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Today in History - Tuesday - January 31, 2012
1747 - The first clinic specializing in the treatment of venereal diseases was opened at London Dock Hospital.
1865 - In America, General Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of the Confederate armies.
1865 - The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. It was ratified by the necessary number of states on December 6, 1865. The amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
1876 - All Native American Indians were ordered to move into reservations.
1893 - The trademark "Coca-Cola" was first registered in the United States Patent Office.
1940 - The first Social Security check was issued by the U.S. Government.
1944 - During World War II, U.S. forces invaded Kwajalein Atoll and other areas of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
1945 - Private Eddie Slovik became the only U.S. soldier since the U.S. Civil War to be executed for desertion.
1949 - The first TV daytime soap opera was broadcast from NBC's station in Chicago, IL. It was "These Are My Children."
1950 - U.S. President Truman announced that he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.
1971 - Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.
1971 - Telephone service between East and West Berlin was re-established after 19 years.
1985 - The final Jeep rolled off the assembly line at the AMC plant in Toledo, OH.
1990 - McDonald's Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow, Russia.
1995 - U.S. President Clinton invoked presidential emergency authority to provide a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.
2000 - An Alaska Airlines jet crashed into the ocean off Southern California. All 88 people on board were killed.
2001 - A Scottish court in the Netherlands convicted one Libyan and acquitted a second in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that occurred in 1988.

World News

Iran Business Ties to Be Revealed Under U.S. Senate Legislation
Bloomberg - Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, a South Dakota Democrat, and senior Republican Richard Shelby of Alabama circulated a legislative draft yesterday that would require companies traded on U.S. stock exchanges to reveal any Iran-related business to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The proposed sanctions come on top of an array of new penalties imposed on Iran by the U.S. and the European Union over the past three months. The senators said they plan to seek a committee vote on their bill Feb. 2.

Iran vows to stop "some" oil sales as inspectors visit
(Reuters) - Iran sent conflicting signals in a dispute with the West over its nuclear ambitions, vowing to stop oil exports soon to "some" countries but postponing a parliamentary debate on a proposed halt to crude sales to the European Union.

Gulf Arabs have plans against Hormuz closure: official
(Reuters) - Coastguards and naval forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) group of Arab countries have contingency plans for a possible attempt by Iran to shut the Strait of Hormuz, a Kuwaiti maritime official said on Monday. Five of the six GCC members - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Kuwait - rely on the world's most important energy shipping lane being open to export most of their oil or gas.

VIDEO: China infuriated by US-Philippines defense plans
RT - The US decision to station forces in the Philippines could have dangerous repercussions. Beijing may enact economic sanctions after Manila invited in US troops in response to an escalating territorial dispute over the South China Sea. Dr. Pak-Nung Wong of the City University of Hong Kong told RT that the Philippines is merely cashing in on America's move.

Iraqis terrified of US drones
RT - America’s War in Iraq has finally ended, but the same can’t be said about the United States’ presence overseas. Iraqis are now outraged that the US is operating a fleet of surveillance drone aircraft planes over the country.... Adnan al-Asadi, the acting minister of interior in Iraq, tells the New York Times, “Our sky is our sky, not the USA’s sky.” To American authorities, however, policing the world requires no boundaries. Military contractors speaking of the case seem to think that other nations are next, too.

State Dept: Americans take refuge at Cairo embassy
(AP) - Three American citizens barred from leaving Egypt have sought refuge at the American Embassy in Cairo amid growing tensions between the two allies over an Egyptian investigation into foreign-funded pro-democracy groups. The White House said Monday it was disappointed with Egypt's handing of the issue, which U.S. officials have warned could stand in the way of more than $1 billion in badly needed U.S. aid.

France will tax all financial transactions
RT - France is to introduce a tax on financial services in August this year. The 0.1% Tobin Tax, as it is called, could bring in as much as a billion Euros to the national budget.

Mexican official flies with $1.9M in luggage
(AP) - A Mexican state official was detained as he got off a government-owned plane with $1.9 million crammed into a briefcase and a backpack, prosecutors announced Monday, touching off allegations of campaign finance violations tied to the upcoming presidential election.

Australia: Lobby Group Formed to Remove Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic Courses from Universities
The mainstream medical practitioners in Australia seem to think that alternative medicine has no place, and chose to form a powerful lobby group to pressure universities to get rid of any alternative medicine degrees. The group, comically calling themselves ‘Friends of Science in Medicine’, have even openly denounced alternative medicine as ‘quackery’. They specifically stated that universities offering these alternative degrees are ruining their reputation by giving “undeserved credibility to what in many cases would be better described as quackery” and by “failing to champion evidence-based science and medicine.”

Lockheed Martin leads super lobbying from U.S. defense industry
Washington Post - Defense contractors Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Raytheon spent a combined $33.4 million on lobbying in Washington last year, a 10 percent increase from 2010, as Congress and the Obama administration weighed cuts in the Pentagon budget. A review of lobbying disclosures filed with the Senate by a Jan. 20 deadline showed that Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense company, led such spending last year with $15 million for lobbying, a 19 percent increase.

Doctor who led us to bin Laden was CIA agent, says US - The Independent
Independent - The United States has confirmed publicly for the first time that a Pakistani doctor long suspected of collecting vital evidence before the assassination of Osama bin Laden was indeed working for them. Dr Afridi, the medic in charge of health in the Khyber, was recruited by the CIA to collect DNA evidence from the children inside the compound to confirm that they were Bin Laden's – he rarely went anywhere without them for long. The plan was to mount a local hepatitis vaccination programme; ostensibly a public health initiative, its real purpose was to establish the genetics of the people inside the compound.

UK riots: paratroopers are trained in riot control
Telegraph - Hundreds of soldiers from 3rd battalion The Parachute Regiment spent last week learning how to contain and arrest "rioters" in a series of exercises mirroring last summers violence. Defence sources have confirmed that if violence were to return to British cities, especially during the Olympic Games, the Paras would be "ideally placed" to provide "short-term" support to police forces around the UK.

Bridge in Mexico is freighted with dreams
Washington Post - Mexico’s $1.5 billion “superhighway” could be hijacked by the country’s powerful drug cartels. “This is a symbol of the prosperity we want for Mexico, a symbol of the Mexico of the future,” President Felipe Calderon declared at the dedication ceremony for the bridge. That the Baluarte was built by Mexican engineers was a special point of pride, he said — proof that the country stands with the industrial giants of the world. But there is ample reason to worry that Mexico’s superlative road could also serve as a super-conduit for drug trafficking.

U.S. Defense Department can't account for billions for Iraq, audit - CNN
CNN - The U.S. Defense Department cannot account for about $2 billion it was given to cover Iraq-related expenses and is not providing Iraq with a complete ... records are missing," the report says, adding that the department is searching for them.

Prescription heart drugs kill dozens of hospital patients in Pakistan
(NaturalNews) Tainted pharmaceuticals from unnamed manufacturers are confirmed to have killed dozens of people, and likely many more, in Pakistan. Reuters reports that thousands of doses of contaminated heart drugs freely distributed by the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, a government-run hospital in Lahore, caused patients to experience heavy bleeding and symptoms described as being similar to dengue fever -- and at least 77 patients have died because of the tainted drugs.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Emboldened GOP wants to abolish state income taxes
(AP) - A year after Republicans swept into office across the country, many have trained their sights on what has long been a fiscal conservative's dream: the steep reduction or even outright elimination of state income taxes. The idea has circulated among academics and think-tank researchers for years. But it's moving quietly into mainstream political discourse, despite the fact that such sweeping changes would almost certainly mean a total rewiring of tax systems at a time when most states are still struggling in the aftermath of the recession.

British Pair Arrested in United States on Terror Charges Over Tweet Joke
Intel Hub - Two British tourists were arrested by the Department of Homeland Security and denied entry to the country after posting two tweets that were apparently considered terrorist threats by overzealous agents who did not posses even rudimentary knowledge of the difference between British and American English.... The tweets that caused their detention as possible terrorists were so obviously non threatening that the fact that agents tasked with protecting our country would not see this shows just how far down the police state hole America has actually gone.

Indy Super Bowl: National Security State Protects Sports Fans from Prostitutes
Kurt Nimmo - In Indianapolis, local cops and the FBI have set-up a massive surveillance grid ahead of the Super Bowl, slated for February 5th. The heightened security – including a smartphone photo and video surveillance network, the installation of 150 new manhole covers, and the virtual lockdown of a 44-block area – is not in response to a possible attack by al-Qaeda, but will be used to detect “signs of pickpocketing, prostitution or other trouble.”

California lawmaker wants ban on ICE detainers… despite risk to the public
Examiner.com - Don’t look now: illegal alien advocacy groups are dictating Federal policies. On Saturday, California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) held a press conference at St. Mary’s Cathedral to announce he is sponsoring legislation to counter the federal Secure Communities program, which requires local law jails to share the fingerprint data of all arrestees with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Many illegal alien advocacy groups are complaining that the federal program has resulted in too many deportations.

VIDEO: Government School: Six Year Old Guilty of Sexual Assault After Playing Tag
Kurt Nimmo - In politically correct San Francisco, a six year old boy was charged with sexual assault after playing a game of tag on the playground. The child was accused of brushing his best friend’s leg or groin while the two were playing on the playground at Lupine Hills Elementary in Hercules two months ago, according to CBS in San Francisco. The parent of the child said his son was held in the principal’s office and interrogated. The school coerced a confession from the child. He was suspended and a sexual battery charge was placed on his permanent school record, even though there is no such thing as sexual assault for a six year-old in California.

2012 Election News

Ron Paul to be the #2 Candidate by mid-February
The Monitor - This week, Ron Paul is likely to win more delegates to the 2012 GOP convention than either Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum. In fact, he’s likely to win more delegates than Gingrich and Santorum combined. “Hold it”, you’re saying, “How can that be? Rep. Paul’s polling in single digits in Florida. He’s going to finish behind Gingrich and Santorum, as well as Mitt Romney, in Tuesday’s Florida primary. How can that translate into beating any of his rivals at all?” We’ll tell you how – because he’s not winning those delegates in Florida. He’s winning, or will probably win, at least a few delegates in Maine.

VIDEO: Ron Paul for the Long Haul
Freedom Watch Jan.30, 2012 - Rep. Ron Paul, (R-Texas), gives us an update from the campaign trail and his strategy to win in 2012.

YouTube: Ron Paul On The Kudlow Report 01-30-12
Dollar Would Be Linked To Gold At Fixed Rate.

YouTube: Ron Paul backer: "You would never hear of a 'former' Ron Paul supporter"
RT - On Tuesday, Florida is holding its primaries where Floridians will take to the polls to voice who will best represent the Republican Party. Although Mitt Romney is the GOP favorite, Ron Paul refuses to go away and many feel he is taking votes away from the other candidate. But now some conservatives are saying enough is enough and are asking Ron Paul to remove himself from the race. A petition has started an attempt to make this happen, but many argue that's what votes are for. Mary Willison, a Ron Paul supporter and volunteer organizer, joins us to give us her take on the petition.

VIDEO: Oregon Tests Voting On iPads
ABC News Watch - Oregon's secretary of state is in Medford unveiling new ways to bring in more voters in the next election. Some of the options include being able to register to vote online and being able to vote on a device like an iPad. The Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown says the best way to reach voters is to use technology, whether that's by letting students know they can register to vote online, or by allowing people with disabilities to vote on an iPad.... The state is giving a test run to let disabled people vote on an iPad for the District 1 Special Election this month.

VIDEO: Dr. Funny Bone: A "King Killer;" GOP should "Laugh at him, at their own peril" - 1/29/12 MSNBC Video
MSNBC's 'Now w/Alex Wagner' featured a small piece that focused on Ron Paul, calling him "Dr. Funny Bone" and "The King of the One-Liner," due to all his great humor in the last debate. Surprisingly, they actually praised Paul, with one saying "He's gonna be in this race for the long haul", followed by a commentator saying "the longer he can use his momentum and the spotlight to get his ideas out there, all the better.. As long as the liberal media stops making fun of him so much". - MSNBC bashing FOX, and themselves, kind of funny.

'We Like Ron Paul' - Fox News Focus Group and Fox Five Panel
America Live with Megyn Kelly on Fox News: January 27, 2012.

Wolf Blitzer says that Ron Paul is the only candidate that will reduce spending
Wolf Blitzer of CNN, The Situation Room, says that Ron Paul is the only candidate that will actually reduce spending. The other candidates are only committed to reducing the rate of the increase in spending. He says this is an important difference between the Republican Presidential Candidates.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 1/30/12
Failed Fed Policies Prolong the Agony.

Newt Gingrich's agenda-setting big donor
Sheldon Adelson's Super Pac funding has heavily backed Gingrich – and found him a firm pro-Israel and anti-Muslim ally. By donating $10m to the pro-Newt Gingrich Super Pac campaign, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, one of the richest men in the US, and his physician wife, Dr Miriam Adelson, have kept Gingrich in the Republican primary race, and given him the resources to win in South Carolina and, potentially, in Florida, without having to build a large donor base.

Veterans News

'World eternally contaminated by US DU'
The United States has perpetually contaminated the world, particularly the Middle East, by using massive amounts of depleted uranium (DU) in its wars, an analyst tells Press TV. The US government has notoriously used weaponized depleted uranium on humans, including in the following instances: 340 tons during the first Persian Gulf War in 1991; in every missile used during the 1998 Yugoslavian invasion; at least 1,000 tons in Afghanistan in 2001; and 2,400 tons in Iraq in 2003. Depleted uranium is radioactive and extremely destructive to humans. It takes 4.5 billion years for one kilogram of depleted uranium to reduce to a half a kilogram.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Arrests in Oakland protests rise to more than 400
(Reuters) - Crews cleaned up Oakland's historic City Hall on Sunday from damage inflicted overnight during violent anti-Wall Street protests that resulted in about 400 arrests, marking one of the largest mass arrests since nationwide protests began last year. At a press conference on Sunday, Oakland police and city officials said they did not have a final tally of arrests. Earlier in the day, the city's emergency operations office put the figure at around 400. The skirmishes injured three officers and at least one demonstrator.

Mayor Jean Quan wants OWS to disown Occupy Oakland
RT - In Oakland, California where the Occupy Wall Street movement has spawned a series of intense demonstrations, Mayor Jean Quan has run out of ways to try and put out the flames of the fiery protests.

Economy

Batten Down The Burger Hatches: Beef Prices Ballooning This Year
Ground beef could go up 4-5% this year from $2.87 a pound to $3.55 per, and steak is skyrocketing 14% to more than $6.00 a pound, after a previous increase of 10% last year. Makes you want to rethink those weekly barbecues, or at least reach for the ground turkey.

House transportation bill would spend about $260B
(AP) — House Republicans are proposing to spend about $260 billion over the next 4 1/2 years on transportation programs, as well as substantially increase the size of trucks permitted on highways, according to a draft bill being introduced this week.

VIDEO: Obama Tells Woman It Is "Interesting" Her Unemployed Husband Can't Find Job
During his Google+ hangout Pres. Obama tells a woman that her husband shouldn't be unemployed from the growth he has seen in the economy. Obama said he finds it "interesting" because he is getting "the word" that someone in her husband's job field "should be able to find something right away."

Housing Market

Freddie Mac Bets Against American Homeowners
Freddie Mac, the taxpayer-owned mortgage giant, has placed multibillion-dollar bets that pay off if homeowners stay trapped in expensive mortgages with interest rates well above current rates. Freddie began increasing these bets dramatically in late 2010, the same time that the company was making it harder for homeowners to get out of such high-interest mortgages.

Energy & Environment

Illinois nuclear reactor loses power, venting steam
(AP) - A nuclear reactor at a northern Illinois plant shut down Monday after losing power, and steam was being vented to reduce pressure, according to officials from Exelon Nuclear and federal regulators. Unit 2 at Byron Generating Station, about 95 miles northwest of Chicago, shut down at 10:18 a.m., after losing power, Exelon officials said. Diesel generators began supplying power to the plant, and operators began releasing steam to cool the reactor from the part of the plant where turbines are producing electricity, not from within the nuclear reactor itself, officials said. The steam contains low levels of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, but federal and plant officials insisted the levels were safe for workers and the public.

Lawsuit filed to halt US Navy's use of sonar that damages marine life
(NaturalNews) Five environmental groups have joined forces with an inter-tribal group representing ten Northern California American Indian tribes to sue the US government for failing to limit sonar naval training exercises harmful to marine life....The lawsuit claims that the government has violated both the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammals Protection Act through its support of the sonar exercises off the West Coast.

“Clean Coal” Cleaning Out the Pockets of Taxpayers in Mississippi
While there have been a lot of scams and rip-offs perpetrated against the public over the years by energy desperadoes, at the present time there is a real doozy going on down in Mississippi……a boondoggle so outrageous that it seems like something out of the past, when energy companies literally could get away with anything. Despite having ample facilities for producing natural gas already built and in operation, the state’s largest electricity provider…

Health

"Spam" meat tied to diabetes risk in Native Americans: study
(Reuters) - Native Americans who often ate processed meat in a can, generically known as "spam" and a common food on reservations, one subsidized by the government -- had a two-fold increased risk of developing diabetes over those who ate little or none, according to a U.S. study.

Virginia lawmaker attaches rectal exam provision to anti-abortion bill
Raw Story - Virginia state Sen. Janet Howell (D) thinks that if the government is going to force women to undergo medically unnecessary tests, then it is only fair to apply the same standards to men.Republican lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would require pregnant women to have an ultrasound before terminating their pregnancy. In response, Howell introduced an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining erectile dysfunction medication like Viagra.

Yerba mate tea kills colon cancer cells
(NaturalNews) A recent scientific study found that yerba mate tea induces death in human colon cancer cells. Scientists discovered that in vitro cancer cells died when exposed to the bioactive compounds present in one cup of the beverage long valued for its medicinal properties by South American traditional healers. University of Illinois associate professor of food chemical and toxicology Elvira de Mejia stated "The caffeine derivatives in mate tea not only induced death in human colon cancer cells, they also reduced important markers of inflammation." Mejia observed that this is important since inflammation can lead to cancer progression. Her study was published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research in latter part of 2011.

OSHA and NJ Refuse Healthcare Worker Flu Shot Mandates
Activist Post - Good news: not everyone is keen on forcing healthcare workers into mandatory flu vaccines.... Governor Chris Christie pocket vetoed a New Jersey bill to mandate flu vaccines for healthcare workers. Christie's "pocket veto" was more effective at stopping the bill than a typical veto would have been.... In a surprising move, Occupational Health and Safety(OSHA) stepped in: While we are supportive of the Healthy People 2020 goal of a 90% vaccination rate, we have seen no evidence that demonstrates that such a high rate is in fact necessary. Furthermore, the current influenza vaccine is no magic bullet....

Did you know? Nearly all corn and soy products purchased at grocery stores are genetically modified and may place your health at risk
(NaturalNews) More than 90 percent of all soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified (GM) for herbicide resistance and are consequently sprayed with massive quantities of those toxic chemicals. Fully 85 percent of all corn grown in the country is also genetically engineered, either for herbicide resistance or to produce pesticides within its tissues. Since farmers sell their corn and soy to large distributors who mix the product together for processing, this essentially means that 100 percent of non-organic corn and soy products on the US market are GM.

Spirulina significantly aids allergy sufferers and improves exercise performance
(NaturalNews) Spirulina is a blue-green algae which is commercially produced and widely marketed as a "superfood" and immune booster. It is also a rich source of natural, plant -based iron, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C, and an excellent source of plant protein, with up to 70% of its dry weight being protein. The alpha-linolenic acid profile in spirulina is the highest in the plant kingdom, coming in third overall behind milk and evening primrose oil.

FDA staffers sue agency over surveillance of personal e-mails
Washington Post - The Food and Drug Administration secretly monitored the personal e-mail of a group of its own scientists and doctors after they warned Congress that the agency was approving medical devices that they believed posed unacceptable risks to patients, government documents show.... Information garnered this way eventually contributed to the harassment or dismissal of all six of the FDA employees, the suit alleges. All had worked in an office responsible for reviewing devices for cancer screening and other purposes.

CDC calls Morgellons’ nanoworms a delusion, protects DARPA
Activist Post - Imagine having the mental prowess to be able to create living filaments heretofore unknown, that can reproduce themselves, some of which come with identifying letters embossed on them, and then to make them extrude from beneath your skin, all against your conscious will. Sound like science fiction? It’s not, says the US Centers for Disease Control. Despite having spent four years and $600,000, and using the world’s largest forensic database, the premier health agency reports it is unable to identify the source of the fibers emanating from those suffering with Morgellons.

Health Benefits Abundant If You Remember To Breathe
AHHA -Would you be interested in a free method for increased energy, improved blood circulation, reduced swelling, and even an improved complexion? Better yet, you already own the required equipment - your lungs. Studies show that simply learning how to breathe correctly can have remarkable effects throughout your body.

Science & Technology

‘Embarrassingly simple’ hack could leave up to 100 million credit cards exposed
Raw Story - As many as 100 million credit cards in active use today contain a technology that can be tricked into exposing the users’ account to fraudulent transactions, according to a hacker who demonstrated the exploit on stage this past weekend at a conference in Washington, D.C. Speaking at the Shmoocon hacker conference on Saturday, security researcher Kristin Paget demonstrated a hack that she called “embarassingly simple” in which she “stole” someone’s credit card data, embedded it onto a blank magnetic card, then paid $15 into her own bank account, all without ever even touching or viewing her willing victim’s card.

Feds say Megaupload user content could be deleted this week
ComputerWorld - Federal prosecutors say that two companies hosting Megaupload’s servers in the U.S. could begin deleting all user content on them as early as Thursday. But one of the companies today denied it had access to any data on Megaupload’s servers and said it has no mechanism for returning data to Megaupload’s users.

VIDEO: STOP ACTA NOW! ~ Sign The Petition! - The New Threat To The Net
I created this short video to inform as many people as possible about ACTA in one quick and easy video. US, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, and many EU nations already signed this secret censorship pact last year in 2011.


Today in History - Monday - January 30, 2012
1798 - The first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives took place. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold fought on the House floor.
1844 - Richard Theodore Greener became the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.
1847 - The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco.
1862 - The U.S. Navy's first ironclad warship, the "Monitor", was launched.
1910 - Work began on the first board-track automobile speedway. The track was built in Playa del Ray, CA.
1911 - The first airplane rescue at sea was made by the destroyer "Terry." Pilot James McCurdy was forced to land in the ocean about 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
1933 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955.
1933 - Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor.
1948 - Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
1958 - The first two-way moving sidewalk was put in service at Love Field in Dallas, TX. The length of the walkway through the airport was 1,435 feet.
1960 - The women’s singles U.S. figure skating championship was won by Carol Heiss.
1962 - Two members of the "Flying Wallendas" high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit, MI.
1964 - January 30 - The U.S. launched Ranger 6. The unmanned spacecraft carried television cameras and was intentionally crash-landed on the moon. The cameras did not return any pictures to Earth.
1968 - The Tet Offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.
1972 - In Northern Ireland, British soldiers shot and killed thirteen Roman Catholic civil rights marchers. The day is known as "Bloody Sunday."
1979 - The civilian government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to return. He had been living in exile in France.
1989 - The U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan was closed.
1995 - The U.N. Security Council authorized the deployment of a 6,000-member U.N. peace-keeping contingent to assume security responsibilities in Haiti from U.S. forces.
1995 - Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced that clinical trials had demonstrated the effectiveness of the first preventative treatment for sickle cell anaemia.
1997 - A New Jersey judge ruled that the unborn child of a female prisoner must have legal representation. He denied the prisoner bail reduction to enable her to leave the jail and obtain an abortion.
2002 - Slobodan Milosevic accused the U.N. war crimes tribunal of an "evil and hostile attack" against him. Milosevic was defending his actions during the Balkan wars.
2002 - Japan's last coal mine was closed. The closures were due to high production costs and cheap imports.

World News

United Nations Preparing to Manage Global Mental Health
Activist Post - Unfortunately, national sovereignty rarely enters into the equation anymore, as the average citizen tends to look straight to the United Nations to address their concerns, bypassing their own governments. As case in point, a recent report by AFP, entitled, “Experts urge U.N. to address mental health,” discusses how a recent article in PLoS Medicine, a reputable medical journal, has called for the United Nations General Assembly to develop a plan to tackle mental, neurological, and substance-abuse disorders (MNS).

VIDEO: On a mission: UN nuclear watchdog arrives in Iran
RT -January 28, 2012 - UN nuclear inspectors have arrived in Iran to examine the county’s atomic activities. Tehran says it hopes the visit will remove western allegations of nuclear weapon development.

Pentagon Seeks Mightier Bomb vs. Iran
WSJ - Pentagon war planners have concluded that their largest conventional bomb isn't yet capable of destroying Iran's most heavily fortified underground facilities, and are stepping up efforts to make it more powerful, according to U.S. officials briefed on the plan.

US and Israel revive largest joint anti-missile drills
RT - Now after a brief delay, America will send thousands of troops and its anti-missile defense systems to Israel, albeit a few months later than planned. With the exercise back in the books, it could mean that an eventual war between the US and Iran is still in the works — and now the world has a timeline to see it through. Speaking off the record, both US and Israeli authorities tell the JTA news wire that tensions with Iran indeed played a role in the rescheduling, but declined to say how exactly.

Navy wants commando ‘mothership’ in Middle East
Washington Post - The Pentagon is rushing to send a large floating base for commando teams to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somali pirates, among other threats. In response to requests from U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, the Navy is converting an aging warship it had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos. Unofficially dubbed a “mothership,” the floating base could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs, procurement documents show.

YouTube: USS Enterprise False Flag???
Interesting observation. Possible False flag operation on USS Enterprise to blame Iran…

US to expand network of secret bases
The new strategy would assign specific US-based army brigades and marine expeditionary units to different regions of the world, where they would travel regularly for joint exercises and other missions, using permanent facilities and the forward-staging bases that some advisers call “lily pads”.

Gulf States to arm Syrian opposition?
RT - Gulf State opponents of the regime in Syria, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have reportedly come to an agreement to offer financial aid to Syria’s flagging opposition movement for the purchase of much-needed arms. A secret meeting has been conducted between opposition leaders and Saudi and Qatari officials to discuss funding for the movement’s dwindling weapons supply.

Syria: Watch the weather forecast
RT - Ankhar Kochneva, writer and sole foreign journalist permanently living in Syria, tells RT what is really up in the country, who funds the opposition, how international media fake images of unrest and why it is so important to watch weather forecasts.

Iran arrests journalists, to execute bloggers
Washington Examiner - "In the past two weeks, security forces have reportedly arrested four journalists," the U.S. State Department said in a statement, "including Shahram Manouchehri, Sahamedin Bourghani, Parastoo Dokouhaki, and Marzieh Rasouli, and Iranian courts confirmed death sentences for bloggers Saeed Malekpour and Vahid Asghari, both of whom were not accorded due process and now face imminent execution on charges of 'spreading corruption.'"

European Parliament Official In Charge Of ACTA Quits, And Denounces The 'Masquerade' Behind ACTA
This is interesting. Kader Arif, the "rapporteur" for ACTA [Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement], has quit that role in disgust over the process behind getting the EU to sign onto ACTA. A rapporteur is a person "appointed by a deliberative body to investigate an issue." However, it appears his investigation of ACTA didn't make him very pleased...

120 people convicted for not filling in UK census form
Guardian - At least 120 people have been convicted for failing to complete their 2011 census forms, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. While some may have simply forgotten, others see themselves as conscientious objectors who are being prosecuted for refusing to fill out the forms because of the involvement of the defence contractor Lockheed Martin UK, which won the £150m contract to run the census.

Wrong addressee? Large stash of cocaine arrives at UN HQ
RT - Police in New York have seized two bags containing 16 kg of cocaine at the UN’s mail center. The unusual shipment had been sent from Mexico City and apparently was not intended to end up at the global organization’s headquarters.

Costa offers $14,460 per person for ruined cruise
(AP) — Costa Crociere SpA is offering uninjured passengers euro11,000 ($14,460) apiece to compensate them for lost baggage and psychological trauma after its cruise ship ran aground and capsized off Tuscany when the captain deviated from his route.... The deal does not apply to the hundreds of crew on the ship, the roughly 100 cases of people injured or the families who lost loved ones. Passengers are free to pursue legal action on their own if they aren't satisfied with the deal.

Monsanto Investor Bill Gates Says GMO Crops Needed to Fight Starvation
Activist Post - Bill Gates, the heavy Monsanto investor who purchased 500,000 shares of the biotech giant in 2010, has been touting Monsanto’s genetically modified creations as a tool that is necessary to prevent starvation in poor nations. The same poor nations where thousands of farmers routinely commit suicide after being completely bankrupt by Monsanto’s overpriced and ineffective GM seeds.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Defense Department can't account for billions for Iraq
The U.S. Defense Department cannot account for about $2 billion it was given to cover Iraq-related expenses and is not providing Iraq with a complete list of U.S.-funded reconstruction projects, according to two new government audits.

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Withdrawn After Amended To Include Testing Lawmakers
Huffington Post - A Republican member of the Indiana General Assembly withdrew his bill to create a pilot program for drug testing welfare applicants Friday after one of his Democratic colleagues amended the measure to require drug testing for lawmakers. The Supreme Court ruled drug testing for political candidates unconstitutional in 1997, striking down a Georgia law. McMillin said he withdrew his bill so he could reintroduce it on Monday with a lawmaker drug testing provision that would pass constitutional muster.

BirtherReport.com/ObamaReleaseYourRecords.com Leads to Arrest of an Obot who Threatened to Kill Sheriff Joe for his Investigation into Obama's Eligibility
(Warning: Contains disturbing language) A 33-year-old man in Phoenix has been arrested for threatening to kill Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family. The threat comes in response to the Sheriff's office's investigation into the legitimacy of Obama's birth certificate. Cox's mother confirmed with police that he is an avid supporter of president Obama and police say he has a history of assault.

YouTube: Susan Daniels Testifies in Atlanta: Obama's Social Security Number is Fraudulent
P.I. Susan Daniels Testifies that Obama's Social Security Number is fraudulant in the January 26 2012 hearing in Atlanta Georga. This interview was given by Ms. Daniels after the noon recess was granted.

Obama Blocked In 5 States From Primary Ballot
Obama’s Worst Nightmare, Legal Immigration. Constitution Stands in the State of Georgia,Alabama,New Hampshire,Mass, Illinois. Related article here.

Politicians Who Received Money for SOPA Vote
North Shore Tea Party - Here is a list of politicians in favor of the bill known as SOPA and PIPA and the amounts of money they received from the SOPA backers who bought their favor in voting yes for both bills.

New Jersey bill aims to ban all handgun, some rifle ammo
Aaron Dykes - In an end-run around an all out gun ban, the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is set to consider legislation that would ban ammunition under the auspices of protecting police. The language seemingly targets the already prohibited ‘armor piercing ammunition’ but would encompass any ammo that is deemed to “pose a threat to the safety and well being of law enforcement.” Ammoland is reporting that “Common hunting, target, and self-defense ammunition would be subject to ban, along with BB’s, airgun pellets, and non-metallic ammunition like plastic airsoft pellets.”

VIDEO: Florida Police roll out video surveillance truck called The Peacemaker
Sun Sentinel - "Warning: You are under video surveillance," reads the bold message on the side of the truck. From the front bumper of the menacing vehicle, another sign taunts: "Whatcha gonna do when we come for you?" The truck is a new weapon for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in the fight against drugs and neighborhood nuisances, and it looks like a Winnebago on steroids. They call it "The Peacemaker," and it may be a first in South Florida.

Militarized Drills Continue: Stadiums Prepped to Be Used as Martial Law Staging Centers
Intel Hub - By now you may have heard of the many FEMA camps located throughout the United States which will serve as holding centers for U.S. citizens during times of civil unrest. The camps are no conspiracy theory and they happen to be popping up at a rapid rate in the Continental United States (CONUS). In fact, Infowars recently reported on a new detention hub located at the Los Angeles Airport (LAX). But what about the fact that every stadium is a FEMA camp hiding in plain sight, stagnantly awaiting its grim use one day in the near future? (Think New Orleans Super Dome)

Pentagon's new budget: Rise of the machines
RT - The Pentagon detailed the Defense Department cuts on Thursday that US President Barack Obama hinted at earlier in the month.

Obama hosts George H.W. and Jeb Bush at White House
Unbeknownst to the press, President Obama met Friday evening with former president George H.W. Bush and his son, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, in the Oval Office.... When asked what the men discussed and why it wasn't on the schedule, the White House released a statement saying, “The three men enjoyed a personal visit in the Oval Office – as they have done on previous occasions when President Bush is Washington.”

Washington State Looking to Follow Constitution and Legalize Gold and Silver
Daily Paul - HB 2731 was dropped this week by Rep. Cary Condotta, Rep. Matt Shea, and Rep. Overstreet to legalize gold and silver as legal tender in WA St. as directed by the US Constitution.

New Mexico man arrested, drugged, detained for two years; now wins $22 million reward verdict in lawsuit
(NaturalNews) After spending two years in solitary confinement without ever having been convicted of a crime, 58-year-old Stephen Slevin has finally been awarded a whopping $22 million from a federal jury for his improper treatment by Dona Ana County in New Mexico. The Miami Herald reports that Slevin had originally been arrested for drunk driving back in 2005, but ended up spending most of the following two years alone and neglected in solitary confinement, thanks to someone checking a box on a form that categorized Slevin as "suicidal."

2012 Election News

YouTube: Ron Paul on CNN State of the Union 01/29/12
1/29/12.

Ron Paul WINS Tennessee Republican Assembly Straw Poll
January 28, 2012 - Ron Paul: 200 votes (63.3%), Rick Santorum: 62 votes (19.6%), Newt Gingrich: 38 votes (12%), Mitt Romney; 15 votes (4%).

VIDEO: 'Endorse Liberty' Super PAC to Broadcast 30 Minute Ron Paul TV Special in Florida
MIAMI, Jan 27, 2012 (Business Wire) -- Endorse Liberty, a political action committee supporting Ron Paul for President, announced today that it has purchased multiple 30 minute prime time slots on Florida's WHDT TV, the largest independent broadcaster in Florida and America's first HD network, to air a special program in advance of the Florida Republican primary. The special features short films about the candidate, including "Blowback," which outlines Ron Paul's foreign and military policy for America.

BREAKING: Nevada GOP Changing The Rules!
The presidential campaign of Texas Rep. Ron Paul is calling it “underhanded” and “completely unacceptable” that the Nevada GOP has scheduled a special evening caucus in Las Vegas on Feb. 4 to accommodate billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Carl Bunce, Nevada campaign chair to the Paul campaign, reacted forcefully to a Chronicle report that the state GOP Thursday confirmed the decision to go ahead with the special caucus beginning at 6 p.m. A party official told the Chronicle the special caucus would “accommodate those with religious restrictions.”

VIDEO "Why Paul Sees An Opening To The Nomination, In Maine"
Jan 27, 2012 - Ron Paul in Maine looking for delegates.

Ron Paul Endorsed By Maine State Rep. Aaron Libby
FALMOUTH, Maine – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed today by Maine State Representative Aaron Libby (R-Waterboro). Representing the 139th District, Rep. Libby serves an area comprised of Waterboro and part of Lyman. At a town hall event featuring Ron Paul in Alfred, Rep. Libby made his endorsement public before the crowd of Paul supporters....

Ron Paul endorsed by Linda Bean, the granddaughter of L.L. Bean Co and founder and a prominent Republican activist in the state
Washington Post - The Texas congressman was campaigning Saturday in Maine, which holds caucuses beginning Feb. 4. He spoke to an overflow crowd at the University of Southern Maine and held an outdoor rally outside the famed L.L. Bean store in Freeport. He picked up the endorsement of Linda Bean, the granddaughter of the Bean company founder and a prominent Republican activist in the state.

VIDEO: Ron Paul To CNN's John King: "I don't know how long you want to beat a dead horse!"
January 27, 2012 - CNN is still asking about Ron Paul's "racist" news letters, Later asked about his medical records, Ron Paul mentions that he doesn't even take any medications.

REDSTATE: The Jacksonville Brawl
Then there was Ron Paul. Many of us quickly dismiss Ron Paul, but his performance was stellar. He offered extremely sound responses on healthcare, education, border security, and more. Very few of the questions were on foreign policy, which is where he tends to go off the reservation. Last night he came off as warm, funny, and right on the mark. It was his best debate performance.

VIDEO: Colonel Douglas Macgregor: "Ron Paul Best For National Defense"
Daily Paul - On Freedom Watch Retired U.S. Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor explains why Rep. Ron Paul's plan would actually strengthen the U.S. military: "As Ron Paul has pointed out, we do need to scale back our overseas footprint. Our presence in many parts of the world today is actually a catalyst for conflict. We're not cultivating peaceful conditions, in many cases we're doing the opposite..." "Ron Paul is the only man who is in touch with reality"!"

VIDEO: Fox News says Ron Paul is the biggest threat to Barack Obama
Not Mitt Romney!

Ron Paul raises $250K to ‘end the TSA’
USA Today - Ron Paul appears headed toward reaching his latest fundraising goal: $250,000 to help end the Transportation Security Administration. The GOP presidential candidate began a "money bomb" shortly after his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, got stopped at the Nashville airport on Monday after setting off an alarm on a body-scanning machine. The younger Paul declined a pat-down search by the TSA but was allowed to board a later flight.

After Getting Groped By The TSA, I May Just Vote For Ron Paul
Business insider - Yesterday I was subjected to an illegal, warrantless, and groundless "physically invasive" pat down by a TSA agent. A stranger grabbed my genitals -- this wasn't your simple frisking before entering an airport terminal. This was how you treat a prisoner in a maximum security prison. I posted the chilling details of my encounter on my Google+ profile here.

National Debt Grew by $1 Trillion When Gingrich was Speaker
From Treasury Direct.gov: • In 1994, the year before Gingrich become Speaker the National Debt was $4, 693 trillion. • In 1995, the year he become speaker the debt was $4,974 trillion. • In 1996 the debt was $ 5,225 trillion. • In 1997 the debt was $5,413 trillion •In 1998– the last year of his speakership– the debt was $5,526 trillion.

Tired and broke, Santorum heads home to do taxes
(AP) - Jan 27, 2012 - Rick Santorum is tired, almost broke — and going home. The former Pennsylvania senator is taking a pause from Florida campaigning just days before the Tuesday primary that even he expects to deal him a third consecutive loss. The cash-strapped candidate acknowledges that he simply can't keep up with the GOP front-runners in Florida. Update - Santorum is staying home in Philadelphia to be with his hospitalized daughter and is canceling campaign stops in Florida.

President John Tyler’s grandson says Newt Gingrich is a 'jerk'
President John Tyler’s grandson Harrison Tyler, 84, says he’s not impressed with the state of politics today and particularly thinks Newt Gingrich is a “big jerk” for his three marriages. Incredibly, President Tyler, who was born in 1790 and became the 10th president in 1841, has two grandchildren still alive today. His grandson, Harrison Ruffin Tyler, currently maintains the Tyler presidential home, Sherwood Forest Plantation Foundation in Charles City, Va.

Newt Gingrich wants to make the moon the 51st state
RT - From the campaign trail in Florida on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told supporters that earlier in his career he introduced something called the Northwest Ordinance for Space. He acknowledged that it was the “weirdest thing” he’s ever done, but today he says he stands by what it called for. “I think the number is 13,000 — when we have 13,000 Americans living on the moon, they can petition to become a state,” recalled Gingrich. The crowd in Cocoa, Florida responded with both laughter and applause.

Veterans News

Police Get Help With Confronting Veterans
The Justice Department is funding an unusual national training program to help police deal with an increasing number of volatile confrontations involving highly trained and often heavily armed combat veterans. Developers of the pilot program, to be launched at 15 U.S. sites this year, said there is an "urgent need" to de-escalate crises in which even SWAT teams may be facing tactical disadvantages against mentally ill suspects who also happen to be trained in modern warfare.

St. Louis parade on Iraq War's end draws thousands
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Looking around at the tens of thousands of people waving American flags and cheering, Army Maj. Rich Radford was moved that so many braved a cold January wind Saturday in St. Louis to honor people like him: Iraq War veterans.... With 91,000 troops still fighting in Afghanistan, many Iraq veterans could be redeployed - suggesting to some that it's premature to celebrate their homecoming. In New York, for example, Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently said there would be no city parade for Iraq War veterans in
the foreseeable future because of objections voiced by military officials.

VA Changes Emergency Care Policy
The new regulation extends VA's authority to pay for emergency care provided to eligible veterans at non-VA facilities until the veterans can be safely transferred to a VA medical facility. More than 100,000 veterans are estimated to be affected by the new rules.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Cops fire tear gas at Oakland 'Occupy'; 300 arrested
LA times - Occupy Oakland demonstrators broke into the historic building and burned a U.S. flag, and officers earlier fired tear gas to disperse people throwing rocks and tearing down fencing at a convention center. Saturday's protests -- the most turbulent since Oakland police forcefully dismantled an Occupy encampment in November -- came just days after the group said it planned to use a vacant building as a social center and political hub and threatened to try to shut down the port, occupy the airport and take over City Hall.

VIDEO: Magazine Calls Occupiers To Come To Chicago In 'Tradition of' 1968 Rioters
CNS News - Adbusters, the radical, Vancouver-based anti-consumerist magazine, credited by many media outlets for launching the Occupy Wall Street protests, has put out an ad calling for 50,000 protestors to “Occupy” the G8 summit in May.... According to the official statement of Adbusters (titled Tactical Briefing #25), “On May 1, 50,000 people from all over the world will flock to Chicago, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and #OCCUPYCHICAGO for a month. With a bit of luck, we’ll pull off the biggest multinational occupation of a summit meeting the world has ever seen.”

Anonymous claims Stratfor spied on OWS
RT _ Anonymous promised that after hacking the intelligence firm Stratfor, called by some a “shadow CIA,” they’d prove that they were more than just a consulting firm. Now it looks like the private company worked along with law enforcement in attempting to bring down the Occupy movement.

Economy

Fed prepares for QE3
RT - The central bank of the United States believes that America is still a ways from economic recovery, which could soon prompt the Federal Reserve to announce a new round of quantitative easing, or QE3.

Is President Obama Creating A Nation Of Dependents?
According to the Census Bureau 49% now live in homes where at least one person gets a federal benefit — Social Security, workers comp, unemployment, subsidized housing, and the like. That's up from 44% the year before Obama took office, and way up from 1983, when fewer than a third were government beneficiaries. This year, more than 46 million (15% of all Americans) will get food stamps. That's 45% higher than when Obama took office, and twice as high as the average for the previous 40 years.

'I make a mistake, every hour, every day': Obama admits his presidency has been flawed... but claims economy is stronger
Mail Online - Barack Obama said he makes mistakes on an hourly basis as President but stood firmly behind his administration's work in bolstering the U.S. economy and jobs market.

Housing Market

Maryland court rejects robo-signing lawsuit
Housing Wire - A Maryland court ruled that homeowners lose the right to file a subsequent lawsuit against a foreclosure proceeding if the grievances are not aired during the original foreclosure.

Federal mortgage fraud task force subpoenas 11 banks
Housing Wire - The new federal task force led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent subpoenas to the 11 largest financial institutions in the past few days as part of its investigation into possible residential mortgage-backed securities fraud.

Energy & Environment

President Obama Mentions An Energy Company In His Big Speech And It Goes Bankrupt Instantly
Andrew Restuccia of The Hill is reporting that Ener1, a battery company that President Obama referenced in his State of The Union Speech on Tuesday as an example of successful energy investments, has just filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. That's just two days after the speech.... Under President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package, the Energy Department awarded grants in an attempt to create a U.S. electric-car industry. Ener1 subsidiary EnerDel was the grant recipient and has received about $55 million of its grant so far.

Forget global warming - it's Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again)
Daily Mail - The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years. The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.

Health

Turmeric, Curcumin Naturally Block Cancer Cells
Activist Post - Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin — the primary component in turmeric also responsible for its color — exhibited these cancer-blocking properties during a study involving 21 participants suffering from head and neck cancers.... What the lab found was that the enzymes in the patients’ mouths responsible for promoting cancer spread and growth were inhibited by the curcumin supplementation. As a result, the curcumin intake halted the spread of the malignant cells. Curcumin has previously been found to reduce tumors by 81% in similarly shocking research, which also gives credence to the natural anti-cancer benefits of turmeric and curcumin intake.

Children's medicines coated with brain-damaging aluminum
(NaturalNews) Aluminum Lake food coloring, used to heavily coat liquid medicines for children, contains dangerous amounts of aluminum and harmful synthetic petrochemicals. These "petrochemicals" are carcinogens containing petroleum, antifreeze and ammonia, which cause a long list of adverse reactions. Aluminum poisoning can lead to short and long term central nervous system (CNS) damage, such as memory impairments, autism, epilepsy, mental retardation, and dementia.

Grape seed extract kills head and neck cancer cells, leaves healthy cells unharmed
A study published this week in the journal Carcinogenesis shows that in both cell lines and mouse models, grape seed extract (GSE) kills head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed. "It's a rather dramatic effect," says Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, investigator at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Protect against breast cancer risk factors with flax seeds
(NaturalNews) While the standard remedies of radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are well known, there are effective natural approaches for prevention and treatment which can have a significant impact on the disease. One of these is flax seeds which are the richest source of plant based omega-3 fatty acids and are high in lignans and fiber all of which help reduce breast cancer risk. According to breast cancer specialist Christine Horner, MD, in her book Waking the Warrior Goddess, "If you were given only one choice of a food to take as medicine, your best choice would be the tiny seed from the flax plant."

Distress - The first mental and emotional cause of cancer
(NaturalNews) How can you live a stress-free life and prevent cancer and other health problems? By learning to manage your cortisol stress hormone levels and by putting the mental/emotional stress in your life in the proper perspective. Once you know how to balance the physical factors of sleep, diet and exercise along with the mental and emotional stresses in your life then you will restore health in your body and mind. This is critical in any alternative cancer treatment.

Scientists admit non-stick cookware and fluorine compounds cause vaccines to fail
(NaturalNews) Many consumer and industrial products contain perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), which are highly-persistent organofluorine compounds that make certain materials oil, water, and stain resistant. But according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, PFCs in non-stick cookware, clothing, furniture, and food packaging appear to be responsible for causing vaccines to fail as well, as they can reduce antibody concentrations to levels below what is considered effective for warding off disease.

Business As Usual at the FDA
Activist Post - This story in the Wall Street Journal barely made a splash last week – “FDA Panelists Had Ties to Bayer.” Three advisors who had financial ties to Bayer AG were invited to serve on a “safety committee” for the FDA to assess the safety of four Bayer AG birth control drugs. All three individuals were either paid consultants, researchers, or speakers.

U.S. Juice Products Association wants you to drink more chemical fungicide in your orange juice
(NaturalNews) During the month of January 2012, the FDA detained nearly 14% of imported orange juice shipments to the US because it contained the fungicide carbendazim which is not approved for use in this country. According the US Juice Products Association, the solution is to change the regulations so that the fungicide-tainted juice can enter the country.

Prisoners lawsuit against soy products given green light by judge
(NaturalNews) An Illinois District Court judge has decided that a lawsuit filed against the state's prison system for serving excessive amounts of soy in prisoner meals will move forward. Honorable Judge Harold Baker from the central district of Illinois agrees that the case itself, represented by the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAP), has validity, and that forcing high amounts of soy on prisoners in place of real meat, cheese, and other products could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment."

Walnuts for prostate cancer, osteoporosis and CHD
Activist Post - Americans are being kept in the dark about a natural cure for prostate cancer and osteoporosis by none other than the US Food and Drug Administration. More scientific evidence confirms that walnuts have some amazing properties: not only did they reduce tumor size in mice, but they also lowered LDL, the “bad” kind of cholesterol that leads to heart disease, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition last week.

Vegetable Chips
Mother Earth News - Learn how to turn winter's staple veggies into a delicious, nutritious, homemade snack with this super-simple recipe.

Science & Technology

FBI Wants New App to Wiretap the Internet
The FBI's Strategic Information and Operations Center (SOIC) posted a 'Request for Information (RFI)' online last week seeking companies to build a social network monitoring system for the FBI. The 12-page document (.pdf) spells out what the bureau wants from such a system and invites potential contractors to reply by February 10, 2012.

Megaupload users to sue FBI
RT - First federal prosecutors said that the file-sharing site Megaupload was responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage to the music and film industry. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation could go before a judge if critics of their shut down of the immensely popular Megaupload website have their wish. While authorities say the site infringed on copyright after copyright, patrons of the site who used the file locker to store personal files such as work documents and private research want authorities to be held accountable for their losses.

Did the music industry set-up Megaupload to be shut down?
RT - By putting [Megaupload founder] Dotcom behind bars, the feds didn't just end Megaupload though, once one of the most visited sites on the Web. By ending the operation, authorities have also pulled the plug on an endeavor that was scheduled to launch later this year that could have legitimately disrupted Hollywood by letting users download songs — and rewarding the artists with compensation unheard of in the industry.

Before SOPA they tried to kill VCR!
RT Keiser Report.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Consumer Group Opposes USDA’s Privatization of Poultry Inspection
Mother Earth News - Talk about the fox guarding the hen house! With virtually no fanfare, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced on January 20th that poultry processing inspections have been privatized — granting authority to processors to oversee their own lines with no government oversight.

Pet News

Treat feline stomatitis naturally
(NaturalNews) Feline stomatitis is a very common and unpleasant malady for any self respecting cat to have. It is a result of the modern way of feline health care. Stomatitis is the inflammation of the mouth. Symptoms include redness and swelling of any surface. It is painful for the cat to eat, so they may look forward to their meal, eat a little, then run away, as if the food has hurt them.... Veterinary treatment is to start off with antibiotics. If this doesn't work or doesn't hold, they may increase the course or vary the antibiotic. Further treatment can involve the use of cortisone and tooth extraction. None of these measures are addressing the cause of the problem.

Stupid News & Odd News

Warehouse fiancé: US woman to ‘gay-marry’ historical building
RT - Seattle has an interesting choice about how to spend this Sunday: a barbeque, an Occupy event or Babylonia Aivaz’s wedding…to a 107-year-old building. And Aivaz needs to do it quick: demolition of the warehouse has already begun. Babylonia says she hopes to save the abandoned building for a community center.... “If corporations can have rights as people, so can buildings,” the “bride” told American Komonews, referencing a Supreme Court decision on political advertising. “I’m doing this to show the building how much I love it, how much I love community space and how much I love this neighborhood. And I want to stop it from gentrification.”

Humor & Satire

YouTube: 'How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ron Paul' Silly Song
For those of you who remember Sound of Music (1959). Catch the funny photo at the 1:46 mark!


Today in History - Friday - January 27, 2012
1880 - Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp.
1888 - The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, DC.
1926 - John Baird, a Scottish inventor, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called television.
1927 - United Independent Broadcasters Inc. started a radio network with contracts with 16 stations. The company later became Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).
1943 - During World War II, the first all American air raid against Germany took place when about 50 bombers attacked Wilhlemshaven.
1944 - The Soviet Union announced that the two year German siege of Leningrad had come to an end.
1945 - Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.
1948 - Wire Recording Corporation of America announced the first magnetic tape recorder. The ‘Wireway’ machine with a built-in oscillator sold for $149.50.
1951 - In the U.S., atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats.
1967 - At Cape Kennedy, FL, astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo I spacecraft.
1967 - More than 60 nations signed the Outer Space Treaty which banned the orbiting of nuclear weapons and placing weapons on celestial bodies or space stations.
1973 - The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.
1977 - The Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's ban on female priests.
1981 - U.S. President Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House.
1985 - The Coca-Cola Company, of Atlanta, GA, announced a plan to sell its soft drinks in the Soviet Union.
1992 - Former world boxing champion Mike Tyson went on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest.
1997 - It was revealed that French national museums were holding nearly 2,000 works of art stolen from Jews by the Nazis during World War II.
1998 - U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on NBC's "Today" show. She charged that the allegations against her husband were the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
1999 - The U.S. Senate blocked dismissal of the impeachment case against President Clinton and voted for new testimony from Monica Lewinsky and two other witnesses.
2003 - Altria Group, Inc. became the name of the parent company of Kraft Foods, Philip Morris USA, Philip Morris International and Philip Morris Capital Corporation.
2010 - Apple unveiled the "iPad".

World News

Raw milk vending machines growing in popularity across Europe
(NaturalNews) While American health authorities continue to peddle unfounded superstition about the so-called dangers of raw milk, which has spawned authoritarian policies that prevent millions of Americans from freely accessing it, unpasteurized dairy is all the rage throughout Europe. And one Polish manufacturer of raw milk vending machines explained to The Bovine in a recent interview that the installation of such machines is rapidly spreading both in Poland and across Europe.

Iran is ready to return to nuclear talks
(AP) - Iran is ready to revive talks with the U.S. and other world powers, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday, but suggested that Tehran's foes will have to make compromises to prevent negotiations from again collapsing in stalemate. Iran's insistence that it will never give up uranium enrichment — the process that makes material for reactors as well as weapons — scuttled negotiations a year ago and still looms as a potential deal breaker even as tougher Western sanctions target Iran's critical oil exports.

EU signs ACTA, global internet censorship treaty
Activist Post - Today, the European Union and 22 member states signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. They have now joined the US and seven other nations that signed the treaty last October.Digital ‘right to be forgotten’ will be made EU law Telegraph - The move will mean that social networks such as Facebook or Twitter will have to comply with users' requests to delete everything they have ever published about themselves online. It will also mean that consumers will be able to force
companies that hold data about them, such as for Tesco's Clubcard, to remove it.

Polish Web Sites To Go Dark To Protest ACTA
Sci-Tech Today - Poland's support for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, has sparked days of Internet protests by groups who fear it could lead to online censorship. Now several sites plan to go dark in protest. ACTA shares some
similarities with the hotly debated Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S., which was shelved by lawmakers last week.

Egypt bans travel for US official's son, 9 others
(AP) - Egypt banned at least 10 Americans and Europeans from leaving the country, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, hiking tensions with Washington over a campaign by Egypt's military against groups promoting democracy and human rights. The United States warned Thursday that the campaign raised concerns about Egypt's transition to democracy and could jeopardize American aid that Egypt's battered economy needs badly after a year of unrest.

YouTube: Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World
The key to freedom is to be able to have the ability to defend yourself &, if you dont have the tools to do that, then you're going to be at the mercy of whomever wants to put you away. Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture - but the gun crime
rate is so low that statistics are not even kept. The country has a population of six million, but there are estimated to be at least two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols. This is in a very large part due to Switzerland's unique system of national defence, developed over the centuries.

Mexico ups swine flu screening as cases increase
(AP) - Three years after swine flu closed Mexico City and caused an international scare, the Mexican government and local media are at odds over the severity of this season's flu virus. Newspapers are warning of an alarming increase in cases while
the government insists there is no cause for alarm. Federal and state health officials agree there is an increase, but they say the number of cases is within the range of a normal flu season. The Mexican health ministry, however, has listed confusing numbers on its website and it hasn't specified the rise in cases despite repeated requests from The Associated Press.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

'Cash-Mob' Rallies Behind Popular Small Town Hardware Store
The story of how one Ohio community rallied behind a favorite family-run hardware store in an act of solidarity, and profits, has captured the nation's attention, and left the family in awe.

US has arrested Iranian scientist
Fox News - The United States has arrested and charged an Iranian semiconductor scientist with violating U.S. export laws by buying high-tech U.S. lab equipment, a development likely to further worsen Iranian-U.S. tensions. Prison records show the U.S. has been holding Seyed Mojtaba Atarodi, 54, a microchip expert and assistant professor at Tehran's prestigious Sharif University of Technology, in a federal facility in Dublin, Calif., outside San Francisco. The Iranian interest section in the Pakistani embassy in Washington said it was aware of the arrest.

New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who’s accountable?
The Navy’s new drone being tested near Chesapeake Bay stretches the boundaries of technology: It’s designed to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier, one of aviation’s most difficult maneuvers. What’s even more remarkable is that it will do that not only without a pilot in the cockpit, but without a pilot at all. The X-47B marks a paradigm shift in warfare, one that is likely to have far-reaching consequences. With the drone’s ability to be flown autonomously by onboard computers, it could usher in an era when death and destruction can be dealt by machines operating semi-independently.

Security video shows police lied about Rand Paul’s behavior
After being briefly detained by police officers on Monday, Paul appears to be getting some vindication in the form of a security camera’s video. Although police described him as “being irate” in an incident report, footage published Thursday shows Paul sitting calmly inside an airport checkpoint, and occasionally picking up his phone.

Hawaii police state? Government may track all website visits by residents
(NaturalNews) It is becoming increasingly obvious, and highly embarrassing, that many members of the US Congress have absolutely no idea what the Constitution says, or how the justice system works. Rep. John Mizuno (D-Hawaii) recently introduced a bill that intends to keep a log of every website visited by every person using the internet in Hawaii in order to target internet harassment, in direct defiance of the Fourth Amendment.

Georgia Hearing: Judge Wanted To Immediately Enter Default Judgment Against Obama
UPDATE: From Plaintiff, in one of the Georgia challenges, Carl Swensson: To all my friends in battle, The Judge pulled the lawyers for the three cases into chambers before it all began and advised them that he would be issuing a default judgment in
our favor, since the Defense council failed to show, and wanted to end it there.... Now we’re merely awaiting the publishing of this Judge’s ruling which, as previously stated, will be a Default Judgment. - Carl

Obama Eligibility Court Case...Blow By Blow
Given the testimony from today’s court case in Georgia, Obama has a lot of explaining to do. His attorney, Jablonski, was a NO SHOW as of course, was Obama. The following is a nutshell account of the proceedings. Related WND article here.

An “Empty Chair” Defense in Atlanta
Obama’s attorney is pulling out all the stops to disrupt justice in America, to stop the removal from the ballot of an Unconstitutional presidential candidate. First, he tried to dismiss the case. Then he tried to stop legal subpoenas. Then he advised his client to skip the hearings. Now, he’s trying behind the scenes to take the case out of its proper jurisdiction. They are playing hardball. They are desperate. If everything is legitimate, why not just show up in court, produce the evidence and make the legal arguments? I think we know the answer.

Sen. Paul 2012 March for Life Remarks
Jan 24, 2012 - On Monday, Sen. Rand Paul was scheduled to speak at the 2012 March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., but was improperly detained by the TSA and forced to miss the event. However, after the rally, Sen. Paul
hosted a reception welcoming marchers from Kentucky and those across the country. Below are the remarks Sen. Paul would have delivered at the 2012 March for Life. "The question remains, can a nation long endure or can a civilization long endure that does not respect Life? Our Liberty comes from our Creator and our freedoms depend upon a respect for Life...."

U.S. Army chief admits he's 'comfortable' with fewer troops as Pentagon readies cuts
Mail Online - As the Pentagon prepares its major budget announcement today, the U.S. Army boss says he's comfortable with plans to shrink the size of his force and shift the military's focus to Asia, saying troops there will remain relevant and
capable. Gen Raymond Odierno declined to disclose figures the Pentagon is due to unveil that envision a smaller Army and the withdrawal of two brigade combat teams from Europe. Those fixed brigades will be replaced by rotational units.

Maryland man pleads guilty in U.S. military bomb plot
(Reuters) - A Baltimore man angry about American policy toward Muslims pleaded guilty on Thursday as part of a plot to bomb a U.S. military recruitment center in Maryland and faces a 25-year prison sentence, the Justice Department said. It said
Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain, pleaded guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, a car bomb, in what had been an FBI sting operation.

VIDEO: Military Helicopters Conduct Covert Exercises Over U.S. Bank Building
Steve Watson - Video was captured last night of five military helicopters buzzing over downtown LA, conducting what the LAPD has described as a special ops urban warfare drill. The footage, captured by CBS Los Angeles, shows a huge Black Hawk
helicopter hovering over the US bank building along with four other OH-6 choppers, known as “Little Birds”.

City Denies Request For Ticker-Tape Parade Honoring 9/11 First Responders
CBSNewYork Gilmartin said he filed all the correct paperwork and received approval from the community board but he believes the decision came down to the cost of the event. “I did everything they asked of me, and I assume, but I can’t say for sure,
that it’s all about the money,” Gilmartin said. He believes the first responders deserve a parade for the sacrifices they made on and after Sept. 11, 2001.

CHICAGOLAND: Gun purchases in city soar after ban lifted
CBS News - Significantly more Chicagoans are arming themselves with guns. As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, over the past two years, the city has seen a 16 percent spike in the number of people holding state Firearm Owner’s
Identification Cards. About 122,000 people possessed FOID cards at the beginning of this year compared to 105,000 at the beginning of 2010, said Monique Bond, spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police. Illinois residents must possess a FOID card to buy guns in the state.

DNA sample to be taken from students before SAT college entrance exams
Jonathan Benson - Standardized testing is a common method by which colleges and universities evaluate the competency of applying high school students. But an increasing amount of students are cheating on such tests, which has caused lawmakers in New York to consider actually harvesting “digital DNA” from students and applying it to special ID cards that students would be required to furnish both before and after taking the SAT or ACT exams to prove their identities.

2012 Election News

Ron Paul is sweeping the GOP youth vote
Across the country, the youth vote is down. Registration is low. Voter enthusiasm for Republican candidates has been lackluster. Unless that candidate’s name is Ron Paul. The 76-year-old U.S. representative from Texas has energized — and
gained —young voters at a time many people under 30 are turned off to politics.

Ron Paul Resonates with Hispanic Voters in Florida
US News - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's strategists say they have discovered a surprising source of support for their candidate—Latinos in Florida. Paul hasn't made any overt appeals for the Hispanic vote, his advisers say... But a
Paul spokesman cites a new poll indicating that the Texas congressman has the support of 41.5 percent of likely Hispanic Republican voters in Florida, with former House Speaker New Gingrich second at 25.3 percent, former Gov. Mitt Romney of
Massachusetts at 9.2 percent, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at 4.1 percent.

VIDEO: O'Reilly Tries to Tie Child Molestation to Ron Paul, Doyle Fires Back 'I Have the Dirt on O'Reilly'
The Showdown begins to heat up between Doyle and O'Reilly as Doyle shows that O'Reilly tries to connect Ron Paul to child molestation in American. Jerry Doyle exposes threats made to him after his endorsement of Ron Paul by Fox News in behalf of Bill O'Reilly. Doyle respond 'I have the dirt on Bill O'Reilly'.

We must construct a serious, sustained boycott of the mainstream media advertisers
We must begin to construct a serious, sustained boycott of the mainstream media advertisers (their lifeblood) with the goal of either fundamentally changing the msm’s behavior or ending their existence. Yes, the media distorts Ron Paul, but that’s only part of the problem. The truth is the mainstream media does a terrible job of keeping us informed about everything! We’re never going to fix America, have honest and real debates about real and relevant issues, unless we change the way the mainstream media operates.

Romney’s Bain Capital ‘earned’ $342 million by bankrupting company, firing 850 staff
Daily Kos - One of corporate vampire Bain Capital’s victims was Dade International, Bain stripped them and cashed in. Via McKay Coppins, you can add The Miami Herald to the list of people and organizations who Mitt Romney says are attacking free enterprise. That's because today's edition takes a look at how Bain Capital "earned" $342 million from investing $30 million in the acquisition of medical technology firm named Dade International. Despite profiting by hundreds of millions of dollars from the deal, Romney's company led Dade to bankruptcy, laying off thousands of workers throughout the country—including 850 in Miami alone.

Romney Failed to Disclose Swiss Bank Account Income
ABC News - Mitt Romney's campaign is amending the financial disclosure forms he filed in 2007 and 2011 to acknowledge that a Romney trust held a Swiss bank account, a detail that had been missing from both reports. "An amendment is being filed to address this minor discrepancy," a campaign official told ABC News in an email Thursday in response to questions about the apparent omission.

VIDEO: Petition: Pelosi must tell America her Gingrich Secret
Nancy Pelosi is withholding information that the public should know now. This is our electoral process and Nancy Pelosi is playing games with it. If she garnerd information about a current presidential candidate during her time as a public
official she is obligated to tell us what she knows.

Occupy Wall Street

U.S falls to 47th in press freedom rankings after Occupy crackdown
Mail Online - Sweeping protests around the world made it an extremely difficult year for the media, and tested journalists as never before, the annual report into press freedom reveals. The annual report by Reporters Without Borders has been released, showing the United States fell 27 points on the list due to the many arrests of journalists covering Occupy Wall Street protests. The slide in the United States places it just behind Comoros and Taiwan in a group with Argentina and Romania.

Veteran News

YouTube: Adam Kokesh Veterans March for Ron Paul Announcements
Adam Kokesh talks about the speakers, the rally at noon, vehicle arrangements for veterans unable to march, and a video contest where the first place winner will receive $1000.00. Also, there will be a Ron Paul "Money Grenade on 2/1/12 to help
raise money to help cover the basic expenses of the event and to provide transportation for veterans who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it.

Vets oppose speech by general who demonized Islamists
(Reuters) - A veterans' advocacy group urged the U.S. Military Academy on Thursday to withdraw a speech invitation to a retired general who portrayed the U.S. fight against Muslims radicals as a battle with Satan. VoteVets, which describes
itself as the biggest U.S. progressive veterans' organization, said West Point's invitation to retired three-star general William Boykin to speak at a February 8 prayer breakfast endangered U.S. troops.

Economy

YouTube: Ron Paul CNN Florida Debate Highlights
CNN January 26, 2012.

Ron Paul: Diplomatic relations with Cuba
LA Times - Ron Paul took a risky position in Florida in Thursday’s debate, calling for communication and diplomatic relations with Cuba, saying that people's positions have changed dramatically over the last few years.... But a study of Cuban American voters in Florida suggests that Paul might be right, and that voters' opinions about Cuba are changing. Support for tightening the embargo dropped by roughly half between 2004 and 2008, according to a study by Benjamin Bishin, a UC Riverside professor.

ONLINE POLLS: Who Won the 1/26/11 CNN Florida GOP Debate?
O'Reilly: Newt Gingrich 44%
Drudge Report: Ron Paul 36%
ABC News: Mitt Romney 35%, Ron Paul 31%
World Today's News: Ron Paul 76%.
Your Political News Group: Ron Paul 84%
The Swash: Ron Paul 81%
News Day: Ron Paul 45% (Which candidate is going to win the GOP presidential nomination?)
Red Dog Report: Ron Paul 86%

The Ron Paul Media Blackout Is Back On
Atlantic Wire ...in Pew's weekly study, Paul has been heading in the opposite direction. Pew tracks a list of 52 mainstream news outlets across broadcast television, cable news, newspapers, radio and the 12 most popular news sites to measure exposure. As you can see from the graph below, the downward trajectory of coverage volume has been steep for Paul, as the star of New Gingrich rose following his decisive victory in South Carolina and strong polling in Florida.

Ron Paul fans overwhelm CNN pundits at the Jacksonville, FL debate!
Enjoy!!

Taxpayers still owed $133B from bailout
WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog says U.S. taxpayers are still owed $132.9 billion that companies haven't repaid from the financial bailout, and some of that will never be recovered. The bailout launched at the height of the financial crisis
in September 2008 will continue to exist for years, says a report issued Thursday by Christy Romero, the acting special inspector general for the $700 billion bailout. Some bailout programs, such as the effort to help homeowners avoid foreclosure by reducing mortgage payments, will last as late as 2017, costing the government an additional $51 billion or so.

36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes
How embarrassing this must be for President Obama, whose major speech theme so far this campaign season has been that every single American, no matter how rich, should pay their "fair share" of taxes. A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama's executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven't paid any share, let alone their fair share.

Bank of America extends drop in mortgage rankings
(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp was the fourth-biggest U.S. mortgage lender in the fourth quarter of 2011, continuing its descent in the rankings after it stopped buying loans made by smaller banks. The second-largest U.S. bank in 2008 became the biggest mortgage originator after buying Countrywide Financial, but it has been gradually paring back the business as it copes with losses from the disastrous acquisition.

Illinois unemployment rate increased most in nation in 2011
Almost a year after Illinois’ record income tax increase, the state’s unemployment woes contrast starkly with the slow but positive national economic recovery. Unemployment rates in 46 states dropped since January 2011, and some dramatically. Illinois’ unemployment rate, on the other hand, was 9.8 percent in December, up from 9 percent in January 2011. Simply put, Illinois placed more people on the unemployment rolls than any other state in the country.

Housing Market

Insight: Top Justice officials connected to mortgage banks
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows.

Anxiety Mounts Over Maturing Real Estate Loans
Borrowers and lenders are starting to grapple with the billions of dollars in commercial real estate loans made during the boom year of 2007 that are coming due this year, in a greatly contracted economy.... Most large commercial mortgage loans are typically not self-amortizing — that is, they require a balloon payment upon maturity.... “This means there may not be enough money available to refinance all of the debt that is coming due,” said Lawrence J. Longua, a clinical associate professor at the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University.

Energy & Environment

Judge: BP contract shielded Transocean in spill
(AP) - The rig owner involved in drilling the ill-fated well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico and spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil will not have to pay many of the pollution claims because it was shielded in a contract with well-owner BP, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. The ruling comes as BP, the states affected by the disaster and the federal government are discussing a settlement over the nation's largest offshore oil spill.

Health

Sauerkraut is so full of vitamins and probiotics that ancient sailors ate it on long voyages to stay healthy
(NaturalNews) Raw, fermented foods are brimming with health-promoting probiotics and have been staples of the human diet for thousands of years. One such ancient food is sauerkraut, produced simply by covering cabbage with water and letting it sit for several weeks. Naturally occurring bacteria on the surface of the cabbage leaves thrive in this environment, chemically changing the cabbage and increasing its B vitamin content. Perhaps as importantly, fermented cabbage takes much longer to go bad than fresh cabbage.

Reuters promotes eugenics with 'abortion is safer than giving birth' headline
(NaturalNews) "Abortion is safer than giving birth." This study was the title of a Reuters health section article dated January 23, 2012. Now really, does this headline encourage a woman to give birth or put fear into her while supporting abortion. It does put abortion into a positive light, which isn't really positive.

Network Spinal Analysis - Communicate with the nervous system to relieve tension
(NaturalNews) Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), also known as Network Chiropractic or Network Care, is an innovative approach to chiropractic. Where its traditional counterpart works on physically realigning the spine, Network focuses on communicating with the nervous system in order to release the underlying tension that keeps the spine misaligned. It's highly effective because it addresses the root of the problem -- tension -- which comes from an improperly functioning nervous system.

Antioxidant carnosine destroys free radicals
(NaturalNews) Carnosine is a powerful antioxidant that improves muscle, brain and cardiovascular function. This special molecule is found in healthy animal meat and is being deeply researched for its anti-aging effects. It mainly functions to protect the proteins of the body which aids in tissue healing and repair.

As economy implodes and households seek cheaper food, McDonald's profits soar
(NaturalNews) When times get tough, many people cope by flocking to their favorite "comfort" foods that make them feel good, and that are perceived as being affordable. And this appears to be precisely why fast food giant McDonald's has posted record revenues for this past year, according to a recent report by the UK's Telegraph.

VIDEO: We Have the Right to Know About Dioxins in our Food!
OCA - Dioxin, of the Agent Orange infamy, is the most toxic compound synthesized by man, yet it is still spewing from U.S. industries. Dioxin pollution rose 10% in 2010. Now, as the Environmental Protection Agency is set to release the first part
of the dioxin risk assessment it's been working on since 1985, food industry lobbyists are attempting to block EPA action. Why? The EPA is likely to confirm what the FDA has reported: "Although dioxins are environmental contaminants, most dioxin
exposure occurs through the diet, with over 95% coming through dietary intake of animal fats."

Monsanto’s Infertility-Linked Roundup Found in All Urine Samples Tested
Mike Barrett - A recent study found high concentrations of glyphosate, a carcinogen found in herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup, in all urine samples tested. The amount of glyphosate found in the urine was staggering, with each sample containing concentrations at 5- to 20-fold the limit established for drinking water. This is just one more piece of evidence that herbicides are, at the very least, being sprayed out of control.

Largest Corporate Dairy, Biotech Firm and USDA Accused of Conspiring to Corrupt Rulemaking and Pollute Organics
Cornucopia - The controversy surrounds products developed by Martek Biosciences Corporation. Martek, part of a $12 billion Dutch-based conglomerate, recently petitioned for approval of its genetically modified soil fungus and algae as nutritional
supplements in organic food. Martek’s formulated oils are processed with synthetic petrochemical solvents in a blend containing a myriad of other synthetic chemicals. Supplements derived from these oils, commonly marketed as DHA and ARA, are
being added to milk, infant formula and other organic foods by such companies as Dean Foods (Horizon), Abbott Laboratories (Similac) and Nurture, Inc. (Happy Baby).

Take Action: EPA Proposes Expansion of Neurotoxic Pesticide Uses
EPA recently issued its cumulative risk assessment for the pyrethroid class of insecticides, concluding that these pesticides “do not pose risk concerns for children or adults,” ignoring a wealth of independent data that links this class of chemicals
to certain cancers, respiratory and reproductive problems, and the onset of insect resistance. The agency went as far to state that its cumulative assessment supports consideration of registering additional new uses of these pesticides, potentially opening the flood gates for manufacturers to bombard the market with more pyrethroid pesticides, endangering the health of the public.

YouTube: Breaking: McDonald's Pulls Chemically Treated Beef Filler From Burgers
Daily Mail - McDonald's,Taco Bell and Burger King have agreed to change their ingredients removing chemically treated beef filler from their products. The decision was quietly announced late last year but the Daily Mail is reporting today that it
was activist chef Jamie Oliver expose of the filler on his ABC TV show that sparked the decision.

VIDEO: USDA orders new rules for school meals
CNN - School meals will have to offer fruits and vegetables to students every day under standards issued by the United States Department of Agriculture on Wednesday. The meal programs, which feed about 32 million students in public and private schools, will have to reduce sodium, saturated fat and trans fats. Schools must also offer more whole grains as well as fat-free or low-fat milk varieties.

VIDEO: Protesters Rally At Monsanto Meeting
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) - Protesters rally outside the Monsanto shareholders meeting. They are calling for more studies on generically engineered crops. Several groups representing veterans, environmentalists and others demonstrated outside Monsanto headquarters in Creve Coeur.

Medicare nominee gets lifetime payout
President Obama’s nominee to run the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid agency can count on receiving more than $160,000 a year in retirement pay for the rest of her life from the country’s largest private hospital chain, records show.... [Hospital
Corporation of America] HCA routinely lobbies on Medicare issues on which Ms. Tavenner has a big influence, but officials say there are no plans afoot to issue a waiver exempting Ms. Tavenner from Mr. Obama’s “revolving door” ethics rules.

Science & Technology

Obama Signs Global Internet Treaty Worse Than SOPA
Paul Joseph Watson - White House bypasses Senate to ink agreement that could allow Chinese companies to demand ISPs remove web content in US with no legal oversight. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was signed by Obama on October 1 2011, yet is currently the subject of a White House petition demanding Senators be forced to ratify the treaty. The White House has circumvented the necessity to have the treaty confirmed by lawmakers by presenting it an as “executive agreement,” although legal scholars have highlighted the dubious nature of this characterization.

Scientists create star matter in a lab: what could possibly go wrong?!
As scientists work to discover more and more about the galaxy and our own solar system, they're doing some pretty amazing things. But U.S. Department of Energy scientists working at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University
have accomplished something that really boggles the mind: they have created superhot solid plasma — the kind of material you would find at the center of a star or a giant planet.

U.S. Military developing high-tech "smart" underwear for soldiers
Digital Trends - As reported by Fox News, researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command office (USAMRMC) and Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) have developed some digital-drawers capable of monitoring a soldier’s vital statistics such as heart rate, skin temperature, respiration, and heart rate.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The Great Escape: Gene-altered crops grow wild.
Throughout North Dakota, little yellow flowers dot thousands of miles of roadsides. These canola plants, found along most major trucking routes, look harmless. But they are fueling a controversy: They prove that large numbers of genetically modified plants have escaped from farm fields and are now growing wild. About 80 percent of canola growing along roadsides in North Dakota contains genes that have been modified to make the plants resistant to common weed-killers.

Primer on Growing Your Own Dyes
Dying your own fabrics and yarns can be fun, but to do it on your own, you’ll need a dyer’s garden. Choose an area specifically for this special garden where the plants will have the sunlight needed. When planting your dyer’s garden, be sure the location of the herbs allows you to take them without injuring other nearby. Prepare it as you would for your kitchen herbs.


Today in History - Thursday - January 26, 2012
1784 - In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as the symbol of America. He wanted the symbol to be the turkey.
1788 - The first European settlers in Australia, led by Captain Arthur Phillip, landed in what became known as Sydney.
1802 - The U.S. Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol.
1837 - Michigan became the 26th state to join the United States.
1841 - Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British.
1861 - In the U.S., Louisiana seceded from the Union.
1870 - The state of Virginia rejoined the Union.
1875 - George F. Green patented the electric dental drill for sawing, filing, dressing and polishing teeth.
1905 - The Cullinan diamond, at 3,106.75 carats, was found by Captain Wells at the Premier Mine, near Pretoria, South Africa.
1911 - Inventor Glenn H. Curtiss flew the first successful seaplane.
1939 - In the Spanish Civil War, Franco's forces, with Italian aid, took Barcelona.
1942 - The first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland.
1950 - The American Associated Insurance Companies, of St. Louis, MO, issued the first baby sitter’s insurance policy.
1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy appointed Dr. Janet G. Travell as the first woman to be the "personal physician to the President".
1962 - The U.S. launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon. The probe missed its target by about 22,000 miles.
1969 - California was declared a disaster area two days of flooding and mudslides.
1992 - Russian president Boris Yeltsin announced that his country would stop targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.
1993 - Former Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel was elected president of the new Czech Republic.
1996 - U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury concerning the Whitewater probe.
1998 - U.S. President Clinton denied having an affair with a former White House intern, saying "I did not have sexual relations with that woman.
1999 - Saddam Hussein vowed revenge against the U.S. in response to air-strikes that reportedly killed civilians. The strikes were U.S. planes defending themselves against anti-aircraft fire.
2009 - The first trial at the International Criminal Court was held. Former Union of Congolese Patriots leader Thomas Lubanga was accused of training child soldiers to kill, pillage, and rape.
2009 - The Icelandic government and banking system collapsed. Prime Minister Geir Haarde resigned.
2010 - It was announced that James Cameron's movie "Avatar" had become the highest-grossing film worldwide. At the time it was the second highest-grossing film in the US.

World News

Hackers launch fresh attacks on Israeli websites
Breitbart Jan 25 - Arab hackers claimed responsibility Wednesday for a series of attacks on prominent Israeli websites, including that of daily newspaper Haaretz.... In a Twitter message, the Palestinian wing of the global hacker collective Anonymous claimed responsibility for taking down Haaretz's Hebrew-language site, which was still out of commission by late Wednesday. The paper's English section was also targeted but was up again by the afternoon.

Iran oil ban will up oil prices by 30%: IMF
Press TV - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says sanctions imposed by the US and European Union on Iran's oil and financial sectors will cause the global oil price to rise by 20-30 percent.... The IMF further stated that financial sanctions against Tehran may be "tantamount to an oil embargo" and would imply supply declines of about 1.5 million barrels per day from the world's fifth-largest oil producer.

Hurt Iran, and don’t stop hurting Russia’
RT - Blasting Iran with new sanctions won’t stop the west from working with Iranian energy companies if the stakes are high enough, it seems. UK lobbyists have ensured that BP and others can continue a multibillion dollar gas project vying with Russia. A political balancing act was needed to protect investment into Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz natural gas field, where BP works with Iran. The second stage of this project operated by British Petroleum worth $20 billion is meant to decrease Europeans’ dependence on Russian fuel, reports the Wall Street Journal.

U.S. to grant three-year extension of loan guarantees to Israel
The U.S. government has informed Israel that it will recommend that Congress approve a three-year extension of loan guarantees to Israel, worth $3.8 billion. The announcement came after several months of worry in Israel that the loan guarantees would not be extended, despite Israel's request.

VIDEO: Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians cram into Tahrir Square on the one year anniversary of the January 25th uprising
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians cram into the iconic Tahrir Square on the one year anniversary of the January 25th uprising that sent shockwaves throughout the globe. The crowds chanted "Today is not a festival, it's another revolution!"

Companies Face Fines as Much as 2% of Sales Under EU Privacy Law
Bloomberg - The 27 EU data-protection agencies would be able to sanction companies that don’t comply with tougher rules on handling personal information, proposed by the European Commission today. Online-advertising and social networking sites will also be covered by the policy, updating the EU’s 17-year- old data-protection policies. The EU overhaul would also clamp down on data lapses such as Sony Corp.’s six-day delay in warning customers about a cyber attack that exposed more than 100 million customer accounts, the second-largest online
data breach in U.S. history.

Mexico drug war violence blamed on failed U.S. drug policies and false flag gun-running ops
(NaturalNews) The 2011 Global Commission on Drug Policies in Geneva, Switzerland was motivated, according to its website, by successful Latin American conferences convened with national leaders concerned about the impact on democracy in Latin America from drug use, trafficking, and gang or cartel violence. One wonders how the Global Commission managed to consider that conference a success, considering what is actually going on in Mexico now. The current Mexican drug gang related death toll of 47,515 contradicts any sense of progress coming from that Latin American drug conference.

Mexico offers $2.6 billion to aid victims of record drought
Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Tuesday announced a 2.6-billion-dollar program to help victims of a record drought, including food and water handouts, as rural victims protested in the capital. The "unprecedented sum would attend to a catastrophic situation in Mexico," Calderon said during a public act. The aim "is that no family is without water or food due to this drought." Immediate measures included the delivery of 4,000 water trucks to affected areas, mainly in the north of the country, and the distribution of corn.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Obama’s new fairytale: Peace and prosperity for war-bent US
RT - As the US presidential race picks up pace ahead of November's vote, Barack Obama is trying to ratchet up support for re-election. In his third State of the Union speech, he pledged another program for change. As the US presidential race picks up pace ahead of November's vote, Barack Obama is trying to ratchet up support for re-election. In his third State of the Union speech, he pledged another program for change. The president started his address praising those who fought in Iraq, “generation of heroes” who “have made the United States safer and more respected around the world.”

Obama doubles down on Anti-Liberty Insanity: Students should be FORCED to stay in school
In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama stressed the importance of teachers and offered to give them the resources they need while calling on every state to require students to stay in high school until graduation or they turn eighteen.

Exclusive: Senate investigating HSBC for money laundering
(Reuters)- HSBC Holdings PLC is under investigation by a U.S. Senate panel in a money-laundering inquiry, the latest step in a long-running U.S. effort to halt shadowy money flows through global banks, according to people familiar with the situation and a company securities filing.

Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization's collapse
(Reuters) - When Patty Tegeler looks out the window of her home overlooking the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, she sees trouble on the horizon. "In an instant, anything can happen," she told Reuters. "And I firmly believe that you have to be prepared." Tegeler is among a growing subculture of Americans who refer to themselves informally as "preppers." Some are driven by a fear of imminent societal collapse, others are worried about terrorism, and many have a vague concern that an escalating series of natural disasters is leading to some type of environmental cataclysm.

2012 Election News

"The Ron Paul Song" - 3 minutes
If this doesn't do it for you, nothing will.

Florida GOP / CNN Debate - Jan 26 - 8pm ET
Dr. Ron Paul will participate in the Florida Debate sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida and CNN, held at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, January 26th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. Live stream at CNN.com.

Fight for Your Civil Rights
Freedom Watch January 25, 2012 - Ron Paul senior advisor Doug Wead joins the Judge to talk about the significance of Ron Paul’s presidential campaign from a civil rights perspective.

Obama's Attorney Jaberwoki Slapped Down By Georgia Secretary of State
1/25/2012 - Letter to Obama's Attorney from the Secretary of State. Obama's eligibility hearing is still on for Thursday, January 26th.

Obama's Attorney Refusing To Show Up At Obama's Georgia Ballot Challenge Hearings
1/25/2012 - Letter to the Secretary of State from the Attorney for President Barack Obama.

YouTube: John Stossel on Ron Paul’s Non-Interventionist Views
John Stossel contrasts the differences between a non-interventionist ideology and an
isolationist perspective.

YouTube: O++peration CNN Debate Blackout #OpDebateBlackout - Ron Paul
We will do this by making a mass number of requests to the CNN servers starting at 8PM on Thursday, January 26 until the conclusion of the debate. We will cease making requests during those periods of time when Ron Paul is speaking. To succeed, you will need the following free tool to enable you to make many requests automatically:

US Presidential Candidates’ Positions on Israel/Palestine, War, and Civil Liberties
CNI summarizes the policy positions of President Obama and the top Republican nominees.

Jay Leno & NBC Sued Over Mitt Romney Joke
Jay Leno thought he was poking gentle fun at the lifestyles of rich and famous Republican presidential candidates — Mitt Romney in particular. But last Thursday when Leno’s slide show came to a location cited as Mitt Romney’s summer home — in reality an image of the Sikh holy shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar, India — it sparked a diplomatic incident. And now, a lawsuit charging Leno and NBC with libel.

Castro calls the GOP race a "competition of idiocy"
RT - At Monday’s Republican debate, both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich came to an agreement on something: they each wish Fidel Castro would just die already. Days later, the former Cuban president fired back and offered some words of his own for the GOP. According to Castro, the race on the right is full of idiots.

Veteran News

White House to field veterans’ questions this Thursday
The White House is planning a series of online follow-ups and forums after Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, including a veterans-focused session Thursday morning featuring Matt Flavin, the administration’s point person on veterans issues and wounded warrior policy. He’ll take to Twitter around 10 a.m. on Thursday, answering messages posted with the #WHChat hashtag. White House officials said they’ll have a full transcript posted at
WhiteHouse.gov later in the day and an interactive recap at their Storify site as well.

Economy

Bernanke says Fed pondering further stimulus
(Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday the central bank was ready to offer the economy additional stimulus after it announced it would likely keep interest rates near zero until at least late 2014. The Fed also took the historic step of adopting an explicit inflation target, though Bernanke took pains to stress that officials would be flexible about reining in price growth when unemployment was too high.

VIDEO: In historic shift, Fed sets inflation target
(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve took the historic step on Wednesday of setting an inflation target, a victory for Chairman Ben Bernanke that brings the Fed in line with many of the world's other major central banks. The U.S. central bank, in its first ever "longer-run goals and policy strategy" statement, said an inflation rate of 2 percent best aligned with its congressionally mandated goals of price stability and full employment. However, it said it was not appropriate to adopt a fixed goal for employment because the level of unemployment that can be achieved without sparking inflation is not largely determined by monetary factors.

George Soros predicts riots, police state and class war for America
RT - Billionaire investor George Soros has a new prediction for America. While it might be as dire as it gets for the financial wiz, this bet concerns more than just the value of the buck. According to Soros, there's about to be an all-out class war.,,, “I am not here to cheer you up. The situation is about as serious and difficult as I’ve experienced in my career,” Soros tells Newsweek. “We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression. We are facing now a general retrenchment in the developed world, which threatens to put us in a decade of more stagnation, or worse. The best-case scenario is a deflationary environment. The worst-case scenario is a collapse of the financial system.”

Third world America: Bodies driven to a pauper's burial in a U-Haul as tough economic times lead to more mass graves
Mail Online - It's a practice more closely associated with third world countries, but in
bleak times in a Chicago-area suburb, 30 people were buried in a mass grave on Wednesday. The pauper's burial section at Homewood Memorial Gardens was established for those who could not afford to pay for a burial plot. And it is a problem that's sweeping America as tough economic times have led to an increase in the number of indigent burials the morgue must perform.

Housing Market

The mortgage investigations drag on
Reuters - The shape of a possible settlement with the banks over mortgage fraud has never been clearer. But neither has the fact that it’s not going to happen any time soon. And without a deal in hand, Barack Obama ended up making a different announcement in his State of the Union address: Tonight, I’m asking my Attorney General to create a special unit of federal prosecutors and leading state attorney general to expand our investigations into the abusive lending and packaging of risky mortgages that led to the housing crisis.

Proposed $25B Mortgage Settlement Offers Little Relief for Homeowners
MSNBC - A proposed $25 billion settlement between five big banks, state attorneys general and the Obama administration may help resolve some of the thornier legal issues surrounding the mortgage mess that caused the housing market to collapse. It will do relatively little to stop the ongoing wave of home foreclosures or revive the deeply depressed housing market, however.

Energy & Environment

Letter from Board of American Academy of Environmental Medicine to declare a moratorium on smart meters because of health effects
Save this letter, you will probably need it. You may need to put your electric company "on notice" with this.

Americans protest fracking as Obama cheers for it
RT - It took years, but opponents of fracking, the controversial process of hydraulic
fracturing for the extraction of natural gas, are finally getting their point across.
President Barack Obama, however, still isn’t convinced of the cons.

The green killer: Scores of protected golden eagles dying after colliding with wind turbines
Mail Online - California's attempts to switch to green energy have inadvertently put the survival of the state’s golden eagles at risk. Scores of the protected birds have been dying each year after colliding with the blades of about 5,000 wind turbines. Now the drive for renewable power sources, such as wind and the sun, being promoted by President Obama and state Governor Jerry Brown has raised fears that the number of newborn golden eagles may not be able to keep pace with the number of turbine fatalities.

Health

Federal agencies fail to address BPA, report says
A report being released Thursday says federal agencies have not taken effective steps to protect the public from the dangers of BPA, a commonly used chemical found in food packaging that has been linked to health problems, including cancer, asthma and heart attacks.

Studies confirm chiropractic treatment prevents heart attacks and lowers blood pressure
(NaturalNews) The popularity of chiropractic care has grown dramatically since the middle of the 20th century. Although most people seek chiropractic treatment to relieve musculoskeletal pain, certain types of pain may be indicative of the patient experiencing a heart attack just before or during treatment.

"Principles of Holistic Medicine"
Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and alternative therapies to prevent and treat disease, and most importantly, to promote optimal health. This condition of holistic health is defined as the unlimited and unimpeded free flow of life force energy through body, mind, and spirit.

Researching genetics as a cause of autism - An expensive attempt to marginalize vaccine causation
(NaturalNews) It seems that every effort to discount vaccinations as a source of autism has gone into research to prove defective genes as the major culprit. Some epidemiological study based on twins with autism spectrum disorders was done as early as the mid-1970s. Since then, autism has increased 40-fold. All this from a sudden case of bad genes? This coincides nicely with a dramatic increase of early childhood vaccination schedules.

Why more thyroid cancer? Fluoridated water, x-rays, and radiation are all to blame
(NaturalNews) According to a recent report in USA Today, cases of thyroid cancer have risen 6.5 percent over the past several years, and many medical experts are at a loss for explaining why this is occurring. But mainstream science is ignoring all the most obvious factors that contribute to the disease -- fluoride chemicals added to drinking water; excessive medical x-rays; and radiation from cells phones, computers, naked body scanners, and nuclear disasters like Fukushima.

Big Pharma may have to face consequences of DES-breast cancer link in court
(NaturalNews) The first-ever lawsuit hinging on the link between DES and breast cancer may soon come to court in Boston. Fifty-three DES daughters are attempting to sue 14 drug manufacturers for the health consequences of one of the pharmaceutical industry's more notorious products.

Discover silica's anti-aging and heavy metal detox properties
(NaturalNews) The mineral silica (Si) is getting more notice for its important functions. Sometimes called the "beauty mineral" because it improves skin elasticity and hair and nail growth, a few other more important aspects have been explored lately. Silica helps ensure collagen elasticity of all connecting tissues in the body, including tendons and cartilage. This reduces aches and pains and maintains your body's flexibility. It has also been determined lately that high levels of blood serum silica keep arterial plaque from building and clogging blood vessels.

Mass psychogenic illness or brain damage of unknown origin?
(NaturalNews) Vaccine Forum Turns Emotional 12 Girls in Le Roy New York Develop Tics - Gardasil Related? Diagnosed as Mass Hysteria Mass Hysteria? Myasshysteria. Saying that these girls have conversion disorder takes all females back 100 years. (I.e. Females tend to be "hysterical" rather than having real, medical illnesses.) 1

In praise of the prickly pear: Let they food be thy medicine
(NaturalNews) The Prickly Pear cactus is a common sight in the American West and Mexico. The plant is native to Mexico but has been introduced to many other parts of the globe. In the genus Opuntia it's also know as nopales, paddle cactus, beavertail or tuna. There are about 200 species in this genus, they're all edible and most of them are palatable.

New Hampshire bills seek to outlaw foreign substances, including fluoride, from being added to public water supplies
(NaturalNews) The State of New Hampshire is quickly gaining momentum to be the first entire US state to outlaw adding fluoride chemicals to public water supplies. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has reported that two bills currently before committee -- HB 1529 and HB 1416 -- seek to prohibit the addition of fluoride, herbicides and pesticides, lithium, and, in the case of HB 1416, any unnecessary chemicals into the public water supply.

Obama Administration says, "No raw milk for you."
Just after New Year's Day, the Obama administration gave its official response of "No!" to the 6,078 signors of a petition on WhiteHouse.gov who requested federal-level legalization of all raw milk sales. Written by Doug McKalip, Senior Policy Adviser for Rural Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council, the response is full of typical government double speak and sleight of hand with facts and figures. For instance, the response starts off by saying, "We appreciate consumer concerns on food issues and understand the importance of letting consumers make their own food choices."

Urge your Congressmen to co-sponsor HR 1830 and help restore raw milk rights
(NaturalNews) For 15 years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been overstepping its regulatory bounds by restricting individuals from buying and selling -- or even just transporting -- raw milk across state lines. But legislation authored by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) will undo this form of food tyranny, if passed, by once again establishing freedom of food choice for millions of Americans that currently do not have access to raw milk.

Powerful activism to demand labeling of GMOs - watch 'Labels Matter' and sign the petition now!
(NaturalNews) The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), Breastcancer.org, the Center for Food Safety (CFS), Stonyfield Farm, the Non-GMO Project, and more than 450 other consumer groups, health food companies, and farming organizations have signed on with a new GMO labeling campaign called Just Label It: We have the right to know. And Robert Kenner, creator of the famous documentary Food, Inc., has partnered with the initiative and made a new short film called Labels Matter that highlights the desperate need for GMO labeling in America.

Super Energy Kale Soup
This quick and easy version of potato kale soup has extra vegetables for more flavor and nutrition and takes little time to prepare. In-depth nutritional profile here.

YouTube: "How To Prepare Spaghetti Squash"
For every 1 cup of spaghetti squash you get only 80 calories where as Whole Wheat pasta will run you about 175 calories. Spaghetti squash gives you 18 grams of carbohydrates, while whole wheat pasta delivers 37 carbs. Spaghetti squash is higher in fiber close to 6 grams of fiber and whole wheat pasta has only 4 grams of fiber. Another great thing about spaghetti squash is it is a good source of potassium. 1 cup of spaghetti squash has more than twice the amount of a medium banana.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Solar storms set Northern Lights aglow
The large solar storm that hit the Earth yesterday was expected to interfere with cell phone calls and GPS transmissions. But the storm was also a boon for photographers--who captured the Northern Lights in full effect.

YouTube: What Is ACTA ?
ACTA - 'The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement' is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement in Europe. ACTA would establish a new international legal framework that would create its "own governing body outside existing international institutions" such as - the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or the United Nations.

VIDEO: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) removes any need for SOPA or PIPA. It's WORSE
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement. Might sound okay... IF you understand bureaucratic lingo but ACTA conceals a huge threat in plain view:ACTA hides a WWW threat even more sinister than anything SOPA or PIPA ever dreamed up.

How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account
As I wrote in my article on "Why is Facebook bad", there are plenty of good reasons to not only deactivate but permanently delete your Facebook account and all data connected with it. The delete functionality is quite hidden. Of course, Facebook does not like to see you go. Every active member of the community means good business thus money for the company.

Megaupload's Kim Dotcom is one step closer to US extradition
RT - File sharing kingpin Kim Dotcom, the founder of the website Megaupload.com, was denied bail for a second time in New Zealand on Wednesday. Now Dotcom will spend the next month in jail awaiting an extradition hearing that could send him to the US.... Authorities seized around $50 million in assets in all from Dotcom’s compound and have arrested several other Megaupload affiliates accused of being involved in the conspiracy. In a joint statement from the Justice Department and the FBI, the agencies write that Megaupload is guilty of being “among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States.”

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Farm Stand Forced to Close
San Juan County in Washington State did the indefensible. They closed a farm stand that had been in operation for more than two and a half years. Was it because health inspectors found unsafe food being sold? No. Perhaps it was because the farm didn't have the proper permits to sell food? No. It's because the county recently decided that since the farm stand was "open to the public," it had to meet commercial building requirements. Of course, when the Jones Family Farm first erected their on-farm stand, they were told by the county planning department that they were exempt from commercial building requirements.

Miscellaneous

VIDEO: Alien Hybrid Or Starchild Discovered In China? 2012
Disclose TV - A boy has stunned medics with his ability to see in pitch black with eyes that glow in the dark. Doctors have studied Nong Youhui's amazing eyesight since his dad took him to hospital in Dahua, southern China, concerned over his bright blue eyes. Dad Ling said: "They told me he would grow out of it and that his eyes would stop glowing and turn black like most Chinese people but they never did." Medical tests conducted in complete darkness show Youhui can read perfectly without any light and sees as clearly as most people do during the day.

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: Mitt Romney DESTROYED by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show
Daily Show Tuesday January 24, 2012 - Indecision 2012 - I Know What You Did Last Quarter. Mitt Romney justifies making more in one day than the median American family makes in a year, while paying the same tax rate as the guy who scans his shoes at the airport.

Happy wake up
Happy is Maltese & Daschund mix.
 


Today in History - Wednesday - January 25, 2012
1799 - Eliakim Spooner patented the seeding machine.
1870 - G.D. Dows patented the ornamental soda fountain.
1881 - Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and others signed an agreement to organize the Oriental Telephone Company.
1890 - The United Mine Workers of America was founded.
1915 - In New York, Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service.
1924 - The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.
1946 - The United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.
1949 - The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
1950 - A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.
1959 - In the U.S., American Airlines had the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.
1961 - John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television.
1971 - Charles Manson and three female members of his "family" were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit murder and seven counts of murder in the first degree. They were all sentenced to death for the 1969 killings. The sentences were later commuted to life sentences.
1971 - Maj. Gen. Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda.
1981 - Jiang Qing, Mao's widow, was tried for treason and received a death sentence, which was subsequently commuted to life imprisonment.
1981 - The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States and were reunited with their families.
1993 - A gunman shot and killed two CIA employees outside the agencies headquarters in Virginia. Mir Aimal Kansi, a Pakistani national, was later convicted of the shootings.
1995 - The defense gave its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson trial.
1999 - At least 1,000 people were killed when an earthquake hit western Columbia. The quake registered 6.0 on the Richter Scale.
1999 - In Louisville, KY, man received the first hand transplant in the United States.
2001 - A minor earthquake hit northeastern Ohio. The quake measured only 4.2 on the Richter Scale.
2010 - In Arlington, TX, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame had its grand opening.

World News

Iraqi authorities hang 34 people in a single day
More than 30 people were executed by Iraqi authorities on Thursday following their conviction for various crimes, the United Nations reported on Tuesday. It is the largest number of confirmed executions within a single day in years.

US launched cyber attacks on other nations
RT - Mike McConnell, the former director of national intelligence at the National Security Agency under George W Bush, tells Reuters this week that cyber war is more than a distant possibility. According to the current vice chairman at Booz Allen Hamilton, the US has already launched attacks on the computer networks of other nations. McConnell did not add any input as to what countries have been hit with American cyber warfare in the past, but he did confirm that the US has already used the

Japan's first trade deficit since 1980 raises debt doubts
(Reuters) - Japan first annual trade deficit in more than 30 years calls into question how much longer the country can rely on exports to help finance a huge public debt without having to turn to fickle foreign investors. The aftermath of the March earthquake raised fuel import costs while slowing global growth and the yen's strength hit exports, data released on Wednesday showed, swinging the 2011 trade balance into deficit.

Japanese Delegation Wants the U.S. Out of Okinawa
A 24-member delegation from Japan is in Washington, D.C., this week opposing the presence and new construction of U.S. military bases in Okinawa. Participating are members of the Japanese House of Councilors, of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, and of city governments in Okinawa, as well as leading protest organizers and the heads of several important organizations opposed to the ongoing U.S. military occupation of Okinawa.

VIDEO: Iran Summons Danish Envoy, Renews Threat to Close Hormuz
Kurt Nimmo - Iran’s foreign minister Ali Asghar Khaji summoned the Danish ambassador in Tehran to protest the European Union’s decision to go forward with an oil embargo on the country. Denmark currently holds the rotating EU presidency.

Danish ambassador summoned over Iran oil embargo
On Tuesday, The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Danish ambassador to Tehran, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, to protest about the EU’s decision to impose sanctions on Iran’s oil industry.

VIDEO: Sanctions dodge: India to pay gold for Iran oil, China may follow
RT - India has reportedly agreed to pay Tehran in gold for the oil it buys, in a move aimed at protecting Delhi from US-sanctions targeting countries who trade with Iran. China, another buyer of Iranian oil, may follow Delhi’s lead. The report, by the Israeli-based news website DEBKAfile, states that Iran and India are negotiating backup alternatives with China and Russia, should the US and EU find a way to block the gold payment mechanism.

Israel orders jail without charge for PLC speaker
An Israeli military court on Tuesday ordered the detention of Palestinian parliamentary speaker Aziz Dweik for six months without charge. Dweik, who was seized by Israeli forces at a Ramallah checkpoint on Thursday, heads the Palestinian Legislative Council. His lawyer Fadi Qawasmi said Ofer military court gave the administrative detention order early Tuesday, after a Sunday hearing was postponed. The PLC speaker's office denounced the order as an "abusive decision without any charge or legal justification," accusing Israel of trying to stop a parliamentary session scheduled for next month.

Russia to deliver combat jets to Syria: report
AP - A newspaper is reporting that Russia has signed a contract to sell combat jets to Syria in a show of support for President Bashar Assad’s regime.The business daily Kommersant said Monday without identifying its source that the $550 million deal envisages the delivery of 36 Yak-130 aircraft. A spokesman for Russia’s Rosoboronexport state arms trader refused to comment on the report. If confirmed, the deal would mark an open defiance of international efforts to put pressure on Assad’s regime, which has faced broad condemnation for its brutal crackdown on an uprising.

TEPCO has just announced - Radiation being emitted from Fukushima is 70 million becquerels per hour - It is increasing - Up 12 million from last month.
All the explosions (quakes) people have been feeling around Fukushima that are listed as earthquakes on the Japan sensors. The fact that they could not find the fuel rods when they looked in Reactor 2, was obvious something big is going on at Fukushima. Now TEPCO has announced 70 million becquerels per hour of radiation is being leaked into the air.

Magic mushroom therapy' to treat depression could happen in UK inside a year
Mail Online - A clinical trial of 'magic mushroom therapy' could take place in the UK within a year following two ground-breaking studies. Doctors plan to treat depressed patients who cannot be helped by modern drugs or behaviour-based psychotherapy with the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Psilocybin would slowly be infused into their bloodstreams while they receive a carefully tailored 'talking therapy'.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: State of the Union Address: Haven't We Heard this Before?
The Republican National Committee has compiled this video comparing lines President Obama used tonight in his State of the Union Address with lines he used in previous addresses before Congress.

Obama Speech Makes Pitch for Economic Fairness
President Obama pledged on Tuesday President Obama pledged on Tuesday night to use government power to balance the scale between America’s rich and the rest of the public, trying to present an election-year choice between continued leadership toward an economy “built to last” and what he called irresponsible policies of the past that caused an economic collapse.

Obama Makes Populist Pitch
WSJ - President Barack Obama offered Americans a populist economic vision in his State of the Union address Tuesday, seeking to draw a contrast with his eventual Republican rival and demonstrating the widening policy gulf between the two political parties. Mr. Obama's laundry-list of initiatives—steep tax increases on wealthier Americans, fresh investigations into the mortgage crisis and support for domestic manufacturing—was aimed at buttressing a re-election message that posits him as defender of Americans beset by inequality in the tax code and broader economy. "It's time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts and no copouts," Mr. Obama said. "An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody."

Ron Paul Responds To Obama's State Of The Union Speech
Chicago Sun-Times - "Tonight, President Obama once again showed that he does not represent the fundamental change this country needs. Instead of offering solutions to the problems our country faces, the President was intent on delivering a campaign speech, further dealing in the typical Washington political gamesmanship that has gotten us exactly nowhere close to improving the lives of the American people.

VIDEO: Shock Docs: Total Federalization of Police Under New Homeland Security Mission
Aaron Dykes - A new white paper presented to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence carves out an ‘evolving mission’ for Homeland Security that moves away from fighting terrorism and towards growing a vast domestic intelligence apparatus that would expand integration with local/state agencies and private-public partnerships already underway via regional fusion centers. Crafted by the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group, co-chaired by former DHS chief Michael Chertoff and composed of a who’s who of national security figures, the report outlines a total mission creep, as the title “Homeland Security and Intelligence: Next Steps in Evolving the Mission” implies....

LA Military Exercises
KFI News - Joint military training exercises will be held evenings in downtown Los Angeles through Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD will be providing support for the exercises, which will also be held in other portions of the greater Los Angeles area, police said.

Is The NYPD Experimenting With Drones Over The City? Evidence Points To Yes
CBS New York - They’re used in war zones for surveillance and military strikes. But are there plans to deploy drones in the Big Apple to keep an eye on New Yorkers? More and more people believe it’s inevitable, reports CBS 2’s Don Dahler.

AUDIO: US corporations 'treating prisoners like commodities'
Press TV - Craig Hennecke, board chairman of Portland-based Central America Solidarity Committee, criticizes U.S. financial institutions and big banks for investing in and profiting from private prison industry in America. “It's unacceptable to be investing in prisoners and treating them like their commodities and profiting off of people,” Hennecke said in a phone interview with Press TV's U.S. Desk on Monday. He cited Wells Fargo, a giant financial services company, as a notable example of big financial corporations' involvement in private prison system in the United States.

Ruling could force Americans to decrypt laptops
American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their PGP-scrambled hard drives for police to peruse for incriminating files, a federal judge in Colorado ruled today in what could become a precedent-setting case.... Blackburn, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that the Fifth Amendment posed no barrier to his decryption order. The Fifth Amendment says that nobody man be "compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which has become known as the right to avoid self-incrimination.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Pelosi On A Gingrich Presidency: "That Will Never Happen"
CNN - Pelosi: "There is something I know. The Republicans, if they choose to nominate him that's their prerogative. I don't even think that's going to happen."

Why Democrats Think the GOP Race Might Last Until June
ABC - Why would this go on for awhile? Because a combination of an elongated schedule, new Republican National Committee rules, and some quirks of fate have diminished the importance of individual contests and reduced the ability for knock-out punches.

YouTube: The Ron Paul FIX is in
SGTreport.com - Eric Blair asks, "Could the conspiracy to keep Ron Paul out of the Oval Office be this coordinated? This pervasive?"

VIDEO: Ron Paul Campaign Releases New Ad ‘Three of a Kind’ Challenging Rivals in South Carolina
Ad condemns serial hypocrisy, counterfeit conservatism and flip-flopping of Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.

Ron Paul Announces ‘End the TSA’ Money Bomb
Steve Watson - Slams “out-of-control police state” in email to supporters. In the wake of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s run in with the TSA this week, his father, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, has launched a new fundraising effort with the theme ‘End the TSA’. In an email to supporters Monday, Ron Paul wrote that the Senator “simply stood up for his right not to be the latest victim of the TSA’s disgusting full body pat-down.” “The elderly. The disabled. Little kids. All victims of an out-of-control police state that, while doing nothing to make us safer, is working overtime to strip away our freedoms, our rights, and our basic dignity,” Paul added.

Ron Paul Commands a Strong Plurality of Hispanic Republican Voters in Florida
KISSIMMEE, Florida – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul wins a strong plurality of Hispanic voters in the early voting state of Florida, according to a new poll. Paul earns a commanding 41.5 percent among this large voting segment, with Newt Gingrich a distant second with 25.3 percent. Mitt Romney in third place and Rick Santorum in fourth place fare quite poorly, garnering just 9.2 and 4.1 percent, respectively, in the survey of registered Republican voters who respond that they will vote in the Tuesday, January 31st primary.

VIDEO: Ground report from Ron Paul supporter outside Florida debate 1/23/2012
Daily Paul - This was the scene driving to the University of South Florida Republican primary on Jan 23rd, 2012...We stood on the street outside the actual building where we understood the debate would take place from 6 p.m. In all that time, I saw a total of only 7 small signs for Santorum, 2 lonely little signs for Gringrich that were held by two guys in dark suits (spooky), and again, just on that one street, HUNDREDS of Ron Paul signs and supporters. They had megaphones and we chanted back and forth across the street. It was all in good spirits and there was no bad behavior.

Fox Attempts to Discredit Ron Paul with “Oklahoma Inside Job” Newsletter
Kurt Nimmo - On the heels of Ron Paul’s South Carolina promise to continue forward with his quest to gain the Republican nomination and the presidency, Fox News has dredged up an yet another newsletter attributed to him in an effort to sabotage the Paul campaign. “Full of racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic statements, not to mention a variety of quack science and conspiracy theories, the newsletters have once again become an issue as Paul seeks to stay in the Republican presidential primary for the long haul,” Fox Nation reported on Monday in a repost of a BuzzFeed article.

Article II Super PAC Providing Live Internet Video Stream From Inside Obama's 3 Georgia Ballot Hearings
Article II Super PAC is providing live internet video stream coverage of Obama's 3 Georgia Ballot Hearing on January 26th in Atlanta, GA starting at 9AM ET. The live video stream will be located at this page and on the home-page of this website.

Romney’s Answer on Illegal Immigration: “Self-deportation”
Miami Herald Blog - The topic of immigration, mainly what to do about illegal immigration, got plenty of reaction from the Republican candidates on Monday night - and on Twitter. Perhaps the most interesting - and the one most tweeted about - was Romney's "self-deportation" idea for helping curb the number of illegal immigrants.'... "The answer is self-deportation, which is people decide they can do better by going home because they can't find work here because they don't have legal documentation to allow them to work here," Romney said.

Romney ‘Proud Of The Fact’ That He Pays ‘A Lot’ Of Taxes, But His Plan Would Cut His Own Taxes In Half
[Citizens for Tax Justice] calculated what Romney would pay if his own plan passed. That is, if you kept the Bush tax cuts in place, including keeping the capital gains tax at 15 percent, and scrapped the Medicare tax, as Romney wants to do. Under that system, Romney would pay a rate of a little under 15 percent — because virtually all his income is from capital gains and dividends. The group calculates that this means Romney’s plan would give him a tax cut of more than 40 percent.

How To Avoid Voting For A Globalist Puppet
Alt-Market - How can the people of this country avoid making the mistake of voting for such disingenuous candidates when they seem so adept at telling us what we want to hear until they are comfortably in office? The key is to stop listening to what they SAY, and start looking closely at what they DO. We must ignore their rhetoric, their speeches written by proxy, and their bad jokes slapped together by hired staff, and begin examining their actions and their backgrounds.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Florida police nab 3 Occupy protesters
Press TV - Three protestors from Occupy Miami and Occupy Palm Beach were arrested in the city of Boca Raton in Palm Beach County, Florida on Monday evening for trying to block a bridge near the venue for the 2012 (Global Alternative Investment Management) GAIM conference. GAIM presents itself as one of the most important conferences of the hedge fund industry, with 'over 75 percent of attendees...at the managing director level and above' and thus belonging to the one-percent wealthiest in the US as opposed to the remaining 99 percent.

Veteran News

VA assigns officer to verify claims involving secret missions
Lack of records access has been seen by many spec ops veterans as a roadblock to filing claims, especially for disabilities such as post-traumatic stress, for which there may be nothing in military health or personnel records to verify any treatment while the veteran was in uniform. Now, the Veterans Affairs Department has assigned a liaison officer to the U.S. Special Operations Command with direct access to classified files.

La. lawmakers may enhance veterans’ benefits
Lawmakers are considering whether to broaden a program for permanently disabled veterans and to loosen rules on Louisiana’s free college tuition program so more veterans can be eligible, members of the House and Senate veterans affairs committees said Thursday.

VA expands list of ships with Agent Orange risk
The Veterans Affairs Department has added 47 vessels to its list of Navy and Coast Guard ships whose crews may have been exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange.

Economy

Pentagon budget to cut military, cancel programs
(Reuters) - The Pentagon will preview a budget proposal this week that begins to implement $487 billion in spending cuts over the next decade by trimming the size of the military and canceling or scaling back some weapons programs. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will discuss the broad outlines of his budget request for the 2013 fiscal year on Thursday. The proposal is expected to cut $260 billion in spending through 2017, taking the Pentagon more than halfway to its target for the decade. Cuts in proposed spending are expected to eliminate thousands of military and civilian jobs over the next five years at a time when Obama is running for re-election against a field of Republicans who accuse him of being weak on national security.

GETTING OUT: 1,000+ Americans ditched their citizenship over taxes
Rather than deal with the complexities of U.S. tax law, Americans living overseas are increasingly renouncing their citizenship in order to avoid paying their income taxes. According to National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson, approximately 4,000 people gave up their citizenship from fiscal year 2005 to FY 2010. Renunciations increased sharply within the past three years, from 146 in FY 2008 to 1,534 in FY 2010. And during the first two quarters of FY 2011 alone, 1,024 Americans ditched their citizenship.

Hundreds of Capitol Hill Staffers Didn't Pay Taxes in 2010
Fox News - Internal Revenue Service data show that 3 percent of Senate staffers and more than 4 percent of House staffers owed taxes in 2010, adding up to about $10.6 million in unpaid taxes. More than 98,000 civilian federal employees were delinquent on their taxes in 2010, adding up to more than $1 billion in taxes owed, according to the IRS. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, last year introduced a bill to require federal employees to be fired if they are "seriously delinquent" on their taxes... The bill was passed by committee in June but is still waiting for a vote from the full House.

Obamanomics: Price Of Gas +83%, Ground Beef +24%, Bacon +22%
When Obama entered the White House in January 2009, the city average price for one gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $1.79, according to the BLS. (The figures are in nominal dollars: not adjusted for inflation.) Five months later in June, unleaded gasoline was $2.26 per gallon, an increase of 26 percent. By December 2011, the price of regular unleaded gas per gallon was $3.28, an 83 percent increase from January 2009.

McDonald's hits record $27bn turnover
Telegraph - McDonald's, the fast food chain, announced a record annual turnover of $27bn as it continued to win market share around the world and vowed to open 1,300 new outlets this year.

BREAKING - Apple ANNIHILATES Profit Estimates - Earns $13.87 Per Share Vs. Analyst Consensus Of $10.08
Daily Bail - $17.5 billion in free cash flow, for one quarter. Unflippingbelievable. They beat estimates by 36%. Apple should do something good for humanity with their money - Buy the Fed and shut it down.

Housing Market

Bank strategy backfires in foreclosure crisis
Press TV - Housing investors and advocates are embracing a new strategy to keep struggling borrowers in their homes: Purchasing houses from homeowners who can no longer afford to pay the mortgage, then leasing the property back to the previous owner at an affordable rent. The problem is the strategy is prohibited. The nation's major banks and mortgage companies, as well as housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, typically bar the previous owners from remaining in their properties after homes are sold for less than the value of the outstanding mortgage -- what is known as a short sale.

Energy & Environment

EPA Finally Supplies Drinking Water to Pennsylvania Fracking Victims
All Gov - In yet another case of drinking water contamination in areas where energy companies have engaged in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supplying clean water to some residents of Dimock Township, Pennsylvania (pop.: 1,398), at taxpayer expense. Apparently concerned that the contamination may be more widespread, EPA will soon begin more extensive testing of the local water supply.

Delta reroutes planes following massive solar eruption
Fox News - Radiation from an immense solar blast hit the Earth Tuesday -- forcing Delta Air Lines to redirect at least half a dozen airplanes that had been routed over the North Pole.... There is no risk to people on Earth, Doug Biesecker of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center told FoxNews.com. But as a rare precaution, some polar flights were re -routed to avoid communication lapses and exposing pilots and passengers to excessive radiation.

Health

Children herded like cattle into Maryland courthouse for forced vaccinations as armed police and attack dogs stand guard
Mike Adams - Following the State of Maryland's threats against parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated, children were herded into a Price George County courthouse being guarded by armed personnel with attack dogs. Inside, the children were forcibly vaccinated, many against their will, under orders from the State Attorney General, various State Judges and the local School Board Director, all of whom illegally conspired to threaten parents with imprisonment if they did not submit their children to vaccinations....Where is the outrage?

The Vaccination Agenda: Implicit Transhumanism
Activist Post - A new paper published in the journal Lupus entitled "Mechanisms of aluminum adjuvant toxicity and autoimmunity in pediatric populations," points out that as many as 125 antigenic compounds, along with high amounts of aluminum (AI) adjuvants are given to children by the time they are 4 and 6 years old, in some "developed" countries. The authors also state: "Immune challenges during early development, including those vaccine-induced, can lead to permanent detrimental alterations of the brain and immune function. Experimental evidence also shows that simultaneous administration of as little as two to three immune adjuvants can overcome genetic resistance to autoimmunity."

Avoid antibiotics - There are alternatives
(NaturalNews)A much better solution is to use antiviral and antibacterial herbs and supplements to fight infections. So at the first sign of a virus take a Chinese Herbal Yin Chiao (pronounced "chow") formula.... Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is also an excellent antiviral and safe for children. Echinacea is sometimes helpful to stimulate white blood cell production as well. These are all available at many health food stores or on the Internet. For any infections take liquid silver, vitamin C (children can take Emergen-C powder, vitamin A (10,000-50,000 IU), and increase your vitamin D to at least 10,000 IU (children can take 4,000-5,000 for infections).

Aloe vera helps reverse cancer and AIDS
(NaturalNews) One of the best kept secrets in the nutritional field is aloe vera. Commonly recognized for soothing ulcers, hemorrhoids, sunburns, wounds and other skin ailments, many don't know the power pure raw aloe vera juice has for improving and even reversing serious diseases that baffle mainstream medicine.

Toxic chemical formaldehyde found in common personal care products
(NaturalNews) Formaldehyde is one of the most toxic chemicals that can invade the human body. It is a known carcinogen and tissue irritant. Yet the chemical is still allowed in "safe" concentrations in certain products we touch, put on our skin or hair, and inhale every day. Formaldehyde is used for a variety of industrial purposes, but most of us know it as the funky smelling liquid that preserved the dissection subjects in biology class. Long term preservation is just one of its functions. It serves as a disinfectant, embalming agent, chemical preservative, and solvent.

Dentist accused of paper clip use in root canals
A former dentist in the U.S. has pleaded guilty to fraud for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals. Michael Clair will be sentenced next Monday after pleading guilty last week in a Massachusetts court to a variety of charges, including defrauding a government health program of $130,000, assault and battery, illegally prescribing prescription drugs and witness intimidation. Authorities say instead of stainless steel posts for root canals, he used sections of paper clips — which can cause pain and even infection — in an effort to save money.

Melatonin may prevent Alzheimer's disease - sleep your way to brain health
(NaturalNews) Excessive periods of sleep deprivation for any reason can affect the circadian rhythm of amyloid beta by reducing the amount of melatonin produced in the brain, hypothetically causing the buildup of amyloid beta plaque formation. Recent findings have shown that chronic loss of sleep is connected to early onset Alzheimer's disease.

Now here's a fast-food meal that will make YOU a whopper! Burger King blasted by health critics over 966-CALORIE 'horrendous' burger
Mail Online - Healthy-food campaigners have criticised Burger King's newest snack which packs in an astonishing 966 calories. The new Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Double Angus burger is the biggest and most fattening on the high street and has twice as many calories as a Big Mac from McDonald's.... 'The values given here don't even include the chips and shake or fizzy drink which many people will order with it. If you add a large fries and large coke to that you get almost 1600 calories in the one meal.'

Cigarette tobacco leaves are genetically engineered to produce pesticides
(NaturalNews) Monsanto's scientists "bio-engineer" specific toxic chemicals with nature's seedlings so that the plants actually grow out from the ground with pesticide as part of their genetic makeup. In this regard, farmers can spray unlimited amounts of toxic pesticide on the plants and they won't wither or die. This "bastardized" form of vegetation is used on the three most widely consumed crops in America: corn, soy and yes, tobacco!

One in four toddlers are lacking vitamin D and could face walking delays, warns expert
Mail Online - Three-quarters of parents are unaware than children under five should take Vitamin D supplements, says a scientist at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London. Despite a recommendation that all children under five should take Vitamin D supplements, 74 per cent of parents know nothing about the guidelines. And more than half of health professionals are also unaware of them.

Alfalfa proven to lower cholesterol and shows promise in healing lupus
(NaturalNews) Alfalfa (medicago sativa L.) is probably one of the most widely recognized foods in the natural health community. Alfalfa sprouts are found in practically every grocery store in the U.S., and alfalfa grass powder is well known as a green superfood. Alfalfa is an antipyretic, which means it is a fever reducer. It is a diuretic, meaning it increases urination. It is an appetite stimulant, and is a hemostatic, which means it helps to stop bleeding. Alfalfa is mineral and vitamin rich. It is very high in the macro-nutrients calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. Alfalfa has a high chlorophyll content, and contains almost every known vitamin. It has been clinically proven to reduce LDL cholesterol and shows promise in the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as lupus.

Calcium controversy explained - Vitamin K2 keeps calcium in your bones and out of your arteries
(NaturalNews) Calcium belongs in our bones, not in our blood. When our vitamin K2 levels are low, calcium collects in our blood and can lead to calcification in our arteries. The Rotterdam Study, which followed about 4,800 individuals for a 10-year period, showed that individuals who consume the most dietary vitamin K2 experience 50 percent less arterial calcification and cardiovascular death.

Science & Technology

Google announces privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out
Washington post - Google will soon know far more about who you are and what you do on the Web. The Web giant announced Tuesday that it plans to follow the activities of users across nearly all of its ubiquitous sites, including YouTube, Gmail and its leading search engine. Google has already been collecting some of this information. But for the first time, it is combining data across its Web sites to stitch together a fuller portrait of users. Consumers won’t be able to opt out of the changes, which take effect March 1. And experts say the policy shift will invite greater scrutiny from federal regulators of the company’s privacy and competitive practices.

YouTube: Hacker Winston Smith Warns of False Flag Hack Attacks
Federal Jack - Hacker Winston Smith discusses what to keep an eye out for.

Soros Mouthpiece Calls On Google To Police “Conspiracy Theories”
Paul Joseph Watson - Former fellow of George Soros’ Open Society and current Stanford University scholar Evgeny Morozov has called on Google and other search engines to become thought crime enforcers, by providing warnings about websites that contain “conspiracy theories” such as the belief, held by a majority of Americans, that global warming is not primarily man-made.... His solution is to, “Nudge search engines to take more responsibility for their index and exercise a heavier curatorial control in presenting search results for issues like “global warming” or “vaccination.”

Busted: BitTorrent Pirates at Sony, Universal and Fox
With increasing lobbying efforts from the entertainment industry against BitTorrent sites and users, we wondered whether these companies hold themselves to the same standards they demand of others. After some initial skimming we’ve discovered BitTorrent pirates at nearly every major entertainment industry company in the US, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fox Entertainment and NBC Universal. Busted.

Study says humans now use internet as our main ‘memory’ – instead of our heads
Mail Online - he Internet is becoming our main source of memory instead of our own brains, a study has concluded. In the age of Google, our minds are adapting so that we are experts at knowing where to find information even though we don’t recall what it is. The researchers found that when we want to know something we use the Internet as an ‘external memory’ just as computers use an external hard drive. Nowadays we are so reliant on our smart phones and laptops that we go into ‘withdrawal when we can’t find out something immediately’.

YouTube: Apocalyptic Sounds from Around the Globe! 2011 – 2012
Strange sounds are being reported from all around the globe!!! Many different cities, through out many different countries are hearing them. Mostly in 2011, some sooner, and especially more recently in 2012, these "earth sounds" are becoming a quickly growing phenomenon!!! They are starting to gain local media attention in some countries and even City Council member Al Maghnieh of Windsor, Ontario Canadia has experienced them first hand and claims the sounds are real!

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto: ‘There is no need for, or value in testing the safety of GM foods in humans’
Ethan A. Huff - Monsanto’s Food Safetypage, the biotechnology giant explains its opinion that GMOs are “substantially equivalent” to natural organisms.... Furthermore, Monsanto claims that its injection of foreign DNA into its GM crops is also automatically safe because, get this, DNA is present in natural crops as well. Never mind that the injected DNA is foreign and unnatural, and is used to alter the entire genetic structure of GM crops - according to Monsanto, its unnatural DNA is automatically non-toxic because every other plant also has DNA. Case closed.

Pet News

The ultimate cat scan! 'My kitten alerted me to my cancer because she kept jumping on my breast'
Mail Online - A woman claims her pet cat saved her life - by alerting her to her breast cancer when she was just a whisker from death. Wendy Humphreys, 52, was bemused when her black-and-white kitten Fidge leapt up and sat on her right breast every night for two weeks while she lay on the sofa. She went to her GP and was told she had a cancerous pea-sized lump in her breast - which would have killed her if left undiagnosed.

Miscellaneous

PHOTOS: JFK hearse auctions at $160,000
A white hearse used to transport President John F. Kennedy's body following his assassination in Dallas has sold at auction for $160,000.


Today in History - Tuesday - January 24, 2012
1848 - James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California. The discovery led to the gold rush of '49.
1908 - In England, the first Boy Scout troop was organized by Robert Baden-Powell.
1922 - Christian K. Nelson patented the Eskimo Pie.
1924 - The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad. The name has since been changed back to St. Petersburg.
1935 - Krueger Brewing Company placed the first canned beer on sale in Richmond, VA.
1943 - U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
1952 - Vincent Massey was the first Canadian to be appointed governor-general of Canada.
1965 - Winston Churchill died at the age of 90.
1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.
1978 - A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated. The radioactive debris was scattered over parts of Canada's Northwest Territory.
1980 - The United States announced intentions to sell arms to China.
1985 - Penny Harrington became the first woman police chief of a major city. She assumed the duties as head of the Portland, Oregon.
1986 - The Voyager 2 space probe flew past Uranus. The probe came within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system.
1989 - Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida's electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
1990 - Japan launched the first probe to be sent to the Moon since 1976. A small satellite was placed in lunar orbit.
1995 - The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
1996 - Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigned due to allegations that he had spied for Moscow.
2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law that limited the contributions that individuals could donate to a candidate during a single election.
2002 - The U.S. Congress began a hearing on the collapse of Enron Corp.
2002 - John Walker Lindh appeared in court for the first time concerning the charges that he conspired to kill Americans abroad and aided terrorist groups. Lindh had been taken into custody by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.
2003 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security began operations under Tom Ridge.

World News

BASF to Stop Selling Genetically Modified Products in Europe
For 13 years, ordinary Europeans have stood firm in challenging the right of biotech companies to dump their risky genetically engineered (GE) seeds onto their fields and have steadfastly rejected the intrusion of GE foods onto their plates. They built up an informed and powerful citizens’ movement that has made itself heard, even over the din of the monied GE lobby. Unfortunately, BASF is headed straight for a research park here in the U.S. — namely the Research Triangle in North Carolina, which has become a hub for the biotech industry. BASF will be joining over 70 agricultural technology companies there, the Winston-Salem Journal reports, including Bayer CropScience and Syngenta.

Raw milk: Good enough for Queen Elizabeth, but prohibited for ordinary Canadians
(NaturalNews) Finding access to raw milk is difficult in many parts of the US, but the situation is even worse in Canada where national law prohibits the sale of raw milk anywhere in the country. Few people realize, however, that Queen Elizabeth and her two sons drink this supposedly "dangerous" food item, as do nearly all Canadian farmers surveyed in a 2010 study published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine.

Iran 'definitely' closing Strait of Hormuz
RT - Tensions in the Gulf could reach a breaking point as a senior Iranian official said Iran would “definitely” close the Strait of Hormuz if an EU oil embargo disrupted the export of crude oil. Mohammad Kossari, deputy head of parliament's foreign affairs and national security committee, issued the warning in respone to a decision by the European Union on Monday to impose an oil embargo on Iran over the country’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

UK, US, France send warships through Strait
The Telegraph - Britain, America and France delivered a pointed signal to Iran, sending six warships led by a 100,000 ton aircraft carrier through the highly sensitive waters of the Strait of Hormuz. This deployment defied explicit Iranian threats to close the waterway. It coincided with an escalation in the West's confrontation with Iran over the country's nuclear ambitions. European Union foreign ministers are today expected to announce an embargo on Iranian oil exports, amounting to the most significant package of sanctions yet agreed. They are also likely to impose a partial freeze on assets held by the Iranian Central Bank in the EU.

YouTube: US aircraft carriers to deliver 'direct message to Iran'
RT - Europe and the US have expressed their willingness to return to talks with Iran over its controversial nuclear program. But despite that, the EU is seemingly still set to approve an embargo on Iranian oil. France even says the time to avoid military intervention is running out. As for the U.S., this week it strengthened its presence in the region by sending a second aircraft carrier to the Arabian sea....

US to send old warship to Persian Gulf
Press TV - The USS Enterprise is the oldest active duty ship in the American naval fleet and its mission dates back to the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 and the Vietnam War. The decision to maintain 11 warships comes at a time when the US economy is facing a national debt of more than USD 15 trillion after a decade of costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and is preparing for 487 billion dollars in defense cuts over the next 10 years.

Gaddafi supporters seize control of Libyan town
(Reuters) - Fighters loyal to Libya's overthrown leader Muammar Gaddafi took control of a town south-east of the capital on Monday, flying their green flags in defiance of the country's fragile new government.

VIDEO: Syria sanctions: EU extends asset freeze, travel ban
RT - EU foreign ministers have adopted fresh sanctions against Syria, targeting a new list of people and firms to be hit by a travel ban and asset freeze. This is the 11th consecutive round of sanctions to be imposed on the violence-torn country. Syria sanctions: EU extends asset freeze, travel ban
EU foreign ministers have adopted fresh sanctions against Syria, targeting a new list of people and firms to be hit by a travel ban and asset freeze. This is the 11th consecutive round of sanctions to be imposed on the violence-torn country.

France passes genocide law, faces Turkish reprisals
(Reuters) - France approved on Monday a bill making it illegal to deny the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide, sparking angry retaliation from Turkey which threatened a "total rupture" of diplomatic ties.... The bill had been made more general so that it outlawed the denial of any genocide, partly in the hope of appeasing the Turks. But Ankara condemned the bill's approval and said it would take permanent steps against France, a NATO ally.

VIDEO: Egyptian military hands legislative power to parliament amid protests
RT - Egypt’s Cabinet says the military rulership has handed legislative powers to the country’s new lower house of parliament, which held its first session on Monday. But as the new deputies are sworn in, the capital is bracing for fresh protests. “Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, has announced in a letter to the People’s Assembly the transfer of legislative power to the assembly,” the government said on its Facebook page.

EU's Barnier eyes limits on top bankers' pay
(Reuters) - The European Commission is considering limiting top bankers' pay to a multiple of junior staff salaries as well as capping bonuses at a fixed ratio to pay, its regulatory chief said on Monday. In a move likely to alarm high earners in the City of London and elsewhere, Michel Barnier told Reuters in an interview that new curbs on bankers' earnings were needed to avoid the risk of a backlash from the public.

Shipwreck probe may widen to cruise company
(Reuters) - A criminal probe into the Costa Concordia's doomed voyage, which ended with at least 15 dead and the cruise ship lying holed off the Italian coast, may be widened, a lawyer for the captain said on Monday.... Captain Francesco Schettino is accused of causing the accident and is under investigation for multiple manslaughter and abandoning the 450 million-euro ($590 million) ship before it was evacuated.... Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp, the world's largest cruise ship operator, has suspended Schettino and declared itself an injured party in the case. It has said "unfortunate human error" by Schettino caused the disaster.

Pot-based prescription drug looks for FDA OK
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A British company, GW Pharma, is in advanced clinical trials for the world's first pharmaceutical developed from raw marijuana instead of synthetic equivalents- a mouth spray it hopes to market in the U.S. as a treatment for cancer pain. And it hopes to see FDA approval by the end of 2013. Sativex contains marijuana's two best known components - delta 9-THC and cannabidiol - and already has been approved in Canada, New Zealand and eight European countries for a different usage, relieving muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Red Spotlights to Mark ‘Pre-crime’ Suspects
Activist Post - In a glowing review of the rising prevalence of high-tech big brother surveillance gadgets in police force use, the Associated Press reports that East Orange, New Jersey plans to cut crime by highlighting suspects with a red-beamed spotlight -- before any crime is committed -- a “pre-crime” deterrent to be mounted on nearby street lights or other fixtures. “Whereas London has talking cameras, we’re about to deploy light projecting cameras, better known as light-based intervention systems.” said William Robinson, Police Chief for East Orange. He added, “The message to criminals is, we’re observing you, the police are recording you, and the police are responding.”

Obama’s Lawyers Outline Supoena Defense for Court Appearance This Week
Minuteman PAC - The countdown has officially begun. Barack Hussein Obama is due in court this Thursday, January 26, 2012 to be held accountable to the American people after nearly four years of dodging our demands for his long-form birth certificate. And now, we know just how his lawyers are attempting to yet again get him out of proving his citizenship eligibility to be President of the United States… “Presidential electors and Congress, not the state of Georgia, hold the constitutional responsibility for determining the qualifications of presidential candidates,” Obama’s lawyer argued in a since rejected attempt to prevent Obama from appearing at the hearings beginning on Jan. 26.

Senate Democratic staffer arrested for disclosing identities of CIA operatives to al Qaeda Gitmo inmates
Washington Post - The Justice Department on Monday charged a former CIA officer with repeatedly leaking classified information, including the identities of agency operatives involved in the capture and interrogation of alleged terrorists. The case against John Kiriakou, who also served as a senior Senate aide, extends the Obama administration’s crackdown on disclosures of national security secrets. Kiriakou, 47, is the sixth target of a leaks-related prosecution since President Obama took office, exceeding the total number of comparable prosecutions under all previous administrations combined, legal experts said.

OBAMASCARE: Supreme Court says no to debate over Elena Kagan health care role
Politico - Freedom Watch, a group led by Larry Klayman, asked the court for permission to file a brief on Kagan's participation in the case. The court on Monday denied the request without comment, though it did note that Kagan did not participate in the discussion. Both Kagan and Justice Clarence Thomas have faced calls for their recusals from the case. Opponents of the law argue Kagan should not participate because she was solicitor general during the passage of the law.

VIDEO: Rand Paul Detained by TSA in Nashville
ABC News - Sen. Rand Paul told his communications director this morning he was being detained by TSA at the Nashville airport.... A TSA spokesman disputed that Paul was ever “detained.” But he was not granted access to the secure area of the airport when he tried to board a flight Monday morning.... The TSA version of events is that Paul triggered an alarm during routine airport screening and refused to complete the screening process (pat-down) in order to resolve the issue. Paul was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement. More articles here.

YouTube: Rand Paul on CNN with Wolf Blitzer
CNN Interviews Rand Paul on the TSA scanners after his experience.

White House sides with TSA in Rand Paul standoff
The Hill - The White House is standing by the Transportation Security Administration in its standoff with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his father, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). The elder Paul called the TSA a "police state" Monday after Rand Paul was reportedly detained by TSA after he refused to take a pat-down from TSA officials at the Nashville International Airport. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that he didn't have any reaction to Paul's "police state" comments. But Carney sided with the TSA saying, "I think it is absolutely essential that we take necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe."

Obama to 'hang out' in live video chat room
NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama plans to "hang out" in a video chat room to answer questions about his State of the Union address, part of a White House effort to test new social networking tools and the latest evidence of the growing intersection of social media and politics. Google announced Monday that Obama will participate in a 45-minute live video chat room known as a "Hangout," part of the online search giant's social networking site Google Plus. The chat will take place Monday afternoon, Jan. 30, capping a week of social media engagement the White House is planning around the State of the Union speech.

Obama Defends Roe v. Wade As Way for ‘Our Daughters’ to Have Same Chance As Sons to ‘Fulfill Their Dreams’
CNS News - CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama says the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is the chance to recognize the “fundamental constitutional right” to abortion and to “continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

YouTube: Chris Hedges Sues Obama Admin Over Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens Approved in NDAA
Democracy Now -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges has filed suit against President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to challenge the legality of the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes controversial provisions authorizing the military to jail anyone it considers a terrorism suspect anywhere in the world, without charge or trial.

GPS spying: Supreme Court says police need a warrant
RT - The Supreme Court came to a landmark decision Monday morning, voting unanimously that police agencies must obtain search warrants before they can install GPS tracking devices on the vehicles of suspects. Had the justices voted otherwise, local law enforcement agencies would have been legally protected to affix small devices on the cars of suspects, without their knowing, in order to monitor their every move on public roads.

Who Should Have Access to Student Records?
US NEWS - Privacy experts say the problem is that states collect far more information than parents expect, and it can be shared with more than just a student’s teacher or principal.“When you have a system that’s secret [from parents] and you can put whatever you want into it, you can have things going in that’ll be very damaging,” says Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “When you put something into digital form, you can’t control where that’ll end up.”

2012 Election News

YouTube: Ron Paul Highlights in Florida GOP Debate
NBC 1/23/12 - The first Florida Republican Presidential Primary debate took place in Tampa at the University of South Florida. The debate was shown on NBC and streamed live at MSNBC.com.

POLL: Who won the National Journal/NBC GOP debate in Tampa?
Drudge Report: Ron Paul 48%
O'Reilly: Newt Gingrich 39%, Ron Paul 38% (Who will win Florida Primary?)
World Today's News: Ron Paul 40%.
Your Political News Group: Ron Paul 55%
The Swash: Ron Paul 69%
We Polls: Ron Paul 82%
Naples News: Ron Paul 77% (Who has your vote in the Jan. 31 Florida GOP primary?)

YouTube: Ron Paul Ignored in Florida's NBC Republican Debate 1/23/12
Ron Paul got less than 6 minutes out of the hour long debate. They skipped him completely on 3 questions and didnt offer him one chance to speak after someone attacked him. This is getting old and fast. We need to stand up and demand fair and balanced journalism!!!

Adelson to double contribution to help Newt’s presidential bid
Las Vegas Sun - Gondolier Numero Uno Sheldon Adelson, through his wife, will give Newt Gingrich's SuperPAC another $5 million, a source close to Adelson confirmed today. That makes $10 million from the man who built the Venetian (in Vegas and Macau!) to help his old friend, the former speaker. My guess is so long as Gingrich stays competitive, Adelson, the eighth richest man in America, will be there to help through Winning Our Future. And in so doing, he will keep Gingrich, whom he has known for a decade and a half, competitive with Mitt Romney's money machine.

YouTube: RAW Footage: Romney Supporter Admits Being Paid to Support Romney
On camera, a Romney "supporter" at an early voting location says he was paid by the South Florida Romney campaign effort to wear a shirt and maintain a presence. Having a handful of Romney supporters at the site likely helped make the impression on potential voters who lack the capacity to think for themselves that they, because of Romney's large "support", they should vote for him. Makes perfect sense...

Witnesses Document Potential Vote Fraud in S.C. Primaries
Activist Post -At this time, the most serious questions are centered around the precincts in Pickens County. It was in this precinct that Chris Lawton, representing the Paul campaign who came to the Pickens County elections office to witness the vote certification, noticed a series of situations that were either in direct opposition to State voting laws, or, at the very least, highly questionable.

Gingrich Group Releases Freddie Mac Contract
National Journal - Under pressure from rival Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s consulting business released his contract with Freddie Mac on Monday on a website. Click here to view Gingrich’s contract with Freddie Mac. The contract calls him a consultant but is vague about his specific duties. It calls for a $300,000 retainer and $25,000 in fees monthly for the year 2006. It has been previously disclosed that Gingrich was paid more than $1.6 million by the mortgage giant over an eight-year period.

Ron Paul "I went" photo going viral on Internet
Ron Paul's photo showing him with one of his children [Rand] while serving during the Vietnam era is going viral on net, in contrast to Newt Gingrich who said he was married and had children at time as reason why he didn't serve.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Soros: Occupy to turn violent
WND - In an interview with Newsweek writer John Arlidge, Soros reportedly said riots on the streets of American cities are inevitable. “‘Yes, yes, yes,’ he says, almost gleefully,” when asked about the prospect of Occupy turning violent, writes Arlidge. Soros claimed the riots will “be an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, which, carried to an extreme, could bring about a repressive political system, a society where individual liberty is much more constrained, which would be a break with the tradition of the United States.”

Economy

White House misses budget deadline for 3rd year
Washington Times - The White House told Congress on Monday that its budget will be late this year, meaning President Obama once again will miss the deadline set in law. Congressional officials said the president now will send up his budget on Feb. 13, which is a week later than the usual date. The law requires the budget be sent by the first Monday in February.... "This will mark the third time in four years the president has missed his statutory requirement to present a budget on time, while trillion-dollar budget deficits continue to mount," Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said.

All 2011 unemployment insurance benefits taxable
Collecting unemployment insurance benefits? All that you received in 2011 is taxed as income. Unless you requested that federal taxes be withheld, you could be in for a big surprise when you calculate taxes owed. "People tend to believe unemployment benefits are still not taxable," said Bob Meighan, a vice president at TurboTax. That was the case in 2009, for the first $2,400 in unemployment benefits. But that provision was not renewed by Congress.

Companies see growth but few new jobs: poll
(Reuters) - The National Association for Business Economics' industry survey found that two-thirds of respondents expected no change in employment at their companies over the first half of the year. That was the highest share in recent quarters. Although the U.S. jobless rate fell to a near three-year low of 8.5 percent in December, fewer businesses said they would hire more workers, compared with the previous industry poll.

Gold for Oil: India and Iran Ditch Dollar says Report
According to a new and yet unconfirmed report, India bought oil from Iran using gold. India certainly has the gold resources to fund the oil, while Iran is under pressure by the West, due the continuation of its nuclear program.

When Will Silver Reach a New High?
It shouldn't come as a surprise that silver will take longer to return to its old high than what we found with gold in last week's article. Why? Half of silver's use is industrial, so a weak economy can drag down its demand. We certainly saw that in 2008.

Housing Market

Obama Must Choose on Housing: A Sweetheart Deal for the 1% or a Fair Deal for the 99%
Huffington Post - Rumor has it that on Monday, after months of negotiation with big banks, the White House may announce a settlement that would let the banks off the hook for their role in the foreclosure crisis -- paying a tiny fraction of what's needed in exchange for blanket immunity from future lawsuits.

Fannie, Freddie writedowns too costly: regulator
(Reuters) - The regulator for Fannie Mae (FNMA.OB) and Freddie Mac (FMCC.OB) told lawmakers that forcing the government-controlled mortgage firms to write down the principal on underwater home loans would require more than $100 billion in fresh taxpayer funds.

Energy & Environment

Buffett's Railroad WINNER From Obama's Keystone Pipeline Denial
Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration’s decision to reject TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit. With modest expansion, railroads can handle all new oil produced in western Canada through 2030, according to an analysis of the Keystone proposal by the U.S. State Department.

Environmentalists see reason for alarm in GOP race
(AP) - Four years after the GOP's rallying cry became "drill, baby, drill," environmental issues have barely registered a blip in this Republican presidential primary. That's likely to change as the race turns to Florida. The candidates' positions on environmental regulation, global warming as well as clean air and water are all but certain to get attention ahead of the Jan. 31 primary in a state where the twin issues of offshore oil drilling and Everglades restoration are considered mandatory topics for discussion.

Health

FDA clears more orange juice imports
(Reuters) - Health regulators cleared more orange juice imports from five countries after testing for the fungicide carbendazim, but made no mention of samples from top grower Brazil, which accounts for half of U.S. juice imports.

How to Bring out the Hidden Health Benefits from Brussels Sprouts
Whole Foods - The latest scientific studies show that cutting brussels sprouts into quarters help break down cell walls and enhances the activation of an enzyme called myrosinase that slowly converts some of the plant nutrients into their active forms, which have been shown to contain health-promoting properties.

LA school district students would rather starve than eat healthy menu items
(NaturalNews) A massive school lunch menu overhaul implemented by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in California last year has been met with widespread resistance among district students. CBS 2 in Los Angeles reports that many students are actually choosing to go hungry rather than have to eat revamped, healthier meal offerings like vegetarian curry or quinoa salad.

Depression drugs linked to falls in elderly
(NaturalNews) Selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are frequently prescribed to dementia patients, who often also experience depression. The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reported that the risk of elderly injuring themselves from falls was TRIPLED after they were given SSRIs. This class of drugs includes the popular depression drugs Prozac and Paxil, which have long been considered first-line therapy for treatment of depression in older adults.

Vitamins and herbs for strong, healthy hair
(NaturalNews) The first vitamin for hair health is biotin. This is actually a form of vitamin B that is widely used to help prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth. It is often recommended for chemotherapy patients to help increase the rate of growth. It is also useful for thinning hair and is thought to help with loss of hair pigmentation although no conclusive evidence has been found. Biotin helps our bodies to break down fats, protein and carbohydrates. It can be found naturally in Swiss chard, liver, halibut and goat milk, to name a few.

Cleansing the skepticism surrounding detoxification diets
(NaturalNews) A recent article published in The Science of Biology espouses the anti-detoxification views of Professor David Bender, professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at University College London. In his article, titled The Detox Delusion, Professor Bender claims that detoxification is a "meaningless marketing term," even potentially dangerous to your health and unnecessary as a dieting tool. He further states, "I am not sure what 'self-healing' is and the idea of 'raised energy levels' is nonsense."

Four reasons to add chlorella to your diet today
(NaturalNews) Chlorella is a green algae that is considered to be one of the most powerful superfoods known to man. Chlorella contains vasts amount of chlorophyll within its cell walls. The cell walls of chlorella are tough and indigestible, so many chlorella producers break the cell walls before selling the product. Broken cell chlorella releases the nutrients inside the cell walls so the human body can use them. Besides being possibly the richest source of chlorophyll on Earth, chlorella is also very high in plant protein. Chlorella contains fifty-eight grams of protein per one hundred grams of weight. By comparison, beef and chicken have twenty-four to twenty-eight grams of protein per one hundred grams of weight. Chlorella is a pain reliever, reduces hypertension, enhances the immune system in some cases, and chelates heavy metals.

Science & Technology

A New 9/11 Investigation - Coming to a Theater Near You? Hollywood Stars Seek to Make Feature Film Focused on WTC Demolitions
AE911Truth - “A Violation of Trust” (formerly titled “Confession of a 9/11 Conspirator”) is a feature film project that is willing to do what the world’s governments and legal bodies are unwilling to do – open a real investigation of 9/11 for the entire world to see. It dramatizes the first day of “The President’s New Investigation of 9/11”, with actors performing from a tightly-written, factually-accurate script that pits the 9/11 Commission Report and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Reports against the work of 9/11 researcher Dr. David Ray Griffin and the scientific research highlighted by leading 9/11 truth organizations, including Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

SOPA and PIPA Fully Alive -- And a New Bill Joins Them
As an alternative to SOPA-PIPA, Representative Darrell Issa (CA-R), and 24 co-sponsors introduced the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) H.R. 3782 on Wednesday, during the Internet blackout.... The bill pretends to only target foreign websites, while keeping Americans free to surf and post, but the bill's wording is wide open to pursue American sites. Just one example: when describing an infringing site, it starts with those "that are accessed through a non-domestic domain name," but continues in section (8)(A)(ii) for any site that "conducts business directed to residents of the United States."

VIDEO: Huge Solar Eruption Sparks Strongest Radiation Storm in 7 Years
A powerful solar eruption is expected to blast a stream of charged particles toward Earth tomorrow (Jan. 24), as the strongest radiation storm since 2005 rages on the sun. Early this morning (0359 GMT Jan. 23, which corresponds to late Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10:59 p.m. EST), NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught an extreme ultraviolet flash from a huge eruption on the sun, according to the skywatching website Spaceweather.com.

VIDEO: Anonymous 'threatens' to take down Facebook in Operation Global Blackout
RT January 22, 2012 - Following a massive attack waged Thursday on several government and entertainment industry websites, hacktivists with Anonymous continued their assault over the weekend, momentarily taking CBS.com offline. The next target very well might be Facebook.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

US Supreme court overturns California meat safety law
The Supreme Court said California's law ran afoul of the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The California law forbids a slaughterhouse to "buy, sell, or receive a nonambulatory animal," butcher it or sell its meat, or hold it without immediately euthanizing it.... However, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that California lacks authority to make regulations different from federal law at slaughterhouses inspected by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Parsley attracts predatory insects that protect your garden against pests
(NaturalNews) Companion planting is the ancient technique of planting different crops in close proximity that can provide benefits to each other. For example, the famous three sisters planting widely used by native people across North America involved planting beans to fix nitrogen in the soil, corn for the beans to climb, and squash to shade the ground.

Stupid News

VIDEO: A new Lego line for girls is offensive, critics say
LA Times - Lego toys have always seemed pleasantly gender-neutral. Perhaps that's why the new Lego Friends line for girls has triggered a fair bit of protest from some health and equal-rights organizations.... Online petitions have been started to protest the line, which includes a Butterfly Beauty Shop and a Your Fashion Designer Workshop. The International Assn. of Eating Disorder Professionals said the toys were "devoid of imagination and promote overt forms of sexism."


Today in History - Monday - January 23, 2012
1789 - Georgetown College was established as the first Catholic college in the U.S. The school is in Washington, DC.
1845 - The U.S. Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
1849 - English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive medical degree. It was from the Medical Institution of Geneva, NY.
1907 - Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become U.S. President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.
1920 - The Dutch government refused the demands from the Allies to hand over the ex-kaiser of Germany.
1924 - The first Labour government was formed, under Ramsay MacDonald.
1937 - In Moscow, seventeen people went on trial during Josef Stalin's "Great Purge."
1943 - The British captured Tripoli from the Germans.
1950 - The Israeli Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
1960 - The U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste descended to a record depth of 35,820 feet (10,750 meters) in the Pacific Ocean.
1964 - Ratification of the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was completed. This amendment eliminated the poll tax in federal elections.
1968 - North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the nation's territorial waters on a spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later.
1971 - In Prospect Creek Camp, AK, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was reported as minus 80 degrees.
1973 - U.S. President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.
1978 - Sweden banned aerosol sprays because of damage to environment. They were the first country to do so.
1997 - A judge in Fairfax, VA, sentenced Mir Aimal Kasi to death for an assault rifle attack outside the CIA headquarters in 1993 that killed two men and wounded three other people.
2001 - A van used by the remaining two fugitives of the "Texas 7" was recovered in Colorado Springs, CO. A few hours later police surrounded a hotel where the convicts were hiding. Patrick Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury were taken into custody the next morning without incident.
2002 - John Walker Lindh returned to the U.S. under FBI custody. Lindh was charge with conspiring to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorists and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban while a member of the al-Quaida terrorist organization in Afghanistan.
2003 - North Korea announced that it would consider sanctions an act of war for North Korea's reinstatement of its nuclear program.

World News

US deploys 12,000 troops in Libya
Press TV - The United States has sent some 12,000 soldiers to Libya, in the first phase of deployments to the oil-rich North African nation. According to Asharq Alawsat, the troops landed in the eastern oil port city of Brega. Although the deployment is said to be aimed at generating stability and security in the region, the troops are expected to take control of the country's key oil fields and strategic ports. Brega, the site of an important oil refinery, serves as a major export hub for Libyan oil. The town is also one of the five oil terminals in the eastern half of the country.

EU formally adopts Iran oil embargo
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union nations have formally adopted an oil embargo against Iran as part of sanctions over its nuclear program. Diplomats said the measures, which were adopted in Brussels by the EU's 27 foreign ministers, include an immediate embargo on new contracts for crude oil and petroleum products, while existing contracts will be allowed to run until July.

Syria rejects new Arab League plan to end crisis
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria rejected the Arab League's wide-ranging new plan to end the country's 10-month crisis Monday, saying the League's call for a national unity government in two months is a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty. The state-run news agency, SANA, said Damascus considers the plan "flagrant interference in its internal affairs" and the latest turn in an international plot against Syria.

Yemen's leader allowed to come to US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration will allow Yemen's outgoing president to come to the U.S. temporarily for medical treatment, a move aimed at easing the political transition in Yemen, a key counterterrorism partner. A senior administration official said Ali Abdullah Saleh would travel to New York this week, and probably stay in the U.S. until no later than the end of February. U.S. officials believe Saleh's exit from Yemen could lower the risk of disruptions in the lead-up to presidential elections planned there on Feb. 21.

Italy: Officials mulling removal of fuel from ship
GIGLIO, Italy (AP) -- Italian officials were clearing hurdles Monday to begin pumping some half a million gallons of fuel from the capsized Costa Concordia that threaten an environmental catastrophe, as divers continued the search for 19 people known missing. Civil protection officials are weighing whether to halt the search so the pumping of the fuel could begin, as islanders grew increasingly concerned about the possibility that the double-bottomed tanks holding some 2,200 metric tons of heavy fuel could leak.

U.S. Sends Carrier to Hormuz Amid Rumor of al-Quds Deployment
Kurt Nimmo - The United States has dispatched the USS Enterprise to the Persian Gulf in an escalation of tensions with Iran. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited the ship on Sunday and said the “carrier is all about” keeping the Strait of Hormuz open. “We want peace and tranquility in the region. But some of the countries in our region, they want to direct other countries 12,000 miles away from this region,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said while on a diplomatic mission to Turkey.

VIDEO: Enemy at the gates? Libyans storm NTC headquarters
RT - Some 200 Libyan protesters stormed the headquarters of the country’s transitional government on Saturday in a show of frustration with the slow pace of national reform. But will their calls for post-Gaddafi transparency fall on deaf ears? Two weeks of protests in the city of Benghazi – the heart of the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi last February – came to a head when protestors used grenades to blow the gates off the National Transitional Council (NTC) compound housing the interim government.

The Pentagon Admits An Elite US Commando Team Has Been Deployed Near Iran
Business Insider -As it is, military blogs are buzzing about Spencer Ackerman's story at Danger Room where he reports that a new "elite commando team" is operating in the Gulf region. Ackerman spoke with military sources that say the team, called Joint Special Operations Task Force-Gulf Coordinating Council (JSOTF-GCC), is on the ground to instruct local troops in special operations. This is the first time the U.S. has acknowledged the existence of the team.

Iraq falling back into 'authoritarianism': HRW
Breitbart - "Iraq is quickly slipping back into authoritarianism as its security forces abuse protesters, harass journalists and torture detainees," Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW's Middle East director, said in the statement. "Despite US government assurances that it helped create a stable democracy, the reality is that it left behind a budding police state."

One Mexican State Bordering US Was Deadlier Than All of Afghanistan Last Year
CNS News - Organized crime-related deaths in one Mexican border state during the first nine months of 2011 exceed the number of Afghan civilians killed in roughly the same period in all of war-torn Afghanistan. According to the Mexican government, from January through September 2011 2,276 deaths were recorded in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, which borders Texas and New Mexico.

China Gets Jump on U.S. for Brazil’s Oil
Washington Times - Off the coast of Rio de Janeiro — below a mile of water and two miles of shifting rock, sand and salt — is an ultradeep sea of oil that could turn Brazil into the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, behind Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States. The country’s state-controlled oil company, Petrobras, expects to pump 4.9 million barrels a day from the country’s oil fields by 2020, with 40 percent of that coming from the seabed. One and a half million barrels will be bound for export markets. The United States wants it, but China is getting it.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Carnival offers survivors of doomed cruise Costa Concordia 30% off future cruise; outraged passengers prepare for lawsuit
NY Daily News - “It is a ridiculous and insulting offer,” survivor Brian Page, a retired British accountant, told The Telegraph of London, which first reported the discount offer. “The company is not only going to refund everybody, but they will offer a 30% discount on future cruises if they want to stay loyal to the company,” said a spokesman for Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of industry leader Carnival Cruise Lines. But survivors want considerably more than a third off another cruise.

Immigrant felon freed by Obama deportation halt -- went on to murder three
In a year-old mystery, a felon freed after he could not be returned to Haiti killed three people. Was it random, or was he working with someone? When burglar Kesler Dufrene became a twice-convicted felon in 2006, a Bradenton judge shipped him to prison for five years. And because of his convictions, an immigration judge ordered Dufrene deported to his native Haiti. That never happened. Instead, when Dufrene’s state prison term was up, Miami immigration authorities in October 2010 released him from custody.

VIDEO: GA judge orders Obama to appear at hearing
ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has ordered President Barack Obama to appear in court in Atlanta for a hearing on a complaint that says Obama isn't a natural-born citizen and can't be president.... A Georgia resident made the complaint, which is intended to keep Obama's name off the state's ballot in the March presidential primary.... The hearing is set for Thursday before an administrative judge. Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi on Friday denied a motion by the president's lawyer to quash a subpoena that requires Obama to show up.

BREAKING! MILITARY EQUIPMENT Filmed 1\19\12 near Santa Cruz, Southbound
Video description: This video was uploaded to facebook via mobile by a Mr Andrew Tuckman yesterday, January 19th 2012, with the following comment "I began filming this after a dozen or so train cars went by on a stretch of track south of Santa Cruz California. Where are the military vehicles going? Why are they being shipped? What could this possibly be for? Barack Obama, what are you up to?".

Former Army soldier sentenced for killing wife, baby
Reuters - A former Army soldier who was convicted of killing his wife and baby daughter shortly after returning from combat in Afghanistan was sentenced on Friday to 80 years in prison for the crimes.... Judge Michael Spaan, who imposed the sentence, concluded that Lynch's combat experience affected the former military policeman's actions. "I believe that Mr. Lynch's service in Afghanistan was a factor," Spaan said. But Spaan said it was unclear whether the shooting was a direct result of war-related mental problems.

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to resign from Congress
Fox News - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced Sunday that she has "more work to do" on her recovery after an assassination attempt and will resign from her congressional seat this week. In a video release posted on her website and tweeted from her Twitter handle, the congresswoman said that she is getting better but wants to do what's right for her constituents.

IRS: Taxpayer privacy is a thing of the past
As a general rule, anything reported to IRS is held in strict confidence — Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 6103 states that federal tax information is confidential and to be used to administer federal tax laws except as otherwise specifically authorized by law {Emphasis added}.

Portland, Maine City Council Votes To End ‘Corporate Personhood’
Think Progress Jan 19, 2012 - After more than four hours of testimony last night, the city council of Portland, Maine voted 6-2 to call on the state’s congressional delegation to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing “corporate personhood.”... The resolution was a response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. While advocates acknowledged the council’s vote has no legal authority, they said it was nonetheless important symbolism.

"Not everything is Interstate Commerce"
Some states are beginning to fight back against federal intrusion into intrastate commerce. Legislatures in Iowa, Florida and New Hampshire will consider bills during the 2012 session that seek to reestablish the states’ control over commerce within their borders. And the Tenth Amendment Center expects a number of other states to follow suit this year.

Federal official in Arizona to plead 5th in Fast and Furious case
Fox News January 20, 2012 - The chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona is refusing to testify before Congress regarding Operation Fast and Furious, the federal gun-running scandal that sent U.S. weapons to Mexico. Patrick J. Cunningham informed the House Oversight Committee late Thursday through his attorney that he will use the Fifth Amendment protection.

Jewish paper’s column catches Secret Service eye
CNN - The U.S. Secret Service is looking into a controversial column by an Atlanta Jewish newspaper publisher that mulled the assassination of an American president. Andrew Adler, owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, wrote a January 13 column about the threat of Iran to Israel. He posed three options for the Jewish state to counter the Iranian regime. One of them called for a “hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence.”

Bird flu mutation study stopped in fear of deadly global outbreak
RT - Under pressure to put their research on hold due to fear of a biological disaster, an international team of scientists have voluntarily suspended their study on an advanced, incredibly deadly mutation of the H5N1 bird flu.... The researchers say in a letter published in the journals Nature and Science on Friday that they will take a two-month break from their efforts.

Paterno, revered coach tainted by scandal, dies
(Reuters) - Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football history who was fired in November over a child sexual abuse scandal involving an assistant that rocked America, died on Sunday of lung cancer. He was 85.

2012 Election News

Official results on the South Carolina State Elections Commission
Newt Gingrich 40.45%, Mitt Romney 27.83%, Rick Santorum 16.98%. Ron Paul 12.97%.

YouTube: Ron Paul Interview After SC Voting Results
January 21, 2012 - CNN questions Ron Paul on his future campaign plans.

YouTube: 564 delegates to be split between Paul and Romney
This is a two man race between Romney and Paul. Santorum and Gingrich are not on the ballot for 500 delegates worth of states. They are not, and will not be on the ballot in other states besides just Virginia. They have no grassroots support and virtually "zero" ground game. They cannot win the nomination. Period. (564 delegates is a direct quote from Doug Wead who is an advisor to Ron Paul in his campaign. The quote of 564 can be heard at the 3:02 min mark.)

YouTube: Ron Paul – South Carolina Primary Speech
C-Span January 21, 2012.

ONLINE POLLS (ongoing): January 21, 2012
CNN: Ron Paul 33% (Which GOP candidate would you like to see win the nomination?)
O'Reilly: Ron Paul 55% (Who will win SC primary?)
Fox Carolina: Ron Paul 79%: (Which candidate will benefit the most from Rick Perry's suspended campaign?)
Drudge Report (New poll 1/21/12): Ron Paul 35% (Ron Paul was winning, but Drudge took the poll down with no mention of results.
World Today's News: Ron Paul 63%.
Your Political News Group: Ron Paul 42%
The Swash: Ron Paul 79%
We Polls: Ron Paul 87%
News Day: Ron Paul 77% (With Huntsman & Perry out, which GOP candidate will you support?)
Naples News: Ron Paul 80% (Who has your vote in the Jan. 31 Florida GOP primary?)

There's something very odd about GOP primary pre-polling and vote
Activist Post - As a Ron Paul fan, I didn't want to seem like a sore loser after the odd Iowa result where the failed no-name Senator, Rick Santorum, was catapulted to victory with very little tangible support. But now, how on earth could Newt Gingrich win the South Carolina primary when the day before the vote he had to cancel a major campaign stop because of lack of attendance? ...

South Carolina attorney general informs Justice Department of dead voters
Fox News January 21, 2012 - Attorney General Alan Wilson sent details of an analysis by the Department of Motor Vehicles to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. In a letter dated Thursday, Wilson says the analysis found 953 ballots cast by voters listed as dead. In 71 percent of those cases, ballots were cast between two months and 76 months after the people died. That means they "voted" up to 6 1/3 years after their death. The letter doesn't say in which elections the ballots were cast.

Gingrich Cancels Campaign Event, Poor Attendance - Ron Paul Draws over 1,000 at Same Venue
Daily Paul 1/20/2012 - There were just a few dozen people in the audience at the College of Charleston's arena, where the event was taking place. The conference has suffered from low attendance all week but Gingrich rival Rick Santorum went ahead and addressed the group on Thursday.

YouTube: Ron Paul on Fox News w/ Neil Cavuto talks media bias
Fox News Jan 21, 2012 - Ron Paul cut off by Fox News after talking about media bias.

February 20th - Veterans For Ron Paul To March On The White House!
Daily Paul - On President's Day, February 20th, 2012, the founders of Veterans for Ron Paul 2012, Nathan Cox and Adam Kokesh, will lead a formation of veterans and active duty troops who support Ron Paul's candidacy for President of the United States from the Washington Monument to the White House. Upon arrival at the White House, they will do an about face and render a hand salute to a folded American flag surrounded by family members of military personnel and veterans. They will hold the salute for as many seconds as troops have died under the Presidency of Barrack Obama.

YouTube: Adherence To the Oath
Bill Manning, a military veteran who served as a combat pilot in Vietnam and a Commander in Desert Storm, speaks about who he supports for President of the United States, and why.

YouTube: What Is It About Ron Paul?
This video was based on an article written by Rafi Farber, YouTube user name, merfitudinal. You can read the entire article, 'From Israel: Vote Ron Paul and Let My People Go!' here.

How Rick Santorum Ripped Off American Veterans
Like any good presidential candidate, Rick Santorum heaps praise on America's soldiers and veterans. He's pledged to "make veterans a high priority" if elected president, adding, "This is not a Republican issue, this is not a Democratic issue, it is an American issue." But as a US senator, Santorum engineered a controversial land deal that robbed the military's top veterans' home of tens of millions of dollars and worsened the deteriorating conditions at the facility.

YouTube: Ron Paul vs Goldman Sachs
Powerful Grassroots video portraying Obama's financial contributors and how they mirror Romney's financial backers.

YouTube: The Ron Paul Super Brochure Project
More about the Ron Paul Super brochure here.

YouTube: Integrity Matters
Are you going to waste your vote on the lesser of two evils?

Proposed RNC Agenda 21 Resolution
Oath Keepers - I received an email purporting that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has written a resolution exposing the nature and character of the United Nations’ Agenda 21. This resolution was said to be destined for the national Republican convention with intent to pass as a plank for the GOP’s 2012 platform. I was immediately interested. But I would have to know that this was true. If this proved to be true, I figured to myself, it would be quite a feather in the hat for the liberty movement. So I wrote to Carolyn McLarty at the RNC and she graciously sent back the good news - It is true!

Constitutional Amendment to Create Public Financing Introduced by Kucinich
OpEd News - Congressman Dennis Kucinich has just introduced HJRes100 which proposes this Constitutional Amendment: Section 1. All campaigns for President and Members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate shall be financed entirely with public funds. No contributions shall be permitted to any candidate for Federal office from any other source, including the candidate....

27 Reasons Why Newt Gingrich Would Be A Really, Really Bad President
American Dream - It just seems inconceivable that a big chunk of Republicans would actually be thinking of voting for Gingrich at this point. Yes, four more years of Obama would be a complete and total disaster for America, but so would a Gingrich administration. The following are 27 reasons why Newt Gingrich would be a really, really bad president....

Economy

New Asian Union Means The Fall Of The Dollar
The chain of financial events taking place over the past decade in Asia have been correspondingly mislabeled and misunderstood. What some economists see as total collapse is actually a new and decidedly prophetic (or engineered) transition. Read More...

The Global Elite Are Hiding 18 Trillion Dollars In Offshore Banks
Economic Collapse - The truth is that the global elite are hiding an almost unbelievable amount of money in offshore banks. According to shocking research done by the IMF, the global elite are holding a total of 18 trillion dollars in offshore banks. And that figure does not even count any money being held in Switzerland. That is a staggering amount of money.

DHS to Support Executive Order to Boost International Tourism, Particularly from China and Brazil
HS Today - To support these efforts, DHS and the State Department Thursday announced a pilot to speed up visa processing in China and Brazil, partly by waiving interviews for low-risk visitors. The State Department reported tremendous growth in visitors from China and Brazil, with increases of 34 percent and 42 percent in visa applications from those nations respectively in Fiscal Year 2011. The executive order pointed out that international travel and tourism fell significantly in the past decade in part because of tough security measures enacted after 9/11.

VIDEO: US paradox: Wasting food while going hungry
RT - America's expanding waistline proves the country's love affair with food. But almost as much as is consumed is being dumped in the trash every day. And that is despite the fact that millions in the US are now struggling to put food on the table.

VIDEO: Protesters: Walmart, build somewhere else
CBS ATLANTA - People in one DeKalb County neighborhood took to the streets in the drizzling rain to protest a proposed new Walmart. Protesters say Walmart has a history of driving down property values and pushing out mom-and-pop businesses, but some small businesses actually think the superstore could help their own bottom line.... "Walmart doesn't play fair with their employees, it's bad for businesses and it's not going to be good for this community," said one protester.

Why Isn’t Illinois A Bigger Story Than Greece?
Dripping with red ink: Will anyone fix Illinois’ budget mess? The question isn’t whether Illinois’ finances are in dreadful shape, it’s how to fix the problem. Or perhaps more accurately, will legislators have the political will to fix it when they return to Springfield for their spring session? Even though the legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn last year imposed a temporary 67 percent state income tax increase, Quinn’s office expects to have a $500 million budget deficit this year.

Housing Market

Evicted 101-year-old Detroit woman can't go home
DETROIT (AP) - Texana Hollis was evicted Sept. 12 and her belongings placed outside after her 65-year-old son failed to pay property taxes linked to a reverse mortgage and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development foreclosed on the home. Two days later, the department said she could return. But now, HUD said it won't let Hollis move back in because of the house's condition. She had lived there about 60 years.

Housing values down steeply in 2012 battleground states
Housing Wire - As Republican presidential candidates remain mostly silent on what they would do to fix housing, a think tank notes that homes values dropped an average of 16% since the financial crisis in 15 of 16 battleground states.

Energy & Environment

More than $6.5 billion in taxpayer dollars have been wasted on Solyndra and 11 other green energy failures
(NaturalNews) Just a few months ago, FBI agents raided the headquarters of now-bankrupt solar panel company Solyndra, which received more than half-a-billion dollars in federal stimulus funds as part of the federal government's green energy stimulus initiative. But according to a new investigation by CBS News, the Solyndra scandal is just the tip of the iceberg, as at least 11 other green energy companies have either already failed, or are on the verge of failing, taking with them more than $6.5 billion in taxpayer money.

About 270,000 utility customers without power from Northwest storm that now threatens flooding
About 270,000 electric customers around Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia are without power because of a winter storm that coated much of Washington state in ice and swelled Oregon rivers, killing three people.... Forecasters say the melting snow could cause urban and small stream flooding and fill the Skokomish and Chehalis rivers above flood stage by Saturday evening. More rain is forecast early next week that could make flooding more of an issue.

Health

Canola oil used to be called RAPESEED oil but the name was changed for marketing reasons
(NaturalNews) The real problem with the name "rapeseed oil" is that the oil was so toxic that the FDA banned it for human consumption in 1956. So when Canadian growers bred a new variety of rapeseed in the 1970s with a lower content of the toxic erucic acid, they decided they needed a new name for it. The term canola was coined from "Canadian oil, low acid" to convince consumers that this oil was safe to eat. And while "canola" was originally a registered trademark, the term became so widely known that the trademark was eventually abandoned, and "canola" became the default term in many countries for any low-erucic rapeseed oil.

Repeat business? FDA approves new cancer drug to treat toxicity caused by another cancer drug
(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators gave the nod on Tuesday to a drug from British specialty drugmaker BTG Plc that helps cancer patients get rid of toxic levels of a chemotherapy treatment. The drug, called Voraxaze, helps eliminate methotrexate in patients whose kidney function has been compromised by treatment with high doses of the chemotherapy agent. Methotrexate is normally eliminated from the body by the kidneys, but prolonged high doses of the drug used to treat cancer can result in kidney failure.

Health insurance company preys upon the poor with junk food reward program for vaccinating your baby
(NaturalNews) "Will vaccinate my baby for food!" That seems to be the goal of a program launched last year by the UnitedHealthcare health insurance company of Michigan. It has resorted to enticing parents with junk food to convince them to inject their infants with potentially deadly vaccines containing brain-damaging chemicals. This has been revealed in a letter acquired by NaturalNews and signed by Stephanie Esters, a vaccine-pushing RN who works for UnitedHealthcare. The letter declares "Get a FREE $20 McDonalds, Rite Aid, Target or Meijer Gift Card when your child gets recommended shots before their second birthday." It even goes on to offer a "FREE ride to the doctor" for those who are so poor that they don't own cars.

Health plans ordered to cover birth control without co-pays
The Hill - Most healthcare plans will be required to cover birth control without charging co-pays or deductibles starting Aug. 1, the Obama administration announced Friday. The final regulation retains the approach federal health officials proposed last summer, despite the deluge of complaints from religious groups and congressional Republicans that has poured in since then. Churches, synagogues and other houses of worship are exempt from the requirement, but religious-affiliated hospitals and universities only get a one-year delay and must comply by Aug. 1, 2013.

CDC researchers say mothers should stop breastfeeding to boost 'efficacy' of vaccines
(NaturalNews) Remember when it was considered crazy talk to suggest that mainstream medicine viewed humanity as being born lacking in pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines, as if these synthetic inputs are necessary miracle nutrients for proper human development.

Hospital bills man $44 million for treating his pneumonia
(NaturalNews) The hospital had treated Rodriguez for pneumonia... upon which he received a bill for $44,776,587. The obvious error was apparently the result of invoice discrepancies made by PHY Services, the billing firm that services Bronx - Lebanon Hospital. Instead of putting the actual amount due in the total box, a PHY employee allegedly put in the lengthy invoice number instead, which caused a lot of panic among patients that received the faulty bills.

Mental health breakthrough: Study links sleep problems to schizophrenia for the first time
(NaturalNews) Getting quality sleep could be a vitally important piece for solving the puzzle of mental health. Previous studies have linked poor sleep to depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and ADHD. Now for the first time, research also shows a strong link between schizophrenia and sleep disturbances.

Intermittent fasting and high intensity fitness boost HGH
(NaturalNews) The human body was designed very efficiently for times of scarcity and stress. Food scarcity was a common reality and the body has developed specific pathways to be very efficient in times of fasting. In times of stress, for survival purposes we adapted a fight or flight mode that forces us to work our bodies at a very high-intensity for a relatively short period of time. The combination of intermittent fasting and high intensity exercise promotes hormones that improve tissue healing and metabolic processes.

Diet and specific nutrients prevent brain shrinkage and lower Alzheimer's disease risk
(NaturalNews) Shrinking brain volume is very closely associated with the development of many forms of dementia including the most devastating affliction, Alzheimer's disease. In addition to following weight management practices including calorie restriction with optimal nutrition (CRON), middle and advanced aging adults will want to ensure they consume a diet packed with marine derived Omega-3 fats and vitamins B, C, D and E to dramatically lower the risk of reduced brain volume, memory loss and risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Red beets and beet juice top the list of healing antioxidants due to polyphenol and betalain concentration
(NaturalNews) Beets are a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, and folate. Beets are also a good source of Vitamin C, zinc, copper, and iron. Beets contain polyphenols and betalains, which are getting quite a bit of medical attention as important natural antioxidants. Beets have been clinically proven to support liver function in rats. Recent clinical research suggests that beets and beet juice are useful in healing a variety of degenerative conditions.

Change the way you think about your health
(NaturalNews) People who use Western medicine have for a long time viewed their health as something they can manage rather than something that is affected by everything they do.... According to the Centers for Disease Control, 48% of Americans during any given month take a prescription drug, a percentage that has increased over the last decade. In fact, Americans spent more than $234 billion on prescription drugs in 2008. It is apparent that Americans think pills are the solution to all that ails them.

Video: Can You Die of a Broken Heart?
Natural News TV - The risk of a heart attack increases by 21 times during the first 24 hours after losing a loved one.... The bereavement and grief associated leads to depression, anxiety, and anger and they are associated with a fast heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased coagulation, elevated stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine, and nor-epinephrine. This scenario is a shock to the heart and may lead to a cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure and death. It is a good idea to have support from family, friends, and psychological counseling.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Sun shoots a fastball at Earth
Washington Post - A huge sunspot unleashed a blob of charged plasma Thursday that space weather watchers predict will blast past the Earth on Sunday. Satellite operators and power companies are keeping a close eye on the incoming cloud, which could distort the Earth’s magnetic field and disrupt radio communications, especially at higher latitudes. “Our simulations show potential to pack a good punch to Earth’s near-space environment,” said Antti Pulkkinen of the Space Weather Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

U.S. lawyer for Megaupload.com withdraws
(Reuters) - Content-sharing Internet service Megaupload.com has lost the help of one of the best-known U.S. defense lawyers as it begins to fight charges of copyright infringement, a person familiar with the matter said. Robert Bennett was required to withdraw from the case because of a conflict involving at least one other client of his law firm, Hogan Lovells, this person told Reuters. The other client or clients were not identified.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Ohio's largest sustainable food and farm conference to take place February 18-19, 2012
(NaturalNews) On February 18 - 19, 2012, the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) will hold its 33rd annual conference in Granville, entitled Sowing the Seeds of Our Food Sovereignty. The conference, which is devoted to promoting "slow", localized food systems that are organically based and ecologically sound, will feature prominent speakers, educational workshops, film screenings, and even a contra dance.

Pet News

Safely destroy fleas on pets - Finally, a non-toxic, natural way to kill fleas, mites, chiggers and other parasitic insects on pets and in the house
(NaturalNews) Using diatomaceous earth is not a new idea when it comes to treating animals for fleas. DE is a naturally occurring rock, similar to pumice, and is comprised of the fossilized skeletons of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. The shells are abrasive, and when crushed into a powder, create a deadly insecticide for fleas, ticks, mites, bedbugs, chiggers and other insects.

YouTube: Dog Teaches Baby to Play Ball
Little Katie learns how to throw a ball by practicing with the dog!

Miscellaneous

Your Awww for the day...
Adorable baby animal pics.

The Greatest Speech Ever Made
One of the most inspirational speeches in recorded history was given by a silent comedian by the name of Charlie Chaplin.

Stupid News

New school can’t be Cougars because middle-aged women might be offended
The reason why the future student body gravitated toward Cougars is pretty clear: Area collegiate power BYU uses the Cougar as its mascot and enjoys an enormous fan base of area residents and those who follow the Mormon faith (BYU is a Mormon institution). Still, the Canyons School Board refused to accept the Cougar as a mascot out of fear that it might offend older women. In the current edition of the Webster Dictionary, the second definition for cougar sights a slang terminology that refers to "a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man."

Humor & Satire

YouTube: Who's Your Favorite?
It's Maddie vs Daddy as I interrogate my baby daughter to reveal her favorite parent. What takes place is a ruthless contest of cunning and skill... with one of us clearly out of our league.


Today in History - Friday - January 20, 2012
1801 - John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.
1839 - Chile defeated a confederation of Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay.
1841 - The island of Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain. It returned to Chinese control in July 1997.
1885 - The roller coaster was patented by L.A. Thompson.
1886 - The Mersey Railway Tunnel was officially opened by the Prince of Wales.
1887 - The U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
1891 - James Hogg took office as the first native-born governor of Texas. 
1937 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution officially set the date for the swearing in of the President and Vice President.
1942 - Nazi officials held the Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe's Jews.
1944 - The British RAF dropped 2,300 tons of bombs on Berlin.
1952 - In Juarez, Mexico, Patricia McCormick debuted as the first professional woman bullfighter from the United States.
1953 - "Studio One" became the first television show to be transmitted from the United States to Canada.
1972 - The number of unemployed in Britain exceeded 1 million.
1981 - Iran released 52 Americans that had been held hostage for 444 days. The hostages were flown to Algeria and then to a U.S. base in Wiesbaden, West Germany. The release occurred minutes after the U.S. presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
1985 - The most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins, 38-16. Super Bowl XIX marked the first time that TV commercials sold for a million dollars a minute.
1986 - The U.S. observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
1987 - Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite was kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon. He was there attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages. He was not freed until November 1991.
1996 - Yasser Arafat was elected president of the Palestinian Authority and his supporters won two thirds of the 80 seats in the Legislative Council.
1997 - Bill Clinton was inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States.
1998 - American researchers announced that they had cloned calves that may produce medicinal milk.
1998 - In Chile, a judge agreed to hear a lawsuit that accused Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet with genocide.
1999 - The China News Service announced that the Chinese government was tightening restrictions on internet use. The rules were aimed at 'Internet Bars.'
2000 - Greece and Turkey signed five accords aimed to build confidence between the two nations.

World News

Officials: Arabs likely to extend Syria mission
Foreign ministers for the 22-member pan-Arab body were set to meet Sunday in Cairo to discuss the future of a one-month observer mission aimed at halting violence in Syria, which expired on Thursday. Two senior officials in the League said the discussions are leaning toward keeping the mission in place because the time is not right for "escalation" and the international community is not yet ready for intervention in Syria. They agreed to talk about the discussions ahead of the Sunday meeting on condition of anonymity.

Exclusive: Senior al Qaeda figure killed in drone strike
WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD Jan 19 (Reuters) - A militant who acted as a senior operations organizer for al Qaeda was targeted and killed in one of two U.S. drone strikes launched against targets inside Pakistan last week, a U.S. official said. U.S. and Pakistani sources told Reuters that the target of the attack was Aslam Awan, a Pakistani national from Abbottabad, the same town where Osama bin Laden was killed last May by a U.S. commando team. They said he was targeted in a strike by a U.S.-operated drone on January 10 directed at what news reports said was a compound near the town of Miranshah in the border province of North Waziristan.

10 NATO troops killed in Afghanistan in 24 hours
Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan soldier shot and killed four French troops Friday in eastern Afghanistan and a helicopter crash killed six more NATO service members in the south, officials said, marking a particularly deadly 24 hours for coalition forces. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that France is suspending its training programs for Afghan troops after the killings, which he announced in a speech after the U.S.-led coalition said an Afghan soldier shot and killed four NATO troops.

YouTube: Israel Creates a Super PAC to Attack Ron Paul
RT - Israel's lobby in America, AIPAC, is the only foreign agent in America that does not have to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act. Almost every major American politician in the last decade has either met with AIPAC or flown to Israel to receive approval before running a campaign. Many of America's congressman have admitted that they constantly ask how Israel feels about a bill before voting on it.

VIDEO: Iran warns neighbors not to join isolation attempts
guardian.co.uk - Iranian foreign minister says Gulf states co-operating with western efforts to isolate Tehran would be in ‘dangerous position.’ Tehran has warned its Gulf neighbours that it would be "dangerous" for them to join a western-led effort to isolate Iran, with the warning coming as a meeting of European ambassadors in Brussels failed to agree on the details of an EU oil embargo. The EU permanent representatives council had been due to agree a far-reaching sanctions package including a phased embargo on oil imports from Iran and a freezing of the assets of the country's central bank.

Pressure Israel, Not Iran. Israel has an Arsenal of 200-300 Nuclear Weapons
Global Research - Under the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran has the legal right to produce nuclear power for peaceful purposes. The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found no evidence that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently said on CBS that Iran is not currently trying to build a nuclear weapon. Nevertheless, the United States and Israel are mounting a campaign of aggression against Iran.

Israel arrests senior Palestinian Aziz Dweik
Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), was arrested at an army checkpoint, his chief of staff told AFP news agency. The arrest, confirmed by the BBC, happened in Jaba between Ramallah and Jerusalem as Dr Dweik was travelling to Hebron, Bhaa Youssef said. Israel has so far not commented. Witnesses told the Palestinian Maan news agency that Israeli soldiers handcuffed and blindfolded Dr Dweik before taking him to an unknown destination.

EU ‘should block finance for Israeli settlements’
The Independent - Lobby for new legislation to prevent finance generated within EU being used to fund illegal Israeli settlements. The proposal is made in a report warning that a new surge in Jewish settlement expansion in Arab East Jerusalem, among other policies, is "systematically undermining the Palestinian presence" in the city and making the prospect of it becoming the shared capital of two states "increasingly unlikely and unworkable".

In Libya, a Fundamentalist War against Moderate Islam Takes Shape
time.com - Throughout this country, Libyans are discovering that their hard fought battle to win freedoms is at risk. Puritanical Muslims known as Salafis are applying a rigid form of Islam in more and more communities. They have clamped down on the sale of alcohol and demolished the tombs of saints where many local people worship. The small town of Zuwara near the Tunisian border, dominated by a heterodox Muslim sect despised by the Salafis, is quickly becoming the battlefield for competing visions of Libya's future.

YouTube: Farage Welcomes New EU President with Opposition
UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage makes his first speech to newly appointed president of the European parliament Martin Schultz. Transcript included.

YouTube: Who are the rating agencies serving?
Press TV interviews Max Keiser, journalist and broadcaster in Paris about the credit rating agency's role in having nations impose austerity measures on the people of Europe and the damage this is causing to sovereign nations.

FRANCE: Study Finds that Childhood Leukemia Rates Double Near Nuclear Power Stations
In a report certain to cause fear and loathing in the global nuclear industry, an eminent French research institute published a study in the International Journal of Cancer, which notes increased rates of leukemia in children living close to French nuclear power plants (NPPs.) How much greater? The study by the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (French Institute of Health and Medical Research, or INSERM) found a leukemia rate twice as high among children under the age of 15 living within a 3.1-mile radius of France’s 19 nuclear power plants.

Tepco Drills a Hole in Fukushima Reactor … Finds that Nuclear Fuel Has Gone Missing
Washington Blog - After drilling a hole in the containment vessel of Fukushima reactor 2, Tepco cannot find the fuel. As AP notes: The steam-blurred photos taken by remote control Thursday found none of the reactor’s melted fuel …. The photos also showed inner wall of the container heavily deteriorated after 10 months of exposure to high temperature and humidity, Matsumoto said. TEPCO workers inserted the endoscope — an industrial version of the kind of endoscope doctors use — through a hole in the beaker-shaped container at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant’s No. 2 reactor

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Ron Paul Highlights from CNN GOP Debate
January 19, 2012 - Last debate before the SC Primary on Saturday the 21st.

ONLINE POLLS: January 19, 2012
CNN: Ron Paul 42% (Which GOP candidate would you like to see win the nomination?)
O'Reilly: Ron Paul 66% (Who will win SC primary?)
Politico: Ron Paul 45%: (Who do you think will win in South Carolina?)
Fox Carolina: Ron Paul 75%: (Who do you think will win in South Carolina?)
Drudge Report: Ron Paul 37%
World Today's News: Ron Paul 68%.
Your Political News Group: Ron Paul 98%
The Swash: Ron Paul 76%
We Polls: Ron Paul 90%
News Day: Ron Paul 76% (With Huntsman & Perry out, which GOP candidate will you support?)
Naples News: Ron Paul 80% (Who has your vote in the Jan. 31 Florida GOP primary?)

South Carolina And Beyond Money Bomb
Ron Paul raises over 1.8 million. More donations needed to win!

Gingrich Ex: Newt Wanted 'Open Marriage'
ABC News - Marianne Gingrich unloads but also defends Newt on ethics questions in Congress.

New Hampshire update: Gingrich in fourth, Santorum in fifth
Gingrich had 23,421 votes in the latest count, and Santorum had 23,405. Both stood at 9.4% of the vote total, meaning neither qualifies for any delegates from the Granite State. New Hampshire held its primary January 10. Mitt Romney won the primary with 39.3% of the vote, followed by Ron Paul at 22.9% and Jon Huntsman at 16.9%.

Supreme Court rules Congress May Copyright Public Domain Works
USA Today - Congress did not act unconstitutionally when it extended copyright protection to millions of foreign music and literary works that previously were in America’s public domain, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. In a 6-2 decision emphasizing Congress’ authority over the contours of copyright law, the justices rejected a claim by orchestra conductors, musicians, publishers and others who objected to a 1994 law that required them to start paying royalties for such symphony favorites as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

YouTube: Ron Paul on C-Span Charleston SC
C-Span 1/19/12 - Ron Paul's speech at College of Charleston.

Video: 4 South Carolina Senators Endorse Ron Paul at Press Conference
This is our video from the press conference at the South Carolina State Capitol building in Columbia on January 17th, when four state Senators strongly endorsed Congressman Ron Paul for president: Compared to other primary events we've attended, this one had little major media coverage. We were surprised to see no video of this on the news, so we uploaded the entire event.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Hot Air Balloon Causes Traffic Slowdown in SC
It's deflated now, but a Ron Paul hot air balloon along the side of Interstate 85 caused traffic to slow down Thursday morning. The balloon could be seen from a South Carolina Department Of Transportation camera. DOT officials say the balloon had Ron Paul's name on it. People looking at the balloon slowed down around Pelham Road in Greenville County causing a four-mile backup at one point.

VIDEO: Romney Caught Hiding Millions in Cayman Islands
ABC Nightline - Although it is not apparent on his financial disclosure form, Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven.... "His personal finances are a poster child of what's wrong with the American tax system," said Jack Blum, a Washington lawyer who is an authority on tax enforcement and offshore banking.

Massive opposition file on Romney hits Internet
Daily Caller - If you think you’ve already heard everything there is to know about Mitt Romney, think again. A 200-page document that appears to be Sen. John McCain’s entire 2008 election-year opposition research file on the former Massachusetts governor hit the Internet with a vengeance Tuesday evening. And it’s an eye-opener.

Flashback: Romney comment leads to milk run
From all accounts, Mitt Romney's visit to that veterans shelter just behind Boston's City Hall Plaza was not one of the brighter moments of his campaign for US senator. When director Ken Smith told him that one of the things the shelter needed was fresh milk, Romney replied jokingly that maybe the veterans should be taught how to milk cows.

Rick Perry drops 2012 campaign for president, endorses Newt Gingrich
Politico - Sources confirm Gingrich and Perry met privately yesterday to discuss the exit and endorsement. Both attended the Personhood USA anti-abortion presidential forum in Greenville on Wednesday night. Perry, however, did not make the decision about exiting the race until the morning. But the discord within the Perry campaign was evident even as the candidate prepared to drop out. Top officials in Texas said they were unaware of his intentions and as late as this morning said they genuinely didn’t know whether he was still running.

FLASHBACK VIDEO: Perry 'If You Cheat On Your Wife, You'll Cheat On Your Business Partner'
ABC News GOP Debate

MISSING DATA: 8 precincts' numbers will never be certified
2012 GOP caucus count unresolved. Results from eight precincts are missing — any of which could hold an advantage for Mitt Romney — and will never be recovered and certified, Republican Party of Iowa officials told The Des Moines Register on Wednesday.

Navy’s New Minehunter Can’t See or Stop Mines
Wired - It’s bad enough that the Navy’s newest ship has had wicked problems with corrosion, missed out on the latest naval wartime missions and is generally something of a Frankenstein’s monster. Now the Pentagon’s top weapons tester has found problems with its abilities to find and withstand mines - which is a big problem for a ship that’s supposed to be the Navy’s minehunter of the future.... Little wonder that defense analysts think the ship is headed for the budgetary chopping block, even though the Navy wants 55 of the things and only has three.

Economy

Americans Still Have the Power to Save America
Activist Post - While mainstream economic reports continue their attempt to rally spirits with selective statistics about the decrease in unemployment, major companies are still laying off huge numbers, have frozen hiring altogether, or are now simply bankrupt and out of business.... Faced with this reality, even ABC News showed how a typical American family could in fact meet all of their needs with only American-made products. So, how many American-made companies are there?... To simplify your USA-made pursuit, here is a site that showcases only American-made products: How Americans Can Buy American. This company provides an aggregate of tons of American manufacturers, saving lots of time in research.

Money Insider: US Will See Violent Civil Unrest In 2012
Paul Joseph Watson - Money insider Charles Ortel has warned that a worsening economic picture across the globe will see civil unrest hit the streets of America, not on behalf of leftist OWS types, but by an armed, “irascible and vocal Majority”. Ortel, a managing partner with Newport Value Partners, LLC in New York City, predicts that a failure of the so-called financial recovery will precipitate “A painful re-calibration of economic strength and geo-political standing during 2012 in the midst of widespread civil insurrection and cross-border war.”

Photography pioneer Kodak files for bankruptcy
(Reuters) - Eastman Kodak Co, the photography icon that invented the hand-held camera, has filed for bankruptcy protection and plans to shrink significantly, capping a prolonged plunge for one of America's best-known companies. The bankruptcy may give Kodak, which traces its roots to 1880, the ability to find buyers for some of its 1,100 digital patents, a major portion of its value. Kodak now employs 17,000 people worldwide, down from 63,900 just nine years ago.

After raising income taxes 67%, Ill. still $8.5b in debt
CBS News - Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says when one factors in other bills, the figure is closer to around $8.5 billion. Those other outstanding bills include tax refunds, employee health insurance, and bills that have not yet reached her desk. Topinka says this is extremely disappointing, since a year ago, the state sharply increased income taxes (by 67 percent) and corporate taxes.

Energy & Environment

Dozens of Donkeys Killed at TX State Park Over Ecosystem Threat
CBS News - With 75 of the expected 300 wild donkeys roaming Big Bend State Park already having been terminated for being declared threats to the park’s ecosystem, donkey advocates have urged the state to halt the killings. More than 100,000 signatures have been collected in an effort on the part of donkey enthusiasts to cease any more indiscriminate killings of wild donkeys at Big Bend State Park, originally based on what Texas Parks and Wildlife officials labeled as a significant threat to the park’s ecosystem as they try to introduce new animals to the environment.

Health

Paula Deen exposed as Big Pharma selling for profiting from the diabetes disease her recipes promote
(NaturalNews) Do you wish you could have a share of the billions in profits raked in by pharmaceutical companies peddling dubious drugs? If you are unencumbered by integrity, you may want to follow the lead of celebrity chef Paula Deen to gain a chunk of the plentiful prescription drug dollars.

ALERT: Vaccine warfare! Texas air-drops rabies vaccines over 7,000 sq. miles area
(NaturalNews) Using a battery of small planes based out of Del Rio, Texas recently dropped 1.8 million edible vaccine packets over 7,700 square miles of rural Texas. The packets contain edible rabies vaccines dipped in fish oil and coated with fish meal.... Once consumed, the animal is "vaccinated" against rabies, researchers claim. Of course, what these researchers don't yet understand in their scientific ignorance (and arrogance) is that they are also engaged in a rabies DNA / RNA bombardment of Texas. As even the Institute of Medicine has admitted, MMR vaccines for use in humans actually cause measles because many of the vaccines contain live viral strains. Related article and video. Protect your pet, your child, and yourself from coming in contact with these vaccine packets!

Cancer Cells Feed on Sugar AND Sugar Free Products Alike
Natural Society - In a study conducted by UCLA, pancreatic cancer cells were found to multiply and grow more rapidly when fueled by fructose, as opposed to glucose or sucrose. More recently however, it has been found that even staying sugar free can have similar implications. In a collaborative study, it was found that in the absence of a usable sugar source, cancer cells will instead use glutamine — an amino acid — to survive and spread.... When it comes to cancer, prevention is key. Key substances like vitamin D and turmeric are vital for halting cancer in its tracks.

What Big Pharma doesn't want you to know about bromelain
(NaturalNews) Bromelain is an inexpensive enzyme supplement with many uses and health benefits. Enzymes don't get much respect, yet they are considered more important functionally than vitamins and minerals. Without enzymes, food cannot be broken down into its constituent nutrients, and enzymes are needed for most cellular metabolic actions.

Exposed: Deadly Cancer Drugs Make Cancer Worse and Kill Patients More Quickly
Activist Post - Cancer drugs, pushed by many drug companies as the only ‘scientific’ method of combating cancer alongside chemotherapy, have been found to actually make cancer worse and kill patients more quickly. The findings come after research was conducted on the cancer drugs at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Sold at a premium price to cancer sufferers, it turns out these drugs are not only ineffective but highly dangerous.

Mold, rot, and filth: Why your child's school could be making him or her sick
(NaturalNews) It is a factor that many parents may not consider, but one that is turning out to play a significant role in aggravating, and potentially even causing, asthma symptoms, respiratory illness, and other chronic illness conditions that often afflict children. Mold, rotting building materials, and general filth at many of the nation's deteriorating public schools appear to be taking a toll on students' health -- and unless parents and school authorities speak up and do something about it now, the problem will only get worse.

Got neck pain? New study says chiropractic care and simple home exercises work better than painkillers
(NaturalNews) Painkilling drugs are associated with dangerous side effects, addiction and overdose. And it turns out they are also much less effective than harmless natural treatments. A new study shows that simple remedies like chiropractic treatments and home exercises relieve sub-acute neck pain better than pharmaceutical drugs - and without all the negative side effects.

Is Your Sleep Schedule Preventing You from Reaching Optimum Health?
Natural Society - The negative health effects that go along with lack of sleep are many, including increased fat gain. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that not only do you eat more when deprived of sleep, but you also are more likely to cave to junk food desires as a result of a potential hormonal dysfunction. “If you’re trying to control your weight, it would be helpful not to be sleep-deprived,” said Marie-Pierre St-Onge of the New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, who led the study.

Study says refrigeration of packaged fresh spinach reduces toxic bacteria
(NaturalNews) Spinach has long been used as a natural healing aid. Spinach is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It boosts the immune system, builds red blood cells, provides energy, and is a good source of protein. Spinach has received a lot of negative press in the past due to an E. coli outbreak which was traced to a commercial grower. A recent clinical study indicates that spinach samples have been contaminated with over a thousand different kinds of bacteria. The 2011 study proved that proper refrigeration decreases the bacteria present on fresh spinach by over 50%.

Learn to love fevers, not fear them
(NaturalNews) Through misunderstanding, many parents fear fevers, when they should love and respect them. A fever is one of the most extraordinary and intricate healing processes in the body. It plays out like a symphony, orchestrated only when needed to stimulate an immune response, destroy invading organisms and promote the restoration of health. The American Academy of Pediatrics voiced concerns in a 2011 study, concluding that parents need to understand the fever itself is not endangering to a healthy child. In contrast, it's actually beneficial and the primary goal of treatment should be to improve comfort, rather than lowering body temperature alone.

Wild edible plants and natural solutions for diabetes
(NaturalNews) Why should you care about wild edibles? Because many health experts agree that wild edibles are the highest quality, best foods available to eat. The NaturalNews Talk Hour presents "Wild Edibles - The Miracle of Greens" with our guest Sergei Boutenko, raw food expert..

Thyroid cancer, fracking and nuclear power
Activist Post - hyroid cancer cases have more than doubled since 1997 in the United States, while deadly industrial practices that contaminate groundwater with radiation and other carcinogens are also rising.

Yams with Ginger and Cinnamon
If you don't know what to serve for dinner tonight ... The health-promoting carotenoids found in yams not only give them their beautiful color but provide a great source of pro-vitamin A to your Healthiest Way of Eating., which is important for enhancing your immune function. And the yam's rich fiber content helps fill you up without filling out your hips and waistline. In-Depth Nutritional Profile here.

Science & Technology

Anonymous Shuts Down Corporate and Government Websites Worldwide … The Timing Couldn’t Be Worse
Washington Blog - Given yesterday’s success in forcing so many congress members to back off of SOPA and PIPA, the timing could not be worse. As free speech champion Michael Rivero argued after Anonymous took down DOJ’s website today: In aligning with the pirates and attacking the DOJ, anonymous has handed the US government more justification for draconian controls on the internet. I would not be quite so upset if this had occurred after Congress passed a draconian web censorship bill such as SOPA. But the fact that this is happening only 24 hours after the web’s successful protest concerns me greatly.

Hollywood threatens Obama over SOPA
RT -After US President Barack Obama demanded revamped provisions in the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, Los Angeles film executives are rescinding their support of the commander-in-chief.

Rand Paul Vows To Block Internet Censorship Bills
Steve Watson - Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul has promised to do everything within his power to ensure the draconian Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are not brought to a vote. Paul says he will filibuster PIPA in the Senate owing to the fact that the bill is a direct threat to the First Amendment.

Web blackout ends: SOPA bleeding, but not dead
Massive opposition to the controversial legislation resulted in Congressmen and Senators swinging against the bills. Up to 18 Senators, of which seven were former co-sponsors, voiced their opposition to PIPA on Wednesday. On the SOPA side, at least two sponsors have dropped out, while Oregon’s Earl Blumenauer blacked out his website in support of the protest.... The conflict, however, is far from being resolved. “SOPA and PIPA are not dead: they are waiting in the shadows,” Wikipedia warns. PIPA is scheduled be put to a vote in the Senate on January 24, while SOPA sponsors plan to push the bill forward in February.

DOMINATE: GOOGLE Already Using SOPA-Like Censorship
Paul Joseph Watson - Despite Google’s much-heralded support for the anti-SOPA movement, the web giant is already enforcing SOPA-like policies of its own, blacklisting legitimate websites from its news aggregator and following government orders to remove material from its search results and You Tube.

Feds shut down file-sharing site Megaupload
The Hill - The Justice Department seized Megaupload.com, one of the world's most popular file-sharing sites, and several of its related sites on Thursday. Prosecutors charged seven employees of Megaupload with criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit racketeering and other charges. Each faces up to 55 years in prison.... The crackdown comes just one day after a massive Web protest against legislation to expand the power of law enforcement and copyright holders to go after infringing websites.

Anonymous says it attacks DOJ site after feds shut down piracy hub Megaupload
Hours later, Megaupload's fans turned the table on the feds. "Hacktivist" collective Anonymous said it set its sights on the U.S. Department of Justice and apparently knocked the agency's website offline. "We are having website problems, but we're not sure what it's from," a DOJ spokeswoman told CNNMoney. The DOJ website glitches came soon after various Twitter accounts associated with Anonymous took aim at the agency.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

January 24: Join the OCA Protest at Monsanto's Annual Shareholders Meeting
What if Monsanto had to pay for its corporate crimes? If the Biotech Bully of St. Louis were to be held liable for its 100-year legacy of corporate criminality - carcinogenic chemical food sweeteners, Agent Orange, dioxin, Bovine Growth Hormone, poisonous herbicides, seed monopolization, and genetically engineered crops, the company's shareholders would no doubt see the value of their Monsanto stocks plummet to zero. Following up on two protests at Monsanto's headquarters in 2011, OCA returns to St. Louis for the 2012 Monsanto shareholders' meeting on January 24!

Action Alert: Urge your Representative to Protect Raw Milk
HR 1830, a bill that would allow the interstate shipment of raw milk and raw milk products for human consumption, has been introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and co-sponsored by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Tim Walberg (R-MI), and Tom McClintock (R-CA). Passage of HR 1830 into law would enable everyone to exercise their right to consume raw milk, whether they live in a state where the sale of raw milk is illegal or in a state where the sale is legal but sources are limited.

Pet News

Fun facts: What you didn’t know about your pet
Fun facts you might not know about your furry, scaly, or feathery family member.


Today in History - Thursday - January 19, 2012
1793 - King Louis XVI was tried by the French Convention, found guilty of treason and sentenced to the guillotine.
1861 - Georgia seceded from the Union.
1883 - Thomas Edison's first village electric lighting system using overhead wires began operation in Roselle, NJ.
1915 - George Claude, of Paris, France, patented the neon discharge tube for use in advertising signs.
1915 - More than 20 people were killed when German zeppelins bombed England for the first time.
1937 - Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record. He flew from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
1942 - The Japanese invaded Burma (later Myanmar).
1944 - The U.S. federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after the settlement of a wage dispute.
1949 - The salary of the President of the US was increased from $75,000 to $100,000 with an additional $50,000 expense allowance for each year in office.
1953 - Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of "I Love Lucy," gave birth to a baby boy.
1955 - U.S. President Eisenhower allowed a filmed news conference to be used on television (and in movie newsreels) for the first time.
1966 - Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.
1971 - At the Charles Manson murder trial, the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" was played. At the scene of one of his gruesome murders, the words "helter skelter" were written on a mirror.
1977 - U.S. President Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino (the "Tokyo Rose").
1979 - Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama.
1981 - The U.S. and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months and for arrangements to unfreeze Iranian assets and to resolve all claims against Iran.
1993 - IBM announced a loss of $4.97 billion for 1992. It was the largest single-year loss in U.S. corporate history.
1996 - U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury. The investigation was concerning the discovery of billing records related to the Whitewater real estate investment venture.
1997 - Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years. He joined 60,000 Palestinians in celebration over the handover of the last West Bank city in Israeli control.
2001 - Texas officials demoted a warden and suspended three other prison workers in the wake of the escape of the "Texas 7."

Listener Comments Requested

Empty railroad cars spotted in Missouri - Several auto transport cars (empty) have been parked on a track from just west of Dalton, Missouri and going east of Dalton a few miles. They have been there about a week. Encouraging any answers/comments from our listeners.  (Thanks to Charlie for sending)

World News

Iran says in touch with powers on new talks, EU denies it
Daily Star - Iran said Wednesday it was in touch with big powers to hold fresh talks soon but the European Union denied it, with Britain saying Tehran had yet to show willingness for negotiations addressing suspicions that it trying to develop atom bombs.

Battle for control of Asia's seas goes underwater
Super high-tech submarines like Cmdr. Peterson's USS Oklahoma City have long been the envy of navies all over the globe — and a key component of U.S. military strategy. "We really have no peer," Peterson told The Associated Press during a recent port call in Japan. But America's submarine dominance in the Pacific is facing its biggest challenge since the Cold War. Nearly every Asian country with a coastline is fortifying its submarine fleet amid territorial disputes stirred up by an increasingly assertive China and the promise of bountiful natural resources.

Analysis: China as lender of last resort...more than just a loan
(Reuters) - China is filling a lending vacuum in Asia as European banks limp home to preserve capital, and is making sure loans have spin-off benefits for Chinese manufacturers and exporters, even at the expense of the rates they offer. Cash-strapped businesses looking to Chinese banks for loans would do well to have something to offer China in return - for big loans come with strings attached.

Iran Threatens U.S., Persian Gulf Cities with Missile Attacks
US News - Iran might pound Persian Gulf cities with ballistic missiles and use swift boats to attack American war ships in an attempt to dissuade a U.S. attack on its nuclear arms sites, a new report states. Tehran likely would employ a mixed game plan against the U.S. military consisting of "advanced technology" and "guerilla tactics," according to a research organization with close ties to the Pentagon. Before that, Iran would first lean hard on weaker Middle Eastern nations to convince those states to deny Washington access to bases on their soil, it states.

Russia Is Preparing For A Possible US-Israeli Attack On Iran
Joshua Kucera - Russia will be holding a series of military exercises in the North Caucasus, Armenia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia this fall, reportedly in preparation for a possible U.S.-Israeli attack on Iran. The exercises, called Kavkaz-2012, will be held in September... The focus on surveillance, air defense and logistics suggests that Russia is tailoring the exercise to prepare for a U.S.-Israel-Iran war, says Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta:

Russia says western strike on Iran would be ‘catastrophe’
Reuters - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says attack would ‘pour fuel on the fire’ of Sunni-Shi’ite division. "I have no doubt that it would pour fuel on a fire which is already smouldering, the hidden smouldering fire of Sunni-Shi'ite confrontation, and beyond that (it would cause) a chain reaction -- I don't know where it would stop," he said.

U.S. ambassador: Political situation in China “very, very delicate”
"I do believe that there is a power of the people, and there is a growing frustration among the people over the operations of government, corruption, lack of transparency, and issues that affect the Chinese people on a daily basis that they feel are being neglected," Locke told NPR's Steve Inskeep during a Wednesday interview, part of a media blitz Locke is conducting during his visit to Washington.

Turkish Intelligence Says Iran Plans U.S. Embassy Terror Attacks
Kurt Nimmo - The Turkish newspaper Zaman reports today that a cell of the Quds Unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is planning to attack U.S. embassy in Ankara and other targets across the country. Turkey’s intelligence service claims the Iranians plan to stay at a five-star hotel and break into the U.S. Embassy or one of its consulates. In addition to the Quds Unit, the report states that the Lebanese group Hezbollah will participate in the attacks.

VIDEO: Mysterious Sounds Continue to be Recorded Throughout the World
Intel Hub - The Intel Hub January 17, 2012 Update: This article on scalar wars provides a possible clue as to what these strange sounds are. It should also be noted that it is fact that the military has directed energy weapons as documented in an official Navy article: DAHLGREN, Va. – The Navy demonstrated its commitment to “game-changing” directed energy programs and provide laboratories, computing spaces and offices to help us get the latest technology to our warfighters as soon as possible and protect them from harm’s way.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

CNN GOP Debate -Tonight! Live Stream January 19, 8pm ET
Last debate before the SC Primary on Saturday the 21st. Catch the live stream at CNN.com, and read and participate in the commentary here on the Daily Paul.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Introduces Legislation to Strike NDAA’s Unconstitutional Section 1021
Kurt Nimmo - Rep. Ron Paul left the campaign trail on Wednesday to speak on the House floor about the National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law on the first day of the new year by Obama. Paul introduced legislation to strike the NDAA’s Section 1021, the discretionary detention provision authorizing the President to detain persons accused by the government of supporting terrorism.

UPDATE: ABC interviewed Gingrich ex-wife
NEW YORK (AP) - An ABC News executive tells The Associated Press that the network has interviewed Newt Gingrich's second wife and is likely to air the segment Thursday on "Nightline." That's two days before the South Carolina primary, where the Republican presidential candidate is trying to topple GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

Southern Republican Presidential Debate
Congressman Ron Paul to participate in the Southern Republican Presidential Debate sponsored by the Southern Republican Leadership Conference and CNN to be held at the North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, January 19th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

Ron Paul to Come Off Campaign Trail for Debt-Ceiling Vote
Fox News Ron Paul is coming off the campaign trail in South Carolina in order to return to Washington so he can vote against giving President Obama the authority to increase the debt-ceiling. The Paul campaign announced the move Tuesday afternoon and tells reporters the Texas Congressman will travel to Washington on Wednesday and return to the Palmetto State early Thursday morning for the final three days of campaigning before election day.

YouTube: WSJ Economist: Ron Paul's 0% Income Tax = Massive Insourcing of Jobs into America
Freedom Watch Jan 17, 2012. Ron Paul's tax ideas outgunned his opponates. Steve Moore, head of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal: "...if Ron Paul could get our income tax rate down to zero when other countries have 30, 40, 50% rates, you would see the most massive insourcing of jobs into America in the history of the world.: Napolitano: "And everyones wealth would increase as a result of that prosperity generated without the heavy hand of government."

YouTube: Freedom Watch ~ Dr. Ron Paul: Master of Monetary Policy
Freedom Watch January 16, 2012. Ron Paul interview on monetary policy.

It’s Over – Only Two Republican Candidates On Virginia Ballot
Ron Paul 2012 - “It’s over,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “Ron Paul, the candidate of real change, will face off against establishment flip-flopper Mitt Romney in the Virginia primary, making that that Tuesday less ‘super’ for serial hypocrite Newt Gingrich, counterfeit conservative Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry, who I should mention is marginally attached to the presidential race.”

Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Sues Anti-Huntsman Video’s Makers
Bloomberg - Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s campaign committee sued the unidentified makers of a video attacking ex-Republican rival Jon Huntsman claiming it falsely implies it was made or endorsed by the Texas congressman.... Press coverage of the video has been “scathingly negative” toward Paul because of the assumption that he was behind it, the lawyers said.... “This is a classic case of dirty politics resulting from the unlawful use in commerce of an underhanded and deceptive advertisement designed to tarnish plaintiff’s reputation,” according to the complaint.

Report Claims Upcoming ABC Interview With Gingrich Ex-Wife Could ‘End’ Candidates Career, Network Fears Airing Close to SC Primary
According to Drudge Report, Marianne Gingrich -- ex-wife of GOP candidate Newt Gingrich -- dropped what sources claim is a game-changing bombshell about the former House Speaker -- one that could "end" her ex-husband's career. The two-hour long interview, conducted last week by Brian Ross, is said to contain "explosive revelations" that will "rock the campaign trail." The controversial nature of the interview is now causing major waves at the network, according to sources, and a "civil war" has since exploded at ABC on exactly when the tell-all will air. Drudge reports that executives at ABCNews say it would be "unethical" to run Marianne Gingrich's interview so close to South Carolina Primary and that a tentative decision has been made to broadcast the interview next Monday after all votes have been counted.

Newt Gingrich vows to end separation of church and state
Newt Gingrich has vowed to create a presidential commission to end the separation of church and state on the first day of his administration.

Gingrich-The Rest Of the Story
Daily Paul - DCBureau has learned that Gingrich was at the center of a U.S. Justice Department criminal investigation in the late 1990s for a scheme to shake down the arms dealer for a $10 million bribe in exchange for Gingrich using his influence as Speaker to get the Iraq arms embargo lifted so Soghanalian could collect $54 million from Saddam Hussein’s regime for weapons he had delivered during the Iran-Iraq War.

YouTube: Jack Abramoff: 'Congress corrupt to core'
RT - When it comes to big money in America's politics, lobbyists are the people who know exactly how it works. RT talks to former lobbyist Jack Abramoff who explains why he thinks Washington is corrupted to the core.

NYPD and Pentagon to place mobile scanners on the streets on NYC
RT - The head of the New York Police Department is working with the Pentagon to secure body scanners to be used throughout the Big Apple. If Kelly gets his wish, the city will be receiving a whole slew of Terahertz Imagining Detection scanners, a high-tech radiation detector that measures the energy that is emitted from a persons’ body. As CBS News reports, “It measures the energy radiating from a body up to 16 feet away, and can detect anything blocking it, like a gun.” What it can also do, however, is allow the NYPD to conduct illegal searches by means of scanning anyone walking the streets of New York.

Utah Depot to Destroy Final Chemical Munitions
The Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility on Wednesday was slated to destroy all remaining mustard agent weapons held at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Utah, which at one point housed the United States' biggest arsenal of chemical arms, the Associated Press reported. he U.S. Army installation, located 45 miles from Salt Lake City, once held in excess of 1 million chemical weapons and bulk containers (Associated Press/The Republic, Jan. 18).

Plane Left Gate With Gun on Board, DFW Airport Says
Fox News - A plane left the gate at DFW Airport with a gun on board before transportation officials alerted the pilot about the problem, FOX 4 has learned. Airport spokesman David Magana said a 65-year-old woman from Little Elm, Texas had a gun in her carry-on bag that got through the security checkpoint.

112 Questions To Ask Yourself In 2012
The Economic Collapse - The beginning of each year is a great time to evaluate the direction of your life and to ask yourself some very important questions. Often we get so busy just living life that we lose our perspective. It is important for each of us to take time once in a while to reassess how our lives are going. It is also important for all of us to reassess the direction that our nation is heading in every so often. The truth is that America has gotten badly off track. We have abandoned the principles which once made this country great, and this country is literally falling apart all around us.

Study proves 95% of people really are sheeple
(NaturalNews) Scientists at the University of Leeds have conducted research that proves the tendency many have to act like sheep, unwittingly following crowd as if they didn't possess a reasoning mind. While this tendency may have its uses in some situations, such as planning pedestrian flow in busy areas, it doesn't inspire a ton of hope for humankind.

PHOTOS: Black sailor whose courage under fire saved ship during Second World War Kamikaze attack is finally recognised 66 years on
Mail Online - Carl Clark, now 95 years old, was presented with a medal for distinguished service in combat, for his brave actions aboard the USS Aaron Ward in 1945. The reason why it has taken so long for Mr Clark's courage to be recognised is as shameful as it is impossible to ignore. He is a black and, like so many black servicemen in the Second World War, his wartime heroism was ignored. As he says: 'In 1936, when I joined the Navy, a black man could be nothing but a servant for white officers.'

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Occupy San Francisco plans shutdown of city's financial district
Being billed as the largest demonstration in San Francisco in a decade, Occupy San Francisco is preparing to unleash a massive street protest on Friday which could shut down the city’s financial district. A demonstration, weeks in the making, will occur Friday when 55 organizations descend on San Francisco’s Financial District, calling itself Occupy Wall Street West.

VIDEO: Interview w/Retired Philly PD Captain Lewis
January 17 marked the opening day for the US Congress in the new year 2012. Retired Philadelphia Police captain Ray Lewis talking during rally.

Economy

House approves debt ceiling hike
The Hill - The House on Wednesday evening approved a resolution disapproving of President Obama's request to increase the debt ceiling by another $1.2 trillion, sending it to a Senate that is expected to reject it. The House approved the resolution in a 239-176 vote in which just one Republican voted against it, and six Democrats voted for it. But the vote fell far short of the two-thirds majority that would be needed for passage if Obama were to veto the resolution.

Housing Market

One Million Homeowners May Get Mortgage Writedowns
CNBC _ About one million American homeowners could get write-downs in the size of their mortgages under a proposed deal with banks over shady foreclosure practices, said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. The deal, which could be struck within weeks, would mark the largest cut in the mortgage load since the start of the credit crisis. "We're very close to a settlement that would both fix the servicing problems, but also help over a million families around the country stay in their homes and get help," Donovan said at a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington.

Mortgage fraud complaints quadruple in Massachusetts
Mortgage- and foreclosure-related complaints at the Massachusetts attorney general's office quadrupled over the past two years, becoming the No. 1 reason consumers contacted the office for assistance in 2011. They took the top position from auto dealer complaints by 164.
Regional offices across the Commonwealth combined to handle 983 complaints about mortgages, foreclosures and loan modifications during the year, representing a 431% leap since 2009.

Energy & Environment

BP seen agreeing $20-25 billion oil spill settlement
(Reuters) - BP is likely to agree to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $20-$25 billion to settle all charges around the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a leading analyst, a prediction that is at least twice what the company has set aside. Martijn Rats, head of European oil research at Morgan Stanley, said he saw a 70-80 percent chance that the two sides would agree a deal on civil and criminal charges surrounding the 2010 disaster sometime between BP's full year results on February 7, and the scheduled start of legal hearings in New Orleans on February 27.

Obama kills Keystone pipeline; Blames Republicans
National Journal - In a decision that quickly re-ignited a fierce energy debate, the Obama administration on Wednesday rejected the controversial Keystone XL pipeline because the 60-day deadline imposed by Republicans did not allow adequate time to review an alternate route through an ecologically sensitive area in Nebraska.

Busted! Why nuclear electricity costs 10x more
The nuclear fuel rods do not need to be removed after the first use, which only takes out 5% of their radioactive potential. They could be reused 20 more times with the right reactor. Afterwards the fuel is dead and no longer hazardous because all of it's radiological potential has been used up. The process was implemented, proven - and then banned by President Carter. Without banning it, electricity would be so cheap today, it would be the only sensible energy choice. With a reduction in the price of electricity by at least 10X, electric cars would have been a no brainer.

Region comes to a halt as twin snowstorms blanket Pacific Northwest in 16 inches of snow and bring howling 100mph winds
Mail Online - A winter storm blasted the Pacific Northwest Wednesday, dumping near-record snow in some areas, hammering parts of Oregon with winds as high as 110 mph and bringing much of the region to a standstill. From the Washington state capital in Olympia to the Oregon coast, schools were closed, roads were clogged with snow and hundreds of accidents and dozens of flights were cancelled.

NCDC data shows that the contiguous USA has not warmed in the past decade, summers are cooler, winters are getting colder
There’s been a lot of buzz and conflicting reports over what the BEST data actually says, especially about the last decade where we have dueling opinions on a “slowing down”, “leveling off”, “standstill”, or “slight rise” (depending on whose pronouncements you read) of global warming.

Health

Sec 105 of SOPA threatens freedom of health speech, aligns with FDA Trilateral Cooperation Charter to potentially eliminate access to dietary supplements
(NaturalNews) Identifying threats to health freedom and freedom of health speech often requires connecting the dots between seemingly unrelated verbiage in one piece of legislation and a trade agreement, for instance, or reading between the lines to identify.... Section 105 of SOPA, entitled Immunity for Taking Voluntary Action Against Sites that Endanger Public Health, provisions that service providers, network providers, advertising services, search engines, domain name registry services, and other parties that handle internet content will be immune from prosecution should they decide to arbitrarily pull sites that "endanger the public health."

AMA Journal: Make Participation In Vaccine Trials Mandatory
Paul Joseph Watson - An article published by the American Medical Association’s Virtual Mentor journal advocates making participation in vaccine trials mandatory, arguing that people should be forced to take experimental shots in a similar vein to how jury service is compulsory. The article, written by Oxford University’s Susanne Sheehy and Joel Meyer, is entitled Should Participation in Vaccine Clinical Trials be Mandated?.

Pediatrician calls state trooper, child protective services on mother for refusing to vaccinate child
(NaturalNews) What would you do if your pediatrician called the cops and child protective services on you for refusing to get your child vaccinated? That is exactly what happened recently to Rachel Garmon of Pennsylvania when she told her new pediatrician that her healthy and vibrant two-and-a-half year old son had never been -- and never would be -- vaccinated.

Breaking news: cancer drugs make tumors more aggressive and deadly
(NaturalNews) When natural health advocates warn against mainstream medicine's arsenal of weapons used to fight cancer, including chemotherapy and radiation, their concerns often revolve around how these therapies can weaken and damage a person's body in numerous ways. But scientists are finding other reasons to question some of these therapies. It turns out that while chemotherapies may kill or shrink tumors in the short term, they may actually be causing malignancies to grow more deadly in the long term.

Coffee promotes cortisol production and weight gain
(NaturalNews) Conventional wisdom about weight loss suggests coffee may be a good addition to a diet plan since it has minimal calories and no fat. While this seems logical, a more holistic view evaluates coffee from the perspective of its influence on the body's ability to metabolize the other food we eat. Recent studies suggest that despite its low calorie count, coffee may actually promote weight gain as well as type 2 diabetes by stimulating cortisol production and insulin resistance.

Some foods and chemical additives cause arthritis inflammation, gout and fibromyalgia pain
(NaturalNews) Certain foods and chemical additives disguised as food can aggravate or cause muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis, gout and fibromyalgia. Avoiding these foods can pave the way for reduced inflammation, stiffness and pain - setting the stage for ongoing relief, with increased mobility and a better mental attitude. Although it may be a challenge to avoid well-loved foods, keep in mind that many of those foods are causing widespread systemic problems that result in debilitating pain, so they are not your friends.

Treating multiple sclerosis
(NaturalNews) An estimated 350,000 people in the United States are living with multiple sclerosis (MS), a painful, debilitating, and sometimes fatal disorder of the central nervous system, and the United States government could care less and would doom this population to more suffering than can be imagined. A long list of ugly words comes to mind when one thinks of any person, organization or institution that would keep helpful and safe medicines away from MS sufferers.

Polio Vaccines Now The #1 Cause of Polio Paralysis
Activist Post - The problem of vaccine-induced polio paralysis was so severe that the The United States moved to the inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) in 2000, after the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended altogether eliminating the live-virus oral polio vaccine (OPV), which is still used throughout the third world, despite the known risks.

Tamiflu effects 'still uncertain'
The effects of antiviral drug Tamiflu - which was stockpiled by the Government at the height of the swine flu pandemic - are still uncertain, researchers said as they accused pharmaceutical giant Roche of withholding data. A 2009 study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found the drug may cut the length of time people have symptoms but found no clear evidence that it prevented complications like pneumonia.

Understand the calcium myth; here's what really makes healthy bones
(NaturalNews) Calcium is the cornerstone mineral in bones. However, calcium consumption does not build bones. Countries with the highest dietary calcium consumption (US, Canada, & Scandinavian countries) have the highest rates of osteoporosis. A recent meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal showed that calcium supplementation actually increased the risk of heart attacks. This study and others have looked at individuals taking calcium supplements in isolation without other key nutrients that play a role in calcium homeostasis.

Study: Nearly all women with breast cancer have parabens in their breast tissue
(NaturalNews) They are added to everything from shampoos and deodorants to processed foods and pharmaceutical drugs in order to inexpensively extend shelf life and improve product stability. But a new study out of the University of Reading (UR) in the UK has found that, based on tests conducted, nearly every single woman with breast cancer has one or more paraben chemicals in her breast tissue, suggesting a possible link between the chemical and the disease.

Researchers detail lifestyle changes that lower cancer risk by forty percent
(NaturalNews) It may come as no surprise to many natural health disciplinarians that cancer is largely an avoidable disease that develops and advances due to poor lifestyle habits adopted over the course of a lifetime. Researchers from Britain have found that more than 100,000 cancer cases, nearly one in four cancers diagnosed, could have been prevented by following simple lifestyle changes. Lead study author Dr. Max Parkin, a cancer epidemiologist based at Queen Mary, University of London, publishing in the journal Nature remarked, "Looking at all the evidence, it's clear that around 40 percent of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change."

Science & Technology

At least 7,000 websites black out their homepages in protest of SOPA and PIPA internet censorship bills
(NaturalNews) On January 18, 2012, thousands of websites from around the world came out in protest of two pieces of legislation that threaten to censor the internet as we know it. Google, WordPress, Wired.com, Wikipedia, Tumblr, The Daily Paul, reddit, NaturalNews, and thousands of other websites censored portions or all of their homepages and content in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (HR 3261), and the Protect IP Act (S 968), which would essentially give large media conglomerates and the federal government unbridled power to censor the internet.

VIDEO: Protect IP, SOPA protests knock Senate Web sites offline
CNET - January 18, 2012 - Around 11 a.m. PT today, the rush of visitors looking for ways to contact their members of Congress overwhelmed several Web pages of individual senators. As CNET reported this morning, some sponsors of the Protect IP and the Stop Online Piracy Act have switched sides as a result of the protest. The amount of traffic "temporarily shut down our Web site," Sen. Ron Wyden, the leading opponent of the Protect IP Act, wrote on Twitter. By noon PT, the Senate's Web sites were loading again, but slowly or with difficulty. The Web site of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who's a sponsor of Protect IP, was generating a 500 server error.

PHOTOS: Emergency NY Tech Meetup
NYC and SF geeks had protests that packed city blocks!

SOPA: Don't Just Protest -- Get Even
The entire reason why SOPA's authors and supporters have the money, influence, and power to put forward draconian bills like this in the first place is because of our daily patronizing of their corporations and the goods and services they provide.... If Americans withdrew their support from these corporations -- if theaters were left empty, if Pepsi and Coke were left collecting dust on the shelves of an empty Wal-Mart -- bills like SOPA would not exist... Boycott, put out of business, and replace these corporations with local alternatives...

VIDEO: The Secret Behind SOPA
Paul Joseph Watson - Lieberman characterized fears that the US government would use such powers to censor political content as “total misinformation,” yet goes on to admit that the purpose behind the agenda is to mimic China’s ability to “disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war,” adding, “we need that here too”. Of course, Communist China’s “war” is not against foreign terrorists or hackers, it’s targeted against people who dare to use the Internet to express dissent against government atrocities or corruption. China’s system of Internet policing is about crushing freedom of speech and has nothing to do with legitimate security concerns as Lieberman well knows.

Wikipedia to RT: SOPA sledgehammer could smash any site on web
RT - Wikipedia is deliberately blacking out its English-language website. It's joined a 24-hour protest against anti-piracy bills making their way through U.S. Congress. For more insight, RT talks to John Davies, the Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK, which is the umbrella foundation in charge of Wikipedia.

Freedom of Speech, Internet Censorship and SOPA
Activist Post - First of all, it is a given that freedom of speech is the right of citizens of the United States. This means that our government cannot and should not be making an attempt to restrict or penalize speech because of its content or viewpoint. So, when there is talk of restricting Internet content, my eyebrows go up quizzically, wondering just what limits would be placed on those restrictions. Moreover, as electronic media becomes the norm rather than the exception, how does reading something on the Internet differ from reading a book, a magazine, or a printed newspaper?

YouTube: Singing A Song To Express Yourself Could Get You 5 Years Prison.. Self Expression
When you sing a copyright song to express your feelings ..you could end up behind bars..

Edible Microchips, Biometric Identity Systems And Mind Reading Computers
American Dream - The world of tomorrow is not going to be anything like the world of today, and most people have no idea how dramatically the world is changing. For instance, many people have never even heard of "edible microchips". Unfortunately, they are not some wild idea that some wacky scientists are hoping to develop in the future. They are already here, and they are about to be marketed to the public in the UK. The idea is that these edible microchips will help doctors monitor your health conditions and the medicines that you are taking. The following comes from a recent article in the Daily Mail.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Tell USDA To Do Its Job And Reject 2,4-D Resistant GE Corn
USDA approval of Dow’s GE corn will trigger a big increase in 2,4-D use – and our exposure to this toxic herbicide. Yet USDA has not assessed how much, nor analyzed the resulting impacts on public health, the environment or neighboring farmers (2,4-D is prone to drift and cause damage to nearby crops). Instead, USDA has once again bowed to the pesticide industry, by giving preliminary approval to still another pesticide-promoting crop that will likely harm people and their children, including farmers, and the environment. USDA claims to be adhering to a scientific process, yet the Agency is blatantly ignoring the science on 2,4-D.


Today in History - Wednesday - January 18, 2012
1778 - English navigator Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he called the "Sandwich Islands."
1788 - The 1st English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. The group moved 8 days later and settled at Port Jackson.
1886 - The Hockey Association was formed in England. This date is the birthday of modern field hockey.
1896 - The x-ray machine was exhibited for the first time.
1911 - For the first time an aircraft landed on a ship. Pilot Eugene B. Ely flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor.
1919 - The World War I Peace Congress opened in Versailles, France.
1939 - Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded "Jeepers Creepers."
1943 - During World War II, the Soviets announced that they had broken the Nazi siege of Leningrad, which had began in September of 1941.
1943 - U.S. commercial bakers stopped selling sliced bread. Only whole loaves were sold during the ban until the end of World War II.
1948 - "The Original Amateur Hour" debuted. The show was on the air for 22 years.
1957 - The first, non-stop, around-the-world, jet flight came to an end at Riverside, CA. The plane was refueled in mid-flight by huge aerial tankers.
1964 - The plans for the World Trade Center in New York were disclosed.
1967 - Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the "Boston Strangler," was convicted in Cambridge, MA, of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses. He was sentenced to life in prison. Desalvo was killed in 1973 by a fellow inmate.
1987 - For the first time in history the Public Broadcasting System was seen by over 100 million viewers. The audience was measured during the week of January 12-18.
1990 - In an FBI sting, Washington, DC, Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession. He was later convicted of a misdemeanor.
1991 - Eastern Airlines shut down after 62 years in business due to financial problems.
1993 - The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 U.S. states for the first time.
1995 - A network of caves were discovered near the town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in southern France. The caves contained paintings and engravings that were 17,000 to 20,000 years old.
1997 - Hutu militiamen killed three Spanish aid workers and three soldiers and seriously wound an American in a night attack in NW Rwanda.
2002 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of a saliva-based ovulation test.

World News

World Bank warns of global growth slowdown
BEIJING (AP) -- The World Bank warned Wednesday of a possible slump in global economic growth and urged developing countries to prepare for shocks that could be more severe than the 2008 crisis. The bank cut its growth forecast for developing countries this year to 5.4 percent from 6.2 percent and for developed countries to 1.4 percent from 2.7 percent. For the 17 countries that use the euro currency, it forecast a contraction, cutting their growth outlook to -0.3 percent from 1.8 percent.

Iran to return US secret drone... as a toy
RT - Reports say the US is to get its top secret surveillance drone back from Iran. The catch is, the device, intercepted in December, has been reduced to 1:80 of its original size and is being marketed as a popular toy.... One of the models will even make it to the White House in response to a formal request from Washington last month asking Iran to return the top-secret device.

Russia: New sanctions against Iran too stifling
MOSCOW (AP) -- A military attack on Iran would trigger a "chain reaction" that destabilizes the world, while new sanctions against Tehran would "stifle" the Iranian economy and hurt its people, Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday.

Russia warns West against military action in Syria
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia will block any attempt by the West to secure U.N. support for the use of force against Syria, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday.... Lavrov said Russia would reject any attempts at securing a U.N. sanction for a military interference in Syrian affairs. "If some intend to use force at all cost ... we can hardly prevent that from happening," he said. "But let them do it at their own initiative on their own conscience, they won't get any authorization from the U.N. Security Council."

French judge orders investigation of Gitmo
RT - A judge in France is asking US President Barack Obama to hand over papers detailing the allegedly torturous stay that three Frenchmen experienced while detained at Guantanamo Bay. Investigating judge Sophie Clement has filed a formal international request to officials in the US insisting that the Obama administration allow French authorities to not just inspect papers that chronicle the detention of three citizens of France at the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but that Washington approve a visit to the facility itself.

Fukushima Radiation Spreads Worldwide
Washington Blog January 18, 2012 - The University of California at Berkeley detected cesium levels in San Francisco area milk above over EPA limits … and even higher than they were 6 months ago. Finnish public television says that cesium from Fukushima has been detected in lichens, fungi and elk and reindeer meat in Finland. The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency confirmed a radiation cloud over the East Coast of Australia. The West Coast of Canada is getting hit by debris from Japan … and at least some of it is likely radioactive.

Search teams suspend operations at stricken ship
ROME (AP) — Italian rescue workers suspended operations Wednesday after a stricken cruise ship shifted slightly on the rocks near the Tuscan coast, creating deep concerns about the safety of divers and firefighters searching for the 22 people still missing.

Israel's Lieberman looking to avoid fraud charges
(Reuters) - Lawyers for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman faced a hearing on Tuesday where they argued against his being indicted on graft charges that would force his resignation and could trigger early Israeli elections. Justice officials announced last April that Lieberman, an outspoken rightwinger who heads the ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) coalition party, faced possible charges of fraud, money laundering and witness tampering. Prosecutors suspect Lieberman of using shell companies and third-party accounts to receive more than $1.2 million illicitly while in public office, including from foreign businessmen with interests in Israel.

Anti-Israeli hackers strike again by attacking El Al and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
Pro-Palestinian hackers continue to strike at Israeli websites, on Monday targeting the websites of the national airline El Al and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). The apparent leader of the group who calls himself 0xOmar warned Israeli journalists in advance of the attack. In a Monday night interview, 0xOmar told Israel’s Channel 10 that he was working with a pro-Palestinian hacker group called "Nightmare" to take down the El Al and TASE websites.

Obama: Syria violence unacceptable, government must leave
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned as "unacceptable" Syria's continuing crackdown on protesters and repeated his call for President Bashar al-Assad's government to leave power.

Real events on the ground in Syria completely contrary to media depictions
Global Research - The British journalist Lizzie Phelan said the image of events on ground in Syria is completely contrary to what some media try to depict and present to the public opinion. Phelan, who is now on a visit to Syria, said that she was surprised upon her arrival in Damascus as a journalist 6 days ago to see the situation as it is, as she had thought, based on the image presented by media, that Syria is not safe where chaos is prevailing, the army deployed in the streets and the anti-government protests are being held daily and everywhere. She stressed in an interview with the Syrian TV that what she has seen during her visit is that life is normal and that people go to their businesses and schools in spite of some problems.

Sudan dismisses fear of looming humanitarian crisis
(Reuters) - Sudan's ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday dismissed U.N. and U.S. concerns about a mounting humanitarian crisis in two Sudanese border states, saying the situation there was "normal." Khartoum's U.N. Ambassador Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman was responding to a letter to the Security Council from U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, who voiced "grave concern about the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Sudanese states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile."

German Deputy: S&P Downgrade Part of American 'War Against Euro'
One of the European parliament’s most influential members, the German Christian Democrat Elmar Brok, has declared that Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade the credit ratings of nine eurozone member states is part of a “currency war” being waged by the United States against the euro and Europe itself. Asked whether he meant that the United States is “waging financial war“ on Europe, Brok specified, “Certain forces in the USA, in particular in the world of finance. It is evident that their one and only aim is in this way to promote Anglo-Saxon interests at Europe’s cost.” “They want to shatter the eurozone, in order to make money,” he added.

Are The Middle East Wars Really About Forcing the World Into Dollars and Private Central Banking?
Zero Hedge 1/13/2012 - The Middle Eastern and North African wars – planned 20 years ago – don’t necessarily have much to do with fighting terrorism. See this, this and this. They are, in reality, about oil. And protecting Israel (and read the section entitled “Securing the Realm” here). But as AFP reports today, there is another major motivation for the expanding wars: The latest round of American sanctions are aimed at shutting down Iran’s central bank, a senior US official said Thursday, spelling out that intention directly for the first time.

£11bn smart meter plans ‘risk fiasco’: MPs warn only energy suppliers will benefit
Mail Online - Putting ‘smart’ gas and electricity meters in every home – at a total cost of £11.7billion – may bring little benefit to customers, MPs will warn today. Families will have to pay higher bills to fund the Government-backed scheme to have the digital equipment installed by 2019. And there is no evidence the energy giants will pass on to customers any of the millions of pounds they will save with the introduction of the new technology, MPs say.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Online protest threatens 'piracy' bill
Washington (CNN) – The growing Internet protest–including a planned blackout by some websites Wednesday– against an online anti-piracy bill moving through Congress is "daunting," a Senate Democratic aide said Tuesday. The aide said the protest may be powerful enough to keep senators from voting to even take up the bill that until recently commanded rare bipartisan support. "Before it looked like it would pass with 80 votes, and now [the online protest] looks like something that will suck the votes away," the aide said. "We're at a tipping point. It will either become a huge issue or die down a bit and that will determine the future of this."

Ron Paul's Haters Caught Making Fake Racially Charged Campaign Phone Calls To Voters
More evidence is coming to light about the actions of those involved in the infamous Facebook group "Stop Ron Paul 2012." LaCrosseWatchdog was the first to blow the whistle on this group's false flag kkk stunt last Friday. Below is a screen shot of the main culprit Jere Brower aka "Nathan Bedford Forrest" bragging about making fake racially charged phone calls to New Hampshire voters while pretending to be calling on behalf of the Ron Paul campaign.

VIDEO: Mitt Romney Downplays $374,000 In Speaking Fees As ‘Not Very Much’
Huffington Post - Not very much? According to his personal financial disclosure, from February 2010 to February 2011, Romney earned $374,327.62 in speaking fees. A few months later, Romney joked that he was "unemployed." His rival, Newt Gingrich, said that he made $60,000 per speech -- defending himself against the charge that he served as a lobbyist for Freddie Mac, for which he was paid over $1.6 million for strategic advice. Romney has an estimated wealth of between $190 million to $250 million, according to financial disclosure reports. Upon leaving Bain Capital in 1999, he negotiated a retirement package guaranteeing him a percentage of the firm's profits.

Police chiefs going to WH to discuss terror fight
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is providing senior state and local police officials with its analysis of homegrown terrorism incidents, including common signs law enforcement can use to identify violent extremists. The warning signs identified for police include someone joining a group advocating violence, receiving support from a network that plans attacks or seeking out charismatic leaders who encourage violence. The analysis was conducted by the Homeland Security Department, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center.

YouTube: New Super PAC Ad: Ron vs. Mitt
Paid for by Endorse Liberty.

VIDEO: Fox News Caught Completely Excluding Ron Paul From Post Debate Coverage
Steve Watson - The dirty tricks campaign against GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul reached new heights during the South Carolina debate last night, with virtual exclusion from the first 40 minutes of the program, poisonous questions in the second half, and a cringe inducing situation during the post debate analysis where Fox pundits were forced to admit that Paul had completely wiped the floor with the other candidates. During the post debate commentary, Fox reporter John Roberts blatantly excluded Paul from the charts and graphs he presented representing feedback from viewers.

CNN: Paul, Obama tied in "POSSIBLE November Showdown!"
Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney is all tied up with President Barack Obama in a likely general election matchup, with the president showing signs of weakness on the economy and Romney seen as out of touch with ordinary Americans, according to a new national survey. And a CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday also indicates that Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is also even with Obama in another possible showdown this November. The survey also suggests the Republican advantage on voter enthusiasm is eroding, which could be crucial in a close contest.

YouTube: Fox News Panel Unanimously Agree: GOP Can't Win in 2012 w/o Ron Paul's Support
Q: "Does the GOP really think they can win without the support of Ron Paul?"

VIDEO: Hot Mic: Ron Paul says his foreign policy views have not alienated voters
Daily Caller - Republican presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul told The Daily Caller that his foreign policy views have not alienated voters in South Carolina, claiming that he gets “twice as much money” from the military than all of the other candidates combined.

Daily Paul Goes Dark - Wednesday January 18 - SOPA/PIPA Strike
Daily Paul - On January 18, [8AM EST and end at 8PM EST] The Daily Paul will join Wikipedia, Reddit, Twitter, BoingBoing, MoveOn.org, The Free Software Foundation, and tens of thousands of other websites around the Internet in going dark to oppose SOPA and PIPA, the looming US legislation that would create an impossible Internet censorship regime and export it to the rest of the world.

Mitt Romney may not release tax returns until April
(Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, under increasing pressure to release his tax returns now, continued to resist that timetable on Tuesday and said he probably would not make them public until April. Romney, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama on November 6 and a former private equity executive with an estimated net worth of $270 million, has been reluctant to lift a curtain on his vast financial holdings.

VIDEO: Romney Would Sign NDAA
Kurt Nimmo - During the latest “debate” in South Carolina, Mitt Romney said that if he were president he would sign the the National Defense Authorization Act. Prior to his recent assertion that it is perfectly normal to dispense with the Fourth Amendment and suspend habeas corpus, Romney said he wasn’t up to speed on the law and promised to post an analysis on his website, which he never did.

Will the White House Finally Bring HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment) to Wounded Vets?
A new Action Alert: A former ANH-USA board member joined with Michelle Obama to announce an exciting new program to help veterans with traumatic brain injuries. Health pioneer Dr. Paul G. Harch, associate clinical professor of medicine at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, will participate in the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative. The program will teach medical schools better ways to train new doctors to care for veterans’ needs, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment (HBOT), the premier therapy for brain injuries and PTSD.

NYPD, Feds Testing Gun-Scanning Technology, But Civil Liberties Groups Up In Arms
CBS - The NYPD is stepping up their war against illegal guns, with a new tool that could detect weapons on someone as they walk down the street. But is it violating your right to privacy? Police, along with the U.S. Department of Defense, are researching new technology in a scanner placed on police vehicles that can detect concealed weapons.

War on Drugs “Transferred” to Private Mercenaries Including Blackwater
Eric Blair - Pentagon maintains that it’s perfectly legal, and mercenaries must follow strict parameters. The BBC (in Spanish) is reporting that the U.S. Department of Defense is delegating the war on drugs to private mercenary companies. Of those companies, the increasingly infamous organization previously known as Blackwater is said to have received several multimillion-dollar government contracts for “providing advice, training and conducting operations in drug producing countries and those with links to so-called “narco-terrorism” including Latin America.”

US Ranks 27th in Social Justice
A foundation in Germany has analyzed the social justice records of all 31 members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), ranking each nation in such categories as health care, income inequality, pre-school education, and child poverty. The overall performance by the United States — which boasts of being an egalitarian society — outranks only Greece, Chile, Mexico, and Turkey. Actually, three of those countries performed better than ours in the education of pre-schoolers, and Greece did better than the United States on the prevention of poverty.

VIDEO: Next Up: Enemy Expatriation Act; Would Strip Americans of Citizenship For “Hostilities Against the United States”
Dubbed the Enemy Expatriation Act (HR 3166), the amendment would essentially grant the United States government, perhaps through anonymous military tribunal or by secretive Congressional super panel, the power to brand Americans as hostiles for “engaging in, or purposefully and materially supporting, hostilities against the United States,” where “the term ‘hostilities’ means any conflict subject to the laws of war.”

‘La Raza’ Moves Up In Obama Administration
GOP USA - La Raza’s chief lobbyist is now Obama’s new head of domestic policy, securing more Latino votes in 2012. Cecilia Munoz, the current director of intergovernmental affairs at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., will now serve as head of the Domestic Policy Council. She’ll wield heightened influence at Obama’s daily morning briefings and expand her reach from immigration issues to education, health care and beyond.

Enough signatures collected to recall Wisconsin governor
(Reuters) The group United Wisconsin, which opposes the collective bargaining changes and other measures Walker pushed into law last year, said it gathered more than 1 million signatures to recall the governor by the January 17 deadline -- roughly double the 540,208 signatures required. The petitions arrived in the state capital on Tuesday in a U-Haul truck decorated with a banner that read, "We did it for Wisconsin's future." Julie Wells, the factory worker and grandmother who helped trigger the recall effort, took the first of more than 150 boxes into the Government Accountability Board's offices. "What we have done over the past 60 days for the state of Wisconsin is monumental," Wells told a crowd
of about 400 recall supporters.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

PHOTOS: Occupy protesters rally against Congress at Capitol
(Reuters) - Demonstrators from the Occupy movement rallied at the Capitol and congressional office buildings on Tuesday to protest against the influence of money on lawmakers. In a sign of renewed vigor for the Occupy movement, which staged protests in many cities last fall, several hundred demonstrators staged rallies and attempts to meet lawmakers as they returned from a holiday break. Occupy protesters from around the country who gathered on the Capitol's rain-soaked lawn carried signs saying, "Face it liberals, the Dems sold us out," "Congress for sale" and "Banksters of America."

Economy

New Obama OMB director a Bain alum
Washington Examiner - Jeffrey Zients will serve as President Obama's new acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but the president's decision might undercut attacks on Republican Mitt Romney's career as a venture capitalist, because Zients and Romney are both alumni of Bain & Company.

Treasury dips into pension funds to avoid debt
(Reuters) - The Treasury on Tuesday started dipping into federal pension funds in order to give the Obama administration more credit to pay government bills. "I will be unable to invest fully" the federal employees retirement system fund beginning Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a letter to Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Wednesday on the Obama administration's request to raise the country's legal debt limit to $16.394 trillion.

FDIC Requires Big Banks to Have Breakup Plan
CNBC - The largest banks must show how they would break up their assets if they were in danger of failing, under a rule approved Tuesday. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp voted to require banks with $50 billion or more in assets to submit so-called living wills. Seven banks with more than $250 billion in assets will have to show their plans by July. The other 30 affected by the rule have until 2013. The FDIC also proposed a separate rule that would require banks with more than $10 billion in assets to conduct annual stress tests.

The 5 Most Outrageous Examples of Hidden Charges Companies Pass Off on Consumers -- And How to Fight Back
The average U.S. adult pays at least $942 each year in hidden fees, according to research conducted by the Ponemon Institute in 2006. Six years later, it’s unlikely that this number has gone down. If anything, industries that took a financial hit during the recession are passing more fees onto consumers than ever, regardless of whether they’ve recovered. A comprehensive list of the sneaky fees companies palm off on consumers could go on forever, but here are five particularly egregious examples that every consumer should be aware of – followed by a list of ideas for fighting back.

Kraft to cut 1,600 jobs in split
(Reuters) About 40 percent of the job cuts come from the company realigning its U.S. sales division, Kraft said. About 20 percent of the jobs being cut in the United States and Canada are currently open positions, the company said. The planned job cuts do not include any cuts at manufacturing facilities. The 1,600 job cuts represent about 1.26 percent of the company's total workforce. Kraft has about 127,000 employees, including about 46,500 in North America.

Recovery at risk as Americans raid savings
(Reuters) - More than four years after the United States fell into recession, many Americans have resorted to raiding their savings to get them through the stop-start economic recovery. In an ominous sign for America's economic growth prospects, workers are paring back contributions to college funds and growing numbers are borrowing from their retirement accounts. Some policymakers worry that a recent spike in credit card usage could mean that people, many of whom are struggling on incomes that have lagged inflation, are taking out new debt just to meet the costs of day-to-day living.

Energy & Environment

Seattle: Biggest Snowstorm in Decades Begins
Schools are closed and a nightmare awaits commuters in Seattle today with a storm dumping a winter's worth of snow in less than 24 hours.

New Study Claims La Nina Weather Patterns Can Lead to Widespread Flu Pandemics
Intel Hub - Scientists have released a new study that has concluded that La Nina weather patterns have lead to large scale pandemics in the past. The study, carried out by Jeffrey Shaman of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Marc Lipsitch of the Harvard School of Public Health, notes that the La Nina weather pattern is believed to change the migratory pattern of certain birds which they claim promotes the development of new strains of influenza. An article on Homeland Security Newswire goes over the findings.

Health

SOPA and PIPA bills could threaten natural health websites with government-ordered shutdown
(NaturalNews) On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, NaturalNews.com went "dark" to protest SOPA, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" that is actually a thinly-veiled government censorship effort. We are also protesting PIPA, the "Protect IP Act," which is similarly destructive in its effects. You may have arrived at this page from our mock "seizure" index page which depicts what might happen if SOPA becomes law.

Senator pushes for GMO labeling in Washington State
(NaturalNews) Regardless of whether the Republicans or Democrats occupy the White House, federal regulatory officials continue to disregard concerns about genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), and stonewall all efforts to mandate proper GMO labeling. As a result, individual states are having to craft their own GMO labeling legislation, including a new bill recently introduced in Washington State that would mandate GMO labeling beginning in 2014.

The healing properties of essential oils
(NaturalNews) Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their healing and purifying effects on the body. There are 188 references to these precious oils in the Bible. They have always held extreme value by ancient doctors and medicine men that used them for aromatherapy, consumption, and skin application. Research has now revealed the remarkable healing properties within these essential oils.

"Herbal Supplements Simplified"
AHHA - Herbal remedies in their many available forms may seem complicated, but the principle is a simple one. Your body views plants as food and utilizes them very efficiently, taking almost all the valuable active principles and organic compounds right into your body's cells. In contrast, your body does not recognize synthetic drugs as food and often utilizes only 5 to 10% of what you take in, leaving the rest to float around in your bloodstream and cause unpleasant side effects.

Dr. Wakefield Talks at Vaccine Safety Conference: Autism Is Treatable
Gaia Health - Probably most important to the parents of autistic children is that Dr. Wakefield discusses methods of treating, including application of inflammatory drugs and restrictive diets, can turn the condition around. Fast-paced talk by Dr. Wakefield that is chock-full of critical information.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information on Liraglutide Injection
Liraglutide injection may increase the risk that you will develop tumors of the thyroid gland, including medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC; a type of thyroid cancer), which may cause death if it is not treated at an early stage. If you develop thyroid cancer, your thyroid gland may need to be surgically removed. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has or has ever had thyroid cancer, medullary thyroid carcinoma, or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2; condition that causes tumors in more than one gland in the body). If so, your doctor will probably tell you not to use liraglutide injection. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: lump or swelling in the neck; hoarseness; difficulty swallowing; or shortness of breath.

Publisher Buys Politicians: Wants to Force Taxpayers to Pay to Read Studies They Financed
Gaia Health - Reps Maloney and Issa were bought for $2,000 and $8,500, respectively, to put forth a bill that would make the people pay to read medical studies that they’ve already paid to have produced. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) maintains Pub Med Central, an online database of biomedical research containing thousands of articles documenting research paid for by public dollars. It is, of course, freely available to anyone who wants to research it. Pseudo “representatives” Issa and Maloney are co-authoring a bill that would enrich the coffers of already filthy rich medical publishers and the diminish the public’s access to health information that they’ve already funded.

Radiation poisoning? Homeopathic and other natural remedies provide protection and treatment
(NaturalNews) Radioactive waste from Fukushima is approaching the west coast of North America at a frightening rate. Hundreds of seals off the coast of Alaska are dead and dying from symptoms that look ominously like radiation disease; and most people wonder what and who is next. Alternative medicine offers a wide variety of treatments to protect and treat radiation sickness. Certain homeopathic medicines and other natural substances may provide relief from radiation disease symptoms or boost the body's natural vital force to protect itself from the severity of radiation exposure.

Dulse is a clinically proven antioxidant, protein source, and plant-based source of iodine and potassium
(NaturalNews) Red or purple in color, dulse is considered a superfood because of its high iodine and potassium content, plus a long list of micro-nutrients and phytochemicals. Many herbalists prefer dulse over kelp in green superfood recipes because of its bland flavor. Found primarily in cold waters off the Atlantic coast of Canada, Ireland, and Norway, dulse has been used traditionally to control parasites, treat scurvy, and improve thyroid function. Dulse is a scientifically proven antioxidant, a source of plant protein, and is often suggested as a part of healing protocols to correct hypothyroid issues.

Health Basics: How do you live to be 110?
(NaturalNews) Tell someone you're over 100 years old, and they might assume the worst right away, guessing that you have a dozen medication bottles next to the bed and that your health is quickly deteriorating. How could it be that a man who's going on 111 and taking no medication, who simply eats fresh vegetables, olive oil, honey, cinnamon, garlic and chocolate, can bounce around his kitchen like he's half his age?

Omega-3 fat in fish oil could provide a cure for leukemia
(NaturalNews) Scientists from the medical sciences division at Penn State University have discovered that a compound in fish oil appears to target leukemia stem cells and could lead to a cure for the disease. The compound is a natural extract from EPA, the Omega-3 fat component found most commonly in fish and fish oil supplements. Known as delta-12-protaglandin J3, or D12-PGJ3, the molecule is shown to target and kill the stem cells of chronic myelogenous leukemia, a common form of the disease.

Allegations of drug substitution fraud, racketeering lead to class action lawsuit against Walgreens
(NaturalNews) Patients who had certain prescriptions filled at Walgreens between 1999 and 2006 may not have received the drugs they thought they did, or at the price they should have. A new class-action lawsuit accuses Walgreens of conspiring with generic drug-maker Par Pharmaceutical Co. to overcharge for certain generic drugs, and to substitute other more expensive drugs in place of what was actually prescribed.

Treat cancer with IV vitamin C - Recent clinical success
(NaturalNews) The use of IV (intravenous) vitamin C to treat cancer is growing in popularity around the world as positive research continues to accumulate and build a strong case for its effectiveness. The latest cohort study out of Germany is one more example, showing that IV vitamin C markedly improves the quality of life for breast cancer patients. Such positive results are likely the reason why many thousands of patients worldwide elect to be treated with this therapy every year.

Instead of drugs and behavioral therapy for ADHD, try changing diet instead
(NaturalNews) It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that many of the symptoms associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the often over-diagnosed condition tacked on many young people, can be treated by simply altering or supplementing one's diet. And a new study published in the journal Pediatrics helps confirm this, noting that when drugs and behavioral therapies are ineffective, ridding the diet of toxic additives, for instance, and consuming more whole, organic foods is the best route to take.

Science & Technology

SOPA Is Baaaack!
That didn’t take long. A few days ago the news broke that the pending Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was put on hold until consensus was reached. Although the announcement was rather vague, some news sites and blogs declared SOPA dead, or “shelved,” or erased from history. Wishful thinking, because today SOPA is back in full force. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith just announced that the SOPA markup is expected to continue next month. List of websites joining the strike.

Wikipedia editors question site's planned blackout
Can the world live without Wikipedia for a day? The shutdown of one of the Internet's most-visited sites is not sitting well with some of its volunteer editors, who say the protest of anti-piracy legislation could threaten the credibility of their work. Wikipedia's English-language site shut down at midnight Eastern Standard Time Tuesday and the organization said it would stay down for 24 hours. Instead of encyclopedia articles, visitors to the site saw a stark black-and-white page with the message: "Imagine a world without free knowledge." It carried a link to information about the two congressional bills and details about how to reach lawmakers. Related article here.

Time for decision on removing leap seconds
(Reuters) Leap seconds, introduced in 1972 as part of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), are added some years to reconcile the difference between atomic time used by computer systems and time as defined by measuring the movement of the earth around the sun and the earth's rotation. The latter, known as Universal Time, fluctuates due to the earth's irregular rotation, tides or earthquakes.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Honey Bee Losses Impact Food System and Economy
(Beyond Pesticides, January 11, 2012) On January 10, beekeepers from across the country gathered at a national conference, with environmental organizations at their side, to draw attention to the growing plight facing their industry –the decline of honey bees, a problem that has far reaching implications for the U.S. economy.

Study Shows Honey Bees Exposed to High Levels of Bee-Killing Pesticide
(Beyond Pesticides, January 10, 2012) A Purdue University study shows that honey bees’ exposure to the highly toxic neonicotinoid pesticide clothianidin is greater than previously thought.... The study, “Multiple Routes of Pesticide Exposure for Honey Bees Living Near Agricultural Fields,” was published January 3, 2012 in the online edition of PLoS ONE.

New Grants to Advance Organic Farming Practices Announced
(Beyond Pesticides, January 17, 2011) The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Board of Directors announced last week that it will invest $50,640 in four new grants to improve the success of organic farmers. The projects include helping organic growers to increase yields while decreasing nitrogen and impacts on surrounding waterways, preventing organic seed-producing crops from being contaminated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), producing sweeter corn in Oregon, and testing new varieties of broccoli best suited for farmers in North Carolina.

EPA drops jackboot on necks of couple for daring to build on their own land
((NaturalNews) Stories about overreach from Washington, D.C. abound, but just when you think you've heard them all comes yet another that makes you shake your head in disbelief and wonder just whom is supposed to be working for whom in this grand old Republic of ours.

Miscellaneous

An Open Letter to Family and Friends About Preparedness
Activist Post - Today, with permission from Todd at the Prepper Website, I am re-producing an open letter to friends, families and others in your circle who have not started to prepare. I discovered this letter after writing about Disaster Denial and, truly, I believe that one of the greatest gifts you can pass on to people you care about is this letter and some guidance in helping them achieve their preparedness goal.


Today in History - Tuesday - January 17, 2012
1773 - Captain Cook's Resolution became the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.
1806 - James Madison Randolph, grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, was the first child born in the White House.
1871 - Andrew S. Hallidie received a patent for a cable car system.
1882 - Thomas Edison's exhibit opened the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London.
1893 - Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown when a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.
1900 - The U.S. took Wake Island where there was in important cable link between Hawaii and Manila.
1900 - Yaqui Indians in Texas proclaimed their independence from Mexico.
1900 - Mormon Brigham Roberts was denied a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for his practicing of polygamy.
1912 - English explorer Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole. Norwegian Roald Amundsen had beaten him there by one month. Scott and his party died during the return trip.
1934 - Ferdinand Porsche submitted a design for a people's car, a "Volkswagen," to the new German Reich government.
1945 - Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II.
1945 - Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody. Wallenberg was credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews.
1946 - The United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.
1961 - In his farewell address, U.S. President Eisenhower warned against the rise of "the military-industrial complex."
1966 - A B-52 carrying four H-bombs collided with a refuelling tanker. The bombs were released and eight crewmembers were killed.
1977 - Double murderer Gary Gilmore became the first to be executed in the U.S. in a decade. The firing squad took place at Utah State Prison.
1991 - Coalition airstrikes began against Iraq after negotiations failed to get Iraq to retreat from the country of Kuwait.
1994 - The Northridge earthquake rocked Los Angeles, CA, registering a 6.7 on the Richter Scale. At least 61 people were killed and about $20 billion in damage was caused.
1995 - More than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.
1997 - A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history.
1997 - Israel gave over 80% of Hebron to Palestinian rule, but held the remainder where several hundred Jewish settlers lived among 20,000 Palestinians.
1998 - U.S. President Clinton gave his deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against him.
2000 - British pharmaceutical companies Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC agreed to a merger that created the world's largest drugmaker. .
2002 - It was announced that Microsoft had signed a joint venture agreement to produce software with two partners in China. The two partners were Beijin Centergate Technologies (Holding) Co. and the Stone Group.

World News

Egypt asks IMF for $3.2 billion in support
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has asked the International Monetary Fund for $3.2 billion in support, a government minister said on Monday, as the country's interim cabinet seeks to fill a budget gap pushed wider by almost a year of political and economic turmoil. The previous army-backed government turned down an offer of $3 billion in financial assistance from the IMF last June, but since then the country's funding problems have worsened and its currency has come under heavy pressure.

Iran makes arrests in killing of nuclear scientist
TEHRAN,Iran (AP) — An Iranian news website is reporting several suspects have been arrested over last week's killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, said the suspects are being interrogated, and the investigation is continuing.

Greeks strike against austerity as EU, IMF visit
ATHENS (Reuters) - Striking Greek workers brought the Athens metro to a standstill on Tuesday and kept ferries docked to protest against austerity as the country's lenders visited Athens to try to avert a disorderly debt default. EU, IMF and ECB officials start combing through Athens' books on Tuesday as part of efforts to put together a 130-billion-euro rescue package that Greece needs to stay afloat when a major bond redemption comes due in late March.

US urges South Korea to cut Iranian oil imports
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior U.S. official urged South Korea on Tuesday to reduce its crude oil imports from Iran, ratcheting up pressure on Washington's close ally to help confront Tehran over its nuclear program. South Korea restricts financial dealings with more than 200 groups and individuals with suspected links to Iran's nuclear program. But Seoul, which relies on Iran for up to 10 percent of its oil supplies, hasn't yet said whether it will buy less crude oil from Iran.

Saudi Arabia doubts Iran oil blockade claim
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Monday expressed doubts over Iran's claim it could block the main oil shipping route out of the Gulf and made clear it was ready to pump more oil after sanctions threatened to cut Iranian sales of crude.

Iraq detains US contractors
RT - What is the end result of a nearly-nine year war between Iraq and America? Over 100,000 violent deaths, the execution of Saddam Hussein and now the detainment of an undisclosed number of US contractors. Less than a month after the last US troops walked out of Iraq, American officials are admitting that left behind in Baghdad were a number of contractors held by the foreign government, some for as many as three weeks.

Stricken Italian liner shifts, 29 people missing
GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) - A stricken Italian cruise liner shifted on its rocky resting place on Monday as worsening weather disrupted an increasingly despairing hunt for survivors and authorities raised their estimate of the number missing to 29 people. As the Costa Concordia's owners blamed their captain for veering shorewards on Friday in a bravura "salute" to residents of a Tuscan island, the giant ship slid a little, threatening to plunge its whole gigantic carcass and 2,300 tonnes of fuel below the Mediterranean waters of the surrounding nature reserve.

Environmental Disaster Looms Over Wrecked Cruise Ship
The ship is said to be loaded with some 2,380 tons of oil which, as the situation progresses, could very likely be spilled into the pristine, ecologically rich waters near the site of the wreck. "This is an ecological timebomb," says Sergio Ortelli, mayor of the small Tuscan island of Giglio, along the rocky shores of which Costa Concordia became lodged. "This is the second worry, after human lives. I hope that the fuel can be taken off the ship soon and maybe the ship can be removed too because it is hampering navigation. We are monitoring constantly but there has been no spill so far."

IMF Executive Warns Of Eurozone 'Death Spiral' Leading To Global Catastrophe
A senior International Monetary Fund executive warned on Monday that Europe required bold action to avert a "downward spiral" that could drag the world economy into "catastrophe". IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton, in his first major speech since his appointment late last year, told a meeting of Asian finance and banking chiefs in Hong Kong that the world economy was in trouble. "At the global level, the pace of economic activity is weakening, and the risks for Europe and the world are high," he told the Asian Financial Forum.

Saudis target 'triple-digit' oil price for the first time
Saudi Arabia said on Monday it wanted to keep crude oil prices at around $100 (U.S.) a barrel, the first time the kingdom has targeted a “triple-digit” price and a quarter above the previous ambition of $75 suggested by King Abdullah in November 2008.

The U.S. Government Funded the Iranian Terrorist Group Which “Found” The Documents Upon Which the Warmongers Are Relying
Washington’s Blog - The people pushing for war against Iran are the same neocons who pushed for war against Iraq. See this and this. (They planned both wars at least 20 years ago.) The IAEA report being trumpted as a casus belli contains no new information, but is based on a re-hashing of old, debunked claims stemming from “laptop documents”. State Department cables released by Wikileaks reveal that the new IAEA head was heavily backed by the U.S., based upon his promises of fealty to the U.S. Indeed, as we’ve seen in the nuclear energy arena, the IAEA is not a neutral, fact-based organization, but a wholly-captured, political agency.

Hackers shut down Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al websites
Hackers shut down both the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) and El Al’s respective websites on Monday, one day after a hacker network threatened to carry out attacks on both sites. The network, which goes by the name “nightmare group,” was able to cause severe problems for both sites. By 10 A.M., TASE's website was only partially functioning, while El Al’s website did not function at all. The hack comes in the wake of a series of cyber attacks over the past two weeks, and only a day after Hamas called for harsher hacking attempts against Israeli websites.

Iran violating arms embargo with shipments to Syria: France
"The UN panel of experts on Iran has identified and informed the Security Council of several violations of the embargo on arms to or from Iran set up by... the United Nations Security Council," said spokesman Romain Nadal. "These arms deliveries are illegal and deeply shocking because they benefit a regime that has chosen a kind of repression that the UN rights council has repeatedly said constitutes 'crimes against humanity'," he said.

YouTube: U.S. Media Working With War Profiteering MIC & Politicians To Hype People Up For War
January 15, 2012 Russia Today News.

Secretary Leon Panetta: Iran is not trying to develop a nuclear weapon
Face the Nation - Secretary Leon Panetta: I think the international strategy here, and this really has been an international strategy to apply sanctions, to apply diplomatic pressure on them, to try to convince Iran that if, you know, they want to do what's right, they need to join the international family of nations and act in a responsible way. I think the pressure of the sanctions, I think the pressure of diplomatic pressures from everywhere -- Europe, United States, elsewhere-- is working to put pressure on them, to make them understand that they cannot continue to do what they're doing. Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they're trying to develop a nuclear capability. And that's what concerns us. And our red line to Iran is do not develop a nuclear weapon. That's a red line for us.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Ron Paul Highlights in South Carolina Debate - 1/16/2012
It's crunch time in South Carolina. Five Republican presidential candidates will face off in a Palmetto State debate on Monday night, just five days before the first-in-the-South primary. South Carolina's primary is critical -- the Palmetto State's winner has been the eventual GOP nominee in every contested race since 1980. Watch the full debate here.

POLLS: Who Won the 1/16/12 Fox News South Carolina GOP Debate?
Fox News: Ron Paul wins post SC Fox News debate Twitter poll (video)
Fox News Radio: Ron Paul 91% (Which GOP Candidate Would You Like To See Win The Nomination?)
The Swash: Ron Paul 73%
We Polls: Ron Paul 80%
World Today's News: Ron Paul 60%.
Your Political News Group: Ron Paul 73%
Drudge Report: Ron Paul 36%

DEADLINE: South Carolina And Beyond Money Bomb January 14 - 17

VIDEO: Campaign Releases New Ad ‘Three of a Kind’ Challenging Rivals in SC
Daily Paul - Ad condemns serial hypocrisy, counterfeit conservatism and flip-flopping of Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.

Three Upstate SC Senators To Endorse Ron Paul For President
Three State Senators in the socially conservative South Carolina Upstate will endorse U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential bid on Tuesday, sources tell FITS – another sign of the Texas Congressman’s growing momentum as the Palmetto State’s pivotal “First in the South” presidential primary approaches. FITS is in the process of confirming the names of the three Senators, but we’re told all three are “fiscal conservative rock stars” as well as die-hard social conservatives … (i.e. the sort of people who were recently urged to back Rick Santorum). The trio of Senators will endorse Paul at an event in the S.C. State House on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

Why I’m Suing Barack Obama
Attorneys Carl J. Mayer and Bruce I. Afran filed a complaint Friday in the Southern U.S. District Court in New York City on my behalf as a plaintiff against Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to challenge the legality of the Authorization for Use of Military Force as embedded in the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the president Dec. 31.

U.S. gun industry appeals new rifle reporting …
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The gun industry on Monday appealed a U.S. judge's decision to uphold new Obama administration regulations requiring gun dealers in four states bordering Mexico to report the sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles. Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on Friday the reporting requirements ordered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) last year were sufficiently narrowly tailored. Because the reporting demand "was limited to only certain sales of certain guns in certain states, ATF did not exceed its authority," she wrote in a 21-page ruling.

NATO/G8 Summits 'A Potential Disaster' For Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) – A University of Chicago economist says Antarctica or Guam would be better places than Chicago for the upcoming G8 and NATO summits, now scheduled for mid-May in the Windy City.... The city says security precautions will cost $65 million, to be picked up by private donors and the federal government. Sanderson says the summits are expected to attract 7,000 dignitaries and their security forces, as well tens of thousands of demonstrators.

Shakespeare expelled from Tucson, Arizona schools
RT - Bigwigs among the school board in Tucson, Arizona have released a list of banned books on Friday, and among those, in addition to text books and collections of essay, is The Tempest, the 500-year-old play penned by William Shakespeare. The barring of the bevy of books comes after a state ban on the teaching of ethnic studies was put in place, which in turn yielded an end to the Mexican American history program taught in the Tucson Unified School District.

CNN Poll: Obama tied with Romney & Paul in November showdowns
Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney is all tied up with President Barack Obama in a likely general election matchup, with the president showing signs of weakness on the economy and Romney seen as out of touch with ordinary Americans, according to a new national survey. And a CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday also indicates that Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is also even with Obama in another possible showdown this November. The survey also suggests the Republican advantage on voter enthusiasm is eroding, which could be crucial in a close contest. See full results (pdf)

YouTube: Ad Destroys Obama with His Own Words
Obama's own words should be MORE than enough to defeat him. Paid by the Republican National Committee.

Presenting Mitt Romney's Top Campaign Contributors
Open Secrets - This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2012 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Ron Paul's Top Campaign Contributors
Open Secrets - This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2012 election cycle.

Romney’s Ready to Hand Out Billions More to the 1 Percent
The Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Michael Linden, director of tax and budget policy, and Seth Hanlon, director of fiscal reform, took a closer look at Romney’s tax plan.Here’s what they found in five quick charts. IN ONE SENTENCE: Millionaire Mitt Romney’s economic agenda is of, by, and for the wealthiest 1 Percent of Americans — period.

Why Romney's 'dog on car roof' story makes him unfit to be president
Fox News - I think anyone who puts his dog in a cage on top of a car for a 12-hour drive and then deludes himself or tries to delude others that the dog really enjoyed it — to me, with all due respect, I feel such a man shouldn’t be president of the United States.

SC rally marks MLK day with voting rights message
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Thousands commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday outside South Carolina's capitol heard a message that wouldn't have been out of place during the halcyon days of the civil rights movement a half-century ago: the need to protect all citizens' right to vote.

Immigration courtrooms silent during ICE review
DENVER (AP) -- In a trial of a politically divisive program, U.S. prosecutors in Denver and Baltimore are reviewing thousands of deportation cases to determine which illegal immigrants might stay in the country - perhaps indefinitely - so officials can reduce an overwhelming backlog by focusing mainly on detainees with criminal backgrounds or who are deemed threats to national security.

DHS' X-ray scanners could be cancer risk to border crossers
CNET - A 63-page set of specifications (PDF), heavily redacted, obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center through the Freedom of Information Act, says the scanners must "be based on X-Ray or gamma technology," which use potentially dangerous ionizing radiation at high energies, and "shall be capable of scanning cars, SUVs, motorcycles and busses." "Society will pay a huge price in cancer because of this," John Sedat, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California at San Francisco, told CNET. Sedat has raised concerns about the health risks of X-ray scanners, and the European Commission in November prohibited their use in European airports.

TSA to test airport scanner operators for radiation
LA Times - After years of rebuffing health concerns over airport scanners, the Transportation Security Administration plans to conduct new tests on the potential radiation exposure from the machines at more than 100 airports nationwide. But the TSA does not plan to retest the machines or passengers. Instead, the agency plans to test its airport security officers to see if they are being exposed to dangerous levels of radiation while working with the scanners.

VIDEO: Want Some Torture with your Peanuts?
A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc. website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers....This bracelet would: take the place of an airline boarding pass, contain personal information about the traveler, be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage, and shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes.

Passengers leave behind over $400,000 in loose change at U.S. security checkpoints annually
Mail Online - If America's airports had a penny for every rushed passenger through security, they wouldn't be near as pleased as they are today. The Transportation Security
Administration says they've collected about $400,000 in abandoned change from passengers emptying their pockets through security checkpoints.

CA company hoarding license-plate data
ABC News - Capitalizing on one of the fastest-growing trends in law enforcement, a private California-based company has compiled a database bulging with more than 550 million license-plate records on both innocent and criminal drivers that can be searched by police. The technology has raised alarms among civil libertarians, who say it threatens the privacy of drivers. It's also evidence that 21st-century technology may be evolving too quickly for the courts and public opinion to keep up. The U.S. Supreme Court is only now addressing whether investigators can secretly attach a GPS monitoring device to cars without a warrant.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

DC Braces For Occupy Congress Protest Jan 17th
Daily Bail - District and federal authorities have asked Occupy Congress organizers to file applications for four separate permits for the January 17 event, which participants say could draw thousands to the District to protest money in politics on the day Congress returns to work. ...Occupy D.C. welcomes its brethren from around the country to "Occupy Congress," a daylong sit-in around Capitol Hill in which the income-inequality movement hopes to make contact with all 535 members of the legislative branch. Why? Because the Occupiers "have had it with Congress' inability to govern and are coming to confront them in person." Peacefully, they say.

US police arrest 8 Occupy protesters
In San Francisco, police arrested at least six people who were demanding an end to role of the Wells Fargo Bank in evictions and foreclosures. The bank occupiers set up a tent, hung banners and demanded a meeting with Wells Fargo CEO John Stump before they were arrested. Meanwhile, two other Occupy protesters were detained in the city of Oakland during a peaceful anti-police rally outside Oakland City Hall on Saturday night.

Economy

VIDEO: WAKE UP AMERICA! - The Real U.S. Budget Problem: Defense & War Spending Equal 94% Of All Federal Income Tax Revenues
Daily Bail - This puts things in perspective. In 2010, the US government collected $898 billion in federal income tax revenues. The same year, we spent $847 billion on useless wars and national defense. That means that 94% of all federal income tax revenue is equivalent to what we spend on the Pentagon.

Vermont lawmakers give staffers $236,830 in taxpayer bonuses
As demands for fiscal austerity dominated debate in Washington, Vermont’s three congressional lawmakers gave their staffers a combined $236,830 in bonuses last year. Many other congressional lawmakers also rewarded staffers with year-end bonuses, and the Vermont lawmakers found other ways to save. Each will return a significant amount of unspent office money — about 10 percent of their budgets — to the federal government.

Pharma major Novartis to layoff 1,960 employees
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG announced Friday it would lay off 1,960 people and will take $1.22 billion in charges to prepare for generic competition to its blood pressure pill, Diovan, and lower sales potential of the drug Tekturna, Bloomberg reported. Most of those who will lose their jobs are pharmaceutical salespeople or work at the company's headquarters in New York City.

Wright-Patterson to lose 234 civilian workers
The U.S. Air Force's 4,500 job cuts have hit Ohio, where the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton is cutting 234 civilian workers, the Dayton Business Journal reports.

Housing Market

Homeowner Takes on BOA for Foreclosure and Mortgage-Backed Security Fraud
Activist Post - Can Bank of America foreclose on a homeowner without showing any evidence that their client actually owns the promissory note? Can a Mortgage-Backed Security sue for damages after they have already been made whole through credit default swaps and a negotiated settlement with the originator of the security? One Georgia couple is about to find out.

DEMOCRATIZE BANKING: Occupy the Neighborhood, How Counties Can Use Land Banks and Eminent Domain
Global Research - An electronic database called MERS has created defects in the chain of title to over half the homes in America. Counties have been cheated out of millions of dollars in recording fees, and their title records are in hopeless disarray. Meanwhile, foreclosed and abandoned homes are blighting neighborhoods. Straightening out the records and restoring the homes to occupancy is clearly in the public interest, and the burden is on local government to do it. But how? New legal developments are presenting some innovative alternatives.

Bank foreclosing on O.J. Simpson's Florida house
MIAMI (AP) -- Like tens of thousands of other Florida homeowners, imprisoned former football star O.J. Simpson is in danger of losing his house to foreclosure.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Tax dollars backing some "risky" energy projects
CBS News - Solar panel maker Solyndra received a $528 million Energy Department loan in 2009 - and went bankrupt last year. The government's risky investment strategy didn't stop there, as a CBS News investigation has uncovered a pattern of cases of the government pouring your tax dollars into clean energy. Take Beacon Power -- a green energy storage company. We were surprised to learn exactly what the Energy Department knew before committing $43 million of your tax dollars.

Valdez, Alaska: 322 Inches of Snow so Far This Winter! DOUBLE normal yearly snowfall
WGRZ NBC 2 - VALDEZ, Alaska (AP) - The city of Valdez continues to dig out from more than 322 inches of snow this winter. That's 168 inches above a normal winter snowfall, the National Weather Service said.

Health

Do You Know Where Your Medicine Came From? Over 40% of Pills Made Overseas - Many in Unregulated Factories
AlterNet - Headaches. Insomnia. Anxiety. American medicine cabinets are packed with remedies for these common maladies. And up to 40 percent of them are manufactured overseas (along with 80 percent of active ingredients for pharmaceuticals). But a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated that in fiscal year 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration visited just 11 percent of the 3,765 foreign factories... (Nearly all the aspirin and vitamin C consumed in the U.S. is made in Chinese plants that never see an inspector.) Here's a look a look at where the stuff in your medicine cabinet comes from...

Critical update to scientific literature: No evidence for effectiveness of anti-depressants in treating mild depression
(NaturalNews) In what is being called a critical update of the current literature, Ulrich Hegerl, MD, of the University of Leipzig in Germany summarizes what current scientific studies have revealed regarding the efficacy of anti-depressant medication in treating mild depression. What does the research add up to? Nothing. That's right. Zip. Dr. Hegerl's analysis included the review of eight separate random clinical trials, the sum of which "does not provide evidence for the efficacy of antidepressants in patients with minor depression."

CDC Increases Pressure on Parents to Vaccinate Kids with Deadly Toxins
Curt Linderman Sr. - NORC (National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago) is currently working closely with CDC to ensure that all of America’s children are fully vaccinated with the toxic, sickness inducing and physically and mentally debilitating cocktail of toxins, carcinogens, DNA animal fragments and viruses through the National Immunization Survey (3). Calls to your home will be coming soon if you have young children or even teenagers.

Want to Reduce Your Heart Risk By a Whopping Percentage?
ANH - No, this doesn’t involve diet or supplements or exercise. One of the most altruistic and easiest things to do is to give blood. But you may not realize just how much it can improve your heart health. “Blood viscosity” is one of the most important, but least understood, factors in cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and a factor in one-third of all deaths. And how thick and sticky your blood is—how much friction your blood creates moving through the blood vessels— is a major factor in determining how much abrasion and damage it does to the lining cells (endothelium) of your arteries.

Miracle food? Cherries can help reverse gout and arthritis inflammation
(NaturalNews) Did you know that cherries can lower levels of inflammation in the body drastically enough to actually alleviate arthritis symptoms and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes? It doesn't even take a super-powerful extract to feel the effect; powdered cherries alone have produced dramatic results. In at least one study, powdered cherry consumption actually led to a change in the functioning of inflammation-regulating genes in mice.

Intermittent, low-carbohydrate diets - more effective than standard diets
(NaturalNews) A new study coming from a team of scientists at the Genesis Prevention Center, University Hospital in South Manchester, England reveals that intermittent, low-carb diets are more efficient in reducing weight and insulin blood levels than regular diets. High levels of insulin are directly linked to the risk of developing cancer and other diseases. The results were presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, which was held December 6-10, 2011.

Was teen prodigy Arfa Karim Randhawa's tragic death caused by pesticides or vaccines?
(NaturalNews) Pesticides have been linked to a whole host of neurological problems that range from hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders to learning disabilities and seizures. In fact, the preliminary results of an ongoing study, led by the University of North Dakota's Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), add to the growing body of evidence linking pesticides to neurological changes associated with Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer's and you guessed it -- epilepsy.

Spiritual Medicine
(NaturalNews) Though I have spent the last 10 years writing about and defining Natural Allopathic Medicine twenty-five years ago I created Biogenic Medicine, which on a diagnostic level, combines many levels of perception into a holistic framework that amplifies medicine's ability to pinpoint the specific challenges, problems and states of disease in each individual. Biogenic Medicine routinely correlates a person's physical problems with emotional disturbances and conflicts that are happening on a deeper level. It grew from my attempts at harmonizing the new and important science of color psychology with ancient Chinese medicine.

New Regulations Threaten Insurance for CAM Patients
An important provision of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires insurance companies to use at least 80% of premium dollars (85% for large employer plans) on healthcare expenses and quality improvement, rather than on sales, overhead, and profits. If they don’t, the insurance companies will be required to provide a rebate to their customers starting in 2012. This requirement is called the Medical Loss Ratio, or MLR. The government estimates that up to 9 million Americans could be eligible for rebates starting in 2012, worth up to $1.4 billion—which is intended to put pressure on the insurance companies to keep their administrative and sales costs as low as possible.

Science & Technology

WEB GOES ON STRIKE!
On January 18th, 2012 the internet is going on strike to stop the web censorship bills in Congress! Now is our moment— we need you to do everything you can, whether you have a website or not. January 18th is going to be amazing. Sites are striking in all different ways, but they are united by this: do the biggest thing you possibly can, and drive contacts to Congress. Put this on your site or automate it by putting this JS into your header, which will start the blackout at 8AM EST. Join the list of already confirmed participants.

Online SOPA Strike to Continue as White House Backs Down
The SOPA strike is set to occur on the same day that Congress will be hearing witnesses such as Reddit's co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, voice their concerns about SOPA and PIPA before the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.... The online strike is set to continue despite this weekend's statement from the White House contending that it would not "support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet." (Joint statement prepared by: Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra, Howard Schmidt.) "We have no indication that SOPA is fully off the table. PIPA is still alive and kicking. We need to send Washington a BIG message." — Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia Founder.

Mystery persists over Russian spacecraft fall site
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian officials say they still have no firm information where a failed Mars moon probe plummeted to Earth, the day after it went down.

Wikipedia may black out Wednesday in protest
Wikipedia may black out its website Wednesday to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced on Twitter Monday that the popular community-based online encyclopedia will shut down its English versions for 24 hours in protest. Users of the site have discussed for more than a month whether it should react to the legislation and in the past few days, tried to decide how.

Zappos Says Hackers Accessed 24 Million Customers' Account Details
Forbes - The Amazon-owned e-commerce firm has revealed that it was the target of a cyber attack that gained access to its internal network, including the accounts of 24 million of its users. Though the company says that no complete credit card numbers were revealed in the breach, the intruders may have accessed customers’ names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, addresses, the last four digits of their credit card numbers, and encrypted passwords.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: Farming Compassion: A Glimpse into Life at a Farm Animal Rescue Center
Not all animals are there for meat or milk. Some "rescue farms" let animals live for their own sakes. This is what it looks like.
 


Today in History - Monday - January 16, 2012 - (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
1809 - The British defeated the French at the Battle of Corunna, in the Peninsular War.
1866 - Mr. Everett Barney patented the metal screw, clamp skate.
1883 - The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect.
1900 - The U.S. Senate consented to the Anglo-German treaty of 1899, by which the U.K. renounced rights to the Samoan islands.
1919 - The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited the sale or transportation of alcoholic beverages, was ratified. It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.
1920 - Prohibition went into effect in the U.S.
1925 - Leon Trotsky was dismissed as Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of the USSR.
1944 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.
1970 - Colonel Muammar el-Quaddafi became virtual president of Libya.
1979 - The Shah of Iran and his family fled Iran for Egypt.
1982 - Britain and the Vatican resumed full diplomatic relations after a break of over 400 years.
1998 - Researchers announce that an altered gene helped to defend against HIV.
1991 - The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm. The operation was designed to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
1992 - Officials of the government of El Salvador and rebel leaders signed a pact in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war. At least 75,000 people were killed during the fighting.
1997 - Bill Cosby's only son, Ennis, 27, was shot to death while changing a flat tire on a dark road in Los Angeles, CA.
1998 - The first woman to enroll at Virginia Military Institute withdrew from the school.
1998 - NASA officially announced that John Glenn would fly aboard the space shuttle Discovery in October.
1998 - It was announced that Texas would receive $15.3 billion in a tobacco industry settlement. The payouts were planned to take place over 25 years.
1998 - Three federal judges secretly granted Kenneth Starr authority to probe whether U.S. President Clinton or Vernon Jordan urged Monica Lewinsky to lie about her relationship with Clinton.
2000 - Ricardo Lagos was elected Chile's first socialist president since Salvador Allende.
2002 - In Grundy, VA, student killed three and wounding three others at the Appalachian School of Law.
2002 - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that John Walker Lindh would be brought to the United States to face trial. He was charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA, with conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorist organizations, and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban of Afghanistan.
2002 - The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted sanctions against Osama bin Laden, his terror network and the remnants of the Taliban. The sanctions required that all nations impose arms embargoes and freeze their finances.
2009 - The iTunes Music Store reached 500 million applications downloaded.

World News

S&P, Greek standoff pressure euro zone to boost defenses
LONDON (Reuters) - Mass euro zone ratings downgrades are unlikely to shake up investors too much, but with Greek debt talks at an impasse, pressure has been loaded on the bloc to shore up its defenses and glimmers of optimism from last week have been firmly doused.

Iran Inspection Trip Planned in Late January
GSN - The International Atomic Energy Agency is set to dispatch a high-level delegation to the Iranian capital on Jan. 28 in an effort to address concerns that the Middle Eastern nation's atomic activities could support nuclear-weapon development, diplomatic officials told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Russian space probe crashes into Pacific
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space probe designed to boost the nation's pride on a bold mission to a moon of Mars has come down in flames, showering fragments into the south Pacific west of Chile's coast, officials said.... The $170 million craft was one of the heaviest and most toxic pieces of space junk ever to crash to Earth, but space officials and experts said the risks posed by its crash were minimal because the toxic rocket fuel on board and most of the craft's structure would burn up in the atmosphere high above the ground anyway.

VIDEO: S&P adds to eurozone woes, downgrading France and 8 others
RT - Standard & Poor’s rating agency has downgraded sterling AAA credit rating of Europe's second-largest economy, France. Austria, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia have also seen their rating cut one notch, while Cyprus, Italy, Spain and Portugal have dropped two positions. Austria had also previously held a top AAA rating. Earlier on Friday the rumors of a downgrade had already sent markets plunging. The US-based rating agency justified its decision pointing to a combination of economic and financial factors along with “insufficient” measures taken by European leaders in dealing with the crisis.

Israeli agents posed as CIA to recruit terrorists
RT - The buddy-buddy relationship between American and Israel could falter as it is revealed that Mossad intelligence officers posed as CIA agents in order to recruit and train Iranian terrorists, all unbeknown to US authorities. American intelligence officials have come clean with details surrounding Israel’s attempt to infiltrate the network of the Iranian terrorist group Jundallah. According to internal memos just released, Washington was initially unaware that agents working for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, were recruiting Iranian terrorists under the guise that they would be hired and trained by the CIA.

Iran ‘has evidence’ CIA masterminded nuke scientist murder
RT - Iran has sent two “letters of condemnation” in the wake of Wednesday’s killing of yet another Iranian nuclear scientist. Tehran is demanding a response from Washington and London for the attack, which was “guided” by the CIA and “assisted” by MI6. "We have reliable documents and evidence that this terrorist act was planned, guided and supported by the CIA," the Iranian foreign ministry said in a rare letter handed to the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, according to state television.

U.S. army chief heads to Israel as fears over attack on Iran mount
Haaretz - Visit comes as U.S. attempts to determine Israel’s intentions with regard to a possible attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Thursday for talks with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, and other senior defense and intelligence officials. The visit comes as the United States attempts to coordinate with Israel on the issue of Iran's nuclear capabilities, and to determine Israel's intentions with regard to a possible attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.

‘Obama ready to give Iran strike order’
Press TV - Sen. Joe Lieberman says Obama is prepared to order a military attack on Iran if sanctions fail to stop Tehran’s nuclear program. "[Obama] is definitely capable of ordering a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities," Joe Lieberman (I-CT) told The Cable in a Friday interview. "I don't know that the president will order a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities even if the sanctions don't work, but I know that he's capable of doing that and I believe he's prepared to do that," Lieberman said, adding that he doesn't think Obama would ever send ground troops to Iran.

Give peace a chance? US and Israel postpone largest joint drill
RT - “Austere Challenge 12”, the US-Israel joint-missile defense drill, has been postponed till the summer at the earliest, according to Israeli media. Some link the move to Washington’s growing concern Israel may be planning a unilateral attack on Iran. The drill, originally set for April, was intended to create a high level of interoperability between the two countries’ missile defense systems. Thousands of US troops would be deployed in Israel to be joined by an equal number of Israeli soldiers. It would also be the first time a top US commander (Admiral James Stavridis of the US European Command) has been assigned to participate in the simulations.

Russia: “Should Anything Happen to Iran … This Will Be a Direct Threat to Our National Security”
Washington’s Blog - Russia and China would consider an attack on Iran – Or Syria – as an attack on their national security. The escalating conflict around Iran should be contained by common effort, otherwise the promising Arab Spring will grow into a “scorching Arab Summer,” says Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s deputy prime minister and former envoy to NATO. “Iran is our close neighbor, just south of the Caucasus. Should anything happen to Iran, should Iran get drawn into any political or military hardships, this will be a direct threat to our national security,” stressed Rogozin.

VIDEO: 'Qatar is aligned with US in destabilizing Syria’
RT - The emir of Qatar has become the first Arab leader to voice support for military intervention in Syria should the bloodshed continue there. Does that mean Doha is aligned with the West’s agenda in the region? Sheikh Hamd bin Khalifa Al Thani made the statement during his interview with US news channel CBS. Speaking about the conflict in Syria, Sheik Hamad said “For such a situation to stop the killing, some troops should go to stop the killing.”

Chile’s Desaparecidos and Obama’s NDAA
Kurt Nimmo - Ominous parallels as the number of political executions in Pinochet’s Chile grows. Investigative journalists in Chile have uncovered a number of previously unreported political executions under General Pinochet’s reign of terror, including the execution of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. More than 3,000 Chileans were “disappeared” after the CIA-plotted coup in Chile. Investigative journalists at ArchivosChile patched together files from the Legal Medical Service, the General Cemetery, the Civil Registry and the Military Prosecutors. They discovered 890 politically motivated deaths between Sept. 11 and the end of December 1973, according to the Santiago Times.

Indian authorities demand censorship from Google and Facebook
RT - The Indian government has sanctioned the prosecution of 21 web companies, including giants Google and Facebook, for publishing offensive content, warning that it will block the websites “like in China” if no pre-moderation takes place. An Indian judge ruled that some content available through the sites conflicts with “national harmony, integration and national interest." Other web giants facing charges include Microsoft, Yahoo and YouTube.

India Slams Monsanto with Unprecedented ‘Biopiracy’ Charges
Activist Post - India has joined the conglomerate of nations directly opposed to the agricultural corruption brought upon by bloated biotechnology giant Monsanto, declaring legal action against the corporation for a crime dubbed ‘biopiracy‘. The charges were brought against Monsanto for utilizing a local eggplant variety to develop their own genetically modified version including the notorious biopesticide Bt. Monsanto’s Bt GMO crops are known to threaten the environment in addition to human health, and India considers Monsanto’s unauthorized testing of the crops to be biopiracy.

INVASION OF THE 'TALL TAX' - Tall flier decries extra legroom fee, charged $50 extra EACH CONNECTION FLIGHT - $200 total on trip
CNN - Johnson flies on the airline from Edmonton to France twice a year, but since there are no direct flights available, the journey usually requires four legs for a round-trip. He was always able to get a fairly comfortable seat at no charge, but that changed when the carrier implemented the fee about two years ago. Air Canada charges up to $50 for a coach seat with extra legroom on each flight, so Johnson ends up paying $200 extra, he said. If his wife comes along and wants to sit next to him, the couple ends up paying $400 extra.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Now! South Carolina Battle of Cowpens Money Bomb January 14 - 17
Almost half way there for Tuesday's deadline. Over $1, 300,000 raised so far.

Ron Paul Receives Pivotal Endorsement of South Carolina State Senator Tom Davis
COLUMBIA, SC – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul received today the key endorsement of tea party favorite and South Carolina political heavyweight, state Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort). The consequential endorsement took place at a press conference at 6:00 p.m. EST at the Palisades Conference Center, located in Myrtle Beach. Sen. Davis is the most influential fiscal conservative in the South Carolina General Assembly and his endorsement virtually assures that fiscal conservatives in the “First in the South” primary state will take notice. His endorsement also is viewed as a political game-changer by many in South Carolina Republican Party circles.

VIDEO: Huntsman to Drop Out of GOP Race; Will Endorse Romney
Jon Huntsman will drop out of the Republican presidential race on Monday, a campaign spokesman told ABC News. A source close to the Huntsman campaign said the former ambassador to China and Utah governor was “proud of the race that he ran” but “did not want to stand in the way” of rival Mitt Romney, the current front-runner for the Republican nomination.
Economy

Layoff in US banking industry to put more than 80,000 out of work
Press TV - While it seems less Americans are on unemployment lines lately the same cannot be said about people in the U.S. Banking industry. The nation's largest financial institutions have announced layoffs in the coming weeks that will put more than 80 thousand men and women - out of work. Aaron Elstein reports on the banking industry for Crain's New York business magazine. He says banks are still struggling to control costs, while burdened with debt - in an economy that continues to yield little or no growth. The ongoing US Economic crisis has created an atmosphere of caution in the banking sector. Big deals worth billions of dollars - once a regular occurrence on Wall Street - are now a rarity.

South Carolina Debate Sponsored by Fox News and SCRP
Congressman Ron Paul will attend the Fox News and South Carolina Republican Party Debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Monday, January 16th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

VIDEO: Paul tells CNN $10 - 20 million needed; don't have yet. Are we gonna give it to him?
Hollis NH, January 9 2012 - Also, In this video CNN Dana Bash gets cut off for being rude.

Ron Paul is winner in Texas straw poll
January 14th, 2012 - Results were in Saturday evening for the Saddle Up Texas Straw Poll, with Ron Paul finishing strongly and a weak showing for the state's own governor. In-person voting took place over the last few days in Houston, but anyone statewide could participate through a text option. There were 707 paper ballots counted, with Ron Paul finishing in first place with nearly 28 percent of the votes. 1. Ron Paul 27.9%, 2. Newt Gingrich 23.8% 3. Rick Santorum 21.2% 4. Rick Perry 19.4% 5. Mitt Romney 6.6% 6. Jon Huntsman 1.1% More than 3,300 people voted by text, and this time Ron Paul was the clear winner, with more than 54% support.

Retired Army Intelligence Col. on Freedom Watch: ‘Ron Paul’s Policy is Accurate’
Intel Hub - Retired Army Intelligence Col. Anthony Schafer (Author of Operation Dark Heart) recently stated on Judge Napolitano’s show (FOX News); “I think Ron Paul’s policy is the most accurate in what we face as a nation moving forward.” Col. Shaffer also noted; “I believe they (Iran) already have at least 2 nuclear warheads and they are looking at EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) weapons as well.”

Recipe for Vote Fraud: Global Internet Voting Firm Buys U.S. Election Results Reporting Firm
Bev Harris - The world’s dominant Internet voting company has purchased the USA’s dominant election results reporting company. In a major step towards global centralization of election processes, the world’s dominant Internet voting company has purchased the USA’s dominant election results reporting company. When you view your local or state election results on the Internet, on portals which often appear to be owned by the county elections division, in over 525 US jurisdictions you are actually redirected to a private corporate site controlled by SOE software, which operates under the name ClarityElections.com.

YouTube: Ron Paul on Larry Kudlow
CNBC 1/13/12

Ron Paul's Open Door, Interviewed by a 5th Grader!
Daily Paul - When I saw the headlines and video clips where the media portrayed Ron Paul as shunning a NH voter at the crowded restaurant, it has prompted me to share an experience that others should hear.

VIDEO: When Mitt Romney Came To Town
Mitt Romney became CEO of Bain Capital the day the company was formed. His mission was to reap massive rewards for himself and his investors. Romney took foreign seed money from Latin America and began a pattern of exploiting dozens of American businesses. This film will highlight just four of Romney's many targets. Four businesses and thousands of employees who worked there. A story of greed, playing the system for a quick buck. A group of corporate raiders led by Mitt Romney, more ruthless than Wall Street. For tens of thousands of Americans, the suffering began when Mitt Romney came to town.

Bain Capital Owns Clear Channel (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Etc.)
American Dream - Clear Channel owns more radio stations (850) than anyone else in the United States. They also own Premiere Radio Networks, the company that syndicates the radio shows of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck, among others.... So who owns Clear Channel? Well, it turns out that Bain Capital is one of the primary owners of Clear Channel.... The company that Mitt Romney ran for so long is one of the "big bosses" over virtually all conservative talk radio in America. Of course Mitt Romney is not running Bain Capital anymore. He is a "retired partner", but he still has a huge financial stake in Bain Capital.

Judge rejects bid by Perry, Gingrich, Santorum and Huntsman to get on Virginia's primary ballot
RICHMOND, Va. — A federal judge Friday refused to add Texas Gov. Rick Perry and three other candidates to Virginia's Republican presidential primary ballot, ruling they waited too long to challenge the state's ballot-qualifying law. After a nearly four-hour hearing, U.S. District Judge John Gibney said if the candidates thought the law was unconstitutional, they should have challenged it when they first began their campaigns in the state rather than waiting until after they failed to qualify. "In essence, they played the game, they lost, then they complained about the rules," Gibney said.

The Enemy Expatriation Act: No different than the Nazi Nuremberg Laws
Brian D. Hill - The Enemy Expatriation Act (H.R. 3166; S. 1698), an act that the U.S. Congress is now considering, that will allow the U.S. Government to take away citizenship of anybody that is considered a hostile enemy or supporting hostility towards the U.S. Government, is similar to the Nazi Factions Nuremberg laws where Adolf Hitler took away Germans citizenship based on race, bloodtypes, and those against the Hitler regime. “If the Enemy Expatriation Act passes in its current form, the legislation will let the government strike away citizenship for anyone engaged in hostilities, or supporting hostilities, against the United States” in a news article by RussiaToday News.

10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free
Washington Post - Every year, the State Department issues reports on individual rights in other countries, monitoring the passage of restrictive laws and regulations around the world. Iran, for example, has been criticized for denying fair public trials and limiting privacy, while Russia has been taken to task for undermining due process. Other countries have been condemned for the use of secret evidence and torture. Even as we pass judgment on countries we consider unfree, Americans remain confident that any definition of a free nation must include their own — the land of free.

Now, Operation White Gun: Another ATF Weapons Op Under Scrutiny
L.A. Times - In the late summer of 2010, the ATF agent leading the failed Fast and Furious gun-smuggling operation in Arizona flew to Mexico City to help coordinate cross-border investigations of U.S. weapons used by Mexican drug cartels. Hope A. MacAllister wanted access to police and military vaults for American weapons recovered by Mexican authorities in raids and at crime scenes. She especially was interested in firearms from another ATF investigation, code-named White Gun, that she was running. Now members of Congress who have spent months scrutinizing the Fast and Furious debacle are seeking to determine whether White Gun was another weapons investigation gone wrong.

Fast and Furious lawsuit: Judge upholds reporting by gun store owners
Reuters - A U.S. judge on Friday, in a victory for the Obama administration, upheld new federal rules requiring gun dealers in four states bordering Mexico to report the sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles, despite a challenge by the gun industry. The administration issued the reporting requirements last year despite opposition from the gun industry as part of a stepped-up effort to clamp down on the weapons flowing across the border to violent drug cartels in Mexico.

Wrongfully accused in L.A.: ID glitches see hundreds jailed who shouldn't be
(NaturalNews) A Los Angeles Times study found that more than 1,480 times over the past half-decade, the sheriff's department wrongfully incarcerated people, with the reasons ranging from overlooking fingerprint records to working off of records that were incomplete. Granted, Los Angeles County has a large population so it may seem like the number - about 1,500 people - is small in comparison. But the Times study found that the wrongful imprisonments were occurring so frequently, sometimes one person per day was being hauled in, though they were literally innocent of the charges.

TSA agents steal $40,000 from passenger luggage; sentenced to only five months in prison
(NaturalNews) The Associated Press reports that two former TSA screeners, 44-year-old Coumar Persad and 31-year-old Davon Webb, both of which worked at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, have pleaded guilty to grand larceny, obstructing governmental administration, and official misconduct, for stealing nearly $40,000 from an airport traveler's luggage. But rather than receive a normal prison sentence for such crimes, the two were sentenced to just six months in prison with five years of probation.

Woman put in jail for being poor
RT - The recession ruined Linda Ruggles’ business and she has been selling plasma twice a week since to make ends meet. The blood bank couldn’t bail her out from behind bars though, which is where she ended up after she couldn’t pay a $480 fine. That fine, say cops in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, came about because Linda Ruggles had a messy yard.... “I told everyone, ‘If I had $480 to pay the fine, I'd fix the roof,’"' she told Charleston, South Carolina ‘s Post and Courier.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

MLK, Occupy and End The Fed
Intel Hub - The big difference I see between Martin Luther King Jr. (at the beginning of his career as an activist) and Occupy Wall Street (at the beginning of their collective “career”) is that everyone knew what MLK wanted, but nobody seems to know what Occupy wants. The people who drive by screaming, “Get a job!” are a testament to this. The infamous “OccupySLO Pwns Hecklers” video is a testament to this. Everyone seems to think Occupy wants a handout. And maybe some do, but the ones I’ve talked to don’t. In fact, most of the ones I’ve talked to at Occupy SLO are more interested in getting America back on Constitutional track and don’t necessarily 100% endorse the 99% mandates handed down by Occupy Wall Street.

Economy

Beyond the Cashless Society: IBM's Vision for the Future
Activist Post - Fresh on the heels of India’s massive databasing program that is set to encompass all 1.2 billion members of its population, recent announcements by IBM should be drawing the attention of some 300 million Americans. IBM’s “IBM 5 in 5” predictions reveal part of a goal that has been discussed for some time, yet too often continues to be dismissed as mere conspiracy theory. This goal is for biometric data such as fingerprints, iris scans, and voice recognition to not only become commonplace amongst the general public, but soon to replace all other forms of identification. Even more startling, the next level of technology is set for release which will link the human brain directly to the digital world, enabling the user to control their reality purely by thought.

Shop the Local Merchant Economy
Intel Hub - Buying at large box stores is a way of life for many consumers. Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Target are routine locations to spend your hard-earned dollars on items of necessity. However, what happens to the profits when the sale is completed and the bills are paid? Does the money stay in the local community, where the transactions are generated, or are they filtered off to the treasury of public companies that dominate the economy? The pitiful answer, well known to the chagrin of the small business enterprises, is a prime reason why the middle class is vanishing.

Will Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread, and Twinkies disappear? Hostess Brands to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy, again
(NaturalNews) Just a few years after barely climbing out of an earlier bankruptcy filing from 2004, Hostess Brands has announced that it is once again filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Wall Street Journal reports that skyrocketing debt and unsustainable labor costs have driven the company's cost structure to out-of-control levels, which have made it difficult for Hostess to maintain a competitive business in today's economic environment.

Housing Market

Northwest Trustee Services squeezes more profits from home foreclosures with one-stop model
The Bellevue, Wash.-based company and its affiliates have in the past two years bought or started up six weekly newspapers in the Northwest. It could buy as many as 50 more in the Western states, said Rim co-founder Stephen Routh. Strangely, the moves have more to do with the booming and controversial business of home foreclosures than with journalism. Routh is also CEO of Bellevue-based Northwest Trustee Services Inc., whose one-stop shopping business model has made it the largest foreclosure trustee in the region. Owning newspapers will reduce costs for Northwest Trustee's lender clients and could make foreclosures more profitable for Routh's firm.

Energy & Environment

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk: Outrageous Overreach of the EPA
Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 1/16/12.

Supreme Court Justices Blast EPA For Thwarting Couple From Building On Protected Wetlands
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several conservative members of the Supreme Court criticized the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners after the government told an Idaho couple they can't challenge an order declaring their future home site a "protected wetlands." Justice Antonin Scalia assailed the "high-handedness" of the environmental agency when dealing with private property, and Justice Samuel Alito described some of the EPA's actions as "outrageous," arguing that most people would say "this kind of thing can't happen in the United States."

The Chemtrail Business
Intel Hub - The spraying itself is carried out by the U.S. military; probably the Air Force. The orders mostly come from Wall Street. The military man or men in charge of the operation take orders from an intelligence agency. The people giving orders from the intelligence agency’s headquarters are taking orders from Wall Street. To make a buck, energy companies, insurance companies, big banks and other catastrophe reinsurance and weather derivatives market players direct the military in their chemtrail spraying activities. Ultimately, the taxpayer pays for it all through bailouts. Geoengineers serve as consultants to both intelligence agencies and the military. This is the theory I am entertaining.

Health

Thyroid cancer cases rise, baffle doctors
US Today - National Cancer Institute statistics suggest that in recent years the number of cases of this often curable cancer has increased by about 6.5%. Over a decade, that has added up to make thyroid cancer the fastest-increasing cancer, says Tod Huntley, an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon with the Center for Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Indianapolis.... Obesity, radiation exposure and diets low in fruits and vegetables are three potential culprits, Huntley says. People who are overweight have a 20% increase in thyroid cancer; those who are obese have a 53% increase. The more dental X-rays a person has, the higher the risk, studies show.

PepsiCo says finds trace fungicide in orange juice
CHICAGO (Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc said company tests of its Tropicana orange juice showed low levels of a potentially dangerous fungicide, but levels were below federal safety concerns and did not pose a health risk. The company said in a statement on Saturday it was conducting additional tests after the Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday that it would temporarily halt orange juice imports and remove any juice found to have dangerous amounts of the fungicide carbendazim. The scare was triggered when soft-drink giant Coca-Cola Co, maker of Minute Maid orange juice, said it had discovered carbendazim in shipments from Brazil and alerted U.S. authorities about a potential industry-wide problem.

The Very Real Danger of Genetically Modified Foods
New research shows that when we eat we're consuming more than just vitamins and protein. Our bodies are absorbing information, or microRNA. Chinese researchers have found small pieces of rice ribonucleic acid (RNA) in the blood and organs of humans who eat rice. The Nanjing University-based team showed that this genetic material will bind to receptors in human liver cells and influence the uptake of cholesterol from the blood. The type of RNA in question is called microRNA (abbreviated to miRNA) due to its small size. MiRNAs have been studied extensively since their discovery ten years ago, and have been implicated as players in several human diseases including cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetes. They usually function by turning down or shutting down certain genes. The Chinese research provides the first in vivo example of ingested plant miRNA surviving digestion and
influencing human cell function in this way.

How to Tell if Your Doctor is on the Drug Industries' Payroll
Dr. Mercola - An ongoing investigation by ProPublica revealed 12 drug companies paid more than $761 million to physicians for consulting, speaking, research and other expenses in 2009, 2010 and, for some, the beginning of 2011. The $761 million represents only the disclosed payments. In all actuality, the figure is probably much higher.... In March 2013, drug and medical device companies will be required to report and disclose all payments (including stock options, research grants, knickknacks, consulting fees, travel expenses and more) to physicians, and the information will be displayed in a searchable online government database come September 2013. To Search ProPublica's database CLICK HERE!!

PRODUCE COLLAPSE: Apple juice made in America? Think again - 85% imported
NEW YORK (AP) — Which food revelation was more shocking this week? Did it blow you away that low levels of a fungicide that isn't approved in the U.S. were discovered in some orange juice sold here? Yawn. Or was it the news that Brazil, where the fungicide-laced juice originated, produces a good portion of the orange pulpy stuff we drink? Gasp! While the former may have sent prices for orange juice for delivery in March down 5.3 percent earlier this week, the latter came as a bombshell to some "Buy American" supporters. But that's not the only surprise lurking in government data about where the food we eat comes from.

Processed Meats Skyrocket Your Risk of Cancer
Natural Society - A recent study conducted by Swedish researchers has shown a further link between processed meats such as sausage or bacon and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. This kind of connection is not necessarily new, but the study provides further evidence that indulging in processed meats may not be the greatest decision for your health. The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, analyzed data from 11 clinical trials which involved 6,643 individuals struck with pancreatic cancer.

Bed, Bath & Beyond pulls radioactive tissue holders off shelves
(NaturalNews) The Bed, Bath & Beyond company has announced that it is pulling all Dual Ridge Metal Boutique tissue holders, model number DR9M, from its website, and from the 200 stores across the US and Canada that have been selling the product since July, after the products were discovered to be radioactive. Though they claim the holders are not a health threat, officials are still urging everyone who purchased the tainted holder to return them to Bed, Bath & Beyond for a refund.

Natural cranberry juice more effective than pills for fighting infections
(NaturalNews) A new study from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts confirms that natural cranberry juice is more effective in fighting infections than pills containing concentrated doses of the flavonoids found in cranberries. The study published in the Food Science and Biotechnology journal was led by Dr. Terri Camesano, professor of chemical engineering.

Grapes May Help Prevent Age-Related Blindness
Can eating grapes slow or help prevent the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a debilitating condition affecting millions of elderly people worldwide? Results from a new study published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine suggest this might be the case. The antioxidant actions of grapes are believed to be responsible for these protective effects.

Add some spice to your food and boost your disease-prevention power
We often hear about the health benefits of eating more fruits and veggies, getting a little more exercise, or getting your weight down, but did you know that adding more spices and herbs to your food can reduce inflammation and also reduce your risk of chronic disease? ... In the past 50 years, we have come to understand that cancer and other chronic illnesses may be due to damage or dysregulation of some of our genes. It has only been in the past decade, however, that scientists have discovered that many nutrients in foods, including spices, can prevent these genetic changes and reduce our risk for some of these diseases.

Four easy ways to circulate your lymphatic fluid
(NaturalNews) Everyone knows that the circulatory system has a very famous, much loved central component called the heart. The heart works non-stop 24/7 for an entire lifetime circulating blood. The lymphatic system is a specialized component of the circulatory system that doesn't have the advantage of a central pump. The flow inside the lymphatic vessels is unidirectional because of one-way valves that keep the lymph from traveling backwards but the circulation depends largely on movement.

Fish and walnuts can help speed up recovery after injury, research confirms; Omega-3 fatty acids are key
NY Daily News - The new study, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, has found that omega-3 fatty acids could play a significant role in preventing and protecting nerves from injury. Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London focused on peripheral nerve cells which transmit signals between the brain and the spinal cord and the rest of the body. After injury, these cells are able to regenerate provided the damage is minor.

Fish makes infants less vulnerable to allergies
(NaturalNews) According to a study published in Acta Paediatrica, feeding fish to infants under the age of nine months lowers their chances of developing preschool wheeze and asthma. At the same time, treatments based on broad spectrum antibiotics increase the risk of wheezing, asthma and allergic reactions. The large scale research was conducted by a team of Swedish scientists led by Emma Goksor from the Queen Silvia Children's Hospital in Gothenburg.

Are schools making kids sick?
CNN - Figures are hard to come by, but studies have estimated that a third or more of U.S. schools have mold, dust and other indoor air problems serious enough to provoke respiratory issues like asthma in students and teachers. A national survey of school nurses found that 40% knew children and staff adversely affected by indoor pollutants. Indoor air affects more than health. A growing body of research suggests students also perform better in schools with healthier air.

VIDEO: Mountain Dew can dissolve a mouse, says PepsiCo lawyers
Natural News TV - Health Ranger Mike Adams and Jonathan Landsman from NaturalHealth365.com discuss a lawsuit from a man that claims he found a dead mouse in a can of Mountain Dew. PepsiCo, the company that produces Mountain Dew, is asking the Wisconsin judge to throw out a lawsuit against the company's soda drink by claiming the acid and other chemicals inside the drink would turn the mouse into a jelly-like substance!

Science & Technology

Scientists On Track to Develop ‘Exercise Mimicking’ Pill
Natural Society - Scientists have reportedly discovered a key protein in muscle that is responsible for the healthy benefits of exercise, improving blood sugar and targeting unwanted fat. Naming the newly identified exercise 'key' after Iris (the messenger of the Greek gods), scientists have yet to unlock the potential benefits in humans. For now, researchers have only managed to exhibit the effects in mice, though a future exercise-mimicking pill or medical intervention could be on the timetable.

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) shelved until ‘consensus’ is found
The Hill - House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said early Saturday morning that Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) promised him the House will not vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) unless there is consensus on the bill. "While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House," Issa said in a statement. "Majority Leader Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote."

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: The Food vs. Fuel
RT - It seems the new American way involves a process that is not just from farm to food, but from farm to fuel. In the name of a cleaner environment ethanol has, over the years, become very political, being blamed for everything from the power of the state of Iowa to world hunger. It’s growth has been largely due to a policy by the U.S. government- a federal subsidy paid to oil companies to incentivize them to use corn ethanol in their gasoline that is then sold to consumers at gas stations across the country. It lasted 33 years and cost more than 20 billion dollars.

Teenage bee keeper on a mission to save the bees from colony collapse disorder
(NaturalNews) A bright, hyperactive boy named Henry Miller undertook an unusual mission at the age of eleven. The mission was unusual because he was so young and new to country life. His family had moved from urban Los Angeles to a rural spot in Washington State when Henry was ten. His adopted mission was to contribute to the honey bees survival. He started his own bee keeping and turned it into a family business producing raw honey on their small run down farm outside of Bethingham, Washington.

Pet News

Are You Making This Mistake When Your Pet Misbehaves?
Dr. Becker - Most dog owners are at some point faced with a problem behavior in their otherwise adorable four-legged buddy. When a troubling behavior arises in your pet, the first thing you should do is make an appointment with your vet to rule out an underlying physical cause for the behavior. Pain can create or exacerbate undesirable behavior in animals. So can a metabolic disorder, which is any disruption of the conversion of food to energy at the cellular level.

Humor

YouTube: Mitt the Ripper
Colbert Super PAC Ad.


Today in History - Friday - January 13, 2012
1794 - U.S. President Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
1900 - In Austria-Hungary, Emperor Franz Joseph decreed that German would be the language of the imperial army to combat Czech nationalism.
1906 - Hugh Gernsback, of the Electro Importing Company, advertised radio receivers for sale for the price of just $7.50 in "Scientific American" magazine.
1928 - Ernst F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of television.
1942 - Henry Ford patented the plastic automobile, which allowed for a 30% decrease in car weight.
1966 - Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member. He was appointed Sec. of Housing and Urban Development by U.S. President Johnson.
1982 - An Air Florida 737 crashed into the capital's 14th Street Bridge after takeoff and fell into the Potomac River. 78 people were killed.
1989 - Bernhard H. Goetz was sentenced to one year in prison for possession of an unlicensed gun that he used to shoot four youths he claimed were about to rob him. He was freed the following September.
1990 - L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation's first elected black governor, took the oath of office in Richmond.
1992 - Japan apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II.
1998 - NBC agreed to pay almost $13 million for each episode of the TV show E.R. It was the highest amount ever paid for a TV show.
1998 - One of the 110 missing episodes of the British TV show "Doctor Who" was found in New Zealand.
1999 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) announced his retirement from the NBA.
2002 - The exhibit "In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." opened at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. More than 100 artists supplied the collection of 120 works of art.
2002 - Japan and Singapore signed a free trade pact that would remove tariffs on almost all goods traded between the two countries.
2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush fainted after choking on a pretzel.
2009 - Ethiopian military forces began pulling out of Somalia, where they had tried to maintain order for nearly two years.

World News

‘Israel pushing US to attack Iran’
RT - Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev has said the threat of a US military attack against Iran, heavily supported by the US Israeli lobby, is escalating. Patrushev, who served as Director of Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB from 1999 to 2008, believes the United States may get itself involved in yet another war, at least partially due to Israeli influence. "There is a likelihood of a military conflict escalation, to which the Americans are being pushed by Israel," he said in an interview with Interfax.

U.S. warns of possible "terrorist" attack on Bangkok
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The U.S. embassy in Thailand warned on Friday that "foreign terrorists" could be looking to conduct attacks in areas of the capital, Bangkok, frequented by tourists and told its citizens in a message to be careful. Walter Braunohler, spokesman at the embassy, declined to give further details but said: "We're warning all U.S. citizens to take caution when visiting public areas where Western tourists are known to gather in Bangkok."

VIDEO: 'Majority of Gitmo prisoners innocent’
RT - Protests have marked 10 years since the first prisoners were sent to America’s most controversial prison – Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Barack Obama's promise on his first day in office to close it down remains unfulfilled. Wednesday, 11 January 2012, is probably just another day for the inmates of Guantanamo Bay. They may not even know that people around the world are campaigning for them. But as far afield as London, demonstrations are held to demand the release of the 171 men still held without trial in the Cuban camp, some for the entire 10 years.

Fiji government bans all non-fluoridated toothpastes, threatens legal action against anyone who violates new restrictions
(NaturalNews) Health freedom in the South Pacific nation of Fiji has taken an extreme turn for the worst with newly enacted government legislation that has banned the market and sale of any toothpastes that do not contain added fluoride chemicals. The Fiji Times reports that, effective January 1, 2012, fluoridated toothpastes will be the only toothpastes allowed on the market, and that anyone caught selling fluoride-free toothpaste will be prosecuted.

Iran's oil at a discount
CNN - As Japan, South Korea and European counties wean themselves from Iranian crude, the country could be forced to sell its oil for 10% to 15% less. In fact, the bargaining has already begun, two analysts said. China, the largest buyer of Iranian oil, has sharply reduced its imports from Iran over the past two months. But it hasn't been in sympathy with U.S. efforts to pressure Iran on its nuclear efforts. Rather, China believes it can negotiate a lower price.

VIDEO: Director of Iranian nuclear program is assassinated
London Telegraph - Wednesday's target was Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, killed in his vehicle in front of a university campus in east Tehran. A chemist by training, he was a deputy director at Iran's main uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, a role given to him because of his expertise in gas separation technology, a technique vital to the enrichment process. He was the fifth Iranian nuclear scientist to be targeted in the past two years and the fourth to die.

VIDEO: Newspaper Calls for Killing Israelis in Retaliation for Nuke Scientist Assassination
Kurt Nimmo - An influential Iranian newspaper has called for killing Israelis following the assassination of a chemistry expert and the director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan. Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor of the Kayhan newspaper, who was appointed by the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, asked why Iran is not targeting Israelis. “Israeli military chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz in his recent remarks spoke about damaging Iran’s nuclear program,” he wrote. “Assassinations of Israeli military and officials are easily possible.”

Three US Warships To Patrol Waters Near Strait of Hormuz
Paul Joseph Watson - Pentagon denies movement of aircraft carriers is linked to Iran tensions. A total of three US warships will patrol the waters surrounding the Strait of Hormuz following confirmation that a third aircraft carrier strike group is being sent to the Arabian Sea as tensions with Iran rise. “Another carrier strike group, led by the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, concluded a port visit to Thailand on Tuesday and was now in the Indian Ocean. It is on track to join the Vinson in the Central Command area of operations, which begins in the neighboring Arabian Sea,” reports Reuters. The USS Lincoln and the USS Vinson will join the USS John C. Stennis strike group which is already in the region.

High Level Contacts Between State Department and Muslim Brotherhood
Kurt Nimmo - Deputy Secretary of State urges Egypt and Muslim Brotherhood to cooperate with the IMF. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns has met with Mohammed Morsi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Wednesday. Nuland characterized the meeting as a chance to reinforce U.S. expectations that Egypt’s parties will support human rights, women’s rights and religious tolerance, according to the Associated Press. Burns visited Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood ahead of an IMF delegation that will discuss a $3 billion loan. He encouraged the north African country to cooperate with the IMF.

Punished: Thousands of North Koreans face labour camps for not being upset enough about death of Kim Jong-il
Mail Online - North Korea's hardline regime is punishing those who did not cry at the death of dictator Kim Jong-il, according to reports. Sentences of at least six months in labour camps are also apparently being given to those who didn't go to the organised mourning events, while anyone who criticised the new leader Kim Jong-un is also being punished. Those who tried to leave the country, or even made a mobile phone call out, were also being disciplined, it has been claimed.

Consequences of Collapse: Access to Critical Medicines Is Disappearing in Greece
Mac Slavo - When things get bad – and they will – the most essential items necessary for survival will disappear first. As currencies collapse, financial market destabilize and economies come to a standstill, critical supplies like food and medicine will become difficult to acquire at any price. This is exactly what is now taking place in Greece, where access to life-saving drugs and even common over-the-counter medicines like aspirin is becoming a tragedy where the losses will be measured not in Dollars or Euros, but lives.

Scientists: UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas
ABC News - Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations peacekeepers have carried a virulent strain of cholera -- a super bug -- into the Western Hemisphere for the first time. The vicious form of cholera has already killed 7,000 people in Haiti, where it surfaced in a remote village in October 2010. Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School and elsewhere told ABC News that, despite UN denials, there is now a mountain of evidence suggesting the strain originated in Nepal, and was carried to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers who came to Haiti to serve as UN peacekeepers after the earthquake that ravaged the country on Jan. 12, 2010 -- two years ago today.

‘Loan shark’ firm targets students: 4,000% interest offered as alternative to student loans
Mail Online - Students are being targeted by a ‘legal loan shark’ offering cash at an astonishing 4,214 per cent annual rate of interest. Wonga.com is marketing its exorbitant scheme as an alternative to Government-backed student loans – which attract interest rates of just 1.5 per cent. Charities warn the payday loan company is ‘moving in for the kill’ following the Coalition’s shake-up of higher education which will see fees rise to as high as £9,000 a year in the autumn.

Italy and Germany want transaction tax to be for whole of EU
The Independent - The leaders of Italy and Germany dealt a blow to France's hopes for a financial transaction tax yesterday, indicating they could only support it if it applied to the whole European Union and not just the eurozone. Italy's prime Minister Mario Monti said his government was more open to the idea in principle, abandoning Italy's blanket opposition in the past, but said the levy should apply across the EU.

VIDEO: Chinese staff at Xbox 360 plant threaten to commit mass suicide over pay
Mail Online - Three hundred staff at a factory that builds Xbox 360s have threatened to commit mass suicide if their wage demands are not met, it emerged today. Employees working for electronics giant Foxcon in Wuhan, China, claim the company has failed to hand over wages they're owed. Campaign group China Jasmine Revolution said they would throw themselves from the plant's roof if the missing money isn't paid.

VIDEO: Cashless Society: India Implements First Biometric ID Program for all of its 1.2 Billion Residents
Brandon Turbeville - A foreshadowing of the events to come in the Western world, specifically the United States.... Recently, India has launched a nationwide program involving the allocation of a Unique Identification Number (UID) to every single one of its 1.2 billion residents. Each of the numbers will be tied to the biometric data of the recipient using three different forms of information – fingerprints, iris scans, and pictures of the face. All ten digits of the hand will be recorded, and both eyes will be scanned.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Ex-military man who killed mom, pets in shooting rampage charged
For some reason he snapped and opened fire; shooting his 50-year-old mother eight times in the chest area and possibly also in the face, according to police. He also allegedly shot a dog and cat. Friends said James Rogers was an Iraqi vet. (Check Here for past Veteran News)

Ron Paul South Carolina Battle of Cowpens Money Bomb January 14 - 17
The Battle of Cowpens on January 17, 1781 was a decisive victory by Continental army forces under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, in the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War. It was a turning point in the reconquest of South Carolina from the British. Patriots let us make history and win another important battle in the sacred fight to restore the Republic!

Politico: Pro Ron Paul Santa Rita Super PAC Makes BIG ($300K) Ad Buy in SC
A new volley of South Carolina television advertising cost a pro-Ron Paul super PAC more than $317,500, new independent expenditure filings with the Federal Election Commission indicate. The Santa Rita SuperPAC, which didn’t exist until Jan. 4, purchased ad time on 13 broadcast stations and cable, the filings indicate. The buy guarantees that Paul, a Texas congressman, will stay up on the airwaves for the duration of the South Carolina presidential primary campaign.

Feds hide data on domestic use of drones
RT - The Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged that the US government has used the planes on the home front for years, but why and how is largely unknown.... The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit based out of San Francisco, California, filed a Freedom of Information Act request back in April to learn more about domestic drone use in America. Eight months later, the Department of Transportation (and its subdivision that deals directly with domestic drones, the Federal Aviation Administration), has failed to follow through. On Tuesday this week, the EFF responded by formally filing a suit against the DoT, “Demanding data on certifications and authorizations the agency has issued for the operation of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones.”

VIDEO: Michael Hastings: Pentagon Press Corps is an extension of Pentagon
RT - Hastings learned a lot from his reporting, but aside from the realities of what words can do to a respected military general, the journalists said that perhaps most eye opening was how in cahoots the Department of Defense is with their own gang of reporters who are supposed to be documenting the United States’ involvement overseas. “It’s called the Pentagon Press Corps, right?” asked Hastings. “So one would assume they have a watchdog function as to look after the Pentagon. But what it’s become is that the Pentagon Press Corp is just an extension of the Pentagon itself.” “You don’t have critical coverage,” added Hastings.

Military recommends court-martial for Bradley Manning
RT - The US military officer that presided over the recent Article 32 hearing of PFC Bradley Manning has recommended that the alleged WikiLeaks contributor face a court martial for the crimes. Manning, now 24, was charged with 22 counts stemming from his alleged involvement in Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks site. A pre-trial hearing concluded last month after a week of testimonies that relied almost entirely on government-approved witnesses handpicked by prosecutors on behalf of the US military. Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, who oversaw the hearing, says that the case is fit for a full fledged court-martial.

Dozens Arrested at Protest on Ban on Worship Services in Schools
THE BRONX — More than two dozen church leaders and supporters were arrested Thursday in The Bronx as they protested a ban on religious organizations using schools for worship services. While Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his State of the City address inside Morris High School in the Bronx, outside more than 200 people protested the restriction that the city argues keeps a clear boundary between church and state. The ban, which will go into effect on Feb. 12, has left dozens of churches around the city scrambling for a location to hold Sunday services.

Court orders removal of school prayer mural
(Reuters) - A federal judge has ordered the immediate removal of a Christian prayer mural displayed in the auditorium of a Rhode Island high school, saying it violated a constitutional ban on state-sponsored prayer in public schools. U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux rejected in his ruling on Wednesday the school's claims that the message in the mural, which opens with "Our Heavenly Father" and closes with "Amen," was purely secular.

VIDEO: With High Turnout Ron Paul Could Upend Romney in S. Carolina
Mitt Romney’s march to the Republican presidential nomination could be halted if South Carolinians turn out in droves at next week’s primary, pollster John Zogby tells Newsmax. A high turnout would be good for Ron Paul, and it could just be enough for an upset in the Palmetto State, Zogby said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV.

DeMint: SCGOP Should Listen To Ron Paul
Thirty-one percent of SCGOP primary voters say they would be “more likely” to support a candidate backed by Demint – compared to just 14 percent who said they would be “more likely” to support a candidate based on S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s endorsement. Unlike Haley, though, DeMint has chosen to stay on the sidelines in 2012 – which we view as a tragic waste of political capital. Of course every time DeMint opens his mouth to opine on the 2012 race it’s an E.F. Hutton moment … including his recent comments regarding U.S. Rep. Ron Paul being the possible conservative alternative to Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

VIDEO: Maddow: CNN Allowing Perry in Debate, Despite Not Meeting ANY of CNN's Own Rules
Apparently CNN's South Carolina debate rules said the candidate must: 1. Be in top 4 in Iowa or New Hampshire - and - 2. Poll 7% or higher in 3 national polls. Perry has done neither, yet they are letting him in the debate. Nice how they just arbitrarily ignore the rules. Imagine if Ron Paul didn't meet this.

Ron Paul...Raising the (Chocolate) Bar
Two "crazy" Ron Paul supporters created the Ron Paul Chocolate Bar Project to help fund grassroots efforts and spread the message in a creative, positive way. And it's working! We give 20.12% of our net proceeds to fund grassroot projects like the SuperBrochure. Our goal is to sell 1 million Ron Paul Chocolate Bars by Super Tuesday because the response for this project has been epic! The Chocolate Bar opens doors for conversations as the wrapper is an educational tool and the inside is a custom chocolate bar increasing the "wow" effect.

VIDEO: Neil Cavuto: Why Ron Paul is Obama's Toughest Competitor
Jan 11, 2012 FBN's Neil Cavuto on why Ron Paul may be Obama's biggest competition in the 2012 election. Great Video!

YouTube: GOP Strategist on Freedom Watch: "Ron Paul can beat Mitt Romney"
Freedom Watch Jan 11, 2012.

VIDEO: Ron Paul on CBS Early Show, Morning Joe and Fox & Friends
January 11, 2011.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Fantastic Speech After Taking 2nd In New Hampshire
Airing Date Jan 10, 2012. Ron Paul is fired up and the crowd is ecstatic!

YouTube: Daily Paul Radio Interviews Tisha Casida: 'Preventing the NDAA Locally'
Tisha Casida congressional candidate in Colorado’s 3rd District joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Preventing the NDAA Locally’ to discuss how to deal with the National Defense Authorization Act through local government. She also discusses the February 3rd grassroots Stop NDAA Day.

DOJ Defends 'Recess' Appointments
Fox News - The Justice Department is defending the legality of President Obama's recent recess appointments, releasing Thursday a 23-page legal opinion that critics say is "unconvincing" and whose timing doesn't coincide with the president's decision. The memo, justifying appointments made last week while Congress was technically not recessed, concludes what the White House claimed at the time -- that Congress isn't able to do business during "pro forma" sessions so it counts as a break.

Billionaires Keep Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman Financially Afloat
Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman may have dwindling funds in their campaign coffers. But they each have billionaires backing their super PACs, allowing them to continue running top-shelf campaigns, Politico reports. The fat cats include Las Vegas casino titan Sheldon Adelson, who just ponied up $5 million for the pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future – money that will allow the group to widely distribute a video blasting front-runner Mitt Romney for his tenure at private equity firm Bain Capital.

VIDEO: Panetta: Apparent Marine desecration of Taliban corpses is ‘utterly deplorable’
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said he had viewed the video and considered it “utterly deplorable.” He telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai and pledged a full investigation.... U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed “total dismay” at the behavior depicted in the recording, and said the “vast, vast” majority of American military personnel would not engage in such actions.

VIDEO: What's behind the battle over Mississippi governor's pardons?
CNN - We've asked CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin to help explain what Barbour did, the criticism he's drawn, and what his actions could mean for those pardoned and for the public.

CO Illegal Immigrant Tuition Bill Introduced Again
AP/The Denver - Democratic Sen. Michael Johnston of Denver is introducing the legislation Wednesday. Five previous attempts have failed but lawmakers have made modifications over the years to make the proposal more appealing to Republicans. This time the bill would give colleges the option to opt-out of giving illegal immigrants in-state tuition.

Creating lifelong customers: the school-to-prison pipeline and the private prison industry
Activist Post - As if the United States did not have a bloated enough prison population – which I think nearly every single American realizes is a painful truth – our school systems are being transformed into yet another way to funnel people into the private prison system. School systems around the country, but especially Texas, have begun criminalizing what would otherwise be normal childish behavior.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Protest planned for first ship to dock at EGT grain terminal
The U.S. Coast Guard will escort the first ship coming to the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview this month, and the Occupy movement and local labor groups say they are planning to greet the vessel with a massive protest. EGT officials say they have not scheduled a date for the ship's arrival. The freighter is expected to haul thousands of tons of grain to Asia, but opposition groups are already marshaling their forces to support the lengthy protest by union dock workers at the grain terminal.

Economy

Debt Nears $15,194,000,000,000.00 Ceiling
The Treasury Department has begun maneuvers to avoid hitting the debt ceiling, as the Obama administration waits for Congress to return from the holiday break before it can raise the federal borrowing limit. The U.S. government was just a hair below the $15.194 trillion debt ceiling on Tuesday, $25 million shy of the limit Congress set last summer. President Barack Obama sent a letter to congressional leaders Thursday, saying the U.S. debt was within $100 million of the ceiling “and that further borrowing is required to meet existing commitments.”

The Worst Economic Recovery Since The Great Depression
Forbes - The record of President Obama’s first three years in office is in, and nothing that happens now can go back and change that. What that record shows is that President Obama, with his throwback, old-fashioned, 1970s Keynesian economics, has put America through the worst recovery from a recession since the Great Depression.

Harrisburg city council overrides mayor's budget veto
(Reuters) - The city council of the Pennsylvania state capital city of Harrisburg voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to override Mayor Linda Thompson's veto of a proposed $53.4 million budget. The override, which was approved 6-1, means the council's 2012 budget becomes the fiscal blueprint for the financially troubled city until state-appointed receiver David Unkovic submits his spending plan next month. The override also means the mayor's spokesman, Bob Philbin, and her ombudsman, Bryan Wade, will lose their jobs, and 10 vacant positions will go unfilled.

Americans are afraid to take vacations
RT - The White House’s would-be success overthe unemployment epidemic came crashing today with the announcement that jobless benefit claims went up for the first time in six weeks. Despite the administration assurance that jobs are returning, it couldn’t be further from the truth. So dangerous is the employment market today that a recent study revealed that the majority of American residents with jobs refused to spend all their vacation days in 2011, worried that such action would prompt employers to consider their staff careless and can them from their positions.

Obama asks Congress for $1.2 trillion increase in nation’s borrowing limit
Washington Post - President Obama formally notified Congress on Thursday of his intent to raise the nation’s debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion, two weeks after he had postponed the request to give lawmakers more time to consider the action. Congress will have had 15 days to say no before the nation’s debt ceiling automatically is raised from $15.2 trillion to $16.4 trillion.

Bankrupt Solyndra seeking to pay bonuses
Now seems an unlikely time for handing out bonuses at bankrupt Solyndra LLC, but that’s the plan of company attorneys intending to dole out up to a half-million dollars to persuade key employees to stay put.

Farmers Sue Corzine Over Their Missing Money
Montana farmers have filed a class action suit against former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, charging that the failed financial firm run by Corzine stole millions from their accounts to pay off its spiraling debts, and that Corzine's "single-minded obsession" with making MF Global a big player on Wall Street led to the firm's collapse. MF Global's clients included 38,000 wheat farmers, cattle ranchers and others who "hedged" their crop prices by placing millions in MF Global accounts. Those accounts were supposed to be "segregated and secure," according to the federal suit, meaning MF Global could not draw on those funds.

Jacob Lew - Obama's Third Chief Of Staff Got Rich On Wall Street (Thank You Taxpayers!), Just Like His Predecessors
Daily Bail - All three of President Barack Obama’s chiefs of staff earned millions of dollars after passing through the revolving doors that lie between the Democratic Party and Wall Street. Yet Obama is positioning himself as Wall Street’s foe in the 2012 election, aided by millions of dollars in political donations from Wall Street companies, including Goldman Sachs.

Spring cleaning spurs Home Depot to hire 70,000
CNN - The hiring target is 10,000 more than its announced target a year ago, although at that time it ended up hiring about 70,000 workers. While the jobs are intended to be temporary, Home Depot said that there is a possibility of permanent employment for many of those hired.

Housing Market

Michael Olenick: 9.8 Million Shadow Inventory Says Housing Market is a Long Way From the Bottom
“Shadow inventory,” the number of homes that are either in foreclosure or are likely to end up in foreclosure, creates substantial but hidden pressure on housing prices and potential losses to banks and investors. This is a critical figure for policymakers and financial services industry executives, since if the number is manageable, that means waiting for the market to digest the overhang might not be such a terrible option. But if shadow inventory is large, housing prices have a good bit further to go before they hit bottom, which has dire consequences for communities, homeowners, and the broader economy.

Energy & Environment

Whiteout with Snow Hitting Midwest
An arctic cold front plowing across the Great Lakes is bringing a near blizzard and dangerous travel conditions to the region. Snow has been falling from southeastern Minnesota, eastern Iowa, Wisconsin, the upper peninsula of Michigan and northern and western Lower Michigan, Illinois, eastern Missouri and Indiana. Gusty winds are causing the snow to blow and drift, leading to whiteout and near-blizzard conditions.

Health

Barley grass improves health in type 2 diabetics and reduces cholesterol
(NaturalNews) Barley grass is considered a superfood, because of its incredibly dense nutritional profile. It contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids. Barley grass contains an abundance of chlorophyll, and is rich in Vitamins A, B, C, iron and calcium. It also contains high amounts of the electrolyte minerals potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Barley grass is rich in plant enzymes and antioxidants. Clinical studies involving the ingestion of barley grass powder show that it improves the health of diabetic patients.

SSRI horrors grow: women who take popular antidepressants risk babies with severe high blood pressure
(NaturalNews) Although Big Pharma and mainstream medicine continue to push antidepressants, especially the type known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Paxil and Prozac, the documented risks and side effects of these drugs remain often ignored.

Medical journal openly questions science, ethics of HPV vaccinations
(NaturalNews) On January 12, 2011 the Annals of Medicine published a ground-breaking peer-reviewed paper titled, Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine policy and evidence-based medicine: Are they at odds? The article points out to the medical community what most consumers now know about the fraudulent global health agency policies in combination with the pharmaceutical companies lack of science based evidence demonstrating the safety and efficacy of Gardasil and Cervarix before they were unleashed on unsuspecting parents of adolescents.

VIDEO: Dude, That Isn’t Wax On Your Apple!
Fancy yourself a vegetarian or vegan? Think that the label that says “organically grown” has anything to do with the packaging, storage, and transport of that product to stores? What if I told you that cow, pig, and chicken collagen is now used in place of wax on your fruits and vegetables, among many other things much worse than you can probably imagine? And what if then I told you, as with most atrocities that happen now-a-days, that this is all approved by the FDA…

Fears over outbreak after 12 infected with new swine flu strain in U.S.
Mail Online - Twelve Americans have been reported infected with a mutating and now possibly human-to-human transmitted form of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus called H3N2v. An investigation undertaken by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that human infections of these viruses followed contact with swine as well as through 'limited human-to-human transmission.' 'While there is no evidence that sustained human-to-human transmission is occurring, all influenza viruses have the capacity to change and it's possible that this virus may become widespread,' the CDC explained through their website.

North Carolina Task Force Recommends $50,000 For Sterilization Victims
CNN - Living people who were forcibly sterilized as part of a decades-long eugenics program in North Carolina should receive a one-time payment of $50,000, a state task force recommended on Tuesday. North Carolina sterilized an estimated 7,600 people between 1929 and 1974, many of them against their will. The state apologized for the sterilizations in 2002, and Gov. Bev Perdue created the compensation task force last year. Many states once had eugenics programs, and seven have apologized, but North Carolina is the first to consider paying victims.

Fabric softeners contain toxic chemicals
(NaturalNews) Fabric softener ads often portray an image of comfort, freshness and sweetness. Yet most fabric softeners contain a grim list of known toxins which can enter your body through the skin and by inhalation, causing a wide range of health problems, particularly for young children. Some of the harmful ingredients commonly found in liquid or sheet fabric softeners include...

Science & Technology

Russian spacecraft to crash to Earth on Sunday
The Telegraph - The minibus-sized Russian craft has been in a low orbit around Earth since losing contact with engineers shortly after its launch on November 8. It had been intended to explore Phobos, one of Mars's two moons, but became stranded while still orbiting Earth and attempts to put it back on its original course failed. Most of its mass is expected to burn up as the craft re-enters the atmosphere but 20 or 30 pieces of small debris collectively weighing about 200kg could reach Earth.

Mainstream Media To Bully Bloggers Out Of ‘Fair Use’
Activist Post - The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, along with 28 other news organizations, are launching a company which hopes to further profit on their news reporting, by seeking to make paying customers out of websites or blogs which reproduce their content, either in full or in part. The new company will go by the ridiculous name of ‘NewsRight’, to make it better appear to the general public that these mainstream media outlets have some kind of exclusivity over the very flow of human existence of any significance (or as equally likely, insignificance) taking place anywhere in the world.

Obama to hand Commerce Dept. authority over cybersecurity ID
STANFORD, Calif.--President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today. It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.... The Commerce Department will be setting up a national program office to work on this project, Locke said.

New credit card is virtually theft-proof
Mail Online - A new prototype credit card from Dynamics Inc could be the solution to credit card fraud. The card is powered by a tiny battery, and generates a different security code (usually the three digit code printed on the back) every time it's switched on. The number stored in the magnetic strip also changes - so it can't be cloned, at least with current technology.

Smart Contact Lenses Keep Eye On Your Health
CBS Pittsburgh - Forty-million Americans wear contact lenses. In the not so distant future, contacts may do a lot more than just help you see. What if the lenses could look inside of you to diagnose, monitor and even treat disease? Sound far-fetched? Well, it may not be too far away. The new generation of contact lenses is being called “smart lenses,” and they are packed with circuits, sensors and wireless technology – all designed to keep an eye on your health.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Leaked documents reveal US diplomats actually work for Monsanto
(NaturalNews) Biotech giant Monsanto has been genetically modifying the world's food supply and subsequently breeding environmental devastation for years, but leaked documents now reveal that Monsanto has also deeply infiltrated the United States government. With leaked reports revealing how U.S. diplomats are actually working for Monsanto to push their agenda along with other key government officials, Monsanto's grasp on international politics has never been clearer.

Two important victories against evil GMO corporations and their seed spawn
(NaturalNews) With all the bad news about Monsanto and other corporations who create and promote GMOs, here's a couple of good news items from the last couple of years to relieve some doom and gloom. Hopefully, these victories against GMO companies, one by an individual farmer in Canada, the other by a large rice collective in the USA, will inspire others to hold their ground. Normally, bully Monsanto sues small independent farmers, forcing them to pay fees for GMO plants that grew from various sources of GMO contamination, not by the farmer's choice. But the expense and mental strain of lengthy legal procedures against a wealthy corporation with soulless attorneys is too much to bear. So many settle rather than go bankrupt with Monsanto seizing the farm.

Make an Apron From a Pair of Old Jeans
Mother Earth News - A used pair of jeans can be transformed into a useful and fun apron for the little cooks in your life. You can make the apron as frilly and girly-girl or as masculine and boyish as necessary.

Pet News

Pet Food Calorie Mis-Information
One of the biggest pitches of pet foods is the 100% Balanced Nutrition claim. You see that '100% Balanced Nutrition' claim everywhere, even veterinarians advise pet parents to make sure you are feeding one of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) balanced pet foods. 'Your pet will suffer from health problems if you don't feed a balanced diet' is the typical advise. Well guess what? Those AAFCO balanced diets have calorie contents that run from well lower to well higher than what is needed for healthy pets. Pet food calorie misinformation goes hand-in-hand with that 100% Balanced Nutrition claim.

Humor

YouTube: Ron Stewart on MSNBC on New Hampshire Ron Paul 2nd
Gotta love way Jon Stewart continually exposes media mistreatment of Ron Paul!


Today in History - Thursday - January 12, 2012
1773 - The first public museum in America was established in Charleston, SC.
1866 - The Royal Aeronautical Society was founded in London.
1875 - Kwang-su was made emperor of China.
1882 - Thomas Edison's central station on Holborn Viaduct in London began operation.
1896 - At Davidson College, several students took x-ray photographs. They created the first X-ray photographs to be made in America.
1908 - A wireless message was sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
1915 - The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
1915 - The U.S. Congress established the Rocky Mountain National Park.
1932 - Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
1938 - Austria recognized the Franco government in Spain.
1940 - Soviet bombers raided cities in Finland.
1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.
1945 - During World War II, Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
1948 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.
1966 - U.S. President Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.
1970 - Nigeria's civil war ended.
1971 - "All In the Family" debuted on CBS-TV.
1973 - Yassar Arafat was re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
1986 - Space shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.
1991 - The U.S. Congress passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military power to force Iraq out of Kuwait.
1995 - Northern Ireland Secretary Patrick Mayhew announced that as of January 16 British troops would no longer carry out daylight street patrols in Belfast.
1998 - Tyson Foods Inc. pled guilty to giving $12,000 to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. Tyson was fined $6 million.
1998 - 19 European nations agreed to prohibit human cloning.
1998 - Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer.
2005 - NASA launched "Deep Impact". The spacecraft was planned to impact on Comet Tempel 1 after a six-month, 268 million-mile journey.
2006 - The U.S. Mint began shipping new 5-cent coins to the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. The coin has an image of Thomas Jefferson taken from a 1800 Rembrandt Peale portrait in which the president is looking forward. Since 1909, when presidents were first depicted on circulating coins, all presidents had been shown in profile.

World News

‘US builds hospitals in Georgia (the country), readies for war with Iran’
The United States is sponsoring the construction of facilities in Georgia on the threshold of a military conflict in Iran, a member of Georgian opposition movement Public Assembly, Elizbar Javelidze has stated. “These are 20-bed hospitals…It’s an American project. A big war between the US and Iran is beginning in the Persian Gulf. $5 billion was allocated for the construction of these 20-bed military hospitals,” Javelidze said in an interview with Georgian paper Kviris Kronika (News of the Week), as cited by Newsgeorgia website.

North Korea Punishes Citizens for Lack of Emotion at Leader's Death
North Korean citizens, who did not take part in mourning ceremonies for the country’s late Leader Kim Jong-il, are facing up to six months in labor camps, Interfax reported January 11. According to South Korean media sources, “People’s Courts” took place all over the country starting December 29 to condemn those who did not show enough emotion after the death of “Great Leader” Kim Jong-il.

EU Moves Embargo Talks Forward as Iran Starts New Enrichment at Qom
Kurt Nimmo - France and Britain say new enrichment provocative, even though it is permitted under IAEA rules. The EU has decided to move ahead by a week its meeting on an embargo as Iran begins enriching uranium at an underground bunker near the Islamic holy city of Qom. News of the enrichment was announced as Iran decided to execute an American national as a spy.

EU Said to Weigh Iran Oil Embargo Exemptions for Member States
Bloomberg - Greece, Italy and Spain are trying to soften a U.K. push for a blanket ban, concerned that an oil-supply shock would further damage their economies already hit by the European debt crisis... Foreign ministers from the 27 EU member states are scheduled to decide at a Jan. 23 meeting in Brussels when to impose and how to phase in the embargo, which is designed to force Iran back to the negotiating table over its nuclear program, the diplomats said. The EU said today it brought forward the meeting from Jan. 30 to avoid a clash with a leaders’ summit the same day.

Geithner Will Press China on Yuan While Seeking Support on Iran Sanctions
Bloomberg - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will urge Asia’s two biggest economies to cut Iranian oil imports and seek to narrow differences with China on trade and currency disputes on a visit to Beijing and Tokyo this week.

VIDEO: $9 Gallon Gasoline Will Crash World Economies If WW3 Starts: Greg Hunter Reports
Infowars Nightly News - Greg Hunter of USAwatchdog.com tlks about the situation in the Persian Gulf as Iran and the West draw closer to all-out war.

Non-EU immigration linked to unemployment
guardian.co.uk - Research by migration advisory committee suggests link between immigration and employment levels of ‘native workers.’ Immigration to Britain from outside Europe is linked to unemployment in depressed economic times, according to an explosive report from the government's own expert advisers. The migration advisory committee research published on Tuesday suggests that for every extra 100 non-European migrants who come to Britain, 23 fewer British residents are employed.

Credit Rating Agency: Italy Poses Largest Threat to Eurozone
Press TV - According to David Riley, the head of sovereign ratings at Fitch Ratings, Italy is at the “frontline” of Europe's debt crisis, as its massive borrowing plan could lead to a potentially dangerous situation. "The future of the euro will be decided at the gates of Rome," Riley added. The rating agency has also pointed out that Italy's credit rating could be downgraded by the end of January and that the third-largest eurozone economy will possibly have to leave the euro bloc this year.

Hungary Folds, Ready To Change Its Laws To Get European Bailout Money
Zero Hedge - Law will compromise bank’s national independence. Reuters reports: "Hungary's government is ready to consider modifying disputed legislation if the European Commission deems it necessary, Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi told the bloc's executive and European Union partners. "We fully respect the authority of the European Commission, the guardian of the EU treaties," Martonyi wrote in a letter dated January 6 and published by his ministry on Tuesday. "We stand ready to consider changing legislation, if necessary."" As Rothschild foresaw so effectively over 200 years ago, selling out your sovereignty only takes a few pieces of (paper) silver.

An Engineered Doomsday
New York Times - Unless the scientific community and health officials can provide more persuasive justifications than they have so far, the new virus, which is in the Netherlands, ought to be destroyed. Barring that, it should be put in a few government-controlled laboratories with the highest containment rating, known as biosafety level 4. That is how the United States and Russia contain samples of smallpox, which poses nowhere near the same danger of global devastation.

2012: Evidence Suggests Defeat for the New World Order
Activist Post - In 2012 the New World Order will suffer major defeats to their totalitarian one world government/population reduction agenda. The defeats will not be from violent revolution, massive protests, or people continuing to beg corrupt politicians for mercy – as if 535 politicians really represent 315,000,000 people. No, the defeats will be attributed to a mass awakening and a significant portion of the population simply refusing to take actions that violate their conscience.

EU halts imports of US-based corn gluten feed due to GMO contamination
(NaturalNews) The European Union (EU) has rejected roughly one million tons of US-based corn gluten feed, a leftover byproduct of corn processing that is commonly fed to conventional livestock, over concerns that it might be tainted with illegal genetically-modified organisms (GMO). Unlike the US, the EU still has at least some standards when it
comes to GMOs, and has typically been much slower to adopt them compared to countries in North and South America.

Flier health in danger as Canadian Authorities trial in-flight Wifi
(NaturalNews) The race to install in-flight WiFi access on planes has taken a turn for the worse as Canadian regulators give the okay for trials to proceed. Up until now Canadian authorities had prohibited the use of WiFi-enabled devices in its airspace. Authorizing the use of WiFi devices poses questions on a range of issues including health, safety and technology. Canada is not the first in North America to wrestle with the question of in-flight Wifi. As the trend continues it probably will not be the last, but no one is asking the hard questions that impact all fliers. Canadian airlines may look across the border at American carriers and the potential revenue streams they earn from Wifi, however opting for Wifi on this basis alone would be at the wider expense of the health of all travelers.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama sending 5 US military officers to S. Sudan
The White House said the U.S. forces will join the United Nations mission in the capital of Juba and focus on strategic planning and operations. They are not expected to engage in combat operations, but will be armed for personal protection.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield sues British Medical Journal, journalist Brian Deer for defamation
Dr. Andrew Wakefield is now fighting back against those responsible for viciously denigrating his work and his character by filing a lawsuit against the British Medical Journal (BMJ), which published lies about him, and journalist Brian Deer, who authored many of those lies. has been shamelessly mocked, repeatedly lied about, and cruelly defamed for his legitimate scientific research into the combination measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism in children.

Home 3 Days, Iraq Vet Dies Shooting at Police
His business as a homebuilder in Iredell County had gone under while he was overseas, his family said. He'd hurt his back and his knee getting out of a helicopter in Iraq, laden with equipment. He feared he could no longer do the manual labor that earned him a living.

EPA to Raise "Safe" Limits for Radiation Exposure
Why did they just decide to raise the levels all of a sudden? Right around the Japan disaster? Seems like they are going to cover up the sicknesses that people will be getting soon due to the radiation.

The only known photos from the White House’s 2009 “Alice in Wonderland” Halloween Party
Photos the White House does not want you to see.

Virginia Appeals Ruling Blocking Publication of ‘Super Tuesday’ Ballots
Bloomberg - Virginia officials asked a federal appeals court to overturn a judge’s order blocking them from mailing absentee ballots or printing regular ones for the state’s Republican primary pending a Jan. 13 hearing. Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli today filed an emergency request with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, arguing that ballots for the March 6 primary need to go to the printer immediately in order to meet legal deadlines to provide ballots to absentee and overseas voters.

VIDEO: Ron Paul “I went” photo going viral on Internet
IB Times - Ron Paul's 2012 campaign got a boost when he uttered his famous "And I Went" line during Saturday's New Hampshire debate in a heated exchange with Republican rival Newt Gingrich. Paul was criticizing so-called "chickenhawks," or politicians who are hawkish about going to war but personally shirked the opportunity to serve in the U.S. military.

VIDEO: NDAA Protests End In Ironic Swarm Of Arrests
Alt-Market - The absurdity of America today never ceases to amaze. In fact, it has become so elaborate that one might even suggest it has reached a kind of poetic symmetry. When a protest group is willing to stick their necks out to expose the horror of the National Defense Authorization Act and its open door strategy for unconstitutional arrest and indefinite detainment of American citizens, I have to stand up and applaud. This is the kind of protest we need to see all over the country.... For those who would applaud these arrests, and suggest that they are well deserved, I would have to ask very pointedly; why?

VIDEO: Death of Pvt. Danny Chen: Military Admits Chen Was Target of Race-Based Hazing on Daily Basis
AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to new developments in the death of an Army private who allegedly took his own life just weeks after he was deployed to Afghanistan last October. The family of the 19-year-old Chinese-American soldier, Danny Chen, says it’s received "very sensitive" new information on the investigation from the Army. Chen’s parents and other members of Manhattan’s Chinese community held a news conference last Thursday to disclose what they had learned from Army investigators at a meeting the day before. They said
Danny Chen had been mistreated by comrades on an almost daily basis.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

YouTube: We The People
In the 17th chapter of St. Luke it is written: "The Kingdom of God is within man." Not one man, nor group of men, but in all men. In you, you the people have the power. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite!

Occupy the Income Tax
Activist Post - The Occupy movement has not yet fully utilized the two most potent weapons mankind has created in our long, long struggle to be free. We have yet to meld the Constitution with the Internet; the Founding Fathers have not gone viral. The First Amendment states that there shall be no law abridging the right of the people to peaceably assemble, as Occupiers do to righteous effect. The First Amendment also gives citizens the right to petition for redress of grievances. We can go viral in a single, decisive petition; millions of citizens, voices merged loud and clear. The 99 per cent will be heard, will be answered.

Economy

Obama administration to ask for increase to debt ceiling in a 'matter of days'
The Obama administration will be asking Congress to raise the debt limit in the coming days, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Tuesday.... The White House will be asking Congress to raise the U.S. borrowing limit by $1.2 trillion. The move would mark the third and final increase from the debt-ceiling deal reached last year by Congress.

Bonus battles: Disgruntled bankers threaten to sue or walk
New York Post - Wall Street bankers are fuming about the prospect of paltry payouts come bonus time — and plan to go nuclear. They’re taking their cues from their disgruntled brethren in London, who are eyeing lawsuits to regain their over-the-top pay. Here at Jefferies Group, a group of brokerage executives reportedly threatened management that they would walk away from the firm if their year-end compensation was not up to par with The Street.

Housing Market

Goldman, Citigroup Planning First 2012 Commercial Mortgage Deal
Bloomberg - Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and Citigroup Inc. (C) are planning to market about $1 billion of bonds backed by commercial property loans as soon as next week as demand for the debt recovers amid optimism the U.S. economy can withstand Europe’s fiscal crisis.

New Chief of Staff: Former Hedge Fund Exec. at Citigroup, Made Money Off Mortgage Defaults
Weekly Standard - President Obama's first chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once sat on the board of troubled federal mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Bill Daley, the president's chief of staff whose departure was announced today, was previously a top executive at financial firm J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. So of course there should be little surprise that Obama's latest chief of staff, announced today by the president himself, also has deep ties to the financial industry himself.

Energy & Environment

A Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn’t Exist
New York Times - When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law. But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist.

West Virginia ruling leaves dioxin cleanup out of Monsanto trial
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As the trial begins in a major toxic pollution lawsuit against Monsanto Co., jurors won't be allowed to tackle a key issue: Should the company pay to clean up dioxin it allegedly spewed across the city of Nitro? Experts won't testify about the need for property remediation. Lawyers won't argue about the issue. Jurors won't be asked to force Monsanto to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars such a project could cost.

Health

YouTube: Poor US citizens exchange time for health
A clinic in the US state of Maine is using a novel way to support those who cannot afford costly health insurance. Low-income people earn time credits from the Hours Exchange Portland website, mostly by working a variety of odd jobs like raking leaves or driving the elderly, and exchange them for time with a doctor. Al Jazeera's John Terrett reports from Falmouth, Maine.

Report Finds Most Errors at Hospitals Go Unreported
New York Times - Hospital employees recognize and report only one out of seven errors, accidents and other events that harm Medicare patients while they are hospitalized, federal investigators say in a new report. Yet even after hospitals investigate preventable injuries and infections that have been reported, they rarely change their practices to prevent repetition of the “adverse events,” according to the study.... Adverse events include medication errors, severe bedsores, infections that patients acquire in hospitals, delirium resulting from overuse of painkillers and excessive bleeding linked to improper use of blood thinners.

How to detox aluminum and why it's necessary
(NaturalNews) We are in the "Age of Aluminum", this according to a lecture by Dr. Chris Exley, PhD at a January 2011 vaccine safety conference in Jamaica. A common expression among those who deflect aluminum's toxicity issues is that aluminum is prominent throughout the earth's crust. What they fail to mention is that aluminum (Al) wasn't widely bioavailable to humans until the latter part of the 19th Century when it began to be mined for creating metals and medicines.

Many common pills are coated with toxic phthalates
(NaturalNews)The coatings of many common drugs and supplements often contain phthalates according to a recent study reported in Environmental Health Perspectives. This family of plasticizer compounds has been linked in previous studies to hormonal and reproductive problems as well as fetal brain damage.

Natural cranberry juice more effective than pills for fighting infections
(NaturalNews) A new study from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts confirms that natural cranberry juice is more effective in fighting infections than pills containing concentrated doses of the flavonoids found in cranberries. The study published in the Food Science and Biotechnology journal was led by Dr. Terri Camesano, professor of chemical engineering.

Danger of chemical hair dyes: Girl's face swells up like balloon following application
(NaturalNews) To many, they are just one particular means by which to keep up with the latest styles and fashion trends. But chemical hair dyes carry with them some very serious health risks, a fact that 22-year-old Louise Henson from Skegness, Lincolnshire, in the UK recently learned the hard way.

New study: nicotine dramatically improves and normalizes failing memory in elders
(NaturalNews) Tobacco is some kind of "devil weed," only good for making chemical-laden products like cigarettes, known to promote cancer. At least, that's the current take on this plant. But that's certainly not the whole truth about tobacco, which has been used historically by many cultures both in religious rituals and also as a natural therapy for various ailments from colds to tuberculosis.

What Really Causes Crooked Teeth?
Dr. Price’s research compellingly argues that a lack of jaw development and crooked teeth is entirely nutritional in origin such as attempting to build a wide bridge with substandard materials. Without essential nutrients in the form of minerals and the fat soluble activators A, D, and K2 which were abundant in primitive diets, the jaw and palate cannot form with enough strength to support a broad facial structure.

VIDEO: #1 Key to Health: Traditional Fats and Sacred Foods
The bottom line is that you will not achieve your best health without regular and liberal consumption of these foods. You may do many other things right: grind your own flour, eat only organic produce and clean meats, consume unprocessed grassfed milk, avoid pharmaceutical drugs/processed foods and even eat fermented foods and still be plagued with degenerative illness. The fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K – also known as Activator X are found in high concentrations in the sacred foods. Taking supplements of these vitamins in isolation does not achieve the same effect and confers a false sense of security that health is being maintained when in fact, it is slipping away slowly but surely.

Science & Technology

Internet censorship bill becomes political liability
To the ranks of same-sex marriage, tax cuts and illegal immigration, add this to the list of polarizing political issues of Election 2012: the Stop Online Piracy Act. The hot-button anti-piracy legislation that sparked a revolt online is starting to become a political liability for some of SOPA’s major backers. Fueled by Web activists and online fundraising tools, challengers are using the bill to tag its congressional supporters as backers of Big Government — and raise campaign cash while they’re at it.

Google gets more personal with search results
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is sifting through the photos and commentary on its blossoming social network so its Internet search results can include more personal information. The additional personal touches that began to roll out Tuesday mark another step toward one of Google's most ambitious goals. The Internet search leader eventually hopes to know enough about each of its users so it can tailor its results to fit the unique interests of each person looking for something.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

U.S. tightens fishing policy, setting 2012 catch limits for all managed species
Washington Post - In an effort to sustain commercial and recreational fishing for the next several decades, the United States this year will become the first country to impose catch limits for every species it manages, from Alaskan pollock to Caribbean queen conch. Although the policy has attracted scant attention outside the community of those who fish in America and the officials who regulate them, it marks an important shift in a pursuit that has helped define the country since its founding.

Rep. Kucinich proposes legislation to ban open-air cultivation of pharmaceutical-producing GE crops
(NaturalNews) A long-time advocate of protecting the food supply from the detrimental, and most-likely irreversible, effects of genetically-engineered (GE) crops on the environment and humans, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has proposed new legislation to ban the open-air cultivation of GE crops programmed to produce experimental pharmaceutical drugs and various other industrial chemicals and additives.

Pet News

Feline Hypertension
High blood pressure in cats is now recognized as a condition that if left untreated can cause serious illness and death. Hypertension typically occurs as a secondary disease to another illness like acute or chronic kidney failure and/or hyperthyroidism. In fact, hypertension occurs in over 60 percent of cats with renal failure and about 90 percent of hyperthyroid kitties. Less frequently the condition has also been linked to over-production of the adrenal hormone aldosterone, as well as adrenal gland tumors.

Is the Fox Guarding the Henhouse? Purina Launches ‘Project: Pet Slim Down’ for Pets
Obese pets are almost as big a concern in the U.S. as their overweight owners. Leave it to a pet food industry giant to figure out how to “fix” a problem they had a huge hand in creating.


Today in History - Wednesday - January 11, 2012
1805 - The Michigan Territory was created.
1815 - U.S. General Andrew Jackson achieved victory at the Battle of New Orleans. The War of 1812 had officially ended on December 24, 1814, with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. The news of the signing had not reached British troops in time to prevent their attack on New Orleans.
1861 - Alabama seceded from the United States.
1867 - Benito Juarez returned to the Mexican presidency, following the withdrawal of French troops and the execution of Emperor Maximilian.
1878 - In New York, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time by Alexander Campbell.
1902 - "Popular Mechanics" magazine was published for the first time.
1913 - The first sedan-type car was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York City. The car was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company.
1922 - At Toronto General Hospital, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.
1935 - Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
1942 - Japan declared war against the Netherlands. The same day, Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.
1943 - The United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.
1964 - U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report that said that smoking cigarettes was a definite health hazard.
1988 - U.S. Vice President George Bush met with representatives of independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh to answer questions about the Iran-Contra affair.
1991 - An auction of silver and paintings that had been acquired by the late Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, brought in a total of $20.29 million at Christie's in New York.
2000 - The merger between AOL and Time Warner was approved by the U.S. government with restrictions.
2000 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the second Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative stamp in a ceremony at The Wall.
2001 - The Texas Board of Criminal Justice released a review of the escape of the "Texas 7." It stated that prison staff missed critical opportunities to prevent the escape by ignoring a fire alarm, not reporting unsupervised inmates and not demanding proper identification from inmates.

Veteran News

Soldier stories related to SSRI (antidepressant) usage
Antidepressant Nightmares - "We Speak for the Dead to Protect the Living"

VA Extends Gulf War Presumptive Period - Public Comments Welcome
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in late December published an interim final rule, effective today Dec. 29, extending by five more years the presumptive period for Gulf War veterans’ service-connected disability claims related to undiagnosed illnesses and medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses.

Brain Wars - ProPublica
How the Military Is Failing Its Wounded

Home 3 Days, Iraq Vet Dies Shooting at Police
His business as a homebuilder in Iredell County had gone under while he was overseas, his family said. He'd hurt his back and his knee getting out of a helicopter in Iraq, laden with equipment. He feared he could no longer do the manual labor that earned him a living.

Clay Hunt, Marine Who Campaigned for Veterans, Commits Suicide
Clay Hunt, a Marine who appeared in commercial to get help if suicidal, commits suicide.

Depleted Uranium (DU) Munitions - COL J. Edgar Wakayama - OSD/DOT&E/CS
Internal DOD - Pentagon briefing is frightening as it confirms all they deny!

No requirement for DU weapons shipped to have radiation symbol or DOT markings
U.S. Department of Transportation: This special permit authorizes the transportation in commerce of munitions which contain components manufactured of depleted uranium metal, classified as Class 1 with a subsidiary hazard of Class 7, subject to the limitations and special requirements specified herein.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facility Specific Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND)* Veterans Coded with Potential Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through 3rd Qtr FY 2011
This report was initiated in response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) request that VA enumerate the total number of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) Veterans, who were diagnosed with PTSD, by Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) and specific VA medical center (VAMC) using VA inpatient and outpatient records.

Power Point: Analysis of VA Health Care Utilization among Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) Veterans

The Gulf War Veterans Information System (GWVIS) provides the best available current data identifying the 6.5 million Gulf War service member population. The GWVIS reports monitor, in part, the service members’ use of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare and disability benefits
GWVIS reports are consistent with the “Veterans Health Care Act of 1992” (Public Law 102-585) in identifying Gulf War service members and reporting on various aspects of their VA healthcare and benefit activity. (Feb. 2008)


Today in History - Tuesday - January 10, 2012
1776 - Thomas Paine published his pamphlet "Common Sense."
1861 - Florida seceded from the United States.
1863 - Prime Minister Gladstone opened the first section of the London Underground Railway system, from Paddington to Farringdon Street.
1870 - John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
1901 - Oil was discovered at the Spindletop oil field near Beaumont, TX.
1911 - Major Jimmie Erickson took the first photograph from an airplane while flying over San Diego, CA.
1920 - The League of Nations ratified the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending World War I with Germany.
1920 - The League of Nations held its first meeting in Geneva.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt sailed from Miami, FL, to Trinidad thus becoming the 1st American President to visit a foreign country during wartime.
1946 - The first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly took place with 51 nations represented.
1949 - Vinyl records were introduced by RCA (45 rpm) and Columbia (33.3 rpm).
1957 - Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation Anthony Eden.
1981 - In El Salvador, Marxist insurgents launched a "final offensive".
1984 - The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.
1990 - Chinese Premier Li Peng ended martial law in Beijing after seven months.
1994 - In Manassas, VA, Lorena Bobbitt went on trial. She had been charged with maliciously wounding her husband John. She was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity.
2000 - It was announced that Time-Warner had agreed to buy America On-line (AOL). It was the largest-ever corporate merger priced at $162 billion.
2001 - American Airlines agreed to acquire most of Trans World Airlines (TWA) assets for about $500 million. The deal brought an end to the financially troubled TWA.
2003 - North Korea announced that it was withdrawing from the global nuclear arms control treaty and that it had no plans to develop nuclear weapons.
2007 - The iTunes Music Store reached 1.3 million feature length films sold and 50 million television episodes sold.

World News

VIDEO: US drone terror attack kills 35 innocent civilians in Turkey
A US Predator drone had reportedly fired the first bomb in an airstrike that killed 35 Kurdish civilians in southeastern Turkey last month, Press TV reports. In its main headline on Sunday, Turkish Aydinlik newspaper quoted "credible sources" as saying that the US drone had launched the airstrike by targeting the victims. The report added that Turkey's F-16 fighter jets had arrived at the scene between 16 to 18 minutes later.

Iranian, Venezuelan leaders rebuff U.S., joke about bomb
(Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez lavished each other with praise on Monday, mocked U.S. disapproval and joked about having an atomic bomb at their disposal. "Despite those arrogant people who do not wish us to be together, we will unite forever," the Iranian president told Venezuela's socialist leader Chavez at the start of a visit to four left-leaning Latin American nations.

Israel preparing for nuclear Iran says report
Israel is preparing for Iran to become a nuclear power and has accepted it may happen within a year, the London Times reported on Monday citing an Israeli security report. The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) think-tank prepared scenarios for the day after an Iranian nuclear weapons test at the request of former Israeli ambassadors, intelligence officials and ex-military chiefs, the paper reported.

China warns Obama over new defense strategy
RT - Relationships between Beijing and Washington have teetered back and forth between neutral and negative in recent months, intensified in part by the United States’ recent decision to militarize Taiwan, a long-time foe of China. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun told the news outlet Zinhua that the deal “will inevitably undermine bilateral relations as well as exchanges and cooperation in military and security areas” between his nation and the US.

VIDEO: U.S. condemns reported Iran death sentence for former U.S. Marine
The State Department said Monday that it was working to confirm Iranian state media reports that an Iran revolutionary court had sentenced an American citizen and former U.S. Marine Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death on charges of spying for the CIA. "If true, we strongly condemn this verdict," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a press statement Monday. "Allegations that Hekmati either worked for, or was sent to Iran by the CIA, are simply untrue."

Japan mulls ignoring US oil ban on Iran:
With the needed oil after the Fukushima disaster Japan does not want to be cutting oil purchases from anywhere. Japan also understand the pains of a US oil embargo and how this could be to lure Iran into striking first. Japan has become the latest country to hint at its intention to ignore US-led oil sanctions on Iran, after South Korea’s recent dismissal of Washington’s bid to boycott the Iranian crude.

VIDEO: IMF forcing Nigeria to remove subsidies
Press TV - Nigerians have already launched demonstrations - dubbed Occupy Nigeria - to protest the government's decision to end fuel subsidies. Huge lines have formed outside gas stations in the most populous city, Lagos, with many locations closing down after running out of fuel. Press TV has conducted an interview with Nii Akuetteh, African policy analyst, to further discuss the issue.

Furor in Greece over pedophilia as a disability
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek disability groups expressed anger Monday at a government decision to expand a list of state-recognized disability categories to include pedophiles, exhibitionists and kleptomaniacs. The National Confederation of Disabled People called the action "incomprehensible," and said pedophiles are now awarded a higher government disability pay than some people who have received organ transplants. The Labor Ministry said categories added to the expanded list — that also includes pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists — were included for purposes of medical assessment and used as a gauge for allocating financial assistance.

Millions of Filipino devotees defy terror warning
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Millions of Roman Catholic devotees paraded with a statue of Christ through the Philippine capital under a massive police cordon Monday after the president warned that terrorists might target the raucous annual procession. The government did not have specific intelligence on a terrorist plot. Still, about 15,000 policemen, backed by hundreds of army troops, secured the three-mile (five-kilometer) procession route for the charred wooden Black Nazarene statue from seaside Rizal Park to a popular church in Manila's congested Quiapo district.

Publicly funded GMO research in India exposed as fraud to secretly sneak in Monsanto seeds
(NaturalNews) The nation of India is currently embroiled in a massive scandal involving the use of taxpayer dollars to fund research into genetically-modified organisms (GMO). The Coalition for a GM-Free India (CGMFI) is demanding an immediate end to public sector funding of GMO research after the Indian government and several research institutions were caught using Monsanto's genetic traits in supposedly "indigenous" GM crops.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

CNN Just Admitted This Is Quickly Becoming A Two Man Race Between Romney And Protest Candidate Ron Paul.. Bam!
Daily Paul - Erin Burnett was interviewing several analysts and they (paraphrased) said that if Santorum finishes 4th or 5th in New Hampshire he is a one state wonder. If Gingrich finishes out of the top three in New Hampshire and / or South Carolina then he's basically done. THEN THEY SAID THAT... This Is Quickly Becoming A Two Man Race Between Romney And Protest Candidate Ron Paul.. Bam!

325,000 expected to vote Tuesday
A long and grueling 2012 New Hampshire primary campaign comes to an end Tuesday when an estimated 325,000 Granite Staters go to the polls, with most choosing the man they want to have oppose President Barack Obama in the fall general election campaign.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Tells CNN’s Bash Voters Should be “Furious” with Establishment Media
Kurt Nimmo -It was later discovered that CNN edited the video to make it appear Paul had abruptly ended the interview. In fact, the interview had concluded, but Borger continued to ask Paul questions. CNN and the establishment media then said Paul had stormed off in order to make him appear angry and petulant. Paul’s exchange with Bash begins at one minute fourteen seconds in the video above.

Ron Paul On the Road to South Carolina Moneybomb Jan. 14th
Dedicated staff and volunteers in South Carolina have been working around the clock for victory, but they’ll need all the reinforcement I can give them in these final days before voters head to the polls. Our campaign is fueled by active duty military, small business owners, stay-at-home moms, students fighting to keep their dreams alive, workers who long to finally get out from under Big Labor’s thumb, and other everyday Americans who just want a government that sticks to the Constitution. That's why we need to make the January 14th South Carolina Money Bomb a massive success.

Quotes Of The Day - Ron Paul Edition
Zero Hedge - Those in power fear Ron Paul and his message of liberty, freedom, and responsibility. The quotes below are a true reflection of the man and his ideas.

Kosovo terrorism comes to America
The aftermath of America’s involvement in the Kosovo conflict is felt a decade later, but it isn’t only in war-torn Serbia where the fruits of NATO’s labors are displayed. Radical Islamists from Kosovo who blame America for the deaths of thousands of Muslims worldwide now are plotting terrorist attacks on US soil.

SHOCK: 3rd-Grade Math Homework Uses Slaves Picking Oranges, Number of Slave Beatings to Teach Multiplication
CBS News - Figuring out how many oranges were picked by slaves and how many beatings per day Frederick Douglass received was allowed to help teach elementary students their multiplication and division tables at one school. Administrators at Gwinnett County School District are sorting through the fallout from parents of children who brought home math homework last week that referenced slavery and beatings.

VIDEO: CBS Reporter Blatantly Excludes Ron Paul From Coverage
Steve Watson - Going into New Hampshire and ahead of two debates this weekend, Paul was polling in strong second, as he has been for some time. However, That did not stop CBS political correspondent Jan Crawford from showing graphics and talking about recent polling, without even mentioning Paul’s numbers or even that he was involved in the race at all. Crawford even used a graphic referencing a Suffolk University Poll of New Hampshire voters, omitting Paul’s numbers, even though he came second, and was the only candidate other than Mitt Romney to poll in double figures.

You Tube: C-Span: Ron Paul Town Hall in Meredith, NH
Congressman Ron Paul hosted a town hall meeting on Sunday, January 8th.

VIDEO: Media Circus Prevents Ron Paul from Talking with Voters in New Hampshire
Kurt Nimmo - On Monday, the corporate media prevented candidate Ron Paul from talking with New Hampshire voters. Moe Joe’s Diner in Manchester was packed and a crowd of reporters and media people made it impossible for Paul to interact with voters. CNN made it sound like Paul was ignoring voters, but as the video below reveals the media made it impossible for the congressman to talk to people.

Ron Paul Campaign Statement on Morning Media Incident
Jesse Benton: “Dr. Paul has been committed to meeting one on one with New Hampshire voters, and has aggressively campaigned at town halls, house parties, and meet and greets since early last spring. “This morning, he attempted to hold an event at Moe Joe’s Diner in Manchester, to speak with patrons and supporters in the last push before the New Hampshire primary. Unfortunately, Dr. Paul and his family were forced to leave early after over 120 members of the press created a mob-like atmosphere that was deemed to be unsafe for the candidate, Moe Joe’s customers, and reporters themselves.

TRAP DOORS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTIONS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
Bev Harris - Six trap doors in New Hampshire election process.

Veterans, Active Duty Soldiers To March On White House For Ron Paul
Steve Watson - In a forthcoming event dubbed “Ron Paul Is The Choice Of The Troops”, thousands of veterans and active duty military personnel are expected to march on the White House in support of the Texas Congressman’s presidential bid. The event, to be held on President’s Day, February 20th, is being organized by activist group Veterans for Ron Paul 2012, co-founded by Adam Kokesh, Iraq war veteran turned activist and talk show host. In a press release, Kokesh announced that the march will progress from the Washington Monument to the White House, where those taking part will salute a “folded American flag [...] for as many seconds as troops have died under the Presidency of Barrack Obama.”

Poll: Romney, Paul Tie Obama
National Journal - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, run neck-and-neck with President Obama in a general-election matchup, according to a new CBS News poll released late on Monday that shows the two front-runners in Tuesday's New Hampshire GOP primary running stronger against the president than their fellow Republicans.

YouTube: Bain & Co: The 1994 Ad By Sen. Ted Kennedy Which Will Floor Mitt RomBOT in 2012
MSNBC Chris Matthews January 7, 2012.

Media Ignores Santorum’s Support For Accused Child Molester Sandusky
Paul Joseph Watson - Santorum, who has cultivated an image as a clean-cut social conservative trumpeting family values, nominated Sandusky for a “Congressional Angels in Adoption Award,” after Sandusky had already been accused of at least five cases of child molestation.

DHS Proposes Provisional Waivers for Undocumented Family Members of US Citizens
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its intent Friday to speed up the process by which illegal immigrants in the United States with family members who are citizens could find a way to speed up consideration for becoming citizens themselves.

DOJ: Drug Traffickers ‘Have Begun To Threaten Local Police Officers’ In Arizona
CNS News - Mexican drug trafficking organizations “have begun to threaten local police officers to deter their enforcement activities,” revealed the DOJ’s 2011 Drug Market Analysis for Arizona. “Violent criminal groups often referred to as border bandits, rip crews, or bajadores, operate along trafficking corridors in remote locations, preying upon law enforcement officers and smugglers who transit their territories.”

DEA helped Colombian drug trafficker launder cash, new report reveals
Undercover agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, working with their Mexican counterparts, helped transfer millions of dollars in drug cash and even escorted a shipment of cocaine via Dallas to Spain. The covert activities were undertaken as part of an operation to infiltrate and prosecute a major Colombian-Mexican narco-trafficking organization moving cocaine from Colombia to Mexico and the United States.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Unveils New Privacy Complaint Form
EFF - The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer advocacy and education center based in San Diego, recently launched a new tool to give users a way to speak out about privacy concerns. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is inviting individuals who have questions about consumer privacy issues, or who are upset about privacy-invasive practices, to use this online form to submit complaints. They promise to provide individual responses to the questions and complaints they receive within a couple days.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Worldwide Candlelight Vigil for Unity January 15th, 2012
OWS - Via J15global.com: On his birthday and in the spirit of Dr. King's vision for racial and economic equality, peace, and non-violence, we are holding candlelight vigils to unite our world in a global movement for systemic change. Wherever we may be, whether in our homes, in city squares, online, Occupies, or at work, we lift a beautiful message high above the political dialogue. We light the dream of a more equitable world in our hearts. We can overcome! Dr. King said "A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and say: 'This is not just.' "

Economy

GM focusing on profits, not U.S. market share: CEO
DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co will focus on maintaining profits, not defending U.S. market share gains made at the expense of Japanese rivals, the automaker's top executive said on Monday. "I like profitability more than I do market share," Chief Executive Dan Akerson said at the Detroit auto show. "We're a mass producer and scale matters to us, but obviously we'll look for margin and profitability going into 2012."

VIDEO: PIMCO’s El-Erian: QE3 Won’t Produce The Outcomes We Want
Zero Hedge - In his typical forthright manner, the moustachioed maestro appeared on Bloomberg TV today discussing Europe’s crisis and the US economy. While we (ZH) wonder what (or who) the ‘we’ El-Erian is speaking for, he notes that the Fed “doesn’t have enough policy instruments to deal with the challenges facing the economy” and that QE3 will not work (a possibility we discussed last week). From investing in a fat-tailed environment to the Fed’s liquidity trap and why Europe needs to ‘refound’ the euro-zone, his fragile hope is that crises remain ‘contained’ yet prefers the USD’s ‘safety’ for now and worries on the US stocks ‘cleanest dirty shirt’ bullish argument, suggesting defense is the better play currently.

USDA says it will close 259 offices to save $150M
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday. While the closures and other cost-cutting steps will affect the USDA headquarters in Washington and operations in 46 states, the savings will be relatively small in the context of the agency's $145 billion budget. The closures follow a review of USDA operations done as part of the Obama administration's efforts to cut waste, Vilsack said.

"Get a Program" -- Why voting isn't and never will be enough
Activist Post - At the top of Tarpley.net is a five-point economic recovery program that has sat there since 2009. It was written by Dr. Webster Tarpley, a historian, journalist, economist, and geopolitical expert who was one of the first and most vocal critics of current US President Barack Obama. He gave stark warnings before the 2008 presidential election of expanded wars, economic depression, and Obama's catering to Wall Street, contrary to his alleged "progressive-liberal" rhetoric.

Unemployment Drop Masks Ongoing Decline
Economist John Williams of Shadowstats.com says the government reported more than 40,000 jobs that didn’t exist. In his latest report, Williams said, “The reported seasonally-adjusted 200,000 jobs surge in December 2011 payrolls included a false, seasonally-adjusted gain of roughly 42,000 in the “Couriers and Messengers” category.” Williams went on to report, “While today’s happy labor data likely will fuel financial-media and political talk of an improving economy, the underlying reality remains bleak, with data later this month and next generally tending to confirm the ongoing bottom-bouncing of the U.S. economy in a severe downturn.”

Housing Market

DoJ contacting additional banks on mortgage deal
(Reuters) - As the government nears a deal with top banks to resolve mortgage abuses, the Justice Department has begun reaching out to other banks to gauge their interest in joining the wide-ranging settlement, according to a person familiar with the matter. The DOJ has contacted several nationally chartered banks to determine whether they might agree to terms similar to those in the proposed deal, the person said. State and federal officials are nearing a settlement with the five largest mortgage servicers - Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Wells Fargo & Co, Citigroup Inc and Ally Financial Inc- to resolve allegations of misconduct in processing foreclosures and other issues.

Government Set to Sell Foreclosures in Bulk
CNBC - The Obama administration, in conjunction with federal regulators and led by the overseer of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is very close to announcing a pilot program to sell government-owned foreclosures in bulk to investors as rentals, according to administration officials. There currently are about a quarter of a million foreclosed properties on the books of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and millions more are coming.

Energy & Environment

YouTube: Stop Smart Meters: The Film
An upcoming community-based film about the "No Smart Meter" revolution, gathering steam in British Columbia, the US and around the world. Find out why it is critical that we occupy our power, and take a stand now at this key time in history.

U.S. faces new wave of invasive species
New study warns that the earlier onset of spring, warmer winters, economic globalization, and increased trade with emerging economies in Asia and Africa will see the United States face a significant new wave of invasive plant introductions; at least forty-two emerging U.S. trade partners – among them Thailand, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Argentina, and several in equatorial Africa -- are poised to export new nursery plant varieties to the United States.

Health

FDA: Novartis recall may also affect painkillers
(AP) - Jan 9, 9:15 PM EST - FDA officials warned Monday that some of Novartis' over-the-counter pills may have accidentally been packaged with powerful prescription painkillers made at the same facility. The opioid drugs are sold by Endo Pharmaceuticals as Percocet, Endocet, Opana and Zydone. Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc., of Chadds Ford, Pa., said it is not aware of any confirmed product mix-ups that reached patients or caused any injuries. A spokeswoman for Novartis said late Monday that only Gas-X is produced on the same manufacturing line as the opioid drugs. FDA officials say they are not recalling the painkillers because they are essential medications for many patients and the risks of stray pills are low.

Cannabis Treatment Threatens Deadly Painkiller Industry
Activist Post - Pharmaceutical painkillers are now responsible for more deaths in the United States than heroin and cocaine combined. These pharmaceuticals are responsible for more than 15,000 deaths conservatively in 2008 alone. With no sign of slowing down, the painkiller industry is becoming wildly popular among Americans — as a result, so is the high rate of painkiller abuse. Classified as dangerous by the U.S. government, cannabis (even in THC-free form, or free of psychoactive effects) has been identified as a powerful pain reliever in more than 80 peer-reviewed studies.

Add some spice to your food and boost your disease-prevention power
We often hear about the health benefits of eating more fruits and veggies, getting a little more exercise, or getting your weight down, but did you know that adding more spices and herbs to your food can reduce inflammation and also reduce your risk of chronic disease?

Eating healthy on a budget
(NaturalNews) Not everyone is able or ready to grow their own food yet. With food prices rising and the dollar shrinking, it's a good idea to know what to buy and where. The first thing to realize is eating solely for taste and eating out often are the wrong approaches.

Reduce Winter Cold Symptoms with Golden Kiwi
The winter cold season is here, which means its time to prevent contracting this viral disease as well as find effective ways to reduce cold symptoms. How about kiwi? A new study in the British Journal of Nutrition reports that elderly volunteers who ate golden kiwi daily suffered significantly less time with some cold symptoms than they did when eating bananas.

FTC lawsuit targets acai berry marketing ads that pose as legitimate product reviews
(NaturalNews) Earlier in the year, the Consumer Wellness Center (CWC) conducted an investigation into those tricky acai berry diet advertisements that lure web surfers into
purchasing "free" or low-cost trials of weight loss supplements, only to have their credit cards charged for hundreds of dollars in "membership" fees.

Proteins, not sugar, increase energy expenditure
(NaturalNews) A study published in the November issue of the science journal Neuron subverts the commonly held belief that consuming sugar can make you feel more energetic. Researchers at the University of Cambridge reveal that protein is responsible for activating cells that keep us awake and help us burn more calories, not glucose.

Industrial Pesticide Present in Many Top Selling Supplements
Activist Post - Cupric sulfate is used as an herbicide, fungicide, and pesticide among many other things. It is also present in many best selling nutritional supplements, which oftentimes utilize harmful additives and synthetic ingredients that can be damaging to your health. Among these supplements happens to be the “#1 doctor recommended” multivitamin, Centrum, which contains a great number of similarly-damaging substances.

Large Study Links Depression and Low Levels of Vitamin D
Scientists found people that currently had low levels of vitamin D, particularly if they had a past history of depression, were significantly more likely to display depressive symptoms than people with normal or high levels of vitamin D. EmaxHealth reported these findings corroborate and provide a more solid basis for earlier, smaller studies that had seemed to indicate a link between the two but had ultimately been deemed inconclusive. This current study is among the largest ever to test the relationship between depression and vitamin D deficiency.

Homeopathic alternatives to antidepressant drugs
(NaturalNews) The Menninger Clinic is world-renowned as one of the leading mental health centers for research and treatment. Most people don't know it, but the founder of the Menninger Clinic, Charles Frederick Menninger, MD, was originally a homeopathic physician. He was even the head of his local homeopathic medicine society and was so frequently impressed with the results that he got from homeopathic medicines, he once said, "Homeopathy is wholly capable of satisfying the therapeutic demands of this age better than any other system or school of medicine."(5)

Dried Licorice Root Fights the Bacteria That Cause Tooth Decay and Gum Disease, Study Finds
Scientists are reporting identification of two substances in licorice -- used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine -- that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. In a study in ACS' Journal of Natural Products, they say that these substances could have a role in treating and preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

How Flu Shots Make You Prone to Disease
Activist Post - With the onset of colder months, many will consider flu shots in order to prevent them from contracting the seasonal flu. Despite this, they may not only be wasting their time, but possibly making themselves even more susceptible to disease by receiving one of these shots.

Science & Technology

TVs you can talk to, without sounding crazy
LG Electronics on Monday said it will sell a remote with its high-end flat-panel TVs that contains a microphone. You'll be able to speak into the microphone to enter text on the TV for Twitter updates and Web searches. You still won't be able to change the channel or control the volume by yelling at the TV. Samsung Electronics also said it would have TVs that responded to voice commands. In addition, it's launching its first TV with a built-in camera. As you watch the ES8000 set, it will watch you back, looking for hand gestures that prompt it to move the onscreen cursor or launch apps.

Apple CEO Tim Cook could top pay list in 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tim Cook could well end up being the highest paid CEO in America in 2011, after Apple Inc. granted him a million restricted stock units last August for taking the reins shortly before co-founder Steve Jobs died.

VIDEO: Science and Spirituality Agree: The Entire Universe is One
Activist Post - Modern Science is now beginning to confirm what Spirituality, Philosophy, Sages, Ancient teachings and psychedelics have been saying for millennia, that the entire Universe is One and that what we think of as "reality" is just an illusion.. And the only real thing in the Universe is Consciousness. "If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet." -- Niels Bohr

The Truth about the Economics Behind the Blacklist Bills
EFF - In the face of mountains of evidence that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) will censor online speech, hurt Internet security and infrastructure, and criminalize tools used by human rights activists in oppressive regimes, supporters of the blacklist bills say one subject trumps all others: jobs. Yet for unknown reasons, Congress is ignoring that SOPA/PIPA would depress the growing tech sector, all while citing the MPAA's misleading and debunked numbers on how piracy is “decimating” their industry.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Life Lessons Learned from My Chickens
Mother Earth News - Simple creatures sometimes having great wisdom to impart.

Check Out the Chicken and Egg Page
Mother Earth News - Find everything you need to know about raising poultry — mail-order hatcheries, egg nutrition data and mini-coop plans for your backyard.

Learning About Bees and Beekeeping - Three U. S. Regional Associations
Mother Earth News - There are three regional beekeeping associations in the U.S. All three were founded by beekeepers to provide educational opportunities for their members and connect members and Professional and industry leaders in a mutually engaging setting. They are aimed primarily at beginning, hobby and sideline beekeepers, but all three certainly enjoy the many commercial beekeepers that attend too.

Pet News

YouTube: Life Coaching Tips: The Feline Way
Here are words of wisdom, all illustrated by some very characterful cats!

Pet Acupuncture: An Important Healing Tool
More and more pet owners are asking their veterinarians about acupuncture for companion animals. And a growing number of veterinarians are realizing the value of adding acupuncture to the list of services they provide. The reason? It works!

Accurately Diagnosing Bacterial Urinary Infection in Cats
One of the most common disorders affecting kitties is feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). Also known as feline urologic syndrome (FUS), FLUTD is a group of disorders, any of which can affect your cat's bladder or urethra, including cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), urinary tract infections, urinary stones, urethral plugs, cancer and other disorders. If your cat begins urinating outside the litter box, the first thing you should assume is you have a medical problem on your hands rather than a behavioral problem.

Miscellaneous

Joyce Schaffer Song: "Let us Help You Pack"  -  YouTube: "Takin' Back Our Country"
"If that doesn't sound good to you, let us help you pack!"

The Magic of Radio Part 1: Why Shortwave Radio Matters
Activist Post - Often times the two of us simply hang out during our weekly Skype conference call and just chat about whatever strikes our current curiosity bone. And you know, with so much communication being done these days via e-mail or social media, it is nice to hear a human voice and to partake in real human interaction.


Today in History - Monday - January 9, 2012
1799 - British prime minister William Pitt the Younger introduced income tax, at two shillings (10p) in the pound, to raise funds for the Napoleonic Wars.
1848 - The first commercial bank was established in San Francisco, CA.
1861 - The state of Mississippi seceded from the United States.
1894 - The New England Telephone and Telegraph Company put the first battery-operated switchboard into operation in Lexington, MA.
1902 - New York State introduced a bill to outlaw flirting in public.
1905 - In Russia, the civil disturbances known as the Revolution of 1905 forced Czar Nicholas II to grant some civil rights.
1929 - The Seeing Eye was incorporated in Nashville, TN. The company's purpose was to train dogs to guide the blind.
1936 - The United States Army adopted the semi-automatic rifle.
1937 - The first issue of "Look" went on sale. Within a month, "Look" became a biweekly magazine.
1940 - Television was used for the first time to present a sales meeting to convention delegates in New York City.
1951 - The United Nations headquarters officially opened in New York City.
1972 - The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth was destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbor.
1972 - British miners went on strike for the first time since 1926.
1984 - Clara Peller was first seen by TV viewers in the "Where's the Beef?" commercial campaign for Wendy's.
1986 - Kodak got out of the instant camera business after 10 years due to a loss in a court battle that claimed that Kodak copied Polaroid patents.
1991 - U.S. sec. of state Baker and Iraqi foreign minister Aziz met for 61/2 hours in Geneva, but failed to reach any agreement that would forestall war in the Persian Gulf.
1995 - Russian cosmonaut Valeri Poliakov, 51, completed his 366th day in outer space aboard the Mir space station, breaking the record for the longest continuous time spent in outer space.
2002 - The U.S. Justice Department announced that it was pursuing a criminal investigation of Enron Corp. The company had filed for bankruptcy on December 2, 2001.
2003 - Archaeologists announced that they had found five more chambers in the tomb of Qin Shihuang, China's first emperor. The rooms were believed to cover about 750,000 square feet.

World News

Iran to launch nuclear work in bunker in "near future"
(Reuters) - Iran will in the "near future" start enriching uranium deep inside a mountain, a senior official said, a move likely to further antagonize Western powers which suspect Tehran is seeking nuclear weapons capability.... The United States and its allies say Iran is trying to build bombs, but Tehran insists its nuclear program is aimed at generating power and for medical purposes.

US: Iran has not yet decided to build nuclear bomb
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Iran is laying the groundwork for making nuclear weapons someday, but is not yet building a bomb and called for continued diplomatic and economic pressure to persuade Tehran not to take that step.... "We have common cause here" with Israel, he said. "And the better approach is for us to work together." Panetta's remarks on CBS' Face the Nation... reflect the long-held view of the Obama administration that Iran is not yet committed to building a nuclear arsenal, only to creating the industrial and scientific capacity to allow one if its leaders to decide to take that final step.

Iran sentences alleged U.S. spy to death
CBS/AP) TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state radio reported Monday, in a case adding to the accelerating tension between the United States and Iran. Iran charges that as a former U.S. Marine, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission. The radio report did not say when the verdict was issued. Under Iranian law, he has 20 days to appeal.

US Destroyer Rescues Iranians From Pirates
This is kind of funny. The same week that Tehran said that bad things would happen if the U.S. aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis returned to the Persian Gulf, American sailors rescued 13 Iranian fishermen who had been held hostage aboard their dhow (ship), the Al Molai, for several weeks by pirates in the Arabian Sea.

Karzai offers ultimatum to US over Afghan prison
RT - Afghanistan’s President Karzai has given Washington one month to transfer control of US military prisons in Bahrain where Afghan men are suspected of being held in torturous conditions. The White House has responded by saying sure, but it looks as if Obama is in no hurry to act. Karzai is allegedly angry at both his country’s Taliban regime and US authorities for not giving him enough say in the talks that stand to help the insurgents establish a political office to begin policy negotiations.

Venezuela will not recognize World Bank ruling in Exxon case
(Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday that his country would not recognize any ruling by a World Bank tribunal in a multibillion-dollar arbitration case with Exxon Mobil Corp. Exxon took Venezuela to the World Bank's International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, or ICSID, seeking as much as $12 billion in compensation after Chavez ordered the nationalization of the Cerro Negro oil project in 2007. "I tell you now: we will not recognize any decision by ICSID," Chavez said during a televised speech. He has repeatedly accused the U.S. oil major of using unfair deals in the past to "rob" the South American OPEC member of its resources.

Iran Decides to Close Hormuz if Oil Exports Blocked
Kurt Nimmo - Ali Ashraf Nouri, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, told Khorasan daily on Sunday that the Iranian government has decided to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf if the country’s oil exports are blocked. Also on Sunday, Iranian Army Commander Brigadier General Habibollah Sayyari said Iran can block the Strait of Hormuz “easily.” The threat comes as the European Union prepares to embargo Iranian oil at the end of the month in response to Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

Iran holds military exercise near Afghan border
Reuters - (Reuters) - Iran launched a military maneuver near its border with Afghanistan on Saturday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, days after naval exercises in the Gulf increased tensions with the West and pushed up oil prices.

We would use force to keep Gulf open: Hammond warns Iran not to block key oil route
Britain would take military action to prevent Iran blocking the Persian Gulf to cut off oil supplies, the Defence Secretary said yesterday. Philip Hammond warned the regime in Tehran that the UK will not tolerate the ‘very significant consequences’ if it fulfils a threat to block the Strait of Hormuz. He signalled that such action would be blocked by force of arms.

Saif Gaddafi sets Libya’s new rulers a test of commitment to human rights
Guardian - Tyrant's son has become an unlikely rallying point for human rights activists as he languishes in jail without a lawyer. Home for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is currently a converted living room with a dirty beige carpet in a compound close to Zintan, a modest mountain town 100 miles south-east of Libya's capital, Tripoli. Uniformed guards are his only company and he is denied visitors, television, radio and the internet.

Blair Inc’s ‘baffling’ increase in earnings
Guardian - Unemployment is rising and companies are going to the wall as the economic turmoil continues to inflict damage across the globe. But one organisation is thriving. Records recently filed at Companies House show Tony Blair Inc is going from strength to strength. They reveal that income channelled through a complex network of firms and partnerships controlled by Blair rose more than 40% last year to more than £12m. Of this, almost £10m was paid for "management services". The money was transferred via a network of firms and financial vehicles.

VIDEO: British firm creates weapon that fires water cooler bottles which can smash down walls
A British company has invented a new weapon for use in the war against terror which uses ordinary water cooler bottles as ammunition. The plastic bottles of water, which are used in coolers in thousands of offices and shops up and down the country, become powerful missiles when fired from the Wall Breaker cannon. The tough plastic bottles can knock through double layer walls to break into hostage situations or other terror situations.

Egypt Islamists seen winning near two-thirds of seats
(Reuters) - The Muslim Brotherhood said on Saturday it had won at least 41 percent of the seats in Egypt's lower house of parliament, with Islamists of various stripes occupying almost two thirds of the assembly so far. Banned under deposed President Hosni Mubarak, the Brotherhood has emerged as a major winner from the uprising that toppled him, exploiting a well-organized support base in the first free legislative vote in decades.

Thousands massacred as two tribes go to war in South Sudan
The Independent - More than 3,000 people have been reported killed in South Sudan during a week of clashes between two tribes in the world's newest state. Hundreds of children are missing and entire villages are said to have been burnt as a huge raiding party from the Lou Nuer tribe swept through a remote area in the east of the country, attacking their neighbors, the Murle people.

Wall Street bankster Soros to open “official presence” in Myanmar
Activist Post - Following a Dec 26-Jan 3 visit to Wall Street and London's proxy of choice, "democratic icon" Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar, billionaire banker/speculator George Soros has declared his intentions to set up a permanent mission in Myanmar, still called "Burma" by neo-colonial advocates and Aung San Suu Kyi herself. US State Department-funded "Democratic Voice of Burma" reported that Soros' mission was an effort to aid Myanmar in "the transition from a closed to a more open society."

Nigeria: The Next Front for AFRICOM
Activist Post - As the United States African Command (AFRICOM) begins to gain a foothold into the continent with its troops officially present in Eritrea and Uganda in an effort to maintain security and remove other theocratic religious groups such as the Lord’s Resistance Army, the sectarian violence in Nigeria provides a convenient pretext for military intervention in the continuing resource war. For further insight into this theory, it is interesting to note that United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania conducted a series of African war game scenarios in preparation for the Pentagon’s expansion of AFRICOM under the Obama Administration.

Plutonium From Fukushima Has Now Circled The Planet
Activist Post - A recently published study in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity confirms that the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster reached Europe (Lithuania), and included plutonium, the most deadly manmade element (nanogram for nanogram) in existence. According to the study's authors the radionuclide concentrations measured indicate there was "long-range air mass transport from Japan across the Pacific, the North America and the Atlantic Ocean to Central Europe as indicated by modelling."

Gardasil - Don't Cry for Me Argentina - I Have Come to Kill Thousands of Your Girls
(NaturalNews) Last February, Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez announced the launch of the country's HPV vaccine program at the National Institute of Tropical Medicine conference. In a stunning admission and before an audience of her countrymen, who did not react to her gaffe, President Fernandez admits that the HPV vaccine kills girls. Was she betrayed by her subconscious or by her criminal unconscious?

Vitamin C mega-dosing continues to unleash healing miracles around the world
(NaturalNews) Remember the story of Alan Smith from New Zealand, and his dramatic recovery from a coma with mega-dose vitamin C? That story went viral and was featured in the New Zealand version of "60 Minutes." But some sources didn't have it quite right. The mega-dose vitamin C was not by IV for the last two weeks. They were through a uniquely new oral C product.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: RON PAUL IS THE CHOICE OF THE TROOPS!
This speech was delivered at Jillian's Billiards in Manchester, NH at the Boots to NH debate watching party on January 7th, 2012. Thanks to Ian Cioffi and crew for making this possible!

Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read
Blacklisted News - The six corporations that collectively control U.S. media today are Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal. Together, the "big six" absolutely dominate news and entertainment in the United States. But even those areas of the media that the "big six" do not completely control are becoming increasingly concentrated. For example, Clear Channel now owns over 1000 radio stations across the United States. Companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are increasingly dominating the Internet.

Exclusive: Jesse Ventura Blasts Navy SEAL ‘Punch’ Hoax
Paul Joseph Watson - Following claims made by US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle that he punched Jesse Ventura for badmouthing US troops during a wake for a slain soldier in Coronado, California, Ventura has denounced the story as an outrageous lie, asserting that the event never happened.... Ventura labels the story a total fabrication and is beyond heartbroken that a fellow service member and Navy SEAL would invent such outrageous lies designed to defame him and help sell a book.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Highlights in NBC / Facebook NH Debate - 1/8/2012
January 8, 2012 - Ron Paul highlights and links to the full debate. Once again, Ron Paul was largely ignored in the debate. One listener tallied the number of times each candidate got to speak. The results were: Romney 13, Santorum 10, Gingrich 8, Huntsman 7, Paul 6, and Perry 5.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Highlights in ABC / WMUR New Hampshire Debate
January 7, 2012 - Ron Paul highlights and links to the full debate.

POLLS: Who won the 1/7/2012 ABC News/WMUR New Hampshire GOP debate?
ABC News: Ron Paul: 5995 - Mitt Romney 1658 - Jon Huntsman 536 votes.
The Swash: Ron Paul 61%
We Polls: Ron Paul 81%
World News: Ron Paul 68%
Your Political News Group: Ron Paul 76%
National Review: Ron Paul 68%.

Republican Presidential Primary Polling Data Average

New Ron Paul Campaign Ad Takes On Santorum — "Betrayal"
Jan 6, 2012.

Ron Paul Wins GOP Straw Poll in Delegate-Rich Idaho
January 6, 2012 - 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul easily beat his competitors in the Idaho state Republican Party’s first-ever public presidential straw poll. Paul earned 173 of the 399 votes cast statewide, followed by Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman who earned 135, 47, 40, and 4 votes, respectively.

YoutTube: What If "They" Are Lying to Us about Ron Paul?
Freedom Watch - Once again, Judge Andrew Napolitano tells us the truth. It really is amazing Fox News allows this sort of unvarnished truth to be broadcast over their propaganda venue.

Warning: DHS Now Issuing Thousands of New Photo ID’s for ‘Voting Purposes’
Patrick Henningsen - Warning: here come federal ID cards, disguised under the banner of a DHS ‘state ID’. The new DHS national ID card program was officially rolled out this week in the state of Tennessee. From January 1st, 2012, ID cards are longer optional, they are the law. The new state law requires that all Tennessee citizens must present a federal or state-issued photo ID in order to vote at the polls. The law also requires the DHS to issue photo IDs for voting purposes – at no charge. Residents appear to have given in without any serious fight, giving a new dimension to the state’s lofty moniker as a “Volunteer State”.

GOP Delegate Tracker
Wall Street Journal - Following the results of the 2012 Republican primaries and caucuses.

What A Big Government Conservative Looks Like
A look at Rick Santorum' voting record.

YouTube: Phil Donahue on Ron Paul & Foreign Policy
Phil Donahue on Ron Paul & Foreign Policy CNN 1/5/12.

YouTube: CIA Chief Endorses Ron Paul
Fox News Jan 6, 2012 - Former CIA bin Laden hunter Michael Scheuer explains why he endorsed Ron Paul and why he says Rep. Paul has the strongest stance on national defense.

Ron Paul Vindicated on Iran
The Atlantic - A week ago Ron Paul tried to convey how the ever-tightening sanctions on Iran--which may soon include an embargo on its oil--look from an Iranian point of view: It's as if China were to blockade the Gulf of Mexico, he said--"an act of war". This is sheer conjecture; Ron Paul is no expert on Iran. But now someone who does have relevant credentials has weighed in, and the picture he paints is disturbingly reminiscent of the one Paul painted. It suggests we may be closer to war than most people realize.

YouTube: Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer: "Ron Paul's Policy/Perspective on Iran Most Accurate"
Fox News Jan 3, 2012.

VIDEO: BREAKING: Author Of Ron Paul “Racist” Newsletters Revealed
Fox - I told you Wednesday night that in 2007 the New Republic magazine published copies of the Ron Paul Report, Ron Paul Strategy Guide, etc. In those newsletters were some passages that could be deemed racist and certainly inappropriate. I also pointed out that the author of those articles, James Kirchick, mentions that none of the racist newsletters have a byline, except for one. The only problem, back in 2007, he did not disclose the name of that writer or which edition he or she wrote, until today. For the first time, I am going to share with you the name of that writer in connection with the article he authored.

An Open Letter to the Jewish Community in Behalf of Ron Paul
LewRockwell.com - Dr. Paul by no means would single out the single country of Israel for an elimination of foreign aid. Much to the contrary, his is a thorough-going plan that would end this pernicious program for all countries. Indeed, each and every nation on the face of the earth that had been receiving U.S. tax dollars would be told that their ride on this particular gravy train had ended. Would this hurt Israel?... In order to determine whether or not Israel would be better off or not, one must make a relativistic judgment. That is, will Israel lose more or less than its enemies? The facts for a recent year appear below. Here are the top 16 recipients of U.S. foreign aid for 2005:

Obama Campaign Fails to File Delegate Slate for New Hampshire Primary
For obvious reasons, most news coverage of the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primaries focuses on the Republican contest. With rare exceptions, incumbent presidents seeking re-election enjoy a nearly insuperable advantage in their party’s nomination process. So it’s business as usual in the Granite State, with only one candidate in the Democratic running. Or maybe not quite so usual — because that one candidate isn’t President Barack Obama.

Obama lawyers claim Americans who oppose U.S. government are 'legitimate' targets for government bombings, assassinations
(NaturalNews) Do you remember when Barack Obama, as a senator and onetime constitutional law professor, opposed legislation he felt incriminated on the rights of American citizens? If that seems like a political lifetime ago, that's because it was; it was back in a time (2007) when he also believed the U.S. should close Guantanamo Bay, restore Habeas Corpus to Muslims around the world and never hold U.S. citizens as enemy combatants.

Hackers expose defence and intelligence officials in US and UK
Guardian - Thousands of British email addresses and encrypted passwords, including those of defence, intelligence and police officials as well as politicians and Nato advisers, have been revealed on the internet following a security breach by hackers. Among the huge database of private information exposed by self-styled "hacktivists" are the details of 221 British military officials and 242 Nato staff. Civil servants working at the heart of the UK government – including several in the Cabinet Office as well as advisers to the Joint Intelligence Organisation, which acts as the prime minister's eyes and ears on sensitive information – have also been exposed.

How Homeland Security Monitors Its US journalists
RT- Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms. Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

Federal Grants Pay to Militarize Local Cops
Since Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of communities across the nation have taken advantage of more than $34 billion in central government grants to equip police and sheriffs’ departments with assault rifles and exotic weaponry. In 2011 alone, approximately $2 billion in grants were awarded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with $500 million more allocated to existing programs.

VIDEO: Amid Austerity Measures, Mayor Offers $1,000 Gun Snitch Reward in Newark, NJ
Activist Post - How callers are supposed to know if "somebody (is) carrying an illegal gun" doesn't seem to be an important point to Booker. New Jersey proves itself once again to be not only one of the most corrupt states, but one where ridiculous programs like this are introduced as a solution to prevent crime, instead of empowering the individual to protect themselves as the Constitution grants under the Second Amendment.

IBM helped automate Hitler's holocaust death machine, author reveals
(NaturalNews) It is not known that one of America's most successful technology companies was complicit in helping Nazi leader Adolph Hitler build a more efficient killing machine before and during World War II, one author charges.

New Law Requires Photo ID To Buy Drain Cleaner
CHICAGO (CBS) – A new state law requires those who buy drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log.... The law, which took effect Sunday, requires those who seek to buy caustic or noxious substances, except for batteries, to provide government-issued photo identification that shows their name and date of birth. The cashier then must log the name and address, the date and time of the purchase, the type of product, the brand and even the net weight.

Big Brother in St. Louis: Schools Plan to Monitor Student Activity at Home
Kurt Nimmo - Elementary schools in Missouri plan to use wristwatch-like devices called Polar active monitors to surveil children – not only at school, but also at home. Parkway elementary schools in St. Louis plan “to collect data about activity levels and even sleep patterns for a week at a time. It will have the students wear the devices round the clock,” according to STLToday.com.

VIDEO: Seattle Sues Attorney That Is Suing To Get Police Dashcam Videos
Acting as a citizen, lawyer James Egan filed a public disclosure request to get 36 dash cam showing possible violations by Seattle Police. Many dash cam videos have surfaced in the past, but they were leaked to the media, not released by the city. The answer to Egan's request was no. And after he appealed, Wednesday he learned he has been sued by the city.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

NYPD raids studio used by OWS live-streamers
RT - The New York City headquarters of a group cooperating with the Occupy Wall Street movement was swarmed by the NYPD on Tuesday in a raid that left half a dozen people involved with the Globalrevolution.tv website in police custody. Cops entered the Bushwick studio used by Global Revolution on Tuesday after posting a notice on the door of the space occupied by the group the night before. According to authorities, the space at 13 Thames St in the Brooklyn, NY neighborhood hosted conditions “imminently perilous to life” and had to be vacated by all occupants, although failed to provide any details on what factors had led to such a case.

New Clancy 'Rainbow 6' video game labels OWS protesters as the new domestic terror threat
(NaturalNews) Is it getting increasingly harder to voice your opinion in the U.S. without someone labeling you a terrorist or a subversive? The latest outrage comes from the Tom Clancy-inspired "Rainbow Six" videogame series, in which Occupy Wall Street protesters are the new domestic terrorists.

Economy

Banks Can Go Below Basel Levels During Crisis
Bloomberg - Banks will be allowed go below minimum liquidity levels set by global regulators during financial crises to avoid cash-flow difficulties. “During a period of stress, banks would be expected to use their pool of liquid assets, thereby temporarily falling below the minimum requirement,” the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s governing board said in a statement on its website yesterday, following a meeting in the Swiss city.

New virus raids your bank account - but you won't notice
The best way to protect yourself from an online financial scam is to diligently check your bank accounts. At least, until now. Israeli-based Security firm Trusteer has found an elaborate new computer virus that not only helps fraudsters steal money from bank accounts -- it also covers its tracks.

White House proposes 0.5 percent pay increase for federal workers
The White House will propose a 0.5 percent pay increase for civilian federal employees as part of its 2013 budget proposal, according to two senior administration officials familiar with the plans.

Rubio in letter to Obama: You are turning America into a 'deadbeat nation'
In a scathing letter sent to Barack Obama this morning, Senator Marco Rubio said that under the President’s first term in office, “more and more people have come to believe that America is becoming a deadbeat nation.” Rubio went on to pledge that he would challenge any further increase in the debt ceiling, arguing that “we [Congress] need to make it routine to actually spend no more than we take in.” In the letter obtained by HUMAN EVENTS, the Florida Senator said that President Obama’s upcoming request to increase the debt ceiling by a whopping $1.2 trillion will cause the nation’s public debt to surpass the $16 trillion mark. The Florida Republican’s warning letter to Obama can be read in its entirety below.

Energy & Environment

APNewsBreak: US to limit mining near Grand Canyon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fending off pressure from the mining industry and congressional Republicans, the Obama administration is moving forward with a plan to ban new uranium mining claims on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon.... Conservation groups call the 20-year ban a crucial protection for an American icon. The mining industry and some Republican members of Congress say it is detrimental to Arizona's economy and the nation's energy independence.

Alaska town tries to dig out from huge snow dump
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Dozens of National Guard troops have arrived to help an Alaska fishing town dig out from massive snows that have collapsed roofs, trapped some people in homes, and triggered avalanches.... The Guard reported more than 18 feet of snow has fallen in the past weeks, although the National Weather Service did not immediately have a measurement.

Health

Senator warns FDA on danger of newest painkillers
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Following fatal shootings in two New York pharmacy robberies, a U.S. senator is warning that a new batch of "super painkillers" now under review could force repeats of recent violent robberies that left six people dead. "It's tremendously concerning that at the same time policymakers and law enforcement professionals are waging a war on the growing prescription drug crisis, new super-drugs could well be on their way, flooding the market," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. "The FDA needs to grab the reins and slow down the stampede to introduce these powerful narcotics."

Antidepressants Cause Your Arteries to Thicken 400% More Than Aging
Activist Post - A study conducted by the Emory University School of Medicine included over 500 middle-aged male twins, both who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. The researchers noted that among 59 pairs of twins where only one brother was on antidepressants, the one ingesting the drugs usually had higher carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) – the thickness of main arteries in the neck.

543,812 union workers receive Obamacare waivers
Daily Caller - Documents released in a classic Friday afternoon news dump show that labor unions representing 543,812 workers received waivers from President Barack Obama‘s signature legislation since June 17, 2011. By contrast, private employers with a total of 69,813 employees, many of whom work for small businesses, were granted waivers.

How The Federal Government Is Chasing Millions Of Good Doctors Out Of The Medical Profession
The American Dream - Today, approximately 40 percent of all doctors in the United States are 55 years of age or older. Large numbers of them are getting ready to retire. Even before Obamacare was passed, we were already facing a massive shortage of doctors in the coming years. The American Association of Medical Colleges has projected that we will experience a shortage of more than 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years. Unfortunately, the passage of Obamacare is going to make this crisis even worse.

Drug Giant Hit with $1 Billion Fine Over Faulty Antipsychotic Risperdal Marketing
Activist Post - Johnson & Johnson, the largest health products company in the world, will pay $1 billion to the United States government, as well as most states, in response to an agreement over the marketing of the hugely popular antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

Mediterranean diet and reduced calorie intake promote brain health and longevity
(NaturalNews) Researchers have long theorized that a Mediterranean diet full of vegetables, fruit, fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil can help promote good health. Scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden reporting in the European journal AGE provide the unanimous results: four independent studies demonstrate this style of eating not only lowers the risk from many chronic and potentially fatal diseases, but actually also extends healthy lifespan in aging adults. A separate research body appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) explains that calorie restriction or consuming about twenty-five percent fewer calories each day, turns on a molecule that helps the brain stay young.

Salt - friend or foe?
(NaturalNews) For many years we have been told by medical experts and nutritionists alike that it is crucial for our health to cut down on sodium as much as possible. Statistical data seems to show that a high dietary salt intake (primarily consisting in sodium chloride) can put people at risk of cardiovascular complications.

Supplement Cocktail Improves Eye Fatigue
A formula consisting of fish oil, bilberry extract and lutein improved mental fatigue and various symptoms of asthenopia in human subjects, according to results from a recent study. Researchers from Nippon Suisan Kaisha published their results in the December issue of Biomedical Research.

Proof that Your Own Thoughts and Beliefs Can Cause Self-Healing
ActivistPost - If you are struggling with any major health concern, it is important to realize that your mind can sometimes be your own worst enemy, or it could be the main reason for treating a problem. Increasingly, it is being recognized that a ‘mind over matter’ approach can actually produce noticeable results in your health.

Grapefruit Sunrise
This delicious dessert adds sunshine sweetness to your Healthiest Way of Eating! And one serving provides 411% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin C, 26% DV for potassium and 26% DV for folate. Enjoy! In-Depth Nutritional Profile here.

Science & Technology

Navy Balloon Launches Drone, Which Drops Two More Spy Bots
Wired News - It just might be the most convoluted spy program in the Pentagon’s history: Fly a balloon up to 60,000 feet, and have it unleash a drone. Then, have that drone deploy several smaller surveillance drones that glide to the ground and collect data. Rube Goldberg, call your office. The elaborate plot comes courtesy of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which recently announced successful completion of flight tests for their new, Autonomous Deployment Demonstration project.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

FBI pushes to classify undercover animal abuse investigations as 'terrorism'
(NaturalNews) The USA Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and various other unconstitutional "anti-terrorism" legislation all appear to be getting turned right back around on the American people. It has been revealed that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been keeping files on animal rights activists who conduct undercover investigations of factory farms, and the agency is now recommending that these activists be prosecuted as "terrorists."

Large southwest dairy farm to lose organic certification following USDA investigation
(NaturalNews) The first dairy to ever become US Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic in the State of Arizona is now set to lose that certification following an investigation spearheaded by the Cornucopia Institute (CI), a small-scale organic farm advocacy group. Shamrock Farms has allegedly been breaking USDA rules for organics by confining cows and restricting their access to pasture, and the USDA is finally getting around to taking action more than three years after CI lodged an initial complaint.

Miscellaneous

Truffles: The Most Expensive Food in the World
(CBS News) European white truffles can sell for as much as $3,600 a pound, making them and their fellow fungi the most expensive food in the world. One two-pound truffle recently sold for more than $300,000. All of which has brought organized crime into the truffle trade, creating a black market and leading to theft of both truffles as well as the highly valued truffle-sniffing dogs.


Today in History - Friday - January 6, 2012
1838 - Samuel Morse publicly demonstrated the telegraph for the first time.
1896 - The first American women’s six-day bicycle race was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1900 - In India, it was reported that millions of people were dying from starvation.
1900 - Off of South Africa, the British seized the German steamer Herzog. The boat was released on January 22, 1900.
1912 - New Mexico became the 47th U.S. state.
1930 - The first diesel-engine automobile trip was completed after a run of 792 miles from Indianapolis, IN, to New York City, NY.
1931 - Thomas Edison executed his last patent application.
1942 - The first commercial around-the-world airline flight took place. Pan American Airlines was the company that made history with the feat.
1945 - The Battle of the Bulge ended with 130,000 German and 77,000 Allied casualties.
1950 - Britain recognized the Communist government of China.
1952 - "Peanuts" debuted in Sunday papers across the United States.
1963 - "Wild Kingdom" premiered on NBC.
1967 - U.S. and South Vietnamese forces launched a major offensive, known as Operation "Deckhouse V", in the Mekong River delta.
1982 - William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles, CA, of being the "freeway killer" who had murdered 14 young men and boys.
1987 - After a 29-year lapse, the Ford Thunderbird was presented with the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award. It was the 1st repeat winner of the award.
1994 - Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI. Four men were later sentenced to prison for the attack, including Tonya Harding's ex-husband.
1998 - The spacecraft Lunar Prospect was launched into orbit around the moon. The craft was crashed into the moon, in an effort to find water under the lunar surface, on July 31, 1999.
1999 - The 106th U.S. Congress opened. The first item on the agenda was the impeachment proceedings of U.S. President Bill Clinton. The trial was set to begin January 7, 1999.

World News

Iran to hold new naval drill near strait of Hormuz
Iranian Defense Minister announces new exercise one day after Israel, U.S. plan major joint drill, and days after the culmination of a 10-day Iranian maneuver in the area.... According to a report by Iran's state television Press TV, the drill, the seventh in a series of drills dubbed the "Great Prophet," will take place in February.

2 more dead birds in HK test positive for H5N1
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong authorities say two more dead birds have tested positive for a dangerous strain of bird flu, adding to health worries in the city. Agriculture officials said Friday that two black-headed gulls found separately about a week ago in rural areas had H5N1 avian influenza. The birds are common visitors in winter.

All that glitters is gold: Metal theft rising in UK and around the world
(NaturalNews) Ten years ago, it would have been almost unheard of to hear about thieves targeting facilities like churches or hospitals for their copper trim work, steel-encased generators, wiring, and other metal materials. But today, in the midst of a spiraling global economy, a growing number of thieves are shamelessly nabbing metal wherever, and however, they can, in order to make a quick buck.

Israel, Palestinians to meet on Monday, U.S. says
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators will hold their second round of face-to-face talks within a week on Monday in Amman, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday. "We are encouraged that they are both coming to the table, they are talking directly," spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in her daily briefing.

Iraq bombings leave scores dead
At least 72 people are killed after attacks on Shia Muslims in southern Iraq and the capital Baghdad, the deadliest since the last US troops pulled out. Officials said 45 pilgrims died in a suicide attack in Nasiriya and 27 people died in Shia areas of Baghdad. The attacks were the deadliest since the last US soldiers pulled out of Iraq on 18 December. Sectarian tensions have risen since the US pullout and since an arrest warrant was issued for Sunni Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi.

US Commander Visits Israel to Finalize Massive Missile Drill
Fox News - Israel, US to hold largest ever missile defense exercise this spring; thousands of US soldiers will be deployed in Israel. Israel is moving forward with plans to hold the largest-ever missile defense exercise in its history this spring amid Iranian efforts to obtain nuclear weapons.

Oil Prices Move Steadily Upward as EU Prepares Iran Embargo
Kurt Nimmo - The price of oil has spiraled upward to an eight month high as the European Union considers imposing a full ban on purchases of Iranian crude. European governments have settled differences on the ban, signaling that the embargo will likely go forward. “A lot of progress has been made,” an anonymous EU diplomat told Reuters. “The principle of an oil embargo is agreed. It is not being debated any more.”

As Americans suffer cuts at home, US subsidizes Israel Army sushi courses
Electronic Intifada - There’s an astonishing piece of news in Israel’s Haaretz today under the headine “Israel allocates funds to help former IDF soldiers become sushi chefs”: Demobilized soldiers will be able to study Asian cooking this year at the government’s expense, as part of an effort to reduce the number of foreign workers employed as cooks in Asian restaurants by training Israeli professionals to replace them.... The cooking courses are estimated to cost about NIS 4.5 million a year, about NIS 1 million of which will come from the Defense Ministry budget.

French Borrowing Costs Rise at Auction as AAA Rating Faces Threat of Cut
Bloomberg - France sold 7.96 billion euros ($10.2 billion) of debt, with borrowing costs rising in its first bond auction of the year as credit companies threaten to cut the nation’s AAA rating.... “This is proving to the market again that they can still raise finance without too many difficulties,” said Eric Wand, a fixed-income strategist at Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets in London. “There’s still the threat of a downgrade hanging over France and until we get that situation cleared up you can’t signal the all-clear and it’s still going to be vulnerable.”

Former SS Boss Proposes Global Email Fusion Center
Kurt Nimmo - Ronald Noble – the former head of the Secret Service, the BATF, and secretary general of Interpol – wants to create a fusion center with the ability to track and trace your email. Noble says that although there is no known threat posed against the Olympics planned for 2012 in London, the state needs a fusion center to make sure.... “My concern is that the people planning that attack – that nuclear attack, that bio-terrorist attack, that attack that should concern us all as a world – would be able to plan it more effectively because we don’t have a network in place for tracing the source of email messages on the internet,” he said.

EU Plan to slap VAT on Food
Express - The European Commission wants VAT exemptions on food, children’s clothes and other essentials abandoned in an effort to harmonise the sales tax across Europe. Its plans come after the Coalition raised the VAT rate to 20 per cent last year but kept an exemption for food, children’s clothes, passenger travel, books, newspapers and other products. Last night the proposals sparked outrage among politicians and public-spending campaigners who attacked the Eurocrats for trying to interfere in ­Britain’s tax affairs. Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “In their desperation to raise cash, the EU is prepared to do anything and hurt the most vulnerable.

Big Brother malls using equipment to spy on shoppers via mobiles phones
Mail Online - Shopping centres have triggered a Big Brother row after installing equipment that allows them to track customers using their mobile phone signals. The technology has raised privacy concerns after it emerged that major shopping centre owner Land Securities has installed it at ten of Britain’s biggest malls.

GlaxoSmithKline Fined Over Illegal Vaccine Experiments Killing 14 Babies
Infowars - Vaccine and drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined 400,000 pesos (around the equivalent of $93,000) by an Argentinian judge for killing 14 babies during illegal lab vaccine trials that were conducted between 2007 and 2008. In addition to killing the children and experimenting with human beings, the judge asserted that the corporation actually falsified parental authorizations so that babies could participate without legitimate parental permission.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Army Considering Reprimanding Soldier Who Appeared With Ron Paul
Steve Watson - “The soldier that spoke tonight on behalf of Ron Paul is gonna be in a bit of trouble,” wrote Paul Rieckhoff, founder of the veterans’ advocacy organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “Politics in uniform is a big no-go. And Paul and his campaign should know better. Troops are bound by the (Uniform Code of Military Justice).” Rieckhoff added. The Department of Defense policy states that active duty troops wearing a uniform are expected to avoid activities that “imply official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement” of political figures. Those who wish to see the Army throw the book at Thorsen may be disappointed, however, given that he is not currently on active duty.

Rally in Nashua, NH on January 6, 2012
Congressman Ron Paul will return to New Hampshire with a campaign rally at Jet Aviation, 83 Perimeter Road in Nashua, NH 03063 on Friday, January 6th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano Endorses Ron Paul; Slaughters Romney and Santorum
Freedom Watch January 5, 2012.

YouTube: Mitt Romney avoids U.S tax by using Offshore bank accounts
Also the FBI is investigating Bain Capital About two weeks ago, the FBI evoked FOIA exemption 7(a) and denied access to all Bain Capital records on the grounds that "there is a pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding relevant to these responsive records; and that release of the information contained in these responsive records could reasonably be expected to interfere with the enforcement proceedings."

YouTube: Michael Badnarik on Reality TV Presidential Puppets and Corporate Media Ignoring Ron Paul
Intel Hub News Brief - Former Presidential Candidate Michael Badnarik discusses the corporate media coverage of Ron Paul and the ridiculous over the top coverage of all the other presidential candidates.

Santorum shrugs off report of Iowa vote errors
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum shrugged off reports late Thursday that the vote count from Iowa's caucuses might be wrong, saying the errors appear not to change the fact that he and Mitt Romney were nearly tied.... Des Moines TV station KCCI reported that a Ron Paul backer attending his first precinct caucuses in Appanoose County, in southern Iowa, said the vote from his precinct was inaccurately reported and gave Romney 20 more votes than he actually received.

YouTube: Iowa Caucus Results Flawed, No Voter ID Required In Certain Areas
Intel Hub News Brief - Ron Paul, who was second or first in almost every pre Iowa Caucus poll somehow finished third behind Rick Santorum who literally came out of NO WHERE! Multiple credible news websites have reported on the photo ID law in Iowa and how many didnt even have to show ID.

Monsanto spends whopping $2 million in third quarter 2011 lobbying federal government
(NaturalNews) If you have ever wondered how the biotechnology industry has been able to develop the cozy and unquestioning relationship with the federal government that it has today, you need not look much further than Big Biotech's lobbying expenditures. According to a recent Bloomberg Businessweek report, biotech giant Monsanto spent a whopping $2 million just in the third quarter of 2011 lobbying the federal government to support its agenda.


ABC/WMUR New Hampshire Debate - Saturday - January 7, 9pm ET
Daily Paul - The ABC / WMUR New Hampshire Debate will be held at the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, 100 Saint Anselms Drive, Manchester, New Hampshire on Saturday, January 7th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Live stream at one, both, or neither of the above links. Just in case, the TVPC links for ABC.

Reno, Support Ron Paul at the January 7, 2012 NVRA Convention & Straw Poll!
The Nevada Republican Assembly is holding their Presidential Endorsing Convention. The event includes a Presidential Straw Poll! Please wear your Ron Paul gear and represent the Champion of the Constitution. A ticket to vote in the straw poll only costs $10! Lunch is $30 and also includes a ticket to vote in the Straw Poll. You can buy your ticket at the door or reserve it here.

Three New Hampshire Newspapers Endorse Ron Paul
Forbes - The Littleton Courier, Berlin Reporter, and Coos County Democrat all endorsed Paul for president in the 2012 election. “Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been in the lead for months,” wrote one of the op-eds, “but voters still seem desperate for an alternative. There’s always another candidate pulling stronger or almost as strong numbers in the polls. Voters have lost faith in Obama, but they are not sold on Romney to replace him. Congressman Ron Paul, however, has never voted to raise a tax and voted against all of the bailouts that have riled up Tea Partiers and Occupy Wall Streeters alike,” editors at these papers said.

Ron Paul raised $13 million in Q4-
Politico - The impressive figure comes after he took in $8 million during the third quarter. The cash flow will allow the Texas congressman to compete through later primaries and caucuses. Because he has the most loyal donor base – the cause of liberty primarily motivates them, not access or perks – he should be able to continue raising substantial sums in the wake of his third-place finish in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses. Only Mitt Romney will be able to post a higher number. Sources told us just before Christmas it will be $20+ million.

YouTube: The Bible & Ron Paul, pt. 1: Introduction
Part one of thirteen-part series comparing Ron Paul's platform to biblical principles for government.

VIDEO: Stunning! Judge Napolitano and guest stunned by Santorum remarks
Daily Paul 01/05/2012.

Chances of Central New York drone flights improve as new law allows six national test sites
Washington -- The National Defense Authorization Act signed into law last week by President Barack Obama allows for the establishment of six national test sites where drones could fly through civil air space. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday he pushed for the establishment of six spots, instead of the planned four, to improve the chances that Hancock Field would be included. The 174th Fighter Wing has been trying for almost five years to convince the Federal Aviation Administration to allow flights of the MQ-9 Reaper drones out of Hancock Field.

Obama announces new, leaner military approach
Washington Post - The downsizing of the Pentagon, prompted by the country’s dire fiscal problems, means that the military will depend more on coalitions with allies and avoid the large-scale counterinsurgency and nation-building operations that have marked the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, the Pentagon will invest more heavily in Special Operations Forces, which have a smaller footprint and require less money than conventional units, as well as drone aircraft and cybersecurity, defense officials said. The military will also shift its focus to Asia to counter China’s rising influence and North Korea’s unpredictability. Despite the end of the Iraq war, administration officials said they would keep a large presence in the Middle East, where tensions with Iran are worsening.

New Pentagon strategy stresses Asia, cyber, drones
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama unveiled a defense strategy on Thursday that would expand the U.S. military presence in Asia but shrink the overall size of the force as the Pentagon seeks to reduce spending by nearly half a trillion dollars after a decade of war....Cyberwarfare and unmanned drones would continue to grow in priority, as would countering attempts by China and Iran to block U.S. power projection capabilities in areas like the South China Sea and the Strait of Hormuz. But the size of the U.S. Army and Marines Corps would shrink. So too might the U.S. nuclear arsenal and the U.S. military footprint in Europe.

Pentagon’s non-lethal weapon projects leaked: laser beams that ‘steers enemy planes’
Mail Online - Descriptions of the Pentagon’s very latest non-lethal weapon projects have been leaked online.... One of the fantasy weapon systems is a laser device fitted to a plane that can actually steer an enemy aircraft away from a restricted area – somehow. It also details some projects that are being worked on right now, including the ‘Impulse Swimmer Gun’. This fires ‘pulsed sound waves’ at scuba divers who have strayed into a restricted zone leaving them with ‘auditory impairment and/or nausea’. Also on the drawing board is a weapon that blocks cars using high-powered microwaves.

Obama Embraces Signing Statements After Knocking Bush for Using Them
Daily Beast - As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama promised that if he was elected president he would not issue obscure declarations known as signing statements that thwart the intent of laws passed by Congress. But as the president now seeking reelection in 2012, on at least 20 occasions Obama has embraced the same tactic he criticized George W. Bush for using, raising allegations of double-dealing in Congress and questions of constitutionality from the American Bar Association.

Pentagon probing 'leak' of Bin Laden raid details
Did the Obama administration release classified information to Hollywood notables for a film about the operation that killed Osama bin Laden? That’s a question Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) wants answered. And in response, the Pentagon’s inspector general has launched an investigation, King disclosed Thursday. “We plan to begin subject investigation immediately,” Patricia A. Brannin, deputy inspector general for intelligence and special program assessments, wrote in a memo that King emailed to reporters.

Forced Military Testing in America’s Schools
Common Dreams - The invasion of student privacy associated with military testing in U.S. high schools has been well documented by mainstream media sources, like USA Today and NPR Radio. The practice of mandatory testing, however, continues largely unnoticed.... Federal laws strictly monitor the release of student information, but the military manages to circumvent these laws with the administration of the ASVAB. In fact, ASVAB test results are the only student information that leaves U.S. schools without the opportunity provided for parental consent.

DHS Officers Armed With Semiautomatics Set Up Unannounced ID Checkpoint
Paul Joseph Watson - Residents of Leesburg, Florida were shocked to see their local Social Security office turned into a random Homeland Security checkpoint Tuesday morning, as DHS officers armed with semiautomatic rifles and accompanied by sniffer dogs checked identifications of locals.... The activity was part of Operation Shield, an unannounced drill conducted by the DHS’ Federal Protective Service centered around “detecting the presence of unauthorized persons and potentially disruptive or dangerous activities.”

VIDEO: Arrested Illegal Immigrants Getting Back On Streets
ABC KOAT - SANTA FE, N.M. -- Santa Fe police expressed frustration on Wednesday as they said illegal immigrants who were arrested on various different charges are ending up back on the streets time after time. Police said they’re frustrated that they keep arresting the same criminals over and over when there's supposed to be a system in place to prevent that.

Occupy Wall Street Protest


VIDEO: "Occupy Movie" inspiring documentary highlights the unified voices
his inspiring documentary highlights the unified voices of Occupy movement participants. This compelling look into the perspectives of citizens rallying.
 

Economy

Obama's new jobs plan includes 110,000 unpaid positions
The Hill - President Obama on Thursday will unveil a summer-jobs initiative that the White House says is already on track to create 180,000 “work opportunities” in the private sector in 2012. That is the number of opportunities, which includes mentoring and unpaid internships, that companies have told the administration they are willing to create. Some 70,000 jobs are paid, the White House says.

Pepsi mulls job, pension cuts says report
(Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc is considering cutting about 4,000 jobs and reducing pension contributions in order to boost its earnings, the New York Post said, citing sources close to the situation. The company currently offers a pension plan and matches contributions to 401(k) retirement savings accounts, and believes that by offering both it is more generous than its peers, a source told the Post. Eliminating the 401(k) match would save the company $75 million, according to the newspaper.

After Receiving Bailout, GM May Move Volt Production to China
Although it happened back in September, 2011, it appears many American taxpayers are unaware that General Motors struck a deal in Shanghai wherein the company has agreed to develop an electric vehicle (EV) platform with its longtime Chinese partner SAIC. What else was included in this deal? GM has agreed to effectively move all future EV development to China. It could also mean that production of the vehicle itself will be moved overseas.

Alcoa to close Tennessee smelter, make other cuts
The company said that it would permanently close a smelter in Alcoa, Tenn., idled in 2009, and shut down two of the six idle production lines at a smelter in Rockdale, Texas. It expects to complete the moves in the first half of this year and announce other reductions soon. In 2009, the Tennessee and Texas smelters employed more 1,100 people combined. Alcoa still has about 1,000 workers at the Tennessee complex and 70 in Texas, working in other facilities, a spokesman said.

Housing Market

Florida Man Almost Loses Home Over 80 Cents
ABC News - Tom Mudie is a homeowner near Tampa, Fl. who almost lost his home after mistakenly underpaying his mortgage via telephone by 80 cents. Tom Mudie, 56, arranged a three-month trial period that would allow him to obtain a loan modification for his home in Largo, Fla. But a slip of the finger on a telephone payment system and he accidentally underpaid one of the trial payments by 80 cents, putting his house in jeopardy of being foreclosed.

Energy & Environment

Feds say no cause yet for Ohio nuke plant cracks
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — Federal inspectors are convinced that a nuclear reactor along Lake Erie is safe to operate even though they said Thursday it is not clear why small cracks appeared in a concrete shell that protects the plant.

Health

Vitamin B-12 and folic acid prevent memory loss and improve cognition as we age
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the Australian National University have shown that essential B vitamins combat stress that results in a loss of memory and normal thought patterns that cause abnormal brain aging. Published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, scientists found that long-term supplementation of daily folic acid and vitamin B-12 promotes improvement in cognitive functioning after a period of two years, particularly in immediate and delayed memory performance. B vitamins are crucial for nerve transmission and are needed in higher amounts as your stress level increases.

Chemicals in fast food wrappers show up in human blood
(NaturalNews) Toxic chemicals used to line fast food wrappers migrate easily into human blood, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Toronto and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Oily foods such as fast food and microwave popcorn are regularly packaged in paper or cardboard coated with polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters (PAPs), which prevent water or grease from leaking through the packaging. A prior study by the same research team confirmed that PAPs can migrate from packaging into food, and thereby be ingested.

Alternate treatment for chronic acne sufferers
(NaturalNews) Certain pharmaceutical medications prescribed for acne sufferers come with serious side effects. Many sufferers, desperate to be rid of their embarrassing acne, have found out too late that their treatment choice can cause severe, life-threatening diseases. Using a more natural skin care protocol, orally and/or topically, comes without harmful side effects and is often less expensive. Severe acne can cause permanent scarring and, in many cases, severe psychological damage. Not surprisingly, many chronic sufferers are prepared to try products with seemingly impressive results, but which come with damaging side effects.

Radiation Doctor Admits TSA Naked Body Scanners Can Cause Cancer
(NaturalNews) No matter how many times the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) claims the machines are safe and pose no threat to travelers or personnel, naked body scanners that emit ionizing radiation are, indeed, a very serious health threat. And Dr. Edward Dauer, head of radiology at Florida Medical Center, agrees, having recently come forward to explain that naked body scanners can cause cancer, particularly in those over age 65 and in women who are said to be genetically prone to developing breast cancer.

Johnson & Johnson Sued over Secret Recall of Children’s Tylenol after Death of 2-Year-Old
Seeking to avoid adverse publicity, Johnson & Johnson allegedly carried out a “stealth recall” of its Children’s Tylenol—a move that cost the life of a two-year-old child, say parents. The father and mother of River Moore are suing the drug company after their son died in July 2010 after ingesting tainted Children’s Tylenol, which fatally damaged his liver. Daniel and Katy Moore of Ellensburg, Washington, claim that Johnson & Johnson quietly bought up bottles of its product instead of issuing a public recall, resulting in them unknowingly giving their child a harmful drug.

Healthy Grapefruit Arugula Salad
If you don't know what to serve for dinner tonight ... You are adding an extra boost of health-promoting vitamins A, C, and K when you include this easy-to-prepare recipe to your Healthiest Way of Eating. One serving provides 64% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin K, 26% DV for vitamin C, and 20 % DV for Vitamin C. Enjoy! In-Depth Nutritional Profile here.

The Calcium Supplement Problem: As Serious As A Heart Attack
Activist Post - Osteoporosis is not caused by a lack of limestone, oyster shell or bone meal. Heart attack, however, may be caused by supplementation with these exact same "elemental" forms of calcium, according to two meta-analyses published last year in the British Medical Journal. Back in July of 2011, the British Medical Journal published the results of a high-powered meta-analysis which looked at whether or not calcium supplementation had any effect on cardiovascular disease risk. Indeed, this groundbreaking report, which was based on the results of five clinical trials conducted in the US, Britain and New Zealand, involving over 8,000 people, showed that taking elemental calcium supplements of 500 mg or more increased the relative risk of heart attack by 27%.

Could Daily Aspirin Harm Seniors' Eyes?
HealthDay - Daily aspirin use among seniors may double their risk of developing a particularly advanced form of age-related macular degeneration, a debilitating eye disease, a large new European study suggests. The possible link involves the so-called "wet" type of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a significant cause of blindness in seniors. Aspirin use was not, however, found to be associated with an increased risk for developing the more common, and usually less advanced, "dry" form of AMD, according to the report published in the January issue of Ophthalmology.

Science & Technology

Welcome to a brave new world: Genetic scientists create freakish man-made monster ants with huge heads and jaws
Nightmarish 'supersoldier' ants with huge heads and jaws have been created by activating ancient genes. Scientists believe the monster ants may be a genetic throwback to an ancestor that lived millions of years ago. Scientists say they can create the supersoldiers at will by dabbing normal ant larvae with a special hormone - the larvae then develop into supersoldiers rather than normal soldier or worker ants.

First mixed-embryo monkeys are born in US
US researchers said Thursday they have created the world's first mixed-embryo monkeys by merging cells from up to six different embryos, in what could be a big advance for medical research. Until now, rodents have been the primary creatures used to make chimeras, a lab animal produced by combining two or more fertilized eggs or early embryos together. Scientists have long been able to create "knock-out" mice with certain genes deleted in order to study a host of ailments and remedies, including obesity, heart disease, anxiety, diabetes and Parkinson's disease.

Scientists create cloaking device that ‘hides’ whole events – making time itself disappear
Mail Online - Scientists have developed a 'temporal cloaking' device that can hide events from view. The demonstration 'hid' events for 40 trillionths of a second - or 40 picoseconds - by speeding up and slowing down different parts of a light beam. The different parts of the light beam were then put back together, so that any observers could not detect what happened during the 'hidden' time.... So far, the technique only works on periods of 0.00012 of a second - so the police can probably rest easy, as evildoers would have to move far faster than human beings ever could to 'conceal' their actions.

Privacy Watchdog Presses Court On NSA/Google Partnership
Steve Watson - The privacy watchdog group EPIC has urged a court of appeals to disclose more information regarding the widely publicized close working relationship between the National Security Agency and Google. EPIC, short for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, has filed an opening brief, challenging the NSA’s response to the group’s Freedom of Information Act request for details on the cybersecurity agreement that the search engine giant shares with the spy agency.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The USDA Agricultural survey: Voluntary not mandatory
The USDA is busy sending out its Agricultural Survey attempting to elicit from unwary property owners, information regarding any agricultural production or livestock or poultry (this can be virtually ANY crop, animal or bird) that you may own and goes on to ask how much monetary value is placed on produce or the sale of animal/poultry products. The [survey] also mentions that any one who produces and sells more than $1,000 per year is asked to voluntarily supply this information to the government. $1,000 a year is such a paltry amount and is significant in the fact that this amount is so low as to encompass virtually anything you might wish to grow and produce even for your own use.

Crops Damaged as Temperatures Drop to 31ºF in Western Fla.
Freezing temperatures damaged crops in western Palm Beach County early Wednesday. Farmers around Lake Okeechobee are taking a first look at their vegetable crops this morning, but it will be several weeks before they know the extent of any damage. For sugar cane, it will be months.

Pet News

Florida man reunites with lost kitty in Colorado
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) -- A cat who wandered away from his new home in Florida has been reunited with his owner after being found nearly 2,000 miles away in Colorado.

VIDEO: Dog's Intuition Confirmed by Science
ABC News - Pet owners who claim dogs have psychic powers might not be far off.

Humor

The best explanation of Social Security and the Government
This looks like how we are going to handle Social Security.

The 27 Rules of Conquering the Gym
WSJ - This is the time of year when even people who hate the gym think about going to the gym. Many of us are still digesting whole floors of gingerbread houses, and jeans that fit comfortably in October are now a denim humiliation. Sweating is a good way to begin 2012. Exercise, like dark chocolate and office meetings that suddenly get canceled, is a proven pathway to nirvana. But if you're going to join a gym—or returning to the gym after a long hibernation—consider the following...
 


Today in History - Thursday - January 5, 2012
1781 - Richmond, VA, was burned by a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold.
1885 - The Long Island Railroad Company became the first to offer piggy-back rail service which was the transportation of farm wagons on trains.
1896 - It was reported by The Austrian newspaper that Wilhelm Roentgen had discovered the type of radiation that became known as X-rays.
1900 - In Ireland, Nationalist leader John Edward Redmond called for a revolt against British rule.
1903 - The general public could use the Pacific cable for the very first time.
1914 - Ford Motor Company announced that there would be a new daily minimum wage of $5 and an eight-hour workday.
1925 - Mrs. Nellie Taylor Ross was sworn in as the governor of Wyoming She was the first female governor in the U.S.
1933 - Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began.
1935 - Phil Spitalny’s All-Girl Orchestra was featured on CBS radio on the program, "The Hour of Charm."
1940 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got its very first demonstration of FM radio.
1944 - The London "Daily Mail" was the first transoceanic newspaper to be published.
1948 - Warner Brothers-Pathe showed the very first color newsreel. The footage was of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football classic.
1961 - "Mr. Ed" debuted. The show would run for six years.
1970 - "All My Children" premiered on ABC.
1972 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon ordered the development of the space shuttle.
1987 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan underwent prostate surgery.
1993 - The state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd. It was America's first legal hanging since 1965. Dodd was an admitted child sex killer.
1996 - Yahya Ayyash, a member of the Hamas in Israel, is killed by a booby-trapped cellular phone.
1998 - U.S. Representative Sonny Bono died in skiing accident.
2002 - A 15 year-old student pilot, Charles Bishop, crashed a small plane into a building in Tampa, FL. Bishop was about to begin a flying lesson when he took off without permission and without an instructor.

World News

Foreign Warships Will Need Iran's Permission to Pass through Strait of Hormoz
TEHRAN (FNA)- All foreign warships will soon be unable to pass through the Strait of Hormoz unless they first receive a permission from the Iranian Navy ships deployed in the region, an Iranian parliamentarian said, adding that the country's lawmakers are now working on a relevant plan as the strategic waterway is part of the Iranian territories.

Top 10 buyers of Iran's oil
OPEC’s second largest producer Iran sells large volumes of oil to China, India, South Korea, Japan and Italy. But Turkey, South Africa and Sri Lanka rely most heavily on Iranian oil as a percentage of imports. U.S. sanctions already forbid imports of Iranian oil. France is pressing the European Union to consider a ban on Iranian oil to discourage Tehran’s nuclear programme.... The top ten buyers of Iranian crude are as follows. Data is for the second quarter 2011 from the IEA with the exception of China, India and Sri Lanka which are not IEA members. Data for those countries is for first half 2011 from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

S. Korea disregards US oil sanctions
Press TV - Seoul's demand for more Iranian oil follows the approval of a new act by the US Senate for imposing tougher sanctions on Iran's financial and energy sectors. Ignoring the sanctions, South Korea, which is the world's fifth largest oil importer, is planning to buy 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian crude this year, a little more than the 190,000 bpd in 2011. According to Reuters, South Korean authorities are going to meet with US officials to lobby for an exemption to US sanctions which will enable the country to buy and pay for Iran's oil.

China rejects US-led sanctions on Iran
Press TV - "China has consistently believed that sanctions are not the correct way to ease tensions or resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a news briefing in Beijing on Wednesday. "The correct path is dialogue and negotiations. China opposes putting domestic law above international law to impose unilateral sanctions on another country," he said.

EU governments agree in principle on Iranian oil ban
BRUSSELS Jan 4 (Reuters) - European Union governments have reached a preliminary agreement to ban imports of Iranian crude to the EU but have yet to decide when such an embargo would be put in place, EU diplomats said on Wednesday.

Coming In 2012: Target Tehran
Target Tehran is a new production set to be released worldwide in 2012. Washington hopes it will be a blockbuster. The story is of an all-out air and naval assault on Iran by the forces of freedom and democracy: the U.S. Navy and Air Force. It is yet to be decided if the U.S. infantry will be written into the script; but with an unlimited budget, it very well may happen. Details of the story are undergoing final edits at the Pentagon. President Barack Obama has already signed on to direct the project. Insiders say it could save his career.

Taliban Takes First Step Toward Talks to End Decade-Long Afghanistan War
Bloomberg - The Taliban’s announcement yesterday that it had negotiated to open a liaison office in the Persian Gulf nation may prove to be a watershed because it’s the first time the militant group is publicly acknowledging it wants to talk to the U.S. and is offering a pathway to do so, former officials and analysts said.

U.K. Administers Smallpox Vaccine to Medical Personnel for Bioterror Response
The United Kingdom has administered smallpox vaccinations to more than five hundred medical personnel who could treat victims of a potential terrorism strike involving the virus at this summer's Olympic Games in London, the London Telegraph reported on Sunday (see GSN, Oct. 20, 2011). The nation has amassed enough smallpox vaccine doses to "mount a U.K.-wide vaccination program" following a possible attack incorporating smallpox, which is said to have been eliminated from nature in 1980.

South Korea Prepares Bio, Chem Countermeasures
"Since the project costs a lot of money, we haven't settled on the exact date on when we can develop vaccines," Kim said. "But once they're developed, there should be no major problem." Anthrax vaccines have been readied for U.S. military personnel stationed in South Korea. Civilian health agencies also possess medical countermeasures, according to Kim. North Korea holds as much as 5,000 tons of chemical warfare materials and can produce anthrax, smallpox and cholera, the South Korean Defense Ministry says (Yonhap News Agency, Oct. 7).

4 experts dispute report Norway killer is insane
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Prison psychiatrists monitoring confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik say he is not psychotic and he has not been put on medication, a prosecutor said in a court filing Wednesday, adding fuel to calls to reassess whether he is legally insane.... The trial is set to begin April 16. If declared mentally fit and convicted of terrorism, Breivik would face up to 21 years in prison or an alternative custody arrangement that could keep him behind bars indefinitely.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama plans to cut tens of thousands of ground troops
(Reuters) - The Obama administration will unveil a "more realistic" vision for the military on Thursday, with plans to cut tens of thousands of ground troops and invest more in air and sea power at a time of fiscal restraint, officials familiar with the plans said on Wednesday. The strategic review of U.S. security interests will also emphasize an American presence in Asia, with less attention overall to Europe, Africa and Latin America alongside slower growth in the Pentagon's budget, the officials said.

New York governor urges mandatory DNA samples
New York's governor on Wednesday proposed making the state the first in the country to take mandatory DNA samples from anyone convicted of a crime, including relatively lesser offenses.

Texas police kill 8th-grader carrying pellet gun
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The parents of an eighth grader who was fatally shot by police inside his South Texas school are demanding to know why officers took lethal action, but police said the boy was brandishing - and refused to drop - what appeared to be a handgun and that the officers acted correctly.

YouTube: Ron Paul on Freedom Watch
Jan 4, 2012.

YouTube: Ron Paul on Piers Morgan
Ron Paul on Piers Morgan Tonight CNN 1/4/12.

YouTube: Ron Paul on CNBC 01/04/12

VIDEO: Carol Paul Gives a Shoutout to Daily Paulers and Michael Nystrom!
Daily Paul - This is from yesterday when RP was given a rock star reception at a West Des Monies high school. Mrs Paul comes on at 1:55.

VIDEO: Romney Vs Paul: Experts Agree GOP Contest Now A Two Horse Race
Steve Watson - GOP insiders and political analysts agree that Rick Santorum placed all his eggs in one Iowa basket and has neither the funding nor the organisation to forge any kind of momentum beyond the Hawkeye State. The only two candidates who have both the propulsion AND the support base to progress significantly are Mitt Romney and Congressman Ron Paul. Despite trailing Romney by only eight votes in Iowa, Santorum has neither the money nor the staff or structure to move forward in the race.

YouTube: Ron Paul Talks to Fox and Friends About The Iowa Caucus Results
Jan 4, 2012.

VIDEO: CNN censors vet that supports Ron Paul
RT - During a live interview Wednesday night from an Iowa caucus location, CNN briefly spoke to an US military veteran and adamant supporter of Rep. Ron Paul until the soldier began praising Paul for the non-interventionist ideals that separate the congressman from the mainstream candidates endorsed by the establishment. Just when Corporal Jesse Thorsen began to get heated, CNN dropped the feed.

ELRON - VOXEO The Israeli Defense Firm That Tallies The Iowa Caucus
FLASHBACK: December 31, 2007 - The Iowa caucus results were tallied in 2004 by a company that is headed by a man whose company was bought by Elron Electronics, the Israeli defense firm. I suspect that it will be the same this year. Don't expect to see any grassroots political activists doing the tally in Iowa. The Israeli defense establishment takes care of that part of the American "democratic" election process.

Michele Bachmann Drops Out of Presidential Race
ABC News - Rep. Michele Bachmann suspended her presidential campaign after placing sixth in Tuesday’s Iowa Republican caucuses, she announced today. “Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, so I have decided to stand aside,” Bachmann said at a news conference, flanked by her parents, husband and five children. “I have no regrets, none whatsoever. We never compromised our principles and we can leave this race knowing we ran it with the utmost integrity.”

Montana Supreme Court: “While corporations have first amendment rights in political speech, they do not have the vote”
The decision by the Montana Supreme Court to uphold the ban on corporate cash in state elections is a stunner. It reads like the Supreme Court Justices have been watching the Dylan Ratigan Show. They talk about Massey Coal’s intervention in a judicial election, a “bought” judiciary, and they even throw in a Mark Twain quote. The court balances corporate rights to free speech with the corrupting influence of money on the court, and how that impacts citizens’ rights to due process.

WND Exclusive: 35 terror training camps now operating inside U.S.
Government does nothing to impede expansion of 'Soldiers of Allah' network. A radical jihadist group responsible for nearly 50 attacks on American soil is operating 35 terrorist training camps across the nation, but the U.S. government refuses to include the organization on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorists. Jamaat ul-Fuqra, known in the U.S. as “Muslims of America,” has purchased or leased hundreds of acres of property – from New York to California – in which the leader, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, boasts of conducting “the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare.”

FBI allowed to add GPS device to cars without warrants
RT - The Supreme Court will soon weigh in on whether law enforcement agencies can monitor your every move without you knowing — and without a warrant. In Missouri, however, one judge isn’t waiting to find out their word. US Magistrate Judge David Noce ruled last week in favor of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and determined that the FBI did not need a warrant in order to affix a GPS device to the car of a St. Louis man.

TSA Funding Up in 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act
Although overall appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are down slightly this year from Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) remains a consistent winner in the battle of the budget. In the FY 2012 consolidated spending act (Public Law 112-074) signed by President Barack Obama last Friday, TSA received about $7.85 billion, up $153 million from 2011. TSA and US Customs and Border Protection, perhaps two of the three most visible DHS agencies along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, both received increases although the total DHS budget dropped to $39.6 billion in base discretionary funding in FY 2012, down about $111 million from last year.

Obama defies Congress with ‘recess’ picks
Washington Times - Pushing the limits of his recess appointment powers, President Obama on Wednesday bypassed the Senate to install three members of the National Labor Relations Board and a director for the controversial new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - moves Republicans said amounted to unconstitutional power grabs. Mr. Obama said the appointments, which he previewed during a campaign-style speech in Ohio, were necessary because Senate Republicans have blocked him at every turn. But in making the move, he rejected three precedents, including two in which he played a part, that would have blocked the appointments.

WND EXCLUSIVE: Sheriff Joe targeted for ouster
Faces 'resign now' campaign as Cold Case Posse prepares Obama eligibility report. Just as famed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is preparing to release results of his investigation of Barack Obama’s eligibility for Arizona’s 2012 ballot, a top-gun activist who led a successful campaign to recall a key Arpaio ally is now targeting the sheriff himself. In the coming weeks, it will be decided whether transplanted radical attorney-activist and “community organizer” Randy Parraz can force Arpaio to resign before the sheriff’s Cold Case Posse has a chance to deliver a report in February.

VIDEO: Cop caught planting drugs
RT - Two cops in Upstate New York are under investigation for allegedly planting narcotics in the car of a couple pulled over in the city of Utica. The incident, which occurred on February 11, 2011, is being reexamined nearly a year later after the cops involved in the caper have been caught on tape creating “evidence” and placing narcotics in the suspects’ automobile.

Economy

Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report: Got $487.4M in Tax Money, Did 329,445 Abortions
(CNSNews.com) – When compared with previous annual reports, the latest one shows an almost steady increase in the number of abortions performed at its clinics.... Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization that lobbies Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, called the organization an “abortion giant.” “With over a billion in net assets and a business model centered on abortion and government subsidies, it is time for Planned Parenthood to end its reliance on taxpayer dollars,” Dannenfelser said in a statement.

Company, Whose CEO Is On Obama's Jobs Council, Goes Bankrupt
Antonio Perez, the CEO and Chairman of Eastman Kodak Company, sits on President Obama’s jobs council. It looks like they need to change his bio to include the fact that Kodak is declaring bankruptcy.

Boeing to close Wichita plant with 2,160 jobs
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Boeing Co., for decades the brand that helped support Wichita's claim as the aviation capital of the world, announced Wednesday it will shut down facilities in the city by the end of 2013 and send work to plants in three other states as it deals with defense spending cutbacks. The closure will cost 2,160 workers their jobs and end the firm's presence in an area where it has been a major employer for generations.

Kodak prepares for Chapter 11 filing: report
(Reuters) - Eastman Kodak is preparing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing in case it is unable to sell its digital patents to raise capital, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The once-iconic photographic film pioneer is in talks with potential lenders to secure about $1 billion in debtor-in possession financing to sustain Kodak through bankruptcy proceedings, the Journal reported citing unidentified sources.

Whirlpool Seeks Protection From Unfair Foreign Competition
It is no secret that labor is cheaper overseas, and this makes it difficult for companies that produce in the United States to compete. Despite this fact, Whirlpool Corp. has been making an effort to expand its production in the U.S. That production could be in jeopardy due to alleged dumping of washing machines by South Korean companies such as LG and Samsung. This has caused Whirlpool to ask the U.S. government to impose duties on these companies’ imports to level the playing field and allow Whirlpool to continue manufacturing in the U.S.

America’s Decline Since the WTO
On January 1, 1995, the U.S. government joined the World Trade Organization. Unfortunately for our nation’s workforce, the WTO is run by multinationalists.... Our constitution states that all treaties made under the authority of the United States become supreme law of the land. When our government signed this treaty, they effectively sold away a piece of our sovereignty.... According to the Economic Policy Institute, trade with China since then has resulted in the loss of over 3.1 million American jobs. Those fortunate enough to retain their jobs witnessed their annual earnings decrease by roughly $1,400. American workers are put in direct competition with one another as more and more employers look to offshore production to nations with lower wage rates.

Regaining Prosperity for America’s Middle Class
The disastrous “free trade” inspired policies enforced through NAFTA and the WTO have led to the destruction of America’s independence. Our jobs have been sacrificed and our unilateral trade deals have created conditions that make it impossible for us to compete. These policies have led to the bankruptcy or sell-off of tens-of-thousands of American companies. Throughout the past 30-plus years America’s consumer-based relationship with the rest of the world has led to the complete annihilation of our manufacturing infrastructure.

Free Trade
Ron Paul is a proponent of free trade and rejects protectionism, advocating “conducting open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations.” He opposes many free trade agreements (FTAs), like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), stating that “free-trade agreements are really managed trade” and serve special interests and big business, not citizens. He voted against the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), holding that it increased the size of government, eroded U.S. sovereignty, and was unconstitutional.

Hospitals Stuck With Illegal Immigrants, Uninsured ‘Permanent Patients’ at Massive Cost
An unpleasant new report claims that many hospitals in major metro areas are struggling with the growing problem of “permanent patients.” What’s a “permanent patient”? According to the New York Times they are mostly illegal immigrants or people who lack insurance or their own housing that the hospital cannot turn away.

Possible data breach by Wells Fargo investigated
(Reuters) - Connecticut's attorney general is investigating a possible data breach in which Wells Fargo & Co may have disclosed customer Social Security numbers as part of a fraud investigation. The possible breach is the latest wrinkle in a probe into whether state employees falsified financial information on applications submitted for food benefits issued in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which struck the U.S. East Coast last fall.

Housing Market

DJSP sues David J. Stern alleging fraud in purchase of mortgage processing arm
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a Broward County, Fla., state court alleges fraudulent misrepresentations and inducements to get DJSP to buy the nonlegal mortgage operations of the Stern law firm. DJSP notified the Securities and Exchange Commission of the lawsuit Wednesday in a regulatory filing.

Energy & Environment

Health Effects of Fracking for Natural Gas Need Study, Says CDC Scientist
Bloomberg - Hydraulic fracturing or fracking, a drilling method that uses water, sand and chemicals to release natural gas from wells, should be studied for its health effects on people and food sources, said a top official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Zombie" Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees
A heap of dead bees was supposed to become food for a newly captured praying mantis. Instead, the pile ended up revealing a previously unrecognized suspect in colony collapse disorder a mysterious condition that for several years has been causing declines in U.S. honeybee populations, which are needed to pollinate many important crops. This new potential culprit is a bizarre and potentially devastating parasitic fly that has been taking over the bodies of honeybees (Apis mellifera) in Northern California.

Health

Stephen Hawking to turn 70, defying disease
CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) -- British scientist Stephen Hawking has decoded some of the most puzzling mysteries of the universe but he has left one mystery unsolved: How he has managed to survive so long with such a crippling disease. The physicist and cosmologist was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease when he was a 21-year-old student at Cambridge University. Most people die within a few years of the diagnosis, called motor neurone disease in the U.K. On Sunday, Hawking will turn 70.

Sauerkraut promotes good health (and good fortune, too)
(NaturalNews) Many cultural traditions eat fermented vegetables on New Years Day to bring good fortune. Folklore has it that the long threads of sauerkraut potentially represent a long life. Greens are also associated with money and thus thought to bring good fortune. A practical reason for the tradition may be because cabbage is a late fall crop, and the best way to preserve it for the winter is by making sauerkraut. However, these traditional reasons to eat sauerkraut are trumped by a thoroughly modern concern not based in myth.

Rosemary oil can be used as a natural meat preservative, and it works better than chemical additives
(NaturalNews) In a 2006 study, essential oils of rosemary and sage performed better at preventing oxidative decay and preventing loss of polyunsaturated fatty acids in meat than a combination of BHA and BHT. This means rosemary oil and sage oil may be one of the best natural food preservers yet discovered, and instead of having detrimental side effects, these natural oils offers protective health benefits!

Protect health freedom at the state level - help pass the Wisconsin Consumer Choice and Wellness Act
(NaturalNews) Advocates of health freedom are fighting a battle in many states across the US to ensure that holistic health care providers can continue to practice. This will provide people with an alternative to drugs, surgery and radiation which mainstream medicine wants you to see as your only option. One such battle is currently taking place in Wisconsin where activists are working to generate public and legislative attention to a grassroots bill, the Consumer Choice and Wellness Act. The clock is ticking on this issue -- the bill must pass by April 2012 or it dies.

Busted! Scientists leave out data to produce bogus findings
(NaturalNews) Clinical trials of drugs and other medical therapies are carefully carried out and are the very gold standard of scientific proof, right? According to an in-depth review of this question just published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ,) the answer is no. In fact, the BMJ is sounding the alarm that data reported by scientists is too often not the truth -- because the researchers leave out inconvenient evidence. The result of facts-gone-missing could well be harming patients, spiking up healthcare costs by the selling of medical treatments based on bogus findings, and threatening the very integrity of medicine.

NIAID Awards $9.4M for Anthrax Vaccine Project
A New Jersey firm has won $9.4 million in federal funding for work on a new anthrax vaccine in conjunction with Harvard University, the Times of Trenton reported on Tuesday. The funds, provided by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, would support efforts by the biopharmaceutical company Soligenix to create an anthrax countermeasure that would be capable of conferring immunity with only one dose and remain effective following long periods in storage.

Animal Testing Shows Promise For Ebola Vaccine Candidate
Researchers in Arizona described in an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences how they developed the vaccine by attaching an Ebola protein to a virus-sensitized antibody and then growing the vaccine in tobacco plants -- a method chosen with the goal of producing a countermeasure that could be stored for extended periods....More study is required to find out if the vaccine is suitable for use by humans.

AUDIO: Hear brain surgeon’s ‘death panel’ warning
WND - A man identifying himself as a brain surgeon has issued a warning to Americans age 70 and over that secret plans being developed by the federal government under the Obamacare law will provide only “comfort care” for some ailments. The stunning statements from a man interviewed by radio host Mark Levin confirmed that there are, indeed, “death panels” of bureaucrats being planned to restrict live-saving or life-extending care.

Balance neurology - Proper meal planning improves energy, digestion and immunity
(NaturalNews) Our ancestors were very active during daylight hours hunting and gathering. During the nighttime hours they feasted when food was plentiful. The nervous system has developed to keep kinetic energy systems high during daylight hours while digestive and recovery systems are prioritized at night. Meal planning should revolve around the natural congruency of the body's neurological systems for optimal physical energy, digestion and immunity.

Resveratrol and nuts team to protect the brain and boost cognitive function
(NaturalNews) Nuts, especially walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, combined with the potent polyphenol resveratrol team, together improve mood and protect the aging brain, thus helping to maintain memory and cognition. Researchers reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine have found that nuts consumed over a period of years not only help with weight management issues, but also can reduce systemic inflammation to improve spirits and prevent cognitive decline.

With Depression, Helping Others May in Turn Help You
(HealthDay News) Doing something nice for someone else often leaves people feeling good about themselves and positive about their place in the world. But does that mean practicing random acts of kindness has scientifically proven therapeutic value in treating mood disorders like depression? Yes, according to a growing body of research that has found that "positive activity interventions" -- like helping someone with groceries, writing a thank you note or even counting your blessings -- can serve as an effective, low-cost treatment for depression.

Healthy resolutions bring a happier and more natural New Year
(NaturalNews) Almost everyone makes New Year's resolutions. However, by February each year, many well-intentioned attempts to make changes in one's life trickle away with nary a glance backwards. Why are so many resolutions never fulfilled? Perhaps it's because the goal is too difficult to accomplish. If individuals choose goals that are more easily attained on a daily basis, the success rate for New Year's resolutions may improve along with the quality of life. Include one or more of the following goals in your New Year's resolutions for 2012.

Study shows selenium may protect against pancreatic cancer
(NaturalNews) High levels of selenium in the body appear to reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a study published in December 2011 in Gut, the journal of the British Society of Gastroenterology.

Prostate cancer risk linked to a diet high in red and processed meats
(NaturalNews) Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and second most common cause of cancer related death in men in the United States. Nearly one in five men will develop the disease during their lifetime. New research demonstrates that increased consumption of ground beef or processed meat is positively associated with aggressive prostate cancer, according to a study published in the journal PLoS ONE. Researchers found a strong correlation between well cooked, grilled or barbequed red meat and processed meats and the development of prostate cancer.

Targeted nutrients naturally extend telomere length and provide anti-aging effect
(NaturalNews) The science of how lifestyle habits and nutrition promote health and longevity, known as Epigenetics, has dramatically advanced our knowledge base by providing a solid understanding of telomeres: telomeres are the tiny strands of DNA akin to a zipper that shorten with poor dietary choices, inflammation and everyday stress. Researchers reporting in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry show that reducing oxidative stress, cellular inflammation and improving DNA methylation pathways can extend telomere length and slow the biologic aging clock. Specific nutrients provide the necessary building blocks to support DNA health and extend your natural lifespan.

Home remedies relieve tooth and gum pain
(NaturalNews) Most people hate going to the dentist. Even the for the most minor reason, dental appointments can cause a grown man, or woman, to quake with fear. Regular dental hygiene at home is a big step toward preventing dental problems; and, basic home care can be enhanced with a variety of herbal and homeopathic treatments to relieve pain and resolve minor gum and tooth problems.

Science & Technology

Spectacular Photos: 1st Meteor Shower of 2012 Amazes Skywatchers
A dazzling display of "shooting stars" kicked off the 2012 skywatching season early Wednesday (Jan. 4), thrilling amateur astronomers around the world with views of the Quadrantid meteor shower.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Antibiotic Use Restricted by U.S. in Livestock and Poultry
Bloomberg - U.S. regulators said they will restrict certain antibiotics in livestock and fowl to prevent humans from developing resistance to drugs such as Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY)’s Cefzil and Keflex from Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) An order issued today by the Food and Drug Administration bars most unapproved veterinary uses of the medicines in cattle, swine, chicken and turkeys, the agency said in a statement. The rule will take effect April 5.... The restrictions don’t apply to “minor species” of food animals such as rabbits and ducks, and veterinarians can treat all livestock with an older type of cephalosporin called cephapirin that the FDA said is unlikely to fuel antibiotic resistance.

Pet News

VIDEO: Fail to Give this Fat to Your Pets and You are Asking for Trouble
Karen Shaw Becker, DVM - Contrary to popular belief, not all dietary fats cause obesity in your pet. Just as in humans, the “good” fats (omega-3 fats) enhance energy production in your dog or cat, so they actually create less fat..... There is also mounting evidence that essential fats play a significant role in your pet’s ability to fight off most all illness and disease. This is the most common nutritional deficiency I see in my practice.

Miscellaneous

YouTube: Change For A Dollar - The Untold Story
Is he asking for Change, or is he asking for CHANGE? Follow a homeless man as he affects multiple peoples' lives with just one dollar, proving that it doesn't take much to be the change in someone's life.

Humor

YouTube : Slinky Cat


Today in History - Wednesday - January 4, 2012
1821 - The first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg, MD.
1885 - Dr. William Grant performed the first successful appendectomy. The patient was Mary Gartside.
1896 - Utah became the 45th U.S. state.
1935 - Bob Hope was heard for the first time on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue."
1936 - The first pop music chart based on national sales was published by "Billboard" magazine.
1944 - The attack on Monte Cassino was launched by the British Fifth Army in Italy.
1948 - Britain granted independence to Burma.
1951 - During the Korean conflict, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.
1957 - "Collier’s" magazine was published for the last time. The periodical was published for 69 years.
1962 - New York City introduced a train that operated without conductors and motormen.
1965 - The Fender Guitar Company was sold to CBS for $13 million.
1965 - In his State of the Union address, U.S. President Johnson proclaimed the building of the "Great Society."
1974 - U.S. President Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
1974 - NBC-TV presented hockey in prime time. The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers were the teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) game.
1990 - Deposed Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was arraigned in U.S. federal district court in Miami on drug-trafficking charges.
1991 - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to condemn Israel's treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied territories.
1997 - The Greek Cypriot government signed an agreement to buy S-300 surface-to-air missiles from Russia.
1999 - 16 people were killed and 25 injured when gunmen opened fire on Shiite Muslim worshippers at a mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan.
1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota's 37th governor.
2001 - FBI agents in the Dallas area charged the "Texas 7" of unlawful flight to avoid federal prosecution for capital murder, broadening the manhunt nationwide.
2006 - Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first woman to hold the position.
2010 - In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower) opened as the world's tallest tower at 2,625 feet.

World News

Argentina fines drug company over vaccine trial
Buenos Aires (CNN) -- A medical group in Argentina is asking for more drug-testing regulations in the South American country after a officials fined pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline for alleged irregularities in a pediatric pneumonia vaccine trial. The Argentinian Federation of Health Professionals accuses drug maker GlaxoSmithKline of misleading participants and pressuring poor families into joining a trial for the Synflorix vaccine, which the company says protects against bacterial pneumonia and meningitis. "They recruited children in an irregular manner. ... They did not do what they were supposed to. They did not inform. There were not independent witnesses. They pressured the mothers of poor children," said Jorge Yabkowsky, the federation's director.

VIDEO: Pentagon pushes back on Iran carrier warning
The Pentagon on Tuesday pushed back on Iranian warnings against returning a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf. "The deployment of U.S. military assets in the Persian Gulf region will continue as it has for decades," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement... "These are regularly scheduled movements in accordance with our longstanding commitments to the security and stability of the region and in support of ongoing operations." "The U.S. Navy operates under international maritime conventions to maintain a constant state of high vigilance in order to ensure the continued, safe flow of maritime traffic in waterways critical to global commerce," Little's statement continued.

VIDEO: Halliburton charged with selling nuclear technology to Iran
C-Span Jan-2-2012 - Under the NDAA now is the time to seize and shut down Halliburton. Halliburton would now be in violation of the NDAA sanctions provisions, as well as prior sanctions against supporting and trading with the terrorist Iranian government.

US plans buffer zone along Syria border
Press TV - Suleiman Frangieh, head of Lebanese al-Marada movement, said Monday that there is strong evidence suggesting that Washington seeks to establish a buffer zone along Lebanon-Syria border and that the move harms Lebanon's interests. He also defended remarks by Lebanese Defense Minister Fayez Ghoson about the unrest in Syria and criticized those saying that attacking the defense minister is an indirect attack on the Lebanese Army.

Iran Releases Details On Captured CIA Drone
Press TV - Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said if the drone was meant to carry out spy missions along the Afghan border, it must have only carried photographic sensors because it would not need a monitoring system as well as thermal and spectrometer sensors which have been found in RQ-170. “Meanwhile, such advanced planes are only available to the CIA and even America's Defense Ministry, the Pentagon, does not have such drones,” he added.

Researchers: new forms of torture leave “invisible scars”
HSN - Use of torture around the world has not diminished but the techniques used have grown more complex and sophisticated; a new study suggests that these emerging forms of torture, which include various types of rape, bestiality, and witnessing violent acts, are experienced by people seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.... The majority of countries signed a UN convention banning all forms of torture almost thirty years ago but the new research joins a body of evidence showing that the use of torture not only persists but is also widespread.

World’s Biggest Economies Face $7.6T Debt
Bloomberg - Governments of the world’s leading economies have more than $7.6 trillion of debt maturing this year, with most facing a rise in borrowing costs. Led by Japan’s $3 trillion and the U.S.’s $2.8 trillion, the amount coming due for the Group of Seven nations and Brazil, Russia, India and China is up from $7.4 trillion at this time last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Ten-year bond yields will be higher by year-end for at least seven of the countries, forecasts show.

The IRS-Swiss Banker Arrests Everyone's Been Waiting For
Government authorities are going after three Swiss bankers suspected of stashing over a billion dollars out of reach of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The Huffington Post published details of the case on Tuesday afternoon, "Three Swiss bankers were charged Tuesday with hiding more than $1.2 billion in U.S. taxpayer accounts from the IRS, by Preet Bharar, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney."

Leaked: US to Start ‘Trade Wars’ with Nations Opposed to Monsanto, GMO Crops
Activist Post - The United States is threatening nations who oppose Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) crops with military-style trade wars, according to information obtained and released by the organization WikiLeaks. Nations like France, which have moved to ban one of Monsanto’s GM corn varieties, were requested to be ‘penalized’ by the United States for opposing Monsanto and genetically modified foods. The information reveals just how deep Monsanto’s roots have penetrated key positions within the United States government, with the cables reporting that many U.S. diplomats work directly for Monsanto.

Food Prices Ease Slightly But Are Still Volatile: UN Official
CNBC - The new head of the U.N. food agency said he expects food prices to remain volatile in 2012 —and more people will go hungry.... "Prices will not be going up as in the sense of the last two to three years but will also not drop down. There may be some reductions but not drastic,'' Graziano da Silva [Brazil's former food security minister] told a news conference in Rome.

Belarus Has Outlawed Browsing Foreign Websites
The U.S. Library of Congress reports that Belarus, a former Soviet Republic, has now essentially outlawed its citizens from browsing foreign websites. The law, which goes into effect on January 6th, puts severe restrictions on visiting or using foreign websites, the violation of which will be a misdemeanor.... Moreover, even the individual owners of a computer are liable if they allow someone else to use their computer, and that person accesses an illegal website.

Mystery of the DEAD herring: What made 20 TONNES of fish wash up on Norwegian beach?
Daily Mail - Jens Christian Holst, of the Institute of Marine Research, said several factors could have come together at once. And he said he hoped they would be able to conduct tests on the dead fish to see if they had died of a disease. The incident in Norway is not the only mass death mystery over the New Year. On Sunday, 200 blackbirds mysteriously fell from the sky in a small Arkansas town - although officials now believe the birds were targeted by someone with fireworks, experts say. Last month 25 dead horses were discovered at the bottom of a cliff near Glenn Innes, New England.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Ron Paul Speech After The Iowa Caucus Result "We Will Go On!"
Daily Paul - Ron Paul brings out the troop that earlier got cut off on CNN.

Santorum, Romney in virtual tie, with Ron Paul in third
Washington Post - Romney and Santorum deadlocked as final votes come in.... Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) was headed for a close but disappointing third-place finish in a state where he had hoped to score a breakout victory. But to his supporters, he said, “there’s nothing to be ashamed of,” and he urged them to “be ready and raring to move on to the next stop.”

2012 Iowa Caucus Results (Map)
Santorum 25% Romney 25% Paul 21%

Ron Paul’s Iowa Finish: “Biggest Fraud Since Kennedy Stole the West Virginia Primary”
Kurt Nimmo - Following Ron Paul’s suspicious third place finish in Iowa, Lew Rockwell posted remarks by Brad Funkhouser: “I’ve been following Iowa GOP vote counts for a long time… They are being slow-walked… in 2012. Negotiations are going on… Cash is changing hands. Apparently GOP chieftains are ‘persuading,’ by one means or the other, Perry and Bachmann people who hold considerable sway over large blocs of votes to switch to Romney and Santorum – leaving Ron in the dust… Santorum has no organization, never drew over 100 people during his entire campaign. Of course he did bribe and received the benediction of of that ‘family’ leader who demanded 1 million dollars that were to be distributed in part to cronies. This is the biggest fraud since Kennedy stole the West Virginia Primary.

VIDEO: CSPAN Callers After Ron Paul Speech

YouTube: Peace Train - Ron Paul
Full version of Peace Train, by Cat Stevens, for Dr. Ron Paul.

Ron Paul blasts back at Santorum after being called ‘disgusting’
The Hill - Ron Paul blasted back at Rick Santorum, who referred to the Texas congressman as “disgusting” earlier in the day, deriding the former Pennsylvania senator as “liberal” and calling the incident “not a very nice thing.” “I would say that’s not a very nice thing to do,” Paul said during an interview Tuesday on Fox News. “I think he wants to deflect away from some of the charges made against him about having been a supporter of Arlen Specter — and he was a pretty liberal senator, he supported prescription drug programs, and No Child Left Behind, and voted for all of the foreign aid, so I would say he ought to be talking about that rather than calling me names.”

Orly Taitz Can Depose Obama! - Court Refuses To Drop Eligibility Case!
I still can’t believe this. The order is in the link above. Judge Malihi, Deputy Chief judge of the Administrative court in GA, ruled, that Obama’s motion to dismiss is denied. He will have to stand trial and prove his eligibility for office. This is particularly sweet, as it is happening in GA, where judge Clay D. Land maligned me so badly and attacked me with $20,000 of sanctions in order to silence me, to stop me from challenging Obama. Judge Land was sending a message to other attorneys and intimidating them, de facto telling them, “you dare to go after Obama, raise the issue of his forged birth certificate and invalid Social Secrity number, establishment will attack you and sanction you, just like attorney Taitz” Now judge Malihi is sending a message: “nobody is above the law”

2012 Primary Schedule
The 2012 GOP primary/caucus schedule is nearly set in stone. The calendar dates below are believed to be accurate unless last minute changes occur to the schedule. Always check with your local board of elections to verify election dates, times and locations ahead of time. Note that "Super Tuesday" in 2012 falls on March 6th, however, it is a little less "super" than it has been in years past.

CONFIRMED - No Photo ID Required to Vote in GOP's Iowa Caucus
Unlike most primary elections where an official state election board or agency sets the rules and runs the registration and balloting processes, the Iowa Republican Party runs its own state caucuses, determines the rules, tabulates all the votes and announces the results to the public and media themselves. They have complete control over the entire process, and yet they don't bother to ask their own voters to show a state-issued Photo ID before casting their ballot.

YOUR VOTE FOR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
Drudge Report Poll: Paul 33.52%, Santorum 21.08%, Romney 20.48%, Gingrich 10.2%, Perry 7.28%

Ron Paul Endorsed by Santorum's Nephew
If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country, you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum. America is based on a strong belief in individual liberty. My uncle’s interventionist policies, both domestic and foreign, stem from his irrational fear of freedom not working.... It is because of this inability of status quo politicians to recognize the importance of our individual liberties that I have been drawn to Ron Paul... Another important reason I support Ron Paul is his position on foreign policy. He is the only candidate willing to bring our troops home, not only from the Middle East, but from around the world.

Mitt Romney heckled at his final rally before Iowa
Guardian - Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney was heckled repeatedly during his closing rally of the Iowa campaign, with shouts that he is ignoring the poor and is too close to Wall Street. The protesters were from the Occupy movement, which has engaged in a series of disruptive events round Des Moines over the last week.

The 86 Senators who Voted to Pass NDAA need to #Occupy the Unemployment Line
Keep your eye on this list of Yeas, and vote them out. Sure, some of the 13 Senators possibly came to the realization that Americans will retaliate at the voting booth if they allow the passage of NDAA, but whether it’s out of conscience or political posturing, those opposing the Act should be held up, while those passing it, should pay a stiff price by occupying an unemployment line. Occupy NDAA. Gain our freedom back, and ignore the spin doctors and bots who are attempting to make this into something healthy for our country.

Exelis receives $121 million Army contract
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Defense contractor Exelis Inc. said Tuesday that it has received a $121 million contract from the Army to provide support to its wideband satellite operations centers and management sites around the world. The contract includes a base year and six one-year option periods, the company said. This work will be performed in various locations, including the U.S., Germany, Japan and Australia.

Homeland Security Social Media Monitoring and Situational Awareness Initiative Update
Social Media Web Sites Monitored by the National Operations Center (NOC). The NOC will use Internet-based platforms that provide a variety of ways to follow activity related to monitoring publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites, and message boards. (See pages 14 thru 23)

Report: Obama Speeds Up Immigration Visas Even If Fraud Is Suspected
Higher-ups within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are pressuring rank-and-file officers to rubber-stamp immigrants’ visa applications, sometimes against the officers’ will, according to a Homeland Security report and internal documents exclusively obtained by The Daily. A 40-page report, drafted by the Office of Inspector General in September but not publicly released, details the immense pressure immigration service officers are under to approve visa applications quickly, sometimes while overlooking concerns about fraud, eligibility or security.

Soldier from NC may have flown with explosives
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) January 3, 2011 - According to court documents, Atwater told the FBI he is a demolitions expert who returned from his third deployment to Afghanistan in April. He said his Army special forces team always carried at least two blocks of C4, but he didn't know any explosives were in his bag when he returned to his post at Fort Bragg, N.C.... After the smoke grenade was confiscated, Atwater was "admonished" and allowed to fly to Texas, court documents said. Typically, bags are thoroughly searched and placed on X-ray machines for a second time after a suspicious item is found, although court documents don't say whether that was done in Atwater's case.

Fed restrictions baffle gun makers
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is in charge of determining whether a gun model is legal, but the agency won’t say much about its criteria. Despite overseeing an industry that includes machine guns and other deadly weapons, ATF regulations for the manufacture of weapons are often unclear, leading to reliance on a secretive system by which firearms manufacturers can submit proposed weapons for testing and find out one at a time whether they comply with the law, critics say.

Mother of LA arson suspect charged with fraud
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harry Burkhart watched as his mother was arrested last week on fraud charges from their native Germany. Two days later, police say, he began a nighttime rampage of arson attacks that terrorized Los Angeles. Authorities have yet to disclose why they believe that the pony-tailed, 24-year-old Hollywood resident set the fires, but his mother's legal trouble provides one glimpse into the turmoil in his life.

VIDEO: German arrested in L.A. arsons declares, ‘I hate America’
Reuters - Police arrested a Hollywood resident believed to be a German citizen on Monday in connection with a wave of 53 arson fires across Los Angeles that terrorized neighborhoods over the holiday weekend. Authorities booked Burkhart on suspicion of arson and said he was being held at Los Angeles County jail. Authorities declined to comment on a Los Angeles Times report that Burkhart was embroiled in an immigration dispute with the federal government over the status of his mother.

Economy

US Closes 2011 With Record $15.22 Trillion In Debt, Officially At 100.3% Debt/GDP
Zero Hedge - While not news to Zero Hedge readers who knew about the final debt settlement of US debt about 10 days ahead of schedule, it is now official: according to the US Treasury, America has closed the books on 2011 with debt at an all time record $15,222,940,045,451.09. And, as was observed here first in all of the press, US debt to GDP is now officially over 100%, or 100.3% to be specific, a fact which the US government decided to delay exposing until the very end of the calendar year.

Closing Overseas Military Bases Would Save America Millions
President Barack Obama is again asking for permission to spend more taxpayer money and send America deeper into debt. Obama plans to request a debt ceiling increase of $1.2 trillion dollars, according to the Washington Post. The supercommittee failed as many predicted and little has been done to reign in irresponsible governmental spending in the U.S. If approved, the nation's debt ceiling will increase to $16.4 trillion. Americans might once again be treated to hours and hours of rhetorical debate about raising the debt ceiling by members of both parties.

Wall St rallies in first session of year
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hoping for something better than 2011's flat stock market, U.S. investors pushed shares higher on Tuesday to begin the new year, though questions remain about whether a rally can be sustained. The broad S&P 500 index closed at its highest since late October as traders, with cash on hand for the new year, welcomed better-than-expected German and Chinese economic data. The upbeat response was reinforced by U.S. economic reports showing construction spending and factory activity beat economists' forecasts.

Analysts: US Gas prices may hit $5 per gallon in 2012
ABC 2 News - Baltimore area gas prices have risen more than 6 cents per gallon in the last week, and researchers say they may keep going all the way to almost $5.00 per gallon. Prices are averaging $3.23 per gallon this week compared to the national average that has increased 2.4 cents per gallon in thE last week to $3.25 per gallon, according to BaltimoreGasPrices.com.

Crackdown on small firms, a blind eye for big business
The Independent - The tax office faced accusations of double standards last night over plans to target thousands of small businesses with spot checks on their paperwork – despite letting big companies such as Goldman Sachs off millions of pounds in tax. Officials from HM Revenue and Customs with powers to fine small businesses intend to inspect up to 20,000 firms to see if they have adequate proof of expenses and income dating back years in a new drive set to begin in April. The move was condemned by Conservative backbenchers and business groups who warned it risked bankrupting some businesses and harming the already depressed economy.

These Are 12 Things That Could Be Cheaper in 2012
Because there are already dozens of articles focused on the failing economy and the financial crisis in the eurozone, The Blaze thought it would be a nice change of pace to look at something a bit more positive. To help usher in the new year on a happier note, we’re giving you a list of things that will cost less in 2012. From wine (yes, even wine might see a notable downtick in price in the coming year) to laptops, the financially savvy shopper will do well to keep an eye on the following products. Here is of a list of the products that will probably be cheaper in 2012 (block-quoted information via dealnews):

Delta adds $3 surcharge on fares between U.S. and Europe
(Reuters) - Delta Air Lines said on Tuesday it has added a $3 surcharge each way on fares purchased in the United States for flights between the United States and Europe, a move that would help offset the cost of the EU's new Emissions Trading Scheme.

Housing Market

'How To Forge A Client's Signature' And Other Lessons From Inside The Ameriquest Sub-Prime Sweatshop
Daily Bail - A few weeks after he started working at Ameriquest Mortgage, Mark Glover looked up from his cubicle and saw a coworker do something odd. The guy stood at his desk on the twenty-third floor of downtown Los Angeles's Union Bank Building. He placed two sheets of paper against the window. Then he used the light streaming through the window to trace something from one piece of paper to another. Somebody's signature.... Watching his coworker, Glover's first thought was: How can I get away with that? As a loan officer at Ameriquest, Glover worked on commission. He knew the only way to earn the six-figure income Ameriquest had promised him was to come up with tricks for pushing deals through the mortgage-financing pipeline that began with Ameriquest and extended through Wall Street's most respected investment houses.

AMERIQUEST FRAUD UPDATE - Whistleblower Fired After Reporting Rampant Illegal Activity
Daily Bail - Unfortunately, William ultimately lost the suit because of a technicality (he did not file his initial complaint with OSHA within 90-days). However, William thoroughly articulated how Ameriquest perpetrated the largest securities fraud scheme in the history of the United States. The securities fraud scheme was one of the biggest contributors to the collapse of the nation's markets and economy in September 2008. All of the bad paper issued by Ameriquest Mortgage Securities made its way around the world as collateralized debt obligations.

Energy & Environment

Obama, Congress begin 2012 in oil pipeline dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Congress are starting the election year locked in a tussle over a proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas that will force the White House to make a politically risky choice between two key Democratic constituencies. Some unions say the Keystone XL pipeline would create thousands of jobs. Environmentalists fear it could lead to an oil spill disaster.

Expert: Wastewater well in Ohio triggered quakes
CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio well used to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling almost certainly caused a series of 11 minor quakes in the Youngstown area since last spring, a seismologist investigating the quakes said Monday. Research is continuing on the now-shuttered injection well at Youngstown and seismic activity, but it might take a year for the wastewater-related rumblings in the earth to dissipate, said John Armbruster of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y.

AUDIO: Seals, walruses… now “unprecedented” number of sea turtle deaths in Vancouver Island says oceanographer
A local beachcomber and a renowned oceanographer have found that Kodiak is already receiving some of the earliest arrivals of debris from the Japanese tsunami that resulted from a 9.0 earthquake last March.... Ebbesmeyer says debris will continue to wash up on shores from Kodiak to Oregon for the next few years.

Health

Natural remedies to avoid depression this winter without using medical drugs
(NaturalNews) If you live in the upper reaches of the Northern Hemisphere, winter can often mean a seemingly interminable period of cold weather and short days. For many, the lack of sunshine, combined with life stress factors, can lead to depression.... Some of the signs of depression include: difficulty concentrating; persistent sadness or anxiety; inability to experience ordinary pleasure and enjoyment; irritability; change in appetite; ongoing fatigue and feelings of hopelessness. Learn how to cope with dark days naturally, without recourse to pharmaceutical anti-depressants which can cause serious side-effects ranging from nausea to reduced sex drive.

Pepsi Co. Admits to Mouse Disintigrating from Mountain Dew
There has been some rather shocking news lately concerning the multi-national mega corporation Pepsi Co. and their highly popular beverage Mountain Dew. After reportedly finding a mouse in a Mountain Dew can in 2009, Ronald Ball from Illinois is in the process of suing the soft drink giant after finding a dead mouse in his soda can.Needless to say, Pepsi Co. is completely refuting his claims, saying that the mouse he found could not have been there as the drink is so acidic the mouse would have disintegrated before he opened it.

Senators Give Supplements a Lifeline
ANH-USA, together with a number of supplement trade organizations, went to Capitol Hill to plead our case about the FDA’s profoundly flawed NDI (new supplement) draft guidance in the offices of two powerful senators and longtime friends of natural health, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).... Immediately after this meeting, Sens. Harkin and Hatch wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and formally asked the FDA to withdraw its guidance document.

Too Much Sitting is Killing Us
Studies say that even moderate to vigorous exercise doesn't counteract the damage. A study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation showed that each extra hour of television watching (the ultimate sitting sedentary activity) per day was associated with an 18% increase in deaths from heart disease and an 11% increase in overall mortality. People who watched TV for at least four hours a day were 80% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who watched two hours or less, and 46% more likely to die of any cause.

You’ve Been Lied to About Calcium and Cholesterol
The big lie pertains to unbalanced calcium supplementation. Calcium from raw whole foods is beneficial and necessary. But all those processed foods fortified with calcium or supplements high in elemental calcium are likely to do more harm than good. Elemental calcium is the calcium apart from the compound in which it normally appears. For example, if you remove the calcium from calcium carbonate, you are left with elemental calcium.

VIDEO: Tourette’s-Like Outbreak in Girls of One School: Only Explanation Is HPV Vaccine
Gaia Health - In a LeRoy High School in LeRoy, New York, a group of girls has been stricken with a neurological nightmare. They’ve been afflicted with painful tics similar to those of Tourette’s syndrome. The cause hasn’t been identified, but some possibilities have been ruled out, leaving little to suspect other than the HPV vaccine. Though this report indicates that six girls are involved, others indicate more than that, with a minimum of eight involved. There are too many anomalies for these girls to be suffering from Tourette’s.

Recently discovered flavonoid 'Fisetin' from fruits and vegetables protects the aging brain and helps fight cancer
(NaturalNews) Fisetin is a unique flavonoid compound found naturally in many fruits and vegetables including strawberries, blueberries and the skin of cucumbers. A wealth of scientific research now explains how a diet packed with raw fruits and vegetables can help prevent amyloid plaque formation in the aging brain and can promote the early destruction of cancer cells by triggering the body's innate immune response. Researchers reporting in the journal Neuroscience Letters found that fisetin is neuro-protective and helps to maintain normal memory processes while inhibiting plaque formation around synapses.

Cholesterol Drugs Likely Poisoning Patients
Activist Post - A growing body of clinical research now indicates that the cholesterol-lowering class of drugs known as statins, is associated with over 300 adverse health effects -- research boldly flying in the face of national health policy, medical insurance premium guidelines, statin drug manufacturer advertising claims, and the general sentiment of the public, with approximately 1 in every 4 adult Americans over 45 currently using these drugs to "prevent heart disease."

VIDEO: How Your Taxes are Being Used by the Government to Produce Junk Food
Activist Post - The U.S. government continues to be a major player in the national food business, with subsidies continuing to grow. The worst part is that the crops being subsidized are almost always genetically modified and pose a health risk to the environment and humankind.

Is Monsanto's Herbicide Harming Male Fertility?
Activist Post - In a disturbing study published last month (Dec. 2011) in the Journal of Toxicology in Vitro, researchers found that Monsanto's popular "weed killer" known as Roundup, which has already been linked to over 25 adverse health effects, is also capable of interfering with and/or harming the male reproductive system.... What is more disturbing is that even at a lower, presumably "non toxic" concentration of 1 ppm of Roundup, or glyphosate by itself, testosterone concentrations were observed to decrease by 35%.

Science & Technology

Scientists learn how to grow mouse sperm
Scientists in Germany and Israel have successfully grown mouse sperm in a laboratory, opening up the future possibility to grow human sperm from the cells of infertile men.

Did Google Violate Its Own Policy While Paying Bloggers for Favorable Posts?
The Blaze - According to SEO Book (via Tech Crunch), Google and its marketing firm Unruly paid bloggers to write posts “sponsored by Google” as part of a marketing campaign for Google Chrome for small businesses. This wouldn’t have been a problem if the posters had followed their own policy by including a “nofollow” tag in the link, which helps ensure that search results are not manipulated in favor of paid content.

Pet News

YouTube: Fish as a Protein Source in Pet Foods
Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian discusses about fish as a protein source in pet foods.

Preparing Your Pets for an Emergency
The threat of natural disaster has never been greater than it is right now. No matter where you live, no one is safe from the potentially devastating impact of nature’s wrath. Now more than ever, you need to be prepared ahead of the time for the possibility of a sudden emergency.

Pet Travel Guide
DogFriendly.com, Inc. is the leading provider of nationwide city guides and travel guides for dog owners. We are dedicated to finding places that people and dogs can enjoy together. If you want to travel, sightsee, or just go around town with your pooch, then you've come to the right place!


Today in History - Tuesday - January 3, 2012
1777 - The Battle of Princeton took place in the War of Independence, in which George Washington defeated the British forces, led by Cornwallis.
1815 - By secret treaty, Austria, Britain, and France formed a defensive alliance against Prusso-Russian plans to solve the Saxon and Polish problems.
1823 - Stephen F. Austin received a grant from the Mexican government and began colonization in the region of the Brazos River in Texas.
1833 - Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. About 150 years later, Argentina seized the islands from the British, but Britain took them back after a 74-day war.
1871 - Henry W. Bradley patented oleomargarine.
1888 - The drinking straw was patented by Marvin C. Stone.
1925 - In Italy, Mussolini announced that he would take dictatorial powers.
1938 - The March of Dimes was established by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The organization fights poliomyelitis.
1947 - U.S. Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time. Viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York City saw some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.
1957 - The Hamilton Watch Company introduced the first electric watch.
1959 - In the U.S., Alaska became the 49th state.
1961 - The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.
1962 - Pope John XXIII excommunicated Cuban prime minister Fidel Castro.
1967 - Jack Ruby died in a Dallas, TX, hospital.
1988 - Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th century.
1990 - Ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces, 10 days after taking refuge in the Vatican's diplomatic mission.
1991 - The British government announced that seven Iraqi diplomats, another embassy staff member and 67 other Iraqis were being expelled from Britain.
1993 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Moscow.
1995 - WHO reported that the cumulative total of officially reported cases of AIDS had risen to 1,025,073 in 192 countries as at the end of 1994.
1995 - The U.S. Postal Service raised the price of the first-class stamp to 32 cents.
1997 - Bryant Gumbel signed off for the last time as host of NBC's "Today" show.
1998 - China announced that it would spend $27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys.
2000 - Charles M. Schulz's final original daily comic strip appeared in newspapers.
2001 - The ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) charged the "Texas 7" with weapons violations. An autopsy showed that Office Aubrey Hawkins, killed by the convicts, had been shot 11 times and run over with a vehicle.
2004 - NASA's Spirit rover landed on Mars. The craft was able to send back black and white images three hours after landing.

World News

Iran threatens action if U.S. carrier returns: IRNA
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will take action if a U.S. aircraft carrier which left the area because of Iranian naval exercises returns to the Gulf, the state news agency quoted army chief Ataollah Salehi as saying on Tuesday. "Iran will not repeat its warning ... the enemy's carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf," Salehi told IRNA.

Oil jumps to near $101 amid rising Iran tensions
SINGAPORE (AP) — Oil prices jumped to near $101 a barrel Tuesday in Asia amid concerns that rising tensions between Western powers and Iran could lead to crude supply disruptions.

Sarkozy, Merkel to meet as Europe seeks crisis exit
PARIS (Reuters) - France's Nicolas Sarkozy will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on January 9 for talks that are likely to centre on new rules to enforce budget discipline across the European Union. The two leaders are anxious to flesh out a plan agreed at a December summit by all EU members except Britain for a new treaty to forge closer fiscal integration, as Europe battles to stem a sovereign debt crisis in the euro zone.

Unmanned drones used within UK civil airspace: Who is ensuring that the public’s privacy and civil liberties are protected?
Global Research - Analysis of information received in response to a series of Freedom of Information requests to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has revealed that around fifty to sixty companies and public bodies per year are being granted “blanket permission” to fly unmanned drones within UK civil airspace.

Nigerians stop gas stations from selling fuel
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Angry mobs of protesters stopped gas station owners from selling fuel Tuesday while others lit a bonfire on a major highway in an attempt to thwart the government's removal of a cherished consumer subsidy that had kept gas affordable for more than two decades. A rapidly growing group of protesters were going from gas station to station, telling owners not to sell gas at the spiked prices of about $3.50 a gallon. That is more than double what consumers paid only days ago for the fuel desperately needed to power the generators that keep many businesses running.

Arab League: Syrian tanks withdraw, killings go on
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces are still killing anti-government protesters despite the presence of foreign monitors in the country, the head of the Arab League said Monday. But he insisted the observer mission has yielded important concessions from the Damascus regime, such as the withdrawal of heavy weapons from cities.

Representative Says Muslim Brotherhood Plans to Put Israel/Egypt Peace Pact to Referendum
Peace between Israel and Egypt over the past 30 years has heavily relied on the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty and the 1978 Camp David Accords. Following a year of protest and revolution in Egypt that dissolved the nation’s standing constitution and parliament, The Muslim Brotherhood won a majority of seats in elections this past fall. Set to take control as Egypt’s new ruling party, a representative from the Muslim Brotherhood now says that maintaining peace with Israel may be put to a vote, Arutz Sheva reports:

Iran test-fires missiles in Gulf exercise
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday it had successfully test-fired what it described as two long-range missiles, flexing its military muscle in the face of mounting Western pressure over its nuclear program. The announcement came at the climax of 10 days of naval exercises in the Gulf, during which Tehran has warned it could shut the Strait of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of world oil is shipped, if sanctions were imposed on its crude exports. Analysts say Iran's increasingly strident rhetoric, which has pushed oil prices higher, is aimed at sending a message to the West that it should think twice about the economic cost of putting further pressure on Tehran.

Obama will free Afghan prisoners to appease Taliban
RT - Ten years after America entered Afghanistan and began a decade-long campaign against the Taliban, the Obama administration is making moves to throw in the towel and evacuate the foreign nation.... Although insurgency remains rampant overseas, American officials are also expected as part of the deal with Afghanistan to transfer captured soldiers allegedly aligned to the Taliban from their current captivity in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to an overseas institution. The US had earlier asked if they could release the inmates to a third-party country, such as Qatar, which was met with opposition from the Taliban. Insiders reveal to the Associated Press, however, that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is demanding that the captured men be released into Afghanistan and nowhere else.

H5N1 Bird Flu Strikes China Following Bioterrorism Study Release Controversy
A Chinese man infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus died on Saturday, marking China’s first case of the disease in humans in 18 months. The news comes just days after the United States government frantically acted to block the full publishing of research that successfully mutated the H5N1 virus to be highly contagious.

Exxon awarded $908 million in Venezuela dispute
CARACAS (Reuters) - An international arbitration panel has awarded U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) $908 million in compensation for Venezuela's 2007 nationalization of assets, less than 10 percent of what it sought in a dispute that pitted a top global oil company against one of the world's largest oil exporters.

Loss of Probiotics & Enzymes: ‘Harmonizing’ World Trade Puts Canadians’ Health at Risk
Gaia Health - In the face of thousands of annual deaths from pharmaceutical drugs, a recent study showing a direct—and probable cause and effect—link between vaccines and autism, and incontestable fraud and slanting of studies in the medical science realm, Canada is on the verge of banning nearly all probiotics and enzymes as “unsafe”. Thousands of Canadians are dependent on these natural and safe products for their health—and in some cases, even their lives. It’s now well documented that thousands are losing their lives and their health to the conventional medical and pharmaceutical regime. Yet, Canada has chosen to ignore the harm done, and instead is adhering to trade treaties made through the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN).

New Zealand Becomes Codex Alimentarius Incarnate: Food As Commodity, Not Nourishment
Gaia Health - With the implementation of Food Bill 160-2, massive new powers, including powers of arrest, will be given to “food safety officers”, who can be members of the private sector. That means employees of Monsanto could be authorized to conduct raids. Worse, they will be given immunity from criminal and civil prosecution for any acts during those raids. Even marae, communal and sacred places, will be subject to their actions. Warrants will not be required so there will be no need for evidence of a crime, meaning anyone could be raided at any time…and there will be no recourse, no matter how egregious their acts.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Republican Strategist: Iowa GOP Will Not Allow Paul To Win
Strategist and commentator Dee Dee Benkie told Breitbart TV that she had spoken with Iowa GOP officials and that she was convinced that the State party was not going to allow Ron Paul to win the Iowa caucuses.

17 Reasons Why A Vote For Mitt Romney Is A Vote For The New World Order
Romney comes from the financial establishment, he is being showered with money from the financial establishment and he supports all of the goals of the financial establishment. This year, millions upon millions of dollars are being funneled into Romney's campaign and into pro-Romney organizations. The New World Order is literally trying to buy the 2012 election for their dream candidate. Romney would be the ultimate Wall Street puppet, and if you cast a vote for Mitt Romney you are playing right into the hands of the financial elite.

White House Rejects Calls for Oversight on Drone Killings
White House officials are rejecting calls by top Congressional leaders for details about the ongoing drone assassination programs around the world, insisting that calls for oversight “don’t hold water.” A number of Congressmen and former administration and military officials are complaining that the program is being conduct with virtually no oversight and that the killings have a huge impact on foreign affairs.

Air Force buys an Avenger, its biggest and fastest armed drone
LA Times - The Avenger, which cost the military $15 million, is the latest version of the Predator drones made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., a San Diego-area company that also builds the robotic MQ-9 Reapers for the Air Force and CIA. The new radar-evading aircraft, also known as the Predator C, is General Atomics' third version of these drones. The Air Force picked up only one of them, strictly for testing purposes. "There is no intention to deploy the aircraft in the war in Afghanistan at this time," said Pentagon spokeswoman Jennifer Cassidy.

Man found with explosives at Midland International Airport
One man was being held in FBI custody Saturday afternoon after security at Midland International Airport found explosives in his carry-on bag and the terminal was shut down for an hour. The suspect is active military and the explosives were found in his carry-on bag by Transportation Security Administration officers while going through the X-ray machine, Midland police said. The incident happened at 9:26 a.m. Saturday.

Library Sends Police To Collect Overdue Books From 5-Year-Old Girl
CHARLTON (CBS) – A Charlton mom says her local library crossed the line when they sent police to collect her daughter’s overdue library books. Her mom says the 5-year-old girl was so afraid that she burst into tears.

Ron Paul greeted by overflow crowd first day back in Iowa
The Ticket - DES MOINES, Iowa-- Ron Paul's first public event in Iowa since the release of a Des Moines Register poll putting him within striking distance of Mitt Romney was so packed that workers took down a dividing wall at the downtown Marriott's Salon D ballroom. Supporters as well as national political reporters lined up to cover the action. "This is almost like a real rally!" the Texas congressman told the crowd at the event, which had been billed simply as a "whistlestop."

VIDEO: Ron Paul in Des Moines, Iowa 01/02/12
Ron Paul from Des Moines on C-SPAN and a video of the huge crowd at the Marriott ballroom "whistlestop".

New Public Policy Polling 01/02/12 - Ron Paul is at 20%
Daily Paul - Ron Paul is at 20%, Mitt Romney at 19%, and Rick Santorum at 18%.

Ron Paul Campaign Airs Final New Hampshire TV Ad ‘Believe’
A key feature of the ad is New Hampshire politicians and luminaries condemning the outsize growth of the federal government – calling is “overtaxing” and “overspending” – alongside declarations that the upcoming election is about trust. The ad then presents Ron Paul as an honest and consistent candidate, and the sole alternative to flip-floppers responsible for the costly mistakes of the past. The ad also showcases, in the words of its subjects, the strengths of Ron Paul’s ‘Plan to Restore America.’

YouTube: US elections, rigged and computer codes. ELECTION FRAUD!
Clinton Eugene Curtis, a computer programmer from Florida, testified before a congressional panel that there are computer programs that can be used to secretly fix elections. He explains how he created a prototype for Florida Congressman Tom Feeny that would flip the vote 51%-49% in favor of a specified candidate. This happened all the way back in 2001 but you might not have heard anything about this claim unless you searched for it.

VIDEO: Is COINTELPRO Effort Underway to Sabotage Ron Paul in Iowa?
Kurt Nimmo - On December 29, the Occupy Des Moines or the Occupy the Caucus group traveled to Ron Paul’s Ankeny, Iowa, campaign office and staged an “impromptu demonstration.” A dozen or so protesters chanted anti-Paul slogans and blocked the door of the office. Five of them were arrested after the police ordered them to disperse.... The threat to shut down the caucus has given the establishment the perfect excuse it needs to count the vote at a secret location and make sure Ron Paul loses. It also provides a pretext to get the FBI and the Iowa Intelligence Fusion Center involved.

YouTube: Mitt Flop Romney vs Mitt Flop Romney
Flip flop is a polite term for Liar aka they just tell whoever is in front of them what they want to hear.

Virginia GOP Will Require Voters To Sign ‘Loyalty Oath’
Voters do not register with a party in Virginia; thus the commonwealth’s primary is open to all residents, not just members of the Republican party. The oath, which reads “I, the undersigned, pledge that I intend to support the nominee of the Republican party for president,” is intended to deter non-Republicans from participating in the process unless they are serious about supporting the eventual GOP candidate. Kondik [political analyst] points out that the oath, however, is not enforceable from a legal standpoint, since voters are guaranteed the right to a private ballot.

Poll: Congressional Performance Down to 5%
Just when you think the numbers couldn’t get any worse for Congress, the end of session debacle over the payroll tax extension comes along and drives perceptions of Congress even lower.

Oath Keepers Launches National Effort to Recall and/or Remove Members of Congress Who Voted for NDAA Military Detention
Merry Christmas, U.S. Congress! Oath Keepers has launched a national effort to recall (or remove by any other lawful means) all of the oath breaking members of Congress, in both the House and Senate, who voted for the National Defense Appropriations Act of 2012 (NDAA), which contains provisions that authorize indefinite military detention and trial by military commission of “any person” – including U.S. citizens and lawful residents – upon the mere say-so of the President or one of his subordinates in the Executive Branch, such as within the Department of Defense or CIA.

New York firebomb attacks hit mosque, Hindu site
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police are investigating as bias crimes four Molotov cocktail attacks on Sunday night including one against a mosque with 75 people inside and another against a Hindu place of worship. No injuries were reported. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday assigned state law enforcement officials to assist the New York City investigation, saying the attacks "go against everything we stand for as New Yorkers and Americans," and the Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the attacks.

Massive manhunt after ranger slain at Rainier
Seattle Times - A man who was being sought in the shooting of four people at a New Year's party in South King County early Sunday is suspected in the fatal shooting of a park ranger in Mount Rainier National Park later in the morning.... Kevin Bacher, a spokesman for Mount Rainier National Park, said the vehicle recovered at the scene of Anderson's shooting was registered to Barnes. Authorities say they found weapons, body armor and survivalist gear in the vehicle.... Barnes is the father of a 1-year-old daughter, and custody documents filed in Pierce County Superior Court by the child's mother describe him as an Iraq war veteran plagued by anger and depression who was hospitalized after threatening suicide last January.

Gunman's body found after US park ranger killed
Police found Monday the body of an Iraq war veteran who shot dead a ranger in a US national park, saying it appeared he died of exposure after fleeing into the forest.... "The body found was confirmed to be the shooting suspect Benjamin C. Barnes," Washington state Patrol District spokesman Guy Gill said on Twitter.

VIDEO: Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops
A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test. “This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,” Jordan said today from his Waterford home. “I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.”

Suspicious Activity Reports From U.S. Malls Being Processed By Police State Fusion Centers
It didn’t take long for the See Something, Say Something campaign initiated by the Department of Homeland Security last year to show promising results. According to a report from St. Paul Minnesota’s KARE11 and NPR, actionable human intelligence is on the rise at the nation’s largest mall, and it’s being cross-referenced with personal information and threat assessments via the recently made public nationwide network of government Fusion centers.

Americans buy record numbers of guns going in to new year
Telegraph - According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas. It was the highest number ever in a single month, surpassing the previous record set in November. On Dec. 23 alone there were 102,222 background checks, making it the second busiest single day for buying guns in history.

Alaska lawmaker blasts TSA in new PSA, warning travelers about revealing full body scanners
(NaturalNews) Alaska state Rep. Chris Tuck-D, who has produced a new public service announcement railing against the TSA's full-body scanners and informing constituents and prospective travelers that they can be mad as hell and don't have to take it anymore. "The TSA installed new body scanners at [Alaska] airports. These machines still allow TSA screeners to see through your clothes,"... "Air travel safety is appreciated but no one should be humiliated or degraded," Tuck says in the 30-second spot. "If you don't want inappropriate pictures of you or your children taken and stored, or if you're concerned about the possible health affects [of radiation], then all you have to do is ask to opt out."

Occupy Wall Street Protest

OWS: Call To Action Against the NDAA
A call has been put out to let our government know the people will not tolerate any more attacks on our rights! January 3rd will be a spontaneous show of people power in reaction to Obama’s treasonous signing of the National Defense Authorization Act.... We see what’s happening here, and we will not stand for it.

Economy

Insight: Memo to Eddie Lampert - Dump Kmart
(Reuters) - If hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert wants to save one of the oldest retail empires in the United States, he should consider shutting down Sears Holdings Corp's Kmart discount chain and focus on revamping its Sears department stores.... After a dismal showing this holiday season due to dowdy merchandise, run-down stores and a reputation for poor service compared with rivals such as Macy's and Target, the retailer last week said it would close 100 to 120 of its 3,500 U.S. stores. The news wiped more than a quarter off Sears Holdings' market value, which now stands at just $3.4 billion.

Returns of online holiday gifts to hit record
With a Christmas season that has seen record e-commerce sales coming to a close, returns should hit an all-time high on Tuesday for United Parcel Service . The delivery company expects to handle more than 550,000 returns on Tuesday, a record, and up almost 8 percent from a year earlier. Several other days during the first week of 2012 will also top half a million returns, UPS said.... The good news for retailers is that most of the jump is simply a reflection of the explosive growth in e-commerce this Christmas season: U.S. online sales were up 15 percent between November 1 and December 26, according to data firm comScore.

BP seeking at least $20 billion from Halliburton: report
(Reuters) - Oil major BP is seeking at least $20 billion from its contractor Halliburton in costs and damages in relation to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing a court filing by BP's lead trial attorney.

Fuelling World Hunger: How The Global Biofuel Industry Is Creating Massive Destruction
The global expansion of the biofuel industry – in which agricultural land and crops are used to produce fuel for transport vehicles rather than food for humans – is a major factor driving the dramatic escalation of food prices worldwide. Ironically, the biofuel industry is being promoted by corporations and governments as a sustainable, “ecofriendly” alternative to fossil fuels. In reality, it is just another form of the same reckless exploitation of resources that results from insatiable elite private profit under capitalist economic production. The biofuel industry stems from a marriage of agribusiness and oil corporations who know full well that this new global enterprise is inflicting massive environmental destruction and human suffering.

VIDEO: Is a super-volcano just 390 miles from London about to erupt?
Daily Mail - A sleeping super-volcano in Germany is showing worrying signs of waking up. It's lurking just 390 miles away underneath the tranquil Laacher See lake near Bonn and is capable of ejecting billions of tons of magma. This monster erupts every 10 to 12,000 years and last went off 12,900 years ago, so it could blow at any time....Volcanologists believe that the Laacher See volcano is still active as carbon dioxide is bubbling up to the lake’s surface, which indicates that the magma chamber below is 'degassing'.

Exposure of global warming deception goes viral
The Examiner - With the advent of the new year, perhaps it’s a good time to once again expose the global warming narrative for what it actually is: fact-free alarmist fear-mongering – scientific fraud, to be exact – designed to shut down fossil-fuel industries, enrich carbon traders, soak taxpayers and reduce affluent western societies to a state of pre-industrial poverty – all the while purporting to save the world from what turns out to be an imaginary man-made bogeyman.

Housing Market

MERS authority to foreclose upheld on appeal
Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems secured a legal victory this week when the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld three lower court opinions granting MERS the right to foreclose when the company is listed as nominee of the note.

Health

How Women May Be Contributing to Men's Rising Cancer Rates
Dr. Mercola - Many conventional health experts believe the hormone testosterone causes prostate cancer -- but research actually suggests that estrogen may be the more likely culprit.

BPA may cause arrhythmia, heart attacks in women
(NaturalNews) Bisphenol A overrides the natural heartbeat signal causing female heart cells to misfire, according to a recent study. Given how pervasive BPA is these days, this could mean heart problems, possibly even fatal ones, for millions of women.... In new research, which will be published in the February 2012 issue of Endocrinology, now finds that even low concentrations of BPA can cause heart problems for women because of the way the compound mimics estrogen's effect on the heart.

Simply Green Washing: Are You Using This Toxic Cleaner?
Activist Post - Simple Green, a hugely popular household cleaner, is marketed to the consumer as a “non-toxic,” “biodegradable,” and “non-hazardous” alternative to presumably more toxic cleaners. And yet, the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for Simple Green, which is federally mandated to be made available to the consumer by the product manufacturer (in this case Sunshine Makers, Inc.), tells a radically different story.

VIDEO: Edible Mushrooms: Nature's Most Researched Anti-Cancer Agent
Activist Post - Over the course of the past few years we have uncovered a remarkable body of research on the medicinal properties of mushrooms. In fact, when it comes to natural cancer research, no other category has been the subject of more human clinical research than AHCC and Lentinan, both unique preparations of shiitake mushroom.

Integrative Vision Care And Nutrition
AHHA - Mind/Body medicine is based on the fact that our health and well-being depends on all the individual parts to work together effectively. So it should come as no surprise that healthy eyesight is also dependent upon our total well-being, which is affected by our genetic makeup, the food we eat, our work environment and exposure to airborne toxins, as well as our general belief systems about ourselves and the world we live in.

Routine Early Cord Clamping Harms Newborns: No Evidence of Benefit Ever Existed
Gaia Health - In hospitals, one of the first procedures done when a new child enters the world is to clamp the umbilical cord, usually within the first 30-60 seconds of birth. It is, in fact, simply a routine procedure done without thinking. Apparently, no thought has ever been given to whether it’s beneficial. Sadly, several studies have shown that it harms newborns.

Salmonella Concerns Prompt Iceberg Lettuce Recall In 10+ States
In what is one of the most confusing recalls ever, some Kroger grocery stores in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, and Smith's grocery stores in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Nevada were recalling Growers Express brand iceberg lettuce Friday, saying it might be contaminated with Salmonella.

Why I should eat the stems and leaves of broccoli
Broccoli stems have a wonderful mild sweet flavor and are much higher in fiber than the florets; they are renown for the amount of extra fiber they can add to your diet. While the florets contain more beta-carotene than the stalks, the leaves actually are a richer source of beta-carotene than either the stems or florets.

Study review shows vitamin D, cod liver oil very effective at preventing and treating tuberculosis
(NaturalNews) Sometimes the old fashioned ways of treating disease are still the safest and most effective. A recent review of an 1848 study conducted at the former Hospital for Consumption in Chelsea, UK, now known as the Royal Brompton Hospital (RBH), has found that cod liver oil, which is rich in vitamin D, is still an effective treatment for tuberculosis.

Find health with the super food synergy of Indian gooseberry and African mango
(NaturalNews) Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered 'super-foods.' Wild fruits have played a significant role in many cultural cuisines all around the world. Scientists have found many great health benefits associated with wild fruits grown in temperate regions of the world. Indian gooseberry and African mango are super foods that have a nutrient synergy that far exceeds their basic nutritional values.

Study: Taking methadone can double risk of getting in car wreck
(NaturalNews) Former drug addicts trying to stay clean and individuals with severe pain are being prescribed methadone, a synthetic opioid, as supposed treatment. But a new study out of Norway suggests that men who take this powerful drug are twice as likely as those not taking it to get in a car wreck while driving.

Science & Technology

Anonymous to publish Stratfor emails
RT - A treasure-trove of top secret correspondence between security firm Stratfor and millions of contacts is about to be published, a move that hackers say will serve as a smoking gun for several committed crimes.... Since news of the hack made it to the Web on Christmas Eve, the number of emails obtained has rose from nearly 3 million to now around 5.5 million.

Forget the passwords – Computer accounts soon by unlocked by sight and touch recognition
Mail Online - Last week Apple applied to the US patent office to register facial recognition software, so instead of sliding to unlock your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you could simply point it at your face.

Proposed Hacker Satellite System Would Fight Web Censorship
PCMag.com - "Hackers in Space" sounds like a bad TV movie, but if the group behind the Hackerspace Global Grid (HGG) reach their goal, it could be a reality by the time we ring in 2034. As first reported by the BBC, the HGG wants to send their own satellites into orbit, which will be open and free from Internet censorship.

Appeals Court Revives EFF's Challenge to Government's Massive Spying Program
Activist Post - San Francisco - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today blocked the government's attempt to bury the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) lawsuit against the government's illegal mass surveillance program, returning Jewel v. NSA to the District Court for the next step.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Say 'No' to Dow Chemical's GE Corn Petition -- Proven in the Jungles of Vietnam as Part of Agent Orange!
The Cornucopia Institute - Dow Chemical is seeking USDA approval for a genetically engineered (GE) version of corn that is resistant to 2,4-D, a herbicide that was used in the formulation of the highly toxic defoliant Agent Orange. Agent Orange (half 2,4-D by composition) was extensively used in Vietnam by the military to destroy forests and crops. The public has 60 days to comment on Dow's petition for deregulation, and can do so online here and sign our petition here.

Will Organic Farmers See Their Day in Court Against Monsanto?
Activist Post - In a development celebrated by the organic plaintiffs, Judge Naomi Buchwald announced yesterday that oral arguments on Monsanto's motion to dismiss the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto will be heard in federal district court January 31, 2012 in Manhattan.... The eighty-three family farmers, small and family owned seed businesses, and agricultural organizations comprising the organic plaintiff group represent over 300,000 individuals. The landmark lawsuit, filed in March 2011, challenges the validity of Monsanto's transgenic/GMO patents and seeks court protection for innocent family farmers who may become contaminated by Monsanto seed.

How to Get the Best Firewood for Clean and Affordable Energy
Find out where to harvest or buy firewood, plus how to split, dry and stack your logs for the most efficient wood heat.

Pet News

For your pet - Natural remedies overcome fear of loud noises, thunder and fireworks
(NaturalNews) Most dogs and cats dislike unexpected, loud noises from thunder or fireworks. What may be a festive time for humans, turns into a night of horrors for many pets, making them run for cover or cower in fear at our ankles. Calm and protect pets from feeling vulnerable and anxious during fireworks and thunderstorms with natural remedies and solutions to help them during scary times.

Lysine for Cats
L-lysine is a naturally occurring amino acid which inhibits the growth of herpes virus in cat's body. Feline herpes is one of the extremely common Upper Respiratory Infection (URL) in cats, caused by herpes virus. This virus spread through the air and replicates in the upper respiratory tract of the cat. It is highly contagious, and most cats get this infection either as kittens from their mothers, or by living in an environment where there are multiple/stray cats or new cats interacting constantly. The clinical signs of this infection include eye discharge, squinting, sneezing, and sinus congestion.

Dogs Benefit from the Nutrition of Supplements
(NaturalNews) Dogs can benefit from taking supplements as well as human, and many pet owners are jumping on the doggie nutrition bandwagon. Sales of pet nutritional supplements in the United States increased by seven percent in 2009, according to the Nutrition Business Journal. Sales of human nutritional products increased as well but only by six percent. A few nutrients are known to provide maximum nutrition for dogs, including Omega-3s, glucosamine, antioxidant vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, and digestive enzymes. Pet stores now stock many of these dog supplements.

Miscellaneous

"Celebrating Changes"
AHHA - Breaths come and breaths go. Tens of thousands of times, every day of your life, your breath changes its direction. The events of your life come and go, too. Nothing stays constant. Everything is changing. The attitude that you choose to take toward this ever-changing nature of your life---how well you learn to let go of what was and move on with what is---has a huge impact on your health and well-being. It is a significant determinant of how long, and how well, you live.

3 Strategies to Make Your New Year's Resolution a Success
Activist Post - In reality, a New Year's resolution isn’t much different than any other resolution made on any other day. But still nearly everyone takes this time to set a new goal. Actually, the goal set is often the same as the previous year since people seldom follow through with their New Year's resolution. Interestingly, not achieving that specific goal each year is making the following achievement that much more difficult due to so many subconscious past ‘failures’. For this reason it is very important to follow through with your goal setting, and here are a few extremely beneficial tips on how to do so.

Nine Resolutions That Matter in 2012
Activist Post - We put our collective heads together for a while this week and tried to think – with the moment of annual resolutions at hand – what could rational, patriotic Americans do to help the nation and world cope with the difficulties in the year ahead which are already coming into scary focus. We had lots of ideas but boiled them down to the top nine. Here is the Strategic Living bucket list for 2012.

ACTION ITEM: Join Us to Bring About Peace and Harmony in 2012
Activist Post - The economy continues to buckle under the weight of immeasurable debt while the powers that be seem to be pushing for more war. Additionally, the mystical influence surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar and other tales of the apocalypse like biblical end times, will only fuel the intensity of 2012. However, in times of great challenge it is crucial to understand how our thoughts and feelings affect the physical world. Indeed, it is the biggest secret never revealed to the masses – that how we feel and what we think will directly manifest in the real world.


Today in History - Monday - January 2, 2012
1788 - Georgia became the 4th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1842 - In Fairmount, PA, the first wire suspension bridge was opened to traffic.
1879 - Thomas Edison began construction on his first generator.
1890 - Alice Sanger became the first female White House staffer.
1893 - The first commemorative postage stamps were issued.
1900 - U.S. Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door Policy to prompt trade with China.
1900 - The Chicago Canal opened.
1910 - The first junior high school in the United States opened. McKinley School in Berkeley, CA, housed seventh and eighth grade students.
1917 - Royal Bank of Canada took over the Quebec Bank.
1921 - The first religious broadcast on radio was heard on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, PA, as Dr. E.J. Van Etten of Calvary Episcopal Church preached.
1929 - The United States and Canada reached an agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls.
1935 - Bruno Richard Hauptmann went on trial for the kidnap-murder of Charles Lindberghs baby. Hauptmann was found guilt and executed.
1942 - The Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II.
1953 - "The Life of Riley" debuted on NBC-TV.
1960 - U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
1968 - Dr. Christian Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant.
1968 - Fidel Castro announced petroleum and sugar rationing in Cuba.
1971 - In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.
1974 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon signed a bill requiring all states to lower the maximum speed limit to 55 MPH. It was abolished in 1995.
1983 - The final edition of Garry Trudeau’s comic strip, "Doonesbury", appeared in 726 newspapers. "Doonesbury" began running again in September 1984.
1991 - Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington, DC. She was the first black woman to head a city of that size and prominence.
1996 - AT&T announced that it would eliminate 40,000 jobs over three years.
1998 - Russia began circulating new rubles in effort to keep inflation in check and promote confidence.

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World News

Council on Foreign Relations: Time to attack Iran
The highly influential Council on Foreign Relations (aka CFR) declared this month in their online publication "Foreign Affairs" that it is now time to attack Iran, subtitled "Why a Strike Is the Least Bad Option" I goes onto say... The truth is that a military strike intended to destroy Iran’s nuclear program, if managed carefully, could spare the region and the world a very real threat and dramatically improve the long-term national security of the United States. Related video and article here.

Iran reports nuclear progress as sanctions loom
TEHRAN (Reuters) - - Iran announced a nuclear fuel breakthrough and test-fired a new radar-evading medium-range missile in the Gulf on Sunday, moves that could further antagonize the West at a time when Tehran is trying to avert harsh new sanctions on its oil industry. U.S. President Barack Obama signed a law on Saturday imposing tougher financial sanctions to penalize Iran for a nuclear research programme that the West suspects is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

Iran naval commander: 'Missiles will be test-fired shortly'
Telegraph December 31, 2011 - Iran delayed its promised long-range missile tests in the Gulf today and signalled it was ready for fresh talks with the West on its disputed nuclear programme. Deputy Navy Commander Mahmoud Mousavi said the missile launches would be carried out “in the coming days”. Meanwhile, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, suggested that Tehran would be prepared to return to the negotiating table over its nuclear programme. The invitation by Jalili comes in the wake of sanctions recently imposed on the country by the UN.

Stress in the Strait: ‘Any false move can lead to catastrophe’
RT - As the closure of Strait of Hormuz would likely suit the interests neither of the US nor of Iran, the editor of Consortium News, Robert Parry, believes the US is pushing for a large-scale war against Tehran. “There has been a propaganda campaign in the United States, very similar to what he saw before the invasion of Iraq,” he told RT. “The major news organizations have been hyping up threats about Iran. We’ve seen questionable allegations be given a great deal of weight here in the United States.”

Troops, tanks patrol in northeast Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Heavily armed troops and tanks patrolled the streets of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria Sunday, witnesses said, after the president declared a state of emergency in parts of the north affected by an Islamist insurgency.

‘US violating human rights at home and abroad’ – Russian report
RT - In a report released by the Foreign Ministry detailing human rights abuses around the world, the United States comes up short, cited for violations on both the domestic and foreign fronts.... "The situation in the United States…is far from the ideals proclaimed in Washington," the report says. “The incumbent administration continues to apply most of the methods of controlling society and interfering in the private lives of the American people that were adopted by the special services under George Bush on the pretext of combating terror.”

US 'to give Israel extra aid for rocket system'
Activist Post - JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's defence ministry said on Sunday that the United States has agreed to provide it with an additional $235 million (180 million euros) to finance its rocket defence system. "The aid from the American Congress is a supplementary step in the reinforcement of Israeli-American relations in the area of defence," Defence Minister Ehud Barak said in a statement. The additional funds come on top of the three billion dollars of annual military aid given by the US to Israel.

Opposition groups sign deal on post-Assad Syria
BEIRUT (Reuters) December 31, 2011 - Two leading Syrian opposition parties have agreed a road map to democracy if mass protests succeed in toppling President Bashar al-Assad, according to a copy of the document seen by Reuters. The leading opposition group in exile, the Syrian National Council (SNC), signed the deal with the National Coordination Committee, a group whose majority is inside Syria and which had disagreed with the SNC's calls for foreign intervention.

VIDEO: Syria: More Die In 'Biggest Protest So Far'
(Graphic) Sky.com December 31, 2011- Arab League observers inside Syria have shown concern after witnessing government snipers firing at protestors from rooftoops. The monitors are inside the country to investigate whether the state is sticking to an agreement to pull heavy weapons out of the cities and allow peaceful demonstrations. Their concern comes after Syrian forces were reported to have made further killings as what were thought to be some of the biggest anti-government protests so far erupted around the country.

Chavez discusses America's hottest export: cancer
America has troops on the ready outside North Korea, has spy drones stationed to enter Iran and has God knows how many other secrets up its sleeves. What else could the US be up to? If you ask Hugo Chavez, it’s cancer. The creation and spreading of cancer over Latin American leaders.... “It’s a bit difficult to explain this, to reason it, including using the law of probabilities,” said Chavez, who called the coincidence “very, very, very strange.”... Fidel Castro, warned him years earlier of what the US is capable of. "Fidel always told me, 'Chavez take care. These people have developed technology. You are very careless. Take care what you eat, what they give you to eat … a little needle and they inject you with I don't know what,’” insisted Chavez.

WHO 'deeply concerned' by mutated birdflu research
LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization issued a stern warning on Friday to scientists who have engineered a highly pathogenic form of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, saying their work carries significant risks and must be tightly controlled. The United Nations health body said it was "deeply concerned about the potential negative consequences" of work by two leading flu research teams who this month said they had found ways to make H5N1 into a easily transmissable form capable of causing lethal human pandemics.

Food in Scotland should be laced with vitamin D to stave off MS, experts say
Scotland's food supply should be laced with vitamin D in a bid to cut the high rate of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the sun-deprived region, experts have said.Scotland has some of the highest MS levels in the world and many experts believe vitamin D deficiency is a contributing factor.... About 10,000 people in Scotland have MS.

Why McDonald's Failed to Win Over Bolivians and Closed its Stores
With over 31,000 restaurants serving 58 million people throughout the world every day, McDonald's pretty much wrote the book on how a corporation can conquer the world. But despite its global domination as a cheap and easy burger joint, the fast-food monolith proved no match against the people of Bolivia and its cultural standards of culinary decency. For 14 years,... Fast-food represents the complete opposite of what Bolivians consider a meal should be. To be a good meal, food has to have be prepared with love, dedication, certain hygiene standards and proper cook time.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Uncle Sam Taking Your Liberty as a Christmas Gift?
Freedom Watch - The Judge reviews the state of liberty in 21st century America, the NDAA and the importance of an independent judiciary and the rule of law.

Ron Paul's Campaign Year End Fundraiser Is A Success
4th quarter fundraiser exceeds $5.5 million!

VIDEO: Ron Paul Sunday Jan. 1, 2012, 9am - Three (3!) Interviews: ABC, CNN & FOX!

Urgent Notice! Watch the Vote 2012 - Iowa Caucus from your computer!
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Iowa GOP moving vote-count to 'undisclosed location'
Threats to disrupt the Iowa Republican caucuses next week have prompted state GOP officials to move the vote tabulation to an "undisclosed location," POLITICO has learned. The state party has not yet told the campaigns exactly where the returns will be added up, only that it will be off-site from the Iowa GOP's Des Moines headquarters.

YouTube: New Ron Paul Campaign Ad: The Washington Machine
December 28, 2011.

YouTube: New Ron Paul Campaign Ad: “The One You Can Trust”
December 23, 2011.

YouTube: New Revolution Pac Ad: "The Compassion of Dr. Ron Paul"
James Williams of Matagorda County, Texas recounts a touching true story. Living in a still prejudice Texas In 1972, his wife had a complication with her pregnancy. No doctors would care for her or deliver their bi-racial child. In fact one of the hospital nurses called the police on James. Dr. Ron Paul was notified and took her in, delivering their stillborn baby. Because of the compassion of Dr. Ron Paul, the Williams' never received a hospital bill for the delivery. Ron Paul views every human being as a unique individual, afforded the rights endowed by our creator and codified in the Bill of Rights.

Ron Paul Reacts To Black Man’s Testimony Video
Commenting on the video, Paul said “I’m amazed that they found that. If you’d have asked me to go back and find somebody like that I wouldn’t know.” Explaining that although he does not recall the specifics of the incident, Paul added that he found it humbling to know how grateful Mr Williams is.

NYT: ‘Soldiers’ Choice’ Ron Paul
This year, Paul has 10 times the individual donations — totaling $113,739 — from the military as does Mitt Romney. And he has a hundred times more than Newt Gingrich, who sat out the Vietnam War with college deferments and now promises he would strike foes at the slightest provocation. What seems, at first blush, counterintuitive makes more sense upon further review. There’s a long tradition of military people being attracted to politicians with Paul’s strict interpretation of the Constitution.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Getting Standing Ovations From Iowa Audiences When He Talks About Bringing The Troops
December 31, 2011 MSNBC News.

VIDEO: Great Interview With Two Ron Paul Supporters From Iowa
Daily Paul - The first interview is the strong voice of an Army and Iraq War Veteran who eloquently makes the case for Ron Paul's Foreign Policy.

VIDEO: CNN has released the unedited interview. Ron Paul DID NOT STORM out. It was a creative editing HIT JOB
Daily Paul - Ron Paul did not walk/storm out... the interview was over... it was an EIGHT MINUTE INTERVIEW!!

Ron Paul Endorsed by Eminent Pastor Rev. Phil Kayser, Ph.D.
Dr. Kayser says, “Ron Paul’s strictly Constitutional civics is far closer to Biblical civics than any of the other candidate’s on a whole range of issues.”

Gingrich, Perry disqualified from Va. primary ballot
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, state GOP officials said Friday evening and early Saturday.... Earlier Friday, the Republican Party of Virginia certified former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) to appear on the ballot.

UPDATE 1/1/12: Candidates join Perry's Virginia lawsuit
On Sunday, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli reconsidered a proposal he made Saturday to ease the state's ballot restrictions by the March 6 primary. "After working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 Presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a way to make such changes fair to the Romney and Paul campaigns that qualified even with Virginia's burdensome system," Cuccinelli said in a statement. (CNN) - Four candidates left off the Virginia Republican primary ballot joined Rick Perry Saturday in suing the state's board of elections over laws they say are "unconstitutional."

Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann Fail to File Full Slates of NH Delegates
As recently as two weeks ago, the Gingrich campaign was apparently unable to name 40 New Hampshire supporters of his presidential campaign. Candidates needed to file their slates of 20 delegates to the National Convention, along with 20 alternates, with the Secretary of State by November 18. The Gingrich campaign filed a partial slate of 14 delegates and 13 alternates, leaving 13 slots vacant. Among the 27 names Gingrich listed are three members of his staff.

VIDEO: Romney & Obama Agree on Iran: Keep Up Aggression, Impede Peace
Bill O’Reilly’s show in which Romney’s war rhetoric gets “challenged by an unlikely source”: Interesting. Romney doesn’t really respond to O’Reilly’s estimation of the consequences of war on Iran, but it does make him roll back his overt threat of preemptive attack and stick with “crippling sanctions, treating them like a pariah, and preparing military options.”

Pentagon mishandled 65,000 Arlington cemetery graves
RT - An audit of Arlington has revealed that as many as 64,000 graves in the Northern Virginia cemetery may contain mistakes, with problems ranging from misspelled names all the way to misplaced bodies.... The Gravesite Accountability Task Force found 196,000 cases of “no discrepancies” in their report, but found 64,230 instances where they will have to conduct “additional review,” which the Associated Press writes will be completed next summer. In all, Arlington has around 300,000 people entombed on its grounds, a quarter of which are now in question because of the results of the audit.

Pentagon under 24/7 DARPA surveillance
RT - The Pentagon will soon be prying through the personal correspondence and computer files of US military personnel, thanks to a $9-million program that will put soldiers’ private emails under Uncle Sam’s microscope. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has awarded the grant to five institutions led by Georgia Tech to help develop a system of spying on solderis’ Internet and computer habits, a multi-million dollar investment that they say will serve as a preemptive measure to make sure “insider threats” can’t materialize in the military.

VIDEO: Happy New Year: Obama Signs NDAA, Indefinite Detention Now Law of the Land
Infowars - Yesterday, with a friendly note, Obama issued a signing statement that read: “Moving forward, my administration will interpret and implement the provisions described below in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our safety depends and upholds the values on which this country was founded.” Despite positioning himself in the signing statement as cautious towards the rights of the individuals in the nation, the President has just signed into law a provision that threatens the right of every American to due process, and a public trial with a jury. Instead, he has handed over grotesque authority to himself and EVERY President that comes after him, whatever their intentions might be.

Obama’s Signing Statement on NDAA: I have the power to detain Americans… but I won’t
Aaron Dykes - As Americans look upon the treacherous legislation passed under NDAA 2012, it it should first be remembered that the very bill President Obama threatened to veto was controversial due to the language the Obama White House itself pressured Congress to add to the bill, according to Sen. Carl Levin. Second, signing statements are not law, and are not a Constitutional power granted to the executive branch; any reassuring (or troubling) language within has no binding status– though it may shed light on the intent/character of the chief executive. However, the statement itself does not indicate any deviation of intent from the law as written and signed.

R.I.P. Bill of Rights 1789 - 2011
(NaturalNews) One of the most extraordinary documents in human history -- the Bill of Rights -- has come to an end under President Barack Obama. Derived from sacred principles of natural law, the Bill of Rights has come to a sudden and catastrophic end with the President's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a law that grants the U.S. military the "legal" right to conduct secret kidnappings of U.S. citizens, followed by indefinite detention, interrogation, torture and even murder. This is all conducted completely outside the protection of law, with no jury, no trial, no legal representation and not even any requirement that the government produce evidence against the accused. It is a system of outright government tyranny against the American people, and it effectively nullifies the Bill of Rights.

Two Four Star Generals Write New York Times Op-ed Against NDAA and Indefinite Detention of Americans
Intel Hub - Two four star Marine generals have written a stunning op-ed in the New York Times which demands that President Obama veto the National Defense Authorization Act....Charles C. Krulak and Joseph P. Hoar, both 4 star Marine generals, published the piece on December 12. The op-ed starts with a direct demand that President Obama veto the NDAA bill in order to protect our country from the “false choice between our safety and ideals.” It then gets into one of the most blatant anti American treasonous provisions in the history of the United States.

Congress To Fund Massive Expansion Of TSA Checkpoints
Paul Joseph Watson - The increase in funding has nothing to do with the TSA’s role in airports – this is about creating 12 more VIPR teams to add the federal agency’s 25 units that are already scattered across the country and responsible for manning checkpoints on highways, in bus and train terminals, at sports events and even high school prom nights.... The demand for $24 million in extra funding is in addition to the $110 million spent in fiscal year 2011. The figures are completely independent from the federal agency’s role inside the nation’s airports, which costs taxpayers $5 billion a year.

YouTube: TSA "Screeners" Should Stop Impersonating Federal Law Enforcement Officers!
CNN - The nation's 44,000 airport screeners would lose the title "officer," their metal badges and maybe even the stripes down their pant legs under a bill sponsored by a Transportation Security Administration critic. Called the "STRIP Act," for "Stop TSA's Reach In Policy Act," the bill was introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, on Thursday in response to a series of alleged strip searches by TSA officers. Read the article here.

Muslims snub New York Mayor's annual breakfast over claims police are spying on mosques
Daily Mail - Several Muslim leaders have refused invitations to the New York Mayor's interfaith breakfast over 'disturbing' claims police are spying on and infiltrating mosques. The unnamed imams and activists said in a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg they're disturbed by New York Police Department's intelligence-gathering programs which monitored Muslim groups, businesses and houses of worship.

Medical student faces at least three years in jail for bringing gun to 9/11 memorial
Daily Mail - A tourist from Tennessee thought she could check her loaded gun at New York City's September 11 memorial - but instead ended up being hauled off to jail. Meredith Graves, 39, was in the state for a job interview and forgot she had the gun - which she has a legal permit for in Tennessee - in her purse. When she noticed the 'No guns allowed' sign at the memorial, she asked a police officer where she could check her weapon. Instead she was arrested and taken to jail. She faces at least three years in jail.

Madness: Even School Children Are Being Pepper-Sprayed and Shocked with Tasers
The deployment of Tasers against “problem” students coincides with the introduction of police officers on school campuses, also known as School Resource Officers (SROs). According to the Los Angeles Times, as of 2009, the number of SROs carrying Tasers was well over 4,000.

Wisconsin town seeks to ban unregistered bicycles, pedestrians from using public roads
(NaturalNews) Biking, running, or even walking in the town of Hull, Wisc., without official government permission could soon become an "illegal" offense. The Stevens Point Journal reports that a public safety committee in Hull is working towards mandating that all non-automobile travelers who plan to use public roadways or streets in Hull first register their "travel plans" with town officials before being allowed to use them.

VIDEO: Total Insanity! Rowdy shoppers eager to get the latest Air Jordans clash with police
Fox News - A crowd of more than 1,000 people was camped outside the Southcenter Shopping Mall ahead of the release of the retro Air Jordan XI Concords when the frenzy began....Tukwila Police Department spokesman Mike Murphy said pepper spray was used against people fighting with officers in order to avert a full-scale riot. Police said that some shoppers had broken locks on the mall's door to gain access. Officers also had to chase down some shoppers inside the mall.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

YouTube: The year of dissent: 'Occupied' America
RT - Let's go to the U.S. now, where the outgoing year witnessed the biggest wave of protests since the Vietnam War. Americans have been turning out in droves in hundreds of cities across the United States. They too want a revolution - but an economic one. And they've all been united under the umbrella "Occupy" movement as it became know, which sprang up in New York more than three months ago. Marina Portnaya has been covering the protests for RT.

Pay to learn the First Amendment or go to jail
RT - "The First Amendment is not absolute,” Deputy City Attorney William Carter tells the Los Angeles Times. Just because the law of the land (literally) allows for peaceful protests doesn’t mean it is really alright, says Carter. For the hundreds of demonstrators arrested during Occupy LA protests in recent months, they seem to think that the US Constitution is of actual importance. For the city officials though, those silly hippies don’t know “habeas corpus” from their hacky sacks. In order to show them what the good old US of A is really about then, the city of Los Angeles is letting those charged with misdemeanors stemming from Occupy LA incidents to forego the legal system in exchange for taking a class on the First Amendment — for the price of $355 a pop.

Economy

Grim Economic Prospects for 2012: How the Federal Reserve Overshadows the European Banking System
Bob Chapman - What does one write about between Christmas and New Years? Things are usually pretty quiet, especially in Europe. As a result we’ll give you a little about this and a little about that.

The Most Important Economic Charts of 2011
What is it about graphs and economics? In a discipline where facts are murky and certainty is elusive, graphs offer a bright light of information and a small confidence that the world can be summed up between two axes.... Here, from economists on left and right, and from economic journalists from around the beat, are the graphs of the year.

Congressmen's incomes triple while America gets poorer
RT - While the US Census Bureau reports half of America as either impoverished or otherwise living in low-income conditions, 250 members of Congress — nearly half of the Hill —can say that they are legit millionaires. In Washington DC, one-in-ten residents live below half of the poverty line — but if you can track down Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) in his Capitol Hill chamber, you might be able to borrow a few bucks from the richest man in Congress — who holds onto $294.21 million in assets.

Rick Perry’s Security Costs Texas Taxpayers up to $400,000 a Month
Rick Perry’s security costs have risen since he entered the presidential campaign in August, costing Texas taxpayers as much as $400,000 a month, according to a report by the Texas Tribune. An examination of Texas public safety department records found that the agency spent more than $1.4 million on out-of-state trips between September to mid-December, including more than $397,000 between Sept. 5 and Sept. 28 this year.... Perry is the only candidate, other than President Obama, whose security is funded by taxpayers.

Fed Once-Secret Loan Crisis Data Compiled by Bloomberg Released to Public
Bloomberg News today released spreadsheets showing daily borrowing totals for 407 banks and companies that tapped Federal Reserve emergency programs during the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis. It’s the first time such data have been publicly available in this form. To download a zip file of the spreadsheets, go to http://bit.ly/Bloomberg-Fed-Data. For an explanation of the files, see the one labeled “1a Fed Data Roadmap.”

MF Global chief missing $1.2B is financial adviser to EPA
Washington Post - During two days of recent congressional hearings into how as much as $1.2 billion disappeared from MF Global customer accounts, the chief operating officer of the imploding investment firm responded again and again that he did not know.

Housing Market

Banks can't keep up with foreclosures anymore
RT - With an economy in ruins, how many foreclosures do banks have to deal with nowadays? Enough that the process of dealing with homeowners in default is taking years to complete.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Gundersen: Trucks dumping nuclear waste into Tokyo Bay “for many years” to come — Plus a look ahead at 2012
Is the Japanese government and the IAEA protecting the nuclear industry and not the people of Japan by claiming that Fukushima is stable when it is not? Fairewinds’ chief engineer Arnie Gundersen outlines major inconsistencies and double-speak by the IAEA, Japanese Government, and TEPCO claiming that the Fukushima accident is over. Dynamic versus static equilibrium, escalated dose exposures to the Japanese children and nuclear workers, and the blending of radioactive materials with non-contaminated material and spreading this contaminated ash throughout Japan are only a small part of this ongoing nuclear tragedy.

Powerful 7.0 earthquake hits Tokyo
NHK World A strong earthquake struck Tokyo and surrounding areas on Sunday afternoon. The earthquake occurred at around 2:28 PM local time. Japan's Meteorological Agency says the earthquake had an estimated magnitude of 7.0, with its focus 370 kilometers deep near Torishima Island in the Pacific Ocean.

Diseased seals in Alaska tested for radiation
Scientists in Alaska are investigating whether local seals are being sickened by radiation from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Scores of ring seals have washed up on Alaska's Arctic coastline since July, suffering or killed by a mysterious disease marked by bleeding lesions on the hind flippers, irritated skin around the nose and eyes and patchy hair loss on the animals' fur coats. Biologists at first thought the seals were suffering from a virus, but they have so far been unable to identify one, and tests are now underway to find out if radiation is a factor. Related articles, photos and map here.

New concerns about Hanford nuclear waste plant
The H reactor is one of nine nuclear reactors at Hanford, where it is feared that contaminated groundwater is moving steadily toward the Columbia River and posing a danger to fish and the people who eat them.... But the worst of the waste is still decades away from being completely removed. Millions of gallons of a highly radioactive stew — enough to fill dozens of Olympic-size swimming pools — are stored in aging underground tanks. Some of those tanks have leaked, threatening the groundwater and the river. Related video report here.

VIDEO: We’ll see a statistically meaningful increase in cancer from Fukushima on west coast
Arnie Gundersen of Fairwinds Associates (a leading nuclear expert) and Warren Pollock ( http://www.wepollock.com ) redefine the Fukushima nuclear incidents (meltdowns and explosions) in terms of human and total cost.

Paint-on solar cells? How your house's next coat of paint could become a power generator
(NaturalNews) Generating a sizable amount of renewable energy to power your home appliances and light fixtures could soon be as simple as giving your house a new coat of paint. Researchers from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana have come up with a novel new type of "solar paint" that utilizes nanoparticles to generate electricity without the need for traditional, silicon-based solar cells or expensive equipment.

VIDEO: Smart Meters Make Themselves At Home . . . by Force
Intel Hub - Idaho Electric has been caught installing Smart Meters without permission, despite protest, even hopping fences while residents are away. Whether residents are home or not, IE reps have brought armed law enforcement to make sure the job gets done and police go without questioning or filing paperwork.... Meanwhile, in Santa Cruz, CA, PG&E has resorted to another tactic of force – electricity shut-offs.... Thankfully, this type of corporate retaliation brought forth disgust and wrath from Santa Cruz public officials who intervened to help the families.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to be Released in the US for the First Time
Activist Post - It turns out that the genetically modified mosquitoes could be released into the U.S. environment as early as January of 2012. A private firm plans to initiate the release of the GE mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Florida will be the first beta testing grounds to determine whether or not the mosquitoes lead to detrimental environmental and genetic impact. Residents in this area will also be subjected — without choice — to these genetically manipulated insects, unless the private firm decides to seek permission.

Health

Five new government restrictions on food, medicine, and health freedom that are set to take effect on January 1, 2012
(NaturalNews) The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has issued its annual list of new laws that will go into effect in various states around the country on Jan. 1, 2012. In this list are five specific pieces of legislation that place new restrictions on food, medicine, and health freedom.

The 10 biggest vaccine news stories of 2011
(NaturalNews) A lot happened in the vaccine industry in 2011 -- a year of accelerating change and increased awareness among the people. One of the big realizations that hit home in 2011 is that vaccines are far more dangerous than most people previously thought, and even conventional scientists are starting to question the over-vaccination of infants and children.

Open Up and Say “Ahh”
A recent Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that the FBI wants what it calls “food activists” prosecuted as terrorists, perhaps because nothing could more terrifying than exposing where our so-called food comes from and how it is manufactured. Most Americans don’t really care where their food comes from or how it is made. All that matters is that it’s cheap and tastes good. Unfortunately for the food industry, not everyone is that stupid anymore. There is a growing desire to eat food that is healthy and produced in a cruel-free, sustainable way, stemming in part from the efforts of the food activists who have revealed the brutal, unnatural way our food is manufactured.

Global food giants are moving away from BPA in packaging
(NaturalNews) Major food companies are starting to announce plans to remove the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from their packaging in response to growing consumer concern and the looming specter of new government regulations. Ninety percent of the U.S. residents test positive for BPA, a chemical increasingly linked to cancer, heart disease, infertility, impotence and even mental retardation. The chemical is found in everything from cell phone casings to sporting goods and grocery store receipts, but its most notorious use has been in baby bottles, water bottles and food packaging.

Low-salt diets increase risk of stroke and heart disease, study says
(NaturalNews) For years we've been told to lower our salt intake for our health. Individuals at risk for heart attack are especially admonished to drop their salt intake as low as possible. As it turns out, this seemingly harmless recommendation is actually putting us at a higher risk for conditions like heart disease and stroke.

Why is the U.S. Doubling Its Protection Against this Non-existent Health Enemy?
The U.S. government has awarded a $433-million contract to pharmaceutical company Siga Technologies for 1.7 million doses of an experimental smallpox drug called ST-246 (Tecovirimat). In this time of limited resources and heavy budget deficits, the decision to spend nearly half a billion dollars to stockpile a drug of questionable safety and effectiveness, for a strictly theoretical danger, is puzzling — and that is an extreme understatement. Smallpox Drug Given FDA “Fast-Track” Status, Despite No Imminent Risk.

CDC: We are tracking swine flu virus in five states and we expect more
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that it has identified the second case of human infection of swine flu. Since August, 12 people have been infected with the virus, called H3N2, in Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. CDC officials announced that they found another case of human infection with a swine-origin H3N2 virus, this time in a child from West Virginia.... The government launched a major initiative to get the public vaccinated, giving $1.6 billion to pharmaceutical companies and vaccine makers, ensuring the U.S. has a large stockpile of vaccines in the event of another pandemic.

Research: Pineapple Enzyme Superior to Chemotherapy in Treating Cancer
Activist Post - Every once in a while a study pops up on the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database known as MEDLINE that not only confirms the therapeutic relevance of natural substances in cancer treatment, but blows the conventional approach out of the water. Published in 2007 in the journal Planta Medica, researchers found that an enzyme extracted from pineapple stems known as bromelain was superior to the chemo-agent 5-fluorauracil in treating cancer in the animal model. The researchers stated: This antitumoral effect [bromelain] was superior to that of 5-FU [5-fluorouracil], whose survival index was approximately 263 %, relative to the untreated control. [view entire study]