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Today's News: The Riley Report

SEPTEMBER  2016

Tuesday - September 27, 2016 - Today In History:

1779 - John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.
1938 - The League of Nations branded the Japanese as aggressors in China.
1939 - After 19 days of resistance, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered to the Germans after being invaded by the Nazis and the Soviet Union during World War II.
1940 - The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was set up. The military and economic pact was for 10 years between Germany, Italy and Japan.
1962 - The U.S. sold Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Israel.
1973 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew said he would not resign after he pled "no contest" to a charge of tax evasion. He did resign on October 10th.
1979 - The Department of Education became the 13th Cabinet in U.S. history after the final approval from Congress.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved federal tax code changes that were the most sweeping since World War II.
1991 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush eliminated all land-based tactical nuclear arms and removed all short-range nuclear arms from ships and submarines around the world. Bush then called on the Soviet Union to do the same.
1994 - More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the Contract with America. It was a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.
1995 - The U.S. government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
1998 - In Germany, Social Democrat Gerhard Schroeder was elected chancellor. The election ended 16 years of conservative rule.
2004 - North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon announced that North Korea had turned plutonium from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods into nuclear weapons. He also said that the weapons were to serve as a deterrent against increasing U.S. nuclear threats and to prevent nuclear war in northeast Asia. The U.S. State Department noted that the U.S. has repeatedly said that the U.S. has no plans to attack North Korea.

World News

Damascus has proof US talked to ISIS militants ahead of airstrike on Syrian forces – lawmaker
RT - Damascus has a recording of conversations between the American military and Islamic State terrorists ahead of the US-led coalition airstrike that hit Syrian troops near Deir ez-Zor on September 17, the speaker of the People's Council of Syria said. “The Syrian Army intercepted the communications between the Americans and Daesh [Arabic pejorative for Islamic State/IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] ahead of the attack on Deir ez-Zor," Hadiya Khalaf Abbas said, as cited by Sputnik Arabic. According to the People's Council speaker, the Syrian authorities have evidence that the US-led coalition’s airstrike was a deliberate act. Abbas promised that details of the recording will be released by Damascus. Syrian troops encircled by Islamic State militants near the town of Deir ez-Zor were bombed by US-led coalition warplanes on September 17. Sixty-two soldiers were killed and over 100 injured in the airstrike, which was immediately followed by an offensive by jihadists on the positions of government forces. The bombing was stopped only after the Russian military contacted the US side several times, saying that they were attacking the wrong targets.... During his speech at the UN General Assembly during the weekend, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem also said that the bombing of Syrian troops by the US-led coalition was a deliberate attack, not a mistake as Washington claims.

US Slams Russian “Barbarism” In Syria; Moscow Responds Peace “Almost Impossible Now”
Zero Hedge - Just three weeks after yet another “landmark” Syria peace deal was signed, the agreement is not only in tatters but the war drums are beating louder than ever before after the US slammed Russia’s action in Syria as “barbarism,” not counter-terrorism, while Moscow’s U.N. envoy said ending the war “is almost an impossible task now” as Syrian government forces, backed by Moscow, bombed the city of Aleppo. As Reuters reported overnight, the UN Security Council met on Sunday at the request of the United States, Britain and France to discuss the escalation of fighting in Aleppo following the announcement on Thursday of an offensive by the Syrian army to retake the city. “What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism, it is barbarism,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, told the 15-member council. “Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war. Instead of helping get life-saving aid to civilians, Russia and Assad are bombing the humanitarian convoys, hospitals and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive,” Power said. As reported previously, the September 9 ceasefire deal between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov aimed at putting Syria’s peace process back on track effectively collapsed in what may be a record short period of time last Monday when an aid convoy was bombed. Russia and the US have both accused each other of being the party responsible behind the bombing…. However, any attempts to “rein in” Russia are doomed to fail as the country is one of five veto-powers on the council, along with the United States, France, Britain and China. Russia and China have protected Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government by blocking several attempts at council action.

Saudi Arabia cuts public sector bonuses, ministers’ salaries
Gulf News - A royal decree announced a cut to ministers’ salaries by 20 percent and to members of the appointed Shura Council by 15 percent. The decision comes as low oil prices have pushed energy-rich Gulf Arab states to rein in lavish public spending. No annual bonus will be given for the next Islamic year, due to start on October 2, and the renewal or extension of existing contracts will not include any salary increases.... Annual holidays for ministers will also be reduced from 42 days to 36 days.... Previously, an employee would receive an additional 25 per cent of their salary for work performed outside of normal working hours. It would reach 50 per cent if the work is performed on official holidays. Under the new rules, public sector employees will not receive transport allowance during their holidays and if they don’t use their 60 off days during the year, they lose them. The financial reductions will be applied to all public sector employees regardless of their nationalities and if they are in the military.

Saudi Arabia Bails Out Banking System After Interbank Rates Hit 2009 Highs
Zero Hedge - Amid what some might call self-inflicted economic collapse, Saudi Arabia has announced a $5.3 billion bailout of its banking system as interbank borrowing rates near the highest since Lehman. In what the supposedly central bank calls "supportive monetary policy...on behalf of government entities," is easing liquidity constraints with 28-day repo agreements and is the second liquidity injection this year. While Saudi default risk has fallen... it remains worse than Mexico, Russia, and South Africa.... The announcement, which comes as the kingdom prepares for its first international bond sale, is the latest step by the central bank to ease a cash crunch in the banking system.... The cash crunch risk [is] undermining bank’s ability to lend to businesses, adding to the strain facing economic growth at a time when the government is cutting spending to shore up its public finances. The economy will likely expand 1.1 percent in 2016, according to a Bloomberg survey, the slowest pace since 2009.... Saudi Arabia is becoming increasingly desperate for higher oil prices, and the need to bail out its banking system is a big red warning flag that this is far from over.

Deutsche Bank shares plummet to record low as Merkel rules out bailout
RT - Shares in Germany’s largest bank have hit rock bottom on Monday as Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly refused to provide Deutsche Bank state aid in its legal battle with the United States Department of Justice (DoJ). Deutsche shares fell as much as six percent to €10.67 in early Monday trading, the worst performance since 1992. The bank has lost over 52 percent of its value since January and over 56 percent in the last twelve months. Earnings per share fell as much as €6. The collapse has been prompted by a report in the German magazine Focus that said Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out any state assistance for the bank next year. Merkel also declined to provide help to Deutsche Bank in its legal battle with the DoJ. The Frankfurt-based lender may be fined up to $14 billion over its mortgage-backed securities business before the 2008 global crisis, the magazine reported. The article said Merkel made her views clear in talks with Deutsche CEO John Cryan. Deutsche Bank has denied that Cryan asked for state support from Berlin, CNBC reported on Monday. The Bundestag expects a “fair outcome” to the US probe, the Finance Ministry said on September 16. The bank has refused to pay the US government and is seeking a reduced penalty. Deutsche has said a settlement between $2 billion and $3 billion would be more reasonable, as it had already paid $1.9 billion in 2013 to settle similar accusations, the Wall Street Journal reported in September.

Commerzbank To Fire 9,000, 18% Of Its Entire Workforce
Zero Hedge - While the market’s attention has been transfixed by the latest crash in the stock of Europe’s biggest bank, now that concerns about Deutsche Bank’s $2 trillion balance sheet have violently resurfaced, it is worth recalling that Germany’s “other” mega bank, DB’s smaller rival, Commerzbank, whose balance sheet is hardly looking much healthier, is planning to cut around 9,000 jobs over the coming years as Germany’s second biggest lender pushes ahead with a restructuring plan, Handelsblatt reported earlier today, citing unnamed sources in the finance industry. Like in the case of Deutsche Bank, squeezed by negative European Central Bank interest rates, Commerzbank has been seeking ways to boost revenue by passing on costs to corporate customers and increasing fees for retail depositors, but profit margins remain thin. That leaves cost cutting high on the agenda. Handelsblatt said it’s not clear yet whether Commerzbank will resort to outright dismissals. The bank’s restructuring will run through 2020 with costs of up to 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion), according to the newspaper. In addition to the massive layoffs, the bank will scrap its dividend payments for 2016 as part of the strategy revamp due to be published by Chief Executive Martin Zielke on Friday, Handelsblatt reported.

Colombia to sign historic peace deal on ending long conflict
Washington Times - The significance of the deal can’t be overstated: Colombia’s five-decade conflict, partly fueled by the nation’s cocaine trade, has killed more than 220,000 people and driven 8 million from their homes.... The signing won’t close the deal, however. Colombians are being given the final say on endorsing or rejecting the accord in an Oct. 2 referendum. Opinion polls point to an almost-certain victory for the “yes” vote, but some analysts warn that a closer-than-expected finish or low voter turnout could bode poorly for the many challenges the country faces in implementing the ambitious accord. Among the biggest and most controversial steps will be judging the war crimes of guerrillas as well as state actors. Under terms of the accord, rebels who lay down their weapons and confess their abuses will be spared jail time and will be allowed to provide reparations to their victims by carrying out development work in areas hard hit by the conflict. A few hundred opponents of the deal took to the streets Monday to protest what they consider the government’s excessive leniency toward guerrilla leaders responsible for scores of atrocities.... The government has also committed itself to addressing unequal land distribution, which has been a longstanding FARC demand harkening back to its roots as a peasant army in 1964, and the administration agreed to work with the guerrillas to provide alternative development to tens of thousands of families that depend on the cocaine trade.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

As F-35 Arrives in Japan, US Air Force 'Crown Jewel' Bursts Into Flames at Home
Sputnik News - On Friday, Japan received its first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.... At the same time that the F-35 made its Japanese debut, however, a US Air Force model caught fire, roughly 5,000 miles away. The incident occurred at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, with the fire breaking out in "the aft section of the aircraft," according to a statement from the US Air Force (USAF). No injuries were reported, but an investigation was launched to discover the cause of the malfunction, believed to be related to the aircraft’s engine. The Pentagon has long known about problems with the Pratt & Whitney engine. Last October, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 Joint Program Office, made assurances that the problems were fixed.... Given the fire at Mountain Home Air Force Base, the question remains; can the Japanese government expect similar issues with its F-35s? Speaking to Sputnik, Mike Rein, a spokesman Lockheed Martin’s F-35 division, "the answer is simple – NO!"

Police identify gunman behind mass shooting in southwest Houston as lawyer
Houston Chronicle - The man who shot six people in southwest Houston Monday morning has been identified as a Houston lawyer, city officials confirmed.... The suspect has been identified as Nathan DeSai, and he died at the scene.... DeSai used a .45 pistol in the shooting, and investigators found a long gun and ammunition in his car, [Mayor Sylvester] Turner said, adding that police were interviewing friends and business associates and searching his home.... Turner said three individuals were treated at the scene. Separately, three victims were transported to Southwest Memorial Hospital, one was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital and two were transported to Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center. One victim was in serious condition, another in critical, Turner said.... The lawyer had at one point worked with Kenneth P. McDaniel, a Houston civil attorney, but that partnership had come to an end, according to DeSai's LinkedIn page.... "I'm reading stuff online talking about how he was possibly a fired employee that was disgruntled," McDaniel said. "That's the farthest thing from the truth. Our partnership dissolved in February of this year - it was simply a matter of economics. We couldn't afford to operate as a partnership anymore," he said, adding that he had worked with DeSai for about 12 years.

Leaked FBI Data Reveal 7,700 Terrorist Encounters in USA in One Year; Border States Most Targeted
Breitbart - The incidents are characterized as “Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounters.” Some of the encounters occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border at ports-of-entry and some occurred in between, indicating that persons known or reasonably suspected of being terrorists attempted to sneak into the U.S. across the border.... The leaked FBI data are contained in a fusion center’s educational materials, specifically the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center’s (ACTIC) “Known or Suspected Terrorist (KST) Encounters Briefing” covering from July 20 2015 through July 20 2016. The leaked documents are composed of 10 individual pages, but Breitbart Texas chose to release only nine of them due to page 10 containing contact information for ACTIC. Page Two of the documents contains a map of the entire U.S. with the numbers of encounters per state.... Page Three shows a map of where the encounters occurred in the state of Arizona. The majority from this map occurred in Phoenix, a major destination point for people who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.... Page Six shows a pie chart indicating that the majority of encounters in Arizona were with Islamic known or suspected terrorists, both Sunni and Shi’a. Eighty-nine encounters were Sunni, 56 were Shi’a, 70 were “Other International Terrorist Groups or Affiliates,” and only 52 were with “Domestic Terrorism.”

Arnold Palmer Makes National Anthem Request Before His Death
Western Journalism - Palmer, the hero of golf to millions of Americans for whom he became the game’s premier player in the 1950s and 1960s, died Sunday at the age of 87. Dave Orrick of Pioneer Press last month interviewed Palmer during his tour of the Minnesota golf course being used for this year’s Ryder Cup matches. “We don’t play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ enough during the matches, and that is one of the things I think we need to do,” Palmer said then. “It’s a patriotic situation, and it belongs to both sides,” Palmer added. “Play the national anthem for Arnold Palmer this week at the Ryder Cup. Play it a lot,” wrote Orrick after Palmer’s death. “It’s what he wanted.” Palmer’s comment came in the wake of protests by National Football League players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

Election News

Video: FULL Presidential Debate - Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton
ABC15 - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debate Monday night (September 26, 2016) debate at Hofstra University

Breitbart Live Coverage: Trump vs. Clinton, Round One

BOOM! Neil Cavuto Just Busted MSM – Plays 2003 Interview with Trump Against Iraq War (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - NBC hack and presidential debate moderator accused Donald Trump of supporting the Iraq War back in 2003. Trump brought up his interview with Neil Cavuto in his defense. After the debate Neil Cavuto played his 2003 interview with Donald Trump from January 28th of 2003. Here is Trump – Donald Trump: Well I’m starting to think that people are much more focused now on the economy. They’re getting a little bit tired of hearing we’re going in, we’re not going in. You know, what happened to the days of Douglas MacArthur? I mean he would go in and attack. He wouldn’t talk. I mean we have to, you know, it’s sort of like either do it or don’t do it…. Well, he’s [Bush] either got to do something or not do something perhaps. Because perhaps he shouldn’t be doing it yet. Perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations. You know, he’s under a lot of pressure. He’s, you know I think he is doing a very good job but of course if you look at the polls a lot of people are getting a little tired. I think the, the Iraqi situation is a problem and I think the economy is a much bigger problem.

Trump Invites Gold Star Mom, Benghazi Hero, Top Generals as His Guests to Tonight’s Debate
The Gateway Pundit - Republican Donald Trump invited Gold Star Mom Karen Vaughn, Benghazi hero Mark Geist, General Mike Flynn and General Keith Kellogg as his guests tonight at the first presidential debate at Hofstra University. Bruce LeVell, the Executive Director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, was also invited. Benghazi hero Mark “Oz” Geist released a powerful ad for the NRA this year attacking Hillary Clinton and her Benghazi disgrace. [Video]

**DRUDGE POLL** Who Won The First Presidential Debate?

TIME POLL: Who Won the First Clinton-Trump Debate?

CNBC: Clinton or Trump: Who do you think won the first presidential debate?

ABC News Poll: Who Are You Voting For?
Hillary Takes 4th Place in ABC News Poll Behind Jill Stein, Gary Johnson.

Worldwide Poll: Trump Leads Global Poll with 77% of Vote
The Gateway Pundit - Despite the massive amount of negative press at home and abroad Donald Trump leads Hillary 77% to 23% in a global poll of 98,914 voters. Trump leads with 87% of the vote coming from the United States. Trump leads with 72% of the vote coming from Great Britain. Hillary Clinton leads in only a few countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan. Saudi Arabia is one of Hillary Clinton’s top donor countries. You can see the full results and vote here.

Lester Holt: The Third Debater?
HeatStreet - At tonight’s debate, Donald Trump faced off not just against Hillary Clinton, but against moderator Lester Holt. The game of two-on-one saw Holt ask no questions about: Hillary’s emails, Benghazi, or The Clinton Foundation. While ignoring these issues, Holt grilled Trump on stop-and-frisk, the birther story, his comments about women, his many bankruptcies, why he hasn’t released his tax returns — and a host of other issues the media sees as unfriendly to the Republican candidate. Holt repeatedly attempted to “fact check” on some of his positions, such as his claim to have opposed the Iraq War from the beginning. Holt repeatedly interrupted Trump to interject, but rarely succeeded and may have come across as weak and impotent. Take The Poll: Did Lester Holt do a good job moderating the debate?

UPI/CVoter state polls: Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton in Electoral College
(UPI) -- Donald Trump would earn enough votes to win the presidency in the Electoral College based on UPI/CVoter's state tracking poll released Monday. Trump would amass 292 votes and Clinton would get 246 with 270 needed to secure the oval office. But the candidates' leads are narrow enough -- 5 percent or less -- in 12 states to classify them as swing states, meaning 156 electoral votes could be up for grabs. If the battleground states are not counted, the race would be tied 191-191. Just one swing state -- Florida with 29 votes -- could shift to give Clinton easily enough Electoral College votes to win, 275-263. Or switching Pennsylvania with 20 votes and Virginia with 13 would having her prevailing even more, 279-259. Each candidate leads in six of the 12 battleground states. Trump leads in Florida (1.8 percent), Iowa (2 percent), North Carolina (2.5 percent), Ohio (1 percent), Pennsylvania (1.3 percent) and Virginia (3.4 percent). Clinton is ahead in Colorado (3.5 percent), Michigan (4.4 percent), Minnesota (4.0 percent), Nevada (0.5 percent), New Hampshire (0.9 percent) and Wisconsin (3.4 percent).

Top climate skeptic to lead Trump's EPA transition team
The Hill - Myron Ebell, director of energy and environment policy at the conservative think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute, is heading Trump’s EPA transition preparation, E&E Daily reported Monday. Ebell is an outspoken, longtime skeptic of the scientific consensus that human activity is dramatically changing the climate. He often refers to warnings about global warming as climate “alarmism” and is a vocal critic of President Obama’s climate change regulations. Ebell has argued that the Clean Power Plan is illegal and that the Paris climate change agreement is unconstitutional. Trump also doubts that human activity causes climate change. The Republican presidential nominee’s EPA would be responsible for implementing his ambitious agenda of dismantling major pieces of Obama’s climate legacy, like the Clean Power Plan for power plants and the Paris agreement.

Video: Sick Hillary Wears Heavy Winter Coat on Warm Afternoon
Paul Joseph Watson - Video footage shot yesterday in New York shows a sick-looking Hillary Clinton wearing a heavy winter coat in New York despite it being a warm afternoon, with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The clip, shot by ABC reporter Liz Kreutz, shows Hillary exiting Apple Seeds children’s center before she went to meet with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu. Hillary is wearing a heavy green winter coat that is buttoned up, which would obviously be uncomfortable for healthy people on a warm day. Just two weeks previously, Hillary infamously collapsed during another visit to New York, an incident that was blamed on her pneumonia and Clinton feeling “overheated”. If she’s having problems feeling too hot, why is Hillary wearing a huge winter coat on a warm day? Hillary also initially failed to hear the reporter in the clip at all, despite her being clearly audible and standing a mere ten feet or so away from Clinton. When she does clock the reporter, Hillary’s demeanor totally changes from a gaunt-looking downbeat expression to a beaming smile. Hillary is also keen to hold onto the hand rail as she carefully descends the small number of steps. According to the Conservative Treehouse, the way Hillary walks, “indicates yet another example of how her lower visual acuity field is tenuous.”

Trumpocrats PAC: Media Ignoring Hundreds of Thousands of Democrats Recruited for Trump
Breitbart - Christian Rickers, executive director of Trumpocrats PAC, told Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow Tuesday, “We’ve got hundreds of thousands of Democrats who have switched registration in Ohio and Pennsylvania, several hundred thousand, and you don’t see those articles.” Rickers claimed that despite the group’s successful efforts at recruiting hundreds of thousands of Democrats to support Republican nominee Donald Trump, they have been mostly ignored by a media far more interested in covering a handful of Washington-based Republicans unhappy with Trump as their nominee. He specifically discussed difficulties in getting any attention for his PAC’s efforts from television networks, such as MSNBC and CNN.

Economy & Business

Wells Fargo Employees Sue Bank for Being Pressured to Open Unneeded Accounts
AllGov - Former and present Wells Fargo employees in California filed a $2.6 billion class action against the bank, claiming they are the “biggest victims” of the bank’s policy of opening accounts without customers’ knowledge.... On Thursday, Wells Fargo employees filed a class action in Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming that the bank imposed strict quotas on employees across all of its branches. The bank pressured workers to foist up to eight banking products on customers whether they wanted them or not, the complaint says.... Wells Fargo constantly monitors employees to make sure that they are meeting the bank’s strict sales quotas, according to the class, and employees who do not meet daily and monthly quotas are told to do “whatever it takes” to meet them. “Defendants strictly enforced and closely monitored sales quota system that made it difficult for plaintiffs to keep their jobs without resorting to fraud,” the class says in the lawsuit. Wells Fargo fired employees who did not meet the “impossible quotas” to motivate remaining workers and further the scheme, according to the lawsuit. Claims include termination and retaliation, unlawful business practices and failure to pay wages. The class seeks total damages of $2.6 billion, an injunction and statutory penalties.

Energy & Environment

Over 200 Groups Demand EPA Revise Dangerously Flawed Fracking Study
Common Dreams - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) flawed assessment that fracking has not led to "widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States" must be urgently corrected, more than 200 environmental and public interest groups demanded in a letter... to EPA chief Gina McCarthy on Monday.... The groups cite a report issued by the agency's own Science Advisory Board (SAB) last month, which concluded that the EPA's report on the drilling method was inaccurate and misleading. The SAB had recommended "that if the EPA retains this conclusion, the EPA should provide quantitative analysis that supports its conclusion that hydraulic fracturing has not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.".... The letter further urges the EPA to address the SAB recommendation that the agency "should include and fully explain the status, data on potential releases, and findings if available for the EPA and state investigations conducted in Dimock, Pennsylvania; Pavillion, Wyoming; and Parker County, Texas where many members of the public have stated that hydraulic fracturing activities have caused local impacts to drinking water resources."

5 Things You Can Do To Help Save The Bees
Natural Blaze - 1. Make a Bee Waterer - To make a bee waterer, fill a pie pan or similar container with marbles. Then, fill it with water. The marbles give the bees a landing spot, so they can drink without the risk of drowning. 2. Plant a Bee Flower Garden - Flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow are especially attractive to bees…. 3. Only Buy Responsibly Produced Honey - Beekeepers normally harvest honey in the fall, leaving the bees without honey for the winter. Instead of leaving enough honey for the bees until Spring, commercial beekeepers instead feed sugar of high fructose corn syrup to bees. This practice is due to economic pressure as it is more profitable to take as much honey as possible from the hive and leave the bees with a cheap and artificial substitute…. Demand An End To Pesticide Use - The use of pesticides is killing the bees, but it’s also permanently damaging our soils and ecosystems. Pesticides also have many dangerous health effects in humans. Demand an end to pesticide use by talking to local farmers or local politicians about your concerns. 5. Turn Off Your Phone or Keep It on Stand-By When You’re Not Using It - Swiss researchers have found that honeybees exposed to cell phone radiation are likely to become confused, which can lead them to leave their hives and become lost. The confusion continued for up to 12 hours after phones stopped ringing or being actively used, suggesting that bees are very sensitive to cell phone radiation. Another study showed that keeping a cell phone near a bee hive caused the hive’s collapse in only 5 – 10 days. However, the bees weren’t bothered by inactive phones or phones in standby mode.

Science & Technology

NSA Knew of Flaw that Led to Cyber Attack Three Years in Advance
The AntiMedia - A little over a month after a group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers publicly exposed tools used by National Security Agency (NSA) cyberspies, Reuters has reported an investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shows that for at least three years, the NSA knew about the “mistake” that made this exposure possible.... the NSA found out “an employee or contractor made the mistake about three years ago during an operation that used the tools,” but officials chose to forego acknowledging the mistake to the companies whose software had been compromised. Instead, they preferred to “[tune] its sensors to detect use of any of the tools by other parties, especially foreign adversaries with strong cyber espionage operations, such as China and Russia.”. NSA officials claim this approach could help “identify rival powers’ hacking targets, potentially leading them to be defended better. It might also have allowed U.S officials to see deeper into rival hacking operations while enabling the NSA itself to continue using the tools for its own operations.” But as the NSA remained in the dark as to whether or not anybody had enjoyed access to these tools after the “mistake” - since the agency’s sensors “did not detect foreign spies or criminals using the tools on U.S. or allied targets” - U.S. manufacturers affected by this security mistake weren’t warned about the potential ramifications.

Documents Reveal Widespread Abuse of Social Media Spying Tools by California Cops
Activist Post - The American Civil Liberties Union of California has obtained thousands of pages of documents pertaining to California law enforcement agencies secretly purchasing social media surveillance software. The ACLU of California filed open records requests with 63 police departments, sheriffs, and district attorneys across California and found that at least 20 agencies across California are in possession of social media monitoring tools…. The ACLU reports that tools like MediaSonar, X1 Social Discovery, and Geofeedia “have been marketed in ways to target protesters.” The records show that Geofeedia’s marketing materials refer to unions and activist groups as “overt threats,” and suggest the product can be used in ways that target activists of color. At least 13 California law enforcement agencies have used or acquired Geofeedia. This is not the first time the ACLU of California found a police department using social media monitoring to target activists. Earlier this year local activists in Fresno fought the police department over a five-year, $132,000 contract with Intrado Inc., effectively ending funding for the controversial Beware program. Beware was first exposed in January 2016 in a report from the Washington Post which outlined a number of surveillance tools at the Fresno PD’s disposal. The tools are part of Fresno’s Real Time Crime Center, which the Post described as “a cutting-edge $600,000 nerve center” which “has become the model for high-tech policing nationwide. Similar centers have opened in New York, Houston and Seattle over the past decade.”

Passengers in Uber's self-driving cars waived right to sue for injury or death
The Guardian - Anyone requesting an Uber ride in a 12-sq mile area in the center of Pittsburgh might now be randomly allocated a self-driving Ford Fusion rather than a human-operated vehicle. But passengers riding in Uber’s computer-controlled cars today might be surprised at just how experimental the technology is. According to documents obtained by the Guardian under public records laws, until as recently as June anyone not employed by Uber riding in one of its autonomous vehicles (AVs) had to sign a legal document waiving the company of any liability for their injury or death.… The legal document obtained by the Guardian details what might have gone wrong on any ride. “Risks associated with riding in an AV may include, without limitation, those caused by equipment failure, development vehicle operators or other safety drivers, actions of other motorists, weather, temperature, road conditions, negligence or human error,” it says.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Never Store These Fruits Together
REALfarmacy - Refrigerated Fruits: Most fruits can be safely stored together, but if one piece of overripe fruit is in the mix, the rest will go bad more quickly. You can slow the ripening process down by refrigerating certain high-ethylene fruits. Some of these fruits include apples, apricots, cantaloupe, figs, and honeydew melons. Non-Refrigerated Fruits: Certain high-ethylene gas fruits are sensitive to cold. If these are refrigerated before they are fully ripe, their moisture levels and flavor will be majorly affected. Once ripe, you can refrigerate them, just be sure not to do so before. Fruits that should no be refrigerated until ripe include avocados, unripe bananas, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, and tomatoes. But be sure not to store ripe bananas in the fridge. Fruits and Veggies: Keep lettuce, fresh greens, and most other veggies away from fruit because fruit generally produces more ethylene gas. Turning this into a habit will make it easier to keep your produce fresh for longer. Keep lettuce, leafy greens, and other salad vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and peppers separate. This includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. Also keep eggplant, parsley, peas, potatoes, squash, and sweet potatoes separate from fruit. Ripen Fruits: You can take advantage of what you know about ethylene gas and naturally speed up the ripening process of certain fruits. Place unripe fruits together in a closed paper bag to quickly ripen fruits like peaches or pears. You can also “speed ripen” a solitary peach by placing it in a paper bag with a ripe banana or apple.

Health

Dozens of Congressmen Speak Out Against Tyranny -- Tell DEA Not to Ban Kratom
The Free Thought Project - According to US News, Reps. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., and Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., recruited 45 signers in the House of Representatives on Friday afternoon for two letters, which will be sent Monday to Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan. This move to ban yet another highly beneficial plant by the DEA has been met with heavy backlash and multiple petitions. The backlash is entirely justified as this plant has many amazing benefits — including a potential cure for opioid addiction. “This significant regulatory action was done without any opportunity for public comment from researchers, consumers and other stakeholders,” the lawmakers say in the letter to Rosenberg. “This hasty decision could have serious effects on consumer access and choice of an internationally recognized herbal supplement.”.... In a bold-faced lie, DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno explained that “it’s not that the DEA is unsympathetic to people who have chronic pain or who are addicted to opioids.... It’s just that science says this is a problem and we need to keep people safe.” How, exactly, does declaring the highly beneficial Kratom plant, shown to be magnitudes safer than synthetic pharmaceutical opioids and heroin, as having no medical value “keep people safe”? The answer is simple — it does nothing to keep people safe. However, it does keep the DEA’s masters in the pharmaceutical industry safe.

Cannabis May Be Better For Back Pain Sufferers Than Opiates
Natural Blaze - Opioids are often prescribed for back pain, But as tolerance increases, so too do effective doses. Opioid-based painkillers can even increase chronic pain over time. For many back pain sufferers, a safe alternative to opioid and narcotic painkillers has been found in cannabis. A recent study by the University of Colorado Spine Center evaluated the potential benefit of medical cannabis, for patients who suffered from a spectrum of back problems, from muscular issues to problems with disc degeneration. The results of the study were extremely promising. Nearly 90% of the patients who used medical cannabis reported a significant reduction in the pain they experienced. Over 80% of them considered the effects of cannabis to be equal to or greater than those of narcotic opioid painkillers. In addition to acting directly as an analgesic, cannabis helps reduce spasms, a common cause of back pain. The anti-spastic properties of cannabis are still being studied, but it has shown some promise in the treatment of spasticity (and patients’ experiences of it) in MS patients. This suggests that it could be a good option for people suffering from more common muscle spasms and tension, too. In particular, the cannabinoid CBD is becoming recognized for its therapeutic effects on the muscular and nervous system – most famously as a treatment for child epilepsy.

Cure for Crohn’s disease comes closer after link to fungus discovered
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Scientists have previously blamed ulcers and bacteria for the cause of the inflammatory disease, but this week’s discovery is the first to link a fungus to the condition, and it could open the doors to new treatments. The researchers, from Case Western Reserve University, also discovered a new bacterium that’s associated with the disease. Most doctors believe that Crohn’s is caused by an abnormal response of the immune system to bacteria that we all have in our gut—but nobody has looked to see what role that fungus, also present in the intestines, plays. The researchers analysed samples from 20 Crohn’s patients for levels of bacteria and fungi, and compared them to those from 28 healthy volunteers. The Crohn’s sufferers had “strong fungal-bacterial interactions”, said the researchers, and specifically of the bacteria Escherichia coli and Serratia marcescens, and the fungus Candida tropicalis. The amounts of all three were far higher in the samples taken from the Crohn’s sufferers, and the researchers also noted that the samples also had far lower amounts of beneficial bacteria. The discovery is the first to ever link a fungus to Crohn’s disease, and it’s one that could open the door to new therapies, such as different medications and probiotics.

15 Reasons to Keep Coconut Oil in Your Bathroom
Dr. Mercola - Raw, organic coconut oil, besides being good enough to eat (which we'll discuss in a minute) has a plethora of benefits apart from actual ingestion. Here's a list of 15 benefits of coconut oil, in no particular order: 1. Smooth shave — If you've been plagued by red, irritated and razor-burned skin after shaving, coconut oil is both soothing and antibacterial. 2. Rash recovery — Other rash problems from diaper rash to mild allergic reactions can be remedied using coconut oil. Propylene glycol is one chemical found in commercial moisturizers that can cause skin irritation and dermatitis. 3. Lip balm — Use coconut oil to moisturize, nourish and hydrate chapped lips without inadvertently eating endocrine disruptors…. 4. Facial cleanser — Effective as a face wash, mixing equal parts coconut oil and castor oil is known as oil cleansing. Massage it into your skin and remove gently with a warm washcloth…. 5. Makeup remover — Not only can you cleanse your face, you can remove use it as a natural makeup remover — even stubborn mascara and eyeliner. 6. Night cream — While you may not want to use coconut oil under makeup, applying it lightly before bed will hydrate your skin because its fatty acids form a natural emollient….

Pet News

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! Woman Hospitalized After Being Stabbed By Her Dog (Video)
Dogington Post - When a Hudson, Colorado woman was rushed to the hospital Wednesday with a serious stab wound to the arm, hospital staff didn’t quite believe her story about how it happened. Celinda Haynes explained that her dog, Mia, who was tall enough to reach the kitchen counter, had grabbed a newly sharpened pairing knife in her mouth. Haynes tried offering treats, expecting Mia to drop her “new toy.” “When [Mia] went over to eat the treat, she ran the knife across my arm and cut a big old gash about four 5 inches long,” Haynes said. Hospital staff, suspecting domestic abuse, contacted police to investigate. “When dispatch said that there was a person who was stabbed by a dog, I had to make sure I heard that correctly,” Johnson said. “Of course, my initial thought was what’s really going on here.” After lots of questions, police found Mia to be the one and only suspect. The lucky dog won’t be charged with any crime.

Call Your Travel Agent: You Can Cuddle 500 Cats at a Time in Hawaii! (Video)
The Catington Post - Add the Lanai Cat Sanctuary in Hawaii to your kitty cuddle bucket list! People travel from all over the world to visit this sanctuary on the small Hawaiian island of Lanai, and once you take a look at these photos, it’s easy to see why: Lanai Cat Sanctuary is home to more than 500 cats – and if you visit, you’re free to hang out and pet every last one of them. They’re located on 25,000 acres and the cats are not caged. They’re free to roam wherever they want, whenever they want. The sanctuary’s executive director refers to it as the “Fur” Seasons!
 



Monday - September 26, 2016 - Today In History:

1777 - Philadelphia was occupied by British troops during the American Revolutionary War.
1789 - Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State. John Jay was appointed the first chief justice of the U.S. Samuel Osgood was appointed the first Postmaster-General. Edmund Jennings Randolph was appointed the first Attorney General.
1914 - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission was established.
1950 - U.N. troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict.
1955 - The NY Stock Exchange suffered its worst decline since 1929 when the word was released concerning U.S. President Eisenhower's heart attack.
1960 - The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago, IL.
1984 - Britain and China initialed a draft agreement on the future of Hong Kong when the Chinese take over ruling the British Colony.
1986 - William H. Rehnquist became chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court following the retirement of Warren Burger.
1991 - 4 men and 4 women began their two-year stay inside the "Biosphere II." The project was intended to develop technology for future space colonies.
1991 - The U.S. Congress heard a plea from Kimberly Bergalis concerning mandatory AIDS testing for health care workers.
1993 - The eight people who had stayed in "Biosphere II" emerged from their sealed off environment.
2001 - In Kabul, Afghanistan, the abandoned U.S. Embassy was stormed by protesters. It was the largest anti-American protest since the terror attacks on New York City and Washington, DC, on September 11.
2001 - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced plans to formalize a cease-fire and end a year of fighting in the region.
2005 - Army Pfc. Lynndie England was convicted by a military jury on six counts stemming from the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
2006 - Facebook opened to everyone at least 13 years or older with a valid email address.

World News

Russia Prepares for War, Plans to Move Thermonuclear ICBMs to Border
Kurt Nimmo - The Russians claim the deployment is in response to NATO installing a US anti-missile system in Eastern Europe in violation of previous Russian-US arms treaties.... Putin added that the US anti-missile systems currently in place in Romania and soon in Poland can be easily be repurposed to fire short and mid-range missiles. In addition to missiles and nuclear warheads, NATO and Russia have engaged in massive war games this year. NATO’s Anakonda 2016 exercise involved more than 30,000 troops, about half of them Americans, and thousands of combat vehicles from 24 nations.... “Washington might intend the military buildup as pressure on President Putin to reduce Russian opposition to Washington’s unilateralism. However, it reminds some outspoken Russians such as Vladimir Zhirinovsky of Hitler’s troops on Russia’s border in 1941,” notes Paul Craig Roberts. “To make the crisis clear for my readers and for all peoples, Washington is surrounding Russia with nuclear missile sites that can be silently converted from ABMs to first strike nuclear missiles that can reach Russian targets in a mere few minutes. Washington attempted to disguise this first strike capability with the explanation that the missiles were there to protect against an Iranian ICBM attack on Europe. This explanation was given by the US government despite the fact that everyone knows that Iran has neither ICBMs nor nuclear weapons,” he writes on his website.

Russian troops arrive in Pakistan for 1st-ever joint drill
RT - Russian troops have arrived in Pakistan on Friday to take part in two-week military exercise, a first in the two countries’ modern history. Moscow and Islamabad were on opposite sides during the Cold War. Around 70 Russian soldiers and officers along with some 130 Pakistani counterparts are taking part in the war games called Friendship 2016, which kick-start on Saturday. The name is a symbolical reference to the old Cold War tensions between Moscow and Islamabad, which the two capitals are now trying to overcome. On Friday, an Ilyushin Il-76 military transport plane delivered the troops to Pakistan from their home base in southern Russia. The exercise is to take place in a mountainous area in the eastern Punjab province. Both countries have long experience of counterinsurgency operations in this difficult terrain, which they want to share with each other. The exercise was first announced in January and is a signal that “Moscow and Islamabad are interested in deepening military-to-military relations,” Pakistan's ambassador to Moscow Qazi Khalilullah told TASS.

Syrian Army Discovers Turkish Manual Instructing Terrorists in Use of Nukes
Sputnik News - In the course of a recent operation to liberate a terrorist-held enclave in northern Latakia, Syrian Army troops discovered a 'manual for terrorists'. Printed in Turkey, the book teaches jihadis "the proper conduct of war on foreign soil," up to and including the use of nuclear weapons. The manual, printed in Arabic and called 'Zad al-Mujahed' (roughly, 'Fruits for the work of God's Warriors') was published in Istanbul, with its publishers making no attempt to even try to hide the book's origins. It features the logo of the Istanbul-based Guraba publishing company, contact information, and even an ISBN, inside its front cover. Speaking to Sputnik Arabic, the Syrian Army soldier who discovered the book said that it was filled with hatred and calls to war against people who don't share jihadists' faith, as well as instructions on what must be done with "enemies and their property." "The book describes how to properly burn cities captured by jihadi fighters, how to cut down all the trees, destroy all life, how to execute prisoners in the correct manner," the soldier explained. The book is banned in Syria for its radical content, and repeated calls to violence and terror. For this reason, Sputnik Arabic decided not to quote it directly.

World Bank Chief: Sweden Should Create Independent Migrant State Where Laws Don't Apply
Breitbart - Sweden could solve their migrant problem by creating a new state-within-a-state where national laws don’t apply and sending thousands of migrants and so-called refugees there, the incoming chief economist of the influential World Bank has said.... Suggesting the zone could model itself on British Hong Kong, the senior economist said it could bring enormous benefit at no cost to the taxpayer.... “That could take millions of people who would support themselves, and not have to cost anything… It is important that this free zone should be considered independent, with its own laws and rules, and not as part of Sweden. “Those who live there would not be Swedish citizens, but would live their lives completely separately from the rest of society.” The economist has already suggested a similar zone for the United States, using the land in Guantanamo Bay to create an autonomous colony for refugees and migrants.... Yet the European experience of newly arrived migrants has predominantly not been like that of Hong Kong, where Chinese arrivals were entrepreneurial.... Of the over one million migrants that arrived in 2015, most have been found to be “unemployable” as the vast majority have absolutely no qualifications whatsoever.

Zika Virus News

Mayors say state ordered them to keep Zika mosquito sites secret
Miami Herald - The mayors of Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach on Sunday accused the Florida Department of Health of lying after the state agency said last week that it never told local officials to hide the locations in Miami Beach where mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus were captured. Florida's health department strongly denied instructing local officials to keep the information confidential - and said the decision was entirely up to Miami-Dade - after the Miami Herald reported on Friday that a county attorney said the state agency had ordered them to keep it a secret. The statement was made during a court hearing for the Miami Herald's lawsuit against Miami-Dade seeking the locations of traps in Miami Beach where mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus were captured this month. The suit seeks disclosure of the locations on grounds that the information would help the public make decisions about precautions to take if they live or work nearby, and also inform the community debate on the use of the controversial insecticide naled.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US soldiers want fewer ‘nation building’ interventions, more attention at home - poll
RT - After 15 years of wars, a majority of US service members are deeply skeptical about America’s foreign interventions. The US should focus on homeland defense and jobs instead of invading and “stabilizing” countries like Afghanistan or Iraq, a new poll shows. Most active-duty members of the US military would prefer the government to refrain from overseas missions involving so-called nation-building, a number of costly and ambiguous efforts to reconstruct post-war countries, according to a poll run by the Military Times and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)…. About 55 percent of service members said they “strongly oppose” or “somewhat oppose” those efforts, while 23 percent responded positively to an idea of carrying out such missions. The remaining 22 percent were either unsure or of no opinion on the issue. The majority of US servicemen surveyed by the Military Times and IVMF believe that the government should be more involved in combatting terrorism (62 percent), homeland defense (68 percent), cyber security (81 percent) and nuclear deterrence (51 percent). Notably, the troops expressed the most negative response on delivering foreign military aid to the US allies. About 62 percent said they believe Washington should be less involved with the foreign aid, and just 10 percent said the US must proceed with it.

Obama's veto of 9/11 bill faces quick override
Washington Times - Congressional leaders of both parties have vowed a swift override of President Obama’s veto of a bill that would give families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks the ability to sue Saudi Arabia, which would be the first such reversal of Mr. Obama’s presidency. Mr. Obama said in his veto message Friday that he has “deep sympathy” for the families of the victims, but the bill would invite retaliatory lawsuits against U.S. personnel abroad and would weaken national security by allowing individual judges, instead of the executive branch, to designate foreign governments as sponsors of terrorism.... Some lawmakers called immediately for Congress to override the veto, which requires a two-thirds vote. The House and Senate approved the measure by voice votes.... Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump said they would have signed the bill. Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, called the veto “shameful.”.... Fifteen of the 19 al Qaeda suicide hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens. Saudi Arabia has denied that its government or any of its top officials played any role in supporting or encouraging the attacks.

Obama used pseudonym in emails with Hillary Clinton: FBI
Washington Times - The president’s previously unreported use of a pen name is referenced in notes from federal investigators’ April 5, 2016 interview with Huma Abedin, one of Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides, contained within 189 pages of records released late Friday afternoon by the FBI concerning its review of the Democratic presidential nominee’s use of a private email server while in office.... The FBI’s revelation quickly spurred questions about the president’s past claims concerning his knowledge of Mrs. Clinton’s private email server.... The New York Times reported in March 2015 that congressional investigators determined Mrs. Clinton had used her private email server exclusively while in office, and the president said days later then he became aware of her set-up at the “same time everybody else learned it through news reports.” Thousands of emails from Mrs. Clinton’s personal account have since been released by the State Department, but the president’s attorneys have prevented the disclosure of any correspondence involving Mr. Obama by citing “presidential communications privilege.” As a result, neither Mr. Obama’s pseudonym nor the contents of his email with Mrs. Clinton, including the one shown to Ms. Abedin, have been made publicly available.

Suspect in fatal shooting of five at Washington state mall captured, identified
Reuters - The gunman believed to have opened fire with a rifle at a Washington state mall, killing five people, was captured on Saturday one day after the attack, authorities said. Authorities identified the shooter as Arcan Cetin, 20, a resident of Oak Harbor, Washington. Police said he was taken into custody without incident in Oak Harbor, some 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Burlington where the shooting occurred 24 hours earlier. The gunman began shooting at the Cascade Mall around 7 p.m. local time on Friday in the cosmetics section of a Macy's department store, police said, killing four women as well as one man who died later at a hospital. Police told reporters nothing is yet known about Cetin's possible motive but they were not ruling out anything, including terrorism. They described his demeanor when apprehended as "zombie like," and said he was unarmed. They said he was born in Turkey, and described his status as that of a "legal, permanent resident" in the United States. Surveillance video from the mall in Burlington, around 65 miles (105 km) north of Seattle, showed the gunman walked into the shopping center without a rifle, but later caught him brandishing the weapon, Mount Vernon Police Lieutenant Chris Cammock said.

REPORT: Keith Lamont Scott shot handgun at Texas officers in 2005
Christian Times Newspaper - The friends and family of Keith Lamont Scott, the African-American Charlotte man shot and killed by police this week, portray him as a “family man” and “likable.” However, new details are emerging about Scott’s troubled past… Scott had a long police record that included gun violations. Christian Times Newspaper has learned, and it has been confirmed by the Charlotte Observer, that Scott was convicted in April 2004 of a misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon charge in Mecklenburg County, and other charges were dismissed: including felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault on a female, and communicating threats. Scott was also charged with assault with intent to kill in 1995. The most shocking find in Scott’s record, however, is what occurred in Bexar County, Texas in 2005. In March of that year, Scott was sentenced to 15 months in state prison for evading arrest, and in July, he was consecutively sentenced to seven years on a conviction of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon…. One source, who asked CTN to refrain from using her name to protect her identity, told reporters that Scott fired a handgun at San Antonio police officers when they attempted to detain him in February 2005 after noticing that he was driving erratically. (Scott had a history of drunk driving, according to court records). Allegedly, as the officers approached Scott’s black Ford sedan, he fired two rounds from the driver’s seat and then sped away. Neither of the officers was hit, and they proceeded to give chase and detain Scott several blocks away. While Scott did leave the gun in his passenger’s seat when he attempted to run on-foot, he did, according to our source, assault one officer by punching him in the face. Scott was released from Texas state prison in 2011.

Video: Protesters accost black man as he hugs Charlotte police officers
The Blaze - [Profaniy] Amid all the violence, frustration and yelling, one man has descended into Charlotte to offer law enforcement officers something they probably aren’t expecting: a hug. But when Ken E. Nwadike, Jr., a black man, began hugging two Charlotte police officers during the protests Wednesday night, infuriated demonstrators began verbally assaulting him for the kind gesture…. Nwadike told the frustrated crowd that he understands their concerns, adding that he’s “hurt” just like them, but warned against making sweeping generalizations about law enforcement officers, comparing it to when some people make assumptions about all black people. As he continued to defend his decision to hug the officers because “love is free,” he appeared to be persuading some of the demonstrators.… “The thing is,” Nwadike explained, “I see them as human beings, just like I see everybody on this side as human beings.” “His uniform doesn’t make him a robot,” he said, pointing at the collection of police officers behind him. “Just like your uniform — your skin color — doesn’t make you a criminal, and that’s what I need people to understand.” “This [police officer] gave me a hug and [this protester] wants to fight me because of that,” he continued. “How does that make sense? We’re spreading more hate into the world, and that’s what’s frustrating me. We can’t love one another? It doesn’t make sense.” Nwadike is the founder of the peace initiative known as the Free Hugs Project. According to the group’s Facebook page, the organization “spreads love, inspires change and raises awareness of social issues through motivational videos.”

Texas Governor Stands Firm on State’s Fetus Burial Rule
Breitbart - The Texas Tribune reported that the Texas Governor said he thinks the remains of fetuses should not be “treated like medical waste and disposed of in landfills.” He added, “it is imperative to establish higher standards that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life.” Abbott vows that his “LIFE Initiative” will enact the changes that will make the Lone Star State “the strongest pro-life state in the nation […] Governor Abbott announced his LIFE Initiative program designed to provide even greater protections for children in the womb… The initiative also aims at preventing the sale of baby body parts.

Superintendent Warns Homeschoolers: ‘I Will … Question Parents As I See Fit’
Off the Grid News - David Hile, the superintendent for the Licking Valley Local School District in Ohio, asked to see the detailed (subset) test results for an unidentified homeschool student in Newark, Ohio, who had scored well above the minimum requirement. That is more information than is required by Ohio state law, HSDLA attorney Michael P. Donnelly pointed out in an email to Hale. The student scored in the 30th percentile of a standardized test, and the state minimum is the 25th percentile. Hile, though, thought the student’s score was too low. Ohio law states: “Any child that has a composite score at or above the twenty-fifth percentile shall be deemed to be performing at a level of reasonable proficiency.”… “It is my responsibility under the law,” Hile insisted in a letter to Donnelly, “… to ensure that children in my district are receiving an adequate education [and] I take that responsibility very seriously, whether those children are in our schools or homeschooled. I will continue to question parents as I see fit.”… “Hile’s response was an over-the-top and overbearing reaction to a simple point of clarification,” Donnelly said. “His attitude reflects an arrogance that implies homeschoolers are not up to the task of educating their children. The facts show that the reverse is true, and I will happily defend our members when they encounter problems with similar public school officials.”

Election News

Updated Presidential Rally Data – TRUMP Has 80 Times More Attendees than Hillary Clinton
The Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump is increasing his lead over Hillary Clinton in the number of campaign rallies and in the number of participants at these rallies since the major party conventions. When accounting for only campaign rallies held by the Republican and Democrat Presidential candidates since August 1st (i.e. not counting fundraisers and engagements other than rallies), Trump is blowing Clinton away in number of events and in number of attendees. In August Trump held 32 campaign rallies to Hillary’s 11 and he had attendance at these rallies of twenty times Hillary with nearly 200,000 participants to her 10,000. In September the data is even more lopsided. Through the first 24 days in September, Trump has held 21 rallies to Clinton’s 6 and his rallies have been attended by nearly 100,000 to Clinton’s nearly 2,000. As a result Trump has had 54 times the number of attendees at his events than Hillary in September! In total Trump has held 3 times the number of events since August 1st (53 to 17) which have been attended by 25 times the number of participants with nearly 300,000 at Trump events compared to less than 12,000 at Clinton events! Clinton has only held 7 events since August 17th which account for a paltry 2,250 in attendance. On the other hand, Trump has held 32 events since August 17th which were attended by nearly 188,000 people. In this time period Trump has more than 80 times the number of attendees at his campaign events than Clinton.

Leaked DNC Email, Ohio and PA Voters Called “White Trash”
Government Slaves - In July, WikiLeaks revealed many dark and corrupt secrets of the DNC, and how they rigged the election against Sen. Bernie Sanders and in favor of Hillary Clinton. The leaks also showed that Democrats were often quite racist in their emails when referring to voters and demographics that make up this country. In one email, Democrats referred to Hispanics as their “taco bowl engagement.” As racist and bigoted as that is, sadly, there were dozens more just like that. An email was also released from the DNC that regarded the two battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. In the email, the DNC is caught again categorically labeling millions of Americans in ways that are deplorable, and we should never let them forget that they used this type of language. Here is the despicable email: “They’re blue collar, poor white trash, and similar to ‘the Jew’s’ supporters and we can peal them away.” “They cling to their guns, their bibles, and they’ll believe anything we tell them.” It should never be forgotten that the Democrats are the ones that wrote these emails. They were not doctored or manipulated, these are the words they chose to describe Ohio and Pennsylvania voters.

Clinton Wants 65% Estate Taxes (But Not on Her Family)
Breitbart - The Clinton campaign estimates that the increase would raise an addition $75 billion in revenue over the next decade. The current rate maxes out at 40 percent. But Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill have created a number of tax shelters in recent years to dramatically limit their payment of the very same tax. As Bloomberg reported back in 2014: “To reduce the tax pinch, the Clintons are using financial planning strategies befitting the top 1 percent of U.S. households in wealth.” In 2010 the Clinton created “residential trusts” and the following year moved their Chappaqua estate into the trust, according to their financial records. As David Scott Sloan, a partner at the firm Holland Knight explained the Clinton trust to CBS News, “You’re creating things that are going to be on the nontaxable side of the balance sheet when they die.” The move will save the Clintons hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate taxes, according to accountants quoted by Bloomberg. Even more substantial, the Clintons created a life insurance trust in 2010, which will shelter life insurance payments from estate taxes. This is their second such trust. The first was created in 1996, according to financial disclosures.

Ted Cruz announces his support for Donald Trump
RT - After running a highly critical and acrimonious campaign against the Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has come out in support of the nominee, two months after the GOP convention. “After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump,” Senator Cruz wrote on a Facebook post. I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word,” Cruz added. “Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary.” The Texas Senator said there were six policy reasons that helped him reached his decision. Among them that the new president will be responsible for appointing as many as four new justices for the Supreme Court. We know, without a doubt, that every Clinton appointee would be a left-wing ideologue,” wrote Cruz. Trump, in contrast, has promised to appoint justices “in the mold of Scalia.” The other five reasons were Trump’s willingness to repeal Obamacare, to reduce regulations for the oil and gas industry, revoking executive amnesty for undocumented immigrants, his willingness to stop unvetted refugees and Trump’s opposition to Obama’s plan to “hand over control of the Internet to an international community of stakeholders, including Russia, China, and Iran.”

Oh, Good: Investigation in Colorado Finds Dead People Are Casting Ballots
Townhall - A CBS4 investigation in several Colorado counties dug up some disturbing anecdotes of people "voting" several years after they died, and questions are being raised as to how dead voters are receiving ballots.... These ballots were not cast by in-person voting, but were instead cast via mailed ballots. The names of the deceased were not removed from the voter rolls, despite the fact that the voters were not actually alive to vote. At least an additional 78 dead people were still listed as "eligible" voters in Colorado. For what it's worth, Colorado already has a voter ID law, but evidently this isn't enough to prevent all forms of fraud. Colorado's Secretary of State Wayne Williams is taking this new investigation seriously and will be taking proactive steps in order to prevent additional voter fraud in the upcoming election. Williams confirmed to CBS4 that, “It is impossible to vote from the grave legally."

Video: Weird: Gary Johnson Sticks Tongue at Reporter During Interview
Adan Salazar - We thought we’d seen the last of third party presidential candidate Gary Johnson after his infamous “Aleppo” flub, but the former New Mexico governor has seemingly managed to outdo himself. Amid arguing he would poll as well as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton if he were allowed at the debates, the Libertarian party candidate bizarrely began sticking his tongue out at the reporter interviewing him seated less than a foot away. “It wouldn’t have anything to do with my debate performance either,” Johnson told NBC reporter Kasie Hunt. “It would just be that people would recognize that there’s another choice, and that there would be an examination of me and Bill Weld as who we are and what we’ve done and – based on that.” Johnson next sticks his tongue out at Hunt in an effort to make his point. “I’m not gonna stand up there for the whole debate and not say anything and [incomprehensible].” Johnson’s weird stunt follows an embarrassing mental lapse he suffered during an MSNBC interview in which he was unable to comment on the civil war ravaged Syrian city of “Aleppo.” If ever there was a chance for a third party to win the election, Gary Johnson has practically done everything in his power to stop that from happening.

Economy & Business

Heidi Cruz Returns to Goldman Sachs in New Role in Houston
Bloomberg - Heidi Cruz, who left Goldman Sachs Group Inc. last year to help her husband Ted Cruz in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination, is returning to the bank in a newly created role in the Houston office. Cruz, 44, will concentrate on helping to win new clients, focusing on strategic relationships, according to a memo to staff Friday from Tucker York, global head of private-wealth management for the New York-based firm.... Cruz, a managing director, was head of the Houston office last year when she took unpaid leave to help with her husband’s ultimately unsuccessful campaign. A Harvard Business School graduate who worked in President George W. Bush’s administration, she joined the firm in 2005 and was promoted to managing director, the company’s second-highest rank, in 2012.

Energy & Environment

Will the Gulf of Mexico Remain a Dumping Ground for Offshore Fracking Waste?
Common Dreams - Federal documents obtained this year by the Center for Biological Diversity revealed that the Obama administration approved more than 1,200 offshore fracks in 630 different wells in the Gulf from 2010 to 2014. The fracking took place off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama — with no public involvement or site-specific tests done beforehand to evaluate the environmental impact. Given that it takes millions of gallons of water to frack a single well, and that on its way into the earth to force out oil or gas reserves the water becomes contaminated with radioactive elements, heavy metals and other toxic compounds, you might wonder: Where is all that offshore fracking wastewater going?… A Center analysis found that oil companies operating in federal waters off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana discharged more than 76 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into the Gulf of Mexico in 2014 alone — and now the Obama administration is considering whether to allow the dumping to continue…. The fracking-related dumping adds to the considerable burden of toxic oil and gas pollution already borne by the Gulf. The region is still recovering from the 2010 BP oil spill disaster, which dumped some 200 million gallons of crude into Gulf waters. The EPA hasn’t indicated a timeframe for releasing the final permit on fracking wastewater dumping. However, the current permit expired on March 31, 2015 and has been administratively extended.

‘Desecration’: Protest against bulldozing of Native American burial grounds for Dakota pipeline
RT - Almost 1,300 archeologists, museum directors and historians have signed a letter to the Obama administration protesting the destruction of Native American burial grounds by the builders of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP). The Standing Rock Sioux Nation identified a location near Cannonball, North Dakota as a recently discovered ancient burial site and made a court filing to protect it September 3. Within hours, employees of Energy Transfer Partners showed up – flanked by private security and guard dogs – and bulldozed the site, says the letter signed by 1,281 archeologists, anthropologists and museum professionals. “Many of us put countless hours into developing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) to prevent burial desecration of this type, yet the pipeline was approved without a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and the cultural resources survey did not involve proper consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribes in the region,” said the letter, addressed to President Barack Obama, the United States Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Initiated by the Natural History Museum, the letter has been endorsed by curators, museum directors, academics and historians, ranging from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Chicago Field Museum to institutions in Brazil, Canada and Micronesia. On September 9, a federal judge in Washington, DC rejected the request by the Standing Rock Sioux to halt the DAP, saying that the federal authorities had “likely complied” with the National Historic Preservation Act and that the tribe had not shown it would suffer injury from the construction.

Bridgeton landfill operator settles suit with 34 homeowners
KOMU News - The operator of a suburban St. Louis landfill that is the source of a strong odor due to an underground fire has reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed by nearly three dozen nearby residents. Bridgeton Landfill LLC announced the settlement Friday with 34 residents. Their lawsuits claimed that they could not enjoy their own properties because of the often-horrific smell emanating from the landfill. Terms were not disclosed. The landfill's parent company, Republic Services, is spending millions of dollars to abate the smell and to ensure that the fire doesn't spread. The fire is particularly concerning because the adjacent West Lake Landfill, also owned by Republic Services, houses Cold War-era nuclear waste that was illegally buried there four decades ago.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto Acquires Licensing Rights for “Genetically Edited” Crops
Natural Blaze - On Thursday, Monsanto announced a new partnership with the Broad Institute, a project of MIT and Harvard that focuses on a biomedical and genomic research. The new partnership grants Monsanto non-exclusive licensing for agriculture applications of CRISPR-Cas technology for use in seed development…. While GM foods are created when foreign genes are inserted into a plant, genetic editing modifies “through the insertion, deletion, or altering of existing genes of interest,” which could be used to prevent a crop from turning brown. Monsanto is now hoping these differences will make the crops more marketable than GMO products. Monsanto is not the only biotechnology company to invest in CRISPR technology. DuPont Pioneer has also struck a deal with Caribou Biosciences to license its own CRISPR crops. Monsanto and DuPont are hoping that both the public and the U.S. government are accepting of genetically edited crops. Technically, a crop edited via CRISPR is not a GMO, at least not in the fashion that most of the public understands…. Based on the USDA’s decision not to regulate or label the genetically edited crops it is likely that Monsanto and DuPont will continue to invest in CRISPR technology. Business Insider notes that since 2013, “researchers have experimented with it in a number of crops, including oranges, potatoes, wheat, rice, and tomatoes.”

Health

Control of Communicable Diseases Dissenting Comment to the CDC
Natural Blaze - The comment period for the CDC’s Proposed Rule Control of Communicable Diseases is due by Friday, October 14, 2016, and should be filed at the CDC’s official website for that proposed rulemaking found here…. We need at least a million comments, or more, in order to have an impact, or at least get the CDC’s attention…. [The] Proposed Rule Summary CDC Docket No. CDC-2016-0068 “Through this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is amending its domestic (interstate) and foreign quarantine regulations to best protect the public health of the United States. These amendments are being proposed to aid public health responses to outbreaks of communicable diseases such as the largest recorded outbreak of Ebola virus disease (Ebola) in history, the recent outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea, and repeated outbreaks and responses to measles in the United States, as well as the ongoing threat of other new or re-emerging communicable diseases. The provisions contained herein provide additional clarity to various safeguards to prevent the importation and spread of communicable diseases affecting human health into the United States and interstate.”… Since the CDC’s proposed rulemaking impacts and denies basic human rights, e.g., NO right of Informed Consent, plus the DENIAL of Ownership of One’s Body, the proposed rulemaking is vigorously objected to. Furthermore, the CDC is usurping what is the purview of the U.S. Congress, which is the ONLY legal law making entity in the United States of America.

Case Studies on Intravenous Vitamin C as a Cancer Cure Could Unravel Big Pharma
Natural Blaze - The Canada Medical Association Journal has recently re-published a startling scientific paper that deserves a great deal of attention that patients, doctors, and the general public need to be aware of…. The article confirms that the Mayo clinic, in dismissing Cameron-Pauling’s work, used oral rather than IV vitamin C, never coming near the plasma concentrations of vitamin C that Cameron-Pauling work had. The Mayo Clinic then used the “results” of their inadequate amount of vitamin C in their non-Cameron-Pauling protocol to undermine the use of vitamin C for treating cancer and put off this cheap, non-toxic effective treatment for cancer for decades.
Related: IV Vitamin C Will Stop Growth Of Aggressive Forms Of Cancer

Ginger: A natural alternative to aspirin
(NaturalHealth365) NaturalHealth365) Many doctors tell their patients to take an aspirin a day to prevent heart disease. It’s become such an accepted practice that I see patients in my clinic who started taking it on their own just because they figured it was a “good idea.”… Keep in mind, aspirin is still a drug. So that means there are still some risks involved with its use. The main risk is excessive bleeding. Other risks include kidney and liver failure, ulcers, tinnitus and hemorrhagic stroke if you use it too much…. Taking a little bit of ginger every day can give your heart a real boost. That’s because it contains 12 antioxidant compounds more powerful than vitamin E. Antioxidants combat free radicals in your body. And flavonoids, a type of antioxidant found in ginger, are especially good for your heart. One study looked at the dietary flavonoid intake of 1,400 men. Researchers found that the men who got the least amount of flavonoids had the worst carotid artery diameter and the highest risk of heart disease…. Research shows it reduces oxidation, which can inflame the lining of your arteries…. Studies also show that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. It works the same way aspirin does, by blocking COX-2 — the enzyme that promotes inflammation. And inflammation is the leading cause of heart disease and other chronic illnesses…. By law, their owners aren’t allowed to visit due to the potential for exposure.

Pet News

Extremely Lethal to Pets Yet Found in Most Homes and Often in Harm's Way
Dr. Becker - Please don't drop or leave this type of pill laying out where your pet can get it. Some varieties are more risky than others, due to their propensity for being left out where pets can indulge. And be forewarned: some pets are remarkably clever at opening containers…. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AFMA) reported the top 10 medications that are most often involved in pet poisonings reported to the ASPCA’s APCC hotline. If you have any of these in your home, be sure they are kept safely out of your pet’s reach at all times. 1. Ibuprofen, such as Advil and Motrin, often has a sweet outer coating that seems tasty to pets. If ingested, it can cause stomach ulcers and kidney failure. Ibuprofen is just one type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that may harm your pet…. 2. Tramadol (brand name Ultram) is a pain reliever that’s sometimes prescribed to pets as well as people. However, if your pet consumes too much, it can lead to sedation, disorientation, vomiting, tremors and seizures. 3. Alprazolam (Xanax) - This anti-anxiety medication is sometimes prescribed as a sleep aid as well. In pets, ingesting it may lead to sleepiness (or in some cases agitation), drops in blood pressure, weakness and collapse. They pose a significant risk because many people keep them on their nightstands in order to take them just before bedtime. 4. Adderall contains amphetamines and is often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. It acts as a stimulant in pets, however, and may lead to life-threatening elevated heart rate and body temperature, hyperactivity, tremors and seizures. The ADHD medications Concerta and Ritalin may have similar effects….

Humor/Satire

Video: Hillary Drunk During Last Speech
iOTWreport.com - Such a shame…
 



Friday - September 23, 2016 - Today In History:

1642 - The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge, MA, was held.
1779 - John Paul Jones, commander of the American warship Bon Homme, was quoted as saying "I have not yet begun to fight!"
1780 - John Andre, a British spy, was captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender West Point, NY, to the British.
1806 - The Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark expedition, reached St. Louis, MO, and ended the trip to the Pacific Northwest.
1838 - Victoria Chaflin Woodhull was born. She became the first female candidate for the U.S. Presidency.
1951 - The first transcontinental telecast was received on the west coast. The show "Crusade for Freedom" was broadcast by CBS-TV from New York.
1952 - Richard Nixon gave his "Checkers Speech". At the time he was a candidate for U.S. vice-president.
1957 - Nine black students withdrew from Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas due to the white mob outside.
1962 - New York's Philharmonic Hall opened. It was the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
1981 - The Reagan administration announced its plans for what became known as Radio Marti.
1986 - Japanese newspapers quoted Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone as saying that minorities lowered the "intelligence level" of America.
1990 - Iraq publicly threatened to destroy Middle East oil fields and to attack Israel if any nation tried to force it from Kuwait.
1991 - U.N. weapons inspectors find documents detailing Iraq's secret nuclear weapons program. In Baghdad it triggered a standoff with authorities in Iraq.
1993 - The Israeli parliament ratified the Israel-PLO accord.
1999 - A 17-month-old girl fell 230 feet from the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The girl had bruises but no broken limbs from the fall onto a rocky ledge.

World News

Video: US airstrikes on Syrian troops were ‘intentional,’ lasted nearly 1 hour – Assad to AP
RT - Syrian President Bashar Assad says that US airstrikes which killed 62 Syrian government troops were “intentional” and they lasted for an hour. He added that the US “does not have the will” to join Russia in fighting terrorists in Syria. Speaking to the Associated Press in Damascus, the Syrian leader denied that the airstrikes carried out by the US near Deir ez-Zor on September 17 were an accident. Sixty-two Syrian soldiers were killed and over 100 were injured, according to the Syrian military. Assad said they were “intentionally” targeted. “It was not an accident by one airplane; it was four airplanes which kept attacking the position of the Syrian troops for nearly one hour or maybe a little bit more than one hour,” Assad told AP, adding they were attacking a large area that “constituted of many hills” adjacent to where the Syrian troops were stationed. Assad also questioned how IS was able to launch an attack so quickly after the airstrike. “The IS troops attacked at the very same time as the American strike. How could they know that America was going to attack that position in order to gather their militants right away and attack it one hour after the strike. It was definitely intentional and not unintentional,” he added. The Pentagon said the airstrikes on Syrian troops were an accident and that they were aimed at Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists. Assad also claimed that the US is not interested in fighting terrorists in Syria, saying that Washington “lacks the will” to join Russia in trying to eliminate extremist groups.

Syria Army launches offensive on Aleppo as ceasefire plan crumbles
The Guardian - The Syrian military has announced a major new offensive on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, after a withering bombardment that ended all talk of restoring a US-Russian ceasefire and raising questions over whether the ceasefire had been a tactical ploy by the Assad regime and its Russian sponsors. The announcement was made as the US secretary of state, John Kerry, met his Russian opposite number, Sergey Lavrov, and other foreign ministers on the margins of a United Nations summit in New York. The meeting was supposed to have explored ways of restoring a weeklong Syrian ceasefire, which had collapsed when the Syrian military declared itself no longer bound by the deal negotiated 10 days before by Kerry and Lavrov, and a UN humanitarian convoy was hit by airstrikes while delivering food and medicines to an opposition area…. Residents of eastern Aleppo said airstrikes continued through the night and into late Thursday afternoon. Doctors and activists said they had not yet updated the death toll, which stood at 49 for Wednesday, because the dead and wounded were too numerous and hospitals were under pressure…. On Thursday, the Syrian American Medical Society, which operates and supports several hospitals in the country, said one of its facilities in Aleppo had been targeted overnight with cluster munitions. The UN said a clinic had been destroyed in Khan Tuman district, killing medical staff and with civilians still reportedly trapped under the rubble. The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, denied his government was responsible for the repeated bombing of hospitals.

AP leaks one of the 5 Syria ceasefire docs, Moscow says always wanted them public
RT - AP news agency has published a leaked document from the Russia-US brokered Syria ceasefire deal, one of five such documents. Moscow says it has always called on Washington to make the ceasefire documents public. The text leaked by AP represents part of the ceasefire agreement signed between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry, on September 9 in Geneva. Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday that Russia had always called for the documents to be made public. “We believe that the publishing of these documents will contribute directly to their implementation and the way toward the Syrian settlement," the diplomat went on to say. Zakharova added, however, that she is surprised that the documents have been leaked instead of publishing them “on the official website of the State Department.” The document in question includes the details of the initial two-day ceasefire, which came into effect on September 12. Both Russia and the US agreed to use their influence on the western-backed rebels and the Syrian government to stick to the truce. Humanitarian aid deliveries are also described in detail by the document.
Related: Text of Syria cease-fire deal

Germany calls for ‘complete ban’ on all military flights over Syria to save ceasefire
RT - Germany’s foreign minister is calling for a temporary ban on all military aircraft flying over Syria to try and preserve the current ceasefire. Earlier US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that only Russian and Syrian planes should be grounded. Speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that all military aircraft, including those belonging to the US, should be temporarily banned from flying over Syria for a week…. “If the ceasefire is to stand any chance [of succeeding], the only path is a temporary, but complete ban of all military aircraft movement in Syria - for at least three days, better would be seven days,” Steinmeier said. His comments come in the wake of the US Air Force admitting it killed 62 Syrian government troops during an airstrike aimed at Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) extremists near Deir ez-Zor on September 17…. Steinmeier’s comments come after Kerry demanded that Russian and Syrian planes should be grounded immediately, adding that he believed this was the only way to salvage the ceasefire and find a way “out of the carnage.”… Moscow has criticized Kerry’s plan to keep Russian and Syrian planes out of the skies, while adding that the US had come to its conclusions about Russia being responsible for the attack on the aid convoy despite an investigation not having taken place.
Related: No-fly zone would ‘require war with Syria and Russia’ – top US general

Russian Missile Kills 30 Israeli Intelligence Officers In Syria
TEHRAN (FNA) - The Russian warships stationed in Syria's coastal waters targeted and destroyed a foreign military operations room, killing over two dozen Israeli and western intelligence officers. "The Russian warships fired three Caliber missiles at the foreign officers' coordination operations room in Dar Ezza region in the Western part of Aleppo near Sam'an mountain, killing 30 Israeli and western officers," the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted battlefield source in Aleppo as saying on Wednesday. The operations room was located in the Western part of Aleppo province in the middle of sky-high Sam'an mountain and old caves. The region is deep into a chain of mountains. Several US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers were also killed along with the Israeli officers. The foreign officers who were killed in the Aleppo operations room were directing the terrorists' attacks in Aleppo and Idlib.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: The REAL Cost of the War of Terror
James Corbett - In the 15 years since 9/11, $1 trillion has been spent building up the police state in the American “homeland” itself. Meanwhile, the Defense Department has been spending over $600 billion per year maintaining the American military in the post-9/11 era. $4 to $6 trillion of that was spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone, the most expensive wars in US history. Combined defense spending, including Homeland Security, DoD, State Department, defense related debt interest and other defense costs, has reached the highest levels in modern history over the past decade. From a Cold War era high in the 1980s of $3500 for every man, woman and child in the United States to a 1990s low of $2500, that figure has since breached $4000. Just look at the chart; it isn’t hard to see exactly when the trend reversed and the good times began to flow for the military-industrial contractors: It was 9/11, the birthday of the war of terror and the new era of homeland security. There are other numbers we could throw in here: The billions upon billions in military aid sent to the co-perpetrators of the war of terror, including the $38 billion that has been promised Israel over the next 10 years. The $1.5 trillion joke known as the F-35 fighter jet. The $6.5 trillion of “year-end adjustments” in the ongoing, never-ending saga of the Pentagon’s missing trillions. But we have to be careful not to fall into the psychopaths’ trap. The real costs of the war of terror cannot be measured in dollars and cents. They are not tallied in a ledger. They are not about money at all.

White House Hacked: DC Leaks Releases New Emails Of White House Staffer
Zero Hedge - DC Leaks has just revealed its latest email hack of White House staffer Ian Mellul. According to DC Leaks, Mellul works in the White House to coordinate official trips for the First Lady and VP Biden while also serving on Hillary's presidential campaign. The emails come from Mellul's personal gmail account, spanning February 2015 through July 2016, and contain a mix of detailed planning logistics, internal campaign chatter and other materials from both the White House and Clinton campaign. A full list of the emails can be reviewed on the DC Leaks website…. The leaks included the alleged passport of Michelle Obama… And logistics photos, like the one below, intended to coordinate press events for the Hillary campaign. The White House declined to comment on the leak but both the LinkedIn and Twitter accounts for Mellul were deleted on Thursday morning. Of course, the key question here remains why is official government business being conducted through personal gmail accounts in obvious violation of the federal records act? Moreover, who exactly at the White House thinks it's acceptable to send Michelle Obama's passport to the gmail account of a 22 year old recent college grad?

Charlotte police chief: Shooting video won't be made public
Fox News - After violent protests raged for the second night in Charlotte over the police shooting of a black man, the city's police chief told reporters Thursday he has no intention of releasing dashcam video of Keith Lamont Scott's shooting "to the masses." Asked if there was a time at which the public could expect to see it, Chief Kerr Putney said there should be no such expectation... Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said the police department has both dashcam and body camera footage of the shooting. But Officer Brentley Vinson -- the black officer who shot Scott -- was not wearing a body camera, the police chief said…. North Carolina recently passed a law that blocks the release of police recordings from body or dashboard cameras with limited exceptions. But that law is not set to take effect until October. “Technology like dashboard cameras and body cameras can be very helpful, but when used by itself technology can also mislead and misinform, which causes other issues and problems within our community,” Gov. Pat McCrory said after signing the bill into law in July.

Guns Sell Out In Charlotte As Local Police Refuses To Release Shooting Video
Zero Hedge - With both a state of emergency implemented and the national guard deployed in Charlotte overnight following a second night of rioting, there was hope the mood in the city tonight would be less violent. That however, may prove optimistic now that the Charlotte police announced they do not plan - for now - to release a video showing the fatal shooting of Keith Scott by officers, and which that has sparked two nights of violent protests in North Carolina's largest city, the department's chief said on Thursday. The video will only be shown to the family of Keith Scott, 43, who was shot dead by a black police officer in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said. The reason the video is relevant is because many of the protesters dispute the official account of Scott's death…. At Hyatt Guns, one of the nation's largest, staff arrived Thursday morning after the second night of riots and encountered a line of buyers. "First off, our prayers are with law enforcement this morning. People are afraid. They see lunacy in the streets being perpetrated by criminals and they are gearing up to protect themselves," Justin Anderson, director of marketing for Hyatt Guns told Secrets. He added that sales of self defense weapons has been swift this week, both in person and online.

Governor calls out National Guard as Charlotte police shooting protests continue
The News Observer - Protests turned violent for a second night in Charlotte after Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of a black man. Late Wednesday, Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency for the city and deployed the National Guard and State Highway Patrol troopers to assist local police. One person was shot at the protest and was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Medic said. The city initially reported that he died, but later retracted that, saying he was on life-support…. Moments earlier, police fired tear gas at protesters at the entrance to the Omni Hotel in uptown Charlotte. Loud booms sounded, and police said explosives had been used…. Given the “ongoing civil unrest,” Bank of America told its employees not to report to their uptown offices on Thursday. Shortly before 9 p.m., the Charlotte Area Transit System discontinued street car service, closed the uptown Transportation Center and moved it to Carson Street. Hours later, CATS stopped Lynx service and ended bus service at 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Video: Charlotte Riots: What They're NOT Telling You
Paul Joseph Watson - MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says the rioting thugs in Charlotte are “peaceful”! This is NOT a protest, it's a violent riot by criminal, gang-member thugs. Why are MSNBC and CNN calling it a “peaceful protest”?

Tulsa police officer who killed Terence Crutcher charged with manslaughter
The Guardian - The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday has been charged with manslaughter, prosecutors announced on Thursday afternoon. Tulsa County’s district attorney, Steve Kunzweiler, said he had filed a first-degree manslaughter charge against Betty Shelby, the white police officer who killed Terence Crutcher last week…. A court filing by prosecutors said Shelby “unlawfully and unnecessarily” shot Crutcher because he was refusing to comply with her orders. Shelby “reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation”, according to an affidavit from Doug Campbell, Kunzweiler’s chief investigator, who alleged that she became “emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted”. Kunzweiler said a warrant has been issued for Shelby’s arrest and “arrangements are being made for her surrender to the Tulsa County sheriff’s department,” where Shelby was previously employed. Shelby shot Crutcher, 40, in the right side of his chest during an encounter beside Crutcher’s SUV on 16 September…. A first-degree manslaughter charge carries a sentence of at least four years in prison. Crutcher’s death remains under investigation by federal authorities.

Connecticut police were caught on video making up charges against man who filmed them
Business Insider Sep. 20, 2016 - Connecticut State Police troopers unwittingly captured themselves on video appearing to make up charges against a protester, according to lawsuit reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, claims three Connecticut state troopers accidentally filmed themselves discussing what infractions a protester committed after confiscating his camera…. The ACLU lawsuit alleges Connecticut State Police violated Michael Picard's First and Fourth Amendment rights. The video was filmed on Picard's camera on September 11, 2015. That night, Picard was filming the state troopers on a road where a DUI checkpoint was set up. Picard routinely protested such checkpoints, filmed police at these stops, and posted the videos on YouTube. Barone approached Picard after receiving a call about a man with a gun, the lawsuit claims. Picard was wearing a holster with a pistol that he had a permit to carry. In the video Barone argued with Picard over his right to film the troopers and later confiscated the camera and his pistol, the lawsuit claimed. The troopers then deliberated on what citations Picard would receive over the incident while the camera was still recording. “So, we can hit him with reckless use of the highway by a pedestrian and creating a public disturbance, and whatever he said,” Sgt. John Jacobi says in the video, according to The Post.

NAACP: Betsy Ross Flag Racist
Kit Daniels - The historic Betsy Ross flag associated with the American Revolution is racist, the NAACP claims. The flag, which represents the 13 colonies by using stars arranged in a circle, was described by the NAACP Greater Grand Rapids Branch of Michigan as a symbol of the “racist” Patriot movement. Chapter president Cle J. Jackson attacked the flag after Forest Hills Center High School students brought one to a Sept. 9 football game alongside a Trump flag…. Interestingly, during the nationwide purge of the Confederate flag in 2015, radio host Rush Limbaugh warned the US flag would be next…. The real reason why the Betsy Ross flag is under attack just like the rebel flag is because there’s an establishment agenda to purge anything that represents resistance to central authority…. The claim that both flags are “racist” is just a convenient excuse pushed by the establishment to convince people to purge the flags. As long as people cherish historic symbols of freedom, they will never bow down to oppressive authority. “He who becomes master of a city accustomed to freedom and does not destroy it, may expect to be destroyed by it, for in rebellion it has always the watch-word of liberty and its ancient privileges as a rallying point, which neither time nor benefits will ever cause it to forget,” noted 16th-century historian Niccolò Machiavelli wrote as advice to tyrants.

Election News

Trump Blames Obama For Charlotte Violence: "The Level Of Hatred... Starts With Leadership"
Zero Hedge - With The White House desperately calling for "peaceful protest" in Charlotte, the Justice Department urging "peaceful protest" and the need to "build trust," and Hillary Clinton asking for "peace" saying the deaths of black men is "unbearable," the Democrat public relations machine is in full swing as riots continue. Donald Trump, however, took a different angle. As opposed to clinging to politically correct and meaningless one-liners, Trump pointed the finger for this turmoil at President Obama (and Hillary) exclaiming: “You look at the level of hatred... the rocks being thrown and everything happening. It’s so sad to see. You know, this is the United States of America. I mean... it starts with leadership.” … As Politico reports, Donald Trump on Thursday subtly pinned the blame for the turmoil in Charlotte, North Carolina, on President Barack Obama, suggesting that the violent protests there highlight a racial divide in America that Obama has failed to mend as president.

CLAIM: Historic event to occur in the next six days that will end the rise of Trump and seize the future of America for totalitarian globalists
(NaturalNews) Regardless of what any of us believe about the whispers or rumors, what's clear at this point is that Hillary Clinton's horrifically poor performance and collapsing health has made her an obvious liability to the globalist agenda. It is now conceivable that they are figuring out how to get rid of her in a way that can serve the theatrics necessary to radically change the election narrative. From the point of view of globalists, eliminating Clinton through a carefully planned "execution" that can be blamed on Trump supporters achieves two important goals at once: 1) It allows the democrats to replace her with a candidate who doesn't suck. 2) It allows the media to maliciously blame Trump -- based on his "Second Amendment people" comment -- and possibly swing some support back into the democrat camp. To pull this off, right now they would need to be brainwashing a "lone gunman" and fabricating an entire back story of social media posts, a manifesto and other materials that can be cited by CNN to link the gunman to Trump. (REDDIT users, be ready to start vetting all this if an "assassination" actually takes place...) Is Trump also a target? Eliminating only Trump without simultaneously dispatching Clinton does not achieve this goal as neatly for the globalists, because the assassination of Trump alone would almost certainly set off a nationwide armed revolt leading to chaos or even civil war... and that's not what the globalists want right now... they want "controlled peace," meaning an orderly but obedient society where no one is allowed to speak any words at all that challenge the consensus reality of the controllers (hence the need for politically correct speech controls). However, assassinating BOTH candidates at the same time -- conceivably with a bomb or chemical weapon at an upcoming debate -- would in fact allow globalists to replace both parties' nominees with obedient globalist puppets (Jeb Bush on the right, Joe Biden on the left). From the point of view of the globalists, a simultaneous assassination of both Clinton and Trump achieves the best possible outcome for their totalitarian agenda.

Video: Reporter Asks Hillary To Take Neurocognitive Test, Hillary Refuses
Steve Watson - In an awkward exchange, an ABC reporter fawned over Hillary Clinton but also asked her if she would be willing to take a neurocognitive test. Clinton laughed off the suggestion and declared that “there’s no need for that.” “You know, I, I am very sorry that I got pneumonia.” Clinton said after her rather strange exaggerated outburst of laughter. “I’m very glad that antibiotics took care of it and uh, that’s behind us now. I’ve met the standard that everybody running for president has met in terms of releasing information about my health.” she claimed. When the reporter, Sarina Fazan, asked Clinton a second time if she’d be willing to take the neurological tests, Hillary sternly replied “There’s no need for that. I mean, my, the information is very clear and the information as I said meets the standards that every other person running for president has ever had to meet and I’m happy that we’ve met and even exceeded them in certain ways.”

Hillary Asks "Why Aren't I 50 Points Ahead" In The Polls? Trump Responds (Video)
Zero Hedge - Seemingly shocked that after spending 10s of millions of dollars, she remains only modestly ahead in the polls, Hillary Clinton exclaimed during an teleconference with the Laborers' International Union of North America, saying, "Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?… Hillary Clinton has spent several times what Donald Trump has spent to air television ads in key states. That will likely continue; in a new count by Advertising Age, the Clinton campaign and its allied super PACs have booked $145.3 million in ad time between now and Election Day, to $4.4 million for Trump and his groups. And so Hillary Clinton asks frustratedly... “Having said all this, ‘Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?’ you might ask?” ... Well, the choice for working families has never been clearer. I need your help to get Donald Trump’s record out to everybody. Nobody should be fooled.” And Donald Trump was quick to respond: (as Politico reported) “Because she’s terrible,” he said bluntly. “I mean, she’s had a terrible record. Everything she touches is bad. You look at what’s going on with Libya and you look at the surge and you look at all of her decisions and you look at the Iran deal, which is one of the dumbest deals I’ve ever seen, which she started, and she totally backs, by the way, I mean, in its completed form, she totally backs. You look at everything she touched, I mean, it’s just a mess. And she’s spending a lot of money and so far it’s not had much of an impact because I guess I’m winning in most of these states and we’ll see what happens in the end, but she is [terrible].” The surprised look on Hillary's face says it all.

Economy & Business

Wells CEO Resigns From Fed Advisory Council As Pressure Mounts
Zero Hedge - With Rep. Hensarling threatening that the Wells Fargo debacle is "only in its 3rd inning," it appears today's Labor Department probe was enough to push CEO Stumpf over the edge as pressure mounts for his head. Effective today, John Stumpf has resign his position as the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s appointee to the Fed’s Federal Advisory Council…. The resignation follows the earlier reported news that seven senators called for a Department of Labor investigation into Wells Fargo's firing of more than 5,000 employees. The senators, who were later joined by Elizabeth Warren, called into question whether the bank violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The other senators who signed the letter to the Department of Labor are Sherrod Brown, Jack Reed, Robert Menendez, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand and Mazie Hirono. The senators' letter was triggered by a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau investigation into Wells Fargo. The bureau settled with the bank for $185 million over the phony accounts earlier in September, but it also cited the bank's alleged abusive labor practices. As CNN reports, the CFPB found that Wells Fargo had cultivated "a workplace characterized by stringent sales quotas and aggressive incentives imposed on its employees." It also determined that there was "staggering neglect by management of the obvious consequences to consumers of those quotas and incentives." In their letter, the senators noted that employees were complaining about wage and hour violations as far back as 1999. One of the biggest questions is whether Wells Fargo ignored overtime laws. Employees who worked late or on weekends to meet sales quotas reportedly weren't compensated and may even have been classified as exempt from overtime.

Fritz Springmeier Just Announced He Has Inside Info That the IMF Will Announce a New Global Currency on Sept 30th
(Before It's News) Because large deals between nations are done in dollars, it can be said that 85% of global transactions are done in U.S. dollars. I have explained many times that our dollar’s VIP status globally has allowed the U.S. to create as many dollars out of thin air that it wants without destroying the dollar’s value–inflating the supply of money is simply a global tax on everyone who holds dollars, and more dollars are held by foreigners overseas than by Americans. In other words, we have been getting a free ride. I have repeatedly discussed the moves behind the scenes to dethrone the dollar. Russia & China has been working behind the scenes to get the entire world to desert us. They have also been buying up high levels of gold. Now that moment that we have wondered about is actually upon us…the date is Sept. 30, 2016, when the IMF has plans to announce a “world money”. The IMF has been issuing low key statements about this new world currency. Additionally, hidden on it’s site is a 42-page blueprint entitled “Enhancing International Financial Security” which spells out in obtuse difficult to understand jargon that they are going to announce this new “world money”. This is the “global reset” that Christine LaGarde (hd. of the IMF & Illum.) has been talking about. When our dollar crashes, the IMF will run our economy like they have been doing to other 3rd world nations in debt. The Illuminati will directly run the show (all of America’s finances) through the IMF. Foreign central banks are preparing to ship their useless dollars back to the USA.

Energy & Environment

Will bumble bees go the way of the dodo? Endangered status proposed
RT - The Bombus affinis, known as the rusty patched bumble bee, was once a prized pollinator, but next it may be the first bumble bee in the continental US to be on the endangered species list… In the past 20 years, the rusty patched bumble bee’s population has decreased over 90 percent due to disease, pesticide, climate change and habitat loss, Reuters reported. Bumble bees are a big deal for a few reasons. For starters, agriculture is dependent on them for pollinating about a third of crops in the US which gives bumble bees an annual economic value of $3.5 billion, according to Reuters. Additionally, they are what is known as an indicator species, which means that the health and population is a reflection of environmental conditions in their region’s ecosystem, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rusty patched bumble bee is native to the upper Midwest and Northeastern US, but that doesn’t mean they’re still there. The rusty patched bumble bee’s population has declined so severely that they may be on the brink of extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature…. A report from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a wildlife conservation nonprofit, states that these widely used pest chemicals are particularly deadly to bee populations, because they have a long-lasting presence in the soil and can remain in plants for up to six years after their application. These pesticides are often in garden products available to the public with no warning about the dangers they pose to pollinators.

Science & Technology

Yahoo Says at Least 500 Million Accounts Breached in Attack
Bloomberg - Yahoo! Inc. said the personal information of at least 500 million users was stolen in an attack on its accounts in 2014, exposing a wide swath of its roughly 1 billion users ahead of Verizon Communications Inc.’s planned acquisition of the web portal’s assets. The attacker was a “state-sponsored actor,” and stolen information may include names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and, in some cases, un-encrypted security questions and answers, Yahoo said Thursday in a statement. The continuing investigation doesn’t indicate theft of payment card data or bank account information, or unprotected passwords, the company said. Affected users are being notified, accounts are being secured, and there’s no evidence the attacker is still in the network, Yahoo also said…. The disclosure of the data theft comes at a particularly sensitive time for Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer, as she navigates the company toward a planned $4.8 billion acquisition by Verizon, set to close by early next year…. The company began investigating after receiving a report in July of a hacker claiming to have hundreds of millions of stolen Yahoo log-ins for sale on the black market, according to a person familiar with Yahoo’s probe. Investigators couldn’t find evidence backing up those claims. However, the person said Yahoo decided to conduct a deeper, separate investigation that uncovered the larger breach and notified Verizon this week. The person asked for anonymity to discuss internal findings. Two other people familiar with the Yahoo investigation said the link to a nation state is not iron-clad. And Yahoo has yet to disclose the evidence on which it is basing the link to a nation state. Claiming a hack was launched by a foreign government is the ultimate get-out-of-jail-free card for embarrassed corporate executives.

Health

Leading Tea Brands Contain Illegal Levels Of Dangerous Pesticides
Natural Blaze - CBC News of Canada, using an accredited lab, tested some of the most popular tea brands in North America and elsewhere for pesticide residues. What they found was astounding. More than half of the teas tested had pesticide residues above the legal limit and 8 out of 10 teas also contained multiple pesticides. The brands tested were: Lipton, Tetley, Twinings, Red Rose, No Name, Uncle Lee’s Legends of China, King Cole, and Signal. Of that list, only Red Rose brand tea was completely pesticide free. Uncle Lee’s contained over 22 different types of pesticides, such as endosulfan. Endosulfan is in the process of being banned for its documented health risks and negative environmental impact. Uncle Lee’s also tested for having 10 times the legal limit of two pesticides, acetamiprid and chlorfenapyr. Acetamiprid, which was also found in Twinings, can cause severe nausea, muscle weakness, and vomiting at even low doses. Chlorfenapyr, which was found in large amounts in Tetley brand teas, can be fatal at even low doses, but acts slowly, causing death up to two weeks later. Other investigations have shown that other brands have dangerously high levels of pesticides in their tea. Celestial Seasonings is one such brand. After 91% of their “all natural” teas were found to have pesticide levels above US federal limits, the company refused to disclose the pesticides used in their teas. Some teas produced in China and India, had high pesticide levels in 67% and 49% of those countries teas, respectively. Several of the pesticides found in those cases are banned under international law. In another investigation, many inexpensive teas from UK supermarkets were found to have so much fluoride that they provide 75-120% more than the recommended daily intake. Though many have said that organic teas are the best alternative, many organic teas still contain pesticides. The best alternative, of course, is actually to grow the herbs in your tea yourself. Most herbs used in tea including rosemary, sage, mint, and jasmine are easy to grow and require little attention in the garden.

Inspirational

Video: Michael Josephson’s What Will Matter.....
This is a video for friends, to live by, and to share with their friends. Friendship is gift that we give to each other, enhanced b the song as performed by Ernesto Cortazar, "Today, Tomorrow, and Forever. Be blessed and enjoy.
 



Thursday - September 22, 2016 - Today In History:

1789 - The U.S. Congress authorized the office of Postmaster General.
1792 - The French Republic was proclaimed.
1862 - President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.
1914 - Three British cruisers were sunk by one German submarine in the North Sea. 1,400 British sailors were killed. This event alerted the British to the effectiveness of the submarine.
1949 - The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb successfully.
1955 - Commercial television began in Great Britain. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted.
1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps.
1966 - The U.S. lunar probe Surveyor 2 crashed into the moon.
1980 - A border conflict between Iran and Iraq developed into a full-scale war.
1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan addressed the U.N. General Assembly and voiced a new hope for arms control. He also criticized the Soviet Union for arresting U.S. journalist Nicholas Daniloff.
1988 - Canada's government apologized for the internment of Japanese-Canadian's during World War II. They also promised compensation.
1990 - Saudi Arabia expelled most of the Yememin and Jordanian envoys in Riyadh. The Saudi accusations were unspecific.
1991 - An article in the London newspaper "The Mail" revealed that John Cairncross admitted to being the "fifth man" in the Soviet Union's British spy ring.
1992 - The U.N. General Assembly expelled Yugoslavia for its role in the war between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1994 - The U.S. upgraded its military control in Haiti.
1998 - The U.S. and Russia signed two agreements. One was to privatize Russia's nuclear program and the other was to stop plutonium stockpiles and nuclear scientists from leaving the country.
1998 - U.S. President Clinton addressed the United Nations and told world leaders to "end all nuclear tests for all time". He then sent the long-delayed global test-ban treaty to the U.S. Senate.
2005 - John Roberts' nomination as chief justice cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 13-5 vote.
2008 - The U.S. Mint unveiled the first changes to the penny in 50 years, with Abraham Lincoln's portrait still on the front, but new designs replacing the Lincoln Memorial on the back.

World News

SYRIAN WRITES AMERICANS: PLEASE!! HELP US!!
Nesaranews.blogspot.com - This is a letter from a Syrian citizen for help from American PEOPLE.

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT SAYS IT WILL NOW PROSECUTE PREVIOUSLY IMMUNE CORPORATE OFFICIALS
Telesurtv.net - The court's new focus on land grabbing and environmental destruction could help put a dent in corporate impunity. CEOs Can Now Be Prosecuted Like War Criminals at the Hague. The International Criminal Court announced Thursday it will now hold corporate executives and governments legally responsible for environmental crimes. The Hague court made explicit references to widening its approach to include land grabbing, which has allowed private corporations, with the help of governments, to take over large areas of foreign land to exploit natural resources. It will also prosecute for environmental destruction.

'Not a Game': US Flies More Nuclear Bombers Over Korean Peninsula
Sputnik News - Following the US Defense Secretary’s warning that American troops are prepared to fight North Korea, the Pentagon has flown two bombers over the peninsula in a show of force. "The slogan of US Forces Korea, many of you probably know, is 'fight tonight.' Not because that’s what we want to do, but because that’s what we have to be able to do and we are ready to do," Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Monday. "It’s not a game." In the wake of these comments, the American military escalated tensions on the peninsula on Wednesday by launching a pair of supersonic bombers over South Korea. "What we are showing today is just one tool we have to choose from a wide array of options. The alliance grows stronger every day and we remain prepared to defend and to preserve the security of the Korean Peninsula and the region," said a statement from Lt. Gen. Thomas Bergeson, commander of the US 7th Air Force in South Korea, according to Military.com…. This is the second such flyover in as many weeks. On September 13, the US flew two nuclear-capable B-1B Lancer bombers over Osan Air Base. While the drill was meant as a message to the North, Pyongyang appeared unphased.

US coalition Predator drone spotted at time & place of Syria aid convoy attack – Russian military
RT - The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone. “On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. “The object was in the area around the town of Urm Al-Kubra, where the convoy was a few minutes before it caught fire,” Konashenkov added. “It left after about 30 minutes.” The Defense Ministry spokesman said he wanted to point out that, as was the case with the tragedy on September 17 which saw US-led coalition airstrike kill and injure 200 people, the Russians would not be making any unfounded allegations. “Only the owners know what exactly the drone was doing at this particular area at that exact time,” he added. Moscow says it has provided all the data it possesses regarding the attack on the convoy, which was carrying aid to rebel-held areas in Aleppo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

Iran displays military might in nationwide parades, warns US to keep out of Gulf
RT - Iran has displayed some of its latest military hardware in a parade in the capital Tehran held to mark the anniversary of the 1980 invasion by Iraq, while also warning the US to end its naval presence in the Persian Gulf. Tanks, missiles and the Russian-made S-300 air defense system were just some of the military units that Iran put on show at the parade, which took place in front of the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The chiefs of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, including Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and various other military general commanders, were in attendance to salute local soldiers and special forces, as well as to observe the display of heavy Iranian and Russian-made artillery. Parades were held across the county and in the port of Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf. Around 500 vessels, submarines and helicopters were put on show, as Iran commemorated the 36th anniversary of the start of its eight-year war with neighboring Iraq. Brigadier General Hajizadeh said that Iranian-made weaponry was on display, such as the ‘Emad’ guided missile system and the ‘Zolfaqar’ ballistic missile, which has a range of 750km and was named after a legendary sword believed to have been given by the Prophet Mohammed to Imam Ali. The Zolfaqar also possesses a cluster warhead capable of hitting several targets in different locations. Members of the Iranian military issued a stark warning to the US to stay out of the Persian Gulf.

‘A danger for dinner plates’: Top French chefs condemn $66bn merger of Bayer & Monsanto
RT - Top French chefs have slammed the upcoming Monsanto takeover by the chemical giant Bayer as a “danger for our dinner plates.” "Without a healthy and quality product, without diversity, a chef can’t express his creative talent," the open letter from over 100 chefs read. “This agrochemical rapprochement is a danger to our plates, but it is also a concern for farmers who see their freedom to plant and grow a particular seed limited," the letter, published on the gastronomy news website Atabula, added. "Major challenges for our food are currently taking place. No, nature, diversity and quality of our food shouldn’t go under the draconian steamroller that is Bayer, Monsanto group.”… German firm Bayer’s $66 billion takeover of Monsanto – the biggest-ever deal undertaken by the company – has been criticized by numerous activist groups before, with Friends of the Earth branding it a “marriage made in hell.” This mega corporation will be doing its best to force damaging pesticides and GM seeds into our countryside," food and farming campaigner Adrian Bebb said in a statement, as quoted by the Guardian. The National Farmers Union in the US joined the cause, saying that the merger and other pending agricultural deals "are being made to benefit the corporate boardrooms at the expense of family farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural economies," as quoted by the Local.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Designate Pakistan a Terrorist State
Sputnik News - It comes following a terrorist attack near the town of Uri, located in Jammu and Kashmir, which India accuses Pakistan of sponsoring. Two US congressmen, Ted Poe (R-TX) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), have introduced the "Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act (HR 6069)," according to Poe's website. If the bill passes, the Obama Administration will have 90 days to issue a formal report, saying whether Pakistan provided support to the terrorists or not…. Ted Poe is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. Dana Rohrabacher is chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. "Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the US for years," Poe said. "From harbouring Osama bin Laden to its cozy relationship with the Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror. And it's not America's." Earlier four men conducted a terrorist attack near town of Uri, located in the disputed Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir, killing 18 soldiers. India accused Pakistan of the attack, calling the nation a "terrorist state." The attack has been condemned by a number of countries, including Russia and China.

Judge Orders Release of Clinton Security Training Docs To Begin In Five Days
The Daily Caller - A frustrated federal judge ordered the State Department to begin producing within five days hundreds of documents on whether required or recommended security training, briefings or courses were completed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides. Judge Richard Leon ruled Tuesday in favor of The Daily Caller News Foundation by rejecting the State Department’s motion to dismiss TheDCNF’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit concerning production of the documents originally sought under the Freedom of Information Act. But he also denied TheDCNF’s request to depose State Department officials. The State Department has been unable to produce any records confirming that Clinton and her top aides received mandatory annual security briefings about the proper handling of classified materials and the proper methods for conducting secure communications. In addition to Clinton, TheDCNF seeks the same records for former Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin and Advisor Jacob Sullivan.

1 Person Shot As Protests Over Fatal Charlotte Police Shooting Turn Violent
CBS News - One person was shot during protests in Charlotte on Wednesday night following the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Charlotte CBS affiliate WBTV reported the shooting that took place was not an officer-involved shooting. One person suffered serious injuries. The shooting comes as protesters rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel. Officers fired tear gas in an effort to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn’t immediately clear how. “They shot him,” one witness told WBTV. “They tried to cover up his blood.” Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance. Officers on bicycles surrounded a pool of blood on the ground and a few people threw bottles and clods of dirt at police. The tense standoff continued as police fired small canisters of tear gas into the protesters. A protester told WBTV the protest was “peaceful” when police started firing tear gas into the crowd. “They were really rude. They were even rude during our prayers,” she said. With officials refusing to release any video of the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, two starkly different versions emerged: Police say Scott disregarded repeated demands to drop his gun, while neighborhood residents say he was holding a book, not a weapon, as he waited for his son to get off the school bus. The killing inflamed racial tensions in a city that seemed to have steered clear of the troubles that engulfed other places.

Texas School District Warns: ‘Staff Armed, Will Use Force to Protect Students’
Adan Salazar - “Please be aware that the staff at Medina ISD may be armed and will use whatever force is necessary to protect our students,” a sign outside the Medina Independent School District northwest of San Antonio now reads. The message gained popularity after being posted on local newspaper The Bandera Bulletin’s Facebook page last week. A Medina school board member told CNN there’s no specific threat they’re trying to address, just the “general environment nationally.” The school’s superintendent Penny White said the sign should be a good deterrent against a potential criminal element. “I think that anybody who might have a thought about harming someone in mind might think twice about it,” she said, adding “the school district’s somewhat remote location in a rural part of the state was another factor in erecting the sign,” according to CNN. For now there’s only one sign at the entrance of one of their schools, but officials promise more are forthcoming.

Texas Threatens Withdrawal from Refugee Resettlement Program
Breitbart - Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the State of Texas intends to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program if additional security requirements are not met. “The federal government’s refugee settlement program is riddled with serious problems that pose a threat to our nation,” Governor Abbott said in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. “The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence have repeatedly declared their inability to fully screen refugees from terrorist-based nations. Even with the inability to properly vet refugees from Syria and countries known to be supporters or propagators of terrorism, President Obama is now ineptly proposing a dramatic increase in the number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S.”… “Despite multiple requests by the State of Texas, the federal government lacks the capability or the will to distinguish the dangerous from the harmless, and Texas will not be an accomplice to such dereliction of duty to the American people,” the Texas governor concluded. “Therefore, Texas will withdraw from the refugee resettlement program. I strongly urge the federal government to completely overhaul a broken and flawed refugee program that increasingly risks American lives.” Texas is leading the United States in refugee resettlement, Breitbart Texas reported earlier this year. Nearly 3,000 refugees have been settled in Texas during this fiscal year.

Two More Counties Say No to HUD, Refuse Federal Funds
Tenth Amendment Center - Two more counties have joined a Colorado town in rejecting grants covered by HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, effectively nullifying a federal program designed to gain control over local communities. Castle Rock, a community of 55,000 people in central Colorado, recently decided to refuse funds from the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Sedgwick County, Kansas and Douglas County, Colorado have now joined it. New HUD regulations known as Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) totaling 377 pages in all gives the unelected HUD bureaucrats broad powers over grant recipient communities, including the power to reverse electoral decisions by local voters and force them to join “regions” against the their wishes. Under AFFH, the federal government can control zoning, planning, land use, location of public transportation, and even the socioeconomic diversity of elementary and secondary classrooms. Sedgwick County commissioner Richard Ranzau told Property Value Defense the thought of accepting the HUD grant money was enticing. But he and three other commissioners ultimately reached the same conclusion. “Do we really want the federal government to control all of our zoning? It’s just not worth it.”

Proposed Kentucky Bill Would Effectively Nullify Unconstitutional Foreign Laws in the State
Tenth Amendment Center - A bill prefiled for the 2017 legislative session would direct the state to refuse to enforce any foreign law that conflicts with U.S. or Kentucky constitutions, nullifying such laws in effect in the commonwealth. Rep. Kim King (R-Harrodsburg) prefiled BR149 on Sept. 14. The legislation would specifically direct state courts, arbitrators, administrative agencies, or other adjudicative bodies or authorities in the state to refuse to enforce a foreign law if doing so would violate a right guaranteed by the Constitution of this state or of the United States. The legislation also includes provisions directing courts in interpreting contracts with provisions providing for interpretations under foreign law…. Any contractual provision that cannot be interpreted in a way to preserve the constitutional rights of the parties pursuant to the new law would be considered null and void…. From a broader perspective, BR149 established a proper understanding of sovereignty, establishing the priority of state and federal law above foreign law.

Just As Flint Threatens Lawsuit, The State of Michigan Removed Their Power to Sue
Activist Post - Michigan has stripped the City of Flint of the ability to sue over the lead contamination of its water supply. As the Detroit Free Press reports, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver filed a notice of intent to sue the State of Michigan with the Court of Claims back on March 24 — the last day of a 180-day limit from the time the city became aware of potential claims it could make against the state, according with court rules…. That board apparently didn’t find the notice to sue too amusing, and — despite it being a pure formality and preservation of protection for the people of Flint who had been poisoned by their government — cruelly and almost certainly retributively changed the rules. For Flint to bring a lawsuit against Michigan, it now must be granted approval by Snyder’s state-appointed board. Simply put, Flint has to ask the state for permission to sue it — something the already-embittered board couldn’t possibly be expected to grant.,,, Apparently, the notice of intent from Flint hit a sore spot with state officials, who had at the time already granted $67 million in state aid and were actively deliberating $165 million in additional assistance. Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter explained, as quoted the Free Press, “a reckless lawsuit could throw the state budget into disarray and undermine everything we’ve done for the city.”

Election News

Trump Takes Stand Against Obama’s Internet Handover to United Nations
Breitbart - Stephen Miller, Donald Trump’s chief policy adviser, said in a Wednesday statement: Donald J. Trump is committed to preserving Internet freedom for the American people and citizens all over the world. The U.S. should not turn control of the Internet over to the United Nations and the international community. President Obama intends to do so on his own authority – just 10 days from now, on October 1st, unless Congress acts quickly to stop him. The Republicans in Congress are admirably leading a fight to save the Internet this week, and need all the help the American people can give them to be successful. Hillary Clinton’s Democrats are refusing to protect the American people by not protecting the Internet. Since the United States has led the world on the world wide web, Miller says, it’s Trump’s position that it should not be surrendered to the globalists.

Soros-Linked ‘October Surprise That Will End Trump’: The Campaign To Register 8 Million ‘Global Citizens’ To Vote
Breitbart - A new campaign, touted as the “October surprise that will end Trump”, is seeking to mobilise a “secret swing state” of more than 8 million mostly unregistered “global citizens” and “progressive” Americans living abroad to vote in the U.S. election. The initiative was launched in London in the United Kingdom on Wednesday by ‘Avaaz’, a registered U.S. charity and one the world’s largest and most powerful activist groups linked to globalist billionaire George Soros. Campaigners toured from the University College London down to Parliament blasting Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ while chanting “Don’t Vote Trump” from an open top bus. While illegal for registered U.S. charities to work with or for presidential candidates, a spokeswoman for Avaaz denied any connection to the Hillary campaign when quizzed. Campaigners with Avaaz however, were recorded shouting, “Vote for Hillary!” during the demonstration.

Alert: The October Surprise Will be a Violent Provocation Blamed on Trump (Video)
Paul Joseph Watson - With the polls almost at a dead heat, Hillary will contrive and exploit a shocking October surprise in a desperate effort to sink Trump. This dirty trick could involve one of two scenarios – maybe even both. Hillary could lean on her allies in the White House to provocateur a major military escalation with Russia, maybe even staging the shoot down of a Russian or American jet. However, the more likely scenario is that a violent racist attack will be blamed on a MAGA hat-wearing, “white supremacist” Trump supporter.

CNN Falsely Adds 'Racial' to Trump Vetting Comments
The Hill - CNN added the word "racial" to Donald Trump's Monday comments on terrorism and immigration and is running headlines reporting that the GOP presidential nominee spoke of using "racial profiling" to stop terrorism. But a review of the transcript of Trump's comments to Fox News that CNN quoted shows that Trump never used the word "racial" in his comments to the network and only spoke of “profiling.” "You know in Israel, they profile," Trump said Monday to Fox News. "They've done an unbelievable job — as good as you can do. But Israel has done an unbelievable job. And they'll profile. They profile. They see somebody that's suspicious. They will profile. They will take that person in. They will check out." n a later interview with Bill O'Reilly, Trump also expressed a need to profile in the manner Israel does, but again didn't use the word "racial." When pressed by O'Reilly how the profiling would work, Trump wouldn't elaborate. “It works. If we see somebody that we think could be a problem at airports and other places you talk to them and you see what’s going on. We don’t do that. Not much.” CNN has been running headlines throughout the day that specifically quotes Trump as using the words "racial profiling." CNN.com also is using the term "racial profiling" in its headlines.

Waterproof: Mike Pence Speaks in Pouring Rain – While Hillary Sleeps! (Video)
Adan Salazar - Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence illustrated the strength of the Donald Trump campaign Tuesday when he gave a speech in Virginia in the middle of the pouring rain. Nearly 700 supporters gathered at the Capitol in Colonial Williamsburg to hear the Indiana governor’s half hour long speech, given almost entirely in the rain. “Thanks for being out on what we call a ‘moist evening,’” Pence told the crowd. “But you know where I come from in the Hoosier state, rain is a good thing. And tonight we’re showing the media and showing the world this is a movement that is going to elect Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.” By the end of the speech, Pence, rally attendees and reporters were drenched. The media was absolutely beside themselves with awe.

Bizarre Message Plays on “Hacked” Radio Station: “Trump Will Go 26th”
Paul Joseph Watson - A man driving on the New Jersey Turnpike recorded a bizarre radio message that repeatedly stated the words, “Trump will go 26th,” leading some to speculate that the station had been hacked. A YouTube clip features the weird voice playing over and over again as the driver expresses his bafflement. “What is this?” he asks, turning the stereo off, before turning it back on and hearing the message once again. “That’s bizarre,” adds the man. The message was heard on 1630 AM at 7am on Monday morning and went on for a full five minutes, according to the individual in the video. People in the comments speculated that the radio station had been “hacked” and that the message was a “rogue transmission”. Others suggested that the voice was saying, “Trump April 26th.” People contacted Chester Township NJ 1630AM, but employees apparently had no idea that the message had been broadcast…. By coincidence, the first presidential debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton will take place on September 26th in Hempstead, NY.
* Related: Donald Trump will go 26th Backwards/Reversed

Energy & Environment

For First Time in U.S., Electrical Power Produced by Ocean’s Waves Feeds a Power Grid
AllGov - Off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity. The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it feeds into Oahu's power grid — the first wave-produced electricity to go online in the U.S. By some estimates, the ocean's endless motion packs enough power to meet a quarter of America's energy needs and dramatically reduce the nation's reliance on oil, gas and coal. But wave energy technology lags well behind wind and solar power, with important technical hurdles still to be overcome. To that end, the Navy has established a test site in Hawaii, with hopes the technology can someday be used to produce clean, renewable power for offshore fueling stations for the fleet and provide electricity to coastal communities in fuel-starved places around the world…. Still, it could be five to 10 years before wave energy technology can provide an affordable alternative to fossil fuels, experts say.

Dangerous levels of carcinogenic chromium-6 in US drinking water - report
CNN - The US Environmental Protection Agency has never set a specific limit for chromium-6 in drinking water. There is scientific uncertainty regarding safe levels of this chemical in drinking water and possible long-term consequences of ingestion. But this new analysis from the Environmental Working Group, an independent advocacy group, examines evidence from water systems throughout the nation and concludes that the tap water of 218 million Americans contains levels of chromium-6 that the group considers dangerous. Specifically, the new report indicates that levels of chromium-6 are at or above 0.03 parts per billion in 75% of the samples tested by local water utilities on behalf of the EPA between 2013 and 2015. Seven million Americans receive tap water with levels of chromium-6 that are higher than the legal limit established by California -- 10 ppb -- which is the only state to enforce a maximum contaminant level…. Chromium-6, which is rare in nature, is produced by industrial processes. Chromium-6 is used in electroplating, stainless steel production, leather tanning, textile manufacturing and wood preservation, according to the National Toxicology Program. Chromium-6 is also found in the ash from coal-burning power plants and used to lower the temperature of water in the cooling towers of power plants. Scientific reports have indicated that breathing in airborne chromium-6 particles can cause lung cancer. Based on these reports, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets strict limits for airborne chromium-6 in the workplace.

Survival/Preparedness

Get Out Of Dodge: 10 Tips For Escaping Any City When Society Collapses
Off the Grid News - There’s a reason why big cities come to mind when we think of terrorist attacks or natural disasters. Any kind of a large-scale attack will always inflict more damage and tragedy on a city because of the massive increase in population. It will affect more people, creates more chaos, and deal the largest economic blow…. Here are 10 tips for escaping a city when a crisis strikes: Tip No. 1 – Know every evacuation route possible. Many people have an evacuation route planned from their home to a destination outside of the city, but most also fail to have a backup evacuation route, and even a backup route to the backup route, and so on…. Many people have an evacuation route planned from their home to a destination outside of the city, but most also fail to have a backup evacuation route, and even a backup route to the backup route, and so on. Tip No. 3 – Practice driving to your rendezvous point…. Pretend that one route fails and you now have to detour to the other route. You should get to the point where you know each route by heart and without having to read a map or GPS. Tip No. 4 – Plan out different scenarios. Tip No. 4 – Plan out different scenarios. You never know when disaster will strike, meaning you don’t know if you will be at home, at work or elsewhere. You could be at work, one child could be at school, another could be at piano lessons, your spouse or significant other could be visiting with friends on the other side of town, and so on…. Tip No. 5 – Have a bug-out vehicle… It needs to be an AWD vehicle that is capable of driving over rough terrain, it needs to be well-maintained, and it needs to be big enough to carry each family member and your bug-out supplies….

Health

Codeine is a killer for the under-18s, warns new drug alert
What Doctors Don't Tell You - The everyday painkiller codeine—which is also found in cough syrups—could be fatal when it’s given to children, a major new drug alert has announced. People most at risk are children under the age of 18 years and anyone who suffers from sleep apnea, or shallow breathing. Our livers convert codeine into morphine, and so everyone is at some risk from taking the drug—but the greatest risk is among the young, whose livers break down the drug the quickest, and in those who suffer from interrupted or shallow breathing when they are asleep. The drug could slow the breathing rate even further, and to a fatal extent. The alert has been issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which says it is time to ban codeine. A similar warning has already been issued by the World Health Organization and America’s drug regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and yet the drug is still widely available in pharmacies and without a prescription.

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkins Seeds
Natural News Blogs - Pumpkin seeds may not be popular but you should be snacking on them. For one thing, they’ll prevent overeating since they’re rich in fiber. Not only that, research shows that these seeds contain phytosterols and antioxidants than can improve your health. To eat pumpkin seeds, simply rinse them to remove the sticky residue, then dry them in an oven for 20 minutes and you’re good to go. And the good thing is you can carry them to work or when traveling. Here are 10 benefits you’ll experience when you eat pumpkin seeds. 1. Better immune system - The zinc in pumpkin seeds will boost your immune system. Zinc also has other health benefits like better sleep, improved skin health, better male sexual function, insulin regulation and cell growth. There’s a high chance you have zinc deficiency due to drugs, plant-based diets and lack of minerals in the soil. 2. Eliminate magnesium deficiency - You only need to eat half a cup of magnesium to get the recommended daily amount of magnesium. Magnesium has shown many health benefits like improving heart health, lowering cholesterol and reducing risk of stroke. 3. Improve prostate health - Studies show that zinc improves prostate health. Eating pumpkin seeds or pumpkin seed oil will benefit your prostate health. 4. Get more omega 3s - Pumpkin seeds are one of the best sources of plant-based omega 3s (ALA). As you may know, omega 3 fatty acids fight inflammation, lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and so on….
 



Wednesday - September 21, 2016 - Today In History:

1784 - "The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser" was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.
1893 - Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline-powered automobile for a test drive. The "horseless carriage" was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.
1931 - Britain went off the gold standard.
1931 - Japanese forces began occupying China's northeast territory of Manchuria.
1949 - Communist leaders proclaimed The People's Republic of China.
1966 - The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.
1973 - Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.
1981 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1982 - National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.
1984 - General Motors and the United Auto Workers union reached an agreement that would end the previous six days of spot strikes.
1993 - Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.
1996 - The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
2001 - Congress approved $15 billion to help an airline industry reeling from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

World News

Russian, Syrian Air Forces did not strike UN aid convoy in Aleppo - Russian MoD
RT - Russian and Syrian warplanes did not launch airstrikes on an aid convoy that was attacked en route to Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The ministry added that only the militants who control the area had information regarding the location of the convoy…. The Russian Center for Reconciliation said that it had used drones to accompany the convoy because its route passed through territory controlled by the rebels, but only to a certain point…. The Defense Ministry spokesman said that the Russian military had been looking at video footage from the scene and that there was no sign of the convoy being targeted by shells or an airstrike…. The Red Cross said that at least 20 civilians and one aid worker had been killed after what the organization believed was an airstrike struck the 31-truck convoy…. On Tuesday the United Nations has reversed allegations that its aid convoy in Syria was the target of an airstrike. "We are not in a position to determine whether these were in fact airstrikes. We are in a position to say that the convoy was attacked," UN humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke said…. Meanwhile, White House on Tuesday asserted that it holds Russia “responsible for air strikes in this space, given that their commitment under the cessation of hostilities was to certainly ground air operations where humanitarian assistance is flowing,” Reuters quoted deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes as saying. Rhodes called the alleged bombing an “enormous humanitarian tragedy.”
Related: Militants on pickup with mortar use Aleppo aid convoy as cover, Russian MoD shows (Video)

SecDef: U.S. Forces Prepared to ‘Fight Tonight’ to Thwart North Korea
Washington Free Beacon - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday that American forces stationed in South Korea need to be prepared to “fight tonight” given the nuclear threat from North Korea. “It’s not a game,” Carter said during remarks on U.S. defense policy at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C. “The slogan of U.S. Forces Korea, many of you probably know, is ‘fight tonight.’ Not because that’s what we want to do, but because that’s what we have to be able to do and we are ready to do.” Carter’s comments came less than two weeks after Pyongyang said it had successfully detonated a nuclear warhead, the repressive regime’s fifth and most powerful nuclear test. North Korea has continued to pursue nuclear development in defiance of sanctions from the United States and United Nations. Carter emphasized the “strong” forward presence that U.S. forces maintain in the region to shield allies against threats from North Korea. Roughly 28,500 American troops are currently stationed in South Korea to deter aggression from Pyongyang. “We have a very strong presence there. Our South Korean allies get stronger every day,” Carter said. “We have a strong ally in Japan. But, unfortunately, the diplomatic picture is bleak. We continue to be open to an improvement in that, try to get Russia and China and others interested down that road but it’s hard to project that that’s where it’s going.” “Therefore, for me, as far as into the future as I can see, we need to stand strong in deterrence,” the defense secretary added.

Soros Is “Investing” $500 Million In Europe’s Refugees And Migrants: He Explains Why
Zero Hedge - Confirming once again that he is the silent puppet master behind Europe’s refugee crisis, overnight billionaire investor, and stalwart Hillary Clinton supporter, George Soros said in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that he would invest $500 million to meet the needs of migrants and refugees. Soros’ investment comes in response to the Obama administration’s “Call to Action” initiative, asking U.S. companies to help ease the migrant crisis. Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundations, also said he plans to work closely with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Rescue Committee to guide his investments.

Obama says 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees
Deutsche Welle - US President Barack Obama has told a United Nations summit that the global intake of refugees is set to double in 2016. Seven EU states are set to admit at least 10 times more migrants than last year. Confirming that dozens of countries had pledged to double the number of refugees resettled to 360,000 in 2016, Obama urged countries to "welcome the stranger in our midst." "I called this summit because this crisis is one of the most urgent tasks for our time, our capacity for collective action," the US leader said in his final address to the UN General Assembly. "We cannot avert our eyes or turn our backs - to slam the door in the face of these families would betray our deepest values." Obama praised Germany for opening up its doors to close to 1.5 million people over the past 15 months. During the summit, the Berlin government pledged to continue welcoming those in search of refuge, despite a backlash from many voters in recent state elections against Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat party. "I believe we cannot allow ourselves to stop here. We must finally get ahead in tackling this crisis," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. Seven countries - Romania, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, France, and Luxembourg - committed to resettle or admit at least 10 times more refugees than in 2015, according to US officials. Washington has said the US will raise the number of refugees entering the country by 25,000 to 110,000 in the next fiscal year, which begins in October. n addition to the increased resettlement commitment, those participating countries in Tuesday's US-led summit pledged to increase their humanitarian aid in 2016 by $4.5 billion compared to last year, Obama added.

Every 5th person in Germany is from migrant family – study
RT - The number of people in Germany from foreign backgrounds has reached a new high of 21 percent, a recent study suggests. Migrants who came to Germany in and after 2015 were not included in the statistics, however. Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) has released data which shows every fifth person in Germany (21 percent), has some kind of migrant background – meaning that out of a population of 82.2 million, 17.1 million people are not exclusively of German descent. The data, however, didn’t include hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Northern Africa and elsewhere, who came to Germany in and after 2015,

Thousands march against TTIP, CETA trade deals in Brussels (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
RT - Thousands of people in Brussels have taken to streets to protest against the planned free trade deals between the US, the EU and Canada amid fears that they may affect labor conditions and environment as well as violate consumer rights. Some 10,000 to 15,000 people from trade unions, environmental and consumer groups have taken part in protests against the US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Tuesday, the organizers said, according to AP. Police put the number of protesters at 6,000. Greenpeace activists in chemical protection suits were seen spraying white paint graffiti with anti-TTIP and anti-CETA slogans on the streets. After that, several vehicles took a large crowd carrying placards to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Critics of the deals have compared them to a Trojan horse, which explains two inflatable horses placed outside the Commission headquarters, representing TTIP and CETA. It is feared the deals will undermine food, environment and labor standards if enforced. The protest is held in hope that the talks between the US and the EU scheduled for Friday in Bratislava will falter due to lack of support from Europe.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Video: "CRAZY! Alert Sent Out On AM 1630 Radio In New Jersey" - "Trump Will Go 26th"
1630 Radio In New Jersey - You Decide???  People in Chester Township did claim to hear it!
NOTE:
AM 1630 is a legitimate emergency news station for residents of Chester Township, NJ.

U.S. charges NY bomb suspect with use of weapons of mass destruction
Reuters - Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged the Afghan-born man arrested after weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey with four counts including use of weapons of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use. The charges were laid out in a federal complaint that said a handwritten journal was found on the suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, that praised Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and accused the U.S. government of slaughtering Islamist fighters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Palestine…. The White House said on Tuesday it appeared that the bombings were "an act of terrorism" as an investigation continued in to whether Rahami had accomplices, or if he picked up militant Islamic views during trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

FBI Lies Again: NYC Bomber Was On FBI "Radar" After All
Zero Hedge - During a press conference yesterday morning, amid desperate efforts to placate political pressure to maintain the narrative of a lone-wolf bomber - not terrorist - who may have "had a beef" and just happened to be a muslim, William Sweeney, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York division, stated unequivocally: "There is no indication that the suspect was on the FBI's terror radar" adding that there was "no indication that there's a [terrorist] cell operating" in the New York area and had no information about Ahmad Khan Rahami's "path to radicalization." However,as Bloomberg reports, 24 hours later, The FBI has changed its tune... Suspected N.Y.-N.J. bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami came across FBI’s radar in response to 2014 domestic incident in which police complaint was made, according to U.S. law enforcement official. Rahami was flagged in the FBI’s Guardian system, which is a general database of tips and reports of suspicious activity, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation into the bombs set off in Manhattan and in New Jersey. It wasn’t immediately clear if Rahami was ever interviewed by the FBI. Rahami was arrested in 2014 on weapons and aggravated assault charges for allegedly stabbing a relative in the leg in a domestic incident, according to court documents cited by the New York Times…. But worse still, as The NYPost reports, the Chelsea bombing suspect's dad "called the FBI 2 years ago!" The father of bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami said Tuesday morning that he had called the FBI on his son…. Finally, it is worth remembering that Omar Mateen, who carried out a shooting rampage at a Florida nightclub, also had been flagged in the Guardian system. While the FBI opened a preliminary investigation into Mateen, it didn’t do that for Rahami because there wasn’t enough information to warrant pursuing the matter further and the complaint against Rahami was withdrawn, the official said.

Exclusive–Rahami’s Notebook: ‘Attack the Kuffar in Their Backyard’
Breitbart - In the notebook, Rahami accuses the American government of triggering a war on U.S. soil and favorably references Al Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, chief terrorist Osama bin Laden, and terrorists who have acted in the United States, such as Fort Hood jihadi Nidal Hassan. “You (USA government) continue your … slaught against … mujahideen be it Afhanistan, Iraq, Sham, Palestine… etc,” Rahami writes, using the preferred term of Syria among Sunni jihadis. “Brother Osama bin Laden offered you a truce,” he writes. “You should of let us meet death overseas. You wanted it this way so you will have it this way.” In another part of the notebook, he relates that he was seeking how to conduct terror attacks and began consulting the works of famed terror propagandists. “I looked for guidence [sic] and Alhumdulilah Guidance came. Sheikh Anwar Brother Adnani Dawla. Said it clearly attack the kuffar in their backyard,” he write. “Brother Adnani Dawla” appears to be a reference to Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, a chief Islamic State spokesman killed earlier this year. “Dawlah” is the Arabic word for “State.” Rahami later makes clear he is referring to Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki in another part of the book. “Anwar al Awlaki has spoken the truth. ‘Join us in our new front’ IE Yemen,” the notebook reads…. “The FBI and Homeland Security looking for me,” another sentence fragment notes, indicating he may have been writing in this book after he planted the first bombs.

The Plot Thickens: Jersey Jihadi’s Wife Fled to Pakistan Before Bombings
Breitbart - The wife of Ahmed Khan Rahami, the prime suspect in a string of bombings spanning from Manhattan to the Jersey shore this weekend, fled to Pakistan days before Rahami allegedly planted bombs throughout the tri-state area, according to multiple reports. The Daily Mail notes that the Los Angeles Times has reported that the wife, whose name has not been released, has left the country. The Times reported Monday that Rahami’s wife, a Pakistani native, left the country for Pakistan “just days before the bombings.” She was reportedly halted on her way to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, where she stopped as police began looking into Rahami over the attacks. The report did not mention whether the wife reached her ultimate destination or remains in the UAE. The Daily Mail also claims that ABC News reported that Rahami’s mother had fled the Turkey three weeks before the string of attacks his past weekend, but Breitbart News could not independently find the ABC News report in question. Some sources have identified the mother as Najiba Rahami, though this name has not been confirmed. The local radio station NJ 101.5 FM identified a 51-year-old woman named Najiba Rahami as a “person of interest” on Sunday, noting that her relationship to Ahmed Rahami was unclear, and that she had been arrested on child abuse charges. CNN confirmed the information regarding Rahami’s wife, but not his mother. “Authorities are working with officials in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates to get access to her and to ask questions about what she knew,” CNN reports, citing an unnamed U.S. official.

Clinton Cash: Hilary Rewarded 194 Donors With Seats on State Dept. Advisory Boards
Breitbart - The Washington Examiner reports that 194 of Hillary Clinton’s donors were named to advisory boards while she was Secretary of State between 2009 and 2012. These were all people who donated to “either to her family’s foundation, her political campaigns, or both, or were affiliated with groups that had,” according to the Examiner’s review of federal records. Fully 40 percent of the State Department advisory appointments during Clinton’s time as Secretary of State went to her donors. The Examiner is careful to note such appointments are not illegal or unprecedented, as “presidents and cabinet secretaries from both parties have long rewarded friends and contributors with high-level appointments,” but suggests this news will not mix well with questions swirling around “pay for play” access given to Clinton Foundation donors by the former Secretary of State. It is also pointed out that some of these advisory appointees had little or no apparent qualification for their advisory board appointments, such as $100,000 Clinton donation bundler and longtime friend Kaki Hockersmith, who ended up on the United States National Commission on UNESCO. UNESCO is a global humanitarian organization; Hockersmith is an interior designer by trade.

Election News

With Trump Regaining North Carolina Lead, Hillary Unexpectedly Postpones Local Fundraiser "Without Reason” (Video)
Zero Hedge - “This election is so tight right now, that small swings of a few points should be expected between now and November,” said Jason Husser, assistant professor of political science at Elon and director of the Elon University Poll. “North Carolina has been extremely important over the last several election cycles with very tight election outcomes. These numbers suggest that will continue to be the case, and both campaigns would do well to continue to focus on the Old North State.” It's not just the closeness of the poll that makes NC so critical; it's also Trump's recent rebound, which as shown in the following chart from Real Clear Politics has him taking the lead for the first time since late June. Which is why we find it surprising that with Hillary's desperately needing to make an appearance, overnight CBS reported that Clinton campaign officials said that a Tuesday fundraiser in Chapel Hill was postponed. The Clinton event was billed as “lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton” and had four donation levels to attend. Those contribution levels were described as $100,000, which featured “chair reception with Hillary,” $33,000, which included a “host reception with Hillary,” $5,000, which included “preferred seating” and $2,700. No reason was given for postponement of the Clinton event… Is Hillary's health once again becoming an issue? We don't know, although based on a video recording of Hillary during a speech last night in Philadelphia, some neurological issues may have returned. As The American Mirror reported, "Hillary’s eyes appeared not in-sync with one another." A montage of Hillary’s eye-catching moments before a small group of Temple University students can be seen below in footage by The American Mirror.

Rand Goes There: Hillary ‘Has Significant Health Problems’
Breitbart - Paul, who has continued as a practicing eye surgeon since his 2010 election to the Senate, says it’s impossible to reach a conclusion about someone’s health without an actual examination. “I think she has some significant health problems–I don’t know what they are,” he said. “Her losing consciousness, there, which by all appearances she did lose consciousness, is not something commonly associated with pneumonia,” the surgeon said…. Paul said he was confused by how Clinton‘s doctor explained her pneumonia. “The diagnosis as a something being a non-infectious infection is kind of a strange way to describe a pneumonia as well,” he said. “Her heath is an issue,” he said. “Particularly the fact that she has not been very forthcoming with it.”

Hillary Clinton Vows to Speak ‘Directly to White People’ to Stop Racial Police Shootings
Breitbart - “We gotta tackle the systemic racism, this horrible shooting again, how many times do we have to see this in our country?” she said in an appearance on the Steve Harvey show. Clinton was specifically referring to the police shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, saying he had his “hands in the air” when he was killed. “This is unbearable and it needs to be intolerable,” she said. Clinton told Harvey that if the African-American community came out and voted for her, she would work to stop racial shootings by police officers. “Maybe I can by speaking directly to white people say, ‘Look this is not who we are,’” she said. “We’ve got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias. Clinton was careful to specify that there many “good honorable cool-headed” police officers, citing the ones that successfully apprehended the New York City terrorist suspect in New Jersey on Monday.

PHOTO: Donald Trump Packs Arena, Hillary Draws Just 200 at Dueling Events
Breitbart - The News-Press estimated the crowd at more than 8,000 people and the heat at over 90 degrees outside the arena where attendees stood before gaining entrance to the event. Meanwhile Hillary Clinton spoke at Temple University the same day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was reportedly attended by less than 200 people. At the event targeted to millennial voters she acknowledged a need to court the youth vote, according to local NBC10 News. Clinton’s campaign launched “Pennsylvania Millennials for Hillary” aimed at showing support for boosting youth economic opportunities and dealing with college debt. By way of further comparison, Hillary Clinton held a rally at the University of South Florida on September 6 that drew a 1,500 person crowd, according to the Tampa Bay Times, while a September 9 rally for Trump in Pensacola drew 12,000, according to WTSP10 News.Trump declared that those wanting to come to America must love the United States and Americans during his Monday afternoon rally near Fort Meyers.

‘The Republican Obama’: Trump Raises $100 Million From Small Donors in Less Than Three Months
Breitbart - Trump’s campaign has surpassed a “threshold no previous Republican has ever achieved in a single campaign,” according to Politico, which looked over Federal Election Commission filings and spoke with operatives familiar with the campaign’s fundraising efforts. John McCain and Mitt Romney raised less than $64 million each in small donations in 2008 and 2012. Barack Obama set the record in 2012 with $483.6 million in under-$200 donations in 2012. During the 2016 cycle, Vermont independent and socialist Bernie Sanders raised nearly $202 million before conceding and endorsing Hillary Clinton, who has raised $156 million in small donations through July, amid reports her campaign has “purposefully and repeatedly overcharged” her poorest donors who agreed to only make a one-time contribution to her campaign. Trump raised $5 million in a single day: August 31, the day he held a joint press conference in Mexico with President Enrique Peña Nieto and gave a powerful speech outlining his immigration policy in Phoenix, Arizona. “I’ve never seen anything like this. He’s the Republican Obama in terms of online fundraising,” said one senior GOP operative.

Economy & Business

Wells Fargo CEO Grilled In Senate
Zero Hedge - Just when the images of Too-Big-To-Fail Bank CEOs facing faux-angry (but impotent under lobbying fees) politicians had moved to the back of the mind, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf will visit Capitol Hill to explain to the Senate Banking why he is "deeply sorry" about the massive and systemic fraud his bank visited upon Americans, and why he "accepts full responsibility" but will not resign (because he really owes it to the company to stay around and fix this mess)…. “I am deeply sorry that we failed to fulfill our responsibility to our customers, to our team members and to the American public,” Stumpf said in the prepared remarks. “I accept full responsibility for all unethical sales practices in our retail banking business. I am fully committed to doing everything possible to fix this issue, strengthen our culture and take the necessary actions to restore our customers’ trust." Stumpf is scheduled to deliver the testimony two weeks after popular anger erupted at the bank which agreed to pay a $185 million fine after regulators found it had opened about two million deposit and credit-card accounts without customers’ consent. Wells Fargo said it fired 5,300 employees over the sales practices during a five-year period ended in March of this year. A House panel is also expected to hold a hearing later this month.

Retirement Crisis Looms As Average U.S. Household Has Saved $2,500 For Retirement
Zero Hedge - A report from the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) recently pointed out just how ill prepared American's are for retirement. The study by the NIRS found that the average American household has $2,500 saved for their retirement. Even worse, the study found that even people near retirement (aged 55-64) have only set aside $14,500 which should allow them to live very comfortably for about 2-3 months. … Among working households in the U.S., 40% were found to have no savings set aside for retirement at all and nearly 80% had less than enough to cover 1 year of expenses. Russ Kamp, a pension consultant, recently summarized the issue to the Financial Times saying, “We have a crisis unfolding here... for millions and millions of Americans, the only thing they’ll have is Social Security.” But, Social Security only provides about 35% of a typical household’s pre-retirement income which, given the statistics above, isn't going to be nearly enough to fill the earnings gap that most retirees will face. That said, even the 35% is generous when taking into account the fact that Social Security is insolvent and will run out of money by 2034 according to their own reports. In fact, the Social Security Board's 2016 annual report points out that the Disability Insurance Trust Fund actually ran out of money in 2016 and has only been able to continue making payments to beneficiaries by borrowing from the "Old Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund."

Energy & Environment

Online Auction Allows Big Oil to Frack Public Lands for as Little as $2 Per Acre
EcoWatch - Fossil fuel lease auctions—organized by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)—had been relatively dull events conducted in person for years. But recently, activists have taken the events by storm, converging on lease sales across the country in peaceful protest to make it clear that our public lands are not for oil and gas profit. Since this time last year, the BLM has cancelled or postponed nine of 15 scheduled sales due to mounting public pressure…. But instead of hearing the concerns of the 1 million people who want the U.S. fossil fuels to stay in the ground, the BLM is listening to the fossil fuel industry and simply changing venues. More than 4,000 acres of land will be made available across Missouri and Kansas, but what's at stake goes beyond this individual sale. Fossil fuel executives see online auctions as a way to "end the circus" created by keep it in the ground activists mobilizing in the thousands at recent lease sales. Never mind that these auctions are for our public land and that this "circus" is what the right to assembly and freedom of expression look like in practice.

Gas Shortage Continues: $10 Limit; 20 Cars Deep; Customers Hoarding; ‘We Are Almost Out'; Police Rationing, Too
Off the Grid News - The gas shortage that slammed the South over the weekend continued into Monday and Tuesday, with drivers across the region frantically trying to find pumps that were selling gasoline…. The gas shortage throughout the South was sparked when the Colonial Pipeline – which carries gas from Texas to New Jersey — leaked more than 250,000 gallons of gasoline at a location in Alabama. The pipeline provides gas for around 50 million people. One man who bought gas at the Exxon station, Jeff Hawkins, had stopped at two other places that did not have any gasoline. He had driven about 160 miles from Charlotte to Raleigh and said the $10 in gas “would not help me at all.”… It even has affected law enforcement. Durham County Sheriff deputies have been told not to let their cars idle when they could be shut off, the Raleigh News and Observer reported. The deputies fill up at county-owned pumps. And when people do find gas, they have to wait in long lines for it. In Youngsville, North Carolina, Michelle Bowers told the newspaper she saw one station where the line was “20 cars deep.”

Science & Technology

Team of hackers take remote control of Tesla Model S from 12 miles away
The Guardian - A team of Chinese security researchers […] were able to target the car wirelessly and remotely in an attack that could cause havoc for any Tesla driver. The hack targeted the car’s controller area network, or Can bus, the collection of connected computers found inside every modern vehicle that control everything from its indicators to its brakes…. By hijacking the car’s Can bus, the hackers could move the seats back and forth, trigger the indicators, wing mirrors and windscreen wipers, and open the sunroof and boot while the car was driving and in parking mode. More worryingly, the hackers could also control the car’s brakes, which could be dangerous if deployed suddenly while the vehicle was traveling at high speed on a motorway. The attack requires the car to be connected to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot set up by the hacking team, and this can only be triggered when the car’s web browser is used…. Tesla said of the vulnerability: “The issue demonstrated is only triggered when the web browser is used, and also required the car to be physically near to and connected to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot.
Related: Tesla fixes security bugs after claims of Model S hack

Microsoft will 'solve' cancer within 10 years by 'reprogramming' diseased cells
The Telegraph - Microsoft has vowed to “solve the problem of cancer” within a decade by using ground-breaking computer science to crack the code of diseased cells so they can be reprogrammed back to a healthy state. In a dramatic change of direction for the technology giant, the company has assembled a “small army” of the world’s best biologists, programmers and engineers who are tackling cancer as if it were a bug in a computer system. This summer Microsoft opened its first wet laboratory where it will test out the findings of its computer scientists who are creating huge maps of the internal workings of cell networks. The researchers are even working on a computer made from DNA which could live inside cells and look for faults in bodily networks, like cancer. If it spotted cancerous chances it would reboot the system and clear out the diseased cells.

Light Beams May Replace Electricity in Heart Beat Disorders
Natural Society - Currently, those who suffer from heart rhythm disorders wear devices that deliver electric shocks to the heart to coax it to begin beating normally again. These devices can also help restart a heart if it begins to fail, saving the patient from certain and sudden death. This can be incredibly painful for patients, and can even damage heart tissue. If scientists can succeed in using light beams, helping a person’s heart get back to its normal rhythm will be totally painless and won’t do any further damage to the already ailing heart. The researchers have been using optogenetics, which embeds light sensitive proteins into tissue. For this research, the scientists at the University of Bonn used the technology on genetically altered mice whose hearts had been engineered to express proteins that react to light. It was found that a one second pulse of light could actually restart a mouse’s heart and restore the rhythm to normalcy. Tobias Bruegmann, one of the lead researchers and authors of the study at the University of Bonn, stated: “This is a very important result. It shows for the first time experimentally that light can be used for defibrillation of cardiac arrhythmia.”… The researchers indicated that it would take 5 to 10 years before it would be available to the public and it is still in the basic research phase.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Only In California - Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Regulate Cow Flatulence
Zero Hedge - In yet another attack on California businesses, yesterday Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill (SB 1383) that requires the state to cut methane emissions from dairy cows and other animals by 40% by 2030. The bill is yet another massive blow to the agricultural industry in the state of California that has already suffered from the Governor's passage of a $15 minimum wage and a recent bill that makes California literally the only state in the entire country to provide overtime pay to seasonal agricultural workers after working 40 hours per week or 8 hours per day (see "California Just Passed A $1.7 Billion Tax On The Whole Country That No One Noticed"). According to a statement from Western United Dairymen CEO, Anja Raudabaugh, California's Air Resources Board wants to regulate animal methane emissions even though it admits there is no known method for achieving the the type of reduction sought by SB 1383…. Among other things, compliance with the bill will likely require California dairies to install "methane digesters" that convert the organic matter in manure into methane that can then be converted to energy for on-farm or off-farm consumption. The problem, of course, is that methane digesters are expensive and with California producing 20% of the country's milk we suspect that means that California has just passed another massive "food tax" on the country.

Health

4 adaptogens to defeat chronic stress and support adrenal health
(NaturalHealth365) Adaptogenic herbs have been around for thousands of years, and have be used to help the body restore a natural balance, and help combat the negative effects of stress. Research has shown that adaptogens can improve mood, energy levels, and even reduce the number of chronic diseases, while improving longevity…. There are a handful of different adaptogenic herbs for stress, and each of them have their own unique benefits. 1. Ashwagandha: This powerful herb has been known to help improve endurance, stamina, immunity, and even promote longevity. 2. Cordyceps: Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom, used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Mushrooms have been known for their immune supporting properties for centuries, so it’s no surprise that cordyceps may be helpful in boosting immune function for those facing chronic stress. Chronic stress significantly impairs immune function, so it’s essential to do everything in your power to rebuild a healthy immune system, and prevent chronic stress from turning into a chronic disease. 3. Holy basil: Holy basil, also known as tulsi has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. This adaptogenic herb is one of the most widely used adaptogens to help the body cope with chronic stress. Holy Basil can help protect the body from oxidative stress, and can help the body maintain a healthy cortisol balance. This adoptogenic herb is incredibly calming and may even be able to help those who suffer with anxiety, and depression. 4. Rhodiola: Here is another popular adaptogenic herb that is commonly used to help balance the body’s stress-response systems. During times of chronic stress, the bodies sympathetic, and parasympathetic nervous systems can be thrown out of balance putting you on edge, and burning out your adrenal glands. Rhodiola helps to balance these systems, and helps the body reach a state of homeostasis.

Pet News

Video: Man Saves Miracle Kitten on Busy Russian Highway
Cat proves it has 9 lives by dodging traffic on a Russian highway for several minutes before being scooped up by a benevolent stranger.
 



Tuesday - September 20, 2016 - Today In History:

1870 - The Papal States came under the control of Italian troops, leading to the unification of Italy.
1881 - Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the U.S. President James A. Garfield had died the day before.
1884 - The Equal Rights Party was formed in San Francisco, CA.
1921 - KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA, started a daily radio newscast. It was one of the first in the U.S.
1962 - James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett. Meredith was later admitted.
1963 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
1977 - The first of the "boat people" arrived in San Francisco from Southeast Asia under a new U.S. resettlement program.
1982 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the U.S., France, and Italy were going to send peacekeeping troops back to Beirut.
1988 - The United Nations opened it 43rd General Assembly.
1991 - U.N. weapons inspectors left for Iraq in a renewed search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
1995 - AT&T announced that it would be splitting into three companies. The three companies were AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and NCR Corp.
1995 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit. This allowed the states to decide their own speed limits.
2005 - Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal died at age 96.
2011 - Repeal of the U.S. military's 18-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" compromise took effect, allowing gay and lesbian service members to serve openly.

World News

Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorus in its war in Yemen
The Washington Post - Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorus munitions in its war in Yemen, based on images and videos posted to social media, raising concerns among human rights groups that the highly incendiary material could be used against civilians.... U.S. officials confirmed that the American government has supplied the Saudis white phosphorus in the past but declined to say how much had been transferred or when.... “The United States expects any recipient of U.S. military assistance to use those items in accordance with international law and under the terms and conditions of any U.S. transfer or sale,” said a State Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss politically sensitive issues. The official said the department was looking into reports of Saudi forces’ improperly using U.S.-supplied white phosphorus munitions.... The United States has grown increasingly wary of its material support to the Saudi military. In May, the Obama administration halted the sale of roughly 400 cluster bombs to the Saudis after human rights organizations documented the weapons’ use in civilian areas. This week, lawmakers on Capitol Hill moved to delay a $1 billion arms deal that would replace some of Saudi Arabia’s U.S.-supplied tanks that have been damaged in the conflict.

Syria declares end of ceasefire, US seeks clarification from Russia
RT - The initial seven days of the nationwide ceasefire in Syria have run their course, the Syrian Army has declared. However, it failed to add whether the truce will be reinstated in the near future.... The Syrian Army’s statement blames “terrorist groups” for jeopardizing the cessation of hostilities, Reuters reports. "It was assumed that the ceasefire will present a real chance to end the bloodshed, but terrorist groups did not adhere to any of the points of the agreement on a ceasefire, the number of violations on their part has exceeded 300," reads the statement published by SANA news [the Syrian state news agency].... The Syrian Army claims that “armed terrorist groups took advantage of the declared ceasefire” in order to regroup and mobilize additional forces. It adds that the militants aimed to continue attacks on “residential areas” and military sites in several regions, including the war-ravaged city of Aleppo. The US responded by saying it is expecting Russia to clarify the statement made by the Syrian Army. “Our arrangement is with Russia, which is responsible for the Syrian regime's compliance, so we expect Russia to clarify their position,” US State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement, according to Reuters.

British air force admits involvement in airstrikes which hit Syrian govt troops
RT - The strike in the area of Deir el-Zor was originally attributed to Australian, US and Danish forces operating as part of the US-led coalition but the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) tweeted on Monday that it had been involved. An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm that the UK participated in the recent coalition air strike in Syria, south of Dayr az Zawr on Saturday, and we are fully cooperating with the coalition investigation. “The UK would not intentionally target Syrian military units. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”.... The Russian Defense Ministry said that the aircraft which carried out the bombings had entered Syrian airspace from the territory of Iraq. Four strikes against Syrian positions was performed by two F-16 jet fighters and two A-10 support aircraft, it added. “If the airstrike was caused by the wrong coordinates of targets than it’s a direct consequence of the stubborn unwillingness of the American side to coordinate with Russia in its actions against terrorist groups in Syria,” Konashenkov stressed.

'Crusaders! Infidels! Dogs! Get out!' American-backed rebels force US commandos to leave Syrian town
RT - … footage shows a group of agitated men, gathered in the town square, shouting anti-American slogans in Arabic, as a cavalcade of vehicles passes by. The chants include: "Down with America," "Get out you dogs," and "They are coming to Syria to occupy it." Voices in the background call the US troops “pigs” and “crusaders.” "We don't want a single American fighting in Syria alongside us," says a man in the second video. "We are Muslims, we are not infidels. Get out!" Reuters cited a US official and a “senior rebel commander,” who confirmed that a protest had taken place, which ended with US troops making their way back towards the Turkish border. Later, a group of rebels purporting to be representatives of Ahrar al-Sharqiya, a militia operating in the area, circulated a video statement, saying that US support of Kurds, who are also fighting Islamic State, was behind their protest.... “We’ve discovered this many times in Muslim world, where the US deploys its troops, whether it’s Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Syria, it is seen as the enemy, the occupier. Secondly, the incident highlights the problems the US has been having in identifying moderate Syrian rebels – despite spending billions of dollars 'developing' them - and the fact that this is coming from the supposed allies in the FSA isn’t actually surprising,” Max Abrahms, an associate professor of political science at Northwestern told RT.

Venezuela: Over 15% of People Eat Garbage to Survive
Breitbart - A new study finds Venezuela on the brink of famine, with an alarming fifteen percent of citizens saying they can only feed themselves with “food waste discarded by commercial establishments,” while nearly half say they have had to take time off work to search for food. The study - conducted by More Consulting and published in the Spanish-language Diario de las Américas - reflects a reality that has become the signature of President Nicolás Maduro’s tenure: a food and medicine shortage that forces most in the nation to wait in supermarket lines that can last up to eight hours. On many occasions, after the wait, they find that there is nothing left to buy. The More Consulting study found that three out of every four Venezuelans (72 percent) was unable to feed themselves an optimal diet of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 24.2 percent say they rarely eat protein, living off of local tubers like yuca and malanga and some fruit. More than half of Venezuelans (52.3 percent) buy their foods through the black market, from private individuals who have stocked a surplus of an item they need. 53.9 percent of Venezuelan respondents said they had gone to bed hungry, 48 percent say they have been forced to take time off work to scrounge for food. The numbers align with previous surveys taken earlier this year, following the declaration of a “nutritional emergency” by the Venezuelan National Assembly in February. In June, The New York Times cited a poll by Simón Bolívar University finding that nearly 90 percent of Venezuelans did not have the money necessary to buy food for three full meals a day.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Declassified FBI Docs Confirm: Americans — NOT Foreigners — Orchestrated Terrorism Post 9/11
Blacklisted News - In a not-so-shocking revelation, largely unreported by the mainstream media, newly declassified Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents have confirmed that “a broadening U.S. military presence overseas and outreach by Islamist ideologues” was behind an 11% increase in plotted terror attacks against the United States since 2006 — and those terror attacks were orchestrated by Americans, not foreign nationals.

Police Capture Ahmad Khan Rahami, Suspect in NY-NJ Bombings
Breitbart - An Afghan immigrant wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked a New York City neighborhood and a New Jersey shore town was taken into custody Monday after a shootout with police in New Jersey, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. WABC-TV footage showed a man believed to be 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami being loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher in Linden, New Jersey. He appeared to be conscious and looking around. The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity, said two officers were shot in the gun battle. The arrest came just hours after police issued a bulletin and photo of Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan with an address in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Authorities said the blasts were looking increasingly like an act of terrorism with a foreign connection. Police did not disclose how they zeroed in on Rahami but were known to be poring over surveillance video. At the same time, five people who were pulled over in a vehicle Sunday night were being questioned by the FBI, officials said.... Citing the FBI, New Jersey State Police said Monday that the bombings in Chelsea and the New Jersey shore town Seaside Park were connected.... Early Monday, FBI agents swarmed an apartment above a fried chicken restaurant in Elizabeth [New Jersey] that is tied to Rahami. The Rahami family lives in the apartment.

1,000 officers to be deployed across NYC in wake of Chelsea explosion
WPIX-TV - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that 1,000 additional New York State Police officers and National Guard troops will be deployed across New York City following an explosion in Chelsea. The stepped-up security is "just to err on the side of caution," Cuomo said. "I want New Yorkers to be confident when they go back to work on Monday that New York is up and running and we're doing everything that we need to do."

Bomb Explodes At New Jersey Train Station As Police Discover Five Explosive Devices
Zero Hedge - One day after an IED exploded in a busy midtown Manhattan sidewalk, an explosion took place at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after a suspicious backpack was found.... Elizabeth's mayor, Christian Bollwage, said the blast occurred when authorities were trying to "disarm" the backpack, and that the explosion was not controlled.... As many as five potential explosive devices tumbled out of the backpack when it was emptied, Bollwage said. After cordoning off the area, a bomb squad used a robot to cut a wire to try to disable the device, but inadvertently set off an explosion, he said. "I can imagine that if all five of them went off at the same time, that the loss of life could have been enormous if there was an event going on,” Bollwage said.... Bollwage said it was unclear whether Elizabeth, a city with a population of nearly 130,000 people that is less than 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Manhattan, was targeted or if the backpack might have been discarded to elude investigators. Authorities early on Monday were working to remove the other devices found in the backpack, Bollwage said.... The device found in Elizabeth appears similar to a device that exploded Saturday morning in Seaside Park, NJ, according to senior law enforcement officials cited by NBC.

House panel looking into Reddit post about Clinton's email server
The Hill - Reddit users appear to have uncovered a two-year-old post from an account believed to belong to [Paul] Combetta, an engineer with Platte River Networks. The Denver, Colo.-based firm managed Clinton’s private server. The post, which has been deleted but can be read in images archived by Reddit users, coincides with the discovery of Clinton’s use of the server. “I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email… Basically, they don’t want the VIP’s email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out,” reads the post, by a user called "stonetear." “Does anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?” Combetta is currently one of the targets of a broader Oversight investigation on whether Clinton ordered the destruction of emails that had been subpoenaed by the Benghazi Select Committee.... The identity of the "stonetear" user is not confirmed. Reddit users point to the fact that an account on the online marketplace Easy for a Paul Combetta has the username "stonetear" and the inactive website combetta.com is registered to the email address stonetear@gmail.com. Combetta appeared under subpoena in a committee hearing last week on the alleged destruction of evidence, but both he and colleague Bill Thornton exercised their Fifth Amendment right not to testify.

More than 800 immigrants mistakenly granted citizenship
Yahoo News - The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday. The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren't caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.... The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth's auditors said they were all from "special interest countries" — those that present a national security concern for the United States — or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.... DHS said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials — old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can't be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review "every file" identified as a case of possible fraud. Roth's report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants' files to add fingerprints to the digital record.

Declassified FBI Docs Confirm: Americans-NOT Foreigners-Orchestrated Terrorism Post 9/11
Blacklisted News - In a not-so-shocking revelation, largely unreported by the mainstream media, newly declassified Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents have confirmed that “a broadening U.S. military presence overseas and outreach by Islamist ideologues” was behind an 11% increase in plotted terror attacks against the United States since 2006 — and those terror attacks were orchestrated by Americans, not foreign nationals. According to an Intelligence Assessment of 57 terrorist plots against the United States and U.S. interests between 2001 and 2010 — carried out in 2011 by the Los Angeles Division of the FBI and the Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC) — “foreign nationals led anti-US targeting prior to 2006 plotting 52% of all terror attacks,” but sociologically- and religiously-diverse American nationals [read homegrown terrorists with no identifiable religious affiliation] plotted 70% of the terror attacks on their own land, beginning 2007.... The FBI disclosure runs against the entire premise of Barack Obama administration’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs aimed at reducing the threat of terrorism in the United States. The very fact that the FBI/JRIC report was published five years ago yet the U.S. government did nothing to: end its nefarious war of terror, reset its foreign policy, or amend its domestic spying program, is a proof that the United States is deliberately ignoring its own responsibility in promoting terrorism worldwide.

Video: Chair of Engineering Dept: Fire Did Not Collapse WTC Building 7
Macedonian International News Agency - [On Tuesday, 13 September 2016], the Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, a PhD in structural engineering and one of the nation’s top experts in the cause of building collapses (Leroy Hulsey) publicly announced that - contrary to the government’s explanation - fire did NOT bring down World Trade Center building 7 on 9/11… He joins scores of other structural engineers, civil engineers, high-rise architects, and fire experts who say that the government’s story is false ... Building 7 was NOT brought down by fire.

Dallas cop files lawsuit against Black Lives Matter, Obama
Fox News - Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, a 17-year veteran of the force, is seeking between $500 million and $1.5 billion in the complaint filed in federal court, the Dallas Morning News reported. The defendants in the class-action suit include Black Lives Matter; President Obama; Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton; the Rev. Al Sharpton; Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and billionaire activist George Soros. “Defendants incite people to violence and cause violence by telling those people that they are under attack. Defendants are encouraging disaffected blacks, Black Muslims, Muslims and others allied with them including certain whites to ignore, disrespect, and assault law enforcement officials, and commit violence and lethal force,” the lawsuit states, according to the paper. The lawsuit alleges the defendants "have repeatedly incited their supporters and others to engage in threats of and attacks to cause serious bodily injury or death upon police officers and other law enforcement persons of all races and ethnicities." The lawsuit was filed hours before two Texas police officers were injured in a shooting while responding to a suicide call. Pennie, who is black, is being represented by Larry Klayman, founder of the organization Freedom Watch.

New Gun Confiscation ‘Without Notice’ Bills Are Pending In 11 States — Is Your State One Of Them?
Off The Grid News - Lawmakers in 11 states want to give judges the authority to issue a Gun Violence Restraining Order, also known as a GVRO or “risk warrant,” The Atlantic reported. A risk warrant gives law enforcement the power to search homes and confiscate guns without notice, based on allegations that persons are a threat to others or themselves. It also bars people in that category from buying firearms or ammunition. The subject of the GVRO would not know it was issued until police knocked on the door. California and Connecticut have similar laws, and 11 other states are expected to consider such bills next year: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan and Massachusetts, according to The Atlantic.... The rationale behind the California bill was to keep firearms out of the hands of potential mass killers, such as Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in Isla Vista, California, in 2014. News reports indicate the family tried to get law enforcement to take Rodger’s guns prior to the killing spree. Researchers also say that gun confiscation can prevent suicides.... Second Amendment-rights groups say they understand the intent behind the laws but believe that gun owners should have a right to make their case first. “It’s important for gun owners to have the opportunity to put up their own defense before losing their Second Amendment rights,” the NRA said in a statement on its website.

Election News

Trump Slams CNN For Editing Out Clinton ‘Bomb’ Quote; “Disgusting, Disgraceful” (Video)
Paul Joseph Watson - Donald Trump slammed CNN during an interview on Fox and Friends this morning for editing out Hillary Clinton describing the New York attack as a “bombing” even as the network criticized Trump for using the same description. CNN featured Clinton taking a question from a reporter on her campaign plane, agreeing that Trump was being insensitive for calling the attack in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York a “bombing,” despite Clinton referring to the incident as a “bombing” just moments before. The network then repeated the stunt a second time, with host Jake Tapper slamming Trump for leaping to conclusions, again failing to play the clip where Clinton describes the incident as a “bombing”. “CNN is disgusting and disgraceful,” said Trump, adding that he was treated more fairly by Fox News. The Republican presidential candidate also made reference to another example of media censorship, when CBS News edited out Bill Clinton saying that Hillary Clinton “frequently” had medical episodes. “These people are the most dishonest people, CNN is so disgusting and dishonest, and I watch it, it’s so unfair, they call it the Clinton news network,” said Trump. “She used the word ‘bombs’ also by the way….I was criticized for calling it correctly – what I said was exactly correct,” he added.

Video: SHOCKING !!! PROOF That Hillary Clinton Rally In Greensboro NC is a "fake" - check it out
I am not sure where Clinton was or even if it was the REAL Hillary. Not sure where the crowd was either. One thing I am sure is that the rally, according to this video - Was a FAKE. Check it out.
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Hillary Holds Small Rally at Temple University Sept. 19th — Is Helped Up the Stairs
The Gateway Pundit - Hillary Clinton traveled to Temple University on Monday to woo millennial voters. 37,788 students are enrolled at Temple. Hillary had a hard time filling up the small room. Hillary also has a hard time getting up the stairs to the stage. She needed help.
Related: Photos: Small Crowd Turns Out To See Hillary Clinton At Temple University

Video: Clinton Responds to “Hillary For Prison!” Shout: “Let’s Make it Happen!”
Paul Joseph Watson - Hillary Clinton was caught in an embarrassing moment when someone at her rally yelled “Hillary for prison!”, to which the presidential candidate responded, “Let’s make it happen!” The cringeworthy moment was captured on film. Given her now notorious propensity for being constantly “confused,” Hillary probably thought the man was saying “Hillary for president!,” but nothing could be further from the truth…. As the Spectator reports, the slogan subsequently became the theme of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and has become a “rallying cry” for conservatives infuriated about Hillary’s corruption.

Donald Trump to Haitian voters: I want to be your greatest champion (Video)
Haitian-Truth.org - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with a small group of Haitian Americans Friday in Little Haiti, telling them that they share “a lot of common values” and the country deserved better than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Clinton, Trump said, failed Haiti when it needed help the most. “Clinton was responsible for doing things a lot of the Haitian people are not happy with,” Trump said from prepared remarks, referring to the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. “Taxpayer dollars intended for Haiti and the earthquake victims went to a lot of the Clinton cronies.” Later, Trump told the crowd that he had come to “listen and learn” and to build a new relationship with the community…. There was no news from the candidate during the 26-minute discussion, in which attendees questioned him about his position on school choice. They also complained about the Clintons’ two-decade-plus involvement in Haiti…. Attendees included Haitian doctors, lawyers and former Haiti government ministers. Ringo Cayard, a Haitian community activist who help put the event together, said it’s time for the Haitian-American vote to stop being taken for granted…. Leonce Thelusma, a former Haitian finance minister and a registered Republican, said his support for Trump will depend on the candidate’s stance on helping Haiti and Haitians. Clinton, he said, has little to show for her and her husband’s involvement in Haiti, where most recently Bill Clinton served as U.N. special envoy and czar of the recovery effort after the quake. “No Haitian has benefited from that,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that we don’t have any institutions in Haiti that can call him and demand that he gives an account of the [earthquake] money.”

Ex-Haitian Senate President Says Bill Clinton Once Tried To Bribe Him
Haitian-Truth.org - Speaking at a Trump campaign event in Little Haiti, Sansaricq explained that he became president of the Senate in 1994, a year during which the Clinton presidency attempted to oust the oppressive military regime in Haiti by threat of invasion. Sansaricq said that in order to try to “appease” him at the time, Clinton sent Bill Richardson, a former U.S. Representative of New Mexico. Sansaricq said he spoke with Richardson for four hours during the visit in an attempt to persuade him not to invade Haiti, asking him to “take the message back to President Clinton.” A week later, the American embassy sent an anonymous messenger back to Sansaricq, who allegedly told him that if he “sided” with Bill Clinton in the invasion, he would become “the richest man in Haiti.”

Where Trump, Clinton and Johnson Stand on TV, Radio Ad Spend
AdAge - Earlier this week Donald Trump's campaign engaged in some insta-advertising -- quickly creating an ad that slammed Hillary Clinton for slamming Trump supporters with her notorious "deplorables" comment; it was slated to get TV time in at least four battleground states: Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. But the reality is that, as much attention as that rapid-response advertising effort got, spending by the Trump campaign, together with pro-Trump PACs, continues to be a small fraction of the spending we're seeing from the Clinton campaign together with pro-Clinton PACs. In terms of booked TV and radio ad time from today through election day, Team Clinton is tracking at roughly 33 times the outlay of Team Trump.... Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson made news on Tuesday when his campaign announced that he's managed to get on the ballot in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. -- and he's achieved that milestone with very little spending on TV and radio.... To put all this another way, of the $149,912,723 million in booked TV and radio spending through election day for these three presidential candidates, $145,299,727 is being spent by the Clinton campaign combined with pro-Clinton PACs.

Economy & Business

Wells Fargo's Chief Risk Officer Of Scandal-Plagued Group Leaves For "Personal Reasons"
Zero Hedge - Just days after it was revealed that Carrie Tolstedt, the supervisor in charge of Wells Fargo's infamous consumer banking group where employees falsified and fabricated more than 2 million customer accounts was leaving the bank on "golden parachute" terms, quietly collecting a $125 million parting gift in the process, moments ago Bloomberg reported that Wells Fargo's top risk manager in the same division has taken a leave of absence and was replaced in that role.... Claudia Russ Anderson, who began a six-month leave Monday, was succeeded in August by Vic Albrecht, who held a similar job in the wealth-management division, Richele Messick, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco-based company, said in a phone interview. Anderson’s leave was announced to staff in June, said Messick, who didn’t elaborate when asked whether it was tied to a U.S. investigation into the bogus accounts. “Claudia decided to take a personal leave of absence for personal reasons,” Messick said. The leave takes effect a day before Chief Executive Officer John Stumpf is scheduled to testify before the Senate Banking Committee. It was not clear if Russ Anderson would collect a similar 9 figure parting gift as Ms. Tolstedt.

Science & Technology

Police IT staff checked wrong box, deleted 25% of body cam footage
Ars Technica - As per the San Francisco Chronicle, Sgt. Dave Burke testified on Tuesday at a murder trial that this was, in fact, a mistake. This incident marks yet another setback in the efforts to roll out body-worn cameras to police agencies nationwide. As the Chronicle reported: Instead of hitting “preserve everything,” the IT employees mistakenly checked a box marked “preserve,” Deputy District Attorney Butch Ford, who is prosecuting the murder case, explained Tuesday outside court. A month later, Burke said, officers realized there was a problem when they searched for a video and couldn’t view it. Metadata revealed that 25 percent of all videos that had been captured since the start of the body-camera program in 2009 were wiped out. A backup system had been purchased but hadn’t been set up.

Health

This Is What Happens To Your Body After Drinking 1 Cup of Coffee
Natural Blaze - Following is a breakdown of what happens to your body from 10 minutes to 6 hours after drinking coffee, courtesy of David Wolfe: 10 Minutes - Shortly after your first sip, caffeine from the beverage enters your bloodstream. This causes a spike in heart rate, blood pressure, and energy. Intriguingly, this effect is most pronounced in men, according to researchers at the University of Barcelona. 20 Minutes - Twenty minutes after drinking coffee, you’re likely feeling pretty good. This is because caffeine begins to affect your adenosine levels. The neurotransmitter is responsible for telling your body when it’s time for bed; caffeine binds to the brain’s adenosine receptors and shuts them off. That’s why drinking coffee before bedtime is not a good idea. You’ll be up until the wee hours of the morning. 30 Minutes - It’s been a half an hour since you consumed your coffee. At this point, your body has begun producing adrenaline, which further increases your energy production. An effect of an increase in adrenaline is that your air passage will dilate and blood flow will increase to muscles. 40 Minutes - It’s been ten minutes since the body began producing adrenaline. Now, one’s mood will become elevated because the brain becomes more sensitive to serotonin – a neurotransmitter responsible for mood regulation. 60 Minutes - One hour after consuming a cup of coffee, there should be a noticeable difference in anxiety levels. 3 Hours - Approximately three hours after drinking a cup of coffee, one will notice that their levels of energy tend to diminish. 6 Hours - Though you may no longer feel the effects of drinking coffee six hours after doing so, your body hasn’t stopped processing it. Reportedly, caffeine begins to act as a diuretic at this point, encouraging the kidneys to produce urine and remove toxins from the body.

Say Goodbye to Acne With These DIY Turmeric Masks
REALfarmacy - Turmeric that is made into a paste and applied to acne-prone areas can destroy bacteria that causes inflammation and remove excessive oil from the skin. Turmeric possesses anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial in treating issues like acne or skin blemishes. Basic turmeric recipe: Take 4 tablespoons of turmeric powder, add 1 tablespoon of milk, and 4 tablespoons of raw honey. Stir this mix in a clean bowl until it turns into a smooth paste. Be sure to keep the mix refrigerated. You can also use 8 tablespoons of turmeric powder and 5 tablespoons of olive oil or sesame oil. Mix these in a clean bowl until a smooth and creamy paste is formed….
 

Inspirational

Video: Michigan Boy With Down Syndrome Scores Touch Down For Ill Mom…
Weasel Zippers - The NFL needs a lesson from the players of both high school teams. Via The Detroit News: It was much more than just a midseason high school football game Friday night between South Lyon East and Novi. In fact, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Robby Heil of Novi, who got the chance to see what it was like to be a running back in front of hundreds of fans, getting a carry in the first half of Novi’s 42-14 win. Heil, a special-needs senior who has Down syndrome, has been the longtime Novi water boy, wearing his No. 24 jersey while handling his job. Novi head coach Jeff Burnside talked with South Lyon East coach Joe Pesci earlier this month, working on plans for Heil to carry the ball on an untimed down. And, Heil got that carry with just under 11 minutes left in the half in a 7-7 tie, running right and scoring on a 36-yard run. The play didn’t count on the scoreboard, but it certainly did in the hearts and minds of the fans, teammates, opponents and his mother, Debbie Heil, who has been battling cancer. Players from both teams mobbed Heil in the end zone after he spiked the ball, then huddled around him in celebration…. “It’s incredible,” Debbie Heil said. “Coach Burnside wanted to make this happen and he was able to talk with the South Lyon East coach and make this happen…. “Then, he was presented a jersey from South Lyon East and all the players signed it. He feels he’s a part of the football team.
 



Monday - September 19, 2016 - Today In History:

1777 - The Battle of Saratoga was won by American soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
1796 - U.S. President Washington's farewell address was published.
1893 - In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was consented to giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.
1955 - Argentina President Juan Peron was ousted after a revolt by the army and navy.
1957 - The U.S. conducted its first underground nuclear test. The test took place in the Nevada desert.
1960 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations, checked out of the Shelburne Hotel angrily after a dispute with the management.
1983 - Lebanese army units defending Souk el-Gharb were supported in their effort by two U.S. Navy ships off Beirut.
1984 - China and Britain completed a draft agreement transferring Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule by 1997.
1986 - U.S. health officials announced that AZT, though an experimental drug, would be made available to AIDS patients.
1990 - Iraq began confiscating foreign assets of countries that were imposing sanctions against the Iraqi government.
1992 - The U.N. Security Council recommended suspending Yugoslavia due to its role in the Bosnian civil war.
1994 - U.S. troops entered Haiti peacefully to enforce the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
1995 - The U.S. Senate passed a welfare overhaul bill.
1995 - The commander of American forces in Japan and the U.S. ambassador apologized for the rape of a schoolgirl committed by three U.S. servicemen.
2002 - In Ivory Coast, around 750 rebel soldiers attempted to overthrow the government. U.S. troops landed on September 25th to help move foreigners, including Americans, to safer areas.
2008 - Struggling to stave off financial catastrophe, the Bush administration asked Congress for $700 billion to buy up troubled mortgage-related assets from U.S. financial institutions.
2010 - The BP oil well that had spilled hundred of millions of oil into the Gulf of Mexico was sealed with a permanent cement plug.

World News

US Coalition Strikes Syrian Army Killing Dozens -- Russia Accuses US of "Defending ISIS"
The Free Thought Project - United States officials have admitted in a statement issued by Central Command that coalition airstrikes resulted in the bombing of Syrian government forces who were fighting Islamic State terrorists in eastern Syria near the city of Deir ez-Zor. In the statement, Central Command said that “Coalition forces believed they were striking a Da’esh fighting position that they had been tracking for a significant amount of time before the strike. The coalition airstrike was halted immediately when coalition forces were informed by Russian officials that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military.”.... According to the Syrian Army’s General Command, at least 80 Syrian soldiers were killed and more than 100 injured in the airstrikes by the US-led coalition. The Central Command statement claims that the airstrikes were “in an area the coalition has struck in the past” and then claims that they had warned Russian officials but does not specify when the warning was given.... Russia called an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council following the airstrikes, which threatens last week’s fragile ceasefire agreement that would have led to cooperation between the US-led coalition and Russian defense officials to target the Islamic State. During the meeting, Russia blasted the US and accused them of aiding ISIS.

Leaked Colin Powell Email Confirms Israel Has "200 Nukes All Targeted On Tehran"
Zero Hedge - ... the email to Jeffrey Leeds, Powell's business associate and major Democratic donor, finally provided the admission that Israel had nuclear weapons, something the biggest US ally in the Middle East has carefully avoided confirming or denying for years, in a policy dubbed "nuclear ambiguity.".... In the Leeds email dated March 3, 2015, Powell writes that "Iranians can’t use [a nuke] if they finally make one," in the context of the ongoing talks about Tehran’s nuclear program. "The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands.... There is another reason why Powell's email is troubling: a 1976 amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act bans any US economic and military aid to countries that deliver, receive, acquire or transfer nuclear enrichment technology without abiding by the NPT [nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty]. Israel is one of the few countries that did not sign the NPT, along with self-admitted nuclear powers India and Pakistan. When asked by RT for a comment, US State Department spokesman John Kirby declined to answer whether Israel should face the same treatment as Iran and North Korea – both of which have been sanctioned for alleged or actual violations of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The leak comes days after US officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding according to which a record $38 billion in military assistance would be provided to Israel over the next decade, with Israelis pledging to spend nearly all of it on US weapons and training.

Major Attack on Indian Army in Kashmir Puts South Asia on Crisis Footing
The Daily Signal - ... Sunday’s attack on an Indian Army base in Kashmir that left 17 soldiers dead has put the region in crisis mode. The attack took place near the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Indian and Pakistani Kashmir and marks the most deadly attack against Indian security forces in over two decades. In 2002, a terrorist attack on an Indian army base in Jammu, Kashmir that killed over 30 (mostly family members of Indian Army officials), nearly led to war between Pakistan and India. Most of the casualties in Sunday’s attack were the result of fires that consumed temporary army shelters in the early morning hours during the grenade and gun attack.... India is placing blame for the attack squarely on Pakistan, with Home Minister Rajnath Singh calling Pakistan a “terrorist state.”.... Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the attack perpetrators “would not go unpunished,” while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Ram Madhav said India should take a “complete jaw for one tooth” and that “the days of strategic restraint are over.”

He Didn’t Bomb For Nothing: Kosovo Granted Wesley Clark Coal Rights
Economic Policy Journal - Kosovo has granted the rights to search for coal over one-third of its territory to a company linked to retired US General Wesley Clark, an investigation by Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project partner the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has found. The investigation found that Kosovo’s government granted the rights in August to Canadian firm Envidity Energy Inc., which is chaired by Clark, the commander of the 1999 NATO bombing campaign that helped lead to Kosovo’s “independence” from Serbia. BIRN’s investigation found that Envidity had submitted its requests a month after Kosovo amended its mining law in April 2013 to allow the granting of coal research rights without public tender in some cases. The decision must still be approved by parliament before Envidity can more forward with exploration.... Kosovo is believed to hold large reserves of lignite, a form of coal mostly used for power generation. Dukagjini and Drenica basins contain about 12 billion tonnes of coal, according to Kosovo’s 2013 Energy Strategy, published by the Ministry of Economic Development.

Anti-migrant AfD makes Berlin breakthrough, as Merkel’s CDU slumps
RT - With all votes counted, Alternative for Germany (AfD), founded only three years ago, captured 14.1 percent of the vote, putting it in fifth place, but within range of the four leading parties.... The turnout was 66.4 percent – 15 percent higher than at the last election in 2011 – following a heated campaign marked by what was by standards of German political discourse, unusually harsh rhetoric. The center-left SPD remains the biggest party with 21.6 percent of the vote, followed by Angela Merkel’s CDU with 17.6 percent, the left-wing Linke party with 15.7, and the Greens at 15.2.... With the top two parties losing more than 5 percent of the vote each, the existing grand coalition between the two centrist mainstays of Germany’s political system – which is currently in power at the national level – is no longer possible. “There is no question. We didn’t get a good result in Berlin today,” admitted Michael Grosse-Broemer, a senior CDU politician, who nonetheless cautioned interpreting the capital results as a bellwether for next year’s countrywide polls. The AfD earlier proclaimed that the result augured the end of the stranglehold of long-established centrist parties on the country’s political levers of power.... Many have interpreted the historic low for CDU as retribution for the open-door refugee policy that has resulted in the arrival of more than 1 million migrants in Germany over the past two years.

Pope Francis: Hospitality to Refugees Is ‘Our Greatest Security’ Against Terrorism
Breitbart - Pope Francis has urged Europeans to take in more refugees, asserting that the best way to combat terrorism is by warmly welcoming migrants and helping them integrate into the “European context.” In a meeting with hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools in the Vatican on Saturday, Francis told his hearers that authentic hospitality “is our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism.” With your help, the Pope said, “the Church will be able to respond more fully to the human tragedy of refugees through acts of mercy that promote their integration into the European context and beyond.” Francis continued, “I encourage you to welcome refugees into your homes and communities, so that their first experience of Europe is not the traumatic experience of sleeping cold on the streets, but one of warm human welcome.”

Canada Legalized Heroin for Medical Use to Combat Overdose Epidemic
The AnitMedia - In order to respond to what Canadian officials see as a growing threat, Health Canada launched new proposals in May to “allow doctors to prescribe heroin to some opioid addicts who do not respond to treatments such as methadone.” On September 8, Canada enacted these new rules as a response to the country’s “opioid overdose crisis.” But despite the changes, drug war laws remain mostly in place, meaning the only change regulators made was to the health code, allowing healthcare providers to prescribe the substance only to individuals who have an addiction problem. Also, these prescriptions may only happen “under a special-access program in cases where traditional treatment has failed.” To users who are not considered addicts, however, heroin access remains restricted. ABC News explains further: “In the [Canadian] pilot program users must be a long time heroin user, who has tried at least twice to stop using drugs. The drug users are allowed to come to the clinic between two to three times a day where they are provided a syringe and drugs for injection. Medical staff on site monitor the drug users and can intervene if they show signs of overdose.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Video: Haitian Senate President Exposes Clinton Foundation: "Hillary Clinton Tried To Bribe Me!"
Zero Hedge - Former Haitian President of Senate is speaking out to tell the truth about Clinton Foundation at a Trump event! The former president said that Clinton was trying to buy him. She tried to appeal to him (bribe him).

Dumpster bomb rocks Chelsea, NY. injuring 29; second device found nearby
New York Post - A “deafening’’ explosion rocked Chelsea [New York City] Saturday night, injuring 29 people, blowing out scores of windows and forcing the evacuation of at least two buildings. The blast went off in a construction dumpster outside the Townhouse Inn of Chelsea at 131 W. 23d St.... three hours after the blast, a second device was found four blocks away — a pressure cooker that an early investigation found was likely also a bomb. Police sources described the secondary device as a [pressure] cooker with wiring and a cell phone attached inside a plastic grocery bag, which had been placed inside a garbage can.... The strength of the W. 23rd St. blast Saturday sent the 4-by-4-by-3-foot Dumpster flying from the north side of the street to the south sidewalk, and it landed without hitting anyone or anything, police sources told The Post. One of the injuries “may be considered serious,” de Blasio said. That victim suffered a puncture wound. The vast majority of those injured –15 men and 14 women — suffered scrapes and abrasions from flying debris.... The building at 135 W. 23rd, a residence run by the Associated Blind, is being renovated and its facade is covered with scaffolding. Construction dumpsters line the sidewalk in front of it.

NYC Bomber's Manifesto: More Attacks Coming, Next Target Is...
The Federalist Papers - The New York Police Department is examining a Tumblr page that claims to be the “manifesto” of the bomber responsible for the explosion that rocked New York City Saturday night. The page is called “I’m the NY Bomber” and claims to have been written by the person who planted the bombs in the Chelsea neighborhood. The page has since been taken down, but a cached version is here [link]. It appears the bomber is a radical Gay Rights activist, willing to kill to get their point across. The department is investigating the blog, the New York Daily News reports. A source told them they are speaking with local LGBT activists for any clues about the webpage, which was taken down shortly before 2 p.m. eastern time Sunday. The page – which has a rainbow flag at the top – said the bombings are a protests against the oppression of the LGBT community.

Video: The Truth About the New York Bombing
Paul Joseph Watson - The establishment is already in full cover-up mode. The left is more outraged about Trump calling the NYC bombing a “bombing” than the actual bombing.

FBI investigates Minnesota stabbings as possible terror act
CNS News - A man in a private security uniform stabbed nine people at a Minnesota shopping mall, reportedly asking one victim if they were Muslim before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him in an attack the Islamic State group claimed as its own. None of the nine people who were stabbed in Saturday night's attack received life-threatening wounds, St. Cloud police Chief Blair Anderson said.... At a news conference Sunday, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Rick Thornton said the attack was being investigated as a possible act of terrorism and that agents were still digging into the attacker's background and possible motives.... Authorities didn't identify the attacker, but the Star Tribune of Minneapolis said the man's father identified him as Dahir A. Adan, 22. Speaking to the newspaper through an interpreter, Ahmed Adan, whose family is Somali, said his son was born in Africa and had lived in the U.S. for 15 years.... According to Anderson, the attacker, dressed in a security uniform and wielding what appeared to be a kitchen knife, began attacking people right after entering the mall, stabbing people in several spots inside the building, including corridors, businesses and common areas. Five minutes after authorities received the first 911 call, Jason Falconer, a part-time officer in the city of Avon, shot and killed the attacker. Anderson said Falconer fired as the attacker was lunging at him with the knife, and continued to engage him as the attacker got up three times.
Related: This is Why I Carry: Attacker Claims Several Victims at MN Mall

Pipe bomb explodes before charity race in New Jersey
New York Post - No one was hurt in the blast, but the incident forced the temporary lockdown of the boardwalk and beach area and cancellation of the race. Three pipe bombs were tossed into the plastic garbage can, but only one detonated, at about 9:35 a.m [Saturday]. at D Street and Ocean Avenue, sources said. Approximately 5,000 runners in the third annual Seaside Semper Five Marine Corps Charity 5K should have been passing the blast site when the pipe bomb went off, but the start of the race was pushed back due to some late registrations, officials said. “Somebody had a beef with the military, being that it was a Marines-related event. They were obviously targeting the participants of the run,” said Ocean County Prosecutor’s spokesman Al Della Fave. It’s unclear whether the motive was criminal or terrorist, he said. The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and local law enforcement are investigating.... New Jersey State Police later said there was nothing to reports of another explosive device near the site of the explosion.

WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer)
The Intercept - Three of the four media outlets that received and published large numbers of secret NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden - The Guardian, the New York Times, and The Intercept –– have called for the U.S. government to allow the NSA whistleblower to return to the U.S. with no charges.... But not the Washington Post.... the Post editorial page today not only argued in opposition to a pardon, but explicitly demanded that Snowden - the paper’s own source - stand trial on espionage charges or, as a “second-best solution,” “accept[ ] a measure of criminal responsibility for his excesses and the U.S. government offers a measure of leniency.”.... The Post editors concede that one - and only one - of the programs that Snowden enabled to be revealed was justifiably exposed - namely, the domestic metadata program.... Other than that initial Snowden revelation, the Post suggests, there was no public interest whatsoever in revealing any of the other programs. In fact, the editors say, real harm was done by their exposure.

Charges against radio talk show host dismissed on eve of Oregon standoff trial
Las Vegas Review-Journal September 6, 2016 - On the eve of trial, a federal judge dismissed charges Tuesday against a key defendant in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.On the eve of trial, a federal judge dismissed charges Tuesday against a key defendant in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. The dismissal came at the request of federal prosecutors in Portland who acknowledged in court papers that they no longer had enough evidence to pursue their case against conservative radio talk show host Pete Santilli. Prosecutors cited rulings that barred them from presenting some of their evidence…. Santilli, who hosts the internet-based Pete Santilli show from Cincinnati on YouTube, now will be transported to Nevada to face criminal charges tied to the Bundy-led 2014 standoff with law enforcement in Bunkerville. A total of 19 defendants — including Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and two other Bundy sons—were indicted in March by a federal grand jury in the Bunkerville standoff. They were charged with conspiring to assault BLM officers on April 12, 2014, and taking back impounded Bundy cattle that had been grazing on federal land. Their trial is set for February in Las Vegas, after the Portland case. Santilli contends he was a working journalist during both confrontations, but federal prosecutors have alleged that he was part of the “organizing nucleus” with Bundy family members of the armed assault against the BLM officers in Bunkerville.
Related Video: Why Did The Government Dismiss It's Case Against Pete Santilli? Deb Jordan Tells All

Putin's Russia Gives America a Beautiful Gift to Commemorate The 5Th Anniversary Of 9/11
Mike King - Five years have passed since the 9/11 attacks, and the Globo-Zionist US government has yet to build a memorial to the victims that it actually killed. Now, Russian President Putin (whose English language RT News has hinted that 9/11 was an inside job) presents America with a beautiful sculpture to commemorate the fallen towers of New York City. Funded by private donations, Zurab Tsereteli's work of art called "The Tear Drop Memorial", consists of a 100 foot tall tower, with a huge open crack running down the center. Hanging from the crack is a massive "teardrop" designed to actually drip water. The base of the monument is surrounded by a marble wall with the names of the 3000 victims engraved in alphabetical order. Refusing to place the monument in Manhattan, or on the scenic, right-across-the-river-from-the-World-Trade-Center Jersey City waterfront (not far from where Goldman Sachs is Headquartered), or at Liberty State Park, the "authorities" instead dump Putin's gift in a depressed and unseen spot in Bayonne, NJ. - around the corner from a junkyard!… Wall banners depicting Putin (below), were suddenly taken down sometime in 2012 or 2013!

Kansas Deputy Killed Because of Sanctuary City Policy, Say Two U.S. Senators
Breitbart - Johnson County, Kansas, Sheriff Master Deputy Brandon Collins was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 69 near Overland Park in the early morning hours of September 11, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). The deputy got back in his patrol car which was then struck from behind by a pickup truck. The patrol car burst into flames and Collins died inside the burning vehicle. The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene but was captured a short time later. Police dogs were brought to the scene and the driver was tracked down and arrested, Kansas City Star reporter Robert Cronkleton wrote. The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Officials determined the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash, the ODMP reported. He was later identified by officials as Adrian Espinosa-Flores. It was later learned that Espinosa-Flores is an illegal alien with a prior criminal history that includes a DUI conviction in California. He has now been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and leaving the scene of a traffic crash involving a death. U.S. Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), who serves as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Jerry Moran (R-KS) have written a letter, attached below, to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, demanding information about the criminal and immigration history of Espinosa-Flores. The senators wrote, “It appears that Flores was able to evade removal by taking advantage of at least one sanctuary jurisdiction. As a result, a law enforcement officer was killed, allegedly by Flores while again driving under the influence.”

Seattle: Entire Seattle high school football team kneels during national anthem before game
Fox13 - After the game, which Garfield won, Garfield High School head football coach Joey Thomas said that “the players decided to do this” to bring attention to “social injustices,” emphasizing that it was “a player-driven” move and that his players plan to continue the practice during the anthem before every game “until they tell us to stop.”… Seattle Public Schools issued the following statement: “Students kneeling during the national anthem are expressing their rights protected by the First Amendment. Seattle Public Schools supports all students' right to free speech.” The recent public protests during the national anthem at sports events began a couple of weeks ago when San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. After receiving some criticism that he was disrespecting the flag, Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem. Several other NFL players have also begun kneeling during the anthem. This is believed to be the first time that an entire high school football team knelt during the anthem.

Some Bed Sheets Are Not Changed Between Guests at Hotels, Investigation Finds
Inside Edition - An Inside Edition investigation found that some hotels did not change bed sheets between guests. At a Residence Inn by Marriott in New York City, Inside Edition used a harmless washable fluorescent paint to spray "I slept here" on the bottom sheet of the bed. The paint is not visible to the naked eye. It can only be seen when a UV light is shined on the sheets. We checked out — leaving the bed looking as though it had been slept in — and booked the same room for the following night under a different name. When the sheets were pulled back and a UV light was shined on the bed, the words "I slept here" were still there…. The Marriott Corporation apologized and said it takes these issues very seriously. They are now inspecting the room to ensure this does not occur again, they said.

Election News

Video: Hillary Clinton Says “Bombings In New York” – 40 Seconds Later Criticizes Use of Word “Bombing”…
The Last Refuge - A well sedated Secretary Clinton begins her remarks (00:28) by saying: “I’ve been briefed about the bombings in New York and New Jersey, as well as the attack in Minnesota”… Note the emphasis: “briefed about the bombings“. However, seemingly oblivious to the fact Secretary Clinton just said “bombings“, Hillary’s traveling press pool asks the very first question 40 seconds later (01:08) which was: “Do you have any reaction to the fact that Donald Trump, prior to taking the stage tonight, called the explosion tonight a bomb, and if that’s an appropriate term”?

Report: Commercial Interrupts Meet the Press As Trump Spokeswoman Attacks Clinton (Video)
Adan Salazar - A video uploaded to Youtube shows one NBC affiliate network aired a healthcare commercial while the fire-breathing Conway outlined Clinton’s problems with the electorate. At least one TV network appears to have cut to commercial during an NBC Meet the Press interview featuring Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway Sunday, in which she tore apart the Clinton campaign – moments before her feed was completely cut off.

ULTIMATE TROLL: Trump Hijacks ‘birther’ Media to Cover Veteran Endorsements
Adan Salazar - On Friday, reporters eagerly gathered at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC to hear GOP nominee Donald Trump address the Obama birth certificate controversy. But instead of a lengthy discussion on the topic, Trump dedicated a mere 27 seconds to the issue – instead using the other 29 minutes to pay respects to Medal of Honor recipients. As if they were unfamiliar with the hotel mogul’s methods, corporate media reporters were irked the businessman had yet again baited them into giving Trump free positive press. “It’s hard to imagine this as anything but a political ‘Rick-roll,'” CNN’s Jake Tapper said on air, realizing the network had been “trumped.”
Related: Full Speech: Donald Trump Honors Veterans In Washington, DC

Hillary Insider Admits to Starting Birther Conspiracy, MSM Still Blames Trump
Truth Revolt - As Donald Trump declared once and for all Friday that Barack Obama was, in fact, born in the United States, the mainstream media, and Hillary Clinton are still complaining that he peddled the conspiracy for the last five years. But another revelation on Friday confirms what Trump has said all along, that the Clinton camp started the rumors in 2008. According to Breitbart, Clinton’s short-term 2008 campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, admitted that a campaign staffer circulated what became known as the “Birther” theory that Obama wasn’t born in the USA and therefore was ineligible to be elected president. On Twitter, Doyle said it was a “rogue staffer” who sent out an e-mail and “was fired pretty damn quick.” Later on CNN, Doyle told Wolf Blitzer, “The campaign nor Hillary did not start the Birther movement, period, end of story there. There was a volunteer coordinator, I believe, in late 2007, I believe, in December, one of our volunteer coordinators in one of the counties in Iowa — I don’t recall whether they were an actual paid staffer, but they did forward an email that promoted the conspiracy.” Trump rightly stated on Friday, “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the Birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again. Thank you very much.” Yet, the MSM is still attacking Trump for starting the Birther movement.
Related Video: Donald Trump On Big Birther Announcement FULL Interview Maria Bartiromo 9/16/16

TRUMP Builds Lead Over Hillary to 7 Points in USC Dornsife-LA Times National Poll
The Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump hit his highest lead yet in the USC-Dornsife/LA Times poll on Sunday. Trump now leads Hillary Clinton by 6.7 points! Trump’s 47.7% is an all time high.

THE FIX IS IN: Debate Rules Being Set By Hillary Donors
The Federalist Papers - The members of the so-called “nonpartisan” group charged with setting the rules for the presidential debates are far from unbiased. In fact, of all the money donated by commission members, all of it – 100 percent – has gone to Hillary Clinton. And while it’s not huge amounts of money, any donation to a candidate certainly shows who they support – and the commissioners are “all in” for Hillary. Donald Trump received no donations, neither did Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Stein and Johnson have been shut out of the debates entirely.... The co-chairman of the commission, Michael McCurry (who was also Bill Clinton’s press secretary) wrote a $250 check to Clinton’s campaign. McCurry has given a total of $5,650 to Clinton for all her campaigns. Commission board member Richard Parsons gave a total to $3,700 to Clinton, Commissioner Antonia Hernandez, president of the California Community Foundation, donated $2,700 to Clinton last year. Shirley Tilghman hasn’t donated any money, but she appeared in a video called “Hillary Fan” and praised Clinton in a speech at Princeton University. As detailed by the Stanford study, some members of the commission have been generous to Republican candidates in the past. Co-Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf, for instance, donated to both George W. Bush and John McCain, and he has given tens of thousands of dollars to the Republican Party. But neither he nor any other commission member has given a dime to Trump.

California Could Allow Felons to Vote Behind Bars
The Daily Signal - The Legislature sent a bill to Brown’s desk that would restore voting rights to an estimated 50,000 convicted felons who are behind bars in county jails, but not to felons who are serving their sentence in prisons.... In 1976, California voters approved an amendment to the constitution to restore voting rights to felons so long as they are not still “imprisoned or on parole.” In 2011, Brown, a Democrat, signed the Realignment Act, which empowered officials to move low-level offenders to county jails as a way to address overcrowding in the state’s prisons.... Supporters contend that the word “imprisoned” in the California constitution refers to a state prison, but not a county jail. If Brown signs the bill, he would add 50,000 felons to the voter rolls, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of California. The state has 123 county jails. The governor’s office would not say whether Brown will sign the bill.

Video: Liberals on social media expressed outrage after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared immensely likable on NBC’s The Tonight Show Thursday
Adan Salazar - In a two-part interview with Jimmy Fallon, Trump encouraged children to strive to become president “to help people,” explained how he stays healthy and clarified why having positive relations with foreign countries like Russia is a good thing. The interview went extremely well, with Trump receiving several rounds of applause and cheers from the audience, but the show’s host was later slammed on social media by the candidate’s detractors who accused Fallon of helping the businessman’s campaign. At the end of his segment, the studio crowd went wild as Trump let Fallon touch his hair – a video which has gone viral and has been viewed over a quarter of a million times as of this writing. Following the successful appearance, liberals immediately took to Twitter to complain that Fallon had conspired with Trump to boost his image.

Trump to Victims of Illegal Alien Crime: You Have Been ‘Forced into the Shadows’
Breitbart - On Saturday, Republican nominee Donald Trump addressed the American families victimized by open borders that have been “forced into the shadows” by both establishment politicians and media elites. At a Saturday luncheon hosted by the Remembrance Project, a group that represents the American victims of illegal alien crime, Trump honored the “stolen American lives” and pledged to “advocate for justice on behalf of all American victims.”… “Help is coming. I’ll tell you that, help is coming,” Trump declared. “On November 8th, we’re going to win the White House [loud applause]. And we are going to deliver justice for every American family and every single American victim… Together we will save American lives and prevent the next thousand American parents from suffering the same fate of the people in this room today. Their loved ones will not have died in vain.” Trump noted that “there are so many people,” who have been victimized by open borders. “The devastation is unbelievable.” “This has to end. It will end. if I become president, I promise you it will end,” Trump pledged. “Not one more American life should be given up in the name of open borders.”…
Related Video: Donald Trump Speaks at Remembrance Luncheon in Houston, TX - Sep 17, 2016

Fail: Anti-Trump Protest Falls Flat in Texas
Breitbart - A lone protester stood outside shortly before the appearance by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Houston at an event honoring the families of those killed by illegal aliens on Saturday. As Trump’s arrival time came, the protest grew to about a dozen people and then eventually capped out about about 25 to 30.

Radical Hispanic Activist Who Condemned Trump’s Mexican Rapist Comments – Is Arrested for Rape
The Gateway Pundit - Conservative Treehouse reported: You might remember a Hispanic political activist named Tony Yapias, who was extremely critical of Donald Trump’s assertion that some illegal Mexican aliens were rapists. Tony Yapias is the director of ‘Proyecto Latino de Utah’. Mr. Yapias also coordinated numerous protest events against Donald Trump including a rather violent display in Salt Lake City, Utah. This week Tony Yapias has been arrested for rape. However, not only was Yapias arrested for rape – his victim was, …wait for it…, yep, an illegal alien. Yes, it appears Mexican rapist Tony Yapias felt additionally empowered by the fact his victim was less likely to be able to contact law enforcement. Police say Tony Yapias forced his way into the home of a woman who had broken off their long-term relationship months ago and raped her.

Energy & Environment

Alabama, Georgia declare state of emergency after pipeline spill
AL.com - Gov. Robert Bentley issued an executive order Thursday declaring a state of emergency in Alabama over concerns about fuel shortages in the wake of a gasoline pipeline spill that released about 250,000 gallons of gasoline south of Birmingham and shut down a major pipeline connecting refineries in Houston with the rest of the country. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued a similar executive order for his state on Tuesday.... The executive orders will allow fuel delivery truck drivers in each state to work longer shifts and exceed maximum hour limits established by the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to prevent gasoline outages. The orders apply only to trucks that are transporting fuel to areas served by the pipeline. .... The pipeline has been shut down since Friday and normally transports 1.3 million barrels per day of refined gasoline and other petroleum products from refineries in Houston to the south and eastern seaboard. The pipeline terminates at New York Harbor.... U.S. EPA personnel at the site of the spill in Shelby County say local residents are not in danger, and the spilled gasoline appears to be contained at the site and unlikely to enter the nearby Cahaba River, which is home to a number of endangered species and other sensitive wildlife.

Cover-Up: That Sinkhole in Florida Is Far Worse Than Officials Are Admitting
Natural Blaze - Sinkholes are not an uncommon phenomenon in Florida. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal, the way the media is brushing it off. “Oh, just another sinkhole.” The sinkhole is enormous and it has leaked 215,000 gallons of radioactive, contaminated water into the state’s main drinking water supply. What’s more, they’ve known this has been occurring since early August, and much like every other freakin’ crisis they are supposedly “managing,” the EPA has kept mum on this, as has the Florida Department of Environmental Protection(DEP)… Yep, it’s another tainted water cover-up. Because Mosaic, the company responsible for the industrial spill, said “Oh, it’s no big deal,” officials didn’t warn the public. That’s starting to be a trend, isn’t it?… Speaking of corporate interests, it’s important to note that Mosaic paid over $2 BILLION in fines last year for mismanaging hazardous waste. Do you really think we should be taking their word for anything that has the potential to affect the health of the residents of Florida?

Science & Technology

Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina
The Register - A rural community in North Carolina says it will have to pull the plug on its broadband service over fears it will no longer be protected by the FCC. The city council in Wilson, North Carolina has voted to disconnect local broadband service in the nearby community of Pinetops following the 6th Circuit Court's ruling that the FCC cannot supersede state laws, and the Commission's decision to abandon further appeals. North Carolina had been among the states caught up in the argument over whether municipal broadbands should be allowed in states with laws that forbid local government services competing with private companies. Those laws have allowed national telco providers to oppose muni broadband networks on the grounds that they already offer service. Local communities have countered that the muni networks were needed because the larger carriers can't be bothered to provide adequate speeds in sparsely-populated rural areas.

Health

Cure for AIDS? Bee Venom Destroys HIV Cells, Finds Washington University Study
Natural Blaze - Scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have found that by poking holes in the protective envelope surrounding HIV and other viruses, melittin – a toxin found in bee venom – kills the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while leaving the body unharmed. This breakthrough could lead to drugs that are immune to HIV resistance; development of an anti-HIV vaginal gel that may prevent the spread of HIV; as well as possible treatments for existing HIV infections (In 2015, nearly 40 million people were living with the lethal virus globally).

The overlooked benefits of dates
(NaturalHealth365) The American Cancer Society recommends adults eat between 20 and 35 grams [of fiber] per day. With a mere four organic dates providing 6.7 grams of fiber, these sweet fruits offer a very palatable way to reach this daily allowance. Because of this whopping fiber content, dates are an effective natural remedy for constipation…. Even more impressive: consistent intake of dates helps to inhibit the growth of pathogens in the digestive tract, while enhancing the growth of beneficial bacteria. Recent research has shown that certain strains of the H. pylori bacteria have been linked with stomach cancer. In addition, their high levels of amino acids stimulate digestion and elimination, keeping carcinogenic toxins moving on a pathway of out the body. Dates are potassium-packed, with four dates providing an impressive 696 milligrams. This means they support healthy blood pressure and protect against stroke. They also reduce levels of harmful LDL cholesterol, a contributor to cardiovascular disease. Bursting with natural sugars, organic dates can provide a healthy energy boost – a great alternative to a candy bar…. Their natural sweetness, intense flavor and satisfying consistency create a feeling of satiety, a natural curb to overeating.

Pet News

Dog takes a 4-mile walk into town every day just to visit neighbors
mnn.com - Nearly every day, the dog makes the four-mile trek into town and has become a fixture with area residents who have dubbed him the town dog. He stops at city hall and the library, a couple of real estate offices and the ice cream shop, and of course the grocery store where his pals at the deli meet him at the back door with meat scraps they've put aside for him…. The LaVallees often get calls from people who are new to town who say, "Hey, I've found your dog." They're dumbfounded when they're told he'll find his way home. The LaVallees say they tried early on to keep him confined, but Bruno always found a way to roam.
 



Friday - September 16, 2016 - Today In History:

1620 - The Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England. The ship arrived at Provincetown, MA, on November 21st and then at Plymouth, MA, on December 26th. There were 102 passengers onboard.
1782 - The Great Seal of the United States was impressed on document to negotiate a prisoner of war agreement with the British. It was the first official use of the impression.
1893 - The "Cherokee Strip" in Oklahoma was swarmed by hundreds of thousands of settlers.
1940 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.
1940 - Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served for 17 years.
1974 - U.S. President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for draft-evaders and deserters during the Vietnam War.
1976 - The Episcopal Church formally approved women to be ordained as priests and bishops.
1982 - In west Beirut, the massacre of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children began in refugee camps of the Lebanese Christian militiamen.
1990 - An eight-minute videotape of an address by U.S. President George H.W. Bush was shown on Iraqi television. The message warned that action of Saddam Hussein could plunge them into a war "against the world."
1994 - Exxon Corporation was ordered by federal jury to pay $5 billion in punitive damages to the people harmed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.
2002 - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that Iraq had unconditionally accepted the return of U.N. weapons inspectors.
2004 - Hurricane Ivan plowed into the Gulf Coast with 130 mph wind and a major storm surge; Ivan was blamed for at least 115 deaths, 43 in the United States.
2007 - A deadly shooting in Baghdad involving the U.S. security firm Blackwater USA left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.
2008 - The federal government announced an emergency $85 billion loan to rescue AIG, the world's largest insurance company.

World News

Award-Winning Filmmaker Shunned for Exposing US & NATO Use of Depleted Uranium
Sputnik News - A notable director who won the prestigious German Grimme Award, responsible for numerous documentaries for the ARD and ZDF channels, he [Frieder Wagner] quickly became a pariah after making a movie called Deadly Dust...about the use of depleted uranium (DU) shells by NATO forces in the Middle East and in the former Yugoslavia. In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Wagner explained that Deadly Dust is based on an earlier documentary called The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children.... In April 2004 the movie was screened during the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. But even though that autumn it received the ÖkoMedia award, it was never screened again. And no matter what ideas he came up with, the TV channels that he previously worked with stopped sending him new orders for some reason.... DU shells are made of byproducts of uranium enrichment. Their superior armor-piercing capabilities make them a potent anti-tank weapon, especially considering that when an armored vehicle gets hit by such a shell, the impact and subsequent release of heat energy causes it to ignite, incinerating the target’s interior. But it’s the ‘deadly dust’ produced by a DU shell detonation that is probably the most insidious aspect of this type of ordnance.... According to him, US forces actively used DU munitions in Kosovo, Somalia, Libya and during both Iraqi campaigns, not to mention that they keep using them in Afghanistan up to this day.

Philippine leader rejects joint patrols, eyes China weapons
Washington Times - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he won’t allow government forces to conduct joint patrols of disputed waters near the South China Sea with foreign powers, apparently scrapping a deal his predecessor reached with the U.S. military earlier this year. Duterte also said he was considering acquiring defense equipment from Russia and China. The Philippines has traditionally leaned on the U.S., its longtime treaty ally, and other Western allies for its security needs.... He added he opposes Filipino forces accompanying foreign powers like the U.S. and China in joint patrols which could entangle the Philippines in hostilities. “We do not go into a patrol or join any other army from now because I do not want trouble,” Duterte said. “I do not want to ride gung-ho style there with China or with America. I just want to patrol our territorial waters.”.... On Monday, Duterte said he wanted U.S. military forces out of the southern Philippines and blamed America for inflaming local Muslim insurgencies, in his first public statement opposing the presence of American troops in a part of the country.

Eastern German town of Bautzen witnesses clashes between locals and refugees
Deutsche Welle - According to police reports, 20 refugees and some 80 right-wing extremists got involved in verbal and physical attacks overnight on Wednesday. The two parties reportedly hurled bottles at each other. About 100 police officers tried to break up the confrontation but also found themselves on the receiving end of the violence. Police stopped the violence by forming a chain around the two groups. The officers were forced to use pepper spray and clubs after the asylum seekers threw bottles, wooden slats and other objects at them. When the groups left the area, extremists followed the refugees to their housing complexes. Police were forced to guard the home, instructing the 32 migrant residents not to leave. Three further asylum housing complexes also required police supervision.... At a press conference on Thursday, Bautzen police chief Uwe Kilz said that migrants threw glass bottles and other objects at the officers.... "The altercation was started by the asylum-seekers," a police statement read, while Kilz said that the violence "came from nowhere."

Malaysia Confirms Wreckage Found in June From Doomed Flight MH370
Sputnik News - This most recently found piece of wreckage connected with the doomed jet was discovered by three locals, who passed it on to independent investigator Blaine Gibson.... The piece has been examined by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and "was confirmed as originating from the aircraft registered 9M-MRO and operating as MH370." The fragment is "the inboard section of a Boeing 777 right, outboard flap." It was reported that the debris has part numbers, date stamps and other identifiers of the plane.... Earlier, on Monday, the ATSB announced that the plane may have been on fire prior to its crash. According to Gibson, "the top layer of paint has been singed, scorched black." "If it was proven this was from the avionics bay, it was a flash fire, yes, it changes everything," aviation specialist Geoffrey Thomas told Channel 7 in Perth. Following the disaster, there was speculation on whether a fire brought down the plane.

UK approves stalled Chinese-funded nuclear power plant deal
Washington Times - The British government on Thursday approved the construction of the country’s first new nuclear power plant in more than two decades, a French and Chinese-backed project that had prompted high-level fears about national security. The government said in a statement that it had decided to proceed with the 18 billion-pound ($23 billion) Hinkley Point plant in southwest England, but that future foreign-funded infrastructure projects will be subject to tighter rules. The plant will be financed by Chinese nuclear power provider CGN and French energy group EDF.... Some British politicians and diplomats are wary of the enthusiasm the previous government of Prime Minister David Cameron showed for boosting ties with Beijing, and voiced concerns about the security implications of China holding a major stake in such key infrastructure. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said the Hinkley Point deal “will include a series of measures to enhance security” and ensure it cannot change hands without the government’s agreement.

Mexico Builds A "Wall" (And Guess Who Paid For It)
Zero Hedge - Mexico is building a 'wall'... on its southern border (to keep illegal immigrants out). Perhaps even more ironic, The FT notes that the Obama administration is coy about its role in Mexico’s crackdown but is sending $75m in equipment and training to help stop Central Americans from crossing illegally into Mexico... in other words, US Taxpayers funded a Mexican wall to keep immigrants out.... But as The FT reports, Mexico already acts as a formidable barrier for many... Even without Mr Trump’s fortress frontier, Mexico finds itself under increasing pressure to stem the migrant tide near its source — its own southern border. “Mexico has become a wall for migrants,” said Sister Magdalena Silva, co-ordinator of Cafemin, a privately run shelter in Mexico City that takes in refugee families, including Rosa’s. “The current policy is to arrest migrants to stop them from getting to the US border.” ... Unlike in the US, Mexico has broadened asylum laws to recognise that fleeing violence of the kind practised by the street gangs of Honduras and El Salvador can classify someone as a refugee. But the odds are still stacked against asylum seekers: Mexico deported a record 175,000 Central Americans last year, up 68 per cent from the previous year and nearly two-and-a-half times the number deported by the US.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

John Koskinen, IRS commissioner, to face impeachment hearings next week
Washington Times - Republican leaders had balked at impeachment but faced with the prospect of losing an embarrassing vote Thursday, they agreed to hold hearings, giving Mr. Koskinen a chance to make his case — under oath — for why he should keep his job. The conservatives said they’ll allow the process to play out, but if their party leaders try to pull a fast one along the way, they’ll go back to forcing an impeachment vote straight to the floor. “We’ve pressured leadership to move forward with regular order on this issue. However, if regular order is not followed through with we still reserve the right to bring up a privileged resolution again in November and go directly to a vote,” said Rep. John Fleming, Louisiana Republican. The impeachment hearing will be held Sept. 21 in the House Judiciary Committee.... Impeachment is equivalent to bringing formal charges against an officer, and takes only a majority vote in the House. A trial is then held in the Senate, and it takes a two-thirds vote on any article of impeachment to convict and remove an official from office.

Elizabeth Warren Opens Pandora’s Box With Midnight Letters to DOJ and FBI
Wall Street On Parade - …with less than two months before the November 8 election – and Hillary Clinton running for a third Obama term, promising to continue in his footsteps – [Senator] Elizabeth Warren issued two letters that draw a sharp focus on the failures of Obama’s Justice Department and FBI to prosecute the myriad criminal acts on Wall Street that led to the 2008 financial collapse.... In a 20-page letter to the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, Michael E. Horowitz, Senator Warren asked for an investigation into why the DOJ had failed to indict any of the Wall Street executives that had been referred to it for potential criminal prosecution by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC). In a separate letter, Warren asked FBI Director James Comey for his related files.... If Senator Warren is genuinely serious about getting to the bottom of this failure to prosecute, she also needs to demand that the Federal Reserve turn over the details of those 84 secret meetings that Bernanke held during the financial crisis and New York Fed President Tim Geithner’s 29 meet and greets with Citigroup execs, including the one where Sandy Weill, creator of Citigroup, offered Geithner a job at Citigroup.

DHS accused of sitting on damning border report as immigration issue drives presidential race
Fox News - DHS denied it is holding back the report, but sources say it was completed in November and that it shows roughly half of adults who attempt to cross the border make it - approximately 250,000 in total. But that number is at odds with DHS’ official estimates. The agency claims authorities catch 80 percent of adults trying to sneak in, but critics say the figure is padded to make it appear border security is more effective than it really is.... Republican lawmakers are furious that the report they ordered is not being released. “It erodes the trust as to whether the administration is being honest with the American people about what the threat is,” said Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who serves on the Committee on Homeland Security and chairs the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. “This should not be a partisan issue. Democrats, Independents and Republicans in my community want to make sure that border communities are safe.” The report was requested by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees as part of the Fiscal 2016 Omnibus Bill, but has been shrouded in secrecy. Viewed by a select few in key administration figures, critics say it is being withheld because of its explosive findings, which could potentially benefit GOP nominee Donald Trump. FoxNews.com requested a copy from both DHS and the White House, but was told the report is not yet finished, an assertion disputed by sources familiar with the process.

Missouri lawmakers expand gun rights, override veto of 'stand your ground' legislation
Washington Times - Missouri’s Republican-led legislature has significantly expanded gun rights in the state, establishing a public “stand your ground” right and allowing gun owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit. Lawmakers overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the sweeping gun rights law late Wednesday. The legislation does away with training and permit requirements for concealed carry in Missouri and expands provisions that allow individuals to stand and fight back against perceived threats. Gun owners previously were required to take an eight-hour course on gun safety and marksmanship and pass a background check in order to obtain a concealed carry permit. The new provision, which will take effect in January, does away with those requirements. The move was cheered by Second Amendment advocates. The law “will allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves from criminals,” Sen. Brian Munzlinger, a Republican from Lewis County who sponsored the bill, told The Kansas City Star.... But Democrats contend the changes will endanger citizens. “You are creating the perfect storm,” said state Rep. Kim Gardner, St. Louis Democrat, according to The Joplin Globe. “We are basically taking away training … and at the same time lowering the standard for individuals to use deadly force.” [Governor] Nixon had vetoed the legislation, saying that the state’s concealed carry permitting system has worked perfectly well and that doing away with it will create public safety risks. The bill “flouts this system, allowing individuals with no training, no proven handgun capability, and no background check to carry concealed,” Mr. Nixon wrote in a letter explaining his action.

Forget “Stop and Frisk” — Cops Across US Collecting DNA of Innocent People in “Stop and Swabs”
Activist Post - Without laws to guide them, police around the country have begun collecting people’s DNA — even when no crime has been committed — using private labs which then store the genetic material for unknown periods to make identification simple in the event a crime is committed in the future. Known generally as “stop and spit,” the practice of requesting the DNA of adults and juveniles during routine traffic stops and even basic interactions with police, ProPublica reports, is not only wholly unregulated and unlegislated, it is alarmingly common…. For instance, Kirchner explained, police in Branford, Connecticut, are “instructed to request DNA from people they merely observe acting inexplicably or strangely.” But because no legislation or legal precedent protects people from this frighteningly invasive practice, nothing would stop police departments in other cities and states from collecting genetic evidence without just cause.

Maryland Police Ban Tourists from Taking Roadside Pictures With Sunflowers
The Free Thought Project - Each year, towards the end of summer, sunflowers pop up in fields across Harford County and they become somewhat of an attraction for people who want to take pictures or pick a few flowers to take with them.... There has not been a major incident or accident to prompt this ban, just some complaints of minor traffic slowdowns on a country road. The field is located on a country road and near a red light, so while cars would have to stop to allow pedestrians to cross the road, the traffic on the street is so calm that it does not cause any major congestion. Nonetheless, police will now be patrolling the area to stop these “criminals.” Last week, the Maryland State Police issued this warning on their Facebook page: “Please do not stop along Jarrettsville Pike north of Hess Rd to photograph the sunflower field. It creates a tremendous traffic hazard as well as a danger to the pedestrians.” The sunflower field is owned by Clear Meadow Farm, which produces grain, soybeans, sunflowers and other crops, according to the Bel Air Patch. The farm charges a dollar or two for people to pick the sunflowers, and this contributes to their yearly income.

County Orders Girl To Get $3,500 In Permits & Insurance To Keep Lemonade Stand Open
Off the Grid News - County officials shut down a 10-year-old girl’s lemonade stand because it lacked a permit, liability insurance, a cart and containers that met commercial standards. Officials in Orange County, California, want Anabelle Lockwood to spend $3,500 to reopen the “gourmet lemonade” stand she calls the Loco Lemon, KTLA reported. The stand was shut down by Orange County health inspectors after they found Anabelle selling pink and yellow lemonade on the street in Fountain Valley, California. She also sells other “gourmet” flavors, such as peach and watermelon. The $3,500 would pay for a commercial cart, liability insurance, a business license and a permit, a Go Fund Me page indicates…. Anabelle’s dad built the stand, which first operated at her family’s townhome. When the homeowner’s association declared the Loco Lemon a safety hazard, Anabelle took her business to neighbors’ homes and to the streets. That was when county officials noticed and gave her 30 days to comply with regulations…. As of September 14, the [Go Fund Me] campaign to save the lemonade stand had raised $3,270.

Election News

Donald Trump Releases Medical Evaluation Report
Breitbart - Donald Trump is sharing the results of his medical examination this month, and it shows the Republican nominee is in “excellent physical health,” according to a report. The physical occurred on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 — before Hillary Clinton’s health episode on Sunday — with Trump’s doctor, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein. “We are pleased to disclose all of the test results which show that Mr. Trump is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of President of the United States,” states the Trump campaign press release disclosing the medical results. Trump’s medical examination results can be viewed here.

Dr. Oz “Very Happy” With Trump’s Health
Daily Caller - Donald Trump is slightly overweight, Dr. Oz noted as he reviewed the results of the Republican nominee’s recent physical examination Wednesday. According to a viewer who watched the taping of “The Dr. Oz Show,” the doctor — a celebrity cardiothoracic surgeon — read the results aloud from a sheet of paper. He told the audience that Trump weighs 267 pounds. “He weighs 267, if I remember correctly,” the source said. “They read it out loud. Dr. Oz said Trump is slightly overweight.” “Dr. Oz said he was very healthy and that he would be happy if any of his patients had similar results.”

Harry Reid and Democrats Hope to Pick Up Votes By ‘Fat Shaming’ Donald Trump (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - Harry Reid with sidekick Chuck Schumer smirking in the background tried out a new attack line on Donald Trump today. Could you imagine if a Republican tried this on Hillary or another Democrat?

Small Turnout For Hillary At Comeback From Pneumonia Rally In Greensboro, NC – Photos
The Gateway Pundit - Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail [Thursday] after a week off. The former Secretary of State crumbled at Ground Zero on 9-11. Handful of protesters outside Hillary Clinton's event [showed up] in Greensboro. One man's sign: "I AM DEPLORABLE”… Hillary can only get a few hundred to show up – in a small room – on a college campus in North Carolina.

Bizarro World: Hillary Says She Been “More Transparent” Than Any Presidential Candidate Ever
Steve Watson - Clinton used her favorite platform to return to the public eye, a phone call to CNN, which she equates with holding press conferences. “I think I’ve worked very very hard to be more transparent than not just my opponent but really in a comparison to anybody who’s run,” Clinton exclaimed on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show”. “The medical information I put out, and we’re going to put out more, meets and exceeds the standards that other presidential candidates including President Obama and Mitt Romney and others have met.” Hillary added. “My tax returns are out there, 40 years of transparency about my tax returns,” she said. “So I think that the real questions need to be directed toward Donald Trump and his failure to even meet the most minimalistic standards that we expect of someone being the nominee of one of our two major parties.” Hillary stated. Clinton also repeated the conspiracy theory that Donald Trump is in league with Russia premier Vladimir Putin, and said that his ties with Putin need to be investigated. The only medical information that Hillary has actually released came in the form of two letters from her personal doctor which both said she was fine. Medical experts have noted that the letters do not constitute detailed medical records in any fashion. Hillary has released her tax returns but has withheld massive amounts of information concerning the Clinton foundation. In fact, the Clintons have gone out of their way to hide the information from the public.
Related: CNN’s Gupta: Clinton Health Document Release ‘Not A Release of Medical Records By Any Means’

Donald Trump UP BY 8 POINTS in IOWA 45-37 Over Hillary Clinton
The Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump now has an 8 point lead over Hillary Clinton in the battle for Iowa’s electoral votes, according to the Monmouth University Poll . He held a slimmer 2 point edge in July…. Among Iowa voters likely to participate in November’s presidential election, 45% currently support Trump and 37% back Clinton. Another 8% intend to vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson, 2% say they will support Green Party candidate Jill Stein, 2% say they will vote for another candidate, and 6% are undecided. Trump’s current standing is similar to his 44% share two months ago, but Clinton has lost support since July when she had a 42% vote share.

Maine Gov. Says Trump Gets 3 of 4 Electoral Votes; Poll Shows Clinton 42%, Trump 39%
Breitbart - “I said about three weeks ago, it’s not one point in play anymore, it is at least three,” said Gov. Paul R. LePage, who was referring to how like Nebraska, Maine allows its congressional districts to award their electoral votes separately. In the case of Maine, two electoral votes go to the statewide winner and then one vote goes to the winner of each its two districts. Colby College/The Boston Globe poll of Maine voters, showed Trump closing the gap between himself and his Democratic rival Hillary R. Clinton with his 39 percent to her 42 percent. The poll of 779 likely voters was taken between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10, so it was completed before the former first lady’s heat stress incident Sunday at the Ground Zero ceremony in New York City.

Oops: DNC Continued to Email Passwords After They Knew They’d Been Hacked
Townhall - The hacker who calls himself Guccifer 2.0 has leaked emails from The Democratic National Committee for the second time this summer. His first effort unveiled the DNC's clear bias for Hillary Clinton and the eventual resignation of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The newest hack includes information into the DNC's finances, proving the committee is guilty of more pay-to-play schemes that awarded influential donors. One email in particular reveals that DNC officials had discovered their email system had been compromised. Yet, instead of taking cautionary steps to prevent future hacks, they sent out new passwords to the team - via email. This was a severe lack of oversight, but instead of taking any accountability, Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile insisted the DNC is the victim of a crime waged by Russian agents who "seek to harm" the Democratic Party before November's election. The interim chair also blamed Republican nominee Donald Trump, who in July invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails.

Economy & Business

Ford Moving All Small Car Manufacturing Out of Detroit and into Mexico
Breitbart - In a September 14 statement, Ford CEO Mark Fields insisted that in the “next two to three years, we will have migrated all of our small car production to Mexico and out of the United States.” Fields added that Ford is investing an additional $4.5 billion to develop electric vehicles by 2020, most of which will be spent in its Mexico facilities. The company also said all emerging small car models will be made south of the border. The move to shift all production to Mexico should not come as a major surprise, as in April, Ford had already launched a $1.6 billion building plan for enlarging facilities in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The brand new Mexico facilities were announced just as President Barack Obama’s deputy signed the unpopular Trans Pacific Partnership free-trade deal earlier this year…. Ford is hardly alone in the stampede to foreign nations. Chevy recently debuted its first Chinese-made SUV it intends to import into the U.S. But GM is already importing cars from a list of foreign countries. Buick, for instance, is importing from South Korea, Europe, and Poland, USA Today reports.

Energy & Environment

FDA Finds Monsanto’s Roundup In Honey Samples Across America
Natural Blaze - Even though government agencies like the FDA and USDA are supposed to inspect and test food samples – and the USDA does do that – neither of them have tested for glyphosate residues for decades even though it is the world’s most heavily used herbicide. The long-held position on glyphosate testing is that it is “too expensive, too unnecessary” even though simple ELISA testing makes it possible…. Last year, researchers found glyphosate residues in honey, soy sauce and many other food and condiments. Could that be why the FDA quietly tested honey samples? Typically, government agencies like the FDA and USDA roll out the protected red carpet for multinational corporations like Monsanto. This time, however, public pressure has twisted the FDA’s arm into testing honey for glyphosate residue. Huffington Post reports: In examining honey samples from various locations in the United States, the FDA has found fresh evidence that residues of the weed killer called glyphosate can be pervasive – found even in a food that is not produced with the use of glyphosate. All of the samples the FDA tested in a recent examination contained glyphosate residues, and some of the honey showed residue levels double the limit allowed in the European Union, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. There is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the United States…. Sadly, even “organic mountain honey” contained residue, according to the Huffington Post report.

Science & Technology

FBI director: Cover up your webcam
The Hill - The head of the FBI on Wednesday defended putting a piece of tape over his personal laptop's webcam, claiming the security step was a common sense one that most should take. “There’s some sensible things you should be doing, and that’s one of them,” Director James Comey said during a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen,” he added. “They all have a little lid that closes down on them. “You do that so that people who don’t have authority don’t look at you. I think that’s a good thing.” Comey was pilloried online earlier this year, after he revealed that he puts a piece of tape over his laptop camera to keep away prying eyes. The precaution is a common one among security advocates, given the relative ease of hacking laptop cameras. But many found it ironic for Comey, who this year launched a high profile battle against Apple to gain access to data locked inside of the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorists. Many viewed that fight as a referendum on digital privacy. Comey was “much mocked for that,” he acknowledged on Wednesday. But he still uses the tape on his laptop.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

7 Tips for Staying Clutter-Free
Mother Earth News - Clutter is trapped energy that has far-reaching effects physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The simple act of clearing clutter can transform your life by releasing negative emotions, generating energy, and allowing you to create space in your life for the things you want to achieve. In this revised and updated edition of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, author Karen Kingston, pioneer of a branch of Feng Shui known as Space Clearing, expertly guides you through the liberating task of clutter clearing. You will learn why you keep clutter, how to identify and clear clutter in the home or workplace and ultimately — how to stay clutter-free…. 1. Discover Your Most Effective Clutter Clearing Time of Day: Discover when you are at your most decisive and do your clearing then. 2. Schedule Clutter Clearing: Decide when you will begin and schedule it on your calendar, as you would any other activity. Make a date with yourself to do it, and show up. It can be a whole day, a half day, or a series of appointments of just an hour or half an hour, depending on how fast you want to progress. 3. Timebox Each Task: It's a well-known fact that all jobs expand to fill their allotted time limit, so if you tell yourself you will clear your stuff until it's done, don't be surprised if the process takes forever. Timebox each job. Break each task down into chunks, decide how long it will take you to complete each one, and then set your timer. Work against the clock to do each chunk within the timebox you have set yourself. 4. Play Upbeat Music: Some people prefer to clutter clear in silence, but many find they are able to keep going two to three times longer if they have the right music playing….

Health

San Antonio prosecutor: Vaccines cause autism
Newstarget - A prosecutor from San Antonio, Texas, recently went on the record and declared that vaccines can and do cause autism. While unsurprising to those who’ve done their research, to hear those words come from a district attorney is certainly quite shocking. Nico LaHood and his wife Davida are parents to an autistic child. Fox San Antonio reports that LaHood has said: “After his 18 month vaccination, we had a very different child.” Many parents share his sentiments; there are thousands of heartbreaking stories about vaccine injury…. In an interview with KSAT , a local news station, LaHood acknowledged that his opinion went against the grain, but noted that he would not be silenced due to his position. When questioned about whether or not he should be saying such things publicly, LaHood responded: “My opinions are just my opinions. As a daddy, as a husband, who happens to be the district attorney. People are allowed to have a First Amendment right to an opinion. I know this is not a politically correct opinion.”

Cancer Cure May Have Finally Been Found In The Australian Rainforest
Natural Blaze - This cancer-fighting blushwood berry, also known as Hylandia dockrillii, has been uncovered in a far northern part of Australia, known for its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and over 70 national parks, in the rainforests of North Queensland. The phyto-active compounds in this berry, namely a molecule which scientists are calling EBC-46, are so potent that they’ve killed cancerous tumors in lab experiments in as few as seven days. Other cancers were eradicated within only 48 hours. Numerous clinical trials have already shown promise for treating cancer in laboratory animals, including horses, rats, and dogs, and the first human trials on a drug made from blush berries may have kept one woman from having to undergo an amputation of her arm. In a shocking twenty minutes, she says the tumor, “went purple, then black, and within a couple days, the tumor just shriveled up and died.” The compound causes no side effects, and works faster than almost anything doctors have ever seen. It works specifically on spot-melanomas, like skin cancer. EBC-46 seems to trigger an immune response when injected into cancerous tumor sites…. No clinical evidence has yet proven the blushwood berry to work in its whole, natural form, but if the compound gained from its flesh is so effective, might not the fruit itself prove efficacious in healing non-metastatic cancers? Blushwood berry compounds are thought to cut off the oxygen supply to cancer cells, allowing for the removal of tumors without any need for surgery,

Kimchi and Sauerkraut: Why Add Fermented Foods in Your Diet
Natural Blaze - Before the invention of canning machines and freezers, vegetables were preserved by lacto-fermentation, wherein sugars and starches in vegetables, and even fruits, were changed into lactic acid. The amount of lactobacilli produced during fermentation increases the levels of vitamins and improves the digestibility of vegetables. The lactic acid causes the vegetables to be preserved which in turn improves the growth of lactobacilli in your intestines. Moreover, fermentation is the only food preparation method that do not destroy nutrients. In fact it enhances and creates additional nutrients in food. Likewise, it removes harmful bacteria and toxins from food. The good bacteria-fermented foods contain improve digestion, particularly when consumed before a meal. This helps you to properly absorb nutrients. Aside from preserving food, fermentation promotes important enzyme production. Fermentation also boosts your immunity. It increases the supply of lactic acid, lactase, digestive enzymes, omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins. Here are some of the top fermented foods that are good sources of probiotics. Kimchi – a very good source of probiotics. It’s good for colon health, weight loss, healthy skin, stronger immune system and lower cholesterol. Sauerkraut – One serving of sauerkraut provides a good dose of probiotics to help in digestion. Raw sauerkraut is said to prevent the formation of cancer cells. Yogurt – the plain, full fat yogurt is the best to buy as it does not contain sugar. If you’re able to handle dairy, look for raw, unpasteurized yogurt. There is also dairy-free yogurt made from almond and coconut milk. Nattō – this is fermented soy beans that is a traditional Japanese food eaten for breakfast. It’s a good source of vitamin K2 (good for the heart), dietary fiber, iron and calcium. Kombucha – fermented tea produced by combining bacteria, yeast, sugar, water and tea. It’s known to fight Staph bacteria and E. coli in the digestive tract.

Pet News

How many times are Ingredients cooked in Kibble Pet Foods?
Susan Thixton - Kibble is a cooked dough-type pet food (comparable to dough used to make a cookie or a cracker – with meat). Because it is made from dough, all ingredients in a kibble pet food need to be ground fine before mixing. Raw ingredients are “brought together in a mixer” with added supplements (mixer can hold 10,000 pounds or more of ingredients). Next the dough “is heated in the preconditioner prior to introduction to the extruder.” “The extruder, essentially a giant meat grinder, is where the primary cooking phase for dry extruded pet food products occurs. The dough is cooked under intense heat and pressure as it moves toward the open end of the extruder.” At the end of the extruder the dough is forced through a “shaping die” and cut into desired shape. “Kibble is dried in an oven until its moisture content is low enough to make it shelf stable like a cookie or cracker.” Ingredients are cooked or heated 3 times during the manufacture of kibble pet foods. But wait… There is more processing to consider; some ingredients are cooked or processed prior to arriving at the pet food plant such as rendered ingredients like beef meal and chicken meal…. Similar processing can be used for vegetable ingredients too… To help kibble keep its shape after drying, multiple starches are included…. If you feed kibble, consider the processing involved to make it. Please add some real food to their diet each day (replace some kibble with real food). Added meat can be raw or lightly roasted, vegetables lightly cooked.



Thursday - September 15, 2016 - Today In History:

1775 - An early and unofficial American flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Mott after the seizing of Fort Johnson from the British. The flag was dark blue with the white word "Liberty" spelled on it.
1776 - British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
1789 - The U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.
1821 - Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador proclaimed independence.
1858 - The first mail service begins to the Pacific Coast of the U.S. under government contract. Coaches from the Butterfield Overland Mail Company took 12 days to make the journey between Tipton, MO and San Francisco, CA.
1935 - The Nuremberg Laws were enacted by Nazi Germany. The act stripped all German Jews of their civil rights and the swastika was made the official symbol of Nazi Germany.
1940 - The German Luftwaffe suffered the loss of 185 planes in the Battle of Britain. The change in tide forced Hitler to abandon his plans for invading Britain.
1950 - U.N. forces landed at Inchon, Korea in an attempt to relieve South Korean forces and recapture Seoul.
1959 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev arrived in the U.S. to begin a 13-day visit.
1961 - The U.S. resumed underground testing of nuclear weapons.
1983 - The Senate joined the House of Representatives in their condemning of the Soviet Union for shooting down a Korean jet with 269 people onboard.
1990 - France announced that it would send an additional 4,000 soldiers to the Persian Gulf. They also expelled Iraqi military attaches in Paris.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton told Haiti's military leaders "Your time is up. Leave now or we will force you from power."
1997 - The domain name "google.com" was registered.
1998 - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the Iranian military to be on full alert and massed troops on its border with Afghanistan.
2001 - President George W. Bush identified Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and told Americans to prepare for a long, difficult war against terrorism.
2005 - President George W. Bush, addressing the nation from storm-ravaged New Orleans, acknowledged the government failed to respond adequately to Hurricane Katrina and urged Congress to approve a massive reconstruction program.
2008 - Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection – the largest in U.S. history.

World News

Russian troops take up positions in Aleppo, Jihadis given ultimatum
The Duran - It appears from the TASS report that whilst Syrian troops are being withdrawn from the immediate area of the Castello road, their place is being taken by Russian troops – apparently naval infantry troops sent there from the Russian base at Khmeimim. The TASS report also makes it clear that the Jihadi fighters in eastern Aleppo are supposed to hand over their weapons and to evacuate eastern Aleppo by way of the Castello road. Here is how TASS reports Sergey Kapitsyn, the senior Russian official on the spot, explained it “This road is now the corridor for the exit of gunmen from the eastern part of Aleppo who decided to stop fighting and surrender their weapons. As part of the September 9 agreements between Russia and the US on reinstating the ceasefire a special focus will be on the Castello road. It will become a key route for delivering humanitarian cargos in Aleppo. Now works are underway here to equip the checkpoint of the Syrian Red Crescent Society through which the humanitarian cargos will travel to the eastern and western parts of the city,” This explains why, as reported previously, the Syrian air force dropped leaflets over Aleppo a few days ago giving the Jihadi fighters in eastern Aleppo two days to lay down their arms or evacuate.

North Korea dismisses US bomber flyover as ‘bluff’
RT - North Korea has said the recent US bomber flight over South Korea was no more than a “bluff” and a “laughing stock” for the whole world. It has nevertheless warned that such “reckless provocations” should stop. Pyongyang state media is rarely picky with its choice of words when it comes to South Korea or the US. The latest outburst has been sparked by the flight of two supersonic B-1 Lancer strategic bombers belonging to the United States over South Korea on Tuesday. “[This] farce is no more than a bluff to free the puppet military of rapidly growing war phobia and war-weariness and fan up war hysteria,” Minju Joson, a state-run North Korean government newspaper, said. Its statement ended with a warning that South Korea’s cooperation with the US would only “precipitate their destruction, ridiculed by all people.” On Wednesday, the North Korean state-run news agency KCNA continued chiding the South for allowing the flyover to take place. They focused mainly on US involvement this time. “These extremely reckless provocations of the US imperialist warmongers are pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the point of explosion hour by hour,” the agency stated, noting that the South “had better stop their rash actions” as the North is perfectly capable of “beat[ing] back any aggression and provocation at a single blow.” The flight of two US bombers capable of carrying an entire nuclear arsenal over South Korean Osan Air Base, south of Seoul, was intended as a show of force for Pyongyang, which conducted its fifth nuclear test on Friday, prompting a harsh response from South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who accused the North of “maniacal recklessness.”

Venezuela's "Death Spiral" - A Dozen Eggs Cost $150 As Hyperinflation Horrors Hit Socialist Utopia
Zero Hedge - For many Venezuelans, by every economic, social and political measure, their nation is unravelling at breakneck speed. Severe shortages of food, clean water, electricity, medicines and hospital supplies punctuate a dire scenario of crime-ridden streets in the impoverished neighborhoods of this nearly failed OPEC state, which at one time claimed to be the most prosperous nation in Latin America. Today, a once comfortable middle-class Venezuelan father is scrambling desperately to find his family's next meal -- sometimes hunting through garbage for salvageable food. The unfortunate 75% majority of Venezuelans already suffering extreme poverty are reportedly verging on starvation…. In what some economists have been calling a "death spiral", the government's failed economic policies are at the same time causing and trying to stem a runaway inflation with price-fixing policies which, in turn, are triggering shortages. Maduro is strongly urging businesses and farmers to sell their goods at severe losses, forcing shut-downs when the cost of doing business becomes prohibitive. According to a recent Bloomberg report, the black market is thriving because goods are unavailable at prices fixed by the government. There are reports of ordinary people quitting inadequate-paying jobs to set up black market operations, hoping to be able to make enough to sustain life. A dozen eggs was last reported to cost $150, and the International Monetary Fund "predicts that inflation in Venezuela will hit 720% this year. That might be an optimistic assessment, according to some local economic analysts, who expect the rate to reach as high as 1,200%."

Biggest German M&A Deal Ever: Monsanto Accepts Bayer's $66 Billion Takeover Offer, Creating Agri-Giant
Zero Hedge - In a transaction that will allow Bayer to command more than a quarter of the combined world market for seeds and pesticides, not to mention is set to be the biggest M&A [Mergers and Acquisitions] deal for 2016, Reuters reported that Bayer has won over Monsanto's management with a $128 per-share cash offer to acquire the global seed market leader, in a deal worth $66 billion…. According to Reuters calculations, at a total deal value of close to $66 billion - based on 442 million Monsanto shares and the U.S. group's net debt of $9.3 billion as per end-May - it will be the largest transaction ever involving a German buyer. It would trump Daimler's merger deal with Chrysler in 1998, which valued the U.S. carmaker at more than $40 billion.

Zika Virus News

Brazil Admits Zika Is Not Causing Birth Defects
(NaturalNews) Allegations made by the government and establishment media that birth defects in the form of microcephaly in the Americas are caused by the Zika virus are quickly waning. Doctors in Brazil are “quietly acknowledging” that Zika may not be responsible for causing birth defects after all…. Research conducted by the New England Complex Systems Institute found extremely low occurrences of birth defects among Colombian women infected with the Zika virus, meaning there must be another cause. The study observed 12,000 pregnant women living in Colombia infected with the virus, and none of them gave birth to a baby with microcephaly…. So what is causing the birth defects in Brazil? Well, some theorize that it has something to do with a chemical called pyriproxyfen, an insecticide that mimics natural hormones in insects, disrupting reproductive growth. Registered for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1995, the pesticide is an insect growth regulator that affects fleas, cockroaches, ticks, ants, carpet beetles and mosquitoes. Pyriproxyfen is used on lawns and various foods including asparagus, peanuts, strawberries and grapes, according to the National Pesticide Information Center. The EPA suspects that the chemical is a known endocrine disruptor. Endocrine disruptors are known for having adverse effects on reproductive development and fetuses, often impacting brain function and development. Pyriproxyfen, used to kill mosquito larva, was applied in areas which subsequently exhibited concentrated rates of microcephaly. The chemical was even put into the drinking water in Pernambuco, a state in Brazil at the center of the epidemic.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

John Kerry’s State Department Funneled MILLIONS To His Daughter’s Nonprofit
Daily Caller - More than $9 million of Department of State money has been funneled through the Peace Corps to a nonprofit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show. The Department of State funded a Peace Corps program created by Dr. Vanessa Kerry and officials from both agencies, records show. The Peace Corps then awarded the money without competition to a nonprofit Kerry created for the program. Initially, the Peace Corps awarded Kerry’s group — now called Seed Global Health — with a three-year contract worth $2 million of State Department money on Sept. 10, 2012, documents show. Her father was then the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which oversees both the Department of State and the Peace Corps. Seed secured a four-year extension in September 2015, again without competition. This time, the Peace Corps gave the nonprofit $6.4 million provided by the Department of State while John Kerry was secretary of state. Seed also received almost $1 million from a modification to the first award, as well as from Department of State funds the group secured outside the Peace Corps.

This Is How Much It 'Costs' To Get An Ambassadorship: Guccifer 2.0 Leaks DNC 'Pay-To-Play' Donor List
Zero Hedge - After addressing a cybersecurity conference in London, notorious hacker 'Guccifer' shared over 500Mb of documents detailing 100,000 DNC donors contact info and donations. A large number of the largest donors received senior diplomatic or political positions following the donations, ranging from UK Ambassador to Assistant Attorney General. The DNC released a statement preemptively claiming that this was the work of Russia (and reigniting Trump's links to Putin)…. Some of the alleged major donors [are]… Richard M. Lobo: It appears Richard M. Lobo’s wife, Caren Lobo, donated $716,000 to DNC. Obama then nominated Richard Lobo for Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau. Pamela Hamamoto: Pamela Hamamoto paid DNC $605,000 then became the Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva. Jane Hartley: Jane Hartley paid DNC $605,000 and then was nominated by Obama to serve concurrently as the U.S. Ambassador to the French Republic and the Principality of Monaco. Crystal Nix-Hines: Crystal Nix-Hines paid DNC $600,000 and then was nominated by President Obama to the position of United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization with the rank of Ambassador. Bruce J. Oreck: Bruce J. Oreck donated $1,136,613 to the DNC and served as US ambassador to Finland 2009 to 2015. Robert A. Mandell: Robert A. Mandell donated $1,121,250 to the DNC then President Obama named Mandell the Ambassador to Luxembourg in June 2011. Julius Genachowski: Julius Genachowski donated $3,494,919 toDNC and served as Chairman of the FCC from 2009 to 2013. Karol Mason: Karol Mason donated $856,000 to the DNC and Obama appoints her as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs.

Election News

Video: Putin Appointed TV Host: “They May Kill” Donald Trump
Paul Joseph Watson - Prominent Russian TV host and journalist Dmitry Kisiliov warned that the elite “may kill” Donald Trump because of his desire to build better relations with Moscow. Kisiliov began his monologue by discussing the latest polls which show Trump edging ahead of Clinton, as well as Trump’s promise that he would “form very, very good relations with Russia” if he becomes president. “This combination, Trump’s leading in the race, his ability to state things as they are, and his intention to end the recent extreme Russian-American tensions – all this puts him in a very risky situation,” states Kisiliov. “Now they may just kill him,” the host alarmingly adds. “The U.S. special (security) services do not need such a president. Those services promote hatred toward Russia in order to justify their existence,” asserts Kisiliov. “The American oligarchs also do not need such a president. For these oligarchs, the existing world order ensures solid and stable business. For them, a Trump who is ready to settle issues with Russia means that the finances will flow in a different direction.” “The American establishment is merciless,” concludes Kisiliov. Kisiliov (alternative spelling Kiselyov) is a controversial but prominent journalist in Russia. He was personally appointed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to head the new official Russian government-owned international news agency Rossiya Segodnya in December 2013.

Friends of Hillary say she has Parkinson's 'Stage 3' of neuro-degenerative disease
WND - Hillary Clinton has stage-three Parkinson’s disease and suffers from seizures, according to three sources who have had a personal relationship with the Democratic Party presidential nominee. The sources, who spoke to WND on condition of anonymity, explained that her seizures or dizzy spells can be triggered by being out in the sun, such as apparently occurred Sunday when she was videoed collapsing as she was escorted into her limousine in New York City. After the episode Sunday, the Clinton campaign announced she had been diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia. However, images captured at the 9/11 memorial Sunday showed Clinton apparently being asked by a medical professional to squeeze her fingers, a test that would indicate she suffers from a neurological disease such as Parkinson’s. Meanwhile, a Republican state legislator in New Hampshire said Monday he believes Clinton has Parkinson’s. Daniel Tamburello commented on his Facebook page that his father had Parkinson’s, and he noted pneumonia is common among sufferers of the neuro-degenerative disease.

WikiLeaks: Huma Abedin Email Proves Hillary Has Deadly Blood Clot
Your News Wire - WikiLeaks have released an email from Huma Abedin revealing Hillary Clinton’s deadly blood clot that formed three years ago. Abedin, vice chairwoman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, wrote an email to Hillary referring to her cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), in a revealing 2013 email exchange. The email suggests that Hillary’s alleged bout of pneumonia on Sunday may in fact be a blood clot, which drains blood from the brain. Symptoms of CVST include headache, abnormal vision, any of the symptoms of stroke such as weakness of the face and limbs on one side of the body, and seizures.

Email Bombshell Reveals Hillary Health Crisis Early 2015
Breitbart - One of the biggest bombshells in the leaked Colin Powell emails is the news that Democratic senator Sheldon Whitehouse informed a Democratic donor that Hillary’s health is so bad that she “could barely climb the podium steps” during an event they both attended. “Sheldon Whitehouse, who is a huge Clinton supporter, said they were both giving speeches at the same event a few months back and she could barely climb the podium steps,” Democratic financier Jeffery Leeds said in an email discussion with George W. Bush’s former secretary of state. The emails were dated March 14, 2015, and first reported by The Intercept. “On HD TV she doesn’t look good,” Powell wrote. “She is working herself to death.” Powell’s leaked private emails were released by the website DCLeaks.com.

Trump Releases Medical Information To Dr. Oz After Campaign Said He Wouldn't
Western Journalism - Hours after the Trump campaign said that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was not planning on sharing detailed health information during Wednesday’s taping of The Dr. Oz Show, Trump did just that. During the taping, Trump handed Mehmet Oz one sheet of paper with a summary of his physical examination that was conducted last week. He and Oz also discussed his health and health issues in general. What was on the sheet and exactly what was said have not yet been revealed. The interview will air Thursday.... An audience member at the taping said that Trump did offer one health goal — he would like to lose about 15 pounds. Audience members variously reported Trump’s weight as anywhere from 230 to 267 pounds. CNN quoted Kelly Platt, a Trump supporter, as saying the GOP nominee does not exercise but is excellent at golf. Platt said that during the taping, Oz indicated Trump has no health issues and that Trump’s cholesterol has come down to a good level after taking a Statin drug to lower it. In the wake of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s medical episode on Sunday, Trump had said that to promote transparency on health issues, he would release what he called “the numbers” from last week’s exam.

Hillary's Doctor Releases Her Latest "Medical Records"
Zero Hedge - "Fit to serve," are the three little words that Dr. Lisa Bardack chose to sum up Hillary Clinton's post-collapse, post-pneumonia, post-coughing fit medical test. Bardack concluded that "the remainder of her complete physical exam was normal and she is in excellent mental condition." Of course, the big question is, will Hillary be healthy enough that Bardack does not need to walk arm in arm with her in public during Hillary's next appearance, while checking to make sure her pulse is still there. As Bloomberg reports, Clinton’s medical history included deep vein thrombosis in 1998 and 2009, an elbow fracture in 2009, and a blood clot and a concussion in 2012, Bardack said last year. At that time, Clinton regularly took Armour Thyroid, antihistamines, Vitamin B12 and Coumadin, an anticoagulant. She’s still taking all the same medications, Bardack said, with more specificity about the antihistamine the candidate is taking. It is Clarinex. Clinton last released information about her health in July 2015, when Bardack provided a letter that concluded the candidate “is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.” And today, as CNN reports, Hillary Clinton's campaign released additional medical information Wednesday after questions about her health intensified in the wake of her pneumonia diagnosis late last week. She was diagnosed with mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia, her doctor said, a step the campaign took after the candidate had to take three days off the campaign trail after nearly collapsing at an event on Sunday…. Bardack [said] that Clinton "is recovering well with antibiotics," including Levaquin, which she was told to take for 10 days.
Related: Hillary Clinton's doctor reveals secret surgery, steroid treatments and BRAIN SCAN as she says candidate has bacterial pneumonia - but is 'fit to serve'

Roger Stone: ‘If Hillary’s Too Sick, the DNC Will Replace Her with Michelle Obama’
Daily Sheeple - While everyone is talking about Creepy Uncle Joe Biden taking over for Hillary if she’s too unfit (or dead) to continue in the presidential race, here’s someone most people probably didn’t consider: Michelle Obama. After you get over your initial disgust at the mere thought, think about it for a second and it actually starts to make sense. First, you have the fact that Obama is constantly lamenting term limits and how much he doesn’t want to leave the White House. Hillary is (was?) running as Obama’s third term… If Michelle steps in now, it will be. Second, if you recall it was senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett who first dropped Hillary’s email server scandal bomb, expertly timed with the announcement of Hillary’s run for president to mire her in scandal from the get go. Word is, the Obamas actually hate her. Is this why they could go through backing someone they obviously loathe throughout her run? They were biding their time knowing that a bait-and-switch was coming? Third, Michelle and her husband have worked very hard at race baiting and pushing the race war ala Black Lives Matter etc. and there does seem to be a lot invested in how America needs to “break the glass ceiling” with a woman president.

Team Hillary: Clinton Will Reappear On Campaign Trail On Thursday
Breitbart - Hillary Clinton plans to travel to Greensboro, North Carolina to speak at a political rally on September 15, one week after her last campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 8. The campaign later claimed that Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia and had collapsed because she was “overheated” and “dehydrated.” Clinton plans to travel to Greensboro, North Carolina to speak at a political rally on September 15, one week after her last campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 8. Clinton also plans to address the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute on Thursday night before attending the Black Women’s Agenda forum in Washington D.C. on Friday. Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to take his wife’s place for a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Shock Video Shows CNN, MSNBC Embracing Role as “Surrogates” of Clinton Campaign
Paul Joseph Watson - MSM uses exact same phrases distributed by Hillary’s “Daily Message Guidance”…. The clip exposes how mainstream media outlets immediately began regurgitating Clinton campaign talking points within hours of Hillary’s infamous collapse in New York on Sunday. After Clinton campaign staffers began using the term “power through” over and over again in an effort to emphasize Hillary’s strength – a complete 180 of objective reality – network hosts adopted and repeated the phrase themselves…. As Politico reported, “Those phrases, projecting strength, prudence, and vigor, were among the six bullet-pointed talking points about Clinton’s health the campaign distributed to its army of outside surrogates Tuesday morning. The marching orders, part of the “Daily Message Guidance” from Brooklyn headquarters, instructed Clinton allies on how to answer questions about the Democratic nominee’s pneumonia and about how she dealt with the untimely setback.” So by repeating the exact same talking points, the likes of CNN and MSNBC were confirming and embracing their role as “surrogates” of the Clinton campaign.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Stronger Together’ Book a Major Flop
Breitbart - Hillary Clinton’s latest book is off to a pitiful start selling but a paltry 2,912 copies in its first week of release, a report shows. Clinton’s new release, Stronger Together, which unveiled her vision for America should she become president, is “what the publishing industry would consider a flop,” according to The New York Times. The Democrat nominee’s blueprint for America’s future is selling even worse than her last book, her 2015 memoir Hard Choices, which at least racked up 85,000 sales in its first week. The Times notes that first-week sales often amount to as much as one third of total sales — which means Stronger Together‘s total sales figures may not ever equal Hard Choice‘s first week. By July of 2014, Hillary’s Hard Choices had only sold 181,000 copies — which hardly justified the $14 million advance that publisher Simon & Schuster gave her. By contrast, Sarah Palin’s 2009 book, Going Rogue, sold 469,000 copies in its first week.

Poll: 22 Percent Doubt Hillary Clinton Would Live Past First Term
Breitbart - When asked if it was likely that Clinton “would live long enough to serve a full 4-year term if elected president,” 12 percent said it was not too likely and 10 percent said it was not at all likely…. The numbers aren’t good for Clinton’s vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine either, as only 38 percent say he is prepared to serve as president if Clinton were to die in office. Thirty-one percent said that Kaine was not fit to serve as president and 31 percent didn’t know or had no opinion about it. Trump’s running mate Mike Pence received much higher numbers, as 43 percent of voters in the survey said he was prepared to serve as president while only 29 percent said he wasn’t. Fifty percent of voters in the survey believe that Hillary Clinton has actually given the public false information on her health; 54 percent say that she has not given voters accurate information…. The new survey polled 1,501 registered voters from Sept. 12-13 to gauge voters reaction to Clinton’s health scare. Seventy-nine percent of polled voters had heard about the incident. Forty-one percent now believe that Hillary Clinton’s is “below average or very poor” compared to only 26 percent in August — a 15 point swing in one month.

Economy & Business

Fifth Third closing more branches
Cincinnati.com - Fifth Third Bank said Tuesday it will shed 44 branches and sell five parcels of land as part of an ongoing assessment of its retail banking network. Tuesday’s announcement expands the branch closure plan the Cincinnati-based regional bank announced in June 2015, a process that culminated in more than 100 locations closing. The latest cuts would remove nearly 4 percent of the current 1,191-branch network. Bank officials expect the move to save the company between $13 million and $14 million a year. By early 2017, Fifth Third’s branch network will be 12 percent smaller than it was in 2015. The company cited “changing customer preferences” toward increased digital transactions for the move. Company officials did not identify the branches it will close but said affected employees and customers would be informed next month. The plan was unveiled Tuesday morning at an industry conference in New York.

Luxury Retailer Warns Of 45% Drop In Profits
RT - Swiss group Richemont, the producer of Cartier and Montblanc jewelry, along with French fashion house Hermes have warned of sliding global sales. Richemont expects a 45 percent drop in first-half operating profit, while Hermes abandoned its mid-term target for eight percent growth in annual sales. Share prices of both companies have fallen, dragging other luxury stocks down with them. Hermes was down 6.5 percent, Richemont dropped four percent. “The luxury market is suffering. Richemont and Hermes have both delivered downbeat trading updates and their stocks are being sold off in sharp fashion as a result,” said Neil Wilson, markets analyst at ETX, as quoted by The Guardian. He added that sales and profits had also fallen at Burberry and Swatch, with Tiffany posting in May the sharpest drop in sales since the financial crisis. The key consumer markets such as Hong Kong and Macau have shrunk with a drop in demand partially caused by the Chinese authorities’ crackdown on corruption and excess.

Desperately Poor Teens In America’s Impoverished Inner Cities Are Trading Sex For Food
Economic Collapse - It wouldn’t be a shock to hear that these kinds of things are going on in an economically-depressed nation such as Venezuela, but this is the United States of America. We are supposed to be the wealthiest nation on the entire planet. Sadly, even while the stock market has been soaring in recent years, poverty in America has been on the rise…. The following comes directly from the Urban Institute website… An estimated 6.8 million people ages 10 to 17 are food insecure, meaning they don’t have reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food. Another 2.9 million are very food insecure, and roughly 4 million live in marginally food secure households, where the threat of running out of food is real. Food insecurity takes a tremendous toll on teenagers. Poor nutrition—and the stress of hunger and poverty—can jeopardize their physical and mental health and development and their academic success. But despite the gravity and prevalence of teen food insecurity, we know very little about how these young people experience and cope with hunger…. Some of the youths said they or someone they know — mostly young men — have turned to shoplifting food, selling drugs or stealing items to sell. The teens also reported knowing young women who have sold their bodies for food or had sex for money so they could buy food for their families. Going to jail or failing a class in order to have to attend summer school were also some of the lengths teens went to.

Energy & Environment

Video: Riot Police Begin Mass-Arrests at Dakota Access Pipeline, FB Censors Video
The Anti-Media - It didn’t take long after the National Guard was activated in North Dakota for militarized law enforcement to descend upon the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Today, mass arrests began as riot gear-clad police attempted to break up Native American opposition to the construction of the pipeline, which has been halted at one location but continues elsewhere. According to independent news outlet Unicorn Riot, at least 20 protesters, or “water protectors,” have been arrested at gunpoint along with medics and two journalists. Police issued a one-time warning to “water protectors” that any trespassers would be arrested. The warning came after several people locked themselves to construction equipment in acts of civil disobedience on Tuesday.

Science & Technology

Apple's new 'wireless' headphones emit radiation ... right next to your brain
(NaturalNews) To much fanfare and excitement, Apple has announced that the iPhone 7 will come with wireless earbuds, ditching the much-reviled and ever-tangled cords of conventional earbuds…. The iPhone will communicate via Bluetooth directly with the right earbud, which will send a separate Bluetooth signal to the left earbud. This means the radiation carrying the signal will pass directly through the user's brain. According to Apple, all Bluetooth devices emit radiofrequency radiation (RFR) within the guidelines set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). But according to Joel Moskowitz of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, more than 200 scientists who study the effects of electromagnetic fields on the body have gone on record criticizing the FCC guidelines as far too lenient…. But even without Bluetooth, any cell phone use is hazardous. Cell phones also operate using RFR signals, as do smart meters and wireless internet.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Illegal Spraying of Monsanto’s New Pesticide Has Damaged Crops in 10 States
Natural Blaze - An illegal pesticide prone to drift has contaminated Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy and cotton farms across ten states. Pesticide drift from Dicamba has hurt many thousands of crops along America’s farm belt already…. The pesticide is a combination of both glyphosate and 2,4-D. Largely in response to the failed herbicide created by Monsanto — Roundup — Dicamba was created with the intention of overcoming weed resistance experienced by farmers widely across the middle and southern states of the U.S. A compliance advisory report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says that there have been “unusually high” reports of crop damage that appear related to the illegal spraying of Dicamba. Missouri, alone, has suffered damage to crops on more than 40,000 acres, with complaints coming from 125 farmers. Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas have also suffered crop damage from illegal Dicamba spraying…. The EPA has not yet approved the spraying of Dicamba, but it is still being used. Farmers face $1,000 dollar fines for spraying it, even if it is over their own Dicamba-tolerant crops.

8 Hardy Vegetables You Can Leave In The Ground During Winter For A Super-Early 2017 Harvest
Off the Grid News - And while it’s true that plants don’t grow when winter sets in, there are a surprising number of vegetables you can plant in autumn – and that will be ready for spring. The plants lie dormant during the winter months, spring back to life when temperatures begin to rise in March or April, and are ready to harvest soon thereafter. Straw or mulch provide good protection for overwintering vegetables in most climates. Some vegetables may need a little protection in the form of row covers or cold frames if you live in a cold climate. One simple way to protect plants is to arrange bales of hay on each side of the rows, and then cover the bales with old windows. You can also use clear plastic anchored with rocks or stakes. Here’s a list of vegetables appropriate for planting in autumn…. 1. Onions – Plant onions now, in September, and then leave them alone until they’re ready for harvest next summer. 2. Shallots – It’s possible to plant this popular culinary vegetable as late as December, depending on where you live. 3. Garlic – Plant garlic cloves in the garden around September and harvest them next summer. Fall is actually the best time to plant garlic, as the cloves need several weeks of cold in order to multiply. 4. Spinach – Plant spinach in autumn and harvest the leaves regularly throughout the winter, until next summer. Spinach is a cold-weather crop, and planting after summer heat eliminates the need to worry about bolting. 5. Broad beans – Varieties such as “super aquadulce” or “aquadulce claudia” are good for planting as late as October or early November. As an added benefit, beans work as a cover crop by preventing erosion and nourishing the soil. You may need to stake the plants to keep them upright if winter winds are common….

Health

Breastmilk Does What A Vaccine Can Never Do
Dave Mihalovic - To claim that breastmilk is the gold standard in infant nutrition is an understatement. For a newborn, nothing comes close in nutrient density which is so perfectly customized for an infant as it grows. Breast-fed infants gain incredible protection from antibodies, proteins and immune cells in breastmilk. It defends against a myriad of pathogens in ways that are impossible through vaccination and other pharmaceuticals. The molecules in breastmilk cells help to prevent microorganisms from penetrating the body's tissues. Some of the molecules bind to microbes in the hollow space (lumen) of the gastrointestinal tract. In this way, they block microbes from attaching to and crossing through the mucosa-the layer of cells, also known as the epithelium, that lines the digestive tract and other body cavities. Other molecules lessen the supply of particular minerals and vitamins that harmful bacteria need to survive in the digestive tract. Certain immune cells in human milk are phagocytes that attack microbes directly. Another set produces chemicals that invigorate the infant's own immune response. Naturally-occurring sugars found in breastmilk provide protection against life threatening bacterium by acting as a food source for 'friendly bacteria' in a baby's intestine.

Researchers discover ancient flower that naturally treats diabetes; Big Pharma immediately begins developing synthetic version
Healthy Holistic Living - Israeli researchers have discovered an amazing plant native to their region that apparently helps treat type-2 diabetes naturally without the need for drugs or injections. But rather than promote the actual plant as a therapeutic option for patients, the team is instead working with drug companies to isolate the plant’s “active ingredient” so it can be synthesized and turned into a patented, corporate-owned pharmaceutical drug. The plant is known as Chiliadenus iphionoides, or sharp varthemia, and it has a stocky, furry-looking stem that produces spiny yellow flowers. In both cellular and animal models, extracts from this aromatic shrub have been shown to exhibit antidiabetic activity, helping to improve sugar absorption into muscle and fat cells, as well as reduce blood sugar levels…. In the case of sharp varthemia, scientists working on behalf of drug industry moguls will identify what they believe to be the plant’s “active ingredient,” which they will then use to develop a drug that can be patented and sold for billions of dollars. And if anyone tries to sell the plant in whole form as medicine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will surely swoop in and declare sharp varthemia to be an “unapproved drug.” Such a scenario is bio-piracy at its finest, robbing nature of her lifeblood in order to turn pieces of it into a for-profit, “sick care” health management pill or vaccine, and it’s the foundation upon which the pharmaceutical industry is built.

Starbucks Finally Publishes Drink Ingredient List… Here Are The Worst Ones!
Food Babe - After years of hiding the list of ingredients in their drinks from the public, they have now published their drink ingredients online…. So, first things first… Starbucks main priority should be to get off of Monsanto Milk…. Starbucks dairy-free options are full of additives… Starbucks Almond Milk: Filtered water, Almonds, Sugar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Xantham gum, Guar gum, Vitamin A palmitate, Vitamin D2. Starbucks Coconut Milk: Water, Coconut Cream, Cane Sugar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Coconut Water Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Gellan Gum, Corn Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2. Starbucks Organic Vanilla Soymilk: [Organic Soymilk (Filtered Water, Whole Organic Soybeans), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Sodium Citrate, Baking Soda, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B12]…. Taking the milk out of the equation – most of the drinks at Starbucks are still filled with a ton of sugar, natural flavors, preservatives, thickeners, emulsifiers and other artificial additives…. The BIGGEST problem with Starbucks drinks: You are supporting Monsanto with every sip. Starbucks is serving GMO-raised milk all day long in over 13,000 stores in America. Can you imagine how much milk they go through? Can you imagine the major agricultural shift they would trigger if they switched to organic milk which is prohibited from feeding their livestock GMOs?… Contact Starbucks and ask them to stop serving milk from cows raised on GMOs and to start serving organic grass-fed milk instead. Starbucks Phone Number: 1 (800) 782-7282

Pet News

Cranberry Extract Rivals Antibiotics in Preventing Urinary Tract Infections
Dr. Becker - Bacterial urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in dogs, and E. coli is the culprit in about half of all canine UTIs. One of the dangers of chronic UTIs is reliance on antibiotics to clear the infection; antibiotics carry side effects and antibiotic resistance is a problem in both human and veterinary medicine. A recent study revealed that cranberry extract may be as effective as antimicrobials in preventing UTIs — without the side effects. Preventing problems with your dog’s urinary tract starts with keeping his or her urine pH between 6 and 6.5. The majority of dogs with recurring UTIs require a change to a meat-based diet that is low-carb and starch-free.


Wednesday - September 14, 2016 - Today In History:

1807 - Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge. Two weeks earlier Burr had been found innocent of treason.
1812 - Moscow was set on fire by Russians after Napoleon Bonaparte's troops invaded.
1814 - Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner," a poem originally known as "Defense of Fort McHenry," after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, MD, during the War of 1812. The song became the official U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931.
1847 - U.S. forces took control of Mexico City under the leadership of General Winfield Scott.
1901 - U.S. President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, succeeded him.
1940 - The Selective Service Act was passed by the U.S. Congress providing the first peacetime draft in the United States.
1948 - In New York, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site of the United Nations' world headquarters.
1960 - The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded. The core members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.
1983 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 416-0 in a resolution condemning the Soviet Union for the shooting down of a Korean jet on September 1.
1998 - Israel announced that they had successfully tested its Arrow-2 missile defense system. The system successfully destroyed a simulated target.
2001 - The FBI released the names of the 19 suspected hijackers that had taken part in the September 11 terror attacks on the U.S.
2015 - In Livingston, LA, and Hanford, WA, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors detected gravitational waves for the first time. The news was reported on February 11, 2016.

World News

US destroys 'IS' chemical weapons plant in Iraq
Deutsche Welle - A dozen US warplanes destroyed nearly 50 targets at an "Islamic State" chemical weapons production plant in northern Iraq, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The barrage of airstrikes near the terrorist group's stronghold of Mosul targeted a converted pharmaceutical manufacturing plant and headquarters. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian told reporters the coordinated airstrikes on Monday took out a "significant chemical threat." IS has been accused of using mustard and chlorine gas against civilian and military targets in both Iraq and Syria. The airstrikes come as Iraqi security forces conduct "shaping" operations around IS-held Mosul in anticipation of an offensive to retake Iraq's second-largest city.

Pentagon Uses Truck-Mounted Rockets for Mosul, Raqqa Operations
Sputnik News - The United States is preparing to increase its reliance on the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in the fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq. As the US prepares to launch offensives against Daesh strongholds in Raqqa and Mosul, the truck-mounted rockets will play a key role in "shaping operations," and have already been used to fire projectiles into northern Syria from neighboring Turkey, according to military officials. "What we’ve done is we’ve hammered Daesh targets with airstrikes and strikes from artillery and HIMARS," US Air Force Col. John Dorrian said, according to Defense Tech…. The US has also carried out recent airstrikes in Syria to cut off the terrorist group’s supply routes into Raqqa. In addition to the system placed in Turkey, the Pentagon plans to deploy a second in northern Iraq.

Syria ceasefire violated 23 times by opposition forces – Russian military
RT - The so-called moderate rebel forces in Syria have violated the nationwide ceasefire on 23 occasions since it was put in place on Monday, the Russian military says. Six people died in Aleppo overnight while 10 others have been wounded. The Syrian government is abiding by the ceasefire, Russian General Staff official Viktor Poznikhir said. "Syrian government forces have completely stopped [their] shelling, except for the areas occupied by ISIS [Islamic State/IS] and Jabhat al-Nusra militants. Unfortunately that can’t be said about the armed forces of the moderate opposition, backed by the United States,” he said. US-backed rebel forces have shelled residential areas as well as Syrian Army positions, according to the Russian General Staff. Six people died on Monday night following the shelling of Aleppo by the moderate opposition forces, with 10 others receiving injuries, Colonel Sergey Kopytsin from the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria said Tuesday.

Rise of ISIS in Afghanistan is threat to Russia – Moscow
RT - The rise of Islamic State in Afghanistan poses serious security concerns for Russia, Moscow has said, adding that Washington bears responsibility for the current chaos in the country. Moscow “is concerned over the rise of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] in Afghanistan because it has far-reaching geopolitical consequences for Russian safety,” said Zamir Kabulov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's director of the Second Asian Department in Afghanistan. Kabulov served as Russian envoy to Afghanistan in 2004-2009 and is currently a special representative of the Russian president on Afghanistan. Kabulov said that about 2,500 Islamic State combatants are currently in Afghanistan. They [Islamic State] continue to recruit people and enhance their combat capabilities. If they are not restrained then the chances are that we will have to face an even more powerful force," Kabulov said. The US bears responsibility for the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, he added. "They have reduced their presence and did not resolve a single problem, while creating new ones. They have a political and moral responsibility for what is happening in Afghanistan right now." The US “cut back their presence [in Afghanistan] and did not resolve a single issue and created more problems. They carry political and moral responsibility for what is taking place in Afghanistan now," Kabulov said.

Germany to send up to 650 troops to NATO mission in Mediterranean
Deutsche Welle - A new NATO initiative hopes to stop jihadi militants in the Mediterranean Sea. According to the news magazine "Der Spiegel," the German military is pitching in to help. The planned mission will be tasked with the surveillance of the Mediterranean Sea but will also have powers to search vessels suspected of harboring terrorists belonging to groups such as the self-styled "Islamic State." Operation Sea Guardian also hopes to curb human trafficking and arms smugglers while assisting the European Union's border agency, Frontex. ermany is expected to join the NATO operation, contributing up to 650 German soldiers to the international mission in Mediterranean waters, according to German magazine "Der Spiegel." The government will discuss the plan in a special session on September 14. The ruling coalition aims to present a plan to parliament for approval shortly thereafter, presumably later in September 2016…. The deployment is regarded as part of a broader shift in Germany to expand its military role in Europe and NATO. Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been hoping to update German military equipment and boost troop levels following years of decline.

US pledges record $38bn military aid to Israel over next 10 years
The Guardian - The military deal which will be signed in Washington on Wednesday includes an estimated $5bn for missile defence. Under the previous deal, the US provided Israel with $30bn over a 10-year period, although the actual funds delivered over that time period were about $35bn as Israel sought additional funds from the US Congress. Congress had previously funded Israel’s missile defence spending. Under the new deal, Israel would not be able to solicit extra money from Capitol Hill. In other conditions placed on the new memorandum of understanding, Israel would no longer be allowed to spend over a quarter of the military aid on home-produced weaponry, and would instead be required the full amount on US arms. Nor would it be able to spend any of the aid on fuel for its armed forces. Disagreements over these limitations delayed completion of the new deal, which has been under negotiation for 10 months…. Netanyahu had asked for a total of $45bn, and floated the idea of waiting to seal the agreement until a new president was in office, but in the end opted to make a deal with the Obama administration that was anxious to secure its legacy and combat accusations that its foreign policy had been detrimental to Israel.

New data points to major eruption of Japanese volcano
The Guardian - In a study published on Tuesday in the Scientific Reports journal, a team that included experts from Bristol University and the Sakurajima Volcano Research Centre in Japan said the new techniques showed a “substantial growing magma reserve” inside Sakurajima, located just off the coast of Kagoshima city, in south-west Japan. The team said the magma buildup could trigger a repeat of the volcano’s deadly eruption of 1914, which killed 58 people and caused widespread flooding in Kagoshima, home to more than 600,000 people. Dr James Hickey, the lead author of the study, said the team had found a new way to map the natural “plumbing system” inside volcanoes that could improve authorities’ ability to predict eruptions and issue earlier evacuation guidance…. Sakurajima is about 30 miles from two nuclear reactors that were restarted last year, as Japan resumed its nuclear power programme after the March 2011 Fukushima meltdown.
Related: Japanese volcano: major eruption in next 30 years, say experts – video report

Zika Virus News

The Militarization of the CDC Zika, Money, Quarantine Power
Green Med Info - In yet another end-round play by the Obama Administration, on Friday of Labor Day weekend… it was announced that $300 million in “public health emergency” funding was earmarked for Japan’s Takeda to manufacture a new Zika vaccine. No need for Congress to vote on the appropriation; an executive order did the trick. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which is helping the FDA screen donated blood against the Zika virus, was the agency from where President Obama found the $300 million in “emergency” funds to execute the backdoor deal. By offshoring the vaccine, there will be zero Congressional oversight, while no U.S. media outlet or lawyer group will be able to discover, by invoking FOIA requests, what will be injected into that rushed Zika vaccine made in Japan. Even more perplexing… just five days earlier when Florida State University (FSU) announced a breakthrough to combat the mild African disease. FSU scientists had discovered that an existing (“cheap”), off-the-shelf remedy in a tapeworm antidote would suppress if not cure Zika in people who were sick enough to realize they have it. But outside second tier media outlets, the mainstream press didn’t want to cover the solution to Zika…. This revelation became clear when, also buried in mid August, the CDC via the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rolled out a proposed rule change. The 88-page document, Control of Communicable Diseases: Proposed Rule, (8-15-16, Vol. 81, No. 157, Federal Register), wants to grant the CDC full, super-constitutional powers in the event of a quarantine that only the health agency can call… The document, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) [Link], is “open for comment” from the general public until October 14, 2016. Lucky us.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Clinton IT specialist ignores subpoena for House hearing; other witnesses plead 5th
Fox News - The former State Department IT specialist who set up Hillary Clinton’s private server ignored a subpoena to appear Tuesday before a House committee hearing, while other tech experts who helped maintain the system asserted their Fifth Amendment right not to testify – frustrating Republican lawmakers trying to dig deeper into the former secretary of state’s email setup. House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he’ll now consider a “full range of options” to address IT aide Bryan Pagliano’s “failure” to attend…. Pagliano is considered a vital witness in the Clinton email case. He spoke previously to the FBI under immunity, telling the bureau there were no successful security breaches of the server. Pagliano also refused to answer questions last year before a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. His lawyers said at the time that Pagliano did not want to relinquish his rights under the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination…. Two other officials from Platte River Networks, Bill Thornton and Paul Combetta, did comply with subpoenas to appear. However, when it came time to answer questions, they pleaded the Fifth. The Denver-based technology company maintained Clinton’s server when it was moved from her Chappaqua, New York, home to a data center in northern New Jersey. Combetta took the Fifth six times and Thornton took the Fifth four times, before both witnesses were excused.

US, Saudi, Israel used 9/11 to deceive the world: Analyst
Press TV - Scott Bennett, a former US Army psychological warfare officer based in San Francisco, made the comments while discussing the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people…. Looking at the evidence accumulated over the past 15 years, it becomes clear that the government’s account of the attacks has been proven false, the analyst said. Internal nuclear detonations in the Twin Towers, reports of spotting airplanes with the exact same numbers as those that allegedly crashed into the towers after the attack, lack of plane debris at the Ground Zero and the “miraculous” destruction of “Building 7” were some of the theories that Bennett said were credible based on the available evidence. Bennett said the Israeli regime’s spy agency, Mossad, has been one of the main suspects of coordinating the attacks. “The 9/11 attack really was the setting off of the fuse that the Israeli Zionist neoconservatives in Washington… and the Saudi Arabian regime were planning; a US, CIA, Mossad, Wahhabist agenda to destabilize nations in the Middle East,” he explained. “The United States used this event to invade Afghanistan, and destabilize and take it over, as well as the opium poppy fields,” Bennett said. “Additionally, the United States invented a completely fraudulent war in Iraq, based on weapons of mass destruction,” he added. Libya, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon have been some of the other Middle Eastern countries that the US has sought to destabilize in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the counter-terrorism analyst further argued.

More than 110 people in the US have been charged in connection to ISIS since 2013
Daily Mail - More than 110 people have been publicly charged in federal court on counts related to ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] since late 2013. The Justice Department needs Americans to be more proactive about alerting federal authorities when they witness someone showing support for foreign terrorist organizations, U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said on Monday. Carlin said that in more than 80 per cent of the Islamic State cases that have been prosecuted since 2013, someone in the community of the accused believed they had witnessed the activity for which they were ultimately charged…. The Department of Justice charged 60 people last year with supporting or committing crimes because of their sympathies to Islamic State, the largest annual figure on record.

Border Patrol Chief: 7,542 Agents Assaulted Since 2006; 30 Died in Line of Duty Since 2003
CNS News - Mark Morgan, the head of the U.S. Border Patrol, told Congress on Tuesday that in his first few months on the job, he's learned that the men and women who carry out the "never-ending mission" often do so at personal risk to themselves. "You know, the numbers we often hear associated with the United States Border Patrol are the numbers of annual apprehensions of those attempting to illegally enter the country every year. It's hundreds of thousands. "I've learned that the United States Border Patrol agents are among the most assaulted law enforcement personnel in the country. There have been 7,542 assaults against agents since 2006, and 30 agents have died in the line of duty since 2003.”… "Another number which often gets little mention is how often Border Patrol agents put themselves in harm's way to provide emergency medical care and assistance to those in need, to include those that are trying to illegally enter the United States," Morgan said. He noted that every year, the U.S. Border Patrol rescues thousands of victims of human smuggling and others attempting to cross the desert to get into the U.S. He said the Border Patrol rescued more than 3,700 people this fiscal year alone, including people who were drowning in the Rio Grande, people who fell into an open pit mine in Arizona, and a family rescued from a burning house in the Buffalo Sector in the middle of the night.

"Rampant Fraud" Exposed In Obamacare Exchanges: 100% Of Fictitious Enrollees Obtained Subsidies
Zero Hedge - A recent "undercover enrollment" investigation conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that pretty much anyone can sign up for Obamacare and receive taxpayer funded incentives without having to worry about pesky little details like proving citizenship, identity or income-based needs. In fact, the study found that every single one of its 15 fictitious Obamacare applications were actually approved for coverage despite intentional application omissions, fictitious identification and citizenship documentation, etc. Moreover, all of the applications were also approved for federal subsidies which totaled $60,000 per year.

Your tax dollars at work: 45,000 Wild Horses to Be Killed By the U.S. Government
The Dodo - A government board just recommended that 45,000 wild horses and burros be killed to make room for beef mega farms...Taxpayers will fund the biggest horse slaughter in history, after the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ccaid in a press release. [Quick action! Sign change.org petition: Petition to Stop the Killing of 45,000 Wild Horses.]

Election News

Child Care Reforms That Will Make America Great Again
DonaldJTrump.com - Current federal policies regarding child and dependent care do not reflect either the needs of American families or the contributions of women to the American workforce. The high cost of quality care burdens working families while the tax code provides disincentives for women to reenter or enter the workforce. Our plan will transform child and dependent care to meet the needs of 21st century families, empowering parents—not bureaucrats. Fact Sheet for Donald J. Trump's New Child Care Plan: Click Here
Related: Watch: Donald Trump Unveils Child-Care Policy In Aston, PA

Video: CBS Edits Out Bill Clinton’s Damning Quote About Hillary Health
Breitbart - In an interview with CBS’s Charlie Rose, former president Bill Clinton said his wife Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had “frequently” fainted due to dehydration before correcting himself and saying rarely. However, in the broadcast of that interview CBS removed that comment.

Colin Powell’s Personal Email Hacked, Under Pressure To Endorse Hillary Clinton
Government Slaves - The Daily Caller can exclusively reveal that two years worth of emails have been stolen from former secretary of state Colin Powell’s personal email account. The emails range from between June 2014 to August 2016. The most recent emails are dated August 19, 2016. When asked for comment regarding the apparent hack, Powell replied: “I wasn’t aware of any infiltration of my Gmail account. If accurate my privacy has been violated.” The emails were given to hacktivist group DCLeaks by unnamed hackers. They emails are currently password protected. DCLeaks puts the total number of hacked Powell emails in their possession at around 30,000. The Daily Caller was able to examine some of the hacked emails, which cover topics such as Donald Trump’s feud with the Khan family and Hillary Clinton’s email server. The hacked emails reveal some people close to Powell expect him to endorse Hillary Clinton before the Nov. 8 election

Clinton campaign refuse to back down over claim Trump is supported by 'deplorables'
The Telegraph - Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, has accused Donald Trump of “chumming around” with racists and bigots, endorsing Hillary Clinton’s claim that half of the Republican hopeful’s supporters comprise a “basket of deplorables”…. Mrs. Clinton has insisted that she was right in labeling many Trump supporters "racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic" even as she said she was wrong to say "half" ascribe to those views. With the former secretary of state off the campaign trail to recover from pneumonia, Mr. Kaine has picked up the torch and run with it…. At a rally on Monday night, Mr. Trump said he was "shocked and alarmed" to hear Mrs. Clinton "attack, slander, smear, demean these wonderful, amazing people". "We have the support of cops and soldiers, carpenters and welders, the young and the old, and millions of working class families who just want a better future and a good job," he said. "These were the people Hillary Clinton so viciously demonized." He has called on Mrs. Clinton to apologize, and released a TV advert attacking her over the remark, as well as a fundraiser letter asking supporters to defend the "tens of millions of Americans Hillary called 'deplorable' and un-American". The Clinton campaign has hit back hard in a counter-advert, centering on Mr. Trump's accusation that "you can't lead the country if you have a low opinion of its citizens".

World Famous Physician Believes Vladimir Putin May Have Poisoned Hillary Clinton
Sputnik News - Following Hillary Clinton’s near-collapse at the 9/11 memorial, the internet was flooded with jokes about how her campaign would find a way to blame Russia. But nobody actually expected it to happen... Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who discovered a pattern of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in dead NFL players, has suggested that the candidate should have blood work done to see whether she’s been poisoned…. Omalu didn’t stop there. He then asserted that the reason for his worry is that he does not trust Russian President Vladimir Putin or Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump…. Notably, his fringe musings on a poison plot by the Republican nominee or the Russian president made headlines in several publications that previously wrote off left-of-center concerns about Clinton’s health as “conspiracy theories.”

Economy & Business

U.S. government posts $107 billion deficit in August
Reuters - The U.S. government posted a $107 billion budget deficit in August, a 66 percent increase from the same month last year, the Treasury Department said on Tuesday. This compared to a deficit of $64 billion in August 2015, according to Treasury's monthly budget statement…. When accounting for calendar adjustments, August would have shown a $118 billion deficit compared with an adjusted $107 billion deficit in the same month in 2015.

2 million fake accounts later, Wells Fargo drops sales quotas for its employees
Ars Technica - On Tuesday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf released a statement promising that the bank would eliminate product sales goals for its employees after thousands of employees were found to have opened fake accounts using real customer names and identification in order to boost internal sales numbers. Stumpf did not go so far as to say that the practice of cross-selling financial products would end at Wells Fargo, but The Wall Street Journal reported that the company would put a temporary hold on the practice…. In his statement, Stumpf said, “We are eliminating product sales goals because we want to make certain our customers have full confidence that our retail bankers are always focused on the best interests of customers.” The sales goals will be eliminated effective January 1. According to the WSJ, Wells Fargo CFO John Shrewsberry said last week that 10 percent of the 5,300 employees fired were branch managers or higher in rank, but he stopped short of naming any top-ranking managers who may have been laid off or disciplined in response to the revelations…. The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing on September 20 to investigate how such widespread fraud occurred within the company.

Science & Technology

Tech Giants Urge US Congress to Speed Up Internet Handover to Int’l Agency
Sputnik News - Currently overseen by the US Department of Commerce, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is used to coordinate internet domain names across the globe. Washington has vowed for years to cede control of ICANN to an independent global oversight committee, and is set to do so next month. There remain a number of vocal opponents to the plan, including Texas Senator and former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. To voice their support for the transition, tech giants including Google, Facebook, and Twitter wrote a letter to the US Congress on Tuesday. "A global, interoperable and stable internet is essential for our economic and national security, and we remain committed to completing the nearly twenty year transition to the multi stakeholder model that will best serve US interests," the letter states…. Other signatories to the letter include Amazon, Yahoo, and Cloudflare…. Senator Cruz has argued against the plan to “give away the Internet” and create an environment so that "countries like Russia, China, and Iran could be able to censor speech on the Internet."

Health

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found in a 4th Person in the U.S.
Natural Society - Antibiotic resistance first popped up in the U.S. this past May, when it was discovered that a Pennsylvania woman was harboring a resistant form of E. coli. On 9 September 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that drug-resistant E. coli had also been discovered in a two-year-old girl in Connecticut. In both cases, the bacteria were found to be carrying mcr-1, a gene that makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Mcr-1 allows the organism to withstand colistin, the antibiotic doctors turn to when all others have failed. In the Connecticut case, the E. coli strain was resistant to colistin but was susceptible to other antibiotics, according to the CDC report. The child fully recovered, and the bacteria did not spread to any of the girl’s family members or to the healthcare providers she came in contact with. But the case was startling enough that officials said to expect more cases like the toddler’s, and recommended increased surveillance for bacteria that show resistance to colistin.

1 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar For 60 Days Can Eliminate These Health Problems
Healthy Holistic Living - Traditionally, vinegar is made through a long, slow fermentation process, leaving it rich in bioactive components… The longer fermentation period allows for the accumulation of a non-toxic slime composed of yeast and acetic acid bacteria, known as the mother of vinegar.” “Mother” of vinegar, a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance found in unprocessed, unfiltered vinegar, indicates your vinegar is of the best quality….Vinegar is not only useful for cooking, it’s useful for health purposes, cleaning, garden care, hygiene, and much more…. Diabetes: Vinegar is said to be anti-glycemic and has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels…. One study found that vinegar treatment improved insulin sensitivity in 19 percent of individuals with type 2 diabetes and 34 percent of those with pre-diabetes. Heart Health: As explained in the Journal of Food Science: “Polyphenols such as chlorogenic acid, which is present in high levels in apple cider vinegar, could inhibit oxidation of LDLs and improve health by preventing cardiovascular diseases.” Weight Loss: Vinegar may help you lose weight, as it appears to have an anti-obesity effect by increasing satiety and reducing the total amount of food consumed….

Just Four Stalks Of Celery A Day Can Reduce High Blood Pressure And More
The Alternative Daily - In recent pharmacological studies, celery proves to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help improve blood pressure, cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease, according to Dr. Josh Axe. A number of foods contain antihypertensive compounds and celery, in particular, contains a compound that is not only responsible for the characteristic odor but also proves to lower blood pressure, according to a pilot study published in Natural Medical Journal. The study found that just a small amount of the celery compound lowered blood pressure by 12 to 14 percent and cholesterol by about 7 percent in animals. While the study showed that celery extract helps prevent stroke, improve blood flow, protect the brain and enhance energy production in animals, researchers also found evidence that may support actually eating the whole celery to alleviate high blood pressure.

Pet News

This Shelter Just Ran Out Of Cats
The Dodo - More than 15 cats found their purr-rect homes over the weekend,” Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) wrote on Facebook this week, "which means our Boston adoption center currently has ZERO cats available for adoption!" Then something else amazing happened. The image of empty holding cages at the shelter posted to Facebook caused an emotional outpouring from cat lovers who also chose to give homeless cats a real home. When there are an estimated 3.4 MILLION cats still waiting for homes in shelters all across the U.S., photos like these make us all remember that happy endings are truly possible.



Tuesday - September 13, 2016 - Today In History:

1759 - The French were defeated by the British on the Plains of Abraham in the final French and Indian War.
1788 - The Constitutional Convention decided that the first federal election was to be held on Wednesday the following February. On that day George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States. In addition, New York City was named the temporary national capital.
1789 - The United States Government took out its first loan.
1814 - Key pens Star-Spangled Banner
1847 - U.S. forces took the hill Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War.
1862 - During the American Civil War General Lee's Order No. 191 was found by federal soldiers in Maryland.
1948 - Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the U.S. Senate and became the first woman to serve in both houses of the U.S. Congress.
1971 - In New York, National Guardsmen stormed the Attica Correctional Facility and put an end to the four-day revolt. A total of 43 people were killed in the final assault. A committee was organized to investigate the riot on September 30, 1971.
1977 - The first diesel automobiles were introduced by General Motors.
1981 - U.S. Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig said the U.S. had physical evidence that Russia and its allies used poisonous biological weapons in Laos, Cambodia and Afghanistan.
1994 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signed a $30 billion crime bill into law.
1998 - The New York Times closed its Web site after hackers added offensive material.
2001 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell named Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the terror attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Limited commercial flights resumed in the U.S. for the first time in two days.

World News

Alarm as Thousands of Islamic State Fighters in Syria, Iraq ‘Missing’
Breitbart - Several Arab and Western espionage agencies have set up a joint situation room to trace thousands of Islamic State fighters who have gone missing in Syria, Iraq and Libya, an Arab intelligence official told Breitbart Jerusalem. Some of the several hundred IS fighters who took part in the battle of Sirte, in Libya, survived the defeat, as well as fighters in the lost battles of Mosul in Iraq and Manbej, Alrai, Jarabulus and other communities near the Syrian-Turkish border, he said. According to estimates, the number of IS fighters reached several tens of thousands in those areas, “but the battles did not yield thousands of dead or captured fighters.” “That’s why it’s worrisome – these people are gone. They either integrated into noncombatant communities or, more likely, infiltrated into neighboring countries – to Turkey, and from there to Europe and other Middle Eastern countries, and in Libya’s case, all over North Africa.” He said that 700 Tunisian fighters are unaccounted for, while thousands more are being sought.

Libya's Unity Government Suffers Fresh Blow as Army Seizes Oil Ports
Sputnik News - There are growing concerns over the continuation of Libya’s political crisis, after troops linked to the country’s internationally-recognized government seized oil ports from militia loyal to the rival UN-backed unity government. The Libyan National Army (LNA), under the command of General Khalifa Hafter, launched the surprise attack on Sunday, forcing members from the Petrol Facilities Guard (PFG) from the key oil ports of al-Sidra and Ras Lanuf on Libya's Mediterranean coast.... The LNA, under general Hafter, supports Libya's Tobruk-based parliament — the country's internationally-recognized legislature that was forced to flee the capital of Tripoli to the country's east following an uprising in 2014. While the international community has long supported the Tobruk-based parliament, efforts to end Libya's political crisis have led to the creation of a UN-backed unity government, known as the Government of National Accord (GNA).... The seizure of the oil fields, which according to LNA officials can process 700,000 barrels of oil a day, looks likely to give the eastern legislature more bargaining power as negotiations continue in the hope of uniting the severely divided country and putting an end to Libya's political crisis.

Russian Navy Helps Chinese Train to Seize Islands in South China Sea
CNS News - Chinese and Russian warships, aircraft and troops begin eight days of joint maneuvers in the South China Sea on Monday, including “joint island seizing” in an area where China and the U.S. repeatedly have sparred over freedom of navigation amid multiple territorial disputes. It will be the sixth Russia-China naval exercise since 2012, but the first to be held in the South China Sea, among the most strategically important and hotly-contested waters on the planet.... Eighteen Russian and Chinese ships and submarines, 21 aircraft, hundreds of marines and amphibious armored equipment are involved in the exercises. Chinese ships are from its South China Sea fleet while participating Russian vessels include two anti-submarine destroyers serving with the Russian Pacific Fleet.... [People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) spokesman Liang Yang] said the exercises would improve coordination between the two navies and advance the Russia-China strategic partnership.

Germany has at least 520 Islamic militants living in the country who are capable of lone-wolf attacks or ‘hit team’ strikes any time, warns interior minister
Daily Mail - Germany has at least 520 Islamic militants living in the country who are capable of lone-wolf attacks or ‘hit team’ strikes at any time, the country’s interior minister has warned…. Many Germans fear that fighters belonging to the ISIS jihadist group could have slipped into Germany with the roughly one million of refugees from Syria, North Africa and Asia who arrived last year. ‘The terror threat now stems from foreign hit teams as well as fanatical lone wolves in Germany,’ de Maiziere said in the interview ahead of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, which were partly coordinated from Germany. 'The hit teams are secretly smuggled into Europe and prepare their actions withoug being noticed, as we saw with the attacks in Paris and Brussels,' he added. 'But it's even more difficult to uncover the fanatical lone wolves. Unfortunately, there is a real and present danger from both threats.'

MH370 Mystery: New Debris Hints Plane Was on Fire
Sputnik News - The newly-recovered debris was found by three locals who sent it to independent “wreckage hunter” Blaine Gibson, who has found 13 of the 27 pieces of suspected or confirmed MH370 debris, the IB Times reports. The new pieces appear to be sections of an internal wall of the Boeing 777 avionics bay or cargo hold, which is located below the main cabin’s floor. “The top layer of paint has been singed, scorched black,” Gibson told Channel 7 Perth. “(It’s significant) because it appears to be from the interior of the plane but not the main cabin, perhaps the cargo hold, perhaps the avionics bay.” Gibson has warned people to not jump to conclusions, and to wait for the ATSB “to forensically examine the pieces to determine where they came from and what happened to them.” Plans to end the search may now be canceled, as investigators searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 debris have admitted that they may have missed wreckage, and need to reexamine some areas more thoroughly.

In rare plea, North Korea seeks outside help after flooding
CS Monitor - Days after North Korea carried out its fifth nuclear test, it issued an unusual acknowledgment that flooding has devastated the northern part of the country. According to a report the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published in English Sunday, the northeast region of the country has experienced the "heaviest downpours" since 1945 with "tens of thousands" of buildings destroyed and people left homeless and "suffering great hardship," according to CNN. The report from KCNA, the country's official state media, is an uncharacteristic admission by the Hermit Kingdom that all is not well there. Because KCNA published the report in English, it was likely written to draw the attention of the international community. But such requests are often met with reluctance from global donors because it's unclear how much humanitarian aid will reach the people of the hardest-hit regions, as North Korea has imposed conditions on international donors' abilities to monitor aid.... The flooding, which began Aug. 29, was brought on by typhoon Lionrock. According to a United Nations report from the Office of Humanitarian Affairs, the floods have killed 133 people, another 395 are missing, and 140,000 are "in urgent need of assistance." More than 35,500 houses have also been damaged, 69 percent of which are completely destroyed, according the report.

Genetically Modified Mustard Steps Closer to Approval in India
Natural Society - A panel of scientists with India’s Ministry of Environment said in a risk assessment of genetically modified mustard that the crop does not “pose any risk of causing any adverse effects on human and animal health and safety.” Mustard oil accounts for more than 10% of India’s cooking requirement of approximately 21 million metric tons…. The hybrid mustard plants, in development at the University of Delhi since 2003, are supposed to increase yield by 25% to 30%. Scientists say the oilseed will not only increase production, but also reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil…. GM mustard has been a controversial subject for the Modi government, and while the final decision on whether to allow the crop to be grown in India has not been made, based on the positive findings of the assessment, the government’s Center for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants (CGMCP) is likely to give the seeds the go-ahead…. If the mustard is approved by the state, it would be the first food crop approved after the government in 2010 rejected Bt Brinjal, an eggplant developed by Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Co.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

11,491 Syrian Refugees Resettled in US, 15% Over Target; 0.46% Are Christians
CNS News - With three weeks of the fiscal year to go, the Obama administration has exceeded its Syrian refugee admission target by 15 percent, with 11,491 resettled in the United States as of the beginning of this week. Since President Obama’s goal of 10,000 Syrian refugee admissions in FY 2016 was achieved on August 29, the number continues to pick up steadily. August ended with a new monthly record of 3,189 Syrian refugee arrivals, and a further 751 have been ushered in so far in September: 749 Sunni Muslims; two Catholic Christians. State Department Refugee Processing Center data show that of the now total 11,491 arrivals this fiscal year, the vast majority – 11,300, or 98.33 percent – are Sunnis. Just 54 of the 11,491 – 0.46 percent – are Christians. They comprise 14 Catholics, six Orthodox, four Protestants, one Greek Orthodox, plus 29 refugees identifying themselves simply as “Christian” rather than by denomination or sect.

House Panel Subpoenas Three Tech Workers Over Clinton Email Questions
Wallstreet Journal - The chairman of a House committee has subpoenaed three information-technology workers who helped maintain Hillary Clinton’s private email server, amid questions about why an email archive was deleted. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, has ordered Paul Combetta, Bill Thornton and Bryan Pagliano to appear at a congressional hearing tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. Messrs. Combetta and Thornton are staffers of Platte River Networks, an information-technology firm contracted by Mrs. Clinton to help manage her server. Mr. Pagliano is a former State Department employee who also helped Mrs. Clinton manage her server.

NEW BLACK PANTHERS March through St. Louis Restaurant District With Guns and Machetes
The Gateway Pundit - The march was organized for Justice for Darren Seals, a young Ferguson activist who was found shot to death inside a burning car last week. KMOV reported: About 50 protesters marched through the streets of the Central West End, briefly shutting down Euclid on Sunday afternoon. “I saw people marching down, carrying machine guns, machetes and chanting black power,” said Stephon White, bystander. The protest began around 3:30 p.m. with individuals walking south on Taylor Avenue to Lindell Boulevard before going north on Euclid to Page where the group disbanded. “It wasn’t really a surprise to me because like I’ve seen it a billion times but I feel like for other people on the outside looking in it was definitely a wake up that it is real out here what’s going on,” said White. A similar scene played out in north Saint Louis. It is believed the murder of Darren Seals, a noted Black Lives Matter activist, was a driving factor in the timing of the protests. Many posts on social media about the protest also included the hashtag, #JusticeForDarrenSeals.

Election News

So What Exactly Would Happen If Hillary Has To Drop Out? Here's The Process, And The Problems
Daily Wire - According to the Democratic National Committee’s Charter & Bylaws, should there be a need to "fill a vacancy on the national ticket," the chairperson of the National Committee ..., with the approval of the Executive Committee, could call for a "special meeting" to select a new candidate.... essentially the selection of the candidate would fall entirely on whomever the DNC thinks is the best choice, whether that be Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine, the betrayed Bernie Sanders, or the reluctant hero Vice President Joe Biden. All that the bylaws require is that the candidate be approved by a majority of the members present at the "special meeting".... While the bylaws specify that no proxy voting will be allowed in this situation, another clause basically allows the Rules and Bylaws Committee to change the procedure as they see fit, giving the DNC free reign to really conduct the vote anyway they choose.... The big picture summary is that by late September getting a new candidate on states ballots gets particularly tricky, requiring courts to rule in favor of the party trying to waive the candidate certification deadline. There is certainly precedent, however, for state supreme courts to do just that. But should the court of a key state, say, like Florida, block such an attempt to change the rules after the fact, the result could be disastrous for the Democrats. Even if the states all agreed to go along with it, there is still the very real possibility that the Republican Party would sue states for ignoring the law to protect one party.

Could Election Be Suspended if Hillary Drops Out?
Paul Joseph Watson - Could top Democrats push for the presidential election to be suspended if Hillary Clinton drops out due to her ill health? As Infowars reported nearly a month ago, Secret Service sources told us directly that, “Hillary’s campaign will be forced into making a big announcement soon regarding her medical condition.” That announcement came yesterday with the revelation that she is apparently suffering from pneumonia – although this explanation is already under severe doubt given that the campaign initially lied in claiming that Hillary had merely “overheated” before her collapse in New York. The veracity of our Secret Service source’s claim that the van which transports Hillary to different events had to be specially fitted with disabled access was also boosted by video which showed Hillary having to be helped into the vehicle as her aides hastily attempted to bundle her away from public scrutiny. Now with top DNC strategists holding a crisis meeting to discuss whether to replace Hillary with another candidate, could the entire election be suspended? As HeatSt reports, “The Democratic National Committee reserves the right to replace a candidate who dies or drops out, and it doesn’t provide additional details in its by-laws. So presumably the Democrats would have to make up the process up as they go along.” However, a temporary Obama 3rd term wouldn’t be out of the question either because, as U.S. News & World Report noted last month, “The presidential election could be delayed or scrapped altogether if conspiracy theories become predictive and a candidate dies or drops out before Nov. 8.”

Trump Responds To Hillary Collapse: ‘I’ll Be Releasing Results Of My Medical’ (Video)
Steve Watson - GOP nominee Donald Trump reacted to the footage of Hillary Clinton’s collapse by revealing that he has taken a thorough medical and will be releasing the results as soon as they are available. As Fox And Friend’s shot up lower thirds containing headlines such as ‘hide and sick’, ‘Falling ill’, and ‘hiding Hillary’s health’, Trump revealed that he soon will be releasing the results of a medical he took last week. “I think it’s an issue, in fact this last week I took a medical, and I’ll be releasing when the numbers come in. Hopefully they will be good, I think they will be good, I feel great.” Trump said. “When the numbers come in I’ll be releasing very very specific numbers.” Trump added. For the past few weeks, Trump has touched on Hillary’s health, noting that his Democratic rival “doesn’t really do that much,” has “low energy”, and “goes home and goes to sleep,” for days at a time. The Clinton campaign has suggested that Trump is “parroting lies and deranged conspiracy theories” about Hillary’s health, all the while pressuring the media not to cover the issue. It appears that the Clinton campaign desperately attempted to cover up her collapse yesterday by attempting to seize footage taken on cell phones by onlookers. The footage that did make it online was licensed by a company that immediately set about removing all other versions from the web. While mainstream news agencies such as the AP refused to pay a hefty distribution fee, Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson stumped up the fee, knowing that the footage had to remain online to prevent a cover up from ensuing.

Trump wants to debate Clinton without a moderator
NY Post - “I think we should have a debate with no moderator, just Hillary and I sitting there talking,” Trump said Monday morning in a phone interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” The Republican presidential candidate said that criticism of NBC’s Matt Lauer following last week’s candidate forum in New York City is an effort to manipulate the presidential debates. “The fact is they are gaming the system,” Trump said of the criticism of Lauer, “and I think maybe we should have no moderator. Let Hillary and I sit there and just debate. I think the system is being rigged so it’s going to be a very unfair debate.” He added, “I can see it happening right now because everybody was saying he was soft on Trump and now the new person is going to try and be really hard on Trump just to show the establishment what he can do. I think it’s very unfair what they are doing.”

#HillarysHealth “Aspiration Pneumonia” is Leading Cause of Death in People With Parkinson’s Disease
TruthFeed - On Sunday Hillary Clinton collapsed during the 911 remembrance ceremony. Her people lied, claiming she was “overheated and dehydrated.” Later, her doctor advised that Hillary has was diagnosed with pneumonia Reporter, founder of dangerandplay.com, and critically acclaimed author of Gorilla Mindset, Mike Cernovich, has been leading the charge on Hillary’s health story from the beginning. He’s written several articles on Hillary’s disease and the likelihood that she has Parkinson’s….. Now, Mike is sharing an interesting theory regarding Hillary’s claims of pneumonia. Aspiration Pneumonia is common in Parkinson’s patients – it’s also not “contagious” which would explain why Hillary was coughing around hoards of people for days on end.
Related Article/Video: Hillary Clinton Has Parkinson’s Disease, Physician Confirms - Summary of his findings

Report: Hillary Wearing Anti-Seizure Sunglasses (Video)
Kit Daniels - Hillary Clinton’s blue sunglasses bear a striking resemblance to the lenses worn by victims of epileptic seizures…. Epileptic patients often wear Zeiss Z1 blue lenses in particular because they are effective at treating photosensitive epilepsy. “The Z1 lens is highly effective in controlling photoparoxysmal response in a very large number of photosensitive epilepsy patients irrespective of their epilepsy or antiepileptic drug treatment,” according to a 2006 study published in Epilepsia. “The lens might become a valid resource in the daily activity of any clinician who cares for patients with epilepsy.” Hillary experiences seizures from flashing lights, such as camera flashes at public events, according to sources inside the Secret Service who spoke to Infowars. Additionally, a 2006 YouTube video shows a man suffering from uncontrollable convulsions put on blue sunglasses to obtain immediate relief from his symptoms, which were more severe yet still similar to Hillary’s odd, epileptic behavior at the Democratic National Convention…

Chelsea’s Apt. Has Same Address As A Medical Facility…Hillary’s Secret Hospital?
Government Slaves - A Presidential candidate collapses at a ceremony in NYC…and is shoved, unconscious, by SS into a van like a side of beef and rushed off…not to one of the many world-class hospitals and clinics nearby…but to her daughter’s $11M apartment. Sound odd? It did to me. So I looked up a bit about Chelsea’s new apt.: THE WHITMAN, 21 EAST 26TH STREET, 4 – FLATIRON DISTRICT, NEW YORK. I discovered that it exactly shares an address with: METROCARE HOME SERVICES, INC. 21 East 26th Street, 4th Fl New York, NY 10010. SAME address..SAME Floor…only One Apt. per floor. For a woman very secretive about her ambiguous medical conditions…whom avoids hospitals like the plague, it occurred to me that when the Clinton’s bought this incredibly expensive apt. for their daughter in 2013…they may have also purchased it with the intent of using it as a secret private medical treatment facility for Hillary to use during her anticipated campaign. To the press…it would only appear Hillary was just dropping in for a visit with her daughter…when, in reality, she is receiving medical treatment and controlled substances from private physicians and private pharmacists…on private property (no need for disclosure).

Reuters: Trump Luxury Hotel Opens Just Blocks from the White House
Breitbart - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump opened the latest outpost in his real estate empire on Monday, a luxury hotel in a historic building five blocks from the White House that underwent a two-year, $200 million renovation. While staff members at the 263-room Trump International Hotel planned little hoopla for what they described as a “soft opening,” about 40 protesters opposed to the New York real estate developer’s presidential run gathered outside. The opening came eight weeks before the Nov. 8 election. “It kind of fits his personality that he finds a way to be on Pennsylvania Avenue, one way or another,” said protester Judy Byron, 70, a Washington artist. The hotel, which includes a $20,000-a-night suite, is less than a mile (km) down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. The hotel is housed in Washington’s third-tallest building, the 1899 Old Post Office, built in the Romanesque Revival architectural style…. Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who helped negotiate the 60-year lease with the U.S. government and oversaw the building’s revamp and design, said the project had come in a year ahead of schedule and under budget.

Veteran News

North Carolina ex-Marine loses benefit appeal because of missed deadline
McClatchy - Raleigh, North Carolina, resident Marion Aldridge lost his mother, sister and grandchild, all within a horrific four-month period. Then, in a legal drama that a federal judge said Friday “puts judicial humanity to the test,” the grief-stricken former Marine missed a benefit appeals deadline. Now he’s lost again, prompting the dissenting judge to declare that two courts “fail the test” of humane generosity toward veterans.... “Mr. Aldridge had failed to demonstrate that the deaths in his family themselves directly or indirectly affected the timely filing of his appeal,” Judge Alvin A. Schall wrote, in upholding the reasoning of a similarly divided U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.... Two judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, while declaring themselves sympathetic to Aldridge’s claims, concluded in a 2-1 ruling that they were “unconvinced that Mr. Aldridge’s depression rendered him incapable of handling his affairs.” The two-judge majority on the federal circuit did not offer similar words of sympathy Friday, sticking instead to their conclusion that the lower court “did not apply an incorrect legal standard.”.... Aldridge, now in his early 50s, served on active duty in the Marine Corps from January 1984 to May 1992. He currently works as a clerk at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Durham....

Economy & Business

Supervisor Of "Massive Fraud" At Wells Fargo Leaves Bank With $125 Million Bonus
Zero Hedge - ... Carrie Tolstedt, the Wells Fargo executive who was in charge of the unit where employees opened more than 2 million largely unauthorized customer accounts—a seemingly routine practice that employees internally referred to as “sandbagging”— is leaving the giant bank with an enormous pay day, some $124.6 million.... Wells Fargo’s CEO John Stumpf said Tolstedt had been one of the bank’s most important leaders and “a standard-bearer of our culture” and “a champion for our customers.” .... What is just as troubling is that despite beefed-up “clawback” provisions instituted by the bank shortly after the financial crisis, "it does not appear that Wells Fargo is requiring Tolstedt, ... to give back any of her nine-figure pay.".... However... a spokesperson for Wells Fargo said that the timing of Tolstedt’s exit was the result of a “personal decision to retire after 27 years” with the bank.

Ante Upped on Bayer Monsanto Merger – Billions on the Table
Natural Blaze - The possibility of a merger between German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer AG and multinational seed and pesticide corporation Monsanto Co. has just increased with the recent rounds of discussions between the two companies. Having been in discussion regarding Bayer’s potential purchase of Monsanto for some time, Bayer has now suggested that it is now willing to offer more than $65 billion dollars. This is a two percent increase from the previous offer made by Bayer. On the other side of the deal, Monsanto has agreed to open its books for Bayer to conduct thorough checks into the company’s business status. Bayer’s previous offer was already considered the biggest all-cash takeover bid on record. Bayer has stated that it is prepared to offer 127.50 per share – $2.50 more per share than its previous offer. “Both sides are gradually nearing consensus,” said one person familiar with the discussions and quoted by Reuters…. The merger would eliminate direct competition between two of the largest players in the traited seed sector, with direct consequences for seed development, herbicide markets, and innovative and open research and development. A merger will mean the new Bayer-Monsanto conglomerate will control nearly 70% of the cotton acreage in the United States… including traited canola, soybeans, and corn developed in North America. The new corporation would likely lead to higher input prices, with less choice and higher food prices for consumers, and fewer non-biotechnology options available to farmers and consumers.

Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes
Activist Post - Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day. And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about. It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year. Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but for those on the low end of the economic scale things have just continued to deteriorate.

Energy & Environment

Arrest Warrant Issued for Democracy Now! Host After Filming Security Attack Pipeline Protesters (Video)
Activist Post - A private security firm, guarding the highly controversial construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline, turned mercenary last weekend and were caught on video unleashing vicious attack dogs against a sizable crowd of peaceful protesters — including women and children. And now, the only people to be punished for the vicious attacks, are the ones who filmed it. Saturday evening, Democracy Now! announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for host and executive producer Amy Goodman. Goodman, along with a team from the media outlet, were in North Dakota last week to cover the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The video taken by Democracy Now! of the horrid abuses inflicted on the protesters by private security quickly went viral. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and at least 100 other Native American nations as well as activists and advocates peacefully chanted “water is life” while guards held dogs nearby to intimidate the crowd. Without warning, these security henchmen showered the demonstrators with pepper spray and released the dogs — at least six people were bitten, including a young child. The warrant issued for Goodman’s arrest is for misdemeanor trespassing. Given the nature of the video and the countless other individuals in that same area who did not receive arrest warrants, the motives for the warrant become apparent — retaliation.

Health

Revealed: How the sugar industry paid prestigious Harvard researchers to say fat (NOT sugar) caused heart disease
Daily Mail - The sugar industry paid prestigious Harvard scientists to publish research saying fat - not sugar - was a key cause of heart disease, newly unveiled documents reveal. At the time, in the 1960s, conflict of interest disclosure was not required. It meant sugar chiefs could work closely with researchers to re-draft and re-draft their paper until it was 'satisfactory' - without having to report their involvement. The result shaped public health approaches to nutrition for years. The findings, revealed today in a special report in JAMA Internal Medicine, has sent shockwaves through the research community…. The warped research appeared in a 1967 literature review in The New England Journal of Medicine. It pointed to fat and cholesterol as the dietary culprits of heart disease, glossing over evidence from the 1950s that sugar was also linked to heart disease. According to the new report, the NEJM review was sponsored by the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF), which is today the Sugar Association. Its role in the study was not disclosed until 1984. Harvard professor of nutrition Dr Mark Hegsted co-directed the SRF's first heart disease research project from 1965 to 1966. In the new report, Laura A. Schmidt of the University of California, San Francisco and colleagues have uncovered correspondence that shows how Dr. Hegsted was commissioned by the SRF to reach a specific conclusion.

Eating garlic daily reduces risk of lung, bowel cancer by 40 percent
(NaturalNews) A study carried out at the Jiangsu Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in China looked at more than 1,400 lung cancer patients and 4,500 healthy adults. They discovered that people who ate raw garlic at least twice a week were 44 percent less likely to develop lung cancer. Even those who smoke, which is the biggest cause of the disease, were a remarkable 30 percent less likely to develop lung cancer if they were regular garlic eaters…. A study from the University of South Australia, meanwhile, pointed to a nearly one-third reduction in the risk of bowel tumors as a result of consuming garlic regularly…. The key to garlic's success is likely a chemical it contains known as allicin, which is released when garlic cloves are chopped or crushed. It is believed to reduce inflammation and is also an antioxidant. Garlic also boasts antibacterial properties and can enhance DNA repair. According to the National Cancer Institute, a number of population studies have demonstrated an association between garlic intake and reduced risk of cancers such as colon, stomach, esophagus, breast and pancreas

Chronic stress has deadly effects
(NaturalHealth365) Simply put, emotional/mental stress can wear out the immune system, increase the risk of depression, slow down brain function and trigger heart disease. Keep in mind, stress can damage our digestive system and its ability to absorb nutrients. Statistically speaking, 75 to 90 percent of all doctor visits as related to chronic or acute stress…. The top four adaptogens for reducing the effects of chronic stress: Ashwagandha has been used for centuries in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and is known to promote stamina, longevity, immunity and fertility. It also reduces inflammation and gastrointestical issues. Bacopa is a South Asian herb known to relieve anxiety and cognitive issues. Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom that reduces inflammation and oxidative stress while enhancing immune functioning and positive brain chemistry. And, last but not least, holy basil is used in Ayurvedic medicine and Thai cooking. It has tremendous adaptogenic properties against the effects of stress, including reducing anxiety and depression. It also helps to reduce cortisol, normalize blood sugar, and protect the adrenal glands.

'Five-Second Rule' Debunked
Joe Battaglia - Yes, someone really has conducted a scientific study of the five-second rule. It turns out bacteria may transfer to almost anything that has fallen on the floor no matter how fast you pick it up. Rutgers researchers have disproven the widely accepted notion that it’s OK to scoop up food and eat it within a “safe” five-second window. Donald Schaffner, professor and extension specialist in food science, found that moisture, type of surface and contact time all contribute to cross-contamination. In some instances, the transfer begins in less than one second.

Pet News

Video: I Dare You Not To Go Aww When You See These Shelter Pets Getting Their First Bed
Matthew Derrick - Recently, RSCPA Victoria began asking pet owners who were purchasing new beds for their fur babies to donate their old ones to the shelter. In total, the charity was able to successfully give over 100 shelter animals a "new" bed to sleep in…. I don't even have a pet bed at the moment, but I'm seriously considering buying a few for a local shelter. The simplest things make all the difference!
 



Monday - September 12, 2016 - Today In History:

1814 - During the War of 1812, the Battle of North Point was fought in Maryland.
1878 - Patent litigation involving the Bell Telephone Company against Western Union Telegraph Company and Elisha Gray began. The issues were over various telephone patents.
1788 - The Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election and declared New York City the temporary national capital.
1914 - The first battle of Marne ended when the allied forces stopped the German offensive in France.
1918 - During World War I, At the Battle of St. Mihiel, U.S. Army personnel operate tanks for the first time. The tanks were French-built.
1938 - In a speech, Adolf Hitler demanded self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia.
1943 - During World War II, Benito Mussolini was taken by German paratroopers from the Italian government that was holding him.
1944 - U.S. Army troops entered Germany, near Trier, for the first time during World War II.
1953 - U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.
1974 - Violence occurred on the opening day of classes in Boston, MA, due opposition to court-ordered school "busing."
1977 - South African anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko died at the age of 30. The student leader died while in police custody which triggered an international outcry.
1983 - Arnold Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen. He had emigrated from Austria 14 years earlier.
1991 - The space shuttle Discovery took off on a mission to deploy an observatory that was to study the Earth's ozone layer.
2003 - Country musician Johnny Cash died at age 71.
2005 - Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown resigned, three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
2006 - In a speech in his native Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted from an obscure medieval text that characterized some teachings of Islam's founder as "evil and inhuman," unleashing a torrent of rage across the Islamic world.
2008 - A commuter train engineer ran a red light while text messaging on his cell phone and struck a freight train head-on in Los Angeles, killing himself and 24 other people.

World News

UN team heard claims of 'staged' chemical attacks in Syria, pressured to find Assad gov't guilty of using them
Consortium News - United Nations investigators encountered evidence that alleged chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian military were staged by jihadist rebels and their supporters, but still decided to blame the government for two incidents in which chlorine was allegedly dispersed via improvised explosives dropped by helicopters. In both cases, the Syrian government denied that it had any aircraft in the areas at the times of the purported attacks, but the U.N. team rejected that explanation with the curious argument that Syria failed to provide flight records to corroborate the absence of any flights. Yet, if there had been no flights, there would be no flight records. The U.N. team also dismissed out of hand the possibility that jihadist rebels who had overrun some air bases and thus had operational helicopters at their disposal might have used them as part of a staged event designed to incriminate the Damascus regime and thus justify U.S. or other outside military intervention. Another problem with the U.N. team’s findings is that the home-made chlorine bombs had minimal military value, inflicting relatively few casualties and only a handful of deaths. Why the Syrian government, which was under intense international pressure regarding alleged chemical weapons use and was in the process of surrendering its stockpile of such weapons, would have jerry-rigged a handful of homemade bombs and dropped them for no discernible military effect makes little sense.

Russia & US-brokered Syria ceasefire coming into force, 48hr pause to start at sunset
RT - The landmark new Syrian ceasefire plan, brokered in Geneva by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry, is set to start on Monday evening. It will initiate an initial 48-hour truce, which must then hold for the entire week. The truce is to see the nationwide halt of Syrian government military action against rebels as well as cooperation on strikes against terrorist targets. The agreement also envisions a halt to offensives by the rebel forces in Syria and their separation from terrorist groups.... According to the deal extremist organizations such as Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ ISIL) or Fateh al-Sham (Formerly Jabhat Al-Nusra) are excluded from the cessation of violence and will be subjected to further attacks.... Russia has guaranteed the compliance of Syrian authorities with the terms of the agreement. Lavrov has announced that Syria’s leadership is ready to implement the agreements in full. However he noted that some parts of rebel forces have been refusing to cooperate in the peace process.... Washington also called on so-called moderate rebels, parts of which are backed by the US to stick to the deal. However it added that the groups had a “right for self-defense” in case of violations of the agreement by the Syrian government.

Obama: ‘Serious consequences’ after North Korea nuke test
Washington Examiner - President Obama [on Sept. 9th] warned that North Korea’s latest nuclear test and further provocative actions would be met with “serious consequences.” The White House was reacting to a 5.0 magnitude earthquake in North Korea that was the likely result of that country’s fifth nuclear test in the last few years. Various reports said the blast appeared to be North Korea’s largest nuclear detonation yet, and yet was compact enough, indicating the country may have the ability to deliver it on a missile. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama had been briefed about the incident, and had already reached out to Japan and South Korea. “The president reiterated the unbreakable U.S. commitment to the security of our allies in Asia and around the world,” Earnest said.

The two faces of Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts to build nuclear weapons. Mr Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based in Zurich, when it won a $200m (£125m) contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors. The current defence secretary sat on the board from 1990 to 2001, earning $190,000 a year. He left to join the Bush administration.

As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy (Video)
New York Times - Mr. Obama has long advocated a “nuclear-free world.” His lieutenants argue that modernizing existing weapons can produce a smaller and more reliable arsenal while making their use less likely because of the threat they can pose. The changes, they say, are improvements rather than wholesale redesigns, fulfilling the president’s pledge to make no new nuclear arms. But critics, including a number of former Obama administration officials, look at the same set of facts and see a very different future. The explosive innards of the revitalized weapons may not be entirely new, they argue, but the smaller yields and better targeting can make the arms more tempting to use — even to use first, rather than in retaliation. Gen. James E. Cartwright, a retired vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who was among Mr. Obama’s most influential nuclear strategists, said he backed the upgrades because precise targeting allowed the United States to hold fewer weapons. But “what going smaller does,” he acknowledged, “is to make the weapon more thinkable.” Already there are hints of a new arms race. Russia called the B61 tests “irresponsible” and “openly provocative.” China is said to be especially worried about plans for a nuclear-tipped cruise missile. And North Korea last week defended its pursuit of a hydrogen bomb by describing the “ever-growing nuclear threat” from the United States.

False flags in the DRCongo: Massacres not the work of Islamists - U.S. seeks secession of E. Congo
Global Research - The massacres in Beni Territory began in 2014. Estimates are that 60 people are killed every month. After the Aug. 13, 2016 massacres, the number of victims rose above 1,200.... Boniface Musavuli, Congolese human rights defender and author of Congolese Genocides from Léopold II to Paul Kagame, says that the aggression has been falsely attributed to Ugandan Islamist rebels. The truth is, he said, that the killers are Rwandans and Ugandans who want to eliminate indigenous Congolese people.... Longstanding U.S. allies and military partners Rwanda and Uganda have long been accused of trying to annex the resource rich portions of eastern Congo across their borders. U.S. policymakers and pundits have advocated carving independent states out of eastern Congo as South Sudan was carved out of Sudan despite the war and human catastrophe that ensued. Advocates of partition have included Herman Cohen, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, another former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and John Prendergast, humanitarian militarist crusader and co-founder of the corporate funded ENOUGH Project to End Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. ENOUGH operates under the umbrella of the Democratic Party's corporate funded propaganda and influence peddling operation, The Center for American Progress (CAP).... Neither the U.S. government nor its NATO allies have chosen to add the indigenous people of Beni to their list of worthy victims crying out for humanitarian military intervention. MONUSCO, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (DRC), has been either uninterested or ineffective in stopping the massacres.

Post 9/11 Afghanistan: Opium Production Increases Nearly 20-Fold
Breitbart - When the U.S. began targeting the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, the ruling Taliban government had imposed an opium ban in Afghanistan. Opium cultivation and production began to thrive again soon after the U.S. military replaced the Taliban-led government. Estimated opium production in Afghanistan in 2001 was 185 tons, the lowest since the UN began keeping track in 1994. Potential opium production reached 3,300 tons in 2015, the latest year for which data is available, marking a nearly 18-fold increase over the course of the war.... Although the U.S. has spent an estimated $8.5 billion on anti-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan, the illicit opium business has boomed and the country is now the world’s largest producer of opium and its heroin derivative, accounting for about 80 percent of global illicit opiates.... The UN notes that there was a substantial decrease in Afghan opium cultivation and production in 2015, the first year after President Obama and NATO ended their combat mission and withdrew most of their troops. Opium cultivation dropped 19 percent last year from a historic high of 224,000 hectares (about 865 square miles) in 2014 to 183,000.

French PM warns 15,000 people being radicalized; 1,400 probed amid foiled terror plots
RT - More terror attacks are in store for France, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has warned, saying that some 15,000 people are in the process of radicalization in France and currently on police radar, while 1400 under investigation. "The threat [of attacks on France] is at its highest we have seen it in recent days; it is there even as we speak now," Manuel Valls said in an interview with Europe 1 radio and Itele television on Sunday...The French capital was put on "maximum" alert this week after French officials said they had broken up an Islamic State-affiliated (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL [but still I-CIA-SIS]) "terrorist cell" that was planning to hit at a Paris railway.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama's U.S. Military Academy Investigating West Point Football Team for Postgame Prayer
Breitbart - West Point officials removed the video showing the team prayer, reporting that several outside groups complained when a video showing the celebration in the locker room after a recent 28-13 upset over Temple University depicted the players kneeling and ending a prayer with an “Amen” in unison. According to the Army Times, West Point administrators said an investigation was launched after “receiving multiple complaints” that the video proved head coach Jeff Monken forces Christianity on the team in contravention to the purported rule of the separation of church and state.... It is likely the loudest complaint came from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The MRFF now claims to have 44 West Point graduates, 40 current members of the school’s staff, and six football players joining them in the complaint.... The group, though, lost a similar battle against the Air Force last year when the Air Force football team was seen kneeling in prayer prior to a game. The academy investigated the team’s action and told the MRFF that the prayer was within military regulations.

11 State Attorneys General Side With ExxonMobil in Climate Change Case
CNS News - Attorneys general in 11 states have filed an amicus brief siding with ExxonMobil in a climate change case brought against the company by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.... Healey... issued a civil investigative demand (CID) for 40 years’ worth of ExxonMobil’s records to determine whether the company had violated her state’s consumer protection laws by not informing consumers and shareholders about the alleged dangers of global warming.... However, the 11 state attorneys general agreed with ExxonMobil that the CID is an encroachment on the company’s First Amendment rights. “The authority attorneys general have to investigate fraud does not allow them to encroach on the constitutional freedom of others to engage in an ongoing public policy debate of international importance,” said the amicus brief, which was signed by the attorneys general of Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

Droves of African Migrants in Mexico Awaiting U.S. Asylum Under Secret Pact
Judicial Watch - Herds of African immigrants are being housed in shelters in the Mexican border town of Tijuana while they await entry into the United States under what appears to be a secret accord between the Obama administration, Mexico and the Central American countries the Africans transited on their journey north. A backlog of African migrants is overwhelming limited shelter space in Tijuana and Mexican officials blame the slow pace of U.S. immigration authorities in the San Isidro port of entry for granting only 50 asylum solicitations daily. Details about this disturbing program come from Mexico’s immigration agency, Instituto Nacional de Migracion (INM), and appear this week in an article published by the country’s largest newspaper. “Mexico is living through a wave of undocumented Africans, due to a humanitarian crisis on that continent, that has saturated shelters in Tapachula, Chiapas, and generated pressure on shelters in Tijuana, Baja California,” the news article states. The African migrants’ journey begins in Brazil under a South American policy that allows the “free transit” of immigrants throughout the continent. Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama facilitate the process by transferring the concentration of foreigners towards Mexico based on an agreement that Mexico will help them gain entry into the U.S. so they can solicit asylum…. The Obama administration has done a great job of promoting its various back-door amnesty programs, which include perpetually extending a humanitarian measure designed to temporarily shield illegal immigrants from deportation during emergencies. It’s known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and in the last few years migrants from several African countries have received it so the new influx is not all surprising.

$1 Trillion Spent on US Police State Since 9/11 — If they ‘Hated Our Freedom,’ They Must Love Us Now
The Free Thought Project - While Cheney and the gang were wrecking the Middle East... the same fabricated legal justifications for those actions were being used to build an enormous surveillance apparatus in the homeland. Construction of spy centers increased at a frenzied rate as the “black budget” soared.... The Patriot Act, NSA warrantless wiretapping and FBI National Security Letters are a few examples of the abuses carried out under the banner of 9/11.... There is no evidence to suggest this astounding growth has been put in check. In 2013, the Black Budget was $52.6 billion, spent on 16 spy agencies with over 107,000 employees. The “espionage empire…rivals or exceeds the levels at the height of the Cold War.” According to the New York Times, the amount spent on domestic counter-terrorism since 9/11 is a staggering $1 trillion. This is only for “homeland security measures,” not the overseas so-called War on Terror.... As John Mueller, senior research scientist at Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, says, this spending is not based on factual reality. It is a government - media scam based on an “aberration” of 9/11 rather than a true likelihood of terrorist attacks. “An American has about a 1 in 4 million chance of being killed by a terrorist on U.S. soil, which has resulted on average seven deaths a year. One is far more likely to die from lightning or getting struck by a deer, Mueller said. “No one wants to talk about acceptable risk. But clearly we do accept a lot of risk. We can’t get risk down to zero in anything: automobiles, surgery, or a deer running across the road,” Mueller said. “We basically live with those threats.”

House OKs Bill to Let 9/11 Families Sue Saudi Arabia
NBC News - On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the House unanimously passed on Friday controversial legislation clearing the way for the families of victims to sue Saudi Arabia if that country is found legally responsible for helping back the deadly terrorist acts. The bill, which passed the Senate in May, now heads to President Obama's desk. The White House strongly opposes the legislation and worries the legislation leaves the U.S. open to similar suits. Critics also argue the bill will put U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia in jeopardy and potentially set a dangerous precedent of Americans suing foreign governments. The president is expected to veto the bill.

911: The Day The Laws Of Physics And Nature Were Suspended
The Government Rag - It was on that very strange day when three massive, modern, heavy and flying fast airliners purportedly slammed into two buildings, each constructed with over 650,000 tons of concrete and steel, each reinforced to sustain just such a collision and internally fortified with flame retardant steel coatings, and the third into the United States Pentagon Building, a concrete reinforced super fortress, and in each case not leaving a single trace of the airliners in view. In the case of the of the Pentagon - it is the most surveilled building on the planet with likely more than 80 cameras filming the area during the attack, but only five frames of blurry video were made available, years later, to study the attack….

Best 9/11 Documentary (Full Movie)

History Professor Rips Down Campus 9/11 ‘Never Forget’ Posters (Video)
College Fix - Conservative students attending a community college in Southern California say campus leaders worked to cancel their Sept. 11 memorial, and what’s more, a history professor tore down their “Never Forget” remembrance posters. The students, who attend Saddleback College and are members of the Young Americans for Freedom group, filmed on Thursday history Professor Margot Lovett tear down posters with images showing various terrorists acts and the words “Never Forget.” Lovett, chair of the history department, told the students they did not have permission to hang them, the video shows. The actions of Lovett, who in 2001 endorsed a statement blaming U.S. imperialism for the 9/11 attacks, came after campus leaders used bureaucratic red tape to try to shut down the conservative students’ previously approved Sept. 11 memorial.

Election News

Hillary has pneumonia: Clinton's doctor reveals she has a lung infection - hours after her aides blamed the 68-year-old's collapse on 'overheating' when it was caught on video at 9/11 memorial service
Daily Mail - Hillary Clinton's doctor has revealed the 68-year-old has pneumonia - hours after video showed her collapsing into the arms of her Secret Service agents after being rushed from the 9/11 memorial service at the World Trade Center. Dr. Lisa R. Bardack released a statement through her campaign team after she performed a check-up on the presidential candidate at her home in Chappaqua, New York, on Sunday, after the 'medical episode'. She said: 'Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. 'While at this morning's event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.' Clinton is now holed up in her upstate New York home after a bystander recorded her losing her balance, slumping at the knees and being held up by her aides while waiting to get in a minivan.

Hillary Clinton To Withdraw From Public For Next Five Days: UPDATED W/VIDEO
D.C. Whispers - [Late Friday] D.C. Whispers indicated Hillary Clinton’s intention to withdraw from public view for the next five days – a report that has been subsequently confirmed via other media outlets. Now this video from Mrs. Clinton’s last public appearance yesterday is circulating among alternative media and various readers that shows a very fatigued Hillary Clinton who has to abruptly cut off her statements after standing on stage for about six minutes and then shuffle slowly away, coughing, and appearing to gasp for breath right before getting herself out of sight of the cameras… Regardless, Mrs. Clinton was clearly tired, hoarse, and appeared to have some difficulty walking. This performance was followed by the above report indicating her intention to effectively “hide out” from public view for the next five days, a most unusual schedule for someone running for President of the United States with less than two months to until Election Day.

Video: Justice w/ Judge Jeanine - Hillary Clinton apologizes to Donald Trump supporters
The O'Reilly Factor - Justice w/ Judge Jeanine 9/10/16 - Hillary Clinton apologizes to Donald Trump supporters for 'DEPLORABLE' comment, Hillary Clinton calls Half of Donald Trump supporters as a basket of Deplorable, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battle over National Security Issues, New questions over Hillary Clinton Scandals and Clinton Foundation.
Related: Hillary Clinton’s 47% Moment: Calls Trump Supporters ’Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Xenophobic, Islamaphobic’

Leaked Memo: George Soros Foundation Seeking to Expand U.S. Online Voting
Breitbart - While the directive was issued two years ago, the issue of electronic voting has become a hot button topic in this year’s presidential election amid fears digital voting systems can be compromised. The online voting plan was contained in a 67-page hacked file detailing the September 29-30, 2014 Open Society U.S. Programs board meeting in New York. A significant portion of the board meeting was dedicated to methods the Foundation’s U.S. Programs (USP) could use to further the use of President Obama’s executive action authority to bypass Congress during Obama’s final two years in office. The Open Society, together with partner grantees, assembled a general list of potential presidential executive actions on numerous issues. Significantly, the Soros-backed group zeroed in on the expansion of online voting.

Donald Trump was given a standing ovation today at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica funeral for Phyllis Schlafly in St. Louis. (Video, Photos)
The Gateway Pundit - Phyllis Schlafly was a constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, author, speaker, columnist and founder of the Eagle Forum. Phyllis was active promoting conservative agenda until her passing. She wrote a weekly column for over 50 years. Schlafly released a book in August, “The Conservative Case for Trump,” with co-authors Ed Martin and Brett Decker – The Conservative Case for Trump. In March Phyllis Schlafly endorsed Donald Trump for president at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis. After the RNC Convention in July Phyllis released her last video celebrating Donald Trump’s nomination. Phyllis was a Missouri Republican delegate at the convention. On Saturday Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Steve Bannon, and Kellyanne Conway attended the funeral in St. Louis. Trump spoke before the service. The congregation gave him a standing ovation.

Democrats sue to get Donald Trump off Minnesota ballots
Pioneer Press - The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s Thursday lawsuit claims the Minnesota Republican Party failed to nominate its presidential electors, the people who cast the state’s 10 electoral college votes, in accordance with state law. Keith Downey, the chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, said last month that the party called a special meeting to approve alternative electors because it had previously neglected to do so. The suit, which was filed directly to the Minnesota Supreme Court, adds a new level of chaos to an already strange election season. It could cause the parties to spend some of the rushed final eight weeks of the election fighting in court, distracting from other campaigning. While the suit is a technical one, if successful, it could affect the entire presidential election.

Video: Bill Clinton Mocks 'Coal People' In West Virginia, Kentucky
The Daily Caller - “We all know how [Hillary’s] opponent has done well down in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky,” the former president told the crowd at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum. “The coal people don’t like any of us [Democrats] anymore.” Clinton added that “they all voted for me. I won twice, and they did well.” “They blame the president when the sun doesn’t come up in the morning now.” Since Clinton left office, West Virginia has overwhelmingly swung red. In 1996, Clinton won 51.5 percent of the state’s popular vote, yet Barack Obama only carried 35.5 percent in the last election. Kentucky has seen similar trends in recent elections, with Clinton earning 45.8 percent in 1996 and Obama earning 37.8 percent in 2012.

Economy & Business

Dell-EMC to Lay Off 2,000 – 3,000 US Workers after Requesting 5,000 H-1B Visas & Green Cards to Import Foreign Workers
Wolf Street - The ink was barely dry on Dell’s acquisition of EMC, the largest technology deal ever, valued at $67 billion when it was announced in October last year– and already the layoff rumors are oozing from the woodwork. “People familiar with the company’s plans” told Bloomberg that Dell will cut 2,000 to 3,000 jobs. Dell spokesman Dave Farmer refused to comment specifically on the report on Thursday but said instead, as sort of a confirmation: “As is common with deals of this size, there will be some overlaps we will need to manage and where some employee reduction will occur.” .... But that doesn’t mean that the headcount will come down – they’re bringing in foreign workers, mostly from India. Between 2014 and 2016, Dell applied for 2,039 H-1B visas and 256 Green Cards. EMC applied for 2,347 H-1B visas and 453 Green Cards, for a total of 5,095 applications. These are just applications. Not all of them will be certified, and of those that are certified, not all beneficiaries will be hired. But the data for 2016 isn’t complete yet either.

Wells Fargo Fires 5,300 For Engaging In Massive Fraud, Creating Over 2 Million Fake Accounts
Zero Hedge - On Thursday, Wells Fargo was fined $185 million, (including a $100 million penalty from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the largest penalty the agency has ever issued) for engaging in pervasive fraud over the years which included opening credit cards secretly without a customer’s consent, creating fake email accounts to sign up customers for online banking services, and forcing customers to accumulate late fees on accounts they never even knew they had. Regulators said such illegal sales practices had been going on since at least 2011. In all, Wells opened 1.5 million bank accounts and "applied" for 565,000 credit cards that were not authorized by their customers. Wells Fargo told to CNN that it had fired 5,300 employees related to the shady behavior over the last few years. The firings represent about 1% of its workforce and took place over several years. The fired workers went to far as to create phony PIN numbers and fake email addresses to enroll customers in online banking services, the CFPB said. How Wells perpetrated fraud is that its employees moved funds from customers' existing accounts into newly-created accounts without their knowledge or consent, regulators say. The CFPB described this practice as "widespread" and led to customers being charged for insufficient funds or overdraft fees, because the money was not in their original accounts. Additionally, Wells Fargo employees also submitted applications for 565,443 credit card accounts without their knowledge or consent, the CFPB said the analysis found. Many customers who had unauthorized credit cards opened in their names were hit by annual fees, interest charges and other fees.

Energy & Environment

Justice Department Overrules Court, Dakota Access Pipeline Halted
The AntiMedia - On Friday, a federal court sided with Energy Transfer Partners, allowing the company to continue construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The ruling came after the Standing Rock Sioux tribe attempted to halt the pipeline’s construction through the justice system because they claimed it would violate federal laws and jeopardize their water supply. However, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of the Army quickly overruled the court’s decision, placing a temporary halt on Dakota Access pipeline construction on Army Corps of Engineering lands. Their statement says the decision will take effect until the Army “can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws.”.... This development comes on the heels of North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple’s decision to activate the state’s National Guard on Thursday, stoking fears that tensions on the ground could grow.... The Justice Department statement’s language could be interpreted as a “voluntary” request to the pipeline builders, and it’s unclear whether Energy Transfer Partners will comply with the request.

Science & Technology

How America’s 911 emergency response system can be hacked
Washington Post - …a group of researchers say they’ve found a way to effectively disable the 911 emergency system across an entire state for an extended period of time by simply launching what’s known as a TDoS attack, or telephony denial-of-service attack, against 911 call centers. The tactic involves infecting mobile phones to cause them to automatically make bogus 911 calls — without their owners' knowledge — thereby clogging call-center queues and preventing legitimate callers from reaching operators. The researchers say it would take just 6,000 infected smartphones in a geographical area — something hackers could easily accomplish — to launch an attack sufficient to disrupt the 911 system throughout the entire state of North Carolina, and just 200,000 infected phones distributed across the U.S. to significantly disrupt 911 services around the nation…. Americans make more than 240 million calls annually to more than 7,000 call centers scattered across the country. About 70 percent of these calls now come from mobile phones. But the technology used to process these calls hasn't kept pace with security needs, experts say.

Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 after battery explosions
CNS News - Samsung's Note 7s are being pulled from shelves in 10 countries, including South Korea and the United States, just two weeks after the product's launch. ... Samsung said it had confirmed 35 instances of Note 7's catching fire or exploding. There have been no reports of injuries related to the problem. The company said it has not found a way to tell exactly which phones may endanger users out of the 2.5 million Note 7s already sold globally. It estimated that about 1 in 42,000 units may have a faulty battery. Samsung didn't say whether customers should stop using their phones, or whether explosions and fires could happen when the phone wasn't charging. Consumers who complained publicly said the problem came while the phone was being charged.

FINALLY: Scientists Name Blood Sucking Parasite After Obama
Adan Salazar - A newly-discovered species of parasitic flatworm which develops inside the lungs of Malaysian turtles has earned the name Baracktrema Obamai, according to a study published in the August edition of The Journal of Parasitology. “Baracktrema obamai n. gen., n. sp. infects the lung of geoemydid turtles (black marsh turtle, Siebenrockiella crassicollis [type host] and southeast Asian box turtle, Cuora amboinensis) in the Malaysian states of Perak, Perlis, and Selangor,” an introduction to the American Society of Parasitologists’ discovery states. The Journal explains the blood fluke is a “new genus and species… named in honor of Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States of America, and 5th cousin, twice removed” of one of the scientists who participated in the study. “The scientists found clusters of tens to hundreds of fluke eggs in the turtles’ lung alveoli, the tiny sacs where blood receives oxygen and gets rid of carbon dioxide,” reports Popular Science. “How these eggs get outside to hatch and infect new hosts isn’t clear, although making the turtles cough is probably involved.”

Health

Oregano Oil Superior To Prescription Antibiotics
Natural News Blogs - Did you know that oregano has eight times more antioxidants than apples and three times as much as blueberries? Antioxidants are needed to protect our body against free radical damage. They boost the immune-system naturally. Oregano Oil is the most potent antibiotic oil. Oregano oil can be used instead of harmful antibiotics for a number of health concerns. The rest of the research cited is supporting the fact that oregano is more than just an antibiotic. It’s the ultimate natural antibiotic! It contains more than 50 antibacterial ingredients, is by far more useful than drugs, and has no side effects while, at the same time, fights germs that do not become resistant to it. Carvacrol, thymol and the many other volatile compounds that can be distilled from the oregano plant inhibit the growth of bacteria, which makes them powerful alternatives to antibiotics. Oil of oregano’s medicinal potency comes from the concentration of the herb’s volatile compounds — tiny but mighty molecules found in the leaves of the plant…. Oregano oil is effective in treating a myriad of conditions, some of which include, colds/flu, lung conditions (asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis), arthritis, animal bites, candida, ear infections, rashes, giardia, sore throat, tuberculosis, and diarrhea just to name a few.

Why men should NEVER put their phone in their pocket: Study shows how prolonged exposure to radiation steadily destroys sperm
Daily Mail - A systemic review of 21 research papers on radiation shows phones placed close to a man's genitals for a prolonged period of time steadily drive down sperm count. And among the studies, many suggest surviving sperm could be DMA-damaged. The biological phenomenon is currently under fierce debate since scientists have no way to explain how non-ionizing radiation influences the body. Without that link, many public health investigators are hesitant to say definitively that cell phones harm sperm. However, a new review by a team at Australia's University of Newcastle has collated years of evidence in an attempt to both emphasize the trend, and to identify potential causes. And since 14 per cent of the world struggle to conceive - with male infertility involved 40 per cent of the time - they warn a small detail such as where one stores their phone could be crucial.

Pet News

Fleas Hate the Smell and Taste of This Kitchen Staple - Spritz Your Pet With It Today
Dr. Becker - Many pet owners turn to chemical flea products, including spot-on treatments, collars, powders and more, often believing them to be the only option. However, the pesticides used in these products can pose dangers to your pets and other members of your household… Even when applied properly, there’s no guarantee of safety and serious side effects, from skin irritation to neurological problems, gastrointestinal disorders and organ failure, are all-too-commonly reported. One of the simplest ways to use this natural flea repellent is to make a solution out of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. I recommend using raw, organic apple cider vinegar. Add the mixture to a spray bottle and spritz it on your pet before he heads outdoors. You can also spray his bedding. To “supercharge” this spray and make it even more distasteful to fleas, add in a few drops of dog-safe essential oils. Geranium, lemongrass, lavender, neem and catnip oil are good choices for essential oils that will help deter fleas (as well as ticks, mosquitos and other pests) from your pet. Apple cider vinegar can also be used in other ways to repel fleas, including: Add it to your pet’s food. Use about 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar per every 20 pounds of dog. I don’t recommend adding vinegar to your pet’s water because many dogs dislike the taste and consume less than adequate amounts of water. At bath time. You can pour diluted apple cider vinegar over your pet during bath time as a flea-preventive treatment. I use 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water.



Friday - September 9, 2016 - Today In History:

1776 - The second Continental Congress officially made the term "United States", replacing the previous term "United Colonies."
1836 - Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law.
1850 - California became the 31st state to join the union.
1893 - U.S. President Grover Cleveland's wife, Frances Cleveland, gave birth to a daughter, Esther. It was the first time a president's child was born in the White House.
1904 - Mounted police were used for the first time in the City of New York.
1919 - The majority of Boston's police force went on strike. The force was made up of 1,500 men.
1942 - Japan dropped incendiaries over NE in an attempt to set fire to the forests in Oregon and Washington. The forest did not ignite.
1943 - During World War II Allied forces landed at Taranto and Salerno.
1948 - North Korea became the People's Democratic Republic of Korea.
1957 - The first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction was signed into law by U.S. President Eisenhower.
1965 - French President Charles de Gaulle announced that France was withdrawing from NATO to protest the domination of the U.S. in the organization.
1981 - Nicaragua declared a state of economic emergency and banned strikes.
1983 - The Soviet Union announced that the Korean jetliner the was shot down on September 1, 1983 was not an accident or an error.
1986 - Frank Reed was taken hostage in Lebanon by pro-Iranian kidnappers. The director of a private school in Lebanon was released 44 months later.
1994 - The U.S. agreed to accept about 20,000 Cuban immigrants a year. This was in return for Cuba's promise to halt the flight of refugees.
1994 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off on an 11-day mission.
1997 - Sinn Fein, the IRA's political ally, formally renounced violence as it took its place in talks on Northern Ireland's future.
1998 - Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr delivered to the U.S. Congress 36 boxes of material concerning his investigation of U.S. President Clinton.
1998 - Four tourists who had paid $32,500 each were taken in submarine to view the wreckage of the Titanic. The ship is 2 miles below the Atlantic off Newfoundland.
2014 - Apple unveiled the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

World News

Syrian Army Retakes Lost Ground in Aleppo
Sputnik News - The Syrian district of Ramousah was seized by rebels last month. Back under the control of the Syrian government, it could allow the Army to blockade the rebel-held eastern districts, and provide a crucial waypoint for government troops moving to the western districts. "Units of our armed forces in cooperation with allied forces control the gas works, the tannery, the slaughterhouse, the post office and the military checkpoint area of Ramousah in Aleppo," a Syrian military source said. Over the weekend, Syrian forces cut off supply routes into Ramousah, with the help of Russian airstrikes. The reestablishment of the siege in Aleppo turns back progress made by anti-Assad fighters, supported in part by the United States, and turns back the clock on progress made by Washington’s so-called "moderate" rebels who shocked the international community last month when they successfully busted through the Assad regime’s siege in a victory heralded by the West. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad took back a strategic military complex in the Ramosa district earlier this month.

Russia-US deal on Syrian reconciliation ‘not yet finalized,’ talks to continue – Kremlin
RT - Finding ways to resolve the Syrian crisis was at the top of the agenda in a meeting between President Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama, held on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China. Shortly after the meeting, the Washington Post published a report describing the Obama administration’s “final proposal” to Moscow, adding that the US is running out of patience trying to pave the way for a ceasefire in Syria. The alleged proposal includes a truce throughout the country, including in and around Aleppo, “and the safe, sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance.” It also mentions prohibiting the Syrian Air Force from flying combat sorties against militants. “Once the truce is in place for a specified time period,” the report reads, “then the United States and Russia are to initiate a joint air campaign against counterterrorism targets.” The story, which cites several anonymous sources in the White House, also claims that Washington expects to receive a response from Moscow “in the next several days.” According to Peskov, the story “is not fully relevant.” The Kremlin spokesman confirmed that “Syria has been discussed in detail by the two presidents,” adding that a separate, more thorough discussion between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry has taken place.

US appoints Iraq War general & ex-CENTCOM chief as Ukraine senior defense adviser
RT - General John Abizaid, former head of the US Central Command, has been appointed senior defense adviser to Ukraine’s top military brass, with the stated goal of bringing it “in line with Western principles and standards.” The announcement was made on Thursday at a meeting between US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Poltorak, held during the UK-hosted UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial. “Gen Abizaid will provide authoritative advice to Minister Poltorak and other senior Ukrainian officials as Ukraine aims to implement reforms designed to bring its armed forces in line with Western principles and standards,” Carter was quoted as saying by the Washington Examiner.

Message to Beijing? US Set to Approve New Torpedo Sales to Taiwan
Sputnik News - With tensions ongoing in the South China Sea, the US is set to approve the sale of torpedoes to Taiwan. Last month, Taiwan approved a service extension for its two Dragon-class submarines. The sub upgrades will allow the craft, launched in the late 1980s, to operate for at least another 15 years. Additionally, the government plans to build eight new attack subs. But Taiwan also needs to keep its submarine fleet armed. After stalling for many years, the United States has finally agreed to approve the sale of MK-48 heavyweight torpedoes to the island nation. The news comes from an unnamed official within Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, speaking to Defense News. Neither country has officially confirmed the agreement, and it remains unknown how many torpedoes will be purchased.

Terrorist Support Group Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize
Brandon Turbeville - As if the world couldn’t get any crazier, the committee in charge of nominating prospective recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize has recently nominated a terrorist organization for the award. The White Helmets, the notorious mop-up wing of Nusra (Jobhat al-Nusra or Jobhat Fatah al-Sham) will now be in the running for not only the cash prize that comes with winning the Nobel but also the undeserved and cult-like appreciation of winners as if, in some parallel universe, the award was actually given to people who promote peace. Indeed, it seems no one finds it noteworthy that the Nobel Prize itself is named after a man who was a groundbreaking armaments manufacturer. In the years since its existence, the Nobel Prize committee has awarded the likes of Henry Kissinger, arguably one of the greatest mass murderers of the 20th Century, Barack Obama (who had done nothing accept allegedly “give hope” to the people of the world before continuing and embarking upon a worldwide campaign of terrorism and warfare) and Al Gore who has soaked up every dollar and burned immense amounts of fossil fuel promoting neo-Malthusianism policies under the guise of protecting the climate. Shimon Peres, Jimmy Carter, and Kofi Annan (as well as the United Nations) have also received the award in the past. Thus, it is no surprise that, with a list of recipients such as those mentioned above, the Nobel Peace Prize committee must feel that it needs to top itself.

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Is Sweeping Europe – And There’s No Vaccine
The Gateway Pundit - Thanks to Barack Obama’s failed foreign policy in the Middle East millions of third world migrants have fled to Europe the last two years. And thanks to failed leaders like Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany, the EU has opened its door to millions of undocumented, unvetted and uneducated third world migrants. With Open Gates– The Forced Collective Suicide of Europe. Now this…Express.co reported: First there was Zika, and now it’s Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – but how much do you know about the disease sweeping across Europe? Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a virus primarily transmitted to people from ticks and animals. While it might not be a commonly-discussed disease, CCHF outbreaks – which causes severe viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks – have a fatality rate of up to 40 per cent, according to the World Health Organisation. Worryingly the virus is primarily transmitted to people from ticks and livestock animals – but human-to-human transmission can occur after close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected persons. There is no vaccine available for either people or animals. The panic around CCHF is spreading fast after a man died in Spain from the disease.

From steaks to furniture, Hanjin Shipping collapse to raise freight costs
Reuters - The collapse of Hanjin Shipping will boost the cost to U.S. businesses and consumers of a wide range of imported goods, from furniture and clothing to fresh fruit and frozen meat, according to federal agencies, shippers and retailers. With Hanjin's future in doubt, carriers have announced they will hike container freight rates by as much as 50 percent beginning next month as retailers scramble to secure shipping ahead of the peak year-end holiday season, industry sources said. United Parcel Service Inc said on Thursday it is seeing a bump in demand for its freight services and is working with customers in Asia to shift goods from Hanjin containers to other ocean freight operators or air freight services. About $14 billion worth of cargo was stranded by the collapse of the seventh largest container carrier in the world. "Right now, there is much more (freight) demand than there is supply. People are scrambling to find a carrier with space," said Peter Friedmann, executive director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition shipping industry group. "But the biggest challenge right now is for people with cargo on Hanjin ships," he said. Cargo shippers have been forced to pay thousands of dollars in fees to terminal owners and truckers to reclaim their goods from Hanjin ships to prevent perishable foods from spoiling and to avoid losing sales because goods are not available when customers want them.

Zika Virus News

South Carolina Prepares for Round 2 of Bee-Killing Zika Spraying
Brandon Turbeville - Apparently in South Carolina, a million dead bees are not enough. Fresh on the heels of the annihilation of millions of bees in Dorchester County, as a result of the Zika hysteria, Charleston County Mosquito Control is planning to conduct aerial spraying from Sept 7 – Sept 12 “on standing water.” According to the county’s Facebook page, the spraying will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Posting a notice of their intentions to spray, county officials point out that they have been aerially spraying for years and that they will be notifying the public via email 24 hours in advance. The county also states that it will work with local beekeepers to notify them of any spraying coming up. Mosquito Control representatives have stated that they are working on public education and have given presentations to beekeeper groups in the area and have stressed the importance of the beekeepers providing their information so it can be added to records. Interestingly enough, Mosquito Control uses Trumpet for most of its aerial “adulticiding.” Trumpet contains the active ingredient of Naled but is considered different because the product is water-based and not an oil…. County officials are saying that the spray that will be used in this operation is not the same as the spray used in Dorchester County. They claim that the spray is not harmful to bees. But considering the fact that it contains the same major active ingredient of Naled, these claims are questionable at best.

City to Fine Residents Over Puddles of Water in Response to Zika
Adan Salazar - Concerned with the Zika virus outbreak and a potential spread of Yellow Fever, the mayor of Warren, Michigan, Jim Fouts, has decreed that anyone whose home harbors breeding grounds for mosquitoes can be ticketed by the city. …Fouts has mandated city inspectors go around issuing warnings and tickets to residents who have standing water or pools on their property. “If they do not respond in time then they could face a fine of anywhere from $100 to $1,000,” Fouts said. CBS Denver described the mayor’s revenue extraction scheme as a “pro-active approach,” however citizens were quick to point out the city’s own problems with standing water. “They better inspect their ditches and their dirt streets that hold water and the more ditches they keep digging out through here instead of worrying about people’s pools,” 30-year Warren resident Sharon Haight said…. “Oh my life you have to [be] kidding me,” said resident Annette Messinna Cumpf. “So let me get this right if you have a swimming pool you could get a ticket. I didn’t know it was illegal to have a pool in the city??

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Recovery Workers Reportedly Found the Black Boxes From the Planes That Hit the World Trade Center on 9/11, but Authorities Covered This Up
Shoestring 9/11 Blog - The black boxes from the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, were found and retrieved in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks, a significant amount of evidence indicates. And yet government officials and the official investigation into the attacks have asserted that these devices were never recovered. A plane’s two black boxes record important information about a flight. The black boxes from American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175–the planes that hit the World Trade Center–could therefore have helped investigators determine what happened on these aircraft before they crashed on September 11. A number of people who were involved in the recovery effort in the weeks after 9/11 have said they saw or helped recover objects at the World Trade Center site that appeared to be black boxes from a plane. One worker unearthed an object that looked like a black box at Pier 25 on the Hudson River. FBI agents who inspected the object initially said enthusiastically that it appeared to be a black box, but subsequently said they didn't think it was one of these devices. A firefighter has described helping FBI agents retrieve three black boxes at Ground Zero and a colleague of his recalled seeing one of these being recovered.

Video: Anonymous - Message to the Citizens of the World V
Joyce has always said that when Anonymous or Snowden talks 9-11, she will start taking them seriously.......well, here it is….

US and EU Consumers Call for Regulation of New Genetic Modification Techniques
Sustainable Pulse - EU and US consumers have voiced their support for the regulation and labeling of products derived from new genetic modification techniques, in a resolution released by Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue on Wednesday. TACD published a new resolution on consumer concerns about new genetic modification techniques. The resolution states that consumers have the right to know when new genetic engineering techniques are used, including in their food, but companies are lobbying to exempt such products from regulation. A number of new genetic engineering techniques have been developed which were not in use when current laws on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were drafted. The new resolution states that risks to human health, animal welfare and the environment must be assessed before products derived from new genetic engineering techniques are placed on the market or released into the environment. Products must also be labelled in accordance with consumers’ rights to know and choose what they are buying, including what they eat.

College students are told they can't say 'you guys' because it might be sexist
Daily Mail - Freshmen at a college orientation event have been told not to address other students with the phrase 'you guys' because it could be interpreted as excluding women. Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, has hired a chief diversity officer, Sheree Marlowe, who has directed students on how to avoid subtle insults known as 'microaggressions'... The term 'microaggression', coined by Columbia professor Derald Sue, refers to the 'brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities' that 'communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color’…. Last year professors at the University of California were urged not to use a number of 'offensive' phrases, such as describing America as a 'melting pot' or the 'land of opportunity'. The phrases were included on a list of 'microaggressions' faculty members have been advised not to use, fearing they could be deemed sexist or racist. The phrases were included on a list of 'microaggressions' faculty members have been advised not to use, fearing they could be deemed sexist or racist.

Election News

Hillary Clinton’s National Security Advisors Are a “Who’s Who” of the Warfare State
The Intercept - Hillary Clinton is meeting on Friday with a new national security “working group” that is filled with an elite “who’s who” of the military-industrial complex and the security deep state. The list of key advisors — which includes the general who executed the troop surge in Iraq and a former Bush homeland security chief turned terror profiteer — is a strong indicator that Clinton’s national security policy will not threaten the post-9/11 national-security status quo that includes active use of military power abroad and heightened security measures at home…. It includes General David Petraeus, the major architect of the 2007 Iraq War troop surge, which brought 30,000 more troops to Iraq. Picking him indicates at partiality to combative ideology. It also represents a return to good standing for the general after he pled guilty to leaking notebooks full of classified information to his lover, Paula Broadwell, and got off with two years probation and a fine, keeping his security clearance. Petraeus currently works at the investment firm KKR & Co. Another notable member of Clinton’s group is Michael Chertoff, a hardliner who served as President George W. Bush’s last Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and who since leaving government in 2009 has helmed a corporate consulting firm called the Chertoff Group that promotes security-industry priorities…. Many others on the list are open advocates of military escalation overseas. Mike Morrell, the former acting director of the CIA… Jim Stavridis, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe on Clinton’s advisory group… Others on the list played a role in the targeted killing policies of the Obama administration, including Chris Fussell, a top aide to General Stanley McChrystal, and now a partner with him at his lucrative consulting firm, the McChrystal Group.

Hillary Clinton at Commander-in-Chief Forum: ‘We Did Not Lose a Single American’ in Libya
Breitbart - Hillary Clinton declared during NBC News’s Commander-in-Chief forum that no lives were lost in Libya when she made the move to take out dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Even so, the former secretary of state did not mention the fact that 11 months later four Americans — including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens — were killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi that arose from the instability that the overthrow created. “With respect to Libya, again, there’s no difference between my opponent and myself,” Clinton stated, attempting to dismiss her hawkish-foreign policy record. “He’s on record extensively supporting intervention in Libya when Qaddafi was threatening to massacre his population. I put together a coalition that included NATO, included the Arab League, and we were able to save lives.” “We did not lose a single American in that action,” she declared. Clinton was referencing the 2011 overthrow of Mummer Gaddafi that left Libya in chaos, where less than a year later the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi was attacked, killing Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods ,and Glen Doherty. Clinton stood by her decision with regards to Libya. “And I think taking that action was the right decision,” she continued. “Not taking it and permitting there to be an ongoing civil war in Libya would have been as dangerous and threatening as what we are now seeing in Syria.”

Was Hillary Wearing an Earpiece During Last Night’s Presidential Forum?
Paul Joseph Watson - Was Hillary Clinton wearing an earpiece during last night’s presidential forum? That’s the latest question swirling around the Internet after pictures appeared to show Hillary with some kind of flesh-colored device embedded inside her ear. Conservative actor James Woods drew attention the issue with the simple question, “Earpiece?” and a close up image of Hillary from last night’s forum. Woods also posted a Clinton email from the Wikileaks archive in which Huma Abedin asked Hillary, “Did u take your earpiece or do I need to get it?”… “She can’t even #lie without help from a gaggle of other #liars through an earpiece,” tweeted Woods. “She literally can’t help herself. She’s the kind of sociopath who will lie even if the truth were more beneficial,” added Woods, linking to an article by TruePundit which reported that Hillary was wearing an earpiece to receive “stealth coaching” during the NBC live town hall event. “NYPD sources involved with the NBC forum’s security detail confirm Clinton was wearing an ‘inductive earpiece,” the same technology employed by almost all lead Broadway actors to receive forgotten lines and stealth off-stage cues from directors. The flesh-colored earbud is easily concealed. There are no wires running directly to the ear like you see with the units employed by Secret Service protection detail personnel,” claimed the article. The report goes on to provide technical details about the earpiece, asserting that it is “almost invisible to anyone” and is “normally issued to law enforcement or corporate security teams.”
* Related: Hillary Clinton caught wearing covert earpiece during last night's debate with Trump... brazen dishonesty on display yet again

Hillary's Health Concerns Serious, Say Most Doctors Polled by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
PR Newswire - Concerns about Hillary Clinton's health are "serious—could be disqualifying for the position of President of the U.S.," say nearly 71% of 250 physicians responding to an informal internet survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). About 20% said concerns were "likely overblown, but should be addressed as by full release of medical records." Only 2.7% responded that they were "just a political attack; I have confidence in the letter from her physician and see no cause for concern." While more than 81% were aware of her history of a concussion, only 59% were aware of the cerebral sinus thrombosis, and 52% of the history of deep venous thrombosis. More than 78% said the health concerns had received "not enough emphasis" in the media, and only 2.7% that there had been "too much emphasis." Nearly two-thirds said that a physician who had a concern about a candidate's fitness to serve for health reasons should "make the concerns known to the public." Only 11% said a physician should "keep silent unless he had personally examined the patient," and 10% that the candidate's health was "off limits for public discussion."

Gary Johnson Must Now Drop Out Of The Presidential Race
Steve Watson - In an excruciatingly embarrassing exchange with MSNBC anchors, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson asked “What is Aleppo?” when discussing the Syrian refugee crisis. Video of the interview has gone viral with critics saying Johnson is done and must now drop out of the race to save face. Johnson looked absolutely stumped when asked “What would you do about Aleppo?” by Panelist Mike Barnicle. “You’re kidding,” replied Barnicle after Johnson asked him to explain what Aleppo is. “OK, got it got” a clearly crushed Johnson said after Barnicle explained that it is the epicenter of the Syrian refugee crisis. Johnson later attempted some pathetic damage control, stating “I do understand Aleppo, and I understand the crisis that is going on.” “This morning, I began my day by setting aside any doubt that I’m human. Yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict — I talk about them every day,” Johnson said in a statement. “But hit with ‘What about Aleppo?’ I immediately was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict. I blanked. It happens, and it will happen again during the course of this campaign.”

Economy & Business

Wells Fargo Fires 5,300 For Engaging In Massive Fraud, Creating Over 2 Million Fake Accounts
Zero Hedge - On Thursday, Wells Fargo was fined $185 million, (including a $100 million penalty from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the largest penalty the agency has ever issued) for engaging in pervasive fraud over the years which included opening credit cards secretly without a customer’s consent, creating fake email accounts to sign up customers for online banking services, and forcing customers to accumulate late fees on accounts they never even knew they had. Regulators said such illegal sales practices had been going on since at least 2011. In all, Wells opened 1.5 million bank accounts and "applied" for 565,000 credit cards that were not authorized by their customers. Wells Fargo told to CNN that it had fired 5,300 employees related to the shady behavior over the last few years. The firings represent about 1% of its workforce and took place over several years. The fired workers went to far as to create phony PIN numbers and fake email addresses to enroll customers in online banking services, the CFPB said. How Wells perpetrated fraud is that its employees moved funds from customers' existing accounts into newly-created accounts without their knowledge or consent, regulators say. The CFPB described this practice as "widespread" and led to customers being charged for insufficient funds or overdraft fees, because the money was not in their original accounts. Additionally, Wells Fargo employees also submitted applications for 565,443 credit card accounts without their knowledge or consent, the CFPB said the analysis found. Many customers who had unauthorized credit cards opened in their names were hit by annual fees, interest charges and other fees.

Energy & Environment

Oil Markets Brace As U.S. Looks To Sell 100 Million Barrels From SPR
OilPrice.com - Aging infrastructure could render the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) increasingly ineffective, according to a new report from the Department of Energy. The U.S. has stored roughly 700 million barrels of crude oil in salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana for decades. The SPR was established in the aftermath of the Arab oil embargo in 1973, which painfully revealed U.S. oil dependence as high prices drove up inflation, created fuel shortages and lines at gas stations, and rocked the American economy. The SPR was setup to stash 90 days’ worth of supply into storage for safekeeping, meant to be used in the event of a supply outage. Decades of wear and tear mean that the infrastructure is now in desperate need of an upgrade. The DOE says Congress needs to cough up $375.4 million to make repairs, otherwise the SPR may not be all that effective. “Most of the critical infrastructure for moving crude within the SPR has exceeded its serviceable life, increasing maintenance costs and decreasing system reliability,” the report concludes.

North Dakota Governor Activates National Guard Against Pipeline Protest (Video)
The Anti-Media - Previously peaceful protests at the construction site of the Dakota Access pipeline have officially been militarized. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has called on the state’s National Guard to reinforce law enforcement at the construction site where Native American protesters are currently blocking further development. Over the weekend, peaceful protests turned violent after security guards from G4S, a British mercenary group, unleashed dogs on the demonstrators, provoking a confrontation the media spun as violently aggressive on the part of those protesting. The scuffle ensued after construction workers allegedly destroyed sacred Native American burial sites. However, video from the scene tells a different story — one of provocation from proponents of pipeline security. The activation of the National Guard is likely a backup measure as the pipeline company and protesters await a court decision that could give pipeline construction a green light, possibly causing further confrontation between law enforcement, mercenaries, and protesters. The National Guard has a long history of violently crushing civil unrest in the United States.

Your brain is sponging up toxic nanomagnets from polluted air
Ars Technica - …according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Those wee particles, made of the strongly magnetic iron oxide compound, magnetite, have been found in human brains before and were thought to be normal and harmless byproducts of biological processes. But according to the new study, a closer examination of minuscule metal balls in 37 human brains revealed that they’re actually from smog, formed during combustion or friction-derived heating, such as slamming on the brakes of a car. Whether the particles are harmful is hazy, but the authors note that the nanomagnets have two troubling features: they can interact with misfolded proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease to produce reactive oxygen species, which can severely damage cells; and large amounts of them in the brain correlated with Alzheimer’s disease in earlier studies. Given these potential risks, the authors—a team of researchers from the UK and Mexico—suggest that exposure to them “might need to be examined as a possible hazard to human health.”

Science & Technology

White House names retired Air Force general as first cyber security chief
Reuters - Gregory Touhill's job will be to protect government networks and critical infrastructure from cyber threats as federal chief information security officer, according to a statement. The administration of President Barack Obama has made bolstering federal cyber security a top priority in his last year in office. The issue has gained more attention because of high-profile breaches in recent years of government and private sector computers. U.S. intelligence officials suspect Russia was responsible for breaches of Democratic political organizations and state election systems to exert influence on the Nov. 8 presidential election. Russia has dismissed the allegations as absurd. Obama announced the new position in February alongside a budget proposal to Congress asking for $19 billion for cyber security across the U.S. government. The job is a political appointment, meaning Obama's successor can choose to replace Touhill after being sworn in next January. Touhill is currently a deputy assistant secretary for cyber security and communications at the Department of Homeland Security.

The “plain hearing” doctrine now dictates when cops must hang up on wiretaps
Ars Technica - The latest federal Wiretap Report shows there were 4,148 non national security related wiretaps authorized in 2015. Not a single application was denied, the report notes. Of that total, 3,297 were granted an extension over the original time period authorized by the warrant. Given all the access, just when should the cops hang up on the call they're bugging? A federal appeals court recently provided the answer—introducing the "plain hearing" principle. This guidance concerns when the cops know, or reasonably know, that the speakers on a call are outside the scope of the original warrant. The plain hearing principle is similar to the well-known "plain view" doctrine, which allows authorities to seize physical evidence unrelated to a warrant if it's in plain view of the police during a search.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The Crazy, Lazy Gardener’s ‘Fall Trick’ That Will Eliminate Spring Weeds
Off the Grid News - …you may not have heard of lasagna gardening. But to do it right and reap the rewards come spring, you need to start on it during the fall. Starting a lasagna garden is very easy. In fact, it doesn’t even require the use of a shovel or the removal of existing weeds. Start with some simple brown corrugated cardboard or some newspaper (use three layers if you decide to go with newspaper) and lay them down right on top of the area that you’ve selected for your garden – right over the top of grass and weeds! Keep this layer moist so that it provides a nice cover that earthworms will be attracted to; that will allow them shelter to loosen up the earth below…. the layers consist of alternating between brown and green compost. Brown compost can be made up of items such as cardboard, shredded newspaper and dead leaves. Green compost may be items such as fruit and vegetable scraps, trimmings from the garden, etc. As a general rule, you should make your brown layers about double the thickness of your green layers. Keep building your layers until they reach about two-feet tall.

Health

This Doctor Broke The Law To Engineer a Better Nursing Home, And the Death Rate Plummeted
Good News Network - Even though we are living in an age where growing old is thought of as an inevitable misery, this doctor has been changing the game for seniors over the last 25 years. It all started in 1991 when the Harvard-educated physician was transferred from working in a stressful emergency room to being the medical director of a nursing home in upstate New York. The depressing and regimented environment got him thinking on what exactly could improve the residents’ conditions. Even though animals in nursing homes were illegal at the time, Dr. Bill Thomas took a chance: based on a hunch, he brought in two dogs, four cats, hens, rabbits, 100 parakeets, a multitude of plants, a flower garden, and vegetable patch. The change was dramatic. There was a 50% drop in medical prescriptions along with a dramatic decrease in death rates – but most importantly, the residents were simply happier. Dr. Thomas’s approach – dubbed the Eden Alternative – has driven nursing homes to allow a more autonomous and creative living space for their elderly. It erases the stereotype that growing old means growing useless, as well as encourages residents to think of their age as an enriching new phase of their life rather than the end of it. Thomas, now a speaker and author of several books, also created small, independently run residences with their own bedrooms and bathrooms called Green Houses—and he has been preaching a singular message that getting old is not a bad thing. “Within six weeks, they had to send a truck around to pick up all the wheelchairs,” Thomas told the Washington Post. “You know why most people [in nursing homes] use wheelchairs? Because the buildings are so damn big.”

FDA Banned Antibacterial Chemical in Soap But Allowed It in Toothpaste
AllGov - Last week, the Food and Drug Administration effectively banned the antibacterial chemical triclosan from soaps. But you can you still find it in your toothpaste. That’s because the best-selling toothpaste brand, Colgate Total, convinced the FDA that the benefit of triclosan in toothpaste outweighs any risks…. Studies in animals have shown that triclosan and similar chemicals can disrupt the normal development of the reproductive system and metabolism. Last week’s decision by the FDA to ban triclosan in soaps came after experts pushed the agency to regulate antimicrobial chemicals, warning that they risk scrambling hormones in children and promoting drug-resistant infections.

Pet News

A Dog Is Re-Elected Mayor for a Third Term, Proving Politicians Are Useless
Activist Post - As millions of Americans struggle to decide whether to elect a volatile narcissist or a calculated warmongering criminal as their next leader, one Minnesota town is doing politics right — they just re-elected a dog to his third term as mayor. Duke, a nine-year-old Great Pyrenees, was first elected mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota in 2014. The first time he won, it was by accident. The small town of just over 1,000 people held an election in which residents could pay $1 to vote. Duke won the race with twelve write-in votes and was treated to an official inauguration. The town’s voters were evidently happy with the 2014 fluke. Duke has been re-elected twice, most recently at the end of August. His main role has been to promote a sense of community in the township. He was recently featured in a series of billboards promoting Cormorant…. Though politicians and the media repeatedly paint the picture that the nation’s fate hangs in the balance of any given election, Duke’s success provides a valuable counter-narrative. And though a small town of 1,000 people is hardly a sufficient anecdote to debunk centuries worth of American “democracy,” Duke’s case is far from the only one. A cat named Stubbs currently presides over Talkeetna, Alaska. April the cow served as mayor of Eastsound, Washington from 2011 to 2012. A beer-drinking goat named Clay Henry III served as mayor of Lajitas, Texas until 1992. “Best mayor we ever had,” Davis Odom, a local historian, said. Henry III was succeeded by two more goat mayors. As the Wall Street Journal detailed: In Rabbit Hash, Ky., a Border Collie named Lucy Lou defeated 10 dogs, a cat, a possum, a jackass and even one human to become the town’s third animal mayor—all dogs—since 1998, says Bobbi Kayser, the current mayor’s owner.
 



Thursday - September 8, 2016 - Today In History:

1892 - An early version of "The Pledge of Allegiance" appeared in "The Youth's Companion."
1893 - In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed by the Legislative Council. It was consented by the governor on September 19 giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.
1900 - Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed about 6,000 people.
1935 - U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, "The Kingfish" of Louisiana politics, was shot and mortally wounded. He died two days later.
1951 - A peace treaty with Japan was signed by 48 other nations in San Francisco, CA.
1952 - The Ernest Hemingway novel "The Old Man and the Sea" was published.
1960 - NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, was dedicated by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The facility had been activated in July earlier that year.
1971 - In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was inaugurated. The opening featured Leonard Bernstein's "Mass."
1974 - U.S. President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former U.S. President Nixon.
1975 - In Boston, MA, public schools began their court-ordered citywide busing program amid scattered incidents of violence.
1999 - Russia's Mission Control switched off the Mir space station's central computer and other systems to save energy during a planned six months of unmanned flights.
2015 - British researchers announced that evidence of a larger version of Stonehenge had been located about 2 miles from the Stonehenge location. There were 90 buried stones that had been found by ground penetrating radar.

World News

WARgrams released: How NSA used Iraq War as springboard for global intel gathering
RT - Newly published documents from the beginning of the Iraq invasion reveal how the NSA used the “war on terror” to develop its global intelligence capabilities and strengthen the surveillance network exposed by Edward Snowden. The information was revealed in a series of documents dating back to 2003-2004, referred to as WARgrams. This was essentially a series of newsletter-style communiqués distributed to a vast number of NSA employees by the agency’s former director, Michael Hayden. These short messages, which number close to 70, contain colorful (when not redacted) descriptions of the NSA’s plans to insert itself into the Iraq war effort. The revelation was made by VICE’s Motherboard, which obtained the documents through an FOI request from back in 2008…. While earlier communiqués deal explicitly with improving communications and information safety on the Iraq battlefield, later WARgrams look toward expanding the agency’s grasp globally, with Al Qaeda as the established boogyman. The objective of the WARgrams, according to Hayden, was to achieve “unprecedented degrees of cooperation” in US intelligence. They were “designed to keep us all ‘in the loop’ with the latest developments during the campaign,” he wrote. In one document, Hayden writes: “We will become a pervasive and integral part of the fight.” In others – namely 7, 8, and 9 – the former director describes insertion of NSA agents into the midst of the military as a “force multiplier.” Some documents allude to the agency’s use of encryption technologies to relay battlefield communications. Several WARgrams touched on the role of the US media in the war coverage, such as in No.10: “As you know, the news media has embedded reporters in those military units that are supporting Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. What you may not know is that NSA also has ‘embedded’ personnel serving in harm’s way,” Hayden wrote….
Related: Document: National Security Agency (NSA) WARgrams

AFD Reach Record Poll Numbers After Election Success
Breitbart - The anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has reached a new record in national polls firmly making them the third largest party in the country. This surge in support follows the election upset of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Mecklen-Vorpommern, which was pushed into third place by the AfD party led by Frauke Petry (above). A recent poll conducted by Insa Institute revealed that the AfD, termed the “anti-Merkel party”, has firmly placed itself as the third largest party in the country. Fifteen per cent of Germans now support the populists – a new record for the party which is only three years old, reports Die Welt.... Public support for the CDU is continuing its downward trend, having lost several percentage points in the last six weeks alone as Germans across the country have come out against the Chancellor’s migrant policies.... The rise of the AfD in regional elections this year has rocked the establishment of the German political scene, leading to Chancellor Merkel making an impromptu press conference to discuss this weekend’s loss in which she acknowledged her own migrant policies were to blame.... The next test for the AfD will be the regional elections in the German capital later this month where it is expected traditional working class left-wing voters will flock to the party, boosting their vote.

Venezuelan Oil Company PDVSA at Risk of Defaulting without Citibank Payments
PanAm Post - United States-based bank Citibank, N.A. has notified Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) that it is going to stop payments, which some say could cause the Venezuelan company big problems. “Losing the main party responsible for paying the debt would lead to a default in PDVSA,” announced Stratford, a firm specializing in investment. Stratford also explained that though Venezuela has lived with the phantom of default for years, the government has always shown its willingness to fulfill its commitments to investors; however, it has only been possible because imports were minimized to ensure resources were available. Venezuela may suspend payment of foreign debt, “triggering a cascade of events that could further destabilize the country” Stratford continued…. In addition, PDVSA must pay a depreciation of approximately US $2 billion of the 2017 bond, and having no paying agent make operations difficult.

Monsanto Expands Presence In Vietnam, 55 Years After Agent Orange
(NaturalNews) Almost exactly 55 years ago, the US military began a campaign to spray massive quantities of the toxic defoliant Agent Orange over the jungles of South Vietnam – its supposed ally -- in a effort to kill the plants that gave cover and food to hostile forces. To this day, an estimated 3 million people have suffered severe health problems, including birth defects, from exposure to the dioxin-containing herbicide. Monsanto was one of several companies tapped by the US government to produce Agent Orange. But today, Monsanto's business is booming in Vietnam, with the company peddling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and Roundup herbicide to farmers willing to believe its false promises about increased yields and higher profits…. Public documents and WikiLeaks leaked diplomatic cables reveal that the US embassy actively colluded with Monsanto to promote the adoption of GMOs in Vietnam. When Vietnam began drafting laws to regulate biotechnology a decade ago, the US embassy sponsored visits by pro-Monsanto scientists to tout the supposed benefits of GMOs.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Hillary Email Found Showing Instructions For Killing Chris Stevens (Video)
Conservative Daily Post - In an email released Monday regarding Hillary’s Benghazi investigation, there was one specific message that detailed the exact location of Ambassador Chris Stevens. Because this email was sent through the unsecured server, it is highly probable that terrorists intercepted the message. There were five relevant emails in the cache of Clinton emails that placed Amb. Stevens in harms way: March 23, 2011: In this email, Clinton’s then-chief of staff Jacob Sullivan wrote to Clinton about the NATO mission in Libya. Sullivan also wrote that someone named Bill was “trying to make sure Chris Stevens gets into E. Libya.” March 27, 2011: This is an email between two State Department officials that was then forwarded to Clinton. Regarding his location and travel plans, the email said, “The current game plan is for Mr. Stevens to move no later than Wednesday from Malta to Benghazi. He will stage off shore initially for a one day visit during which he will have meetings with TNC interlocutors and get a sense of the situation on the ground. The goal of this one day trip is for him to lay the groundwork for a stay of up to 30 days.” April 8, 2011: An email among State Department employees that was later forwarded to Clinton said, “Security situation in Benghazi remains quiet. Chris Stevens & team are in the hotel, moving only for meetings as required.” April 10, 2011: Another email among State Department employees later forwarded to Clinton marked said, “The situation in Ajdabiyah has worsened to the point where Stevens is considering departure from Benghazi. The envoy’s delegation is currently doing a phased checkout. April 24, 2011: A final email among State Department employees later forwarded to Clinton: “Stevens will be meeting with MFA in one hour and will make a written request for better security at the hotel and for better security-related coordination. He still feels comfortable in the hotel. They are looking into the idea of moving into a villa, but that is some way off.”

9/11 conspiracy gets support from physicists’ study
WND - Europhysics Magazine, the respected publication of the European physics community, has published a report by four experts who say “the evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that all three buildings were destroyed by controlled demolition.” “Given the far-reaching implications, it is morally imperative that this hypothesis be the subject of a truly scientific and impartial investigation by responsible authorities,” the four physicists conclude.... Conscious of the controversial nature of the report Europhysics included an editor’s note with the study in the September 2016 issue: “This feature is somewhat different from our usual purely scientific articles, in that it contains some speculation. However, given the timing and the importance of the issue, we consider that this feature is sufficiently technical and interesting to merit publication for our readers. Obviously, the content of this article is the responsibility of the authors.”

Report Shows “Staggering” Signs of Ill Mental Health Among 9/11 First Responders
Natural Society - According to the report, which was a joint effort between several American and British institutions, 12% of first responders have classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, or some other form of cognitive impairment. The results were published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring. Of 818 people who participated in the study, 104 of them showed signs of a cognitive impairment and 10 were thought to have dementia. When researchers applied the statistics of their study to the 33,000 first responders, they believe around 5,000 could suffer from cognitive impairments and 800 might currently suffer from dementia. This number could also grow over time. The study states: “Thousands of responders who helped in search, rescue, and clean-up efforts after the World Trade Center were exposed to an extraordinary array of psychological traumas and toxic exposures. Although few were physically injured by their efforts, many responders witnessed the disaster or death and dismemberment of others, helped civilians flee, lost colleagues in the tower collapse, and dug through debris to search for survivors.” The study also suggests that 1/5 of those involved in response efforts developed PTSD, which is similar to what many war veterans face.

‘House-To-House Confiscation’ Of Guns Will Be On California Ballot
Off the Grid News - The ballot initiative, Proposition 63, would ban magazines larger than 10 rounds, which critics say would lead to house-to-house confiscation by police statewide. It also would: Require ammunition sales be made through licensed vendors. Require lost or stolen guns or ammo be reported to police. Require buyers pass a background check prior to purchasing ammunition. The magazine ban is drawing the most opposition. “Millions of legal magazines will need to be sold out-of-state, taken out-of-state, or seized by law enforcement,” according to the Coalition for Civil Liberties, which opposes Proposition 63. Many legal firearms will only operate with “magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds, making them effectively illegal,” the coalition noted. “This backdoor gun ban is not just on future sales, but forces you to surrender your existing private property to law enforcement,” it added…. According to the text of the proposed law, anyone who is caught possessing an illegal magazine can be jailed for up to one year. Current owners of such magazines have three choices, according to the text: 1) remove it from the state, 2) sell it to a licensed dealer, or 3) surrender it to police “for destruction.” Sheriffs from Butte, Shasta and Modoc counties told KHSL-TV that the proposal would turn law-abiding citizens into criminals.

Ed Martin: Eagle Forum Office Spray-Painted with ‘Slurs’ and ‘Nasty Stuff from the Left’ After Phyllis Schlafly’s Death
Breitbart - Ed Martin, the president of the Eagle Forum, revealed that his organization’s offices were vandalized on the day after founder Phyllis Schlafly’s death. Martin told the story in response to Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow’s observation that “we’ve now gotten to this nasty point in society where we must be so nasty to one another, we cannot simply disagree and debate civilly – that we must be jerks.” “I’m not sure I have the answer about how we got there, but I do think you’ve pointed to something that Phyllis Schlafly taught me, and maybe taught the country, and could teach again,” Martin said. “Even in the last day or so, there’s been vicious things said,” he continued. “I’ll tell you, maybe it’s a bit of news I don’t think anybody even knew or reported: The building where we work out of, a beautiful two-story brick building, was spray-painted the day of her death. The morning, we got to work the next day, with slurs, and comments, and all nasty stuff from the Left.”

Obama’s America: Mother Who Sent 6 Year-Old Son To Better School Sent To Prison
Counter Current - A homeless mother who pleaded guilty to fraudulently enrolling her six-year-old son in the wrong school district has been sentenced to five years in prison. According to Graham Smith with Daily Mail, Tonya McDowell sent her son to an elementary school in Norwalk, Connecticut, instead of her home city of Bridgeport. McDowell entered her plea at Norwalk Superior Court under the Alford Doctrine, which means she does not admit guilt but concedes she does not believe she will win the case. Even though she was homeless, authorities said that she used a babysitter’s address to enroll her son in kindergarten in Norwalk when he should have attended schools in Bridgeport, her last permanent address. Her case drew national attention and support from civil rights leaders and other advocates who wanted the charge dismissed. The 34-year-old, who was homeless when she was charged last year, said she wanted the best education possible for her son…. Police accused McDowell of stealing $15,686 worth of ‘free’ educational services from Norwalk.

2-year-old cited for littering in D.C., but officials say they’re dropping the case
Washington Post - Harper Westover, age 2, had never run afoul of the government before. The “Paw Patrol” fanatic lives in Northeast Washington with her parents, who insist she’s just the tidiest, most polite and well-behaved toddler in the nation’s capital…. But to officials at the city’s Department of Public Works, Harpie is known by another name, etched in capital letters on D.C. government letterhead: VIOLATOR. On Thursday, she received in the mail a “Notice of Violation” reporting she was being fined $75 for allegedly littering at the end of the alley by her home, on 9th Street NE. … A simple clerical error, right? Another tale to add to the city’s bulging sack of sad stories about bureaucratic dysfunction? On Friday, Westover, an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, called the solid waste inspector who issued the ticket… “The inspector’s response was there was a piece of trash in the alley with Harper’s name on it. I said, ‘I understand that, but she’s only 2 years old. Are you willing to rescind the ticket?’ She said ‘No,’ ”… The Westovers were actually given two tickets — one in Harper’s name, the other in Theresa’s, each for $75, because a piece of mail addressed to the mother was also found.

Police Introduce “Restraining Bags” in Escalation of War Against the Mentally Ill (Video)
Activist Post - Manufactured by DeSantis Gunhide, a division of HELGEN Industries Inc., the EDP bag, which is an acronym for ’emotionally disturbed person,’ retails from $750 to $899 and has already been used hundreds of times in 2016 by the NYPD. As reported by Gothamist, the EDP bag was used 122 times in a 110-day period between January and April of 2016, with one very disturbing incident being caught on video by a concerned bystander. In March, a video was posted to YouTube showing NYPD macing a man and then restraining him in what the uploader described as a “body bag,” zipping it all the way over the arrested man’s head. The man restrained in the bag in the video posted in March allegedly failed to pay his subway fare, the Times reports, and he’s said to have became violent when officers tried to arrest him, flailing his arms, kicking, and spitting. He allegedly struck one officer in the head with his elbow and injured another. He now faces charges for felony assault, among others—but his lawyer, Andrew Miller, says that’s completely backwards. The idea, as we’re told, is that the bag will protect police officers from seriously disturbed people, but apparently the definition of ’emotionally disturbed’ is so loose that it includes the most basic hopeless efforts of resisting arrest or actively protesting treatment by police, even for crimes as trivial as failure to pay for the subway.

Not So Magic: Disney World Starts Scanning Fingers Of Kids ‘As Young As 3’
RT - Children in Orlando, Florida as young as three may get a little Disney magic right at the entrance to the park, as they will now be required to have their fingers scanned, local media reports. The anti-fraud measure has been slammed as a violation of privacy on social media. Walt Disney World has begun requiring children from 3 to 9 years old to have their fingers scanned when they enter the theme parks, just like older kids and adults,” the Orlando Sentinel, the first to report on the measure, said. According to the paper, this measure was introduced in order to “block the use of stolen and shared tickets.” Previously, it was easier to transfer children’s tickets because they had no finger images attached. he kids, however, may have some loopholes to avoid scanning. For example, parents who do not want their children’s fingers scanned can use their own instead. Patch News cited a Walt Disney World spokeswoman who said that the measure was introduced in August this year. “The policy is meant to ensure seamless entry for guests while also protecting guests from someone else using their tickets,” the paper wrote, quoting the spokeswoman.

Election News


***LiveWire*** Trump, Clinton Square Off at Commander-in-Chief Forum
Breitbart - Matt Lauer, who was a prominent member of the Clinton Global Initiative, will moderate the event. Trump, who has a commanding 19-point lead among military voters, won the coin toss and elected to go second.
Related: Part 1 NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum - Hillary Clinton
               Part 2 NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum - Donald Trump

Vet Confronts Clinton: ‘I Would Have Been Prosecuted’ For Mishandling Intel
Mikael Thalen - During the event’s question and answer segment, the former naval flight officer argued that Clinton was given preferential treatment by the FBI and DOJ in response to her use of a private email server. “As a naval flight officer, I held a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmentalized Information clearance. And that provided me access to materials and information highly sensitive to our warfighting capabilities,” the vet said. “Had I communicated this information not following prescribed protocols, I would have been prosecuted and imprisoned.” Accusing Clinton of “clearly” corrupting national security, the military veteran went on to ask how those connected to the intelligence community could trust her leadership. “Secretary Clinton, how can you expect those such as myself who were and are entrusted with America’s most sensitive information to have any confidence in your leadership as president when you clearly corrupted our national security?” Clinton responded by claiming that information sent and received on the personal server “was not marked” in any way to indicate the contents were classified. “So I did exactly what I should have done and I take it very seriously, always have, always will,” Clinton said. Despite the claim, a report released earlier this month on Clinton’s interview with the FBI revealed the former secretary of state said she was unaware the letter “C” on a 2012 email meant confidential.

88 Retired U.S. Generals And Admirals Threw Their Support Behind Donald Trump
Washington Times - A total of 88 retired U.S. generals and admirals threw their support behind Mr. Trump in an open letter organized by Major Gen. Sidney Shachnow and Rear Adm. Charles Williams. The officials write in the letter that the 2016 election offers the American people an “urgently needed opportunity” to make a “long-overdue course correction in our national security posture and policy.” “As retired senior leaders of America’s military, we believe that such a change can only be made by someone who has not been deeply involved with, and substantially responsible for, the hollowing out of our military and the burgeoning threats facing our country around the world,” the leaders wrote.

Poll: Trump 19 Points Ahead of Clinton with Active Military, Veterans
Breitbart - The most recent NBC News/Survey Monkey poll finds Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton among current and former military voters 55% to 36%. “The poll was conducted online from August 29 through September 4 among 32,226 registered voters, including 3,358 who have previously served or are currently serving in the U.S. military,” NBC News reports. NBC notes that neither candidate received stellar Commander-in-Chief ratings from military voters, although Trump fared much better than Clinton. Interestingly, he also enjoys considerably more confidence from military voters as Commander-in-Chief than he does from the general electorate. Trump’s confidence rating as commander of America’s armed forces was 53%-47% among current and former military personnel, compared to 39%-59% from the general electorate…. As a point of comparison, Military Times performed a survey of military personnel in May, and found Trump leading Clinton by 54% to 25%, which is not far from NBC’s results.

Wikileaks’ Assange Says New Hillary Bombshell Could Drop Next Week (Video)
Paul Joseph Watson - Asked by Hannity how soon the new information would be released, Assange responded, “The first batch is reasonably soon, we’re quite confident about it now, we might put out some teasers – I don’t want to promise anything because you have to see how the formatting goes – but we might put out some teasers as early as the next week or the week after.” New revelations from Wikileaks are widely expected to represent the much anticipated “October surprise” for the 2016 presidential election, although the information could arrive weeks in advance…. Elsewhere in the interview, Assange pointed out how Hillary Clinton brazenly lied to the FBI when she claimed she couldn’t remember what a (C) stood for on classified documents. “In fact we have already released thousands of cables by Hillary Clinton. Here she is “Clinton” see, that’s her signature. With a “c” in brackets right there. We have thousands of examples where she, herself has used this “c” in brackets and signed it off. And more than 22,000 times that she has received cables from others with this “c” in brackets,” said Assange as he held up an example to the camera.

Obama Spends Another $10M to Register New Immigrant Voters
Judicial Watch - Since 2009 USCIS has doled out $63 million in these grants to prepare more than 156,000 resident immigrants in dozens of states for U.S. citizenship, according to the agency’s figures. Besides the free classes, Uncle Sam also offers immigrants free “naturalization legal services,” the latest USCIS grant announcement states. “Recipient organizations serve both traditional immigrant destinations and new immigrant getaway cities in 21 states,” the USCIS document reads. The latest $10 million investment will prepare approximately 25,000 residents from more than 50 countries, according to the agency. More than a dozen states—including California, New York, Florida, Washington and Ohio—with large resident immigrant populations are being targeted as well as cities with huge immigrant populations such as Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been aggressive in promoting its citizen integration grant program this year, offering large sums to recruit new groups that can offer immigrants the services they need to become citizens. Clearly, the ultimate goal is qualifying as many immigrants as possible to vote since they tend to cast ballots for Democrats. “

Goldman Sachs Forbids Partners from Donating to Trump, But Clinton’s Campaign OK
Sputnik News - ... in a memo to partners, Goldman Sachs has enacted a policy effective September 1, barring top employees from donating to Trump. The firm claims that the policy is to prevent any suspicion of pay-to-play, an issue raised during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. Under the new rules, partners cannot donate to politicians running for state or local offices, or to state officials who are seeking federal office, which means donating to Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, is also out. In the memo, Goldman-Sachs expressly uses the Trump ticket as an example of which contributions are banned. “Any federal candidate who is a sitting state or local official (e.g., governor running for president or vice president, such as the Trump/Pence ticket, or mayor running for Congress), including their Political Action Committees (PACs),” the memo reads. Meanwhile, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) does not qualify as a local official, according to the firm, though contributions to the Virginia Democratic Party are banned. There are 467 partners banned from donating to the campaign. That may seem like a small number, but they tend to be some of the wealthiest people in the finance sector, and, were they disposed to favor Trump, it could mean a huge loss in funding for the Republican ticket.

Clinton Tells Trump to Shut Up on Federal Reserve
Kurt Nimmo - Did you know it is verboten for the president to comment on the Federal Reserve? Zero Hedge notes: Desperate to change the narrative from her coughing fit, Hillary Clinton has come out swinging at Trump’s comments about how The Fed’s low interest rates have created an “artificially strong stock market,” exclaiming that presidents and candidates should not comment on Fed actions, showing he should not be president. In other words, the president is subservient to the chairman of the Federal Reserve, not the other way around as most people think (or those who bother to think about it). The president nominates the chair and vice-chair of the private bankster cartel masquerading as a federal agency. He also appoints the seven members of the Board of Governors who are then confirmed by the Senate and serve fourteen-year terms. If you think about it, the Federal Reserve decides who will be president. Clinton donors include Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citigroup, and other financial institutions. Ditto Obama (Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citigroup) and G.W. Bush (Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Bros., Citigroup, Bear Sterns, Credit Suisse Group, Wachovia, JP Morgan, Bank of America).

Janet Yellen Is Choosing the President: Rate Hike Would “Give Trump the White House”
Mac Slavo - The next president is not being determined by voters, but by the elite. More specifically, it has been the economic data that has swung more than a few of the 20th Century elections, with good times solidifying the incumbent, and bad times ushering in a new face. Right now, the way this economic data is handled and presented is being largely determined by the Federal Reserve and central bank action in general. The market has signaled for a policy change, but that change has been forestalled in order to keep up appearances. As Michael Covel explains, Trump’s recent surge in the polls makes a Fed rate hike even less likely – especially because it could help him win, and the powers-that-be do not want that: The odds of a Trump presidency shot higher this week. And that means the odds of a Fed interest rate hike before Election Day got lower… The fix is in… […] I don’t see how Yellen can raise rates between now and Election Day… if Trump can win. If she did, it would tank the stock market, nail the economy and give Trump the White House.

Hillary Suffers Yet Another Coughing Fit During Live Radio Show
Paul Joseph Watson - Hillary Clinton suffered her third coughing fit within the space of two days during a live appearance on The Breakfast Club radio show, before attempting to joke that she needed to take pot to cure her health problems. “You’re coughing like you got some medicinal,” the host said, referring to marijuana. “I need some,” Clinton responded. After she tried to start speaking again, Hillary’s voice was noticeably weak. The presidential candidate blamed “allergy season” for her coughing, despite the fact that she has suffered similar bouts on innumerable occasions over the past year. As we reported yesterday, media outlets blamed high pollen counts for Clinton’s previous coughing fits in Ohio, despite actual allergen counts in the region being low on Monday.

Veteran News

Joe Hosteen Kellwood one of last WWII Navajo code talkers dies aged 95
The Independent - CNN said that Mr Kellwood died on Monday at the Veterans Hospital in Phoenix. He served in the First Marine Division and fought during World War II in the Pacific front, seeing battle in Cape Gloucester, Peleliu and Okinawa, according to his obituary.... Kellwood worked as a Navajo code talker until the war ended in 1945. He was awarded the Congressional Silver Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, Naval Unit Commendation, Good Conduct, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and WWII Victory Medal, according to his obituary.... The Navajo code talkers trained at Camp Elliott, near San Diego. Mr Kellwood underwent intensive training, learning Morse code, radio and Navajo codes.... Military authorities chose Navajo as a code language because its syntax and tonal qualities were almost impossible for a non-Navajo to learn, and it had no written form. The ranks of the Navajo code talkers swelled to more than 300 by the end of the war in 1945.

Economy & Business

"It's Worse Than The Great Depression" - One In Six Prime-Aged Men Has No Job
Zero Hedge - Citing a recent report by Obama's Council of Economic Advisors, NPR notes that 83% of men in the prime working ages of 25-54 who were not in the labor force had not worked in the previous year. So, essentially, 10 million men are missing from the workforce. Putting that number in context, in the 1960s, nearly 100 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 54 worked. That's fallen over the decades. The condemnation of Obama's "recovery" is dire: "One in six prime-age guys has no job; it's kind of worse than it was in the depression in 1940," says Nicholas Eberstadt, an economic and demographic researcher at American Enterprise Institute who wrote the book Men Without Work: America's Invisible Crisis. He says these men aren't even counted among the jobless, because they aren't seeking work. According to Eberstadt little is known about the missing men, but there are numerous factors that make men less likely to be in the labor force — a lack of college degree, being single, or being black.... For now, however, there is little hope to get those tens of millions of inert prime-aged workers back into the labor force, and absent a substantial overhaul, coupled with reschooling of those who have been out of the workforce, the chances this troubling trend will reverse are slim to none.

The One Trillion Dollar Consumer Auto Loan Bubble Is Beginning To Burst
Government Slaves - The size of this market is larger than you may imagine. Earlier this year, the auto loan bubble surpassed the one trillion dollar mark for the first time ever… Americans are borrowing more than ever for new and used vehicles, and 30- and 60-day delinquency rates rose in the second quarter, according to the automotive arm of one of the nation’s largest credit bureaus. The total balance of all outstanding auto loans reached $1.027 trillion between April 1 and June 30, the second consecutive quarter that it surpassed the $1-trillion mark, reports Experian Automotive. The average size of an auto loan is also at a record high. At $29,880, it is now just a shade under $30,000. In order to try to help people afford the payments, auto lenders are now stretching loans out for six or even seven years. At this point it is almost like getting a mortgage. But even with those stretched out loans, the average monthly auto loan payment is now up to a record 499 dollars…. Already, auto loan delinquencies are rising to very frightening levels. In July, 60 day subprime loan delinquencies were up 13 percent on a month-over-month basis and were up 17 percent compared to the same month last year…. In a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ford reported in the first half of this year it allowed $449 million for credit losses, a 34% increase from the first half of 2015. General Motors reported in a similar filing that it set aside $864 million for credit losses in that same period of 2016, up 14% from a year earlier.

Health

Coconut Oil for Reversing Alzheimer’s Disease Now Clinically Studied
Healthy Holistic Living - Dr. Mary Newport, desperate after orthodox medical attempts failed her husband’s dwindling dysfunction from Alzheimer’s, discovered coconut oil and rescued him from having to be put away in a special home. His remarkable recovery went viral on the internet and Dr. Newport wrote a 2011-12 bestseller, Alzheimer’s Disease: What if There Was a Cure?… However successful those reports were, mainstream medicine wasn’t recognizing coconut oil as an efficacious aid for Alzheimer’s or any type of dementia. Even the Alzheimer’s Association and other similar groups still won’t recommend or mention coconut oil to Alzheimer’s sufferers simply because there are no peer reviewed studies…. This clinical trial was conducted in Spain, which explains why the study was done to begin with. Spain and other EU nations and middle eastern nations, including Israel, seem less restricted with what they can study without pharmaceutical funding…. They used cognitive testing before and after the clinical trial to determine changes. The intervention group was fed 40 ml of coconut oil daily, which comes to 2.7 tablespoons. Three tablespoons or more daily is recommended by experts, depending on dementia severity and coconut oil digestive tolerance. The researchers noted “a statistically significant increase in test score … and therefore an improvement in cognitive status, improving especially women’s, those without diabetes mellitus type II, and severe patients.” The Spanish researchers concluded, “this study, although preliminary, demonstrated the positive influence of coconut oil at the cognitive level of patients with Alzheimer’s, this improvement being dependent on sex, presence or absence of diabetes and degree of dementia.”

The ingredient that was banned in rubber manufacture in the U.S. because it caused leukemia in workers is in your food
Living Traditionally - Sodium benzoate is found in thousands of products from soda to fruit juices, and is a major contributor to overall health problems, that should NOT go underestimated just because the FDA approves it. Sodium benzoate is a preservative that is widely used in highly processed foods and can be recognized by E211. It’s often listed as a preservative,” or “to preserve freshness.” It is a cheap mold-inhibitor that is used to extend the shelf-life of many acidic foods. It is man-made in a lab by mixing benzoic acid (found in small amounts in some fruits) with sodium hydroxide. It is widely used in acidic foods such as pickles, peppers, soy sauce, ketchup, salad dressings, jams, most condiments, vinegar, fruit juices, salsa, dips, shredded cheese and diet or regular soda.It’s sodium benzoate, and it has the ability to not only stave off mold, bacteria, fungus and yeast in foods, but also to deprive human cells of oxygen, all while it breaks down the immune system and causes blood cancer. While benzoic acid is found naturally in low levels in many fruits, the sodium benzoate listed on a product’s label is synthesized in a lab. Derived from a reaction of combining benzoic acid with sodium hydroxide, sodium benzoate is actually the sodium salt of benzoic acid, and is a known carcinogenic additive, that gets transported to the liver, where it begins inflicting its damage first. It is known to specifically attack the mitochondria of DNA. Sodium benzoate chokes out your body’s nutrients at the DNA cellular level by depriving mitochondria cells of oxygen, often shutting them down completely.

How to say ‘NO’ to vaccinations and smart meters (Video)
(NaturalHealth365) Vaccinations and smart meters – this pair of health threats seems to become more powerful, intrusive and ever-present by the moment. Now is the time to arm yourself with vital knowledge that can help you fight back…. The power company can threaten to cut off your electricity, or you could be threatened with your child being refused medical services or taken out of school. According to Jerry Day, [television / film producer and personal rights crusader] the solution lies in knowing that you have a legal Right of Contract, which protects you from being coerced or pressured into signing any agreement. Even more importantly: wherever there is risk, you have the right to refuse a dangerous proposal unless the company agrees to insure you against the risk. So, when asked to sign a contract for dangerous and unethical smart meters or vaccinations, you can fight back by simply asking that the company agree to insure you against any risk – and immediately presenting them with a conditional acceptance contract to that effect. To repeat: before you accept, they must sign a promise to insure you against all negative consequences. Due to the obvious potential for liability for adverse consequences, Day says the company offering the dangerous proposal is not likely to agree. Then, Day says, you are within your rights to refuse the invasive smart meters or risky vaccinations.

 Inspirational

Man Who Died In A Nursing Home, Left Something That Brought The Nurses To Tears
REALfarmacy - Elderly people in nursing homes eagerly await visitors, or at least a phone call from their family, but they are often bitterly disappointed. When this old man dies, and his room gets tidied up, the nurses find something that touches their hearts so deeply… it brings them to tears. Amongst his belongings, the memories of an entire life, they found this poem…

Pet News

Officer Takes Selfies With Lost Dogs in Hope of Finding Owners
Dogington Post - Patrolman Evan Lavigne of the Taunton Police Department in Massachusetts has been nicknamed “the dog whisperer” by his fellow officers and he’s the go-to guy for loose dog related calls. On two separate occasions, Patrolman Lavigne responded to a call of a canine in need. Without hesitation, the dog-loving officer rushed to both scenes to help. Both times, he was able to coax the canines into his patrol car, keeping them safe until Animal Control could arrive. While waiting, Lavigne took a selfie with each dog, posted them to the department’s Facebook page and was able to locate the canines’ humans!



Wednesday - September 7, 2016 - Today In History:

1812 - Napoleon defeated the Russian army of Alexander I at the battle of Borodino.
1813 - The nickname "Uncle Sam" was first used as a symbolic reference to the United States. It appeared in an editorial in the New York's Troy Post.
1888 - Edith Eleanor McLean became the first baby to be placed in an incubator.
1930 - The cartoon "Blondie" made its first appearance in the comic strips.
1940 - London received its initial rain of bombs from Nazi Germany during World War II.
1942 - During World War II, the Russian army counter attacked the German troops outside the city of Stalingrad.
1963 - The National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, OH.
1977 - The Panama Canal treaties were signed by U.S. President Carter and General Omar Torrijos Herrera. The treaties called for the U.S. to turn over control of the canal's waterway to Panama in the year 2000.
1986 - President Augusto Pinochet survived an assassination attempt made by guerrillas.
1989 - Legislation was approved by the U.S. Senate that prohibited discrimination against the handicapped in employment, public accommodations, transportation and communications.
1995 - U.S. Senator Bob Packwood announced that he would resign after 27 years in the Senate.
2006 - Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage confirmed he was the source of a leak that disclosed the identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame, saying he didn't realize Plame's job was covert.
2008 - Troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed in government conservatorship.

World News

VIDEO: Vladimir Putin's BMW and driver killed yesterday during a head on collision in Russia
Russian media has revealed that a head-on crash in which a man was killed involved Vladimir Putin's official black BMW.
However the Russian President was not in the car at the time when it was struck head-on by another vehicle which crossed over from the opposite side of the road. CCTV images of the footage taken on Kutuzovsky Avenue in the Russian capital Moscow show how the Mercedes collided head-on with the presidential BMW.

Syrian regime blamed for new toxic gas attack
Deutsche Welle - Government-controlled helicopters have dropped barrel bombs with chlorine gas cylinders on Aleppo, injuring dozens, activists and rescue workers said. The Damascus regime repeatedly denied similar claims in the past. Government-controlled helicopters have dropped barrel bombs with chlorine gas cylinders on Aleppo, injuring dozens, activists and rescue workers said. The Damascus regime repeatedly denied similar claims in the past. Medical sources said 70 people suffered from suffocation and breathing problems after a regime helicopter raided the area," said Observatory's head Rami Abdel Rahman…. An UN report last month confirmed that warring parties in Syria used poisonous gases as weapons, despite the 2013 agreement to remove and destroy the chemical weapon stockpile. The Syrian regime was behind at least two such attacks, with the "Islamic State" group responsible for at least one of them, UN investigators said. Damascus denied the accusations, citing the lack of "physical evidence."

ISIS’ New Top Military Commander was Trained in U.S. by Blackwater and State Department
Activist Post - Former Tajikistan Special Forces colonel, Gulmurod Khalimov, defected to the ranks of ISIS last year and publicly declared jihad against the West. After being trained in the United States by private military contractor Blackwater, Khalimov has reportedly been promoted from within the Islamic State organization and has been named the new chief military commander for the global terror group…. Former Tajik Special Forces colonel Gulmurod Khalimov reportedly received special counterterrorism training through the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program and received training in Baton Rouge, Louisiana prior to his joining the Islamic State. Khalimov also received training from elite instructors in Russia in addition to his training in the United States, an unnamed U.S. official told the Washington Post. After joining the ranks of the Islamic State, Khalimov had a message for the U.S. government and its citizens. The U.S. State Department labeled Khalimov a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 on September 29, 2015. The designation is intended to specifically target and prevent the transfer of currency to select individuals known to hold leadership roles in terror organizations. The United Nations Security Council Resolutions and al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee also added Khalimov, who is listed as a fugitive wanted by the government of Tajikstan, to its sanctions list in February 2016.

'If It’s an Invasion, We Confront': Iran Intercepts US Ships in Persian Gulf
Sputnik News - According to US Defense Department officials, the USS Firebolt was forced to change course by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Persian Gulf. The Navy’s coastal patrol ship was operating in the Gulf on Sunday when it was allegedly approached by an Iranian attack craft that came within 100 yard of the US vessels. The Iranian craft sailed in front of the Firebolt, forcing the ship to divert its course. One Pentagon official, speaking on condition of anonymity, described the move as "unsafe and unprofessional due to lack of communications and the close-range harassing maneuvering." Six other Iranian ships “harassed” the Firebolt before it was forced to change course. While crew members reportedly attempted to make radio contact three times, they received no response. This is at least the fifth reported incident of its kind in less than a month.

UN Killed Thousands of Haitians With Cholera, Claims Immunity
The New American - The United Nations has finally admitted what everyone else already knew: The UN's scandal-plagued “peacekeeping” troops introduced cholera to Haiti by dumping raw sewage in rivers and canals, killing tens of thousands and making nearly a million more very sick. All of it happened under former President Bill Clinton's leadership as UN envoy. Despite announcing a plot to impose a “significant new set of UN actions” on Haiti amid the outbreak, the controversial global body continues to claim “immunity” in court for its crimes in Haiti — crimes ranging from extreme criminal negligence, at best, in dumping toxic sewage in public water, to deliberately slaughtering unarmed civilians, to the widespread sexual exploitation and abuse of children across the poverty-stricken nation by UN military forces occupying it. A U.S. court agreed with the UN and the Obama administration that the global entity, largely dominated by unfree governments and dictatorships, is above the law. At the start of the cholera disaster in 2010, Bill Clinton, husband of current Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, was serving as the UN “Special Envoy for Haiti” overseeing alleged UN “relief” efforts following an earthquake there. In a press release, Clinton's UN office boasted that the former president would "help coordinate the work of UN agencies and other international partners in Haiti." And, while he apparently did not have operational control of the UN "peace" forces there, the statement said Clinton would "ensure coherence of the United Nations system.”

Stand Down: All US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships Ordered Ashore Pending Review
Sputnik News - After a series of mechanical breakdowns, all US Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) have been ordered to “stand down” until engineers can review the state-of-the-art vessels and retrain crew members…. This was only the latest in a series of embarrassing setbacks for the US Navy’s LCS fleet. In light of the widespread problems, the Navy has quietly ordered all LCS ships to halt operations…. Officials have not revealed what caused the Coronado’s breakdown, but the USS Freedom was forced to return to its homeport in San Diego last month after a seal malfunction caused seawater to seep into the ship’s engine…. Pentagon officials have been aware of issues with its Littoral Combat Ships throughout development, but insisted on moving forward with the program. A review by a government watchdog group found that the ships were susceptible to corrosion. A separate report by the Director of Operational Test & Evaluation conducted in February found that the LCS vessels were vulnerable to small attack boats.

Turkish people 'pressing' govt to drop aim of EU membership – foreign minister
RT - People in Turkey no longer want the EU membership, according to the country's Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu. The official said the government is under "huge pressure" to abandon its plans to join the bloc, which is being accused of "double standards.”… The reason the Turkish people want their government to rethink the plan to join the 28-member bloc - something Ankara has been aiming to do for years, is "the double standards" the EU apparently applies toward Turkey. Commenting on Turkey-EU relations, the diplomat criticized European leaders for further distancing themselves from Ankara following the July's coup attempt in the country. The EU now also disapproves of Ankara for rebuilding its relations with Moscow, Cavusoglu said, as reported by the Turkish Yeni Akit newspaper. After the relations deteriorated following the downing of a Russian jet near the Syrian border, Turkey's "friends in the West" wanted it to normalize its relations with Russia. But when progress has been made, they change their rhetoric saying it's now "too close to Russia," the minister claimed.

Hungary Becomes First European Nation To Ban Rothschild Banks
Activist Post - TapNewsWire reports that in 2008, Hungary survived economic turmoil by relying on a €20 billion ($26 billion) loan from IMF and aid from the EU. This was before Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was elected into office. In 2013, however, the former economy minister and current central bank governor, Gyorgy Matolcsy, wrote a letter to IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde calling for the fund to close its representative office in Budapest. Matolcsy noted that it was “not necessary to maintain” it any longer. In addition, he said in July of 2016 that Hungary would repay the 2008 loan in full by the end of the year. Prime Minister Orbán hasn’t had a good relationship with IMF since taking office, and this latest move has taken it to a new low. However, many are hailing Hungary’s decision to boot the IMF from the country as an intelligent decision…. YourNewsWire relays that Iceland joined Hungary in 2014 when it paid back its $400 million loan ahead of schedule after the collapse of the banking sector in 2008. In addition, Russia has refused to bow down to any Western puppeteer and gained financial independence in 2005. Reportedly, this is the FIRST time a European country has stood up to the international fund, since Germany did so in the 1930s.

Over 11,000 asylum seekers listed as crime suspects in Austria
RT - While the number asylum seekers arriving in Austria has significantly dropped, the number having trouble with the law is on the rise. Some 11,158 were suspected of committing offences in the first half of 2016, compared to 15,236 in the whole of 2015. The staggering figures were revealed by the Austrian newspaper, Krone, which referenced data received by the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) from the Ministry of Interior as the result of an information request. The statistics are to be officially published on Tuesday…. About a fifth of all offenders, 2,318, come from Afghanistan. Algeria comes in second with 1,631 charged, followed by Morocco with 1,271 suspects, and Nigeria with 1,265. War-torn Syria, from which over one million refugees fled to Europe seeking asylum, is the country of origin of 675 suspects, while 560 offenders came from Iraq.

Russia earns more from agriculture than arms sales
RT - One of the results of Russia's food embargo against the EU and a weaker ruble has been a remarkable boom in agriculture, reports German weekly Der Spiegel. Russian agriculture has been in decline since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Investors avoided the sector, turning to raw materials instead. Over that period Russia lost about 35 million hectares of arable land, an area almost the size of Germany. Everything changed in 2014 with the introduction of Western anti-Russia sanctions and Moscow’s response. "In recent years, the share of agriculture in the Russian economy has increased, contrary to the global trend. In the past year, Russia for the first time earned from agricultural exports more than from the sale of arms," the report said. Grain production rose over the last six years and in 2015 Russia unseated the US as the world’s biggest wheat producer and exporter. According to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture this year’s harvest will be at least 110 million metric tons. At the moment, Russia exports 22.5 million metric tons of grain and this is expected to increase by 4.5 million tons for 2016/17…. Russia has won contracts to export 120,000 tons of wheat to Egypt, and will start supplying wheat to China soon…. According to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the country is gaining momentum as one of the world’s leading exporters of agricultural products.

U.S. judge grants Hanjin temporary protection from U.S. creditors
Reuters - Korean shipping line Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd won an order on Tuesday from a U.S. judge extending bankruptcy protections so its vessels can dock at U.S. ports without fear creditors will try take actions against the ships as they have in other countries. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood approved a motion by the world's seventh largest container carrier that sought to extend to the United States the protection from creditors that it has under receivership in South Korea. The move prevents U.S. creditors from taking actions against the company's ships and other assets. The order is temporary and Hanjin will need to return to court on Friday for a final order after talks with stakeholders to try to resolve complex problems involving ports, terminal operators and retailers, Sherwood said…. As of Monday, 70 Hanjin ships had been denied access to ports and three had been seized in Singapore and China by creditors through court orders. Sherwood said he would sign the interim order after a lawyer for Hanjin said its parent company would raise $100 million for the shipping line to meet its cargo commitments…. In court papers on Monday, HP Inc, formerly Hewlett-Packard Co, said it would be willing to pay right away to get its cargo off Hanjin vessels, including ones waiting to dock in U.S. West Coast ports to avoid "irreparable harm" to its business.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senior Bush officials write to oppose Saudi 9/11 bill
The Hill - A pair of senior officials from the George W. Bush administration on Tuesday publicly protested legislation on Capitol Hill that would allow victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton and ex-Attorney General Michael Mukasey wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal expressing deep concern about the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which sailed through the Senate earlier this year and could be on tap for the House this autumn. The bill “is far more likely to harm the United States than bring justice against any sponsor of terrorism,” the two former GOP officials claimed. “Counterterrorism policy in the past eight years has been a failure, but this bill won’t fix it.” JASTA would change U.S. law to allow victims of terror attacks to sue countries suspected of supporting those activities. The legislation has primarily been discussed in the context of Saudi Arabia and lingering suspicion that the kingdom from which 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers hailed was in some way supportive of the attacks.

Clinton Charity Ignores Disclosure Laws for Foreign Donations
Breitbart - Writing for Scripps News, Mark Greenblatt takes New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to task for his reluctance to enforce state law against the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Health Access Initiative, which has ignored the requirements for documenting foreign donations for years. Greenblatt explains early in his lengthy report that New York has more stringent requirements for reporting donations than the federal government: The Internal Revenue Service has long required charities to disclose on their federal tax returns the total amount of contributions they receive from all governments, foreign and domestic. The federal form does not require a charity to publicly identify its government contributors. However, any charity that wishes to operate or raise funds in New York must also, according to a state law, meet more rigid transparency requirements and publicly disclose “the name of each agency” and “the amount of each contribution” received from any government agency, every year. A partial review by Scripps of charities registered in New York found inconsistent compliance with the instructions.

Chicago Surpasses 500 Homicides With Labor Day Weekend Violence
Breitbart - Gun-controlled Chicago, Illinois surpassed 500 homicides year-to-date thanks to the violence that marked Labor Day Weekend in the city. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 13 were killed and another 52 were shot and wounded over the weekend. The Chicago Tribune reports that this brings the city’s homicide totals to 512 dead, with nearly four months left to go in 2016. There were 468 homicides in Chicago throughout all of 2015. The weekend’s homicides also made Labor Day Weekend “the deadliest of the three holiday weekends this summer.” Although 69 were shot on Memorial Weekend, only six were fatalities. And while 66 were shot over Fourth of July weekend, only five were fatalities.

Election News

Hillary Clinton Refuses Mexican President’s Invitation
Breitbart - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto extended invitations to bother major party presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but where Trump took the meeting, Clinton is now refusing to accept the neighboring country president’s invitation. “No” said former Secretary of State Clinton, she will not accept Peña Nieto’s invitation to meet before November’s presidential election. Clinton made the statement during an interview with ABC’s David Muir as she attempted to devalue Trump’s meeting with Mexico’s President. She called the trip “unfortunate.”

Mainstream Media Turns Against Hillary
Kit Daniels - Hillary Clinton is starting to lose support from the mainstream media as her numerous scandals and health issues grow too big to conceal. Several mainstream articles published on Tuesday followed the same trend: Hillary is losing ground against Trump and may very well lose the election, which is an unusual admission from pro-Hillary media. “No one — not the bullpen of the New York Mets, not the French army, not Wile E. Coyote, not even Al Gore — is better at squandering a commanding lead than the Queen of Coasting, Hillary Rodham Clinton,” reported Politico, which until now has been a major Hillary cheerleader. “And nobody is better at handing her adversaries talking points to undermine trust, on emails, on the Clinton Foundation, on her own refusal to do something as simple as talking to the reporters who cover her every day.” “Clinton is still queasy about electoral politics as a profession, grinds it out because it’s the only path to power, is allergic to most media and, in general, does the bare minimum required to get by.” And the Politico piece wasn’t buried on its site for no one to see; in fact, it’s one of the top stories on Google News, which has always been in the tank for Hillary. And CNN, which is likely Hillary’s biggest media supporter, admitted she’s losing independents to Trump by 20 points.

Video: Hillary’s Motorcade Includes Ambulance
Kit Daniels - An ambulance is a part of Hillary’s motorcade, which underscores the candidate’s major health issues. In a video by Infowars correspondent Millie Weaver, an ambulance is seen following behind Hillary’s campaign bus with its lights on, indicating it’s part of Hillary’s motorcade as she visited Cleveland, Ohio on Labor Day weekend. The ambulance isn’t that unusual given Hillary’s poor health – and even if Trump has an ambulance in his motorcade as a precaution, it’s likely he doesn’t rely on it like Hillary given her previous hospital visits.

Trump Would ‘Love to’ Disclose Full Medical Reports
Breitbart - Donald Trump told ABC that he would release his full medical records if his rival Hillary Clinton wants to make health an issue in the election. “Why not go first?” ABC’s David Muir asked during an exclusive interview with the Republican nominee on Monday in Ohio. “Why not go first?” ABC’s David Muir asked during an exclusive interview with the Republican nominee on Monday in Ohio. “I’d love to give full reports,” Trump added, noting that American voters should know about Clinton’s and his own medical history.

Energy & Environment

Company agrees to temporarily halt some North Dakota pipeline work
Reuters - A Native American tribal chairman said his people were "disappointed" that a company agreed on Tuesday to temporarily halt construction of an oil pipeline only in some but not all parts of North Dakota where the tribe says it has sacred sites. After violent clashes over the weekend between protesters and security officers near the construction site, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a neighboring Native American tribe had asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Sunday for a temporary restraining order against Dakota Access, the company building the pipeline. U.S. Judge James Boasberg said on Tuesday he had granted in part and denied in part the temporary restraining order, and that he would decide by Friday whether to grant the tribes' larger challenge to the pipeline, which would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw permits for the project.

New genus of bacteria found living inside hydraulic fracturing wells
Phys.org - Researchers analyzing the genomes of microorganisms living in shale oil and gas wells have found evidence of sustainable ecosystems taking hold there—populated in part by a never-before-seen genus of bacteria they have dubbed "Frackibacter." The new genus is one of the 31 microbial members found living inside two separate fracturing wells, Ohio State University researchers and their colleagues report in the Sept. 5 online edition of the journal Nature Microbiology. Even though the wells were hundreds of miles apart and drilled in different kinds of shale formations, the microbial communities inside them were nearly identical, the researchers discovered.

Science & Technology

ITT Tech announces full closure after sanctions, 40,000 students affected
RT - ITT Educational Services, the parent company of ITT Technical Institutes, announced Tuesday that it "will discontinue academic operations at all of its ITT Technical Institutes"based on actions taken by the US Department of Education (DoE) in late August. The DoE said at the time that it was levying deep sanctions on ITT Tech out of a responsibility "to protect students and taxpayers." The for-profit chain of technical schools — with more than 40,000 students at 130 campuses in nearly 40 states — has been the subject of a variety of state and federal investigations over its recruitment and accounting practices, among other issues. "The actions of and sanctions from the U.S. Department of Education have forced us to cease operations of the ITT Technical Institutes, and we will not be offering our September quarter," the company said in a news release. "We reached this decision only after having exhausted the exploration of alternatives, including transfer of the schools to a non-profit or public institution." The company blamed its decision on the "inappropriate and unconstitutional" DoE requirements, which included a demand that ITT Tech increase its surety to 40 percent of its Title IV federal funding, or to about $247 million from $94 million, within 30 days. The company was also banned from accepting new students who rely on federal aid.

UFO destroys Israeli weaponized satellite on the launch pad
Veterans Today - [Editor’s note: The event depicted in the photographs below is not our conspiracy theory. The UFO destruction theory of the “facebook” satellite, now that’s a conspiracy theory if I ever heard one, comes from NASA. From their notes: “A. UFO B. Airborne Laser weapons test on third stage booster? C. Small nuclear explosion caused by lithium ion batteries shorting out. Or other nuclear source in the third stage guidance unit. D. Not a kerosene or hydrogen fuel fire as initial cause. The satellite and its geosynchronous booster were intact until it is seen collapsing and producing a secondary explosion. Everything else is a kerosene fuel fire. Either we have 3 UFO’s in the photos or they are aircraft landing lights???(referring to last set at the bottom)… Launchpad explosions of rockets is a fairly common thing, after all, a rocket is really a bomb waiting to go off and even with very careful handling, they do sometimes blow up due to technical issues. This explosion however is something altogether different. This was no mere explosion of a rocket while being fueled, this was a deliberate act of destruction. Note that the explosion occurs near the top of the rocket, where there aren’t any fuel tanks, the explosion is also far hotter than would be caused by rocket fuel – note the bright white blob on the video bright enough to cause a lens flare (the four diagonal streaks). The rocket fuel burning comes several frames later and is quite different looking – the colours are reds and oranges with black and grey smoke, this is a secondary explosion where the rocket fuel was ignited by the primary explosion further up the rocket. Now for the really shocking bit – the craft responsible for this destruction was caught in the video – a small spherical object that flies from right to left on the screen and appears to have fired some kind of laser or beam weapon at the rocket.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Grow Ginger Indoors
REALfarmacy - Ginger takes 10 months to mature and it does not tolerate frost. Another great reason to grow it indoors! If you live in an area that gets pretty cold in the winter, grow ginger in a pot indoors and bring it outside in the summertime. Ginger is one of those great plants that grow well in partial to full shade. Small bits of ginger root can be removed while it continues to grow. A little bit of ginger goes a long way and can be used in cooking, brewing tea, or even in herbal remedies…. Using seed ginger that was meant to be planted usually has the best outcome. The issue with grocery store ginger is that it is often sprayed with growth inhibitors to keep it from sprouting before it’s purchased. If you decide to use ginger from the store to grow your own, make sure it’s organic…. Ginger loves shallow, wide pots. The roots grow horizontally so be sure to choose a pot that will accommodate this kind of growth. Soak the ginger root overnight in warm water to prep it for planting…. Ginger grows slowly. After a few weeks you should see some shoots popping up out of the soil. Continue to water the plant regularly by misting it with a spray bottle and keep it warm. Small pieces of ginger can be harvested 3 to 4 months after growth begins. Push aside some of the soil at the edges of the pot to find some rhizomes beneath the surface. Cut the needed amount off a finger at the edge of the pot and return it into the soil.

Health

Common virus could increase cancer risk
What Doctors Don't Tell You - The Epstein-Barr virus—one of the most common infections in the world—seems to increase the risk for several cancers, including breast cancer. The virus changes cells in the breast that could lead to cancer decades later, scientists surmise. The discovery—if proven to be correct—could help in screening and prevention, say researchers from Harvard Medical School. Around 90 per cent of people carry the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and most without suffering any ill effects—but it could raise the risk of some cancers, the researchers believe. Aside from breast cancer, the researchers have identified African Burkitt lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system), Hodgkin’s disease (another cancer of the lymphatic system), nasopharyngeal (nose and throat) carcinoma, gastric adenocarcinoma and leiomyosarcoma (soft tissue cancer) as cancers that could be more likely with the virus.

The Salt You are Eating is Causing Heart Attacks, Arthritis, Kidney Stones. (and the right type of salt to eat)
Living Traditionally - According to a 2011 federal study into sodium and potassium intake, those at greatest risk of cardiovascular disease were those who got a combination of too much sodium along with too little potassium. The research, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, was one of the first and largest American studies to evaluate the relationship of salt, potassium, and heart disease deaths. Tellingly, those who ate a lot of salt and very little potassium were more than twice as likely to die from a heart attack as those who ate about equal amounts of both nutrients…. Himalayan Pink sea salt contains 84 different minerals and elements, more than any other unrefined sea salt. It’s not only lower in sodium, it’s much higher in potassium compared to other sea salt. While this may seem like tiny amounts, Himalayan salt still has a better salt-potassium ratio than other salt, especially table salt. Again, remember that besides the basic differences in nutritional content, it’s the processing that makes table salt (and the salt used in processed foods) so detrimental to your health. What your body needs is natural, unprocessed salt, without added chemicals.

95 Percent Of People Spend Six Seconds Washing Their Hands
Joe Battaglia - However, to kill germs effectively, you need to spend at least 20 seconds scrubbing, about the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice through, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many people buy soaps containing antimicrobial chemicals like triclosan (TCS) and triclocarban (TCC) in the hopes of cleaning more efficiently. However, studies show that these products are no more effective than plain soap and water. And the 20-second rule still applies. Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have admitted that anti-bacterial soaps may pose a threat to human health. "The widespread use of antimicrobial compounds offers no measurable benefit for the average consumer yet creates a legacy pollution that can be traced back for half a century in the sediments of our drinking-water resources."

Pet News

INFOGRAPHIC: Pet Fire Safety: Are You Prepared to Protect Your Pets?
Dogington Post - As part of Disaster Preparedness Month, we’ve created this infographic with easy to read tips, scary truths about fires, and reference points for emergency preparedness. Feel free to print, post, or share this graphic with everyone! 40,000 pets die each year in household fires, and pets start 1,000 fires every year – know how to prevent them and be prepared in the event of a fire. And, don’t forget to place pet rescue alert decals on windows around the home to notify emergency responders that you’ve got pets inside! (You can pick some up right here!)

Do You Know These 19 Signs That Scream 'Emergency Care Now!'?
Dr. Becker - Keep in mind that dogs and cats are masters at hiding symptoms of illness. This is an instinctual behavior that would have helped them to survive in the wild. So if your pet is showing signs of weakness or minor pain, there's a good chance the symptoms are worse than she's letting on…. For some medical issues, like mild diarrhea or a minor skin irritation, you can wait to see your veterinarian until the next day. In other cases, waiting isn't an option, as it could put your pet's life at risk. The 19 medical conditions, symptoms and scenarios that follow also warrant emergency veterinary attention.1 This is not an all-inclusive list, but if you notice any of the following, get your pet to an emergency veterinary clinic immediately. Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop within five minutes. Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine. Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing, and gagging. Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool. You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.) Severe vomiting or diarrhea — more than two episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here. Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more…



Tuesday - September 6, 2016 - Today In History:

1787 - At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia debate began on the first draft of the U.S. Constitution.
1926 - Warner Brothers premiered its Vitaphone system in New York. The movie was "Don Juan," starring John Barrymore.
1945 - The American B-29 bomber, known as the Enola Gay, dropped the first atomic bomb on an inhabited area. The bomb named "Little Boy" was dropped over the center of Hiroshima, Japan. An estimated 140,000 people were killed. (8:16am Japanese time)
1962 - Jamaica became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
1965 - The Voting Rights Act was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1981 - Fire fighters in Indianapolis, IN, answered a false alarm. When they returned to their station it was ablaze due to a grease fire.
1985 - The 40th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing brought tens of thousands of Japanese and foreigners to Hiroshima.
1986 - William J. Schroeder died. He lived 620 days with the Jarvik-7 manmade heart.
1990 - The U.N. Security Council ordered a worldwide trade embargo with Iraq. The embargo was to punish Iraq for invading Kuwait.
1993 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Louis Freeh to be the director of the FBI.
1995 - Thousands of glowing lanterns were set afloat in rivers in Hiroshima, Japan, on the 50th anniversary of the first atomic bombing.
1996 - NASA announced the discovery of evidence of primitive life on Mars. The evidence came in the form of a meteorite that was found in Antarctica. The meteorite was believed to have come from Mars and contained a fossil.
1997 - Apple Computer and Microsoft agreed to share technology in a deal giving Microsoft a stake in Apple's survival.
1998 - Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1/2 hours testifying before a grand jury about her relationship with U.S. President Clinton.
2012 - The Mars rover Curiosity landed on the floor of Gale Crater. The Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, on November 26, 2011.

World News

US Trained Tajik Special Operations Fighter Becomes Top Daesh Commander in Iraq
Sputnik News - Daesh forces in Iraq welcome a new battlefield commander to their ranks who is all too familiar to US military and intelligence officials – American trained former Special Forces colonel Gulmurod Khalimov from Tajikstan received the promotion within the terrorist organization after defecting last year.... The former paramilitary unit commander of the Tajikistan armed forces received his battlefield training from American advisors and even came to the United States on several occasions to receive special counterterrorism training through the US State Department’s Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program prior to his defection into the jihadist organization. Daesh refused to officially announce that Khalimov had been promoted to the top ranks of the terrorist organization out of concern that he would become a high-priority target of US led strikes in Iraq, but Iraq’s Al Sumaria news agency exposed the promotion through a source in Nineveh province.

Seoul says North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles
Washington Times - North Korea on Monday fired three suspected medium-range Rodong missiles that travelled about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and landed near Japan in an apparent show of force timed to the G-20 economic summit in China, Seoul officials said.... A Joint Chiefs of Staff statement described the launches as an “armed protest” meant to demonstrate North Korea’s military capability on the occasion of the G-20 summit and days before the North Korean government’s 68th anniversary.... Before Monday’s launch, on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, [South Korea's President] Park criticized the North for what she called provocations that are hurting Seoul-Beijing ties. The latest firing won’t help the push by Chinese President Xi Jinping to get Park to scrap the planned deployment of a powerful U.S. anti-missile system in the South.... The launch also comes days after South Korean and U.S. troops ended annual joint summertime military drills, which North Korea regularly describes as a dress rehearsal for invasion.

Calais locals hold demo to protest Jungle migrant camp
The Local - Around 70 trucks mounted a "go-slow" on the A16 motorway -- the main artery for freight and passengers heading for Britain either via the Channel Tunnel or on board ferries from the port. Under a light drizzle, the trucks were joined by a line of farmers on their tractors, bringing to a near-standstill the route used by trucks from all over Europe to reach Calais. Despite the large tailbacks, many motorists passing the other way sounded their horns in support.... he Jungle, a squalid camp of makeshift tents and shelters, is home to some 7,000 migrants but charities say the number might be as high as 10,000 after an influx this summer. Migrants from the camp often use tree branches to create road blocks to slow trucks heading for Britain, their destination of choice. When the trucks slow down, migrants try to clamber into the trailers to stow away aboard. Angry drivers say migrants have attacked their vehicles with metal bars and that the overstretched police are unable to protect them.... Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart, who has frequently clashed with the government over the Jungle, joined the protest wearing an "I love Calais" T-shirt.... Disgruntled Calais residents want the authorities to set a date for the entire camp to be cleared.

G20 Summit: Major nations ask for trade deals with Brexit Britain
Daily Express - BREXIT Britain is getting off to a fast start after the G20 Summit saw China lead a line up of major nations asking for trade deals with a liberated Britain. New Prime Minister Theresa May's overtures to other nations were also eagerly accepted by Australia, Mexico, Singapore, India and South Korea. Mrs May was also able provide assurances to the Japanese over the future of Brexit Britain. And she pointed out that the biggest investors in Britain since the historic vote to throw off stifling Brussels rule on 23 June have been Japan and China. The huge success of the summit for Britain as it prepares for Brexit freedom comes after 27 nations had already expressed an interest in having trade deals with the UK.

Tremendous Ripple Effects" - Retailers Demand Bailout After Hanjin Collapse Paralyzes Trade
Zero Hedge - …retailers have gone far beyond simply blaming the Hanjing bankruptcy for their upcoming woes: they are petitioning for a government bailout, or as the WSJ put it, they are "bracing for a blow as they stock up for the crucial holiday sales season, asked the government to step in and help resolve a growing crisis.”… “While the situation is still developing, the prospect of harm is significant and apparent,” Sandra Kennedy, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, wrote in a letter to the Department of Commerce and the Federal Maritime Commission. Hanjin’s recent bankruptcy filing “presents an enormous challenge to U.S. shippers,” she said, and “could have a substantial impact on consumers and the economy at large.” The trade group is urging the U.S. to work with ports, cargo handlers and the South Korean government to resolve the widespread disruption in freight shipments caused by the Hanjin bankrupcy filing. Futhermore, the spokesman for the Retail Industry Leaders Association said they’re hoping the South Korean government could help provide clarity and speed to the bankruptcy proceedings, which are being considered by courts there. According to the WSJ, freight brokers in Asia said about 540,000 containers are expected to face delivery delays that one of them said could range from a few days to more than a month. Meanwhile, as we also reported yesterday, shipping rates have soared as freight capacity shrank overnight, and indicative rates from Busan, South Korea, to Los Angeles had risen to $2,300 a container by Thursday, up from $1,700 four days earlier. One U.S. importer said he was getting rate quotes of $2,000 a container, compared with $700 before the Hanjin news…. Those most likely to be affected include Wal-Mart, Target, J.C. Penney and clothing retailers…. The biggest hit may come for the $25 billion US toy industry, however, which has been sweating the Hanjin news, as it prepares for the holiday season, responsible for half its annual sales.

Barack Obama 'deliberately snubbed' by Chinese in chaotic arrival at G20
The Guardian - China’s leaders have been accused of delivering a calculated diplomatic snub to Barack Obama after the US president was not provided with a staircase to leave his plane during his chaotic arrival in Hangzhou before the start of the G20. Chinese authorities have rolled out the red carpet for leaders including India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, and the British prime minister, Theresa May, who touched down on Sunday morning. But the leader of the world’s largest economy, who is on his final tour of Asia, was forced to disembark from Air Force One through a little-used exit in the plane’s belly after no rolling staircase was provided when he landed in the eastern Chinese city on Saturday afternoon. When Obama did find his way on to a red carpet on the tarmac below there were heated altercations between US and Chinese officials, with one Chinese official caught on video shouting: “This is our country! This is our airport!”

Two Of The World's 20 Most Violent Cities Are In America
Zero Hedge - Out of the world's 50 most violent cities, 41 are in Latin America including 21 in Brazil. As Statista's Nial McCarthy write, The Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security releases its findings on the homicide rate in cities with populations over 300,000 every year. The infographic below shows the world's top 20 cities, with Caracas, in the socialist utopia Venezuela, in first place with 119.87 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2015. San Pedro Sula, Honduras (111.03 homicides per 100,000) came second with San Salvador, El Salvador (108.54 homicides per 100,000) rounding off the top three. The majority of the violence in Latin America can be attributed to drug trafficking, gang warfare and political instability. But 'Exceptional America' is not left out out - St.Louis and Baltimore are right up there (and New Orleans and Detroit close behind) as their homicide rates rival some of the worst in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Zika Virus News

US beekeepers fear for livelihoods as anti-Zika toxin kills 2.5m bees
The Guardian - Earlier this week, South Carolina beekeepers found millions of dead honey bees carpeting their apiaries, killed by an insecticide…. Company co-owner Juanita Stanley told the Associated Press [an] estimated 2.5 million bees were killed. In another Facebook post, South Carolina hobbyist Andrew Macke wrote that he had lost “thousands upon thousands of bees” and that the spraying had devastated his business…. Clemson University’s department of pesticide regulation is investigating the incident. The program head, Dr Mike Weyman, said that though South Carolina has strict rules about protecting pollinators, county officials were using the neurotoxin, Naled, under a clause exempting them in a “clear and public health crisis”. More than three dozen people have tested positive for Zika in South Carolina, Weyman said, and officials have made it a priority to prevent local transmissions through the Aedes aegypti mosquito…. “Everyone that I’ve spoken to has major concerns about the effect” of insecticides, said Jennifer Holmes, vice-president of the Florida State Beekeepers Association… The keepers, she said, fear “not just the immediate die-offs, but possible genetic die-offs or sterility” for bees that survive the first sprays…. A Louisiana beekeeper, who requested anonymity because of work with county officials, added another set of concerns: careless mixture and application of chemicals, mismanagement and long-term imbalance in the ecosystem…. Olle conceded that that he was not a scientist – he is an attorney – but described a 2015 Florida International University study that found Naled application was uneven and harmful to butterflies. “It kills everything,” he said. “There’s no question that it is highly, highly deleterious to butterflies and other arthropods, even mammals in high enough doses.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

FBI's 302 Report Proves Complicity in Clinton Email Scandal
American Thinker - The FBI's investigatory reports covering Hillary Clinton's July interview (cynically released just before Labor Day) confirm suppositions of FBI critics that the interview was mostly a farce, and show Hillary mostly restating her standard defenses to complacent and compliant agents who never pushed her or her phalanx of attorneys for more. Indeed, the documents show Hillary accompanied by a gaggle of lawyers that rival O.J.'s (David Kendall, Catherine Turner, Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, and evidently an attorney who shall not be named).... The FBI agents dutifully presented Hillary with various problematic classified emails and asked her for comment. Hillary's comments generally took the form of "I don't recall" or "I trusted State Department professionals." She claimed ignorance of classification categories and procedures, denying at one point that she even received instruction about them, although she signed a document upon taking office certifying that she had.... At no time is there any indication that the agents pressed her, nor did they seek at any time an admission from her of anything other than ignorance, inadvertence, or negligent conduct. This Hillary supplied in droves

CDC Giving Itself Unconstitutional POWERS to Round Up and Detain Citizens En Masse Anytime, Anywhere And Throw Away the Key
Nautral Blaze - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention literally has overstepped its authority in proposing to grant itself powers that obviously negate any rights U.S. citizens thought they had by issuing the Proposed Rule “Control of Communicable Diseases” on August 15, 2016 wherein CDC will self-invest itself with the power to apprehend healthy people en masse and detain them indefinitely with NO process of appeal!.... Here are some quotes from the CDC proposed rule: ...“When an apprehension occurs, the individual is not free to leave or discontinue his/her discussion with an HHS/CDC public health or quarantine officer.” .... “…the proposed practice to issue Federal orders before a medical examination has taken place.” ....“CDC defines precommunicable stage to mean the stage beginning upon an individual’s earliest opportunity for exposure to an infectious agent.” .... And this apparent totalitarian ‘gem’ of an agency’s self-proclaimed ‘rite’: “…(holding that a passenger consents to an airport security search by presenting himself/herself for boarding and that such consent may not be revoked by simply walking away). Thus, in order to protect interstate travel from communicable disease threats, HHS/CDC intends for this section to apply broadly to all circumstances where individuals may queue with other travelers.”.... Citizens should file your comments at this website before October 14, 2016! Officially, it’s Comment No. CDC-2016-0068-0001.

80 Percent Captured at Border Set Free in U.S., Says Agent
Breitbart - Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza, acting in his role as president of the National Border Patrol Council, Local 2455, appeared on Fox News Channel recently to discuss border security and the need for building a wall. “Eight out of ten people that are caught entering our country illegally are not deported and are allowed to stay in the United States,” Garza explained. “Unfortunately for Border Patrol agents, we are trying to do our jobs as best we can with the very limited resources that we have.”… “We do not have enough vehicles for our agents to patrol with, we do not get the manpower that we need.” He continued by discussing the lack of proper infrastructure to safely do their jobs – including communications equipment, tower cameras and weapons. “Through executive orders and prosecutorial discretion … Most of the people that we apprehend end up getting released into the country,” he said while expressing his frustration. He explained that with the limited amount of manpower available, “It is very difficult to adequately patrol the border.”

Dead Air: Big Three Virtually Silent On Disastrous Obamacare News For Their Evening Broadcasts
Townhall - The number of uninsured is expected to spike by 2 million people between 2017-2026, the number of those enrolled came in 24 million under the original CBO projections, a large percentage of those who enrolled in Obamacare were already insured before their previous plans were gutted under the law, and the whole notion that the law is on the verge of total collapse. It’s a total disaster, yet NBC News, CBS News, and ABC News’ evening programs seem to ignore that President Obama’s signature domestic achievement is on life support.... The broadcast networks have refused to cover the repeated failures of ObamaCare in 2016. During the entire year, ABC World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News have yet to give the floundering program any coverage at all, while CBS Evening News only found time to cover two of the ObamaCare updates – and that only added up to 2 minutes and 18 seconds of coverage for the entire year. To put that in perspective, these same three evening news shows managed to find 46 minutes and 49 seconds to dedicated to Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte running afoul of Brazilian police.

Longtime Conservative Icon Phyllis Schlafly Dies at 92
(KMOX/AP) — Phyllis Schlafly, one of the most iconic and recognizable leaders in America’s conservative movement for many decades, has died. Schlafly founded the Eagle Forum in 1972, a pro-family conservative group focusing heavily on social issues — it has about 80,000 members and, as of this week, Schlafly was still president. “Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding 70 years in public service of her fellow Americans,” said the Eagle Forum in a statement. “Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life. She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values. From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values.”

Maryland school district gets pushback on transgender policy
Washington Times - County Executive Steven R. Schuh sent a letter on Wednesday to Anne Arundel Board of Education President Stacy Korbelak asking her to reconsider the policy.... Mr. Schuh drew a distinction between “reasonable” and “extreme” accommodations for students facing “special challenges.” On the “extreme” end, he listed “sleeping in overnight field-trip sleeping arrangements that do not comport with a person’s biological gender, participating on single-sex athletic teams that do not comport with a person’s biological gender, and using public, single-sex bathrooms or locker rooms that do not comport with a person’s biological gender.”.... The letter came in response to an Anne Arundel training video posted online in July instructing teachers and administrators not to tell parents if their daughters are sleeping in the same area as transgender males on overnight field trips.... “They don’t want to sleep in a room by themselves, they want to sleep with the rest of the females, so what do we do?” Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for the district, said in the video published on July 12. “And the answer is they sleep with the females. That’s not the easy answer; it’s the right answer.”.... Mr. Mosier said the letter reveals the county executive’s “fear” of transgender students.

Election News

Obama Admin Warns of Rigged Elections After Claiming They Won’t Be Rigged
Kit Daniels - Intelligence agencies are accusing Russia of conducting a “broad covert operation” in the United States to “sow public distrust” in the integrity of upcoming elections only weeks after President Obama claimed “the elections will not be rigged.” Intelligence agencies are accusing Russia of conducting a “broad covert operation” in the United States to “sow public distrust” in the integrity of upcoming elections only weeks after President Obama claimed “the elections will not be rigged.” fficials also claim Russia may disrupt the election process directly, and the FBI has alerted state and local officials to be prepared for potential cyberthreats. However, it was only a few weeks ago when Obama claimed rigged elections won’t happen while responding to Donald Trump’s accusation that the election will be rigged against him. “Of course the elections will not be rigged,” he said Aug. 4. “What does that mean?” “If Mr. Trump is suggesting that there is a conspiracy theory that is being propagated across the country, including in places like Texas where typically it’s not Democrats who are in charge of voting booths, that’s ridiculous.” “That doesn’t make any sense and I don’t think anybody would take that seriously,” Obama added. But it appears it’s actually the White House that’s pushing a conspiracy theory; the intelligence official said they have “no definitive proof” of Russia tampering with the coming elections.

CafePress: Anti-Hillary Merchandise Outselling Anti-Trump Gear by over 814 Percent
Breitbart - While some polls after the Republican and Democratic conventions show Donald Trump tied with Hillary Clinton, internet retailer CafePress claims it can accurately track the electorate’s mood with its large consumer base — and customers appear to be decidedly anti-Hillary. Anti-Hillary merchandise outsells anti-Trump merchandise by a staggering 814.88 percent, according to the Louisville Business First. (Both the site and CafePress are based in Louisville, Kentucky.) Anti-Hillary gear also outsells pro-Trump products. Given that Trump supporters are chased, beaten, and intimidated for showing their support in public, the pro-Trump sentiment could be suppressed. Sales in 2016 are 50 percent higher than they were in 2012. “That’s the energized vote bank that’s going to show up on Election Day. That’s the most passionate part of the population,” said CEO Fred Durham. “They’re all going to the polls. You buy stuff, you’re actually going to vote.”

Video: Media Belly Laughs At Hillary Running Mate Excuses
Steve Watson - Hillary Clinton’s running mate Sen. Tim Kaine made excuses for the Democratic nominee not holding a press conference in over 275 days, prompting reporters to roar with laughter as Kaine argued that “She talks to the press a lot.” Kaine appeared on ABC and CBS programming over the weekend and was asked to explain why Hillary has not held a press conference for so long. On ABC’s This Week, Kaine argued that Hillary has been very transparent with the press…. Kaine gave the same comments on CBS’ This Morning, last week saying “Look, I don’t see what the massive difference is between a press conference and talking to the press everywhere you go.” “She talks to the press a lot, and I’ve been with her when she’s talked to the press.” Kaine claimed.

Getting Worse: Clinton Cough Violently Returns (Video)
NBC News - Hillary Clinton struggled to fight back a coughing fit while campaigning in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday…. The former secretary of state has suffered from coughing fits at times throughout the Democratic presidential primary, but has not had a public coughing fit recently. However the frog in Clinton's throat on Monday was one of the most aggressive she's had during her 2016 run and left her almost unable to finish her remarks. After the event, campaign aides attributed it to allergies. Allergens were high in Northeast Ohio on Monday, according to pollen.com.

Video: ‘No Show Hillary, That’s What We Call Her’, Residents Tear Into Clinton’s Louisiana Flood ‘Response’
Breitbart - The “storm with no name” or the “hurricane with no wind” struck Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas in the middle of August, leaving 13 dead, and thousands without homes or possessions. Over 7 trillion gallons of water fell on the state over just a few days, with more water in two days than some U.S. cities have seen in nearly six years. The amount is believed to be around three times what Hurricane Katrina delivered in 2005…. Most noteworthy, when travelling through affected areas like Walker, was the putrid smell created by a mix of sewage, rain water, drywall, and dust. While what we saw looked like a scene from a disaster movie, the smell resembled nothing we had ever experienced in a first world country. In amongst all of that, residents and helpers continued to work to remove damaged items, strip out homes, and plan to rebuild their lives from the ground up. Around 70,000 people have now applied for assistance, but most residents speaking to Breitbart News said they did not have flood cover or insurance because their homes were not deemed by local and national authorities to be in a flood zone. Many, concerned they would get “pennies on the dollar” for ruined possessions, were grateful for the assistance of local churches and the “Cajun Navy” – a volunteer flotilla force of locals with boats who saved thousands of people during the disaster. But residents were less than impressed with U.S. President Barack Obama and his would-be successor, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Economy & Business

California Just Passed A $1.7 Billion Tax On The Whole Country That No One Noticed
Zero Hedge - The California State Assembly recently passed a bill that received minimal recognition by the press… Once signed by Jerry Brown, the bill, known as AB 1066, will make California the only state in the entire country to provide overtime wages to ag workers after 8 hours a day or 40 hours per week. This change will add about $1.7BN annually to the cost of growing food in California which will ultimately be passed along to consumers. And since eating isn't really optional, this is effectively a $1.7BN tax that California has decided to levy on the entire country. Worse yet, increasing food prices is essentially the most regressive form of "tax" possible given the disproportionate share of wages spent on food by low-income families. And, while you may not know it, California is an agricultural powerhouse that produces roughly 1/3 of all vegetables consumed in this country and 2/3s of the fruits and nuts.… Unlike most industries, farmers are not able to spread their labor needs throughout the year due to harvest schedules and the perishable nature of their crops…. Under current California law, farm workers receive overtime pay after 10 hours per day or 60 hours per week (California is one of the only states that provides any overtime pay for farm workers at all). As such, during the peak season the ag industry in California has grown accustomed to working 6-day, 60-hour work weeks. But now, with AB 1066, farm workers will receive overtime pay after a 40 hour work week instead of 60.

Jumping Ship: Two Central Banks Just Printed Billions In Paper Currency... And Immediately Bought Gold Mining Stocks With It
Mac Slavo - When former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was questioned by Ron Paul during a 2011 monetary policy report, he famously told the Congressman that gold is not money and the only reason central banks hold it is because of “long-term tradition. ”.... But if gold and silver are not real money and they are not safe haven assets, then why did the central banks of Switzerland and Norway just print $2 billion dollars in currency and immediately move that paper currency into gold mining companies?.... Via Wealth Research Group: .... The Swiss central bank has taken this to the next level and recently disclosed a massive one billion dollar position in mining stocks… these 25-plus companies… as a result shot up 400% to 600% this year alone.... And the Swiss aren’t alone. Norway’s central bank has done the same thing. After initially trying to keep their holdings secret, an amended [Information Required of Institutional Investment Managers Form] 13F shows that they, too, spent $1 billion on gold and silver mining companies.... It’s been suspected for quite some time that central banks are actively taking positions in collapse-related assets like gold and silver. We now have confirmation that at least two of them have done it. There are likely more.

Government Workers Now Outnumber Manufacturing Workers by 9,932,000
CNS News - Government employees in the United States outnumber manufacturing employees by 9,932,000, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Federal, state and local government employed 22,213,000 people in August, while the manufacturing sector employed 12,281,000. The BLS has published seasonally-adjusted month-by-month employment data for both government and manufacturing going back to 1939. For half a century—from January 1939 through July 1989—manufacturing employment always exceeded government employment in the United States, according to these numbers.... The 22,213,000 government employees in August, according to the BLS, included 2,790,000 federal employees, 5,120,000 state government employees, and 14,303,000 local government employees.

Energy & Environment

Major M5.6 Earthquake Hits Oklahoma, Felt From North Dakota All The Way To Houston
Zero Hedge - Saturday, Sep 3rd… a major, M5.6 earthquake hit 14km northwest of Pawnee, Oklahoma, and rattled a swath of the Great Plains, from Kansas City, Missouri, to central Oklahoma. It was the strongest quake to hit Oklahoma in years. Immediate Facebook post reports indicated pictures fell off walls as far away as Tulsa. Others felt it in Norman and Wewoka in Seminole County. It lasted roughly 15 seconds. Saturday morning’s earthquake is the largest in Oklahoma since a 5.6 magnitude quake near Prague. That quake was followed by 10 aftershocks, according to the Associated Press: The magnitude 5.6 earthquake and its aftershocks still had residents rattled Sunday. No injuries were reported, and aside from a buckled highway and the collapse of a tower on the St. Gregory’s University administration building, neither was any major damage. But the weekend earthquakes were among the strongest yet in a state that has seen a dramatic, unexplained increase in seismic activity. According to press reports the quake was felt virtually across the entire midwest, from North Dakota through Houston - a 1,300 mile stretch… What is notable about the quake is that in recent months as a result of the decline in fracking, the number of quakes especially in the Dallas region, had declined significantly.
* Related: Dutchsinse: 9/03/2016 -- Large M5.6 EQ hits Oklahoma Fracking ops

Shutdown of wastewater wells near earthquake epicenter is ordered: Oklahoma officials
Washington Times - The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has directed dozens of wastewater disposal wells within an approximate 500-square-mile radius of the epicenter the Oklahoma earthquake to shut down. The commission says about 35 wells are included in the directive, which was issued following the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Saturday morning about nine miles northwest of Pawnee in north-central Oklahoma. The number of magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes has skyrocketed in Oklahoma, from a few dozen in 2012 to more than 900 last year. Commission spokesman Matt Skinner says the wells were directed to shut down due to scientific links that the increase to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production induces earthquakes. The commission has previously asked producers to reduce wastewater disposal volumes. The earthquake ties the record for the strongest earthquake in recorded Oklahoma history. No major damage was reported, and there was one minor injury.

Hermine Could Regain Hurricane Strength As It Lurks Off the East Coast
Fortune - Hermine, which came ashore in Florida as a hurricane on Friday, had churned up the southeastern seaboard as a tropical storm before being reclassified on Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone. Robbie Berg of the National Hurricane Center [NHC] said it was not expected to make landfall again.... Forecasters said Hermine could intensify slightly, with winds reaching hurricane strength again before Hermine starts to diminish. But for now its strongest winds were extending outward by about 230 miles, failing to reach U.S. shores, the NHC said. The widespread power outages and flooding that battered Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas had likewise yet to materialize farther north, where alarming news reports scared tourists away from the beach on Sunday.... Hermine became the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years when it swept ashore on Friday near the Gulf Coast town of St. Marks with winds of 80 mph (129 kph), knocking out power for 300,000 Florida homes and businesses. Within five hours, it was downgraded to a tropical storm but still packed a wallop.... It left North Carolina with more power outages, flooding, downed trees and power lines, while rain and tides brought flooding along Virginia’s coast.

Science & Technology

DHS's New Election Cybersecurity Committee Has No Cybersecurity Experts
Techdirt - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)... has just announced its selections to head up a DHS "working group" tackling "election infrastructure cybersecurity." Like any committee formed in response to a hot-button topic, the appointees are better known for their years of tenure in government positions than their technical acumen, as the ACLU's Chris Soghoian points out.... The working group's president, Denise Merrill, is Connecticut's Secretary of State. At least her bio contains some initiatives loosely-related to the task at hand.... Indiana's Connie Lawson also appears focused on voter security, albeit in equally vague terms.... There's not much to be said about the other appointees -- Georgia's Brian Kemp and California's Alex Padilla -- in terms of cybersecurity. However, there's plenty to be said about safeguarding elections. Padilla has been sued twice over alleged election fraud. And Kemp's office mistakenly released the personal information of six million registered voters. But there's one thing they can all agree on: there's nothing to worry about.... The lack of tech experts isn't going to cause much harm because the point of this committee is to be a committee. No one expects any sort of cybersecurity breakthroughs to be generated by something that will do little more one more line to these politicians' bios.

Want "Unlimited Access To A Target's Mobile Devices... Leaving No Trace"? Ask NSO Group
Zero Hedge - For the affordable price of $650,000, Israeli company NSO Group will enable you to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge. The cost is a little higher for Blackberry users (5 for $500,000).. and there is a 17% maintenance fee every thereafter to ensure "leaving no traces whatsoever." Welcome to the new world of private companies selling surveillance tools to the 'average joe'... Since its founding six years ago, the NSO Group has kept a low profile. But, as The New York Times reports, last month, security researchers caught its spyware trying to gain access to the iPhone of a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates. They also discovered a second target, a Mexican journalist who wrote about corruption in the Mexican government.... In its commercial proposals, the NSO Group asserts that its tracking software and hardware can install itself in any number of ways, including “over the air stealth installation,” tailored text messages and emails, through public Wi-Fi hot spots rigged to secretly install NSO Group software, or the old-fashioned way, by spies in person.

Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 after battery explosions
CNS News - Samsung's Note 7s are being pulled from shelves in 10 countries, including South Korea and the United States, just two weeks after the product's launch. ... Samsung said it had confirmed 35 instances of Note 7's catching fire or exploding. There have been no reports of injuries related to the problem. The company said it has not found a way to tell exactly which phones may endanger users out of the 2.5 million Note 7s already sold globally. It estimated that about 1 in 42,000 units may have a faulty battery. Samsung didn't say whether customers should stop using their phones, or whether explosions and fires could happen when the phone wasn't charging. Consumers who complained publicly said the problem came while the phone was being charged.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The Tougher-Than-Nails Cold-Weather Vegetable That Can Survive SNOW
Off the Grid News - Kale is a tough, cold-hardy member of the cabbage family, but kale grown in cool, frosty weather is amazingly sweet. If you already harvested a crop of kale you planted during spring (or even if you didn’t!), you can plant a fresh crop in late summer or early autumn. If you live in a warm climate, you can plant kale as late as October. Although kale tolerates frosty weather, it grows best where temperatures don’t drop into the teens. If this is a possibility, then plant kale in a cold frame, or protect the plants with row covers. Consider planting fast-growing cultivars such as Red Russian or White Russian, cold-hardy varieties ready as soon as 40 days. The plants may stall if days are hot, but the kale will take off and grow like crazy when the temperatures drop. Seeds are slow to germinate outdoors when days are still warm, so pick up a few seedlings at your local garden center, or start seeds indoors four to six weeks ahead of planting time.

Health

Video: Another Vaccine “Bombshell” Glyphosate – Think Monsanto’s Roundup – Confirmed in Most Vaccines
Natural Blaze - Research scientist Anthony Samsel has confirmed that glyphosate, a key active chemical in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup®, has been found in most vaccines! Additionally, Dr Samsel sent a letter to his Congressional Senator from New Hampshire wherein he gives Senator Shaheen permission to share his laboratory data on glyphosate-contaminated vaccines with “all members of Congress and the public.”

Merck says their shingles vaccine may spread shingles
(NaturalHealth365) Merck, maker of the Zostavax shingles vaccine, lists the spread of shingles as one of the vaccine side effects of the drug. Its warning literature also lists a number of other groups who should not receive this vaccine due to vaccine dangers. These are the exact words – within the Merck shingles vaccine insert: ZOSTAVAX is a live, attenuated varicella-zoster vaccine and administration may result in disseminated disease in individuals who are immunosuppressed or immunodeficient.” Just to be clear: Anyone with a history of anaphylactic or anaphylactoid reaction to gelatin or neomycin should not receive it. Individuals suffering from acute illness ranging from fever to tuberculosis should avoid it. Pregnant women are not candidates for the vaccine, and all women are instructed to avoid becoming pregnant for at least three months after receiving the Zostavax shingles vaccine.

FDA Rules: You Can’t Sell “Anti-Bacterial” Hand Soap With Triclosan Anymore
Consumerist - After more than half a decade of various proposals, investigations, and dithering, the FDA today has announced that it’s changing the rules. 19 active ingredients in your hand soap — most notably including triclosan, until recently very common — are going to be heading off the market. Starting next Tuesday, a whole bunch of stuff is losing its designation of Generally Recognized As Safe and Effective... and can no longer be marketed to you for this purpose, the FDA announced today. The rule specifically pertains to soap — products “intended for use with water, and rinsed off after use.” That means it doesn’t apply to hand sanitizers, wipes, or other products (like toothpaste). It also doesn’t apply to industrial-strength, commercial products used in health care settings. “Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

Stop the insanity: Pharmacies selling unapproved fluoride drugs to the public
(NaturalHealth365) A Fluoride Action Network investigation found that these dangerous products are still being sold at the largest drug stores in the U.S., including Walgreen’s, CVS, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart. The sale of these products violates federal laws as well as the laws of at least 17 states prohibiting the sale of drugs that have not been approved by the FDA. Fluoride’s potential benefits only come from topical application to the teeth – NOT internal ingestion. Swallowing fluoride is not only ineffective – it is potentially harmful and dangerous to those who ingest it – especially children. Fluoride is a known endocrine disruptor and neurotoxin. Studies have shown that the ingestion of fluoride during the formative years of childhood can cause numerous health issues linked with fluoride toxicity, including learning issues, behavioral problems, low thyroid functioning, fragility of the bones, and bone cancer…. This range of so-called fluoride “supplements” includes sodium fluoride drops, tablets and lozenges. They are sold via prescription at major pharmacies despite never having been approved by the FDA. Fluoride is NOT an essential nutrient, so it is disturbing to hear these products referred to as “supplements.” Referring to the oral intake of fluoride as preventative of cavities violates federal law because the FDA has never approved it for this purpose.

Where to find the less expensive generic Epipen
GoodRX - This drug is slightly less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic epinephrine is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.

Pet News

400 Animals Face Euthanasia After Bank Seizes Florida Animal Sanctuary, Evicts Owners
Natural Blaze - Tina Richardson has lived and paid rent at the property with her husband for years, and in that time, she has accumulated a large collection of miniature ponies, dogs, cats, goats, wild hogs, donkeys, roosters, turkeys, pigeons, raccoons, and opossums. An earlier version of WFTV’s report said Fannie Mae, the notorious government-sponsored mortgage company, had taken ownership of the home. This reference can be verified through a version of the article aggregated byWIHO, a Florida news outlet. However, the reference to Fannie Mae was eventually removed from the original article. Anti-Media asked the WFTV journalist, Lauren Seabrook, to clarify, and she confirmed the county said Bank of America now owns the property the Richardsons are vacating. The WFTV report did not specify why the couple is being evicted. Though Volusia County Animal Control said the animals appeared to be healthy with the exception of several ponies whose ribs were showing, they face the risk of euthanization if Richardson cannot find alternate shelters by Tuesday…. Readers interested in extending help to relocate the hundreds of endangered animals can email Ms. Richarson at thkgod1016@gmail.com.

RECALL ALERT: Multiple Pet Eye Drops Recalled Due to Bacteria Contamination
Dogington Post - Kinetic Technologies and Kinetic Vet located in Lexington, KY has voluntarily recalled Hy-Optic – lot # 10092015, OptiVet – lot # 12032015 and Optimend – lot # 01122015. This voluntary recall is the result of deficiencies in sterility, which may lead to deteriorating eye conditions, irritation and/or infection…. Each product is packaged in a branded box with the lot number and expiration date printed on the box. Hy-Optic Eye Irrigating Solution and OptiVet Eye Irrigating Solution are packaged in 15 mL oval eye drop containers and labeled prior to packaging. No animal species are listed on the label for use in non-specified animals. Optimend Corneal Repair Drops is packaged in a 10 mL circular eye drop container and labeled prior to packaging for use in dogs, cats and horses for the treatment of corneal ulcers.
 



Monday - September 5, 2016 - LABOR DAY
 



Friday - September 2, 2016 - 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.
1998 - In Canada, pilots for Canada's largest airline launch their first strike in Air Canada's history.
2004 - President George W. Bush accepted his party's nomination for a second term at the Republican National Convention in New York City.

World News

Houthi Forces In Yemen Capture Territory in Asir, Saudi Arabia, Close In On Najran Provincial Capital
Brandon Turbeville - Backed by the Yemeni Republican forces and fighters loyal to former Yemeni President Saleh, Houthi fighters have once again struck a major blow to Saudi Arabia inside Saudi territory. After a string of territory and military bases inside Saudi Arabia being seized by the Houthis particularly in the Najran province, the fighters have now seized several Saudi military posts in the Asir Province. In addition to the capture of these provinces, the Houthis have managed to capture with them a large cache of American and Canadian weapons that belonged to the Saudi military. Not only that, but Houthi forces continue to march forward in the Najran valley, moving close toward the provincial capital.

Lavrov: US biological research not entirely peaceful
RT - America's staunch opposition to Russian efforts to create a monitoring mechanism for the execution of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) indicates that the US may be conducting militarized biological research, Lavrov said in his yearly address to future diplomats at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Russia is developing a supervision mechanism for the observance of the BTWC, Lavrov said, stressing that most countries support this move while the US actively opposes it…. He added that the refusal of the US to create a monitoring mechanism for the execution of the BTWC indicates that “these projects are not entirely peaceful.” He also stressed that the US has shied away from discussing the issue. Lavrov also said that Russia has developed principles for the creation of a convention on combating chemical and biological terrorism in cooperation with China, adding that this idea is widely supported.

US army official berates Australia for indecision over Washington & China ties
RT - A top US military official has said that Australia should choose between stronger ties with Washington or Beijing, stressing that there has to be “a decision as to which one is more of a vital national interest.” "I think the Australians need to make a choice ... it's very difficult to walk this fine line between balancing the alliance with the United States and the economic engagement with China," US Army Assistant Chief of Staff Colonel Tom Hanson said on radio station Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "There's going to have to be a decision as to which one is more of a vital national interest for Australia," he added. Hanson blasted the lack of protest by Australia against Chinese maneuvers in the South Sea, saying that Beijing “clearly … believes that they have an opportunity and they feel empowered to flout that.”… Currently China is Australia's largest two-way trading partner in goods and services valued at $155.5 billion in 2015, according to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The two countries signed a free trade agreement which entered into force in December 2015 boosting growing trade and enhancing an investment relationship. Increasing numbers of Australian businesses have been entering the Chinese market in the past years with great success.

Japan focuses on closer economic ties with Russia
RT - The visit of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to be the highlight of Russia's Eastern Economic Forum. Tokyo wants closer economic links with Moscow in the face of a rising China, and restart talks over the Kuril Islands territorial dispute…. The plan has eight target areas of cooperation, including energy, technology, development of industries and export bases in the Russian Far East, and better people-to-people contact. On Thursday, Abe gave the job of economic cooperation with Russia to Japan’s Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko, who will be with Abe in Vladivostok. Former lawmaker Muneo Suzuki told Reuters that “broadening economic ties with an eye to the eventual resolution of the territorial row over the islands in the western Pacific made sense because Russia's energy resources and Japan's technological expertise and investment were a good fit.” A territorial dispute remains the biggest unresolved issue between Tokyo and Moscow. The two countries have not reached a compromise in a long dispute over the four southern Kuril Islands and did not sign a peace treaty after World War II. In May, during the Russia-Japan forum in Tokyo, Prime Minister Abe said he was ready to improve relations with Russia to a “new level.”

Deutsche Bank refuses clients' demand for physical gold
RT - Clients of Germany’s biggest bank who have invested in the exchange-traded commodity Xetra-Gold are facing problems when they want to obtain physical gold, according to German analytic website Godmode-Trader.de. Xetra-Gold is a bond on the Deutsche Börse commodities market, and Deutsche Bank is a designated sponsor. On the website, Xetra-Gold says its clients have the right for physical delivery of gold…. However, despite claims that every virtual gram of gold is backed by the same amount of physical gold, clients have been refused the precious metal upon demand. According to Godmode Trader, its reader “sought physical delivery of his holdings of Xetra-Gold. For this he approached, as instructed by the German Börse document, his principal bank, Deutsche Bank." However, he was told that “the service” was no longer available for "reasons of business policy". The article went on to say it’s not yet clear whether other banks are still delivering gold through Xetra. Xetra-Gold says its holdings amount to over 85 tons of gold. “At the same time, the number of deliveries of physical gold has risen to nearly 900, at a total volume of over 4 tons”, and the assets it manages reach €3.5 billion. Thus, troubles with delivering even small gold amounts to retail clients by Deutsche Bank may indicate that a global physical gold shortage is only growing.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S., others agreed 'secret' exemptions for Iran after nuclear deal: think tank
Reuters - The United States and its negotiating partners agreed "in secret" to allow Iran to evade some restrictions in last year's landmark nuclear agreement in order to meet the deadline for it to start getting relief from economic sanctions, according to a think tank report published on Thursday. The report, which was released by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, is based on information provided by several officials of governments involved in the negotiations. The group's president David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector and co-author of the report, declined to identify the officials, and Reuters could not independently verify the report's assertions. "The exemptions or loopholes are happening in secret, and it appears that they favor Iran," Albright saiD…. Among the exemptions were two that allowed Iran to exceed the deal's limits on how much low-enriched uranium (LEU) it can keep in its nuclear facilities, the report said. LEU can be purified into highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium. The exemptions, the report said, were approved by the joint commission the deal created to oversee implementation of the accord. The commission is comprised of the United States and its negotiating partners -- called the P5+1 -- and Iran.

Hacked Pelosi Memo: Obama Helped Create ISIS
Adan Salazar - Memos obtained by hacker Guccifer 2.0 from former House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s computer appear to suggest Obama administration policies did indeed lead to the rise of ISIS, as pointed out by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. “In short: Our [2003] invasion created the atmosphere for a Jordanian to start a Muslim sectarian war, which ultimately created ISIS,” the October 2014 memo from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee policy director Mike Ryan states. The leaked memo reveals the state of affairs “worsened after U.S. troops left Iraq, helping quickly deteriorate the situation further” and give way to the rise of ISIS. While the events discussed in the memo took place during the George W. Bush administration, Obama’s policies in withdrawing US forces exacerbated the conditions under which ISIS was mestastisizing. “Unmentioned is that the bulk of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq took place under the Obama administration and was completed by December 2011,” writes Breitbart’s Aaron Klein. Despite this, the memo attempts to blame President Bush’s actions for ISIS’ inception, even though the terror group didn’t come into prominence until June 2014…. Read the memo below.

Hacker Guccifer, who exposed Clinton’s use of private e-mail, gets 52 months
Ars Technica - The Romanian hacker who helped expose Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of private e-mail as secretary of state was sentenced Thursday to 52 months in prison in connection to an admission that he broke into about 100 Americans' e-mail accounts. The compromised accounts included celebrities, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and family members of former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, and Sidney Blumenthal, a political advisor whom Clinton corresponded with using her private e-mail account. Marcel Lehel Lazar, a 44-year-old cab driver known by the handle Guccifer, conducted his crimes at home and was extradited to the US this year. He pleaded guilty to identity theft and federal hacking charges. Guccifer had claimed he hacked into Clinton's private e-mail server at her New York residence. But he has never been charged for that, and he has never divulged the contents of the alleged hack. However, the hacker did reveal private documents from other hacks, including self portraits painted by George W. Bush. He also leaked memos Blumenthal sent Clinton to her private e-mail account. This eventually exposed the fact that Clinton used that account as secretary of state for personal and private businesses instead of using her government account for official business.

Election News

Trump is AHEAD in national poll as Clinton slumps to 39 per cent before crucial Labor Day watershed
Daily Mail - Donald Trump has overtaken Hillary Clinton for the first time since mid-July, according to a weekly Rasmussen poll published on Thursday. Trump is polling at 40 per cent, a point ahead of Clinton at 39. It's a striking reversal of fortunes for the two candidates compared to last week, when Clinton led Trump 42 to 38. The result comes as Labor Day approaches. Following the holiday presidential campaigns ratchet up several notches, so polls then are seen as giving whoever is ahead at that point a crucial psychological advantage.

Trump Website CRASHES Due to HIGH VOLUME of Donors After Immigration Speech
The Gateway Pundit - The Trump campaign sent out several requests the last couple days to supporters asking for end of the month donations. On Thursday night the Trump Campaign website crashed following his immigration speech in Phoenix, Arizona. The donations page is down due to “unusually high volume of traffic.”

TRUMP Eyes Using Seized Assets from Drug Cartels to Pay for GREAT BORDER WALL
The Gateway Pundit - Lifezette reported: To fund construction of a new U.S. border wall, Donald Trump and senior advisers are considering various ideas, including the use of assets seized from drug cartels and others in the illicit drug trade. As the debate over who will pay for the wall dominates the discussion on cable news, sources involved in the pre-planning of the GOP nominee’s Mexico trip told LifeZette the Trump camp is looking for innovative ways to pay for the construction of the border wall that both countries can support. Sensitivities in Mexico regarding Trump’s visit, and specifically paying for the border wall, are running high. A senior Trump policy advisor stressed the proposal was just one of several funding options being discussed and said the idea was not raised during Trump’s meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Advocates of the “make the cartels pay” plan believe it has the added benefit of punishing the “worst of the worst who bring violence to our streets and prey on innocent Mexicans and Americans,” while giving political cover to both leaders to accomplish their objectives. Sources close to both the Mexican government and the Trump campaign have confirmed that this proposal exists, but wish to remain anonymous given the preliminary nature of the discussions.

Video: SOROS: Trump to win in ‘landslide’ vote, but President Hillary a ‘done deal’
The American Mirror - During an interview with Bloomberg News, Democrat mega-donor George Soros openly admits that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will win the popular vote in a “landslide,” but says a President Hillary Clinton is already a “done deal.” In the interview which is now surfacing, Soros says with certainty that Trump will win the popular vote in the country, but says that won’t make him president because the electoral college vote will go for Clinton. When the interviewer asks if it’s a “done deal” for Clinton as president, Soros says “yes,” nodding his head.

JOE BIDEN Gets KINDA CREEPY Out Campaigning for Absent Hillary (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - Hillary Clinton was too tired to campaign today so took the day off. In her place Democrats sent out Joe Biden to campaign for her in Ohio…. Joe Biden: By the way, I know some of you are mad at Hillary. I know some of you look at her and say – Let me tell you something, man. She gets it. And she never yields. She does not break. She stands up.

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to restore NC voter ID, reduce early voting days
ABC News - The U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting. The court rejected a request by Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials to delay a lower court ruling that found the state law was tainted by racial discrimination. The decision - a victory for voting rights groups and President Barack Obama's Justice Department - means voters won't have to show one of several qualifying photo IDs when casting ballots in the presidential battleground state. Early voting also reverts to 17 days, to begin Oct. 20.

NRA: Libertarian VP Candidate ‘Anti-Gun’
Kit Daniels - Libertarian Party no longer libertarian… As governor of Massachusetts, William Weld supported various gun control schemes, including a ban on semi-automatic firearms,” the NRA confirmed. “Unfortunately, and despite being the Libertarian candidate for vice president, Weld continues his anti-gun ways.” Weld recently confirmed his anti-gun stance – and his ignorance on guns in general. “The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon,” Weld said during a Revolt.tv interview in August. “And those are independent criminal offenses.” “That’s when they become essentially a weapon of mass destruction.” He also attacked AR-15 owners, the NRA revealed…. Weld’s partner on the LP ticket, Gary Johnson, also holds numerous anti-libertarian views, including support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Video: Gary Johnson Gets Triggered Over Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’
Mikael Thalen - Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson became visibly upset during an interview Wednesday after being asked about “illegal immigration.” While speaking with Townhall’s Guy Benson, Johnson, a former New Mexico governor, began demanding that the term “undocumented” be used in lieu of “illegal.” “If you use the term illegal immigrants, that is very incendiary to our Hispanic population here in this country,” Johnson said.

Presidential Debates Should Include Libertarian Gary Johnson, Say 52 Percent of Voters
Breitbart - Fifty-two percent of voters want libertarian candidate Gary Johnson to be included in the critical presidential debates, according to a survey by Morning Consult. Johnson is very unlikely to get a seat, because his highest polling score has been around 13 percent, and he’s now struggling around 8 percent. The committee of D.C. insiders which set the rules for the debate has decided to invite only people with at least 15 percent support in the polls. The presidential debates are scheduled for Sept. 26, Oct. 4 and Oct. 9.

Melania Trump sues Daily Mail for libel
Washington Examiner - Melania Trump filed a libel lawsuit Thursday evening against the British Daily Mail newspaper and a private blogger over their claims that she worked as an escort during the 1990s. The wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and former supermodel announced earlier this month her lawyers would pursue legal action against the British publication for reporting "100 percent false" rumors about her vocation, as well as purporting she entered the U.S. without legal permission at the time…. It was not immediately clear which court Melania Trump filed the suit in, how much she is suing the two entities for or what type of damages she hopes to recover.

Economy & Business

National debt hits $19.5 trillion
Washington Examiner - The debt clocked in at $19.51 trillion at the end of Wednesday, the Treasury Department reported Thursday afternoon. Precise debt figures on any given day are released on the following business day. The national debt hit $19 trillion for the first time ever on Jan. 29. When President Obama took office in early 2009, the total debt was $10.63 trillion, which means it has almost doubled under his watch…. President Obama has boasted of cutting the annual budget deficits by more than two-thirds over the last few years. But it was under his administration that those deficits soared north of $1 trillion, and only in the last few years did they return to the highest deficit levels ever seen under his predecessor, President George W. Bush…. Under current law, the debt ceiling has been suspended until mid-March, which means the debt is free to rise as high as the federal government lets it. The total national debt when Obama leaves office in January is expected to approach $20 trillion by then.

Apple could bring home billions in taxes if US passes a tax holiday
Ars Technica - In an interview with Irish public broadcaster RTÉ, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday that the company planned on bringing billions of dollars held overseas back to the United States to be subject to American taxes. "We provisioned several billion dollars for the US for payment as soon as we repatriate it, and right now I would forecast that repatriation to occur next year," Cook said. The interview came two days after the European Commission ordered Ireland to collect €13 billion (£11.1 billion/$14.5 billion) in back taxes from Apple, after the company benefitted from years of a sweetheart deal and dubious, but legal, tax shenanigans. However, what Cook didn’t explicitly say is that Apple likely would only do this if Congress passes a new so-called "tax holiday," which the Obama Administration has proposed as part of the government’s Fiscal Year 2017 federal budget. In February 2016, the Department of Treasury announced that the White House would like to "impose a one-time transition toll charge of 14 percent on untaxed foreign earnings that US companies have accumulated overseas. The earnings subject to the one-time tax could then be repatriated without any further US tax." As the Wall Street Journal reported, American companies are believed to be holding approximately $2 trillion in cash overseas that is shielded from US taxes. Under American law, companies must pay a 35 percent corporate tax rate on global profits when that money is brought home—so there is an incentive to keep as much of that money overseas.

Wal-Mart To Fire 7,000
Zero Hedge - WSJ reports that the country’s largest private employer is eliminating about 7,000 U.S. store accounting and invoicing positions over the next several months, jobs mostly held by long-term employees, often some of the highest paid hourly workers in stores. The retailer wants those employees working with shoppers, not in backrooms, say company executives. Centralizing or automating much of those tasks is more efficient, they say…. n an ironic twist, WSJ notes that the back office cuts to Wal-Mart’s 4,600 U.S. stores is a sign that retail workers face big changes as their employers spend heavily to compete with Amazon.com Inc. and grab foot traffic from other chains. What is ironic is that at least according to the BLS' Arima X 13 seasonally adjusting and goalseeking model, retailers remain one the nation's most aggressively hiring sectors in recent years.

Energy & Environment

‘Smart’ meter fire situation continues to escalate (Video: KSHB-TV, Kansas City)
Take Back Your Power - Nearly every home and business in the metro have one. Kansas City Power & Light is at the tail end of a two and a half year project to install more than 700,000 smart meters across the metro. It’s a small part of the billions of dollars utilities have invested in smart meters across the U.S. But there are serious concerns Waverly Galbreath experienced firsthand. The burn marks are visible on his KCMO home. A burned-out circuit board is the only remaining part of the smart meter at Galbreath’s home where the July fire started. Galbreath wasn’t at home when it started. “I got a call from my neighbor and he said my house was on fire. But when I arrived, I found out the meter had exploded,” he said. A KCP&L spokeswoman said the utility is investigating the fire, but she said this type of issue in the metro is very rare. KCP&L Vice President Chuck Caisley said in a statement to the 41 Action News Investigators, “Out of the more than 700,000 meters KCP&L has installed, we are only aware of a handful of meter malfunctions.”… Despite few problems in the metro, hundreds of thousands of smart meters have been recalled in the last several years across North America. And hundreds of fires have broken out in California, Texas, Florida, Nevada, Illinois and across Canada.

Uranium Firm to Fix Leaks onto Utah Highway of Radioactive Sludge Used to Make Yellowcake
AllGov - A uranium mining company has agreed to corrective measures after two spills of radioactive sludge, the most recent on March 29 when some of the material from a Wyoming mine leaked from a truck onto a highway, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday. The low-level radioactive sludge leaked onto U.S. 191 outside a radioactive waste disposal facility in Utah, the NRC said in a letter Tuesday to Brent Berg, the president of mine owner Cameco. The company isn't aware of any danger to the environment or people, Cameco spokesman Kenneth Vaughn said Wednesday. Besides failing to prevent the spill, Saskatchewan-based Cameco failed to accurately determine the amount of radioactive material in the sludge and adequately document the material in shipping papers, according to the NRC.

Science & Technology

YouTube Declares War on Politically Incorrect Opinions
Paul Joseph Watson - A new “advertiser friendly” policy introduced by YouTube will punish those who express politically incorrect opinions or dare to offend viewers by de-monetizing their content. The new rules have sparked an outcry from the YouTube community because they are so incredibly restrictive. YouTube will now retain the right to demonetize any videos that contain, “Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown.” “Inappropriate language, including harassment, profanity and vulgar language,” is also being demonetized. YouTube’s new policy will completely disincentivize YouTubers from discussing politically incorrect topics or expressing controversial opinions because they know they will be punished for doing so. Many YouTubers make a living off their channel and will therefore be walking on eggshells to avoid the company’s stringent new rules. The new policy bears some hallmarks of the Communist Chinese government’s “social credit score system,” whereby Internet users are punished by private companies and their peers for expressing unpopular views on social media. The move is primarily designed to scare away YouTubers from making anti-establishment political content, but prominent YouTubers are already reporting that videos on everything from acne solutions to tips on combating depression are being demonetized because they are not “advertiser friendly”.

Internet Weather Research and Reporting Censorship: Real or Imagined?
Natural Blaze - One of the most sophisticated independent science researchers in the field of geophysics is known as “Dutchsinse [1],” who accurately predicts earthquakes in regions of the globe, along with uncanny accuracy intensity, one to two days in advance of their occurrence. He’s been doing that and broadcasting the information over his YouTube channel for several years now, much to the dismay of the powers that be who run YouTube and possibly federal government agencies involved in weather management. He explains his experiences in being contacted with them in the video below. His channel has been taken down several times, but the most recent one—August 30, 2016—seems to have been designed to be ‘nuclear’, i.e., deleting all his information and data, along with assigning his site a brand new URL address. Chutzpah? No, censorship! Dutchsinse’s most likely ‘mortal sin’ that he’s committed is that he’s been able to find and describe HAARP rings created by Solar Radiation Management microwaves sent into the atmosphere that, in turn, create “plasma” energy that can be moved around to create weather. Furthermore, Dutchsinse talks about the ability of radar stations and what they are ‘programmed’ to do: produce weather within two hundred miles of their base, including tornadoes? If you want to know what’s going on with the weather, he suggests checking out local radar stations in your region.

Health

Other Brand Name Epipen
Adrenaclick (epinephrine) is an expensive drug used for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. You should keep this medicine with you at all times. This drug is slightly less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic epinephrine is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. Compare catecholamines.
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TBHQ food additive now linked to major allergies
Food Babe - Cheryl Rockwell, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University, uncovered during 9 years of research that the common food additive TBHQ (tert-butylhydroquinone) causes abnormal reactions in the immune system that trigger food allergies. She explains that TBHQ negatively affects “T-cells” in the body (which are generally used to fight infections) in a way that promotes allergies to tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat and shellfish…. Journalist Michael Pollan first alerted the masses to this ingredient 10 years ago in his bestselling book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: “But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, , an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to “help preserve freshness.” According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e. lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: It can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause “nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse.” Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill.”…. Despite the dangers, the FDA has allowed TBHQ in our food since 1972. [It’s also banned for use in food in other countries including Japan]…. Popular Food Brands Guilty Of Using TBHQ: Snacks: Keebler crackers, Cheez-it, Town House crackers, Special K Popcorn Chips and Cracker Chips. Cookies: Keebler, Grandma’s. Frozen battered fish: Van de Kamps. Microwave popcorn (select flavors): Smart Balance, ACT II, Jiffy Pop, Jolly Time, Orville Redenbacher’s, Pop Secret. Chocolates: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfinger, Snickers (peanut butter flavor), Ghirardelli Squares…

How To Get Whiter Teeth Without Damaging Your Enamel
REALfarmacy - [Dental specialist Linda] Greenwall explains that chlorine dioxide whitening treatments can cause serious damage, including: etching of teeth, loss of tooth luster, teeth appearing more discolored, teeth absorbing more stains than before (due to loss of protective enamel), teeth feeling rough, and increased sensitivity (sometimes permanent)…. Fortunately, safer and more holistic alternatives are available. 1. Oil Pulling - This is a traditional Aryurvedic practice used to help detoxify and cleanse the body. Along with helping to whiten teeth, it also reduces tooth decay and gingivitis. Sesame oil is the traditional choice, but to see the best results, use coconut oil, which contains monolaurin, a very effective antimicrobial against the main bug implicated with tooth decay, strep mutans…. 2. Baking Soda - Baking soda has a really low Relative Dentin Abrasivity, or RDA, score. The scale goes from 0 (no abrasivity) to 269 (high abrasivity), with baking soda ranking in at just 7…. 3. Clay - Apply it directly onto your toothbrush, starting with your front teeth and then, as it mixes with your saliva, moving on to the rest of the mouth. You can also combine this with baking soda…. 4. Activated Charcoal - Wet your toothbrush and dip it into the charcoal. Put the charcoal covered toothbrush in the mouth (quickly to protect your sink) and brush in small, gentle circles for 2 minutes. Spit carefully and rinse really well. You can also mix the charcoal with water and swish with it for two minutes. You can also combine this with oil pulling….



Thursday - September 1, 2016 - 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.
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.
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.
1986 - Jerry Lewis raised a record $34 million for Muscular Dystrophy during his annual telethon for Jerry’s kids over the Labor Day weekend.
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

Iran Satellite Launch Prompts Fear of Long Range Ballistic Missile Attack
Washington Free Beacon - Iranian officials announced on Tuesday that the country is preparing to launch three new satellites into space, renewing concerns from defense experts about Iran’s ongoing research into long-range ballistic missile technology that could help it fire a nuclear weapon at Western nations. Mohsen Bahrami, the director of Iran’s space agency— which has long been suspected of providing cover for weapons research—announced that Iran would launch its newest satellite, dubbed “Friendship,” later this year. “The Dousti (Friendship) satellite (built) by (experts at) Sharif University of Technology is the first satellite which will be launched in the second half of this (Iranian) year,” which began on March 20, Bahrami was quoted as saying by the country’s state-controlled press. Defense experts and former U.S. officials told the Washington Free Beacon that the test is likely cover for Iran to pursue illicit intercontinental ballistic missile technology, which could enable the Islamic Republic to fire a nuclear weapon over great distances.

Dilma Rousseff voted out by Brazil Senate
Washington Times - While Rousseff’s ouster was widely expected, the decision was a key chapter in a colossal political struggle that is far from over. Rousseff was Brazil’s first female president, with a storied career that includes a stint as a Marxist guerrilla jailed and tortured in the 1970s during the country’s dictatorship. She was accused of breaking fiscal laws in her management of the federal budget.... In the background through it all was a wide-ranging investigation into billions of dollars in kickbacks at state oil company Petrobras. The two-year probe has led to the jailing of dozens of top businessmen and politicians from across the political spectrum, and threatens many of the same lawmakers who voted to remove Rousseff.... In May, [Michel] Temer took over as interim president after the Senate impeached and suspended Rousseff. The 75-year-old career politician named a Cabinet of all-white men, a decision roundly criticized in a nation that is more than 50 percent nonwhite. Three of his ministers were forced to resign within weeks of taking their jobs because of corruption allegations, which also follow Temer and threaten his hold on power. When Temer announced the opening of the Olympics on Aug. 5, he was so vociferously booed that he remained out of sight for the remainder of the games.

Migrants to move into two new camps near Gare du Nord in Paris is prompting new fears
Daily Mail Online - Thousands of UK-bound migrants will be able to move into Paris’s first two official refugee camps by the end of September, the city’s Mayor announced today. [Mayor] Ann Hidalgo said they will be located close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar terminal from where high speed trains travel direct to London.... The trains between Paris and Calais are already full of migrants at all times, with the police finding it increasingly difficult to stop them getting on board.... Many will only be hoping to stay in France temporarily before they continue their journeys to the UK, where they will apply to stay for good. The French capital is already inundated with migrants who sleep rough in city parks, or under flyovers or railway bridges.... But there are fears that the French are becoming increasingly frustrated with having to deal with thousands of migrants who simply want to go to Britain. There are presidential elections in the Spring, and if the right-wing Republicans are elected then they could try to force the populations of all the refugees camps in France across to Britain.

Kim Jong-un uses anti-aircraft gun to execute high-ranking official for SLEEPING in meeting
Daily Mail Online - Ri Yong Jin, a senior official at the education ministry, was sentenced to death after he fell asleep in a meeting being addressed by Kim. After accidentally dozing off, Ri was taken into custody and interrogated where security agents found evidence of his disloyalty and disrespect towards Kim. According to South Korean newspaper Joongang Ilbo, Hwang Min, a former agriculture minister was also sentenced to death. Hwang's crime, according to the South Korean media, was to have developed a number of ideas to improve agricultural production. These ideas were seen by the regime as an attempt to undermine Kim.... The North Korean regime is especially paranoid in recent weeks after a senior offiicial at the London embassy defected to South Korea along with his wife and children.

Global Supply Chains Paralyzed After World's 7th Largest Container Shipper Files Bankruptcy, Assets Frozen
Zero Hedge - South Korea's biggest shipping firm, announced the filing for receivership and a request to the court to freeze its assets, which the Seoul Central District Court planned to grant, a judge told Reuters. As part of the company's insolvency process, the court will now decide whether Hanjin Shipping should remain as a going concern or be dissolved, a process that usually takes one or two months but is expected to be accelerated in Hanjin's case, the judge said. A bankruptcy for Hanjin Shipping would be the largest ever for a container shipper in terms of capacity, according to consultancy Alphaliner, exceeding the 1986 collapse of United States Lines. Coming as no surprise to anyone who has followed the persistent decline in worldside trade, global shipping firms have been swamped by overcapacity and sluggish demand.... The global implications from the bankruptcy are unknown: if, as expected, the company's ships remain "frozen" and inaccessible for weeks if not months, the impact on global supply chains will be devastating, potentially resulting in a cascading waterfall effect, whose impact on global economies could be severe as a result of the worldwide logistics chaos.

Global Recession? The Canadian Economy Shrinks At The Fastest Pace Since The Last Financial Crisis
Economic Collapse - During the second quarter of 2016, Canada’s GDP contracted at a 1.6 percent annualized rate. That was the worst number in seven years, and it was even worse than most analysts were projecting. This comes at a time when bad news is pouring in from all corners of the global economy. While things in the United States are still relatively stable for the moment, the same cannot be said for much of the rest of the planet. Canada in particular has been hit very hard by the collapse in oil prices, and the massive wildfire in northern Alberta back in May certainly did not help things. … For many years, high oil prices and booming exports enabled the Canadian economy to significantly outperform the U.S. economy. But now conditions have changed dramatically, and all of the economic bubbles up in Canada are starting to burst.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Clinton emailed classified information after leaving State Dept.
New York Post - On May 28, 2013, months after stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton sent an email to a group of diplomats and top aides about the “123 Deal” with the United Arab Emirates.... The markings on the email state it will be declassified on May 28, 2033, and that information in the note is being redacted because it contains “information regarding foreign governors” and because it contains “Foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources.” The email from Clinton was sent from the email account — hrod17@clintonemail.com — associated with her private email server. The email’s recipients were Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, diplomat Jeffrey Feltman, policy aide Jake Sullivan, diplomat Kurt Campbell, State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills, and Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The “123 Deal” was a 2009 agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the US on materials and technological sharing for nuclear energy production.

Children’s Services launches Anthony Weiner probe
New York Post - Agency protocol requires a home visit within 48 hours, and ACS showed up at Weiner and estranged wife Huma Abedin’s Union Square apartment building on Tuesday, a worker there confirmed. Such visits are meant to ensure that a possibly endangered child has a room to sleep in and food to eat, the government source said. Exclusive video shot by The Post showed Weiner leaving his building alone around 6 a.m. Tuesday, and it was unclear if ACS gained access to his apartment. Weiner said Wednesday that he had not been visited or interviewed by ACS.

IRS doesn't tell 1 million taxpayers that illegal immigrants stole their Social Security numbers
Washington Times - The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday. Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled — and fell woefully short anyway. As a result, most taxpayers don’t learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up.... The IRS did not have any new comment on the findings, instead referring reporters to an official response filed with the inspector general, in which the agency insisted it’s making progress. Karen Schiller, commissioner for the IRS‘ small business and self-employed division, said the 2014 pilot program was helpful, even if it didn’t completely solve the notification problem, and said the agency will try to alert all taxpayers beginning next year.

Legislators File Contempt Motion Against McAuliffe
The Daily Signal - This motion for contempt follows McAuliffe’s Aug. 22 press conference in which he announced that he had again restored the voting rights of 13,000 felons who had registered to vote after he issued three blanket restoration orders earlier in the summer. His press announcement said that “individual restoration orders were printed with the Governor’s signature.” How much of an individualized review could be given by McAuliffe to these 13,000 felons in the four weeks between the Supreme Court’s July 22 decision and his press conference on Aug. 22 was certainly in question. And that is what the contempt motion focuses on—the lack of any real individualized review of these felons’ cases. In fact, the motion cites a spokesman for the governor who said that the only review of the record would be to confirm completion of the felon’s sentence and any supervised release.... The motion uses McAuliffe’s own words against him, citing McAuliffe’s proclamation that “the Virginia Supreme Court has placed Virginia as an outlier in the struggle for civil and human rights” and that he “cannot accept” the court’s ruling.

Attorneys At McCormick Barstow And Charles Warren Terrorize, Stalk Senior Citizen Whistleblower Wolfgang Halbig
Government Slaves - The harassment and stalking of Wolfgang Halbig and his family continues on. Previously, we saw that the obscure online identity known as “Sandy Hook Facts,” the network of people behind the blog began with the law firm of McCormick Barstow LLP of Fresno, California and Charles Frye of Stockton, California. After being repeatedly stalked online for over a year Wolfgang Halbig sought to take action against those stalking him and defaming him online. A subpoena was issued to Google, in efforts to identify the perpetrators responsible. After posting several images of Wolfgang and his associates locations in person and home addresses, the once questionable activity of James P. Wagoner and Graham Van Leuven was now brought into the open. These attorneys responded by attempting to “quash” the subpoena by providing false information to the court. The weak tactic backfired and gave up the identity of the attorneys and gave up key information about the individuals responsible for defaming, harassing, and stalking Wolfgang Halbig. [Read more]

FBI ‘Never Showed Up’ to Interview Top 9/11 Suspect
Sputnik News - A top terror suspect, Omar al-Bayoumi, who was named in the recently declassified 28 pages of the congressional inquiry into the September 11, 2001 attacks was never initially pursued by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), former US Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Bob Graham told Sputnik.... "Bayoumi left the United States in the summer of 2001, went to Birmingham, England, lived there for awhile and was actually taken into custody after 9/11 at the FBI’s request by Scotland Yard," Graham said on Wednesday. Without official charges, UK law enforcement could only legally hold a suspect for seven days, but "the FBI never showed up to interview Bayoumi," during that time, Graham explained.... Bayoumi was released from custody in London and left for Saudi Arabia, where he was presumably protected from US law enforcement by diplomatic immunity. Bayoumi may have been interrogated later in Saudi Arabia by the US Central Intelligence Agency, Graham posited. "If he was, we don’t know that, and…we don’t know what was in that interrogation," he added.

Election News

Trump to Mexico: Let’s Stop Globalism Together
Kit Daniels - Prosperity will return to both the U.S. and Mexico if both countries work together on trade and illegal immigration, Donald Trump said in a speech with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto which promoted the nationalism of both countries over globalism. After meeting with President Nieto in Mexico City for hours to discuss a variety of issues – and to mend their past differences – Trump said the first step both countries should take is ending illegal immigration. “Not just between our two countries but including the illegal immigration and migration from Central and South Americans and from other regions which impact security and finances in both Mexico and the United States,” Trump stated. “This is a humanitarian disaster: the dangerous treks, the abuse by gangs and cartels, and the extreme physical dangers – and it must be solved quickly.” A secure border is the sovereign right of a nation that’s mutually beneficial, he added. “Cooperation in achieving this shared objective – and it will be shared – of safety for all citizens is paramount to both the United States and to Mexico,” Trump pointed out. He also said Mexico and the U.S. need to work together to revamp NAFTA so both countries can work together to compete in trade against the rest of the world.
* Related: Video: Trump Speaks From Mexico

DONALD TRUMP Flew into Mexico City in an Unmarked Plane
The Gateway Pundit - Considering the death threats he has received from a prominent Mexican drug lord, it was a smart move. The Trump campaign originally aimed to get the GOP nominee into the country “under the radar,” before news of the meeting broke to the press, sources involved with the planning told LifeZette. Security concerns voiced by Mexican officials and U.S. Secret Service further impacted the decision to leave behind Trump’s signature Boeing 757 emblazoned with “TRUMP” in huge gold letters. Instead, Trump, joined by senior staff, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, opted fora smaller, unmarked commercial jet for the quick trip to the Mexican capital.

Hillary Clinton Hits Trump for 'Dropping In' on Mexico
ABC News - Hillary Clinton today used her first public event in nearly a week to bash Donald Trump for “dropping in” on Mexico, saying building relationships takes more than “a photo op.” "You don't build a coalition by insulting our friends or acting like a loose cannon. You do it by putting in the slow, hard work of building relationships," the Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state said during remarks at the American Legion's national convention in Cincinnati, referring to her Republican opponent. "Getting countries working together was my job every day as your secretary of state. It's more than a photo op. It takes consistency and reliability. Actually, it's just like building personal relationships. People have got to know that they can count on you, that you won't say one thing one day and something totally different the next…. Trump accepted an invitation from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday to meet today before Trump gives a speech on immigration tonight in Phoenix…. The campaign confirmed that Clinton, too, has received an invitation to meet with Pena Nieto. Clinton, who last met with him in 2014, has yet to accept, but her campaign says she hopes to meet with him soon.

Leaked 2015 Memo Told Dems: 'Don't Offer Support' For Black Lives Matter Policy Positions
Huffington Post - “Don’t offer support” for the “concrete policy positions” of Black Lives Matter protesters, the chief organization charged with electing Democrats to the House of Representatives warned its candidates in an internal memo leaked online on Wednesday. The document was posted online by Guccifer 2.0, a hacker who has claimed to be responsible for the Democratic National Committee email leak. Guccifer claims the document is from the personal computer of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). A number of cybersecurity firms and Democrats have attributed the leaks to Russian hackers (though Guccifer 2.0 has denied working for the Kremlin).... Pelosi’s office declined to comment on the leak.... The memo includes advice on what, exactly, to say to Black Lives Matter activists. It recommends avoiding phrases like “all lives matter” and warns not to bring up “black on black crime,” since the “response will garner additional media scrutiny and only anger BLM activists.”

President Obama’s Doctor: Hillary Needs to Undergo a Neurological Examination (Video)
Paul Joseph Watson - According to Dr. David Scheiner, who was President Obama’s personal physician from 1987 to 2008, Hillary Clinton should undergo a neurological examination to prove that she is fit for office. The majority of the CNN interview with Scheiner, who personally assessed Obama to be in “excellent health” before he entered the White House, dwelled on Donald Trump’s health, but the discussion of Hillary’s medical condition threw up the most interesting comments. Asked if a note from Hillary’s personal physician saying she was in good health and had recovered from her 2012 concussion was good enough, Scheiner disagreed. “She’s also 68 years old. While I think that medical letter was well written…it’s not enough,” he said. Scheiner highlighted the fact that Hillary is taking Coumadin, a medication to prevent blood clots, remarking, “You have to monitor that, I’d like to know how well she is being controlled – that’s a difficult drug to use.” “Also I think she should have had a neurological examination, a thorough neurological examination in 2016 – we know what happens to football players who have had concussions – how they begin to lose some of their cognitive ability – I think both of them should release their records,” added Dr. Scheiner, who said he would be voting for Clinton.

'Everyday American' Taxpayers Funded $90,000 Private Jet For Hillary (And Her Mom) To Visit Her Chef
Zero Hedge - according to a note from CNBC, the Clinton's are so tight with their chef that back in 2011 then Secretary of State Hillary chartered a G-5 to attend his Navy retirement ceremony in San Diego. Per Hillary's official schedule below, she also brought Bill, Chelsea and her mom, Dorothy Rodham, along for the ride...the extra seats were just going to be wasted otherwise...might as well bring the family along to enjoy the lovely San Diego weather.... Given the critical nature of his service to the Clintons, we probably shouldn't be surprised that Hillary would charter a $90,000 private jet, at taxpayer expense, to attend his retirement ceremony.... she must have had some other official business in San Diego, aside from a retirement ceremony of her former chef, that required her presence, right? Well apparently not. Per her schedule... there are a couple of "FYIs" but no official meetings outside of Flores' retirement gathering...just a lot of free time to enjoy the beautiful Estancia Hotel in La Jolla and the 68 degree weather.

Veteran News

San Diego Chargers To Honor Veterans While Opponent's QB Sits For National Anthem
Western Journalism - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will continue to sit for the national anthem — an action that ignited a firestorm when he did it Friday before a game against the Green Bay Packers — but his team’s next opponent, the San Diego Chargers, will stand for their 28th annual “Salute to the Military” when the two teams play their preseason finale Thursday night in San Diego. Over 200 sailors, Marines and soldiers will be in attendance to participate in the ceremony while Petty Officer 1st Class Steve Powell from the U.S. Navy sings the national anthem. San Diego is a city known for its military presence, with seven bases and the highest concentration of military personnel and ships in the world.... The Chargers will honor six Vietnam War veterans at halftime, and several wounded warriors will appear as special guests. The festivities will finish with a patriotic fireworks show.

Energy & Environment

California and EPA Poised to Expand Pollution of Potential Drinking Water Reserves
Common Dreams - California passed new laws in late 2014 that for the first time require the state to account for its groundwater resources and measure how much water is being used. Yet California’s natural resources agency, with the oversight and consent of the federal government, also runs a shadow program that allows many of its aquifers to be pumped full of toxic waste. Now the state — which relied on aquifers for at least 60 percent of its total water supply over the past three years — is taking steps to expand that program, possibly sacrificing portions of dozens more groundwater reserves. In some cases, regulators are considering whether to legalize pollution already taking place at a number of sites, based on arguments that the water that will be lost was too dirty to drink or too difficult to access at an affordable price. Officials also may allow the borders of some pollution areas to be extended, jeopardizing new, previously unspoiled parts of the state’s water supply. The proposed expansion would affect some of the parts of California hardest hit by drought, from the state’s agriculturally rich central valley to wine country and oil-drilling fields along the Salinas River.

3 Tropical Storms Threaten U.S. for First Time in Recorded History
EcoWatch - Two back-to-back storms—currently Hurricanes Madeline and Lester—could hit Hawaii's Big Island this week, while two others are forecast to impact North Carolina and Florida's Gulf Coast. If either storm makes landfall on the Big Island as a hurricane, it would be the first since record-keeping began. As Jeff Masters put it from WunderBlog: National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for the Florida Gulf Coast from the Anclote River to Indian Pass, and a Tropical Storm Watch for the Florida Gulf Coast west of Indian Pass to the Walton/Bay County line. You'd wouldn't guess from Tropical Depression Nine's appearance on satellite imagery, though, that the storm could become a hurricane by Thursday. TD 9 struggled with dry air and wind shear all day Tuesday, and a NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft on Tuesday afternoon found that top sustained winds had remained near 35 mph, and the central pressure had remained constant at 1004 mb. TD 9 continued to bring heavy rains to western Cuba during the day Tuesday, though; Santa Lucia in Pinar Del Rio province reported a 36-hour rainfall total of 317.4 mm (12.50") ending at 8 a.m. EDT. Additional heavy rains of 3 - 5" are likely over western Cuba before TD 9 finally pulls away on Wednesday.

How Illegal Drugs and ADHD Medications are Polluting Urban Streams
Natural Society - A new study reveals that streams near Baltimore, Maryland, are heavily polluted with amphetamines, and it could devastate the entire stream ecosystem…. In 2013 and 2014, [Study author Sylvia Lee] and her colleagues collected water samples from 6 sites in streams flowing from a city to a rural area and measured the concentrations of both legal and illegal drugs in the water. The streams originated in Baltimore, Maryland. The stream sites involved the Gwynns Falls watershed, in addition to 2 rural streams from the Oregon Ridge watershed. The water tested positive for many substances, including amphetamines. Levels of illegal drugs were highest in the streams closest to the city…. The researchers suspect the drugs are making their way into the ecosystem through people excreting them. Humans excrete other chemicals, as well, including contraceptive drugs and antidepressants, both of which are getting into fish, amphibians, and aquatic plants, putting their populations in jeopardy. The problem is likely worsening and will continue to do so. Between 2003 and 2011, the number of children diagnosed with ADHD rose 42%, and 74% of those cases are treated with drugs like Adderall or Ritalin, both of which contain amphetamine.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto whistleblower receives $22mn award under US federal govt program
RT - The award of $22,437,800 given to an unnamed recipient, believed to be a former financial executive with Monsanto, was tied to an $80 million settlement between the SEC and Monsanto in February, lawyer in the case, Stuart Meissner said in a statement. February’s case settlement centered on Monsanto’s reporting of revenue from its weed-killer Roundup generated through a corporate rebate program designed to boost product sales. Monsanto neither admitted nor denied the fraud charges and went on to settle the issue earlier this year. “Without this whistleblower’s courage, information, and assistance, it would have been extremely difficult for law enforcement to discover this securities fraud on its own,” said Jane Norberg, acting chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. The award was the second largest in the history of the program, after a $30 million payment was made in 2014. Overall some 33 whistleblowers received more than $100 million since the inception of the program.

Judge Rules Town Can Ban Vegetable Gardens Because They’re Ugly
Off the Grid News - In a blow to freedom and property rights, a Florida judge has ruled that residents of Miami Shores do not have a fundamental right to grow vegetables in their front yard, even if they don’t have a backyard or their backyard is deficient for growing plants. Miami Shores officials say the ordinance benefits neighborhood aesthetics. The ruling by Circuit Court Judge Monica Gordo is a blow to the well-publicized case of Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll, a married couple who say their backyard is too shady to grow a garden. The couple grew vegetables in the front yard for 17 years for health and financial reasons until the Miami Shores village government passed an ordinance banning front yard vegetable growing. Ricketts and Carroll were facing a $50-a-day fine…. The Institute for Justice said it will appeal the ruling. “Today’s ruling affects every homeowner in Miami Shores who wants to grow a garden in their front yard,” said Institute for Justice attorney Ari Bargil. “The court agreed that Miami Shores never explained how banning front-yard vegetable gardens promotes its claimed interest in ‘aesthetics,’ but the court nevertheless ruled that the village has the power to ban these gardens anyway.” Their garden was known as one of the more attractive ones in the area.

8 Fast-Growing Cover Crops That Will Transform Your Garden (But You Gotta Plant NOW)
Off the Grid News - Plant a cover crop after harvest, about four weeks before the first hard frost, and then till it into the ground in late winter or early spring. The organic matter builds healthier soil, helps smother weeds, loosens compacted soil, helps control diseases, attracts beneficial insects, keeps pests in check and prevents erosion – all for a very reasonable investment of time and money…. Here are a few examples of fast-growing cover crops that work well for small gardens in nearly any climate: 1. Buckwheat is great for poor or unproductive soil, or where weeds are a persistent problem. Plant buckwheat any time between late spring and late summer, and then wait five or six weeks before tilling it into the soil…. 2. Clover is a terrific source of nitrogen. Many gardeners prefer crimson clover, a robust plant with colorful blooms. However, other types, including yellow blossom clover, sweet clover, white Dutch clover, arrowleaf clover, berseem clover and others all attract beneficial nutrients, fix nitrogen, suppress weeds and attract bees and other beneficial insects…. 3. Oilpan radishes have long, fast-growing taproots that power through compacted soil in a couple of months. Plant the radishes in late summer or early fall and the plants will continue to work throughout the winter months, even if they are killed by a hard freeze. 4. Winter rye is a good cover crop for dry, sandy, poor soil, and it works well in cold climates. The seeds are quick to germinate and suitable for planting late in the season….

Health

Chemotherapy warning as hundreds die from cancer fighting drugs
The Telegraph - For the first time researchers looked at the numbers of cancer patients who died within 30 days of starting chemotherapy, which indicates that the medication is the cause of death, rather than the cancer. The study by Public Health England and Cancer Research UK found that across England around 8.4 per cent of patients with lung cancer, and 2.4 per cent of breast cancer patients died within a month. But in some hospitals the figure was far higher. In Milton Keynes the death rate for lung cancer treatment was 50.9 per cent, although it was based on a very small number of patients. At Lancashire Teaching Hospitals the 30 day mortality rate was 28 per cent for palliative chemotherapy for lung cancer, which is given when a cure is not expected and treatment given to alleviate symptoms. Deaths of lung cancer patients from chemotherapy were also far higher than the national average in Blackpool, Coventry, Derby, South Tyneside and Surrey and Sussex... Similarly, around one in five people who underwent palliative care for breast cancer at Cambridge University Hospitals died from their treatment. Public Health England (PHE), said it had contacted the hospitals concerned to ask them to review practices.

Govt Exposed for Forcing Foster Kids, Even Toddlers to Take Dangerous Psychotropic Drugs
Green Med Info - After years of growing concern, the California state auditor has produced a damning report describing how the state’s 79,000 foster children are being drugged with psychotropic medications at abnormally high rates. The report found that nearly 12 percent of kids in California’s child welfare system were prescribed psychotropic medications – including antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilizers – during 2014-2015. This compares to a rate of 4 to 10 percent for non-foster kids. Some of these vulnerable children were drugged “in amounts and dosages that exceeded state guidelines,” with no follow-up by the county to ensure these prescriptions were appropriate. Some counties also violated the law by failing to obtain court or parental approval for psychotropic medications. California spent $226 million on psychotropic medications for foster kids over the last decade, which amounts to almost 72 percent of total drug spending for foster youth…. Nearly 60 percent of foster kids receiving medications were put on the riskiest antipsychotics – a figure that stunned experts and officials overseeing the system. …when California tried to rein in those prescribing psychotropic medications to children, doctor and psychiatrist lobbying groups enacted heavy pressure to delay or block pieces of the legislation. There’s just too much money to be made in drugging the most vulnerable kids in the state’s foster care system.

Duty to Warn: An Overdue Expose of Electroconvulsive “Therapy”
Health Impact News - ECT is usually administered daily for a week or two. It is important to understand that electroshock psychiatrists can easily get rich if they have enough desperate or hopeless, medication-intoxicated patients in their practice who are drug-treatment “failures”. ECT is usually only recommended when every imaginable, potentially brain-damaging psych drug cocktail of neurotoxic or psychotoxic psych drugs has been tried and failed (or actually made the patient worse). The variety of the cocktail combinations of the hundreds of different psychiatric drugs and doses approaches infinity, and none of the combinations has ever been tested for safety or efficacy (either short-term or long-term) even in rat labs! The experimentation with different combinations of psychiatric drugs is pharmacology at its worst. But the iatrogenic damage (iatrogenic means “an illness caused by a physician or a drug prescribed by a physician”) done to an innocent, trusting patient will hardly ever be proven in a court of law – only partly because lawyers who will take such cases are so rare, especially in an area where a lawyer’s livelihood depends on not offending the prestigious health care community.

Boy Dies 2 Weeks After THIS Dark Mark Shows Up On His Leg
David Wolfe - At the young age of 10, Keith Pierce from Montana was already showing incredible promise as a football player and wrestler. Given Keith’s active lifestyle, I’m sure his parents paid much attention to his health and safety. So you can imagine how concerned they must’ve been when – just a month after the boy’s 10th birthday – a black mark appeared on his leg, accompanied by swelling. Keith’s parents took him to the hospital, where doctors became very concerned that the mark on his leg was cancer. This was quickly ruled out, however, at which point Keith was sent home. Little did doctors know that Keith had actually been bitten by a brown recluse spider during a football game. As the spider venom spread through Keith’s body over the next few days, the pain and swelling became intense. His parents rushed him back to the hospital where, two days later, he underwent emergency surgery. He never woke up. He didn’t receive treatment quick enough…. Parents, if you live in a brown recluse-prone area and your child complains of a sting, look out for the following: Itching, chills, fever, nausea, sweating, discomfort. Should you notice these in conjunction with a mark, wash the bite area thoroughly with soap and water. Then, create a cold compress and place it on the bite area for 10 minutes. Next, remove the washcloth for 10 minutes and repeat the whole process before going to the emergency room.

Pet News

Stolen Dog Being Held for $2,000 Ransom
ABC15 - Chris Noland hasn’t snuggled or played with his beloved dog, Beautiful, in more than a month. He’s only seen her through pictures that the people who stole her have texted to him, along with demands for $2,000 to get her back. In July, Noland let Beautiful, a black Staffordshire terrier mix, outside to go to the bathroom, just as he did every night. Only this time, she didn’t come back. Someone snatched her from her own backyard and is now demanding a ransom for her safe return. The dognappers somehow got Noland’s cell phone number, either from Beautiful’s collar or because the thief is someone he personally knows…. Noland contacted police, but without any solid leads or a real phone number, they’re unable to do anything. So, Noland is trying a different approach. He created a Facebook page for his stolen dog, in the hopes that someone will see her and help her come home. Noland says he’s not looking to press any charges or get anyone in trouble, he simply wants his dog back home where she belongs…. Please be aware that dognapping is not an uncommon practice, with some estimating upwards of 5,000 dog thefts every day.


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