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Today's News: The Riley Report

SEPTEMBER 2015
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Friday - September 4, 2015 - Today in History:

1781 - Los Angeles, CA, was founded by Spanish settlers. The original name was "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula," which translates as "The Town of the Queen of Angels."
1825 - New York Governor Clinton ceremoniously emptied a barrel of Lake Erie water in the Atlantic Ocean to consummate the "Marriage of the Waters" of the Great Lakes and the Atlantic.
1886 - Geronimo, and the Apache Indians he led, surrendered in Skeleton Canyon in Arizona to Gen. Nelson Miles.
1888 - George Eastman registered the name "Kodak" and patented his roll-film camera. The camera took 100 exposures per roll.
1894 - A strike in New York City by 12,000 tailors took place to protest sweatshops.
1917 - The American expeditionary force in France suffered its first fatalities in World War I.
1944 - During World War II, British troops entered the city of Antwerp, Belgium.
1951 - The first live, coast-to-coast TV broadcast took place in the U.S. The event took place in San Francisco, CA, from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference. It was seen all the way to New York City, NY.
1957 - The Arkansas National Guard was ordered by Governor Orval Faubus to keep nine black students from going into Little Rock's Central High School.
1957 - The Ford Motor Company began selling the Edsel. The car was so unpopular that it was taken off the market only two years.
1967 - Michigan Gov. George Romney said during a TV interview that he had undergone "brainwashing" by U.S. officials while visiting Vietnam in 1965.
1981 - The Soviet Union began war games with about 100,000 troops on the Polish border.
1993 - Pope John Paul II started his first visit to the former Soviet Union.
1998 - In Mexico, bankers stopped approving personal loans and mortgages.
1998 - While in Ireland, U.S. President Clinton said the words "I'm sorry" for the first time about his affair with Monica Lewinsky and described his behavior as indefensible.
1999 - The United Nations announced that the residents of East Timor had overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia in a referendum held on August 30. In Dili, pro-Indonesian militias attacked independence supporters, burned buildings, blew up bridges and destroyed telecommunication facilities.
2002 - The Oakland Athletics won their AL-record 20th straight game. The A's gave up an 11-run lead during the game and then won the game on a Scott Hatteberg home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
2006 - "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, 44, died after a stingray's barb pierced his chest.
2007 - Toy maker Mattel Inc. recalled 800,000 lead-tainted, Chinese-made toys worldwide, a third major recall in just over a month.

World News

EU refugee crisis ‘absolutely expected’ – Putin
RT - Russia has frequently warned of major problems which Europe would face as a result of Western policies in the Middle East and North Africa and jihadist groups terrorizing people, so the current refugee crisis in the EU doesn’t come as a surprise, said the President of Russia.... According to the Russian president, the main flaw of Western foreign policy is the imposition of their own standards worldwide without taking into account the historical, religious, national and cultural characteristics of particular regions. The only way to reverse the refugee flow streaming into Europe is to help people resolve problems at home. And the first step should be by creating a common and united front against jihadist groups such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and fighting them at their core.

The 2030 Agenda: This Month The UN Launches A Blueprint For A New World Order With The Help Of The Pope
Zero Hedge - Did you know that the UN is planning to launch a “new universal agenda” for humanity in September 2015? That phrase does not come from us – it is actually right in the very first paragraph of the official document that every UN member nation will formally approve at a conference later this month. The entire planet is going to be committing to work toward 17 sustainable development goals and 169 specific sustainable development targets, and yet there has been almost a total media blackout about this here in the United States. The UN document promises that this plan will “transform our world for the better by 2030“, and yet very few Americans have even heard of the 2030 Agenda at this point. As I discussed in a previous article, the 2030 Agenda is taking the principles and goals laid out in Agenda 21 to an entirely new level.

Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barriers
Reuters - Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt. Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary inquiries about buying the Israeli-designed fences, according to an Israeli business source who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the discussions. Both EU countries are beefing up their borders to deter migrants, many of them refugees from wars, who are seeking to use them as gateways to richer countries further north and west, particularly Germany.

Hungary PM says refugees ‘German problem,’ slams EU inability to control situation
RT - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that by mid-September, Budapest should have a package of regulations in place to tackle the growing number of migrants. He said Hungarians are 'full of fear' because Europe is unable to 'control the situation.' "We Hungarians are full of fear, people in Europe are full of fear because they see that the European leaders, among them prime ministers, are not able to control the situation," Orban said on Thursday, after a meeting with European Parliament President Martin Schulz in Brussels. The prime minister added: "I came here to inform the president that Hungary is doing everything possible to maintain order. We are creating now in the Hungarian parliament a new package of regulations, we set up a physical barrier and all these together will provide a new situation in Hungary and in Europe from September 15. Now we have one week of preparation time."

German Immigration Hits 20-Year-High, Up by 1.46 MILLION, Asylum Benefits Up 61 Per Cent, Nearly 1 Million Flee
Breitbart - Immigration into Germany last year hit its highest level for 20 years, with nearly 1.5 million people entering the country, and nearly one million people leaving. The number of people claiming asylum seeker benefits jumped by a staggering 61 per cent, the German Statistics Office (GSO) said on Thursday.... On Monday German Chancellor Angela Merkel described coping with the influx of asylum seekers as Europe’s biggest challenge. Poll figures show that voters in Germany agree. A Forsa poll put Merkel’s conservative bloc down one percentage point on 40 per cent after a two-point dip last week, which the pollster blamed on divisions within her party on the third bailout for Greece.

Global Scientists Support Scottish GM Crops Ban
Sustainable Pulse - An open letter signed by 30 scientists and other specialists has today been sent to the Scottish Minister Richard Lochhead in support of the announced Scottish ban on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops.... The signatories of today’s letter point to increasing use of pesticides, with no intrinsic increase in crop yield (there is no single gene for higher yield ). Thus GM crops are a liability to both farmers and consumers, while proponents of GM continue to make extravagant claims for these crops. The letter also dismisses the claim that GM foods are safe to eat, a claim based on commercially confidential studies performed by the GM-seed developers. On the contrary, peer-reviewed, published toxicology/ safety studies by independent researchers show that lab animals suffer damage to health when fed even small quantities of GMOs.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Democrats in Congress Refuse to Watch Videos Exposing Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies
LifeNews - Reminiscent of the Kermit Gosnell trial when reporters refused to cover the murder charges filed against an abortion practitioner who killed babies born alive during abortions, Congressional Democrats today refused to attend a screening of the videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body parts.... Daily Signal reporter Kelsey Harkness attended the screening and took a picture (above) showing a virtually empty room in a Congressional office building indicating that Democrats clearly refused to attend the screening.... Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is planning a vote on legislation in a couple weeks that would de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The two votes would follow one the Senate had weeks ago, which saw Senate Democrats filibuster and block legislation to revoke $550 million in taxpayer funding. The Senate is expected to vote soon on a second attempt to de-fund Planned Parenthood.

Christian Clerk to Jail over Same-Sex Marriage
Breitbart - A Christian who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples—Kim Davis, the county clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky—has been ordered to jail for contempt of court. Davis was ordered by a federal district judge to begin issuing licenses. She asked a federal appeals court, and then the Supreme Court, to put the district court’s order on hold while her case is pending on appeal, but the higher courts declined to do so.... But as Breitbart News previously reported, Davis is claiming the right to use her governmental power to order all of her deputy clerks and other subordinates that they shall not issue marriages licenses, either. Her personal right to religiously object probably does not extend to using her public-office power to order other government workers to conform to her personal faith-based beliefs.

U.S. shadows Russian ship near nuke submarine bases
Washington Free Beacon - U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials. The Russian research ship Yantar has been tracked from the northern Atlantic near Canada since late August as it makes its way south toward Cuba. Defense officials familiar with reports on the Russian ship say the Yantar is believed to be gathering intelligence on underwater sensors and other equipment used by U.S. nuclear submarines based at Kings Bay, Georgia. The submarines, their transit lanes, and training areas stretch from the coastal base through the Atlantic to Europe.

State Dept. seeks to oust 16 judges from Clinton email cases in favor of one judge
Washington Times - The State Department asked to halt most of the judges prying into former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails, filing papers Thursday proposing that the cases all be combined into one so that a single judge can oversee the government’s searches and released.... The administration faces the prospect of each of the 17 judges making demands on how and when they do searches. And any one of them could order the department to go back and try to recover the more than 30,000 emails Mrs. Clinton said she deleted as personal correspondence — a prospect neither the Clinton campaign nor the administration would relish. Instead, the State Department wants a single judge to handle all of the searching and deadlines, saying it would bring “order” to the process.

Inside Job: Police Say Officer Shot, Torched Own Vehicle
Mikael Thalen - Police in Massachusetts say an officer shot and set fire to his own patrol vehicle Wednesday despite his claim that he had crashed into a tree after being attacked by a gunman. The officer’s initial claims resulted in a widespread manhunt, which included the deployment of the department’s Air Wing helicopter, as well as the closure of numerous public buildings including schools and libraries. “SkyFOX flew over the scene on Forest Road where an officer said he was checking on a disabled vehicle when he was shot at 3 times,” notes Fox 25. “The officer said he fired back, then crashed when he attempted to follow the vehicle. Then, he told police, his cruiser caught fire.” Police have thus far made no comments regarding a possible motive, only stating that the officer would be relieved of duty. Statements from Fox 25 indicate that the officer will also likely face criminal charges.

SAT Scores In The US Are Collapsing
Common Dreams - New statistics show that average SAT scores countrywide have dropped to their lowest level since the college admissions exam was redesigned in 2005, continuing a 10-year trend that education advocates say illustrates the failures of test-driven schooling. According to the College Board, which reported the statistics on Thursday, the average SAT score for the class of 2015 was 1490 out of a possible 2400, with points declining on all three sections of the test—reading, math, and writing. That raises an alarm for the The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), an education advocacy group, which said the latest SAT numbers highlight the failings of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and other standards-based scholastic achievement measures.

Deleting American History: Under New Standards, “U.S. Constitution Simply Ignored by Teachers”
Mac Slavo - “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. […] He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” – George Orwell, 1984. Common Core and similar corporate-driven efforts to alter education are starting to have some serious consequences. Rewriting history is a major part of the silent takeover that is and has been underway for some time. The powers that be are interested in control, not in freedom. That much is understood. As such, American history – as ugly and bloody as it has been – cannot be told. Knowledge about the U.S. Constitution, the critical Bill of Rights and the revolution for independence are inconvenient facts to the new social engineering. Incredibly, public schools are now actually beginning to rewrite history by omitting this pivotal chapter from classrooms. According to EAGnews.org, South Dakota – which is a Common Core state – is literally leaving it untaught...

SF School Adds Gender-Neutral Kindergarten Bathrooms
Breitbart - The first San Francisco elementary school to make bathrooms gender neutral has proudly removed the circles, triangles, and stick figure signs from the kindergarten and first-grade bathrooms that delineate the differences between the sexes. Principal Sam Bass of Miraloma Elementary said the change at the beginning of the school year was prompted by the needs of six to eight students who are outside calling themselves simply boys or girls, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Bathrooms for children older than first grade will be altered in coming years, even outside bathrooms that have multiple stalls.... The Chronicle reported one first-grade boy at Miraloma prefers long hair and female clothing, while another first-grade boy wears boys and girls clothes, including gold lamé stretch pants.

Election News

Trump Says US Would Have to Defend Iran Against Israel Attack
Kurt Nimmo - Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump told CNN the United States would be obliged to defend Iran against an Israeli attack under the terms of the nuclear deal reached between the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, Germany and Iran. “You know, there is something in the Iran deal that people I don’t think really understand or know about,” Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon. “And nobody is ever to explain it that if somebody attacks Iran, we have to come to their defense.” “And I’m saying this – that includes Israel? And most people say, yes. So, if Israel attacks Iran according to that deal, I believe… that we have to fight with Iran against Israel.” The agreement calls for Western nations signing the deal to ensure nuclear safety “as appropriate” of Iran’s civilian nuclear facilities. The language of the agreement, however, does not explicitly state the United States or the other nations are required to defend Iran if it is attacked.

Trump to sign GOP pledge, commit to back party nominee
Washington Post - GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump signed a pledge Thursday to support the Republican nominee in next year’s general election, effectively ruling out a third-party or independent run.... He said that he sees “no circumstances under which I would tear up that pledge. ... I have no intention of changing my mind.”... Trump’s latest embrace of the Republican Party is a conundrum not only for the RNC, but for Trump’s rivals. Many of them are pleased that the businessman’s third-party threat has for the moment been diminished, but they know that urging him to do so also means pressure on them to make the same oath, pledging to back whoever wins the nomination, even Trump.

Donald Trump the only mainstream presidential candidate who's spoken out about vaccine-autism dangers
(NaturalNews) There's only one presidential hopeful currently in the running who has been brave enough to speak out about the link between vaccines and autism, and that candidate is none other than business tycoon Donald Trump. In a 2012 interview with Fox News, Trump stated in no uncertain terms that he's seen healthy children fall gravely ill after receiving vaccinations and that there's no doubt in his mind that autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are directly linked to vaccines. This powerful interview took place long before Trump decided to run for president in the 2016 race.

‘Hillary for Prison’ signs keep getting stolen in the Hamptons
NY Post - This Hamptonite wants Hillary Rodham Clinton behind bars — and had to put his signs saying so behind an electric fence. Andy Sabin’s first “Hillary for Prison 2016” signs lasted little more than a day before they were stolen from in front of his Amagansett home last week. So Sabin took steps to make sure the placards were secure. The red, blue and white signs now sit atop a pair of 12-foot poles behind an electric fence with yellow warning signs. A surveillance camera keeps watch.... People have been stopping regularly to take pictures with the signs, and one couple even pulled into his driveway to see where they could buy some.

Veteran News

Chicago Veterans Help 8,000 Kids Safely Get to and From School (Video)
The VeteransSite.com - Sometimes, school children have to walk through these rough neighborhoods as they go to and from school, sometimes going so far as becoming either the victim of a violent crime, or even the assailant. Knowing how detrimental it can be to place youth into situations that can quickly sour, Leave No Veteran Behind created the Safe Passage Program, which places veterans and their watchful eyes on the commute paths of the children. Each day, these awesome veterans help 8,000 kids safely get to and from school.

Economy & Business

Japanese firms in US are ‘hostages’ of anti-Russia sanctions – bank official
RT - Japanese businesses operating in the United States have become hostages of Washington's sanctions against Russia, according to the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Many Japanese banks maintain extensive business operations in the United States. In the context of sanctions (against Russia) Washington can impose restrictions on any transactions by these banks," JBIC Senior Managing Director Tadashi Maeda said in an interview to TASS on Thurday at the first Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok. "For instance, the sanction list includes Rosneft. If you do business with Rosneft in the United States, this may be a reason for sanctions on Japanese businesses," he said. "One can say that Japanese companies in the United States are hostages of US sanctions," Maeda added.

2015 Job Layoffs Up 31% Year Over Year in August
Money Morning - After spiking to a four-year high in July amid massive military staff cuts, monthly job layoffs slipped by more than 60% in August. Still, the year-to-date count is up notably compared to August 2014… U.S. employers announced plans to trim headcount by 41,186 last month, according to a report Thursday from global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. That was a 61% decline from the staggering 105,696 layoffs in July. The July tally was the highest since September 2011, when monthly job cuts hit 115,730.... The retail sector was hit hard job in August, with 9,601 planned layoffs reported during the month. Most of those were related to the bankruptcy of east coast supermarket chain A&P. The grocery retailer is shuttering more than 100 stores and laying off a reported 8,500 workers by Thanksgiving.

Number of Americans Living on $2 a Day Has More Than Doubled in 20 Years
Sputnik News - It may be hard to imagine how one can survive earning no more than $2 a day, but for 1.5 million families and 3 million children in the US, this single digit is a severe reality, according to a new book, “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America”... The US is considered one of the most developed capitalist states in the world, but that doesn’t change the fact that an increasing number of its residents live in conditions one would be forgiven for thinking only those in third world countries have seen.

Energy & Environment

Fracking Creates Massive Radiation Waste Problem
Green Med Info - With recent news that California's fracking industry will be "repurposing" its toxic wastewater to meet the needs of an agricultural industry driven desperate by the drought, a timely new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reveals fracking wastewater is not just a source of dangerous petrochemicals but also a highly toxic form of radioactive waste.... Titled, "What's NORMal for Fracking? Estimating Total Radioactivity of Produced Fluids," the new study tested the hypothesis that fracking wastewater contains the same naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) found in the shale deposits that it is produced from as a drilling byproduct. The primary radionuclides of interest include radium, polonium, and lead, which are decay products of uranium and thorium, and which are normally safely locked away deep within millions of years old geological formations.

Health

Recipe - The Benefits of Anti-Inflammatory Health Promoting Golden Milk
Karen Foster - Advocated by several schools of native medicine, including Ayurveda, golden milk is one of the best ways to consume turmeric on a daily basis, along with the antioxidant power of ginger and black pepper. In a comprehensive summary of 700 studies published by ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, Duke found extensive evidence that turmeric can reduce inflammation and support brain and joint health. He showed that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.

15 Good Reasons To Drink Wheatgrass Everyday
Natural News Blogs - This natural healing remedy has been used by thousands of people to help with disease prevention and overall health improvement. You will enjoy learning about the health benefits of wheatgrass juice.

Pet News

5 Risky Wives' Tales That Even Your Vet May Believe
Dr. Becker - Some popular folklore about pet care seems to hang on well past its expiration date. And then there are traditions that persist because experts in the veterinary industry promote them. How many of the following pet care myths have you heard of or fallen for?

Add This to Your Pet First Aid Kit
Susan Thixton - To me, this is one of the most important things to have in your First Aid kit (for your pets and yourself) – activated charcoal capsules.... From ASPCA Tips to Manage a Poison Emergency: “Activated charcoal adsorbs a chemical or toxicant and facilitates its excretion via the feces. It basically acts like a magnet, attracting and holding the toxicant to its surface so that it passes through the gastrointestinal tract without being absorbed by the body. It is administered when an animal ingests organic poisons, chemicals or bacterial toxins or if enterohepatic recirculation of metabolized toxicants can occur... The recommended dose of activated charcoal for all species of animals is 1-3 gm/kg body weight. Repeated doses of activated charcoal every 4-8 hours at half the original dose may be indicated when enterohepatic recirculation occurs. Related: Emergency First Aid Kit for Your Dog
 



Thursday - September 3, 2015 - Today in History:

1783 - The Revolutionary War between the U.S. and Great Britain ended with the Treaty of Paris.
1833 - The first successful penny newspaper in the U.S., "The New York Sun," was launched by Benjamin H. Day.
1838 - Frederick Douglass boarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from being a slave.
1895 - The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0.
1939 - British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, in a radio broadcast, announced that Britain and France had declared war on Germany. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1.
1943 - Italy was invaded by the Allied forces during World War II.
1954 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years.
1967 - Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.
1976 - The U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars. The unmanned spacecraft took the first close-up, color photos of the planet's surface.
1981 - David Brinkley left NBC News after 38 years to join with ABC.
1989 - The U.S. began shipping military aircraft and weapons, worth $65 million, to Columbia in its fight against drug lords.
1994 - Russia and China announced that they would no longer be targeting nuclear missiles or using force against each other.
2013 - Hunters in Mississippi caught a 727-pound alligator.

World News

Sanctions could lead to Russia-Japan currency swaps
RT - The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) says the country is leaning towards direct ruble-yen currency swaps, as Western sanctions are making it difficult to conduct business using US dollar transactions. "We're now studying that [the effects of ruble devaluation]. We need some of the swap arrangements with the local banks. We are elaborating opportunities with Russian banks such as Gazprombank, VTB, VEB… Because of the US sanctions, we cannot use the US dollar anymore, we have to switch to other currencies," JBIC’s senior managing director Tadashi Maeda told Sputnik news agency on Thursday on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok. The interest rate is very high and could “hinder” swaps, Maeda added, talking about the use of the Russian ruble.

In Dramatic Escalation, China Sends Five Navy Ships Off Alaska Coast For First Time Ever
Zero Hedge - WSJ: Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, the first time the U.S. military has seen such activity in the area, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. The officials said they have been aware in recent days that three Chinese combat ships, a replenishment vessel and an amphibious ship were in the vicinity after observing them moving toward the Aleutian Islands, which are split between U.S. and Russian control. They said the Chinese ships were still in the area, but declined to specify when the vessels were first spotted or how far they were from the coast of Alaska. The Pentagon official said there were a “variety of opinions” on how to interpret the Chinese ships’ deployment. “It’s difficult to tell exactly, but it indicates some interest in the Arctic region,” the official said. “It’s different.”

China Scrambles To Enforce Capital Controls (Which Is Great News For Bitcoin)
Zero Hedge - "China is imposing fresh controls to prevent too much money from leaving the country, in an effort to keep badly needed funds at home to battle a deepening slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy." This is undsiputedly bad news for China, but Blythe Masters would be the first to admit, escalating Chinese capital controls would be just the thing bitcoin needs to surge, and surpass, it previous all time highs.

Putin’s Beijing visit to boost Russia-China trade
RT - Russia and China are expected to finalize a number of agreements on mutual projects, covering finance, transportation and energy cooperation as President Putin arrives in Beijing on a two-day visit. Russia-China relations are developing rapidly and have probably “reached a peak in their entire history,” according to Putin. Around 30 documents are planned to be signed during the visit, Putin’s aide told journalists earlier this week. The new Silk Road project (China’s proposal to establish an economic corridor with Russia and Mongolia), cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and BRICS as well as preparations for the G20 and APEC summits are among the key topics on the agenda.

EU set to extend sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian individuals, firms – reports
RT - The European Union has decided to extend sanctions imposed on a number of individuals and firms in Russia and eastern Ukraine until March 15, 2016, several media outlets reported citing diplomatic sources. The decision was made at a meeting of senior EU officials on Wednesday, diplomatic sources told RIA Novosti, Interfax and the Wall Street Journal. The sanctions, which have been imposed on nearly 200 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and legal entities, are due to expire on September 15. The extension of the restrictions is allegedly due to be signed by the EU Council without review in mid-September.

Oil Triple Whammy: Inventory Build, Iran Nuke Deal Has Votes, & China Gives Venezuela $5 Billion Loan
Zero Hedge - Following last night's epic inventory build., according to API, DOE has reported a 4.7mm barrel build but US crude production plunged 1.4% (lowest since March). However, this oil complex has been hit by two other 'issues' this morning as Obama captures the votes he needs to confirm the Iran nuclear deal (guaranteeing more oil supply) and China encumbers more Venezuelan oil ($5bn loan) allowing them to keep pumping at below-cost levels. The reaction for now is notable selling pressure.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon Now Says Army Mistakenly Sent Live Anthrax to All 50 States
Military.com - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has repeatedly said the scandal over the military's mistaken shipment of live anthrax spores around the nation and the world would get worse -- and he was right.
The number of labs that received live anthrax has more than doubled to 194 since Work and Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's top acquisition official, released a report in July on the shipments of the deadly pathogen from the Army's Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah.

Bill Clinton’s Top Adviser Ran Hillary’s Email Server
Breitbart - Hillary Clinton, who is under federal investigation for allegedly allowing classified information to end up in the hands of non-government workers without a security clearance, paid a company called “Perfect Privacy, LLC” to cover up the true identity of the person running her email network. Now we know why. Bill Clinton’s senior adviser Justin Cooper was the man responsible for running the email network, according to archived Internet records. Cooper also works as a top fundraiser for the Clinton Foundation. He also serves as a senior adviser to Teneo Holdings, a private corporate advisory and investment banking firm founded by former Bill Clinton adviser Doug Band. Cooper has never worked for the State Department.

Breaking: Massachusetts Police Cruiser Bursts Into Flames After Coming Under Gunfire
Mikael Thalen & Joe Biggs - A Millis, Massachusetts police cruiser crashed and caught fire Wednesday after being hit with gunfire shortly after 3 p.m. According to the Massachusetts State Police, “preliminary investigation indicates the shots were fired from a dark colored – possibly maroon – pickup truck” that fled the scene. In an attempt to locate the suspect, who was described only as a white male, Massachusetts State Police have deployed a helicopter from the department’s Air Wing unit as well as other police from surrounding areas. “Additionally, State Police detectives, K9 units, crime scene technicians, ballistics technicians, and fire investigators are en route to the scene to assist,” police said. No injuries have been reported thus far. This latest shooting follows Tuesday’s shooting death of an Illinois police officer, the suspected homicide of Abilene, Texas Officer Don Allen Monday and the execution-style shooting of a Harris Co., Texas, deputy sheriff late last week.

Indiana Police Call in the US Military and Raid 146 “Dangerous” Marijuana Plots (Video)
The Free Thought Project - On Wednesday, the Indiana State Police announced that they have raided 146 marijuana grow plots throughout the southern region of the state. In an unprecedented show of force, officers from the Indiana State Police, the Indiana National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Forest Service, Civil Air Patrol, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and local agencies, authorities seized thousands of marijuana plants. In total, some 4,900 ‘dangerous’ plants were plucked from the ground, as well as 4 pounds of processed pot, six weapons, and $3,000 in cash were seized. The Aug. 17-28 operation resulted in 16 arrests. Police ‘protecting’ people from this plant is nothing new. However, training and using the US military to arrest pot growers is certainly worrisome. In June, the Free Thought Project broke the story of the National Guard teaming up with police departments across the country, to train for drug raids, and other prohibition-related policing.

Cops Kill Man with Down Syndrome Over Movie Ticket, Blame it on Medics Who Tried to Save His Life
The Free Thought Project - The three cops facing a wrongful-death suit in connection with the death of a man with Down syndrome will argue that his death was the result of pre-existing medical conditions, according to filings with the U.S. District Court. Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. Police approach an individual regarding an extremely trivial matter. When the he doesn’t immediately comply with the commands of law enforcement he’s taken to the ground and roughed up by numerous cops. In the course of the altercation, the man dies from asphyxiation. While the family is certain that the fractured larynx was a result of the violent altercation, defense attorneys for the cops claimed in their latest court filings that the injuries found on Saylor were from the paramedic’s efforts to save his life, and not their brutal attack.

Sealed: Obama secures votes to override Congress on Iran deal
RT - With a Maryland lawmaker announcing her support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama has enough votes in the Senate to veto the disapproval by the Republican majority. Europe, Russia, China and the UN have endorsed the deal already. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced on Wednesday she would endorse the agreement, finalized in July after lengthy negotiations between Iran and six world powers.... Congressional approval of a treaty would normally require 67 votes in the 100-member Senate. However, under the law giving Congress review powers over the Iran deal, the legislators would need 67 votes to pass a resolution of disapproval immune to the presidential veto. With Mikulski’s endorsement being the 34th vote in favor of the deal, the Republicans do not have the required majority to sink the deal in the Senate.

G.I. Joe’ Shooting: Massive Multi-Agency, Martial Law Drill Underway in Fox Lake, Illinois
21st Century Wire - This afternoon a mass manhunt was underway by law enforcement in Fox Lake, Illinois to find for three suspects following a local police officer who was fatally shot while in pursuit of the three men on Tuesday morning. We’re told that the downed officer was a lieutenant, Charles Joseph ‘G.I. Joe’ Gliniewicz, 52, a 30-year veteran with the Fox Lake Police Department.... At a brief staged news conference in the morning, authorities announced they were searching for two white men and one black man. No other details were given, and police even admitted they had “no other information” about the three alleged suspects. Regardless, this did not seem to stop law enforcement and the mainstream media from quickly gearing-up for one of the largest’ manhunt’ TV productions staged so far this year in the United States.

Separate trials for six officers in Freddie Gray death
RT - The six Baltimore PD officers charged in the April death of Freddie Gray will be tried separately, judge Barry Williams ordered. He rejected the motions by defense lawyers to dismiss the charges and remove prosecutor Marilyn Mosby from the case. While the prosecutors argued that the entire chain of events leading to Gray's death was relevant to the case, from his arrest to the death inside the police van, the judge's ruling means they will have to make a separate case against every one of the officers involved.

VIDEO: MD Sheriff: ‘It’s Open Season on Law Enforcement’ Cops ‘Scared to Death to Do Their Job’
Breitbart - Wicomico County, MD Sheriff Mike Lewis (R) declared, “it’s open season on law enforcement across this country.... Lewis said, [relevant remarks begin around 5:20] “You bet it’s open season on law enforcement across this country. American law enforcement right now are under siege. We recognize it. We see it everywhere we go. And you can rest assured, as you well know, this all started on the false lie, this premise, down in Ferguson, Missouri, ‘Hands up, don’t shoot,’ Black Lives Matter, all based on a lie. We all know it’s a lie. Law enforcement across this country are under siege. We know we’re under siege. Everybody’s scared to death to do their job, scared to pull the trigger..."

DHS investors are sending police to train in Israel
MassPrivateI - At least 300 high-ranking sheriffs and police from agencies large and small – from New York and Maine to Orange County and Oakland, California – have traveled to Israel for privately funded seminars in what is described as counterterrorism techniques. Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer called Israel “the Harvard of antiterrorism” after taking part in a 2005 trip sponsored by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). Capt. Brad Virgoe of the Orange County Sheriff's Department in California called the 2013 session he took part in an “amazing experience,” recalling visits to checkpoints in Eilat at the Israeli-Egyptian border and in the West Bank near Bethlehem. Don't forget what happened in Ferguson! The Ferguson police chief was trained in Israel! The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also sends police to Israel and hosts Israeli police in America. Chief Superintendent Roy Valdman, Head of the Investigations Division for the Israel Police Central Unit in Tel Aviv, visited Denver, Colorado in 2015.

Democrats Hire Illegal Alien to Recruit New Voters
Kit Daniels - The Democratic National Committee knowingly hired an illegal alien to help coordinate DNC outreach to potential voters, according to Judicial Watch. The DNC hired Cindy Nava with full knowledge of her “undocumented status,” the government watchdog reported, pointing out that federal law prohibits foreign nationals from contributing “directly or indirectly in the decision-making process” of federal, state, or local election-related activities. “No wonder this nation has a border and an illegal alien crisis,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Not only do we have a major political party knowingly employing an illegal alien, but also openly boasting about it to the nation’s press.”

Federal Judge Rules Employers do not have to Provide Insurance Coverage for Contraception even if their Objection is not Religious
AllGov - Employers who wish to avoid providing contraception coverage to their workers can do so on moral grounds, a federal judge ruled Monday. The ruling came in a case brought by an anti-abortion group, March for Life, which sued the Department of Health and Human Services over the contraception mandate contained in Obamacare. March for Life contends it should not have to provide contraception coverage because its objections are not that different from those raised by religious groups.

Veteran News

35% of backlogged VA healthcare applicants died waiting for benefit approval
RT - The Department of Veterans Affairs still has a massive backlog of nearly 900,000 healthcare applications ‒ including more than 300,000 from veterans who died waiting for their benefits to be approved, a report by the agency’s inspector general found. The VA’s internal watchdog, the Office of the Inspector General, released a report Wednesday that looked into a whistleblower’s claims of extensive, persistent problems in the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Health Eligibility Center enrollment records. The OIG found that the VHA’s enrollment system had about 867,000 pending records as of September 30, 2014. On top of that, at least 307,000 applications ‒ or about 35 percent of all pending records ‒ were associated with individuals reported as deceased by the Social Security Administration.

Energy & Environment

Obama Prophesies Climate Nightmare: Famine, Floods, Fire, Fumes and Fighting
mrc tv - President Obama – who graduated Columbia University with a degree in political science – became an environmental and ecological expert Monday night in time to decry America’s contributions to global warming and the alleged melting of Arctic ice caps at this year’s GLACIER Conference, predicting a dire future for humanity. During the GLACIER event, which stands for Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience, Obama blamed the recent rash of wildfires sweeping parts of Washington State on global warming, insisting that “climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it.” Overall, the speech painted a fairly doom-and-gloom outlook for America and the rest of the world. So if you’re a Doomsday Prepper, here are a few excerpts from the president's speech explaining the climate-related disasters heading to a town near you...

Quote of the week: Obama’s Climate Claim in Alaska
Watts Up With That? - As commenter “Bad Andrew” says: You have got to do a post on this. Meanwhile, other countries laugh: Obama Rebuffed As Superpowers Refuse To Sign Arctic Climate Agreement On Sunday and Monday, foreign ministers and other international leaders met in Anchorage, Alaska to attend the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic. After the conference, the representatives of the Arctic Council members signed a joint statement affirming “our commitment to take urgent action to slow the pace of warming in the Arctic.” China said that it needed more time to review the document before signing. But RT had a different take, saying that China and India “opted not to sign the document” because “reducing emissions entails huge expenditure and loss of economic effectiveness.”

President Obama Wants More Heavy Icebreakers
Reuters - President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources. The move, part of a push to convince Americans to support Obama’s plans to curb climate change, has long been urged by Arctic advocates as climate change opens up the region to more shipping, mining and oil drilling.... The United States used to have seven icebreakers, but the fleet has dwindled to three creaky vessels, only one of which is a heavy-duty vessel, the White House said. “Russia, on the other hand, has 40 icebreakers and another 11 planned or under construction,” it said. Obama will have to convince Congress to pick up the tab for any new icebreakers, each of which come with a price tag of about $1 billion.
* Related: Call for Arctic icebreakers could hurt Great Lakes

Science & Technology

Cyber warfare: Russia & China vs United States
Hang The Bankers - US officials believe that China and Russia are building a database of US intelligence information using massive amounts of files stolen from government agencies and private companies, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday. The intelligence community fears that sort of a database could be used to identify, profile, track, and potentially blackmail or recruit US intelligence operatives around the world. Digital analysis of the data can reveal “who is an intelligence officer, who travels where, when, who’s got financial difficulties, who’s got medical issues, [to] put together a common picture,” William Evanina, the top counterintelligence official for the US intelligence community, told The Times.

Will Alzheimer's One Day Be Diagnosed via Smartphone?
Sputnik News - A quick, inexpensive and super high-tech way to diagnose the most common cause of elderly dementia - Alzheimer’s disease - in its earliest stages is on the way. American researchers are working on a voice test that could one day allow for the early detection of the affliction via smartphone. Sona Patel, a professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, is developing a test that analyzes human voice samples and could eventually help doctors determine whether a patient has symptoms associated with brain degeneration. Her research is funded by a $380,000 grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Communicative Disorders. The technology itself is not brand new – it’s currently used to diagnose the early signs of Parkinson’s disease, wherein doctors compare samples to root out speech peculiarities caused by Parkinson’s.

Supersize moon & total eclipse combo to leave stargazers in awe on Sept. 28
RT - A total lunar eclipse following the so-called “supermoon” will occur on September 28 bringing the rare phenomenon of four consecutive total eclipses – known as a “tetrad” – to an end. Early in the morning of September 28 the moon will venture very close by our planet and appear much brighter and bigger than usual. After that the “supermoon” will be completely eclipsed, since the Earth will stand directly between the moon and the sun. After about an hour and a half the celestial body will become visible again.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

USDA Gives 2nd Generation GM ‘Innate’ Potato Green Light
Natural Society - You likely already ate some GM potato without knowing it. Over 400 acres worth of GM potatoes were sold in Midwestern grocery stores over the summer, and most of them went unlabeled as such. The second generation of J.R. Simplot Co.’s genetically modified potato has cleared its first federal regulatory hurdle, and the Russet Burbank variety ‘Innate’ has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the name of a potato that won’t brown or bruise, as this is the reason being given for its genetic alteration, we are expected to eat another genetically modified crop, and like it.

Health

Wheat: 200 Clinically Confirmed Reasons Not To Eat It
Green Med Info - With sales of foods labeled gluten free now reaching over 6 billion dollars a year, something truly profound is happening to the way in which Americans are perceiving the role of wheat in their diets. Once celebrated as the very poster-child of the health food movement, folks are increasingly rejecting this "king of grains," and are now identifying it as being at the very root of their health problems.... In order to fully appreciate the extent of damage wheat and/or gluten consumption can have on the body, included "sprouted wheat" (since WGA is still present), view the screenshot from our Wheat page below.

Purple Potatoes Prevent Cancer
Mae Chan - Given the roles of oxidative stress and chronic inflammation as risk factors for cancer, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory richness of vegetables high in anthocyanin compounds, such as those found in purple potatoes, help in the prevention of certain types of cancer, even after cooking, say researchers. The new data, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, tested the potential for anthocyanin-containing purple potatoes to block the growth of cancer tumours, even when they have been cooked -- after previous research suggested that the polyphenols found in purple potatoes (PP) may help to battle cancer. Anthocyanins are in the class of flavonoids -- compounds found in fruits, vegetables and beverages -- that have aroused interest because of their potential health benefits. These antioxidant pigments may also reduce blood vessel hardening and improve overall heart health. Other studies have shown that anthocyanins may help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Quickly Reverse Fatigue and Dark Eye Circles With This Aromatherapy Trick
Natural Blaze - Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plants, oils, minerals, and essential oils to change and better an individual's mood, psychological or physical health. Aromatherapy can be applied through more than just the sense of smell. It can also be applied topically or used as an aromatic in the home.... Essential oils can help remove dark spots from under the eye when applied topically. Some of the best oils to use include: hydrosol or herbal infusion oil, Roman chamomile, geranium, rose, frankincense, orange blossom or lavender oil. In addition to these oils, cypress oil helps to boost circulation in the eye area.

FDA Sends Warning Letters to Makers of Potentially Deadly Powdered Caffeine Products
Natural Society - Five manufacturers of powdered caffeine have been informed by the FDA that they must stop producing some of their products, provide measuring devices for their products, or package their products in smaller amounts after the agency found that some packages of the substance contained as much as 50,000 servings of caffeine.... A mere teaspoon of powdered caffeine is the equivalent of about 28 cups of coffee. A tablespoon of the drug in its purest form can kill. A 100-gram package of powdered caffeine is roughly the equivalent to 400 “tall” Starbucks coffees, 1,250 cans of Red Bull or 3,000 cans of Coke. The FDA publicly warned of the dangers of powdered caffeine last year after two young men accidentally overdosed on the substance and died.

Pet News

Sick Cats with Higher Levels of This Nutrient Are More Likely to Survive
Dr. Becker - Scientists have recently discovered that higher levels of vitamin D in extremely sick hospitalized cats can increase their chances for survival.... The benefits of vitamin D to human health are well established. Sources of vitamin D include certain foods and dietary supplements. In addition, humans produce vitamin D in the skin after exposure to sunshine. Cats, on the other hand, can only obtain vitamin D from their diet. However, it’s important to remember that too much vitamin D can be dangerous for kitties. It’s a fat soluble vitamin, which means it can build up to toxic levels in the body, potentially leading to fatal kidney and lung damage.... If you have a sick pet, measuring vitamin D levels may be something you want to request to determine if supplementation is necessary.
 



Wednesday - September 2, 2015 - Today in History:

1775 - Hannah, the first American war vessel was commissioned by General George Washington.
1789 - The U.S. Treasury Department was established.
1864 - During the U.S. Civil War Union forces led by Gen. William T. Sherman occupied Atlanta following the retreat of the Confederates.
1897 - The first issue of "McCall’s" magazine was published. The magazine had been known previously as "Queens Magazine" and "Queen of Fashion."
1901 - Theodore Roosevelt, then Vice President, said "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
1938 - The first railroad car to be equipped with fluorescent lighting was put into operation on the New York Central railroad.
1945 - Japan surrendered to the U.S. aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II. The war ended six years and one day after it began.
1945 - Ho Chi Minh declared the independence the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
1961 - The U.S.S.R. resumed nuclear weapons testing. Test ban treaty negotiations had failed with the U.S. and Britain when the three nations could not agree upon the nature and frequency of on-site inspections.
1963 - The integration of Tuskegee High School was prevented by state troopers assigned by Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Wallace had the building surrounded by state troopers.
1985 - It was announced that the Titanic had been found on September 1 by a U.S. and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years.
1992 - The U.S. and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station.
1996 - Muslim rebels and the Philippine government signed a pact formally ending 26-years of insurgency that had killed more than 120,000 people.
2004 - President George W. Bush accepted his party's nomination for a second term at the Republican National Convention in New York City.
2005 - President George W. Bush told Michael Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" during a tour of Hurricane Katrina damage in Alabama.

World News

Russia Begins Unprecedentedly Large Mass Destruction Defense Drills
Sputnik News - The number of Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Defense troops taking part in the exercises is unprecedentedly high. Russia's Strategic Missile Forces have started drills to identify and assess the consequences of using weapons of mass destruction, a spokesman for the forces said Wednesday. "Over 1,200 servicemen and around 200 pieces of special equipment from the Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Defense troops are used, which greatly exceeds the number of personnel and means used during drills in previous years," Col. Igor Yegorov told reporters. He added that different scenarios, including terrorist attacks on sites that could potentially represent radiological, chemical or biological hazards, would be tested during the drills.

Defense, You Say? NATO Unveils Six Command Centers in Eastern Europe
Sputnik News - NATO's six new command and control centers have become operational across Central and Eastern Europe as part of the bloc's large-scale campaign aimed at increasing its military presence close to Russia's borders. The centers (NATO calls them small headquarters) are located in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania – the countries often complaining of an imminent but imaginary threat from Russia. NATO claims the move is meant to reassure its members that the alliance is committed to protecting them. It should allegedly be viewed as a measure aimed at boosting defense to tackle "security challenges from the east and the south," as the bloc put it in its press release. However, Russia sees it as a sign of the bloc's growing assertiveness and military buildup in a region that no country, including Moscow, is threatening.

Gaza set to become uninhabitable by 2020, UN body warns
RT - “Almost all of the population” is destitute in the Gaza Strip. Wars and economic blockades have all but destroyed its entire economy, a UN conference has warned. If the trend continues, the territory may become “unlivable” in five years. The report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says that the Israeli war in the Gaza Strip last year drove the country deep into recession and this time recovery may fail to come. The report states that Gaza’s GDP dropped 15 percent in 2014, 72 percent of households suffered from food insecurity and unemployment stood at a record high of 44 percent. “The prospects for 2015 are bleak, due to volatile political conditions, reduced aid flows, the slow pace of reconstruction in Gaza and lingering effects of Israel’s withholding of Palestinian clearance revenue during the first four months of 2015,” the report says.

Over 2,000 Migrants Protest in Budapest Demanding Entry Into Germany
Sputnik News - Hundreds of undocumented migrants have been protesting outside Budapest Keleti railway station, for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, demanding that the Hungarian authorities allow them to travel to Germany, media reported. On Tuesday, Hungarian authorities closed Budapest’s main train terminal to migrants in an attempt to prevent them from traveling to neighboring European countries. The decision came after some 2,500 refugees arrived by train in southern Germany from Hungary and Austria on Monday night.

China central bank sets reserve requirements for all FX derivatives: document
Reuters - China's central bank will require reserves to be set aside for purchases of all currency derivatives from October, according to a document seen by Reuters, as Beijing moves to make it more expensive to bet on further depreciation of the yuan. The move expands the scope of a similar document, seen Tuesday, in which the central bank said it will require banks to hold reserves on behalf of clients' trading of currency forwards, in a move seen curbing speculation and volatility after the Aug. 11 shock devaluation of the currency.

How the US Can Stop ISIS Without Setting Foot in Syria
Tony Cartalucci - An old military maxim states: “an army marches on its stomach.” Logic dictates that an army with empty stomachs is unable to march. Napoleon Bonaparte who is credited with this quote, found out first hand just how true these words were when his army found itself deep within Russia without supplies, leading to its ultimate and catastrophic defeat. Likewise, ISIS’ fighting capacity depends entirely on its supply lines. Cutting these supply lines will lead to its inevitable defeat. For the United States, who is either allied with or has troops operating in all nations bordering Syria, cutting ISIS’ supply lines would be a simple matter – that is – if the United States was truly interested in defeating ISIS and other Al Qaeda affiliates. While the United States has assisted Turkey in erecting missile defenses along its border with Syria in order to create a defacto no-fly-zone providing Al Nusra and ISIS with an invaluable sanctuary, little to no effort has been spent in increasing border security – specifically the searching for and interdiction of terrorist fighters, weapons, and other supplies.

Pentagon deploys drones to Latvia to maintain 'security & stability'
RT - In a bid to show off how the US protects its allies, the Pentagon has deployed two MQ-1 Predator long-range unmanned surveillance drones and 70 airmen to Latvia on a training mission, the US Department of Defense said. The deployment of the two unmanned MQ-1 Predators to Lielvarde Air Base over the weekend was the first time the US military sent a detachment of drones to Latvia to take part in what is referred to as partner training, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, told Reuters. The drones will be controlled from Lielvarde Air Base, and their mission is due to end on September 15, according to AFP. Captain Davis said the deployment of the airmen, said to be members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing of the Texas Air National Guard, was funded by the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI).

US Army Sinks $2.2Mln in Half-Finished Afghan Command Center
Sputnik News - The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) paid a contractor more than $2 million for a partially-built command and control facility at Kandahar airfield in southern Afghanistan, a government watchdog said in a press release. The facility was supposed to be built by July 2013, according to the release, but by October of that year the group that planned to occupy the building terminated the project due to quality and safety issues.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Homicide: Texas Officer Found Dead in Home
Mikael Thalen - The death of an off-duty officer in Abilene, Texas is being labeled a homicide, police confirmed during a press conference Tuesday. Reports indicate that the body of Abilene Officer Don Allen was discovered inside his home by family members Monday in what investigators are describing as “clearly suspicious.” Speaking with reporters, Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge released few details, only confirming the suspected cause of death. “The circumstances behind his death indicate that the probable cause is homicide,” Chief Standridge said. “Aside from that, I’m not going to comment any further… I don’t want to say anything today that would compromise our ability to hold these people accountable.” After being asked by reporters about a possible link to recent shooting deaths of other officers, Chief Standridge responded by stating that there was no “indication right now that random law enforcement personnel are being targeted.”

Radioactive material sent to Texas A&M goes missing
CBS News - A package of radioactive material that was supposed to be delivered to an on-campus office at Texas A&M University has gone missing... According to an internal email sent by Christopher Meyer, an assistant VP with the Office of Safety and Security, the FedEx shipment of was sent from Science Engineering and Education Company in Edina, Minnesota. The company makes radioactive material for equipment and research, KBTX reported. In a statement to KBTX, a Texas A&M spokesperson said the school is confident the package was not received by the university's Radiation Safety Office. "We obviously want to locate this package as quickly as possible because it does contain radioactive material, but we hasten to add it doesn't present a health threat to the community provided the contents, which are secured in a box with two layers of inner containment, are not disturbed," the statement said.

Huge manhunt for three armed and dangerous suspects who shot cop dead in Chicago suburb: Town on lockdown as SWAT teams go house to house
Daily Mail - A massive manhunt is underway north of Chicago after a 32-year veteran police officer was shot dead while on a routine patrol. Three armed and dangerous suspects, two white and one black, are at large after Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was gunned down in Fox Lake near the Illinois-Wisconsin border, at around 8am. The cop, a father of four nicknamed GI Joe, was found in a marshy area stripped of his gun and other equipment by the trio who then fled the scene. A manhunt is underway in a Chicago suburb after a police officer was reportedly shot dead while on a routine patrol. Heavily armed officers prepare to head out and search for the suspects. Three armed suspects, two white and one black, are at large following the shooting in the Fox Lake area. Hundreds of members of law enforcement have been sent to the area to join the search.

Video Shows Texas Cops Shoot Man With Hands Up
Adan Salazar - Cell phone video obtained by a local news station appears to show the moment two Texas deputies gunned down a man who held his hands up, contradicting police’s version of events. On Friday, deputies responding to a domestic violence call encountered 41-year-old Gilbert Flores on the front yard of a home in San Antonio.`Flores was suspected of assaulting a woman and infant inside the residence. Police said Flores appeared to have a knife when they arrived, and attempted to “resist and fight back,” according to Bexar County Sheriff’s Office PIO James Keith. Deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez claimed they attempted to use non-lethal force to stop Flores, including tasers and riot shields, according to Think Progress, but their efforts proved fruitless, they said, and they had to open fire on the man, killing him. However, cell phone video filmed by a neighbor and obtained by ABC affiliate KSAT News shows a shirtless Flores putting his hands up multiple times and little if any effort by law enforcement to employ non-lethal force.

ABC News Has Yet to Release Full Suicide Note of Vester Lee Flanagan
Breitbart - In the five days since the shooting, ABC News has chosen not to publish the full contents of the fax, which was variously described in the media as a manifesto or a suicide note. No explanation has been given for withholding the full contents from the public. Given that Flanagan is dead, there would seem to be no reason not to reveal it (i.e., no pending trial and therefore no reason to worry about an ongoing investigation or influencing potential jurors). ABC did report excerpts from the document on the day of the shooting. A New York Times report, published last Thursday, described the fax as containing 3 separate suicide notes, all of which had been typed in the past few weeks. The Times added some additional detail to the report by ABC, including the fact that, after he was fired by WDBJ in 2013, Flanagan killed his two cats in a rage and later buried them. On Monday, the New York Daily News reported on a separate cache of letters Flanagan sent to his former roommate Robert Avent.

Memorial service held for slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward
ABC 7 News - Parker's father spoke on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, saying lawmakers who fought stricter gun laws "messed with the wrong family." Andy Parker said he would continue the push for stronger gun legislation and more in-depth background checks. "I just want people to know that I'm going to be working on this for a long time," he said. "I know that this is not a sprint. It's a marathon."
* Related Video: Alison's parents thank community for support and push for gun control on air

Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Vendor ABR Pays Off Clinics, Intact Fetuses “Just Fell Out”
CMP - The ninth video in the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal focuses on Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR), the small and secretive company that has harvested and sold fetal body parts at Planned Parenthood clinics longer than any other entity... [Dr.]Sheehan tells actors posing as a new human biologics company that at Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, “We have already a relationship with ABR.” Sheehan explains, “We’ve been using them for over 10 years, really a long time, just kind of renegotiated the contract. They’re doing the big collections for government-level collections and things like that.” When one of the actors negotiates, “We return a portion of our fees to the clinics,” Sheehan responds eagerly, “Right, get a toe in and make it, make a pro–alright.”
* Related: McConnell: Defunding Planned Parenthood must wait for new president

244 Illegal Aliens Rounded up in California
Breitbart - Over 240 illegally present foreign nationals, including previously deported sexual offenders, were taken into custody over the course of four days last week when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials out of the Los Angeles area conducted an operation in California’s Southland. Every one of the 244 illegal aliens apprehended during the operation had prior criminal convictions. 56 percent of those were for serious or violent felonies including child sex crimes, weapons charges and drug offenses, according to ICE.... The 244 illegal aliens apprehended hail from 21 countries including Peru, Thailand, France and Ghana. The largest contingent, however, was Mexican nationals, comprising 191 of those taken into custody.

The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know
Global Research - Since the end of World War Two the Central Intelligence Agency has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, hears and reads on a regular basis. CIA publicists and journalists alike will assert they have few, if any, relationships, yet the seldom acknowledged history of their intimate collaboration indicates a far different story–indeed, one that media historians are reluctant to examine.

Election News

Cruz: Obama has become the president 'Nixon always wished he could be'
Washington Examiner - First it was Obamacare, now it's Mount McKinley that has Ted Cruz up in arms. During an appearance on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" Monday, Cruz bashed President Obama and his decision to rename the Alaskan peak "Mount Denali" without congressional approval. He called it another example of the Obama administration being is the "most lawless administration" in history. In addition, the Texas senator called the administration's move the "latest manifestation of the megalomaniacal imperial presidency," telling the host that Obama has finally become "the president Richard Nixon always wished he could be."

Trump Now Out-polling Jeb 8-1 in Iowa
Breitbart - Donald Trump is maintaining a commanding 2-1 lead in the latest poll of GOP caucus goers in Iowa, and his only rival in double digits is another political novice, Dr. Ben Carson. Donald Trump is maintaining a commanding 2-1 lead in the latest poll of GOP caucus goers in Iowa, and his only rival in double digits is another political novice, Dr. Ben Carson. In a Gravis Marketing poll of 507 Iowa Republicans conducted last Friday and Saturday, Trump has 31.7 percent to Carson’s 15.8 and Bush’s 4.1 percent. A Monmouth University poll released yesterday had showed Trump and Carson running neck and neck with 23 percent – much to the excitement of the GOP establishment, including Fox News Channel. But today’s Gravis poll seems more in line with other recent surveys in the Hawkeye State, where the first caucuses of 2016 will be held five months from today on Feb. 1.

Hillary confidant rips ‘alcoholic’ and ‘lazy’ Boehner in email
The Hill - Hillary Clinton’s close confidant called John Boehner an “alcoholic,” “lazy” and a weak leader in a scathing email sent the night of the 2010 midterm election, when a Tea Party wave swept House Republicans into power. “He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle,” Sidney Blumenthal wrote to Clinton, then the secretary of State, in a lengthy “post-midterms” memo. Blumenthal went on to say that the Boehner, who became Speaker shortly after the election, had tried to “buy” some potential GOP opponents in his conference with campaign contributions and plum committee assignments.... Blumenthal’s memo was among 7,000 pages of emails between Clinton and her top aides that the State Department released on Monday night. About 125 pages had been redacted because they contained classified information, and in some of the emails, Blumenthal’s unflattering observations about Boehner were redacted.

Economy & Business

Wall Street Panics Over Global Recession Fears
Kit Daniels - Wall Street plunged Tuesday after investors feared weak data from China, the world’s second-largest economy, would lead to a global recession. China’s manufacturing sector suffered its quickest deterioration in over six years, leading to a three-year market low and other sectors of the Chinese economy also slowed down significantly. In response, all three major U.S. stock indices, the Dow Jones, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ, were down two percent in early trading. “While a measure of calm has returned to these markets recently and they have seen relief rallies, many of the underlying negative fundamentals are still in place,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS. “As a result, the downside risks for most commodity prices, exchange rates, and stock markets are likely to persist for some time, while growth in many parts of the world, especially in emerging markets, is likely to deteriorate further.” Investors panicked once China’s official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dropped to 49.7.

Plunge Protection Team Losing Control of Markets-Jim Sinclair
USAWatchdog - Legendary gold expert Jim Sinclair says what is going on right now in the stock market is just the warm-up act. Sinclair contends, “This is a pre-crash, and we are not making it through September without the real thing. Everybody is on credit. Main Street is on credit. This seems to be a bubble of historical proportion when it comes to the amount of money supporting the accepted lifestyles as being the new normal.... Sinclair stands by his prediction last year of an eventual gold price of $50,000 per ounce. Sinclair explains, “You have to understand we are going into unprecedented deflation, and it’s the reaction of central banks around the world to the concept of deflation that brings about hyperinflation. . . . There will be debt monetization of all kinds of debt to maintain some sort of equilibrium. The price of gold is going to go to a level that is going to surprise everybody.

ConocoPhillips announces massive layoffs
CNBC News - Texas-based energy company ConocoPhillips will cut about 10 percent of its global workforce, with the largest percentage occurring in North America, it confirmed to CNBC. Its pre-reduction workforce numbers 18,100 people. “As we have assessed the implications of lower prices on our business, we’ve made the difficult decision that workforce reductions will be necessary,” wrote Daren Beaudo, director of communications, in an email to CNBC.

Small Business Owners: Feds Are Trying To ‘Destroy’ Us
Daily Caller - Several franchisees urged members of Congress Monday to help reverse a recent federal rule change which could destroy many small businesses. A federal labor case involving Browning-Ferris Industries has allowed the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to expand a critical franchising and contracting rule. Known as the joint-employer standard, the rule helps establish which company has responsibility over employees when multiple companies contract with one another. “Simply put, I believe the NLRB is taking aim at the franchise model and trying to destroy it,” Edward Rothschild, owner of Alphagraphics, said on a call with reporters. “I think it will hurt the employee base.”

Health

How This NY Mom Made The Case For Her Son’s Religious Vaccine Exemption
Natural Blaze - An unidentified, Russian immigrant mother who practices the Russian Orthodox faith, has secured a religious vaccine exemption for her autistic son. New York has a bill on the table to eliminate religious exemption and to root out those who weren't refusing vaccines on strictly devout, religious grounds.... The woman filed for an MMR exemption for her son during the summer and fall of 2013, but the Department of Education rejected it saying they didn't believe in her sincerity. They made a strange claim that the Russian Orthodox Church hadn't been very vocal in a stance against vaccination. She filed an appeal and argued her reasons. New York Post has found: Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia sided with the parent and granted the student exemption in an Aug. 3 ruling. “Her opposition to the MMR vaccine stems from sincerely held religious beliefs. …Furthermore, petitioner produced information relative to specific ingredients … which appears to provide the linkage between vaccines and aborted fetal tissue,” Elia said.... The mother had to audition her beliefs and had said that “abortion is clearly considered a mortal sin and is [an] abhorrent act to any Christian.”

Another Baby Medically Kidnapped in South Carolina over Broken Bones – Parents Thrown in Jail
Health Impact News - Jason and Mattie Walls from South Carolina took their frail, premature daughter to the emergency room after she became limp and was not breathing properly. What followed next was a chain of events resulting in every parents' worst nightmare: The seizure of their daughter and removal from their custody, and charges made against them for child abuse which resulted in spending time in jail - all because they took their baby to the hospital looking for help.
 



Tuesday - September 1, 2015 - Today in History:

1799 - The Bank of Manhattan Company opened in New York City, NY. It was the forerunner of Chase Manhattan.
1807 - Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason.
1878 - Emma M. Nutt became the first female telephone operator in the U.S. The company was the Telephone Dispatch Company of Boston.
1884 - The Thomas A. Edison Construction Department and the Edison Company for Isolated Lighting merged.
1897 - The first section of Boston's subway system was opened.
1922 - The first daily news program on radio was "The Radio Digest," on WBAY radio in New York City, NY.
1939 - World War II began when Germany invaded Poland.
1942 - A federal judge in Sacramento, CA, upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.
1945 - The U.S. received official word of Japan's formal surrender that ended World War II. In Japan, it was actually September 2nd.
1979 - The U.S. Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn.
1982 - Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo closed all the country's private banks.
1983 - A Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner entered Soviet airspace; 269 people were killed.
1985 - The Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast.
1997 - In France, the prosecutor's office announced that the driver of the car, in which Britain's Princess Diana was killed, was over the legal alcohol limit.
1998 - Vietnam released 5,000 prisoners, including political dissidents, on National Day.
2004 - More than 1,100 people were taken hostage by heavily armed Chechen militants at a school in Beslan in southern Russia; more than 330 people, most of them children, were killed during the three-day ordeal.
2009 - A law allowing gay marriage took effect in Vermont.

World News

Putin says dump dollar
RT - Russian President Vladimir Putin has drafted a bill that aims to eliminate the US dollar and the euro from trade between CIS countries. This means the creation of a single financial market between Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and other countries of the former Soviet Union. “This would help expand the use of national currencies in foreign trade payments and financial services and thus create preconditions for greater liquidity of domestic currency markets”, said a statement from Kremlin. The bill would also help to facilitate trade in the region and help to achieve macro-economic stability.

Tens of thousands Lebanese protesters storm Environment Ministry building, call on minister to resign – reports
RT - Anti-government protesters in Lebanon have stormed the Environment Ministry in Beirut, calling on the minister to resign, according to local TV. The demonstrators are organizing a sit-in, refusing to leave until the minister resigns, according to reports on social media. The protesters are part of the "You Stink" campaign, which has given the government until Tuesday evening to meet its demands. Those demands include a sustainable solution to a trash crisis that flared in mid-July, the resignation of Environment Minister Mohammad Mashnuq, and new elections to replace a parliament that has been in power since 2009, AFP reported.

Russia to Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria
Kurt Nimmo - U.S. airstrikes, however, will soon face competition from Russia. Western diplomats say a Russian expeditionary force has arrived in Syria and will operate, according to the Israeli website YNet, as a Russian forward operating base. “In the coming weeks thousands of Russian military personnel are set to touch down in Syria, including advisors, instructors, logistics personnel, technical personnel, members of the aerial protection division, and the pilots who will operate the aircraft,” writes Alex Fishman. “The current makeup of the expeditionary force is still unknown, but there is no doubt that Russian pilots flying combat missions in Syrian skies will definitely change the existing dynamics in the Middle East.” The presence of the Russian military in the skies over Syria will increase the possibility of encounters with the United States, especially if the US adopts a more aggressive stance against the Syrian government.

UN confirms destruction of ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria
Deutsche Welle - The United Nation's training and research agency UNITAR said late Monday that the temple's destruction Sunday by the self-styled "Islamic State" (IS) rendered the 2,000-year-old site a total loss. "We can confirm destruction of the main building of the Temple of Bel as well as a row of columns in its immediate vicinity," UNITAR said, providing satellite images from after a powerful blast in the ruins of the ancient city. An image taken on August 27 showed a rectangular structure surrounded by columns. A shot taken on Monday indicated there was little left apart from a few columns on the very outer edges of the site.

Intelligence Stalemate: Truth About MH17 Crash Shrouded in Secrecy Forever?
Sputnik News - The MH17 flight crash in eastern Ukraine is still under investigation, but the situation is far more complicated than you might imagine, American analyst Phil Butler notes… "Assuming the US and Russia mutually possess similar strategic and intelligence capabilities, we can begin to understand why the MH17 downing was not solved early on. Neither nation can afford to reveal the depth of technologies involved or the lack of capability if there are shortcomings," the American analyst pointed out… "Russia cannot show the missile or aircraft cannon riddling MH17 with projectiles, and neither can the Pentagon. Both capability and weakness can be revealed in IMAX-like video of the plane being hit, and then falling to Earth," Butler underscored.

Explosion Seen at Eastern China Factory
Sputnik News - A massive explosion was seen and heard in the chemical industry zone in the Chinese city of Dongying, in the eastern province of Shandong late on Monday, local media reported. The blast took place at about 23:25 p.m. local time (15:25 GMT), according to the People's Daily newspaper. No injuries or casualties have been reported yet. This is not the first explosion in the Shandong province in recent days. At least nine people were injured in an explosion in a chemical factory in Shandgong on August 22.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Cheney: We Could See Another 9/11 with Much Deadlier Weapons
Breitbart - Monday, CNN ran a preview clip of an interview scheduled to air on Tuesday night’s broadcast of CNN’s “AC360,” in which former Vice President Dick Cheney said because of the unfettered rise of ISIS, “we could see another 9/11-style attack with much deadlier weapons.” Cheney said, “Look at the record. We had a situation in which by the time we got through the surge in ’07 and ’08, President Bush made a courageous decision and correct decision that Iraq was in good shape when we left office. Barack Obama said as much. What happened basically was they failed to follow through. They withdrew as quickly as possible and left no stay-behind force there. They created a vacuum and the vacuum was filled by ISIS.”

Is The Virginia Shooting Hoax Blowing Up in the MSM’s Face?
Activist Post - Gun control false flag crisis actors be warned: Facial recognition search software is going to bust you. Funny, the technology is easy enough to use on Facebook, one has to wonder why the mainstream media and police don’t use it for these alleged mass shooter events..... The latest discovery is that Alison Parker’s alleged fiancé Chris Hurst, who has only eight social media photos of him with Alison, is probably just her “TV” boyfriend. A guy named Daniel Wulz has been outed by facial recognition as her real-world boyfriend. Some of the media’s photos of Alison are taken directly from Wulz’s Facebook account, which is now curiously unavailable.
* Related: 19 Intriguing Coincidences Surrounding the Virginia Shooting

Next Gen B-3 Bomber Will Cost $25Bln More Than US Air Force Thought
Sputnik News - The Air Force this year estimated the cost of the new Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB) to be $58.2 billion for the next 10 years, up from the previous year’s estimate of $33.1 billion… The Air Force chalked up the $25 billion miscalculation to human error, saying the cost should have actually been $41.7 billion… The price gap for the new aircraft is another budgeting snafu by the Air Force, whose F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is notoriously over budget – it is also the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program ever… The LSRB is estimated to cost $500 million per plane, with a total cost of $55 billion to replace the Air Force’s 77 aging B-52 (first developed in 1955) and 21 B-2 (1989) bombers, Stillwell reported

Hillary Shared An Email Network With The Clinton Foundation
Breitbart - Records reveal that Hillary Clinton’s private clintonemail.com server shared an IP address with her husband Bill Clinton’s email server, presidentclinton.com, and both servers were housed in New York City, not in the basement of the Clintons’ Chappaqua, New York home. Web archives show that the Presidentclinton.com Web address was being operated by the Clinton Foundation as of 2009, when Hillary Clinton registered her own clintonemail.com server. Numerous Clinton Foundation employees used the presidentclinton.com server for their own email addresses, which means that they were using email accounts that, if hacked, would have given any hacker complete access to Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, as well.

CDC Issues Warning: Doctors on Alert for Bubonic Plague: “There is a Heightened Risk… We Don’t Want People To Panic”
GovtSlaves - Since April 2015, eleven cases of plague have been recorded in the U.S., and three people have died leaving the CDC no other recourse but to issue a warning to alert doctors of potential cases that may arise. “It is unclear why the number of cases in 2015 is higher than usual,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Many of the cases are occurring in rural and semi-rural areas in the western United States. The report lists two cases in Arizona, one in California, four in Colorado, one in Georgia, two in New Mexico and one in Oregon. The cases in California and Georgia have been linked to areas in or near Yosemite National Park in the southern Sierra Nevada. Dr. Natalie Kwit of the CDC emphasizes, “We don’t want people to panic but we do want them to be aware of the heightened risk.”

Wayne Dyer, self-help guru, dies at 75
(CNN) - Wayne Dyer, the prolific self-help guru and motivational speaker, has died, Dyer's family has announced on Facebook… Dyer, who announced in 2009 he had been diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia, was 75. Dyer was a psychotherapist and a professor before helming his own self-help empire, but perhaps the most important credential one can have when being in the business of inspiring people and instructing how to pick one's self up by their bootstraps and to achieve is to have done just that themselves... Born in Detroit in 1940, Dyer grew up an orphan, an experience that molded a self-reliance as well as an aversion to self-pity.

Election News

Trump Is Setting the GOP Agenda
Politico - A week after boasting that it would ignore Trump, with its usual Clouseau-like finesse, JebWorld decided to hit Trump every day. Which means every GOP candidate is now playing Donald Trump’s game instead of their own—and doing about as well as you’d expect.... Practically every candidate in the race is now engaging in and losing a war of insults, aping Trump’s issue agenda and in some instances pilfering his best lines.... Donald Trump has changed the shape of the 2016 race forever. The only question for the rest of the candidates in the field is what to do about it. All of the available options offer serious risks—and most have already failed....

Veteran News

Connecticut Becomes The FIRST State To End Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans
Activist Post - Officials of Connecticut announced last Thursday that the state has officially become the first in the nation to provide housing for every one of its chronically homeless veterans. No doubt national and state officials are celebrating the monumental achievement after having set a goal earlier on to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. The Connecticut Department of Housing, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), and other nonprofits and volunteers who spent time on the streets identifying homeless veterans played a major role in the state’s coordinated efforts.... Nearly 300 veterans previously experiencing chronic homelessness have now been gifted permanent – or at least temporary – housing. Chronically homeless is defined as “those with a disabling condition who have been continuously homeless for a year or have had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.”

Economy & Business

VIDEO: ISIS Gold Standard: Will it Work?
Ron Paul Liberty Report - A recent video release -- purportedly by a media service associated with ISIS -- showing how the US fiat currency system will bring about the collapse of the dollar, seems to be an astonishingly good piece of anti-gold/Austrian propaganda. Are Austrians and others who push a gold standard in cahoots with ISIS? Hardly. But, says Ron Paul, some sort of commodity standard is inevitable as all fiat currencies collapse. Who's really behind this video?

Science & Technology

3 Republican-Appointed Federal Appeals Judges Overturn Blocking of NSA Mass Telephone Spying
AllGov - A panel of three appeals court judges—all appointed by Republican presidents—found a way Friday to allow the National Security Agency’s spying on Americans’ telephone conversations to continue. The panel ruled unanimously that the plaintiffs, led by conservative activist Larry Klayman, couldn’t prove their calls had been swept up because their calls were handled by Verizon Wireless, not Verizon Business, which had previously been found to have turned over calling data to the National Security Agency (NSA). This ruling came despite government documents released earlier this month that showed the NSA had also swept up Verizon Wireless data.

Construction Site Drones: Efficient, But Also A Bit Scary
Tech Swarm - The University of Illinois team is currently testing a system that will allow drones to attach cameras to locations across a building site, so that activity can be monitored continually. In experiments, they are also using a crowdsourcing platform to categorize workers’ activities in video footage. A manager can then see how different tasks are being performed overall, and how much time each individual is spending on a job. In other words, each worker's activity is tracked, cataloged, and then categorized.... The potential to abuse this technology is immense. On the other hand, there is no doubt that the information gathered by these systems could improve safety and efficiency. The real problem we will surely see in the future is all companies adopting this technology making it virtually impossible for people to choose whether to work for a company that employs this technology or not.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto wants to replace the bees they are killing with genetically engineered flying ants
(NaturalNews) The EPA gave Monsanto, a Fortune 500 company, a $3 million dollar grant, taxpayers' money, to develop a solution for colony collapse disorder. A top scientist at Monsanto, John Leere, let the cat out of the bag when he admitted GE farming and bees can't coexist. So guess which one they consider expendable? The following quotes are from the World New Daily Report. Latest studies have found a link between neonicotinoid pesticides that are vastly used in GE corn crops. As GE farming has become an essential part of agriculture in today's modern world, we had to develop ways to promote both the continuity of GE farming and the survival of the honey bees, a fascinating challenge? Since GE farming and neonicotinoid pesticides are here to stay, we first tried to modify the bees as to increase their immune system to these insecticides, with little or no success.Yet, we did not despair and eventually started testing on winged virgin queens and males of the ant species.

Survival/Preparedness

The 8 Secret Essentials To Long-Term Food Storage
Off the Grid News - Our greatest priority in preparedness should be long-term food storage, simply because any catastrophic event will affect the supply chain and food will quickly become scarce. But while food storage has significant value and provides us all with a level of security, there are some realities affecting food storage that we need to both understand and manage. If we fail to do so, we may find that our well-planned storage has failed on levels we hadn’t anticipated nor imagined.

Health

Diabetes Drugs Can Cause Severe Joint Pain, FDA Warns
NBC News - An entire class of diabetes drugs can cause severe and disabling joint pain, the Food and Drug Administration cautioned patients on Friday. The drugs, which include Januvia, Onglyza, Tradjenta and Nesina, are all in the same class and work by making more insulin available to the body. Januvia was the first approved in the U.S. in 2006. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin may cause joint pain that can be severe and disabling," the agency said in a statement that uses the generic names of the drugs. "We have added a new Warning and Precaution about this risk to the labels of all medicines in this drug class, called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors." The drugs are already linked with some potentially severe side-effects. Januvia, for instance, can cause a severe inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis that's not only excruciating but that can be deadly. Onglyza has been linked with a higher risk of heart failure.

Can Turmeric Extract Reverse Type 1 Diabetes?
Green Med Info - Slowly but surely the world is waking up to the reality that diabetes is not only a preventable but a reversible condition... For instance, some of the drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes actually increase the risk of death, with a recent study showing GMO insulin given to type 2 diabetics may lead to the development of so-called "double diabetes": type 2 and type 1 diabetes, together. Clearly, if medicine can't at least abide by its founding principle to "do no harm," it must seek the answer somewhere other than from the "chemist's pot."... One particularly striking study, published in the American Diabetic Association's own journal, Diabetes Care, found turmeric extract to be 100% effective in preventing pre-diabetics from developing type 2 diabetes -- a feat of prevention that no FDA approved drug for type 2 diabetes has yet come even close to accomplishing. It turns out that this spice may be a powerful therapeutic intervention for more than just type 2 diabetics. Pre-clinical research now reveals it may have a role in reversing pancreatic damage in insulin-dependent, type 1 diabetics, who are routinely told that their condition can not be cured.

Vitamin D Reduces Asthma Intensity by Over 70 Percent
Mae Chan - The effect of vitamin D is strongest among people with asthma and other lung diseases who are predisposed to respiratory infections. to recommend approval if more safety restrictions were added. Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, a review found in children previously diagnosed with asthma, vitamin D supplementation resulted in a 74% reduction in the risk of asthma exacerbation. According to previous research published in the journal Allergy, people with a vitamin D deficiency were 25% more likely than other asthmatics to have had at least one flare-up in the recent past.
 



AUGUST 2015

Monday - August 31, 2015 - Today in History:

1852 - The first pre-stamped envelopes were created with legislation of the U.S. Congress.
1920 - The first news program to be broadcast on radio was aired. The station was 8MK in Detroit, MI.
1920 - John Lloyd Wright was issued a patent for "Toy-Cabin Construction," which are known as Lincoln Logs. (U.S. patent 1,351,086)
1964 - California officially became the most populated state in America.
1965 - The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
1989 - Great Britain's Princess Anne and Mark Phillips announced that they were separating. The marriage was 16 years old.
1990 - U.N. Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to try and negotiate a solution to the crisis in the Persian Gulf.
1990 - East and West Germany signed a treaty that meant the harmonizing of political and legal systems.
1991 - In a "Solidarity Day" protest hundreds of thousands of union members marched in Washington, DC.
1993 - Russia withdrew its last soldiers from Lithuania.
1994 - A cease-fire was declared by the Irish Republican Army after 25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland.
1994 - Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after a half-century.
1997 - Britain's Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris at age 36.
1998 - A ballistic missile was fired over Japan by North Korea. The missile landed in stages in the waters around Japan. There was no known target.
2009 - Walt Disney Co. announced it was acquiring comic book giant Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.
2010 - President Barack Obama ended the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, declaring no victory after seven years of bloodshed.

World News

NATO kicks off naval drills in Black Sea with Ukraine
RT - Ukraine is hosting naval military exercise in the Black Sea with NATO forces, involving 2,500 troops and some 150 military vehicles, from warships and helicopters to armored cars. The host nation of Sea Breeze 2015 has deployed 1,000 troops, nine warships and eight aircraft for the drill. The US has sent 1,000 troops as well as five warships, two submarines and six aircraft. The remaining 500 troops, six warships, three submarines and 6six aircraft were provided by Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Turkey, the UK and the non-NATO nations Moldova and Sweden.... NATO is also currently conducting another war game, called Swift Response, in Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania. It is one of the largest such events since the Cold War and is planned to last until September 13. A separate exercise, called Simple Strike, is under way in the Baltic.

Saudi-led airstrike kills 36 civilians at north Yemen bottling plant
RT - At least 36 people have been killed after an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition forces hit a bottling plant in northern Yemen, residents told Reuters. "The process of recovering the bodies is finished now. The corpses of 36 workers, many of them burned or in pieces, were pulled out after an airstrike hit the plant this morning," the agency learned from one resident, Issa Ahmed, by phone. Since the Saudi-led forces started their bombing campaign in March, ostensibly to halt the advance of the Shiite Houthi rebels, more than 4,300 people have lost their lives, while the country is in a state of complete collapse, with millions at risk… The news comes days after it became apparent that the country could no longer tolerate the situation unless some form of humanitarian intervention was to take place, with some 13 million Yemenis at risk of starvation, of which about half face a critical situation, according to the UN's World Food Programme (WFP).

Malaysia's ex-PM calls for 'people power' mass protests to topple govt
RT - Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad called for the current prime minister to be ousted in a speech to tens of thousands of people, who have gathered for a second day of anti-government protests in Kuala Lumpur. The protesters want PM Najib Razak to resign over a financial scandal. "The only way for the people to get back to the old system is for them to remove this prime minister," Mahathir told media before going to the protests in downtown Kuala Lumpur. And to remove him, the people must show people's power. The people as a whole do not want this kind of corrupt leader."... The Saturday rally attracted 300,000 people, according to the organizers' count.

US to Create Elite Police Unit in Ukraine
Sputnik News - Canadian and American military instructors in Ukraine will create a new Special Forces - the elite police unit for rapid response. The first stage of selection and training of the elite police is due to begin soon. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that the selection of the troops for the new unit will be tough. But preference may be given to the former Special Forces veterans and Kiev-led military soldiers… The new Special Forces are designed to replace all existing Interior Ministry units in the future, combining them into one similar unit like the American SWAT.

Gold Standard Marks Its Unlikeliest Return With Islamic State
Sputnik News - In yet another attempt to behave as if they were the government of a nation, the notorious terrorist group Islamic State has just reintroduced a warped version of the gold standard the way it existed a century ago. With the announced ‘return of the gold dinar’, Islamic State seemingly hopes to provide substantial support to their black-market oil-based economy. Whilst the new ‘currency’ will hardy gain international convertibility, the move might have significant consequences for the global economy, one of them being larger and less predictable fluctuations in gold prices, as the scale of black market operations with precious metals is inevitably poised to grow.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. developing sanctions against China over cyberthefts
Washington Post - The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets. The U.S. government has not yet decided whether to issue these sanctions, but a final call is expected soon — perhaps even within the next two weeks, according to several administration officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.... Any action would also come at a particularly sensitive moment between the world’s two biggest economies. President Xi Jinping of China is due to arrive next month in Washington for his first state visit — complete with a 21-gun salute on the South Lawn of the White House and an elaborate State Dinner.

University of Texas Removes Jefferson Davis, Woodrow Wilson Statues
Infowars - Statue removal follows nationwide campaign to take down historical items deemed “racist.” Statues of Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson were removed from the campus of the University of Texas at Austin Saturday after a local Confederate heritage group failed to block the move at the state Supreme Court. Announcing the plan earlier this month, University President Greg Fenves stated that the statue of Davis, a leader in the Confederacy, would be removed from UT’s Main Mall because “it was no longer in the university’s best interest to continue commemorating” him, reports the Statesman. Wilson, a Democrat president known for praising the KKK, was moved as well merely to “maintain symmetry on the mall.”
Election News

Rand Paul Promises To Shut Down NSA Data Center If He Becomes President
Inquisitr - Republican Senator Rand Paul has been one of the few vocal critics of the U.S. government’s spying programs. He’s the only presidential candidate that has made NSA spying a central topic of their campaign. NSA spying is so important to Rand that he’s promised to shut down the NSA data center if he becomes president. After he stops the indiscriminate collection of Americans’ data, he’ll convert the data center into a “Constitutional Center” where the Fourth Amendment will be studied. “I’m on my way to the airport, but we decided to stop by the NSA facility in Utah. When I become President, we’ll convert it into a Constitutional Center to study the Fourth Amendment! Bulk data collection must end!”

MI6 spy Gareth Williams found dead in bag had 'hacked Clinton secrets'
International Business Times - A MI6 spy who was discovered dead in a holdall at his apartment in 2010 had hacked into sensitive information about former US President Bill Clinton, it has been claimed. The spy had obtained Clinton’s diary for an event and passed it to a friend. Gareth Williams, 31, hacked into the event’s guest list as it was to be attended by President Clinton, passing it to his friend who was also to be a guest at the party, according to sources speaking on condition of anonymity to the Sun on Sunday. “The Clinton diary hack came at a time when Williams’s work with America was of the most sensitive nature,” one source said. “It was a diplomatic nightmare for Sir John Sawers, the new director of MI6 at the time.” The death of Williams remains an unsolved case after five years.

“Dark-Complexioned Male”: AP Refuses to Call Cop Killer “Black”
Paul Joseph Watson - Surveillance footage clearly shows suspect is African-American. Some media outlets are refusing to identify the race of the suspect involved in the murder of a sheriff’s deputy in Houston last night, despite the fact that he is clearly black. At around 8:30pm last night, Deputy Darren Goforth was pumping gas into his vehicle in full uniform before he was approached by a man who shot him from behind multiple times. “Police described the suspect as a dark-complexioned male who is believed to be between 20 and 25 years old, and stands about 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall,” reports the Associated Press.
* Related: Texas Deputy Executed Days After Black Radical Group Calls for Killing Cops

Baltimore Sun: July violence: 45 murders in 31 days
Baltimore Sun - July saw 45 homicides across Baltimore, a toll that matched the deadliest month in the city’s modern history and came amid a violent crime surge that has stretched the entire summer. The killings occurred across the city, overwhelmingly in historically impoverished neighborhoods. The victims included a 5-month-old boy and a 53-year-old grandmother, a teen stabbed to death in a dispute over a cell phone and a carryout deliveryman killed in a robbery. The Baltimore Sun sought to profile each victim, through interviews with relatives, friends, neighbors and police, as well as information on social media — and to chronicle the impact on those left behind.

Whistleblower’s Daughter is Terrorized, Detained, and Kidnapped
Health Impact News - The following two videos recorded the scene on the night of April 14, 2014, when Cheyenne and Randy Davis were followed for at least a mile by law enforcement, pulled over, and brutally separated by Sampson County Deputies. No reasons were given for the stop and subsequent arrest of Randy, nor the abduction of his daughter, Cheyenne. The second video shows officers assaulting and forcibly removing Cheyenne from the car and away from her father. Another adult female, along with her son, were also in the vehicle, and the officers removed her child also. There was apparently no court order from a judge to take the children into custody. The officers were simply following directions from CPS social workers. This is what we refer to as legal kidnapping in the United States today.

The Illusion of Choice … 90% of American Media Controlled by 6 Corporations
Activist Post - It is worth repeating again and again that the bulk of America’s mainline media is owned and controlled by a mere 6 corporations. This, of course, means that unless you’re already consciously avoiding these mainline media sources, then most of the news and entertainment that makes it onto your screen and into your mind comes from a small pool of corporate sources, all of which play important roles in delivering propaganda, social programming and perpetual crisis narratives to the public. The conglomerates are: General Electric, News Corp., Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS.

Election News

Trump Wins Nashville Grassroots Straw Poll With 52 Percent
Breitbart - After delivering an energetic 50 minute speech using no notes or teleprompter, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump easily won a presidential straw poll conducted at the annual convention of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, garnering 52 percent of the votes cast. Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) finished second with 24 percent, and Dr. Ben Carson, another political outsider and Tea Party friend, finished behind Cruz in third.

Economy & Business

Blame the Federal Reserve, Not China, for Stock Market Crash
Ron Paul - Following Monday’s historic stock market downturn, many politicians and so-called economic experts rushed to the microphones to explain why the market crashed and to propose "solutions” to our economic woes. Not surprisingly, most of those commenting not only failed to give the right answers, they failed to ask the right questions. Many blamed the crash on China’s recent currency devaluation. It is true that the crash was caused by a flawed monetary policy. However, the fault lies not with China’s central bank but with the US Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve’s inflationary policies distort the economy, creating bubbles, which in turn create a booming stock market and the illusion of widespread prosperity. Inevitably, the bubble bursts, the market crashes, and the economy sinks into a recession.

Citigroup braces for global recession, calls for QE in China
Hang The Bankers - China has bungled its attempt to slow the economy gently and is sliding into “imminent recession”, threatening to take the world with it over coming months, Citigroup has warned. Willem Buiter, the bank’s chief economist, said the country needs a major blast of fiscal spending financed by outright “helicopter” money from the bank to avert a deepening crisis. Speaking on a panel at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York, Mr Buiter said the dollar will “go through the roof” if the US Federal Reserve lifts interest rates this year, compounding the crisis for emerging markets. Professor Zhiwu Chen from Yale University told the same event that China will be doing well if it can contain its slow-motion crisis to mere stagnation for the next 10 years, given the dangerous levels of debt in the system.

In 2008, Fewer Than 30 Million Used Food Stamps. Now 46 Million Do
The Daily Signal - The number of Americans using food stamps in 2014 declined slightly from the previous year… In 2008, it was below 30 million. By 2013, it had hit 47.6 million. It has since dipped a bit… One out of every seven Americans received SNAP benefits in 2014, and the program cost $74.1 billion, making it one of the largest means-tested welfare program. Before the 2008 recession, 55 percent of SNAP households consisted of children and the elderly. Now, however, a slight majority of recipients are non-elderly, able-bodied adults. There has also been an uptick in the number of working-age, able-bodied adults on SNAP who are not working… At least part of the reason can be traced to the waiving of work requirements for childless, able-bodied, working-age adults during the recession.

Illinois Pays Lottery Winners In IOUs After $30K/Month Budget "Guru" Fails To Produce Deal
Zero Hedge - After years of struggling financially, Susan Rick thought things were looking up when her boyfriend won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery last month. She could stop working seven days a week, maybe fix up the house and take a trip to Minnesota to visit her daughter. But because Illinois lawmakers have not passed a budget, she and her boyfriend, Danny Chasteen, got an IOU from the lottery instead. Under state law, the state comptroller must cut the checks for lottery winnings of more than $25,000. And lottery officials said that because lawmakers have yet to pass a budget, the comptroller's office does not have legal authority to release the funds. Prizes of $25,000 or less will still be paid at lottery claim centers across the state, and people who win $600 or less can cash in their ticket at the place where they bought it.

1,100 union workers to strike at nuclear weapons plant
Knoxville News Sentinel - Union workers at the Pantex nuclear weapons plant — a sister plant to Y-12 in Oak Ridge — this week rejected a final contract offer and voted to go on strike, effective at midnight Friday. The strike by more than 1,100 workers at the national security site received the necessary blessing of the Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO in Washington, and it reportedly will be the first strike by the main workforce at Pantex since 1970. Pantex and Y-12 are managed by Consolidated Nuclear Security, a Bechtel-led contractor team, and union negotiations at Y-12 have been on hold for months while the situation at Pantex played out.... Clarence Rashada, president of the umbrella labor group, said union workers were upset by proposed cuts to their benefits, and he said that was the primary reason for the 3-to-1 rejection of CNS's final contract offer and their vote — with a two-thirds majority — to strike.

Housing Market

When the Bank Robs You: Wells Fargo Contractors Allegedly Stole Family Heirlooms Rescued From Nazis
The Intercept - The few remaining defenders of the Obama administration’s failure to prosecute the executives who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis argue that the bankers’ actions were unethical but not criminal.... The president might want to take this up with David Adier, who says he was victimized by Wells Fargo breaking and entering into his family’s home in Morris Township, New Jersey, and then committing property damage and theft. Burglary is a felony subject to prison time — if anybody but a bank does it. Adier’s case is doubly disturbing because of what was taken: items his father retrieved from his family’s apartment in France before fleeing the Nazis in 1940, including a Kiddush cup, a Seder plate and a sewing machine used by his grandmother. Adier has since filed suit against Wells Fargo. According to the complaint, Wells Fargo’s contractors deemed the house abandoned, despite explicit instructions that it was not.

Energy & Environment

Three Category 4 Hurricanes in the Pacific Ocean: How Rare Is That?
Weather.com - A very rare meteorological event occurred Saturday evening into early Sunday morning when three Category 4 hurricanes were ongoing simultaneously in the Pacific Ocean. At 11 p.m. EDT Saturday, Hurricane Kilo (135 mph) was located well southwest of the Hawaiian Islands followed by Hurricane Ignacio (140 mph) to the east of Hawaii and Hurricane Jimena (140 mph) in the eastern Pacific.... This is the first recorded occurrence of three Category 4 hurricanes in the central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time. In addition, it's also the first time with three major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger) in those basins simultaneously, according to hurricane specialist Eric Blake of the National Hurricane Center.

Technology & Science

Joe Biden's Son Blames "Russian Agents" For Ashley Madison Profile
Zero Hedge - [...] Vice-President Joe Biden's son "Hunter" has unleashed his own set of excuses for member ship of the extramarital affairs website, as Breitbart reports - Biden thinks international agents, possibly Russian, who objected to his board membership with a Ukrainian gas company set up a fake account to discredit him. However, IP mapping suggests otherwise... account information shows that the profile, which was confirmed by a credit card purchase in 2014, was used at the latitude/longitude point of 38.912682, -77.071704… A source close to Biden told People Magazine after the first Breitbart story ran that the IP address for the account traces to Jacksonville, Florida. That latitude-longitude point just happens to exist on the Georgetown University campus, at an administrative building on Reservoir Road. And Hunter Biden just happened to be teaching there around the time the account was set up.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Industry Watchdog Asks USDA to Ban Use of Wastewater From Fracking and Sewage Systems for Organic Food Production
Cornucopia News - The organic industry watchdog has launched a national petition drive to the USDA calling for new regulations to prohibit the wastewater practices. Cornucopia pointed to research that shows that the copious amounts of wastewater, a byproduct of the hydraulic fracturing technique in gas and oil production, is contaminated with toxic chemicals and oil. Recent reporting has indicated its use in the growing of organic food in California. Effluent from sewage plants, which co-mingles waste from domestic and industrial sources, can contain pathogens and drug residues in addition to heavy metals and toxic chemicals. This is also a concern of Cornucopia’s. “Because of these potential contaminants, spreading sewage sludge is explicitly banned in organic production,” said Mark A. Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute.

Center for Food Safety Sues Department of Agriculture for Withholding Genetically Engineered Crop Records
Center for Food Safety - Center for Food Safety (CFS) today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), alleging that APHIS has violated FOIA by routinely failing to respond to requests for records related to genetically engineered (GE) crops, unlawfully delaying its responses, and withholding public disclosure of information. APHIS has failed to provide a timely final response to at least 29 of CFS’s FOIA requests or appeals. Of these, APHIS has entirely failed to provide a final response to 10 requests and 2 appeals. The lawsuit asks the court to direct APHIS to promptly provide CFS with the requested information and to order APHIS to stop its practice of failing to respond to FOIA requests related to GE crops.

State Orders Dairy To Label All-Natural Milk ‘Imitation’
Off the Grid News - The owners of an dairy are dumping hundreds of gallons of skim milk down the drain because of a state order to label their all-natural product “imitation.” Under Florida state rules, the only way the Ocheesee Creamery can market its product as skim milk would be to inject it with artificial Vitamin A – and thus avoid the imitation label. The owners of the creamery have sued the state and are being represented by the Institute for Justice.

Health

Last Chance to Stop Forced Vaccinations for Adults in California
Health Impact News - SB792 is the FIRST vaccine mandate for adults in the US. CA Assembly Floor Vote is next Monday Aug.31. Call and write to urge a NO voteTODAY! Currently SB792 mandates SEVEN vaccines – DPT, MMR and Flu – for ALL daycare and preschool workers, including home day care providers – WITHOUT personal belief exemptions as a condition of employment. If SB792 passes the Assembly next week it goes back to the Senate for a concurrence vote on the Assembly Amendments. Go ahead and contact CA Senators as well. Don’t wait! Do it now! The original bill included the full CDC Adult Vaccine Schedule.There has been great progress during the legislative process to reduce the bill to SEVEN vaccines. It’s not really 3 vaccines. You cannot get the whopping cough vaccine or measles vaccines by themselves. You have to get the Dtap, or Tdap (3 vaccines in 1 shot), and the MMR (again, 3 vaccines in 1 shot). They are in effect mandating SEVEN vaccines.

9 Surprising Risk Factors Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease
Natural Society - In a new study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, scientists have found 9 surprising risk factors that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease... The disease, which is a form of dementia, affects one in 14 people over age 65, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. There is currently no documented treatment, although anecdotal evidence suggests coconut oil may be effective. For the research, researchers analyzed more than 300 studies to identify the most common risk factors for the disease. They not only found these 9 risk factors for Alzheimer’s, they also uncovered evidence suggesting that some of the treatments for high blood pressure, hormones and vitamins, may also help decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. It was also announced this week that another group of scientists believe they have found a simple and inexpensive way to diagnose Alzheimer’s.... Jennifer Stamps, a neuroscientist at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and colleagues found that by placing a glob of peanut butter on one end of a ruler and holding the other end to a patient’s nose, they could figure out if there was a problem with the olfactory system.

Humor & Satire

The day Al Gore was born there were 7000 polar bears on Earth
Today, only 26,000 remain.
 



Friday - August 28, 2015 - Today in History:

1774 - The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.
1830 - "The Tom Thumb" was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.
1833 - Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire.
1907 - "American Messenger Company" was started by 2 teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. It's name was later changed to "United Parcel Service."
1916 - Italy's declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I.
1917 - Ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House.
1922 - The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. The Queensboro Realty Company bought 10 minutes of time for $100.
1939 - The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended.
1981 - "The New York Daily News" published its final afternoon edition.
1990 - Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.
1995 - The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal.
1996 - A divorce decree was issued for Britain's Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
2004 - George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.
2008 - In China, the Shanghai World Financial Center officially opened. The observation decks opened on August 30.
2014 - Google announced its Project Wing. The project was aimed at delivering products across a city using unmanned flying vehicles.

World News

Who slipped? How fake report on ‘Russian soldier deaths’ in Ukraine set MSM on fire
RT - A Forbes report on alleged Russian army casualties in Ukraine citing a dodgy Russian website has sparked a media and Twitter storm. Some said Russia had “finally slipped” with the leak on its troops in Ukraine; others were baffled by the “fake publication.” RT decided to investigate. A Forbes contributor, Paul Roderick Gregory, published an article on Wednesday citing a Russian web source called “Delovaya Zhizn” (translated as Business Life), which was said to reveal “official figures on the number of Russian soldiers killed or made invalids in eastern Ukraine.” The report, dated March 2015 and entitled “Increases in Pay for Military in 2015,” was altered, with the relevant information being removed, after the Forbes publication came out. However, the original copy was webcached by Google.

Fake Goldman Sachs bank found in China
Hang The Bankers - Famous for making fake iPhones, Louis Vuitton bags and Rolex watches, China managed to surprise the world once again. A Goldman Sachs (Shenzhen) Financial Leasing Company was found operating in the country without any connection to the US investment giant. “We don’t have any connection with the US Goldman Sachs, we just picked the name out, and it’s not intentionally the same,” a woman who answered the company’s listed phone number told AFP. Bloomberg made a filing with the Shenzhen government that reveals the replica Goldman Sachs has been operating since May 2013. It’s not the first case of setting up fake banks in China. A 39-year-old man in eastern China’s Shandong Province was arrested this month after starting a fake branch of the China Construction Bank with card readers, passbooks, teller counter and convincing looking logos, the Xinhua news agency reported. The bank was taking deposits but didn’t allow withdrawals.

Russia, Egypt support forming anti-ISIS coalition with Syria - Putin
RT - Russia and Egypt support the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition, which would include Syria, to fight Islamic State militants, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint media conference with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel el-Sisi. “We underline the fundamental importance of the formation of a broad anti-terrorist front involving key international players and regional countries, including Syria,” Putin said on Wednesday. “We have common views on the need to intensify the fight against international terrorism, which is relevant, considering the aggressive ambitions of radical structures, particularly the so-called Islamic State.”

Total War in Yemen Totally Ignored by Western Media
Tony Cartalucci - With almost a whimper, the Western media reported that the US-backed regimes of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and their auxiliary fighters drawn from Al Qaeda have begun carrying out what is the ground invasion of Yemen. Along with an ongoing naval blockade and months of bombing raids, the ground invasion adds a lethal new dimension to the conflict – for both sides. Landing at the port city of Aden on Yemen’s southern tip, it is reported that an “armor brigade” consisting of between 1,000 – 3,000 troops primarily from the UAE are now moving north, their ultimate destination Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Columns of the UAE’s French-built Leclerc main battle tanks were seen moving out of the port city though their numbers are difficult to establish. Reports claiming that the UAE unit is brigade-sized might indicate as many as 100 tanks involved – a third of the UAE’s total armored force.

France Prepares For Mass Unrest, Radicalized Immigrants Taking Over Cities
Paul Joseph Watson - French security forces are preparing for mass civil unrest and radicalized immigrants taking over entire neighborhoods, according to intelligence sources. The Army is making contingency plans for the “reappropriation of national territory,” winning back areas of cities, in the event of immigrant populations obtaining weapons and becoming openly hostile to authorities. “There are a lot of alienated and angry fourth-generation immigrant kids in the suburbs and the prospect of radicalisation is increasingly likely,” the intelligence source told the Telegraph, adding that highly organized networks of Islamist militants have smuggled Kalashnikov automatic rifles and anti-tank missiles into the country.

It's Official: China Confirms It Has Begun Liquidating Treasuries, Warns Washington
Zero Hedge - As Bloomberg reports, "China has cut its holdings of U.S. Treasuries this month to raise dollars needed to support the yuan in the wake of a shock devaluation two weeks ago, according to people familiar with the matter. Channels for such transactions include China selling directly, as well as through agents in Belgium and Switzerland, said one of the people, who declined to be identified as the information isn’t public. China has communicated with U.S. authorities about the sales."

Latvia and Greece Start Green Wave of GM Crop Bans across Europe
Sustainable Pulse - Latvia and Greece are the first countries in the EU to have had their geographical opt-out’s from growing GM crops accepted by Monsanto. Many other EU countries, including Germany and France, are expected to request geographical opt-outs from growing Monsanto’s MON810 GM Maize over the next month. Under the EU law signed in March individual countries can seek geographical exclusion from any approval request for GM cultivation across the EU. While the European Commission is responsible for approvals, requests to be excluded also have to be submitted to the company making the application i.e. Monsanto for MON810.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

American taxpayers spend nearly $10 million a day fighting ISIS
RT - The Pentagon has spent nearly $4 billion fighting Islamic State across Syria and Iraq since operations began a year ago, according to statistics released this week. The average daily cost of the campaign is $9.9 million, or $6,785 a minute. A colossal $3.7 billion in expenses have been racked up since the campaign began on August 8, 2014 up to August 15 of this year. President Barack Obama authorized a bombing campaign against the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) last year, sending 3,400 American soldiers to Iraq to advise and train Iraqi forces. Since Operation Inherent Resolve began, the US and its coalition allies say they have conducted a total of over 6,000 airstrikes in the region. Of those strikes, nearly 4,000 have been made in Iraq and nearly 2,500 in Syria.

Inspiration Behind ‘Black Lives Matter’ is on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ List
Paul Joseph Watson - The inspiration behind the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement – the individual cited by its founder and regularly quoted by its supporters – is a convicted cop killer who is on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ list. ‘Black Lives Matter’ was founded by militant feminists Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opel Tometi, with Garza widely recognized as the most influential of the three. In an article which details the philosophical foundation of ‘Black Lives Matter’, Garza cites, “Assata’s powerful demand in my organizing work.” Assata is a reference to Assata Shakur, otherwise known as Joanne Deborah Chesimard, a radical feminist and Marxist revolutionary who escaped from prison in 1979 while serving a life sentence for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.

Virginia gunman followed TV station's order to seek outside help, boss says
The Guardian - The television news reporter who shot dead two former colleagues during a live broadcast complied with an order from management that he seek outside help for persistent performance and behavioral issues, the general manager of WDBJ confirmed on Thursday. The 10 months Vester Flanagan worked as a multimedia journalist at WDBJ7, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, were fraught with workplace disputes and flare-ups, as detailed in a series of memos obtained by the Guardian – including a mandatory referral to a third-party program dedicated to counseling.

Savannah State University on Lockdown After Shooting, Officials Say
ABC News - Shots rang out on Savannah State University's campus Thursday, with one student killed and the university placed on lockdown. The shooting, which occurred at the SSU Student Union building, was sparked by an altercation, the university said in a statement. Christopher Starks, a junior from the metro Atlanta area, died in the shooting, the school said. At this point, no arrests have been made. The campus was put on lockdown following the shooting. The lockdown order was later lifted.

Muslims Buying Up Christian Churches Across U.S.
Kit Daniels - Muslims are exponentially buying up Christian churches and converting them into mosques, which indicates Islam could be a dominant U.S. religion by the 22nd century.... The demand for mosques is being driven primarily by refugees from Syria, Somalia and other countries where Islam is a dominant religion. And it’s not just the demand driving this religious transformation; Christian churches are going bankrupt as Americans become increasingly secular, meaning it’s a buyer’s market for newly-arrived Muslims looking for church property to call home.

Associated Press sues US DoJ over access to FBI records
RT - The lawsuit concerns a 2014 Freedom of Information request to obtain documents in the case of a 15-year-old boy who was suspected of making bomb threats to his school in the state of Washington. The FBI decided to send a web link to the MySpace profile of the suspect which led to a fake article on a bogus Seattle Times website. By clicking on stories with headlines such as “Bomb threat at high school downplayed by local police department” and “Technology savvy student holds Timberline High School hostage,” the teenager infected his computer with surveillance software that helped reveal his location and Internet address.“The FBI both misappropriated the trusted name of The Associated Press and created a situation where our credibility could have been undermined on a large scale,” AP General Counsel Karen Kaiser wrote in a letter to then-Attorney General Eric Holder in 2014... “... the individual could easily have reposted this story to social networks, distributing to thousands of people, under our name, what was essentially a piece of government disinformation.”

‘Race War’ Shooter Passed Government Background Check, Used Legal Firearm
Steve Watson - It has emerged that Vester Flanagan, the reporter in Virginia who shot two of his ex colleagues in cold blood while on live TV passed a government-required background check and acquired his gun legally. Buzzfeed reports that it has spoken with Thomas Faison, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who confirmed that Flanagan’s Glock 19 pistol was bought “weeks ago,” and that Flanagan had successfully passed all the required background checks. Faison also noted that Flanagan had purchased a second gun. The finding again makes void arguments made by those calling for universal background checks. One such person was Democratic Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who within 3 hours of the killings was calling for new gun control legislation to ensure checks for all gun purchases.

Suddenly Media Worried Over Reporting Race-Based Motive of Killer of White Reporters
Breitbart - During the reporting of the murders in a black church in Charleston, the assumed racist motive of the shooter, white man Dylann Roof, was immediately the talk of the media. But now, after an African American murdered two white former co-workers and then released a 23-page, race-tinged manifesto, some in the media are suddenly squeamish about reporting the race-based motives of the killer.... CNN, for instance, wrote an entire report focused on Flanagan’s mental state but mentioned his comments about race only once in a 1,500 word story. A CBS report never mentioned the shooter’s racial comments at all. The piece did tiptoe around the shooter’s problems with race in two paragraphs, but never actually stated his race rhetoric seen in the explicit terms revealed in his manifesto. Then, a piece in the Chicago Tribune called the killer “off kilter” and “bizarre” but steered clear of fully reporting on his racist ideas.

5 Yrs. after Earthquake U.S. Extends “Temporary” Amnesty for Haitian Illegal Aliens
Judicial Watch - In yet another depiction of the nation’s flawed immigration policies, the Obama administration is extending a humanitarian measure designed to temporarily shield illegal immigrants from deportation during emergencies for the fifth time in five years. It’s officially known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) but should be renamed permanent—or at least long-term—protected status. It involves tens of thousands of Haitians, who were originally granted TPS after an earthquake devastated the poverty-stricken Caribbean island in 2010. Then Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the benefit would last only 18 months and be limited to Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010.... More than five years later the Obama administration continues to allow the same group of foreigners, who would otherwise be deported, remain in the U.S. under the never-ending “temporary” measure.

Meet America’s First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals
Common Dreams - When schools in California’s Sausalito Marin City District return to session this August, they will be the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainably sourced and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). More than 500 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City and Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito will eat fresh, local food year-round, thanks to a partnership with the Conscious Kitchen, a project of the environmental education nonprofit Turning Green.... The organization says meals will be accompanied by nutrition and gardening education.

Election News

Trump: The Problem is Not Guns, It is Mental Illness (Video)
Kurt Nimmo - During an interview with CNN on Thursday, presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said the issue in the wake of the shooting in Virginia is not guns, but mental illness. “This isn’t a gun problem, this is a mental problem,” Trump said. “It’s not a question of the laws, it’s really the people.” “In the old days they had mental institutions for people like this because he was really, definitely borderline and definitely would have been and should have been institutionalized,” Trump told CNN. “At some point somebody should have seen that, I mean the people close to him should have seen it.” Pressed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo on the gun issue, Trump said he supports the Constitution. “I’m a very strong 2nd Amendment person,” he said.

Rand Paul: Black Lives Matter Should Change Its Name
BuzzFeed News - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said on Wednesday night that the Black Lives Matter movement should change its name. “I think they should change their name, maybe — if they were ‘All Lives Matter’ or ‘Innocent Lives Matter,’” Paul said during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. “I am about justice, and frankly I think a lot of poor people in our country, and many African-Americans, are trapped in this war on drugs, and I want to change it. But commandeering the microphone and bullying people and pushing people out of the way I think really isn’t a way to get their message across.”

Energy & Environment

Media Blackout: Canada Plans To Dump Nuclear Waste Less Than Mile From US Border
Zero Hedge - Over the last few years, the United States has not had the best track record with Deep Geologic Repositories (DGR) for nuclear waste. In February of 2014, the U.S.’ DGR, known as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), had two separate incidents that compromised the integrity of the project by releasing airborne radioactive contamination. While most U.S. citizens were relatively unaffected by the events, our Canadian neighbors have proposed a plan to construct a DGR 0.6 miles from America’s largest source of fresh water, the Great Lakes — and the U.S. State Department is remaining relatively uninvolved.

EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress
Tori Richards - A congressional committee blasted the Environmental Protection Agency today for blocking release of documents related to the Gold King mine disaster, which poured deadly chemicals into the largest source of drinking water in the West. “It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining to the Gold King Mine spill,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). “These documents are essential to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on Sept. 9. But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA.”

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

9 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Dehydrate
Off the Grid News - Many homesteaders and off-gridders dehydrate food but limit themselves to the “basics.”... We all know the usual stuff that gets dehydrated... And then there are all the foods you may not have known could be dehydrated. Here’s a list of nine, although you may know of others...

Health

Blood pressure drugs increase risk of breast cancer
(NaturalHealth365) Hypertension and pre-hypertension have become out-of-hand in the U.S., and the number of people developing the disease is increasing all the time. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 2 in 3 adults are either hypertensive or pre-hypertensive – many of them women. The risk of high blood pressure increases with age, affecting approximately half of all post-menopausal women over age 55.... One class of drugs in particular – calcium channel blockers (CCBs) – has been linked to very serious health consequences for post-menopausal women.... This is not the first time a link has been found between CCB and breast cancer. In fact, data can be traced back to the mid-1990s, when two studies hypothesized the anti-hypertensive drugs could cause breast cancer.

There are 271 New Vaccines in Big Pharma’s Pipeline
Health Impact News - “No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable…for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death.” – President Ronald Wilson Reagan, as he signed The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986, absolving drug companies from all medico-legal liability when children die, become chronically ill with vaccine-induced autoimmune disorders or are otherwise disabled from vaccine injuries. That law has led directly to an expected reckless, liability-free development of scores of new, over-priced, potential block-buster vaccines, now numbering over 250. The question that must be asked of Big Medicine’s practitioners: How will the CDC, the AMA, the AAFP and the American Academy of Pediatrics fit any more potentially neurotoxic vaccines into the current well-baby over-vaccination schedule? -

Adrenal Fatigue Treatment – 15 Essential Rescue & Recovery Tips
Natural Society - Adrenal fatigue symptoms are often confused for other health issues, and are largely ignored by mainstream medicine. Just as with thyroid conditions, those who are easily fatigued, full of anxiety, or exhausted constantly can face a battle that not many others understand. If you suspect you might have adrenal fatigue (and so many of us do), it is time to uncover adrenal fatigue treatment and solutions that could really work.

9 amazing health benefits of chamomile tea
Natural Society - Chamomile, meaning ‘ground apple,’ has been imbibed for centuries in the Roman Empire, during Egyptian rule, and in ancient Greece. Prized for its special flavanoids, chrysin, chamomile (Matricaria recutita, or Matricaria chamomilla) offers numerous health-boosting benefits. Here are 9 amazing health benefits of chamomile tea that every foodie should know about....

Pet News

A Vet's Dire Warning: "This Product Can Kill Your Cat"
Dr. Becker - Earlier in the year, after cats in two different households became ill, the FDA issued a safety alert for flurbiprofen-containing topical pain medications. Flurbiprofen is a human non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) applied to the skin to relieve muscle, joint, or other pain. The FDA’s safety alert was prompted by reports of five cats that became ill after their owners applied prescription topical medications on their neck or feet. The medications contained flurbiprofen and a variety of other active ingredients including cyclobenzaprine (a muscle relaxer), baclofen, gabapentin, lidocaine, or prilocaine. Since the pet owners applied the medicated cream or lotion to their own bodies and not directly to their cats, according to the FDA, it isn’t known exactly how the cats became exposed to the medication. However, it’s reasonable to assume one of three likely scenarios occurred...
 



Thursday - August 27, 2015 - Today in History:

1831 - Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Beagle. Darwin's discoveries during the voyage helped him form the basis of his theories on evolution.
1845 - Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time. The event was the delivery of his own child in Jefferson, GA.
1859 - Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pa.
1904 - James Barrie's play "Peter Pan" premiered in London.
1945 - The World Bank was created with an agreement signed by 28 nations.
1947 - The children's television program "Howdy Doody," hosted by Bob Smith, made its debut on NBC.
1965 - The BP oil rig Sea Gem capsized in the North Sea, with the loss of 13 lives.
1979 - Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. Babrak Karmal succeeded President Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown and executed.
1992 - The U.S. shot down an Iraqi fighter jet during what the Pentagon described as a confrontation between a pair of Iraqi warplanes and U.S. F-16 jets in U.N.-restricted airspace over southern Iraq.
1996 - Muslim fundamentalist Taliban forces retook the strategic air base of Bagram, solidifying their buffer zone around Kabul, the Afghanistan capital.
2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush granted China permanent normal trade status with the United States.
2002 - North Korea ordered U.N. nuclear inspectors to leave the country and said that it would restart a laboratory capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons.
2008 - Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

World News

Moscow outraged as US restricts Russian upper house chair’s visa for intl conference in NYC
RT - Washington has derailed Russian plans to take part in an inter-parliamentary conference at UN headquarters by issuing a highly restrictive visa to the head of Russia’s delegation, upper house chair Valentina Matviyenko, the Foreign Ministry said. Matviyenko, who is the chair of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, and the country’s highest-ranking female politician, was invited to attend the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) – an international group founded in 1889, which closely works with the UN. She was also going to take part in the IPU’s 10th Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament that precedes the event, scheduled for August 31 – September 2.

EU countries sidestep international refugee law with tear gas, razor wire
Al Jazeera - Police in Hungary on Wednesday used tear gas against refugees trying to cross into the country through its border with Serbia, the latest in several recent incidents in which member states of the European Union used force against asylum seekers, in what experts say might be a violation of international law. Hungarian politicians resolved to send mounted police, dogs and even helicopters to the area in order to stem the tide of refugees pouring in each day, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said the lawmakers would debate a possible military deployment next week.

Court awards French woman disability allowance of €29,000 for 'sensitivity to gadgets'
RT - A French court has awarded a monthly disability grant of some €800 to a woman claiming to have an allergy to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets such as cellphones. Most countries, including France, do not recognize the condition as a medical disorder. Marine Richard, a 39-year-old former radio documentary producer, hailed the unprecedented ruling as a "breakthrough" for people affected by Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), AFP reported.

Despite US Bombings, Taliban Capture District in Afghan's Helmand Province
Sputnik News - Keeping the Musa Qala’s district headquarters out of the hands of the Taliban is seen as a vital strategic move. Recaptured by NATO and Afghan security forces in 2007, the region was once a major cog in the Taliban’s opium trade. On Saturday, the US launched three air strikes against insurgents to defend the district. Supporting Afghan ground forces, the strikes reportedly killed 40 Taliban fighters… With most foreign security forces withdrawing from Afghanistan last December, fighting has intensified in recent months. Roughly 12,000 NATO troops remain in the country, but with the goal of training the Afghan military. The Taliban has used the transition to their advantage, pushing to reclaim territory. Last month, the group seized the Nawzad district, also in Helmand province.

1000s Of Political Figures Are Stashing Cash In Swiss Accounts, Foreign Ministry Admits
Zero Hedge - In spite of all the attention the nation has received in recent years, SCMP reports that thousands of so-called "politically exposed persons”, or PEPs - a category that includes heads of state and other top officials - hold Swiss bank accounts, a Swiss foreign ministry official said. But, perhaps not for much longer as Bern aims to finalize a law aimed at simplifying the process of freezing and unblocking such funds… Switzerland has repeatedly been embarrassed by revelations, splashed across front pages worldwide, of global political heavyweights hiding funds - sometimes embezzled from public coffers - in the Alpine nation’s famous banks. But the country has not taken such scandals sitting down: it has been freezing suspicious assets for a quarter century.

Malaysia To Introduce RFID Tracking For Every Vehicle
Tech Dirt - A new vehicle security tracking system suitable for all types of vehicles -- the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) -- will be implemented nationwide by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) by 2018.... This new system will enable the police and other authorities to effectively track down criminals. And: the RFID technology will herald a new era for vehicle security in Malaysia and it could be the answer to combat vehicle theft and cloned vehicle syndicates.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Fort Bragg Troops Train for Domestic Emergency: “This Exercise Is About the Home Front”
Mac Slavo - Slightly below the surface, these Fort Bragg Army engineers are also training — this time in Florida — to assist local authorities in the event of domestic disorder and potential chaos — prepared to quell civil unrest, riots, mass unrest or even the aftermath of terrorist attacks. Scenarios which could all be really coming to America. And that’s when the potential for martial law kicks in. ABC11 out of North Carolina reports: Early Friday morning, more than 300 20th Engineer Brigade soldiers prepped convoys. Over the next five days they will join more than 400 additional troops in an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise. […] While the soldiers may be called on domestic or foreign disasters, this exercise is about the home front, and how to handle a situation that’s overwhelming to local and state officials. “It’s absolutely essential to ensure trained and ready forces,” Gilberti said. “I don’t believe we’re never ‘not ready.’ You can never be ready enough.”

Pentagon Investigating Centcom for Allegedly Hiding Expansion of ISIS
Mikael Thalen - Officials at United States Central Command are being investigated by the Pentagon’s inspector general for allegedly downplaying the expansion of ISIS by altering intelligence reports. According to the New York Times, a whistleblower within the Defense Intelligence Agency told Pentagon officials he had obtained evidence showing Centcom had altered “the conclusions of intelligence assessments prepared for policy makers, including President Obama.” “The prospect of skewed intelligence raises new questions about the direction of the government’s war with the Islamic State, and could help explain why pronouncements about the progress of the campaign have varied widely,” the Times notes.

White House Pushes Race War, Then Blames Guns For Flanagan’s “Race War”
Kit Daniels - The Obama administration is blaming guns for the WBDJ-TV shooting, even though the shooter, Vester Flanagan, was influenced by the White House’s race baiting. The White House has been falsely insinuating that racism is the dominant factor behind numerous events over the past several years, even those that didn’t involve race at all, and although Flanagan admitted he was motivated by a “race war,” the administration’s now blaming gun owners. “As you’ve heard me in the past, this is another example of gun violence that’s becoming all too common in communities large and small, all across the United States,” said W.H. Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who wasted no time to politicize the tragedy. But in reality, the shooting is an example of what happens when the Obama administration racially divides the country.
*Related: Breaking Updates: TV Reporter & Cameraman Shot Dead Live On Air

Warning Graphic Video: WDBJ Live Shooter Filmed Himself as He fired
Live Leak - The fellow who shot the two reporters live on the air posted this video to his Facebook account. He actually filmed himself as he shot those two individuals. Unbelievable. We've entered a new age of reality folks.

North Dakota Becomes First State to Legalize Drones Weaponized with Tasers, Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets & Sound Canons
Liberty Blitzkrieg - It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist. With all the concern over the militarization of police in the past year, no one noticed that the state became the first in the union to allow police to equip drones with “less than lethal” weapons. House Bill 1328 wasn’t drafted that way, but then a lobbyist representing law enforcement—tight with a booming drone industry—got his hands on it.

Census: Anchor Baby Delivered Every 88 Seconds
Breitbart - One out of about every twelve newborns in the United States is an anchor baby, or the U.S.-born child of illegal migrants, according to a Pew Research Center study. This means that one anchor baby is delivered every 93 seconds, based on the 2008 census data analyzed by the Pew. The huge number of foreign children born on U.S. soil– roughly 340,000 per year— is also an economic imposition on Americans, who pay taxes to help raise, feed, and educate those children of illegal migrants. Eventually, those 340,000 U.S.-born foreign children can join the U.S. workforce and compete for wages against the roughly four million children of U.S. parents that enter the slow-growing U.S. economy each year.

Judge illegal Aliens — Have Second Amendment Rights!
Breitbart - In a case regarding a specific gun control law which bans “unauthorized aliens” (illegal immigrants) from possessing firearms in the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit did the work of a contortionist by upholding the law while also pointing out that they “see no principled way to carve out the Second Amendment and say that the unauthorized (or maybe all noncitizens) are excluded.” In a word—illegal immigrants have Second Amendment rights too.

Charlie Daniels Pens Open Letter to 'Burned-Out Political Hacks' in Congress
Breitbart - Charlie Daniels, of Charlie Daniels Band fame, penned an open letter to Congress on Monday blasting the “sold-out, jaded, burned-out political hacks” for what he called their lack of courage. “The courageous politicians that once championed this nation have been replaced, for the most part, by a breed of milksop, politically correct, scared of their own shadow, pushover, pathetic excuses for public servants who are supposed to be representing a constituency of citizens who have to live with the circumstance of their timid folly,” the rocker wrote on the band’s Facebook page. Check out Daniels’ full letter…

California home school interest surges as parents look to sidestep vaccine law
The Guardian - With the passage of a new law this summer mandating vaccines for schoolkids in California, home school advocates and organizations say they are seeing surging interest in off-campus education options that would exempt them from the requirement.... The controversial mandate, co-authored by state Senator Richard Pan, a pediatrician backed by the California Medical Association, requires any student in public or private school to have 10 vaccinations as an attendance requirement, with some exceptions for medical conditions. En route to passage, the proposal sparked scathing controversy on both sides of the issue, with opponents (wearing red to symbolize children who have been harmed by vaccines and often with their own kids in tow) regularly flooding hearings at the state capitol to protest.

Election News

Poll: Donald Trump Sets Record, Hits 40 Percent in New Poll
Breitbart - Donald Trump, the GOP frontrunner, hit the 40 percent marker in a recent Gravis Marketing poll. According to a report, this is the first time a candidate has reached above the 30 percent mark. Donald Trump, the GOP frontrunner, hit the 40 percent marker in a recent Gravis Marketing poll. According to a report, this is the first time a candidate has reached above the 30 percent mark. Trump, Carson, and Fiorina three of the top five GOP presidential candidates, have never held office.

GOP loyalty oath proposal in Virginia may signal trouble for Donald Trump
Washington Post - The Virginia Republican Party is considering requiring a loyalty oath from presidential primary contenders -- a move widely considered an early sign of GOP skittishness about Donald Trump's campaign. State party officials are debating whether to require candidates to pledge their support to the eventual nominee and promise not to run as a third-party candidate -- as Trump has hinted he might do. The development could be an early sign of trouble for Trump, particularly if other state parties consider similar ideas. But it also is being debated cautiously by Republicans who worry that it could backfire and breed resentment among activists who are suspicious of attempts by the GOP establishment to control the party.

Economy & Business

CNN Tells Americans That The Stock Market Is Not Going To Crash
Economic Collapse - On Wednesday we witnessed the third largest single day point gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ever. That sounds like great news until you realize that the two largest were in October 2008 – right in the middle of the last financial crisis. This is a perfect example of what I wrote about yesterday. Every time the market crashes, there are huge up days, huge down days and giant waves of market momentum. Even though the Dow was up 619 points on Wednesday, overall we are still down more than 2,000 points from the peak of the market. During the weeks and months to come, we are going to see many more wild market swings, but the overall direction of the market will be down.

Despite Annual Budget of more than $27 Billion, Nuclear Security Administration Says it Doesn't have Enough Money to Protect against Fires
AllGov - Despite government claims of safety, officials admit that one way nuclear material could be spread into the atmosphere is if a nuclear facility was hit by a fire. Now a report says that a federal nuclear agency has failed to upgrade aging fire suppression systems in its buildings. The agency, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), claims it doesn’t have enough funding to replace aging water pipes and other infrastructure intended to prevent or fight fires at nuclear weapons facilities. The NNSA has a budget of $27 billion, but insists it has “a constrained budget” when it comes to fire suppression. The watchdog group Project on Government Oversight (POGO) calls this claim by NNSA “curious” considering the agency sought a $1.2 billion budget increase and insists on building unneeded new facilities.

Energy & Environment

Leaked report cites design flaws in Hanford plant built to treat nuclear waste
Washington Post - A nearly completed government facility intended to treat the radioactive byproducts of nuclear weapons production is riddled with design flaws that could put the entire operation at risk of failure, according to a leaked internal report. A technical review of the treatment plant on the grounds of the former Hanford nuclear site identified hundreds of “design vulnerabilities” and other weaknesses, some serious enough to lead to spills of radioactive material. The draft report is the latest in a series of blows to the clean-up effort at Hanford, the once-secret government reservation in eastern Washington state where much of the nation’s plutonium stockpile originated.

Yellowstone Alert: Man + Dogs burned alive in Challis Idaho hot springs — Earthquake Swarm Location
Dutchsinse - A man hiking in the Idaho “Salmon” wilderness around Challis, ID suffered severe burns, and his dogs were burned alive after jumping into a volcanic hot springs normally fit for human swimming. Challis Idaho is a location I have covered in detail for the past 2 years due to a large EARTHQUAKE SWARM which has been happening in the area. The man + dogs were burned in the Salmon Wilderness near Challis Idaho along the deep Western edge of the Yellowstone supervolcano magma chamber. The magma chamber has been confirmed to reach down over 30 miles, and cover an area the size of 11 Grand Canyons (filled with magma).... These are signs of magma movement associated with the Yellowstone supervolcano. Shallow magma is causing major heating, thus causing earthquakes, and hot springs to have major issues.

Health

Most Medicines Create Superbugs, Not Just Antibiotics
Health Impact News - Careless prescriptions and cattle fattening antibiotics are blamed for the rise of superbugs resistant to everything in the hospital arsenal, but that’s all wrong. Antibiotics fail, because we are all abusing common medicines that also have powerful antibiotic activity. All painkillers, anti-inflammatories, statins, antidepressants, and the whole list of common pharmaceuticals are the problem. We simply use too many drugs. Common drugs should also be labeled as antibiotics, because they kill the sensitive bacteria in your gut and leave behind just the resistant bacteria. Unfortunately, the genetic mutations that make your gut bacteria resistant to drugs, also provide resistance to antibiotics needed to stop infections and that broad resistance to antibiotics can spread to pathogens that then become the dreaded superbugs.

Unique Gene Expression Study Shows Roundup Causes Massive Kidney and Liver Damage at Low Doses
Sustainable Pulse - A new ground-breaking peer-reviewed study has been published in Environmental Health Journal that shows the levels of glyphosate-based herbicides which the general public are commonly exposed to in drinking water, altered the gene function of over 4000 genes in the livers and kidneys of rats. The study results suggest that long-term exposure to an ultra-low, environmental dose of Roundup at an glyphosate-equivalent concentration of only 50 ppt (parts per trillion), in an established laboratory animal toxicity model system, can result in liver and kidney damage, with potential significant health implications for humans as well as domesticated animal and wildlife populations.

This One Simple Exercise Can Restore and Repair Your Vision
Natural Blaze - Palming, as it is called, is perhaps the most important exercise you can do for good eye health, and the benefits can be felt the very first time you try it.... The method is simple and is based upon the principle of completely relaxing the muscles, nerves, eyelids, and parts of the eye itself that are continuously being strained by whatever behavior is causing the tension. In essence, this is done by briefly loosening up the neck and shoulders, then sitting at a table with the palms of the hands gently pressed against the orbits of the eyes while the breath is concentrated on filling the upper body and eyes with air. This is done for as long as is possible, meaning that you can do it for a few minutes, or relax into it for 30 minutes or an hour in order to experience extremely beneficial deep relaxation of the eyes. Yoga for the Eyes can be seen in its entirety here. The course begins with a detailed explanation of palming and warm-up exercises. Enjoy!

Our guide to selecting a primary-care physician who will work with you to get the alternative treatments you want and need
The American Holistic Health Association - The search for a doctor who combines conventional medical expertise with hard-core knowledge of alternative practices or, at the very least, who is open-minded and willing to refer a patient to alternative practitioners, can be a difficult, time-consuming process. In fact, there are more people interested in holistic health care than there are doctors to provide it. Why? Joel Evans, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist practicing in Stamford, Conn., suggests that the problem is a matter of economics. Effective alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and nutrition, take more time than most conventional treatments. Because their insurance reimbursements have decreased under the managed-care system, physicians are pushed to see more patients a day. "It's faster to prescribe a pill than to talk to patients about other options or administer them," says Evans.... Use these steps to guide your own search for a primary-care doctor and any alternative practitioners you consult.
 



Wednesday - August 26, 2015 - Today in History:

1842 - The first fiscal year was established by the U.S. Congress to start on July 1st.
1896 - In the Philippines, and insurrection began against the Spanish government.
1920 - The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in the voting booth.
1934 - Adolf Hitler demanded that France turn over their Saar region to Germany.
1937 - All Chinese shipping was blockaded by Japan.
1945 - The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.
1957 - It was announced that an intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully tested by the Soviet Union.
1957 - The first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled of the assembly line.
1973 - A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August 26th Women's Equality Day.
1978 - Sigmund Jahn blasted off aboard the Russian Soyuz 31 and became the first German in space.
1981 - The U.S. claimed that North Korea fired an antiaircraft missile at a U.S. Surveillance plane while it was over South Korea.
1987 - The Fuller Brush Company announced plans to open two retail stores in Dallas, TX. The company that had sold its products door to door for 81 years.
1990 - The 55 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait left Baghdad by car and headed for the Turkish border.
1991 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.
1992 - A "no-fly zone" was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the U.S., France and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.
1998 - The U.S. government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they "bullied" Intel into delaying new technology.
2003 - Investigators concluded that NASA's overconfident management and inattention to safety doomed the space shuttle Columbia as much as damage to the craft did.

World News

French Expert Slams F-22 Deployment in Europe as Provocation
Sputnik News - Richard Labeviere, chief editor of the Defense magazine of the French Institute of Higher Studies of National Defense, has described the planned US F-22 deployment in Europe as a NATO provocation, which he said is seeking to bolster its global clout. "There are several aspects related to this decision, which, briefly speaking, is a provocation on the part of NATO and indicates the growth in the alliance's presence in Europe and other parts of the world", Labeviere said.

China stocks down again on volatile Asia trading
RT - It was a choppy Wednesday session for Chinese stocks, which finished down 1.27 percent, falling for the sixth consecutive session. At the start of trading, the Shanghai Composite Index opened down 2 percent, briefly falling below 3,000 points before recovering to 3 percent higher. In the last hour of trading, Chinese stocks collapsed, dragging most of Asia's markets down with them.

Saudi Arabia ‘could cut billions’ from budget amid plunging oil prices – report
RT - Saudi Arabia is preparing to cut billions of dollars from its budget amid a steady drop in crude oil prices, a Bloomberg report suggests. Reportedly, Riyadh is currently working with advisers to review capital spending plans and delay some projects.... According to the sources, besides reviewing its capital spending, the Saudi government may delay or reduce some of its projects to save money. However, spending items such as public sector salaries would not be affected, the report claims. The Saudi budget, which draws some 90 percent of its revenue from the petroleum sector, has been heavily hit by a 50 percent drop in oil prices and is expected to incur a deficit amounting to 20 percent of GDP in 2015, the International Monetary Fund has estimated.

Global stocks surge as China cuts interest rates
RT - The People’s Bank of China has lowered its interest rate for the fifth time since November boosting European and US stocks higher in Tuesday's trading. The one-year lending rate has been reduced by 25 basis points to 4.6 percent, which is record low for China. The decision by the central bank immediately sent European stocks higher. London’s FTSE is up over 2 percent, the German DAX and France's CAC are gaining 4.5 percent and Russia's RTS is almost 5 percent higher as of 15:00 GMT. Wall Street opened in positive territory on news from China. The Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500 were up over 2 percent, while the Nasdaq was 3 percent higher at opening bell. Oil prices have also rebounded from Monday’s lows. Brent crude is trading 2 percent higher at $43.52 per barrel, while US benchmark WTI is up 3 percent, trying to get back up to $40 per barrel as of 15:30 GMT.

Chinese Central Banker Blames Fed For Market Rout
Zero Hedge - While the western mainstream media meme is that "this is all China's fault" - despite the fact that the real break happened after the FOMC Minutes last week - As Xinhua reports, A researcher with China's central bank on Tuesday blamed wide expectation of a Fed rate rise in September for the global market rout. Yao Yudong, head of the People's Bank of China's Research Institute of Finance, said the expected Fed rate hike next month had been the "trigger" for the wild market swings. Analysts worried that the Fed rate hike could accelerate the plunge of U.S. stocks and trigger a sell-off of assets worldwide and even a new global credit crisis.

Devaluation Stunner: China Has Dumped $100 Billion In Treasurys In The Past Two Weeks
Zero Hedge - ... in the past two weeks alone China has sold a gargantuan $106 (and over) billion in US paper just as a result of the change in the currency regime! But wait, there's more: recall that one months ago we posted that "China's Record Dumping Of US Treasuries Leaves Goldman Speechless" in which we reported that China has sold some $107 billion in Treasurys since the start of 2015. When we did that article, we too were quite shocked at that number. However, we - just like Goldman - are absolutely speechless to find out that China has sold as much in Treasurys in the past 2 weeks, over $100 billion, as it has sold in the entire first half of the year!

Scottish National Party Welcomes German Moves to Ban GM Crops
Sustainable Pulse - German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has informed German states of his intention to use a new EU law, passed in March, to ban the use of GM crops. This follows the Scottish Government’s announcement earlier this month that they will take similar action to protect Scotland’s clean, green status. The German announcement also comes as Professor Carlo Leifert, Professor of Ecological Agriculture at Newcastle University, said that he strongly believes the Scottish Government ban on GM crops is right and that “there are likely to be significant commercial benefits from Scotland being clearly recognized as a GM-free region”.

Russia Removes Colgate-Palmolive, Procter & Gamble Products Over ‘high levels of toxins’
(AP) - Russian authorities have begun to remove foreign brands of detergents from stores, claiming that they pose health risks. The Russian Consumer Protection Agency said in a statement Tuesday that recent inspections of selected goods by top foreign brands such as Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble have found high levels of toxic ingredients in them.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

State Dept.: We Expect to Welcome 5,000 to 8,000 Syrian Refugees in FY16
CNS News - It was the final question at Monday's State Department news briefing: How many Syrian refugees does the United States expect to take in this year? "We expect to welcome between 1,000 and 2,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, and 5,000 to 8,000 Syrian refugees in next fiscal year, 2016," spokesman John Kirby responded. "There are 15,000 Syrian refugee referrals in the pipeline from UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). You know, we continue to be a leader in this regard, both in terms of refugees we bring in, but also the amount of money that we contribute to the effort.

New Consumer Reports Study Finds that Nearly All Ground Beef Sold in America Has Feces in It
Free Thought Project - Consumer Reports tested several hundred packages of ground meat from stores across America, and their findings were shocking, to say the least. According to the report, New lab tests conducted by Consumer Reports found that of the 300 packages of ground beef purchased in stores across the country, almost all contained bacteria that signified fecal contamination. More than 40 percent contained Staphylococcus aureus. Almost 20 percent contained Clostridium perfringens, which causes nearly 1 million cases of food poisoning annually, many related to beef. A significant amount also contained superbugs, bacteria that are resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics. A key reason is the overuse of antibiotics on cattle farms. The irony here is that local organic farmers who have harmed no one, are being raided by SWAT teams for selling raw milk, eggs, or grass fed beef. Meanwhile, millions of people are getting sick and dying across the country by government-subsidized factory farms.

New Video: Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Buyer Asks For “Another 50 Livers Per Week”
Steve Watson - In an EIGHTH damning video released by the Centre for Medical Progress, the CEO of baby parts buying company StemExpress admits that Planned Parenthood sells intact fetuses, and describes the organization as “a volume institution.” While sipping red wine, Cate Dyer also laughs about wanting “another fifty livers a week” from aborted babies, while weirdly laughing about how dirty and bacteria-laden abortion clinics are.

TSA airport style searches on all Amtrak trains!
MassPrivateI - Our government is stepping up its plans to search EVERYONE, ANYWHERE, whether you're traveling by air, rail, ferry or bus. Beginning this week and almost four years since writers warned Americans that our government wants to search people on trains... The Baltimore Sun reported Amtrak will begin searching all passengers: “Passengers failing to consent to security procedures will be denied access to trains.”

Austin Police Institute "No Refusal" Blood Draws Until "End Of Summer"
Adan Salazar - “The no refusal initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe, and to conduct blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to give a breath or blood specimen as required by law,” the department claimed in a press release. “A high number of DWI arrests are made in Austin each year.” “No refusal” means police can forcibly extract blood or breath samples against a person’s will after they have refused, enabling law enforcement to secure evidence which may aid in future prosecution. A judge is typically on hand to sign warrants, an effort to give the blood draws an air of legitimacy in the face of Fourth Amendment violations.

Innocent Couple Shocked At What Happens When CPS Worker Goes Rogue
Off the Grid News - A state social worker deliberately tormented her neighbors with false child abuse claims – claims that resulted in multiple law enforcement visits to the home, police say. Social worker Beth A. Bond and her fiancé were charged with six counts of making false reports to a state child abuse hotline, court records in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, indicate. The calls led to late-night visits from police, six child abuse investigations and drug tests for the innocent couple, April Rodgers and Corey Chaney, The Courier-Journal newspaper reported. To make matters worse, officials with the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services refused to listen to Chaney and Rodgers until police proved the claims were false.... “There is no way to hold a rogue social worker accountable,” Chaney told The Courier-Journal. “There’s got to be a system in place to protect families. There’s everything in place to protect anonymous callers.”

School Fingerprints Elementary Students for Lunch Program
EAG News - The southern Indiana school district is one of the latest to deploy technology which “biometric identification to match a finger scan with a personal identification number,” WAVE reports. According to a notification issued by the New Albany Floyd County school system, the technology is used to “eliminate pin numbers, eliminate misused pin numbers, maintain the privacy of students on subsidized food programs and speed up the amount of time in the lunch line.” School administrators “refused” to go on camera to discuss the new technology. But the change in the name of convenience has some parents very concerned.

Researchers Find Horse Meat and Other Undeclared Species in Products Labeled Ground Beef
Natural Society - Most people don’t give much thought into what is in a package of ground beef, but 2 shocking new studies conducted by Chapman University researchers show that what the labels on meat products say and what consumers actually consume are sometimes very different things. One study focused on identification of species found in ground meat products, while the other zeroed in on game meat species labeling. All of the products examined were sold on the U.S. commercial market. Researchers found examples of species mishandling in both studies.

Election News

Give Up Already: Almost Half Of Americans Say Hillary Should Halt Presidential Campaign
Steve Watson - As she faces possible criminal charges and even prison time, almost half of Americans surveyed believe that Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign is done, and that she should quit now. The findings come from a Rasmussen poll released today, showing that 46 percent of Likely U.S. Voters believe Clinton should suspend her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination until the legal implications of her use of a private e-mail server while Secretary of State are resolved. The survey reveals that even a quarter of Democrats think Hillary is done.

Donald Trump Goes Head to Head with Univision Reporter on Immigration
Infowars - Presidential candidate Donald Trump had Univision reporter Jorge Ramos temporarily removed from an Iowa press conference Tuesday after the journalist unexpectedly stood up and began demanding answers on the Republican frontrunner’s proposed immigration policy. Ramos, who peppered the business mogul with questions as soon as he reached the podium, refused to sit down as Trump attempted to call on other reporters. “Sit down,” Trump said repeatedly. “Excuse me, sit down. You weren’t called.” After being told to “go back to Univision,” Ramos was physically removed from the room by what appeared to be a member of Trump’s staff. The reporter, who was eventually allowed back in the room and permitted to ask his question, argued that it would be impossible to deport millions of illegal immigrants and to build a wall on the country’s Southern border. Trump’s back and forth with the journalist, which covers everything from drug smuggling to the deportation of violent Mexican gang members, can be viewed below.
* Related: FULL Donald Trump Press Conference Before Dubuque, Iowa Rally

Economy & Business

During Every Market Crash There Are Big Ups, Big Downs And Giant Waves Of Momentum
Economic Collapse - This is exactly the type of market behavior that we would expect to see during the early stages of a major financial crisis. In every major market downturn throughout history there were big ups, big downs and giant waves of momentum, and this time around will not be any different. As I have explained repeatedly, markets tend to go up when things are calm, and they tend to go down when things get really choppy. During a market meltdown, we fully expect to see days when the stock market absolutely soars. Waves of panic selling are often followed by waves of panic buying. As you will see below, six of the ten best single day gains for the Dow Jones Industrial Average happened during the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. So don’t be fooled for a moment by a very positive day for stocks like we are seeing on Tuesday. It is all part of the dance.

Nearly 1 Million Left Homeless in 9 Years in L.A., Report Says
RT - About 13,000 of the two million LA county residents receiving some form of public assistance slip into homelessness every month, according to a new report entitled “All Alone.” Researchers said that 70 percent of the 13,000 people tumbling into homelessness quickly find work or rely on family to get off the streets. However, a quarter of those people, amounting to some 3,700, were experiencing periods of “continuous, unremitting, chronic homelessness,” when they were homeless four or more times within three years. The problem is escalating despite 10,000 people having been placed in housing over the last three years, according to the report produced by a research organization based in Los Angeles called the Economic Roundtable. The population of Los Angeles County was estimated to be over 10 million by the 2014 United States census.

Energy & Environment

Scientists Shocked by Dimensions of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Sputnik News - A research expedition, sponsored by Ocean Cleanup, has returned on Sunday with devastating news. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, floating between California and Hawaii, is much bigger than the scientists could imagine. Using 30 boats, the team of scientists spent a month collecting samples and measuring the dimensions of the patch which they hope to clean up in the future. According to those findings, the cleanup effort could take much longer than previously anticipated, as the collection of discarded plastic waste is nightmarishly big. The stretch of accumulated pollution is roughly twice the size of Texas.

Science & Technology

There were only 3 ZIP codes in America without any Ashley Madison accounts — here they are
Business Insider - Gawker’s Gabrielle Bluestone has uncovered that there are precisely three ZIP codes across the country that have no record of Ashley Madison users. That’s ZIP codes, not area codes. And what do they have in common? They're partially lacking two things: the internet and a large amount of people. Gawker’s discovery highlights a pretty dark truth. These three ZIP codes are probably the only ones in the United States that don't house spouses looking to cheat — at least not by using Ashley Madison.

Health

Vaccines deliver 4,925 mcg of aluminum by 18 months, safe limit is 25 mcg
(NaturalHealth365) While parents across the country are led to believe they are doing the best thing for their children by vaccinating them according to a childhood vaccination schedule, the little known fact is that those vaccines can introduce toxic aluminum into the body at nearly 200 times the safe level.... Scientists at the University of British Columbia point out that aluminum clearly causes a negative impact on the nervous system of all ages. Yet, immunizations continue to administer this toxic substance directly into the systems of some of the most vulnerable to its effects.

Vaccine Alternative Homeoprophylaxis to be Explored by Leading Experts
Natural Blaze - Medical doctors, homeopaths, an immunologist, an attorney specializing in vaccine exemptions, researcher sand other experts from around the world will converge in Dallas this October for the 1st international conference on homeopathic prophylaxis, a three-day event that examines the non-toxic alternative to educating the immune system and preventing infectious disease.... This first of its kind, international event is sponsored by Worldwide Choice, an educational organization focused on supporting parents’ right to choose health practices, and providing them information about healthy alternatives to vaccination for disease prevention. It will take place October 2-4, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.

How is This Doctor Accused of False MS Diagnoses Still Practicing Medicine?
Natural Blaze - Dr. Sean Orr is the former head of neurology for Baptist Health and one of the doctors accused of violating that sacred trust on multiple occasions. In 2013, Dr. Orr’s license was suspended for a year after he faced allegations of sexual misconduct with one of his patients from 2011. Dr. Orr used his position of authority to trick his patient into having sexual relations with him, even claiming that the relationship would benefit her health. The next year, Baptist Health ─ a chain of hospitals and care offices based in Jacksonville, Florida ─ faced a lawsuit after a whistleblower reported that the organization had been overfunded by the Medicare program through false claims made by Dr. Orr, supported by misdiagnosis and mistreatment. They eventually paid a $2.5million settlement to the U.S. government while Orr agreed to pay $150,000. Now, several patients have come forward with a different issue, accusing Dr. Orr of misdiagnosing them with MS. One of them is Amber Taylor, who claims her regular doctor referred her to Dr. Orr for her chronic migraines. After only a couple months, Dr. Orr diagnosed Taylor with MS.

Humor & Satire

Here’s a Simple Way to Teach Your Kids About Taxes...
 



Tuesday - August 25, 2015 - Today in History:

1718 - Hundreds of colonists from France arrived in Louisiana. Some settled in present-day New Orleans.
1814 - The U.S. Library of Congress was destroyed by British forces.
1825 - Uruguay declared independence from Brazil.
1916 - The National Park Service was established as part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
1920 - The first airplane to fly from New York to Alaska arrived in Nome.
1921 - The U.S. signed a peace treaty with Germany.
1941 - Allied forces invaded Iran. Within four days the Soviet Union and England controlled Iran.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the bill appropriating funds for construction of the Pentagon.
1944 - Paris, France, was liberated by Allied forces ending four years of German occupation.
1944 - Romania declared war on Germany.
1950 - U.S. President Truman ordered the seizure of U.S. railroads to avert a strike.
1972 - In Great Britain, computerized axial tomography (CAT scan) was introduced.
1983 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union signed a $10 billion grain pact.
1987 - Saudi Arabia denounced the "group of terrorists" that ran the Iranian government.
1988 - Iran and Iraq began talks in Geneva after ending their eight years of war.
1990 - Military action was authorized by the United Nations to enforce the trade embargo that had been placed on Iraq after their invasion of Kuwait.
1997 - The tobacco industry agreed to an $11.3 billion settlement with the state of Florida.
1998 - A survey released said that 1/3 of Americans use the Internet.

World News

Chinese markets crash again in biggest collapse in 20 years
RT - The key Shanghai Composite Index sank another 7.63 percent Tuesday, extending its worst four-day rout since 1996. The index has fallen 22 percent since August 19. Investors were rattled as the China Securities Regulatory Commission made no attempt to reassure markets after Monday’s crash, as they did a month ago after an 8.5 percent drop. It’s panic selling and an issue of confidence,” Wei Wei, an analyst at Huaxi Securities in Shanghai, told Bloomberg News. "The government won’t step in to rescue the market again, as it’s a global selloff and it’s spreading everywhere now. It’s not going to work this time.”

S. Korea agrees to end propaganda as North expresses regret for provocations
The Washington Post - North and South Korea reached an agreement early Tuesday morning to resolve the showdown on the divided peninsula, with Pyongyang expressing regret for recent provocations, including a land mine attack that severely injured two Southern soldiers. In return, Seoul agreed to turn off the loudspeakers that had angered Pyongyang so much that it had entered a “quasi state of war.” They will be silenced at noon local time Tuesday. The deal came after three days of marathon talks, during which North Korea was moving troops and military equipment to the border, apparently trying to signal it was ready for combat, while South Korea declared it would retaliate against any provocation.

Stock up on canned food for stock market crash, warns former Gordon Brown adviser
The Independent - A former adviser to Gordon Brown has urged people to stock up on canned goods and bottled water as stock markets around the world slide. mDamian McBride appeared to suggest that the stock market dip could lead to civil disorder or other situations where it would be unreasonable for someone to leave the house. “Advice on the looming crash, No.1: get hard cash in a safe place now; don't assume banks & cashpoints will be open, or bank cards will work,” he tweeted. “Crash advice No.2: do you have enough bottled water, tinned goods & other essentials at home to live a month indoors? If not, get shopping. “Crash advice No.3: agree a rally point with your loved ones in case transport and communication gets cut off; somewhere you can all head to.”

Aussie stockmarket tumbles amid growing fears over health of global economy
Herold Sun August 24, 2015 - Australian shares have taken their biggest tumble since the global financial crisis with $59 billion stripped from the market as uncertainty grips global markets. The benchmark ASX 200 index has closed down 4.1 per cent, with the losses felt across the board from banks to resources stocks.

Powerful Lobby Group Calling For Mandatory Vaccinations In Canada
Dave Mihalovic - Canada's largest doctors’ group are calling for the same policies under heavy influence by the American Medical Association to change the way medicine is practiced in Canada. At its annual meeting in Halifax, August 23-26 the 80,000 member group of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is intending to vote on a "mandatory vaccination" resolution requiring that all children registering for school or daycare show proof they are fully vaccinated. Under the guidance of some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, and in addition to calling for proof of vaccination, the CMA board is endorsing a multi-year plan to increase vaccination rates.

Record-breaking typhoon to make direct hit on Japan's only restarted nuclear plant
ENE News - Record-breaking typhoon to make direct hit on Japan’s only restarted nuclear plant — 159 mph gust last night, strongest ever measured at location — Waves near 40 ft. high expected around island — Gov’t alerts for landslides and floods — Cracks and leaks already found at nuclear plant.

US media blackout: French oppose vaccines
Jon Rappoport - Here, from thevaccinereaction.org, is a shocker: “The French National Debate on Vaccines,” by Marco Caceres, August 19: Between 2005 and 2010, the proportion of French people in favour or very in favour of vaccination dropped from 90% to 60% (2013 INPES Peretti-Watel health barometer). The percentage of French people between the ages of 18 and 75 who are anti-vaccination increased from 8.5% in 2005 to 38.2% in 2010. In 2005, 58% of doctors questioned the usefulness of vaccines administered to children while 31% of doctors were expressing doubts about vaccine safety. These figures must surely have increased since then.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton Sanctioned Child Rape in Afghanistan
Joe Biggs - A U.S. State Department directive issued under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 ordered U.S. troops in Afghanistan to avoid criticizing certain “taboo” aspects of Afghan culture, including “pedophilia” and “women’s rights.” Now, three years after the policy change, a decorated Green Beret is being kicked out of the U.S. Army for a 2011 incident in which he shoved an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating his mother.

IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account
Washington Times - Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal. The admission came in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has sued to get a look at emails Ms. Lerner sent during the targeting. IRS lawyer Geoffrey J. Klimas told the court that as the agency was putting together a set of documents to turn over to Judicial Watch, it realized Ms. Lerner had used yet another email account, in addition to her official one and another personal one already known to the agency.

California Parents Blamed for SIDS Death – Lose Remaining Children to CPS
Health Impact News - Crystal Avenger of El Dorado, California states that 3-month old Alana Jo received a Hepatitis B vaccination in the hospital shortly before her death. Approximately one week prior to her death, in March 2015 they took her back to the hospital for a sick visit and she was diagnosed with a common cold. On the morning of March 18, 2015, Christopher awoke and noticed his daughter, Alana, didn’t look normal. His voice laden with emotion as he recalled, “I picked her up from the bed and her arms went completely limp.” He immediately called 911 and frantically followed the 911 operator’s instructions for CPR on his baby.... The baby was taken away in an ambulance, and her mother Crystal was not even allowed to go with her. An investigation began, and despite no evidence of abuse with the parents, the remaining four children were removed from the home by force, screaming as they were ripped away from their parents.

School band told to stop performing 'How Great Thou Art'
Fox News - There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched. The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order… During halftime of Friday night’s game - a lone voice began to sing the forbidden song… “We were just sitting there and then one by one people started to stand,” she told me. “At first, it started out as a hum but the sound got louder and louder.” She said it was a “truly incredible” moment to watch hundreds of people singing together in the stadium.

School District Responds To Confederate Flag Flap By BANNING ALL FLAGS
Steve Watson - In an act designed to prevent anyone from any background being perpetually offended, a school district in Tennessee has declared that ALL flags and banners are banned, even the stars and stripes.... Students were warned that they would be kicked out if they brought ANY flag with them to school. The decision was made “Based on some actions and behaviors of students displaying banners behind a vehicle.... The story drew the ire of Fox & Friends host Tucker Carlson, who lambasted the move as part of a general attack on expressions of patriotism. This is not about a school district in Tennessee,” Carlson said Sunday. “This is a about a long-term trend where the people who run everything — the elites in Washington, New York and L.A. — despise rural America and its culture, suspect anybody that doesn’t live in their cities of being a bigot, and they’re trying to crush that culture by banning its symbols.”

Election News

As China Goes, So Goes America… Trump Pounces as Foreign Markets Take Down American Stocks
John Nolte - As the American stock market opened to lows unseen since the 2008 economic meltdown, (as of this writing it is down only 373 points — a fairly typical down day), Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump took to Twitter to refresh his longstanding political message that the American economy allows “China and Asia to dictate the agenda”: "As I have long stated, we are so tied in with China and Asia that their markets are now taking the U.S. market down. Get smart U.S.A."... Regardless of how this stock day ends, this startling reminder that “so goes China, so goes America” is bound to unsettle many Americans and play into Trump’s decades-long message about our country being too reliant on China and other countries. Once again America is paying a price for following instead of leading.
* Related: Trump talks stock market slide...

Economy & Business

Dow off 588; S&P 500, Nasdaq in correction
USA Today - Investors hoping for a market bounce after the Dow's worst week in four years got a vicious plunge instead after the opening bell when the blue chip stock gauge went into freefall and fell 1,089 points in a dive described as a "huge whoosh," by Bespoke Investment Group. The Dow's closing point loss of 588.40 points, or 3.6%, to 15,871.35, was its 8th worse one-day point loss in history and worse daily point decline since Aug 8, 2011. The selling spree on Wall Street, which has been driven by a global growth scare sparked by fears of a severe economic slowdown in China, has now infected every corner of the U.S. stock market… The turbulence has Wall Street debating whether it is just a short-term correction that has created pockets of value in what had been an overpriced market or something worse.

Pension Funds Sue Big Banks over Manipulation of $12.7 Trillion Treasuries Market
AllGov - At least two government pension funds have sued major banks, accusing them of manipulating the $12.7 trillion market for U.S. Treasury bonds to drive up profits, thereby costing the funds—and taxpayers—millions of dollars. As with another case earlier this year, in which major banks were found to have manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), traders are accused of using electronic chat rooms and instant messaging to drive up the price that secondary customers pay for Treasury bonds, then conspiring to drop the price banks pay the government for the bonds, increasing the spread, or profit, for the banks. This also ends up costing taxpayers more to borrow money.

Energy & Environment

Danger of toxic ‘blow-out’ at Colorado mine known to EPA since 2014 – documents
RT - The Environmental Protection Agency knew about the danger of toxic water potentially spilling out of Colorado’s Gold King Mine more than a year ago, new internal documents show. It’s unclear what, if anything, the agency did to reduce the risk. Released on Friday, the documents show that no maintenance had been conducted at the mine since 1999, and in a document dated June 2014, officials warned that a 1995 mine portal collapse, as well as other subsequent internal collapses, made the mine more susceptible to “blow-out.” This condition has likely caused impounding of water behind the collapse,” the document reads. “Conditions may exist that could result in a blow-out of the blockages and cause a release of large volumes of contaminated mine waters and sediment from inside the mine, which contain concentrated heavy metals.”

Science & Technology

US man sues Ashley Madison for 'emotional distress' after infidelity site's hack
The Independent - A California man is suing the infidelity website Ashley Madison and its parent company for negligence, saying he has suffered emotional distress. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Los Angeles against Ashley Madison and Avid Life Media, seeks class-action status. It accuses the companies of failing to adequately protect clients' personal and financial information, and seeks unspecified damages. Data from about 37 million people using the Ashley Madison website was released online in August by a group calling itself The Impact Team.

Microsoft Increases Secrecy; Expands Spyware to Windows 7 and 8
The New American - The Windows 10 update that turns your PC into a portal for spying on you was just the beginning of what Microsoft is doing. As more and more people begin to adopt Windows 10… the Redmond Giant is building on that foundation to further violate users' privacy and liberty… Microsoft seems to be rolling out updates to Windows 7 and 8 that bring them into line with the "spyware" elements of Windows 10. Because Microsoft's Services Agreement and Privacy Policy apply to all products and services offered by Microsoft, it looks as though the company is expanding its spying to include Windows 7 and 8. The New American covered the specifics of these agreements in a previous article. According to hakspek.com, "new updates that are being deployed to all Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 machines will turn their computers into a big piece of spyware, just like" Windows 10.

Health

Iodine Supplements in Pregnancy May Boost Babies’ Brains
Dr. Mercola - Iodine is a vitally important nutrient that is detected in every organ and tissue in your body. Along with being essential for healthy thyroid function and efficient metabolism, there is increasing evidence that low iodine is related to numerous diseases, including cancer. Iodine might also severely affect your child's brain and intellectual prowess, as it is important for healthy brain development. New research now suggests an iodine supplement during pregnancy might help to boost children’s IQ scores while benefitting the economy. Research published in 2013 showed that mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy lead to decreased intellect in children. Those born to mothers with low iodine in early pregnancy had lower IQs at age 8, by an average of three points, compared to those born to mothers with healthy iodine levels. The children of low iodine mothers also had worse reading ability at age 9.

Adrenal Fatigue Treatment – 15 Essential Rescue & Recovery Tips
Natural Society - Adrenal fatigue symptoms are often confused for other health issues, and are largely ignored by mainstream medicine. Just as with thyroid conditions, those who are easily fatigued, full of anxiety, or exhausted constantly can face a battle that not many others understand. If you suspect you might have adrenal fatigue (and so many of us do), it is time to uncover adrenal fatigue treatment and solutions that could really work.

24 Unknown Facts Why Hydrogen Peroxide Should Be In Every Home
Natural News Blogs - Hydrogen peroxide is the only germicidal agent composed only of water and oxygen. Like ozone, it kills disease organisms by oxidation! Hydrogen peroxide is considered the worlds safest all natural effective sanitizer. It kills microorganisms by oxidizing them, which can be best described as a controlled burning process. When Hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic material it breaks down into oxygen and water.

Pet News

It's Hair in Pedigree Dog Food
Susan Thixton - Reports of pieces of "wire" in Pedigree dog food have been spreading on social media. Consumers are concerned what the wire like substances found sticking out of pieces of Pedigree kibble are. The answer - it's animal hair. Pedigree admits they are pig hair. In a response to a concerned consumer Pedigree stated “We understand your concern and our pet’s safety is our first priority too. Our team has conducted testing on affected kibble and determined these are natural fibers from meat and bone meal, like pig hair, that occur with products made using those ingredients.
* Related: Hair for the Dog (and Cat)

Dangerous School Supplies That Can Attract Your Pet Like a Moth to a Flame
Dr. Becker - It's that time of year when families start shopping for back-to-school supplies. And some can be like candy, especially to a dog. Be safe rather than sorry and know the top 10 most commonly used school supplies that don't belong anywhere near your pet.
 



Monday - August 24, 2015 - Today in History:

1814 - Washington, DC, was invaded by British forces that set fire to the White House and Capitol.
1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the U.S. non-stop. The trip from Los Angeles, CA to Newark, NJ, took about 19 hours.
1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went into effect. The agreement was that an attack against on one of the parties would be considered "an attack against them all."
1954 - The Communist Party was virtually outlawed in the U.S. when the Communist Control Act went into effect.
1968 - France became the 5th thermonuclear power when they exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.
1986 - Frontier Airlines shut down. Thousands of people were left stranded.
1989 - Pete Rose, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was banned from baseball for life after being accused of gambling on baseball.
1990 - Iraqi troops surrounded foreign missions in Kuwait.
1991 - Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the head of the Communist Party.
1992 - China and South Korea established diplomatic relations.
1998 - U.S. officials cited a soil sample as part of the evidence that a Sudan plant was producing precursors to the VX nerve gas. And, therefore made it a target for U.S. missiles on August 20, 1998.
2001 - The remains of nine American servicemen killed in the Korean War were returned to the U.S. The bodies were found about 60 miles north of Pyongyang. It was estimated that it would be a year before the identies of the soldiers would be known.
2001 - U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly was randomly picked to take over the Microsoft monopoly case. The judge was to decide how Microsoft should be punished for illegally trying to squelch its competitors.
2001 - NASA announced that operation of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite would end by September 30th due to budget restrictions. Though the satellite is best known for monitoring a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica, it was designed to provide information about the upper atmosphere by measuring its winds, temperatures, chemistry and energy received from the sun.
2005 - The planet Pluto was reclassified as a "dwarf planet" by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto's status was changed due to the IAU's new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet.

World News

Black Monday: Biggest slide in Chinese stocks since 2007, Brent oil below $44
RT - Shanghai composite has closed down 8.5 percent in a brutal selloff, as Beijing’s measures have failed to ease investor concerns about the slowdown of the world's second-largest economy. China's stocks are now down for the year after being up 60 percent in June. “This is a real disaster and it seems nothing can stop it,” Chen Gang, Shanghai-based chief investment officer at Heqitongyi Asset Management Co., told Bloomberg. “If we don’t cut holdings ourselves, the fund faces risk of forced closure. Many newly-started private funds suffered that recently. I hope we can survive.” The ripple effects are being felt on the European markets.

Ukraine Comes Hat in Hand to Russia for Winter Gas Supply
Sputnik News - Reality is harsh: after all political jabs, Kiev is begging Moscow for gas to survive the winter. Brace yourselves, winter is coming: the chiefs of Ukraine's Naftogaz and Russia's Gazprom held an unexpected bilateral meeting for the first time since May 2014, Russian daily Kommersant reported. Naftogaz addressed Gazprom, asking for a prepayment for the transit of Russian gas to Europe via the Ukrainian territory. Kiev would then use the money to buy gas for the winter period. Kiev has 13,9 billion cubic meters of gas in its underground storages and needs three billion more to make it through the winter.

Al-Qaeda overruns parts of strategic Yemeni port 'liberated' by Saudi-led coalition
RT - Taking advantage of a power vacuum in Yemen following months of Saudi airstrikes and battles between Houthi militias and those loyal to exiled President Hadi, Al-Qaeda fighters have reportedly managed to capture key parts of the recently “liberated” strategic seaport city of Aden. According to military sources and witnesses on the ground, alleged Al-Qaeda militants have now managed to take several key neighborhoods in and around Aden, both AFP and AP reported. An anonymous Yemeni official told AFP that Al-Qaeda fighters entered Aden two weeks after Saudi-backed forces drove the Houthi fighters out on July 17 and the exiled Yemeni government announced the “liberation” of the port city.

Global Trade In Freefall: Container Freight Rates From Asia To Europe Crash 60% In Three Weeks
Zero Hedge - […] key shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 26.7 percent to $469 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday. The collapse in rates is nothing short of a bloodbath: "it was the third consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world’s busiest route and rates are now nearly 60 percent lower than three weeks ago. Freight rates on the world’s busiest shipping route have tanked this year due to overcapacity in available vessels and sluggish demand in goods to be transported. Rates generally deemed profitable for shipping companies on the route are at about $800-$1,000 per TEU. Other Europe-focused freight rates did even worse, with container freight rates from Asia to ports in the Mediterranean plunging 32.1%, while those to the US West and East coast slid by 7.9% and 9.9%, respectively.

Gulf Markets Melting Down: Saudi Arabia Plunges 7%, Dubai Sold
Zero Hedge - Over the weeks, months, and years ahead we’ll begin to understand more about the fallout from the death of the petrodollar and nowhere is it likely to be more apparent than in Saudi Arabia where widening fiscal and current account deficits have forced the Saudis to tap the bond market to mitigate the FX drawdown that's fueling speculation about the viability of the dollar peg. As Bloomberg reports, the current situation mirrors a "very scary moment" in Saudi Arabia’s history.

Huge explosions at US army base in Japan as warehouse burns and emergency services rush to scene
Mirror Online - Several huge explosions were heard today at a US army base in Japan. At least 10 fire engines rushed to the scene in Sagamihara city, south of Tokyo, amid reports of a blast sparked by an unknown cause. Footage shows several small bangs and one huge explosion, which witnesses described on social media as like "a fireworks display.".. Pentagon spokesman US Navy Commander Bill Urban confirmed there are no injuries. The site is part of a US army complex next to the capital where three deliberate explosions were reported in April, in what police suspect was an act of left-wing Japanese extremists.

China rocked by second deadly chemical plant blast in two weeks
Reuters - A huge explosion ripped through a chemical plant in eastern China, killing one person and injuring nine, Xinhua news agency said, less than two weeks after two deadly blasts destroyed a warehouse storing chemicals in the northeast. The fire on Saturday night in Huantai in the eastern province of Shandong was put out after about five hours and authorities said no contamination has been detected, Xinhua said. But the disaster is bound to raise more questions about safety standards in a country where industrial accidents are all too common following three decades of fast economic growth… The factory produced adiponitrile, a colorless liquid that releases poisonous gases when it reacts with fire, according to Xinhua.

MH17 Crash: West Hushed Up Risks of Ukraine Overflights - Australian Media
Sputnik News - During a July 14, 2014 briefing Ukrainian officials told Western ambassadors that Russian tank units had intervened in the conflict resulting in a dramatic escalation in air combat… The German foreign office has said that civilian flights over eastern Ukraine and their safety were not discussed at the July 14 briefing. However, Correctiv says it has a copy of a report on the briefing by Dutch diplomat Gerrie Willems that contradicts the office's claim and insists that the staff of the embassies of the European Union member states, the United States, Canada, Brazil and Japan actually attended the briefing. Although there is no specific mention of civil aviation, the Willems' report refers to the escalation in aerial combat. The German foreign office had refused to release information about the briefing, arguing it had been confidential and that all those attending had acknowledged this.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US airman says train attacker 'ready to fight to the end'
My Way - Three Americans, including two US service members, managed to overpower a gunman and thwart an attack on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday. The shooter has been identified as a 26-year-old Moroccan man with links to Islamist militant groups who had recently traveled to Syria… Stone and Skarlatos moved in to tackle the gunman and take his gun. The third young man, Anthony Sadler, 23, moved in to help subdue the assailant. "All three of us started punching" him, Stone said. Stone said he choked him unconscious. A British businessman then joined in the fray… Stone is also credited with saving a French-American teacher wounded in the neck with a gunshot wound and squirting blood. Stone described matter-of-factly that he "just stuck two of my fingers in his hole and found what I thought to be the artery, pushed down and the bleeding stopped."
* Related: French Leader to Award Highest Honor to Five Passengers for Stopping Gunman

Judge lifts restraining order on Planned Parenthood videos; new one released immediately
American Thinker - The prior restraint censorship of videos taken by the Center for Medical Progress of StemExpress officials discussing the trafficking in baby parts has ended, as a judge who understands the First Amendment lifted a restraining order. In response, the CMP immediately released a short new video… The new release consists of bits and pieces of old videos, but with one new section: The one new section featured Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress in a lunch meeting with undercover operatives posing as representatives of a biotech firm. Dyer is seen laughing about how StemExpress purchases fully intact aborted babies from Planned Parenthood. As she paid the check, Dyer is laughing about how shippers of the aborted babies should give a warning to lab workers to expect such a whole (intact) baby.
* Related: Massive Planned Parenthood Protests Across US

AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu: Drug Cartels With AK-47s Control American Soil 30 Miles from Phoenix
Breitbart - Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” Pinal Co., AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu said drug cartels armed with AK-47’s “control many areas on American soil” noting that they are only 30 miles from Phoenix. Babeu detailed touring the border yesterday with Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and said, “We flew him in our helicopter, showed him the drug smuggling routes, the actual caves—these cartel scouts live on top of mountains, 30 days at a time. And how on mountain top to mountain top, over a 50-mile swath of land, and this is only 30 miles from Phoenix.” He continued, “This is literally an unsecured border. We have cartels that think they own the place. They control many areas on American soil and this how they freely move billions of dollars of drugs and hundreds of thousands of illegals into our country.”

Media Ignores Constitutional Experts Debunking Birthright Citizenship
Breitbart News - Breitbart News first explained that the debate of who becomes an American citizen by virtue of being born on U.S. soil turns on the words “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” And we later explained in greater detail how the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Citizenship Clause over time supports the original meaning of that clause, a clause which does not extend citizenship to the children of illegal aliens.... There are others. Professor Peter Schuck, who holds an endowed chair at Yale Law School (the top-ranked law school in America), and Professor Roger Smith, a political scientist who holds an endowed chair at the University of Pennsylvania (another Ivy League university), coauthored a scholarly treatise on this subject, Citizenship without Consent, and conclude in their book that “the framers of the Citizenship Clause had no intention of establishing a universal rule of birthright citizenship.”
* Related: The Original intent of the 14th Amendment

Too Many Rich Foreigners are Scamming the System that Allows them to Live in U.S. if they Create 10 Jobs and Pay $500,000
AllGov -Residents of China have accounted for 90% of the visas issued from DHS in 2014, according to government data. “For rich Chinese, a green card is a ticket out of China -- a way to escape heavy pollution or gain access to improved education options,” wrote CNN’s Sophia Yan. EB-5 has proven popular with scammers and possibly even spies who have used the program to gain entry into the country. The SEC reportedly received more than 100 tips of possible securities fraud connected to the EB-5. The program has proven to be very popular. For instance, DHS allotted 10,000 visas in 2014 for EB-5 applicants, and all of them were gone in just a matter of a few months. Residents of China have flooded the department with applications for EB-5, and accounted for 90% of the visas issued from it in 2014, according to government data compiled by CNNMoney.

“The War on Drugs is Over, and We Lost,” Meet the Police Chief Who’s Starting a Revolution
The Free Thought Project - Leonard Campanello is not your average police officer, which makes him even more of an atypical police chief. While police departments across the United States double down on the war on drugs with more military gear and violence, Campanello is doing it right. While cops continue busting down doors of suspected drug users, and killing their dogs, or killing them, Campanello is reaching out his hand.... “If you are a user of opiates or heroin, let us help you. We know you do not want this addiction. We have resources here in the City that can and will make a difference in your life. Do not become a statistic,” wrote Campanello. Campanello then got in touch with the local mayor and began the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) which would help drug addicts instead of lock them in cages.

Election News

Federal Election Commission Refuses to Release Study Relating to Computer Security Flaws
AllGov - The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is refusing to release an internal study of its vulnerable computer network, which Chinese hackers infiltrated two years ago. The Center for Public Integrity, which revealed the hacking from October 2013, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see a nearly $200,000 study performed by an outside company, SD Solutions, but the FEC rejected the request. That study reportedly discusses the security flaws in the FEC computer network and provides recommendations for fixing them. FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel told the center it would not publish the study because “the concern is that it contains information that details potential vulnerabilities.”

Trump gets biggest crowd of any 2016 candidate so far
NY Post - Donald Trump scored the biggest crowd of any presidential candidate so far this election year Friday, drawing 30,000 raucous, cheering fans to his rally at a college football stadium in ­Mobile, Ala. “I’m going to be the greatest jobs president that God ever ­created. You are going to be so proud,” he declared to tremendous cheers.... Some of The Donald’s diehard fans came from as far as LA and Pensacola, Fla., and waited up to seven hours in the steamy Alabama heat to score the best seats.
* Related: Donald Trump holds rally in Alabama - Full speech

VIDEO: Senator Jeff Sessions Joins Donald Trump on Stage in Alabama
Gateway Pundit - The AMAZING Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) joined Donald Trump on stage in Mobile, Alabama tonight sporting a Trump hat. Sessions is widely respected for his commitment to border security, American workers and immigration control.

Joe Biden Is Leaning Toward a 2016 Run
WSJ - Vice President Joe Biden, who has long been considering a presidential bid, is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date, people familiar with the matter said.... “The vice president has not made a decision about his political future,” Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said. “Anyone speculating that he has made a decision is wrong.” Mr. Biden would enter as a clear underdog. Polling shows Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton running far ahead of the vice president, who would be building a campaign team largely from scratch.

Veteran News

Colorado Board of Health Refuses to Allow Marijuana for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Tells Veterans to Stick to Opioids
AllGov - The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment and its Board of Health voted last month to deny those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) access to medical marijuana, despite the recommendation from the state’s chief medical officer that it add marijuana to the list of approved treatments… The six board members who voted against the proposal said it was because there’s not enough evidence that marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for the condition. “I’m struggling with the science piece,” board member Dr. Christopher Stanley said, according to the Post. Part of the reason for that is that the federal government makes it difficult to study marijuana’s therapeutic uses. So, victims of PTSD, many of them veterans, will continue to be treated with opioid drugs that can lead to addition, overdose and many other unpleasant side effects.

Economy & Business

U.S. banks moved billions of dollars in trades beyond Washington’s reach
Reuters - This spring, traders and analysts working deep in the global swaps markets began picking up peculiar readings: Hundreds of billions of dollars of trades by U.S. banks had seemingly vanished. The vanishing of the trades was little noted outside a circle of specialists. But the implications were big. The missing transactions reflected an effort by some of the largest U.S. banks — including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley — to get around new regulations on derivatives enacted in the wake of the financial crisis, say current and former financial regulators. The trades hadn’t really disappeared. Instead, the major banks had tweaked a few key words in swaps contracts and shifted some other trades to affiliates in London, where regulations are far more lenient. Those affiliates remain largely outside the jurisdiction of U.S. regulators, thanks to a loophole in swaps rules that banks successfully won from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in 2013.

This 2 Day Stock Market Crash Was Larger Than Any 1 Day Stock Market Crash In U.S. History
Economic Collapse - We witnessed something truly historic happen on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 530 points, and that followed a 358 point crash on Thursday. When you add those two days together, the total two day stock market crash that we just witnessed comes to a grand total of 888 points, which is larger than any one day stock market crash in U.S. history. It is also interesting to note that this 888 point crash comes in the 8th month of our calendar. Perhaps that is just a coincidence, and perhaps it is not.

VIDEO: Operation Choke Point: The Government's Covert War on Small Business
ReasonTV - Banks are sending notices of account closure out to small businesses across the country, to clients they've done business with for years, even decades. The reason? They often don't provide one. But a growing number of business owners believe they know why they're being cut off from the financial system. It's Operation Choke Point, ostensibly an attempt to crack down on fraudulent businesses, but in reality a dragnet that has ensnared innocent entrepreneurs unfairly classified as "high-risk" players.

7 Million People Haven't Made A Single Student Loan Payment In At Least A Year
Zero Hedge - Nearly seven million Americans have gone at least a year without making a payment on their federal student loans, a staggering level of default that highlights how student debt continues to burden households despite an improving labor market. As of July, 6.9 million Americans with student loans hadn’t sent a payment to the government in at least 360 days, quarterly data from the Education Department showed this week. That was up 6%, or 400,000 borrowers, from a year earlier. The figures translate into about 17% of all borrowers with federal loans being severely delinquent—and that share would be even higher if borrowers currently in school were excluded. Additionally, millions of other borrowers who haven’t hit the 360-day threshold that the government defines as a default are months behind on their payments.

Government Gives Away Billions In Grants To Students Who Never Graduate
Zero Hedge - [...] some $16 billion in loans to students attending colleges that graduated fewer than a third of their students after six years.... As NBC reminds us, "Pell grants are given to low-income families and, unlike student loans, do not need to be paid back - [they] are the costliest education initiative in the nation. [...] it turns out that despite the fact that taxpayers have dumped $300 billion into the program since 2000, "the government keeps no official tally of what proportion of those who receive the grants end up getting degrees."

Energy & Environment

EPA Sends Water Tanks Lined With Oil Residue To Navajo Farm
GovtSlaves - That toxic spill caused by the EPA out west continues to be a PR nightmare for the agency. Now they’re in even more trouble with the Navajo tribe, who couldn’t water their livestock because of the contamination. So the agency sent the tribe nine water tanks that turned out to be fouled with oil residue. Washington Times: Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye’s finger came up brown and oily after he ran it inside the spigot of a water tank, one of nine delivered by an EPA contractor to Shiprock, New Mexico, in the aftermath of the accident that sent orange mining waste down the Animas and San Juan rivers.

Two Major US Aquifers Found to Be Saturated with Uranium
The Daily Sheeple - They found that the parts of the High Plains Aquifer (also often referred to as the Ogallala) is saturated with uranium at a level that is 89 times higher than the EPA’s safe limit. The southern half of California’s Central Valley was even worse, with a uranium concentration that is 180 times higher than the EPA’s “maximum contaminant level.”

California Is Literally Sinking as Its Water Goes and Ag Industry Takes Hit
Natural Blaze - Overpumping of California's dwindling groundwater supply is causing the Central Valley to sink at a historic pace, in some places 2 inches per month, according to a NASA report released Wednesday. Satellite and aircraft images revealed sinking basins throughout the state, including an area near the California Aqueduct that sank 8 inches in four months last year. Land in the Tulare basin near Corcoran sank 13 inches in an eight-month stretch, according to the NASA report.

Science & Technology

Forget License Plate Readers On Police Cars, How About On Garbage Trucks?
Ars Technica - San Jose, California, America’s 10th largest city, isn’t just content to put license plate readers on police cars anymore—rather, it now wants to deputize garbage trucks to be an additional tool in its ongoing surveillance. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the mayor and one city councilman put forward a new proposal Wednesday that would allow sanitation vehicles to use the scanning devices and feed the data automatically to city police....
If passed, the city would likely become the first in the country to expand the law enforcement tool to another public entity besides parking enforcement.

Hackers dump SECOND, even bigger batch of Ashley Madison records
Daily Mail - Hacking group 'the Impact team' at lunchtime on Thursday released another mine of documents and confidential information to back up their first 9.7 gigabyte leak... The new documents were dumped with a taunting message to the adultery website's founder as exposed users began to publicly admit their involvement. 'Hey Noel, you can admit it's real now,' read the post - presumably directed at the company's millionaire CEO Noel Biderman, who has refused to admit the material is all legitimate. The 20GB is focused on the inner workings of the website rather than individual subscribers but the release will do little to calm the nerves of the cheaters whose personal details have been exposed.... AP traced their government Internet connections — logged by the website over five years — and reviewed their credit-card transactions to identify them. They included workers at more than two dozen Obama administration agencies, including the departments of State, Defense, Justice, Energy, Treasury, Transportation and Homeland Security. Others came from House or Senate computer networks

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Oregon County Set to Destroy Monsanto’s GMO Crops
Natural Society -Monsanto has been warned, and Syngenta already moved their operations outside the county. Notice was given by Josephine County, Oregon that citizens are very serious about the GMO ban (Measure 17-58) that was passed last year. The cultivation of GMO crops will not be tolerated. Biotech companies have until September 4th, just a few short weeks away, to either harvest their crops or destroy them, or they face monetary penalties.

Health

Flaxseed: Just An Ounce A Day May Extend Your Life
Green Med Info - A new study published in Experimental Gerontology indicates that consuming about an ounce a day of flaxseed (30 grams) may profoundly benefit elderly subjects, possibly neutralizing age-associated increases in inflammation, by modulating levels of a class of fat derived biomolecules known as oxylipins.

One Acupuncture Treatment Drops Blood Pressure For Over a Month Without Medication
April McCarthy - Emerging evidence from a research study shows acupuncture may be an effective treatment for hypertension. Acupuncture regulates blood pressure, blood flow and body temperature. Patients with hypertension treated with acupuncture experienced drops in their blood pressure that lasted up to a month and a half, researchers with the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine have found.

6 ways to speed up your metabolism with essential oils
(NaturalHealth365) Are you looking to speed up your metabolism? What gimmicks have you tried in the past? Did it work? Today, we’ll reveal how to speed up your metabolism naturally by using essential oils. Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants that contain many healing properties. Even though essential oils are not a weight-loss miracle, they can definitely help to increase your metabolism by curbing appetite, improving digestion, boosting metabolism, balancing mood and controlling blood sugar levels.

McDonald’s Kicked Out of Cleveland Clinic Cafeteria
Natural Society - Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, a top health care institution in the US, has finally given McDonald’s the boot upon the realization that fast food may just not be the best choice for the sick (or anyone, really). The riddance of the junk food restaurant is one of many changes the hospital is making to “promote healthy food choices, exercise, and a smoke free environment.” Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman Eileen Sheil said, “Our goal is to reduce the risk factors that contribute significantly to chronic diseases.”... Cleveland Clinic is the 7th hospital in the nation to remove McDonald’s from their cafeterias in the past six years



Friday - August 21, 2015 - Today in History:

1831 - Nat Turner, a former slave, led a violent insurrection in Virginia. He was later executed.
1878 - The American Bar Association was formed by a group of lawyers, judges and law professors in Saratoga, NY.
1912 - Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout. It is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
1923 - In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner.
1943 - Japan evacuated the Aleutian island of Kiaska. Kiaska had been the last North American foothold held by the Japanese.
1945 - U.S. President Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped about $50 billion in aid to America's Allies during World War II.
1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state. U.S. President Eisenhower also issued the order for the 50 star flag.
1963 - In South Vietnam, martial law was declared. Army troops and police began to crackdown on the Buddhist anti-government protesters.
1991 - The hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev ended. The uprising that led to the collapse was led by Russian federation President Boris Yeltsin.
1993 - NASA lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. The fate of the spacecraft was unknown. The mission cost $980 million.
1997 - Hudson Foods Inc. closed a plant in Nebraska after it had recalled 25 million pounds of ground beef that was potentially contaminated with E. coli 01557:H7. It was the largest food recall in U.S. history.
1997 - Afghanistan suspended its embassy operations in the United States.
2003 - In Ghana, businessman Gyude Bryant was selected to oversee the two-year power-sharing accord between Liberia's rebels and the government. The accord was planned to guide the country out of 14 years of civil war.

World News

North Korea Prepares to Bring Troops to Full Combat Readiness - Reports
Sputnik News - Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, has ordered the country’s army to bring the troops to full combat readiness following the Thursday exchange of fire between North and South Korea, the Yonhap News Agency reports. North Korea’s frontline forces should be fully prepared for an offensive starting from 17:00 local time on Friday (08:00 GMT), the South Korean news agency said, citing the North Korean Central Broadcasting Station. The order came after North Korea held a Central Military Commission session following an exchange of fire between North and South Korea across the demilitarized zone – the first major armed clash between the neighbors in five years.

Kiev's Renewed Assault on Donbass to Trigger US-Russian War – Stephen Cohen
Sputnik News - There are some worrisome signs emerging that Kiev may be planning a new military assault against Donbass, Professor Stephen F. Cohen notes, warning that a US/NATO involvement in the civil war in Ukraine may potentially prompt a backlash from Russia, leading to a direct standoff between the two nuclear powers.... Stephen F. Cohen emphasized that despite Western media labelling the Donbass independence supporters as Russia's "proxies," trying to deprive them of humanity, the people of eastern Ukraine are not attacking, but defending their homes. But why is Kiev considering escalating its military operation in the East? There are three possible reasons, according to the scholar.
* Related: As Donbas Heats Up, War Between US and Russia Seems Inevitable

Israeli strikes on Golan confirmed by Syrian state TV
RT - Syrian state television has confirmed Israeli strikes on Golan Heights, Reuters reports. Israel previously said that the bombardment was a response to rockets fired at its territory from Syria. Israel fired “several missiles,” which targeted a transportation center and a public building in a Syrian area of the Golan Heights, Quneitra, a military source told Syrian state TV. According to the IDF, earlier rockets came to Israel from the central part of the Golan Heights controlled by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.

Greek PM Tsipras steps down, calls early elections
RT - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has confirmed his resignation and early election plans for Greece in a live address. The move comes after Athens managed to pay a huge chunk of its €3.4 billion debt to the ECB. “The political mandate of the January 25 elections has exhausted its limits and now the Greek people have to have their say,” Tsipras said in a televised address Thursday night. Tsipras said that he will now be looking for the Greek people to vote to continue the government program of his leftist Syriza party. Local media have been speculating about the possible upcoming announcement since Thursday morning. Citing a source in the government, Reuters reported that Tsipras would propose holding the snap elections on September 20.

Judge Overturns Mexico GMO Maize Ban in Tragic Ruling
Sustainable Pulse - Mexico’s XII District Court has overturned a 2013 ruling that prevented biotech companies, including Monsanto and Syngenta, planting genetically modified (GM) maize in Mexico. The decision has been appealed by Acción Colectiva del Maíz and will not come into force until the appeal/s have been heard and ruled on. The tragic ruling follows two years of 93 appeals by the Biotech Industry after the planting of GMO Maize was banned in September 2013 by the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City. Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. cited “the risk of imminent harm to the environment” as the basis for the decision.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US Jails People for Cannabis While Govt Promotes It as Cancer Treatment
Sputnik News - Criminalized by the US federal government since 1937, cannabis is being advertised by the US Department of Health as "useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment" on the agency's official cancer advice website. The National Cancer Institute claims cannabinoids, which are the active chemicals in cannabis, can be smoked, inhaled, eaten in baked products, drank in herbal teas, or even sprayed under the tongue as treatment.... Despite these studies, as well as a general push for decriminalization across the country, the US penal system imprisons a shocking number of individuals for nonviolent crimes related to marijuana. In 2013 alone, 609,423 individuals were arrested for possession of a substance which is now recommended by the US Department of Health.

Hillary Clinton Admits Classified Information Was Stored On Home Server
Zero Hedge - With the controversy unlikely to dissipate any time soon, and with many analysts claiming that the issue could well imperil her run for The White House, Clinton has now admitted that in fact, her private server did contain classified e-mails. Here’s the story from WSJ: Hillary Clinton’s campaign said Wednesday that emails on the private server she used when she was secretary of state contained material that is now classified, the clearest explanation thus far of an issue that has roiled her bid for the presidency. At the same time, the campaign sought to play down the disclosure by saying the material had been retroactively classified out of an abundance of caution by U.S. intelligence agencies. “She was at worst a passive recipient of unwitting information that subsequently became deemed as classified,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.
*Related: Everything You Need to Know About the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal in Two-and-a-Half Minutes

Federal Judge Orders DEA to Release Information about Illegal Mass Surveillance
AllGov - The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been ordered by a federal judge to provide information on its secretive mass surveillance program to a human rights group. Human Rights Watch (HRW), with legal help from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), sued the DEA and other federal agencies to stop the collecting of data on international phone calls made by Americans to overseas parties—a form of unauthorized surveillance that the DEA quietly performed for two decades, according to EFF.

16 Journalists Accept Planned Parenthood Awards – Despite Horrifying Abortion Videos!
News Busters - While the media stay away from the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted baby parts, they are drawn to Planned Parenthood’s annual media awards ceremony. During Planned Parenthood’s Maggie Awards for Media Excellence Tuesday night, the abortion giant recognized 16 journalists for pushing “reproductive rights.” From Buzzfeed and Yahoo! to MSNBC, MRC Culture compiled a list of several prominent media attendees – and found a picture announcing the winners.

The September List: 36 Converging Events
The Daily Crow - There is an unprecedented convergence of events falling on this September. The only prediction I will make with certainty is that by the start of October life as we know it will change forever.Whether you are a prophecy buff, a skeptic or both, it is my belief that the overwhelming events of significance pointing to this month should cause anyone pause. The underlying premise for anyone to accept the magnitude of what follows is simply this: the nature of man is evil and there are forces at work who seek power and self interest above all else.

Election News

Trump Smash: Leads Jeb by +18 Points in Pennsylvania Primary
Breitbart - Just two months ago, in early June, a Quinnipiac poll showed Trump with only 4% support among Republican primary voters in Pennsylvania. The billionaire business was in tenth place. A new Quinnipiac poll released Thursday shows a startling reversal. Trump is not only in first place with 24% support, he’s beating second place Ben Carson by a whopping +11 points. Trump beats second and third place (Rubio) combined. Jeb Bush has dropped -4 points from 10% support to just 6%. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). According to the Real Clear Politics poll of polls, Trump leads in the early states of Iowa +7.6%, New Hampshire +13.5%, South Carolina +20%, and Florida +2.5%. Nationally, Trump leads the 16 person field by +11.3%.

Donald Trump's venue for Alabama rally moved to larger stadium
(CNN) - Donald Trump has been drawing large crowds at events throughout the country, but his next event in Alabama could draw his largest gathering yet. Trump is holding a Friday night "pep rally" in Mobile, Alabama, and because of increased expected attendance, a last minute venue change is taking place, the campaign said Thursday. Previously planned for the nearby Civic Center -- which can hold up to 4,000 people -- the event is now being moved to the 43,000-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium, normally home to high school football games. As of Thursday morning, 35,000 tickets to the event have been distributed, according to the Trump Campaign.

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election
Politico - Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections—indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs—than any company in history has ever had. Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to experiments I conducted recently with Ronald E. Robertson. Given that many elections are won by small margins, this gives Google the power, right now, to flip upwards of 25 percent of the national elections worldwide. In the United States, half of our presidential elections have been won by margins under 7.6 percent, and the 2012 election was won by a margin of only 3.9 percent—well within Google’s control.

Economy & Business

We Have Already Witnessed The First 1300 Points Of The Stock Market Crash Of 2015
Economic Collapse - What has been happening on Wall Street the past few days has been nothing short of stunning. On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 358 points. It was the largest single day decline in a year and a half, and investors are starting to panic. Overall, the Dow is now down more than 1300 points from the peak of the market. Just yesterday, I wrote about all of the experts that are warning about a stock market crash in 2015, and after today I am sure that a lot more people will start jumping on the bandwagon. In particular, tech stocks are getting absolutely hammered lately. The Nasdaq has fallen close to 3.5% over the past two days alone, and it has dropped below its 200-day moving average. The Russell 2000 (a small-cap stock market index) is also now trading below its 200-day moving average. What all of this means is that the stock market crash of 2015 has already begun.

Global markets down over Fed rate hike uncertainty
RT - Fading expectations of a US interest rate hike left global markets in the red on Thursday following the release of US Federal Reserve minutes of the July 28-29 meeting. The report left it unclear whether the Fed will raise rates at the policy meeting on September 16-17, stoking anxiety about the health of the global economy. “Most [officials – ed.] judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point,” said the minutes published Wednesday. This can be interpreted that the Federal Reserve is considering a rate hike in September. However, the Fed has been saying that its rate decision depends on whether inflation will reach the goal of two percent after running below that for more than three years.

Energy & Environment

Nestle Pays Only $524 to Extract 27,000,000 Gallons of California Drinking Water
Anti-Media - In 2013, the company drew 27 million gallons of water from 12 springs in Strawberry Canyon for the brand — apparently by employing rather impressive legerdemain — considering the permit to do so expired in 1988. But, as Nestle will tell you, that really isn’t cause for concern since it swears it is a good steward of the land and, after all, that expired permit’s annual fee has been diligently and faithfully paid in full — all $524 of it.... In 2014, Nestle used roughly 705 million gallons of water in its operations in California, according to natural resource manager Larry Lawrence. That’s 2,164 acre-feet of water — enough to “irrigate 700 acres of farmland” or “fill 1,068 Olympic-sized swimming pools,” as Ian James pointed out in The Desert Sun.

San Francisco's 4.0 Earthquake May Be Signaling the ‘Big One’ Coming Soon
Sputnik News - A 4.0 earthquake on August 18 along the Hayward fault line in northern California has caused worry among some residents that the “big one” may be coming. It was the first seismic event to take place along the fault line since 1868- when a massive 7.0 earthquake that was dubbed “the great San Francisco earthquake,” hit.

Science & Technology

Millions crash websites listing the names of Ashley Madison 'cheaters' as thousands of email addresses linked to banks, universities and America’s biggest companies are shared online
Daily Mail - Millions of panicked cheaters and their suspicious spouses have crashed websites claiming to host the 'cheat sheet' list of names leaked in the Ashley Madison hack. Several searchable databases of names, emails and sexual fantasies linked to the 9.7 gigabyte data leak had to shut down within minutes of going live because they could not cope with demand.It comes as lists of email addresses - purporting to show registered users of the adultery site - have been shared across the web and in the controversial forum 4chan - without any evidence or means of validation.
* Related: 'I have been the biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar ADMITS being unfaithful to his wife after being exposed as an Ashley Madison user

It's A Divorce Lawyer Orgy: "Ashley Madison Hack Is The Best Thing To Happen Since Moses"
Zero Hedge - Husbands and wives across the world are waking up to their partners' extramarital affairs after, as AP calls it, a catastrophic leak at adultery website Ashley Madison spewed electronic evidence of infidelity across the Internet. Online forums were buzzing Thursday with users claiming to have found evidence that their significant others were on the site. But it's not all doom and gloom... as Reuters notes many professions stand to benefit from the unfolding saga, from lawyers to therapists to cyber security firms. Prominent divorce lawyer Raoul Felder said the release is the best thing to happen to his profession since the seventh Commandment forbade adultery in the Bible, "I've never had anything like this before." So hey, those cheating spouses are now helping the economy grow...

World’s Smallest Quadcopter Drone Now Available to the Public
Activist Post - You can now buy the Aerius drone for $50, and it’s about 3x3x3 cm in size. It has a 5 minute flight time, and is small enough to fit inside its own remote control, which doubles as a charger.... As you can imagine, something this small would make it incredibly easy to spy on someone without their knowing. Fortunately, it doesn’t have a camera, but the manufacturer mentioned in the YouTube comments of the video that “It’s a quadcopter, still working on a camera this small.” Make no mistake, we’re rapidly approaching the day when anyone can buy a bug sized spy drone for less than the cost of a cell phone.

No need for diets & exercise? Scientists find obesity gene with off switch!
RT - Researchers have managed to identify a generic ‘console’ that makes some people more prone to obesity. But this ‘console’ can be switched off. So those who enjoy a Big Mac and sitting in front of TV instead of working out can lose weight while asleep. The so-called FTO region that “harbors the strongest genetic association with obesity” was identified in the study conducted by scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University Medical School. The paper was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Obesity has traditionally been seen as the result of an imbalance between the amount of food we eat and how much we exercise, but this view ignores the contribution of genetics to each individual's metabolism," said senior author Manolis Kellis, an MIT professor of computer science.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Eco-Friendly 3D Printer Prints LIVING Gardens From Organic Ink
Natural Blaze - If you weren’t impressed by the Origami pot that grows with your plant, you’re bound to be inspired by this invention capable of producing living gardens. Project PrintGREEN is transforming 3D printers into on-demand gardeners after it created the world’s first “Green” 3D printer in 2013. The innovation is capable of producing living prints by printing customized objects in a variety of sizes and forms.... The eco-friendly “ink” is a combination of soil, seeds, and water which can be designed to print in any shape or letter. Once the ink dries, the muddy mixture holds its form and begins to sprout grass from the organic material.

8 Highly Medicinal Plants You Can Grow at Home
Natural News Blogs - Grow medicinal herbs in your home garden can provide convenient access to many natural home remedies, and you can save money at the same time.…

Health

The CDC Just Acknowledged What We All Fear About Bird Flu
Off the Grid News - Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are worried that a strain of flu that has killed 48 million birds this year could spread to humans. As of now there is no vaccine for the influenza, which could return to the United States this fall. “We don’t want to see any, but we are getting ready in case there are cases of human infection,” Dr. Michael Jhung, the head of the CDC’s Influenza Division, told CNBC’s On the Money. CDC researchers started researching the possibility that the flu could infect humans in April, USA Today reported. “These are the first of these types of viruses that we’ve seen in the United States,” Jhung said. “Because they’re new, we’re a little concerned because we don’t know how dangerous they could be.”

Drug-Resistant Head Lice Found in 25 States
Natural Society - Permethrin, part of the pyrethroid class of insecticides, has been used to fight head lice, mosquitoes, bedbugs, and other insects for years. Researchers say overuse of the drug has caused head lice and other insects to develop genetic mutations that make them completely resistant to permethrin.... So far, 25 states have tested positive for the genetically mutated lice, but results from several other states are still pending. According to Yoon, the majority of the lice are 100% immune to the effects of permethrin, a realization the scientist called “really alarming.” Completely-resistant bugs have been located in...
* Related: Natural Remedies For Lice

10 Natural Health Remedies For Numbness In The Extremities
Marianna Pochelli - A large percentage of the population suffers silently from numbing of the extremities, specifically the hands and feet. There are many different causes of numbness and in several cases, it can be an indication of a serious problem. However, there are many natural remedies to help increase circulation and assist with coping strategies to alleviate symptoms and even decrease their frequency. Numbness may or may not be accompanied by pain, tingling, weakness and prickling. Some of the causes of numbness include...

Pet News

How 3-D Printing Can Offer Enhanced Treatment Options for Animals
Tech Swarm - The 3-D printing process retains — and can enhance — the important information found on the scan that a doctor or veterinarian needs in making a diagnosis. Walter Renberg, an orthopedic surgeon and professor and head of small animal surgery at the Veterinary Health Center, said the 3-D models Castinado and Headley have produced are proving beneficial in a variety of ways. "While Kansas State University is not the first to use 3-D printing in veterinary medicine, we've thought about doing so for awhile," Renberg said. "It helps us with a couple of things clinically, particularly with bone deformities, which can be difficult to reconstruct with a CT scan. For example, when planning a surgery to correct a deformity or even determining whether such a surgery is necessary, the model can help us determine the right surgical approach or come up with less expensive alternatives to certain procedures."

VIDEO: Homeowner Turns House Into Amazing Cat Playland
Dr. Becker - Feral, at-risk cats threatened by nearby traffic are adopted by a new homeowner who turns his home into a cat’s crazy, truly amazing indoor playland!
 



Thursday - August 20, 2015 - Today in History:

1741 - Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska.
1866 - It was formally declared by U.S. President Andrew Johnson that the American Civil War was over. The fighting had stopped months earlier.
1914 - German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I.
1940 - France fell to the Germans during World War II.
1953 - It was announced by the Soviet Union that they had detonated a hydrogen bomb.
1964 - A $1 billion anti-poverty measure was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1977 - Voyager 2 was launched by the United States. The spacecraft was carrying a 12 inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
1991 - A rally of more that 100,000 people occurred outside the Russian parliament building to protest the coup that removed Gorbachev from power.
1997 - NATO troops seized six police stations in Banja Luka that had been held by troops controlled by former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic.
1998 - Canada's Supreme Court announced that Quebec could not secede without the federal government's consent.
1998 - U.S. military forces attacked a terrorist camp in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan. Both targets were chosen for cruise missile strikes due to their connection with Osama bin Laden.
1998 - The U.N. Security Council extended trade sanctions against Iraq for blocking arms inspections.
2009 - Voting in Afghanistan's presidential election was marred by rampant ballot-box stuffing. (Hamid Karzai was declared the winner in November.)
2009 - The only man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 returned to Libya after his release from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.
2010 - The last American combat brigade exited Iraq after more than seven years after the U.S.-led invasion began.

World News

S. Korea orders civilian evacuation near western border, after exchanging fire with N. Korea
RT - South Korean military shelled the North’s border area in response to an apparent earlier shelling from the North. South Korean military fired dozens of artillery shells across the border on Thursday, the Yonhap news agency reported. The attack came in response to apparent shelling of the southern part of the border area by the North’s military.
* Related: S. Korea orders civilian evacuation near western border, after exchanging fire with N. Korea

Yemen bombed into Syria-grade catastrophe in just 5 months – Red Cross
RT - Five months of Saudi-led airstrikes and ground military campaigns in Yemen have created “catastrophic” conditions in the country and destruction which the Red Cross can only compare to the devastation of after five years of civil war in Syria. “Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years,” the head of the international Red Cross, Peter Maurer told AP, after witnessing the destruction first hand. “The images I have from Sanaa and Aden remind of what I have seen in Syria.”

Chinese Report Details Role of Political Connections in Tianjin Blasts
The New York Times - On Wednesday, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported that two major shareholders in Rui Hai had admitted to using their political connections to gain government approvals for the site, despite clear violations of rules prohibiting the storage of hazardous chemicals within 3,200 feet of residential areas. Yu Xuewei, the company chairman, is a former executive at a state-owned chemical company, and Dong Shexuan, the vice chairman, is the son of a former police chief at the Tianjin port. The two executives, who deliberately concealed their ownership stakes behind a murky corporate structure, told Xinhua that they had leveraged their personal relationships with government officials to obtain licenses for the site. Both men have been detained. “The first safety appraisal company said our warehouses were too close to the apartment building,” said Mr. Dong, 34, referring to a residential complex that was severely damaged and now stands empty. “Then we found another company who got us the documents we needed.”

Insouciance Rules The West
Paul Craig Roberts - Europe is being overrun by refugees from Washington’s, and Israel’s, hegemonic policies in the Middle East and North Africa that are resulting in the slaughter of massive numbers of civilians. The inflows are so heavy that European governments are squabbling among themselves about who is to take the refugees. Hungary is considering constructing a fence, like the US and Israel, to keep out the undesirables. Everywhere in the Western media there are reports deploring the influx of migrants; yet nowhere is there any reference to the cause of the problem.

As Crisis in Yemen Worsens, US Steps Up Involvement in Saudi-Led Invasion
Sputnik News - Nearly 4,300 people have been killed in Yemen since Gulf allies began bombing the country in March, and roughly half of these people were civilians, according to the United Nations. A further 1.3 million people were forced to flee from their homes as a result of the fighting. Meanwhile, the United States has more than doubled the number of Pentagon advisors providing enhanced intelligence for coalition airstrikes. The Obama administration has maintained that the US is only acting in a non-combat advisory role, and it seems that role is only growing.

Israel preparing itself to face ICC
Press TV - Israel is facing fresh challenges in the wake of Palestinians' complaints filed against it at the International Criminal Court. Now the Israeli army has appointed a new Military Advocate General to deal with what it calls external and internal challenges. It is said that Sharon Afek has been asked to prepare for fighting a possible ICC verdict against Tel Aviv over its violation of Palestinians' human rights. Mona Kandil reports from Ramallah.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

State Dept. Says BlackBerries Issued to Clinton Aides Were Probably ‘Destroyed or Excessed’
Breitbart - The latest development in the lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch to examine the highly unusual terms of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s employment at the State Department is a federal court filing in which State says the secure BlackBerry phones issued to Abedin and another Clinton aide, Cheryl Mills, have most likely been destroyed, or at least wiped clean and reissued to other employees.
* Related: State Department Did Not Give Hillary Clinton Her BlackBerry

Horror: Intact Fetus Moves Arms, Legs Outside Womb in Latest Planned Parenthood Video
Adan Salazar - A fully intact human fetus is seen moving its arms and legs outside of the womb, in the latest damning Planned Parenthood sting video released by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress. Ex-Stem Express procurement technician Holly O’Donnell appears again in the 7th installment of the group’s series, revealing even more horrific details about her former employer’s partnership with Planned Parenthood and their customized abortion for profit racket. “O’Donnell describes the harvesting, or ‘procurement,’ of organs from a nearly intact late-term fetus aborted at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, CA,” CMP notes in their latest video’s description.

Three Violent Criminal Aliens Released In Arizona, Sheriff Sounds Alarm
Breitbart - An Arizona sheriff is sounding the alarm about three violent criminal aliens released into the state, and charging the Obama administration with not doing enough to keep such offenders off the streets.... The three offenders released into Arizona include: Dennis Valerievitch Tsoukano, an illegal immigrant from Russia who killed a police informant by burning him alive; Musa Salah Abdelaziz Abdalla, an illegal immigrant from Sudan with multiple assault arrests; and Nasser Hanna Hermez, a legal permanent resident from Iraq who killed his 7 week old daughter.... While the convicts ICE released appear to qualify as enforcement priorities under the administration’s guidelines, ICE said it did not have the legal authority to continue to detain them, as it could not verify the citizenship of the two illegal immigrants and Hermez is a lawful permanent resident.

Wisconsin High School To Randomly Drug Test Students
Steve Watson - Using loophole to violate Constitutional rights. A wisconsin high school district has been caught up in controversy over a new policy to randomly drug test students, much like a prison would inmates. The Crivitz school district will usher in the new policy in the fall, claiming that it is to “protect” students.... Tests will be conducted by randomly picking student identification numbers via computer every fortnight. Should a student test positive, or refuse to be tested, they will be barred from athletic involvement, mandated to attend counseling, and their parents will be alerted. The school says it will not expel any students or involve police.

City bans woman from living in tent on her own property
Off the Grid News - North Carolina resident Ingrid Larsen is being prevented from living in a tent on her own property because she has no sewer line. Larsen’s home was destroyed during Hurricane Ophelia in 2005 when a sewage pumping station failed, caused 10,000 gallons of human waste to flood Larsen’s home – for 10 straight hours. The sewage was so toxic that Larsen’s house became a biohazard that had to be torn down. She lost most everything she had owned. She wants to build again on the property but wants to use a septic tank already on the property instead of the sewer.... he local sewer district, the Southeast Brunswick Sanitary District, will not let her use the septic system because there is a sewer line near her property — the same sewer line that backed up and flooded her home. Typically, only homes away from sewer lines receive exemptions.

Election News

Trump could boost bill ending birthright citizenship
Washington Examiner - "I don't have any doubt that the immigration statement that Trump put out is going to help provide momentum for a number of different pieces of immigration enforcement legislation, and especially birthright citizenship," Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told the Washington Examiner. King is the sponsor of a House bill that would restrict automatic birthright citizenship, but his legislation has stalled, as has a companion measure in the Senate. But the bill could get a boost from Trump, who released an immigration reform plan that also calls for ending the policy.... Watchdog groups say up to 400,000 children are born in the United States to illegal immigrants each year. If they are born on U.S. soil, they are entitled to citizenship under an interpretation of the 14th Amendment. Children of non-citizens who are born here can petition for legal status for their parents when they turn 21, which critics of the law say provides incentive for people to try to cross illegally into the United States in order to give birth.

It Begins - Hillary "Trump'd" By The Donald In Key Swing State
Zero Hedge - As The Hill reports, Donald Trump tops Hillary Clinton (45% to 42%) in the latest poll from swing-state North Carolina. Clinton tops Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, so there's that, but eight Republicans (including Trump) are beating the former secretary of state. Perhaps most notably however, is that a new survey from FOX shows Trump (45%) closing in on Hillary (51%) in the presidential election matchup.

Bland Monster Jeb Bush “Proud” of His Brother’s Torturing People
The Intercept - Maybe you’ve seen that Jeb Bush has refused to rule out more torture if he’s elected president. But what’s gone unnoticed — perhaps because Bush is so dreary it’s hard to listen to him without losing consciousness — is he actually said he’s “proud” of his brother’s torture policies. BUSH: I do think, in general, that torture is not appropriate. It’s not as effective, uh, and the change of policy that my brother did and was then put into executive order form by the president was the proper thing to do. I also would say that right after 9/11, I mean, we were attacked, and, uh, my presid — my brother — and I’m not saying this because I’m a Bush, I’m saying this because I love this country just like everybody in this room — I’m proud of what he did to create a secure environment for our country.

Economy & Business

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Fraud was Worth It for Citigroup; Pays Only $180 Million after Gaining $3 Billion from Hedge Fund Investors
AllGov - Before the financial crisis of 2008, Citigroup talked up two hedge funds with investors, saying the investments carried about the same risk as municipal bonds. The pitch worked wonderfully for Citigroup, which wound up pulling in almost $3 billion for the ASTA/MAT fund and the Falcon fund from 2002 to 2007. Then Wall Street crashed the following year, and the 4,000 people who invested in the hedge funds watched them collapse along with their investments. Even as the funds were tanking, they took in another $110 million from investors, according to Courthouse News Service. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) went after Citigroup for making false and misleading claims about the funds and fined the corporation $180 million, or about 6% of the amount Citigroup flushed down the financial toilet via those funds.

Made in China: GM Might Introduce Chinese-Made Buicks to US Market
Sputnik News - Controversy is growing as Buick, one of America’s oldest automobile companies, may begin importing models to the US from China. General Motors, which oversees the brand, has been criticized by US automotive labor union UAW for considering the plan.... Automobile experts note that it’s much easier for GM to maintain production of the Envision in its current plant in northeastern Shandong province. Diversifying the manufacturing process to include American auto workers would add unnecessary costs.

China and the Decline in Quality (and Soon in Profits)
Washington's Blog - But planned obsolescence is not the entire problem; the quality of goods has declined dramatically due to shoddy manufacturing, poor quality control and low-quality materials. This trend has accelerated as production moved to China. A few decades ago, things built in the U.S.A. and elsewhere were built to last:not just tools and appliances, but electronics: My 31-Year Old Apple Mac Started Up Fine After 15 Years in a Box (February 28, 2015). Correspondent Mark G. has been sharing his experience with machine tools that were made in the U.S.A. 60 or 70 years ago that are still going strong. By his reckoning, table saws sold in the U.S. in the early 1960s–tools that are still working today–were only 10% to 15% more than current table saws (when adjusted for inflation) that are made of plastic and inferior components that won’t last a decade, never mind 60 years.

States ration birth, marriage, death certificates after paper company suddenly closes
Fox News - Someone call Dunder Mifflin: Several states are reporting a paper crisis, after an Ohio company that produces highly specialized paper for vital records closed without warning. California has been hit the hardest by the shortage, and several counties are now being forced to ration birth, marriage and death certificates. In California, the only other company that can meet its needs, under state law, is in Canada. Officials say it would likely take months for Canadian Bank Note Co. to get up to speed with the state’s paper needs – but that’s only after a contract is signed.

New York: Manhattan accommodation for $39 a night - if you sleep in a taxi
IB Times - The words 'New York City' and 'budget' tend not to go hand in hand. But a new venture offers budget travelers million-dollar views of Manhattan for about $39. Adventurous travelers can sleep overnight in a taxi, van or camper parked on the street in New York City. Entrepreneur Jonathan Powley started offering the rentals in April on the Airbnb website. He said the idea came to him after his van broke down on the side of the road. Powley said he now rents what he calls "rolling rooms" inside three vans, two campers and one taxi. While the prices vary, Powley said the lowest price for a night is $22.

Housing Market

HUD Subsidies Allow Nebraska Millionaire to Pay $300 Rent
Americans for Tax Reform - An individual worth $1.6 million living in Oxford, Neb. pays $300 a month for a one-bedroom apartment, but not because of the Nebraska housing market. This tenet is among the more than 25,000 well-off families and individuals that have a taxpayer-subsidized roof over their heads thanks to ‘egregious’ abuse of the public-housing system. According to an Inspector General (IG) audit of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released in July, thousands of ‘over income’ families have received housing assistance despite exceeding the program’s income eligibility limits.... The report estimated that taxpayers will pay over $104.4 million this year to keep these families in subsidized housing. Despite the IG’s report, HUD has no plans to evict any of these families. The department doesn’t require HUD officials to remove over income families –it urges them to stay.

Energy & Environment

The Agency That Contaminated the Animas River Looks to Regulate Water in Your Backyard
Breitbart - Unless a federal judge issues a preliminary injunction, the definition of the “Waters of the U.S.” will change on August 28—giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate the water in your backyard. Thirty-one states, in four districts, have filed motions with the federal courts to block the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) from beginning to enforce the new “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule, which represents a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Federal Register calls the new rule “definitional” and states: “The rule will ensure protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources, and increase CWA program predictability and consistency by clarifying the scope of ‘waters of the United States’ protected under the Act.”

Science & Technology

Thousands of government emails implicated in Ashley Madison affair
RT - The release of records pilfered by hackers from the infidelity website Ashley Madison may present a headache for thousands of US government and military personnel, who used their official emails to register. According to preliminary analysis of the data, which appeared on the 'dark web' on Tuesday, almost 60,000 members have addresses in Washington, DC, and over 15,000 accounts were affiliated with a .gov or a .mil address.
* Related: Josh Duggar revealed as having 'paid almost $1,000 for multiple Ashley Madison accounts'...

First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim
The Guardian - The team behind the feat hope the brain could transform our understanding of neurological disease. Though not conscious the miniature brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old foetus, could potentially be useful for scientists who want to study the progression of developmental diseases. It could also be used to test drugs for conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, since the regions they affect are in place during an early stage of brain development. The brain, which is about the size of a pencil eraser, is engineered from adult human skin cells and is the most complete human brain model yet developed, claimed Rene Anand of Ohio State University, Columbus, who presented the work today at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Health

Large Study Shows Calcium and Magnesium Reduce The Risk of High Blood Pressure, High Blood Glucose and Excess Belly Fat
April McCarthy - Calcium and magnesium may reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, a a cluster of conditions including increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol, but men need above and beyond recommended levels for this effect, say researchers. The researchers from the Case Western Reserve University in the US used 9,148 adults to test the theory that higher dietary intakes of calcium and magnesium decreased the risk of metabolic syndrome. Multiple health benefits from the super mineral magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
* Related: Stay Healthy: Boost Magnesium Levels with These Two Foods

Ginger Treats Osteoarthritis with Topical Application
Heal Naturally -Research from Australia’s Edith Cowan University has confirmed an ancient treatment – that osteoarthritis pain is decreased and mobility is improved with the application of ginger root topically.... This is not the first study to find that ginger has the ability to decrease inflammation and reduce pain in general, as well as among arthritis patients. Studies have found that ginger extract blocks cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and lipoxygenase-5 (LOX-5) enzymes.... The anti-inflammatory effects of ginger in osteoarthritis are also experienced when ginger is taken orally.

Chamomile Tea Reduces Thyroid Cancers, Thyroid Conditions
Heal Naturally - The research – published in the European Journal of Public Health – found that drinking chamomile tea regularly over a 30-year period reduced the risk of thyroid cancer by nearly 80 percent. More specifically, those who drank chamomile tea two to six times each week reduced their risk of any thyroid disease by 74 percent.

Pet News

Oregon Vet Ramps Up Campaign Warning About Xylitol and Dogs
Food Safety News - An Oregon veterinarian is expanding efforts to get the word out that a sugar alcohol-derived sweetener used in an increasing number of foods poses a serious, and potentially fatal, threat to dogs. Dr. Jason Nicholas of Portland (Preventive Vet) has posted a list of products containing xylitol, along with two online petitions seeking warning labels from manufacturers and related action from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In Case of Emergency
Susan Thixton - This is a great idea sent to me by one of the TAPF followers…a emergency alert card to carry in your wallet to notify authorities you have pets at home that need to be cared for in case you are injured or become ill. Many pet owners live alone and worry that should an accident or illness occur, who would care for their pets. Below is an example card (business card size) you can print to carry in your wallet (or design your own).
 



Wednesday - August 19, 2015 - Today in History:

1812 - "Old Ironsides" (the USS Constitution) won a battle against the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia.
1848 - The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald.
1909 - The first car race to be run on brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1919 - Afghanistan gained independence from Britain.
1929 - "Amos and Andy," the radio comedy program, made its debut on NBC starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll.
1934 - Adolf Hitler was approved for sole executive power in Germany as Fuehrer.
1940 - The new Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.
1942 - About 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France. They suffered about 50 percent casualties.
1960 - Francis Gary Powers, an American U-2 pilot, was convicted of espionage in Moscow.
1974 - During an anti-American protest in Nicosia, Cyprus, U.S. Ambassador Rodger P. Davies was killed by a bullet while in the American embassy.
1981 - Two Libyan SU-22s were shot down by two U.S. Navy F-14 fighters in the Gulf of Sidra.
1991 - Soviet hard-liners announced that President Mikhail Gorbachev had been removed from power. Gorbachev returned to power two days later.
1998 - The first piece of the 351 foot bronze statue of Christopher Columbus arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1999 - In Belgrade, thousands of Serbs attended a rally to demand the resignation of Yugoslavia's President Slobodan Milosevic.
2004 - Google Inc. stock began selling on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The initial price was set at $85 and ended the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded.

World News

German Parliament overwhelmingly approves Greek bailout
AP - Germany's Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a third bailout package for Greece despite misgivings by some conservative lawmakers of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic party.... Lawmakers in Spain and Estonia approved it Tuesday, while those in the Netherlands are expected to do so Wednesday as well. The deal needs to clear all hurdles so Greece can get the first tranche of money available and make a big debt repayment to the European Central Bank due on Thursday. Under the terms of the deal, Greece has to make further spending cuts and tax increases and implement big reforms to its economy.

Israel “Drills” Ground Incursion In Syria; Pretext Fighting Terror Israel Helped Create
Brandon Turbeville - According to reports coming from both Israel and Europe, the Israeli Defense Forces appear to be preparing for a ground incursion of Syrian territory in the Golan Heights area. Whatever the plans of the IDF, the Israeli military clearly engaged in wide-scale maneuvers on the border with Syria on Sunday which simulated an incursion into Syrian territory and the evacuation of Israelis currently residing in border towns. The justification for the concern over the Golan border area is that “Iran has opened a new front against Israel on the Golan Heights.” This accusation is leveled repeatedly throughout the articles detailing the drills and preparations being made by Israel yet neither the media outlets nor the Israeli government has offered credible evidence to buttress their claims.

NATO Constructs Tent City in Spain for Largest Military Drills in History
Sputnik News - More than 30 countries are to participate in the Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 in Spanish Zaragoza. NATO is constructing a tent city in the Spanish city of Zaragoza to host more than 650 command and control staff in preparation for the largest joint exercise in more than a decade, the alliance announced in a press release on Tuesday. Approximately 36,000 personnel from more than 30 NATO and partner nations will participate in Exercise Trident Juncture 2015. The drills are scheduled to take place in September throughout southern and central Europe, and across the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

U.S. Navy on alert: China, Russia to launch largest-ever joint navy exercise
Washington Times - The Chinese and Russian navies are gearing up for their largest ever joint exercises, slated to begin Thursday in the Pacific with more than 20 ships from the two nations and to feature anti-submarine operations as well as a joint-beach landing. The exercises, dubbed “Joint Sea 2015 II” will run through Aug. 28 in the Sea of Japan and off the coast of Vladivostok, the Russian port city situated roughly 100 miles north of the Chinese and Russian borders with North Korea.

China's Richest Traders Are Rushing To Dump Their Stocks To The Retail Masses, Just Like In The US
Zero Hedge - As it turns out it is not just in the US that the "smart money" is bailing out as fast as it can: according to Bloomberg, the wealthiest investors in China’s stock market are also scrambling for the exits. To wit: "The number of traders with more than 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) of shares in their accounts shrank by 28 percent in July, even as those with less than 100,000 yuan rose by 8 percent, according to the nation’s clearing agency. While some of the drop is explained by falling market values, CLSA Ltd. says China’s rich have taken advantage of state buying to cash out after the nation’s record-long bull market peaked in June."

Greece to Receive 1,000 Bitcoin ATMs as Trust in Banks ‘Long Gone’
CoinTelegraph - Bitcoin service provider and exchange Cubits has partnered with Greek bitcoin exchange BTCGreece to install 1,000 bitcoin ATMs and help small and medium sized businesses move money. “We are creating the ecosystem of bitcoin and blockchain solutions in the Greek market.” BTCGreece founder Thanos Marinos told CoinTelegraph. “That will include the rollout of 1,000 ATMs and solutions for the e-commerce and tourism industry. Partnering with best of breed companies in the bitcoin space will enable us to provide the Greeks with solutions that will ease the difficulties of the capital controls.” Today, many Greek businesses have failed to pay their suppliers and partners outside of the country due to the countries record high financial problems and the recent capital controls, which froze all bank accounts, credit cards and debit cards in the country for weeks.

Greek Liquidation Sale Begins: German Company Wins Privatization Bid For 14 Greek Regional Airports
Zero Hedge - A German company, airport operator FRAPORT won the bid to operate and maintain 14 regional airports, considered to be top of the top in Greece. With an offer of 1.23 billion euro, the consortium of Fraport-Slentel (a unit of Greek energy group Copelouzos) won the bid to lease the regional airports for 40+10 years. Among the 14 regional airports are those on most popular tourist Greek islands like Mykonos, Rhodes, Kos, Santorini and Corfu. It is the first privatization deal under SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government and the biggest privatization deal in Greece since beginning of the crisis and the bailout programs in 2010.

Global population will soar to 11.2bn by 2100 - with Africa accounting for much of the growth, says UN forecast
The Independent - Fertility rates – the average number of children born per woman – have declined globally but they are not decreasing as fast in Africa as on other continents, said John Wilmoth, director of the UN Population Division in New York. In countries such as Nigeria – Africa’s most populous nation – there are now signs that fertility rates are once more on the increase, which could have a significant impact on future estimates of the global population, Mr Wilmoth said… “Africa has the highest fertility level, with around 4.7 children per woman. Even assuming a continued decline in fertility, given this high starting point, we should anticipate a continued rapid growth of the African population, which will roughly double in size between now and 2050,” he said… Africa is the only major region of the world that will continue to experience substantial population growth after 2050, even if there is a significant reduction in fertility levels in the near future, the UN said.
* Related: Polio Vaccines Laced with Sterilizing Hormone Discovered in Kenya – WHO is Controlling Population?

EU Commission Declares Report on Glyphosate Risk Assessment A Secret
Sustainable Pulse - In a letter to Testbiotech dated 10 August 2015, the Commission says that the documents made available to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) by the German government “are protected in their entirety” as confidential. The EU Commission can see “no overriding public interest” that would justify access. There is, however, clearly public interest in the matter since the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World health Organisation (WHO) has already declared that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans. However, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), is claiming there would be no risk to human health.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Hillary's email firm was run from a loft apartment with its servers in the BATHROOM, raising new questions over security of sensitive messages she held
Daily Mail - The IT company Hilary Clinton chose to maintain her private email account was run from a loft apartment and its servers were housed in the bathroom closet, Daily Mail Online can reveal. Daily Mail Online tracked down ex-employees of Platte River Networks in Denver, Colorado, who revealed the outfit's strong links to the Democratic Party but expressed shock that the 2016 presidential candidate chose the small private company for such a sensitive job. One, Tera Dadiotis, called it 'a mom and pop shop' which was an excellent place to work, but hardly seemed likely to be used to secure state secrets. And Tom Welch, who helped found the company, confirmed the servers were in a bathroom closet.

These Alarming New Passport Laws Are Being Snuck Through Congress Right Now
Daniel McAdams - Just the other day we wrote about a U.S. House “suspension” bill that would give the Secretary of State the authority to cancel your passport if he decided that you had “aided” an organization that he rules is terrorist. There is no definition of what “aided” means, no chance to dispute the Secretary’s decision, no trial or presentation of evidence, and in fact any evidence the government has can be classified as secret so that you may not see it. In effect the Secretary of State can unilaterally consign you to internal exile and there is nothing you can do about it.

32 Cops, Fired 600 Bullets into 1 Car Full of Hostages, Killing a Hostage
Free Thought Project - On July 16, 2014, three suspects, armed with handguns and an AK-47, robbed a Bank of the West branch and took three women hostage before fleeing in a bank employee’s SUV. A lengthy and dangerous chase ensued which spanned three counties, 63 miles, and reached speeds in excess of 120 mph. During the chase, police and bank robbers exchanged fire. By the time the chase came to a stop, 32 officers were amped up and ready to let loose, so they did. According to the report, some officers were so primed to start firing that they engaged in “sympathetic fire,” meaning they only fired their weapons because other officers were shooting. Complete lunacy.

US Plans to Provide $20 Million in Defense Assistance to Georgia - Pentagon
Sputnik News - The announcement came after US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met with Georgian Minister of Defense Tinatin Khidasheli in Washington, DC earlier in the day. "The leaders reviewed ongoing US security assistance to Georgia's armed forces, including plans for the $20 million in additional funding in 2015 through the European Reassurance Initiative." Carter explained in the release that the United States is committed to continue defense cooperation with Georgia, including via bilateral and multilateral exercises and training. He noted that the United States, together with its allies, remains committed to "supporting Georgia through the NATO-Georgia Commission and the Substantial NATO-Georgia package agreed at the 2014 Wales Summit."

30 Million Illegal Immigrants in US, Says Mexico’s Former Ambassador
Breitbart - Mexico’s former ambassador to the U.S. said that 30 million “undocumented immigrants” are living in the United States in the beginning of an interview before later stating a different number at the conclusion. The former diplomat, Arturo Sarukhan, took to MSNBC to attack presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s recently released plan to secure the border and deport illegal immigrants. The MSNBC clip began with presidential hopeful and Florida Senator Marco Rubio claiming that only 12 or 13 million illegal immigrants are in the country. The former ambassador stated,” If you were to deport the 30 million undocumented immigrants in the United States that’s going to cost you about 130 billion dollars.”... Many conservative and border watchdog groups have long contended that the actual number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is closer to 30 million while the U.S. government contends the number is closer to 11 million.

Biggest Gay Lobby Group in America Urges Schools to Ban Words ‘Boy’ and ‘Girl’
Paul Joseph Watson - The biggest gay rights lobby group in the United States has called on schools to eliminate “gender stereotypes” by training staff to avoid using the words “boy” and “girl” in class. A new back to school guide published by the Human Rights Campaign designed to make classrooms “gender inclusive” urges teachers to “avoid using gender to divide and address students” so as to prevent any transgender students from becoming upset. “Instead of addressing your class using “boys” and “girls,” try something new. Words like “friends,” “students” or “scholars” allow all students to feel included, expand student vocabulary and model inclusive language and behavior for other students and teachers,” states the guide.

Parents Not Charged for Leaving Toddler in Hot Car Until She Died, They Both Work for the System
Free Thought Project - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against the parents responsible for leaving their 16-month-old daughter in a sweltering hot car for hours killing her. Although many parents are often arrested for negligence or murder for leaving their infants and toddlers in locked cars, these neglectful parents work for the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida. In a similar case, an Arkansas judge remains free after recently leaving his 18-month-old son to die in a scorching car.... Under Florida law, it is illegal to leave a child under 6 years old in a vehicle for more than 15 minutes.

Election News

Rand Paul Says He’ll Pay for Kentucky to Switch from Primary to Caucus
Breitbart - Republican Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he has contributed $250,000 and pledged another $200,000 to pay for a proposed GOP presidential caucus in his home state of Kentucky next year. State GOP officials are scheduled to vote Saturday on rules for the proposed March 5 caucus. The state party’s proposed switch from a primary to a caucus would allow Paul to run for president and re-election to his U.S. Senate seat simultaneously without violating a state law banning candidates from appearing on the ballot twice. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Monday that Paul is sticking to his commitment to defray caucus costs. McConnell has endorsed the caucus.

Latest CNN Republican Poll Has Donald Trump at 24%
NY Times - Support for Donald J. Trump remains robust among Republicans after the first debate, according to a new poll from CNN that shows nearly a quarter of the party's likely voters would support his nomination for president. According to the latest survey, Mr. Trump leads the Republican field by a large margin with 24 percent supporting his White House bid. Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, whose standing dipped after the debate, is in second place with 13 percent, and Ben Carson, whose prospects have improved, comes in third at 8 percent.

Economy & Business

If History Is Any Indication, Junk Bonds And Copper Are Telling Us Exactly Where Stocks Are Heading Next
Economic Collapse - Yields on the riskiest junk bonds are absolutely soaring and the price of copper just hit a fresh six year low. To most people, those pieces of financial news are meaningless. But if you understand history, and you are aware of the patterns that immediately preceded previous stock market crashes, then you know how how huge both of those signs are. During the summer of 2008, junk bond prices absolutely cratered as junk bond yields skyrocketed. This was a very clear signal that financial markets were about to crash, and sure enough a couple of months later it happened. Now the exact same thing is happening again.

Energy & Environment

Cost of EPA’s toxic spill could soar to nearly $30 billion
Washington Examiner - The cost of cleaning up a major toxic waste spill in the West caused by an Environmental Protection Agency contractor could soar as high as $27.7 billion. That’s the conclusion of study released Tuesday morning by the right-leaning American Action Forum. The group is one of the first to attempt to estimate the clean-up cost of what will likely be remembered as one of the biggest environmental disasters of 2015.

200 US Army soldiers to fight wildfires in Western states as budgets shrink
RT - With dozens of wildfires raging in multiple Western states, the US Army is preparing to deploy 200 soldiers in order to help firefighters. The federal government is quickly burning through its annual budget as it struggles to keep flames from spreading. The move marks the first time since 2006 that troops have been sent out against fires.... Meanwhile, National Guard troops were mobilized to fight fires in Washington State, the Military Times reported. There are roughly 95 wildfires currently burning in seven states, according to the Interagency Fire Center.... The Forest Service is burning through more than $100 million every week and that the entire yearly budget for fighting wildfires will be spent this week. "We're out of crews, we're out of engines, we're out of helicopters," Carol Connolly of the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, which coordinates firefighting efforts inside Oregon and Washington with the state and federal governments, said to NBC.

Science & Technology

Hackers release data of millions of Ashley Madison cheating site users
RT - A group of hackers who threatened to release sensitive data about millions of Ashley Madison cheating website users last month have apparently fulfilled their promise after the site’s owner refused to take the resource “offline permanently in all forms.” A massive dump of data just short of 10 gigabytes was released on the dark web on Tuesday by the Impact Team group claiming to be behind the scandalous Ashley Madison hack. The data appear to include sensitive customer information, such as payment transaction and credit card details, emails, names, addresses, phone numbers and member profiles. Although the leaked data did not include full credit card details and billing information, the hack is still a major embarrassment to Avid Life Media Inc., which owns the site, and some 38 million of its users whose private data was exposed.

Health

New Warning: Diabetes drugs shown to cause heart failure and pancreatic cancer
Natural Blaze - There are several types of diabetes drugs used in the U.S. and around the world, some of the most common of which are GLP-1 agonists and SGLT2 and DPP-4 inhibitors. Keep this in mind, big pharma will manufacture these drugs under competing names, but nearly all have been linked to serious complications and risks.... A study of more than 95,000 patients published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology found that nearly 10 percent of people taking these drugs eventually suffer a serious cardiovascular problem or event, while approximately 4 percent experience heart failure. Equally concerning is the increased risk for pancreatic cancer... In 2013, and independent study found that people taking certain DPP-4 and GLP-1 diabetes drugs were twice as likely to be admitted to hospitals for inflammation of the pancreas than people taking other types of medications.

Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells in 30 Minutes
Green Med Info - Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) already has a reputation as a superfood. It contains an abundance of antioxidants that are proven to confer health benefits. Studies show that one phenolic compound in EVOO – oleocanthal (OC) – provides many of the health benefits we see from diets rich in EVOO like the Mediterranean diet. Recently researchers put oleocanthal from EVOO to the test against cancer. They found that OC can induce rapid death in cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. The researchers from Hunter College, Rutgers University, and the Monell Chemical Senses Center investigated the effect of oleocanthal on prostate, breast, and pancreatic cancer cells. They found that OC induced the loss of cell adhesion within as little as 30 minutes. Within 24 hours 100% of the cancer cells were non-viable.

Overuse of Antibiotics Linked to Juvenile Arthritis
Natural Society - A recently published study in the journal Pediatrics adds more credence to experts’ warnings that the overuse of antibiotics is making people sick, including the littlest of patients. Researchers now say that antibiotics increase children’s risk of developing juvenile arthritis, a painful and chronic disease. More than 400,000 British children were analyzed by researchers, including 152 that were diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. The researchers discovered that youngsters who were prescribed antibiotics had twice the risk of developing the illness compared with those the same age who didn’t take antibiotics.... The risk of juvenile arthritis increased with the number of courses of antibiotics prescribed. The study was conducted because previous studies have shown that antibiotics disrupt microbes in the gut, which can predispose children to autoimmune diseases.
 



Tuesday - August 18, 2015 - Today in History:

1735 - The "Evening Post" of Boston, MA, was published for the first time.
1846 - Gen. Stephen W. Kearney and his U.S. forces captured Santa Fe, NM.
1894 - The Bureau of Immigration was established by the U.S. Congress.
1914 - The "Proclamation of Neutrality" was issued by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. It was aimed at keeping the U.S. out of World War I.
1916 - Abraham Lincoln's birthplace was made into a national shrine.
1920 - Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.
1937 - The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA. The station went on the air two years later.
1938 - The Thousand Islands Bridge was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The bridge connects the U.S. and Canada.
1940 - Canada and the U.S. established a joint defense plan against the possible enemy attacks during World War II.
1966 - The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S.
1982 - The longest baseball game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL, went 21 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1.
1990 - The first shots were fired by the U.S. in the Persian Gulf Crisis when a U.S. frigate fired rounds across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker.
1998 - Mrs. Field's Original Cookies announced that they would acquire the Great American Cookie Co.
2004 - Donald Trump unveiled his board game (TRUMP the Game) where players bid on real estate, buy big ticket items and make billion-dollar business deals.

World News

23 Nations Around The World Where Stock Market Crashes Are Already Happening
Economic Collapse - All over the world, stock markets are already crashing. Most of these stock market crashes are occurring in nations that are known as “emerging markets”. In recent years, developing countries in Asia, South America and Africa loaded up on lots of cheap loans that were denominated in U.S. dollars. But now that the U.S. dollar has been surging, those borrowers are finding that it takes much more of their own local currencies to service those loans. At the same time, prices are crashing for many of the commodities that those countries export. The exact same kind of double whammy caused the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s and the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s.

Chinese stocks sink dragging Asian markets with them
RT - The Shanghai Composite Index sank 6.15 percent to 3,748.16 points; the biggest daily fall since July 27. The Shenzhen Composite plunged even further - 6.58 percent - to 2,175.42 points. Other Asian markets also closed in the red. The Japanese Nikkei lost 0.32 percent, the Hang Seng – 1.16 percent with the Taiwan TSEC 50 Index depreciating 0.44 percent. The weak Chinese stock market and a slowdown in the real economy add to worries about the country’s economic growth despite continued government measures.

Greek bank bonds collapse on bailout promises
RT - Greece’s biggest lenders are seeing their bonds plummet, on the promise of the Eurogroup president to protect depositors from any losses in the €86 billion bailout. According to Bloomberg, as of 9:30am GMT, Greece’s Eurobank senior unsecured 4.25 percent June 2018 bonds were sinking 33 percent to 37 cents on the euro. The second worst performer was Piraeus Bank that saw its senior unsecured 5 percent March 2017 bonds drop 27 percent to 38 cents. Alpha Bank’s senior unsecured 3.375 percent notes due June 2017 stumbled 15 percent. Greece’s four banks – National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank, Alpha Bank, and Eurobank – account for 91 percent of Greek banking assets.

Greek Deposits Become Eligible For Bail-In On January 1, 2016
Zero Hedge - Earlier today an EU official was reported as saying that Greek banks will exclude all depositors from losses until the EU’s Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive rules go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Needless to say this was vastly different to Dijsselbloem's blanket guarantee statement from Friday, and suggests that depositors will indeed be bailed-in, but not right now: only after BRRD rules come in place on the first day of 2016.

China Says No to US Pork Due to Feed Additives
Sputnik News - American pork producers face giant financial damages, as China has banned the importation of meat produced with the use of a popular growth hormone which is widespread in the US. Europe will deliver more pork to China this year than the US despite the latter being considered a world leader in the export of pig products, Robobank reported. The reason is simple — Beijing has banned a growth-inducing hormone which is fed to 80 percent of hogs in the US, according to Bloomberg. The drug, called Ractopamine, promotes quick weight gain in animals which are raised for their meat, and according to the agricultural regulators of most countries throughout the world, poses a threat to human health as well. Imports of American pork to China have decreased by 41 percent year over year in the first six months of 2015, the worst results since 2010.

Bombing rocks tourist area in Bangkok, 19 dead & scores injured
RT - A motorcycle bomb has exploded in a commercial and tourist center in Thailand's capital Bangkok, killing 19 people, according to police. Over 120 others were injured, local media reported. At least three foreigners were among those killed. According to the latest information provided by the Royal Thai Police Office, 12 of the 19 victims died at the scene of the attack… The explosion took place at the Ratchaprasong intersection near Erawan shrine, a tourist attraction in the downtown Chidlom district… Erawan is a Hindu shrine which is visited by thousands of people every day. Located on a main road, the shrine is surrounded by three major shopping malls and is popular among both tourists and locals… Two more devices were found near the scene and detonated, the Bangkok Post reported. Police have also recovered an electronic circuit, suspected to be part of the original device, about 30 meters from the blast scene, according to the Bangkok Post.

ISIS Document Reportedly Discovered by Think Tank Calls for End of the World Battle
Kurt Nimmo - A think tank linked to the neocon-centric Hudson Institute claims it has discovered an Islamic State version of “Mein Kampf” in Pakistan. The American Media Institute says the 32-page Urdu language document calls for an end of the world conflict in what the Israeli newspaper Arutz Sheva characterizes as a “final solution,” a distinct reference to the Third Reich’s mass extermination of Jews. The document also allegedly calls for a single worldwide caliphate to rule over more than a billion Muslims.

Away From Dollar: Russia, China to Create Entirely Different Gold Market
Sputnik News - While key Western banks are artificially restraining gold prices to breathe life into the diluted and devalued dollar system, Russia, China and other emerging economies are involved in "the genial move" to establish an entirely different gold market, F. William Engdahl underscores. Key central banks, particularly the Federal Reserve and Bank of England, and Western market players have long been accused of clandestine gold price manipulating aimed at preserving the dollar's role "as world reserve currency primus,"… Furthermore, Western banks are issuing numerous paper "gold-futures" and other speculative contracts which are in fact disconnected from real physical gold… This new approach is connected closely with the China-led New Silk Road project and the Shanghai-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). In May 2015 Beijing announced it had established a state-run gold investment fund, aiming to bolster China's role in global gold trade.

8 Reasons Why The Telegraph Thinks The Market Doomsday Clock Is One Minute To Midnight
Zero Hedge - “Time is now rapidly running out,” warns The Telegraph’s John Ficenec as the British paper takes a deep dive into the dark realities behind the mainstream media headlines continued faith in central planning. Sounding very “Zero Hedge”, Ficenec warns that from China to Brazil, the central banks have lost control and at the same time the global economy is grinding to a halt. It is only a matter of time before stock markets collapse under the weight of their lofty expectations and record valuations. There are signs things could get a whole lot worse..

China Shutters 50 Websites for ‘Inciting Panic’ Over the Tianjin Disaster
Time -Beijing’s internet regulators have suspended or shut down 50 Chinese websites in the wake of last week’s explosions at a chemical warehouse in the city of Tianjin — the world’s 10th largest port — claiming they incited panic by spreading unconfirmed information about the blasts.... Among the rumors about Tianjin that have flared up online are claims that the disaster’s death toll was above far higher than stated; that looting had erupted; and that the city’s political leadership was in flux. Meanwhile, by midday Monday local time, the official fatality count in Tianjin was 114, with hundreds injured and at least 70 people still unaccounted for in the rubble of the blast site, CNN reported.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US Military Prepares Drastic Escalation of Global Drone Program
Common Dreams - The U.S. Pentagon is poised to dramatically increase the deployment of surveillance drones over "global hot spots" such as Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, the South China Sea, and North Africa, as well as expand its capacity for lethal drone strikes, the Wall Street Journal revealed on Monday. Citing exclusive interviews with senior U.S. officials, the WSJ's Gordon Lubold reports that the number of daily flights by aircraft such as MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones will surge an estimated 50 percent. Further, the expanded drone program will "draw on the Army, as well as Special Operations Command and government contractors," in addition to the U.S. Air Force, which currently carries out most of the operations for the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency.

New Clinton email count: 305 documents referred with potentially classified information
Washington Times - More than 300 of former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails — or 5.1 percent of those processed so far — have been flagged for potential secret information, the State Department reported to a federal court Monday. Officials insisted, however, that the screening process is running smoothly and they are back on track after falling behind a judge’s schedule for making all of the emails public. The reviewers have screened about 20 percent of the 30,000 emails Mrs. Clinton returned to the department, which means if the rate of potentially secret information remains steady, more than 1,500 messages will have to be sent to intelligence community agencies, known in government as “IC,” to screen out classified information.
* Related: State Dept. Finds 17,855 Missing Hillary Clinton Adviser Emails

Bob Woodward compares Clinton emails to Nixon tapes
The Hill - Veteran Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward on Monday compared Hillary Clinton’s private email account to the Nixon tapes. “Follow the trail here,” Woodward said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” noting that emails erased from Clinton’s private server when she led the State Department were either sent or received by someone else, too. “You've got a massive amount of data. It, in a way, reminds me of the Nixon tapes: thousands of hours of secretly recorded conversations that Nixon thought were exclusively his,” Woodward said. Woodward as a younger reporter helped break the Watergate scandal that eventually led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. He noted the tapes Nixon kept documenting conversations in the Oval Office were eventually turned over.

FBI Evidence Proves Innocence of Accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Paul Craig Roberts - I have been contacted by attorney John Remington Graham, a member in good standing of the bar of the Minnesota Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. He informs me that acting in behalf of Maret Tsanaeva, the aunt of the accused Tsamaev brothers and a citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic where she is qualified to practice law, he has assisted her in filing with the US District Court in Boston a pro se motion, including an argument of amicus curiae, and an affidavit of Maret Tsarnaeva. The presiding judge has ordered that these documents be included in the formal record of the case so they will be publicly accessible. The documents are reproduced below.

This is What Americans Want from Police: Dramatic Video Shows Hero Cop Save Trucker’s Life
The Free Thought Project - In April, truck driver John Depue had a medical emergency while he was driving his semi through Miami County. His distress caused him to run off the road, sending his 18-wheeler careening off of an embankment. Trooper Eric Devers of the Piqua Post was the first person on the scene, who arrived approximately 12 minutes before paramedics. When Devers found Depue, he was losing consciousness, and his eyes were rolling back into his head. He was barely breathing. The sound from the officer’s mic picked up the event that happened next and paints a heroic picture. Depue stopped breathing, and Devers began to perform CPR. You can hear the officer pleading with the driver to “keep breathing” and telling Depue “don’t die on me!”

Election News

Virginia Finally Drops America's 'Worst Voting Machines'
WIRED - If you voted in a Virginia election any time between 2003 and April of this year, your vote was at serious risk of being compromised by hackers. That’s the assessment reached by Virginia’s board of elections, which recently decertified some 3,000 WINVote touchscreen voting machines after learning about security problems with the systems, including a poorly secured Wi-Fi feature for tallying votes. The problems with the machines are so severe that Jeremy Epstein, a computer scientist with SRI International who tried for years to get them banned, called them the worst voting machines in the country. If the WINVote systems weren’t hacked in a past election, he noted in a recent blog post and during a presentation last week at the USENIX security conference, “it was only because no one tried.”

Chris Christie Said To Be “Seriously Considering” Dropping Out Of Race By End Of August…
DCWhispers - Though Rick Perry’s lack of campaign dollars received the most attention this week, whispers are now circulating of a possible second GOP candidate giving serious consideration to dropping out of the race by the end of this month – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie is facing the very real possibility of not qualifying with the other ten first-tier candidates in what will be the second Republican presidential debate scheduled for September. His performance at the first debate last week was most notable for the heated back and forth between himself and Senator Rand Paul regarding government surveillance and the need to abide by the confines of the 4th Amendment.

Economy & Business

Economic Crisis: Soros-Linked Billionaire Buys Up Gold
Kit Daniels - A billionaire hedge fund manager linked to George Soros bought up gold shares after multiple financial experts warned a stock market crash is coming. Stanley Druckenmiller, who runs Duquesne Capital after previously working for Soros, now owns 2.88 million shares of SPDR Gold Trust, making it his largest single holding and long position. That means if the price of gold goes up, Druckenmiller profits tremendously. “Druckenmiller’s [SPDR Gold Trust] stake had a value of $300.3 million at the end of the quarter based on the June 30 closing share price of $104.27,” Business Insider reported. “Druckenmiller has previously said that when he sees something that really excites him he will ‘bet the ranch on it.'”

US Steel Permanently Closing Alabama Plant
Kelly Poe - The US Steel blast furnace in a Birmingham suburb won’t just be idled – it’ll be shut down permanently on or after Nov. 17, the Pittsburgh company announced Monday. It’s been a turbulent year for the steelmaker which has sent potential layoffs for more than 4,000 of its workers, including about 1,800in Fairfield, where the company has operated a blast furnace and flat-rolled finishing operations. Today about 2,000 people work at the US Steel operations in Fairfield, about 1,300 of which work at Fairfield Works. About 1,100 people will lose their jobs as a result of the closure, a US Steel spokeswoman told AL.com.

Energy & Environment

EPA Chief McCarthy Faces “Criminal Liability” For “False, Misleading Statements”
The New American - The EPA’s toxic mega-spill of millions of gallons of heavy metal-laden wastewater into Colorado’s Animas River is not EPA Chief Gina McCarthy’s (shown) only problem; a congressional committee has sent her a letter posing the possibility of charging her with “criminal liability” for making “false and misleading” statements during her testimony at a committee hearing on July 9. A key issue of the hearing, which was entitled “Examining EPA’s Regulatory Overreach,” was the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s use of “secret science” to further its ever-expansive, intrusive, oppressive, and enormously expensive regulatory agenda. EPA critics have been charging for some time that the agency has been basing many of its most outrageous claims and grabs for power upon supposed “scientific studies” and data that are not available for public examination, or even for members of Congress to evaluate.

New Research Proves Coal Fly Ash Is The Source Material for "Chemtrails"
Green Med Info - The new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health titled, "Evidence of Coal-Fly-Ash Toxic Chemical Geoengineering in the Troposphere: Consequences for Public Health," offers a convincing explanation for what is behind the so-called "chemtrail" phenomenon, revealing that the source material used to create artificial weather visible throughout the world is the extremely toxic waste material from the electric industry known as coal fly ash.... Coal fly ash is a fine particle residue generated by coal combustion and is an extremely toxic material for the primary 3 reasons:...

Science & Technology

IRS hackers hit 334,000 accounts, almost 3 times worse than first reported
RT - Hackers who breached the networks of the Internal Revenue Service may have stolen data from as many as 334,000 taxpayer accounts, the agency announced on Monday – nearly three times more than originally believed. When the hack was first reported by the IRS in May, the agency said that hackers were able to gain access to taxpayer information from roughly 114,000 accounts via the “Get Transcript” service. On Monday, the IRS said a new analysis of 23 million service requests revealed the number is actually far higher.... Additionally, the IRS stated that hackers tried to gain access to an additional 170,000 taxpayer accounts but were unsuccessful. That, in addition to the 111,000 failed attempts announced in May, brings the total number of unsuccessful attempts up to 281,000.

Watch Google's terrifying humanoid robot running through a forest as firm pledges it will soon be MORE agile than a human
Daily Mail - According to Google owned Boston Dynamics, Atlas is a 'high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. 'Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. 'In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.'

My browser visited Weather.com and all I got was this lousy malware (Updated)
Ars Technica - Millions of people visiting weather.com, drudgereport.com, wunderground.com, and other popular websites were exposed to attacks that can surreptitiously hijack their computers, thanks to maliciously manipulated ads that exploit vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and other browsing software, researchers said…A few hours after Ars published this article, Malwarebytes updated the blog post to say the campaign had moved to yet another ad network, which happens to be associated with AOL. Visitors to eBay were among those who were exposed to the malicious ads distributed through the newly discovered network. Malvertising is a particularly pernicious form of attack because it can infect people who do nothing more than browse to a mainstream site. Depending on the exploit, it can silently hijack computers even when visitors don't click on links.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

California To Confiscate 300 Farms By Eminent Domain, For Unapproved Water Project
GovtSlaves - State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for a pair of massive, still-unapproved water tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to documents obtained by opponents of the tunnels. Farmers whose parcels were listed and mapped in the 160-page property-acquisition plan expressed dismay at the advanced planning for the project, which would build 30-mile-long tunnels in the delta formed by the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers.... Opponents say the tunnels would jeopardize delta farming and destroy vital wildlife habitat.... Under the plan, landowners would have 30 days to consider and negotiate a one-time state offer, while officials simultaneously prepare to take the land by forced sale if owners declined to sell. “Negotiations to continue in parallel with eminent domain proceedings,” the plan notes. Contractors also appear to call for minimal public input.

Survival/Preparedness

12 Ways to Make Your Food Last Longer
Dr. Mercola - A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found Americans throw away $165 billion worth of food a year, which amounts to up to $2,200 per household. Many Americans succumb to grocery store marketing tactics that encourage impulse buys and larger purchases, yet when they bring such perishables home find they end up spoiling before being eaten. The tips below, from TIME, can help you to make your food last longer so, ultimately, you waste less.

Health

GcMAF, Nagalase and the Immune System
Natural Blaze - This blog will be short and to the point, since the important information is to be heard in the link that discusses the researcher’s theory as to why some very prominent doctors have left the planet recently. Doctors Jeff Bradstreet and Nicholas Gonzalez apparently were on to the biochemistry of what was causing autism and many chronic diseases. Their research apparently had zeroed in on a specific set of proteins and enzymes that can cause the human immune system to malfunction.... Apparently, the European company that manufactured GcMAF had been shut down in July 2015. Also, another coincidence is that many of the dead doctors were visited by U.S. government agency officials in the weeks prior to their deaths.
* Related: Another Doctor (Osteopath) Found Slain in Her Home

Questionable Big Pharma Company Could Soon Release First ‘Female Viagra’ Drug
Natural Society - Sprout, founded by a husband-and-wife team, once ran Slate Pharmaceuticals, which marketed an implantable testosterone pellet to men with low levels of the hormone. Sprout is facing harsh criticisms due to Slate’s misleading and unsupported statements concerning the benefits of testosterone therapy while downplaying the risks, breaking federal rules. Last year, the FDA held a meeting to examine the over-prescribing of testosterone and used Slate’s commercial as an example of inappropriate marketing. Sprout’s critics are frustrated with the company’s aggressive push to win the new drug’s approval. The medication has already been rejected twice due to a lack of efficacy and because of side effects including nausea, dizziness, and fainting. Sprout “already has a history of unethical marketing,” said Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman of Georgetown University. “If approved, I think this drug will be widely prescribed, and we would see an epidemic of adverse effects.

Obama-Appointed Judge Gives Potentially Breakthrough Ruling Giving Drug Companies the Right to Market Drugs for Uses not Approved by FDA
AllGov - A federal court has given a drug company preliminary approval to market a drug for a condition not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Amarin Pharma’s drug Vascepa is approved for use in treating extremely high levels—over 500 milligrams per deciliter—of fats known as triglycerides, in the blood. Amarin also wanted to promote the drug for use in patients with “persistently high levels,” from 200 to 499, of triglycerides. The FDA denied approval for that use earlier this year, concerned that Vascepa wouldn’t help such patients avoid heart disease or heart attacks. Amarin then went to court, claiming its First Amendment rights allowed it to give information to physicians. Physicians have long prescribed drugs for “off-label” uses, but drug companies have been forbidden to market their products for those purposes.

Pineapple juice is 500% more effective than cough syrup, study shows (Recipe)
(NaturalNews) Back in 2010, researchers in India – which has a strong history of natural healing due to its Ayurvedic traditions – compared the effects of over-the-counter syrups to a natural mixture of pineapple juice, salt, pepper and honey on the coughs of tuberculosis patients. It was found that the natural mixture was far more effective at soothing down coughs and throat irritation than the commercial preparation. This sparked other studies on the subject, and scientists came to the conclusion that the reason that pineapple juice is so effective for taming a cough is the presence of bromelain, an enzyme that has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which allow it to reduce irritation of the throat and thus relieve even persistent coughing.
 



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