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JULY 2015
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Wednesday - July 1, 2015 - Today in History:

1847 - The U.S. Post Office issued its first adhesive stamps.
1862 - The U.S. Congress established the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
1863 - During the U.S. Civil War, the first day's fighting at Gettysburg began.
1867 - Canada became an independent dominion.
1898 - During the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt and his "Rough Riders" waged a victorious assault on San Juan Hill in Cuba.
1905 - The USDA Forest Service was created within the Department of Agriculture. The agency was given the mission to sustain healthy, diverse, and productive forests and grasslands for present and future generations.
1916 - The massive Allied offensive known as the Battle of the Somme began in France. The battle was the first to use tanks.
1943 - The U.S. Government began automatically withholding federal income tax from paychecks.
1945 - New York established the New York State Commission Against Discrimination to prevent discrimination in employment because of race, creed or natural origin. It was the first such agency in the U.S.
1946 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 that incorporated the Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. The Civil Air Patrol was created on December 1, 1941.
1946 - The U.S. exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
1950 - American ground troops arrived in South Korea to stem the tide of the advancing North Korean army.
1961 - The first community air-raid shelter was built. The shelter in Boise, ID had a capacity of 1,000 people and family memberships sold for $100.
1963 - The U.S. postmaster introduced the five-digit ZIP (Zoning Improvement Plan) code.
1966 - The Medicare federal insurance program went into effect.
1968 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was signed by 60 countries. It limited the spreading of nuclear material for military purposes. On May 11, 1995, the treaty was extended indefinitely.
1979 - Susan B. Anthony was commemorated on a U.S. coin, the Susan B. Anthony dollar.
1979 - Sony introduced the Walkman.
1980 - "O Canada" was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada.
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that provided for 2 acres of land near the Lincoln Memorial for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1981 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that candidates for federal office had an "affirmative right" to go on national television.
1991 - The Warsaw Pact dissolved.
2003 - In Hong Kong, thousands of protesters marched to show their opposition to anti-subversion legislation.

World News

Turkey Plans To Invade Syria
Brandon Turbeville - Turkey’s plan, arranged by [President Recep] Erdogan through a series of rule changes to Turkish law, is being justified on the basis of the Syrian refugee crisis. Erdogan suggests that by creating a “buffer zone” in Syria, Syrian refugees will have a larger area in which to find shelter, particularly a larger area that is not Turkey. Yet Erdogan is not using the plan only for the benefit of Turkey’s humanitarian relief assistance programs or the Syrian refugees. While Erdogan’s public presentation of the plan also involves combating ISIS in Syria, the truth is that the military operation will be a battle against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad and the Kurdish forces carving out their own independent country in the areas bordering and possibly encompassing Turkey.

Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza Strip in video statement
The Guardian - Islamic State insurgents have threatened to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement. The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the US-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

Equities Soar As Tsipras Said Ready To Accept Most Of Expired Bailout Offer, European Response Muted
Zero Hedge - Just hours after Greece became the first developed country to default to the IMF, as a result being expelled from its existing bailout program, a little before 5am CET news hit that Greek PM Tsipras was willing to concede to virtually all creditor demands, with a few exceptions. As the FT first reported, "Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras will accept most of the bailout creditors’ conditions offered last weekend, but is still insisting on a handful of changes that could thwart a deal according to a letter he sent late on Tuesday night."
* Related: Austerity not enough to save Greece - leaked IMF documents

ISIS Burns CIA Opium Fields in Afghanistan
Kurt Nimmo - The Islamic State is destroying opium fields in Afghanistan as it routs the Taliban, according to witnesses. The reports may ultimately result in the US sending troops back into the country to protect these valuable and highly lucrative assets.

Greece becomes first developed nation to default on international obligations
RT - The International Monetary Fund has confirmed that it didn't receive the €1.5 billion payment from Athens that was due by the end of June 30, Brussels time, as Greece becomes the first developed country to default on its international obligations. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said in a statement that Greece had asked for a repayment extension earlier on Tuesday and that the Fund’s board will consider it “in due course.”

Australia and China sign free trade agreement
Bulletin Panama - The agreement will allow 85% of Australian exports to enter the Chinese market free of duties, a figure that will increase to 95% once it has been fully implemented. So far, Australian products pay import rates of up to 40%. Australia, meanwhile, removed the 5% duty on Chinese electronics and appliances. Food products, manufacturing and tourism are sectors that Australians will benefit from this treaty, according to the Australia China Business Council.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

With court approval, NSA resumes bulk collection of phone data
Washington Post - The National Security Agency on Tuesday restarted its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records for a temporary period, following a federal court ruling this week that gave it the green light, U.S. officials said. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Monday ruled that the NSA could resume gathering millions of Americans’ phone metadata — call times, dates and durations — to scan for links to foreign terrorists. But the resumption is good for only 180 days — or until Nov. 29, in compliance with the USA Freedom Act. That law, which President Obama signed June 2 after a contentious congressional debate, will end the government’s bulk collection of metadata.

Another black church on fire in South Carolina
RT - The Mt. Zion AME Church in Williamsburg County, South Carolina is on fire and the roof has collapsed, according to local reports. Emergency crews are at the scene fighting the blaze. It’s currently unknown how the fire began, but local WCSC reported that officials received a call about it around 9 pm. The church is located on Mackey Road in Greeleyville.
* Related: #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches? No Evidence Fires Any Relation To Race, Some Not Arson

Obama Removes TPP’s Anti-Slavery Clause, Then Attacks Confederate Flag as “Symbol of Slavery”
Kit Daniels - Right before he publicly attacked the Confederate flag as a “symbol of slavery,” President Obama quietly removed an “anti-slavery” provision from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement. “The provision, which bars countries that engage in slavery from being part of major trade deals with the U.S., was written by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.),” The Huffington Post reported in May. “At the insistence of the White House, Menendez agreed to modify his language to say that as long as a country is taking ‘concrete’ steps toward reducing human trafficking and forced labor, it can be part of a trade deal.” “Under the original language, the country that would be excluded from the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership pact is Malaysia.”

Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants
(AP) - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.... Francis arrives in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 22 and the next day will be welcomed at the White House by President Barack Obama, the Vatican said. Francis will address Congress on Sept. 24, and will meet with homeless people later in the day at a local parish, St. Patrick's. On Sept. 25, Francis will speak on sustainable development at the United Nations, where he'll have another opportunity to voice his concerns about the environment.

Time Magazine: After Gay Marriage Victory, Kill ‘Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions’
Breitbart - In a provocative piece in Time magazine, columnist Mark Oppenheimer has proposed following up Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision imposing same-sex marriage on the nation with the abolition of tax exempt status for religious institutions. He laments, for instance, the difficulty the government has in determining which institutions qualify as churches or religious institutes, leading to an unfortunate entanglement of church and state. “Since the world’s great religion scholars can’t agree on what a religion is, it’s absurd to ask a bunch of accountants,” he writes.

Black Civil Rights Icon: The Problem is Blacks Killing Other Blacks, Not the Confederate Flag
Paul Joseph Watson - Black civil rights icon and former Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young says that debate over the Confederate flag is a divisive non-issue which completely distracts from the real problem – the fact that 93% of blacks are killed by other blacks.... In an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta, Young skewers the politically correct outrage mob that has targeted the Confederate flag in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting, asserting that the elimination of southern heritage will do nothing to address the problems faced by black people today.

VIDEO: Brawl Breaks Out In Front Of South Carolina Statehouse Over Confederate Flag
(CBS Atlanta/AP) — One man has been arrested after a fight over the Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse. The brawl started about 7:15 p.m. Monday when about a dozen vehicles with Confederate flag supporters pulled up in front of the Statehouse and stopped in the middle of the street, Public Safety Department spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli said in a statement. About 10 of the flag supporters clashed with about 30 people who were on the Statehouse grounds protesting the flag, the statement said.... About 50 officers responded and contained the clash, including officers from the Bureau of Protective Services assigned to the Statehouse, as well as Columbia police, University of South Carolina officers and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Activists Plan to Burn American Flags in New York City Ahead of Fourth of July
The Blaze - A group calling for the immediate disarmament of the New York Police Department plans to burn American flags in a Brooklyn park on Wednesday, just days before the Fourth of July holiday. “Disarm NYPD” announced the “Burn the American Flags” event on Facebook, inviting individuals to join the organization at Fort Greene Park to “set fire to this symbol of oppression.” Organizers said accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof wasn’t an “isolated actor,” but a “product of a consistent pattern of state-sponsored terrorism and radicalized dehumanization in America.” The event originally was aimed at burning the Confederate flag, but later changed to focus on the stars and stripes. “There will be no peace until we tear down this system of oppression,” the group wrote on Facebook. “It isn’t enough to take the flag down; we must put an end to white supremacy once and for all.”

The New Knockout Game: Nearly 50 Black Teens Raid Wal-Mart, Attack Shopper, Destroy Merchandise
Kit Daniels - In what’s perhaps the latest version of the “Knockout Game,” a mob of nearly 50 teenagers rushed into a Macon, Ga., Wal-Mart and attacked at least one shopper while destroying merchandise. The shopper was thrown from his motorized shopping cart and dragged to the floor during the Sunday attack, which caused an estimated $2,000 in damage, according to Bibb County sheriff’s officials. “The length of the store from front to rear was lined with items which had been shattered, destroyed, turned over and thrown about,” a sheriff’s deputy’s report of the incident stated.

Veteran News

War Veteran with PTSD Faces Life in Prison for Pot, His Wife Calls for Help
Truth in Media - Under Oklahoma's harsh marijuana prohibition laws, 100% disabled US Marine Corps veteran Kristoffer Lewandowski, who served three tours of duty overseas including stints in Iraq and Afghanistan, is reportedly facing up to life in prison for growing under an ounce of marijuana in his home in an effort to treat his PTSD and wean himself off of pharmaceutical drugs.

Economy & Business

Barack Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis
Michael Snyder - Barack Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by what is happening over in Greece. On Tuesday, he told reporters that this “is an issue primarily of concern to Europe” and that “I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved“. And apparently Obama is not too concerned about the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either. In fact, the Obama administration has already completely ruled out any sort of federal bailout for the island. Barack Obama is assuring us that everything is going to be just fine and that we are not headed for another global financial crisis. So is he correct?

The 75 Trillion Dollar Shadow Banking System Is In Danger Of Collapsing
Economic Collapse - Keep an eye on the shadow banking system – it is about to be shaken to the core. According to the Financial Stability Board, the size of the global shadow banking system has reached an astounding 75 trillion dollars. It has approximately tripled in size since 2002. In the U.S. alone, the size of the shadow banking system is approximately 24 trillion dollars. At this point, shadow banking assets in the United States are even greater than those of conventional banks. These shadow banks are largely unregulated, but governments around the world have been extremely hesitant to crack down on them because these nonbank lenders have helped fuel economic growth.

Puerto Rico, Chicago, Detroit: Is the US Set to Be the Next Greece?
Sputnik News - State and local pension plans throughout the United States are underfunded, which has some financial experts wondering whether the type of economic crisis that befell Greece could hit America sometime soon. A survey by the Center for Retirement Research found that 150 state and local pension plans had an average ratio of assets to liabilities of 74%. In other words, for every dollar those funds owe their pensioners, they only have 74 cents in assets. According to MarketWatch: Chicago's six pension plans are 40% funded; New Jersey's are at 51.5%; and Puerto Rico, which is facing its own crisis moment, is grossly underfunded at 3%. Many fear that elevated pension costs might push these public entities into insolvency. Detroit, as well as Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino in California, have already declared bankruptcy due to overwhelming pension costs.

Energy & Environment

Could LA's Big One be even bigger than we thought? Now explosive helium is leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles
Daily Mail - A huge fault in the Earth’s crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found. They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating. It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of ‘the big one’ hitting California has increased dramatically. UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles found evidence of helium leakage from the Earth’s mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. He claims the results show that the Newport-Inglewood fault is deeper than scientists previously thought.

Science & Technology

Deal Reached: Wireless Remote Drug-Releasing Microchip Implants On The Assembly Line
Activist Post - A pharma company with generic drugs meets michrochip and biotech in a marriage of implantable devices that are shockingly close to the finish line of commercialization. Deals were made. Money exchanged. Development in process - this is actually going to happen. Is this the next phase of The Singularity? The complete bypassing of pills, injections - things that one actively chooses and takes - to a passive acceptance of remote controlled wireless chips quietly and somehow pumping substance for up to 16 years? Or is it more public relations for the long-time push for the coming ''brain chip''?

PayPal Tweaking User Agreement To Remove Mandatory Robocalls
The Consumerist - PayPal’s new user agreement — the one that gives the company even more latitude to make obnoxious prerecorded marketing calls to “any telephone number that you have provided us or that we have otherwise obtained” — is set to kick in this week, but following an FCC warning that this policy might be in violation of federal law, and a letter from multiple senators asking PayPal to rethink its new terms, the company has agreed to make changes that “clear up any confusion.”... PayPal customers should be on the lookout for an e-mail explaining these changes.


Texas Clinics Turning Away Unvaccinated Children
Adan Salazar - Austin Regional Clinic, the largest healthcare provider network in the Central Texas region serving close to half a million residents, announced today they will begin prohibiting children who are not up to date on vaccine requirements from being seen by doctors starting tomorrow.... The ARC’s recommended vaccine schedule lists at least 21 inoculations infants should receive before the first year of age, many of which can admittedly cause severe adverse reactions.... Notably, the list also recommends children receive a dose of Merck’s controversial Gardasil vaccine by age nine, despite reports that hundreds of young women in the US have died, and tens of thousands have been harmed by it. “Routine dosing intervals are recommended,” a handout from the clinic states.

Beet Juice Boosts Cognitive Function In One Dose
Green Med Info - Recently, Deanna Minich, PhD, founder of Food and Spirit, brought to my attention an amazing new study on beets and their role in promoting cognitive health. She summarized the study as follows: One recent study in 40 healthy people showed that they were able to better perform on cognitive tests 90 minutes after drinking 450 mL beetroot juice compared with placebo (apple/blackcurrant juice, which is low in nitrates). What I really like about this study is that brain performance can be improved fairly rapidly in healthy people with a simple activity like drinking beetroot juice (high in dietary nitrates, which leads to more nitric oxide to open up oxygen flow in the brain)."

Top Summer Foods for Health
Dr. Mercola - In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), yin and yang refer to opposite elements or forces in nature, which, when balanced, promote harmony. Qi is a type of universal energy, and both yin and yang are manifestations of Qi, each with its own attributes.... The summertime is a perfect opportunity to focus your diet on yin foods, which are by nature cooling or cold. When you eat yin foods in the summer, it helps you avoid “summerheat,” which is a condition linked to an overabundance of yang that causes a queasy, fatigued, and “blah” feeling when it’s hot outside.
* Related: 7 Health Benefits Of Watermelon

JUNE 2015

Tuesday - June 30, 2015 - Today in History:

1841 - The Erie Railroad rolled out its first passenger train.
1913 - Fighting broke out between Bulgaria and Greece and Spain. It was the beginning of the Second Balkan War.
1915 - During World War I, the Second Battle Artois ended when the French failed to take Vimy Ridge.
1921 - U.S. President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft chief justice of the United States.
1934 - Adolf Hitler purged the Nazi Party by destroying the SA and bringing to power the SS in the "Night of the Long Knives."
1950 - U.S. President Harry Truman ordered U.S. troops into Korea and authorizes the draft.
1951 - On orders from Washington, General Matthew Ridgeway broadcasts that the United Nations was willing to discuss an armistice with North Korea.
1953 - The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. It sold for $3,250.
1955 - The U.S. began funding West Germany’s rearmament.
1958 - The U.S. Congress passed a law authorizing the admission of Alaska as the 49th state in the Union.
1964 - The last of U.N. troops left Congo after a four-year effort to bring stability to the country.
1971 - The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified when Ohio became the 38th state to approve it. The amendment lowered the minimum voting age to 18.
1994 - The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
1998 - Officials confirmed that the remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were identified as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.
2000 - U.S. President Clinton signed the E-Signature bill to give the same legal validity to an electronic signature as a signature in pen and ink.
2004 - The international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn's orbit. The craft had been on a nearly seven-year journey.
2005 - Spain legalized gay marriage.

World News

Some 1,000 Bank Branches to Open for 3 Days in Greece to Serve Retirees
Sputnik News - Approximately 1,000 bank branches will open throughout Greece for three days to serve retirees who do not have bank cards, the Greek Finance Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.... The banks have also been instructed to immediately issue debit cards to all retirees so that they may withdraw funds of up to 60 euros a day like everyone else.
* Related: Greek Supermarkets Begin To Resemble Those Of Venezuela

16 Facts About The Tremendous Financial Devastation That We Are Seeing All Over The World
Economic Collapse - As we enter the second half of 2015, financial panic has gripped most of the globe. Stock prices are crashing in China, in Europe and in the United States. Greece is on the verge of a historic default, and now Puerto Rico and Ukraine are both threatening to default on their debts if they do not receive concessions from their creditors. Not since the financial crisis of 2008 has so much financial chaos been unleashed all at once. Could it be possible that the great financial crisis of 2015 has begun?

Australian Parliament Slams TPP, Calls it an 'Attack on Internet Freedoms'
Sputnik News - The Australian parliament has issued a harsh verdict on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal currently being negotiated, calling it an "attack [on] internet freedoms" and seriously lacking in oversight, in a report released Monday. The "Blind Agreement" report — by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee — criticized the secrecy of the negotiations crafting the deal, which would bind 12 Pacific Rim countries. The report denounces the "all-or-nothing choice" that Parliament is given to approve or reject a deal, the detail of which they can't examine until after the deal is passed.

WikiLeaks: EU Diplomat Interpreted US TPP as Hostile to China
Sputnik News - A European Union (EU) trade expert secretly told a French economics minister that America's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) seemed designed to provoke a confrontation with China, according to a US intelligence intercept published on WikiLeaks. “[The EU Trade Section head Hiddo] Houben stated [to French Minister-Counselor Jean-Francois Boittin] that the TPP… seems devised as a confrontation with China,” the document, one of seven published by WikiLeaks on Monday, said. The TPP is an ambitious trade pact negotiated between the United States and 12 Asian and Pacific Rim nations covering 40 percent of the world economy. The pact excludes China.

U.S. Will Resume Sending Weapons to Bahrain Despite Ongoing Repression
The Intercept - The State Department announced it will lift its freeze on arms sales to the repressive government of Bahrain on Monday, despite the country’s myriad human rights abuses in recent years, including arbitrary detention of children, torture, restrictions for journalists and a brutal government crackdown on peaceful protestors in 2011.

Greece Will Default To IMF Tomorrow, Government Official Says
Zero Hedge - Earlier today, as the exchange between Greece and its creditors got increasingly belligerent, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi said that "Greece’s debt would still remain outstanding and creditors would expect this money back." So did this latest antagonism change the Greek mind? According to a flash headline by the WSJ released moments ago, not all. In fact, Greece just made it official that it would default to the IMF in just over 24 hours: "Greece won't pay IMF tranche due Tuesday, government official says" Related: Greece May Not Even Have The Funds To Conduct A Referendum

IMF has made €2.5 billion profit out of Greece loans
Jubilee Debt Campaign - Ahead of the payment of €462 million by Greece to the IMF on Thursday 9 April, figures released by the Jubilee Debt Campaign show that the IMF has made €2.5 billion of profit out of its loans to Greece since 2010. If Greece does repay the IMF in full this will rise to €4.3 billion by 2024. The IMF has been charging an effective interest rate of 3.6% on its loans to Greece. This is far more than the interest rate the institution needs to meet all its costs, currently around 0.9%. If this was the actual interest rate Greece had been paying the IMF since 2010, it would have spent €2.5 billion less on payments.

China's Stock Slump Widens as Stimulus Fails to Calm Investors
Sputnik News - The mainland’s historical longest bull market has come to an end effectively with capital fleeing China at an accelerated pace, while the real economy is ever staggering. One of the PBoC stimulus moves on Sunday was aimed at stabilizing the market situation, but the mad fluctuations showcased today suggested that Beijing’s plan failed… the CSI300 Index dropped as much as 7% during the day, the next hour it was regaining ground into the green so rapidly that most market participants agreed the Chinese state-owned asset management enterprises must have intervened to save the day. Such moves do not add to investors’ confidence, the result is the ever-deepening decline… All in all, mainland China has so far lost some $2.62 trln (more than the GDP of Russia and Saudi Arabia combined) in market capitalization since its June 12 peak.

The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns BIS
London Telegraph - The world will be unable to fight the next global financial crash as central banks have used up their ammunition trying to tackle the last crises, the Bank of International Settlements has warned. The so-called central bank of central banks launched a scatching critique of global monetary policy in its annual report. The BIS claimed that central banks have backed themselves into a corner after repeatedly cutting interest rates to shore up their economies. These low interest rates have in turn fuelled economic booms, encouraging excessive risk taking. Booms have then turned to busts, which policymakers have responded to with even lower rates.

Sweden to Integrate Former Jihadists by Giving Social Benefits
Sputnik News - As of late, Scandinavia could easily be Europe's main jihadist recruitment center… Oftentimes, these people come back to their home countries to "rest" or even worse, to recruit new jihadists. The situation is particularly bad in Sweden, where such recruiting "agencies" have spread all over the country, the newspaper said. To tackle the problem, the Swedish government responded with a strategy of reintegrating former jihadist-returnees. According to this program, jihadist fighters who are now back in Sweden will receive a number of social benefits, including low-cost housing and help with finding employment. Needless to say, this has caused anger and resentment from the rest of Swedish public, Fria Tider said.

Goldman-Sachs Boss, Bilderberg Member Peter Sutherland: Europe Needs More Refugees from Africa, Syria
Kurt Nimmo - Following a meeting with Pope Francis, the boss of Goldman-Sachs International and Bilderberg attendee Peter Sutherland said European countries have not taken their “fair share” of refugees from African countries and Syria. Sutherland told RTÉ radio 240,000 immigrants flooding into Europe each year is not an economic burden on countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom. On the contrary, he said, a quarter million or more immigrants a year represents an economic and social benefit for Europe, Britain and Ireland.... A report by University College London, however, found that migrants in fact represent a huge economic drain on host countries. According to the study, non-European migrants living in Britain have drained public finances by almost £120 billion since 1995. The situation is similar in Germany, by far Europe’s most prosperous and productive nation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Signs “Fast Track” Bill, TPP Inches Closer to Completion
TruthInMedia - On Monday President Obama signed into law the so-called “fast-track” bill, setting the stage for approval of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.... Despite the bipartisan nature of the bill, President Obama acknowledged the hurdles that remain for the TPP. “We still have some tough negotiations that are going to be taking place. The debate will not end with this bill signing,” Obama said.... With the passing of the TPA and TAA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is possibly only weeks away from approval. The trade agreement has been notoriously secret, with the public only viewing chapters of the text which have been leaked by WikiLeaks.

If Terrorist Attacks are on the Rise, What Does that Say about the 13-Year-Old "War on Terror"?
AllGov - The most recent figures from the State Department show that there was a sharp increase in terror attacks worldwide in 2014 over the numbers from the previous year. According to its figures, attacks increased 35% and fatalities jumped 81% over 2013’s numbers, with the increase coming mainly in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Part of the reason for the huge increase in fatalities was the jump in large-scale attacks, those killing more than 100 people. There were 20 such attacks in 2014, compared to two in 2013. There were a total of 13,463 terrorist attacks last year… Those aren’t the only metrics available on the war on terror, of course. Another is how much money has been spent.

Terror Talk: Politicians, Former CIA Head, FBI, DHS All Ramp Up Warnings For July 4th
Steve Watson - It’s a good job no one in the US watches the mainstream news media any more. Any one who did take in the multitude of news shows over the weekend, however, is now most probably convinced that they are about to be attacked any second by armies of terrorists in their own back yard. Politicians and intelligence officials were paraded out one after the other to harp on about how terrorists hate the freedom of Americans and blah blah blah July the 4th is most likely going to end up in a terrorist attack. Following attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait Friday, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued alerts to local law enforcement and urged Americans to “remain vigilant” for the upcoming INdependence Day celebrations. “They don’t put those statements out that far in advance, unless there’s reason for concern,” said harbinger of doom New York Rep. Peter King in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”

First Amendment Defense Act Proposed to Protect Business Owners from SCOTUS Ruling on Same-sex Marriage
Kurt Nimmo - Court uses 14th Amendment to undermine the First. The First Amendment Defense Act proposed Senator Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador prior to the Supreme Court ruling upholding homosexual marriage under the 14th Amendment right to equal protection reveals that the United States no longer functions as a constitutional republic. The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) would bar the federal government from imposing penalties on individuals, businesses, groups, and especially religious organizations for refusing to participate in same-sex weddings. In particular, the bill would not allow the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of non-profit organizations that believe same sex marriage is inappropriate.

The Real Reason for the Anti-Confederate Flag Hysteria
Lew Rockwell Blog - The anti-Confederate flag hysteria is only one small part of the Left’s general strategy, however. It is part of their overriding strategy of diverting the public’s attention away from all the grotesque failures of leftist interventionism, from the welfare state to the government takeover of education to the war on drugs and beyond.... The welfare state has decimated the black family and is hard at work destroying the white family as well by eliminating the stigma against a man’s abandoning his wife and children with welfare checks. What does the Confederate flag have to do with this? The welfare state has destroyed the work ethic of millions of Americans. What does the Confederate flag have to do with this? The Fed caused the biggest depression since the Great Depression with its latest boom-and-bust-cycle act. What does the Confederate flag have to do with this?

Revealed: Feds predicted surge of illegals, see another 127,000 this year
Washington Examiner - Despite claims the administration was caught off guard, the White House and four Cabinet departments predicted last year’s surge of at least 60,000 illegal juveniles over the U.S.-Mexico border and expect it to more than double to 127,000 this year, according to an internal document. A 24-page administration PowerPoint for congressional appropriators dated April 22, 2014 bluntly stated that border arrivals of “unaccompanied alien children” would rise “by nearly a factor of 10″ in 2014 to 60,000 and jump to 127,000 “if these growth rates continue.”

UPDATE: Arkansas Takes Away 7 Homeschool Children because Father had Unapproved Mineral Supplement
Medical Kidnap - From Bringthestanleykidshome Facebook Page: On June 24, 2015 the court returned custody of the final three children. Now all seven are back in our custody.... As you all know, we have a major battle ahead to prevent Michelle and me from being put on the Child Maltreatment Registry. We have not neglected or abused our children, and in six months the officials have found no neglect or abuse. The school issue of not being properly registered is not sufficient to remove our children from our home school and place them in public school. We must win the battle on July 10th at the Child Maltreatment Registry Hearing.

Economy & Business

America’s Greece: Puerto Rico Can’t Pay Its Massive Public Debt
Daily Sheeple - Puerto Rico has long been one of the most impoverished territories in the United States. With over 40% of the population living under the poverty line (almost twice as high as Mississippi, the poorest state), and an unemployment rate of over 12%, they’ve been in a recession since 2006. But their financial problems don’t stop there. A recent economic report has found that Puerto Rico is carrying one of the heaviest debt loads of any state or territory in the US. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced last weekend, that the territory has a public debt of over $72 billion, a debt which he doesn’t think they can pay.

Energy & Environment

New York State Officially Bans Fracking
Glenn Coin - After more than seven years of study, the state Department of Environmental Conservation today issued the final document needed to ban the controversial drilling practice, known formally as high-volume hydraulic fracturing. "Prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens in a prepared statement. "High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated. This decision is consistent with DEC's mission to conserve, improve and protect our state's natural resources, and to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state."

EPA Forced to Study Impact of Atrazine and Glyphosate on US Endangered Species
Sustainable Pulse - The Environmental Protection Agency will analyze the impacts of atrazine and glyphosate — the two most commonly used pesticides in the United States — on 1,500 endangered plants and animals in the United States under the terms of a settlement reached today with the Center for Biological Diversity.... The EPA has, for decades, continued to register and allow the use of pesticides without considering their impacts to endangered species, despite the legal requirement for them to do so and the well-documented risks of pesticides to thousands of imperiled species. A series of lawsuits by the Center has forced the agency to consult on the impacts of scores of pesticides on some endangered species, primarily in California, and resulted in temporary restrictions on pesticide use in sensitive habitats.

Science & Technology

DHS/Police say criminals drive cars that's why they're using a new infrared license plate scanning system
MassPrivateI - A new infrared police license plate reader system called the Data Driver Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDCAT) can spy on nearly a million license plates in a two-month span. DDCAT's are being used by police across the country, they're in NJ, NY, Boston and California to name a few. DDACT's are basically $11,0000 fortune telling machines that analyze crimes and PREDICT where future crimes will take place!... DDACT's equipped police cars use three high-resolution digital cameras which point forward and cover both sides of the vehicle. Each police car is equipped with infrared lighting which enables them to see in the dark. GPS is integrated into the system, and the digitized pictures of license plates are captured to a laptop.

One Of The World's Top Universities Is Offering All Of Their Courses Online, To Anyone, For Free
InvestmentWatchBlog - With the advent of the internet came a revolution of information becoming available to the average person. MIT University took it one step further when they began a program called OpenCourseWare, which allowed anyone to download full course materials for virtually all classes for free. But the new MITx interactive online learning platform will go further, giving students access to online laboratories, self-assessments and student-to-student discussions… “This is not MIT light. This is not an easier version of MIT,” said Provost L. Rafael Reif. “An MITx learner, anywhere they are, for them to earn a credential they have to demonstrate mastery of the subject just like an MIT student does.”


Light-Turmeric Extract Combo Treats Psoriasis Effectively
Green Med Info - Oral turmeric extract (curcumin) in combination with light therapy produces remarkable healing results in patients with severe-to-moderate psoriasis.... The study concluded: The results suggested that moderate to severe plaque psoriasis should show a therapeutic response to orally administered Curcuma if activated with visible light phototherapy, a new therapeutic method that would be safer for patients than existing treatments."

EU To Ban Triclosan, While EPA and FDA Reject Calls for U.S. Ban
Beyond Pesticides - The agency responsible for chemical oversight in the European Union announced today that the antibacterial pesticide, triclosan, is toxic and bioaccumulative, and will be phased-out for hygienic uses and replaced by more suitable alternatives. According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), “[N]o safe use could be demonstrated for the proposed use of Triclosan.” This decision has renewed calls for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove the chemical from the consumer market. EPA in May rejected a consumer petition that asked the agency to ban triclosan.... Triclosan is an antimicrobial pesticide used in cosmetics, personal care products and treated plastics and textiles. It has been linked to hormone disrupting effects, bacterial and antibiotic resistance, cancer, and impacts on aquatic organisms.

Sick: ‘Intolerable Levels’ of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found in Breast Milk
Natural Society - After testing 16 women from different regions all over Germany, the Green Party has found that traces of the chemical glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Round Up, are appearing in breast milk at ‘intolerable levels’ that could harm a developing baby and the mother. The weed killer traces in breast milk were found to be between 0.210 and 0.432 nanograms per millilitre (PPB). Drinking water is allowed to have no more than 0.100 nanograms of glyphosate. Irene Witte, professor of toxicology at the University of Oldenburg, described the findings as “intolerable.”

Monday - June 29, 2015 - Today in History:

1776 - The Virginia constitution was adopted and Patrick Henry was made governor.
1804 - Privates John Collins and Hugh Hall of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were found guilty by a court-martial consisting of members of the Corps of Discovery for getting drunk on duty. Collins received 100 lashes on his back and Hall received 50.
1901 - The first edition of "Editor & Publisher" was issued.
1905 - Russian troops intervened as riots erupted in ports all over the country. Many ships were looted.
1917 - The Ukraine proclaimed independence from Russia.
1932 - Siam’s army seized Bangkok and announced an end to the absolute monarchy.
1946 - British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in an attempt to end alleged terrorism.
1950 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman authorized a sea blockade of Korea.
1951 - The United States invited the Soviet Union to the Korean peace talks on a ship in Wonson Harbor.
1953 - The Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast.
1966 - The U.S. bombed fuel storage facilities near the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong.
1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws.
1995 - The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.
2007 - The first generation Apple iPhone went on sale.
2011 - The state of Nevada passed the first law that permitted the operation of autonomous cars on public roads. The law went into effect on March 1, 2012 and did not permit the use of the cars to the general public. Google received the first self-driving vehicle license in the U.S. on May 4, 2012 in Nevada.

World News

European Parliament to Debate Amendments to TTIP Deal With US
Sputnik News - A special European Parliament committee will meet Monday for an urgent debate on a set of 116 amendments to the controversial EU-US free trade deal, the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).... The Trade Committee’s extraordinary meeting on Monday will decide whether the amendment package should be put to a vote by the European Parliament as a whole.... An amendment package vote, if successful, will enable EU lawmakers to put TTIP recommendations to a plenary vote in July or September. The TTIP agreement seeks to establish a transatlantic free trade zone for a market of about 820 million people.... Opponents to the hotly-debated treaty claim the deal gives too much power to transnational corporations, making it harder for EU nations to regulate their own markets.

Terrorist Attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait Kill Dozens
New York Times - In a matter of hours and on three different continents, militants carried out attacks on Friday that killed scores of civilians, horrified populations and raised thorny questions about the evolving nature of international terrorism and what can be done to fight it. On the surface, the attacks appeared to be linked only by timing. In France, a man stormed an American-owned chemical plant, decapitated one person and apparently tried to blow up the facility. In Tunisia, a gunman drew an assault rifle from a beach umbrella and killed at least 38 people at a seaside resort. And in Kuwait, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque during communal prayers, killing at least 25 Shiite worshipers.

Eurozone Rejects Greek Bailout Extension: All Bailout Programs Expire On June 30, Referendum Moot
Zero Hedge - Regrettably, despite efforts at all levels and full support of the Eurogroup, this proposal has been rejected by the Greek authorities who broke off the programme negotiations late on the 26 June unilaterally. The current financial assistance arrangement with Greece will expire on 30 June 2015, as well as all agreements related to the current Greek programme including the transfer by euro area Member States of SMP and ANFA equivalent profits."

‘We don’t need EU permission’: Greek parliament ratifies bailout referendum
RT - As an equal member of the EU, Greece does not need to ask permissions from anyone to let the Greek people speak and have their voices heard, PM Tsipras told his parliament, promising that the state’s sovereignty and future will be decided via referendum. Referendums have been used all across Europe as a way for people to directly express their will and have their voices heard, and Greece is fully in its right to conduct one PM Alexis Tsipras said during a late-night debate in parliament.

Greek Capital Controls Begin: Banks To Remain Closed Until At Least July 5th, Stock Market Will Not Open Monday
Zero Hedge - Despite the reassurances from any and all elected (and unelected) officials, given the run on bank ATMs in Greece has turned into a stampede, it is not surprising that the CEO of Piraeus Bank just announced Greek banks would remain closed for at least one week; further as reported yesterday, the Greek stock market will also remain closed.

A Desperate China Cuts Key Policy Rates After Stock Market Crash; "It's Just Like 1987"
Zero Hedge - For the first time since October, 2008, China cuts both the benchmark lending rate and RRR on the same day, in a frantic attempt to sustain the country's equity bubble after stocks collapsed to the edge of bear market territory on Friday…Analysts saw the PBOC’s [Peoples Bank of China] moves as a reaction to the massive stock market decline… Some analysts went so far as to liken the action by PBOC to that taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve following the infamous “Black Monday”—or Oct. 19, 1987, when stock markets around the world crashed… “It’s just like what the Fed did in 1987,” said Larry Hu, China economist at Macquarie Group Ltd., a Sydney-based investment bank. “The PBOC is trying to stabilize the market with the unprecedented easing moves.”

Iceland Just Jailed 7 Bank Executives For Market Manipulation
(True Activist) According to The icelandmonitor: “By fully financing share purchases with no other surety than the shares themselves, the bank was accused of giving a false and misleading impression of demand for Kaupþingi shares by means of deception and pretence.” They were accused of trying to artificially inflate share prices in 2008 by using the bank’s funds to buy shares.

Australian Government Contractors Will Now Go to Jail for Reporting Child Abuse in Detention Centers
Vice - Last month the Australian government, with the support of the opposition, passed the Border Force Protection Act through both houses of Parliament. It will come into effect on July 1. If the act defines you as an "entrusted person," you might be facing jail for up to two years if you reveal anything about what happens in Australia's immigration detention centers to anybody else.... Refugee advocates and human rights lawyers say the legislation is a veiled attempt to silence whistleblowers from revealing human rights violations inside Australia's detention centers. And the mounting evidence of such violations makes this legislation all the more disturbing.

British Police Order Citizens: “Surrender Your Knives!”
Citizen Action - The British police have recently joined forces with liberal grassroots activists in the UK, launching the “Save a Life–Surrender Your Knife” program. Knife crime has been climbing recently in major UK cities like London. The program involved several weeks of “amnesty” for “pointed knives.” Civilians can turn in these apparently dangerous weapons at their local police station in exchange for “amnesty,” apparently, even though knives (rounded or pointed) aren’t illegal in the United Kingdom.... Incidentally, the knife violence rate in the United Kingdom is about double the rate of gun violence in the United States. Possibly because Americans haven’t yet been asked to throw away their right to self-defense in a bin at the police station.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Truth is a Crime Against The State
Paul Craig Roberts - Truth comes from foreign news sources, such as RT, and from Internet sites, such as this one. Thus, Washington and its vassals are busy at work closing down independent media. Washington and its vassals have redefined propaganda. Truth is propaganda if it is told by countries, such as Russia and China, that have independent foreign policies. Propaganda is truth if told by Washington and its puppets, such as the EU Observer. The EU Observer, little doubt following Washington’s orders, has denounced RT and Sputnik News for “broadcasting fabrications and hate speech from their bureaus in European Union cities.” Often I appear on both RT and Sputnik. In my opinion both are too restrained in their reporting, fearful, of course, of being shut down, than full truth requires. I have never heard a word of hate speech or propaganda on either. Washington’s propaganda, perhaps, but not the Russian government’s. In other words, the way Washington has the news world rigged, not even independent news sites can speak completely clearly.

Antietam, other parks stop selling items with the Confederate flag
Baltimore Sun - Workers at Antietam National Battlefield took Confederate flags, T-shirts and magnets off gift shop shelves Thursday as the National Park Service announced plans to stop selling some items with the increasingly controversial symbol. Park service officials said they would stop "stand-alone depictions" of the familiar battle flag, which has 13 white stars on a blue "X" over a red field. They said educational items such as books, exhibits, and media showing re-enactments and interpretive programs may use images of the battle flag "in its historical context" as long as they cannot be "physically detached."

Woman arrested for removing Confederate flag from SC Capitol (VIDEO)
RT - The Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse was removed by an African-American woman on Saturday. She was arrested by local authorities, and the flag was soon raised again.... She was arrested upon her return to the ground, along with another man, 30-year-old James Ian Tyson, who had also entered the wrought-iron fence surrounding the flag. The two were charged with defacing a monument and face a fine of up to $5,000 or up to three years in prison, NBC reported. The flag, which is protected by state law, was raised again a short time later. The incident occurred just after dawn on Saturday, hours before a rally by flag supporters was scheduled at the Capitol.

US officials warn of ISIS-inspired attack through July 4
RT - US intelligence and law enforcement authorities share a growing concern of terror attacks in the country through the July 4 weekend. On Friday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a statement in response to the terror attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia, saying, “particularly with the upcoming July 4 holiday here in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI continue to communicate with state and local law enforcement about what we know and see.” The analysis of the threat is based in part on the “new normal” of Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) strategies, which uses social media to encourage people worldwide to attack on both small and large scales. Federal authorities have been scrambling to arrest homegrown terror suspects before Independence Day, when they warn that the likelihood of such attacks may be elevated.

$200 Million Went to House Members to Pass Fast Track – Here’s Who Took the Cash
OpEd News - TPA passed with a mere 219-211 vote with only 218 needed to pass. The real shocker comes from the amount of money each Representative received for a yes vote. In total, $197,869,145 was given to Representatives for a yes vote where as $23,065,231 was given in opposition.

Alito Warns: Defenders of Traditional Marriage Now Risk Being Treated as Bigots by Governments, Employers, Schools
CNS News - In his dissent from the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that same-sex marriage is a right, Justice Samuel Alito said the court had falsely likened opposition to same-sex marriage to racism and that its decision “will be used to vilify Americans unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.” Alito warned that in the wake of the court’s ruling, Americans who dare to publicly express views in favor the traditional understanding that marriage is between a man and a woman will risk recrimination. “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools,” Alito wrote.
* Related: FLASHBACK--Q&A With Judge Robert Bork: Moral Life of Nation Could be Decided by One Judge

Bad Medicine: Obamacare “Doctors Should Warn Global Warming Could Make Patients’ Health Worse”
Mac Slavo - If having your doctor quiz you about owning a gun isn’t enough to raise your blood pressure, then this new Obamacare policy surely will. Obama’s White House is once again politicizing health care, even as the net/noose tightens, now asking medical professionals to advise patients on the effects that global warming/climate change will supposedly have on their health. The Daily Caller reported: Americans trust their doctors, so the White House wants these medical professionals to be a mouthpiece for President Obama’s global warming agenda. […] The Obama administration has been hard at work trying to draw a link between global warming and public health issues. The summit included the U.S. Surgeon General, top administration officials, and public health experts from around the country telling doctors, nurses and other conference goers how to talk about global warming with their patients.

VIDEO: David Sweat's DNA Found on Food a Mile From Where Richard Matt Killed, Official Says
ABC News - DNA belonging to the convicted murderer who remains on the loose after escaping prison three weeks ago was found on remnants of food a mile from where his accomplice was killed Friday, an official briefed on the manhunt efforts said Sunday. About 1,300 law enforcement officers were involved in the search for David Sweat as they concentrated their efforts near the village of Malone, New York, about 20 miles from where fellow escapee Richard Matt was found in a wooded area Friday....
* Related: Richard Matt, Escaped Prisoner in New York Manhunt, Is Fatally Shot

Cops Refuse to Stop Chase Plowing Over Multiple Children, Killing Them During Neighborhood Pursuit
Free Thought Project - “Officers must place the protection of human life above all other considerations.” Or so says the official policy of the Detroit Police Department. Yet, on Wednesday, Detroit police continued a high-speed chase into a busy neighborhood, resulting in two small children being killed and others injured.... Even after the car had dragged the children a distance down the street, the police did not stop their pursuit. They continued to chase the car across one front lawn after another, finally crashing, critically injuring three more children including three year old Darius Andrews, Jr., Isaiah Williams, 5, and Zyaire Gardner, 7. Twenty-two-year-old LaKendra Hill sustained injuries.

Election News

Rand Paul: Government Should Get Out of the Marriage Business
Time - While I disagree with Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage, I believe that all Americans have the right to contract. The constitution is silent on the question of marriage because marriage has always been a local issue. Our founding fathers went to the local courthouse to be married, not to Washington, DC. I’ve often said I don’t want my guns or my marriage registered in Washington.

Economy & Business

In 5 Years, Average CEO Income has Increased 54%; Average Worker 0%
AllGov - As the economy, which cratered at the end of the George W. Bush administration, has improved since 2009, the average CEO of the 350 largest corporations has gotten a 54% raise and is making $16.3 million a year. His employees, on the other hand, haven’t done as well, according to a study from the Economic Policy Institute. The average pay in those companies in 2009 was $53,200. Five years later, it’s still $53,200.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

7 Plants Mosquitoes Simply Hate
Off the Grid News - Avoid using sprays with chemicals like DEET by growing plants that are not only helpful in controlling these pests naturally, but are beautiful and easy to manage. The plants below can be grown in your home or garden.


Study: Whooping Cough Resurgence Due to Vaccinated People Not Knowing They're Infectious
Health Impact News - Whooping cough has made an astonishing comeback, with 2012 seeing nearly 50,000 infections in the U.S. (the most since 1955), and a death rate in infants three times that of the rest of the population. The dramatic resurgence has puzzled public health officials, who have pointed to the waning effectiveness of the current vaccine and growing anti-vaccine sentiment as the most likely culprits. But that might not be the whole story, suggests a new study... Their research points to a different, but related, source of the outbreak — vaccinated people who are infectious but who do not display the symptoms of whooping cough, suggesting that the number of people transmitting without symptoms may be many times greater than those transmitting with symptoms.

Five everyday herbs for indigestion
(NaturalNews) Most people think that indigestion is simply the result of eating a meal that is too heavy or too rich or spicy. But while it's true that scarfing down a third cheeseburger and washing it down with a milkshake can really upset the stomach, overindulgence in food is not the only reason why people get indigestion. For some, it is linked to high stress levels and is a physical reaction to feelings of anxiety or worry. For others, it is a matter of wearing clothing that is too tight or restrictive. Whatever the cause, indigestion can really make people suffer, and that fact that there are so many prescription and over-the-counter drugs to treat it attests to how common this condition really is.

5 Health Takeaways of Essential Spices in Your Diet
Natural Society - Have you ever thought about the health-boosting advantages of these minuscule condiments, in addition to their ability to make your meal zesty? If not, here are 5 health benefits of including essential spices in your diet that you must know.

Pet News

It Shall be Suitable for Use in Pet Food - Action Alert (Video)
Susan Thixton - In a last moments effort to get signatures on our petitions to FDA and AAFCO, here is a brief video showing how FDA allows hideous waste into pet food. Would you buy a meal for your family that was prepared with spoiled, decomposing meat? You might be doing that right now – for your furry family – without even knowing. The FDA allows pet food to be made from spoiled, decomposing meat and moldy, rotten vegetables – with no disclosure to the consumer.... In early August 2015, FDA and AAFCO will meet to discuss quality of ingredient statements on pet food labels. Numerous pet food consumer advocates will be at this meeting to tell authorities consumers have a right to know the quality of ingredients used in their pet food. Here are our two petitions: petition closes July 5, 2015.... petition closes July 31, 2015.

Friday - June 26, 2015 - Today in History:

1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
1819 - The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr.
1844 - John Tyler took Julia Gardiner as his bride, thus becoming the first U.S. President to marry while in office.
1870 - The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was opened to the public.
1900 - The United States announced that it would send troops to fight against the Boxer rebellion in China.
1900 - A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever.
1926 - A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France was unveiled at St. Nazaire.
1924 - After eight years of occupation, American troops left the Dominican Republic.
1927 - The Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster opened in New York.
1945 - The U.N. Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, CA.
1948 - The Berlin Airlift began as the U.S., Britain and France started ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin.
1951 - The Soviet Union proposed a cease-fire in the Korean War.
1959 - U.S. President Eisenhower joined Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonies officially opening the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1963 - U.S. President John Kennedy announced "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall.
1971 - The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.
1979 - Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion.
1996 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support.
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that made it illegal to distribute indecent material on the Internet.
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld state laws that allow for a ban on doctor-assisted suicides.
1998 - The U.S. and Peru open school to train commandos to patrol Peru's rivers for drug traffickers.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers are always potentially liable for supervisor's sexual misconduct toward an employee.
2000 - The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome.
2003 - The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, struck down state bans on gay sex.
2003 - Strom Thurmond, the second longest-serving senator in U.S. history, died in Edgefield, S.C., at age 100.
2008 - The Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia as it affirmed, 5-4, an individual right to gun ownership.

World News

1 beheaded, several injured in suspected Islamist attack on French gas factory
RT - The attack in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Grenoble in eastern France was initially reported by local newspaper Le Dauphiné libéré. A single assailant stormed the factory compound in his car and detonated gas canisters that he had brought with him. The attacker reportedly waived an Islamist black flag, possibly that of terrorist group Islamic State. The flag was left at the site. The headless body of a man was found near the factory. A French official later said the head was found at the entry gate of the factory and that two Islamist flags were found nearby.

Secret doc: US to give Tehran nuclear technology, refurbish reactor under deal
RT - As negotiators are about to gather in Vienna for the final round of talks on Iran’s controversial nuclear program, the US is offering concessions to Tehran to sweeten the deal, a draft document detailing would-be deal’s term shows. The negotiations between Iran and six leading world powers are to kick off in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Friday, with deadline set for June 30. Diplomats however indicated that the talks may drag past the date, as was the case with the previous round that produced a preliminary agreement, which seeks to scale down the program in exchange for lifting of international sanctions. As the hard talks are set to start, the US is willing to offer concessions to Tehran that would boost its civilian nuclear industry, AP reported citing a confidential document perpetrating to the deal.

German EU commissioner says 'Grexit' unavoidable if no solution found in 5 days
RT - It’s not the European Commission’s aim to see Greece exit the EU, but this may become unavoidable if no solution to the debt stand-off is found in the next five days, Commissioner Günther Oettinger said, according to Reuters. "We will do everything up until the 30th for the Greeks to show they are prepared to reform," Oettinger, the EU commissioner for digital economy and society, told Deutschlandfunk radio. "A 'Grexit' isn’t our aim but would be unavoidable if there is no solution in the next five days," he said.

Forget Grexit, "Madame Frexit" Says France Is Next: French Presidential Frontrunner Wants Out Of "Failed" Euro
Zero Hedge - There has been some confusion why Germany and the Eurozone are so strict in negotiating with France and unwilling to concede even to the smallest of what they deem as outlandish Greek demands. The reason is not so much whether Spain or even Italy, both countries with soaring unemployment, a lost generation and a sweeping movement against "austerity", follow with comparable demands should Europe concede to Tsipras, but France, where the frontrunner for the next president, the National Front's Marine Le Pen, has just warned that not only is a Grexit inevitable, but that France would follow shortly.

China Plunges Most Since 2008, Points Away From Bear Market; Greek Drama Continues
Zero Hedge - Following yesterday's furious market drop in Chinese stocks, just before the overnight open, Morgan Stanley came out with a much distributed report urging investors "Not to buy this dip", and so they didn't. As a result, the Shanghai Composite imploded, at one point trading down 8% while the Chinext and Shenzhen markets crashed even more. This was the single biggest Shanghai Composite one-day drop since 2007, and with a close at 4192.87 the SHCOMP is now on the verge of a bear market, down 19% from its June 12 highs. China's second largest market, Shenzhen, is now officially in a bear market.

‘We always knew missile defense shield was against Russia & China’ – top Moscow security official
RT - The head of Russia’s Security Council says the West’s recent actions prove the NATO anti-missile defense system was always aimed at hemming in Moscow and Beijing, and promises the Kremlin will “react” to the alliance’s expansion in Europe. “Washington insisted that the missile defense shield was a deterrent to Iran, but now the world powers are negotiating with Iran, so logically plans for the system should be dropped, but this isn’t happening,” Nikolay Patrushev told an international security summit in the Siberian city of Ulan Ude. “We already knew that the missile defense shield was aimed at Russia and China, but current events confirm this.”

Russia to Deploy S-400 Air Defense Systems Near Western Borders by End 2015
Sputnik News - Russia’s Western Military District will receive an unspecified number of advanced S-400 Triumf and Pantsir-S air defense systems by the end of 2015, the district’s spokesman, Col. Oleg Kochetkov, said Thursday. “Modern S-400 Triumf long-range air defense systems and Pantsir-S gun-missile air defense systems will be put in service with air defense units of the Western Military District by the end of this year,” Kochetkov said. The S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) is a Russia’s next-generation anti-aircraft weapon system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at short-to-extremely long range.... Russia is currently undergoing a $325-billion rearmament program for a 70-percent modernization in its military’s weaponry by 2020.

ISIS is ‘not strong,’ could be defeated ‘within two days’ – ex-Israeli PM Ehud Barak
RT - The Islamic State militant group that has been terrorizing the Middle East with its yet greatest offense for over a year, is "not strong," former Israli PM Ehud Barak told RT. With a proper coordinated response, they could be suppressed quickly, he said. I think that ISIS is somewhat successful because it doesn't face a coherent coordinated effort to destroy it. Technically speaking they are not strong. Some 30,000 - 40,000 people. Their vehicle is a Toyota pickup and some machine gun on it,” the Israeli politician said in an interview with RT's Oksana Boyko in her Worlds Apart show.

‘ICC credibility test’: Palestinians submit first war crimes evidence against Israel
RT - After meeting the ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that he had submitted the dossiers concerning the 2014 Gaza war, as well as Israeli settlements on the occupied Palestinian land and treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israel. Palestine is a test for the credibility of international mechanisms ... a test the world cannot afford to fail. Palestine has decided to seek justice, not vengeance,” Maliki said. He also added that he had agreed with prosecutors on a date of their visit to Palestine, although he did not reveal the exact time. “It depends on their ability to enter Palestinian territory without problems,” he added. ICC prosecutors intend to make a field visits both to Palestine and Israel, but they have not received a formal permission from Israel yet, Reuters reports.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon Paying ISIS-Linked ‘Rebels’ $400 per Month to ‘Eventually’ Fight Assad
Mikael Thalen - Recently declassified Pentagon documents confirmed West’s role in using radicals to topple Syria. The program, deemed “critical” by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, aims to equip as many as 5,400 fighters within the next 12 months, reports USA Today. According to Pentagon spokeswoman Elissa Smith, roughly 6,000 Syrians have already expressed interest in the program, with more than half preparing to be vetted. The program has reportedly taken months to move forward due to a lack of fighters willing to “adhere to laws of war and pledge to conduct themselves properly.” The announcement raises several red flags given recently declassified Pentagon documents confirming Western governments’ regional support of al-Qaeda, a terrorist organization now deceptively labeled “moderate.”

"Most Liberal Supreme Court Since 1960s" Gives Obama Huge Victory With 6-3 Vote In Favor Of Obamacare
Zero Hedge - The Supreme Court has ruled that people who bought healthcare coverage through federal exchanges as part of Obamacare can keep subsidies that effectively limit the amount low- and middle-income Americans pay for health insurance to 9.5% of their income or less. This is, naturally, a huge win for Obama whose Affordable Care Law has just overcome its last legitimate legal challenge. The outcome is hardly unexpected (see below on "most liberal Supreme Court since 1960"), but that the final vote was 6-3 is clearly surprising as most pundits were expecting a 5-4 Roberts-led tiebreaker. As The Hill summarizes, the SCOTUS upheld a key provision of ObamaCare, affirming that 6.4 million people can continue to receive subsidies that allow them to purchase healthcare plans.

I am a black South Carolinian. Here's why I support the Confederate ...
Washington Post - Thomas is a senior and student senator at the University of South Carolina, where he is majoring in public relations and political science. Four years ago, I became a national news story after I hung a Confederate flag in my dorm room window at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Controversy wasn’t my intention. For me and many Southerners, the flag celebrates my heritage and regional pride. One of my ancestors, Benjamin Thomas, was a black Confederate cook, and I do not want to turn my back on his service to the South. So I hang the flag in honor of his hard work and dedication to South Carolina during the Civil War. My Confederate flag isn’t racist; after all, I am black. I’m also an American who strongly believes in the constitutional right to free speech.
* Related Video: CNN's Hala Gorani speaks to Byron Thomas

House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare
The Hill - A House Republican on Thursday proposed forcing the Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in ObamaCare. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges. “As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people,” he said. “That’s why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act to require the Supreme Court and all of its employees to sign up for ObamaCare,” Babin said.

IRS Deleted Backups Of 24,000 Lois Lerner Emails Months After Subpoena
Zero Hedge - According to the IG's deputy Timothy Camus, two "lower-graded" employees at the IRS center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, erased 422 computer backup tapes that contained as many as 24,000 emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner. It gets better: the tapes were erased in March 2014, months after congressional investigators requested all of Lerner's emails, and months after Zero Hedge, among many others, said to simply track down the server back ups. And the punchline: according to George, the workers might be incompetent, a lead investigator said Thursday, but there is no evidence they were part of a criminal conspiracy to destroy evidence.

Confederate Flag Controversy: Will Obama Resign Because His Family Owned Slaves?
Kit Daniels - If liberals want to ban the Confederate flag due to its historical link to slavery, shouldn’t they also demand President Obama’s resignation because his family owned slaves? Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfather, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 census in Nelson County, Ky., the Baltimore Sun reported in 2007, and Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Duvall, also owned slaves. Obama’s campaign team in 2008 did not dispute the information.

Confederate Frenzy: NY Film Critic Calls for Banning of ‘Gone With the Wind’
Breitbart - In just three days, the left’s mob mentality took us from removing the Rebel Flag from a state capitol to banning “Gone with the Wind.” Lou Lumenick in today’s New York Post: If the Confederate flag is finally going to be consigned to museums as an ugly symbol of racism, what about the beloved film offering the most iconic glimpse of that flag in American culture? I’m talking, of course, about “Gone with the Wind[.]’’ … Lumenick isn’t beating around the bush. He’s serious about calling on Warner Bros. to smother the movie outside of museum screening — a self-imposed ban, but a ban nonetheless. This is akin to book burning.
* Related: Iconic Dukes of Hazzard Car 'General Lee' Stripped Of Confederate Flag: "This Is A New Level Of P.C. Idiocy"

Amazon Staff: Government Ordered Us Not to Sell Confederate Flag
Paul Joseph Watson - staff are telling irate customers that the company was ordered by the federal government not to sell items featuring the Confederate flag in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting. Amazon made the announcement this week, along with eBay, Sears and Walmart, that it would no longer sell products bearing the rebel flag, but according to a conversation posted on YouTube between a customer and an Amazon sales rep, the decision could have been made as a result of pressure from the government.

Election News

Rick Perry becomes first presidential candidate to reveal Big Pharma connection to mass shootings
(NaturalNews) He was widely panned for it, but former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who recently joined the crowded field of Republican presidential contenders, became the first – and so far, only – member of that group that has tied the recent Charleston, S.C., shootings to Big Pharma. In an appearance on NewsmaxTV's Steve Malzberg Show, Perry made the claim that the killing of nine African American worshippers by avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof was caused by mind-altering drugs.... He went on to point out that mood-and-mind-altering psychotropic drugs have been at the center of virtually all mass shootings in the U.S. since the Columbine school shootings in the late 1990s.

Economy & Business

The Economic Collapse Blog Has Issued A RED ALERT For The Last Six Months Of 2015
Economic Collapse - I have never done anything like this before. Ever since I started The Economic Collapse Blog in late 2009, I have never issued any kind of “red alert” for any specific period of time. As an attorney, I was trained to be level-headed and to only come to conclusions that were warranted by the evidence. So this is not something that I am doing lightly. Based on information that I have received, things that I have been told, and thousands of hours of research that have gone into the publication of more than 1,300 articles about our ongoing economic collapse, I have come to the conclusion that a major financial collapse is imminent. Therefore, I am issuing a RED ALERT for the last six months of 2015.
* Related: 18 Years Ago This Country Collapsed Almost Overnight. Is This Time Different?

Energy & Environment

Smart Meters Fire, Living Hell and Bureaucratic Messes
Activist Post - This is the real life story about what a Smart Meter can do to your home and your life, especially when a public utility company, a state regulatory agency and insurance company are involved. Colleen, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, has been living a Faustian nightmare and feels she has been pressed to all reasonable limits all because of PECO, an Exelon company, installing a SMART METER on her house.... No utility customer should have to go through with the devastatingly unknown problems Smart Meters cause: fires, explosions, problems with insurance companies, housing displacement, etc.—even some deaths due to Smart Meter fires. Nonetheless, it seems Pennsylvania state officials are turning totally deaf ears to consumer complaints about Smart Meters.

Science & Technology

Two rival self-driving cars have close call in California
(Reuters) - Two self-driving prototype cars, one operated by Google Inc and the other by Delphi Automotive Plc, had a close call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week, a Delphi executive told Reuters on Thursday. It was believed to be the first such incident involving two vehicles specially equipped for automated driving. The incident occurred Tuesday on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, said John Absmeier, director of Delphi's Silicon Valley lab and global business director for the company's automated driving program, who was a passenger in one of the cars. No collision took place. Google declined to comment.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

10,000 Sue Syngenta Over Unapproved GMO Corn Shipped to China - U.S. Farmers Lose $5 Billion in Sales
Health Impact News - Town hall meetings have been taking place recently regarding corn litigation with the Syngenta company. The lawsuit is regarding claims that Syngenta sold genetically modified corn with a strain called MIR-162 to China without their approval of the modification. “The first shipment that tested positive for MIR-162,” Hecker Law Group attorney Jacob Hecker said, “was destroyed by the Chinese in 2013. Afterwards all other shipments with trace amounts of the strain were sent back to where they came from.” Due to the strain, China, who at the time was the third largest importer of US corn, boycotted all corn from being imported from the US.

12 Strategies for Creating the Perfect Pantry
Natural Blaze - There are a lot of different ways to go about building your pantry. While each style has its pros and cons, I think that adhering to any one strategy alone leaves some gaps in your food preparedness. Personally, I’m a fan of combining the best of each world based on the needs of your particular family.


VIDEO: SB277: California's Mandatory Vaccine Bill Passes Assembly
Natural Blaze - California's SB277 which would remove virtually all vaccine exemptions from California students is quickly heading to the Governor's desk. Medical exemptions are allowed but they are extremely rare and need to be signed off by MDs. After much questionable Big Pharma lobbying - including $95,000 to Sen. Richard Pan who is carrying the bill - the law is all but passed to remove parental choice. Passing Assembly is one of the last hurdles before it gets signed into law. It is heavily expected that Gov. Jerry Brown will definitely sign.

High-Sugar Diet Can Impair Learning And Memory By Altering Gut Bacteria
Huffington Post - New research from Oregon State University finds a high-sugar, high-fat diet causes changes in gut bacteria that seem to lead to significant losses in cognitive flexibility, a measurement of the brain’s ability to switch between thinking about one concept to another, and to adapt to changes in the environment. The study, which was conducted on mice and published this week in the journal Neuroscience, found that a high-sugar diet was particularly detrimental to brain function, leading not only to decreased cognitive flexibility but also to impairments in short- and long-term memory.... "Artificial sweeteners are likely even worse [than sugar] because they have a huge effect on changing the microbiome," neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter... told The Huffington Post. "Your risk of diabetes is twice as great if you’re consuming diet drinks, which is far greater than if you’re drinking sugar-sweetened beverages."

Reasons why I eat fermented foods on a regular basis
Food Babe - In our over-sanitized modern world, most of us aren’t exposed to very much good bacteria, and this can be a problem. Most of our food has been pasteurized, irradiated, or chemically treated to kill bugs – but this also kills the good stuff. Our soil is depleted of good bacteria with the overuse of synthetic pesticides and other chemical contamination. Certain substances in our food have also been suspected to cause leaky gut syndrome – which creates tiny little holes in our digestive system organs that leak out the good bacteria we need to stay healthy and keep our immune system strong. This is why we absolutely must do everything to restore the good bacteria in our guts. Historically, food was often preserved with fermentation and traditional diets often consisted of raw and fermented foods that contained a healthy dose of good bacteria. The fermentation process creates good bacteria (probiotics) that work like a little army in your gut helping to defend you from various ailments.

Thursday - June 25, 2015 - Today in History:

1767 - Mexican Indians rioted as Jesuit priests were ordered home.
1788 - Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 10th state of the United States.
1864 - Union troops surrounding Petersburg, VA, began building a mine tunnel underneath the Confederate lines.
1868 - Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the Union.
1876 - Lt. Col. Custer and the 210 men of U.S. 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn in Montana. The event is known as "Custer's Last Stand."
1877 - In Philadelphia, PA, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Sir William Thomson (Baron Kelvin) and Emperor Pedro II of Brazil at the Centennial Exhibition.
1910 - The U.S. Congress authorized the use of postal savings stamps.
1917 - The first American fighting troops landed in France.
1946 - Ho Chi Minh traveled to France for talks on Vietnamese independence.
1950 - North Korea invaded South Korea initiating the Korean War.
1951 - In New York, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were presented on CBS using the FCC-approved CBS Color System. The public did not own color TV's at the time.
1962 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the use of unofficial non-denominational prayer in public schools was unconstitutional.
1964 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson ordered 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.
1970 - The U.S. FCC handed down a ruling (35 FR 7732), making it illegal for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the permission of the person being called.
1973 - White House Counsel John Dean admitted that U.S. President Nixon took part in the Watergate cover-up.
1981 - The U.S. Supreme Court decided that male-only draft registration was constitutional.
1986 - The U.S. Congress approved $100 million in aid to the Contras fighting in Nicaragua.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the line-item veto thereby striking down presidential power to cancel specific items in tax and spending legislation.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that those infected with HIV are protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act.
2009 - Michael Jackson died at age 50 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. (The singer's doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.)

World News

Events in Armenia Identical to First Stage of Ukrainian Coup – Russian Official
Sputnik News - Current protests in Armenia are completely identical to the first stage of the state coup in Ukraine and might be orchestrated by the United States, Igor Morozov, member of the Federation Council's International Affairs Committee, said Wednesday. Mass protests against the rise in household electricity prices erupted in Armenia’s capital of Yerevan on Friday, and on Monday and Tuesday thousands of protesters attempted to march to the presidential residence. On Tuesday morning, police dispersed the crowd using water cannons. Almost 240 people, including journalists, were brought to police stations, and 25 have sought medical assistance. According to city officials, all those detained were subsequently freed. According to Morozov, the events in Armenia are a repeat of those in Ukraine with exact precision. Thus, he concludes that Armenia is close to an armed coup.

Step closer to surveillance state? France passes new spying law
RT - The French parliament has adopted new legislation, giving the intelligence services more leeway to spy on the public. The bill comes the same day as French politicians voiced anger over revelations of US spying on three French presidents.... With their new legal powers French intelligence services may circumvent the need for judicial warrants to use wiretapping and other surveillance methods to gather intelligence from the public. Private residences could now be monitored using geolocation measures, while mobile communications can be intercepted and web-page visits can be monitored using a complex algorithm that internet providers will be forced to install. Installation of keyloggers to track computer usage in real time will now also be possible.

U.K. Bankers to Wait Seven Years for Bonuses, under new law
WSJ - Senior U.K. bankers will have to wait seven years to collect their annual bonus payments in full under tough new rules released Tuesday. Three years must pass from the time of an award to receive any pay out, and top bank executives will have a 10-year wait to be sure the bonus won’t be clawed back. Risk managers will wait five years to receive any performance awards in full, while traders and other “risk takers” will have at least a three-year wait.... While annual bonuses for many bank workers already must be paid in a mix of cash and shares and can’t be more than 100 percent of salary, Tuesday’s announcement also explicitly bans any bonuses for management at a bailed-out bank and for nonexecutive directors of any bank.

President Putin signs order to extend counter-sanctions for another year
RT - President Vladimir Putin has signed the order to extend Russian counter-measures in response to Western sanctions. They restrictions will be prolonged for a year starting from June 24, 2015.... The move comes in response to the EU decision on Monday to extend sanctions against Russia for six months. They were first imposed on August 1, 2014 over the events in Ukraine and the reunification with Crimea. Russia responded on August 7 when Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree to ban imports of beef, pork, poultry meat, fish, cheese, milk, vegetables and fruit from Australia, Canada, the EU, the US and Norway.

Colombian army killed hundreds of civilians to fake successful battles and "boost body count" in war against rebels
Washington Post - In a twisted attempt to show battlefield success against FARC rebels, the Colombian military killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of civilians between 2002 and 2008, falsely depicting them as slain combatants, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. The killings, known as “false positives,” were the source of a huge scandal in 2008, but the new report alleges that the practice was far more extensive and systematic than previously known. Many of Colombia's highest-ranking military officials either condoned the practice or did nothing to stop it, according to the rights group.

Greece Withdraws Proposal to Increase Pension Cuts says Reports
Sputnik News - Greece has withdrawn its recent proposal to increase the insurance fees from pensioners during Wednesday's round of the negotiations with its international creditors, Greek media reported. The government's proposal concerned the increase of fees in insurance funds to five percent from the additional pension and one percent with the basic one, the Greek ERT Channel reported.

NSA spied on French presidents: WikiLeaks
Reuters -The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents. The revelations were first reported in French daily Liberation and on news website Mediapart, which said the NSA spied on the presidents during a period of at least 2006 until May 2012, the month Hollande took over from Sarkozy.
* Related: Obama Reassures Hollande of “Not Targeting” French Leader’s Communications

Gardasil Vaccine in Denmark: Serious Adverse Reactions Now Number 1 in 500 Girls
Health Impact News - In March 2015, a Danish national television station (TV2) aired a documentary focusing on girls who suspected they had been injured by the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Immediately after the airing of the show, girls with similar experiences started coming out of the woodwork. Virtually all of the girls had the same story to tell. Dr. Jesper Mehlsen is now reporting that one in 500 girls – or 1,000 of the 500,000 vaccinated experience serious side effects.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Fifteen Questions that Are Being asked about the Charleston Shooting
James Perloff - I am not asserting that Dylann Roof did not commit the crime attributed to him. If the tragedy occurred just as the media has said, my heart goes out to the victims’ families, and nothing here is intended to disparage the memory of the dead. However, those who realize America has long been run by a shadow oligarchy know our country has experienced many false flags. Some have been used to attempt to bring us into wars... We have also seen false flags used to advance gun control and a domestic police state.... So we would not be injudicious to examine the Charleston incident closely, and we do find that reasonable questions are being raised.

Famous Autism Researcher, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet Found In River - Suicide By Gunshot to Chest?
I’m sad to say that two prominent doctors in the “alternative medicine” world have died in the past few days. The first is the accomplished, well known and much loved Dr. Jeffrey Bradstreet.. Fox Carolina is reporting that his body was found in a river in North Carolina and that he died of an apparent “self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest". The funeral is in Shelby, North Carolina. Shelby is a small town of 20k people, and the same town where they just apprehended the Charleston South Carolina mass church killer Dylann Roof around the time of Dr. Bradstreet’s death. Some doctors are reading this tonight and writing me that they find it suspicious and are concerned. I too am concerned, as my other half is a prominent controversial doctor as well. I suspect we’ll know more as the investigation continues.... Another doctor (whose name I cannot yet disclose) died suddenly on Father’s Day here on Florida’s East Coast. He was healthy and fit with a thriving practice, had an additional PhD in Nutrition from Harvard.
* Related: Dr. Jeff Bradstreet: Where are the unvaccinated homeschooled children with autism?

List of Sixty Traitors in U.S. Senate Who Voted to Advance Obama's Secret TPP
Citizens for Legitimate Government - U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress - 1st Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Sen. Rand Paul to sue IRS, U.S. Treasury
Washington Times - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will sue the U.S. Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service for denying his constitutional right to vote on treaties that the Obama administration unilaterally negotiated with dozens of foreign governments, The Washington Times has learned. The treaties, which the administration calls “intergovernmental agreements,” require foreign banks to gather and share private financial information about millions of Americans living and working outside the U.S. – information they would not have to disclose to the U.S. government if they lived and worked in the U.S.

Revolt: Millions of N.Y. Gun Owners Refuse to Register Firearms
Kit Daniels - So far only around 24,000 gun owners, many of them cops, registered their semiautomatic rifles with the state, meaning that the law has effectively been repealed through civil disobedience. “I am amused at the pathetically low numbers of New Yorkers who registered their so-called assault rifles,” New York State Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King said. “The number of individuals who registered their guns is 24,000 and many of these are law-enforcement officials mandated to comply by their department.”...The SAFE Act, which created a gun registry for semiautomatic weapons using detachable magazines, was practically ignored by both gun owners and sheriffs since it was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2013.

Cop Named Officer of the Year, Months Later He’s Arrested for Strangling and Raping Two Women
Patriot Rising - Despite being accused of sexual assault back in 2007, Champaign Police Officer Jerad Gale was just given his department’s highest honor in March. On March 30, Gale was named Champaign’s Officer of the Year. Just three months later he would be arrested for strangling and raping two more women. Tuesday Officer Gale was arrested and charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and domestic battery.... The rates of sexual assault and domestic battery within the ranks of police officers are almost double that of the average citizen, according to a study conducted by Bowling Green State University. Another common occurrence is the fact that cops, who are named Officer of the Year, frequently commit some of the worst crimes. The most recent ‘Officer of the Year’ to be ousted by the community is Officer Eric Casebolt, who was captured on video brutalizing a teen girl and pulling his gun out on unarmed teens.

Election News

Obama And Hillary Both Had No Problem Using Confederate Flag During Presidential Campaigns
Steve Watson - In the wake of the Charleston shooting, and subsequent pictures of the shooter posing with a Confederate flag, Barack Obama this week said that the flag belongs in a museum. It seems he has changed his tune in the last three years somewhere, however, given that he was using the symbol during his 2012 re-election campaign. Indeed, Obama have built a powerful coalition of African Americans and white Americans.”.... Hillary clinton had her own brand of Confederate merchandise in 2008. Strange given that she has also stated that the flag has no place in the US today.

Veteran News

Yard Signs Help Warn 4th of July Revelers of Combat Vets' PTSD
Howard Altman - For Russell Cook, a combat-wounded Army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, the barrage on his overloaded senses begins with fireworks explosions in his Valrico neighborhood as the calendar turns to July.... Cook is one of more than a quarter-million men and women who have traumatic stress disorder from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. No one knows how many have a hard time dealing with fireworks, but an Indiana-based nonprofit has come up with one way to help those who do -- red, white and blue lawn signs reading, "Combat Veteran Lives Here. Please Be Courteous With Fireworks."

Economy & Business

The Liquidity Crisis Intensifies: ‘Prepare For A Bear Market In Bonds’
Economic Collapse - Are we about to witness trillions of dollars of “paper wealth” vaporize into thin air? During the next financial crisis, a lot of “wealthy” investors are going to be in for a very rude awakening. The truth is that securities are only worth what someone else is willing to pay for them, and that is why liquidity is so important.... The 76 trillion dollar global bond bubble is threatening to implode, and if it does, the amount of “paper wealth” that could potentially be lost during the months ahead is almost unimaginable.

Lying CEOs Crash Their Stocks (So Will The Fed)
Zero Hedge - CEOs are not the most trustworthy figures in society. They will lay off thousands of employees to beat analysts' estimates, and yet they have no trouble looting the stock to pay themselves millions while the company loses money. However, one theme that keeps coming up is that unethical behavior has a price tag. Layoffs do not always boost the stock price. Treating people as expenses instead of assets does not pay off in the long run. Corruption is a drag on stock performance. Now, a new study shows that CEOs who lie about poor performance end up crashing their company's stock.... With this study in mind, consider the implications when the New York Fed tells us that economic activity declined because of the weather.

Energy & Environment

How Turmeric Will Light Up The Future - Literally!
Green Med Info - Amazingly, Indian researchers discovered that a mixture of two commonly consumed edible plants, red pomegranate and turmeric, when exposed to light wavelengths just below the visible threshold (380 nm), produced almost pure white light emission (WLE). This finding represents a simple, cheap and environmentally safe alternative to current LED technology, which presently rely on toxic materials, including heavy metals such as arsenic, copper, nickel, and lead, in their production.

EPA to be Sued After Endangering Pollinators with New Chemical Cocktail
Natural Society - Concerned citizens from environmental and food safety groups gave formal notice of intent to sue to the Environmental Protection Agency for approving a toxic new pesticide called bicyclopyrone (BCP). The EPA is accused of not considering the fatal consequences to befall endangered animals and plants, especially butterflies and bees responsible for pollinating our food, should BCP be used. The agency’s own risk assessment found that BCP alone exceeds levels of concern for mammals and hundreds of plants protected under the Endangered Species Act.... Sadly, the EPA gave its makers permission for use on corn – one of the biggest GM crops grown across our country – despite the fact that no tests on the herbicide’s impact on wildlife have been conducted.


8 Ways to Incorporate Salad Sprouts into Healthy Meals
Health Impact News - We all know that salad sprouts are good for us, especially when we take the time to grow them at home. What’s more is that in the process we’re literally growing food in our own kitchen. It’s a simple, doable process that anyone can follow with a little time and some good seeds.

Turmeric-Ginger Tea - A powerful anti-inflammatory remedy for pain relief
(NaturalNews) In recent years, the topic of inflammation has become more widely studied, and more is understood about this condition than in the past. Medical researchers are beginning to realize just how much of a toll chronic, low-level inflammation can take on the body and are starting to link it not only to arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, but also as a suspected culprit in diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

The lymphatic system - How it works and why cleansing it matters
(NaturalNews) The lymphatic system is made up of glands, lymph nodes, and a network of vessels. The tonsils, spleen, thymus, and adenoids are the glands of the lymphatic system. This system plays three major roles in the body: Immunological defense, fat absorption, and fluid balance. If the lymphatic system isn't working properly, our bodies can't fight disease or remove toxins. For this reason it's crucial to keep the fluid of the lymphatic system (lymph) moving. Slow moving lymph can lead to disease, even cancer, in some cases.

Wednesday - June 24, 2015 - Today in History:

1717 - The Freemasons were founded in London.
1861 - Federal gunboats attacked Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Virginia.
1862 - U.S. intervention saved the British and French at the Dagu forts in China.
1896 - Booker T. Washington became the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Howard University.
1910 - The Japanese army invaded Korea.
1931 - The Soviet Union and Afghanistan signed a treaty of neutrality.
1940 - France signed an armistice with Italy.
1940 - TV cameras were used for the first time in a political convention as the Republicans convened in Philadelphia, PA.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pledged all possible support to the Soviet Union.
1955 - Soviet MIG's down a U.S. Navy patrol plane over the Bering Strait.
1964 - The Federal Trade Commission announced that starting in 1965, cigarette manufactures would be required to include warnings on their packaging about the harmful effects of smoking.
1970 - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
1982 - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that no president could be sued for damages connected with actions taken while serving as President of the U.S.
1997 - The U.S. Air Force released a report titled "The Roswell Report, Case Closed" that dismissed the claims that an alien spacecraft had crashed in Roswell, NM, in 1947.
2002 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juries, not judges, must make the decision to give a convicted killer the death penalty.
2004 - Federal investigators questioned President George W. Bush for more than an hour in connection with the news leak of a CIA operative's name.
2006 - Patsy Ramsey, who was thrust into the national spotlight by the unsolved slaying of her daughter JonBenet, died at age 49.
2009 - After going AWOL for seven days, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted that he had secretly flown to Argentina to visit his mistress.
2010 - Apple released the iPhone 4.
2011 - New York State legalized same-sex marriage.

World News

Greek debt crisis LIVE UPDATES
RT - Greece and its lenders have been gridlocked in talks over its €240-billion debt for about six months. Fears of Greece defaulting are causing a run on the banks, with people withdrawing record amounts of deposits. RT will report on the latest developments.

Anti-ISIL Coalition Carries Out 17 Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria - CENTCOM
Sputnik News - The US-led coalition against Islamic State carried out 17 airstrikes on targets in Iraq and Syria, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement on Tuesday. Three airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, where the US-led coalition has been providing support to a coalition of Syrian Kurdish forces of the YPG, Assyrian Christians and the Free Syrian Army group Burkan al-Firat.

Philippines Escalates Military Games with US, Japan in South China Sea
Sputnik News - In a move that could be interpreted as a warning to China, the Philippines is set to hold separate naval exercises with US and Japanese navies not far from the hotly disputed Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea. The two-week-long exercises with the US began last week off the east coast of Palwan Island, just 100 miles from the Spratly islands, according to US Navy spokesman Arlo Abrahamson, and will run until June 26. The exercises will overlap with drills held by the Philippines and Japanese navies around the same island through June 27.

Extended EU Sanctions Against Russia to Remain Ineffective
Sputnik News - Anti-Russian sanctions extended by the European Union over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine on Monday will remain unproductive, President of Athens Institute for Education and Research Gregory Papanikos told Sputnik on Tuesday.... On June 19, a study by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research revealed the European Union could lose up to 100 billion euros ($114 billion) due to the anti-Russian sanctions if things remain unchanged. Besides, according to the calculations, current political situation can also affect over 2 million EU jobs because of the declining exports. “There is no question that the economic impact will be negative for both Russia and EU. But this relates very much on the enforcement of economic sanctions and of course their duration…EU should scrap economic sanctions because they do not work from a political point of view.”

Greek government confident despite backlash over debt deal
(Reuters) - Greece's leftwing government expressed confidence on Tuesday that parliament would approve a debt deal with lenders, despite an angry reaction from some of its own lawmakers who accused it of caving in to pressure for more austerity. Concessions offered by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, including hikes to tax and pension contributions, garnered a cautious welcome from euro zone leaders but triggered a furious reaction from some leftists in the ruling Syriza party.
* Related: Why The IMF Will Reject The Latest Greek Proposal In Just Two Numbers

UPDATE 1-G4S says making plans with Greece to cope with a bank crisis
(Reuters) - Security services group G4S has drawn up plans with Greece's central bank to keep the country's cash machines stocked in the event of a full-blown economic crisis, the company told Reuters. Andreas Paterakis, the head of southern Europe for G4S, also said the Britain-based company stored cash for a handful of major businesses last week as fears grew about the stability of Greek banks. "Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were critical, really critical," he said, referring to withdrawals of cash from Greek banks. He added the situation eased over the weekend. Greeks withdrew more than 4 billion euros ($4.50 billion) from the banking system last week on fears the country was set to default and potentially leave the euro zone.

Does The IMF Actually Want To Cause A Greek Debt Default?
Economic Collapse - As this endless crisis has stretched on month after month, it has become increasingly apparent that more is going on here than meets the eye. In particular, the IMF has been standing in the way of a deal time after time. So what do IMF officials want? Are they looking for the “unconditional surrender” of this new Greek government in order to send a message to other governments that would potentially defy them? Or could it be possible that the IMF actually wants a Greek debt default for some other insidious reason? When the latest Greek proposal was embraced with enthusiasm by EU officials, many hoped that this meant that the crisis would soon be resolved. But it turns out that there is still one very important player that is not happy, and that is the IMF. The following comes from the Wall Street Journal…

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China, Russia
Defense One - The Pentagon and intelligence community are developing war plans and an operations center to fend off Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government satellites. The ops center, to be opened within six months, will receive data from satellites belonging to all government agencies, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Tuesday at the GEOINT symposium, an annual intelligence conference sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.... Senior officials at the Pentagon and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are still finalizing details of the new center, which will back up the military’s Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

New Pentagon manual declares journalists can be enemy combatants
Washington Times - The Pentagon’s new thick book of instructions for waging war the legal way says that terrorists also can be journalists.... The manual pushes aside the George W. Bush-era label of “unlawful enemy combatant” for al Qaeda and the like. The new term of choice: “unprivileged belligerent.” An eye-catching section deals with a definition of journalists and how they are expected to stay out of the fight. The manual defines them this way: “In general, journalists are civilians. However, journalists may be members of the armed forces, persons authorized to accompany the armed forces, or unprivileged belligerents.”

Manchin, Toomey both interested in reviving gun control push
Washington Post - In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are considering ways to renew their failed push to pass meaningful gun-control legislation. “We want to make sure we have the votes. Pat’s going to have to, and I’ll work with him, to get some of our colleagues on the Republican side,” Manchin said, adding that he hasn’t talked directly to Toomey about a revival. Manchin specifically mentioned an effort aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of people diagnosed with mental illness.

Military Takes Over Florida High-School Parking Lot in Preparation for Terrorist Training
TheRundownLive - Marion County residents have been instructed to not worry about the 600-700 military soldiers who have occupied the Westport High School parking lot. According to the Ocala Post, the military drill is under the guise of “Operation Guardian,” and will improve their skills in the event of a “terrorist attack or natural disaster”. According to a government website Operation Guardian’s purpose is to “combat the importation of substandard tainted, and counterfeit products that pose health and safety risks to consumers” and is under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).... The homepage mentions no use of military involvement which if used domestically in real time, could be a direct violation of the Posse Comitatus act.

CNN Goes There: Asks If Thomas Jefferson Memorials Should Be Removed Because He Owned Slaves?
Zero Hedge - As the Confederate Flag hysteria escalates, CNN's Ashleigh Banfield asks fellow CNN mouthpiece Don Lemon if it’s now appropriate for lawmakers to start a future conversation about whether or not the monument of Thomas Jefferson should be removed from the U.S. Capitol. As DailySurge notes rather eloquently, Banfield is foolish to conflate the Confederate flag with a Thomas Jefferson memorial; but we fear the stupid won’t be receding anytime soon.

Pentagon Prepares for Rise of Great Power Competition - US Defense Official
Sputnik News - The US Department of Defense is preparing for the coming challenges of rivalries between world powers in Europe and Asia, US Department of Defense official for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (SOLIC) Theresa Mari Whelan said on Tuesday. Both Russia and China have developed sophisticated intelligence gathering and operational capabilities that the US Defense officials have said could counter the US ability to project military power.

Corporations Win Again: Senate Passes Obamatrade Fast-Track Bill
Zero Hedge - From the Hill: The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority.... Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory. They did so even though the trade package did not include a workers assistance program for people displaced by increased trade.... To move fast-track forward, the White House and GOP leaders in both chambers decided to break TAA away from fast-track, and to try to approve both in separate votes. After the Senate votes Wednesday on final passage for fast-track, it will take a procedural vote on a package that includes TAA and trade preferences for African countries known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

US criminal economics: TPP secret treaty = ‘constitutional republic,’ debt = ‘money’, 500 million+ dead from poverty = ‘necessary.’ Had enough to demand arrests?
Carl Herman - US criminal economics: TPP secret treaty = ‘constitutional republic,’ debt = ‘money’, 500 million+ dead from poverty = ‘necessary.’ Had enough to demand arrests? The .01% psychopathic oligarch “leaders” in US government, banking/finance, and corporate media wage war upon the 99.99% in ~100 crucial areas. Aside from lie-began overt unlawful military Wars of Aggression connected to economic domination with the US starting over 200 such armed attacks since WW2 and war-murdering ~30 million people (with these crimes “covered” by corporate media, let’s consider three central economic policies...

VIDEO: Police release dash cam video of Dylann Roof arrest
ABC News - Police have released video of Dylann Roof's arrest in Shelby, N.C. after he allegedly gunned down nine people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The video footage, taken from a police cruiser's dash cam on June 18, shows how officers swarmed around Roof's car on a busy street, and quickly took him into custody.

CNN Guest: Efforts to Remove Confederate Flag Are “Cultural Genocide”
Paul Joseph Watson - As the debate continues to rage over the Confederate flag in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre, one CNN guest claimed that efforts to remove the controversial symbol are predicated on “cultural genocide” against people from the south.
* Related: Cultural Revolution: Wallmart Amazon and eBay to ban Confederate merchandise

Autopsy shows Freddie Gray died of 'high-energy injury': Baltimore newspaper
(Reuters) - The autopsy of the Baltimore black man who died after being hurt while in police custody shows he suffered a "high-energy injury" like those in shallow-water diving accidents, the Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday. The spinal injury to Freddie Gray, whose death in April triggered protests and rioting, was most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, the newspaper said. It cited a copy of the autopsy report, which has not been made public. The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death fit the medical and legal definition of an accident. But it ruled the death to be a homicide because officers failed to follow safety procedures "through acts of omission."

Economy & Business

Big Investors Are Dropping Stocks Like Hot Potatoes
Daily Sheeple - The stock market has reached completely unrealistic levels, and it was only a matter of time before investors started getting out while the getting is good, which is exactly how most bubbles start to unravel.... Jill Carey Hall of Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced that their clients sold $4.1 billion in stocks last week. Coincidentally, this is largest sell-off that they’ve seen January of 2008. But more importantly, the bulk of these sales have been conducted by what she’s calling “institutional investors.” In other words, these are some of the biggest stock players, which often include insurance companies, hedge funds, banks, and pension funds. This sudden sell-off was just that. Sudden. According to Jill Carey “After three weeks of net buying, institutional clients’ net sales last week were the largest in our data history”.

Science & Technology

How facial recognition will change shopping in stores
ExtremeTech - The privacy groups maintain that businesses using this technology should get permission before scanning your face for identification. Once identified, the businesses track your purchases and buying habits, as well as gather information from any available database that has you listed — criminal histories and credit information, for example. On the other side, retailers want to use this data for marketing purposes, presenting consumers with special offers according their buying habits and purchasing power. They also want to identify potential criminals.... The biggest concern among privacy groups is use of the technology by retailers, including casinos, to target and profile people. So long as a company has an existing photo of “persons of interest,” from shoplifters to “your best customers,” staff can be sent an email or text alerting them of that person’s arrival.... There is also the danger of the data being hacked.

US Federal Cyber Defense Project Doomed by Lack of Funding - Official
Sputnik News - The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) cannot afford a $93 million IT upgrade to prevent future cybersecurity breaches, OPM Assistant Inspector General for Audit Mike Esser told a Senate Financial Services and General Government hearing on Tuesday. “The cost of this work is likely to be substantial and the lack of the dedicated funding source increases the risk that the project will fail to meet its objectives,” Esser stated. The project aims to overhaul OPM’s entire infrastructure and migrate all systems to a new datacenter environment. “Its estimate of $93 million includes only the initial phases of the project, which covers tightening up the security controls and building a new shell environment,” the official said.


Are Psych Drugs Killing 500,000 Seniors?
Green Med Info - Does the long term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good? Yes, says Professor Peter C. Gotzche. And, he contends, the harm done by psych drugs causes a shocking 500,000 deaths in adults aged 65 and older every year in the Western World.... Professor Gotzche blames biased drug trials. Almost all randomized trials include patients already taking another psychiatric drug. They are taken off their medication, and after a short "wash-out" period, are randomized to a placebo or the test drug. But the patients going "cold turkey" are dealing with withdrawal symptoms. As a group they make the new drug look good in comparison. In addition, Professor Gotzche blames under-reporting of deaths in drug company trials.... It's even estimated that psych meds put 49 million Americans at risk for cancer. If you are given a prescription for one of these drugs check the Beers Criteria.

Kidney Cleanse: 22 Foods for Kidney Health
Natural Society - Kidney cleanses have been utilized since ancient times to keep the kidneys free of calcium deposits. These calcium accumulations can sometimes increase to the size of a kidney stone. You’ll usually know when you have a kidney stone because the pain can be excruciating. Thankfully, both kidney cleanses and consuming essential foods for kidney health are sound ways to prevent complications.

Artichokes can prevent cancer and protect your liver
(NaturalHealth365) A 2004 USDA study about antioxidant content in a range of foods found that artichokes were among the top four of all vegetables tested. Their phytonutrient content makes them valuable in protecting against health issues like liver problems and cancer. They were also shown to be highly effective against heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol. Artichokes are rich in polyphenol-type antioxidants that can help to prevent numerous types of cancers, including breast cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia.... Artichokes also have a number of amazing benefits for the liver. They contain silymarin, a flavonoid known for protecting the liver by optimizing cell function. Consuming artichokes also results in an increase in bile production, which is associated with cynarin, a very beneficial compound for liver health.

Tuesday - June 23, 2015 - Today in History:

1683 - William Penn signed a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.
1700 - Russia gave up its Black Sea fleet as part of a truce with the Ottoman Empire.
1760 - The Austrians defeated the Prussians at Landshut, Germany.
1757 - Robert Clive defeated the Indians at Plassey and won control of Bengal.
1836 - The U.S. Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states.
1860 - The U.S. Secret Service was created to arrest counterfeiters.
1902 - Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy renewed the Triple Alliance for a 12 year duration.
1931 - Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.
1947 - The U.S. Senate joined the House in overriding President Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.
1951 - Soviet U.N. delegate Jacob Malik proposed cease-fire discussions in the Korean War.
1952 - The U.S. Air Force bombed power plants on Yalu River, Korea.
1964 - Henry Cabot Lodge resigned as the U.S. envoy to Vietnam and was succeeded by Maxwell Taylor.
1966 - Civil Rights marchers in Mississippi were dispersed by tear gas.
1972 - U.S. President Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation.
2004 - The U.S. proposed that North Korea agree to a series of nuclear disarmament measures over a three-month period in exchange for economic benefits.
2005 - Former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 1964 Mississippi slayings of three civil rights workers.

World News

Airstrike Kills ISIL Militant Linked to 2012 Benghazi Attack on US Embassy
Sputnik News - An Islamic State militant linked to the 2012 attack on a US embassy in Benghazi, which killed US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, was wiped out during a US airstrike in Iraq, the Pentagon said late Monday. The Islamist was identified as Ali Awni Harzi, a "known Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant operative and organizational intermediary." "His death degrades ISIL's ability to integrate North African jihadists into the Syrian and Iraqi fight and removes a jihadist with long ties to international terrorism," Pentagon officials said in a statement.

NATO plans 40,000-strong rapid response force in E. Europe
RT - NATO’s rapid response Spearhead Force in Europe might reach 40,000 troops, a tenfold growth from the initial 4,000-strong force deployed last year, the military alliance’s chief said. Most of these troops will be stationed near Russian borders. “NATO defense ministers ... [will] make a decision to further increase the strength and capacity of the 13,000-strong NATO Response Force (NRF) to 30,000 or 40,000 troops,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday. The decision is to be officially announced during NATO’s defense ministers meeting on June 24-25 in Brussels. The troops will be under the command of 6 HQs to be stationed in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. The Spearhead Force will include Special Forces and rapid response teams, enforced with marine and air components.

Bundeswehr Can't Take Part in NATO Tasks Due to Lack of Equipment, Budget
Sputnik News - The Bundeswehr, the unified armed forces of Germany, is incapable of effectively participating in NATO tasks due to being ill-equipped, Hans-Peter Bartels, a member of the Bundestag, told Die Welt in an interview. To participate in NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) drills in Poland, Germany had to scrape much of its arms and equipment "from all around the Bundeswehr," Bartels said. That's why Germany should significantly increase its military spending, Bartels argued.

Greece Capitulates: Tsipras Crosses "Red Line", Will Accept Bailout Extension
Zero Hedge - Under pressure from all sides (and most importantly from Mario Draghi who holds the fate of the Greek banking sector in his hands) Greece looks to have folded and is now set to accept an extension of its current bailout program. PM Alexis Tsipras now faces an uphill battle to unite Syriza around what is likely to be an unpopular agreement. If he fails, the country could plunge into political and social turmoil.

‘Abortion drone’ to drop DIY drugs over Poland to women
The Telegraph - A drone carrying medical abortion pills is set to fly to Poland, where abortion is severely restricted for women. The ‘abortion drone’ is being sent by not-for-profit organization Women on Waves – which provides medical abortion pills around the world – in a bid to help Polish women terminate their pregnancies safely. Normally the company sends the pills by post, after women have placed their orders online, but this is the first time it has used the unorthodox method of delivery by drone. On Saturday, it will drop a number of packages of World Health Organization-approved abortion pills over a Polish town on the border of Germany, where it will be met by women’s groups who will hand the pills to individual women who need them.

Caribbean states developing biometric travel card
Planet Biometrics - The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is developing a biometric travel card which citizens can simply “swipe” to travel between the nations, according to local officials. Director-General of the OECS Commission, Dr Didacus Jules, said the initiative was part of regional integration plans, reported St Lucia Online. “We have already designed a single biometric ID card that contains all the information that is required so that in the near future, with the issuance of these cards, people from the OECS will not even have to fill out immigration cards to move – you just swipe and you move.”... Meanwhile, in February the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has also unveiled plans for a region-wide biometric identity card.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Last Chance to Stop Fast Track: Sen. Sessions Blasts Ugly Facts
New American - In a last-hour attempt to stop the U.S. Senate from committing a most dangerous act, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has once again taken the heroic stance of lone warrior, warning fellow Republicans against giving President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, aka Fast Track). After weeks of complicated maneuvering and a confusing jumble of votes, the stand-alone TPA bill passed by the House last week is set to go back to the Senate on Tuesday, for what could be the final vote to confer what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has admitted is “an enormous grant of power, obviously, from a Republican Congress to a Democratic president.”

Obama DOJ in $29 Million Charleston Shooting Payout
Memory Hole - On the late afternoon of Friday June 19 the Obama Justice Department led by new Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced it will “fast track” $29 million to victim families of the June 17 shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston South Carolina, Reuters reports. The exorbitant payout amounts to over $3.2 million per family.

#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Vandalize Statues In Charleston
Steve Watson - In the wake of the heinous mass shooting in Charleston last week, #BlackLivesMatter protesters descended on the city this weekend and set about vandalizing a historical monument to get their point across. The ‘protesters’ directed their anger at a Confederate memorial statue Saturday night, scrawling “black lives matter” and “This was the problem #racist” in red spray paint on the base of the Fort Sumter statue.... The City responded by covering the monument. Then others placed signs around it that read #AllLivesMatter – a clear rejection of the divisive agenda of the so called ‘protesters’.
* Related: ‘No Obama. No Sharpton.’ Charleston rejects racial hatemongers with #GoHomeDeray campaign

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag from State Capitol
NBC News - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol Monday. “Today we are here in a moment of unity to say it’s time to move the flag from the capitol grounds,” Haley said during a news conference attended by Republican senators Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott and other state leaders. Meanwhile, political and religious leaders in the state urged lawmakers to vote to remove the flag as early as Tuesday in tribute to the nine people gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston last week. Authorities have said the shooting was a hate crime, and a white supremacist website that may be linked to shooter Dylann Roof shows images that apparently show him holding the flag.

No Rolling Mainstream Media Coverage Of Two OTHER Mass Shootings
Steve Watson - While the nation’s mainstream media continues to obsess over the heinous Charleston shooting, two other mass shootings occurred this past weekend in Detroit and Philadelphia, but were barely covered at all, despite the fact that 19 people were shot and 1 person killed.... The two shootings constituted black on black violence, and as such do not neatly fit the constant barrage of race baiting division currently being pumped out by the mainstream media. This is why you probably didn’t hear about the incidents until now.

Free Range Parents Cleared: CPS Declares Kids Playing Outside Alone is Not Neglect
Activist Post - Police and Child Protective Services in Maryland twice removed the Meitiv children, 10 and 6, from their parents for child endangerment because they played alone at a nearby park. The generation that grew up as latchkey kids is now being called "free range" parents if they let their children play outside unattended. And they're being charged with neglect. Today it's being reported that CPS has cleared parents Danielle and Sasha Meitiv of a second case of neglect. They were cleared of wrongdoing in their first case less than a month ago. No harm ever befell the children except when they were kidnapped by overzealous authorities and kept away from their loving parents.

Election News

Establishment Media Links Rand Paul to White Supremacy Group
Kurt Nimmo - The political establishment will use a report that Rand Paul’s political action committee accepted a donation from the Council of Conservative Citizens to sabotage his presidential bid. Dylann Roof, the suspect in the Charleston church murders, allegedly mentioned the Council of Conservative Citizens in a so-called manifesto attributed to him. Roof wrote that he learned of “brutal black on white murders” on the group’s website following the killing of Trayvon Martin 2012. A story appearing in The Guardian on Sunday said the group donated to the campaigns of several prominent Republicans, including presidential candidates.

Veteran News

VA Wait List Continues to Grow at Alarming Rate
The Daily Sheeple - It’s been over a year since it was discovered that the Department of Veterans Affairs had been using “secret lists” to conceal the fact that they had abysmal wait times for veterans in need, some whom died while waiting to be treated… Now the number of veterans who are waiting one month or more for their treatment, has grown 50% since last year, and they’re currently facing a $3 billion budget shortfall. The VA is now considering furloughs and hiring freezes to continue their operation.

US military admits it carried out secret race-based experiments to test impact of mustard gas on US soldiers
The Independent - The US Department of Defence has for the first time admitted that it carried out race-based tests on American troops as part of its research about mustard gas. Up to 60,000 men were enlisted for a programme, declassified in 1993, to test mustard gas and other chemicals agents on US troops. But National Public Radio reported that the Pentagon has for the first time admitted that it grouped its test subjects by race as it believed African American and Puerto Rican US troops might respond to the poisonous gas different to white soldiers.

Economy & Business

Warren Buffett: Derivatives Are Still Weapons Of Mass Destruction And ‘Are Likely To Cause Big Trouble’
Economic Collapse - The next great global financial collapse that so many are warning about is nearly upon us, and when it arrives derivatives are going to play a starring role. When many people hear the word “derivatives”, they tend to tune out because it is a word that sounds very complicated. And without a doubt, derivatives can be enormously complex.... At their core, derivatives represent nothing more than a legalized form of gambling. A derivative is essentially a bet that something either will or will not happen in the future. Ultimately, someone will win money and someone will lose money. There are hundreds of trillions of dollars worth of these bets floating around out there, and one of these days this gigantic time bomb is going to go off and absolutely cripple the entire global financial system.

Top CEO Warns Of Global Reset: “It’s In The Cards For Sure… It Could Happen This Year”
Mac Slavo - When this reset comes to pass the manipulations so apparent in commodities and broader stock markets today will be exposed, and according to Neumeyer, may lead to the biggest surge in precious metals we have ever seen. Echoing the forecasts of one of the world’s leading trend strategists Gerald Celenete, Neumeyer notes that the monetary system that takes hold after a global reset could result in gold rising to $3000 an ounce or more. Such a move would have a similar impact on silver, which may stabilize at it’s historical silver-to-gold ratio of 16:1, putting it’s strike price somewhere above $150 an ounce. Right now, you’re mining 10 ounces of silver for every one ounce of gold. So gold is trading at… let’s say $1,200 just to round it up. So that would be $120 silver, if the ratio was 10-to-1. So I say silver should be $120.
* Related: 'It's time to hold physical cash,' says one of Britain's most senior fund managers

Science & Technology

Churches are using facial recognition software to spy on members
MassPrivateI - Soon every churchgoer will be identified by facial recognition software! You read that right, churches will soon be using facial recognition software to identify you and your family. The company website brags: "First of its kind, Churchix provides you with accurate data on members attendance in your events and services. The software also allows you to sort and manage your videos and photos." “Churchix was originally developed by us for a chain of international churches, which wanted to follow up with membership attendance at its events. Today it’s being used at a number of other churches in the US and in Indonesia” Moshe Greenshpan, the company’s CEO said.

"EPIC" fail-how OPM hackers tapped the mother lode of espionage data
Ars Technica - Government officials have been vague in their testimony about the data breaches—there was apparently more than one—at the Office of Personnel Management. But on Thursday, officials from OPM, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of the Interior revealed new information that indicates at least two separate systems were compromised by attackers within OPM's and Interior's networks… initial actions by the agency in response to the breaches indicate information of as many as 3.2 million federal employees (both current federal employees and retirees) was exposed. However, new estimates in light of this week's revelations have soared, estimating as many as 14 million people in and outside government will be affected by the breach—including uniformed military and intelligence personnel… And if true, personal details from nearly everyone who works for the government in some capacity may now be in the hands of a foreign government.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

WHO labels 2,4-D herbicide as ‘possibly’ causing cancer
RT - The WHO cancer research unit has deemed 2,4-D, the active ingredient of Dow’s herbicide – once used in infamous Agent Orange – as ‘possibly’ causing cancer. The chemical ranked one behind the ‘probably carcinogenic’ glyphosate in Monsanto's Roundup... Since its inception in 1945, 2,4-D has been widely used to control weeds in urban and residential settings. The chemical also makes up half of the toxic mix in Agent Orange, once used by the United States during the Vietnam War, which is thought to have resulted in the deaths of an estimated 400,000 and birth defects in 500,000 people. Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical Co, rejected the findings of the IARC review, claiming the new classification is “inconsistent with government findings in nearly 100 countries.”

10 Ways to Use Orange Peels for Home and Health
Natural Society - Maybe you’ve heard that we waste 35% of all edible food in this country. The worst part? Much of the stuff we throw away has secret uses the average person may not know about. Citrus peels are one of those wasted items that have so many uses, but often end up in the trash bin. Here are 10 ways to use every square inch of your oranges, limes, and lemons after you’ve enjoyed their juice.


VIDEO: American Adults Surpass Children in Taking Drugs to Stay Focused
Bloomberg - ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, isn’t just for kids anymore. Adults in the U.S. have overtaken children in taking medication for the condition and accounted for 53 percent of the industrywide 63 million prescriptions for ADHD drugs last year, according to data compiled by Shire Plc, which makes the top-selling Vyvanse treatment. That compared with 39 percent in 2007, the Dublin-based drugmaker said.

CDC already pushing next year's flu shot despite last year's vaccine debacle
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it plans to introduce two new flu vaccines this fall, a trivalent (three-in-one) and a quadrivalent (four-in-one) variety, that it hopes will work better than last year's jabs.... Part of the problem is that influenza strains are constantly mutating and developing resistance to conventional therapies, including flu shots and antiviral medications. With this in mind, it makes little sense to continue pushing more flu shots using the mantra that they at least provide some protection, when in fact they provide almost no protection and are clearly contributing to the spread of flu.

Health Benefits of Ginseng
Dr. Mercola - Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal supplements in the US, perhaps most well known for its traditional use of boosting memory and energy levels. However, it has many other uses. For starters, ginseng is considered an adaptogen, which means it helps your body to withstand mental and physical stress. Delving further into the benefits first requires understanding the different types of ginseng available. There are three major varieties, each with unique attributes, although only two are actually ginseng...

Pet News

Black Widow Spider Can Kill Your Pet If You Don't Act Fast
Dr. Becker - Without the anti-venom, this bite is fatal for most cats and many dogs. They'll need hospitalization, and even then the prognosis may be unclear for days. This "cousin" inflicts bites that are just as disturbing, but with different symptoms. What to have on hand for both.

Monday - June 22, 2015 - Today in History:

1611 - English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers.
1807 - British seamen board the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to the War of 1812.
1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated a second time.
1868 - Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
1870 - The U.S. Congress created the Department of Justice.
1925 - France and Spain agreed to join forces against Abd el Krim in Morocco.
1933 - Germany became a one political party country when Hitler banned parties other than the Nazis.
1939 - The first U.S. water-ski tournament was held at Jones Beach, on Long Island, New York.
1940 - France and Germany signed an armistice at Compiegne, on terms dictated by the Nazis.
1941 - Under the codename Barbarossa, Germany invaded the Soviet Union.
1942 - A Japanese submarine shelled Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River.
1942 - V-Mail, or Victory-Mail, was sent for the first time.
1944 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the "GI Bill of Rights" to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.
1945 - During World War II, the battle for Okinawa officially ended after 81 days.
1946 - Jet airplanes were used to transport mail for the first time.
1970 - U.S. President Richard Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It required that the voting age in the United States to be 18.
1990 - Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled in Berlin.
1999 - The Supreme Court ruled that persons with remediable handicaps cannot claim discrimination in employment under the Americans with Disability Act.
2009 - Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film.
2011 - President Barack Obama announced he would pull home 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the following summer.

World News

Taliban attack on Afghan parliament in Kabul ends
BBC News - A co-ordinated Taliban attack on the Afghan parliament in Kabul has ended with all six gunmen killed, the interior ministry says. Attackers detonated a huge car bomb outside the gates, stormed the compound, then entered a building next to the chamber. Police evacuated the premises, while trying to fight the gunmen off. The Taliban say they carried out the attack to coincide with a vote to endorse a new defence minister.

U.N. to issue findings on war crimes in 2014 Gaza conflict
(Reuters) - The United Nations said it will publish the results of an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants during the 2014 Gaza conflict on Monday. The independent U.N. commission of inquiry, composed of chair Mary McGowan Davis, a former justice of the Supreme Court of New York, and Senegalese expert Doudou Diene, will publish the findings of their year-long probe at a news conference scheduled for 1130 GMT in Geneva.

12 Signs That The United States And China Are Moving Toward War
Michael Snyder - Thanks to events in the South China Sea and the blatant theft of the personal information of millions of U.S. government workers, tensions between the United States and China are the highest that they have been in decades. Most Americans typically assume that a real, actual shooting war between the U.S. and China could never possibly happen, but as you will see below the Chinese are actually spending a lot of time and money preparing for precisely such a conflict.

Saudi Arabia regime warns citizens against sharing 'faked documents'
The Nation - Saudi Arabia on Saturday urged its citizens not to distribute "documents that might be faked" in an apparent response to WikiLeaks' publication on Friday of more than 60,000 documents it says are secret Saudi diplomatic communications. The statement, made by the Foreign Ministry on its Twitter account, did not directly deny the documents' authenticity. The released documents, which WikiLeaks said were embassy communications, emails between diplomats and reports from other state bodies, include discussions of Saudi Arabia's position regarding regional issues and efforts to influence media.
* Related: WikiLeaks Reveals Saudi Arabia’s Efforts to Stir Political Unrest in Iran

Israel Bombing Elementary Schools Not Considered War Crimes, “Collateral Damage”. UN Commissioned Task Force
Global Research - The High Level International Military Group—a UN-commissioned group made up of 11 former chiefs of staff, generals, senior officers, and political leaders from the U.S., Germany, Spain, Holland, the U.K., Italy, Australia, and Colombia—dismissed all charges and allegations of Israel’s war crimes after investigating last summer’s attack on Gaza. The report was issued on Saturday following the group’s five-day trip to the region in March. It ultimately claims that Israel acted responsibly and with much restraint when the IDF bombarded Gaza last summer during what is known as “Operation Protective Edge.” The report even refers to the attack as “legitimate.”

Hungary, Greece, Cyprus to Restart Food Trade With Russia Despite Sanctions
Sputnik News - Hungary, Greece and Cyprus may soon be allowed to export fruit and vegetables to the Russian market, according to a report in the newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Russian health authorities are conducting audits of suppliers in all three countries, as well as India, Alexey Alexeyenko, the director of Rosselkhoznadzor (the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) is quoted as saying… The US, the EU and other western countries have imposed several rounds of sanctions against Moscow in 2014 and early 2015. Russia responded by embargo of several foodstuffs, including dairy products, meat, fruits and vegetables from the EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.

Germany Makes Final Warning to Greece Over Foreign Debt
Sputnik News - Germany has issued a final warning to Greece threatening that Greece will have to leave the Eurozone if they fail to establish a deal with their creditors.... According to a source in the administration of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Greek deadline for reaching negotiations will not be changed. Leaders of the Eurozone countries are due to meet in Brussels tomorrow [Monday] for a final meeting to discuss needed reforms in order to meet the demands of Greek creditors. If the deal is not reached by June 30, when Greece’s international bailout ends, the country will run out of money and find itself unable to pay its debts or finance the running of the state.
* Related: Meanwhile, Greece Is Quietly Printing Billions Of Euros

S Korean Lawmaker Files Lawsuit Over Gov't Failure to Handle MERS Outbreak
Sputnik News - A South Korean lawmaker filed a lawsuit against the government over failure to provide an adequate response to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus’s outbreak in the country, local media reported on Sunday. The death toll from the MERS outbreak, which started in South Korea in May, stands at 25, while the total number of those infected with the virus amounts to 169, the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare said Saturday. "The government has a duty to ensure the people's rights to be cautious by revealing a list of hospitals where MERS patients stayed and to provide detailed information on other places visited by them," Moon Jeong-gu said as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

Belgian Doctors Are Euthanizing Patients Without Their Consent
CNS News - The Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine Council released a paper in 2014 discussing the use of sedatives “with the direct intention of shortening the dying process of terminal palliative care in patients with no prospect of a meaningful recovery.” This document, which applies to both children and adults, holds that “suffering should be avoided at all times,” adding that the process of withdrawing treatment and increasing the doses of “sedative/opioids” to fatal levels in patients in intensive care “must not be interpreted as killing.” “Shortening the dying process by administering sedatives beyond what is needed for patient comfort can be not only acceptable but in many cases desirable,” the council document stated. Although end-of-life decisions should be discussed with the patient’s relatives, the statement noted that the final decision is “made by the care team and not by the relatives.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Louisiana governor vetoes license plate reader bill, citing privacy concerns
Ars Technica - In a rare move against the advance of license plate readers, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has vetoed a plan to acquire the scanners in the Bayou State. It had previously passed both houses of the Louisiana legislature overwhelmingly… Earlier this year, Ars obtained 4.6 million LPR records collected by the police in Oakland, Calif. over four years and learned that just 0.16 percent of those reads were "hits." We discovered that such data is incredibly revelatory. We were able to find the city block where a member of the city council lives using nothing but the database, a related data visualization tool, and his license plate number.

There’s a disturbing website with dozens of photos of the alleged Charleston shooter
Business Insider - Two people are claiming to have found the website belonging to a 21-year-old who’s accused of killing nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday. Using a reverse Whois finder, two Twitter users found, which appears to have been registered by alleged Charleston shooter Dylann Roof in February. The Twitter users who found the site operate under the names Emma Quangel and Henry Krinkle. The Washington Post reported late Saturday afternoon that authorities confirmed that the site belonged to Roof. That website includes a number of pictures that appear to be Roof as well as a lengthy racist manifesto.

SUBOXONE: The Psych Drug Behind The Charleston Church Shooting?
Robert Harrington - Suboxone is a powerful psychoactive drug which is utilized in breaking heroin and narcotic pain reliever addictions. Just like methadone*, suboxone has it downside risks and adverse side effects. It is a medication which contains two primary ingredients — buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a synthetic opiate; naloxone is drug that blocks feelings of euphoria.... Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was a known drug user who was caught with the powerful mind-altering narcotic Suboxone when apprehended by police during an incident on Feb. 28.
* Related: Every Mass Shooting Shares One Thing In Common & It’s NOT Weapons

VIDEO: No “Summer of Rage” or Shooting Hysteria in Charleston, SC Aftermath
Prison Planet - Citizens in Charleston, South Carolina, are demonstrating unity and forgiveness in the wake of the horrible shooting tragedy that shook the nation earlier this week.... Contrary to the unrest witnessed recently in Ferguson and Baltimore – which was agitated with the help of billionaire George Soros-backed organizations – and the predicted violence in the form of “Summer of Rage” riots, suspected shooter Dylann Storm Roof’s actions seem to have instead strengthened the community, suppressing the “race war” the suspect admittedly wished to foment.

12 Year Old SLAMS Obama on Charleston, His Video is Going Viral
GovSlaves - The young man already had one video go viral (see the bottom of this post) criticizing the president on several issues. That video garnered nearly 2 million views.

New York prison break manhunt follows 'credible sighting' 350 miles away
The Guardian - Authorities scrambled on Saturday afternoon and evening to get officers to the remote, rural area 350 miles south-west of the prison. At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Major Michael Cerretto of New York state police confirmed that the call which came in from a “witness” on Saturday was deemed credible because it “fit the description” of the two fugitives. Officers questioned the member of the public, Ceretto said, and began searching in the area of Friendship, New York, near the Pennsylvania border. The new search area prompted fierce media interest on Saturday evening but by Sunday afternoon there was still no confirmed sighting of the convicts and they were still at large.

Election News

10 Top Quotes from Rand Paul’s Book ‘Taking a Stand’
Breitbart - “A lot of what I’ve tried to do is talk about many of the things I’ve been talking about in different speeches across the country but it also has a lot of biographical detail and a little more about me personally and my family,” Paul told Breitbart News when asked about the book. “It shows a little about where I came from, studying to be a doctor and that sort of thing, and talks about Guatemala and some of the different battles we’ve had here in Congress to rein in big government. It has some anecdotes also from the things that have happened in the Senate, and sort of behind the scenes. It kind of also lays out a sort of a blueprint for how to make things better here.”

Privilege, Calls for Taking Guns From ‘Those Whose Hearts Are Filled With Hate’
Breitbart - In an emotional speech that heaped scorn and blame on America for failing to pass gun control measures while it supposedly perpetuates racism, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said white Americans need to “question our own assumptions and privilege.” “We still allow guns to fall into the hands of people whose hearts are filled with hate. You can’t watch massacre after massacre and not come to the conclusion that President Obama has said, ‘We must tackle this challenge with urgency and conviction,’” she said to applause at the 83rd annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco.

Trump for President?
Paul Craig Roberts - Perhaps it has occurred to you as it has to me that the United States is no longer capable of producing political leadership. In the current issue of Trends Journal, Gerald Celente describes the eight candidates (at the time he went to press) for the US presidential nomination as “Liars, cowards, freaks & fools.” Celente put it well. If you look at the sorry collection that aspires to be the CEO of what continues to be described as the “exceptional, indispensable, most important country with the largest economy and military, the world’s only Superpower, the Uni-power,” you see a collection of nobodies. America is like the last days of Rome when contenting factions fought to put their puppet on the throne.

Economy & Business

Signs Of Financial Turmoil In Europe, China And The United States
Economic Collapse - As we move toward the second half of 2015, signs of financial turmoil are appearing all over the globe.... In the U.S., stocks aren’t crashing yet, but we just witnessed one of the largest one week outflows of capital from the bond markets that we have ever witnessed. Slowly but surely, we are starting to see the smart money head for the exits. As one Swedish fund manager put it recently, everyone wants “to avoid being caught on the wrong side of markets once the herd realizes stocks are over-valued“.

Energy & Environment

For $150,000 UK Company Will Control The Weather On Your Big Day
GovSlaves - Weddings can be expensive and fraught with stress as brides and grooms fret over every last detail, from the color of the cake icing to how to handle the weather if it decides to rain all over them and their 250 guests on the lawn of a dream chateau in the country. Oliver’s Travels, a luxury holiday rental company, is offering to play weather god…for a price. For now only available in France, Oliver’s Travel’s cloud-bursting service sends out aircraft to trigger rain ahead of your wedding, hopefully leaving your special day clear of the wet stuff.... This type of cloud-bursting works by spreading silver iodide in clouds, causing moisture to condense around it, creating rain and encouraging the clouds to disperse.

Yes, Those Earthquakes Are Caused by Fracking Boom, Studies Confirm
Common Dreams - The surge in earthquakes shaking Oklahoma, Texas and other parts of the nation's mid-section are likely caused by million of gallons of toxic oil and gas wastewater being disposed of underground, two new studies have found.... Weingarten and his colleagues also discovered that wells blasting the most wastewater into the ground, and at a faster rate—more than 300,000 barrels a month—were more likely to be linked to earthquakes. Their research was published Thursday in the journal Science. Similarly, two geologists at Stanford University discovered that greater seismicity in certain counties in Oklahoma was often preceded by 5- to 10-fold increases in the volume of wastewater injected.

Science & Technology

Corporate Propaganda News on Your iPhone
Kurt Nimmo - Apple has announced with the next update of the operating system on its popular phone and tablet it will begin feeding selected news stories to millions of users. The tech giant said it is moving to be the primary news source on the devices, overshadowing others such as Facebook, Google and Flipboard. It is estimated there are over 60 million iPhone users in the United States. According to Apple, the news app “follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests.” Partner news organizations represent the forefront of the establishment media, including Conde Nast magazines, ESPN, The New York Times, Hearst, Time Inc., CNN and Bloomberg.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Oregon govt. extorts grass-fed ranchers after stealing their livestock in attempt to kill local agriculture
(NaturalNews) The owners of Paradise Ranch, where they produce grass-fed beef and lamb, were issued a search and seize warrant by the county sheriff department.... "Almost all of our mother cows, all of our future beef, and hog breeding stock were taken," said Denton. "Prior to the seizure, law enforcement had not presented us with any specific concerns that they wanted to see addressed. They did not work with us to have a veterinarian come on the property to assess our animals. They did not ask to see our hay purchase records to confirm how much hay we were buying and feeding. They had never cited us for lack of appropriate care for our livestock. They did notice, however, that in the months leading up to the warrant, an animal control deputy was driving by their land several times daily.... Such actions continued to the point of harassment, ultimately spiraling out of control; when severe weather jeopardized the health of many of their animals and led to deaths this past winter, it was precisely the "in" that authorities were waiting to pounce on.


How to Escape a Sinking Vehicle
Daily Sheeple - According to studies, over 10,000 water immersion auto accidents occur each year and over 300 people on average, perish before getting out. How many of you know what to do? Do you wait until the car has filled up with water so the car is pressurized and you can escape more easily? This is a common answer, but could get you killed. Many die because they have received the wrong information on how to escape a sinking vehicle. Breathing from a bubble of trapped air, kicking out a window or waiting until the car touched bottom all yields a less than 10 percent survival rate.


Are Vaccines Altering Our Genes Causing Brittle Bones in Infants?
Health Impact News - Since Health Impact News started the website in late 2014, we have reported on numerous stories where children are taken away from loving families simply because evidence was found of broken bones or other skeletal trauma. More and more research is coming out showing that other medical conditions can cause this trauma besides “shaken baby syndrome,” and it is not necessarily a sign of child abuse. Some of these children have specific genetic markers that make them more prone to these types of injuries, such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Osteogenesis Imperfecta. * Related: Medical Kidnapping in Maine: Child with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & Sister Seized – Grandfather Commits Suicide

Ideal Liver Fuel: 10 Foods That Remove Body Toxin and Cleanse Your Liver Naturally
Natural News Blogs - One of the main things that you can do to help improve your overall liver health is to follow a special diet. Foods that put excess stress on the liver should be avoided, while some foods that encourage liver health should be increased in your diet. Many of these foods will encourage health throughout your body as well. Foods that are encouraged in a healthy liver diet are those that assist the detoxing process throughout the body. These foods help the liver do its job more efficiently so that it doesn’t need to work as hard.

Pet News

Avoid Tragedy: Check Your Yard for These Potentially Fatal Growths
Dr. Becker - Mushroom intoxication in pets is probably underestimated, according to some experts, even though it ranks near the top of the list of pet poisonings each year. Mushrooms present a special problem for pet parents because unless you're a mushroom expert (called a mycologist), it's next to impossible to tell the difference between toxic and non-toxic varieties.... Clinical signs of mushroom poisoning depend on the species of mushroom ingested, the specific toxin the mushroom contains, and the individual animal's susceptibility. Generally speaking, mushroom poisoning has four distinct clinical syndromes...

Friday - June 19, 2015 - Today in History:

1778 - U.S. General George Washington's troops finally left Valley Forge after a winter of training.
1862 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln outlined his Emancipation Proclamation, which outlawed slavery in U.S. territories.
1864 - The USS Kearsarge sank the CSS Alabama off of Cherbourg, France.
1865 - The emancipation of slaves was proclaimed in Texas.
1910 - The first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
1912 - The U.S. government established the 8-hour work day.
1917 - During World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames.
1934 - The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration was established.
1934 - The U.S. Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The commission was to regulate radio and TV broadcasting (later).
1942 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington, DC, to discuss the invasion of North Africa with U.S. President Roosevelt.
1943 - Henry Kissinger became a naturalized United States citizen.
1944 - The U.S. won the battle of the Philippine Sea against the Imperial Japanese fleet.
1951 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the Universal Military Training and Service Act, which extended Selective Service until July 1, 1955 and lowered the draft age to 18.
1961 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution that required state officeholders to profess a belief in God.
1964 - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
1965 - Air Marshall Nguyen Cao Ky became South Vietnam's youngest premier at age 34.
1968 - 50,000 people marched on Washington, DC. to support the Poor People's Campaign.
1973 - The Case-Church Amendment prevented further U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia.
1973 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) got his 2,000th career hit.
1973 - The stage production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opened in London.
1981 - The European Space Agency sent two satellites into orbit from Kourou, French Guiana.
1997 - William Hague became the youngest leader of Britain's Conservative party in nearly 200 years.
1998 - Gateway was fined more than $400,000 for illegally shipping personal computers to 16 countries subject to U.S. export controls.
1998 - A study released said that smoking more than doubles risks of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
1998 - Switzerland's three largest banks offered $600 million to settle claims they'd stolen the assets of Holocaust victims during World War II. Jewish leaders called the offer insultingly low.
1999 - Stephen King was struck from behind by a mini-van while walking along a road in Maine.
1999 - The Dallas Stars won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres in the third overtime of game six.
2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a group prayer led by students at public-school football games violated the 1st Amendment's principle that called for the separation of church and state.
2007 - A truck bomb struck a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 87 people.
2008 - Democrat Barack Obama announced he would bypass public financing for the presidential election, even though Republican John McCain was accepting it.

World News

Poroshenko Offers Tony Blair a Job
Sputnik News - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko can't seem to get enough of foreign advisors telling his government how to carry out reforms, this time offering former British Prime Minister Tony Blair a job in his International Advisory Council for Reforms… the former prime minister had been invited "to share his experience of public administration" within the council, headed by corruption-mired former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has since moved on to become governor of the Odessa Region… US Senator John McCain was also offered a seat in the council, but said he couldn't accept due to constitutional regulations.

Greece faces banking crisis after eurozone meeting breaks down
The Guardian - Greece is facing a full-blown banking crisis after a meeting of eurozone finance ministers broke down in acrimony and recrimination on Thursday evening, bringing the prospect of Greek exit from the eurozone a step nearer. Some €2bn of deposits have been withdrawn from Greek banks so far this week – including a record €1bn yesterday – triggering fears that a breakdown in talks would spark a further flight of funds. The German leader Angela Merkel, French president François Hollande and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to stage an emergency EU summit on Monday as a last critical attempt to prevent Greece going bankrupt. A representative of the European Central Bank told the meeting it was unsure whether Greek banks would have the funds to be able to open on Monday. Related: Greece could be forced to lock down savers’ cash as debt crisis worsens

Iceland Still Ranked World’s most Peaceful Nation: United States Inches up to 94th
AllGov - The Nordic island nation was designated the most peaceful nation on earth, according to the Institute for Economics & Peace’s latest Global Peace Index. Apparently there’s something about the Nordic countries that makes them prone to outbreaks of peace. Denmark was ranked second and Finland No. 6. The other two Nordic nations, Sweden and Norway, placed were No. 13 and 17, respectively. The United States was way down on the Global Peace Index, placing at No. 94, but a definite improvement from last year’s 101. Part of the improvement came from the partial withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and U.S. efforts to secure a nuclear deal with Iran. Canada placed seventh on the global list.

Ukraine’s National Guard, California National Guard Agree on Cooperation
Sputnik News - Commanding officers of Ukraine’s National Guard held a meeting in Kiev with their colleagues from the California National Guard, the press office of the Ukrainian entity reported. "A working meeting took place at the headquarters of the Ukrainian National Guard. A range of specific issues on cooperation were on the agenda. Representatives of the US delegation expressed hope for conducting joint exercises in the near future," the report read.

Anti-Russian Sanctions Can Cost EU Up to $114 Billion - Austrian Study
Sputnik News - The European Union could lose up to €100 billion ($114 billion) due to the anti-Russian sanctions if things remain unchanged, a study by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research revealed Friday.... “If the situation does not change fundamentally, our most pessimistic scenario will come true,” one of the research authors Oliver Fritz was quoted as saying by Die Welt. According to the calculations, current political situation can also affect over 2 million EU jobs because of the declining exports.

China Offers Food Aid to North Korea Suffering Worst Drought in a Century
Sputnik News - China expressed its willingness to provide food to North Korea after Pyongyang revealed that the country plagued by food shortages was suffering from a severe drought unseen for a century. The United States refused to help.... The United States has declined to offer assistance to North Korea. Earlier this week, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said that he had no "specific information about the validity of the drought" and was not aware of any US plans to provide food assistance, according to Yonhap.


U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon Building Cruise Missile Shield To Defend US Cities From Russia
Defense One - The Pentagon is quietly working to set up an elaborate network of defenses to protect American cities from a barrage of Russian cruise missiles. The plan calls for buying radars that would enable National Guard F-16 fighter jets to spot and shoot down fast and low-flying missiles. Top generals want to network those radars with sensor-laden aerostat balloons hovering over U.S. cities and with coastal warships equipped with sensors and interceptor missiles of their own. One of those generals is Adm. William Gortney, who leads U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, and North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD. Earlier this year, Gortney submitted an “urgent need” request to put those new radars on the F-16s that patrol the airspace around Washington. Such a request allows a project to circumvent the normal procurement process.

John Kerry ''Compiling'' More Lies Against Syria
Brandon Turbeville - Despite the fact that both John Kerry and the US State Department have been repeatedly disproven over their claims that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons against civilians and terrorists in Syria, John Kerry appeared via video from Boston to announce that he has proof that the Syrian government has done just that. He also indicated that the US government is “compiling” that evidence to be presented at a later date. “I am absolutely certain, we are certain that the preponderance of those attacks have been carried out by the regime,” Kerry said. He also claimed that “It has been significantly documented; it’s dropped from airplane. The opposition isn’t flying airplanes or helicopters.”

VIDEO: House approves fast-track 218-208, sending bill to Senate
The Hill - The House on Thursday took the first step toward resuscitating the White House’s trade agenda by passing legislation granting President Obama fast-track authority. The bill now goes to the Senate, where the White House and GOP leaders are seeking to strike a deal with pro-trade Democrats. The House vote was 218-208, with 28 Democrats voting for it. This is the second time in a week the House has voted to approve the controversial fast-track bill. On Friday, the House voted 219-211 in favor of fast-track, which would make it easier for Obama to complete a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal.

Charleston Shooter Was on Drug Linked to Violent Outbursts
Paul Joseph Watson - Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Roof was reportedly taking a drug that has been linked with sudden outbursts of violence, fitting the pattern of innumerable other mass shooters who were on or had recently come off pharmaceutical drugs linked to aggression. According to a CBS News report, earlier this year when cops searched Roof after he was acting suspiciously inside a Bath and Body Works store, they found “orange strips” that Roof told officers was suboxone, a narcotic that is used to treat opiate addiction. Suboxone is a habit-forming drug that has been connected with sudden outbursts of aggression. Related: Charleston Shooting: What They’re Not Telling You

Army lab lacked effective anthrax-killing procedures for 10 years
USA Today - The U.S. Army research facility that has mistakenly shipped live anthrax to unsuspecting labs in the U.S. and abroad for more than 10 years failed to have effective and standardized procedures for killing the deadly bacteria with radiation, according to a federal investigation report... The report, dated June 5, cites the Dugway Proving Ground's Life Science Test Facility in Utah with three violations of federal regulations for working with potential bioterror agents and orders the facility to immediately cease all shipments of "inactivated" anthrax specimens.

2,666,000 Words: FDA Rules are Twice the Length of the Bible
CNS News - Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued 545 new final regulations, equaling 2,666 pages in the Federal Register and totaling approximately 2,666,000 words, according to a count of the regulations published in the Federal Register. The Gutenberg Bible is only 1,282 pages and 646,128 words.

The Last Rebels: 25 Things We Did as Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today
Daily Sheeple - Raise your hand if you survived a childhood in the 60s, 70s, and 80s that included one or more of the following, frowned-upon activities (raise both hands if you bear a scar proving your daredevil participation in these dare-devilish events).

Dylann Roof Could Not Legally Carry a Firearm
Truth Revolt - Many in the media and political spheres, including President Barack Obama, have used Wednesday’s tragic mass-shooting at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina to push for further restrictions on gun ownership. But radio host and Second Amendment warrior Dana Loesch has revealed that under current South Carolina law, shooter Dylann Roof was already ineligible to purchase or carry a firearm due to a previous felony conviction and would have failed a background check.


Election News

Rand Paul To Unveil Plan To Replace IRS Tax Code With ‘Fair and Flat Tax’
Truth in Media - GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced that he will release a plan to repeal the entire IRS tax code, making more than $2 trillion in tax cuts and replacing the code with “The Fair and Flat Tax” of 14.5 percent on individuals and businesses. In an editorial for the Wall Street Journal, Paul claimed that his plan will repeal the more than 70,000 pages that make up the Internal Revenue Service’s tax code and “eliminate nearly every special-interest loophole.” Paul wrote that although President Obama has talked about “middle-class economics,” his policies have “led to rising income inequality and negative income gains for families.” In contrast, Paul proposes that his plan would help the middle class by eliminating “the payroll tax on workers and several federal taxes outright, including gift and estate taxes, telephone taxes, and all duties and tariffs.”

Veteran News

Decades On, US Will Pay Millions to Vietnam Vets Exposed to Agent Orange
Sputnik News - Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, American veterans are still feeling the effects. But on Thursday, the US government agreed to increase spending on a long-standing health concern, authorizing benefits to American veterans exposed to Agent Orange.... Health defects associated with Agent Orange include increased risks of cancer, nerve and respiratory disorders, leukemia, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. While Veterans Affairs has addressed the problem for ground troops exposed to the chemical, it has never recognized the need to treat the airmen involved in releasing the agent. But on Thursday, the White House Office of Management and Budget announced it would spend $47.5 million over the next 10 years on disability claims for 2,100 Air Force reservists.

The Hidden Enemy: Inside Psychiatry's Covert Agenda (Full Documentary)
This documentary shows how the army is exploited as Psychiatry's testing ground for drugs and other inhumane "treatment" which have resulted in exponential growth of military suicides. Currently, more US soldiers die from suicide than from combat. "The battlefield is safer than psychiatry. You understand that? Statistically you are less likely to be shot by an enemy than to be killed by a pharmaceutical drug. That's the truth about psychiatry." —Mike Adams...

Economy & Business

Number of American McDonald's Locations to Shrink for 1st Time in Decades
ABC News - You may be seeing fewer of those "Golden Arches" as the number of McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. is shrinking as the company's sales sag. The world's biggest burger chain expects to close more of its restaurants than it opens domestically, which hasn't happened since at least 1970, the Associated Press reported. In April, the company announced the closure of 350 restaurants in the U.S, while it plans to add 300 globally. In the U.S., the chain has about 14,300 locations out of about 36,000 locations in 100 countries.

Energy & Environment

US mid-continent seismicity linked to high-rate injection wells: Earthquake numbers skyrocket ScienceDaily - The number of earthquakes associated with injection wells has skyrocketed from a handful per year in the 1970s to more than 650 in 2014, according to CU-Boulder doctoral student Matthew Weingarten, who led the study. The increase included several damaging quakes in 2011 and 2012 ranging between magnitudes 4.7 and 5.6 in Prague, Oklahoma; Trinidad, Colorado; Timpson, Texas; and Guy, Arkansas. "This is the first study to look at correlations between injection wells and earthquakes on a broad, nearly national scale," said Weingarten of CU-Boulder's geological sciences department. "We saw an enormous increase in earthquakes associated with these high-rate injection wells, especially since 2009, and we think the evidence is convincing that the earthquakes we are seeing near injection sites are induced by oil and gas activity."

Science & Technology

Russia calls investigation into whether US moon landings happened
The Independent - According to a translation by the Moscow Times, Markin would support an inquiry into the disappearance of original footage from the first moon landing in 1969 and the whereabouts of lunar rock, which was brought back to Earth during several missions. “We are not contending that they did not fly [to the moon], and simply made a film about it. But all of these scientific — or perhaps cultural — artifacts are part of the legacy of humanity, and their disappearance without a trace is our common loss. An investigation will reveal what happened,” Markin wrote, according to the Moscow Times translation.

Retailers want to be able to scan your face without your permission
Ars Technica - After more than a year of discussions, all nine privacy advocates have stormed out of a government-organized “multi-stakeholder process” to sort out details around the best practices for facial recognition technology. The sticking point was that corporations apparently refused to concede that there was any scenario during which a person’s consent to scan their face was needed… Alvaro Bedoya, one of the nine participating advocates and a law professor at Georgetown University, told Ars. “Not a single trade association or company would agree with that premise. That’s remarkable. Google is opt-in on facial recognition, Microsoft is opt-in on facial recognition, Facebook isn’t, but they’ve gotten sued and also had to turn it off in Europe…”

Google and Levi's Are Weaving Computers Into Your Clothes
Popular Science - Project Jacquard is an effort to invisibly incorporate computers into objects, materials, and clothing. Everyday items such as sweaters, jackets, and furniture will be turned into interactive surfaces that can be used as trackpads, buttons and more. The objects will receive information directly from the surface of the material used to build them, eliminating the need for bulky plastic or metal parts. The objects will then transmit information to a nearby smartphone or computer using low-powered Wi-Fi.


Maine Takes Step Towards Medical Tyranny on Forced Vaccines
Health Impact News - The Maine House of Representatives approved a bill to restrict parental choice in vaccine exemptions this week. It is now up to the Governor of Maine to either sign the bill, or veto it. The bill requires parents opting out of required vaccinations on philosophic grounds to consult with and have a form signed by a medical professional before being permitted to forego vaccinations required for school. The 93-53 vote included all Democrats but one, as well as 12 Republicans, voting in favor. But the tally fell short of the 101 votes needed to override a veto by Gov. Paul LePage, should he choose to veto it.

Reduce Cancer By Over 40 Percent By Consuming Raw Garlic Just Two Times Per Week
Marco Torres - Compounds within garlic produce reactive oxygen species in cancer cells, activating of multiple death cascades and blocking pathways of tumor proliferation. Eating garlic just twice per week reduces cancer risk without any side effects whatsoever. The reason so many people die with conventional cancer treatment is that while damaging healthy cells, chemotherapy also triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment. On the other hand, garlic's allyl sulfur compound preferentially suppress neoplastic over non-neoplastic cells. Garlic is also 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting disease causing bacteria commonly responsible for foodborne illness. Related: Garlic From China: A Not So Happy Story

UV Natural Protection: 5 Non-Toxic Natural oils That Act As A Sunscreen Layer
Natural News Blogs - These oils are not meant to screen out the majority of the sun’s rays, and probably shouldn’t be considered as an all-day, intense sunlight protection for prolonged periods in the sun, they certainly can provide a level of protection without all the other unwanted ingredients for reasonable periods of time in the sun. Further, they will allow some of the sun’s rays to reach your skin so that you may manufacture the all too important vitamin D. They have another bonus too, many of them will leave you with baby soft, healthy skin – and most also contain other skin-friendly vitamins, fatty acids and other nutrients and antioxidants.

Pet News

10 Symptoms That You Should Never, Ever Ignore
Dr. Becker - Sometimes when your pet is acting a little "off," you can take a wait-and-see approach. But if you notice any of these 10 symptoms, it's a different story. Failing to act promptly can mean blindness, or even death in many of these situations.


Thursday - June 18, 2015 - Today in History:

1778 - Britain evacuated Philadelphia during the U.S. Revolutionary War.
1812 - The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain. The conflict began over trade restrictions.
1815 - At the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon was defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon abdicated on June 22.
1873 - Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote for a U.S. President.
1898 - Atlantic City, NJ, opened its Steel Pier.
1915 - During World War I, the second battle of Artois ended.
1918 - Allied forces on the Western Front began their largest counter-attack against the German army. (World War I)
1927 - The U.S. Post Office offered a special 10-cent postage stamp for sale. The stamp was of Charles Lindbergh’s "Spirit of St. Louis."
1928 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales.
1936 - The first bicycle traffic court was established in Racine, WI.
1959 - A Federal Court annulled the Arkansas law allowing school closings to prevent integration.
1959 - The first telecast received from England was broadcast in the U.S. over NBC-TV.
1961 - "Gunsmoke" was broadcast for the last time on CBS radio.
1979 - In Vienna, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) 2.
1982 - The U.S. Senate approved the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for an additional twenty-five years.
1983 - Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
2009 - Greenland assumed control over its law enforcement, judicial affairs, and natural resources from the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenlandic became the official language.

World News

Russia May Expand Countermeasures If EU Decides to Extend Sanctions
Sputnik News - Russia may expand countermeasures in response if the European Union decides to extend economic sanctions against the country, Russian Presidential Aide Andrei Belousov said Thursday.... On Wednesday, a source close to the EU leadership told RIA Novosti, that a formal decision on extending European Union sanctions against Russia until the end of January 2016 will be made when the bloc’s foreign ministers meet next week. The West has imposed several rounds of economic sanctions on Russia, accusing Moscow of fueling the internal Ukrainian conflict. The sanctions target Russia's banking, energy and defense sectors, as well as certain individuals.

Humanitarian Convoy With Russian, Cyprian Aid Departs for Donbass
Sputnik News - Russia’s 30th humanitarian convoy for residents of southeastern Ukraine (Donbass) has left the Rostov Region and is headed for Donetsk and Lugansk with over 1,000 tonnes of Russian and 12 tonnes of Cyprian aid.... The convoy consists of over 100 vehicles with more than 1,000 metric tons of aid, including food (flour, grains, pasta, vegetable oil), medicine and items of first necessity. The convoy also includes 12 metric tons of aid gathered by social and volunteer organizations in Cyprus. Overall, Russia has sent more than 37,000 metric tons of aid to Donbass since August 2014.

Humanitarian Ceasefire to Be Called in Yemen in Next Few Hours
Sputnik News - UN spokesman in Geneva Ahmad Fawzi said that all Yemeni parties involved in the first round of Geneva consultations have agreed to request a humanitarian truce in Yemen during the month of Ramadan. All Yemeni parties involved in the first round of Geneva consultations have agreed to request a humanitarian truce in Yemen during the month of Ramadan, UN spokesman in Geneva Ahmad Fawzi told Sputnik on Thursday.

Greeks Refuse to Pay Debt, Declare It “Illegal, Illegitimate, and Odious”
Kurt Nimmo - A committee formed by the speaker of the Greek parliament and Syriza member, Zoi Konstantopoulou, has released a report stating that the debt the IMF and the Europeans insist the people of Greece owe to the bankers is “illegal, illegitimate and odious.” Here is the conclusion from the report: All the evidence we present in this report shows that Greece not only does not have the ability to pay this debt, but also should not pay this debt first and foremost because the debt emerging from the Troika’s arrangements is a direct infringement on the fundamental human rights of the residents of Greece. Hence, we came to the conclusion that Greece should not pay this debt because it is illegal, illegitimate, and odious. The debt payment is due in two weeks.

Scotland To Issue Vaccine ID Card To Monitor Parents Who Refuse Vaccinations
GovtSlaves - It will work alongside the controversial Named Person scheme, allowing health workers to “monitor” youngsters at the click of a button and flagging up parents who refuse vaccinations. The network will join with another upgraded NHS database containing the medical records of everybody north of the Border, known as the Community Health Index (CHI). Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie called for a parliamentary debate on the plans, saying they would “fuel concerns” Scotland is moving closer to ID cards.

France Bans Sale of Monsanto Herbicide Roundup in Garden Centers
Health Impact News - French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced today a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may be carcinogenic. The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was in March classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans" by the UN's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).... Her announcement comes after French consumer association CLCV asked French and European officials to stop selling glyphosate-based products to amateur gardeners.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

McCain Calls Not Arming Ukraine 'Shameful Chapter' in US History
Sputnik News - Former presidential candidate John McCain revealed what he believes to be most shameful chapter of his country’s history. Is it the invasion of Iraq, might you ask? Or using chemical weapons in Vietnam? Or dropping atomic bombs on Japan? The answer is none of those. Senator McCain mostly regrets not starting yet another war – this time, in Ukraine. In a bizarre attempt to reinterpret history, US Senator John McCain said that the US not providing Ukraine with weapons for its armed conflict is "one of the most shameful chapters in American history."

You’ve Been Warned – Calls for Mandatory “National Service” for Americans Aged 18-28 Has Begun
Liberty Blitzkrieg - This is one of the most important articles I will write all year. The statists are coming for your kids, and the conditioning has already begun. Last night, I came across one of the most horrifying articles I have ever read, which is saying a lot. Before I get into it, take a look at the title and the tagline: How to Defeat ISIS With Millennial Spirit and Service If you think the title is bad, wait until you read the article. What becomes evident is that this grotesque concept of forced “national service” is being actively discussed at the highest levels of government. What Ron Fournier is doing in his National Journal article is conditioning the public to accept something that is completely unacceptable.

Charleston Shooting: Liberals Call for Disarming All White People
Paul Joseph Watson - Liberals reacted to the tragic shooting at an Episcopal Church in Charleston last night by calling for an immediate gun ban in order to disarm all white people. Police are still on the hunt for a 21-year-old slender, clean shaven white suspect who opened fire on a bible study group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, killing nine people before fleeing the scene. One of the victims included Rev Clementa Pickney, a state senator and pastor. The incident is already being exploited by liberals to push their twin agendas of gun control and racial division, with many advocating that a total gun ban targeting only white people be immediately enacted.

U.S. House defeats bid to withdraw troops from Iraq
Reuters - The House voted 288-139 to defeat the concurrent resolution, which would have required Obama to remove the troops within 30 days, or by the end of 2015 if the administration determined it was not safe to do so within the 30-day timeframe.... The resolution was introduced by Democratic Representatives Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and Barbara Lee of California and Republican Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina. The lawmakers said they hoped their introduction of the measure, allowed under the War Powers Authority, would lead to a broader debate on a formal authorization for the use of military force for the campaign against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. House moves to revive Obama's Pacific trade pact
Reuters - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to bring legislation central to President Barack Obama's Pacific Rim trade agreement back to the floor for debate on Thursday, giving lawmakers a chance to deal with it in a different format.... The House Rules Committee on Wednesday approved the rules for the debate. This time, the fast-track bill would be taken up on its own, not paired with another measure to renew an expiring aid program for workers who lose their jobs due to trade deals.

Sessions: Fast Track Would Lead to 3 Pacts Encompassing 90% of World GDP
Weekly Standard - Senator Jeff Sessions is worried that the adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would lead to an "historic international regulatory Commission" that would encompass 90 percent of the world's GDP.... "It is essential that there be no misunderstanding: fast-track preapproves the formation of not only the unprecedentedly large Trans-Pacific Partnership, but an unlimited number of such agreements over the next six years.... After TPP comes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, followed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), seeking as one its goals labor mobility among more than 50 nations. Together, these three international compacts encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP. Including the nations whose membership is being courted for after enactment, the countries involved would encompass nearly 90 percent of global GDP.

Almost $3 billion in Obamacare subsidies unaccounted for in CMS audit
Personal Liberty - A new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services reveals that $2.8 billion in Obamacare subsidies may have been awarded to the wrong people — and for the wrong amount of money. According to the audit summary, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) lacked internal controls to “effectively ensure the accuracy of nearly $2.8 billion in aggregate financial assistance payments made to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act during the first four months that these payments were made.”

Shooting at Charleston, South Carolina, church leaves at least eight people dead, several injured
(WTVD) - Police are on the scene of a mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. It happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday around the Emanuel AME Church. Sources told ABC News that at least eight people are dead, and several are injured. Emanuel AME Church is one of the largest, oldest black congregations in the South.... At last report, the gunman was still on the loose and a manhunt is underway on the ground and in the air around downtown Charleston.

Deportable Violent Sex Offenders Can Go Free when Home Country Refuses to Take Them
AllGov - Hundreds of immigrants convicted of violent sex crimes have been allowed to go free in the United States because their home country has refused to take them back. An investigation by the Boston Globe revealed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tried unsuccessfully to deport 424 immigrants who had been convicted of sex-related offenses from 2008 to 2012. But once these individuals’ home countries refused to accept their deportation, ICE had no other recourse than to let them go. The 424 included convicted rapists, child molesters, and kidnappers. The newspaper also found that ICE failed to track these criminals after releasing them, or to ensure that they registered themselves as sex offenders.

Crohn’s disease sufferer Shona Banda who uses medical marijuana faces up to 30 years in prison
Truth in Media - As cannabis oil activist and Crohn's disease patient Shona Banda, who lost custody of her son and is facing over 30 years in prison after her son spoke out about her cannabis oil treatment during a school anti-drug presentation, surrendered herself to authorities, her attorney Sarah Swain said at a press conference that she intends to challenge cannabis' classification as a hardcore Schedule 1 narcotic with no medical use as a part of her defense of Banda and that she will take her case to the Supreme Court if necessary.

You Can Now Be Fired in Colorado for Using Medical Marijuana on Your Time Off
Daily Sheeple - Thanks to a landmark ruling in Colorado’s Supreme Court, there is new clarification to the state’s medical marijuana law—though employees may not like the news. If a workplace has a policy prohibiting drug use, workers who test positive for marijuana are not protected from termination—even if they are registered for medical use. In other words, you can be fired in Colorado for using marijuana during your time off.

Election News

Donald Trump reportedly paid actors $50 to cheer for him at his 2016 announcement
Business Insider - Real estate mogul Donald Trump is being accused of hiring actors to cheer for him at his 2016 presidential campaign announcement in New York City on Tuesday. The allegations first surfaced in a post by anti-Trump activist and liberal blogger Angelo Carusone that was published on Medium shortly after Trump's event. On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter said it obtained an email that allegedly came from a casting company named Extra Mile offering actors $50 to attend the announcement and pose as Trump supporters.

Veteran News

45 veterans sign letter urging drone pilots to stand down
RT - A group of 45 former American military members have issued a jointly signed letter pushing drone operators to step away from their controls and refuse to fly any more lethal missions. The letter draws attention to the controversial operation of drones in foreign nations, where lethal strikes in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan have damaged terrorist networks but have also claimed the lives of innocent civilians. “At least 6,000 lives have been unjustly taken by US drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, the Philippines, Libya and Syria. These attacks are also undermining principles of international law and human rights,” the authors write, according to the Guardian.

Economy & Business

How Walmart Spun an 'Extensive and Secretive Web' of Overseas Tax Havens
Common Dreams - Walmart has built a vast, undisclosed network of overseas tax havens—accounting for more than $76 billion of assets—that allows the multinational corporation to shirk public disclosure laws as well as its fair share of both foreign and U.S. taxes, according to a groundbreaking report published Wednesday by Americans for Tax Fairness. All told, the retail behemoth has established at least 78 subsidiaries in 15 offshore tax havens, none of them publicly reported before.

New $10 bill will feature a woman, Treasury Department announces
CBS News - The department has yet to determine which woman will be featured on the bill, though [Treasury Secretary Jack] Lew said he will pick "a woman who has played a major role in our history who represents the theme of democracy." Additionally, the law dictates that currency cannot feature a living person... The current $10 bill features a picture of Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Treasury Secretary. While the new note will feature a woman, Lew said Hamilton won't be completely replaced. That could mean the new design will feature a picture of Hamilton and a woman (or women), or Hamilton will be featured on just some of the new $10 notes.

Science & Technology

Self-driving cars may have to be programmed to kill you
The Independent - The self-driving cars that could soon dominate our roads, perhaps even making human-driven ones illegal some day, could end up being programmed to kill you if it means saving a larger number of lives.... Though the whole point of driverless cars is that they are better at avoiding accidents than humans, there will still be times when a collision is unavoidable. As such, it is conceivable that whoever programs them will decide that ploughing you into a road barrier is better than continuing your course into a bus packed with school children.

Another reason to Ditch Facebook: Who owns your face?
GovtSlaves - What a bad week for privacy. Consumer watchdogs gave up on government talks over facial recognition software after industry groups appeared to reject even basic restrictions on face-scanning. Meanwhile, Facebook rolled out a new service called “Moments” that expands the use of the company’s powerful “faceprint” technology.... Facebook’s Moments tool pushes the privacy envelope by making it more normal than ever for others to quickly reveal where you were and who you were with. But it does at least offer a basic check on the tagging tool: Users who don’t like the idea of using their as an ID can use Facebook’s own settings to opt out. It’s unclear, however, if Facebook will make much of an effort to tell users they can do so.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Maine Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto to Legalize Industrial Hemp
Activist Post - Yesterday, the Maine state Senate joined the House and voted to override Gov. LePage’s veto of a bill to authorize hemp farming in the state without gaining any federal permission. Introduced by Rep. Deborah Sanderson (R-Chelsea) and cosponsored by a bipartisan coalition of seven Senators and Representatives, LD4 amends the current hemp farming law in the state by removing a requirement that licenses are contingent on approval by the Federal Government. It reads, in part: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell and buy industrial hemp. On May 12, the House voted 135-6 to override LaPage’s veto, and today, the Senate voted 27-6 to do the same. A 2/3 vote is required to override a veto in Maine and these votes easily cleared even that high hurdle.


Could Antibiotics Give You Diabetes?
Jennifer Jenner - Antibiotics can kill infectious bacteria and has helped to a certain extent save lives. But now there is disturbing evidence that they may be contributing to the disease--in other words, certain antibiotics may increase the risk of developing diabetes. The connection is the ecosystem of bacteria in our gut that scientists call the microbiome. It affects digestion and immunity, and an unhealthy microbiome has been linked to diseases as diverse as obesity, certain cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and...diabetes. Several studies have shown that type 2 diabetes, the kind that affects most people, is more common in people who have microbiomes with altered or low bacteria diversity. What we eat and drink changes the composition of the bacteria, and so can the medication we take...especially antibiotics.

Essential Oils Stop Cancer In Its Tracks
Joe Battaglia - Even scientists now recognize the power agents that exist within some essential oils which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close themselves down.... A healthy body, from head to foot, typically has a frequency ranging from 62 to 78 MHz, while disease begins at 58Hz. During some testing with frequency and the frequency of essential oils it was measured that: Holding a cup of coffee dropped one man’s frequency from 66 Hz to 58 MHz in just 3 seconds. It took three days for his frequency to return to normal. Other studies show that: Negative thoughts lower our frequency on average 12 MHz. Positive thoughts raises our frequency on average 10 MHz.... Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils begin at 52 and go as high as 320 MHz! For example: Rose 320 MHz, Helichrysum 181 MHz, Frankincense 147 MHz, Ravensara 134 MHz, Lavender 118 MHz, Myrrh 105 MHz, German Camomile 105 MHz, Juniper 98 MHz, Sandalwood 96 MHz, Angelica 85 MHz, Peppermint 78 MHz

Wednesday - June 17, 2015 - Today in History:

1775 - The British took Bunker Hill outside of Boston.
1789 - The Third Estate in France declared itself a national assembly, and began to frame a constitution.
1799 - Napoleon Bonaparte incorporated Italy into his empire.
1837 - Charles Goodyear received his first patent. The patent was for a process that made rubber easier to work with.
1856 - The Republican Party opened its first national convention in Philadelphia.
1879 - Thomas Edison received an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the trustees of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ.
1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
1913 - U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.
1926 - Spain threatened to quit the League of Nations if Germany was allowed to join.
1928 - Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
1930 - The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill became law. It placed the highest tariff on imports to the U.S.
1932 - The U.S. Senate defeated the bonus bill as 10,000 veterans massed around the Capitol.
1940 - The Soviet Union occupied Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
1940 - France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.
1941 - WNBT-TV in New York City, NY, was granted the first construction permit to operate a commercial TV station in the U.S.
1944 - The republic of Iceland was established.
1950 - Dr. Richard H. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant in a 45-minute operation in Chicago, IL.
1963 - The U.S. Supreme Court banned the required reading of the Lord's prayer and Bible in public schools.
1965 - Twenty-seven B-52’s hit Viet Cong outposts but lost two planes in South Vietnam.
1970 - North Vietnamese troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia.
1982 - Former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon was interviewed by Diane Sawyer on "The CBS Morning News."
1991 - The Parliament of South Africa repealed the Population Registration Act. The act had required that all South Africans for classified by race at birth.
1994 - After leading police on a chase through Southern California, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman.

World News

The Second Nuclear Arms Race Arrives: Russia Will Add 40 ICBMs In 2015 In Response To “NATO Encroachment”
Zero Hedge - With the US and Russia in a state of (renewed) cold war for over a year now, it was inevitable that that “other”, far more important attribute of the first Cold War would soon return: the nuclear arms race. And indeed it did just around dinner time in Russia today when speaking at an arms race fair, president Putin said that Russia will put more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into service in 2015 as part of a wide-reaching program to modernize the military.

Greeks are stashing €10,000 bundles in their homes in fear of Grexit
The Guardian - “Everybody’s doing it,” said Joanna Christofosaki, in front of a Eurobank cash dispenser in the leafy Athens neighbourhood of Kolonaki. “Our friends have all done it. Nobody wants their money to be worthless tomorrow. Nobody wants to be unable to get at it.”... Bank deposits have been falling steadily since October and now stand at their lowest level since 2004. Withdrawals in recent weeks have averaged €200-250m a day, but on Monday – after the shock collapse of last-ditch talks between the Greek government and its eurozone and international lenders – withdrawals surged to €400m

Monsanto Linked to Israel's Illegal Use of White Phosphorous in Gaza War
Sputnik News - Agribusiness giant Monsanto - best known for their genetically modified soybeans and "probably carcinogenic" herbicide - has supplied the US government with white phosphorous used in incendiary weapons for at least 20 years, and some of that made its way to Israel for use in Operation Cast Lead. The blog Current Events Inquiry dug into some heavily redacted documents posted in 2012 on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website, to discover that Monsanto was the purveyor of white phosphorous to the US, and subsequently Israel, including during Operation Cast Lead, which resulted in heavy casualties among Palestinians in Gaza in 2008 and 2009.

Bitcoin Spikes As Greeks Follow Cyprus "Template"
Zero Hedge - In March/April 2013, Bitcoin prices started to soar as Dijsselbloem's "template" applied to Cyprus prompted many to rethink money entirely. As the reality of a possible Grexit looms and Capital Controls are denied (just as they were in Cyprus), so Bitcoin prices are once again surging (up 10% in the last few days) as non-fiat currency once again becomes bid.

The Next Great European Financial Crisis Has Begun
Economic Collapse - The Greek financial system is in the process of totally imploding, and the rest of Europe will soon follow. Neither the Greeks nor the Germans are willing to give in, and that means that there is very little chance that a debt deal is going to happen by the end of June. So that means that we will likely see a major Greek debt default and potentially even a Greek exit from the eurozone. At this point, credit default swaps on Greek debt have risen 456 percent in price since the beginning of this year, and the market has priced in a 75 percent chance that a Greek debt default will happen. Over the past month, the yield on two year Greek bonds has skyrocketed from 20 percent to more than 30 percent, and the Greek stock market has fallen by a total of 13 percent during the last three trading days alone. This is what a financial collapse looks like, and if Greece does leave the euro, we are going to see this kind of carnage happen all over Europe.

Pope Calls for Global Authority to Impose Climate Change Agenda
Kurt Nimmo - Pope Francis would like to see a new global political authority to coerce the “rich” nations of the West to force citizens to adopt radical lifestyle and energy consumption changes in response to unverified and widely debunked climate change alarmism. Pope Francis would like to see a new global political authority to coerce the “rich” nations of the West to force citizens to adopt radical lifestyle and energy consumption changes in response to unverified and widely debunked climate change alarmism.... The release of the encyclical comes ahead of international climate negotiations in Paris this December.
* Related: Catholics Attack Pope Over “Climate Change” Fearmongering

South Korea Lures Travelers With MERS Insurance to Keep Tourism Afloat
Sputnik News - With 16 people dead and thousands under quarantine after an outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), Seoul is struggling to manage the countrywide health-panic as well as its impact on the tourism industry. As of Tuesday, there have been 162 confirmed cases of MERS in South Korea.... According to the Strait Times, tourist arrival in South Korea has dropped by 24.6% in just the first 11 days of June, and the country may eventually lose $900 million in tourism revenue if things don’t improve.... Seoul is also taking alternative measures to respond to the tourism crisis. Namely, the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has announced that it will offer any tourist free "MERS insurance" that will cover all their medical, and even travel expenses should they catch the virus.

UK: Teachers Use Spy Software to Detect Potential Child Terrorists
Mikael Thalen - Schools throughout the United Kingdom are being provided new surveillance software aimed at detecting “extremist” students. The program, designed by UK-based Impero Software, assists schools in building threat profiles on individual students by utilizing real-time electronic monitoring. Installed on school laptops and tablets, the software uses keyword search capabilities and URL monitoring to detect the use of “terrorism-related” words or phrases, allowing teachers to examine suspicious behavior patterns among students.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate passes torture ban despite Republican opposition
The Guardian - More than 20 Republican senators rejected a ban on the use of cruel and degrading treatment of prisoners on Tuesday, voting against an ultimately successful measure to permanently prevent a repeat of the CIA’s once secret and now widely-discredited torture program. The bipartisan amendment reaffirms President Barack Obama’s prohibition of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation, which were developed by the CIA under the administration of his predecessor, George W Bush. The measure passed in the Senate, 78-21.

Alabama city tosses property rights aside, threatens military vet for living ‘off the grid’
Yellowhammer - According to a report by WAFF, Tyler Truitt currently lives inside the city limits of Huntsville, but is not connected to city utilities. City officials have told him they consider his residence a “trailer” and say he must be connected to city hookups, and they are so adamant about it they have decided to come after him in court. “They came and they condemned our house and told us if we stayed here we’d be arrested for trespassing on our own property, and the reason why is (because) they said it was unsafe living conditions because we don’t have city utilities hooked up,” Truitt told the local TV station.

VIDEO: Benghazi Committee Discovers Clinton Correspondences Withheld
Breitbart - The patented Obama/Clinton slow walk technique, in which important information is held back from the public, press, and congressional investigators until scandals die of old age, is evidently still in use. A congressional source tells Politico that “House GOP Benghazi investigators have discovered additional Libya communications between Sidney Blumenthal and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” long after subpoenas were filed and supposedly responded to.

Indictment Alleges Garland Cartoon Contest Shooters Had Help
Breitbart - The indictment of a third man in the anti-free speech terror plot to murder Pamela Geller and others at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas in May indicates that the planning and coordination is deeper than previously known. The indictment also points to the possible involvement of other co-conspirators. Decarus Thomas, aka Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, is scheduled to appear in a Phoenix courtroom on Tuesday afternoon, facing three counts: conspiracy, interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit a felony, and making a false statement.

Military surveillance technologies are being integrated into law enforcement by DHS
MassPrivateI - It always begins with a trickle or in this case hot air. When D.C. politicians and law enforcement announced they would spend nearly $3 billion in taxpayer dollars to install surveillance blimps, the first Homeland Security run Department of Transportation (DOT) announced they want one or more.... "It is the first department of transportation in the country to use a blimp to monitor traffic" CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said. The tethered balloon allowed officials to attain a view from 400 feet up, allowing a view of up to more than 10 miles. The balloon, which was located near one of the department’s node buildings, allowed anyone with access to the camera control system to view a live stream of the video and then zoom, tilt or pan the camera to get a better shot of the action.

Knife Regulation Arrives: This Is The US Government, Hard At Work
Zero Hedge - S. 1315 would allow people to possess knives in states where they are illegal if the person is travelling to and from states where the knife is legal, if the knife is secured, or if the knife is a safety blade designed for cutting seatbelts. Based on information provided by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, CBO estimates that implementing S. 1315 would have no effect on the federal budget. Because enacting S. 1315 would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Federal Judge Gives Go-Ahead to Class Action Lawsuit against Pepsi for Exceeding California Carcinogenic Substance Limit
AllGov - Pepsi is headed to court in California, where a federal judge has ruled (pdf) it must confront allegations that its popular soft drinks contain unhealthy levels of a carcinogen. The civil case, representing nine class action lawsuits combined together, claims Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi One have levels of the carcinogenic 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI) that exceed what’s allowed under California Proposition 65. That law established a maximum allowable limit of 4-MeI at 29 micrograms a day. Drinks containing the chemical at higher levels have been proven to produce a significant risk of cancer.

New US Regulations Allow Food Producers to Hide Trans Fats - Advocacy Group
Sputnik News - New US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations that ban food manufacturers to use partially hydrogenated oils have a loophole allowing them not to disclose trans fat content, Environmental Working Group (EWG) Director of Research Renee Sharp stated in a press release. We applaud the FDA for taking an important step that would eventually eliminate partially hydrogenated oils,” Sharp said on Tuesday. “[But] the FDA has failed to close the labeling loophole that allows processed food manufacturers to avoid full disclosure.”... The FDA set a three-year period for companies to reformulate products without using partially hydrogenated oils or petition the FDA to use trans fat. However, EWG stated the new rules allow companies to label their food as “trans fat free” even if it contains 0.49 grams of trans fat per serving.

Economy & Business

Banks Demanding Customers Account for Every Deposit & Withdrawal Before Offering Mortgages
Paul Joseph Watson - Banks are beginning to demand that customers account for every deposit and withdrawal in their account before they can obtain a mortgage, another illustration of how capital controls imposed on the middle class are intensifying. “My sister just bought a house and to get the mortgage she had to explain every deposit and cash withdrawal in her account going back five years. My mother had simply written her a check for $400 to reimburse her for picking up some medicine. They wanted her to explain why my mother gave her $400,” writes economist Martin Armstrong, adding that his sister was also grilled on the $2,000 she withdrew ever few months to pay for incidental purchases. Another of Armstrong’s friends who shared an apartment with his girlfriend was also forced to account for five and a half years worth of rent checks he had written her before they could get a mortgage together.

Income Inequality Increasing: Millionaires Set to Control Half World Wealth
Sputnik News - Boston Consulting Group's annual Global Wealth report says that in 2014 there were 17 million millionaires in the world, up from 15 million in 2013, and they now account for 41% the world's $164 trillion in private wealth, which is expected to rise to 46% share by 2019. "The wealthier are getting more and more wealthy," BCG partner and managing director Anna Zakrzewski told MSNBC. "They have a much larger share of their wealth invested in equity markets and last year was a good year for market performance." In another indication that those gaining wealth are making money from money itself, the report says 73% of the world's gains in private wealth in 2014 came from gains on existing assets rather than the creation of new wealth or business.

Energy & Environment

California Water Cuts Leave City Days Away From Running Out Of Water
(CBS13) - The upscale community of Mountain House, west of Tracy, is days away from having no water. It’s not just about lawns—there may not be a drop for the 15,000 residents to drink.... “We’re out there looking for water supplies as we speak,” said Mountain House general manager Ed Pattison. “We have storage tanks, but those are basically just to ensure the correct pressurization of the distribution system. No more than 2 days are in those storage tanks.”

America’s Most Advanced Climate Station Data Shows US In A 10-Year Cooling Trend
Daily Caller - The U.S. Climate Reference Network was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide “high-quality” climate data. The network consists of 114 stations across the U.S. in areas NOAA expects no development for the next 50 to 100 years. The climate stations use three independent measurements of temperature and precipitation to provide “continuity of record and maintenance of well-calibrated and highly accurate observations,” NOAA states on its website. “The stations are placed in pristine environments expected to be free of development for many decades.” In essence, NOAA chose locations so they don’t need to be adjusted for “biases” in the temperature record.

Science & Technology

Obama Pushes Internet ID Verification in Response to NSA Hacking
Kurt Nimmo - NSA has history of covert hacking for political gain. On Monday the White House ordered federal agencies to implement cybersecurity fixes “without delay” after a reported breach of government employee records. The Obama administration used the reported breach to announce its desire to “dramatically accelerate implementation” of multi-factor authentication for network access. This is White House speak for personal identity verification, i.e., a smart card, possibly a biometric one.

Mind Reading Technology Takes a Huge Leap Forward
Paul Joseph Watson - Scientists are moving closer to developing mind reading technology after researchers at the Wadsworth Center in New York were able to record the brain waves directly associated with speech during a recent study. The researchers used electrocorticography to map out which areas of the brain lit up when certain words were spoken with the aid of electrodes located on the surface of the cortex. Seven epileptic patients who were undergoing clinical treatments participated in the study. “It has now been shown for the first time that is possible to reconstruct basic units, words, and complete sentences of continuous speech from these brain waves and to generate the corresponding text,” according to a report on the study.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Organic industry in shock as Whole Foods pushes new rating system that promotes chemical agriculture as better than organic
(NaturalNews) Increasingly, organic farmers are alleging that the Whole Foods brand is using its rather formidable marketing skills behind the scenes, along with its credibility among many consumers, to send the message that conventionally grown produce is just as good as -- or better than -- organically grown products also featured in stores. Shoppers are being given the option of choosing fruits and vegetables that carry the designations "good," "better" or "best." Longtime Whole Foods suppliers are complaining that the program, which is called Reponsibly Grown, can give a farmer who does not meet stringent requirements for federal organic certification the same rating as true organic farmers.


Study Finds Over The Counter Heartburn Antacids Could Give You A Heart Attack
Nigam Shah - Quick relief from acute heartburn and its chronic cousin GERD is a good thing. But is it worth risking a heart attack? That's the devil's choice that millions of Americans may be making without realizing it. A large new "big data" study finds a strong statistical link between proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium (and their generic versions) and heart attacks. It's big news because PPIs are the third most popular prescription drugs and the second most popular over-the-counter drugs in the country...used by 21 million Americans. And the increased risk for heart attacks is not just to people with heart conditions or those taking certain medications, but to everyone, healthy or sick, young or old.

AMA Prepares Gag Order for Medical Dissenters
Alliance for Natural Health - Angered by what they call “quack MDs,” the AMA recently decided to “actively defend the profession.” In particular, it plans to create ethical guidelines for physicians in the media, write a report on how doctors may be disciplined for violating medical ethics through their press involvement, and release a public statement denouncing the dissemination of dubious medical information through the radio, TV, newspapers, or websites. Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show was specifically mentioned as being responsible for the type of behavior and “pseudoscience” that the AMA would like to curtail.... The bias, then, is already overwhelmingly against integrative practitioners, and now the AMA is looking to take further steps to silence them.

12 Benefits of Basil + Recipe Ideas
Dr. Axe - Basil is a common aromatic herb in the mint family, the same plant family as other nutrient-dense, beneficial herbs, including mint, oregano and rosemary. Basil, of course, is used to add flavor to a variety of recipes...

Pet News

US Customs Agents Target Russian-American Animal Rescue Group
Sputnik News - US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have threatened to seize animals belonging to the animal rescue group Sochi Dogs, which offers homeless dogs from Russia up for adoption worldwide... “We never had a problem until recently,” Sochi Dogs President Anna Umansky told Sputnik on Tuesday. “A Customs officer said we were told we [sic] are not allowed to pick up the dogs.” CBP had seized two dogs at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York Cityafter they arrived in crates from Sochi, Russia.... She explained US agents eventually handed over the dogs, but told her future shipments will be denied until Sochi Dogs abides by US Customs regulations. “We always have the correct documents, vaccinations and are able to give ample notice before every pick-up,” Umanksy said.
* Related: Sochi Dogs Extraordinary Strays

Tuesday - June 16, 2015 - Today in History:

1815 - Napoleon defeated the Prussians at the Battle of Ligny, Netherlands.
1858 - In a speech in Springfield, IL, U.S. Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved. He declared, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
1884 - At Coney Island, in Brooklyn, NY, the first roller coaster in America opened.
1890 - The second Madison Square Gardens opened.
1897 - The U.S. government signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.
1903 - Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
1932 - The ban on Nazi storm troopers was lifted by the von Papen government in Germany.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the closure of all German consulates in the United States. The deadline was set as July 10.
1955 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend Selective Service until 1959.
1978 - U.S. President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos ratified the Panama Canal treaties.
1992 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush welcomed Russian President Boris Yeltsin to a meeting in Washington, DC. The two agreed in principle to reduce strategic weapon arsenals by about two-thirds by the year 2003.
1993 - The U.S. Postal Service released a set of seven stamps that featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley.
1996 - Russian voters had their first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin was the winner after a run-off.
1999 - The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that a 1992 federal music piracy law does not prohibit a palm-sized device that can download high-quality digital music files from the Internet and play them at home.
2000 - U.S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson reported that an employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico had discovered that two computer hard drives were missing.
2008 - California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

World News

US may send F-22 fighter jets to Europe to counter Russian ‘threat’
RT - A senior US Air Force official called the current situation with Russia “the biggest threat” on her mind, hinting at a possible display of power that could see American military aircraft, including F-22 Raptor fighter jets, deployed to Europe. The Air Force is now considering a plan to further increase the number of its rotational forces in Europe, the US Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, told reporters at the Paris Airshow at Le Bourget. “That’s the beginning, there will be more. You’ll continue to see more and more rotational forces,” James said as quoted by Reuters. “The biggest threat on my mind is what’s happening with Russia and the activities of Russia. That’s a big part of why I’m here in Europe.”

Greece’s Syriza weaves scheme for default, return to national currency - media
RT - A wing of Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party is eyeing a plan to default on government debt and replace the euro with its own national currency in case negotiations on a bailout with its creditors fail, media have reported. The plan envisions a default similar to the one implemented by Iceland during the 2008 financial crisis, along with the nationalization of the Greek banking system. The party faction considers the continuing negotiations with European creditors useless, The Telegraph reported Monday citing sources familiar with the matter. It also foresees controlling capital movements and the establishment of a sovereign central bank to serve as a basis for a new financial system. The introduction of a dual currency is possible, the source said, but would violate the terms of membership in the eurozone, which could mean a quick return to Greece’s previous currency, the drachma.

Russia Sells Off More Than 40 Percent of US Treasuries in One Year
Sputnik News - The amount of US government bonds held by Russia reduced by more than 40 percent in the space of one year, according to figures released by the US Treasury on Monday. In April 2015, Russia held $66.5 billion in US government debt, down from $69.9 billion in March, and 43 percent less than the $116.4 billion it held in April 2014, when it was the twelfth largest holder of US debt. In April 2014, Russia was the 22nd largest creditor of the US.... Over the same period, the amount of gold reserves held by the Russian Central Bank rose from $44.3 billion in April 2014, to $48.3 billion in April 2015.

Big Business Behind New European Trade Secrets Law
Sputnik News - MEPs in the European Parliament are due to vote on a new Trade Secrets Directive which critics say threatens people and the planet by letting companies keep information on the health and environmental impact of their operations secret, and sue anyone who reveals it. According to lawyers at ClientEarth, the new law has been moulded by corporations like Michelin and lobbyists Business Europe, among others, with almost no input from organizations working to protect public health. On Tuesday, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee has the opportunity to change the proposal before it is finally adopted by the European Parliament in plenary.

‘Most aggressive since Cold War’: Russia may beef up border if US arms stationed in E. Europe
RT - Russia has no binding obligations limiting its armed forces in its western region, which means if the US deploys heavy weapons in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States, there will be an equivalent response from Moscow, Russia’s top general said. “If America’s heavy arms, be it tanks, artillery systems or other heavy military hardware are deployed to Eastern Europe and the Baltic States, it will be the Pentagon’s and NATO’s most aggressive step since the end of the Cold War a quarter of a century ago,” General Yury Yakubov, a senior Defense Ministry official, was quoted as saying by Interfax.

US, China strike deal, set to hold joint military drills
RT - The US and China have signed a rare agreement to strengthen ties and develop a more productive military relationship. However, mistrust still remains, with Beijing saying progress can only be made if Washington respects China’s South China Sea ambitions. The understanding mainly concerns a deepening of cooperation between the two nations, following a meeting between Fan Changlong, the vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission and US Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter.

BP and Rosneft to make $700mn deal despite sanctions
RT - Russian oil major Rosneft and BP are close to signing a $700 million deal for BP to acquire a 20 percent stake in the Taas-Yuriakh Siberian oilfield, reports the FT. The deal could be announced this week at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The introduction of EU sanctions against Russia hasn’t scared off the largest European companies, working in the fuel and energy sector, according to Financial Times. Besides BP, Italy’s Eni and Norway's Statoil have already received governmental approval to continue working on joint projects with Rosneft. Shell continues to work with Gazprom Neft over the Salym project in the Siberian Khanty-Mansiysk area and is seeking Dutch government approval for other joint ventures.

EU preparing for ‘state of emergency’ after Greek talks collapse
Reuters - Greece and its creditors hardened their stances on Monday after the collapse of talks aimed at preventing a default and possible euro exit, prompting Germany's EU commissioner to say the time had come to prepare for a "state of emergency". Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ignored pleas from European leaders to act fast. Instead he blamed creditors for Sunday's breakdown of the cash-for-reform talks, the biggest setback in long-running negotiations to unlock aid. He said his government had a responsibility to defend Greece's dignity and would resist demands for further pension cuts.... Despite the deepening crisis, Tsipras is going ahead with a planned visit to Russia from Thursday, the day euro zone finance ministers hold a crucial meeting to review the standoff with Greece. He is due to stay till Saturday, attend an economic forum in Saint Petersburg and meet President Vladimir Putin. EU officials said that without improved Greek proposals by Thursday, the Eurogroup session would be very tough and was likely to present Greece with an ultimatum.
* Related: Stocks fall globally as Greek talks collapse

Zimbabwe phases out local currency at 35 quadrillion to US$1
Hang The Bankers - Zimbabwe has started retiring its almost worthless local currency in favor of the US dollar. Today, 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars are equal to US $1, as a result of hyperinflation which hit the country in 2009. The demonetization process of the Zimbabwe dollar started on Monday and will run till September 30. People with accounts of up to 175 quadrillion (175,000,000,000,000,000) Zimbabwean dollars will be paid $5. Those who preserved bills at home will receive a rate of 250 trillion to $1 for their 2008-issued notes and 250 to $1 for their 2009-issued notes.

Shock Video: Rioting Migrants Attempt to Hijack Trucks Heading for UK
Paul Joseph Watson - Shocking footage filmed in the French port town of Calais shows desperate migrants attempting to break into delivery trucks heading to the United Kingdom in another illustration of how the country’s generous welfare system acts as a beacon for illegal aliens.... The migrants are keen to reach the UK because they can exploit the country’s generous welfare system and obtain a much higher standard of living than in France, where they are forced to reside in a makeshift tent village in Calais known as “the jungle”. Around 2,500 migrants live in the tent village, with most of them coming from Sudan, Eritrea, Libya and Syria.

Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There are 6 Billion Too Many of Us
Breitbart - One of the speakers slated for the Vatican rollout of the long-awaited Papal document on climate change once said the earth is overpopulated by at least 6 billion people. The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City. Perhaps with the exception of the 1968 encyclical on contraception, no Vatican document has been greeted with such anticipation. The political left is hoping for a document that ties belief in global warming to a religious obligation. Climate skeptics have already started criticizing the document. The choice of Professor John Schnellnhuber, founding director of the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, as one of three presenters may be giving the left added hope and giving giving skeptics severe heartburn. He has been described as one of the more aggressive scientists on the question of man-made global warming.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Roll Call - House Republicans had intended to hold a vote Tuesday to reconsider last week’s failed vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation, needed to send the Trade Promotion Authority bill — which passed — to the president’s desk. But the Rules Committee on Monday evening put language in its rule governing floor debate for an unrelated measure — the fiscal 2016 authorization of intelligence programs — to extend the House’s ability to reconsider the TAA vote up until July 30, the very last possible moment before the monthlong August recess. This gives lawmakers and the White House seven more weeks to engage members on both sides of the aisle and determine the best course of action.

US Marines: Our Sniper Rifles Are Outdated on the Battlefield
Sputnik News - The Marine Corps is notorious for fielding outdated equipment – some of which can be as many as 30 years old. When the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Marine snipers carried the M40A1 sniper rifles, many of which were introduced shortly after the end of the Vietnam War. The Marines currently use a newer variant of the M40 as its primary sniper rifle – and it still shoots roughly the same distance it did 12 years ago: 1,000 yards. Active and former Marine Corps snipers say their weapons are inferior to that of other American military branches, and they do not match what the Taliban and the so-called Islamic State carry either. "It doesn't matter if we have the best training," one anonymous reconnaissance sniper told the Washington Post. "If we get picked off at a thousand yards before we can shoot, then what’s the point?"

US Army Loses Track of Own Personnel - GAO Report
Sputnik News - The US Army quite literally does not know what its own personnel are doing when they are on “borrowed” duty, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report said. The Army does not know the extent to which it used borrowed military personnel during fiscal years 2013 and 2014 because it is unable to distinguish borrowed military personnel from the larger category of special duty personnel in its monthly special duty reports,” the report said. The term borrowed appears to be used in the report to define US military personnel who are taken from their regular duties to carry out more informal activities.

ATF To Join NYPD In Fighting New York City Gun Crime
CBS2 - Now in an unprecedented move, a federal agency is joining the effort to get gun crimes under control, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Monday. Kramer is told it was a collective decision made by the federal government, the NYPD, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Those agencies are mounting a first-ever anti-gun initiative in high-crime areas. “There’s going to be an increase in federal arrests – no doubt,” said AFT agent Charles Mulham. Mulham’s words were intended to be a stiff warning to city residents who would carry weapons, and seem all to ready to use them. They will not only have to deal with the NYPD, but they will have the feds on their tail too.

USMan Spends 7 Years in Notorious Rikers Jail Awaiting Trial for a Murder He Didn’t Commit
Sputnik News - Carlos Montero, who is now 24 years old, has been held in pretrial detention since he was 17 for a murder he did not commit. But the judge refuses to separate his case from that of the actual murderer, leaving him hopelessly trapped.... There is a New York state statute guaranteeing a prisoner’s right to a speedy trial, stating that they must see trial within 180 days, but it does not apply to murder cases. Again, Montero is not accused of murdering anyone.

US Meals Programs for Elderly Miss 90% of People in Need
Sputnik News - Many elderly Americans with low incomes who need meals services do not receive them despite the growing need for such programs, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed.... Many elderly Americans with low incomes who need meals services do not receive them despite the growing need for such programs, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed.

Election News

Hillary Clinton Backs Fast-Track On Obama's Trade Deals
Zero Hedge - Hillary Clinton actually supports Barack Obama’s trade-policy, and even supports the way in which he is trying to get it through Congress. However, the news-media didn’t report it that way. Hilary is repeating her earlier tactics, in 2008, when she tried to give the impression that she had opposed her husband Bill Clinton’s NAFTA, though in fact she had earlier bragged about how great it was for the country and claimed it as if it were her own.

Economy & Business

In Dramatic Decision Judge Finds Fed Bailout Of AIG Was "Illegal", Government "Violated Federal Reserve Act"
Zero Hedge - "Starr alleges in its own right and on behalf of other AIG shareholders that the Government’s actions in acquiring control of AIG constituted a taking without just compensation and an illegal exaction, both in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.... Having considered the entire record, the Court finds in Starr’s favor on the illegal exaction claim. As the Court noted during closing arguments, a troubling feature of this outcome is that the Government is able to avoid any damages notwithstanding its plain violations of the Federal Reserve Act. "

We Might As Well Face It – America Is Addicted To Debt
Economic Collapse -Corporations, individuals and the federal government continue to rack up debt at a rate that is far faster than the overall rate of economic growth.... Consumer credit has doubled since the year 2000. Student loan debt has doubled over the course of the past decade. Business debt has doubled since 2006. And of course the debt of the federal government has doubled since 2007.... We have accumulated the greatest mountain of debt that the world has ever seen, and yet despite all of the warnings we just continue to race forward into financial oblivion.... Companies are sitting on a record $1.82 trillion in cash. That might sound impressive until you hear companies owe three times more – $5.8 trillion, according to a new report from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. Debt levels are soaring at U.S. non-financial companies so quickly – total debt outstanding rose $650 billion in 2014, which is six times faster than the $100 billion in added cash.

Gap To Fire Thousands, Close A Quarter Of All Specialty Locations
Zero Hedge - Moments ago, one of the biggest clothing retailers in the US confirmed the worst nightmares about the state of US consumer spending, when it reported that it would shut down over 25% of all of its specialty stores in the US, or about 175 (of which 140 will be shut in the current year), leaving the firm just 500 specialty locations and 300 outlet stores. And, in addition to the thousands of job terminations these closures would entail, the company will further fire another 250 in its headquarters.

Energy & Environment

California’s Super Wealthy Refuse to Cut Water: ‘No, We’re Not All Equal’
Sputnik News - Residents of extremely wealthy suburbs in Southern California are claiming that there is a “war on suburbia,” and that they are being “drought-shamed” for their wasteful habits. They believe that if they can afford it, the water should be theirs, and all theirs. A resident of Rancho Santa Fe, an ultra wealthy community that uses five times the statewide average of water, believes that water is not a basic human right to be shared and preserved for all to use, but rather a commodity similar to gas.... After Governor Jerry Brown called for a 25% reduction in the state’s water use in April, Rancho Santa Fe snubbed their wealthy noses at the directive and actually used 9% more water than the previous month.

Fracking to blame? Alabama earthquakes occurring near shale-gas developments
RT - More than a dozen minor earthquakes have struck western Alabama’s Greene County since November. The area is near the Black Warrior Basin, where thousands of hydraulic fracturing natural gas wells have been operating in recent years. The Associated Press reported Sunday that Greene County has had 14 notable yet inexplicable seismic events since November 20, starting with a magnitude 3.8 quake 10 miles northwest of Eutaw. The latest was a magnitude 3.0 earthquake on June 6.... Some wonder if hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the area is the source of unusual seismic activity, as the oil and gas extraction process has been the cause of quakes in other areas of the United States, including Oklahoma and Ohio.

Science & Technology

US Nuclear Bombers Lack Satellite Terminals for Atomic Emergencies
Sputnik News - US satellite terminals to ensure communications with nuclear bombers do not yet exist and have been delayed indefinitely, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report said. “[The] development of key satellite communication terminals for strategic bomber aircraft has been deferred by several years,” the report said. “Further details remain classified.” The terminals were planned to be part of a massive nuclear command, communications and control (NC3) system, the GAO explained.

Police Release “Pre-Crime” Smartphone App
Kit Daniels - Swiss police have released a “pre-crime” smartphone app which warns users about crimes “before they are committed” based on criminal prediction software. The app, published by the Aargau cantonal police under the name “Kapo Aargau,” sends users a “pre-crime” report for their area compiled by the Precobs forecasting software, which uses past crime data fed into an algorithm. “The cantonal police of Aargau used the Precobs for a short time and comes to a similar conclusion: the system has repeatedly delivered amazingly accurate predictions,” the Aargauer Zeitung reported when the app was first being tested. “That leaves other cantons listening attentively; police forces from across the country are interested in testing the software.” And across the world as well; numerous police departments in the U.S. are also using similar technology, such as the Miami Police Dept. which has adopted the Hunchlab prediction software.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Poultry producers worry about proposed bird flu vaccine; jab could SPREAD more bird flu across America!
(NaturalNews) Some turkey producers in the Midwest are reportedly pushing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve a novel vaccine for bird flu that would be the first of its kind ever used on poultry animals intended for human consumption. The vaccine hasn't even undergone testing or been proven to work, of course, but the "act first, ask questions later" segment of the factory food industry thinks it's a great idea. Then there's the issue of live virus shedding, which has gained considerable attention in recent months due to the media's scare campaign over measles. It's a fact that many flu vaccines contain attenuated (weakened) live virus, and the proposed bird flu vaccine is no exception.


Ozone therapy for breast cancer: It just makes common sense
(NaturalNews) Anyone who is committed to healing their breast cancer naturally knows that cancer cells thrive in environments with very little oxygen. In 1966, Otto Warburg, a Nobel Prize-winning doctor from Germany, put the relationship between cancer and oxygen this way: "Cancer cells meet their energy needs by fermentation, not oxidation. Thus, they are dependent upon glucose and a high oxygen environment is toxic to them."

STEVIA: The Ultra-Sweet Sugar Substitute that Isn’t Always Natural
Natural Society - Stevia has been touted for many years as a natural substitute for sugar and various artificial sweeteners, but not all stevia is created equal.... The various beverage and food companies now market their new and improved stevia-sweetened products under various brand names. In each of these cases it is important to understand that the extracts and derivatives are far from natural. Because they are extracted or derived chemically, there may be present other chemical byproducts and/or residues which may be harmful.... The trade and brand names of these chemically-derived forms of stevia, which are now used extensively across many food and beverage product lines, are as follows...
* Related: Truvia’s Sweet Scam: Highly Processed, GMO, and Contains Hardly Any Stevia

Food “Safety”? All the Dangerous Food Recalls in Just the Last Few Days
Natural Blaze - One of the clear and present dangers in having such a highly industrialized, highly centralized food system in this country (a system where a whopping 96% of everyone relies on the other 4% for their food) is contamination. Our food is so centralized now that 10 megacorporations essentially own and produce all the brands you see on your grocery store shelf.... So in a typical week, several products are found contaminated with everything from undeclared major allergens to potentially fatal food-borne pathogens to “particulate matter”. You never know what you’re gonna get. In just the last few days, these things have been recalled (via the FDA’s recall page and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service FSIS)...

Monday - June 15, 2015 - Today in History:

1215 - King John of England put his seal on the Magna Carta.
1752 - Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was it showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.
1775 - George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army by the Second Continental Congress.
1836 - Arkansas became the 25th U.S. state.
1846 - The United States and Britain settled a boundary dispute concerning the boundary between the U.S. and Canada, by signing a treaty.
1864 - An order to establish a military burial ground was signed by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The location later became known as Arlington National Cemetery.
1898 - The U.S. House of representatives approved the annexation of Hawaii.
1916 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
1944 - American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II.
1947 - The All-Indian Congress accepted a British plan for the partition of India.
1948 - Soviet authorities announced that the Autobahn would be closed indefinitely "for repairs."
1981 - The U.S. agreed to provide Pakistan with $3 billion in military and economic aid from October 1982 to October 1987.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court reinforced its position on abortion by striking down state and local restriction on abortions.
1986 - Pravda, the Communist Party newspaper, said the chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear plant was let go for mishandling the incident at the plant.
1992 - It was ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court that the government could kidnap criminal suspects from foreign countries for prosecution.
1992 - U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell "potato" with an "e" on the end during a spelling bee. He had relied on a faulty flash card that had been written by the student's teacher.
1994 - Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
1999 - South Korean naval forces sank a North Korean torpedo boat during an exchange in the disputed Yellow Sea.
2003 - A jury in Houston convicted accounting firm Arthur Andersen of obstruction of justice.
2006 - A divided Supreme Court made it easier for police to barge into homes and seize evidence without knocking or waiting.

World News

MI6 Recalls Secret Agents From Abroad for Fear of Uncover by Russia, China
Sputnik - The British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, has withdrawn its agents out of live operations in foreign countries as they could allegedly be identified by Russia and China with the help of files stolen by former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, The Sunday Times reports.The newspaper claimed on Sunday citing senior British officials that Moscow has gained access to over 1 million classified files that contain details of secret intelligence techniques and information that could be used to identify British and American spies.

US conducts ‘counter-terrorism’ airstrike in Libya, unsure of result
RT - The Pentagon has announced it conducted an airstrike in Libya targeting an Al-Qaeda-associated militant, but could not be completely sure that it succeeded. The Libyan government, meanwhile, has claimed the strike killed the notorious Mokhtar Belmokhtar.... The Pentagon has not released any details about the operation, nor the name of the alleged terrorist who was targeted. In the past, Americans have used drones to strike targets in the region. Warren did emphasize that there had been no US boots on the ground assisting the operation, Reuters reports.

Poland, Lithuania discussing plans with Washington to harbor US army equipment
RT - Warsaw and Vilnius are in talks with Washington about the permanent stationing of US army equipment warehouses, officials from the two countries said. Heavy weapons may be stored in the Baltic States, Romania, Bulgaria and possibly Hungary. The Polish Defense Ministry tweeted that during his recent visit to Washington Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak was given assurances that a final decision on stationing the warehouses would be taken shortly....The Pentagon's far-reaching proposal requires approval from Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and the White House. Should the move be given the go-ahead, it would be the first deployment of military hardware in Europe since the end of the Cold War 25 years ago. The plan falls short of a permanent boots-on-the-ground presence.

Saudi Warplanes Destroy 2,500 Year Old Heritage Site In Yemen
Zero Hedge - On Friday, the proxy wars that, thanks in large part to US foreign policy, now plague the Middle East, took their toll on another UNESCO heritage site when Saudi warplanes decimated Old City, a 2,500 year-old collection of homes, towers, gardens, mosques, and public baths in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. [The] NY Times has more: A protected 2,500-year-old cultural heritage site in Yemen’s capital, Sana, was obliterated in an explosion early Friday, and witnesses and news reports said the cause was a missile or bomb from a Saudi warplane. The Saudi military denied responsibility.

BRICS Central Bank experts meet in Turkey to finalise joint Monetary Fund
The BRICS Post - Officials from the five BRICS countries are meeting in Bodrum, Turkey on Saturday and Sunday to finalise the joint monetary fund ahead of the 7th Leaders Summit in Russia. Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping, Jacob Zuma from South Africa, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and India’s Narendra Modi will meet for the Summit on 8-9 July in Ufa… The CRA is meant to provide an alternative to International Monetary Fund’s emergency lending. In the CRA, emergency loans of up to 30 percent of a member nation’s contribution will be decided by a simple majority. Bigger loans will require the consent of all CRA members.

"Last Chance" Greek Bailout Talks End Without Deal
Zero Hedge - What this means is that Greece came to Brussels and presented the same "not serious" proposals Tsipras submitted last week. That is, Athens is willing to deal on fiscal targets and is more than willing to accept free money from the EFSF and ESM.. but is not yet desperate enough to concede to pension cuts or VAT hikes... As we noted earlier today (and on countless occasions previously), 'deadlines' and 'ultimatums' are largely meaningless because even if Greece misses its June 30 bundled payment to the IMF, Christine Lagarde would need to send a formal failure to pay letter to the Executive Board… It’s up to Lagarde to decide when to send that letter and she would have at least 30 days.

Bilderberg Media Mogul Confronted at Airport
Paul Joseph Watson - Bronner, publisher of Der Standard, a major national daily broadsheet newspaper published in Vienna, spent the last few days meeting with influential power brokers from the world of politics, media, academia, business and banking at the elitist confab in Telfs, Austria, safely enclosed behind a huge security operation enforced by over 2,000 police. Bronner stated, “It was a very interesting meeting,” before referring to the Bilderberg Group’s official website for the list of topics that were discussed (the topics are so vague as to be almost meaningless).

MERS death toll reaches 16 among 150 confirmed S. Korea outbreak victims
RT - Two more patients with the MERS virus have died, South Korea’s health ministry has announced. In addition, five new cases have been confirmed, bringing the official total to 150 patients.... The hospital has placed some 400 patients, families and medical staff under quarantine. As of Sunday, at least 4,856 people possibly exposed to the MERS virus were under observation nationwide.... The World Health Organization (WHO) will be holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday to address the “large and complex” MERS outbreak, the biggest outside Saudi Arabia where it was first identified in humans in 2012. There is no vaccine or cure for the virus which has a fatality rate of around 35 percent. All of South Korea’s cases are believed to be linked to hospitals and have been traced back to a businessman who returned from the Middle East. So far all of the deaths have involved elderly people or patients suffering from other illnesses in addition to MERS.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The GOP Leadership’s Latest Obamatrade Ploy: Small Business Tax Hike That Violates GOP’s Anti-Tax Pledge
Breitbart - TAA was originally supposed to be financed with Medicare cuts – which sparked major outrage, and cries of hypocrisy in what would have certainly turned into boldly negative campaign advertisements against Republicans by Democrats this next cycle. But under pressure, Republican leadership, mainly Boehner and Ryan, negotiated with Democrats to remove the Medicare cuts from the financial backing of TAA and instead using direct tax hikes by raising the penalties for misfiled taxes. “A vote for Obamatrade on Tuesday is a vote to give the IRS more power and more incentives to go after small businesses,” said Curtis Ellis, founder of the Obamatrade website, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.

VIDEO: CNN: Attacking Dallas Police HQ ‘Courageous and Brave’
Breitbart - CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield called the attack on Dallas Police Headquarters “very courageous and brave” on Saturday’s “CNN Newsroom.” Whitfield, while discussing the shooting with legal analyst Philip Holloway, said, “It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff. So you believe these are the hallmarks of more than one person’s involvement?”... “Well, first off, I will say that the Dallas police department did an excellent job handling this situation, and no one other than the suspect was injured,” he said. “Yes, I think it’s very likely he had some degree of assistance. These bombs that detonated immediately when the robot made contact with them, that suggests there might be some level of sophistication that may go beyond what this person is capable of.”
* Related: How the Dallas police attack suspect got an armored van and Joe Biggs reports from behind the yellow tape at the Dallas Police shooting crime scene

House Kills Fast-Track Of Obamatrade After Pelosi-Led Democrat Rebellion
Zero Hedge - And just like that, President Obama's fast track of his "great job creation" bill is defeated in a 126-302 procedural vote which stumbled over what is known as the Trade Adjustment Assistance. Following Pelosi's comments that "its defeat is the only way we will be able to slow down fast track," and "people would rather have a job than assistance", the defeat of a measure to provide aid to workers displaced by trade deals means the fast-tracking of the TPP is done (for now).

Secret CIA effort in Syria faces large funding cut
Washington Post - Key lawmakers have moved to slash funding of a secret CIA operation to train and arm rebels in Syria, a move that U.S. officials said reflects rising skepticism of the effectiveness of the agency program and the Obama administration’s strategy in the Middle East. The House Intelligence Committee recently voted unanimously to cut as much as 20 percent of the classified funds flowing into a CIA program that U.S. officials said has become one the agency’s largest covert operations, with a budget approaching $1 billion a year.

Four Weeks Later: Waco Police Narrative Unravels
Breitbart - Four weeks after the deadly May 17th shooting incident outside a Waco Twin Peaks restaurant, more details have come out concerning the incident, but significant questions still remain about the actions taken by law enforcement and the police’s account of what transpired. Although the national mainstream media has largely moved on from the Waco story, if critics of the police are correct, the incident represents an unprecedented civil rights violation and media cover-up campaign by the Waco authorities. Police in Waco still have yet to state how many bikers, if any, were killed by the police, or to explain why the police showed up in force at all prior to the meeting on May 17th.

7 Reasons Why Police are More Dangerous to Americans than ISIS
Free Thought Project - Everywhere, USA: If you think it’s absurd to compare the men and women in blue uniform to terrorists, just read the definition of terrorism. Terrorism: the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. The Free Thought Project has compiled a list of 7 examples that shows why comparing police to ISIS is not so crazy. In fact, it proves that police are far more dangerous to Americans, and our freedoms than any terrorist group on earth.

Police Seize 6 Children Simply Because Family Was Camping
Off the Grid News - A Michigan family which had dreams of camping during the summer in the great outdoors was horrified when state officials seized their six children simply because they were temporarily living in tents... The nightmare experience for Christopher and Antonia Hernandez began May 19 when Otsego County sheriff deputies and a CPS official took their children, and ended June 10 when their children were returned after the parents won a court ruling based on the fact the mother and children are eligible for enrollment in the Tlingit Native American tribe. The federal Indian Child Welfare Act makes it more difficult for state officials to separate Native American families. Michigan has a similar state law. If the family had not had the Tlingit link, the case still would be ongoing, with the children still in foster care.

Election News

Iowa GOP cancels straw poll
USA Today - The governing board for the Republican Party of Iowa voted unanimously Friday to cancel the straw poll, a milestone on the path to the White House that had passed the strategic tipping point. It was no longer a political risk for presidential campaigns to walk away from the straw poll, and too many of the 2016 contenders had opted to skip it for it to survive.

Economy & Business

Writing's On The Wall: Texas Pulls $1 Billion In Gold From NY Fed, Makes It "Non-Confiscatable"
Zero Hedge - The lack of faith in central bank trustworthiness is spreading. First Germany, then Holland, and Austria, and now - as we noted was possible previously - Texas has enacted a Bill to repatriate $1 billion of gold from The NY Fed's vaults to a newly established state gold bullion depository..."People have this image of Texas as big and powerful … so for a lot of people, this is exactly where they would want to go with their gold," and the Bill includes a section to prevent forced seizure from the Federal Government.

Food Banks In New York Are Running Out Of Food
Zero Hedge - Welcome to the Recovery! Food banks across the US state of New York are running out of food (37% of food pantries say they have had to turn away needy people because they ran out of food), amid falling funds and rising demand from people that have trouble affording food. About 2.6 million people have trouble affording food across New York with about 1.4 million New York City residents relying on food pantries to feed themselves, according to the Food Bank For New York City. But as PressTV reports, contrary to the belief that people visiting food pantries are homeless and jobless, most customers are employed, but are not paid enough money to put food on the table without help.

Costco Decides to Sell Controversial GM Salmon
Natural Society - As major supermarkets like Safeway, Target, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s refuse GM salmon, the mega store Costco is planning on selling the genetically modified fish to its customers while attempting to dress itself as a big organic seller. This is odd, since Costco has just announced that it will become one of the largest sellers of organic products in the US, and also since Costco customers recently rallied in Seattle to deliver more than 50,000 signatures asking the company not to sell GM salmon.

Energy & Environment

Billionaire: $25M Prize to Solve Global Warming by Geoengineering
The New American - Richard Branson (shown), chairman of Virgin Group Ltd., has offered a $25-million prize for the best solution for ending so-called global warming using geoengineering (also called climate engineering), which is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system… “Some proposals are uncontroversial, such as using charcoal to lock carbon dioxide into soil or scattering carbon-absorbing gemstones.” However, other proposals seem quite bizarre, considering how environmentalists usually are so wary of any human activity that impacts our climate.

California Water Wars Escalate: Government Orders Massive Supply Cuts To Most Senior Rights Holders
Zero Hedge - Just two weeks after California's farmers - with the most senior water rights - offered to cut their own water use by 25% (in an attempt to front-run more draconian government-imposed measures), AP reports that the California government has - just as we predicted - ignored any efforts at self-preservation and ordered the largest cuts on record to farmers holding some of the state's strongest water rights. While frackers and big energy remain exempt from the restrictions, Caren Trgovcich, chief deputy director of the water board, explains, "we are now at the point where demand in our system is outstripping supply for even the most senior water rights holders."

Drought-stricken California - Thieves hijack water tanks, siphon private wells, illegally tap industrial pipelines
(NaturalNews) Special law enforcement task forces, believe it or not, are reportedly being deployed throughout California to deal with a new crime wave blossoming in what 10 years ago would have been a rather unlikely economic sector: water. The water wars have apparently already begun, as police battle a growing "gray market" for stolen water, with thieves now hijacking water tanks, siphoning private wells and even digging under city streets to illegally tap into industrial water pipelines, according to reports.

Science & Technology

Canadian Court: Yes, We Can Order Google To Block Websites Globally
Techdirt - Almost exactly a year ago we wrote about a troubling lawsuit in British Columbia, where a court ruled that Google needed to block access to a website globally. The case involved one company accusing another of selling counterfeit or copied equipment, and despite Google not even being a party to the case, said that Google needed to make sure no one could find the site in question via Google anywhere in the world. As we noted, this had tremendously problematic consequences. For example, China doesn’t think anyone should be able to learn about the protests in Tiananmen Square. Can it now order Google to remove all links to such references globally? That result seems crazy. And, of course, there was a separate issue of how the court even had jurisdiction over Google, seeing as it does not have any operations, staff or servers in British Columbia. Google stepped in to protest the injunction at the appeals court.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

GM Moths Field Release near New York Causes Outrage
Natural Blaze - In September 2014 several of the organizations commented on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed field release of Oxitec’s GE diamondback moths at Cornell University. The agency did not contact the organizations to address their myriad concerns, and months later, the groups found out through a separate correspondence with the USDA that the GE moth permit had been quietly approved with no press release or other public notification. “This release of genetically engineered autocidal moths is the first of its kind in the United States and it sets a very poor precedent that they were released with minimal environmental review and transparency,” said Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. “The USDA’s irresponsible management of this genetically engineered insect is putting the environment and agriculture at risk.”

Monsanto Now Billing Itself as a “Sustainable Agriculture Company”
Natural Society - Monsanto truly has decided to market itself as a ‘sustainable agriculture’ company despite spending billions to provide the world with destructive, carcinogenic chemicals. You can see Monsanto’s propaganda piece here. The biotech giant also says that it aims to “empower” farmers around the world, while arguably leading to mass farmer suicides taking place all throughout India. What’s more, Monsanto is completely wrecking the organic farmer’s industry in the US. As far as ‘empowering’ farmers, nearly 300,000 have sued Monsanto for contaminating their seed.


AMA may force incompetent older doctors to retire even if they don't want to
(NaturalNews) A new report by an American Medical Association council calls for aging physicians to go into early retirement if they cannot meet competency requirements. The new report is being brought to the AMA's 2015 policy-making meeting in Chicago. The report calls on younger doctors to evaluate and vote out their older colleagues who are showing signs of age. The reasoning behind it is that older doctors might be more likely to make mistakes that could put patients' lives in jeopardy.... There are currently around 240,000 physicians aged 65 and older in the U.S. If the AMA does decide to force this group into early retirement, nearly one fourth of all the physicians in the U.S. would no longer be able to help patients. This would welcome a new flood of rookie physicians while undermining the knowledge of an experienced sector of physicians.

Systemic Candida - how to conquer and heal
(NaturalNews) Candida is a common yeast-like, parasitic fungal infection which can become systemic when it spreads throughout the body and impacts bodily systems. At severe levels of infection Candida can become debilitating and even life threatening....The key to eliminating overgrowth is restoring the proper balance of healthy bacteria in our intestines. A strict diet must be followed. Keep in mind, some foods that are considered healthy are not advised while addressing Candida.... Some foods stand out as Candida fighters. Among the very best are...

10 Incredible Use Of Baking Soda Daily as a Medicine
Natural News Blogs - Lot of people use baking soda for cooking and cleaning, most don’t know that baking soda is a powerful healer as well. Baking soda is a terrific home remedy that can do everything from relieving the sting of bugs to being a super detox agent. Baking soda rates right up there with hydrogen peroxide as one of the safest, most effective, and most inexpensive health tools around.

Friday - June 12, 2015 - Today in History:

1665 - England installed a municipal government in New York. It was the former Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.
1838 - The Iowa Territory was organized.
1901 - Cuba agreed to become an American protectorate by accepting the Platt Amendment.
1918 - The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurred on World War I's Western Front in France.
1921 - U.S. President Warren Harding urged every young man to attend military training camp.
1935 - U.S. Senator Huey Long of Louisiana made the longest speech on Senate record. The speech took 15 1/2 hours and was filled by 150,000 words.
1937 - The Soviet Union executed eight army leaders under Joseph Stalin.
1939 - The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.
1941 - In London, the Inter-Allied Declaration was signed. It was the first step towards the establishment of the United Nations.
1967 - State laws which prohibited interracial marriages were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1982 - 75,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons in New York City's Central Park. Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt were in attendance.
1985 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved $27 million in aid to the Nicaraguan contras.
1987 - U.S. President Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
1992 - In a letter to the U.S. Senate, Russian Boris Yeltsin stated that in the early 1950's the Soviet Union had shot down nine U.S. planes and held 12 American survivors.
1997 - The U.S. Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill meant to be more counterfeit-resistant.
1998 - Compaq Computer paid $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corp. in largest high-tech acquisition.
1999 - NATO peacekeeping forces entered the province of Kosovo in Yugoslavia.
2003 - In Arkansas, Terry Wallis spoke for the first time in nearly 19 years. Wallis had been in a coma since July 13, 1984, after being injured in a car accident.
2009 - In the U.S., The switch from analog TV transmission to digital was completed.

World News

US Intelligence Forges Documents Against Iran - Envoy
Sputnik News - US intelligence services are forging documents against Iran, Tehran’s permanent representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Thursday. Talking to the media on Thursday, Reza Najafi he said the claims about Iran’s forbidden activities at the country’s Marivan nuclear site were also based on these kinds of documents, IRNA news agency reported. Iran has repeatedly said such documents are faked and forged by the American intelligence services against Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, Reza Najafi stressed. Referring to the claims included in the latest IAEA report about Iran’s forbidden operations in Marivan, he said that his country had already voiced readiness to take the IAEA inspectors to any point they wanted but received no response from the organization.

US Refrains From Prohibiting Companies to Attend Russia's Economic Forum
Sputnik News - In 2014, US authorities called on US executives to refrain from attending the economic forum in Russia. "The message is: If you’re asking us, we still won’t encourage you to go, but if you don’t ask, nothing will happen." Two executives from US companies with operations in Russia reportedly said government officials had told them there would be "no punishment" if the companies attended the forum. According to The Financial Times, the chairmen of AT Kearney, Boston Consulting Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young are among those who are expected at the event. The chief executives of Shell, BP, Societe Generale, Total, and Carlsberg are also expected to be present at the St. Petersburg forum.

Japan Delays Removal of Fuel Rods From Fukushima Power Plant by 3 Years
Sputnik News - The removal of spent uranium fuel rods from the Fukushima power plant will begin three years later compared to the originally planned date, the Japanese government said in a roadmap published on Friday. Initially, the removal was scheduled for the end of 2015 for Unit 3 and for late 2017 for Units 1 and 2. Due to the high level of radiation in the area and the difficulty of the operation, it was decided to postpone the work for Unit 3 until 2017, and until 2020 for the first two units. The schedule for the removal of the dangerous fuel remains unchanged and will take place in 2021. Cleanup efforts around Fukushima could take up to 40 years.

Activists to shut down Israeli arms factory in Gaza war anniversary protest
RT - Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems’ UK factory will become the target of a protest to mark the anniversary of the Gaza conflict in July. Anti-arms trade campaigners will join forces with students unions and pro-Palestinian groups in a bid to shut down the factory, which they say manufactures drones.... Campaigners are calling for the UK to stop selling arms to Israel, highlighting the state’s role in last year’s Gaza conflict, which caused the death of over 2,200 Palestinians.

Bloomberg Coverage of Bilderberg Ignores Attendance of Bloomberg Editor-In-Chief
Mikael Thalen - The first notable coverage of the 2015 Bilderberg conference by media outlet Bloomberg unsurprisingly omits the attendance of its editor-in-chief John Micklethwait. A video article entitled, “Here’s Who’s Going to The Secret Bilderberg Summit,” which features a brief synopsis of the group’s 63rd gathering, fails to mention the numerous high-profile media attendees. Micklethwait, who joined Bloomberg after stepping down as The Economist’s editor-in-chief in 2014, has been a regular attendee of the group since at least 1996. Despite attending for the better part of two decades, Micklethwait, as the Bloomberg video states, will remain tight-lipped due to Bilderberg’s policy of secrecy.
* Related: Mainstream Reporters Attend Bilderberg – But WON’T Report On It

‘No progress’: IMF walks out of bailout talks with Greece
RT - International Monetary Fund representatives have cut short negotiations with Greek officials in Brussels, after they failed to present a viable reform plan. The move has left Athens, due to repay €1.6 billion by the end June, on the edge of default. The ball is very much in Greece’s court,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told the media during a specially scheduled announcement, before his team returns to Washington. “There are major differences between us in most key areas. There has been no progress in narrowing these differences recently.” With wages and pensions at 80 percent of total public spending “it’s not possible for Greece to achieve its medium-term fiscal targets without reforms, and especially of pensions.” Rice also told Athens to eschew “unsustainable” tax increases, but called on Athens to collect it’s existing VAT taxes.

Poll Finds Majority Of Greeks Ready To Fold To Troika, Even As Anti-Austerity Protests Return
Zero Hedge - As unemployment rises to near 27%, a new poll shows more than half of Greeks support giving in to creditors "if they insist on it." Meanwhile, anti-austerity protests are back, with communist-affiliated union members demonstrating at the finance ministry in Athens.

IMF data shows Iceland's economy recovered after it imprisoned bankers and let banks go bust - instead of bailing them out
Belfast Telegraph - Iceland’s finance minister has announced a 39 per cent tax on investors looking to take their money overseas. The country has imposed the tax to prevent it hemorrhaging money as it loosens bank laws imposed six years ago, when Iceland made the shocking decision to let its banks go bust. Iceland also allowed bankers to be prosecuted as criminals – in contrast to the US and Europe, where banks were fined, but chief executives escaped punishment. The chief executive, chairman, Luxembourg ceo and second largest shareholder of Kaupthing, an Icelandic bank that collapsed, were sentenced in February to between four and five years in prison for market manipulation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US House Votes to Defund Warrantless NSA-CIA Communications Collection
Sputnik News - The amendment to the annual US defense appropriations bill would prevent the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from searching or collecting communications data under the controversial Section 702 program of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) without due process. The amendment would also prevent the intelligence community from forcing US technology companies from building in security vulnerabilities, or “backdoors,” which allow surveillance of the companies' clientele. The FISA Section 702 program allows US intelligence agencies to siphon off internet communications data such as e-mails, instant messages, and web browsing history, according to the internet advocacy group, the Electronic Frontiers Foundation.

10 countries that hate the U.S. the most
MarketWatch - Public opinion alone does not dictate foreign policy. However, a country’s perception of another country can have a meaningful impact on foreign policy decisions that both governments make. Keeping global approval ratings of the U.S. high strengthens what is called soft power, which captures how diplomatic goals can be accomplished without military force.

Police State America sends 450 cops to illegally search people's homes looking for escaped prisoners
MassPrivateI - In Vermont And New York Hundreds of law enforcement officers swept through the small Adirondack foothills town. Searchers walked shoulder to shoulder, wearing bulletproof vests and carrying sidearms as they went through hilly woods, fields and swamps, checking every home, garage, shed and outbuilding, then yelling, “Clear!” when there were no signs of the inmates. By early evening, it appeared the sweep had come up empty, and there was no confirmation from police that the escaped convicts had been there. State Police said more than 450 corrections and other law enforcement officers were in the area and planned to go door to door, checking homes and seasonal camps.

Texas Police Shut Down Little Girls’ ‘Illegal’ Lemonade Stand, Citing Lack Of Permit
Truth in Media - Two young sisters were forced to shut down the lemonade stand they were running to buy their dad a Father's Day present, after they were informed by a police officer that in order to run the stand, they must undergo a health inspection and obtain a Peddler's Permit.... Overton Police told KLTV that following the exchange, a family friend went to Overton City Hall to obtain a Peddler’s Permit for the girls. While the city was willing to waive the $150 fee, staff members would not let the Green sisters obtain a permit until they contacted the health department and an inspection was conducted.

Obamatrade Chaos: Bill Barely Clears Hurdle… ‘Courageous Conservatives’ Vote Against… Showdown Friday
Breitbart - Most importantly about this is that the vote passed with less than a majority of the full House of Representatives. Boehner was only able to–on a purely procedural vote–obtain 217, rather than the 218 votes for a majority, votes for the rule. It passed the House 217-212.

Big Pharma Revealed As Puppetmaster Behind TPP Secrecy
Zero Hedge - When it came to the highly confidential TPP, it was unclear just which corporations were dominant in pulling the strings. Now thanks to more documents published by Wikileaks, and analyzed by the NYT, it appears that "big pharma" is the mastermind behind the Trans Pacific Partnership, which if passed will "empower big pharmaceutical firms to command higher reimbursement rates in the United States and abroad, at the expense of consumers" according to "public health professionals, generic-drug makers and activists opposed to the trade deal."

Paul Ryan’s Pelosi-Esque Obamatrade Moment: ‘It’s Declassified And Made Public Once It’s Agreed To’
Breitbart - Chief Obamatrade proponent House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted during Congressional testimony on Wednesday evening that despite tons of claims from him and other Obamatrade supporters to the contrary, the process is highly secretive. He also made a gaffe in his House Rules Committee testimony on par with former Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’s push to pass Obamacare, in which she said infamously said: “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Obama Administration Attempts to Tack 20 Years onto Man’s Sentence for Possession of Books
Daily Sheeple - The Obama administration is trying to tack 20 years onto a Florida man’s tax fraud sentence for the supposed crime of possessing books the government doesn’t like. The Intercept reports: Now, to demonstrate that Robertson’s tax charges merit a terrorism enhancement, the government has cited a number of books owned by Robertson that allegedly extol extremist beliefs. Robertson, who is recognized as an Islamic scholar, owned a library which included roughly 10,000 e-books, a small number of which are alleged by the government to have contained passages deemed controversial.

Probable cause found to charge cops with murder & negligent homicide of Tamir Rice
RT - A judge has found that there is probable cause to charge the Cleveland, Ohio police officer accused of shooting and killing 12-year-old Tamir Rice with murder, while his partner could be charged with negligent homicide, according to local news reports. A Cuyahoga County judge found probable cause to charges against Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback in connection with Rice’s death. Judge Ronald B. Adrine wrote in his judgment entry that there is cause to bring charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty against Loehmann, who shot the preteen while he was playing with a toy gun at a recreation center playground in November.

11 Year Old Boy Kidnapped By CPS, Parents Arrested, After He Played In Back Yard Alone For 90 Minutes
Steve Watson - A couple in Florida were arrested and charged with felony neglect after their 11-year-old son was left alone in the back yard playing basketball for 90 minutes. Furthermore, the child was taken from the parents and placed into foster care. The remarkable story was related to the website Free Range Kids, which advocates raising children to be self reliant, rather than succumbing to the nanny state. The boy found himself locked out of the family home in April, after the parents became stuck in traffic. A busy body neighbor decided that this was far too dangerous, and called the cops.

Economy & Business

Lawmakers seek to cut federal gas tax, give states control over transportation spending
RT - Even as gas prices have fallen of late, two Republican lawmakers want to make gas even cheaper. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida introduced a bill that would gradually eliminate the gas tax that funds federal transportation projects. The two men unveiled their bill, called the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), on Wednesday. They propose cutting the current gas tax by 16.4 cents per gallon to just 3.7 cents over the next five years. It would also transfer the responsibility for transportation projects that are currently funded by the gas tax to the states, which Lee and DeSantis said would allow the states to eliminate “restrictive and costly red tape imposed by the federal government.”

Rail to Nowhere: House Votes to Cut Some High-Speed Train Spending
Breitbart - U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), chairman of the House rail subcommittee, has proposed an amendment that could cripple plans for the construction of California’s high-speed rail project. Denham’s amendment would eliminate a 2012 agreement between California and the Obama administration that permitted the state to obtain federal grant money without matching those funds with money from state coffers.... Denham said on the floor of the House Tuesday night, “We are $87 billion short. The governor’s not proposing $87 billion. The president’s not proposing $87 billion. So, we’re really leaving the state of California at risk,” according to KCRA.

'Who' Really Runs Your State?
Zero Hedge - A state's economy is nothing without the businesses that call it home. However, these companies are not created equally - bigger businesses naturally have outsized influence, generating more revenue, employing more people and (at least theoretically) paying more taxes. So given that corporations are now 'people', who really runs your state in this crony-capitalist land of the free?

Housing Market

How Obama Will Centrally-Plan Your Neighborhood: Here Comes The "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" Rule
Zero Hedge - Because centrally-planning the market and the double seasonally-adjusted economy was not enough, the Obama administration is now set to create a wealth-adjusted community utopia. According to The Hill, the administration is moving forward with regulations designed to help diversify America’s wealthier neighborhoods, such as building affordable housing in more affluent areas. The name of Obama's latest proposal to have the government centrally-plan your community? The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. A name that only the person who penned the US Freedom Act could have come up with.

Energy & Environment

New Jersey Fights USA Over Fish
Courthouse News - New Jersey sued the United States to try to stop tests involving offshore "powerful sonic blasts every five seconds for thirty days" during prime fishing season.... The defendants want to fire high-energy seismic blasts from a research vessel every 5.4 seconds into the ocean floor for about a month. New Jersey says the blasts will be felt "far outside of the study area" and will reduce commercial and recreational catch and harass marine mammals.

Owner of Biggest U.S. Coal Mine May Lack Insurance for Mine Cleanup, Dumping $1.4 Billion Risk onto Taxpayers
AllGov - An investigation by Reuters has shown that Peabody does not have the financial resources to self-bond. That means if the world’s largest private coal company goes belly up, the federal government would have to step in and help pay to clean up Peabody’s mines, which would cost about $1.38 billion, Reuters reported. When companies abandon a strip mine, they’re required to replant vegetation, restore topsoil “to match the original topography,” and rebuild the original surface ecosystem, according to ThinkProgress.

Science & Technology

Far Worse Than Acknowledged: Hackers Got Social Security Numbers for Every US Federal Employee, Union Says
Sputnik News - The massive data breach into federal agencies announced last week may have gone even deeper than previously acknowledged. Whoever breached the US Office of Personnel Management may have stolen the personal data of every federal employee. According to a federal employee union, hackers may have gained vital information, including Social Security numbers, on every employee of the federal government. That data includes military records and veterans status information, addresses, birth dates, job and payment histories, health insurance, life insurance, and pension information. It also includes age, gender, and race data, according to a letter sent to OPM Director Katherine Archuleta by J. David Cox, president of the American Federal of Government Employees. That letter was obtained by the Associated Press.

Patriot Act Reform Curbed NSA; Cybersecurity Bill Would Empower It
The Intercept - Critics say that if the USA Freedom Act was a major step forward, passing the CISA cybersecurity bill would be taking two steps back. Only a week after Congress passed reforms to the Patriot Act ending the National Security Agency’s metadata phone collection program, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with the help of big business allies, is moving to expand domestic surveillance of a different type. On Tuesday, McConnell and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., announced plans to attach the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act to the National Defense Authorization Act. (Update: On Tuesday afternoon, McConnell failed to get the 60 votes necessary to proceed with that particular way of passing the act.)

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Farmers Are Starting To Ditch GMO Soybeans
Christina Sarich - If a Roundup Ready variety of soybeans might cost $65 to $70 a bag, and conventional, non-GMO varieties are $30 to $35 a bag, you would think farmers would be eschewing GMO beans. An agronomist with the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas is planting nine non-GM soybeans on his test plots, four developed by the University.... The seed is cheaper, and in the long run will be better for farmers for the simplest reason of all: cost.


It's Always the Oxygen...Really
Green Med Info - The most important medicine is invisible, mostly free and usually overlooked. Natural therapies can help keep your body healthy on a cellular level. Think of life in the ocean or an aquarium. Our bodies are just bags of "seawater" full of aquatic cells. The water matrix must be well oxygenated to support fish and cells alike. Oxygen delivery depends on a well charged "inner ocean," and generating that charge depends on oxygen delivery. Real simple. Call me Capt. Obvious.

Flaxseed Beats HRT in Reducing Menopause Symptoms in Clinical Study
Green Med Info - Both men and women can face menopausal syndrome in varying degrees. But hormone replacement therapy is riddled with risk, from heart disease to cancer. A recent clinical study finds flaxseed beats out HRT therapy in overall effectiveness for menopausal syndrome.

10 Of The Most Common Signs 30 Days Before A Heart Attack
April McCarthy - Women generally have a much harder time than men when it comes to heart attacks. Women are more likely than men to die, be permanently disabled, or have a second attack within a year, yet a very insignificant amount of information is provided to women by their doctors and gynecologists to prevent heart attacks. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of U.S. men and women, accounting for 40% of all U.S. deaths. That's more than all forms of cancer combined. Here are the 10 most common signs to look out for.

Thursday - June 11, 2015 - Today in History:

1770 - Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia when he ran aground.
1776 - In America, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence from Britain.
1798 - Napoleon Bonaparte took the island of Malta.
1889 - The Washington Business High School opened in Washington, DC. It was the first school devoted to business in the U.S.
1927 - Charles A. Lindberg was presented the first Distinguished Flying Cross.
1930 - William Beebe dived to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda. He used a diving chamber called a bathysphere.
1940 - The Italian Air Force bombed the British fortress at Malta in the Mediterranean.
1942 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union signed a lend lease agreement to aid the Soviets in their effort in World War II.
1943 - During World War II, the Italian island of Pantelleria surrendered after a heavy air bombardment.
1947 - The U.S. government announced an end to sugar rationing.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.
1963 - Alabama Gov. George Wallace allowed two black students to enroll at the University of Alabama.
1967 - Israel and Syria accepted a U.N. cease-fire.
1981 - The first major league baseball player's strike began. It would last for two months.
1987 - Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office.
1991 - Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted. The eruption of ash and gas could be seen for more than 60 miles.
1993 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people who commit "hate crimes" could be sentenced to extra punishment. The court also ruled in favor of religious groups saying that they indeed had a constitutional right to sacrifice animals during worship services.
1998 - Mitsubishi of America agreed to pay $34 million to end the largest sexual harassment case filed by the U.S. government. The federal lawsuit claimed that hundreds of women at a plant in Normal, IL, had endured groping and crude jokes from male workers.
2001 - Timothy McVeigh was executed by injection for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
2009 - The World Health Organization declared the swine flu outbreak a pandemic.

World News

US Secret Military Biolabs at Russian Border Arouse Grave Concern - Moscow
Sputnik News - Moscow is extremely concerned over the US deployment of medical-biological laboratories near the Russian border, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday. The Foreign Ministry said that the US Richard G. Lugar Public Health Research Center in Tbilisi, Georgia, is a high level biological isolation laboratory. The laboratory is overseen by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Moscow says that a branch of the Walter Reed US Army Medical Research Institute is operating under the Lugar Research Center’s roof. “The US and Georgian authorities are taking efforts to cover the true contents and direction of their activity in the US Army’s military branch, which is studying especially dangerous and infectious diseases. The Pentagon is trying to camouflage its military medical-biological facilities in other CIS countries,” the statement continues.

Iran nuclear talks venues hit by $10mn ‘state-sponsored’ virus – Kaspersky to RT
RT - The venues of Iranian nuclear talks were targeted by sophisticated spyware, which costs “at least $10 million” and was likely “state-sponsored,” the CEO Kaspersky Lab exclusively told RT. He said his company came under threat as well. Among the hacks primary targets were hotels and conference halls where P5+1 powers (US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) held talks with Iran on its nuclear program.

German Banker: Obama Is Destroying Europe
Washington's Blog - Interviewed on June 6th by German Economic News, the chief economist at Bremer Landesbank, Folker Hellmeyer, says that because of Obama’s sanctions against Russia, German exports declined year-over-year by 18% in 2014, and by 34% in the first two months of 2015 (no later figures), but he asserts that “The damage is much more comprehensive than these statistics show,” because those are only the “primary losses,” and there are in addition “secondary effects,” which get even worse over time.

ISIS may have enough material to make a "dirty" WMD, experts warn
The Independent - The Isis militant group has seized enough radioactive material from government facilities to suggest it has the capacity to build a large and devastating “dirty” bomb, according to Australian intelligence reports. Isis declared its ambition to develop weapons of mass destruction in the most recent edition of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, and Indian defence officials have previously warned of the possibility the militants could acquire a nuclear weapon from Pakistan. According to the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, Nato has expressed deep concerns about the materials seized by Isis from research centres and hospitals that would normally only be available to governments.

Bilderberg Deploys Hi-Tech Jamming to Shut Down Communications (Video)
Paul Joseph Watson - The secretive Bilderberg Group has deployed a hi-tech jamming system to shut down communications around the site of the elitist confab’s luxury hotel in order to strangle media coverage of the event. After visiting one of the closest spots to the InterAlpen hotel that is still accessible, Infowars filmed a communications truck owned by the Federal Ministry for Transport and Technology. Large antennas are also visible on top of the hotel, as well as a giant newly erected mast in the forest near the hotel.... Apparently, Bilderberg is so afraid of media coverage, that police checkpoints miles away from the hotel are not enough, now they have resorted to installing expensive devices which shut down communications, presumably at taxpayer expense.

Number of People Infected With MERS in South Korea Rises to 122
Sputnik News - The number of people infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea rose from 108 to 122, the country’s Health and Welfare Ministry said Thursday. The number of people quarantined exceeded 3,400, with 2,200 educational facilities closed across the country over fears of the disease spreading further.... Hong Kong earlier issued a red alert advisory against trips to South Korea. Russia's Far East regions began thorough health checks of those arriving from South Korea.

China Launches Internet Police, Governments Everywhere Jealous
Activist Post - On June 1 China’s Ministry of Public Security announced the formation of an Internet police force that would actively patrol social media. For Chinese citizens it was official confirmation of what they already knew—the government is monitoring their speech. Dubbed “Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement,” the program consists of a network of social media accounts tasked with, among other things, preventing the spread of “improper” words and detecting “illegal and harmful information.”

West African Country Dumps Monsanto’s GM Cotton, Seeks Compensation
Natural Society - Due to ‘disappointing yields and poor quality cotton fiber,” the country of Burkina Faso in West Africa is ditching Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton. Jeune Afrique reports that Interprofessional Cotton in Burkina Faso has decided to phase out the use of Monsanto’s GMO cotton seeds over the next three years. This is a group of cotton farmers, banks, research institutions, private stakeholders and the government.... All of these groups have complained that Monsanto’s GM cotton did not produce quality cotton fiber, and farmers have experienced lower yields than with non-GM cotton.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon Expands Plans to Aid US States After ‘Complex Catastrophes’
Sputnik News - The Department of Defense is stepping up its capability to assist civic authorities following any complex catastrophe covering multiple US states, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report. The Department of Defense is stepping up its capability to assist civic authorities following any complex catastrophe covering multiple US states, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report.... “It is critical that the Department of Defense proactively and regularly engage with a broad range of interagency partners it may need to support, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Customs and Border Protection,” the GAO explained.

US Congress Proposal Would Cut Funding for 8,000 UN Peacekeepers
Sputnik News - A Republican budget plan to cut US support for UN international peacekeeping operations would leave 8,000 peacekeepers in various global hot spots unfunded, Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan said in a letter to US House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers.... “The reductions in the bill, which impact every active mission, would not only undercut the US Government's commitment to paying its UN dues in full and on time, but translate into nearly 8,000 fewer peacekeepers in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world,” Donovan said in the letter on Wednesday.

Yet Another Anti-Supplement Sneak Attack from Blumenthal and Durbin —This time it’s been slipped into a defense bill. Major Action Alert!
Alliance for Natural Health - The bill this time is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an appropriations bill to fund the military for FY 2016. The House passed its version of the bill in May. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced what is called “an amendment in the nature of a substitute” to create a Senate version of the House-passed bill. The Blumenthal/Durbin amendments were introduced on top of the McCain legislation. Because it is a defense bill, the Blumenthal/Durbin amendments pertain to the supplement use of the US armed forces. There are three amendments....

'Profits over public health': Secret TPP Healthcare Annex published by WikiLeaks
RT - WikiLeaks published more secret documents from the controversial TPP agreement on Wednesday. The leaked drafts concerning healthcare in the US have activists worried the agreement might play into the hands of big pharmaceutical companies. The secret Trans-Pacific Paternship (TPP) negotiations showed that the Healthcare Annex has been seeking to regulate state schemes for medicines and medical devices. WikiLeaks said "it forces healthcare authorities to give big pharmaceutical companies more information about national decisions on public access to medicine." Related:

US Congress Holds Classified Hearing to Investigate DoD’s Anthrax Shipments
Sputnik News - “We are conducting thorough oversight and will continue to do so,” Congressman Jim Langevin said on Wednesday before a classified briefing with Pentagon officials. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry told the press that Congress requested the classified briefing on the anthrax scare to better understand the cause of the accident. “This is something you have got to take very seriously. Something did not go right, and we have to find out what did not go right,” Thornberry stated.

CA Vaccine Bill Passes Health Committee, Heads to Full Assembly for Final Vote
Daily Sheeple - The state’s controversial and tyrannical mandatory vaccine bill has jumped another hurdle on its path to becoming law.... California lawmakers approved the bill, which requires all schoolchildren be vaccinated before being permitted to attend public or PRIVATE schools unless they have a MEDICAL exemption.... The bill was approved after five hours of emotional testimony from hundreds of opponents.

Grave concern: US medical examiners can keep organs from dead bodies, NY court rules
RT - Medical examiners don't have to return all organs from autopsied bodies to the deceased person's family, New York's Appeals Court ruled on Wednesday. The decision also added that it is not necessary to inform relatives if any body parts are missing. A verdict allowing city coroners to return the body with missing organs for burial after performing an autopsy was ruled on in New York, AP reported. The appeals court had reversed a lower court's decision, which involved a family who unknowingly buried their son with parts of his body missing. "There is simply no legal directive that requires a medical examiner to return organs or tissue samples derived from a lawful autopsy and retained by the medical examiner after such an autopsy," NY Daily News quoted Judge Eugene Pigott as saying.

Election News

Bilderberg chooses Hillary Clinton for 2016?
Global Research - Perhaps the biggest piece of news coming out of Austria and Bilderberg 2015 so far is the fact that a major Hillary Clinton advisor is on the list and set to attend. Longtime Clinton friend and ally Jim Messina of The Messina Group will be attending the globalist conference where the globalist favorite for United States 2016 election will surely be decided. This news indicates that the powers that be have most likely decided to back Clinton for President.

Veteran News

New Pentagon Plan Would Cut Future Military Pensions by 20%
Sputnik News - A proposal by the US Department of Defense submitted to Congress would reduce military pensions by 20 percent after troops complete their 20 years of duty. For the first time, members of the US armed services will automatically, upon entry, contribute to their retirement plan from their current compensation, according to the white paper. “Future Service members will receive 80% of the current defined benefit (pension) if they serve for 20 years,” the six-page white paper sent to legislators on Wednesday said.

Economy & Business

‘You’re Fired – Now Train Your Much Cheaper Foreign Replacement’
Economic Collapse - If you were laid off from your job, would you be willing to train your replacement if your company threatened to take away your severance pay if you didn’t do it? And how would you feel if your replacement came from India, and the only reason your company was replacing you was because the foreign worker was a lot less expensive? Sadly, this is happening all over America – especially in the information technology field. Huge corporations such as Disney and Southern California Edison are coldly firing existing tech workers and filling those jobs with much cheaper foreign replacements. They are doing this by blatantly abusing the H-1B temporary worker visa program. Workers that had been doing a solid job for decades are being replaced without any hesitation just because it will save those firms a little bit of money. There is very, very little loyalty left in corporate America today.

Energy & Environment

California Oil Spill Cleanup Stretches On, Costing $3 Million Per Day
Sputnik News - The cost of cleaning up the massive oil spill on the Southern California coast last month has already cost a whopping $62 million dollars, and is going to cost a whole lot more - at $3 million a day and no estimate on a date for the cleanup completion. The spilling of up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil was caused by a pipeline break near Santa Barbara on May 19 and was the largest of its kind in 25 years. The cause of the leak has not yet been determined, but extensive external corrosion was found along sections of the pipeline during testing in early May.

Obama Expands Refuge to Stop Oil Drilling–Where No Oil Exists
Breitbart - To buy peace with climate change activists after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that oil fracking does not poison water, President Obama has signed an executive order tripling the size of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, just north of San Francisco. The order bans oil drilling in the area Obama renamed the “Greater” Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The move is merely symbolic, since there are no oil reserves in the area.

Science & Technology

New WiFi Tracking System Counts People - Even Without a Connected Device
Activist Post - A little more than two years ago, the first enhancement of Wi-Fi was labeled WiTrack. It marked an improvement over a discovery by MIT researchers a few months previous that they had called Wi-Vi. At the time, researchers were able to use dual signals to detect the general location of moving objects behind walls, but not an exact image. WiTrack uses radio signals to pinpoint a person's location more accurately.... Researchers think the Wi-Vi system could also be used to find survivors in destroyed buildings or count and track criminals... MIT later announced that they had "perfected" a system which can track multiple people through walls, as well as breathing and heart rate, to 99% accuracy.


Scientists: Lack of Good Gut Bacteria Could Be Giving You Cancer
Natural Society - Recent research suggests that some cancers are in fact bacteria-related diseases, and may develop due to a microbial imbalance within the body. For many years now it has been widely known that smoking, certain dietary factors, obesity, and many other factors are major contributors to cancer incidence. However, a growing body of research has shown that specific changes in the intestinal flora, or dysbiosis, can be found in the stools or on the colonic walls of patients with diseases such as colon cancer. This has led to hypotheses suggesting that cancers such as colon cancer are in fact bacteria-related diseases, with some species being referred to as “drivers,” and others “promoters.”

The first all-vegetarian drive-thru plans to open later this month in California
True Activist - Fans of Amy’s Kitchen – a well-known vegetarian frozen food chain – will be pleased to know that the company is planning on opening the world’s first all-vegetarian drive-thru later this month.... The menu for the drive thru will include gluten and dairy-free meals like tortillas, pizzas (in a rice or wheat crust), and burgers, all vegetarian and all cooked to order with fresh ingredients. The weather doesn’t always cooperate, so one of the most challenging parts of our business right now is the agricultural end,” disclosed Berliner, who has 50 people in the company working on finding just the right ingredients from farmers 18 months in advance.... And even though more work will be required to keep the food fresh, the price is competitive to other establishments.

10 Worst Food Companies that are Poisoning You Daily and Lying About It
Anti-Media - Much of the mainstream American food supply is laden with unhealthy additives, artificial flavorings, coloring, dyes, preservatives, hormones, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and toxins. Not everyone agrees that GMOs have been proven harmful to humans, which is why the food chains listed here were selected specifically because they are responsible for a wide variety of health violations—the GMOs and their concealment from public knowledge are included for informational purposes.
* Related: Junk Foods and Unhealthy Meat Allow ‘Bad’ Bacteria to Thrive

Pet News

This Vaccine Can Impair Your Dog's Immune System
Dr. Becker - Earlier this year, a local ABC affiliate in Chicago, ABC7 Eyewitness News, decided to investigate dog owner claims (no mention of how many) that vaccine side effects had caused harm to their pets. According to Julie Harding, owner of a 4-year-old Vizsla, her pet suddenly became violent and vicious, foamed at the mouth, thrashed about, and suffered unexplained seizures. The woman took her dog, Piper, to a veterinary neurologist who diagnosed her with autoimmune meningitis.... The veterinary neurologist asked Harding if her dog had been vaccinated recently, and learned that indeed, Piper had just received the leptospirosis vaccine. The neurologist noted in Piper’s paperwork that her brain swelling could have been triggered by the vaccine and her predisposition to allergic conditions.





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