December 21, 2011
1620 - The "Mayflower", and its passengers, pilgrims from England,
landed at Plymouth Rock, MA.
1849 - The first ice-skating club in America was formed in Philadelphia,
1909 - McKinley and Washington schools of Berkeley, CA, became the first
authorized, junior-high schools in the U.S.
1913 - The "New York World" Sunday edition included the first crossword
puzzle as an added feature of the "Fun" supplement.
1937 - Walt Disney debuted the first, full-length, animated feature in
Hollywood, CA. The movie was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
1944 - Horse racing was banned in the United States until after the end
of World War II.
1945 - U.S. Gen. George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, of
injuries from a car accident.
1958 - Charles de Gaulle was elected to a seven-year term as the first
president of the Fifth Republic of France.
1968 - Apollo 8 was launched on a mission to orbit the moon. The craft
landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on December 27.
1971 - The U.N. Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim to succeed U Thant
1978 - Police in Des Plaines, IL, arrested John W. Gacy Jr. and began
unearthing the remains of 33 men and boys that Gacy was later convicted
1988 - 270 people were killed when Pan Am Boeing 747 exploded over
Lockerbie, Scotland, due to a terrorist attack.
1990 - In a German television interview, Saddam Hussein declared that he
would not withdraw from Kuwait by the UN deadline.
1991 - Eleven of the 12 former Soviet republics proclaimed the birth of
the Commonwealth of Independent States.
1995 - The city of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian control.
1996 - After two years of denials, U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich
admitted violating House ethics rules.
1998 - The first vaccine for Lyme disease was approved.
2001 - The Islamic militant group Hamas released a statement that said
it was suspending suicide bombings and mortar attacks in Israel.
2002 - Larry Mayes was released after spending 21 years in prison for a
rape that maintained that he never committed. He was the 100th person in
the U.S. to be released after DNA tests were performed.
China hackers breached U.S. Chamber of Commerce: report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers in China broke through the computer
defenses of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last year and were able to
access information about its operations and its 3 million members, the
Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. In Beijing, China dismissed
the report. The Journal, citing unidentified people familiar with the
matter, reported the operation against the top American business
lobbying group involved at least 300 internet addresses and was
discovered and shut down in May 2010.
Awlaki video urges U.S. Muslims to join al Qaeda
DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S.-born al Qaeda militant Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in
a CIA drone strike in September, posthumously called on U.S. Muslims to
join the group in the Middle East in a video released on Tuesday. Awlaki,
identified by U.S. intelligence as "chief of external operations" for al
Qaeda's Yemeni branch and a Web-savvy publicist for the Islamist cause,
was killed in a remote Yemeni town by missiles fired from multiple CIA
drones. "You have two choices: either hijra (emigration) or jihad (holy
war)," Awlaki said in the video, which was posted on Islamist websites.
Seoul: North Korea raises security, has troops on alert
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea has tightened internal
security and put troops on alert since the announcement of leader Kim
Jong Il's death as it moves to consolidate power behind his young son
and heir, South Korean intelligence indicated Wednesday.
US targeted over failure to condemn Israel
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Fourteen frustrated members of the U.N. Security
Council pointed a finger at the United States Tuesday for blocking any
condemnation of Israel's accelerated settlement construction in
Palestinian territory.... While the United States was not mentioned by
name, the diplomats anger was clearly directed at Washington which
vetoed a resolution in February backed by the 14 other council members
that would have demanded an immediate halt to all settlement building.
Europe fights to save cap-and-trade as crisis hits
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Europe's main weapon in the battle against climate
change is now fighting for its own survival. In early January, investors
in the continent's cap-and-trade system still had to pay some euro14
($18.30) for the right to emit one ton of carbon dioxide into the air.
By last week, the price of one emission allowance had tumbled to a
meager euro6.41 - making it much cheaper to pollute and slashing the
financial incentives for companies to invest in low-carbon technologies.
Mexico Mayan region launches apocalypse countdown
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Seize the day. Only 52 weeks and a day are left
before Dec. 21, 2012, when some believe the Maya predicted the end of
the world. Unlike enthusiasts of other doomsday theories who suggest
putting together survival kits, southeastern Mexico, the heart of Maya
territory, plans a yearlong celebration. "The world will not end. It is
an era," said Yeanet Zaldo, a tourism spokeswoman for the Caribbean
state of Quintana Roo, home to Cancun. "For us, it is a message of
PLA sends soldiers to North Korean border: human rights center
Blacklisted News - The Chinese military has sent 2,000 soldiers to the
border close to North Korea shortly after the death of North Korean
leader Kim Jong-il, according to a human rights center. All the soldiers
came from the “16th Army,” the sources said. The center said that at the
end of this month, some 30,000 additional PLA soldiers will be stationed
at the border.
UK man selling Iran missile parts is latest victim of US entrapment
Guardian - A retired British businessman who faces extradition to the US
for allegedly plotting to export missile components to Iran is the
victim of entrapment by unscrupulous American customs agents, the court
of appeal has been told. Christopher Tappin, 64, from Orpington,
south-east London, could receive a prison sentence of up to 35 years if
convicted of charges that he assisted in the planned export to Iran of a
type of battery used in US-made Hawk surface-to-air missiles.
US hits 10 firms for links with Iran shipping
Activist Post - WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States government hit 10
firms linked to Iranian's shipping industry with sanctions on Tuesday,
accusing them of helping the Islamic Republic's missile and other
military programs. The Treasury Department said 10 Malta-based shipping
and front companies and one individual were linked to the state-run
Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, Irano Hind -- a joint venture
with the Indian government -- and ISI Maritime.
Gov’t Report: Rioting arsonists should be shot by police
London Telegraph - New UK report advises using live rounds to quell
public unrest. The use of firearms could be justified given the
''immediacy of the risk and the gravity of the consequences'', legal
advice published in the review said. London Telegraph's online poll:
Should police be allowed to shoot arsonists during riots? A shocking 82%
Fitch may downgrade France, Spain, 5 others over eurozone crisis
FirstPost - France’s possible downgrade is not imminent but could come
in two years, Fitch said in a statement, as it revised the outlook of
the country’s AAA rating to negative. For the other countries – Belgium,
Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia and Spain – a downgrade could come much
sooner. Those nations, which already had a negative rating outlook from
Fitch, were placed on credit watch negative, which traditionally signals
the possibility of a downgrade within three months at most.
Is Poland's Premier Leading his Country into a New Slavery?
Activist Post - [Prime minister] Donald Tusk is making a name for
himself by singing the praises of the European Union at every
opportunity. A few months ago he he was quoted as saying that, “The
European Union is the greatest institution in the World.” He has now
been joined by the foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski, who seems
particularly keen on supporting German leadership of radical reforms to
the euro zone. Tusk and Sikorski are, it seems, absolutely determined to
hook Poland into the euro and 'monetary union' within four years –
“provided the euro zone undergoes necessary reforms” (Sikorsky).
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Ron Paul Polls Strong v Obama in Relation to Paul’s Competitors
Survey shows Dr. Paul popular among broad, conventional voting
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron
Paul polls strong against incumbent President Barack Obama in a
general election matchup, according to a new
CNN / ORC poll has Ron Paul. Poll highlights include Paul
besting Obama 47 to 46 percent among those 65 years and older,
said to be the most reliable voters. Paul also beats Obama among
whites 51 to 46 percent, persons who reside in rural areas 52 to
44 percent, and independents by 48 to 47 percent.
YouTube: Why Ron Paul Shouldn't be Dismissed - Neil Cavuto
Defends Ron Paul Against media Establishment
Fox News 12/20/11 - Neil Cavuto defends against media smear and
dismissal of Ron Paul.
YouTube: Cafferty: People in Iowa are rallying around someone
who, for the first time in a long time, represents real change
YouTube: Ron Paul Interview with John King
Davenport, Iowa newspaper: Ron Paul Soundly Defeats Obama for
These 11 Reasons
Establishment political personalities are quick to claim poor
“electability” to diminish Ron Paul’s chances because they
presume that Paul holds no positive advantage in a head-to-head
matchup against President Barack Obama in the general election.
That’s an apparent premise of their calculation. This is either
a sublime miscalculation or a profound deception. If Ron Paul
can win the Republican nomination, the path to the White House
could seem downhill by comparison. Why?
Mass. man convicted of conspiring to help al-Qaida
BOSTON (AP) -- A man who grew up in the Boston suburbs was
convicted Tuesday of conspiring to help al-Qaida and plotting to
kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq after a two-month trial in which
jurors heard references to Osama bin Laden and saw dramatic
images from the Sept. 11 attacks. The federal jury deliberated
about 10 hours over three days before finding Tarek Mehanna, 29,
guilty of four terror-related charges and three charges of lying
to authorities. He faces life in prison, though his attorneys
plan to appeal.... "This is one the most cynical government
cases I've ever seen tried," said defense attorney Janice Bassil.
"Picture after picture just wanting to scare the jury. Deal
after deal to government witnesses. All those government
witnesses did way more than Tarek Mehanna."
Will Ron Paul kill the caucuses?
Politico - Conservatives and Republican elites in the state are
divided over who to support for the GOP nomination, but they
almost uniformly express concern over the prospect that Ron Paul
and his army of activist supporters may capture the state’s 2012
nominating contest — an outcome many fear would do irreparable
harm to the future role of the first-in-the-nation caucuses.
Related article here.
VIDEO: Ron Paul Endorsed by Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk
Show Host Jerry Doyle
Today it is official Jerry Doyle has endorsed Ron Paul for
President 2012 live on the air “I moved to endorsing Congressman
Ron Paul for the President of the United States” then he goes on
to say “Ron Paul’s time has come, Ron Paul’s movement has come”
and pointing out that “It’s not just Ron Paul, it’s the
YouTube: Hacking Democracy - Full Length Documentary
Watch and save this documentary. Share it with your friends.
Vote fraud is epidemic in the United States, and Ron Paul needs
to win in Iowa by such a huge margin that vote fraud is too
obvious to try.
Congress ending 2011 with worst approval rating ever
Raw Story - The governing body is now set to end 2011 with the
lowest one-time approval rating in its history: 11 percent.
Their annual average for 2011 came to a whopping 17 percent,
which is also the lowest ever recorded. Overall, Gallup found
that the nation’s 112th Congress had an 86 percent disapproval
rating by the end of December, 2011: yet another record-breaking
Obama administration switches border security strategy before
Texas on the Potomac - The Obama administration is cutting the
1,200 National Guard troops along the southwest border for the
past 18 months to just 300 troops. It’s part of a Pentagon shift
from boots on the ground to “air mobility support” for armed US
Border Patrol agents. The Pentagon and the Department of
Homeland Security announced the change in course today.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
YouTube: OWS Victory in Atlanta - Press
Conference In Front Of Brigitte Walkers House
Press conference on the day Occupy Atlanta set up an encampment
on Army Veteran Brigitte Walkers lawn in an attempt to save the
house from Chase bank. After two press conferences on her lawn,
a national call in day, and direct action on Chase Bank, Occupy
Atlanta did what Brigitte Walker couldn’t do in years, get a
loan modification. If it weren’t for Occupy Atlanta and Brigitte
Walker’s willingness to resist Chase Banks she would have had
her American Dream auctioned off on the Fulton county court
house steps. Read the article here.
CIA won’t disclose involvement in OWS crackdowns
RT - The Partnership for Civil Justice (PCJF), a Washington
DC-based civil rights group, filed a Freedom of Information Act
request last month to see what role, if any, the CIA has had in
the brutal raids of OWS encampments that have left thousands
jailed and droves of demonstrators beaten, in some instances
ending up in intensive care. Now after reviewing the request to
publically release any information, the Agency is scoffing at
the PCJF, who in turn is calling this “a classic case of
CIA-double speak” used to hide its involvement.
Payroll tax cut in doubt with stand-off in Congress
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A payroll tax cut for 160 million
American workers was in limbo on Wednesday with Democrats and
Republicans in Congress accusing each other of bringing an
extension to a dead stop. If Congress cannot produce a deal by a
December 31 deadline, one of the taxes that workers pay on their
wages will rise immediately to 6.2 percent, from the current 4.2
percent. For the average worker, that would mean about $1,000
less in potential spending power next year and that, in turn,
could cut economic growth, according to economists.
VIDEO: Adam Levitin Tells Congress: Citigroup, Bank Of America,
JPMorgan & Wells Fargo Are All INSOLVENT
Daily Bail - Start watching at 1:35, though the bomb from
Levitin comes near the end. "If they started writing off their
second-lien mortgages, they would have no capital left. They
would be insolvent."
DANGER: Fed asks banks to keep more cash at hand
The US Federal Reserve on Tuesday moved to toughen capital
requirements for the country's largest banks, saying their size
and stretch could threaten the overall financial system. The Fed
said it was preparing to implement new capital and liquidity
rules outlined by an international banking pact on nearly
three-dozen banks with assets over $50 billion.... the Fed said
it would apply the extra-tough standards of the Basel III pact
on 29 "globally systemically important banks." That could mean
even tougher standards for the eight American banks and bank
holding companies on that list: Bank of America, BNY Mellon,
Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, State Street and Wells
Goldman Takes Client Abuse To Next Level: Closes, And Reopens,
Copper And Zinc Recommendations At Massive Losses
Zero Hedge - We thought we had seen it all. And then comes
Goldman. The firm, which continues to eviscerate its clients,
just closed its Long Copper and Zinc June 2012 trades at massive
losses: the first was opened on May 23 at $8,804/t, and closed
on December 19 at $7,274/t, for a loss of $1,530/t, the second
opened May 23 at $2,189/t, closed on December 19 at $1,891/t,
for a loss of $298/t. So far so good - as all our readers know
by now, one should do what Goldman does (i.e., sells to
"clients"), not what Goldman tells its clients to do.
Speculation drives up food prices as bankers gamble on hunger
Guardian - Bankers, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds are
gambling on hunger by speculating on food supply.Global
regulators should step in to stop them. Last year, the price of
global food floated high as ever. That's bad news for most of
us, but not for those who trade commodities. In fact, 2011 was a
great year for the traders, who thrive on bad news, currency
woes, drought, flood, freeze, fire and all other manifestations
of imminent apocalypse.
11 Companies On the Edge in 2012
US News - There probably will not be a fresh surge of
bankruptcies in 2012, but in some industries there's likely to
be consolidation as weak firms succumb to stronger ones. Plus,
the usual forces of competition always produce winners and
losers. Here are 11 prominent firms likely to struggle in 2012.
YouTube: One Hundred Million Dollar Penny
Great visual for understanding the enormity of the bailouts. 1
penny = $100,000,000. $700,000,000,000 Tarp Bailout: 7000
pennies ($70) $16,000,000,000,000 Secret Federal Reserve
Bailout: 160,000 pennies ($1600).
Pennsylvania predicting $500 million deficit, no tax increase
HARRISBURG, Pa (Reuters) - As Pennsylvania slogs its way through
a bad economy, officials predicted on Tuesday that the
commonwealth would end its fiscal year next June with at least
$500 million in debt. However, state Budget Secretary Charles
Zogby said Republican Governor Tom Corbett is not talking about
tax increases to level its 2012-13 spending plan. Pennsylvania's
constitution prohibits budget deficits from being carried into
the new fiscal year.... Zogby said the state is looking now at
freezing a percentage of agency budgets to come up with the $750
million that would balance this year's budget and soften the
blow of another deficit.
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Sued by California Attorney General
Bloomberg - Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac were sued by
California Attorney General Kamala Harris as part of a probe of
mortgage lending and foreclosure practices. Harris wants to know
if drug dealing and prostitution occur in foreclosed homes owned
by the companies, whether taxes are being paid on those houses,
and whether military families have been illegally evicted by
loan servicers, according to the two lawsuits filed today in
state court in San Francisco.
Drought may have killed a 500 MILLION trees, Texas Forest
CNN - A survey released Monday by the Texas Forest Service
estimates 100 million to 500 million trees, or 2% to 10% of the
state's 4.9 billion trees, have been killed by the severe
drought, which began last year.
Exposed: Genetically-modified salmon found to be contaminated
with infectious salmon anemia
(NaturalNews) According to a recent report, AquAdvantage being
raised at a land-based, isolated site on Prince Edward Island
have been found to be contaminated with Infectious Salmon Anemia
(ISA), a serious viral disease that affects Atlantic salmon.
Chamomile helps with anxiety, sleeplessness and depression
(NaturalNews) In a 2009 study, the authors compared scores from
standardized tests designed to measure generalized anxiety
disorder or GAD. Over a period of eight weeks, one group
received a placebo while the other took pharmaceutical grade
chamomile capsules. Subjects were then tested to measure changes
in symptoms of anxiety during this time. Those who took
chamomile enjoyed a reduction in anxiety symptoms and the
changes were termed "clinically meaningful and statistically
Christian group pulls 'pink' breast cancer awareness Bibles
after discovering link to Planned Parenthood
(NaturalNews) A "breast cancer awareness" Bible published by the
publishing arm of the US Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has
been pulled from bookstore shelves after it was discovered that
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the infamous breast cancer group
responsible for coining the popular "pink" campaigns, partners
with the pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood.
Flu shot fantasies: How influenza vaccines halt flu infections
(even when they don't)
(NaturalNews) Vaccines are so effective at halting disease that
they confer total immunity, say vaccine advocates. "Take a flu
shot and you won't get the flu!" Both flu shots and MMR vaccines
are so safe and effective that everybody should be forced to
take them, they insist. And why? Because they claim all those
un-vaccinated people will spread disease to the vaccinated
International Journal of Health Services: 14,000 U.S. Deaths
Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout
This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical
journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima. Authors
Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of
14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima
meltdowns is comparable to the 16,500 excess deaths in the 17
weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. The rise in reported
deaths after Fukushima was largest among U.S. infants under age
Listen to the audio report here.
Flashback: Fukushima radiation taints US milk supplies at levels
2000 percent higher than EPA maximums
(NaturalNews) As of April 10, 2011, 23 US water supplies have
tested positive for radioactive Iodine-131, and worst of all,
milk samples from at least three US locations have tested
positive for Iodine-131 at levels exceeding EPA maximum
containment levels (MCL), and in once case more than 2000
percent higher than MCL, cumulatively.
Personal Identity Thieves Love Health Records
Alliance for Natural Health - Security breaches are up 32%—but
because of a loophole, if your patient data is stolen, you may
not even be told about it! That 32% comes from data reported to
the Department of Health and Human Services. But here’s the
zinger: Federal law requires health organizations to report data
breaches to HHS only if they affect more than 500 people. And it
requires disclosure only in cases that “pose a significant risk
of financial, reputational, or other harm to the individual
Grass-fed beef is more nutrient dense than poultry
(NaturalNews) For over 60 years red meat has been vilified for
its heart clogging saturated fat & cholesterol content. Poultry
products have been marketed as the healthiest animal protein due
to their low-fat content. New understandings of health and
inflammation now reveal that grass-fed beef is significantly
more nutrient dense than poultry.
FDA revokes voting rights from key advisory panel member who
publicly opposes Bayer birth control drugs
(NaturalNews) A prominent expert in health-related issues and
pharmaceutical drugs, Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, Director of the
Public Citizen Health Research Group (HRG) and member of the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Drug Safety and Risk
Management Advisory Committee, was recently stripped of his
voting power just days before an important safety review of two
popular oral contraceptives was to take place.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
Army of loyal customers helps Organic Pastures owner Mark McAfee
get vindictive raw milk quarantine lifted
(NaturalNews) Apparently intimidated by this groundswell of
opposition to its obvious efforts at destroying OPD and further
tainting the image of raw milk, the CDFA finally lifted the
quarantine and slithered back into the hole from which it came.
So by banding together as one to fight tyranny, OPD and its
customers achieved a victory that now serves as a model to raw
milk dairies and cooperatives across the country that are also
facing government tyranny.
Future Riot Shields Produce Sound Which Resonates With The
New Scientist - The new shield described by Raytheon produces a
low-frequency sound which resonates with the respiratory tract,
making it hard to breathe. According to the patent, the
intensity could be increased from causing discomfort to the
point where targets become "temporarily incapacitated". Acoustic
devices haven't seen wide adoption because their range is
limited to a few tens of metres. The patent gets around this by
introducing a "cohort mode" in which many shields are wirelessly
networked so their output covers a wide area, like Roman
legionaries locking their shields together. One shield acts as a
master which controls the others, so that the acoustic beams
combine effectively. Raytheon declined to comment on the work.
Internet Censor Bill Could Target Political Campaigns
Here’s a plausible campaign scenario under SOPA. Imagine you are
running for Congress in a competitive House district. You give a
strong interview to a local morning news show and your campaign
posts the clip on your website. When your opponent’s campaign
sees the video, it decides to play hardball and sends a notice
to your Internet service provider alerting them to what it deems
“infringing content.” It doesn’t matter if the content is
actually pirated. The ISP has five days to pull down your
website and the offending clip or be sued.
Firefox Add-On Bypasses SOPA DNS Blocking
TorrentFreak - The pending Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
continues to inspire opponents to come up with creative
solutions to circumvent it. A new anti-SOPA add-on for Firefox,
titled “DeSopa,” is such a counter measure. When installed,
users can click a single button to resolve a blocked domain via
foreign DNS servers, bypassing all domestic DNS blockades and
allowing the user to browse the site though the bare IP-address
Can the U.S. Government close social media accounts?
Salon - Obama’s regime is now concerned with threat of an ‘all
out Twitter war’. The Obama administration and The New York
Times are teaming up to expose and combat the grave threat posed
by a Twitter account, purportedly operated by the Somali group
Shabab, and in doing so, are highlighting the simultaneous
absurdity and perniciousness of the War on Terror.
Consignment is Chic Again– Are You?
Consignment stores haven’t always been fashionable. In many
areas they’re considered only a small step above Goodwill or
Salvation Army.... Nothing could be further from the truth. Not
in this economy. Consignment stores are back – with a vengeance
and social media marketing skills. The “new” world of
consignment features designer clothes with the tags still on
them, jeans and t-shirts in mint condition, perfect but unwanted
shoes, and gorgeous accessories that have been rescued from
overcrowded closets. Most are selling for 50 to 80 percent off
their original sticker prices, creating killer deals for savvy
Today in History -
Tuesday - December 20, 2011
1790 - The first successful cotton mill in the United States began
operating at Pawtucket, RI.
1803 - The US Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana
Territories from France for $15 million. The transfer took place in New
1820 - The state of Missouri enacted legislation to tax bachelors
between the ages of 21-50 for being unmarried. The tax was $1 a year.
1860 - South Carolina became the first state to secede from the American
1864 - Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, GA as Union Gen. William
T. Sherman continued his "March to the Sea."
1879 - Thomas A. Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at
Menlo Park, NJ.
1880 - New York's Broadway became known as the "Great White Way" when it
was lighted by electricity.
1928 - Mail delivery by dog sled began in Lewiston, ME.
1946 - In Indochina (Vietnam), full-scale guerrilla warfare between
Vietnam partisans and French troops began.
1954 - Buick Motor Company signed Jackie Gleason to one of the largest
contracts ever entered into with an entertainer. Gleason agreed to
produce 78 half-hour shows over a two-year period for $6,142,500.
1963 - The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners.
It was only for the holiday season. It closed again on January 6, 1964.
1989 - General Noriega, Panama's former dictator, was overthrown by a
United States invasion force invited by the new civilian government. The
project was known as Operation Just Cause.
1995 - An American Airlines Boeing 757 en route to Cali, Colombia,
crashed into a mountain, killing all but four of the 163 people aboard.
1996 - Doctors reported that a Cypriot woman who had taken fertility
drugs was carrying about 11 embryos.
1998 - In Houston, TX, a 27-year-old woman gave birth to the only known
living set of octuplets.
1999 - Vermont Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples were entitled
to the same benefits and protections as wedded couples of the opposite
1999 - Sovereignty over the colony of Macao was transferred from
Portugal to China.
2001 - The U.S. Congress passed a $20 billion package to finance the war
against terrorism taking place in Afghanistan.
2001 - Argentina's President Fernando De la Rua resigned after two years
2001 - The first British peacekeepers arrived in Afghanistan to help the
nation heal after decades of war.
Sunni Iraq VP denies charges of running hit squads
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's Sunni vice president wanted by the Shiite-led
government for allegedly ordering hit squads against government
officials says he's innocent of any charges
Hezbollah denies US money laundering charges
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's Hezbollah is denying US allegations of
involvement in a $300 million laundering scheme and drugs trafficking,
with its deputy leader claiming in comments published Tuesday the
charges were false and that America was "not fooling anyone" with
accusations meant to harm his anti-Israeli group.
Philippines sends coffins as toll nears 1,000 dead
ILIGAN, Philippines (AP) -- The government shipped more than 400 coffins
to two flood-stricken cities in the southern Philippines on Tuesday as
the death toll neared 1,000 and President Benigno Aquino III declared a
state of national calamity.
EU fails to reach euro200 billion IMF loan target
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union finance ministers have come up euro50
billion ($65.19 billion) short of their goal of providing the
International Monetary Fund with euro200 billion ($260.78 billion) to
help heavily indebted nations avoid default.
Iraq War Ends With A $4 Trillion IOU
Daily Bail - WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The nine-year-old Iraq war came
to an official end on Thursday, but paying for it will continue for
decades until U.S. taxpayers have shelled out an estimated $4 trillion.
Over a 50-year period, that comes to $80 billion annually. Although that
only represents about 1% of nation’s gross domestic product, it’s more
than half of the national budget deficit. It’s also roughly equal to
what the U.S. spends on the Department of Justice, Homeland Security and
the Environmental Protection Agency combined each year.
Pentagon chief sees close partnership with Libya
TRIPOLI - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that Tripoli could
become an important security partner of Washington as he visited Libya
on Dec. 17 for talks with new regime officials. "We are and will be your
friend and partner," Panetta said at a news conference with Libyan Prime
Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib. "This new and free Libya can become an
important security partner of the United States," he said, adding that
Washington was looking forward to building a close partnership. "We
stand ready to offer whatever assistance in the spirit of friendship and
a spirit of mutual respect."
Syria to allow Arab monitors, 100 dead in violence
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria agreed Monday to an Arab League plan to send
foreign monitors, bowing to growing international pressure to end its
bloody crackdown on a nine-month uprising. However the opposition saw
the deal as a stalling tactic, especially given reports by activists
that more than 100 people were killed on the same day.
Obama criticizes Venezuela's ties to Iran, Cuba
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Barack Obama criticized Venezuela's
human rights record and its ties to Iran and Cuba, telling a Venezuelan
newspaper in comments published Monday that he is concerned about
threats to democracy in the country.
North Korea test fires short-range missile
North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on
Monday, the same day it announced the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, South
Korea's Yonhap news agency said. The agency quoted an unnamed government
official as saying the launches were unrelated to the announcement that
Kim had died Saturday of a heart attack. "The missiles are estimated to
have a range of about 120 kilometres (72 miles)," the official said on
condition of anonymity.
VIDEO: North Koreans: The Most Enslaved People On Earth
Paul Joseph Watson - This is something the establishment media has
completely failed to explain properly. All the video footage of weeping
North Koreans stricken with grief over the death of the “dear leader”
Kim Jong-Il is by no means spontaneous or natural. It’s all part of the
fun of living in a Stalinist dictatorship. If citizens do not show the
appropriately sullen facial expressions, if they don’t produce tears,
and if they don’t properly grieve for the dead dictator, they face
imprisonment and possible execution.
Defector: Rumors Circulating Kim Jong-Il Was Assassinated
Paul Joseph Watson - A prominent North Korean defector and a South
Korean politician are contradicting reports that North Korean dictator
Kim Jong-Il died of a heart attack, pointing to rumors that he was
assassinated as result of an internal power struggle between the ruling
Communist Workers’ Party and the country’s military.
Russia slams US Global Online Freedom Act as ‘Cold War scheme’
RT - The online freedom bill proposed in the US seeks to regulate the
web activities of foreign countries and businesses by imposing its own
unilateral standards, says Russia’s Foreign Ministry. Moscow insists the
UN is the place to pass global laws. The projected Global Online Freedom
Act states that the US State Department will have to review annually the
list of countries “restricting Internet freedom.” The bill would
ultimately block the export of American software and hardware to the
counties on the blacklist. A license would be required to export
products when the end-user was a government.
Over 462 trillion becquerels Fukushima strontium in Pacific Ocean,
Examiner - The Asahi Shimbun newspaper released calculations Monday
showing at least 462 trillion becquerels of radioactive strontium have
leaked into the Pacific Ocean since Fukushima's No. 1 nuclear power
plant catastrophe began.... According to Greenpeace independent
research, Government and retailors are not adequately protecting the
public from dangerous radioactive contaminated Pacific seafood, still
sold unlabeled in Japan and on the international market, including to
the United States due to a secret pact between Secretary Clinton and the
Japanese Prime Minister.
Alarm as Dutch lab creates highly contagious killer flu
A deadly strain of bird flu with the potential to infect and kill
millions of people has been created in a laboratory by European
scientists – who now want to publish full details of how they did it.
The discovery has prompted fears within the US Government that the
knowledge will fall into the hands of terrorists wanting to use it as a
bio-weapon of mass destruction. Some scientists are questioning whether
the research should ever have been undertaken in a university
laboratory, instead of at a military facility.
VIDEO: Canada Leaves Kyoto Protocol For The Wrong Reasons
Activist Post- Unfortunately, one of the major reasons for Canada
exiting was that the protocol didn’t cover enough countries. The exit
had absolutely nothing to do with this global warming hoax being
German village generates 321 percent more renewable energy than it
needs, earns millions selling it back to national power grid
(NaturalNews) BioCycle reports that the German village of Wildpoldsried,
population 2,600, has had such incredible success in building its
renewable energy system. Wildpoldsried generates 321 percent more
renewable energy than it uses, and it now sells the excess back to the
national power grid for roughly $5.7 million in additional revenue every
U.S. News, Politics & Government
YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 12/19/11: European
Bailout Will Make Crisis Far Worse
Ron Paul 's weekly update.
VIDEO: Ron Paul Jay Leno Backstage & Dana Carvey Impression
NBC - Ron Paul interviewed after Jay Leno, answers question from
Major Romney Donors Help Enrich Romney Family Through Joint
As Mitt Romney vies for the presidency, like almost all major
candidates, he has courted a network of very wealthy donors. But
what sets Romney apart is the direct financial relationship he
has forged with some of his major campaign contributors.
Solamere Capital, an investment company set up by Mitt’s son
Tagg Romney and Romney campaign finance chair Spencer Zwick,
directs investments for Mitt’s most active political donors. The
firm, founded in 2008, received a $10 million seed investment
from Mitt Romney himself.
Drone pilots on the edge of collapse
RT - According to new study released by the US Air Force, an
overwhelming number of the pilots that command unmanned robotic
drones from operation centers in America are suffering from
intense stress, even if they are on the other side of the world
from where their attacks are being carried out. With the US
continuing drone strikes despite opposition from allies overseas
such as Pakistan, the toll that the task of commanding the
controversial crafts could be having on its pilots could be
detrimental to the Department of Defense, who insists on pushing
through with the program even with the end result including
droves of dead civilians since the missions began.
Paul Passes Gingrich in New Hampshire at 21%
American Research Group - Mitt Romney continues to lead the New
Hampshire Republican Presidential Preference Primary with 35%.
Jumping into second place is Ron Paul with 21%. Newt Gingrich is
now in third place with 16% and Jon Huntsman is in fourth place
VIDEO: Ron Paul: Phone From Home Our Secret Weapon
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DOJ Conspiring with ACORN-Connected Project Vote?
As you may recall, Judicial Watch investigated a partnership
between the DOJ and ACORN-connected Project Vote to use the
National Voting Rights Act (NVRA) to register more individuals
on public assistance, widely considered a key voting demographic
for the Obama 2012 campaign. (Remember, President Obama
previously worked for Project Vote.) Well, this week we obtained
some new records courtesy of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
lawsuit filed on August 19, 2011. The records detail
communications between the DOJ and Estelle Rogers, a former
ACORN attorney currently serving as Director of Advocacy for
Gingrich-Linked Propagandist Recycles Debunked “Racist” Ron Paul
Paul Joseph Watson - With the establishment terrified of Ron
Paul’s snowballing success as he heads to the Iowa primary
leading the Republican race, an onslaught of already debunked,
agenda-driven, and desperate hit pieces have re-emerged. Prime
amongst them is an attempt to re-hash the ludicrous assertion
that Ron Paul wrote racist newsletters in the early 1990′s when
the material was clearly produced by other authors without Ron
Paul knowing its content.
Gingrich PAC Took $7.6 Million From One Donor, Used Money To Fly
Across The Country For Public Events
Think Progress - The Supreme Court’s decision to gut campaign
finance laws in its 2009 Citizens United decision predictably
opened the gates of the American electoral system to an influx
of corporate money and influence, first in the 2010 midterm
elections and then in numerous statewide and local campaigns. In
Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states with contentious campaigns,
corporations flooded the system with money — in judicial
elections alone, just three corporations spent 13 times as much
as the labor movement.
Pro-Adultery Website Endorses Gingrich
Think Progress - A website that promotes adultery has endorsed
Newt Gingrich for president, and even erected a giant billboard
in Pennsylvania to announce it. Next to a picture of Gingrich
making a “shh” gesture, the billboard reads: “Faithful
Republican, Unfaithful Husband.”
Now Holder plays the race card
Daily Caller - The White House hasn’t returned requests for
comment on whether President Barack Obama agrees with his top
law enforcement officer’s allegations of racial motivations.
Holder’s accusations come as resignation calls mount from a
growing list of 60 congressmen, two senators, every major
Republican presidential candidate and two sitting governors,
spurred on by the congressional investigation into Operation
Fast and Furious. Additionally, seventy-five congressmen have
signed onto a House resolution for a vote of “no confidence” in
Holder as attorney general. Between the two lists, there are 86
total in the House who no longer trust Holder to head the
Department of Justice.
Manning admitted to releasing collateral damage video
RT - Four days into a pre-trial hearing against Bradley Manning,
the courtroom is quickly becoming just as heated as the
documents that the alleged whistleblower is being accused of
leaking online. On day four of the hearings on Monday, the
prosecution against Private First Class Bradley Manning supplied
the court with a series of email messages between the alleged
WikiLeaks contributor and a contact named Eric Schmiedl.
According to the correspondence, Manning took credit for
releasing the controversial “collateral damage” video that
displayed the US military helicopter launching cold-blooded
attack on civilians.
Mexican ex-officials work for US intelligence
Breitbart - At least 80 former Mexican government officials are
currently working as informants for US intelligence agencies,
the daily La Jornada reported, citing senior Mexican officials.
Most of them are gathering information for the US Drug
Enforcement Agency, the prestigious daily reported. Senior
officials in the attorney general's office and the interior
ministry said that those informants work as spies, gather and
analyze information, and follow cases on request.
Judge to rule by end-year on South Carolina immigration law
(Reuters) - A federal judge said on Monday he would decide by
the end of 2011 whether to block enforcement of South Carolina's
new law curbing immigration, as judges have done with several
other state laws. Judge Richard Gergel heard arguments from
attorneys for a coalition of civil rights groups and the U.S.
Department of Justice seeking to halt the law going into effect,
saying it usurps the federal government's constitutional power
to regulate immigration.
Walter Reed accidentally bans Bibles
The Examiner - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is
backtracking on an order that banned family members from
bringing Bibles and other religious materials to injured
soldiers and a religious organization is demanding an
explanation. Issued on the date of the official consolidation of
the region's two military medical centers, the memo on visitor
and patient policy contained a section stating "No religious
items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are
allowed to be given away or used during a visit." The Sept. 14
memo came from the desk of Col. Norvell Coots, the commander of
the Walter Reed Healthcare system.
VIDEO: Pensacola Pastor Threatened with Arrest for Speaking at
Public City Hall Meeting
Father Nathan Monk tells the City Council, “We have the right to
redress our government without fear of being arrested,” and is
nearly arrested. When Monk refused to leave, noting that he had
not violated any rules of conduct, Hall asked Police Chief
Simmons and two other uniformed police officers in attendance to
remove him. He refused to budge until his allotted time was up,
after which he was escorted from council chambers by the
Occupy Wall Street Protest
VIDEO: OWS marks 3-month anniversary in New York
RT - From the Arab Spring - to America's Autumn, now turned
Winter. The Occupy Wall Street movement has marked its 3-month
anniversary this weekend. Images of arrests, brutality, and mass
protesting in America over the last 3 months have been gripping
the world. “The cops must be smacking themselves in the
forehead, because they’ve given such life to this movement,”
said Truthout contributor JA Myerson.
The Silver Rush at MF Global
Investors are furious that they can't get back the gold and
silver they stashed with the failed brokerage. It's one thing
for $1.2 billion to vanish into thin air through a series of
complex trades, the well-publicized phenomenon at bankrupt MF
Global. It's something else for a bar of silver stashed in a
vault to instantly shrink in size by more than 25%. That, in
essence, is what's happening to investors whose bars of silver
and gold were held through accounts with MF Global.
Congress moves toward standoff over payroll tax
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Partisan to the core, Congress careened
toward a holiday-season standoff Monday on legislation to
prevent a Social Security payroll tax increase for 160 million
workers on Jan. 1.
Obamas ready for the most expensive $4 million vacation ever!
RT - If you’re having a hard time finishing all your Christmas
shopping this holiday season, you might want to ask the
president for a few bucks. The latest tally on the expected cost
of his upcoming vacation has been upgraded to around $4 million.
Sound pricey? It is. In fact, at that price tag it stands to be
the costliest presidential vacation ever.
DANGER: BANK OF AMERICA shares close below $5
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of Bank of America Corp closed below
$5 on Monday for the first time since the depths of the bear
market in March 2009. The stock closed at $4.99, down 4 percent,
after dropping as low as $4.92. The shares haven't closed below
$5 since March 11, 2009.
Fed 'to embrace global banking rules'
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Federal Reserve is expected to embrace
a new global framework that requires giant financial
institutions to hold extra capital, The Wall Street Journal
reported Monday. Citing unnamed people familiar with the
situation, the newspaper said the Fed's decision to accept the
rules laid out by regulators in Basel, Switzerland, could come
before Christmas. It is a defeat for big US banks that argued
the guidelines needn't be so strict, the report said. They
contended the Basel approach could prompt them to reduce lending
and hurt the economy.
List of the 30 top corporations that spent more on lobbying than
they paid in federal taxes
DailyMail 2011 Dec 14 - A report by a liberal corporate watchdog
group has revealed 30 major US corporations that spent more
money to lobby Congress than they paid in federal taxes in 2008,
2009 and 2010.... Instead of adding to the federal government's
coffers, tax payers actually gave these 30 companies $11 billion
in rebates and refunds over three years despite $164 billion in
profits, according to Public Campaign, a nonprofit interest
group that seeks to reduce the power of corporate money in
Debt In Perspective – The Startling Truth
I recently received an email in which our national debt was
broken down to a level
that really hits home. Here is how it went.
Four House members received Countrywide VIP mortgages
Four members of the House of Representatives received discounted
mortgages through a special Countrywide program, according to a
letter Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. sent to an ethics committee
Friday. Issa did not name the congressmen in the letter. The
committee on Government Oversight and Accountability launched an
investigation into the Countrywide Financial Corp. VIP program
in 2008. It subpoenaed Bank of America twice and received
roughly 100,000 pages of documents showing the VIP loans
serviced by Countrywide branch 850.
VIDEO: 60 Minutes - Prosecuting Wall Street Fraud At Citigroup
And Countrywide - DOJ On The Defensive
Daily Bail - Outstanding segment from Sunday night for anyone
who missed it. This first portion focuses on fraud at
Read the transcript at CBS.
AP IMPACT: EPA rules threaten older power plants
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in
a dozen states will be forced to shut down and an additional 36
might have to close because of new federal air pollution
regulations, according to an Associated Press survey. Together,
those plants - some of the oldest and dirtiest in the country -
produce enough electricity for more than 22 million households,
the AP survey found. But their demise probably won't cause homes
to go dark.... Tax revenues and jobs will be lost, and
investments in new power plants and pollution controls probably
will raise electric bills.
EPA Ponders Expanded Regulatory Power In Name of ‘Sustainable
Fox News - The EPA wants to change how it analyzes & makes
decisions, in a way that will give it vastly expanded power to
regulate businesses, communities and ecosystems. Its aim: how to
integrate sustainability “as one of the key drivers within the
regulatory responsibilities of EPA.” The panel who wrote the
study declares part of its job to be “providing guidance to EPA
on how it might implement its existing statutory authority to
contribute more fully to a more sustainable-development
trajectory for the United States.”
BP Sponsoring Tourism Ads for the Gulf
Activist Post - What does BP have to do with the Gulf besides
causing one of the world's worst man-made disasters? Why,
appointing themselves as the Gulf's new PR agent! BP is exerting
much effort and advertising funds to bring more tourists to the
Eco-labels on fish may have little meaning
(NaturalNews) The extra money you pay for seafood carrying an
eco-label may not support better environmental fish farming.
That's the conclusion of a study released December 7, 2011 by
the University of Victoria's Seafood Ecology Research Group(SERG).
Life-threatening Pneumonia Is Caused by Pneumonia Vaccine
Gaia Health - The anti-pneumonia & ear infection vaccine,
Prevnar, is causing a life-threatening superbug. Prevnar, the
perfect vaccine, pushed on all children, causes a worse disease,
opening a brand new “need” for a new vaccine to continue the
Vaccine-Produced Immune Cells May Be Associated with Leukeumia
Gaia Health - Vaccines may be causing leukemia. New research may
explain how blood cells can become cancerous, causing leukemia.
It also shows the plausibility of deranged immune systems & lack
of vaccine effectiveness.
Tumeric Benefits And Uses
This member of the ginger family has a bright orange root that
contains the yellow pigment curcumin. Curcumin is considered
anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Not only that
but is also an extremely powerful antioxidant and has shown some
anti-cancer properties! In India it has been considered a whole
body cleanser but is also used to treat fever, infections,
arthritis, dysentery, jaundice and other liver problems. It is
also used to treat fungal infections and as a digestive aid.
That's a lot of medicine in one little spice jar! Here are a few
uses that you may not have thought of....
Are Chillies Good For You?
Health Freedoms - Well, yes they are. Chillies are high in
vitamins including Vitamin C, Vitamin A and some calcium. The
Chilli pepper also contains capsaicin which helps to reduce
congestion and breaks down phlegm. Chilli’s also act like a
painkiller and releases endorphins into the body which helps to
reduce stress and creates a happy, relaxed feeling.
Gardasil boys come marching in - 4 new Gardasil deaths
reported to VAERS
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) God grant me the serenity to realize
that government health agencies are no longer going to protect
my family's health and wellbeing - the courage to stand up and
say 'no' to forced vaccination and the wisdom to know the
difference between coercion and compliance. Amen.
- Serenity Prayer - Revised
Formerly healthy, energetic boy still suffers from extreme
narcolepsy two years after getting swine flu vaccine
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) Shortly after six-year-old Josh
Hadfield of Somerset, UK, got jabbed with Pandemrix,
GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) vaccine for H1N1 / swine flu, a few
years ago, he developed extreme narcolepsy that caused him to
sleep up to 19 hours a day. Two years later, the boy is still
suffering from the condition, and now takes daily doses of the
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Ritalin, as
well as two other antidepressants, to supposedly alleviate his
Flame Retardant Chemical Banned in Europe and Japan Used in U.S.
Soda for Decades
Activist Post - A synthetic chemical known as brominated
vegetable oil (BVO) - first patented by chemical companies as a
flame retardant - is increasingly being identified as a threat
to your health, but soda companies still have yet to remove BVO
as an ingredient. ...BVO has reportedly led to soda-drinkers
experiencing skin lesions, memory loss, and nerve disorders.
Interestingly, these are all the symptoms of overexposure to
Highly Toxic Mercury Present in Processed Foods, Yet FDA Does
Activist Post - Why has the FDA ignored the fact that mercury,
an element that is highly toxic in all forms, was found in a
large number of brand-name processed foods? Specifically, the
mercury content was found to be contained in high-fructose corn
syrup, which also reportedly contains genetically modified
Top 10 Most Important Health Freedom Stories of 2011
Activist Post - 2011 was an amazing year for the health freedom
movement, with monumental victories against Monsanto, Merck and
money-hungry pharmaceutical corporations as a whole. As the year
comes to a close, it is important to look back on some of the
most important stories that helped to propel the natural health
movement into the mainstream spotlight.
Banned in 27 Countries, Monsanto’s rBGH Inhabits Many U.S. Dairy
Activist Post - he synthetic hormone is created using molecules
and DNA sequences that are a result of molecular cloning, which
has been linked to breast and gastrointestinal cancer.
Unfortunately, it is estimated that around 1/3 of cows in the
United States are injected with this synthetic hormone, which
means that you have most likely been highly exposed to rBGH if
you live in the U.S. or have eaten U.S. dairy products.
Fruit and veggie based diets reduce stroke risk
(NaturalNews) Eating lots of fruits and vegetables helps lower
the risk of developing a stroke, a new study shows. The new
report comes from a team of scientists at the the Karolinska
Institute in Sweden and was published in the "Stroke" journal of
the American Heart Association.
US courts already enforcing SOPA-style shut-downs
RT - While activists waging for a free Internet advocate against
the possible passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, the
US court system is already favoring big business by thwarting
third-party competition without any objections. In at least
three cases recently, the US court system has attacked websites
that employed unauthorized usage of a major label’s branding,
specifically True Religion clothing, Chanel cologne and Philip
Morris. In the latest case filed by the cigarette giant,
prosecution for Morris lobbied to have several websites and
their contents and funds seized and transferred without the
defense ever able to present a case.
UMG claims “right to block or remove” YouTube videos it doesn’t
Ars Technica - Universal Music Group has responded to
Megaupload's request for a temporary restraining order barring
the music giant from further interference with the distribution
of its "Mega Song." UMG insists that it had a right to take down
the video—not under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as
Megaupload had assumed, but under a private contractual
arrangement between UMG and YouTube.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
Occupy the Food System
Huffington Post - No one knows this better than family farmers,
whose struggle to make a living on the land has gotten far more
difficult since corporations came to dominate our farm and food
system. We saw signs of it when Farm Aid started in 1985, but
corporate control of our food system has since exploded. From
seed to plate, our food system is now even more concentrated
than our banking system. Most economic sectors have
concentration ratios hovering around 40 percent, meaning that
the top four firms in the industry control 40 percent of the
for Santa - a Christmas greeting
New Dress Code? Barney Frank Wears Revealing Shirt On House Floor
Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was on the House floor late Monday
afternoon wearing a t-shirt and a sling due to a recent operation on his
thumb. Frank was wearing a revealing shirt, one which you could see
through that exposed what his bare chest looks like. The outgoing
congressman said his recent attire was due to surgery he had on a
ligament in his thumb.
YouTube: You're the Wrong One, Mr. Gingrich
The latest parody from JJ Jones, motivated by the 2012 race for
President. You're the Wrong One, Mr. Gingrich! Fortunately we have a
Today in History -
Monday - December 19, 2011
1732 - Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."
1776 - Thomas Paine published his first "American Crisis" essay.
1777 - General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to
Valley Forge, PA, to camp for the winter.
1842 - Hawaii's independence was recognized by the U.S.
1843 - Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was first published in
1871 - Corrugated paper was patented by Albert L. Jones.
1903 - The Williamsburg Bridge opened in New York City. It opened as the
largest suspension bridge on Earth and remained the largest until 1924.
It was also the first major suspension bridge to use steel towers to
support the main cable.
1918 - Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column in "The New
1959 - Walter Williams died in Houston, TX, at the age of 117. He was
said to be the last surviving veteran of the U.S. Civil War.
1972 - Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program
of manned lunar landings.
1973 - Johnny Carson started a fake toilet-paper scare on the "Tonight
1984 - Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese
sovereignty on July 1, 1997.
1986 - The Soviet Union announced it had freed dissident Andrei Sakharov
from internal exile, and pardoned his wife, Yelena Bonner.
1986 - Independent counsel Lawrence Walsh was appointed to investigate
the Iran-Contra issue.
1989 - U.S. troops invaded Panama to overthrow the regime of General
1996 - The school board of Oakland, CA, voted to recognize Black
English, also known as "ebonics." The board later reversed its stance.
1997 - "Titanic" opened in American movie theaters.
1998 - U.S. President Bill Clinton was impeached on two charges of
perjury and obstruction of justice by the U.S. House of Representatives.
1998 - A four-day bombing of Iraq by British and American forces ended.
2000 - The U.N. Security Council voted to impose sanctions on
Afghanistan's Taliban rulers unless they closed all terrorist training
camps and surrender U.S. embassy bombing suspect Osama bin Laden.
2003 - Images for the new design for the Freedom Tower at the World
Trade Center site were released. The building slopes into a spire that
reaches 1,776 feet.
2008 - U.S. President George W. Bush signed a $17.4 billion rescue
package of loans for ailing auto makers General Motors and Chrysler.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, 69, has died
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and
enigmatic longtime leader, has died of heart failure. He was 69. In a
"special broadcast" Monday from the North Korean capital, state media
said Kim died of a heart ailment on a train due to a "great mental and
physical strain" on Dec. 17 during a "high intensity field inspection."
It said an autopsy was done on Dec. 18 and "fully confirmed" the
North Korea: Kim Jong Il dead, son is 'successor'
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea announced the death of supreme
leader Kim Jong Il and urged its people to rally behind his young son
and heir-apparent Monday, while the world watched for signs of
instability in a nation pursuing nuclear weapons. South Korea put its
military on high alert as it faces North's 1.2 million-strong armed
forces, and President Barack Obama agreed by phone with South Korean
President Lee Myung-bak to closely monitor developments and cooperate.
Analysis: Nuke talks uncertain after Kim's death
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il could
put a brake on talks ultimately aimed at getting the secretive communist
state to give up its nuclear weapons.
Philippine storm toll exceeds 650; 900 missing
ILIGAN, Philippines (AP) - As a storm that killed more than 650 in the
southern Philippines raged outside the store where she works, Amor
Limbago worriedly called home to check on her parents, but their
cellphones just kept ringing and later went dead. Limbago, 21, rushed
home as soon as the flash floods receded and confirmed her worst fear:
Her parents and seven other relatives were gone, swept away from their
hut by the river. They had eagerly planned a small Christmas dinner in
that hut just days earlier.
YouTube: US Court Claims Iranian 9/11 Link
RT Dec 16, 2011 - A US court has won a default judgement that Iranian
officials, including its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,
provided help to the 9/11 hijackers behind the worst terror attack on
American soil. The lawsuit was filed by the families of the atrocity's
victims. There was no Iranian representation in court. RT talks to
Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Center for Research on
9/11 verdict is 'US propaganda for waging war on Iran'
RT Dec 18, 2011 - Director of the Center for Research on Globalization
Michel Chossudovsky has told RT that calling Iran’s officials -
including the supreme leader - guilty of helping the 9/11 attackers is
nothing but “a ploy.”... “There is absolutely no evidence that Iran
aided the 9/11 attacks. There is ample evidence after collection that
there was conspiracy and the complicity of the US government…There is
absolutely no evidence that Al Qaeda or the Taliban were involved in the
9/11 attacks. In fact, if there is anyone behind Al Qaeda, it was the
Central Intelligence Agency, going back to the Soviet Afghan war”,
Iran-bound radioactive luggage seized at Moscow airport
RT Dec 16, 2011 - A man trying to smuggle radioactive sodium isotopes to
Iran has been detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.
The man got as far as customs control, where his case set off the
radiation control alarm. When customs officers opened the suitcase, they
found 18 metal objects held in steel containers. Tests at the scene
confirmed it was the metal that had triggered the radioactive alarm.
Radiation levels were 20 times the norm, according to field tests
performed. The customs press service said the objects were man-made and
could have been created only with the use of a nuclear reactor.
Debka: Whoever hacked the drone, hacked the CIA
RT - New reports investigating Iran’s interception of a top-secret drone
craft belonging to the CIA allege that the hijacking of the stealth
airship could have roots not just overseas but in Washington as well.
Ongoing reports from RT have revealed that Iranian intelligence officer
claimed in recent days that the recovery of America’s RQ-170 Sentinel
stealth drone on December 4 was not due to an equipment malfunction, as
US authorities say happened with another craft last days later, but
rather the handiwork of Iranian engineers.
Iran state TV airs "confession" of detained CIA spy
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian state television on Sunday aired what it
described as the confession of an Iranian man detained for spying for
the CIA. State television broadcast a taped interview with Amir Mirza
Hekmati, in which he said he had received training by the U.S.
intelligence services. The channel said he had been sent to Iran to
provide misinformation to Iranian intelligence.
Exclusive: Secret U.S., Taliban talks reach turning point
(Reuters) - After 10 months of secret dialogue with Afghanistan's
Taliban insurgents, senior U.S. officials say the talks have reached a
critical juncture and they will soon know whether a breakthrough is
possible, leading to peace talks whose ultimate goal is to end the
Afghan war. As part of the accelerating, high-stakes diplomacy, Reuters
has learned, the United States is considering the transfer of an
unspecified number of Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military
prison into Afghan government custody.
Soldiers baton-charge Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square after eight
die and 300 are wounded in new clashes
Mail Online - Soldiers baton-charged demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir
Square today just 24 hours after street clashes killed eight people and
wounded more than 300. Protesters fled into side streets to escape the
troops in riot gear, who grabbed people and battered them repeatedly
even after they had been beaten to the ground. The violence - witnessed
by a Reuters journalist - marred the first free election most Egyptians
can remember and highlighted the tensions in Egypt 10 months after a
popular revolt toppled President Hosni Mubarak.
VIDEO: 'NATO wants a simmering civil war in Syria – as a prelude’
RT Dec 16, 2011 - Washington is ready to discuss Russia’s UN Security
Council draft resolution on Syria, describing some provisions as however
“unacceptable” and still not acknowledging that the anti-regime
protesters are well-armed. What exactly the US and NATO countries
consider to be “unacceptable” is the real question, believes Asia Times
correspondent Pepe Escobar.
Eurozone to pursue crisis action, Fitch doubts outcome
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The euro zone will tackle its debt crisis this week
by offering more cash to the IMF and long-term liquidity to banks, while
moving toward tighter fiscal rules, after ratings agency Fitch cast
doubt on its capacity to respond decisively.
Why is the Department of Homeland Security assisting in the murder of
Activist Post - In May of last year, the United States Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) helped the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) carry out
a drug raid which resulted in the slaughter of 73 innocent Jamaicans,
and they are now attempting to cover up the incident by not releasing
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Public Policy Polling: Paul 23% Romney 20% Gingrich 14%!
December 18, 2011 - Newt Gingrich's campaign is rapidly
imploding, and Ron Paul has now taken the lead in Iowa. He's at
23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick
Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry, 4% for Jon Huntsman,
and 2% for Gary Johnson.
GOP will take off the gloves if Ron Paul wins Iowa
The Examiner - But in a crowded GOP field currently led by a
collapsing Newt Gingrich and an uninspiring Mitt Romney, Paul
could carry the Iowa caucuses, where supporter enthusiasm has so
much value.... If Paul wins, how will the media and the GOP
react? Much of the media will ignore him (expect headlines like
"Romney Beats out Gingrich for Second Place in Iowa"). Some in
the Republican establishment and the conservative media will
panic. Others will calmly move to crush him, with the full
cooperation of the liberal mainstream media.
Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban
Washington Times - Congressional negotiators struck a deal
Thursday that overturns the new rules that were to have banned
sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs beginning next
year. That agreement is tucked inside the massive 1,200-page
spending bill that funds the government through the rest of this
fiscal year, and which both houses of Congress will vote on
Friday.... The spending bill doesn’t actually amend the 2007
law, but does prohibit the administration from spending any
money to carry out the light bulb standards — which amounts to
at least a temporary reprieve.
House passes $1T budget bill, avoids shutdown
The House has passed a $1 trillion-plus catchall budget bill
paying for day-to-day operations of 10 Cabinet departments and
averting a government shutdown, while Senate talks on renewing a
payroll tax cut and jobless benefits reached a critical phase.
YouTube: New TV Ad: Rand Paul on Ron Paul's principled
YouTube; The Tonight Show With Jay Leno: The Complete Ron Paul
And Joe Rogan Interview
The second guest was Joe Rogan, who had a few words to add.
Related video here.
Examiner: Ron Paul's Tonight Show appearance may become a
turning point in the 2012 campaign
"The appearance came at a time when Congressman Paul is under
serious coordinated attack from Conservative Establishment
talking heads on talk radio and other mediums because of his
non-interventionist foreign policy beliefs." "Ron Paul's Tonight
Show appearance may become a turning point in the 2012 campaign.
No other candidate in the Republican field is generating
anywhere near the populist energy and excitement that
Congressman Paul is getting. The passion for Paul is reminiscent
of the excitement then candidate Barack Obama was able to
generate in 2008. These next several weeks are going to be very
VIDEO: Paul's serious challenge in Iowa could rock the GOP race
CNN - What if Ron Paul rocked the political establishment,
silenced the naysayers and spoiled the party for Newt Gingrich
and Mitt Romney by winning the Iowa caucuses? "I think I have a
good chance," the Republican presidential candidate told CNN's
Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" on Wednesday.
Drudge Report Links To Daily Paul! "Money Pours In For Paul"
Daily Paul Dec 17, 2011 - Front page of Drudge right now, right
under photo of Ron Paul pulling the trigger.
Ron Paul Supporters Slay More Than 1,000 Dragons With Game
Dungeoneers for Super Brochure
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Dec 15, 2011 (MARKETWIRE) -- Alex Beltramo,
an independent game developer and co-founder of pioneering
online website for casual games www.pogo.com, has found a
creative way to promote his upcoming fantasy role-playing game,
Dungeoneers, while also supporting Congressman Ron Paul's bid to
win the Republican nomination. For each player that completes
the game's first quest -- slaying a White Dragon -- Beltramo
contributes $5 in support of Ron Paul. He has set aside $25,000
for the cause.
Gingrich Fading Quickly
The Gallup daily tracking poll shows Newt Gingrich's lead in the
GOP presidential primary is shrinking fast. Gingrich leads Mitt
Romney, 28% to 24%, followed by Ron Paul at 10%, Michele
Bachmann at 8%, Rick Perry at 6%, Rick Santorum at 4% and Jon
Huntsman at 2%. Meanwhile, Public Policy Polling previews
surveys currently in the field: "Newt this weekend: national
lead fading, nowhere close in NH, quite possibly down to 3rd in
Gingrich: Send U.S. Marshals to arrest uncooperative judges
Washington Post - Former House speaker Newt Gingrich showed no
sign Sunday of letting up on his assault on “activist” federal
judges. During an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,”
Gingrich suggested the president could send federal law
enforcement authorities to arrest judges who make controversial
rulings in order to compel them to justify their decisions
before congressional hearings.
National Organization for Marriage takes aim at Ron Paul
Raw Story - The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a
group dedicated to fighting same sex marriage and preventing
same sex couples from adopting children, has put Texas Rep. Ron
Paul in its crosshairs.
YouTube: Federal Government Takes Final Step to Suspend
In what can only be considered a tragic irony, the U.S. Senate
passed out of the final conference committee the controversial
National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, coinciding with the
220th Anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.
Section 1031 of the National Defense Authorization Act otherwise
known as the NDAA, provides broad authority for the federal
government to use the military in domestic operations in order
to detain Americans indefinitely and without trial.
Anonymous attacking creators of indefinite detention bill
RT - Upon discussion of routes to take to show their opposition
to the overwhelming number of politicians who voted in favor of
NDAA, Anonymous members agreed to begin with Senator Robert J
Portman, a Republican lawmaker from the state of Ohio. By
Thursday morning, an Anonymous operative released personal
information pertaining to the lawmaker, and revealed that not
only was Sen. Portman among the politicians to vote “aye” on the
legislation, but it has also been revealed that the senator had
good reason to do so. According to a OpenCongress.org, Sen.
Portman received $272,853 from special interest groups that have
shown support for NDAA.
No Fear: Memory Adjustment Pills Get Pentagon Push
Wired - The Pentagon this week announced an $11 million grant
doled out to three research institutions, all of them long-time
hubs for the military’s ongoing PTSD investigations. Experts at
Emory University, the University of Southern California and New
York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center will study the
effectiveness of D-Cycloserine (DCS). DCS is a pharmaceutical
thought to help extinguish fearful memories. It’s usually taken
right before exposure therapy, a process that involves recalling
traumatic experiences in an effort to nullify the menacing
associations that accompany them.
Efforts to reverse 'corporate personhood' gain momentum as
groups seek to curb campaign contributions
(NaturalNews) The latest effort to reverse this sort of
Corporate Personhood comes from Los Angeles, where city council
members voted unanimously on a resolution that calls for a
constitutional amendment asserting that corporations are not
entitled to constitutional rights, and that corporate donations
do not amount to practicing freedom of speech.
Court Rules Israeli-Pennsylvania Snoop Group Violated First
Courthouse News Service - HARRISBURG, Pa. (CN) - The Gas
Drilling Awareness Coalition sufficiently pleaded First
Amendment violations in its lawsuit against an American-Israeli
anti-terror think tank that contracted with Pennsylvania's
Office of Homeland Security to keep tabs on environmentalists'
protests against natural gas drillers, a federal judge ruled.
U.S. District Judge William Caldwell denied qualified immunity
to defendant James Powers Jr., the former director of
Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security, who allegedly
approved the contract.
Witnesses testify in Bradley Manning Wikileaks case
FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - Bradley Manning, the suspected
source of the largest leak of classified U.S. documents in
history, spent his 24th birthday in military court on Saturday
listening to investigators detail how they pieced together the
case against him.
Experimental Navy Drone Travels Through Arkansas Town
NewsCow.net - It was an experimental military aircraft being
toted from coast to coast, according to undersheriff Bill
Mueller. Law enforcement in Winfield, Ark City and the sheriffs
department, helped escort the craft from the Kay County line to
the Butler line this morning.... Northrop Grumman, a defense
systems contractor, is the company moving the aircraft across
the country. Video report here.
Justice Dept.: Seattle police used excessive force
SEATTLE (AP) — Inadequate supervision and training have led
Seattle police officers to grab weapons such as batons and
flashlights too quickly and to escalate confrontations even when
arresting people for minor offenses, the U.S. Justice Department
said Friday.... Federal investigators determined Seattle police
have engaged in excessive force that violated federal law and
the Constitution. They did not find discriminatory policing, but
the report acknowledged that many community members believe the
department does show bias.
CT mayor wants illegals to vote
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is reacting coolly
to New Haven Mayor John DeStefano's plan to ask the state
legislature to allow illegal immigrants who live in the city to
vote in municipal elections. Malloy said Wednesday that "it's
not an idea that I'm particularly comfortable with." The
Democratic governor said he believes there are obligations and
privileges that come with legal citizenship.... DeStefano said
illegal immigrants pay taxes indirectly through rent and send
their kids to New Haven schools and should be able to vote.
Florida airport could be first in US to ban naked body scanners
(NaturalNews) Air travelers flying out of Fort Lauderdale -
Hollywood International Airport (FTL) in Florida may soon no
longer have to worry about being forced through the US
Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) naked body
scanners. CBS 4 in Miami reports that the commission of Broward
County, where the airport is located, is considering a measure
that would ban the cancer-causing devices from the popular
Occupy Wall Street Protest
Congressman on hunger strike to show solidarity with Occupy
Washington Examiner - Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., embarked on a
24-hour hunger strike in solidarity with four Occupy DC
protesters who have gone without food since Dec. 8 to advocate
for D.C. voting rights. Ellison, the first Muslim to serve in
the House, met with the hunger strikers Thursday and pledged to
read their declaration – which calls for full voting rights for
District residents as well as legislative and budget autonomy –
on the floor of the House of Representatives to enter it into
the congressional record.
NYPD involved in online scandal again
RT - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended the NYPD
for their actions on Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, even if
they did beat peaceful protesters and arrest accredited
journalists. Now it looks as if New York’s Finest bragged about
the battery before it even began.
House GOP leaders want new payroll tax cut bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - Top House Republicans rebelled Sunday against
a bipartisan, Senate-approved bill extending payroll tax cuts
and jobless benefits for two months. The House GOP defiance cast
uncertainty over how quickly Congress would forestall a tax
increase otherwise heading straight at 160 million workers
beginning New Year's Day. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio,
said it could be finished within two weeks, which suggested that
lawmakers might have to spend much of their usual holiday break
battling each other in the Capitol.
AP data: States shed thousands of public employees
State governments across the country have cut more than 80,000
jobs since the beginning of the recession, reflecting steep
drops in tax revenue and providing a drag on the economies in
many parts of the country, the Associated Press has found.
Trustee to Seize and Liquidate Even the Stored Customer Gold and
Silver Bullion From MF Global
The bottom line is that apparently some warehouses and bullion
dealers are not a safe place to store your gold and silver, even
if you hold a specific warehouse receipt. In an oligarchy,
private ownership is merely a concept, subject to interpretation
and confiscation. Although the details and the individual
perpetrators are yet to be disclosed, what is now painfully
clear is that the CFTC and CME regulated futures system is
defaulting on its obligations. This did not even happen in the
big failures like Lehman and Bear Sterns in which the customer
accounts were kept whole and transferred before the liquidation
50 Economic Numbers From 2011 That Are Almost Too Crazy To
Global Research - We truly do need a fundamental change in
direction. America is consuming far more wealth than it is
producing and our debt is absolutely exploding. If we stay on
this current path, an economic collapse is inevitable. Hopefully
the crazy economic numbers from 2011 that I have included in
this article will be shocking enough to wake some people up.
Obama's millionaire 'car czar' slams autoworker pay - says GM
gov't bailout agreement should have included deep wage cuts for
The former head of the Obama administration's auto task force
says he should have pushed the United Auto Workers for steeper
sacrifices in the General Motors bailout, including wage cuts.
The people earning $9 a hour in a suburban Detroit GM plant
US mortgage giants charged with fraud
December 16, 2011 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
brought the charges against the former executives, saying they
misled investors about the mortgage finance companies' exposure
to risky home loans leading to the 2008 financial crisis. Fannie
Mae's Daniel Mudd and Freddie Mac's Richard Syron were among
those charged. The two are the highest-profile individuals to be
charged in connection with the financial crisis.
Fracking investigation finds toxic emissions at drill sites
There is new evidence that hydraulic fracturing poses a threat
to air quality. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), a
non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Chesapeake
Bay, conducted an infrared video investigation this spring of
air pollution emitting from 15 hydraulic fracturing sites in
Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. The organization said
it found emissions at 11 of the sites.
Source: Congress to Approve Keystone Pipeline Provision in
A Senate source tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that congressional
leaders have worked out a two-month budget deal that includes a
fully-funded extension of the payroll tax cut. The deal will
also require the Obama administration to decide within 60 days
on whether or not it will approve construction of the Keystone
oil pipeline. President Obama has threatened to veto any deal
that includes the Keystone pipeline provision.
Canadian judge rules SSRI antidepressants like Prozac can cause
children to commit murder
(NaturalNews) The use of antidepressant and psychiatric drugs,
particularly among children, is an extremely risky activity that
could have fatal consequences for both the individuals that use
them, as well as their friends and family. According to the
National Post, a Canadian judge recently ruled that the extreme
mind-altering effects of the antidepressant drug Prozac were in
large part responsible for causing a 15-year-old boy to thrust a
nine-inch kitchen knife into one of his closest friends.
VIDEO: Toddler Given Chemo Overdose At Military Hospital
FT. BELVOIR, VA (WUSA) -- Researchers estimate medical mistakes
kill 200-thousand Americans every year. Errors with medication
injure an estimate 1.5 million of us. One is the 2-year-old
daughter of Iraq War vet allegedly hit with a massive overdose
of chemotherapy at Walter Reed Army Hospital.
Oral Flu Vaccine On the Horizon?
Inquisitr - International Vaccine Institute in Korea inventing a
more user friendly flu shot for you. Results from a new study
have suggested that an oral flu vaccine may be more effective
than traditional shots in prevention of the seasonal flu.
Researchers at the International Vaccine Institute in Korea
found that administering a certain flu antigen called matrix
protein 2 (M2) beneath the tongue of mice stopped them from
getting different strains of the flu virus, including avian flu
and swine flu, ABC news reported.
A Judicial Watch Special Report: Examining the FDA’s HPV Vaccine
This Judicial Watch Special Report is an analysis of records
obtained from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning
a recent vaccine called Gardasil. Gardasil helps protect against
four types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The vaccine was
approved in May 2006 and was created and marketed by Merck &
Physicians Oppose Mandatory Flu Vaccine for Health Workers
In a letter to Colorado public health officials, the Association
of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) opposes a rule
requiring workers in health care facilities to have an annual
influenza vaccination or lose their jobs. Workers who had a rare
religious or medical exemption would be required to wear a mask
in patient care areas from November through March.
Neti pot scare story proves that brain-eating amoeba lurk in
public water supplies
(NaturalNews) All across the 'net, the mainstream media is
running scare stories about people who use neti pots and then
suffer from brain-eating amoeba that fatally devour their brain
tissue. Of course, it's all a deception to try to link a natural
cleansing therapy to the risk of death. Even so, all the
following media outlets ran deceptively-titled stories blaming
neti pots for brain-eating amoeba... Blaming a neti pot for
exposure to brain-eating amoeba in the water supply is sort of
like blaming a dinner plate for
VIDEO: Without Autopsies, Hospitals Bury Their Mistakes
Without autopsies to confirm patients’ precise causes of death,
public health officials say, the health-care system overall
suffers. Erroneous information sometimes ends up on death
certificates. Broad categories of disease such as cancer are
probably accurate, but specifics such as the type of cancer may
not be, said Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics
branch of the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
Two-year Oxford Univ. study confirms that a simple, inexpensive
daily Vitamin B-complex supplement fights memory loss, protects
Daily Mail - A daily dose of vitamin B can dramatically combat
memory loss in old age and even protect against Alzheimer's, a
study has found. People taking the pill had lower levels of a
brain protein known to lead to a rise in the risk of dementia.
Researchers found it also slowed mental decline in older people
who have slight problems with their memory.
White tea, witch hazel proven by scientists to reduce
inflammation and fight cancer
(NaturalNews) Rose, witch hazel and white tea may sound like the
refrain from a folk song, but the trio of natural substances
delivers both health and skin benefits through their ability to
halt inflammation say British researchers. Health issues
including cancer, arthritis and diabetes have all been linked to
inflammation, which is also responsible for premature signs of
Four ways Monsanto threatens the environment and public health
(NaturalNews) Biotechnology giant Monsanto has been the leader
in genetically modifying the planet, altering the genetic
structure of crops and seeds that are consumed by individuals
around the globe. Scientific research has found that GM crops
and herbicides are not only leading to a number of health
disorders, but they are also spawning mutated species of insects
and powerful superweeds. This is only a couple of the ways that
Monsanto continues to recklessly endanger human health and the
environment -- here are the complete 4.
Big Corn, Big Sugar in bitter fight over ‘corn sugar’
Sugar producers have filed suit alleging the corn industry has
spent $50 million in “a mass media rebranding campaign that
misleads the consuming public by asserting falsely that HFCS is
natural and is indistinguishable from the sugar extracted from
sugar cane and sugar beets.” The lawsuit, which seeks an end to
the ads using the term “corn sugar,” states that use of the corn
syrup increased over 1,000 percent between 1970 and 1990 and
that this rise “bears a strong temporal relationship to the
growth in American obesity.” Sugar makers say the corn industry
is making a desperate effort to salvage the product which
consumers are increasingly avoiding.
VIDEO: Orange Juice's 'Secret Ingredient' Worries Some
ABC News - Natalya Murakhver, a New York food writer and mother
of an 18-month year old daughter, loved her premium brand orange
juice -- the "100 percent pure" and "not from concentrate" kind
that comes in the colorful carton and tastes consistently
delicious. That is, until she said she learned from her
first-time moms group that there's a "secret ingredient" in all
premium orange juices that companies are not required to put on
Don’t Be Fooled: The Horrible Anti-Internet Bill Is NOT Being
Shelved Until Next Year
Washington’s Blog - Trying to Trick the American People Into
Thinking It Was Over Until After the Holidays So We Won’t Fight
Back! Despite the fact that Congress was supposed to be out of
session until the end of January, the Judiciary Committee has
just announced plans to come back to continue the markup this
coming Wednesday. This is rather unusual and totally
unnecessary. But it shows just how desperate Hollywood is to
pass this bill as quickly as possible, before the momentum of
opposition builds up even further.
Keeping Your Home Secure in a Technological World
Emerging technology once viewed as a convenience, should now be
perceived as a double edged sword. In order gain a bird’s eye
view into your home, thieves are now using google maps to find
the best vantage points. These thieves used Google Maps to
target as many as nine suburban homes in a Chicago neighborhood
for break-ins since March 2011, police said.
Could a computer virus infect the human mind?
Mail Online - Californian biologist Andrew Hessel says, 'Cells
are living computers and DNA is a programming language,' but
warns that this could lead to viruses and bacteria used to
'hack' human minds.
VIDEO: NASA Shuts Doors, Pulls Plug on Shuttle Discovery
NASA powered down the space shuttle Discovery for a final time
Friday (Dec. 16), more than 28 years after the agency's retired
fleet leader first came alive. The vehicle was "unplugged"
inside Orbiter Processing Facility-1 (OPF-1) at the Kennedy
Space Center in Florida.
Mysterious "white web" found growing on nuclear waste
This is as fascinating as it is unsettling. Scientists at the
Department of Energy's Savannah River Site — a nuclear
reservation in South Carolina — have identified a strange,
cob-web like "growth" (their word, not ours) on the racks of the
facility's spent nuclear fuel assemblies. According to a report
filed by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, "the
growth, which resembles a spider web, has yet to be
characterized, but may be biological in nature."
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
Stocking up for Doomsday: As economists predict meltdown, meet
the families ready for the worst
Daily Mail - Having a sense of perspective on the potential
risks is something emphasised by Tim Lang, Professor of Food
Policy at City University London. The highly respected academic
says that while the danger of widespread food shortages should
not be exaggerated, he was not surprised that people are
starting to prepare for that eventuality.
VIDEO: Gentle Cat Helps Soothe Fussy Baby
All the pet-lovers out there will love this video. We spend so much time
lavishing love and affection on our pets, that sometimes it can be a
surprise to see them do the same for us! In this tender moment caught on
film, Stewie the cat helps put new baby Connar to sleep… the cutest bit
is right at the end so be sure to wait for it!
Today in History -
Friday - December 16, 2011
1773 - Nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor off of
British ships by Colonial patriots. The patriots were disguised as
Indians. The act was to protest taxation without representation and the
monopoly the government granted to the East India Company.
1835 - In New York, 530 buildings were destroyed by fire.
1901 - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," by Beatrix Potter, was printed for
the first time.
1903 - Women ushers were employed for the first time at the Majestic
Theatre in New York City.
1905 - Sime Silverman published the first issue of "Variety".
1944 - During World War II, the Battle of the Bulge began in Belgium. It
was the final major German counteroffensive in the war.
1950 - U.S. President Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in
order to fight "Communist imperialism."
1951 - NBC-TV debuted "Dragnet" in a special preview on "Chesterfield
Sound Off Time". The show began officially on January 3, 1952.
1960 - A United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided
over New York City, killing 134 people.
1981 - The U.S. Congress restored the $122 minimum monthly social
security benefit for current recipients.
1995 - Many U.S. government functions were again closed as a temporary
finance provision expired and the budget dispute between President
Clinton and Republicans in Congress continued.
1995 - NATO launched a military operation in support of the Bosnia peace
1998 - The U.S. and Britain fired hundreds of missiles on Iraq in
response to Saddam Hussein's refusal to comply with U.N. weapons
1999 - Torrential rains and mudslides in Venezuela left thousands of
people dead and forced at least 120,000 to leave their homes.
2000 - U.S. President George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to be the
first African-American secretary of state. Powell was sworn in January
2001 - In Tora Bora, Afghanistan, tribal fighters announced that they
had taken the last al-Quaida positions. More than 200 fighters were
killed and 25 captured. They also announced that they had found no sign
of Osama bin Laden.
2001 - Cuba received the first commercial food shipment from the United
States in nearly 40 years. The shipment was sent to help Cuba after
Hurricane Michelle hit Cuba on November 4, 2001.
2001 - A British newspaper, The Observer, reported that a notebook had
been found at an al-Quaida training camp in southern Afghanistan. The
notebook contained a "blue print" for an bomb attack on London's
2009 - Astronomers discovered GJ1214b. It was the first-known exoplanet
on which water could exist.
VIDEO: Russia puts new draft resolution on Syria to UNSC
RT - Russia, surprisingly to Western powers, has put forward a UNSC
resolution on Syria, calling on the Syrian parties to end violence and
start talks. Meanwhile, Syria's vice-president is visiting Moscow to
discuss peaceful solutions for the crisis. The Kremlin's UN envoy
Vitaly Churkin, who holds the council presidency for the month in
December, did not disclose the exact contents of the text, saying it
will be discussed by the 15 council members in the coming days.
ICC prosecutor: Gadhafi death may be war crime
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The chief prosecutor for the International
Criminal Court said Thursday there are "serious suspicions" that the
death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was a war crime. Luis Moreno
Ocampo told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council that he
sent a letter to the head of the National Transitional Council asking
what the government's plans are to investigate alleged war crimes by all
parties, including the rebels.
Secret papers shed light on killings as troops pull out
Sydney Morning Herald - BAGHDAD: One by one, the marines sat down, swore
to tell the truth and began to give secret interviews discussing one of
the most horrific episodes of America's time in Iraq: the 2005 massacre
by marines of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha.... The 400 pages
of interrogations, once closely guarded as secrets of war, were supposed
to have been destroyed as the last US troops prepared to leave Iraq.
Instead, they were discovered with reams of other classified documents,
including military maps showing helicopter routes and radar
capabilities, by a reporter for The New York Times at a junkyard outside
YouTube: US Troops Surround Syrian Border?
RT Dec 15, 2011 - This year Time Magazine chose The Protester as the
person of the year. Protests have emerged all over the world and some
say the Arab Spring was the catalyst to this global movement for change.
In Syria according to some reports 5,000 people have died while
protesting against the government. Now there are some reports that
President Obama has moved US troops to the Syrian border. James Corbett,
host of The Corbett Report, helps us inspect what's going on around
US clears Iraqi airspace for Israeli strike on Iran
Washington Times - The U.S. military’s fast-approaching Dec. 31 exit
from Iraq, which has no way to defend its airspace, puts Israel in a
better place strategically to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iraq has
yet to assemble a force of jet fighters, and since the shortest route
for Israeli strike fighters to Iran is through Iraqi airspace, observers
conclude that the U.S. exit makes the Jewish state’s mission planning a
Australian Banks Given One Week To Prepare For European “Meltdown”
Zero Hedge - According to the Australian Finance Review (link -
subscription required), banks down under "have been given 1 week by
regulators to stress test how they would handle a spike in joblessness,
plunge in home prices spurred by EU debt crisis." Aka a European
China trims holdings of US Treasury debt
WASHINGTON (AP) -- China bought less U.S. Treasury debt in October and
total foreign holdings dipped for the first time since July. Total
foreign holdings of Treasury debt edged down 0.1 percent to $4.66
trillion, the Treasury Department reported Thursday.
Putin lashes out at McCain, says US drones, commandos killed Gaddafi
RT - Vladimir Putin has lashed out at John McCain over his threats that
the PM may face same fate as the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The
Russian premier speculated that the US senator has been traumatized by
his POW experience. Putin presented his version of how Gaddafi was
killed, and it allocates a dubious place for NATO in the scenario.
‘Europe puts nose in Russia’s internal business’
RT - Russia’s parliamentary parties have severely criticized the
European Parliament’s resolution calling for new State Duma election,
labeling it interference in the country’s domestic affairs. They have
also demanded that it stop such “escapades”.
Third Nuke Test May Allow North Korea to Miniaturize Bombs: Expert
A third nuclear test is likely to give North Korea the capacity to build
nuclear warheads compact enough to be fitted to a missile, the Yonhap
News Agency quoted a U.S. expert as saying on Wednesday (see
GSN, Dec. 13). "If North Korea conducts a third nuclear test, that
will be very risky. If another of the North's nuclear tests is
successful, I believe that North Korea will succeed in the necessary
miniaturization within a few years," said Siegfried Hecker, who last
year was given a tour of the Stalinist state's new uranium enrichment
plant at the Yongbyon nuclear complex.
VIDEO:4,500 troops poorer: US lowers flag on Iraq campaign
RT - The US wraps up its official military campaign in Iraq on Thursday.
An official ceremony to lower the American flag in Baghdad was attended
by top US and Iraqi officers.
3,500 Troops To Occupy London During Olympics
BBC - Up to 13,500 military personnel will help to provide security at
the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Ministry of Defense has announced....
In addition to the 13,500 figure, there will be a 1,000-strong unarmed
contingency force ready for deployment in the event of an
"Olympics-related civil emergency". The Department for Culture, Media
and Sport said it now estimated 23,700 security staff would be required
at Olympic and Paralympic venues next summer, more than double the
original estimate of 10,000.,,, And as part of the military's Olympic
security role, the Royal Navy's HMS Ocean and HMS Bulwark will also be
based at Greenwich, in London, and Weymouth Bay, in Dorset,
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Ron Paul on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Congressman Ron Paul will be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Friday, December 16th at 11:35 p.m. Eastern.
VIDEO: Ron Paul Highlights in Final GOP Debate before Iowa
December 15, 2011 9:00 p.m. Sioux City Convention Center, Sioux
VIDEO: Ron Paul on Hannity Post Debate Interview
Ron Paul interviewed by Sean Hannity following the debate
POLLS: Who Won the 12/15/11 Fox News Iowa GOP Debate?
Fox News: Ron Paul 62%
Fox News Radio: Ron Paul 94%
The Swash: Ron Paul 93%
We Polls: Ron Paul 90%
World: Ron Paul 66%
Your Political News Group: Ron Paul 95%
Review: Ron Paul 62%
Ron Paul: Strike against Iran would risk a repeat of 'useless'
La Times - Ron Paul did it again. The libertarian-minded
Republican separated himself from the pack of candidates at
tonight's debate by urging restraint in response to a possible
Iranian nuclear threat, saying the U.S. can ill afford a repeat
of its now-concluded war in Iraq. Paul said there was "no U.N.
evidence" that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program,
calling claims to the contrary "war propaganda."
Bargainers reach deal to head off gov't shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional negotiators reached agreement
Thursday on a compromise spending bill to avert a weekend
federal shutdown. They also worked toward a deal renewing the
payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for another year but
prepared a shorter version as a fallback.
Feds issue scathing report against Ariz. sheriff
PHOENIX (AP) -- A scathing U.S. Justice Department report
released Thursday found that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office carried
out a blatant pattern of discrimination against Latinos and held
a "systematic disregard" for the Constitution amid a series of
immigration crackdowns that have turned the lawman into a
prominent national political figure. Arpaio struck a defiant
tone in response to the report, calling it a politically
motivated attack by the Obama administration that will make
Arizona unsafe by keeping illegal immigrants on the street.
Friday! Ron Paul Tea Party Moneybomb - December 16, 2011
Short Message from Ron Paul: On December 16th 2007 Ron Paul
supporters launched the modern day Tea Party with a record
setting 6.4 million dollar money bomb. Dr. Paul challenges
supporters to replicate those results in order to win the
Republican Primary in 2012. Spread the message!
VIDEO: CNN Admits Ron Paul Could Win Iowa
Paul Joseph Watson - The
CNN report highlights how Ron Paul’s campaign office in Des
Moines was a “hub of activity” while Mitt Romney’s campaign
office was “still closed at mid -morning”. If Paul can secure a
strong third place finish in Iowa or beat one of the two
establishment candidates, his position as a presidential
frontrunner will be firmly locked in for the rest of the 2012
race. A separate
American Research Group poll [Poll still active showing Paul
at 78%] has Paul tied in second with Romney with Gingrich ahead
YouTube: Ron Paul Interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News
Ron Paul 'Americans Are Coming Around To Liberty'
YouTube: Maddow “Ron Paul Is The Only Presidential Candidate
That Doesn’t Want To Start Another War!”
December 13, 2011 MSNBC
VIDEO: Chris Wallace: Iowa ‘won’t count’ if Ron Paul wins
Fox News host Chris Wallace doesn’t want Republicans to go
wasting their votes on Republican presidential candidate Ron
Paul’s campaign. Wallace, who is moderating a Thursday’s
Republican presidential debate, told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on
Wednesday that a Paul win would “discredit” the Iowa caucuses.
YouTube: Ron Paul Packs The House At New Hampshire Town Hall!
MSNBC - Covers Ron Paul speaking about ending the regulation on
House Vote on Conference Report: H.R. 1540: National Defense
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 14, 2011 - Congress just passed the National Defense
Authorization Act in a 283-to-136 vote. Here is the list of who
voted for and against the bill.
Big Sis Orders ICE To Prepare For Mass Influx of Immigrants
Paul Joseph Watson - Department of Homeland Security chief Janet
Napolitano has directed ICE to prepare for a mass influx of
immigrants into the United States, calling for the plan to deal
with the “shelter” and “processing” of large numbers of people.
“The Department of Homeland Security wants a plan to deal with
sudden mass migrations of immigrants to the U.S.,”
reports Government Security News.
YouTube: DHS advising suspicion of people who don't use credit
Taken from a new Department of Homeland Security propaganda
Chemical Weapons Countermeasures Deployed Around U.S.
The U.S. government has deployed roughly 2,000 containers filled
with nerve-agent countermeasures around the country, the
Independence, Mo., Examiner reported on
Saturday.....Thirty-eight containers have been distributed
across Missouri, including 11 around Kansas City. "A chemical
incident could occur. It could occur anywhere, and it could
occur anytime," said Mark Pethan, Strategic National Stockpile
planner at the state's Health and Senior Services Department
(Jeff Fox, Examiner, Dec. 10).
VIDEO: Wayne Madsen: Holder’s Fast & Furious was Designed to
Destablize Mexican Government
Infowars Nightly News - Wayne Madsen has learned from his
contacts within the Beltway intelligence community that Jared
Lee Loughner is an “MK-ULTRA” programmed assassin and that US
District Judge John Roll and Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords were
targeted for assassination. The reason for the decision to
target Judge Roll and Congresswoman Giffords has to do with
their knowledge of the malicious and purposeful arming of
Mexican drug gangs along the US-Mexico border by US intelligence
agency assets in an effort designed to destablize the Mexican
US Marines mail Christmas gifts to the dead
RT - The US Marines were extra thoughtful this holiday season
and sent around 9,000 Christmas ornaments to servicemen and
women last week. Among those on their list this season, however,
were over 1,000 deceased veterans.... By Wednesday afternoon,
ABC News reports that at least 35 families have contracted the
Marines with shock and disbelief over the multi-billion dollar
budget for the Department of Defense somehow couldn’t afford a
few red pens to cross a handful of names off.
Rise Of The Beast System: 11 Ways That Amerika Is Becoming More
Like North Korea
American Dream - Should we just get it over with and change the
spelling of America to "Amerika"? Every single day, the
United States of America is becoming more like North Korea. In
North Korea, the citizens are told that everything that they do
needs to be monitored, tracked, recorded and very tightly
controlled so that everyone can be kept safe. No dissent is
allowed at all.
Corzine Served Papers On Behalf of MF Global Clients
Forbes -Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine was exiting the room
during a recess in Thursday’s House Financial Services
Committee, when a man attempted to serve him with papers on
behalf of one of the firm’s former clients. CNBC cameras
captured a man walking up to Corzine as he exited the hearing
room and attempting to serve him with a lawsuit.
YouTube: Newt Gingrich vs Ron Paul on Predicting the Economic
Agreement near on $1 trillion spending bill
WASHINGTON (AP) Dec 15, 3:38 PM EST -- Bipartisan agreement is
near on a massive $1 trillion-plus year-end spending package and
should be reached in time avert a possible government shutdown
this weekend, lawmakers said Thursday.
Trillion-Dollar Jet Has Thirteen Expensive New Flaws
Wired - The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, meant to replace nearly
every tactical warplane in the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps,
was already expected to cost $1 trillion dollars for
development, production and maintenance over the next 50 years.
Now that cost is expected to grow, owing to 13 different design
flaws uncovered in the last two months by a hush-hush panel of
five Pentagon experts. It could cost up to a billion dollars to
fix the flaws on copies of the jet already in production, to say
nothing of those yet to come.
MORGAN STANLEY to cut 1,600 jobs
(Reuters) - Morgan Stanley will cut 1,600 employees in the first
quarter, the bank said on Thursday, as it trims costs in a
difficult period for trading and banking revenue. The job cuts
will come across all staff levels and geographic areas,
spokesman Mark Lake said, including investment banking, trading
and back-office functions.
Economic Hitmen in America: Alabama’s Poor Cut Off From Water
BBC - Mrs Lucas's monthly sewerage rate bills - the amount
levied by the county to flush away waste and provide water for
baths and showers - has quadrupled in the past 15 years. She
says it is currently running at $150 (£97) a month, which leaves
little left out of her $600 social security cheque for food and
35 Shocking Facts That Prove That College Education Has Become A
Giant Money Making Scam
American Dream - College education in America is a bad joke.
Instead of preparing the next generation of leaders for the jobs
of tomorrow, the college education "industry" has become a giant
money making scam. We constantly preach to our high school
students that they "need" to go to college and we tell them to
not even worry about how much it is going to cost because a
college education is "always" worth the money.
First debris from Japanese earthquake/tsunami reaches Olympic
PORT ANGELES — The first piece of debris that could be
identified as washing up on the West Coast from the March 11
tsunami in Japan — a large black float — was found on a Neah Bay
beach two weeks ago, Seattle oceanographers Curtis Ebbesmeyer
and Jim Ingraham said Tuesday night.... About a quarter of the
100 million tons of debris from Japan is expected to make
landfall on beaches from southern Alaska to California, possibly
in volumes large enough to clog ports, Ebbesmeyer said.
YouTube: Thousands Of Birds Fall Out Of The Sky In Southern Utah
December 14, 2011 KIRO 7 News - The official explanation is that
the birds were disoriented by a storm.
Homeopathic treatment slows progression of Alzheimer's disease
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) A huge leap in the natural treatment
of Alzheimer's disease was recently reported at the Neuroscience
Conference in Washington by the National Center for Homeopathy.
Homeopathic manufacturer and research organization, Heel,
presented studies on a multi-target, combination homeopathic
medicine that has proven effective for both relieving symptoms
of Alzheimer's disease and influencing the reduction of the
formation of amyloid plaques in the brains of patients.
"For added freshness" label claim really means "added chemicals"
when it comes to BHA and BHT
(NaturalNews) The "dynamic duo" BHA and BHT, both used to
preserve products and fight fungus, have both been linked to
allergic reactions, hyperactivity, rashes, asthma, and other
health problems. In studies BHT has caused various disorders in
animals, such as reduced body weight, increased blood
cholesterol levels, and birth defects.
Why a Stick of Chewing Gum May Be More Harmful To Your Health
Than Anything You Eat
Health Freedoms - If you’re chewing gum today you are chewing
rubber and plastic. That’s right! Did you know that nylon (as in
nylon stockings) is a polymer? This should give you an idea of
what you’re putting into your mouth and chewing with gum. Along
with all the other unhealthy additives.... Gum is typically the
most toxic product in supermarkets that are made for
consumption, and they are very likely to kill your pet.
VIDEO: Parents Sue After Teen Dies During Wisdom Tooth Surgery
ABC News - Like any surgery, wisdom tooth extraction carries
risks. The most common complication -- permanent nerve damage
causing numbness of the tongue, lips or cheeks -- affects more
than 11,000 people annually, according to a 2007 report in the
American Journal of Public Health. But the surgery has also been
linked to jaw and tooth fractures, brain tissue infections,
life-threatening bleeding and hypoxia. With all the risks, some
dentists question whether the extraction surgeries are even
Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Crops Leading to Mental Illness,
Activist Post - While antibiotics typically hold first prize in
depleting the body’s gut flora levels, there may be a new
culprit looking to take the spotlight which you may know as
genetically modified food. As awareness grows, more and more
people are realizing that poor gut flora often means poor
health.... Without the proper ratio of good bacteria to bad
bacteria, overall health suffers and you could be left feeling
depressed. In fact, poor gut health has been directly tied to
mental illness, which may explain the influx of people being
diagnosed with a mental illness. Not only that, but obesity,
diabetes, and metabolic syndrome have all been tied to poor gut
VIDEO: Monsanto's Micro-Monster Could Kill Us All
Monsanto has unleashed a micro-monster that could kill us all.
That's according to Dr. Don Huber, an agricultural scientist and
expert in microbial ecology, who's convinced that Monsanto's
genetically engineered "RoundUp Ready" crops are responsible for
a new micro-monster that's causing an outbreak of new plant,
animal and human diseases.
Please read or watch (part1
part 2) Dr. Mercola's interview with Dr. Huber...
YouTube: The Greatest Truth Never Told: Technical Difficulties
The Falcon HTV-2 and the technical line of thought.
NDAA Gives Pentagon Green Light to Wage Internet War
Kurt Nimmo December 15, 2011 - In addition to kidnapping
Americans and tossing them into Camp Gitmo without recourse or
trial, the draconian NDAA bill passed in the House yesterday
contains language that will allow the Pentagon to wage cyberwar
on domestic enemies of the state.
The following language is in the final “reconciled” bill
that will now travel to the Senate and ultimately Obama’s desk
where it will be signed into law despite earlier assertions that
he would veto the legislation.
Full ban on driver calls could be tough to enforce
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A driver in the next lane is
moving his lips. Is he on a hands-free cellphone? Talking to
someone in the car? To himself? Singing along to the radio? If
lawmakers follow the advice of a federal board, police officers
will have to start figuring that out - somehow. The National
Transportation Safety Board said this week that drivers should
not only be barred from using hand-held cellphones, as they are
in several states, but also from using hands-free devices.
TV companies have a year to pipe down loud ads
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Shush, already. That's the message the
Federal Communications Commission is sending with new rules that
force broadcast, cable and satellite companies to turn down the
volume on blaring TV commercials.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
California regulators frame Organic Pastures and force raw milk
shut down over fabricated E. Coli scare
(NaturalNews) It has been nearly a month since the California
Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) swooped in like
vultures on Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno, Calif., and
demanded that the farm recall and stop selling all of its raw
milk products immediately and indefinitely. Five children in
four nearby counties had developed E. Coli, and officials
automatically blamed it on the farm's raw milk without so much
as a shred of evidence proving this to be true. Nearly a month
later, the state's own tests have now determined that Organic
Pastures raw milk was not the culprit.
Mother Earth News - Here’s one simple recipe for a homemade
cleaner.... Lemon-Mint Window Wash Recipe: Juice from 1 lemon, 2
cups club soda, 1/2 tsp peppermint essential oil and 1 tsp
cornstarch. Mix all ingredients. Pour into plastic spray bottle,
and enjoy sparkling clean windows with a heavenly fresh scent!
The Poor Man’s Guide To Survival Gear
Activist Post - My belief is that while no prepping model is
free of expense or of quality concerns, perhaps there is a
middle road that activists with thin wallets can take which will
provide solid gear for less money, and that will serve most of
the functions of high-end gear that is ten times as expensive.
Cat's 26 toes help boost US animal shelter
GREENDALE, Wisconsin (AP) -- In a reversal of fortunes, a
once-unwanted cat has come to the rescue of an animal shelter in
need of a new home. However, this orange-and-white tabby named
Daniel is no typical cat. He has a near-record 26 toes, a
phenomenon that is helping the nonprofit Milwaukee Animal Rescue
Center raise money to relocate to a new building.
Today in History -
Thursday - December 15, 2011
1791 - In the U.S., the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known
as the Bill of Rights, went into effect following ratification by the
state of Virginia.
1840 - Napoleon Bonapart's remains were interred in Les Invalides in
Paris, having been brought from St. Helena, where he died in exile.
1854 - In Philadelphia, the first street cleaning machine was put into
1877 - Thomas Edison patented the phonograph.
1890 - American Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe
members were killed in Grand River, SD, during an incident with Indian
police working for the U.S. government.
1925 - The third Madison Square Gardens opened.
1938 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt presided over the
ground-breaking ceremonies for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.
1939 - "Gone With the Wind," produced by David O. Selznick based on the
novel by Margaret Mitchell, premiered at Loew's Grand Theater in
Atlanta. The movie starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into practice Bill of
1944 - A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller
disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to
1944 - American forces invaded Mindoro Island in the Philippines.
1944 - Dr. R. Townley Paton and a small group of doctors laid the
groundwork for the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration.
1961 - Former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death in
Jerusalem by an Israeli court. He had been tried on charges for
organizing the deportation of Jews to concentration camps.
1970 - The Soviet probe Venera 7 became the first spacecraft to land
softly on the surface of Venus.
1973 - J. Paul Getty III was found in southern Italy after being held
captive for five months, during which his right ear was cut off and sent
to a newspaper in Rome.
1978 - U.S. President Carter announced he would grant diplomatic
recognition to Communist China on New Year's Day and sever official
relations with Taiwan.
1979 - The former shah of Iran, Muhammad Riza Pahlavi, left the U.S. for Panama. He had gone to the U.S. for medical treatment on Oct.
1979 - In a preliminary ruling, the International Court of Justice
ordered Iran to release all hostages that had been taken at the U.S.
embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979.
1983 - The last 80 U.S. combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew. It was just
over seven weeks after the U.S.-led invasion of the Caribbean island.
1989 - An uprising in Romania began as demonstrators gathered to prevent
the arrest of the Reverend Laszlo Tokes, a dissident clergyman.
1992 - IBM announced it would eliminate 25-thousand employees in the
1995 - The U.N. Security Council authorized NATO to take over the
peacekeeping operations in Bosnia.
1996 - Boeing Co. announced plans to pay $13.3 billion to acquire rival
aircraft manufacturer McDonnell Douglas Corp.
2000 - The Chernobyl atomic power plant in Kiev, Ukraine, was shut down.
2000 - New York Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed to accept an
$8 million book deal with Simon & Schuster. The book was to be about her
eight years in the White House. The advance was the highest ever to be
paid to a member of the U.S. Congress.
VIDEO: US says Syrian regime is doomed
RT - A US official has said the Assad regime is doomed and has urged
Syria’s opposition to prepare to take control. Meanwhile the UN
secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community
to take action to stop the violence. The US State Department official,
Frederic Hof, compared the regime of President Bashar Assad to a “dead
man walking,” and said it was difficult to determine how much time Assad
has left in power but stressed “I do not see this regime surviving.”
Cheney Urges Attack on Iran to Destroy Lost Drone
Speaking today on CNN, former Vice President Dick Cheney lashed
President Barack Obama over the loss of a surveillance drone in Iran,
saying that he should’ve doubled down on being caught spying with an
overt attack on Iran.
U.S. military marks end of its war in Iraq
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military officially ended its war in Iraq
on Thursday, packing up a military flag at a ceremony with U.S. Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta nearly nine years after the invasion that ousted
Saddam Hussein. The last 4,000 American troops will withdraw by the end
of the year, leaving Iraq still tackling a weakened but stubborn
insurgency, sectarian tensions and political uncertainty. "After a lot
of blood spilled by Iraqis and Americans, the mission of an Iraq that
could govern and secure itself has become real," Panetta said at the
Panetta formally shuts down US war in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) - After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead, 32,000
wounded and more than $800 billion, U.S. officials formally shut down
the war in Iraq - a conflict that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
said was worth the price in blood and money, as it set Iraq on a path to
democracy. Panetta stepped off his military plane in Baghdad Thursday as
the leader of America's war in Iraq, but will leave as one of many top
U.S. and global officials who hope to work with the struggling nation as
it tries to find its new place in the Middle East and the broader world.
Panetta Says Drone Campaign Over Iran Will Continue
Fox News - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in an exclusive interview
with Fox News, said that the stealth drone campaign along the
Iran-Afghanistan border will "absolutely" continue despite the loss of a
valuable and sophisticated drone to Iran.
German General: NATO to Leave 15,000 Troops in Afghanistan After
Speaking today at a NATO conference in Mons, Belgium, top German General
Manfred Lange said he is “extraordinarily confident” that NATO will
complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. But just
because the dictionary definition of “withdrawal” would indicate that
NATO wouldn’t be occupying the nation after that point doesn’t mean
they’re not going to keep a major military footprint there going
forward, as Gen. Lange says that NATO will keep “around 15,000? troops
there from 2015 on.
Inside Wukan: the Chinese village that fought back
Telegraph - For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party
has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern
fishing village now in open revolt. The last of Wukan’s dozen party
officials fled on Monday after thousands of people blocked armed police
from retaking the village, standing firm against tear gas and water
YouTube: lobal warming phantom menace, Kyoto costs & hurts a lot'
RT - France, Japan and China have lashed out at Canada for pulling out
of the 1997 Kyoto climate change agreement. The move, which was legal
and expected, came as the country said the accord hampered its
development. Peter Lilley, a Conservative MP in Britain is sympathetic,
saying these commitments are enormously expensive investments in a very
Rare photos of CIA drone 'Bugsplat' bodies in secret blackhole battle
The Examiner - Prominent human rights defender Clive Stafford Smith,
head of legal action charity Reprieve, has helped release rare
photographs Monday of tribal childrens' and other innocent civilians'
bodies after attacked by President Barack Obama's weapon of choice,
drones, used by U.S. military and CIA in the president's undeclared
secret war on Pakistan. Stafford Smith has threatened to suit the U.S.
embassy in Pakistan for its complicity in civilian deaths by drones,
part of the program officially called by U.S. authorites, "Bugsplat."
Syrian activists say more than 25 killed
BEIRUT (AP) - Violence across Syria killed at least 25 people Wednesday,
including eight soldiers who were gunned down by army defectors in a
retaliatory ambush after government troops destroyed a civilian car,
activists said. It was the second day in a row in which an attack by
President Bashar Assad's forces on civilians appears to have brought a
quick and deadly act of revenge by anti-regime fighters. The ambush was
the latest sign that the once-peaceful protest movement is growing into
Panetta: US at turning point in Afghanistan war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said
Wednesday the U.S. will continue to conduct intelligence operations from
Afghanistan like the recent mission that led to the loss of a drone over
Iran, and he gave an upbeat assessment of the unpopular war. Standing
with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Panetta provided a cryptic response
to questions about the lost drone, which has exposed details of the
little-known U.S. intelligence and surveillance efforts aimed at Iran.
China slaps anti-dumping duties on US-made cars
SHANGHAI (AP) -- China has imposed duties on imports of some U.S.-made
vehicles, claiming damage from foreign automakers due to dumping and
subsidies in the latest round of trade friction between the two
countries.... The duties range from 2 percent to 21.5 percent. The
ministry's notice named General Motors Co., Chrysler Group Ltd.,
Mercedes - Benz U.S. International Inc., BMW's factory in Spartanburg,
South Carolina and Honda of America Manufacturing Co. as among the
EU gives $5.3 million to help preserve Auschwitz
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Authorities at the Auschwitz memorial say that
the European Commission has donated euro4 million ($5.3 million) to help
preserve the site of the World War II Nazi death camp.
Hundreds in Fallujah burn U.S. flag to celebrate troops pulling out of
FALLUJAH, Iraq — Hundreds of Iraqis set alight U.S. and Israeli flags on
Wednesday as they celebrated the impending pullout of American forces
from the country in the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah. Shouting
slogans in support of the “resistance,” the demonstrators held up
banners and placards inscribed with phrases like, “Now we are free” and
“Fallujah is the flame of the resistance.”
Some major U.S. hotels moving into Iraq
Some major U.S. hotel chains are planning to go into Iraq just as the
last of U.S. troops are pulling out. Best Western recently broke ground
on two hotels in Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan in the
northern part of the country. Hilton Worldwide is set to open DoubleTree
Suites by Hilton Erbil at the end of 2013. And Marriott International
will open two properties there in 2014. Hotel executives say they see an
opportunity in northern Iraq, which is attracting so much foreign
investment because of its oil and gas reserves that a new airport opened
there last year.
Australia Vaccine Scheme Extorts Families Through Tax Credits
Activist Post - In a new plan announced by the Australian Government,
parents who do not subject their children to toxic vaccinations will be
stripped of their family tax benefits, a scheme which could end up
costing parents up to $2,100 per child, according to a report by ABC
News. In order for families to receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTB), and
end of the year tax supplement, they will have to show proof of their
child’s vaccination at yearly “immunization” checks. These checks will
be conducted starting at the first year of life for every child.
Brazilian bandits steal 55 tons of corn from moving train
(NaturalNews) It is no secret that the cost of food is rising, and this
is due to inflation of fiat currencies around the world and a growing
shortage of staple food crops. As predicted, thieves are increasingly
targeting food rather than inedible goods and money because of its
increasing value, as was the case in Brazil recently when criminals
stole 55 tons of corn from a moving train.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
To the Military: The Bill of Rights is Still The Highest Law of
While we see the arrogance of the Politicians in Washington DC
out in plain sight. Many Police and Military personal will be
asked to arrest citizens for reasons they may not know about. It
maybe for their speech or political affiliation is why they are
arrested. They have not committed any acts of violence and not
even attacked the system in anyway to cause physical harm to
their opposition or innocent people.
YouTube: A message from John Tate about the Ron Paul Tea Party
We've assembled a 1st class campaign plan and we need your help
to execute it on December 16th.
Google UnEarths Image of Secret US Drone Base in Nevada
Intel Hub - Google Earth has published images of a secret US
airfield in Nevada. The images indicate that the base is used to
test and maintain unmanned drones. And now, the publication is
fueling a debate about whether Google is compromising US
Rahm looks for more power, ability to deputize during G8
CHICAGO (WLS) - Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants big new powers to help
stage the NATO and G8 summits here in Chicago next May. WLS
Radio’s Bill Cameron reports from City Hall that the mayor is
asking the aldermen to give him temporary authority to close all
of the city’s parks, playgrounds and beaches at 11 p.m. during
the NATO and G8 summits. He also wants to add more security
cameras, deputize more people to be police officers and
dramatically raise fines on protesters who don’t obey the
police. Also requested has the ability to give him more freedom
to execute contracts for goods and services connected to the
NATO and G8 summits.
Get me re-write: Gingrich site mentions '3 wives'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rick Perry isn't the only one to have an
"oops" moment in the Republican presidential contest. An article
on Newt Gingrich's official website is headlined "A Tale of
Three Wives: Life on the Campaign Trail." It's a short,
feel-good piece about Gingrich's wife, Callista, and the wives
of Perry and Jon Huntsman. It might, however, remind viewers
that Callista is Gingrich's third wife. His divorces from the
first two - he has acknowledged marital infidelity in both
marriages - are a subject of campaign conversation and perhaps
some difficulty with religiously conservative voters.
‘Indefinite Detention’ Bill Heads To Obama’s
Desk As White House Drops Veto Threat
Paul Joseph Watson - UPDATE: Obama has dropped his threat to
veto the bill and is now expected to sign it into law. Remember
– it was Obama’s White House that demanded the law apply to U.S.
citizens in the first place. “The House on Wednesday afternoon
approved the rule for the 2012 National Defense Authorization
Act (NDAA), setting up an hour of debate and a vote in the House
later this afternoon,” reports the Hill.
Ron Paul gains ground, further stirring Republicans
(Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul declared on
Wednesday his campaign was "peaking at the right time" as polls
show him closing in on the two perceived front-runners.
Final GOP Debate before Iowa Caucuses - Sioux City Thursday
December 15, 2011
On December 15, 2011 9:00 pm at the Sioux City Convention
Center, Sioux City, IA Congressman Ron Paul will attend the
Republican Presidential Debate. Also in attendance will be
Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and
Mitt Romney. According to
Patch.com The debate will be moderated
by Bret Baier of FOX News and will be televised on the FOX News
channel and live-streamed on YouTube, in addition to FOX News
Radio, FOX News Mobile and FOXNews.com.
YouTube: Ron Paul on CNN w/ Wolf Blitzer
Ron Paul on CNN w/ Wolf Blitzer 12-14-11.
YouTube: Ron Paul on Your World With Neil Cavuto
Ron Paul on Fox News with Neil Cavuto 12/14/11. (The Hannity
Radio Show canceled Ron Paul's Interview scheduled for
Andrew Sullivan Endorses Ron Paul
Andrew Sullivan has one of the largest readerships in the world
and is one if the preeminent conservative voices in modern
NPR On Point: An In-Depth Look At Ron Paul. Ron Paul, 2012
Contender? Spoiler? Hero?
Texas congressman and libertarian-minded Republican Ron Paul has
been in politics for a long time now. Twelve terms in the House.
More than one swing – typically quixotic – at the presidency.
But never has Ron Paul’s sway been as apparent and his
presidential ambitions as on fire as they are right now. The
country is worried, and Ron Paul is a refreshingly candid “true
believer” with an answer. Slash government to the bone. Bring
the troops home from everywhere. Scrap the Fed. Defend personal
liberty. And go free market. This hour, On Point: the banner
year of Ron Paul.
YouTube: Ron Paul Wins Pasco County FL GOP Straw Poll!
Florida Pasco County Straw Poll 12-13-2011.
YouTube: U.S. military veterans and active duty soldiers
overwhelmingly support Ron Paul - Find out why
This video is the deal changer! You like Ron Paul, except on
House passes $662 billion defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House passed a massive $662 billion
defense bill Wednesday night after last-minute changes placated
the White House and ensured President Barack Obama's ability to
prosecute terrorist suspects in the civilian justice system. The
vote was 283-136 and reflected the strong support for annual
legislation that authorizes money for the men and women of the
military as well as weapons systems and the millions of jobs
they generate in lawmakers' districts.
40 Members of Congress Protest ‘Indefinite Detention’ Bill
Paul Joseph Watson - 40 members of Congress have sent an urgent
letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders
protesting provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act
that would legalize indefinite detention of American citizens
without trial, as the revised version of the bill heads for a
final vote on Thursday.
Penn State figures accused of lying head to court
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- Jerry Sandusky's decision Tuesday to
waive his preliminary hearing shifts the focus in the child
sex-abuse scandal to two Penn State administrators accused of
failing to properly report suspected abuse and lying to the
grand jury investigating Sandusky.
Time names 'The Protester' as 'Person of Year'
NEW YORK (AP) -- "The Protester" has been named Time's "Person
of the Year" for 2011. The selection was announced Wednesday on
NBC's "Today" show. The magazine cited dissent across the Middle
East that has spread to Europe and the United States, and says
these protesters are reshaping global politics.... Time said it
is recognizing protesters because they are "redefining people
power" around the world.
YouTube: Reality Check: Has the Patriot Act thwarted 42 terror
How do the presidential candidates feel about the Patriot Act?
Ben has the reality check that you wont see anywhere else. You
can find the article on 30 Terrorist Plots Foiled:
System Worked here.
Want to end Mexican drug gang violence? Legalize drugs and the
cartels will collapse
(NaturalNews) Rather than curb their prolific use and
propagation around the world, the global "war on drugs" has
actually made the drug problem worse. According to the latest
statistics, drug use around the world is on the rise in almost
every category, despite the numerous anti-drug policies in place
to supposedly curb their use. Heightened government crackdowns
on drug trafficking in many countries have actually led to more,
not less, drug-related gang violence.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
Defend the Bill of Rights for All of Us
OWS - On Bill of Rights Day, Thursday, Dec 15 there will be a
Press Conference on Federal Court Steps, 40 Centre St.,
Manhattan, 11am. A coffin of the Bill of Rights will be brought
to Federal Court Foley Square, NY, NY.
Exclusive: Regulators know where MF Global funds went
(Reuters) - Regulators now have a more complete picture of money
transfers in the final days of bankrupt brokerage MF Global, but
must sort out which transactions were legitimate before more
money can be released to customers, a top official told Reuters
on Wednesday.... MF Global officials, including former Chief
Executive Jon Corzine, have told lawmakers they simply do not
know where the money is, and deny authorizing any misuse of
Democrats abandoning millionaire surtax proposal
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are abandoning their demand for a
surtax on millionaires to help finance payroll tax cuts in a
sign that lawmakers are trying to broker a compromise on
Congress' highest-profile year-end dispute. Even so, there is no
clear path to quick bipartisan agreement on the legislation,
which would prevent an automatic Social Security tax increase on
160 million workers and the expiration of jobless benefits for
people out of work the longest. Both would occur Jan. 1 without
Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income
WASHINGTON (AP) — Squeezed by rising living costs, a record
number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty
or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.
The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as
unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays.
The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle
class that have hurt millions of workers and families.
Senate Dems kill bill that would have required balanced
The Senate on Wednesday defeated each party’s version of a
constitutional amendment that would have required a balanced
federal budget. The rival proposals would have prohibited
Congress from spending more each year than it receives in
revenue. But each one fell well short of the two-thirds majority
needed to send them to the states for ratification.
The Physical Market: Silver Investment Update
Future Money Trends - There simply isn't enough physical silver
to deal with the demand of a fiat currency crisis. As the paper
silver market pushes prices down, all hell will break loose in
the physical market.
INSANITY: BP Awarded $27 Million in Leases for Gulf Oil, Gas
Exploration - AGAIN
National Journal - BP is officially getting back into deep water
exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, the Interior Department
announced on Wednesday. The British energy giant, responsible
for the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history last year in
the Gulf, won $27 million worth of leases to conduct new
oil-and-gas exploration in the Gulf. The awards from the
Interior Department came in the first Gulf lease sale since the
BP spill last year, with all winning bids bringing $337.6
million into government coffers.
Google Street View offers haunting new vision of post-tsunami
Daily Mail - People keen to witness the devastating effects of a
natural disaster can now take a virtual tour through Japan's
tsunami-hit communities. Google Street View has digitally
archived vast areas of the north-eastern disaster zone. The
massive project to document the damage and rebuilding effort is
aimed at providing the world with an accurate picture of the
devastation caused by the natural disaster.
1 in 100 Students Felled by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: More
Gaia Health - A new study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)
has found that 1 in 100 secondary school students suffers from
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Also known as myalgic
encephalomyelitis (ME), CFS is a neurological disorder noted for
extreme fatigue, muscle pain, severe headaches, memory problems,
and immune system dysfunction. It’s a devastating disorder—and,
like autism, did not exist until the advent of vaccinations. Its
trajectory also correlates with the increased use of
Low vitamin D in children behind current explosion of new
(NaturalNews) Researchers publishing in The Journal of Clinical
Endocrinology and Metabolism have found that children with low
vitamin D levels, especially when overweight and obese, are at
much higher risk for developing insulin resistance that
progresses to full-blown diabetes by early adulthood. Based on
cellular saturation of the vitamin/prohormone, children and
adults require higher amounts of vitamin D as body weight
increases. The vast majority of children are vitamin D
deficient, a problem exacerbated further by additional fat
Get your shot! Swine flu may cause baldness
Modern American Medicine hasn't changed much since the days of
the traveling wild west medicine show. Health News Daily
reports: Here's a reason to get your flu shot that you probably
haven't considered: infection with swine flu may trigger
baldness. A new report from Japan suggests a link between
alopecia areata, a condition in which patches of hair fall out,
and swine flu. The researchers report that seven patients
experienced hair loss one to four months after developing the
Maryanne Godboldo finally gets daughter back from state child
abductors; all charges confirmed as unwarranted
(NaturalNews) The horrific saga of Maryanne Godboldo's battle
with domestic terrorists in the government of her home state of
Michigan appear to finally be coming to an end. The Detroit Free
Press reports that two higher courts have confirmed the ruling
of a lower court several months ago that Godboldo's refusal to
administer the dangerous Risperdal drug to her daughter was
fully legal, and that all charges and actions taken against her
by the state were unwarranted.
Time to clear some of the confusion on Iodine supplementation
(NaturalNews) Despite some controversy over supplementing with
iodine, most health writers, nutritionists, and practitioners
agree that it is important for proper thyroid functioning and
cellular metabolism. The thyroid gland is an important regulator
for most of the endocrine system.
Study says breast screening does more harm than good
(NaturalNews) The breast cancer scare has women everywhere
racing to get a mammogram in hopes that breast screening will
safe their lives. But a new research report says breast
screening harms as many women as it supposedly benefits.
Researchers from the United Kingdom say women, who get regular
mammograms, are at a high risk for false positives, meaning they
will be rushed into cancer surgery for malignant cancer they
don't even have.
FDA issues warning to 8 bariatric surgery centers following
multiple confirmed fatalities
(NaturalNews) After four confirmed fatalities since 2009, the
FDA is finally taking action against eight California surgical
centers and a marketing firm for providing misleading
information while advertising lap-band surgery.
Are You Eating, Drinking and Breathing Monsanto's New Agent
Activist Post -
In a groundbreaking study published in
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry last month, researchers
found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide
“Roundup,” is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where
it is being applied. The researchers found that 41% of the 140
groundwater samples taken from Catalonia Spain, had levels
beyond the limit of quantification – indicating that, despite
manufacturer’s claims, it does not break down rapidly in the
environment, and is accumulating there in concerning quantities.
Film review: Consuming Kids - a must-see documentary for all
(NaturalNews) Parents, educators and anyone interested in how
children in the US are affected by the media will want to watch
"Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood." The film,
viewing online here, traces the connection between
the full-scale media immersion children are subject to and
rising levels of childhood obesity, hypertension, ADD and other
Prunes help you stay regular? EU decision makes it not so - now
illegal to claim prunes help digestion, bowel regularity
Telegraph - Despite a long held belief that prunes,
traditionally served with custard, are good for improving bowel
function, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has ruled
this is not the case. Its experts said there was "insufficient"
evidence of a link between the dried plums and normal bowel
function after looking at three studies of prune consumption.
Sir Graham Watson MEP has now challenged an EU Commissioner to a
prune-eating contest after his food safety committee ruled that
prunes do not have a laxative effect.
Drug Side Effects So Toxic and Debilitating, As Many As 40% of
Women Stop Using Breast Cancer Early
US News & World - After three months, about one-third of the
patients had severe joint pain, 28 to 29 percent had hot
flashes, nearly one-quarter had decreased libido, 15 to 24
percent had fatigue, 16 to 17 percent had night sweats and 14 to
17 percent had anxiety, the investigators found. Other symptoms
included weight gain, breast sensitivity, mood swings, and
feeling bloated, irritable and nauseous.
US, Japan, Australia? Mars probe will hit Earth in January
RT - The ill-fated Phobos-Grunt probe that got stuck in the
orbit after an unsuccessful launch will fall to Earth on January
11, probably affecting four continents, the US Strategic Command
shared its latest forecast. The current orbit of the vehicle
suggests that it could collide with the surface on a vast part
of the globe, from latitude 51.4°N to latitude 51.4°S. anywhere
in Africa, Australia, Japan, North America or southern part of
Western Europe, but definitely not on the larger part of the
VIDEO: Government Fearmongering Alerts to Go Live Thursday
Prison Planet Live - Mandatory government text alerts are set to
go live in New York City tomorrow should a test taking place
Thursday prove successful, with Washington DC set to follow.
Brain Scan Evidence: Not For Court Yet... But For Identifying
New Scientist - In the meantime, the authors recommend that the
legal system consult with groups such as the British
Neuroscience Association to assess how lawyers currently access
scientific expertise. The authors also reckon it would be useful
for law degrees to include some background in neuroscience, and
for neuroscientists in training to consider the societal
applications of their science.
10 Things You Can Sue People For for Doing Online
America loves its lawsuits. Alright, maybe because we are such a
litigious society it just seems as though we are enamored of
litigation. Either way, the online world has not been spared
from this national phenomenon. There are lawsuits filed over the
internet, there are lawsuits filed about the internet and there
are lawsuits filed over content on the internet. Listed below
are a number of ways that the cyber-world has become enmeshed
with the legal world.
APNewsBreak: Google $11.5 million to fight slavery
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tech giant Google announced Wednesday it
is donating $11.5 million to several coalitions fighting to end
the modern-day slavery of some 27 million people around the
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
Crop insurance rates skyrocket after summer floods
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Midwestern farmers who saw their land
swamped by summer flooding may be socked again with steep
increases in their crop insurance premiums, the expensive result
of the failure to fix broken levees before the winter snow and
next spring's rains.... the rise in insurance costs "is almost
adding insult to injury to farmers who lost their crops this
year," said Kathy Kunkel, the clerk in Holt County on the
opposite side of the state, where the Missouri River flooded
more than 120,000 acres and 32 levees were breached. Insurance
is a regular cost of doing business, but "this is going to put
some people out of business," she added.
From Tree Branch to Coat Rack
Mother Earth News - Use a found tree branch and some basic tools
to craft this simple, rustic coat rack. Nothing adds more warmth
and charm to a home than the beauty of natural wood, and with
these step-by-step instructions for this practical project,
bringing the splendor of the outdoors into your home is easier
The Climbing Bear
Mother Earth News - Here's an old-time folk toy that
Mother-staffer Emerson Smyers has made for his children and
grandchildren ... and which you can whip up in a jiffy for any
of the "little people" on your Christmas list.
YouTube: RON PAUL And All That Jazz
This is for some of us out there that like Jazz Standards.
Lyrics written and performed by Ron Paulie Girl Suezie Cioffi.
Today in History -
Wednesday - December 14, 2011
1799 - The first president of the United States, George Washington, died
at the age 67.
1819 - Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state.
1900 - Professor Max Planck of Berlin University revealed his
revolutionary Quantum Theory.
1903 - Orville Wright made the first attempt at powered flight. The
engine stalled during take-off and the plane was damaged in the attempt.
Three days later, after repairs were made, the modern aviation age was
born when the plane stayed aloft for 12 seconds and flew 102 feet.
1911 - Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach
the South Pole.
1918 - For the first time in Britain women (over 30) voted in a General
1939 - The Soviet Union was dropped from the League of Nations.
1945 - Josef Kramer,and 10 others were executed in Hamelin for the
crimes they committed at the Belsen and Auschwitz Nazi concentration
1946 - The U.N. General Assembly voted to establish the United Nation's
headquarters in New York City.
1983 - The U.S. battleship New Jersey fired on Syrian positions in
Lebanon for the first time after American F-14 reconnaissance flights
were fired on.
1984 - Howard Cosell retired from the NFL's Monday Night Football.
1993 - A judge in Colorado struck down the state's voter-approved
Amendment Two prohibiting gay rights laws, calling it unconstitutional.
1995 - The presidents of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia signed
the Dayton Accords to end fighting in Bosnia.
1995 - AIDS patient Jeff Getty received the first-ever bone-marrow
transplant from a baboon.
1997 - Cuban President Fidel Castro declared Christmas 1997 an official
holiday to ensure the success of Pope John Paul II's upcoming visit to
1998 - Hundreds of Palestinian leaders renounced a call for the
destruction of Israel.
1999 - U.S. and German negotiators agreed to establish a $5.2 billion
fund for Nazi-era slave and forced laborers.
1999 - Charles M. Schulz announced he was retiring the "Peanuts" comic
strip. The last original "Peanuts" comic strip was published on February
2000 - It was announced that American businessman Edmond Pope would be
released from a Russian prison for humanitarian reasons. Pope had been
sentenced to 20 years in prison after his conviction on espionage
2001 - European Union leaders agreed to dispatch 3,000-4,000 troops to
join an international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.
2001 - The first commercial export, since 1963, of U.S. food to Cuba
began. The 24,000 metric tons for corn were being sent to replenish what
was lost when Hurricane Michelle struck on November 4.
US halts $700 million in aid to Pakistan, demands action on Taliban
MSNBC - A senior Pakistani official told NBC News the United States'
decision to cut aid to Pakistan would only contribute to the growing
sense of anti-Americanism within the population. He said the cut would
deepen the perception within Pakistan that U.S. interests extend so far
as its own foreign policy goals and would "strengthen our resolve to
formalize and renegotiate our terms of engagement with USA."
Oil Prices Go Nuts After Rumors That Iran Closed The Strait Of Hormuz
Business Insider - ZeroHedge reported real-time analyst Ransquawk
confirmed the straight was closed and it was enough to send traders
scrambling. Seeking Alpha reported, "Crude oil spikes $2 in minutes to
$100.45/barrel on a report Iran has closed the Strait of Hormuz "until
further notice," for a military exercise." By 10:40 a.m. EDT oil had
jumped from $98.590 before the rumor, to $101.25 at its peak, and has
settled to $100.30 — still sitting almost $2 higher than before the
Israel: Iran must chose between a bomb or survival
Breitbart - "We believe that in order to stop the Iranian military
nuclear project, the regime in Tehran should face a dilemma -- whether
to have a bomb or to survive," Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon
told reporters in Jerusalem. Yaalon said however it was for the
international community, rather than Israel, to apply what he called an
"achievable" policy. "We prefer that the international community led by
the United States will bring about this dilemma in order to convince the
regime to give up its military nuclear programme," he said, stressing
the need for political isolation and economic sanctions aimed at the
banking and oil sectors.
Iran Indicts 15 in Alleged US-Israeli Spy Ring
ABC News - The accused in the case were individuals who committed acts
of espionage against the Islamic Republic of Iran," Tehran prosecutor
Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said Tuesday, according to several Iranian news
reports. Dolatabadi did not name the alleged spies, who are suspected of
having ties to the American CIA and Israel's Mossad intelligence agency.
Iran's intelligence minister, Heidar Moleshi, announced in May the
alleged discovery of a CIA-directed spy network in Iran of more than 30
people, according to Iran's Fars News Agency. In November, Moleshi said
another 12 spies had been uncovered.
US LOSES ANOTHER DRONE, THIS TIME IN SEYCHELLES
Washington Post - One of the Air Force’s premier drones crashed Tuesday
morning in the Seychelles, the Indian Ocean archipelago that serves as a
base for anti-piracy operations, as well as U.S. surveillance missions
over Somalia. The crash of the MQ-9 Reaper comes roughly two weeks after
a U.S. drone went down in Iran. The Seychelles, where U.S. officials
have worked closely with local officials to establish the drone base, is
hardly enemy territory, and the drone that crashed Tuesday was operated
by the Air Force, not the CIA, which operated the stealth RQ-170 that
crashed in Iran.
Hu urges navy to prepare for combat
Yahoo News - Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday urged the navy to
prepare for military combat, amid growing regional tensions over
maritime disputes and a US campaign to assert itself as a Pacific power.
The navy should "accelerate its transformation and modernisation in a
sturdy way, and make extended preparations for military combat in order
to make greater contributions to safeguard national security," he said.
EU PLOTS REVENGE ON BRITAIN
European economics commissioner Olli Rehn insisted that the EU could
override the Prime Minister’s veto to slap more regulation on the City
of London. And he vowed that Brussels would ignore Mr Cameron’s bid to
protect British finance and British jobs. Finnish-born Mr Rehn said: “If
this move was intended to prevent bankers and financial corporations in
the City from being regulated, that is not going to happen. We must all
draw lessons from the financial crisis and that goes for the financial
sector as well.”
U.S. probing alleged cyberattack plot by Venezuela, Iran
Washington Times - U.S. officials are investigating reports that Iranian
and Venezuelan diplomats in Mexico were involved in planned cyberattacks
against U.S. targets, including nuclear power plants. Allegations about
the cyberplot were aired last week in a documentary on the
Spanish-language TV network Univision, which included secretly recorded
footage of Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats being briefed on the planned
attacks and promising to pass information to their governments.
hit back as death toll tops 5,000
Army defectors ambushed a Syrian security patrol Tuesday, killing seven
in revenge for a raid that cost 11 civilian lives, activists said, as
the UN estimated more than 5,000 have died in the crackdown. State media
said Syrian border guards shot dead two "terrorists" from Turkey in
other violence after a UN Security Council meeting at which Western
nations stepped up pressure to condemn the deadly campaign against
US troops surround Syria on the eve of invasion?
RT - A former official from within the ranks of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation is reporting that US and NATO forces have landed outside
of Syria and are training militants to overthrow the regime of President
Bashar al-Assad. Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, formerly a translator with
the FBI, wrote over the weekend that American soldiers are among the
NATO troops that have mysteriously and suddenly landed on the Jordanian
and Syrian border. According to her, several sources internationally
have confirmed the news, although the US media has been instructed to
temporarily censor itself from reporting the news.
Attack in Belgian city leaves 5 dead, 122 wounded
Summoned for questioning by Belgian police, a man with a history of
weapons and drug offenses left home armed with hand grenades, a revolver
and an assault rifle. Stopping at a central square filled with holiday
EU bans export of execution drug to US
RT - Sorry, Rick Perry. Your world-famous Texas executions might have to
be put on hold for a little bit. One of the only exporters left of the
death drugs used to kill American inmates is pulling the plug on sending
shipments abroad. The entire European Union is looking to put a halt on
the export of certain barbituric acids starting at the end of this week,
and among those impacted by the ban is sodium thiopental, the anesthetic
used in the execution cocktail favored by many of the American states
that still impose the death penalty.
YouTube: Dangerous Weather Alert UK as Winds Hit 230 mph
One of the stormiest periods the UK has seen for several years is set to
continue this week with heavy rain, strong winds and snow for parts of
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Declaration Of Orders We Will Not Obey
List of Declaration of Orders Oath Keepers Will NOT Obey because
"we will consider them unconstitutional (and thus unlawful) and
immoral violations of the natural rights of the people. Such
orders would be acts of war against the American people by their
own government, and thus acts of treason. We will not make war
against our own people. We will not commit treason. We will
defend the Republic."
10 Ridiculous Things That Make You a Terror Suspect
Activist Post - You thought you weren't doing anything wrong, so
why should you care about who they call a terrorist? Well, you
may not believe it, but you're likely a terror suspect in
America's new paradigm of the Land of the Fear.
Admiral: Indefinite Military Detention Of U.S. Citizens Is A Big
Win For Terrorists: “The Enemy Is Just Laughing Over This"
To Ret. Adm. John Hutson, who was Judge Advocate General of the
Navy from 1997 to 2000 and is dean emeritus of the University of
New Hampshire School of Law, the idea that the United States is
chipping away at one of its fundamental principles of civilian
law enforcement is a win for terrorists. He thinks Obama should
be very concerned about the detainee provisions, and explained
why passage of them would be a victory for terrorists, who he
argued cannot beat the United States on the battlefield.
Instead, he said terrorists have to focus their attacks and
violence on getting the United States to beat itself. And
infringing on its own liberties is a step in that direction, he
Should you leave the USA before the collapse? Words of wisdom
from someone who tried
(NaturalNews) One of the most common questions I'm asked today
from people who are aware of what's really going on is, "Should
I leave the USA to get away from the coming police state?" Three
years ago, I would have said YES, but today, after having
experienced such an effort myself and now having a clear
understanding of the ramifications of such an effort, I must
urge people to reconsider. As you'll read here, you may
ultimately be far safer and more successful living right where
you are, in your "home country," even if that home country
becomes a police state.
Lawmakers seek consumer advocates to protect travelers from TSA
Activist Post - United States Senator Charles Schumer and New
York state Senator Michael Gianaris of Queens have proposed that
the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) create a
consumer advocate to quickly act on passenger complaints over
Public Policy Polling - Iowa: Gingrich 22%, Paul 21%, Romney 16%
There has been some major movement in the Republican
Presidential race in Iowa over the last week, with what was a 9
point lead for Newt Gingrich now all the way down to a single
point. Gingrich is at 22% to 21% for Paul with Mitt Romney at
16%... Gingrich has dropped 5 points in the last week and he's
also seen a significant decline in his favorability numbers.
YouTube: Michael Savage: I would sleep better at night with Ron
Paul as president
Radio Commentary Aired Live on December 12, 2011.
In Case You Missed It: ‘The Daily Iowan’ Endorses Ron Paul for
The Daily Iowan Editorial Board endorses Texas Rep. Ron Paul for
the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses. The reasons for
endorsing Paul over the other Republican contenders are numerous
and warranted. The differences between their beliefs on
governing primarily motivate our decision. Paul is a candidate
who appeals to voters across the political spectrum. He has also
been exceptionally consistent in his time in Congress. He
doesn't play political games — even with his opponents — and
remains truthful to his word. This alone is a redeeming quality
in a candidate in today's political sphere.
VIDEO: Ron Paul: Fast & Furious a Criminal False Flag
Kurt Nimmo - Ron Paul said AG Eric Holder should be fired
immediately and investigated by Congress. Appearing on the Alex
Jones Show today, Texas Rep. and presidential candidate Ron Paul
said Attorney General Eric Holder should be fired immediately
and Congress should investigate his role in the Fast and Furious
operation run by the ATF and the Justice Department.
Trump debate appearance canceled
Politico - Donald Trump has bowed out of moderating the Newsmax
debate in Iowa later, announcing his decision in a statement
saying he will not give up the option of running for president
as an independent.
Sheriff’s Department Sponsors Secret Meeting On Small Government
Paul Joseph Watson - The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has
teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League to sponsor a
quasi-secret meeting in Camarillo, California that characterizes
small government activists as violent terrorists. Entitled The
Sovereign Citizen Movement: Exploring Their Ideology &
Indicators, the conference is set to take place on January 5th,
2012 and is only open to “Public Safety Personnel”. The precise
location of the meeting is only made known to “reviewed and
cleared” attendees, a measure of secrecy crafted to imply that
members of the Sovereign Citizen movement are a potential
Ron Paul furious over indefinite detention act
RT - Outside of the independent media, opposition to NDAA has
remained almost nonexistent, with the mainstream neglecting to
discuss the colossal implications the bill would have if it is
signed into law. Speaking to radio host Alex Jones on Tuesday,
however, Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul finally became
one of the first main figures to attack the act. “This is a
giant step – this should be the biggest news going right now –
literally legalizing martial law,” said Paul. The congressman
from Texas also appeared flabbergasted that the bill managed to
escape discussion in any of the recent GOP debates, despite its
provisions being detrimental to the US Constitution and the
freedom of every man, woman and child in America.
Obama to slash National Guard force on border
Washington Times - Citing budget cuts, the Obama administration
early next year will cut the number of National Guard troops
patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border by at least half, according to
a congressman who was briefed on the plan. The National Guard
said an announcement will be made by the White House “in the
near future,” but Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican
who has learned of the plans, said slashing the deployment in
half is the minimum number, and he said it will mean reshuffling
the remaining troops along the nearly 2,000-mile border.
Sandusky waives hearing on sex abuse charges
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football
coach Jerry Sandusky stunned a packed courtroom and backed out
of a preliminary hearing at the last minute Tuesday, avoiding a
face-to-face confrontation with accusers who his lawyer said
were just trying to cash in by making up stories of child sex
abuse. Sandusky pleaded not guilty and vowed afterward to "stay
the course, to fight for four quarters."
Related video here.
T&A: Officials Propose Ban On Full-Body Scanners At Ft
Lauderdale Airport Over Radiation
CBS News - The ban would be in place until the scanners have
scientifically been proven safe for passengers. The Commission
is expected to take up the issue Tuesday and the TSA will have a
spokesperson there to argue for the government’s position.
Cops use Predator drone to arrest ND farm family -- for
'stealing six cows'
Mail Online - Meet the Brossarts, a North Dakota family deemed
so dangerous that the local sheriff needed unleashed an unmanned
Predator drone to help bring them in. The Brossart's alleged
crime? They wouldn't give back three cows and their calves that
wandered onto their 3,000-acre farm this summer.
VIDEO: 'Keep Christ In Christmas’ Sign Stirs Controversy In
South Jersey Town
PITMAN, N.J. (CBS) – Some residents of a South Jersey town are
calling a Knights of Columbus banner that hangs over Broadway in
Pitman, a sign of the season. It reads “Keep Christ in
Christmas.” “I think it’s wonderful, Christ is Christmas,” said
Maria Marandino of Vineland. Some unnamed residents who live in
Pitman and who believe the sign that hangs across Main Street
violates the Constitution, contacted the Freedom from Religion
Foundation in Wisconsin that promotes separation of church and
state. The group’s consultant told Eyewitness News by phone that
they’ve asked the town to remove the sign.
DC Resident Fined Thousands -- For Not Recycling Cat Litter!
WASHINGTON - It's the law in D.C. - recycle or face a fine from
the Department of Public Works. But is enforcement of the law
going too far? Dupont Circle resident Patricia White says she
has been fined eight times for throwing homemade cat litter in
her trash. The fines total $2,000. White says she shreds old
newspaper and junk mail to use as cat litter. She believes she
is helping the environment by reusing the paper and avoiding cat
litter you will find in stores.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
OWS to open second camp in NYC
RT - Demonstrations with the Occupy Wall Street movement are
only days away from their next staged protest and hope to
reestablish a presence in Manhattan with an even slated for this
weekend. To commemorate four months to the day since Occupy Wall
Street began in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, protesters will
march one mile north from the since-shut-down hub of the
campaign in an attempt to claim a nearby greenery to further
Highlights of the #D12 West Coast Port Shutdown
OWS Dec. 12, 2011.
YouTube: Occupy Protesters Set Up Barricade To Shutdown Port Of
December 12, 2011 KOMO 4 News.
Detroit delays paying some vendors to make city’s payroll
The financially struggling city of Detroit has delayed paying
some of its vendors and contractors to fund payroll.
Republicans muscle tax cut bill through House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant Republicans pushed legislation through
the House Tuesday night that would keep alive Social Security
payroll tax cuts for some 160 million Americans at President
Barack Obama's request — but also would require construction of
a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline that has sparked a White House
veto threat. Passage, on a largely party-line vote of 234-193,
sent the measure toward its certain demise in the
Democratic-controlled Senate, triggering the final partisan
showdown of a remarkably quarrelsome year of divided government.
Obama vows to kill GOP tax cut extension
The White House said Tuesday it will veto a payroll tax cut
extension being prepared by House Republicans, with President
Obama insisting the bill also must raise taxes on the wealthy
rather than cut government spending.
Why Is Eric Cantor Blocking the Congressional Insider Trading
In a strange and unexpected twist, the Republican leader in the
House of Representatives is now blocking progress on a bill that
would definitively outlaw insider trading by federal lawmakers.
The Republican sponsor of the bill in the House, Financial
Services Chairman Spencer Bachus of Alabama, had scheduled a
markup of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK)
Act for next week. But on Wednesday, Majority Leader Eric Cantor
of Virginia cancelled the markup session. Cantor reportedly said
he blocked the bill to give Congress more time to examine the
issue. Critics of the move, however, fear that any delay could
kill the bill entirely.
Corzine, MF Global execs deny misuse of customer money
Fox News - Questioned by senators he once served with, Jon
Corzine told a panel Tuesday that he never told anyone to
"misuse" customer money that vanished when MF Global collapsed
this fall. An estimated $1.2 billion in client funds are
missing. Senators demanded that Corzine and two other executives
from the securities firm explain who authorized the transfer of
money in the days before the firm became the eighth-largest
bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Household electricity bills skyrocket
USA Today - Households paid a record $1,419 on average for
electricity in 2010, the fifth consecutive yearly increase above
the inflation rate, a USA TODAY analysis of government data
found. The jump has added about $300 a year to what households
pay for electricity. That's the largest sustained increase since
a run-up in electricity prices during the 1970s.
Report: Child homelessness up 33% in 3 years
USA Today - One in 45 children in the USA — 1.6 million children
— were living on the street, in homeless shelters or motels, or
doubled up with other families last year, according to the
National Center on Family Homelessness. "This is an absurdly
high number," says Ellen Bassuk, president of the center. "What
we have new in 2010 is the effects of a man-made disaster caused
by the economic recession. … We are seeing extreme budget cuts,
foreclosures and a lack of affordable housing."
“The FBI Estimates That 80 Percent Of All Mortgage Fraud
Involves Collaboration Or Collusion By Industry Insiders”
Washington Blog - The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Thrift
Supervision noted last year (page 7): The FBI estimates that 80
percent of all mortgage fraud involves collaboration or
collusion by industry insiders. This confirms what one of the
country’s top fraud experts has said for years: that it was
fraud by the big banks – more than anything done by the little
guy – which caused the financial crisis.
Existing home sales to be revised lower
CNN - If you thought the U.S. housing market couldn't get much
worse, think again. Far fewer homes have been sold over the past
five years than previously estimated, the National Association
of Realtors said Tuesday.
Reverse mortgage bond investors feel sting of foreclosure delay
A nuance in Federal Housing Administration rules is costing
investors in bonds backed by reverse mortgages. Home Equity
Conversion Mortgages allow the borrower, who must be at least 62
years old, to convert a portion of the equity in the home for
cash. Lenders do not require repayment until the borrower no
longer uses the home as a principal residence, often in the
event of death. If it cannot be repaid, even by the spouse if
only one person is on the loan, then the lender or the
Department of Housing and Urban Development will repossess the
PG&E Threatens to Disconnect Families Protecting Their Health
Intel Hub - Capitola, CA- Last Wednesday, more than a dozen
Santa Cruz County residents- including mothers and grandmothers-
assembled outside Pacific Gas and Electric’s Capitola Payment
Center with their unwanted wireless electric meters in hand, and
spoke about what prompted them to defy their utility and replace
the ‘smart’ meter on their homes with widely available analog
Is Your Fleece Killing the Ocean? Faux Fabrics Made of
'Microplastics' Devastating Sea Life, Oceans
Mother Jones - Over on Grist, Clare Leschin-Hoar brings the bad
news. She points to a recent study showing that "nearly 2,000
polyester fibers can shake loose from a single piece of clothing
in the wash and, unfortunately, those tiny plastic bits are
making their way into the ocean."... Worse still, "polyester is
heavier than water," Leschin-Hoar reports; so it sinks to the
ocean bottom, an area that teems with little creatures that
gobble everything in sight before eaten by bigger creatures—and
the "microplastics" then bioaccumulate up the food chain, quite
possibly to your plate.
Fruit and vegetables induce DNA repair in cancer
This is a selection of abstracts from the almost one thousand
medical papers published in the last decade on the subject: DNA
repair induced by molecules present in fruit and vegetables.
Five ways to make your skin look younger naturally
(NaturalNews) You don't need needles, surgery or expensive
procedures to get younger looking skin. You can take years off
of your appearance without surgical or chemical intervention by
following a few guidelines. These practices will help you
maintain smoothness, tone and integrity year after year.
New Underhanded Tactics from Pharma...Is It Greed, or an Act of
It wasn’t enough that they raised the price of this critical
drug from $10 to $1,500 per dose. Now they are going after
pharmacists and hitting pregnant low-income women the hardest.
VIDEO REPORT: Hundreds of toys contain toxic chemicals
ABC News - Hundreds of toys contain the toxic chemical BPA (bisphenol
A), according to a new report. The information was based on data
collected under a new safety law passed in Maine, that requires
companies to report chemicals found in their toys. More than 650
brand-name products are on the list, including toys from
Playmobil, LeapFrog, Chicco and SpyNet.
To see the complete list, click here.
Resveratrol and pterostilbene team together to improve mental
(NaturalNews) The potent phenolic compound resveratrol and its
close cousin, pterostilbene, have long been touted for their
anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and blood sugar-lowering health
benefits. Information published in the prestigious journal
publications, Neurobiology of Aging and The Journal of
Nutritional Biochemistry, both cite resveratrol and
pterostilbene as powerful brain-boosting agents, enhancing
cognitive and mental function while lowering the risk from many
forms of dementia.
Finally—Congress Begins to Wake Up about Genetically Engineered
Two powerful new bills will help control GMOs. Spread the word
with our Action Alert! Rep. Dennis Kucinich has introduced two
bills that would mandate labeling and provide stricter safety
protections for GE products. HR 3553, the Genetically Engineered
Food Right to Know Act, already has twelve co-sponsors (and
bipartisan support). The bill requires labeling of all
genetically engineered organisms—including fish, which is
especially important since GM salmon approval seems imminent.
For animals and animal products, the bill would also require
disclosure if the animal has been fed GMO.
Stunning New Way to Flush Away Skin Cancer
Dr Mercola - There are now more than 3.5 million nonmelanoma
skin cancer cases diagnosed every year in the United States,
bringing numbers well into epidemic proportions. Clearly
Americans' well-intentioned efforts to cover up with sunscreen
are not doing the trick, and I'll explain some of the reasons
for this below, but first I want to share with you a
ground-breaking, completely natural substance that research
shows can curenonmelanoma skin cancers. It's called Solasodine
rhamnosyl glycosides (BEC), which is a fancy name for extracts
from plants of the Solanaceae family, such as eggplant, tomato,
potato, Bell peppers, and tobacco.
Coconut Oil Health Benefits
Health Freedoms - There is no better source of saturated fat
than coconut oil. Unlike other saturated fats, it contains
medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s). Other sources of saturated
fat contain long-chain fatty acids. Some of the benefits of
consuming MCFA’s include weight loss, decreased risk of heart
disease and lower LDL cholesterol levels. One outstanding
benefit of consuming medium chain fatty acids is increased
metabolism and energy through immediate burning of the fat. Long
chain fatty acids found in other sources of saturated fat, store
the fat around the thighs, buttocks and waist.
Peanut Butter – Is It Healthy? Is It Good To Eat Regularly?
Organic vs. Not Organic
Health Freedoms - Research shows peanut butter is effective in
combating diseases. A number of studies have shown that niacin
rich foods like peanut butter protect against Alzheimer’s
disease and age-related cognitive decline. However, any gains
you may experience will be quickly offset by the damaging
ingredients in non-organic peanut butter. Ingredients known to
be harmful such as – fattening additives, hydrogenated oils,
refined sugar and stabilizers. Be health smart and pay extra for
organic peanut butter.
Google chairman says online piracy bill would 'criminalize' the
An online piracy bill in the House would "criminalize linking
and the fundamental structure of the Internet itself," according
to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Schmidt said the
controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would punish Web
firms, including search engines, that link to foreign websites
dedicated to online piracy. He said implementing the bill as
written would effectively break the Internet. "By criminalizing
links, what these bills do is they force you to take content off
the Internet," Schmidt said, calling it a form of censorship.
MPAA Head Chris Dodd on Online Censorship Bill: China's the
Jen Rubin makes the case today that the anti-piracy bills
pending in the House, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and
Senate, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), are likely
unconstitutional. The bills essentially call for censorship of
online speech in such a way, and with so little recourse for
those accused of "infringing" on intellectual property rights,
that the bills will likely not survive the scrutiny of the
courts even if they do survive in Congress. But if Congress does
pass these laws, it will be a testament to the enormous power
and influence of two Democratic special interest groups—the
Hollywood lobby, comprised of the Motion Picture Association of
America and the Recording Industry Association of America, and
the trial lawyers.
NTSB recommends full ban on use of cell phones while driving
Washington (CNN) -- Federal accident investigators Tuesday
called for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text
messaging devices while driving. The recommendation is the most
far-reaching yet by the National Transportation Safety Board,
which in the past 10 years has increasingly sought to limit the
use of portable electronic devices. It has recommended such bans
for novice drivers, school bus drivers and commercial truckers.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
YouTube: Raw Milk Freedom Riders Chicago
On Thursday, December 8, 2011, the Raw Milk Freedom Riders rode
for the second time -- this time from Wisconsin to Chicago, with
70 gallons of raw milk to distribute as "agents" for raw milk
moms in Chicago. The riders were met at Independence Park in
Chicago by over a hundred people in a rally for food rights.
Speakers included Michael Badnarik, Michael Schultz, David
Gumpert, Liz Reitzig and Max Kane. Those gathered toasted with
raw milk and ate homemade cookies. Neither the FDA nor law
enforcement were in attendance.
Homemade holiday wreaths
It’s not too late to uber-create your holiday wreath… here are
some ideas from around the web, including these made with corks
and ties featured by The Ecoholic.
Today in History -
Tuesday - December 13, 2011
1642 - New Zealand was discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman.
1769 - Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, received its charter.
1809 - The first abdominal surgical procedure was performed in Danville,
KY, on Jane Todd Crawford. The operation was performed without an
1862 - In America, an estimated 11,000 Northern soldiers were killed or
wounded when Union forces were defeated by Confederates under General
Robert E. Lee, at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
1884 - Percy Everitt received a patent for the first coin-operated
1913 - The Federal Reserve System was established.
1918 - U.S. President Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first chief
executive to visit a European country while holding office.
1921 - Britain, France, Japan and the United States signed the Pacific
1944 - During World War II, the U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged
in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack. 138 people were killed in the
1961 - Anna Mary Robertson Moses, "Grandma Moses," passed away at the
age of 101.
1964 - In El Paso, TX, President Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo
Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion that diverted the Rio Grande River,
reshaping the U.S.-Mexican border. This ended a century-old border
1978 - The Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony U.S.
dollar. The coin began circulation the following July.
1981 - Authorities in Poland imposed martial law in an attempt to
crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement. Martial law ended formally
1988 - PLO chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the U.N. General Assembly in
Geneva, where it had reconvened after the United States had refused to
grant Arafat a visa to visit New York.
1991 - North Korea and South Korea signed a historic non-aggression
1993 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people must receive a hearing
before property linked to illegal drug sales can be seized.
1998 - Puerto Rican voters rejected U.S. statehood in a non-binding
2000 - U.S. Vice President Al Gore conceded the 2000 Presidential
election to Texas Gov. George W. Bush. The Florida electoral votes were
won by only 537 votes, which decided the election. The election had been
contested up to the U.S. Supreme Court, which said that the Florida
recount (supported by the Florida Supreme Court) was unconstitutional.
2000 - Seven convicts, the "Texas 7," escaped from Connally Unit in
Kenedy, TX, southeast of San Antonio, by overpowering civilian workers
and prison employees. They fled with stolen clothing, pickup truck and
16 guns and ammunition.
2001 - The U.S. government released a video tape that showed Osama bin
Laden and others discussing their knowledge of the terrorist attacks on
the United States on September 11, 2001.
2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush served formal notice to Russia that
the United States was withdrawing from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile
2001 - NBC-TV announced that it would begin running hard liquor
Iran shrugs off US request to return spy drone
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's defense minister on Tuesday shrugged off a
U.S. request for the return of an American spy drone captured by Iranian
armed forces and instead demanded an apology from Washington.
Israel's president 'ashamed' of contentious bills
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's president says he is "ashamed" that lawmakers
are trying to pass a string of bills he regards as undemocratic.... In
an interview with the Yediot Ahronot daily published Tuesday, Peres
singled out bills that would slash funding to dovish groups, silence
Muslim calls to prayer and tighten a defamation law in a way that could
hobble investigative reports.
Overblown drone: UK media mystified by Moscow UFO
RT - A UFO spying on Muscovites protesting against parliamentary
election fraud? Apparently so – at least that was the best explanation
some British news outlets could give to the latest technical solutions
in use among Russian bloggers. “An 'unidentified flying object'…spotted
above Moscow during an anti-government protest.” “Hundreds of
pro-democracy protesters…witnessed the 'UFO' hover above them on
Saturday.” “Confused onlookers among the 25,000-strong crowd filmed the
strange object on their phones.”
Iran says it's almost done decoding US drone
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian experts are in the final stages of
recovering data from the U.S. surveillance drone captured by the
country's armed forces, state TV reported Monday.... U.S. officials are
concerned others may be able to reverse-engineer the chemical
composition of the drone's radar-deflecting paint or the aircraft's
sophisticated optics technology that allows operators to positively
identify terror suspects from tens of thousands of feet in the air. They
are also worried adversaries may be able to hack into the drone's
database, although it is not clear whether any data could be recovered.
Report: Iran To Practice Closing Strait Of Hormuz
Paul Joseph Watson - Closure of key choke point would send oil prices
skyrocketing to $300-$500 a barrel. The Iranian Army has refused to
comment after a member of the country’s National Security Committee said
today that Iran was to practice closing the Strait of Hormuz, the most
important choke point for oil shipments in the world. “The legislator,
Parviz Sarvari, told the student news agency ISNA: “Soon we will hold a
military manoeuvre on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world
wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure,”
Obama, al-Maliki to chart next steps for US, Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) - With the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq in its final
days, President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
will meet at the White House Monday to discuss the next phase of the
relationship between their countries.... Monday's meeting between Obama
and al-Maliki is expected to focus heavily on how the U.S. and Iraq will
continue to cooperate on security issues without the presence of
American troops. Iraqi leaders have said they want U.S. military
training help for their security forces but have been unable to agree on
what type of help they'd like or what protections they would be willing
to give American trainers.
Israel OKs new homes at West Bank settlement
JERUSALEM (AP) — The mayor of a West Bank settlement south of Jerusalem
says Israel's Defense Ministry has approved 40 new houses at a site near
his town.... Settlement construction is criticized internationally for
cementing Israel's hold on land the Palestinians say they want for a
NATO-backed Afghan militia scheme seen expanded
KABUL (Reuters) - The scheme, launched in 2010, was originally expected
to last no more than five years, after which units would be demobilized
or absorbed into the regular police. But commanders from the NATO-led
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) consider them a key part
of their success in loosening the Taliban's grip on areas like the
southern Arghandab valley, once an insurgent stronghold. And the
coalition is now seriously considering making the groups a more lasting
part of Afghanistan's security landscape.
US-Funded "Activist" Becomes President of Tunisia
Activist Post - The BBC hails Tunisia's assembly and their election of a
new president in their article, "Tunisian activist, Moncef Marzouki,
named president." What the BBC predictably fails to mention is that
Marzouki's organization, the Tunisian League for Human Rights, was a US
National Endowment for Democracy and George Soros Open Society-funded
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) member organization.
Latvia's largest bank fights off depositor run after rumours of imminent
RIGA, Latvia - Latvia's largest bank scrambled Monday to head off a run
among depositors who were gripped by rumours of the bank's imminent
ruin. Weekend rumours that Swedbank was facing legal and liquidity
problems in Estonia and Sweden sent thousands of Latvians to bank
machines on Sunday, with some lines reaching as many as 50 people.
Butter shortage in Norway pushes price per pound to nearly $500
An acute butter shortage in Norway, one of the world's richest
countries, has left people worrying how to bake their Christmas goodies
with store shelves emptied and prices through the roof. The shortfall,
expected to last into January, amounts to between 500 and 1,000 tonnes,
said Tine, Norway's main dairy company, while online sellers have
offered 500-gramme packs for up to 350 euros ($465).... The shortfall
has been blamed on a rainy summer that cut into feed production and
therefore dairy output, but also the ballooning popularity of a
low-carbohydrate, fat-rich diet that has sent demand for butter soaring.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Army helicopters crash on Washington base, 4 dead
RAINIER, Wash. (AP) -- Two Army helicopters crashed Monday night
at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in an accident that killed four
soldiers, a military spokesman said late Monday.
YouTube: New Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Ad: Newt
Gingrich: Selling Access
VIDEO: Ron Paul ABC This Week Sunday Show Post Debate Mentions
Ron Paul 2012 December 11, 2011 - Amazing Pro Ron Paul Piece
From Mainstream Media.
Video: Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel agrees with
Ron Paul 2012 December 11, 2011.
Poll: Ron Paul sits in top-tier in South Carolina, Florida
Ron Paul (R-TX), a candidate for the Republican presidential
nomination, sits in the top-tier in the latest NBC News/Marist
polls of South Carolina and Florida GOP voters. Mr. Paul pulled
in 9 percent of the votes in the latest NBC News/Marist poll of
South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary voters for a
third place finish. Mr. Paul garnered 8 percent of the votes in
the latest NBC News/Marist poll of Florida Republican
Presidential Primary voters.
YouTube: The Plain Truth About Ron Paul
Andrew Napolitano on Freedom Watch.
Ron Paul Supporters to Collect 10,000lbs of Food for Charity
Activist Post - Thanks to Ron Paul supporters across the
country, Americans in need will be less hungry this holiday
season. That’s because Paul’s supporters have come together in a
nationwide grassroots effort to collect 10,000 pounds of food
this holiday season to help those in need during these times of
economic distress while calling attention to Ron Paul's
philosophy of voluntary charity being better than government
Facebook page removed after uploading video exposing obviously
skewed Barbara Walters interview with Assad
Activist Post - In a clear act of censorship, after a video was
uploaded to the official Facebook page for the Syrian Arab News
Agency (SANA) which exposed the highly manipulated ABC interview
with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the page was removed by
Facebook. The video was of a press conference held by the
spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Affairs and Expatriates
Ministry, Jihad Makdessi, showing how the ABC interview was
Anger Builds Over Tower Design Resembling 9/11 Explosion
ABC NEWS - A new building design created by Dutch architectural
firm MVRDV is angering people who say the structure evokes the
World Trade Center attack during 9/11. The new luxury building,
slated for completion in 2015 in Seoul, South Korea, will
featured a “cloud” connecting two towers at the 27th floor.
Ariz. congressman files ‘no confidence’ resolution against Atty.
Gen. Eric Holder
Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar has filed a resolution in the
House of Representatives pushing for vote of “no confidence” in
Attorney General Eric Holder. The resolution, introduced Monday
afternoon, is a formal way to exhibit congressional disdain for
Holder as the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious
proceeds. It would also be an initial step toward some House
Republicans’ plan to formally remove him from office if he won’t
Protest AG Holder’s Appearance at LBJ Library in Austin
Kurt Nimmo - Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, who claims
to have a faulty memory about Operation Fast and Furious, the
effort to arm murderous Mexican drug cartels, will be in Austin,
Texas, tomorrow, December 13. Holder will “deliver remarks” at
the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library & Museum. He will
discuss “the importance of ensuring equal access to the ballot
box and strengthening America’s long tradition of expanding the
franchise,” according to a
Supreme Court will hear Arizona immigration case
Washington Times - The Supreme Court announced Monday it will
take the case of Arizona’s tough immigration crackdown law,
adding yet another contentious clash between the Obama
administration and the states to its docket. The case, which has
attracted national attention, pits Arizona against the Obama
administration, which sued and won court orders blocking
implementation of most of the law at both the district and
appeals court levels.
U.S. Proposes Unmanned Border Entry With Mexico
The crossing, which would be the nation's first such port of
entry with Mexico, has sparked opposition from some who see it
as counterintuitive in these days of heightened border security.
Supporters say the crossing would give the isolated Mexican town
long-awaited access to U.S. commerce, improve conservation
efforts and be an unlikely target for criminal operations. A
public comment period runs through Dec. 27 on the estimated $2.3
million project, which has support at the highest levels of
government from both countries. But U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a
Texas Republican member of the House Homeland Security
committee, questioned the wisdom of using resources to make it
easier to cross the border.
The Pretext for a North American Homeland Security Perimeter
On December 7, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen
Harper announced the Beyond the Border Perimeter Security and
Economic Competitiveness Action Plan. The new deal focuses on
addressing security threats early, facilitating trade, economic
growth and jobs, integrating cross-border law enforcement, as
well as improving infrastructure and cyber-security. It will act
as a roadmap with different parts being phased in over the next
In a World of Violence and Oppression, Peace and Freedom are
Activist Post - What do people like Gandhi, Martin Luther King
and John Lennon all have in common? Well, they were all
extremists, extremists who wouldn’t hurt a fly. In a world where
violence and oppression is the norm, those of us who dare to
seek peace and freedom are automatically labeled as dangerous
Another name change for former Blackwater firm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The security firm once known as Blackwater
is changing its name for a second time as its owners continue to
reshape the company they bought from its founder a year ago. The
new name is Academi, which the company said Monday is based on
the ancient Greek philosopher Plato's institution for developing
thinkers and warriors.
Rep. Burgess on light bulbs: When choices are limited ‘people
are going to start paying attention’
Daily Caller - Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess has been
fighting against implementation of the new efficiency standards
laid out in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007,
which will gradually mandate tougher standards and phase out the
older bulbs. “It’s a tough deal, I have to stock up on light
bulbs, I have to stock up on my CFC-containing asthma inhaler.
Is my government at war with me or what?” Burgess said in an
interview with The Daily Caller.... Over the summer Burgess
sponsored an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations
Bill to prevent the enforcement of the 2007 mandated phase out.
The amendment passed but the Democratically-controlled Senate
could present a problem for his legislation’s ultimate passage.
Google Execs To NASA: We'll Fix Your Hangar, You House Our Jets
Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt -- the CEO, co-founder
and executive chairman of the Web search giant, respectively --
have, through a company they control, proposed paying the full
$33 million cost of revamping the iconic hangar. But there's a
catch: They want to use up to two-thirds of the floor space of
the hangar to house their fleet of eight private jets.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
YouTube: HOUSTON: Police Place Tent Over Restrained Protesters
and Gas Them
Unbelievable! At the end of the video the Houston Police along
with the Houston Fire Department Rescue deflated the gas from
the tent and then carried it away with the 6 protesters (knocked
out) still in it.
VIDEO: 20 Occupy Houston protesters arrested for blocking East
Loop entrance ramp
HOUSTON – Twenty Occupy Houston protesters were arrested near
the Ship Channel Monday for blocking an East Loop/610 entrance
ramp near Clinton. As Air 11 flew over the area, six protesters
were lying in the middle of the road linked by plastic pipes
around their arms. Others stood in the road. They were blocking
traffic at the Port of Houston’s main entrance.
Occupy shuts down US West Coast ports
RT - Up and down West Coast, protesters have begun a massive
blockade on the Pacific Ocean ports as part of a day of action
under the umbrella of the Occupy Wall Street movement.... Before
noon on Monday, ports were successfully shut down by protesters
in the cities of Portland, Longview and Oakland, with
demonstrators waging similar strikes in other cities on the
Pacific Coast. In Canada, the port of Vancouver, British
Columbia, was also closed and operations at Long Beach,
California were slowed due to protester action.
Police remove Occupy Baltimore protesters
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Authorities in full riot gear removed Occupy
Baltimore protesters early Tuesday from a downtown plaza where
they had been camped out for months.
YouTube: HOUSTON: Police Place Tent Over Restrained Protesters
and Gas Them
Unbelievable! At the end of the video the Houston Police along
with the Houston Fire Department Rescue deflated the gas from
the tent and then carried it away with the 6 protesters (knocked
out) still in it.
Undercover cops spied on Occupy LA in search of
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Undercover police officers infiltrated
Occupy LA’s tent city last month to spy on people they suspected
of stockpiling human waste and crude weapons for resisting an
eventual eviction, police and city government sources said.
Authorities also used security cameras mounted outside City
Hall, where the camp was located, and monitored publicly
available Internet chatter and video on social-networking sites
such as Twitter, sources said.
US protests boost sales and fears of sonic blaster
More US police and emergency-response agencies are using the
so-called Long-Range Acoustic Devices instead of megaphones or
conventional loudspeakers for crowd control, according to news
reports and leading manufacturer LRAD Corp. of San Diego. But
the products, which the makers developed as nonlethal options
for military use, are prompting outcries from people on the
receiving end, who call them "sound cannons." The city of
Pittsburgh is fighting an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit
claiming the piercing tone from a police blaster during the 2009
G-20 summit permanently damaged a woman's hearing.
Occupy protesters seek to shut West Coast ports
Kari Koch, organizer with Shut Down the Ports Working Group of
Occupy Portland, said by shutting down the port, Wall Street
will be unable to create profit. "We will not stand for
corporate profits at the expense of working people, we will not
stand for attacks on workers, and we will not allow our schools
to be closed, social services slashed, and families to be
impoverished by your greed!" Koch said Monday in statement.
Organizers hope to draw thousands to stand in solidarity with
longshoremen and port truckers they say are being exploited.
The real unemployment rate is 11 percent
Washington Post - Remember that the unemployment rate is not
"how many people don't have jobs?", but "how many people don't
have jobs and are actively looking for them?" Let's say you've
been looking fruitlessly for five months and realize you've
exhausted every job listing in your area. Discouraged, you stop
looking, at least for the moment. According to the government,
you're no longer unemployed. Congratulations?
No One Telling Who Took $586B in Fed Swaps
Bloomberg - As part of a currency-swap plan active from 2007 to
2010 and revived to fight the European debt crisis, the Fed
lends dollars to other central banks, which auction them to
local commercial banks. Lending peaked at $586 billion in
December 2008. While the transactions with other central banks
are all disclosed, the Fed doesn’t track where the dollars
ultimately end up, and European officials don’t share borrowers’
identities outside the continent.
Lockheed Martin gets $4B military jet contract
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. and Lockheed
Martin Aeronautics Co. have been awarded a $4.01 billion
military contract to provide 30 fighter jets to the Air Force,
Navy, and the Marine Corps. The contract, announced Friday, is a
modification of an earlier contract. It includes the delivery of
21 conventional takeoff and landing F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
jets to the Air Force, which will pay $2.64 billion. Six jets
with aircraft carrier capabilities will be provided for the
Navy, which will pay $937.4 million. Three jets with short
takeoff and vertical landing capability are headed for Marine
Corp. duty, at a cost of $426.2 million.
SF becomes first US city to top $10 minimum wage
The city's hourly wage for its lowest-paid workers will hit
$10.24, more than $2 above the California minimum wage and
nearly $3 more than the working wage set by the federal
government.... While the city is at the forefront of attempting
to provide a decent living wage, most employees say it's still
not a wage to live on, that the 32-cent hike seems like peanuts.
And some employers say it could lead to layoffs by small
businesses already forced to pay federal, state and city payroll
taxes as well as a slew of other city-mandated taxes.
A mortgage with every college graduation
Student debt to stifle home buying prospects of younger
Americans – In 2000 student debt made up 2 percent of all
household debt. Today student debt is up to 7 percent of all
household debt and growing.
Confirmed: Fukushima disaster contaminated ocean with 50 million
times normal radiation, leaks still ongoing
(NaturalNews) The mainstream media has said absolutely nothing
about this development, continuing its pattern of downplaying
news involving Fukushima, radiation or the flawed structure of
nuclear power plants. This is hardly surprising, given that many
of the largest media outlets (such as NBC and MSNBC) are owned
by corporations such as General Electric, the designer of many
of the world's nuclear power plants.
Red alert: Fukushima nuclear reactor 4 possibly collapsing, say
sources, mass evacuations may be necessary
(NaturalNews) After enduring many months of total information
blackout on the situation, an intelligence source connected with
NaturalNews has just informed us that Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
reactor 4 may now be on the verge of collapsing, and that mass
evacuations in northern Japan could be necessary if such a
collapse occurs and is confirmed.
What to do if alternative health choices and supplements become
(NaturalNews) The dark clouds of health tyranny are moving in.
Yet, it's important to not stress. Stress is acknowledged as a
major source of all disease. Prepare now by looking into
energetic options that reduce stress and heal if supplements and
herbs become scarce. The type of energy that governs our bodies
is Chi or Prana. Though named differently by traditional Chinese
and Ayurvedic medicine, they are both the same stuff, subtle
energy in and around the body. These subtle electronic energy
fields actually influence our cellular and biochemical make-up
YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 12/12/11: Fighting to
Ban Mandatory Mental Health Screening
Congressman Ron Paul has re-introduced The Parental Consent Act
, A bill which prohibits federal funds from being used to
establish or implement any universal or mandatory mental health,
psychiatric, or socioemotional screening program. For more
H.R. 2769 click here.
Exposing the hidden epidemic of crippling, painful neurological
adverse effects of antibiotics
(NaturalNews) The adverse reactions from a certain specific
class of antibiotics resemble the crippling adverse reactions of
the vaccine injured.... Most antibiotic victims are adults with
no one to look after them. Unlike unfortunate autistic or
paralyzed vaccine injured kids who have parents dedicated to
taking care of them. Thanks to social networking and internet
forums, these victims have some support. Unfortunately, most of
them are locked into the Medical Mafia system of harmful drugs
and brain washed medicine. Their complaints are often
disregarded as delusional, or they're misdiagnosed for
rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, or MS. And that's because
their symptoms are similar, and worse. They often suffer from
the constant pain of extreme neuropathy.
Epilepsy Foundation warning shows that television, movies can
reprogram brain neurology
(NaturalNews) Rapidly flashing lights and other fast-moving
visual effects in movies, television, and video games can
trigger sudden epileptic seizures and other neurological
disorders in humans, and a recent warning by an epilepsy group
confirms this. According to the Baltimore Sun, the
Maryland-based Epilepsy Foundation recently issued a warning
about the new, hit movie Breaking Dawn, which is part of the
Twilight series, that essentially proves popular media's ability
to reprogram brain neurology.
Pro-Vaccine Immunologist Admits a Shocking Truth About Vaccines
October 31, 2011 - Infants in their first year mostly depend on
generalized, non-specific immunity, including (hopefully)
immunoglobulins from breast milk, to protect their young bodies
from infection. They do not produce antibodies of their own
until about age one. Despite this basic fact, the medical
establishment insists administering a total of 19 shots,
containing 24 vaccines, to infants on the 2, 4 and 6 month
Pro-active breast health prevents cancer
(NaturalNews) Consumers have to educate themselves in order to
actively prevent diseases like cancer. Read the review of some of the breast cancer
prevention routes your physician might fail to mention.
Science identifies powerful rejuvenating substance - Nitric
(NaturalNews) Nitric Oxide (NO) is a fundamental chemical
messenger manufactured by the body within the circulatory system
and it's production relaxes and expands the blood pathways. This
increases blood flow to all the organs and cells, restoring the
health and strength of the cardiovascular tissue. By the age of
forty, nitric oxide production begins to decline. This
significant decline in NO production appears to be universal.
Even so, the cardiovascular system never loses its ability to
relax and open. It is the absence of NO that accounts for the
fact that a person in their fifties and sixties has about half
the circulatory capacity they had in their twenties.
Twenty-seven years bring no deaths from vitamins but three
million from pharmaceuticals
(NaturalNews) Despite mainstream medical establishments and
media outlets portraying multivitamin supplements as worthless
and oftentimes toxic, vitamins have led to 0 deaths over the
past 27 years. In contrast, pharmaceutical drugs were
responsible for 3 million deaths, topping the death toll from
traffic-related incidents. In 2009, pharmaceuticals were
responsible for the death of 37,485 people nationwide.
Green tea consumption linked to improvements in total and LDL
(NaturalNews) Numerous studies have confirmed the
health-supportive benefits of green tea consumption, as the
ancient Chinese drink helps to prevent many forms of cancer and
lowers the risk from cognitive decline and dementia. The result
of a systematic literature search published in the Journal of
the American Dietetic Association finds that green tea supplied
from drink or supplements lowers total cholesterol and
artery-clogging LDL cholesterol. Green tea contains antioxidant
compounds called catechins (specifically EGCG) that pack a
powerful anti-inflammatory punch to our metabolism.
The dark side of smoking - what Big Tobacco doesn't want you to
(NaturalNews) The truth is that most pack-a-day smokers are
hooked and cannot figure out how to quit, mainly because most
cessation methods don't address the true depth of the addiction,
and most are just scams that are marketed by "Big Pharma" to
damage your health even further and send any "ex-smokers" right
back to the well.
Unannounced Verizon Emergency Alert Causes Panic In New
Paul Joseph Watson - An unannounced test of a soon to be
mandatory emergency alert system caused panic in New Jersey
today after Verizon customers received text messages warning
them that a “civil emergency” was in progress and to “take
shelter,” prompting alarmed citizens to flood 911 lines with
anxious calls. However, media reports concerning the alarm
completely ignore the fact that Verizon was almost certainly
running a test for the federal government’s soon to be mandatory
PLAN alert program, which the company has signed up for.
Overkill on Internet piracy
Over the weekend, First Amendment impresario Floyd Abrams
addressed two controversial Internet piracy bills, the Senate’s
Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the House version, the Stop Online
Piracy Act (SOPA). He argued that the bill, designed to stop
Internet theft of intellectual property, has been denounced by
critics for setting up “ ‘walled gardens patrolled by government
censors.’ Or derided as imparting ‘major features’ of ‘China’s
Great Firewall’ to America. And accused of being ‘potentially
12 Things You Can do to Fight the Internet Blacklist Bill
Congress is debating dangerous legislation that would give the
Department of Justice unprecedented power to “blacklist”
websites without a trial and give Hollywood copyright holders a
fast-track way to shut down a website’s financial services for
alleged copyright infringement, endangering sites like Vimeo and
Etsy. It’s nothing short of a bill to create a censorship regime
in the U.S., and it’s moving fast.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
Chickens and Cold Weather
Mother Earth News - When the snow starts to fall, many
homesteaders who are just getting started with chickens begin to
worry about their birds. Does an outdoor chicken coop need some
sort of external heat source? Chicken expert Robert Plamondon
has an answer to this question that may surprise you: Chickens
can tolerate surprisingly low temperatures. On the other hand,
as Plamondon explains, getting chickens fresh water in winter
can present more of a challenge.
Even More Dog Food Recalled Because Aflatoxin Is Not Part Of
Your Pet's Diet
Last week, we told you about the recall of some Iams and other
dog food brands over concerns about the possible contamination
by a nasty mold. Well, the recalls continue, as Advanced Animal
Nutrition has announced a recall of its dry Dog Power Dog Food
for the exact same reason. Once again, the FDA has detected a
too-high level of aflatoxin — a by-product of the fungus
Aspergillus flavus — which you don't want to be feeding to your
YouTube: Ron Paul Truck with AWESOME Float in Christmas Parade
Ford F250 wrapped for Christmas Parade 2011.
Low impact holidays: less trash
(NaturalNews)Here are some simple ideas for reducing holiday
trash that, if adopted by enough of us, could create more
earth-friendly, sustainable holidays. With a little effort and
imagination, perhaps we can reduce the environmental impact of
the holiday season.
Today in History -
Monday - December 12, 2011
1787 - Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S.
1792 - In Vienna, 22-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven received one of his
first lessons in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn.
1800 - Washington, DC, was established as the capital of the United
1870 - Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black
lawmaker to be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.
1900 - Charles M. Schwab formed the United States Steel Corporation.
1901 - The first radio signal to cross the Atlantic was picked up near
St. John's Newfoundland, by inventor Guglielmo Marconi.
1912 - The Mother's Day International Association was incorporated with
the purpose of furthering meaningful observations of Mother's Day.
1915 - The first all-metal aircraft, the German Junkers J1, made its
1917 - Father Edward Flanagan opened Boys Town in Nebraska. The farm
village was for wayward boys. In 1979 it was opened to girls.
1925 - The "Motel Inn," the first motel in the world, opened in San Luis
1937 - Japanese aircraft sank the U.S. gunboat "Panay" on China's
Yangtze River. Japan apologized for the attack, and paid $2.2 million in
1947 - The United Mine Workers union withdrew from the American
Federation of Labor.
1951 - The U.S. Navy Department announced that the world's first nuclear
powered submarine would become the sixth ship to bear the name Nautilus.
1955 - It was announced that the Ford Foundation gave $500,000,000 to
private hospitals, colleges and medical schools.
1975 - Sara Jane Moore pled guilty to a charge of trying to kill U.S.
President Ford in San Francisco the previous September.
1983 - Car bombs were set off in front of the French and U.S. embassies
in Kuwait City. Shiite extremists were responsible for the five deaths
and 86 wounded. Total of five bombs went off in different locations.
1985 - 248 American soldiers and eight crewmembers were killed when an
Arrow Air charter crashed in Gander, Newfoundland after takeoff.
1989 - Britain forcibly removed 51 Vietnamese from Hong Kong and
returned them to their homeland.
1997 - The U.S. Justice Department ordered Microsoft to sell its
Internet browser separately from its Windows operating system to prevent
it from building a monopoly of Web access programs.
2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court found that the recount ordered by the
Florida Supreme Court in the 2000 U.S. Presidential election was
unconstitutional. U.S. Vice President Al Gore conceded the election to
Texas Gov. George W. Bush the next day.
2000 - Timothy McVeigh, over the objections of his lawyers, abandoned
his final round of appeals and asked that his execution be set within
120 days. McVeigh was convicted of the April 1995 truck bombing of the
Alfred P. Murrah Fedal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, that killed 168
and injured 500.
2001 - Gerardo Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for being the
leader of a Cuban spy ring. His conviction was based on his role in the
infiltration of U.S. military bases and in the deaths of four
Cuban-Americans whose planes were shot down five years before.
2002 - North Korea announced that it would reactivate a nuclear power
plant that U.S. officials believed was being used to develop weapons.
US vacates air base in Pakistan to meet deadline
QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP) - The United States on Sunday vacated a Pakistani
airbase following a deadline given by Islamabad in the wake of anger
over NATO air strikes last month that killed 24 soldiers, officials
said. Pakistan's military said in a statement that the last flight
carrying US personnel and equipment had left Shamsi airbase, in the
southwestern province of Baluchistan, completing a process that began
Israel calls for 'paralyzing' sanctions
(Reuters) - Iran's ruling clerics could use nuclear weapons to
strengthen their grip on power and the world must urgently impose
crippling sanctions to prevent them from building such arms, Israel's
defense minister said on Sunday.
Major battle in Syria; Shops shut by strike
(Reuters) - Army defectors fought government troops Sunday in one of the
biggest battles of Syria's nine-month uprising, and a strike shut
businesses in a new gesture of civil disobedience, residents and
North Korea warns against Christmas lights near border
North Korea warned South Korea on Sunday of "unexpected consequences" if
Seoul displays Christmas lights near the tense border, and vowed to
retaliate for what it called propaganda attempts. The South's defence
ministry said earlier it was considering a request by a Seoul church
group to put up Christmas lights on a steel tower atop a
military-controlled hill near the border. The North's official website--
Uriminzokkiri-- called the plan "a mean attempt for psychological
warfare" against the communist state and threatened to retaliate
immediately when the lights are switched on.
US response muted as American jailed in Thailand
Thailand on Thursday sent an American, Joe Gordon, 55, to prison for two
and a half years for defaming the country's royal family after he
translated excerpts of a banned biography of Thailand's king and
published them online. He had been living in Colorado at the time. The
U.S. government has offered a measured response to the "severe" sentence
- saying it was "troubled" by the outcome and asserting the right to
free expression of people around the world. It has avoided direct
criticism of Thailand over its use of laws punishing lese majeste, the
crime of insulting a monarch.
Iran refuses to hand back US drone
London Telegraph - Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of the Guard, said
in remarks broadcast on state television that the violation of Iran's
airspace by the US drone was a "hostile act" and warned of a "bigger"
response. He did not elaborate on what Tehran might do. "No one returns
the symbol of aggression to the party that sought secret and vital
intelligence related to the national security of a country," Salami
Wall Street Propagandists Scramble To Cover US Ties to Russian
Tony Cartalucci - The corporate media has already started to rewrite
events as they unfold. Wall Street and London’s media machine claims
Russia’s protests are “leaderless” and not being organized by political
opposition movements – even as it interviews protest organizers such as
the above pictured opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, who takes to stages
build amidst supposedly “spontaneous” protests with a troupe of US
NED-funded NGO leaders and opposition parties cheerleading what is
clearly yet another Western-funded color revolution.
Russian Deputy FM says no military components exist in Iran's nuclear
Iran's nuclear program does not have any military component, Russian
Deputy FM Sergei Ryabkov said, RIA Novosti reported. "We hold reliable
information that no data exist on the military components of Iran's
nuclear program. There's no proof for existence of such components in
the nuclear program," Ryabkov said.
VIDEO: War-torn Libya last resort for jobless Gazans
RT _ Israel’s blockade of Gaza has left thousands jobless with two in
three locals living in poverty. The situation is so desperate that even
Libya, fresh from a bloody civil war, is being seen as a land of
opportunity by over 5,000 Palestinians. Thousands of desperate and
unemployed Gazans hope that war-torn Libya can offer them respite from
the hardships of war on their doorstep.
Bomb Explodes At Italian Revenue Collection Agency In Rome, One Wounded
Zero Hedge - Who thought violent reprisals by "the people" are only
contained to Greece. Following news earlier this week of an attempt to
take the life of the Deutsche Bank CEO using an explosive package, Il
Sole 24 Ore now reports that a parcel bomb has exploded in front of
Equitalia - the country's revenue collection agency - in Rome.
International organ mafia coercing poor into donating kidneys to wealthy
(NaturalNews) The demand for healthy, functioning body organs is high,
as the number of organ patients far exceeds the number of willing and
available organ donors. The result of this imbalance is an ever-growing
black market for organs where international organ brokers, many of which
are based in Israel, prey on the world's poorest by coercing them to
give up their kidneys to primarily Israeli organ patients, or else face
U.S. News, Politics & Government
ABC Debate Draws 7.6 Million; Most-Watched of Year
Republican Presidential Debate in Iowa, the special ranks as the
most-watched debate of the 2012 presidential campaign to date,
eclipsing Fox News’ Sept. 22 telecast, which averaged 6.1
VIDEO: Ron Paul ABC Drake University Debate Highlights – Dec 10
POLLS: Who won the 12/10/2011 ABC News GOP debate in Iowa?
Ron Paul: 7,613 votes out of 10,712 votes.
Soda Head: Ron Paul 64%
The Swash: Ron Paul 85%
We Polls: Ron Paul 90%
World News: Ron Paul 85%
Your Political News Group: Ron Paul 89%
National Review: Ron Paul 41%
ABC Debate Poll Reset After Paul OWNED It: Photographic Proof
Daily Paul - Submitted by paul-for-liberty on Sun, 12/11/2011
Ron Paul Tied In Second With Romney For Iowa
ABC News - Ron Paul draws big crowds and many undecided voters
in Iowa. By all accounts,
Ron Paul is on a roll in Iowa. In the latest ABC News /
Washington post poll, Paul is tied with Mitt Romney for second
place in the state. Paul has visited the Hawkeye State more than
50 times since he declared his candidacy – and this week he kept
up a grueling schedule of town hall meetings, media interviews
and college rallies.
YouTube: Ron Paul: On "Meet The Press"
Ron Paul on NBC's Meet The Press with David Gregory December 11,
YouTube: Proof Obama will sign NDAA 1031 Citizen Imprisonment
The text of Section 1031 reads, "A covered person under this
section" includes "any person who has committed a belligerent
act". We only have to be ACCUSED, because we don't get a trial.
Confusingly, Obama threatened a veto for 1032, but NOT 1031.
1032 is UNRELATED to imprisoning citizens without a trial. He
has never suggested using a veto to stop Section 1031 citizen
imprisonment -- in fact, it was requested by the Obama
administration. Watch the video for proof. The Feinstein
Amendment 1031(e) is dangerously misleading.
Joe Biden Drafted the Core of the Patriot Act in 1995 … Before
the Oklahoma City Bombing
Washington’s Blog - Everyone knows that the Patriot Act was
drafted before 9/11. But few know that it was Joe Biden who
drafted the core provisions which were included in that bill …
in 1995. Months before the Oklahoma City bombing took place,
Biden introduced another bill called the
Omnibus Counterterrorism Act of 1995. It previewed the 2001
Patriot Act by allowing secret evidence to be used in
prosecutions, expanding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Act and wiretap laws, creating a new federal crime of
“terrorism” that could be invoked based on political beliefs,
permitting the U.S. military to be used in civilian law
enforcement, and allowing permanent detention of non-U.S.
citizens without judicial review.
Update: News channel 5 confirms door-to-door questioning of food
supplies in Tennessee while canneries downplay initial reports
(NaturalNews) Citizens in Tennessee are being asked by
government workers to divulge details about their preparedness
plans in a door-to-door "assessment" program reported by Janet
local news channel 5. During this assessment, government
workers ask residents 22 questions about their preparedness
status. NaturalNews has confirmed through reliable sources that
these include questions about emergency food supplies.
STORY PULLED: Oath Keepers Alert: Federal Agents Demand Customer
Lists From Mormon Food Storage Facility
Oath Keepers - We have pulled this story about the Mormon
cannery being visited by federal agents because the source of
the information at the cannery is now denying that he ever told
us that event occurred. From now on, we will NOT post any such
story based on what we are told by other people unless, and
until, they are willing to go on video or at least on an audio
recording with their info. That way, in case someone starts to
crumble under the public attention or other pressures, and wants
to deny what they told us, we have video or audio proof. We get
all kinds of scary intel, all the time, and we rarely pass it on
because we don’t have confirming documentation. In this case, we
were relying on a confirmed eye witness who is now denying it.
We will not do that again without a recording.
Police employ Predator drone spy planes on home front
L.A. Times - Police made the first known arrests of U.S.
citizens with help from a Predator. The drones belong to U.S.
Customs and Border Protection, which operates eight Predators on
the country's northern and southwestern borders to search for
illegal immigrants and smugglers. The previously unreported use
of its drones to assist local, state and federal law enforcement
has occurred without any public acknowledgment or debate.
GOP State Representative Beats Mentally Disabled Son, Kicks Him
In Ribs Outside Restaurant
State Representative Bob Nicholas (R-Cheyenne) was arrested the
day before Thanksgiving for viciously beating his 19 year old
son while on vacation in Florida.... Nicholas intends to fight
the charges and denies any wrong doing, Rep. Nicholas expects to
have the matter settled before his court date in late December
and has stated he will not resign his seat. “I don’t think I
committed a crime, so why would I?” was his response when asked.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
Police evict Occupy Boston protesters; 46 arrested
BOSTON (AP) -- Police officers swept through Dewey Square early
Saturday, tearing down tents at the Occupy Boston encampment and
arresting dozens of protesters, bringing a peaceful end to the
YouTube: Arrested Occupy LA protestors are being forced by LAPD
to take a 90 Day Free Speech Course a.k.a. Political
The Young Turks - Journalist Yasha Levine reported on the
outrageous treatment of protesters arrested at Occupy Los
Angeles, including being forced to take 'free speech' courses.
The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur explains. Related article here.
Northeast states cut heating aid to poor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mary Power is 92 and worried about surviving
another frigid New England winter because deep cuts in federal
home heating assistance benefits mean she probably can't afford
enough heating oil to stay warm.
Judge OKs release of $2 Billion to MF Global customers
Miami Herald - By The Associated Press -- The judge overseeing
the bankruptcy of MF Global has approved releasing $2.2 billion
more in frozen funds to customers of the firm. U.S. Bankruptcy
Judge Martin Glenn issued an order Friday that clears the way
for customers to regain some of their money. It's the third
transfer of funds to MF Global customers since the firm filed
for bankruptcy protection on Oct. 31. The transfer will bring
the total distributed to customers so far to about $4.1 billion.
Army slashing 8,700 jobs as budget cuts begin
Washington Post - The Army said Thursday it is moving forward
with plans announced in July to cut about 8,700 positions, using
a mix of early retirement offers, buyouts and attrition to trim
the jobs by the end of the fiscal year in late September.... The
cuts will come in 37 states at 70 different locations across
eight commands and agencies with nearly 90 percent of the cuts
taking place within the Installation Management Command, Army
Materiel Command and the Training and Doctrine Command. Most of
the cuts are likely to occur in Virginia and Texas, where most
of the DOD’s civilian workers are located.
Navy’s Big Biofuel Bet: 450,000 Gallons at 4 Times the Price of
Wired - The Navy just signed deals to buy 450,000 gallons of
biofuels — arguably the biggest purchase of its kind in U.S.
government history. The purchase is a significant step for Navy
Secretary Ray Mabus’ plans to transform the service into an
energy-efficient fleet. But at approximately $15 per gallon —
nearly four times the price of traditional fuel — the new fuels
won’t come cheap.
YouTube: Texas Expands Its Navy in War Against Population
Alex breaks down the out of control mad spending spree by state
police on 6 boats that only should have cost about $100,000
each, but instead ended up costing tax payers around $600,000
The U.S.’s 0% Folly
The U.S. is more fundamentally insolvent than Greece, yet Greek
interest rates are fifty times higher than those of the U.S.
This is obviously market fraud, and on a scale never before seen
in human history. I (and others) have explained the mechanism
here on several occasions: the fraudulent manipulation of the
credit default swap market. It’s old news. However, what no one
has pointed to yet is how the U.S. has totally squandered its
last chance to avoid either debt default, hyperinflation, or
Is A Physical Silver Shortage Spike Imminent?
Zero Hedge - That imbalances in the supply and demand of
precious metals, particularly silver, could lead to a shortage
of physical product in the future should not come as a surprise
to many - it is a topic covered extensively here in the past.
Nonetheless, as a useful reminder of the big picture in the
silver market, Future Money Trends has released another update
video, reminding viewers that if traded purely on fundamentals,
there is a high likelihood of increases in the price of silver,
and other precious metals. As the authors put it, " There simply
isn't enough physical silver to deal with the demand of a fiat
Obama family vacation could cost America $100k
RT - President Barack Obama has told Congress that he will put
off plans to fly to Hawaii this holiday if it means lawmakers
can cut a deal that will keep taxes down.
VIDEO: Sesame Street Muppet Pitches Government Dependence: Free
Food at School
(CNSNews.com) – A “food insecure” Muppet is helping to promote a
national “Food for Thought” campaign that teaches poor families
to seek out nutritious food and to eat on the taxpayers’ tab.
Bank of America developing foreclosure rental programs to deal
with distressed properties
Bank of America is looking at a new program to rent a home back
to the borrower after foreclosure. "There are programs that we
are quite interested in," said Ron Sturzenegger, who leads the
bank's legacy asset servicing division, in an interview with
HousingWire. "We are talking with investors that would come in
and buy these houses and would lease them back to who would now
be the now tenant."
Energy & Environment
VIDEO: World Government Climate Deal Fails In Durban
Infowars - Make no mistake, sanity won the battle in this
instance, but the war goes on. The nightmare package of measures
outlined in the treaty that came out of the Durban Climate
Summit has failed, with the outcome instead being a promise to
work towards implementing the measures over the next decade.
Many invasive pests necessary for pollination of plants,
eliminating them could cause global devastation
(NaturalNews) Native pollinators like birds and bats are
becoming extinct in some areas of the world, and this loss is
wreaking major havoc on many of the world's ecosystems. But new
research published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal
Society B has found that non-native animals, which are typically
viewed as undesirable and destructive pests, are actually
pollinators themselves -- and eliminating them could cause
further devastation of plants and food crops than has already
VIDEO: Citing Systematic Human Rights Violations, International
Court Hands Down Verdict to Six Largest Pesticide Manufacturer
True Food Network - The verdict was handed down to the six
largest pesticide corporations – Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer,
BASF, Dow and Dupont – collectively known as the “Big 6”, for
their human rights violations, including internationally
recognized rights to life, livelihood and health. The
agrichemical industry is valued at over $42 billion and operates
with impunity while over 355,000 people die from pesticide
poisoning each year, and hundreds of thousands more are made
ill. In addition, pesticide corporations have put livelihoods
and jobs in jeopardy, including, farmers, beekeepers and
Top nuke regulators tell White House of ‘grave concerns’ with
The Hill - Members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have
told the White House that NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko is causing
“serious damage” to the agency that could harm the body’s
ability to protect health and safety.
Kucinich: Protect Our Food Supply from Genetically Manufactured
Activist Post - Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today
announced commonsense legislation that would prohibit open-air
cultivation of Genetically Engineered (GE) pharmaceutical and
industrial crops, preventing biological contamination of our
food supply. The bill would also establish a tracking system to
regulate and ensure the safety of GE pharmaceutical and
USDA Certified Organics Dirty Little Secret: Neotame
Just when we thought that buying Organic was safe, we run
headlong into the deliberate poisoning of our organic food
supply by the FDA in collusion with none other than the folks
who brought us Aspartame. NutraSweet, a former Monsanto asset,
has developed a new and improved version of this neurotoxin
Did you know? Microwave popcorn gives off a toxic, lung-damaging
gas when cooked
(NaturalNews) You might be reassured to learn that the buttery
flavor in microwave popcorn typically comes from a chemical
actually found in butter, but you shouldn't be. This chemical,
called diacetyl, is so toxic that it commonly destroys the lungs
of workers in microwave popcorn factories, afflicting them with
the crippling and irreversible disease known as bronchiolitis
obliterans. Bronchiolitis obliterans is so rare outside of this
context that it has become more commonly known as "popcorn
lung," after the primary cause of the disease.
YouTube: Dr. Terry Wahls - Minding Your Mitochondria
Doctor who contracted multiple sclerosis and was in a wheelchair
changed to a 'primitive' diet and, within a few months was
walking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Clinical trials with
other MS patients have shown similar results. Here is her
amazing story. [Remember as you watch this that orthodox
(drug-based) medicine considers MS to be incurable.]
at Dr. Terry Wahls' website here.
Hallmark now distributing vaccine shot compliance cards
targeting newborns across America
(NaturalNews) The Arizona Department of Health Services wants to
remind parents to inject their newborn babies with
neurologically-damaging chemical adjuvants found in vaccines,
and to aid in this effort, they've teamed up with Hallmark, the
famous greeting card company.
A New Study on Aluminum Adjuvant in Vaccines: A Smoking Gun
Gaia Health - The study’s focus is on the adjuvant aluminum.
It’s a known neurotoxin that’s commonly used in vaccines. Of the
32 currently recommended vaccines for preschool children in the
US, 18 contain aluminum. The number of vaccinations increased
from 10 to 32 between the late ’70s and 2008. During this time,
the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children
increased an astonishing 2000 percent. Yet, no serious study of
a possible connection between childhood vaccines with adjuvant
aluminum and ASD had been done … until now.
CDC establishes vaccine 'task forces' in local communities to
intimidate parents of unvaccinated children, coerce them into
(NaturalNews) Obviously unnerved with the growing number of
parents that are choosing to avoid vaccinations for their
children, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) has decided to establish localized vaccine "task force"
squads that go door-to-door in local communities in order to
harass parents into compliance.
Flu Vaccine Damages Children’s Immune System. Is the Risk of
Gaia Health - Not only does a flu vaccine offer little or no
benefit, it also weakens the immune system in children—making
them more prone to every other influenza virus. … This turns the
annual flu vaccine into, at best, a farce, and at worst, a
significant danger to health.
Anti-Inflammatory Polyphenols Discovered In Apple Peels
Here's another reason why "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"
- according to new research findings published in the Journal of
Leukocyte Biology*, oral ingestion of apple polyphenols
(antioxidants found in apple peels) can suppress T cell
activation to prevent colitis in mice. This study is the first
to show a role for T cells in polyphenol-mediated protection
against an autoimmune disease and could lead to new therapies
and treatments for people with disorders related to bowel
inflammation, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and
colitis-associated colorectal cancer.
Artificial Sweetener Disease; a new breed of sickness
(NaturalNews) Artificial Sweetener Disease (ASD) is sweeping
across America, affecting tens of thousands of consumers, and
Western medicine calls it anything but what it really is, so
that doctors can prescribe expensive pharmaceuticals and set up
"check up" appointments for the following weeks. Call it
recurring headaches, unbearable migraines, depression, anxiety,
muscle pain, arthritis flare ups, buzzing or ringing in the
ears, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome
(IBS), Crohn's disease, inflammation, even acid reflux, but
don't call it ASD, or the patient may stop consuming synthetic
sweeteners, and then not schedule more doctor visits.
Avocado nutrition facts - six things about this amazingly
(NaturalNews) Beware of popular health myths. For instance,
throughout the 1990s and into the first few years of this
century, popular health "experts" often warned against eating
coconut oil or coconut milk, causing many people to eschew a
food now known to offer many health benefits. Another lingering
popular health myth warns against avocadoes, which wrongly
labels them as a dietary culprit because of their caloric and
fat content. Yet, the truth is avocadoes can boost health in at
least 5 ways.
Aromatherapy in action - Peppermint aroma improves memory and
(NaturalNews) Peppermint isn't just for toothpaste and candy
canes: research shows the aroma of peppermint is a natural
remedy for boosting memory, focus and concentration. Whether in
the form of essential oil, fresh mint leaves, or brewed tea, the
refreshing scent of peppermint may be just what you need to perk
up your mind.
YouTube: Dangers of Processed Meat and Beef Products (All Jacked
This video segment from the movie All Jacked Up features a
discussion with Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, on the
cancer-causing chemicals in processed meats. Other guests also
express their views on the dangers of processed meat products.
This segment is from
Faerie Films, used with permission.
Picky eater children more prone to allergies due to food
repetition, suggest studies
(NaturalNews) The World Health Organization (WHO) and various
other so-called health authorities suggest that mothers
breastfeed their babies for up to six months and avoid feeding
them certain "high-risk" foods in order to prevent allergies.
But several new studies suggest that withholding a diversity of
foods from children, as well as allowing them to be picky eaters
as they grow up, could actually be a cause of allergies.
Facial Recognition No Longer “Too Dangerous” For Google
Activist Post - This week, Google made the announcement that
they were rolling out facial recognition tools in a Google Plus
blog post, "It is now even easier to tag photos of yourself and
your friends, thanks to a new feature we are rolling out called
Find My Face, which will help your friends tag your photos if
you are in their pictures, and help you tag them if they have
activated Find My Face."
The PRODIGAL Son of DARPA's Warrantless Surveillance Net
Activist Post - Leave it to one of the most bloated agencies of
the U.S. government to name its latest snoop initiative
PRODIGAL; it literally means "characterized by profuse or
wasteful expenditure." The latest multi-millions being spent by
the bankrupt U.S. is a security research project that has the
capability of analyzing 250,000,000 pieces of person-to-person
digital communications per day.
DHS Shut Down Blog For A Year On False Pretenses
Paul Joseph Watson - In a chilling illustration of how far
Internet censorship has advanced, the Department of Homeland
Security seized a popular music blog and shut down the website
for over a year on charges it now admits were completely false.
American 17 yr old builds nanno particle that kills cancer stem
Angela Zhang is, and she’s just been awarded the $100,000 Grand
Prize in the Individual category of the Siemens Competition in
Math, Science & Technology. Her project was entitled “Design of
Image-guided, Photo-thermal Controlled Drug Releasing
Multifunctional Nanosystem for the Treatment of Cancer Stem
Cells.”... Zhang’s achievement is impressive considering she is
only 17 years old, but also due to the level of understanding
required to create such a nanoparticle in the first place.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
YouTube: Farm fresh chicken eggs from the Health Ranger's farm
Chicken eggs from TRULY free-range, home-grown chickens. Better
USEFUL: 8 Uses for Cat Litter in a Prepper World
Ready Nutrition - Storing kitty litter is not for just the
feline lovers. In fact, cat litter has some very practical uses
in the prepper world and may come in handy in emergency
situations. When purchasing cat litter to be used for
preparedness matters, ensure that you choose the non-clumping,
unscented clay litter where the active ingredient is bentonite
to help you acheive the best results.
Monsanto PR Firm Reportedly ‘Ended’ by Anonymous
Activist Post - It seems that Monsanto may be having a rough
week. Not only was the company hit by a press release declaring
them the worst company of 2011, but a group of Anonymous hackers
claim to have actually completely disrupted the operations of a
PR firm which manages Monsanto’s own PR. The hackers infiltrated
the PR firm, known as The Bivings Group, citing “15+years of
running marketing campaigns and helping some of the most corrupt
corporations on the planet, as well as several governmental
agencies, cover up their dirt.”
UPDATE: Nick’s Organic Farm Supporters Push for Ag Education Hub
at County School Board Meeting
Dec. 6, 2011, Rockville, MD—Supporters of Nick’s Organic Farm
rallied and testified Tuesday at the meeting of the Montgomery
County School Board, urging board members to create an
agricultural education hub at the 31-year-old farm on schools
land along Brickyard Road in Potomac, instead of soccer fields.
A place for hands-on learning about food and agriculture would
benefit everyone in numerous ways, they said amid National
Inclusive Schools Week.
YouTube: Jaywalking: Jay Leno finds out what
Americans know about the Supreme Court
Would you say funny or pathetic?
Today in History -
Friday - December 9, 2011
1803 - The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the
1879 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Ore Milling Company.
1884 - Levant M. Richardson received a patent for the ball-bearing
1907 - Christmas Seals went on sale for the first time, in the
Wilmington, DE, post office.
1926 - The United States Golf Association legalized the use of
steel-shafted golf clubs.
1940 - During World War II, British troops opened their first major
offensive in North Africa.
1940 - The Longines Watch Company signed for the first FM radio
advertising contract with experimental station W2XOR in New York City.
1941 - China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.
1965 - Nikolai V. Podgorny replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as president of
the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.
1975 - U.S. President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan
authorization to prevent New York City from having to default.
1978 - The first game of the Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) was
played between the Chicago Hustle and the Milwaukee Does.
1983 - NATO foreign ministers called on the Soviet Union to join in a
"comprehensive political dialogue" to ease tensions in the world.
1984 - Iranian security men seized control of the plane ending a
five-day hijacking of a Kuwaiti jetliner, which was parked at the Tehran
1990 - Lech Walesa won Poland's first direct presidential election in
the country's history.
1990 - Slobodan Milosovic was elected president in Serbia's first free
elections in 50 years.
1990 - The first American hostages to be released by Iraq began arriving
in the U.S.
1992 - Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their
1992 - Clair George, former CIA spy chief, was convicted of lying to the
U.S. Congress about the Iran-Contra affair. U.S. President George H.W.
Bush later pardoned George.
1992 - U.S. troops arrived in Mogadishu, Somalia, to oversee delivery of
international food aid, in operation 'Restore Hope'.
1993 - The U.S. Air Force destroyed the first of 500 Minuteman II
missile silos that were marked for elimination under an arms control
1994 - Representatives of the Irish Republican Army and the British
government opened peace talks in Northern Ireland.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders
after learning that she had told a conference that masturbation should
be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.
1996 - UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali approved a deal allowing Iraq
to resume its exports of oil and easing the UN trade embargo imposed on
Iraq in 1990.
1999 - The U.S. announced that it was expelling a Russian diplomat that
had been caught gathering information with an eavesdropping device at
the U.S. State Department.
2002 - United Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after losing $4
billion in the previous two years. It was the sixth largest bankruptcy
What's in the new deal to save the euro?
BRUSSELS (AP) - The 17 countries that use the euro, plus six of their
European Union partners, agreed Friday to an ambitious treaty tying
their finances together in the hopes of solving Europe's debt crisis. At
the same time, opposition led by Britain created a deep rift in the
union. In drafting a new treaty, the 23 countries hope to help European
nations struggling with giant debts, and in that sense there were early
indications of success. Such an agreement is considered necessary before
the European Central Bank and other institutions commit more money to
lowering the borrowing costs of heavily indebted countries like Italy
Missing ex-FBI agent in hostage video: 'Help me'
The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished years ago
in Iran, issued a plea to his kidnappers Friday and, for the first time,
released a hostage video they received from his unidentified captors.
Clinton hits back over missile threat
BRUSSELS, Dec 8, 2011 (AFP) _ US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit
back on Thursday at a Russian threat to deploy weapons in response to a
NATO missile shield as the two sides failed to defuse a rift over the
US-backed system. ``We will continue to press forward on missile defence,''
Clinton told a press conference in Brussels after talks between NATO
foreign ministers and their Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. ``It does
not affect our strategic balance with Russia and it's certainly not a
cause for military counter-measures,'' she said.
Portugal raiding pension funds could be sign of things to come in U.S
(NaturalNews) There is a saying that epitomizes the dangers of
surrendering too much of your independence: "Those who giveth can also
taketh away." With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that in
Portugal - and, most likely, a number of other nations in the months and
years to come - state-provided pension funds are no longer safe from the
government's all-powerful reach.
Putin slams Clinton for encouraging protesters
MOSCOW (AP) — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin strongly criticized U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday, accusing her of
encouraging and funding Russians protesting election fraud, and warned
of a wider Russian crackdown on dissent. By describing Russia's
parliamentary election as rigged, Putin said Clinton "gave a signal" to
Russian election watchdog emails to US State Dept. go online
RT - Russian news website Life News has published emails it claims show
correspondences between the US State Dept. and the major Russian
election-watchdog Golos, discussing financing to help discredit the
results of Russia’s parliamentary vote.
VIDEO: US Deploys Yet Another Warship To The Middle East
Prison Planet - According to Stratfor.com’s weekly naval update, a third
Nimitz-class supercarrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, has now been
deployed to join the U.S. fifth fleet in the Middle East.
A KOMO news report confirms the deployment, noting that 5,000
sailors are on board “headed back to the Middle East where its fighter
jets will back up U.S. troops in Afghanistan.” The mission is scheduled
to last four months.
Iran shows off captured US drone
The Telegraph - The RQ-170 Sentinel, supposedly the CIA’s unseen “eye in
the sky”, capable of beaming back a trove of imagery and electronic
intercepts, was broadcast on Iranian state television. The aircraft was
shown beneath an Iranian flag, apparently intact after crashing 140
miles inside the country last Sunday. State television claimed that an
electronic attack had forced it down by overriding flight systems.
American officials acknowledged the loss of the aircraft, but said it
was more likely the drone had simply crashed.
secrets in Iran’s hands: Commando raid an option?
RT - After the CIA lost control of a surveillance drone over Iran, US
officials decided against sending a team to retrieve or destroy its
remains. However that was before Tehran announced its military was
behind the downing of the spy device.
U.S. Boosts Monitoring of Iran
GlobalSecurity.org - The United States has regularly used an advanced
radar-evading unmanned aircraft as part of a program of increased
monitoring of Iranian nuclear facilities, the New York Times reported on
Wednesday (see GSN, Dec. 7).
Armed gangs blow up Syrian oil pipeline
Press TV - On Thursday, Syrian sources told Press TV that the attack was
carried out by armed gangs that operate in and around the city. Homs has
been the major scene of recent unrest in Syria that originated in
mid-March. The Syrian government blames “outlaws, saboteurs and armed
terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being
orchestrated from abroad.
The Rest Of Europe Is Facing Either German Domination Or Financial
American Dream - It has now become very clear who dominates Europe. As
European officials prepare to gather for one of the most important
summits in EU history, it has become apparent that either the German
plan for a new EU treaty is going to be adopted or there is not going to
be a deal at all. Germany wants to impose strict new fiscal restraints
on all of the eurozone nations.
Economic Elites Strip Away European Sovereignty
International Forecaster - Questioning European leadership, 17 elites
set to strip away European autonomy, a charade of misdirection, no new
Euros printed as of yet, ECB in bed with The Fed, gold and silver the
only true value of currency, Greek exit from Euro inevitable. Even the
middle of the road journalists are beginning to question Europe’s
elected and appointed leadership. This past Monday the plan for the euro
zone was laid out for a final capitulation to world government.
The CIA's most secret prison revealed
RT - In the historic city of Bucharest, the CIA tortured and
interrogated high-risk terrorists for years in a basement prison, under
the nose of roughly two million Romanians. An investigation carried out
by reporters for the Associated Press led to the news organization
revealing on Thursday that in the years after the September 11 terror
attacks, the Central Intelligence Agency operated an underground holding
center for some of the most sought after alleged terrorists.
Death on wheels: Dutch to send mobile clinics to euthanize people
Mail Online - The Dutch government is considering plans to use mobile
medical teams which would administer euthanasia to people in their
homes. The units, dubbed ‘grim reapers on wheels’ by critics, will be
called in to kill patients when their own GPs refuse to administer
lethal drugs. The mobile teams of doctors and nurses would be sent out
from a clinic following a referral from the patient’s doctor.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Paul: ‘Extremists’ deciding foreign policy
AMES, IA. — Ron Paul turned the tables Thursday on neoconservatives who
claim his noninterventionist foreign policy is out of line with
mainstream views. “I think extremists have taken over,” the candidate
told a crowd of more than 1,000 on the Iowa State University campus in
Ames. “They’re the ones that run the foreign policy and that convinced
us as a country to go along with all these wars.”
Rand Paul: Republicans would take a giant step backward by choosing
As a U.S. senator elected from and by the tea party, I am often asked
about the tea party, the conservative movement and the presidential
race. While conservatives and limited-government activists did, indeed,
make great strides in 2010, those could easily be set back by nominating
someone with a different set of ideas and values in 2012.
ABC News Republican Presidential Debate
Congressman Ron Paul will attend the ABC News Republican Presidential
Debate in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, December 10th at 8 pm Central.
Time Magazine: "Ron Paul's Army Eyes An Iowa Caucus Upset"
While Paul’s young army — his campaign pegged the number of supporters
in Ames at 1,350 — is a sight to behold, the diverse crowd at the Boone
public library was a sign that he is beginning to shed the fringe tag
that has dogged him. “There are a lot more middle-aged folks here, and
that’s good,” says Brad Kiefer, a construction worker from nearby Ogden
who caucused for Paul in 2007. “He’s becoming a little more mainstream.”
PHOTO: More than 1,000 Turn Out to see Ron Paul at Iowa State University
"On a blustery night in Ames, over 1,000 people showed up to hear
presidential candidate Ron Paul's campaign speech at Iowa State
University tonight. The event at the Memorial Union Great Hall and
flowed into the Oak Room. With lines waiting, ISU staff opened an
overflow room, campaign aides said."
Oath Keepers Alert: Federal Agents Demand Customer Lists From Mormon
Food Storage Facility
“A fellow veteran contacted me concerning a new and disturbing
development. He had been utilizing a Mormon cannery near his home to
purchase bulk food supplies. The man that manages the facility related
to him that federal agents had visited the facility and demanded a list
of individuals that had been purchasing bulk food. The manager informed
the agents that the facility kept no such records and that all
transactions were conducted on a cash-and-carry basis.
Tennessee Conducts Door to Door Preparedness Checks
The Metro Public Health and the Tennessee Department of Health will be
using a tool designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
to go door to door and check to see how disaster ready you are. The door
to door assessment will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday
and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. It will be in 30 neighborhoods in
Davidson County that have been randomly selected to be the target of a
door to door assessment.
Obama celebrates Hanukkah at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is marking Hanukkah as a story
of "faith over doubt." Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice
President Joe Biden convened a Hanukkah celebration at the White House
Thursday in an early celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights. The
president noted "our unshakeable support and commitment to the security
of the nation of Israel."
YouTube: Ron Paul Discusses Being Excluded at Jewish Forum with Jack
Daily Paul - Jack Hunter sits down with Congressman Paul to discuss why
the U.S. government should respect Israel's sovereignty.
Paul Interview on ABC News
ABC News 12/8/11.
Ron Paul wins Twitter election
RT - Researchers with Pew examined millions of tweets made between May 2
and November 27 and weighed them to see if Twitter users posted messages
that put each candidate in a positive, negative or neutral light. In the
end, the results reveal that around 55 percent of the tweets about the
Texas congressman were shining, while only 15 percent of the posts about
the libertarian icon were viewed as negative.
Bachmann, Perry the latest to snub Trump debate
Daily Caller - It looks like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and
former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will be the only candidates
joining Donald Trump for the reality television star’s presidential
debate. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry both
declined invitations Thursday to the Newsmax debate scheduled for two
days after Christmas, ABC News reports. Trump is scheduled to moderate
the debate and then announce his endorsement for the candidate he likes
VIDEO: South Carolina Republicans considered renaming 2012 primary after
Looking for ways to fund the state's upcoming presidential primary, the
South Carolina Republican Party briefly negotiated selling "naming
rights" to its upcoming 2012 contest to comedian Stephen Colbert.
Video: BOOM! Obama Just Played The Bin Laden Card
Business Insider - President Barack Obama was just asked to respond to
Republican charges that he has engaged in a foreign policy of
appeasement. Obama responded: "Ask Osama bin Laden, and the 22 out of 30
top al Qaeda leaders who have been taken off the field whether I engage
in appeasement - or whoever is left out there, ask them about that."
Arpaio gets death threats over Obama investigation
WND - Maverick Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his "Cold Case Posse"
investigating Barack Obama's presidential eligibility will release a
preliminary report in February of its findings, which he expects to be
"controversial." "This is a serious law enforcement investigation, and
our findings are going to be controversial but based in facts," the
Maricopa County sheriff told WND. Arpaio said a comprehensive report
will be issued shortly after the February preliminary report.
Sensenbrenner floats impeachment of Obama admin. officials as ‘Fast and
Daily Caller - Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a former
chairman of the House Judiciary Committee where Attorney General Eric
Holder testified on Thursday, suggested that impeachment of
administration officials involved with Operation Fast and Furious may be
the only way to bring the scandal to a close.
VIDEO: Gerald Celente: ‘It’s Fascist. Can’t You See It?’
Intel Hub - The interview, which can be heard below, covers the Fascism
of MF Global, Goldman Sachs, and “government” in general. Celente also
noted that he is now planning to move all his money offshore.
Republican: Heads must roll in Fast and Furious
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican lawmakers told Attorney General Eric Holder
on Thursday to fire some Justice Department subordinates over the flawed
arms-trafficking investigation called Operation Fast and Furious. At a
House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin
said impeachment is an option if Holder does not "clean up this mess"
Air Force dumped ashes of more troops’ remains in Va. landfill than
Washington Post -This week, after The Post pressed for information
contained in the Dover mortuary’s electronic database, the Air Force
produced a tally based on those records. It showed that 976 fragments
from 274 military personnel were cremated, incinerated and taken to the
landfill between 2004 and 2008. An additional group of 1,762
unidentified remains were collected from the battlefield and disposed of
in the same manner, the Air Force said. Those fragments could not
undergo DNA testing because they had been badly burned or damaged in
explosions. The total number of incinerated fragments dumped in the
landfill exceeded 2,700.
Virginia Tech shootings: Authorities believe gunman is second victim;
MSNBC - A gunman shot and killed a Virginia Tech University police
officer Thursday, university officials said. Police said a second person
was later found dead. At a news conference late Thursday afternoon,
police said only that the second body was that of a white male and that
a weapon was found nearby. They said they couldn't officially comment on
whether the second person was the gunman, but authorities told NBC's
Pete Williams that they believed the second victim was the man who shot
the campus officer during a traffic stop that went wrong.
Related article here.
AUDIO: Police Try to Dissuade Elderly Woman From Defending Herself
Against Home Invasion
Kurt Nimmo - If Donna Hopper, a 66 year old Redding, California, woman
had listened to police during a 911 call, she may have been killed by an
intruder. During a 911 call, a police operator told Hopper not to shoot
the intruder breaking into her home. She was told to put down the gun
and wait for police. Hopper instead shot and killed the man with a
recently purchased .38 handgun. The incident is another example
demonstrating that police are unable to protect citizens from criminals.
Not only are police incapable of protecting citizens, they have no duty
to do so.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
VIDEO: Occupy DC strikes at heart of lobbyists’ hub
RT - Up to 70 arrests have been made in Washington DC after the
police dispersed a mass demonstration only walking distance away
from the White House. “Occupiers” blocked downtown streets to
protest against high unemployment and corporate bailouts.... The
demonstrators say the lobbyists represent corporations which,
along with the country's richest people, the so-called “1 per
cent”, have too much of the nation's power and wealth.
Homeless Occupy the woods – RT revisits Tent City
While Occupy Wall Street tents have been popping up all across
the US, homeless people have been forced to Occupy a camp in the
woods over the last five years. RT reports from New Jersey’s
Tent City – and finds out why the homeless haven’t been joining
the protests.... Many of the residents of Tent City used to
blame themselves for their misfortune. But with 3.5 million
Americans experiencing homelessness every year or over 700,000
people on any given night – their message for politicians has
MF Global's Corzine: I did not intend to break rules
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jon Corzine said he "never intended to
break any rules" while he was chief of MF Global and that he
doesn't know what happened to the hundreds of millions of
dollars in missing customer money. Corzine, in his first public
appearance since the firm filed for bankruptcy on October 31,
gave lawmakers a lengthy account of the final days of futures
brokerage MF Global and apologized to those harmed by the firm's
Wall St falls on dashed euro-zone hopes, Germany's rejection
(Reuters) - (Reuters) - Wall Street fell on Thursday after the
European Central Bank dashed hopes that policy-makers were
preparing a financial "bazooka" to contain the debt crisis, and
Germany rejected some proposals to add power to the euro zone's
bailout fund. U.S. markets have been on edge all week in
anticipation of a summit deal that would come to grips with the
euro zone's growing debt crisis, and pave the way for greater
action by the ECB to hold down bond yields. But actions from
Europe - both early and late in the day - were a stark
GM trims salaried workers
General Motors Co. has quietly begun laying off white-collar
workers as it works to consolidate its global operations. The
numbers are small — a dozen here, a dozen there — but more are
coming before the end of the year. "GM is continually seeking
ways to improve our operating performance and reduce complexity
to deliver a world-class cost structure and profit margins,"
spokesman Jay Cooney told The Detroit News. "We are streamlining
our business, looking for efficiencies and, to this extent,
there could be some headcount reductions and it will be on a
US plan: Companies set goals for hiring disabled
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Disabled Americans, facing even higher
hurdles than others finding jobs, would get a boost under an
Obama administration plan to set new hiring procedures for
government contractors. The Labor Department proposed a rule
Thursday that would require most companies with federal
contracts to set goals of having disabled workers make up 7
percent of their workforce.
VIDEO: EPA says fracking may be polluting groundwater
CBS News - The EPA's found that compounds likely associated with
fracking chemicals had been detected in the groundwater beneath
Pavillion, a small community in central Wyoming where residents
say their well water reeks of chemicals. Health officials last
year advised them not to drink their water after the EPA found
low levels hydrocarbons in their wells. The EPA announcement
could add to the controversy over fracking, which has played a
large role in opening up many gas reserves, including the
Marcellus Shale in the eastern U.S. in recent years.
Ohio Nuke Plant Damage More Severe Than Previously Admitted
Dennis Kucinich - “In response to inquiries by my staff, the NRC
provided a detailed description of the cracking at FirstEnergy’s
Davis-Besse plant. That description revealed that the cracks in
the Davis-Besse ‘shield’ building are more numerous and more
widely distributed than FirstEnergy has publicly portrayed,”
City Council of Montana city illegally enforces UN Agenda 21 on
City Council of Missoula, Montana approved use of local tax
dollars to an organization out of state known as ICLEI....
Regardless of the majority of people's testimony against the
ICLEI proposal, the sum of $1,200 will be taken directly out of
the business and other tax funds and put in the hands of
bureacrats. Money will go to "paying dues" to stop man-made
PHOTOS/VIDEO: Wind turbine EXPLODES as the worst storm for 15
years batters Northern Britain with hurricane-force gusts of up
Mail Online - Britain was battered by gales of up to 165mph
yesterday, leaving a trail of destruction across the country. In
one spectacular incident a 300ft wind turbine exploded in flames
as it was buffeted by the high winds. Another wind turbine was
completely blown down on Wednesday, raising questions about
whether wind farms were simply unable to cope with the weather.
DHA used in infant formula products comes from genetically
(NaturalNews) One of the most vulnerable segments of the
population -- infants -- are being affected as chemical giant
Martek Biosciences uses cronyism to have its patented GMO
products classified as organic. The National Organic Program is
trying to correct this, but in the meantime the "organic" infant
formula or baby food parents feed their children could contain
Low body weight in later life associated with increased
Alzheimer's disease risk
(NaturalNews) Many lifestyle factors are associated with the
development of the memory-robbing form of dementia known as
Alzheimer's disease. Smoking, diet, lack of exercise and poor
B-vitamin status all contribute to the sixth most prevalent
cause of death each year in the US. Past studies have shown that
excess weight in mid-life increases the risk of developing
Alzheimer's disease. Evidence published in the journal Neurology
finds that low body weight (as measured by Body Mass Index or
BMI) is a strong predictor for those at risk of developing this
most devastating form of dementia. Proper weight management at
all stages of life is critical to lower the risk for developing
US reluctantly sets deadline for final decision on bisphenol A
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must reach a final
decision before 31 March 2012 on whether to ban bisphenol A (BPA)
in food and drink packaging following the outcome of a lawsuit.
New York State may Waste Medicaid Dollars on Fluoridation
New York – Dec 7, 2011 --The NYS Department of Health proposes
to spend Medicaid funds on fluoridation equipment, supplies and
staff (1) despite clear evidence that fluoridation fails to
prevent tooth decay in NYS and can be health-harming. Many NYS
cities and counties have already rejected fluoridation, reports
the NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
Can Ingesting 'Friendly Bugs' Reduce Your Anxiety?
Dr. Mercola - Increasingly, scientific evidence shows that
nourishing your gut flora with the friendly bacteria known as
probiotics is extremely important for proper brain function, and
that includes psychological well-being and mood control. It may
sound odd that bacteria in your gut could impact emotions such
as anxiety, but that is exactly what the research bears
Naturally Maximize Your Health, Mental Clarity with Vital
Activist Post - Various vitamin deficiencies can result in
life-threatening disease if essential vitamins are not consumed
on a regular basis, whether through supplementation of
nutrient-dense superfoods. Sometimes these actions — such as
taking an organic green superfood each morning — are subtle, but
profoundly affect your health overall.
VIDEO: Doctor Warns: Eat This and You’ll Look 5 Years Older
Joseph Mercola - In the early 1990's, soy and soy products
exploded onto the supermarket scene with promises of bountiful
health benefits. This "new miracle food," soy, was supposed to
lower cholesterol, take the heat out of hot flashes, protect
against breast and prostate cancer and offer a filling
alternative to earth-loving vegetarians. The problem with these
Patented Gene Sequences Make up Over 20 Percent of the Human
Activist Post - Over the past 30 years alone, there has been
over 40,000 patents created and accepted on genes alone. As
genes continue to be acquired and patented, it is only a matter
of time before large corporations own patents on a large number
of human genes and tissues. What may seem staggering, though, is
that the more than 20 percent of the human genome is already
VIDEO: Cancer? No Thanks: Half Of Americans Want X-ray Body
Steve Watson - A new survey has found that almost half of
Americans want to see the TSA’s X-ray body scanners removed from
the nation’s airports owing to concerns over potential health
risks. 46% of Americans do not believe that the risks associated
with the machines are worth any potential pay offs in terms of
Scientists develop system that can shut down your cell phone
while you're driving
A team at Stevens Institute of Technology and Rutgers in New
Jersey have created a system which shuts down a driver's phone
without affecting other people in the vehicle. It utilises a
phone's Bluetooth connection and a vehicle's speakers to detect
if the driver is using their mobile phone while driving, reports
Amazon starts row with retailers in US
Amazon has annoyed retailers in the US with a new price check
app that allows shoppers to get a discount on items via the
online store if they find them to be more expensive elsewhere.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
House bars EPA from cracking down on farm dust
The Hill - The House on Thursday afternoon approved legislation
Republicans said was aimed at ensuring that the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) cannot regulate so-called "farm dust."
The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, H.R. 1633, which would
prevent the EPA from issuing any new rule over the next year
that regulates coarse particulate matter, or "nuisance dust,"
passed in a 268-150 vote.
YouTube: Flying Lawnmower
I presume for really TALL grass!
Today in History -
Thursday - December 8, 2011
1776 - George Washington's retreating army in the American Revolution
crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
1854 - Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
The theory holds that Mary, mother of Jesus, was free of original sin
from the moment she was conceived.
1863 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the
Reconstruction of the South.
1886 - At a convention of union leaders in Columbus, OH, the American
Federation of Labor was founded.
1941 - The United States entered World War II when it declared war
against Japan. The act came one day after the Japanese attacked Pearl
Harbor. Britain and Canada also declared war on Japan.
1949 - The Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese
mainland to Formosa due to Communists pressure.
1953 - Los Angeles became the third largest city in the United States.
1962 - Workers of the International Typographical Union began striking
and closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike lasted 114 days and
ended April 1, 1963.
1984 - In Roanoke, Virginia, a jury found Hustler magazine publisher
Larry Flynt innocent of libeling Reverend Jerry Falwell with a parody
advertisement. However Falwell was awarded $200,000 for emotional
1987 - U.S. President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev
signed a treaty agreeing to destroy their nations' arsenals of
intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
1992 - Americans got to see live television coverage of U.S. troops
landing on the beaches of Somalia during Operation Restore Hope. (Due to
the time difference, it was December 9 in Somalia.)
1993 - U.S. President Clinton signed into law the North American Free
1994 - Bosnian Serbs released dozens of hostage peacekeepers, but
continued to detain about 300 others.
1994 - In Los Angeles, 12 alternate jurors were chosen for the O.J.
Simpson murder trial.
1997 - The second largest bank was created with the announcement that
Union Bank Switzerland and the Swiss Bank Corporation would merge.
1997 - Jenny Shipley was sworn in as the first female prime minister of
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police could not search a
person or their cars after ticketing for a routine traffic violation.
1998 - The FBI opened its files on Frank Sinatra to the public. The file
contained over 1,300 pages.
1999 - In Memphis, TN, a jury found that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had
been the victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin.
1999 - Russia and Belarus agreed in principle to form an economic and
VIDEO: FOX, lies & the wrong videotape: What’s NOT happening in Moscow
RT - With so much going on in the world today, one can see how easy it
would be to get confused. Are those pictures of the war in Iraq or
Afghanistan? Poverty in Somalia or Congo? And what’s a news program to
do if there aren’t any good pictures? So producers all over the world
search, and talk to their own crews or news agencies who provide feeds
for everyone, and find the best shots to grace their air time. Or – in
some cases – ANY shots that look more or less similar to the covered
topic. Case in point:
protests in Russia and the ever-blundering FOX News.
Iran is quick to shut U.S. ‘virtual embassy’
Washington Post - Less than 12 hours after opening, the
Obama administration’s “virtual embassy” (video) in Iran was blocked
by Tehran’s digital gatekeepers on Wednesday. Instead of seeing a
welcome message from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Iranians
trying to reach the site were directed to an Iranian government Web
page. It warned that visiting the American site was “against the law.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney condemned the blockage in a statement
Wednesday evening, saying the Iranian government had “again demonstrated
its commitment to build an electronic curtain of surveillance and
censorship around its people.”
VIDEO: Nuclear experts reject IAEA Iran report
Press TV Tue Dec 6, 2011 - Several nuclear experts have repudiated the
recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran's
nuclear program, saying it is misinformed, misleading and merely a hype
created by the media, Press TV reports.... Robert Kelley, former IAEA
director and nuclear engineer, says he was “quite surprised” by the lack
of new information in the report, further stressing that the report is
Afghan bombs kill 78 in two days
KABUL (Reuters) - A roadside mine killed 19 civilians and injured
another five when it exploded in the southern Afghan province of Helmand
on Wednesday, the provincial government said. The blast came a day after
rare sectarian attacks in three Afghan cities killed 59 people, and
refocused attention on the fragile Afghan security situation.
Afghan president says attack came from Pakistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai confronted
Pakistan on Wednesday, saying a militant group based there was behind a
suicide bombing at a Shiite shrine in Kabul that killed 56 people during
commemorations of a holy day.
VIDEO: U.S.'s Afghan Headache: $400-a-Gallon Gasoline
Parachuting a barrel of fuel to a remote Afghan base takes sharp flying
skills, steady nerves and flawless timing. It also costs a lot of
money—up to $400 a gallon, by military estimates. But the Pentagon is
stuck with the expense for the foreseeable future, especially given the
recent deterioration in U.S.-Pakistani relations.
Reports: Russia to deploy S-400s in Kaliningrad
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military official says the country is preparing
to deploy S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Kaliningrad, the western
exclave that borders Poland and Lithuania, according to news reports.
The announcement comes amid rising tension between the U.S. and Russia
over Washington's plans for a missile-shield system in Europe.
Bill Gates Talking With China To Develop Nuclear Reactor
BEIJING (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates confirmed Wednesday he is
in discussions with China to jointly develop a new and safer kind of
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Business Insider: Ron Paul's Loyal Supporters Are Getting Ready
To Shock The World In Iowa
In Iowa he polls behind only Newt Gingrich, the latest flavor of
the week. But Gingrich commands little in the way of
organization, money, or loyalty with voters. This is no longer a
political novelty act. It's not a seminar on the Constitution
disguised as a campaign. This is the emergence of a
populist-libertarian force that is growing into an organized
movement in American politics. And if Paul shocks the
establishment in Iowa, January 3rd 2012 will be recorded in
history as this movement's coming out party.
YouTube: Ron Paul on Freedom Watch
Ron Paul on Freedom Watch. Aired December 7, 2011.
YouTube: Ron Paul on CNN w/ Brooke Baldwin
Ron Paul on CNN w/ Brooke Baldwin 12/7/11.
FORBES: Ron Paul Should Be The Next President Of The United
6/17/2011 - This man [Ron Paul] has been fighting with absolute
integrity and honesty for the values that this country was
founded on for the last 30 years – sound money, balanced
budgets, free markets, non-interventionist foreign policy and
civil liberties. Most every other GOP Presidential candidate is
an Establishment panderer who is beholden to entrenched special
interests. Why should we trust another Establishment politician
after being subjected to the lies of George W. Bush and Barack
Obama, not to mention nearly every other politician in
FBI's new definition of rape ensnares TSA agents as serial
(NaturalNews) The definition of "rape" was expanded this week by
the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Criminal Justice
Advisory Policy Board, following a barrage of emails from
feminist activists who demanded change. The old definition was
too narrow, many women argued, and needed to be updated. For one
thing, it didn't cover rape by women against women, or men
against men, and we've all seen just how much of that goes on
these days thanks to organizations like Penn State and the
Ron Paul campaign needs "massive influx of funds!" ASAP
Daily Paul - Over the past 24 hours Ron Paul has sent out three
emails urgently requesting funds. The campaign needs a million
dollars "IMMEDIATELY" to buy TV spots this week for ads like BIG
DOG and SERIAL HYPOCRISY. Without new donations, the early
primary efforts for Iowa and New Hampshire will be hindered.
Please donate now at:
Ron Paul patriot fights for liberty with his candidate, meet Tom
Most supporters for GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul live in
America. Not this guy, he's such a difference maker for the
champion of the Constitution, it begs you to want more
YouTube: "I Love Ron Paul!" - Jack Cafferty
Jack Cafferty reads users' answers to the question: "How
important is Donald Trump's endorsement?" I honestly don't know
how he kept a straight face reading the answers to his question.
VIDEO: GOP Debate: Newt Gingrich's Comparison of Muslims and
Nazis Sparks Outrage
ABC News June 14, 2011 - Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's
comments comparing Muslims to Nazis at the GOP debate Monday
night have sparked a firestorm in the blogosphere, where
liberals, and even some conservatives, have pounced on the
former House speaker for what they view as excessive fear
VIDEO: Gingrich Advocates Trashing Fourth Amendment and Bill of
Kurt Nimmo - During a question and answer session at a C-Span
“Book Revue” in Huntington, New York, Gingrich said he would
allow the FBI to violate the Fourth Amendment and permit it to
aggressively trash the civil liberties of Americans the
government designates as terrorists.
Gingrich struggles with state deadlines for filing
Washington Times - Newt Gingrich is surging in the presidential
polls, but his campaign organization has not caught up — making
it possible he’ll miss Wednesday’s deadline to file enough
signatures to even appear on Ohio’s primary ballot. Mr.
Gingrich, the former House speaker whose once-moribund
presidential campaign has been resurrected in the polls in
recent weeks, already missed the deadline for Missouri’s ballot.
With several other state deadlines looming this month, his
campaign is showing growing pains as it strives to meet them.
No More Corporate Personhood In LA, Unanimous
Standing room only, unanimous vote against 'corporate
personhood': Money is not free speech. Thanks to ground work by
the U.S. Green Party, the wave of Occupy Wall Street empowerment
and Human Rights Alert, today, Los Angeles became the first
major U.S. city to vote against corporate personhood and call
for a Constitutional Amendment asserting corporations are not
entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not free
speech. The vote was unanimous.
NBC News Content To Be Provided By Billionaire Obama, MoveOn
Infowars - NBC has reached an agreement to broadcast news
content provided by a media organisation run by a team that has
ploughed millions of dollars into campaigning for Barack Obama
and donated large cash amounts to organisations such as the
George Soros affiliated MoveOn.org and the now defunct ACORN.
NYPD Puts Local Banks on Alert After Parcel Bomb Found in
Fox News - All New York-area banks were advised to take extra
precautions on Wednesday after the device was found in the
mailroom of Deutsche Bank's headquarters in Frankfurt. No one
was injured. The letter, which was not en route to New York, was
addressed to CEO Josef Ackermann, Fox News Channel reports.
Detention Camp Order Follows Preparations For Civil Unrest
Infowars - The revelation that Halliburton subsidiary KBR is
seeking sub-contractors to staff and outfit “emergency
environment” camps located in five regions of the United States
follows preparations over the last three years to deal with
riots inside the United States that have already spread
throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations
Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their
covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial
new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal
timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun
dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug
cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told
CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking,"
and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in
violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of
a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Soros controls all arms & ammo makers in US
The George Soros controlled private equity company Cerberus
Capital Management could cut off all gun and ammunition sales in
the US. Apparently, the American people are totally unaware that
Cerberus has for the past decade acquired nearly every gun and
ammunition maker in the United States and consolidated them into
a holding company called The Freedom Group.
VIDEO: JERRY SANDUSKY HAULED AWAY IN HANDCUFFS
Jerry Sandusky was taken out of his home in handcuffs by the
Centre County District Attorney's office on Wednesday afternoon
to face two new criminal charges of child sex abuse. He was sent
to the county jail after being unable to post the $250,000 bail.
"Today's criminal charges were recommended by a statewide
investigating grand jury, based on evidence and testimony that
was received following the initial arrest of Sandusky on
November 5th," Attorney General Kelly said in a statement."
Rod Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption
Disgraced Illinois governor handed stiff sentence for attempting
to sell President Obama's vacant Senate seat.
120 Pearl Harbor survivors gather on 70th anniversary
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — About 120 survivors of the Dec. 7,
1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor observed a moment of silence to
commemorate the Japanese attack and the thousands who lost their
lives that day 70 years ago Wednesday.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
Police clear Occupy New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS – Scores of police officers marched into an
encampment of protesters and homeless people across from City
Hall before dawn Tuesday, forcing the dozens of occupants out
and removing tents in a peaceful eviction that drew loud,
sometimes raucous complaints but did not result in violence.
VIDEO: San Francisco Police Pull Surprise Raid - 70 arrested and
around 100 tents dismantled
Police gave protesters at San Francisco’s Occupy encampment five
minutes to gather belongings before taking down about 100 tents
and arresting 70 people as officers dismantled the camp in an
Related article here.
Dozens arrested in DC
Dozens of people were arrested Wednesday during a chaotic and
often tense day of protests in downtown Washington as protesters
from the Occupy movement blocked intersections and snarled
traffic around K Street for hours. Hundreds of protesters from
Occupy D.C. and around the country joined in the “Day of Action:
Occupiers Unite,” targeting K Street NW — long a symbol of the
nation’s lobbying industry because of the numerous lobbying
firms based there.
Feds: Couple claimed welfare, lived in $1.2M home
Now, the U.S. attorney's office is suing David Silverstein and
Lyudmila Shimonova, accusing them of filing false claims and
demanding that the couple pay back more than $135,000 in federal
housing assistance since 2003. Prosecutors are also seeking tens
of thousands of dollars in fines.
President Obama won't go to Hawaii while payroll tax is in limbo
President Obama is not vacationing in Hawaii with his wife and
children while the extension of the payroll tax holiday remains
in limbo, and has warned GOP congressional leaders to stay in
town as well.
PS - The Post Office Is Sinking
Activist Post - The United States Postal Service wants a
complete makeover. It's just not “financially viable.” In one
way, our postal services have been outsourced to the Internet.
At least that is the main reason cited for the serious budget
problems. On the verge of bankruptcy, snail mail will inch even
slower. But there are more reasons it currently holds a debt of
$15 billion, plus $5.5 billion which they are scrambling to pay
to the U.S. Treasury for retirement health benefits. Extreme
measures are urgently awaiting to keep from plummeting deeper
into a sea of red.
A Tiny Pacific Island Is Now Powered By Coconuts, Sunlight
The head of the New Zealand islands of Tokelau just announced a
new energy policy: They will be completely powered by sunlight
and coconut oil. Fortunately Tokelau is rich in both resources.
If successful, the three small atolls supporting about 1,500
people will be among the first regions to switch their entire
energy system to renewable sources.
Obama threatens veto if Keystone oil sands pipeline decision is
added to payroll tax cut
The Hill - President Obama has warned Republicans he'll veto an
extension of the payroll tax if it includes a measure forcing
quick approval of the Keystone oil sands pipeline. “Any effort
to try to tie Keystone to the payroll tax cut I will reject,”
Obama told reporters Wednesday after meeting with Canadian Prime
Minister Stephen Harper at the White House.
VIDEO: Top Cities Invest in Winter Weather Equipment
Weather.com - With another snowy season upon us, three major
cities announced upgrades to their winter weather equipment,
which will help better prepare the roads for travel when the
weather hits. Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago have all readied
themselves for the upcoming season by purchasing new slow plows
and other equipment. A Dallas News story reports that North
Texas now has its first fleet of snow plows, as the Texas
Department of Transportation has purchased 29 plows for Dallas
and Fort Worth.
YouTube: Hartmann: Fukushima…Has the China Syndrome now
RT - Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear joins Thom Hartmann. The crisis
at Fukushima continues. Over the weekend - the crippled Japanese
nuclear plant spewed even more highly radioactive water into the
Pacific Ocean - roughly 45,000 liters in all. According to a
French nuclear research institute - since the Fukushima nuclear
crisis began in March - the plant has leaked more radioactive
material into the ocean than has ever happened before in the
history of the planet... He also warned that if underground
water gets overheated - it could trigger a hydrovolcanic
VIDEO: Ohio Nuclear Plant Cracking – NRC Approves to Reopen
Intel Hub - At full production the damaged Davis-Besse
FirstEnergy plant produces power to 750,000 people in the Ohio
area. It has been openly admitted that there have been cracks
found in the casing of the plant over two months ago, however
the NRC still approved the plant to reopen based on information
Vaccine on a Mass Scale - Dare County In-School FluMist
Vaccination Program Consent Form - 2011
This form was sent in from a listener to let us know what is
going on in the school system regarding the FluMist Vaccination.
QUOTE: "This letter came from my sons school. This is crazy!
Most parents will go along with this! Sad!!!"
Sugar in Children's Cereals
Environmental Working Group - Popular brands pack more sugar
than snack cakes and cookies. Parents have good reason to worry
about the sugar content of children's breakfast cereals,
according to an Environmental Working Group review of 84 popular
brands. Kellogg's Honey Smacks, at nearly 56 percent sugar by
weight, leads the list of high-sugar cereals, according to EWG's
analysis. A one-cup serving of Honey Smacks packs more sugar
than a Hostess Twinkie, and one cup of any of 44 other
children's cereals has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy!
CDC Says Romaine Likely Cause of St. Louis Outbreak
E. coli O157:H7 sickened 60 in 10 states. The two-month
investigation into the St. Louis E. coli O157:H7 outbreak is
over. Although there's not enough proof to nail down the most
likely source, investigators say the evidence points to one lot
of romaine lettuce from a single California farm. First
announcement that the investigation was over came Tuesday when
Missouri Health Director Margaret Donnelly broke the news in
remarks to her state's House Appropriations Committee. She
explained that it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of
foodborne illness, especially when the apparent source is
perishable fresh produce:
Research scientist confesses to falsifying numerous studies
published in peer-reviewed journals
(NaturalNews) The peer review process is alleged to be the "gold
standard" of the scientific process, as it is supposed to ensure
that only legitimate scientific studies get published. But a
recent admission by psychologist and researcher Diederik Stapel,
that he knowingly faked and made up data for numerous studies
published in peer-reviewed journals proves that the process is
more of a joke than anything else.
If You Go to Church, Heed This Warning
Joseph Mercola -The CDC and HHS held an “off-the-record,
not-for-press-purposes” phone conference with church and
community leaders. They want to administer flu vaccines in
churches, synagogues and mosques. They are encouraging church
leaders to “influence” people to get the shots through clinics
run by Walgreens, which would send pharmacists out to places of
worship to mass-vaccinate people in the church/synagogue/mosque.
Tyrannical "Health Standards" Of The New World Order
Activist Post - As every nation in the world marches forward to
a completely integrated and globalized society, the control of
food is an absolute necessity for those who seek to accelerate
amalgamation. It is for this reason that we see an increase in
domestic legislation that mirrors the guidelines and demands of
international standard-setting organizations. These attempts at
harmonization of national laws, specifically those regarding
food, are coming in daily from all sides of the globe.
U.S. lets ‘morning-after’ pill restrictions stand
Washington Post - In a rare public split among federal health
officials, HHS overrules a decision by the FDA to make the
controversial contraceptive drug available to girls under the
age of 17 without a prescription.
Why Is Pesticide Used As An Ingredient In Infant Formula?
Why is cupric sulfate -- a known herbicide, fungicide and
pesticide -- being used in infant formula? And why is it
displayed proudly on product labels as a presumably nutritious
ingredient? Used to kill fungus, aquatic plants and roots of
plants, parasitic infections in aquarium fish and snails, as
well as algae and bacteria such as Escherichia coli, cupric
sulfate hardly sounds fit for human consumption, much less for
The IRS Wants (Will Get) Your Electronic Data
In case you missed it, on October 18, the IRS issued what’s
called a “Chief Counsel Advice” (CCA) concerning what it calls
“original electronic data files.” Basically, the IRS now asserts
the right to issue a summons to force a taxpayer to provide this
data within whatever statute of limitation applies for the type
of examination the agency is undertaking. And that means that
you need to be careful not to dispose of any electronic
communications or records you maintain that might concern some
future tax issue.
Click here to view the October 18 CCA.
Android smartphone software tracks every user action and
keystroke, analysis finds
(NaturalNews) Smartphone devices are convenient, handy tools for
staying in touch with friends and family, getting directions on
the go, and accessing a variety of helpful user applications
from virtually anywhere. But a recent analysis of smartphones
loaded with Google's Android software platform reveals that the
technology can also track every movement, action, and keystroke
of users, which represents a serious breach of privacy.
U.S., Microsoft to meet Chinese Web regulators
Microsoft and the State Department are under fire for their
participation in a closed-door Internet conference this week
organized with the architects of China’s repressive policies of
Web self-censorship and surveillance.... The proceedings are
closed to the press but will feature a keynote address by Vice
Minister Qian Xiaoqian of Beijing's State Council Information
Office - the government agency responsible for news media
censorship in China. Rep. Frank Wolf, Virginia Republican, said
“it’s a mistake” for U.S. officials and executives to attend.
The Chinese government is “using our technology to spy on and
torture their own citizens - for American companies to
collaborate in that is unconscionable, said Mr. Wolf.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
Raw Milk Freedom Riders ride again! Join them at Chicago's
Independence Park on December 8, 2011
(NaturalNews) Birthed by the Farm Food Freedom Coalition (FFFC),
the RMFR movement on November 1, 2011, successfully hauled a
load of raw milk from Pennsylvania, where it can be legally
sold, to Maryland, where it cannot be legally sold. Now the
group plans to do the same thing from Wisconsin, where raw milk
sales are illegal, to nearby Illinois, where it can only be sold
to consumers directly from the farm.
Recycle Old Sweaters: Learn to Felt Wool
Mother Earth News - By transforming wool into felt, you can
recycle discarded wool sweaters into an array of useful items
and fun gifts. Try it out with this easy project for playful,
personalized pot holders.
Uncle Sam Wants You to Raise Chickens
Mother Earth News - A poster from 1918 describes backyard
chickens as "In Time of Peace a Profitable Recreation. In Time
of War a Patriotic Duty." Funny how things change, isn’t it?
These days, people have to fight and petition and beg and plead
in many municipalities to get their government to let them keep
a few backyard hens. And even when city leaders permit it, they
lay out complicated rules about how many, where and how the
birds must be housed. And please! No roosters!
Finding Self-Reliance in a Pot of Dried Beans
Mother Earth News - In 2009, veteran food writer Robin Mather
lost her job and her marriage within the span of a week. She
retreated to a small lakeside cottage in her native Michigan,
where she experienced a three-day blizzard that tested her
resourcefulness. But through the warmth of a good wood stove and
a simple but delicious bowl of bean soup, Mather realized that
she had all the tools she needed to care for herself and those
who depend on her.
Today in History -
Wednesday - December 7, 2011 - Pearl Harbor Day
1787 - Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. constitution
becoming the first of the United States.
1796 - John Adams was elected to be the second president of the United
1836 - Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the United
1926 - The gas operated refrigerator was patented by The Electrolux
1941 - Pearl Harbor, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu was attacked
by nearly 200 Japanese warplanes. The attack resulted in the U.S.
entering into World War II.
1971 - Libya announced the nationalization of British Petroleum's
1972 - Apollo 17 was launched at Cape Canaveral. It was the last U.S.
1972 - Imelda Marcos, wife of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos,
was stabbed and seriously wounded by an assailant. The man was then shot
and killed by her bodyguards.
1982 - Charlie Brooks Junior, a convicted murderer, became the first
prisoner in the U.S. to be executed by injection, at a prison in
1987 - Soviet leader Gorbachev set foot on American soil for
the first time. He had come to the U.S. for a Washington summit with
U.S. President Reagan.
1987 - 43 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on a fellow
passenger and the two pilots aboard a Pacific Southwest Airlines
1988 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced the reduction of
the number of Soviet military troops by half a million.
1989 - East Germany's Communist Party agreed to cooperate with the plan
for free elections and a revised constitution.
1993 - Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary revealed that the U.S. govt. had
conducted more than 200 nuclear weapons tests in secret at its Nevada
1996 - The space shuttle Columbia returned from the longest-ever shuttle
flight of 17 days, 15 hours and 54 minutes.
1998 - U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno declined to seek an independent
counsel investigation of President Clinton over 1996 campaign financing.
1999 - A U.S. federal grand jury indicted a former convict in the 1995
disappearance of atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair.
2002 - In Mymensingh, Bangladesh, 4 movie theaters were bombed within 30
minutes of each other. At least 15 people were killed and over 200 were
The Red Cross bans Christmas
Mail Online UK - Christmas has been banned by the Red Cross from
its 430 fund-raising shops. Staff have been ordered to take down
decorations and to remove any other signs of the Christian
festival because they could offend Moslems. The charity's
politically-correct move triggered an avalanche of criticism and
mockery last night - from Christians and Moslems.
VIDEO: 'US pins labels:’ Russia slams Clinton over election
RT - The Russian Foreign Ministry shot back at US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton for her criticism that Russia’s elections
were neither free nor fair. But as the US attempts to take the
moral high ground, their political games seem as dirty as ever.
In a strongly-worded statement, Moscow expressed its regret that
“Washington is sticking to long-outdated stereotypes and
continuing to pin labels, without even trying to look into what
is actually happening on our electoral field," Interfax reports.
Burning Deceased Humans Will Produce Electricity
MSNBC - In Durham, England, corpses will soon be used to
generate electricity. A crematorium is installing turbines in
its burners that will convert waste heat from the combustion of
each corpse into as much as 150 kilowatt-hours of juice — enough
to power 1,500 televisions for an hour. The facility plans to
sell the electricity to local power companies.
Divisions over EU treaty threaten crisis solution
BERLIN (AP) -- Plans by France and Germany to save the euro
through closer European unity faced a serious challenge Tuesday
from Britain, as deep divisions emerged between the 17 EU
nations that use the euro and the 10 others that don't.
Greek lawmakers approve 2012 austerity budget
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's lawmakers overwhelmingly
approved next year's austerity budget early Wednesday, extending
tough spending cuts that have already left Greeks struggling as
the country tries to slash its vast debts and tame a severe
Anxious Greeks Emptying Their Bank Accounts
Many Greeks are draining their savings accounts because they are
out of work, face rising taxes or are afraid the country will be
forced to leave the euro zone. By withdrawing money, they are
forcing banks to scale back their lending -- and are
inadvertently making the recession even worse.
REPORT: North Korea making missile able to hit USA
Washington Times - New intelligence indicates that North Korea
is moving ahead with building its first road-mobile
intercontinental ballistic missile, an easily hidden weapon
capable of hitting the United States, according to Obama
administration officials. The intelligence was revealed in a
classified Capitol Hill briefing last month. Its existence was
made public in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta
from five House Republicans.
Iran Reportedly Prepares for Attack
Kurt Nimmo December 6, 2011- Intelligence sources are reporting
the movement of long-range missile batteries inside Iran, a move
seen as preparation for an attack, according to a story carried
by the Telegraph on Monday. The British newspaper also reported
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard heightened its alert level. Mohammed
Ali Jaafari, Revolutionary Guard commander, gave a command to
raise operational readiness on the basis of “potential external
strikes and covert attacks.” The command included moving missile
batteries into “key defensive position.”
VIDEO: Clinton Urges Syria To Break Free From 'Dictator'
Hillary Clinton has urged the Syrian opposition to build a
society that is free of the "whims of a dictator". The US
Secretary of State spoke after meeting six members of the Syrian
National Council, an exile group seeking to end the 41-year rule
of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his late father. She
also urged the group to respect the rule of law and minority
rights: "Obviously, a democratic transition includes more than
removing the Assad regime.
China’s Hu urges navy to prepare for combat
Robert Saiget -Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday urged the
navy to prepare for military combat, amid growing regional
tensions over maritime disputes and a US campaign to assert
itself as a Pacific power.
Fake Italian organic food sold around Europe
The police said 700,000 tons of illegal organic products valued
at 220 million euros ($295 million) had been sold over several
years across Italy and to Austria, Belgium, France, Germany,
Hungary, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The people arrested
included executives from three agro-business companies -- Sunny
Land, Sona and Bioecoitalia -- as well as the local director of
a certifying body from the Marche farming region of central
School turns heating off to 'save planet'; Fury as kids shiver
on coldest day!
The Sun UK - A HEADTEACHER got a roasting yesterday for turning
the school heating OFF on one of the coldest days of the year —
to save the planet. Pupils shivered in coats, hats and scarves
as temperatures fell to just 1°C (34°F). Head Rob Benzie
switched off the radiators to show how the secondary school
could cut its carbon footprint.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Romney paid $100,000 to purge computer records, report says
CBS News - White House hopeful Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000
of taxpayer's money to replace staff computers when he left
office as governor of Massachusetts, the news agency
Reuters reported Tuesday, reprising questions about whether
records of his tenure were properly preserved.
FAA head Randy Babbitt resigns after 'driving drunk on the wrong
side of the road'
Mail Online - FAA administrator Randy Babbitt resigned Tuesday
as head of the Federal Aviation Administration following his
arrest over the weekend on charges of drunken driving.
US News poll - Who is your pick for the Republican presidential
U.S. News Tuesday, December 6, 2011.
Exclusive: Government Activating FEMA Camps Across U.S.
Kurt Nimmo and Alex Jones - Email reveals KBR call for bids to
add services to internment camps. Infowars.com has received a
document originating from Halliburton subsidiary KBR that
provides details on a push to outfit FEMA and U.S. Army camps
around the United States. Entitled “Project
Overview and Anticipated Project Requirements,” the document
describes services KBR is looking to farm out to subcontractors.
The document was passed on to us by a state government employee
who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons. Services up
for bid include catering, temporary fencing and barricades,
laundry and medical services, power generation, refuse
collection, and other services required for temporary “emergency
environment” camps located in five regions of the United States.
Newt Gingrich denies his own book at Charleston campaign event
In 1980 Alvin Toffler wrote the book "Third Wave." While Speaker
of the House, Newt Gingrich endorsed the book, and put it on his
congressional recommended reading list. He liked it so much,
that in 1996 he wrote the forward to it's sequel "The Politics
of the Third Wave." The premise of both books is that national
sovereignty is an outdated concept. The books call for the
complete repeal of the US constitution. It envisions a world
wide technocracy run by multi-national corporations and NGOs.
Firefighters watch as couple's home burns to the ground (because
they hadn't paid $75 subscription fee)
Mail Online - A couple stood helplessly by and watched their
home and valuables go up in flames because a team of
firefighters refused to help - as they had not paid their
National Review: The Ron Paul Factor
Organization and principle could yield a Paul victory in the
Iowa caucuses.... If Paul wins Iowa, the upset could upend what
many politicos say is a two-man race between Gingrich and
Romney. According to state GOP insiders, a Paul victory is a
real possibility. In background conversations, many say Paul is
much stronger than outside observers believe, with deep and wide
support among a frustrated electorate. With Herman Cain’s
departure from the race, operatives see Paul potentially
collecting a quarter of caucus attendees.
VIDEO: Iowa Blitz: Ron Paul Goes for Newt’s Throat!
Kurt Nimmo - Operation “Sink Gingrich.” Ron Paul’s campaign
bought airtime in the important caucus state of Iowa in order
inform caucus participants about Newt Gingrich’s record not only
as a flip-flopper, but a seasoned insider pushing the
establishment’s big government agenda of carbon taxes and
endless war. Here is the ad currently running in Iowa. See the
Iowa Poll: Ron Paul “Most Principled” Candidate
Reports CNS News: “When Republicans and Independents who are
planning to attend next month’s Iowa Republican caucuses were
asked who they believe is the “most principled” candidate in the
Republican field, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas ranked first with 24
percent, according to a Des Moines Register poll released
VIDEO: Is Ron Paul the Flavor of the Decade?
Freedom Watch - FNC’s Chris Stirewalt discusses the Rep. Paul
Vs. Trump feud and whether Ron Paul is the GOP’s flavor of the
Greenwald debunks Politifact's assault on Ron Paul!
The fact-checking site PolitiFact serves a valuable purpose when
it actually performs its stated function: to “help you find the
truth in American politics” by “fact-check[íng] statements” from
political and media figures. But it undermines its own
credibility when it purports to resolve subjective disputes of
political opinion under the guise of objective expertise. That’s
precisely what it did yesterday in this incredibly sloppy and
often factually false analysis of Ron Paul’s condemnation of the
new AUMF and detention authorities embedded in the pending
Romney Says No To Trump Debate
Real Clear Politics - Mitt Romney says he "can't make" the Trump
debate because he already agreed to participate in two other
debates this month and wants to spend the rest of the time
WIRE: 'Heartbreak Awaits Republicans'
There’s no guarantee that any Republican will win next year, of
course. But Gingrich would be a riskier choice for the
Republicans to nominate against President Barack Obama. The last
time the country got a good long look at him, he turned very
unpopular very fast. His decades in Washington, some of them
spent essentially as a lobbyist, would muddle the party’s
message. So would his unfortunate marital history.
Orbiting Death Rays, Friending Putin and More Great Ideas From
Wired - Say this for Newt Gingrich: He's not afraid to sound off
with big ideas. It's given him a reputation as one of the deeper
thinkers in politics. Problem is, when it comes to defense and
foreign policy, the current GOP presidential frontrunner's big
ideas are often crazy.
Graphic anti-abortion ads to air in Iowa and surrounding states
Television advertisements featuring graphic images of dead
fetuses will soon begin airing in Iowa, according to
Mother Jones. The ads are the brainchild of anti-abortion
crusader Randall Terry, who founded Operation Rescue. He mounted
a Democratic primary challenge against President Barack Obama to
take advantage of a Federal Communication Commission (FCC)
loophole that prevents campaign ads from being censored.
Marines Collect Biometrics During Urban Warfare Simulation
Intel Hub December 6, 2011 - On November 18th, U.S. Marines
collected biometrics during an urban warfare training drill
within the training city of Wardah-Mir at the Marine Air Ground
Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. “The Marines
conducted foot-patrols, room clearing and search operations
where they collected biometric data and other evidence on
citizens displaying suspicious behavior or possessing
contraband,” the Marines
official website reported.
The Real Reason for Obama’s Threat to Veto the Indefinite
Detention Bill (Hint: It’s Not to Protect Liberty)
Washington Blog - Obama Wants to Veto the Indefinite Detention
Bill Because It Would Hold the U.S. to the Geneva Convention.
And at first, I – like many others – assumed that Obama’s threat
to veto the bill might be a good thing. But the truth is much
VIDEO: U.S. Government Executes 16 Year Old From Colorado
Intel Hub December 5, 2011 - Just two weeks after killing
confirmed Pentagon asset and American citizen Anwar Awlaki, the
United States government executed Awlaki’s 16 year America son
via a drone strike in Yemen. The U.S. government is now
targeting and executing American citizens, without due process,
who they have labeled as terrorists with little to no evidence.
While we do not know if Awlaki’s son was the intended target of
the drone strike (the U.S. government won’t say) it simply
smacks in the face of the Constitution of this once great
country to target areas with any U.S. citizens, much less a 16
year old kid.
VIDEO: THREE Elderly Women Claim Strip-Search By TSA
NEW YORK - With age come such things as catheters, colostomy
bags and adult diapers. Now add another indignity to getting old
— having to drop your pants and show these things to a complete
County gets 'homeland security' snow cone machine
STANTON — The United States is fighting terrorism — one snow
cone at a time. The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development
Commission (WMSRDC) is a federal- and state-designated agency
responsible for managing and administrating the homeland
security program in Montcalm County and 12 other counties. The
WMSRDC recently purchased and transferred homeland security
equipment to these counties — including 13 snow cone machines at
a total cost of $11,700.
Christmas tree controversy takes root in Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Carolers singing "O Christmas Tree"
crashed Rhode Island's Statehouse tree lighting on Tuesday after
Gov. Lincoln Chafee unwrapped a holiday hubbub by calling the
17-foot spruce a "holiday" tree.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
US Army Preparing To Crush #OccupyWallStreet
An analyst informs that the US has its army on standby against
the Occupy and student movement as the economic situation in
America deteriorates day by day.
Police confiscate and destroy medical equipment, vitamins from
(NaturalNews) The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement in New York
City's Zuccotti Park recently came to a halt when Mayor Michael
Bloomberg ordered a massive sweep to evict all protesters and
their belongings from park grounds. But rather than relocate the
protesters' possessions to a holding facility in Manhattan as
was promised, New York City police instead destroyed tents,
personal laptops and computer equipment, and even medical
devices and medicine.
LEAKED: Bank Of America Takes Occupy Foreclosure Actions
Seriously, Warns Employees ‘We Need To Be Prepared’
Bank Of America Takes Occupy Foreclosure Actions Seriously,
Warns Employees ‘We Need To Be Prepared’
‘Inhuman Microphone’ App Circumvents Occupy Wall Street’s
One of the most recognizable hallmarks of the Occupy Wall Street
movement has been its “human microphone,” a technique through
which protesters make speeches louder without the use of
megaphones, which are banned from the protests. (Amplifying
sound outdoors requires a permit in New York.)
Energy & Environment
Nukes Are for Kids
The nuclear industry is selling its vision of a bright nuclear
future to schoolchildren by offering teachers free education
tools extolling the benefits of radiation, according to The New
Republic (July 14, 2011). The classroom presentations,
activities, and games are the marketing brainchild of the
EnergySolutions Foundation, the charitable arm of a large
nuclear-waste processor, and they’ve already been doled out to
classrooms in Mississippi, Louisiana, and elsewhere.
Industry-funded school propaganda is “making a comeback as the
once-moribund nuclear industry gears up for a revival,” the
Report: 45 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from
(NaturalNews) The woes of Fukushima are far from over as the
plant's owner, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO),
announced recently that a purification mechanism has leaked at
least 45 tons of highly radioactive water, some of which ended
up flowing directly into the ocean. TEPCO officials are
reportedly in the process of investigating the situation to
determine the extent of the damage caused.
BP says Halliburton destroyed Gulf spill evidence
British energy giant BP has accused Halliburton of intentionally
destroying evidence to conceal its role in the 2010 Gulf of
Mexico oil rig disaster, CNN reported on Tuesday. In documents
filed at a federal court in New Orleans, BP said Halliburton had
destroyed evidence on cement slurry testing and refused to
provide "inexplicably missing" computer modeling results,
according to CNN.
Occupy DC Wins Legal Victory On Camping In McPherson Square
WASHINGTON – Occupy DC has won a major legal victory vindicating
the right to protest in McPherson Square, where demonstrators
have lived in tents since Oct. 1 despite federal regulations
prohibiting camping in the park. U.S. District Judge James
Boasberg ordered that, absent “exigent circumstances,”
protesters must be given 24-hour notice if the government
“intends to enforce its regulations prohibiting camping or
sleeping in McPherson Square.”
National Day of Action to Stop and Reverse Foreclosures
December, 06 2011 - Today is the Occupy Our Homes National Day
of Action to Stop and Reverse Foreclosures. Actions are taking
place in over twenty-five cities around America, as the Occupy
movement joins with homeowners and people fighting for a place
to live. Our system has been serving Wall Street, big banks, and
the one percent. Clearly this has not worked. We are the 99% and
we are reclaiming our homes. Related articles
Bernanke: Flawed reporting on Fed loans
Dec 6 (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on
Tuesday pushed back against reports that the Fed had lent banks
$7.77 trillion or more during the financial crisis, saying they
contained "egregious errors and mistakes."
Senate panel to subpoena Corzine on MF Global
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate panel has voted to subpoena former
Sen. Jon Corzine to testify about his role leading MF Global....
Regulators are investigating whether MF Global used money from
customers' accounts for its own needs as its financial condition
worsened. That would violate securities rules. The FBI is also
investigating to see if the firm violated any criminal laws.
Dow ends up 52 on hopes for wider bailout powers
The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 52 points following a
report that European leaders are considering more aggressive
programs to bail out weaker countries in the region.
Obama Now Blames The Internet For Job Losses
"Layoffs too often became permanent, not part of the business
cycle. And these changes didn't just affect blue collar workers.
If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent,
you saw many in your profession replaced by ATMs and the
internet," President Obama said at a campaign event in Kansas.
Americans Move Abroad In Search of Job Opportunities
CNBC - It's a curious phenomenon that sends Americans abroad to
look for work. The U.S. has traditionally skimmed the best minds
from around the world in pursuit of the American Dream. Indeed,
according to polling firm Gallup, which surveyed people in 135
nations around the world, the U.S. was the top desired
destination of those who wanted to relocate permanently to
another country. But with unemployment hovering around 9
percent, the use of food stamps at record highs and the
recession continuing to punish the budgets of so many families,
the American economy is much less of a magnet.
Citigroup to cut 4,500 jobs, take $400M charge
NEW YORK (AP) -- Citigroup Inc. is eliminating 4,500 jobs in its
latest effort to cut costs. The bank will take a $400 million
charge in the fourth quarter as a result.
The Worst In The World – The U.S. Balance Of Trade Is
Economic Collapse -Did you know that we buy about a half a
trillion dollars more stuff from the rest of the world than they
buy from us? The U.S. balance of trade is not only
mind-blowingly bad - it is the worst in the world. It is being
projected that the U.S. trade deficit for 2011 will be 558.2
billion dollars. That would be an increase of more than 11
percent from last year.
Cash-Strapped Detroit Ending Free Police Escorts For Funerals
DETROIT (WWJ) - Budget deficits and declining personnel are the
major forces behind the Detroit Police Department’s decision to
end free funeral escorts. Police Chief Ralph Godbee said it’s a
drain on resources and is unfair for officers to accompany some
processions and not others.
VIDEO: 60 Minutes: Fraud Caused Financial Meltdown, But There
Have Been No Prosecutions
Washington Post - 60 Minutes has just produced a hard-hitting 14
minutes segment on the widespread fraud leading up to the
financial crisis, and the utter lack of prosecutions to date.
ALL the Vaccines Are Contaminated - Every Last One of Them
Salem-News.com - Who is saying the vaccines are contaminated?
None other than the (now deceased) head of vaccines at Merck,
Dr. Maurice Hillerman, who on camera admitted that Merck's
Hepatitis B vaccines, contaminated with a virus, caused the AIDS
epidemic in the US. He went on to say that all of Merck's
vaccines are contaminated with cancer and other viruses. (The US
government has conceded the HEB B vaccine causes Lupus. That
vaccine is mandated for every infant in the US on the day of
birth, and is associated with MS as well.)
U.S. DEA agents admit laundering drug money, then claim they
were testing how it works
(NaturalNews) Imagine for a moment you are appearing in court
for money laundering. What do you think your chances are of
being acquitted if you admitted you laundered cash, but said you
did so only because you were conducting research into how the
system of selling drugs actually worked? If you said
slim-to-none, you'd probably be right. That is, unless you're a
Post-Gardasil Syndrome - the new name for the spectrum of side
effects following HPV vaccination
(NaturalNews) 2007 Ohio: 21 year old college student, Brittney,
was told by her family doctor she needed the Gardasil vaccine to
protect her from getting an HPV (human papillomavirus) infection
via an accident at her college lab. Afraid that the doctor may
be right and after being assured there were no risks involved,
she consented to vaccination with Gardasil.
Milk thistle extract shown to halt lung cancer progression in
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the University of Colorado
publishing in the journal Molecular Carcinogenesis found that
treatment with silibinin, a major component of milk thistle,
effectively treated wound development in lung cancer cells by
halting the disease and preventing metastasis. Long known for
its rejuvenating effects on the liver, milk thistle is now
emerging as a viable therapy to help prevent and reverse the
damage caused by years of cellular breakdown in lung tissue.
Soluble fiber-rich foods protect against abdominal obesity
(NaturalNews) Eating more soluble fibers is the way to lower the
levels of dangerous visceral fat, according to a new study
conducted by researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center. The experiments performed by a team of scientists have
proven that as much as 10 grams of soluble fiber taken in our
daily diet can lead to a decrease in the levels of
intra-abdominal fat by as much as 3.7 percent over a 5 year
Starbucks nutrition shocker - many menu items contain more
calories and fat than ice cream
(NaturalNews) Your morning cup of joe at Starbucks may have a
higher calorie count and fat percentage than a serving of ice
cream or a piece of chocolate cake. NaturalNews looked into the
nutritional information on Starbucks' website and found that
many of the chain's popular latte drinks have the same dietary
impact as the kind of dessert most people avoid for being "too
New Study Reaffirms: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Should Be
Standard Treatment for Veterans
Alliance for Natural Health - So why does the government keep
blocking its use? Research from health pioneer (and former ANH-USA
board member) Dr. Paul G. Harch published in the Journal of
Neurotrauma indicates that hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT,
is able to dramatically help veterans with post-concussion
syndrome (a form of traumatic brain injury) and post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Harch is an associate clinical
professor of medicine at Louisiana State University in New
Obama FDA Considers Putting Morning-After Pill on Supermarket
The Washington Post reports that, under President Obama and his
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the Food
and Drug Administration is considering letting “anyone of any
age buy the controversial morning-after pill Plan B directly off
drugstore and supermarket shelves without a prescription.” The
Post writes, “The Food and Drug Administration has until
Wednesday to respond to a request from the drug’s manufacturer
to make the pill as easy to get as toilet paper and
Feds crack down on homeopathic remedy -- protein from human
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators are ordering several
companies to stop selling an unproven weight loss remedy that
uses protein from the human placenta. The Food and Drug
Administration issued warning letters to seven companies that
sell the protein as drops, pellets or sprays. Human chorionic
gonadotropin is produced by the placenta and found in the urine
of pregnant women. While it is approved for certain infertility
treatments, the FDA says there is no evidence it helps reduce
FDA Violates Federal Law: Emord and ANH Challenge Illegal
Alliance for Natural Health - Bolstered by a massive outpouring
of support from you, we are asking the agency to withdraw its
New Dietary Ingredient draft guidance completely!
Merck—Too Big to Prosecute?
Alliance for Natural Health - There is a surprising reason why
the government won’t go after drug companies for serious crimes.
It is because government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and
the Veterans Administration would then be barred from doing
business with them!
Government could get kill-switch for cell phones
Following the decision from city officials in San Francisco to
kill cell phone service at a moment’s notice throughout the Bay
Area, the FCC is examining how a proposal of their own could
implement similar measures across the US.
Government to receive archive of every tweet ever sent
The Library of Congress and Twitter have signed an agreement
that will see an archive of every public Tweet ever sent handed
over to the library's repository of historical documents. "We
have an agreement with Twitter where they have a bunch of
servers with their historic archive of tweets, everything that
was sent out and declared to be public," said Bill Lefurgy, the
digital initiatives program manager at the library's national
digital information infrastructure and preservation program.
YouTube: Alex Jones: Total control grid designed to predict the
RT - In the fading economy, the spying sector has been gaining
billions of dollars in profits. Wikileaks are now exposing on
how iPhone, Blackberry and Google Android platforms are spying
on their customers. The new project called Spy Files is
revealing how private surveillance companies are selling
monitoring software to several government entities worldwide.
Alex Jones, radio host of The Alex Jones Show, joins us to talk
more about this.
Malls Temporarily Suspend Tracking Cell Phones After Black
Activist Post - Two malls that served as a testing ground for
the introduction of a cell phone tracking system of shoppers
have been forced to temporarily suspend the program after a call
from Sen. Charles Schumer over general privacy concerns, as well
as the legality according to U.S. regulations.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
URGENT: Have you told USDA what you think about the proposed
rule for animal ID? This Friday is the deadline!
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance - Small farmers and urban
poultry owners alike are threatened by the USDA's new proposal
for animal identification. The agency has proposed a rule that
imposes costs and paperwork burdens on farmers, ranchers,
backyard poultry owners, sale barns, vets, and state agencies in
order to track animals that cross state lines.
MF GLOBAL fallout delays farm seed, land deals
(Reuters) - For the first time in 25 years, Minnesota farmer
Dean Tofteland has missed his deadline to buy seed for next
spring's corn and soybean crops. With $200,000 of his money yet
to be returned from the accounts of MF Global, his former
broker, the 49-year-old farmer has missed a $5,000 discount for
early buyers, and is watching friends and neighbors snap up the
best varieties of seeds.
Alabama farmers look to replace migrants with prisoners
Raw Story - Alabama farmers have proposed using prisoners to
work their fields to replace migrants who fled the state after
it passed the country’s harshest anti-immigration law.
Monsanto Declared Worst Company of 2011
Activist Post - Biotech giant Monsanto has been declared the
Worst Company of 2011 by NaturalSociety for threatening both
human health and the environment. The leader in genetically
modified seeds and crops, Monsanto is currently responsible for
90 percent of the genetically engineered seed on the United
Today in History -
Tuesday - December 6, 2011
1774 - Austria became the first nation to introduce a state education
1790 - The U.S. Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.
1865 - The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The
amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.
1877 - Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone, with a recording
of himself reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb.
1883 - "Ladies' Home Journal" was published for the first time.
1884 - The construction of the Washington Monument was completed by Army
engineers. The project took 34 years.
1889 - Jefferson Davis died in New Orleans. He was the first and only
president of the Confederate States of America.
1907 - In Monongah, WV, 361 people were killed in America's worst mine
1917 - Finland proclaimed independence from Russia.
1923 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge became the first president to give
a presidential address that was broadcast on radio.
1947 - Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by U.S.
1957 - America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed
when the satellite blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL.
1973 - Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the vice-president of the United
States after vice-president Spiro Agnew resigned.
1985 - Congressional negotiators reached an agreement on a
deficit-cutting proposal that later became the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings
1990 - Iraq announced that it would release all its 2,000 foreign
1993 - Former priest James R. Porter was sentenced to 18 to 20 years in
prison. Porter had admitted molesting 28 children in the 1960s.
1994 - Orange County, CA, filed for bankruptcy protection due to
investment losses of about $2 billion. The county is one of the richest
in the U.S. and became to largest municipality to file for bankruptcy.
1998 - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour connected the first
two building blocks of the international space station in the shuttle
2002 - Officials released the detailed plans for a $4.7 million memorial
commemorating Princess Diana. The large oval fountain was planned to be
constructed in London's Hyde Park.
VIDEO: U.S. Military Sources: Iran Has Missing U.S. Drone
Fox News - A U.S. super-secret spy plane believed to be in Iranian
possession could be a major loss for the U.S. military -- and a major
gain for Iran. According to a senior U.S. military source with intimate
knowledge of the Sentinel drone, the aircraft likely "wandered" into
Iranian air space after losing contact with its handlers and is presumed
to be intact since it is programmed to fly level and find a place to
land, rather than crashing.
Report: Obama, UN to tax US for Green Climate Fund
Washington Examiner - President Obama's team of negotiators at the
United Nations Climate Change Conference may agree to a tax on foreign
currency transactions, designed to pay for a "Green Climate Fund," that
would fall disproportionately on American travellers and businesses,
according to a group attending the conference that is skeptical of the
UN position on global warming.
Brazil cuts taxes to boost economy
Brazilian government has announced a series of tax cuts in order to
protect its economy against eurozone crisis and boost domestic
consumption and investment in the Latin American country, Press TV
16,000 Holocaust victims to get German pensions
NEW YORK (AP) -- After a year of tough negotiations, Germany has agreed
to pay pensions to about 16,000 additional Holocaust victims worldwide -
mostly survivors who were once starving children in Nazi ghettos, or
were forced to live in hiding for fear of death.
Portugal raids pension funds to meet deficit targets
London Telegraph | Portugal has raided €5.6bn (£4.8bn) of pension fund
assets. Portugal said it had informed the EU and IMF of the pensions
move and assured them it would be a “one-off”.
54 killed in rare attacks on Afghan Shiites
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite
worshippers at a mosque in Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 54 people
in the deadliest of two attacks on a Shiite holy day - the first major
sectarian assaults since the fall of the Taliban a decade ago.
Dozens of bodies dumped in Syria, activists say
BEIRUT (AP) -- A surge in violence in the restive Syrian city of Homs
has killed up to 50 people in the past 24 hours, leaving dozens of
bodies in the streets, activists said Tuesday.... The activists' reports
could not be independently confirmed. Syria has banned most foreign
journalists and prevents the work of independent media.
Has the War with Iran Already Begun?
National Journal - The evidence of an extensive Western covert program
against Tehran, and Iranian retaliation, is now too obvious to ignore.
Two incidents that occurred on Sunday—Iran’s claim of a shoot-down of a
U.S. drone, and an explosion outside the British embassy in Bahrain—may
have been unrelated. But they appear to add to growing evidence that an
escalating covert war by the West is under way against Iran, and that
Tehran is retaliating with greater intensity than ever.
Police equate Occupy LSX with al-Qaeda
London Metropolitan Police has categorized Occupy London Stock Exchange
anti-capitalist protestors as a domestic terror group alongside those
that are termed foreign terror threats including al-Qaeda.
'to be research patient', says David Cameron
Every NHS patient should be a "research patient" with their medical
details "opened up" to private healthcare firms, says David Cameron. The
PM says it will mean all those who use the NHS in England will be
helping in the fight against disease. He hopes the result will be that
patients get faster access to new treatments and Britain's life sciences
sector will become a world leader. But critics say commercial interests
are being put ahead of patient privacy.
S&P Puts 15 EU
Nations on Negative Credit Watch
CNBC News - Standard & Poor's put 15 European Union nations on watch for
a possible downgrade of their credit ratings as the continent's debt
crisis lingers. The nations include Germany, France and 13 other
European nations. Greece and Cyprus were not included on the list.
VIDEO: Pay Freeze for Queen in UK Austerity Measures
ABC News - In a sign of dire economic times across the pond, Buckingham
Palace is now doing some budget busting, with the queen herself due for
a pay freeze and Prince Charles set to foot the bill for some major
expenses. Queen Elizabeth II will see six consecutive years of frozen
pay, as new austerity measures in the U.K. have cut funding for the
YouTube: All Take No Give: UK/US post 9-11 extradition injustice
RT - British MPs are staging a debate seeking the urgent renegotiation
of what they see as a biased extradition treaty with the US. Agreed in
the chaotic aftermath of 9-11, it allows Washington to demand the
extradition of any UK Citizen - without evidence of any crime - and
Britain is bound to comply. But, as RT's Ivor Bennet reports from
London, patience is running low.
Syria brace for regional war between mid-Dec. 2011 and mid-Jan 2012
DEBKAfile - The actions and words of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu and Syrian ruler Bashar Assad in the last 72 hours indicate
they are poised for a regional war.
YouTube: Soft Spot: Afghan supply route reveals US frailty
RT - NATO's recent deadly air attack on Pakistan has put the US mission
in Afghanistan in danger with supplies cut-off, meaning Washington will
soon have to turn to other transit states to keep its military effort
going. Russia is among the alternatives and this could mean some
well-timed diplomatic leverage for Moscow.
Afghanistan to need financial support until 2024
BONN, Germany (AP) -- Afghanistan will need the financial support of
other countries for at least another decade beyond the 2014 departure of
foreign troops, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday at an
international conference. But the conference on the future of
Afghanistan in Bonn was overshadowed by a public display of bad blood
between the United States and Pakistan, the two nations with the
greatest stake and say in making Afghanistan safe and solvent.
Thousands protests against Putin after Russia vote
(Reuters) - Several thousand people protested in central Moscow on
Monday against what they said was a fraudulent parliamentary election,
shouting "Revolution!" and calling for an end to Prime Minister Vladimir
Biden: US 'stands in solidarity' with Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Greek
political leaders Monday his government is "standing with you in
solidarity," at the start of a crucial week for the future of the
YouTube: Cops Hide Surveillance Cameras In Trees Outside Man’s Home
CBC News - 1984 is alive and well in Canada.
France Takes Stand Against GMOs, Monsanto Despite End of Ban
Activist Post - France is the latest nation to voice opposition against
genetically modified crops, with GM maize unlikely to hit French fields
next year despite the end of a ban Monsanto maize. The news comes as
evidence compiles that French legislatures will launch new restrictions
regarding the use of Monsanto’s 810 maize on French soil.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Now that Herman Cain has dropped out of the race
The Sr. Administrator of Herman Cain Forums has endorsed Ron Paul. In a
Posting on the site he stated...
Military Weapons in Gangsters' Hands
In late July, 27 AK-47s were stolen from a Fort Irwin warehouse,
officials said. Those close to the case, who would speak only under the
condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the
subject, said investigators believe gang members were involved in the
BREAKING: Ron Paul wins Oklahoma Straw Poll
December 5, 2011 - Ron Paul won the GOP Oklahoma Straw Poll today
(Monday 12/5) voting was done online and voters were charged 5 dollars.
Had to be an Oklahoma voter to participate. Ron Paul - 46%, Herman Cain
- 25%, Newt Gingrich - 17%, Mitt Romney - 6%, Rick Perry - 3%...
YouTube: IMAGINE! China Invades America!
is the strongest candidate on national defense.
Rand Paul prevents war with Russia
Daily Caller - A few days ago, some Republican senators attempted to lay
the groundwork for a shooting war with Russia. I wish I were
exaggerating. Last week, while most senators were focused on the
important national issues of war funding and Americans’ constitutional
liberties, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) seemed more concerned with the
fate of a foreign country. Behind the scenes, Rubio moved to have a
unanimous consent vote that would have hastened Georgia’s entry into
NATO. The unanimous consent vote never happened because Senator Rand
Paul single-handedly prevented it.
BOMBSHELL: US Caught Meddling in Russian Elections!
Activist Post - What would Americans say if they found their polling
stations and certain political parties entirely infiltrated by Chinese
money, Chinese observers, and Chinese-backed candidates promoting
China's interests in an AMERICAN election? The answer ranges from
incarceration, to trials featuring charges ranging from fraud, to
sedition and even treason with sentences ranging from decades to life in
prison, perhaps even death, as well as possible military action for what
could easily be considered an act of war.
Clinton calls Russian election unfair
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- Issuing new warnings to two U.S. partners
Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized
Russia for a parliamentary election she said was rigged and said
election gains by Islamist parties must not set back Egypt's push toward
democracy after the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak this year.
Recent Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of
Iceberg, Experts Say
Revelations of this sort come as no surprise to former child star Corey
Feldman.Feldman, 40, himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse,
unflinchingly warned of the world of pedophiles who are drawn to the
entertainment industry last August. "I can tell you that the No. 1
problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia,” Feldman
told ABC’s Nightline. “That's the biggest problem for children in this
industry... It's the big secret.”
Newt leads, but Paul wins in new Iowa poll
Daily Caller - With less than a month before the Iowa caucus, GOP
presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has
surged into the lead, but Texas Rep. Ron Paul is the only Republican
candidate who could best President Obama, a new Iowa poll says.... Paul
leads Obama 42 percent to 35 percent among independent voters, according
to the poll, and he also attracts 15% of Iowa’s Democrats. Not to
mention that 16 percent of voters were undecided.
YouTube: New Ron Paul Campaign Ad: BIG DOG
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced
today the release of its newest television ad “Big Dog,” which touts the
12-term Texas Congressman’s seriousness on federal debt and spending
reductions. Beginning today the 30-second ad will air on broadcast and
cable television in the key early voting states of Iowa and New
Hampshire. The spot contrasts establishment Republican candidates
unwilling to make difficult choices on spending cuts and debt reduction
with the sole candidate whose bite on such matters equals his bark: Ron
Paul. Read the rest of the article here.
Trump wants say in GOP race, mulls independent bid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sure, he's out of the GOP presidential race, but The
Donald isn't content to sit on the sidelines. Donald Trump wants a say
in who gets the nomination, so he's hosting a presidential debate,
holding out the prospect of his endorsement and threatening an
independent run...."GOP candidates would be foolish to show up at
Trump's clown circus/ debate. Walk away," Republican strategist Mike
Murphy advised on Twitter.
AP source: Ex-VP Dan Quayle to endorse Romney
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Vice President Dan Quayle is endorsing Mitt
Romney for president. Quayle served as vice president under President
George H.W. Bush. He was a House member from Indiana for two terms and a
YouTube: Herman Cain To Endorse Newt Gingrich
KIRO 7 News | Herman Cain, no longer in the race, will endorse the
globalist candidate Newt Gingrich.
Newt Blames Affair On Working Too Hard
MSNBC News - Cenk Uygur speaks with talk show host and comedian
Stephanie Miller about Newt Gingrich's absurd excuse for his cheating on
his wife with a mistress in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting
Gingrich fires back at Pelosi over threat
The Hill - Newt Gingrich said that a threat from ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) to disclose information she learned while serving on an
ethics committee investigating him during his time as Speaker of the
House would "totally abuse the ethics process" and violate rules of the
House of Representatives.... Pelosi told Talking Points Memo that she
would reveal damaging material about Gingrich "when the time is right."
Gingrich Favors Juries, But Not for Americans … Just for Illegal Aliens
New American - Newt Gingrich came out strongly for jury trials before
illegal immigrants can be deported in the December 3 presidential forum
sponsored by Fox News' Mike Huckabee. But the former House Speaker has
refused to favor jury trials of American citizens accused of terrorism.
VIDEO; Fear Of Second Obama Term Spurs Record Gun Sales
Prison Planet - Single day firearms purchases hit all time high. As the
debate raged last week over the attempt to pass a law that would allow
U.S. citizens to be detained indefinitely without trial, Americans were
busy preparing for their own form of ‘homeland security’, as gun sales
hit an all time high for a single day on Black Friday....“There were
129,166 requests to the National Instant Criminal Background Check
System (NICS)–a third more than the previous record of 97,848 on Black
Friday 2008, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer said. On Black Friday last
year, there were 87,061 requests.”
Mystery company buying up U.S. gun manufacturers
In recent years, many top-selling brands - including the 195-year-old
Remington Arms, as well as Bushmaster Firearms and DPMS, leading makers
of military-style semiautomatics - have quietly passed into the hands of
a single private company. It is called the Freedom Group - and it is the
most powerful and mysterious force in the U.S. commercial gun industry
The Pentagon Is Offering Free Military Hardware To Every Police
Department In The US.
Business Insider - The US military has some of the most advanced killing
equipment in the world that allows it to invade almost wherever it likes
at will. We produce so much military equipment that inventories of
military robots, M-16 assault rifles, helicopters, armored vehicles, and
grenade launchers eventually start to pile up and it turns a lot of
these weapons are going straight to American police forces to be used
against US citizens.
SWAT Raids, Stun Guns, And Pepper Spray: Why The Government Is Ramping
Huffington Post - America's police departments have been moving toward
more aggressive, force-first, militaristic tactics and their
accompanying mindset for 30 years. It's just that, with the exception of
protests at the occasional free trade or World Bank summit, the tactics
haven't generally been used on mostly white, mostly college-educated
kids armed with cellphone cameras and a media platform. Dress cops up as
soldiers, give them military equipment, train them in military tactics,
tell them they're fighting a "war," and the consequences are
Navy training mine washes ashore on Miami Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say they are working to remove a
Navy training mine that washed ashore on Miami Beach near an area dotted
by numerous condominiums... Sola says the mine, which was painted white,
still appeared to be live but it wasn't as explosive as a regular mine.
It was not immediately known how the mine washed ashore or where it came
10 Signs You Might Be a Slave
Activist Post - The definition of slavery is not nearly as clear as it
used to be when we could see the physical chains and whips that shackled
human laborers. Therefore, it's more vital than ever to identify the
abstract ways in which humanity is confined. Here are ten signs you
might be a modern-day slave.
TSA strip-searches 85-year-old woman in wheelchair while National
Organization for Women (N.O.W.) remains shamelessly silent
(NaturalNews) For a federal government that has gone insane with
criminality, no act of violating fundamental human rights is too
outrageous anymore. In the latest chapter of the U.S. government's
police state humiliation of innocent American women, an 85-year-old
woman in a wheelchair, Lenore Zimmerman, was strip-searched by TSA
agents who left her bleeding from a painful gash in her leg.
Ted Gunderson: A Man to Remember
Activist Post - This year those seeking freedom, justice, and truth lost
an important ally, Ted Gunderson. Gunderson was the former chief of the
Los Angeles division of the FBI and brought his impeccable credentials
to the truth/freedom movement.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
VIDEO: National Day of Action to Occupy Our Homes
This Tuesday, thousands will be standing up for their neighbors in a
struggle against a system that places financial gain above the human
need of shelter. Banks would rather let houses deteriorate than
renegotiate loans with those who make them homes and build our
Occupy SF Protesters to Open People’s Reserve Credit Union
The goal of this project is to encourage San Francisco residents,
businesses, as well as nonprofit and city agencies to keep their money
out of the big banks and to redistribute that money locally. Initial
services will include micro-loans for the working poor and homeless, and
subsidized student loans at low interest rates. The credit union is
being created with the help of San Francisco’s Glide Community Church
and Supervisors John Avalos and Eric Mar.
OWS park's owners cheat on taxes
RT - Businesses that operate in the Big Apple are expected to pay a
percent of their income on taxes that go to funding public projects in
New York City. For the one percent, however, those pennies on the dollar
are apparently too hard to part with. The result of an investigation by
the New York Daily News over the weekend revealed that Brookfield
Properties, the business that owns Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan and
has forced the City into paying preposterous overtime fees for the NYPD
cops that patrol their property, owes $139,000 in back business taxes.
Protesters March Against Bill That Could Designate Them Terrorists
Prison Planet- Occupy Portland protesters marched yesterday against a
provision of the National Defense Authorization Act that could lead them
to be designated as terrorists and carted off to a foreign detention
camp. “Protesters took issue with the $662 billion defense spending
bill, singling out language in the U.S. Senate version that says U.S.
citizens suspected of terrorism can be detained indefinitely,” reports
VIDEO: Standoff ends between police, Occupy DC protesters
Washington (CNN) -- An hours-long standoff between police and Occupy DC
protesters ended Sunday night after officers forcibly removed several
people clinging to a wood structure erected earlier in the district's
McPherson Square.A total of 31 people were arrested over the course of
the day, according to U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser.
Food Stamps For Jumbo Crab Legs
I was strolling around the waterfront fish market in DC on Saturday,
admiring the whole octopi, the squid, lobsters, jumbo crab legs and
Maryland blue crabs for sale. Imagine my surprise when I spotted this
sign above a pile of crabs: Food Stamp Cards Accepted Here!
Five things you can do right now to help stop the economic plundering of
(NaturalNews) You can help resist this economic imperialism by taking
simple actions that protect your wealth and pull it out of the hands of
the globalists who are actively destroying our world. Here are five of
the most powerful action steps to take that can turn the tables and
restore economic sovereignty at every level -- household, community,
state, nation and the entire globe.
Gasoline: The New Big U.S. Export
CNN Money - The U.S. still imports more than half its oil. But thanks to
declining demand for products made from crude, the country is now
supplying the rest of the world with gasoline. The United States is
awash in gasoline. So much so, in fact, that the country is exporting a
record amount of it. The country exported 430,000 more barrels of
gasoline a day than it imported in September, according to the U.S.
Energy Information Administration. That is about twice the amount at the
start of the year, and experts and industry insiders say the trend is
here to stay.
Wis. firm reverses 1-way flow of shoes from Asia
PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- There's a good chance the shoes you're
wearing right now were made in China. Now an American shoemaker wants to
put the shoe on the other foot, by persuading the Chinese to wear shoes
made in the USA.
Joe Biden “Jokes” About Bringing Hundreds Of Millions Of US Taxpayer
Dollars To Bailout Greece
Zero Hedge - As Reuters reports, the VP, “joked during a visit to
debt-choked Athens on Monday about bringing money to help Greece out of
its deepest financial crisis in decades. Introducing a member of his
delegation during a meeting with Greek President Karolos Papoulias,
Biden said: “This man represents the Treasury department. He’s brought
hundreds of millions of dollars.” His comments drew laughs from both the
Greek and U.S. delegations.
Over 46 Million Americans On Foodstamps For The First Time Ever
Zero Hedge - While the capital markets may be cheering that in the past
month 120,000 people supposedly found jobs, even if these were largely
temporary or part-time just in time for the year end shopping sprees, we
wonder how they will react when learning that according to the latest
update from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), some
423,000 Americans found their way to minimum way subsistence, courtesy
of Food Stamp handouts from Uncle Sam.
REPORT: Bill Clinton collected $50k a month from Corzine's MF GLOBAL
A former MF Global employee accused former president William J. Clinton
of collecting $50,000 per month through his Teneo advisory firm in the
months before the brokerage careened towards its Halloween filing for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Teneo was hired by MF Global’s former CEO Jon S.
Corzine to improve his image and to enhance his connections with
Clinton’s political family, said the employee, who asked that his name
be withheld because he feared retribution.
A method to quit smoking that really works - organic tobacco
(NaturalNews) Before tobacco was polluted with somewhere between 1,000
and 4,000 chemicals, anyone could quit the habit, even cold turkey
without help, but because today's premium brands have juiced up the
nicotine so high, it seems to take a small miracle to cure someone of
FDA revisits safety of newer birth control drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) - Research suggesting that newer birth control
formulations are more likely to cause blood clots than older drugs has
prompted the Food and Drug Administration to consider new safety
measures in meetings later this week. The increased risk is slight but
significant because blood clots can cause heart attacks, strokes and
blockages in lungs or blood vessels, which can be fatal.
Health Basics: What is Aspartame?
(NaturalNews) Over a billion people consume aspartame in their foods and
beverages across the world, believing it to be a safe ingredient, but
what they probably don't know is that aspartame currently accounts for
over 75% of all side effects complaints.
Feds to allow use of Medicare data to rate doctors
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government announced Monday that Medicare will
finally allow its extensive claims database to be used by employers,
insurance companies and consumer groups to produce report cards on local
doctors and hospitals.
Try the best natural sweeteners
(NaturalNews) Sweet foods were a rare delicacy for our ancient
ancestors. Today, we have an unlimited supply of sugary foods and
beverages at our disposal. Natural sweeteners can be used effectively in
moderation to provide the sweetness that most people crave. Here are the
best natural sweeteners ranked in order based on low glycemic index and
additional health benefits.
PG&E’s Smart Meter Opt-Out: The Ins and Outs
CPUC has filed a landmark proposal for letting PG&E customers opt out of
having smart meters. Read the breakdown.
Pesticides are one of top three 'worst toxic pollution problems' on
planet, say non-profit groups
(NaturalNews) The Blacksmith Institute (BI), an international non-profit
environmental health organization devoted to solving pollution problems
around the world, in conjunction with Green Cross Switzerland (GCS), a
group that helps clean up pollution, recently co-released a
comprehensive report entitled The World's Worst Toxic Pollution
Problems. In it, researchers explain how agricultural pesticides
represent the number three worst pollution problem on the planet.
Magnesium - Learn about the master mineral supplement you must
(NaturalNews) Many call it the master mineral, yet eighty
percent or more of modern society is deficient. It is a basic
element of over 300 cellular metabolic processes. It's
magnesium. As important as it is, it is vastly underrated and
underused by health practitioners and physicians.
Beware of artificial food coloring chemicals in pickles - it's
what makes them appear more yellow
(NaturalNews)Pickles make great snacks, satisfying food cravings
without throwing off your daily intake of calories, fats, sugars
or carbohydrates. Like most fermented foods, natural pickles
provide probiotic benefits. Unfortunately, most commercially
sold pickle brands contain high fructose corn syrup and/or food
New research finds possible reason for obesity and type 2
diabetes epidemics in kids: lack of vitamin D
(NaturalNews) If there's one nutrient that has received an
amazing amount of attention and research over the past year,
it's vitamin D. As NaturalNews has reported extensively, a lack
of the vitamin has been linked to everything from dementia and
arthritis to heart disease and breast cancer.
Breast cancer prevention alternatives - know your options before
(NaturalNews) Fear, pain, poison, and "pre-emptive" surgery
characterize mainstream medicine's philosophy of breast cancer
awareness. The cancer industry's attitude toward breast health
is rooted in harrowing more than healing, its motives based in
profit rather than prevention.
GSK pays US government record $3 billion for illegally marketing
drugs (but CEO and executives not held criminally responsible)
(NaturalNews) The latest dog and pony show involves the US
government addressing GSK's illegal activity over the years in
peddling its deadly chemical cocktails. After being exposed for
illegally marketing drugs, paying off doctors to promote
dangerous drugs, and manipulating scientific data to get
dangerous drugs approved, GSK has essentially been pardoned by
the US government in exchange for $3 billion.
Payola fuels Big Pharma and the medical monopoly
(NaturalNews) Payola means bribery, direct and indirect. It has
been discovered to permeate the music industry and politics, but
allopathic devotees don't know that it affects their
medicine.... Fortunately, the Texas State Attorney is concerned
now. The state attorney's office is preparing for a January
20012 trial against Jansen Pharmaceuticals and its parent
company, Johnson & Johnson. Jansen is accused of contributing
kickbacks and offering trips to state officials.
Working on his vacation in Russia, contractor touches off false
report of cyberattack
Infowars - Mystery solved. A reported cyberattack on a water
district in central Illinois turned out to be a false alarm set
off when an American contractor logged onto the system remotely
while vacationing in Russia. Jim Mimlitz of suburban St. Louis
says he hopes he’ll be able to laugh about it someday. For now,
the contractor is puzzled. Why didn’t terrorism investigators
pick up the phone and call him? He says he could have
straightened out the matter quickly.
Scientists find monster black holes, biggest yet
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Scientists have found the biggest
black holes known to exist - each one 10 billion times the size
of our sun. A team led by astronomers at the University of
California, Berkeley, discovered the two gigantic black holes in
clusters of elliptical galaxies more than 300 million light
years away. That's relatively close on the galactic scale.
Today in History -
Monday - December 5, 2011
1792 - The trial of France's King Louis XVI began.
1797 - Napoleon Bonaparte arrived in Paris to command forces for the
invasion of England.
1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte left his army as they were retreating from
1848 - U.S. President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of '49 by confirming
the fact that gold had been discovered in California.
1904 - The Russian fleet was destroyed by the Japanese at Port Arthur,
during the Russo-Japanese War.
1908 - At the University of Pittsburgh, numerals were first used on
football uniforms worn by college football players.
1913 - Britain outlawed the sending of arms to Ireland.
1932 - German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa making it
possible for him to travel to the U.S.
1933 - Prohibition came to an end when Utah became the 36th state to
ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
1934 - The Soviet Union executed 66 people charged with plotting against
Joseph Stalin's government.
1936 - The Soviet Union adopted a new Constitution under a Supreme
1944 - During World War II, Allied troops took Ravenna, Italy.
1945 - The so-called "Lost Squadron" disappeared. The five U.S. Navy
Avenger bombers carrying 14 Navy flyers began a training mission at the
Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station. They were never heard from again.
1951 - The first push button-controlled garage opened in Washington, DC.
1961 - United Nations forces launched an attack in Katanga, the Congo,
1962 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union agreed to cooperate in the peaceful
uses of outer space.
1977 - Egypt broke diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq
and South Yemen due to peaceful relations with Israel.
1983 - In west Beirut, Lebanon, more than a dozen people were killed
when a car bomb shattered a nine-story apartment building.
1985 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 1,500 for the first
1988 - Jim Bakker and former aide Richard Dortch were indicted by a
federal grand jury in North Carolina on fraud and conspiracy charges.
1989 - East Germany's former leaders were placed under house arrest.
1992 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin kept the power to appoint Cabinet
ministers, defeating a constitutional amendment that would have put his
team of reformers under the control of Russia's Congress.
1998 - James P. Hoffa became the head of the Teamsters union, 23 years
after his father was the head. His father disappeared and was presumed
2001 - In Germany, Afghan leaders signed a pact to create a temporary
administration for post-Taliban Afghanistan. Two women were included in
the cabinet structure. Hamid Karzai and his Cabinet were planned to take
over power in Afghanistan on December 22.
All patients to be barcoded by 2013
The Telegraph UK - The barcodes, which will be read by handheld
scanners, are to be issued to patients from October neaxt year under the
orders of the Information Standards Board (ISB) for Health and Social
man denied wheelchair
A man from Nyköping in eastern Sweden has been denied a power wheelchair
despite having had both of his legs amputated as the local health
authority remained "uncertain if the impairment was permanent".
Websites downed by Russian poll hack
WEBSITES which revealed violations in Russia's elections were
inaccessible yesterday after a massive hacking attack their operators
said was aimed at preventing the exposure of mass election fraud.
Peru declares state of emergency
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's president has declared a 60-day state of
emergency in a northern region torn by more than a week of protests
against a highlands gold mine that is the country's largest investment.
Egypt's ElBaradei: Liberals 'decimated' in vote
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's top reformist leader said Sunday the liberal youth
behind the country's uprising have been "decimated" in parliamentary
elections dominated by Islamists and expressed concern about the rise of
hard-line religious elements advocating extremist ideas such as banning
women from driving.
VIDEO: Iran TV Says US Spy Drone Shot Down By Military
December 4, 2011 - A report on English-language Press TV said the drone
was "downed with minimum damage" and seized by Iranian officials close
to the border with Afghanistan and Pakistan.... The semi-official Fars
news agency, which is believed to be close to the Revolutionary Guard
military force, said Iran would respond to the violation of its airspace
with actions beyond its own borders. There was no immediate comment on
the claims from the US military, which rarely officially confirms
operations carried out using such aircraft.
Iran says oil would go over $250 if exports banned
(Reuters) - Iran warned the West on Sunday any move to block its oil
exports would more than double crude prices with devastating
consequences on a fragile global economy.
VIDEO: America’s great game could spark World War Three’
RT - Report: Following the latest report that the Iranian military has
shot down a US drone in eastern Iran, radio host Stephen Lendman told RT
such US reconnaissance missions point towards greater ambitions for
domination, which might lead to all-out war.
Clinton criticism sparks Israeli anger
Israeli ministers reacted angrily on Sunday after local media quoted
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as saying she feared for the
future of Israel’s democracy and the rights of women in the Jewish
Italian government approves new measures
ROME (AP) -- Premier Mario Monti said Sunday that his government of
technocrats has approved a package of austerity and growth measures to
"reawaken" the Italian economy and help save the euro common currency
from collapse. The measures include immediate cuts to the costs of
maintaining Italy's bulky political class as well as significant
measures to fight tax evasion, Monti told a news conference following a
three-hour Cabinet meeting.
Putin suffers blow in Russian parliament election
(Reuters) - Vladimir Putin's ruling party suffered a big drop in support
in a parliamentary election on Sunday and was not certain even of
holding on to a majority of seats, an exit poll showed.
U.N. discusses plans to reflect the sun to cool the Earth
Daily Mail - A group of scientists, philosophers and legal scholars are
looking into radical geoengineering plans to artificially cool the Earth
in a bid to reverse global warning. A U.N. climate conference in South
Africa on Friday said that - in theory - reflecting a small amount of
sunlight back into space before it strikes the Earth's surface would
have an immediate and dramatic effect.... But no one knows what the side
effects would be.
REPORT: Canada considers quitting global climate treaty
Bloomberg - Canada, the country furthest from meeting its commitment to
cut carbon emissions under the Kyoto Protocol, may save as much as $6.7
billion by exiting the global climate change agreement and not paying
for offset credits.
U.S.-Canadian Border Deal to Streamline GMO Approval: Confirmed
Aaron Dykes - Our report sounding the alarm that Obama and Harper’s
secretive border deal, due to be signed next week, would be used to fast
track GMO acceptance has been confirmed. The details have been kept
under wraps, but recent reports revealed that the ‘Beyond Borders’
security and law enforcement deal would also seek to ‘harmonize’ U.S.
and Canadian regulatory standards for food, auto and other trade
Argentinian report identifies major medical problems associated with
Roundup Ready soy
The report points once again to a big rise in birth defects, up in
parallel with expansion of GM Roundup Ready (RR) soy. It also contains a
lot of detail about DNA damage, confirming laboratory research on
glyphosate and its breakdown product AMPA - and neurological development
Psychiatrist calls for lithium to be added to Ireland’s water
Irish Times - At a mental health forum on “Depression in Rural Ireland”
in Ennistymon, Co Clare, Dr Moosajee Bhamjee said that “there is growing
scientific evidence that adding trace amounts of the drug lithium to a
water supply can lower rates of suicide and depression”.... Dr Bhamjee
said: “A recent article in the British Journal of Psychiatry found the
beneficial uses of lithium when it was added to the water supply in
parts of Texas.” He said the Government should consider a pilot project
for a town in Ireland where lithium salts could be added to the water in
very small doses and examine the results.”
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Arrests of illegal aliens under Obama plummet
The Border Patrol apprehended 327,577 illegal crossers along the
U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30, numbers
not seen since Richard Nixon was president, and a precipitous drop from
the peak in 2000, when 1.6 million unauthorized migrants were caught.
More than 90 percent of the migrants apprehended on the southwest border
5-year-old cuffed, charged with battery on cop
(NaturalNews) There is no question that police officers in the United
States have one of the toughest, most dangerous jobs around. But it's
hard to imagine an instance - any instance - where a cop feels so
threatened by a child barely past the toddler age that he or she needs
to forcibly restrain them.
The US Is Sending 4 Of These State Of The Art Destroyers To Join The
Contested European Missile Shield
Business Insider | At over 500 feet in length, and costing almost $2
billion apiece, the Arleigh Burke class are among the largest destroyers
in the American fleet.
US Air Force faces litigation for ‘illegal termination’ of 157 officers
Daily Caller - On November 30 the officers, none more than six years
from retirement, were terminated without benefits despite Department of
Defense guidelines stating that service members within six years of
retirement normally are retained and allowed to retire on time unless
their files contain disciplinary problems or other “derogatory”
White House repeats threat to veto US defense bill
AFP December 3, 2011 -The White House on Friday reaffirmed its threat to
veto the Pentagon budget after the Senate passed a funding bill that
requires military detention for terrorism suspects and indefinite
detention without trial in some cases. White House spokesman Jay Carney
accused the Senate of engaging in “political micromanagement” by
including provisions that he said would restrict US flexibility in the
fight against Al-Qaeda. “Any bill that challenges or constrains the
president’s critical authority to collect intelligence, incapacitate
dangerous terrorists and protect the nation will prompt his senior
advisors to recommend a veto,” Carney said.
D.E.A. Launders Mexican Profits of Drug Cartels
NY Times - Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or
smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s
expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to
current and former federal law enforcement officials.
YouTube: Fox News Saturday GOP Presidential Forum Ron Paul Highlights
Ron Paul Highlights in 12/3/2011 Presidential Forum.
Des Moines Register latest poll ... Paul 2nd at 18%
Selzer & Co. of Des Moines conducted the poll of 401 likely Republican
caucusgoers Nov. 27-30. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus
4.9 percentage points. The race remains elastic. Eleven percent of
likely caucusgoers are uncommitted to a first choice, and 60percent are
still willing to change their mind. A single day’s news can seesaw
opinions. Another interesting finding: Paul, often dismissed by the
political establishment, has climbed 6 points since the Register’s
October poll. “The big surprise potential now is with Ron Paul,” said
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of
Herman Cain drops out of presidential race
LA Times - Herman Cain, the insurgent populist whose candidacy has been
ensnared by allegations of sexual impropriety, said Saturday that he is
leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination, saying that
the allegations have cast a "cloud of doubt over me and this campaign."
Newt Gingrich: Poor Kids Don't Work Unless It's Illegal
After saying recently that child labor laws are "truly stupid,"
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Thursday told an Iowa
audience that children in poor neighborhoods have "no habits of working"
nor getting paid for their endeavors "unless it's illegal."
Donald Trump says yes, he'll moderate Republican debate in Iowa
LA Times - Trump confirmed to MSNBC’s Tamron Hall a New York Times
report that he'd helm a GOP debate on Dec. 27. “I was asked to do it by
a number of people, including some of my friends that are Republicans,
strong Republicans,” Trump told MSNBC. He has signed on to be a
moderator at the debate, which will be held in Iowa and is hosted by
Newsmax, a conservative website and magazine. It will be broadcast on
Ion Television, a cable network.
Ron Paul camp: Donald Trump debate 'beneath the office of the
Politico - Ron Paul's campaign announced Saturday that Paul won't
participate in the planned NewsMax debate moderated by Donald Trump, and
campaign chairman Jesse Benton pulled no punches in explaining the
decision: “The selection of a reality television personality to host a
presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath
the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s
history and dignity.... To be sure, Mr. Trump’s participation will
contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere...."
Trump blasts Paul for smacking him in forum-skip
Donald Trump apparently didn't take kindly to Ron Paul's decision to
skip the NewsMax-hosted forum.... "As I said in the past and will
reiterate again, Ron Paul has a zero chance of winning either the
nomination or the presidency," Trump said in a statement in response to
Paul, adding, "my poll numbers were substantially higher than any of his
poll numbers, at any time."
Fox news video: Trump v. Paul - good comments!
Daily Paul - Sun, 12/04/2011.
UPDATE: What's the deal with Ron Paul and the RJC?
Paul was not invited to attend the RJC's candidates forum because the
organization - as it has stated numerous times in the past - "rejects
his misguided and extreme views," said Brooks. "He's just so far outside
of the mainstream of the Republican party and this organization," Brooks
said. Inviting Paul to attend would be "like inviting Barack Obama to
speak." Mystery solved.
Why Ron was not invited to the Jewish Coalition debate.* And what his
campaign can do about it
Daily Paul - I have a feeling that this is actually an attempt to pull
some anger out of Paul supporters so that the media can try to use it
YouTube: Ron Paul Interview On Cnn With Wolf Blitzer
Airing Date Dec.02, 2011. Wolf Blitzer discusses Ron Paul's latest
campaign ad on Newt Gingrich.
Article on Ron Paul: This is exactly why Iowa is crucial! We can win
this thing despite the media blackout!
Daily Paul - I read this article today. It is awesome and says exactly
what to do to win this thing.... Snip: Paul excels in during the
debates, defending records or the status quo in a way that would put
most of those candidates to the left of the congressman. This puts him
in the driver's seat to frame the debate, because like it or not, no one
could ever label Paul a hypocrite.
Full article here.
Obama Fundraiser and Ambassador Blames Israel for Anti-Semitism
The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, recently told a
conference hosted by the European Jewish Union that Israel is to blame
for growing anti-Semitism harbored by people of Muslim faith.
POLL: Jewish approval of Obama on rise -- in Israel
Politico - A majority, or 54 percent, now say they have a favorable view
of the U.S. president — a year ago, just 41 percent of those polled
viewed Obama in a positive light.
VIDEO: In support of a Ron Paul foreign policy
Dec 1, 2011 - Ron Paul 2012, called names during a TV debate this week.
YouTube: Paul Craig Roberts: Congress is Repealing the Constitution
RT Dec 2, 2011 - There is a bill in the Senate that is attempting to
keep torture alive as an interrogation technique. The National Defense
Authorization Act is being debated in Congress and if passed, American
citizens could be detained without a court hearing anywhere in the
world. President Obama stated he will veto the bill if it should pass.
Is Senate Bill 1867 threatening the US constitution? Paul Craig Roberts,
former Reagan administration official and columnist, gives us his take
on the proposed bill.
The Constitution Is Dead: The Gradual Transition towards an Orwellian
Global Research - The destruction of the Constitution began soon after
9/11 when the Patriot Act was pushed through Congress. In the heat of
the moment it seemed as if the legislation was meant to protect us from
terrorism, however it was later revealed that certain provisions
blatantly violated the First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendments
California considers state-level amnesty for illegals
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Nearly 1 million undocumented immigrants could live
and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation
under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others.
Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, a Democrat, is helping spearhead the
measure, called the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act.
Regardless whether Californians would support such a measure,
implementation would depend upon the federal government agreeing not to
Wow! New Hampshire wakes up to Obama's alleged Social Security fraud
World net Daily November 16, 2011 - A hearing, with the apparent support
of two state lawmakers, is scheduled before the New Hampshire Ballot Law
Commission to hear a complaint filed by Orly Taitz that alleges Barack
Obama has used fraudulent documents and a fraudulent Social Security
number.... "Obama does not have an valid identification papers, which
are necessary to be a candidate on the ballot, running for the U.S.
presidency, based upon New Hampshire elections law 655-17 and on Article
1, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution," Taitz wrote. Updates
Wisconsin Governor Wants To Introduce Fee To Protest
Steve Watson - Exercising First Amendment right will cost $50 per hour
per Capitol Police officer. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is making it
the official policy in the state to encourage demonstrators to pay a fee
in advance of any protest event, as well as applying for a permit.
85-year-old woman may sue TSA after being strip searched at JFK Airport
'I really look like a terrorist,' 110-pound Long Island grandmother
says. Lenore Zimmerman, who lives in Long Beach, says she was on her way
to a 1 p.m. flight to Fort Lauderdale when security whisked her to a
private room and took off her clothes.... “I walk with a walker — I
really look like a terrorist,” she said sarcastically. “I’m tiny. I
weigh 110 pounds, 107 without clothes, and I was strip-searched.”
VIDEO: TSA stopped teen at airport for design on purse
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A teenage girl's sense of style got her in trouble
at the airport. Vanessa Gibbs, 17, claims the Transportation Security
Administration stopped her at the security gate because of the design of
a gun on her handbag. Gibbs said she had no problem going through
security at Jacksonville International Airport, but rather, when she
headed home from Virginia. "It's my style, it's camouflage, it has an
old western gun on it," Gibbs said.
VIDEO: Sandusky: 'I'm Not the Monster Everyone Made Me Out to Be'
Sandusky's Statements Outrage Victims. Sandusky, who also ran a charity
for disadvantaged youth called Second Mile, has been charged with
molesting eight boys over the course of 15 years. He is scheduled to
return to court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 13. "Once again, Jerry
Sandusky has chosen to provide the national media with an entirely
unconvincing denial and a series of bizarre explanations," said Andrew
Shubin, a lawyer for one of the alleged victims in the case.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
Occupy Seattle Joins Wave of Building Occupations
Dec. 3, 2011 - Last night, undeterred by the city's destruction of their
original encampment, hundreds of Occupy Seattle supporters occupied a
vacant warehouse slated for demolition and condo development. After
entering, Occupiers erected barricades, held a General Assembly, and
began plans to fix up the space for community use.
Occupiers Launch Hunger Strike to Liberate Outdoor Space
On Saturday, December 3, in Liberty Plaza, we—THE OWS HUNGER
STRIKERS—began a hunger strike. We are striking to demand outdoor space
for a new occupation. We are holding our strike at Duarte Square on
Sixth Avenue and Canal Street in Manhattan as part of a continued effort
seeking sanctuary on Trinity Church’s unused land.
VIDEO: Building New Structures on K Street
Dec. 4, 2011 - Last night, Occupy K Street-DC erected a new structure,
"a people's pavilion," at their main encampment in McPherson Square.
According to Occupiers, the structure will be used for General
Assemblies, teach-ins, and other community building purposes. They have
also said that the structure represents the needs of the 99% who are
being left houseless by economic inequality. They are claiming it does
not violate city ordinances because it is not permanent and it is not
Barack Obama Is Taking A 17 Day Vacation Even As America Falls Apart All
Economic Collapse - What in the world is Barack Obama thinking? The
United States of America is falling apart all around him, and yet he
decides to take a 17 day Hawaiian vacation. Does he even understand that
he is the leader of the free world? Does he even understand that this
country is mired in the worst economic downturn since the Great
Depression? Last year, a similar Hawaiian vacation by the Obamas ending
up costing more than 1 million dollars.
No, America's unemployment rate is not 8.6 percent
RT - As the Department of Labor tells America that the percentage of the
country without jobs is at a two year low, many Americans celebrate what
hopes to be a recovery from a long-lasting recession that has spawned
dire unemployment figures for over two years. On the contrary, the
statistics for November are represented as good as the government makes
it up to be because just that — it makes them up.
Ally Financial’s Location Tracking: Banks Move To Profit From Personal
A major U.S. bank is now tracking customer locations, raising concerns
about online privacy. Ally Financial now requests to track the locations
of customers when they go to Ally’s “Find ATM” page. While other big
banks, such as Bank of America, Chase, and Citibank, do not ask to track
people’s locations on their ATM search pages, the move is raising
eyebrows, with some wondering whether this will mark the beginning of
banks profiting off the personal information of its customers.
NYC Commercial Office Cleaners Authorize Strike
Thousands of commercial building cleaners who are members of Local 32BJ
of the Service Employees International Union voted today to authorize
their bargaining committee to call a strike over wages and benefits.
Postal cuts to slow delivery of first-class mail
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing
ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will
slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance
for stamped letters to arrive the next day.
Anti-foreclosure activists target Michigan proposal
At least one group is speaking out against a proposed Michigan bill that
would shorten the redemption period for certain mortgages after a
foreclosure sale. Neeta Delaney, co-director of the Michigan Foreclosure
Task Force, said Michigan House Bill 5176 "arbitrarily" singles out
portfolio mortgages for a change in the buyback period to 90 days from
the typical 6-month period.
California real estate execs arrested in alleged foreclosure scam
Authorities arrested three top officers at Stockton, Calif., real estate
company who allegedly took in steep fees without performing loan
modifications. Magdalena Salas, owner of Legacy Home Loans and Real
Estate, along with Angelina Mireles and Julissa Garcia, were arrested
Thursday on 13 felony and two misdemeanor counts that include
conspiracy, grand theft and false advertising. The three allegedly took
up to $5,000 in upfront loan modification fees from dozens and never
VIDEO: Draconian EPA Regulations To Cause Rolling Blackouts
Infowars - Critics attacked by White House for making connection proven
accurate.The cost of complying with draconian new EPA rules on carbon
emissions will force coal plants in Texas to close and increase the
likelihood of rolling blackouts, as the Obama administration’s vow to
“bankrupt” the coal industry takes full effect.
US: Bluefin tuna 'probably' OK after BP oil spill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last year's BP oil spill probably won't push the
troubled bluefin tuna population in the Gulf of Mexico over the edge as
some scientists had worried, a federal analysis shows.Of all the
potential damage from the 172-million-gallon (651-million-liter) spill
in April 2010, scientists had been most concerned about how the oil
spill would harm an already overfished species of large tuna. That's
because about one-fifth of the spawning habitat where the Gulf's baby
tuna were living was coated with oil, according to satellite records.
Tuna less than a year old are most vulnerable to pollution.
VIDEO: 140-mph gusts cause damage, outages, delays in California
(CNN) -- Powerful winds continued to batter Los Angeles, Las Vegas and
other southwestern U.S. locales Thursday -- downing trees, delaying
flights and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
VIDEO: In meltdown, Japan dodged even bigger disaster
CBS News December 2, 2011 - Recently, reporters got their first look at
the devastation left in the wake of the accident, with heavily
reinforced buildings torn to shreds after a series of meltdowns and
explosions, But as CBS News found out this week, the damage was even
worse: Rector 1 almost had a full meltdown. A new report revealed that
molten nuclear fuel burned through the 8-foot concrete walls of the
first protective casing surrounding the reactor's core, and then ate 3/4
of the way through the second casing. The meltdown stopped within a foot
of the container's steel bottom, 25 feet above the earth's surface.
Unvaccinated hospital employees required to wear face masks during flu
(NaturalNews) Memorial Hermann (MH), a major hospital system in Houston,
Tex., that employs 20,000 workers at 11 area hospitals, is currently
pushing a campaign that aims to vaccinate 100 percent of its workers
with the flu shot by Nov. 18. And one of the ways this medical group is
not-so-subtly attempting to force full compliance is by threatening
those who have not gotten their shots with having to wear face masks at
work throughout the entire flu season.
Scientists deliberately remove natural compounds from grapefruits to
accommodate pharmaceuticals that cause negative interactions
(NaturalNews) Grapefruits, lemons, celery, and certain other fruits and
vegetables contain compounds known as furanocoumarins that can cause a
negative reaction when consumed along with certain medications. But
rather than examine the medications to see whether or not they
themselves are safe, scientists have instead focused on developing
genetically hybridized grapefruit that contains little or no
furanocoumarins as the solution.
Fast food nutrition facts - mystery ingredients are industrial chemicals
(NaturalNews) Many people think occasional junk food indulgence can be
balanced out by skipping meals later in the week or by putting in some
extra time on the treadmill. The truth is that the consequences of this
type of eating can turn up in unexpected ways, often years later as
toxins accumulate in your body and cause serious illnesses like cancer
Amazing food fact: The main ingredient in tapioca pudding is a tropical
tuber that provides a huge portion of the world's dietary carbohydrates
(NaturalNews) After rice and wheat, the most important human
carbohydrate source is not what you might guess. It's not the starchy
potato, or any of the major sweetener-producing crops (sugar cane, sugar
beet or corn). It's a tropical tuber known by the names cassava, manioc
and yucca (in Spanish), and it's the main ingredient in tapioca pudding.
Prevent cancer with green tea - know how much is needed
(NaturalNews) If you take green tea to reduce your risk of cancer, are
you really getting enough? Up until recently, population studies have
had mixed results, making it difficult to give clear-cut guidelines on
green tea intake. But now, several new meta-studies have begun to shed
light on how much green tea is required to provide meaningful reductions
in risk for several major cancers.
70% of World's Raw Chocolate Soon To Be Genetically Modified; Funded by
USDA, Mars, IBM
Prevent Disease - With the intention of flooding 70% of the global cocoa
supply with genetically modified (GMO) cocoa tree hybrids, a
collaboration involving Mars, USDA and IBM is accelerating this
process.... The United States, Germany and France make up more than half
of the world's cocoa consumption with the United States by far the
largest consumer. Consequently, should the effects of genetically
modified cocoa result in unintended health effects or consequences to
consumers, the US population will be the first to exhibit those effects
on a mass scale.
Defense and Aerospace Industry Pollutant Now Found in Virtually All
Activist Post - Perchlorate is an environmental pollutant primarily
associated with releases by defense contractors, military operations and
aerospace programs, as it is a key ingredient in rocket fuel. It is now
found in virtually all humans tested, and it is continually making its
way up the food chain through ground and drinking water, into feed and
edible plants, animals products, milk and breast milk -- contaminating
conventional and organically grown food, alike.
Exposed: Food manufacturers, not the FDA, have self-approved thousands
of food chemicals in widespread use today
(NaturalNews) There are currently more than 10,000 chemical food
additives permitted for use in foods today. But at least 3,000 of these
have never undergone proper US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety
reviews, and have instead essentially been "approved" for use by the
chemical companies and food manufacturers that make and use them.
Federal appeals court reinstates corporate ownership over human genes
for breast cancer
(NaturalNews) There are currently more than 10,000 chemical food
additives permitted for use in foods today. But at least 3,000 of these
have never undergone proper US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety
reviews, and have instead essentially been "approved" for use by the
chemical companies and food manufacturers that make and use them.
How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir
Use it in almost any recipe calling for yogurt, kefir or buttermilk
(will add a coconut flavor though), or just eat with a spoon like
Study Proves Fluoride Brain Damage
Kurt Nimmo - A study conducted by scientists in India demonstrates that
consumption of sodium fluoride results in brain and neurological damage.
It was published by K. Pratap Reddy of the University College of
Sciences at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, on January 10, 2011.
Rash of 'Twilight'-induced seizures prompts warning
Maryland-based Epilepsy Foundation advises parents of seizure-prone
children to skip film.
Online fraudster who helped probe Google gets 70 months prison
(Reuters) - A man who admitted online fraud and helped federal agents
investigate search engine giant Google was sentenced in Rhode Island on
Friday to more than five years in jail and ordered to pay $10 million.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
VIDEO: Raw Milk Freedom Riders: Wisconsin to Chicago 12/8/11
The caravan of Freedom Riders will include embedded reporters to
broadcast what the Riders are doing and why - to shed light on the FDA's
violent and failing policies. Riders are informing the FDA of their
intentions and inviting the FDA to the party as they caravan over 100
gallons of raw milk from Wisconsin and then distribute in Chicago at
Independence Park. It is time to challenge the FDA on the law that turns
honest parents, farmers and other individuals into criminals for
transporting raw milk across state lines.
Major Organic Seed Company Owned By Pro-GMO Group!
PPJ Gazette - I recently found out something shocking. This revelation
happened as I was meandering through the Organic Seed Growers and Trade
Association (OSGATA) website and ran across the “about” page. It just so
happens that Joel Reiten is one of the Board of Directors – “Currently
seed production manager for Seeds of Change, a division of Mars, one of
the world’s largest producers and marketers of 100% organic seed.”
Monsanto Corn May Be Failing to Kill Bugs, EPA Says
Bloomberg - Rootworms in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska are
suspected of developing tolerance to the plants’ insecticide, based on
documented cases of severe crop damage and reports from entomologists,
the EPA said in a memo dated Nov. 22 and posted Nov. 30 on a government
website. Monsanto’s program for monitoring suspected cases of resistance
is “inadequate,” the EPA said.
Homegrown Cutting Board
With resources from Mother Nature, you can make natural and beautiful
homegrown holiday gifts. You'll love this beautiful cutting board idea.
HUMAN DRUGS GIVEN TO DOGS!? Military dogs taking Xanax for canine PTSD
Yahoo - Even the most hardened soldier can escape grievous wounds on the
battlefield only to suffer deeply painful psychological traumas after
returning home. And unfortunately, the same pattern of psychic trauma
seems to apply for the dogs that help provide essential services for
military men and women.
VIDEO: Touching Video of Laboratory Beagles Released for First Time
(Warning you may need tissues) Activist Post - Millions of dogs each
year are used as test subjects in order to study the effects of harmful
pharmaceuticals, toxic household cleaners, and chemical-laden cosmetic
products. A group known as Animal Rescue Media Education is dedicated to
not only attempt to rescue science-lab dogs, but they also try and find
them a home. In one of their largest rescue missions, the organization
rescued 72 beagles.
List of Companies That DO Test on Animals
Many manufacturers of personal care and household items still test their
products on animals, despite the growing number of alternative methods
for evaluating product safety. The following list contains all such
companies known and their associated brand names.
2 beagles howling at a bumble bee
Baylee and Lilly are gonna get the big scary bumble bee!
Today in History -
Friday - December 2, 2011
1804 - Napoleon was crowned emperor of France at the Cathedral of Notre
Dame in Paris.
1816 - The first savings bank in the U.S., the Philadelphia Savings Fund
Society, opened for business.
1901 - Gillette patented the KC Gillette Razor. It was first razor to
feature a permanent handle and disposable double-edge razor blades.
1927 - The Ford Motor Company unveiled the Model A automobile. It was
the successor to the Model T.
1939 - New York's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner
from Chicago landed at 12:01 a.m.
1942 - A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated by Dr.
Enrico Fermi and his staff at the University of Chicago.
1961 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared in a nationally broadcast
speech that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that he was going to lead Cuba
1969 - The Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview as 191
people flew from Seattle, WA, to New York City, NY. Most of the
passengers were reporters and photographers.
1970 - The Environmental Protection Agency began operating under its
first director, William Ruckelshaus.
1982 - Doctors at the University of Utah implanted a permanent
artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Barney Clark. He lived
112 days with the device.
1988 - Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan.
1989 - V.P. Singh was sworn in as prime minister of India.
1990 - Chancellor Hekmut Kohl's coalition won the first free all-German
elections since 1932.
1990 - The Midwest section of the U.S. prepared for a massive earthquake
predicted by Iben Browning. Nothing happened.
1991 - American hostage Joseph Cicippio was released by his kidnappers.
He had been held captive in Lebanon for over five years.
1992 - Germany's lower house of parliament voted in favor of the
Maastricht Treaty on European unity.
1993 - Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot to death by security
forces in Medellin.
1993 - The space shuttle Endeavor blasted off on a mission to fix the
Hubble Space Telescope.
1994 - "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss was convicted in Los Angeles of
three counts of pandering.
1994 - In Pensacola, FL, Paul Hill was given two life sentences for
murdering a doctor and security guard outside an abortion clinic in July
1995 - NASA launched a U.S.-European observatory on a $1 billion dollar
mission intended to study the sun.
1997 - U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno declined to seek an independent
counsel investigation of telephone fund-raising by President Clinton and
Vice President Gore. It was concluded that they had not violated
1998 - Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates donated $100 million to help
immunize children in developing countries.
1999 - The British government transferred political power over the
province of Northern Ireland to a the Northern Ireland Executive.
2001 - Enron Corp. filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. The filing came
five days after Dynegy walked away from a $8.4 billion buyout. It was
the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
2010 - NASA announced the discovery of a new arsenic-based life form.
Biden urges Turkey to impose new sanctions on Iran
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden has called on Turkey to
impose new sanctions against Iran, while praising Ankara for its role in
pressuring Syria to stop its bloody crackdown on protesters.
Pentagon 'Preps' Afghans for Trillion $$$ Rare Earth Treasure Hunt
Wired - A year ago, the New York Times
gushingly pronounced that Afghanistan, with at least $1 trillion in
untapped minerals, was poised to become “the Saudi Arabia of lithium.”
Now, the Pentagon has announced plans to train Afghans in “airborne
geophysical exploration.” The project will harness the latest in
geophysical mapping technology, which uses aerial sensors to detect the
specific quantity of minerals in precise locations, and how readily
accessible they are.
White House refuses apology over Pakistan strike
Activist Post - WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House on Thursday dismissed
the notion of offering an apology to Pakistan over the NATO air strikes
that killed 24 soldiers, insisting an inquiry was still ongoing as to
how the men died. "I, speaking for the White House and the president,
offered condolences on behalf of him, the administration, the American
people, for the tragic loss of life," White House spokesman Jay Carney
told reporters. "It was a tragedy." But he and other US officials have
stopped short of offering any apology.
Furious at Latest U.S. Attack, Pakistan Shuts Down Resupply Routes to
NATO recently literally shot itself in the foot, imperiling the resupply
of International Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan by shooting up
two Pakistani border posts in a “hot pursuit’ raid. Given that roughly
100 fuel tanker trucks along with 200 other trucks loaded with NATO
supplies cross into Afghanistan each day from Pakistan, Pakistan’s
closure of the border has ominous long-term consequences for the
logistical resupply of ISAF forces, even as Pentagon officials downplay
the issue and scramble for alternative resupply routes.
Report: Russia delivers anti-ship missiles to Syria
MOSCOW - Russia has delivered anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, the
Interfax news agency cited an unnamed military source as saying on
Thursday, days after a United Nations commission of inquiry called for
an arms embargo on Damascus.
Russia, U.S. Under Microscope at Chemical Weapons Pact Meeting
WASHINGTON -- Member nations of the Chemical Weapons Convention this
week are considering a plan for addressing the Russian and U.S.
inability to eliminate stockpiles of lethal materials by the 2012
deadline set under the international accord (see GSN, Nov. 29).
Russian vote watchdog under pressure before elections
MOSCOW, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Russia launched an investigation on Thursday
into the country's chief independent election watchdog, in what the
group described as the culmination of a state-sponsored campaign to
silence the monitor just three days before parliamentary polls.
Putin, Medvedev pledge public sector cash before vote
MOSCOW, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Russia's ruling tandem of President Dmitry
Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin campaigned together on
Thursday, pledging pay rises three days before an election that will
most likely see the ruling party lose its majority in parliament.
US lawmaker blocking Obama's pick for Russia envoy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican senator is blocking President Barack
Obama's nominee to become ambassador to Russia over suspicions the U.S.
might provide Moscow with sensitive missile defense information.
Israeli ads implore Jews to not marry Americans
RT - Thinking about tying the knot with your Jewish-American boyfriend
or girlfriend? Don’t let Netanyahu in on it. The Israel government is
sponsoring ads in the US warning young Jews here against marrying
Americans and begging them to bid the States adieu. The Israel
government has given the go-ahead to an ad campaign in the United States
that, through a series of billboards and online video clips, is urging
Jews to come back to Israel and cut ties with Americans, lest they want
to be stripped of their identity and insult their religion.
Videos of the ads here.
VIDEO: Chinese General Threatens “Third World War” To Protect Iran
Prison Planet - A military General from the Chinese National Defense
University says that China should not hesitate to protect Iran, even if
it means launching world war three, as more US warships are dispatched
to the region amidst heightening tensions. According to NDTV, a Chinese
news station based outside the country, in regard to recent speculation
that Iran would be the target of a US-Israeli military assault, Major
General Zhang Zhaozhong commented that, “China will not hesitate to
protect Iran even with a third world war,” remarks described as
“puzzling to some”.
Chinese Government Official: ‘US Threat To Pakistan Is Threat To China’
Paul Joseph Watson & Yi Han - The Chinese military has staged a massive
wargame exercise near Pakistan in response to a build-up of U.S. troops
in the region as a top Chinese government official warned that any
threat to Pakistan would be taken as a direct threat to China.
Clinton in Myanmar: All about China?
RT - The US Secretary of State is on the first official visit to Myanmar
in 50 years, seen as an effort to push for democratic reforms. But
experts believe the true aim of the trip is to pressure China and weaken
its influence in the Asia-Pacific region.
China’s Nuke Arsenal May Be Bigger Than We Thought
Defence.org - So, a team of Georgetown University undergrads has just
published research claiming to show that China’s nuclear arsenal may be
far bigger than we think it is! The best part? The arsenal is hidden
inside thousands of miles of tunnels all over the massive country....
Western estimates have pegged China’s nuke arsenal at 80 to 400
warheads. Based on the number of tunnels the Second Artillery is digging
and its increasing deployment of missiles, he argues, China’s nuclear
warheads could number as many as 3,000.
Border deal fuels concerns in Canada
OTTAWA—Armed U.S. police officers will for the first time be allowed to
operate in Canada along with the RCMP as part of far-reaching changes in
Canadian-American border operations to be unveiled next week by Prime
Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama. The joint action
plan to be announced at the White House will also break new ground by
introducing exit-entry records that will track the movements of everyone
who leaves the United States or Canada, with the information available
to authorities in both countries.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
YouTube: Americans too stupid to vote for Ron Paul
YouTube: ANONYMOUS for RON PAUL (The Plan) 2012 Today
U.S. Senate Roll Call Vote S. 1867 National Defense Authorization Act
Vote Counts: YEA - 88, NAY - 12. See how your Senator voted here.
NEWT: I'm going to be the nominee
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — A very confident New Gingrich asserted to ABC
News Thursday afternoon that he will be the Republican presidential
nominee. “I’m going to be the nominee,” the former Speaker told ABC
News. “It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the
odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee.”
Paul on the Laura Ingraham Show
‘Indefinite Detention’ Bill Passes Senate 93-7
Prison Planet - The Senate last night codified into law the power of the
U.S. military to indefinitely detain an American citizen with no charge,
no trial and no oversight whatsoever with the passage of S. 1867, the
National Defense Authorization Act.
Congress, White House at odds over defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress and the White House are headed for a
showdown over a massive, $662 billion defense bill that would require
the military to hold suspected terrorists linked to al-Qaida or its
affiliates, even those captured on U.S. soil, and detain some
indefinitely without trial.
Nearly 70 years ago, Executive Order 9066 authorized the U.S. military
to remove any person from designated "military zones" without charge,
trial or any kind of due process. This Order led to the forced
evacuation and internment over over 120,000 Japanese Americans, two
thirds of whom, including myself, my siblings, and my mother, were U.S.
citizens. I spent over four years in two of America's internment camps,
in Rohwer, Arkansas and Tule Lake, California, simply because I and my
family happen to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor.
CAIN: Gave Money To Accuser Ginger White Without Wife’s Knowledge
MANCHESTER - Herman Cain acknowledged Thursday that he repeatedly gave
Ginger White money to help her with "month-to-month bills and expenses"
without telling his wife of more than 40 years.
Fox News Saturday GOP Presidential Forum Info - 8-10pm ET, Moderated by
The candidates will appear singularly on stage and are not allowed to
discuss or attack other candidates, but must stick to questions which
will focus on the federal/state relations of immigration, education,
jobs, Obamacare, etc. It will be a very unique format and
substantive---no "gotcha" stuff. I encourage you to tune in and please
let your friends and family know about the debate as well.
UPDATED: Second Chance to Prevent Indefinite Detention of Americans
Campaign for Liberty 12/1/11 - A vote occurred today on two amendments
introduced to prevent the indefinite detention of American citizens as
currently written into the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 1867.
Senate Amendment (SA) 1126 would "clarify" Section 1031 to explicitly
state within the section that the authority of the military to detain
persons without trial until the end of hostilities does not apply to
American citizens. SA 1125 would limit the mandatory detention provision
in Section 1032 to persons captured abroad, not in America. Both
amendments were voted down.
OBAMA LAWYERS: Americans legitimate targets in war on terror
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when
they take up arms with al-Qaida, top national security lawyers in the
Obama administration said Thursday. The government lawyers, CIA counsel
Stephen Preston and Pentagon counsel Jeh Johnson, did not directly
address the al-Awlaki case. But they said U.S. citizens do not have
immunity when they are at war with the United States. Johnson said only
the executive branch, not the courts, is equipped to make military
battlefield targeting decisions about who qualifies as an enemy.
VIDEO: Having More Than 7 Days Of Food Makes You A Suspected Terrorist
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the U.S. Senate, Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate
floor as well as recorded a video message against the indefinite
detention of United States citizens in defense of constitutional
New Gun Company Advertisement Compares Obama to Hitler, Stalin
CBS Washington - A gun company advertisement that warns of impending gun
control compares President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. The
USAAmmo ad shows side-by-side pictures of Obama with Hitler, Stalin and
other dictators who committed atrocities across the world. The ad, which
is also accompanied by a video, warns that gun control is imminent and
foreshadows that the U.S. could face millions in casualties if they are
not allowed to defend themselves.
Did your Senator vote for the National Defense Authorization Act S.
U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 1st Session as compiled
through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the
Secretary of the Senate.
How Much More Tyranny Can Americans Take from Their Government?
Activist Post - Justin Raimondo at Antiwar.com points out a probable
reason for the U.S. Senate’s voting to give the military the power to
seize Americans from their homes and detain them indefinitely, without
any suspicion or charges brought against them, and based solely on the
judgment and whim of U.S. soldiers and other armed agents of government.
I addressed this just recently, in my article on martial law and my
article on inalienable rights.
VP Biden says Iraq ready to survive on its own
WASHINGTON (AP) -Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday "we're not
claiming victory" in Iraq, but he believes the emerging government in
Baghdad is capable of defending itself. Interviewed on NBC's "Today"
show from Iraq, Biden was asked about the impact of the U.S. combat
troop withdrawal, likely to be complete within weeks. He replied, "This
US panel affirms limits on campaign spending
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Election Commission has ruled unanimously
that Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah could not raise unlimited amounts
of money to influence elections. UPDATE: The commission deadlocked along
party lines Thursday after a lengthy and heated debate over how much
coordination between elected officials and super political action
committees would be against the rules.
For Herman Cain, the campaign all but over
ATLANTA (AP) -- Herman Cain is still campaigning for president. But by
most measures, his White House bid is all but over. His standing in
polls is cratering. Supporters are wavering if not fleeing. Fundraising
US Embassy in Iran? Michele Bachmann’s ‘Oops’ Moment
ABC News - In light of the British Foreign Ministry pulling all U.K.
nationals out of the British embassy in Tehran after students stormed
the building in protest, GOP presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann
told a crowd in Waverly, Iowa, today that she would close the U.S.
embassy in Iran. One small, tiny note: The U.S. hasn’t had an embassy in
Tehran since 1980. Following the Iranian Hostage Crisis, where 52
Americans were held for 444 days, the United States cut all diplomatic
Agents Uncover 'Most Sophisticated' Drug Tunnel in Years
ABC News - A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
declined to give details on the tunnel which ran from Tijuana to San
Diego but said, "When we talk about a sophisticated tunnel, we're
talking about tunnels that have some type of reinforcement in them and a
lot of work has been put into them to help them smuggle the drugs in an
Honored ex-Colo. sheriff faces meth for sex charge
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- A former Colorado lawman with a record so
distinguished he was once honored as the nation's sheriff of the year
now finds himself in a jail that was named for him, accused of offering
methamphetamine in exchange for sex from a male acquaintance. Patrick
Sullivan, 68 - handcuffed, dressed in an orange jail uniform and walking
with a cane - watched Wednesday as a judge raised his bail amount to a
half-million dollars and [ironically] sent him to the Patrick J.
Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility.
Kentucky church bans interracial marriage
RT - Stella Harville, 24, has been attending the Gulnare Freewill
Baptist Church in eastern Kentucky her entire life. A vote within the
congregation last week, however, will keep her from entering its doors
Occupy Wall Street Protest
VIDEO: Labor unions march for economic justice in NYC
RT - Thousands of labor union members are marching for jobs and economic
fairness in the streets of New York City, the heart of the Occupy
movement. RT’s Marina Portnaya is reporting from the scene. The Thursday
march was organized by the New York City Central Labor Council, which
called on everyone “who is frustrated and worried about the growing
economic disparity in this country” to take to the streets.RT’s Marina
Portnaya reports that there some 20,000 people taking part in the march
demanding accountability from their elected officials.
YouTube: make history... not arrests...."US cops defect to Occupy Wall
RT - Police in Los Angeles have cleared one of the last and
longest-standing 'Occupy' camps in the U.S, making 300 arrests in the
process. These latest arrests bring the total across the whole 'Occupy'
movement to almost 5,000, but now police are starting to defect to the
other side. Our correspondent Marina Portnaya has been finding out why
some people have been choosing to make history instead of making
US Debt/GDP Hits Post WW2 High 99.5% Following $55 Billion Overnight
Debt Increase: Total Debt Now Over $15.1 Trillion
Zero Hedge - It seems like it was only yesterday that we celebrated
15,OOO,OOO,OOO,OOOBAMA day. Two weeks later, we are now well over 100
billion in debt over this historic landmark, or $15.11 trillion to be
precise, following the predicted $55 billion increase in debt with the
settlement of all auctions from last week.And aside from the
mind-staggering rate of new debt increase why else is this number
notable? Because as we learned 10 days ago, total Q3 GDP in current
dollars is $15.18 trillion. In other words, US debt/GDP is now 99.5%,
the highest it has been in the post WW2 period, and rapidly rising.
Have You Heard About The 16 Trillion Dollar Bailout The Federal Reserve
Handed To The Too Big To Fail Banks?
Economic Collapse - According to the limited GAO audit of the Federal
Reserve that was mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and
Consumer Protection Act, the grand total of all the secret bailouts
conducted by the Federal Reserve during the last financial crisis comes
to a whopping $16.1 trillion.... secret loans were made by the Federal
Reserve between December 1, 2007 and July 21, 2010. The following list
of firms and the amount of money that they received was taken directly
from page 131 of the GAO audit report.
BAILOUT: Gov't Motors offers to buy back Chevy Volts
NEW YORK (AP) -- General Motors will buy Chevrolet Volts back from any
owner who is afraid the electric cars will catch fire, the company's CEO
The Weight of Walmart (Infographic)
In the heat of the holiday shopping season, I’m taking a moment to
consider where I spend my hard earned money. You might be familiar with
the status: Walmart’s the largest grocery store in the U.S., the largest
retailer in the world, the leader in global corporate revenue and the
largest employer in existence. Still, these facts don’t do much to
demonstrate the reach of this superpower. Check out our graphic
demonstrating the Weight of Walmart, and if you find the statistics as
shocking as we do, please share it with everyone you know.
Residents in Alaska city could get $9 gallon of gas
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The coastal city of more than 3,500 residents that
is known for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is iced-in, and a massive
winter storm this month prevented a barge that usually carries fuel from
getting to shore. The most likely plan is to fly it in, but it would be
costly and could be a logistical nightmare.... A gallon of gas was
selling for $5.98 and jet fuel $6.77 a gallon on Wednesday. The next
barge delivery wouldn't be until next June. In the meantime, flying fuel
to the city could increase the cost per gallon by $3 to $4, officials
LAST HOPE: Facing bankruptcy, Detroit considers gambling on lottery
DETROIT (WWJ) - Would a city-run lottery in Detroit solve the city’s
financial problems? One state lawmaker thinks so. WWJ’s Vickie Thomas
reports that state Rep. Dr. Jimmy Womack, D-Detroit, is drafting
legislation to start a “Detroit only” lottery. He plans to meet with the
state lottery commission next week.
Stocks waver, a day after biggest rally in 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) -- A rally that drove major stock indexes up 7 percent
this week stalled Thursday. Stock indexes ended slightly lower, a day
after the market posted its biggest gain in two and a half years.
Factories stall worldwide, U.S. jobless claims rise
(Reuters) - Manufacturing activity is contracting across Europe and most
of Asia, data showed on Thursday, and a Chinese official declared that
the world economy faces a worse situation than in 2008 when Lehman
AP Sources: House GOP bill renews jobless benefit
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are drafting legislation to renew an
expiring unemployment benefits program, officials said Thursday, and
intend to add it to a planned extension of a Social Security payroll tax
cut due to run out on Dec. 31. The measure is expected on the House
floor as early as next week, and marks the second sign in as many days
that lawmakers in both parties are eager to close out the year with a
compromise on key elements of President Barack Obama's jobs program.
VIDEO: How to End the Federal Reserve and the Bailout Madness
Activist Post - As the Super Committee failed to agree on a measly $1
trillion in budget cuts, Bloomberg recently reported yet another secret
bank bailout totaling $7.7 trillion courtesy of the private Federal
Reserve bank. This disclosure is in addition to the first-ever
Congressional audit of the Fed that revealed a startling $16 trillion in
secret bailouts. This brings the grand total of previously unknown theft
to $23.7 trillion which, interestingly enough, is the exact figure Neil
Barofsky, special inspector general for the Treasury’s Troubled Asset
Relief Program, estimated in July 2009.
A Three-Step Plan to Save the Euro with Gold
Activist Post - History shows us that all fiat money (just paper, or
base-metal coins; no precious metal ‘backing’) always fails by losing
its purchasing power, usually due to excess creation of new money; this
is called ‘monetary inflation’ (which leads to ‘price inflation’ because
the currency becomes worth less).
Mass. AG hits big banks with foreclosure lawsuit
(Reuters) Thu Dec 1, 2011 - The Massachusetts attorney general has filed
a lawsuit against five large U.S. banks accusing them of deceptive
foreclosure practices, a signal of ebbing confidence that a multi-state
agreement can be worked out. Attorney General Martha Coakley said on
Thursday she filed the lawsuit partly because it has been taking too
long to hammer out a nationwide settlement.
Strong Santa Ana Winds Topple Trees, Power Lines
ABC News - Some of the most powerful Santa Ana winds in years ripped
through Southern California, causing diverted and delayed flights,
toppling trees and power lines, and knocking out power to thousands. The
strongest winds were expected early Thursday into Friday with damaging
wind gusts of 80 mph or greater through mountain passes and 60 mph or
greater in coastal and valley locations, the National Weather Service
TEPCO Again Underplays Severity of Situation at Fukushima
Kurt Nimmo December 1, 2011 - Says reactor “may have” eroded containment
vessel after engineer claimed reactor fuel now meters below earth’s
surface. The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is once again trying to
mislead the public on the severity of the situation at the crippled
Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
Celiac disease and gluten intolerance - Does time heal all wounds?
(NaturalNews) As the saying goes, "time heals all wounds." But what if
you have been suffering with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (GS)
for decades and just want to feel better today? Besides a gluten-free
diet, is there anything else you can do to enhance the healing
process?... I frequently encourage newly diagnosed clients to start a
course of nutritional supplements for six months to a year depending on
the severity of their condition. Not only do the nutritional supplements
listed below promote intestinal health and healing, they can actually
accelerate your recovery.
Veggie burgers often contain hidden MSG
(NaturalNews) Whether you're a strict vegetarian or simply an omnivore
seeking to lower your intake of animal protein, you may find vegetarian
convenience foods, such as veggie burgers, a tempting addition to your
grocery cart. Beware, however, as many of the most readily available
brands of veggie burgers betray the healthy impulse that makes you reach
for them in the freezer section. The recipes for most commercial veggie
burgers rely on industrial ingredients that may put your health at risk.
High fiber diet significantly lowers colorectal cancer risk (Opinion)
(NaturalNews) Researchers from Britain and The Netherlands provide
conclusive evidence that a high fiber diet can have a dramatic effect on
colon cancer incidence. Reporting in the British Medical Journal,
scientists performing a meta-analysis of twenty five prospective
studies, including more than two million participants, found that eating
a high fiber diet, particularly cereal and whole grains, is linked to a
reduced risk of colorectal cancer.
Federal appeals court reinstates corporate ownership over human genes
for breast cancer
(NaturalNews) Reversing a previous decision by a US District Court that
declared gene patenting to be invalid, the US Court of Appeals for the
Federal Circuit (CAFC) recently ruled in opposition, declaring that
certain gene variants are supposedly unnatural and can thus be legally
patented by biotechnology companies.
Don't be fooled by GMO-laden 'natural' cereals that pose as organic
(NaturalNews) The term "natural" has virtually no standardized
definition when used on food labels in the US, but manufacturers are
increasingly interchanging it with "organic" in order to save money and
fool customers. And it turns out that many health-conscious consumers
actually prefer the term "natural" over "organic," which is why many
food manufacturers are making the switch without incident.
Improve your diet with nutritious homemade ketchup
(NaturalNews) Most commercial varieties of ketchup contain sugar or high
fructose corn syrup and vague, chemical-disguising ingredients such as
"spices" and "natural flavor." Often the organic brands also contain
these health-depleting ingredients, so making your own homemade ketchup
is usually the most nutritious option. Try the quick and simple recipe
included here. It's made with healthful ingredients like raw honey and
unfiltered apple cider vinegar!
Food Served In Children's Hospitals Rated Largely Unhealthy
Before It's News - Given the obesity epidemic among the nation's young,
one would hope that children's hospitals would serve as a role model for
healthy eating. But hospitals in California fall short, with only 7
percent of entrees classified as "healthy" according to a new study
published in Academic Pediatrics.
REPORT: MEDICAID OVER-PRESCRIBES MIND-ALTERING DRUGS TO FOSTER CHILDREN
ABC News - The federal government has not done enough to oversee the
treatment of America's foster children with powerful mind-altering
drugs, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to
be released Thursday. ABC News was given exclusive access to the GAO
report, which capped off a nationwide yearlong investigation by ABC News
on the overuse of the most powerful mind-altering drugs on many of the
country's nearly 425,000 foster children.
Inspector highlights psych drug use among elderly
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government inspectors told lawmakers Wednesday that
Medicare officials need to do more to stop doctors from prescribing
powerful psychiatric drugs to nursing home patients with dementia, an
unapproved practice that has flourished despite repeated government
On World AIDS day, Obama offers -- $50 million
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is renewing the U.S. commitment
to ending HIV and AIDS on Thursday, setting goals for getting more
people access to life-saving AIDS drugs and boosting spending on
treatment of the virus in the U.S. by $50 million dollars.
Worst Drug Fraud in History? Do You Still Trust Them with Your Life?
By Dr. Mercola - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has preliminarily agreed to a
$3 billion settlement over the sales and marketing practices of several
of its drugs, including the diabetes drug Avandia. This represents the
largest federal drug-company settlement to date, surpassing the
$2.3 billion paid by Pfizer in 2009 for illegally promoting
off-label uses of four of its drugs. The sum, though extraordinarily
large by most people's standards, represents only a slap on the wrist to
the drug giant, which assured investors the payments would be funded by
"existing cash resources."
The science of vitamin C - The evidence of its beneficial effects on
health is undeniable
(NaturalNews) The November 24, 2011 Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine
newsletter discussed a study referenced in PubMed that linked high blood
levels of vitamin C with lower incidence of heart failure, while lower
serum levels of vitamin C were connected to higher death rates.
B12 GETS IT'S DUE: It Could Be Old Age, or It Could Be Low B12
New York Times - Ilsa Katz was 85 when her daughter, Vivian Atkins,
first noticed that her mother was becoming increasingly confused. “She
couldn’t remember names, where she’d been or what she’d done that day,”
Ms. Atkins recalled in an interview.... A workup at a memory clinic
resulted in a diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s disease, and Ms. Katz was
prescribed Aricept, which Ms. Atkins said seemed to make matters worse.
But the clinic also tested Ms. Katz’s blood level of vitamin B12. It was
well below normal, and her doctor thought that could be contributing to
Can you treat cancer with nutrition? Here's what doctors are doing right
(NaturalNews) While the majority of the cancer establishment continues
to seek a magic bullet pharmaceutical cure for cancer, another group of
physicians has been taking a fresh look at the concept of a nutritional
cure. It turns out that preventing, or even reversing, some forms of
cancer may involve not the development of expensive drugs, but something
as natural as sunshine.
Assange: Using iPhone, gmail, Blackberry? You're screwed!
RT - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says that governments worldwide
have been using electronic devices, such as smart-phones and computers,
to monitor what people are saying, where they are going and what they
Web usage-based billing on its way
The days of watching movies on the cheap via the Web may soon be over.
Time Warner Cable and U.S. pay-TV companies, weighing how to profit from
surging Internet demand spurred by Netflix and Hulu, are on the verge of
instituting new fees on Web-access customers who use the most data.
VIDEO: Fight Internet Censorship (SOPA)
Please help us stop SOPA also known as H.R.3261 from passing December
15, 2011. This is a direct threat to our Constitutional rights and
threatens free speech and the very existence of Alternative media.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
Home and garden - Do not throw away questionable bentonite clay
(NaturalNews) Frequently asked questions are: "I have some old
Bentonite clay that has been sitting in the garage and now it
smells like gasoline. Can I still use it?" "I ordered clay
hastily and got the cheap clay that turned out to be gritty and
non-effective. What can I do with it now?" Don't throw that clay
away! There are many other good uses available to salvage your
investment and have Bentonite clay work for you other than as a
wellness product. Be creative; think home and garden clay uses.
Farming with the Wild - Working with nature, not against it
Mother Earth News - At first glance, the phrase “farming with
the wild” may seem contradictory. Agriculture has been and
remains the relentless process of selection and minimization,
one that now blankets billions of the Earth’s acres with a mere
handful of crops. Farming and ranching activities are
consistently identified as the primary cause of wildlife
habitat loss, the archenemy of the biodiversity crisis.
Pedal powered farms and factories: the forgotten future of the
One way to solve the large
energy losses of pedal power generators is not to produce
electricity at all but power devices mechanically, whenever
possible. Another way - the only way for devices that cannot be
powered via a direct mechanical connection because they do not
rely on rotary motion - is to make the generation of electricity
more efficient. This can be done by building a pedal powered
generator from scratch instead of using a road bicycle, or by
ditching one or several electronic components in the power
I received an email from my mom yesterday about a new scam her
co-worker had almost become a victim of. The scam is being called
the Cash Back Scam and works like this: when a consumer goes to
purchase their items at the cash register, the employee checking
them out selects the “cash back” option without the consumer
knowing. Once the consumer leaves with their merchandise the
employee pockets whatever cash back amount they had selected.
Originally uploaded by TheCrocnews - Americans are so stupid they
won't even vote for Ron Paul!
Today in History -
Thursday - December 1, 2011
1835 - Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales.
1909 - The Pennsylvania Trust Company, of Carlisle, PA, became the first
bank in the in the U.S. to offer a Christmas Club account.
1913 - Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that
ushered in the era of mass production.
1913 - The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in
1925 - The Locarno Pact finalized the treaties between World War I
1934 - Sergei M. Kirov, a collaborator of Joseph Stalin, was
assassinated at the Leningrad party headquarters.
1941 - In the U.S., the Civil Air Patrol was created. In April 1943 the
Civil Air Patrol was placed under the jurisdiction of the Army Air
1942 - In the U.S., nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect.
1952 - In Denmark, it was announced that the first successful sex-change
operation had been performed.
1955 - Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks
was arrested marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the
1965 - An airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began.
1969 - The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War
1981 - 180 people were killed when a chartered Yugoslav DC9 jetliner
crashed into a mountain while approaching Ajaccio Airport in Corsica.
1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan said he would welcome an
investigation of the Iran-Contra affair if it were recommended by the
1987 - NASA announced four companies had been given contracts to help
build a space station. The companies were Boeing Aerospace, G. E.'s
Astro-Space Division, McDonnell Douglas Aeronautics, and Rocketdyne
Division of Rockwell International.
1989 - Dissidents in the Philippine military launched an unsuccessful
coup against Corazon Aquino's government.
1989 - East Germany's Parliament abolished the Communist Party's
constitutional guarantee of supremacy.
1990 - Iraq accepted a U.S. offer to talk about resolving the Persian
1991 - Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet
1992 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin survived an impeachment attempt
by hard-liners at the opening of the Russian Congress.
1992 - Amy Fisher was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for
shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco.
1994 - The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval to the
124-nation General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
1997 - Michael Carneal, 14 years old, fired upon a morning prayer group
at Heath High School in West Paducah, KY. Three students were killed and
five were wounded. Carneal pled guilty but insane and was sentenced to
life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years.
1998 - Exxon announced that it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion
creating the largest company in the world to date.
Asian markets soar on central bank action
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stocks soared Thursday after six major central
banks acted to lower borrowing costs in hopes of preventing a global
credit crisis, but European markets opened mostly lower as the euphoria
Oil rises to near $101 amid global stocks rally
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Oil prices edged higher to near $101 a barrel Thursday
in Asia amid a surge in global stock markets after major central banks
pledged to lower borrowing costs.
VIDEO: Bailout Bombers: Italy's billion-euro F35 'suicide mission'
RT - Italy is heading deeper into the crisis quagmire, with its debt
already nearing the 2-trillion-euro mark. But while average Italians are
ready to save, the government has another plan on the table, which
critics consider “economic suicide”. The government’s plan is called The
Joint Strike Fighter program or JSF – a defense project based on
international effort, with the US, UK and Italy just some of the
As US-Myanmar ties warm, China stands conflicted
BEIJING (AP) -- China is a conflicted observer to Hillary Rodham
Clinton's trip to Myanmar, caught between worries about U.S.
encirclement in Asia and a desire to see its isolated, at times
teetering neighbor become more stable.
Iran releases students who stormed British Embassy
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has released 11 hardline protesters detained
for storming the British Embassy and diplomatic compounds in Tehran this
week, the semi-official Fars news agency said Thursday.
EU expected to increase sanctions on Iran, Syria
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Britain's foreign minister accused Iran's government
Thursday of supporting repression in Syria, as he and European Union
counterparts discussed imposing more sanctions on both countries....
Heathrow has never been more efficient! Passengers' glee as border
agency strike SPEEDS UP passport control
Daily Mail - Passengers who had been warned of lengthy delays at
Heathrow due to striking workers today said border controls were 'better
than usual'. As Border Agency bosses were forced to take on regular
airport workers to man passport control, delighted passengers said
queues had been shorter than normal.
VIDEO: Russian arms in US backyard: Back in Cuba
RT - Russia has launched a military partnership project with its Cold
War ally Cuba, amid rising tensions over US plans to deploy an
anti-missile system in Europe.
YouTube: Friendship on Fire: Pakistan done with US?
RT - A furious Pakistan is making its anger abundantly clear, over the
recent NATO air strike which killed 24 of its soldiers. It's now pulled
completely out of a key security conference on Afghanistan's future next
week. It also promised to permanently close the alliance's key military
supply route through its territory. Marina Portnaya reports.
Britain to expel all Iranian diplomats
Al Jazeera - Britain has ordered the immediate closure of Iran's embassy
in London and closed its own embassy in Tehran after it was stormed by
protesters. "The Iranian charge [d'affaires] in London is being informed
now that we require the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in
London and that all Iranian diplomatic staff must leave the United
Kingdom within the next 48 hours," British Foreign Minister William
Hague told parliament on Wednesday.
VIDEO: Strike 1: UK civil servants cripple country over pensions
RT - More than 2 million participants put the public sector on hold in
the UK, as unions stage a massive public sector strike. It is the
largest of its kind in 30 years. A public services strike called for by
the United Kingdom’s Trades Union Congress (TUC), has taken effect on
Wednesday, the largest work stoppage of its kind in more than 30 years.
The strike targets public schools, the health sector, UK court systems
and transportation systems as well. More than 2 million workers are
expected to participate, in rallies and picket lines all across the
Iceland recognizes Palestinian state
Icelandic parliament passes resolution making country the first in
western Europe to accept Palestine as an independent state.
Coca-Cola product suspected in China death
AFP - AFP - A man died and his mother fell into a coma after consuming a
product made by US giant Coca-Cola, prompting a city in northeast China
to recall the drink, government and state media said Wednesday. Food
scandals occur regularly in China, with recent cases involving recycled
cooking oil, contaminated eggs and carcinogenic mushrooms.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
RJC Holds GOP Candidate Panel — Minus Ron Paul
Kurt Nimmo - It looks like the Republican Jewish Coalition’s GOP 2012
panel to be held on December 7 will not include candidate Ron Paul.
Other GOP candidates have actively courted the RJC. “As Mike Allen
previewed in Playbook, the event will allow the seven candidates taking
part — Ron Paul is not attending — 35 minutes each to speak,” writes
Maggie Haberman for Politico.
YouTube: Ron Paul Interview On Piers Morgan
Evangelical leader urges him to explain 'turbulent marital history'
A leading religious conservative warned Newt Gingrich Wednesday that he
risks losing the support of evangelical women voters if the Republican
presidential hopeful refuses to publicly address his "turbulent marital
Meeting with wife may be key to future of Cain bid
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - He's plotting an aggressive campaign schedule
across several states, but Herman Cain has begun to outline a possible
exit strategy from the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
The former business executive, facing a woman's allegation of a 13-year
extramarital affair, says a heavy emotional toll on his family -
particularly his wife, Gloria, who he has not seen since the charge
surfaced - could force him to call it quits.
‘Indefinite Detention’ Bill Set For Final Vote Thursday
Infowars - After the failure yesterday of an amendment that would have
weakened Section 1031 of the NDAA bill, which would turn the entire
“homeland” into a battlefield and allow the military to arrest
individuals accused of being terrorists and detain them indefinitely
without trial, the Senate voted 88-12 today to limit debate on the
legislation, clearing it for passage tomorrow.
International urges US to end child life sentences
Press TV - According to the new report, “This is where I'm going to be
when I die,” published on Wednesday, United States is the only country
in the world that imposes life sentence on children as young as 11 years
old without possibility of release. The international rights group also
urged authorities in the US to review the cases of more than 2500
inmates currently serving in country's prisons for crimes committed as a
child, which under current rules they will never be freed.
Ohio Exec Resentenced, Gets (Only) 4 Years in $1.9B Fraud
ABC News - The sentence of a former health care financing executive has
been reduced from five to four years in a $1.9 billion corporate fraud
case in Ohio that federal prosecutors likened to the Enron or WorldCom
YouTube: RON PAUL SLASHES NEWT
Ron Paul's new campaign ad, Newt Gingrich: Serial Hypocrisy.
YouTube: Ron Paul Interview With CNBC On Today's World Wide Quantitative
Airing Date Nov.30, 2011
Ron Paul has a book, and it's not about politics
RT - Can’t afford to give out gold for your family this holiday season?
The next best thing for your libertarian-leaning loved ones this year
comes courtesy of Congressman Ron Paul, and it’s sure to help you put a
little Fed-ending lovin’ in the oven. The
website for the GOP presidential hopeful revealed on Tuesday that
Ron Paul Family Cookbook is now available for only $8 plus shipping,
and campaign headquarters for the Republican frontrunner insures
shoppers that the item is guaranteed to “warm your kitchen and your
Congress on the move to legalize torture
RT - Yearning for the George W Bush administration of yesteryear and the
inhuman torture and interrogations that was commonplace in American-run
prisons? Needn’t you worry! Congress hears your cries. Kelly Ayotte, a
freshman Republican senator from New Hampshire, has proposed legislation
that would repeal current laws that make harsh torture techniques
illegal, a move that the American Civil Liberties Union says would
"dangerously roll back" restrictions that Congress approved in 2005’s
McCain Anti-Torture Amendment.
Bloomberg: 'I have my own army'
RT - Addressing suggestions that he should vie for the White House and
leaving the Big Apple behind in favor of joining the race for the
presidency, Bloomberg told an audience at MIT on Tuesday that he doesn’t
need to tackle Washington; according to the mayor, his reign over New
York trumps anything that a throne in the oval office could offer. "I
have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the
world,” said Bloomberg, reports The New York Observer. "I have my own
State Department, much to Foggy Bottom's annoyance. We have the United
Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world
that Washington does not have."
Obama Admin Seals Records of Murdered Border Patrol Agent Implicated in
Fast and Furious
And to think that Attorney General Eric Holder is getting testy about
congressional calls for his resignation. After all, the Justice
Department has nothing to hide, right?: The Obama Administration has
abruptly sealed court records containing alarming details of how Mexican
drug smugglers murdered a U.S. Border patrol agent with a gun connected
to a failed federal experiment that allowed firearms to be smuggled into
VIDEO: Holder lashes out at The Daily Caller while refusing to address
growing calls for his resignation
Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder today demanded The Daily Caller
stop publishing articles about the growing calls in Congress for his
resignation because of the failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking
program. As Holder’s aide was escorting the attorney general offstage
following his remarks Tuesday afternoon at the White House, a Daily
Caller reporter introduced himself and shook Holder’s hand. The reporter
asked him for a response to the growing chorus of federal legislators
demanding his resignation.
Occupy Wall Street Protest
Robin Hood op: Anonymous, Poison target the 1%
RT - Two hacker groups, the hactivists Anonymous and Team Poison, which
made headlines by cracking a UN server, have joined forces to steal from
the banks and give to the charities. “Operation Robin Hood is going to
return the money to those who have been cheated by our system and most
importantly to those hurt by our banks. Operation Robin Hood will take
credit cards and donate to the 99 per cent, as well as various charities
around the globe,” the duo said in a YouTube video statement.
Occupy Protesters Mobilize for Obama’s Visit
More than 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched to a Midtown hotel
on Wednesday night to protest a fund-raising event for President Obama.
Escorted by police vehicles as they helped snarl traffic across the
Times Square area, beginning at Bryant Park, the group settled in front
of barricades on the southwest corner of 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue,
in view of the Sheraton hotel at which Mr. Obama was expected to appear
by 9 p.m.
After raids, Wall Street protesters shift tactics
NEW YORK — The overnight police raids in Philadelphia and Los Angeles
that dismantled two of the nation's biggest Occupy Wall Street
encampments leave just a few major "occupations" still going on around
the U.S. But activists are already changing tactics and warning of a
winter of discontent, with rallies and marches every week.
Breaking: Occupy Philly Cleared By 100s of Police. Occupy LA Cleared by
Update: 200 arrested at Occupy LA, 40-50 arrested in Philly. No serious
injuries or violence was reported in either city. In Philly the arrests
occurred off the Occupy Philly site, when protesters marched to another
location and refused to move when ordered by police.... An occupy Philly
man on the live feed said that the evictions are being coordinate by
Related article and photos here.
VIDEO: Police brutality and harsh tactics at OWS
RT - After several months of protests at Occupy Wall Street camps all
over the US and hundreds of arrests, RT takes a look at some of the
increasingly militarized tactics the police have been using against
VIDEO: Bob Chapman- Federal Reserve Preparing to Roll Out NEW DOLLAR
Bob Chapman of the International Forecaster states that sources are
indicating that the Fed is preparing to roll out a new dollar (NOT the
Amero) as The Fed expects the US Dollar will no longer be the reserve
currency in another 18 months.
YouTube: America – The Problem, The Plan & The Solution – Ron Paul 2012
Ron Paul "Plan to Restore America"
Stocks Surge As Bernanke, ECB Throw More Dollars At Europe's Crisis
Forbes - Wall Street enjoyed a big jump Wednesday morning, after a
coordinated action by central banks around the world to provide more
liquidity to the global financial system.
$200 Million Found in Britain May Belong to MF Global
New York Times - About $200 million in customer money that vanished from
MF Global is believed to have surfaced at JPMorgan Chase in Britain,
according to people briefed on the matter. The discovery could be the
most significant breakthrough in a monthlong hunt for the missing funds.
VIDEO: Long Lines For Free Holiday Food Vouchers
CBS4 - Hundreds of South Floridians lined up before dawn in Little
Havana for a chance to feed their families this holiday. As part of the
Latin Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday basket giveaway,
representatives from the organization handed out food vouchers on
Flagler Street between 14th and 15th Avenues in Little Havana.
Tracy Lawrence, Notary Public Who Blew The Whistle On Massive
Foreclosure Fraud, Found Dead
Huffington Post - Tracy Lawrence, the notary public who blew the whistle
on a massive foreclosure fraud scheme, was found dead in her Las Vegas
home on Nov. 28, MSNBC reported. Cause of death has not yet been
determined, but Officer Jacinto Rivera, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department spokesman, said the case was not being investigated as
homicide. She was 43.
VIDEO: Movers, sheriff's deputies refuse to evict 103-year-old woman
"Fulton County sheriff's deputies and movers showed up at Lee's home
Tuesday after Deutch Bank planned to kick the two women out. The moving
company and the deputies took one look at Lee and decided that would not
Banks Targeting Military Families for Illegal Foreclosures
Figures lie, some groups are counted, some are not. But the lowest
figures available have one in three families, this includes active duty
serving overseas, reservists and National Guard and veterans losing
their homes since 2008. Two thirds of those are now “split up” with at
least one member listed as “homeless.” Almost all are, according to
official figures, “living in poverty.”
David Attenborough is accused of climate change sensationalism by Lord
Daily Mail - The former Tory chancellor, who is a climate change sceptic,
said the broadcaster’s claims about global warming were sheer
speculation. In the final episode of his natural history series Frozen
Planet, which is broadcast next Wednesday, Sir David is expected to
suggest the Arctic could be free of ice by 2020.
Beat Parkinson's disease naturally
(NaturalNews) The key to preventing and reversing Parkinson's disease is
to begin with an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle. This includes
lots of clean water and phytonutrient rich raw and lightly cooked
vegetables. Good fats such as avocados, olive oil, nuts/seeds and
coconut products should be strongly encouraged. Healthy animal products
such as grass-fed beef, bison, lamb, antelope, deer and free-range
chicken, turkey and eggs are also good sources.... Anti-inflammatory
herbs such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, and rosemary among
others should be used at every possible chance.
Study finds connection between prenatal exposure to BPA and aggression
during toddler years
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the Harvard University School of Public
Health have made a disturbing new discovery about the plastics chemical
bisphenol-A (BPA). It turns out that prenatal BPA exposure can spur
aggressive and undesirable behaviors in girls after they are born and
reach their toddler years.
Pharmaceutical Industry Payouts Prompt Conflict of Interest Concerns
Activist Post - It seems that a large number of healthcare professionals
and researchers — many of whom are state employed — are supplementing
their salary with a nice sum of money paid out by the pharmaceutical
industry. More than 25,000 physicians and researchers in Texas received
a combined amount of at least $57 million in cash from the
pharmaceutical industry in research money, free meals, travel, and more,
from 2009 to early 2011.
Childhood Vaccine Exemption Rates Increasing Nationwide
Activist Post - It seems as though the “necessity” of childhood
vaccinations, widely voiced by many mainstream health officials and
government figureheads, is simply not being accepted by parents around
the country. While the rates of children receiving vaccines remains
high, we are seeing an increase in childhood vaccine exemption rates. In
eight different states, more than 1 in 20 public kindergartners are not
receiving all the vaccines that the government
requires’ for school attendance.
New University-Based Study Recommends All-Natural Emu Oil To Reduce The
Appearance Of Scars From Surgery
After centuries of use by Australian aborigines for treating wounds,
bites, burns and damage caused by the sun, emu oil has been recently
discovered and proven by scientists to be one of the most effective
natural healing treatments for skin. The oil's rare concentration of
Omega 3 Omega 6, and Omega 9 essential fatty acids are a proven natural
healing agent for skin. Because the oil's composition so closely mimics
our skin's natural chemistry, it is easily absorbed and its nutrients
are immediately placed into circulation.
Study: Drinking green tea can help to lower 'bad' cholesterol levels
(NaturalNews) The benefits of drinking green tea are numerous, as
various studies have shown that compounds in green tea help to mitigate
conditions like obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and cancer. And
a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic
Association adds to this body of evidence, as it reveals that consuming
green tea or green tea supplements regularly can help naturally lower
LDL, or "bad," cholesterol levels.
Toxic Levels of Arsenic Found in Popular Juice Brands
The Food and Drug Administration, trying to reassure consumers about the
safety of apple juice, claimed that most arsenic in juices and other
foods is of the organic type that is “essentially harmless.” But an
investigation by Consumer Reports shows otherwise. Our study, including
tests of apple and grape juice, a scientific analysis of federal health
data, a consumer poll, and interviews with doctors and other experts,
finds the following...
Health basics: What is MSG?
(NaturalNews) Monosodium Glutamate, better known as MSG, is a form of
concentrated salt added to foods to enhance the flavor. This salt
version of glutamic acid is an amino acid the body can produce on its
own, but the MSG we find on store shelves is processed and comes from
fermented sugar beets. Because this kind of MSG is processed, it can
cause many adverse reactions, including skin rashes, itching, hives,
nausea, vomiting, migraine headaches, asthma, heart irregularities,
depression and even seizures.
More than 20 percent of American adults now on psychiatric drugs for
(NaturalNews) Prescription drug addiction is a very serious problem in
the US, and is typified in part by the more than 20 percent of American
adults that are now hooked on pharmaceuticals for conditions like
anxiety and depression. A new study conducted by Medco Health Solutions
Inc., a pharmacy benefits management company, has found that one in five
adults -- and one in four women -- now regularly takes at least one drug
for psychiatric or behavioral disorders.
Earth's Twin Discovered?
Fox News - Scientists uncover promising sign of life in space.
VIDEO: BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps
An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof
that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses,
geographic locations, and received messages of its users.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
Cheap, Easy-to-Build Wood Storage Shelves
Mother Earth News - If you have an unfinished basement, a garage or a
storage shed, you can store much more in it if you have shelves.
Built-in shelves are great, but if you’re renting or want the
flexibility to rearrange the shelving units, you could make some
free-standing shelves. Here’s a simple method for building some
inexpensive wood storage shelves — and you can build them without power
Country Lore: Make Gourd Jewelry
Mother Earth News - There are so many things that can be done with dried
gourds! It’s an art category all its own. Wearable art — pins, combs,
pendants and bracelets — all can be easily made from hard-shelled
gourds. Gourds can be decorated using dyes, paints, polishes, waxes,
pyrography, carving and permanent markers.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life. –Socrates
EDITORS’ NOTE: They say truth is stranger than fiction, and in most
cases it’s also more interesting… The Violinist is a true story about a
man in a metro station in Washington DC who played six Bach pieces on
his violin for about 45 minutes. The story illuminates the warning of
Socrates to “Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.”
When a male can't stand it anymore! Priceless shot!
A photographer will die of old age waiting to get another shot like this