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Today's News: The Riley Report

MAY 2017

Fri
day - May 26, 2017

On This Day In History


1805 - Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy in Milan Cathedral.
1835 - A resolution was passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.
1836 - The U.S. House of Representatives adopted what has been called the Gag Rule.
1864 - The Territory of Montana was organized.
1865 - Arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.
1868 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted, by one vote, of all charges in his impeachment trial.
1896 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average appeared for the first time in the "Wall Street Journal."
1946 - A patent was filed in the United States for an H-bomb.
1946 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed a military pact with Russian leader Joseph Stalin. Stalin promised a "close collaboration after the war."
1948 - The U.S. Congress passed Public Law 557 which permanently established the Civil Air Patrol as the Auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.
1961 - A U.S. Air Force bomber flew across the Atlantic in a record time of just over three hours.
1969 - The Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.
1972 - The Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) was signed by the U.S. and USSR. The short-term agreement put a freeze on the testing and deployment of intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles for a 5-year period.
1978 - The first legal casino in the Eastern U.S. opened in Atlantic City, NJ.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers in high-speed chases are liable for bystander injuries only if their "actions shock the conscience."
1998 - The Grand Princess cruise ship made its inaugural cruise. The ship measured 109,000 tons and cost approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built.
1998 - The United States Senate approved legislation that allowed the U.S. Mint flexibility on how the mandatory inscriptions on the Washington quarter could be placed. H.R. 3301 allowed the mandatory inscriptions to be moved to the front of the quarter for the 50 States Circulating Commemorative Coin Program.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

FBI Withholds Russia Probe Docs Requested By House Intel Committee
Zero Hedge - House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said today that the FBI had decided to withhold documents, including memos, notes, summaries, and recordings, requested by his committee in regards to the ongoing Russia probe. This was revealed in a letter sent by Chaffetz to the FBI responding to the agency’s decision to withhold documents requested by the Committee on May 16, 2017…. The documents are due June 8, 2017, but that may not happen as it appears the FBI is suddenly unwilling to cooperate…. The FBI is withholding those documents, citing to the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Prosecutor. According to a letter from your staff: "In light of this development and other considerations [the Bureau] is undertaking appropriate consultation to ensure all relevant interest implicated by your request are properly evaluated”…. The American public is certainly looking forward to the FBI's release of the full content of the Comey's memos, not only those relating to his meetings with Trump, but just as importantly, with Loretta Lynch, as well as Barack Obama and/or Hillary Clinton

Trump travel ban blocked by Va.-based federal appeals court
Fox News - A Virginia-based federal appeals court blocked the Trump administration's controversial travel ban, becoming the second circuit court to uphold lower court rulings against the policy. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond issued the ruling Thursday, following arguments May 8. The ruling means the Trump administration still cannot enforce its travel ban which affects six Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Sudan…. The ruling was issued by the full, or en banc, court, in a 10-3 ruling with two abstentions. "Congress granted the president broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the president wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation," the chief judge of the circuit, Roger L. Gregory wrote. Judge Paul Niemeyer sharply dissented from the decision, saying it will make the U.S. more dangerous. “Regrettably, at the end of the day, the real losers in this case are the millions of individual Americans whose security is threatened on a daily basis by those who seek to do us harm," Judge Dennis Shedd wrote in a separate dissent.

Trump Will Appeal Travel Ban To Supreme Court
Zero Hedge - …Jeff Sessions responded that the court's ruling blocks Trump's "efforts to strengthen this country's national security" adding that Trump is not required to admit people from "countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism until he determines that they can be properly vetted" and don't pose a security threat…. As for SCOTUS, according to AP, the Supreme Court would likely step into the case if asked as the justices almost always have the final say when a lower court strikes down a federal law or presidential action. Trump could try to persuade the Supreme Court to allow the policy to take effect, even while the justices weigh whether to hear the case, by arguing that the court orders blocking the ban make the country less safe. If the administration does ask the court to step in, the justices' first vote could signal the court's ultimate decision…. Travel ban aside, the upcoming case will be a litmus test of just what (and how strong) the ideological leanings of the revised SCOTUS bench are, now that Gorsuch is in town.

Twitter Suspends WND For Linking Donna Brazile to Seth Rich Case
Kit Daniels - Twitter suspended WND News for 12 hours for revealing that DNC insider Donna Brazile reportedly panicked over the private investigation into the death of staffer Seth Rich. The social media giant even admitted WND’s tweet “Bombshell: Donna Brazile warned off private eye on Seth Rich murder” was the reason for the suspension. “A WND company official confirmed the tweet was deleted per the company’s instructions,” reported WND’s Bob Unruh. “The news story was about a private detective’s revelation that former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile was the high-ranking DNC representative who allegedly called police and the Rich family and demanded to know why a private investigator was ‘snooping’ into the case.”… Interestingly, the tweet apparently didn’t violate any of Twitter’s policies…the news that Brazile allegedly freaked out over the private investigation into Rich’s murder – was the sole reason for the suspension…. “Brazile is the high-ranking DNC representative who allegedly called police and the family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich and demanded to know why a private investigator was ‘snooping’ into Rich’s death, the private eye revealed to WND on Monday,” the article in question stated.

The Final Nail in the Mainstream TV News Coffin: Fox News Ratings Plummet to 17 Year Low
Daniel Lang - For the first time in 17 years, Fox’s ratings among a key demographic, fell behind both CNN and MSNBC. For the week of May 15-19, Fox News averaged just 497,000 viewers in the advertiser-coveted key demo of adults 25-54 during primetime hours, compared to CNN’s 589,00 and MSNBC’s 611,000, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which cited data from ratings tracker Nielsen… If a juggernaut like Fox News is struggling, then you know the mainstream media is near death. It may not look like it, since CNN and MSNBC are making up for it with stronger ratings. However, those ratings are only being fueled by people who hate Trump…. Liberals are tuning in when they think Trump is going to be impeached, and then dropping out when nothing comes of his controversies…. Fox is now reaching the same popularity levels as CNN and MSNBC, which have been a ratings joke for years.

Sean Hannity Takes "Abrupt Vacation" Amid Advertiser Boycott
Zero Hedge - Is Fox News about to lose its last remaining "old school" anchor holdout? According to Philly.com, Hannity is taking "a couple days off amid a growing advertiser boycott" over Hannity's pursuit of the Seth Rich story - an parallel to Bill O'Reilly's final days - and so far, seven advertisers are said to have pulled out of Hannity’s show…. Meanwhile, the Five host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who has confirmed speaking to the White House about potentially replacing press secretary Sean Spicer, will be filling in on Hannity on Thursday and Friday. Preempting speculation about a possible permanent departure, Hannity announced on Twitter the vacation was his annual Memorial Day getaway, and said "Uh oh My ANNUAL Memorial Day long weekend starts NOW. Destroy Trump/Conservative media breathless coverage starts! Did Hannity do last show?"

Concealed Carry Up 215%, Murder Rate Down 14%
Breitbart - Concealed carry permits rose 215 percent between 2007 and 2015, and the murder rate dropped 14 percent during that same time period. In other words, more guns being carried for self-defense correlated with fewer murders. On May 22, Breitbart News reported that the demand for concealed carry permits witnessed its greatest surge ever between May 2016 and May 2017. Fox News referenced Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) data showing there were 14.5 million permit holders in May 2016 and approximately 15.7 million in May 2017. Now the NRA is tweeting data which shows that the bigger picture is not just the one-year surge but a 215 percent jump in concealed carry permits between 2007 and 2015.

Students berate professor who refused to participate in no-whites 'Day of Absence'
Washington Times - A mob of students at a Washington state liberal-arts college confronted a professor and demanded his resignation for writing an email questioning the propriety of a race demonstration in which white people were invited to leave campus for a day…. A video of the confrontation at Evergreen State College, recorded by one of the protesters and posted to Facebook on Tuesday, shows biology professor Bret Weinstein attempting to reason with dozens of students who routinely shout him down, curse at him and demand his resignation.

World News

US Army lost track of $1 billion worth of arms and equipment in Iraq, Kuwait
RT - A newly released declassified audit from the US Department of Defense shows that negligent accounting by the military has resulted in the Pentagon not knowing what happened to more than $1 billion in arms and equipment meant for the Iraqi Army. The Office of Inspector General for the Pentagon's findings from September 2016 was made public Wednesday as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from human rights group Amnesty International. Over $1 billion worth of arms and military equipment designated under the Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF) and meant to assist the Iraqi government in combatting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), was not accounted for, the DOD audit found. The Army’s 1st Theater Sustainment Command “did not have effective controls to maintain complete visibility and accountability of ITEF equipment in Kuwait and Iraq prior to transfer to the Government of Iraq,” the audit said. “This audit provides a worrying insight into the US Army’s flawed – and potentially dangerous – system for controlling millions of dollars worth of arms transfers to a hugely volatile region,” Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty International’s Arms Control and Human Rights Researcher, said in the announcement on the group’s website. It makes for especially sobering reading given the long history of leakage of US arms to multiple armed groups committing atrocities in Iraq, including the armed group calling itself the Islamic State.”

NATO allies must pay more to tackle terrorism, immigration & Russia – Trump
RT - Terrorism, migration and threats allegedly coming from Russia were named by US President Donald Trump as the main issues demanding NATO's focus and funds, as he spoke at his first meeting with the military alliance as America’s leader. "The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia, and on NATO's eastern and southern borders," Trump said on Thursday, speaking in Brussels at a ceremonial unveiling of a memorial to the victims of the September 2001 terrorist attacks. Trump is on a two-day visit to the Belgian capital, Brussels, as part of his first foreign tour this week. As he meets NATO leaders and other EU officials in Brussels for what's being described as informal talks, there was an apparent disagreement on the alleged "Russian threat.”… After listing what he deems the major threats to NATO, Trump switched to the topic of defense spending, saying he had been "very, very direct with [NATO] Secretary [Jens] Stoltenberg and members of the alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations." Accusing 23 NATO member states of "still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense," Trump reiterated his stance on financial contributions.

Terror Expert: “Political Correctness” to Blame for Manchester Bomber Not Being Reported
Paul Joseph Watson - Terror expert Erick Stakelbeck says that fears over “political correctness” prevented associates and neighbors of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi from reporting him to authorities despite clear signs that Abedi was a dangerous jihadist. Amazingly, Abedi hanged an ISIS flag from the roof of his house that was visible to his neighbors but none of them reported him to the police. He was also heard loudly chanting Islamic prayers in the street but this did not raise alarms either, nor did the innumerable people visiting his house at all hours of the day and night. Fox News host Shannon Bream asked Stakelbeck if neighbors’ fear of appearing “racist” or “bigoted” might have prevented them from raising the alarm. “Political correctness is going to be the death of us, it’s been the death of far too many people,” he responded, adding that moderate Muslims were also not identifying extremists in their communities for fear of retribution.

Broadcaster Censors Video of Muslim Woman in Full Burka Warning of ‘Retaliation’ Against Islamophobia
Paul Joseph Watson - [UK broadcaster Channel 4] visited a Muslim community in south Manchester to get their take on the Islamic terror attack that killed 23 people and injured 120 others. Viewers were immediately drawn to a woman wearing a full black veil with only her eyes visible. The woman’s clothing had the word “love” emblazoned on it, but on closer inspection, the letters are made up of a machine gun and a hand grenade. Asked by host Krishnan Guru-Murthy about her “reactions and feelings” in the aftermath of the horrific attack, the woman said she didn’t “need to prove anything”. Asked if she thought there would be a backlash against Muslims, the woman responded that the backlash had “already started” and that “Islamophobia will probably rise now”. Guru-Murthy then quizzed the woman on whether such “Islamophobia” will cause young Muslim men to feel more “isolated”. “What do you think? I mean, obviously hate with hate, people will retaliate obviously,” she responded. Other Muslims interviewed for the segment denied that they needed to do any more to rout out radicalization within their community, with one man claiming Muslims, “are the ones who are collateral damage of this kind of attack.” Channel 4 removed the entire segment from their website without explanation, prompting accusations that the broadcaster was attempting to cover-up the true attitudes of Muslims towards the Manchester attack.

In Germany, Obama Lectures Trump on Immigration; ‘We Can’t Hide Behind a Wall’
Grabian News - Sitting alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former President Obama lectured the current administration about its immigration policy Thursday. While not mentioning President Trump by name, Obama made clear to whom he was leveling his criticism. “In this new world that we live in we can’t isolate ourselves,” Obama said. “We can’t hide behind a wall.” Obama is in Berlin to attend an anniversary celebration of the German evangelical protestant church. His comments took on a religious tone, intoning on the importance of religious diversity and non-judgment….

Economy & Business

World stocks hit record after Fed minutes, oil up as OPEC meets
Reuters - World stocks hit record highs on Thursday and the dollar dipped after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled caution in raising interest rates, while oil prices rose in anticipation of top producers agreeing to extend output cuts for up to a year. European shares opened higher, but quickly dipped into negative territory. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was last down 0.3 percent, led lower by resources companies .SXPP after a 4 percent drop in iron ore on China’s Dalian Commodity Exchange.

Free Money: Potential Presidential Candidate Mark Zuckerberg Suggests That All Americans Should Get A ‘Universal Basic Income’
Economic Collapse - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that this was something that we should “explore” during the commencement speech that he just delivered at Harvard. For quite a while it has been obvious that Zuckerberg is very strongly considering a run for the presidency in 2020, but up until just recently we haven’t had many clues about where he would stand on particular issues. If he is serious about proposing a universal basic income for all Americans, that would make Zuckerberg very appealing to the far left voters that flocked to the Bernie Sanders campaign…. But who is going to pay for this? Of course the truth is that the money for the people that are not working would come from taxing the people that are working…. Are young people going to have an incentive to work if they can just stay home and watch movies and play video games all day while collecting their “universal basic incomes” from the government? And why would anyone want to bust their rear ends working for a living when their incomes are just going to be taxed extremely heavily to pay for all the people that aren’t working? We are already 20 trillion dollars in debt, but politicians on the left just want to keep giving even more free stuff to people. During his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders suggested that everyone in America “deserves a minimum standard of living” and that every citizen is “entitled” to universal health care, free college education and basic housing…

Science & Technology

Transit police are secretly spying on commuters travel plans, texts and emails.
MassPrivate I - A class action lawsuit in California, reveals that Transit Police are using a free 'Bart Watch' app and Stingray surveillance to secretly spy on commuters texts and emails. Transit Police take their cues from other police departments, claiming they're only interested in the public's safety and security, Safety and security is our top priority.. BART Watch allows you to quickly and discreetly report criminal or suspicious activity directly to BART Police. Unfortunately, these 'See Something, Say Something' apps allow police to spy on everyone. According to ABC7 News at least 10,000-50,000 people have downloaded the Elerts spying app. While BART and ELERTS "represent that the app is a 'discreet' way of reporting issues...the defendants actually programmed the app to secretly collect transit users' unique cellular identifiers, periodically monitor users' locations, and track the identities of anonymous reporters," the lawsuit claims. The lawsuit warns, that Transit Police also use Stingray surveillance to identify individuals and spy on their texts and emails.

How Snoopers Can Photograph The Inside Of Your Home … With Your Own Wi-Fi
Off the Grid News - It is now possible to take 3D pictures of the inside of a room or building — from the outside — with Wi-Fi. The technology, described in the journal Physical Review Letters, is still in the development stage, although its impact on privacy is frightening. “You could probably use a drone to map out the inside of an entire building in 20 to 30 seconds,” Philipp Holl, an undergraduate at the Technical University of Munich, told Business Insider. Holl is one of the inventors of the new kind of holography that can turn Wi-Fi into a surveillance tool…. Wi-Fi devices that can take pictures through walls have been around for years but the image quality was terrible, Business Insider noted. Holl and his academic supervisor, Friedemann Reinhard, discovered how to take higher-resolution pictures through walls using Wi-Fi. “Our method gives you much better images, since we record much more signal,” Holl said. “We scan the whole plane of a room.” They use two antennas. One antenna stays in a fixed position to capture the background while the other is moved to get a complete picture. The data captured is simultaneously fed into a computer, where software sorts out the differences and creates a real-time picture. The software can create many two-dimensional (2D) images that are combined to create a three-dimensional (3D) picture or hologram. “These antennas don’t need to be big,” Holl said. “They can be very small, like the ones in a smartphone.” Some uses of the technology could be beneficial, such as finding people in an earthquake rubble. But other uses – such as by spy agencies or police – will be more controversial.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

California farmer fights $2.8 million federal fine for plowing own field
RT - The US Army Corps of Engineers and state authorities are seeking almost $3 million in fines from a California farmer because residue from plowing polluted creeks on his property, under environmental rules the Trump administration wants to abolish. Federal authorities are charging John Duarte of Modesto for not obtaining permits to discharge dredged or fill material into seasonal wetlands that are considered waters of the United States, the Redding Record Searchlight reported this week. “The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a [US Army Corps of Engineers] permit to plow to grow crops,” said Anthony Francois, a lawyer for the Pacific Legal Foundation, a libertarian nonprofit working on Duarte’s behalf. “We’re not going to produce much food under those kinds of regulations.” Duarte, whose nursery business in Modesto bills itself as the “largest permanent crops nursery in the United States,” bought 450 acres of land in Tehama County in 2012. He hired consultants to map out areas that drained into Coyote and Oat creeks, which were subject to federal regulations, the Record Searchlight reported. He plowed around those and planted a wheat crop. In February 2013, however, the Army Corps and California’s Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board accused him of not obtaining a permit to deposit drainage into the waters. When Duarte sued the Army Corps and the state for not granting him a hearing, they counter-sued him for violating the Clean Water Act. In June last year, US District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller sided with the government.

South Carolina Just Legalized Growing Hemp
Natural Blaze - Very quietly, South Carolina has just legalized the growth of industrial hemp. House Bill 3559, mixed in among a pile of legislation before the General Assembly, was signed into law in mid-May. Lawmakers approved the pilot program to determine what kind of value farmers will get from their crops. After passing a State Law Enforcement Division background check, growers will be issued licenses that will allow them to cultivate the plant in-state. Hemp growers must have a contracted buyer before they can proceed, and they also must work with a research university to help develop the South Carolina hemp market. This initial phase of the program — 20 licenses at 20 acres apiece — will expand to 50 at 50 after a year. At that point, the program’s fate will be determined by the state’s agricultural department and the research universities working with the growers.

5 Beneficial Garden Bugs You Should NEVER Kill
Off the Grid News - Following is a short list of some of the more common uninvited garden visitors and why they are your friend — rather than your enemy. Many of these insects are so helpful that it is actually advantageous to encourage them to make a home in your garden by providing additional habitat so that they can breed and reproduce. 1. Syrphid flies — These are also known as sweat bees or hover flies. Many people assume that these little flies are equipped with a stinger, since they share some of the same colors and markings as yellow jackets and hornets. However, these harmless little flies are actually nectar- and pollen-feeders during their adult stage. During their larval stage, they are voracious feeders and prefer to eat aphids, scale insects and thrips…. 2. Praying mantis — Sure, mantis can look intimidating, but they are excellent hunters and harmless to humans. Mantis are ambush predators and prefer to eat soft-bodied pests such as caterpillars and grubs. They also will eat cabbage moths if given the chance. 3. Spiders — Be kind to your eight-legged neighbors while out in your garden. There are many different species of garden-friendly spiders, and all of them are doing their part to defend your plants from harm. Spiders tend to feed on caterpillars, leaf hoppers, aphids, cucumber beetles, thrips and flies. An abundance of spiders in the garden means there’s a lot of prey around….

Health

Government Still Pushing HPV Vaccine on Kids a Decade after Judicial Watch Exposed Deadly Side Effects
Health Impact News - A decade after Judicial Watch exposed the dangers of a government-backed cervical cancer vaccine, a federal lawsuit highlights its perilous side effects including paralysis, seizures, nausea and death. Litigation was initiated by disgruntled parents because the government is still pushing the hazardous vaccine, manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck, on children as young as nine years old to treat a sexually transmitted disease. The vaccine is called Gardasil and in the last ten years Judicial Watch has uncovered troves of government records documenting its harmful side effects…. Regardless, the government has continued promoting the vaccine… The Obama administration gave dozens of state and municipal health agencies tens of millions of dollars to boost the number of adolescents that get Gardasil…. U.S. law forbids lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers, but Judicial Watch has obtained records from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded nearly $6 million to dozens of victims in claims made against the very HPV vaccine it is pushing on children.

Senator Passes Forced-Vaccination Law While Taking $420k From Giant Lobby Group
David Wolfe - Who should our elected representatives represent? The people who elected them, or shadowy corporations behind the scenes? On paper, the answer should be obvious, but in practice, corruption is festering for New York State Senator Kemp Hannon who passed a law forcing vaccinations on 7th and 12th graders while simultaneously taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Big Pharma…. The law would mandate children in 7th and 12th grade to receive a vaccination for meningitis. But the corrupt revelations suggest the possibility that Kemp may have passed the regulation in order to benefit his own personal financial interests. According to the New York Daily News: Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau County) in 2014 invested in 14 companies that would fall under his committee’s purview. By comparison, Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) did not report owning any stock in health-related companies. n addition to his investments, Hannon over the past four years also received more than $420,000 from pharmaceutical and other medical interests, records show. Hannon’s office had no comment. On the part of his 2014 state financial disclosure form dealing with investments, he wrote that sales and purchases were ‘at sole discretion of the broker.’ By pinning the blame on his broker, Kemp is attempting to absolve himself of the damning allegations against him.

6 Dangerous Sunscreen Ingredients You Need To Watch Out For!
David Wolfe - 1. Oxybenzone - Oxybenzone is a chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin. It undergoes a chemical reaction when exposed to UV rays, and it can cause a eczema-like reaction to your skin. Research also suggests that oxybenzone is a hormone disruptor that can have negative effects on your endocrine system. 2. Octinoxate - Octinoxate is one of the most common ingredients found in SPF sunscreens. It’s designed to protect the skin from sun-induced aging, but experts believe it may actually cause premature aging. Octinoxate produces free radicals that damage the skin and cells. It’s also an endocrine disruptor. 3. Retinyl Palmitate - Retinyl palmitate is an antioxidant designed to improve sunscreen’s performance against UV exposure. Unfortunately, retinol compounds break down when exposed to the sun’s UV rays. This reaction can produce free radicals that damage DNA. Studies have shown that retinyl palmitate may even speed up the development of malignant cells and skin tumors when applied to the skin. 4. Homosalate - Homosalate helps sunscreen better penetrate the skin. Once the skin absorbs it, homosalate accumulates quickly in the body. It builds up at a rapid pace and the body isn’t able to get rid of it. The build up of homosalate becomes toxic and disrupts hormones in the body….

Heart flutter risk reduced by eating chocolate
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Eating some chocolate at least once a week reduces the risk of heart flutter (atrial fibrillation), a common problem that affects one in four people at some time. The amount that needs to be eaten seems to vary between the sexes: women can eat just one ounce, or 30g, of chocolate to have the protective effect, while men need to eat between two and six servings a week. A 30g serving is around a third of the standard 100g chocolate bar. Overall, chocolate reduces the risk by around 23 per cent, researchers from the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health study have found. It's a breakthrough discovery because there's not been an effective way to prevent or treat atrial fibrillation up to now. The problem causes heart flutter and irregular heart rhythm, and affects around 25 per cent of adults at some point in their lives. Most of the 55,502 participants were eating milk chocolate, which has just 30 per cent cocoa solids, but the researchers recommend eating the healthier dark chocolate, with 70 per cent cocoa, and which has lower levels of fats and sugars. Other factors could also be at play, including lifestyle choices and diet, but if you've ever needed an excuse to eat chocolate, well, here it is.

Pet News

Dog Noise Anxiety and Big Pharma’s Newest Treatment – Not Recommended
Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer - Big Pharma’s newest ‘treatment’ for dog noise anxiety – ‘SILEO’ (dexmoedetomidine oromucosal gel), is made by Zoetis, a large pharmaceutical company that supplies many drugs to the veterinarian industry. SILEO is the latest in a series of conventional anti-anxiety drugs Big Pharma has migrated from human use, to use for dog noise anxiety. These drugs include Alprazolam (Xanax), Clomicalm (Clomipramine), Clonazepam (Klonopin), Diazepam (Vallium), and Reconcile (Prozac). Despite the dangers posed by the drug, Reconcile received FDA approval. And now SILEO…. SILEO contains multiple toxic, inflammatory ingredients that adversely affect the immune system, can damage gut health, and cause inflammation throughout the body. If a dog is exposed to these problematic ingredients once or twice in his/her lifetime, the negative impact on health is minimal. However SILEO is not designed or marketed as a ‘one time treatment’. It is marketed as a treatment to be used on a repeated basis – whenever the ‘need’ arises. [Read More…]
Related: FDA Issues Warning to Dog Owners Using Medication to Treat Noise Anxiety
 


Thursday - May 25, 2017

On This Day In History

1787 - The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.
1925 - John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.
1927 - Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the Model T.
1953 - In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.
1961 - America was asked by U.S. President Kennedy to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
1968 - The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.
1977 - An opinion piece by Vietnam verteran Jan Scruggs appeared in "The Washington Post." The article called for a national memorial to "remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons" that had served in the Vietnam War.
1979 - An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. 275 people were killed.
1981 - Daredevil Daniel Goodwin scaled Chicago's Sears Tower, while wearing a "Spiderman" costume, in 7 1/2 hours.s. The gross was $6,219,629.
1985 - Bangladesh was hit with a hurricane and tidal wave that killed more than 11,000 people.
1986 - Approximately 7 million Americans participated in "Hands Across America."
1997 - U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history (41 years and 10 months).
1999 - A report by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China concluded that China had "stolen design information on the U.S. most-advanced thermonuclear weapons" and that China's penetration of U.S. weapons laboratories "spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today."
2006 - In Houston, former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skillinng were convicted of conspiracy and fraud for the downfall of Enron.
2008 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander landed in the arctic plains of Mars.
2009 - North Korea announced that it had conducted a second successful nuclear test in the province of North Hamgyong. The United Nations Security Council condemned the reported test.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Netflix Series Exposes Gov’t Connected Child Sex Ring In Baltimore, Police Forced To Respond (Video)
Government Slaves - Baltimore police have found themselves in an awkward position as of late after a horrifying documentary from Netflix exposed a dark underground child sex ring involving the church, politicians, and cops. The series, titled, The Keepers, has forced the Baltimore police to set up an online submission form as people began to come forward after watching it. While the series is on Netflix for the world’s entertainment, the harsh truth is that it really happened. After the church attempted to keep it quiet by paying off the victims under the table, the documentary has exposed these monsters to the world. The seven-part documentary series, which premiered on Friday, also covers the unsolved murder of one of the teachers, Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik. On Tuesday, enough former victims had seen the documentary that they began calling the Baltimore police department to report their abuse. Baltimore Police have since made an online submission form available for those who would want to report any instances of sexual abuse related to the series. “We have been contacted by victims from the past who want to report the sex offenses that occurred to them. The murder investigation related to this Netflix series was handled by the Baltimore County Police Department,” the website reads. Dozens of victims had been suppressing the memories of their abuses and when this documentary came out, it brought the nightmares right back. Originally, many people thought the first woman to come forward was ‘faking’ it, until dozens more followed suit….

University Sued After Arresting Students For Distributing Constitutions
The Daily Caller - An organization oriented around free speech filed suit against a university Wednesday after the university arrested students for handing out pocket-sized Constitutions. Nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed for a temporary injunction against Kellogg Community College after the university arrested two members of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) for distributing small Constitutions on campus… In the complaint, YAL and ADF allege that Kellogg’s Solicitation Policy “grants KCC officials unbridled discretion to restrict the content and viewpoint of student speech if it does not ‘support the mission of Kellogg Community College (KCC) or the mission of a recognized college entity or activity.'” “It is shocking and upsetting to see officials from public colleges refer to our country’s founding document as a threatening solicitation,” said Cliff Maloney Jr., president of YAL. “The blatant disregard for free speech on public campuses is precisely why the words and rights of the U.S. Constitution should be spread far and wide.”

FISA Court Finds "Serious Fourth Amendment Issue" In Obama's "Widespread" Illegal Searches Of American Citizens
Zero Hedge - A newly released court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) found that the National Security Agency, under former President Obama, routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall. In describing the violations, the FISA court said the illegal searches conducted by the NSA under Obama were "widespread" and created a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue." These new discoveries come from a recently unsealed FISA court document dated April 26, 2017 and center around a hearing dated October 26, 2017, just days before the 2016 election, in which the FISA court apparently learned for the first time of "widespread" and illegal spying on American citizens by the NSA under the Obama administration…. The court order goes on to reveal that NSA analysts had been conducting illegal queries targeting American citizens "with much greater frequency than had previously been disclosed to the Court"...an issue which the court described as a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue."

House Democrats Ask Deutsche Bank If Trump Accounts Have Russia Ties
Zero Hedge - In the aftermath of prior media reports that in the past Deutsche Bank provided hundreds of millions in loans to Trump, today Democratic lawmakers - looking for a smoking gun- asked Germany's largest bank to hand over its findings on "two politically charged matters", demand details whether Trump accounts have Russia ties, and if Deutsche Bank loans to Trump were backed by Russia…. Along with the internal review of the Russian stock-trading scheme, Democrats are seeking any internal correspondence and communications related to loans extended to Trump and his immediate family members. The bank has made more than $300 million in loans to Trump, for the Doral golf resort in Florida, a Washington, D.C., hotel and a Chicago tower…. The letter, which asks Deutsche Bank to respond by June 2, also asks whether the bank’s loans to Trump, made years before the New York developer ran for president, “were guaranteed by the Russian government, or were in any way connected to Russia.” It was not clear just how Russia would "guarantee" a loan that is by definition secured (as a recourse loan at that) by an asset, although the confusion is understandable, as the initiative is being spreadheaded by Maxine Waters, who together with four other Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee, has asked the Frankfurt-based lender for the various documents. Other details: the lawmakers asked whether the bank’s loans to Trump, made years before the New York developer ran for president, “were guaranteed by the Russian government, or were in any way connected to Russia.” A copy of the letter sent to the bank was reviewed by Bloomberg News. That said, it is unlikely that either Trump or DB will lose much sleep over this initial disclosure request: as the minority party, Democrats don’t have the power to force Deutsche Bank to make any disclosures.

Media Matters Targets Sean Hannity’s Advertisers In Attempt To Stop Seth Rich Investigation
The GatewayPundit - …a full-scale media cover-up in the works complete with progressive propaganda outlets like George Soros’ funded Media Matters attempting to target the advertisers of any media figure that dares to look into Rich’s murder. Sean Hannity, one of the few commercial media hosts to discuss the case has been hit with over a dozen Media Matters attack pieces within the past 24 hours. Despite that, Sean Hannity continues to investigate Rich’s murder – a murder that would be under significantly more scrutiny if Rich was not involved with the immensely corrupt DNC. Targeting conservative media commentators and outlets is nothing new, but the force that Media Matters is coming after Hannity is cause for investigation. If these were truly baseless allegations, as they claim, then why would they invest so much effort and money into shutting down the investigation? Despite the push to silence and platform Hannity, he has committed to continue investigating the circumstances behind the unsolved murder case.
* Related: Sean Hannity Blasts Far Left Media Matters after Group’s Latest Attempts to Silence Him
* Related Video: Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson: Pressure from Sponsors to Drop News Stories Like Seth Rich Is “Dangerous New Development”

Obama Let in Admitted MS-13 Members, Whistleblower Says
Breitbart - Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said that a whistleblower turned over documents that showed more than a dozen apprehended illegal alien teenagers–who admitted to being MS-13 members–were released by the Obama Administration to homes throughout the United States…. Citing internal documents, Johnson said that the teens were moved to juvenile homes after being released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). “CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Johnson said…. The devastation caused by MS-13, an El Salvadorian street gang, can be seen throughout the United States where they have left a trail of dead bodies in their wake. Recent murders across the U.S. in cities such as Houston, New York, and Lynchburg led Sessions to focus his attention and the resources of the federal government to combat MS-13.

Cartel Smugglers, Migrants Growing More Violent Against Border Patrol Agents
Breitbart - Border Patrol Agent Art Del Cueto, speaking to Breitbart Texas in his role as National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) spokesman, stated, “The smugglers are definitely becoming more violent with our agents. They now try to evade arrest and even use force to get away from us where during the Obama years they would joke with us and not mind being caught. They knew, back then, that they would get away with violating our laws.” Agent Del Cueto continued, “We are talking about significant force and violence being used against our agents. Very recently, one smuggler slammed a large rock into the side of an agent’s head.”… “Even the illegal aliens who aren’t smuggling dope are growing more violent as they now face consequences for illegally entering. Before they would be let go the next day or so, now they face incarceration for illegally entering. They are willing to do anything possible to evade us.”

World News

Cold Welcome for Donald Trump in Brussels Ahead of NATO Summit
Sputnik News - As leaders of the 28 NATO member states arrived in the Belgian capital for their annual meeting, thousands marched through Brussels in protest. While some activists held broadly anti-NATO signs, the majority of them seem to hold just one NATO leader in particular contempt – and that person is Donald Trump. The US president arrived in Brussels following his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Besides addressing the leaders of NATO, Trump will also spend time with Belgium's royal family and the country's top government officials. But unlike those authorities, many in the city are unhappy with the visit. Some recall Trump's harsh words about Brussels, while others dislike his domestic or foreign policy more generally…. As for Trump, it will be his first face-to-face talks with all the NATO leaders, a good chance to discuss the alliance's most pressing issues, like members' defense spending, as well as the US' commitment to Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which ensures the safety of all member states.

President Of Philippines Declares Martial Law After ISIS Group Captures City: “If You Fight Us, You Will Die”
Mac Slavo - Yesterday, as the drama surrounding the Manchester bombing was still unfolding, the media largely neglected a bombshell story going on in the Philippines. An ISIS affiliated terror organization called the “Maute Group,” attacked the predominantly Muslim city of Marawi. Government forces had been fighting these militants in the countryside for months before they occupied the city…. At least 21 people have died in the fighting between the militants and government forces, and a number of civilians have been abducted. Thousands of residents have fled the city, creating severe gridlock. President Duterte has since declared martial law in the region, and has warned that he may expand it to the rest of the country.

Operation Temperer: Theresa May becomes first PM to deploy up to 5,000 soldiers on streets
The Telegraph - Theresa May’s unprecedented decision to deploy up to 5,000 armed troops at key strategic sites makes her the first Prime Minister to use a new plan for a show of force in the face of major terrorist threats. It puts her at odds with her predecessor David Cameron who was reluctant to use the controversial power. Operation Temperer - the government plan to put thousands of soldiers on the streets in response to a major terrorist threat, was devised in 2015 and had been a secret until it was accidentally leaked to a newspaper. Whitehall officials had been keen to keep it under wraps because it was considered so sensitive. David Cameron was fearful that implementing the plan would provoke comparisons to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, when British soldiers patrolled the streets for decades.

Manchester Bomber Traveled to Syria With ‘Proven’ Links to Islamic State
Breitbart - Gerard Collomb said on BFM television Wednesday that British and French intelligence have information that British-born attacker Salman Abedi had been to Syria. He did not provide details, and said it is unclear whether Abedi was part of a larger network of attackers.

UK police make 7th arrest, seize ‘suspicious package’ in widening Manchester bombing probe
RT - British police are continuing their searches and raids in connection with the Manchester Arena suicide bomber attack, bringing the number of suspects arrested in the fast moving investigation to seven people. As it stands, six men and one woman have been arrested in conjunction with the investigation and remain in custody for questioning,” police said in a statement Wednesday evening, following searches at an address in Nuneaton, central England where a man was arrested. Earlier in the day, police detained a suspect in Wigan, Greater Manchester. According to photos and videos shared online, five plain clothed police officers wrestled down a man who was wearing a white polo shirt and jeans. Police said the suspect had a “package” on him while witnesses reported a bomb squad arriving at the cordoned off area. Authorities, however, did not reveal much information about the incident.

Father of Manchester Suicide Bomber Arrested in Libya
(Reuters) The father of the attacker who killed 22 people in a suicide bombing in Manchester has been arrested in the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to a counter-terrorism force spokesman and a witness. The counter-terrorism force detained Ramadan Abedi outside his home in the Tripoli suburb of Ayn Zara on Wednesday afternoon. An eyewitness said he was handcuffed by armed men who drove him away in two unmarked vehicles.

Survey: Vast Majority Of People All Over The World Want Global Government To Save Them
Steve Watson - A major new survey has found that the vast majority of people all over the planet are ready to embrace a global government in the hope that it will save humanity from catastrophe and major threat. The survey, carried out by ComRes on behalf of the Stockholm based group Global Challenges Foundation found that on average, close to three quarters (71%) of the general public wish to see the creation of a new “supranational organisation to make enforceable global decisions” about major threats to humanity. In every single country, over 60% of respondents said they wished to see a global government to tackle such issues as climate change, disease pandemics, artificial intelligence turning against humanity, weapons of mass destruction, natural disaster, and asteroids.

Veteran News

Senate Committee Passes Major VA Accountability Bill Allowing VA Sec To Fire Bad Employees
The Daily Caller - The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs cleared a bill Wednesday that would make it much easier for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin to fire bad employees, moving the legislation one step closer to law. Now that the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 has passed the committee hurdle, it will move to the floor of the Senate for further consideration. It’s not clear exactly when the bill will reach the full chamber, but if the Senate passes the bill, it will be sent to the House for a vote. The purpose of the bill is to decrease the amount of time it takes to fire bad employees. The legislation also grants Shulkin the authority to take back ill-gotten bonuses provided to employees. He can also reduce the pensions of VA employees who engaged in felonies related to their work. Employees who are kicked out, moreover, would not receive payment while appealing their terminations.

Economy & Business

Expert: Mandatory E-Verify ‘Is Coming’
Breitbart - Nationwide mandatory E-Verify, which would weed out the vast majority of American businesses hiring illegal aliens, may be coming sooner than expected. President of the E-Verify Employer Agent Alliance David Fowler told GCN that E-Verify “is coming” because of expansion efforts by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and President Donald Trump…. E-Verify is a hiring tool where employers must fill out I-9 forms for each employee they hire in order to ensure that the employee is legally allowed to work in the U.S. Illegal immigrants are not permitted to work in the country. In states which mandate E-Verify already, a study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) found that there were fewer jobless Americans, as they did not have to compete for work against cheaper, illegal immigrant job-seekers…. Every year, about four million young Americans enter the U.S. job market. At the same time, the U.S. admits more than one million legal immigrants, not including the estimated 11 to 30 million illegal immigrants already living in the country. Additionally, the U.S. admits almost one million temporary foreign guest workers a year through various visa programs. The combination of a need for jobs for native-born Americans and mass immigration has led to often times high unemployment and stagnant industry wages.

“Soros Is Stepping Up His Game” – Unmarked Deluxe Busses Arrive In Chicago Full Of “Protestors” (Photos)
The GatewayPundit - Thousands of people have recently taken to the streets of Chicago to protest the current minimum wage and demand an increase to $15/hr. One of the initial problems with this wage increase is that a cashier at McDonald’s should not be a job one aspires to retain for the rest of their lives; fast food jobs have classically been reserved as a first job for teenagers, and some college students, who are trying to make a buck between classes. Increasingly, however, due to poor government intervention in business and expansions in welfare, these jobs have been increasingly filled by middle-aged people who have become victims of the left’s system of governance. So what is the solution? Well, apparently it is to increase McDonald’s service people’s jobs to that of entry-level accountants, which then prompts major fast food chains like McDonalds to do away with those jobs altogether and replace them with self-serving kiosks and machines. So why would this fight continue if it is not only both bad for the company but also bad for the actual future of those fast food jobs? Well, because it is being *highly* funded by far-left organizations. 4Chan first noticed that dozens of expensive, unmarked, buses took to Chicago filled with “protestors” holding uniform and expensively printed signs…

Existing Home Sales Slump As Prices Soar To Record Highs
Zero Hedge - Following yesterday's collapse in new home sales, NAR reports that existing home sales in April also disappointed - dropping 2.3% (and March revised lower). This drop happens as median home prices spiked 6.0% YoY to record highs as sales declines are blamed once again on a lack of supply (forget affordability?).

Energy & Environment

Warning: 15,498 ‘High-Hazard’ Dams in America
Breitbart - The new American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 Infrastructure Report Card (ASCE) has identified 15,498 high-hazard dams, whose failure could risk loss of life…. The average age of America’s 90,580 dams is 56 years, the same age as the Oroville Dam, which the California Department of Water Resources began constructing in 1961. As America’s tallest dam, Oroville was built with what was considered at the time to be the best engineering and construction safety standards to withstand floods and earthquakes…. The ASCE annual report notes that the Association of State Dam Safety Officials estimates that the cost to rehabilitate the nation’s federal and non-federal dams would now exceed $64 billion. The number of high-hazard dams — those whose failure would be anticipated to cause loss of life — climbed by 52 percent in the last 12 years, from 10,213 to 15,498 dams. Another 11,882 dams are currently labeled as significant hazard potential, meaning that they are expected to soon join the watch list for high-hazard dams. The cost to rehabilitate just the most critical dams is estimated to cost $22 billion.

Science & Technology

Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives
ThinkProgress - Don’t use the AncestryDNA testing service without actually reading the Ancestry.com Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. According to these legal contracts, you still own your DNA, but so does Ancestry.com. The family history website Ancestry.com is selling a new DNA testing service called AncestryDNA. But the DNA and genetic data that Ancestry.com collects may be used against “you or a genetic relative.” According to its privacy policies, Ancestry.com takes ownership of your DNA forever. Your ownership of your DNA, on the other hand, is limited in years. It seems obvious that customers agree to this arrangement, since all of them must “click here to agree” to these terms. But, how many people really read those contacts before clicking to agree? And how many relatives of Ancestry.com customers are also reading? There are three significant provisions in the AncestryDNA Privacy Policy and Terms of Service to consider on behalf of yourself and your genetic relatives: (1) the perpetual, royalty-free, world-wide license to use your DNA; (2) the warning that DNA information may be used against “you or a genetic relative”; (3) your waiver of legal rights.

Hacker Uses Printed Photo, Contact Lens To Trick Samsung S8 Iris Scanner
The Consumerist - Weeks after a security researcher demonstrated how he could fool the facial recognition software in Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 smartphone with a digital photo, someone else has managed to hoodwink the phone, this time by tricking the phone’s iris scanner with a printed picture and a contact lens. In a video by the Chaos Computer Club in Berlin, researchers snap a photo of a man at a medium distance away in night mode, because the S8’s sensor uses infrared light to better detect patterns in the iris. Back in the lab, he prints out an enlarged infrared photo of his eyeball, and gently lays a contact lens over the iris. After registering his real irises with the phone, he holds up the photo to the sensor and boom — he’s in. While it is unlikely that a hacker will go to such lengths to mimic your iris, Gizmodo notes that Samsung probably shouldn’t go around touting iris authentication as a secure method for locking your phone, or claiming that irises are “virtually impossible to replicate.”

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Orange Petunias Are GMO Per Finnish Food Safety Authority Report
Natural Blaze - One of the staple flowering annuals of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, petunias, has been confirmed to be genetically modified (GMO) in Europe. The ORANGE-color petunia, according to Finnish reports, is GMO. Petunias came in various naturally-occurring colors, but never ORANGE! According to Greenhouse Management news, the USDA has launched an investigation into orange-color petunias. Interestingly, Greenhouse Management states that petunia breeders, who have been in contact with the USDA, advise everyone to destroy ALL orange-color petunia plants and SEEDS! The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira issued a statement April 24, 2017 wherein part it stated: [Evira] “decided to remove from sale seeds and planting stock of the ornamental plant petunia characterised by the orange colour of the flowers which has been produced by means of genetic engineering. Genetically modified varieties of petunia are not authorised for cultivation in the EU.” No matter how novel, attractive or even tempting-to-purchase orange-color petunias may be, if consumers refrain from purchasing them and also complain to retailers about selling unapproved GMO-plants that can have an impact upon the GMO-takeover of contaminating our food supply and more species of the plant kingdom.

Treating Plant Diseases Naturally
Off the Grid News - Many of these treatments involve making and using a spray. It is best to use the spray in the early morning or in the evening. Do not spray when it is too hot, or it may burn your plant’s leaves. Before trying any spray, you would be wise to test it on one leaf first…. • Apple cider vinegar. Dilute one tablespoon of vinegar in one gallon of water and use to treat fungal infection on any type of plant. It can also help treat black spot on aspen trees and on roses. • Baking soda. Another fungicidal spray is made with baking soda. Mix one tablespoon of soda with two and a half tablespoons of vegetable oil and add to a gallon of water. Shake the mixture well and add to it one half teaspoon of castile soap…. • Elder leaf spray. Elder leaves are known to be fungicidal. If you have a shrub on your property, collect several of the leaves and simmer in water for about thirty minutes. Use about two times as much water as leaves. Strain out the leaves and add a tablespoon of castile soap per sixteen ounces of solution. Spray on your affected plants…. • Milk spray. A milk spray has several uses. It can treat common mildews that occur on tomato, squash, asters, and cucumbers, as well as mosaic disease in cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce. The milk changes the pH on leaves, making it a poor environment for the growth of the disease. To make it, mix one part milk to nine parts water. Spray plants thoroughly every three to four days when mildew has already formed, or just once a week as a preventative measure….

Survival/Preparedness

10 super affordable survival items you can stock up on NOW without breaking your wallet
(Natural News) These 10 items are not only affordable and easy to find, but incredibly useful in many ways, so you will definitely get your money’s worth…. • Lighter cubes – Fire can be useful in most survival situations, because they allow you to keep warm, cook food, and boil water for drinking. However, it’s not always easy to build a fire, but that’s where lighter cubes come in. • Emergency blanket – While its main function is to keep you extra warm and toasty, it’s really a multipurpose tool that also works as a makeshift tent. According to SeattleBackpackersMagazine.com, using it as a hammock, a funnel, or to create an air pocket in a forest fire are just some of the 50 ways to make use of this simple but lifesaving item. • 550 Paracord – Yet another multi-functional item on the list, you can use parachute cords to secure tents, create a pulley system, mark a trail, or hang food above ground to save it from animals. • Batteries – It’s best to make sure you have a good supply of different kinds of batteries so your important electronics stay powered. Batteries could also be a useful commodity to barter with if the situation calls for it….

Health

Depression overdiagnosed by questionnaire developed by drug company
What Doctors Don't Tell You - People are being diagnosed with depression with a simplistic point-scoring questionnaire that was developed by the drug company that has some of the leading antidepressant brands, and so is most likely to benefit from a diagnosis and prescription. There's a danger that depression is being overdiagnosed by busy family doctors, who are not trained in psychiatric problems and instead rely on the PHQ-9 questionnaire, which was developed by Pfizer, the drug company that makes the top-selling antidepressants Zoloft (sertraline) and Effexor (venlafaxine). Although an antidepressant prescription can be determined by responses to the PHQ-9, a major study has found that it is inadequate, and shouldn't be relied on for a clinical diagnosis…. The PHQ-9—or Patient Health Questionnaire—asks nine questions that have four possible answers, from 'not at all' to 'nearly every day'. The patient is asked whether he or she has little interest or pleasure in doing things, feels down or depressed, has trouble sleeping, feels tired, has poor appetite, feels bad about themselves, has trouble concentrating, moves or speaks slowly, and has thoughts of self-harm or wanting to be dead. The answers notch up scores that range from 0 to 27, and an antidepressant prescription can be triggered by the doctor's judgement and any score that is above 10.

Nightshades: Why Eating the Wrong Fruits and Vegetables Can Make Pain Worse
REALfarmacy - Nightshades are a specific group of plants belonging to the Solanaceae family which includes over 2,000 species. They are also some of the most popular foods consumed today; they include tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant. Not truly a nightshade member but containing the same inflammation-inducing alkaloids are blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwaganda (Indian Ginseng). Nightshades induce inflammation through a specific chemical known as solanine. Researchers now believe this chemical may actually irritate the gastrointestinal tract. When it’s absorbed into the bloodstream, it can cause destruction of the oxygen-carrying red blood cells…. Solanines are not water soluble, are not destroyed by cooking, and are not broken down inside the body but must be excreted as alpha-solanine. Alpha-solanine is classified as a neuro-toxin. Interestingly most “foods” that contain alpha-solanine also contain at least 5 other neurotoxins including atropine and nicotine. One of the major problems attributed to nightshades is arthritis. In fact, one in three arthritics will react badly to nightshades. [Read more on ingredients to avoid…]
 


Wednesday - May 24, 2017

On This Day In History


1738 - The Methodist Church was established.
1764 - Bostonian lawyer James Otis denounced "taxation without representation" and called for the colonies to unite in demonstrating their opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.
1798 - Believing that a French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the British occupation.
1830 - The first passenger railroad service in the U.S. began service.
1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD. The message was "What hath God wrought?"
1883 - After 14 years of construction the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.
1913 - The U.S. Department of Labor entered into its first strike mediation. The dispute was between the Railroad Clerks of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.
1931 - B&O Railroad began service with the 1st passenger train to have air conditioning throughout. It ran between New York City and Washington, DC.
1954 - The first moving sidewalk in a railroad station was opened in Jersey City, NJ.
1958 - United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
1961 - The Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
1976 - Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.
1980 - The International Court of Justice issued a final decision calling for the release of the hostages taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979.
1994 - The four men convicted of bombing the New York's World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
2000 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved permanent normal trade relations with China. China was not happy about some of the human rights conditions that had been attached by the U.S. lawmakers.
2011 - NASA announced the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) spacecraft. It is intended to facilitate exploration of the Moon, asteroids and Mars.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

ObamaCare on federal exchanges increased by average 105% since '13: report
Fox News - The cost of an individual ObamaCare policy has increased by an average 105 percent from 2013 to 2017 in all 39 states that have used the federal exchange, the Trump administration said Tuesday…. The average monthly premiums increased from $224 in 2013 to $476 in 2017, according to the report. The HHS official said the cost doubled in 20 of the states and tripled in three of them. Alabama had the biggest four-year increase, 223 percent, from $178 to $397, the report showed…. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is scheduled to release its financial audit Wednesday of the ObamaCare overhaul bill that the GOP-led House passed earlier this month and on which the GOP-led Senate is working.

JUDICIAL WATCH Files FOIA Requests to DC Police and DC Mayor For Seth Rich Murder Investigation Docs (Video)
The GatewayPundit - President of watchdog group Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton discussed the controversy surrounding the murder of DNC staffer, Seth Rich. Fitton said that Judicial Watch has filed Freedom of Information Act requests to the D.C. Police Department and D.C. Mayor for documents pertaining to the Seth Rich murder investigation. Tom Fitton: “We (Judicial Watch) have filed Freedom of Information requests to the D.C. Police Department and the D.C. Mayor’s office last week. We have an FBI request pending from last year and of course separately we are asking questions of the Federal Freedom of Information Act about the DNC hack itself.”

Russia Hoax Fail: Trey Gowdy Makes a Fool of Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan (Video)
TGP reported earlier that former CIA Director, John Brennan testified before the House today about the 2016 election interference. When Dem. Rep. Adam Schiff asked Brennan if Trump or his aides pressured the Intelligence Community to drop the Flynn investigation, he said a clear and concise, ‘No, sir”. Then, Trey Gowdy asked Brennan specifically, “Did you have evidence of a connection between the Trump campaign and Russian state actors?” Brennan responded saying, “As I said, Mr. Gowdy, I don’t do evidence.” Brennan insisted that the Russians did interfere with the 2016 election, however; he says it’s something that the Russians have done dating back to the 1960’s and doesn’t think it was worse this time around or if the CIA just has better tools now to pick up on election interference. Zero evidence of Trump-Russia collusion…. The Trump-Russia hoax is blowing up so they will be forced to move onto the next ‘scandal’ and shift the blame to a new conspiracy theory.

Ron Paul Issues Dire Warning: If Trump Disobeys The Deep State He Will End Up Like JFK
The Free Thought Project - Former Congressman Ron Paul opined about President Trump’s alleged involvement with Russia. Paul equated Trump’s relationship with Russia to assassinated President John F. Kennedy’s attempts to extend the olive branch to the USSR, a move which got him killed, according to some…. Paul linked his comments to an article written by Jacob G. Hornberger, entitled, “The Russian Obsession Goes Back Decades.”…. Paul’s writer described how Kennedy angered the Deep State, National Security establishment when he negotiated with Russia to end above-ground nuclear testing, promised to remove American troops from South Vietnam, and began secret talks to end the Cold War with Russia and Cuba. With Trump being accused this week of passing classified information to Russian diplomats, Hornberger says the president crossed the same lines in the sand which Kennedy crossed…. Trump claimed to have joined hands with Russia to fight against ISIS. But as The Free Thought Project has reported on numerous occasions - and as has been verified by members of Congress, such as Hawaii’s Tulsi Gabbard -the U.S. has been directly or indirectly funding ISIS since its inception. If history repeats itself, Trump is apparently treading on thin ice from members within his own government.

Charlie Daniels: We Need 1000 Paul Reveres, Because We Aren’t Going To Allow The Radical Left To Steal Our Country From Us
Michael Snyder - Edmund Burke once said that “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”, and if we sit back and do nothing now the radical left is going to win in America. n a new documentary entitled “Revelation: Dawn Of Global Government”, country music legend Charlie Daniels is calling for “1000 Paul Reveres” to rise up and sound the alarm in this country. Our constitutional republic is under serious attack from forces that are intent on transforming the United States into a fundamentally different nation than our forefathers intended. Today we know them as “progressives”, “liberals” and “Democrats”, but in the old days they were known as “socialists”, “communists” and “Marxists”. In the film, Charlie simply refers to them as “scumbags”. So many brave Americans before us have bled and died for the cause of freedom and liberty, and there is no way that we are going to allow the radical left to take it away from us now. And make no mistake – the leftists clearly view this struggle for our country as a war. Their street protests have become increasingly violent in recent years, and it has gotten to the point where Republican members of Congress are actually fearing for their physical safety when they go back to their districts…
* Related: Listen: “Revelation: Dawn Of Global Government” Trailer

Alabama Passes Bill Protecting Confederate Monuments
Opposing Views - The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill that would protect any historical monuments, including those honoring members of the Confederacy, from removal. State lawmakers had bitterly debated the merits of the legislation, with supporters asserting that it would help preserve Alabama history while critics contended that blocking any attempts to remove Confederate monuments would help enshrine the legacy of slaveholders and white supremacists…. Republican state. Sen Gerald Allen of Alabama, who sponsored the legislation, described the measure as a safeguard against a "wave of political correctness."

As Heroin Takes Hold, Some Librarians Learn How To Treat Overdoses
Consumerist - Librarians at the McPherson Square Branch library in the Kensington neighborhood of Philly,… have been learning how to administer overdose antidote Narcan, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. Though the branch’s manager has worked for almost 30 years at the library, she says she remembers only one overdose there until this year, when they’ve had to save people from overdosing four times in the building. McPherson Square - the Philly public park of which the library is the centerpiece - is known as “Needle Park” to some of the locals. When the Inquirer reporter visited McPherson for this story, he encountered a young woman who had just overdosed outside the library. A librarian who has administered Narcan in the past rushed to help while the reporter called 9-1-1. Things have gotten so bad, management has taken steps like instituting overdose drills for staff, and posting a bathroom monitor and rules designed to keep drug tourists from using the facilities to get high: Adults have to leave a library card at the front desk, and bathroom use is limited to three to five minutes, before a guard will knock. Of particular concern are the many children who use the library’s resources and computers. One volunteer who searches the grass for needles tells the Inquirer he finds twice the amount of needles he used to a few years ago — even some on the jungle gym in the park nearby.

World News

Theresa May warns a fresh terror attack is feared to be IMMINENT as she raises threat level to critical and orders 5,000 troops onto the streets after attack by British-born Libyan Salman Abedi
Daily Mail - Theresa May announced the move this evening, less than 24 hours after the bomb attack at a teen concert in Manchester, which left 22 dead and 59 injured. But intelligence agencies fear he may not have acted alone - leaving open the possibility of an active Islamist terror cell on the loose. The Prime Minister confirmed the identity of the Manchester suicide bomber as 22-year-old British Libyan Salman Abedi. Britain's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre last night raised the terror threat level to 'critical', its highest level…. The suicide bomber Abedi, a Mancunian of Libyan descent, was the son of an airport security worker, MailOnline can reveal…. The suicide bomber Abedi, a Mancunian of Libyan descent, was the son of an airport security worker… Police today carried out a controlled explosion at the doorstep of his home during raids around the city. Police also raided a house where Abedi's brother, Ismail, lived and arrested a 23-year-old man, prompting speculation that Ismail had been detained.
* Related: Trump condemns 'evil losers' behind Manchester attack - video

Manchester terror WAS planned: ISIS cheerleaders tweeted on arena attack hours BEFORE bomb
UK Express - ISLAMIC STATE supporting accounts tweeted about an attack on Manchester arena - four hours before a suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and injured 59 others at an Ariana Grande concert…. An unverified Twitter account posted two messages and an image of an ISIS flag. The messages appeared to predict the atrocity at the arena filled with 21,000 fans. One message said: “Are you forget our threat?” Followed by: “This is just the beginning.”

London Police Launch Free Speech Crackdown Amid Manchester Attack
Kit Daniels - Metropolitan Police are investigating Twitter users who spoke out against the Manchester attack. Police have already opened one investigating into Mail Online columnist Katie Hopkins after she said Western men need to “demand action” in response to the terrorist nail bomb attack which targeted children leaving an Ariana Grande concert. One Twitter user, Dbev007, complained about her tweet to police, claiming it “incited racial hatred” despite her never mentioning anything about race or even Islam, which isn’t even a race to begin with. In response, police confirmed that the “allegation will be reviewed and assessed by specialist officers.”… It’s mindblowing that London police will spend manpower censoring free speech on Twitter while children are being targeted in terrorist attacks, but this isn’t accidental. By preventing people from speaking out against the government policies that fuel terrorism, the establishment can condition the public into believing they are helpless in stopping the flood of military-age migrants into the country. And people who have learned to be helpless are easier to abuse and control. […] even more revealing was the loudspeaker announcement telling Ariana Grande concert-goers “there’s no problems here” and “everything is fine” after the nail bomb blast. “There’s no need to bunch up and run. Take your time, there’s no problems here,” the announcement stated. “Thank you for coming and having a good time tonight.

Greek Authorities To Launch Mass Confiscation Of Safe Deposit Boxes, Securities, Homes In Tax-Evasion Crackdown
Zero Hedge - Greek Finance Ministry inspectors are about to start seeking out the owners of all local undeclared properties, while the law will be amended to allow for financial products and the content of safe deposit boxes to be confiscated electronically. The plan for the identification of taxpayers who have “forgotten” to declare their properties to the tax authorities is expected to be ready by year-end, according to the timetable of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue.

Greece fails to reach bailout deal with eurozone finance ministers
RT - The International Monetary Fund, European finance ministers, and Greek authorities have fallen short of securing more debt relief for Greece, according to EU officials. The parties postponed a final decision on a release of further bailout funds for Athens until their next meeting, scheduled for June 15…. Greece needs more emergency cash to avoid a default in July when the country faces debt repayments of nearly €7.3 billion. To get a new installment of bailout funds, Athens has already approved tax rises and additional pension cuts. However, the EU ministers concluded that the country has not made enough progress on that front and still needs to take further measures. Last Thursday, Greek lawmakers passed new legislation with over four billion euros ($4.48 billion) in new austerity measures.

Economy & Business

Mnuchin Comments On Trump's "Historic" Budget Proposal: "It Will Prevent Taxpayer Bailouts"
Zero Hedge - In a statement issued moments ago discussing Trump's proposed, if completely impossible, budget proposal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Trump's "budget will achieve savings through reforms that prevent taxpayer bailouts and reverse burdensome regulations that have been harmful to small businesses and American workers." Translation: taxpayer bailouts are imminent, especially now that the current economic cycle is the 3rd longest of all time and a recession grows likelier with every passing day. Mnuchin also said that Trump's proposed initiatives "coupled with comprehensive tax reform and other key priorities, will move America one step closer to sustained economic growth of 3 percent or higher."
Related: Watch: White House Releases Details Of Trump's 2018 Budget Proposal

Illinois Democrats In Senate Pass 33% Hike Of Personal And Corporate Income Taxes
Zero Hedge - Senate Democrats in Illinois, with a final vote of 32-26, have just passed a new budget proposal that includes a massive personal and corporate income tax hike and an expansion of the state's sales tax, after saying they are no longer willing to wait for a broader deal with Republicans. As the Chicago Tribune noted earlier this morning, the Democrats' budget proposal includes a ~33% hike in both the the personal and corporate income tax rates and an expansion of the state's share of sales tax revenue. In all, the package would cost Illinois taxpayers an incremental $5 billion…. Of course, the Senate bill passed by Democrats is unlikely to become law as Illinois' Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, presumably along with a fairly substantial percentage of Illinois residents, oppose such massive tax hikes…. Meanwhile, as we've noted multiple times in the recent past, with Illinois pension systems roughly $130 billion underfunded, state politicians pretty much have to raise taxes because anything less would entail finally admitting what most of us have known for some time, namely that the state of Illinois is insolvent and undoubtedly headed for bankruptcy and/or a federal taxpayer bailout.

Rotten Beef on Your Plate?
Alliance for Natural Health - Without country of origin labeling, the meat you buy may be from a nation where meat packers are under indictment. Recently, federal authorities in Brazil revealed an investigation into widespread corruption in the country’s meat packing industry involving payments to government officials to forego safety inspections and cover up health violations. The scandal involves some of the country’s largest meat-packers—including the world’s largest red meat producer—that have allegedly been selling rotten meat and poultry for years. Acid and carcinogenic chemicals were reportedly used to make the meat look fresh, while cardboard, potato, and water was mixed in with poultry products to increase profits. The investigation has already resulted in the suspension of thirty-three government officials and the indictment of sixty-three individuals. The scandal has prompted some lawmakers to call for blocking shipments of Brazilian meat into the US. However, many are worried that banning Brazilian meat would open the US up to trade retaliation. With potentially rotten Brazilian beef still flowing into our grocery stores, the only hope consumers have is information. Sadly, we now cannot know whether we are purchasing beef that is unsafe to feed to our family. Before it was repealed, country of origin labeling (COOL) for beef let consumers know where the meat they were buying came from—information that would be especially useful right now. Despite its usefulness, Congress repealed COOL for beef in December 2015 after the World Trade Organization ruled that labeling requirements unfairly discriminated against Canadian and Mexican meat, entitling those countries to hit US goods with $1 billion in tariffs.

Energy & Environment

Rhode Island’s “Surprising” Geoengineering Act of 2017
Activist Post - One well-informed Rhode Island state legislator, Representative Justin Price, introduced “The Geoengineering Act of 2017” [H6011] to be amended on to Title 23 of the General Laws titled “Health and Safety.” The legislative intent of the bill is (a) “Geoengineering” is defined herein as the intentional manipulation of the environment, involving nuclear, biological, chemical, electromagnetic and/or other physical-agent activities that effect changes to earth’s atmosphere and/or surface. (b) The Rhode Island general assembly finds that geoengineering encompasses many technologies and methods involving hazardous activities that can harm human health and safety, the environment, and the economy of the state of Rhode Island, (c) It is therefore the intention of the Rhode Island general assembly to regulate all geoengineering activities as further set forth by the terms and provisions of this chapter…. Proposed Section 23-23.8-3. of the Geoengineering Act of 2017 defines the scope of geoengineering to include a ‘laundry list’ of technologies, which may not be familiar to the public; or that those “technological advances” are considered as “intentional manipulation of the environment”! OMG, is that a wakeup call for everyone? [Read More…]

Science & Technology

Google starts tracking offline shopping — what you buy at stores in person
LA Times - The Internet giant said Tuesday that a new tool will track how much money people spend in merchants’ bricks-and-mortar stores after clicking on their digital ads. The analysis will be done by matching the combined ad clicks of people who are logged into Google services with their collective purchases on credit and debit cards. Google says it won’t be able to examine the specific items bought or how much a specific individual spent. But even aggregated data can sometimes be converted back to data that can identify individuals, said Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institute privacy research firm. Google says it has access to roughly 70% of U.S. credit and debit card transactions through partnerships with companies that track that data. By matching ad clicks with this data, Google says it can automatically inform merchants when their digital ads translate into sales at a physical store…. The kinds of data that Google is collecting also could become an inviting target for hackers, said Miro Copic, a marketing professor at San Diego State University. The kinds of data that Google is collecting also could become an inviting target for hackers, said Miro Copic, a marketing professor at San Diego State University.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The World’s ‘Apocalypse Seed Vault’ Is Flooding; Permafrost Thawing; 1 Million Seeds Stored There
The world’s backup supply of seeds for essential food crops such as wheat, beans and rice might be in danger. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault on Norway’s Spitsbergen Island is – for the first time – being threatened by flooding. Water from melting ice and permafrost is gushing into the vault’s entrance tunnel, The Guardian reported. The vault was placed in an abandoned coal mine on an island north of Norway and expected to survive for centuries without human assistance. It was not designed to survive soaring temperatures in the Arctic…. The vault was constructed to ensure the world’s food supply in case of global catastrophes such as nuclear wars or a worldwide famine. It was placed on Spitsbergen, one of the remotest places on Earth, for that reason. Nearly a million packets of seeds for major food crops are stored in the vault.

Health

Dr Peter Gøtzsche exposes Big Pharma as organized crime
Natural Blaze - The drug industry buys the professors first, then chiefs of department, then the other chief physicians and so on. They don’t buy junior doctors. –Dr Peter Gøtzsche Big Pharma drugs kill around 200,000 Americans every year – half of them die while doing what their doctors told them. Sadly, the side effects and medical errors combine to cause the 3rd leading cause of death in America. Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD is a Danish medical researcher and the author of Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare. In this video interview courtesy of Dr. John McDougall, he exposes how the pharmaceutical companies stealthily act as an organized crime ring unbeknownst to the consumer.

10 Nutritional Deficiencies That Cause Depression and Mood Disorders
REALfarmacy - Depression and mood disorders are devastating health problems today. When you go to your doctor, their answer is often a prescription for one of the various popular anti-depressant drugs. Many doctors do not investigate for metabolic or nutritional deficiencies that may be the ‘real problem’ for your depression…. If you suffer from depression or mood disorders you may be deficient in one of the nutrients below. Researchers have found that many people who suffer from depression and mood disorders are deficient in not just one nutrient but several, all contributing to the symptoms. #1: Healthy Food Deficiency? Junk Food Diet Is your diet filled with sugar, junk foods, sodas, or processed foods? Do you often skip meals. If you suffer from depression or mood disorders, start a food diary of the foods you eat every day…. #2: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Deficiency: These are found in foods such as fish and Flax Seed Oil. A deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids or an imbalance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids may be one of the contributing factors to your depression. Omega 3 Fatty acids are important to brain function and your mental outlook on life. They also help people who suffer from inflammation and pain problems…. #3: Vitamin D Deficiency: Important to immune function, bones, and brain health. Sunlight is the richest source for natural Vitamin D. The Journal Clinical Nutrition in Jan 21st, 2013 published the result of research that analyzed over 18000 British citizens for Vitamin D deficiencies and associated mental disorders links. They found that a deficiency of Vitamin D was present in patients with depression and panic disorders. The study results stated that people who are deficient in Vitamin D are at higher risk for developing depression later in life….

Meta-Analysis Study: Whole Fat Dairy Healthy, Saturated Fats Myth Exposed
Health Impact News - A 2017 meta-analysis of 29 studies has concluded that consuming dietary dairy fat has no negative effects on all cause mortality or mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD). This includes dairy fats of all types. One of the researchers, Ian Givens of England’s Reading University, commented on the record: “There’s been a lot of publicity over the last 5 to 10 years about how saturated fats increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and a belief has grown up that they must increase the risk, but they don’t.” Actually, dairy and other animal sourced saturated fats have been wrongly condemned as a contributor to obesity and higher cardiovascular risk since Ancel Keys' notorious seven countries study over 50 years ago, which spawned the “lipid theory” of heart disease and obesity.

Pet News

Anti-Declawing Handbook for Cat Lovers
Little Big Cat - Good news! We are getting closer every day to stopping declawing! Despite the opposition of veterinary associations, New Jersey and New York are both considering legislation to ban the practice in their states. The NJ Assembly passed the ban 43-10 on January 23; now on to the Senate! To help cat lovers and animal advocates understand the truth about declawing that so many veterinarians lie about, Dr. Jean has written a detailed, fully-referenced e-book called the Anti-Declawing Handbook for Cat Lovers. It is available for free download here… Please download freely, and send to anyone who needs it.
 


Tuesday - May 23, 2017

On This Day In History

1701 - In London, Captain William Kidd was hanged after being convicted of murder and piracy.
1785 - Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter that he had invented bifocals.
1788 - South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify U.S. Constitution.
1873 - Canada's North West Mounted Police force was established. The name was changed to Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920.
1879 - The first U.S. veterinary school was established by Iowa State University.
1895 - The New York Public Library was created with an agreement that combined the city's existing Astor and Lenox libraries.
1900 - Civil War hero Sgt. William Carney became the 1st African American to receive the Medal of Honor, 37 years after the Battle of Fort Wagner.
1901 - American forces captured Filipino rebel leader Emilio Aguinaldo.
1908 - Part of the Great White Fleet arrived in Puget Sound, WA.
1922 - "Daylight Saving Time" was debated in the first debate ever to be heard on radio in Washington, DC.
1934 - In Bienville Parish, LA, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed by Texas Rangers.
1949 - The Republic of West Germany was established.
1960 - Israel announced the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
1992 - In Lisbon, Portugal , the U.S. and four former Soviet republics signed an agreement to implement the START missile reduction treaty that had been agreed to by the Soviet Union before it was dissolved.
1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was demolished.
2013 - Google acquired Makani Power for use for its Project Wing.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Flynn Refuses To Turn Over Docs To Senate 'Fishing Expedition'
The Daily Caller - General Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security advisor, on Monday forcefully refused to turn over subpoenaed documents demanded by the Senate Intelligence committee, blasting it for its “sweeping” subpoena for documents. A source close to Flynn told The Daily Caller News Foundation its Russia investigation request appeared to be a “fishing expedition.” Flynn’s lawyer, Robert K. Kelner, charged the committee displayed “foregone conclusions” that the decorated three-star general was guilty as part of an “escalating public frenzy.” The committee’s original May 10 letter to Flynn demanded the general turn over information about all meetings and communications between himself and unnamed Russian officials and all records of communications between himself and all of President Trump’s campaign staff over an 18 month period, from June 16, 2015 to Jan. 20, 2017.

House IT Workers Fear Members Are Being Blackmailed
The Daily Caller - Five Capitol Hill technology aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group that members of Congress have displayed an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them. The baffled aides wonder if the suspects are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, to which they had full access. “I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests, said Pat Sowers, who has managed IT for several House offices for 12 years. “Something is rotten in Denmark.” A manager at a tech-services company that works with Democratic House offices said he approached congressional offices, offering their services at one-fourth the price of Awan and his Pakistani brothers, but the members declined. At the time, he couldn’t understand why his offers were rejected but now he suspects the Awans exerted some type of leverage over members…. Awan began working for Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida in 2005, and his wife, his brother’s wife, and two of his brothers all appeared on the payrolls of various House Democrats soon after, payroll records show. They have collected $4 million since 2010.

BREAKING: Three White House Leakers of Classified Info Identified; Trump to Fire ‘Multiple People’
The GatewayPundit - Trey Yingst, the White House Correspondent for One America News Network, reported via Twitter Monday afternoon that President Donald Trump will fire ‘multiple people’ after three White House staffers were identified as leaking classified information…. SCOOP INFO: I’m told the names of the leakers are being run by the Office of Government Ethics, which is why they aren’t immediately fired.… I asked one source why the leakers names would be presented to the Office of Government Ethics. “This is criminal,” they said… [The] Office of Government Ethics is not able to prosecute anyone. They will advise the White House on how to proceed with leakers, I’m told.”

The Hill' Promotes Victim-Blaming in Anthony Weiner Sexting Case
Observer - In the wake of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner pleading “guilty” to “[engaging] in obscene communications with [a] teenager,” the narrative seems to be shifting with regard to who the real victim is and who is to blame…. Among the horrifying regurgitations published by The Hill: “the girl was just shy of 17 when she approached Weiner, not 15 as The Daily Mail cited when it initially broke the story…[putting] her above the age of consent.”…. Why didn’t they simply say 16? Because by saying “just shy of 17” enhances the illusion of a greater lie and conspiracy…. The Hill also cited the “report,” describing the victim as being from a “Republican-friendly family,” and went further to note that she “celebrated Trump’s victory,” that her “father is a registered Republican,” and her mother posted negative tweets about the Black Lives Matter movement. It is nothing short of galling that The Hill put their masthead above attempts to undermine the victim of a sex crime based on claims about the political beliefs of her family. [Explicit Content in Article]

Planned Parenthood Set to Close Six Clinics in Three States
Washington Free Beacon - Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) announced that it would close five clinics in Colorado and New Mexico, as well as the only Planned Parenthood clinic in Wyoming. The organization said in a release that closing the clinics would provide "long-term sustainability in the communities we serve."…. Planned Parenthood performs about 30 percent of the nation's abortions each year. It derives a significant portion of its revenue from taxpayer dollars through Medicaid and Title X payments, collecting $550 million from taxpayers in 2015. That money is in jeopardy, as Congressional Republicans attempt to pass legislation that would send such funding to women's health clinics that do not perform abortions. Pro-life activists said that the announced closures signify Planned Parenthood's reliance on taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement that the abortion provider could not survive "in a market where there are so many better options."

CNN Sites Wrong Data From Harvard Study Concerning Fox News' Coverage Of Trump
Western Journalism - … the Harvard study found that Trump has received far and away more negative coverage from the media than any other recent president. In contrast to former President Barack Obama, whose coverage in the first 100 days was 59 percent positive, Trump’s total positive coverage sat at just 20 percent. Furthermore, there was “not a single major topic where Trump’s coverage was more positive than negative,” the study noted…. On Sunday, CNN’s John Berman during a Reliable Sources segment cited the Harvard study to try to argue that Fox News was shilling for the president. Berman stated that the network’s coverage was positive 67 percent of the time. The only problem was the statistic CNN’s used was in relation to just one aspect of FNC’s coverage: Trump’s fitness to serve. The Harvard study found that aspect of coverage only accounted for 3 percent of reporting about the president by media outlets…. What CNN did not report is that Fox lived up to its motto –“fair and balanced” — with 52 percent of stories overall being deemed by Harvard researchers to have a negative tone and 48 percent positive.

World News

Art of the Deal: Trump to test waters for ‘Middle East peace’
Breitbart - President Donald Trump opened his first visit to Israel Monday, an early visit by a president to a longtime Middle East ally and one aimed at testing the waters for jumpstarting the region’s dormant peace process…. Trump received a warm welcome in Tel Aviv after becoming the first U.S. president to include Israel on his maiden overseas trip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump “a true friend” to Israel and sounded hopeful notes about the president’s role in the Middle East peace process…. On Tuesday, Trump will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. After hosting Abbas at the White House in March, Trump boldly stated that achieving peace is “something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years.” “But we need two willing parties,” he said. “We believe Israel is willing. We believe you’re willing. And if you both are willing, we’re going to make a deal.”… Meanwhile, Palestinian activists are calling for a “Day of Rage” when Trump visits the West Bank on Tuesday. The demonstrations are meant to draw attention to a month-long hunger strike by hundreds of prisoners being held by Israel and to protest what many Palestinians say is unfair U.S. support for Israel.

Israel to Make Rare Overture to Palestinians ‘at Trump Request’
Breitbart - Jerusalem (AFP) – Israeli ministers have approved measures aimed at improving the Palestinian economy and facilitating crossings, rare moves said to be at Donald Trump’s request hours ahead of the US president’s arrival. An Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity that ministers were responding to a Trump request to present him with “confidence-building measures” ahead of his talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday. In a statement, Trump’s administration welcomed the moves, saying he “has been encouraging both sides to take steps that improve the environment for peace making.” “He has expressed particular interest in taking steps to improve the Palestinian economy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.” In what the Israeli official described as a “gesture for Trump’s visit, which does not harm Israel’s interests”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet on Sunday approved the enlargement of a Palestinian industrial zone on the edge of the southern West Bank…. In an apparent attempt to calm opposition from within Netanyahu’s coalition government, seen as the most right-wing in the country’s history, the security cabinet also approved setting up a committee to work for retroactive legalization of wildcat Israeli construction in the West Bank, the official said.

Trump visits Jerusalem's Western Wall to pray
Daily Mail - Donald Trump on Monday became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall – the holiest site where Jews can pray – and left a prayer note there in accordance with Jewish custom. He made the highly symbolic visit to a site which symbolizes the Middle East's tinderbox nature before saying he believed in the possibility of a peace deal and saying that the danger of Iran meant there was 'a lot of love out there' for Israel from unlikely Muslim countries. Located in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, the Western Wall is a section of one of four original retaining walls King Herod built in the first century B.C. to support the Temple Mount. It is also the only remaining portion of the Second Jewish Temple, which stood in Jerusalem until the Romans destroyed it in 70 A.D. as they put down a Jewish revolt. It has been U.S. policy for the last 50 years to not recognize East Jerusalem as part of Israel, making a visit to the wall a political minefield. But Trump, clad in a navy suit, red striped tie and black kippah, strode into the Western Wall Prayer Plaza in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday before placing his hand on the stone wall and praying for 30 seconds, slipping a note inside a crack between the stones.

Trump & 55 Muslim-majority states sign pact pledging 34,000 troops to fight ISIS in Iraq & Syria
RT - The US and Middle Eastern countries have backed a new pact that promises to provide extra troops for defeating Islamic State, singles out Iran for destabilizing the region, and says that Riyadh is to become the heart of the region’s counter-terrorism operations. Described as the Riyadh Declaration, the document was signed following US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Saudi capital for a summit that brought in Islamic representatives from 55 countries, and vowed “to combat terrorism in all its forms, address its intellectual roots, dry up its sources of funding and to take all necessary measures to prevent and combat terrorist crimes in close cooperation among their states.”… The exact membership of what the communique called the Middle East Strategic Alliance will be decided next year, but putative members have committed to assembling “a reserve force of 34,000 troops to support operations against terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria when needed.” Currently the burden of anti-IS combat in both states is being shouldered mostly by local troops and Kurdish forces, with the international coalition providing air support, equipment and funding.

Economy & Business

Trump's Budget Will Slash $1.7 Trillion In Entitlements, Cut Food Stamps By 25%
Zero Hedge - More details from President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal are trickling out via a flurry of overnight reports from The Washington Post, Associated Press and Bloomberg News. Here are some of the highlights from the latest batch of trial balloons: ° Trump’s budget will include a massive nearly $200 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the modern version of food stamps, over the next 10 years – what amounts to a 25% reduction, according to The Washington Post. ° The food stamp cuts are part of a broader $274 billion welfare-reform effort, according to a report by The Associated Press. ° The budget calls for about $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid for fiscal year 2018, WaPo reported. ° The budget also calls for $2.6 billion in border security spending, $1.6 billion of which will be earmarked for Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.’s southern border. ° The budget is also expected to propose major domestic discretionary spending cuts - an earlier version of the budget called for $54 billion in such cuts next year alone. Predictably, Democrats are already up in arms over the proposal, even though a formal draft isn’t expected until Tuesday.

Bitcoin Blows Through $2100
Zero Hedge - Bitcoin is now up over 135% year-to-date, having screamed above $2000 and $2100 overnight as the dollar limped to 6-month lows... Having shrugged off China crackdowns and worries over 'hard forks', it appears the legalization of the virtual currency in Japan (with Peach Aviation now accepting bitcoin for flight ticket purchases) and broader adoption in Russia have fueled demand in recent weeks...

Health

Studies Prove This Herb Could Kill Cancer
REALfarmacy - There has been a rising interest in the identification of natural plant foods that can help develop effective agents against cancer. The anti-tumor effects of oregano in the vivo and in vitro breast cancer model were evaluated. Lyophilized oregano was administered at two concentrations of 0.3 and 3% through diet. The experiment was terminated 14 weeks after carcinogen administration. Low doses of oregano suppressed tumor frequency by 55.5%, tumor incidence by 44%, and tumor volume by 44.5%. High-dose oregano treatment lengthened tumor latency by 12.5 days. The study shows that oregano decreased survival and proliferation of MCF-7 cells. The results demonstrate that oregano has a distinct tumor-suppressive effect on breast cancer and tumors. This is a huge step towards a potential breakthrough in what natural plant foods can do in curing cancer.

Start eating nuts to stop cancer recurring, survivors told
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Eating a handful of nuts every week should form part of every cancer survivor's diet. Nuts—and especially tree nuts such as hazelnuts, chestnuts and walnuts—reduce the chances of the cancer coming back. People eating two ounces or more of nuts every week reduce the risk of cancer recurring by 42 per cent, and lower their chances of dying from the cancer by 57 per cent. It's effective even for people who have been treated for stage III cancer, say researchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, who looked at the survival rates and diets of 826 patients who had completed treatment for colon cancer. The average three-year survival rate for the cancer is around 70 per cent, but this improved dramatically in patients who were regularly eating nuts. But the benefits weren't seen in those eating peanuts, the most widely-consumed nut in the US, or peanut butter. Only tree nuts had the protective effect, possibly because the peanut is actually a legume, the researchers surmise. Beyond that, they admit they don't understand what it is about tree nuts that helps the cancer survivor. Nuts help overcome or control a range of health issues, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance. They also reduce the chances of developing cancer in the first place—and now they seem to reduce the odds of cancer coming back.

25 powerful breast cancer fighting foods
(NaturalHealth365) Epidemiologist Dr. Hannah Weir of the CDC predicts that by 2020 breast cancer will be second only to prostate cancer in leading the increase in new cases. Fortunately, nature has provided a protective arsenal of superfoods that may help to prevent the development of breast cancer. 1. The value of arugula - Sometimes known as “rocket,” this amazing cancer-fighting salad green is a cousin to Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Chewing arugula releases isothiocyanates – compounds that neutralize carcinogens in the body…. 2. Favor your diet with flaxseeds - Tiny, nutty-flavored flaxseeds are packed with fiber, which reduces cancer risk. They also inhibit the ability of excess estrogen in the body to trigger breast cancer…. 3. Give green tea the green light - Green tea is packed with flavonoids known as catechins, which protect against DNA damage caused by free radicals. Catechins also suppress urokinase, an enzyme that is often overactive in breast cancer patients…. 4. Reap the rewards of raspberries - Raspberries are rich in fiber and high in ellagic acid, a potent anti-carcinogen and anti-mutagen that can prevent dangerous changes in cell DNA. Studies have shown that raspberry extracts have caused apoptosis – programmed cell death – in cancer cells…. 5. Get a boost from asparagus - Asparagus is a good source of glutathione, a natural antioxidant that is essential for detoxification from toxins and carcinogens. Glutathione also boosts the immune system and enhances the activities of cancer-fighting macrophages….

Resveratrol Improves Arteries
Dr. Mercola - A new study shows resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in dark-colored berries, the skin of red grapes, red wine and dark chocolate, may improve blood vessels in people with type 2 diabetes. Resveratrol activates the gene SIRT1, a protein that appears to delay aging and the development of several diseases. Scientists dosed 57 patients with type 2 diabetes with either resveratrol or a placebo, resulting in improved aortal stiffness in the first group, but an increase in aortic stiffness in the placebo group at the end of the study. Resveratrol has neuroprotective effects that can lower your Alzheimer’s and dementia risks and may also protect against obesity, optimize cholesterol and decrease inflammation.
 


Monday - May 22, 2017

On This Day In History


1761 - In Philadelphia, the first life insurance policy was issued in the U.S.
1819 - The steamship Savannah became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
1868 - Near Marshfield, IN, The "Great Train Robbery" took place. The robbery was worth $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds to the seven members of the Reno gang.
1872 - The Amnesty Act restored civil rights to Southerners.
1900 - The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.
1906 - The Wright brothers received a patent their flying machine.
1939 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a military alliance between Germany and Italy known as the "Pact of Steel."
1947 - The Truman Doctrine was enacted by the U.S. Congress to appropriate military and economic aid Turkey and Greece.
1972 - U.S. President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit Russia. He met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
1998 - New information came to light about the June 1996 bombing that killed 19 American airmen. The information indicated that Saudi citizens had been responsible and not Iranians as once believed.
1998 - A federal judge said that Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before a grand jury in Monica Lewinsky investigation concerning U.S. President Clinton.
2002 - Chandra Levy's remains were found in Washington, DC's Rock Creek Park. She was last seen on April 30, 2001. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.
2011 - A tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., claiming at least 159 lives and destroying about 8,000 homes and businesses.
2002 - In Birmingham, AL, a jury convicted former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry of murder in the 1963 church bombing that killed four girls.
2012 - In Japan, the Tokyo Skytree tower opened.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

CIA Incompetence Allowed China To Murder A Dozen CIA Assets While Hillary Clinton Was Secretary Of State
Zero Hedge - The NYT just dropped its latest deep-state scoop, and boy is it a doozy. But instead of using the information as more leverage to attack President Trump, the leaks reveal allegedly extreme incompetence at the highest levels of the CIA, what NYT’s "current and former government sources" characterized as the worst intelligence breach in decades. These officials revealed that "the Chinese government systematically dismantled CIA spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward."…. Beginning in 2010, CIA operatives meant to collect information on the inner workings of the Communist Party started disappearing. The NYT reports that between the final weeks of 2010 through the end of 2012, the Chinese killed at least a dozen of the CIA’s sources. According to three sources, one was shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building – a grisly killing meant to send a message to any others who might have been working for U.S. intelligence. Still others were imprisoned. All told, the Communist Party killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 of the CIA’s sources. But perhaps even more disturbing than the killings themselves is the fact that, nearly seven years after they started, the agency still isn’t 100% about the source of the leaks, though the NYT mentioned a few theories.

Kim Dotcom Just Admitted He Worked With Seth Rich to Get Info to WikiLeaks
The Free Thought Project - Kim Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, is a wanted man by the FBI, the Justice Department, and especially Hollywood. For the last decade or so, Dotcom has spent millions fighting extradition to the United States for copyright infringement laws involving Mega Upload, the file-sharing site he founded…. On Friday, Kim Dotcom has weighed in on the [Russians hacking the DNC] scandal and unsolved murder all in one tweet. He tweeted, “If Congress includes #SethRich case into their Russia probe I’ll give written testimony with evidence that Seth Rich was @Wikileaks source.” After this tweet went viral, Saturday afternoon, Dotcom de facto admitted to being involved in the information exchange between Rich and WikiLeaks. After this bombshell admission, Dotcom promised to clarify just how involved he was by releasing a statement on Tuesday.

BREAKING: Mass Nationwide Anti-Trump Riots Planned For July 2nd (Video)
D.C. Clothesline - Summer of rage set to boil over as militant leftists plan to OVERTHROW Trump. Militant anti-Trump Antifa leftists are planning huge RIOTS on July 2nd. The establishment media is fanning the flames by portraying Trump as illegitimate. This could be the flashpoint that brings about a violent coup in America.

REPORT: Illegal Immigrant and Far Left Protester Arrested for 103 Counts of Anti-Trump Vandalism
The GatewayPundit - An illegal immigrant and former student at the University of Connecticut is under arrest after vandalizing numerous buildings around the campus with anti-Trump messages. Illegal Eric Cruz López was a student protester and even protested outside the Obama White House in Washington DC in February 2016. Lopez was spotted in February leaving the areas where the vandalism occurred on various occasions. The damage in total added up to about $4,200…. One of the arguments we tend to hear frequently about illegal immigrants is that the crimes they commit would have been committed by someone else who was a citizen, or they point to a citizen who committed a specific crime that is similar to a crime committed by an illegal and says, “Look at that! We do it, too!” This type of logic is fallacious and misrepresents the argument and point that we are trying to make.

Teachers' Union Contract Guarantees Jail-Time Pay
Washington Free Beacon - Staff members at the nation's largest teachers' union are guaranteed pay for the time they spend in jail if it is related to union work. Staffers at the National Education Association … are entitled to their standard wage rate during their incarceration, according to a copy of their contract first reported by The 74 Million…. "Some union staffers can receive incarceration pay ‘for reasons stemming from actions taken by him/her in the scope of his/her Association employment.' The NEA contract specifies that this will be at the regular hourly rate for all time spent in jail," the website reports. The staff members have a history of including compensation during imprisonment in their union contracts. The group's previous contract, which took effect in 2012 and expired in 2015, also included a section that protected worker pay in the event that they were arrested during the course of union activities. The contract mandates that the union cover not only the employee's wages, but the legal defense costs associated with criminal or civil trials. Only in cases of "gross negligence or gross irresponsibility" is the union relieved of its duty to cover such expenses.

Your Child 'Belongs to the State': Lawmakers Claim the State Owns Your Children
The Free Thought Project - HB 39, introduced by Rep. Gene Wu (D-Houston), would mandate that the state’s Department of Family Protective Services schedule a medical examination for children who have been in temporary state custody for longer than three business days…. While the bill was originally centered around hastening medical exams for new foster children, questions arose regarding whether vaccines would be included as part of these medical exams…. The bill saw a turbulent debate upon [Rep. Bill] Zedler’s amendment as the discussion turned to childhood vaccines and who should be responsible for crucial medical decisions when custody is obscured. “You get that child back five, eight, 10 days later, and they’ve now had that surgery or they’ve had these vaccinations,” Zedler said according to Dallas Morning News. “That’s an issue of liberty.” Wu was vocal about his belief that the law allows the state to assume authority in such situations. “Let me make very clear: the moment a child is removed from their home- the moment the child is removed- by law, the child is now a child of the state of Texas,” said Wu…. In the video [link in article], Wu makes the ominous claim that parents - who’ve not been found guilty of any wrongdoing - no longer have care over their children and that those children now belong to the state. When the state begins to claim they own our children, something is very wrong.

World News

President Donald Trump and President Barack Obama delivered addresses to the Muslim world at roughly the same point in their respective presidencies.
Breitbart - But unlike Obama, who attempted to appease Islamic resentment of the West by admitting America’s faults, Trump’s speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday emphasized terrorism and challenged the Arab and Muslim world to foster peace by “honestly confronting the problem of Islamic extremism, and the Islamists, and Islamic terror of all kinds.” The first difference between the two speeches was the setting. Trump addressed a summit of Arab and Muslim leaders at a conference to deal with terrorism. Obama, by contrast, invited members of the Muslim Brotherhood to his address at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. Trump rallied the nations of the region to deal with a problem in their midst; Obama gave legitimacy to a banned group associated with terror and extremist ideology. Obama began his address by focusing on western guilt: More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam. In contrast, Trump began by declaring that “Muslim countries must take the lead in combating radicalization. He said that he was not there to lecture to others about how to worship, but to call for unity “in pursuing the one goal: … to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces that terrorism brings with it every single time,” singling out “young Muslim men and women.” Trump went further, taking on “terrorism and the ideology that drives it.” He listed recent terror attacks in the U.S. and around the world, and noted that “the deadliest toll has been extracted from the innocent people of Arab and Muslim nations.” The optimism of the region, he said, was “held at bay by bloodshed and terror.” And he added: “There can be no co-existence with this violence.” [Read More…]
* Related: Video: Trump to 50 Muslim Leaders: "Drive Out the Terrorists!... Drive Them Out! Drive Them Out!"

Trump: First Saudi Meetings Will Bring Americans ‘Jobs, Jobs, Jobs’
Breitbart - President Donald Trump described the first day of his overseas trip in Saudi Arabia as “a tremendous day” — referring to billions in investments — in his first remarks at the top of one of several bilateral meetings. Trump’s first remarks to reporters on Saturday included: That was a tremendous day. I just want to thank everybody. But tremendous investments in to the United States, and our military community is very happy, and we want to thank you and Saudi Arabia. But hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs. During a signing ceremony, the U.S. President signed a joint vision statement, private sector agreements, and defense cooperation agreements with Saudi Arabia. The defense agreements are worth $110 billion effective immediately and worth an additional $350 billion over ten years, according to a White House official. At one point during the day, the President’s Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn answered reporters’ questions as to what was being signed. He said that the signing was “to invest a lot of money in the U.S. and have a lot of U.S. companies invest and build things over here.” He continued, “They’re going to hire U.S. companies … a bunch of infrastructure related things … A lot of money. Big dollars. Big dollars.” Cohn told reporters that things were going “really well.”

GREAT AGAIN: Unlike Obama, Trump doesn't bow to Saudi king (Video)
The American Mirror - What a difference an election can make for the respect American leaders have for our country. There were two very different outcomes when two American presidents greeted the king of Saudi Arabia. All eyes were on President Trump today as he arrived in the country for his first foreign trip. Video shows the president stepping off the plane and greeting King Salman: Trump stood up straight as Salman appeared to bow slightly. Trump’s posture stands in stark difference to President Obama’s in the early days of his presidency. Cameras captured Obama bowing to King Abdullah, contorting nearly to a 90-degree angle in what many called a moment of American weakness: Trump’s behavior was refreshingly noticeable…

Wave of 'more dangerous, skilled' ISIS jihadists bound to hit Europe
RT - Scores of foreign Islamic State… fighters, determined to come back to Europe, are “more dangerous” than previous waves of returnees, Jean-Paul Laborde [head of the UN Security Council's counterterrorism agency] told reporters on Thursday. Some may be eager to seek revenge after defeats on the battlefield, including in recent confrontations in Mosul. The first wave of the returnees was mainly made up of young people who went to Syria and Iraq “for T-shirts and photos,” Laborde said…. They came back “disillusioned and dismayed.” The second wave may contain much more extreme individuals, who had more time to build contacts with criminal organizations that can assist them in committing attacks. Between 40 to 50 percent of foreign fighters, who left for Syria and Iraq, have already left territories controlled by IS, Laborde added. “On average, these people are much more committed, more experienced and more skilled,” he told reporters, as cited by Reuters. “In spite of the travel restrictions ... still you will have a number of foreign terrorist fighters which will probably slip through the borders and go back, come back to these countries, especially with smuggling networks,” he added.

North Korea in 'significant' missile breakthrough confirmed by US and the South
Express UK - Pyongyang has launched a ballistic missile which successfully re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, according to analysts. North Korea claimed the liquid- fuel Hwasong-12 travelled a distance of 489 miles before breaching Japan's Air Defence Identification Zone and reached an altitude of 2,111.5 km (1,312 miles) before crashing in to the Sea of Japan. The missile was fired on May 14. After confirmation from defence officials the success of the missile has been labelled a "significant breakthrough" for Kim Jong-Un's hermit state. North Korean state media said the missile was capable of carrying a "large-size, heavy nuclear warhead. South Korean government sources told the JoongAng Daily the warhead survived the 5,000 degrees Celsius (9,032 Fahrenheit) and extreme vibration it experienced on re-entry. The South confirmed it after analysis of data communication from North Korea's missile control centre. The Hwasong-12 according to experts, will take around three years to become an intercontinental missile capable of striking the mainland US. To have the technology applied will be another story - but Pyongyang took a huge step toward that goal.

The worst guy on the planet
Sovereign Man - Jose Rafael Torrealba wins the award for biggest scumbag on the planet today. Torrealba is a Venezuelan army general who was featured in a leaked audio recording that was just published yesterday. The recording is of a meeting that took place a few weeks ago in Venezuela in which he and his fellow generals discuss how to keep the civilian population under control. Torrealba’s solution? Use snipers against his own people. “There will come a time when we will have to employ them [the snipers] and I want us to be ready for the moment that we have to employ them because the president will not remain at a green [preparation] phase, gentlemen.” One general at the meeting who could not be identified voiced opposition to the plan, saying that “if we keep going with the issue of the snipers, all of us here will end up in jail.” Apparently the obvious moral reasons for not using lethal force against your own people didn’t factor into their logic. Torrealba indicated that he didn’t care for public perception. And even after admitting it was unconstitutional, he ordered everyone at the meeting to make preparations to use snipers. That was back in April. Since then dozens of people have died, including a 17-year old kid who was shot in the head earlier this week.

What’s Next For Julian Assange?
Daily Sheeple - WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, will not quit releasing pertinent information, even after Sweden announced it’s dropping the rape allegations against him. Assange, the biggest enemy of the state, issued a defiant statement after Sweden dropped the charges. He won’t be kowtowing to the political elites, though; in fact, just the opposite…. “Today is an important victory for me and the UN human rights system, but by no means erases seven years of detention without charge…while my children grew up. That is not something I can forgive or forget,” Assange told journalists from a balcony at the Ecuadorian embassy where he has lived for the last five years. Marianne Ny, Sweden’s director of public prosecutions, earlier said the investigation was dropped because Sweden had “exhausted the possibilities” for investigating the allegations against Assange. –Newsweek

Ebola Spreading: Infections Up 800% In Last Week, Officials Race To Track Down 400 Possible Contacts
Mac Slavo - Last week three suspected Ebola infections were detected in a remote region of the Congo. Since then, World Health Organization officials have been scrambling to contain the virus. Their efforts appear to have failed. The contagion continues to spread, and though it’s nowhere near the 11,000 people who were infected during the outbreak in 2014, the infection rate has spiked over 800% in just the last seven days, with at least nine new cases reported in the last 24 hours: The number of suspected cases of Ebola has risen to 29 from nine in less than a week in an isolated part of Democratic Republic of Congo, where three people have died from the disease since April 22, the World Health Organization said on Thursday…. The 2014 outbreak likewise started in a remote region of Africa, but containment efforts were ineffective and the virus eventually spread to the United States and Europe. According to W.H.O., about 400 people have come into contact with the 29 people infected and officials are attempting to track them down for monitoring.

Italy makes 12 vaccines mandatory for school children in an attempt to combat 'anti-scientific theories'
The Independent - The new measures followed an intense public debate over vaccines after a measles outbreak and political sniping over accusations that the populist 5-Star movement had emboldened anti-vaccine advocates. Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian Premier, told a news conference that the new rules aimed to combat “anti-scientific theories” that have lowered Italy’s vaccination rates in recent years…. The government approved making 12 vaccines, including measles, rubella and chickenpox, mandatory starting this September for children attending Italian pre-schools through the second year of high school. Other required vaccines include tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis B. The health minister, Beatrice Lorenzin, said children will not be accepted into nursery or pre-schools without proof of vaccinations, while parents of children legally obliged to attend school will face hefty fines for noncompliance. The certification will be required every year, she said.

Economy & Business

A Quarter Of American Adults Can't Pay All Their Monthly Bills; 44% Have Less Than $400 In Cash
Zero Hedge - There was some good news and some not so good news in the Fed's latest annual Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. First the good news. The report, …conducted in October 2016, presents a "picture of improving financial well-being among Americans", at least according to the report.... Overall, 70% of the more than 6,600 respondents said they were either "living comfortably" or "doing okay," up 1% from 2015 and up 8% from the first survey results in 2013…. Now, the not so good news. Nearly eight years into an economic recovery, nearly half of Americans didn’t have enough cash available to cover a $400 emergency. Specifically, the survey found that, in line with what the Fed had disclosed in previous years, 44% of respondents said they wouldn’t be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense like a car repair or medical bill, or would have to borrow money or sell something to meet it. Troubling as this statistic remains, the overall share of adults who would struggle to come up with $400 in a pinch has declined by 2% from the last survey conducted in 2015, and down 6% since 2013.

We Now Know "Who Hit The Brakes" As Loan Creation Crashes To Six Year Low
Zero Hedge - According to the latest Fed data, the all-important C&I [Commercial & Industrial] loan growth contraction has not only continued, but over the past two months, another 50% has been chopped off, and what in early March was a 4.0% annual growth is now barely positive, down to just 2.0%, and set to turn negative in just a few weeks. This was the lowest growth rate since May 2011, right around the time the Fed was about to launch QE2. At the same time, total loan growth has likewise continued to decline, and as of the second week of May was down to 3.8%, the weakest overall loan creation in three years. …we can now close the book on the WSJ's previously unanswered question of "who hit the brakes?" The answer: the US consumer, the driver behind 70% of US GDP, officially tapped out. In fact, it was almost as if US consumers were hit by a perfect storm of adverse events in late 2016 and early 2017, just as GDP was on the verge of its first pre-recessionary contraction in years, and just as the S&P rose to new all-time highs to distract from what is emerging as an imminent US recession. Here's the bottom line: unless there is a sharp rebound in loan growth in the next 3-6 months - whether due to greater demand or easier supply - this most accurate of leading economic indicators guarantees that a recession is now inevitable. How accurate: every single time C&I loan peaked, a US recession follow[ed]. We doubt this time will be different.

Energy & Environment

Another Hanford emergency: Signs of another leaking tank (Video)
King5 News - Hanford’s owner, The U.S. Department of Energy, is scrambling to deal with the second emergency at the nuclear site in 10 days’ time. Signs have emerged that a massive underground double shell nuclear waste holding tank may be leaking. The tank is known as AZ 101 and was put into service in 1976. The tank’s life was expected to be 20 years. Now it has been holding hot, boiling radioactive and chemically contaminated waste for 41 years. A seven-person crew was undertaking a routine job around 7 p.m. Thursday night. They had deployed a remote controlled devise into the safety space of what is known as a double shell tank…. A radiation specialist on the crew detected higher than expected readings…. Detection equipment was then used to check for contamination that might have become airborne and adhered to the workers. They found radioactive material on one worker in three spots…. The AZ 101 contamination event comes just 10 days after a tunnel collapse at Hanford that caused a site wide emergency. On May 9, workers found a 20 by 20 foot cave in of a tunnel used to store highly radioactive and chemically contaminated equipment from the Cold War-era.

Science & Technology

In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS
Defense One - Earlier this year, the military put out an urgent request for inexpensive kamikaze drones that special operations troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers against ISIS, according to documents obtained by Defense One. It’s another sign that drone warfare is changing far faster than traditional military equipping can keep up…. That delivery has already been completed. AeroVironment officials confirmed to Defense One that they recently delivered about 350 Switchblades, a tube-launched drones outfitted with cameras and cursor-on-target GPS navigation. The company bills the device as a “miniature flying lethal missile can be operated manually or autonomously.” It can fly for about 15 minutes, at up to 100 miles per hour…. The U.S. military isn’t alone in rapidly experimenting with new types of drones. During a recent visit to Mosul, Iraq, SOCOM commander Gen. Ray Thomas said he ran into a pair of operators who had found an off-the-shelf rotary-wing quadcopter adapted by ISIS weaponeers to carry a 40 mm weapon.

Facebook Internal Rulebook Leaked, Most Threats Of Violence, Child And Animal Abuse "Acceptable" [Breaking]
Inquisitr - Facebook’s internal rulebooks on sex, terrorism, hate speech, violence, and more have been leaked, and according to a report from the Guardian, many will find Facebook’s internal policies to be questionable…. Among the more interesting excerpts, Facebook will allow users to live-stream self-harm, on the basis that it “doesn’t want to censor or punish people in distress.” Photos of non-sexual physical abuse and bullying of children are allowable so long as there is no sadistic or celebratory element. Videos of violent death, while marked as disturbing, are also generally allowed, on the basis that they create “awareness” of issues such as mental illness. Animal cruelty is treated similarly; “celebrating” is not allowed, but it is otherwise acceptable to raise “awareness” of the issue. Perhaps most interesting is Facebook’s extremely variable policy on threats of death and violence. According to the documents, most threats of violence are to be considered either generic, or not credible. According to Facebook, “people use violent language to express frustration online” and they should feel “safe to do so” on Facebook. Specific examples of allowable, and forbidden, threats are included.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Mayor: Anything Not Permitted Under Law Is Now Banned (And That Includes Gardens)
Off the Grid News - Columbiana, Ohio, is the latest city to debate the legality of gardens, even if the two sides can’t agree on what is up for discussion. Resident Tony Dolan claims that the right to garden on a homeowner’s property is at stake. The Columbiana city council at one point considered a proposal that would have restricted gardens to back yards, although that language was struck. “It has been frighteningly apparent that we in this city have given our freedoms up in ways that we never really saw coming,” Dolan wrote at the Columbiana for/against Chickens Facebook page.Mayor Bryan Blakeman claims the gardening ordinance is being considered because, technically, gardening currently is banned. “Right now, if there is not something expressly in this code that says that you can have one, you technically can’t,” Blakeman told the Salem News. The newspaper likewise reported that “if something is not permitted it is prohibited.”

City Forces Homeowner To Rip Up His Own Yard And Pay For $8,500 Sidewalk
Off the Grid News - Homeowners apparently will be forced to pay the city to rip up their front yards and install sidewalks under a proposal in Grand Forks, N.D. “Sidewalks aren’t protestable,” City Council President Dana Sande told The Grand Forks Herald. “So once the city determines that the sidewalks should go into your neighborhood, you have one of three options: you can either put the sidewalk in yourself, you can hire a contractor to put it in, or you can have the city hire a contractor to put them in and be special assessed the fee. There are no other options.”… The sidewalk requirement has been on the books for many years but a previous council granted some homeowners a 10-year exemption. The present council has decided not to honor that provision. …homeowner Jared Johnson estimates the sidewalk he does not want would cost $8,500. That would add about $100 a month to his property tax bill.

Health

Video: AMI Smart Meters Interfere With Human Heart Rhythms, EKG Proves
Natural Blaze - One of the most intrepid independent lay EMF/RF and AMI Smart Meter investigators Warren Woodward of Sedona, Arizona, has taken upon himself to put AMI Smart Meters to the heart test. [On] May 16, 2017 Warren emailed a most compelling video “introducing ground-breaking new evidence that proves everyone’s health is being affected by ‘smart’ meters.” After the electrocardiogram test, Dr. Gilberto Leon, NMD, explained on camera what happened when the graph registered a sizable glitch in Warren’s heart rhythm when the AMI Smart Meter was turned on after a perfect normal heart rhythm registered before the EMF/RF exposure…. Consumers now have legal proof AMI Smart Meters positively interfere with heart activity. Can you imagine what happens to your heart when those meters operate 24/7/365 on your home’s utilities? And many homes can have three AMI Smart Meters: electric, natural gas and municipal water! AMI Smart Meters obviously induce myocardial [relating to the muscular tissue of the heart, the myocardium] stresses upon heart muscle and its rhythms, as RFs definitely are heart stressors with negative physiological consequences. That statement is not to be confused with the stress test for myocardial infarction—heart attack.

Negative Thoughts Harm Your Health By Damaging DNA
April McCarthy - Lose your temper on the road? Frustrated with colleagues at work? You may be cutting your life short, warns molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn--who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009--and health psychologist Elissa Epel, who studies stress and aging. The authors claim in their new book, The Telomere Effect, that negative thoughts harm your health at the DNA level. Research has shown that a person's "social relationships, environments and lifestyles" affect their genes. "Even though you are born with a particular set of genes, the way you live can influence how they express themselves." Blackburn and Epel say components of DNA called telomeres determine how fast your cells age. Short telomeres are one of the major reasons human cells grow old, but lab tests have shown that they can also grow longer. In other words, aging "could possibly be accelerated or slowed -and, in some aspects, even reversed.”… Trying to suppress thoughts and feelings makes matters worse. "The more forcefully you push your thoughts away, the louder they call out for your attention... In a small study, greater avoidance of negative feelings and thoughts was associated with shorter telomeres." Even lack of focus is bad for telomeres because "when people are not thinking about what they're doing, they're not as happy as when they're engaged." To reverse the harm to telomeres, try meditation and long-distance running.
* Related: 4 Simple Ways To Stop Negative Thinking Before It Takes Over

When is a Banana Best to Eat?
REALfarmacy - Japanese researchers recently discovered something fascinating about bananas; as a banana ripens, it produces more antioxidants than its fresher brethren contain. When the banana has dark spots on the peel, it produces what’s called TNF, or Tumor Necrosis Factor, a substance that combats cancer and abnormal cells. The darker the spots, the more powerful the banana is at killing cancer cells. A ripe banana is eight times more effective in boosting the body’s immune system than a fresh banana is. So the best time to eat a banana? When it’s as ripe as possible… Additionally, it’s worth noting, if you suffer from type 2 diabetes, you may want to eat a ripe banana with nut butter. The fats in the nut butter will slow down sugar absorption in your blood stream so it doesn’t hit you all at once, making it easier for your body to break down.
 


Friday - May 19, 2017

On This Day In History


1643 - Delegates from four New England colonies met in Boston to form a confederation.
1847 - The first English-style railroad coach was placed in service on the Fall River Line in Massachusetts.
1864 - The Union and Confederate armies launched their last attacks against each other at Spotsylvania in Virginia.
1906 - The Federated Boys' Clubs, forerunner of the Boys' Clubs of America, were organized.
1911 - The first American criminal conviction that was based on fingerprint evidence occurred in New York City.
1921 - The U.S. Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for immigrants.
1943 - Winston Churchill told the U.S. Congress that his country was pledging their full support in the war against Japan.
1958 - Canada and the U.S. formally established the North American Air Defense Command.
1962 - Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" for U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The event was a fund-raiser at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1964 - The U.S. State Department reported that diplomats had found about 40 microphones planted in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
1967 - The Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain that banned nuclear weapons from outer space.
1967 - U.S. planes bombed Hanoi for the first time.
1981 - The Empire State Building was designated a New York City Landmark.
1992 - In Massapequa, NY, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded by Amy Fisher. Fisher was her husband Joey's teen-age lover.
1992 - The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises.
2003 - Hundreds of Albert Einstein's scientific papers, personal letters and humanist essays were make available on the Internet. Einstein had given the papers to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in his will.
2013 - The Yahoo board approved the $1.1 billion purchase of the blogging site Tumblr.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Breaking: Comey Caught Committing Perjury to Congress?
Kit Daniels - Former FBI Director James Comey said he was never told to stop an investigation due to political reasons during testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3, 2017, which contradicts his new claim that Trump pressured him to stop the Flynn investigation in February. Comey now claims President Trump asked him to to shut down the federal investigation into former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a reported memo Mr. Comey says he wrote after the meeting. The New York Times claims this February memo is the “smoking gun,” but in fact it contradicts Comey’s sworn testimony on May 3. During the Senate testimony, Comey confirmed to Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) that in theory, the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice could stop a FBI investigation. The former FBI director added it would “be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something that – without an appropriate purpose.” “But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience.” Remember, he said this on May 3, months after the reported memo he claimed to have written after meeting with Trump.

Reuters Admits: “No Evidence of Collusion” Between Trump and Russia (Video)
Paul Joseph Watson - A Reuters report detailing how Trump campaign advisers were in contact with Russia during the last 7 months of the campaign admits that there was no evidence of collusion between the two parties to influence the election, dismantling the left’s entire Russian narrative. Although presented as another major scoop designed to damage Trump, the article, which is based on intelligence sources, completely vindicates him. “Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.” However, the true substance of the story is buried down in paragraph six. “The people who described the contacts to Reuters said they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far,” states the report. No collusion between Trump and Russia. Let that sink in. The article also highlights how the back channel communications were made with Russia in an attempt to “bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations.” In other words, Trump wanted peace with the world’s other nuclear superpower while forging ahead with a joint plan to destroy ISIS. How terrible of him.

Trump Under Siege: More than 60 Percent of NSC Employees Placed by Obama
Breitbart - Calls are growing for President Trump to “clean house” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, after a series of leaks aimed at embarrassing and undermining the president sprung from the White House this week. A White House source estimates more than 60 percent of employees at the National Security Council are not Trump administration appointees, but career officials who were appointed to the White House from other agencies under the Obama administration. The source said there are “whole departments” at the NSC with only one Trump appointee. […] a major problem for the Trump administration is that there is no budget to bring in new people at the NSC until September, when the new fiscal year starts, the White House source said. But compounding the problem is that there are also hundreds of political positions currently unfilled at departments that interface with the NSC, such as State and Defense.
* Related: Democrat Dennis Kucinich: “Deep State Is Trying to Take Down a President – It Is a Threat to Our Republic” (Video)

Joe Lieberman Emerges As "Frontrunner" For FBI Director Post
Zero Hedge - With Joe Lieberman emerging as a potential candidate for the FBI Director post only over the past 48 hours, Trump delivered another surprise today when he told reporters that he is "very close" to making his choice, with multiple officials telling NBC News and CNN that the former Democratic senator is now the current "frontrunner" for the job. The president later confirmed that Lieberman has emerged as his pick to replace Comey, telling reporters in the Oval Office, “he is.” Trump also told reporters he could pick a new FBI director as early as tomorrow…. According to NBC, on Wednesday, Trump met with Lieberman, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, and former top FBI official Richard McFeely.

BUSTED: Trump NatSec Adviser Dina Habib Powell Leaks to NY Times Democrat Operative Maggie Haberman
GotNews - Presidential Adviser Dina Habib Powell can’t stop betraying President Donald J. Trump by leaking to New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman, according to sources close to GotNews and patriot pundit Mike Cernovich. Dina Habib Powell is only the latest national security threat in the White House…. In February, we revealed Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh as a White House leaker to the Times’s Haberman, resulting in Walsh’s firing. On Tuesday, GotNews revealed Powell to be a leaker, and can now report Haberman received classified information from her.

Police Departments Stocking Up on Riot Gear in Preparation For Summer of Rage
Paul Joseph Watson - Purchases of riot gear by police departments are surging across the country as civil unrest grows, with fears that major American cities could see more violence this summer. According to an investigation by Muckrock which is based on Freedom of Information Act requests, numerous different police departments have spent six figure sums on things like “bean bag launchers, smoke grenades, pepper spray launchers, to plated body armor, helmets with protective visors and throat guards, and aluminum batons,” in the last five years, and the total outlay is increasing…. Rubber bullets, gas masks, tear gas and flash bang grenades are also in demand. […] the establishment’s effort to portray Trump as illegitimate by pushing the idea of impeachment will embolden violent demonstrators who have already caused mayhem on numerous occasions, including immediately after Trump won the election and on the day he was inaugurated. Explosive clashes between far-left agitators and Trump supporters could also intensify if Trump’s base feels that he is being sabotaged by deep state entities that are attempting to bring about a coup de’tat. Leftist demonstrators are also set to attend summer “resistance camps” generously funded by the DNC where they will learn tactics to prolong the “resistance” to Trump that began on November 9. It’s set to be a long, hot summer of simmering tensions and police departments across America are getting ready for all eventualities.

Mike Pence Creates ‘Great America’ Leadership PAC
Breitbart - Vice President Mike Pence has created a new leadership political action committee to help raise funds for Republicans in 2018 and 2020. This is the first time a sitting Vice President has formed this kind of leadership group, according to NBC News. The group will accept funds to help pay for Pence’s travel costs for various fundraisers for Republican House and Senate candidates. But it could also help Pence build a network of political donors if he decides to run for president himself one day. Presidential hopefuls use PACs to dole out funds to future congressmen in the hopes that they might return the favor with an endorsement or political support in the future.

Judge Says He May Have To Reject $142 Million Wells Fargo Fake Account Settlement
Consumerist - Judge Vince Chhabria issued an order last night asking lawyers for both parties to address a number of issues, like an apparent sudden jump in the possible number of bogus accounts. …total number of fraudulent accounts could be as high as 3.5 million — a huge increase over the 2.1 million figure that has been used since Wells reached its $185 million settlement deal with federal and state regulators in 2016. How did the estimated number of false accounts rise from 2.1 million in the opening brief to 3.5 million in the reply brief?” asks Chhabria, who also questioned both parties’ ability to provide an accurate headcount of the various types of fake accounts that were opened…. How can the Court be sure that all class members who suffered actual damages will be fully compensated for actual damages?” asks Chhabria, noting that customers whose credit scores were dinged by the fraudulent accounts are a particular concern. “What will the plaintiffs’ counsel request if one of the settlement pools runs out of money for compensatory damages?”

World News

U.S. Airstrikes Hit Syrian Military Vehicles for Violating ‘De-Confliction Zone’
Breitbart - American airstrikes targeted a group of Syrian militia vehicles after they ignored U.S. warnings and violated a “de-confliction zone” on Thursday. CNN reports that the strike occurred near a base American forces use to train allied Syrian opposition fighters. A convoy of twenty vehicles approached the town of An Tanf on Wednesday night, evidently searching for opposition fighters and raising concerns among the U.S. coalition. A total of thirteen vehicles penetrated the de-confliction zone, but the U.S. did not take action until five of them came with 29 kilometers of the base. When five Syrian military vehicles persisted in approaching the base, the U.S. conducted a “show of force” with two warplanes to persuade them to halt. When the Syrians insisted on proceeding into the area, the U.S. planes were cleared to fire. Although one of CNN’s sources said it remained unknown whether the American planes only fired warning shots, a second U.S. defense official said an airstrike “did hit the convoy after the vehicles continued toward the base.” According to ABC News, U.S. officials said several of the Syrian vehicles were destroyed in the strike. Voice of America News reports the decision to launch the airstrike was made by a commander on the ground, and does not reflect a broader change in U.S. policy.

US conducts drill aimed at destroying N. Korean weapons of mass destruction – media
RT - American soldiers stationed in South Korea have completed the ‘Warrior Strike 7’ exercise, which includes a ship-to-shore air assault from a South Korean warship, according to the US Army. The exercise took place at Camp Stanley in Euijeongbu, South Korea, and the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex near the border with North Korea, according to a Tuesday Facebook post by the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. The post also stated that the drill involved ship-to-shore air assault from the South Korean naval vessel Dokdo. According to Yonhap, US soldiers aboard a helicopter practiced an infiltration into a mock facility of the enemy, in order to strengthen their capability to destroy a mock WMD in a timely manner. South Korean servicemen also reportedly took part in the drill. The joint drills come amid increased tensions between the US and North Korea, with Pyongyang launching a medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday. North Korea said the launch confirmed the “tactical specifications and technical characteristics” of the rocket, which it claims is capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

US to sign major oil deals with Saudi Arabia during Trump visit
RT - Oil major Saudi Aramco is expected to sign contracts with a dozen US firms during President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Reuters reports, quoting sources familiar with the matter. According to the news agency, US companies Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, and Weatherford will help Saudi Arabia to develop local production. The Saudis will also sign deals with General Electric and drilling companies National Oilwell Varco, Nabors Industries and Rowan Companies and others, Reuters’ sources said.

Le Pen French election victory would have triggered 'emergency crisis plan' – report
RT - France was ready to deploy a secret crisis plan to "protect the republic" if far-right politician Marine Le Pen had won the election, a French magazine has reported, citing sources. The plan included flooding the streets with police to maintain order. Citing three senior sources close to the French government and state organizations, France's L'Obs magazine has revealed that a plan was devised because the country was fearing "extreme violence" and chaos if Le Pen won the election against Emmanuel Macron.

Economy & Business

California Governor Jerry Brown Slams Taxpayers As “Freeloaders” For Opposing Higher Taxes
Activist Post - Millions of Californians are outraged by a recent bill that would increase the state’s gas tax by 12 cents per gallon, and increase vehicle license fees by $50 per year. All told, the plan amounts to a $52 billion tax hike. The proposal has since been passed in the state’s legislature, despite the fact that a majority of Californians opposed the bill. The tax is so controversial that state senator Josh Newman, who helped it pass, may face a recall election in the near future. Amid this outrage, California Governor Jerry Brown defended the senator and the gas tax in a recent speech, during which he revealed how much disdain he has for middle class voters who are tired of being taxed to death…. “The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Brown said, adding that the approved tax and fee hikes bring those charges to the level they were 30 years ago if adjusted for inflation. “They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit.”

Science & Technology

Apple Is Lobbying Against Your Right to Repair iPhones, New York State Records Confirm
Motherboard - Lobbying records in New York state show that Apple, Verizon, and the tech industry's largest trade organizations are opposing a bill that would make it easier for consumers and independent companies to repair your electronics. The bill, called the "Fair Repair Act," would require electronics companies to sell replacement parts and tools to the general public, would prohibit "software locks" that restrict repairs, and in many cases would require companies to make repair guides available to the public. Apple and other tech giants have been suspected of opposing the legislation in many of the 11 states where similar bills have been introduced, but New York's robust lobbying disclosure laws have made information about which companies are hiring lobbyists and what bills they're spending money on public record. According to New York State's Joint Commission on Public Ethics, Apple, Verizon, Toyota, the printer company Lexmark, heavy machinery company Caterpillar, phone insurance company Asurion, and medical device company Medtronic have spent money lobbying against the Fair Repair Act this year. The Consumer Technology Association, which represents thousands of electronics manufacturers, is also lobbying against the bill.

Health

Australian parents who don’t vaccinate their children will be fined $14 per week by the authoritarian regime
(Natural News) If you live in Australia and want to exercise your right not to vaccinate your kids, you’d better be prepared to pay for that privilege. The new federal budget will see parents who don’t vaccinate losing AUD$14 per week, which equates to around USD$10.49 at today’s rate, from their family tax benefit payments. The measure will be set in motion starting July 2018, and it is expected to raise millions of dollars while punishing those who don’t want to vaccinate their kids. Health Minister Greg Hunt and Social Services Minister Christian Porter have said that taking this approach rather than withholding a supplement at the end of the year would be a good way to constantly remind parents that they need to vaccinate their kids. It will also apply to families who do not get their four-year-olds a health check, which presumably is yet another way to try to push vaccines on kids.

Diabetes Drug Invokana Must Warn Patients About Increased Risk Of Foot, Leg Amputation
Consumerist - People with diabetes are already at risk of having lower limbs amputated because of circulatory and nerve damage that the disease does over time. However, in two clinical trials of the drug canagliflozin, marketed as Invokana, Invokamet, and Invokamet XR, patients taking the drug were twice as likely to need amputations. Most of the amputations were of toes or the middle of the foot, but some patients needed their entire foot or leg removed, sometimes even above the knee. The two studies lasted a year. In one, which had 4,330 patients enrolled, 5.9 out of 1,000 patients treated with the drug needed amputations, compared to 2.8 out of 1,000 patients receiving a placebo. In the other, which enrolled 5,814 patients, 7.5 out of 1,000 patients receiving canagliflozin had a foot or leg amputation that year, compared to 4.2 out of 1,000 of the patients receiving a placebo…. Discovering serious risks from taking a drug after it’s been on the market isn’t unusual: A recent study shows that one-third of medications have new risks discovered after they’ve already been on the market.

Psychiatric Association Wants FDA to Expand Electroshock Used on Children and Elderly
Health Impact News - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the electroshock therapy (ECT) device to remain on the market without requiring clinical studies proving safety and efficacy, and is considering the American Psychiatric Association’s written proposal to expand ECT’s use on the general public, including on children. According to the FDA’s mission statement, the FDA “is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety” and “efficacy” of medical products, including “medical devices” (the ECT device included). Due to the documented risks attributed to ECT, we are calling on the FDA to prohibit its use…. Psychiatrists claim that modern ECT is nowhere near as barbaric as the electroshock treatment depicted in the Academy-Award-winning film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. But the voltage and electrical current of modern ECT is higher than it was during the era of electroshock portrayed in the film, when patients used to break bones due to the violent convulsions produced by the “treatment.” The reason patients no longer break bones isn’t because there is less electrical current (modern ECT uses a stronger current), but because muscle relaxants are first administered, making ECT appear less brutal. The muscle relaxant itself can be highly dangerous, with the most commonly used ECT muscle relaxant documented to cause cardiac arrest, prolonged respiratory muscle paralysis and potentially life-threatening and/or fatal allergic reactions. [Read More]

Pet News

Sacramento Law Bans the Sale of Non-Rescue Cats & Dogs From Pet Stores
The Catington Post - In an effort to put an end to inhumane “puppy mill” breeding operations, Sacramento lawmakers passed an ordinance that permanently bans the sale of non-rescue dogs, cats, and rabbits by pet stores in the city. Under the new law, individuals can still buy animals from licensed breeders, but retails shops cannot sell them – they are only permitted to adopt out animals that come from shelters, Humane Societies and registered rescue groups. Sacramento is joining more than 200 other cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Austin by passing the new legislation which was designed to target puppy mills and backyard breeders, and also to cut down on the vast number of animals that are euthanized in area shelters every year. You can see a full list of cities with active bans right here. All but one retail pet store under jurisdiction of the new law already currently source animals from local rescue organizations. “In many cities, animals are brought in from other states, from ‘puppy mills,’ where they live a horrific life — especially the breeder mothers, in cages their entire lives,” Front Street Animal Shelter Director Gina Knepp said.
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Thursday - May 18, 2017

On This Day In History


1792 - Russian troops invaded Poland.
1798 - The first Secretary of the U.S. Navy was appointed. He was Benjamin Stoddert.
1802 - Great Britain declared war on Napoleon's France.
1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed emperor by the French Senate.
1917 - The U.S. Congress passed the Selective Service act, which called up soldiers to fight in World War I.
1931 - Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashed his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean nonstop. He was picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.
1934 - The U.S. Congress approved an act, known as the "Lindberg Act," that called for the death penalty in interstate kidnapping cases.
1942 - New York ended night baseball games for the duration of World War II.
1951 - The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.
1974 - India became the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.
1980 - Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington state. 57 people were killed and 3 billion in damage was done.
1983 - The U.S. Senate revised immigration laws and gave millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program.
1994 - Israel's 3 decades of occupation in the Gaza Strip ended as Israeli troops completed their withdrawal and Palestinian authorities took over.
1998 - The U.S. federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., saying the computer software company had a "choke hold" on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market.
1998 - U.S. federal officials arrested more than 130 people and seized $35 million. This was the end to an investigation of money laundering being done by a dozen Mexican banks and two drug-smuggling cartels.
2012 - Facebook Inc. held its initial public offering and began trading on the NASDAQ. The company was valued at $104 billion making it the largest valuation to date for a newly listed public company

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Putin Ready To Give Congress Transcript Of Trump-Lavrov Conversation To Prove No Secrets Were Revealed
Zero Hedge - As the quest to unearth just what Trump told Russian foreign minister Lavrov continued, an unexpected development emerged on Wednesday morning, when none other than Russian president Vladimir Putin said that Trump did not share any classified information or state secrets to foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, and to prove it he was ready to hand over a transcript of the talks between Putin and Lavrov to Congress if the White House requests it…. As for the reason behind Putin's generous offer: the Russian president said that the latest reports about Trump revealing security secrets to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have become "political schizophrenia", and Russia is willing to help resolve these, adding Russia highly appreciates results of Trump-Lavrov talks. "We are seeing in the US a developing political schizophrenia," Putin said quoted by RT. "There is no other way I can explain the accusations against the acting US president that he gave away some secrets to Lavrov" and added that "it's hard to imagine what else can these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next," said Putin. "What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don't understand the damage they're doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt." "Anyway, this is a US matter, and we don't want and don't plan to interfere," the Russian president said.

Chaffetz invites Comey to testify next Wednesday
Politico - House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is inviting former FBI director James Comey to testify next Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Chaffetz (R-Utah) told POLITICO he has officially scheduled the hearing and is in the process of trying to connect with Comey. The hearing will be the day the FBI is due to send documents to the oversight panel. Comey hasn't officially accepted the invite, "but wants to testify publicly as soon as he can," one person who has spoken to Comey said. "They are trying to connect," this person said.

DOJ Appoints Special Counsel for Russia Probe, Former FBI Director Mueller
The GatewayPundit - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate the allegations of Russian interference in the presidential election and rumors of collusion with the Trump campaign. Mueller was appointed FBI Director by President George W. Bush in 2001 and served an extra two years past his ten year term at the request of President Barack Obama and with the approval of Congress. Mueller served from September 4, 2001 to September 4, 2013 according to Wikipedia. Mueller is good friends with his successor, now-fired FBI Director James Comey, according to a profile by Washingtonian published in 2013 with the headline, Forged Under Fire—Bob Mueller and Jim Comey’s Unusual Friendship.

If Comey Memo Is Real and He Held It and Did Not Turn It Over - He May Be Prosecuted
Gateway Pundit - FOX News legal expert Gregg Jarrett argued Tuesday that if James Comey obstructed justice and held onto a memo of the president asking him to end an investigation then Comey could be prosecuted. FOX News reported: Three months ago, the then-FBI Director met with President Trump. Following their private conversation, Comey did what he always does –he wrote a memorandum to himself memorializing the conversation. Good lawyers do that routinely. Now, only after Comey was fired, the memo magically surfaces in an inflammatory New York Times report which alleges that Mr. Trump asked Comey to end the Michael Flynn investigation. Those who don’t know the first thing about the law immediately began hurling words like “obstruction of justice”, “high crimes and misdemeanors” and “impeachment“. Typically, these people don’t know what they don’t know. Here is what we do know. Under the law, Comey is required to immediately inform the Department of Justice of any attempt to obstruct justice by any person, even the President of the United States. Failure to do so would result in criminal charges against Comey. (18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361) He would also, upon sufficient proof, lose his license to practice law. So, if Comey believed Trump attempted to obstruct justice, did he comply with the law by reporting it to the DOJ? If not, it calls into question whether the events occurred as the Times reported it.

CNN’s Bash Admits Comey Memo is “Deep State” Revenge Against Trump
Paul Joseph Watson - In yet another anonymously sourced news story, the New York Times reported yesterday that they were told about a memo (without having seen it) where Trump told former FBI Director James Comey, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go, he is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” The anti-Trump media immediately ran with hysterical headlines accusing Trump of obstructing justice, with several news anchors and columnists calling for his impeachment. Amidst all the frenzy however, CNN’s Dana Bash let slip the truth – that the memo is just the latest volley in the Hillary-aligned deep state’s revenge campaign against President Trump…. Former CIA analyst and retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer echoed Bash’s sentiments during an appearance on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs. “This is truly deep state,” said Shaffer. “This is something being done by those in the deep state to upset everything that’s going on and try to undermine the president in every breath.”

Trump Administration Taps Sheriff David Clarke for DHS Role
Washington Free Beacon - The Trump administration tapped Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to serve as assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for partnership and engagement. Clarke, a tough-talking, conservative firebrand recognized by his penchant for cowboy hats, announced the appointment during an interview with a local Wisconsin radio station Wednesday afternoon. "I'm both honored and humbled to be a appointed to this position by [DHS Sec. John Kelly], working for the Trump administration in this position," Clarke told WISN Milwaukee. Clarke will begin in the position in June. The position does not require Senate confirmation. Clarke, a Trump loyalist who served as a surrogate during the campaign, was one of three black speakers who endorsed President Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention. He is a vocal proponent of gun rights with close ties to the National Rifle Association…. Clarke's brazenness and tendency to fire-off provocative, off-hand comments have contributed to his rise as one of Wisconsin's most controversial political figures. The law-and-order sheriff has frequently told Black Lives Matters protesters to "stop trying to fix the police, fix the ghetto" and referred to Ferguson demonstrators as "vultures on a roadside carcass."

You Won't Believe Why Washington State Isn't Allowed to Prepare for Nuclear War
Joshua Krause - With all the hype surrounding North Korea’s missile tests, many states are reexamining their nuclear preparedness plans, except in Washington, where apparently it’s illegal for state authorities to even make those plan. According to King5 news out of Seattle:… “State law does not allow any advanced planning,” said Karina Shagren with the Washington State Emergency Management Division. RCW 38.52.030, passed in 1983, says “The comprehensive, all-hazard emergency plan authorized under this subsection may not include preparation for emergency evacuation or relocation of residents in anticipation of nuclear attack.”…. The author of the state law preventing a nuclear attack plan, former Democratic state lawmaker Dick Nelson, says at the time, Washington state was inundated with nuclear threats, and the idea was to create an example of peace. “It was about finding a middle ground we could all agree on,” he said. Nelson also felt that if Seattle were to be attacked, the chances of survival would be so low that a preparation plan would have been moot anyway. Today, Nelson still says he has no regrets. So in other words, the state decided that refusing to prepare for a nuclear war would send the message that nuclear war is bad and peace is good…or something.

Can Concealed Carry Be Banned? Supreme Court May Decide
Off the Grid News - The U.S. Supreme Court may decide in its next term if citizens have a constitutional right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home. Earlier this month, the court “relisted” the case, Peruta v. California, meaning the justices are still considering it. “I suspect they’re going to grant it,” John Eastman, director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and the former law dean at Chapman University, told Fox News. The lawsuit was filed by a California man, Edward Peruta, who challenged San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore’s denial of concealed carry permits to applicants who did not show “good cause.” Gore does not consider self-defense to be good cause for a concealed carry permit.

Autistic 7-Year-Old Cuffed at School, Held for 6 Days in Mental Facility
Daily Sheeple - A 7-year-old special needs student was handcuffed for misbehaving at school on May 9 and held in a mental health facility for six days without the consent of his parents, a Texas Fox affiliate reports. District officials claim the boy was restrained for his own safety, but his arrest was captured on camera and the photos don’t appear to show what the officials claim. Contrary to what one would expect to see in a picture of an out-of-control 7-year-old, the boy appears to be standing calmly beside two uniformed officers. Finally released on Monday, the boy’s family is outraged and looking for answers. The family and their attorney said the school violated district protocol by failing to seek consent before detaining their son in a facility for nearly a week. It is unclear why he was held for so long, but the family’s attorney said they were informed that the boy was released once it was determined that he no longer posed a danger to himself or others…. The child is finally back in the custody of his family, but they have requested a detailed account of what occurred on May 9, and they have questions about whether the school’s staff members are adequately trained to handle children with autism or other special needs.

World News

S Korea to Convince US to Turn THAAD Radars Away From Chinese Territory
Sputnik News - The special envoy of the newly elected South Korean president, during his upcoming visit to China will try once again to convince the Chinese leadership of the need to deploy the US THAAD missile defense complex on South Korean soil and will propose a plan to reduce China's concerns. The plan is to turn away the radars from China and direct them only toward North Korea instead…. According to Yonhap news agency, it was the US who noticed the launch of the North Korean Hwasong-12 missile and the South Korean military learned about it after receiving a phone call from its American counterpart. However, the fact that the data was actually received from the THAAD radar became known later on after receiving clarification from the South Korean side. No other details were provided by the US military.

Victims of Communism Memorial Group Tells Networks to Stop Whitewashing Crimes of Socialist Venezuela
Washington Free Beacon - Media attention on Venezuela has been sparse, as the country is on the brink, with a food shortage, an inflation rate as high as 800 percent, and violent crackdowns and the detention of thousands of protesters who oppose President Nicolas Maduro. Four more people were killed yesterday, adding to the more than 40 dead and 750 injured since protests began in March. Marion Smith, the executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, sent letters to the heads of CBS, NBC, and ABC on Tuesday asking the networks to adequately cover the violence and failures of the socialist country, which he says is closer than ever to becoming a communist regime…. The major networks' nightly newscasts have made only brief mention of Venezuela this year. ABC World News Tonight with David Muir has mentioned Venezuela in two segments.… World News Tonight also mentioned the food crisis in schools on Feb. 14…. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt did one segment this year on April 20…. CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley also has only mentioned Venezuela once this year, on May 4.

Hackers Offer 'Data Dump of the Month' With Nuclear Secrets, Attack Tools
Sputnik News - On Wednesday the Shadow Brokers announced that in June they would begin charging "monthly dues" for new hacking tools that are potentially more dangerous than those used in the ransomware attack that affected computers in 150 countries. "TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" will offer members top secret "compromised network data" from the ballistic missile and nuclear programs of Iran, North Korea, Russia and China, along with hacking implements for routers, operating systems like Windows 10 and web browsers…. Though it isn’t clear how the hackers acquired the NSA tools, the Washington Post reported that former agency officials say the exploits are "identical" to data seized from former NSA contractor Harold T. Martin III, who was arrested last August for possessing 50 terabytes of confidential information from US intelligence agencies. In a Tuesday blog post the hackers said that if some entity purchased "all lost data before it is being sold to the peoples," they would "go dark permanently," as they would no longer have incentive to operate…. Jerusalem Online quoted Roni Bachar of the US-based Cybersecurity firm Avnet saying, "… But I believe that the security companies, Microsoft and the others, will purchase the tools in order to research them and develop suitable protection."

UK gave Google's DeepMind access to patient data without legal basis
Ars Technica - Google's DeepMind AI wing was given access to the personal medical records of 1.6 million NHS patients on an "inappropriate legal basis," the UK's top data protection adviser to the health service has said. The London-based Royal Free Hospital (RFH) inked a controversial deal with Google last year, allowing its Streams AI app to be tested on the medical records of sufferers of acute kidney damage. It apparently helps clinicians to quickly administer potentially life-saving treatment. However, [National Data Guardian Dame Fiona] Caldicott challenged the hospital's claim that the transfer of 1.6 million identifiable patient records to DeepMind had been processed as "implied consent for direct care."…. Caldicott had written to the RFH in December explaining that she was advising the Information Commissioner's Office on the common law duty of confidentiality around the sharing of identifiable medical records where consent is implied for the purpose of direct care.

Veteran News

Brain Injury or Mental Health Behind Most Military Misconduct Discharges – Govt Watchdog
Daily Sheeple - More than six in 10 service members who were discharged for misconduct had a brain injury or mental health condition, and many of them are potentially ineligible to receive health benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a new report has found. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent government watchdog agency, reported that 57,141 of the 91,764 service members who were separated or discharged for misconduct from fiscal years 2011 through 2015 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a traumatic brain injury (TBI), or another mental health condition at least two years before their separation.

Economy & Business

The Comey Effect: Dow Drops 370 Points
Breitbart - Stocks closed sharply down on Wednesday as political chaos in Washington, D.C. dominated headlines. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 373 points, or 1.78 percent. The S&P 500 fell 43.6 points, a decline of 1.82 percent. The Nasdaq Composite index fell 2.57 percent. It was the worst day for U.S. stocks since September of 2016. The financial sector led the way down, suffering its worst day since last June. Big banks were some of the worst performing stocks of the day. Stocks have rallied this year on hopes of tax cuts and regulatory reform. Many investors now worry that the Trump administration’s latest political troubles could delay or prevent the implementation of its agenda. Wednesday’s declines reversed all the gains the market had made in May.

What This City Did With An Abandoned Walmart Is Absolutely Brilliant. You’ll Love It
REALfarmacy - Officials in McAllen, Texas, were faced with this problem when their local Walmart shut down. Instead of letting the giant store sit vacant, they did something amazing. They transformed it into the largest single-floor public library in America…. The library now boasts 16 public meeting spaces, 14 public study rooms, 64 computer labs, 10 children’s computer labs, and 2 genealogy computer labs. Of course there is also a cafe, a used book store, an auditorium, and self check-out stations. This next part makes it perfect… What’s more is that they host an incredible Farmers’ Market. Where you can get everything you need. They even set up shop indoors in the winter. And Nino’s RioPizza Gulino dishes out fresh handmade pizza made with ingredients from the market! Even the grounds look amazing. This has to be the coolest public library ever.

Science & Technology

The WannaCry Ransomware Hackers Made Some Major Mistakes
WIRED - Despite the giant footprint of the attack, which leveraged a leaked NSA-created Windows hacking technique to infect more than 200,000 systems across 150 countries, malware analysts say poor choices on the part of WannaCry’s creators have limited both its scope and profit. Those errors include building in a web-based “kill-switch” that cut short its spread, unsavvy handling of bitcoin payments that makes it far easier to track the hacker group’s profits, and even a shoddy ransom function in the malware itself. Some analysts say the system makes it impossible for the criminals to know who’s paid the ransom and who hasn’t. An attack of this magnitude involving so many missteps raises plenty of questions while delivering a sobering reminder: If actual cybercriminal professionals improved on the group’s methods, the results could be even graver…. “From a ransom perspective, it’s a catastrophic failure,” says Craig Williams, a cybersecurity researcher with Cisco’s Talos team. “High damage, very high publicity, very high law-enforcement visibility, and it has probably the lowest profit margin we’ve seen from any moderate or even small ransomware campaign.”

11-Year-Old Activist Warns About The Internet Of Things By Weaponizing A Teddy Bear
Activist Post - 11-year-old Reuben Paul took the stage at the World Forum cyber security conference in The Hague. “From airplanes to automobiles, from smart phones to smart homes, anything or any toy can be part of the” Internet of Things (IOT),” he said, a small figure pacing the huge stage at the World Forum in The Hague. “From terminators to teddy bears, anything or any toy can be weaponised.” “IOT home appliances, things that can be used in our everyday lives, our cars, lights refrigerators, everything like this that is connected can be used and weaponised to spy on us or harm us.” Reuben demonstrated this fact by first obtaining the numbers of audience members via their Bluetooth connection, then taking one of the numbers to hack into his toy teddy bear. The bear now became a surveillance and recording device…. Fortunately, it doesn’t appear that young Reuben is on his way to work for the dark side. Instead he is shouting from the rooftop that we are entering a very dangerous new world where the things around us become “timebombs” as he calls them.

7-11 Korea Goes Full Big Brother With Smart Stores That Allow You To Pay With Body Part Linked To A Card
Government Slaves - In conjunction with Lotte Card and Lotte Data Communication, 7-Eleven has launched its first smart convenience store equipped with a BioPay system at Lotte World Tower on Tuesday. BioPay is a payment method that allows consumers to make transactions by identifying themselves with a part of their body linked to a preassigned credit card. It is the first such store to be opened by 7-Eleven in the world, the company said. The HandPay system, in which individuals are recognized by their veins, was chosen over other types of BioPay — such as iris or fingerprint recognition — to maximize convenience, added the company.

Health

Health food stores raided for CBDs, police ridiculously claim they’re narcotics
(Natural News) It seems that cops are now cracking down on the sale of CBD oil, even if it’s made from hemp. Two health food stores in Bismarck, North Dakota were subjected to police raids this past week — for selling CBD oil. Officers from the police force’s Narcotics division “visited” the Bisman Food Co-op and Terry’s Health Products on May 11, both of which sell the hemp-based product. According to a spokesperson from Terry’s, they demanded that the owners remove the CBD oil products from their stores’ shelves, but did not confiscate the items — and in fact, the narcotics officers actually purchased some of the oil for testing. The shop owners were reportedly told to stop selling CBD products until the police were able to wrap up their investigation. As it turns out, officials in North Dakota declared that CBD would become a Schedule I drug under the state’s own laws in December. Though the spokesperson from Terry’s Health Products says that they were unaware of the change, they and the owners of Bisman Food Co-op will face stiff penalties if their products test positive for either cannabinoid. They could be charged with Distributing a Schedule I drug, which is a Class B felony and carries up to 20 years in prison.

7 Benefits of Eating Hemp Seeds You Won’t Believe
Dr. Axe - Hemp seed oil, or hemp oil, is made by pressing hemp seeds. Unlike cannabis oil, which, where it’s legal, is often used to treat pain and other health conditions, hemp seed oil contains only trace amounts of THC and is used for many commercially manufactured products…. 1. Rich in GLA - Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA) is a necessary building block for some prostaglandins — hormone-like chemicals in the body that help smooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature, and are vital to other body functions…. 2. Arthritis and Joint Pain - Research has shown that hemp seeds and hemp seed oil can be helpful in relieving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms…. For treatment, take one tablespoon of hemp seed oil daily along with a quality fish oil. 3. Weight Loss - Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant and can help you feel full longer and reduce sugar cravings. Some experts recommend that adding four tablespoons of the seeds to your breakfast will help curb excess hunger the entire day…. 4. Digestive Health - High in insoluble and soluble fiber, hemp seeds provide more than enough bulk to keep your gastrointestinal system regular…. 5. Hair, Skin and Nails - The oil in hemp seeds penetrates the inner layers of the skin and promotes healthy cell growth… 6. Cancer - The British Journal of Cancer reports that the THC in hemp seeds can stop and possibly reverse glioblastoma multiforme (a deadly form of brain cancer). The journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment confirmed the THC in hemp seeds improved advanced stage breast cancer. Researchers from the University of Rostock, Germany, discovered similar evidence that cannabinoids derived from hemp seeds can inhibit cancer growth and metastasis, particularly in lung cancer.

Alzheimer’s Patient Reverses Symptoms by Applying Coconut Oil On A Daily Basis
Natural News Blogs - On February 14, 2016, Carolyn made the hardest and probably the most important decision for her mother and removed her from the toxic nursing home environment and took her home to care for her. While in the care of the nursing home, Carolyn’s mother was diagnosed with stage 6 Alzheimer’s. Stage 6 is also known as the “severe decline” stage…. Carolyn had read about and was familiar with the benefits of coconut oil. Immediately after her mother’s liberation from the nursing home, Carolyn started liberally applying coconut oil. She would do this twice a day, after bathing in the morning and again at night before bedtime. Within 5 days she started noticing an immediate and drastic improvement in her mother’s condition. Her mother started remembering people and names she hadn’t in years. She was able to communicate again…. These results may have been shocking, but they are no surprise given the results of a recent Spanish clinical trial…. The study concluded that there was a statistically significant increase in test scores demonstrating improved cognitive status in the control group that received the coconut oil. The study clearly demonstrated the potentially powerful positive effects of coconut oil on patients struggling with Alzheimer’s.
* Related: Coconut Oil Improves Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms

Pet News

Protect Your Pet From The Dangerous Amphibians
Dogington Post - …Not native to Florida, Bufo toads were originally brought to the area to control insect population in sugarcane fields, but have quickly become a nuisance and a danger to pets. The grayish-brown Bufo marinus toads secrete a toxin that is highly poisonous to dogs, cats and other animals. They are most active in the evening and after rain. Small dogs and cats are most at risk, but larger dogs that encounter these toads can suffer severe medical problems. Symptoms typically begin with mouth pain – foaming around the dogs lips, swollen gums, or redness are usually evident. Other symptoms include stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy. More seriously, dogs can begin to exhibit neurological and cardiovascular distress including seizures and irregular heartbeat, and death… To best protect your pet from the dangerous amphibians, feed your dog indoors, don’t leave bowls of water sitting outside, keep grass mowed and clear of hiding spots, and always monitor your dog outside, especially if you’re in an area where Bufo Toads are known to live.
 


Wednesday - May 17, 2017

On This Day In History


1756 - Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War.
1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.
1814 - Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden. Norway's constitution, which provided a limited monarchy, was signed.
1875 - The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY.
1940 - Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium and began the invasion of France.
1946 - U.S. President Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
1954 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling declared that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal.
1973 - The U.S. Senate Watergate Committee began its hearings.
1987 - An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors. Iraq and the U.S. called the attack a mistake.
1996 - President Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. Megan's Law was named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed in 1994.
2000 - Thomas E. Blanton Jr. and David Luker surrendered to police in Birmingham, AL. The two former Ku Klux Klan members were arrested on charges from the bombing of a church in 1963 that killed four young black girls.
2006 - The U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany was sunk about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach. It was the first vessel sunk under a Navy program to dispose of old warships by turning them into diving attractions. It was the largest man-made reef at the time of the sinking.
2007 - Trains crossed the border dividing North and South Korea for the first time since 1953.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich Shared 44,053 Democrat Emails With WikiLeaks
Zero Hedge - According to Fox News, though admittedly via yet another anonymous FBI source, [Seth] Rich made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, an American investigative reporter and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time. According to Fox News sources, federal law enforcement investigators found 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments sent between DNC leaders from January 2015 to May 2016 that Rich shared with WikiLeaks before he was gunned down on July 10, 2016. … Then, on July 22, just 12 days after Rich was killed, WikiLeaks published internal DNC emails that appeared to show top party officials conspiring to stop Bernie Sanders from becoming the party’s presidential nominee. As we've noted before, the DNC's efforts to block Sanders resulted in Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning as DNC chairperson. These new revelations seem to be consistent with the findings of Rod Wheeler, a former DC homicide detective and Fox News contributor, whose private investigation firm was hired by Rich’s family to probe the case…. As you'll recall, Rich's death […] was reportedly shot from behind in the wee hours of the morning but was not robbed of the nearly $2,000 worth of cash and jewelry on his body at the time. … Shortly thereafter, Julian Assange implied that Seth Rich was, in fact, a source for WikiLeaks and offered a $130,000 reward for information leading to his killer….
* Related: Wikileaks: Seth Rich's new "family spokesman" is a professional Democrat crisis PR consultant with the Pastorum Group.
* Related: Video: DC Police Ordered To Stand Down On Seth Rich Murder
* Related: Video: Bodies Have Been Stacking Up: The Video Hillary Clinton Does Not Want You To See…

Globalist Mag Claims American Revolution “Was a Mistake”
Kit Daniels - The New Yorker, a globalist-oriented magazine that advocates the overthrow of President Trump, suggests the American Revolution “was a mistake.” An article by long-time staff writer Adam Gopnik says America might have been better off as a “social-democratic commonwealth” much like Canada, which is still technically a constitutional monarchy under Queen Elizabeth II. “And what if [the American Revolution] was a mistake from the start?” He asks. “The Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, the creation of the United States of America—what if all this was a terrible idea, and what if the injustices and madness of American life since then have occurred not in spite of the virtues of the Founding Fathers but because of them?” “The Revolution, this argument might run, was a needless and brutal bit of slaveholders’ panic mixed with Enlightenment argle-bargle, producing a country that was always marked for violence and disruption and demagogy.” In other words, Gopnik suggests we ignore all the good aspects of American history, including individual drive and innovation, to instead focus entirely on the bad because “muh globalism.”

One Day, Three Serious News Stories That Turn Out To Be False
Blacklisted News - Three stories are making the rounds through the media that are each based on false or widely exaggerated interpretation of claims. North Korea, Syria and the U.S. President are the targets. 2. Back in February Amnesty International (which promotes NATO interventions) issued a sensational report about alleged killings in Syrian prisons. As we wrote at that time: A new Amnesty International report claims that the Syrian government hanged between 5,000 and 13,000 prisoners in a military prison in Syria. The evidence for that claim is flimsy, based on hearsay of anonymous people outside of Syria. The numbers themselves are extrapolations that no scientist or court would ever accept. It is tabloid reporting and fiction style writing from its title "Human Slaughterhouse" down to the last paragraph…. The U.S. State Department now reused that fake report and adds wrongly interpreted satellite pics to further slander the Syrian government: In its latest accusations of Syrian abuses, the State Department said it believed about 50 detainees each day are being hanged at Saydnaya military prison, about 45 minutes north of Damascus…. 3. The deep state is out to get U.S. President Trump impeached. Yesterday a new, well prepared and coordinated campaign against Trump was launched. Anonymous claims to the Washington Post were "confirmed" by similar claims from (likely) the same sources to Buzzfeed. The claims may have some grounds in reality but the actual facts, even as described in shrill words, are harmless. WaPo: Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador…
* Related: McMaster Responds To Wapo: “I Was In The Room, It Didn’t Happen. The Story Is False”

Height Securities Begins Contemplating "Impeachment": Here's What To Look For
Zero Hedge - Height writes that ending Trump’s viability as president "depends on Republicans turning against him", as impeachment proceedings can only begin with the majority party. What the firm will be closely watching to see if the Trump drama enters a potentially terminal phase: the main catalyst is Sen. John McCain…. Sen. John McCain said that allegations Trump shared highly classified information with top Russian officials are "deeply disturbing," and added that "regrettably, the time President Trump spent sharing sensitive information with the Russians was time he did not spend focusing on Russia’s aggressive behavior, including its interference in American and European elections, its illegal invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, its other destabilizing activities across Europe, and the slaughter of innocent civilians and targeting of hospitals in Syria," he said. He was not alone, joining other Republicans who voiced similar criticism about Trump's actions in the Oval Office…. Senator Bob Corker was even more blunt, saying the White House is "in a downward spiral right now and have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that's happening…. It was the harsh Republican response that prompted Height Securities’ Peter Cohn to write a note to clients on Tuesday that Trump's recent conduct "raises questions for investors about whether senior Republicans will abandon ship."

A Random Walk Down Baltimore's Triangle Of Death (Map, Video)
Zero Hedge - As of Tuesday, 129 citizens in Baltimore City, Maryland have been murdered, including nine in the recent week. Baltimore City’s homicide rate is now ranked number one in the United States surpassing cities, such as New Orleans, St. Louis, and Detroit. The city has deteriorated so quickly this year that the Mayor of Baltimore has called on Federal Government agencies to restore order. According to WaPo, Baltimore’s homicide rate “is more than triple Washington’s rate and higher than the homicide rates in New Orleans and Chicago, two places that have become national symbols of gun violence”. Michael Snyder from ‘The Economic Collapse’ blog has summed up Baltimore in his latest article titled “Baltimore Has Become A Rotting, Decaying War Zone As A Raging Opioid Epidemic Eats Away At The City Like Cancer”. Referred to as the ‘Triangle of Death’, West Baltimore City is a stark reminder if America doesn’t get her industry back, this is coming to a town near you.

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Revive North Carolina Voter-ID Law
Bloomberg - The U.S. Supreme Court dealt an unexpected setback to the voter-identification movement, refusing to reinstate North Carolina ballot restrictions that a lower court said target blacks “with almost surgical precision.” Turning away the appeal pressed by state Republican leaders, the justices left intact a ruling that said the provisions were racially discriminatory in violation of federal voting-rights law. In addition to requiring people to show a photo ID, the North Carolina law reduced the number of early voting days and eliminated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.

Cockpit access codes for United Airlines spill online
Ars Technica - If a 69-year-old United passenger being manhandled wasn't bad enough for United, there's word that the carrier's security codes enabling access to the cockpit spilled online over the weekend. It wasn't some nefarious hackers that disclosed the codes. Instead, an airline attendant inadvertently exposed the access codes to the cockpits that were secured in the wake of 9/11…. The Air Line Pilots Association said the problem has been fixed. CBS said the codes needed to be manually programmed for each plane in United's fleet, which has some 4,400 departures daily across the globe. All the while, pilots were being told to continue with the practice of visually determining who somebody is before allowing them into the cockpit. Pilots can also override efforts by people trying to enter the cockpit, even if the correct code was entered on a keypad affixed on the outside of the cockpit door…. United e-mailed employees, saying that "the risk of a breach of the flight deck door is strongly mitigated by carefully following the flight deck security procedures." The Chicago-based airline also instructed employees that access code information "is sensitive security information and sharing this with anyone not authorized or who does not have a need to know is strictly prohibited."

World News

Russia Reacts To Trumpleaks: "We Want Nothing To Do With This Nonsense"
Zero Hedge - With both the White House and Trump himself denying that they had done anything wrong in response to the WaPo story that Trump improperly shared confidential information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, next it was Russia's turn. And sure enough, on Tuesday morning, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "we don’t want anything to do with this nonsense,” in response to reporter questions prompted by the WaPo articles. "It’s complete nonsense" He did however cryptically note that "Russia doesn’t forget about the principle of reciprocity in relation to sanctions against its companies by Ukraine and “unfriendly” actions that “violate rights of people in Ukraine." Separately, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova interjected her traditionally cynical retort on Tuesday when she advised that people don't read American newspapers, in response to U.S. media reports that Trump had disclosed classified intel. Zakharova said she had received dozens of messages asking about the reports, which have been denied by the White House. "Are you guys American newspaper reading again? Don't need to read them. They can be used in different ways, but there is no need to read lately it is not only unhealthy, but dangerous." she said on Facebook.

Israel Minister: "The Time Has Come To Assassinate Bashar Assad"
Zero Hedge - Israel's Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant called for the assassination of Syrian President Bashar Assad following yesterday's US State Department report that the Syrian regime was using a prison crematorium to hide mass killings outside Damascus, the Jerusalem Post reported. Speaking at a conference outside Jerusalem, Galant, a retired Israeli Defence Forces general, said that in light of recent allegations that Assad’s regime carried out mass executions and burned the bodies of the victims, he had to be killed…. Galant also likened the assassination of Assad to cutting off the “tail of the snake.” After that, he said, “we can focus on the head, which is in Tehran.” In a conversation with The Times of Israel after his speech, Galant stood by his comments and acknowledged that targeted political assassinations are considered illegal under international law, but clarified that he “wasn’t speaking about practicalities.” However, he added, “Anyone who murders people and burns their corpses does not have a place in this world.” As reported on Monday, the United States State Department accused the Assad regime of carrying out mass killings of thousands of prisoners and burning the bodies in a large crematorium outside the capital.

US Nears Record $100 Billion Arms Deal For Saudi Arabia
Zero Hedge - Earlier this month, US officials said the US was seeking to reach “billions” of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia as part of Trump’s visit to Riyadh. With a week left before the visit, officials now say the White House is very close to the deal, and that it will amount to over $100 billion in sales. Details are still emerging, but the plan is for this to set out a series of growing deals over the next decade that will involve more than $300 billion going to arms dealers, not just to arm the Saudis, but in extra aid to Israel to ensure their “qualitative military edge” over the Saudis. White House officials said the move would be good for the economy, and insisted that building Saudi Arabia’s already substantial military was “essential” because of regional problems. Saudi Arabia, of course, spends much of its military budget invading Yemen and trying to reinstall former President Hadi in power. Given Saudi Arabia’s Yemen-centric foreign policy, US sales are likely to be heavily on warplanes and bombs to drop on northern Yemen, as the conflict has lasted far longer than the Saudis anticipated, and there is little sign they are interested in extricating themselves from the conflict anytime soon.

Hackers Unleash Second NSA-Developed Cyber-Weapon On Dark Web
Zero Hedge - While a second variant of the WannaCry(pt) ransomware (based on NSA's EternalBlue exploit) was spreading across the globe yesterday, The FT reports criminal hacking groups have repurposed a second classified cyber weapon stolen from US spies and have made it available on the so-called dark web. On Monday, the WannaCry attack, which hit 370,000 computers across 150 countries, appeared to slow. Europol, the European police agency, said the spread of the virus had stalled in Europe. But while infection rates have slowed, a Europol spokeswoman warned, "we do not think this is the end of the crisis. The hackers have already evolved the malware, and will probably continue to do so." Notably as Europe woke up (and US opened), the infection rate started to rise once again... But as The FT reports, intelligence and law-enforcement officials said they fear WannaCry may foreshadow a wave of similarly damaging attacks, as criminals and others race to make use of digital weapons that for years were only available to the most technologically sophisticated nation states. At least a dozen other NSA tools are currently being discussed and worked on as the basis of potential new cyber weapons on hacking forums on the dark web, parts of the internet not accessible via normal search engines.

Economy & Business

Louisiana Committee Passes Bill to Encourage Use of Gold and Silver as Money
Tenth Amendment Center - Yesterday, a Louisiana House committee unanimously passed a bill that would exempt the sale and purchase of gold and silver from state sales and use taxes, encouraging their use and taking the first step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. Rep. Stephen Dwight (R) and Rep. Mark Abraham (R) introduced House Bill 396 (HB396) on March 31. The legislation would exempt the sale of platinum, gold, or silver bullion, ingots, or coins from the state sales tax. It would also exempt certain numismatic (collectable) coins.

Energy & Environment

Video: AMI Smart Meters Defined In Four Minute Cartoon
Natural Blaze - To most utility customers, AMI Smart Meters may be an unknown entity, even though they have one on their electric service, and probably on their natural gas and water utilities too! The goal is to have at least 90 million AMI Smart Meters installed in the USA by 2020. Larger cities already are AMI SM-retrofitted. Electric power prices may rise! How interesting, since an ‘objective’ of AMI SMs supposedly is to save consumers money. Well, in order to do that, think about making dinner at 10 PM, running the dishwasher at midnight, or doing laundry at 2 AM in order to save on your utility bills. Otherwise, consumers, who use power during peak hours, will be making mucho profits for utilities bottom lines. What’s the meaning of the 2020 date mentioned in the not-so-funny, but-fact-serious-cartoon? It apparently is a pre-set date for AMI SM installation ‘completion’ so as to be in compliance with the New World Order Agenda 21, which incorporates the AMI Smart Meter agenda as part of the global surveillance schema being rolled out using technology and all ‘smart’ appliances, including that beloved smart phone.

GE moths to be released in New York State?
Natural Blaze - Cornell University has applied for a permit to execute the world’s first open-air trial of a genetically engineered diamondback moth (GDM). The purpose of this new GM insect is to reduce pest populations of diamondback moths through engineering a new female lethality trait (female larvae die, and males go on to reproduce until the population is destroyed) into male GDM. Those pushing this new technology have not completed any worldwide assessments of health and environmental safety, and only the most cursory of environmental reviews has been conducted by the USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Unless and until all environmental and health impacts have been reviewed, it is reckless to release hundreds of thousands of novel organisms around the citizens and farms of New York State…. Concerns include the contamination of crops with female GM larvae, which die while feeding on the crop, and impacts of this single-species approach on other pests which could cause increases in their numbers.

Scientists Fearful of ‘Ecological Risks’ Sparked by GMO Microalgae
Natural Society - Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully grown genetically modified algae outdoors for the first time. They claim that the GM algae don’t harm native algae populations and, moreover, can fend off deadly bacteria. Genetically modifying algae makes them grow more quickly. Scientists believe the technology could allow the creation of algae that produce more oil, which can then be used to make biofuels or biodegradable plastics. The genetically engineered algae also have the potential to be made more nutritious, to feed livestock or people…. But this supposedly glorious research is occurring outside of adequate regulatory oversight and the EPA’s process of establishing and updating regulations for GE algae to protect human health and the environment (although the EPA did monitor the experiment). “This study confirmed that genetically engineered microalgae grown in open ponds will escape and spread into the environment. Once this genie is out of the bottle, there is no way to put it back. Not only is it impossible to contain GE algae in open air production, but there are currently no adequate regulations which fully address its risks to our environment, from lab to final product. Without this essential oversight, there should be no environmental release or commercial uses of GE algae and other synthetic biology organisms.”

Hawaii Seeks a Ban on Chemical Sunscreens in Effort to Save Coral Reefs
Waking Times - Around the world ocean’s coral reefs are dying as a result of bleaching, water temperature increases, poor stewardship, vandalism, tourism, and pollution, and worldwide attention is needed to protect them. Now, in an effort to save coral reefs, Hawaii is making an effort to ban certain chemical sunscreens for the impact they are having on the breathtaking coral reefs surrounding the islands. Hawaiian Senator Will Espero has presented a state congressional bill which would outlaw the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, two UV-blocking chemicals which are disrupting coral reefs as beachgoers are washing tons of this stuff into the oceans…. Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources has already urged the public to use reef-friendly sunscreens, also noting that these chemicals are bad for human health: “Besides damaging coral, oxybenzone may have negative effects on human health. Oxybenzone and two other sunscreen chemicals, octinoxate and homosalate, have all been shown to cause disruptive reproductive system effects, due to their hormone-like activity. Oxybenzone and octinoxate have also been associated with moderate to high rates of skin allergy.” As Espero’s bill works its way through the halls of government, however, resistance to his proposal is already being assembled by the sunscreen industry.

Science & Technology

UK gave Google’s DeepMind access to patient data without legal basis
Ars Technica - Google's DeepMind AI wing was given access to the personal medical records of 1.6 million NHS patients on an "inappropriate legal basis," the UK's top data protection adviser to the health service has said. In a letter sent to the Royal Free Hospital's medical director professor Stephen Powis, and seen by Sky News, the National Data Guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott—whose job it is to scrutinise the government when it hands over NHS patient records to private companies—concluded that the decision to share the data under implied consent was wrong. The London-based Royal Free Hospital (RFH) inked a controversial deal with Google last year, allowing its Streams AI app to be tested on the medical records of sufferers of acute kidney damage. It apparently helps clinicians to quickly administer potentially life-saving treatment. However, Caldicott challenged the hospital's claim that the transfer of 1.6 million identifiable patient records to DeepMind had been processed as "implied consent for direct care."

Delta Wants To Expedite Self-Service Bag Drops With Facial Recognition Tech
Consumerist - The airline spent $600,000 on four new self-service bag drop machines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport designed to allow customers to quickly check their own bags. One of those machines will be equipped with facial recognition technology that can match customers with their passport photos to verify their identity when checking bags without the help of airline workers, which Delta says is a first for U.S. carriers. Though some travelers might find it creepy to have a machine scanning their faces, Delta says the tech will save them time and free up airline employees to “seek out travelers and deliver more proactive and thoughtful customer service.”

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Stay Away From This Brand of Organic Dairy
Dr. Mercola - In the U.S., organic dairy brings in about $6 billion in sales annually.1 Consumers pay a premium for the milk expecting they are getting a superior product. Organic milk (and meat) from cows raised primarily on pasture have been repeatedly shown to be higher in many nutrients, including vitamin E, beta-carotene and beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Organic milk also contains about 25 percent less omega-6 fats and 62 percent more omega-3 fats than conventional milk… Unfortunately, not all organic dairy is created equal… An investigation by The Washington Post revealed that some organic dairies are nothing more than CAFOs in disguise, selling higher-priced milk that is scarcely different from conventional CAFO dairy. When the Post visited Aurora Organic Dairy in Colorado, the company that provides organic store brands to corporations like Wal-Mart, Target and Costco, a few problems were evident right off the bat. For starters, the farm is massive, housing 15,000 cows, "making it more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd," the Post noted. Further, organic standards require that cows have free access to certified organic pasture for the entire grazing season, but there are large loopholes in the requirement.
Related: Cornucopia’s Dairy Report and Scorecard

Health

Mushroom Powders Linked To Heart Health Benefits
Natural Blaze - Consuming Portobello or Shiitake powder may protect your arteries from the detrimental effects of a high fat diet, according to findings presented at Experimental Biology 2017. Mushrooms are known for their immune system boosting properties as well as treatments for anxiety and anti-cancer capabilities. For centuries, mushrooms have been used as medicinal plants, and, more recently, have been a growing component of a healthy diet. Mushrooms are low in sodium and are good sources of fiber, bioactive compounds, selenium, potassium and vitamin D, all which may contribute to a healthy heart through anti-inflammatory and anti-atherogenic activities…. Consumer interest in mushrooms and their potential health benefits has been growing in recent years, with demand for Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, Maitake, and the rest has never been higher and the global market was pegged at $18 billion in 2014 (up from $6 billion in 1999).

Never Use Body Products Containing This Toxic Ingredient
REALfarmacy - It might be a good idea to take a look at the ingredient list on your facial cleanser, body wash, toner, or moisturizer, and see if polysorbate-20 is on the list. Polysorbate is a harmless sorbitol in its original form as a sugar alcohol. Yet when it is used in personal care products, it is treated with ethylene oxide…. The issue with any ingredient that is treated with ethylene oxide is that it can then become contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a potentially dangerous by-product. 1,4-dioxane is a known animal carcinogen that can penetrate into the skin. This ingredient has also been linked to skin allergies. A class-action lawsuit has been filed in New Jersey against manufacturers of children’s bath and personal care products because defendants manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold products containing formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. The Organic Consumers Organization […] report shows that the levels of 1,4-dioxane found in many personal care products are 1,000 times higher than those found to cause cancer in animal studies. They also add that according to the FDA, “Skin absorption studies demonstrated that dioxane readily penetrates animal and human skin from various types of vehicles.”… In animal studies, high doses of polysorbate-20 resulted in developmental and reproductive toxicity. Moderate doses are also linked with skin irritation.

5 Unique ways to use almonds
(Natural News) Aside from being a staple heart healthy snack, almonds can be used in a variety of ways to make consumption a bit more exciting. An article published in MindBodyGreen.com listed five unique ways in using almonds. 1. Coffee creamer – Unlike heavy coffee creamers, almond creamers are dairy- and gluten-free, making it an ideal healthier substitute. 2. Protein-packed snacks – According to the article, almond pulp or almond meal can be used in making fiber-rich crackers. These crackers could use some flaxseeds and additional flavors such as nutritional yeast and rosemary. The article suggested making almond-based energy balls in different combinations such as almonds, dates and maca. Almonds, cherries, and cacao also make for an ideal combination. 3. Almond meal and butter – The article suggested adding almond meal or almond butter into a variety of foods including morning oats, soups and stews. Almond meals and butter can also be incorporated in smoothies and gluten-free bread to increase fiber and protein intake. 4. Exfoliating agent – Both ground almonds and almond meal are excellent exfoliants that help eliminate dead skin, according to the article. In addition, the almond’s high vitamin E content could greatly benefit the skin. The article suggested combining almond meal with honey and jojoba oil in making the exfoliant. 5. Skin treatment – Almonds are rich in vitamin E, which helps revitalize the skin. According to the article, almond oil can be used as a regular body oil, an eye-makeup remover and a facial moisturizer.

Pet News

New Study Confirms This Is the Worst Food to Feed Your Cat
Dr. Becker - The article at the U.K. diabetes site reports on a Swedish study of a little over 6,700 cats, 1,369 of which had diabetes. The cats’ guardians completed an online survey involving dozens of questions about their pet’s breed, age, sex, spay/neuter status, general health, body size, exercise habits, behavior, medications and diet. Based on the owners’ answers regarding diet, the cats were divided into three groups: cats who were fed dry food, cats fed wet food and cats fed a combination of dry and wet. The kitties’ body types were also categorized as underweight, normal weight or overweight. According to lead researcher and veterinarian Dr. Malin Ohlund: "Through our research we found that while obesity is a very important and prominent risk factor for diabetes mellitus in cats, there is also an increased risk of diabetes among normal-weight cats consuming a dry food diet…. Grain-free dry foods also contribute to obesity and diabetes, because they are calorie-dense and contain high glycemic potatoes, chickpeas, peas or tapioca, which require a substantial insulin release from the body. All the carbs (starches) in your cat's food break down into sugar. Excess sugar can trigger diabetes…. The ideal nutrition for cats is whole, fresh and unprocessed animal meat, organs and bones, with a small amount of vegetables.
 


Tuesday - May 16, 2017

On This Day In History


1866 - The U.S. Congress authorized the first 5-cent piece to be minted.
1868 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during the Senate impeachment, by one vote.
1881 - In Germany, the first electric tram for the public started service.
1888 - The capitol of Texas was dedicated in Austin.
1910 - The U.S. Bureau of Mines was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1914 - The American Horseshoe Pitchers Association (AHPA) was formed in Kansas City, Kansas.
1920 - Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome.
1960 - A Big Four summit in Paris collapsed due to the American U-2 spy plane incident.
1977 - Five people were killed when a New York Airways helicopter, idling on top of the Pan Am Building in Manhattan, toppled over, sending a huge rotor blade flying.
1987 - The Bobro 400 set sail from New York Harbor with 3,200 tons of garbage. The barge travelled 6,000 miles in search of a place to dump its load. It returned to New York Harbor after 8 weeks with the same load.
1988 - A report released by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop declared that nicotine was addictive in similar was as heroin and cocaine.
1988 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police do not have to have a search warrant to search discarded garbage.
1991 - Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.
2000 - U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated to run for U.S. Senator in New York. She was the first U.S. first lady to run for public office.
2002 - The remains of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl were unearthed in Pakistan.
2003 - Five simultaneous suicide attacks claimed the lives of 33 victims and a dozen suicide bombers in Casablanca, Morocco.
2005 - Newsweek magazine retracted a story that claimed investigators had found evidence the Quran was desecrated by interrogators at the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay. The story had sparked deadly protests in Afghanistan.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Push for Convention of the States to rein in government gains steam
Fox News - When Democrats launched into a spontaneous chorus of "Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye" on the House floor after the passage of the American Health Care Act last month, it may have marked a modern-day low mark in open hostility on the House floor. It and numerous other cultural barometers – from cable news contributors losing their cool, to contentious town halls, to street fights – are signaling tectonic rumblings in America's political health.

State Department: Renamed Al-Qaeda Not A Terrorist Organization - Can Receive CIA Supplies
Blacklisted News - Max Abrams, a professor who works about terrorism, came up with this new definition of "terrorism": Nonstate actors who use violence against civilians for a political goal and haven't been supported by the US…. Prof. Adams remark came after a report by the Canadian CBC which found that the U.S. has not designated al-Qaeda's recently renamed organization in Syria as a "foreign terrorist entity". The U.S. just offered a $10,000,000 reward… for Abu Muhammad al-Joulani the founder al Al-Qaeda in Syria (aka Jabhat al-Nusra aka Jabhat Fatah al-Sham). But newly again renamed organization which he leads as the official military commander, the Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), is not on any U.S. (and Canadian) terrorist entity list… The non-designation will make it more difficult to prosecute members and supporters of the organization. Donations and other support to HTS are now legal…. As long as HTS is not designated as terrorist group the CIA, and anyone else, can supply it with weapons and money without using any "Free Syrian Army" cut-outs in-between…. As long as HTS is not officially designated it will likely continue to have access to CIA delivered TOW anti-tank missiles and other heavy supplies like artillery munition. It will continue to prepare for new attacks on Syrian government forces and Syrian civilians.

Report: Justice Scalia Believed Supreme Court was Being Surveilled by Obama (Video)
The GatewayPundit - Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst, went on FOX Business Network on Monday to discuss allegations Senator Rand Paul and another senator were under surveillance by the Obama administration. Napolitano also dropped a bomb on the Obama administration spying on the US Supreme Court. Judge Napolitano: Justice Scalia told me that he often thought the court was being surveilled. And he told me that probably four or five years ago…If they had to unmask Senator Paul’s name to reveal a conversation he was having with a foreign agent and the foreign agent was hostile to the United States they can do that. That’s not what he’s talking about. They’re talking about unmasking him when he’s having a conversation with his campaign manager when he’s running in the Republican primary. During the discussion Judge Napolitano also said Barack Obama could be subpoenaed to testify if he viewed the unmasked intelligence.

Supreme Court Throws Out State Rule Protecting Nursing Home Residents From Having Rights Signed Away
Consumerist - In 2015, the Supreme Court of Kentucky ruled… against multiple nursing home operators, concluding that while power of attorney might give someone the authority to sign contracts on your behalf, it doesn’t explicitly allow them to preemptively waive your rights to a jury trial…. The Kentucky court held that the country’s founding fathers “deemed the right to a jury trial to be inviolate, a right that cannot be taken away; and, indeed, a right that is sacred, thus denoting that right and that right alone as a divine God-given right.” The nursing home operators petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court… last year, arguing that the Kentucky court’s ruling violates the Federal Arbitration Act. That 1926 law states that arbitration agreements “shall be valid, irrevocable, and enforceable, save upon such grounds as exist at law or in equity for the revocation of any contract.” And today, in a 7-1 ruling, SCOTUS agreed that their counterparts in Kentucky had indeed violated the FAA by “singl[ing] out arbitration agreements for disfavored treatment.”

DNC Faces Class Action Lawsuit After $1 million in Bonuses Given Out
Observer - On May 12, CBS reported another class action lawsuit was filed against the DNC for stiffing dozens of field organizers all over the country for overtime work during the 2016 election while the DNC gave out $1 million in bonuses, including more than $300,000 to Democratic National Convention Host Committee Executive Director Kevin Washo. The lawsuit was filed by Justin Swidler of Cherry Hill, N.J. on behalf of 40 to 50 field organizers against the DNC, Pennsylvania state Democrats, and five other state Democratic Parties. “These workers were out there in a campaign that was promising $15 an hour minimum wage and expanding the overtime rights of workers,” Swidler told CBS. He added the lawsuit seeks “fair pay for fair work” and to hold the Democratic Party accountable to the ideals it markets itself with…. Many of the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit worked 80 to 90 hours a week for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and were compensated only $3,000 a month.

Hillary Emerges from Woods, Launches ‘Resist’ Trump ‘Dark Money’ Organization
Infowars - Failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced the formation of a nonprofit organization Monday, which aims to encourage citizens to “Resist, insist, persist, enlist.” The former secretary of state unveiled her Onward Together 501(c)(4) non-profit via Twitter, claiming she’s spent the last few months reflecting on her defeat, and “yes, taking walks in the woods.” On the Onward website, the group claims its mission is to advance “the vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election.” “By encouraging people to organize, get involved, and run for office, Onward Together will advance progressive values and work to build a brighter future for generations to come,” the site states.

Trump Will Light White House Blue in Honor of Fallen Law Enforcement — Something Obama Refused to After Police Massacre
The GatewayPundit - Trump released a statement on Monday morning: “In humble appreciation of our hard-working law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15.” This is something the Obama White House refused to do after five police officers were gunned down by a #BlackLivesMatter sympathizer last July. At a press briefing in July 2016, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest blew off a request made to President Barack Obama by a federal government police union to honor the five Dallas police officers massacred last week by a Black Lives Matter supporter by illuminating the White House in blue.

1,746 American Adults Were Asked To Point Out North Korea On A Map: This Was The Result
Zero Hedge - In April 2014… some 2,066 Americans were asked to show where the Ukraine was on a map. The result, while leaving something to be desired, was not terrible. Fast forward to this weekend, when the NYT repeated the same exercise with the latest geopolitical hotspot: North Korea. In an experiment led by Kyle Dropp of Morning Consult, he asked 1,746 American adults to point to where North Korea is on the world map…. The bottom line: just 36% got it right…. the NYT provided the following details explaining why the study was conducted: respondents who could correctly identify North Korea tended to view diplomatic and nonmilitary strategies more favorably than those who could not…. They also viewed direct military engagement – in particular, sending ground troops – much less favorably than those who failed to locate North Korea…. However what was far more surprising according to the Morning Consult survey, is that on average, Republicans – and Republican men in particular – were more likely to correctly locate North Korea than Democratic men. And Republicans were more likely to be in favor of almost all the diplomatic solutions posed by the researchers.

World News

Report: U.S., British Forces Enter Southern Syria Alongside Terrorists; Is A Bigger Battle Shaping Up?
Activist Post - Days after reports that Damascus was on high alert due to increased U.S. troop levels on the Jordanian border and an apparent preparation for an invasion from the south and southeast, the United States and Britain have indeed pushed into Syria from the very location earlier reports suggested would be used…. SMART News Agency has provided video evidence of their claims. This video reportedly shows several military personnel in armed Humvees engaging in a firefight alongside terrorist forces, who were operating the cameras. Indeed, the familiar “Allahu Akbar” chant can be heard throughout the video…. This movement of troops is significant because their goal could be to cut off the Syrian military’s progress toward Deir ez-Zour. Essentially, it is a way to prevent the Syrian military from lifting the siege of the city and prevent its progress in the east without violating the Russian No Fly Zone over other parts of the country…. A U.S. / British / Military presence in the area, however, could also lead to a direct confrontation between Western and Syrian forces. Syria has repeatedly warned against Jordanian and Western aggression and the Syrian government does not appear willing to allow the United States to cut off its progress toward Deir ez-Zour. Some reports coming out of the Middle East have reported that the Syrian military is in the process of dispatching troops to the area. These reports, however, are unconfirmed.

ISIS Commanders Join "Moderate" Syrian Rebels
Zero Hedge - Once again confirming that there is no such thing as a "moderate" Syrian rebel (although there certainly is for State Department funding and arming purposes), on Friday, two prominent ISIS commanders have left the ranks of the caliphate to join forces with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters, i.e., "moderate rebels" on the provincial border between Homs and Deir Ezzor, al Masdar news reported. After communicating with FSA contingents, Ghassan Al-Sankeh and Mahmoud Al-Faraj arrived in Badia in central Syria and defected quietly, leaving behind ISIS fighters under their command in rural Deir Ezzor. Meanwhile, with ISIS' oil funding almost entirely gone, and its fighters on the defensive in both Syria and Iraq, it is now quietly melding back into other opposition groups that have been cheered, supported and armed by the west. In other words, ISIS is returning back to where it started.

New Variant Of "WannaCry" Virus Emerges Infecting 3,600 Computers Per Hour
Zero Hedge - The initial attack was stifled when a security researcher disabled a key mechanism used by the worm to spread, but experts warned the hackers were likely to mount a second attack because so many users of personal computers with Microsoft operating systems couldn’t or didn’t download a security patch released in March that Microsoft had labeled “critical.”… However, new variants of the rapidly replicating malware were discovered Sunday. One did not include the so-called kill switch that allowed researchers to interrupt the malware's spread Friday by diverting it to a dead end on the internet. As Bloomberg reports that Matt Suiche, founder of United Arab Emirates-based cyber security firm Comae Technologies warns a new version of the ransomware may have also been spreading over the weekend. About 50% of machines that would have spread the infection by the second variation of the malware have Russian I.P. addresses, according to Suiche. Over 40,000 machines appear to have been infected by the second variation of the malware already. Update: according to the latest data from Check Point Software, cited by Reuters, a new variant of the WannaCry ransomware is now infecting on average 3,600 computers per hour.

Putin: Malware created by intelligence services can backfire on its creators
RT - The ransomware that hit computers across the world could backfire on its creators, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Beijing, adding that the implications of the global hack attack need to be discussed on a political level. The ransomware was apparently developed in the US, Putin said. “Microsoft’s management has made it clear that the virus originated from US intelligence services,” the Russian president stressed. Putin added that launching cyber-viruses is “lifting a lid” that “could backfire on those who developed and created them,” including intelligence agencies.

Sweden in hot water for giving Christian asylum seekers Bible quizzes
RT - A few questions on the quiz cited by Swedish SVT broadcaster included: “How many parts are there in the New Testament?” “Can you tell us about the Trinity? “What is the difference between the Orthodox and the Protestant church?” “Can you tell us about the Letter to the Romans?” Some of the asylum seekers became Christians in their home country and fled because of persecution, while others just wanted to leave Islam, SVT reports. Religious persecution can be a reason for applying for asylum in Sweden…. Some representatives of the Church of Sweden were hesitant to support the idea of administering detailed ‘Christianity quizzes.’ “Migration Board tests the knowledge of Christianity, not faith,” a deacon of a Swedish church that has been working with Christian asylum seekers for years told SVT on condition of anonymity. The deacon’s church has already begun writing a handbook of facts on Christianity to prepare asylum seekers for their interviews with the Migration Agency, SVT said. Hans-Erik Nordin, Bishop of the Diocese of Strängnäs in southeastern Sweden, was curious about how much the Migration Agency itself actually knows about religion.

Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants
The Gatestone Institute - Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage — one that has been acutely exacerbated by Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow more than two million migrants into the country in recent years. City officials have been seizing commercial properties and converting them into migrant shelters since late 2015, when Merkel opened German borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Now, however, the city is expropriating residential property units owned by private citizens. In an unprecedented move, Hamburg authorities recently confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district near the city center. The units, which are owned by a private landlord, are in need of repair and have been vacant since 2012. A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties and will rent them — against the will of the owner — to tenants chosen by the city. District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said that all renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties.

Economy & Business

Financial Weapons Of Mass Destruction: The Top 25 U.S. Banks Have 222 Trillion Dollars Of Exposure To Derivatives
The Financial Collapse Blog - The recklessness of the “too big to fail” banks almost doomed them the last time around, but apparently they still haven’t learned from their past mistakes. Today, the top 25 U.S. banks have 222 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives. In other words, the exposure that these banks have to derivatives contracts is approximately equivalent to the gross domestic product of the United States times twelve. As long as stock prices continue to rise and the U.S. economy stays fairly stable, these extremely risky financial weapons of mass destruction will probably not take down our entire financial system. But someday another major crisis will inevitably happen, and when that day arrives the devastation that these financial instruments will cause will be absolutely unprecedented…. According to financial expert Jim Rickards, [Warren] Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is hoarding 86 billion dollars in cash because he is likely anticipating a major stock market downturn… Warren Buffett didn’t become one of the wealthiest men in the entire world by being stupid. He knows that stocks are ridiculously overvalued at this point, and he is poised to make his move after the pendulum swings in the other direction. And he might not have too long to wait.

Energy & Environment

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK! $697,177 for a 'Climate-Change Musical'
InvestmentWatch - [The ] WSJ reports: The [National Science Foundation], whose mission is to ensure U.S. leadership in areas of science and technology that are essential to economic growth and national security, frequently funds politically correct but low-value research projects. A few doozies include the veiling-fashion industry in Turkey, Viking textiles in Iceland, the “social impacts” of tourism in the northern tip of Norway, and whether hunger causes couples to fight (using the number of pins stuck in voodoo dolls as a measure of aggressive feelings). Research funding in the geosciences, including climate change, is certainly legitimate, but not when it goes to ludicrous boondoggles such as a climate-change musical that cost $697,177 to produce. The primary culprit is the NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, known as SBE. Underlying its ability to dispense grants is the wrongheaded notion that social-science projects such as a study of animal depictions in National Geographic and a climate change musical are as important as research to identify early markers for Alzheimer’s disease or pancreatic cancer.

Science & Technology

The Pentagon's New Algorithmic Warfare Cell Gets Its First Mission: Hunt ISIS
Defense One - By year’s end, the Pentagon wants computers to be leading the hunt for Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, through turning countless hours of aerial surveillance video into actionable intelligence. It’s part of Project Maven, a fast-moving effort launched last month by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work to accelerate, improve, and put to wider use the military’s use of machine learning…. The Pentagon has raced to buy and deploy drones that carry high-resolution cameras over the past decade and a half of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. But on the back end, stateside analysts are overwhelmed. Pentagon leaders hope technology can ease the burden on the workforce while producing better results on the battlefield…. Officials see the effort to automate intelligence processing as the starting point for using new technology in other military functions. “There are a thousand things we want to do with artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, but everybody has cautioned us, don’t take on too much the first time you do this,” [Air Force Lt. Gen. John N.T.“Jack”] Shanahan said. “You have to go after a manageable problem, solve it, show early wins and then start to open Pandora’s box and go after all of these other challenges across the department.”

Experts Warn of Second Round of Cyberattacks Following Friday's Massive Hack
Sputnik News - Friday’s massive global cyberattack affected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries. Though some facilities were able to combat the first wave, British cybersecurity officials said Monday that new malware attacks are possible, “at a significant scale.”…. On Friday, Dr. Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne told Radio Sputnik that although the tactics used in this latest hack aren’t new, it hasn’t been seen on this scale before, and noted that future attacks are likely. He said, "The reality is that these particular systems are going to be used, more will be coming out because this is after all a new frontier … we are set to deal with matters of security in this way, which connect intelligence agencies but also those in the private sector. So, we are concerned essentially about security of data both in a private and a public sense, so we can expect more of that, I'm afraid."

TV Networks Watch You Back With The Help Of Big Data
Consumerist - … according to the L.A. Times, networks are trying to reassure advertisers of two things: They know a lot about their viewers and they know how to reach those viewers who fast-forward through commercials. One of the criteria that networks have used in choosing their programming for the 2017-2018 TV year is whether a show lends itself to product placement. If you watched American Idol in its original incarnation on Fox, Coca-Cola and Ford are probably burned onto your brain, and that’s one of the reasons why ABC decided to revive the singing contest…. Networks also want to harness Big Data to find the right people to advertise to. This is a specialty of NBC Universal, which is of course owned by cable giant Comcast. Quietly gathering viewing data about its customers from their DVRs and cable boxes and matching it up with information from the U.S. Census and consumer databases, TV networks will be able to tell advertisers a lot about you. NBC is able to use the data it has to sell ads it may not otherwise have sold.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

County may press for quarantine of an organic farm
Capital Press - Sherman County may order owners of a 2,000-acre organic farm to spray noxious weeds or face a possible quarantine….. The issue has blown up on social media. The manager of Azure Farms, Nathan Stelzer, urged supporters to “Overwhelm the Sherman County representatives with your voice.” A video posted on the farm website called for people to express their outrage reportedly has resulted in hundreds of phone calls and thousands of emails to county officials. The issue may come to a head Wednesday when the county’s Board of Commissioners takes up the issue. The county is expecting such a crowd that it moved the session from the courthouse to the Sherman County School gym… Oregon Tilth, which certifies organic operations, is calling for calm and urging the county to pause its enforcement timeline. Executive Director Chris Schreiner said Oregon Tilth hopes mediation can result in a weed management plan that allows Azure Farms to retain its certification while addressing concerns of neighboring farmers. Wheat farmer Bryan Cranston, who grows certified seed next to Azure Farms, said its weed problems have gotten progressively worse over the years. Cranston said he spoke to Selzer and told him, “I don’t drift chemicals on you, I’d appreciate it if weeds don’t drift on me.” Cranston said he told Selzer, “I grow seed wheat to garner more out of the market, you grow organic to garner more out of the market — we have a lot in common here.” But he added, “You’re messing me up.”

5 ‘Survival Insurance’ Trees Every Homesteader Should Plant
Off the Grid News - 1. Hazelnut - Nuts are one of the most nutrient-dense, long-term storage crops you can grow, and hazelnuts top the list of best nuts to plant. This is because of their exceptional nutritional value as well as their ability to produce quickly, within 4-5 years. Keep the nut shell on and store in a cool, dry place, and it should store for at least 12 months. An edible oil can be extracted from the seed…. 2. Walnut - The nuts are high in calories and nutrients, with a sweet, rich flavor. They can be stored like other nuts (dried, kept cool and dark) and will keep for up to 6 months, though roasting extends storage times…. 3. Shagbark Hickory - Much the same as walnut, particularly the edible nut. Hickory nuts store better than walnuts, however, keep for up to 2 years. The seed also can be ground into a meal and used as a thickener, while it is also sweet and delicious on its own…. 4. Mulberry - Mulberry has a sweet and delicious edible berry that is usually produced in abundance, and can be eaten fresh (although it doesn’t keep well), made into preserves, or dried…. 5. Honey Locust - Seeds are edible raw or cooked, with a taste similar to peas, and they are high in carbs and protein. Seed pulp is sweet and can be eaten or used as a sugar substitute. Pods also are great livestock fodder, and the tender young seedpods are edible cooked. The tree fixes nitrogen so is a good companion plant for many other plants, and can be used to make a “living fence” by planting them densely in rows and then keeping them trimmed. Wood is very rot-resistant and can be useful for making tools or fence posts (although living fences are much smarter since they never rot)….

Health

One in three new drugs have serious—and sometimes deadly—safety issues
What Doctors Don't Tell You - There's something seriously wrong with our drug approval processes. One in three drugs that pass all the usual checks before being given a license are unsafe, and are causing serious—and sometimes deadly—health reactions in patients. The safety concerns are so serious that the drug either is pulled from the market, or the drug regulator is forced to issue special warnings that the drug can have fatal effects. The dangers of the new drugs often don't come to light until four years after they have been licensed, which means that many thousands of patients may have been affected…. Researchers from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston uncovered the failures in safety testing when they looked at the track record of 222 new drugs that had been passed as safe by America's drug regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), between 2001 and 2010. One in three of these had a 'safety event', the researchers discovered, which included three drugs which were withdrawn because they were so dangerous, 61 had 'boxed warnings'—the FDA's most serious alert before a drug is taken off the market, and means the drug may be a killer—and 59 had their safety questioned…. The drugs with potentially fatal effects included SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants, antipsychotics and a new class of drugs that treats auto-immune problems.

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Tied to Autism
Alliance for Natural Health - After extensive reports showing the negative effects of antidepressants, this new study, which looked at nearly 150,000 babies, has found a link between antidepressants taken during pregnancy and autism in young children. Children of women who took antidepressants during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy were 87% more likely to develop autism than kids born to women who didn’t take the drugs. This is just the latest reason to be wary of these drugs. We’ve reported previously that there is good evidence to suggest that these mind-altering drugs have played a part in a large percentage of the mass shootings that have occurred in the last few decades. Important research has shown major drugs like Paxil and Prozac to be linked with violence at a substantially higher rate than other drugs—users of Paxil are 10.3 times more likely to do violence to themselves or others, while users of Prozac are 10.9 times more likely to commit those acts. There is not merely an increased risk of suicide, which is now on the label; there is also a dramatically increased risk of violence toward others.

11 Surprising Benefits of Coconut Oil
Organic Facts - People are discovering the wonders this oil can create and it is again gaining popularity throughout the world. Let us look at some of the known benefits of coconut oil…. 1. Skin care: Coconut oil is an excellent massage oil that acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. Unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of coconut oil. 2. Hair care: Coconut oil helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. It is also highly effective in reducing protein loss, which can lead to various unattractive or unhealthy qualities in your hair…. By regularly massaging your head with coconut oil, you can ensure that your scalp is free of dandruff, even if your scalp is chronically dry. It also helps in keeping your hair and scalp free from lice and lice eggs. 3. Heart diseases: There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. In reality, it is quite beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries, and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. 4. Weight loss: Coconut oil is very useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. 5. Immunity: It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria…

Pet News

3 Simple Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Your Dog
Dogs Naturally - While apple cider vinegar has been touted to help with everything from boosting the immune system and detoxifying kidneys to helping lower cholesterol, here are three popular ways it can help your dog…. Itchy Skin: ACV can help relieve itchy skin and rashes caused by yeast and poison ivy. The best way to apply is by making a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle and applying directly onto itchy spots, but NOT open wounds – the vinegar will sting if the wound is raw. If you can’t apply topically and yeast is the main concern, you can feed ACV in your pet’s food or water…. Ear Cleaner: Itchy skin is often accompanied by itchy ears – and nobody wants that. Holistic veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker recommends a proactive cleaning regimen using half ACV and half purified water to prevent ear infection…. Flea and Tick Repellant: Before your dog goes out, spray him with that 50/50 solution of ACV and water…. NOTE: When using apple cider vinegar internally or topically, remember to monitor your dog for any adverse reactions. Some dogs may need a lesser dose and some dogs may be too acidic already…. Apple Cider Vinegar Tea Body Rinse: This body rinse can be useful to restore skin pH, soothe itchy skin, calm rashes and welts, and has some added benefits for keeping biting flies, fleas and gnats at bay. Mix the following ingredients together… Apple Cider Vinegar: 1/2 cup, Brewed Green Tea (cooled): 1/2 cup and Distilled Water: 1 cup. After bathing, apply this warm water/apple cider vinegar rinse to your animal friend’s coat/skin and massage in. Rinse well and pat dry, or allow the apple cider vinegar mix to air dry for the added benefit of bug relief…..

Video: Hummingbird Pool Party
Healthy Pets - Hummingbirds love water, and a shallow fountain provides them the perfect retreat! Buzzing like needle-beaked bumblebees, this horde of hummingbirds demonstrates noisily how attracted they are to water, splashing and dashing to their hearts’ content!
 


Monday - May 15, 2017

On This Day In History

1702 - The War of Spanish Succession began.
1862 - The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
1911 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
1916 - U.S. Marines landed in Santo Domingo to quell civil disorder.
1918 - Regular airmail service between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, began under the direction of the Post Office Department, which later became the U.S. Postal Service.
1930 - Ellen Church became the first female flight attendant.
1940 - Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S.
1942 - Gasoline rationing began in the U.S. The limit was 3 gallons a week for nonessential vehicles.
1957 - Britain dropped its first hydrogen bomb on Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean.
1970 - U.S. President Nixon appointed America's first two female generals.
1970 - Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.
1972 - Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot and paralyzed by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, MD while campaigning for the U.S. presidency.
1975 - The merchant ship U.S. Mayaguez was recaptured from Cambodia's Khmer Rouge.
1988 - The Soviet Union began their withdrawal of its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan. Soviet forces had been there for more than eight years.
1990 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" was sold for $82.5 million. The sale set a new world record.
1999 - The Russian parliament was unable a attain enough votes to impeach President Boris Yeltsin.
2014 - The National September 11 Memorial Museum was dedicated in New York City.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Trump’s First Commencement Speech: ‘In America We Don’t Worship Government, We Worship God’
Breitbart - President Donald Trump gave his first commencement speech at Liberty University on Saturday, encouraging “dreamers” to ignore critics, take risks, never quit, and remember that “in America we don’t worship government, we worship God…. “You are about to begin the greatest adventure of your life,” said Trump who remarked how blessed the graduates are. Ask yourself, with all of those blessings and all of the blessings that you have been given, what will you give back to this country and indeed to the world, what imprint will you leave in the sands of history? What will future Americans say we did in our brief time right here on earth. Did we take risks? Did we dare to defy expectations? Did we challenge accepted wisdom and take on established systems? I think I did, but we all did and we’re all doing it. Or did we just go along with convention, swim downstream, so easily with the current and just give in because it was the easy way, it was the traditional way or it was the accepted way? Remember this: nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy. Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those that lack the same courage to do what is right and they know what is right but they don’t have the same courage or guts or stamina to take it and to do it. It’s called the road less traveled. Trump said that he knows each graduate will be “a warrior for the truth”, “a warrior for our country and for your family.” He encouraged them that they will do what is right even when it isn’t easy, “You will be true to yourself, your family, your beliefs.”. [Read More…]
* Related Video: President Trump Makes Remarks at the Liberty University Commencement Ceremony – Full Speech

Rand Paul: Another Senator Surveilled by Obama Admin
Fox News Insider - On "America's News HQ" this afternoon, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) revealed that another senator confided in him that he was surveilled by the Obama administration. Earlier this week, Paul said reporters have told him they have evidence he was a target of Obama administration spying. This is the first time that Paul mentioned another senator is also concerned about the Obama administration's surveillance. He said if this proves to be true, it's a much bigger story than any allegations about collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the presidential election. "It's about your own government spying on the opposition party," Paul said. "That would be enormous if it's true." Paul told Fox Business Network’s Charles Payne on Wednesday that he's asked the White House and the House and Senate intelligence committees to investigate. He said if the intelligence community is indeed being used for politics, it's a "very, very serious crime." Paul added that the possible illegal use of intelligence community resources for political purposes raises chilling questions.

Video: Thanks to President Trump US Government Will Finally Cross Check Voter Rolls with DHS Alien Lists
The GatewayPundit - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach joined Maria Bartiromo this morning on Sunday Morning Futures. Kobach was picked this week to lead President Trump’s voter fraud panel. Kobach discussed Obama’s failures as president to assure voter integrity. Kris Kobach: You pretty much need an ID to function in American society… One thing that’s never been done that I alluded to earlier is the Department of Homeland Security has a database of all known aliens, green card holders, temporary visa card holders in the United States. And that has never been bounced against a state’s voter rolls, to say, “Hey, how many of these people with this name and this date of birth… how many of them are registered to vote in state A or state B. It’s stunning that this was never performed before now. And watch Democrats fight this with court case after court case.

Police Dept Wanted a Cop to Kill a Suicidal Dad, He Chose Not To, So They Fired Him
The Free Thought Project - … on May 6, 2016, [Weirton WV police officer Stephen] Mader responded to a domestic call about a suicidal person. When he arrived on the scene, Mader confronted 23-year-old Ronald D. Williams who was armed and mentally distraught. Made said that he began talking to the young man in his “calm voice.” Mader showed incredible restraint in the situation, even though Williams was attempting to provoke a suicide by cop. Sadly, as Mader began to reason with Williams and de-escalate the situation, backup arrived, and another officer immediately shot and killed Williams without a second of consideration. To add insult to injury, Mader was fired for his restraint, and the officer who murdered Williams was cleared of all wrongdoing… Now, Mader is understandably reconsidering his career choices and has filed a lawsuit against the city that employed him…. Mader has no regrets and still believes he did the right thing.

Mormon Church Cuts Ties With Boy Scouts - Sort of ...
The New American - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the Mormons — has announced that it will pull over 180,000 older teens from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), as it transitions to its own internal scouting-style program…. Although the loss represents a small percentage of the 2.3 million young people enrolled in Boy Scout programs, the BSA has been losing members steadily over the past several years as it has made policy changes at odds with the traditional values embraced by longtime faith-based partner organizations. Among the major conservative Christian denominations that have experienced a mass-exodus of its members and congregations from scouting programs are the Southern Baptist Convention and the Assemblies of God, which have turned instead to such wholesome, faith-based organizations as the Royal Rangers (sponsored by the Assemblies of God) and Trail Life USA, organized in part by individuals and groups who had previously been involved in traditional Scouting programs…. While the present decision only impacts teens fourteen years old and older, observers say it is only a matter of time before LDS leadership pulls children ages eight to thirteen from BSA programs as well.

New Private Terminal At LAX Allows Oligarchs To Mock Debt-Serfs Hauling Luggage Via Tele-screen
Zero Hedge - If there was ever an article that perfectly summed up the times we live in, it’d have to be the one published yesterday at The Guardian titled, At LA Airport’s New Private Terminal, the Rich Can Watch Normal People Suffer. Here are a few excerpts: ” The guiltiest pleasure at Los Angeles international airport’s (LAX) new private terminal for the mega-rich is not the plush, hushed privacy, or the beds with comforters, or the massages, or the coriander-scented soap, or the Willie Wonka-style array of chocolates and jelly beans, or the Napa Valley cabernet. It is the iPad that sits on a counter at the entrance, with a typed little note: “Here is a glimpse of what you’re missing over at the main terminal right now.” The screen shows travelers hauling bags through packed terminals, queuing in long lines, looking harassed and being swallowed into pushing, shoving paparazzi scrums – routine hazards for the 80 million people who pass through LAX each year. “There they process thousands of people at a time, they’re barking. It’s loud. Here it’s very, very lovely,” said Gavin de Becker, who runs the new terminal, called Private Suite.”…. The fact that the super rich and powerful have it so much better than everyone else is nothing new. It’s been that way in pretty much every society you can think of, whether capitalist or communist. The real sickening thing is that the geniuses behind this terminal thought it’d be a nice touch to add a screen from which oligarchs can watch and jeer at the unwashed masses. The idea clearly being that this would add to the experience and provide additional entertainment for the mega-rich. This speaks to a special type of demented self-satisfaction that is not representative of a healthy society.

World News

North Korea: Test To Deliver "Large Scale Heavy Nuclear Warhead" Was Successful
Zero Hedge - After North Korea provoked both its neighbors and the US when on Sunday morning it fired off yet another ballistic missile from Kusong near the border with China - one which this time did not explode upon launch - just days after the election of a new South Korean president who ironically advocates more engagement with Pyongyang, experts said the missile appeared to be a new type of ballistic missile, and had a far greater range than any other weapon North Korea has successfully launched…. Cited by the WSJ, independent experts said the missile, if fired at a conventional angle, could have flown 2,800 miles—far enough to reach the U.S. military base in Guam. That is a “considerably longer range than its current missiles,” said David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in an analysis of the launch. As the Journal adds, while North Korea’s Taepodong-2 rocket has flown farther than Sunday’s missile, North Korea classifies it as a satellite launcher that isn’t designed to deliver a warhead back to earth. It is, however, banned by United Nations sanctions because similar technology could be used to make an intercontinental ballistic missile.

BBC Has Evidence of Syrian Chemical Weapons, but There's One Major Problem
The AnitMedia - According to a document provided to the BBC by a “Western intelligence agency,” chemical and biological munitions are being produced at three main sites near Damascus and Hama. The document also alleges that Iran and Russia are well aware of these activities…. In its report, the BBC then tied the information from the document into the wider issue at hand — that the Syrian government is deemed by Western powers to be the number one culprit behind the most recent chemical weapons attack at the beginning of April. Most disturbing, however, is the fact that the BBC advanced this information with the following provisos buried in the final paragraphs of its report: “The intelligence information about the suspected weapons manufacturing sites was shared with the BBC on condition the agency providing it would not be named. “It does not give detail about how the alleged evidence was gathered.”…. Real journalism requires a much higher standard than that, assuming our job is to publish the truth. The stakes are high in Syria, and we can’t afford to let the U.S. government and allies employ a shoot-first-ask-questions-later mentality — the same kind we have seen cause such widespread catastrophe in countries such as Iraq and Libya…. This time, let’s question the propaganda before the invasion — not after it.

Leaked NSA Malware Is Helping Hijack Computers Around the World
The Intercept - The malware worm taking over the computers goes by the names “WannaCry” or “Wanna Decryptor.” It… remains invisible to users until it unveils itself as so-called ransomware, telling users that all their files have been encrypted with a key known only to the attacker and that they will be locked out until they pay $300 to an anonymous party using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin….The price rises to $600 after a few days; after seven days, if no ransom is paid, the hacker (or hackers) will make the data permanently inaccessible…. Reuters said that “hospitals across England reported the cyberattack was causing huge problems to their services…. The worm has also reportedly reached universities, a major Spanish telecom, FedEx, and the Russian Interior Ministry. In total, researchers have detected WannaCry infections in over 57,000 computers across over 70 countries. ... today’s ongoing WannaCry attack appears to be based on an attack developed by the NSA, code-named ETERNALBLUE…. Today shows exactly what’s at stake when government hackers can’t keep their virtual weapons locked up.

'Accidental hero' halts ransomware attack and warns: this is not over
The Guardian - The “accidental hero” who halted the global spread of an unprecedented ransomware attack by registering a garbled domain name hidden in the malware has warned the attack could be rebooted…. But the spread of the attack was brought to a sudden halt when one UK cybersecurity researcher tweeting as @malwaretechblog, with the help of Darien Huss from security firm Proofpoint, found and inadvertently activated a “kill switch” in the malicious software. The researcher, who identified himself only as MalwareTech, is a 22-year-old from south-west England who works for Kryptos logic, an LA-based threat intelligence company. “I was out having lunch with a friend and got back about 3pm and saw an influx of news articles about the NHS and various UK organizations being hit,” he told the Guardian. “I had a bit of a look into that and then I found a sample of the malware behind it, and saw that it was connecting out to a specific domain, which was not registered. So I picked it up not knowing what it did at the time.” The kill switch was hardcoded into the malware in case the creator wanted to stop it spreading. This involved a very long nonsensical domain name that the malware makes a request to – just as if it was looking up any website – and if the request comes back and shows that the domain is live, the kill switch takes effect and the malware stops spreading. The domain cost $10.69 and was immediately registering thousands of connections every second.

EBOLA IS BACK: World Health Organization Declares Epidemic: “Taking It Very Seriously”
Mac Slavo - The World Health Organization has declared an Ebola epidemic in the North East region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least three deaths have thus far been linked to the virus… The virus originated in a remote region of the Congo, but WHO is tracking down any possible contact the victims had with others. The virus, when detected, often originates in remote regions, but because of international air travel and other modes of transportation, could spread quickly to neighboring villages, then regions, then countries…. Though Ebola doesn’t move as quickly as a cold or flu, it is significantly more deadly, and according to the following model it could potentially spread fairly rapidly should it escape containment. It would take only one individual to make it through an airport checkpoint and all bets are off… Microsoft founder Bill Gates warned earlier this year that the world is not prepared to deal with a widespread contagion and that viruses like Ebola or modified biological weapons could kill hundreds of millions of people in a truly global outbreak.

Mexican Supreme Court Refuses to Review Monsanto Appeal on GMO Maize Permits
Sustainable Pulse - The first chamber of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) has refused to review or analyze an appeal by Monsanto regarding the issuance of commercial permits for the sowing of GMO maize in the country. In this way, the decision to resolve the GMO trials involving the companies Monsanto, Dow, Pioneer and Dupont, as well as the Mexican Government Departments of the Environment and Agriculture, and on the other side, civil society and academic organizations that are opposed to the sowing of GMO maize, will have to be resolved by the First Collegiate Court on Civil Matters…. The lawyer of the civil society Corn Collective, René Sánchez Galindo, explained that last Wednesday in a private meeting, the Supreme Court judges evaluated the appeal that Monsanto filed. None of the judges endorsed the company’s request, which was a requirement for the Court to place the appeal on its docket.

An elementary school in British Columbia banned celebrating Mother's Day and Father's Day in the classroom
12NEWS - An elementary school is canceling Mother’s and Father’s Day events in an effort to celebrate diversity and inclusivity after a traumatic incident involving one of its students. Staff from Albert McMahon Elementary School in Mission, British Columbia, Canada sent a letter to its students’ parents, indicating the cancellation of events related to the holidays. In it, the letter reads: As Mother’s Day and Father’s Day approach we have met as a Primary (Grade 1 and 2) team to discuss our core values. In an effort to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and also nurture our students who are part of non-traditional families, we have decided to encourage those celebrations to take place at home. Due to this, the children will not be making gifts at school to give on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We feel each family knows the best way to celebrate with their own family.

Veteran News

Veterans Denied Medical Benefits for Smallpox Vaccine Injuries
Health Impact News - A local veteran was denied benefits for an illness he says was caused by a vaccine he was ordered to take. An Action News Jax investigation uncovered the federal government is refusing to compensate some veterans who suffered debilitating side effects from the smallpox vaccine they said they were forced to get. Smallpox was eradicated in 1977 and routine vaccinations ended a few years later. After the Sept. 11 attacks, the federal government began inoculating some volunteer first responders and active duty military. The Department of Veterans Affairs says between 2002 and 2008, 1.7 million service members were vaccinated, including Jacksonville’s Sean Kelly…. Kelly was diagnosed with Pericarditis, or inflammation of the heart, a documented side effect of the smallpox vaccine. He couldn’t work and spent weeks in the hospital. He said he filed for VA benefits for a vaccine-related injury and was denied. “It can be quite difficult, especially if you don’t have the records that reflect it,” Dr. Bradley Bender, chief of staff for the North Florida South Georgia Veterans Health Systems, said. When asked how many vaccine-related cases of Myocarditis or Pericarditis he’s seen, Bender said none. “There is no blood test that you can do to say this is Myocarditis related to smallpox vaccine,” Bender said.

Economy & Business

Jerry Brown: California to Suffer $20 Billion Tax Crash in Next Recession
Breitbart - Governor Jerry Brown warned in his May Revised Budget last week that California is expected to suffer a $20 billion tax crash in it next recession. Brown and the Democrat-controlled majority in the state legislature have been crowing about the governor’s 2017-2018 May Budget Revision update, which predicts the State of California will collect another $2.5 billion in tax revenue over the three fiscal years from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018. Brown’s budget update states that the extra tax revenue will help fund more social justice programs, including: 1) raising the minimum wage to $11 per hour in 2018; 2) expanding health care coverage for Obamacare and undocumented children; 3) increasing Medi‑Cal primary care; 4) providing an increase to Supplemental Security Income; 5) repealing the welfare maximum family grant rule; 6) creating the state’s first Earned Income Tax Credit; and 7) reserving $575 million in a “rainy day fund.”
* Related: Jerry Brown’s New Budget Includes Millions to Defend Illegal Aliens from Deportation

Arizona Passes Bill To End Income Taxation On Gold And Silver
Zero Hedge - Sound money advocates scored a major victory on Wednesday, when the Arizona state senate voted 16-13 to remove all income taxation of precious metals at the state level. The measure heads to Governor Doug Ducey, who is expected to sign it into law…. If taxpayers own gold to protect themselves against the devaluation of America’s paper currency, they frequently end up with a “gain” when exchanging those metals back into dollars…. This “gain” is often a nominal gain because of the slow but steady devaluation of the dollar. Yet the government nevertheless assesses a tax…. Ron Paul noted, “HB 2014 is a very important and timely piece of legislation. The Federal Reserve’s failure to reignite the economy with record-low interest rates since the last crash is a sign that we may soon see the dollar’s collapse. It is therefore imperative that the law protect people’s right to use alternatives to what may soon be virtually worthless Federal Reserve Notes.”

Great News For College Grads: Starting Salaries Are Finally Back To Where They Were 10 Years Ago!
Zero Hedge - The Wall Street Journal and others are cheering today as a new study from executive search firm Korn Ferry International found that the "average base pay for college grads this year ticked to the highest level in at least a decade." We guess in the new millennial world that getting back to your original starting point is actually celebrated as an 'accomplishment'. “This has been the best year for students that I’ve seen since coming here,” said Thomas Ward, executive director of the career-services center at Adelphi University, in Garden City, N.Y… Some students at the school are fielding multiple job offers, allowing students to be choosier about where they ultimately land, he said. “It’s very rewarding.” So where are new college graduates earning the most bank? Well, average starting salaries for 2017 grads are just under $50,000 but software developers, engineers and actuaries, particularly those moving to San Francisco, can be expected to outperform that average by quite a bit. Of course, while this may all seem like a lot of money, with median rents in San Francisco still hovering around $3,200 per month that means that the average college graduate will be about $5,000 short of covering their annual rent payments.

Science & Technology

Keylogging Spyware Found On Dozens Of HP Laptop Models
Consumerist - A security research firm based in Switzerland announced its discovery of the keylogger this week. The problem software is part of the audio driver — the little bit of code that make your laptop able to play sound through your headphones. In several laptop models, the Conexant driver was found to include a keylogger that captured every single keystroke on your machine. That includes login names and passwords, every comment you put on the internet, every email you send, every document you write, every keyboard command you issue. And yes, that is a giant security problem. Those keystrokes weren’t sent anywhere, as far as anyone knows, but they were all stored in an unencrypted text log — meaning anyone who has access to your computer, including malware on your computer, could access and read it. The security firm also notes that the driver’s API (code that allows software to talk to other software, basically) can also allow malware to “silently capture sensitive data by capturing the user’s keystrokes.” In short, this flaw in the audio driver would pretty easily let anyone “listen” in on everything you type, without accessing the log. That’s the bad news. Here’s the better: HP’s already pushed a fix. Owners of 2016 and 2017 models can already download a patch from Windows Update or HP.com. A patch for 2015 models is supposed to become available sometime today [May 12].

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

We're All Tenant Farmers: Oregon Plans to Douse Azure Standard Organic Farm in Pesticide
DC Clothesline - If you buy organic products, chances are you have heard of Azure Standard, which is sort of like a mobile co-op that delivers well-priced organic food and products in bulk to drop-off points around the country [in 37 states]…. Just in case you were under the misconception that we actually own our land and can decide what happens to it in this country, it appears that we’re tenant farmers with no options if the local government decides to wipe us out: “Sherman County may be issuing a Court Order on May 22, 2017, to quarantine Azure Farms and possibly to spray the whole farm with poisonous herbicides, contaminating them with Milestone, Escort and Roundup herbicides. This will destroy all the efforts Azure Farms has made for years to produce the very cleanest and healthiest food humanly possible. About 2,000 organic acres would be impacted; that is about 1.5 times the size of the city center of Philadelphia that is about to be sprayed with noxious, toxic, polluting herbicides. The county would then put a lien on the farm to pay for the expense of the labor and chemicals used.” …. So not only will they poison the crops and kill off Azure’s livelihood, they’ll charge them for it. That’s a brazen insult on top of the injury.
* Related: Take action: email or call Sherman County Court today and stop them from spraying Stelzer’s 2,000-acre Organic farm

Health

“Hang The Anti-Vaxxers” Is Called For By The Boston Herald Newspaper
Natural Blaze - The American media truly has lost its scruples, including its corporate mindset, and ethically should be denounced for inciting domestic terrorism and vigilantism regarding persons in the USA who oppose the use of mercury, aluminum, and other toxic chemicals being injected into their bodies and/or children’s bodies because they want to exercise their God- and Nature-given rights to self-determination. Such individuals pejoratively are referred to as “anti-vaxxers”! If anyone should be disciplined, it should be: CDC/FDA bureaucrats and scientists, who promote fraudulent science, commit conspiracies to withhold scientifically-valid adverse information about vaccines, especially the MMR and HPV vaccines: Big Pharma corporate officers and scientists, who do not submit all the data (positive and negative studies) for new vaccine licensures… the U.S. media which does not report the facts about vaccine science… Those are the people The Boston Herald should be calling up for jurisprudence to be dealt upon swiftly and accurately before Autism afflicts every child in the USA, not folks who exercise their Constitutional rights within what is supposed to be a FREE United States of America, not a Big Pharma-run Corporatocracy, a socialist, or autocratically-run third world country!

Air Pollution Linked To Measles Incidence, Proving Immune Status Is Vital In Disease Risk
Green Med Info - A new study published in the journal Environmental Research reveals that exposure to air pollution is significantly associated with measles incidence in China. This is consistent with the view that infection is not solely determined by exposure to a virus particle but also involves the immune status of the subject which depends on various nutritional and environmental factors, including the immunosuppressive function of air pollution. In other words, it’s not just the “germ” alone but the terrain that determines disease…. This study is important for a number of reasons. …it undermines the narrative maintained by the medical orthodoxy that measles virus alone is capable of inducing disease. By attributing this power to an invisible particle barely detectable by an electron microscope, instead of taking into account the multitude of preventable or mitigable factors linked to nutrition, lifestyle, and environmental exposures, the corollary myth that vaccines alone confer bona fide protection against infection, the agenda of universal vaccination and global eradication programs can continue unabated…. when one considers that the measles vaccine is responsible for at least 100 deaths a year versus the less than 10 deaths caused by measles in the U.S. since 2003, the risk/benefit ratio, therefore, is clearly biased towards not vaccinating.

10 Raw Foods That Improve Immunity and are Beautifying
Natural Blaze - Without enough minerals, our immunity, mood, and skin all suffer greatly. They help to keep our bodies functioning on a deeper, cellular level. The antioxidants found in many raw foods also help improve our beauty and defense mechanisms against different types of disease…. 1. Pineapple - The sweet delicious fruit contains over 100 percent of our daily Vitamin C needs together with high levels of the bromelain enzyme which helps break down proteins in the body. These properties not only improve immunity and digestion, but they also increase our body’s alkalinity to prevent inflammation by reducing acidity in the body…. Avoid the dried or canned varieties which have been heavily processed and often have added sugars. 2. Raw Cacao - Raw cacao is high in a beauty-boosting and liver detoxifying mineral sulfur. It is also a high potent source of flavonoids, antioxidants, and other minerals like magnesium and iron. Cacao is even high in zinc and copper which improve the strength of your blood and your immunity. Choose dark chocolate with at least 90 percent cacao or eat it raw and unsweetened. 3. Camu Camu - Camu camu is a superfood that’s very beneficial for women that in some cultures it’s even considered to be a medicinal herb. The fruit is the highest source of Vitamin C per serving on the planet and it comes from the Amazon. It also contains amino acids and several trace minerals. Camu berry is amazing for your skin, because of its high Vitamin C and amino acid content, it can help aid in digestion and is improving anxiety. It also has antiviral properties which can help fight off candida and other infections that are fungal-related harm your health….
 


Friday - May 12, 2017

On This Day In History


1780 - Charleston, South Carolina fell to British forces.
1926 - The airship Norge became the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.
1940 - The Nazi conquest of France began with the German army crossing Muese River.
1942 - The Soviet Army launched its first major offensive of World War II and took Kharkov in the eastern Ukraine from the German army.
1943 - The Axis forces in North Africa surrendered during World War II.
1949 - The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade.
1965 - West Germany and Israel exchanged letters establishing diplomatic relations.
1975 - U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez was seized by Cambodian forces in international waters.
1978 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women.
1982 - South Africa unveiled a plan that would give voting rights to citizens of Asian and mixed-race descent, but not to blacks.
1984 - South African prisoner Nelson Mandela saw his wife for the first time in 22 years.
2002 - Jimmy Carter became the first present or former U.S. president to visit Cuba since Fidel Castro seized power in 1959.
2003 - Suicide bombers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killed 26 people, including nine U.S. citizens.
2003 - In Texas, fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers went into hiding over a dispute with Republican's over a congressional redistricting plan.
2009 - Five Miami men were convicted in a plot to blow up FBI buildings and Chicago's Sears Tower.
2011 - A German court convicted retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk of being an accessory to the murder of tens of thousands of Jews as a Nazi death camp guard. (Demjanjuk, who maintained his innocence, died in 2012.)
2015 - It was announced that Verizon would be acquiring AOL.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

CIA Creates Mission Center to Address North Korean Threat
Mikael Thalen - Located in CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the unit, according to an agency press release, will focus on “the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea.”… The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has established a Korea Mission Center to harness the full resources, capabilities, and authorities of the Agency in addressing the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea,” the statement says. “The new Mission Center draws on experienced officers from across the Agency and integrates them in one entity to bring their expertise and creativity to bear against the North Korea target.” An unnamed veteran CIA operations officer, who recently became Assistant Director for Korea, has been chosen to head up the center. According to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, the unit will analyze and direct CIA efforts toward the “serious threats” posed by the regime.

White House Sources: Trump Looks to Replace Spicer as Purge of Establishment Advisers Begins
Paul Joseph Watson - White House sources tell Infowars that Sean Spicer could be fired within the next week as President Trump begins a purge of establishment advisers who he feels have failed to properly investigate leaks coming from within the administration. Speculation is already swirling as to whether or not Spicer will return after he was “benched” and temporarily replaced with Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Spicer has behaved like a “deer in the headlights” in recent weeks and is not able to handle the pressure of the job, according to one source. They add that Spicer will be gone by next week and that former prosecutor and current Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who was previously considered for the role, is currently the favorite to replace him. However, these assertions are being disputed by other insiders who insist that Spicer will return to his current role within the next week.

Acting FBI head disputes Trump's turmoil claims
Reuters - President Donald Trump on Thursday called ousted FBI chief James Comey a "showboat" and "grandstander," but its acting leader contradicted the president and promised the agency's probe into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia would proceed with vigor. Trump, facing Democratic accusations that he fired Comey on Tuesday to hinder the FBI investigation into alleged meddling by Russia in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said he would have taken the action even without a recommendation to do so by the two top Justice Department officials…. Trump told NBC News he never pressured Comey into dropping the FBI probe, adding: "If Russia did anything, I want to know that." Trump said there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians," but added that "the Russians did not affect the vote.”… The Trump administration has said Comey's firing was unrelated to the Russia investigation. It said on Tuesday that Comey's firing arose from his handling of an election-year FBI probe into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

VIDEO: Condoleezza Rice Crushes Ladies Of ‘The View’: No, Russia Didn’t Delegitimize The Election
The GatewayPundit - Condoleezza Rice appeared on The View this week and the ladies wanted her to say that Russia made Trump’s election illegitimate. They were sorely disappointed by Rice’s completely rational answer.

Dems Say Trump Must Meet Demands Or Face Senate Slowdown
The Daily Caller - Democrats continued their efforts to slow down business in the Senate Thursday in order to pressure the Trump Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor for the Russia investigation and to give into other demands. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went to the floor and demanded that Attorney General Jeff Sessions not be involved in the search for former FBI Director James Comey’s replacement.

Aetna fully exits Obamacare exchanges with pull-out in two states
Reuters - Health insurer Aetna Inc said on Wednesday it will exit the 2018 Obamacare individual insurance market in Delaware and Nebraska - the two remaining states where it offered the plans. Aetna had already said it would exit the individual commercial market in Virginia and Iowa, after pulling out of several other states last year. Aetna has now "completely exited the exchanges," the company said in an emailed statement. Insurers Humana Inc and UnitedHealth Group Inc have also pulled out of most of the government subsidized individual health insurance market. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives last week voted to undo the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, the signature domestic achievement of former President Barack Obama. But even if the Republicans' bill - known as the American Health Care Act - is passed by the Senate it would not solve a critical outstanding issue for insurers looking at 2018: Will the government continue to fund the cost-sharing subsidies that help individuals pay for care?

Boeing Pays Tab on $4M Damage to POTUS’ Air Force One After Dangerous Mistake
Sputnik News - A new government report has found that Boeing mechanics accidentally left the president’s personal ride in the sky vulnerable to fire. The issue wound up causing $4 million in damage to oxygen systems on one of the two jets comprising Air Force One. A mishap involving the use of a contaminated regulator and other tools during jet maintenance in April 2016 led to the potential fire hazard. Contractors’ failure to abide by explicit warnings for work on oxygen systems, inadequate oversight of the mistake and insufficient mechanic training were also cited in the Accident Investigation Board report created by Air Force Material Command.

Jeff Davis monument comes down after 106 years
WWL - A large police presence as well as large cranes and heavy equipment were all part of the removal of the monument to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis early Thursday, May 11. Workers who showed up to work on the removal were again shrouded with masks and dark clothing as the city has said there have been threats made against those participating in the removal. The monument to Jefferson Davis was erected in 1911 and had stood in its location at the corner of Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street for 106 years…."This morning we continue our march to reconciliation by removing the Jefferson Davis Confederate statue from its pedestal of reverence," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement.

World News

The Map the Media Doesn’t Want You to See: Nations With the Most Refugees Have the Most Terror Attacks
Mac Slavo - The nations that have become the hottest destinations for refugees, are also the nations with the most terrorist attacks. France, Germany, Sweden, and the UK are brimming with terror incidents. Meanwhile, countries that didn’t take in so many refugees, like Poland, Slovakia, and the Baltic states, have very few terrorist attacks or none at all…. Obviously there’s a link between admitting countless refugees from the Middle East, and domestic terrorist attacks. Our government knows this as well. For instance, a few days before FBI director James Comey was ousted by Trump, he stood before a Senate committee and admitted that 15% of his agency’s terror related investigations involved refugees. That’s a shocking number when you consider that the US admitted 85,000 refugees last year, and the percentage of the population that would consider themselves to be refugees is probably less than 1%.

Austria on the edge: Government set to COLLAPSE – and it could cause an EU nightmare
Daily Express - And the crisis could a huge headache for Brussels as the anti-EU Freedom Party is currently leading in the polls. Yesterday the future of the coalition government was thrown into doubt after Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner resigned, prompting calls for an election. Many within his People’s Party believe an election should be called rather than simply replacing him as party leader and continuing the shaky coalition with the Social Democrats. The two parties had clashed regularly since taking power together in 2013 and Mr. Mitterlehner’s resignation looks set to be the uneasy alliance’s death knoll. Officials also fear the resignation could provide a huge chance for the far-right Freedom Party, who were founded in 1956 by a former Nazi and are vehemently opposed to migration and the European Union. The party came incredibly close to securing the country’s presidency last year when candidate Norbert Hofer stormed to victory in the first round of victory before being defeated in the second. Now the party are setting their heights higher and hope to secure control of the government during the next election - which could come sooner than previously expected. The Freedom Party are leading in the polls and would be expected to win around a third of the national vote if an election were to be held.

Venezuelans are flooding into Colombia - and it’s starting to feel like a refugee crisis
Blacklisted News - In January, 47,095 Venezuelans entered Colombia, more than double the number from January of last year. Some 21,000 of them crossed into Norte de Santander, the state of which Cúcuta is the capital. Here and at other points along the nearly 1,400-mile border, the situation is beginning to feel like a refugee crisis. As Venezuela’s economic and social crisis has reached a boiling point in recent weeks, with enormous and increasingly violent protests and President Nicolás Maduro descending further into authoritarianism, migration into Colombia has too begun to reach crisis levels. (In the past two years Maduro has intermittently closed the border with Colombia to prevent people from exchanging currency, importing groceries, or smuggling gasoline and other contraband. The border remains closed to vehicle traffic but has been open to foot traffic since August.)

Welcome to Your Agenda 21 Apartment: Thousands of Hong Kong Residents Forced to Live in Subdivided “Coffin Homes”
Mac Slavo - The explosion of housing costs is one of the greatest economic crises in the developed world. From San Francisco and New York to London and Vancouver, the average worker’s paycheck is being devoured by the cost of rent. This daunting financial barrier is putting people on the streets, and preventing the next generation from raising families and entering the middle class. For people who live in these cities, there’s really only one thing they can do. Their only option is to look for a smaller apartment, even if it’s tragically tiny. That’s what’s happening in Hong Kong, a city that now has the most unaffordable housing market in the world. Over 200,000 of the city’s poorest residents are forced to live in subdivided apartments, many of which are so small they’ve been dubbed “coffin homes” according to the Daily Mail. A coffin apartment like that can cost over $300. But in many cases, subdivided apartments that are only a little bigger than that, are home to entire families. Homes like that are so common in Hong Kong, that the UN has called the situation “an insult to human dignity.” And that’s exactly what it is, because this didn’t have to happen. Only 7% of Hong Kong’s land is designated for housing. However, Hong Kong isn’t the only city where we’re beginning to see these ridiculously tiny apartments.

Election News

Video: Trump Signs Executive Order To Investigate Voter Fraud
The GatewayPundit - President Trump’s executive order titled “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” is aimed at forming a bipartisan commission to review potential voter fraud and “suppression”. The commission would be chaired by Vice President, Mike Pence. Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders spoke on the executive order in today’s press briefing: The commission will also include individuals with knowledge and experience in election management and voter integrity . . . The commission will review policies and practices that enhance or undermine confidence in elections and identify system vulnerabilities. Fox News reports: The commission will also include individuals with knowledge and experience in election management and voter integrity,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said on Thursday at the White House daily press briefing. “The commission will review policies and practices that enhance or undermine confidence in elections and identify system vulnerabilities.

Veteran News

Frustrated Veteran Threatens to Operate on Himself After VA Refuses to Pay His Medical Bill
Daniel Lang - A veteran from New Hampshire by the name of John Irish has come face to face with that unfortunate reality many times. During a recent interview with Boston25 News, the former National Guard medic revealed that he had suffered a cut on his hand from a power tool that was so severe, he had to go to the hospital. When he approached the VA however, they refused to pay his bill as they had done many times before. His dramatic response convinced them to finally cover his procedure. “They handed me a slip of paper saying, ‘we are going to have to have you sign this, because the VA says they’re not going to pay the bill,” he said. Irish receives benefits through the Veterans Affairs Choice program, which allows vets to access private care amidst lengthy wait times at VA medical facilities. Irish says Veterans’ Choice has refused to pay for other bills and this was the final straw. “I thought it was about time the VA of New England got exposed for what it’s doing on this Choice program,” he said. rish threatened to remove his own sutures, in his home, live on social media. Within hours, the VA agreed to pay for the procedure. “It’s totally disgusting that they have to threaten, beg or borrow to get medical treatment,” he said.

Economy & Business

Man Declared Dead By Government For 29 Years, Kept Paying Taxes Anyway
Consumerist - Nearly 30 years ago, the Social Security Administration decided that a 4-year-old Minnesota boy was dead. He was not. SSA employees chalked it up to a “glitch” and promised to correct the error. They did not. And even as that boy grew up and began paying taxes, the federal government still considered him deceased, at least until his local TV station and a U.S. Senator got involved. The SSA zombified the preschooler back in 1987. That’s when, according to KMSP-TV, his recently remarried mom received a letter from the government saying she could no longer receive child support, not because she had a new spouse but because her living, breathing son was dead as far as the government was concerned. At the time, the SSA assured her that it had fixed the situation, but wouldn’t send her a copy of the documentation. That undead boy went on to stay alive, go to school, be gainfully employed, have three children, and get engaged. He also paid taxes, and everything was fine until 2009, when he only received half of the tax refund that he was supposed to. The IRS’s reason? He was dead. Yes, dead people are supposed to file tax returns for income they earned and taxes they paid in the last year that they were alive, but what’s with the half refund? He was unable to figure it out, and the IRS remained convinced that he was dead for the next eight years. [Read More…]

Energy & Environment

Dakota Access pipeline has first leak before it's fully operational
The Guardian - The $3.8bn oil pipeline, which sparked international protests last year and is not yet fully operational, spilled 84 gallons of crude oil at a South Dakota pump station, according to government regulators. Although state officials said the 6 April leak was contained and quickly cleaned, critics of the project said the spill, which occurred as the pipeline is in the final stages of preparing to transport oil, raises fresh concerns about the potential hazards to waterways and Native American sites.

Science & Technology

Trump signs order aimed at upgrading government cyber defenses
Reuters - U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday to bolster the government's cyber security and protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, marking his first significant action to address what he has called a top priority. The order seeks to improve the often-maligned network security of U.S. government agencies, from which foreign governments and other hackers have pilfered millions of personal records and other forms of sensitive data in recent years. The White House said the order also aimed to enhance protection of infrastructure such as the energy grid and financial sector from sophisticated attacks that officials have warned could pose a national security threat or cripple parts of the economy. The directive, which drew largely favorable reviews from cyber experts and industry groups, also lays out goals to develop a more robust cyber deterrence strategy, in part by forging strong cooperation with U.S. allies in cyberspace.

Police given access to DHS's massive biometric database
MassPrivate I - According to an article in Texas Public Radio, law enforcement will now have access to DHS's massive biometric database. "Texas law enforcement are now getting a big assist from the federal government. Texas is the first and only state to get access to a massive Department of Homeland Security biometric database..." Letting police have access to everyone's biometrics is asinine and the potential for abuse is astronomical. Just imagine what will happen, when a politician wants police to give them information about a political opponent. Just imagine what will happen, when a cop wants to get information about a pretty woman or handsome man? Just imagine what will happen when police want information on activists. This has all the earmarks of a police state. DHS's massive database is called the 'Automated Biometric Identification System' (IDENT). "IDENT has evolved over the years into the central DHS -wide system for the storage and processing of biometric data. IDENT stores and processes biometric data—digital fingerprints, photographs, iris scans, and facial images—and links biometrics with biographic information to establish and verify identities. IDENT serves as a biographic and biometric repository for the Department." DHS Secretary Patrick Nemeth, admits that they're spying on millions of people, "we have a database of 212 million people."

Health

Forced Vaccinations Violate Constitutional Rights, Sweden’s Parliament Declares
Natural Blaze - May 10, 2017 is a day that ought to live in infamy! Why? The Parliament of progressive Sweden adopted a decision, which contained several motions, one being “it would violate our [Swedish Constitution] if it introduced compulsory vaccination, or mandatory vaccination.” … Personally, I cannot offer enough kudos, standing ovations, and applause to the Swedish Parliament for members’ level-headedness in assessing vaccines as the bargain basement technology of the 20th century, and not mandating them. However, that seems to be the emerging meme, especially in foreign countries where Big Pharma and vaccine manufacturers are being sued left and right for vaccine damages!

Orange Essential Oil Could Help PTSD
Dr. Mercola - Antidepressants such as Effexor, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft are the most commonly prescribed drugs for PTSD, but their effectiveness varies widely. As with all pharmaceutical drugs, these medications carry with them the potential for harmful side effects. Due to their dangers, as well as the reality that research has shown placebos to be as effective as some prescription drugs, I would like to draw your attention to research suggesting a potential natural treatment for PTSD. Specifically, scientists at George Washington University have suggested orange essential oil may offer a non-drug option for PTSD sufferers. Research performed on lab mice has demonstrated the value of orange essential oil in the reduction of fear and stress associated with the disorder. Of course, similar studies involving humans would be needed to fully validate this body of work. That said, this research marks a promising step forward in identifying potential natural remedies for PTSD that could be used alongside other non-drug interventions such as cognitive therapy, exposure therapy and EMDR eye movement desensitization and reprocessing

Pet News

Jury Awards $1.26 Million to Family of Dog Shot, Killed by Police
Dogington Post - Anne Arundel County police officer Officer Rodney Price claimed that he was attacked by Vern at the home of Vern’s owner, Michael Reeves, while he was canvassing the neighborhood following a burglary. Around 4pm, Officer Price approached the Reeves’ home where he was confronted by 4-and-a-half year old Vern in the front yard. Following the shooting, an Anne Arundel County Police investigation cleared Price of any wrongdoing, stating that the dog was aggressive. But, the Reeves family – who was not involved in the burglary that brought police to their neighborhood contested that Vern was not aggressive and did not attack or endanger the officer’s life but simply barked at the stranger entering his property. A necropsy performed after the shooting disproved the officer’s account of what happened when he shot the dog. The 3-day trial took place in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County where it was revealed that the the dog did not bite or otherwise injure Officer Price before the shooting. Price also admitted that no other steps were taken to deal with the dog before he pulled his gun and fired it twice.
 


Thursday - May 11, 2017

On This Day In History


1792 - The Columbia River was discovered by Captain Robert Gray.
1812 - British prime Minster Spencer Perceval was shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.
1858 - Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. State.
1889 - Major Joseph Washington Wham takes charge of $28,000 in gold and silver to pay troops at various points in the Arizona Territory. The money was stolen in a train robbery.
1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana was established.
1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
1944 - A major offensive was launched by the allied forces in central Italy.
1947 - The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.
1949 - Siam changed its name to Thailand.
1985 - More than 50 people died when a flash fire swept a soccer stadium in Bradford, England.
1995 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes.
1996 - An Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami & crashed into the Florida Everglades. All 110 people on board were killed.
1998 - India conducted its first underground nuclear tests, three of them, in 24 years. The tests were in violation of a global ban on nuclear testing.
2001 - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his decision to approve a 30-day delay of the execution of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh had been scheduled to be executed on May 16, 2001. The delay was because the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had failed to disclose thousands of documents to McVeigh's defense team. (Oklahoma)

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Trump Meets Russia Foreign Minister at White House
The Epoch Times - The talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were the highest-level public contact between Trump and the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin since the Republican took office on Jan. 20…. Trump described his talks with Lavrov as “very, very good.”… He and Lavrov said they discussed the civil war in Syria, where Russia backs President Bashar al-Assad. “We want to see the killing, the horrible killing, stopped in Syria as soon as possible and everyone is working toward that end,” Trump told reporters. Lavrov, who earlier met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said his discussions with members of the Trump administration had convinced him they were people who wanted to cut deals and solve problems. “Now our dialogue is free of the ideologisation that was characteristic of the Obama administration,” Lavrov said. “The Trump administration, and the president himself, and the secretary of state, I was persuaded of this once again today, are people of action.” U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a January report that Putin had ordered an effort to disrupt the 2016 election that included hacking into Democratic Party emails and leaking them, with the aim of helping Trump. Russia denies the allegations. Blaming “fake information,” Lavrov said: “I believe that politicians are damaging the political system of the U.S., trying to pretend that someone is controlling America from the outside.”

Study: Majority of Americans Believe U.S. Losing its Culture and Identity
Paul Joseph Watson - A new study has found that 55% of the U.S. public believe America is in danger of losing its culture and identity. Non-partisan research group PRRI has published a raft of statistics that underscore how insecure Americans, particularly white working class Americans, feel about their future. Asked if the United States was “losing its culture and identity,” 55% of respondents said yes, with 68% of white working class Americans feeling that way. Almost half (48%) of white working class Americans also feel that “things have changed so much that I often feel like a stranger in my own country,” while 62% believe that immigrants arriving from other countries threaten American culture. 65% of white working class respondents feel that “American culture and way of life has deteriorated since the 1950s,” while 52% believe discrimination against whites is now as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities. 70% of white college educated Americans disagreed. Asked if the American dream of working hard and getting ahead still holds true, 46% of white working class Americans agreed, while 48% said the American dream was once a reality but isn’t any longer.

Calls to Investigate ‘Crooked Hillary’ Gain Steam Amid Comey Firing
Adan Salazar - Following FBI Director James Comey’s termination Tuesday, many called on President Trump to hire a new agency head that will seek to prosecute former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Political adviser and longtime confidante Roger Stone voiced his support for the administration to move offensively against the former secretary of state. “Essential the next FBI Director work closely with DOJ to send @HillaryClinton to prison-"no person is above the law" Fox News anchor Sean Hannity made it a point Tuesday night to ask his panel what they thought might happen to Hillary, which he framed as “the most important question of the night.” “If you’re Hillary Clinton tonight, what are you thinking?” Hannity asked Circa News’ Sarah Carter. “Why do we have to obey the laws and she gets off scot-free?” Kenneth Timmerman at The Hill asked in a headline, “Comey got fired – will Clinton get indicted?” “The real question raised by Comey’s firing is whether Justice Department prosecutors are finally getting ready to pick up the Clinton email investigation where the FBI left off last year and make a determination on whether to prosecute Hillary Clinton and her associates, based on the evidence FBI investigators so ably gathered.”

Sources Claim That Comey Firing Could Result In Release Of Documents, Potential New Clinton Probe
Disobedient Media - In the wake of Donald Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey citing “serious mistakes” and mishandling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, emerging information appears to indicate that in the aftermath of Comey’s firing the FBI intends to begin releasing documents on the Clinton investigation and the Department of Justice may request a second look at the investigation…. Upon news of Comey’s removal, Julian Assange tweeted that a source within the FBI had informed him that the Bureau would begin leaking documents from the investigation…. If confirmed, the reports indicate that Comey’s firing represents a renewed focus on information pertaining to the investigation into Hillary Clinton, after the previous one was criticized by both supporters and detractors of the Former Secretary of State and Senator, both of whom painted the investigation as being either politically motivated or hampered by alleged attempts to cover up evidence of wrongdoing.

10 Major FBI Scandals on Comey’s Watch
Grabien News - Comey will inevitably be remembered for the controversial role he played in the 2016 presidential election, where his agency conducted surveillance of the Trump campaign as well as investigated the Clinton camp for mishandling classified materials, giving both sides arguments for how the FBI ultimately swayed the vote. But even before the 2016 campaign, the FBI endured a number of humiliations under Comey’s tenure…. 1. Before he bombed the Boston Marathon, the FBI interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev but let him go. Russia sent the Obama Administration a second warning, but the FBI opted against investigating him again. 2. Shortly after the NSA scandal exploded in 2013, the FBI was exposed conducting its own data mining on innocent Americans; the agency, Bloomberg reported, retains that material for decades (even if no wrongdoing is found). 3. The FBI had possession of emails sent by Nidal Hasan saying he wanted to kill his fellow soldiers to protect the Taliban — but didn’t intervene, leading many critics to argue the tragedy that resulted in the death of 31 Americans at Fort Hood could have been prevented. 4. During the Obama Administration, the FBI claimed that two private jets were being used primarily for counterterrorism, when in fact they were mostly being used for Eric Holder and Robert Mueller’s business and personal travel. 5. When the FBI demanded Apple create a “backdoor” that would allow law enforcement agencies to unlock the cell phones of various suspects, the company refused, sparking a battle between the feds and America’s biggest tech company. What makes this incident indicative of Comey’s questionable management of the agency is that a) The FBI jumped the gun, as they were indeed ultimately able to crack the San Bernardino terrorist’s phone, and b) Almost every other major national security figure sided with Apple (from former CIA Director General Petraeus to former CIA Director James Woolsey to former director of the NSA, General Michael Hayden), warning that such a “crack” would inevitably wind up in the wrong hands. [Read More…]

Aetna Is Latest Health Insurer to Quit Obamacare Markets
Bloomberg - “We will not offer on- or off-exchange individual plans in Delaware or Nebraska for 2018, and at this time have completely exited the exchanges,” Aetna said in a statement Wednesday. Aetna had indicated it might pull out earlier this month, when Chief Financial Officer Shawn Guertin said the company would take steps to limit its financial losses in the program. Aetna has said it expects to lose more than $200 million on individual health plans this year in the four states where it’s still selling Affordable Care Act plans. Obamacare’s markets are becoming increasingly vulnerable as major health insurers exit, citing financial losses. Some insurers have stayed in, but raised the premiums they charge customers by double-digit percentages…. Some of the instability has been going on for years, as fewer people than expected have signed up for plans and many have been sicker than insurers accounted for…. Aetna’s decision could leave Nebraska with just one insurer, Medica. Medica has pulled back from Obamacare as well, saying it may exit the program in Iowa, leaving much of the state without insurance options under Obamacare. In Delaware, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield company Highmark would be the lone Obamacare insurer in the state, assuming no other insurers enter.

Los Angeles School District Declares all Campuses 'Sanctuary Schools'
Breitbart - The Los Angeles Unified School Board (LAUSD) passed a resolution Tuesday declaring all schools “sanctuaries” for any illegal alien students and their families — even criminal aliens — who might be facing deportation. Not only does the resolution designate every LAUSD campus as a “safe place” for illegal aliens and their families, but it goes further, as quoted by the Daily News: - schools can’t ask about a student’s or family member’s immigration status; - the district will partner with legal services organizations to create “Know Your Rights” presentations for students and their families to educate them about their rights when interacting with law enforcement and immigration agents; - district employees can refuse, to the fullest extent possible under the law, to share information with immigration agents; - the district will help with legal support for immigrant students and their families by offering referrals to reputable legal organizations; [and] - the district will create a “rapid response network” to help st udents or family who have been detained by immigration officials.

US Sees Massive Drop in Illegal Border Crossings in Trump Era
Sputnik News - There has been a 76 percent drop in illegal border crossings into the US since President Donald Trump took office – and this before plans for “the wall” have been finalized. Analysts say that the decline is even more marked for children and families, and have attributed the difference to the Trump administration’s strict enforcement of his immigration policy. In April, apprehensions by border patrol personnel dropped to 11,129, with the number of children apprehended coming in below 1,000. This marks the lowest total for any month in decades, the Washington Times reported. In December, 43,253 were apprehended while trying to cross the southern border. The number of apprehensions is generally seen as an indicator of overall flow: the more people who are apprehended, the more people likely also made it across undetected. In contrast to the policies of the Obama administration, Trump has called for speedy deportations and additional detention centers to house apprehended undocumented immigrants so they are not released into United States prior to their hearings.

Gun Groups React Positively to New Trump Judicial Nominations
Washington Free Beacon - Gun rights activists praised President Trump's new judicial nominees on Wednesday. "As he did in nominating Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, once again President Trump is keeping his promise to the American people by nominating constitutional originalists across the federal courts," Chris Cox, head of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon…. The Second Amendment Foundation, which has a number of gun-rights cases pending in the federal courts, said the nominations look "very promising."… At this point, there are over 120 federal court vacancies waiting to be filled. With federal judges serving life terms, President Trump has an opportunity to shape the federal court system in a significant fashion…. Liberals and Democrats have reacted to the news of the nominations with a great deal of alarm…. [Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan] Gottlieb said the scorn from liberal groups only served to make him more confident in the president's nominees.

Cedarville University Embraces Ohio's Campus Carry Law, Arms Faculty
Breitbart - Beginning August 1, full-time faculty and staff possessing concealed carry permits will be able to carry guns for defense of themselves and their students at Cedarville University…. According to Cleveland.com, Cedarville is a Baptist affiliated school that enrolls nearly 4,000 students for undergraduate, graduate, and online studies. “University President Thomas White said school officials consulted with law enforcement and attorneys and got input from employees through a town hall meeting and surveys” before voting to allow concealed carry on campus. The surveys revealed that “only 8 percent of [Cedarville] faculty and staff…did not want anyone to carry a concealed firearm a concealed firearm on campus.”…. Breitbart News reported that Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed campus carry legislation into law on December 19, 2016; less than a month after an Islamist armed with a butcher knife and a car attacked unarmed innocents on the Ohio State University campus. Since that time, Arkansas and Georgia both adopted campus carry as well, bringing the total number of campus carry states to 11. The other eight are Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Texas, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Idaho, and Kansas.

The 2017 “March Against Monsanto” May 20, 2017
Natural Blaze - The Organic Consumers Organization is providing a listing of 184 MAM-march organizer contacts on its website. There are 95 contacts listed for marches taking place in the USA; 14 for Canada; Japan 5; 14 France; 5 Mexico; 6 Argentina; 4 Bolivia and numerous others for countries across the globe. Organic Consumers Organization is offering free materials to reproduce for the marches at its website where you can click on links and print any of the various materials to reproduce for marchers to display. According to OCO, “More than 300 cities on 6 continents are participating.” Please consider joining the world-wide “March Against Monsanto” to show government officials, the media and all GMO developers your dissatisfaction with being force-fed ersatz ‘phood’—something really not found in Nature, but synthesized in Monsanto’s and other GMO producers’ laboratories.

World News

Turkey Warns US Decision To Arm Kurd "Terrorists" Is A "Crisis", Gives Trump Chance To "Reconsider"
Zero Hedge - Following yesterday's news that the White House had radically changed its strategy involving Syrian military intervention, and that it had decided to provide weapons to Kurdish militants in the region, we were curious to see just how livid Turkey would be when it inevitably responded to Trump's announcement. One day later we got the answer when the Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik was quoted by Reuters that the U.S. decision to provide weapons for Kurdish militants in the fight against ISIS "is a crisis" and warned it would not benefit the United States or the region…. The decision to supply arms to Kurds would have “consequences” and a potentially “negative result” for Washington, warned Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned on Wednesday…. A third warning came from Turkish Deputy PM Nurettin Canikli who told local TV station A Haber that “we cannot accept the presence of terrorist organizations that would threaten the future of the Turkish state…. Responding to the Turkish laments, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was confident the United States would be able to resolve tensions with Turkey the decision. “We will work very closely with Turkey in support of their security on their southern border. It's Europe's southern border, and we’ll stay closely connected,” Reuters quoted Mattis on Wednesday.

Migrants Rampage Through Streets After Storming Spanish Border
Breitbart - Hundreds of African migrants have stormed the Spanish-Moroccan border, injuring guards and pouring into the streets of Melilla. The city, which has belonged to Spain since 1497, is one of two centuries-old settlements on the North African coast which belong to the European country. Their frontiers with Morocco represent the European Union’s only land borders with an African nation…. Around a hundred migrants broke through the city’s defences successfully, rampaging through the streets and turning cartwheels in celebration. They could not be immediately ejected due to EU rules which require the authorities to let them lodge asylum applications on reaching Spanish soil…. Border violations at the two exclaves had already tripled on 2016 by February, with Moroccan agriculture minister and billionaire oil and gas tycoon Aziz Akhannouch indicating that the North African dictatorship would relax its efforts to stem the flow of migrants if the EU refused to give way to on issues related to farming, fishing, and the long-standing illegal occupation of Western Sahara…. In fact, the EU does pay Morocco an unspecified sum, reported to be in the tens of millions of euros, to police its borders.

Paris's Largest Migrant Camp Evacuated by Police
Breitbart - The Porte de la Chapelle migrant camp used to be the largest in Paris, but after Tuesday morning the camp no longer exists. Police arrived at the camp at 5:30 am and began the process of relocating some 1,600 migrants, the vast majority of whom were men, away from the area, L’Express reports. According to police, there were 1,609 people, of which 75 were considered “vulnerable” including underage migrants and women, who were relocated to official accommodation facilities. The camp was mostly populated by men from Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Sudan…. Aside from the health hazards in the squalid camp, many authorities worried about rivalries between the different nationalities of migrants that led to a particularly violent incident last month. Last week, Breitbart London travelled to the camp to talk to migrants who had come to Europe. One migrant said that he blamed Europe for “ruining” his country and almost all agreed that European governments owed them access to welfare and housing. According to one of the residents at the camp, originally from Sudan, the most violent people at the camp were the Eritrean men.

Millions of Pakistanis sent govt blasphemy warning by text
RT - Pakistan’s government has sent millions of text messages warning citizens against the sharing of blasphemous content online. The move comes as authorities bid to combat a major uptick in religious violence as mob rule decides if ‘blasphemers’ live or die. Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) asked members of the public to report any objectionable content to authorities. The telecom regulator told AFP that it was acting on a court order. It’s feared, however, that the government message will embolden the actions of violent mobs.

Mexico's 2016 Murder Tally Exceeds Those of Many Countries at War
The Epoch TImes - Mexico had the second-highest number of murders last year among countries considered in “armed conflict,” more than Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report published on Tuesday that dealt a blow to President Enrique Peña Nieto’s efforts to end a deadly drug war. With nearly 23,000 intentional homicides in 2016, Mexico’s murder tally was second only to war-torn Syria’s 60,000, said Antonio Sampaio, one of the authors of the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ “Armed Conflict Survey 2017.” Iraq had roughly 17,000 murders, while Afghanistan had 16,000 last year, he added, noting that Mexico’s militarized drug battle increasingly resembles an armed conflict…. While homicides are generally reported at a rate per 100,000 people, Sampaio said many countries in armed conflict lack reliable population data. “We think absolute numbers are a good way of measuring intensity,” he said. “Plus 23,000 is a huge number; no doubt about that.”… The 2016 murder tally rose to its highest level since Pena Nieto became president, and the first few months of 2017 have shown no signs that the violence has stopped. In January, Reuters reported that Mexico’s declining security budget could help drive the 2017 murder tally to its highest level ever.

Energy & Environment

Obama Uses Private Jet, 14 Car Convoy to Get to European Climate Change Speech
Independent Journal Review - Former President Barack Obama traveled to Italy this week to make a speech on climate change at the “Seed & Chips: The Global Food Innovation Summit” in the city of Milan. It seems like Obama has taken a page out of Leonardo DiCaprio's book of “do as I say, not as I do” and took a private jet to Milan. Not only that, he had a 14 car convoy to get into the city, which also included protection from above with a helicopter. It doesn't end there. According to The Daily Mail, 300 police officers were used to protect the former president. The fleet of 14 included multiple SUVs, police cars, and sedans — not to mention a few motorcycles. While in Milan, Obama also met with former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who was a close partner during their respective times in office. During his post-presidency vacation, Obama spent many weeks in French Polynesia on music mogul David Geffen's 450ft superyacht, which surely does not frugally sip fossil fuels like he wants the rest of the country to do. Seems like President Obama’s retirement is going well.
* Related: Obama Pockets $3.2 Million For Speaking At A Conference In Milan

Science & Technology

An AI Will Decide Which Criminals in the UK Get Bail
Motherboard - Get arrested in Durham, England, and artificial intelligence could help decide whether you're held in custody or sent home—but it's not yet clear if the algorithm is more accurate than police officers when it comes to assessing whether someone is likely to reoffend. Durham Constabulary has worked with academics from the University of Cambridge to develop the Harm Assessment Risk Tool (HART), an algorithm that analyses crime data and predicts whether an arrested suspect is likely to pose a risk if released from custody. The tool is similar to those recently rolled out in the United States…. Alongside that, Durham is running a "wilful blindfulness exercise", where officers aren't shown HART's prediction, but instead make their own guess as to whether the suspect will reoffend within two years and whether it will be serious, so researchers can see if humans and machines make the same choice. So far, HART and officers agree only 56 percent of the time. Durham will have to wait two years to see which is correct more often.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Victory: Seed sharing platform disrupting dangerous companies who control more than 60% of the global seed supply
(Natural News) A new peer-to-peer seed sharing program could turn the agricultural world upside-down. In order to help preserve biodiversity and increase food security, some gardeners and small farmers are focusing on growing and saving seeds from heirloom plants and crops. Heirloom crops and plants that can be open-pollinated and that have adapted to specific climates and environments are integral to maintaining genetic diversity among plants and helps to ensure food security. Modern farming practices, however, have taken their toll on biodiversity. In fact, in less than a century, the United States alone has seen fruit and vegetable seed diversity decrease by 1200 percent. In total, about 93 percent of once-diverse crop and plant species have vanished. Worldwide, plant diversity has decreased by a staggering 75 percent.

Do your part and save the bees with these 10 easy-to-grow flowers
(Natural News) Bee populations have dwindled in recent years. Pesticides, parasites, and the disappearance of wildflowers have all been cited as reasons for the declines of domesticated and wild bees. Without these important little pollinators, the amount of agricultural crops would shrink considerably. Less bees means less food for us. Fortunately, the simple act of planting annual flowers can help bring bee numbers back up. 1. Garden Nasturtium – Beloved as both an ornamental and medicinal plant. 2. French Marigold – Commonly used as a companion plant, French Marigolds protect vegetable crops from harmful insects like white flies. 3. Common Marigold – These are fast-growing plants blessed with aromatic leaves and vibrant flowers. They also serve as excellent substitutes for saffron in rice dishes. Californian Bluebell – These are hardy flowers that do well in dry soil, require little attention, and attract pollinators. Common Sunflower – Whether you plant giant Sunflowers or the shorter varieties, be sure to plant them where they can get the most amount of sun. There are pollen-free cultivars on the market which aren’t good at attracting bees, so avoid these at all costs. Baby’s Breath – These delicate white flowers are known for being easy to grow from seeds. More than just bouquet fillers, Baby’s Breath lure in honeybees with ease….

Health

About a third of FDA-approved drugs go on to have major safety issues
Ars Technica - Among 222 novel therapeutics approved by the agency between 2001 and 2010, 71 (or 32 percent) had safety events arise a median of 4.2 years later. Safety events assessed in the study were marked by any of three FDA actions: withdrawing a drug entirely from the market; adding a boxed warning to a drug’s label, which is often added for life-threatening health risks; or issuing a safety communication, which is for serious, but non-life-threatening, health risks. In all, the agency withdrew three drugs*, added boxed warnings to 61, and issued safety communications for 59. The authors of the study, led by Joseph Ross, a Yale professor of general medicine and public health policy, hope the analysis helps regulators identify features of drugs that may have hidden health risks at the time of their review…. “The majority of pivotal trials that form the basis for FDA approval enroll fewer than 1,000 patients with follow-up of six months or less, which may make it challenging to identify uncommon or long-term serious safety risks,” Ross and his colleagues note. “The high frequency of post-market safety events highlights the need for continuous monitoring of the safety of novel therapeutics throughout their life cycle.” But the study also may offer a glimpse of what could come from policies designed to quicken the FDA’s already swift reviews.

Baltimore group pushes FDA to issue cancer warning labels on acid reflux drugs
(Natural News) Acid reflux affects most people at one time or another. Rethink Health reports that 60 million adults in the U.S. experience it at least once a month, while 25 million suffer with it on a daily basis…. For many, the solution seems simple: Just use an over-the-counter medication to deal with the acid and resolve the problem. What most people don’t realize is that though they may no longer feel the symptoms after taking an OTC medication, the problem is still there, and left untreated, can lead to a serious condition called Barrett’s Esophagus, in which all that stomach acid eventually damages the lining of the esophagus. In turn, this condition can eventually result in esophageal cancer. As reported by The Baltimore Sun, a group called the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN), which is based in Baltimore, is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to add warning labels to OTC medications like Nexium, Prilosec, Omeprazole, Prevacid, Dexilant, Aciphex and Protonix.

The More Muscle, The Less Diabetes
Natural Blaze - If you have more lean muscle tissue, you have less risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). Findings outlined by US and Chinese scientists provide further insights into how muscles use glucose in a feedback loop as well as its role in whole-body glucose balance…. “The majority of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by the adoption of a healthier lifestyle,” reported researchers led by Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts….One study looked at 13,600 people and followed them for 6 years. Researchers found that people who had just 10% greater amount of muscle tissue in their body, according to a special bioelectrical impedance measurement, had 12% less chance of developing pre-diabetes or diabetes type II. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a trial published in 2002, found intensive lifestyle interventions such as diet or exercise were more effective than the diabetes drug metformin in preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Lettuce Has … No Nutrition? Perhaps, If You Eat The Wrong Kind
Off the Grid News - Nature gives us a great hint for choosing healthy fruits and vegetables – color. The darker the berry, the higher the antioxidant value. Similarly, the darker the shade of lettuce is, the higher its nutritional content. Take iceberg lettuce, for example. The longtime and popular American salad staple has a pale color and, accordingly, offers little in the way of vitamins and minerals. In fact, it ranks last on our list of healthy lettuce…. Romaine – With its dark red and green color and its elongated leaves, romaine (also called “cos”) is rich in folate and vitamins A and C. It also contains a healthy dose of Vitamin K, zinc and potassium. Each romaine leaf has a sturdy rib that helps it stand up well in salads and on sandwiches, but its flavor is surprisingly sweet. Even better: Romaine will last for 10 days or more in your fridge…. Loose leaf lettuce —Second only to romaine in Vitamin A content… Loose leaf contains the most fiber of any lettuce and also is rich in potassium. Butterhead – Butterhead has double the magnesium content of any other lettuce and is a good source of vitamin A. It also has small amounts of calcium and iron. Leaf lettuce — It is a good choice for sneaking some Vitamins A and K into the diet of the picky eaters in your family. The greener or redder the leaf, the more nutrients this lettuce provides, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
 


Wednesday - May 10, 2017

On This Day In History


1768 - The imprisonment of the journalist John Wilkes as an outlaw provoked violence in London. Wilkes was returned to parliament as a member for Middlesex.
1773 - The English Parliament passed the Tea Act, which taxed all tea in the U.S. colonies.
1775 - Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold led an attack on the British Fort Ticonderoga and captured it from the British.
1840 - Mormon leader Joseph Smith moved his band of followers to Illinois to escape the hostilities they had experienced in Missouri.
1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops near Irvinville, GA.
1872 - Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for the U.S. presidency.
1876 - Richard Wagner’s "Centennial Inaugural March" was heard for the first time at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA.
1898 - A vending machine law was enacted in Omaha, NE. It cost $5,000 for a permit.
1908 - The first Mother's Day observance took place during a church service in Grafton, West Virginia.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
1933 - The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.
1940 - Germany invaded Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
1941 - England's House of Commons was destroyed by a German air raid.
1941 - Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission.
1942 - U.S. forces in the Philippines began to surrender to the Japanese.
1943 - U.S. troops invaded Attu in the Aleutian Islands to expel the Japanese.
1968 - Preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris.
1986 - Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the Blue Angels team.
1994 - Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.
2000 - 11,000 residents were evacuated in Los Alamos, NM, due to a fire that was blown into a canyon. The fire had been deliberately set to clear brush.
2002 - Robert Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. Hanssen, an FBI agent, had sold U.S. secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
2002 - Taiwan test fired a locally made Sky Bow II surface-to-air missile for the first time. They also fired three U.S.-made Hawk missiles.
2011 - It was announced that Microsoft had closed a deal to purchase the internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion.
2013 - In New York, NY, crane operators hoisted the final pieces of the spire atop One World Trade Center (formerly called the Freedom Tower).

U.S. News, Politics & Government

F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump
New York Times - President Trump has fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the White House said on Tuesday. Mr. Comey was leading an investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Mr. Trump said in a letter to Mr. Comey dated Tuesday. “It is essential that we find new leadership for the F.B.I. that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Mr. Trump wrote.

Clinton Campaign Manager ‘Terrified’ Over Comey Firing
The GatewayPundit - Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election campaign quickly expressed their disapproval of Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Hillary’s campaign manager, Robby Mook tweeted about the news of Comey’s firing claiming it terrified him. That makes us even happier here at TGP! Mook tweeted out ‘Twilight zone. I was disappointed and frustrated as anyone at how the email investigation was handled. But this terrifies me.’ Comey’s firing was of course welcomed by conservatives and patriots alike. Comey was involved in one scandal after covering for Hillary Clinton. Comey’s firing came at the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
* Related: Flashback: Comey and FBI Never Asked for DNC Hacked Computer Servers During Investigation

Trump Nominates Ten Conservatives to be Federal Judges
Breitbart - Trump has already made one other judicial nomination: Judge Amul Thapar to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Thapar is currently a federal district judge (the trial court in the federal system) in Kentucky. But at this moment, there are 122 judicial vacancies in addition to the one Thapar will fill when he is confirmed. On Monday, Trump nominated ten additional picks to fill many of those seats, five for the federal appeals courts and four for the federal district courts (in addition to one for a specialized court, the Court of Federal Claims). Most of the public attention will go to the appellate nominees, because more than 99 percent of the time a decision from a federal appeals court is a final decision because the Supreme Court does not select it for review.

California may end ban on communists in government jobs that has been on the books since the Red Scare of the 1940s and '50s
Daily Mail - Being a communist would no longer be a fireable offense for California government employees under a bill passed Monday by the state Assembly. Lawmakers narrowly approved the bill to repeal part of a law enacted during the Red Scare of the 1940s and '50s when fear that communists were trying to infiltrate and overthrow the US government was rampant. The bill, which was authored by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta, now goes to the Senate. If passed there, it would eliminate part of the law that allows public employees to be fired for being a member of the Communist Party…. Assemblyman Randy Voepel, a Southern California Republican who fought in the Vietnam War, said communists in North Korea and China are 'still a threat.' This bill is blatantly offensive to all Californians,' said Assemblyman Travis Allen, a Republican who represents a coastal district in Southern California. 'Communism stands for everything that the United States stands against.'

College Destroys Books After Digitization, Sparking Fears of 1984-Style Censorship
Kit Daniels - California universities were caught removing and even destroying library books after digitizing them, a process critics warn leads to 1984-style censorship in which only “corrected” copies of books remain. UC Berkeley in particular recently removed 135,000 books from its school library, claiming that by digitizing the books, library space can be reused for meeting rooms and “nap pods.”… “The removal of 60% of the physical collection at the science library of the University of California, Santa Cruz, for instance, caused an uproar after it was reported that many of the books removed had been destroyed,” reported the Christian Science Monitor. “A campus spokesman said that nothing had been lost from the scholarly record, since duplicates were retained in other libraries or available online.” “Given the short timeframe and seeming lack of consultation of the faculty, however, many critics expressed doubts that this was actually the case.” This, of course, draws parallels to the novel 1984, in which the protagonist, Winston, works at the Ministry of Truth altering books and important texts while sequentially destroying the original sources to hide the evidence of tampering. In reality, it’s certainly plausible that SJW student-workers digitizing books at a university could “correct for history” by altering or downright removing passages from books that don’t conform to their world view.

Fed Tech Slowed ICE Agents Tracking Visa Overstays, Report Finds
Breitbart - A recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows just how much the federal government has done to handicap ICE agents who are working to find those who are illegally in the country because of visa overstays. Estimates reveal there are 1.2 million of these individuals in the country. Two of the 9/11 terrorists overstayed their visas. Visa overstays are one of the primary causes for illegal immigrants to be in the United States. Moreover, as discussed on Breitbart News Radio in an interview with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) in late January, “about 40 percent of people who come to visit our country on a visa overstay their visa, and we have no idea where they are.” The senator from Kentucky added, “On 9/11, at least two of the hijackers were here on visa. They were traveling back and forth to the Middle East, and we really had no idea where they were or what they were doing, and they were overstaying their visa. So, there are problems I think in the immigration system that need to be fixed for our safety.” The report issued by DHS last week shows that ICE investigators are given a sluggishly encumbering system, causing delays in determining whether a visa holder poses a national security threat.

15 Illegal Immigrants Arrested for Alleged Identity Theft
Breitbart - The 15 illegal immigrants were indicted by a federal grand jury for identity theft, accusing the men of “using social security numbers of actual citizens, and making false claims of United States citizenship in order to obtain jobs at the facility over the past three years,” the statement read. According to prosecutors, the illegal immigrants were working under names of actual U.S. citizens. The stolen identities primarily came from citizens living in Puerto Rico. Prosecutors said that after the illegal immigrants stole the Social Security numbers, they received state-issued identification cards from Louisiana, Missouri, Texas and Arkansas in order to work in those states. The stolen Social Security numbers allowed the illegal immigrants to get past the E-Verify systems.

"Chicago Is A War Zone": Police Suicide Rate Surges To 60% Above The National Average
Zero Hedge - “Chicago is a war zone,” said Alexa James, the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Chicago. “They (officers) are seeing the worst day of everybody’s life every day.” “Suicide is killing officers, alcohol is killing officers, at a far greater rate than ambushes, but there is not the same sense of urgency around this issue,” said Christy Lopez, a former Justice Department official who led the Chicago federal probe. Chicago police’s suicide rate was 29.4 per 100,000 department members between 2013 and 2015, the report said, citing police union figures. The department disagreed in the report, putting the rate at 22.7 suicides per 100,000 members. Both estimates were higher than the national average of 18.1 law enforcement suicides per 100,000…. To add insult to injury, because of Chicago’s onerous gun laws that permanently prohibit anyone who has been involuntarily committed for in-patient mental health treatment from carrying a gun, a requirement for cops, the folks working for the Chicago PD generally refuse mental health services out of fear of losing their job.
* Related: Chicago Gangs Turn To "Armor-Piercing Rifles" In Police Ambush

A Tour Down Homicide Lane, As Baltimore Descends Into Chaos
Zero Hedge - According to The Baltimore Sun Newspaper, the city has logged in 118 homicides today with the projection of >400 murders for year’s end. It’s so bad here that Baltimore’s Mayor has asked the Federal Government for help in attempt to regain control. Even the police union sounds the alarm of an officer shortage leading to decrease in patrols. All of this is occurring as the Baltimore population declines, nearing a 100-year low, U.S. Census says…. The mainstream media dares not to share this with you, because it destroys the gentrification narrative to lure in the millennial generation for city life. Millennials’ are frantically buying real estate <2 miles from this high homicide area. For the sake of the millennials’, let’s hope a spillover in crime does not occur in their neighborhoods. It would be detrimental to home prices.

Govt to Grab $3M from Taxpayers to Propagandize Us Into Eating GMOs
Natural Blaze - Washington Post reports: The Food and Drug Administration will fund a campaign to promote genetically modified organisms in food under a bipartisan agreement to keep the government funded through the end of September. The deal to avert a government shutdown allocates $3 million to “consumer outreach and education regarding agricultural biotechnology,” which includes genetic engineering of food and commodity crops. The money is to be used to tout “the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian impacts” of biotech crops and their derivative food products. More than 50 agriculture and food industry groups had signed on to an April 18 letter urging the funding to counter “a tremendous amount of misinformation about agricultural biotechnology in the public domain.” But some environmental groups and House Democrats have derided the provision as a government-sponsored public relations tour for the GMO industry…. Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.) tried to get the measure struck from the bill last month. During a hearing she had said: It is not the responsibility of the FDA to mount a government-controlled propaganda campaign to convince the American public that genetically modified foods are safe. The FDA has to regulate the safety of our food supply and medical devices. They are not, nor should they be, in the pro-industry advertising business.

World News

US to send heavier weapons to Syrian Kurds and reassures NATO ally, Turkey – Pentagon
RT - The Department of Defense has confirmed delivery of heavier weapons to US-allied Kurdish fighters, for the upcoming ‘long and difficult’ battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from ISIS. The Pentagon has also offered protection to its NATO ally, Turkey…. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is meeting with Turkish officials in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Tuesday to work out differences over the US’s continued support for Syrian Kurds against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters and efforts to retake Raqqa. Turkey considers them an extension of a banned terrorist group on its territory. The weapons shipment was also confirmed by the White House on Tuesday…. Spicer said the US "reassures the people and the government of Turkey that the US is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally."

EXCLUSIVE: ‘It Was An Invasion’: How Hungary Managed To Erase Illegal Immigration In Just A Few Months
The Daily Caller - When other countries welcomed refugees with open arms, Hungary decided it was time to eradicate illegal immigration at any cost. The country succeeded, but that success damaged relations with the European Union in the process. Hungary’s second border fence has just been completed in the southern town of Asotthalom. The 96-mile long, 14 ft. tall double-line of defense doesn’t look too intimidating from a distance. Go a little closer and you’ll notice several layers of razor-wire capable of delivering electric shocks, cameras, heat sensors and loudspeakers ready to tell migrants they’re about to break Hungarian law if they as much as touch the fence. Add a few hundred military officers and “border hunters” and it’s virtually impossible to break. Close to every police officer in the country is part of a rotation to make sure the grounds are covered at all times. Temporary military bases have been set up by the border to house them while they do their rotation. More than 1,000 volunteers will receive generous salary and benefit packages when they deploy as “border hunters” after extensive training…. If a migrant is lucky enough to make it across, local guards patrol the surrounding area around the clock. The ones who are caught are arrested and dropped off on the Serbian side. They don’t even get a chance to apply for asylum unless they do so at a “transit zone” where they are held in housing containers while their cases get processed.

Economy & Business

For The First Time, You Can Track Every Dollar The Government Spends
Zero Hedge - Despite paying trillions in Federal taxes every year, Americans' requests for a clear, detailed breakdown of where their money goes every year, have gone unanswered and been ignored by both Republican and Democrat administrations for one simple reason: transparency has an unpleasant way of mutating into accountability, which is the scariest thing imaginable for any career politician. Not any more. On Tuesday, the US Treasury launched a new website designed to track virtually every dollar - out of roughly $4 trillion - in federal spending. The new website, Beta. USAspending.gov, was created to put data into the hands of taxpayers by empowering them to track how their tax dollars are spent. The site is designed to follow federal agency spending and, for the first time, links spending data to awards distributed by the government…. More than just pretty charts, however, the site will likely serve as a tool for investors following along with Trump Administration proposal debates, and tracking who, where and when is set to receive several billion in excess government generosity.

Bitcoin Soars Over $1700 - 2017's Best-Performing Currency
Zero Hedge - Bitcoin is now up for 16 of the last 18 days, soaring over 50% in the last month and up almost 90% in 2017 - making its the year's best performing currency. There appears to be no specific catalyst for today's move as the surge in Japanese interest and news that Russia is considering, like Japan just did, to allow cryptocurrencies as a legal payment method are outweighing fears over 'hard forks', SEC rejections, and Chinese crackdowns. One wonders whether this 'spurious' correlation has anything to do with Bitcoin's rise - as Venezuela's black market Bolivar plunges into hyper-inflationary collapse, non-fiat currencies are bid... We summarized the ongoing bitcoin frenzy as follows last week: "just as the Chinese bubble frenzy in bitcoin is fading, it may be replaced with a new one, in which thousands of Mrs. Watanabe traders shift their attention away from the FX market and toward digital currencies" and added that "If the transition is seamless, there is no telling just how far this particular bubble can grow."

Purple Mattress Company Allegedly Sues Man For Questioning Product’s Safety
David Wolfe - A new viral video is alleging that the company Purple, Inc.—creators of a product that’s the “perfected science of sound sleep”—is suing a review site for questioning the mattress’ safety. “Do you want to know why Purple Mattress is suing me over four simple safety questions,” begins the video… According to the man in the video, who runs a YouTube channel called “Honest Mattress Reviews,” the Purple Mattress contains a white powdery substance that could potentially be dangerous, he says. Claiming to contacted Purple, Inc. by phone to inquire about the powdery substance, he says they originally told him it was “talcum powder”… it was “a hypoallergenic, nontoxic, powder.”… According to one of his videos, upon opening up the Purple Mattress and pressing a black shirt against it, a visible stain of powder appears on the shirt, at which point he asks, “if you slept on it, and this much powder was on it, would you be concerned?” After he was sued, the man in the video claims he hired a First Amendment attorney and that “he reviewed my case and realized that my rights had been completely steamrolled.” According to the mattress reviewer, the Harvard scientist’s preliminary findings, he said, “Polyethylene is a common plastic formed into many structures. As inhalable microspheres, these have the potential to cause respiratory irritation especially when inhaled in large numbers as shown in my laboratory.”

Energy & Environment

Hanford Tunnel Breach Confirmed In Emergency At Nuclear Reservation
Tai-City Herald - An emergency has been declared in central Hanford after a tunnel used to store highly radioactively contaminated waste collapsed. An aerial survey midmorning Tuesday showed an opening about 20 feet by 20 feet into one of two tunnel, which had been covered with about eight feet of soil. The breach at the defunct Purex processing plant could expose the highly radioactive material disposed of in the tunnel to the atmosphere. No airborne radiation had been detected as of about 10:30 a.m. Radiological surveys were continuing. The tunnels are about 25 miles northwest of the center of Richland in the Hanford nuclear reservation’s 200 East Area. Instructions for people to shelter in place were expanded from central Hanford to most of Hanford, including LIGO and the reactor areas along the Columbia River, after the aerial survey. No one is being allowed to enter the site beyond the security barricades. Earlier in the morning workers near Purex had noticed a 4-foot-by-4-foot depression that was 2 to 4 feet deep over the tunnel. Workers in Purex were evacuated when the depression was noticed. About 3,000 workers in central Hanford initially were told to take shelter indoors, including about 1,000 workers at the vitrification plant construction site. Ventilation systems at the vit plant were turned off as part of the emergency procedure and equipment that could generate heat were powered down…. Private pilots in the area have been told to avoid flying over Hanford. The Hanford Patrol is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to put a formal air restriction in place until the FAA can confirm there is no danger. Railcars full of highly contaminated materials and equipment from the plant were backed into waste disposal tunnels at the plant and left there as a disposal method. The material was so radioactive that several empty cars were placed between the railcar holding waste and the locomotive to protect the driver from radiation…. Last year a new legal deadline was set requiring the DOE to start some work toward assessing the the waste disposal tunnels by September of this year.
* Related Video: Hanford nuclear site is America's most toxic place

Health

Bombshell Studies: Vaccinated Kids Sicker than Unvaccinated
Alliance for Natural Health - The first study, comparing unvaccinated and vaccinated children, looked at the link between preterm (i.e., premature) infants, vaccination, and the development of neurological development disorders (NDD) such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and learning disabilities. Preterm babies are already at increased risk for NDD, but the study found that vaccinating preterm babies—which is standard medical practice—significantly increases that risk. Preterm birth combined with vaccination was associated with nearly seven-fold increased odds of NDD…. The second study, which surveyed more than 400 homeschooling mothers with 666 children (39% of whom were unvaccinated), found even more causes for concern. It found that vaccinated kids were, on the whole, sicker than unvaccinated kids. Vaccinated children were more than three times as likely to have allergies, six times as likely to have pneumonia, about three times as likely to have NDD, and almost twice as likely to have any chronic illness. Additionally, the study also found that vaccinated kids were far more likely to use medications and other health services. They were more likely to have been prescribed antibiotics, allergy drugs, and fever medications; fitted with ventilation ear tubes; visited a doctor in the previous year for a health issue; and been hospitalized…. It is shocking that such studies have never been done, considering that the childhood vaccination program now includes forty-eight doses of vaccines for fourteen diseases—all administered between birth and age six—compared to three vaccinations for seven diseases in the 1970s. If those who wish to force vaccinations on the US population are so confident that vaccines are safe, why not do the studies? The likely answer: Big Pharma makes Big Money from pumping the most vulnerable among us full of vaccines.

Eating 'too much' salt doesn't raise blood pressure—it lowers it
What Doctors Don't Tell You - We're told to eat less salt to keep our blood pressure in check. But a major new study is the latest to suggest the guidelines are just plain wrong. Blood pressure was higher in people who kept to the 2.3 g of sodium (around 6 g of salt) recommended daily amount, and lower in those who consumed more. "We saw no evidence that a diet lower in sodium had any long-term beneficial effects on blood pressure. Our findings add to growing evidence that current recommendations for sodium intake may be misguided," said Lynn Moore from Boston University school of medicine, and the lead researcher. Instead, eating plenty of potassium, calcium and magnesium every day did more to keep blood pressure in check, the researchers found when they looked at the diets and salt intake of 2,632 men and women aged between 30 and 64. Those who ate the highest amounts of potassium and sodium also recorded the lowest blood pressure levels. Of these, Dr Moore thinks that potassium—derived from foods such as avocado, spinach, sweet potato, bananas and coconut water—has the most important role to play in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. Spinach, chard, almonds and black beans are rich in magnesium, while calcium is found in milk and cheese, soya beans and nuts.

Pet News

The Unexpected Life-or-Death Disease That's Probably Not Even on Your Radar
Dr. Becker - Cats with asthma can't draw a deep breath, but it’s not always obvious. Instead, kitty develops a dry hack that often sounds like gagging or retching. In fact, some cats with asthma are initially diagnosed with hairballs. Wheezing, which can sound like a high-pitched sigh or a whistle, is another classic symptom. Labored breathing and exercise intolerance are also signs. Even if your cat has a dry cough as her only symptom, it's not necessarily a measure of the severity of the condition. Kitties can have quite serious asthma but very few symptoms. Some cats have no symptoms at all until suddenly they can’t breathe. An acute asthma attack can be life-threatening…. Symptoms of feline asthma are seen in other diseases as well, so it's extremely important to get an accurate diagnosis. Cats are often misdiagnosed with asthma when they actually have a heart condition; so again, getting a correct diagnosis is crucial…. I recommend you talk to a holistic or integrative veterinarian about natural remedies to control lung inflammation and promote respiratory health in your kitty. I find naturally extracted plant sterols and sterolins to be beneficial for these patients, as well as homeopathics and Chinese herbs. I also encourage you to consider acupuncture. Acupuncture helps reduce systemic inflammation in a cat's body, and it can also help reduce the frequency and intensity of asthmatic episodes.
 


Tuesday - May 9, 2017

On This Day In History


1754 - The first newspaper cartoon in America showed a divided snake "Join or die" in "The Pennsylvania Gazette."
1825 - The Chatham Theatre opened in New York City. It was the first gas-lit theater in America.
1901 - In Australia, the Duke of Cornwall and York declared the First Commonwealth Parliament open.
1904 - The Great Western Railway Number 3440 City of Truro became the first railway locomotive to exceed 100 miles per hour.
1926 - Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole.
1941 - The German submarine U-110 was captured at sea by Britain's Royal navy.
1960 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill for the first time.
1962 - A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.
1974 - The House Judiciary Committee began formal hearings on the Nixon impeachment.
1994 - Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa's first black president.
1996 - In video testimony to a courtroom in Little Rock, AR, U.S. President Clinton insisted that he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan in the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.
2002 - In Bethlehem, West Bank, a deal was reached that would end the 38-day standoff at the Church of the Nativity. Thirteen suspected militants were to be deported to several different countries. The standoff had begun on April 2, 2002.
2002 - In Kaspiisk, Russia, 39 people were killed and at least 130 were injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded during a holiday parade.
2002 - In Bahrain, people were allowed to vote for representatives for the 1st time in nearly 30 years. Women were allowed to vote for the 1st time in the country's history.
2012 - President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Sally Yates Admits Defying Executive Order Partly 'as a Policy Matter'
Breitbart - Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee that her decision was made “not purely as a policy matter,” but suggested that she had been guided by “statements” that were made “contemporaneously or prior” to the order. She did not specify which statements she meant, but several of the judges who have blocked the executive order — and its less ambitious successor — have referred to statements made by Trump on the campaign trail about a “Muslim ban.” Under questioning, Yates admitted that “people of goodwill can make different decisions about this” — having just argued, moments before, that the conclusion of the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel was so wrong that it had to be overruled.

FBI Email Exposes Attorney General Promise To Protect Hillary Clinton From Criminal Charges
Activist Post - A report from the New York Times last month first discussed the ostensible contents of this mystery document and its implications, stating it appeared Comey and his associates harbored misgivings about the oversight of their bosses at the Justice Department — and whether or not their biases would allow for a neutral probe…. Even the very existence of this damning document has never been proven — perhaps due to its incendiary contents. At Wednesday’s hearing, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley referenced the New York Times’ article in questioning Comey, stating it “reportedly provided assurances that Attorney General Lynch would protect Secretary Clinton by making sure the FBI investigation ‘didn’t go too far.’” “How, and when, did you first learn of this document? Also, who sent it and who received it?” Grassley queried the FBI chief. “That’s not a question I can answer in this forum, Mr. Chairman, because it would call for a classified response,” Comey stymied…. Grassley, not content at the stonewall tactic, pressed further in a similar vein,…. Comey balked, however, refusing on the same grounds his answer would be considered classified — and maintained that position…. With the FBI still looking into the campaigns and communications of Clinton, the document in question - and its likely damning contents pegging the U.S. Attorney General responsible for abating efforts to levy charges as needed against the former secretary of state -could prove combustible, if not detrimental, to assumed neutrality of high-level investigators in preeminent law enforcement agencies.

And So It Begins, Trump's Great Climate Purge
Breitbart - EPA administrator Scott Pruitt – perhaps stung by criticisms that he was turning into a squish – today reaffirmed, in an interview with CNBC, that he is not a believer in catastrophic man-made global warming. This new boldness coincides with a purge of warmist scientific advisers at both the EPA and the Interior Department. From the Washington Post: “EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has chosen to replace half of the members on one of its key scientific review boards, while Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is “reviewing the charter and charge” of more than 200 advisory boards, committees, and other entities both within and outside of his department. EPA and Interior officials began informing outside advisers of the move on Friday, and notifications continued over the weekend. Pruitt’s move could significantly change the makeup of the 18-member Board of Scientific Counselors, which advises EPA’s key scientific arm on whether the research it does has sufficient rigor and integrity. All of the members being dismissed were at the end of serving at least one three-year term, although these terms are often renewed instead of terminated.”

Obama Urges Members Of Congress To Have The ‘Courage’ To Save Obamacare
Daily Caller - The former president made his first public remarks about the proposed health care legislation just days after House Republicans voted to pass the measure 217 to 213. If it passes the Senate, it would repeal and replace major parts of Obamacare. “As everyone here now knows, this great debate is not settled, but continues,” Obama said at the John F. Kennedy Library while accepting the annual Profile in Courage Award. “It is my fervent hope, and the hope of millions, that regardless of party, such courage is still possible. That today’s members of Congress, regardless of party, are willing to look at the facts and speak the truth, even when it contradicts party positions.” “I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those that are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential, but it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable, and the sick, and the infirmed,” he continued.

Colossal Pedophile Ring Busted, 900 Arrests, 300 Kids Saved - Corporate Media Ignores
The Free Thought Project - After a nearly two-year investigation, 870 suspected pedophiles have been arrested across the world, and least 259 sexually abused children have been identified in the wake of major underground online global pedophilia network being taken down, according to the FBI and European authorities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Europol announced the arrests on Friday…. Unsurprisingly, this massive pedophile bust has failed to crack the pervasive US media censorship regime, as not a single mainstream corporate media source in the United States has reported on this story. Perhaps, within those 900 sickos, there are some folks who have enough power not to let their names out…. Make no mistake that this is just the latest case to emerge in what is now being dubbed #PedoGate. #PedoGate refers to the increasingly common recognition of international pedophile rings, which has previously been steadfastly covered up by the western fourth estate. Speaking to the scope of the problem, after President Trump held a press conference in February, in which he detailed his plans to go after the victims of the “human trafficking epidemic,” former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney weighed in on the subject, noting that going after child predators will lead to the downfall of both Republicans and Democrats in the United States — as this problem goes all the way to the top.

Condoleezza Rice: 'Sanitizing History' By Removing Slave Owner Monuments Is a 'Bad Thing'
Breitbart - Monday on Fox News Channel’s “FOX & Friends” President George W Bush former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said tearing down monuments and statues to historical figures who owned slaves is “sanitizing history.” Partial transcript as follows: KILMEADE: As an African-American woman, do you see yourself in this constitution? Do you think that, when we look at nine of our first twelve presidents as slave owners, should we start taking their statues down and say, we’re embarrassed by you?” RICE: I’m a firm believer keep your history before you. So I don’t actually want to rename things that were named for slave owners. I want us to look at the names and recognize what they did and be able to tell our kids what they did and for them to have a sense of their own history. When you start wiping out history, sanitizing history to make you feel better, it’s a bad thing. But let me say one thing about our constitution, that constitution originally counted my answers as 3/5 of a man. In 1952 my father had trouble registering to vote in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2005, I stood in the Ben Franklin room, one of our founders, I took an oath of office to the same constitution, and it was administered by Jewish woman Supreme Court justice. That is the story of America. The long road to freedom has indeed been long. It has sometimes been violent. It had many martyrs but ultimately has been Americans claiming those institutions for themselves and expanding the definition of ‘We the People.’

Texas Governor Signs Bill To Fight Sanctuary Cities; Threatens Cops With Prison
Zero Hedge - Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott has officially signed into law a measure to punish so-called "sanctuary cities," despite pleas from some of the police departments of cities like Austin to halt the bill they said would hinder their ability to fight crime…. Per Reuters, the Republican-dominated legislature passed the bill on party-line votes and sent the measure to Abbott earlier this month. The bill is designed to punish local authorities who do not abide by requests to cooperate with federal immigration agents. Police officials found to be in violation of the law could face removal from office, fines and up to a year in prison if convicted. The measure also allows police to ask people about their immigration status during a lawful detention, even for minor infractions like jaywalking. Of course, Texas, which has an estimated 1.5 million illegal immigrants and the longest border with Mexico of any U.S. state, has been at the forefront of the immigration debate. “As governor, my top priority is public safety, and this bill furthers that objective by keeping dangerous criminals off our streets,” Abbott said in a statement. The law will take effect on Sept. 1.

Student Issued 10-Day Suspension For “Liking” Instagram Photo Of An Airsoft Gun
Activist Post - Zachary Bowlin, a seventh grader at Edgewood Middle School, was slapped with a 10-day suspension after the school somehow found out the boy liked this photo of an airsoft gun on the social media platform: “I liked it, scrolling down Instagram at night about 7, 8 o’clock I liked it,” Zachary said. “I don’t think I did anything wrong. [The] next morning, they called me down and, like, patted me down and checked me for weapons. Then, they told me I was getting expelled or suspended or whatever,” he told NBC4…. Mr. Bowlin said his son’s decision to like the photo of the gun, which included the caption “Ready,” was harmless. “The young man that posted it and my son, and probably four or five other kids, play airsoft in our field,” he explained. “So I pretty much knew what it was about. So I really wasn’t concerned.” “I mean, I figured he’d cleaned his gun and was ready, wanting to play and stuff,” Zachary added. On Friday, the school sent an email to parents that said: Yesterday evening school officials were made aware to an alleged threat of a student bringing a gun to school. We act on any potential threat to student safety swiftly and with the utmost importance. This morning, the alleged threat was addressed and we can assure you that all students at Edgewood Middle School are safe and school will continue as normal. Thank you. An…alleged threat?

Therapy dogs, chocolate, Play-Doh: Universities offer ways to cope with finals
The College Fix - At the University of Pennsylvania, for example, several different student groups offered various study breaks, including a Zumba class, a video game stress reliever, and a “Chocolate and Chocolate Labs” event, the Daily Pennsylvanian reports…. Penn State’s “De-Stress Fest” included origami folding, Wii gaming, “brain massage music” and more, according to the university’s website. The University of Michigan offered Play-Doh and more in an event billed as a way to de-stress before final exams, according to its Facebook page. Other relaxers at the event included glitter bottles, Legos and dominoes…. Meanwhile, students at Montana State University were invited to the library to de-stress by playing with furry friends provided by Intermountain Therapy Animals, including a group of dogs and a 900-pound donkey named Oliver, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported, added that a survey taken from participating students shows it did relieve stress.

World News

North Korea says China is 'stomping on a red line' in relations after Beijing asked Kim Jong-un to give up his nukes
Daily Mail - North Korea has blasted China for 'stomping on a red line' in relations and said Kim Jong-un has no plans to give up his nuclear weapons. The state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper accused Beijing of 'dancing to the tune of the US' in the second rebuke to be published in as many days. North Korean officials have been venting their fury after China called for more sanctions on Kim's regime if he does not curtail the country's nuclear programme…. Earlier in the day, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang insisted the country wanted to remain 'good neighbours' with North Korea. The USA has urged China, North Korea's only major ally, to do more to rein its nuclear programmes, with President Trump warning the 'era of strategic patience' is over…. China has repeatedly said that while it is happy to help arrange talks, it is ultimately up to the United States and North Korea to sort out their differences.

Russia puts Europe on alert as Putin’s warships enter waters after US destroyer swoops
Daily Express - THREE Russian warships have challenged Nato by entering Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea, according to armed forces officials in Riga. The corvettes - Liven 551, Serpukhov 603 and Morshansk 824 - were detected only four nautical miles from Latvian territorial waters. It was the latest in a series of moves by Vladimir Putin's naval forces seen as testing the response of the small Baltic state, a NATO and EU member. The move on Sunday was linked today to the arrival in the Baltic Sea of US warship, USS Carney, with cruise missiles on board. The three Russian vessels had been deployed to St Petersburg ahead of the country's annual war commemoration on 9 May, known as Victory Day. But they suddenly left again for deployment in the Baltic, according to news agency Fontanko.ru

Syria rejects UN monitors for safe zones
Deutsche Welle - Syria's government has dismissed the idea of UN peacekeepers patrolling four safe zones as part of a recently brokered deal. Damascus also said it is "premature" to talk about whether the deal will succeed. Walid al-Moallem, Syria's foreign minister, explained the decision regarding the recently-brokered deal involving four "de-escalation" zones during a press conference in Damascus on Monday. "The Russian side stressed that military police will be deployed and not peacekeepers under the supervision of the United Nations," to oversee the implementation of the deal, al-Moallem told reporters…. The Syrian official noted that it was "premature" to talk about whether the agreement would be successful, but noted that the government would "harshly" retaliate against any violation by rebels while the deal was in force. Neither the Syrian government nor the opposition have signed the agreement.

Facebook Deletes Tens Of Thousands Of Accounts Ahead Of UK General Election
Zero Hedge - Ahead of the British general election on June 8, Facebook has deleted tens of thousands of accounts in Britain in its ongoing battle with "fake news" the AP reports. The campaign is part of Facebook’s evolving response to accusations the group was responsible for influencing the US presidential election, through the spread of fake news stories and “filter bubbles”…. Additionally, on Monday, the social [network] announced a national print advertising campaign in the UK to "educate the British public" about fake news, as part of a concerted global effort to crack down on the false information epidemic it has seen on its platform. The ads suggest that readers should be "skeptical of headlines," and to "look closely at the URL." The company says it has made improvements to help them detect fake news accounts more effectively…. This "spring cleaning" would “reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts”. The new activities reflect an effort by Facebook to head off a potential reaction from lawmakers, similar to those in Germany pursuing fines for fake news.

Rape Legalization Gains Ground Amid Migrant Influx in Europe
Kit Daniels - France, Sweden, Germany and other European nations are on a path to legalize rape committed by migrants because it’s “their culture.” As shocking as this might seem, a recent number of rapists who avoided severe punishment suggests there’s a precedent already in place to decriminalize rapes by migrants because they don’t “culturally understand” Western rape laws or even the word “no.” In short, rapes by migrants are downplayed as “cultural misunderstandings” and thus the victims never receive justice, meaning that “de facto” rape legalization is, for the most part, already in place. For example, a German judge recently acquitted a Turkish drug dealer of rape despite believing “every word” of the 23-year-old victim’s accusation because, according to the judge, what the victim “had experienced as rape… “The leftist narrative has indoctrinated German natives so strongly that their inclusive multicultural respect and bureaucratic conformism is even able to warp what is beyond doubt rape into an offensive cultural question, a question both a legal authority and the sexually assaulted woman answered yes to,” remarked Damian Black with Return of Kings. “Nothing was hidden, nothing concealed; all evidence was confirmed and understood, only to be disregarded as an ethnic misunderstanding.”

Economy & Business

Adult Millennials Returning Home Is Crushing Baby Boomer Budgets
Zero Hedge - …confirmed by a recent study conducted by Fidelity and the Stanford Center on Longevity, the added stress of caring for all those 'adult' children is putting a severe emotional and financial strain on Baby Boomers with over 75% saying their adult children are cutting into their budgets and over 50% saying they're generally less happy about life…. That said, these Boomer parents shouldn't expected their basement-dwelling snowflakes to leave the nest, for the second time, anytime in the near future because, as we pointed out a few weeks ago, roughly one-third of all millennials live at home with their parents and one-fourth of them can't be bothered with enrolling in school or finding a job. According to… Bloomberg, there are 2.2 million millennials who live at home with mom but neither attend classes nor have a job. Of those, 40% of them are already in their 30's, they're predominantly white and have a high school diploma or less…. Meanwhile, for the first time in history, more young adults today are living at home with mom and dad than with a spouse.

Science & Technology

Video: Terrifying speed-demon robot looks like a dinosaur – and can run faster than a human
The Sun - Now scientists have designed a super-speedy robot which proves there will be no escape if machines really do decide to rise up against us. The ‘bot is called the Planar Elliptical Runner and can motor along at 10 miles per hour, which is faster than the average marathon runner. However, if it was scaled up to human size the tiny terror could reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour – quicker than the 27.8 mph achieved by Usain Bolt during the 100 metres sprint at the World Championships in 2009. Boffins at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Florida designed the speedy droid to show how robots could walk and run on two legs – just like humans…. Let’s hope one of these applications doesn’t involve chasing human victims.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

5 Forgotten Things Grandma Did With Dandelions
Off the Grid News - Here’s how our grandmothers used them: 1. Dandelions as food - Think of dandelions as you would other leafy greens, like lettuce or spinach. This means you can use them in: Salads, Soups or casseroles, Green juices, Stir fry. 2. Dandelion tea - My grandmother used both the greens and the root. Simply boil a little more than a cup of water, add about a tablespoon of dried leaves and/or root, and cover and allow to simmer for three or so minutes. Strain and add some honey. 3. Dandelion honey - Start off by gathering a bunch (perhaps four cups) of dandelions, roots and all. Wash and place in a pot of boiling water. Allow to boil for about 3 minutes; cover, and turn off the fire. Allow to soak overnight. Strain out the dandelions, and put back on the stove under a very low flame. Add about a cup of sugar and the juice of one lemon. Leave the pot uncovered and simmer slowly for about 30 minutes or until it reaches a syrup-like consistency. This tastes so good, you won’t believe it! 4. Dandelion wine - For this recipe, you will only need fresh flowers, no roots or leaves. Be sure to pull the green little stem at the bottom of the flower. All you want are the yellow petals (nothing green or the wine is very bitter)! There are dozens of recipes online…
Related: Organic Dandelion Root Raw Powder and Dandelion Leaf is available at the Power Hour Mall!

5 All-Natural, Inexpensive Ant Repellents You Already Own
Off the Grid News - If you’ve removed their food and water sources, and have sealed any noticeable entrances, but you still have ants indoors, there are a number of cheap natural repellents that you can use. 1. White vinegar or lemon juice - Vinegar and lemon juice both disrupt the pheromone trails, making it difficult for ants to know where to go. Mix one part white vinegar (or one part lemon juice) with one part water. The solution can be sprayed around the area the ants congregate and/or their suspected entrance, or it can be applied to a cloth so that those surfaces can be wiped down. 2. Essential oils - A number of different essential oils may deter ants from coming in, including eucalyptus, cinnamon, clove, tea tree, peppermint, neem and citrus oils. Like vinegar and lemon juice, essential oils disrupt the ants’ pheromone trails. Citrus oils have an added benefit: because they contain d-limonene, they’re toxic to ants…. 3. Spices - If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use similar spices, such as ground cinnamon, ground cloves, dried mint, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, bay leaves, or garlic powder. Just sprinkle where needed. 4. Food grade diatomaceous earth [sometimes called Fossil Shell Flour] - While DE has health benefits for mammals and plants, it is toxic to insects that have exoskeletons, including ants. The sharp edges of DE particles damage the waxy coating on ants, and once that happens, DE dehydrates the insect.
* Related: The Power Hour Mall has 100% Pure Food Grade Fossil Shell Flour 10lbs

Health

We’ve Updated Dollars for Docs. Here’s What’s New
ProPublica - ProPublica has been publishing data on conflicts of interest in medicine since 2010. We’ve updated our Dollars for Docs database with billions of dollars in payments made last year…. Dollars for Docs now includes payments made from August 2013 through December 2015…. Companies made about $2 billion in general payments to 618,000 physicians each year, in addition to another $600 million a year to teaching hospitals. General payments cover promotional speaking, consulting, meals, travel, gifts and royalties, but not research…. Dollars for Docs dataset now contains nearly $6.25 billion in medical industry payments made to more than 800,000 physicians in the U.S…. Has Your Doctor Received Drug or Device Company Money? Search here.

Victims of Vaccine Damage Can Sue Manufacturers in the US
Jon Rappoport - Right now, lawyers and their clients are suing Merck, the manufacturer, for injuries incurred from Merck’s shingles vaccine, Zostavax. Among the claimed injuries: contracting shingles; blindness in one eye; partial paralysis; brain damage; death. One of the plaintiffs’ attorneys told me he has already filed two cases in California. Each case has 50 plaintiffs. He states he has 5000 clients waiting in the wings. There are other attorneys with other plaintiffs. But wait. Isn’t there a federal law that bars people from suing vaccine manufacturers? Isn’t that law the 1986 Childhood Vaccine Injury Act? Doesn’t it demand that people go to a special federal “vaccine tribunal/court” and plead for compensation from the government?… Well, it turns out there are exceptions to the rule. Adult vaccines are not part of the 1986 federal law. The law shielding vaccine companies only applies to childhood vaccines. The Merck shingles vaccine is only for adults…. Here, from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is the list of adult vaccines: Influenza; Td/Tdap; MMR; VAR; HZV (shingles); HPV Female; HPV male; PCV13; PPSV23; HepA; HepB; MENACWY/MPSV4; MenB; Hib. However, some of the vaccines on this list are recommended for both adults and children. When a vaccine is recommended by the CDC for both adults and children, adults seeking compensation for vaccine-injury would not be permitted to argue their cases in ordinary courts and sue the manufacturer. Instead, they would have to go to the special federal vaccine “court” and try to obtain compensation from the government.

Cancer detection breakthrough uses chewing gum to trap and analyze biomarkers for cancer already growing in your body
(Natural News) According to the company’s scientists, each type of cancer produces a unique set of chemicals known as volatile organic compound. These chemicals differ in composition per cancer type, in the same way a healthy lung produces compounds that are different from a diseased lung, the scientists explained. Researchers said the gum absorbs these volatile compounds from a person’s saliva. The chewing gum is then analyzed after 15 minutes of chewing. The chewing gum detects cancer by identifying cancer-related compounds that are present in the mouth. Analyzing the gum sample may help clinicians identify the type of cancer that a patient has, said Volatile Analysis president and CEO Katherine Bazemore. The biotech company has now developed different chewing gums for detecting pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer. The chewing gum is only in its testing phase, but the company hopes to make the product available to physicians next year.

Low-protein diet starves cancer cells
What Doctors Don't Tell You - The idea of starving cancer is getting traction. A strict low-protein diet—which means cutting out meats, eggs, oats and dairy—starves cancer cells and slows, and even stops, their growth. Proteins contain two non-essential amino acids—serine and glycine—that cancer cells need. In tests on laboratory mice, removing the amino acids also slowed the growth of the cells, researchers from the University of Glasgow found. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy boost levels of the amino acids in the cancer cells, suggesting that the conventional treatments are helping cancers to grow. The restricted diet may not work for all cancers. In the current study, it was effective against lymphoma and intestinal cancer, but the researchers fear it may not help in cancers that have a special genetic expression, known as the Kras gene, that is found in pancreatic cancer, for instance. They also say that the diet is very restricted and specialised, and people shouldn't just adopt it without being supervised by a medical professional.

Pet News

Mycotoxins Are Raging - Avoid These 8 Common Ingredients Now
Dr. Becker - If you’re still feeding your furry family member commercially available pet food containing corn or other grains, now might be a good time to think seriously about upgrading your pet's diet. That’s because according to recent survey results, corn and distiller’s dried grain crops (cereal byproducts of the distillation process) produced during 2016 are testing positive for high levels of mycotoxin contamination. Mycotoxins (derived from the Greek words for “fungus” and “poison”) are noxious chemical substances produced by certain types of fungi that infect crops, and U.S. pet food manufacturers are being advised to monitor the quality of these ingredients going into their products. A total of 387 corn samples and 79 distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) samples from across the U.S. were tested. Results revealed that 90 percent of corn samples and 100 percent of DDGS samples were contaminated by at least one mycotoxin, and 96 percent of the DDGS samples contained more than one…. Mycotoxin poisoning is a true medical emergency, and your pet will need immediate treatment and hospitalization. Your veterinarian must take early and aggressive action to remove the toxic substances from your pet’s body.
 


Monday - May 8, 2017

On This Day In History


1794 - The United States Post Office was established.
1846 - The first major battle of the Mexican War was fought. The battle occurred in Palo Alto, TX.
1886 - Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invented what would later be called "Coca-Cola."
1904 - U.S. Marines landed in Tangier to protect the Belgian legation.
1914 - The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
1933 - Gandhi began a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.
1945 - U.S. President Harry Truman announced that World War II had ended in Europe.
1958 - President Eisenhower ordered the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green became the 1st black to graduate from an Arkansas public school.
1973 - Militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered.
1984 - The Soviet Union announced that they would not participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles.
1985 - "New Coke" was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola.
1986 - Reporters were told that 84,000 people had been evacuated from areas near the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Soviet Ukraine.
1998 - A pipe burst leaving a million residents without water in Malaysia's capital area. This added to four days of shortages that 2 million already faced.
1999 - The first female cadet graduated from The Citadel military college.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Trump's Refugee Order Back In Federal Court This Week
The Daily Caller - The 4th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals will hear arguments from government lawyers and civil rights advocates Monday, as they vigorously contest a lower court decision temporarily halting the implementation of a key provision of the revised order. District Judge Theodore Chuang issued a decision in March barring enforcement of a provision of the order that temporarily banned citizens from six countries with significant terrorist presence from entering the United States. The 4th Circuit will review Chuang’s order during Monday’s hearing…. Fourteen of the 4th Circuit’s judges, nine of whom were appointed by Democratic presidents, will participate in Monday’s arguments. For the first time since 1998, the court preemptively decided to hear the case “en banc,” a procedure in which all active judges in a circuit court participate in a case…. Professor Carl Tobias of the University of Richmond School of Law says the case will likely turn on how the court chooses to frame the controversy. “I think a lot depends on how the judges view the case,” Tobias told the Associated Press. “Is this a national security case or is this an immigration case? Or is this a religious freedom case?” Should the court evaluate the case within a national security framework, the government is more likely to prevail…. The court is likely to issue a decision in a matter of weeks, given the urgency and controversy surrounding the order.

Trump Signs Spending Law That Funds Planned Parenthood and Sanctuary Cities But Not Border Wall
CNS - …on Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump signed a law to keep the government funded through the end of September…. The bill won more Democratic votes than Republican votes in both the House and Senate. In the House, it prevailed 309 to 118—with Republicans voting for it 131 to 103 and Democrats voting for it 178 to 15…. In the Senate, it passed 79 to 18 with 3 members not voting. All 18 Senate votes against it were cast by Republicans and 2 of the 3 members not voting were Republicans. Thus, 20 of the Senate’s 52 Republicans did not vote for the bill…. On the Trey Ware radio show in Texas on Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) explained why he opposed the bill. “On the spending side, it’s just unfortunate, they have cut a deal that largely gave the Democrats everything they wanted,” Cruz said…. Sen. Jim Risch (R.-Idaho), explaining his opposition to the spending bill, pointed to the fact that it increases spending in a country that already has a massive debt…. The Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee put out a summary of the spending law that included a list of things it did “not include” that made it more acceptable to House Democrats. “The Omnibus does not include,” the Democrat summary said, “President Trump’s request to cut FY2017 non-defense budget authority by $18 billion; President Trump’s request for funding to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border; supplemental funding to hire additional ICE agents or to expedite hiring; poison pill riders restricting so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ from receiving federal grants, defunding Planned Parenthood, or undermining the Affordable Care Act.”

Federal Court Demands Release Of Hillary's State Dept Emails On Benghazi Attack
Zero Hedge - A Washington DC federal court judge has ordered the State Department to turn over Hillary Clinton’s emails that immediately followed the terrorist attack in Benghazi to the conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch. As RT reports, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson reviewed the documents and rejected the government’s contention that the records had been properly withheld under FOIA exemption…. Judicial Watch hopes the emails will reveal what Obama and Clinton knew following the attack. “Does President Trump know his State and Justice Departments are still trying to provide cover for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “An extraordinary court ruling that could result in key answers about the Benghazi outrage is being opposed by the Trump administration. This may well be an example of the ‘deep state’ trying to get away with a cover up – if so then the Trump administration must put a stop to it.”

Trump Signs Executive Order Giving Churches THIS Power
David Wolfe - Fulfilling one of his oldest and most popular campaign promises, President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order allowing churches/religious organizations to more easily engage in political activism without compromising tax exemption…. The initiative centers around the Johnson Amendment which has long served as a means of limiting churches from engaging in political activity. Essentially, the amendment instructs the IRS to “exercise maximum enforcement discretion”, effectively silencing churches’ political voice…. In addition to limiting the power of the Johnson Amendment, Trump’s directive will ease the regulatory burden imposed on organizations that “object to ObamaCare’s preventive service mandate on religious grounds.” Some Republicans have proclaimed their support for Trump’s executive order, including Rep. Jody Hice who said the Johnson Amendment created a “chilling effect through fear and intimidation from IRS threats.” Others have come out in opposition, including Democrats who believe the Johnson Amendment prevents the politicization of nonprofits and emboldens “dark money” in politics.

Sec. Kelly Fires Back After Dem Senator's Immigration Tweetstorm
The Washington Free Beacon - Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Thursday responded harshly to Sen. Bob Casey's (D., Pa.) public Twitter attempts to stop the deportation of a 25-year-old mother and her 5-year-old son to Honduras…. Over the course of Wednesday morning, the Pennsylvania Democrat tweeted dozens of times documenting his attempt to stop the deportation of the pair, whom Casey claimed were "targeted for death" after the woman witnessed her cousin's murder. Casey tweeted at President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security's account multiple times, calling on Trump, Kelly, and DHS to "do the right thing."…. But the woman had exhausted her legal means of relief, insisted Kelly, who said it was his duty as head of DHS to enforce the law's conclusion. "Over the period of almost two years, I think there were five or six denials. Not by ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], not by DHS, not by Kelly, but by the court system that ultimately led to [her] deportation yesterday," he added. "I say it over and over again: If the laws are not good laws, then change them," Kelly told the audience. "Don't call me, or Twitter or tweet, or go to the press with outrageous stories about how we do business or why we're deporting somebody."

Leaked drone footage reveals fishing boats and vacationers on jet-skiers in Florida are being used as ‘dummy targets’ by the US military
Daily Mail - The video appears to be recording thousands of feet above northwest Florida, over the coast, with the camera aimed at random civilian boaters. Experts have deduced that the footage came from Predator drones, which are primarily used by the Air Force and CIA to record an area right before a missile is dropped. The servers were discovered on Wednesday by The Daily Beast journalist Kenneth Lipp, who found them while randomly searching Shodan, a search engine for Internet-connected devices. Both servers were accessible just by typing their IP addresses inside the browser. The webpage then loaded with a ‘Welcome to FMV!’ title. It also included logos for three US government agencies: the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the Aerospace Data Facility-East, and the Washington Innovation Center of the Combat Information Center. The footage that appeared showed civilian boats and people on other water vehicles.

A New Street Drug Can Kill You by Touching Your Skin: What You Need to Know
The AntiMedia - New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu spoke at a press conference this week, warning that a drug that’s 10,000 times stronger than morphine has made its way into the state. As a result, many first responders have been left scrambling to find a way to handle this new threat. Carfentanil, a powerful new opioid, has already claimed three lives. Engineered to be used as an elephant tranquilizer, the drug’s lethal dosage is 20 micrograms. Since the product can cause deadly effects just by being sprinkled on someone’s skin, authorities are highly concerned…. “There is nothing out there other than going in in hazmat suits on every single overdose that is going to completely protect us. We just have to be super, super careful with it,” [Manchester Fire’s EMS Director Chris] Hickey told his own crew. The drug is so powerful that first responders are even having a hard time reversing overdoses when they arrive at emergency locations. On one occasion, Hickey said, one of his men had to use six to eight doses of Narcan, an overdose reversal drug, to revive a victim — twice the dose used in most cases. As doctors and first responders notice a pattern, they are also warning the public that Narcan isn’t going to be enough from now on.

California Wants To Tax Space Flights... By Miles Traveled
Zero Hedge - California wants to collect taxes from space transportation companies based upon, get this, a formula of how frequently a company launches spacecrafts out of the state, and most absurdly, how far a commercial spacecraft travels from California soil. They want to tax space travel per mile and claim 62 miles above California belongs to the State.… The space launches are taking place from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in Santa Barbara….They have claimed that taxing space travel from California “will lead to increased activity in the industry and will foster an atmosphere of growth and prosperity once present during the golden age of California’s aviation industry, thereby creating jobs as the industry thrives in this state.”

ISIS’ Next Plan Involves U.S. Gun Shows
Off the Grid News - The terror masterminds at ISIS are urging their followers to adopt a horrific new tactic: Buy weapons at U.S. gun shows and use them to take innocent people hostage. A gun show purchase would allow them to get around background checks. “Ideal target locations for hostage-taking scenarios include night clubs, movie theaters, busy shopping malls and large stores, popular restaurants, concert halls, university campuses, public swimming pools, indoor ice skating rinks, and generally any busy en­closed area,” an article in the May 4 edition of the ISIS online magazine Rumiyah recommends…. Another frightening recommendation is to place a fake job ad to lure a person to a remote location so they can be killed or taken hostage. Non-Muslim men in countries such as the United States seem to be ISIS’ target of choice…. Other methods of luring innocent people to their deaths include advertising rooms for rent on eBay Listings and Craigslist ads. The Middle East Media Research Institute’s Jihad & Terrorism Threat Monitor speculated that ISIS wants to recruit Muslims in the West to commit such atrocities.

World News

Syrian Kurds are now armed with sensitive US weaponry, and the Pentagon denies supplying it
Military Times - The gear includes U.S.-manufactured night-vision goggles, rifles and advanced optics among other items, the same as that used by American special operations forces and the foreign commando units they train. In northern Syria, where about 900 American advisers are supporting separate coalitions comprising thousands of Kurdish and Arab conscripts, it’s been fielded by the People’s Protection Unit. The militia, widely known as the YPG, has emerged as the U.S. military’s most trustworthy and capable proxy on the ground. The development is likely to infuriate Turkey, which considers the YPG a terrorist group, and could prove problematic for President Donald Trump and his national security team…. While the Pentagon acknowledges arming some allies inside Syria, typically with AK-47 assault rifles and other basic Russian-made weapons, U.S. military officials denied providing anything to the YPG and offered only ambiguous responses when asked by Military Times how such sensitive equipment was obtained by the group’s commando force, called Yekineyen Anti-terror, or YAT. It was likely funneled to them through “other means by other sources,” a defense official said, insisting on anonymity because the matter remains fraught with diplomatic implications.

North Korea Detains Another American Citizen
Epoch Times - North Korea said on Sunday it has detained another U.S. citizen on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the state, which would make him the fourth American to be held by the isolated country amid heightened diplomatic tensions with Washington. Kim Hak Song, who worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, was detained on Saturday, the North’s KCNA news agency said…. A third U.S. citizen, Kim Sang Dok, who was associated with the same school, was detained in late April for hostile acts, according to the North’s official media…. A message by Kim Hak Song dated February 2015 on the website of a Korean-Brazilian church in Sao Paulo said he was a Christian missionary planning to start an experimental farm at PUST and was trying to help the North Korean people learn to become self-sufficient. No further details were available about the circumstances related to the arrests of the two men associated with the college.

Macron elected French president: estimates
Paris (AFP) - Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron resoundingly won France's landmark presidential election, first estimates showed Sunday, heading off a fierce challenge from the far-right in a pivotal vote for the future of the divided country and Europe…. Initial estimates showed Macron winning between 65.5 percent and 66.1 percent of ballots ahead of Le Pen on between 33.9 percent and 34.5 percent. Unknown three years ago, Macron is now poised to become one of Europe's most powerful leaders, bringing with him a hugely ambitious agenda of political and economic reform for France and the European Union…. After Britain's vote last year to leave the EU and Donald Trump's victory in the US, the French election had been widely watched as a test of how high a tide of right-wing nationalism would rise. Le Pen, 48, had portrayed the ballot as a contest between Macron and the "globalists" -- in favour of open trade, immigration and shared sovereignty -- and her "patriotic" vision of strong borders and national identities…. Macron will now face huge challenges as he attempts to enact his domestic agenda of cutting state spending, easing labour laws, boosting education in deprived areas and extending new protections to the self-employed. The philosophy and literature lover is inexperienced, has no political party and must try to fashion a working parliamentary majority after legislative elections next month.

Total of 4.2Mln of French Voters Cast Empty Ballots
Sputnik News - According to the pollsters, 8.9 percent of the total of 47.6 million voters cast empty ballots, refusing to give their support to either of the candidates. Preliminary results released by the country’s Interior Ministry show that leader of the En Marche! movement Emmanuel Macron is winning with 62.34 percent of votes, while right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen received 37.66 percent, after some 60 percent of the ballots counted.

French Universities Email Students – Tell Them to Vote Against Marine Le Pen
The GatewayPundit - Westmonster reported: “According to a report released by polling organization Odoxa on Dec. 16, the National Front is the political party with the most support among French people aged 18-34. Universities across France have begun emailing all of their students as well as University staff, telling them not to vote for Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s decisive second round, which will decide who becomes the country’s next President. Christian Roblédo, President of the University of Angers in Western France, said in an email to students: “If as a citizen I can not bring myself to live in a society where the extreme right is in power, as university president it is my duty to denounce the harmful ideology that it conveys (withdrawal into oneself, Intolerance, fear of the other, refusal of differences) and which reason as so many threats on what constitutes the very essence of higher education and research in France, namely values of humanism, openness, Pluralism and freedom of expression. Already in 2002, we were placed before such a choice. At the time, a Republican front had come together to make the National Front score as low as possible. In 2017, it is to beat him, and will not be beaten by abstaining or voting white. So we have to vote massively so that his candidate does not win the presidential election.”

Study: Migrants Are Less Integrated The Longer They Stay in Europe
The Washington Standard - A study out of Norway, which was released in January of this year indicates that third world migrants see a dramatic drop in labor participation compared to native-born citizens of Norway the longer they remain in the country. The 36-page report by the Institute of Labor Economics titled Immigrant Labor Market Integration across Admission Classes examined patterns of labor market integration across immigrant groups. According to the study, it “draws on Norwegian longitudinal administrative data covering labor earnings and social insurance claims over a 25‐year period and presents a comprehensive picture of immigrant‐native employment and social insurance differentials by admission class and by years since entry.” According to the researchers at the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research, they discovered “encouraging signs of labour market integration during an initial period upon migrants’ admission.” However, “the integration process goes into reverse with widening immigrant-native employment differentials and rising rates of immigrant social insurance dependency”.in a short period of five to ten years, the report indicates that things seems to go backwards. “The integration process goes into reverse with widening immigrant-native employment differentials and rising rates of immigrant social insurance dependency,” the report reads…. This is not rocket science. You have people from a certain ideology, largely influenced by Muhammad, and they have a very hard time moving past that. It much more than the labor and welfare issue you have to worry about. It’s your entire culture imploding on itself.
Related Video: Daily Mail’s columnist Katie Hopkins gives Tucker Carlson her take on the study.

Rwanda plans to move towards a cashless society
BizNis Africa - The Government of Rwanda and MasterCard have reaffirmed their shared commitment to the development of strong digital platforms to meet the needs of the country’s citizens and work towards Rwanda’s goal of promoting a cashless society. According to FinScope 2016, about 68% of adults in Rwanda have r use formal financial services. The partnership agreement signed between MasterCard and the Rwanda Development Board at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali in 2016 will have a significant impact on this number. “Named SIKASHI, the project is focused on digitising numerous state services to improve the efficiency and transparency of public services and ultimately promote the move to a cashless society – a critical pillar of Rwanda’s broader Vision 2020 to create a knowledge-based economy in a world beyond cash,” says Clare Akamanzi, Rwanda Development Board Chief Executive Officer and Cabinet Member.

Indian police claim rats drank 900,000 liters of confiscated alcohol - Not Satire!
RT - Police in the Indian state of Bihar, where alcohol was outlawed last April, have accused rats of decimating the majority of the stash of booze confiscated over the past year – over 40,000 cases, or about 900,000 liters. According to the Hindu newspaper, senior superintendent of police of state capital Patna, Manu Maharaj, was informed of the disappearance of contraband from storage in a meeting this week, and was initially skeptical about how rats could have gained access to sealed glass bottles. His subordinates told him that the rodents chewed through the bottle caps, before glugging the drink. Maharaj immediately instructed police stations across the state – some of which had been forced to rent additional space to accommodate the confiscated stock – to rid police stations of rats, and sprinkle contraband with rat poison. Nonetheless, suggesting that he wasn’t entirely convinced by the explanation, the senior superintendent also ordered regular breathalyzer tests for officers.

Economy & Business

Manufacturing CEO Says He’s Investing $2 Billion in US Because of ‘Confidence in Trump’
The Washington Free Beacon - Australian billionaire and manufacturing CEO Anthony Pratt said Friday on Fox Business that he is investing $2 billion in the United States because he has “confidence” in President Trump. “We have enormous confidence in President Trump. He’s doing a wonderful job, and we think he will continue to do a great job,” Pratt said. “He’s reducing unemployment. As we saw today, the job figures show unemployment is the lowest it’s been for a decade, and he’s supporting manufacturing.” “And that’s why we are doubling down on our investment in the United States, creating 7,000 high-paying manufacturing jobs, mainly in the Midwest,” Pratt added. The latest jobs report was released Friday and showed the U.S. created 211,000 jobs in April, leading the unemployment rate to fall to its lowest level in a decade, 4.4 percent. The report also showed 12,000 more Americans joined the labor force in April.

Obamacare "Death Spiral": Maryland Insurer Seeks 50% Premium Increase For 2018
Zero Hedge - The latest evidence of Obamacare's "death spiral" comes from the state of Maryland where insurers have just submitted their rate increase requests to Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer. Unfortunately for Maryland residents the numbers are fairly staggering, in a bad way, with the largest insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, requesting a 50% YoY premium increase…. CareFirst said the rate increases are necessary because the company has lost $600 million serving ObamaCare exchanges since the company first started selling plans in the marketplace 4 years ago…. The rate filings are a starting point for negotiations, but [chief executive of CareFirst, Chet] Burrell noted that the numbers could rise. He said his company had made its filings assuming that the cost-sharing reductions, billions of dollars in federal payments that lower out-of-pocket expenses for about 7 million Americans, would be made. Politicians have not committed to making those payments in 2018, and if those go away, premiums could rise another 10 to 15 percent, Burrell said. Meanwhile, the proposed 2018 rate hike of 50% comes on top of a 25% hike in 2017 meaning that Maryland residents will be paying 87.5% more for individual health insurance plans in 2018 than they were in 2016.

The System To Collect Defaulted Student Loans Is No Longer Functioning
Consumerist - Consumers who expected their student loan payments to be deducted from their bank accounts this month have reportedly found the funds untouched, and their calls to the companies unanswered thanks to a Department of Education’s order prohibiting the debt collection companies from working on default accounts in response to two lawsuits against the agency. The system used by the Dept. of Education to collect on defaulted student loans came to a standstill last month, leaving an estimated 91,000 accounts in limbo, when the agency ordered debt collectors under contract to stop making collections on accounts…. Suzanne Martingale, policy staff attorney for our colleagues at Consumers Union, tells Consumerist that the stop in collections and payments could do “untold damage to borrowers.” “Meanwhile, they’re going to rack up a ton of charges as more interest accrues on their loans,” she adds.

Energy & Environment

Offshore Wind Power Will ‘Absolutely Cost Jobs’ Of US Fishermen
The Daily Caller - An offshore wind turbine three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, will kill large numbers of fish and potentially drive hundreds of small coastal enterprises out of business, according to a fishing industry representative. Fishermen fear offshore wind turbines will continue to pop up along Atlantic Coast, eventually make it impossible to be a commercial fisherman. “This will absolutely cost jobs in the U.S.,” Bonnie Brady, director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “If New York Governor [Andrew] Cuomo’s administration gets what it wants from offshore wind that’s thousands of fishing jobs. It’ll rip the coastal communities apart.”… Brady says New York’s government is willfully ignoring fishing jobs in favor of the wind industry and thinks the consequences of Cuomo’s policy could spread economic devastation to fishermen well beyond the state. […] proponents allege offshore wind farms are good for the environment, wind farms can be deadly for fish and other marine life and will ruin the fishing industry, Brady said. DW plans to use loud pile driving to anchor the windmill to the seabed. Water magnifies sounds, and so underwater the pile driving noise can reach levels up to 220 decibels, according to Brady. To put that in perspective, 150 decibels of sound can burst human eardrums, and 185 to 200 decibels is the range usually considered to be the threshold for causing human death. “Biologically these things are a nightmare,” Brady said. “The only green about this project is that which lines investors pockets.

Science & Technology

More Android phones than ever are covertly listening for inaudible sounds in ads
Ars Technica - Almost a year after app developer SilverPush vowed to kill its privacy-threatening software that used inaudible sound embedded into TV commercials to covertly track phone users, the technology is more popular than ever, with more than 200 Android apps that have been downloaded millions of times from the official Google Play market, according to a recently published research paper…. The apps silently listen for ultrasonic sounds that marketers use as high-tech beacons to indicate when a phone user is viewing a TV commercial or other type of targeted audio…. "The example of SilverPush highlights how easily this technology can be used to spy on users," Erwin Quiring, one of the researchers, wrote in an e-mail. "In this way, they can track the TV viewing habits of users precisely even with traditional broadcasting technologies.

Cord-cutting spikes fivefold in cable TV's worst quarter ever
FastCoNews - Cable's day of reckoning has come. With all the major cable and satellite companies having reported their quarterly numbers, analyst firm Moffett Nathanson put together a new cord-cutting report, and things are bad. Pay-TV providers lost an estimated 762,000 pay-TV subscribers over the first three months of this year — five times more than they lost during the same period last year. To make matters worse, Q1 has historically been a strong season for pay TV. "For the better part of 15 years, pundits have predicted that cord-cutting was the future," an apocalyptic Craig Moffett wrote. "Well, the future has arrived." … Comcast was the only major provider to buck the trend, but judging by the way things look, that winning streak won't last.

Health

An Open Letter to Legislators Currently Considering Vaccine Legislation from Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD in Immunology
Health Nut News - … It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide. You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines – and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children – is not consistent with such a statement. I have outlined below the recommended vaccines that cannot prevent transmission of disease either because they are not designed to prevent the transmission of infection (rather, they are intended to prevent disease symptoms), or because they are for non-communicable diseases. People who have not received the vaccines mentioned below pose no higher threat to the general public than those who have, implying that discrimination against non-immunized children in a public school setting may not be warranted. 1. IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine) cannot prevent transmission of poliovirus. Wild poliovirus has been non-existent in the USA for at least two decades. Even if wild poliovirus were to be re-imported by travel, vaccinating for polio with IPV cannot affect the safety of public spaces…. 2. Tetanus is not a contagious disease, but rather acquired from deep-puncture wounds contaminated with C. tetani spores. Vaccinating for tetanus (via the DTaP combination vaccine) cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is intended to render personal protection only. 3. While intended to prevent the disease-causing effects of the diphtheria toxin, the diphtheria toxoid vaccine (also contained in the DTaP vaccine) is not designed to prevent colonization and transmission of C. diphtheriae. Vaccinating for diphtheria cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is likewise intended for personal protection only. 4. …the 2013 meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the CDC revealed additional alarming data that pertussis variants (PRN-negative strains) currently circulating in the USA acquired a selective advantage to infect those who are up-to-date for their DTaP boosters, meaning that people who are up-to-date are more likely to be infected, and thus contagious, than people who are not vaccinated…..

10 Solid Reasons to Avoid Soy Milk
REALfarmacy - Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, mainstream nutritional guidelines have instructed Americans to eat soy and drink soy milk. BUT soy milk is not a healthy choice…. 1. Soybeans contain large quantities of natural toxins or “anti-nutrients”. Drinking just two glasses of soy milk daily can significantly alter a woman’s menstrual cycle. 2. Soy has been found to increase the body’s need for vitamin B12 and vitamin D. 3. Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes your red blood cells to clump. 4. 99% of soy is genetically modified. It contains one of the highest contamination by pesticides of any of our foods. 5. Soybeans and soy products contain high levels of phytic acid, which inhibits assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. 6. Soy foods contain high levels of toxic aluminum, which negatively effects the nervous system the kidneys and has been linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s. 7. Soy contains a compound resembling vitamin B12 that cannot be processed by your body. Thus, soy foods can contribute to B12 deficiency. 8. Fragile soy proteins are exposed to high temperatures during processing in order to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein, making them dangerous for human digestion. 9. Soy contains toxic isoflavones.The soy isoflavones genistein and daidzein can stimulate existing breast cancer growth showing risk in consuming soy products if a woman has breast cancer. 10. Soy contains plant estrogens, called phytoestrogens, which disrupt endocrine function and lead to infertility and breast cancer in women.
 


Friday - May 5, 2017

On This Day In History


1798 - U.S. Secretary of War William McHenry ordered that the USS Constitution be made ready for sea. The frigate was launched on October 21, 1797, but had never been put to sea.
1814 - The British attacked the American forces at Ft. Ontario, Oswego, NY.
1862 - The Battle of Puebla took place. It is celebrated as Cinco de Mayo Day.
1865 - The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S.
1891 - Music Hall was dedicated in New York City. It was later renamed Carnegie Hall.
1892 - The U.S. Congress extended the Geary Chinese Exclusion Act for 10 more years. The act required Chinese in the U.S. to be registered or face deportation.
1901 - The first Catholic mass for night workers was held at the Church of St. Andrew in New York City.
1904 - The third perfect game of the major leagues was thrown by Cy Young (Boston Red Sox) against the Philadelphia Athletics. It was the first perfect game under modern rules.
1912 - Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda began publishing.
1916 - U.S. Marines invaded the Dominican Republic.
1955 - The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) became a sovereign state.
1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a 15 minute suborbital flight.
1966 - Willie Mays broke the National League record for home runs when he hit his 512th.
1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds registered his 3,000th major league hit.
1987 - The U.S. congressional Iran-Contra hearings opened.
1991 - In New York, Carnegie Hall marked its 100th anniversary.
2010 - Preliminary plans for a mosque and cultural center near ground zero in New York were unveiled, setting off a national debate over whether the project was disrespectful to 9/11 victims and whether opposition to it exposed anti-Muslim biases.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Two GOP Legislators Propose American Replacement Bill, Plus Amnesty
Breitbart - Two GOP legislators are introducing legislation to let states annually import 500,000 foreign blue-collar workers and white-collar professionals to replace Americans who have fallen out of the workforce and into drug addiction. The American replacement bill is needed because companies can’t hire the employees they want amid the massive decline in the number of Americans who are seeking work, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson told an event hosted Wednesday by the CATO Institute…. The bill would allow states to each get 5,000 visas for additional foreign workers per year, plus a population-based share of another 245,000 visas, plus a share of any visas not used by other states. The inflow of foreign workers would start at 495,000 in the first year, not counting the additional family members of each imported worker. The bill would also create an amnesty, because the visas could be given to 11 million plus illegals living in the United States, including those who returned to the United States after being deported. The Senator said he has 50 co-sponsors, but acknowledged the likely unpopularity of his American replacement bill, which is formally titled the “State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program of 2017.”

Republicans Pass Obamacare Replacement Bill; Let The Senate Bickering Begin
Zero Hedge - After a stunning defeat on March 24th, followed by over a month of back and forth bickering, Paul Ryan & Co. has finally passed an Obamacare replacement bill after just securing the required 216 votes…. Per the Washington Post, here is what happens next: [The] Bill must pass Senate: Because Republicans hope to pass this legislation under the less-onerous budget reconciliation process, which would allow it to pass the Senate with only 51 votes, House leaders must make the bill comply with the Senate’s “Byrd Rule.” Generally, the rule says a reconciliation bill must relate to the budget, which means some of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions cannot be addressed via this process because they do not deal with taxes or spending. It also stipulates that the law cannot add to the deficit in the long term (10 years after it is implemented). It will be up to the Senate parliamentarian to decide whether the legislation meets the Byrd Rule standards. Democrats have said that the bill does not meet the standard, something Republicans sacrificed in favor of a more complete repeal. It’s likely that the Senate will do a significant rewrite of the legislation, modifying it but also setting up a showdown with House Republicans aiming for a more conservative approach.

Victory! Supreme Court Rules States Cannot Steal Money From The Innocent
The Free Thought Project - Colorado, like most states, forces convicted criminals to pay court costs, fees, and restitution after they’ve been found guilty. But the question arises, “What happens when someone who’s been found guilty, has paid their dues, and then has their convictions overturned on appeal? Do they get their money back?” Not in many states, like Colorado. But all of that has changed after a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The state not stealing money from innocent people sounds like common sense, right? Well, unfortunately, in the land of the free, it was necessary for SCOTUS to step in and tell the greedy state that they do not have a right to steal people’s money. According to Forbes, “defendants, Shannon Nelson and Louis Madden, were convicted for sexual offenses and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in court costs, fees and restitution. Between her conviction and later acquittal, the state withheld $702 from Nelson’s inmate account, while Madden paid Colorado $1,977 after his conviction. When their convictions were overturned, Nelson and Madden demanded their money back.” Colorado refused, even after the plaintiffs won in a state-level appellate court…. The Inspector General of the Justice Department concluded their practices constituted a threat to everyone’s civil liberties, and now, apparently, the SCOTUS agrees. Everyone is entitled to due process under the law and are likewise entitled to keeping their assets once they’re found not guilty in criminal court. It’s a good day to be an American. Maybe now law enforcement at all levels will stop such controversial practices.

Pentagon Pulls Security Clearance of Trump White House Aide
Washington Free Beacon - The Pentagon this week suspended the security clearance of a White House National Security Council analyst that U.S. officials say was the target of political retribution by government bureaucrats opposed to President Trump’s appointees. Adam S. Lovinger, a 12-year strategic affairs analyst with the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA), has been on loan to the NSC since January when he was picked for the position by then-National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn. Lovinger was notified in a letter from the Pentagon on Monday that his Top-Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) clearance had been suspended and that he had to return to the Pentagon. The letter cited unspecified outside activities by Lovinger. The notice said the suspension was approved by Kevin Sweeney, chief of staff for Defense Secretary James Mattis. One official said Lovinger was targeted by Trump opponents because of his conservative views and ties to Flynn, specifically his past association with the Flynn Intel Group, Inc., a consulting business….

TSA Report Warns Against Truck Ramming Attacks By Terrorists
NBC News - Truck owners and truck rental agencies in the U.S. must be “vigilant” about the increasing frequency of “ramming attacks” by terrorists using vehicles as killing machines, according to a new Transportation Security Administration report obtained exclusively by NBC News. The unclassified report warns owners, operators and rental agencies to protect their vehicles from theft. Entitled “Vehicle ramming attacks: Threat landscape, indicators and counter measures,” the report was sent Tuesday to local law enforcement agencies and private companies working with the Department of Homeland Security. The report notes that in the past three years, at least 173 people have been killed and more than 700 wounded in 17 ramming attacks around the world. Of the 17 attacks, 13 resulted in fatalities. Five were carried out in France both before and after the Nice attack and four took place in Israel. Nine of the 17 attackers were carried out in the past 10 months. One involved an Ohio State University student who drove his car into a crowd last November, then began slashing fellow students before campus police killed him. Eleven people were wounded.

Congress just blocked Jeff Sessions from messing with medical marijuana
Ars Technica - The recent 1,665-page spending bill maintains a provision that prevents the Department of Justice from using any of its funds to hamper state laws related to medical marijuana. The department cannot “prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana,” Section 537 of the bill reads…. With Section 537, Sessions can still go after recreational use of marijuana in the eight states that have passed such laws. But without funding, Sessions’ has little ability to fight the medical marijuana laws in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

6 Months In Jail For Selling … Cookies?
Off the Grid News - A ruling from a judge may be needed to sell homemade baked goods in Wisconsin. Three home bakers in the state are challenging a state law that can punish people who sell homemade cookies, brownies and other treats with up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Lafayette County Judge Duane Jorgensen will rule on May 31 if Wisconsin’s ban on the sale of homemade baked goods is unconstitutional, the Associated Press reported. The challenge to the home-baking ban was brought by the Institute for Justice. The Institute filed a lawsuit challenging the ban on behalf of Lisa Kivirist, Kriss Marion and Dela Ends. The three women try to augment their family incomes by selling baked goods…. Ends used to make extra cash with her homemade cinnamon rolls until she found she might face fines or jail time. Her alternative would be to spend tens of thousands of dollars to open a commercial bakery. Ironically, Ends is allowed to sell a wide variety of other homemade food, including jams and pickles — but not baked goods. Wisconsin is one of the two states that ban the sale of homemade baked goods. The other is New Jersey.

World News

Russia, Iran, Turkey sign agreement on creation of Syria safe zones
RT - Ceasefire guarantor states Russia, Iran and Turkey have adopted a memorandum on the creation of four security zones in Syria, during peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana. The de-escalation zones were earlier proposed by Russia. They are aimed at separating extremist groups, including Islamic State terrorists (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front), from the moderate opposition. Idlib, Latakia and Homs are included in the safe zones, as well as parts of Aleppo, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Under the memorandum, any fighting between government forces and armed opposition will cease within the safe zones. Checkpoints and observation posts are to be positioned along the de-escalation lines within the safe zones, according to the document. They will provide free movement of unarmed civilians and humanitarian access to the areas, under guarantor states’ control. Russian chief negotiator Aleksandr Lavrentyev stated that Russia is ready to send its observers to the established zones and work more closely with the US and Saudi Arabia on Syria. He also said that a working group on an exchange of captives could be settled by the evening. However, he lamented the US poor participation in establishing better cooperation. "Unfortunately, the Americans are still ignoring our attempts to establish closer military cooperation, but we will keep trying," the Russian chief negotiator said.

Russian bombers, fighter jets fly near Alaska, prompting Air Force escort
Fox News - Two Russian Bear bombers — escorted for the first time by a pair of Su-35 “Flanker” fighter jets — entered Alaska’s Air Defense Zone early Thursday morning, U.S. officials told Fox News. The Russian formation was intercepted by a pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets that were already flying a patrol about 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska. It was the first time the U.S. Air Force has seen advanced Russian Su-35 fighter jets escort Russian Cold War-era bombers near Alaska. The Russian fighter jets were unarmed and remained in international airspace, officials said. Late last month, Russian bombers flew near Alaska over four consecutive days for the first time since 2014.

Farage Officially Endorses Le Pen: ‘If She Fails, She Will Win in 2022’
Dan Lyman - Brexit architect Nigel Farage has officially thrown his support behind French presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, as Sunday’s final round of voting approaches. “I’m supporting Marine Le Pen, and if she fails this year, she will win in 2022,” wrote Farage in an editorial penned for the Daily Telegraph, assuming that if the French are not quite ready to embrace nationalism in the interest of self-preservation, they will be after five more years of globalist strip-mining and open borders…. Farage went on to refute the smears of the mainstream media, who never fail to tag Le Pen with the ‘far-right extremist’ slur – one they often slap on the likes of Farage and Donald Trump, for simply being opposed to globalism and tidal waves of Third World migrants pouring into the West.

Video: Obama Endorses Emmanuel Macron for French President
Steve Watson - After months of accusing Vladimir Putin of interfering in the US election, former US president Barack Obama has openly endorsed Emmanuel Macron for French president, saying that “he is committed to a better future for the French people.” Obama posted a video Thursday morning giving his support to Macron, the centrist liberal candidate who is running against the nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen. “I know that you face many challenges and I want all of my friends in France to know how much I am rooting for your success,” Obama said, adding “Because of how important this election is, I also want you to know I am supporting Emmanuel Macron to lead you forward. En march. Vive la France.” Obama added that Macron “appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears.” “He has stood up for liberal values. He put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world.”… Obama noted that “I’m not planning to get involved in many elections anymore, now I don’t have to run for office again.”

Economy & Business

This Has Never Happened Before...
Zero Hedge - With debt ceilings, spending plans, and tax reforms focusing all eyes on Washington, we thought it notable that for the first time in US history, the cost of interest on US government debt has risen above half a trillion dollars... One wonders, given the grandiose spending plans, if we will ever get back below half a trillion dollars?

Why the Retail Crisis Could Be Coming to American Groceries
Bloomberg - The American grocery store has so far been mostly immune to the ravages of online shopping and the all around apocalyptic outlook facing the nation's retailers. But a war is coming to the staid supermarket, and that could mean more consolidation, bankruptcies, and falling prices. An invasion is getting under way. Lidl, a German retailer known for low prices and efficient operations, is expected to start an aggressive U.S. expansion in the coming weeks that could open as many as 100 new stores across the East Coast by the summer of 2018. The company, which runs about 10,000 stores in Europe, has also set its sights on Texas, one of the most competitive grocery markets in the U.S. Analysts expect Lidl to expand to nearly $9 billion in sales by 2023. The last thing U.S. grocers need is more cutthroat competition. As the ranks of U.S. grocery stores have swelled, food has become a way for struggling brick-and-mortar retailers such as dollar stores and pharmacies to compete for customers. Even though groceries have been somewhat insulated from online pressure, Amazon.com remains dedicated to cracking the code, finally, on fresh food.

Science & Technology

Untold Numbers of Canadians Are Streaming Live Online Without Their Knowledge
Motherboard - If there's an internet-connected security camera in your home, office, or at your children's daycare—or hell, even if you're just at the mall—you may be streaming live over the internet and not even know it. On Thursday, that students at an elementary school in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, were being broadcast on a site that streams cameras that haven't been properly secured. But it's not just one school. Unsecured cameras are an old-as-time blight on the internet, so much so that art projects have been made using them. And right now, churches, daycares, and places of business across Canada are live and online. One notorious site is called Insecam, which the CBC focused on, but there are others. A quick dive into the selection of Canadian cameras on these sites quickly turned unsettling. In a few short hours on Thursday morning, I found two publicly viewable streams that appeared to be coming from daycares or kindergartens in Canada. In one, children were clearly visible eating and napping. (Many daycares offer a webcam service to parents who want to check in on their kids, usually available for a sign-up fee.)… A stream on another site allowed me to watch people amble around a shopping mall. I'm not even going to talk about the many bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens streaming live.

California DOJ purchases facial recognition cameras to spy on everyone
MassPrivate I - An article in Muckrock reveals that the California Department of Justice (CDOJ) is using facial recognition cameras to spy on everyone. The CDOJ spent close to one million dollars ($850K) to install NEC's NeoFace system everywhere. According to the article, the CDOJ has been spying on everyone since April 26th., 2016. What's even worse is the CDOJ is paying NEC $650,000 every year in 'support fees'. Which means Calif. taxpayers are paying $650K a year for the privilege of being spied on. Is it a coincidence that NEC opened up a Biometric Center for Excellence in California and another one in Washington, DC? California and the NEC call their new system the Integrated Criminal Justice Image System (ICJIS) which is actually run by DHS Fusion Centers! According to page 8 of NEC's, ICJIS document, when the contractors were finished with the installation they had to destroy all evidence (documents) of their collaboration with the CDOJ. In other words, the DOJ is covering their tracks and doesn't want the public to know how widespread their facial recognition surveillance system really is…. "Law enforcement, public safety, courts, corrections, probations, parole, DAs and public defenders, and even agencies like the DMV, Labor, Business Licensing and, Human and Social Services, are involved in criminal justice integration systems (CJIS) projects and are leveraging our tools to share data in real time.”… Court visitors are asked to pause at the gates and take off their hats, glasses or other obstructions, so facial recognition cameras can identify them. Soon every government agency will have facial recognition cameras, unless we do something now.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Nourishing Food Requires Soil
Alliance for Natural Health - Help us protect real, organic food!… You may be buying produce that was not even grown in soil. In other words, when you think you’re purchasing a nutrient-rich meal, you may be paying for produce from a process that actually denies them those very nutrients. Recently, an ANH-USA staff member ordered a salad at a restaurant. It was touted as “locally-sourced, no pesticides”—all the things natural health advocates look for in produce. On further questioning, however, the staff member found out that the produce was grown hydroponically. Hydroponics is a technology for growing plants in water with dissolved fertilizers rather than actual soil. Produce grown hydroponically is often produced in massive warehouses under artificial lighting. The liquid fertilizers used to feed the plants can come from a variety of sources, including highly processed GMO soybeans. No matter where one stands on hydroponic versus conventional agriculture, there is definitely a problem with calling hydroponic fruits and vegetables “organic”—an issue that the National Organic Standards Board is currently considering…. As we’ve reported before, plants interact with the microorganisms in the soil in complex and fascinating ways that obviously cannot be reproduced without soil. It is these interactions that account for the high nutrient content in the organic fruits and vegetables we eat. Microbes in the soil are also hugely important in converting organic matter into a form that plants can use.

Health

As health care costs explode, hospitals are now trying to force patients to PRE-PAY for treatment
(Natural News) The rise of high-deductible health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), nicknamed Obamacare, has led to a rise in unpaid hospital bills among the insured population. This has prompted more hospitals in America to require patients to pay before they are wheeled into the operating room. Thanks to Obamacare, millions of Americans now have a health insurance plan. Attracted by the lower monthly cost, many people are choosing for the bronze and silver plans, which can carry deductibles of up to $15,000. According to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half of Americans already have difficulty paying for an unexpected $500 bill. The most widely used Obamacare health plan, however, has a deductible of $6,000 for an individual and double the amount for a family, which is an 18 percent spike compared to 2014, reported Reuters.

10 Impressive Echinacea Benefits to Support Your Health
Dr.Edward Group - Echinacea is a powerful and beneficial herb used by people around the world to maintain good health. Every part of the plant, from the roots to the flower petals, is bursting with vital nutrients. With a reputation as a natural cold remedy, many people enjoy echinacea in one form or another, whether as a tea, a supplement, or even the raw plant. Here, we’ll look at ten impressive ways echinacea can support your health…. 1. Echinacea can have a powerful impact on the immune system; over 14 clinical trials have confirmed its ability to encourage good health all year long. 2. Reduces Redness and Swelling - Systemic swelling, redness, and discomfort in the body can have multiple sources, including an unhealthy diet or strenuous exercise. Consuming echinacea or applying skin care products that contain echinacea essential oil can help reduce and alleviate tissue irritation. 3. Promotes the Health of Cells - Many of the compounds in echinacea support immune cells and encourage healthy cell growth. 4. Facilitates Oxygen Transport - Echinacea increases erythropoietin production in the bone marrow, this, in turn, promotes red blood cell production and increases the capacity of the blood to transport oxygen. 5. Supports Oral Health - Echinacea has been evaluated in combination with other herbs like sage and lavender and found to reduce bad breath. It’s believed this effect is partly due to echinacea’s ability to neutralized the harmful organisms that cause bad breath….

Inspirational

6 Gut Instincts You Should Never Ignore
David Wolfe - If you’re especially in touch with your inner self, you might be a pro at something that many people struggle with: listening to your gut feelings. That little voice in the back of your head, that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, those things are there for a reason. If you have a strange feeling that something isn’t quite right, it’s important to pay attention to that feeling. Most of the time, your instincts are right. Ignoring them can lead you down a path of danger, hurt and regret. Here are six gut instincts you should never ignore: 1. “This Situation Seems Dangerous” - You might notice a stranger staring at you on the subway. When you get off the subway, you turn to see that the same person is walking behind you down the street. You might shake it off as paranoia, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry…. 2. “I Don’t Feel Good” - If you ignore problems with your body, they can end up turning into serious health issues. Your body sends you subtle signs to let you know when something is wrong. If you’re experiencing odd symptoms and you feel like something isn’t right, don’t wait to get it checked out. Visit a health care professional as soon as possible. If there is something wrong, catching it early can be vital. 3. “I Should Help That Person” - A gut feeling doesn’t have to be a negative one. Sometimes, your instincts tell you to take action. If you see someone being bullied, or someone struggling to open a door with their hands full, do something to help. It might be a small act, but any act of kindness can help make someone’s day. Don’t stand by and watch as others struggle. Listen to your gut feeling and offer a helping hand….

Pet News

Bunny Breeder Says United Airlines Cremated Rabbit Without Consent
WBIW - Remember that giant rabbit that was found dead at Chicago O'Hare International Airport last month after arriving on a United Airlines from London? Regina Holmes, of Talk Media News reports, in yet another PR nightmare for United, the carrier has been accused of cremating Simon the rabbit without the consent of the breeder or the new owner after the animal died in a freezer at O'Hare. Simon's breeder, Annette Edwards, told the British tabloid The Sun that "the whole thing stinks of a cover-up." The black rabbit was nearly three feet long and was expected to grow into the world's largest bunny. But Simon died en route to its new home in the U.S. on April 19. Simon apparently arrived safe and sound in Chicago for a connecting flight. But shortly thereafter, the rabbit was found dead. The ground crew at O'Hare had accidentally put Simon in a freezer, Edwards was told. She demanded a necropsy to determine the cause of death. She said she asked United "over and over again" for the body but the airline never got back to her. She later found out the rabbit had been cremated on Friday without her knowledge.
* Related: United Airlines pay five-figure compensation to rabbit breeder whose giant bunny froze to death on its way to America

Fake Service Dogs are Becoming a Real Problem
Dogington Post - The Americans With Disabilities Act protects the rights of individuals with disabilities to be accompanied by their service dogs in public places not normally considered dog-friendly…. But a new trend among dog owners is quickly becoming a big problem for legitimate service dog teams. People are disguising untrained family pets as service dogs, complete with vests and identification cards, in order to take them anywhere and everywhere they wouldn’t normally be welcomed. CBS Chicago reported, A search of eBay for “service dog patches” and “service dog vests” produced more than 22,000 results. Several websites sell similar items for as much as $150 after requiring answers to just a few easy questions…. A service dog is not legally required to wear a vest, patch, or carry any type of ID card, though many service dog teams do these things because it’s easier to just show a meaningless ID card when asked for one than it is to explain the laws to business owners, managers, and employees, and even law enforcement officers that haven’t been educated. Additionally, because ADA laws prohibit questioning a person about their disability and from asking for evidence of a service dog’s certification, business owners and authorities are left with their hands tied. Legitimate service dogs are well trained and a necessity to their handlers. They are trained to not be disruptive or cause a scene while in public. You will never see a service dog jumping up at people, barking or growling (unless alerting their handler to a problem), or even using the bathroom inappropriately. Fake service dogs are both a safety issue for the public and for legitimate service dogs. They negatively impact the acceptance and public opinion of service dogs and their disabled handlers.

 


Thursday - May 4, 2017

On This Day In History


1776 - Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
1814 - Napoleon Bonaparte disembarked at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.
1863 - The Battle of Chancellorsville ended when the Union Army retreated.
1886 - A bomb exploded on the fourth day of a workers' strike in Chicago, IL. Eight people died in the violence during violence that day.
1904 - The U.S. formally took control of the property for construction of the Panama Canal.
1942 - The Battle of the Coral Sea commenced as American and Japanese carriers launched their attacks at each other.
1942 - The United States began food rationing.
1961 - Thirteen civil rights activists, dubbed "Freedom Riders," began a bus trip through the South.
1970 - The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded.
1979 - Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister.
1981 - The Federal Reserve Board raised its discount rate to 14%.
1987 - The First Bank of the United States was listed as a National Historic Landmark.
1994 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
2000 - The citizens of London elected their mayor for the first time.
2012 - In Las Vegas, NV, Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Test Fires Missile Off Calif. Coast; Can Carry Nuclear Weapons, Travel 8,000 Miles
Off the Grid News - The U.S. Air Force Wednesday morning successfully test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that is capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The test – the second one in the past week — came as the crisis with North Korea continued to escalate. Both missiles were fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and flew more than 4,000 miles across the Pacific before splashing down in the ocean. The tests came days after North Korea tested its own missile. Each U.S. missile is capable of traveling more than 8,000 miles…. The missiles, which carried no payload, splashed down in the Pacific near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, about 2,500 miles south of Hawaii.

Sean Spicer Promotes ‘Bollard Wall’ Fencing to Satisfy Budget Critics (Video)
Breitbart - … White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that Republicans did get funding for a “wall,” pointing to existing photos of fences with bollard style steel construction and “levee walls.”… Spicer refused to describe his fence photos as Trump’s promised wall, but assured them that it would be effective in protecting the border. He told reporters that the fencing was endorsed by DHS Secretary John Kelly. Kelly has proposed large bollard fencing to help secure the border, although he has also supported the idea of “a concrete wall” on the border…. The House budget agreement specifically cites funding for “border fencing” and “steel bollard designs,” not a wall, after Democrats insisted that money for border security would not be used to fund Trump’s wall.
* Related: Video: Full White House Press Briefing

California Mulls Blacklist for Border Wall Contractors
Breitbart - State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D) said that California is not interested in doing business with any company that works on President Trump’s proposed border walls… Lara introduced a bill in December 2016 that initially would have required voter approval for any federally-funded infrastructure project built along the California-Mexico Border. In April 2017, he amended the bill to prohibit the State from awarding contracts to any person who works on a federally-funded “wall, fence, or other barrier along California’s southern border,”… Former California Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D), who’s now a lobbyist for California contractors, noted that California is on a dangerous path with this type of legislation. “What we’re doing here is very dangerous in that we’re creating a slippery slope and hand-picking projects that are not politically favorable to the California Legislature,” Fuentes said.

Obamacare Repeal Suddenly Looks Possible After Two Key GOP Holdouts Flip
Zero Hedge - …Republican reps. Fred Upton and Billy Long both said Wednesday they will support the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill with the addition of a new amendment Upton drafted. Until this morning, both had opposed the bill, and prompted us to write on Monday that Republicans are just one vote away from failure again. The two Republicans told reporters at the White House after a meeting with President Trump that they are ready to vote for the bill once a new amendment Upton helped devise - which would boost funding for people with pre-existing conditions - is added. The amendment would provide $8 billion over the next 5 years to reduce premiums and other costs for those with pre-existing conditions who have a gap in coverage and reside in states that received waivers from some of Obamacare’s requirements.

COMEY: Huma Abedin’s Classified Emails Were Regularly Forwarded to Her Husband Anthony Weiner’s Computer (Video)
The GatewayPundit - In a new update on the Hillary Clinton email scandal, FBI Director James Comey spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing on FBI oversight wherein he states that emails containing classified information were forwarded to Huma Abedin’s then-spouse, former congressman Anthony Weiner. Weiner was being investigated separately because of his (possible) inappropriate communications with a minor. Speaking on the topic, Comey remarked: “Somehow, her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information . . . His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him to print out for her so she could deliver them to the secretary of state.” When asked if former Congressman Weiner read any of the classified emails, Comey took a long pause and then stuttered his way to the phrase: “I don’t think so,” He then went on to say, “I don’t think we’ve been able to interview him because he has pending-eh, criminal problems of other sorts…”

Report: Hillary to Start PAC to Fight Trump, Will Resume Giving Paid Speeches
The GatewayPundit - Mike Allen of Axios reports: “Hillary Clinton soon will launch a PAC as a way of “acting as a quiet catalyst” for organizations she cares about, and eventually will help 2018 congressional candidates — but with no intention of making it a vehicle to run for anything herself. According to a source familiar with the planning, the initial focus will be on lifting up organizations that are the product of the energy and activism she has seen since the election, and existing groups that have been reignited and reinvigorated by that energy. She has met with some of these groups, and it’s something she’s become increasingly passionate about with each meeting, the source said.” Clinton also plans to return to paid speaking. The Harry Walker Agency, her speakers’ bureau, has a page up inviting clients to “Book Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

Obama Unveils The $500 Million Obama Presidential Center In Chicago
Zero Hedge - Signing $60 million for a book contract, and rolling out on the speech circuit at $400k a pop is enough to inspire former US presidents with creative ways how to be remembered by future generations. Take former President Obama for example, who together with Michelle, are in their hometown Chicago this week and offered the city its first peek of the future Obama Presidential Center, which will be built on a 200,000-square-foot campus in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side. A memorial that would make pharaohs jealous, the center will sit near a lagoon that runs into Lake Michigan in the Jackson Park neighborhood and will feature three buildings: a museum, a library, and “forum,” which will house an auditorium, restaurant, and public garden. It will also have a sledding hill. The Obama Foundation said that the center, located near Chicago's historically African-American Woodlawn neighborhood, will revitalize the Jackson Park neighborhood by attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and creating new jobs on the South Side…. Obama is expected to use the center as a platform to work on issues such as criminal justice reform and education for underprivileged children. The entire project is expected to cost $500 million.

World News

China Reportedly Issues Final Warning To North Korea
Zero Hedge - With President Trump placing his faith in China’s ability to keep its neighbor under control – through threats, promises, or oil embargoes – it appears, according to unconfirmed rumors spreading widely on Chinese social media Tuesday, that North Korea just got its final warning…. The rumor cited the May issue of Hong Kong monthly news outlet Dong Xiang. It said a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs junior minister invited Park Myung-ho, an official of North Korea, for a meeting. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the meeting and asked his junior to read aloud the warning to the North over the nuclear test. The memorandum mentioned that China will condemn strongly, pull back on all economic cooperation and even blockade North Korea if it conducted the test.

North Korean media issues rare criticism of China over nuclear warnings
Reuters - A commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) referred to recent commentaries in China's People's Daily and Global Times newspapers, which it said were "widely known as media speaking for the official stand of the Chinese party and government." "A string of absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from China every day only to render the present bad situation tenser," it said. "China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the DPRK-China relations," the commentary said, referring to North Korea by the acronym for its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

‘War will see Japan under radioactive clouds before any country’ – N. Korean state media
RT - If the Korean Peninsula standoff evolved into an armed conflict, Japan would be the first to suffer from the fallout – both political and nuclear – North Korean state media said, warning Tokyo against any hostile actions. “In case of a nuclear war on the peninsula, Japan that houses logistic bases, launching bases and sortie bases of the U.S. forces will be put under radioactive clouds before any country,” state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper said on Wednesday. The newspaper reminded Tokyo of its previous experience involving nuclear weapons, stating that the country would become the number one target for a North Korean strike as it housed US forces and would be “put under radioactive clouds before any country.” “If Japan is truly concerned about its interests, it has to make due efforts for the peaceful settlement of the Korean peninsula issue,” the commentary reads.

France's Macron, Le Pen face off in final TV showdown
Deutsche Welle - The two rivals for the second round of France's presidential election launched personal insults and attacked each other's manifestos on Wednesday evening as they faced off in the final TV debate ahead of Sunday's vote. During the high-stakes duel, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen hit out at her centrist opponent Emmanuel Macron's record as a former economy minister, accusing him of playing a key role in selling off several of France's state-led companies. During the high-stakes duel, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen hit out at her centrist opponent Emmanuel Macron's record as a former economy minister, accusing him of playing a key role in selling off several of France's state-led companies. Instead, Le Pen promised to create a sovereign wealth fund to prevent what she said were foreign "vultures" from taking over French companies. In response, Macron accused the National Front candidate of misleading voters about his record, of having no experience in economic issues and no workable ideas…. Macron repeated his vow to lower taxes for workers, and allow self-employed people - who are currently excluded from France's generous unemployment scheme - to benefit, if they go bankrupt. Le Pen stuck to her main campaign message, telling an estimated 20 million viewers: "I'm the candidate of the people, who protects our jobs, our security, from external competition and from the rise of Islamic fundamentalism." She insisted Macron was the "candidate of the elite.”… [Read More…]

More Than Half of Young Europeans Say They Would Join an “Uprising” Against the Elite
Paul Joseph Watson - A whopping 580,000 respondents in 35 different countries were asked; “Would you actively participate in large-scale uprising against the generation in power if it happened in the next days or months?” More than half of 18- to 34-year-olds said that they would. The sentiment is likely to be driven by a number of factors, including Europe’s chronic rates of youth unemployment, which have spiked as high as over 50% in Greece and Spain. Greece, Spain and Italy top the poll, with over 60% in all three countries saying they would join a large scale uprising against the establishment. Even in sleepy Belgium and prosperous Switzerland, the figure is higher than 40%. Respondents in France, where 61% said they would rebel, blamed corruption, high taxes and “too many rich people” for their discontent. The Quartz study also pinpoints “voter apathy” and being “sick of the status quo” as reasons for why so many young people are ready to engage in civil unrest.

Economy & Business

"They Know Something That We Don't" – Corporate Insiders Are Dumping Their Stocks "At Levels Rarely Seen"
Zero Hedge - There aren’t any surefire ways to tell if the stock market, and perhaps the rest of the economy, is about to take a nosedive. That’s because millions of people with millions of ideas are involved, so it’s an inherently unpredictable system. However, there are certain players in our economy that have a lot more influence and insider knowledge than the rest of us. So when they make a move in unison, you know there’s a good chance that something is about to go down. And that’s exactly what’s going on with the stock market right now. The people who would stand to lose the most if the markets crashed; the corporate executives and insiders, are all jumping ship and selling their stocks…. “As the investing public has continued to devour stocks, corporate insiders have been offloading shares to an extent not seen in seven years... If the people with the deepest knowledge of a company are cashing out, why should investors keep buying at current prices?"

Science & Technology

Facebook Adding 3,000 Workers To Monitor Videos Of Crime And Suicides
Zero Hedge - "Facebook's latest response to the public outcry that resulted from the recent live-streaming of a murder on the social network, was announced moments ago when on his personal blog, Mark Zuckerberg announced that over the next year, Facebook "will be adding 3,000 people -- on top of the 4,500 we have today -- to review the millions of reports we get every week, and improve the process for doing it quickly." In addition to violence, the crackdown also targets "hate speech and child exploitation." Zuckerberg also notes that "we'll keep working with local community groups and law enforcement who are in the best position to help someone if they need it -- either because they're about to harm themselves, or because they're in danger from someone else.”… “In addition to investing in more people, we're also building better tools to keep our community safe. We’re going to make it simpler to report problems to us, faster for our reviewers to determine which posts violate our standards and easier for them to contact law enforcement if someone needs help.”

Cell phones definitely cause brain tumors, Italian court rules
(Natural News) The link between brain tumors and cellphones is now more real than ever. As reported in Hosted.AP.org, an Italian court recently ruled in favor of a telecom company employee after it concluded that his brain tumor was caused by excessive use of the company cellphone. According to the report, Telecom Italia employee Roberto Romeo was obliged to use the company cellphone for three hours a day for 15 years for work-related matters. As Romeo pointed out in the report, cellphone use of just one hour a day is already considered “intense use”. The court ruled that his excessive use has resulted in a brain tumor which, while benign, has caused hearing loss in his right ear.

Health

Hemp food products surged 44% to $129 million in sales despite insane regulations
(Natural News) Hemp is an incredibly versatile plant that is also extremely nutritious. It’s used to create building materials, automobiles, paper, clothing, jewelry and furniture, but it can also be found in a variety of heath-focused foods. Hemp-based foods are a budding market, with a wide array of offerings: Hemp protein powder, hemp seeds and hemp milk are just a few of the plant-based items you can find available today…. When it comes to money, hemp sales reached an impressive $688 million during 2016, a $100 million increase from just 2015. Hemp-based food sales, however, boasted a particularly dramatic boost in sales; a 44 percent increase to $129 million has got more people putting their sights on hemp foods than ever before…. Hemp seeds are extremely nutritious and are a great source of healthy fat and protein. They are loaded with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, for example…. Hemp seeds also contain a wide variety of micronutrients, including magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron and zinc. Not only is hemp a great source of protein, it is one of the few complete plant-based proteins. This means it contains all of the essential amino acids. The protein from hemp seeds is also easily absorbed due to its highly digestible nature. Whole hemp seeds are also a great source of fiber, both insoluble and soluble.

Gingko Biloba Protects Against Cognitive Effects of Heavy Metals
Prevent Disease - Ginkgo biloba, one of the oldest living tree species and best selling herbs, also protects the brain from the toxic effects of aluminium chloride exposure, which has been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer's and other cognitive impairments. Solid research has been performed on extracts of ginkgo biloba, which contain antioxidant compounds that protect cells from free radical damage within the nervous and circulatory systems. The protective effects of Ginkgo biloba was clearly observed, said researchers. Ancient Chinese medical manuscripts indicate that at least 5000 years ago, extracts of the leaves of the ginkgo tree were being used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including asthma, Raynaud's syndrome (a circulatory disorder affecting the hands and feet), and age-related memory loss. Even though the well-designed German studies showed that ginkgo had significant positive effects on the mental functioning of Alzheimer's patients, many physicians in the United States were still skeptical of ginkgo's usefulness, perhaps because of the long tradition in Europe of being more open to alternative therapies…. With the abundance of information on ginkgo now available, it should be clear to the most skeptical of mainstream doctors that the use of Ginkgo biloba should be part of the treatment regimen for every Alzheimer's patient.

9 Amazing Bread-less Sandwich Ideas That Will Make You Drool
Healthy Holistic Living - A growing number of people have sworn off bread and for good reason. If you’re not able to access healthy ingredients and or unable to bake it yourself your options can be very limited let alone excessively expensive. Well the good news is that there are ways to enjoy and even enhance some of your favorite dishes without having to worry about finding a bread that doesn’t make you feel awful or pollute your body. You’re going to want to save the ideas below because once you try them, you’re going to forget all about your retired packaged bread obsession. After tasting these, they just might occupy your plate more than you planned. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Pet News

The Truth About The Type of Meat Evanger’s Really Used
Truth about Pet Food - It was more than inedible, the meat supplier Evanger’s Pet Food purchased from [Bailey Farms] was a dead animal carcass processor [in Wisconsin]…. [Bailey Farms is] a company that picks up dead animals (cattle and horses) from area farms and processes meat from these animal carcasses into pet food meat – no matter why the animal died and no matter if the animal was euthanized for sale to pet food…. Are more stock removal companies selling dead animal carcass meats – including euthanized horse meat – to pet food companies? Absolutely there are. In every state – multiple in areas of the US that have large livestock populations – there are companies that remove dead animal carcasses and process the meat into pet food/animal feed. These companies are just like Bailey Farms – selling raw meat processed from the dead/non-slaughtered or euthanized animal carcass. And as well, rendering companies (some) pick up and process dead animal carcasses into pet food ingredients (though these would be rendered ingredients – not raw meat). Is this legal?… Per federal law, it is ILLEGAL for animal food to contain any part of an animal that is non-slaughtered. The Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act defines an adulterated (illegal) food as (in part) “if it is, in whole or in part, the product of a diseased animal or of an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter”. Repeat: it is a direct violation of federal law for a pet food (any food) to contain even the smallest amount of meat sourced from a dead/non-slaughtered animal. But…FDA openly allows anyone in the animal food business the opportunity to violate that law without prosecution. The exception is…unless the pet food company or meat supplier gets caught harming an animal…. [Read more]
* Related: As Evanger’s Scandal Unfolds, a Look Back at Their Troubled History

Will New York Become the First State to Ban Declawing Cats? (We Hope So!)
The Catington Post - Efforts to ban the inhumane practice of declawing cats has been before lawmakers in New York state in the past and didn’t get passed. However, an effort to ban the practice is back in front of lawmakers. Legislation to prohibit the procedure for aesthetic purposes has been introduced in the Senate and Assembly. [Declawing is] a painful amputation of a cat’s knuckles – not simply removing claws, as many people still believe. It’s a procedure that’s extremely painful, and can have lasting, even lifelong, emotional and physical effects on a cat, whose very nature is to use his claws. New York’s largest veterinary association come out against the ban, saying the procedure should remain legal as a last resort for cats that won’t stop scratching furniture or people. However, the Humane Society, as well as many veterinarians and politicians are on board with this ban including Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who sponsored the bill. If the bill passes, New York would become the first state in the union to enact a statewide ban of the practice of declawing, though a similar bill has been introduced for consideration by lawmakers in New Jersey, and it is already banned in many cities in California, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. The practice is also considered cruel and illegal in several countries in Europe and the United Kingdom.
 


Wednesday - May 3, 2017

On This Day In History


1802 - Washington, DC, was incorporated as a city.
1888 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Works.
1921 - West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
1926 - U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua and stayed until 1933.
1933 - The U.S. Mint was under the direction of a woman for the first time when Nellie Ross took the position.
1937 - Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With The Wind."
1944 - Wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended in the U.S.
1968 - After three days of battle, the U.S. Marines retook Dai Do complex in Vietnam. They found that the North Vietnamese had evacuated the area.
1971 - Anti-war protesters began four days of demonstrations in Washington, DC.
1971 - National Public Radio broadcast for the first time.
1971 - James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King's assassin, was caught in a jailbreak attempt.
1988 - The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband's activities.
1992 - Five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles, CA. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King.
1997 - The "Republic of Texas" surrendered to authorities ending an armed standoff where two people were held hostage. The group asserts the independence of Texas from the U.S.
2000 - The trial of two Libyans accused of killing 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 (over Lockerbie) opened.
2006 - In Alexandria, VA, Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate Quietly Drops Russian Sanctions Bill, Focuses On Iran Crackdown
Zero Hedge - Much to the likely chagrin of the mainstream media, and Democratic Party blame narratives everywhere, Politico reports that the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have reached a decision that’s sure to disappoint Russia hawks: They’re not taking up a Russia sanctions bill anytime soon. Instead, Committee Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee and ranking Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland have agreed to move forward on a measure to counter Russian influence in Eastern Europe without using sanctions as well as an Iran sanctions bill…. The measure to counter Russian influence is expected to draw from a bill put forward by Cardin in January but will strip the measure of its sanctions. The Iran sanctions bill was introduced in March by Corker and has bipartisan support. It’s in retaliation for Iran’s ballistic missile development, support for U.S.-designated terrorist groups and human rights violations. Cardin’s sanctions bill is co-sponsored by 10 Republican defense hawks, including Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida. Cardin spokesman Sean Bartlett confirmed the agreement in an email…. Rubio, a member of the Foreign Relations panel, indicated Monday he was unhappy with the decision to table the Russia sanctions measure for now.

1,665 Pages: GOP Spending Bill Longer Than Obama’s Stimulus
CNS News - The new federal spending bill proposed in the Republican-controlled Congress to fund the government through the end of September–which is now posted on the House Rules Committee website–is 1,665 pages long and includes an average of approximately 210 words per page. That makes this bill approximately 350,000 words long—or about twice as long as the stimulus law (the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”) that President Barack Obama signed less than a month after his inauguration in 2009.
Related: Federal Spending Bill Text

Trump: The US government needs a good 'shutdown' if Senate rules don't change
CNBC News - President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to call for a government shutdown later this year in response to a bipartisan spending deal that looks set to pass Congress this week. In tweets, the president contended that the bipartisan agreement — which funds the government through Sept. 30 — shows that Republicans should get more senators elected or change the Senate's rules so they can push spending through with only a majority vote, rather than 60 votes. He then wrote that the country "needs a good 'shutdown' in September" to fix what he called a "mess.”… Just last week, Trump blamed Democrats for what he called a desire to shut down the government, a charge that Democratic leaders denied. He called the possibility of national parks getting closed "terrible."

Massachusetts Senior Citizen and Attorney Medically Kidnapped – Estate Plundered – Represents National Epidemic
Health Impact News - Retired lawyer Marvin Siegel of Boxford, Massachusetts, has lived an isolated and heavily-medicated existence, against his will and wishes, after court proceedings in August in 2011 resulted in his being placed under a court-appointed guardianship and conservatorship that his family considers to be unlawful. His meticulous estate planning has been eviscerated, and millions of dollars continue to be plundered from the 88-year-old’s estate. He is being held prisoner in his own home, under medical providers that his daughter has termed "24/7 guards." Meanwhile, his daughters Attorney Lisa Siegel Belanger and Devora Kaiser tirelessly advocate for him in the court system, despite those who are working vigorously to shut them out of their father’s life. At this point, those in charge of Mr. Siegel’s estate have drained half of the retired attorney’s approximate nine-million-dollar estate deceptively and fraudulently, according to Lisa. Further, as Lisa began to research her father’s case, she uncovered a network of corruption within the family and probate court system of Essex County, where the case is, as well as in other Massachusetts counties. The daughters’ court documents allege fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering, involving 40 litigants in the Siegel case alone. Lisa states that the medical kidnapping and plundering of senior citizens' estates is common, as they target poor and rich alike: "The scary part of it is that this is not an isolated incident. This is business as usual. It is a pattern of isolate. Medicate. Liquidate. It doesn’t matter the amount of a person’s estate, even if a person has virtually nothing to their name. The fact that an elder is receiving some sort of government benefit that automatically brings you into their clutches. People don’t realize that it affects basically everyone."

Drugged driving eclipses drunken driving in tests of motorists killed in crashes
Washington Post - For the first time, statistics show that drivers killed in crashes are more likely to be on drugs than drunk. Forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used a legal or illegal drug, eclipsing the 37 percent who tested above the legal limit for alcohol, according to a report released Wednesday by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. Of the drivers who tested positive for drugs, more than a third had used marijuana and more than 9 percent had taken amphetamines…. The opioid epidemic — heroin use and the abuse of prescription drugs — is well established. In 2015, more than 33,000 people fatally overdosed on opioids, almost equal to the 35,095 people killed that year in all traffic crashes. The number of drivers who tested positive for drugs after dying in a crash rose from almost 28 percent in 2005 to 43 percent in 2015, the latest year for which data is available…. Although the liberalization of marijuana laws and increase in drug-use fatalities might lead to an easy conclusion, the report cites European studies that found marijuana use slightly increased the risk of a crash, while opioids, amphetamines and mixing alcohol with drugs greatly increased the risk of a crash.

Officer recorded shooting unarmed man in back pleads guilty
Ars Technica - A white South Carolina police officer accused of the video-taped shooting of a fleeing, unarmed suspect pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single federal civil rights violation. A video of Officer Michael Slager shooting and killing 50-year-old Walter Scott was secretly taken in 2015 by a passerby. The video has been viewed millions of times online and on television. It was a key factor in the North Charleston Police Department's decision to abandon its initial backing of the shooting. The deal with federal and state prosecutors includes Slager's guilty plea to one count of a three-count federal civil rights indictment. In exchange, federal prosecutors will drop two lesser charges. South Carolina prosecutors, under the deal, will not retry the 35-year-old Slager…. Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised the outcome. "The Department of Justice will hold accountable any law enforcement officer who violates the civil rights of our citizens by using excessive force," Sessions said. "Such failures of duty not only harm the individual victims of these crimes; they harm our country, by eroding trust in law enforcement and undermining the good work of the vast majority of honorable and honest police officers."

World News

Putin, Trump speak by phone, discuss Syria, N.Korea – Kremlin
RT - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, held a phone call in which they have agreed to cooperate on promoting diplomatic progress in dealing with tensions on the Korean peninsula and in Syria, according to the Kremlin. “Vladimir Putin has called for restraint and decreasing of the level of tensions” on the Korean peninsula, the statement said. “It has been agreed to work jointly on a diplomatic solution that will settle the crisis.” Putin and Trump have spoken about coordinating Russia’s and US efforts aimed against terrorism in Syria, the statement adds. Putin and Trump have decided to “activate the dialogue between the heads of the foreign ministries of both countries who will seek variants to secure the ceasefire regime, stabilize it and control it,” the statement says. “The goal is to create the background that would help launch a real peace process in Syria. This means that Russia’s foreign minister and the US secretary of state would inform their leaders about progress in this regard." The call between the two presidents came a day before a new round of talks on Syria in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana. This is the first time that Trump and Putin have talked to each other since the US missile strike on a Syrian airfield that set back US-Russia diplomatic relations.

North Korea says U.S. bomber flights push peninsula to brink of nuclear war
Reuters - North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war after a pair of strategic U.S. bombers flew training drills with the South Korean and Japanese air forces in another show of strength. The two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed amid rising tensions over North Korea's pursuit of its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. sanctions and pressure from the United States…. South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a briefing in Seoul that Monday's joint drill was conducted to deter provocations by the North. North Korea said the bombers conducted "a nuclear bomb dropping drill against major objects" in its territory at a time when Trump and "other U.S. warmongers are crying out for making a preemptive nuclear strike" on the North. "The reckless military provocation is pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula closer to the brink of nuclear war," the North's official KCNA news agency said on Tuesday. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been high for weeks, driven by concerns that the North might conduct its sixth nuclear test in defiance of pressure from the United States and Pyongyang's sole major ally, China.

China Relations with U.S. Declining Fast
France24 - China demanded on Tuesday an immediate halt to a controversial US missile shield hours after Washington announced that the defence system was now operational in South Korea. Washington and Seoul agreed to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery deployment in July in the wake of a string of North Korean missile tests. But its deployment has infuriated China, which fears it will weaken its own ballistic missile capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance…. While Beijing lashed out at the shield's deployment, the foreign ministry expressed support for US President Donald Trump's surprise comments that he would be "honored" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un under the right conditions. "If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him I would, absolutely. I would be honored to do it," Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg. Asked about Trump's remarks, Geng said that China "has always believed that dialogue and consultation... is the only realistic and viable way to achieve denuclearisation." "We also said many times that the US and DPRK... should make political decisions at an early date, take action and show good faith so that we can create a better atmosphere for resuming the peace talks and settling the issue," he added…. Earlier, US Forces Korea said THAAD is "operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the Republic." A US defence official told AFP, however, that the system has only "reached initial intercept capability". This initial capability will be augmented later this year as additional hardware and components arrive to complete the system, officials said…. Beijing has imposed a host of measures seen as economic retaliation against the South for the THAAD deployment, including a ban on tour groups…. Further complicating matters, Trump stunned Seoul last week when he suggested South Korea should pay for the $1 billion THAAD system.

U.S. issues travel alert for Europe, citing threat of terrorist attacks
Reuters - The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Europe on Monday, saying U.S. citizens should be aware of a continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout the continent. In the alert, the State Department cited recent incidents in France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom and said Islamic State and al Qaeda "have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe." The State Department's previous travel alert for Europe, issued ahead of the winter holiday season, expired in February. A State Department official said Monday's alert was not prompted by a specific threat, but rather recognition of the continuing risk of attacks especially ahead of the summer holidays. The alert expires on Sept. 1. Malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, airports and other locations are all possible targets for attacks, the State Department's alert said.

Belgium Bans Monsanto’s Weedkiller for Non-Professionals
Natural Blaze - Fresh on the heels of France’s glyphosate ban in public spaces, Belgium turned heads with the announcement by federal minister of agriculture, Willy Borsus, that he wishes to ban the use of herbicides by non-professionals – especially glyphosate. Borsus said there were safer alternatives, such as heat treatment, mechanical weeding, or bio-pesticides. “Considering the risk-benefit balance, there is no justification for the use of herbicides for individuals,” he said. EU member states are “forging ahead” with their own wave of glyphosate bans and restrictions even though the EU Commission is stalwartly defending the safety of glyphosate. This time period is an absolute showdown because glyphosate’s potential reauthorization at the EU level is ongoing.

Crushing Blow to Soy Processors as Chinese Grow Wary on GMO
Sustainable Pulse - A Chinese consumer backlash against genetically modified (GMO) crops is beginning to dent demand for soy oil, the nation’s main cooking oil, and could spell crisis for the multi-billion-dollar crushing industry, which depends on GMO soybeans from the United States and elsewhere. Soyoil sales account for about 36 percent of cooking oils used in Chinese kitchens, more than three times the next highest, and most of it is made from imported soybeans, which are nearly all genetically modified. The Chinese government says GM foods are as safe as conventional foods, but wealthier urban consumers are replacing soyoil with sunflower, peanut or sesame, all free of biotech raw materials.

Election News

Hillary Clinton: "I Was On The Way To Winning Until Comey And 'Russian' WikiLeaks" (Video)
Zero Hedge - Speaking during an interview on CNN, losing presidential candidate Hillary Clinton explained why she thinks she lost the election... "I was on the way to winning before Jim Comey's letter and 'Russian' Wikileaks... scared off late voters.”… All of this is ironic given Democratic Party strategists recent comments: After crunching numbers for months, a group of Democratic strategists have finally figured out why Hillary lost the 2016 election: "her base didn't turn out." Sure, it probably had absolutely nothing to do with all those criminal FBI investigations or the fact that Trump was able to flip some Midwest states that haven't gone Red since Ronald Reagan…. Ironically, while offering up the most ridiculous explanation possible for the outcome of the 2016 election, undoubtedly in an effort to erase all blame from Hillary herself (it wasn't Hillary's fault, her team just didn't turn out the voters...they failed her), one strategist noted it's important to "learn the right lesson from 2016" and not just the one "that makes us feel good at night." And as The Washington Post's most recent poll shows, two-thirds of Americans think the Democrats are out of touch - including nearly half of Democrats themselves.

Economy & Business

45% Of Americans Spend Up To Half Their Income Repaying Credit Card Debts
Zero Hedge - On several occasions we've pointed out that the baby boomer generation is, to put it mildly, ill-prepared for retirement. In fact, over 50% of baby boomers have basically no savings set aside for retirement at all. Now, a new survey from Northwestern Mutual helps to shed some light on why Americans are completely incapable of saving money. First, roughly 50% of Americans have debt balances, excluding mortgages mind you, of over $25,000, with the average person owing over $37,000, versus a median personal income of just over $30,000. Therefore, it's not difficult to believe, as Northwestern Mutual points out, that 45% of Americans spend up to half of their monthly take home pay on debt service alone....which, again, excludes mortgage debt.

Auto Bloodbath: Every OEM Misses April Sales Estimates As Inventories Continue To Soar
Zero Hedge - After an abysmal March print and growing speculation on wall street that auto sales are looking less like a "plateau" (Ford's label not ours) and more like a debt-fueled bubble on the verge of an epic collapse, auto investors were looking toward April auto sales for signs of hope. Unfortunately, the "hope" trade failed to materialize as every single, major auto OEM missed their April sales estimates in fairly spectacular fashion.

Science & Technology

NSA gained phone records despite law change: report
Reuters - The U.S. National Security Agency collected more than 151 million records of Americans' phone calls last year, even after Congress limited its ability to collect bulk phone records, according to an annual report by the top U.S. intelligence officer. The report from the office of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was the first measure of the effects of the 2015 USA Freedom Act, which limited the NSA to collecting phone records and contacts of people U.S. and allied intelligence agencies suspect may have ties to terrorism. It found that the NSA collected the 151 million records even though it had warrants from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court to spy on only 42 terrorism suspects in 2016, in addition to a handful identified the previous year. The NSA has been gathering a vast quantity of telephone "metadata," records of callers' and recipients' phone numbers and the times and durations of the calls - but not their content - since the September 11, 2001, attacks. The report came as Congress faced a decision on whether to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which permits the NSA to collect foreign intelligence information on non-U.S. persons outside the United States, and is scheduled to expire at the end of this year.

GOP’s “Internet Freedom Act” permanently guts net neutrality authority
Ars Technica - Nine Republican US senators yesterday submitted legislation that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from ever again using the regulatory authority that allowed the commission to impose net neutrality rules. The "Restoring Internet Freedom Act" would prohibit the FCC from classifying ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act and "from imposing certain regulations on providers of such service." The Internet "is threatened by the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which would put federal bureaucrats in charge of engineering the Internet’s infrastructure," Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). said in an announcement yesterday. "That is why I am introducing the Restoring Internet Freedom Act, which would nullify [the] Open Internet Order and prohibit the FCC from issuing a similar rule in the future.”… In the announcement, [co-sponsor Ted Cruz] repeated his charge that net neutrality is "Obamacare for the Internet."

Video: Kid Genius Max Laughlin Explains Why He Thinks CERN Destroyed Our Universe…
True Activist - Science just barely starts to scratch the surface to the nature of reality and still, its discoveries are more shocking than we were able to imagine. It proves of quantum entanglement, unified field of consciousness, free energy, superhuman abilities, singularity, parallel universes and alternate realities. All of this is so mind boggling that you would never think a kid can understand. But maybe we need a kid, someone who is brave enough to think about crazy ideas and theories because most of the world we live in today was built upon such. Max Laughlin is not just any kid. He is probably the smartest kid in the world. When he had only 13 years he invented a Free Energy Device, something that could potentially power the whole world for free. He became famous across the world for his brilliant ideas and points of view on interesting topics like the nature of The Universe and Alternate Realities. But now he has a theory that CERN destroyed our Universe and we live in another Universe that was parallel and closest to it. He thinks the famous Mandela Effect is a result of that. Max explains it all beautifully in this video…

Health

9 Reasons to add Chlorella superfood to your diet
(Natural News) Like spirulina, chlorella is a green alga with a host of health benefits. Though it has been around forever, this single-celled alga remained well hidden in freshwater ponds in the Far East until the end of the 19th century… Recently, chlorella has been receiving a lot of buzz and has earned “superfood” status because of its extraordinary nutrient density…. Here are nine of them you should know about to improve your family’s health. 1. Packed with essential nutrients - About 60 percent of it is complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. It has an excellent omega-3 to omega-6 ratio and offers a broad range of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, iron, vitamin B12, and beta-carotene 2. Binds heavy metals - Another reason chlorella has gotten some buzz is because of its ability to bind and help eliminate heavy metals, such as cadmium and lead, and other toxic compounds, such as dioxin, from the body. Its amazing detoxing properties come from chlorophyll and vitamin B12, which produce glutathione, a potent antioxidant to safeguard the body against toxicity and disease. 3. Boosts the immune system - Though the evidence is limited, research has shown that chlorella may boost the immune system to ward off unwanted intruders that can make you sick. 4. Improves cholesterol - Several studies have found that daily supplementation of five to ten grams of chlorella can reduce triglycerides and total cholesterol in people with high blood pressure and/or elevated cholesterol levels. It is believed that niacin, fiber, and catenoids, among other antioxidants present in chlorella, are responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effect. 5. Acts as a powerful antioxidant - Though more studies are needed to confirm the results, chlorella’s antioxidants — including chlorophyll, vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein — have shown to lower oxidative damage to prevent chronic diseases.
* We have Chlorella at the Power Hour Mall!

Ginger and chili pepper combination block cancer cell growth
(NaturalHealth365) Ginger has been used for centuries to bring relief to digestive issues and nausea, while the chili pepper is known to boost mood, metabolism and immune system health. Both spices can bring positive effects to circulation and blood flow in the body…. A study published in the online Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that the 6-gingerol in ginger and a chili pepper compound called capsaicin seem to work together cooperatively to help fight off cancer. This is because 6-gingergol binds to capsaicin to create a new, extremely strong compound that effectively works to inhibit tumor-growing cell receptors in the body.

Strawberries slow growth of breast cancer—in the laboratory, at least
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Strawberries could slow the spread of breast cancer. It's already known that eating between 10 and 15 of them has powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and now researchers are hoping the fruit could also be a treatment for the cancer. So far, an extract from the fruit has worked in the laboratory on cancer cells and in laboratory mice, but the researchers don't yet know if the same effects will be seen in cancer patients. Researchers from the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy used an extract from the Alba variety of strawberry, which is rich in phenolic compounds, on the most aggressive and invasive breast cancer cells. It stopped the growth of the cells for up to 72 hours, the researchers say, and it also stimulated a gene that suppresses the spread to the lymphatic system, which can lead to the cancer developing in other parts of the body. Not only was the spread of the cancer halted, the weight and volume of tumors was also "significantly reduced", the researchers said. But they sound a note of warning: they can't be sure it would work in cancer patients. People are complex, as are cancers, and the concentration of the phenolic compounds—thought to be the active part in the fruit—varies from variety to variety. Nonetheless, eating a healthy diet, that includes plenty of strawberries, is something every cancer patient should do, they say.
 


Tuesday - May 2, 2017

On This Day In History


1776 - France and Spain agreed to donate arms to American rebels fighting the British.
1863 - Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was wounded by his own men in the battle of Chancellorsville, VA. He died 8 days later.
1865 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson offered $100,000 reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
1890 - The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
1926 - U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to put down a revolt and to protect U.S. interests. They did not depart until 1933.
1941 - The FCC agreed to let regular scheduling of TV broadcasts by commercial TV stations begin on July 1, 1941. This was the start of network television.
1946 - Prisoners revolted at California's Alcatraz prison.
1965 - The "Early Bird" satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic.
1969 - The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) made its maiden voyage.
1970 - Student anti-war protesters at Ohio's Kent State University burn down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard took control of the campus.
1974 - Former U.S. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals.
1993 - Authorities said that they had recovered the remains of David Koresh from the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, TX.
1994 - Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South Africa's first democratic elections.
1997 - Tony Blair became, at age 44, Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
2012 - Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in to Myanmar's military-backed parliament.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Paul Ryan Unleashed — New Budget Restricts Any And All Funding Of Trump Border Wall
The GatewayPundit - Paul Ryan and House Republicans included strict language in their trillion dollar budget that prevents any and all funding of President Trump’s border wall. Paul Ryan’s new budget bill will fund: ** Planned Parenthood ** Central American illegal immigrant centers ** Domestic spending will increase ** No cuts in funding to EPA despite Trump’s promises ** Continue payment on Obamacare subsidies ** No funding cuts to sanctuary cities But the House budget includes language that FORBIDS the President of the United States of building a border wall with Mexico. The Washington Post reported: There are explicit restrictions to block the border wall. We knew last week there would be no money to start construction on a project that the president says is more important to his base than anything else. But the final agreement goes further, putting strict limitations on how Trump can use new money for border security (e.g. to invest in new technology and repair existing fencing). Administration officials have insisted they already have the statutory authority to start building the wall under a 2006 law. This prevents such an end run. The $1.5 billion for border security is also half as much as the White House requested. Additionally, there are no cuts in funding to sanctuary cities, something a federal judge said last week would be required for the Justice Department to follow through on its threats. And there is also no money for a deportation force.

Republicans Just One Vote Away From Failing To Repeal Obamacare, Again
Zero Hedge - While one can debate if last week's failed attempt by Trump to pass the GOP healthcare vote before the expiration of his 100 days in office counts as attempt #2 by the administration to repeal Obamacare, the Republicans are now back to square one, because based on the latest whip count by The Hill, the GOP again appears to lack sufficient votes to pass its Healthcare bill in the House, despite earlier reports from GOP leaders and the White House that it might be approved by the lower chamber this week. The Hill's most recent whip list reveals 22 Republicans - mostly moderates - who oppose the bill, the maximum number of GOP defections that can be afforded, meaning the GOP is just one vote away from another failure. The latest Republican to announce his opposition is Rep. Billy Long (Mo.), a staunch conservative who often says he was “Tea Party before Tea Party was cool.” He told The Hill he wouldn't support the bill because of the impact it could have on people with preexisting conditions.

Daniel Defense: Second Amendment Rights Come From God, Not Government
Breitbart - During the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings in Atlanta, Daniel Defense president and CEO Marty Daniel affirmed his conviction that Second Amendment rights come from God, not from government. This is the same position our Founding Fathers held; the same position they all supported with their signatures when signing the Declaration of Independence, which says: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. It is crucial to note two things in this portion of the Declaration: 1. Thomas Jefferson sourced our rights in our “Creator,” not in government or in a majority vote of the population. 2. Jefferson sourced government’s power in the people. In other words, governments possess powers, not rights, and the U.S. government only has power because the people lend it a portion of the authority that they possess by birth. And the authority which the people lend government never communicates permission to infringe on the rights with which the people were endowed. (This is why James Madison used Federalist 46 to stress that “ultimate authority…resides in the people alone.”)… It is interesting to note that President Donald Trump struck a similar tone when speaking to the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on April 28. Trump said, “Freedom is not a gift from government, freedom is a gift from God.”

New York Democrats Sign Legislation to Uncover President Trump’s Tax Returns
The GatewayPundit - Evidently Democrats were not satisfied after Rachel Maddow released President Trump’s 2005 tax return that showed Trump paid a higher rate than Socialist Bernie Sanders. The AP reported: New York Democrats have hatched a plan to get a look at Donald Trump’s tax records by crafting a piece of legislation designed to get at his state returns that does everything but mention the Republican president by name. The bill introduced this month in New York’s Senate and Assembly would require the state to release five years of state tax information for any president or vice president who files a New York state return…. Democrats in New York and more than two dozen states have crafted bills that would require presidential candidates to release their federal returns in order to appear on that state’s ballot. None of those, however, would require Trump to release old returns.

Student penalized for using word ‘man’ on his essay
The College Fix - At the University of Florida, a student was recently penalized for writing “man” instead of “humankind” in a class paper. History major Martin Poirier wrote “Water is a thing prior to man” on a paper for a history class called “History of Water.” “Thoughtful paper, although the writing-mechanics errors are killing you,” Professor Jack Davis wrote at the bottom of the paper. He gave the student a B minus, according to a copy of the essay published in the student news outlet the Daily Nerv. Davis circled “man” and referenced his Writing Mechanics Exercise #20, which draws a distinction between “mankind” and “humankind.” Davis defended the penalization in an email to The College Fix. He explained that the “exercise and inclusion of ‘humankind’ are consistent with the Chicago Manual of Style, the style and the usage guide followed in the discipline of history.”… This incident in question of a lower grade was not the first time Poirier has faced what he considers a troubling trend on campus. “Political correctness on college campuses goes far deeper than this one excess by this one teacher. By and large, the radical liberationist ideas go unchallenged because no truly oppositional content is presented,” he said.

Bill Shine, co-president of Fox News, will part ways with the cable news network
Breitbart - Fox News has confirmed Shine’s resignation, with a press release reading in part: Bill Shine, Co-President of FOX News Channel (FNC) since August 2016, has resigned and will leave the company after helping the transition over the next few weeks, announced Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox. Shine has been with FOX News since its inception over 20 years ago…. Last week, primetime host Sean Hannity tweeted that if Shine were to leave the network, “that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it. Done.” Several inside accounts have framed Fox News’s current woes as an identity crisis; Murdoch’s sons James and Lachlan are reportedly hoping to shake up their aging father’s creation into something more palatable to their worldview and less friendly to American conservatives.

Sean Hannity Meets With “Army of Attorneys” Warns ‘IP Addresses Are Traceable” so “Get Ready”
The GatewayPundit - Sean Hannity hit back hard after he was accused of sexual harassment by blogger and attorney, Debbie Schlussel. He vowed to take legal action causing Schlussel to walk back her claims. … Hannity took to his Twitter account and fired a few warning shots saying, “A lot of time with an army of attorneys. Topics include: libel, slander, defamation, tortious interference. Stay tuned.” Hannity also tweeted saying ‘FYI, whoever you are IP addresses are traceable. Get ready.” His series of tweets sounded like he may be going after more than just one person who has been spreading lies about him. In any event, it’s about time conservatives hit back. Leftists constantly slander us conservatives, accusing us of being racists and anti-Semites with no evidence to back it up.

Video: ”That's Enough" - Angry Trump Kicks CBS Reporter Out Of Oval Office
Zero Hedge - Having been pestered by CBS reporter John Dickerson over what great advice President Obama had given him (and his wiretapping accusations); President Trump's frustration briefly boiled over as he turned his back and remarked "ok, that's enough, thank you, goodbye," gesturing for the reporter to leave The Oval Office... As Washington Free Beacon reports, the exchange, which aired Monday, began when Dickerson asked Trump if his predecessor had given him any advice since taking office. Trump said Obama had been "very nice" initially but since then there had been "difficulties." "Words are less important to me than deeds, and you saw what happened with surveillance," he said, calling it "inappropriate." Trump was referring to a claim he made on March 4 that Obama tapped his phones during the presidential campaign. There is no evidence to substantiate the claim, but Trump has never retracted it. When Dickerson pressed for details about the surveillance, Trump responded, "You can figure that out yourself."

Hundreds Suffer as City Shuts Down Church for Helping the Homeless
The Free Thought Project - A church in Davenport, Iowa, facing zoning restrictions related to its outreach program to feed the homeless, is appealing its local council and questioning the legality of the city’s regulations. This all stems from a cease and desist order they received — because feeding the homeless is not allowed when you’re zoned as a church…. One of the primary missions of the church is focused on outreach to poor and homeless individuals, offering addiction resources, haircuts, a food pantry, clothing, and meals at no charge, according to the ministry’s website. Timothy’s House of Hope center has estimated thousands of meals served each month…. Bruce Berger, Davenport’s economic development and planning director, said that the property must first be classified as a “Planned Institutional District” specified for “Housing and Supporting Services.”… Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch told WQAD News 8 that “We can’t let this be interpreted in any way that we do not support the great work that timothy house of hope is doing,” and has said that the city is reaching out to the city attorney to check the possibility of re-opening as the zoning issues are addressed.

It’s Disturbingly Easy To Reroute Someone Else’s Mail
Consumerist - The U.S. Postal Service has made the process of changing your address when you move super easy and convenient, by just filling out a form online and paying $1. Maybe that’s not so good, though: The process is so easy that an identity thief can redirect your mall to their address by just filling out a form online and paying $1. A couple who were victims of this scheme contacted Kurtis Ming of CBS Sacramento to share their story. Yes, they received a letter at their home address that told them their mail was being redirected, but by the time that showed up, important mail like a Medicare card and a package containing prescription medication was redirected to the identity thief. The identity thief also opened a credit card in the husband’s name. As an experiment, reporter Ming tried the USPS change of address form and tried to have a co-worker’s mail re-directed to him. She didn’t have to give permission, and her mail began to appear in his mailbox just over a week later. The chief postal inspector issued only a statement about how important security is, while still making no changes to the process of changing one’s address.

World News

Report: China Preparing For “Huge Exodus” of North Koreans Fleeing War
Paul Joseph Watson - China has ordered the “urgent” recruitment of Korean-Chinese interpreters in a town near the North Korean border as Beijing prepares for an onslaught of refugees in the event of a U.S. military strike against Pyongyang. A Chinese government document obtained by the Korea Times orders “the town of Dandong to recruit an unspecified number of Korean-Chinese interpreters to work at 10 departments in the town, including border security, public security, trade, customs and quarantine.” The document suggests Beijing is “bracing for an emergency situation” arising out of a “possible military clash between the United States and North Korea” which would trigger a “huge exodus” of North Koreans fleeing to China, according to the report. Officials in Dandong have also been put on rotating night shifts since April 25th in preparation for the emergency. China is already home to some 100,000 North Korean defectors and Beijing is unlikely to welcome a large wave of new refugees.

Macron PLUMMETS in the polls as Marine Le Pen enjoys boost a WEEK AWAY from election vote
Daily Express - Recent moves by Ms Le Pen to appeal to a wider audience seem to be working as she has removed herself as the leader of the Front National party, and rebranded her campaign with the new motto “Choose France”. Pollster Harris Interactive, who correctly predicted the result of the first round, revealed a six points slip by Mr Macron since last Sunday. Ms Le Pen said: “The country Mr Macron wants is no longer France; it’s a space, a wasteland, a trading room where there are only consumers and producers.” The latest polls were conducted prior to the announcement that defeated first round presidential candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, would be Ms Le Pen’s prime minister if she wins the presidency.

Venezuela's Maduro hikes minimum wage amid rising protests
ABC News - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hiked wages and handed out hundreds of free homes Sunday amid his efforts to counter a strengthening protest movement seeking his removal. On his regular television show, "Sundays with Maduro," the president ordered a 60 percent increase in the country's minimum wage starting Monday. It was the third pay increase the socialist leader has ordered this year and the 15th since he became president in 2013…. With the latest wage increase and mandatory food subsidies, the minimum take home pay for millions of Venezuelans now stands at 200,000 bolivars a month — or less than $50 at the widely used black market rate.

Sparking Fears of Airborne Radiation, Wildfire Burns in Fukushima 'No-Go Zone'
Common Dreams - Local officials were forced to call in the Japanese military, the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), to help battle the blaze, which continued to burn on Monday. At least 10 hectares of forest have burned so far…. In a blog post last year, Anton Beneslavsky, a member of Greenpeace Russia's firefighting group who has been deployed to fight blazes in nuclear Chernobyl, outlined the specific dangers of wildfires in contaminated areas. "During a fire, radionuclides like caesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium rise into the air and travel with the wind," Beneslavsky wrote. "This is a health concern because when these unstable atoms are inhaled, people become internally exposed to radiation." Contaminated forests such as those outside fallout sites like Fukushima and Chernobyl "are ticking time bombs," scientist and former regional government official Ludmila Komogortseva told Beneslavsky. "Woods and peat accumulate radiation," she explained "and every moment, every grass burning, every dropped cigarette or camp fire can spark a new disaster."

Energy & Environment

EPA purges climate change information as part of “Website Updates”
Ars Technica - On Friday, the Trump administration removed all of the EPA's climate information from the agency's website. In its place was this announcement: "We are currently updating our website to reflect EPA's priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt." The official EPA announcement of the changes says they're needed to "reflect the agency’s new direction under President Donald Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt." Removing them, according to the EPA spokesman, was needed to "prevent confusion." hat confusion would be caused by the promotion of outdated policies that were put in place by the previous administration. Chief among those policies is the Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration's response to climate change (the EPA announcement refers to it as "the so-called Clean Power Plan").

Worm Eats Plastic – Is This Really Good for The Earth?
Natural Blaze - Daily Mail reports: Researchers from the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain found that wax worms can do serious damage to a plastic bag in less than an hour. […] The researchers showed that the wax worms were not only ingesting the plastic, they were also chemically transforming the polyethylene into ethylene glycol – a translucent alcohol. From RT: The team exposed about 100 wax worms to a typical plastic bag from a UK supermarket and found that holes started to appear after just 40 minutes. 12 hours later there was a reduction in mass of 92mg, which scientists say is extremely fast compared to other recent discoveries…. I know I might get boo-ed for splashing cold water here, but let’s think about this… The byproduct of the caterpillars will become ethylene glycol which is used for anti-freeze. I ask you – at what point will the earth then be overrun by ethylene glycol, a solvent known to cause miscarriages? Are we now to breed countless numbers of these caterpillars who only get a steady diet of polyethylene – and then…what about them? (On the other hand, the worms are currently bred commercially for fish bait before they can become wax moths – they might like a change of employment.) But how do we obtain the clear alcohol they produce? Will it leak into the earth? Will wax worms become a scourge?

Science & Technology

FB Under Fire for Selling Emotionally Vulnerable Kids’ Data to Advertisers
The Anti-Media - Less than two months after announcing it would begin using artificial intelligence tools in its marketing arm, Facebook is now being accused of letting advertisers target emotionally vulnerable children. According to The Australian, a 23-page leaked document obtained by the outlet — marked “Confidential: Internal Only” and dated 2017 — reveals that the social media giant used algorithms to sift through the posts, pictures, and reactions of 6.4 million “high schoolers,” “tertiary students,” and “young Australians and New Zealanders…in the workforce” with the aim of learning about their emotional state. The news outlet says the algorithms essentially looked for “moments when young people need a confidence boost” — moments when kids feel “worthless” or “insecure” and are perhaps more open to an advertiser’s message. Facebook says the data amassed by the algorithms was never used for targeted ads, but merely “to help marketers understand how people express themselves on Facebook.” Still, the company acknowledges a “process failure” and says an investigation has been opened to correct the mistake. That’s a good thing because Facebook’s real-time monitoring of kids might actually be violating the Australian government’s ethical standards. The Australian points out that the Australian Code for Advertising and Marketing Communications to Children defines children as age 14 and under and says any information that could potentially reveal a child’s identity must be obtained through a parent or legal guardian.

Health

9 Health Benefits Of Walking Barefoot and Connecting With The Earth
Natural Blaze - At first, it might sound strange (throwing away your shoes and walking barefoot in the grass or sand) but there is evidence that this can be very beneficial for your health…. The more time we spend in shoes and indoors, the more important it becomes to get outside and get grounded…. Just go outside, find a patch of grass or dirt, take off your shoes and socks, and start walking barefoot. This growing health practice is called Earthing, and it is literally grounding out your body to the electrical field of The Earth. The focus of Earthing is “reconnection” with the earth and our body…. Ideally is to spend at least 15 minutes a day walking barefoot or grounded but you can also receive the benefits just by spending even a few minutes a day barefoot on the ground. Here are 9 other reasons, in addition to Earthing, to go barefoot each day. … Emerging evidence shows that contact with the Earth—whether being indoors connected to grounded conductive systems or outside barefoot —may be a natural, simple, and yet profoundly effective environmental strategy against inflammation, chronic stress, poor sleep, pain, ANS dysfunction, disturbed HRV, cardiovascular disease, hypercoagulable blood, and many common health disorders.”… Walking barefoot strengthens our ankles and feet because it allows them to move in a natural way and unrestricted…. When you’re grounded you receive free electrons from the earth that can reduce free radicals. Free radicals cause accelerated aging and are damaging to healthy cells in your body. Earthing can drastically reduce inflammation in our bodies….
Related Book: Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? (Find it at The Power Hour Mall)

Beets Boost Brain Health and Much More
Dr. Mercola - Beets can improve athletic performance, help fight inflammation, lower blood pressure, help you detoxify, lower your risk for heart failure and stroke, help combat cancer and improve brain neuroplasticity. Many of the benefits of beets are due to their high nitrate content. Your body transforms nitrates into nitic oxide, which enhances oxygenation and has a beneficial impact on your circulatory system. Beets are very high in sugars, so if you’re insulin resistant, diabetic, or are in the initial stages of nutritional ketosis, fermented beets and beet juice may be preferable, as virtually all sugar is eliminated during fermentation.

The Appendix Could Be More Important Than Expected
REALfarmacy - For the past few decades, conventional medicine believed the appendix was an unimportant organ that served little to no function. Yet evidence shows that the appendix may play a vital function in the development of the immune system. According to research, lymphoid tissue accumulates in the appendix after birth. In turn, the appendix helps in the maturation of B lymphocytes and the production of antibodies. The appendix produces specific molecules that aid in the movement of lymphocytes to various locations within the body. Based on current evidence it seems that the appendix serves as a “reservoir” for beneficial gut flora. When illness reduces good bacteria from the intestines, the appendix may store some of that good bacteria for back up. It has also been shown that individuals without an appendix could be four times more likely to suffer from recurrent Clostidium difficile colitis, an irritation of the large intestine by spore-forming bacteria. This condition is often present when the body is running low on gut flora, potentially explaining the connection between the appendix and its role in maintaining probiotic levels. While the research is ongoing, it seems that the appendix is important for maintaining optimal health.

Inspirational

The Power of Thought in Our Lives
Healthy Beginnings - Three things happen when you think a thought: The first is that the vibrational frequency of that thought, like a radio signal, goes out into this energy soup we live in and attracts back to the people, conditions and situations that match the thought. That thought also brings up an emotion, which drives your words and actions, and your words and actions make up your life. The second thing that happens when you think a thought is the vibrational frequency of that thought, like a cell phone signal, goes from your conscious mind into your subconscious. The subconscious can’t tell the difference between real and pretend, so it thinks that thought you’re thinking has actually happened to you today. Even though it happened years ago. Or maybe it’s just a fear of what might happen in the future. It still gives you the emotions to match, just like it happened today. Your emotions then drive your words and actions and of course your words and actions make up your life. The third thing that happens when you think a thought is the vibrational frequency of that thought floods all 50 trillion of your cells and causes that pharmaceutical company inside your body to manufacture chemicals and hormones to match the thought. So if your thoughts are happy and cheerful, your body manufactures endorphins or serotonin. But if your thoughts are negative or worried, your body manufactures cortisol, a major stress hormone…. Whenever you think a negative or worried thought, take action if necessary, then pivot your mind to something juicy and delicious that you’d really love to do. […] as you consciously control your thoughts, you begin to attract the opportunities, people, situations and conditions that you do want. Imagine what our world would be like if we had learned this as kids, if we had understood how powerful our thoughts were, how they create our reality.

Pet News

Why Your Cat Needs a Cat Patio, or Catio
Dr. Becker - Providing your cat the opportunity to experience the outdoors safely while also living indoors provides the stimulation your cat needs mentally without the risks of free roaming. It also gives your cat an opportunity for beneficial grounding. One option is to walk your cat using a cat harness and leash. Most cats, especially kittens, can be trained to walk on a leash, but not every cat will enjoy the experience. You’ll know best whether your cat has the personality to enjoy taking a walk around the neighborhood or whether it would simply stress her out. Another alternative is to create a safe outdoor enclosure or cat patio — catio — which allows feline family members secure access to the outdoors. The enclosure should be open air, allowing your cat to feel fresh air and sunlight, but shielded enough to prevent escape or a predator from gaining access.
Related: DIY Catios & Cat Enclosures
 


Monday - May 1, 2017

On This Day In History


1707 - England, Wales and Scotland were united to form Great Britain.
1805 - The state of Virginia passed a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation.
1863 - In Virginia, the Battle of Chancellorsville began. General Robert E. Lee's forces began fighting with Union troops under General Joseph Hooker. Confederate General Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded by his own soldiers in this battle. (May 1-4)
1867 - Reconstruction in the South began with black voter registration.
1877 - U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes withdrew all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.
1898 - The U.S. Navy under Dewey defeated the Spanish fleet at Manila Bay in the Philippines.
1927 - Adolf Hitler held his first Nazi meeting in Berlin.
1931 - The Empire State Building in New York was dedicated and opened. It was 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time.
1937 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.
1945 - Admiral Karl Doenitz succeeded Hitler as leader of the Third Reich. This was one day after Hitler committed suicide.
1948 - The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was proclaimed.
1960 - Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Powers was taken prisoner.
1961 - Fidel Castro announced there would be no more elections in Cuba.
1968 - In the second day of battle, U.S. Marines, with the support of naval fire, continue their attack on a North Vietnamese Division at Dai Do.
1986 - The Tass News Agency reported the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.
1992 - On the third day of the Los Angeles riots resulting from the Rodney King beating trial. King appeared in public to appeal for calm, he asked, "Can we all get along?"
2001 - Chandra Levy was last seen in Washington, DC. Her remains were found in Rock Creek Park on May 22, 2002. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.
2011 - U.S. President Barack Obama announced that U.S. soldiers had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

President Trump: In my first 100 days, I kept my promise to Americans
By Donald J. Trump - One hundred days ago, I took the oath of office and made a pledge: We are not merely going to transfer political power from one party to another, but instead are going to transfer that power from Washington, D.C., and give it back to the people. In the past 100 days, I have kept that promise — and more…. We have opened the White House doors to listen, engage and act. We’ve invited in labor leaders, factory owners, police officers, farmers, veterans and Democrats, Republicans and independents. The change began with the termination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership…. We have also launched an investigation into foreign trading abuses and taken steps to protect the production of American steel and aluminum. After years of federal contracts going to foreign bidders, we are ensuring that government agencies enforce “Buy American” rules and give preference to American companies — and that American companies hire American workers. Crucially, to bring back our jobs, we are going to pursue a complete renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement…. At the center of our economic agenda, we’ve undertaken the most far-reaching effort in history to remove job-killing regulations. I’ve ordered that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. We’ve signed a record 13 Congressional Review Act resolutions to scrap job-crushing regulations, and I’ve signed 29 pieces of legislation in total — a mark not surpassed in the first 100 days since Harry S. Truman. Those newly enacted laws include Veterans’ Choice legislation — which became law while at the same time we’ve increased by 42 percent the number of veterans approved to see the doctor of their choosing. And we’ve provided transparency by publishing all wait times at the Veterans Affairs health system online, backed up by a new Veterans Affairs Office of Accountability…. [Read more]

Trump Touts Achievements, Blames Dems For Disappointments, Blasts Media In 100-Day Rally
Zero Hedge - Donald Trump celebrated his 100th day in office on Saturday by holding a "freewheeling campaign-style rally", touting the accomplishments of his first three plus months in office, ignoring the disappointments, and once again slamming the media. Trump held the rally with supporters as a contrast to the annual White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner, an annual star-studded gala in Washington that presidents typically attend…. While Trump told the Pennsylvania crowd he was just getting started on meeting his campaign promises, he repeatedly attacked an "incompetent, dishonest" media, saying they were not telling the truth about his administration's accomplishments…. Focusing on his tenure in the White House, Trump listed what he said were some of his key early accomplishments, including the successful confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court of Justice Neil Gorsuch and clearing away many regulations on the environment and business according to Reuters. He also listed his approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, killing a pending Asian trade pact, and enhanced security measures that have led to a sharp decline in illegal border crossings at the southern border…. At the same time, he shrugged off his more prominent failures on his core campaign promises, such as repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act and construction of a Mexican border wall. Trump's ban on visitors from some Muslim nations was blocked in court. He blamed Democrats for the legislative failures so far and said all of his promises would be kept eventually. "We'll build the wall, people, don't even worry about it," he said.

Donald Trump in Harrisburg marks his 100th day in office, takes dig at 'boring' WHCD
Washington Times - The president arrived in the Keystone State Saturday afternoon and made an unexpected trip to a local wheelbarrow factory with Vice President Mike Pence. Mr. Trump said he was glad not to be at the dinner and instead be with his supporters…. When Mr. Trump asked the audience to rate the media’s 100-day performance, the crowd erupted with boos. “If the media’s job is to be honest and tell the truth, then I think we would all agree that the media deserves a very very big fat failing grade,” he said…. In addition to his media criticisms, Mr. Trump took the opportunity to tout the accomplishments of his first 100 days, including the addition of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, decreasing illegal border crossings, rebuilding the military and creating an economic plan “even bigger than that of Ronald Reagan.” The president also doubled-down on his campaign promise of building the border wall, slamming Democrats and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer for their lack of support…. On Obamacare, the president said it would be repealed and replaced as promised, making that known to Reps. Mike Kelly and Tom Marino, who were both present.“I’ll be so angry at Congressmen Kelly and Congressman Marino, and all the congressmen in this room, if we don’t pass this damn thing quickly,” Mr. Trump said, before laughing and pointing them out. The president also said he’d make a decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement sometime in the next two weeks. Mr. Trump also addressed China, saying his position had not flipped, but that the media was falsely accusing him of doing so. He has been criticized for appearing to take a softer stance on China, which he pushed back on saying their help with containing North Korea’s nuclear program is taking a priority over economic issues.

Video: ”The CIA Has Been Deeply Humiliated" - Ron Paul Interviews Julian Assange
Zero Hedge - Having blasted the Trump administration for their hypocritical flip-flop from "loving WikiLeaks" to "arrest Assange," Ron Paul made his feelings very clear on what this signals: "If we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame." Today he sits down with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for a live interview... "The CIA has been deeply humiliated as a result of our ongoing publications so this is a preemptive move by the CIA to try and discredit our publications and create a new category for Wikileaks and other national security reporters to strip them of First Amendment protections," Assange said in a preview clip from the interview below...:

NYT's 'Impossible to Verify' North Korea Nuke Claim Spreads Unchecked by Media
FAIR - Buoyed by a total of 18 speculative verb forms—five “mays,” eight “woulds” and five “coulds”- New York Times reporters David E. Sanger and William J. Broad… painted a dire picture of a Trump administration forced to react to the growing and impending doom of North Korea nuclear weapons…. From the beginning, the Times frames any potential bombing by Trump as the product of a “stark calculus” coldly and objectively arrived at by a “growing body of expert[s].” The idea that elements within the US intelligence community may actually desire a war—or at least limited airstrikes—and thus may have an interest in presenting conflict as inevitable, is never addressed, much less accounted for. The most spectacular claim—that North Korea is, at present, “capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks” - is backed up entirely by an anonymous blob of “expert studies and classified intelligence reports.”…. Once again, the essential antecedents of war are being established based on anonymous “experts” and “officials,” and hardly anyone notices, much less pushes back.

Donald Trump insists South Korea should pay for missile system
Washington Times - President Trump pushed back Friday against South Korea’s objections to paying for a U.S.-deployed missile defense system, insisting that it’s “appropriate” for Seoul to shoulder the $1 billion cost. “Why should we pay for it?” Mr. Trump said in an exclusive interview with The Washington Times. “It’s a phenomenal protective system, best in the world by far, and that’s meant to protect South Korea. So I respectfully say that I think it would be appropriate if they paid for it.” The U.S. military is deploying the missile shield as a defense against North Korea. The South Korean defense ministry said it has no plans to pay for the system, and South Korea’s leading presidential candidate Friday called Mr. Trump’s demand an “impossible option.”

The F-35 Just Got $1.7 Billion More Expensive
The National Interest Blog - The GAO [Government Accountability Office]echoed much of the information released by the Pentagon’s top weapon testing office earlier this year, but painted an even bleaker picture of the future of the most expensive weapon program in history. The F-35 Joint Program Office recently admitted it would cost $532 million beyond current budget levels to complete the development process. The Pentagon’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) office estimated it would cost about twice that amount—$1.125 billion. The GAO now says the task will take $1.7 billion…. The challenge now is the flight tests of the final, and most complicated, version of the F-35’s mission software…. The contractor released what is supposed to be the final version of the software in November 2016.... The program office claims it will be able to complete these flight tests by October 2017. The history of the program’s testing calls this claim into question, though: the most recent publicly available testing report showed the program was only able to accomplish 82 percent of the planned mission system test points in 2016, 975 of 1,189 planned, or about 83 per month. According to the GAO, the program would have to complete an average of 384 mission system test points a month to meet the October 2017 completion date, quintuple the current, demonstrated rate.

Will Trump Release the Missing JFK Files?
Politico - The answer must come within months. And, according to a new timeline offered by the National Archives, it could come within weeks. Under the deadline set by a 1992 law, Trump has six months left to decide whether he will block the release of an estimated 3,600 files related to the assassination that are still under seal at the Archives. From what is known of the JFK documents, most come from the CIA and FBI, and a number may help resolve lingering questions about whether those agencies missed evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death…. Under the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, the library of documents about Kennedy’s death must be made public in full by the deadline of this October 26, the law’s 25th anniversary, unless Trump decides otherwise. It is his decision alone. The prospect of the release of the last of the government’s long-secret JFK assassination files has long tantalized historians and other scholars, to say nothing of the nation’s armies of conspiracy theorists, since no one can claim to know exactly what is in there…. Martha W. Murphy, the Archives official who oversees the records, said in an interview last month that a team of researchers with high-level security clearances is at work to prepare the JFK files for release and hopes to begin unsealing them in batches much earlier than October – possibly as early as summer.

AG Sessions to MS-13 gang: 'We are coming after you'
Fox News - Years of open borders and lax immigration laws have allowed one of the country’s most brutal gangs to thrive nationally, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday. Sessions gave a speech in Long Island close to where police found four bodies bearing the gang’s hallmarks: repeated hacking – apparently from a machete – that left the victims unrecognizable. “I have a message for the gangs that target our young people,” Sessions said. “We are targeting you. We are coming after you.”…. The attorney general's appearance on Friday comes amid a spate of violence in two communities near the federal courthouse where he spoke in Central Islip. The bodies of 11 people have been found in parks and vacant lots since last September. Police believe the killings are the work of MS-13. The gang, which was formed in the 1980s in Los Angeles by Salvadoran immigrants, has expanded to 42 states and is feared for its brutality. Teens say any perceived slight to a gang member can mean death…. But not everyone was welcoming the move. Dozens of protesters showed up at his speech accusing him of using gang violence to enforce what they called draconian immigration laws. But some parents said stepped up enforcement is needed to bring a sense of tranquility. Things have gotten so bad, some parents said, they are afraid of letting their children go to school.

Portland Rose Parade Cancelled Amid THREATS OF VIOLENCE From Anti-Fascists
Mac Slavo - The latest example of a society on the brink of civil war comes to us from Portland, Oregon, where every year the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association kicks off the city’s annual Rose Festival with a family-friendly parade. Except this year, there will be no parade. Organizers have cancelled the event amid threats of violence from groups referring to themselves as “Anti-Fascist.” According to The Washington Post, the reasoning behind the threats is reportedly outrage over the fact that the county’s Republican Party was given one of the nearly 100 spots in the parade…. “You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely,” the anonymous email said, referring to the violent riots that hit Portland after the 2016 presidential election, reported the Oregonian. “This is nonnegotiable.” The email said that 200 people would “rush into the parade” and “drag and push” those marching with the Republican Party. “We will not give one inch to groups who espouse hatred toward LGBT, immigrants, people of color or others,” it said…. While these folks may think silencing the free speech of political ideologies contrary to theirs through violence is a means to a worthy end, it was the Bolshevik ideology, similar to what we’re seeing from “comrades” in the anti-fascist movement, that eventually gave way to one of the world’s most brutal dictators and was responsible for the deaths of, quite literally, over 100 million people in the 20th century. On another and perhaps equally interesting note, we’ll mention the fact that for years the Department of Homeland Security and domestic law enforcement agencies had warned Americans that it was lone wolves with conservative values who stockpiled guns, food, bibles and peacefully protested government overreach who were, by officials and congressional members, deemed terrorists.

World News

US Deploys Troops Along Syrian-Turkish Border After Erdogan Bombs Anti-ISIS Ally
Western Journalism - The Turkish provocation started Tuesday when Erdogan’s warplanes launched a massive assault on Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq and on positions of the Kurdish dominated Syrian Democratic Forces in northern Syria…. The Russian army and the central command of the U.S.-led coalition in the Middle East received an advance warning less than one hour before the strikes began, but American pleas to call off the assault were ignored by the Turks…. The Turkish dictator’s aggressive behavior apparently caused Trump to rethink his policy of cooperation with Erdogan, as was apparent Friday when U.S. Special Forces began to deploy along the Syrian northern border…. The Pentagon did not deny the deployment of the U.S. forces but refused to elaborate on the new military action in Syria by the Trump administration. The measure came a day after Trump decided to delegate the “authority for Force Management Levels for Iraq and Syria to Defense Secretary James Mattis,” according to Pentagon spokesman Cpt. Jeff Davis…. The U.S. forces now try to avoid further Turkish cross border attacks on the Syrian Kurds, but Erdogan seems not be deterred. On Saturday, he again provoked the United States by allowing his air force to carry out new strikes on the Kurds in Syria and Iraq.

U.S. Signals Possible Airstrikes in Somalia by Asking Aid Groups for Their Locations
The Intercept - The document, dated April 24, provides instructions for how groups should share coordinates of offices, hospitals, refugee camps, and other facilities. “Please be aware that all information submitted … will be used to inform U.S. military planners about the location of humanitarian and development personnel,” it says. It also includes a bold-type warning that providing the information does not “guarantee the safety of personnel, vehicles, facilities, or sites. Entities operating in this environment continue to do so at their own risk.” Such deconfliction efforts are not uncommon in the context of intense or prolonged U.S. military operations, such as Afghanistan. This week’s letter is similar in wording to one received by NGOs in 2014, at the outset of the anti-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria. In Yemen, the United States briefly shepherded NGO coordinates from nonprofits to the Saudi-led coalition at the start of its military campaign there in early 2015…. But for Somalia, such an encompassing request is novel. Taken with Trump’s declaration of active hostilities, the note suggests that it’s a question not of if, but when, more airstrikes will take place.

ISIS Apologized To Israel For Attacking IDF Soldiers
Zero Hedge - Discussing the wider Israeli policy of “neutrality” in Syria, former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon accidentally admitted that Israel has an open communications channel with an Islamic State cell which operates in Golan Heights. “There was one case recently where Daesh opened fire and apologized,” Ya’alon said on Saturday, quoted by the Times of Israel. Asked to expand on his controversial statement, Ya’alon’s office refused to elaborate. The IDF also declined to comment. Under Israeli law, any communication with terrorists is considered illegal, unless of course the Israel state covertly does not consider ISIS terrorists…. While the official Israeli position is pursuing neutrality in the Syrian conflict, Tel Aviv has on several occasions engaged Syrian military targets in Syria - most recently on Wednesday - usually under the pretext of preventing the alleged transfer of weapons to Hezbollah, considered a terrorist group by Israel…. While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has justified the repeated incursions, explaining that IDF planes targeted a Hezbollah weapons convoy, Damascus has said that the Israeli strikes only benefit the Islamic State and other terrorist groups. Earlier this month the Syrian President Bashar Assad once again blamed Israel of helping militants terrorizing his country. "You can assume that these terrorists are fighting for Israel. If they aren't part of the regular Israeli army, they're fighting for Israel. Israel has common goals with Turkey, the United States, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries,” Ynet quoted Assad as saying.

Erdogan Blocks Wikipedia, Bans TV Dating Shows, Purges Another 4,000 Public Officials
Zero Hedge - … [Turkey’s President] Erdogan decided to take his newly decreed powers for a spin and overnight in rapid succession surprised foreign observers when Turkey decreed that it would ban TV dating shows, fire an additional 4,000 public officials and also ban Wikipedia. The country's Official Gazette published the decrees on Saturday evening. The first named thousands of civil servants to be dismissed, including nearly 500 academics and more than 1,000 Turkish military personnel…. The second decree, among other things, bans radio and television programs for "finding friends and spouses" according to AP…. Some see in this decree the first traces of Turkey sliding back away from the secular state, established less than a century ago by the creator of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and toward conservative Islam under Erdogan. However, AKP [Justice and Development Party] supporters have responded that dating shows receive thousands of complaints every year and the ban is in the public interest. Separately, Turkey also said it had blocked all access to Wikipedia; the country's Information and Communication Technologies Authority implemented the ban against the online encyclopedia because Wikipedia "had failed to remove content promoting terror and accusing Turkey of cooperation with various terror groups" according to AFP. "

Leaked Memo: Airport Border Guards Ordered to Turn Blind Eye to Illegal Immigrants
Breitbart - Border guards at Heathrow Airport have been privately told not to ‘waste time’ interrogating potential illegal immigrants, and instead focus on jihadis with European travel papers. Terrorists must be the Border Force’s “number one” priority, according to a leaked memo seen by the Mail on Sunday, because extremists entering Britain with European Union (EU) documents don’t require visas. The memo comes as thousands of EU citizens who fought with ISIS are fleeing Iraq and Syria, attempting to return to Europe as the Islamist terror group loses ground…. Deputy director of Heathrow Airport’s Border Security Command, Nick Jariwalla, spelled out the threat in a recent message to Border Force guards entitled “Protecting the Public”. In it, he insisted staff change the way they work so as to “really focus” on the threat of terrorists arriving from Europe, writing: “We are not sufficiently focused on the threat from passengers seeking to enter on EU documents. “This is the number one thing that colleagues from the security services talk to me about.” Interrogating potential illegal immigrants is “a poor use of our time”, Jariwalla told staff in the memo, stating that visa holders already have permission to enter Britain.

Economy & Business

Latest GDP Report: The Good News and the Bad News
The New American - Friday’s report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) was so filled with disclaimers that one will have to wait another month to get a true picture of how the economy is performing under President Trump. In the meantime, said the BEA, real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017. However, last-minute retail sales data (which showed slowing) wasn’t incorporated into Friday’s report, causing the BEA to say that its estimate “is based on source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision.” The “second” estimate on the first quarter’s economic performance will be released on May 26. Economists polled expected a 1.0 percent gain. The report from May is likely to be closer to 0.5 percent. That would make it 11 straight years when the economy has failed to produce 3.0 percent growth in its economic output. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the bad news will likely be revised higher in May…. The consumer is in pretty good shape, and getting better. Strong stock market gains, an improving labor market, gradually rising real wages, and Trump optimism all will likely show up in improved economic activity in the second and third quarters…. There’s more good news. The last time there was an extended period of 3.0 percent growth was the seven years under President Ronald Reagan (1983 through 1989), who implemented “Reaganomics” that looked very much like Donald Trump’s “Trumponomics”: tax cuts, cuts in government red tape, and increased employment, resulting a rising stock market.

IRS Tax Fraud Prevention Program Costs Taxpayers $18.2 Million, But Doesn't Work
Washington Free Beacon - In 1994, in an attempt to catch fraudulent tax returns, the IRS created the Electronic Fraud Detection System. In 2009, the IRS began to modernize this system by working on the Return Review Program to replace it." Despite the recognized need to get the [Return Review Program] in place in a timely manner, the program is still in development, and is now estimated to be completed in 2022," the watchdog group [Citizens Against Government Waste] explains. "The program is also ineffective." In 2015, the inspector general found that the program missed 54,175 fraudulent returns that totaled $313 million. Additionally, the Government Accountability Office found that the program incurred cost overruns and surpassed its initial budget by $86.5 million…. "On far too many occasions, the federal government tries to build IT systems, particularly software, that is available in the private sector at a lower cost," the group [CAGW] says…. According to the inspector general, the program could cost taxpayers $18.2 million per year if it does not set a termination date for the program due to additional operation and maintenance costs.

"It's Just Crazy" (Again): 2-Bedroom LA House Sells 40% Above Asking
Zero Hedge - … in US home price trends: a new bubble appears to be emerging in all the "usual suspect" places…. like Las Vegas and San Francisco…. Meanwhile, markets like Denver and Dallas that didn't participate as much in the 2007 mania are now surging to all-time highs, with Dallas prices up 55% over the past 5 years."…. The Wall Street Journal added that some of the home buying behaviors of consumers, like paying prices well above appraisal values and waiving home inspections, are starting to be eerily reminiscent of 2006: In some markets, bidding wars are breaking out. Agents said some buyers are kicking in extra cash when properties don’t appraise for the asking price, and some are waiving their right to home inspections. “It can’t be sustained,” said David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance and a former chief economist at mortgage giant Fannie Mae, referring to the frenzied buying. “It can’t go on forever.” Other signs of over-exuberance have emerged, including surging levels of licensed Realtors all chasing a quick buck…. So what do you get for just under a million in LA these days? Not much: two bedrooms, less than two bathrooms, a 2 car garage, a decorative fireplace, a rec room, and a 7,195 sq. foot lot.

Energy & Environment

Damaging storms strike southern US after tornadoes kill at least 5
Accuweather - Severe weather, including tornadoes, is threatening lives and property across the Deep South after deadly tornadoes killed at least five people in northeastern Texas on Saturday. Three confirmed tornadoes touched down in northeastern Texas during the late afternoon and evening of Saturday. The five deaths occurred in Van Zandt County. One person was killed along Interstate 20 in Canton, according to local NBC affiliate. More than 50 people sustained injuries as homes were destroyed or damaged. More lives and property will be threatened as the severe weather focuses on communities from Alabama to the Tennessee and Ohio valleys. The severe weather and soaking rain to the north will also put residents and motorists at risk for new or worsening incidents of major flooding. Drier weather will return to these areas to start May, but rivers will continue to rise through this week.

Brewery Develops Edible 6-Pack Rings to Save Marine Life, Reduce Plastic Waste
Natural Blaze - A Florida microbrewery has adopted a novel way to not only reduce plastic waste but also give a little something back to the environment. Saltwater Brewery, located on the Atlantic coast, uses barley and wheat leftover from the brewing process to produce biodegradable six-pack rings that serve as food for wildlife. Plastic six-pack rings and other forms of plastic waste kill millions of seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles every year. At the current rate, scientists predict that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans. Problems like this one, demand creative solutions, and Saltwater Brewery has delivered. Instead of posing a massive threat to marine life, the compostable beer packaging either biodegrades or becomes a safe snack for fish and other sea creatures.

Science & Technology

NSA Backs Down on Major Surveillance Program That Captured Americans' Communications Without a Warrant
The Intercept - Under pressure from the secret court that oversees its practices, the NSA said its “upstream” program would no longer grab communications directly from the U.S. internet backbone “about” specific foreign targets — only communication to and from those targets. This is a major change, essentially abandoning a bulk surveillance program that captured vast amounts of communications of innocent Americans – and turning instead to a still extensive but more targeted approach…. Until now, upstream was examining every Internet communication that traveled on the huge telecommunication cables going in and out of the U.S., searching through every word, grabbing sometimes very big chunks of data that included even a single mention of a specific target, and then putting everything into a database for NSA analysts to look through. Communications between people, including Americans, was being captured and examined not because they were suspected of anything, but because of what they were saying. And the program wasn’t even efficient at limiting it to that. The NSA statement on Friday said the move came “after a comprehensive review of mission needs, current technological constraints, United States person privacy interests, and certain difficulties in implementation.” But reading between the lines, it wasn’t voluntary.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

GMO Citrus Coming to a Store Near You?
Natural Blaze - The Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) is getting ready to do an environmental impact statement on a genetically modified citrus tree. If past experience is any guide, the government will most likely approve this latest GMO experiment. Here’s the rub: the trees are treated with a genetically modified virus that makes them resistant to citrus greening disease, which has caused major problems for citrus growers in Florida. But according to the government’s definition, neither the trees nor the fruit will be considered genetically modified (an assertion that is patently absurd), so once again consumers will be in the dark about what kind of food they’ll be eating.

This Is Why You Should Never Kill House Centipedes
David Wolfe - As creepy as they are with their long bodies and too many legs to count, there’s a pretty good reason why you should let them live. When you find one crawling around your bathroom, just remember that they might be the only thing standing between you and a bathroom full of other creepy creatures. The house centipede is a little shorter than his family friends, and he has about 30 legs. He isn’t exactly attractive to look at, but he’s one of nature’s best defenses against other unwanted house guests. The house centipede has an interesting diet. It’s full of spiders, ants, bedbugs, cockroaches and silverfish. Silverfish tend to share the same environment with centipedes. They both enjoy cool, humid areas, which often makes your bathroom the perfect home. If you spot a centipede crawling around your home but you haven’t noticed any other bugs, particularly silverfish, you probably have your own personal creepy-crawly exterminator to thank. Now, this doesn’t mean you should let your home become a free-for-all for house centipedes. But instead of killing them, consider scooping them into a jar and putting them outside in an area around your home with lots of damp leaves and rocks. He can continue his lunch in peace and help stop a few creatures from finding their way into your home.

Health

SSRI Antidepressants Increase Risk of Intracranial Hemorrhage
Natural Blaze - Psychiatric News reports (4/7/17): “A study published in February in JAMA Neurology has found that patients taking antidepressants that are strong inhibitors of serotonin reuptake (SSRIs) may be at an increased risk for intracranial hemorrhage, particularly during the first month of use…” “The results showed that compared with patients taking [the older] tricyclic antidepressants, patients being treated with SSRIs had a 17 percent increased risk of experiencing an intracranial hemorrhage. The risk was highest during the first 30 days the patients were taking the medications.” SSRIs include: Celexa; Prozac; Paxil; Zoloft; Lexapro; Luvox…. Suddenly withdrawing from these drugs can be very dangerous. Psychiatrist Peter Breggin publishes this warning: “Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision.

Magnesium deficiency increases your risk of dying from any cause
(NaturalHealth365) Recent research has shown that higher magnesium is not only linked with decreased risk of death from all causes, but also with lower odds of a stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart failure. In a meta-analysis published in 2016 in BMC Medicine, researchers evaluated the results of studies published in 40 different medical journals, with particular attention to the relationship between dosage and effects. The various studies – some of which were conducted for up to 30 years — involved over a million participants. And what they showed were the dramatic effects of higher dietary magnesium intake on health. Participants with the highest intake of magnesium enjoyed the most protection against disease and premature death – with higher amounts of magnesium boosting protection proportionately. For example, an increase of 100 mgs of magnesium per day was associated with a 22 percent reduction in heart failure risk, a 7 percent decrease in stroke risk, and a 19 percent decrease in risk of developing type 2 diabetes – not to mention a 10 percent lower risk of dying from any cause. In another recent systematic review, which analyzed 25 studies and 637,922 subjects, researchers studied the effects of dietary magnesium on participants who reported daily intakes ranging from 115 to 478 mgs a day. Again, they found a strong association between increasing magnesium levels and a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes.
 



APRIL 2017

Friday - April 28, 2017

On This Day In History


1788 - Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. constitution.
1789 - A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift.
1818 - U.S. President James Monroe proclaimed naval disarmament on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.
1919 - The League of Nations was founded.
1932 - The yellow fever vaccine for humans was announced.
1952 - The U.S. occupation of Japan officially ended when a treaty with the U.S. and 47 other countries went into effect.
1965 - The U.S. Army and Marines invaded the Dominican Republic to evacuate Americans.
1967 - Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and was stripped of boxing title. He cited religious grounds for his refusal.
1989 - Mobil announced that they were divesting from South Africa because congressional restrictions were too costly.
1992 - The U.S. Agriculture Department unveiled a pyramid-shaped recommended-diet chart.
1994 - Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who had given U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia, pled guilty to espionage and tax evasion. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton gave a 4 1/2 hour videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
1997 - A worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons took effect. Russia and other countries such as Iraq and North Korea did not sign.
1999 - The U.S. House of Representatives rejected (on a tie vote of 213-213) a measure expressing support for NATO's five-week-old air campaign in Yugoslavia. The House also voted to limit the president's authority to use ground forces in Yugoslavia.
2001 - A Russian rocket launched from Central Asia with the first space tourist aboard. The crew consisted of California businessman Dennis Tito and two cosmonauts. The destination was the international space station.
2008 - India set a world record when it sent 10 satellites into orbit from a single launch.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Democrats seek to re-establish congressional war powers against ISIS
RT - Ten Democratic lawmakers are backing a bill that would Introduce a new authorization for using military force against ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban without geographical restrictions. The new Authorization for Use of Military (AUMF) would replace the 2001 and 2001 war powers immediately, and usher in a single authorization that would sunset in three years. It would put in place new reporting requirements to Congress and the public as to how the authority is used and against which groups.

Trump Explains Why He Flipped On NAFTA: Canadian, Mexican Leaders Called Me To Renegotiate
Zero Hedge - In one of the most striking reversals for President Trump to date, as reported earlier, just hours after the White House said the president is contemplating terminating NAFTA before his 100th day, sending the loonie and peso crashing, Trump reversed his position and as Bloomberg put it, made a "huge U-turn" in his NAFTA stance, allowing the trade agreement to continue after he spoke with the presidents of Mexico and Canada about ways to renegotiate the accord…. Trump’s top advisers had been embroiled in a debate over how aggressively to proceed on reshaping U.S. participation in Nafta, with hard-liners favoring a threatened withdrawal as soon as this week and others advocating for a more measured approach to reopening negotiations with Canada and Mexico. …it appears that Trump has gotten an earful on his latest stark reversal, and as a result the president took to twitter… “I received calls from the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada asking to renegotiate NAFTA rather than terminate. I agreed” Trump tweeted, and in a following tweet added "subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA." He concluded: "Relationships are good-deal very possible!”

Democrats Take Government Hostage: Threaten To Shut It Down If GOP Repeals Obamacare
Zero Hedge - Just as the GOP has reportedly found enough votes among conservative Republicans to pass the latest iteration of the proposed Healthcare bill, with Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows saying "republicans will have the votes to pass" Obamacare repeal, Democrats realized that they once again have the leverage to bring this whole process to a grinding halt halt. And they are using it. As The Hill reports, House Democrats will oppose any short-term spending bill - which is what McConnell was hoping on passing to buy one week of time - if Republican leaders attempt to expedite an ObamaCare repeal bill this week, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned Thursday. In other words, Democrats are now holding the government hostage indefinitely as long as Republicans - who now have the votes to pass new healthcare legislation - threaten to repeal Obamacare.

UN To Trump: Obamacare Repeal Would Violate "International Law"; Would Also Be Racist
Zero Hedge - The letter was written by Dainius Puras whose official title is: “Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health”… “I would like to bring to the attention of your Government information I have received concerning the possibility to repeal core elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with negative impacts on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health in the United States, in particular those with moderate or low income and in situations of poverty or social exclusion." “Recent reports have assessed the negative impact that this reform may have on the right to health of almost 30 million people in the U.S.”… Then, just when you think Puras' letter couldn't get any more ridiculous, you get to the part where he suggests that anything short of universal, taxpayer-funded healthcare is just racist. "In this connection, I would like to refer your Government to article 5 (e) of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Form of Racial Discrimination, ratified by the United States of America in 1994. Under this article, States parties undertake to guarantee the right of everyone to a number of economic, social and cultural right, without distinction as to race, colour, or national ethnic origin."

Documents Reveal FBI Had Grand Jury Investigate Hillary Clinton While She Was Running for President in 2016
The GatewayPundit - Judicial Watch today released new State Department documents including a declaration from FBI Special Agent E.W. Priestap, the supervisor of the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email activities, stating that the former secretary of state was the subject of a grand jury investigation related to her BlackBerry email accounts. The declaration was produced in response to Judicial Watch’s lawsuit seeking to force Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to take steps to “recover emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton” and other U.S. Department of State employees (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Rex Tillerson (No. 1:15-cv-00785)). The lawsuit was originally filed against then-Secretary of State John Kerry. The Trump State Department filing includes details of the agency’s continuing refusal to refer the Clinton email issue to the Justice Department, as the law requires. In the filing Priestap declares under penalty of perjury that the FBI “obtained Grand Jury subpoenas related to the Blackberry e-mail accounts, which produced no responsive materials, as the requested data was outside the retention time utilized by those providers.”

Texas House Passes Bill to Jail ‘Sanctuary’ Sheriffs, Police Chiefs
Breitbart - The Texas House passed a tough anti-sanctuary bill containing provisions making it a crime for sheriffs and chiefs of police to refuse to cooperate with immigration officials. They could also be removed from office for providing “sanctuary” for the criminal illegal aliens in their jails. Senate Bill 4 finally passed the Texas House Thursday afternoon by a vote of 94-53 along party lines. Following the bill’s final passage in the House, the Texas House Republican Caucus sent out a statement saying the bill ensure federal immigration laws that are on the books will be followed and enforced in Texas. The caucus stated the bill prevents local entities from creating policies that threaten public safety.

FBI Raids Texas Offices of Company Involved in Border Wall Construction
Breitbart - Agents raided offices in San Antonio, Houston, and McAllen, as well as various city and county offices in the city of Laredo and Webb County.… Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation is one of the companies that has been involved in the construction of border barriers and expressed interest in the construction of the border wall. “While we can’t discuss the nature of the work we are doing, there is no public safety threat at the locations where we are present,”… In McAllen, Texas, Breitbart Texas witnessed agents going in and out of the Dannenbaum Engineering office carrying boxes and computer equipment…. Dannenbaum Engineering Corp. has a history of being the target of various lawsuits and grand jury investigations in the past. In 2005, the Brownsville Navigation District sued Dannenbaum over $21.4 million that the government entity paid to the engineering firm for the construction of an international bridge that was never built, the Brownsville Herald reported at the time. The funds were paid to subcontractors in Mexico that were then funneled to shell companies.

Feds force hospitals to report alleged DUI patients to police
MassPrivate I - This month, an Oregon Appeals court agreed with a district court ruling which forces first responders to become state actors. "Oregon statue 676.260 says a health care facility “shall notify” a law enforcement officer in the course of treatment when a person’s blood person’s blood alcohol level exceeds .08 percent or their blood contains a controlled substance." "As part of defendant’s medical treatment, hospital staff had drawn a sample of his blood and tested it, ascertaining that his BAC was .333 percent. After defendant refused to consent to a blood draw, Trooper Dunlap did not seek a warrant for a blood draw. Nor did he ask hospital staff for the results of the blood test. However, pursuant to their duty under ORS 676.260, hospital staff verbally disclosed to Dunlap that defendant’s BAC was .333 percent and Dunlap included that information in his police report." Why didn't Trooper Dunlap seek a warrant? Because, he knew that the hospital staff would be forced to divulge their findings. The District court ruled that police couldn't violate a person's Constitutional rights because it was the hospital that informed the police. "After a hearing, the trial court denied defendant’s motion, concluding, as relevant here, that the hospital’s disclosure of defendant’s BAC test result to Dunlap did not violate defendant’s constitutional rights because it did not constitute state action."

United Passenger Who Was Dragged Off Plane Settles With Airline
Zero Hedge -The 69-year-old Vietnamese-American doctor was infamously hospitalized after Chicago aviation police dragged him from the plane to make space for four crew members on the flight from the city's O'Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky, sparking international outrage. While some may have been expecting a lawsuit to emerge from the affair, United Airlines announced that it has reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum with Dao…. While the actual amount was undisclosed, we are confident that Dao is now several million dollars richer.

Video: United pulls out $10K for your seat
Reuters - Giving up your seat on United just got a less painful. The airline saying Thursday it will offer passengers who forfeit seats on overbooked flights up to $10,000. That may sound like a lot, but the carrier figures it will cost them less that a repeat of this incident: shocking video of Dr. David Dao being forcibly dragged from his seat to make room for United crew members. Dao's lawyer said he incurred a concussion, broken nose and lost two front teeth. The new policy also comes after rival Delta outlined plans of its own for cash compensation - United's offer topping Delta's by 50 bucks.

World News

China warned North Korea of sanctions after any nuclear test - Tillerson
Reuters - China has told the Trump administration it warned North Korea it would impose unilateral sanctions should Pyongyang carry out another nuclear test, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, in possibly China's toughest threat yet against its defiant neighbour. Tillerson, speaking on Fox News, said China has asked North Korea not to conduct any more nuclear tests. He noted that major commemorations in North had passed in recent days without a feared nuclear test or test of any intercontinental ballistic missile. Tillerson did not say when China made the threat and there was no immediate confirmation from Beijing. He is due to chair a meeting with U.N Security Council foreign ministers on Friday, where he said he would stress the need for members to fully implement existing sanctions as well as possible next steps…. China banned imports of North Korean coal in February, cutting off its most important export, and Chinese media this month raised the possibility of restricting oil shipments to the North if it unleashed more provocations.

George Soros ‘Has Ruined the Lives of Millions of Europeans’ Says Hungarian Prime Minister
Breitbart - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivered a stinging speech in the European Parliament Wednesday, asserting Hungary’s right to self-governance and defending its actions regarding immigration and against American financial speculator George Soros. “I know that the power, size and weight of Hungary is much smaller than that of the financial speculator, George Soros, who is now attacking Hungary,” Orbán said. “Despite ruining the lives of millions of European with his financial speculations, being penalized in Hungary for speculations, and who is an openly admitted enemy of the euro, he is so highly praised that he is received by the EU’s top leaders,” he said…. “There can be no special privileges, and no one may stand above the law – not even George Soros’s people,” he said. Through his organizations in Hungary, and hidden from the public gaze, Orbán said, “George Soros is spending endless amounts of money to support illegal immigration.”

US probe into China aluminum dumping alarms Beijing
RT - The US Commerce Department launched an investigation on Wednesday into whether aluminum imports from China and other countries pose a threat to national security. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the investigation is similar to the one on steel imports. According to Ross, the White House is concerned unfairly traded imports are hurting the American aluminum industry, as some factories have been forced to close down or stop production. The Commerce Department will investigate the allegations China is dumping aluminum on the US market at unfair prices. China is the world's largest aluminum producer, and responded saying it is concerned by the US action, but hopes to resolve the dispute through talks, according to Commerce Ministry spokesman Sun Jiwen. Ross expressed concerns that only one plant in the US, Century Aluminum, is producing high-quality aluminum required for Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter, the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and other military vehicles and naval vessels.

Belgium ‘regrets’ helping elect Saudi Arabia to UN women's rights panel
RT - Belgium’s vote in favor of appointing Saudi Arabia to a United Nations women’s rights commission was due to a regrettable diplomatic mix-up, said Prime Minister Charles Michel, after the decision sparked a firestorm of criticism at home…. Belgium is generally active in defending women’s rights and expresses its views on this issue, so I was surprised to learn that it had supported a country with no regard for women and which continually flouts their rights. At first I thought it was not possible,” said Viviane Teitelbaum of the Council of Francophone women, an activist group.

Veteran News

Pearl Harbor Survivor, 94, Denied Hearing Aids By VA
Off the Grid News - The last living Pearl Harbor Survivor in Philadelphia was denied hearing aids because of a paperwork snafu at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The hearing aids were sitting on the table in front of Alexander Horanzy, 94, when he was told the VA would not pay for them. Previously, Horanzy had been told he was approved for hearing aids and even was tested and fitted for them. “So I drove him up there and they wouldn’t give them to him,” Horanzy’s granddaughter, Joyce Fiore, told KYW News Radio. “They said his medical records were lost in a fire. They had them right there, so he was denied.”… Horanzy almost died of malaria 70 years ago while fighting on New Guinea in World War II, the Great Generation Foundation reported. Before that, he had witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as a young Army private. Despite that service, Horanzy was told he was ineligible for hearing aids because the Department of Veteran Affairs was unable to locate his paperwork…. The Greatest Generation Foundation has set up a Go Fund Me Page to pay for the aids. The page had collected $7,868 as of April 27. That means Horanzy will get the hearing aids, which cost $6,500.

Energy & Environment

Feds Say It’s Too Dangerous To Share Dakota Access Oil Spill Report
Huffington Post - A federal agency won’t release a study about the potential effects of a Dakota Access Pipeline oil spill because it claims information in the report could put lives at risk. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the claim while rejecting a Freedom of Information Act request from MuckRock… MuckRock’s co-founder Michael Morisy had requested in March a copy of an Army Corps environmental assessment that looked at the possible impact of a pipeline leak on Lake Oahe in North Dakota. “The referenced document contains information related to sensitive infrastructure that if misused could endanger people’s lives and property,” said Army Corps lawyer Damon Roberts in a denial letter that MuckRock published Tuesday. Rather than editing out sensitive details, Roberts withheld all materials related to the request.

Anadarko Shuts 3,000 Wells in Colorado After Explosions
OilPrice.com - Following a home blast near a vertical well operated by Anadarko (NYSE:APC) , the company said it will shut all its vertical wells in northwestern Colorado while it investigates the cause of the blast, which killed two people. The number of wells in the area that the company operates is more than 3,000, with a combined output of 13,000 net barrels of oil per day…. The local Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District is meanwhile conducting its own investigation, and told Bloomberg that the proximity of the oil well to the home where the blast occurred is one aspect to be considered, adding that the cause for the explosion has yet to be identified. There is no threat to other homes in the vicinity, the authorities said. Anadarko’s shares have dipped over 5% on Thursday to $56.98.

Science & Technology

Amazon Wants You to Put Their New Camera in Your Bedroom
Daily Sheeple - Today, Amazon introduced a new device to their Echo line of products, called the Echo Look. It’s basically a camera that you stick in your bathroom or your bedroom or wherever you dress, and it takes full length images of what you’re wearing. It’s being called a “style assistant.” It has a service that “combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists,” presumably to give you feedback on what you’re wearing. I’m guessing that at some point, it’ll make suggestions for clothes you should buy on Amazon. Let that sink in. Amazon thinks that millions of people are going to spend $199 on a camera that is supposed to be placed in their bedrooms, stores images of them, and is probably going to criticize their fashion sense before hawking products to them. I’m not sure what’s scarier. Is it that this thing even exists, or that Amazon’s assumption that millions of people are going to buy this product, is probably correct?

Facebook Working on Brain-Computer Interface to Translate Thoughts to Text
Breitbart - Scientific American reports that Facebook is working on a device that would allow users to type words using a brain-computer interface (BCI). The device would reportedly be strapped to a user’s head and decode words thought by the user, with those words then typed on a computer or smartphone at speeds of up to 100 words per minute. The device aims to use light waves to accurately read brain waves, a challenging feat, as current BCI’s must by surgically implanted into the user’s brain to function and can only translate neural impulses into simple actions. Users with these types of BCI’s can answer yes or no questions and click a mouse cursor but at slower speeds than what Facebook hopes to achieve.

Health

Blood-thinning Drug Xarelto Faces 18,000 Lawsuits
Jon Rappoport - The first court test of Bayer/J&J’s billion-dollar bonanza, blood-thinner, Xarelto, is coming up in New Orleans next week. The outcome will influence how the 18,000 lawsuits behind it will be handled. The plaintiff in the first suit is Joseph Boudreaux. “While Xarelto was supposed to help cut his stroke risk, Boudreaux says it instead caused internal bleeding that required a week-long hospital stay in the intensive-care unit, several blood transfusions and multiple heart procedures. ‘I don’t want anybody else to suffer like I have from that drug,’ the part-time security guard says,” reports the Chicago Tribune. Lawyers for Bayer and J&J will argue, in the main, that Xarelto was approved by the FDA as safe and effective. This is the normal front-line strategy in cases where the drugmaker believes it can’t be accused of purposely concealing a medicine’s dangers from the FDA. “Well, the government says the drug is safe and effective, so what else do you want from us? We’ve done our duty. We’re off the hook.” It’s called shift the responsibility.

How high dose vitamin C kills cancer cells
(NaturalHealth365) (NaturalHealth365) Natural health experts have long maintained that vitamin C can fight cancer – if given in sufficiently large doses. But it is sometimes difficult to achieve the high blood concentration that is necessary for it to be effective. Now, a new form of vitamin C is correcting that frustrating problem – and proving to be a game-changer. Liposomal vitamin C has been found to create blood levels that are 100 to 500 times higher than levels seen with conventional oral ingestion, setting the stage for the vitamin to aggressively combat cancer…. The usual formulation consists of 1,000 mgs of vitamin C encapsulated in lecithin, a phospholipid. The lecithin creates a bubble that shields the vitamin from the digestive enzymes that would otherwise break it down. Liposomal vitamin C slips easily through the digestive system, is absorbed by the intestines, and is then transported to the liver for release into the bloodstream. This route helps to eliminate the gastric upset, inconvenience and waste of conventional vitamin C tablets, while keeping blood concentrations high.

Why You Should Never Pick Mold Off Of Your Bread
David Wolfe - A representative from the Department of Agriculture, Mariana Graveley, recently opened up to NPR about the topic, warning that moldy bread is definitely not safe to eat. Graveley explained that mold really can’t be removed from a soft and porous food, such as bread. She said, “With soft food, it’s very easy for the roots [of the mold] or the tentacles, or whatever creepy word you want to use, to penetrate into the bread.” In other words, once mold has visibly developed in one spot on the bread, there’s a pretty high chance that mold spores have spread throughout the entire loaf. Bagged bread is especially susceptible for mold because it tends to be a warm and humid environment, full of yeast and sugar for mold spores to feed on. While some foods are more susceptible to mold, others have the ability to withstand it pretty well. Mold has a hard time penetrating hard cheeses because they are greasy and dense, so it’s a little more safe to cut out moldy bits and eat the rest. … eating moldy bread can make you pretty sick. Some bread molds produce poisonous mycotoxins which can have a serious negative effect on your body. Almost all molds have the ability to cause allergic and respiratory symptoms if you eat them or inhale them by getting to close. There could also be poisonous bugs growing alongside that fuzzy mold and bacteria.


Thursday - April 27, 2017

On This Day In History:


1805 - A force led by U.S. Marines captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.
1813 - Americans under Gen. Pike capture York (present day Toronto) the seat of government in Ontario.
1861 - West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union during the American Civil War.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln issued an order to General Winfield Scott that authorized him to suspend the writ of habeas corpus between Philadelphia and Washington at or near any military line.
1863 - The Army of the Potomac began marching on Chancellorsville.
1865 - In the U.S. the Sultana exploded while carrying 2,300 Union POWs. Between 1,400 - 2,000 were killed.
1946 - The SS African Star was placed in service. It was the first commercial ship to be equipped with radar.
1960 - The submarine Tullibee was launched from Groton, CT. It was the first sub to be equipped with closed-circuit television.
1982 - The trial of John W. Hinckley Jr. began in Washington. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of U.S. President Reagan and three others.
1989 - Student protestors took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
1987 - The U.S. Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the U.S. He claimed that he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
1992 - Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics won entry into the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
2005 - The A380, the world's largest jetliner, completed its maiden flight. The passenger capability was 840.
2005 - Russian President Vladimir Putin became the first Kremlin leader to visit Israel.
2006 - In New York, NY, construction began on the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center on the site of former World Trade Center.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senior White House Official Says 'Military Preparations Are Underway' Regarding North Korea
The Daily Caller - All 100 senators were invited to attend a rare, closed-door briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at the White House Wednesday so the administration could communicate “the seriousness of the threat posed by North Korea.” An official who briefed reporters next door while it was underway said North Korea is a “brutal, unpredictable and capable regime that possesses an increasing possibility of destruction.”… The official said there is a new level of threat posed by the “unacceptable and erratic and unlawful behavior of the Kim Jong Un regime.” “What we are endeavoring to do is work with partners in the region and others to isolate the North Korean ballistic missile program and the nuclear program from any sort of external support,” the official continued…. The official would not describe the military preparations “in any detail,” but did say the U.S. is prepared to respond to any provocations.

White House Preparing Order to Withdraw from NAFTA
The GatewayPundit - The White House is currently preparing an executive order, which would effectively withdraw the U.S. from NAFTA, the historic trade agreement we entered into with Canada and Mexico in early 1994 during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Now entering into the final stages of review, a draft order was submitted and we could be looking at this new order being unveiled later this week or early into next week…. Some are speculating that the executive order could be a bargaining tactic by Trump to get better terms out of Canada and Mexico, but for now we have to just wait and see. NAFTA has created a multi-billion dollar trade deficit for the United States, so a renegotiation is a huge win for Americans!

The Trump Administration Just Revealed Its Tax Plan — Here’s What It Looks Like
The Daily Caller - Touting it as “the biggest tax cut” in the history of the United States, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and National Economic Council director Gary Cohn briefed reporters for roughly 20 minutes on the principles of the tax plan at the White House Wednesday. The plan, which Cohn called “a broad brush interview,” did not include specifics. For individuals, the plan will double the standard deduction people can claim on their tax returns, providing a significant tax cut for middle-income Americans, while reducing the number of tax brackets from seven to three — 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent. “In essence, we are creating a zero tax rate — yes, a zero tax rate — for the first $24,000 a couple earns,” Cohn said. “Families will benefit from tax relief that will help them with child and dependent care expenses.” The administration has repeatedly said that filing taxes has become too complicated, and Mnuchin has even floated the idea of people filing their returns on a “large postcard.” The White House said it will simplify the tax return process by eliminating tax breaks that benefit the wealthiest taxpayers and repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. “We are going to eliminate, on the personal side, all tax deductions other than mortgage interest and charitable deductions,” Mnuchin said. As far as businesses, the plan slashes the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent for both large and small companies while eliminating tax breaks for special interests. The business side of the reform also institutes a one-time tax on corporate earnings held overseas.

Republicans edge closer to health care deal on overhauling Obamacare
McClatchy - The White House and key Republicans in the House of Representatives are reportedly close to an agreement to amend the bill so that states could opt out of two popular Affordable Care Act provisions, including one that requires individual insurance plans to cover 10 “essential health benefits.” The other provision, known as “community rating,” bars insurers from varying premiums based on health status or medical history. It also requires insurers, under “guaranteed issue” rules, to offer coverage to all who want it.

Freedom Watch to File Lawsuit Against UC Berkeley AND Mayor of Berkeley For Violent Attacks on Conservatives (VIDEO)
The GatewayPundit - Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch announced that he is preparing a lawsuit against UC Berkeley and the Mayor of Berkeley, Jesse Arreguin. TGP recently reported that the Mayor of Berkeley, Jesse Arreguin publicly supports violent left-wing Antifa group, BAMN. Klayman: “We are going to be filing a powerful lawsuit against the University of California at Berkeley, the Mayor of Berkeley, the Chancellor of the university, Janet Napolitano who was head of homeland security under the Obama administration, the Police department and others for a brutal attack that occurred against our client, Kiera Robles when a commentator from Breitbart News attempted to speak several weeks ago.” Ann Coulter had to cancel her speech at UC Berkeley today amid threats of violence. This is an attack on the First Amendment and Berkeley should be held accountable for their hand in violence towards conservatives.

Ann Coulter Says She Will Pull Out of Speech at Berkeley
NY Times - Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she is canceling her planned speech at the University of California, Berkeley, because she had lost the backing of conservative groups that had initially sponsored her appearance. Ms. Coulter, in a message to The New York Times, said, “It’s a sad day for free speech.”… Late on Tuesday, the conservative group that was helping Ms. Coulter in her legal efforts to force Berkeley to host her, Young America’s Foundation, said it could no longer participate. “Young America’s Foundation will not jeopardize the safety of its staff or students,” the group said. Without any support, Ms. Coulter said, she was left with little choice. “Everyone who should believe in free speech fought against it or ran away,” she said.

Judge Napolitano: “We Are in Danger of Losing Free Speech” after Berkeley Travesty (VIDEO)
The GatewayPundit - Judge Napolitano weighed in on the anti-constitutional actions taken by the University of California Berkeley after Ann Coulter was harassed by the administration and then forced to cancel her speaking engagement on campus. These attacks against conservative speakers have been going on for years on US campuses. It is only now getting attention as the intolerant left increases their violence and threats. Judge Napolitano: The protesters win by scaring people into silence which is known in the law as “the heckler’s veto.” when the hecklers scream so loudly, or in this case advertised their intention to scream that the speaker can’t speak. When this happens on property owned by the government… a prima fascia case has been made… I’m afraid we are in danger of losing free speech.

Turning Tables: Trump Supporters Disrupt Anti-Trump Democrat Town Hall In California
LA Daily News - A town hall meeting sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu devolved into a raucous face-off even before it started Monday night when a handful of Donald Trump supporters disrupted a largely Democratic crowd calling for the president’s impeachment. Lieu, who has gained a national following in recent months for his scathing tweets taking aim at the Trump administration, had not yet taken the stage at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center when Trump supporters agitated the roughly 900 people inside with signs that read “Ted Lie” and “We love Trump.” At one point, Lieu paused and told one heckler, “Dude, I make up the rules, you got it?”

Nancy Pelosi Rants Incoherently, Mispronounces Countries and Slurs During Speech (Video)
The GatewayPundit - Nancy Pelosi spoke briefly Tuesday to Refugees International and attempted to push back questions about her declining health. Throughout the speech, the House Minority Leader butchered names, failed to pronounce countries correctly, and mispronounced countless words. Pelosi looks visibly uncomfortable throughout the majority of her speech and can hardly get a word out without sounding incompetent. One of the worse blunders in her speech came when she said cutting the foreign aid budget would “only deepen the crisis fighting – facing the children.” Pelosi closed by awkwardly staring out after thanking the audience and the group for inviting her before walking off confused. It is quite disturbing watching her breakdown.

World News

Photos: North Korea Flexes Military Muscle in Unprecedented Live-Fire Drill
Infowars - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended Tuesday what is said to be the country’s largest ever live-fire military drill. The event, which marked the 85th anniversary of North Korea’s army, featured more than 300 large-caliber artillery weapons. On Wednesday South Korea followed suit by conducting joint military live-fire drills with the U.S. in Pocheon. Tensions in the region continue to escalate as both President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un refuse to back down over the Communist regime’s nuclear weapons program.

Report: NKorea ‘Space Nuke’ Program Greater Threat Than ICBMs
Kit Daniels - Launched from a satellite, a small nuclear warhead only needs to explode 300 miles above the Earth to knock out a power grid – and the US is largely defenseless to such an EMP attack North Korea could potentially deliver. And if a power grid goes down completely, it’ll take critical, life-sustaining systems down with it: mass infrastructure for banks, hospitals, communications, food, water and the Internet could be disrupted for a year, if not outright destroyed. “If a nuclear device designed to emit EMP were exploded 250 to 300 miles up over the middle of the country, it would disable the electronics in the entire United States,” said EMP expert Gale Nordling. “That would disable the entire electric grid. It would disable communications, it would disable fuel manufacturing and production, it would disable hospitals and medicines, it would disable 911 call centers.” Right now, an EMP attack by North Korea poses a potentially greater threat to the US than an intercontinental ballistic missile – and the hermit kingdom already orbited its KMS-3 satellite over the U.S. in 2012. It’s currently unknown if North Korea has a warhead small enough for a satellite, however, its space program shows more promise than its development of ICBMs.

Trump's 'armada' within 'STRIKING DISTANCE' of North Korea
Express News - US Admiral Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee that the warship [USS Carl Vinson] is positioned “in the Philippine Sea just east of Okinawa". He confirmed that the 1,092 foot long vessel is standing by in “strike range and power projection range of North Korea if called upon to do that”…. The US carrier’s increased proximity to North Korea comes after the US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a joint statement which revealed Mr Trump’s strategy to conquer the hermit kingdom. The statement read: “The United States seeks stability and the peaceful de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. "We remain open to negotiations towards that goal. However, we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies. "The President's approach aims to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs by tightening economic sanctions and pursuing diplomatic measures with our allies and regional partners.” While the ship was headed towards the Philippine Sea, North Korea's state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Pyongyang is ready to illustrate its "military force" by sinking a "nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike". The North Korean mouthpiece claimed to have weaponry which "can reach continental US and Asia Pacific region" and the "absolute weapon" hydrogen bomb, according to CNN.

Why We Have A 2nd Amendment: Venezuela Plans To Give Firearms To Loyalists To Purge Growing Resistance
Zero Hedge - After enduring shortages of food and medicine for years, as well as a total collapse of their currency, the people of Venezuela have had enough. Last week it was estimated that 2.5 million people marched against the Maduro regime, which had previously tried to strip away the powers of the opposition-led parliament. It’s estimated that as many as 6 million people may have taken to the streets to protest throughout the country. In the lead-up to the protest, which had been planned for weeks by opposition political parties, President Maduro issued an alarming proclamation that didn’t receive nearly enough press. He promised to expand the nation’s armed militia, and hand out firearms to as many as 400,000 loyalists…. If you know your history of communist regimes, you understand what comes next. Maduro’s response to millions of hungry… people, is to arm his die-hard supporters, who will be able to purge the starving masses that dared to cross him. They may not face much resistance, because in 2012 Venezuela banned private firearm ownership.

BOMBSHELL: Hillary Aides Threatened Prime Minister’s Son With IRS Audit
The Daily Caller - Hillary Clinton’s Department of State aides threatened a South Asian prime minister’s son with an IRS audit in an attempt to stop a Bangladesh government investigation of a close friend and donor of Clinton’s, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group learned. A Bangladesh government commission was investigating multiple charges of financial mismanagement at Grameen Bank, beginning in May 2012. Muhammad Yunus, a major Clinton Foundation donor, served as managing director of the bank. Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and permanent U.S. resident, recalled the account of the threatened IRS audit to TheDCNF. The allegations mark the first known instance in the U.S. that Clinton’s Department of State used IRS power to intimidate a close relative of a friendly nation’s head of state on behalf of a Clinton Foundation donor.

Macron Booed By Factory Workers Chanting ‘Marine President!’
Breitbart - Globalist French President candidate Emmanuel Macron faced animosity from workers at a Whirlpool plant facing closure during a campaign visit after anti-mass migration candidate Marine Le Pen made a surprise visit hours earlier…. Mr. Macron was shoved and shouted at by workers who may lose their jobs as the factory is scheduled to be relocated to Poland next June French broadcaster BFMTV reports. The 39-year-old Presidential hopeful was greeted with shouts of “Marine President!” and was whistled at by some of the 295 workers expected to lose their jobs. The reaction was in large part due to a surprise visit from the former Front National leader Marine Le Pen just hours before. Ms. Le Pen used the opportunity to talk with workers about their concerns and stressed the need to protect French jobs…. When Mr. Macron was finally able to address the crowd he attempted to tell them how globalisation was actually good for them. “The answer is not to suppress globalisation and close borders,” he told the workers.

Trio behind live-streamed Facebook rape gets jail sentences in Sweden
RT - Two men who participated in the rape of a Swedish woman which was live-streamed on Facebook have been sentenced to prison. A third man has also been put behind bars for publishing the video online and failing to report the violent incident. The Upsalla District Court sentenced one of the men, a 21-year-old Afghan national, to 27 months behind bars for rape and assistance to rape on Monday. The second man, an 18-year-old Afghan national, was given one year, which was halved because he was a minor at the time of the attack. The third man, a 24-year-old Swedish citizen of Afghan descent who was behind the camera, was sentenced to six months imprisonment for gross defamation and failing to report rape, according to The Local. The men have also been ordered to pay damages totaling 330,000 kroner (US$48,535) to the victim…. Despite previously urging for the two Afghan nationals to be deported to their home countries if convicted, prosecutors dropped that call at the closing of the trial. The men were arrested in January, following reports of a suspected sexual assault by witnesses who reported watching the crime being committed in the private Facebook group of some 60,000 members

80% of voluntary Fukushima evacuees unwilling to return home
RT - Some 78.2 percent of “voluntary” evacuees households have no intention of returning to their previous places of residence and plan to “continue living” in the area they had evacuated to, results of a Fukushima Prefectural Government survey released on April 24 show. Only 18.3 percent of households said they intended to move back to the Fukushima prefecture. On their own accord, some 12,239 households left areas that were not covered by the government’s evacuations orders that were issued following the tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011. Unlike people who were forced to relocate under evacuation orders, voluntary evacuees only received a fraction of the payment of at least 8.5 million yen ($77,300) that the government offered in compensation to mandatory evacuees. For six years, most of them lived in other parts of Japan through government sponsored subsidies which ended in March this year after the government claimed that the “living environment (in Fukushima Prefecture) is in good order.” Despite the official assessment, the environmentally wary refugees “still worry about radiation, and many of them have shifted the foundations of their lives to the places they've evacuated to,” the prefectural official in charge of the survey told Mainichi, Japan's national daily.

Energy & Environment

Former Obama Official: Climate Data Purposely Manipulated to Influence Public Opinion and Policy
The Daily Caller - Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion. “What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data…. Koonin is not the only one claiming wrongdoing. House lawmakers with the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, for instance, recently jumpstarted an investigation into NOAA after a whistleblower said agency scientists rushed a landmark global warming study to influence policymakers.

World’s First GM Fish Factory Could Be In Canada
Natural Blaze - The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), Ecology Action Centre, and GMO Free PEI have become aware of an application to the Prince Edward Island government from the biotechnology company AquaBounty that reveals the company’s intention to raise genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) Atlantic salmon in PEI. If approved, this would be the world’s first GM fish factory…. “PEI is a flip of a fish’s tail away from some of the best Atlantic salmon rivers in the world,” said Mark Butler of the Ecology Action Centre based in Halifax. “Commercial production dramatically increases the risk to wild Atlantic salmon but the impacts of a possible GM fish escape have not been federally assessed. Federal ministers McKenna and LeBlanc should put this project on hold until government scientists evaluate the full risks of GM salmon production.”

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Colloidal Silver Kills Plant Fungus, Produces Larger and Healthier Crops
The Grow Network - In this breakthrough study, published in the March 2010 issue of the journal Mycobiology, researchers found that applying varying levels of silver nanoparticles to the roots of green onion plants completely eradicated Sclerotium cepivorum fungal infections known to destroy the plants. Not only did the application of silver nanoparticles destroy the pathogenic plant fungus, but according to the study authors, it caused no significant harm to beneficial soil microbes needed by the green onion plants for growth, nor was there any negative change in the soil chemistry or composition. What’s more, the nanosilver-treated green onion plants, once harvested, were demonstrated to have grown larger and to weigh more than the non-treated green onion plants.

Health

Broccoli Sprouts: Nature’s Most Powerful Cancer-Fighting Food
Natural News Blogs - Several studies have established broccoli as an anti-cancer vegetable. Broccoli can prevent and help with many health issues. In fact, many studies confirm not only the anti-cancer properties but also to help with cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, asthma, and inflammatory diseases. The researchers attempted to determine how much Broccoli one would have to eat to produce a significant level of protection against cancer. They state that one would have to eat about two pounds of Broccoli a week to reduce, for example, the risk of colon cancer by about 50%. However, fresh Broccoli sprouts offer an alternative. We can eat 10 to 100 times lower quantities and still get the main benefits. Broccoli sprouts contain a substance called sulforaphane which is one of the most powerful antioxidants and detoxification elements. ”Paul Talalay, M.D., of Johns Hopkins University isolated the cancer-fighting phytochemical sulforaphane. He discovered that sprouting delivers more sulforaphane than broccoli alone with 20 to 50 times the anti-cancer potential using the right strain of broccoli sprouting seeds.” Just 5 grams of sprouts contain concentrations of the compound glucoraphanin equivalent to that found in 150 grams of mature Broccoli. Broccoli sprouts are the most hopeful at preventing and killing cancer. The best thing about sulforaphane is that it kills cancer cells,

First of Its Kind Study Finds Cannabis May Be a “Miracle” Treatment for Autistic Kids
Natural Blaze - Israel has approached the cannabis plant as the medicinal healer it has more than proven to be — medical marijuana was first approved in Israel decades ago, in 1992, making it one of the first in the world to do so. As USA Today notes, in a recent article titled, “Marijuana may be a miracle treatment for children with autism,” Israel and just two other countries — Canada and the Netherlands — have government-sponsored medical marijuana programs available to citizens…. Myriad scientific studies and innumerable anecdotal cases have proven cannabis to treat everything from PTSD to ADHD, various cancers to the painful pressure of glaucoma — but the plant’s miraculous quality has been most apparent in treating severe seizures of childhood epilepsy. Now, it appears, cannabis — specifically, the non-psychoactive compound, cannabidiol or CBD — may offer improved quality of life for children with autism, and the families providing their care.

Pet News

5-Year-Old Man Raises $28K for Stray Cats
The Catington Post - Every evening for the last 21 years, 75-year-old Willie Ortiz goes around the city of Hartford, Connecticut, feeding stray cats, and gathering the ones who need neutering or spaying to take them to a vet and help keep stray population sizes down. But unable to care for all the cats of the city fully on his own, last year, Ortiz's friend, Kathleen Schlentz, helped him set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the stray cats of Hartford. At first, it seemed like they would never reach their goal of $5000, but then a donor offered to post the GoFundMe page on Reddit, and almost overnight, the post went viral and money began pouring in from all over the world…. Now, Ortiz is planning to use part of the money to buy a new truck. (His current truck breaks down often, and he uses it to haul scrap metal which funds his work with the cats.) He will also set aside some of the money in a savings account to be used on the cats' behalf after his death, and the rest, of course will go toward buying the cats of Hartford all the food they need and all the medical attention they deserve. Ortiz now hopes to leave a legacy of feline affection.
 


Wednesday - April 26, 2017

On This Day In History:


1607 - The British established an American colony at Cape Henry, Virginia. It was the first permanent English establishment in the Western Hemisphere.
1865 - Joseph E. Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee to Sherman during the American Civil War.
1865 - John Wilkes Booth was killed by the U.S. Federal Cavalry.
1921 - Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio in St. Louis, MO.
1937 - German planes attacked Guernica, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War for the Spanish nationalist government. This raid is considered one of the first to be attacks on a civilian population by a modern air force.
1968 - Students seized the administration building at Ohio State University.
1982 - The British announced that Argentina had surrendered on South Georgia.
1983 - Dow Jones Industrial Average broke 1,200 for first time.
1985 - In Argentina, a fire at a mental hospital killed 79 people and injured 247.
1986 - The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, in Kiev. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands more were exposed to radioactive material.
1998 - Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera was bludgeoned to death two days after a report he'd compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war was made public.
2000 - Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar purchased the NHL's New York Islanders.
2002 - In Erfurt, Germany, an expelled student killed 17 people at his former school. The student then killed himself.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Washington D.C. To Hold Massive "Complex Coordinated Terror Attack" Drill
Zero Hedge - As we reported on Friday, that's when Operation Gotham Shield, an exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies and which simulates a nuclear bomb blast over Manhattan, is set to conclude. Then, as we learned earlier, April 26 is also when the entire Senate will be briefed by Donald Trump and his four top defense and military officials on the situation in North Korea at the White House, an event which Reuters dubbed as "unusual." April 26 is also when the USS Carl Vinson is expected to arrive off the coast of the Korean Penninsula. Now, in a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the regional association reportst that "law enforcement officials and other first responders will participate in a full-scale exercise on April 26 designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the National Capital Region.”… The exercise will be conducted across a widespread geographical area. According to the release, the regional exercise will be staged at six sites in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia, and will involve hundreds of police, fire, and emergency medical service personnel and volunteer actors.

U.S. to Test Launch ICBM in Demonstration of ‘Nuclear Capabilities’
Mikael Thalen - The U.S. military is preparing to test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. According to Air Force Global Strike Command, the unarmed Minuteman III missile test is intended to “validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system.” Col. John Moss, 30th Space Wing Commander, said in a press release that the launch – set for sometime between 12:01 a.m. and 6:01 a.m. – will demonstrate the country’s nuclear capabilities…. While the test comes amid growing tensions between the United States and North Korea, a representative with Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs confirmed to Infowars that such launches are held regularly – up to four each year – and are planned between three and five years in advance. The test launch will be the second carried out from Vandenberg this year. The Minuteman III, which weighs in at 79,432 lbs, reaches speeds of Mach 23 before striking targets as far away as 6,000 miles.

Federal judge blocks Trump's sanctuary cities executive order
Washington Examiner - San Francisco and Santa Clara County both won preliminary injunctions on Tuesday against Trumps' Jan. 25 executive order that moved to cut off federal funding from cities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration requests. According to San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick, the loss of funds would cause cities "to suffer irreparable harm absent an injunction." Orrick also cited public comments from Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying the two "erased" any "doubt about the scope of the order." "The Constitution vests the spending power in Congress, not the president, so the order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds," Orrick wrote, calling the DOJ's arguments that it only wanted cities to show compliance with current immigration law "not legally plausible." However, the federal government is still able to enforce existing conditions of federal grants and does not restrict it from “developing regulations or preparing guidance on designating a jurisdiction as a 'sanctuary jurisdiction,'" Orrick ruled.

‘Elected elite’? Ex-House speakers get public-funded perks for 5 years
McClatchy - Former U.S. House speakers are entitled to taxpayer-funded offices, franked mail privileges, staffers and furniture. Now two House of Representatives members want the practice stopped. Former speakers are allowed to run post-speaker offices for up to five years. Former Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., spent $1.8 million. John Boehner, R-Ohio, who stepped down 18 months ago, spent $211,000…. [Newt Gingrich said] a short-term post-speaker office may be warranted if the person needs to wrap up local district casework to or has a large amount of records to preserve and file. Nonsense, says Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. He wants to eliminate the post-speaker expenses, arguing that the former lawmakers have ample opportunity to pursue careers and make money in the private sector. Along with Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., he’s pushing legislation to end the system. “As our country nears $20 trillion in debt, why should the taxpayer be forced to pay for a person that no longer serves in Congress, especially when they have the ability to make millions in retirement from speaking fees, book deals, lobbying and other things?” Jones asks.

Soros-Linked Chobani Yogurt Sues Alex Jones, Infowars Amid Refugee Rape Fallout
Prison Planet - Chobani Yogurt, which advocates and uses migrant labor for its factory in Twin Falls, Idaho – the city where a 5-year-old was raped by Syrian migrants in 2016 – has filed a lawsuit against radio host Alex Jones and Infowars. The lawsuit was filed after Infowars reported on mainstream and independent media articles covering how three Syrian migrants raped and urinated on a 5-year-old girl at knife point at the Fawnbrook Apartment complex in Twin Falls, Idaho, near where Chobani Yogurt operates a plant using migrant labor its owner, Hamdi Ulukaya, actively lobbied for. The three migrants were arrested and later pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including felony sexual exploitation of a child and accessory to a felony. Despite occurring in June 2016, the story stayed in the news due to outrage by residents who said the city tried to whitewash the rape to protect its “refugee resettlement” program in partnership with the federal government and local industries who employ “refugee” labor. Some media outlets even tried to claim the rape never happened and it was “fake news.”… The Chobani owner has deep ties to George Soros and even took a friendly photo with the socialist billionaire who is linked to the migrant crisis in Europe and violent protests in the US.

Cops Detain Entire School, Illegally Search/Grope 900 Kids — Find NOTHING, Parents Furious
Activist Post - Worth County, GA — Children feel violated, parents are furious, and a lawsuit is getting filed after the Worth County Sheriff’s office conducted an illegal search of 900 students — in the name of the war on drugs. The rights-violating intrusive and aggressive pat downs and drug dog searches yielded absolutely nothing. On April 14, when the students of Worth County High School returned from spring break, they arrived at school to find a police state had taken over. The sheriff and his deputies — with no probable cause — detained and illegally searched every single child in the school, all 900 of them. When kids went home that day to tell their parents what happened, naturally, they were furious as it is a gross violation of the children’s 4th Amendment rights…. Adding insult to injury, many students complained that they got far more than just a pat down.

A 10-Year-Old Autistic Boy Acted Up At School. So They Handcuffed & Arrested Him (Video)
Off the Grid News - A 10-year-old boy with autism was arrested, charged with a third-degree felony, and spent the night in juvenile detention. Disturbingly, the arrest occurred at school, where John Benjamin Haywood’s mother had taken him for a standardized test. “I didn’t know I was going to get arrested like this,” John Benjamin told the officers. “I don’t want to be touched. Please don’t touch me.” “I know, honey,” his mother; Luanne Haywood, can be heard saying on the video. “He has autism — he doesn’t know what’s going on, he’s scared to death, he’s 10 years old!” The boy was arrested on April 12 for an incident that occurred in October at Okeechobee Achievement Academy in Florida, The Washington Post reported. The boy allegedly kicked and scratched the educational assistant who was working with him. An Overreaction? That prompted Okeechobee County schools to charge him with “battery on a school board employee” – a third-degree felony. After the arrest, the boy was taken to a juvenile detention facility where he spent the night. His mother offered to go with officers in the police car, but they refused. Prosecutor Abigail Albright told The Post that she plans to offer John Benjamin a “non-judicial sanction” which would probably mean counseling rather than criminal charges. Luanne Haywood vowed to fight that. “It appears the school’s responses are beyond wrong and evil,” Scott Badesch, the president of Autism Society America, told The Post…. Badesch’s organization is planning to help the Haygoods with support services and legal counsel.

World News

US THAAD anti-missile deployment in S. Korea sparks clashes between locals & police (Photos, Video)
RT - The US military has moved elements of the THAAD anti-missile complex to its deployment site in South Korea, causing anger and discontent among the locals, some of whom reportedly clashed with police guarding the convoy. Residents of Seongju county in South Korea clashed with police after US personnel moved the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system onto a golf course in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province. Clashes with local villagers, who have been protesting against THAAD deployment for months, erupted when six trailers carrying the radar and other hardware equipment for the American missile defense system entered the installation site at the golf course in South Korea early Wednesday, Yonhap reports.

Marine Le Pen resigns as party leader
The Duran - Marine Le Pen has temporarily resigned from her role as leader of her party, Front National. Le Pen described her move in the following way, “I have always considered that the president is the president of all the French. Under this banner, he or she must unite all the French. Tonight, I am no longer the president of the Front National. I am the presidential candidate. I will be above partisan considerations”. Le Pen’s move will come as a surprise to many as it comes very late in the game with less than a fortnight until the final round of French elections. However, it is a move that is may well outshine her opponent Emmanuel Macron. Macron is a man who started his own En Marche! party as an opportunistic vehicle for his own personal ambitions, knowing that his erstwhile Socialist Party had been tarnished by the failure of the Francois Hollande Presidency.

Thailand: Crushing Localism Threatens National, Regional Stability
Tony Cartalucci - Street vendors of all kinds are facing a complete ban of their livelihood across Bangkok, the capital of Southeast Asia’s Thailand. While it may appear to be a minor move falling in line with many other nations within the “developed world,” the significance of it both to Bangkok, Thailand, and the rest of Asia in socioeconomic terms is indeed, major. Just like the “developed” nations the new ban seeks to emulate, it is driven not by a genuine desire to clear sidewalks, beautify the city, or enhance consumer health and safety. Instead, it is driven by larger corporations both foreign and domestic, and in particular, agricultural giant Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) which is connected to the massive and ever-expanding network of 7-Eleven convenience stores and Lotus retailers dotting every corner and crevice in both Bangkok and beyond…. Should Bangkok succeed in crippling its street vendor tradition, those markets dependent on daily vendor purchases will also suffer. Those farmers who have managed to escape large agricultural corporations like CP and deliver directly to vendors or the markets who sell to them on a daily basis will also suffer. This is but one of several domino effects that may unfold if this plan moves forward.

An Angry Canada Responds To Trump's Lumber Tariff... And What It Means For The Economy
Zero Hedge - After last night's announcement of ~20% tariffs on softwood lumber imported from Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lashed out at the Trump administration saying the U.S. could suffer from a "thickening" border as trade tensions between the two countries escalated, sending the Canadian currency to a 14 month low. As a reminder, the United States announced it would impose preliminary anti-subsidy duties averaging 20 percent on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday, escalating a long-running trade dispute between the two neighbors. The move, which affects some $5.66 billion worth of imports of the construction material, sets a tense tone as the two countries and Mexico prepare to renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement…. As Reuters adds, softwood lumber joins dairy as a key target for U.S. President Donald Trump, who tweeted a new attack on Canada's supply management system for dairy on Tuesday. Last week the president called Canada's dairy protections "unfair." "Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!" Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

Energy & Environment

Al Gore Wants $15 Trillion To Fight Off Apocalyptic 2 Degree Global Temperature Rise
Zero Hedge - Al Gore, via a new report from his Energy Transitions Commission (ETC), would like for you to know that he has a plan to save all of mankind from inevitable extinction which will come by around the year 2030 unless we join his global warming crusade immediately…. So, how does Al Gore intend to accomplish his lofty goal of saving planet Earth? Well, by eradicating coal, installing massive renewable energy projects and enlisting the support of some "forceful public policies," of course. … So how much will it cost for Al Gore to save us from ourselves? How about $15 Trillion…. The transition to a low-carbon global economy* will require significant additional energy system investments – around $300-$600 billion per annum – compared with a business as usual scenario. In the context of global GDP running at around $80 trillion in 2017, and global annual investment at $20 trillion, additional investments of around $300-$600 billion per annum do not pose a major macroeconomic challenge. Clean energy investments with predictable long-term returns could be attractive to a range of institutional investors in the current low interest rate environment.

Science & Technology

Bulletproof NSA spy blimp that could listen in on cell phone calls ‘spied on New York,’ shocking leaked documents claim
Daily Mail - The NSA spied on New York using a blimp adapted to listen in on cell phone calls and other communications, new documents claim. The 62-ft-diameter blimp – codenamed the Hover Hammer – was equipped with surveillance devices and launched from an airfield near Solomons Island, Maryland, in 2004. It then collected ‘international shipping data emanating from the Long Island, New York area’ around 230 miles away, according to The Intercept. The document refers to the Hover Hammer as a ‘helium-filled sphere inside another sphere, constructed of Spectra, the same material used to make bullet-proof vests.’ It can be manned or remotely piloted, the document claims, and ‘It has a 1,000lb payload capacity at present, with a planned 5,000lb capacity.’ The document added: ‘It “hovers” above small arms fire, has a negligible [infrared] signature, and radar can’t detect it.’

Silicon Valley security robot beat up in parking lot, police say
Ars Technica - A 300-pound egg-shaped security robot was punched to the ground by an allegedly drunken man outside a Silicon Valley shopping center, Mountain View police said. A 41-year-old Mountain View man has been arrested in connection to the alleged parking-lot altercation with the Knightscope-made droid. The accused robo-assailant, who faces charges of prowling and public intoxication, was identified as Jason Sylvain. The robot suffered minor scratches and is back on duty following last week's incident, which was first reported Tuesday by ABC7 News…. Last year, one of the Knightscope's security robots knocked over a 16-month-old child at a Silicon Valley shopping center. The robot ran over the boy's right foot, causing bruising but not breaking it. The five-foot-tall, K5 robots can read 300 license plates per minute. They also are equipped to supply 360-degree video streaming. Once an anomaly is detected by these robots, they alert security guards. The robots are not armed. Knightscope, which is based in Mountain View, charges $7 per hour for the robots that the company claims will soon be able to detect guns. The company says it has dozens of clients, including Microsoft and the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm that snaps on to the bone
Boing Boing - On Friday, surgeons installed a "click-on robotic arm" on a patient in the Netherlands. The wearer controls the robot arm by thought alone. Myoelectric sensors in a bracelet worn on the upper arm measure muscle signals that are transmitted to the prosthetic arm via Bluetooth. Through an opening in the skin, the patient "clicks" the prosthesis onto a metal rod in the bone. Because the prosthesis connects directly to the skeleton, a prosthesis socket is no longer necessary. This ensures that it does not slip off, avoids skin problems, and makes it very easy to put on and take off... The nerves that controlled the muscles in the hand and the underarm before the amputation are meticulously attached to parts of the muscles in the upper arm stump. By connecting the nerves to the muscle, the muscle acts like an amplifier of the nerve signal.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Trump to Sign Executive Order Creating Task Force to Improve Rural Prosperity
Washington Free Beacon - President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to create a task force designed to promote agriculture and rural prosperity in America. Trump will meet with members of the agriculture industry including Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Zippy Duvall, the president of the American Farm Bureau, and various farmers and ranchers to discuss the issues facing the industry. “We will be asking Secretary Perdue to establish a task force that does a 180-day review of regulation and policy, legislation that unnecessarily hinders economic growth in the agriculture area,” said Ray Starling, the special assistant to the president for agriculture. “All of these things are over issues that those of us in agriculture see as potential limiting factors economically and things that we need to address,” he said.

Health

Even More Natural Medicines Are Now at Risk - Action Alert!
Alliance for Natural Health - The FDA is likely to move against numerous natural, compounded medicines. The Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee (PCAC) advises the FDA on what supplements and drugs can be individually formulated for patients—many of whom have very specific needs that can only be met through these alternative formulations. The next meeting of the PCAC has been announced for May 8-9, and the following substances will likely face the axe: nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (as well as the disodium-reduced version), which plays an important role in our health (see below); nettle (Urtica dioica); ubiquinol (CoOQ10); vanadyl sulfate; and artemisinin, a critical medicine used against malaria and other diseases. Also on the agenda is the nomination of “oral solid modified release drug products that employ coated systems”—that is, coated time-release tablets—to the “Difficult to Compound” list. As the name suggests, if a product or delivery system is added to this list, it will no longer be available from compounding pharmacies…. [Read more on what’s at stake..]

CDC updates immunization schedule and adds new HPV vaccine with double the aluminum
(NaturalHealth365) The Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common STD contracted in the United States. In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that just about every sexually active person (male or female) has the virus at some point. But, what most people are NOT told is, HPV resolves on its own without causing complications or the need to ‘modify’ the immunization schedule with more toxic vaccines. On rare occasions, HPV can lead to cervical cancer and cancers of adjacent organs. …a new “super” version of the HPV vaccine called 9vHPV vaccine is now being pushed. The vaccine makers claim the new version targets nine strains of HPV and 80 percent of vulvar, cervical and anal cancers, up from 65 percent by the previous version. It’s being sold under the name Gardasil 9 and is being marketed as an “improvement” over the previous version. Despite these claims, the new version actually has double the toxic aluminum of the previous one.

Happy Birthday, Your Birthday Cakes Contains Over 80 Toxic Ingredients
Green Med Info - According to the website Chi Machine International, many of the ingredients used in birthday cakes contain aluminum. In fact, they stated that aluminum can be found in all of the following food products: “Food: Aluminum is added as an emulsifying agent in many processed cheeses, especially those which are single sliced. It is found in cake mixes, self-rising flour, prepared doughs, waffles, nondairy creamers, pickles and in some brands of baking powder. Additives: The following additives contain aluminum compounds - E173, E520, E521, E523 E541, E545, E554, E555 E556, E559, bauxite (Aluminum dioxide). Baking powder: Some brands contain aluminum. Cake mixes can contain various forms of aluminum. Cheese: Especially single sliced processed cheese which can contain aluminum as an emulsifier. Chocolate Mixes: Highly absorbable aluminum maltol is used in instant chocolate mixes. Coffee Whiteners: Like Coffee-mate - Sodium Aluminosilicate. Doughs: Some ready-made doughs can contain it. Flour: Self-rising flour may contain aluminum. Pickles can contain aluminum.”… Many of the birthday cakes manufactured today include artificial sweeteners as one of their ingredients. … studies have found that continual use of artificial sweeteners can lead to many serious complications, including diabetes, cancer and obesity…. Another ingredient that is hidden in many birthday cakes is propylene glycol… “Propylene glycol is also used to make polyester compounds, and as a base for de-icing solutions… [Read more]

Purple Cabbage Juice That Beats Hypertension, Cancer, Removes Toxins & Heals Gut Naturally
Natural News Blogs - If you don’t like to juice green cabbage, try juicing the purple cabbage instead. Purple cabbage has a vibrant beautiful color when juiced and tastes quite sweet, unlike green cabbage which can be a tad more bitter. Cabbage is absolutely loaded with goodness. It contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s wonderful for heart health, helping to reduce cholesterol by binding bile acids in the intestine. The lactic acid in cabbage also acts as a potent colon cleanser. This recipe is a master healer to the gut and digestive system, beats hypertension, prevent cancer and loaded with phytonutrients known to guard against cancer and cleanse your kidneys too. INGREDIENTS: 3 plums 1/4 small purple cabbage 1 beetroot (beet) 2 sticks of celery 1 orange….


Tuesday - April 25, 2017

On This Day In History:


1792 - The guillotine was first used to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier.
1846 - The Mexican-American War ignited as a result of disputes over claims to Texas boundaries. The outcome of the war fixed Texas' southern boundary at the Rio Grande River.
1859 - Work began on the Suez Canal in Egypt.
1860 - The first Japanese diplomats to visit a foreign power reached Washington, DC. They remained in the U.S. capital for several weeks while discussing expansion of trade with the United States.
1862 - Union Admiral Farragut occupied New Orleans, LA.
1864 - After facing defeat in the Red River Campaign, Union General Nathaniel Bank returned to Alexandria, LA.
1898 - The U.S. declared war on Spain. Spain had declared war on the U.S. the day before.
1901 - New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.
1915 - During World War I, Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli in Turkey in hopes of attacking the Central Powers from below. The attack was unsuccessful.
1928 - A seeing eye dog was used for the first time.
1945 - Delegates from about 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
1953 - U.S. Senator Wayne Morse ended the longest speech in U.S. Senate history. The speech on the Offshore Oil Bill lasted 22 hours and 26 minutes.
1957 - Operations began at the first experimental sodium nuclear reactor.
1967 - Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. The law was limited to therapeutic abortions when agreed to, unanimously, by a panel of three physicians.
1980 - In Iran, a commando mission to rescue hostages was aborted after mechanical problems disabled three of the eight helicopters involved. During the evacuation, a helicopter and a transport plan collided and exploded. Eight U.S. servicemen were killed. The mission was aimed at freeing American hostages that had been taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. The event took place April 24th Washington, DC, time.
1982 - In accordance with Camp David agreements, Israel completed its Sinai withdrawal.
1988 - In Israel, John "Ivan the Terrible" Demjanuk was sentenced to death as a Nazi war criminal.
1998 - U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on was questioned by Whitewater prosecutors on videotape about her work as a private lawyer for the failed savings and loan at the center of the investigation.
2003 - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader and ex-wife of former President Nelson Mandela, was sentenced to four years in prison for her conviction on fraud and theft charges. She was convicted of 43 counts of fraud and 25 of theft of money from a women's political league.
2007 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000 for the first time.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Mattis: U.S. Must 'Confront' Russia Over Weapons Support for Taliban
Washington Free Beacon - Defense Secretary James Mattis said during a news conference in Kabul that the United States will "engage with Russia diplomatically" where possible, but hinted that action to challenge Russia may be necessary…. A senior military official told reporters earlier in the day that the Kremlin was supplying the Taliban with machine guns and other "medium-weight weapons," the Associated Press reported. The Taliban are using the weapons against American-backed troops in the southern provinces of Helmand, Kandahar, and Uruzgan, according to the official. [Army Gen. John] Nicholson told the Senate Armed Services Committee in February that Russia had begun playing a "significant" role in Afghanistan, in part to "legitimize" the Taliban and undermine the U.S. and NATO mission to stabilize the region. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the top U.S. general in Europe, voiced similar concerns during a hearing in March. The Russian Foreign Ministry in March rejected charges that Russia was providing weapons to the Taliban, saying its operations in Afghanistan were aimed at fighting the Islamic State. The Kremlin claims that the Taliban is fighting ISIS while the Afghan government remains idle, a narrative Nicholson has dismissed as false.

Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing
Yahoo News - Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House … All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aides said. While top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White House, and for those four top officials to be involved. U.S. officials have expressed mounting concern over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies…. The briefing will take place at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT). House aides said they were working with the White House to set a similar briefing for members of the House of Representatives.

Trump calls for new U.N. sanctions on North Korea
Reuters - President Donald Trump said the U.N. Security Council must be prepared to impose new sanctions on North Korea as concerns mount that it may test a sixth nuclear bomb as early as Tuesday…. U.S. officials have told Reuters tougher sanctions could include an oil embargo, banning North Korea's airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks and other foreign doing business with Pyongyang. The State Department said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would chair a special ministerial meeting of the Security Council on North Korea on Friday to discuss ways to maximize the impact of existing sanctions and show "resolve to respond to further provocations with appropriate new measures". Tillerson and U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will also hold a rare briefing on North Korea at the White House on Wednesday for the entire U.S. Senate, Senate aides said.

Drop the push for the wall and we’ve got a budget deal, Democrats tell Trump
McClatchy - With the clock ticking for congressional budget writers to avoid a partial government shutdown, House of Representatives and Senate Democratic leaders said Monday that a deal was achievable – without White House interference. “Instead of risking government shutdown by shoving this wall down Congress’ and American people’s throats, the president ought to just let us come to an agreement,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters, noting that even Republicans have questions about Trump’s proposal for a wall at the border with Mexico. “It’s my view that if the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done by Friday.” “We’re happy to debate this wall in regular order down the road once he has a plan,” Schumer said. “There’s no plan now. He just says ‘Build it.’ ” The wall has emerged as a major stumbling block in talks to reach an agreement before the budget bill expires at midnight on Friday. The administration is asking for $1.5 billion to start building a wall along the U.S. southern border.

DoJ Has Sent a Letter to 10 'Sanctuary Cities' in Possible Violation of Immigration Law
Breitbart - Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed he sent a letter to 10 cities functioning as so-called “sanctuary cities,” which may be in violation of federal law. Sessions warned a failure to respond to those letters could result in those cities losing their federal funding. “Last year, the Obama administration sent out notices that people had to comply with this cooperative language in the law that was passed several years ago,” Sessions explained. “And we sent out a letter today to 10 cities that the Inspector General’s office last year said were potentially in violation of the law involving deportation in sanctuary cities. We expect them to respond. If they don’t respond, they should not receive the grants because the grants were issued on condition of cooperation.” Sessions went on to add the Department of Justice hoped to get a response certifying those cities were not in violation of the law by June.

Judge declares mistrial in Bundy Ranch standoff case
Las Vegas Review-Journal - The mistrial was declared hours after the jury convicted two men of multiple counts, but announced that they were “hopelessly deadlocked” on the remaining charges and defendants…. But by midday, the jurors said they still were at an impasse, and a mistrial was declared. The guilty verdicts from earlier in the day still stand. Navarro set a new trial date of June 26, which is also the scheduled start date for the second Bunkerville standoff trial against Bundy and some of his sons. The six men in the first trial were accused of providing the firepower in a mass conspiracy to block authorities from seizing rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle from public land. Among other counts, the jury was deadlocked on the conspiracy charge, which represented the core issue of the trial…. Federal prosecutors said they still had not decided whether they intend to retry the first group of defendants…. Defense attorneys argued that their clients were peaceful protesters exercising their First and Second Amendment rights against a militant law enforcement presence.

Mob of 60 Teenagers Rob, Beat Passengers on Train in Oakland California
The GatewayPundit - Saturday, a series of robberies took a bizarre turn as a group of 40 to 60 teenagers swarmed BART trains in Oakland. The swarm “commandeered” a train car and demanded bags and cell phones of the riders. The San Francisco Chronicle reports: According to a police officials, witnesses said 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders. The juveniles “committed multiple strong-arm robberies of bags and cell phones,” said a police summary prepared after the incident. “At least two victims suffered head/facial injuries requiring medical attention.” Alicia Trost, a BART spokeswoman, said Monday that seven robberies had occurred — with victims losing a purse, a duffel bag and five phones. Six people were robbed inside the train car, with a seventh confronted on the platform, she said. The attack was quick, police reported, and the teenagers were able to retreat from the station and vanish into the surrounding East Oakland neighborhood before BART officers could respond. The train that was hit was held for about 15 minutes as authorities investigated the crime and tended to the injured.

Maxine Waters Slated to Pay Daughter Another $108K From Campaign Funds for Lucrative Operation
Washington Free Beacon - Karen Waters, the daughter of Rep. Waters,…. is in charge of a "slate mailer" operation for Citizens for Waters, Rep. Waters' federal campaign committee. Slate mailers, or endorsement mailers, involve a candidate or political group paying for the endorsement of another politician…. A number of judges and California ballot measures additionally paid to appear on the slate mailers. Karen Waters collected $65,287 throughout the 2016 cycle to run the slate mailer operation. Karen, along with her firm Progressive Connections, has received nearly $650,000 in payments from Citizens for Waters since 2006. Waters' most recent filings to the Federal Election Commission show that an outstanding balance of $108,952.15 is owed to Karen Waters. When Karen is paid the money that she is owed, she will have pocketed around $750,000 for running the mailers for the campaign since 2006. Karen ran the operation from a state committee called LA Vote prior to the 2006 cycle. The FEC issued an advisory opinion in 2004 that allowed Waters to run the operation from her federal campaign committee.

Berkeley Hit with Lawsuit Over Attempt to Silence Ann Coulter
LifeZette - The Berkeley College Republicans and Young America’s Foundation filed a lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley, Monday over the cancellation of a scheduled event with conservative commentator Ann Coulter — the college cited threats of violence in the decision to cancel. The planned event with Coulter, originally slated for April 27, caused an uproar among liberal students and radical progressive activists living in the left-wing Berkeley community. The plaintiffs say they are suing Berkeley for its “discriminatory application of a policy to restrict conservative speech on the UC Berkeley campus, in violation of YAF and BCR’s constitutional rights to free speech, due process, and equal protection under law.”… "Though UC Berkeley promises its students an environment that promotes free debate and the free exchange of ideas, it had breached this promise through the repressive actions of University administrators and campus police … simply because that expression may anger or offend students, UC Berkeley administrators, and/or community members who do not share Plaintiffs’ viewpoints," the lawsuit read.

Veteran News

Trump Will Sign An Executive Order Creating An Office To Get Rid Of Bad Veterans Affairs Employees
The Daily Caller - President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday establishing an office at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discipline or fire incompetent employees or managers. The executive order, likely to be signed Thursday according to a source with direct knowledge, will create an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. The order “will help the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to discipline or terminate VA managers or employees who fail to carry out their duties in helping our veterans. The Office will also identify barriers to the Secretary’s authority to put the well-being of our veterans first,” according to the text obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The office will also protect whistleblowers who find themselves targeted by management in the course of their disclosures.

World News

An "Increasingly Worried" Chinese President Tells Trump To "Exercise Restraint" Over N.Korea
Zero Hedge - China, which has repeatedly called for the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula, is "increasingly worried" the situation could spin out of control, leading to war and a chaotic collapse of North Korea…. [Chinese President] Xi told Trump on the phone that China resolutely opposed any actions that ran counter to U.N. Security Council resolutions, the Chinese foreign ministry said quoted by Reuters. China "hopes that all relevant sides exercise restraint, and avoid doing anything to worsen the tense situation on the peninsula", the ministry said in a statement, paraphrasing Xi…. A potential risk catalyst is just hours away: North Korea prepares to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army on Tuesday. It has marked similar events in the past with nuclear tests or missile launches…. As reported on Friday, satellite imagery analyzed by 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring project, found some activity at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site last week. However, the group said it was unclear whether the site was in a "tactical pause" before another test or was carrying out normal operations. Adding to the already tense situation, North Korea detained a U.S. citizen on Saturday as he attempted to leave the country. The arrest will be a topic of discussion when Trump hold a top level briefing with Senators on April 26.

The US has issued sanctions against hundreds of Syrian scientists and officials for their role in developing chemical weapons
Deutsche Welle - The Trump administration blacklisted hundreds of employees of a Syrian government agency on Monday for what Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said was the use of sarin gas on civilians in early April. "These sweeping sanctions target the scientific support center for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's horrific chemical weapons attack on innocent civilian men, women, and children," Mnuchin said. The measures target 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), making it one of the US Treasury's largest sanctions announcements. All of the employees have expertise in chemistry or related fields and have worked or been involved in the chemical weapons program since 2012, said a US Treasury statement. The sanctions include a freeze on all US assets and block any American business or person from dealing with them…. The US said the SSRC was responsible for developing the chemical weapon used in the April 4 attack in the rebel-held province of Idlib…. Although the Syrian government maintains that the SSRC is a civilian research center, "its activities focus substantively on the development of biological and chemical weapons," US officials said.

United Nations Elects Saudi Arabia to Women's Rights Commission
Breitbart - Hillel Neuer, director of the Geneva-based UN Watch, expressed his outrage in a statement Friday: “Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “It’s absurd.” “Every Saudi woman,” said Neuer, “must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars.” According to UN Watch, the United States forced a formal vote, against China’s wishes, instead of allowing the normal practice of allowing regional groupings to select the nations on the commission by themselves, in secret. However, the vote was still held behind closed doors, meaning it is not yet clear precisely which countries voted to honor one of the world’s foremost abusers of women’s rights…. The U.S. State Department’s most recent human rights report on Saudi Arabia (largely prepared by the outgoing Obama administration) notes that despite being allowed to participate in municipal elections in 2015, the state of women’s rights in the kingdom remains generally abysmal.

Bomb attack hits US base in Afghanistan as Defense Sec Mattis visits Kabul, casualties reported
RT - Suspected Taliban insurgents set off a car bomb at a US-operated base in Afghanistan, according to officials. At least four people were reportedly killed and six others wounded. It occurred shortly after US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in the country. The attackers detonated the car bomb at an entrance to Camp Chapman, a secretive facility manned by US forces and private military contractors, said Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor, as cited by Reuters.

Economy & Business

The Streak Is Over: Caterpillar Posts First Positive Retail Sales After 51 Months Of Declines
Zero Hedge - On Monday, traditionally just ahead of earnings, Caterpillar reported that in March its world retail sales rose 1% Y/Y, the first increase since November 2012. The reason: Asia/Pacific, also known as China, which saw a 46% surge in total machine sales, up from 39% last month, and the best Asian performance going all the way back to April 2011…. Looking at a breakdown of what kinds of machines drove the global rebound, it was all construction related machinery, which rose 7%, once again entirely due to China, where sales soared by 56% as all other geographic regions posted negative sales…. Finally, looking at the type of Energy and Transportation machines sold, Power Gen[Generation], Industrial and Transportation all declined( -7%, -6% and -3%, respectively), while Oil and Gas rose by 15% in March.

Supreme Court: General Motors Can't Use Bankruptcy To Avoid Lawsuits Over Deadly Ignition Defect
Consumerist - When GM, with more than a little help from taxpayers, clawed its way out of bankruptcy in 2009, it did so with an understanding that the “New GM” had purchased all the old assets of pre-bankruptcy “Old GM,” under the condition that the new company would be “free and clear” from liability for claims against the old company. So the massive ignition recall presented a difficult question, in terms of which GM should be blamed…. In 2015, a federal bankruptcy court sided with GM … ruling that lawsuits could be brought against New GM, but only ones that involve actions of the post-bankruptcy company. Last summer, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upended that decision… ruling that buyers of affected used GM cars were wrongly barred from suing by the bankruptcy court…. GM appealed the Second Circuit ruling to the Supreme Court, but this morning SCOTUS denied that petition without comment, meaning the appeals court ruling will stand, and the various lawsuits against GM can move forward…. The automaker has already paid out nearly $600 million in claims through an independent fund. The company has acknowledged that the ignition defect is linked to at least 124 fatalities and hundreds of injuries.

Science & Technology

>10,000 Windows computers may be infected by advanced NSA backdoor
Ars Technica - DoublePulsar, as the NSA implant is code-named, was detected on more than 107,000 computers in one Internet scan. That scan was performed over the past few days by researchers from Binary Edge, a security firm headquartered in Switzerland. … Separate mass scans, one done by Errata Security CEO Rob Graham and another by researchers from Below0day, detected roughly 41,000 and 30,000 infected machines, respectively. To remain stealthy, DoublePulsar doesn't write any files to the computers it infects. This design prevents it from persisting after an infected machine is rebooted. The lack of persistence may be one explanation for the widely differing results. Not everyone is convinced the results are accurate. Even 30,000 infections sounds extremely high for an implant belonging to the NSA, a highly secretive agency that almost always prefers to abort a mission over risking it being detected. Critics speculate that a bug in a widely used detection script is generating false positives. Over the past 24 hours—as additional scans have continued to detect between 30,000 and 60,000 infections—a new theory has emerged: copycat hackers downloaded the DoublePulsar binary released by Shadow Brokers. The copycats then used it to infect unpatched Windows computers.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Vegetables In 1950 Were More Nutritious. Seriously
Off the Grid News - Most potatoes we eat today have 100 percent less vitamin A than potatoes did in the 1950s. One hundred percent. That may sound unbelievable, but it doesn’t end there. An analysis of nutritional records done by Canada’s national newspaper found that potatoes also lost 57 percent of their vitamin C and iron, 50 percent of their riboflavin, 28 percent of their calcium, and 18 percent of their thiamine. Of the seven nutrients analyzed to determine nutrient density, only niacin levels increased in potatoes in the past 50-60 years. This decline in nutrient density isn’t specific to potatoes. Broccoli in the 1950s had more calcium. Scientific American reported – shockingly — that it takes eight of today’s oranges to pony up the same amount of nutrients that one single orange had in the 1950s. What on earth is going on? Agribusiness is called “agribusiness” for a reason: It’s about making money. And in its quest to make money, agribusiness has developed new varieties of vegetables, selecting for characteristics that impact the bottom line, rather than nutrient density. Cultivars are chosen for their disease resistance, suitability for the climate, maturity rate, high yields, and physical appearance. Plants are growing bigger, but their ability to take up or process nutrients has not increased at a comparable rate…. Intensive farming methods strip the soil of its nutrients. If the soil lacks nutrients, so too will the plants that grow in that soil.

Health

Protests across Europe as countries plan compulsory vaccination
What Doctors Don't Tell You - It's European Immunization Week—but not everyone's celebrating. Protests are being planned around Europe as some EU countries, including Austria, consider making vaccinations compulsory. Austrians are planning their protest in Vienna on May 6th, and Poles are protesting on June 3rd, which last year the Czechs designated 'Light a Candle' day to commemorate the lives lost or damaged because of vaccination. The Italians demonstrated against compulsory vaccination last March, and protests have also taken place in Croatia—where vaccines are already mandatory—earlier this month. The European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance, which is helping to co-ordinate the protests, describes compulsory vaccination as a breach of fundamental human rights. It says that "a number of European countries" are considering making childhood vaccination mandatory. Asset, a pro-vaccine group, does not believe that a compulsory programme is the way to go. The group says that vaccination levels are not necessarily higher in countries where it is compulsory; Latvia, for instance, doesn't have a higher take-up rate than other Baltic states even though parents are legally obliged to have their children vaccinated. Instead, some countries fine parents who don't get their children vaccinated, while others make attendance at school more difficult. In France, two parents were jailed after refusing to have their child vaccinated. To find out more about the protests.

How dental amalgam fillings destroy gut health and cause heart disease
(NaturalHealth365) Mercury – a neurotoxic heavy metal – is so dangerous that the World Health Organization says there is no safe level for exposure. Yet over 180 million Americans currently have restored teeth, many with dental amalgam fillings – which can contain up 50 percent mercury…. Mercury aggressively binds with sulfur groups in the body – compounds that are essential for biochemical processes, particularly the function of enzymes and the production of important antioxidants such as glutathione. Mercury exposure also raises blood levels of homocysteine, a molecule associated with heart disease. In addition, mercury causes an increase of pro-inflammatory cytokines, interferes with intestinal nutrient transport, and depletes existing stores of essential antioxidants that would otherwise be destroying damaging free radicals in the body. …it can also play a significant role in triggering leaky gut syndrome…. Unsurprisingly, mercury fillings have been linked not only with leaky gut, but a host of other digestive diseases – including ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. Dental fillings can also trigger or worsen food allergies and sensitivities.

1 in 10 American adults now have some stage of chronic kidney disease
(NaturalHealth365) In the year 2013 alone, more than 15 million people were prescribed proton pump inhibitor drugs, such as Prilosec and Nexium, as remedies for acid reflux. And with proton pump inhibitors – or PPIs – also easily available over the counter, the actual amount of people taking them is clearly even higher. (So, what’s the problem?) Now, research is revealing a disturbing link between PPIs and increased rates of chronic kidney disease…. In a 6-year study conducted by the prestigious Johns Hopkins University and involving 10,482 subjects with an average age of 63 years, people who used proton pump inhibiting drugs to treat heartburn and indigestion increased their risk of developing kidney disease by 20 to 50 percent. In addition, a 2013 study showed that patients with acute kidney failure were more than twice as likely to be taking a proton pump inhibitor.


Monday - April 24, 2017

On This Day In History:


1800 - The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.
1805 - The U.S. Marines attacked and captured the town of Derna in Tripoli.
1833 - A patent was granted for first soda fountain.
1877 - In the U.S., federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans. This was the end to the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.
1889 - The Edison General Electric Company was organized.
1898 - Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America's ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba.
1915 - During World War I, the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the mass deportation of Armenians.
1916 - Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later.
1944 - The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.
1961 - U.S. President Kennedy accepted "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
1962 - MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time.
1989 - Thousands of students began striking in Beijing.
1990 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.
1997 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.
2003 - A U.S. official reported the North Korea had claimed to have nuclear weapons.
2015 - The Nasdaq Composite closed at a record high of 5092.09.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Trump Frees Aid Worker Held in Egypt For Almost Three Years
Western Journalism - Only a week ago, aid worker Aya Hijazi was marking yet another day in the almost three years she has spent in an Egyptian prison awaiting trial on bogus charges. On Friday, she was the guest of honor at the White House, after President Donald Trump was quietly able to convince Egyptian authorities to release Hijazi, who holds American and Egyptian citizenship…. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump “directly engaged behind the scenes” and raised the issue privately with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Spicer said Trump “made clear how important it was to him” that Hijazi be released…. Trump had become aware of Hijazi’s case in January, and had been seeking to have her released since then, Spicer said. Hijazi had been held without trial for 33 months on human trafficking charges. Although the Obama administration had sought her release, that administration’s pleas were rebuffed by Egyptian officials. On Sunday, Hijazi was formally acquitted of all charges by an Egyptian court, which also released seven other people who worked with street children. Those included her husband, who had been jailed along with her.

Trump Stirs Controversy By Naming Black Woman To Succeed Obama's Surgeon General
Western Journalism - On Friday, a statement announced the Trump administration was continuing to transition away from Obama-era appointees and had asked former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to step aside. “Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, who is the current Deputy Surgeon General, will serve as the acting Surgeon General and assume leadership of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps,” said a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services. Trent-Adams is a graduate of Hampton University as well as the University of Maryland. She has a Ph. D and a Master’s degree in nursing and health policy. However, when the mainstream media reported the changeover, the academic qualifications of Trent-Adams did not make the cut of what seemed important. “Dr. Vivek Murthy - an Obama appointee - resigns as Surgeon General, replaced by deputy Sylvia Trent-Adams, a nurse,” tweeted ABC. The New York Times headlined its report this way, “Nurse Replaces Surgeon General After Obama Appointee Resigns.”

Berkeley Mayor Is Member of Antifa Facebook Group that Organized Riots
Breitbart - Berkley Mayor Jesse Arreguin was revealed to be a member of the anti-fascist group, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), on Facebook. BAMN orchestrated the violence that shut down a scheduled lecture at UC Berkeley featuring Milo Yiannopoulos in early 2017…. BAMN was investigated for engaging in terrorist activities in 2005 by the FBI. In 2009, the Department of Defense classified the group’s activities as “low-level terrorism.” In June 2016, BAMN led a violent counter-protest outside a white nationalist rally that resulted in ten people being hospitalized with stab wounds. Often described as a “militant left-wing” activist group, BAMN frequently engages in violent forms of protests. A Berkeley newspaper noted in 2001 that the group was a front for an “an obscure Detroit-based Trotskyist political party called the Revolutionary Workers League.”

Psychiatrists at Yale Warn: There Is Something Seriously Wrong with Trump
Anti-Media - “I’ve worked with murderers and rapists. I can recognize dangerousness from a mile away. You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend fifty years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.” Those words came from the mouth of James Gilligan, psychiatrist and professor at New York University. The man he is speaking of is the president of the United States. Gilligan’s comments were one of many from a group of psychiatrists who gathered at Yale’s School of Medicine on Thursday. The message presented was that Donald Trump is mentally unfit to be in the White House. Dr. John Gartner, practicing psychiatrist and founding member of Duty to Warn, a group of several dozen mental health professionals who feel it’s their obligation to inform the public about the president’s mental state, says the warning signs have been there from the beginning. “Worse than just being a liar or a narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking, and he proved that to the country the first day he was president,” Dr. Gartner said.

American Airlines flight attendant 'whacks a mother in the head with a metal stroller while she holds her twin babies and reduces her to tears' - then is filmed challenging a passenger to a FIGHT and yelling 'hit me!'
Daily Mail - An American Airlines flight attendant has been removed from duty after a shocking video emerged showing him challenging a passenger to a fight after allegedly hitting a woman in the head with a metal stroller during boarding. The upsetting footage, filmed before Flight 591 departed from San Francisco on Friday afternoon, shows the airline staff member goading a passenger and saying, 'hit me'. The clip was uploaded by passenger Surain Adyanthaya, who explained he started filming after the flight attendant 'violently took a stroller from a lady with her baby on my flight, hitting her and just missing the baby'. Adyanthaya went on to explain: 'They just involuntarily escorted the mother and her kids off the flight and let the flight attendant back on, who tried to fight other passengers. The mom asked for an apology and the AA official declined.’… Olivia Morgan, who was standing in the door to the cabin with her eight-year-old daughter when the incident occurred, said the woman had been looking for a space to put the collapsible stroller. A female flight attendant had given her permission to look for a storage space as it folds up small, but said she would have to check it in if there was no room. But that wasn't good enough for the man, she said. [Read more…]

Official Harvard Guide: Gender ‘Changes From Day to Day’ and ‘There Are More Than Two Sexes’
Heat Street - Harvard University is sponsoring the release of a new guide from the BGLTQ Student Life office urging students to “get the facts about gender diversity.” The pamphlet warns students about transphobia and calls on them to fight anti-transgender bigotry wherever it exists. The guide claims that “there are more than two sexes,” despite the fact that there are only two biological sexes—male and female. The pamphlet, which was attained by Campus Reform, states that gender identity “can be affirmed and/or expressed in many ways,” and that it can even “change from day to day.”… Sex assigned at birth and gender identity are not necessarily the same. Sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, and/or how one is perceived in daily life are not necessarily related,” states the guide.

World News

North Korea threatens to strike US aircraft carrier to show 'military's force'
Fox News - North Korea threatened Sunday to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military prowess as two Japanese Navy ships joined a U.S. strike group for exercises in the Philippine Sea. “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” according to North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party’s newspaper, the Rodong Sinmum. The paper also likened the USS Carl Vinson to a “gross animal” and said a strike on the carrier would be “an actual example to show our military’s force.” President Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson to sail to waters off the Korean Peninsula in response to the rising tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests and threats to attack the U.S. and its allies. Vice President Pence said Saturday that group would arrive “within days.”

3rd US citizen arrested, remains detained in N. Korea
RT - A Korean-American professor in his 50s, identified by the surname Kim, was detained at Pyongyang International Airport just as he was leaving North Korea, the agency said, citing unidentified sources…. If the report is confirmed, the professor will become the third US citizen to have been detained that remains in custody in North Korea. More than 10 US citizens have been detained in North Korea since 2009, but only two still remain under arrest there – a college student named Otto Warmbier and a Korean-American pastor named Kim Dong-chul. North Korea has no formal diplomatic contacts with the US, and relations between the two countries have recently soured dramatically.

France Votes
Breitbart - … almost all of the votes have now been counted in France, and confirm the earlier prediction of the exit poll that Macron and Le Pen will be going forward to the second round. Macron, leader of his own En Marche! party now leads Le Pen by just a fraction of a percent, buoyed after initial good polling by Le Pen who did well in the less populous rural areas that finished counting first. As the final results come in, Macron is showing a fractional lead over rival Le Pen. With 98.9 per cent of votes counted, results show Macron has secured 6,695,461 votes nationally, just under 500 votes ahead of Le Pen on 6,695,099. The figures put both candidates on 23.1 per cent of the national vote. In response to Le Pen successfully making it through the first round of the French Presidential election, so called 'anti-fascist' protestors have gathered in towns across France. In Nantes, protesters carried a banner reading "Not bankers nor racists" as they marched through the town holding flares...
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Flashback: Obama’s CIA Ordered to Hack Marine Le Pen and Other French Presidential Candidates
The GatewayPundit - Wikileaks released documents in February that show Obama’s CIA sent out orders to hack Marine Le Pen and other presidential candidates in France. Wikileaks released their report on CIA surveillance in February. “All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election. The revelations are contained within three CIA tasking orders published today by WikiLeaks as context for its forth coming CIA Vault 7 series. Named specifically as targets are the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with current President Francois Hollande, then President Nicolas Sarkozy, current round one presidential front runner Marine Le Pen, and former presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan.

Breakthrough in hunt for MH370 wreckage could reopen investigation
RT - “As a result of oceanographic studies done by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) and presented to the meeting, a new search area near 35 degrees south was recommended,” Dr. David Griffin, team leader of the oceanographic study, said in a blog post…. In 2016, the bureau commissioned CSIRO to conduct surface current modeling to examine where floating debris from the crash may have gone…. The Indian Ocean has unusual currents in several specific areas, which further exacerbated the problem of finding debris and hampered the search for years. “We had to work out what the ocean currents were doing every day for more than two years,” Dr. Griffin said…. Following exhaustive research, the team’s findings have narrowed the potential wreck site to a 25,000 sq km zone (9,650 square miles) north of the original 120,000 sq km search zone…. The governments of Australia, China, and Malaysia have promised to reopen the investigation if “credible new information” comes to light. Whether these latest findings will suffice remains to be seen.

Venezuela On The Verge Of Revolution As Hyper-inflated Currency Crashes To New Record Low
Zero Hedge - Venezuela, a country with only $10 billion left in reserves to run on, is in trouble. As the currency hyperinflates to new record lows against the dollar... James Holbrooks points out that the people are starving. The government has gone full-on authoritarian, and now desperate human beings are dying in the streets. From an Associated Press report on Friday: “Authorities in Venezuela say 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in the South American nation’s capital amid a spiraling political crisis.” Continuing, the report further highlighted the gravity of the situation: “Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, where opposition leaders say 13 people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence.” These are people without options, forced to turn to thievery to stay alive. And they died because of it. On April 6, The Economist reported that over the past year, 74 percent of Venezuelans lost an average of 20 pounds. Venezuela, incidentally, has topped Bloomberg’s Economic Misery Index for the past three years…. The latest news coming out of the South American nation - aside from the deaths of people trying to steal bread to live - is that General Motors, whose Venezuelan production facility was overtaken by local authorities, has now ceased all operations in the country. To put that in perspective, consider that in 2016, only 3,000 vehicles were sold in Venezuela, a country of 30 million people.

Veteran News

President Trump and Melania insist on personally awarding Purple Heart to Afghanistan veteran (Video)
Daily Mail - President Donald Trump marked his first visit to a military hospital with wife Melania Trump in order to award a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant. Trump said he was so moved by the story of Sergeant 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos, who was wounded in Afghanistan on March 17, that he wanted to do the honor himself. Melania stood by her husband’s side at the visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington, on Saturday. Before pinning the award on Barrientos, Trump remarked: ‘When I heard about this and I wanted to do it myself.’ The occasion marked Trump’s first visit as president to the military hospital. Barrientos, whose right leg below the knee had been amputated, was wheeled into a hospital atrium in a wheelchair, accompanied by his wife, Tammy. He was injured when an Afghan soldier opened fire inside a base in the Helmand province and wounded three U.S. soldiers, reported Reuters.

Economy & Business

Trump to unveil tax cut he says could be biggest ever
Fox News - In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump said the plan will result in tax cuts for both individuals and businesses. He would not provide details of the plan, saying only that the tax cuts will be "bigger I believe than any tax cut ever." The president said the package will be released on "Wednesday or shortly thereafter" — just before his 100 day mark in office. He will face opposition in Congress as the possibility of a government shutdown by the end of the month lingers. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin initially set a goal of getting tax reform passed by August, but that deadline has slipped. Mnuchin now says the administration still hoped to get a bill passed well before the end of the year. Mnuchin on Thursday said economic growth from proposed tax cuts would come close to $2 trillion over 10 years.

"The Retail Bubble Has Now Burst": A Record 8,640 Stores Are Closing In 2017
Zero Hedge -The devastation in the US retail sector is accelerating in 2017, and in addition to the surging number of brick and mortar retail bankruptcies, it is perhaps nowhere more obvious than in the soaring number of store closures. …here is a stunning fact from Credit Suisse: "Barely a quarter into 2017, year-to-date retail store closings have already surpassed those of 2008." According to the Swiss bank's calculations, on a unit basis, approximately 2,880 store closings were announced YTD, more than twice as many closings as the 1,153 announced during the same period last year. Historically, roughly 60% of store closure announcements occur in the first five months of the year. By extrapolating the year-to-date announcements, CS estimates that there could be more than 8,640 store closings this year, which will be higher than the historical 2008 peak of approximately 6,200 store closings, which suggests that for brick-and-mortar stores stores the current transition period is far worse than the depth of the credit crisis depression.

More Top Execs Fired at Financially Troubled Target Corp.
Breitbart - On Thursday Target announced that chief innovation and strategy officer Casey Carl was leaving the company after 20 years on the job. Casey is at least the fifth top executive to leave the company recently, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Despite firing its top innovation officer, Target CEO Brian Cornell released a statement insisting that “Innovation is alive and well at Target.” The move might not be a complete shock considering that as its stock price and profits tumbled, early this year the company abruptly canceled two once highly touted innovation and growth projects aimed at bringing Target into the future of retail…. Carl joins a growing list of top officers shown the door at the nationwide retailer. Also fired in the last two years has been Target’s head of stores, head of marketing, its human resources boss, and its chief digital officer. The scrambling comes after Target suffered three disastrous quarters of sales declines in a row and a loss of over $15 billion this year. The losses came after its April of 2016 announcement that it intended to allow men pretending to be women to use any bathroom or changing room they want to use at any given time.

Energy & Environment

Another Smart Meter Fire-Who Really Is Liable For Damages?
Activist Post - Yet another AMI Smart Meter fire occurred on a Canadian house. The smart meter damage cost the homeowner $5,000! Listen carefully to what homeowner Kevin has to say about a power failure when you have a smart meter on your electric service. It would be wise to turn off all appliances before the power comes back on, as the surge probably could do several damaging things: cause the meter to explode, or catch fire, or blow out and ruin household appliances—or all the above, especially those expensive ‘smart’ appliances that spy on you, which consumers seem to be addicted to, and also report back to big brother. AMI Smart Meters are not built with surge arrestors, as the old and safe mechanical analog meters were. Analog meters took electrical surges to ground, had no plastic parts and were made with metal and glass. Hot sockets occur from retrofitting AMI Smart Meters onto former analog meter housings. There can be an improper fit, which causes problems at the meter ‘jaws’ with hot sockets and arcing. Brian Thiesen explains utility companies declare meters are their property. Try removing one and see what happens. Utilities threaten arrest. So, if that’s the case, shouldn’t utilities be responsible legally for all damages from AMI Smart Meters to homes and appliances?

Science & Technology

More News Sites Say Facebook's 'Fake News' Filter Is Killing Traffic
Blacklisted News - … it seems as though the first confirmed victim of Facebook's 'fake news' crusade may be none other than the Chicago Tribune, a newspaper that undoubtedly considers itself a "legitimate news outlet." The discovery was highlighted in an article written by the Chicago Tribune's own Deputy Editor for Digital News, Kurt Gessler, who noted that a curious thing happened back in December when Facebook first changed up its algorithms to target fake news, namely their traffic crashed…. the typical Tribune post went from attracting the interest of 30-35k people down to 15-20k people in a matter of months. Meanwhile, the number of Tribune articles shared over Facebook that reached less than 10,000 viewers (i.e. the "duds") skyrocketed while the number of highly successful articles, those reaching 50,000+ people, simultaneously plunged. So, either the Chicago Tribune suddenly started producing a lot of garbage that no one wanted to read, which just happened to coincide with the implementation of Facebook's new "fake news" algo, or the media outlet was pumping out content that Facebook suddenly figured to fit the definition of 'fake'.

Google Kicks Off $100 Million Project In Predictive Medicine; Seeks 10,000 Volunteers For Invasive Screening
Natural Blaze - Predictive medicine – or “precision health” as it is sometimes known – is a trend in healthcare that is growing exponentially. Perhaps the greatest indication to date that this is slated to be the future of disease prevention and patient care is a massive new investment by tech behemoth and king of the algorithm, Google. However, in order to continue along the path toward true predictive modeling, there will need to be a group of people willing to be tracked and monitored to a never-before-seen degree. And herein also lies some concern about what the future will look like if all of our most intimate functions are logged and analyzed for inspection by the central computers of Google and the healthcare State…. While many people seem to be on board with employing technology as an elective measure to better their overall physical and mental fitness, one also should understand that it is the merger of healthcare and insurance where the slippery slope might be found.

Friday’s Broad Power Outage Likely Caused By Geomagnetic Storm
Zero Hedge - … a massive US power grid failure was seen across the entire United States in one simultaneous fashion. San Fransisco, New York, and Los Angeles were the three main areas that were hit the hardest. Each of the areas experienced challenges or shut downs in business commerce. Also, basic infrastructure such as communication networks, mass transportation, and supply chains experienced challenges. To many this seemed apocalyptic with analyst citing possible cyber attacks amid mounting geopolitical turmoil across the globe…. I don’t think it was a cyber attack or the Russians, but more of a Space Weather Event. Space weather refers to the environmental conditions in Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere due to the Sun and the solar wind that can influence the functioning and reliability of space-borne and ground-based systems and services or endanger property or human health. Here is PG&E outage map from yesterday’s event….

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

8 Ways To Fertilize Your Garden With Household Items
Off the Grid News - Self-sufficient gardeners avoid the use of pre-packaged fertilizers and soil from the store. But chances are you have plenty of items in your house that can be used to fertilize your garden, saving you money and time – and giving your vegetables a healthy boost. 1. Coffee grounds. Do you start the day with an overflowing cup of coffee? Those dried coffee grounds add nitrogen, potassium and magnesium to your garden — all vital nutrients for the growth of your plants. Just remember that coffee grounds can change the pH of your soil, possibly affecting plants that need a delicate balance. 2. Tea bags. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, tea bags have a very similar effect on the soil as coffee grounds. Remove the tea grounds from the bags and allow them to dry before application. Many gardeners notice tea grounds are particularly beneficial around tomatoes. 3. Egg shells. Your chickens can contribute to more than just breakfast. Egg shells are a fantastic calcium source. After breakfast, wash out the shells and let them dry. Break the shells into smaller pieces and put them in the ground when planting tomatoes. You also can add them around the base of already-planted tomatoes. Tomatoes require more calcium than other plants….

Health

Thousands Sue Merck for Shingles Vaccine “Causing What It’s Supposed to Prevent”
Natural Blaze - Attorney Troy Bouk was recently interviewed by Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins to discuss the shingles vaccine Zostavax, the issues related to its effectiveness and the problems that are associated with the product… In the interview with Cousins, Bouk explained that Zostavax is made with a live strain of the shingles virus and described the complications that are associated with shingles. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chicken pox. The varicella-zoster virus lies dormant in people who have had chicken pox, but sometimes the virus reawakens and produces shingles. The virus often manifests as a painful rash, and can also lead to encephalitis, vision loss and postherpetic neuralgia. Bouk said that the virus sometimes “tends to get into your central nervous system, and then, once in there, it wreaks some havoc by usually causing swelling which ends up with these other medical problems. That’s the situation with the vaccine itself, is that Merck hasn’t warned anyone about those indications.”

This Plant Kills Lyme Disease Better Than Antibiotics, According To Research
David Wolfe - The conventional treatment for Lyme disease is antibiotics, but they often only address the surface aspects of the infection, leaving the disease deep within the body where it’s able to cause more harm. In a new preclinical study, researchers found that whole stevia leaf extract has powerful antibiotic activity against a pathogen known as Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is known to cause Lyme disease…. Researchers pointed out that about 10-20% of Lyme disease patients treated with antibiotics for the recommended 2-4 weeks experience adverse health effects. These often include fatigue, pain, joint aches and muscle aches. In some patients, these adverse effects from Lyme disease antibiotics lasted for more than six months. The researchers noted, “The leaf extract of stevia possesses many phytochemicals… with known antimicrobial properties against many pathogens.” They concluded, “Results from this study suggest that a natural product such as Stevia leaf extract could be considered as an effective agent against B. burgdorferi.”

Pet News

RECALL ALERT: Phenobarbital Pet Seizure Medication Recalled Due to Serious Labeling Error
Dogington Post - Certain bottles of the anti-convulsant, anti-seizure medication, Phenobarbital, manufactured by C.O. Truxton, Inc., are being recalled after bottles containing 30mg tablets were mislabeled as 15mg, posing a serious risk of overdose to cats and dogs taking the prescribed medication. This mislabeled product could expose the consumer or their pet(s) to potential overdosing that can cause severe intoxication which may lead to cardiogenic shock, renal failure, coma or death. Bellmawr, New Jersey, C.O. Truxton, Inc. is voluntarily recalling lot 70952A of Phenobarbital Tablets, USP, 15 mg, to the consumer/user level. The manufacturer received a confirmed customer complaint that a bottle labeled as phenobarbital 15 mg was found to contain phenobarbital 30 mg tablets. C.O. Truxton, Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall. The product is indicated for use as a sedative or anticonvulsant and is packaged in 1000 count bottles, NDC 0463-6160-10, UPC 7 0463616010 6, lot number 70952A, expiration date 11/17.
 


Friday - April 21, 2017

On This Day In History:


1789 - John Adams was sworn in as the first U.S. Vice President.
1836 - General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. This battle decided the independence of Texas.
1836 - The Territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.
1862 - The U.S. Congress established the U.S. Mint in Denver, CO.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington.
1892 - The first Buffalo was born in Golden Gate Park.
1898 - The Spanish-American War began.
1914 - U.S. Marines occupied Vera Cruz, Mexico. The troops stayed for six months.
1918 - German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron," was shot down and killed during World War I.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt announced that several Doolittle pilots had been executed by the Japanese.
1967 - Svetlana Alliluyeva (Svetlana Stalina) defected in New York City. She was the daughter of Joseph Stalin.
1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
1972 - Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the moon.
1984 - In France, it was announced that doctors had found virus believed to cause AIDS.
2003 - North and South Korea agreed to hold Cabinet-level talks the following week.
2010 - An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Preparing Charges To Arrest Julian Assange
Zero Hedge - In a stunning new report, CNN has just revealed, according to anonymous sources at least, that US authorities have prepared charges and will seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for intelligence leaks dating all the way back to 2010… This latest revelation comes after CIA Director Mike Pompeo ramped up the Trump administration's rhetoric against WikiLeaks describing it as a "non-state hostile intelligence service" earlier this week. Ironically, as we noted this morning, Pompeo's comments can just days before the FBI and CIA admitted that they are searching for an "insider" at the CIA (not a Russian) who exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems.

CIA, FBI Admit it Wasn’t the Russians Who Leaked Docs to Wikileaks, Launch Manhunt For ‘Insider’
The GatewayPundit - The CIA and FBI have pivoted from their Russian narrative as they admit that perhaps a traitor on the inside leaked docs to Wikileaks rather than the ‘Russians hacked and leaked’…. CBS reports: “The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems. Sources familiar with the investigation say it is looking for an insider — either a CIA employee or contractor — who had physical access to the material. The agency has not said publicly when the material was taken or how it was stolen. Much of the material was classified and stored in a highly secure section of the intelligence agency, but sources say hundreds of people would have had access to the material. Investigators are going through those names.” Wikileaks has actually admitted that they have received leaks from insiders and NOT Russian hackers yet the media has repeatedly ignored this because it doesn’t fit their ‘Russian hacking’ narrative.

Antifa Terrorist Who Beat Trump Supporter in Head WITH BIKE LOCK Identified as Local Professor! (Video)
The GatewayPundit - Diablo Valley College professor Eric Clanton has been unmasked by a group of online free speech advocates. Utilizing the concept of crowdsourcing, /pol/, a message board hosted on 4Chan, was able to figure out who exactly assaulted a pro-1st Amendment demonstrator . . . Clanton is a professor of philosophy at Diable Valley College. He is known to rant to his students about anarchist tactics . . . What is most amazing about the unmasking of Eric Clanton is the level of dedication and time spent by random Internet users to track down the violent criminal . . .

Nursing Home Owner Pleads Guilty To Spending Medicaid Funds On Strippers, Casinos, Pet Care
Zero Hedge - Johnnie Mac Sells, 52, the owner of a suburban St. Louis nursing home where 60 residents had to be rescued after food ran out and trash piled up, has pleaded guilty to federal charges for stealing $667,000 from Medicaid…. Sells pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of health care fraud, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He could get up to three years in prison when he's sentenced July 25 and he has to pay back what he stole. The Benchmark Healthcare nursing home in Festus was shut down last summer. Authorities said bills went unpaid, paychecks bounced, trash piled up and food deliveries stopped. As AP adds, Missouri health officials in July sought to put Benchmark into emergency receivership. They backed down when food deliveries resumed, but an August follow-up visit found that four residents were not getting medicines they needed for congestive heart failure, epilepsy and schizophrenia because pharmacy bills hadn't been paid. Then in September, the state officially closed the nursing home and relocated its residents. Prosecutors on Wednesday revealed that for three years starting in 2013, Sells stole a large portion of funds provided by Medicaid for Benchmark residents. He used Benchmark's debit card to pay $185,000 at adult entertainment clubs and $15,000 on pet care, $4,500 at casinos and $12,000 at his country club. Oh, and he was also a drug addict: Sells' attorney, Scott Rosenblum, told Judge John A. Ross that his client struggled with drug and alcohol addiction but had been sober "for some time."

World News

'Defeat ISIS and go home': Trump rejects US role in Libya nation-building
RT - President Donald Trump does not see a US role in helping its European allies build a government in Libya. Instead, he told reporters, he wants to defeat Islamic State, after which the US can focus on domestic issues. Speaking to reporters in Washington, DC on Thursday, following a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Trump contradicted his guest’s assessment that the US role in stabilizing Libya would be critical, arguing the US has “enough roles… everywhere.” I do not see a role in Libya,” Trump said. “I do see a role in getting rid of ISIS. We’re being very effective in that regard.” “We are effectively ridding the world of ISIS. I see that as the primary role, and that’s what we’re going to do – whether it’s in Iraq, or in Libya, or anywhere else. And that role will come to an end at a certain point, and we’ll be able to go back home and rebuild our country, which is what I want to do,” Trump concluded. Gentiloni had just finished making a case for US involvement in stabilizing Libya by helping the internationally recognized government in Tripoli establish control over the country’s entire territory.

Putin sends troops to Russia's border with North Korea after China also sends soldiers to its boundary
Daily Mail - The Russian President fears there will be a huge exodus of North Korean refugees if his American counterpart, Donald Trump, launches military action against Pyongyang. It comes days after it emerged that China is also sending 150,000 soldiers to its southern frontier to cope with the tidal wave of North Koreans Beijing fears would flee across the border if war breaks out…

N. Korea threatens to ‘reduce US to ashes’ with ‘super-mighty pre-emptive strike’
RT - North Korean state media has warned Washington of a “super-mighty pre-emptive strike” which would “reduce the US to ashes.” It comes after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington is looking to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear program. “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only US imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas, but the US mainland and reduce them to ashes,” Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, wrote on Thursday, as quoted by Reuters. It comes just one day after Tillerson, as part of President Donald Trump’s hardline stance against North Korea, said the US is exploring ways to put pressure on Pyongyang…. Tillerson wasn’t the only Trump-appointed US official making remarks about North Korea on Wednesday.
Speaking from the ‘USS Ronald Reagan’ in Japan, Vice President Mike Pence vowed an “overwhelming and effective” response to any potential attacks from Pyongyang, stressing that the “sword stands ready.” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis simultaneously denounced Pyongyang’s latest missile launch attempt during his Middle East tour, telling reporters in Saudi Arabia that “the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile."

U.S. Military Commander: ‘Daesh Has Used Chemicals in the Vicinity of Mosul’
CNS News - As the Islamic State’s military position worsens in West Mosul, “so too does their humanity,” Major General Joseph Martin, commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq, told a news conference on Wednesday. Martin said “hundreds” of Iraqi civilians are being murdered by ISIS “on a weekly basis.” And he said chemical weapons were used this past weekend on Iraqi Security Forces that are trying to liberate the city, with the help of U.S. and coalition troops…. Martin said the U.S. military is “still testing” to find out what chemical was used. “But the chemicals that they've used in the past are all low-grade chemicals because of their lack of production capability.

France Hit With Terror Attack Days Before Presidential Election
Paul Joseph Watson - UPDATE: ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. The second gunman is still at large… The incident occurred on the busy Champs-Elysee in Paris. At least two attackers who were reportedly armed with kalashnikovs were involved in a shootout with police which left one officer dead and another injured. One of the attackers was killed, while the other remains at large. Police are searching for a suspect named Youssouf El Osri who arrived from Belgium via train before the attack…. Right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen has vowed to deal with the threat posed by Islamic terrorism, but she is opposed by establishment candidate Emmanuel Macron who today was endorsed by Barack Obama.

Bill Gates warns terrorists could weaponize smallpox
RT - Speaking at a security conference in Munich, the richest man in the world warned that the impact of deadly viruses such as smallpox, should they spread, could be worse than that of a nuclear attack. Gates, who delivered his chilling warning ahead of a speech at the Royal United Services Institute in London (RUSI), said the world should not underestimate the potential threat of lethal respiratory viruses, as they are becoming easier to re-create and spread…. “The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus... or a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu,” he added.

Agricultural mega-merger could make China leading GMO producer
RT - A $43 billion takeover deal that would merge Chinese state-owned agriculture company ChemChina and Swiss-owned seed company Syngenta is expected to turn the world’s second largest economy into a biotech titan. In recent weeks, the deal has been approved by EU and US authorities. Once closed it will be China’s biggest overseas acquisition. It will create the world’s largest farm-business oligopoly, concentrating agricultural power in the hands of the three countries - the US, Germany, and China…. The deal has been strongly opposed by domestic anti-GMO campaigners. In recent years scandals have rocked the country, including one of tainted baby formula in 2008 and exploding watermelons in 2011. The Syngenta takeover conflicts with the Chinese government’s promises to protect national food security. In 2016 Beijing announced that over the next four years the government would invest three trillion yuan ($435 billion) into developing the country’s agriculture.

Veteran News

Judge Finds 75-Year-Old Vet Not Guilty of Illegally Hanging American Flags Outside L.A. VA
Breitbart - Robert Rosebrock initially faced a federal misdemeanor charge because of a VA statute that bans people from posting “placards” or other materials on a VA property except when authorized by the head of the facility, NBC Los Angeles reported. Police cited Rosebrock on Memorial Day 2016 for allegedly displaying two napkin-sized American flags on a fence next to the entrance to the Veterans Park. Rosebrock has gathered with his fellow veterans every Sunday and Memorial Day for the past nine years to protest what they say is the VA’s failure to make full use of the sprawling property to benefit veterans, especially homeless veterans. U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim found Rosebrock not guilty of the violation, which carries a maximum term of six months in prison. The judge found no evidence that showed Rosebrock lacked permission to post the flags or that he even put them up in the first place…. Rosebrock initially faced two additional charges for allegedly taking unauthorized photos of a VA police officer at the gate of the VA facility without permission. The judge ruled in a pretrial decision, however, that the regulation was not reasonable, under even the most lenient First Amendment standard.

Economy & Business

Deutsche Bank Fined $157MM After Its Traders Were Found To Still Use Chat Rooms To Rig FX Trading
Zero Hedge - On Thursday, the Federal Reserve fined Deutsche Bank $156.6 million for violating foreign exchange rules and running afoul of the Volcker Rule, suggesting it was likely trading FX out of its own account in violation of Dodd-Frank. In levying the FX fine on Deutsche Bank, the Fed said it found "deficiencies in the firm's oversight of, and internal controls over, FX traders who buy and sell U.S. dollars and foreign currencies for the organization's own accounts and for customers." Additionally, and stunningly, years after it became clear that FX chat rooms are about the worst possible idea for currency traders, the Fed said Deutsche Bank failed to detect and address that its traders were still "using electronic chatrooms to communicate with competitors about their trading positions." The order requires Deutsche Bank to improve its senior management oversight and controls relating to the firm's FX trading.

Trump Begins Investigation of Steel Imports
Breitbart - President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum on Thursday ordering the Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to investigate steel imports. But he also previewed action on NAFTA. “The fact is, NAFTA, whether it’s Mexico or Canada, is a disaster for our country,” he said, referring to the North American Free Trade Agreement. “We’ll be reporting back some time over the next two weeks as to NAFTA and what we’re going to do about it.” Trump specifically cited Canada’s imported dairy products hurting farms in Wisconsin and New York and imports of lumber and timber…. The investigation will determine whether foreign steel imports threatens national security under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

Here are 100+ brands that are 100% made in the USA
Clark.com - Are you proud to be an American? In a time when so many of our goods are made overseas, it’s nice to be reminded of brands and retailers that sell merchandise 100% made in the USA. President Trump visited the headquarters of Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wis ., to sign his “Buy American, Hire American” order on April 18. When you buy American, you help to keep local businesses strong and support domestic job growth at the same time. These 100+ brands and stores are 100% made in the USA. If you’re in the patriotic spirit, or just want to support an American small business, here’s a list of companies to consider!

Energy & Environment

Pesticide Makers Want Trump to Ignore Proof Their Products Are Dangerous
Sputnik News - According to a report from the Associated Press, Dow lawyers, along with two other pesticide manufacturers, sent requests on April 13 to three of Trump’s cabinet agencies, requesting that they “set aside” the results of the government studies that proved their products to be harmful. The companies argue that the studies on the organophosphates are “fundamentally flawed.” “The industry's request comes after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last month he was reversing an Obama-era effort to bar the use of Dow's chlorpyrifos pesticide on food after recent peer-reviewed studies found that even tiny levels of exposure could hinder the development of children's brains,” AP reported.

Health

Soldiers with early signs of PTSD helped by tapping therapy
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)—often described as psychological acupressure—can help protect servicemen from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they return home from the horrors of war. The therapy, which involves tapping on acupuncture meridian points around the body, seems to stop PTSD worsening when someone is showing the earliest signs of the problem, a new study has discovered. t's been tested on a group of 21 veterans who had sub-clinical PTSD according to standard tests used in the military that can determine whether the problem is there even before the usual symptoms become apparent. Half had the standard treatment for PTSD and the rest were given six EFT sessions before those in the standard-care group also had EFT. Using the same measure that had diagnosed sub-clinical PTSD, the participants were tested again after treatment and all were well below the warning levels. Symptoms in those who had suffered traumatic brain injury had also fallen, and others who had suffered from insomnia were reporting better sleep patterns. The improvements were still measurable three months after treatment.

Doctors Disagree…88% of the Time
Alliance for Natural Health - Get a second opinion, and you’ll get confused. That could be the new motto for a healthcare industry characterized by dueling diagnoses. According to a new study by the Mayo Clinic, nine out of ten people who seek a second opinion after receiving an initial diagnosis from a doctor get either a somewhat different or a completely new diagnosis from the second doctor. Only in 12% of cases did the second doctor simply confirm the initial diagnosis. And this is only diagnosis. When it comes to treatment, the disagreement gets even sharper. So much for “settled science” and “ evidence-based medicine”! Discrepancy of treatment was underscored in an earlier report we covered from ProPublica, which followed a man who was experiencing chest pain. Doctors and cardiologists were recommending an angiogram, a surgical procedure that installs a stent in the artery. Only after speaking to a third doctor did the man learn that his condition could be managed by short-term medication and lifestyle changes. The larger point of that report was that medical procedures and medications are often used by the conventional medical community long after their appropriateness has been contradicted by research. In other words, millions of patients are receiving treatments that scientists have determined are ineffective, dangerous, or both.

You Don’t Want to Know What’s In The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino
Natural Blaze - …the Unicorn Frappuccino® Blended Crème released just today changes colors – the powder changes colors when you swirl, People, and we don’t really know how. Hopefully, it’s just the mixture of liquid that makes this happen and not demonic channeling. But seriously though – No matter what kind of milk used, the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino contains a diabetic explosion of 59 grams of sugar if you order a Grande (medium). That is 12 teaspoons of sugar. We’re not kidding! In fact, drinking a medium sized Unicorn Frappuccino is equivalent to eating an entire pint of Breyers Ice Cream or one pound of ice cream, but it inexplicably contains more than double the animal fat of real ice cream…. To be fair, it appears to be completely free of artificial colors. Unfortunately, it is loaded with sugar, artificial flavors, many preservatives and of course, GMOs.

Pet News

Party Animal “retrieving” certain lots of Dog Food
Truth About Pet Food - Though not an official recall notice, Party Animal Pet Food announces “Out of an abundance of caution, we are retrieving the remainder of these two lots nationwide.” The two lots of pet food tested positive for pentobarbital – a drug used to euthanize animals. Party Animal Statement on Cocolicious: … On April 13, a retailer in Texas notified us that their customer had presented samples of our 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019) to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital. We have requested those results….
 


Thursday - April 20, 2017

On This Day In History:

1769 - Ottawa Chief Pontiac was murdered by an Illinois Indian in Cahokia.
1775 - American troops began the siege of British-held Boston.
1792 - France declared war on Austria, Prussia, and Sardinia. It was the start of the French Revolutionary wars.
1809 - Napoleon defeated Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria.
1832 - Hot Springs National Park was established by an act of the U.S. Congress. It was the first national park in the U.S.
1836 - The U.S. territory of Wisconsin was created by the U.S. Congress.
1861 - Robert E. Lee resigned from U.S. Army.
1912 - Fenway Park opened as the home of the Boston Red Sox.
1916 - Chicago's Wrigley Field held its 1st Cubs game with the 1st National League game at the ballpark. Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.
1945 - Soviet troops began their attack on Berlin.
1945 - During World War II, Allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
1953 - Operation Little Switch began in Korea. It was the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war. Thirty Americans were freed.
1961 - FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC.
1967 - U.S. planes bombed Haiphong for first time during the Vietnam War.
1988 - The U.S. Air Forces' Stealth (B-2 bomber) was officially unveiled.
1992 - The worlds largest fair, Expo '92, opened in Seville, Spain.
2010 - An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The Truth About The Fearless Girl Statue
Kit Daniels - The Fearless Girl statue heralded by feminists, which stands in opposition to the Charging Bull statue on Wall St. in Manhattan, was commissioned by a trillion-dollar investment group that’s part of the transnational ruling class funding third-wave feminism. In comparison, the Charging Bull statue was sculpted – and self-funded – by Sicilian immigrant Arturo Di Modica who said it represented “the strength and power of the American people” in response to the recession triggered by the stock market crash of 1987. But now, with the addition of the Fearless Girl statue, the bull now represents what feminists call “patriarchal oppression,” meaning that Di Modica’s work has been corrupted into a political statement he never intended, and that’s why he wants his statue removed from the spot it has stood for nearly 28 years. “I put it there for art,” he told reporters. “My bull is a symbol for America. My bull is a symbol of prosperity and for strength.” Fearless Girl derives its entire meaning – and its name – from the bull; without Di Modica’s statue, the girl would have nothing to be fearless of. “She’s not angry at the bull — she’s confident, she knows what she’s capable of, and she’s wanting the bull to take note,” said Fearless Girl sculptor Kristen Visbal, admitting that her statue is entirely dependent on Di Modica’s for context.

Jeff Sessions: MS-13 Could Be Designated a Terrorist Organization (Video)
Breitbart - Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued his campaign against the vicious MS-13 gang on Fox News’s Tucker Tuesday evening… “The government of El Salvador has designated MS-13 a terrorist organization. Would it be helpful for our government to do the same?” Carlson asked. “I think so, perhaps. It could qualify for that,” was Sessions’s response. Designating MS-13 a “foreign terrorist organization” would make providing any material support for the group, here or abroad, a felony, and compel U.S. financial institutions to freeze any assets they reasonably believe belong to the group. The determination is made by the State Department and not AG Sessions’s Justice Department, but Sessions’s willingness to support such a designation speaks to how seriously he takes the threat from the gang. “This is one of the most violent gangs in the history of our country,” Sessions said of MS-13. He cited the group’s use of machetes and willingness to kill and prostitute children, as they have done across the United States.

Judicial Watch Sues State Department For Records About the Funding of George Soros’ Open Society
The GatewayPundit - Conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch announced [Wednesday] that they have filed a FOIA lawsuit against the State Department and USAID for records relating to funding, communications and activities of George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. Via Judicial Watch: Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for records and communications relating to the funding and political activities of the Open Society Foundation – Macedonia. The Macedonia organization, part of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, received nearly $5 million from USAID from 2012 to 2016…

New York Towns, Cities Follow AG's Order To Ignore Sessions, Adopt Illegal Alien Sanctuary Laws
Zero Hedge - Via Judicial Watch, Weeks after the chief law enforcement official in New York State issued “legal guidance” to help municipalities provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants, nearly a dozen have followed through with the attorney general’s order to skirt federal law. The goal, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, is to provide local governments with a tool to “protect their immigrant communities, regardless of new federal enforcement practices.” Those that have followed Schneiderman’s directive range from sleepy towns like Newburgh to larger cities such as Rochester as well as Albany, the state capital.

21,000 drug convictions set to be quashed after Massachusetts chemist tampered with evidence
Sky News - About 21,000 drug convictions are set to be thrown out in Massachusetts after a chemist admitted tampering with evidence and falsifying results. It could be the single largest dismissal of criminal convictions in US history. It could be the single largest dismissal of criminal convictions in US history. Annie Dookhan, who has been accused of falsifying her work as long ago as 2004, pleaded guilty in 2013 to the obstruction of justice, perjury and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors said she had admitted testing only a fraction of a batch of samples at the state drug lab, before labelling them all as positive for illegal drugs. Her motive was to boost her productivity and improve her reputation, prosecutors said…. About 2,000 cases have already been dismissed. Many of the defendants have now served their sentences, although some remain in prison because of other charges. Some of them lost their jobs or homes or were deported, Anthony Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, said. "In many respects the damage has been done," he commented. "Justice delayed is justice denied."

Fox News Fires Bill O'Reilly "After Careful Review Of Allegations"
Zero Hedge - According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him. Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter. Sources briefed on the discussions say O’Reilly’s exit negotiations are moving quickly. NYMag's Gabriel Sherman notes that: The Murdochs’ decision to dump O’Reilly shocked many Fox News staffers I’ve spoken to in recent days. Late last week, the feeling inside the company was that Rupert Murdoch would prevail over his son James, who lobbied to jettison the embattled host. It’s still unclear exactly how the tide turned.

Update: Tucker Carlson to Replace Bill O’Reilly’s 8 PM Time Slot
The GatewayPundit - Fox News announced earlier today that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the network after a 21 year run. Tucker Carlson has been tapped to replace the 8 PM EST spot.

Leaked Email Shows George Soros’ MEDIA MATTERS Orchestrated O’Reilly Smear Campaign
The GatewayPundit - Wednesday, Glenn Beck tweeted out a screenshot of an email from the Bonner Group. The Bonner Group is a leftist fundraising Super PAC for Hillary Clinton under the employ of George Soros’ Media Matters. The email reads: “For years Bill O’Reilly has been one of the worst purveyors of misinformation on Fox News. A serial misinformer, pushing many of the most extreme, sexist, racist, homophobic, and xenophobic conservative theories on TV . . . Thanks to Media Matters, O’Reilly and Fox News are being held accountable.”

World News

Hundreds of U.S. Marines Headed To Afghanistan
Anti-Media News - With the US seeking to slow the mounting losses by the Afghan military in the southern Helmand Province, the Pentagon has announced a deployment of roughly 300 US Marines to the province, with the fighters expected to arrive by the end of the month. The deployment marks the largest single deployment of US Marines in occupied Afghanistan since 2014, which reflects the Afghan military’s growing woes in combat. These troops will join smaller numbers the US had already deployed into the area, who were nominally “advisers.” And while officially, the new Marines are also “advise-and-assist” troops that are being sent in a non-combat role, Col. Matthew Reid confirmed that the Marines are always deployed “with a combat mindset.” Given how poorly the Afghan military has done on its own, it wouldn’t be surprising to find the Marines in combat situations. Large numbers of US and British soldiers were deployed in Helmand earlier in the war, but officials had withdrawn them largely in the transition away from direct combat missions. Since then, Helmand has been among the major targets of the Taliban, and they’ve captured large portions of the province.

Revealed: North Korea Could Have Far More Nuclear Warheads Than Estimated
Sputnik News - Recent estimates indicate that North Korea has expanded its nuclear arsenal to 30 warheads, and may control enough weapons-grade fissile material to double that number in about three years. The Institute for Science and International Security in Washington attributes this growth to increased production in plutonium and uranium. It’s a drastic change from previous assessments, as in 1999 the US believed Pyongyang only had one or two weapons in their nuclear arsenal, with the possibility of increasing to 10 by 2020, according to a Defense Intelligence Agency report obtained by The Washington Times.

Trump Tells Congress Iran Compliant With “Disastrous” Nuclear Deal
Zero Hedge - … as AP reports, the Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, and says the U.S. has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on its atomic program. The certification of Iran’s compliance, which must be sent to Congress every 90 days, is the first issued by the Trump administration. However, it appears there is movement towards Trump’s campaign promises, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Tuesday that the Trump administration is weighing whether to effectively break the terms of the Iran nuclear deal, while certifying that the Islamic nation is upholding terms of the landmark 2015 agreement. The administration is looking at whether to continue lifting sanctions the Obama administration agreed to under the nuclear deal negotiated by six world powers. The review was ordered by President Donald Trump, Tillerson said in the letter. He called it an effort “to evaluate whether continuing to lift sanctions would be in U.S. national security interests.” Tillerson said in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan that “Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods.”

Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaskan Coast for Second Day in a Row
Mikael Thalen - Russian bombers flew off the Alaskan coast for a second time this week, coming within 35 miles of the U.S. mainland. The two Tu-95 nuclear-capable bombers, which came within the U.S. military’s Air Defense Identification Zone, were detected by U.S. radar flying northeast of the Aleutian Islands. Although remaining in international airspace, the Russian aircraft would have been asked to identify themselves once 200 nautical miles from the coastline. The U.S. Air Force sent an E-3 Sentry early warning plane from Elemendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage to intercept the bombers and to confirm no other aircraft were present. Reports indicate that the U.S. aircraft flew alongside the Tu-95’s for several hours before they turned back towards Russia.

‘I want to lead France, not Europe’: Le Pen demands removal of EU flag for TV interview
RT - With France’s presidential election just days away, National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen symbolically demanded the removal of an EU flag from the studio for a TV interview. Earlier she promised a referendum on France’s EU membership if she wins the vote. Political interviews in France often feature a combination of the national tricolor and the star-sprinkled blue-and-gold Flag of Europe – but not on Tuesday, when Le Pen visited the country’s TF1 channel. "To agree to take part in this program, Madame Le Pen, you asked us to remove the European flag that should have been behind you," said interviewer Gilles Bouleau by way of explanation. "I want to be president of the French Republic, not of the European Commission, given that I believe the EU has done a lot of harm to our country, to our people, on an economic and social level, with the disappearance of borders,” replied Le Pen. While Le Pen had on previous occasions appeared next to the EU flag, her attitude is not new. One of the 144 promises in her election manifesto is to remove the blue-and-gold flag from government buildings, as well as to ensure that a French flag is always present – a measure that has already been followed by FN-controlled local authorities.

Investors Rage After 3 Billion Yuan Vanish From China's Largest Private Bank
Zero Hedge - Theoretical warnings about risks inherent in China's shadow banking system became all too for 150 customers of China's largest private bank, when Minsheng Banking Corp found itself involved in a 3 billion yuan (US$436 million) fraud case, after it emerged that a branch chief of the lender in Beijing allegedly issued false bank acceptance bills and later secured funds from individual investors to cover up the misdeed. According to SCMP, an accidental inquiry from an investor exposed the fact that the WMPs sold by a Minsheng branch didn’t even exist. When shocked investors rushed to the bank, they found the head of the branch had been taken into police custody and the supposed due payment date had passed…. “If we can’t even trust a big national bank, what other financial institutions can we trust?” Liu Min, who bought 12 million yuan worth of WMPs from Minsheng, said as he waited in the lobby of the Hangtianqiao branch of Minsheng Bank to hear news. Two million yuan of the WMP he invested in is was “due” April 17 but he can’t get the money back.

Veteran News

Donald Trump Signs Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program
Breitbart - President Donald Trump signed a bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program at the Oval Office on Wednesday, inviting influential veterans groups to join him. “The veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for so long, and it’s time that they’re recognized, and it’s time that we now take care of them, and take care of them properly,” Trump said. The bill allows veterans to seek private care outside of the VA system, if they live more than 40 miles away from a VA hospital or can’t get an appointment within 30 days. Trump specifically thanked Senator John McCain and Senator Johnny Isakson for their work on the bill, as well as Rep. Phil Roe, the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. “Some people have to travel five hours, eight hours, and they’ll have to do it on a weekly basis, and even worse than that,” Trump said. “It’s not going to happen anymore.” Trump was joined by Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, who praised the bill…. The extension of the bill passed by Congress authorized the sharing of medical records to hospitals outside the VA and modifies the procedures for reimbursement for private hospitals.

Economy & Business

Study: Ivy League Universities Received $41.59 Billion in Taxpayer Funded Payments and Benefits Over Six Years
Heat Street - Since 2010, taxpayers have shelled over $41.59 billion in payments and funding for these elite universities — around $6.93 billion annually. Specifically, the schools got $25.73 billion in direct payments through contracts, grants, and student aid. A number of these federal grants facilitated the study of topics like “the influence of women’s employment on marriage in Bangladesh,” “ethics in Tanzania,” “wintering grounds for gold-winged warblers,” “urban black men who have sex with men and women,” and the question “what does health insurance do.” The schools also received special tax breaks on their endowments, which equal $119.41 billion combined. Every Ivy League school has an endowment well into the billions, with laggard Brown University at $3.2 billion and leader Harvard’s at $35.7 billion. Startlingly, the eight colleges individually collected more money from the federal government than sixteen states, including Nevada, Kansas, and Vermont…. A number of politicians on both the left and right have targeted the endowments of Ivy League schools in recent years. Republican Congressman Tom Reed, who was a vice chair of President Trump’s transition team, warned wealthy colleges last December to spend more of their endowments on financial aid or lose their tax breaks.

Energy & Environment

Monsanto Tribunal Judges Slam Monsanto over Violation of Human Rights
Sustainable Pulse - [Tuesday] the five international judges for the Monsanto Tribunal presented their legal opinion, which include key conclusions, both on the conduct of Monsanto and on the need for important changes to international laws governing multinational corporations. The judges conclude that Monsanto has engaged in practices that have impinged on the basic human right to a healthy environment, the right to food and the right to health. Additionally, Monsanto’s conduct has a negative impact on the right of scientists to freely conduct indispensable research. The judges also conclude that despite the development of regulations intended to protect the environment, a gap remains between commitments and the reality of environmental protection. International law should now precisely and clearly assert the protection of the environment and establish the crime of ecocide. The Tribunal concludes that if ecocide were formally recognized as a crime in international criminal law, the activities of Monsanto could possibly constitute a crime of ecocide. In the third part of the advisory opinion, the Tribunal focuses on the widening gap between international human rights law and corporate accountability. It calls for the need to assert the primacy of international human and environmental rights law.

Science & Technology

Customer Says Bose Wireless Headphones Are Tracking What You Listen To & Sharing That Info Without Permission
Consumerist - According to the complaint [PDF] filed yesterday in a federal court in Illinois, when owners of Bose wireless headsets use the Bose Connect app on their smartphones, it collects the information about the songs you listen to and allegedly transmits this data — along with other identifying information — to third parties. The lawsuit contends this collection and sharing occurs without the users’ permission, and amounts to a “wholesale disregard for consumer privacy rights.” The Bose Connect app is not a music player. Instead, it’s a companion app that is intended to give the owners of various Bose headsets […] more control over their devices.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Antibiotics the Latest Threat to Our Bees
Natural Blaze - The report raised eyebrows with this note: While most of us know about the harm that agricultural pesticides do to bees, few may know that we also douse our bees with antibiotics. Beekeepers do this in much the same way as some doctors do with humans – “just in case”. In large-scale agriculture, particularly in the US and China, bees are essentially ‘factory farmed‘ and beekeepers may apply antibiotics to their hives several times a year – a strategy aimed at preventing bacterial infections that can decimate hives. […] The practice leaves residues of antibiotics in our honey – a potential health hazard for humans who consume the honey – and, of course, it’s bad news for the bees too.

Health

Baby’s Health Rapidly Declines After Receiving 13 Vaccines at One Time – Mom Accused of Abuse for Disagreeing with Doctors
Health Impact News - A young Georgia mother had no idea that a routine trip to the pediatrician’s office for her son’s 1 year check-up would change her son’s life forever, and leave her fighting the state for custody of her own son. When the nurse-practitioner told her that her son was a little behind on his shots and they would need to catch up, Durenda Whitehead didn’t question the need for the vaccines. She did, however, question the safety of giving 13 vaccines at once. Durenda’s pediatrician assured her that it was fine: I can give up to 20 at one time. Durenda was unaware of a research study published in the summer 2016 edition of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons by Neil Z. Miller entitled, “Combining Childhood Vaccines at One Visit Is Not Safe.” In a press release, Miller wrote: Our study showed that infants who receive several vaccines concurrently…are significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die when compared with infants who receive fewer vaccines simultaneously…. Durenda soon learned that doctors are reluctant to look at vaccines as a cause of harm, and she soon found herself in the hospital being confronted with law enforcement taking away her son because she dared to disagree with a doctor.

Magnesium is 'secret key' to good bone health
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Think about improving the health of your bones, and calcium and vitamin D are the obvious choices that come to mind—but magnesium is just as important, a new study has found. Older people who have high levels of magnesium in their blood don't seem to suffer from fractures, while the reverse is true for those with low levels of the mineral, and they are most likely to suffer a hip fracture. Having higher levels of magnesium reduces the risk of a fracture by 44 per cent, say researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Eastern Finland, who tracked the bone health of 2,245 middle-aged men for 20 years. The 22 men who had the highest levels of the mineral didn't suffer any fractures during the length of the study. Relying on the food we eat to raise magnesium levels may not be enough for some people, such as the elderly, those with a bowel disorder, and others taking medication that depletes natural stores of the mineral in the body; for them, taking daily magnesium supplements may be important, say the researchers. However, having low levels of magnesium in the blood doesn't have any symptoms—until there's a fracture. The discovery is important, and could have a big impact on public health costs as fractures are so common in the elderly, and most also seem to suffer from low magnesium levels.

Dandelion Tea Great For Detox and Preventing Cancer
Natural News Blogs - When we talk about the dandelion tea, we are talking about two different teas: an infusion made from the leaves and the other made from the roots. The best way to get all of the benefits is to put the dried root and leaves into a cup of boiling water (cover and let steep for 10 minutes or longer), strain and drink it as is. The more herb you use and the longer you let it steep, the stronger the brew. In Chinese medicine, dandelion is used to support liver health, stimulate urinary function to promote cleansing, but also for bones and joint health. Herbalists often use this plant’s root to cleanse the liver and gallbladder, and the leaves to aid in kidney function and also as a digestive aid…. It is also believed to help prevent age spots and breast cancer. Dandelion is also beneficial for brain health and acts as a neuroprotective agent due to its high luteolin content. You can also use dandelion greens in your salads since it is very rich in nutrients, vitamins (especially beta-carotene and vitamin K), minerals and antioxidants. Do not forget about the flowering part, which is especially rich in phytonutrients.

The FDA Says WALNUTS Are Illegal Drugs…
BolenReport - Note from Tim Bolen – Bill originally wrote this article in 2011. We are re-publishing it for obvious reason. Trump wants the FDA ripped to pieces, and this kind of FDA “nuttyness” is one of the reasons why. The FDA is responsible for regulating 35% of the US economy. We cannot fix US health care without fixing the FDA. It is far worse corrupt then the CDC… In 2010 the FDA determined that walnuts sold by Diamond Foods cannot be legally marketed because the walnuts “are not generally recognized as safe and effective” for the medical conditions referenced on Diamond Foods’s website. According to the FDA, these walnuts were classified as “drugs” and the “unauthorized health claims” cause them to become “misbranded,” thus subjecting them to government “seizure or injunction.” Diamond Foods capitulated and removed statements about the health benefits of walnuts from its website. [Read more…]
 


Wednesday - April 19, 2017 - Patriots' Day

On This Day In History:

1764 - The English Parliament banned the American colonies from printing paper money.
1775 - The American Revolution began as fighting broke out at Lexington, MA.
1802 - The Spanish reopened the New Orleans port to American merchants.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln ordered a blockade of Confederate ports.
1897 - The first annual Boston Marathon was held. It was the first of its type in the U.S.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation that removed the U.S. from the gold standard.
1938 - General Francisco Franco declared victory in the Spanish Civil War.
1939 - Connecticut approved the Bill of Rights for the U.S. Constitution after 148 years.
1951 - General Douglas MacArthur gave his "Old Soldiers" speech before the U.S. Congress after being relieved by U.S. President Truman. In the address General MacArthur said that "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
1960 - Baseball uniforms began displaying player's names on their backs.
1967 - Surveyor 3 landed on the moon and began sending photos back to the U.S.
1982 - NASA named Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut.
1982 - The U.S. announced a ban on U.S. tourist and business travel to Cuba. The U.S. charged the Cuban government with subversion in Central America.
1989 - A gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa. 47 sailors were killed.
1993 - The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and U.S. federal agents. 86 people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire.
1994 - A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.
1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997.
1998 - Wang Dan, a leader of 1989 Tienanmen Square pro democracy protests, was freed by the Chinese government.
2000 - The Oklahoma City National Memorial was dedicated on the fifth anniversary of the bombing in Oklahoma that killed 168 people.
2002 - The USS Cole was relaunched. In Yemen, 17 sailors were killed when the ship was attacked by terrorists on October 12, 2000. The attack was blamed on Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
2011 - Cuba's Communist Party picked 79-year-old Raul Castro to replace his ailing brother Fidel as first secretary during a key Party Congress.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

There Will Be Blood: Left Prepares For War After Berkeley Beat Down: “Combat Training, Better Equipment, Guns…”
Mac Slavo - Last week Trump supporters and leftist social justice warriors met on the political field of battle in Berkeley, California. Words were exchanged, as were punches. And while an alt-right leader was punched in the face, by all accounts even the social justice warriors admit that they got a major beat-down. This prompted a reddit discussion among the left’s tolerant resistance movement, with many asking how they can more effectively go to war against anyone who disagrees with their social, political, and economic views. The anti-Trump protesters at the rally were ill-prepared for what they came to Berkeley to confront and now they are trying to figure out ways to ensure it doesn’t happen again. In short, as predicted, they are turning to militancy and mob action by mobilizing individuals and groups to attend combat training seminars, acquiring better equipment like baseball bats and helmets, and of course, if things really go bad… guns…. And though they are, always have been and always will be “tolerant” and “peaceful protesters,” many are now discussing arming themselves so they can go head to head with the “fascist” and “racist” alt-right.

ANTIFA Leftist Group Is Selling Concealed Knives On Their Website For Slicing Conservatives
The GatewayPundit - Following the recent violent mobilization of Antifa in Berkeley, the domestic terror organization has begun to embrace violence as part of its message. There is a visible evil to the entity and sadly it is comprised of young Americans who have adopted a violent, Marxist mentality. They are now selling small, concealed knives and are actively promoting violence in an effort to fight perceived “fascism”. Antifa is a fashionable movement for college “progressives” who have been brainwashed by their professors and now the brainwashing has made its way to the distribution of knives and the promotion of weaponized violence. Democrats, with their #Resist slogan, are encouraging this type of behavior and they refuse to condemn Antifa. The concealed knives for sale have since been removed, but the internet is forever and we have captured screenshots of it. A petition was started in February to declare Antifa a terrorist organization. They were throwing M-80’s, glass bottles and bricks at Trump supporters in Berkeley and now they are selling concealed knives to be used. They must be dealt with.

The Most Controversial DNA Test You’ve Never Heard Of
Activist Post - A vote on whether to approve a proposal that would allow familial DNA searching in certain criminal cases has been delayed by New York state’s Forensic Science Committee. The controversial proposal has been sent back to a special subcommittee to “tighten up the language.” If approved, the new policy would allow police to investigate family members of New Yorkers whose DNA closely matches DNA found at crime scenes. Because familial searching has gotten little to no coverage in mainstream media, many people have no idea what it is — or that it’s already being used in California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Ohio…. Though familial searching is already being used in ten states and has led to the arrests of numerous violent criminals, it is not always accurate. “Anyone who knows the science understands that there’s a high rate of false positives,” Erin Murphy, a New York University law professor and the author of Inside the Cell: The Dark Side of Forensic DNA told Wired magazine. Further, civil liberties experts have expressed concern that the method violates personal privacy. According to comments from the New York Civil Liberties Union, “criminal suspicion will attach to innocent persons merely because of their biological relation to a person whose DNA is in the state’s databank.”

Man Who Shouted “Allah Akbar” After Murdering Three ‘Hated White People’
Paul Joseph Watson - 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, who shot three people dead in downtown Fresno [TUESDAY] before shouting “Allahu Akbar” also hated white people, according to police. Muhammad fired off 16 shots as he targeted random people in the 300 block of North Van Ness Avenue at 10:45am… The shooter was already wanted in connection with the murder of a security guard outside a motel last week. According to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, “Muhammad had expressed hatred toward white people and the government. The chief said he shouted “Allahu Akbar” before turning himself into police,” reports the L.A. Times. Prison Planet.com » Man Who Shouted “Allah Akbar” After Murdering Three ‘Hated White People’ Or was the shooter’s murder spree inspired by ‘Black Lives Matter’ rhetoric that has encouraged violence against white people in the name of social justice? Or was Muhammad simply following through on his belief in the “religion of peace” by taking out a few infidels? Dyer said it was “too early to say whether or not this involves terrorism,” although he acknowledged that Muhammad shouting Allah Akbar “could give that indication”.
* Related: Video: Fresno Terrorist Posted Video Prior to Killing Spree: ‘White Devils’ ‘We Will Continue to Bring Destruction, Allahu Akbar’

Suspect in Facebook video murder kills self in Pennsylvania: police
Reuters - A murder suspect who police said posted a video on Facebook of the killing of a Cleveland man fatally shot himself after a "brief pursuit" by Pennsylvania State Police officers on Tuesday, police said. Steve Stephens was accused of shooting Robert Godwin Sr., 74, on a sidewalk on Sunday before fleeing in a car and uploading a video of the murder to Facebook, becoming the focus of a nationwide manhunt. Pennsylvania State Police officers found Stephens in Erie County, Pennsylvania, after getting a tip around 11 a.m. local time from a "concerned citizen" who saw Stephens at a McDonald’s.

Suspect in Washington state mall shootings found dead in cell
Reuters - The gunman accused of killing five people during a shooting rampage last year inside a Washington state shopping mall has been found dead in his jail cell, a local official said on Monday. Arcan Cetin, who was being held on five counts of aggravated murder, was found hanging in his cell at the Snohomish County jail on Sunday night, according to Rosemary Kaholokula, a prosecutor with the Skagit County prosecutor’s office. He had been evaluated by doctors at Western State psychiatric hospital and the results of the mental competency exam were expected at a hearing next week, she said. Cetin, 20, a Turkish-born legal U.S. resident, confessed to police investigators that he had brought a .22-caliber rifle into a department store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, on Sept. 23, 2016, and shot five people. Law enforcement officials said after the shooting that they had found no evidence linking Cetin to any known Islamist militant groups or individuals.

World News

Powerful: Syrian Refugee Tells His Story on How His City Was Gassed with Sarin Poison and Obama Did Nothing (Audio)
The GatewayPundit - The popular conservative radio host Rose of “Rose Unplugged” out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania interviewed Kassem Eid Tuesday on her show. Kassem Eid is a Syrian native who survived the sarin gas attack of August 2013. Waking at 5:00 am, struggling to breathe, pain searing through his body, Kassem realized immediately that he was experiencing a chemical attack. After this horrific experience, Syrians were devastated to discover that President Barack Obama allowed his red line to be broken without consequence. As Sean Spicer correctly noted, even Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons on the battlefield.

Aircraft Carrier Wasn’t Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested
NY Times - As worries deepened last week about whether North Korea would conduct a missile test, the White House declared that ordering an American aircraft carrier into the Sea of Japan would send a powerful deterrent signal and give President Trump more options in responding to the North’s provocative behavior. The problem was, the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the four other warships in its strike force were at that very moment sailing in the opposite direction, to take part in joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula.
* Related: US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula: Yonhap

‘Ready to fight & win’: US marines deployed to Australia amid N. Korean ‘nuclear threat’
RT - US Marines have begun to touch down in Darwin, in Australia's tropical north, as the first of some 1,250 “stand ready to fight” against North Korea amid warnings that Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program is a “serious threat” to Canberra. The deployment will see the largest US aircraft contingent to Australia in peacetime history, Reuters reports, adding that the 25-year annual deployment program was launched by former US President Barack Obama back in 2011 as part of America's ‘pivot’ to Asia. During the six-month deployment, US Marines will conduct exercises with Australian troops and will also visit Chinese forces. The US Marines’ arrival comes as Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop voiced mounting concerns over North Korea’s nuclear activities. Pyongyang is striving for nuclear weapons and “has a clear ambition to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear payload as far as the US,” Bishop said according to the ABC. That would mean Australia would be in reach so unless it is prevented from doing so, it will be a serious threat to the peace and stability of our region, and that is unacceptable,” she added.

U.S. Scrambles Jets After Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaska
Mikael Thalen - Two nuclear-capable Russian bombers were detected near Alaska Monday evening, reaching as close as 100 miles from Kodiak Island. According to Fox News, the Tu-95 strategic bombers first appeared 280 miles southwest of the Elmendorf Air Force Base, inside the US Air Defense Identification Zone. The U.S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 early warning plane to intercept the Russian aircraft. Reportedly, the Tu-95 bombers headed back towards Russia after American jets flew alongside them for 12 minutes. The incident is said to be the first time Russia has sent bombers that close to the U.S. since President Donald Trump took office. A similar incident occurred on July 4, 2015 when two Russian bombers came as close as 40 miles from California.

Mattis confirms ‘deconflicting’ with Russia, seeks political solution for Yemen
RT - The “deconfliction” hotline between the US and Russia is still operational, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters on the way to Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to discuss defeating ISIS in Syria and ending the war in Yemen. Mattis is in the Middle East on a weeklong tour, starting with Saudi Arabia, where he landed Tuesday. He is scheduled to meet with the Saudi leadership, including King Salman, and discuss the war effort against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the bloodbath in Yemen.

Voice of America, Radio Liberty, CNN are tools for US to press Russia’ – State Duma MP
RT - Washington used CNN and Russian-language US outlets Voice of America and Radio Liberty in attempts to meddle into the 2016 Russian elections and the situation in the country in general, the head of a parliamentary lower chamber committee said, urging an investigation. “We are to look into the specific cases of the US attempts to influence the elections in Russia. However, I’d like to remind you, that the agencies in question are parts of a much bigger US system pressing against our country. It uses a wide range of instruments against Russia,” the head of the lower house Committee for Information Policy, Leonid Levin MP (Fair Russia), said at an extended committee meeting on Tuesday. CNN and Voice of America representatives were invited to the meeting as well, however, they didn’t show up, according to Levin.

Up to 2.5 million Turkish votes were possibly ‘manipulated,’ intl observer says
RT - Alev Korun, an Austrian MP and member of the Council of Europe observer mission, said that there is “a suspicion that up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated,” as cited by Reuters. Korun also referred to the Turkish electoral authorities’ move to accept as valid around 1.5 million unstamped ballots and envelopes. “Actually, the law only allows official voting envelopes. The highest election authority decided however, as it were against the law, that envelopes without official stamp should be admitted.” The Austrian official was not the first to criticize the step. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which oversaw the referendum, also slammed the decision, stating that it had “significantly changed the ballot validity criteria, undermining an important safeguard and contradicting the law.” On Monday, the Turkish president responded to the OSCE, saying that he “did not see, hear or acknowledge” their reports, while telling the international observers to “know their place.” The main Turkish opposition party announced that they would present their appeal of the vote later on Tuesday, a day after they called for the outcome to be nullified, citing the use of unstamped ballots as well.

Veteran News

VA To Refer Some Vets To CVS MinuteClinics For Care
Consumerist - Veterans Administration, the VA and CVS have partnered for a test program that will have the pharmacy chain’s MinuteClinic urgent care centers treating some veterans for minor injuries and ailments. The program, which will be limited to the Phoenix area at launch but could be expanded, will still require patients to contact a VA help line. Then they may be referred to one of the in-store clinics for minor injuries and illnesses if the nurse answering the phone deems it “medically appropriate.”… The pilot is technically part of the VA’s existing Choice program, which sends veterans to private health care providers at the government’s expense.

Economy & Business

Donald Trump’s Latest Executive Order Aims To Make Companies ‘Hire American’
Daily Caller - Donald Trump will sign an executive order in hopes of favoring American workers by reforming the H-1B visa program and minimizing exceptions to the Buy American Act of 1933, which requires the federal government to favor U.S.-made products when funding projects. The president is scheduled to sign the two-part order — Buy American and Hire American — after delivering remarks at a tool manufacturing company in Wisconsin Tuesday. The first part of the executive order — Hire American — seeks to enforce the H-1B visa program so it “serves the national interest” by awarding visas to the most-skilled and highest-paid applicants without bypassing American workers who are qualified for those jobs. Though Trump vowed to end the H-1B visa program as a candidate, a senior administration official said the order instructs the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, the Department of Justice and State Department to propose reforms to the program to prevent fraud and abuse in the immigration system.

Science & Technology

School-issued devices allow the Feds to spy on everything students have ever done
MassPrivate I - The Feds, and educational technology (edtech) companies are using tablets and laptops to spy on students from kindergarten through college. Students, teachers, administrators and librarians across the country are being forced to use school-issued tablets and laptops which use educational cloud services that spy on everything. According to a EFF's “Spying on Students” report, more than 30 million students, teachers, and administrators use Google’s education suite of software. According to the report, students are being given Google login ID's with no option to opt-out. EFF's report warns, these device spy on everyone and keep their information indefinitely. Imagine big brother having an intimate and detailed knowledge of everyone's entire education from PreK-12 and beyond. EFF warns, school-issued devices know everyone's name, student ID, date of birth, their browsing history, their search terms, their location, their contact lists, their graduation dates, and behavioral information. EFF also warns, some school programs upload this data to the cloud automatically by default.

Health

The cancer-causing chemical lurking in YOUR shower: Senators urge FDA to ban dangerous toxin used in scores of bathing products
Daily Mail - The toxic substance - 1,4-dioxane - is used in a number of bath products including most pharmacy-stocked shower gels, lotions and even hand soaps. Despite being identified as a carcinogen, companies are not required to list it on their product labels…. Although there are a limited number of studies, research has shown that laboratory rats that breathed vapors of 1,4-dioxane during most of their lives developed cancer inside the nose and abdominal cavity. Additionally, laboratory rats and mice that drank water containing 1,4-dioxane during most of their lives developed liver cancer. Because of this, the US Department of Health and Human Services considers 1,4-dioxane to be a human carcinogen. The Environmental Working Group counts at least 8,000 products on the market in the US with ingredients that may contain 1,4-dioxane. … Now, New York senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling on the FDA to ban it, saying it doesn't have a real purpose in cosmetics…. The senators have also proposed in the new state budget that water providers test regularly for it and two other contaminants found in wells on Long Island or elsewhere in New York, possibly the first such state law in the nation.

Quercetin protects against toxic effects of pesticides
(NaturalHealth365) Research has linked excessive and prolonged pesticide exposure to cancer, endocrine disorders, respiratory problems, birth defects, and organ failure – as well as neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Now, it appears that a plant pigment, quercetin, may help to neutralize the damage from toxic pesticides…. Quercetin is a flavonoid and powerful antioxidant that occurs naturally in plants – and helps to defend them against temperature extremes, toxins and disease…. Quercetin combats toxicity through several different mechanisms. The flavonoid preserves the metabolism of energy, of fatty acids and of sex hormones. It also reduces oxidative stress, protects against damage to cell DNA, and helps support kidney and liver function. In a study published in June of 2016 in NeuroReport, researchers found that the oral administration of quercetin-enriched onion powder for four weeks significantly enhanced memory in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease patients…. In addition, quercetin boosts natural defense systems by activating glutathione – the body’s premier antioxidant – and by increasing levels of paraoxonase 2, a potent scavenger of the free radicals that damage cell mitochondrial membranes…. You can increase your dietary intake of quercetin by eating organic citrus fruits, onions, apples, berries, grapes, and dark cherries. Quercetin is present in tea and red wine as well. Quercetin is also available in capsules and tablets, with usual dosages ranging from 150 to 400 mgs a day.

Antibiotics Increase Bowel Cancer Rates
Dr. Mercola - New research shows women who had used antibiotics for two months or more were at an increased risk of developing colon polyps, which can be a precursor to colorectal cancer. Those who used the drugs for a total of at least two months in their 20s and 30s had a 36 percent increased risk of polyps compared to those who did not. Among women who used the drugs long-term in their 40s and 50s, the risk of polyps increased by 70 percent. Even taking antibiotics for 15 days or more, at any age range, was associated with an increased risk of polyps…. Research also suggests that people who eat the most red meat (in one study this was five ounces a day) have a 24 percent greater risk of colorectal cancer than those who eat the least. Red meat is likely not the problem in and of itself, however; the way it's cooked, and the source it comes from, likely play a role. Grass fed beef, for instance, contains cancer-fighting compounds.

Pet News

Heroic ‘Cat Man of Aleppo’ Takes Care of Dogs & Zoo Animals, Too
The Catington Post - You’re probably familiar with the story of the heroic “Cat Man of Aleppo,” Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who has been caring for the stray and lost cats in war-torn Syria. Back in November, we reported that his sanctuary in Aleppo had been ravaged by bombs, killing some of the cats and a dog. Bombs also destroyed Alaa’s home, and that’s when his family made the decision to flee the country to Turkey. He stayed behind and immediately made plans to open a new sanctuary for the animals. By February, Alaa had found a place to open a new cat sanctuary. Now, in addition to all the cats he’s collected, Alaa even has a bunch of dogs and puppies to care for, too. Most recently, the director of Aleppo’s Aalim al-Sahar Zoo asked Alaa if he could do anything for two tigers, two bears, and a handful of monkeys that remain behind bars there. Sadly, those animals are slowly starving in their cages without any way for a rescue group to come in to get them out. Of course, Alaa agreed to help, and he’s been feeding them and trying to find a way to get the animals to Turkey.
 


Tuesday - April 18, 2017

On This Day In History:


1676 - Sudbury, Massachusetts, was attacked by Indians.
1775 - American revolutionaries Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode though the towns of Massachusetts giving the warning that the Regulars were coming out. Later, the phrase "the British are coming" was attributed to Revere even though it is unlikely he used that wording.
1791 - National Guardsmen prevented Louis XVI and his family from leaving Paris.
1818 - A regiment of Indians and blacks were defeated at the Battle of Suwann, in Florida, ending the first Seminole War.
1847 - U.S. troops defeated almost 17,000 Mexican soldiers commanded by Santa Anna at Cerro Gordo. (Mexican-American War)
1861 - Colonel Robert E. Lee turned down an offer to command the Union armies during the U.S. Civil War.
1923 - Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, NY. The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1.
1934 - The first Laundromat opened in Fort Worth, TX.
1938 - Superman made his debut when he appeared in the first issue of Action Comics. (Cover date June 1938)
1942 - James H. Doolittle and his squadron, from the USS Hornet, raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
1943 - Traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, was shot down by American P-38 fighters.
1945 - American war correspondent Ernie Pyle(44) was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa.
1946 - The League of Nations was dissolved.
1978 - The U.S. Senate approved the transfer of the Panama Canal to Panama on December 31, 1999.
1983 - The U.S. Embassy in Beirut was blown up by a suicide car-bomber. 63 people were killed including 17 Americans.
2002 - The city legislature of Berlin decided to make Marlene Dietrich an honorary citizen. Dietrich had gone to the United States in 1930. She refused to return to Germany after Adolf Hitler came to power.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Microsoft for first time acknowledges receiving secretive request for user data
Washington Times - Microsoft for the first time ever Thursday disclosed receiving a National Security Letter, making the tech titan the latest of its ilk to acknowledge being served with a secret request for customer data. The FBI can compel businesses, banks and other entities to surrender all sorts of sensitive customer records with a National Security Letter, or NSL, without seeking or obtaining judicial approval. The requests are typically accompanied by gag orders that prevent recipients from acknowledging their existence as well, but passage of the USA Freedom Act in 2015 allows those orders to be eventually lifted after the fact if the FBI agrees…. In disclosing the NSL, Microsoft joins other companies that have revealed receiving similar requests upon passage of the USA Freedom Act, including Yahoo, Google, Cloudflare and the Internet Archive. The FBI issued more than 400,000 NSLs between 2003 and 2011, the Justice Department said previously. In addition to acknowledging the 2014 request, Microsoft said in Thursday’s report that it received 25,837 requests for user data from law enforcement agencies around the world between July and December 2016, including mostly requests out of the U.S. and Europe.

Trump has been easing Obama-era gun restrictions. You just may not have heard
McClatchy - With little attention, President Donald Trump’s administration has been quietly loosening firearms restrictions in the United States after successfully seeking the support of gun owners on the campaign trail. His agencies narrowed the definition of “fugitive,” a change that cuts the number of people who’ll be included in a database designed to keep firearms from people who are barred from owning them. Federal officials have also signaled that they may no longer defend the Army Corps of Engineers’ ban on carrying loaded firearms and ammunition on federal lands. Trump signed a bill behind closed doors that killed an Obama-era regulation that required the government to add to the no-buy list people whom the Social Security Administration has deemed eligible for mental disability payments. He signed another one that lifted restrictions on hunting on federal lands in Alaska. With Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, gun rights groups are on the offensive for the first time in years, aggressively looking to push a series of new laws on Capitol Hill and regulations in various federal agencies to ease restrictions.

Bill Would Nullify Obama Plot to "Diversify" Your Neighborhood
The New American - Legislation has been introduced in Congress to defund and overturn a controversial Obama administration decree from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to transform and “diversify” American neighborhoods under the direction of Big Brother…. And the measure would end a “geospatial database” mandated under the scheme to track the racial and income composition of each area, a key element of the scheme to redistribute people based on their melanin content and earnings…. Under the expansive regulations, cities and towns that accept federal money from the HUD would be required to submit to vast federal controls over their policy decisions. For instance, if a community receives an HUD grant, the AFFH [Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Act] purports to mandate costly demographic analyses at the local and regional level to determine whether there are enough low-income and minority residents living in each neighborhood, as defined by HUD bureaucrats. The giant database would include records on residents including income, race, color, religion, national origin, and much more.

Signed Into Law: Montana To Limit License Plate Tracking and Warrantless Electronic Data Collection
Activist Post - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed two bills into law that will increase privacy protections in the state and hinder at least two federal surveillance programs…. HB149 prohibits the use of ALPRs [Automated License Plate Readers] except for specified purposes…. Under the new statute, law enforcement agencies will be allowed to use ALPRs for specified law enforcement purposes only. These include identifying stolen vehicles, locating missing persons, locating individuals with outstanding warrants, locating vehicles involved in homicides or other major crimes, and “case-specific investigative surveillance.” Any data collected by an ALPR cannot be stored from more than 90 days without a preservation request, or a state or federal warrant. A preservation request will only be valid for one year and will have to be renewed for continuing data storage…. HB147 prohibits any state or local government unit from obtaining the stored data of an electronic device without a warrant, unless it has the consent of the owner or authorized user of the device, or in accordance with judicially recognized exceptions to warrant requirements. The law will also allow police to access electronic data if the owner has already made the stored data public, or if there exists a possible life-threatening situation. Any data obtained in violation of the law will likely be inadmissible in court. The bill also includes provisions authorizing the state attorney general to apply for an injunction or to commence a civil action against any government entity to compel compliance with the law.

Steve Stephens suspect in Facebook Live killing, Cleveland Police say
Washington Times - The search for a suspected killer who posted gruesome Facebook video of a fatal Cleveland shooting put authorities in surrounding states on the lookout Monday after police said the man might have left Ohio. Cleveland police allege 37-year-old Steve Stephens, a case manager at a behavioral health agency, shot a 74-year-old passer-by on Sunday in an apparently random attack…. Police said early Monday that Godwin is the only victim so far linked to Stephens, despite the suspect’s claim in a separate video on Facebook that he killed over a dozen people…. Authorities have warned people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be alert for him, and the FBI is assisting in the investigation.

World News

US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula
Zero Hedge - According to a report by South Korea's primary news outlet, Yonhap, the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the Korean Peninsula, citing a South Korean government source. Yonhap reports that in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson, which is expected to arrive off the South Korean coast on April 25, the CVN-76 Ronald Reagan - currently in home port in Yokosuka, Japan - and the CVN-68 Nimitz carrier group - currently undergoing final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise off Oregon - will enter the Sea of Japan next week. According to the senior government official. the US and South Korea are discussing joint drills, which will include the three aircraft carriers and other ships…. While details are scarce, and we would urge confirmation from US-based sources, Yonhap also reports that according to the government source the operation of three aircraft carriers in the same location is unusual, and demonstrates the US commitment to North Korea. Other sources said the Trump administration is demonstrating deterrence by acting on its behalf. "We expect it to be completely different from the previous administration."

North Korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells BBC
BBC News - "We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC's John Sudworth. He said that an "all-out war" would result if the US took military action…. Mr Han told the BBC: "If the US is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method."…. China has reiterated its call for North Korea to stop all tests, and has also called for a peaceful solution. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing on Monday that the Korean peninsula was "highly sensitive, complicated and high risk" and that all sides should "avoid taking provocative actions that pour oil on the fire". On Sunday, Lt Gen HR McMaster, the US top security adviser, said his country was working on a "range of options" with China, the first confirmation the two countries were co-operating to find a solution to the North Korean issue. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would not tolerate "missile adventures by Pyongyang" but a unilateral use of power by the US would be "a very risky course".

MIT Expert, Fmr DoD Science Advisor Release Damning Report: "Syrian Gas Attack Was Staged"
The Free Thought Project - A leading weapons academic, and one of the foremost experts in the field has come forward in a series of reports noting his opposition to the official story in regards to the Khan Sheikhoun nerve agent attack in Syria. According to the expert, the Syrian gas attack was staged…. [Theodore] Postol isn’t your run-of-the-mill adjunct professor. He’s arguably the leading expert in the field of missile fired chemical weapons…. As the IB Times reports, Postol concluded that the US government’s report does not provide any “concrete” evidence that Assad was responsible, adding it was more likely that the attack was perpetrated by players on the ground…. As the IB Times points out, Postol, formerly a scientific advisor at the Department of Defense (DoD), has previously outlined similar inconsistencies with US intelligence reports. Following the 2013 chemical weapons attack in eastern Ghouta. Postol again said the evidence did not suggest Assad was responsible – a finding that was later corroborated by the United Nations…. Postol said: “No competent analyst would miss the fact that the alleged sarin canister was forcefully crushed from above, rather than exploded by a munition within it. “All of these highly amateurish mistakes indicate that this White House report, like the earlier Obama White House Report [from Ghouta in 2013], was not properly vetted by the intelligence community as claimed.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan granted sweeping powers in Turkish referendum vote
Washington Times - If it stands, the vote will mark a rare moment in post-World War II history in which a nation once moving toward democracy seems to have taken a dramatic step backward. The referendum would expand the Turkish president’s power by effectively dissolving the office of prime minister and allowing the executive branch that Mr. Erdogan already oversees to absorb many of the authorities of the nation’s legislature. The Turkish president will be allowed to appoint government ministers and one-third of the nation’s judges and have the power to declare national emergencies and dissolve parliament. Perhaps most notably, he will be legally authorized to stand anew for elections himself for two five-year terms — potentially extending his grip on the presidency until 2029. While state-run media reported Sunday night that roughly 51.3 percent of votes cast favored the constitutional changes, with 48.7 percent voting against, there was some uncertainty surrounding the tally. In an unprecedented and last-minute decision heading into the vote, the Supreme Election Commission had said it would accept as valid ballots that didn’t have official government stamps on them. Opposition leaders, who’d stood against expanding Mr. Erdogan’s powers, pounced on the development, saying it left the referendum with serious legitimacy problems.
* Related: Erdogan says resumption of death penalty could be up for referendum next

Maduro orders Venezuela army into streets
Yahoo News - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army into the streets as the volatile country braces for what his opponents vow will be the "mother of all protests" on Wednesday. Maduro, who has faced violent protests over recent moves to tighten his grip on power, ordered the military to defend the leftist "Bolivarian revolution" launched by his late mentor Hugo Chavez in 1999…. State TV showed images of army units marching in the streets of Caracas as Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino watched. But there was no sign of soldiers on patrol Monday morning in the capital…. Maduro is fighting off the center-right opposition's efforts to force him from power amid an economic crisis that has sparked severe food shortages, riots and looting. Opposition leaders have urged the military -- a pillar of Maduro's power -- to turn on the socialist president. Maduro denounced his opponents as "traitors" and called the new deployment a sign of the military's "honor, unity and revolutionary committment."

'Germany Is a Nation of Immigrants': Employers' Unions Demand Open Borders
Breitbart - Declaring that Germany is in desperate need of migrants, the head of the umbrella group for employers’ associations has demanded the nation loosen border controls and recognise itself to be an “immigration country”. “Germany is an immigration country. And Germany has to be made aware of this situation,” said Ingo Kramer, president of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA)…. The Bremerhaven-born entrepreneur admitted, however, that this was not easy at a time when “there is some unease about migration - at least on the right of the political spectrum, because of the refugee crisis”. But Kramer … warned that the alternative would mean ‘trying to keep Germany going as an economic powerhouse with fewer people’…. A paper unveiled in November last year by Commissioner for Immigration, Refugees and Integration, Aydan Özoğuz, sought to enshrine in the nation’s constitution that Germany is “a diverse country of immigration”. But Historian Klaus-Rüdiger May warned that the demands of the document, which was developed by more than fifty migrant organisations, would bankrupt businesses, pensions, and the country, and would make native Germans second class citizens in their own homeland.

Veteran News

Iraq vet sues Army in class-action suit over PTSD-related discharges
RT - A decorated veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the Iraq war has filed a class-action lawsuit against the US Army, saying he has scant ability to upgrade his "under honorable" discharge given to him as he wrestled with PTSD. Lead plaintiff Stephen Kennedy, recipi