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MAY  2016

Wednesday - May 25, 2016  -  Today in History:

1787 - The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.
1844 - The first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD, appeared in the Baltimore "Patriot."
1895 - James P. Lee first published "Gold in America -- A Practical Manual."
1911 - President of Mexico, Porfolio Diaz, resigned his office.
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 veteran 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.
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 Skilling 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.

World News

Over 100 feared killed as blasts hit near Russian military bases in Syria’s Latakia province (Video)
RT - Over 100 people are feared dead after seven blasts targeted several locations in the coastal towns of Jableh and Tartus, Syria’s Latakia province, according to media reports. The locations are close to two Russian military facilities: the Khmeimim airbase and the Tartus naval base. Islamic State militants claimed the attacks saying via its news outlet, Amaq, that "gatherings of Alawites in Tartous and Jableh" had been targeted. The Alawites is the minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs.

U.S.-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near Islamic State capital
Reuters - A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian militias launched a new offensive against Islamic State fighters near their de facto capital of Raqqa city on Tuesday, a monitoring group and an official said. The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance is the main Syrian partner for the U.S.-led alliance battling the Islamic State group that controls large areas of northern and eastern Syria. Its most powerful component is the Kurdish YPG militia. Aided by U.S.-led air strikes, the YPG has driven Islamic State from wide areas of northern Syria over the last year or more, though its advances have recently slowed. There has been no indication of when a full assault on Raqqa city might take place. A Kurdish official contacted by Reuters declined to say whether it was a target of the latest offensive.

Belgian police clash with anti-austerity protesters at 60,000-strong rally in Brussels
Belgian riot police deployed water cannons to disperse a major anti-austerity demonstration attended by tens of thousands of people in central Brussels. At least two policemen and several protesters have been injured…. Initially peaceful the rally that gathered some 60,000 people turned violent after a group of around 100 masked activists broke away from the main rally and started throwing objects at police and vandalizing publicity boards near Brussels South Station. Clashes broke out and police intervened using water cannons and – reportedly – tear gas. Reports say at least 10 people have been arrested so far…. The demonstration was called by the workers’ and trade unions under the slogan “enough is enough” to protest against what they dub “antisocial” government policies, which cut into the foundations of the country’s welfare system. Unions denounce budget cuts in public services and education, lack of jobs and the absence of social dialogue.

Eurogroup Agrees To Disburse €7.5BN To Greece Which Will Be Used To Repay Creditors
Zero Hedge - Greece has promised to implement even more Draconian measures (which may or may not happen) in order to get money that was already promised to it, while the Eurogroup disburses just enough cash to cover the immediate funding needs of the creditors with a little left over to pay for government arrears, while future tranches will be paid out if Greece complies with its promises (which will not happen), and meanwhile the Eurogroup promises to maybe someday provide debt relief, once Greece ends its bailout program... which will certainly never happen.

Venezuela Banned Guns for Private Citizens Only 4 Years Ago
Activist Post - Under the reign of Hugo Chavez, the government introduced a law that banned personal purchases of firearms and ammunition in an attempt to “improve security and cut crime.” The law was designed to keep guns in the hands of only police, military, and some security companies. At the time, Chavez’s government said that “the ultimate aim is to disarm all civilians.” Shortly after the law passed, Chavez lost a battle to cancer, and bus driver Nicolas Maduro became the new president. Maduro invested $47 million in “disarmament centers” in 2014, where citizens could turn in their firearms without fear of repercussions. This was at about the same time as the government declared that prepping was illegal and those “hoarding” could be detained on criminal charges and when the country instituted a fingerprint registry for purchasing groceries so that they could ensure people only purchased what they were allotted…. It’s interesting to note that nearly all repressive regimes take away the means for the citizens to stand up for their rights.

Analysis of human remains points to 'explosion' on crashed jet
The Independent - A forensics official has said human remains retrieved from the area where EgyptAir flight 804 crashed point to an explosion on board. The anonymous official is part of Egypt's investigative team and has examined victims' remains at a morgue in Cairo. He told the Associated Press that all 80 body parts retrieved so far are small and that “there isn't even a whole body part, like an arm or a head", adding: “The logical explanation is that an explosion brought it down...but I cannot say what caused the blast."

600 tons of melted radioactive Fukushima fuel still not found, clean-up chief reveals
RT - The company hopes to locate and start removing the missing fuel from 2021, the Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) chief of decommissioning at Fukushima, Naohiro Masuda, revealed…. Following the tsunami-caused 2011 meltdown at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant uranium fuel of three power generating reactors gained critical temperature and burnt through the respective reactor pressure vessels, concentrating somewhere on the lower levels of the station currently filled with water. The melted nuclear fuel from Reactor 1 poured out completely, estimated 30 to 50 percent of fuel from Reactor 2 and 3 remained in the active zone, Masuda said. The official estimates that approximately “200 tons of [nuclear fuel] debris lies within each unit," which makes in total about 600 tons of melted fuel mixed up with metal construction elements, concrete and whatever else was down there…. “It's important to find it as soon as possible,” acknowledged Masuda, admitting that Japan does not yet possess the technology to extract the melted uranium fuel.

Putin is Taking a Bold Step against Biotech Giant Monsanto
Anthony Gucciardi - In a new address to the Russian Parliament Thursday, Putin proudly outlined his plan to make Russia the world’s ‘leading exporter’ of non-GMO foods that are based on ‘ecologically clean’ production. Perhaps even more importantly, Putin also went on to harshly criticize food production in the United States, declaring that Western food producers are no longer offering high quality, healthy, and ecologically clean food. “We are not only able to feed ourselves taking into account our lands, water resources – Russia is able to become the largest world supplier of healthy, ecologically clean and high-quality food which the Western producers have long lost, especially given the fact that demand for such products in the world market is steadily growing,” Putin said in his address to the Russian Parliament. And this announcement comes just months after the Kremlin decided to put a stop to the production of GMO-containing foods, which was seen as a huge step forward in the international fight to fight back against companies like Monsanto. Using the decision as a launch platform, it’s clear that Russia is now positioning itself as a dominant force in the realm of organic farming.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

“Did We Go to War?” Indiana Residents Stunned by Military Drill
Paul Joseph Watson - Residents of Beech Grove, Indiana, thought that war had broken out last night after the Marion County police dispatch was flooded with 911 calls from panicked residents confused about a military drill. Callers reported explosions, gunshots and the sound of low-flying helicopters as a simulated raid on the old St. Francis hospital got underway. Residents were “upset about the drills,” according to Fox 59, many of whom say they didn’t receive a knock on the door warning them about the exercises. Startled locals took to Twitter to express their shock. “Did we go to war and no one mention it?” asked Mary Graham. “We’re sorry people were startled,” Beech Grove Police Capt. Robert Mercuri told the Indianapolis Star. “We hope they understand that the city of Beech Grove was trying to help the people who protect us everyday.” Controversy over military drills taking place near populated areas has been raging for years, with many concerned about a blurring of the lines between the military and domestic law enforcement.

Justice Dept. seeking death penalty in Charleston church massacre case
Fox News - The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday. Roof is awaiting trial on federal hate crime charges in connection with the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church, which contributed to a national conversation about race relations and also led to the removal of a Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina Statehouse. Roof is also charged with nine counts of murder in state court, and South Carolina prosecutors have already announced plans to seek the death penalty when he stands trial next year. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson has said she wants her case to be tried first.

Hawaii Considers Gun Owner Registry For Firearm Confiscations
Kit Daniels - Hawaii wants to become the first state to register gun owners into a federal database – and expects other states to follow its lead, despite the Second Amendment. Under a bill proposed by Sen. Will Espero, Hawaii would enter gun owners into an FBI database available to local police. The FBI already has a similar database for people in “positions in trust,” such as school teachers and other public officials, but Hawaii would be the first to enter gun owners into a database. “I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database,” firearm instructor Jerry Ilo told AP. “It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them.” “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.” His fear is not unfounded; New York City already had a similar registry in place which was used by police to confiscate firearms. After N.Y. passed the SAFE Act in 2013, the NYPD sent out notices to registered gun owners demanding they give up their guns.

U.S. judge rules Bill Cosby must stand trial on sexual assault charges
Reuters - A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ordered 'entertainer' Bill Cosby to stand trial on sexual assault charges over allegations that he drugged and assaulted a woman in 2004. The ruling came after a preliminary hearing that Cosby attended in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in which witnesses testified about statements that Cosby and his accuser, Andrea Constand, gave to police in 2005. Constand, a former basketball coach at Cosby's Temple University alma mater, is the only woman whose accusations of sexual assault have resulted in criminal charges against Cosby.

TSA security chief removed from position over “mismanagement”
RT - The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has removed its head of security from his post following a US House of Representatives hearing earlier this month. The Oversight Committee met on May 12 to discuss long lines at airport security checkpoints and criticized the TSA for paying out more than $90,000 in bonuses and awards to head of security, Assistant Administrator Kelly Hoggan over a 13-month period. Hoggan’s dismissal was confirmed by the Oversight Committee on Twitter Monday night. TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger had been questioned by the committee about why Hoggan was awarded such bonuses when waiting times in security lines were not improving. He was also quizzed on retaliatory techniques used by management against whistleblowers.

Election News

Trump Wins Washington State Primary
Breitbart - Los Angeles (AFP) – Donald Trump, the last Republican standing in the 2016 US presidential race, took a major step toward clinching the party’s nomination with a victory Tuesday in the Washington state primary…. He had amassed 1,189 delegates prior to Washington state, according to a CNN tally, just 48 delegates short of the 1,237 needed for the nomination. Washington has 44 delegates up for grabs. Trump will therefore cross the threshold and clinch the nomination on June 7, when California and four other states vote on the final day of the Republican primary contest.
* Related: Washington Presidential Caucus and Primary Results

FNC’s Cameron: Shot Fired, Fire Thrown at Mounted Police During Anti-Trump NM Protests
Breitbart - On Tuesday’s “Special Report,” Fox News Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron reported that during protests against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s rally in New Mexico, “there was a shot fired. There was a bullet that shattered a glass window of this facility. At one point, a vendor, with Trump t-shirts and hats had his table overturned and someone tried to set that on fire. At another time, there was fire ‘thrown’ at some the mounted police who were trying to control the crowd.”

Game On: Trump Targets Clinton over Vince Foster, Whitewater
Breitbart - Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, in a recent interview, brought up former White House aide Vincent Foster’s suspicious death, among other scandals surrounding Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s. “It’s the one thing with her, whether it’s Whitewater or whether it’s Vince Foster or whether it’s Benghazi. It’s always a mess with Hillary,” Trump reportedly said in a recent interview, bringing up Foster’s suicide. Foster was a former White House aide and friend of Hillary Clinton. Trump recently said the circumstances around Foster’s death seemed “fishy,” and allegations of foul play are “very serious.” “He knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide,” Trump stated. Foster was discovered in a Virginia park on July 20, 1993, with a fatal bullet wound. Two investigations into Foster’s death yielded the same conclusion: suicide. However, newly discovered evidence increased belief that foul play was involved and resulted in an alleged coverup.
* Related: CNN Lashes Out At Trump Over Vince Foster "Conspiracy", Rushes To Hillary's Defense

Vince Foster ‘suicide’ shocker: 2nd wound documented
WND 2/28/2016 - The smoking-gun information comes from two documents: a two-page letter of resignation and a 31-page memo both written by Starr’s lead prosecutor, Miguel Rodriguez. Rodriguez refers in his letter to photographs showing a wound on Foster’s neck – a wound that did not exist according to accounts in Starr’s official government report. The obvious questions: How could a suicide victim be found with two wounds – a .38-caliber gunshot into the mouth that exited through his head and another wound on the right side of his neck that one of the paramedics described as a small-caliber bullet hole? And why would the government investigators go to great lengths to cover it up? Another question some will be asking is about Hillary Clinton’s embattled presidential run. Can it survive renewed scrutiny into one of the darkest clouds that hovered over her husband’s administration – especially considering her close friendship with Foster and the fact that her aides were seen rifling through files in Foster’s White House office just hours after his body was found?

Democratic presidential candidate Sanders seeks recount in Kentucky
Reuters - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Tuesday requested a recount in the close Kentucky presidential primary against front-runner Hillary Clinton, state election officials said on Tuesday. The recanvass will take place at all 120 county boards of election on Thursday, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes. Clinton won Kentucky by just 1,924 votes, according to the unofficial totals posted on the secretary of state's elections page.

Ohio violated voting rights by reducing early voting - U.S. judge
Reuters - A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Ohio violated voters' rights in 2014 by cutting the number of days in which people were allowed to cast early ballots to 28 from 35. Judge Michael Watson of U.S. District Court in Columbus ordered Ohio to reinstate the 35-day period and also to grant residents a week-long opportunity to register and cast a ballot at the same time - a period known as "Golden Week." If the ruling stands, voters in Ohio will be able to vote a full 35 days before the general election on Nov. 8.

Veteran News

Head of US Vets’ Affairs: Long Hospital Wait Times Like Lines at Disneyland
Sputnik News - Democrats and Republicans alike lambasted Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald after he made comments likening the prolonged waiting times at veteran’s medical centers in California to waiting in line at the Happiest Place on Earth. "When you go to Disneyland, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line?" McDonald asked in an interview on Monday. "What’s important? What’s important is: What’s your satisfaction with the experience?" Jeff Miller, the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs released a statement Monday saying, "There is nothing amusing about VA’s performance over the past few years, and comparing VA wait times to those of an amusement park is just plain wrong. Wait times are of critical importance to the veterans waiting for VA medical care and they should be to Sec. Bob McDonald as well."

Energy & Environment

Armageddon drones: Radiation-detecting UAVs to trial at notorious Nevada nuke desert
RT - The scorched moonscape of Nevada’s former nuclear test site will be used for drone radiation detection trials, as the US ramps up an emergency response program in case of a Fukushima-like meltdown or attack on its territory. Two ‘Sandstorm’ drones will be tested at the site for operation in the event of large scale nuclear contamination. The state-of-the art drones have been bought by National Security Technologies (NSTec), who run the Nevada National Security Site, formerly the infamous Nevada Test Site or ‘Proving Grounds’.

Michigan declares energy emergency as gas shortage looms over holiday weekend
RT - Michigan is rolling out a convoy of gasoline trucks as the state braces for a possible fuel shortage over the upcoming holiday weekend. The governor has declared an energy emergency, extending truckers’ work hours to ensure gas supplies…. The governor cited the shutdown of a fuel pipeline in Wisconsin and an unplanned outage of the Marathon refinery in Detroit as the two main reasons for the State of Energy Emergency in Michigan.

Science & Technology

A Shocking NBC News Report Says That Someday We Will Be Microchipping All Of Our Children
Economic Collapse - Would you allow microchips to be surgically implanted in your children if that would keep them safer? This is already being done to pets on a widespread basis, and a shocking local NBC News report is promoting the idea that if it is good for our pets, then we should be doing it to our children as well. As you will see below, the report even puts a guilt trip on parents by asking them this question: “How far would you go to keep your children secure?” Of course most parents very much want to keep their children safe, and a microchip would enable authorities to track them down if they were lost or stolen. But is this really a good idea? And where is all of this technology eventually leading?

Israeli Start-up to Provide DHS With Facial Recognition Tech That Digs Up Character Traits
Activist Post - The Washington Post reports: Faception said it’s already signed a contract with a homeland security agency to help identify terrorists. The company said its technology also can be used to identify everything from great poker players to extroverts, pedophiles, geniuses and white collar-criminals. “We understand the human much better than other humans understand each other,” said Faception chief executive Shai Gilboa. “Our personality is determined by our DNA and reflected in our face. It’s a kind of signal.” Faception has built 15 different classifiers, which Gilboa said evaluate with 80 percent accuracy certain traits. The start-up is pushing forward, seeing tremendous power in a machine’s ability to analyze images…. Faception chief executive Shai Gilboa admits that dangers lie in the computer system’s imperfections. This leads one to wonder if simple characteristics like a beard or a scar could lead to someone being labeled a terrorist. And if that person is labeled a terrorist, what then follows?

Expert Warns Facebook Could Be Eavesdropping Through Your Phone
Breitbart - Facebook could be tapping into not just users personal information, interests, and online habits but also your private conversations, a new report has revealed. Facebook admits that it “uses your microphone to identify the things you’re listening to or watching, based on the music and TV matches we’re able to identify.” However, some experts believe that Facebook is not being fully transparent. Once the microphone feature is enabled, Facebook can listen in to your private conversation, even when one is not actively engaging with the app. The feature listens for particular buzz words, which enable the site to weave the content that appears on news feeds to suit users’ personal interests.


Horseradish Contains Compounds Which Remove Cancer From The Body
Natural Blaze - Horseradish (Cochlearia armoracia) is a natural antibacterial which contains compounds that could help detoxify and eliminate cancer-causing compounds in the body, a study has shown. The cancer-fighting compound, known as glucosinolates, undergoes a series of chemical reactions that activates enzymes involved in the detoxification of cancer-causing molecules. Health-supportive molecules like glucosinolates are concentrated in these horseradish greens in the same way that they are concentrated in the leaves of the plants. Even within individual prostate cells, glucosinolates beneficially influence the metabolism of hormones, which may explain why a higher consumption of mustard family vegetables is associated with a lower risk for prostate cancer.

Spinach Helps Protect Eyes from Macular Degeneration
Green Med Info - Japanese researchers tested the notion that ones dietary habits could significantly change our macular pigment density. So they recruited 11 healthy people and tested 22 eyes. They were non-smokers, aged between 21 and 45 years old. The researchers gave the subjects testing for the health of their macula and their macular pigment densities. They also gave them blood tests and general eye exams. ,Then they had the subjects eat 75 grams of frozen spinach each day for two months. The 75 grams of frozen spinach was tested and contained 10 mg of lutein – the sister carotenoid with zeaxanthin. They also gave the subjects food frequency questionnaires to measure the rest of their diets. The researchers found that the eyesight of the subjects was improved – measured as visual acuity. They also found their macular pigment densities were significantly increased. These improvements were seen at both one month and two months after the spinach regimen began. They confirmed the relationship between the lutein by seeing increased blood levels of lutein among the subjects.

Tuesday - May 24, 2016  -  Today 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.
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?"
1863 - Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attacked a U.S. Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri.
1883 - After 14 years of construction the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.
1931 - B&O Railroad began service with the first passenger train to have air conditioning throughout. The run was between NYC and Washington, DC.
1961 - The Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
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.

World News

Over 100 feared killed as blasts hit near Russian military bases in Syria’s Latakia province (Video)
RT - Over 100 people are feared dead after seven blasts targeted several locations in the coastal towns of Jableh and Tartus, Syria’s Latakia province, according to media reports. The locations are close to two Russian military facilities: the Khmeimim airbase and the Tartus naval base. Islamic State militants claimed the attacks saying via its news outlet, Amaq, that "gatherings of Alawites in Tartous and Jableh" had been targeted. The Alawites is the minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs.

U.S. lifts arms ban on old foe Vietnam as China tensions simmer
RT - The United States announced a complete end to its arms embargo on Vietnam on Monday, a historic step that draws a line under the two countries' earlier enmity and underscores their shared concerns about China's growing military clout…. Vietnam, which borders China, is a key part of that strategy amid worries about Beijing's assertiveness and sovereignty claims to 80 percent of the South China Sea. The decision to lift the arms trade ban suggested such concerns outweighed arguments that Vietnam had not done enough to improve its human rights record and Washington would lose leverage for reforms. Obama told a joint news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang that disputes in the South China Sea should be resolved peacefully and not by whoever "throws their weight around." But he insisted the arms embargo shift was not linked to China.

French fuel crisis: 1,600 gas stations running empty as workers strike, block supplies
RT - About 1,600 petrol stations across France are running out of fuel as employees go on strike and stage a petrol blockade across the country in response to recent changes to labor laws. French Transport Minister Alain Vidalies said on Monday that 800 petrol stations were out of fuel and a further 800 were running low. Six out of eight oil refineries are currently blocked, and five out of around 100 fuel depots are also affected. Panic is spreading among motorists with long queues forming at petrol stations over the weekend, as drivers desperately tried to fill up their tanks…. The unionists, meanwhile, are showing no sign of planning to stop the strike.

Wilders: Brexit Britain Will ‘Liberate Europe’ From EU ‘Monster’
Breitbart - Speaking to Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, Eurosceptic and counter-Islamification campaigner Mr. Wilders said Britain would lead by example by voting to leave the European Union, and in doing so would “liberate Europe” for the second time in a century, making clear reference to Britain’s key role in resisting German expansionism during the Second World War. Mr. Wilders said: “Like in the 1940s, once again Britain could help liberate Europe from another totalitarian monster, this time called ‘Brussels’. Again, we could be saved by the British… If people see that a country can leave, and the lights do not go out, there is not a war, and a country does not go bankrupt, but even flourishes. If Britain proves that this theory can become a reality, it would have an enormous effect.”

Venezuela is collapsing and the military just got involved
SBS News - The president, outnumbered by opposition parties, faces violent protests and a push for new elections. A March poll showed more than 60% of Venezuelans think Mr Maduro should resign or be removed. It was against this backdrop that the Defence Minister appeared on state television this week. "Venezuela is threatened," he said. "This is the first time we are carrying out an exercise of this nature in the country. In terms of national reach, it's going to be in every strategic region." The statement came after the United States – somewhat provocatively – declared Venezuela a national security threat and sanctioned officials they claimed were responsible for corruption and human rights abuses. US Prosecutors have also charged a number of former officials with trafficking cocaine. President Maduro claims this is evidence of an attempted coup, citing the threat of a US attack when he declared a state of emergency. National security provisions now allow the government to impose tougher security measures, take control of basic goods and services, and distribute and sell food.

World’s 16 biggest banks, including RBC, ordered to face Libor lawsuits in ruling court warns could ruin them
Financial Post - Sixteen of the world’s largest banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. must face antitrust lawsuits accusing them of hurting investors who bought securities tied to Libor by rigging an interest-rate benchmark.... The appellate judges reversed a lower-court ruling on one issue... while sending the cases back for the judge to consider another issue: whether the plaintiffs are the proper parties to sue, in part because their claims, if successful, provide for triple damages that could overwhelm the banks.... Bank of America Corp., HSBC Holdings Plc, Barclays Plc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Royal Bank of Canada and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc are also among the banks sued in Manhattan. About a dozen firms have paid almost US$9 billion in fines to resolve government investigations around the world into rigging of the key benchmark.... The ruling by a three-judge panel opens the possibility the banks may have to pay billions more.
* Related: Deutsche Bank Slides After Mortgage Probe Unveiled; Admission It Rigged Stocks

Thieves steal $13mn from Japanese ATMs in just 3 hours
RT - The thieves worked together to withdraw the huge sum of money in coordinated withdrawals at 1,400 convenience store ATMs throughout Tokyo and 16 other prefectures, police said, as cited by Kyodo News. Using forged credit cards containing account details illegally obtained from Standard Bank in South Africa, around 100 different people are believed to have made a single withdrawal of 100,000 yen (US$913) – the maximum allowed by cash machines – in each of the 14,000 transactions attempted. The withdraws took just three hours to complete, with the first one made just after 5am on May 15, and the last made just before 8am, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported. All of the ATMs were located at 7-Eleven stores.... Police are currently examining CCTV footage to identify the suspects, and have asked South African authorities to investigate how the credit card information was obtained.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Stunner! Obama names transgender to faith post - President Obama has appointed a transgender man to a prominent faith advisory position, sparking a flood of outrage from conservatives. His recent announcement named Barbara Satin to be a member of the president’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Obama ‘confident’ TPP will be ratified in US despite intense opposition
RT - Even though ratification of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has stalled in the US, President Barack Obama said he’s still “confident” the trade deal will earn the support of Congress. "I remain confident we are going to get it done, and the reason I’m confident is because it is the right thing to do. It’s good for the country, it’s good for America, it’s good for the region, it’s good for the world," Obama said during a joint press conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi. Leaders signed the 12-nation TPP, which includes the US and Vietnam as members, back in February, but it still requires ratification from each country’s lawmakers before it can go into effect. That process has stumbled, though, as public outcry against international trade deals increases. In the US in particular, all three major-party presidential candidates have come out against the deal.

John Koskinen will not appear at IRS impeachment hearing
Politico - Koskinen won’t be there, the IRS says in a statement, because he was not given enough notice of the hearing, which was scheduled a little over a week ago.... "When the committee announced this hearing, he was returning from China after meeting with tax administrators of 43 nations,” the statement reads. “The committee’s quick timetable left him without the time to fully prepare for Tuesday’s hearing. In addition, he also has been preparing for a previous commitment to appear before a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Wednesday.” A staffer on the tax-writing committee noted that Koskinen wasn’t required to attend its hearing this week but chose to.“The Ways and Means subcommittee initially requested that Richard Weber, the IRS criminal investigation chief, testify,” said the Republican aide. “Commissioner Koskinen insisted he attend alongside Mr. Weber.”

Republican House Panel Backs Bill Reducing Free and Low-Cost Meals for School Children
AllGov - Fewer students would receive free and reduced-price meals at school under legislation that Republicans pushed through a House committee Wednesday. On a vote of 20-14, the Education and Workforce Committee backed the bill, which would scale back the number of schools in which all students receive free or reduced-price meals. The measure would allow a trial period of so-called block grants for school meals in three states — meaning those states would no longer receive unlimited federal dollars for students who qualify for the free and reduced-price lunches, and states wouldn't have to follow most federal nutrition standards.

Freddie Gray Arresting Officer Edward Nero Found Not Guilty On All Charges
CBS News - Nero waived his right to a trial by jury. His bench trial began May 12 and final arguments were heard Thursday…. Gray, a 25-year-old black man from the Sandtown area of Baltimore, died on April 19, 2015 of a spinal cord injury he sustained while in police custody. His death set off more than a week of protests followed by looting, rioting and arson that prompted a citywide curfew. According to WJZ’s Mike Schuh, who was outside the courthouse, there was a huge “roar of disapproval” that came from the protesters outside…. Nero is one of six officers who was charged in relation to Gray’s death, and the second to be tried. Officer William Porter’s trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in December…. Four other officers — Officer Garrett Miller, Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White and Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. — have not yet been tried.

Ohio House Committee Passes Bill to Curb “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture; Close Federal Loophole
Tenth Amendment Center - Last week, an Ohio House committee passed a bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most cases. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds. Rep. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) and Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr. (R-Cincinnati), along with 17 cosponsors, introduced HB347 on last fall. The legislation would require a criminal conviction before proceeding with asset forfeiture in the majority of cases…. The committee passed the amended version of HB347 9-4. It will now move to the full House for further consideration. The bill also almost completely closes a loophole that allows prosecutors to bypass more stringent state asset forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the federal government under its Equitable Sharing forfeiture program.

Texas Town Makes Unexpected Move In Response To Atheist Group's Demand To Take Down Cross
Western Journalism - A Texas community responded to an atheist group’s demand to take down a cross in its public park.... The Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened to sue the City of Port Neches unless the cross was taken down. Port Neches city council decided to take a different tack, selling a 20′ x 20′ parcel to the First United Methodist Church for $100. The 10-foot cement cross has stood in Riverfront Park for over 45 years, Christian News Network reported.... The city council of Port Neches followed precedent from lawsuits brought against crosses being displayed on public lands. In 2014, Congress authorized the transfer of the land where San Diego’s Mount Soledad Cross stands to the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial Association. Additionally, in 2012 the land surrounding cross on Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve was transferred to a nearby Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Mother lets son drive golf cart at resort, gets jailed for child abuse
McClatchy DC - On the second day of her dream vacation on exclusive Bald Head Island in North Carolina Julie Mall went with her family to the beach to catch the sunset. Her 11-year-old son asked to drive the golf cart back to their $1,000-a-day rented cottage. It was dusk, no traffic on the path and his father would sit next to him. A two-block, 30-second ride. She said sure. What could go wrong? In the next four hours, Mall says she was pinned to the ground by police, repeatedly accused of being drunk, frogmarched barefoot aboard a ferry in handcuffs, jailed in leg irons and charged with child abuse…. There are two versions of what happened, one told by Mall and her companions that night and one by the authorities.

Election News

Washington Post/ABC Poll: Donald Trump Leads Hillary Clinton; 11-Point Swing Since March
Breitbart - The Washington Post/ABC poll released Saturday night shows that Trump is now favored by 46 percent among registered voters, with Clinton at 44 percent. That marks an eleven-point shift towards Trump since the same poll conducted in March. Clinton is down five points among registered voters while Trump is up six. Forty-four percent of voters said they wanted a third-party candidate to run, but 51 percent said they were satisfied with the current field. When asked to pick Clinton, Trump, or Romney, only 22 percent of voters chose the former failed Republican nominee, while 37 percent chose Clinton and 35 percent chose Trump.

Trump Goes For Hillary's Jugular: Releases Video Featuring Bill Clinton Rape Accusers
Zero Hedge - Donald Trump on Monday released a clip that uses audio of two women who have accused President Clinton of rape to attack Hillary Clinton. As reported originally by The Hill, the new black-and-white video plays audio of two women - Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick - who have made accusations against Bill Clinton. It plays the audio against a black-and-white backdrop of the White House and an image of Bill Clinton with a cigar in his mouth. It then pivots to audio of Hillary Clinton laughing. While Trump has previously sought to use allegations of sexual misconduct against Bill Clinton to attack Hillary Clinton, this is the first time it has been encapsulated in internet media, and seeks to provoke an angry response by his presidential challenger. A Trump senior adviser warned last week Trump's attacks would escalate after Trump accused Bill Clinton of rape.

Economy & Business

US Manufacturing PMI Collapses To 2009 Lows
Zero Hedge - After this morning's extremely disappointing European data, US Manufacturing's flash PMI [Purchasing Managers Index] for May printed a disappointing 50.5 - its lowest since 2009. Under the surface the state of American manufacturing is even more disastrous as Markit notes, output is falling for the first time since the height of the global financial crisis, with factories hit by slowing growth of order books and falling exports.... A general lack of pressure on operating capacity was signaled by the latest survey data, with outstanding work at U.S. manufacturers falling for the fourth successive month in May.... A number of monitored firms mentioned that uncertainty around the general economic outlook had caused clients to delay spending decisions, which in turn prompted firms to trim their production schedules.

Germany’s Bayer makes $62bn offer to buy US firm Monsanto
RT - German drugs and chemical giant Bayer has offered to pay $62 billion to buy American GMO giant Monsanto. Bayer’s takeover bid, made on Monday, values Monsanto shares at $122 apiece. The acquisition of Monsanto “would be a compelling opportunity to create a global agriculture leader, while reinforcing Bayer as a life science company with a deepened position in a long-term growth industry,” Bayer said in a statement. The Bayer and Monsanto merger sparked hundreds of protest rallies worldwide. Thousands of protesters in many European cities marched to show their disgust toward the US biotech behemoth, condemning the sale of the herbicide RoundUp, which has been accused of causing cancer in humans, and the development of genetically-modified crops.


FDA Accused of Bowing to Drug Industry Pressure in Delaying Generic Drug Risk Warning Labels
AllGov - In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that generic drugmakers could not be held liable for failing to warn patients about the risks of their products. People harmed by generics would be unable to sue even as those who had taken the brand-name of the same product won million-dollar judgments. Those people included the family of Kira Gilbert, who died at 22 of a heart attack after taking a generic of painkiller Darvon. Her family’s lawsuit was dismissed in 2012 because of the Supreme Court ruling.

Antibiotic Made from Component of Breast Milk Kills Bacteria at Warp Speed
Natural Society - The new antibiotic, developed by scientists at the National Physical Laboratory and University College London, utilizes the protein Lactoferrin, and effectively kills some drug-resistant bacteria, viruses and fungi on contact. The miniscule fragment, less than a nanometer in width, gives Lactoferrin its antimicrobial properties. It’s what makes breast milk so effective at protecting babies’ immunity and health. The researchers re-engineered the fragment into a virus-like capsule capable of recognizing and targeting specific bacteria and killing them on contact, but without harming any surrounding human cells…. Much more research is needed before Lactoferrin can be doled out in antibiotic form. The safety of the drug has to be tested first. But the scientists hope their discovery might help pull us back from the Dark Ages of medicine.

Bright Artificial Lighting Causes Havoc On Metabolism, Especially After a Meal
April McCarthy - Most scientists agree that artificial lighting and modern technology available across the world disrupts our natural environment and affects our metabolism. According to a Northwestern Medicine study, bright light exposure increased insulin resistance compared to dim light exposure in both the morning and the evening. In the evening, bright light also caused higher peak glucose (blood sugar) levels…. Insulin resistance is the body's inability to adequately move glucose out of the bloodstream, resulting in a buildup of blood sugar. Over time, the excess blood glucose could result in increased body fat, weight gain and a higher risk for diabetes.

Why do some people attract more mosquito bites?
Natural News Blogs - The main way a mosquito identifies its target is by sensing chemical excretions from the body such as carbon dioxide and other excretions. People who excrete more carbon dioxide will attract more mosquitoes. A mosquito can sense carbon dioxide excretion from as far away as 164 feet. Mosquitoes are also drawn to the excretion of ammonia, lactic acid, and uric acid. Showering off your body excretions helps you to avoid mosquito bites. Also changing socks can help. It’s been proven by research that dirty socks attract mosquitoes. It also appears that mosquitoes are attracted to people who drink alcohol…. Perfume, especially those with strong floral notes are attractive to mosquito. In addition to chemicals, mosquitoes are sensitive to a person’s body temperature. That is why you find that mosquitoes are more attracted to you after exertion or exercise…. People who have Type O blood type have been found to have twice as many mosquito bites as those with Type A blood…. The more body mass you have, the easier it is for mosquitoes to sense you from a long distance, so larger people also are bit more frequently. The more body mass you have, the easier it is for mosquitoes to sense you from a long distance, so larger people also are bit more frequently.

Pet News

Vet Intern Finds Tick Just Moments Before Paralyzed Dog is to be Euthanized
Dogington Post - It was a lucky day for Ollie. Just moments before the paralyzed dog was to be euthanized a veterinary intern decided to take one last thorough look at the pup and made a startling discovery that ultimately saved his life. Ollie had suddenly and unexplainably lost his mobility. When the Collie reached the point that he could no longer stand, couldn’t walk, and could no longer urinate, and after several failed treatments from their veterinarian, the family made the heartbreaking decision to humanely euthanize their furriest family member…. The observant intern spotted a tiny tick embedded just behind Ollie’s ear. “They have a neurotoxin in their saliva that prevents nerve transition to the muscles, and that takes time to build up in the body and cause paralysis like what we saw in Ollie,” Dr. Stone said. It’s likely Ollie picked up the tick on a recent family camping trip. Just 10 hours after removing the tick from Ollie’s neck, the dog had made a complete and full recovery, had regained all mobility, and was back to his old, spunky self again.

Monday - May 23, 2016  -  Today in History:

1618 - The Thirty Years War began when three opponents of the Reformation were thrown through a window.
1701 - In London, Captain William Kidd was hanged after being convicted of murder and piracy..
1788 - South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify U.S. Constitution.
1827 - The first nursery school in the U.S. was established in New York City.
1873 - Canada's North West Mounted Police force was established. The organization's 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 H. Carney became the first 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.
1915 - During World War I, Italy joined the Allies as they declared war on Austria-Hungary.
1926 - The French captured the Moroccan Rif capital.
1934 - In Bienville Parish, LA, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed by Texas Rangers. The robbers were riding in a stolen Ford Deluxe.
1949 - The Republic of West Germany was established.
1960 - Israel announced the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
1981 - In Barcelona, Spain, gunmen seized control of the Central Bank and took 200 hostages.
1985 - Thomas Patrick Cavanagh was sentenced to life in prison for trying to sell Stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union.
1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was demolished.
2003 - Congress sent President George W. Bush a $330 billion package of tax cuts - the third of his presidency.
2012 - Egypt held the Arab world's first competitive presidential vote. (Islamist Mohammed Morsi was ultimately named the winner following a runoff)

World News

Saudi Press: U.S. Blew Up World Trade Center To Create 'War On Terror'
Breitbart - The article, written by Saudi legal expert Katib al-Shammari and translated by MEMRI, claims that American threats to expose documents that prove Saudi involvement in the attacks are part of a long-standing U.S. policy that he calls “victory by means of archives.”.... One example is choosing not to invade Iraq in the 1990s and keeping its leader, Saddam Hussein, alive to use as “a bargaining chip” against other Gulf States. Only once Shi’ism threatened to sweep the region did America act to get rid of Hussein “since they no longer saw him as an ace up their sleeve.” He claims that the 9/11 attacks were another such card, enabling the U.S. to blame whoever suited its needs at a particular time; first it blamed Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, then Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, and now Saudi Arabia.... The intention of the attacks, writes al-Shammari in his conspiracy article, was to create “an obscure enemy – terrorism – which became what American presidents blamed for all their mistakes” and that would provide justification for any “dirty operation” in other countries.... The problem, asserts al-Shammari, is that the U.S. must always find a new impetus to have an adversary, for “the nature of the U.S. is that it cannot exist without an enemy.”

Russia proposes US-led coalition to strike Syrian terrorists with Moscow
RT - “We suggest to the US… starting on May 25, joint action of the Russian Air Forces and the US-led coalition forces to plan and conduct strikes against the Al-Nusra Front, which does not support the ceasefire, as well as against convoys of arms and fighters crossing the Syrian-Turkish border,” he [Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu] said....He suggested that the US and Russia should redouble their efforts to have moderate rebel groups pulled out from territories controlled by the terrorists, so that those rebels wouldn’t face Russian airstrikes. Shoigu warned that, starting from next Wednesday, Russia would feel free to use its warplanes to attack any group that failed to back the ceasefire.... He said that conducting joint missions would help eliminate the risk of inadvertently targeting civilians. The US has responded to the move without enthusiasm.

EgyptAir Flight 804: Black boxes for crashed airplane located
CBS News - Search crews located the data recorders for EgyptAir Flight 804 close to an area where human remains and debris from the crashed flight have been found, an Egyptian government source told CBS News on Saturday.... Also Saturday, the French air accident investigation agency said smoke was detected in multiple places on the flight moments before it plummeted into the Mediterranean, but the cause of the crash that killed all 66 on board remains unclear.... Search crews are scouring for further wreckage of the aircraft. Experts said answers will come only with an examination of the wreckage and the plane's black boxes.... The waters in the area are 8,000 to 10,000 feet deep, and the pings from the black boxes can be detected up to a depth of 20,000 feet.

Human Remains Found From EgyptAir Crash At Sea, Report Of Smoke In Cabin
Breitbart - “The Egyptian navy was able to retrieve more debris from the plane, some of the passengers’ belongings, human remains, and plane seats,” the Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement....The navy was searching an area about 290 km (180 miles) north of Alexandria, just south of where the signal from the plane was lost early on Thursday. There was no sign of the bulk of the wreckage, or of a location signal from the “black box” flight recorders that are likely to provide the best clues to the cause of the crash.... Although early suspicion centred on Islamist militants who blew up another airliner over Egypt seven months ago, no group had claimed responsibility more than 36 hours after the disappearance of flight MS804, an Airbus A320. CNN reported on Friday that flight data, from an automatic system called the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), said smoke alerts were triggered aboard the EgyptAir jet shortly before it crashed.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source
The Guardian - Edward Snowden has called for a complete overhaul of US whistleblower protections after a new source from deep inside the Pentagon came forward with a startling account of how the system became a “trap” for those seeking to expose wrongdoing.The account of John Crane, a former senior Pentagon investigator, appears to undermine Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other major establishment figures who argue that there were established routes for Snowden other than leaking to the media.Crane, a longtime assistant inspector general at the Pentagon, has accused his old office of retaliating against a major surveillance whistleblower, Thomas Drake, in an episode that helps explain Snowden’s 2013 National Security Agency disclosures. Not only did Pentagon officials provide Drake’s name to criminal investigators, Crane told the Guardian, they destroyed documents relevant to his defence.... Snowden continued: “The sad reality of today’s policies is that going to the inspector general with evidence of truly serious wrongdoing is often a mistake. Going to the press involves serious risks, but at least you’ve got a chance.”

Portland School Board Bans Literature Denying Climate Change
Activist Post - From the Portland Tribune: In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools. “It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” said Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux in board testimony. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.” The resolution passed Tuesday evening calls for the school district to get rid of textbooks or other materials that cast doubt on whether climate change is occurring and that the activity of human beings is responsible. The resolution also directs the superintendent and staff to develope an implementation plan for “curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice in all Portland Public Schools.”

Target Is At It Again: This Time They Are Suing A Man For Saving A Woman’s Life From a Knife-Wielding Killer
Mac Slavo - In 2013 Michael Turner saw Leon Walls attack and then stab a 16-year old girl. The attack was so violent that Allison Meadows would have been murdered right there at the Target checkout counter had two other men and Turner not stepped in with a baseball bat. As the surveillance video below shows, after Walls had begun stabbing Meadows, Turner tackled him and then chased him to the front of the store…. The mega-retailer is now suing Turner and the other two men who stepped in to help the victim of the attack, claiming that it was their actions that led to the stabbing of Meadows: While Meadows thanks Turner, Target blames him. Court documents say the company claims Turner chased Walls with a baseball bat into the entrance of the store, creating more danger to those inside. Target filed a counterclaim against Turner, adding him as a defendant to the case. The trial is expected to being on Monday. Meadows and his family will commute to Pennsylvania on Sunday to attend. Two other men are also being sued by Target, however Turner is the only one without an attorney. Instead, he will be representing himself.

Election News

Trump rallies gun owners with fiery anti-Clinton speech (Video)
Reuters - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump assured gun owners on Friday he would protect their constitutional right to bear arms and eliminate gun-free zones if elected, accusing Democrat Hillary Clinton of wanting to weaken gun rights…. Clinton, who is close to clinching the Democratic Party's nomination for the Nov. 8 election, has vowed to take on the gun lobby and expand gun control measures to include comprehensive background checks for gun buyers, including at open-air gun shows and online…. Trump, who is trying to unite the Republican Party behind him after a brutal primary battle, accused Clinton, a former secretary of state to President Barack Obama, of wanting to end the 2nd Amendment, which says in part that the people's right to keep and bear arms "shall not be infringed."

How corporate America bought Hillary Clinton for $21M
NY Post - “Follow the money.” That telling phrase, which has come to summarize the Watergate scandal, has been a part of the lexicon since 1976. It’s shorthand for political corruption: At what point do “contributions” become bribes, “constituent services” turn into quid pro quos and “charities” become slush funds?… Mandatory financial disclosures released this month show that, in just the two years from April 2013 to March 2015, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state collected $21,667,000 in “speaking fees,” not to mention the cool $5 mil she corralled as an advance for her 2014 flop book, “Hard Choices.” Throw in the additional $26,630,000 her ex-president husband hoovered up in personal-appearance “honoraria,” and the nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief that the former first couple — who, according to Hillary, were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001 with some of the furniture in tow — can finally make ends meet.

VIDEO: Judge Jeanine to Hillary Clinton: How Can You Keep Us Safe
Breitbart - On Saturday’s “Justice” on Fox News Channel, host Judge Jeanine Pirro questioned Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy, asking how she could protect the country when she refuses to call Islamic terrorists what they are and when she “can’t even keep top secret intelligence” on her Blackberry.

Video: Hillary heckled — at her own fundraiser!
American Mirror - Some people dislike Hillary Clinton so much they’ll contribute to her campaign just so they can confront her. Such was the case at a fundraising event in Park Ridge, Illinois on Thursday. Cell phone video has emerged from the event that was closed to the media showing at least one heckler starting in on Clinton almost immediately after she began speaking. The largely inaudible chants continued as Clinton tried to speak over them…. Patrons paid anywhere from $45 to $2,700 to attend the event, according to the listing on her website.

Economy & Business

Pensions may be cut to 'virtually nothing' for 407,000 people
CNN Money - In a last-ditch effort, the Central States Pension Plan sought government approval to partially reduce the pensions of 115,000 retirees and the future benefits for 155,000 current workers. The proposed cuts were steep, as much as 60% for some, but it wasn't enough. Earlier this month, the Treasury Department rejected the plan because it found that it would not actually head off insolvency.... Normally, when a multi-employer fund like Central States runs out of money, a government insurance fund called the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) kicks in so that retirees still receive some kind of benefit.... But there's yet another problem. The PBGC itself is underfunded and isn't expected to be able to cover all the retirees in the Central States Pension Fund.

State Of The States: New Jersey's Problems Are Not "Mathematically Solvable"
Zero Hedge - The stunning admission from a status-quo-sustaining bank that is “very focused on the total indebtedness of US states," should be worrisome enough but as Cembalest explains the answer to a debt problem is not always piling up more debt; the issue is to address the root of the problem, which can be a delicate and at times politically incorrect topic.... When he starts to look at state debt and the economic reality, Cembalest has deft insight to recognize that while math is unemotional, he is about to wade into a deeply emotional argument involving trust and promises made to government employees.... The gist of the state debt problem can be summed up in one sentence and it applies to municipal as well as sovereign debt as well. When debt reaches a certain level, the can kicking is over and difficult decisions need to be made. For Cembalest this means “states would need to raise substantial funds from increased tax revenues, cuts in non-retirement spending or increases in public sector worker contributions.”

Target Sales Drop Amid Transgender Promotion, Consumer Boycott, $10 Billion Stock Crash
Breitbart - The company’s second-quarter sales, from April to June, may drop as much as 2 percent compared to the prior year, executives told reporters and Wall Street analysts.... The earnings prediction comes a month after the left-leaning company announced April 19 that it would allow men claiming to be women to use the women’s bathrooms and changing rooms at its stores. The decision has sparked a boycott petition effort that garnered over 1.2 million signers in only a week. Target executives deny the pro-family consumer boycott is making a significant difference.... This week, the company announced a reshuffle in the executive office.... Target’s stock has fallen 20 percent — from $84 per share to $67 per share — since it imposed the pro-transgender policy on its customer base of families.

Energy & Environment

“Our Water, Our Future”: Voters in Oregon Defeat Nestlé’s Attempt to Privatize Their Water
Truthout - The issue that brought conservatives and progressives together in this way was clear-cut: keeping Nestlé Waters North America from building a water bottling plant and extracting over 118 million gallons annually from a spring in a small, rural community 45 miles east of Portland.... Oregon voters in Hood River County passed a first-of-its-kind ballot measure that bans the production and transportation of large-scale commercial bottled water within the county. The measure succeeded by an overwhelming majority of voters -- 68.8 percent voted in favor -- and effectively ended Nestlé's attempts to operate within the community.... Nestlé, frustrated by the amount of time it was taking for the city of Cascade Locks to obtain the water from the state of Oregon, changed tactics. Instead of trading water, the city and state officials moved to get an agreement that would permanently trade water rights. The change would avoid a lengthy public interest review process. At this point, opponents of Nestlé's project felt they had no other choice but to put the issue to a vote.

Warnings of Food Safety Threats as Canada Green Lights “Frankenfish”
Natural Blaze - Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced their approval of the U.S.-based biotechnology company AquaBounty’s salmon—which will be shipped as eggs from Prince Edward Island to laboratories in Panama, where they will be grown to their adult full size and sent back to Canada for sale and consumption—on Thursday. The approval comes despite two ongoing court battles against the Canadian government and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which were filed by environmental groups including the Ecology Action Centre in Nova Scotia and the Center for Food Safety in Washington, D.C.

Science & Technology

The FBI’s secret biometrics database they don’t want you to see
RT - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wants to prevent information about its creepy biometric database, which contains fingerprint, face, iris, and voice scans of millions of Americans, from getting out to the public. The Department of Justice has come up with a proposal to exempt the biometric database from public disclosure. It states that the Next Generation Identification System (NGI) should not be subject to the Privacy Act, which requires federal agencies to give people access to records that have been collected concerning them, “allowing them to verify and correct them if needed.”.... The database contains biometric information on people who have provided fingerprints to employers, or for licenses and background checks, as well as on convicted criminals and those that have been suspected of wrongdoing even for a short period of time, according to Underground Reporter.


She Found a Rubber Band on Her Door Handle. The Reason Why It Was There is Terrifying!
David Wolfe - A woman living in Texas named Kim Cernigliaro had a close call with burglars who were trying to enter her home. She was home alone when she heard someone pounding on her front door. Her instincts told her that something was wrong, so thankfully, she chose not to open the door. But when she peered through the stained glass in her door, she saw the silhouette of an unknown man standing outside. Kim waited about 30 minutes before making a move, to ensure that her unexpected visitor was long gone. When she finally opened her front door, she found a rubber band wrapped around her doorknob. According to Kim’s local Sheriff, this is becoming more commonly seen in burglaries. Burglars place a rubber band around the door knob, allowing them to barge into the house as soon as the home owner unlatches the door, without having to wait for the home owner to actually turn the knob…. Here are a few basic safety tips that can help you make your home less enticing for burglars to target: 1. Don’t Let Packages Accumulate… 2. Display Home Security Signs… 3. Make Sure Your Home is Well-Lit… 4. Hide Your Valuables… 5. Reinforce Your Doors…

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Video: Launching a Homestead Project in Texas!
Activist Post - The Conscious Resistance Derrick Broze discusses the beginning of a new homesteading project being organized by activists from the Houston area and around Texas. The basic idea is to buy land in Texas by the end of 2016/early 2017 and form a community of individuals based on the principles of non-aggression, permaculture/sustainability, and mindfulness. The goal is to make the community a hub for education, creation, and networking. The community will focus on becoming independent from all corporate and state systems (power, internet, food, economy, defense) through counter-economic activity.


279 Pregnant Women in the USA with Zika CDC Reports
Natural Society - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated the way it reports pregnancies in carriers of Zika. The new results from this method have found that over 279 pregnant women are positive carriers for the Zika virus. At this point, however, only a handful of women have suffered from miscarriages or confirmed birth defects… The CDC’s report is somewhat confusing, as although it reports 279 pregnant women, this figure also includes women who have already given birth. The women who have already had their babies or suffered miscarriages are those who have reported adverse effects, while those still pregnant have not yet been included in these statistics. The number of adverse effects is likely to rise as more Zika-infected women give birth.

6 Ways To Detox Fluoride – A Known Neurotoxin – From Your Body
Natural Blaze - Sodium fluoride is classified as a neurotoxin – in the same category as arsenic, lead, and mercury, but it’s still prevalent in the United States’ water supply. Here are six ways to detox the substance from your body…. 1) Get Adequate Iodine - Iodine is an important element for the normal metabolism of cells, especially thyroid hormones. It pushes the fluoride from your body via urine…. 2) Consume More Boron - Boron is a natural element that helps flush fluoride from your body. Boron-rich foods include most nuts, dates, prunes, honey, broccoli, bananas, and avocado. 3) Eat Some Tamarind - This African fruit and spice is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. It can be used in a tincture or tea to cleanse the body of fluoride. 4) Increase Magnesium/Calcium Intake - It plays an important role, however, in the metabolism and synthesis of nutrients within your cells. It also inhibits the absorption of fluoride into your cells. Along with magnesium, calcium seems to help attract fluoride away from bones and teeth, allowing the body to eliminate it…. 5) General Liver Cleanse - The most important step to detoxify from excess fluoride may be to cleanse your liver…. [and] 6) Sit In A Sauna - Saunas are great for ridding your body of toxins, as they inspire the body to sweat them out.
* Related: Short Film Reveals the Lunacy of Water Fluoridation

Mad Angel: Former Foster Child Now Parent is Creating an Army of Victims to Fight CPS
Health Impact News - Angelia Borths had her children seized by Child Protective Services and placed into foster care once simply because her 6 year old daughter was “too short.” Though the headline looked like it could have been ripped from a satire or spoof website, it was all too real. Fortunately, Angelia, or “Mad Angel” as she is known to thousands of her followers online, was able to regain custody of her children after the case with the absurd allegations was dropped. As reported in that article, Angelia spent part of her own childhood in foster care. She has seen Child Protective Services and foster care from the perspective of a child within the system, as a parent whose children were legally and medically kidnapped, and as a fierce advocate for families who scours the news and researches deeply to find information to help families and expose the many faults in the Child Protective Services system. She frequently writes powerful and informative posts on Facebook, and is a founding member of the advocacy group “Mad Angels Army.” One of the purposes of the group, founded earlier in 2016, is “to gather and create an army of advocates and victims to become ONE, LARGE, LOUD, UNITED, POWERFUL voice that cannot be ignored.”

13 Peppermint Oil Uses to Reduce Pain, Give you Energy, Relieve Allergies, and More
EmaxHealth - Here are 13 peppermint oil uses: Peppermint oil can relieve sinus issues including allergy symptoms and cold symptoms. It acts as a natural expectorant which can provide relief for congestion, cough, and even asthma and bronchitis. It perks you up. Inhaling peppermint essential oil can give you a much needed boost of energy. This is a much healthier alternative to energy drinks or drinking a large amount of caffeine. Whenever possible, go for the natural option.Adding peppermint oil to your shampoo will cause your scalp to thank you. It can serve to wake you up in the morning and also to prevent dandruff. Peppermint oil is effective at reducing the itch from rashes or other skin irritations. Instead of opting for a benedryl why not first try some natural peppermint oil? You might be very surprised at the results. By helping to smooth over the muscles in the GI tract, peppermint oil can help symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Nobody wants to have to keep running in and out of the bathroom. For relief try cooking with peppermint oil next time you are in the kitchen. Indigestion and heartburn sufferers can also find relief by using this trick. Headache? Try peppermint oil first before popping an Advil. Put a little bit right on your forehead for instant relief.

Buttery No-Bake Raspberry Bars
Paleohacks - Creamy. Decadent. Delicious. These Raspberry Cashew Bars come together with just four ingredients, and they require zero baking! Ingredients: 2 cups cashew butter, 2 cups frozen or fresh raspberries, ¼ cup maple syrup [and] 2 tsp vanilla extract…

Pet News

The Underlying Cause of Disease That Hardly Anyone Considers
Dr. Becker - The majority of dogs and cats in the U.S. are not a healthy weight, according to the latest research by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). The organization revealed that 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs were overweight or obese in 2015…. Excess weight in pets leads to consequences similar to those in people. Claims for arthritic pets rose nearly 350 percent from 2011-2012, and arthritis was still the most common obesity-related disease in dogs as of 2015. The extra weight puts stress on joints, which can leave your pet unable to get around. Pets may end up being euthanized for this reason, when maintaining a healthy weight could have prevented or reversed the problem. In cats, the most common obesity-related complication is bladder and urinary tract disease, according to pet insurance provider Nationwide. The company used their database of 550,000 pets to determine the top obesity-related conditions, as follows. Claims for such conditions rose 10 percent since 2014.

Friday - May 20, 2016  -  Today in History:

1775 - North Carolina became the first colony to declare its independence. This is the date that is on the George state flag even though the date of this event has been questioned.
1784 - The Peace of Versailles ended a war between France, England, and Holland.
1861 - North Carolina became the eleventh state to secede from the Union.
1861 - During the American Civil War, the capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, AL, to Richmond, VA.
1873 - Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.
1875 - The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was established.
1902 - The U.S. military occupation of Cuba ended.
1902 - Cuba gained its independence from Spain.
1926 - The U.S. Congress passed the Air Commerce Act. The act gave the Department of Commerce the right to license pilots and planes.
1927 - Charles Lindbergh took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the "Spirit of St. Louis." The trip took 33 1/2 hours.
1932 - Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat.
1939 - The first regular air-passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean began with the take-off of the "Yankee Clipper" from Port Washington, New York.
1941 - Germany invaded Crete by air.
1969 - U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Apbia Mountain, which was referred to as Hamburger Hill.
1970 - 100,000 people marched in New York supporting U.S. policies in Vietnam.
1978 - Mavis Hutchinson, at age 53, became the first woman to run across America. It took Hutchinson 69 days to run the 3,000 miles.
1985 - The FBI arrested U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer John Walker. Walker had begun spying for the Soviet Union in 1968.
1990 - The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs.
1996 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Colorado measure banning laws that would protect homosexuals from discrimination.

World News

China says it's ready if US ‘stirs up any conflict’ in South China Sea
CNBC News - China's attempts to claim a nearly 1.4-million-square-mile swathe of open ocean are without precedent and probably without legal merit, but Beijing continues to assert its right to the economically critical zone — and increasingly puts its claims in military terms. Speaking to a small group of reporters in Beijing on Thursday, a high-ranking Chinese official made his warning clear: The United States should not provoke China in the South China Sea without expecting retaliation.

NATO finalizes military build-up to counter Russia
(AFP) - NATO foreign ministers were on Thursday finalising the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the two-day meeting would address "all the important issues" to prepare for a "landmark" summit in Poland in July. There, NATO leaders will formally endorse the revamp which puts more troops into eastern European member states as part of a "deter and dialogue" strategy, meant to reassure allies they will not be left in the lurch in any repeat of the Ukraine crisis.

'Terror more likely than tech failure': 5 things we know so far about missing EgyptAir plane
RT - An EgyptAir Airbus A320 with 66 on board went missing over the Mediterranean hours after it took off from Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport. There have been reports of debris and life vests being found. Here’s what is known about the disappeared MS804 so far....

China Furious After US Launches Trade War "Nuke" With 522% Duty
Zero Hedge - China is livid: as a result of record Chinese steel dumping, the US unleashed what is nothing short of a nuclear bomb in its rapidly escalating trade war with China, by imposing duties of 522% on cold-rolled steel used in automobiles and other manufacturing. In doing so it has effectively rendered Chinese exports to the US unsustainable and will force even more excess Chinese production to remain landlocked within China's borders, making the domestic glut that much worse.

92 Peruvian Kids Poisoned by Glyphosate, Ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup
Sputnik News - On Tuesday, nearly 100 people at an elementary school in Northern Peru were made violently ill when a plane fumigating nearby fields released weed-killer. Reports stated that 92 school children and 3 teachers were exposed to the dangerous herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in US biotech giant Monsanto’s best-selling product, Roundup. A health official in the municipality of Nepena said at a news conference that children in the school suffered a range of symptoms, including extreme vomiting, fainting, stomach pains, and headaches as a result of the exposure.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

State Dept gets around to outlawing ISIS in Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia
RT - It took them long enough, but the US Department of State officially designated Islamic State branches in Libya, Yemen and Saudi Arabia as terrorist organizations. The designation means US sanctions and penalties for anyone involved with the groups. As of Thursday, the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) branch in Libya has been classified as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, the State Department announced. The US is also classifying IS branches in Libya, Yemen and Saudi Arabia as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.”

Republicans, Democrats Agree On A Bill To Bailout Puerto Rico
Zero Hedge - - It turns out that Puerto Rico's plan to default on its debt and beg congress for help is working out as planned. After a slight delay, House Republicans have reached an agreement with the Obama administration to provide a path to restructure Puerto Rico's $70 billion debt load. The bill would offer the island a legal out similar to bankruptcy and wouldn't commit any federal money according to the WSJ.

Insurer Sues US Government For $223 Million In Obamacare Related Back Payments
Zero Hedge - In 2014, insurers paid $362 million into the program, however they requested a whopping $2.87 billion in payments to help cover losses. Due to this, the federal Department of Health and Human Services promptly backed out of the agreement it had made with insurers, and decided to announce that insurers would only receive 12.6% of the money they claimed under the risk-corridor program in 2014. Perhaps the bill came due for that $4.4 billion destroyer the Navy decided it needed and the money went to pay for that instead. It turns out that at least one insurer isn't going accept that the the government isn't going to fulfill its end of the bargain.

California Governor Wants to Shield Corrupt LA County Social Workers by Making Child Death Files Secret
Health Impact News - Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has quietly drafted a bill that would gut key portions of the state's landmark law requiring child protective services agencies to release records when a youth dies of abuse or neglect. A vote is expected within the next week. It is the second time in two years that California Department of Social Services Director Will Lightbourne has introduced the bill on an emergency basis through a “trailer bill,” introduced as part of the state’s May budgeting process. That approach bypasses the usual committee review and fast-tracks the proposal for a vote.

‘Gunpocalypse’: California Senate to Act on 10 Gun Control Bills
Breitbart - The bills include an outright ban on “the manufacture and sale of semiautomatic rifles that have detachable magazines,” background checks for ammunition purchasers, and a statewide ban on magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. According to the Los Angles Times, the massive body of gun control bills “were introduced after two terrorists killed 14 people attending a holiday event in San Bernardino.” In other words, after gun control proved impotent against determined attackers like Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the California Senate decided more gun control for law-abiding citizens was the solution.

Mexican Airline Offering Migrants Free Airfare to Texas Border
Breitbart - The Panamanian government confirmed to the Associated Press Wednesday that Panama City-based Copa Airlines and Mexico’s Global Air are now offering roughly 30 percent discounts for adult Cuban migrants hoping to cross into the United States with children enjoying complimentary seats. Since May 9, the airlines have reported that almost 2,500 have been shuttled to Ciudad Juarez for easy crossing into El Paso thereafter. An estimated 1,300 await flights booked in the weeks ahead under the promotion. educed airfare is only the latest in a chain of opportunities provided to Cubans arriving in El Paso. ...

Seattle Officers Stop Several East African Migrants with Suitcases of Cash Leaving US – And They’re All on Welfare
The Gateway Pundit - The people carrying the cash didn’t hide the fact from Customs. Just the opposite, they reported it. Anyone traveling out of the United States is required to declare any amount over $10,000 and fill out a one-page federal form. …Seattle and King County are home to tens of thousands of immigrants and refugees from East Africa, many of whom use the hawalas to send much-needed money back to loved ones in their homelands. Given the presence of active terrorist organizations in Somalia, investigators worry that some of the money shipped home by Somalis up in the hands of the Al Qaeda affiliate active there.

Election News

Trump Adviser Stephen Miller: Personal Attacks on Hillary Will Get More ‘Aggressive’ (Video)
Breitbart - Thursday on CNN’s “Newsroom,” presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump senior adviser’s Stephen Miller said the personal attacks on Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton are “going to be a lot more aggressive.”

Clintons took payments from Trans-Pacific Partnership backers last year
Washington Examiner - Former President Bill Clinton raked in millions of dollars from special interest groups in the weeks just before and after his wife announced her presidential campaign, including $325,000 from a group that pushed for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Hillary Clinton came out against the trade deal in October under pressure from her rival, Bernie Sanders, and his progressive supporters. Sanders denounced the agreement early in his campaign, arguing the deal benefits major corporations at the expense of American jobs. But the National Association of Manufacturers, which paid Bill Clinton a hefty fee just one month before Hillary Clinton launched her candidacy in April, lobbied for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Veteran News

‘Labeled for life’: Thousands of sexual assault victims punished by military
RT - Thousands of US service members have been discharged from the military after reporting a sexual assault or rape, according to a new report, which adds that they are labeled in a way that prevents them from getting jobs or receiving benefits. A 124-page report from Human Rights Watch claims that, while the military has adopted some reforms to protect current service members who report being assaulted, the military has done nothing to address the numerous past cases in which service members were “unfairly discharged.”
Additionally, those who are given “bad discharges” have little recourse when it comes to contesting their status.

Holocaust Survivor and Veteran Reunite After 71 Years (Video)
Natural Society - ABC News was on hand to capture an incredible moment in the lives of two brave men: the reunion of a World War II veteran who helped liberate Dachau (the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany) and a man who was imprisoned there. The now 90-year-old Marcel Levy was just 17 years old when he was liberated from Dachau by 94-year-old Sid Shafner’s Battalion, who was himself just 21. The face-to-face meeting on May 10 was captured on camera after Sid Shafner’s trip to Poland and Israel, where he met with Levy at an Israeli army base. The pair embraced one another with tears in their eyes as their families stood by their sides. They exchanged photographs and even showed photos of themselves at liberation. “Everything I have today, all of my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, is due to you,” Levy told Shafner during their reunion.

Economy & Business

Small Business Owner Explains The Unintended Consequences Of Obamacare
Zero Hedge - Lawmakers are well aware of their policy error, and on Wednesday yet another small business owner testified in front of the Senate committee on small business and entrepreneurship to explain what he has experienced as a result of congress rushing to get Obamacare passed. Tom Kunkel, president and CEO of Maryland-based Full House Marketing and Print explained that he once hoped that Obamacare would have a favorable benefit to his business.

Caterpillar Retail Sales Fall For Record 41 Consecutive Months
Zero Hedge - For Caterpillar, the great recession was bad, for about 19 months. In May 2010, after declining sharply for just under two years, CAT posted it first positive global retail sales comps and never looked back... until December 2012 when comp sales once again turned negative and have been negative ever since. For the past 41 months!

Poll: Two-thirds of US would struggle to cover $1,000 crisis
(AP) - Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll released Thursday, a signal that despite years of recovery from the Great Recession, Americans' financial conditions remain precarious as ever. These financial difficulties span all income levels, according to the poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Seventy-five percent of people in households making less than $50,000 a year would have difficulty coming up with $1,000 to cover an unexpected bill.

Energy & Environment

Is One-Fifth of the World’s Plant Life In Danger of Extinction
Natural Blaze - According to scientists, there are roughly 391,000 recorded species of vascular plants in the world, which are a large group that contains those plants with lignified tissues for “conducting water and minerals through the plant.” Shockingly, a report released last week says that more than 20 percent of those plants are threatened with extinction. That’s 1 in every 5 plants.

Science & Technology

Texas Medical Branch Clones Zika Virus For Potential Vaccine
Breitbart - Scientists in Texas are the first to have successfully cloned the Zika virus. Experts at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston say the Zika clone can help in the development of an effective vaccine. The virus can now be created in laboratories. “What we’ve created is something that is reproducible, meaning that batches of this virus can be made in large quantities,” UTMB’s Pei-Yong Shi told CNN.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Lawsuits Begin Against Herbicide Glyphosate in Roundup: Found in Most Foods and Linked to Cancer
Health Impact News - Lawsuits are now beginning in the United States against Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, the number one herbicide in the world used in modern agriculture. The active ingredient glyphosate, found in most of our foods, has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). As reported by EcoWatch, four Nebraskan agricultural workers have now filed a lawsuit against Monsanto Co. alleging that Roundup gave them non-Hodgkin lymphoma after many years of exposure.


What to do in Case You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?
Natural Blaze - Nursing home abuse is a type of abuse that affects hundreds of residents in these specialized facilities. Unfortunately, many of them experience this abuse on a daily basis. The most frequent type of abuse in nursing home residents is negligence. Latest statistics show that there is a continuous growth of the number of nursing home abuse cases. So, the question is what should people do in case they suspect that their loved ones are victims of nursing home abuse?

14 Natural Antibiotics Powerful & More Prominent Than Conventional Medicine!
Natural News Blogs - We are all living in a planet that’s becoming more and more dependent on chemicals. Antibiotics can have bad side effects when they’re overused. Due to over-consumption, treating infections with antibiotics today unfortunately, leads to more damage than good, to our immunity and digestive systems. People of ancient times were not much advanced in science so they used to treat diseases using natural herbs, food and plants.

3 Evidence-Based Natural Allergy Remedies
Green Med Info - Allergies can be extremely difficult to deal with, especially when sufferers deal with year-round symptoms. Luckily, there are safe, natural alternatives to the harsh pharmaceutical options.

MSG is Hiding in Your Food! 13 Ingredients to Watch Out For!
David Wolfe - In neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock’s book, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, he explains that MSG is an excitotoxin, which means that it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, and it can even cause brain damage to varying degrees, potentially triggering a number of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease. The free glutamic acid found in MSG is the same neurotransmitter that the brain, nervous system, eyes, pancreas and other organs use to initiate certain processes in the body. Although the FDA has labeled MSG safe, they state, “Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate, an amino acid, as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body as well. Abnormal functions of glutamate receptors have been linked with certain neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s and Chorea.”

Thursday - May 19, 2016  -  Today in History:

1608 - The Protestant states formed the Evangelical Union of Lutherans and Calvinists.
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.
1856 - U.S. Senator Charles Sumner spoke out against slavery.
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.
1943 - Winston Churchill told the U.S. Congress that his country was pledging their full support in the war against Japan.
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.
1974 - Erno Rubik invented the puzzle what would later become known as the Rubik's Cube.1967 - U.S. planes bombed Hanoi for the first time.
1981 - The Empire State Building was designated a New York City Landmark.
1992 - U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" for having its title character decide to bear a child out of wedlock.
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 - It was announced that Worldcom Inc. would pay investors $500 million to settle civil fraud charges over its $11 billion accounting scandal.
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.

World News

EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo missing with 66 on board - An EgyptAir flight carrying 66 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean, Egypt's national airline said. Officials said they believed the jet went down in the sea. Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said a search was underway for the missing Airbus A320 and it was too early to rule out any explanation, including terrorism. Officials with the airline and the Egyptian civil aviation department told Reuters they believed the jet had crashed into the Mediterranean between Greece and Egypt.

‘Unsafe and Unprofessional’: Chinese Intercept US Jet Over South China Sea
Sputnik News - According to DoD spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza, a US reconnaissance aircraft was flying in a "routine patrol" in international airspace on May 17 when "two tactical aircraft from the People's Republic of China" intercepted the plane. In traditional rhetoric, the DoD labeled the intercept "unsafe and unprofessional," a commonplace code-phrase used when a US military plane or ship encounters a foreign military plane at a distance of less than 50 feet. The incident is currently under investigation by US Pacific Command.

Nato risks a nuclear war with Russia ‘within a year’, senior general warns
The Independent - Nato risks a nuclear war with Russia within a year if it does not increase its defence capabilities in the Baltic states, one of the alliance's most senior retired generals has said. General Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as Nato’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe between 2011 and 2014, said that an attack on Estonia, Lithuania or Latvia – all Nato members – was a serious possibility and that the West should act now to avert “potential catastrophe”.

Spain's debt now worth more than value of the economy
CNBC - The bank said Wednesday that Spain's public debt stockpile stood at 1.09 trillion euros ($1.23 trillion) in the first quarter of the year. That represents 101 percent of the country's annual GDP — 1.08 trillion euros — in 2015. The government estimates the debt ratio will be 99.1 percent of GDP at the end of 2016. Spain's public debt has risen consistently since the beginning of the country's economic crisis in 2008. Spain emerged from a double-dip recession in late 2013, ending a five-year period that saw some 3.5 million jobs lost. It now is one of the European Union's strongest-growing economies.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Battle of the military budget: Congress, White House clash over NDAA
RT - The GOP majority in Congress is pushing a draft of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which they say will fully fund the US military. The Pentagon is not happy with micro-management, however, and the White House is threatening to veto the bill. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said the NDAA gives the troops a much-needed raise, authorizes “the necessary force, structure, equipment, and funding to close the readiness gap,” reforms the acquisitions process, and updates military laws to better fight sexual assault. Ryan also pointed out that the bill blocks the transfer of any suspected terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.... The bill, known as House Resolution 4909, provides $517.1 billion in discretionary spending for the Pentagon – a $3 billion increase from the 2016 levels, but $587 million below President Barack Obama’s budget request. It was approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, and sent to the House floor for debate on Wednesday.

We Found a Preview of the 28 Redacted Pages — and It’s a 9/11 Game-Changer
The Anti-Media - On Tuesday, the New York Times revealed a document published by the National Archives that appears to offer a glimpse into potentially damning information contained in the so-called ‘missing’ 28 pages concerning the attacks on September 11, 2001. Those 28 pages are “an entire section within the official report of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks … Conducted by the House and Senate intelligence committees, its 838-page report was published in December 2002.”... Tuesday’s disclosure from the National Archives appears to show why those families might, indeed, have a justifiable reason to hold the Saudis at least partly responsible for damages — despite its contents only hinting at information potentially contained in the 28 pages.

Snowden on Destroyed Torture Report: ‘When CIA Destroys Something, It’s Never a Mistake’
Mikael Thalen - As reported Monday, an intelligence source speaking with Yahoo News revealed that the CIA inspector general’s office deleted both an “uploaded computer file with the report” as well as “a disk that also contained the document.” Snowden, who worked as a cybersecurity expert for the CIA prior to his time as an NSA contractor, insinuated that the document’s destruction was anything but accidental. The 6,700-page report includes thousands of secret documents, “including original CIA cables and memos, on the agency’s use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other aggressive interrogation methods” at “black site” prisons across the globe.

New York City businesses face fine up to $250,000 if they don't use gender correct pronouns like 'ze' and 'hir' to refer to transgenders
Daily Mail - A law in New York City will fine businesses and employers if they violate a person's human rights by not using their preferred 'gender pronoun.' Mayor Bill de Blasio's Commission on Human Rights appears to have updated the law on 'Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Expression' to include businesses, employees and landlords who fail to refer to transgender people as terms such as 'ze' and 'hir'. They will be in violation of the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), that forces employers and 'converted entities to use an individual's preferred name, pronoun and title (e.g., Ms./Mrs.) regardless of the individual's sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual's identification,' according to the guidance information on the city's website.

New Law Introduced Into California Legislature Would Punish Companies That Boycott Israel
Mint Press - The legislator who introduced the bill claims “boycotts of countries often derive from ethnic, religious, racial, or nationality discrimination, which directly contradicts the values of California citizens.” A Republican California assemblyman introduced a bill into the state legislature on Monday that would forbid the state – whose campuses have been a focal point of BDS activity – from doing business with companies boycotting, sanctioning or divesting from Israel. Travis Allen, of Huntington Beach in southern California’s Orange County, introduced the bill – called the California- Israel Protection Act – to “require the State of California to divest from companies that boycott Israel.”... The bill would also penalize companies boycotting products made in the settlements, east Jerusalem or the Golan Heights, since it would prohibit California from investing in any company that is “engaging in actions that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or otherwise limit commercial relations with the State of Israel or companies based in the State of Israel or in territories controlled by the State of Israel.”

Obama Spending Millions of Tax Dollars on Summer Jobs for Refugees
Breitbart - The President has unveiled a program he is calling the Summer Opportunity Project, insisting, “Access to a job in the summer and beyond can make all the difference to a young person–especially those who don’t have access to many resources and opportunities.” Obama is providing $21 million in tax dollars for the program to help American youth find work for the summer, but along with finding jobs for Americans, $2 million of the funds are being earmarked for about 400 “refugees” currently situated in New York. According to, the money will be spent to aid the refugees to gain work experience by offering academic tutoring in English and math, as well as finding them part-time jobs.

22 Percent of Resettled Refugees in Minnesota Test Positive for Tuberculosis
Breitbart - One of every five refugees resettled in Minnesota by the federal government tested positive for latent tuberculosis in 2014, according to the state’s Department of Health.... 26 percent of all foreign born cases of tuberculosis in Minnesota were from people born in Somalia. Somalians almost exclusively enter the state through the refugee resettlement program. More than 70,000 refugees have been resettled in the United States annually for the past three decades by the federal government. It’s not just tuberculosis being brought in by these resettled refugees. Measles, whooping cough, diptheria, and other diseases that were on their way to eradication are also coming in across the borders of the United States.

Experts: TSA Gridlock Could Be A ‘Manufactured Crisis’
Steve Watson - An aviation expert has suggested that the ridiculous long lines at airport security checkpoints in the last few days could have been purposefully manufactured by the TSA in order to make a point and get increased government funding. Airports all over the country have experienced gridlock, with videos and images showing lines of commuters literally snaking and tailing back for miles. Two of the worst affected airports were Chicago O’Hare and Midway. Some travelers complained that it took two hours to clear the security line, blaming the fact that TSA was forcing everyone to take off their shoes and belts. Aviation expert Robert Mack told CBS Chicago that the lines were “sort of a perfect storm” and that the TSA knew this was going to happen. Mack theorized that an increase in travelers as we head toward Summer, combined with fewer TSA workers, and the agency asking for more funding has led directly to the problem. When asked if the TSA could have purposefully allowed the gridlock to happen, Mack said “It’s possible. Or they could just be completely inept.”
* Related: Shocking Images Of Record Long Lines At US Airports

Election News

Trump identifies 11 potential Supreme Court nominees
Reuters - All of Trump's 11 judges are listed as affiliated with the Federalist Society on the influential conservative legal group's website. The organization is known as a breeding ground for conservative legal thinkers. It is unusual for a presidential candidate to release names of potential Supreme Court or Cabinet nominees before winning an election. But Trump is working to assure conservatives in his own party that, if elected president on Nov. 8, he would not appoint a liberal or moderate to the court. Trump allies had encouraged him to announce the names of potential court nominees to allay fears among conservatives wary of a Trump presidency. Trump's list includes: Steven Colloton of Iowa, a judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Raymond Gruender of Missouri, also a judge on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals; and Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. It also includes: Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, a judge on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals; William Pryor of Alabama, a judge on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; and Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Veteran News

Department of Defense to report on health of radiation-afflicted sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan
(NaturalNews) When a massive tsunami struck the coast of Japan in March 2011, the US responded by sending 24 Navy ships, 189 aircraft and 24,000 service personnel to the island. The humanitarian mission, Operation Tomodachi, voyaged into the wreckage of the tsunami aftermath, as crews began searching for bodies.... During the mission, without any warning, a plume of radiation struck the aircraft carrier, bludgeoning the senses of those on board. "Next thing we know we've got this nasty, metallic taste in our mouth." Cooper says the crew was ordered below and believes that they "had just got slammed by a radioactive plume." The metal taste was reminiscent of testimony from those who lived downwind of the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor meltdown in 1979.... According to the aircraft carrier's deck log, the ship was struck by radioactive plumes that lasted up to five hours... . As the US Department of Defense prepared to report on this, how will the issue be resolved? Will the stories of these brave servicemen and women be brought to life?

Video: Sick sailors meet with Japan's former prime minister
(CBS 8) May 18, 2016 - The fallout from Japan's nuclear disaster has hit home as the former Japanese prime minister and U.S. Sailors file a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Company.... Recently, former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi listened to 10 sailors talk about health issues since "Operation Tomodachi." The sailors said they're honored to have another advocate on their side.... More than 400 sailors and service members are charging Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, of not being truthful about the level of radiation in the atmosphere after the disaster....The Navy would not comment pending litigation, but a judge has ruled in favor of the sailors. TEPCO has filed an appeal with the 9th Circuit Court.

Economy & Business

The Seeds of Revolt: American Families Owe Trillions of Dollars in Debt They Can’t Pay Off
Breitbart - Slate took a look at household debt recently, and found that it “remains higher than it was for almost all of postwar history,” despite a significant improvement since the end of the last recession.... The problem with this debt load is the extreme difficulty of paying it off, even for people with stable jobs. That average mortgage payment will be well over a thousand dollars, with taxes and other fees included. The car payments on an average $27,000 loan will be over $300 for most, depending on the terms. It’s harder to estimate average student loan payments, but a Brookings study in 2014 found that “seventy-five percent of households made payments of less than $300 each month and 50 percent of households made payments of less than $160.” Call it $150, then add $500 a month for minimal credit card, and you’ve got almost $2,000 a month going out the door for loan payments. That would leave most of the credit card balances untouched, while the mortgage and student loan balances would take decades to pay off.

Study finds high rate of repossessions in auto title loans
Breitbart - People who put their cars up as collateral for what are supposed to be short-term emergency loans are being hit with interest rates of 300 percent, a high rate of repossession and long repayment periods.... The CFPB’s study found that the typical auto title loan was about $700 with an annual percentage rate of 300 percent. Like payday loans, borrowers have a high likelihood of renewing the loan instead of paying it off. “Instead of repaying their loan with a single payment when it is due, most borrowers wind up mired in debt for most of the year,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray in prepared remarks. Worse, one out of every five auto title loans made results in the borrower’s car being repossessed, according to the study.

Energy & Environment

Colorado Governor Signs Law Allowing Residents To Collect Rainwater On Their Property
True Activist - Colorado residents will now be able to collect rainwater on their property after a new bill was signed Thursday by Governor John Hickenlooper. Rainwater surface runoff in Colorado is protected by strict laws to prevent the flow of rainwater from being significantly reduced for people who hold senior water rights downstream. Colorado residents will be allowed to store up to 110 gallons of rainwater in two 55-gallon barrels. The bill takes effect in August 2016 unless a petition is filed for a voter referendum, meaning the proposal would be voted on by the public in the November elections. Colorado’s farmers have been divided over the proposed law with opponents claiming rainwater collection barrels would decrease the amount of surface runoff which provides water to downstream areas.

Science & Technology

A hacker is reportedly selling the stolen emails and passwords of 117 million LinkedIn users
Business Insider - A hacker known as "Peace" is selling what is reportedly account information from 117 million LinkedIn users. The stolen data is said to include email addresses and passwords, which a malicious party could use to gain access to other websites and accounts for which people used the same password. LinkedIn says it has about 433 million members worldwide, so this data could represent 27% of its user base. The hacker says the credentials were obtained during a LinkedIn data breach in 2012 that saw 6.5 million encrypted passwords posted online, according to Motherboard. But the leak now appears to be much larger than was thought at the time. Peace is selling the data for about $2,200 (5 bitcoin) on the Dark Web, the part of the internet accessible only with a special browser that masks user identities.

Developer of Online Anonymity Tool Tor Flees US to Escape FBI ‘Harassment’
Sputnik News - The Federal Bureau of Investigations may be looking to break into Tor, the Internet browser that hides user’s locations, by trying to subpoena one of Tor’s primary software developers, and instead of complying, she has fled the country. The FBI wants the cryptographer, who goes by Isis Agora Lovecruft, to testify in a criminal hacking investigation, but privacy advocates — as well as Lovecruft herself — believe the Bureau will attempt to coerce her into helping them crack the system. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the leading nonprofit organization defending electronic civil liberties, has also taken on the case.

In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human
npr - The researchers hope these embryos, known as chimeras, could eventually help save the lives of people with a wide range of diseases. One way would be to use chimera embryos to create better animal models to study how human diseases happen and how they progress. Perhaps the boldest hope is to create farm animals that have human organs that could be transplanted into terminally ill patients. But some scientists and bioethicists worry the creation of these interspecies embryos crosses the line. "You're getting into unsettling ground that I think is damaging to our sense of humanity," says Stuart Newman, a professor of cell biology and anatomy at the New York Medical College. The experiments are so sensitive that the National Institutes of Health has imposed a moratorium on funding them while officials explore the ethical issues they raise. Nevertheless, a small number of researchers are pursuing the work with private funding.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The 8 Dumbest Mistakes Even Smart Gardeners Make (No. 3 Could Ruin Your Entire Crop)
Off the Grid News - Growing food is a combination of science, art, diligence and good fortune — and it is a moving target. There are the perennial challenges to stay ahead of weeding and watering, and to protect the plants from the hungry jaws of insects and wildlife... Here are eight ways that even the best gardeners can slip up. 1. Leaving inadequate space between plants and between rows.... It is important to follow the instructions on the seed packet or in the catalog, and even get out a tape measure if necessary in order to prevent underestimating the distance between plants. 2. Losing control of succession planting. The idea behind this concept is to plant a little at a time, over a span of several weeks. This is to prevent drowning in those early summer vegetables... 3. Forgetting about soil health. Soil is a living entity. Without healthy soil, hopes for healthy garden plants are slim. 4. Recreational rototilling. Excess tilling can destroy organisms which keep the soil alive and vibrant, and allow the soil to become compacted and lifeless...


Big Pharma’s Dirty Little Secret: Vaccine-Induced Autoimmune Injury
Green Med Info - This month at the 10th Autoimmunity Congress in Leipzig, Germany a leading pharmaceutical researcher presented his international team’s findings... Sohail Ahmed, lead author of a ground breaking paper published last summer in Science Translational Medicine explained how the now-retracted Pandemrix vaccine was implicated in a narcolepsy epidemic of more than 1,300 children in several European countries and spates of cases linked to other vaccines for the 2009 swine flu pandemic that never materialized. It turns out, part of the influenza nucleoprotein in the swine flu vaccine looked (molecularly) just like a receptor for a neurotransmitter in the brain called orexin that regulates the sleep/wake cycle, explained, Ahmed former global head of clinical sciences at Novartis... “Adjuvants expand, potentiate, and increase immune responses,” explains [biochemist] Kanduc. “Such hyperactivation has a price: the loss of specificity. The hyper-stimulated immune system does not discriminate any more between foreign proteins and self-proteins…Adjuvants render the immune system blind. Human proteins that share peptide sequences will be attacked.”

Grape polyphenols help counter negative effects of high fat diet
(NaturalNews) Grape polyphenols may help protect the body from the effects of a diet high in fat, according to two studies conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. "These two studies suggest that grapes and grape polyphenols may help offset a number of the adverse effects of consuming a high fat diet and trigger improvements in intestinal or systemic health," lead researcher Michael McIntosh said. "This is an exciting area of health that merits further study." Many of the famous health benefits of red wine, such as reduced cardiovascular disease risk, are thought to stem from plant compounds known as polyphenols. Grape skins are particularly high in these compounds. In addition to having high antioxidant activity, polyphenols may also help block the production of a protein that plays a role in cardiovascular disease.

Infants fed rice have twice as high urinary arsenic concentrations than infants fed no rice
(NaturalNews) Rice cereal is one of the most widely consumed solid foods among infants, primarily because it has a mushy texture and is easy to digest. Nevertheless, parents may want to be careful about how much rice they feed their children. A recent study, published online by JAMA Pediatrics, found that infants who consume rice and rice products had higher urinary arsenic concentrations than infants who did not do so. Exposure to inorganic arsenic from white and brown rice is a growing problem among infants, and can impair a child's immune system and cognitive development.... When arsenic poisoning becomes acute, it can spur a host of symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, blood in the urine and even cramps. It affects organs throughout the body, including the skin, lungs, kidneys and liver.

Wednesday - May 18, 2016  -  Today in History:

1652 - In Rhode Island, a law was passed that made slavery illegal in North America. It was the first law of its kind.
1792 - Russian troops invaded Poland.
1798 - The first Secretary of the U.S. Navy was appointed. He was Benjamin Stoddert.
1896 - The U.S. Supreme court upheld the "separate but equal" policy in the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision. The ruling was overturned 58 years later with Brown vs. Board of Education.
1917 - The U.S. Congress passed the Selective Service act, which called up soldiers to fight in World War I.
1933 - The Tennessee Valley Authority was created.
1934 - The U.S. Congress approved an act, known as the "Lindberg Act," that called for the death penalty in interstate kidnapping cases.
1944 - Monte Cassino, Europe's oldest Monastic house, was finally captured by the Allies in Italy.
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 three 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.
2014 - Russian President Putin signed a bill to absorb Crimea into the Russian Federation.

World News

Three bombings in Baghdad kill 70 in worst violence so far this year
Reuters - At least 72 people were killed and more than 140 wounded by three bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year. Islamic State claimed one suicide bombing which killed 38 people and wounded over 70 in a marketplace in the northern, mainly Shi'ite Muslim district of al-Shaab. A car bomb in nearby Shi'ite Sadr City killed at least 28 dead and 57 wounded, and another car blew up in the mixed Shi'ite-Sunni neighborhood of al-Rasheed, south of the capital, killing six and wounding 21, the sources said.

‘No new military base in Palmyra’ – Russian Defense Ministry refutes AP report
RT - The Russian Defense Ministry has denied allegations reported by the AP that Russia is constructing an army base in the ancient city of Palmyra, which has recently been freed from Islamic State. Earlier in the day, the AP news agency came out with a report stating that the Russian military is building an army base in Palmyra within the zone listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site, and without permission from authorities. The agency cited an “American heritage organization” and a “top Syrian archaeologist” as its sources, as well as satellite images that appear to show some construction on the edge of the ancient site. Yet, as General Konashenkov states, the pictures show something else entirely. “The satellite pictures of this area posted by UNESCO, which were mentioned by AP, show the temporary camp of the International Demining Center of Russia’s Defense Forces, which were demining the archaeological monument of Palmyra, and now the broader area of Tadmor city.” The installation of this temporary camp until the area is cleared of explosives has been approved at the Ministry of Culture and other official departments of the Syrian State,” Konashenkov pointed out.

Revealed: Saudi Arabia owns $117 billion of U.S. debt
CNN Money - Saudi Arabia stockpiled $116.8 billion of U.S. Treasuries as of March, the Treasury Department announced on Monday, ending four decades of keeping the figure secret. That makes Saudi Arabia the 13th largest foreign holder of U.S. debt, though well behind the $1 trillion-plus owned by China and Japan each. The Saudi figure was first reported by Bloomberg News based on a Freedom of Information Act request. Unlike with most other major owners of U.S. debt, the Treasury Department kept Saudi Arabia's precise holdings secret since the 1970s. Saudi's holdings were lumped together with that of other oil exporting nations, including Venezuela and Iraq.... The new Treasury report also revealed that the Cayman Islands, a country of less than 60,000 people, owned $265 billion of U.S. Treasuries as of March. That's the third-highest sum in the world and a reflection of the nation's status as a major tax haven.

German Gov’t to Employ 100,000 Immigrants for One Euro an Hour
Breitbart - In Germany, the latest scheme by the government of Prime Minister Angela Merkel to deal with Europe’s migrant crisis envisions hiring of up to 100 thousand asylum-seekers in a new state program for the employment of immigrants.... The new plan is not without its critics, with human rights groups comparing the scheme to sweatshops whose products are regularly boycotted by first-world nations. Conservatives have also been quick to criticize the plan, such as Stefan von Borstel of Germany’s Die Welt newspaper, who claims that the plan is a ruse by the government to improve employment statistics.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate Passes Bill That Would Expose Saudi Arabia's Role In Sept. 11: Obama Veto Imminent
Zero Hedge - It will be up to Obama to veto the bill because moments ago the Senate unanimously passed said bill, bringing Congress closer to a showdown with the White House. The Senate’s passage of the bill, which will now be taken up in the House, is another sign of escalating tensions in a relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia that once received little scrutiny from lawmakers. As reported a month ago, the Obama administration has urgently lobbied against the bill, and the Saudi government has warned that if the legislation passes it might begin liquidating its USD reserves. Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, delivered the warning to lawmakers and administration officials while in Washington in March.

Senate set to approve $1.1 billion in Zika virus funding
Reuters - By a vote of 68-29, senators limited debate on the measure, paving the way for likely Senate approval this week. Two other funding approaches failed to get enough support to advance in the Senate. Meanwhile, the White House threatened to veto a $622.1 billion Zika bill poised to pass the House of Representatives later this week, saying it was "woefully inadequate." Unlike the Senate legislation, the House bill also requires that the $622.1 million be fully offset with spending cuts elsewhere. Many conservative Republicans in the House refuse to approve Zika funds that would add to federal budget deficits, while Democrats and some Senate Republicans favor treating the problem as an emergency that would not have to be financed with spending cuts.

Johnson & Johnson to stand behind talc's safety at upcoming trials: lawyer
Reuters - Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) will keep aruging in court that its talc-based powders are safe, an outside lawyer who has defended the company in lawsuits said, even after losing two multimillion-dollar verdicts to plaintiffs who alleged that J&J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower caused ovarian cancer. Gene Williams blamed those verdicts on confusion created by plaintiffs' lawyers at the trial. The Houston-based lawyer insisted in a recent interview that there "is no proven linkage between talc and ovarian cancer, and the vast majority of scientific and regulatory bodies, who have reviewed the same studies the plaintiffs point to, do not accept the premise." Two talc lawsuits are scheduled for trial this fall, one in Missouri and one in New Jersey. At least 1,400 cases have been filed over the issue, mostly in Missouri, where state court rules are seen as friendly to plaintiffs.

Police ask motorists to “volunteer” to submit to drug tests
MassPrivateI - Two years have passed since, police were forced to stop using 'voluntary' DNA checkpoints across the country.... Since January of this year, the Colorado State Police have been pilot-testing drug saliva kits for private corporations! Colorado troopers have been using five different untested drug saliva test kits on suspected drugged drivers. There are currently only a handful of manufacturers making saliva test kits and the state police are pilot-testing them all on motorists.... According to CBS Denver, state troopers have been field testing drug saliva kits on 'volunteer' motorists accused of drugged driving. "There are five different devices are being used by CSP. Each company has different criteria being used on their tests, according to CSP. One-hundred-twenty-five troopers have been trained on the devices and are using them when a DUID suspect volunteers, according to Maj. Steve Garcia." “The results will be used in discovery but the decision to arrest or charge was not influenced in any way based upon these devices,” Garcia said. In other words the prosecutor will present unverified drug results to a judge, but trust them police won't use that info. to recommend sentencing.

Disabled inmate who stole $5 in snacks ‘starved to death’ in Virginia prison
RT - Twenty-four-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested in Portsmouth, Virginia in April 2015 for stealing a bottle of soda, a candy bar and a snack cake worth $5.05. After he was taken to jail and ruled unfit to stand trial – Mitchell suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and was described in school records as mildly “mentally retarded” – he nevertheless remained in jail for four months instead of being transferred to a hospital. n August 2015, Mitchell was found dead in his cell, having lost 40-50 pounds. A medical examiner found that he was “nearly cachectic,” meaning he had lost so much weight that the process couldn’t be reversed nutritionally.

Election News

Trump scores an easy victory in Oregon
Washington Examiner - Donald Trump cruised to victory in Oregon on Tuesday, leaving just six more states to vote before Republicans convene for their national convention in July. Trump maintained a steady lead in Oregon long before his remaining Republican rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, suspended their campaigns earlier this month.

Kentucky Freefall: Hillary Loses Quarter of a Million Votes from Her 2008 Primary Win
The Gateway Pundit - It’s another disastrous night for Hillary Clinton. Hillary won the Kentucky primary in 2008 with 459,511 votes. On Tuesday night Hillary pulled ahead of Bernie Sanders in Kentucky in the final minutes. With 99% of precincts reporting— Hillary has 209,757 votes to Bernie’s 207,278 votes.
* Related: Kentucky and Oregon Presidential Primary and Caucus Results

Bernie Sanders strikes back in Oregon
Washington Examiner - Bernie Sanders won the Oregon primary on Tuesday, securing the support of the Pacific Northwest state's liberal wing and aiding his quest to bring the fight against Hillary Clinton to the Democratic convention. Little polling was done in the state prior to primary, with most of it showing a slight Clinton lead. But the state's demographics and voting largely mirror Washington State, where Sanders won by more than 50 points.

Video: Hillary Offers $30 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars to Re-Educate Coal Miners She’s Going to Fire
The Gateway Pundit - Hillary Clinton generously offered to give unemployed coal miners taxpayer funded education classes after she ruins their communities and puts them out of work.

Rand Paul wins Kentucky primary
Washington Examiner - Kentucky Republicans nominated Sen. Rand Paul for a second term in their primary Tuesday. While Paul won the GOP nomination over the opposite of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and most other party leaders in 2010, on Tuesday night he faced no serious opposition.

Trump willing to talk to North Korea's Kim, wants to renegotiate climate accord
Reuters - Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, proposing a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, Trump also called for a renegotiation of the Paris climate accord, said he disapproved of Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in eastern Ukraine, and said he would seek to dismantle most of the U.S. Dodd-Frank financial regulations if he is elected president. The presumptive Republican nominee declined to share details of his plans to deal with North Korea, but said he was open to talking to its leader.... North Korea's mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump's remarks.... Trump's preparedness to talk directly with Kim contrasts with President Barack Obama's policy of relying on senior U.S. officials to talk to senior North Korean officials.

Trump Hires Libertarian For Campaign
Kit Daniels - Trump brought Fabrizio on board after consulting with his new convention manager Paul Manafort, who absorbed many of the duties previously handled by Corey Lewandowski, sources tell Infowars. Lewandowski, on the other hand, wanted to hire Ted Cruz’s former pollster Kelly Ann Conway. Fabrizio, who sources describe as a street fighter with a healthy obsession with winning, has years of experience as a political and corporate strategist who specializes in quantitative and qualitative opinion research. He also has experience in assessing government waste, such as his 2008 study showing the average Massachusetts voter believes the state wastes 41% of its funding. Fabrizio, like Trump, has also been targeted by the establishment media for interjecting libertarianism into the GOP.

Rand Paul Supports Donald Trump as Nominee: ‘I Stand by That Pledge’
Breitbart - Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News he will honor his pledge to support the presumptive 2016 GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in the general election against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—the likely Democratic nominee—in November.... Several others, like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have followed through on their pledges to support Trump as the nominee. Others, like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), have yet to do so. Now that Trump has won and he has lost, Bush has said he does not intend to back Trump over Clinton.

Sanders: 'Shots Were Fired Into My Campaign Office in Nevada'
Weekly Standard - Bernie Sanders revealed Tuesday that shots were fired into his Nevada campaign office and that an "apartment housing complex my campaign staff lived in was broken into and ransacked." The Democratic presidential candidate did not explicitly blame his rival, Hillary Clinton, for the actions. Sanders made the statement in response to "criticisms made against my campaign organization."

Burlington College Feels the Bern! Will Close Thanks to Crushing Debt Acquired by Mrs. Bernie Sanders
The Gateway Pundit - One of the reasons Bernie Sanders is doing well with Millennials is because he’s promising free college for everyone. In an ultimate twist of irony, his wife Jane Sanders was president of Burlington College in Vermont and racked up such large debts for the small school that she led it to ruin.... Heat Street reported: Less than a year after leading Burlington College into massive debt, Ms. Sanders resigned, taking with her a $200,000 severance package. By 2014, because of its shaky finances and running deficits, Burlington College found itself placed on probation for two years by the regional accreditation agency. A Burlington College news release issued this morning called these financial hurdles “insurmountable at this time.”

Veteran News

House drops military draft requirement for women
Reuters - The House of Representatives stripped a requirement that women register for the military draft from a sweeping annual defense policy bill on Tuesday, but supporters of the provision said they would keep pushing for its passage. Democrats accused the committee's Republican leaders of using an underhanded ploy to undercut the House Armed Services Committee, which had approved the amendment, and avoid what could be a difficult vote for some party members. "They don't want to subject their members to a vote on equality for women," Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, told reporters. Republican Representative Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the amendment was removed because it violated House budget rules due to the cost of registering women. He said it was replaced with an amendment calling for a broad review of the Selective Service. The House Rules Committee set up removal of the amendment from the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, during a meeting late on Monday. It was taken out of the bill via a procedural vote on Tuesday afternoon.

Economy & Business

U.S. extends overtime pay to 4.2 million salaried workers
Reuters - The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled the final version of a long-awaited and controversial rule to extend overtime pay to 4.2 million U.S. workers, which marks one of the administration’s most significant moves to address stagnant wages. The rule, which has drawn intense criticism from business groups and Republicans, doubles the maximum annual income a salaried worker can earn and still be automatically eligible for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476 and requires that threshold to be updated every three years. It takes effect Dec. 1.... The rule will likely touch nearly every sector of the U.S. economy but is expected to have the greatest impact on nonprofit groups, retail companies, hotels and restaurants, which have many management workers whose salaries are below the new threshold. Business groups, which lobbied heavily against the changes, say companies will be forced to cut wages and hours and may slow hiring.

Corporate CEOs earn 335 times more money than employees – report
RT - The head honchos of America’s 500 largest companies earn 335 times more money than their employees, a new union report found, which also highlighted how corporations are offshoring jobs and hiding their money overseas to avoid taxes. Intended to shine a light into the wide gap between corporate management and their employees, the report from the AFL-CIO federation of labor unions said that the average pay for workers in 2015 was under $37,000. By contrast, CEOs of S&P 500 Index companies earned an average of $12.4 million. Notably, the gap between CEOs and employees is actually down from the previous year, when those at the top of the ladder earned 373 times more than their workers.

Texas Sees Most Oil Rig Losses as Iran Breaks Production Records
Breitbart - Houston-based Baker Hughes International’s (NYSE: BHI) Weekly Rig Count offered fresh perspective on the decline of North American oil and natural gas exploration. Nationally, 10 rigs were sent to their yards for stacking amid a continued global supply glut this week, seven of which were operating in Texas. As of now, only 406 oil and gas rigs are in use in the United States, down 482 from the same time last year. Texas holds 45 percent of all American rigs, 181 total as of this week. A year ago, maintained 373. Only one natural gas rig went into the field this week in the country.... As domestic producers continue to flounder, a reinvigorated Iran is already shattering daily output rates – well ahead of western market analysts’ expectations of an infrastructure rebuilding period after the Obama Nuclear Deal began to take effect. Iranian crude exports to Europe and Asia set new records in April, yielding 2.35 million barrels per day, up 660,000 daily compared to March.

Texas Begins Construction Of Gold Depository
Zero Hedge - The original sponsor of the bill, State Representative Giovanni Capriglione appears pleased with the progress being made: “I am optimistic that the depository will be up and running at the end of this year or the beginning of next year,” Capriglione said, "at the depository, Texans will be able to open accounts similar to checking or savings accounts at traditional banks - and monitor them online."... For one, many state politicians hope that the State of Texas will be able to relocate its own gold holdings into Texas from New York where it currently sits. The state spends a million dollars per year on its storage. Moreover, existence of the depository opens up the possibilities for users creating a new type of currency in which purchases are made electronically with the backing of the gold in the depository. In other words, one could potentially use the depository's infrastructure to make purchases using gold, and to have gold either directly deposited into another's account, or converted to US dollars and deposited in a conventional bank. Arguably, this is just an electronic version of gold-backed money.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

$2 Billion in Annual Damage to U.S. Forests Caused by Insects Arriving in Overseas Cargo
AllGov - "I consider air pollution and climate change to be serious, long-term threats to the forests," said Gary Lovett, senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in the Hudson Valley. "But neither of those is changing the forest the way the pests are." There are more than 400 forest pests in the country with every state affected. Imported tree pests long ago wiped out eastern chestnuts and elms. Now under siege are hemlocks, ash, beech, oaks, maples and dogwood.

NAS Report Shows GM Crops ‘Clearly Not the Answer to World Hunger’
Sustainable Pulse - A new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects” released today recommends pre-market safety assessments of GMOs, and it cites consumers’ social and economic choices as issues that policymakers should consider when debating mandatory labeling for GMOs.... Consumers Union also praised the report for recommending premarket human and environmental safety assessments for a wider range of products than are currently getting regulatory attention. The report found that genetic engineering already employed in food crops, new “gene editing” techniques such as “CRISPR”, and older techniques such as mutagenesis, create similar changes in plant DNA and their safety should be assessed.... The report also found there was no evidence that GMO crops have improved yields. The report found “no significant change in the rate at which crop yields increase could be discerned from the data.”

Big Candy Breaks Up With GMO Sugar Beets, Leaves GM Producers in Lurch
Brandon Turbeville - Ever since around eight years ago, almost all the sugar beet farmers in the United States started growing GMO sugar beets. These GM beets are genetically modified to tolerate Roundup, aka glyphosate, obviously Monsanto and other Big Ag companies were quite pleased with the status quo. But in the past two years, with an increase in awareness about the dangers of GMOs, consumers have begun to demand another option for their sugar goods, seek out sweets that do not contain GMOs and pressure manufacturers to discontinue using the GMO sugar beets.

He Rubs a Potato on His Grill for THIS Genius Reason!
David Wolfe - It’s now time to enjoy some grilling outdoors while the kids play in the backyard. It is a good excuse for spending a bunch of time outside in the sun. Also, who doesn’t like grilling? Cooking food outside is not only relaxing, it removes heat and smells from your home. However, the worst part about grilling is when your food sticks to the grill. When that happens, it’s almost impossible to get it off. It can also ruin your food! Well, there is an easy and natural way to prevent food sticking on grills. All you have to do is take a potato and cut it in half, wait for the grill to warm up, and rub the potato on the hot grill. The natural starches in the potato will prevent any food from sticking. However, it is best to go with an organic potato. You don’t want all those nasty chemicals on your grill as well.


12 Wellness Reasons to Include Elderberries in Your Preps
Natural Blaze - The elderberry is quite potent with several health and wellness benefits. I have identified twelve of those benefits although I am certain there are others. 1. Fights Flu: This is where elderberry shines, with ample research on the safety and efficacy of elderberry as a remedy for both influenza A and B. 2. Treats Wounds: With its antiseptic and mild antibiotic action, elderberry helps fight infection in wounds, especially when used in conjunction with honey. 3. Powerful Antioxidant: Elderberries are dense in antioxidants which have been linked to a reduction in Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and even cancer cells. 4. Boosts Immunity to Disease: They are rich in vitamin C, which promotes the production of white blood cells and reduces oxidative stress. 5. Enhanced Brain Function: Elderberries contain 2.32mg of iron, which decreases lethargy and increases mental capacity....

The Anti-Cancer Juice Designed by Science
Natural News Blogs - The juice recipe below was created based on scientific research studies into nutraceuticals (food as medicine). The recipe contains some of the most powerful anti-cancer food compounds known to man. This juice should be drunk daily by anyone suffering with cancer, in conjunction with their recommended medical treatments. INGREDIENTS: Turmeric – contains curcumin, one of the most promising anti-cancer food compounds available to us.... Citrus – flavanoids and carotenoids have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.... Celery – contains apigenin, a compound that has been shown to kill up to 83% of lung cancer cells, as well as having an anti-cancer effect on breast, cervical, colon and thyroid cancer. Green Tea – contains epigallocatechin (EGCG) that prevents tumour cells from dividing and also initiates cell suicide (apoptosis).... Red cabbage – contains indoles and isothiocyanates that stop tumour cells from growing and forming....

Dandelion root extract found to kill leukemia cells, prostate cancer cells and chemo-resistant melanoma
(NaturalNews) At the University of Windsor in Ontario, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has shown that dandelion root extract can cause human melanoma cells to essentially kill themselves without leading to any type of toxicity. In fact, their initial study saw cancer cells disintegrating within 48 hours, while healthy cells remained unaffected. The study was led by Professor Siyaram Pandey, PhD.... A 2008 study published in the International Journal of Oncology showed that dandelion tea reduced breast and prostate cancer cells. A subsequent report in the same journal showed that a dietary supplement that contained dandelion suppressed the growth of prostate cancer cells. Dandelion extracts have also demonstrated their efficacy in treating breast cancer and leukemia in traditional Chinese medicine as well as in Native American medicine. In addition, dandelion extracts show promise in fighting colon and pancreatic cancer cells.

Video: Veggie Dog Recipe | The Edgy Veg
Learn how to make homemade veggie hot dogs for your vegan BBQ this summer! This easy carrot hot dog recipe is a delicious but healthy take on a summer favorite. Veggie dogs for everyone! Marinated carrots make the best homemade veggie dogs ever.

If You Exercise Intensely, Your Fitness Routine Can Be Cut Extremely Short
Dr. Mercola - As incredible as it sounds, a recent experiment showed that one single minute of strenuous activity within a 10-minute exercise session is as effective as working out for 45 minutes at a moderate pace. If you've put off exercise for lack of time, such findings may be nothing short of life changing.... At least two studies have also shown that exercise induces mitochondrial biogenesis in the brain, which helps limit (or even reverse) age-associated declines in cognitive function. It can also help repair brain damage following a stroke. However, it is important to remember that diet trumps exercise and if you're consuming processed food and excessive net carbs, this will blunt your body's ability to optimize repair and regeneration through mitochondrial repair.

Pet News

If Your Cat Does This Longer Than 3 Weeks, Please Don't Ignore It
Dr. Becker - The primary symptom in cats is a cough that can develop suddenly or gradually and lasts for more than two or three weeks. If your kitty has an occasional, infrequent cough, it’s typically nothing to worry about. But a chronic cough should be evaluated by your veterinarian. Other signs to watch for are wheezing, shortness of breath, respiratory distress, and retching at the end of a coughing episode that clears mucus from the throat. The most common age for a chronic cough to develop in cats is from two to eight years. Oriental breeds, including Siamese and Burmese, seem predisposed. Often, cats with chronic coughing also have a history of flu-like symptoms, seasonal allergic coughing, and triggers such as smoke, temperature changes, aerosol sprays, dusty litter, and sleeping on their owners’ beds. Goals of treatment are to identify and resolve the underlying cause of your cat’s cough, along with controlling the cough itself.... Under NO circumstances should you ever administer human medications to your cat. Even very small amounts of over-the-counter drugs such as Robitussin, aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen can be extremely toxic to kitties.

Tuesday - May 17, 2016  -  Today in History:

1926 - The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires was damaged by bombs that were believed set by sympathizers of Sacco and Vanzetti.
1932 - The U.S. Congress changed the name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico."
1939 - The first fashion to be shown on television was broadcast in New York from the Ritz-Carleton Hotel.
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 - U.S. 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.
2000 - Austria, the U.S. and six other countries agreed on the broad outline of a plan that would compensate Nazi-Era forced labor.
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.

World News

World powers up for arming Libyan govt to counter ISIS
RT - This decision is stated in an official communique of talks in Vienna, signed by all five permanent UN Security Council members (the US, Russia, France, UK and China), as well as representatives of over 15 other countries participating in the talks. It comes after Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj called for lifting arms embargo to support the national army earlier on Monday.... Fayez al-Sarraj said his government is preparing to submit a weapons wish list. “We have a major challenge ahead of us [fighting extremists],” he said, urging the international community to assist his government in combating terrorism. The war-torn North African nation is currently under a UN embargo imposed to keep lethal weapons away from the hands of terrorists, as well as alternate forces that seek to overthrow the UN-backed government.

Former MI6 Head: Europe Faces “Populist Uprising” Over Migrant Crisis
Paul Joseph Watson - “If Europe cannot act together to persuade a significant majority of its citizens that it can gain control of its migratory crisis then the EU will find itself at the mercy of a populist uprising, which is already stirring,” Dearlove told BBC’s World on the Move. Noting that the number of migrants entering Europe could run into the millions, Dearlove added that next month’s vote on the UK leaving the European Union was “the first roll of the dice in a bigger geopolitical game”.... Top security experts in Germany told Chancellor Angela Merkel last October that the middle class was becoming “radicalized” as a result of her open borders migrant policy and that domestic disorder could ensue as a result. French security forces are also preparing for mass civil unrest and radicalized immigrants taking over entire neighborhoods, according to intelligence sources. Last year, Swiss army chief André Blattmann warned that the risk of social unrest in Europe was intensifying and that citizens should arm themselves. Danish Professor Helmuth Nyborg also cautioned last month that “civil war” was the most likely outcome of current EU immigration policies.

UK Establishment Stunned As Over 300 CEOs Back Brexit
Zero Hedge - As The Telegraph reports, the letter, signed by some of Europe's most senior business executives, claims Brussels "red tape stifles growth" and a Brexit would "create more jobs" exclaiming that "it is business - not government - which generates wealth.".... In an attempt to redress the balance after the Bank of England and the International Monetary Fund last week warned that a Brexit would damage Britain’s economy, the letter in the Telegraph is signed by 306 business leaders in a personal capacity (and also signed by hundreds of people linked to small and medium-sized businesses). In total the backers of the letter are from businesses employing hundreds of thousands of members of staff.... Signatories of the letter include Peter Goldstein, a founder of Superdrug, Steve Dowdle, the former vice president Europe of technology firm Sony, David Sismey, a MD of Goldman Sachs and Sir Patrick Sheehy, the former chairman of British American Tobacco.The polls remain very close...

Chinese bank ICBC to buy London gold vault
MarketWatch - ICBC Standard Bank PLC said on Monday it is buying Barclays PLC's precious-metals vault, in the latest move by the Chinese bank to increase its role in the market's infrastructure. The move makes parent ICBC, the world's biggest bank, the first Chinese lender to own a vault in London and extends its influence in precious metals from pricing to storage. With China the largest consumer of many metals, the country's banks have increasingly bid to own or help run the infrastructure in these markets. The vault, one of the largest in Europe, stores gold, silver, platinum and palladium. "This is an exciting acquisition for the Bank," said Mark Buncombe, head of commodities at ICBC. "This enables us to better execute on our strategy to become one of the largest Chinese banks in the precious metals market."

Alberta wildfire near Enbridge crude oil tank farm: officials
Yahoo News - A massive wildfire burning around the oil sands hub of Fort McMurray, Alberta is about 1 km (1,094 yards) away from Enbridge Inc's Cheecham crude oil tank farm, but is under control for now, emergency officials said on Monday. The blaze near the tank farm was stable because the wind was cooperating as Enbridge's industrial firefighters tackled the blaze, the officials said at a news conference.... On Monday, the blaze continued to burn uncontrolled, covering 285,000 hectares (704,000 acres), officials said. They noted firefighting efforts will be challenging over the next couple of days with hot, dry conditions and lightning fires expected.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate report on CIA torture is one step closer to disappearing
Yahoo News - The CIA inspector general’s office — the spy agency’s internal watchdog — has acknowledged it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a mammoth Senate torture report at the same time lawyers for the Justice Department were assuring a federal judge that copies of the document were being preserved.... In what one intelligence community source described as a series of errors straight “out of the Keystone Cops,” CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file with the report and then accidentally destroyed a disk that also contained the document, filled with thousands of secret files about the CIA’s use of “enhanced” interrogation methods.... the full three-volume report, which formed the basis for the executive summary, has never been released. In light of a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling last week that the document is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act, there are new questions about whether it will ever be made public, or even be preserved.

First Portion of Massive Edward Snowden NSA Trove Debuts Online
Sputnik News - A long-time partner of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept has released the first batch of SIDtoday files, greatly expanding public access to the details of the intelligence agency’s post-9/11 activities....The publication plans to release the US National Security Agency’s internal SIDtoday newsletters in installments. Obtained by Snowden, the letters span a decade."The SIDtoday documents run a wide gamut: from serious, detailed reports on top secret NSA surveillance programs to breezy, trivial meanderings of analysts’ trips and vacations, with much in between. Many are self-serving and boastful, designed to justify budgets or impress supervisors," [Glenn] Greenwald writes.... The first batch contains 166 articles and spans a period from March 31, 2003 to December 21, 2003.

Defense Bill Coming This Week: A Boost for War and Tyranny
Ron Paul - The National Defense Authorization bill should be a Congressional mechanism to bind the president to spend national defense money in the way Congress wishes. It is the nuts and bolts of the defense budget and as such is an important oversight tool preventing the imperial executive from treating the military as his own private army. Unfortunately that is no longer the case these days.... Once again it is a terrible piece of legislation that does great harm to the United States under the guise of protecting the United States. Unless some last minute changes take place, this latest NDAA will force young women for the first time to register to be drafted into the US military.... Along with extending draft registration to women, the latest NDAA expands the neocons’ new “Cold War” with Russia, adding $3.4 billion to put US troops and heavy weapons on Russia’s border because as the bill claims, “Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.” This NDAA also includes the military slush fund of nearly $60 billion for the president to spend on wars of his choosing without the need to get Congress involved. Despite all the cries that we need to “rebuild the military," this year’s Defense Authorization bill has a higher base expenditure than last year. There have been no cuts in the military. On the contrary: the budget keeps growing.

Obama at War Longer than any President in History
AllGov - President Obama came into office seven years ago pledging to end the wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush. On May 6, with eight months left before he vacates the White House, Mr. Obama passed a somber, little-noticed milestone: He has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president. If the United States remains in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria until the end of Mr. Obama’s term — a near-certainty given the president’s recent announcement that he will send 250 additional Special Operations forces to Syria — he will leave behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.

U.S Navy Finally Takes Control Of Its Overpriced $4 Billion Warship
Activist Post - ... the Navy is somewhat celebrating the arrival of their latest toy, the Zumwalt, a 610-foot warship that is the “largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer” ever produced. But, once again, the Devil is in the details. The Zumwalt arrives into the hands of the Navy many years late and carrying a price tag of $4.4 billion. Sorry, I should say “expected to be” $4.4 billion, as indicated by the report. Given the track record for this creation thus far we would be wise to cautiously finalize the price tag. Emphasis added: The original concept for the land-attack destroyer was floated more than 15 years ago then underwent several permutations. The final design called for a destroyer with a stealthy shape and advanced gun system that can fire rocket-propelled projectiles with pinpoint accuracy. But the growing cost forced the Navy to reduce what was originally envisioned as a 32-ship program to just three ships. The loss of economies of scale drove up the cost of the individual ships. The slow-going and rising costs were little surprise after the General Accounting Office warned that the Navy was trying to incorporate too many new technologies into the ship.

Ninth Circuit: Right to Bear Arms Includes Right to Acquire Arms
Breitbart - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that the right to bear arms has historically included the right to acquire them, and remanded the case of Teixeira v. County of Alameda to the lower court. Teixeira revolves around Alameda County zoning rules for incorporated areas that not only require a gun store owner to obtain requisite local, state, and federal permits for the business, but also make sure “the proposed location of the business is not within five hundred feet of a ‘[r]esidentially zoned district... Teixeira challenged Alameda County’s decision in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and lost. He then appealed the case to the 9th Circuit Court, where the ruling has remanded the case to the lower court.

Packing Heat: Missouri Lawmakers Expand Gun Rights, OK “Concealed Carry Without Permit”
Mac Slavo - The heavily Republican legislature just passed a bill in both the Senate and House allowing people to carry concealed without needing a permit, and without requiring training. Moreover, it reinforced the state’s Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground statutes.... As of now, it is unclear if Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon will sign the bill, or veto it and force a legislative fight. But a message has been signaled, loud and clear.

NYC to begin spraying for Zika over Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island
WPIX-TV - New York's Department of Health is launching an all-out assault against mosquitoes amid growing concern about the Zika Virus. While assuring residents that the virus is not spreading in the city, it says local mosquitoes are spreading other diseases like the West Nile Virus. With mosquito season upon us, the city is going to begin a three day aerial bombardment of marsh and other non-residential areas at some two dozen sites in the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn. Officials say they will use "environmentally friendly" larvicide to kill the infant mosquito larvae. With projected hot and damp weather the mosquito population is expected to have huge growth this season.

Election News

Trump opens up double-digit lead over Clinton in Utah
Washington Examiner - The latest Dan Jones & Associates survey of registered voters shows Trump leading Clinton 43-30 percent in the Beehive State, marking a 5-point increase since voters were last surveyed in early April. Twenty-six percent of respondents in the same survey remain undecided. Trump, who suffered a landslide loss to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Utah's Republican primary back in March, has also opened up an edge over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The 74-year-old socialist, who's challenging Clinton for the Democratic nomination, held a 15-point lead over Trump last month, but now trails the de facto GOP nominee by 5 percentage points.

CNN Calls Out NY Times Cranks on Trump Hit Piece on Live TV (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - On Sunday The New York Times published a front page hit piece [Link to NY Times story] on Donald Trump’s private behavior with women he dated. On Monday Rowanne Brewer, told FOX and Friends the NY Times’ journalists did not accurately portray her experience with Donald Trump. Rowanne said, “They spun it.” This morning CNN anchors Kate Bolduan and John Berman called out New York Times journalists for their shoddy and dishonest reporting. The NY Times journalists, Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey, appeared on At This Hour to respond to accusations from a woman featured in the article.

Nancy Pelosi: I “Guarantee” Trump Will Not be President
Paul Joseph Watson - California Democrat says New York billionaire a “here today, gone tomorrow” candidate. Pelosi made it clear that she was firmly backing Hillary by constantly using the words, “our next president, whoever she may be.” The former Speaker of the House then claimed that if comparisons were made between what Trump says about Mexicans, Muslims and women and Republican members of the House, their rhetoric is the same. Pelosi asserted that Trump’s rise in popularity was because Republicans have spread fear about “the empowerment of women, the empowerment of minorities,” agreeing with Swisher that this tapped into “white male anger”.

Hillary Clinton Says Husband to Lead Economic Revitalization If She Is Elected
The Epoch Times - On Monday afternoon, when pressed for specifics, Hillary said her husband would not be part of her cabinet.... At a Kentucky rally on May 14, Hillary was more specific, tapping her husband to be “in charge of economic revitalization.”.... The announcement that her husband would take an active part in a Clinton administration is based on his resume as president between 1993 and 2000, pointing to his successes in job growth.... Despite his successes, critics have pointed to weaknesses in his legacy, especially in the area of trade. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law early in his administration... The Clinton administration also pulled back on regulations for banks and Wall Street, which critics have argued was one of the reasons for the economic collapse and bailout in 2008.

Veteran News

Montana Disabled Vet Convicted of EPA Violations; Forced From Home Because of Gun Safe
The New American - Joseph Robertson is a 77-year-old disabled veteran who is being forbidden by the federal government from building ground water ponds on the property in Jefferson County, Montana, that his family has owned and worked for over 40 years. ...the EPA is charging Robertson with two counts of depositing dredge materials in the waters of the United States and one count of depredation of Forest Service property associated with Johnson’s unpatented mining claim.... Robertson’s second trial resulted in his conviction on charges of violating EPA regulations. ...the guilty verdict forced Robertson out of his home and into a trailer because his wife keeps a gun safe in their home and, as a convicted felon, he is not allowed to have access to firearms! Robertson faces a sentence of 15 years in prison and $750,000 in fines, which he insists would cause him to lose his property. Sentencing in the case of Joseph Robertson is scheduled for July 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Missoula, Montana. Americans must demand that state lawmakers step into the breach and protect their citizens from being denied their most fundamental rights.

Thousands Line Coronado Streets for Funeral of Fallen Navy SEAL
Breitbart - Thousands of people lined the streets of California’s Coronado Island on Friday and stood silently as the hearse carrying the body of fallen Navy SEAL Charles H. Keating IV passed by in funeral procession. Keating was a Petty Officer First Class who was shot and killed during a May 3 battle with ISIS.... The U.S. Navy says Keating will be “posthumously promoted to Chief Petty Officer.”

Economy & Business

"We Should Be Concerned" - Stock Buybacks Plunge Most Since 2009
Zero Hedge - Recall, that as Goldman pointed out a month ago, "buybacks will remain the key source of equity inflow in 2016".... U.S. companies from Apple Inc. to IBM Corp. just put on the brakes. Bloomberg cites research by Birinyi Associates according to which announced repurchases dropped 38 percent to $244 billion in the last four months, the biggest decline since 2009..... At stake is the primary source of buoyancy for the second-longest bull market in history, at a time when individuals and money managers are bailing out and valuations sit near 14-year highs. Traders are worried: "If the only meaningful source of demand in the market is companies buying their own shares back, then what happens if that goes away?” said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer of Commonwealth Financial Network in Waltham, Massachusetts, which oversees $100 billion. “We should be concerned.”

Energy & Environment

Navy Allowed to Kill or Injure Nearly 12 Million Whales, Dolphins, Other Marine Mammals in Pacific
Truthout - Death and Destruction have become American Hallmarks. In the guise of protecting us from a hoax “theorist threat” the US government has killed and dislocated millions of peoples in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Somalia. Now in the guise of protecting us from an undefined threat, the US Navy is conducting exercises estimated to kill/injure 12 million whales, porpoises, sea lions, seals, and sea otters.

New Mini-Turbine is Capable of Powering an Entire Town
Natural Blaze - The scientists from GE Global Research are now performing tests on a turbine that is approximately the size of a desk. But more interesting, is this mini-turbine has the capabilities of powering a small town of up to 10,000 homes.... While typical turbines are generally driven by steam, resulting in a much larger scale, this specific turbine is actually driven by what the researchers call supercritical carbon dioxide. This is highly pressurized, not to mention extremely hot.... The new turbine that GE Global Researchers are working on, is projecting to be over 5% more efficient than that of the traditional steam turbines, in the attempts of converting heat into electricity. What is even more promising, the team’s GE prototype is only 10 megawatts. However, the team is aiming to scale the prototype up to a grand total of 33 megawatts.

Science & Technology

The Pentagon is building a ‘self-aware’ killer robot army fueled by social media
INSURGE intelligence - ... Pentagon documents dated from 2015 to 2016 confirm that US military planners are already developing technologies designed to enable swarms of “self-aware” interconnected robots to design and execute kill operations against robot-selected targets. More alarmingly, the documents show that the DoD believes that within just fifteen years, it will be feasible for mission planning, target selection and the deployment of lethal force to be delegated entirely to autonomous weapon systems in air, land and sea. The Pentagon expects AI threat assessments for these autonomous operations to be derived from massive data sets including blogs, websites, and multimedia posts on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The raft of Pentagon documentation flatly contradicts Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work’s denial that the DoD is planning to develop killer robots.

Secret meeting of 150 top scientists considers creating synthetic human genome within a decade as experts warn technology could lead to an ‘arms race’
Daily Mail - Last week, roughly 150 scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs met in secrecy to discuss the possibility of creating an entirely synthetic human genome. This means scientists would chemically recreate the genetic material that’s naturally passed from parents to children. While this could mean major advancements for biological science and public health, some experts have raised concerns over the ethics of the idea, and say something so significant should not be discussed behind closed doors. The invite-only meeting was held at Harvard Medical School in Boston on Tuesday, the New York Times reports, and attendees were told not to contact the media or tweet about it.

Origami Robot Heralds New Possibilities and Concerns For Ingestible Medicine
Natural Blaze - Ingestible medicine continues to be a controversial, but quickly arriving technology. In this video you will see a product of researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology – a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound. As Daniela Rus, Director at MIT CSAIL states, if all goes according to plan, the robot will one day be able to break away from external control and become autonomous.... Futurist and a director of engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil, has dubbed the robotic engineering of the human body as “Human Body 2.0.” As part of this project, he states: In the coming decades, a radical upgrading of our body’s physical and mental systems, already underway, will use nanobots to augment and ultimately replace our organs.... By 2030, reverse-engineering of the human brain will have been completed and nonbiological intelligence will merge with our biological brains.


7 Commonly Stockpiled Foods That Have A (Surprisingly) Short Shelf Life
Off the Grid News - Stockpiling foods is a way of life for homesteaders and survivalists, and choosing long-lasting foods is essential. But there are quite a few commonly stockpiled foods that have a short shelf life – and instead of lasting a few years may last only weeks or months. Let’s take a look at seven: 1. Brown rice. Brown rice finds its way into many foods stocks, but it actually does not last very long. Due to the fact that brown rice has a high amount of oil, it lasts for only three to six months at room temperature. On the other hand, white rice lasts far longer because it does not have a similar oil content. 2. Dried fruit. Rotation needs to be done anywhere from three to 12 months. Figs, on the shorter side, last only three months and on the longer side, raisins can last for 12 months. 3. Peanut butter. The longevity of peanut butter varies: All-natural peanut butter only lasts about two months, while regular peanut butter lasts for about one year....

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Stinging Nettles: The Edible Weed That Tastes Like Spinach, Is Healthier Than Broccoli, And Is Easily Tamed (Recipes)
Off the Grid News - Once the leaves of a stinging nettle have been exposed to hot liquid for a couple of minutes or finely chopped in a food processor, the needles and stinging chemicals are neutralized and they’re safe to eat. They are often used as a substitute for spinach, and, in fact, have a taste similar to spinach with cucumber flavor notes. There are numerous vitamins in them, from vitamin A to vitamin C to vitamin K. (In fact, they have more vitamin A, fiber, iron, calcium and magnesium than broccoli – although broccoli does have more vitamin C). Nettles have a surprising 25 percent protein content, and they’re known to be a natural blood thinner and diuretic. They’re also high in iron and have a similar nutritional profile to other green, leafy vegetables like kale and spinach.


Mom Faces Down SWAT Team and MRAP for Refusing to Give Daughter Deadly Antipsychotic Drug
Activist Post - Suicide, birth defects, heart problems, hostility, violence, aggression, hallucinations, self-harm, delusional thinking, homicidal ideation, and death are just a few of the side effects caused by psychiatric medication.... Last week, a Detroit mother, Maryanne Godboldo, was the subject of her 5th appeal by the prosecutor’s office for the ‘crime’ of preventing her child from being forced to take a psychiatric medicine.... On February 17, 2010, Maryanne Godboldo was told to put her daughter Ariana on the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.... After watching her daughter experience some of these severe side-effects from the drug, she consulted another doctor and they slowly weaned her off of it. When social services found out that Maryanne had taken her daughter off the drug, they took legal and physical action to force her hand. On March 24, 2011, social services, accompanied by the Detroit Police SWAT team and an illegal order, forcibly entered Maryanne’s home to remove Ariana, citing Maryanne’s refusal to give her Risperdal.

Medical Kidnapping in California Results in Infant Death
Health Impact News - It is hard to imagine a mother hearing more difficult words than those Danielle Hines from Riverside, California heard after her ultrasound at 6 1/2 months of pregnancy. Doctors told her that her new baby would be born with a severe heart defect, and they advised her to abort her baby. She refused. There was a lot of love in her heart, and she was determined to meet the challenge, giving everything that she could to help her baby. After all of this, Child Protective Services swooped in and seized her baby before she was even two months old. In Danielle’s words: CPS removed her from our beautiful home because I have too many children and were fearful I could not care for her due to Hayden having Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Though Danielle was able to regain physical custody, she was told that the state retained medical rights over Hayden. Now, Hayden is gone, and her mother is left asking, “Why?” She truly believes that: If CPS hadn’t taken my daughter from me, she would still be alive.

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Monday - May 16, 2016  -  Today 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.
1888 - The capitol of Texas was dedicated in Austin.
1910 - The U.S. Bureau of Mines was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1920 - Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome.
1929 - The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood.
1948 - The body of CBS News correspondent George Polk was found in Solonika Bay in Greece. It had been a week after he'd disappeared.
1960 - A Big Four summit in Paris collapsed due to the American U-2 spy plane incident.
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.
1992 - The Endeavour space shuttle landed safely after its maiden voyage.
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.
2003 - Adam Rich was placed on three years probation after he pled no contest to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was also ordered to take part ina 60-day treatment program and pay about $1,200 in fines.

World News

Israeli Leader: Iran Mocks WWII Holocaust, Prepares Another
(AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at Iran Sunday for staging a Holocaust-themed cartoon contest that mocked the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II and said the Islamic Republic was busy planning for another one. Iran has long backed armed groups committed to Israel’s destruction and its leaders have called for it to be wiped off the map. Israel fears that Iran’s nuclear program is designed to threaten its very existence. But Netanyahu said it was more than Iran’s belligerent policies that Israel opposed, but its values.... State Department spokesman Mark Toner, traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry in Saudi Arabia, said the United States was concerned the contest could “be used as a platform for Holocaust denial and revisionism and egregiously anti-Semitic speech, as it has in the past.”

WikiLeaks Exposes Newly “Selected” Brazilian President as Puppet for US Intelligence
Activist Post - The transparency organization WikiLeaks has exposed acting President Michel Temer, who ascended to the Brazilian presidency after a soft coup deposed President Rousseff, as having been an intelligence informant for the United States.... Renowned journalist Glenn Greenwald got to the root of the matter, when writing that Temer “will faithfully serve the interests of Brazil’s richest: he’s planning to appoint Goldman Sachs and IMF [International Monetary Fund] officials to run the economy and otherwise install a totally unrepresentative, neoliberal team.” Make no mistake that there is a massive covert effort by the U.S. to maintain their hegemonic position in global affairs — undertaken by any means necessary — and aimed squarely at the BRICS. The events in Brazil are unquestionably yet another orchestrated coup organized by Washington.

Al-Qaeda Terrorist Awarded $88k in ‘moral damages’ from Belgium Government
Infowars - Trabelsi, who reportedly met multiple times with Osama bin Laden back in 2001, was convicted of plotting to attack multiple US targets in Europe. After having his charges dropped in a case surrounding a 2001 terror plot against the US embassy in Paris, in which he planned to carry out a suicide bomb attack, Trabelsi was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in jail by a Belgian court in 2003. Connected to a terror plot against the Kleine Brogel Air Base in Belgium, Trabelsi was accused of “acts of criminal conspiracy, destruction by explosion, possession of combat weapons and belonging to a private militia,” reports RT. After being extradited to the US in 2013, Trabelsi complained he was exposed to “a risk of treatment contrary to Article 3 of the Convention” and that “the enforcement of the decision to extradite him had infringed his right of individual petition.” “The ECHR ordered to pay the jihadist no less than €90,000 (about US$100,000),” RT states. “His family, which lives in Belgium, had already received €11,000.”

Rothschild Bank Now Under Criminal Investigation Over Missing $4 Billion in Global Corruption Probe
Activist Post - Only two months ago, we reported on the Swiss branch of the Edmond de Rothschild Group announcing that they were the target of a French criminal probe “regarding a business relationship managed by a former employee.” Now, the Luxembourg unit of Rothschild banking empire is being investigated by the Luxembourg state prosecutors office — alleged to have sent hundreds of millions of dollars to an account at a bank in Luxembourg that originated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The fund, 1MBD, was established by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2009 as a government investment fund. There have been widespread accusations of corruption surrounding Razak after $1 billion dollars in deposits into his personal bank accounts were revealed. The deposits totaled hundreds of millions of dollars more than had previously been exposed by probes into state fund 1MDB, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Germany to spend €93.6bn on refugees until 2020 – report
RT - The German government will allocate nearly €94 billion for incoming refugees over the next five years. This includes housing, integration, German language courses and social welfare benefits, and dealing with the underlying causes of the refugee influx. Germany’s Der Spiegel cites a Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) statement, which estimates that the number of asylum seekers entering the country will be around 600,000 in 2016, some 400,000 in 2017 and about 300,000 each consecutive year. In 2016, the BMF plans to spend around €16.1 billion on migrants; by 2020 annual expenditure is expected to be somewhere in the region of €20.4 billion.

President orders military exercises as Venezuela braces for state of emergency
Deutsche Welle - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered military exercises to counter what he called "foreign threats." The move comes a day after he declared a state of emergency.... Speaking in the capital's Ibarra Square after a march Saturday by supporters of his Socialist Party, Maduro said his opponents were "orchestrating foreign military intervention in Venezuela."The president added that undefined exercises by the army and militia groups would "prepare for any scenario.”....Opposition leaders accused Maduro of using the emergency decree to destabilize the country and block them from organizing a referendum on removing him from office. It has launched the process by collecting 1.8 million signatures in favor of a recall vote. Supporters of opposition groups demonstrated simultaneously on Saturday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Rule Forces Hospitals to Trans Surgeries, Abortions
Breitbart - The Obama administration is capping off a week of forcing Americans to accept gender ideology as normal with a final rule on Obamacare’s nondiscrimination policies in healthcare. The rule will require physicians, hospitals, insurers, and other healthcare entities that receive federal funds — such as Medicare and Medicaid — to include gender transition treatments and even abortion among their services for the alleged sake of “equity.” The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final rule on Obamacare’s (Affordable Care Act’s) Section 1557 Friday... As bad as the ACA is, it’s laughable to suggest that when Congress referred to ‘sex’ in Section 1557 it was referring to anything other than biological sex,” says Breitbart News Legal Editor and religious liberty lawyer with First Liberty Institute Ken Klukowski, adding: This is Orwellian. But beyond that, it is an unconstitutional assault on the First Amendment that the Obama administration is forcing their rejection of biological fact onto people whose faith teaches that ‘man’ and ‘woman’ refer to what they have meant for thousands of years, and that God purposefully created them that way.

States vow to defy Obama directive on transgender bathrooms
(AP) - Politicians in Texas, Arkansas and elsewhere vowed defiance after the Obama administration told public schools across the U.S. on Friday to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity...The directive from the U.S. Justice and Education Departments represents an escalation in the fast-moving dispute over what is becoming the civil rights issue of the day. One by one, conservative political leaders thundered against it and President Barack Obama.... The guidance issued on Friday is not legally binding, since the question of whether federal civil rights law protects transgender people has not been definitively answered by the courts and may ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court. But schools that refuse to comply could be hit with civil rights lawsuits from the government and could face a cutoff of federal aid to education.

Thousands of Cuban Migrants Arriving in West Texas
Breitbart - The Catholic Church-affiliated Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services based in El Paso announced its intentions to aid roughly 3,500 migrants from the Communist island nation beginning this week, according to the Associated Press. The immigration services charity expects two plane loads carrying 150 Cubans per day will travel from Panama to Juarez, Mexico for eventual crossing into western Texas. An estimated 300 have already arrived in the first three days of the program. Arriving migrants to the U.S. can expect temporary housing for up to four people per unit, provided by local churches plus access assistance with the Refugee Cash Assistance Program. The Refugee Resettlement Program coordinated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission offers welfare benefits to those residing in the United States for five years or less — Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid benefits are made immediately available.

Rutland ,Vermont prepares for Syrian refugees with welcome, wariness
Boston Globe - Mayor Christopher Louras has unveiled a plan, developed in near-secrecy, to resettle 100 Syrian refugees who fled the onslaught of the Islamic State and are exiled in sprawling Jordanian camps. If approved by the State Department and others, the resettlement would begin in October and gradually send Rutland more Syrian refugees than are currently living anywhere else in New England.

Cash-Strapped Texas School District Dumps 7 Confederate-Tied Campus Names
Breitbart - Controversy erupted at the cash-strapped Houston Independent School District Thursday when the board of trustees voted to change the names of seven of its schools originally named for Confederate war figures. At issue is how trustees handled the process, which left many Houstonians feeling disenfranchised and worried about the astronomical costs associated with the name changes. Some may sue. This comes at a time Houston ISD has a $107 million budgetary shortfall and trustees estimated that name changes (for a total of eight schools) will incur roughly $2 million dollars of additional taxpayer debt..... Lanier watchdog group said taxpayer costs to rebrand just one school, Sidney Lanier Middle School, came in at around $500,000.

Election News

DNC Boss: Clinton Not Under Investigation by FBI in Email Scandal
Infowars - The head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, told Fox News on Friday Hillary Clinton is not under investigation by the FBI for storing over 2,000 classified emails on a private server. “It’s important to underscore that Secretary Clinton isn’t even a target of this inquiry, investigation, whatever ‘I’ word you want to use,” Wasserman-Schultz said.... This contradicts what FBI boss James Comey said last week. He said the former secretary of state is part of a criminal investigation.

Chaos at NV Democratic Convention; State Party Chair Flees Building as Sanders Supporters Demand Recount (Video)
RealClear Politics - Nevada's Democratic caucus erupted into chaos Saturday night. Bernie Sanders supporters demanded 64 rejected pro-Sanders delegates listed in a "minority report" prepared by their campaign be allowed to participate in selecting delegates for the national convention. DNC leaders refused to reconsider their decision not to allow this, adjourned, and fled the building amid a chorus of boos; leaving hotel security and local police officers to handle the angry Sanders supporters.

Baltimore's election results decertified, state begins precinct-level review of irregularities
The Baltimore Sun - Linda H. Lamone, the administrator of the State Board of Elections, said officials became concerned when city officials found 80 provisional ballots that had not been analyzed, and an unusually high discrepancy between the number of voters who checked in at polling places and the number of ballots cast. The number of ballots cast at the polls was higher than the number of check-ins at the polls, she said.... The Baltimore primary included races for mayor and various congressional seats..... Many of the results were very close.... If the election results are incorrect, it could change the outcome of several races.

Trump: Bezos using 'Washington Post' to protect Amazon monopoly
USA Today - Soon-to-be Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump, says Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO who owns The Washington Post, is using the paper to attack him and the other political enemies who would force the massive online retailer to pay more in taxes. Donald Trump told Sean Hannity in an interview Thursday that Bezos is using the Post "like a toy" and "for power so that the politicians in Washington don't tax Amazon like they should be taxed." In his effort to keep Trump out of the White House and protect his monopoly, the Amazon founder has assigned more than 20 Washington Post reporters to look at every aspect of his life, Trump said. #BoycottAmazon.

Stone: Women ‘Physically Abused by Bill, Psychologically Abused by Hillary’ (Audio)
Breitbart - Veteran political strategist Roger Stone joined Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM with guest host Matthew Boyle, Breitbart’s Washington political editor, and discussed Hillary Clinton’s reported bullying and silencing of women who were allegedly assaulted by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. “Wait until you see the film version of the Clintons’ War on Women,” Stone told Boyle. “Wait until you see the women themselves tell the story about how they were physically abused by Bill and then psychologically abused by Hillary.” “The only difference between Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton is Cosby drugged his victims, Bill preferred to physically overpower them. That was his M.O.,” Stone charged.... Stone said CNN and other mainstream media outlets have been censoring this news about the Clintons and their treatment of women, alleging, “They literally pull the cord on your microphone.”

Economy & Business

Largest Texas Oil Driller to Date Files for Bankruptcy
Breitbart - The largest energy producer to date has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid a continued supply glut and uncertainty among international competitors. Houston-based LINN Energy (NASDAQ: LINE), founded in 2003 and completing its IPO in 2006, announced a deal Wednesday that would allow $8.3 billion of its debt to be restructured and receive $2.2 billion in new financing, according to a company statement. At the time of the announcement, roughly 66% of its creditors were on board with the plan. The company claims $11.6 billion in assets. Should the federal court approve, LINN Energy will be able to access the new $2.2 billion loan through its cash collateral to better facilitate regular company operations without the hassle of additional bankruptcy financing.

Nordstrom’s Plunging Sales Confirm A Troubling New Trend Among Wealthy Shoppers
Business Insider - Comparable sales for Nordstrom’s full-price businesses fell 5.4%, including a 7.7% drop at its US department stores and a lower-than-expected 3% increase in online sales — both marking the worst results since 2009, according to analysts.... The declines confirm a terrifying new reality for high-end retailers: Wealthy shoppers are reining in spending and, along with the rest of American consumers, refusing to pay full price for anything. While sales are plunging in Nordstrom’s full-price business, comparable sales for the company’s off-price brands, including Nordstrom Rack — which sells steeply discounting clothes and accessories — grew 4.6%. Morgan Stanley analysts said the “surprising” bifurcation between Nordstrom’s low-end and high-end businesses should be a warning sign for all luxury retailers.

Wendy's To Replace Workers With Self-Service Kiosks Due To Minimum Wage Increases
Town Hall - Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages. It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes. McDonald’s (MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion.

Target Boycott Reaches Boiling Point: Market Value Down $4 Billion in 30 Days
Business Insider - More than 1.2 million people have signed a pledge to boycott the retailer after it announced last month that it would welcome transgender customers to use any bathroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity. Critics have been holding protests and demonstrations at stores across the country, and they are showing no signs of dying down. The boycotters' goal is to force Target to reverse its policy, or at least make the retailer suffer for it by spending their money elsewhere.... "The boycott is not going to last very long," Chiagouris [a professor of marketing at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York] told Business Insider. "There is a big difference between signing a petition compared to not taking advantage of a big sale at target. People will always take advantage of the sale."

Energy & Environment

Shell oil line spills 88,200 gallons into the Gulf of Mexico
NY Daily News - About 88,200 gallons of oil have leaked from a Shell flow line into the Gulf of Mexico about 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash said the leak has been secured and cleanup crews will be dispatched. The leak was reported Thursday. Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon, in a statement late Thursday, said a helicopter saw an oil sheen near the Glider subsea tieback system at Shell's Brutus platform shortly before 8 a.m.... Officials were investigating the cause of the leak, but Windon said the likely cause is a release of oil from the subsea infrastructure. Officials said the oil apparently leaked from a line connecting four wells in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf to the platform and has left a miles-long sheen.

28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima (MAP)
Michael T. Synder - Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean. That means that the total amount of radioactive material released from Fukushima is constantly increasing, and it is steadily building up in our food chain. The following are 28 signs that the west coast of North America is being absolutely fried with nuclear radiation from Fukushima.... 1. Polar bears, seals and walruses along the Alaska coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores... 2. There is an epidemic of sea lion deaths along the California coastline... 3. Along the Pacific coast of Canada and the Alaska coastline, the population of sockeye salmon is at a historic low. Many are blaming Fukushima. 4. Something is causing fish all along the west coast of Canada to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs. A vast field of radioactive debris from Fukushima that is approximately the size of California has crossed the Pacific Ocean and is starting to collide with the west coast. 6. It is being projected that the radioactivity of coastal waters off the U.S. west coast could double over the next five to six years....

Demonstrators Demand Shut Down of Florida Nuclear Plant After Radiation Leaks
CBS Miami - Dozens of protesters demonstrated outside of a Florida Power & Light facility concerning leaks at the nuclear power plant at Turkey Point. It took place Saturday morning at 4200 W. Flagler Street and comes after the company announced that customers will shell out an estimated $50 million this year alone for the cleanup of hypersaline water coming from the plant. Environmental advocates are worried that the leaking wastewater containing radioactive isotopes is a threat to drinking water from the Biscayne aquifer. They want the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station shut down. “When our bay goes acidified, when our fish start dying, which they already are, and when are habitat goes away because of this wonderful Turkey Point plant that we have, which is a reactor that came online in 1972, an outdated reactor, it’s time to retire,” said protester Albert Gomez.


Nurse Whistleblower: Hospitals Vaccinating Patients by Force Without Their Knowledge
Health Impact News - A nurse whistleblower who works in a U.S. hospital recently revealed how hospitals now vaccinate patients against their desire: when you go to the hospital if you need surgery — say you need a knee replacement surgery — first they’re going to ask you if you’ve had your vaccines. You’re going to say no. Then they’re going to say you need to sign this consent if you’re going to have surgery…you need to sign a consent. In the consent, there’s a word call “biogenics [biologics]” and if you sign the consent saying “I consent for you to give me biogenics [biologics]” — that basically means that they can give you anything that they deem necessary including vaccines.... They [the hospital] may tell you at the end “oh by the way, you’re now covered, you’ve had the flu vaccine or you got the pneumococcal vaccine." Two people now have reported to me last week saying that they got the vaccine; they did not want the vaccines. They did not know that the word biogenics [biologics] meant they’re going to get a vaccine.... So how can people protect themselves? According the nurse, perhaps a simple strategy can instantly combat this push towards forced vaccination now happening in U.S. hospitals. She warns: When you sign consent for surgery, you can specifically say ‘no vaccines, I don’t want this.’ You can write an initial after what you say you do not want and they have to honor that. And if they don’t honor that, they can be sued.

FDA Closes Last Option for 20-Year-Old RI Cancer Patient Facing Death
GoLocalProv News - The FDA approved Eugene “Neil” Fachon’s last hope to live, and now they have halted the very clinical trial they had approved.... The 20-year-old from East Greenwich has an incurable form of pediatric cancer — Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).... Then, after ten days of treatment in April, the FDA canceled the approval for the trial. The FDA said their “concerns stem from its re-classification as 'ingredients' of some of the raw materials the Burzynski Research Institute uses to synthesize antineoplastons,” according to Neil’s father.

Melatonin Superior To Toxic Drug In Migraine Prevention Study
Green Med Info - A substance secreted by your own brain was found superior to a commonly prescribed toxic pharmaceutical at significantly reducing migraine headache frequency. [...] a powerful new study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, which compared melatonin, a hormone like substance first discovered in the pineal gland, to the commonly prescribed drug amitriptyline, for the prevention of migraine attacks.... Melatonin was superior to amitriptyline in the percentage of patients with a greater than 50% reduction in migraine frequency.... The authors concluded: Melatonin 3 mg is better than placebo for migraine prevention, more tolerable than amitriptyline and as effective as amitriptyline 25 mg."

Acetaminophen reduces your ability to feel other peoples’ pain
STEPin2 - Acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol), is the most common drug in the U.S. According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), it is found in over 600 different medications. The study abstract explained the following about the study details and results: In two double-blind placebo-controlled experiments, participants rated perceived pain, personal distress, and empathic concern in response to reading physical or social pain scenarios, witnessing ostracism in the lab, or visualizing another study participant receiving painful noise blasts. As hypothesized, acetaminophen reduced empathy in response to others’ pain. Acetaminophen also reduced the unpleasantness of noise blasts delivered to the participant, which mediated acetaminophen’s effects on empathy. Together, these findings suggest that the physical painkiller acetaminophen reduces empathy for pain and provide a new perspective on the neurochemical bases of empathy. Because empathy regulates prosocial and antisocial behavior, these drug-induced reductions in empathy raise concerns about the broader social side effects of acetaminophen, which is taken by almost a quarter of US adults each week.

Pet News

Flint Water Crisis Affecting Michigan Dogs and Cats, Too
Dogington Post - Flint returned to the Detroit water system last October after elevated lead levels were discovered in children. Now, elevated lead levels are being discovered in area pets, too. A team from Michigan State’s college of veterinary medicine has been screening dogs for elevated lead levels. Of 300 dogs screened, 4 showed serious lead intoxication with a number more showing high lead levels. Three additional dogs tested positive for lead intoxication through tests performed by other organizations. The symptoms of high lead and lead intoxication in dogs is similar to that of humans – bone abnormalities, gastrointestinal issues, and neurological signs such as behavior changes and seizures. Like the people of Flint, dogs, cats, and other pets should be given bottled or filtered water, not water from the tap.

12 Beautiful Outdoor Plants That Are Toxic To Most Pets
Joe Battaglia - Animals are curious by nature and many like to sniff and nibble on everything they come across. Some plants have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. When you see symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, difficult breathing, abnormal urine, salivation, weakness, and any other abnormal condition, or if you suspect your pet has come into contact with a poisonous plant, take the animal to a veterinarian immediately. The sooner the animal receives care by a specialist, the more possible that the poisonous substance will be identified and treated, to improve your pet's chances for a speedy recovery. Here are 12 common outdoor plants [and why] you'll want to steer your furry friends away from.... Milkweed... Azalea... Certain types of Lilies... Tomato plant... Daffodil... Tulip bulbs... Buttercup... Gladiola... Morning Glory... Poppy... Chive... [and] Hydrangea...

Friday - May 13, 2016  -  Today in History:

1787 - Captain Arthur Phillip left Britain for Australia. He successfully landed eleven ships full of convicts on January 18, 1788, at Botany Bay. The group moved north eight days later and settled at Port Jackson.
1846 - The U.S. declared that war existed with Mexico.
1861 - Britain declared its neutrality in the American Civil War.
1864 - The Battle of Resaca commenced as Union General Sherman fought towards Atlanta during the American Civil War.
1865 - The last land engagement of the American Civil War was fought at the Battle of Palmito Ranch in far south Texas, more than a month after Gen. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA.
1918 - The first airmail postage stamps were issued with airplanes on them. The denominations were 6, 16, and 24 cents.
1927 - "Black Friday" occurred in Germany.
1940 - Winston Churchill made his first speech as the prime minister of Britain.
1949 - The first gas turbine to pump natural gas was installed in Wilmar, AR.
1954 - U.S. President Eisenhower signed into law the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Act.
1958 - U.S. Vice President Nixon's limousine was battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.
1968 - Peace talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam began in Paris.
1998 - India did a second round of nuclear tests. The first round had been done 2 days earlier. Within hours the U.S. and Japan imposed tough economic sanctions. India claimed that the tests were necessary to maintain India's national security.
1999 - In Moscow, the impeachment of Russian President Boris Yeltsin began.
2003 - The U.S. government unveiled a newly designed version of the $20 bill. It was the first to be colorized in an effort to stop counterfeiters.

Weekend Viewing

AMERIGEDDON, coming to theaters nationwide May 13, 2016
AMERIGEDDON has been described as “the movie the establishment doesn’t want you to see.” Showing what happens when a not-so-future U.S. government conspires with the United Nations to stage an attack on the energy grid, AMERIGEDDON depicts a country ruled by martial law in which citizens are stripped of their constitutional rights and their guns. A group of patriots fight back and rescue the country from slipping into irreversible chaos. AMERIGEDDON’s release in an election year is not coincidental. The film illustrates a dystopian future all patriots must guard against and is a call to action to preserve the Second Amendment and stop executive rule by fiat. Director Mike Norris, son of Chuck Norris, asks for like-minded Americans to support the film.... For more information, visit the film’s Facebook page.
* Related Video: AMERIGEDDON Official Trailer

World News

American tanks in Putin's backyard: US and British soldiers join the Georgian army on two weeks of military drills - angering Russia
Daily Mail - Washington dispatching an entire mechanised company including eight Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and eight M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks | 11 May 2016 | The Georgian army has begun two weeks of military exercises with the United States and Britain - despite Russia's anger as American tanks rolled into its backyard. Hundreds of soldiers gathered at the military base of Vaziani - once used by Russia, just outside the capital Tbilisi - for the opening ceremony of the exercise, dubbed 'Noble Partner 2016'. As the sky filled with paratroopers while some 650 American, 150 British and 500 Georgian soldiers watched on in front of a fleet of tanks, Moscow's anger was almost palpable.

Turkish forces ‘preparing to clear’ Syrian territory across border from Kilis
RT - Erdogan made the announcement on Thursday, alluding to “difficulties in Kilis,” a town that straddles the southern border with a volatile zone in Syria currently controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). He said that Turkish forces are “making necessary preparations” to take action. The terrorist group has been using the area to launch rockets at the Turks, with Erdogan complaining that the allies aren’t helping, and that Ankara is ready to act alone. Possibly hinting at the United States, which has a large base on Turkish soil, the president said: “the allies, especially those with powerful weapons in the region, are not able to provide the support we desire,” as reported by Turkish media.

Some US states fall short on tax transparency, says Cameron
The Guardian - David Cameron has cast doubt on whether the United States could be truly considered part of a coalition committed to the fight against corruption, saying some US states fall far short on tax transparency and are less open than the UK’s crown dependencies. The prime minister made his remarks at the close of a corruption summit in London that brought together more than 40 countries, including the US, in an attempt to fight corruption, restore stolen assets and toughen laws to fight evasion. Pressed on whether the US could be described as part of his new “coalition of the committed”, Cameron said there were challenges in the US and that some UK crown dependencies were “now ahead of US states in terms of what they are prepared to do”. He added: “The state of Delaware, for instance, has a lot of companies registered and not much transparency. We have to work with all these countries to persuade them that if we all raise the bar it will be more effective. I am committed to doing that and the United States certainly should be as well.”

Brazil’s Democracy to Suffer Grievous Blow as Unelectable, Corrupt Neoliberal is Installed
Intercept - The Brazilian Senate will vote later today [Thursday] to agree to a trial on the lower House’s impeachment charges, which will automatically result in Dilma’s [President Dilma Rousseff) suspension from the presidency pending the end of the trial. Her successor will be Vice President Michel Temer of the PMDB party. In this particular case, the person to be installed is awash in corruption: accused by informants of involvement in an illegal ethanol-purchasing scheme, he was just found guilty of, and fined for, election spending violations and faces an 8-year-ban on running for any office. He’s deeply unpopular: only 2% would support him for President and almost 60% want him impeached (the same number that favors Dilma’s impeachment). But he will faithfully serve the interests of Brazil’s richest: he’s planning to appoint Goldman, Sachs and IMF officials to run the economy.

Malaysia officials confirm Flight 370 debris found off Africa coast
CS Monitor - Malaysia's government said Thursday that two more pieces of debris, discovered in South Africa and Rodrigues Island off Mauritius, are "almost certainly" from Flight 370, bringing the total number of pieces believed to have come from the missing Malaysian jet to five. Though the discovery of the debris has bolstered authorities' assertion that the plane went down somewhere in the Indian Ocean, none of the parts thus far has yielded any clues into exactly where and why the aircraft crashed. Those elusive answers lie with the flight data recorders, or black boxes, which may never be found, said Geoff Dell, a specialist in accident investigation at Central Queensland University in Australia. "It shows they're looking in the right ocean — that's about it," Dell said.

Dutch doctors euthanize sex abuse victim because of ‘incurable’ mental suffering
LifeSite - The sexual abuse that lay at the root of the problem seems to have occurred between the ages of five and fifteen. During her late teen years doctors declared her psychological damage “incurable,” but following a second opinion the girl was given psychological therapy, which doctors characterized as “temporarily partially successful.” After the woman’s symptoms returned, doctors approved her euthanasia by lethal injection, paradoxically claiming that she was competent to decide because there was “no major depression or other mood disorder which affected her thinking.”... The Dutch decriminalization has been expanded since 2002 to include the mentally ill and those suffering from dementia. Children as young as 12 years old can request euthanasia with the support of their parents, and the Dutch Pediatric Association is publicly advocating the elimination of any minimum age to request it.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

9/11 judge and prosecutors should step down over 'destroyed evidence', defense demands
The Guardian - An explosive allegation about destroyed evidence threatens to unravel the already shaky military tribunal for the alleged architect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Attorneys for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed are calling on the judge and the entire prosecution team in Mohammed's military commission at Guantánamo Bay to step down from the long-running case over what a member of the defense team called "at least the appearance of collusion" that led to the government apparently secretly destroying information relevant to the premier post-9/11 tribunal. The defense team further argues that the destruction of evidence ought to spell the end of Mohammed's military trial entirely, a development that would leave the Obama administration and its successor to come up with an entirely new plan for what to do with the top terror suspect in US custody.

Saudi officials were 'supporting' 9/11 hijackers, commission member says
The Guardian - The comments by John F Lehman, an investment banker in New York who was Navy secretary in the Reagan administration, signal the first serious public split among the 10 commissioners since they issued a 2004 final report that was largely read as an exoneration of Saudi Arabia, which was home to 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11. “There was an awful lot of participation by Saudi individuals in supporting the hijackers, and some of those people worked in the Saudi government,” Lehman said in an interview, suggesting that the commission may have made a mistake by not stating that explicitly in its final report. “Our report should never have been read as an exoneration of Saudi Arabia.”

Declassified “Skull and Bones” Records from George W. Bush White House Set for Public Release
Activist Post - One of the most infamous secret societies in America, Yale University’s Skull and Bones Society, may be a little less secret come July, as the national archives is scheduled to publicly release 1,650 pages of records from the President George W. Bush-era. The National Archives, which oversees White House records held at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas, reportedly received a request on April 15 for materials specific to George W. Bush’s presidency under the Freedom of Information Act. The request specifically sought the public release of records containing 8,072 pages, 3,159 assets (such as presidential memoranda – cards, letters, etc.), and one video clip, according to the National Archives.

Judge rules in favor of House GOP in Obamacare lawsuit
Washington Times - A federal judge dealt President Obama and his health care law a major blow Thursday, ruling in favor of House Republicans who said the administration was unlawfully paying insurers without permission from Congress. The order by U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer, presiding in Washington, says the administration should stop doling out the Affordable Care Act’s “cost-sharing” payments to insurers until Capitol Hill appropriates the money. However, she stayed that order pending a likely appeal by the administration. During argument, secretaries for the Treasury and Health and Human Services departments said they hadn’t done anything wrong, citing a permanent appropriation that also covers Obamacare’s exchange subsidies.

Persian Gulf Sheikhs Gave Bill & Hillary $100 Million (Video)
Daily Caller - As a presidential candidate, the amount of foreign cash the Clintons have amassed from the Persian Gulf states is “simply unprecedented,” says national security analyst Patrick Poole. “These regimes are buying access. You’ve got the Saudis. You’ve got the Kuwaitis, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. There are massive conflicts of interest. It’s beyond comprehension,” Poole told TheDCNF in an interview. Overall, the Clinton Foundation has received upwards of $85 million in donations from five Persian Gulf states and their monarchs, according to the foundation’s website. Activist groups have charged the five states — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — committed numerous human rights abuses.

Mass casualty exercise planned for May 18 in Roseville, Calif.
County of Placer - Low-flying helicopters, scores of first responders, various emergency vehicles, sirens and other loud noises, and dozens of people made up to look like accident victims can be expected in Roseville, California, May 18, as firefighters and law enforcement officers from throughout Placer County will team up to practice and ensure preparedness for a mass casualty incident [or false flag]. Anyone in the area of PFE Road and Hilltop Circle in Roseville between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. can expect to see a significant amount of activity that could appear very realistic, including a simulated train accident, a simulated hazardous materials spill, many accident 'victims' made up to appear injured, and helicopters transporting people to hospitals. People are encouraged to avoid this area, if at all possible, due to the large volume of emergency vehicles responding to this area for the exercise.

Wisconsin Public School to Spend Nearly $500k on ‘Black Lives Matter’
Adan Salazar - A line item indicating $471,073 to be spent on a pilot partnership program with “Black Lives Matter” appears on the Milwaukee Public Schools 2016-2017 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget. According to the proposed budget, the BLM program will indoctrinate students with a “cultural studies curriculum,” encourage “culturally responsive teaching practices” and teach pupils about “trauma-informed care” and “issues surrounding race and trauma faced in communities and schools.” The Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning in Central Milwaukee appears to be the school set to implement the program. The community will have a chance to protest the spending, as noted in Wednesday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “a public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budgets will be held by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors” on Tuesday of next week.

Report: Teacher Forced Kids to Stick Heads in Bucket of Urine, Parents Claim
Breitbart - Parents in King William, VA are upset after finding out their children were “exposed to bodily fluids,” NBC 12 reports. Shawn Martin said his second grader came home from Cool Spring Primary School complaining about a bad day at school where his teacher forced him and the other male students in his class to stick their heads in a bucket of urine.... His son told him that one of the students urinated in a toy bucket at school, and the teacher made the male students smell the urine to tell the teacher who they thought was the culprit.... King Williams reportedly sent home notes to parents that warned parents their children may have been “exposed to bodily fluids. According to parents, the teacher has 26 years of teaching experience. School officials say the teacher is still on the job. he school released this statement: This is a personnel matter. Appropriate action has been taken to ensure that such conduct does not repeat itself. We will have no further comment.”

Election News

Trump, Ryan Issue Joint Statement: ‘Great Opportunity to Unify’
Breitbart - “The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton represents,” the statement begins. “That is why it’s critical that Republicans unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda, and do all we can to win this fall.” With that focus, we had a great conversation this morning. While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground. We will be having additional discussions, but remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall, and we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal. We are extremely proud of the fact that many millions of new voters have entered the primary system, far more than ever before in the Republican Party’s history. This was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification. Following his meeting with Ryan and Priebus, Trump will meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Hillary Can't Answer Why Obamacare Costs Are Soaring
Zero Hedge - Hillary Clinton's strategy to get in front of voters and answer one-on-one type questions is not working out very well.First, Clinton couldn't explain to an unemployed West Virginian why she was promising to put a lot of coal miners out of work. Now, Hillary can't explain why Obamacare fees are higher than promised, and are set to explode even higher next year. During a recent town hall event, a small business owner explained to the Democratic front-runner that her health insurance has gone up so significantly for her family that the thought of providing benefits to her employees is secondary at this point. To which Hillary responded, "There's a lot of things I'm looking at to try to figure out how to deal with exactly the problem you're talking about. There are some good ideas out there but we have to subject them to the real world test, will this really help a small business owner or a family be able to afford it. What could have possibly raised your costs four hundred dollars, and that's what I don't understand."

Ted Cruz Files Senate Re-Election Papers in Texas
Breitbart - Former 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz filed papers on Wednesday to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate from Texas in 2018. A letter from Cruz’s campaign assistant treasurer to the Federal Election Commission reads: Effective May 4, 2016, Senator Ted Cruz is no longer a candidate for President of the United States. As of that date, his 2018 campaign for the United States Senate and his campaign committee Ted Cruz for Senate have been reactivated.

Texas Secession Looms As "Independence Resolution" Nears Vote
Zero Hedge - On Wednesday, the Platform Committee of the Texas Republican Party voted to put a Texas independence resolution up for a vote at this week's GOP convention, according to a press release from the pro-secession Texas Nationalist Movement. The resolution calls for allowing voters to decide whether the Lone Star State should become an independent nation. The Texas Nationalist Movement, once considered a quixotic fringe group, has added hundreds of members in the years since the election of Barack Obama. According to the Houston Chronicle's Dylan Baddour, at least 10 county GOP chapters are coming to the convention supporting independence resolutions. But this will be the first time in the state's 171-year history that they will actually vote on one. It's very unlikely to win. Then again, that's what people said about Donald Trump.

Economy & Business

Unemployment Claims Spike Again As We Get More Scientific Evidence The Middle Class Is Shrinking
Economic Collapse - As the U.S. economy slows down, we would expect to start to see evidence of this in the employment numbers, and that is precisely what has begun to happen. During the week before last, initial claims for unemployment benefits jumped by 17,000, which was the largest increase that we had seen in over a year. Well, last week we witnessed an even bigger spike.... The following comes directly from the Department of Labor… In the week ending May 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 294,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 274,000. This is the highest level for initial claims since February 28, 2015 when it was 310,000. The 4-week moving average was 268,250, an increase of 10,250 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 258,000.

Target Stocks Crash Down Another $2 Billion… CEO Defends Pro-Trans Policy
Breitbart - The CEO of retail giant Target is zig-zaging between the many customers who are angered by his decision to open single-sex bathrooms to the other sex, the gender-identity progressives who pushed for the disastrous transgender policy, and the Wall Street stock-pickers who have chopped roughly $4.5 billion off the company’s value.... To mollify the public angered by his removal of single-sex restrooms and changing rooms, the company will add family bathrooms to all of its stores, [CEO Brian Cornell said].... But Cornell did not offer to return single-sex changing rooms, which is likely the most unnerving element in the company’s new open-door, pro-transgender agenda.

Bayer is reportedly looking to buy Monsanto - and Monsanto's stock is surging
Business Insider - The chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG is considering making a bid for the agrochemical Monsanto, Bloomberg's Aaron Kirchfeld, Ruth David and Dinesh Nair report. The combined company would become the largest supplier of farm chemicals and seeds, according to the report. Monsanto's stock was up about 17% in premarket trading, after surging as much as 20%. Monsanto, which has a market cap of about $40 billion, is the maker of the pesticide Roundup.

Energy & Environment

28% of US bees wiped out this winter, suggesting bigger environmental issues
The Guardian - More than a quarter of American honeybee colonies were wiped out over the winter, with deadly infestations of mites and harmful land management practices heaping mounting pressure upon the crucial pollinators and the businesses that keep them. Preliminary figures commissioned by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) show that 28% of bee colonies in the United States were lost over the 2015-16 winter. More than half of surveyed beekeepers said they suffered unsustainable losses during the winter.... There were an estimated 5m bee colonies in the US in 1940, but only half of them now remain.... Environmental groups have called for a range of common pesticides to be phased out to help bee populations recover.... “The longer we wait, the worse the situation becomes. If we do not suspend neonicotinoid pesticides immediately, we risk losing our beekeepers and harming important ecosystem functions upon which our food supply depends.”

Science & Technology

Here's Facebook's guide to how its 'Trending Topics' tool works
Recode - Instructions in the documents appear to contradict Facebook's earlier denials of a Gizmodo article that said Facebook editors directly inserted headlines into the trending news widget. It also contradicts what Facebook told Recode last summer. The guidelines obtained by the Guardian additionally show that editors must select trending news topics from headlines its algorithm surfaced, and make sure that they appear on five of a list of 10 "trusted" news sources that include the New York Times, BBC News, CNN and Fox News. This is likely to make people who are upset about alleged anti-conservative bias that Gizmodo reported on even madder; Fox News looks like the only right-wing outlet on the list.

Video: What Was That? Space Station Feed Catches Mysterious Object Hovering Over Earth
Piper McGowan - Editor’s Comment: You gotta wonder what is really going on. One thing is clear: NASA and the government aren’t going to tell us anything remotely close to the truth. What in the hell is up in orbit around the earth? Are we seeing evidence of extraterrestrial life and visitation, or secret space operations with vehicles never disclosed to the public? Or something else? Personally, I have no idea, but this video doesn’t look like it can be easily explained by camera tricks or video noise/distortion. What do you think? This is the live feed from the International Space Station (ISS). The sun is actually behind the ISS, so it can’t be chalked up to a lens flare. It seems like these things are happening more and more and more lately… Surprised NASA didn’t cut the footage like they did last time.


Your Heart is Probably Safe from Cholesterol and Eggs
Natural Society - Another new analysis shows that diet high in cholesterol probably won’t give you a heart attack. Neither will a diet rich in eggs. Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland found eating a boatload of eggs and globs of cholesterol don’t raise risk of heart disease, even in individuals genetically predisposed.... Heart disease and most heart attacks are caused not by cholesterol, but by the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque resulting from inflammation and calcium deposits which can build up and rupture or clog arteries. Sometimes cholesterol is found in this plaque, but cholesterol is waxy and pliable and may actually be there to provide healing.

Rub THIS Natural Ingredient on Your Skin Tags and They Will Disappear in No Time!
David Wolfe - Common methods of removal include freezing and cutting skin tags off. A dermatologist normally handles these methods of removal. However, there is a simpler way to remove skin tags at home. All you have to do is rub apple cider vinegar on the skin tag 2 to 3 times a day for a week, and the skin tag will fall off. You can also soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and hold it in place over the skin tag with a bandage. However, it is important to check for skin irritation if you use this method.

Cherry juice significantly lowers high blood pressure
STEPin2 - Cherry juice significantly lowers high blood pressure Drinking cherry juice significantly lowers high blood pressure, according to new research from Northumbria University, Newcastle. The researchers found that men with early signs of high blood pressure had a 7 percent reduction in blood pressure after drinking Montmorency cherry concentrate compared to drinking a fruit drink. For perspective, this reduction is comparable to blood pressure medication.

This Garlic Syrup Is 10x More Powerful Than Penicillin And Treats Many Diseases Including Cancer
First Americans - While each of these three ingredients [garlic, apple cider vinegar and honey] possess its own unique set of health benefits, mixing them together enhances their effects. Taking this home remedy will help boost your immune system, lowers blood pressure as well as bad cholesterol. It will also reduce your number of colds and infections, and is helpful against gout, arthritis, and joint aches.

Pet News

Homeopathic vet exposes dog deaths related to Pfizer drug... Now his website is under attack
(NaturalNews) Dr. Falconer, a conventional vet turned holistic, has been reporting on the "damaging side-effects" of Apoquel, an anti-inflammatory drug made by Zoetis, a subsidiary of Pfizer. Released in 2014, the drug promises to alleviate itching in dogs within 4 hours, and "effectively" control the problem within 24 hours, with "minimal side-effects."... Though it may quickly relieve itching (temporarily), Apoquel is not all it's cracked up to be. In fact, it's been linked to difficulty breathing, nose bleeds, weight gain, fever, papilloma lesions in the mouth, decreased appetite, abdominal pain and vomiting. Pet owners also report that the drug stops working after a while.

Common sweetener xylitol can kill your dog, FDA warns
MarketWatch - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a stronger warning that a common sweetener in chewing gum, mints and other products could kill or severely poison dogs. The warning comes on the heels of a surge in deaths and severe illnesses from dogs accidentally ingesting the sweetener, xylitol, according to pet poison-control centers. The increase in pet xylitol poisonings was reported last November in The Wall Street Journal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a stronger warning that a common sweetener in chewing gum, mints and other products could kill or severely poison dogs. The warning comes on the heels of a surge in deaths and severe illnesses from dogs accidentally ingesting the sweetener, xylitol, according to pet poison-control centers. The increase in pet xylitol poisonings was reported last November in The Wall Street Journal.... Ingesting just a few pieces of gum can poison even a large dog, experts say, with effects including low blood sugar, seizures, coma, liver damage and possibly death. The FDA also called attention to the inclusion of xylitol in some nut butters. Owners often give peanut butter to their pets as a treat to get them to take medication.

Thursday - May 12, 2016  -  Today 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.
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.
1984 - South African prisoner Nelson Mandela saw his wife for the first time in 22 years.
1999 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismissed Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and named Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin as his successor.
2002 - Former U.S. President Carter arrived in Cuba for a visit with Fidel Castro. It was the first time a U.S. head of state, in or out of office, had gone to the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
2003 - In Texas, fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers went into hiding over a dispute with Republican's over a congressional redistricting plan.
2015 - It was announced that Verizon would be acquiring AOL.

World News

Moscow voices alarm as NATO Romanian missile defense base goes live
RT - As a new Romanian interceptor missile base prepares to go live Thursday, Moscow has slammed NATO’s expanding defense shield, calling it a threat to security, and a violation of a key international treaty. "The creation of a European and global missile defense shield has an adverse effect on strategic stability," Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian foreign ministry's department for proliferation and arms control issues, said on Wednesday. NATO will formally declare its missile defense base in the remote location of Deveselu, Romania, operational on Thursday, bringing to fruition a plan to construct a shield in eastern Europe that was first announced by George W. Bush as far back as 2007. The Russian official said that not only was the missile defense aimed at neutralizing Russia’s offensive capability – an accusation the Pentagon has repeatedly rejected – but that Deveselu’s MK 41 launching systems it uses could be re-equipped with offensive cruise missiles.

Iran’s Press TV Fails to Fix False Report Claiming Saudi King Gave $80 Million to Netanyahu’s Election Campaign
Breitbart - The report, titled, “Leaked: Saudi King financed Netanyahu’s 2015 election bid,” cites fabricated quotes purportedly from Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog alleging that the Saudi financing was documented in the “Panama Papers.” Contacted by Breitbart Jerusalem on Monday night, Herzog’s office denied the report, saying the quotes were entirely fabricated.... It was not immediately clear where Press TV got the quotes from although they may have originated with The Middle East Observer website. No link to an original source was provided by Press TV. The name Mohamed Eyad Kayali does not appear in the searchable database of the so-called Panama Papers.
* Related: Panama Papers Data Leak : King of Saudi Arabia sponsored Netanyahu's campaign

Central banks buying up gold to diversify away from US dollar
RT - The demand for gold has renewed worldwide with the price for the precious metal climbing to nearly $1300 per ounce for the first time in 15 months. The rally has been led by the world's central banks loading up on gold to diversify from the US dollar. Russia has been the most active buyer in the bullion market. The country has purchased 46 tons of the yellow metal this year, while China comes second with 35 tons. The demand by the central banks increased 28 percent from January through March compared to the same period a year ago... The major driver for gold purchasing by central banks is seen by the economists as trend towards diversification away from the US dollar, with some economies seeking protection against currency volatility.

Inflation In Venezuela Reaches Nearly 400%
Government Slaves - Venezuela’s year-on-year inflation rate has reached 397.4 percent, according to unofficial data obtained by Venezuelan media from the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV).... Venezuela’s economic crisis — which economists have blamed on policies implemented by the Chavista administration in power — has led to, among other things, food and medicine shortages resulting in rioting and looting. The country’s central bank has not yet released inflation figures for 2016. The last official data available corresponds to the first quarter of 2015. The International Monetary Fund (FMI) predicts that Venezuela’s economy will fall 8 percent in 2017 after shrinking 5.7 percent in 2015. The FMI’s predictions suggest that inflation in the country will reach 720 percent in 2016.

Raw Venezuela: Looter Burned Alive, While “Streets Filled With People Killing Animals For Food”
Mac Slavo - The situation in Venezuela is reaching all out chaos, as crippling socialist policies have resulted in a devastating power and food shortage, as well as looming political instability.... According to the PanAm Post: Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food. Through Twitter, Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger. People are also reportedly gathering vegetables from the ground and trash to eat as well. The crisis in Venezuela is worsening everyday due in part to shortages reaching 70 percent […] six Venezuelan military officials were arrested for stealing goats to ease their hunger, as there was no food at the Fort Manaure military base.

Video: Cops Brutalize Triple Amputee, Remove his Prosthetic Limbs, then Leave Him Stranded
Counter Current News - A triple amputee was left brutalized and humiliated after a police search on a train platform left him laying on the ground, struggling to re-attach his prosthetics.... “I explained them several times it was prosthetic…They insisted on searching me. I felt completely humiliated,” the victim, François Bayga said. Bayga, leads an active life despite his physical disabilities.... The incident was filmed at the Paris Gare de Lyon railway station. Bayga told France 24 that he found himself witnessing a “police search of exceptional brutality.”... A petition has been started on calling for the immediate suspension of the officers involved and has already been signed by over 60,000 people.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Talks over US aid to Israel stall over missile shield, defense industry preferences
RT - Negotiations between the US and Israel over a new military aid package have hit a snag: While Israel demands dedicated missile defense funding, Washington insists US defense contractors should benefit more from the deal, according to leaks from officials. The current aid package amounts to $30 billion, and is set to expire in 2018. Israel is asking for almost $10 billion more from the new arrangement. Washington is offering a smaller increase, while insisting that the greater share of the aid – and eventually all of it – be spent on purchases from US defense contractors rather than domestically, Reuters reported, citing several US and Israeli officials speaking on condition of anonymity.

Ex-Pentagon Chief: Next President Must Swallow Pride, Work Out Differences With Putin
Sputnik News - Tensions between Moscow and Washington have been at an all-time post-Cold War high. The US is currently engaged in joint military drills with Georgia, mere miles from Russia’s border, while the US Navy has sailed aggressively close to Russian waters in the Baltic Sea. To avoid future conflict, former secretary of defense Hagel stated that the next US President must swallow their pride and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss de-escalation. "Now that might be distasteful, but we know enough about President Putin to know he deals leader to leader," Hagel said at the Atlantic Council.... On NATO’s plans to boost its presence in the Baltic, Hagel warned that this could lead to unintended consequences.

FBI monitoring almost 800 ISIS-related cases in US
ABC News - Of the nearly 1,000 FBI cases across the country looking at people who may have been radicalized online, about 80 percent of them are tied to ISIS, FBI Director James Comey said today. "[ISIS'] ability to motivate troubled souls, to inspire them, remains a persistent presence in the United States," Comey said. "We have north of 1,000 cases where we’re trying to evaluate where somebody is on the spectrum from consuming [ISIS propaganda] to acting, and that number continues to tick up slowly."

‘We’re not afraid’: Second Standoff Looms As Bundy Women Rally to Protect Cattle
Adan Salazar - A second standoff could be in the works if the government gives in to environmental activists’ demands to confiscate livestock owned by Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, the man’s wife asserts. Speaking to The Guardian regarding calls from various wildlife groups asking the BLM to seize the embattled family’s cattle, Angie Bundy predicts the fallout of such actions would result in a bigger protest than the historic standoff that occurred in April 2014. “We’re not afraid,” Angie says. “If you have a bunch of women and children standing out there and protesting, it’ll probably get more people out.”... On Monday, a group of nine environmental organizations petitioned BLM Director Neil Kornze for prompt removal of the Bundy livestock claiming their grazing habits endangered the Mojave desert tortoise’s habitat.

Never-ending ‘gun show’: US gov’t sent $2bn in military gear to cops since ’06
RT - Thousands of military weapons and trucks, as well as hundreds of aircraft, worth roughly $2.2 billion have been sent by the Pentagon to police departments around the United States over the last 10 years, a new report has found. Even small police departments are being armed with surplus military gear from the Department of Defense’s 1033 program, shows the report, compiled by the transparency advocacy group Open the Books. Since 2006, more than 83,000 M16 and M14 rifles worth $31 million have been transferred into the hands of local police. Law enforcement officers received another 8,198 pistols and nearly 1,400 shotguns as well. Meanwhile, more than 7,000 military trucks and hundreds of mine-resistant armored vehicles (MRAP) have been given to police, along with over 400 helicopters and 56 airplanes.

Police Accused of Disguising License Plate Reading Vehicle as Google Car
Mikael Thalen - Police in Pennsylvania were accused Wednesday of disguising a license plate reading vehicle as a Google Street View car. Noticed at around 10 am EST by security and cryptography researcher Matt Blaze, the white SUV was seen with a large Google Maps sticker on one of its rear windows.... The photo, which quickly gained several hundred retweets, also shows two cameras on top of the vehicle believed to be LPRs or “License Plate Readers.” Speaking with Gizmodo writer Matt Novak, Pennsylvania State Trooper Adam Reed confirmed the equipment to be LPRs although he and the department denied owning the SUV.

The Obama Administration Just Gave Warmonger Henry Kissinger the Distinguished Public Service Award
Melissa Dykes - Via The Nation: Carter himself deserves an award for understatement, calling the man who is responsible, directly or indirectly, for the deaths of millions of people in Southeast Asia, East Timor, Bangladesh, and southern Africa, among other places—”unique in the annals of American diplomacy.” Kissinger, Carter said, “demonstrated how serious thinking and perspective can deliver solutions to seemingly intractable problems.” As to allegations of war crimes, “the fact is,” said Kissinger, he and Richard Nixon “were engaged in good causes.” ... Of course the White House should be honoring Kissinger, since it runs its endless war by Kissinger’s rules. The right to bomb neutral countries the United States isn’t at war with in the name of national security is now unquestionably accepted across the foreign policy spectrum, as is the right of the White House to engage in extrajudicial assassination at will (Kissinger’s illegal Cambodia bombing set a precedent, but he also lent critical legitimacy by supporting Reagan’s bombing of Libya, George H.W. Bush’s invasion of Panama and Gulf War I, and George W. Bush’s Gulf War II).

NC To Allow Students To Carry Pepper Spray To Defend Transgender Bathroom Attacks
The Associated Press - A North Carolina school system has adopted a policy allowing high school students to carry pepper spray this fall, a policy one board member said may be useful for students who encounter transgender classmates in the bathroom. The Salisbury Post reports the policy was adopted by the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education during a work session on Monday. Board member Chuck Hughes said using the sprays was purely defensive, and he referenced the North Carolina law that limits LGBT rights, saying such sprays could help female students if they go to the bathroom and don't know who's coming in after them. The defensive spray clause won't affect students until it's published in the upcoming student handbook.

Man sues for 5 million dollars over glyphosate contaminated oatmeal
(NaturalHealth365) The presence of the toxic chemical glyphosate in a breakfast staple has become the subject of a $5 million lawsuit brought by a consumer against Quaker Oats. The contamination flies in the face of the company’s claim that its products are 100 percent natural, according to the lawsuit.... The lawsuit against the breakfast food giant alleges that the carcinogenic chemical glyphosate is being used on oats meant for human consumption, even being sprayed on them during harvest. That sort of widespread contamination is beginning to garner some attention.

Election News

Shock: 50% of Bernie Voters Pick Trump Over Hillary
Kit Daniels - Sanders won W.V. with around 124,000 votes compared to Clinton’s 86,000, meaning that approximately 72% of the votes Clinton received in the primary (half of Sanders) represent the Democrats who would vote Trump. “Trump’s chances against Clinton may be better than anyone thought,” Fox News admitted.... Bernie voters are already disgusted with how the Democratic Party is rigging the nomination for Clinton even though Sanders continues to win states this late in the race. Despite their different ideologies – Sanders a socialist and a Trump a Reaganesque nationalist – both candidates are populists who are viewed as outsiders, unlike the Wall St.-financed Clinton.

12,000+ Sign Petition to Remove Speaker Paul Ryan from GOP Convention Chair
Breitbart - The petition, titled, “Remove Paul Ryan as the RNC Chairperson at the convention,” launched on May 7 and now has 12,266 signatures. It’s been shared more than 17,000 times.... Ryan is set to meet with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The meeting was scheduled after Ryan said last week that he wasn’t ready to support Trump as the presumptive nominee during an appearance on CNN after Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended their campaigns after the Indiana primary. The petition reads: Since Paul Ryan has reneged on his pledge to support the GOP Nominee (Donald Trump,) he should be removed as the chairperson of the Republican National Convention, in which delegates of the United States Republican Party will choose the party’s nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States in the 2016 national election will be held July 18–21, 2016.

Economy & Business

11 Signs That The U.S. Economy Is Rapidly Deteriorating Even As The Stock Market Soars
Economic Collapse - Just like in the spring of 2008, all of the signs are pointing to an avalanche of bad economic news in the months ahead. The following are 11 signs that the U.S. economy is rapidly deteriorating… #1 Total business sales have been declining for nearly two years, and they are now about 15 percent lower than they were in late 2014. #2 The inventory to sales ratio is now back to near where it was during the depths of the last recession. This means that there is lots and lots of unsold stuff just sitting around out there, and that is a sign of a very unhealthy economy. #3 Corporate earnings have declined for four consecutive quarters. This never happens outside of a recession. #4 Profits for companies listed on the S&P 500 were down 7.1 percent during the first quarter of 2016 when compared to the same time period a year ago. #5 In April, commercial bankruptcies were up 32 percent on a year over year basis, and Chapter 11 filings were up 67 percent on a year over year basis. This is exactly the kind of spike that we witnessed during the initial stages of the last major financial crisis as well....

Energy & Environment

Critics Worry Armed Security Makes Nuclear Plants More Dangerous
Breitbart - The concern is that the weapons being used are so powerful that their ammunition could breach doors or walls that have been put in place as final safeguards. According to the Orange County Register, security personnel assigned to nuclear facilities benefit from a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) allowance to “possess high-powered weaponry that would otherwise be banned” by state or local laws. Following 9/11, the added firepower was considered a must, but critics now worry a mistake by security personnel could turn a benefit into a curse.... Nuclear facility security managers like Marty Speer–who began managing San Onofre after 9/11–voice concern not over the weaponry itself, but the degree of training that security personnel receive regarding the weaponry.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

BREAKING: Farmer Beats EPA, Will Be Allowed To Keep Pond; Avoids Millions In Fines
Off the Grid News - A Wyoming farmer and his attorneys have won a significant victory against the EPA. In a settlement, the agency has backed off in its threat to fine Andy Johnson tens of millions of dollars because he built a stock pond on his own property.... The EPA contended that Johnson violated the Clean Water Act by building a stock pond without a permit. The agency threatened him with $37,500-a-day in fines that added up to $16 million.... Under the settlement, the EPA will drop the fines if Johnson plants some willow trees and fences part of the pond off from livestock.... The EPA had contended Johnson was damaging the environment by building the pond.... This is a huge victory for us as well as private property owners across the country,” Johnson said. “The next family that finds itself in our situation, facing ominous threats from EPA, can take heart in knowing that many of these threats will not come to pass. If, like us, you stand up to the overreaching bureaucrats, they may very well back down.”


World’s Highest Paid CEO Makes His Killing from Cancer Patients
Natural Blaze - According to Bloomberg’s rankings, the highest paid chief corporate officer is Patrick Soon-Shiong, CEO of NantKwest Inc., a cancer research company, which delivered him a $147.6 million pay package in 2015. That’s more than the CEO of Google, who took home a whopping $100.5 million last year. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index reveals that Soon-Shiong’s net worth is $9.8 billion.... Considering Soon-Shiong’s history in the pharmaceutical industry, which turned him into a billionaire after the sale of his companies APP Pharmaceuticals and Abraxis BioScience Inc., NantKwest, as most cancer research corporations and pharmaceutical companies, is not likely to explore the many potential natural options to treat cancer, favoring instead the most complex. You can’t patent nature, so a natural cure wouldn’t make them much money.

More Than One Vaccine Per Year Is Priming Children For Depression
Dave Mihalovic - Experts now claim more than one vaccine within a one-year period may be programming children for depression by creating over overactive immune systems. Carmine Pariante and his team at King’s College London recently found that some people may be more biologically sensitive to triggers for depression, and that this heightened sensitivity could be spotted using a blood test. "In the future, positively tested children could be immediately exempted from multiple vaccinations due to the known risk factors," said infectious disease specialist Dr. Alla Anosov. When Pariente’s team looked at blood samples, they found that specific individuals had altered patterns of gene expression before they even started taking a drug. These people seemed naturally to make more proteins that are involved in inflammation, oxidative stress and the death of neurons, and fewer proteins involved in brain cell growth.

UK: 13 Year Old Dies Days After HPV Vaccine: She Was Dubbed “Lazy” By Dismissive Doctors
Natural Blaze - After receiving a second dose of HPV vaccine at Derby High School in Bury, 13-year-old Shazel Zaman immediately fell ill. Just 5 days after the school-sponsored dose of immunization, she was laid to rest. According to the Daily Mail: Shazel Zaman, 13, was suffering with a severe headache, vomiting and dizziness after having the HPV vaccine and her symptoms became so severe that her family took her to Fairfield Hospital in Bury. But the family claim that a doctor dismissed her condition was linked to the cervical cancer jab and sent her home citing a stomach bug. She was found collapsed and unconscious with no pulse an hour later at her home in Bury, and died in hospital four hours later.

Study Finds Human DNA and Other Anomalies in American Burgers
Natural Blaze - The food testing company known as Clear Labs recently studied samples from 258 different burgers, and they not only found rat DNA, which has been widely known about for many years, they also found an abundance of human DNA. According to their report: “The most likely cause is hair, skin, or fingernail that was accidentally mixed in during the manufacturing process.” Or at least we should all hope it’s from something as mundane as skin and fingernails, and not, you know, from some poor hapless plant worker who’s been missing for months. The report also added that “What many consumers don’t know is that some amounts of human and rat DNA may fall within an acceptable regulatory range.”... Clear Labs also examined vegetarian burgers, and found that a quarter of these burgers have ingredients that don’t match up with the label. That includes one black bean burger that didn’t have black beans, and two veggie burgers that actually contained beef.

Pet News

Canadian Airlines Are Breaking The Rules To Fly Pets And Their Families To Safety (Photos)
ViralNova - Companies like WestJet, Suncor Energy, and Canadian North are running evacuation flights from Fort McMurray to southern parts of Canada. While normally there'd be a limit on the number of pets allowed on flights -- and restrictions on how they're transported -- the flight crews are forgoing the rules. Dogs, cats, turtles...they've been flying in coach along with everyone else in an effort to evacuate as many pets as possible on each flight. Some are able to bring their own pets aboard, while other animals are unaccompanied, hoping to be reunited with their families when they touch down.

Weekend Viewing

AMERIGEDDON, coming to theaters nationwide May 13, 2016
AMERIGEDDON has been described as “the movie the establishment doesn’t want you to see.” Showing what happens when a not-so-future U.S. government conspires with the United Nations to stage an attack on the energy grid, AMERIGEDDON depicts a country ruled by martial law in which citizens are stripped of their constitutional rights and their guns. A group of patriots fight back and rescue the country from slipping into irreversible chaos. AMERIGEDDON’s release in an election year is not coincidental. The film illustrates a dystopian future all patriots must guard against and is a call to action to preserve the Second Amendment and stop executive rule by fiat. Director Mike Norris, son of Chuck Norris, asks for like-minded Americans to support the film.... For more information, visit the film’s Facebook page.
* Related Video: AMERIGEDDON Official Trailer

Wednesday - May 11, 2016  -  Today 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.
1816 - The American Bible Society was formed in New York City.
1858 - Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.
1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi landed at Marsala, Sicily.
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.
1934 - A severe two-day dust storm stripped the topsoil from the great plains of the U.S. and created a "Dust Bowl." The storm was one of many.
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.
1960 - Israeli soldiers captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.
1995 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes.
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.
1998 - A French mint produced the first coins of Europe's single currency. The coin is known as the euro.
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)

World News

Iran will sue US over decision to give terror victims $2 billion from frozen funds
RT - In April, the US Supreme Court ruled that American victims of terror attacks in Beirut and Saudi Arabia were eligible to receive damages from Iranian central bank assets that had been frozen, upholding a 2012 law passed by Congress permitting the payments. During his speech, Rouhani said Iran would “take this case to the International Court [of Justice] in the near future and will not spare any effort towards the restoration of the nation’s rights through legal, political and banking channels,” ... “The Supreme Court is the Supreme Court of the United States, not the Supreme Court of the world. We’re not under its jurisdiction, nor is our money. It is a theft. Huge theft,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif ... The decision was also criticized by 120 member states of the UN’s Non-Aligned Movement, which said it violated US legal commitments to foreign nations’ sovereign immunity in domestic courts.... The latest move from Iran also comes after another US court ruled it must pay some $10 billion to families of victims who died in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Tehran has denied playing any role in the attack, though the judge issued a default judgment because the country chose not to defend itself in court.

After Secret Meetings With Saudi Arabia, Israel Publicly Repairs Relationship With Turkey
Brandon Turbeville - In an effort to “mend ties,” the Undersecretary of Turkish Foreign Ministers, Feridun Sinirlioglu, held a secret meeting with the Israeli spy chief in Sweden in early April. As Al Masdar News comments, The relations between Turkey and Israel have deteriorated after Israeli soldiers raided the Turkish flotilla (Mavi Marmara) while heading to lift Gaza blockade in May 2010. However, both countries began gradually restoring diplomatic and economic ties. In January 2009, Erdogan harshly criticized Israel’s conduct in Gaza at the World Economic Forum conference in Davos. Nonetheless, many analysts, including Ashton Meyer, believe the Davos argument was nothing but a farce manipulated by Erdogan to present himself as the new defender of Palestinian cause. “Having failed in dealing issues with Europe, Armenia, Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran, Erdogan began improving ties with Israel”, Meyer said. Meyer also wrote: “when I compare how the Turkish people welcomed Erdogan after returning from Davos conference in Istanbul airport with the blood-covered faces of Gaza children, I just can’t tell who is the most unfortunate.”

China scrambles fighter jets, warships after US destroyer sails near disputed reef
RT - Guided missile destroyer, the USS William P. Lawrence, traveled within 12 nautical miles of the Chinese-occupied Fiery Cross Reef to “challenge excessive maritime claims,” said US Defense Department spokesman Bill Urban. "These excessive maritime claims are inconsistent with international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention in that they purport to restrict the navigation rights that the United States and all states are entitled to exercise," Urban said... Under UN maritime law, all ships - including military vessels - are afforded the right of “innocent passage” through territorial waters so long as that ship travels without any threat against the sovereignty, peace or security of the coastal state. However, the US is not a signatory to the UN convention.... The new development is just the latest in a long-running dispute regarding the South China Sea, which both the US and China accuse each other of militarizing. In response, the US has increased its naval patrols and exercises in the area.

With her job on the line, Brazil's Rousseff has cleared out her office
Reuters - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has packed up personal photos and stripped the shelves in her third-floor office in the Planalto presidential palace - a sign she may be resigned to losing her job in a Senate vote on Wednesday. In what could be one of her final meetings as president, Rousseff received the secretary general of the Organization of American States on Tuesday, as guards tried to stop photographers from documenting signs of an impending move. Though government lawyers have asked the Supreme Court to stop the Senate vote, an aide said privately the leftist Rousseff expects to receive official notice on Thursday of her suspension on charges of violating budget laws.

Czech Republic Receives Bomb Threats as it Continues to Resist Illegal Migrant Tidal Wave
Kurt Nimmo - According the Czech officials, an anonymous phone call said ten bombs were planted at the central rail station in Prague and other locations across the country. Additional evacuations have taken place in the cities of Plzen, Pardubice, Mlada Boleslav and Jicin.... Czech president Milos Zeman is an outspoken critic of the European Union’s plan to flood the continent with illegal migrants from the Middle East and North Africa.... “I am profoundly convinced that we are facing an organized invasion and not a spontaneous movement of refugees,” he said during a Christmas message. He also said Muslim migrants would impose sharia law. “A large majority of the illegal migrants are young men in good health and single. I wonder why these men are not taking up arms to go fight for the freedom of their countries against the Islamic State,” he added.

Japan Banks May Soon Pay Borrowers To Take Out Loans
Zero Hedge - Japanese banks may soon pay borrowers to accept loans if they can raise funds at even cheaper rates. Negative interest-rate lending is increasingly becoming a reality since the Bank of Japan started levying charges on idle cash. Lenders can now borrow for three months in the Tokyo interbank market at a record-low 6 basis-point annualized rate, versus 17 basis points since the BOJ move in January. They may eventually be able to be paid to borrow and then profit by paying less to lend, according to Credit Suisse Group AG, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Italian court rules food theft 'not a crime' if hungry
BBC News - Judges overturned a theft conviction against Roman Ostriakov after he stole cheese and sausages worth €4.07 (£3; $4.50) from a supermarket. Mr Ostriakov, a homeless man of Ukrainian background, had taken the food "in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment", the court of cassation decided. Therefore it was not a crime, it said. A fellow customer informed the store's security in 2011, when Mr Ostriakov attempted to leave a Genoa supermarket with two pieces of cheese and a packet of sausages in his pocket but paid only for breadsticks. In 2015, Mr Ostriakov was convicted of theft and sentenced to six months in jail and a €100 fine. For the judges, the "right to survival prevails over property", said an op-ed in La Stampa newspaper. In times of economic hardship, the court of cassation's judgement "reminds everyone that in a civilised country not even the worst of men should starve".

Canada wildfire curbs oil supply keeping prices stable
RT - Massive wildfires in Canada's oil-rich Alberta Province have resulted in an estimated 1.6 million barrels per day (bpd) crude supply shortfall, pushing global disruptions to 2.5 million bpd since January. Although 90 percent of buildings in the evacuated oil sands town of Fort McMurray have survived, producers expect shutdowns for several weeks. Facilities and pipelines close to the fire need to be inspected before workers can return. Consultancy Energy Aspects has estimated production of 1.6 million bpd will be lost.... The disruption in Canada has added to the global production shortfall.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Mexico Won’t Take Cuban Migrants, Tells Panama to Dump Them on U.S. Border
Kit Daniels - Mexico is allowing Panama to dump nearly 4,000 Cuban migrants on the U.S. border, revealing the hypocrisy of Mexican officials as they attack Trump’s immigration policies. The Cubans have been stranded in Panama after Nicaragua closed its border last year, preventing them from traveling north to the U.S., so the Panama government asked Mexican officials if they can simply fly the Cubans just south of the U.S./Mexico border. “The airlift’s announcement was followed with word Monday that Panama would close its southern border with Colombia to Cubans without visas,” AFP reported, underscoring how both Panama and Nicaragua protect their borders better than the U.S.

Cliven Bundy suing Obama, Nevada officials
The Hill - Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who led an armed standoff over grazing fees on federal lands, is suing President Obama and Nevada officials in hopes of getting charges against him dismissed. Bundy’s lawyer will file the complaint Tuesday against Obama; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.); his son, former Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid and U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro. It alleges that they violated several of his constitutional rights and also asks the court to dismiss his indictment and release him from solitary confinement. His legal team will discuss the action Tuesday, following a detention hearing in Las Vegas.

Top Hillary Clinton Aide Walks Out In Middle Of FBI Interview
Zero Hedge - ... Hillary's former State Department Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, who according to the WaPo walked out of an interview with federal investigators when an FBI official began to discuss a topic considered off-limits. The off-limits questions reportedly concerned the way in which emails were given to the State Department to be distributed to the public. According to the Post, Mills worried that the questions would violate the attorney-client privilege, and investigators had previously agreed not to broach the subject.... Investigators consider Mills to be a cooperative witness but the episode demonstrates the tension surrounding the criminal probe into possible mishandling of classified information involving the leading Democratic presidential candidate. In the coming weeks, prosecutors and FBI agents hope to be able to interview Clinton herself as they work to bring the case to a close.Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former State Department chief of staff, and her lawyer both returned to the interview room a short time later, according to the newspaper, citing several unidentified people.

Hillary Rakes in Nearly $75,000 From Justice Department Employees
Free Beacon - Hillary Clinton has received nearly $75,000 in political contributions from employees at the Department of Justice, the agency that would decide whether or not to act if the FBI recommended charges against Clinton or her aides following its investigation into her private email server.... David Bossie, president of the watchdog group Citizens United, told the Washington Free Beacon he is not surprised by the donations, and renewed his call for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint a special counsel to handle Clinton’s case. “I’m not surprised in the least to see more evidence that shows the politicization of the Justice Department,” Bossie said in a statement to the Free Beacon. “How can Democrat political appointees fairly investigate someone who is about to become their nominee for president? That’s why last July I called on Attorney General Lynch to appoint an impartial special counsel to investigate the private Clinton email server.”

Massive Cover-up – BLM leases Hammond ranch land to Russia through Clinton Foundation donors for uranium
ETF News - Russia gradually gained control of Uranium One, a major mining company, in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State. Canadian records reveal that the company’s chairman used his own family foundation to make four donations to the Clinton Foundation during that time, resulting in a sum contribution of $2.35 million. Secretary Clinton approved the deal for Russia soon after her family’s slush fund received the donations. Now, Vladimir Putin controls 20 percent of all uranium production capacity in the U.S. These contributions were not made known to the public by the Clintons, even though Hillary Clinton made a deal with President Obama to disclose all the donors. Other individuals associated with the company made donations too. Furthermore, after Russia declared that it was taking over Uranium One, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank, which promoted Uranium One stock.

To the Governor’s Desk: Sweeping Vermont Privacy Bill Passes; Would Hinder Several Federal Surveillance Programs
Tenth Amendment Center - If ultimately signed into law, it would not only limit warrantless surveillance and help ensure electronic privacy in Vermont, but would also hinder several federal surveillance programs that rely on cooperation and data from state and local law enforcement. As passed, the legislation would ban the warrantless use of stingray devices to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications, restrict the use of drones for surveillance by police, and generally prohibit law enforcement officers from obtaining electronic data from service providers without a warrant or a judicially issued subpoena.

Lawsuit accuses Flint mayor of trying to redirect water crisis donors to campaign fund
Reuters - A former administrator in Flint, Michigan, charged in a federal lawsuit on Monday that she was fired for seeking a probe into allegations the mayor tried to redirect donations to her personal campaign fund from a charity meant to help families hurt by the city's water crisis. The wrongful termination lawsuit filed in federal court in Detroit said former City Administrator Natasha Henderson was fired in violation of whistle-blower and free-speech protections under Michigan law and the U.S. Constitution.... Henderson's lawsuit alleged that Mayor Karen Weaver ordered her assistant and a volunteer to redirect donors from a local fund set up to help families affected by the water crisis to her political action committee instead.

Election News

Donald Trump Within 100 Delegates of Winning GOP Nomination… Doubles Cruz Delegate Count
The Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump won West Virginia tonight with over 70% of the vote. Donald Trump also won Nebraska, a winner take all state with 36 delegates. Trump will end the night with 1138 delegates. By the end of the night Donald Trump will be within 100 delegates of winning the Republican nomination of 1237 delegates. Donald Trump now has more than twice as many delegates as second place finisher Senator Ted Cruz who ended his campaign with 564 delegates.
* Related: Presidential Primary Results

Sanders beats Clinton in West Virginia
Politico - With one-third of precincts reporting, Sanders led Clinton 50 percent to 39.2 percent.... With Sanders' projected victory, he will win a majority of the 29 pledged delegates at stake Tuesday in West Virginia, which — like all states in the Democratic primary — doles out delegates in proportion to the popular vote. The two major polls conducted in the state put Sanders ahead by 6 percentage points.

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will oversee the vice-presidential search
Washington Post - Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s traveling confidant and campaign manager, will be in charge of the team that will survey and vet potential vice-presidential candidates for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, two top Republicans said. The two Republicans familiar with Lewandowski's responsibilities spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss their private conversations with the Trump campaign, which is planning to ramp up the vice-presidential search in the coming weeks. Lewandowski formally took charge of the hunt for a running mate last week and has since been described inside and outside of the campaign as the point person for all related questions and meetings, the Republicans said.

Cruz Considers Reviving Campaign If He Wins Nebraska Primary
Kit Daniels - “The reason we suspended our campaign was that with the Indiana loss, I felt there was no path to victory," he told Glenn Beck. "If that changes, we will certainly respond accordingly." He also avoided answering whether he would support Trump. "This is a choice every voter is going to have to make,” Cruz said. “I would note, it's not a choice we as voters have to make today.”

Republicans For Hillary: Major Cruz Donors Shift to Clinton
Kit Daniels - One of the donors, Renaissance Technologies, spent over $13 million on Cruz’s campaign and is now pouring millions into Clinton’s coffers. “Her campaign is signaling to Republican donors that… Hillary ‘represents your values better than Trump,’” progressive outlet Common Dreams reported. “This is a striking admission — one that comes in the midst of an ongoing contest with an opponent, Vt. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has questioned Clinton's commitment to progressive causes and has criticized her for caving under the temptations of corporate cash.”... Over 60 Wall Street donors who previously supported Jeb Bush are also funding Clinton, according to the Daily Beast, and Ted Cruz also received funding from many of the same donors. In other words, there’s no practical difference between establishment Republicans and Democrats.

Veteran News

Obama to Hiroshima: No Offense to World War Two Vets, Says Rhodes
Breitbart - President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima should not be seen as an affront to the civilians and troops — in that order — who fought the Second World War, according to White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications & Speechwriting Ben Rhodes. Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima later this month, a gesture other presidents have avoided because doing so might suggest an apology for the nuclear bombs that ended the war. Former president Jimmy Carter visited after he was no longer in office. Obama is not expected to offer a formal apology, but the visit will certainly be seen as such.

Economy & Business

America's infrastructure $1.44 trillion short through 2025: report
Reuters - The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimated that through 2025, the United States has funded only about 56 percent of its needed infrastructure spending. The nation needs to spend $3.32 trillion to keep its ports, highways, bridges, trains, water and electric facilities up to date but has funded only $1.88 trillion of that, ASCE said. The shortfall rises to $5.18 trillion through 2040 without new funding commitments.... Examples of major U.S. infrastructure failures abound, from Flint, Michigan's drinking water crisis to travel delays at New York's LaGuardia Airport and the deadly 2007 I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Crumbling infrastructure "has a cascading impact on our nation's economy, impacting business productivity, gross domestic product, employment, personal income, and international competitiveness," said the ASCE report.

Energy & Environment

North Dakota contaminated with radioactive materials from fracking – study
Truthout - Some rivers and streams in North Dakota now carry levels of radioactive and toxic materials higher than federal drinking water standards as a result of wastewater spills, the scientists found after testing near spills. Many cities and towns draw their drinking water from rivers and streams, though federal law generally requires drinking water to be treated before it reaches peoples' homes, and the scientists did not test tap water as part of their research. High levels of lead -- the same heavy metal that infamously contaminated water in Flint, Michigan -- as well as the radioactive element radium, were discovered near spill sites. One substance, selenium, was found in the state's waters at levels as high as 35 times the federal thresholds set to protect fish, mussels, and other wildlife, including those that people eat.

Electric, hybrid and other eco-friendly cars fill the air with as many toxins as dirty diesels say scientists
Daily Mail - Electric, hybrid and other eco-friendly cars fill the air with as many toxins as dirty diesel vehicles, scientists have found. The greener alternative produce more tiny particles from tyre and brake wear because batteries and other parts needed to propel them make them heavier. It happens because when eco-cars accelerate or slow down the tires and brakes wear faster, in turn producing more particulates. More particles are also whipped up from the road surface because of the extra weight.... Scientists found that electric and eco-friendly cars weighed around 24 per cent more than conventional vehicles, a discovery that linked to anecdotal complaints from greener car owners that their tires wear out faster.,,, Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Department of Transport said eco-vehicles still had huge benefits in cutting CO2 emissions.

Science & Technology

Did You Know That A Houseplant Has the Energy to Charge a Smart Phone?
Natural Blaze - Photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert solar power into chemical energy and nutrition, has even been an inspiration for scientific research into solar electricity. For one Barcelona-based start-up, photosynthesis is more than just inspiration, it is a solution. Currently in development by Arkyne Technologies, the Bioo Lite is an invention that turns plants into sources for clean, renewable electricity. By placing a panel in the soil of a potted plant, the Bioo Lite produces enough energy to chargeyour smartphone up to three times a day. Once placed beneath the soil, the panel draws an electrical charge from the photosynthetic interaction between plant, sun, and soil, and feeds it through a USB port that can fit most smartphones.... More amazingly, the technology is scalable — larger panels placed beneath larger plants are capable of providing more electricity, though the exact output is not clearly stated on the company’s sites.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

How to Make Fruit Kvass with Probiotic Benefits
Mother Earth News - Fruit kvass is a fermented drink that is quick and easy to make, loaded with digestive enzymes and probiotics and inexpensive to create.... A fruit kvass can be put together in under three minutes. It can be made with almost any fruits or vegetables — you can use lots of them or just a little bit. The produce can be fresh, frozen or dried.... This basic recipe [Blueberry-Strawberry-Orange Kvass] yields about 20 servings. 1. Put the orange pieces and strawberries in the jar. Mash the blueberries a little (any time that a fruit’s skin is tough, this is a good idea) and add to the jar. 2. Add the salt and, if you have it, the whey. Fill with water leaving a good 2 inches of head space or air at the top. Cover tightly. Shake well. Place on the kitchen counter under a towel. 3. Keep shaking several times a day and release the lid just briefly at least once a day to let out the gases. After two days in a warm kitchen or three in a cool one, the mixture is done. 4. Strain out the fruit, eating it for the fiber if you tend to be constipated, or compost it. Place the liquid in a jar in the refrigerator.


Power Up With Beets
Dr. Mercola - The potential benefits of nitrate-rich beets prompted scientists to test the ability of beet juice to enhance blood flow to exercising muscles. Test subjects experienced an almost instantaneous increase in their muscle capacity and endurance. This is proving helpful for patients suffering heart failure. What else can beet juice do? Vitamins and minerals in beets and beet greens fight inflammation, lower blood pressure, detoxify, fight infection and combat cancer. But certain compounds also have been found that spike energy and endurance. After scientists revealed that a small amount of beet juice is all it takes to beef up strength and endurance in patients with heart failure, athletes began gulping it down to increase their stamina. Tests showed beet juice to increase muscle strength by 13 percent, an improvement one might get after months of resistance training. This stems from nitric oxide formed when bacteria on the tongue converts to nitric oxide. Nitrites affect blood flow, effecting neurotransmission and other performance-related actions. Scientists are now exploring the effects of beet juice on peripheral artery disease and enhancing blood circulation.

Maple Syrup Is A Cancer Killer, Study Suggests
Green Med Info - This study is all the more interesting considering a recent experiment demonstrated, for what looks like the first time, that sugar is capable of not just feeding cancer but inducing it, i.e. it possesses oncogenic properties.... Obviously, the glaring disparity observed here is due to the fact that not all “sugar” is alike. [...] this new study reveals that maple syrup, which has a wide range of physiochemically and informationally active components beyond sucrose alone, should no longer be classified crudely as a sugar, but as a whole food and potential phytomedicine with a complex composition still in need of more in depth exploratory research and analysis. The new study [..] summarized as follows: “CRC cells that were administered maple syrup showed significantly lower growth rates than cells that were administered sucrose. In addition, administration of maple syrup to CRC cells caused inhibition of cell invasion, while there was no effect on cell migration. Administration of maple syrup clearly inhibited AKT phosphorylation [a pro-cancer cellular signal transduction pathway], while there was no effect on ERK phosphorylation.”

Drinking From Copper Does THIS to Your Body! Amazing!
David Wolfe - Research has confirmed that copper is able to kill harmful materials on contact, and researchers have even coined the term “contact killing” for the process. Copper was found to have antimicrobial properties, and was registered at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the first solid antimicrobial material. Though large quantities of copper can be dangerous, small amounts may have a positive effect on overall physical health. Here’s how: 1. Copper as a micronutrient is known to stimulate the body while restoring and producing myelin sheaths, which are a key part of the nervous system. They allow synapses to jump from one part of the brain to another. 2. Consuming small amounts of copper may help the body’s digestive system to work more efficiently by stimulating the contraction of digestive muscles that help move waste through the intestines. 3. Thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism are often associated with a copper deficiency in the body. Copper is one of the many trace nutrients that the body needs to perform daily functions, so regulating your copper intake may help the body to balance its thyroid function. 4. Copper supports the cardiovascular system. [and] 5. Copper strengthens hair.

Pet News

Vaccines and pesticides cause chronic illnesses in pets, too
(NaturalNews) ... vaccinating your pet annually poses more risks than it does benefits, because like humans, vaccines cause chronic illness in pets, too. Itchy, allergic dogs are the number one reason pets visit the vet, says Will Falconer, DVM, a homeopathic veterinarian providing care in Central Texas.... The most common health problem Dr. Falconer sees in pets is allergies, which he says are caused by "immune confusion," a man-made disease.... Dr. Falconer blames immune confusion on vaccines. "Immune systems are put into a state of confusion by vaccines whose sole purpose is to hype that very system." Rather than be effectively immunized against real world viruses, vaccines result in chronic illness... Such illnesses can usually "be tracked back to one or two causes," says Dr. Falconer: vaccines administered a month earlier, or "certain chemicals, most often the pesticide based heartworm 'preventatives.'" Trifexis, a chewable pill given to treat heartworms, fleas and other worms, is by far one of the most dangerous chemicals for pets, he says. Made by Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly and Co., Trifexis has been linked to death and illness in dogs, as it consists of two pesticides, one sourced in the U.S. and the other in China.

Tuesday - May 10, 2016  -  Today in History:

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.
1869 - Central Pacific and Union Pacific Rail Roads meet in Promontory, UT. A golden spike was driven in at the celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.
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.
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.
1999 - China broke off talks on human rights with the U.S. in response to NATO's accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.
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.
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).

World News

Full List Of 214,000 Offshore Shell Companies Linked To "Panama Papers" Released Online
Zero Hedge - Whether it was funded by Soros, the CIA, the Rothschilds or even Putin is unclear, but moments ago the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists - the group responsible for preparing and organizing the Panama Papers leak - published a searchable database laying out 214,000 offshore entities created in 21 jurisdictions, from Nevada to Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands.... Readers can search the full database below...

Cameron's 'Project Fear' Goes Full M.A.D. - Vote No To Brexit Or Face World War 3
Zero Hedge - Just as the government did in the lead up to The Scottish Referendum in 2014, it appears David Cameron is already escalating the so-called Project Fear. In a stunning statement of sheer fearmongery, clearly reflecting the establishment's panic at the rise of Brexit votes in the polls, The Telegraph reports UK PM David Cameron warned that Britain will pay a high cost if "we turn our back" on the EU, invoking Sir Winston Churchill and highlighting the battles of Trafalgar, Blenheim, Waterloo and the two World Wars as evidence that Britain cannot pretend to be "immune from the consequences." As The Daily Mirror reports, David Cameron has pleaded for Britain to stay in the EU to help prevent the Continent being ripped apart by another conflict....

China Dumps Chemicals In Ocean To Drive Fishermen Away From Disputed Island
Activist Post - Chinese vessels have been reportedly dumping chemicals in the surrounding waters of Pag-asa Island and harming the marine life in an effort to kill the island’s economy. As the number of civilians leaving because of a lack of fish increases, the Chinese get closer to taking over the land. A Facebook page has been dedicated to documenting the evidence, which consists most recently of photos of dead fish that have washed ashore from the chemical dumping. Pag-asa Island is an island in the West Philippine Sea occupied by Filipinos. It’s part of the Kalayaan municipality of Palawan, Philippines, but bigger countries like China, Taiwan, and Vietnam have been attempting to claim the area for economic reasons. As part of the Spratly Islands, the Pag-asa Island is the only one occupied by civilian Filipinos and they depend almost entirely on fishing. China Dumps Chemicals In Ocean To Drive Fishermen Away From Disputed Island. According to the Facebook page, it’s speculated that once the island is deserted by its inhabitants, China will establish a military base.

Greece to Receive Over $6.5Bln in Second Tranche of Credit
Sputnik News - Greece will receive much more than 5.7 billion euro ($6.5 billion) in the second tranche of its bailout within the framework of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), a Finance Ministry source said Monday. Earlier in the day, Greek lawmakers voted in a controversial reform bill that cuts future pension payments, increases value-added tax, and introduces internet, television, coffee and e-cigarette taxes.

95% of Greek ‘bailout’ money went to European Banks
Hang The Bankers - A recent German study just confirmed what 11 million Greeks already knew. That they are a people fully conquered by criminal mega banks and the corrupt politicians and technocrats in their employ.... Some 95 percent of the 220 billion euros disbursed to Greece since the start of the financial crisis as loans from the bailout mechanism has been directed toward saving the European banks. That means about 210 billion euros was eventually channeled to the eurozone credit sector while just 5 percent ended up in state coffers, according to a study by the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin.

The Bank Of Japan Begins Selling ¥1.3 Trillion In Stocks Acquired Over The Years
Zero Hedge - In a stark reminder, that what central banks buy they eventually have to sell, Japan's Nikkei writes that the Bank of Japan has begun selling equities it bought from commercial banks in the previous decade to ease anxiety over the financial sector. But before some interpret the move as a risk to Japan's stock "market" as the biggest equity backstopper now becomes a seller, concurrent with the BOJ's liquidations Kuroda will offset these divestments with extra purchases of exchange-traded funds, in effect netting out selling with even more stock buying.

Poland Refuses To Accept Any Refugees "As They Pose A Threat To Security", Will Not Comply With European "Blackmail"
Zero Hedge - Seemingly unfazed by the recent European Commission proposal to punish countries which refuse to comply with "fair" refugee allocation quotas with fines as high as €250,000 per asylum seeker, the head of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party and former PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski said that no refugees will be accepted in Poland "as they pose a threat to security" adding that Poland will oppose any law forcing EU members to pay €250,000 per refused refugee.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Emails From Hillary Clinton’s IT Director at State Department Appear to Be Missing
ABC News - The State Department said today it can’t find Bryan Pagliano’s emails from the time he served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s senior information technology staffer during her tenure there. Pagliano would have been required to turn over any official communications from his work account before he left the government. State Department officials say he had an official email account, but that they can't find any of those records he would have turned over and continue to search for them.

Revealed: Four Clinton Foundation Trustees Charged or Convicted of Financial Crimes
Breitbart - This newest, startling revelation is just one more of many in Peter Schweizer’s bombshell book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, the book that has sent the Hillary Clinton campaign and the media scrambling. The book shows that there are many problems with the Clinton charity. In fact, the Clinton Foundation is so unlike a real charity that even charity watchdog group Charity Navigatorrefuses to rate the Clinton Foundation because of its “atypical business model. One of those problems is the fact that the Clintons put big donors and close pals on the board for reasons that are hard to fathom. In fact, at least four of these “board members” have either been charged or convicted of serious financial irregularities, crimes including bribery and fraud.

Cashing in: Illegal immigrants get $1,261 more welfare than American families, $5,692 vs. $4,431
Washington Examiner - The Center for Immigration Studies, in an analysis of federal cost figures, found that all immigrant-headed households — legal and illegal — receive an average of $6,241 in welfare, 41 percent more than native households. As with Americans receiving benefits such as food stamps and cash, much of the welfare to immigrants supplements their low wage jobs. The total cost is over $103 billion in welfare benefits to households headed by immigrants. A majority, 51 percent, of immigrant households receive some type of welfare compared to 30 percent of native households, said the analysis of Census data. Immigrants receiving the most in the study of 2012 figures come from Mexico and Central America. Their average annual taxpayer funded welfare collection is $8,251, 86 percent higher than the benefits used by native households, said the report.... The new report follows another that found President Obama seeking $17,613 for every new illegal minor, more than Social Security retirees get. Richwine noted that illegal immigrants are barred from directly receiving welfare, but instead get it via their [U.S.-born] children.

Colorado town says “no” to HUD, refuses federal funds
Tenth Amendment Center - While the federal government always views its threats to cut off the flow of stolen money to the states as a kind of untrumpable trump card, a Colorado town has created a template for how to handle the federal government’s attempts at bribery and extortion. Castle Rock, a community of 55,000 people in central Colorado, recently decided to refuse funds from the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At issue for the town was a new set of regulations, 377 pages in all, which gives the unelected HUD bureaucrats broad powers over grant recipient communities, including the power to reverse electoral decisions by local voters, change local zoning laws and force said communities to join regions against the its wishes.

Crony Capitalism in a Police State: Congress Moves to Privatize Airport Gestapo Checks
Kurt Nimmo - As complaints rise over long screening lines at airports, the new boss at Delta, Ed Bastian, says his company has negotiated a Clear discount for members of its SkyMiles frequent flier program. Clear is a biometric and identification service. It offers “pre-screening” at airport security checkpoints. A regular annual Clear membership costs $179. It allows travelers to avoid increasingly long lines. Delta also offers the TSA “staffing at no cost … to help them clear the queues.”.... The TSA, like all government operations, is ponderously slow and expensive, and more so after it decided to begin closer examination of carry-on luggage following revelations of security gaps. This has resulted in historically long lines at airports. Congress is considering allowing the Department of Homeland Security to move some of its funds into the private sector and let companies perform background checks on passengers.

NYC Subway Undergoing Study to Prepare for Chemical Attack - DHS
Sputnik News - Harmless gasses are being released throughout New York City’s subway system this week to test airflow movements in the event of a chemical attack, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate said in a statement on Monday. HS noted that the mixture of gasses and particles are non-toxic and odorless,, and will be monitored by particle tracers throughout the subway system. "This is a scientific experiment to gather data about how airborne material travels or spreads throughout the subway system," the statement said. "This includes knowing where it settles, and if any gets re-aerosolized by passing trains." The goal is to gather data on the hypothetical behavior of airborne contaminants in the event they were released into the subway system, the DHS explained.... The tests began on Monday and will continue through May 13.

Election News

Ryan Would Give Up Convention Chairman Role If Trump Asks
Bloomberg - House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday he’ll step down as chairman of the Republican National Convention if Donald Trump asks him to do so. Ryan’s offer comes amid continued resistance by Ryan and other conservatives in the Republican Party to throwing their support behind the party’s presumptive 2016 presidential nominee. It also increases the uncertainty over whether Ryan is pursuing a short-term negotiating ploy or gearing up for a longer-term standoff. Trump said Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the Press" that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of blocking Ryan from serving as the convention chairman when Republicans meet in Cleveland in July. He said he’d wait to see if Ryan does end up endorsing him.

Roger Stone: Ryan & Priebus Planning to “Extort” Trump at RNC
Paul Joseph Watson - Donald Trump campaign confidante Roger Stone warns that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and RNC chairman Reince Priebus are planning to “extort” Trump at the RNC after Ryan refused to endorse the presumptive Republican nominee.... Stone says the two are scheming to “thwart Trump control of the Republican National Committee,” and has vowed to “expose their outrageous plan.” During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper last week, Ryan said he was “not ready” to back Trump. Ryan and Trump are set to meet privately in Washington DC on Thursday.

Chris Christie to Lead Trump’s Transition Team
Breitbart - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will serve as presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s transition team chairman. “Mr. Trump is the presumptive Presidential nominee for the Republican Party and continues to take critical steps to gear up for the general election against potential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, or whoever,” Trump’s campaign announced in a press release on Monday. Trump said, “Governor Christie is an extremely knowledgeable and loyal person with the tools and resources to put together an unparalleled transition team, one that will be prepared to take over the White House when we win in November. I am grateful to Governor Christie for his contributions to this movement.”

Science & Technology

Twitter bans US intelligence access to Dataminr analytics - report
RT - Twitter has banned the US intelligence agencies from using a service called Dataminr, which searches through real-time tweets to detect newsworthy events, including terror attacks and protests. Dataminr reportedly said that Twitter doesn’t want the intelligence agencies to continue using the service for the fear of the“optics,” since it could be perceived as being too close to the intelligence arm of the government, according to a source cited by the The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The company told RT it had no comment on the WSJ report. The US government has been using the Dataminr for about two years. Meanwhile, Dataminr’s contract with the US Department of Homeland Security worth $255,000 is still reportedly intact.

Facebook Workers Admit They "Routinely" Suppressed Conservative News
Zero Hedge - "We as a company are neutral - we have not and will not use our products in a way that attempts to influence how people vote." That is a quote from a Facebook spokesperson given in response to a leaked internal poll which asked what responsiblity Facebook had in preventing Donald Trump from becoming the next president. In light of the fact that a former employee is now admitting Facebook routinely suppresses conservative news stories from its trending news section, we're curious if that same response will be used.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto’s Next Weedkiller Uses RNA and It’s Far Worse Than RoundUp
Natural Blaze - Monsanto calls RNA Interference a ‘natural process’ in plants in the same manner they have vowed that glyphosate is ‘safe,’ while industry-discredited scientists have shown that glyphosate exposure, even in infinitesimal amounts, causes cancerous tumor growth. The company explains the process: “RNA interference (RNAi) is a natural process cells use to turn down, or suppress the activity of specific genes. This is done through the cell’s natural ability to review RNA instructions inside the cell and then “decide” whether to process the instructions or not. As a result, the process can turn down or stop production of a specific protein, much like a dimmer on a light switch.... Notice that nowhere in this explanation does Monsanto describe what this technology really does, which is silence genes. Of course this technology is meant to silence genes in bugs that eat crops, but there is no proof RNA pesticides won’t silence the genes of unintended recipients, like wildlife, and human beings.

EDIBLE PETALS: Beauty for your garden and your table
Healing-From-Home-Remedies - Gardening even on a small scale can be very therapeutic and growing edible flowers is a great way to introduce kids to both gardening and natural foods at the same time. Children also find flowers fascinating and will be thrilled to learn about edible petals. Just remember to tell them that not all flowers are edible. Here's just a few uses and ideas for edible petals...

Put Down the Pills, Pick Up a Shovel — Studies Show Gardening Makes You Happier and Smarter
Activist Post - There are two interesting pieces of research that give credence to the feeling that our bodies and souls are better off from gardening. Researchers reported in the journal Neuroscience that contact with a harmless soil bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae triggers the release of serotonin in the brain. This type of serotonin acts on several different pathways, including mood and learning. Lack of serotonin in the brains is related to depression.... Have you noticed that you feel really happy when picking those ripe vegetables, especially that first tomato of the season? It turns out that harvesting fruits and vegetables triggers the release of dopamine in the brain. The speculation is that this evolved over 200,000 years of humans harvesting food as hunter-gatherers. Dopamine is strongly correlated with reward-motivated behavior.


FDA Considers Requiring U.S. Physicians to Undergo Painkiller Training
AllGov - The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents. The review comes as regulators disclosed that the number of doctors who completed voluntary training programs is less than half that targeted by the agency. A panel of FDA advisers meets this week to review risk-management plans put in place nearly four years ago to reduce misuse and abuse of long-acting painkillers, powerful opioid drugs at the center of a national wave of abuse and death. Under the current risk-management programs, drugmakers fund voluntary training for physicians on how to safely prescribe their medications. However, many experts — including a previous panel of FDA advisers — said those measures don't go far enough and that physician training should be mandatory. According to FDA figures, only 37,500 physicians had completed the voluntary training programs by March 2015, less than half of the targeted number of 80,000. In fact, surveys conducted by drugmakers showed that 40 percent of prescribers were unaware of the programs more than a half-year after they launched.

Traditional Food Puts Chemotherapy To Shame, New Study Reveals
Green Med Info - Increasingly, an awareness of the power of commonly used traditional plants to prevent and even treat cancer is coming to the forefront.. Now, a powerful new study published in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry provides evidence that a traditional food consumed in the tropics as vegetables — Morinda citrifolia (Noni) leaves — may be the ideal complementary therapy or functional food in the prevention or management of lung cancer. Amazingly, the study found that an extract of Noni leaf was more effective than the chemotherapy drug Erlotinib at suppressing metastasized lung cancer in an animal model.

5 Coping Strategies For Tinnitus Sufferers
Natural News Blogs - Tinnitus is a condition in which a person hears “ringing,” chirping or even buzzing sounds when there is nothing in the external environment making this noise. It is a very common condition and not always associated with hearing loss-or even any other ear problems. Although there is no definite cure for Tinnitus, it often goes away on its own. This doesn’t make Tinnitus any easier to live with when it “flares up” and disrupts your life. Try the following methods to cope with your Tinnitus symptoms...

Foods and Herbs That Must Not be Taken During Pregnancy
Natural News Blogs - During pregnancy, there are many herbs and foods you should be cautious about because everything that you consume goes directly to your fetus and could backfire quickly. In this article, I will highlight the most important herbs that can be used during pregnancy as well as foods and herbs that must not be taken during pregnancy whatsoever....

Pet News

Leaving a Dog in a Car Could Soon Be a Felony in Michigan
Dogington Post - If a pair of Senate bills proposed this week are passed, Michigan residents will soon face felony charges for leaving dogs in cars under conditions, like heat or cold, that could potentially endanger the health and life of the animal. The proposed bill recommends that a person cannot “leave or confine an animal in an unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of the animal, including, but not limited to, heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death of the animal.” A first-time offender would face up to a $350 fine and up to 45 days in jail, a second violation would be punishable by up to a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. If the act causes serious harm to an animal, the offender could face up to a year in prison and up to a $1,000 fine. And, if it results in the death of an animal the punishment could be up to a $5,000 fine or 5 years imprisonment. While 16 other states have similar laws in place, most offenses are only classified as misdemeanors.

Even Vets Are Changing Their Feeding Advice for Cats Over 7
Dr. Becker - For many years, veterinarians recommended reduced protein diets for older cats. This is because after a lifetime of eating commercial pet food containing poor quality protein that is difficult to digest, a cat's kidney and liver function is compromised. As crazy as it sounds, reduced-protein senior cat formulas came into being because of the terrible quality of cat foods on the market. The chronic stress created by a diet that is hard to digest and assimilate causes premature aging and dysfunction in the organs of digestion and detoxification.... Protein quality is extremely variable. There are highly assimilable and digestible proteins (proteins your pet's body can easily absorb and make use of), and there are proteins that are wholly indigestible. For example beaks, feet, hides, tails and snouts are 100 percent protein, but all 100 percent is indigestible.... The nutrition that generates the least amount of metabolic stress for most cats, regardless of age, is whole, raw, unprocessed, organic, non-GMO, and in its natural form.

Monday - May 9, 2016  -  Today in History:

1754 - The first newspaper cartoon in America showed a divided snake "Join or die" in "The Pennsylvania Gazette."
1901 - In Australia, the Duke of Cornwall and York declared the First Commonwealth Parliament open.
1936 - The first sheet of postage stamps of more than one variety went on sale in New York City.
1941 - The German submarine U-110 was captured at sea by Britain's Royal navy.
1945 - U.S. officials announced that the midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately.
1955 - West Germany joined NATO.
1960 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill 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 Bahrain, people were allowed to vote for representatives for the first time in nearly 30 years. Women were allowed to vote for the first time in the country's history.

World News

U.S. military in Yemen supporting UAE, Saudi Arabia in fight against al Qaeda
Washington Times - A small U.S. military team has been on the ground in Yemen for several weeks, carrying out intelligence and support operations for the Arab coalition fighting al Qaeda’s terror cell in the country…. It is the first acknowledged U.S. troop deployment into Yemen since Washington pulled all American forces in the country when violence broke out between the Yemeni government and Shi’ite Houthi rebels last March…. Capt. Davis made clear the American intelligence team’s work in Yemen and ongoing U.S. military support operations in the country did not fall under the Pentagon’s rubric of train, advise and assist operations going on in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. He also differentiated between the ongoing U.S. mission on the ground in Yemen and U.S.-led counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda’s cell in the country, dubbed al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Under that mission, U.S. drones and warplanes have carried out 4 strikes against al Qaeda targets in Yemen over the last two weeks, with 10 confirmed kills, Capt. Davis said.

Offshore finance: more than $12tn siphoned out of emerging countries
The Guardian - More than $12tn (£8tn) has been siphoned out of Russia, China and other emerging economies into the secretive world of offshore finance, new research has revealed, as David Cameron prepares to host world leaders for an anti-corruption summit…. The figures, which came from compiling and cross-checking data from global institutions including the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations, follow the Panama Papers revelations of global, systemic tax avoidance…. Henry, [Columbia University professor James S Henry for the Tax Justice Network ] a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey, told the Guardian his research underlined the fact that tax-dodging was not the only motivation for using tax havens – criminals and kleptocrats also made prolific use of their services to keep their wealth secret and their money safe. He said the list of users of offshore jurisdictions was like the cantina scene in Star Wars, where a motley group of unsavoury intergalactic characters is assembled. Henry said: “It’s like the Star Wars scene: you have the tax dodgers in one corner, the arms dealers in another, the kleptocrats over here. There’s also those using tax havens for money laundering, or fraud.”

Panama Papers Data Leak : King of Saudi Arabia sponsored Netanyahu's campaign - Isaac Herzog, member of the Knesset and Chairman of the Israeli Labor party, revealed that Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz financed the election campaign of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. “In March 2015, King Salman has deposited eighty million dollars to support Netanyahu’s campaign via a Syrian-Spanish person named Mohamed Eyad Kayali. The money was deposited to a company’s account in British Virgin Islands owned by Teddy Sagi, an Israeli billionaire and businessman, who has allocated the money to fund the campaign Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”, Herzog cited a leaked Panama Paper.

Huge Panama Papers search database goes public Monday
CNN News - On Monday, people everywhere will be able to see for themselves which politicians, celebrities and business executives allegedly kept secret shell companies that were exposed in the Panama Papers. A Google-like searchable database is expected to go live at 2 p.m. ET, detailing ties between 368,000 people and 300,000 offshore entities. It's being released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. "You'll see companies and their official owners. This is information that's never been available," said Marina Walker Guevara, ICIJ's deputy director. "We think that information about who owns the company should be public and transparent." ICIJ said the search tool will let you type in a name of a person or company, then see how it's connected to other people and companies.

China April exports, imports decline more than expected
Reuters - China's exports and imports fell more than expected in April, underlining weak demand at home and abroad and cooling hopes of a recovery in the world's second-largest economy. Exports fell 1.8 percent from a year earlier, the General Administration of Customs said on Sunday... April imports dropped 10.9 percent from a year earlier, falling for the 18th consecutive month, suggesting domestic demand remains weak despite a pickup in infrastructure spending and record credit growth in the first quarter. China's exports to the United States – the country’s top export market – fell 9.3 percent in April from a year earlier... China's cabinet has vowed to take steps to boost exports, including encouraging banks to boost lending, expanding export credit insurance and raise tax rebates for some firms.

Canada wildfire advance 'slows' as evacuations finish
BBC News - A huge wildfire ravaging the Canadian province of Alberta has grown more slowly than feared, officials say. Firefighters have held key areas and the blaze now covers about 621 sq miles (1,610 sq km) - less than the 700 sq miles estimated on Saturday. But it could be months before the fire is fully brought under control. More than 100,000 residents of Fort McMurray have fled the blaze…. The fire is expected to be the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history, with insurance costs alone already running into billions of dollars…. Fort McMurray is in the heart of Canada's oil sands country, and the region has the world's third-largest reserves of oil. Workers at major oil companies have also been evacuated. As much as a quarter of the country's oil production has been halted by the fire, raising concerns about the effect on the Canadian economy.

Canadian Court orders dad to start treating his 11-year-old daughter as a boy
LifeSite - Faced with two estranged parents in utter disagreement about their daughter’s wish to be a boy, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge has appointed the child a legal guardian to protect her interests. The father not only wants his daughter to cease taking hormone blockers but also to cease all contact with transgender activists or transgender-friendly therapists. Though the case is about whether the 11-year-old can give informed consent to such serious medical treatment, which is intended to delay the onset of female puberty, the judge appears to have already conceded the point by referring to the girl by her preferred, male, initials, J.K., and accepting her male self-identification…. Her father, referred to as N.K., has persisted in referring to his daughter by her female name at birth, or P.K., in court documents, despite an earlier court order that he refer to her with male pronouns, name, and initials.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Army shrinks to smallest level since before World War II
Army Times - The Army’s latest headcount shows that nearly 2,600 soldiers departed active service in March without being replaced, an action that plunges manning to its lowest level since before World War II. During the past year the size of the active force has been reduced by 16,548 soldiers, the rough equivalent of three brigades. Endstrength for March was 479,172 soldiers, which is 154 fewer troopers than were on active duty when the Army halted the post-Cold War drawdown in 1999 with 479,424 soldiers, the smallest force since 1940, when the active component numbered 269,023 soldiers. Barring unexpected delays, the Army is well-positioned to achieve, or exceed, its budgeted end-strength of 475,000 soldiers by Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2016. Without congressional or Defense Department intervention, the drawdown will continue for two more years, with endstrength hitting 460,000 soldiers in 2017, and 450,000 in 2018.

Kerry slams Trump's wall, tells grads to prepare for 'borderless world'
Washington Examiner - Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot at Donald Trump during his Friday commencement speech at Northeastern University, by saying no wall is big enough to keep dangerous terrorists out of the United States. "Many of you were in elementary school when you learned the toughest lesson of all on 9/11," he said. "There are no walls big enough to stop people from anywhere, tens of thousands of miles away, who are determined to take their own lives while they target others." "So I think that everything that we've lived and learn tells us that we will never come out on top if we accept advice from sound-bite salesmen and carnival barkers who pretend the most powerful country on Earth can remain great by looking inward," Kerry added. "And hiding behind walls at a time that technology has made that impossible to do and unwise to even attempt." Kerry didn't mention Trump by name, but Trump has repeatedly called for a wall on the southern U.S. border, and many Democrats, and some Republicans, have taken to calling him a carnival barker. Kerry also seemed to dismiss the importance of national borders, and said technology has reshaped the world into one that the U.S.

Judge says public has no right to record police on cellphones
Sustainable Pulse - The Morning Call - Across the country, videos of police arresting and even shooting people have sparked lawsuits, protests and even riots. But if a federal judge's opinion stands, bystanders could be handcuffed in their ability to hold officers accountable by recording them. U.S. District Judge Mark Kearney in Philadelphia says citizens have no constitutional right to record officers unless they explain they are recording for the purpose of criticizing police, which then would be protected by the First Amendment. That doesn't mean it's illegal to record, but his opinion could open the door to that possibility. "We find there is no First Amendment right under our governing law to observe and record police officers absent some other expressive conduct," Kearney wrote in an opinion in February in two cases involving Philadelphia police.

US House Committee Launches Investigation into EPA Glyphosate Cover Up
The EPA ‘mistakenly’ published a draft report online on April 29 by the Cancer Assessment Review Committee (CARC). The report stated that glyphosate is ‘not likely to be carcinogenic to humans’, which is in direct contradiction to the World Health Organization cancer agency IARC’s much more comprehensive report, which stated in 2015 that glyphosate is a ”probable human carcinogen”. An EPA assessment on the herbicide atrazine was also posted on the agency’s website on April 29 but subsequently taken down.... In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Wednesday, committee chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, announced his committee is launching an investigation into the matter. “…EPA’s removal of this report and the subsequent backtracking on its finality raises questions about the agency’s motivation in providing a fair assessment of glyphosate — an assessment based on the scientific analysis conducted by CARC,” Smith said in the letter. “Furthermore, EPA’s apparent mishandling of this report may shed light on larger systemic problems occurring at the agency.”

Harvard Brings Back the Blacklist for Final Club, Fraternity, Sorority Students
FIRE - In a stunning attack on freedom of association, Harvard University announced today [Friday] that members of independent, single-sex, off-campus organizations will be blacklisted from Rhodes and Marshall scholarships and banned from leadership of on-campus organizations or athletic teams. Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust stated that next year, members of fraternities, sororities, and “final clubs” will begin to be denied these opportunities in an effort to foster “inclusion” and “address deeply rooted gender attitudes.”…. “Outrageously, Harvard has decided that 2016 is the right time to revive the blacklist,” said Robert Shibley, executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which defends freedom of association on campus. “This year’s undesirables are members of off-campus clubs that don’t match Harvard’s political preferences. In the 1950s, perhaps Communists would have been excluded. I had hoped that universities were past the point of asking people, ‘Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of a group we don’t like?’ Sadly, they are not.”

Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight
Washington Post - …this quick-thinking traveler had Seen Something, and so she had Said Something. That Something she’d seen had been her seatmate’s cryptic notes, scrawled in a script she didn’t recognize. Maybe it was code, or some foreign lettering, possibly the details of a plot to destroy the dozens of innocent lives aboard American Airlines Flight 3950. She may have felt it her duty to alert the authorities just to be safe. The curly-haired man was, the agent informed him politely, suspected of terrorism. The curly-haired man laughed. He laughed because those scribbles weren’t Arabic, or another foreign language, or even some special secret terrorist code. They were math…. Had the crew or security members perhaps quickly googled this good-natured, bespectacled passenger before waylaying everyone for several hours, they might have learned that he - Guido Menzio - is a young but decorated Ivy League economist.

A college student started a free lawn service for people who are elderly or disabled.
Breitbart - An Alabama A&M student started a free lawn service for the elderly and to teach younger kids about community service. Rodney Smith, Jr., now runs “Raising Men Lawn Care Service” with “about 20 young men ages 7-17.” They cut lawns for the elderly, disabled, and single mothers. It all started when he witnessed an elderly man mowing his lawn. “It looked like he was struggling,” he said. “I was watching him and it just hit me. I could do something about it.” Smith asked if they knew anyone who needed their lawn mowed. Friends gave him names and he wanted to mow 40 lawns by winter. He found a lawnmower on Craigslist and received it for free when he told the owner why he needed it.... “One lady had bone cancer and couldn’t afford to pay someone to cut her grass. So many people have fallen on hard times and it feels good to be able to help them,” he said.

Election News

Donald Trump Won’t Rule Out Replacing Paul Ryan as Chairman of Republican Convention
The Gateway Pundit - Donald J. Trump said he would not rule out an effort to remove Representative Paul D. Ryan as chairman of the Republican National Convention if he did not endorse Mr. Trump’s candidacy. Mr. Trump stopped short of calling for Mr. Ryan, the speaker of the House, to step down from his convention role. But in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Trump said there could be consequences in the event that Mr. Ryan continued withholding his support.

Sarah Palin Officially Endorses Paul Nehlen Over Speaker Paul Ryan
The Gateway Pundit - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced on Sunday she will work to defeat Paul Ryan in his Republican primary. This came after Ryan would not endorse the Republican nominee Donald Trump for president. On Thursday Republican Speaker Paul Ryan told Jake Tapper on CNN he was “not ready” to endorse Donald Trump yet.

Trump Hits Clinton On Gun Rights: ‘She Wants To Take The Bullets Away’
Daily Caller - Donald Trump started his pivot toward the general election Saturday by attacking Hillary Clinton on gun rights, claiming that the Democratic front-runner wants to “take your guns away.” “Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment, she wants to abolish it,” Trump said at an rally in Lynden, Wash. “Hillary Clinton wants to take your guns away, she wants to abolish the Second Amendment, she wants to take the bullets away, she wants to take it. We’re going to protect the Second Amendment,” he added. The presumptive Republican nominee focused his attention on Clinton during the weekend. At a Friday rally, Trump said Hillary was an enabler of her husband’s affairs.

‘Weekly Standard’ Editor Bill Kristol Meeting Mitt Romney to Float Third Party Run
Breitbart - As the #NeverTrump forces continue to cast about for ways to knock Donald Trump from his frontrunner status in the race for the White House, the editor of the Weekly Standard magazine has admitted to meeting in D.C. with Mitt Romney in order to convince him to run a third party campaign against Trump. Despite repeatedly saying he isn’t interested in running for president, Mitt Romney nonetheless met last week with William Kristol. The meeting was called at the editor’s behest for a talk about an independent run for the White House this year.

Hillary forces target Bush donors
Politico - Hillary Clinton’s supporters in recent days have been making a furious round of calls to top Bush family donors to try to convince them that she represents their values better than Donald Trump, multiple sources in both parties told POLITICO…. Top targets for the Clinton team include people like Woody Johnson, Jeb Bush’s former finance chair and the owner of the New York Jets. In recent days, Bush’s brother and father, former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, have said they plan to skip Trump’s nominating convention. One person close to Clinton said supporters of the former secretary of state drew up a list of Wall Street donors who supported Jeb Bush and other unsuccessful Republican candidates months ago but wanted to wait until Trump locked down the nomination before beginning to make the calls.

Far Left Protesters Block Highway To Trump Washington Rally
The Gateway Pundit - The leftist mob shut down the highway at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center. The protesters shut down 539. The protesters chained themselves together to block Trump to the rally.

Video: Making America Great Again [Donald Trump Parody]
Donald Trump continues his victorious path through the US presidential election 2016. After forcefully succeeding president Obama he faces the globalists and their puppets. But with only 300 Spartan warriors, can he beat George Soros himself? Will he Make America Great Again?

Economy & Business

'Financial reality is not negotiable': Puerto Rico bankruptcy could send dangerous signal to states
Watchdog - Puerto Rico is more than $70 billion in debt with no visible means of ever paying the money back, leading to widespread calls for some form of federal bankruptcy declaration. But a proposal in Congress would do little to address the causes of the current crisis, and might make things worse elsewhere. The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act does not include a direct taxpayer-funded bailout, but would create an oversight board empowered to lower the cost of Puerto Rico’s public debt at the expense of the island’s creditors. Critics, including Heritage Action for America, the activist affiliate of the conservative Heritage Foundation, fear the legislation (dubbed PROMESA) would contribute to risky government spending and borrowing by giving state lawmakers reason to expect similar treatment.

Since 2014 The US Has Added 450,000 Waiters And Bartenders, And No Manufacturing Workers
Zero Hedge - With Obama yet again on TV, taking credit for the Fed's reflation of the stock market as somehow indicative of an economic "recovery" ("fiction peddlers" not allowed in the crowd), here is another way of showing the unprecedented transformation in the US labor pool… [2 charts at link]

Tesla Plunges $2.5 Billion After Hedge Fund Shorts Stock
Breitbart - While Elon Musk was claiming that Tesla Motors will produce 500,000 electric cars in 2018 and 1,000,000 cars in 2020, a leading short-seller on Wall Street admitted he is now betting heavily against Tesla. Elon Musk on Tesla Motors Inc.’s earnings call told investors that after taking in 325,000 deposits of $1,000 each last month for future deliveries of the company’s Model 3 starting in late 2017, he has moved his desk to the end of the production line and stashed a sleeping bag in a nearby conference room at its Fremont, California, factory to make sure the company meets its delivery promises. Musk allowed other company executives to dole-out the grim news that the electric automaker reported a 50 percent larger-than-expected first-quarter loss of 57 cents per share on $1.6 billion in sales revenue.

Printable List of Monsanto Owned “Food” Producers
Natural Blaze - List of companies that use Monsanto products. Note: this does not mean that Monsanto owns the companies in the literal sense. See the main corporate owners at the bottom of this piece. In light of the recent public anger over the Monsanto Protection Act, here’s a simple, printable list of companies that use Monsanto products. Editor’s note: this list is from 2013 – since then, you the consumer have successfully demanded transparency and some of these companies have voluntarily labeled their GMO ingredients or removed them. Some of them removed other unhealthy ingredients. Please check all labels before buying.

Energy & Environment

CA Becoming Third Coal-Free State at a Big Cost
Breitbart - The 2008 statement by Rudy Giuliani in a presidential debate that the “United States is the Saudi Arabia of coal” is true. According to the U.S. Energy Department, America has 267.3 billion short tons of proven coal reserves, or 26.8 percent of the world’s total. Saudi Arabia has about 20 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves. But the consumption of steam coal used for electrical generation has fallen 29 percent since 2007, from 1.045 billion short tons to 739 million short tons in 20015. The four states with the heaviest use of coal to generate electricity are Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.... Governor Jerry Brown would like to say that the decline in coal use is due to his leadership at the COP 21 Paris France Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 on December 12, 2015, where 195 countries agreed to reduce their carbon output “as soon as possible” and to do their best to keep global warming “to well below 2 degrees C.” But the real reason for coal’s continuing collapse is that utilities are rapidly switching from coal-fired to natural gas-fired power plants because of the impact of fracking knocking the price of natural gas down 75 percent, from about $8 per thousand cubic feet in 2007 to just over $2 per thousand cubic feet today.

All Of A Sudden, Fish Are Dying By The MILLIONS All Over The Planet
Economic Collapse - Why are millions upon millions of dead sea creatures suddenly washing up on beaches all over the world? It is certainly not unusual for fish and other inhabitants of our oceans to die. This happens all the time. But over the past month we have seen a series of extremely alarming mass death incidents all over the planet. As you will see below, many of these mass death incidents have involved more than 30 tons of fish. In places such as Chile and Vietnam, it has already gotten to the level where it has started to become a major national crisis. People see their coastlines absolutely buried in dead sea creatures, and they are starting to freak out.

Science & Technology

Facebook loses motion to dismiss biometric case stemming from social network's photo-tagging feature
Washington Times - Facebook should have to answer claims in federal court brought by users who say the social network unlawfully collected and stored their biometric data without consent, a U.S. District Judge ruled Thursday. Plaintiffs in the case — three Facebook users from Illinois — argue the company “secretly amassed the world’s largest privately-held database of consumer biometric data” when it rolled out an automated photo-tagging system in 2010 that derives unique “faceprints” from photographs uploaded by its users. Plaintiffs said Facebook’s creation of these specialized faceprints were done without their explicit consent and amount to a violation of Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA — legislation passed in 2008 that requires companies to obtain permission before collecting or storing such information.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

How Much Should You Grow To Feed Your Family An Entire YEAR? Here’s The Answer
Off the Grid News - How much food does your family eat in a year? The answer may surprise you, unless you’ve been planning a garden to feed them. Deciding how much to plant can make the difference between a lean year and a fat one. Careful planning and recordkeeping are essential if you want to live off your land....


Bad carbs increase risk of cancer by up to 88 percent
(NaturalHealth365) Evidence of how harmful certain carbohydrates (‘bad carbs’) can be to our health keeps mounting, and a recent study adds even more motivation to cut out those sugars that trigger the growth of cancer cells. The study has shown that consuming foods dense with unhealthy carbohydrates can significantly increase the risk of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in men from cancer-related illness. Bad carbs refers to processed foods and sugary beverages known for their sugar and processed grain content. These foods have now been found to markedly increase cancer risk. Conversely, healthy carbs like vegetables, whole grains, fruits and legumes are increasingly associated with cancer prevention.

Warning about fried foods: High levels of acrylamide can trigger cancer cell growth
(NaturalHealth365) The International Agency for Research on Cancer has designated acrylamide a probable carcinogen. Acrylamide is a chemical that can form in certain foods when exposed to high levels of heat during cooking or processing. It is present in the highest levels in fried foods (which often also contain high levels of trans fats), but this “probable carcinogen” is also present in some foods that might surprise you.... The food with the highest levels of acrylamide is potato chips, especially the sweet varieties. While regular potato chips have around 2,000 ppm (parts per million) of acrylamide, sweet potato chips contain around double that. Those golden-brown deep fried French fries are another major culprit of high acrylamide levels, but so are graham crackers, ginger snaps and other packaged cookies. Boxed cereals like corn flakes also contain acrylamide.... And if you didn’t have enough reasons to avoid fried foods like French fries and potato chips, processed foods, and foods that contain trans fats, now you have one more. The top nine foods with acrylamide to avoid are...

Friday - May 6, 2016  -  Today in History:

1835 - James Gordon Bennett published the "New York Herald" for the first time.
1861 - Arkansas became the ninth state to secede from the Union.
1877 - Chief Crazy Horse surrendered to U.S. troops in Nebraska.
1882 - The U.S. Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. The act barred Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for 10 years.
1937 - The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, NJ. Thirty-six people (of the 97 on board) were killed.
1941 - Bob Hope gave his first USO show at California's March Field.
1942 - During World War II, the Japanese seized control of the Philippines. About 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese.
1945 - Axis Sally made her final propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
1960 - U.S. President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
1962 - The first nuclear warhead was fired from the Polaris submarine.
1981 - A jury of international architects and sculptors unanimously selected Maya Ying Lin's entry for the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1994 - The Channel Tunnel officially opened. The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France.
1994 - Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit against U.S. President Clinton. The case alleged that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.
1999 - A parole board in New York voted to release Amy Fisher. She had been in jail for 7 years for shooting her lover's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face.
2001 - Chandra Levy's parents reported her missing to police in Washington, DC. Levy's body was found on May 22, 2002 in Rock Creek Park.

World News

'Resurgent Russia': New hardline NATO Europe commander raises hackles in Moscow
RT - NATO's new chief military commander in Europe, Curtis Scaparrotti, vowed to continue his predecessor's policy of opposing Russia. In Moscow he is seen as an even bigger warmonger by some officials.... Speaking at a ceremony at NATO's HQ in Brussels, Scaparrotti praised his predecessor's vision and leadership for the alliance. NATO is facing a "resurgent Russia striving to project itself as a world power," Scaparrotti said, as cited by the Pentagon. Other concerns for NATO are terrorism, as well as a refugee crisis "being driven by instability in North Africa and the Middle East," he said. "To address these challenges, we must continue to maintain and enhance our levels of readiness and our agility in the spirit of being able to fight tonight if deterrence fails," he said. During his NATO tenure, Breedlove was a vocal advocate of putting greater military pressure on Russia, which he called an “existential threat” for the West.

Duma chief, China leader condemn ‘US attempt to control international trade’
RT - Sergey Naryshkin and Xi Jinping have described the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty as an attempt to create a closed and secretive structure that would replace the World Trade Organization, adding that Russia and China are strongly opposed to it. The meeting between the Russian State Duma speaker, the Chinese president and MPs took place in Beijing on Thursday. The meeting itself was closed to the press, but Naryshkin and the head of the State Duma Committee for International Relations, Aleksey Pushkov, disclosed its highlights to reporters in subsequent comments to Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily. According to Pushkov, top Russian and Chinese officials were critical of the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Xi Jinping commented on Barack Obama’s recent remarks on global commerce – in which he said that the rules of international trade must be imposed by the United States and its allies, and not China – by saying that in his view, such rules must be agreed jointly by all the nations of the world, not any particular one.

Japan’s Prime Minister Invites Putin to Tokyo Despite Washington’s Fury
Sputnik News - On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The meeting signals a thaw in relations between the two countries, as Abe seeks to settle territorial disputes and gain improved trade deal conditions. The move doesn't sit well with Japan’s key ally, the United States. In February, President Barack Obama requested that Prime Minister Abe delay his visit until after the G7 summit at the end of May. Abe has chosen, however, to go forward with the meeting.... The primary reason for Friday’s meeting is to discuss ownership of the Kuril Islands. A long-standing territorial dispute over the islands in the Sea of Okhotsk has prevented the two countries from signing a post-World War II peace treaty.

A Tale Of Two Hospitals: Potentially Fabricated Bombing Incident VS Open Terrorist Targeting Of Facilities In Aleppo
Brandon Turbeville - Over the past few days, the Western corporate press has kicked into overdrive with reports of hospital bombings, dead civilians, and war crimes all blamed predictably on the secular government of Bashar al-Assad. According to Western governments and their media mouthpieces, Assad’s forces have targeted civilian hospitals in order to . . . well . . . no one knows why Assad’s forces would logically target civilian hospitals. Still, the Western harpies – both media and “human rights NGOs” – continue to hammer the unsubstantiated claims and misinformation at the tops of their lungs that the SAA is dropping bombs on civilian medical facilities....

Thousands Flee as Canada Can’t Stop Enormous Wildfire from Spreading
Sputnik News - Large sections of the Canadian province of Alberta have been ablaze as a massive wildfire continues to burn abated, causing a state of emergency to be declared. The fire, which authorities are calling “catastrophic,” began Sunday in the oil sands region and had grown five times its original size by Thursday. The so-called Fort McMurray Fire has already prompted over 88,000 evacuations and destroyed more than 1,600 structures in the town of Fort McMurray. The fire is currently burning between 800 C and 1,000 C, making it so hot that officials believe only rain will be able to stop it.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US Intelligence Officer Sues President Barack Obama Over Legality Of ISIS Fight
Blacklisted News - A U.S. Army captain filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama Wednesday, alleging that Obama does not have the authority from Congress to wage the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The suit comes after an American serviceman became the third soldier to be killed in Iraq since U.S. troops pulled out from the country in 2011. Capt. Nathan Michael Smith, an intelligence officer deployed in Kuwait, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Washington. The 28-year-old said he supports the fight against the extremist group on military and moral grounds and considers the militants an “army of butchers,” according to court documents shared by the New York Times. But, the captain also wants the court to tell the president that he needs to ask Congress for a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force. “Under the 1973 War Powers Resolution, when the President introduces United States armed forces into hostilities … he must either get approval from Congress within sixty day to continue the operation, in the form of a declaration of war … [the] President did not get Congress’s approval for his war against ISIS [Islamic State group] in Iraq or Syria … the war is therefore illegal,” Smith’s court documents read.

Clinton aide interviewed in email investigation
AP- The FBI has interviewed Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, as part of a federal investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, a person familiar with the probe said Thursday. The person insisted on anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. The FBI and Justice Department have been investigating whether sensitive information that flowed through Clinton's email server was mishandled. Abedin was one of Clinton's closest aides during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat, serving as deputy chief of staff. It was not immediately clear whether other aides have been interviewed, or when or if Clinton herself might be questioned.

Judicial Watch Lawsuit Uncovers More Hillary Clinton Emails Withheld from State Department
Judicial Watch - Judicial Watch today released new State Department emails (one batch of 103 pages, the second of 138 pages) that again appear to contradict statements by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department and that she did not use her system until March 18, 2009....

Romanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, 'it was easy'
Fox News - The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer,” speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013. "For me, it was easy ... easy for me, for everybody," Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker "Guccifer," told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held. Guccifer’s potential role in the Clinton email investigation was first reported by Fox News last month. The hacker subsequently claimed he was able to access the server – and provided extensive details about how he did it and what he found – over the course of a half-hour jailhouse interview and a series of recorded phone calls with Fox News. Fox News could not independently confirm Lazar’s claims.

'Secret' ministers, teachers and social workers are spying on us
MassPrivateI - According to a article, the FBI/DHS are enlisting clergy, social workers and mental health professionals to counsel (spy on) troubled people who voice support for terrorism. They're calling this group of spies "Shared Responsibility Committees" (SRC). The FBI and DHS have led forums in NJ and even launched a social media campaign warning about terror groups like ISIS, environmental extremists and sovereign-citizen movements. In other words, they're attempting to vilify anyone speaking out against the government. Police are 'secretly' using priests, social workers and doctors to spy on us. SRC members, must sign confidentiality agreements, and can't consult outside experts on treatment plans. Police are using "secret non-disclosure agreements" to spy on our cell phones and now this. Having ministers and doctors sign 'secret' agreements to spy on us... But wait, it gets worse. Law enforcement is also allowed to pose as clergy, social workers etc.

Obama Threatens North Carolina on Bathroom Privacy, Pushes ‘Gender Fluid’ Society
Breitbart - President Barack Obama’s deputies have told the North Carolina Governor that all single-sex public bathrooms — including those in K-12 schools — must be opened to people of both sexes by Monday to prevent “discrimination” against the roughly 1-in-2,400 American adults who say they’re transgender. If the state doesn’t give up Americans’ right to decide who gets to use single-sex bathrooms and school locker rooms by Monday, then the federal government could start blocking the routine federal spending and tax transfers to the state — unless federal courts block the administration’s threat of sex-related harassment. “The Department of Justice has determined that … you and the state of NC are in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 0f 1964,” says the May 4 threat from Obama’s justice department to the Governor.

Rep. Diane Black: DOJ 'Worried About the Hurt Feelings' of Felons and Convicts
CNS News - The Justice Department's decision to avoid using the words "convict" and "felon" to describe convicts and felons is more political correctness run amok," Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) warned on Thursday. DOJ's Office of Justice Programs has called the two words "disparaging" and harmful to formerly incarcerated individuals as they transition from prison back into society.... "While the DOJ is apparently worried about the hurt feelings of those who broke our laws, I am more interested in hearing from the families of these criminals’ victims. I have a strong feeling this language shift is not high on their priority list," Black said in a news release.... "Once again, Washington bureaucracies are rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Our country is in trouble and government agencies are busy thinking up politically correct terms for convicts and illegal aliens. It defies comprehension and does not solve a single problem facing Americans’ daily lives today.

Federal Spending Bill Appropriates Taxpayer Dollars to Be Used to Spread Pro-GMO Propaganda
Activist Post - Monsanto and the biotech industry can count on their friends in government to help counter the movement. A paragraph tucked into a new spending bill would give the green light for a government propaganda campaign on behalf of GMO giants. $3,000,000 shall be used by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture, for consumer outreach to promote understanding and acceptance of agricultural biotechnology and biotechnology-derived food products and animal feed, including through publication and distribution of science-based educational information on the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian benefits of such biotechnology, food products, and feed. Regardless of your stance on genetically modified foods, government has no place using taxpayer dollars to convince the public that everything about GMOs is perfectly safe.

Election News

Video: Lynne Patton "The Trump Family That I Know" - A Black Female Trump Executive Speaks
Never Mind the Lies and Distortion of the Mainstream Media, Lynne Patton, a Female Trump Org Executive Will Tell You the Truth.

Exclusive: Koch-Soros Insiders Attempt to Take Over Trump Campaign
Paul Joseph Watson - Yesterday it was revealed that Steven Mnuchin would become the Trump campaign’s national finance chair. Mnuchin was an Investment Professional with Soros Fund Management LLC and spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs. He also has innumerable other affiliations with establishment financial institutions and corporations. A press release was posted on the official Trump campaign website today confirming that appointment. Questions are swirling as to whether the move was engineered by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who himself has close ties with and has worked for the Koch brothers, having overseen the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group founded by the Koch brothers. Although Lewandowski may not be directly responsible for the infiltration, he could be being used as a dupe by Mnuchin and others as part of a move to either take control of the Trump campaign or contrive a media narrative that Trump has sold out to the establishment. Any sign that Trump is dispensing with his outsider persona to cozy up to elitists will infuriate the New York billionaire’s base and derail his campaign. Trump himself was likely unaware of Mnuchin’s background, according to our sources.

Trump Vows To Repeal “Total Disaster” Obamacare
Steve Watson - In an appearance on CNBC Thursday, Trump called Obamacare a “total failure,” adding that “The Affordable Care Act needs to be repealed and replaced.” “If you go back to when this was originally passed, and this was long before I thought about running for President, I said 2016 and particularly 2017 is going to be a total disaster for our country.” Trump said on Squawk Box. “I said whoever is President is going to have a problem, because the numbers are going to be staggering, not only for people, not only for insurance companies, but for the country. Look at the kind of numbers we’re talking for the country.” Trump urged....
* Related: Trump's Healthcare Reform to Make America Great Again

Maine Democrats to vote on eliminating superdelegates
RT - Officials from the Maine Democratic Party will vote on a rule change to eliminate superdelegates, the controversial institution that has a disproportionate role in choosing the party’s presidential nominee without necessarily representing voters. State representative Diane Russell introduced a rule change that would require superdelegates in Maine to be assigned proportionally based on the state’s caucus results, just like normal delegates are. The proposed change will be brought to a vote at this weekend’s state Democratic Party convention in Portland. Currently, superdelegates are permitted to go against the will of their voters and support any candidate that they please. In the 2016 presidential nomination, superdelegates have favored frontrunner Hillary Clinton by an overwhelming margin, compared to her slim lead over Bernie Sanders in elected delegates.

David Cameron Joins China and Mexico: “Donald Trump Deserves Respect”
The Gateway Pundit - David Cameron has said he “respects” the controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump for making it through the grueling Republican primary process. The Guardian reported: The prime minister refused to retract his claim, made when a Trump candidacy still seemed an unlikely prospect, that the billionaire’s proposal for banning Muslims from the US was “stupid, divisive and wrong”. Speaking at a joint press conference at 10 Downing Street alongside his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, Cameron said, having come through the tough primary process, Trump “deserves our respect”. “Knowing the grueling nature of the primaries, what you have to go through to go on and represent your party in a general election – anyone who makes it through that deserves our respect,” he said. However, he added: “What I said about Muslims, I wouldn’t change that view. I’m very clear that the policy idea that was put forward was wrong, it is wrong, and it will remain wrong.”

Dem Pollster: HILLARY IS TERRIFIED – She Blew $4 Million and Still Doesn’t Know How to Beat Trump (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - Democrat pollster Doug Schoen told America’s Newsroom that Hillary Clinton blew $4 million to study how to defeat Donald Trump. She still has no clue on how to handle Trump and is terrified. Doug Schoen: Bill, you reported before that she spent $4 million on research. That’s what I do for a living. I don’t have a sense that she’s figured out with all that money spent how to approach and how to handle Donald Trump. And I think Trump is right, low road, high road Trump can win… If you spent four million dollars to try to figure out how to deal with a problem and you don’t have an answer that leads to terror and ineptness.

Economy & Business

Rail Traffic Depression: 292 Union Pacific Engines Are Sitting In The Arizona Desert Doing Nothing
Economic Collapse - We continue to get more evidence that the U.S. economy has entered a major downturn. Just last week, I wrote about how U.S. GDP growth numbers have been declining for three quarters in a row, and previously I wrote about how corporate defaults have surged to their highest level since the last financial crisis. Well, now we are getting some very depressing numbers from the rail industry. As you will see below, U.S. rail traffic was down more than 11 percent from a year ago in April. That is an absolutely catastrophic number, and the U.S. rail industry is feeling an enormous amount of pain right now. This also tells us that “the real economy” is really slowing down, because less stuff is being shipped by rail all over the nation.

Energy & Environment

The San Andreas fault is 'locked, loaded, and ready to go': Experts warn California to brace itself for a deadly earthquake
Daily Mail - Californians are being told to brace for 'the big one' - a massive earthquake that typically occurs every 400 to 600 years and could leave thousands dead or homeless. An earthquake scientist has added to claims the dreaded event is overdue, warning the San Andreas fault is 'locked, loaded and ready to roll'. The fault is the longest in California and one of the state's most dangerous. Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Centre, said the fault has been 'too quiet' since 1857. This is when the last big quake to strike a southern section rippled from Monterey County to the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles with a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale.... He also said other sections of the 810 mile-long (1,304km) fault are overdue for a quake too, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Science & Technology

AT&T Buries Language In Missouri Traffic Bill To Hinder Broadband Competition
Techdirt - Prompted by AT&T, Missouri passed a state law in 1997 that hamstrings towns and cities looking to build local networks to shore up broadband coverage gaps. Since then, AT&T has made repeated attempts to expand those restrictions further, fearing a growing rise in public/private partnerships from the likes of Google Fiber, Ting, or the countless towns and cities tired of AT&T's pricey, slow broadband service. After a failed attempt last year, AT&T this year introduced protectionist bill HB 2078, shortly after shoveling $62,000 in campaign contributions to state leaders.

13-day-old human embryo grown in lab for controversial record-breaking study
RT - Our understanding of how the human fetus develops could be shattered, as UK and US scientists have developed a new technique enabling an embryo to live outside the womb far longer than before, but future experiments will be fraught with ethical issues. The previous record for an embryo surviving in a lab was 9 days, and usually the embryo would be implanted into a womb as in IVF in the first seven, or die. However, two leading labs, which have published their studies in Nature and Nature Cell Biology, managed to create a chemical environment that tricked the embryo into thinking it was already in a womb while it remained in a petri dish. The embryos flourished until day 13, when they were terminated by the scientists to avoid contravening guidelines in both the US and the UK that forbid scientific experiments on human fetuses over two weeks old.

God’s Red Pencil? CRISPR and The Three Myths of Precise Genome Editing
Green Med Info - According to the media "genome editing" techniques can precisely alter the DNA of living organisms and these will change the landscapes of medicine and agriculture. The safety and effectiveness of these techniques hinges crucially on the claim of precision, yet how plausible is it? This article delineates three ways in which these technologies currently lack precision. 1) Present versions of CRISPR and other technologies are error prone and unpredictable. 2) Even if they were precise, purposeful manipulation of DNA depends on understanding of its functions, which we largely lack 3) CRISPR boosters are proceeding on a commonplace but faulty premise of gene function that is not supported by science. They have a dangerously narrow vision of how DNA influences traits and that frames risk assessment as unnecessary.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The Truth Cartoon That Got This Farmer Fired – His Epic Response!
Natural Blaze - It was another week; another cartoon for farmer and comic artist Rick Friday – until the newspaper fired him after he dropped a truth bomb about corporate reality. After 20 dedicated years of entertaining readers of Farm News, based in Des Moines, Illinois, his column was abruptly ended when he ticked off the wrong people – ironically proving the strip correct in it’s assessment of corporate powers. The comic (below) features a farmer bemoaning the meager profits of farmers, only to be told by another farmer that there are in fact rich profits in farming: In the year 2015 the CEOs of Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer and John Deere combined made more money than 2129 Iowa farmers, he said. He didn’t know that his approximate 1,091st cartoon would be his last to the column.

Strawberries And Onions: The Gardening Odd Couple That Always Should Be Planted Together
Off the Grid News - Companion planting is the time-honored technique of pairing beneficial plants together and is a natural, chemical-free way to improve the overall health of your garden. While some of these symbiotic combinations are well-known (such as the traditional “three sisters garden” featuring corn, beans and squash, or the classic companionship between marigolds and summer vegetables like tomatoes and peppers) almost all plants can benefit from proximity to appropriate neighbors. In the case of strawberries, that perfect partner happens to come in the form of onions.... The most important way strawberries and onions help each other is when it comes to pest protection.


7 Potent Weapons Against Viral Infections
Natural News Blogs - Since doctors can’t help much with viral infections, I believe the key to living in a world with viral threats each year is to be ready. To combat a viral infection, there are a few things you can bring home to have in your arsenal, i.e. your medicine cabinet. These choices work very well against a viral infection and are also excellent choices against bacterial and fungal infections. I keep these options on hand at all times. They are inexpensive and last a long time. I use them regularly instead of antibiotics since they are such great alternatives and are powerful. The best part? Since these are natural alternatives, they will never create resistance to any bacteria or virus. Keep your household stocked with these antimicrobials and you will feel prepared for whatever may come.

What Happens To Your Body When You Start Eating Ginger Every Day
Natural News Blogs - Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a medicinal herb. Ginger has been used for medicinal purposes in asia for thousands of years and sometimes called ‘ginger root’ only because it grows underground. Now, science is catching up and researchers around the world are finding that ginger works wonders in the treatment of everything from cancer to migraines. Here are 11 reason you should eat ginger daily.

Potent Form of Vitamin B Stops Organs From Aging
John Summerly - B3 is one of eight B vitamins. It is also known as niacin (nicotinic acid) and has 2 other forms, niacinamide (nicotinamide) and inositol hexanicotinate, which have different effects from niacin. An earlier study involved researchers at Harvard University and the University of NSW. Published in the scientific journal Cell, the landmark paper was one of the first to provide valuable insights into Nicotinamide's brain performance and anti-aging. Nicotinamide riboside is naturally produced in our bodies. It’s a chemical compound which acts as a precursor to vitamin B3. Nicotinamide riboside has been linked to a number of surprising and powerful benefits. Foods high in Nicotinamide include Brewer's Yeast, Sunflower Seeds, Raw Peanuts and Beets. Interestingly Beet Juice & Yeast have been shown to have remarkable cancer killing attributes. Possibly due to the sugars in the beets causing a beneficial form of fermentation to occur with the B vitamins in the Brewer's Yeast.

Thursday - May 5, 2016  -  Today 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.
1916 - U.S. Marines invaded the Dominican Republic.
1945 - A Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon. A pregnant woman and five children were killed.
1961 - Alan Sheppard became the first American in space when he made a 15 minute suborbital flight.
1987 - The U.S. congressional Iran-Contra hearings opened.
1991 - In New York, Carnegie Hall marked its 100th anniversary.
2000 - The final episode of "Boy Meets World" aired on ABC.

World News

Russia to form 3 new divisions to counter NATO buildup
RT - Russia is to deploy two new divisions in the west and one in the south to counterbalance NATO's increased military presence near Russian borders, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced. “The Defense Ministry is taking a number of measures to respond to the NATO military buildup at the Russian border,” Shoigu said on Wednesday. “Before the year's end two new divisions will be formed in the Western Military District and one in the Southern Military District.” Earlier there were reports in the Russian media that three new divisions with 10,000 troops each may be deployed in Rostov-on-Don, the Smolensk Region and the Voronezh Region. NATO has been sending additional forces to Poland, the Baltic States and elsewhere near Russian borders since 2014. It claimed that the deployments were necessary to build confidence of Eastern European members in the face of "Russian aggression."

Pakistan to Abandon F-16 Purchase Plans Unless US Subsidizes Deal
Sputnik News - After approving the sale of as many as eight F-16s to Pakistan in February, the United States has now gone back on its deal, somewhat, insisting that Islamabad foot the bill. As part of a deal valued at $699 million, Washington agreed to sell Islamabad up to eight Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets, in addition to radar and other equipment. Much of the cost would be covered by the US government’s Foreign Military Financing fund, with Pakistan paying some $270 million. But US lawmakers have expressed concern over Pakistan’s lack of commitment to combating terrorism within its borders. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that he would block the use of any US funds in the deal to pressure Islamabad to do more about the Taliban. "They take our money, take our arms and laugh in our face," Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said, according to Defense News. "Pakistan is at best a frenemy – part friend and a lot enemy."

China Claims 'Series of Tricks' by US Led to Port Snub
Sputnik News - After turning away a US aircraft carrier seeking entry to Hong Kong last week, the Chinese government has blamed the incident on US hostilities. Last Thursday, Chinese authorities declined a request by the USS John Stennis to dock in Hong Kong, saying that port calls by US warships are approved on a case-by-case basis, "in accordance with sovereignty principles." On Friday, US Defense Department spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban expressed surprise at the decision, insisting that the US has a "long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong…and we expect that will continue." But in an op-ed published by the state-run Global Times on Wednesday, the paper asserts that the US has no one to blame but itself for the incident.

German ESMT Study: 5% of bailout money went to Greece’s state & people, 95% went to European banks
Keep Talking Greece - We have been knowing this and there have been reports in the past: that the majority of bailout money went -and still goes- to banks and the lenders and not to the Greek state or people. The bailouts were supposed to get Greece back on its feet – only that Greece was forced to stand on lenders’ feet who claimed the money who gave to Greece right away and thus with juicy interest rates. What was obvious to anyone adding together the bailout tranche of the first now bailout loans, is now confirmed by a detailed study conducted by the Berlin-based European School of Management and Technology.

The War On Paper Currency Officially Begins: ECB Ends Production Of €500 Bill
Zero Hedge - Following the denial in February that this action is in any way about reducing cash, Mario Draghi has made his decision: ECB ENDS PRODUCTION AND ISSUANCE OF €500 BANKNOTE. And just like that the second highest denominated European bank note in circulation is dead, driving everyone into the CHF1000 Bill, and implicitly weakening the euro... As the Treasury chart above shows, $100 bills account for for $1.08 trillion of the $1.38 trillion total in circulation. So should the Fed react to the ECB's "scrapping" of the €500 bill, which accounts for 30% of the value of currency in circulation, then the Fed would respond in kind, by eliminating 78% of all paper currency in circulation by value. Not a bad way to launch a global ban on paper currency ahead of a global NIRP regime, and all, of course, in the name of fighting "tax evasion, financial crime, terrorism and corruption."

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Video: Obama Signs Executive Order On Food, Water And Any American Resource

"Extremely Dangerous" IED Found Under Bridge In Texas
Zero Hedge - In recent weeks ISIS has been become far more brazen in its threats against US targets, and just last week released out a "hit list" which allegedly had the personal details of 3,600 New Yorkers whom it "wanted dead." And while it is unknown if there is a terrorist link, the threat may have hit closer to home for residents in Rosebud, Texas when the McLennan County Sheriff’s office and a bomb squad used a water cannon to breach a suspicious device found under a bridge Tuesday night. According to KCEN TV, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives blasted water on the container found just outside Rosebud off Farm to Market Road 1963. Rosebud, about 40 miles southeast of Waco, is home to about 1,400 people. Flammable liquid and shotgun shells were found inside the container, according to Sheriff Parnell McNamara. He said the IED was designed to blow shrapnel and would have been "extremely dangerous" had it gone off.... No motive or suspects were named as the investigation continued early Wednesday. If this was indeed the work of some local terrorist organization, we are confident it will promptly take credit for the attempted bomb.

Connecticut Governor To Sign Gun Confiscation Bill — Here Are The Key Details
The Blaze - Connecticut lawmakers have passed legislation to permit law enforcement to confiscate guns and ammunition from anyone accused of domestic abuse. The bill is headed to the desk of Gov. Dannel Malloy and he’s expected to sign it. Under the legislation, suspects would have 24 hours after being accused to surrender all firearms. After nearly three hours of debate, the bill was approved with a 23-13 vote amid a failed attempt by Republicans to amend the bill.

The TSA is Selling Your Confiscated Items Online for Profit
American Intelligence Report - In the aftermath of 9/11, the government enacted strict security procedures and now prohibits many items on flights leaving American airports, under the guise of “safety”. So what happens to all the personal items collected or confiscated after airport security seizes them? It turns out that “the TSA sends truckloads of prohibited and left-behind items to state-run agencies set up to sell surplus government equipment,” Wall Street Journal’s Scott McCartney reports. You can now purchase confiscated items on a government run website, as well as internet auction house giant, eBay. The agency’s vault is full of confiscated dangerous loot, yet many of the items seem harmless, including Garmin GPS units, Magic: the Gathering card sets, souvenirs, tools, jewelry and top of the line sunglasses. The focus seems to be on conditioning individuals to follow orders and give up items for revenue generating, rather than focusing on our actual safety.

Warning: This Massive Frozen Vegetable Recall Probably Affects You
Natural Blaze - One of the best ways to buy fruits and vegetables when they’re out of season is to hit the frozen food aisle at your local market. Unfortunately, if you buy your produce in that form, then this massive frozen vegetable recall probably affects you. Yet again, a listeria outbreak in a food processing plant has caused a recall of frozen food, much of it organic. (Has anyone else noticed that these seem to be occurring a lot more frequently of late?)... In what seems to be a recurring nightmare for the packaged food industry, an absolutely massive recall has been announced for frozen fruits and vegetables. It seems that most of our fruits and vegetables are coming from one company: CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington. Where it can get confusing is that the company simply private labels the same food for many different companies, who then distribute it under their own banners. This recall goes back to foods that were packaged as of May 1, 2014 to the present and includes…

Election News

Breaking: Kasich to Exit Race, Trump Now Unofficial GOP Nominee
Kit Daniels - Trump’s last remaining competitor was scheduled to speak in Sterling, Virginia, but after Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, Kasich decided to hold a press conference in Columbus, Ohio, fueling speculation he was also leaving the race. Since then his senior campaign adviser said his campaign was over. It was unlikely Kasich could do anything to block Trump’s nomination because the GOP frontrunner only needs 190 out of the 520 delegates left remaining to reach 1,237, and Trump would gain the vast majority of those in California where he holds a tremendous lead in the polls before the state’s June 7 primary. The left-leaning Kasich, who only won his home state of Ohio, was mathematically eliminated from the race months ago and only remained in the race to keep Trump from winning the nomination without a contested convention.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: Trump Is 'Presumptive' Nominee
Newsmax - [Posted on Twitter] Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Tuesday declared Donald Trump as the party's "presumptive" presidential nominee and called for unity against Hillary Clinton after the developer swept the Indiana primary.
* Related: Trump Campaign Joins RNC in Planning GOP Convention in Cleveland

President Fox Apologizes, Invites Trump to Mexico
Breitbart - Mexican President Vicente Fox apologized Wednesday for the vulgar language he has used regarding GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the southern border and invited the likely Republican nominee to Mexico to see the border from the other side.... “I apologize. Forgiveness is one of the greatest qualities that human beings have, is the quality of a compassionate leader. You have to be humble. You have to be compassionate. You have to love thy neighbor,” Fox explained to Breitbart News while sitting in the hotel of the J.W. Marriott in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday afternoon.... Fox stressed the important trade ties the two countries have, noting that the U.S. benefits from Mexican labor and has much larger trade deficits with other countries.

Anti-Trump Groups Spent $75.7 Million on 64,000 Negative Ads to Take Down Trump – It Wasn’t Enough
The Gateway Pundit - CNN reported: The television ad campaign to defeat Donald Trump was at least a $75.7 million effort, according to the ad tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. (Their full estimate: $75,723,580) It comprised nearly 64,000 ad spots throughout the campaign. And that’s the figure for broadcast television alone. Anti-Trump ads also ran on cable and satellite television, but the tracking data does not capture that. A pro-Marco Rubio group spent the most against Trump. Conservative Solutions PAC spent more than one out of every four dollars against Trump — about $19.7 million. One of their spots — “Serious” — was the most-run anti-Trump ad. It ran 3,939 times. A pro-Ted Cruz group aired the second-most run anti-Trump ad. “Day One” criticizes Trump among other candidates. The pro-Jeb Bush super PAC Right to Rise USA spent nearly $10 million, the second-most of any group. Hillary Clinton’s campaign spent $5.2 million on ads with anti-Trump messages, the most of any presidential candidate on either side of the aisle. Cruz’s campaign spent more than any other Republican against Trump, some $4.3 million.
* Related: Video: Seriously? John Kasich Releases Anti-Trump Star Wars Ad Following Indiana Spanking

The 5 Stages of Political Death by Donald Trump
Breitbart - The efficacy of the Trump campaign to this point is attributable to Mr. Trump’s unpredictability and unconventionality.... What is evident however is that a pattern has developed in the manner in which Donald Trump has dispatched his opponents — in the case of Jeb Bush, with nothing more than an adjective. One by one, his 16 opponents in the quest for the GOP nomination have vanished. Each of these opponents was unique in their interactions with Trump over the course of the campaign. But in examining these interactions and how they have been portrayed in the media and evaluated by the court of public opinion, Trump’s opponents have met their demise to what I call: “ The 5 Stages of Political Death by Trump.”

Trump-ing Hillary on EPA and Global Warming
Breitbart - If he lives up to his campaign rhetoric, a President Donald Trump would be a nightmare for the Environmental Protection Agency, radical environmentalism and the mandate- and subsidy-dependent “green” energy racket. I have paid close attention this campaign season to what every candidate has said about environmental issues. Almost all 17 of the Republican candidates strongly opposed Obama’s war on coal, the job-killing EPA, and global warming hysteria. But Trump has exhibited something else — unusually keen insight into and visceral dislike for green extremism, especially as inflicted upon us by the Obama administration. On global warming, Trump has repeatedly stated or tweeted as follows...

Indiana Voting-Fraud Activist Behind Rubio ‘Sex Party’ Leaks Found Dead
Kit Daniels - Voting-fraud activist Gary Welsh, who tipped off Infowars’ Wayne Madsen on Marco Rubio’s foam sex parties, was found dead leading up to the Indiana primary. Police found Welsh’s body in an apartment complex stairwell in Indianapolis, Ind., on May 1 and quickly ruled it a “suicide.” “Welsh was a well-known lawyer and political commentator in Indiana who combated against the takeover of the state by religious fundamentalists and opposed ‘well-connected’ GOP presidential candidates like Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and Rubio,” Wayne Madsen reported. “The timing of Welsh's death just prior to the Indiana GOP primary, one that Cruz hopes to win to keep his chances for the GOP presidential nomination alive, is troubling, to say the least.”

Economy & Business

Establishment Insider: The Federal Reserve and the People's Bank of China Are Going To Digitize Their Currencies
Economic Policy Journal - It's pretty obvious that at some point the government is going to attempt to make a run on our physical cash. It is only a matter of time and some establishment operators are already openly talking about it. The Consensus 2016 conference, a blockchain technology summit, wrapped up today in New York City. Of note, it was co-hosted by Digital Currency Group. At the conference, according to CNBC, DCG CEO Barry Silbert predicted that the U.S. Federal Reserve and the People's Bank of China will seek to digitize their current fiat currencies, issuing something akin to RMB-coin, or dollar-coin. "There's going to be an important distinction between central banks' coins and bitcoin," Silbert said Monday. "They're certainly not going to cap the output." That is, Bitcoin is doomed and government central banks will be running the key digital currencies.

Airbag Recall - Everything You Need to Know
Consumer Reports - Vehicles made by 14 different automakers have been recalled to replace frontal airbags on the driver’s side or passenger’s side, or both in what NHTSA has called "the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history." The airbags, made by major parts supplier Takata, were mostly installed in cars from model year 2002 through 2015. Some of those airbags could deploy explosively, injuring or even killing car occupants.

Energy & Environment

Obama Chugs A Glass Of Flint Water, Says It Is "Drinkable"
Zero Hedge - Earlier today, Obama landed in Flint, Michigan, his first visit to the city since its contaminated drinking water crisis began two years ago. Air Force One landed at Bishop International Airport and Gov. Rick Snyder was among the officials waiting on the tarmac to greet the president. With him, Obama brought a message of hope to residents of Flint, Michigan: a promise for change after lead from old pipes tainted their drinking water. Obama's first order of business in Flint was to receive a briefing on the federal response to the crisis, then to meet with city residents.... The source of the city's water was subsequently switched back to Detroit, but the lead problem still is not fully solved, and people are drinking filtered or bottled water. So what did Obama do? The same thing Japanese authorities did when they arrived in Fukushima to "prove" they are not lying about the latent radioactive threat: he drank the Flint water.

Over 2,500 Georgia children tested positive for lead poisoning last year
RT - More than 2,500 children in Georgia tested positive for lead poisoning in 2014, according to a new report, the latest sign that the dangerous neurotoxin poses a risk to Americans beyond the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The issue of lead contamination in the US continues to expand beyond the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as more than 2,500 children in Georgia tested positive for lead poisoning in 2014, according to a new report. The most affected areas are located the greater Atlanta area, in the counties of Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett, according to a report by WXIA News. Eight more counties are also considered high-risk for children, Georgia Health News reports: Bibb, Chatham, Glynn, Hall, Richmond, Sumter, Thomas and Troup. Throughout the state, one in 20 children have lead levels in their blood that are considered elevated by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC considers levels of 5 micrograms per deciliter and higher to be elevated. No level is considered safe in children.

Science & Technology

NSA to spy on its own staff off-the-clock: Official
Press TV - The US National Security Agency aims to keep a tab on its own staff and their personal computers when out of working hours to ensure they are not participating in illegal activities, including downloading child pornography, or leaking classified information. Kemp Ensor, the NSA director of security, said in a report published on Monday that since national security workers go online when at home, they need to be monitored there as well. “That is where we need to be, that’s where we need to mine," said Ensor, referring to the time when NSA staff are not at their workplace. He pointed out to the national security workers who were previously investigated every five to ten years, adding that now the agency has introduced a “continuous evaluation” model to sift through employees’ court records, transactions, and in some cases, social media postings.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Court: Man Can’t Live Off Grid On His Own Land
Off the Grid News - A court has ruled that a veteran does not have the right to live off the grid on his own land. Marine veteran Tyler Truitt has 14 days to move his home or face legal action from the city of Huntsville, Alabama. “Maybe they’ll raid our house and shoot our dogs, and us, too,” Truitt told TV station WTVM. Truitt, his dogs and his girlfriend live in a trailer on a wooded lot in the city. Huntsville officials want them out because they use solar panels for electricity, are not connected to the sewer system, use composting toilets, and use rain barrels for water — and they don’t have the proper permits. Last week’s appellate court ruling upheld a lower judge’s ruling that ordered the couple to move the trailer. Both courts found Truitt guilty of violating the city’s codes and ordinances. The ruling upheld a lower judge’s ruling from last year.

The Hidden Danger In Pallets Every Homesteader Should Know
Off the Grid News - Pallets are available from any number of retailers, manufacturing facilities, grocers and other places of business. The quality of pallets varies. From debarked hardwood to cardboard-enhanced pressed wood, pallets are made to withstand the rigors of shipping via train, plane and truck. But have you ever thought where the pallet you picked up last week has been? It is an important question. Pallets are expensive for the companies who use them frequently, so these companies use them until it is no longer safe to do so. The pallet may have been left outside, causing it to harbor mold and insect larvae, or left in a warehouse with undesirable bugs and rodents. In addition to that, spills often occur due to improper handling of materials, resulting in residue that may or may not be toxic. This also provides a breeding ground for bacteria such as E. coli and Listeria, both of which are found present in an alarmingly high percentage of pallets tested. How do shipping companies eliminate these problems? For many, the answer to cleaning pallets is to fumigate the pallets with methyl bromide, a pesticide that has restricted use due to its toxic nature, or they may choose to heat-treat each pallet.


California SB 277 Mandated Vaccination — EVERY CHILD every vaccine
California Coalition For Vaccine Choice - Governor Brown signed SB 277 the most stringent vaccine mandate in the United States on June 30, 2015. This new law will go into effect on July 1, 2016. Families that do not comply with the one-size-fits-all vaccine mandate, will lose their State Constitutional right for a free and appropriate education in public and private K-12 schools. The use of licensed daycare facilities, in-home daycare, public or private preschools and even after school care programs are also included in SB 277. School aged children, not up-to-date on every mandated vaccine, will be required to home school without options for classroom learning.

Johnson & Johnson loses second ovarian cancer case, must pay $55mn
RT - Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has lost its second legal battle in a row over its talcum powder, which has been alleged to cause cancer. The company must now pay $55 million to a woman who says she got ovarian cancer after using the product. Less than four months after losing a $72 million case in the same St. Louis, Missouri, courthouse, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $5 million in compensation and $50 million in punitive damages to Gloria Ristesund. The 62-year old South Dakota woman was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, which she stated was “a direct and proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder,” which she used for almost 40 years. Ristesund’s cancer is currently in remission, since she underwent a hysterectomy and related surgeries.

Full-Fat Dairy Healthier than Low-Fat Dairy: Eating High Fat Linked to Lower Risk for Diabetes
Health Impact News - The advice to eat low-fat foods and dairy products originated as far back as the late 1950s and early 1960s. A single research study performed by an economist proposed that high-fat diets were the cause of most heart disease, stroke and high cholesterol levels. Before that study, and since, other well-designed and peer-reviewed studies have refuted that evidence. The American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association continue to advocate the use of a low-fat diet with fat-free or low-fat dairy products. However, a recent study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation recommends something entirely different.... Researchers confirmed in two separate groups a reduced risk for developing diabetes when the participants consumed full-fat dairy products. This study doesn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship between full-fat dairy and a reduced risk of diabetes, but it does build on other studies that suggest full-fat dairy products can help maintain weight and reduce the risk of diabetes.

Soak Your Feet in Baking Soda Water and See What Happens to Your Heels!
David Wolfe - Cracked, dry heels are a natural by product of a cold, harsh winter. Some other causes include not drinking enough water, extremely hot baths and showers, not moisturizing your feet, using harsh soaps, and diabetes. Severely cracked feet can be very painful and should be looked at as soon as possible. This problem is easily fixed with a little baking soda. Baking soda helps to exfoliate the skin and keep it smooth. It’s deodorizing properties also help to remove foot odor, and last, but not least, it will clean the bottom of the feet so that cracks do not become infected. Baking soda is truly the best solution for all your foot related problems. It can also be used to treat athlete’s foot! Below is everything you need to know about using baking soda to keep your feet happy and healthy!

Wednesday - May 4, 2016  -  Today 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.
1904 - The U.S. formally took control of the property for construction of the Panama Canal.
1916 - Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare after a demand from U.S. President Wilson.
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.
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.
2012 - In Las Vegas, NV, Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license.

World News

First US Soldier In Iraq Killed By Islamic State During "Enemy Fire"
Zero Hedge - US "boots on the ground" on Iraq have just suffered their first casualty. Moments ago US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Islamic State killed the first U.S. serviceman in Iraq who was aiding Kurdish fighters near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. A statement from the US-led forces in Iraq added the fatality was "a result of enemy fire." "It is a combat death, of course. And a very sad loss," Carter told reporters at a press conference in Germany. According to Carter, the serviceman was killed "in the neighborhood" of Irbil, northern Iraq. Irbil is the capital of semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. No further official details were given apart from the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve stating that a coalition "service member was killed in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire." The serviceman was hit by direct enemy fire about 32 kilometers from the city of Mosul, said Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve.

3 killed, 17 injured in rebel rocket attack on Aleppo hospital – state media (Videos)
RT - At least three people have been killed and 17 injured in a rocket attack on a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Syria’s SANA news agency said, adding that women and children are reportedly among the casualties. The incident took place at al-Dhabeet Hospital in al-Mouhafaza neighborhood which is said to be ruined after the attack. The facility was under the control of government forces, and was targeted by a radical rebel group, Syrian state TV reported. There have still been conflicting reports about the number of casualties. UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that at least three people were killed and 15 injured in the attack, according to TASS.... Last week, another hospital in Aleppo was targeted by an airstrike, which was blamed on the government forces. The Syrian government denied the accusation, however.

UK at war? SAS in Syria, 25,000 ISIS dead, British troops in Somalia & anti-chem tanks on patrol
RT - British special forces are to be parachuted into Syria, it has emerged, as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon claims coalition airstrikes have killed 25,000 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters since bombing began. Syria’s not the only place seeing new troops from Britain. A detachment of UK personnel has arrived in Somalia to lead a training mission. However, they probably won’t need the anti-chemical warfare tanks that are now being brought back into service. Fallon told the Tory Cabinet on Tuesday that 25,000 IS combatants have been killed in coalition airstrikes, including 600 in April alone.... Given there are officially no boots on the ground in Syria, it remains unclear how Battle Damage Assessments (BDAs) have been carried out to support these figures. The government denies there have been any civilian casualties, a claim that monitoring group Air Wars have branded “ridiculous.”

"The TTIP Is Doomed" - France Threatens To Reject Obama's Huge Transatlantic Trade Deal
Zero Hedge - Following this weekend's leak by Greenpeace demonstrating not only that the TTIP is driven entirely by narrow corporate interests, but that Obama is openly willing to reneg on his pro-environment agenda just to pass the Transatlantic Treaty at any cost, the blowback arrived earlier today when France became the first major European nation which threatened to reject the huge free trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, because according to AP "it's too friendly to U.S. business and probably doomed."... French president Francois Hollande said Tuesday that France "will never accept" challenges to its farming and culture in exchange for better access to U.S. markets. "That's why at this stage, France says no," the Socialist leader said at a conference on left-wing politics. Earlier Tuesday, French Trade Minister Matthias Fekl told Europe-1 radio that negotiations "are totally blocked" and that a halt to talks "is the most probable option." He insisted on better farming and environmental protections, adding that "in its current state, France cannot sign it."

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Takata Airbag Recall - Everything You Need to Know + Car Recall List - What this recall means to you and what actions you should take.

Mainstream Journalist Slams MSM Coverage Of Syrian Crisis: “Incomparably Worse” Than Coverage Of Iraq War
Brandon Turbeville - John Rosenthal has been known as a critic of Western intervention in both Libya and Syria since the beginning of both of those crises.... Rosenthal sat down for an interview with the BRICS Post recently and discussed a number of different topics, one of them being the state of the media and Western media coverage of the crises in Syria and Libya. What he revealed was that, at least from a mainstream journalist’s point of view, the journalistic culture in 2016 and the policies of mainstream outlets is more wedded to the idea of pushing agendas and suppressing facts when it comes to geopolitics, international crises, and Anglo-American war aims than even during the period leading up to the Iraq war in 2003.

Activists: Park Ranger Uniforms ‘threaten’ Latinos, Too Similar to Border Patrol
Adan Salazar - Hispanics are “threatened” by the color of National Park Ranger attire which bears resemblance to uniforms worn by US Border Patrol agents, a coalition of Latino activists and civil rights groups argued last week. Asking President Obama for an Executive Order to address the “priorities for a more inclusive approach to conservation of our public land,” the Hispanic Access Foundation Thursday recommended re-examining the “cultural implications of existing agency uniforms, offices, signage, and other facilities.” “The face of America is rapidly changing; yet our public lands do not reflect this demographic and ethnic diversity,” a press release from the Foundation stated.

20 tasings in 30 mins: No charges for Virginia police officers over man's death in handcuffs
RT - Prosecutors in Virginia will not charge police officers in South Boston for their part in the death of a man who was shot with a taser 20 times in 30 minutes while handcuffed in police custody, according to a new report. Linwood Lambert was pronounced dead about an hour after he was taken into police custody in South Boston, Virginia, on May 4, 2013, following reports of a noise disturbance at a motel. Police decided to take Lambert, who later admitted he had used cocaine, to a nearby hospital, telling him they were not taking him to jail. When Lambert became agitated and ran out of the police squad car toward the hospital, police subsequently tased him repeatedly despite his pleas for them to stop. Lambert died after about 87 seconds, total, of tasing by the officers, who acted in violation of the South Boston Police Department's guidelines for taser-use given Lambert was handcuffed the entire time.

State Seizes Homes, Makes Innocent Citizens Pay $5,000 To Get Them Back
Off the Grid News - Innocent citizens whose property is seized by police in Michigan have to pay cash for the chance to get it back. Even worse, there’s no guarantee that those who pay the cash will get their belongings returned. Homeowners whose property is seized have to put up a bond to appeal the forfeiture. If that wasn’t outrageous enough, owners of seized property can be forced to pay the government’s legal bills if they lose in court. “Once a property has been seized, the owners then have to pay anywhere from $250 to $5,000 just to begin the procedure to win back what’s rightfully theirs,” Jarrett Skorup and Nick Sibilla wrote of the state’s forfeiture laws. “Under Michigan law, if your property is seized and valued less than $50,000, you must post a bond worth 10% of the property’s value to start the process of having it returned to you,” the two wrote in The Detroit Free Press. “But if you fail to post that bond within 20 days of the property being seized, it is automatically forfeited to the state.”

Election News

Trump Looks for Clear Path to Nomination with Dominant Indiana Victory
Breitbart - Indiana is effectively a closeout contest for Donald Trump, who can effectively all but end the GOP nominating contest by winning the lion’s share of the Hoosier State’s 57 delegates with a resounding victory. On the left, Hillary Clinton lowered expectations by largely bypassing the state to focus on West Virginia. A Sanders win in Indiana will not change anything for Democrats since Sanders and Clinton will probably split the state’s delegates, but a Clinton victory may put more pressure on Sanders to exit the race. Polls close at 6 p.m. local time (eastern time for most of the state, central time for parts).
* Related: Indiana Primary Results

Ted Cruz Suspending Presidential Campaign Bid
Sputnik News - After suffering heavy losses in Indiana during Tuesday's primary, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is dropping out the presidential race. Trailing Republican front-runner Donald Trump in the delegate count, Cruz has admitted defeat after winning only three counties in Indiana. "From the beginning, I said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight, I am sorry to say, it appears that path has been closed," he said. Cruz had previously been relying on a contested convention in which Republican leaders would rally around him. With his win in Indiana, however, Trump is likely to earn enough delegates to win the nomination outright.

CNN Reporter: Cruz Delegates Told Me They “Were Tired of Fighting” and “Don’t Want Contested Convention”
The Gateway Pundit - The final Cruz rally in Indiana last night was a flop. CNN reporter Dana Bash, who was in Indiana on Monday, said the supporters she spoke with at the Ted Cruz rally last night said they were “tired of fighting” and “didn’t want a contested convention.” There were a lot of people there who were very passionate about him. But, not enough. Not enough. And it looked like to me, he had an OK crowd but it wasn’t the kind of crowd you need to take it over the edge in a place where you said you were putting everything in there.

"I Don't Know How To Explain It" - Confused Clinton Can't Explain Own Comments To Coal-Miner (Video)
Zero Hedge - On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said with a smile "We're going to put a lot of coal miners, and coal companies out of business." [West Virginian] Bo Copely, a 39 year old father who recently lost his job, reminded Hillary as he fought back tears that not everyone lives in a world that's rainbows and skittles.... "When you make comments like 'we're going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs' these are the kind of people that you're affecting, this is my family. I just want to know how you can say you're going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs, and then come in here and tell us how you're going to be our friend." Hillary's response: "I don't know how to explain it", and then blamed him for somehow taking her exact words out of context.

Republicans plan to sue VA Gov. McAuliffe over order restoring rights to felons
Richmond Times-Dispatch - Republican leaders in the Virginia General Assembly have hired a top conservative lawyer to guide an expected lawsuit against Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order that restored voting rights for about 206,000 felons. Charles J. Cooper - a former assistant attorney general under President Ronald Reagan who once was named "Republican lawyer of the year" - will lead the effort to challenge the Democratic governor's order, GOP leaders announced Monday. McAuliffe has said he has the legal and constitutional authority to restore voting and civil rights for all felons who had completed their sentences, probation and parole by April 22.

Veteran News

By Making Women Eligible for Military Draft, US Proves It Doesn’t Respect Liberty - Ron Paul
Sputnik News - As the US Congress approves a measure that requires women to register with Selective Service, former presidential hopeful Ron Paul points out that, while the move may seem like a vote for gender equality, it actually just makes the entire US population eligible for military draft. "The amendment is a response to the Pentagon’s decision to allow women to serve in combat," Paul writes for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, referring to the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, approved by the House Armed Services Committee last week. "Supporters of drafting women point out that the ban on women in combat was the reason the Supreme Court upheld a male-only draft. Therefore, they argue, it is only logical to now force women to register for Selective Service." But Paul points out that most of those who opposed including women in the draft were not opposed on grounds of equality, but because the entire notion of the Selective Service should be questioned.

Economy & Business

Social Security Admin. Moves to Strip 75,000 Americans of 2nd Amendment Right
Kurt Nimmo - If you are a recipient of or have filed for Social Security disability, you may soon have your Second Amendment right nullified. Back in January, Obama penned an executive order allowing the Social Security Administration (SSA) to report certain individuals to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the database Federal Firearms Licensees use to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to purchase firearms. “The reporting that SSA, in consultation with the Department of Justice, is expected to require will cover appropriate records of the approximately 75,000 people each year who have a documented mental health issue, receive disability benefits, and are unable to manage those benefits because of their mental impairment, or who have been found by a state or federal court to be legally incompetent,” a fact sheet released by the White House on January 4 states. Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin signed the rule and it was posted to the Federal Register on April 28, according to

‘Our economic system is designed to fail’ – Ron Paul
RT - The current economic system is designed to fail, but so was socialism. That’s according to former GOP Congressman Ron Paul, who told RT’s Boom Bust show that we need to go toward a system of property ownership, voluntary contracts and individual liberty, while getting rid of central banks. A new Harvard University poll shows that 51 per cent of young adults aged 18-29 oppose capitalism in its current form. RT: Do you think this poll is just politics, or do you agree that there is something wrong with the US economic system as it operates today?...

U.S. Gasoline Prices Hit 6 Month High, Keep Rising
Zero Hedge - The average price of gas in the United States is now at $2.22, up 8 cents over last week, hitting a 6-month high. This, in stark contrast to February’s ultra-low gas prices of $1.68 per gallon - a level that had not been since the end of 2008. Then, the price drop lasted only five months from December 2008 to May 2009 when it rose to $2.24 per gallon. This time around, prices dipped to $1.95 in December 2015, rising to $2.03 in April, then to today’s $2.22. The national average has remained above $2 per gallon for 40 consecutive days. Experts are predicting that our gas-price vacation is all but over, and that today’s higher prices—or even higher—will be our new norm once again.

Energy & Environment

The Deafening Silence Surrounding Fish Kills
Natural Blaze - 23 million Salmon died this year in Chile due to Algae blooms. 4.5 Million fish of all stripes died in a river in Mexico, and nobody knows why. 220,000 pounds of fish died recently in China. 220,000 pounds. Let that sink in. And here in NC, there is an enormous problem at the Neuse River. According to local sources, as many as One Billion fish have died in the “Noose”. That may seem outrageous, but 6.5. million fish washed ashore this year in a single day. Mass fish deaths are being reported all over the world. Really, there are too many accounts to mention. But fish are not the only animals dying. More than a million birds and mammals die yearly from eating plastic. And noise pollution in the oceans is causing whales and dolphins to essentially go crazy, beaching themselves to get away from our machines.

Science & Technology

Drones will stay in the air for weeks, track whole populations – Snowden
RT - Solar-powered drones will stay in the air for weeks tracking the movements not just of individuals, but whole populations, Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower, wrote in an article published Tuesday. Making drones more persistent is a capability which the US has “been pursuing forever,” Snowden wrote in The Intercept. “The goal is to deploy solar-powered drones that can loiter in the air for weeks without coming down. Once you can do that, and you put any typical signals collection device on the bottom of it to monitor, unblinkingly, the emanations of, for example, the different network addresses of every laptop, smartphone, and iPod, you know not just where a particular device is in what city, but you know what apartment each device lives in, where it goes at any particular time, and by what route,” he explained.

U.S. Senator Calls For Federal Investigation Of Billboards Spying On The Public
Activist Post - At issue is a new type of billboard that uses facial recognition surveillance combined with mobile phone tracking to study travel and shopping patterns. The program, called RADAR, is the brainchild of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas working together with a range of tech companies including AT&T. Clear Channel has already rolled it out in more than 10 major markets and, if all goes according to plan, could blanket the country by the end of the year.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Stinging Nettles: How to Harvest & Use Today
Natural News Blogs - Stinging nettles are by far, one of my most used herbs. We eat them and make medicines from them. If there were one herb I couldn’t live without, stinging nettles would be it. Nettles are super rich in minerals, vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, and helps the body metabolize protein. Medicinally I use nettle tincture for: allergies, arthritis and joint pains (as it promotes the relief of uric acid), and for its incredible powerhouse of nutrition.... Before you run out to pick your nettle patch (or a neighbors), there is a trick to harvesting nettles without gloves or equipment.


The Lowly Garden Superfood You Can Survive On For 6-Plus Months
Off the Grid News - The lowly potato. This dull tuber seldom ranks high on a list of superfoods. It won’t make headlines as the next “it” food. In fact, the most commonly known fact about potatoes is knowledge of the devastating Irish potato famine. Combine their blandness with recent diets that suggest eliminating carbohydrates is the silver bullet to weight loss, and the potato doesn’t stand a chance. Truth be told, potatoes may be the ultimate food source. Folks with a survival garden or looking to become self-sufficient should exploit their myriad of benefits.... For anyone serious about taking control of their food supply, the first step is to get your hands on some seed potatoes. Not all seed potatoes are created equal, and there is one major pitfall to avoid. Seed potatoes for a survival garden should always be certified disease-free. By investing in disease-free seed potatoes, you can help avoid a disaster like what befell the Irish. Obviously, this is important, especially for long-term survival.


The ‘deadly seven’ ops that cause most deaths and complications
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Just seven medical procedures account for 80 per cent of all deaths and complications from emergency medicine. Around 15 per cent of patients will suffer complications—often requiring another hospital visit—and just over one per cent will die following emergency surgery. But when researchers from the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston looked more closely at the numbers, they discovered the ‘dangerous seven’ procedures that account for almost all the deaths and complications. The seven are...

Study finds exercise outperforms the antidepressant Zoloft
(NaturalHealth365) Duke University Medical Center scientists tested Zoloft and exercise against one another and ultimately found that both could reduce or eliminate depression symptoms at around the same rate. However, exercise was found to keep depression symptoms from returning much more effectively. The list of side effects of Zoloft is alarmingly long. The most common are nausea, loose stool, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting and dyspepsia. Other side effects of Zoloft include headache, paresthesia, insomnia, anorexia, diaphoresis, decreased libido and other sexual side effects. People have also reported dizziness, tremor, fatigue, drowsiness, anxiety, agitation, malaise and pain. The most disturbing side effect of Zoloft is suicidal ideation.

Eating Black Raspberries Significantly Lowers Cardiovascular Disease
Mae Chan - Black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) has long been used in traditional alternative medicine in Korea because of its potential to improve vascular function. Previous research has shows that Black raspberries are highly effective in preventing colorectal tumors and esophageal cancer. Current findings establish a link between the consumption of this fruit and circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which help repair and regenerate damaged arteries. Arterial stiffness is considered a key indicator of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of cardiovascular (CV) risk factors, especially in obese and insulin-resistant patients.

Alkalize Your Body and Fight Disease with THESE 10 Foods!
David Wolfe - Just like measuring the pH level in your pool to make sure things are running smoothly, the body needs to maintain a balanced pH level to stay healthy. When we eat acid-forming foods, the body tries to balance the blood’s pH level by releasing alkaline-rich minerals into the bloodstream, such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. If we aren’t eating enough alkaline-forming foods, the body has to pull these minerals from our bones, teeth and organs, which can cause fatigue and compromise the immune system, making us more vulnerable to illness. Acid-forming foods include most grains, beans, meats, dairy products, fish, fast foods and processed foods. A balanced diet when it comes to pH is considered to be 20-40% acid-forming foods, and 60-80% alkaline-forming foods. So what are the best alkaline-forming foods for the body? Check out the list below!

Top 15 Natural Home Remedies for Scabies
Natural News Blogs - Scabies is a contagious skin condition, which is caused by a virus called Sarcoptes Scabiei. Accordingly, patients of scabies catch the disease through contact with other sufferers or their personal items. The common symptoms of scabies include blisters and red pumps, soreness and pain, rash and even skin scratching. Although scabies is not dangerous to health but it possibly leads to other severer condition if it is not treated properly.

Millions of People are Drinking Mold and Bacteria with Their Coffee. THIS is How You Avoid It!
David Wolfe - That’s what researchers found when they swabbed 28 coffee machines in Pittsburg. More than half the machines had bacteria such as E coli, staphylococcus, stretococcus and pseudomonas aeruginosa.... To put things into perspective, NSF International conducted a study that found an average coffee maker reservoir has a higher germ count than a bathroom, kitchen, or a dog’s chew toy.,,, Researchers at the University of Valencia in Spain also conducted a study on the cleanliness of coffee makers that found all machines tested, regardless of their quality, had significant bacterial diversity. And due to the fact that coffee has some antibacterial properties, you can only imagine how much bacteria was there to begin with.... There’s a lot of debate about a certain type of plastic called BPA that is commonly used in food products such as coffee makers. It has been found in some studies to pose serious risks, even at low exposure.... But if you haven’t already bought a coffee maker, here are some alternatives....

Tuesday - May 3, 2016  -  Today in History:

1802 - Washington, DC, was incorporated as a city.
1859 - France declared war on Austria.
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.
1948 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
1952 - The first airplane landed at the geographic North Pole.
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.
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.

World News

NATO Deploys 4000 Troops To Russian Border As EUCOM Chief Urges “Return To War-Planning”
Zero Hedge - With anti-establishmentarians on the rise in the US & Europe, it appears the neocons and their NATO proxy aren’t wasting any time and are stepping up not just the words, but their deeds, against a so-called “resurgent Russia.” NATO’s European Command (EUCOM) “needs to change,” blasts General Philip Breedlove, urging the military to get back to the business of war planning, a skill lost during the post-Cold War era saying his objective is to send a signal of deterrence to Russia. That signal was heard loud and clear as NATO is deploying an additional four battalions of 4,000 troops to the Russian border in Poland and the three Baltic States, according to a report citing US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work. “We have to be ready for a situation where we don’t have Russia as a partner,” warns EUCOM Gen. Philip Breedlove, adding that the military here needs to get back to the business of war planning, a skill lost during the post-Cold War era and one needed again in the face of a resurgent Russia.

Nearly 400 possible jihadists surveilled by Swiss intelligence
RT - Switzerland’s intelligence service has been keeping an eye on the social media activity of around 400 people potentially linked to jihadists who could pose a threat to national security, Swiss authorities reported on Monday. Although Switzerland is less likely to be targeted by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) or other militant groups since it is not engaged in any military operations against them, its government still stepped up security measures to counter possible attacks, especially in the wake of deadly terror acts carried out in neighboring France and Belgium, the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service (NDB) annual report said.

Saudi Binladin Group Lays Off 50,000 Workers, 30 BILLION In Debt
Government Slaves - Saudi Binladin Group, founded by Osama bin Laden’s father, is a giant of Saudi Arabia’s construction industry. But with reports it has laid off 50,000 workers as it struggles under a mountain of debt, the once mighty company appears to be in turmoil. In a video posted on YouTube Saturday, flames rise high from a row of blazing buses and light up the night sky. The footage reportedly shows the result of a protest by disgruntled workers of the Binladin Group, angered by months of unpaid wages and the layoff of tens of thousands of staff. Local media said that a total of seven company buses were set on fire by the protesting workers. Major Nayef al-Sharif, the spokesman for the Civil Defense in the city of Mecca, told the Associated Press late Saturday that firefighters put out the blaze without any injuries reported.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

CIA Boss Says Releasing 9/11 28 Pages Will Compromise “Sensitive Methods”
Kurt Nimmo - CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said releasing the excised 28 pages to the 9/11 report, aka the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, would compromise “sensitive methods” and “investigative actions” used by the government. Brennan said the missing chapter has not been released to the public because it hasn’t been vetted or corroborated. He added that releasing the information would be used by enemies of Saudi Arabia. “I think there’s a combination of things that are accurate and inaccurate [in the report],” Brennan said. “I think the 9/11 Commission took that joint inquiry and those 28 pages or so and followed through on the investigation and then came out with a very clear judgment that there was no evidence that … Saudi government as an institution or Saudi officials or individuals had provided financial support to al Qaeda.” While there is scant information available implicating the Saudi government directly in aiding and abetting al-Qaeda, there is sufficient evidence the kingdom green lighted private funding of al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Taiba, a terrorist group based in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Saudi private funding of terrorism was admitted in a memo attributed to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State.

FBI Setting Up 'Shared Responsibility Communities' in New Jersey to Stop Home-Grown Terrorism
CBS News - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is setting up shared responsibility committees in New Jersey to help stop home-grown terrorism. WCBS 880 reported this partnership between communities and the FBI looks to use identification and mental health counseling as tools to those who might head down a path of extremism. The committees would include community leaders, clergy members and mental health professionals whose goal would be to identify those who might support terrorist activities and stopping it before ideas turn into plans. The Record reported that some in the Muslim community in New Jersey are worried that this program will effectively turn community members into government informants.

Texas Leads Nation in Refugee Resettlement
Breitbart - Texas leads the nation in refugee resettlement despite objections from the governor and a lawsuit from the state. The Lone Star State is now home to 2,677 refugees who have been settled in the state since October 2015. While Texas is followed closely by California, who has resettled 2,654 refugees, the next closest state is Washington with about half that resettled in Texas, according to information obtained from the U.S. Department of State by Breitbart Texas. Washington, D.C., home to President Barack Obama and the State Department that manages the Presidents refugee resettlement plan has taken in zero refugees. The President’s home state of Hawaii has also not had any refugees forced upon their residents. Four other states; Arkansas, Delaware, Montana, and Wyoming, have also taken in zero refugees.

Seattle’s sanitation workers can no longer pry through trash without a warrant
Ars Technica - A Washington county judge has ruled that the city of Seattle’s warrantless searches of garbage violated the state’s constitution. In her 14-page order, King County Judge Beth Andrus found in favor of eight Seattle residents whose trash was searched by sanitation workers. The workers were operating under a city ordinance that allowed them to inspect trash for possible violations of a city composting law. Violators could be fined $1 if they mistakenly put food waste into their regular garbage rather than organic waste bins. The ruling turned on whether these inspections amounted to a privacy violation. The order, which was handed down last week, illustrates that states are able to grant more rights than those interpreted by the Supreme Court.

UPDATE: 1.1 Million Families Boycott Target, Stock Takes $2.5B Hit
Breitbart - Sandy Rios, the Director of Government Affairs for the American Family Association (AFA), gave Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon an update on AFA’s Target Boycott efforts, which has now gathered over a million signatures.... “Target stocks are dropping. They started dropping the day we announced this boycott,” said Rios. She and Bannon discussed reports that Target has lost as much as $2 billion in market capitalization as a result of the current decline. According to additional reports Target had lost as much as $2.5 billion dollars in stock value during this period given their Friday numbers.

Election News

Shock CA Poll: Trump 54, Cruz 20
Breitbart - A new poll conducted by Survey USA and Los Angeles-area ABC News affiliate KABC shows Donald Trump dominating the California primary race (among registered voters — see Update), leading Sen. Ted Cruz 54% to 20%. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is third in the poll, at 14%. The poll’s topline numbers were released on Monday at noon by ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Elex Michelson.

Trump Pulls Ahead of Hillary in New National Poll
Paul Joseph Watson - Countering claims by Ted Cruz and others that he has no chance of beating Hillary, Donald Trump has pulled ahead of Clinton 41% to 39% in a new national Rasmussen poll. This represents the first time that Trump has been in front of Hillary since October last year. As recently as March, Hillary was ahead by 41% to 36%. Trump is now also performing twice as well amongst Democrats as Hillary is amongst Republicans, with the billionaire businessman picking up 15% of Democrats compared to Clinton’s 8% Republicans. This suggests that the number of Republican voters who dislike Donald Trump to such an extent that they are willing to vote for Hillary in their belief that the Donald will destroy the Republican party if he gets elected is very low.

Mainstream Media Admits Cruz Defeated
Kit Daniels - The establishment media is finally admitting that Ted Cruz has reached the end of presidential run, regardless of what the Texas senator claims. One article in particular, published by the Hill, crystalizes what voters have known for quite some time: Cruz has practically sold his soul to the establishment to remain in the race, despite being mathematically eliminated from the contest on April 26. “Once he tacitly accepted the party's embrace, he began to morph from a conservative stalwart to an opportunist,” Philip N. Diehl of the Hill stated. “The end of the beginning came in mid-March when establishmentarian Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) endorsed Cruz.” “The beginning of the end came with Cruz's victory in Wisconsin on April 5, when the media portrayed it as a product of an unholy alliance between Cruz and the establishment.” Cruz has since strengthened his ties with the establishment through a partnership with the Soros-backed John Kasich and a cozy relationship with Jeb Bush, but all of this has only turned voters against him.

Economy & Business

In 6 Months Since Budget Deal: Debt Up More Than $1 Trillion
CNS News - In the six months that have passed since then-retiring House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cut a budget deal with President Barack Obama that suspended the legal limit on the federal debt until March 15, 2017, the federal debt has increased by more than $1 trillion.... According to the official summary of the law, Section 901 of the “Bipartisan Budget Act,” which Congress passed on Oct. 30 and Obama signed Nov. 2, provided that the “public debt limit is suspended through March 15, 2017.” The $1,033,226,058,842.03 increase in the debt in the six months since then equals approximately $6,828 for each of the 151,320,000 persons whom the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated had a full or part-time job in the United States as of this March.

A New Digital Cash System Was Just Unveiled At A Secret Meeting For Bankers In New York
Economic Collapse - Last month, a “secret meeting” that involved more than 100 executives from some of the biggest financial institutions in the United States was held in New York City. During this “secret meeting“, a company known as “Chain” unveiled a technology that transforms U.S. dollars into “pure digital assets”. Reportedly, there were representatives from Nasdaq, Citigroup, Visa, Fidelity, Fiserv and Pfizer in the room, and Chain also claims to be partnering with Capital One, State Street, and First Data. This “revolutionary” technology is intended to completely change the way that we use money, and it would represent a major step toward a cashless society. But if this new digital cash system is going to be so good for society, why was it unveiled during a secret meeting for Wall Street bankers? Is there something more going on here than we are being told?

Visa Unveils Plan To Burden Millennials With Billions In Debt
Zero Hedge - For anyone concerned that $800 billion in student loans over the last decade simply won't be enough debt burden for millennials to carry, worry no more, a solution has been found. Visa has come up with a plan to add infinitely more debt to millennials who are working diligently as bartenders and waiters: credit cards. Visa has even unveiled a detailed timeline by which they can accomplish the task. First, Visa estimates that all of those minimum wage jobs will be adding up to $8.3 trillion in personal income for millennials by 2025.... Next, Visa believes that millennials use cards for 57% of their spending, making them an attractive "target" for massive amounts of additional debt credit card marketing. And finally, as a percentage of total available users, millennials use revolving credit more than any other generation. In summary, everyone can rest assured that while young millennials may not have their future mapped out quite yet, Visa and other institutions have that all taken care of for them - just make sure to pay that monthly interest.

Energy & Environment

Compensation denied to US nuclear workers to hush up Santa Susana radiation dangers – fmr employee
RT - Cancer-struck workers at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in California have been denied state compensation in order to keep the danger posed by the nuclear site to nearby residential areas out of the public eye, a former employee told RT. Hundreds of workers at the nuclear and aeronautical facility in Simi Valley, which was instrumental in the US space program from 1949 to 2006, have died or fallen ill due to exposure to radiation. However, when those people applied for compensation in accordance with a US government program, their claims were denied, McClatchy DC reported. The Department of Energy (DOE) explained the refusal by saying that the sick employees were unable to prove that they had worked in ‘Area IV’ at Santa Susana.

Science & Technology

Google patents ‘cyborg’ smart vision correcting system that is implanted into your EYEBALL
Daily Mail - Google Glass may not have been the perfect start for the search giant’s move into eyewear, but now it has taken things a step further.A new patent reveals Google is developing a way to inject smart devices directly into the eyeball. The application reveals a smart vision correction system, complete with sensors and wireless communication capabilities, that would help focus light onto the eye’s retina. The application, dated April 28, 2016, describes a number of tiny components including storage, sensors, radio, battery and an electronic lens. ‘The electronic lens can be controlled to provide an optical power within a range of optical powers,’ the patent states. It would get power wirelessly via an antenna, meaning batteries would never need to be replaced.

Woman ordered to provide her fingerprint to unlock seized iPhone
Ars Technica - A Southern California woman was recently ordered to provide her fingerprint to unlock a seized iPhone, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. The case highlights the ongoing balancing act between security and convenience and how the law treats something you know (a passcode) as being quite different than something you are (a biometric). Under the Constitution, criminal defendants have the right not to testify against themselves—and providing a passcode could be considered testimonial. However, being compelled to give up something physiological or biometric (such as blood, DNA sample, fingerprint or otherwise), is not.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The Secret To Eating Dandelions Without That Bitter Taste
Off the Grid News - For many people, the annual war on dandelions has begun. We spray them, dig them up, toss them, burn them and everything else we can think of to get rid of them. What we should be doing is eating them. The leaves and crowns are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin K, and healthy doses of potassium, calcium, vitamin C, iron, vitamin B6 and magnesium. The roots, when dried, make a medicinal tea. The entire plant has medicinal value, including...


How to Live and Survive When Your Country Enters an Economic Collapse
Prepper Fortress - The sequestration of the United States budget is an indication that austerity has come to the United States. In my previous posting, I suggested that the United States might have 2 or 3 years before it slides into an economic collapse. I hope it doesn’t occur, but nothing to me suggest that things are improving in the global or national economies. So what do you do if your country enters an economic collapse? How will you survive? How will you feed your family? Here are some suggestions....

5 Dangerous Medical Myths That You Don’t Want to Fall For
Joshua Krause - Most people have a lot of really stupid ideas about what to do during a medical emergency. 90% of these ideas are probably gleaned from what we see on television. Even though we know deep down that movies and tv shows do not reflect reality, after seeing our favorite characters perform the same medical procedures over and over, we start to assume that they must be based in fact. The rest are old wives tales that simply refuse to die. So if you don’t have any medical training, leave it to the professionals. And if a professional isn’t available, take note of the following...


Watercress Extract Detoxed the Smokers’ Carcinogen by 95 Percent
Natural Blaze - Watercress, an often-overlooked, leafy green food source that is a close cousin of mustard greens, cabbage, and arugula, is also a powerful anti-carcinogen. The ‘super food’ can help starve tumours of essential blood and oxygen significantly inhibiting the activation of carcinogens. When foods are scored by their content of potassium, fibre, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K, watercress comes out on top above broccoli and kale. It is considered one of the top 36 foods that help cleanse the entire body. You can give your liver a big boost with cleansing action of watercress. It helps to release enzymes in the liver that clean it out and help rid it of toxic buildup. It contains glucosinolate compounds, which have been found to have anti-cancer properties.

4 recently discovered health benefits of blueberries
(NaturalHealth365) The benefits of blueberries have been well-documented in scientific literature. They are known to have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables and seasonings. These powerful antioxidant properties help to combat dangerous free radicals that can damage cells and DNA. Recent research provides new insight into the benefits of these popular berries, particularly in four critical areas of health...
* Related: Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries

Your Mouthwash is Full of Cancer-Causing Chemicals. Use THIS Instead!
David Wolfe - Each year, around 40,000 Americans —and more than 640,000 people across the world — are diagnosed with oral cancer. Oral cancer can occur in the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the gums and the cheeks.... Researchers found that poor dental hygiene combined with excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol could increase the risk for oral cancer. The two main risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco and alcohol, each having a carcinogenic effect.... Here’s a run-down on some of the chemicals that may be hiding in your breath-freshening concoction...

Pet News

Consumers and Veterinarians should take note of new FDA Decision
Susan Thixton - FDA’s infinite collusion with Big Industry, the agency allows pet food the same privilege of a drug (to claim it can cure or treat disease) without any of the requirements of a drug. Pet food is allowed to claim it can cure or treat disease without having to prove the effectiveness or even the safety of the pet food. Below are the ingredients of a prescription dog food – Purina Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Canine Formula Dry/Kibble. This dog food, sold through a veterinarian, is allowed to make the claim of treating kidney disease in dogs. Ingredients: “Whole grain corn, brewers rice, dried egg product, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), sugar, dried whey, sodium caseinate, animal digest... The FDA believes that “Whole grain corn“ – certain to be GMO corn, certain to contain glyphosate (recently classified as a “possible carcinogen” by the World Health Organization) – can cure or treat kidney disease. The FDA believes that “Animal Fat & Animal Digest” ... can cure or treat kidney disease.... In an interesting (and serious) twist, the FDA places the responsibility of safety of these prescription pet foods on veterinarians. The new Compliance Policy Guidance states...


Video: You've Gotta Love Millennials - Micah Tyler
This video was a parody that opened a talk at the Church Leaders Conference encouraging people to see past the stereotypes and recognizing the unique potential that millennials have!

Monday - May 2, 2016  -  Today in History:

1776 - France and Spain agreed to donate arms to American rebels fighting the British.
1797 - A mutiny in the British navy spread from Spithead to the rest of the fleet.
1798 - The black General Toussaint L’ouverture forced British troops to agree to evacuate the port of Santo Domingo.
1808 - The citizens of Madrid rose up against Napoleon.
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.
1885 - The magazine "Good Housekeeping" was first published.
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 - Hostilities broke out between British forces in Iraq and that country’s pro-German faction.
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.
1945 - Russians took Berlin after 12 days of fierce house-to-house fighting. The Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
1946 - Prisoners revolted at California's Alcatraz prison.
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.
2002 - It was reported that Phyllis Diller had retired from touring.

World News

Pro-Sadr protestors breach Baghdad's fortified Green Zone
CS Monitor - Hundreds of protesters climbed over the blast walls surrounding Baghdad's highly-fortified Green Zone for the first time on Saturday and stormed into parliament, carrying Iraqi flags and chanting against the government. The breach marked a major escalation in the country's political crisis following months of anti-government protests, sit-ins and demonstrations by supporters of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The Green Zone is home to most ministries and foreign embassies and has long been the focus of al-Sadr's criticism of the government. Earlier Saturday, al-Sadr accused Iraqi politicians of blocking political reforms aimed at combating corruption and waste. While al-Sadr didn't call for an escalation to the protests, shortly after his remarks his supporters began scaling the compound's walls. A group of young men then pulled down a section of concrete blast walls to cheers from the crowd of thousands gathered in the streets outside.

Oil's Latest Casualty: Saudi Binladin Group Fires 50,000, A Quarter Of Its Workforce
Zero Hedge - In the latest clear sign that low oil prices are taking their indirect toll not only the US shale sector…on Friday Saudi newspaper al-Watan reported that the multinational construction conglomerate Saudi Binladin Group (which was founded in 1931 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Laden Sayyid, father of Osama bin Laden who was removed as a shareholder in the business in 1993 and disowned by the family) has laid off 50,000 staff as pressure on the industry rises amid government spending cuts to survive an era of cheap oil. This means that Binladin…whose total workforce is around 200,000 just fired a quarter of its total staff. Reuters adds, citing al-Watan's unnamed sources, that the group has terminated the contracts of 50,000 workers - apparently all foreigners - and given them permanent exit visa to leave the kingdom. However, the workers have refused to leave the country without getting paid as some had not received wages for more than four months.

Puerto Rico Delays Some Bond Payments as Default Looms
NewsMax - Puerto Rico said its Government Development Bank, which is operating in a state of emergency to preserve its dwindling cash, reached an agreement with some credit unions to delay $33 million of bond payments as the commonwealth rushes toward a potential historic default. The pact only affects a portion of the $422 million that the bank owes on May 1…. No matter which route Puerto Rico takes, credit-rating companies see a default as inevitable…. Puerto Rico and its agencies owe $70 billion after years of borrowing to fill budget shortfalls as the island’s economy contracted. Garcia Padilla is seeking to cut that debt load by asking investors to accept losses on their securities. The governor in June 2015 said the commonwealth was unable to repay all of its obligations…. Garcia Padilla declared a state of emergency for the GDB on April 9 to limit withdrawals from the bank only to fund health, public safety and education. The GDB has $562 million of liquidity, according to the debt-moratorium law.

All Belgian residents issued with iodine tablets to protect against radiation
The Telegraph - The entire population of Belgium is to be issued with a ration of iodine tablets, months after warnings about the threat of Isil building a dirty bomb. Iodine pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland, had previously only been issued to people living within 20km (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants. Maggie De Block, the Health Minister, said that would be extended to 100km, covering the whole country of 11 million people, following advice from an expert council…. Ibrahim and Khalid el-Bakraoui, the brothers behind the suicide strikes on Brussels airport and Metro, are believed to have been involve the plot to scatter radioactive material over a populated area. A senior Belgian nuclear industry official was secretly filmed by jihadists late last year, according to the country’s nuclear authority, and the brothers were linked to the surveillance.

Leaked TTIP documents confirm major risks for climate, environment and consumer safety
Greenpeace - Greenpeace Netherlands is releasing a package of leaked TTIP negotiation texts on Monday morning, at 11am CET, to provide much-needed transparency and trigger an informed debate on a treaty threatening to have far-reaching implications for the environment and the lives of almost a billion citizens in the EU and US. This is the first time the public will have the chance to compare the EU and US negotiating positions.... From an environmental and consumer protection point of view four aspects are of serious concern...

U.S. News, Politics & Government

No Criminal Punishment for U.S. Military Personnel in Afghan Hospital Bombing
AllGov - A U.S. aerial gunship attack on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 42 people occurred because of human errors, process mistakes and equipment failures, and none of the aircrew or U.S. ground troops knew the target was a hospital, a top U.S. general said Friday…. Sixteen military members have been disciplined for their roles in the tragedy, [Gen. Joseph] Votel said. None face criminal charges…. “The label ‘war crimes’ is typically reserved for intentional acts - intentional targeting (of) civilians or intentionally targeting protected objects or locations,” Votel said. “Again, the investigation found that the incident resulted from a combination of unintentional human errors, process errors and equipment failures, and that none of the personnel knew they were striking a hospital.”

Obama Admin Denies Saying “No Boots on the Ground” in Syria After Saying It 16 Times (Video)
Activist Post - What does a government do when it’s caught in a flagrant lie? If you are the U.S. government, you simply tell another lie — and laugh at anyone who tries to call out your hypocrisy. Setting aside his oft-parroted no-boots-on-the-ground imperative, President Obama announced Monday the U.S. would be quintupling the number of special forces troops deployed to Syria to fight Daesh (the so-called Islamic State). In fact, the announcement was made later on the same day Obama claimed to have “ruled out” the deployment of ground troops. Though this reneging on stated foreign policy has become somewhat par for the course, State Department spokesman John Kirby not only missed the hypocritical move, he flatly and bafflingly denied the Obama administration’s repeated claim there would be “no boots on the ground.”... In a press conference, this farcical denial of reality reached stupefying proportions when Kirby was asked by an Associated Press reporter about this stark reversal of policy. All emphasis has been added to highlight the absurdities.

Obama Will Ban Questions on Criminal History for Some Government Jobs
AllGov - The White House on Friday moved to bar federal agencies from asking applicants for tens of thousands of government jobs about their criminal histories until the very end of the process. While checks of criminal histories have become routine in the public and private sectors, a regulation being proposed by the Obama administration would remove a barrier that discourages many freed prisoners from applying for jobs. The rule would prevent supervisors interviewing applicants for about half of all federal positions from asking about a job seeker’s criminal or credit history until a conditional offer is made…. But the new policy will not go as far as some employee rights’ groups had hoped. Federal contractors will be encouraged, but not required, to follow the ban, officials said…. Some classes of federal jobs would be exempt from the policy, and a criminal history would remain an automatic disqualifier for some positions in law enforcement and other areas.

In a "Farce," Missouri Replaces Common Core with Common Core
The New American - In a half-baked effort to placate an outraged citizenry, Missouri officials claimed to be “replacing” Common Core with supposedly “new” standards allegedly developed with local input. In the real world, however, the dumbed-down, Obama-backed national “education” standards were preserved largely intact, just under a new name, following a process that participants denounced as a “farce.” The federally decreed testing regime and data-gathering schemes will continue, too. Critics and those involved in the process were outraged by the “un-American” scheming. They vowed to keep fighting, saying it was time to “clip the wings” of the state education bureaucracy.

State Orders Parents: Register Your Unvaccinated Children
Off The Grid News - A number of parents received a letter this month from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which said in the document that parents of unvaccinated children in school would be required to register and exempt their child through a state website. The department later said the letter should not have been released. The requirement would have been mandated by House Bill 1164, which died in a state legislative committee earlier this week. Currently, parents tell the local school – and not the state – that their children are not vaccinated…. Senator Kevin Lundberg, a Republican, opposed the bill. He also criticized the health department. “I find it curious that the House has already killed 1164, whereas the health department has already implemented the provisions of 1164 in law on their website stating that by July 1, parents will be required to register online,” Lundberg said. “This online registration system is in complete violation of current statute. They don’t have the authority to require an online registration.”

Election News

Cruz Poaches Nearly All AZ Delegates; Former Gov. Brewer Screams 'I Got CheaTED!'
The Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump won the Arizona Republican primary with 47% of the vote to second- place Ted Cruz with 25%. Trump won all 58 delegates in Arizona. But that didn't stop the Cruz campaign and GOP elites from coming in and poaching all of the delegates at today’s state convention...Even former Governor Jan Brewer, an outspoken Trump supporter, had her name removed from the online ballot and did not make the cut. Brewer took to Twitter, and exclaimed: "I've been elected to 5 straight National Conventions. Today, I got cheated. @realDonaldTrump got cheated at AZ Convention. Shameful!!!" "My name was 'mysteriously' removed off @realDonaldTrump online ballot. Today's electronic vote full of glitches and errors. Cheated today!"

WSJ-NBC News Poll: Donald Trump Opens Up 15 Point Lead in Indiana
The Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump opened up a 15 point lead over rival Ted Cruz in Indiana according to a new Wall Street Journal- NBC News Marist poll. Trump is at 49% two days before the critical election.
* Related: ‘If We Win Indiana, It’s Over’: Donald Trump Predicts Victory

For Second Day in a Row Cruz Holds Rally in Indiana – Only a Couple Hundred Turn Out
The Gateway Pundit - After his pathetic turnout in Ft. Wayne on Thursday, Ted Cruz suffered another blow on Friday. The Cruz camp rented an auditorium that could hold a couple thousand people in South Bend, Indiana. Only a couple hundred people showed up.

Cruz Delegates Waver as Trump Gains Momentum
National Review - With Trump on a winning streak that’s seen his popularity and electoral success continue to grow past the long-assumed “ceiling” of 35 to 40 percent of the Republican electorate, many North Dakota delegates who privately support Cruz are rethinking the wisdom of challenging the real-estate mogul’s commanding lead on the convention floor. Rick Becker, a former North Dakota gubernatorial candidate who is still loyal to Cruz, says one delegate who he believes would like to support Cruz is nevertheless warning peers about the damage they could do to the party’s November prospects by angering the millions of voters who support Trump.

White Flag: Neocon Town Crier J-Pod Says ‘Trump Is Going to Be The Nominee’
Breitbart - Neoconservative figure and “Commentary” editor John Podhoretz admitted Sunday that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president.

ADL Targets Trump: Saying “America First” is Anti-Semitic
Information Liberation - According to the Anti-Defamation League, Trump needs to stop using the phrase “America First” because it’s “anti-Semitic.” The ADL press release shared yesterday urged Trump “to reconsider his use of the phrase ‘America First’,” saying it was used by so-called anti-Semites “seeking to keep the nation out of World War II.” “The most noteworthy leader of the ‘America First Committee’ was Charles Lindbergh,” the ADL said, “who sympathized with the Nazis and whose rhetoric was characterized by anti-Semitism and offensive stereotypes.” Incidentally, the hysterical Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake we reported on yesterday took almost the exact same angle in his column, saying Trump using the term “America First” was reminiscent of the “Nazi era.” Via

Trump white powder scare: Envelope filled with mystery substance is mailed to Trump's campaign office forcing six people into isolation
Daily Mail - Five Trump staffers and a police officer are being evaluated after an envelope of suspicious white powder was mailed to Trump Tower | 28 April 2016 | Hazmat teams and emergency crews surrounded Trump Tower this evening after an envelope of suspicious white powder was mailed to Donald Trump. Six people, including a police officer, were isolated after an intern at the Tower in New York opened the envelope at just after 8pm on Thursday. They alerted security after they discovered a mysterious white powder inside. The letter had been addressed to Donald Trump at Trump Tower, officials say.

CLINTON CRASH: Hillary Has Received Hundreds of Thousands Fewer Votes in 2016 vs. 2008
Breitbart - Clinton has seen a decline of 273,321 votes from 2008 to 2016 among states that have already voted this cycle. That 2.15 percent decrease nationally is exacerbated in several key states that Clinton would need to win to secure the presidency in a general election, suggesting that she’s extraordinarily weak on the electoral college scale nationally—and that whoever wins the GOP nomination will likely be able to thump her in the general in November. This year, Clinton has seen declines versus her own 2008 vote totals in the following states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, Washington State, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska.

Mental Health Concerns Grow After Glenn Beck’s Cheetos Trump-Bash Stunt
Right Side - Maybe it was all a jealous ploy to rekindle his bromance with Ted Cruz due to Lyin’ Ted fawning more attention these days on Carly Fiorina, aka someone who has systematically laid off many more employees than even Glenn Beck’s failing The Blaze network has … But, whatever the case, a lot of people seem to be offering genuine concern for Glenn Beck’s mental health after he tried to make some sort of vague point to disparage Republican Presidential-nomination frontrunner Donald Trump by sticking his face in crushed Cheetos … and having his employees to do the same.

Veteran News

Green Beret Who Beat Afghan Child Molester Will Get to Keep His Job
The Daily Sheeple - When Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland learned that a young boy had been raped by a powerful Afghan police commander (who had been trained by the U.S. military), he knew that he had to do something. The higher-ups encouraged him to let it go, saying that it was just part of the culture in Afghanistan, and that the local authorities would handle it. Instead, Martland and his team leader Daniel Quinn, approached the police commander and physically attacked him after he admitted to the rape and laughed about it…. Martland and his team leader were then removed from their post, and eventually reprimanded for their actions…. Quinn left the Army, but Martland has never stopped fighting his discharge, and it seems he has finally won. On Thursday the Army reversed its decision to discharge Martland. According to an Army spokesman, “In SFC Martland’s case, the Army Board for Correction of Military Records determination modified a portion of one of SFC Martland’s evaluation reports and removed him from the QMP list, which will allow him to remain in the Army.”

Economy & Business

What Happens If Everybody Pulls Their Money Out Of The Bank Today?
Zero Hedge - For every dollar that you have in the bank there is actually 0.00061 dollars available... in other words, there's 6 cents for every $100 dollars of deposits that you have at the bank. As Mike Maloney explains in this brief clip, [video] we live in an economic system that is made complicated by design. Basically, it’s set up so most people don’t even try to understand it. Got Gold?

Video: Are We Next?: Food Prices Soar: Canadian Dollar Collapses
We are in a currency war. The U.S. and Saudi Family are doing high stake manipulation of global oil prices in their attempt to destroy Russia, Iran, China, and Venezuela, and most importantly the new Asian Development Bank. If those nations hold out for at least three more years, we will suffer a complete economic collapse. First hyper inflation then depression.

Caterpillar Closing 5 More US Plants Amid Low Demand
Associated Press - Caterpillar Inc. says it will close five more factories — including an Oxford, Mississippi, plant — as the Peoria, Illinois-based heavy equipment maker reacts to slowing demand for construction and mining equipment worldwide by cutting capacity. The Oxford plant, with 240 employees stamping metal hose couplings, will continue work into 2017, then shift some production to Caterpillar’s plant in Menominee, Michigan, and some work to outside suppliers. The closure was one of five announced Thursday, cutting 820 jobs overall. Over the next 18 months Caterpillar is also closing...

Energy & Environment

Texas's Toxic Rivers: Fracking Chemicals Seep Into Waterways After Floods
Sputnik News - Many environmentalists and residents have expressed concern that recent floods have deluged fracking sites, spreading oil and the chemicals used to turn shale into oil and is now depositing them into waterways and even possibly drinking water…. Photos show oil-sheen as well as plumes flowing from tipped tanks and fracking sites that were inundated with rainwater during March’s flooding of the Sabine River. “That’s a potential disaster,” Dr. Walter Tsou, a former president of the American Public Health Association, told the El Paso Times. “Cattle that drank the fracking fluid actually died an hour after drinking it. There are potential carcinogens that can lead to leukemia, brain cancer and other endocrine disruptors that can affect premature births.” Critics are additionally concerned that the state’s commission will continue to fail to hold oil and gas companies responsible for such incidents given that commissioners receive more than half of their campaign contributions from that industry.

Six killed in Texas floods as severe weather lashes central U.S.
Reuters - A grandmother and four of her grandchildren were killed and another person also died in floods in Texas caused by storms that unleashed tornadoes, damaging hail and torrential rains on several central U.S. states, officials said on Saturday.

Nothing Kills More Animals Than Geoengineering, HAARP, & Nuclear Contamination
Geoengineering Watch - Animal Rights and Abuse: No one kills or abuses more animals than the federally sanctioned and funded geoengineering campaigns, HAARP facilities and nuclear contamination. Forget about the damages inflicted upon people from chemtrails/geoengineering campaigns and HAARP facilities for the moment. For now let us focus upon domestic animals and wildlife, critters who are affected far worse in many instances due to their size and total exposure to the out-of-doors’ elements. Beginning with insects, I cannot begin to tell you how many species no longer exist that existed in my childhood. The loss is, frankly, incomprehensible, and I know for a fact that we are rapidly approaching a total loss of insects. But before continuing, here is a refresher on the scientific divisions within the animal kingdom...

97 Percent Of America’s Endangered Species Are Further Harmed By Two Common Pesticides
Natural Blaze - The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has announced that two harmful pesticides must be acknowledged for their being a detriment to the environment: malathion and chlorpyrifos. According to The Guardian, Almost all of the 1,700 most endangered plants and animals in the U.S. are likely to be harmed by [these two pesticides]… Malathion, an insecticide registered for use in the U.S. since 1956, is likely to cause harm to 97 percent of the 1,772 mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act. The pesticide is often used on fruit, vegetables, plants, and on pets to remove ticks. The second pesticide of chlorpyrifos, commonly used to exterminate termites, roundworms, and mosquitoes, was found to have an equally detrimental effect on America’s flora and fauna. Of the hundreds of species listed, the few that were deemed not at risk are primarily the ones that have already been classified as extinct. EPA officials also mentioned a third pesticide, diazinon, that has a slightly lesser impact, clocking in at harmful to about 79 percent of the endangered species.


FDA Issues Warning for 2 Diabetes Drugs Linked to Increased Heart Failure Risk
Natural Society - Following the results of 2 clinical trials, the Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings for diabetes medications containing saxagliptin and alogliptin. These medications have been shown to increase the risk of heart failure, especially for those who already suffer from heart or kidney disease. An FDA statement notes: “Healthcare professionals should consider discontinuing medications containing saxagliptin and alogliptin in patients who develop heart failure and monitor their diabetes control. If a patient’s blood sugar level is not well-controlled with their current treatment, other diabetes medicines may be required.”

Parents Found Responsible For Their Toddler's Meningitis Death
IFL Science - A Canadian court has convicted two parents accused of failing to seek appropriate medical attention for their son, who died of meningitis – an easily diagnosable and preventable infection that people can be immunized against via a vaccination. David Stephan and Collet Stephan from Alberta, Canada, were found guilty under Section 215 of the Criminal Code, which includes "failing to provide the necessaries of life," for which the maximum sentence is five years in prison.... The “naturopathic doctor” is also being investigated by regulators for her role in the child's death, after receiving pressure from a group of Canadian doctors to take action, Canada’s National Post said.

Make Oil Pulling More Fun And Effective With These Coconut Oil-Turmeric Chews
Juicing for Health - Oil pulling is an age old Ayurvedic practice that involves the use of swishing oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes. Oil pulling has been used by various cultures in ancient times, and its effectiveness is supported by a number of studies. One study found that oil pulling reduced plaque and gingivitis, the most widespread tooth problems. It works by detoxifying the mouth and clears your mouth of harmful germs and bacteria. It does this without the use of harsh alcohols you would normally find in store-bought mouthwashes. Some of the health benefits associated with oil pulling include...

Ancient Medicine: Black Seed Oil’s 21 Powerful Health Benefits
Natural Society - Also known as cumin or caraway seed, black seed (Nigella sativa) has been used for over 2000 years and is viewed as a healing wonder, with research suggesting that it could be helpful in fighting illnesses of all kinds. Over 600 peer-reviewed studies prove that this amazing little seed has more than 20 ‘pharmacological actions‘ on the body when taken in food or as a supplement. Yes, black seed oil benefits are plentiful, and you will learn about them here.

8 Reason Why Sodas are Horrible For Your Health, Try These Simple Soda Recipes Instead
Natural News Blogs - Over one fourth of the beverages consumed in the United States are carbonated soft drinks. Americans drink more soda pop than ever before. These popular beverages account for more than a quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States. More than 15 billion gallons were sold in 2000. Willingly drinking soda is almost like opting to smoke: if you know how harmful it is, then why do it? Here are some reasons that will make you think twice before drinking soda.


15 Brilliant Websites That Will Inspire And Change Your Life
Lifehack - There are millions of people putting out life-changing information because it is their passion, and it’s all available at the click of a button. One of the drawbacks of this age, though, is that sometimes there is too much information and you have to rely on friends to help you weed out the good from the bad or useless. And that is why I am taking to my keyboard today. Here are 15 websites to change your life and get you inspired and motivated...

Pet News

Service Dog Warned of Little Girl’s Blood Sugar Levels – From 5 Miles Away!
Dogington Post - Four year old Sadie has Down’s Syndrome and Type 1 Diabetes. Keeping her blood sugar levels within a safe range is sometimes difficult for the parents of the adorable little girl. That was, until one very special Labrador, aptly named Hero, joined the family. Hero is a trained diabetic alert dog and can warn Sadie’s parents when her blood sugar levels aren’t within a safe range, often times well before technology can. He’s been taught to alert Sadie’s family when something’s not right. “I’ll hold out my hands and say, what is it? and he’ll paw for, paw my left hand for a low, and he’ll nose my right hand for a high,” Sadie’s mom, Michelle explained to KUTV.... It became obvious that Hero was trying to alert Michelle to her daughter’s blood sugar levels. But how was this possible? While dogs have been proven to be able to detect scents from up to 2 miles away, Sadie was more than 5 miles away at school. Still, Hero persisted enough to prompt Michelle to contact Sadie’s school and ask them to check her blood sugar levels. When she called the school, Sadie’s levels were fine. Within 30 minutes, they dropped to dangerously low levels.

People Think This Shows Love for Their Pet - This Study Proves Otherwise
Dr. Becker - At some point over the last half-century or so, it became fashionable to do the easy thing rather than the right thing. (Once in a while, the easy thing is also the right thing – but not too often.) One excellent but tragic illustration of this phenomenon is the epidemic of overweight and obese pets in the U.S. Apparently for many pet parents, overfeeding their animal companions is easier than insuring they stay lean and fit. Offering treats is easier than spending time with them.... There are many reasons people overfeed their cats, including equating food with love, and also misreading certain feline behaviors To slim down an overweight cat, practice portion control, learn exactly how many calories to feed, feed a biologically appropriate diet, and insure your cat gets exercise

APRIL  2016

Friday - April 29, 2016  -  Today in History:

1852 - The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.
1861 - The Maryland House of Delegates voted against seceding from Union.
1862 - New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
1918 - Germany's Western Front offensive ended in World War I.
1924 - An open revolt broke out in Santa Clara, Cuba.
1927 - Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis was completed for Lindbergh.
1945 - The German Army in Italy surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.
1945 - The Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated.
1946 - Twenty-eight former Japanese leaders were indicted in Tokyo as war criminals.
1974 - U.S. President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
1975 - The U.S. embassy in Vietnam was evacuated as North Vietnamese forces fought their way into Saigon.
1990 - The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.
1992 - Exxon executive Sidney Reso was kidnapped outside his Morris Township, NJ, home by Arthur Seale. Seale was a former Exxon security official. Reso died while in captivity.
1992 - Rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles policemen in the Rodney King beating trial. 54 people were killed in 3 days.
1996 - Former CIA Director William Colby was missing and presumed drowned after an apparent boating accident in Maryland. Colby's body was later recovered.
1997 - Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was convicted of raping six female trainees. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was dishonorably discharged.
1997 - Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first U.S.-Russian space walk.
1998 - The U.S., Canada and Mexico end tariffs on $1 billion in NAFTA trade.
2009 - NATO expelled two Russian diplomats from NATO headquarters in Brussels over a spy scandal in Estonia. Russia's Foreign Ministry criticized the expulsions.

World News

Air strikes on Aleppo hospital kill doctors and children
Reuters - Air strikes destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of Aleppo, including children and doctors, in an attack that a U.S. official said appeared to be solely the work of the Syrian government. The city of Aleppo is at the center of a military escalation that has undermined peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending the five-year-old war. U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura appealed to the presidents of the United States and Russia to intervene to salvage a ceasefire that was "barely alive". The truce is intended to allow an opportunity for peace talks and delivery of humanitarian relief. Six days of air strikes and rebel shelling in Aleppo, which is split between government and rebel forces, have killed 200 people, two-thirds of them on the opposition side, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.... The U.S. State Department said Syria's air strike on the hospital in Aleppo was "reprehensible," and it called on Russia to use its influence to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government to stop the attacks.

U.S. military punishes 16 over 2015 Afghan hospital bombing
Reuters - The U.S. military will announce on Friday that has it taken disciplinary action against 16 service members over a deadly Oct. 3 air strike in Afghanistan that destroyed a hospital run by the international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, U.S. officials told Reuters. The disclosure of the nonjudicial punishments will come during the release of the findings of a U.S. military investigation into the incident, which will broadly conclude that the strike was a tragic mistake, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

At least one country should say ‘enough’ – French MP Thierry Mariani on anti-Russia sanctions
RT - Member of the Republicans Party in France Thierry Mariani, who initiated the parliamentary debate on calling the EU to end restrictive policies against Moscow, told RT that it was time to show some ‘guts’ and confront Brussels. "We are demanding to lift the sanctions because they are totally ineffective and they are dangerous for our economy," the member of the center-right party said during the French National Assembly meeting on Thursday. Fifty-five members in the lower house of the French Parliament apparently agreed and supported the resolution calling on the government to protest the EU extending sanctions imposed on Russia.

Japan's central bank shocks markets by keeping stimulus on hold
RT - Tokyo stocks tumbled after the Bank of Japan (BOJ) decided against any fresh market stimulus, leaving negative interest rates unchanged despite stagnation in the world’s third largest economy. The unexpected move sent the Japanese currency up and stocks down. The yen rose nearly two percent against the US dollar on Thursday, with one dollar worth 109.33 yen. The Nikkei 225 index fell 3.6 percent to close trading at 16,666.05 points. Contagion spread to other Asian markets with China’s Shanghai Composite slipping 0.5 percent and South Korea’s Kospi index closing 0.7 percent lower. "This shows that too much expectation of further easing had been priced in and the BOJ has surprised the market by taking no action," market analyst of CMC Markets Margaret Yang told the BBC. "It is probable that the central bank is temporarily running out of tools to stimulate the economy, or they need more time to observe and assess the impact of negative interest rates," she added.

Govt Spends Millions Telling Citizens To Eat Insects To End Global Warming
Breitbart - The Swedish government is showing their commitment to green principles and fighting climate change by spending tax payer money on developing ‘meat’ made out of crickets and mealworms. Vinnova, the Swedish government agency that distributes money for research and development, spending some 2.7 billion kronor (£230 million) a year has announced its latest tranche of funding for creating a greener, more sustainable future — by weaning Europe off meat. It is hoped people will want to eat a so-called “climate smart” diet instead, reports FriaTider. Green activists and the United Nations are behind such political initiatives as ‘Meat Free Mondays’ — a gateway to full vegetarianism — which are based on the premise that meat consumption is driving man-made climate change. Another method to reduce that so-called burden on the earth is replacing meat protein with that harvested from insects instead.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

'Hope is not a strategy': Pentagon chief struggles to sell ISIS plan in Senate
RT - Top US defense officials faced Senators in an attempt to justify their strategy against Islamic State that relies on arming local forces, help from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and some US troops on the ground. Many lawmakers didn't find it very convincing. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, answered a gauntlet of questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday about the status of the US-led military effort against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria. Carter testified that the terror group was on the defensive, losing ground to US-backed militias and key leaders in US airstrikes. The coalition was going after IS in “every domain, including cyber and space.” Central to US strategy was the program of arming and training local forces for ground combat, Carter explained, urging the committee to release $349 million for the program, called Section 1209. The funds were blocked following last year’s revelations about the program’s failures.

US Stalling TTIP Deal, Not Ready to Negotiate ‘Geographical Indications’
Sputnik News - The United States is not willing to negotiate geographical indications (GI) as part of the ongoing talks surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a European Union source told Sputnik on Thursday. "The United States is not ready to negotiate at all. We will have a discussion with the US on GIs but I wouldn’t call it a negotiation. … If we’re going to conclude TTIP, we need to get serious on GIs," the EU source said on the sidelines of the current round of TTIP negotiations in New York City. The discussions concern the EU dairy sector, which insists on keeping the system of GIs that protects local producers while the United States is opposed to it. The TTIP negotiations are allegedly aimed at reducing barriers to trade in goods and services between Europe and North America, but have drawn severe criticism for the lack of transparency. Moreover, the TTIP has also been slammed for bypassing the framework of the World Trade Organization and excluding the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] countries, while leaked details of the deal show that it might undermine environmental, health, safety and labor standards.

Sessions WarNs: New ‘Sentencing Reform’ Billto Release Even More Illegal Alien Drug Traffickers
Breitbart - A new version of a bipartisan sentencing reform bill is worse than the original version and will release many dangerous criminals back into American streets, says Sen. Jeff Sessions. “The revised bill still shortens mandatory minimums for repeat drug traffickers, including those who carried a gun, and would allow for early release of those currently in federal prison,” Sessions said in a statement that denounces the bill. “Moreover, this proposal would provide for leniency for illegal alien drug traffickers. The criminal aliens who were responsible for the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle and the 2014 murders of California Detective Michael Davis, Jr. and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver had been earlier convicted for the same class of federal drug crimes that some in Congress now seek to roll back through this legislation,” he added.

The Future Of America? – More Than Half Of All Adults Under-30 Now Reject Capitalism
Economic Collapse - A shocking new survey has found that support for capitalism is dying in America. In fact, more than half of all adults in the United States under the age of 30 say that they do not support capitalism at this point. You might be tempted to dismiss them as “foolish young people”, but the truth is that they are the future of America. As older generations die off, they will eventually become the leaders of this country. And of course our nation has not resembled anything close to a capitalist society for quite some time now. In a recent article, I listed 97 different taxes that Americans pay each year, and some Americans actually end up returning more than half of what they earn to the government by the time it is all said and done. So at best it could be said that we are running some sort of hybrid system that isn’t as far down the road toward full-blown socialism as most European nations are. But without a doubt we are moving in that direction, and our young people are going to be cheering every step of the way.

Election News

ABC News Bumps Trump Delegate Count…241 Away From Nomination…Owns Over Half of All Delegates
Breitbart - ABC News has updated its estimate of the current delegate totals in the Republican presidential primary, putting Donald Trump closer to the nomination than first thought after Tuesday night’s sweep of five states. Reporter Ryan Struyk said on Twitter that the new numbers came from calls placed to every unbound delegate to gauge their support for Trump plus rivals Sen. Ted Cruz and John Kasich.... This leaves only 241 more delegates from Trump to win in the primary’s remaining contests: Indiana (where 57 are up for grabs), Nebraska (36), West Virginia (34), Oregon (28), Washington (44), California (172), Montana (27), New Jersey (51), New Mexico (24), and South Dakota (29). Figures from Tuesday night — counting only the delegates automatically pledged thanks to Mr. Trump’s election victories — put him around 288 delegates away from 1,237.

GOP elites are now resigned to Trump as their nominee
Washington Post - An aura of inevitability is now forming around the controversial mogul. Trump smothered his opponents in six straight primaries in the Northeast and vacuumed up more delegates than even the most generous predictions foresaw. He is gaining high-profile ­endorsements by the day — a legendary Indiana basketball coach Wednesday, two House committee chairmen Thursday. And his ­rivals, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, are making the kind of rushed tactical moves that signal desperation. The party is at a turning point. Republican stalwarts opposed to Trump remain fearful of the damage the unconventional and unruly billionaire might inflict on the party’s down-ballot candidates in November. But many also now see him as the all-but-certain nominee and are exhausted by the prospect of a contested July convention, according to interviews this week with more than a dozen party figures from coast to coast.

"It's Hard To Believe" - Establishment Stunned As Trump Gains 'Wealthy, Well-Educated' Voter
Zero Hedge - Not only is Donald Trump likely to gather the most votes of any GOP Presidential nominee ever, having swept the East Coast and crushed the anti-Trump alliance between Kasich and Cruz even before it made the news cycle; but now, as Reuters reports, the GOP establishment faces an ever bigger problem. Wealthy, well-educated voters helped carry the Republican front-runner to victory this week - a demographic the famously blunt-spoken billionaire had struggled to attract in the past. As we noted previously, with a number of states remaining including California, Trump is set to surpass current record holder George W. Bush, who received 10.8 million votes in 2000. And, as Reuters reports, it's not just "angry blue collar white men"... Trump's sweep of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island on Tuesday included wins in some of the richest and best-educated counties in the country - like Fairfield County, Connecticut, and Newport County, Rhode Island - and added to victories in his more traditional strongholds of white working-class neighborhoods.

Veteran News

New Evidence Linking Bladder Cancer to Agent Orange Gives Vietnam Vets Hope in Fight for VA Benefits
AllGov - The VA began its review last month, following the release of findings by the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. A panel of VA scientists and health experts is studying the report to recommend whether the government should begin providing disability benefits to thousands more veterans exposed to Agent Orange who suffer from bladder cancer, under-active thyroid, Parkinson’s-like symptoms or high blood pressure. Those ailments aren’t currently on the VA’s Agent Orange presumptive list, but the Institute of Medicine found evidence of a link for each of them. A final decision could come by late summer, VA officials said. “My doctors have been telling me Agent Orange probably caused the cancer dating back almost 20 years now,” said Eller, who was first diagnosed in 1996. “It’s been a fight at every turn with the VA, and now, after all these years, they say maybe there’s something there. I guess better late than never.”

House Panel Approves Measure to Require Women to Register for Draft - The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved by a narrow margin an amendment to a defense bill to require women to register for the draft. Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California, proposed the amendment to lift the restriction on women registering for the selective service at a committee-wide mark-up session of the proposed fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

Economy & Business

The U.S. Economy Officially Joins The Global Economic Slowdown – 1st Quarter GDP Comes In At 0.5%
Economic Collapse - Even the government is admitting that the U.S. economy is slowing down. On Thursday, we learned that U.S. GDP grew at just a 0.5 percent annual rate during the first quarter of 2016. This was lower than analysts were anticipating, and it marks the third time in a row that the GDP number has declined compared to the previous quarter. In other words, GDP growth has been declining for close to a year now, and this lines up perfectly with what I have been saying about how the second half of last year was a turning point that plunged us into the early chapters of a brand new economic crisis. And as you will see below, the official GDP number is highly manipulated, and the way that it is calculated has been changed numerous times over the years. So the bad number that is being reported by the government is actually the best case scenario.

WTI Crude Soars To $46 - Highest In 5 Months
Zero Hedge - The panic-buying continues in the crude complex. Oil prices are up for the 3rd day in a row, trading up to $46 for the first time since December 4th 2015. Despite continued growth in inventories and worse than expected economic growth, it appears speculative traders in black gold just can't get enough... Of course, as we just detailed, this merely accelerates the self-defeating re-birth of shale production as cash-flow desperation trumps rationality. June crude is back at its highest sicne Dec 4th 2015... and above its 200dma... The last time June crude was here, the rest of the curve was over $4 higher... think about what that says about the real confidence in this bounce...
* Related: As Oil Rises, US Shale Companies Have Begun Increasing Oil Production

Gold & Silver Soar - Lead The Way Post-Japan "Policy Error"
Zero Hedge - It seems - just as we have seen since The Fed's December rate-hike decision - that The Bank of Japan's "shock" decision not to pour more punch into the global equity bull's bowl overnight has sparked another leg higher in the market's indicator of monetary policy incompetence. Gold and Silver are surging back near cycle highs...

Energy & Environment

Forget Yellowstone… Snake River Plain’s volcano is a MUCH BIGGER threat to America
UK Express - Eruptions at Snake River Plain in Idaho were “significantly larger” than geologists had previously thought. Scientists from the University of Leicester discovered there were a staggering 12 massive eruptions over the course of four million years, beginning 12 million years ago. The massive eruptions helped to form the 100 kilometre-wide Snake River Basin, with one of the most powerful eruptions occurring 8.1 million years ago. The eruption’s volume exceeded 1,900 km3 and created a 1.3km thick caldera. Furthermore, the Snake River Plain is situated on the Yellowstone Hotspot track, a region which spans from Nevada, through Oregon and Idaho and then to Wyoming where Yellowstone Volcano is located.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Farmers and Ranchers to Congress: Reject the TPP!
Food & Water Watch - There has been plenty of effusive promotion about the so-called “benefits” of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but in reality the deal is a huge boon to big agribusiness and food companies. Indeed, corporations including ConAgra, Hormel, Kraft-Heinz, Cargill and Tyson Foods stand to benefit the most from the deal—that’s why they’ve been lobbying for it so aggressively. What’s less commonly known is that the TPP will undermine independent farmers and ranchers.... That’s why this week, a coalition of over 160 farm, rural, faith and food groups urged Congress to reject the TPP because the significant risks it poses to American farmers and ranchers outweigh any modest benefits.... TPP proponents only talk about increasing farm exports, but they never mention the new influx of agricultural imports. What they don’t want to admit is that these imports will compete directly with U.S. farmers, who will receive less for their crops and livestock.

Sealcoat on Driveways More Toxic Than Thought
Natural Blaze - Before you resurface and freshen up the macadam on the driveway to your house using coal-tar based sealcoats, you had better take note of new research that found those sealcoats are more toxic than anyone ever thought before now. According to research done at Oregon State University, “sealcoats are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which are common products of any type of combustion, and have been shown to be toxic to birds, fish, amphibians, plants and mammals, including humans.” “Studies done with zebrafish – an animal model that closely resembles human reaction to toxic chemicals – showed developmental toxicity to embryos.” [CJF emphasis] However, there is a difference between sealants sold in geographic locations of the USA. Sealcoats sold in the western part of the USA are based on asphalt, which is less toxic than the coal-ash based sealcoats sold in the Midwest and eastern part of the country.


Current Harvard Mumps Outbreak Occurs in 99 Percent Vaccinated
Natural Society - According to over the last two months forty members of the student body have contracted mumps while “A month ago, the department determined that all infected students to that point had received a mumps vaccine prior to contracting the infection, and that 99 percent of undergraduate students at the college had met the state’s immunization requirements.”

They’re not in the head: IBS and chronic fatigue start with infection
What Doctors Don't Tell You - They’re not ‘all in the head’: chronic problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue and anorexia nervosa could all have started with an infection, researchers believe. The infection seems to start an autoimmune response that produces antibodies to the body’s own nerve cells, a phenomenon that appears to affect women more than men. Similar processes have been seen in thyroid disease, pernicious anaemia and myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness). Researchers from the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay and Lancaster University are unconvinced by the theory that IBS and other similar conditions are “all in the head” and have a psychological cause. Instead, an autoimmune malfunction is a more likely cause, and one that affects 10 females to every one male. These antibodies have been discovered in women with anorexia, and IBS often begins following a bout of infectious diarrhea, while chronic fatigue can be triggered by glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis) and viral hepatitis.

Organic Baby Formula: Two Brands Not So Organic
Natural Blaze - Organic and non-GMO food advocates at the consumer advocacy group Organic Consumers Association issued a press release April 26, 2016 stating that OCA was suing two baby formula manufacturers for misleading and false product labeling and ingredients.... The brands being sued are: 1 – The Honest Company for its brand Premium Infant Formula advertised and labeled as “organic” when, in actuality, it contains “11 substances prohibited by federal law from organics. Some of the ingredients are federally regulated as hazardous compounds. At least one is irradiated. And some have not even been assessed as safe for human foods, much less for infant formulas.” 2 – Hain Celestial for its Earth’s Best brands “including Organic Infant Formula, Organic Soy Infant Formula, Organic Sensitivity Infant Formula and Organic Toddler Formula are all falsely labeled organic because they contain a spectacular array of ingredients that are non-agricultural and non-organic, all of which are prohibited under OPPA. For example, of the 48 ingredients in Earth’s Best Organic Infant Formula alone, more than half violate USDA Organic Standards.”

What the people in Flint, MI should know about Bentonite clay
Natural News Blogs - There is a solution to the Flint River disaster. An easy, inexpensive, safe, efficient, and non-invasive solution the Flint city and state officials are probably over looking. Bentonite Clay! There is now enough research to provide the basis for the use of clay minerals as low-cost, non-toxic adsorbents for the removal of waste proteins, biological toxins, antibiotics, and biological entities such as viruses from water. Clays can further act as scavengers for chemical used in certain waste water treatment in order to remove these after the treatment is complete. In addition, the adsorption of heavy metal ions by clay minerals is a complex process, reflecting their strong tendency to form co-valent bonds to capture and hold thus its reputation for a strong detoxification method.... Five reasons Bentonite clay is an effective detoxing agent for removing Heavy metals from the body....

Strawberries Provide these 2 Surprising Health Benefits! (Video)
David Wolfe - Strawberries are rich in a nutrient known as fisetin, a flavoniod found in plants, fruits, spices herbs and tea. Flavonoids support the body’s immune system and help keep infections and illnesses at bay. Flavonoid deficiencies can lead to improper function of key immune cells in the body, allowing allergies and other inflammatory disorders to form.... A study from the National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan discovered that fisetin may limit allergic asthma response in regards to airway inflammation. Another study from the Salk Institute found that fisetin may also reduce declines in brain function related to aging.... If you didn’t get a chance to check out the Environmental Working Group’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, I’ll give you a quick hint: Strawberries ranked #1 this year as the produce item containing the highest amount of pesticides. In fact, 98% of strawberries tested contained detectable pesticides, while 40% of them were found to contain 10 or more harmful pesticides.

Pet News

Video: A Man, A Rescue Dog & A Hummingbird Become Unlikely Trio of Best Friends
Dogington Post - Last year, California man Ed Gernon adopted a ferel Shepherd-mix named Rex. Rex couldn’t be around other dogs, cats and other small animals were prey. “He was dangerous,” Gernon told CBS Los Angeles. “He was an animal that had learned to live on the streets and to survive on his own hunting ability, I guess.” Gernon was shocked, then, when about a month after adopting Rex, the once-ferel, dangerous dog saved the life of a tiny, helpless hummingbird he found barely clinging to life. “And he suddenly stopped and he would not move,” he recalls. “I mean it’s tiny and it’s dead as far as I’m concerned. It’s covered in ants. It’s got no feathers.” Upon closer inspection, Gernon learned the tiny bird was, in fact, still alive. Had it not been for Rex’s persistence, the sick bird would never have survived. Gernon nursed the hummingbird back to health and still cares for the tiny bird today, more than a year after Rex found her. “I rescue this dog. He rescues the bird. The bird rescues all of us in a weird sense and it’s just a miracle,” Gernon said.

Weekend Watching

WATCH: Trailer for ‘Clinton Cash’ Movie Premiering During Cannes Film Festival
Breitbart - A new documentary film based on Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book “Clinton Cash” is premiering next month during the Cannes Film Festival. Watch the trailer above. The following is the press release about the film.

Thursday - April 28, 2016  -  Today 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.
1953 - French troops evacuated northern Laos.
1965 - The U.S. Army and Marines invaded the Dominican Republic to evacuate Americans.
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.

World News

‘Terrorist International’: ISIS has 33,000 combatants, strives for global reach – top GRU official
RT - ISIS has considerable manpower, heavy armor and air defenses in the Middle East and is striving to extend its reach into Europe, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, hoping to become a “Terrorist International,” a senior Russian military officer warned. The overall strength of Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) groupings reaches around 33,000 militants, including 19,000 in Iraq and 14,000 in Syria,” deputy director of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Sergey Afanasiev said during the Moscow International Conference on Security on Wednesday. IS militants are well-armed with “tanks, armored personnel carriers (APCs), anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles including man-portable air-defense systems,” he emphasized.

Civilian casualties from explosive weapons in Turkey jumped 7,682% last year says study
RT - Civilian casualties from explosive weapons in Turkey rose by a staggering 7,682% last year, according to a new report. The research found that worldwide deaths and injuries from such weapons have risen for the fourth year running. Turkey's dramatic spike in civilian deaths comes as Ankara continues its operation against militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the country's southeast. The operation has led to widespread criticism from European leaders and human rights organizations, and the US has advised its citizens to avoid traveling to Turkey's southeast.... Meanwhile, the report – released by the organization Action On Armed Violence (AOAV) on Tuesday – also includes global statistics on explosive weapons casualties, as well as breakdowns for other countries. It found that 43,786 people were killed or injured by explosive weapons in 2,170 incidents last year. Of those, 33,307 – 76 percent – were civilians.

Taking Page from Israel War Tactics, US Military Employs Controversial 'Roof Knocking'
Common Dreams - An Israeli tactic deemed "ineffective" at preventing civilian causalities by a United Nations commission has now been adopted by the United States in its fight against ISIS, according to a U.S. military official. Air Force Maj. Peter Gersten, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for the U.S.-led coalition, explained at a press briefing Tuesday that the tactic dubbed "knocking on the roof" was, in fact, used during a strike in Mosul, Iraq against a "major distributor of funds to Daesh fighters." A woman the military had seen come and go with her children from the building died in the strike—"an unfortunality," as Gersten called it.... As CNN reported in 2014, "The Israeli Air Force developed the technique in 2009 as a way to warn civilians in Gaza to leave buildings it has identified as locations where Hamas keeps ammunition, a rocket stash or command post. But it is a controversial policy that has been criticized by human rights groups."

Report Says EU Migrant Stats ¼ Million Out, Government Official Admits ‘We Don’t Know’ Numbers
Breitbart - The report comes as Neil McIvor, a statistician with the Department of Work and Pensions, admitted, “we don’t know” how many people are in Britain to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee If the report by the think tank Migration Watch is correct, the net influx from EU member states may have 50,000 a year higher over the past five years, increasing the annual net figure to 375,000. Official Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures are broadly based on educated estimates, as they do not count every person entering and leaving the UK.... The analysis was prompted by the large and continuing discrepancy between the number of National Insurance Numbers (NINOs) issued to Eastern Europeans and the official immigration figures... Migrants are only counted in ONS figures if they stay for a year or more. NINOs are obtained by anyone seeking work or benefits in the UK.

‘We cannot shoulder whole world's burden’: Austria adopts tough refugee laws
RT - The Austrian parliament has adopted one of Europe’s most restrictive refugee laws, allowing the government to declare a state of emergency if the number of migrants threatens “national security.” It may also directly reject refugees at the border. The toughest-ever bill, passed by 98 to 67 on Wednesday, allows the Austrian government to declare a state of emergency if the number of migrants unexpectedly goes up, thereby posing “a threat to national security.” Depending on the situation, the state of emergency could be extended for three more six-month-long terms, according to Deutsche Welle. Under the new law, border control officers would also be given the right to refuse entry to nearly all migrants, with only a few exceptions for those facing safety threats in a neighboring transit country or those who already have relatives in Austria.

German Nuclear Plant in Bavaria Infected With Malware, Logins Compromised
RT - Several computer viruses have been detected in a German nuclear power plant in Bavaria, the station operator said. The malware can steal login credentials and allow a remote attacker to access the cracked computer. The incident took place at Gundremmingen plant about 100km from Munich. In Gundremmingen nuclear power plant so-called office-malware has been found during testing work in Unit B, a statement released by the power plant said. Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) was immediately informed. The statement initially didn’t mention what kind of malware was involved, only saying this software has been “known for a few years” and is designed to make “an unwanted connection to the internet.”

Denmark ethics council calls for tax on red meat to fight 'ethical problem' of climate change
The Independent - Denmark is considering proposals to introduce a tax on red meat, after a government think tank came to the conclusion that “climate change is an ethical problem”. The Danish Council of Ethics recommended an initial tax on beef, with a view to extending the regulation to all red meats in future. It said that in the long term, the tax should apply to all foods at varying levels depending on climate impact. The council voted in favour of the measures by an overwhelming majority, and the proposal will now be put forward for consideration by the government.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

‘Poison pill’: Senator’s anti-Iran deal amendment prevents passage of bill keeping government funded
RT - The first of 12 appropriations bills the US Senate must pass to keep the government funded past September 30 suffered a legislative roadblock, thanks to Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), infamous for his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. Usually bipartisanship is a precursor to approving legislation, not sinking it. But on Wednesday, four Senate Republicans joined with their Democratic colleagues to prevent the passage of an energy and water appropriations bill. With the fiscal year 2016 ending on September 30, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it his goal to implement a neat and clean process for passing 12 funding bills for the fiscal year 2017, but so far events have not been going according to plan.

9/11 Families and Survivors Livid Over Obama Groveling to Saudi Arabia
InfoWars - Wayne Madsen Reports has spoken to family members of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, as well as survivors of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York who are livid over President Obama’s kow-towing to Saudi Arabia. Obama, prior to boarding Air Force One on a direct flight to Riyadh, said he would veto a bill in Congress that would lift Saudi Arabia sovereign immunity to allow the 9/11 victims’ families and survivors of the attack to sue the Saudi government.

Report: Sandy Hook denier launches First Amendment lawsuit
CBS News - A Florida college professor fired after he allegedly harassed one of the victims of the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is suing the school for wrongful termination and violation of his right to free speech, according to the Palm Beach Post. James Tracy was fired by Florida Atlantic University in January. The college did not say in its press release announcing his termination from the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies why it was firing him. The parents of one student killed at Sandy Hook recently claimed in a Florida newspaper opinion piece that Tracy was taunting them. The parents of 6-year-old victim Noah Pozner say Tracy harassed them, demanding proof their son existed, according to CBS Miami. Tracy was reprimanded in 2013 for writing in his blog that the Sandy Hook killing was staged, and he has questioned accounts of other mass slayings.

Video: City Council Bans Travel To Anti-Transgender Bathroom States
Jon Bowne - On Monday, April 25 The City of Austin’s Human Rights Commission voted on a recommendation to ban all official travel and business with the states of Mississippi and North Carolina.

Election News

Watch: Donald Trump Gives Foreign Policy Speech in Washington, D.C.
Breitbart - On Wednesday, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump gave a speech outlining his foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Transcript as follows...
* Related: Donald Trump Slams Hillary Clinton and Obama on Disastrous Foreign Policy and Lies (Video)

Naming Fiorina as VP Will Not Save Doomed Cruz Campaign
Kurt Nimmo - Speculation is rife Cruz will announce a running mate following a slew of defeats on Super Tuesday. The only vice presidential pick the Cruz team is known to have been vetting is the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and failed candidate Carly Fiorina. “The most important attribute for any running mate is that he or she should be prepared to step in and fulfill the role of president, be commander in chief, keep this country safe, and champion jobs, freedom and security. My No. 1 priority as president is jobs, freedom and security,” Cruz responded when asked about a possible running mate.... Despite parceled out delegates in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota, Cruz has little chance of becoming the Republican presidential nominee.... Donald Trump now has 954 delegates and Cruz 562. Cruz needs 677 delegates to reach 1,237 delegates and there are only 622 available.
* Related: IT’S OFFICIAL: Ted Cruz Is Mathematically ELIMINATED from GOP Race – With Chart

50% of US voters say presidential candidate system 'rigged' – poll
We heard Donald Trump saying the US voting system is rigged, we heard Bernie Sanders criticizing closed elections. Now a new poll shows that more than half of US voters believe the system to pick their president is “rigged.” The poll, conducted by Reuters and Ipsos, found that some 51 percent of voters believe the primary system is rigged against certain candidates. Some 71 percent said they would prefer to pick their party's presidential nominee with a direct vote, cutting out the use of delegates as intermediaries. The survey also found that 27 percent of likely voters do not understand how the primary process works, and 44 percent do not understand why delegates are involved at all.

Black Lives Matter Mob Leader DeRay McKesson Gets Thumped in Baltimore Mayoral Race
The Gateway Pundit - DeRay McKesson, who lived in Minneapolis before he became a full-time paid protester in Ferguson, Missouri when it was torched, is now running for mayor of Baltimore where he led protests before it was torched. For the record – DeRay McKesson and the other Ferguson and Baltimore protest leaders were trained in Soros-funded agitation. The Ferguson protests and riots were never a grassroots movement.

Veteran News

Deadly, Scandal-Ridden VA Hospital Addresses Crisis With ... Interior Designer
The Daily Caller - After years of sedating patients with dangerous combinations of drugs, a former chief of staff whose medical license is in jeopardy, and supposed budget woes, the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital known as “Candy Land” has a plan to fix its problems: Hire a full-time interior designer. The Tomah, Wisconsin, hospital posted a job opening for the $77,000 decorating position Tuesday. The person hired will be in charge of “accoutrements” like “window treatments.” The VA wants someone who is either a current federal employee or has a “Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree” in interior design. The hiring move follows Tomah’s “100-day plan” for reform, drafted in response to withering criticism from the media, Congress and the department’s inspector general after multiple investigations found opiate prescription practices wildly out of step with medical norms. That plan had almost nothing to do with veterans, violations of medical protocol, or silencing of critics, and instead called for more racial minorities to be hired, to give VA employees “praise” and to create an “Employee Wellness Center.”

Economy & Business

Economy In Decline: Apple Reports Massive Revenue Decline As iPhone Sales Plummet Dramatically
Economic Collapse - Corporate revenues in the United States have been falling for quite some time, but now some of the biggest companies in the entire nation are reporting extremely disappointing results. On Tuesday, Apple shocked the financial world by reporting that revenue for the first quarter had fallen 7.4 billion dollars compared to the same quarter last year. That is an astounding plunge, and it represents the very first year-over-year quarterly sales decline that Apple has experienced since 2003. Analysts were anticipating some sort of drop, but nothing like this. And of course last week we learned that Google and Microsoft also missed revenue and earnings projections for the first quarter of 2016. The economic crisis that began during the second half of 2015 is really starting to take hold, and even our largest tech companies are now feeling the pain.

Energy & Environment

Michigan Official Tried to Manipulate Lead Tests—Eight Years Ago
Common Dreams - A newly resurfaced email demonstrates that in 2008 an official from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) tried to game lead tests by suggesting that technicians collect extra water samples to make the average lead count for a community appear artificially low. The email was sent in response to a test result that showed one home's lead levels were ten times the federal action level of 15 parts per billion, and urged the lead test technician to take an additional set of water samples to "bump out" the high result so that the MDEQ wouldn't be required to notify the community of the high levels of lead in its water. "Otherwise we're back to water quality parameters and lead public notice," complained Adam Rosenthal of the MDEQ's Drinking Water office in the email.

Science & Technology

Every single member of House votes to require warrants to access all emails
RT - The House voted 419-0 on a bill requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant to look through Americans’ emails, no matter how old they are. The bill would update a 30-year-old law that doesn’t require a warrant for emails older than 180 days. The Email Privacy Act, HB 699, closes a loophole in the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act that allows emails to be accessed by law enforcement with only a subpoena to the company storing them – not a warrant – if the stored communication is more than 180 days old. It was swiftly and unanimously passed on to the Senate, following a unanimous vote by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month. The bill garnered a historic 314 co-sponsors, almost three-quarters of the house, with many legislators agreeing that the bill is long overdue.

Twitter stock plunges after revenue misses estimates
Reuters - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) disappointed investors yet again with first-quarter results that showed stagnant revenue growth as the microblogging service struggles to grab new users amid efforts to improve its complicated interface with several new features. Twitter shares plunged 13.6 percent to $15.34 in late trade on Tuesday after reporting lower-than-expected revenue, hurt by weaker than expected spending by big advertisers, and providing a current-quarter revenue forecast well below analysts' expectations. Twitter's user base grew modestly to 310 million monthly active users in the quarter ended March 31 from 305 million in the fourth quarter, above analysts' expectations.... "It's obvious Twitter is having trouble," said Arvind Bhatia, analyst with CRT Capital. "It's not growing anywhere close to where people expected a while back."

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Canning and preserving tips
Mother Earth News - Beginners and pros alike will find something new and exciting in this round-up of home-canning ideas. These 33 canning and preserving tips will help you stock your pantry so you can eat healthy food year-round.

Sun Drying Food Techniques
Mother Earth News - Sun drying food techniques to preserve meat, fruit, and vegetables the natural way. A surprising variety of foods can be sun-dried especially produce, which should be chosen for top quality, picked over, and washed well.

18 Things You Should Never (Ever) Compost
Off the Grid News - Composting is a critical practice for gardeners committed to growing healthy, high quality plants in a way that, unlike standard gardening practices, nourishes the earth, year after year. But while it may be tempting to toss nearly anything into the compost pile, an everything-goes compost heap can create larger problems down the road. If you want to maintain a healthy compost pile, there are certain things that are better left out...


7 Amazing Healing Powers of Aloe Vera
Green Med Info - To date, there have been 75 nutrients identified in the gel of the aloe plant. It contains vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, choline, folic acid, alpha-tocopherol, and beta-carotene. In addition, aloe gel and whole leaf extracts improve absorption of both vitamin C and vitamin E. Aloe vera also provides 19 of the 20 required amino acids and seven of the eight essential ones. And it contains digestive enzymes like amylase to break down starch and sugar, and lipase to help break down fats.... In modern times, aloe vera has become a home remedy for dry skin, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. Its amazing pharmacological actions include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, and antifungal. GreenMedInfo’s research database contains 39 studies on the benefits of aloe vera. Here are just seven conditions it is proven to heal.
* Related Video: 5 Incredible Uses for Aloe Vera Juice

Inhaled Rosemary Extract Can Increase Memory By 75%
Healthy Holistic Living - The compounds in rosemary herb are said to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, which is a chemical that induces the brain cells that are responsible for memory and reasoning to communicate with one another. In a series of tests rosemary essential oil from the herb increased the chances of remembering to do things in the future, by 60-75 per cent compared with people who had not been exposed to the oil. A study published in the Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology suggests that the chemical compound 1,8-cineole is responsible for improved memory function. According to the study, subjects inhaled rosemary extract before performing certain tasks while their stress levels, mood, speed and accuracy were tested. The more 1,8-cineole absorbed into the bloodstream, the more positive the results!

7 Ways to Color Your Hair Naturally
Human N Health - Traditional hair dyes are full of potentially harmful chemicals that at high exposures, have been linked with skin and respiratory irritation, a suppressed immune system, and even cancer. Is there a way to cover the gray—or just enjoy a nice color—without exposing ourselves to these toxins? Turns out we can use a lot of natural ingredients—some of which we can find in our kitchens—to create new hair color. It depends on what color you’re looking for, how intense you want it, and how much time you want to spend.

Is Silicone Safe for Baking?
Wellness Mama - Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much research on silicone bakeware or silicone molds so while there isn’t any evidence that it is harmful, there also isn’t much evidence that it is safe. The testing that has been done on Silicone is on medical-grade silicone without fillers or additives and at body or room temperature. These studies have shown that silicone is safe at these temperatures and long-term follow-up data support this. Silicone’s safety at high temperatures has not been adequately tested and this is where the controversy emerges. On paper, silicone bakeware is rated for temperatures below freezing and up to almost 450°F so on paper it is safe.


Video: Abandoned Baby Discovers A Secret Hidden Deep In Her Family Tree
Barbara Diamond - Jennifer was born with no legs. Because of her devastating birth defect, her parents abandoned her at the hospital on the day she was born. One day, however, she was adopted by a wonderful couple from a tiny town in Illinois that instilled in her the confidence and strength she needed to live out her dreams — to become, if you can believe it, an athlete and gymnast.

Pet News

Video: Dramatic Rescue Of Horses Struggling To Survive In Rising Floodwaters Near Houston
ViralNova - Recently, torrential rains swept through Houston, Texas, and the surrounding area, causing a deadly flood that has been catastrophic for humans and animals alike. Around 70 horses needed to be rescued as they struggled to keep their heads above the fast-rising waters. Several of the dramatic rescues were caught on'll be amazed and inspired by the lengths some of these heroic men and women went to rescue their majestic animals. Some of these trapped horses only had a few minutes left before they would have drowned, so it's incredible that they were able to be rescued just in time like that.


Wednesday - April 27, 2016  -  Today 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 - U.S. President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
1861 - West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union during the American Civil War.
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.
1953 - The U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered a MIG jet.
1975 - Saigon was encircled by North Vietnamese troops.
1978 - Pro-Soviet Marxists seized control of Afghanistan.
1982 - The trial of John Hinckley Jr. began in Washington. He was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of President Reagan and 3 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.
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.

World News

US to deploy high-mobility rocket system to Turkey-Syria border – Ankara
RT - The US plans to deploy its High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to Turkey to help fight Islamic State in Syria, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu has told local media. The deployment is part of an agreement to seal off the bordering Manbji region. The border region has been increasingly targeted by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in rocket attacks, according to Ankara.... This will enable Turkey to help the Syrian opposition on the ground too. "To wipe out Islamic State from this region, we need to support the moderate opposition both from the air and ground,” he noted. Cavusoglu blames the West for being late to the table on creating a safe zone. “To eradicate Daesh [Arabic pejorative for IS] from this area, the opposition must be empowered. In fact, if the armed conflict in Syria stops, it could be possible to assign more forces to fight against Daesh. We have to support the moderate opposition,” he said.

Europe'Not Here to Provoke Anybody': F-22 Pilots Claim Romania Deployment Not Aimed at Russia
Sputnik News - While both US and Romanian officials have confirmed that F-22 Raptors stationed this week at Mihail Kogalniceanu air base are meant to deter Russian "aggression," the pilots insist that they come in peace. On Monday, the Pentagon deployed a pair of F-22 fighter jets to southeast Romania in an effort to deter hypothetical Russian aircraft. [The F-22s seek to improve] the defense of Europe, the defense of the North-Atlantic Alliance, to improve the security in South Eastern-Europe…as a result of the aggression by Russia that has brought so much instability to this part of the world over the past two or three years," said US Ambassador Hans G. Klemm. But, according to the pilots who landed at the Black Sea air base this week, their job is to merely support their NATO allies, not to goad Moscow.

Obama Reveals Plans To Build A "Missile Defense Shield" Around North Korea
Zero Hedge - North Korea's launches of ballistic missiles have succeeded in provoking anger among the international community, which has so far been unable (or unwilling) to provide an adequate response to Kim Jong Il's periodic "shows of strength", mostly for domestic consumption. However, Obama now appears ready to respond. In an interview with CBS' Charlie Rose, Obama described the regime as "a massive challenge." "Our first priority is to protect the American people and our allies, the Republic of Korea, Japan, that are vulnerable to the provocative actions that North Korea is engaging in,".... "One of the things that we have been doing is spending a lot more time positioning our missile defense systems, so that even as we try to resolve the underlying problem of nuclear development inside of North Korea, we're also setting up a shield that can at least block the relatively low-level threats that they're posing right now," Obama said.

UN rejects Israel's claim over Syria's Golan Heights
Al Jazeera - The UN Security Council has rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that the annexed Golan Heights in Syria would "forever" remain under Israeli control. The 15-member council agreed on Tuesday that the status of the Golan, which Israel seized from Syria in 1967, "remains unchanged," Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi, who holds this month's council presidency said. Liu recalled a 1981 resolution which states that Israel's "decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights was nul and void and without any international legal effect." Liu said that the Council members "expressed deep concern" over Netanyahu's remarks from earlier this month that "the Golan Heights will remain in the hands of Israel forever."

‘Hegemonic logic’: China fumes after Pentagon calls it top target of US 'freedom of navigation' ops
RT - Beijing has urged Washington to respect international maritime order and stop interfering with other countries’ affairs. It comes in response to a fresh report by the Pentagon, mentioning China as the top target of US 'freedom of navigation' operations. "We regard the so-called 'freedom of navigation' operations as the violent means by which the US promotes its unilateral claims,” Hua Chunying, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said as cited by CCTV. According to Beijing, the actions of the American military reveal “the hegemonic logic of the US towards international maritime order.” “We hope the US can respect the sovereignty and security of other countries and contribute more to safeguard international maritime order and regional peace and stability," Hua Chunying said.

Former US Diplomat: “Suicidal” Migration Policies Will Cause Europeans to Flee Their Countries
Paul Joseph Watson -Former U.S. diplomat Adam Topolansky warns that Europeans will inevitably flee their own countries as a result of “suicidal” migration policies that have seen millions of Muslim asylum seekers pour into the continent over the last year. In an article for Hungary Today, Topolansky, who worked for the U.S. State Department between 1984 and 1988, says that European countries like Hungary and Czech Republic that have refused to bow to the migrant influx will become a refuge for European citizens who will become migrants in their own land as a result of mass Muslim immigration. “Tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of German, Dutch, French, Belgian, and other western European citizens may opt to move to Hungary in the next 20–30 years and settle there in the wake of the migration crisis,” writes Topolansky, adding that “reversed migration” is a “predictable trend,” because European citizens “will want to escape their leaders’ suicidal migration policies and will seek a safer place to retire.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US to give Israel 'largest military aid package in history'
Arutz Sheva - White House responds to pressure by Senate, pledges to offer Israel unprecedented level of military aid. The White House is reportedly planning to accept Israeli demands for increased military aid, following pressure by the US Senate to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding laying out US support to Israel for the next decade. With the current Memorandum of Understanding set to expire in 2018, Israel has been pressuring the White House to enlarge the annual aid package from $3.1 billion to between $4-4.5 billion. Israel has stated that it must increase its military spending to cope with growing threats from ISIS and the Iranian regime following last year’s nuclear deal.

DHS agents accompany Brookfield, CT, detectives to travel to Maine to arrest Adam Lanza's former psychiatrist
Hartford Courant - A former psychiatrist who treated Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza when he was a teenager was arrested this week and charged with sexual assault after police say he carried on a sexual relationship with a former patient. Brookfield detectives traveled to Paul Fox's residence in Peaks Island, Maine, to take him into custody Wednesday with the assistance of Homeland Security Agents, police said. Police said the relationship occurred between October 2010 and October 2011...Fox told detectives in a Dec. 17, 2012, telephone interview that he had destroyed any records he had of his treatment of Lanza but recalled last seeing him when Lanza was about 15.

Arlington gun store’s owner sues critics, says opponents issued death threats
Washington Post - The owner of the Arlington gun store that opened last month despite vociferous objections from local residents has sued 64 people, including elected officials, claiming that they conspired to destroy the business, harassed the owner and landlord and mailed death threats to the 16-year-old “owner-in-training.” The suit, filed last week in Richmond Circuit Court, named seven state legislators who appealed to the landlord, on official General Assembly stationery, to refuse to rent 2300 N. Pershing Dr. to Nova Armory. The lawsuit also named Arlington County Board member Christian Dorsey, School Board member Barbara Kanninen and multiple residents who have spoken out against the gun store.... “People generally don’t like it if you try to destroy their business. That’s malicious behavior,” [attorney] Hawes said.

Election News

Trump Completes 5-State Sweep; Clinton Wins In MD, DEL, PA

Poll: Trump Reaches 50 Percent Support Nationally for the First Time
Donald Trump has reached 50 percent support from Republicans and Republican-leaners nationally for the first time since the beginning of the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll in late December. This milestone is significant as the 2016 primary heads into its final few weeks of contests, as there has been intense speculation that Trump's support has a ceiling.... These results are according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll conducted online from April 18 to April 24 of 10,707 adults aged 18 and over, including 9,405 registered voters.

The Top 10 Reasons to Support Trump-We’ve Waited 53 Years for This Kind of Honesty
Dave Hodges – There is no doubt in my mind that no President has told the people the truth like JFK, until now. When you read this list of “Trumpisms” you will be inspired, feel powerful and exude confidence which will make us believe that we can defeat the shadowy forces who threatening our country and robbing your children of their future. In reality, I wish it were only that simple. But for now, there is only one candidate worth backing and worthy of voting for. Some of the following statements, uttered by Donald Trump, I have not heard, verbatim, until I went looking. The content and meaning of these words have obfuscated or twisted all together by the media. If anyone needed proof that Americans are lied to every single day, on every single issue, this is your moment of awakening.

Report: Cruz, Kasich Campaign Apps Spying on Users, Tracking Data
Kit Daniels - The official Ted Cruz and John Kasich smartphone apps are tracking their users, according to Symantec. The Kasich 2016 app may expose the user’s location and every app installed on the device, Symantec warned, while the Cruz Crew app may expose the user’s smartphone details and identification. “Remember, before you download that presidential primary app, apps may gather a lot of information and may expose your data,” Cynthia Chen with Symantec said. “Even official apps may expose sensitive data, so using protection will allow you to both be involved with the election process and keep sensitive data safe.” Symantec even rated the Kasich app as a medium security risk.

Texas Democrats File FEC Complaint Against Ted Cruz Campaign
The Gateway Pundit - Texas Democrats have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission claiming the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz violated federal election law. Announced Monday, the complaint asks the FEC to investigate an incident in which a Cruz fundraiser reportedly suggested at a campaign-hosted event that supporters give unlimited donations to a super PAC. Under federal election law, campaigns and their agents cannot solicit contributions above the federal limit of $5,000.

Economy & Business

Did Goldman Sachs’ Latest Move Into Main Street Banking Just Give Us A Warning About The Coming Financial Crisis?
Mac Slavo - According to a new report from the Financial Times via The Daily Star, mega-banking giant Goldman Sachs is now getting into the retail banking business and looking for more depositors to help fund their operations. The bank has reportedly “been under pressure to develop new streams of funding” after posting lower than usual equity returns in the first quarter of 2016. In response, Goldman recently acquired a portfolio of 145,000 retail depositors from GE Capital totaling some $16 billion in deposits. Goldman now intends to aggressively pursue retail depositors whose accounts they will then tap to help fund their investing and trading operations... For as little as $1 you can now start your own savings account with Goldman at a whopping annual interest rate of 1.05%. What could possibly go wrong when you deposit your money with one of the firms directly responsible for the fraud that led to Crash of 2008?

Report: DPS kept millions intended for pensions
Detroit Free Press - Michigan is investigating why the Detroit Public Schools district received up to $30 million in U.S. Department of Education reimbursements for some employee pensions but didn’t send the money to a state pension fund. As first reported by the Free Press last week, a report from retired federal judge Steven Rhodes noted the federal government says the district didn’t properly forward between $25 million and $30 million in federal funds to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS).

Ford will invest $1.6 billion in two U.S. factories
Reuters - Ford Motor Co will invest $1.6 billion in two U.S. factories to start making a new automatic transmission and expand output of certain commercial trucks, the company said on Tuesday. Ford said the moves would support a total of 650 jobs but would not say how many new ones would be created. The announcement comes three weeks after Ford said it would spend $1.6 billion to build a new vehicle assembly plant in Mexico, drawing fire from Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Ford has countered that it intends to invest $9 billion in U.S. factories, as outlined in the company’s 2015 contract with the United Auto Workers union.... The future of auto manufacturing jobs has become a politically charged issue because of the federal bailouts of GM and the former Chrysler Group, and because UAW positions are under pressure from the growing number of car plants in Mexico. The Mexican factories pay workers hourly wages of roughly $8.25, compared with about $60, including benefits, for Ford UAW members, according to the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Xerox Undertakes Massive Layoffs, 4,800 Jobs In The First Quarter
Stamford Advocate - Xerox cut 4,800 jobs in the first quarter as its moved ahead with its plan to carve out its outsourced business processing operations as a separate company by the end of the year. Norwalk-based Xerox spent $124 million in severance in the first quarter, with the company expecting to pay $300 million in restructuring costs this year as part of an effort to cut $2.4 billion in costs over three years.

America’s Department Stores May Have To Close Hundreds Of Locations
Fortune - To get back to their pre-recession productivity peak, the nation’s top department stores would have to close hundreds of locations, according to a leading real estate analysis firm. Chains such as Sears SHLD -2.70% , J.C. Penney JCP -0.63% and Macy’s M -1.54% have been hit by a double whammy: the loss of market share to Amazon AMZN 0.92% and specialty stores, coupled with chronic drops in shopper traffic to malls. Collectively, they would need to close some 800 stores for sales per square foot to go back to 2006 levels, Green Street Advisors wrote in a recent research note. That translates to 25% of all department stores nationwide, whose list also includes Dillard’s DDS -1.08% , Bon-Ton BONT 1.28% and Nordstrom JWN 0.81% .

Energy & Environment

"Nestlé Is Trying to Break Us": A Pennsylvania Town Fights Predatory Water Extraction
Blacklisted News - In the permit application that Nestlé Waters filed with the Township, it states the company is proposing to drill two large wells, pump 200,000 gallons of water per day from the aquifer, put it in trucks and transfer it to an existing bottling facility near Allentown, about 20 miles away. It expects 60 truck trips through the town per day. And Nestlé isn't going away anytime soon: It plans to pump for 10 years with an option to continue pumping for an additional 15 years, leading to the removal of 73 million gallons of water from the aquifer over the life of the wells. Concerned residents dove into their local township files and found out that in May 2014, an ordinance was surreptitiously changed in the Eldred Township zoning rules to allow bulk water extraction to occur in a commercial zone. That small, but important rule change opened the gate for Nestlé to submit a permit application for bulk water extraction, which, before May 2014, was explicitly illegal in places zoned for commercial use.

Science & Technology

The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs
Tech Crunch - A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck. Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren’t the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverless trucks. Where drivers are restricted by law from driving more than 11 hours per day without taking an 8-hour break, a driverlesstruck can drive nearly 24 hours per day. That means the technology would effectively double the output of the U.S. transportation network at 25 percent of the cost. And the savings become even more significant when you account for fuel efficiency gains.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

USDA Won’t Pay 2 Idaho Families over Pesticide Contamination Cases
Natural Society - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has rejected claims filed by 2 families in Boise, Idaho, who alleged the USDA’s pesticide treatment contaminated their crops and poisoned a cattle herd. In a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter called for a quick resolution to the tort claim filed by the 2 families. Otter defended the families, telling Sec. Thomas Vilsack that neither family was at fault for the damages and debts they have racked up by allowing the USDA to treat the fields. “The families did so in good faith and with the expectation that these treatments would do no harm to their operations or livelihoods. Instead they now face huge losses, including dead cattle and nearly 2,500 tons of hay that is unsafe for feed or sale.” In fact, the USDA encouraged the families to file a lawsuit instead, but doing so could bankrupt their farms.... Three days later, the USDA denied the families’ claims.


Earth Changes In 2016? How To Get Prepared For The Coming Earthquakes And Volcanic Eruptions
Economic Collapse - All over the world seismic activity is increasing. In recent weeks we have seen a dramatic earthquake in Ecuador, more than 600 earthquakes have experts extremely alarmed about what is happening to Japan’s southern Island, and 37 volcanoes around the planet are erupting right now. Most of the large earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that we have witnessed lately have come along the Ring of Fire, which is an area of seismic instability which roughly encircles the Pacific Ocean. Fortunately the west coast of the United States has been spared so far, but scientists tell us that tension has been building up along the San Andreas fault and the Cascadia Subduction Zone for decades, and they assure us that it is only a matter of time before we see a major event. What that day arrives, will you be prepared?


Chronically Ill for Years – Aspartame Poisoning – Do You Have The Symptoms
Natural Blaze - How much aspartame are you consuming in your daily life? Are you getting symptoms of aspartame poisoning? Aspartame is marketed as a diet product, but it is not a diet product at all. In fact, it will cause you to GAIN weight because it makes you crave carbohydrates. The woman in this story, who remains anonymous, is the sister of a writer who was featured on Rhonda Gessner’s blog. We hope her story will serve as a warning to anyone who consumes diet drinks with the ingredient aspartame.... There are 92 documented symptoms of Aspartame Poisoning leading to coma and death. The majority of these symptoms are neurological, because the Aspartame attacks and destroys the nervous system.... People who have aspartame poisoning often suffer from symptoms like breathlessness, elevated blood pressure, diarrhea – that’s always fun, right? – stomach pain, intense itching, and hives.

Low vitamin D levels reveal risk of a heart attack and stroke
(NaturalHealth365) NaturalHealth365) A recent study is now showing strong evidence of a link between lack of vitamin D and poor cardiovascular health. The study results show that low vitamin D levels have been linked with a higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke or heart failure, among other health issues. The results come from an innovative study conducted by the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute of Salt Lake City. The study findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions in Chicago.

The Most Effective Anti-Depression Natural Remedies
Natural News Blogs - Depression, no matters the cause, level of severity, of the length of time a person has suffered should be taken seriously. Feeling down and blue is something everyone experiences at some point in life but when this feeling becomes overwhelming and long-lasting, more than likely depression has set in. Although there are times when conventional medicine is needed to treat this mental condition there are many times when Anti-Depression natural remedies are the best treatment.

3 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Put Essential Oils on the Bottom of Your Feet!
David Wolfe - Essential oils have many uses and are beneficial for our bodies in many different ways. However, knowing how to use essential oils safely can sometimes be confusing. From topical to ingested, what is the best use for them when it comes to your body? Since consuming essential oils has both negative and positive thoughts, finding another method of incorporating essential oils into your body is a must. One area of the body that is perfect for applying essential oils to is the feet. Odd as it may seem, the feet are one of the best areas to apply essential oils and we will tell you why!

Tuesday - April 26, 2016  -  Today 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.
1906 - In Hawaii, motion pictures were shown for the first time.
1921 - Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio in St. Louis, MO.
1929 - First non-stop flight from England to India was completed.
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.
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.
2002 - In Erfurt, Germany, an expelled student killed 17 people at his former school. The student then killed himself.

World News

For The First Time US Deploys Two F-22 Raptors Close To Russia To "Deter Aggression"
Zero Hedge - … earlier today the U.S. Air Force flew in two F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Romania as a show of strength to deter Russian intervention in Ukraine…. This is not the first time the US has sent its most modern stealth fighters to Europe: in August, the Air Force deployed four F-22s to Europe for the first time ever as part of the ERI [European Reassurance Initiative] … This was, however, the largest and closest to Russia deployment yet of the multirole fighter to the continent, officials said, a move meant to "bolster the security of NATO allies and partners in Europe" while showcasing its flexibility to fly throughout the region as well as to deter from further "Russian aggression." What it is really meant to do is send a signal to Russia following last week's "flybys" to not do it again.

Turkey bars entry to foreign journalists, gives no explanation
RT - Turkey is refusing entry to foreign journalists without providing any explanation for its actions. In the past few days a Greek photojournalist on assignment from the German tabloid Bild and an American journalist have been sent home from Istanbul…. Turkey’s crackdown on the media is a hot topic in Germany after Merkel failed to oppose the prosecution of a comedian who recited a crude poem criticizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ankara had complained that the poem was insulting. Some 2,000 libel cases have been filed in Turkey against people accused of insulting the president.

Captors kill Canadian hostage in the Philippines
AJE News - The severed head of a Canadian hostage has been found on the streets of Samal Island in the Philippines. Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, has confirmed the news that a plastic bag containing a decapitated head and dumped in a street on Monday night by two men on a motorcycle in Jolo, a town in Sulu province of the Philippines, was that of John Ridsdel of Calgary. Ridsdel, 68, was abducted along with three other tourists - fellow Canadian Robert Hall, a Norwegian man and a Filipino woman - last September by the Abu Sayyaf armed group from a marina on Samal Island, also known as Islam Garden…. Abu Sayyaf, which is considered a terrorist organisation by Canada and other Western countries, emerged in the early 1990s as an offshoot of a separatist rebellion by minority Moro Muslims in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation's south.

Activists Expose Illegal ’Sharia Law’ Court
Kit Daniels - Muslim migrants create their own state within a state. A shocking video shows activists exposing a Sharia Law court operating inside London – and outside British law. The court, publicly known as the “Islamic Sharia Council,” is one of an estimated 100 Sharia law courts carrying out legal matters in the UK in accordance to Islamic law. “These Sharia courts are popping up all over Britain and they are usurping our own legal system we have in this country,” activist and mayoral candidate Paul Golding said in the video. “All of these Sharia courts need to be closed down immediately.” The activists pointed out a divorce proceedings flowchart posted on the wall of the court, and later a miniature courtroom is shown complete with Islamic law books and a desk for the Muslim judge, known as a qadi, to sit and preside over cases. “They’re building a state within a state – their own legal system, laws, regulations and everything,” Golding added. “A lot of people have fought and died [for our country], yet these people come into our country and set up their own legal system.”

Malaria menace: when insecticide-resistant mosquitoes bite back
The Guardian - Since 2000, the numbers of people dying of malaria have dropped by 60% and cases of the disease have fallen by 37%, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Insecticide-treated bednets, indoor and outdoor spraying, and other measures have averted millions of deaths, the WHO’s 2015 malaria report found. Research published in Nature and included in the report showed that bednets had been “by far the most important intervention” across Africa, accounting for an estimated 68% of cases prevented since 2000. But the report highlighted concern about mosquito resistance to insecticides used in bednets or indoor spraying. The evidence of resistance to pyrethroids – the only insecticide class approved by the WHO for use in long-lasting bednets – has been building…. Vestergaard, a Swiss firm that makes bednets, argues that it is time to change strategy…. Vestergaard’s new net contains piperonyl butoxide (PBO), with a pyrethroid insecticide in the roof section.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Announces More Special Forces Troops To Syria, Escalates Existing Policy
Activist Post - U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Monday that an additional 250 American military personnel will be deployed to Syria under the guise of defeating ISIS…. Obama also restated the U.S. position that “Assad must go” when he said, “Just as we remain relentless on the military front we’re not going to give up on diplomacy to end the civil war in Syria because the suffering of the people in Syria has to end and that requires an effective political transition.”…. What these statements mean, of course, is that the United States is deploying troops to better assist, train, and organize the terrorists on the ground who are fighting Assad and the Syrian military. After all, these “fighters that the U.S. supports” are nothing more than ISIS, al-Qaeda, FSA, Nusra, and other numerous groups and groupiscules that are ideologically identical to one another and whose only real tangible difference is the names they themselves.

U.N. Pressing for 'Alternative' Ways to Admit More Syrian Refugees to U.S.
Breitbart - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is considering “alternative” ways to admit more Syrian refugees to the United States, beyond the current refugee resettlement program, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. “The legitimacy and transparency of these new ‘alternative pathways,’ aimed at admitting increasing numbers of Syrian refugees into the United States without calling them ‘refugees,’ remain to be seen,” CIS senior researcher Nayla Rush wrote in a report Monday. “They might even amount to convenient admissions detours at a time when the U.S. refugee resettlement program is under tight scrutiny.” According to Rush, facing a target to resettle 480,000 Syrian refugees over the next three years, U.N. representatives have already been laying the rhetorical groundwork for pursuing such alternatives to resettlement.

Uncensored Documents on Homeland Security's Controversial Fusion Centers Sought by N.Y. Times
AllGov - The New York Times wants a federal judge to have the Department of Homeland Security release documents related to counterterrorism "fusion centers" that have been roundly criticized in recent years….. In December, the Times submitted a request to Homeland Security, which manages the centers, for its assessments of the fusion centers from 2009 to 2014. It says the agency heavily redacted the assessments, however, and has not yet acted on the newspaper's appeal. The Times brought a suit in New York on April 19 under the Freedom of Information Act, sayings its requested documents were withheld without any legal basis…. The Cato Institute has alleged fusion center employees have conducted surveillance of Tea Party groups and Second Amendment rallies. In 2009 the Missouri Information Analysis Center allegedly targeted supporters of Ron Paul, a Texas congressman at the time who was then running for U.S. president.

Clapper: Secret 28 Pages from 9/11 Report Could Be Out By June
NewsMax - Twenty-eight classified pages from a 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks may be released by June, ending speculation that the pages could show the involvement of officials from Saudi Arabia in the attacks, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Monday. "We are in the position of trying to coordinate interagency position on the declassification of the 28 pages," Clapper, the nation's top intelligence officials, said during a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, reports The Hill. "I think that is certainly a realistic goal from where we stand with that." …. Meanwhile, the White House and the Saudi kingdom have been fighting pending legislation sought by victims of the 9/11 attacks that would allow them to sue the Saudis or other foreign entities if it is determined they are involved in terrorism attacks that occur on U.S. soil. The Obama administration says it is concerned that if the legislation is passed, it could lead to lawsuits against U.S. interests from other countries, while Saudi Arabia has threatened to sell $750 billion in U.S. assets it holds.
* Related: Here Are Some Huge Lessons Truth Seekers Can Learn About The “28 Pages” Obvious Psyop

Cleveland agrees to pay Tamir Rice family $6m over police shooting
The Guardian - The city of Cleveland, Ohio, has agreed to pay $6m to the family of Tamir Rice to settle a lawsuit over the 12-year-old's fatal shooting by a police officer. The payment will avert a federal civil rights case brought against city authorities by Tamir’s relatives over the death of "a young boy with his entire life ahead of him, full of potential and promise", their attorneys said on Monday. The details of the settlement were contained in a filing by judge Solomon Oliver to federal court in Cleveland on Monday morning.

Bathroom Backlash: Over Half a Million Sign Petition to Boycott Target
Adan Salazar - A petition calling for a boycott on Target over the store’s new bathroom policy promoting “gender inclusivity” has reached over half a million signatures. Featured at the American Family Association website, the petition contends Target’s new policy “means a man can simply say he ‘feels like a woman today’ and enter the women’s restroom…even if young girls or women are already in there.” Furthermore, the petition asserts, “Target’s policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims.” The new bathroom policy also disproportionately endangers female bathroom users, according to the petition.

Colorado Supreme Court declines to hear gay wedding cake case
Washington Times - The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday refused to review Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Craig, a case featuring a religious wedding cake baker who was punished for declining to service a same-sex wedding celebration. Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Jeremy Tedesco, who represents Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, said the firm is “evaluating all legal options” in the case. “We asked the Colorado Supreme Court to take this case to ensure that government understands that its duty is to protect people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally, not force them to violate those beliefs as the price of earning a living,” Mr. Tedesco said in a press release…. “It’s not just the cakes for the same-sex weddings — I haven’t singled out that one issue as something that I won’t do,” he said in a video distributed by ADF. “I also don’t make cakes for bachelor parties. I don’t make Halloween cakes or anything involving witchcraft or demons. Sometimes it seems like I’ve turn down more cakes in a day than I’ve taken orders for.” Mr. Phillips has stopped making wedding cakes entirely while the case is being litigated.

Election News

Ted Cruz-John Kasich Alliance Against Donald Trump Quickly Weakens
New York Times - The agreement, in which the two candidates agreed to cede forthcoming states to one another — Mr. Kasich would, most crucially, stand down in Indiana’s primary on May 3 to give Mr. Cruz a better chance to defeat Mr. Trump there, while Mr. Cruz would leave Oregon and New Mexico to Mr. Kasich — carried the stench of desperation, but initially it seemed like a breakthrough…. But at his own campaign stop in Philadelphia on Monday, Mr. Kasich tamped down Mr. Cruz’s triumphalism. Voters in Indiana, Mr. Kasich said, “ought to vote for me,” even if he would not be campaigning publicly there. He added, “I don’t see this as any big deal.”…. Mr. Cruz’s campaign privately advised supporters on Sunday not to endorse tactical voting, whereby his supporters might switch their allegiance to Mr. Kasich in states where the Ohio governor is running stronger against Mr. Trump. “We never tell voters who to vote for,” read the suggested Cruz talking point. “We’re simply letting folks know where we will be focusing our time and resources.”

Anti-Trump Super PAC #NeverTrump Books HUNDREDS of Rooms In Cleveland to Bribe-Poach RNC Delegates
The Gateway Pundit - There are at least 8 Super PACs backed by Republican elites who are spending millions to defeat Donald Trump. The Super PACs are reportedly are calling, texting, emailing, lobbying, and all-out wining and dining the 2,472 delegates who will vote at the 2016 RNC. The anti-Trump #NeverTrump Super PAC led by former Majority Leader Eric Cantor has reportedly booked hundreds of rooms in Cleveland in order to compromise delegates to the Republican Convention in July.

Latest Polling Numbers Shows TRUMP with HUGE LEADS in Northeast — 59% CT, 51% PA, 61% RI
New Public Policy Polling surveys in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island conducted on behalf of VoteVets.Org Action Fund find the Democratic race for President in those states competitive, while on the Republican side Donald Trump is headed for blowout victories across the board… Things aren’t nearly so competitive on the Republican side, with Donald Trump getting a majority of voters in each state. He’s strongest in Rhode Island where he gets 61% to 23% for John Kasich, and 13% for Ted Cruz. The numbers are very similar in Connecticut with Trump getting 59% to 25% for Kasich, and 13% for Cruz. Things are a little bit different in Pennsylvania where Trump’s share of the vote isn’t as high (51%) and Cruz edges out Kasich 25/22 for second place. None of these states are particularly amenable to the ‘Never Trump’ movement.

Hillary Clinton's Million Dollar Professional Internet Troll Army
The Anti Media - The campaign will essentially be employing an unknown number of paid, pro-Hillary trolls to spread positive news about the candidate and counter anyone posting negative information about her. And these aren’t just ragtag trolls living in their mothers’ basements — they are industry and campaign professionals. As Correct the Record acknowledges: “The task force staff’s backgrounds are as diverse as the community they will be engaging with and include former reporters, bloggers, public affairs specialists, designers, Ready for Hillary alumni, and Hillary super fans who have led groups similar to those with which the task force will organize.”…. The Hillary campaign was also recently called out by The Intercept for deploying “astroturfers” into the media — people with ties to Clinton who act as experts and political commentators to promote her campaign without disclosing their ties to the candidate.

Economy & Business

Doug Casey Warns: “It’s The Next Stage Of The Greater Depression… The Economy Is Going To Be Very, Very Bad”
Mac Slavo - While President Obama took credit this weekend for saving the world economy from a global depression and stock markets are hovering around all-time highs, not everyone is convinced that central bank policy and government involvement in financial markets has stabilized the system. Doug Casey, one of the most well respected institutional investors in the world and someone who thrives in environments plagued with volatility and risk, joins Future Money Trends to explain exactly why the world has not avoided a Greater Depression and how things are about to get “very, very bad.” And by very bad he means that centrally manufactured super-bubbles and bubbles are set to wipe out trillions.

New Homes Sales Suffer 3rd Monthly Drop - Worst Streak Since July 2011
Zero Hedge - With Starts and Permits already rolling over, New Home Sales printed a disappointing 511k (vs 520k expectations), dropping 1.5% MoM. This is the 3rd monthly decline in a row - the longest such streak since July 2011. While positive for affordability, the decline MoM and YoY in median home prices (-$9,400 and -$5,400 respectively) will do nothing for The Fed's wealth-creation mandate. The West saw New Home Sales plunge 23.6% MoM while The Midwest surged 18.5%.

Energy & Environment

Video: The United Nations Exposes Chemtrails: 100% PROOF We Are Being Poisoned
Humans Are Free - By now everyone has witnessed streaks of white trailing across the sky, stretching from horizon to horizon, ultimately turning the skies into a murky haze…. We’ll now we have 100% undeniable evidence that chemtrails exist. The video below is of Rosalind Peterson, the president of Agriculture Defence Coalition. In it she address the United Nations on chemtrails, geoengineering, and weather modification (HAARP). If you were a skeptic before, I can assure you, that you will not be after hearing what she (video link in article, 17 minutes) has to say to the people in power.
* Related: Chuck Norris Takes on Chemtrails

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

14 Drought-Resistant Vegetables To Plant If You Rarely Get Rain
Off the Grid News - In many parts of the country, a drought-resistant garden is more than just a neat idea; it’s a necessity. Choosing the right combination of vegetables, paying attention to planting dates, and modifying your approach to irrigation and planning can help you grow food despite less hospitable conditions. Don’t depend on nature to come through for you this year; plant a drought-resistant vegetable garden and be prepared if the rains don’t fall.

Is It Ever Safe To Eat Out Of Dented Cans? (And If So, When?)
Off the Grid News - Is it safe to eat food from a dented can? Well, the answer is yes and no. Yes, a dent can be a sign of danger in some cases, but no, not all dented cans are a problem. According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services, if a can of food has a small dent but otherwise appears sound, the contents should be safe to eat. However, there are five important warning signs to consider when deciding to keep a can or to discard it....


25 Forgotten Survival Lessons From The Pioneers Worth Finding And Learning
Bio Prepper - Pioneer life has a special meaning in America. In less than 300 years, civilization spread across a vast continental wilderness.... Every part of America had its pioneers. Whatever their surroundings, the pioneers had to depend on themselves and on the land. Self-reliance was a frontier requirement. Game provided food and leather clothing. New settlers gathered wild fruits, nuts, and berries. For salt they boiled the water of saline springs. Maple sugar was made by tapping maple trees in early spring and boiling the sap until it thickened into a tasty sweetening. Substitutes for tea and coffee were provided by boiling sassafras root and brewing parched corn and barley. With an ax and adze for cutting tools, the pioneers made beds, tables, benches, and stools. They split logs into rails to make the zigzag fence that enclosed their clearings.


These Common Drugs are Linked to an Increased Risk of Dementia in Seniors!
David Wolfe - According to this study, the culprits are a group of drugs called anticholinergics, and prolonged use of these medications drastically changes the brain and nervous system in a way that can let dementia thrive. They do this by working with and changing the nervous system to control common issues like respiratory, urinary, and gastrointestinal problems. Some of these medications include, Benadryl, Dimetapp, Gravol, Unisom, Paxil, and Zyprexa. For a full list of medications on the list, check out this brochure.

Study Says Acetaminophen ‘Not Clinically Effective’ for Osteoarthritis Pain
Natural Society - A new study reveals that some popular over-the-counter pain relievers may not be an effective solution for those battling with osteoarthritis. A study published in The Lancet found that paracetamol, known as acetaminophen, or Tylenol in the United States, is not effective at reducing pain or improving movement in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and hip.... As is usually the case, nature may have a solution for osteoarthritis pain. Researchers at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences said in 2013 that 40 mg of powdered sesame seeds a day was found to be as effective as 2 daily 500 mg doses of Tylenol. That equals about 4 Tablespoons of whole sesame seeds. The researchers crushed the seeds into a powder to aid absorption. This can be accomplished using a coffee bean grinder, or a mortar and pestle. There are several supplements recommended by the Arthritis Foundation as well, including...

Open Sesame! 10 Amazing Health Benefits Of This Super-Seed
Green Med Info - Given the growing body of scientific support on its health benefit, sesame would be just as at home in a medicine cabinet as it would be a kitchen cupboard... Here are just 10 evidence-based medicinal properties of this food-medicine...

Adult with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Medically Kidnapped in Minnesota
Health Impact News - Jean Bixley tells us that her daughter Jennifer has been in that system for the past nine years with no recollection of her past life, and no recognition of her home. Her visits with her daughter are sparse and she may not discuss her daughter's amnesiac condition with her. Jean is asking to be allowed to have some input into her daughter’s care. Jean is asking that the hospital/APS perform the tests that were ordered by the courts, but never performed by what Jean says are any MCS qualified physicians in the APS system.... According to Jean, both she and her daughter Jennifer contracted MCS while unknowingly living in a mold infested home. They sought and found treatment for what they came to understand as mold toxicity. Jean also tells us that these prior diagnoses were ignored by Adult Protective Services, and that her daughter was treated with medications that not only stimulated her MCS reactions, but caused her a loss of memory for the past nine years. The State of Minnesota and Adult Protective Services has now labeled the mother as mentally ill/delusional.

10 Homemade Mayonnaise Recipes That Are Actually Healthy
Authority Nutrition - Making homemade mayonnaise is easy, and it tastes better than most store-bought versions. In addition, you can choose to include only healthy ingredients in your mayo. This way, you can avoid the refined vegetable oils that most commercial brands use. You can also experiment with your mayo, adding many different ingredients and flavors. Here is a very basic recipe to make your own homemade mayonnaise...

Monday - April 25, 2016  -  Today 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.
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.
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.
1959 - St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping. The water way connects the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
1962 - The U.S. spacecraft, Ranger, crashed on the Moon.
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.
1987 - In Washington, DC, 100,000 people protested the U.S. policy in Central America.
1990 - The U.S. Hubble Space Telescope was placed into Earth's orbit. It was released by the space shuttle Discovery.
1992 - Islamic forces in Afghanistan took control of most of the capital of Kabul following the collapse of the Communist government.
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.

World News

Washington Launches Its Attack Against BRICS
Paul Craig Roberts - Having removed the reformist President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Washington is now disposing of the reformist President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff. Washington used a federal judge to order Argentina to sacrifice its debt restructuring program in order to pay US vulture funds the full value of defaulted Argentine bonds that the vulture funds had bought for a few pennies on the dollar…. President Kirchner resisted and, thus, she had to go…. In Brazil, Washington has used corruption insinuations to get President Rousseff impeached by the lower house. Evidence is not necessary, just allegations…. In short, this is Washington’s move against the BRICS. Washington is moving to put into political power a rightwing party that Washington controls in order to terminate Brazil’s growing relationships with China and Russia…. Kirchner and Rousseff’s “crimes” are their efforts to have the governments of Argentina and Brazil represent the Argentine and Brazilian peoples rather than the elites and Wall Street.

Halliburton Fires One Third Of Global Staff: "What We Are Experiencing Today Is Unsustainable"
Zero Hedge - In a brutally frank and painfully honest first quarter operational update, Halliburton president Jeff Miller poured freezing cold water all over the "oil is stabilizing, and everything is going to be awesome" narrative. After explaining that the firm has laid off one-third of its global employees, and pointing to the collapse in sequential revenues across every business unit, Miller exclaimed….”What we are experiencing today is far beyond headwinds; it is unsustainable. My definition of an unsustainable market is one where all service companies are losing money in North America, which is where we are now.”

Yours for $1: 58,429 deadweight tonne bulk carrier, one previous owner
The Guardian - Goldenport, one of the last shipping companies left on the London Stock Exchange, has delisted from the market and sold off six of its remaining eight vessels for $1 (69p) each. The giveaway reflects the most dismal shipping conditions in decades, caused by economic slowdown in China combined with an oversupply of vessels due to a building spree during a previous boom…. John Dragnis, the chief executive of Goldenport, said the company’s lenders and shareholders had agreed to the fleet sell-off at a time when the company had debts of more than £100m to RBS and other banks. “The value of the vessels is less than the value of the loans due to extreme market conditions.”…. Richard Fulford-Smith, the founder of the Affinity shipbroking firm and a leading figure in the London maritime scene, said the bulk shipping markets were in “a sad state” and there could be more bankruptcies and exits before any bounce back. Fulford-Smith, 60, added: “I will probably be retired by the time there is any real recovery.”

Kuwait to DNA Test Everyone, Including Tourists. No exceptions
Sputnik News - The legislation that will make DNA tagging mandatory will come in effect later this year. After that each and every person entering the country will undergo a mandatory DNA sampling. This will be done by taking samples of saliva or blood (by person's choice). Refusing to undergo such procedure will cause "consequences" that have yet to be specified. According to Kuwaiti officials, this measure will help in crime investigations and keeping track of people but, they claimed, the practice won't affect people's freedom or privacy. Kuwait will become the first country in the world to implement total DNA tagging and to create a national security DNA database. In order to do that, a sampling station will be deployed in the Kuwait National Airport. Mobile DNA testing centers will move through the state, performing DNA testing on people in a way, similar to ID check by a policeman. The DNA tagging will only be used for "criminal security purposes" according to Kuwaiti officials

GM to Halt Four US, Canada Plants Production After Japan Earthquakes
Sputnik News - General Motors Co. said that it would halt production at four plants in the United States and Canada for two weeks since Monday due to supply-chain problems caused by the recent earthquakes in Japan. "This temporary adjustment is not expected to have any material impact on GM’s full-year production plans in North America. In addition, the company does not expect a material impact to its second quarter or full-year financial results for GM North America," the automotive manufacturer said in a statement on Friday. The manufacturing operations at the following GM North America assembly facilities are expected to be shut down: Spring Hill, Tennessee, Oshawa Flex Assembly, Canada, Lordstown, Ohio, and Fairfax, Kansas…. In the wake of the major quakes, Japanese manufacturers Toyota and Nissan were also forced to suspend production at their plants at home due to parts supply problems.

‘People should be terrified fracking is spreading’ – Australian MP who set river on fire to RT (Video)
RT - Fracking should be banned as a “global threat” as it causes methane leaks contaminating water in the communities near gas wells, says an Australian MP who literally set a river ablaze to draw attention to the adverse effects of the practice. The companies that extract coal seam gas via fracking are duping people into believing that their technology is safe, while in reality it has contributed greatly to the pollution of sites like Condamine river located in the Australian state of Queensland just near the fracking site, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said in an interview to RT. “This gas is leaking out of the ground because of the fracking. They have thousands of gas wells around this river, around this site. They drill, they frack, but the gas isn’t just flowing up their gas wells, it’s coming through the ground,” he said, stressing that Origin Energy company, that operate the wells, “should be condemned for polluting one of our most important rivers.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

White House poised to release secret pages from 9/11 inquiry
AP - The Obama administration will likely soon release at least part of a 28-page secret chapter from a congressional inquiry into 9/11 that may shed light on possible Saudi connections to the attackers. The documents, kept in a secure room in the basement of the Capitol, contain information from the joint congressional inquiry into "specific sources of foreign support for some of the Sept. 11 hijackers while they were in the United States."

Clinton-Appointed Judge Supports Gag Orders on FBI National Security Letter Recipients
AllGov - In a decision unsealed this week, a federal judge ruled that so-called national security letters issued by the government to gain subscriber information from banks, telecommunication companies, Internet service providers and others are not unconstitutional…. While the case was on appeal, Congress amended the NSL statute through the passage of the USA Freedom Act of 2015…. Among the changes, the government is now required to provide the NSL recipient with notice of the right to judicial review as a condition of prohibiting the receipt of the letter. The amended statute also permits the government to modify or rescind a nondisclosure requirement after an NSL is issued…. Additionally, in the event of a judicial review the government's application for a nondisclosure order must be accompanied by certification from a specified government official stating why the absence of a prohibition of disclosure would result in a danger to national security, interfere with a criminal investigation or put someone's life in danger.... The amendment to the law "cures the deficiencies previously identified by this court," Illston said.

Senator Investigating Clinton Emails Says FBI Could Possibly Leak Info
Daily Caller - Leaks would spring from the FBI if officials believed that the bureau took it easy on Hillary Clinton for political reasons, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said Friday. Speaking at a breakfast meeting in Des Moines, the Iowa Republican said that while he would not want the FBI to leak information about its investigation into Clinton’s private email server, information would likely seep out if it was perceived that the bureau decided not to issue indictments because of politics.

Memo: CDC Officials Warned of Safety Risks, Diseases Amid Immigrant Influx
Adan Salazar - In a memo obtained by government watchdog Judicial Watch following a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security over a Freedom of Information Act request, a high-level government official urged employees to assume a large number of detained Unaccompanied Children (UACs) at the southwest border had tuberculosis. “We might as well plan on many of the kids having TB,” reads a redacted June 26, 2014 email from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) environmental health scientist Alaric C. Denton to Indian Health Service Industrial Hygiene and Safety Manager Brian Hroch. Denton’s email also spoke to the “overwhelming” scope of the health efforts, as well as warned employees to be wary of “personal safety” as many UACs were not children, but “young adults.” “Victoria brought up a good point about the screening process for this event, but I can’t imagine not being overwhelmed pretty quickly and the screening requirements being hard to keep up with,” Denton’s email says, adding, “Some of these kids are not really kids they are young adults, and we should be wary of personal safety.” Another email showed other diseases, such as scabies and lice, were also a concern.

Top Twenty-Five Stories Proving Target’s Pro-Transgender Bathroom Policy Is Dangerous to Women and Children
Breitbart - As the boycott of Target stores over its pro-transgender bathroom policy grows, the question of just who such a policy puts in danger is a natural one to ask. As these policies proliferate across the country, the number of stories of predators threatening women and children in public restrooms is also growing by the day. The Target department store chain drew the ire of millions of Americans after it announced it was opening its bathrooms to transgender shoppers and employees and allowing them to choose whatever bathroom they feel like using at any given time. Days later a #BoycottTarget petition effort launched that drew over 200,000 signatures in a day and over 300,000 by the weekend.

Colorado: Entire Police Force Quits; Town Does Not Descend Into Chaos
The Free Thought Project - Green Mountain Falls, CO — Without giving any reason whatsoever, the entire Green Mountain Police department in Colorado has quit. The chief of police announced his resignation on Tuesday and he was quickly followed by all the other officers. It has now been 4 days and, remarkably, the town of Green Mountain Falls does not look like a scene out of Mad Max. “In an election year there’s always some people who choose to stay and some people who choose to go, and I think that happens at every level of government,” Green Mountain Falls Mayor Jane Newberry said. Despite giving no reason, it is likely that the department disagreed with the local politics and reacted by abandoning their duty as public servants — thereby illustrating the irrelevance of their job in the first place.

Prince's former drug dealer tells how the legend spent $40,000 at a time on six-month supplies of Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches
Daily Mail - Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Online, the performer's long-time dealer - who asked to be named only as Doctor D - revealed the singer would spend up to $40,000 a time on six-month supplies of Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches - both highly addictive opioid pain killers.... Doctor D said the musician, who he described as 'majorly addicted', regularly bought drugs from him between 1984 and 2008. The dealer, often to the stars, said Prince suffered crippling stage fright and could not get on stage and perform without the drugs - but had a phobia of doctors so could not obtain a prescription legally.... Tragically, Doctor D suggests it could have been a physician that unknowingly contributed to Prince's death - by prescribing strong pain killers to the singer for his hip condition without knowing the extent of his secret opiate addiction.

Election News

RNC Rules Committee Member: “If Trump Gets 1,237 Delegates, That Doesn’t Mean He’ll be Nominee”
The Gateway Pundit - In March Republican convention rules member Curly Haugland told CNBC that the delegates choose the GOP nominee, not the people. On Friday Curly told CNBC that even if Donald Trump wins 1,237 delegates that does not mean he will be the Republican nominee. Curly added: “The votes during the primary process are only estimates.” CNBC reported: Curly Haugland, a longstanding RNC official and an unbound delegate from North Dakota who will be on the convention rules committee in July, told CNBC that attaining 1,237 during the primaries does not secure the nomination. “Even if Trump reaches the magic number of 1,237 the media and RNC are touting, that does not mean Trump is automatically the nominee,” Haugland said. “The votes earned during the primary process are only estimates and are not legal convention votes. The only official votes to nominate a candidate are those that are cast from the convention floor.”

Pro-Cruz Super PAC Spend Millions to Sway-Bribe-Poach Trump Delegates
The Gateway Pundit - There are at least 8 Super PACs backed by Republican elites who are spending millions to defeat Donald Trump.... The super PACs are calling, texting, emailing, lobbying, and all-out wining & dining the 2,472 delegates who will vote at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Elite super PACs directly interfere and influence delegates’ decisions which is an encroachment and perversion of the electoral process. These deep-pocketed super PACs are funded by a small cadre of shadow billionaires. They appear to work in tandem with TeamCruz, yet just outside the confines of his official campaign to avoid scrutiny and violations from the FEC. After months of campaigning, the race boils down to a delegate battle funded by the shadowy money of a few elites, rather than the reflection of the caucus and primary votes.

WARNING: CRUZ LACKEYS Are Posting Fake Trump PA Delegate Lists on Twitter
The Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump posted an OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN LIST of Trump Pennsylvania delegates on Twitter on Saturday. Voters in Pennsylvania MUST VOTE ON THESE CONFIRMED TRUMP DELEGATES In their district. BUT BE WARNED: There are Cruz vampire lists popping up on Twitter.

Latest Polls Show Trump Rising in CA with Average 15 Point Lead Over Cruz, Kasich
Breitbart - California is key for Donald Trump in his quest to cinch the GOP’s nomination and avoid a contested convention this July; a task he may very well be able to achieve according to the latest polls. RealClearPolitics points to an average of four polls from the past month in California showing Trump up by 15 percentage points over Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. A new Fox News poll of likely California primary voters released late Friday shows Trump leading the Republican field with 49%, leading both Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is at a distant second with 22%, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 20%. A poll by CBS/YouGov has Trump as the same.

Voting Rights Restored to 200,000 Convicted Felons in Virginia
AllGov - Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia used his executive power Friday to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons, circumventing the Republican-run legislature…. The sweeping order, in a swing state that could play a role in deciding the November presidential election, will enable all felons who have served their prison time and finished parole or probation to register to vote. Most are African-Americans, a core constituency of Democrats, McAuliffe’s political party…. In Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin, a newly elected Republican, recently overturned an order enacted by his Democratic predecessor that was similar to the one McAuliffe signed Friday. In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, vetoed a measure to restore voting rights to convicted felons, but Democrats in the state legislature overrode him in February and an estimated 44,000 former prisoners who are on probation can now register to vote…. Previous governors in Florida and Iowa took executive action to ease their lifetime bans, but in each case, a subsequent governor restored the tough rules.

Clinton storms Connecticut with gun-control message
The Hill - The former secretary of State met last week in Hartford, Conn., with the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and has launched ads in the state featuring victims of gun violence. Mailers supporting Clinton that have been sent to registered Democrats in Connecticut feature Gabby Giffords, a former Arizona congresswoman and shooting victim who has become one of the biggest national advocates for changing gun laws.

Chelsea Clinton: Gun Control Is Possible Because Scalia Died
Daily Caller - Chelsea Clinton claimed that since late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is no longer on the bench, it is now possible to enact more gun control, if her mother Hillary is elected to nominate a liberal justice. During a campaign event, Chelsea Clinton said, “It matters to me that my mom also recognizes the role the Supreme Court has when it comes to gun control. With Justice Scalia on the bench, one of the few areas where the court actually had an inconsistent record relates to gun control.”

Connecticut man made threat on Twitter to bomb Trump rally: police
Reuters - A 20-year-old Connecticut man was arrested after being accused of sending threats on Twitter to bomb a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, authorities said on Sunday. Sean Morkys of Waterbury, Connecticut, was charged with threatening, inciting injury and breach of peace. The U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for the safety of presidential candidates, alerted the Connecticut State Police's counterterrorism office on Saturday afternoon that a Twitter user had posted, "Is someone going to bomb the trump rally or am I going to have to?" A second post warned a friend to tell relatives to leave the rally in Waterbury to avoid being harmed, state police said.

Economy & Business

In 1 Out Of Every 5 American Families, Nobody Has A Job
Economic Collapse - The following comes directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics… In 2015, the share of families with an employed member was 80.3 percent, up by 0.2 percentage point from 2014. The likelihood of having an employed family member rose in 2015 for Black families (from 76.4 percent to 77.7 percent) and for Hispanic families (from 85.9 percent to 86.4 percent). The likelihood for White and Asian families showed little or no change (80.1 percent and 88.6 percent, respectively)…. Digging into the numbers, we find that there were a total of 81,410,000 families in America during the 2015 calendar year. Of that total, 16,060,000 families did not have a single member employed. So that means that in 19.7 percent of all families in the United States, nobody has a job…. So based on these numbers, it would appear to me that the true rate of unemployment in this country is vastly higher than 5 percent, and John Williams of agrees with me. According to his calculations, the broadest measure of unemployment in the U.S. would actually be sitting at 22.9 percent if honest numbers were being used.

Science & Technology

Court: Cops Need a Warrant to Open Your Phone, Even Just to Look at the Screen
Motherboard - In a major decision back in 2014, the Supreme Court finally ruled that police need a warrant to search someone’s cellphone when making an arrest. That case, Riley v. California, was a major privacy victory. Now, it's being interpreted by a federal court in Illinois to mean that even opening a phone to look at the screen qualifies as a “search” and requires a warrant. [...] Wednesday, the judge ruled police have no right to open a suspect's phone and look at the screen without first getting a warrant, even if it's just to turn it off, since the Riley case clearly established doing so is a “search” under the Fourth Amendment.

Police are Creating Fake Accounts on Facebook So They Can Monitor You, How to Identify a Fake Account
American Intelligence Report - Police departments around the nation have taken predictive crime prevention to a new level by building fake user accounts, as well as posing as genuine people to gather information about local events, Tech.Mic reports. Local agents put on a “digital mask” and pose as “members of the community,” allowing them to gather personal information about suspects they consider a high risk of being involved in a future crime or have existing charges. In a social media guide for law enforcement officials published by the Justice Department, the document details, officers create fraudulent profiles even though Facebook officially bans the practice.... How to identify a fake user account on Facebook....

University of Florida Holds First Brain-Powered Drone Race
Motherboard - The brain drone race is the first of its kind, according to Juan Gilbert, a professor of computer science at the University of Florida where the competition took place. The race works by fitting pilots with a Brain Computer Interface device, which sits on users’ heads and measures electrical signals from the brain. Users “think forward,” to move the drone forward, and “think right or left” to move it from side to side.... A total of 16 pilots participated in the competition using this brain computer interface technology. Students involved said they are working to make users more comfortable with the brain-reading technology. In the past, EEG headsets have been used for everything from helping paralyzed people gain more autonomy to video games and meditation. Some privacy advocates have expressed concern that someday we will be able to be identified by our “brain prints.”

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Grow Quinoa in Your Garden
Natural Blaze - Due to its nutritious content, and good taste, quinoa has become a common household food in the United States. Learn how to grow your own quinoa and never purchase it again. Quinoa seeds are very high in protein and have the ability to lower LDL cholesterol.This gluten free grain-like crop is great for heart health, digestion, and diabetes. Quinoa is generally undemanding and altitude-hardy.


New study: Substance in rhubarb cuts cancer cell growth in half
(NaturalHealth365) Parietin is an orange pigment found in many forms of lichen and also in the tart vegetable rhubarb. Parietin helps these plants absorb blue light from the sun and protects them from UV light. But, here’s the exciting news. (below) A comprehensive study last fall also found that parietin in rhubarb may be a potent cancer fighter by prohibiting the expression of an enzyme vital to cancer cell growth.... Parietin works by stopping the production of the 6PGD (6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase) enzyme, one of the drivers for cancer growth. According to Professor Jing Chen of the Winship Cancer Institute- Emory School of Medicine and one of the authors of the report, cancer cells require a certain amount of 6PDGD to grow. Once that amount falls below a certain level, cancer growth will decrease as well.

Asparagus For Optimal Health & Anti-aging!
Natural Health Blog - Asparagus is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are major players in lowering the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer, and possibly slowing the aging process. Asparagus is an excellent source of Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Selenium, Magnesium and Zinc. It is also a very good source of dietary fiber. Glutathione, which has been termed the “Master Antioxidant,” aids all other anti-oxidants, such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E, in free radical scavenging.

Study Suggests Women are Exposing Themselves to Unsafe Mercury Levels
Natural Society - The FDA issued draft regulations in 2014 recommending women who are pregnant, nursing, or who might become pregnant consume more fish because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids. It was recommended to choose fish that contain lower levels of mercury as well [See chart]. The advice also applied to young children. The agency advised these women to eat 8 to 12 ounces or 2 to 3 servings of various types of low-mercury fish each week. The EWG doesn’t think that the advice goes far enough, though, and that it could be potentially dangerous for women who eat too much mercury or fish species low in omega-3 fatty acids. The group says its concerns have been confirmed by its study. It found that 30% of frequent seafood eaters have mercury levels exceeding the limits established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – 11 times more than those who rarely ate seafood.

Tips on How to Beat Brain Fog Naturally
Natural News Blogs - Brain fog is a common complaint and not something that was heard of just a decade or so ago. Gaining mental clarity only takes a little consciousness. I know it can be hard when you are in a fog, so bookmark this now and it will be much easier to remember when you need it.

Pet News

Don't Let Your Dog Have His Treat If He Does This
Dr. Becker - If you share your life with one or more canine companions, you know that giving your dog a treat can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, treats are rewards for desired behavior and dogs love them, which is a good thing. But if your dog tends to rip treats from your hands so enthusiastically that you cry out in fear or pain, it can really put a damper on the treat-giving experience, leaving both you and your furry friend feeling a little confused and upset. If your dog is a treat-grabbing-finger-nipper, take heart. There are things you can do to successfully curb the behavior.

Friday - April 22, 2016  -  Today in History:

1792 - U.S. President George Washington proclaimed American neutrality in the war in Europe.
1861 - Robert E. Lee was named commander of Virginia forces.
1864 - The U.S. Congress passed legislation that allowed the inscription "In God We Trust" to be included on one-cent and two-cent coins.
1889 - At noon, the Oklahoma land rush officially started as thousands of Americans raced for new, unclaimed land.
1898 - The first shot of the Spanish-American war occurred when the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship.
1915 - At the Second Battle Ypres the Germans became the first country to use poison gas.
1930 - The U.S., Britain and Japan signed the London Naval Treaty, which regulated submarine warfare and limited shipbuilding.
1931 - Egypt signed the treaty of friendship with Iraq.
1944 - During World War II, the Allies launched a major attack against the Japanese in Hollandia, New Guinea.
1952 - An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television.
1970 - The first "Earth Day" was observed by millions of Americans.
1993 - The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1997 - In Lima, Peru government commandos storm and capture the residence of the Japanese ambassador ending a 126-day hostage crisis. In the rescue 71 hostages were saved. Those killed: one hostage (of a heart attack), two soldiers, and all 14 rebels.
2000 - Elian Gonzalez was reunited with his father. He had to be taken from his Miami relatives by U.S. agents in a predawn raid.
2010 - The Boeing X-37 began its first orbital mission. It successfully returned to Earth on December 3, 2010.

World News

Security fail: Cologne Airport’s terrorism emergency evacuation plan accidently put on internet
RT - The emergency plan was mistakenly published on the airport’s website in November, despite the fact that it should have been only available to a handful of people, according to the ZDF’s website. The document, which totals 230 pages, gives a comprehensive plan for how to react in case of a whole range of emergencies from natural disasters to kidnappings or terrorist attacks. The phone numbers and contact details of key security personnel were also published online. However, unbeknownst to the authorities, all their best laid plans were available for any potential terrorists to see on the internet. The documents would also provide them with invaluable information such as potential escape routes. This breach will come as further embracement to Cologne Bonn Airport after a recent report by the German television station WDR revealed that its security system failed to detect dangerous items in carry-on luggage.

China tests ICBM capable of striking US within half an hour
RT - Beijing has successfully tested a new long-range ballistic missile capable of engaging any potential target worldwide. The rocket takes just 30 minutes to cover its maximum 12,000km range and can deliver multiple strikes on any nuclear-capable state. The launch of China’s Dongfeng-41 (East Wind, DF-41) missile was registered by the US satellite tracking system in real time, the Washington Free Beacon reports, although the location of the launch was not immediately revealed. The launch was made from a new road-mobile platform, and is reportedly the seventh test-firing of the DF-41. American experts estimate the DF-41 to be an 80-ton, three-stage solid-fuel missile capable of carrying between six and 10 nuclear warheads.

'Legalize all drugs,' business and world leaders tell UN
The Guardian - A British billionaire, three former presidents and a renowned Aids researcher have called for all drugs to be decriminalized at a press conference that was sharply critical of the United Nations’ latest drug policy agreement, adopted this week. Leaders of the Global Commission on Drug Policy said the UN’s first special session on drugs in 18 years had failed to improve international narcotics policy, instead choosing to tweak its prohibition-oriented approach to drug regulation.... This week’s United Nations general assembly special session, UNgass, clearly displayed the deep divisions between member states over narcotics: while a growing number of countries, including several states in the US, have moved towards decriminalizing or legalizing drugs, others continue to execute people convicted of drug crimes. Three UN conventions prohibit drug use that is not medical or scientific.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Half-century old B-52s warplanes now delivering ‘precision strikes’ against Islamic State
RT - B-52 bombers old enough to order from a 24-hour diner’s senior discount menu are now conducting “precision strikes” over Iraq and Syria against Islamic State – and the upgraded warplanes still have a long life ahead of them, US military officials say. An Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) weapons storage facility in Qayyarah, Iraq was targeted by a B-52 firing guided bombs on Monday, Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman of Operation Inherent Resolve, the US mission against IS, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Wednesday.... While the B-52 is replacing the younger B-1 warplanes that have been flying bombing missions against IS over the past year, it remains unclear when the B-52 will be replaced. Some B-52s, depending on their mission, will soon be upgraded to carry more GPS-guided bombs and superior radar. Northrop Grumman is working on a new generation of such bombers which are to be called Long Range Strike Bombers, but that program was only announced in October and is expected to take at least a decade to be realized at a cost that could exceed $100 billion.

US Supreme Court rules Iran must pay almost $2bn to victims of 1983 terror attacks
The US Supreme Court has ruled that Iran must pay nearly US$2 billion in compensation to relatives of the 241 Marines who died in a 1983 terrorist attack in Beirut, as well as victims of other attacks that courts have linked to Tehran. On Wednesday, the court ruled that Congress had acted within its powers when it passed a law in 2012 that granted victims involved in the case the right to be paid for their losses out of frozen funds tied to Iran’s central bank. The legislation stated that the bank’s assets within the US were to be turned over to the families of the victims. Iran's central bank tried to stave off court orders at the time, complaining that US Congress was intruding into the business of federal courts when it passed the legislation, according to AP. Over 1,300 people are among the relatives of the victims of the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, and other attacks.

Homeland Security Trains Texas Cops to Deal With Riots
Paul Joseph Watson - The Department of Homeland Security oversaw a first of its kind three day training exercise in Texas this week during which police officers from fifteen different departments took part in drills on how to deal with riots and conduct mass arrests. Dozens of McLennan Community College students posed as unruly demonstrators during the drill, which took place at the McLennan Community College Emergency Services Education Center.... The exercises involved protesters provoking cops but classroom briefings on “large-crowd management, critical thinking, intuitive decision-making skills and the public’s right to peaceably assemble” were also held. FEMA instructors were on hand to advise cops on the protesters’ “constitutional rights” as well as how to “handle situations with multiple arrests and mobile field-force team methods.” The training is expected to be put into practice in “realistic situations,” and more drills are being planned for the future.

Baltimore cops sued over brutality, unlawful arrests during Freddie Gray protests
RT - Baltimore police abused and violated the constitutional rights of six people who they arrested during the unrest provoked by Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, according to a new lawsuit filed by the men who were detained. Filed on Tuesday, the lawsuit targets the State of Maryland, the Baltimore Police Department, former Police Chief Anthony Batts, and 22 other officers, the Associated Press reported. The six plaintiffs claim they were beaten and abused by law enforcement during the protests following Gray’s death in police custody and that officers “tore apart” their constitutional right to protest with their behavior, according to the Baltimore Sun. The men are each seeking more than $75,000 in damages on each of 10 counts: excessive force, illegal arrest, false imprisonment, deprivation of liberty and property, false arrest, battery, a pattern or practice of constitutional violations, civil conspiracy, negligence and gross negligence.

Did the Chemtrail Flu Kill Prince and Merle Haggard? (Videos)
Kit Daniels - The artist known as Prince has died suddenly of a mysterious illness, just like Merle Haggard, and both men previously spoke out against chemtrails many have suggested are responsible for a surge in respiratory illnesses. “The singer — full name Prince Rogers Nelson — had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois, but he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay,” TMZ reported April 21. “His people told TMZ he was battling the flu.” A mysterious illness has been spreading across the U.S., coinciding with massive chemtrail spraying – and it’s possible the two are linked. Prince even spoke out against chemtrails during an interview with late night host Tavis Smiley... And so did Haggard, who passed away April 6 from a lung infection: “What I hate is looking up and seeing chemtrails in a clear blue sky today,” Haggard sang. But are chemtrails real?...
* Related: CHEMTRAIL SYNDROME: A Global Pandemic Of Epic Proportions

Prince Suffered Drug Overdose Six Days Before Death, Report
Sputnik News - As details emerge about the circumstances surrounding the death of pop icon Prince, sources tell TMZ that the 57-year-old was treated for a drug overdose 6 days prior. The pop star was found dead on Thursday morning, but authorities have not yet revealed the cause of death. While doctors reportedly urged Prince to remain hospitalized for 24 hours, he left after just 3, because the facility could not provide a private room. Sources say Prince "was not doing well" when he left. Prince’s representatives originally claimed that the emergency landing was because the musician was suffering from the flu.

Election News

Video: GOP Chair Priebus: If Trump Wins 1236 Delegates It’s Not Enough
The Gateway Pundit - Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus told Greta Van Susteren tonight that if Donald Trump goes to the Cleveland convention with 1,236 delegates and not 1,237 it’s not enough for him to win the nomination. Reince Priebus: If you win a plurality that means everyone else has a majority… You have to get a majority. So if people don’t understand that a majority in our party is what it takes to be the nominee then I don’t know how to explain it any differently. Priebus also would not comment on Ted Cruz going into states Donald Trump won and stealing delegates. The party likes to pretend this isn’t happening.

The 200 Unbound - Why Trump's Real Magic Number Is Less Than 1,237
Zero Hedge - Even before Donald Trump’s big win in New York Tuesday night, the conversations among party officials and high-level operatives about a contested Republican convention were already shifting dramatically. The magic number of delegates for Trump to clinch the nomination on the first ballot, likely to be his best and perhaps only chance to do so, remains 1,237. But there are now whispers that the real number of delegates Trump must win by June 7, when the final contests take place, may be lower. “The closer he gets to 1,237, even if he doesn’t get all the way there by the final primaries, the more likely he cobbles it together,” said one RNC member attending the quarterly party meetings in Florida, where sideline conversations are focused on this subject. “There are plenty of delegates that are unbound on first ballot, you’ve just got to go find them.” When the convention opens in Cleveland in mid-July, roughly 200 delegates will arrive as free agents, unbound by the results of primaries or caucuses in their states. Trump’s campaign is confident they can win as many of them as they must in order to get to 1,237 on the first ballot.

Latest Plot to Take Down Trump — GOP Elites Scheming to Blacklist Trump Staffers
The Gateway Pundit - In March the unhinged #NeverTrump crowd started up a list of conservative supporters of Donald Trump — so that they can blackball these Trump supporters in the future.... Even liberal Salon is speaking out against these disgusting tactics.... "The Republican establishment is running out of options.... Clearly, they can’t do it at the voting booth, and every milquetoast candidate they’ve put before Trump has crumbled.... The latest half-baked attempt to slow Trump’s momentum is to blacklist potential staffers. Politico reported this week that advisers are being warned about the consequences of going “Trumptard,” as one GOP operative put it.... Politico reports, “some of those who go to work for Trump face an implicit, and occasionally overt threat: Help Trump, and you’ll never work in this town again.”

AMAZING! THOUSANDS Line Highway to Get a Glimpse of Donald Trump in Maryland (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - Thousands lined up Wednesday to see GOP front-runner Donald Trump in Maryland. Trump spoke in Maryland after his massive rally in Indiana.

Economy & Business

“This Is Going To Be A National Crisis” – One Of The Largest U.S. Pension Funds Set To Cut Retiree Benefits
Government Slaves - As the Washington Post reports, the Central States Pension Fund, which handles retirement benefits for current and former Teamster union truck drivers across various states including Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, New York, and Minnesota, and is one of the largest pension funds in the nation, has filed an application to cut participant benefits, which would be effective July 1 2016, as it “projects” it will become officially insolvent by 2025.... Over a quarter of a million people depend on their pension being handled by the CSPF; for most it is their only source of fixed income.... The Central States Pension Fund is currently paying out $3.46 in pension benefits for every $1 it receives from employers, which has resulted in the fund paying out $2 billion more in benefits than it receives in employer contributions each year. As a result, Thomas Nyhan, executive director of the Central States Pension Fund said that the fund could become insolvent by 2025 if nothing is done.

Gold & Silver SMASHED – ‘Someone’ Dumps $2 Billion Of Gold Into Futures Markets
Silver Doctors - Someone just decided this was the perfect time to dump over $2 billion worth of notional paper gold onto the markets… Over 16,000 gold contracts (and 7,500 silver) were dumped in that 5/10 minutes segment. It appears Draghi did not like the impression of his impotence that precious metals were suggesting. It appears the Gold/Silver ratio at 72x was a big buying opportunity?

47 Percent Of Americans Cannot Even Come Up With $400 To Cover An Emergency Room Visit
Economic Collapse - If you had to make a sudden visit to the emergency room, would you have enough money to pay for it without selling something or borrowing the funds from somewhere? Most Americans may not realize this, but this is something that the Federal Reserve has actually been tracking for several years now. And according to the Fed, an astounding 47 percent of all Americans could not come up with $400 to pay for an emergency room visit without borrowing it or selling something. Various surveys that I have talked about in the past have found that more than 60 percent of all Americans are living to paycheck to paycheck, but I didn’t realize that things were quite this bad for about half the country. If you can’t even come up with $400 for an unexpected emergency room visit, then you are just surviving from month to month by the skin of your teeth.

US Government "Agrees In Principle" With Volkswagen's $10 Billion-plus 'Sorry-We-Cheated' Compensation Plan
Zero Hedge - Judge Charles Breyer has confirmed that Volkswagen's $10 billion-plus plan to resolve claims by the U.S. government and lawsuits by American car owners over its pollution-cheating debacle has been 'agreed in principle' by the Justice Department and various other US agencies. The plan covers at least 480,000 cars in the US and over 600 lawsuits offering consumers flexibility including buybacks and "substantial compensation," but does not address fines or penalties.

Science & Technology

Police State Paranoia apps make it easier to report 'Suspicious People'
MassPrivateI - Coming to a city near you, police state paranoia has designed another new app called the 'French Quarter Task Force' (FQTF) which features a drop down menu to make it easier to report "suspicious people". This app also wants Americans to report citizens who are legally carrying weapons! FQTF's "New Crime Reporting App" section, boasts about how easy it is for citizens to Uber-In their crime reports, using a drop pin on a map to report 'suspicious people'. And if that wasn't disturbing enough, the FBI and the Task Force Facebook page will send paranoid citizens, updates [encouragement] to continue spying on Americans.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Farmers Sue USDA Over Organic Food Board
Natural Blaze - Federal regulators undermined the integrity of food standards by appointing unqualified individuals to decide what is “organic,” farmers claim in a federal complaint. The Cornucopia Institute, an agriculture education public interest group of thousands of organic farmers and consumers, and two of its members filed the complaint Monday against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in Madison, Wisconsin. Cornucopia, which takes its name from the city in Wisconsin where it is based, accuses the defendants of “appointing unqualified individuals to the National Organic Standards Board,” a 15-member committee that advises the USDA on how to implement the 1990 Organic Foods Production Act. The board develops the national list of synthetic and natural substances that are allowed or prohibited in the production of “USDA organic”- labeled food, the plaintiffs say.

Virginia Ag Diverts Local Health Department Inspections from High Volume Restaurants to Farmers Markets
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund - Vendors in Virginia who are preparing food on site for sale or sample at farmers markets in the state are now being required to obtain a temporary food vendor permit from the Virginia Department of Health. Our reports are that county health inspectors who have been inspecting restaurants will now be inspecting vendors at farmers markets instead. Halifax County farmer Don Wright posted the following about this development. [...] Virginia Department of Agriculture Consumer Services (VDACS) is siccing the local health departments upon your local farmers markets to require permits and food sanitation inspections from any vendors selling food items or merely slicing a vegetable and offering as a sample to customers. [...] I am not convinced that tasking the local health inspectors to target small vendors at a local market on a Saturday is a boon for safety standards when we all know that restaurant facilities, especially fast food, have much greater food output and a larger potential for food borne illnesses. Here is where I have an issue with this piss poor decision making...

Costco Financing Organic Farmers to meet with High Consumer Demand
Natural Blaze - If you want to go organic, go to Costco’s. It seems that Costco can’t get enough organic fruit and vegetables to supply its customers; and is now bypassing its competitor Whole Foods with a whopping $4 billion in its annual organic sales. In a bid to assist the supply to their warehouses, Costco is lending money to farmers to help them purchase land and equipment to grow more organic produce. Costco CEO Craig Jelinek told investors in Washington earlier this year “We cannot get enough organics to stay in business day in and day out.” The financial assistance for organic farmers is only a pilot program and still in its infancy, reports the Seattle Times. At this stage, they’re working with one partner, a San-Diego based Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce purchase a further 1,200 acres of land.

3 Dirt-Cheap Mulches That Will Help Your Garden Flourish
Off the Grid News - While most people take a trip to the closest garden center to purchase pre-packaged mulch, there are organic and affordable mulches you can find closer to home, even in your own backyard. You can have a weed-free, moist garden that smells and looks great! Let’s take a look at five unique mulches you should consider to enhance your garden this season.


Scans show drugs for the elderly shrinking the brain
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Anticholinergic drugs—which include antidepressants, hay fever treatments and incontinence pills—increase the risk of dementia, especially if they’re taken by elderly patients. The drugs also shrink the brain and interfere with the thinking processes. Alternatives to the drugs should be used, and doctors need to be aware of the dangers of the anticholinergics, especially when prescribing them to older patients aged 70 years and older. Although the effects of the anticholinergics on the cognitive functions have been highlighted before, researchers have for the first time mapped the changes that happen to the brain. Using brain imaging, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine were able to observe the way the brains of healthy volunteers shrunk over 18 months while they were taking an anticholinergic. Their memory and problem-solving skills were also tracked during the trial, and compared to other participants who weren’t taking an anticholinergic. At the time, none of the nearly 500 volunteers, with an average age of 73, suffered from dementia or had cognitive problems.

Watercress Acts To Detox Carcinogens In The Body
April McCarthy - Watercress, an often-overlooked, leafy green food source that is a close cousin of mustard greens, cabbage, and arugula, is also a powerful anti-carcinogen. The 'super food' can help starve tumours of essential blood and oxygen significantly inhibiting the activation of carcinogens. When foods are scored by their content of potassium, fibre, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K, watercress comes out on top above broccoli and kale. It is considered one of the top 36 foods that help cleanse the entire body. You can give your liver a big boost with cleansing action of watercress. It helps to release enzymes in the liver that clean it out and help rid it of toxic buildup. It contains glucosinolate compounds, which have been found to have anti-cancer properties.

12 Amazing Health Benefits Of Cucumber
Natural News Blogs - Cucumbers are the fourth most widely grown vegetable crop in the world – after tomatoes, onions and sprouts. Cucumber is filled mostly with water and it is also low in calorie. The pale green flesh is crispy yet watery. Most of the time Cucumber is eaten raw and that is how you can obtain most of the health benefits of cucumbers.


Become the Best You in Just 1 Month!
David Wolfe - Have you ever felt stuck? Maybe stuck in a job you hate, stuck in an unhealthy relationship, or stuck at a point in your life where you feel like you just aren’t going anywhere? If you’re feeling this way, it means you need one thing: change. Sometimes it might be a drastic change like quitting your job or moving away, but other times it might be more simple. It may be more of an inner change that you’re seeking. A fresh perspective or a new-found hope can help change your viewpoint and allow you to live with a new positivity. If you’re looking for a change, try this simple four-week guide to get you there.

27 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Walk Tall
Natural Blaze - Rat race. Deadlines. The Jones’. It’s easy to forget that you are made from cosmic dust – that no scientist has traveled into the innermost recesses of your atoms, mind or soul. Some experts are starting to blow the lid on the boundlessness of the human spirit and its return to infinite consciousness when we leave our earthly shells behind. So why do we continue to live as though we only deserve to occupy the space of a postage stamp? That we should breathe as though not to fog up a window? Why do some of us look so downcast – why do we have “iPhone neck”? If you knew your true power – what would you do? Maybe you just needed a reminder that your innermost self is an unbreakable diamond and you’re a regular superstar.

Pet News

Sumptuous but Poisonous: Don't Let Your Pet Find Her Way Into Trouble This Spring
Dr. Becker - Dogs are indiscriminate eaters, and can easily find their way into these edible toxins during the outdoor season. These top 10 offenders can cause adverse events from liver failure to coma and even death - some with as little as 2 or 3 petals or leaves. Are they in your yard or garden?...

10 Habits That May Break Your Kitty’s Spirit
Dr. Becker - Cats are adored for their strong will and independent spirit. It’s what makes cats cats. But despite their seemingly aloof nature, cats are not unbreakable physically or even emotionally speaking. If you value your cats’ spirit, you’ll want to avoid the following habits. As Pet360 shared, these are surefire ways to zap your kitty’s true feline nature....

Thursday - April 21, 2016  -  Today 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.
1856 - The Mississippi River was crossed by a rail train for the first time (between Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL).
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.
1972 - Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the moon.
1975 - South Vietnam president, Nguyen Van Thieu, resigned, condemning the United States.
1984 - In France, it was announced that doctors had found virus believed to cause AIDS.
1986 - Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Nothing of interest was found inside.
1994 - Jackie Parker became the first woman to qualify to fly an F-16 combat plane.
1998 - Astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away.
2003 - North and South Korea agreed to hold Cabinet-level talks the following week.
2009 - UNESCO launched The World Digital Library. The World Digital Library (WDL) is an international digital library operated by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress.

World News

Saudi Arabia Admits To John Kerry That It Created ISIS... But There Is A Twist
Zero Hedge - "After the Iraqi city of Mosul fell to a lightning Isis offensive in 2014, even the late Prince Saud al-Faisal, the respected Saudi foreign minister, remonstrated with John Kerry, US secretary of state, that “Daesh [Isis] is our [Sunni] response to your support for the Da’wa” — the Tehran-aligned Shia Islamist ruling party of Iraq."

Russia warns U.S. over naval incident as NATO tensions laid bare
Reuters - Russia accused the United States on Wednesday of intimidation by sailing a U.S. naval destroyer close to Russia's border in the Baltics and warned that the Russian military would respond with "all necessary measures" to any future incidents. Speaking after a meeting between NATO envoys and Russia, their first in almost two years, Moscow's ambassador to NATO said the April 11 maritime incident showed there could be no improvement in ties until the U.S.-led alliance withdrew from Russia's borders. "This is about attempts to exercise military pressure on Russia," the envoy, Alexander Grushko, said. "We will take all necessary measures, precautions, to compensate for these attempts to use military force," he told reporters.

"China Yuan Gold Fix Is Part Of A Planned Shift From Dollar": China's Bocom
Zero Hedge - China's shift to an official local-currency-based gold fixing is "the culmination of a two-year plan to move away from a US-centric monetary system," according to Bocom strategist Hao Hong. In an insightfully honest Bloomberg TV interview, Hong admits that "by trading physical gold in renminbi, China is slowly chipping away at the dominance of US dollars." Gold, silver, and petroleum "are the three USD-based commodities that China wants most control of" according to Hong but "gold in particular is one of the commodities that China is hoarding very hard."

The Shaking Continues: The Most Dangerous Volcano In Mexico Has Erupted In Spectacular Fashion
Zero Hedge - Is The Big One imminent? Most Americans know about the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit San Francisco on April 18th of that year, but most people don’t understand that it came in the context of these other major quakes. In 1906 there were major earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan that preceded the historic San Francisco earthquake.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

9/11 Cover-Up Imploding As Mainstream Media Forced to Report Saudi Link
Kit Daniels - New evidence reveals a link between Saudi Arabia and 9/11, according to an international newspaper. Ghassan Al-Sharbi, a Saudi bombmaker, is said to have taken flying lessons with the 9/11 hijackers and U.S. investigators found his flight certificate in an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C., the Australian reported, citing a recently declassified U.S. memo. “The envelope points to the fundamental question hanging over us today: to what extent was the 9/11 plot facilitated by individuals at the highest levels of the Saudi government?” Asked Brian McGlinchey, the activist who uncovered the 2003 memo known as Document 17.

Report: Authorities Buying More Riot Control Gear Over Fear of Civil Unrest Sweeping America
Paul Joseph Watson -The report, published by Sandler Research, says that demand for surveillance drones is driving growth, with new systems that deploy water canons to “handle large crowds and demonstration(s)” also proving popular. Riot control systems are expected to “generate revenues of over USD 3.5 billion by the end of 2020,” with North America being one of the primary growth areas for upgraded weapons due to “militarization of the police department and other law enforcement agencies” in the aftermath of the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Purchases of long-range acoustic devices, whips, batons and armored vehicles that will be used to “disperse, control, and arrest people involved in riots and protests” are also on the increase.

Protest lodged over secrecy in Clinton email case
Politico - Lawyers for a reporter demanding access to email messages and files the FBI has reportedly retrieved from Hillary Clinton's private server are objecting to a secret filing the Justice Department submitted to a federal court last month as part of a bid to keep those messages under wraps. In a motion filed Tuesday, attorneys for Vice News reporter Jason Leopold formally protested the classified declaration the FBI filed offering U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss additional details about the ongoing FBI investigation into how classified information wound up on Clinton's private server, which hosted the personal email account she used in lieu of a government one during her four years as secretary of state.

Federal Judge Dismisses Flint Residents' $150 Million Class-Action Lawsuit
ABC News - A federal judge in Detroit has dismissed a $150 million class-action lawsuit filed by Flint residents and one Flint business, suggesting the plaintiffs refile in a Michigan state court due to lack of jurisdiction. In a decision issued today, Judge John Corbett O'Meara said because the plaintiffs didn't file a claim under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the case should be tried in state court. The case sought $150 million in damages for all Flint residents who paid water bills between April 2014 and November 2015. It also sought compensation to replace all waterlines damaged in every Flint home, according to a complaint filed on Jan. 31.

Three Michigan officials charged in Flint toxic water crisis
Reuters - Three Michigan state and local officials were criminally charged on Wednesday in an investigation into dangerous lead levels in the city of Flint’s drinking water, and the state attorney general said there would be more to come.... The three people charged could not immediately be reached for comment. Glasgow faces up to five years in prison and $6,000 in fines, while the two MDEQ officials each face up to 20 years in prison and $45,000 in fines, according to court documents.

California Considers Ban On All Gun Dealers
Breitbart - On April 19, a bill that could literally ban all Federal Firearm License holders (FFLs) from doing business in the state of California goes before the State Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection. The bill–Assembly Bill 2459–is sponsored by Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento). If passed, it would shackle FFLs with four new requirements, the totality of which could simply force gun stores to close their doors. The NRA-ILA reported the four proposed requirements...

Drive A Car — Waive Your Constitutional Rights
CNS News - On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case of Birchfield v. North Dakota, an important Fourth Amendment case that should be of interest to everyone who drives a car. In recent years, the legislatures of some states have criminalized a driver’s choice to assert his constitutional right not to be subject to an unlawful search and seizure. These legislatures have enacted laws which make it a crime for a driver to refuse to consent to searches and seizures via breathalyzer and blood chemical tests after being placed under arrest after a routine traffic stop.

Andrew Jackson, Who Fought Central Bank, Removed from $20 As “Public Concern for Liberty” Erased
Mac Slavo - The latest battle is for the face of the currency itself, and the central bankers, who control the front anyway, have imposed a symbolic defeat against the leaders in America’s past who have fought against the stranglehold of the money makers. Naturally, there are liberal politics at play, fighting for every inch of ground in the war for ideological re-engineering. History is being whitewashed, various figures of antiquity rolling in their graves….

Election News

Rand Paul: ‘You Realize’ the Convention Rules ‘Haven’t Been Written Yet’
Breitbart - Wednesday on CNN’s “The Lead,” former presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) pointed out that the rules of the Republican convention this July “haven’t been written yet.” Paul said, “It kinda reminds me of when I play golf. I usually like to say we’ll decide what the bet is after we decide what the scores are. When you say we’re going to adhere to the rules, you realize the rules haven’t been written yet. So what is extraordinary, and it is extraordinary, that people by the millions will have voted in a primary and then 110 people will decide how we’re going to make the rules. You can’t say we’re going to obey the rules. The rules have yet to be written. The convention will abide by rules that are written in the first day or two by 110 people. So you could write that a plurality wins or you could write that a majority wins.”

Ted Cruz Calls Trump a “Niche Candidate” After Placing Third in New York (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - Ted Cruz called Donald Trump a “niche candidate” today who cannot win over 30% of the vote. Cruz won 14.5% of the vote and zero delegates in New York on Tuesday. Ted needs some new material. Trump won New York with 60.5% of the vote. Trump leads all candidates in Connecticut, California, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and California at around 50%.

Ted Cruz Is Handing Out ‘Cheat Sheets’ to Steal Delegates in Pennsylvania (VIDEO)
The Gateway Pundit - The Ted Cruz campaign is handing out pro-Cruz delegate ‘cheat sheets’ at Pennsylvania campaign stops. Cruz is currently in third place in the state but is hoping to steal a majority of the delegates.

Why Is the Media Not Reporting the Truth about Ted Cruz’s Miniscule Crowds?
The Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump held another record-breaking rally in Buffalo, New York on Monday. The Trump campaign distributed over 28,000 tickets to his rally at the First Niagara Center. An estimated 20,000 supporters filled the rally to see the GOP front-runner. Donald Trump continues to draw thousands of supporters in rally after rally. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz held a rally Tuesday night with Carly Fiorina in Pennsylvania. Only around 150 people turned out to see the Texas senator.
* Related: Full Speech: Donald Trump Holds MASSIVE Rally in Buffalo, NY

Clinton Violates State Law By Electioneering Near Polling Station AGAIN
Paul Joseph Watson - A Reuters video [...] shows Hillary and Bill Clinton greeting voters outside their polling precinct and posing for photos inside the building. The law clearly states that candidates cannot engage in electioneering or display any political signs in the vicinity of a polling station. NY Election Law on electioneering: While the polls are open no person shall do any electioneering within the polling place, or in any public street, within a one hundred foot radial measured from the entrances designated by the inspectors of election, to such polling place or within such distance in any place in a public manner; and no political banner, button, poster or placard shall be allowed in or upon the polling place or within such one hundred foot radial. (N.Y. Election Law § 8-104(1))

Economy & Business

Silver Explodes: Precious Metal Price Reaches 11 Month High
Activist Post - In recent months a lot of attention has been given to gold. After a decade-long rally that saw its price rise above $1,800 per ounce, gold has disappointing investors after floundering for the past 3 years. But now the precious metal is rallying again. The price of gold has increased by 17% this year, making the 1st quarter of 2016 the most impressive in 30 years.

Greater Troubles Ahead: “The Crash In Oil ALREADY Happened and Stocks Will Likely Follow”
Brandon Smith - Oil has been undermined, and stocks will likely follow before the year is out, signaling a shift towards the controlled demolition of our economy.


Preachers That Are Saying It Is ‘Anti-Christian’ To Get Prepared Are Being Exceedingly Irresponsible
Economic Collapse - Is it “anti-faith” to prepare for the very hard times that are coming? You would be surprised at how many Christians believe that this is true. Recently, I have been reading a number of articles by Christian leaders that take the position that Christians should not be preppers, and not too long ago I watched two very well known ministers actually mock the idea of preparing for the future on a major Christian television show. To me, this is exceedingly irresponsible. If you don’t want to do anything to get prepared for the very difficult years that are coming that is your business, but don’t urge multitudes of your fellow believers to go down that road with you.


Former NBC boss asserts his grandson damaged by vaccines
Natural Blaze - The roof is beginning to cave in on the vaccine empire. Now, in the wake of the unsuccessful attempt to censor the film Vaxxed (trailer), we have Bob Wright, the former CEO of media giant, NBC Universal, authoring a new book, “The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks.” In its review of the book, Accuracy in Media provides a devastating quote from Wright about his autistic grandson: “Right after he got the standard one-year vaccinations, he developed a very high fever and screamed for hours. Katie [Wright’s daughter] was so frightened she called her husband to come home from work and they put the baby in an ice bath to bring down the fever. When they called the doctor they were told the reaction was completely normal.” Yes, completely normal in the eyes of a lunatic licensed to practice medicine. Normal, if brain damage is something parents should be expected to shrug off. Normal, if destroying the life of a child, through officially sanctioned means, is simply written off as the cost of doing pharmaceutical business.

Exercise shown to shrink tumors and reduce cancer spread
(NaturalHealth365) A recent study out of Denmark published in the journal Cell Metabolism describes how mice undergoing intense exercise experienced a 50 percent reduction in growth, size and incidence of cancer tumors. The findings shed light on how exercise can boost cancer-fighting immune cells, giving hope that the same results can be duplicated in humans.

7 Foods and Nutrients Proven To Cut Macular Degeneration Risk
Green Med Info - Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people 50 and older. It affects more than 1.75 million people in the U.S. and is expected to strike as many as 3 million in the next five years.

Wednesday - April 20, 2016  -  Today in History:

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.
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.
1841 - In Philadelphia, PA, Edgar Allen Poe's first detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," was published in Graham's Magazine.
1861 - Robert E. Lee resigned from U.S. Army.
1902 - Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.
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. The Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.
1940 - The First electron microscope was demonstrated by RCA.
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.
1962 - The New Orleans Citizens' Council offered a free one-way ride for blacks to move to northern states.
1967 - U.S. planes bombed Haiphong for first time during the Vietnam War.
1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
1988 - The U.S. Air Forces' Stealth (B-2 bomber) was officially unveiled.
1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev became the first Soviet head of state to visit South Korea.
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.

World News

At least 28 dead, 327 injured in Taliban attack on Kabul
Fox News - Armed militants in Afghanistan stormed a key government security agency in the capital Tuesday morning as part of a coordinated assault, killing at least 28 people and wounding more than 320. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which included a suicide car bombing. It appeared to have targeted an agency similar to the U.S. Secret Service, providing personal protection for high-ranking government officials.

10,000 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan ‘trained to expand to Central Asia, Russia’
RT - The terrorist group Islamic State has dramatically increased its presence in Afghanistan and is preparing to expand into other Central Asian countries and Russia, a senior Russian diplomat warned. The presence of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Afghanistan, is a significant security threat, said Zamir Kabulov, the head of the Asia and Middle East department of the Russian foreign ministry, who also serves as special envoy of the Russian president to Afghanistan. There are now 10,000 IS fighters in Afghanistan. A year ago there was a hundred. This growth over a year is spectacular,” he said. “The Afghan branch of IS is definitely specialized against Central Asia. Russian is even one of their working languages,” Kabulov added. “They are being trained against Central Asia and Russia.”

Civilians at Risk: Death Toll to Climb as Pentagon Eases Bombing Guidelines in Fight Against Daesh
Sputnik News - Throughout its air campaign in Syria, the US has shown a consistent disregard for civilian casualties. Thanks to new rules recently approved by the Pentagon, the death toll looks to climb even higher.... While Washington could be working to decrease the number of innocent deaths, Defense Department officials have told USA Today that the Pentagon streamlined the process for approving targets last fall, a move that is expected to dramatically increase collateral damage. The new rules allow Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland to approve targets, even if there is a known risk of civilian deaths. Previously, such decisions had to be made after careful consideration by US Central Command, with some even requiring authorization from the White House. In an effort to increase warfare efficiency, MacFarland can now give the go-ahead in a variety of scenarios, as long as collateral deaths are justified by the high value of the target.

German, Italian Intelligence: Terror Attacks Planned This Summer at European Resorts
New American - German and Italian intelligence agencies have uncovered evidence indicating that terrorists are planning attacks this summer at resorts in France, Italy, and Spain. The information was first received by Italian intelligence, who passed it along to their German counterpart, the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND), notes a report in the April 19 issue of Bild, Germany’s largest circulation newspaper. The report noted that it is claimed that the intelligence comes from a “credible source” in Africa, which reports that the terrorists have made “concrete plans” to launch the attacks. Bild reported that intelligence officials named the beach areas that are definitely targeted by terrorists and they include resorts in southern France, the Costa del Sol in Spain, and both coasts in Italy. The newspaper quoted an unidentified high-ranking German official as stating: “It could be a whole new dimension of terror. Holiday beaches cannot be protected.”

Video: Migrants Set Up Checkpoint in Greece, Demand to See ID’s of Citizens
Paul Joseph Watson - Leftist volunteers aid illegal actions of "refugees" Alarming video out of Idomeni, Greece shows migrants setting up a roadblock checkpoint and then demanding to see the IDs of Greek citizens before refusing to let them pass. The clip begins with a news reporter describing how “refugees” occupied the road in order to protest against not being allowed to pass through the border. “Every time a truck goes through the border, they stop it,” states the reporter, followed by footage of a delivery truck turning back.... The most shocking aspect of the video is that Greeks willingly agreed to present their papers to illegal migrants who aren’t even citizens of the country.

Russia & China seeking to dominate gold trade
RT - The Bank of Russia and the People's Bank of China want to create a joint platform that would unite gold trading by the world's two biggest gold buying countries. “BRICS countries are large economies with large reserves of gold and an impressive volume of production and consumption of this precious metal. In China, the gold trade is conducted in Shanghai, in Russia it is in Moscow. Our idea is to create a link between the two cities in order to increase trade between the two markets," First Deputy Governor of the Russian Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov told TASS. China is the world's largest gold producer. Last year it produced 490 tons. Russia is third after Australia with about 295 tons produced last year. Overall, the countries make up 25 percent of the world gold production.

European Nations Move to Corporate Transparency While U.S. Clings to Veil of Secrecy
AllGov - The biggest European economies announced a plan to share information about owners of shell companies. But there is one major player that is coming up short, and that is the U.S., which in 2015 ranked third in a financial secrecy index. U.S. failure to respond to the worldwide clamor for financial accountability looks hypocritical from afar, considering the U.S.’s aggressive extraterritorial pursuit of foreign companies that breaks its laws and its demands that foreign banks provide information.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Johnson & Johnson to pay $72M in talcum powder-related cancer case(Video)
USA Today - Health giant Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer allegedly caused by using the company’s Baby Powder and other products that contained talc for feminine hygiene.
A St. Louis jury reached the verdict Monday night, awarding the family of Jackie Fox, $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages, AP reported.

Obama Succumbs To Saudi Pressure, Will Veto Sept 11 Lawsuit Bill
Zero Hedge - Following Saudi threats to destabilize the financial system if the US were to enact a Bill that would allow an investigation into Saudi Arabia's support of September 11 terrorist attacks, many were watching closely how Obama would react. The president made it clear last night when as CNN reports, the White House threatened to veto the bipartisan bill to let families victimized by the 9/11 terrorist attacks sue Saudi Arabia while a GOP senator privately sought to block the measure. The White House and State Department are bluntly warning lawmakers not to proceed with the legislation due to "fears" it could have dramatic ramifications for the United States and citizens living abroad to retaliatory lawsuits. The President lands in Riyadh Wednesday for talks with Saudi Arabia over ISIS and Iran at a time of strained relations between the countries, making the bill's timing that much more sensitive. The move comes as presidential candidates from both parties are seizing on the legislation to score points with New York voters ahead of Tuesday's critical primary there.

‘Getting money out of politics worth arrest’ – Ben & Jerry’s co-founders on their Capitol detention
RT - Standing up against the corruption of US politics by corporate money is worth being arrested for, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, told RT after being detained at the Capitol with a group of 300 protesters. Monday’s mass arrest of hundreds of people in the US capital was “a culmination of a week of protests that began with a march from Philadelphia to Washington DC,” Ben Cohen, the ice cream brand’s co-founder, said. The Democracy Awakening movement, which Ben Cohen and his business partner Jerry Greenfield support, is not affiliated with any party or presidential candidate, but rather “working to get money out of politics and make voting accessible to minorities and low income people.” The duo confirmed that they were well aware that they could be busted for joining the unauthorized rally.... The Vermont-based ice cream makers stressed that they are alarmed by the new US political reality in which “money has corrupted our democracy.”

Illegal’s Bail Set Lower Than Funeral Cost of His Victim
Kit Daniels - The illegal is unlikely to show up for trial, however. The funeral for a 21-year-old woman killed by a drunk illegal cost more than the illegal’s bail, the victim’s mother revealed. Michelle Root, mother of Sarah Root, revealed the events surrounding her daughter’s death on her graduation day by an illegal alien police say was drag racing while intoxicated in Omaha, Neb., earlier this year. But a local judge set his bail at “less than the amount it cost to bury my baby,” she told Congress on Tuesday.... It’s unlikely the illegal, 19-year-old Eswin Mejia, will ever face trial, Root revealed, because immigration officials refused to pick him up and it’s likely he has since fled back to his native country of Honduras.

Police are allowed to stop motorists who avoid checkpoints
MassPrivateI - The Illinois Supreme court overruled an Appeals court that said making a U-turn to avoid a police checkpoint (roadblock) is not suspicious. "A divided panel of the appellate court agreed and found that, absent any other suspicious activity, the U-turn itself did not provide specific, articulable facts that a criminal offense had been or was about to be committed." "The majority concluded that defendant’s motion to suppress evidence should have been granted and reversed his conviction and remanded the cause to the circuit court for further proceedings." The State, meaning the police; appealed the ruling to the Supreme court and claimed that the totality of the circumstances supports a finding of reasonable suspicion... What police are really saying is: Anyone attempting to avoid a roadblock is suspicious. Turning around close to roadblock is suspicious. Avoiding a roadblock at night is suspicious. And finally, avoiding a roadblock that isn't busy is suspicious.

Police State Madness: Couple Facing 3 Months In Jail For Overdue Library Books
Activist Post - Like a dystopic nightmare, a couple from Michigan faces not only large fines, but jail time over failing to return two library books — one of which is a classic by Dr. Seuss — despite their attempts to resolve the matter. Catherine Duren allowed her son to use her library card to check out the Hatful of Seuss collection for his daughter in 2014. Catherine’s husband, Melvin, also faces charges after keeping the thriller, The Rome Prophecy, for eight months — though he returned it in January after receiving a letter about the missing book. Now, the couple faces up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine for late library books.

Election News

**Horse Race Live Wire** Trump Projected to Win New York Primary
Breitbart - Breitbart News’ live updates of the 2016 horse race. Today voters head to the ballot box for the first time in two weeks for New York’s Republican and Democratic primaries.

New York City Comptroller To Audit Board Of Election Due To Hundreds Of Thousands Of Polling Problems
CBS News - The New York City Comptroller said hundreds of thousands may be dealing with polling problems on New York’s primary day. CBS2’s Steve Langford reported Scott Stringer is going to audit the Board of Election due to the numerous polling problems across the city. “Why is it alleged that 125,000 people have been removed from the voter rolls? Why did 60,000 people receive notices to vote that didn’t have the primary date? Why were people told they were in the wrong polling place time and time again?” Stringer said. “The next president of the United States could very easily be decided tonight and yet the incompetence of the Board of Election puts a cloud over these results.”

It’s NYC’s first relevant primary in decades, and the polls are a mess
New York Post - New York voters battled closed polling stations and broken machines Tuesday morning during the city’s first relevant primary in decades. At PS 73 in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, residents waiting for the polls to open at 6 a.m. were furious that workers couldn’t access keys to the facility. “You can’t vote nor cast any type of ballot. They (the keys to the building) are in a locked box and no one has the key,” Torsha Childs wrote on Facebook. “You can’t even get inside the building, you are being turned away at the door way. WOW !!!”... One woman claimed she waited more than three hours to vote at a Brownsville polling station at PS 332.

54,000 Brooklyn voters ‘vanish’ ahead of primary day
New York Post - In a pre-primary bombshell, the city’s Board of Elections was pummeled with questions Monday about how 54,000 Democratic voters vanished from the rolls in Brooklyn. The voter rolls on April 1 showed the borough had 853,687 registered Democrats who are considered “active” because they voted at least once in the last four years.

Trump: Secret 9/11 Pages Contain ‘Very Profound’ Revelations
Steve Watson - "It’s sort of nice to know who your friends are and perhaps who your enemies are." GOP frontrunner Donald Trump leapt back into the issue of the redacted 28 pages of a report into the events of 9/11 Tuesday, maintaining that the information needs to be made public. “I think I know what it’s going to say,” Trump declared on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” “It’s going to be very profound, having to do with Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia’s role on the World Trade Center and the attack.” Trump added. “That’s very serious stuff. It’s sort of nice to know who your friends are and perhaps who your enemies are. You’re going to see some very revealing things released in those papers.” the billionaire candidate urged. “I think they should have been released a long time,” Trump continued.... Senator Rand Paul has been supporting an ongoing effort to release the government documents, having introduced legislation earlier this year called the “Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Act,” that would force the Obama administration to disclose the pages.

Economy & Business

Corporations Are Defaulting On Their Debts Like It’s 2008 All Over Again
Economic Collapse - The Dow closed above 18,000 on Monday for the first time since July. Isn’t that great news? I truly wish that it was. If the Dow actually reflected economic reality, I could stop writing about “economic collapse” and start blogging about cats or football. Unfortunately, the stock market and the economy are moving in two completely different directions right now. Even as stock prices soar, big corporations are defaulting on their debts at a level that we have not seen since the last financial crisis. In fact, this wave of debt defaults have become so dramatic that even USA Today is reporting on it… So far this year, 46 companies have defaulted on their debt, the highest level since 2009, according to S&P Ratings Services. Five companies defaulted this week, based on the latest data available from S&P Ratings Services. That includes New Jersey-based specialty chemical company Vertellus Specialties and Ohio-based iron ore producer Cliffs Natural. Of the world’s defaults this year, 37 are of companies based in the U.S.

"Unequivocally" Great News America - Gas Prices Are Soaring
Zero Hedge - Judging by the exuberant equity market, it is not 'low' gas prices, but high gas prices that are "unequivocally good" for America - after all the market is ultimate arbiter of how the average joe feels, right? However, if you drive a car - or gas-hungry truck - you may have noticed something in the last month or so - gas prices at the pump are up almost 25% from the mid-Feb lows, the biggest surge since July 2009. While stocks love higher gas prices, as the chart suggests, however, US Macro 'fundamentals' do not and the last time gas prices soared this far this fast marked the cyclical top in US macro data, tumbling almost non-stop for 2 years before QE2 was unleashed.

UnitedHealth Exits Most ObamaCare Exchanges, Citing Over $1B In Losses
Breitbart - CEO Stephen Hemsley says his company “cannot continue to broadly serve the market created by the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion due partly to the higher risk that comes with its customers,” as reported by the Associated Press. The announcement came after UnitedHealth revised its projection for 2016 to $650 million in losses, up from a previous estimate of $525 million, after ending 2015 some $475 million in the red.

Science & Technology

Feds Building Massive Online DNA Database
Nextgov - A new online portal would let scientists access vast amounts of genomic data from patients involved in heart, lung, blood and sleep research studies. The hub, called GenPort, is supposed to help researchers look into the results of several studies at once, tracking individuals in different trials who might share the same characteristics, known as “synthetic cohorts.” The hub, called GenPort, is supposed to help researchers look into the results of several studies at once, tracking individuals in different trials who might share the same characteristics, known as “synthetic cohorts.”... GenPort’s software and tools will be “open source, transportable, and freely shared,” according to the HHS posting.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

GMO Mushroom Sidesteps UDSA Regulations
EcoWatch - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it will not regulate the potential cultivation and sale of a genetically modified (GMO) mushroom the same way it regulates conventional GMOs because the mushroom was made with the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9. This is the first time the U.S. government has cleared a food product edited with the new and controversial technique.... According to Nature, the mushroom was created by targeting the family of genes that encodes the enzyme polyphenol oxidase that causes browning. “By deleting just a handful of base pairs in the mushroom’s genome, Yang knocked out one of six PPO genes—reducing the enzyme’s activity by 30 percent,” Nature reported.


Shock: Scientists Work To Destroy Old Polio Vaccine After Admitting it Causes Polio
Adan Salazar - “Some of that virus could leak out into the world, and we could have outbreaks of a type of polio we haven't seen since 1999" Clinics around the world are destroying an old, problematic polio vaccine in favor of a new oral one, in an unprecedented effort that has never before been attempted. The problem with the old vaccine? It was causing polio. Oops. The massive global eradication effort takes place within the next few weeks at thousands of sites in 155 different countries, and requires a complete destruction of every single vial of the vaccine for the worldwide plan to work. “Health workers have been taught to destroy the old vaccine by boiling it, incinerating it, even burying it in the ground,” reports

B Vits: Deep-Sixing Them the Easy Way
Alliance for Natural Health - Following the passage of the Drug Quality and Security Act in 2013, however, the federal government tightened its control over compounding pharmacies, which are absolutely crucial to the practice of individualized medicine. As the FDA formulates rules to implement the law, it is becoming increasingly clear that many, many natural vitamins, herbs, and supplements have been targeted by the agency for elimination. We’ve recently reported that substances like curcumin, boswellia, aloe vera, and more have already been banned from compounding. With these draconian regulations, and the threat of more to come, it has become especially difficult for doctors to obtain medications like compounded B12 in its methyl form—the form of B12 preferred by many integrative doctors because it does not need to be converted by the body before use. The rising cost of the methyl form of B12 previously available from compounding pharmacies has in turn given drug companies a green light to start price gouging on their manufactured B12 (cyanocobalamin). This has led to the 700% price increase [...] for what is actually an inferior product compared to the methyl form.

Four nutrients that counteract the toxic effects of ionizing radiation
(NaturalHealth365) CT scans and x-rays have important medical advantages, however. They enable physicians to diagnose everything from fractures to cancer to aneurysms, and often uncover health risks and conditions that would otherwise go unnoticed. That’s why it’s critical to take precautions in reducing the effects of ionizing radiation caused by CT scans.... The following are examples of natural ways to prevent the negative effects of ionizing radiation caused by CT scans...

7 Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses of Star Anise
Natural News Blogs - Star anise is a star-shaped spice which is of a rich brown colour with eight corners. It tastes much similar to the anise, however, a little bitter. Its scientific name is Illicium Verum which originates from the Latin word Illicio. This herbaceous spice has got some kind of very effective anti-bacterial agents that will make your seasonal infections vanish over time. In traditional Chinese medicine, star anise is prescribed as an digestive aid, promoting health of female reproductive organs and for lactating mothers to increase breast-milk secretion.

Pet News

How To Check Your Pet’s Vital Signs
The Catington Post - The time to learn how to take your cat’s vital signs is now — before you’re faced with an emergency! It’s very helpful as a pet parent to be familiar with your cat’s heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature in case of an emergency. Learning how and periodically checking your fur friend’s vital signs is useful, not only for the practice, but you’ll also have a baseline of what is “normal” for your cat. Here are the common vital signs for both dogs and cats and how to check them...

Tuesday - April 19, 2016  -  Today 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 - Thaddeus S. C. Lowe sailed 900 miles in nine hours in a hot air balloon from Cincinnati, OH, to Unionville, SC.
1861 - The Baltimore riots resulted in four Union soldiers and nine civilians killed.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln ordered a blockade of Confederate ports.
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.
1943 - The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule began. The Jews were able to fight off the Germans for 28 days.
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."
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.
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.
2005 - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected pope and took the name Benedict XVI.
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.

World News

U.S. to send more troops to Iraq to tackle Islamic State
Reuters - U.S. defense officials said Washington will deploy about 200 additional troops, mostly as advisers for Iraqi troops as they advance towards Mosul, the largest Iraqi city still under Islamic State control. The United States has also authorized the use of Apache attack helicopters to help the Iraqis as they can provide quicker air support and precision fire. The advisers will accompany Iraqi units of about 2,500 troops moving closer to the frontlines of battle. Until now, the advisers were limited to larger divisions of about 10,000 troops located further back from the battlefield. The change will allow them to offer quicker advice to Iraqi troops as they try to retake Mosul, likely facing stiff resistance from an entrenched enemy. But it could also leave the U.S. advisers more vulnerable to enemy mortars and artillery.

Pentagon to Deploy Fleet of Underwater Robots in South China Sea
Sputnik News - In the latest sign that the US has no intention to back down in the South China Sea, the Pentagon has announced plans to launch underwater drones near the Spratly archipelago…. The Pentagon plans to spend as much as $8 billion over the next year on submarines, both manned and unmanned, but the priority will be on arming autonomous submersibles. "The idea is that if we were ever to get into a bust-up in the South China Sea, the Chinese would not know for sure what sort of capabilities the US might have," Shawn Brimley of the Center for a New American Security, a think tank, told Financial Times…. A highly contested region through which nearly $5 trillion international trade passes annually, the South China Sea is claimed by China, though there are overlapping claims by Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, And Brunei.
* Related: Beijing Officially Lands Military Plane on South China Sea Reef

Dilma Rousseff: Brazilian congress votes to impeach president
The Guardian - Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday as a hostile and corruption-tainted congress voted to impeach her…. arguably the lowest point was when Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right deputy from Rio de Janeiro, dedicated his yes vote to Carlos Brilhante Ustra, the colonel who headed the Doi-Codi torture unit during the dictatorship era. Rousseff, a former guerrilla, was among those tortured…. Once the senate agrees to consider the motion, which is likely within weeks, Rousseff will have to step aside for 180 days and the Workers party government, which has ruled Brazil since 2002, will be at least temporarily replaced by a centre-right administration led by vice-president Michel Temer…. Once one of the most popular leaders in the world, with approval ratings of 92%, Rousseff has since seen her support plunge as a result of economic recession, political turmoil and the Lava Jato investigation into corruption at Petrobras, which has implicated almost all of the major parties.

Motorcade of Samantha Power, U.N. ambassador, hits, kills boy in Cameroon
Washington Times - Power said she learned of the death with “great sorrow.” She said she met with the boy’s family to “offer our profound condolences and our grief and heartbreak.”…. The motorcade was moving at a fast clip, at times exceeding 60 mph, while villagers lined up along the sides of the road. But when the boy darted onto the two-lane highway, there was no time for the sixth car in Power’s convoy to react. The driver was Cameroonian…. The vehicle that hit the boy initially stopped, but was ordered by American security forces to continue traveling through the unsecured area. An ambulance in the U.S. caravan immediately attended to him…. The motorcade moved at a significantly slower pace for the rest of the day.

Sgt. Elor Azaria, Israeli soldier, charged for killing wounded Palestinian
Washington Times - An Israeli military court charged a soldier on Monday with manslaughter for last month’s fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian attacker in the West Bank, an incident caught on tape that has deeply divided the nation. The soldier, a medic, Sgt. Elor Azaria, has also been charged with inappropriate military conduct…. Initially, the military had said two Palestinians stabbed and wounded a soldier before troops killed the pair. A video released later by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem showed one of the attackers, still alive and lying on the ground, before a soldier calmly raised his rifle, cocked his weapon and fired at the assailant’s head…. The country’s defense minister, its military chief and other top officials called it contrary to the army’s values since the Palestinian attacker had been subdued and no longer posed a threat. That outcry in turn kicked up a torrent of support for the soldier who claims he feared the attacker was carrying an explosive belt.

Yellow Water, Dirty Air, Power Outages: Venezuela Hits A New Low
Bloomberg - It has been an exceptionally painful year for Venezuelans, suffering from violent crime, chronic shortages, plummeting oil prices on which they depend, declining health and fractured government. Yet this past week it seemed to reach a new low. A kind of resigned misery spread across a city that had once been the envy of Latin America. A sudden combination of natural disasters joined man-made failures. The smog, called calima, is a meteorological phenomenon that involves ash and dust clouds fairly common for this time of year. Meanwhile a prolonged drought blamed on El Nino and related forest fires has arrived. Levels at the Guri dam in the south, which produces 40 percent of the country’s electricity, fell to a record low of 242.33 meters on Monday.

Dozens Of Large Earthquakes Strike As Speculation Mounts That Japan’s Southern Island May Split
Economic Collapse - The dozens of earthquakes that have hit Japan’s southern island over the past week appear to form something of a straight line that divides the island in two. Many are now speculating that geological forces are beginning to tear Kyushu in half, and if that is true, the earthquake activity that we have seen in Japan so far is probably just the tip of the iceberg. We could potentially be talking about an event that could ultimately have far more of an impact on Japan than the tsunami of 2011. By the time it is all said and done, entire cities could be wiped off the map and millions upon millions of Japanese citizens could be displaced…. Our planet resembles something of a giant cracked egg, and the enormous tectonic plates that we are all living on are constantly in motion. So if Japan’s southern island is in the process of slowly splitting in half, that shouldn’t exactly be a surprise…. And it isn’t just Japan that we need to be concerned about. All along the “Ring of Fire”, seismic activity is increasing, and this has many of the experts completely puzzled.
* Related: The Big Ones: Scientist Warns Up To 4 Quakes Over 8.0 Possible Under ‘Current Conditions’

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Constitutional Sheriffs: The Cops Who Think the Government Is Our 'Greatest Threat'
NBC News - Sheriff Nick Finch let a pistol-packing man out of the Liberty County, Florida, jail, a decision that led state authorities to charge Finch with a crime — but also made him a hero to a radical and growing movement among sheriffs across the country….Gov. Rick Scott ordered Finch's suspension. But then a former Arizona sheriff named Richard Mack called, and a group that Mack heads — the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association — became engaged…. During Finch's boisterous trial in October 2013, he was joined in the Liberty County courtroom by Mack, several other Florida sheriffs, and dozens of new supporters. The judge had to admonish the crowd not to laugh as the state presented its case against Finch, and in the end, the jury acquitted him of misconduct and falsification of records. He was reinstated as sheriff, and later granted back pay as well as attorney's fees of more than $160,000. Finch, 53, remains the sheriff of Liberty County.

Obama Administration Backs Lockheed Sale of F-35 Fighter Jets in Violation of Contract with Partner Nations
AllGov - The Pentagon has reported US foreign military sales (FMS) agreements with three countries which are not F-35 partners. Israel, Japan and Korea have agreed to purchase F-35 pre-production aircraft at a total value of over $15 billion…. The Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) does not include any provisions for participation in the program by non-Partner countries. It certainly never envisions greater benefits going to non-Participants than to Participants, which is currently happening. While Participants compete for sub-contracts on a cost basis, FMS beneficiaries selected by the US receive generous sales offset guarantees with manufacturing opportunities both for the F-35 components and in other areas. It's no wonder that JSF Partners have cold feet on F-35 procurement. The US Partners who trusted the US should be especially upset considering that they have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to F-35 development only to now see the best deals going to buyers who arrived fifteen years after the Partners thought they had an agreement, and while the US profits from FMS other Partner countries don't.

Over 7,800 Prosecutions Questioned After NJ Lab Tech Caught Faking Drug Test Results
Techdirt - Kamalkant Shah worked as a laboratory technician for the State Police laboratory in Little Falls and was found to have "dry labbed" suspected marijuana, according to a Feb. 29 memo to Public Defender Joseph Krakora from Deputy Public Defender Judy Fallon. Shah's essentially accused of making up data. "Basically, he was observed writing 'test results' for suspected marijuana that was never tested," Fallon said in the memo…. Now comes the hard part of setting things right -- which is actually an impossibility, as the public defender's memo points out…. Closed cases with no surviving evidence are still questionable, but there's no way to get answers. No one's going to start reversing convictions en masse just because the results might have been faked. The hundreds or thousands of cases where the tested samples may still be available aren't suddenly going to become a priority for the State Police either. It's more than just a question of will. It's also a question of resources. And when resources are scarce, possibly falsely imprisoned citizens will remain imprisoned.

U.S. top court appears unlikely to revive Obama immigration plan
Reuters - Obama's bid to save his plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation and give them work permits ran into trouble on Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court in a case testing the limits of presidential power. The court, with four conservative justices and four liberals, seemed divided along ideological lines during 90 minutes of arguments in the case brought by 26 states led by Texas that sued to block Obama's unilateral 2014 executive action that bypassed Congress. A 4-4 decision would be a grim defeat for Obama because it would uphold lower court rulings that threw out his action last year and doom his quest to revamp a U.S. immigration for corporations policy he calls broken

Private Security Firm to Replace Inefficient TSA at Florida Airport
Sputnik News - So far, private security agents monitor at least 22 airports in major cities like San Francisco and Kansas City. The latest airport to replace the TSA is the Punta Gorda Airport in Florida. The move is getting mixed reactions…. Pam Seay of the Charlotte County Airport Authority says the move will save the airport money, while making security more efficient and perhaps friendlier. Recently, the TSA has been taking heat for long lines at security checkpoints…. The issue may be attributed to a shrinking staff. According to CBS, the number of TSA screeners has dropped by 15 percent since 2011, and the agency is dealing with budget caps that dictate how many agents they can hire and train. On the other hand, private companies can hire more agents than the government can.

Election News

Trump NY Co-Chair Carl Paladino: Republicans Should Stay Home if GOP Elites Steal Nomination (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - Trump New York Co-Chair Carl Paladino told Neil Cavuto if GOP elites try to take the nomination from an outsider candidate he will encourage Republican voters to stay home.... If it’s not the people’s choice then these Republican leaders should be driven from the party. And the only way to do this is to stay home and put the Republican party to bed once and for all. They don’t own it. It’s not there’s. It belongs to the people. They have no choice. If they fool around with Rule 40.B, it’s wrong. We all know that. The people know that. And their reaction.

TRUMP SUPPORTERS Make Citizen’s Arrest After Anti-Trump Goon Spits on Child (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - Several Trump supporters made a citizen’s arrest after an anti-Trump goon spit on a child and tossed ice on a Trump gathering. The man was chased down the street and held by Trump supporters until police arrived. For the record, the black and Hispanic-looking men were Trump supporters. It’s not clear where the event took place but it could have been the Trump march and rally at Portland State University on Saturday.

Get Ready for Hillary’s Gun Tax
Kurt Nimmo - $1,000 handgun tax may serve as a model for Clinton if elected. Defenders of the Second Amendment should take note of a recent development in the far-flung Northern Mariana Islands, a Pacific archipelago that has the same “commonwealth” status as Puerto Rico. Earlier this month, the governor of the US territory imposed a $1,000 handgun tax. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said the law should serve as a “role model” for the states. The gun tax idea was first proposed in 1993 by then First Lady Hillary Clinton in testimony before the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee. Asked by Democrat Sen. Bill Bradley if “purveyors of violence’’—in other words, according to Bradley, anybody who practices the Second Amendment—should pay a 25% tax on firearm purchases, Clinton answered that she was “personally… all for that.”

Clinton Cough Won’t Go Away!
Breitbart - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had another coughing episode this morning during a radio interview with New York city radio show The Breakfast Club. “Excuse me,” she said coughing, after speaking for about 20 minutes on the air. “Allergy season,” she said, as she continued coughing, reaching for her drink.... “My voice is failing here,” she said as she continued speaking in a faltering tone. The interview went on for about three additional minutes before staffers ended it.... Clinton has had multiple coughing episodes during her campaign for president, awkwardly interrupting speeches or interviews as she struggles to regain her voice. She also had a coughing episode during her testimony during the Congressional Benghazi hearings.

Veteran News

Department of Homeland Security Caught Monitoring Veterans’ “VA is Lying” Facebook Group
Activist Post - People say the federal government is particularly afraid of veterans and, therefore, eager to monitor them because of their experience witnessing the criminal behavior of the military industrial complex. This understanding among thinking people was confirmed again recently, as Disabled Veterans reports that the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) was caught monitoring a Facebook group called “VA is Lying,” in conjunction with VA police. According to Disabled Veterans...

Economy & Business

What Did Fed Chairman Yellen Tell Obama?
Ron Paul Institute - This week, President Obama and Vice President Biden held a hastily arranged secret meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen…. Yellen’s secret meeting at the White House followed an emergency secret Federal Reserve Board meeting. The Fed then held another secret meeting to discuss bank reform. These secret meetings come on the heels of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s estimate that first quarter GDP growth was .01 percent, dangerously close to the official definition of recession. Thus the real reason for all these secret meetings could be a panic that the Fed’s eight year explosion of money creation has not just failed to revive the economy, but is about to cause another major market meltdown…. The no-win situation the Fed finds itself in is a sign that we are reaching the inevitable collapse of the fiat currency system. Unless immediate steps are taken to manage the transition, this collapse could usher in an economic catastrophe dwarfing the Great Depression.

Paying Taxes? Guess What: Obama Paid Just 18% Tax And Got $22k Refund
Daily Sheeple - US President Barack Obama and his spouse Michelle had an adjusted gross income of $436,065, nearly 9 percent less than the year before, which could mean they are no longer part of “The One Percent”. The bar in 2013 was $428,713, according to the US census, but the 2015 level won’t be known for a number of months. The White House published the first couple’s tax return as an inspiration to those who prefer to wait until the 11th hour, or pay the penalty for being late. Their “Form 1040” shows they paid $81,472 in federal taxes for the year, entitling them to a refund of $22,859 and an effective tax rate of just 18.8 percent. This is down from 19.6 percent in 2014. While the Obama administration has pushed for a higher tax rate on the super rich, it’s still less than half the 94 percent rate during 1944-45.

Obamacare Exodus Accelerates: After Georgia And Arkansas, Biggest Health Insurer Exits Michigan And Oklahoma
Zero Hedge - Two weeks ago … after its November warning that it may exit certain Obamacare markets as a result of substantial losses, the largest U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth, did just that…. Then over the weekend, UnitedHealth also added Michigan to the list of states whose Obamacare market it would no longer service…. And then, moments ago in the latest hit to Obamacare, United added Oklahoma as the 4th state to the growing list of Obamacare markets it refuses to service…. Michigan should be able to endure the loss of United because the insurer only participates in seven of the state’s 83 counties….United also wasn’t offering cheap plans in Arkansas. In Georgia, however, the loss of UnitedHealth will cut the number of insurers to just one or two in about half of the state’s counties, though those counties account for just 11 percent of the state’s population…. Worse, on the current trend, UnitedHealth will likely announce the exit of more states in the coming days.

Energy & Environment

Catastrophic Event At Hanford Site Prompts Emergency Response
king5 - After leak detector alarms sounded early Sunday morning, crews at Hanford lowered a camera into the two-foot-wide space between the tank’s inner and outer walls. They discovered 8.4 inches of radioactive and chemically toxic waste sitting in a spot it was never intended to be. “This is catastrophic. This is probably the biggest event to ever happen in tank farm history. The double shell tanks were supposed to be the saviors of all saviors (to hold waste safely from people and the environment),” said former Hanford worker Mike Geffre. Geffre is the worker who first discovered that the tank, known as AY-102, was failing in 2011. In a 2013 series, “Hanford’s Dirty Secrets,” the KING 5 Investigators exposed that the government contractor in charge of the tanks, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), ignored Geffre’s findings for nearly a year. The company finally admitted the problem in 2012.

Texas Flooding Kills at Least 5; Governor Declares State of Emergency
The Weather Channel - The governor of Texas has declared a state of emergency in nine counties after widespread, deadly flooding hit Monday morning. Rainfall came down at rates as high as four inches an hour, flooding waterways at rapid rates and leaving residents trapped in their own homes and vehicles. At least five people have been confirmed dead. According to the Houston Chronicle, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett confirmed four dead in the county. Waller County officials say one person was killed there. The Houston Police Department is also investigating possible deaths, but has not released details on how many.... Rainfall totals of 10 to 20 inches have been measured in southeast Texas to the northwest of Houston as of 6:30 a.m. CDT, according to the Harris County Flood Control District.


'Oops... It Wasn't Cancer After All,' Admits The National Cancer Insitute/JAMA
Green Med Info - Back in 2012, The National Cancer Institute convened an expert panel to evaluate the problem of cancer’s misclassification and subsequent overdiagnosis and overtreatment, determining that millions may have been wrongly diagnosed with “cancer” of the breast, prostate, thyroid, and lung, when in fact their conditions were likely harmless, and should have been termed “indolent or benign growths of epithelial origin.” No apology was issued. No major media coverage occurred. And more importantly, no radical change occurred in the conventional practice of cancer diagnosis, prevention, or treatment. Essentially, in one sleight of the semantic hand, entire swaths of the U.S., and global population, who thought they had “lethal cancer,” and were subsequently treated for it, often with violent procedures and treatments, were being told that “oops….we got that wrong. You never had cancer after all.”... On April 14th, in an article titled “Its Not Cancer: Doctors Reclassify a Thyroid Tumor,” the New York Times reported on a new study published in JAMA Oncology which should forever change the way we classify, diagnosis and treat a common form of “thyroid cancer”...

Ignore This Mineral And Your Natural Rhythms of Night and Day Will Be Affected
Mae Chan - The amount of magnesium in the diet plays a central role in helping to adapt to the rhythms of night and day, researchers have discovered. More than 70 percent of the population have an unhealthy balance of 10 calcium to 1 magnesium in our many trillions of cells. A previous study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that for every 50 mg per day increase in intake of the mineral, the risk of cancer was modestly reduced by 7%. Another notable study of more than 4,600 Americans, begun in 1985, found the risk of developing metabolic syndrome over the next 15 years was 31 percent lower for those with the highest intake of magnesium.... The study pinpointed the nutrient magnesium as a determinant of how cells keep to a schedule helping them adjust to the natural environmental cycle of day and night , also known as circadian rhythms.

Why eat sprouted organic unpasteurized nuts?
(NaturalHealth365) The problem with conventional nuts found in most stores are processed as quickly and cheaply as possible, to get the greatest volume out to the consumer. Growing practices currently used for industrial nut production focus heavily on pesticide use, and do not care for the soil and trees that generate what should be highly nutritious foods.... Just take a look at what some of our favorite nut snacks are treated with: (conventionally)...

8 Amazing Health Benefits Of Drinking Raw Tomato Juice
Natural News Blogs - Tomatoes are considered both fruits and vegetables and form an integral part of cuisines all across the globe, especially in the Mediterranean region. It has great amount of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate, and thiamin. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper. The most nutritious form of a tomato is tomato juice. Tomato juice is loaded with many health benefits...

Pet News

Two Proteins to Avoid for Your Pet
Dr. Becker - According to many presumed experts in pet food, such as pet food manufacturers and pet food-related journals like "The protein in pet foods can be supplied by animal sources, plant sources or a combination of the two. Common animal-based protein sources used in pet food include chicken, lamb, fish meal, and beef; while common plant-based protein sources include corn-gluten meal and soybean meal." Sadly, many veterinary nutritionists have also been trained to look only at amino acid profiles on paper. While it's true that many commercial pet food formulas contain (species-inappropriate) plant-based protein sources, the above statement is misleading in that it suggests animal protein and plant protein are equivalent forms of nutrition for dogs and cats. This is absolutely not true, and I'll add that of all the plant-based protein sources available, corn gluten meal and soybean meal are two that I would never recommend feeding to any pet.. Gluten is highly allergenic and causes gastrointestinal fermentation and other GI upsets. Corn in all forms is a high glycemic, poor quality, incomplete, biologically inappropriate protein source for pets. It's a cheap filler ingredient that is highly allergenic.

Monday - April 18, 2016  -  Today in History:

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.
1818 - A regiment of Indians and blacks were defeated at the Battle of Suwann, in Florida, ending the first Seminole War.
1838 - The Wilkes' expedition to the South Pole set sail.
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.
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.
1949 - The Republic of Ireland was established.
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.
1985 - Ted Turner filed for a hostile takeover of CBS.
1985 - Tulane University abolished its 72-year-old basketball program because charges of fixed games, drug abuse, and payments to players.
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.
2007 - The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, upheld a federal ban on a medical procedure that opponents calls partial-birth abortion.
2011 - Standard & Poor's lowered its long-term outlook for the U.S. government's fiscal health from "stable" to "negative.

World News

Safe Zone in Syria Not in US National Security Interest - White House
Sputnik News - Securing a safe zone in Syria would be complicated to implement and would not be in line with Washington’s national security interests, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Friday. "The president's long standing opposition to this so-called safe zone in Syria is predicated on the idea that while it sounds good, it's much more complicated in practice to implement it, it raises all sorts of questions," Earnest explained. "Trying to secure and patrol and in some cases be in the position of repelling attacks over such a large territorial area would not be consistent with our national security interests."… In February, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the administration was considering establishing a safe zone in Syria in the border area with Turkey, but also noted that such a feat would require additional troops and was ‘complicated.’

EU parliament drivers had ISIS propaganda, also criminal records
RT - CDs containing Islamic State propaganda have been found in the possession of two drivers. They allegedly worked for the European Parliament, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday, citing sources familiar with the situation. One driver is said to have worked in Strasbourg, the main venue for the EP plenary sessions, while the other held a job in Brussels where parliamentary committee meetings usually take place… Intelligence officials have previously noted IS’ capabilities to infiltrate Europe and carry out terror attacks on critical infrastructure and at public events across the continent… Last week, the EP spokesman said that one of the suspects involved in the Brussels attacks worked as a janitor at the parliamentary building and had access to MEPs’ offices. The suspect – later identified by EU officials as Najim Laachraoui, 25, who blew himself during the attack on the airport in Brussels – held the job from 2009 to 2010.

New Arms Race Focuses on Smaller Nuclear Weapons More Likely to Be Used
AllGov - The United States, Russia and China are aggressively pursuing a new generation of smaller, less destructive nuclear weapons. The buildups threaten to revive a Cold War-era arms race and unsettle the balance of destructive force among nations that has kept the nuclear peace for more than a half-century. It is, in large measure, an old dynamic playing out in new form as an economically declining Russia, a rising China and an uncertain United States resume their one-upmanship…. One fear about the new weapons is that they could undercut the grim logic of “mutual assured destruction,” the Cold War doctrine that any attack would result in massive retaliation and ultimately the annihilation of all combatants. While much debated and often mocked … MAD, as it was known, worked. Now, the concern is that the precision and less-destructive nature of these new weapons raises the temptation to use them…. “The world has failed to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle,” Mark Gubrud [a nuclear weapons expert at the University of North Carolina] said. “And new genies are now getting loose.”

Russian Jet Threatened U.S. Recon Aircraft
Free Beacon - A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft on Thursday in the latest military provocation by Moscow over the Baltic Sea, the U.S. European Command said Saturday. “On April 14, a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” said Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez. “This intercept comes shortly after the unsafe Russian encounters with USS Donald Cook,” he added. “There have been repeated incidents over the last year where Russian military aircraft have come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns, and we are very concerned with any such behavior.” Hernandez said the U.S. aircraft, a militarized Boeing 707 jet, was operating in international airspace “and at no time crossed into Russian territory.”

Over 150,000 Britons Call for Cameron's Resignation in Anti-Austerity Rally
Sputnik News - At least 150,000 UK nationals are estimated to have gathered in London on Saturday to protest the government’s austerity measures and to demand Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation for his connection to the recent offshore scandal, local media reported. The anti-austerity march was organized by the People's Assembly activist group to rally against cuts to health and social housing benefits, as well as measures destroying the UK education system and attacking workers’ rights, The Independent newspaper said. The protesters also called on Cameron to resign after it was revealed in the Panama Papers leak that the prime minister had profited from selling his share of his late father’s alleged offshore investment fund run from the Bahamas. An alleged leak of some 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca in early April implicated Cameron’s father in using the company’s services to hide taxes. The firm has denied any wrong-doing.

EU 'trade secret law' may criminalize whistleblowers & journalists, petition warns
RT - The bill approved by the European Parliament on Thursday is aimed at helping European firms “win legal redress against theft or misuse of their trade secrets,” according to a press release available on the European Parliament official website. At the same time, MEPs say the new EU rules safeguard “freedom of expression and information” and “will not restrict the work of journalists.”… According to the Corporate Europe Observatory, a non-profit research and campaign group based in Brussels, the law has turned into “something resembling a blanket right to corporate secrecy.” The bill “threatens anyone in society who sometimes needs access to companies' internal information without their consent: consumers, employees, journalists, and scientists,” it said. According to the group, the whistleblowers and journalists will now “need to demonstrate to the judge that they acted with 'the purpose of protecting the public general interest', the burden of the proof is on them. “Large companies can afford long and expensive legal procedures, individuals usually cannot,” it added.

Japan's Economy Grinds To A Halt After Earthquake Paralyzes Critical Supply Chains
Zero Hedge - Earlier today Toyota was one of many Japanese companies to announce that it will suspend most car production across Japan as a result of critical supply chain disruptions caused by the recent destructive earthquake and numerous aftershocks.... The earthquakes on Thursday and Saturday, which killed at least 41 people, reflected the vulnerability of Japanese companies to supply chain disruptions caused by natural disasters, and also highlighted the "just in time" philosophy pioneered by Toyota and followed by many others.

Ecuador earthquake: at least 246 killed with many still trapped
The Guardian - Ecuador’s most devastating earthquake in 40 years has killed at least 246 people, with bridges buckling and buildings collapsing in Pacific coastal cities and fishing villages. The official death toll as dawn broke after the 7.8-magnitude quake was 235, but authorities warned that the numbers were likely to rise, with many people still trapped and rescue efforts in the remote region at the epicentre of the quake hampered by landslides. More than 10,000 troops have been deployed to keep order and help with rescue operations. Venezuela and Mexico’s governments pledged specialist aid to help search teams… Landslides have closed at least 12 roads around the region most devastated by the quake, but the national airline, TAME, arranged several humanitarian airlifts with members of the Red Cross and thousands of police reinforcements. Televicentro, a local TV station, showed images of local people shifting rubble with their bare hands, another group using a small tractor in desperate attempts to clear the debris.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama paid just 18% tax and got $22k refund as IRS deadline looms
RT - The dreaded day is nearly upon millions of Americans to file their taxes. On the eve of the April 18 deadline, the taxpayer-in-chief’s return is under scrutiny after it was released Friday. US President Barack Obama and his spouse Michelle had an adjusted gross income of $436,065, nearly 9 percent less than the year before, which could mean they are no longer part of "The One Percent". The bar in 2013 was $428,713, according to the US census, but the 2015 level won’t be known for a number of months.

Obama Sides with Saudis, Opposes Bill to Release 9/11 Findings
Sputnik News - The Obama Administration has been lobbying Congress to block a bill that would allow Saudi Arabia’s government to be held accountable in American courts for any role it played in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In addition to Obama's efforts to keep information about 9/11 confidential, Saudi Arabia has threatened to sell hundreds of billions of dollars worth of its American assets if Congress passes the bill. In recent weeks, administration officials have been warning lawmakers of the bill’s potential economic fallout. The Obama Administration’s strict opposition to the 9/11 bill has left many family members of the terror attacks’ victims outraged. Mindy Kleinberg, whose husband died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, expressed her discontent in an interview with the New York Times. “It’s stunning to think that our government would back the Saudis over its own citizens,” Kleinberg said.

Phone Transcript Proves Hillary LIED About Benghazi Attack
A transcript of a telephone conversation released by The State Department proves once and for all that Hillary Clinton knowingly lied about the Benghazi attack on the American diplomatic compound there in 2012. The transcript, obtained under a FOIA request by Judicial Watch, details a call immediately after the attack between the then-secretary of state and then-Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil. “We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film,” Clinton told Kandil. “It was a planned attack – not a protest.” Kandil responded “You’re not kidding. Based on the information we saw today we believe that group that claimed responsibility for this is affiliated with al-Qaida.”

IRS Corruption Fuels Billions in Fraudulent Payments to Illegal Aliens
Breitbart - Imagine my surprise when I found a pile of IRS 1040 tax returns among the tons of trash at a “lay-up site” used by illegal border jumpers near the Mexican border west of Douglas, Arizona. There are dozens of such places where the thousands of border invaders change clothes, discard trash and wait to be taken by their “coyote” to their pick-up location for moving on to Phoenix or El Paso or Houston.... I collected the 1040 forms and we noticed all had claimed Earned Income Tax Credits and all also had claimed around nine deductions for children. The average refund was around $4,000. It occurred to me only much later that the American taxpayer may be funding the coyote’s $1,500 fees for smuggling poor Mexicans, Salvadorans — and Iraqis and Vietnamese — across our southwest border.... Over the past decade, there have been regular news stories exposing tax fraud by illegal aliens– and IRS indifference to the scandal.... The IRS knows illegal aliens are using stolen Social Security numbers and is glad they are doing it. But that is only the tip of the iceberg called illegal alien tax fraud....

Signed by the Governor: New Pennsylvania Law Legalizes Medical Marijuana; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition
Tenth Amendment Center (April 17, 2016) - Today, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana, making it the 24th state to reject the unconstitutional federal prohibition on cannabis in practice. The bill took a long, tough road to final passage. Sen. Michael Folmer (R-Lebanon) introduced Senate Bill 3 (SB3) in Jan. 2015. The new law legalizes marijuana for medical use and sets up a regulatory structure for the production and distribution of medicinal cannabis to qualifying patients in the state.... The new law empowers regulators to license up to 25 marijuana cultivators and processors, and up to 150 dispensaries in the state. Qualified patients will need to obtain a recommendation from select physicians. Patients with any of the 17 qualifying medical conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, PTSD, assorted neurological and gastrointestinal disorders, autism, among others would qualify to use medical marijuana.

Election News

Trump poised for New York landslide
POLITICO - Donald Trump is poised to win New York in a landslide on Tuesday but he could leave as many as two-dozen critical delegates on the table by failing to win an outright majority in every corner of the state, according to new congressional district-level polling provided to POLITICO. The survey from Republican firm Optimus Consulting shows Trump doubling his next closest competitor, John Kasich, 49 percent to 24 percent, with Ted Cruz far behind with 14 percent. But even as the survey has him leading in all 27 congressional districts, Trump’s margins will prove crucial in the hunt for New York’s 95 delegates, from Buffalo to Ithaca to Bethpage. Under the state’s complex rules, all three delegates in each of the state’s 27 congressional districts are awarded to the winner if he or she gets to 50 percent there — meaning that even a dominant Trump performance short of that mark could leak some delegates to his rivals. If Trump wins a congressional district by only a plurality, he’ll receive two delegates, and the runner-up will receive one.

TRUMP Likely to Win West Virginia Vote But Lose the Delegates to Cruz
The Gateway Pundit - It’s the latest state where Cruz will lose but garner more delegates than Donald Trump. Cruz supporters call this a “good ground game.” The Politico reported: Donald Trump has a new enemy in the fight for national convention delegates: the alphabet. Trump is well-positioned for a resounding victory in West Virginia’s May 10 primary, but his win will be accompanied by a delegate selection process stacked in favor of people with last names at the beginning of the alphabet — rather than his most committed supporters. It’s a quirk of West Virginia’s mind-bogglingly complex delegate election process that has the Trump campaign on red alert and seems likely to leave the mogul with weaker support at the national convention than he’s expected to earn in the state’s primary. It’s yet another convoluted primary system likely to add fuel to Trump’s complaints that the rules of the Republican nomination process are rigged.

Trump Wants Drones To Patrol Borders
Daily Caller - Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told an upstate New York newspaper that he wants unmanned and unarmed drones to help patrol U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico night and day. “They would work in conjunction with the Border Patrol, who are fantastic people who want to do their job,” Trump told over the phone before his visit to Syracuse on Saturday. “I want surveillance for our borders, and the drone has great capabilities for surveillance.” But, in January of 2015, an Inspector General audit claimed that drones were inefficient, barely did anything to stop illegal border crossers, and were too costly.

Ted Cruz Celebrates Wyoming Win Calling Voter-Less Contest a “Grassroots Uprising”
The Gateway Pundit - The Republican establishment has joined with Ted Cruz to wrangle all of the GOP delegates away from Donald Trump. It’s the establishment’s last chance to stop Trump. The #CruzCrew and anti-Trump Super PACs are even working in states Donald Trump has won to steal delegates from the GOP frontrunner. In Colorado Ted Cruz nabbed all 34 of the delegates from a voter-less contest. Saturday in Wyoming Ted Cruz again snatched up all of the 14 delegates in another voter-less contest. Cruz called his victory in Wyoming a “grassroots victory”. Unreal.

RNC Chair Defends Rigged Voter-Less Elections
The Gateway Pundit - Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus defended the rigged voter-less contests that awarded Ted Cruz all of the delegates in Colorado and Wyoming today on CNN.... The Hill reported: Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday the GOP likely won’t change a rule that requires candidates to have 1,237 delegates to clinch the GOP presidential nomination… Priebus maintained Sunday that state parties, not the RNC, decide their individual delegate processes, which have been finalized since last October. “The process has been going on for a month in each of the state’s where there’s been a convention,” Priebus said. “It’s not a matter of party insiders. It’s a matter of 2,400 grassroots activists, and whatever they want to do, they can do.”

Cruz: ‘You Would Be a Fool’ Not to Look at Rubio as VP Seriously
Breitbart - Wednesday at a town hall hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz was asked about the potential of his former opponent Sen. Marco Rubio being a potential running mate, given that if Rubio made a deal that gave Cruz his delegates, it could push him over the top to the GOP nomination. Cruz downplayed any prior bad blood between he and Rubio and said he would be “terrific person” to consider as a vice presidential nominee.

Economy & Business

U.S. Economy 2016: 3 Classic Recession Signals Are Flashing Red
Economic Collapse - Those that were hoping for an “economic renaissance” in the United States got some more bad news this week. It turns out that the U.S. economy is in significantly worse shape than the experts were projecting. Retail sales unexpectedly declined in March, total business sales have fallen again, and the inventory to sales ratio has hit the highest level since the last financial crisis. When you add these three classic recession signals to the 19 troubling numbers about the U.S. economy that I wrote about last week, it paints a very disturbing picture. Virtually all of the signs that we would expect to pop up during the early chapters of a major economic crisis have now appeared, and yet most Americans still appear to be clueless about what is happening.

US scolds others about offshores, but looks other way at home
McClatchy DC - The U.S. government has publicly and privately pressured countries that act as offshore havens for hiding money, while this barren, sparsely populated state offers the same secrecy… Wyoming had 128,000 active business entities at the end of 2015. That’s roughly one entity per every 4.5 residents in a state of about 586,000. U.S. law allows foreigners to create shell companies that have no revenue or actual business activity in the United States. It’s akin to what foreign offshore tax havens offer Americans, some of whom use them as a tax dodge, or worse… Nevada shell company Murray Holdings LLC is a good example. It existed without notice until it became a centerpiece in Brazil’s political crisis, which threatens to overshadow this summer’s Olympic Games. Prosecutors there allege the Nevada firm had no assets or business in the United States, yet was used to hide embezzled funds from Brazil’s state oil company, which was then funneled into luxury real estate.

Apple Stock Slides On News It Cuts iPhone Production By 30% Due To Sluggish Sales
Zero Hedge - Apple will continue its reduced production of iPhones in the April-June period in light of sluggish sales, according to parts suppliers notified of the plan. The website reports that slow sales of the flagship iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which debuted last autumn, have forced Apple to adjust inventories. It lowered production for the January-March quarter by about 30% from the year-earlier period. With sales still sluggish, the U.S. company has told parts suppliers in Japan and elsewhere that it will maintain the reduced output level in the current quarter… A prolonged production cut would hurt Japanese parts suppliers such as liquid crystal display panel manufacturers Japan Display and Sharp, memory chip supplier Toshiba and Sony, which provides image sensors for cameras. With their plants already operating at reduced rates, they may be forced to downgrade their earnings forecasts for the April-June quarter. The current production cut could last longer than the one Apple implemented in 2013.

Energy & Environment

Seattle, Olympia to be Sprayed With Bacteria Used For GMO Genetics (Bt): to Treat Moths
Activist Post - April 16 is the beginning of a pesticide-bacteria spraying program in western Washington, authorized by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The stated purpose is to kill Asian and European gypsy moths. Approved by authorities and opposed by many people, they decided to spray a bacteria with pesticide properties called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), the bacteria from which a gene comes that is used in GM crops to kill insects. An area in Vancouver will also be sprayed Saturday, then the states moves onto Kent, Lacey, Gig Harbor, Nisqually and Seattle’s Capitol Hill. This year the WSDA will use a red and white fixed wing plane to drop the pesticide 250 feet above ground level.

Science & Technology

House Passes Bill to Sabotage Net Neutrality
Electronic Frontier Foundation - In a disappointing turn of events, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 241 to 173 to pass H.R. 2666, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act, a bill that would undermine the FCC’s ability to enforce key net neutrality protections. ...the bill’s ostensible purpose is to bar the FCC from regulating the rates of broadband Internet providers, thus locking into law a promise that the agency made when it introduced its new net neutrality rules last year. On its face, that’s not necessarily a bad idea. The problem is that the bill is worded in such a way that it could be used to keep the FCC from enforcing many important protections of users’ rights. At best, H.R. 2666 is a poorly written bill that brings a host of unintended consequences. At worst, it’s a calculated attempt to undermine the net neutrality principles we’ve all been fighting for.

US advises deleting QuickTime from Windows computers - A cyber security team at the US Department of Homeland Security is advising people to remove QuickTime media software from Windows computers to avoid being hacked. The US Computer Security Readiness Team (CERT) on Thursday issued an alert after Trend Micro put out word that Apple will no longer be updating defenses in QuickTime and that two vulnerabilities in the program could be exploited by hackers. "Exploitation of QuickTime for Windows vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to take control of affected systems," CERT said in the alert. "The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows." The advisory did not apply to QuickTime running on Apple computers. Apple's QuickTime is one of several programs allowing computer users to view videos and other media files.


Pig antibiotic causes cancer when we eat processed meats
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Here’s another good reason to eat organic (and avoid processed meats): scientists have discovered that an antibiotic used to prevent swine flu in pigs can cause cancer. The biggest risk is from pork liver, which is found in hot dogs, lunchmeat and some sausages. The antibiotic, carbadox, has been used in pig farming in the US since the 1970s, and is also designed to prevent dysentery and improve weight gain. Despite its widespread use for more than 40 years, scientists from America’s drug and health regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have issued the alert only in the last few days. However, it’s not just processed meats made from pig liver that are carcinogenic, or cancer-causing: according to the World Health Organization (WHO), all processed meats are carcinogenic to humans. Processing and preparing the meats in factories and production plants triggers carcinogenic chemicals.

Using a Dyson hand dryer is like setting off a viral bomb in a bathroom
Ars Technica - Compared with plain paper towels, the jet dryers blow 1,300X as many viral germs. Bathrooms are a prime location for smearing disease-causing microbes all over your hands. Yet, despite societal pressures and prodding signage, a lot of people don’t clean their grimy mitts after a potty break. Some audacious folks just skip the sink all together, while others don’t wash for long enough or omit the cleansing soap step. All of those sanitation-slackers threaten to spread disease—particularly in healthcare settings packed with vulnerable patients.... Researchers have long known that warm hand dryers can launch bacteria into the air—compared to dabbing with paper towels, which unleashes virtually none. But new jet air dryers, made by Dyson, are significantly more problematic—they launch far more viruses into the air, which linger for longer periods of time and reach much farther distances, researchers recently reported in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. This is particularly concerning because viruses, unlike many infectious bacteria, can easily maintain their infectiousness in the air and on surfaces, and just a few viral particles can spark an infection.

Fat cells triggered by new chemical in food packaging
(NaturalHealth365) There has already been controversy over chemicals used in the packaging of many foods. The health dangers of bisphenol A, or BPA, have caused consumers to look for “BPA-free” products just to be safe. Bisphenol A is a known endocrine disruptor that can cause the growth of fat cells. Bisphenol A has been used in polycarbonate plastics since the 1960s. This has included many packages for foods and drinks. It is also used in epoxy resins in the inner coatings of metal products like food cans and water supply pipes. Unfortunately, a new chemical now used in these products – bisphenol S – is showing similar health hazards. One of the most alarming dangers is its association with triggering the formation of fat cells in the human body. This strongly suggests that it is an endocrine disruptor, just like bisphenol A, meaning it could interfere with naturally occurring hormones in the body and cause a range of adverse effects.

Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds and reduce risk of cancer by 50 percent
Natural News Blogs -Lemon peels have have been found to help boost your immune system; lower cholesterol, and even prevent cancer. Lemon peels are also antimicrobial meaning that they can protect agains bacterial infections. Research has shown that natures phytonutrients can outperform chemotherapy without causing harm to the body. Modified citrus pectin is derived from the pulp and rinds of citrus fruit and has been found to inhibit the spread of prostate, breast and skin cancer to other organs. Limonoids are chemicals found in citrus peels which give the peels a bitter taste. They are also capable of slowing cancer cell growth and even killing the cancer cells. Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds that stop cell division in cancer cells.

Pet News

Vaccine Reactions: Underreported and Unrecognized, Not Unimportant (Video)
Truth4Pets - Dr. James R. Shannon, former Director of the US National Institute of Health, has been widely quoted as saying: “The only safe vaccine is one that is never used.” But are adverse vaccine reactions really a big deal? Aren’t they just the “fever and fatigue” we’re warned about after yearly shots? Or is there more to learn?... Reactions are considered rare, in part, because reporting is rare. Unlike reporting for human vaccine reactions, required by the National Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, reporting is voluntary for reactions experienced by animals. Furthermore, there is no federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) for animals as there is for humans, nor is there a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). That does not mean that adverse events aren’t a serious a problem for animals. In fact, because animals are given numerous vaccines repeatedly (and unnecessarily) throughout their lives, rather than just in childhood, the problem is likely worse.... Here is a partial list of reactions compiled by world-renowned vaccination researcher, Ron Schultz, Ph.D.

The Largest Beneficiaries of FDA Generosity
Susan Thixton - Which companies benefit the most from FDA’s and State Department of Agriculture lack of enforcement of law? Here’s a list of the top beneficiaries. The FDA and each State Department of Agriculture are – without doubt – assisting some companies in pet food to make billions in profits selling recycled illegal waste. With FDA and State ‘assistance’, some in pet food are allowed to manufacture and sell products that federal and state law deems illegal – adulterated. The law that’s being ignored is The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. “Section 342. Adulterated food. A food shall be deemed to be adulterated (a) Poisonous, insanitary, etc., ingredients (5) if it is, in whole or in part, the product of a diseased animal or of an animal that has died otherwise than by slaughter;”

Friday - April 15, 2016  -  Today in History:

1813 - U.S. troops under James Wilkinson attacked the Spanish-held city of Mobile that would be in the future state of Alabama.
1817 - The first American school for the deaf was opened in Hartford, CT.
1850 - The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln mobilized the Federal army.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died from injuries inflicted by John Wilkes Booth.
1871 - "Wild Bill" Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
1880 - William Gladstone became Prime Minister of England.
1892 - The General Electric Company was organized.
1912 - The ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people survived.
1917 - The British defeated the Germans at the battle of Arras.
1923 - Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
1945 - During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
1952 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed the official Japanese peace treaty.
1952 - The first B-52 prototype was tested in the air.
1956 - The worlds’ first, all-color TV station was dedicated. It was WNBQ-TV in Chicago and is now WMAQ-TV.
1959 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro began a U.S. goodwill tour.
1986 - U.S. F-111 warplanes attacked Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5, 1986.
1989 - Students in Beijing launched a series of pro democracy protests upon the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang. The protests led to the Tienanmen Square massacre.
1994 - The World Trade Organization was established.
1998 - Pol Pot died at the age of 73. The leader of the Khmer Rouge regime thereby evaded prosecution for the deaths of 2 million Cambodians.
2000 - 600 anti-IMF (International Monetary Fund) protesters were arrested in Washington, DC, for demonstrating without a permit.
2010 - In Prospect Harbor, ME, the Stinson Seafood plant stopped sardine processing after 135 years in operation.

World News

US, Saudi, Turkey, Discuss Delivering Anti Aircraft Weapons To "Rebels" For Use Against Assad, Russia
Activist Post - The CIA is reportedly discussing a plan to augment the fighting capability of the terrorist forces they have been supporting in Syria since the beginning of the crisis in 2011 if the “ceasefire agreement” currently underway in Geneva falls apart… The discussion is centered around the possibility of sending a variety of anti-aircraft technologies ranging from MANPADs (man-portable air defense systems) to less portable systems, including Soviet-era BM-21 Grad missiles… Of course, the provision of MANPADs to al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorists poses a number of threats to civilized peoples. First, if terrorists are in possession of the means by which to down aircraft from the ground, civilian passenger aircraft the world over will find itself in danger of being taken out of the sky as the result of terror attacks aimed at sensitive targets… Second, if terrorist “rebels” are in possession of a sizeable armory of MANPADs, a new and greater threat to Syrian and Russian air forces will be present. According to the Wall Street Journal, US officials have already addressed this issue with their Russian counterparts and have done so in a manner that resembles a threat much more than a genuine discussion.

Red Sea Deal: Are Israel & Saudi Arabia Forming a Joint Military
The AntiMedia - The 2014 memorandum claims Israel hosted a number of Saudi officers in military training courses carried out at the Port of Haifa base in Israel. In the Muslim Press report, Israel and Saudi Arabia are implicated in the “formation of a joint operation” in Tiran Island, one of the islands handed over to Saudi Arabia after Israel’s approval of the agreement between the Saudis and Egyptians. While the Jerusalem Post does not mention any military training carried out by either nations in the past couple of years, journalist and security expert Yossi Melman admits Israel’s involvement in the deal between the Saudis and Egypt “is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the secret processes taking place behind the scene.”... According to the report, Iran is seen as the number one threat to both the Saudis and Israelis. As a result of their common fear, the Saudis have given Jerusalem “approval for Air Force jets to pass through their airspace” in the past, just in case the Jewish state decides to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. Other friendly encounters between the Saudis and Israelis, such as the meetings between Mossad chiefs and Saudi intelligence officials, have also been covered by the media.

ISIS Sex Slaves Reveal The True Horror Of What Is Going On Over In The Middle East
Economic Collapse - Could you imagine being kidnapped, being auctioned off like a piece of meat, and being endlessly gang-raped every day by some of the most evil men on the entire planet for months on end? This is what ISIS is doing to thousands upon thousands of women in Iraq and Syria, and some of their victims are as young as nine. The things that I am about to share with you are almost too nightmarish for words, but it is imperative that we understand what is going on. When ISIS conquers an area that is not Muslim, they believe that they can do whatever they want to the women because they are “infidels”. So innocent young women are being treated in some of the most horrible ways imaginable, and most of the rest of the world looks on with indifference. But of course what ISIS is doing is just the tip of a very big global iceberg. As you will see below, there are tens of millions of slaves in our world today, and sexual exploitation is involved in approximately 80 percent of those cases.

Migrants completely devastate Denmark's holiday resort
Speisa - A completely devastated holiday resort near Varde in Brøns, Denmark. That is, according landlord Alice Lauridsen, the result of her renting out her holiday cabins to about 100 asylum seekers through the Immigration Service. "The mattresses have been jumped on and urinated on. Bonfires have been made on my carpets, so there are large burn marks and there's pee in the corners. My big dining table is broken into pieces as firewood. Everything is torn completely apart, and only the lamps have survived," she says to the Danish newspaper BT.... The landlord has rented out the house for about five months, and she has figured out that the damages will cost her DKK 1.3 million to repair, while the Immigration Service estimates that it is about half a million.

ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm
Judicial Watch - ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States… According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.

Deutsche Bank Admits It Rigged Gold Prices, Agrees To Expose Other Manipulators
Zero Hedge - This was confirmed moments ago when Reuters reported that Deutsche Bank has also reached a settlement in US litigation alleging the bank conspired to fix gold prices. In other words, hours after admitting it was rigging the silver market, it did the same for gold… Most importantly, as the actual settlement reveals, Deutsche has agreed that in addition to once again providing "valuable monetary consideration" which will be paid into a settlement fund, that like in the silver settlement it will provide "cooperation in pursuing claims against the remaining Defendants."

Major Earthquake Hits Japan, Strongest Since 2011
Zero Hedge - Just over 5 years since the massively destructive 2011 Japanese earthquake which unleashed a tsunami and led to the Fukushima disaster, moments ago NHK reported that Japan's Kumamoto region had been hit with another quake which had a Shindo shaking intensity of 7 and registered a magnitude of approximately 6.4. According to the Japanese media this is the strongest quake to hit Japan since the 2011 earthquake. The good news is that so far there has been no tsunami alert. Bloomberg adds that JR trains, incl. bullet trains, have been halted in Kyushu; Kyushu Electric checking impact of quake on the operating Sendai nuclear reactors. As AP reports, there are no immediate reports of casualties.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The Government Breaks Through On Deficit Reduction, Will Lower Social Security Payments
Zero Hedge - Thanks to all of those long nights scrubbing the budget line by line, a way to save costs has finally been found. As MarketWatch reports, “A popular tool families use to help boost retirement income known as "file and suspend" will be taken away after April 29th of this year, courtesy of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. File and suspend is essentially a way for one person who is eligible to file for his/her retirement benefits to file, but delay getting them until age 70 (in return for an 8% per annum credit). Once the benefits are filed for, however, that person's spouse can file for spousal benefits and begin to receive those right away, thus increasing income to the couple.”… The point of cutting out this "loophole" as the government so proudly calls it, is to save money.

You won't believe this, but. nothing useful found on Farook iPhone
The Register - CBS News reports it has been told by a "law enforcement source" that the phone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook does not contain any information of practical assistance in the investigation, although it is still analyzing its contents. The news will not come as much of a surprise to anyone who has followed the case: the phone in question was one of three used by Farook... His two personal phones were found by investigators, crushed and dumped in a trash can at his house. Since Farook had clearly gone to some trouble to destroy any digital evidence (he also smashed up hard drives and other digital media), the fact that the iPhone in question was recovered intact made it highly unlikely that it held anything of real value. Regardless, the FBI used the existence of the phone and the shocking nature of the crime to wage a public war with Apple over encryption and access to electronic goods. Having mistakenly caused the phone's cloud storage to be reset (some doubt it was a mistake), the FBI applied through the courts to force Apple to develop a way for it to pull all the information of the phone.

Judge Allows Case Against Sandy Hook Gun Manufacturer To Move Forward
Young Conservatives - Liberals have completely lost their minds when it comes to gun rights following the recent mass shootings that we have seen in this country and regardless of the overwhelming evidence that gun laws wouldn’t have stopped these killers they still insist on chipping away at the 2nd Amendment wherever they can. One of the strangest efforts they have embarked on is this idea that gun manufacturers should be criminally liable if a gun they make kills someone. f this case is ruled against the gun companies that would set a ridiculous precedent which could put many gun companies out of business. This would mean that every time someone is killed with a gun the gun company could be found liable. That doesn’t exist anywhere else in society. Can you sue Ford if someone crashes into you? Of course not. Can you sue a knife company if someone is stabbed by one of their knives? Of course not.

Election News

Anti-Trump Protesters Plan for 'Medics' and 'Jail Support' as They Aim to 'Shut Down' Manhattan Thursday Night
Breitbart - A meeting agenda of the “Shut Down Trump Coalition” obtained by Breitbart News gives unique insight into how the left is aiming to disrupt the New York Republican Gala at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan. The document, titled “Shut Down Trump Coalition Agenda 4/12,” walks through several bullet points including asking the organizers to “Report Back From Monday Fight For 15 Meeting” and to “Clarify Permit Situation.” Apparently, according to the document, a different group–International Action Center–“has permit.”… According to sources inside the meeting, groups represented included Black Lives Matter, People’s Power Assembly, Fight for 15, International Action Center, Labor, and several other smaller groups. Separate flyers in English and Spanish promoting the protests obtained by Breitbart News purport to be donated by “labor.”

GOP Insider: There’ll be Riots in Cleveland If Trump Wins OR if He Doesn’t
Paul Joseph Watson - A GOP insider in Ohio told journalist Amy Walter that there will be riots in Cleveland if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination or if he doesn’t win the nomination. With the prospect of a brokered convention threatening to lead to chaos, top Republicans are scared that a floor fight in Cleveland “will leave deep, deep scars” and that the GOP “brand” could be destroyed if Trump comes out on top. However, one GOP insider went further, telling Walter, “There’ll be a riot in Cleveland if Trump wins the nomination and a riot if he doesn’t.” In the event of Cruz or Kasich being selected to become the nominee despite losing to Trump in the primaries, Republican voters who feel that they have been disenfranchised may resort to civil disobedience to make their point.

Public employee union spends $28 million on progressive politics - The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees reported $27.2 million in “Political Activities and Lobbying” expenditures in its 2015 filing with the U.S. Department of Labor. An additional $1 million in AFSCME “Contributions, Gifts and Grants” went to political nonprofits… Democrat-aligned political action committees and super PACs got more than $1 million from AFSCME last year, including contributions of $500,000 to America Works USA, $250,000 to Senate Majority PAC, and $150,000 each to House Majority PAC and American Bridge 21st Century. AFSCME sent union coalition AFL-CIO $599,591 and AFL-CIO organizing arm from Working America $1,130,600, flagged as a political expenses. Neither of those expenditures matched the $1,475,000 AFSCME sent to AFSCME Illinois Council 31 for state and local campaigns… Compared with 2014 — a midterm election year in which AFSCME dumped $65 million into politics — last year was a slow year for AFSCME political spending.

Veteran News

Navy Vet Makes the Ultimate Sacrifice — Sets Himself on Fire to Protest the VA’s Lack of Healthcare
The Free Thought Project - Doused in gasoline, a former chief petty officer stood outside a Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinic when he lit himself on fire and eventually died nine hours later. His wife recently confirmed that her husband was upset with the inadequate care that he had been receiving at the VA facility shortly before his suicide. A seven-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Charles Ingram III walked nine miles from his home, past an American Legion park and a military veteran memorial, before arriving at the parking lot of the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic around 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. While standing on a grass lawn near the clinic, the 51-year-old poured several gallons of gasoline on himself before committing self-immolation. A seven-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Charles Ingram III walked nine miles from his home, past an American Legion park and a military veteran memorial, before arriving at the parking lot of the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic around 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. While standing on a grass lawn near the clinic, the 51-year-old poured several gallons of gasoline on himself before committing self-immolation.

Chicago Veterans Are Keeping These Students Safe In Dangerous Neighborhoods Everyday
True Activist - Veterans in Chicago are keeping students safe in one of the most dangerous regions of Chicago by being present as the students walk to school. The Safe Passage Program, founded in 2011 by a non-profit organization called Leave No Veteran Behind (LNVB), has two purposes: to reduce the violence in these areas and to pay off the student debt of veterans. Leave No Veteran Behind employs these local veterans by paying off their debt and helping them look for jobs. Their job is to look out for the 8,000 students commuting to school everyday… On any given day, 130 veterans are employed through the program and are dispatched to an area surrounding the corner of 35th street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Chicago, an intersection for five high schools that have gang affiliations. The veterans also service other dangerous areas, and their presence aids in providing positive interactions free from violence. The program doubled the number of Safe Passage workers in 2013, after dozens of schools were closed and the commute for many students increased.

Economy & Business

US corporations have $1.4tn hidden in tax havens, claims Oxfam report
The Guardian - US corporate giants such as Apple, Walmart and General Electric have stashed $1.4tn (£980bn) in tax havens, despite receiving trillions of dollars in taxpayer support, according to a report by anti-poverty charity Oxfam. The sum, larger than the economic output of Russia, South Korea and Spain, is held in an “opaque and secretive network” of 1,608 subsidiaries based offshore, said Oxfam… Technology giant Apple, the world’s second biggest company, topped Oxfam’s league table, with some $181bn held offshore in three subsidiaries. Boston-based conglomerate General Electric, which Oxfam said has received $28bn in taxpayer backing, was second with $119bn stored in 118 tax haven subsidiaries. Computing firm Microsoft was third with $108bn, in a top 10 that also included pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer, Google’s parent company Alphabet and Exxon Mobil, the largest oil company not owned by an oil-producing state.

Bankrupt D.C. Metrorail System Needs $25 BILLION Over Next Ten Years To Survive
CNS News - The Metrorail system that serves the capital of the free world has dangerous, frayed electrical cables, an unmotivated workforce, reduced ridership, and a new manager who is determined to make changes after years of neglect. On Wednesday, the chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) told Congress that Metro needs around $25 billion over the next 10 years to run the system, address critical safety issues, and catch up on a ten-year backlog of neglected maintenance. Chairman Jack Evans said the system also faces a $2.5-billion unfunded pension liability that it has no plan or ability to address. And if Congress doesn’t pony up, “next time something happens, I’m blaming it on you guys,” Evans said in a heated moment at the hearing of a House Oversight subcommittee.

Science & Technology

The CIA Is Investing in Firms That Mine Your Tweets and Instagram Photos
The Intercept - …among the 38 previously undisclosed companies receiving In-Q-Tel funding [the CIA’s venture capital firm], the research focus that stands out is social media mining and surveillance; the portfolio document lists several tech companies pursuing work in this area,… Dataminr directly licenses a stream of data from Twitter to visualize and quickly spot trends on behalf of law enforcement agencies and hedge funds, among other clients… Geofeedia specializes in collecting geotagged social media messages, from platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, to monitor breaking news events in real time… PATHAR’s product, Dunami, is used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to “mine Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media to determine networks of association, centers of influence and potential signs of radicalization,”… TransVoyant, founded by former Lockheed Martin Vice President Dennis Groseclose, provides a similar service by analyzing multiple data points for so-called decision-makers. The firm touts its ability to monitor Twitter to spot “gang incidents” and threats to journalists.

Uber claims US regulators collect too much data on its passengers
The Guardian - In a report released on Tuesday, Uber showed that state and local agencies – such as public utility and taxi commissions – requested data affecting more than 11m user accounts and half a million drivers between July and December 2015. Regulators use the data to monitor the volume of rides and the drivers’ Uber uses. The data is anonymized, but still includes GPS coordinates, addresses and route maps. Since some of the data is available to the public through records requests, the practice raises privacy issues for customers and competitive concerns for Uber, the company argues… “That kind of stuff is quite revealing particularly in conjunction with other data,” such as home addresses, said Jim Harper, a senior fellow at the libertarian-prone Cato Institute in Washington. “Even if my name isn’t on it you’re going to see it’s me pretty quick.”

U.S. government worse than all major industries on cyber security: report
Patriot Rising - U.S. federal, state and local government agencies rank in last place in cyber security when compared against 17 major private industries, including transportation, retail and healthcare, according to a new report released Thursday. The analysis, from venture-backed security risk benchmarking startup SecurityScorecard, measured the relative security health of government and industries across 10 categories, including vulnerability to malware infections, exposure rates of passwords and susceptibility to social engineering, such as an employee using corporate account information on a public social network. Educations, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries also ranked low, the report found. Information services, construction, food and technology were among the top performers.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Watering Your Garden with City Water Injects Pharmaceuticals Into Your Veggies
Activist Post - A recent study by the American Chemical Society published by Chemistry and Engineering News shows that “eating vegetables grown using reclaimed water boosts urine levels of carbamazepine, an anti-epileptic drug commonly detected in wastewater” meaning that anyone who consumes this produce is exposed to the carbamazepine drug in detectable dosages. The drug can enter waterways in a multitude of ways, from drain disposal of unused medication, excretion through the urinary tract of those who consume it, and even water that is disposed of by facilities that produce drugs. Since the carbamazepine drug is transmittable through the waterway, this has sparked the attention of agricultural workers who utilize large amounts of water for their crop irrigation systems.


17 Proven Health Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba
Green Med Info - Ginkgo biloba has been researched to have potential value in the treatment of over 100 diseases.... Scientists have identified more than 40 components in ginkgo. So far only two - flavonoids and terpenoids - seem to have medicinal properties. Flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants that have been shown to protect the nerves, heart muscle, blood vessels, and retina from damage. Terpenoids (such as ginkgolides) are known to improve blood flow. Ginkgo is one of the most studied herbal remedies in the world. Here are just 17 human studies proving its healing powers...

Acetaminophen Can Blunt the Brain’s Response to New Information
Natural Blaze - Last year, an eye-opening study discovered that over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) can blunt emotions like joy. Essentially, they are emotional numb-ers.... A new study by researchers at the University of Toronto, published March 2016 in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, suggests worrying changes to the brain – that is, the alteration of cognitive control. Even following the recommended doses can lead to less response to uncertain situations and impeded “error detection.” NYR Natural News reports: The detected brain changes were small enough that people did not notice them, but large enough to cause problems in every day functioning.

Lower Selenium Levels Lead To Higher Cancer Risk
Mae Chan - Levels of selenium, a mineral essential for good health, are so low in soil that it's affecting the food chain, diets and, ultimately, the risk of disease. Low selenium levels may lead to a higher risk of cancer, a study has concluded. Essential trace mineral Selenium (Se), has been noted to possess cancer-protective effects. The variation in human dietary intake is reflected in the global variation in blood Se levels, observed in Europe. The richest food sources of selenium are Brazil nuts, kidney, liver and fish, but the foods that make the largest contribution to our selenium intake -- because we eat proportionately more of them -- are cereals, bread, meat and poultry.
* Related: Health Benefits of Brazil Nuts – The Anti-Cancer Superfood

Study: Saturated Fats and Coconut Oil Prevent Colon Cancer
Health Impact News - It is no secret as to why American diet advice switched to polyunsaturated fats over saturated fats in the 1970s. It was for political reasons, not nutritional reasons. Saturated fats have been considered a healthy component of traditional diets for many thousands of years. The American polyunsaturated fats are mostly derived from corn and soy, two highly subsidized crops that make the U.S. the world leaders in corn and soy production.... Most of America’s source of saturated fat comes from dairy products, and are highly processed.... Nature’s richest source of saturated fats, however, is coconut oil, which is over 95% saturated. Coconut oil is also unique because it is a rich source of medium chain fatty acids, such as lauric acid. Lauric acid is a popular commodity in the food preservation industry, as it is known to destroy many pathogens. Coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid. Nature’s next best source is human breast milk, which contains about 7% lauric acid.

6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits Of Hemp Seeds
Authority Nutrition - Hemp seeds are exceptionally nutritious and rich in healthy fats, protein and various minerals. Here are 6 health benefits of hemp seeds that are backed up by science....

Homemade Sauerkraut- Secret Weapon Against FAT, Cancer & Heart Disease
Natural News Blogs - Sauerkraut, a form of fermented cabbage. Sauerkraut is a good source of fiber and essential nutrients, including iron, vitamin K and vitamin C. Fresh sauerkraut contains lactobacilli, beneficial bacteria that improve the functioning of the digestive tract and supporting your immune system. The store bought sauerkraut had been heated to the point of elimination of good bacteria due to the canning process, but you can prepare this fermented food easily at your home.

Healthy Vegan Raw Brownie Bites
Herbal Legacy - Raw Brownie Bites made with walnuts, dates and cocoa powder.

Pet News

How Safe is Pet Food?
Susan Thixton - For people who work in a pet food manufacturing plant, the company is required to provide ‘Material Safety Data Sheets‘ on each ingredient, supplement, flavoring, dye – that comes into the plant. These Material Safety Data Sheets – known as MSDS’s – are used to provide workers information – such as toxicity data – to the ‘materials’ they are being exposed to in the workplace. As a general rule, MSDS are not intended for use by consumers – the documents are geared towards providing information for employees working with the materials.... Below you will find MSDS information on several common pet food ingredients..... My biggest question…if these ingredients are known risk of ingestion to humans, based on scientific research performed on animals, and “prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage”, has anyone at FDA or AAFCO ever considered the health risks to pets ingesting these ingredients every meal, everyday of their life? No…no they have not.

Thousands of Dogs Have Died After Eating THIS Brand of Dry Dog Food!
David Wolfe - Dog owners who have fed their canines Beneful have reported some disturbing effects. They range from incontinence to internal bleeding and even seizures. Two ingredients have been proposed to cause the most damage. One is propylene glycol, which is a chemical used in antifreeze that – for some reason – was approved by the FDA for use in dog food. Propylene glycol has been severely restricted for use in Europe. The other ingredient proposed to be the cause is the grains in dog food. More specifically, improperly stored grains that contain mycotoxins. Mycotoxins, as reported by Science Direct, can cause a range of effects in companion animals like dogs and cats that can be severe and even fatal. These include hepatitis, pacing, vomiting, anorexia and polydipsia. These symptoms are similar to those reported by dog owners who fed their pets Purina Beneful.

Another Furball? It Might Be Feline Asthma
FelineNutrition - Has your cat been coughing? Watch the video below and you may recognize that sound. Many people assume that the cat is trying to cough up a hairball and don't realize that their cat could have asthma. Untreated, asthma can progress and even be fatal. But, like human asthmatics, cats can be treated and the disease can be managed. It is estimated that about 1% of cats suffer from asthma.¹ Siamese, Burmese and other Oriental breeds show a greater incidence, but any breed can have asthma.² It usually first occurs in young to middle-aged cats between the ages of two and eight.³ It is widely recognized that asthma attacks can be triggered by allergens in the environment such as pollens, dust, smoke, fumes, mold, fragrances and aerosols. Heat, cold, stress and exertion can also trigger attacks.

Thursday - April 14, 2016  -  Today in History:

1775 - The first abolitionist society in U.S. was organized in Philadelphia with Ben Franklin as president.
1828 - The first edition of Noah Webster's dictionary was published under the name "American Dictionary of the English Language."
1860 - The first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, MO.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.
1889 - The first international Conference of American States began in Washington, DC.
1912 - The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived.
1918 - The U.S. First Aero Squadron engaged in America's first aerial dogfight with enemy aircraft over Toul, France.
1946 - The civil war between Communists and nationalist resumed in China.
1953 - Viet Minh invaded Laos with 40,00 troops.
1959 - The Taft Memorial Bell Tower was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1969 - For the first time, a major league baseball game was played in Montreal, Canada.
1981 - America's first space shuttle, Columbia, returned to Earth after a three-day test flight. The shuttle orbited the Earth 36 times during the mission.
1986 - U.S. President Reagan announced the U.S. air raid on military and terrorist related targets in Libya.
1988 - Representatives from the U.S.S.R., Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. signed an agreement that called for the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan starting on May 15. The last Soviet troop left Afghanistan on February 15, 1989.
1994 - Two American F-15 warplanes inadvertently shot down two U.S. helicopters over northern Iraq. 26 people were killed including 15 Americans.
1998 - The state of Virginia ignored the requests from the World Court and executed a Paraguayan for the murder of a U.S. woman.
1999 - Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile that was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching its rival neighbor India.
2000 - After five years of deadlock, Russia approved the START II treaty that calls for the scrapping of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads. The Russian government warned it would abandon all arms-control pacts if Washington continued with an anti-missile system.
2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush sent a letter of congratulations to JCPenny's associates for being in business for 100 years. James Cash (J.C.) Penney had opened his first retail store on April 14, 1902.
2002 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to office two days after being arrested by his country's military.
2008 - Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines announced they were combining.

World News

Russia rejects criticism of fly-by near US Navy destroyer
AP - Russia's defense ministry has rejected complaints by U.S. officials who claimed Russian attack planes buzzed dangerously close to a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea earlier this week. The U.S. European command has said the Russian planes buzzed multiple times on Monday and Tuesday in what the U.S. officials described as an unsafe and unprofessional manner. Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian defense ministry, said on Thursday that the pilots of Russian Su-24 jets saw the ship and turned back "while using all measures of precaution."

US fires missiles in Philippines war games near South China Sea
AFP - Glowing projectiles lit up the Philippine sky from an advanced US long-range missile system on Thursday, in war games aimed at boosting their military alliance in the face of an increasingly assertive China. The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) was the star of a simulated assault exercise by 5,500 US and Philippine soldiers, unleashing six missiles at distant targets from a dry riverbed three hours' drive from Manila. US Marine Cobra attack helicopters and Philippine S211 jets also buzzed over the Crow Valley training range as Filipino and US troops acted out the capture of imaginary enemy-held territory.

Macedonian police fire tear gas at migrants on Greek border
Reuters - Macedonian police fired tear gas on Wednesday to disperse around 50 migrants stranded in Greece who tried to pull down part of the razor wire fence separating the two countries, a Reuters witness said. Scuffles briefly broke out and Greek riot police later intervened to break up the crowd.
Tensions have boiled over at the makeshift migrant camp near the town of Idomeni, where more than 10,000 migrants and refugees have been stranded since February, when Balkan countries shut their borders to anyone wanting to head north. Hundreds of migrants were injured on Sunday in clashes with Macedonian police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets after a group tried to storm the border.

Authorities Raid Law Firm at Center of Panama Papers Leak
NYTimes- The Panamanian authorities have raided the offices of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of the vast leak of documents this month that exposed the global use of offshore tax shelters, and spent at least 16 hours combing through the company’s files looking for evidence of possible “illegal activities,” officials said on Wednesday. The search at the company’s headquarters in Panama City, which was led by an organized crime unit from the attorney general’s office, began Tuesday afternoon and lasted until Wednesday morning. Other groups of investigators also searched subsidiaries of the firm in Panama and a Panamanian telephone company’s data support center, officials said. The disclosure of about 11.5 million documents from the firm, which specializes in setting up offshore accounts, laid bare the elaborate system of shell companies that the world’s wealthy and powerful use to stash their money, often in an effort to minimize or avoid tax payments.

Zika News

Confirmation that Zika causes microcephaly shifts debate to prevention
Reuters - After several weeks of study and debate, U.S. health officials concluded that infection with the Zika virus during pregnancy causes the birth defect microcephaly, a finding that experts hope will refocus attention on efforts to stop infections and prompt U.S. lawmakers to fund emergency prevention efforts.
"There isn't any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters in a conference on Wednesday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US Navy Ship Encounters Aggressive Russian Aircraft in Baltic Sea - A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft April 11 and 12. USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close proximity of the ship.

In Flint, Fears of Showering Bring Desperate Measures
NYTimes - Near the top of the daily challenges t