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Today in History April 30, 2009

1789 - George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.
1803 - The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.
1812 - Louisiana admitted as the 18th U.S. state.
1889 - George Washington's inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
1900 - Casey Jones was killed while trying to save the runaway train "Cannonball Express."
1939 - The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the "General Pershing Zephyr."
1947 - The name of Boulder Dam, in Nevada, was changed back to Hoover Dam.
1948 - The Organization of American States held its first meeting in Bogota, Colombia.
1964 - The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.
1984 - U.S. President Reagan signed cultural and scientific agreements with China. He also signed a tax accord that would make it easier for American companies to operate in China.
1991 - An estimated 125,000 people were killed in a cyclone that hit Bangladesh.

SPECIAL REPORT by Dr Leonard Horowitz

"Do you remember when" -- Article from March 24, 1976: Ford Orders Swine-Flu Shots for All

Epidemic Influenza And Vitamin D -- A look into the benefits of Vitamin D. Read 14 observations regarding Vitamin D.

Protecting Your Family From an Influenza Pandemic By James Wesley, Rawles

WHO raises swine flu alert to 5

US Prepares for long haul as swine flu spreads

Will NorthCom take over in Swine Flu Outbreak?

DOD Influenza Watchboard

Google puts flu tracker to work on swine flu

Suspected H1N1 Flu Case Reported at California Marine Base

The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction? -- From the Dr. Mercola website.


As Torture Memos Reveal, Gen. Karpinski Stands Up for Her Soldiers -- Col. Janis Karpinski said Tuesday that “from the beginning, I’ve been saying these soldiers did not design these techniques on their own.” She added that this week’s Senate report is “black and white proof” that uniformed servicemen and women were not alone responsible for the abuses.

Chrysler talks collapse, bankruptcy imminent says Wall Street Journal -- Talks between the Treasury Department and lenders aimed at keeping Chrysler LLC out of bankruptcy broke down Wednesday, making it all but certain the car maker will file for Chapter 11 protection Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday, citing people familiar with the discussions.

Louisiana: 2488 Refunds from Unfair Speed Camera Trap -- Public complaints force Livingston Parish, Louisiana to refund 2488 tickets issued at unfair speed camera trap.

Bank of America, Citi flunk stress tests -- Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. will need to raise more capital based on preliminary results of their government-run "stress tests" — unless they succeed in appealing the findings, according to two people familiar with the matter.

U.S. House passes "hate crime" bill that Bush opposed -- On a vote of 249-175, the House passed and sent to the Senate a bill backed by the new Democratic White House to broaden such laws by classifying as "hate crimes" those attacks based on a victim's sexual orientation, gender identity or mental or physical disability.

Attorney in 2007 tuberculosis scare sues CDC -- The Atlanta attorney who caused an international health scare when he flew to Europe for his wedding even though he was infected with a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis is suing federal health officials, claiming they invaded his privacy.

Censors for talk radio expected within 90 days -- The leader of a newly formed public awareness campaign to alert U.S. citizens about an effort to stifle free speech says he expects local "boards" will be assembled within 90 days to begin censoring talk radio, a move that will come as an "Arctic blast" against the expression of opinion in the United States.

Honeybee Collapse Strikes Japan, Up to Fifty Percent of Honeybees Gone -- For the first time, Japan has been hit with a large-scale collapse of honeybee populations like that experienced in other countries around the world.

Mattel pacts with Mindflex to market brain interface toys -- Mattel has inked an exclusive multi-year partnership with NeuroSky, the “consumer brain-computer interface technologies” company that birthed Mattel’s much publicized Mindflex game, to develop a new category of games and toys that operate using the power of concentration.

Big member states 'backing out of EU' -- There is a danger that large member states are about to "back out of the EU", Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Balázs told EurActiv Hungary in an interview. Balázs took office on 14 April as a member of new Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai's cabinet.

Get ready for the largest tax increase in history -- It's called the cap and trade scheme. (Scroll down about 1/4th of the page to read the article).

Pandemic drill, vaccine training scheduled for May 2 in Texas!!!! -- The Guadalupe County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, needs 100 volunteers for a May 2 emergency disaster drill at Navarro ISD. In the long term, 1,000 volunteers are needed.

Intensive farming of animals - and viruses -- As evidence mounts of the links between the intensification of pig and poultry production, and the spread of these animal-based epidemics that can be lethal to humans, it is even more urgent that ministers set up the thoroughgoing commission of inquiry which the Green party first called for after the avian flu outbreaks a few years ago.

Today in History April 29, 2009
1429 - Joan of Arc lead Orleans, France, to victory over Britain.
1813 - Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel.
1879 - In Cleveland, OH, electric arc lights were used for the first time.
1913 - Gideon Sundback patented an all-purpose zipper.
1952 - IBM President Thomas J. Watson, Jr., informed his company's stockholders that IBM was building "the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world." The computer was unveiled April 7, 1953, as the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine.
1974 - U.S. President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
1984 - In California, the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor went online after a long delay due to protests.
1992 - Rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles policemen in the Rodney King beating trial. 54 people were killed in 3 days.
1998 - The U.S., Canada and Mexico end tariffs on $1 billion in NAFTA trade.

BREAKING NEWS: Egypt slaughtering all pigs to stop swine flu -- The Egyptian government says it has begun slaughtering all pigs in the country as a precautionary measure against the possible spread of swine flu. The Health Ministry says the slaughter of the country's 300,000 pigs will begin immediately.

By September We’ll Have CONFISCATED ALL PRIVATELY OWNED GUNS -- Kissinger Tells President Medvedev...“By September We’ll Have CONFISCATED ALL PRIVATELY OWNED GUNS..."!!!!

Clear Channel cutting 590 radio jobs -- Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, said Tuesday it is cutting 590 jobs, including some on-air personalities, in its second round of mass layoffs this year amid pressure from the recession and evaporating advertising budgets.

China admits stockpiling gold -- China has admitted what many gold bugs have long speculated: it's been stockpiling gold since 2003.

"Power Hour Chatter" regarding NYC Military Fly-By -- "Did anyone notice in the still shots that the F-16 has a solid orange-red tail? I was ignoring this whole episode as bureaucratic buffoonery by my service until I saw that."

More "Power Hour Chatter" - Is Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork packer and hog producer, linked to the outbreak?

FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic -- Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret from the public.
Related Article: And it cost $328,835

US wants ingredient in swine flu vaccine by May -- U.S. scientists hope to have a key ingredient for a swine flu vaccine ready in early May, but are finding that the novel virus grows slowly in eggs - the chief way flu vaccines are made.

U.S. officials want 'swine' out of flu name -- U.S. pork producers are finding that the name of the virus spreading from Mexico is affecting their business, prompting U.S. officials to argue for changing the name from swine flu.

U.S. has first death from swine flu -- A government official confirmed the first U.S. death from the new H1N1 swine flu on Wednesday, a 23-month-old child who died in Texas.

Homeland Security preps flu quarantine guidelines -- The memo says: "The Department of Justice has established legal federal authorities pertaining to the implementation of a quarantine and enforcement. Under approval from HHS, the Surgeon General has the authority to issue quarantines."
Related Article: DHS Sets Guidelines For Possible Swine Flu Quarantines

Sick traveler that was taken off plane in Philadelphia does NOT have swine flu -- A 24-year-old woman of Ontario, Canada was taken to Methodist Hospital after her flight from Cancun landed at Philadelphia International Airport about 4pm on Monday. She had complained of flu-like symptoms. She tested "negative" for swine flu.

Physician urges truckers to use caution as swine flu cases rise

Parents upset over FEMA coloring book -- One page has parents taking the colors away. It's an illustration of the World Trade Center Towers in New York. One of the towers has smoke coming out of it while a plane looks to be heading towards the other.

US government may take controlling share of General Motors -- The ailing carmaker General Motors has proposed handing a controlling stake of more than 50% to the US government as it struggles to reach a deal with its lenders to avert imminent bankruptcy.

Boycott Kellogg's For Using Genetically Modified Sugar in its Cereal Products -- The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has called for a boycott of the Kellogg Company, also known as Kellogg's, after the company refused to sign a pledge refusing to use genetically modified sugar in its cereal products.

Peter Schiff article regarding gold -- Today's article comes from guest columnist and friend of Gold World, Peter Schiff.
Related Article: The Judgement of Value -- The problem is that most of us don't have a choice. The only thing we have to part with in exchange for paper dollars is our time. And at that, we are living right at the margin. In other words, we trade time today for what we need tomorrow. And paper dollars are the medium of this exchange. So we don't have the luxury or the power to pass judgement.

Exec. Order 13295. April 1, 2005 on Quarantine for influenza & other diseases -- Feds Can Quarantine Anyone With 'Flu-Like' Symptoms.

Current WHO phase of pandemic alert -- Current phase of alert in the WHO global influenza preparedness plan.

Obama Flubs Teleprompter -- President Obama had a little mix-up with his teleprompter at a speech Monday. Watch the video here.

When Pigs Fly! Biological Warfare Upon Man and Beast -- How does a virus cross the species barrier?

Multinational forces storm Mayport beach for drills -- The surprise scene at the shore startled beachgoers, but readied the troops.

Swine Flu Treatment Advice From The International Medical Veritas Association

Container carrying swine flu virus explodes on Swiss train -- Vials of innocuous swine flu virus have exploded on an intercity train, prompting police to stop passengers before they arrived in Lausanne.

YouTube: Congressman Paul on the Recent Swine Flu Scare

Worst case scenario underlies US pandemic plan -- We're nowhere close to what government planners say would be a worst-case scenario: a global flu pandemic. But government leaders at all levels, and major employers, have spent nearly four years planning for one in series of exercises.

CDC website for Swine Flu Info - The CDC has launched a comprehensive web site tracking verified cases as well as providing definitive information on the outbreak.

Baxter International working on swine flu vaccine -- Specialty drug maker Baxter International Inc. will work with the World Health Organization to develop a vaccine that could stem an outbreak of a deadly swine flu strain in Mexico.

Congress Trying To Implement The Medical Records Gun Ban -- Congress is moving closer to a showdown over the largest expansion of government in modern U.S. history -- a bill which would require virtually every single American to buy government-approved health insurance, whether they wanted it or not. And, in the process, that bill would feed all of your most confidential medical data into an enormous database, which could be used to take away your guns.

Corporate CFR(Council on Foreign Relations) Members Get Most of the Bailout Money -- Where are the trillions in TARP, TALC and Federal Reserve Bank bailout funds going?

From Air Force 2025 chapter 5...plan for flu epidemic (scroll down to see chart)

YouTube: Len Horowitz on swine flu -- This unprecedented H1N1-H5N1 flu outbreak implicates the Ango-American Vaccine Pipeline, says world leading consumer health protector, Dr. Leonard Horowitz.

Today in History April 28, 2009

1635 - Virginia Governor John Harvey was accused of treason and removed from office.
1686 - The first volume of Isaac Newton's "Principia Mathamatic" was published.
1788 - Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. constitution.
1789 - A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island.
1896 - The Addressograph was patented by J.S. Duncan.
1914 - W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner.
1919 - The League of Nations was founded.
1932 - The yellow fever vaccine for humans was announced. .
1974 - The last Americans were evacuated from Saigon.
1992 - The U.S. Agriculture Department unveiled a pyramid-shaped recommended-diet chart.
1994 - Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who had given U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia, plead guilty to espionage and tax evasion. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton gave a 4 1/2 hour videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.

E-Book: Calling of an Angel - FREE E-Book! The True Story of Rene Caisse and an Indian Herbal Medicine called Essiac - Nature's Cure for Cancer (1988)

From 2004; CDC to mix avian, human flu viruses in pandemic study -- One of the worst fears of infectious disease experts is that the H5N1 avian influenza virus now circulating in parts of Asia will combine with a human-adapted flu virus to create a deadly new flu virus that could spread around the world.

YouTube: Ret. Army General Russell Honore asks 'did this swine flu come out of lab'?

Obama: Swine Flu Not a Reason for 'Alarm' -- President Barack Obama said Monday that the threat of spreading swine flu infections is a cause for concern but "not a cause for alarm" as the United States undertook close border monitoring to contain it.

Swine Flu in Mexico: The "New" Bird Flu by: Sherri Tenpenny, D.O. -- "We knew this was coming. Even though the bird flu hype was removed years ago from the nightly news, planning for the global pandemic and the development of pandemic flu vaccines has continued with little notice. Our government has instructed FEMA, made checklists for Homeland Security, given action plans to State and local authorities. These plans include methods and drills for global inoculation with a vaccine that will no doubt have the same deadly consequences as the Swine Flu vaccine in 1976."

Oils to Avoid Plague -- Oils are highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial ,anti-infectious and help to protect the body against such illnesses as flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts etc.

Universal flu vaccine holds promise -- An influenza vaccine that protects against death and serious complications from different strains of flu is a little closer to reality, Saint Louis University vaccine researchers have found.
Related: This research was presented Monday at the 12th annual National Foundation for Infectious Disease conference for vaccine research (.pdf file)

Baxter wants to develop swine flu vaccine -- Deerfield based Baxter International is taking the lead in coming up with a potential vaccine to curb the spread of swine flu.

US military 'monitoring' flu outbreak -- The US Defense Department said on Monday it was closely following the outbreak of swine flu but had no immediate plans to release anti-viral drugs from its stockpiles.

All Schools in Schertz, Texas(near San Antonio) District to Close over swine flu fears -- Will be holding daily press briefings at Central Office to field questions from media and give updates on any new information related to the school closures and other issues facing the District during this time.

* Chuck Schumer video bragging about cutting pandemic funding
* Karl Rove also mocked spending on flu preparedness

W.H.O. revises scale for pandemic alerts -- The World Health Organization (WHO) revised on Monday its 6-point scale for pandemic alerts, saying that phase 5 would correspond to a strong signal that a pandemic is "imminent."

Swine Flu-- Normal or Malignant? -- The question my title asks is not about cancer. It is about intention. Some suggest that this flu is no natural phenomenon, that it was caused by man, either unintentionally, or... Was it caused or exacerbated by conditions created by factory farms?

Hospitals cutting services, staff amid recession -- Ailing from the recession, many U.S. hospitals have had to begin making painful cuts to patient services and laying off staff, as previous cost-cutting hasn't been enough, an industry survey found.

Air Force Jets Over Manhattan Spark Panic -- People evacuated from office buildings in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City after a commercial-sized jet was seen circling the city with two fighter jets following it. It turns out, the planes were part of a planned photo shoot by the military involving the presidential plane.
Related Article: But don't worry-the White House apologized for it

TITLE 50 - CHAPTER 32 - § 1520a - Restrictions on use of human subjects for testing of chemical or biological agents

Gulf War illness remains a hot topic -- In the United States, about 1,000 of the 696,842 veterans of Desert Storm and Desert Shield receive compensation for undiagnosed illnesses, said Jim Benson, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Court Rules in VA Medical Claims Case -- The Supreme Court has made it harder for veterans to challenge the denial of medical claims by the Veterans Affairs Department. The high court, in a 6-3 decision on Tuesday, said veterans who contend the VA failed to tell them what information was needed to justify their claims must prove that the VA's mistakes made a difference in the outcome of their cases. A federal appeals court in Washington earlier ruled that the burden was on the VA to prove the errors were not harmful to the veterans. Read More...

Pakistani leader: Bin Laden 'may be dead' -- or not -- Pakistan's president said Monday his intelligence agencies believe Osama bin Laden may be dead, but he added there is no proof. HOWEVER: "We continue to believe that bin Laden is alive," said the U.S. official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record.

Chantix Ads (for smoking cessation), ignore drug's downside -- Chantix now accounts for 90% of smoking cessation prescriptions, even though the Food and Drug Administration has been investigating the drug for a rash of serious side effects, such as suicidal behavior and blackouts.

Reports Slams Pentagon’s ‘Non-Lethal’ Arms Shop: $387 Million Spent, No Weapons -- A new report from the non-partisan GAO comprehensively demolishes the Pentagon’s Joint Non-lethal Weapons Program, finding fault with almost every aspect of its work. Years were spent developing useless systems, weapons were fielded without proper testing or adequate supplies of ammunition, and countless millions of dollars were wasted.

Renewable Gasoline And Diesel From Ligno-Cellulose Biomass -- Dynamotive Energy Systems has announced that it has successfully produced significant amounts of renewable gasoline and diesel from biomass at its research facility in Waterloo Ontario through a novel two stage upgrading process of BioOil.

Millions of Iraqis displaced -- As many as 2 million Iraqi citizens are still refugees in neighboring countries and at least 1.6 million are classified as internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Innovation: Magnetic blood detox -- There's still no good way to quickly and safely remove the metal from the body to prevent symptoms like memory loss, anemia, and even paralysis. Enter Jong Hwa Jung and his colleagues at the Gyeongsang National University in Jinju, South Korea, with an elegant new approach to detox. Read More...

BPA Chemicals Found in Soda Cans -- A test performed by Canada's national health regulatory agency, Health Canada, has turned up detectable levels of the hormone-disrupting compound bisphenol A (BPA) in 96 percent of canned soft drinks.

They're setting traffic cameras on fire in Europe! -- Vigilantes incinerate speed cameras in Grantham, England!

Army Orders Soldiers To Register Their Private Guns -- See the documented letter.

UAV Helicopter Brings Finesse to Airstrikes -- Autonomous Rotorcraft Sniper System (ARSS), a small, unmanned helicopter equipped with a powerful .338-caliber rifle. An autopilot system handles the tricky business of flying while the operator lines up the kill shot on a remote monitor.

Today in History April 27, 2009
1805 - A force led by U.S. Marines captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
1861 - West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union during the American Civil War.
1880 - Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid.
1938 - Geraldine Apponyi married King Zog of Albania. She was the first American woman to become a queen.
1946 - The SS African Star was placed in service. It was the first commercial ship to be equipped with radar..
1953 - The U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered a MIG jet.
1989 - Student protestors took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Many Articles on the swine flu -- Take a look at just some of the interesting articles relating to the swine flu!

US 'very concerned' about swine flu outbreak -- US medical authorities expressed strong concern Friday about an unprecedented multi-strain swine flu outbreak that has killed at least 60 people in Mexico and infected seven people in the United States.
Swine flu has 'pandemic potential' -- The head of the World Health Organisation said the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States could develop into a pandemic.

YouTube: Max Keiser - News appearance compilation - 24-25 April 2009

Regulators Shut Banks in Georgia, Michigan, California, Idaho -- Regulators seized banks in Georgia, Michigan, California and Idaho with total assets of $2.3 billion, bringing the tally of failures in the U.S. this year to 29, exceeding the total for all of 2008.

UK version of Jim Purcey -- The speaker is John Harris. The event is "Lawful Rebellion Conference" held in England in January 2009.

Big Pharma Synthetic Fish Oil is Not Quite Working as Intended -- It`s turning out that their synthetically-derived `fish oil` isn`t quite turning out to be the darling that the less expensive naturally-occurring form of Omega 3 Fatty Acids is. In recent studies, it turns out that Lovaza, while lowering triglyceride levels, RAISES LDL "bad cholesterol" levels up to 20%! This effectively negates any reason that the $3,360 per year drug would be prescribed in the first place!

40 top microbiologists killed in 4 years -- By 2005, we lost 40 micro-biologists in less than 4 years, all under suspicious circumstances, and during this time someone discovered that they were all working for the government, or government contractors, on projects related to bio-terrorism, flu pandemics, or anthrax. Obviously they weren’t trying to find a cure for anything, or there would be no need to silence them.

The clandestine war over HR 875 -- Critics say that the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (H.R. 875), introduced in early February by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), will “effectively criminalize organic gardening,” conceivably outlaw “seed banking,” and will serve as part of a concerted Monsanto conspiracy to drive all but corporate agri-business out of the food production racket.

Australia disintegrating -- Police under siege with stations, patrol cars attacked. THE police are under attack, with stations and patrol cars broken into or maliciously damaged at a rate of three a day.

Next Case: State vs. Federal Power -- A Supreme Court case could open the door for state regulators, such as New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, to play a bigger role in regulating banks.

YouTube: Is FEMA & DHS preparing for mass graves and martial law near Chicago?

Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization? -- The biggest threat to global stability is the potential for food crises in poor countries to cause government collapse.

Obama administration seeks to change police questioning law -- The Obama administration is urging the US Supreme Court to overturn a landmark decision that stops police from questioning suspects unless they have a lawyer present.

Genetically modified ingredients overview -- This is a summary of what crops, foods and food ingredients have been genetically modified as of July, 2007.

Bin Laden could be dead, whereabouts unknown -- Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday that the whereabouts of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden remained a mystery and there was a suspicion that he could be dead.

Don't forget the DDTC/ITAR threat to guns. You knew about it, right? -- If these provisions (and others) become the law of the land, the Obama administration could have a heyday in enforcing them. Consider some of the other provisions in the treaty:* Banning reloading...* Banning gun clubs...* Extraditing US gun dealers...

SARS fears raised after train death -- Hong Kong and the World Health Organization went on the alert April 16, 2009 amid fears of a recurrence of SARS after a mainland woman who had developed breathing problems died on a train in Russia.

Today in History April 24, 2009
1800 - The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.
1833 - A patent was granted for first soda fountain.
1877 - In the U.S., federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans. This was the end to the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.
1889 - The Edison General Electric Company was organized.
1897 - William Price became the first to be named White House news reporter.
1948 - The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.
1961 - U.S. President Kennedy accepted "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
1962 - MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time.
1968 - Leftist students took over several campus buildings at Columbia University.
1981 - The IBM Personal Computer was introduced.
1990 - Michael Milken plead guilty to six felonies and agreed to pay a $600 million penalty. He was later sentenced to ten years in prison. Milken had sold junk-bond in the 1980s.
1997 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.

California and Texas Swine Flu Clusters Raise Concerns -- Two of the new cases were among 16-year-olds at the same school in San Antonio "and there's a father-daughter pair in California," Schuchat said. The boy whose case was reported on Tuesday had flown to Dallas, but the CDC has found no links to the other Texas cases.

Human Swine Flu Spread to Texas and Likely Import from Mexico -- "We believe at this point that human-to-human spread is occurring," Schuchat said. "That's unusual. We don't know yet how widely it is spreading ... We are also working with international partners to understand what is occurring in other parts of the world."

Mike Tawse's Thought For The Day -- No Good Days… No Bad Days. Read More...

TOP CANCER SCIENTIST KILLED BY CHEMICALS -- FIVE emergency workers and the wife of a leading cancer researcher were rushed to hospital after the scientist killed himself using highly toxic ­chemicals.

Combat Support Battalion Deployed to “Maintain Public Order” at Boston Marathon -- On Monday, the National Guard deployed 400 Massachusetts National Guardsmen from the 126th Combat Support Battalion to keep the Boston Marathon race route clear for more than 26,000 runners, according to the U.S. Army website.

800 miles of highway around San Francisco may be tolled -- Conversion of the existing network to toll express lanes is estimated to cost $1.4b, while closing gaps and extending the system will cost $3.4b according to the major study.

Army: 3 missing disease samples likely destroyed -- Vander Linden said the the samples were likely among those destroyed when a freezer malfunctioned.

Microsoft Profit Falls for First Time in 23 Years -- Microsoft Corp. said Thursday its quarterly revenue fell from the previous year for the first time in its 23-year history as a public company, while its profit dived 32 percent.

Homeland Security chief seeks to repeal Real ID Act -- Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, here last week in San Pedro, California, wants to replace the Real ID.

Michelle Obama's Fresh Food Revolution -- Michelle Obama clearly hopes to entice Americans away from their junk food past to a healthier, more delicious future. And that is what makes her message so far-reaching. Change America's eating habits and you can change the world.

Social workers snatch elderly mother -- A woman who removed her elderly mother from a care home amid worries over her health was shocked to see police and social workers on her doorstep with a battering ram ready to snatch her back. Skip related content

YouTube: Concerns About Chemtrails Given Fresh Impetus

YouTube: The most powerful Gerald Celente statements I've heard yet!

YouTube: Max Keiser on the worldwide food Riots Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

YouTube: How to deal with "checkpoints"

A new idea for Baghdad security: anti-terrorist trees -- French businessman Jean-Marie Zimmermann came to Baghdad with a modest proposal: to replace the city's vast network of concrete blast walls with terrorist-proof trees and bushes.

Researchers Accidentally Discover Link between Vinyl Flooring and Autism -- In a study published on March 30, Swedish, Danish and U.S. scientists have discovered a link between vinyl flooring and autism in children. The purpose of the study -- which involved nearly 5,000 children -- was to investigate the connection between indoor air pollutants and allergies, however, the autism connection was accidentally found instead.

More people being swayed against high fructose corn syrup -- Consuming beverages sweetened with fructose leads to weight gain and a build up of abdominal fat, and impairs insulin sensitivity, says a new study.

The Consequences of Using Fluoride -- Eighteen subsequent studies on fluoride and the brain have shown lower I.Q. levels in children with elevated fluoride levels, even after controlling for other factors that could cause the lower I.Q. such as parental education levels, lead levels, iodine exposure, and family income.

The sun's cooling down -- so what does that mean for us?

Today in History April 23, 2009
1789 - U.S. President George Washington moved into Franklin House, New York. It was the first executive mansion.
1872 - Charlotte E. Ray became the first black woman lawyer.
1896 - The Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City.
1908 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.
1924 - The U.S. Senate passed the Soldiers Bonus Bill.
1951 - The Associated Press began use of the new service of teletype setting.
1985 - The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was not successful, which resulted in the resumption of selling the original version.
1988 - A U.S. federal law took effect that banned smoking on flights that were under two hours. .
1999 - In Washington, DC, the heads of state and government of the 19 NATO nations celebrated the organization's 50th anniversary.
2003 - U.S. President Bush signed legislation that authorized the design change of the 5-cent coin (nickel) for release in 2004. It was the first change to the coin in 65 years. The change, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, was planned to run for only two years before returning to the previous design.

Fort Detrick disease samples may be missing -- Army criminal investigators are looking into the possibility that disease samples are missing from biolabs at Fort Detrick.

From PK Daily: Barack Obama Worse Than George W Bush -- "If Obama looks better than Bush, it means you just don’t know how he’s about to screw you. Careful Cuba and Venezuela."

Killer robots and a revolution in warfare -- "Science fiction is moving to the battlefield. The future is upon us," as Brookings scholar Peter Singer put it to a conference of experts at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania this month.

New Mo. lawsuit says tannery sludge caused tumors -- lawsuit filed with environmental activist Erin Brockovich's help accuses a tannery of contaminating northwest Missouri farm land and causing a rash of brain tumors in the Cameron area.

Fructose-Sweetened Beverages Linked to Heart Risks -- A controlled and randomized study has found that drinks sweetened with fructose led to higher blood levels of L.D.L, or "bad" cholesterol, and triglycerides in overweight test subjects, while drinks sweetened with another sugar, glucose, did not. Both L.D.L. and triglycerides have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

12 nations open naval warfare exercises -- Navies from the United States and 11 other countries launched two weeks of war exercises off Florida's Atlantic coast that will include training in combating piracy and drug smuggling.

Sources say GM to close plants up to nine weeks -- General Motors Corp. is planning to temporarily close most of its U.S. factories for up to nine weeks this summer because of slumping sales and growing inventories of unsold vehicles, two people briefed on the plan said Wednesday.

Are you licensed to reload that ammo? -- "If you reload your own ammo you may find yourself engaged in 'Illicit Manufacturing' of ammunition under an arms control treaty that President Obama started pushing last week in Mexico."

YouTube: Video Caught On Tape News Reporter Crew Gets Detained By A Police Officer In El Paso Texas -- "An 7 crew covering a crash on I-10 on Monday unwillingly became part of the news. Motorists stuck in traffic witnessed veteran journalist Darren Hunt and photojournalist Ric Dupont being handcuffed and detained."

YouTube: Full Version of Fox News Anchor Losing IT!!! Drops the F-Bomb on air!!! -- Freedom Watch w/ Napolitano, Shep Smith, Ron Paul, Jim Bovard, and more -- Violent language.

Canada Issues Alert on Severe Respiratory Disease in Mexico -- The Public Health Agency of Canada has told quarantine services to be on alert for travelers returning from Mexico after a number of severe respiratory illnesses (SRI) were reported in some regions of the country.

VeriChip Corporation Announces Sales of VeriTrace System to Two New Jersey Counties -- VeriChip Corporation, a provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for healthcare and patient-related needs, announced today that it has sold the VeriTrace™ system for disaster relief and emergency management needs to Atlantic and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

Fla. police launch first paragliding search team -- In a first of its kind approach to aerial search operations, the Palm Bay Police Department will become what is believed to be the first law enforcement agency in the country to deploy a paragliding team of police officers in a unique operation dubbed SOAR, Search Operations Aerial Response.

Increasing levels of rare element found worldwide -- A volatile form of osmium is generated during platinum refinement and also during the normal operation of cars, and it gets dispersed globally through the atmosphere. While osmium is found naturally, the researchers were surprised to discover that most of the osmium in rain and snow, and in the surface waters of rivers and oceans, is produced during the refining of platinum.

From World Digital Library that documents historical items -- This particular item is a collection of song & narrative from refugees in a Farm Security Administration camp during the depression. Be sure to play the audio file.

Darpa Wants Puppy-Training Machines -- The agency is seeking proposals to create a portable gadget that "automates the training of complex behaviors in animals without human intervention."

Afghanistan declares its first national park -- The park, known as Band-e-Amir, will protect one of Afghanistan's best-known natural areas: the spectacular series of six deep blue lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine, a mineral deposit. Travertine systems are found in only a few places throughout the world, virtually all of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list and are major international tourist attractions.

5 Reasons House Prices May Never Recover -- House prices will eventually stop falling, probably in about two years. But will they ever recover to the levels we saw during the heights of boom? Charles Hugh Smith explains that the bubble vaulations are probably never coming back.

Sludge Happens -- Compost made from sewage may be making us sick.

Three Pender County Farms to Sell at Public Auction -- This auction includes land that has been in the same family for over 46 years.

How Does Rodale's Organic Garden Grow? -- With Compost.

US Navy Vs Pirates -- Version Number 3

American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse -- The Georgia Guidestones may be the most enigmatic monument in the US: huge slabs of granite, inscribed with directions for rebuilding civilization after the apocalypse. Only one man knows who created them—and he's not talking.

Are We Ready for a Solar Katrina? -- Severe Solar Storms Could Harm Power Grid, Navigational Systems and Spacecraft, Scientists Say.

Highway news stories:
* Montgomery County PA proposing tolls on US422 to rebuild expressway, fund rail extension
* Certified Wide Area Road Use Monitoring
* Original presentation from 1998 which basicly says you won't be able to drive anywhere without a tracking toll transponder in   your vehicle-try to drive on a tolled road without one & you will be arrested
* Commercial vehicle Roadcheck set for June-(aka special inspector hassle truckers)inspection
* The Roadcheck Brochure for Truckers (.pdf file)
* This is from the "you have to be kidding me category" - The North American Road Inspector Championship (for the inspectors who conduct roadchecks)

Today in History April 22, 2009
1792 - U.S. President George Washington proclaimed American neutrality in the war in Europe.
1864 - The U.S. Congress mandated that all coins minted as U.S. currency bear the inscription "In God We Trust".
1889 - At noon, the Oklahoma land rush officially started as thousands of Americans raced for new, unclaimed land.
1898 - The first shot of the Spanish-American war occurred when the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship.
1931 - James G. Ray landed an autogyro on the lawn of the White House.
1952 - An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television.
1954 - The U.S. Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings began.
1970 - The first "Earth Day" was observed by millions of Americans.
2000 - Elian Gonzalez was reunited with his father. He had to be taken from his Miami relatives by U.S. agents in a predawn raid.

Freddie Mac CFO kills self, cops say -- David Kellermann, the acting chief financial officer of mortgage giant Freddie Mac, was found dead at his home Wednesday morning in what police said was an apparent suicide.
Related Updated Article: Acting Freddie Mac CFO commits suicide

Chris Simcox TO CHALLENGE MCCAIN IN AZ in 2010? -- Chris Simcox, a founder of the anti-illegal immigrant Minutemen, announced that he will challenge Sen. John McCain in next year's GOP primary. Simcox will officially kick off his campaign tomorrow in Phoenix.

Should Americans Prepare for a “Summer of Rage”? -- Why some are saying it's time to get your guns, get out of the city and head for your survival bunker.

Alan Keyes: Government Will Stage Terror, Declare Martial Law -- Former presidential candidate Alan Keyes has given perhaps his most dire warning yet, saying that the Obama administration is preparing to stage terror attacks, declare martial law and cancel the 2012 elections, which is why they are demonizing their political enemies as criminals and terrorists.

Concocted False Flag Plan Of Attack On White House Finalized -- Pakistan’s enemies are preparing to deliver a decisive blow. Pakistan has suffered grievously on all counts and its very foundations have been jolted in the seven years of America’s occupation of Afghanistan. It is most unfortunate that in this gory plan, some of the political parties friendly to India, western sponsored NGOs, intellectuals and writers have also contributed towards disinformation campaign and bringing bad name to Pakistan.

Census Flyer from the Fort Fairfield Journal

Baker Awarded GPS Data Collection Contract from U.S. Census Bureau's Geography Division -- Baker, serving as project manager, will provide Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinate data points to validate the spatial accuracy of the Division´s Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing system, commonly known as TIGER data. The project encompasses data collection in nearly 1,200 counties throughout the U.S. and will be completed over three and a half years of field work and data analysis.

MSG: Is This Silent Killer Lurking in Your Kitchen Cabinets? -- MSG is one of the worst food additives on the market and is used in canned soups, crackers, meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners and much more. It’s found in your local supermarket and restaurants, in your child’s school cafeteria and, amazingly, even in baby food and infant formula. Read More...

Oh so stupid news: Blagojevich can't go to Costa Rica for TV show -- Blagojevich wanted to go to Costa Rica to participate in reality show...judge says no!!

Pentagon computers hacked, several terabytes of data stolen -- Computer hackers have once again infiltrated the Pentagon's computer system and this time may have gotten away with some valuable data. The government and the Wall Street Journal are both pointing fingers at China but the Chinese have denied the accusations.

Army Reservists Tapped to Fill Out Border Patrol -- The Army Reserve and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) formally agreed this week to work collaboratively to provide job opportunities for America’s soldiers and veterans to serve with the CBP -- a growing agency that finds military men and women a good fit. 

HR20-New Mother's Mandated Mental Health Test-JUST PASSED HOUSE! -- A sweeping government policy for all new births in the United States has just passed the House of Representatives and is now headed to the Senate. The Mother's Act, if passed, will mandate that all new mothers be screened by means of a list of subjective questions that will determine if each mother is mentally fit to take their newborn home from the hospital.

Taliban tighten their grip on Pakistan's northwest -- Taliban militants in Pakistan's Swat Valley have extended their grip to a neighboring northwest district, officials said Wednesday, patrolling roads and broadcasting radio sermons in the latest sign that a government-backed peace deal has actually emboldened the extremists.

Hackers stole data on Pentagon's newest fighter jet -- Thousands of confidential files on the U.S. military's most technologically advanced fighter aircraft have been compromised by unknown computer hackers over the past two years, according to senior defense officials.

Obama signs service bill, says volunteers needed -- Calling on Americans to volunteer, President Barack Obama signed a $5.7 billion national service bill Tuesday that triples the size of the AmeriCorps service program over the next eight years and expands ways for students to earn money for college.

Drivers gain no ground at red light hearings -- Drivers attending Saturday's hearings for red light camera violations at Route 59 and North Aurora Road in Naperville found little sympathy from the administrative law judge who presided.

YouTube: Congresswoman Bachmann "We Would Do Well To Humble Ourselves Before God!"

YouTube: Committee of Safety and Oathkeepers Rally at Lexington Green -- Committee of Safety and Oathkeepers Rally at Lexington Green for the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, April 19, 2009, Lexington Massachusetts. This is Stuart Rhodes of Oathkeepers speaking....mentions Michael new!

Morgellons: Terrifying New Disease Reaching Pandemic Status -- It sounds like something from a bad sci-fi movie. People report the sensation of creatures crawling under their skin, mysterious moving fibers appear, and finally bugs and worms pop out. Unfortunately, these terrifying symptoms are all too true. The people having them are experiencing Morgellons, the latest and scariest in the series of bizarre diseases appearing in the last few years, seemingly from nowhere. Morgellons is now reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S. and abroad.

Why Hospitals Are Dangerous to Your Health -- The researchers examined 1,300 patients receiving injected medication in one of 113 intensive care units in 27 countries over the course of one 24-hour period. They found that 441 patients, or 34 percent, experienced at least one error in the administration of their medication. Nearly half of these experienced more than one error in the study period. Seven patients suffered severe harm from the errors, and in five cases the errors contributed to a patient's death.

Why Gold Owners Are Targets of the Government -- The reason why you are under assault is because you have demonstrated by your purchase of gold or a gold-related investment that you do not trust the monetary policies of your nation's central bank. Read More...

U.S. Stocks: Bear or Bull? Wrong Question to Be Asking -- Yet it would take a Yoda-speaking interpreter to decipher an answer out of all the double talk from mainstream experts. This quote from an April 18 New York Times is more than enough: "The rally could qualify as the start of a new bull market. BUT, we need to see some of the volatility subside before a sustained rally could ignite. The good news is that it's already starting to happen. Yet, short-term forecasts for first-quarter profits are pretty bleak. BUT we have a low bar to hurdle"

Oregon Civil Air Patrol prepares for 'big one' -- The Oregon Civil Air Patrol is joining other agencies across the state for a major disaster exercise. Officials are calling it "Cascadia Peril 09," and it will include search and rescue exercises by the six planes in the Oregon Civil Air Patrol fleet.

Turmeric: India's 'Holy Powder' Finally Reveals Its Centuries-old Secret -- Scientists in Michigan are reporting discovery of the secret behind the fabled healing power of the main ingredient in turmeric — a spice revered in India as "holy powder."

Did you know? Real Doctors Influenced by TV Doctors -- A study conducted by 2 doctors in the University of Alberta Hospital suggests that real doctors are influenced by medical techniques they've seen performed by TV doctors. Drs. Peter Bindley and Craig Needham performed the study to find out why so many medical students were using a faulty technique to insert breathing tubes in patients.

Hurricane-Killing, Space-Based Power Plant -- How's this for crazy?: A company files a patent to destroy hurricanes as they form by beaming them with energy from a space-based solar plant.

First Nations are being ignored in flood fight, bearing brunt of damage says chief -- Manitoba's top aboriginal leader says First Nations are being ignored by the federal and provincial governments even though they are bearing the brunt of the rising Red River.

Supreme Court limits warrantless vehicle searches -- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police need a warrant to search the vehicle of someone they have arrested if the person is locked up in a patrol cruiser and poses no safety threat to officers.

Today in History April 21, 2009
1649 - The Maryland Toleration Act was passed, allowing all freedom of worship.
1789 - John Adams was sworn in as the first U.S. Vice President.
1836 - General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. This battle decided the independence of Texas.
1856 - The Mississippi River was crossed by a rail train for the first time (between Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL).
1862 - The U.S. Congress established the U.S. Mint in Denver, CO.
1967 - Svetlana Alliluyeva (Svetlana Stalina) defected in New York City. She was the daughter of Joseph Stalin.
1986 - Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Nothing of interest was found inside.
1994 - Jackie Parker became the first woman to qualify to fly an F-16 combat plane.
1998 - Astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away.

Journalist goes on trial in Iran -- An Iranian-American journalist accused of spying in Iran went on trial this week and a verdict is expected soon, an Iranian official has said.

Bailed-Out AIG Pampers Execs While Denying, Delaying Claims of Contractors Injured in Iraq -- Insurance giant AIG, the same company that rewarded its executives with millions in bonuses and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a spa retreat at an exclusive California resort and private jets, has been nickel and diming employees of private contractors injured in Iraq, with a pattern of denying and delaying their claims, a joint investigation between 20/20, the Los Angeles Times and the non-profit group ProPublica has found.

Meet the $385,000 vehicle - Fighting crime military-style -- Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department rolled out its newest weapon Tuesday: a 13-foot-tall, 35,000-pound BEAR. That's BEAR as in Ballistic Engineered Armored Response vehicle. The $385,000 vehicle is encased in metal that is meant to withstand bullets. It was purchased with a Homeland Security grant.

YouTube: Napolitano stands by DHS report on right wing extremists

Somali pirate suspect arrives in New York City -- The sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an American ship captain arrived in New York, smiling for a gaggle of cameras and reporters as federal agents led him into custody to face charges in the attack at a court hearing Tuesday.

Pirates: the $80m Gulf connection -- Organized piracy syndicates operating in Dubai and other Gulf states are laundering vast sums of money taken in ransom from vessels hijacked off the Horn of Africa.

Somali pirates free crew after 5-month ordeal -- Somali pirates freed a chemical tanker and its 23 Filipino crew members Tuesday after holding them hostage in the Gulf of Aden for more than five months, the ship owner and officials said.

$400 Billion More In Bank Losses On The Way -- Banks are likely to realize about $400 billion more in losses on soured assets, requiring further injections of government capital, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said.

Freedom Tower Gets New Name -- The agency that owns ground zero confirmed that the signature skyscraper replacing the towers destroyed on Sept. 11 will be more commonly known as One World Trade Center.

A Crash this way Cometh -- It's going to get worse, much worse as the insane financial policies of both political parties over the past fifty years come to their inevitable conclusion. The United States is bankrupt and soon the rest of the world will realize it.

Questions planned for the 2010 Census and American Community Survey -- This is a .pdf file.

(from 2005) Why is the Census Bureau Taking GPS Coordinates of Americans' Front Doors?

California has approved spraying crops with MSG & other carcinogens

Glenn Beck - Disinformation Weasel Boy -- Now our “great friend of Liberty” Glenn Beck is telling us that there is no such thing as FEMA camps, and that it is completely debunked - his chief source of information - “Popular Mechanics” the Hearst publication.

YouTube: Gen. Hayden on 'FNS' -- Former CIA director says release of so-called 'torture memos' makes America 'less safe'
Former CIA director says release of so-called 'torture memos' makes America 'less safe'.

Video Of Nazi Style Internal Checkpoint In The U.S.

Local Probe Challenges U.S. Military Account of Killings in Afghanistan -- The U.S. military insists forces stormed a militant stronghold in Kunduz. But locals, including the mayor, strongly dispute this version of events.

Pentagon official blames U.S. for al-Qaida attacks -- Meet Rosa Brooks, the Obama administration's new adviser to Michelle Fluornoy, the undersecretary of defense for policy, a position described as one of the most influential in the Pentagon. She believes al-Qaida was an "obscure group" turned into a massive threat due to U.S. policies. She's worked on behalf of George Soros' philanthropic foundation.

Study: 'Green' Training Ammo Carries Cancer Risk -- The Army is concerned enough about possible risks that it has stopped making the tungsten ammo.

Ceremony marks lives shortened by Vietnam War -- About a hundred family, friends and comrades turned out in a heavy rainstorm Monday to honor 123 Americans whose recent deaths they blame on the war in Vietnam. The event, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was a chance to "take the names of all the people who have died during the past years from Agent Orange, other diseases, other leukemias and skin cancers that they got from the actual war itself," said Howard Tilton, whose brother-in-law died of cancer linked with Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the U.S. military in Vietnam.

GM ‘Likely’ to Build in China as U.S. Factories Close -- General Motors Corp., shuttering U.S. plants in a bid to avoid bankruptcy, is “likely” to build a new factory in China on surging demand.

Major scandal erupts involving Rep. Jane Harman, Alberto Gonzales and AIPAC -- Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.

FBI spied on TEA Party Americans -- Even as average Americans were planning to get out in towns and cities to demonstrate against Big Government and Big Taxes, Federal Bureau of Intelligence Investigation (FBI) surveillance was being unleashed upon them. In fact, unsuspecting Tax Day TEA Party participants were being closely watched during the demonstration planning stages in a covert operation that began on or about March 23, 2009.

National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) -- National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) is scheduled for July 27 through July 31, 2009. NLE 09 will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery.

Emergence of a New Norovirus Genotype II.4 Variant Associated with Global Outbreaks of Gastroenteritis

Rosemary Found to Offer Best Protection against Radiation Poisoning -- In two separate studies, scientists in Spain found that nothing fights radiation damage to micronuclei like a simple garden herb known as rosemary.

YouTube: HR669-anti Pet Bill -- HR 669 is the most restrictive animal bill ever concocted. This video explains the ramifications for HR 669 and explains how the silent majority can fight back against bad government laws.

Brisk sales of ammo are leading to shortage in Texas, nationwide -- Reports of heavy sales at gun stores began around the time of Barack Obama’s election as president, and months later, dealers are facing ammo shortages nationwide.

NORTH PHOENIX: Suspect arrested in murder of Loop 101 photo radar worker -- Authorities say it's still too soon to know why a man shot and killed a worker who was operating a photo radar van on the Loop 101 freeway Sunday night.

Injuries, Deaths Caused by Medications Skyrocket 38 Percent -- The number of serious injuries and deaths linked to the use of prescription medications reached a new high in the first quarter of 2008, according to a report issued by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.

"Natural" Disasters? -- During the 1960s, the Atlantic Basin experienced a rising tide of hurricanes, with 6 occurring in 1961, 5 in 1964, and 3 in 1966. There were only 18 such storms during the 25-year period from 1944 to 1969. The timing of these waves of hurricanes is just too politically convenient for them not to have been deliberately made by covert government in Washington - right after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the assassination of JFK which gave the green light to everything covert government could muster, and right after it become completely bogged down militarily in Vietnam. This is not to say that Washington created the tropical storms in the first place. It only intensified ones which suited its agenda, and guided them as best it could over Cub

Today in History April 20, 2009
1534 - Jacques Cartier, a French explorer, set sail from St. Malo to explore the North American coastline.
1775 - The British began the siege of Boston.
1832 - Hot Springs National Park was established by an act of the U.S. Congress. It was the first national park in the U.S.
1836 - The U.S. territory of Wisconsin was created by the U.S. Congress.
1865 - Safety matches were first advertised.
1902 - Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.
1940 - The First electron microscope was demonstrated by RCA.
1961 - FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC.
1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
1989 - Scientist announced the successful testing of high-definition TV.
1999 - 13 people were killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, when two teenagers opened fire on them with shotguns and pipebombs. The two gunmen then killed themselves.

Are You Kidding Me?  -  by Don Cooper

Hostages being held on plane in Jamaica: report -- A man was holding hostages on an airplane at an airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, after apparently sneaking aboard the charter flight, CNN reported on Monday. He is still holding six crew members hostage, reports say.

Mystery Illnesses strikes suburban Long Island Schools -- Hundreds Sickened By Norovirus At Horace Greeley High In Chappaqua; Dozens Taken Ill At Amityville School.

HR 45 Blair Holt Firearms Act Of 2009 -- HR 45 Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sales Act of 2009 Even gun shop owners didn't know about this because it is flying under the radar. Read More...

Human tide of misery flees the anarchy of Somalia -- The world watches the pirates at sea, while the people on land create the world's largest refugee camp.

A soldier's last, valiant fight -- ALS is service-related, but VA help for Staff Sgt. Homer O. Pledger Jr. took a lot of effort.

Buyer Beware: 30 Biggest Bankruptcy Risks -- The following companies are listed in order, based upon the credit-default swap spreads on five-year corporate bonds as of early April. The list is compiled from research provided publicly through MSN Money. Read More...

Texas Bill Would Require You to Identify Yourself At All Times -- The Texas Senate has approved a bizarre measure which would require citizens to show some sort of identification to any police officer who demands it, at any time, for any reason, 1200 WOAI news reports. Read More...

FBI, States Vastly Expand DNA Databases -- Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted. The move, intended to help solve more crimes, is raising concerns about the privacy of petty offenders and people who are presumed innocent.

FDA Conspires with Cold Medicine Manufacturers to Keep Selling Dangerous Products to Four Year Olds -- The FDA admits that it negotiated a deal with pharmaceutical companies to recommend that over-the-counter cold-and-cough medicines should not be given to children under the age of four -- rather than six, as recommended by pediatricians.

The public are fast losing patience with thuggish policing -- The police have always faced a degree of suspicion from the public. The founders of the Met dressed their men in blue rather than the more military red to underline their civilian role. Keeping the peace is one of society's toughest jobs and one that our police have performed sometimes successfully, sometimes not.

Gold Is Still a Good Choice -- Throughout history, gold has always maintained fundamental value.

Blind to be cured with stem cells -- BRITISH scientists have developed the world’s first stem cell therapy to cure the most common cause of blindness. Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years’ time.

Crisis as a Way to Build a World-Wide Totalitarian State -- As the world financial and economic crisis comes into its own, the Western community leaders are seeking to impress on mankind the idea that this upheaval will end up ‘turning the world into something different’.

65th human bird flu case reported In Egypt -- Some 23 Egyptians have died after contracting the virus. Most came into contact with infected domestic birds in a country where roughly 5 million households depend on domestically raised poultry as a significant source of food and income.

Jury says evidence doesn't show PCBs caused disease -- A jury found for Monsanto late today in a PCBs trial here, deciding there was not enough evidence to show the compound caused diabetes and other diseases in people exposed to it.

Colorado doctor who prescribed antidepressant over the Web to suicidal Stanford student gets nine months -- San Mateo County prosecutors said the case was one of the first dealing with "telemedicine," in which doctors give advice and prescribe drugs via the phone or the Internet, sometimes to patients in states where they don't have a medical license.

DHS right wing extremist document was actually created in the Bush administration -- Right click on the doc and go to doc properties and you will see it was created 1/23/07 and modified 4/12/09)

VIDEO: The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class - the long road to hell!

Chinese spies may have put chips in US planes -- The Chinese cyber spies have penetrated so deep into the US system — ranging from its secure defence network, banking system, electricity grid to putting spy chips into its defence planes — that it can cause serious damage to the US any time, a top US official on counter-intelligence has said.

Film maker arrested for asking questions at Couric event -- “All I’m trying to do is ask questions!” John Ziegler: John went to USC to witness and ask questions about Katie Couric getting the Walter Cronkite journalism award for her interview of Sarah Palin. He intended to also give away copies of his film but was literally prevented from doing so.

Twelve Major Brands That Will Disappear -- As the recession deepens and stretches out quarter after quarter, more companies will close or will shut divisions. More brands will disappear because their parents firms fold or can no longer afford to support them. Other brands will be obliterated by mergers.

Sean Rakhimov: The Calm Before the Storm -- "Well, if I have one message for investors, I would recommend that they use this time to evaluate their own situation, their job, and where they live in preparation for what is ahead and take action. I think it is particularly important on this stretch because the world they live in will be very different three to five years from now, to the negative."

The New Financial Overlords: The Debt Class and those that provide the Debt in Serfdom -- Understanding the new Structure of the American Financial Landscape - "I know many people are screaming about socialism now but they are late to the game (like a few decades late). Also, what exactly is the mass population getting for this new expensive socialism? Employment security? Health care? If this is socialism we are getting very little out of it. For a history lesson, Mussolini’s government was supported by the military, the business class, and the extreme wings of the political branches. Sound familiar?"

Power Lines Linked to Alzheimer's and Senile Dementia -- Researchers from the University of Bern, Switzerland, have found that people who lived within 50 metres of a long-distance power transmission line were 1.24 times more likely to die of Alzheimer’s disease than those who lived 600 metres or more away.

Revolt stirs among China’s nuclear ghosts -- Up to 190,000 may have died as a result of China’s weapons tests: now ailing survivors want compensation.

Obama Appointee Suggests Radical Plan for Newspaper Bailout -- Rosa Brooks, who has moved from the L.A. Times to the Pentagon, called for more "direct government support for public media" and government licensing of the news, which critics say would destroy the independent media.

USAID's Private Air Force for Afghanistan -- The U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. government's corps of international do-gooders, wants to build its own air force to support the mission in Afghanistan.

Gardening is Growing, and Not Just the Plants -- Gardeners' motivations might differ - saving money in tough times, concern over the safety and eco-friendliness of food - but one thing seems clear: Vegetable gardening is in vogue, and sales are up at seed catalog and garden centers. And that was before the nation's first family started a garden of its own.

Community Garden Start up Guide -- This is a .pdf file.

More FBI Hacking: Feds Crack Wi-Fi to Gather Evidence -- Buried in the 150 pages of CIPAV spyware-related documents released by the FBI Thursday is a tantalizing nugget that indicates the bureau's technology experts have more than one way to hack a suspect.

Slain mother had blogged that husband under stress -- A man who killed his wife, their three young children and himself in their northwest Maryland home had a hard time adjusting to his new manager's job for a railroad and it was causing him stress, according a blog entry his wife posted last month.

YouTube: Baptist pastor beaten + tazed by Border patrol - 11 stitches

Some weird news from Roads & Bridges magazine -- Introducing the world’s deadliest vehicle, a Guinness World Record holder and the soon-to-be worst driver in history.

Chemtrails - The Latest Assault on Us -- These past two days there has been a dramatic Chemtrail assault around much of New England. Read More...

Today in History April 17, 2009
1492 - Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain to find a passage to Asia and the Indies.
1524 - New York Harbor was discovered by Giovanni Verrazano.
1629 - Horses were first imported into the colonies by the American Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1704 - John Campbell published what would eventually become the first successful American newspaper. It was known as the Boston "News-Letter."
1810 - Pineapple cheese was patented by Lewis M. Norton.
1861 - Virginia became the eighth state to secede from the Union.
1917 - A bill in Congress to establish Daylight Saving Time was defeated. It was passed a couple of months later.
1941 - The office of Price Administration was established in the U.S. to handle rationing.
1964 - Jerrie Mock became first woman to fly an airplane solo around the world.
1975 - Khmer Rouge forces capture the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. It was the end of the five-year war. .
1985 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent, "LOVE" stamp.

The Privacy Act of 1974 - Public Law 93-579, as codified at 5 U.S.C. 552a - This is a .pdf file.
**Related Info on The Privacy Act of 1974 at from Wikipedia -- The Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, establishes a code of fair information practices that governs the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of personally identifiable information about individuals that is maintained in systems of records by federal agencies.

Michael Savage sues Napolitano for targeting vets -- "It is a civil rights action brought under the First and Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution, challenging the policy, practice, and custom of the United States Government that targets for disfavored treatment those individuals and groups that are considered to be 'rightwing extremists,'" the complaint announced today said.

Military Expert Ralph Peters: Fire Napolitano for Smearing Veterans -- Military affairs expert Ralph Peters is calling for the firing of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano over a report warning that right-wing extremists could recruit U.S. veterans for violent anti-government activity.

JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Six Things You Should Know About the Homeland Security Report on ‘Rightwing Extremism’ -- "My guess is that the sentiments revealed in the report I read are the tip of an iceberg that the DHS would prefer to keep submerged until it needs to reveal it. This iceberg is the heavy-hand of government; a government with large and awful eyes, in whose heart there is no love for freedom, and on whose face there is no smile."

Spice recall expanded due to salmonella threat -- 33 people sickened in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Union International Food Co. is expanding a spice recall to include all Lian How brand and Uncle Chen brand sauces, oil and oil blends in various size packages because the products may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. The company had previously recalled Lian How brand and Uncle Chen brand dry spices.

TV Seals Deal for Show on Navy Pirate Hunters -- Barely a day after the daring rescue of an American sea captain, a US cable TV channel announced a deal Monday to produce a show about U.S. Navy pirate hunters.

Videos on "wonder how to" -- WonderHowTo hand-selects and curates the best instructional videos from over 1, 7000websites. Explore the largest collection of free how-to videos. This website has videos on how to do all kinds of stuff...check out the disaster preparedness link!!

YouTube: Chicago Tax Day Tea Party -- Video of the Chicago Tax Day Tea Party.

YouTube: NBC's Brian Williams Talks to Britain's Susan Boyle Singing Sensation

Susan Boyle will be on Larry King Tonight at 9 PM Eastern Time April 17, 2009

5 year old Twins treated for rare childhood Alzheimer's in Reno, Nevada -- The girls were diagnosed in October 2007 with NP-C. There's currently no known cure for the disease, which also is referred to as childhood Alzheimer's. The girls are among the first in the country being treated for their condition at a Reno hospital after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted special permission to use an experimental drug.

1 million attend tea parties in 50 states -- An estimated 1 million Americans participated in at least 1,000 tea parties, according to reports by organizers tabulating the nationwide numbers, with documented protests held in 50 states.

Economic survivalists take root -- Hard times are creating economic survivalists such as the Wojtowicz family who are paring expenses by becoming more self-sufficient.

US citizens being deported, blocked from returning at border -- “The more the system becomes confused, the more U.S. citizens will be wrongfully detained and wrongfully removed,” said Bruce Einhorn, a retired immigration judge who now teaches at Pepperdine Law School. “They are the symptom of a larger problem in the detention system. … Nothing could be more regrettable than the removal of our fellow citizens.”

Low-Path Bird Flu Confirmed in Kentucky -- Low-pathogenic avian influenza has been found on a broiler breeder farm in western Kentucky belonging to Perdue Farms. The virus, responsible for a minimal drop in egg production in mid-March, has been identified as belonging to the H7 sub-type.

Chertoff security firm hires Hayden, three others -- Retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, formerly director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, is joining the security advisory firm The Chertoff Group as a principal, the firm announced.

Terrorists using Internet as a weapon says experts -- "Computer-savvy" terrorists are using the Internet as a new weapon but national authorities must be aware of individual rights when combating the threat, speakers at an international conference said Thursday.

Afghan earthquakes kill 21, destroy homes -- Two earthquakes shook eastern Afghanistan early Friday, collapsing mud-brick homes on top of villagers while they slept and killing at least 21 people.

Rising Medicaid Spending to Bankrupt States, Federal Government -- Medicaid costs are expected to skyrocket in coming years, far outstripping the rate of economic growth and placing an increasing financial burden on state and federal governments, according to the first actuarial review ever conducted of the program.

SAIC to train FEMA emergency responders -- Science Applications International Corp. has won a five-year training contract from the Homeland Security Department (DHS) that could be worth as much as $104 million if all options are exercised.

No charges against CIA officials for waterboarding -- The Obama administration on Thursday informed CIA officials who used waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics on terror suspects that they will not be prosecuted, senior administration officials told The Associated Press.

Reduce Headaches with Regular Exercise -- If you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, chances are you shy away from exercise for fear of inducing a headache. You may be surprised to hear you can find relief through exercise. A recent Swedish study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain showed that exercise does not seem to increase migraines. In fact, regular activity can reduce the number of migraines, the intensity of migraines and the need for pain medication.

Critics blast US border patrol's herbicide strategy -- Plan would eliminate dense foliage used as hiding places by illegal immigrants and smugglers.

Where are all the sunspots? -- Flares and CMEs are usually associated with sunspots... so fewer sunspots typically means fewer, less severe solar storms. No sunspots probably means no solar storms.

Feds shrouding 2 trillion in bank loans in secrecy suit says -- U.S. taxpayers need to know the risks behind the Federal Reserve’s $2 trillion in lending to financial institutions because the public is now an “involuntary investor” in the nation’s banks, according to a court filing by Bloomberg LP.

Bird Flu: Potential for Pandemic? -- Bird flu may be becoming less fatal, a spokesman for the World Health Organization (who) told Reuters in an interview last week. Of the 11 people, mostly children, who contracted bird flu in Egypt this year, none has died.

Today in History April 16, 2009
1818 - The U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
1851 - A lighthouse was swept away in a gale at Minot’s Ledge, MA.
1862 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis approved conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.
1900 - The first book of postage stamps was issued. The two-cent stamps were available in books of 12, 24 and 48 stamps.
1905 - Andrew Carnegie donated $10,000,000 of personal money to set up the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
1947 - The Zoomar lens, invented by Dr. Frank Back, was demonstrated in New York City. It was the first lens to exhibit zooming effects.
1968 - The Pentagon announced that troops would begin coming home from Vietnam.
1987 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sternly warned U.S. radio stations to watch the use of indecent language on the airwaves.
1987 - The U.S. Patent Office began allowing the patenting of new animals created by genetic engineering.
1992 - The House ethics committee listed 303 current and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.

Coast-to-coast tea parties put lawmakers on notice -- Americans took to the streets to protest wasteful government spending today – with estimated crowd sizes of 5,000 to 10,000 in Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Olympia, Wash., Lansing, Mich., and Sacramento.

LOTS OF TEA PARTIES - AND THEN? by Devvy Kidd -- Revenues will continue to drop because of foreclosures. People living in tents or their cars don't take trips to Hawaii or buy anything other than essentials. Commercial real estate is sinking due to vacancies, as in businesses going out of business.

YouTube: Susan Boyle - Singer - Britain's Got Talent 2009 (With Lyrics) -- lesson learned--don't judge a book by it's cover!!

The Legalities of All-Capital-Letters Names (your drivers license) -- Memorandum of law on the name. Could this be the evidence that Jim Purcey is correct?

VIDEO CLIP: 9/11 Media Breakthrough in Denmark -- Niels Harrit on mainstream Danish TV: Niels Harrit and 8 other scientists found nano-thermite in the dust from the World Trade Center.

Unions and Business Battle Over 'Card Check' Bill -- "Supporters of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), or "card check" bill, say the current system suppresses employees' ability to form unions by ultimately putting the decision to unionize into the hands of employers."

Governor Says Texans May Want to Secede From Union But Probably Won't -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up an anti-tax "tea party" Wednesday with his stance against the federal government and for states' rights as some in his U.S. flag-waving audience shouted, "Secede!"

Chinese woman has died from SARS -- A Chinese woman has died from what may be Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) while traveling on a train from the Far East Russian city of Blagoveshchensk to Moscow, a medical source said on Wednesday. The train was stopped in the central Russian city of Kirov and around 60 train passengers were sent to a local hospital. Six of them are reported as running fevers, the source said, although Kirov Region officials have said that none of them were suffering from SARS.

YouTube: Shep Smith Responds to Diss from CNN's Susan Roesgen!

US to Give Lebanon Unmanned Aircraft -- The United States said Tuesday it is providing Lebanon with 12 unmanned military aircraft in the coming months, the latest effort to bolster the fragile Mideast nation. The statement Tuesday said the "Raven" aircraft the U.S. is providing performs remote reconnaissance and surveillance, identifies targets, provides protection and security and reports on military operations in urban areas and the results of battles.

Defective Chinese Drywall Not Sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s -- Home Depot Inc. and Lowe’s Cos. Inc. are trying to reassure customers that drywall purchased at their stores is safe. According to The Palm Beach Post, the home improvement retailers say they have verified that none of their stores sold Chinese drywall that has recently been tied to problems in homes throughout the country.

10,000 aftershocks follow Italy quake -- SCIENTISTS have detected 10,000 aftershocks since last week's earthquake in Italy of which around 1000 could be felt, a top expert said today, warning that the tremors will probably get stronger.

Secretive U.S. Prison Units Used to House Muslim, Animal Rights and Environmental Activists -- The government is using secretive prison facilities on U.S. soil, called Communication Management Units, to house inmates accused of being tied to “terrorism” groups.

Startling Revelations about Three Mile Island Disaster Raise Doubts Over Nuke Safety -- A growing body of personal and scientific evidence contradicts the official story that the accident posed no threat to the public.

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell presses assault weapons ban after cop killings -- Governor Edward G. Rendell, along with Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper and other chief law enforcement officers from across Pennsylvania, today called on Congress and the General Assembly to stand with them and put an end to senseless murders stemming from the use of deadly assault weapons and illegal handguns.

Pentagon's New PTSD Treatments: Wireless Monitors, Software Pals -- The Defense Department recently handed out contracts to three companies to design independent living systems for injured vets. They're supposed to help the wounded make the transition from hospitalization to home, and then provide long-term care. Read More...

Pineapples - the tasty treat that is so good for you -- Bromelain, the key enzyme in pineapple, banishes inflammation as effectively as drugs. It reduces swelling, helps against sore throat, treats arthritis and gout, and speeds digestion of proteins. New research is even showing pineapple to be highly effective at cancer prevention and treatment.

Janet Napolitano defends report on right wing extremist groups -- The Department of Homeland Security will never monitor ideology or political beliefs, the head of the agency said Wednesday, responding to criticism of a recent report on right-wing extremist groups.

The Power Of The Federal Badge -- Just a little humor....!!

Why You Should Carry a Gun

Glenn Beck advocates secession -- "You can't convince me that the Founding Fathers wouldn't allow you to secede. The Constitution is not a suicide pact. If [a] state says, "I don't want to go there because that's suicide," they have a right to back out! ...I sign into this union, and I can never, ever get out?? No matter what the government does, I can never get out??"

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India -- Over 1,500 farmers in an Indian state committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure, it was reported today.

Quiz on GM food -- The answers are astounding!

Evidence Mounts on the Failures of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops

NIST announces 3 phase plan for Smart Grid -- "The Smart Grid will create green jobs and stand as a cornerstone of the national effort to achieve energy independence and curb the emissions changing our climate," NIST Deputy Director Patrick Gallagher said. "We are working with a sense of urgency to expedite the development of standards critical to ensuring a reliable and robust Smart Grid."

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Freezes Grants to Emory in Secret Drug Money Scandal -- The NIH has halted payments on a research grant to Emory University, following the revelation that the psychiatrist in charge of the research concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug company payments, possibly in violation of university and federal conflict-of-interest rules.

Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse? -- For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on to treat the infection with complete success.

Photos of Northern Lights!

Today in History April 15, 2009
1817 - The first American school for the deaf was opened in Hartford, CT.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln mobilized the Federal army.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died from injuries inflicted by John Wilkes Booth.
1892 - The General Electric Company was organized.
1899 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Portland Cement Company.
1912 - The ocean liner Titanic sank at 2:27 a.m. in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people survived.
1923 - Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
1955 - Ray Kroc started the McDonald's restaurant chain.
1956 - General Motors announced that the first free piston automobile had been developed.
1989 - Students in Beijing launched a series of pro democracy protests upon the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang. The protests led to the Tienanmen Square massacre.
1994 - The World Trade Organization was established.
2000 - 600 anti-IMF (International Monetary Fund) protesters were arrested in Washington, DC, for demonstrating without a permit.

THIS IS WHERE TO FIND THE TEA PARTY CLOSE TO YOU -- On the right hand upper side, you will see "Choose A State".
Printable Handouts:
* "Income Tax Secrets" flyer (print on 8 1/2" x 14" paper for best results)

April 15, Tax Day -- Patriot rocker Steve Vaus & others plan to take America back!

Tax day becomes protest day -- Today American taxpayers in more than 300 locations in all 50 states will hold rallies -- dubbed "tea parties" -- to protest higher taxes and out-of-control government spending.

Celente Calls for "Revolution" as the Only Solution -- "Taxed to death, angry at government bailouts, outraged by Wall Street greed, and bitterly resentful of a system that rewards the undeserving rich, the American public is ready to revolt."

Texas: City Councilman Arrested for Opposing Red Light Cameras -- The mayor of Duncanville, Texas had a member of the city council arrested last Tuesday for speaking out against the use of red light cameras during an official meeting. The incident took place during the discussion of whether the city should spend $59,000 to make street repairs. Mayor David Green recognized Councilman Paul Ford to speak on the contract item.
Related UPDATED Article: Councilman Paul Ford turns himself in to Duncanville police

Monsanto's Roundup Residues in GM Food Cause Cell Damage -- Residues of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide found in GM food and feed can cause cell damage and even death, even at very low levels. The authors of a study on the subject say their research "... points to undesirable effects which are currently masked or hidden from scientific scrutiny.

Gold: The Crowd's Confusion -- The historical info at the end of the article is possibly the most important part of this article. "Gold will go to $1650 in a very short time." (Thanks Jimm)

YouTube: From Conspiracy Theories to Cable News

YouTube: Donald Duck - The Spirit of '43

YouTube: Another Donald Duck Tax Propaganda Film

Second 9/11 Envisaged by Homeland Security: Emergency Procedures in the Chicago Area -- Amid cloak-and-dagger secrecy, the Daley administration is building a backup 911 center at O'Hare Airport to handle emergency calls if a terrorist attack or natural disaster damages Chicago's primary facility in the West Loop, City Hall sources said Wednesday. Sources said the backup facility will be located in an O'Hare building that houses the airport's communications nerve center.

Shipping companies need armed guards -- US shipping companies need to provide armed guards for vessels threatened by pirates, the commander of US naval forces in the region told US media from Bahrain Monday.

Residents Near Nuke Plants Will Continue to Get Iodide Pills -- Just as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the relicensing of the nation's oldest continuously operating nuclear plant, the same agency announced plans to continue to provide pills to residents to protect them against radiation in the event of a nuclear accident.

Conventional Cancer Treatments Bankrupting Patients, Families -- "A cancer diagnosis can threaten anyone with bankruptcy and financial ruin, no matter what your earning power is," said Peggy McGuire of the Women's Cancer Resource Center. "There are many paths you take, but they lead to the same destination: loss of all resources."

Drug Makers, Hospitals Raise Prices -- Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies have been pushing through hefty price increases aimed at bolstering earnings, even as government and private insurers are struggling to rein in healthcare costs.

The Claim: Nasal Irrigation Can Ease Allergy Symptoms -- For some, the neti pot, a nasal irrigator that resembles a small teapot, has become an alternative remedy. While it is not nearly as convenient as popping a pill or using a spray, several recent studies have found that nasal irrigation can reduce symptoms of allergies and other nasal problems.

Mysterious late-night military flights headed for San Jose, California -- Charter flights from the U.S. military will be taking off and landing at Mineta San Jose International Airport during the next few weeks -- but it's all very mysterious.

Texas Gov. Reaffirms State Sovereignty -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has joined with state lawmakers in supporting a resolution reaffirming states' rights under the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, reports said Tuesday. "Millions of Texans are tired of Washington, D.C. trying to come down here to tell us how to run Texas," Perry said in a speech supporting House Concurrent Resolution 50.

Mortgage Co. owner kills self due to bad economy -- BANGOR, Maine — The bad economy is believed to be the reason a successful local businessman took his own life Monday inside the business he started nearly nine years ago.

Yikes, bedbugs! EPA looks to stop resurgence -- "Don't let the bedbugs bite." Doesn't seem so bad in a cheerful bedtime rhyme, but it's becoming a really big problem now that the nasty critters are invading hospitals, college dorms and even swanky hotels. With the most effective pesticides banned, the government is trying to figure out how to respond to the biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II.

Stomach Bug Crystallizes an Antibiotic Threat -- What is so frightening about C. difficile is that it is often spurred by antibiotics. The drugs wipe out the targeted illness, like a urinary tract or upper respiratory infection, but they also kill off large portions of the healthy bacteria that normally live in the digestive tract. If a person comes into contact with C. difficile, or already has it, the disruption to the beneficial bacteria creates an opportunity for the harmful bacteria to flourish.

Germany Bans Cultivation of GM Corn -- Germany has banned the cultivation of GM corn, claiming that MON 810 is dangerous for the environment. But that argument might not stand up in court and Berlin could face fines totalling millions of euros if American multinational Monsanto decides to challenge the prohibition on its seed.

Rant against FEMA reflects on City Hall -- A newly self-published book takes shot after shot at FEMA's honesty, at its habit of rotating personnel, and at its utter recalcitrance. Read More...

Oh so stupid news: Spokane parks detonating ground squirrels -- Spokane Parks officials are mounting a counterattack with a commercially available weapon – the Rodenator Pro — that injects their burrows with propane and oxygen and sparks an explosion that shakes the ground and collapses their furrows. It also turns the little critters into fertilizer.

Researchers find fast track to bird flu inhibitor -- University of Hong Kong researchers have discovered a potential inhibitor of H5N1 through computer modeling. The new method will bring time savings of years spent in testing the drug and at 0.01 percent the cost of conventional tests. The researchers said the discovery of the new inhibitor is timely because the bird flu virus is developing resistance to antiviral drugs.

Soaps and detergents 'could help tackle bird flu' -- Their findings — published in the 28 March issue of Virology Journal — reveal that simply washing poultry shed floors and equipment, transport vehicles and workers' clothing can go a long way in containing the virus.

PA Church Ladies Raided by ‘Food Safety’ Cops -- The problem is the pies are illegal in Pennsylvania. Under the state’s food-safety code, facilities that provide food at four or more events in a year require at least a temporary eating and drinking license, and food has to be prepared in a state-inspected kitchen.

Russian children to train alongside police -- Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev has signed an order to create educational squadrons, where children will receive pre-military training and lessons in patriotism. The squadrons will be attached to 85 units of the Interior Ministry's troops and will be made up of 14 to 16-year old volunteers, so-called ‘sons of regiments’.

UK police stage 'pre-emptive raids' on climate activists -- Police have raided dozens of homes across the country as they questioned climate change protesters planning action this summer against coal-fired power stations and airports. More than 200 officers carried out a pre-emptive raid early on Monday, arresting 114 people thought to be preparing a protest at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire.

Why Horse Owners Oppose the USDA's 'Big Brother' NAIS

'Hand of God' captured by Nasa observatory -- This beautiful image of a "cosmic hand" reaching for the stars has been captured by a Nasa observatory.

Billions in Earmarks listed in new "Pig Book" by Citizens Against Government Waste -- Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today released the 2009 Congressional Pig Book, the latest installment in the group’s 19-year exposé of pork-barrel spending. The Pig Book revealed 10,160 earmarks worth $19.6 billion.

Today in History April 14, 2009
1543 - Bartoleme Ferrelo returned to Spain after discovering San Francisco Bay in the New World.
1775 - The first abolitionist society in U.S. was organized in Philadelphia with Ben Franklin as president.
1828 - The first edition of Noah Webster's dictionary was published under the name "American Dictionary of the English Language."
1860 - The first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, MO.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.
1912 - The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived.
1939 - The John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was first published.
1956 - Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, CA, demonstrated the first commercial magnetic tape recorder for sound and picture.
1984 - The Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state's public school textbooks describe the evolution of human beings as "theory rather than fact".

Somali pirates hijack 3 more ships -- Undeterred by U.S. and French hostage rescues that killed seven bandits, Somali pirates brazenly hijacked three more ships in the Gulf of Aden, the key waterway that's become the focal point of the world's fight against piracy.

Is your cardiologist killing you? By Dr Sherry Rogers -- This is a .pdf file.

Kurt Donsbach Arrested Again -- Kurt Donsbach, 73, whose dubious health-related activities have spanned more than 50 years, is facing 11 felony counts including treating patients without a license, misbranding drugs for sale, grand theft, unlawfully dispensing drugs as a cure for cancer, and falsely representing a cure for cancer. Read the declaration in support of his arrest warrant.

YouTube: David Buckner faints on Glenn Beck's show 4/13/09 -- David Buckner Passed Out Live On Glenn Beck Show. He Fainted During a Piece on the economy.

YouTube: Ron Paul on Marque and Reprisal 4/12/09 -- Dr. Paul discusses a constitutional approach to dealing with security threats.

YouTube: Fox's Stuart Varney says it's his 'great duty' to 'promote' the tea parties

Texas using stimulus money to build toll roads -- The Texas Department of Transportation plans to spend at least $255.3 million in federal stimulus money to build new toll roads.

LOTS OF TEA PARTIES - AND THEN? By: Devvy Kidd -- Revenues will continue to drop because of foreclosures. People living in tents or their cars don't take trips to Hawaii or buy anything other than essentials. Commercial real estate is sinking due to vacancies, as in businesses going out of business.

Homeland Security on guard for 'right-wing extremists' -- A newly unclassified Department of Homeland Security report warns against the possibility of violence by unnamed "right-wing extremists" concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty and singles out returning war veterans as particular threats.

Predator drones are due to fly over Detroit -- The government announced recently that they plan to employ a good one to hover at about 19,000 feet over the Canadian - Michigan International Border in the Detroit area. Presumably this deployment is aimed at detecting, illegal aliens, drug cartels and terrorist attempting to illegally enter here. The new technology probably won't help with terrorist, because they usually enter this country through legal means, such as at a port of entry.

Can You Trust Your Caller ID? -- Spoofing Services Let Users Alter Caller ID; Learn How to Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Phone Scams.

DHS document on American "Terrorists" -- This is a .pdf file.

Oregon jobless rate spikes to over 12 percent -- Oregon's jobless rate has taken a dramatic jump, to 12.1 percent — a rate seen only once before since the years after World War II. The increase could put Oregon on a pace to have the highest unemployment rate in the nation when those figures are released on Friday, state labor economist Art Ayre said Monday. Michigan currently has the highest rate, at 12 percent.

Bankruptcies Surge Despite Law Meant to Curb Them -- The number of U.S. businesses and individuals declaring bankruptcy is rising with a vengeance amid the recession, despite a three-year-old federal law that made it much tougher for Americans to escape their debts, an Associated Press analysis found. Nearly 1.2 million debtors filed for bankruptcy in the past 12 months, according to federal court records collected and analyzed by the AP.

UK: Schools hire bouncers for classroom control -- Bouncers and former military personnel are being hired by schools as "crowd control" to cover classes for teachers.

Americans stick to their guns as firearms sales surge -- Firearms sales have surged in the six months since Obama's election as millions of Americans have gone on a buying spree that has stripped gun shops in some parts of the country almost bare of assault weapons and led to a national ammunition shortage.

As firearms sales surge, Democrats drop assault weapons ban -- As firearms sales in the United States hit new highs, the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress are squelching talk of a renewal of the assault weapons ban passed by Congress that lapsed in 2004, saying they don't want a distraction from their agenda and don't have the votes in Congress.

Essential Oils Offer Many Health Benefits -- Essential oils are more than just a great addition to a relaxing massage. True essential oils are distilled from the bark, flowers, or leaves of a plant and can provide physical and psychological benefits. Internal ingestion of some oils, inhalation, and application to the skin are all methods of using essential oils. The use of essential oils can benefit mood, decrease stress, help prevent disease, and decrease pain.

Celente Calls For 'Revolution' As The Only Solution -- "The Tea Parties and Tax Protests sprouting across the nation, which we had predicted, are harbingers of revolution," said Gerald Celente, Director of The Trends Research Institute.

Recession closes in on chicken farmers -- Nationally, 800 to 900 chicken farmers have lost contracts since last fall, almost all of them in the South. The farmers are at the mercy of big chicken processors.

What is Mindware? -- Mindware is operating system software that (a) thinks and feels the way a human mind does, and (b) sets its thinking and feeling parameters to match those discernable from a mindfile.

The Messy Future of Memory-Editing Drugs -- The development of a drug that controls a chemical used to form memories sparked heady scientific and philosophical speculation this week. Granted, the drug has only been tested in rats, but other memory-blunting drugs are being tried in soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. It might not be long before memories are pharmaceutically targeted, just as moods are now.

Bailout acronym soup-a handy guide -- The many government programs that have been launched since the economy began melting down last year may seem more like alphabet soup than a plan for recovery. Here’s a look at some of the main programs created in response to the financial crisis, and what you should know about them. Read More...

Rahm Emmanuel's think tankers enforce message among liberals -- The White House is ‘helping’ liberal groups to get their political messages in sync with the official line.

Today in History April 13, 2009
1775 - Lord North extended the New England Restraining Act to South, Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The act prohibited trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland.
1782 - Washington, NC, was incorporated as the first town to be named for George Washington.
1796 - The first known elephant to arrive in the United States from Bengal, India.
1870 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New York City.
1916 - The first hybrid, seed corn was purchased for 15-cents a bushel by Samuel Ramsay.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial.
1949 - Philip S. Hench and associates announced that cortizone was an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
1960 - The first navigational satellite was launched into Earth's orbit.
1976 - The U.S. Federal Reserve introduced $2 bicentennial notes.
1984 - U.S. President Reagan sent emergency military aid to El Salvador without congressional approval.
1998 - NationsBank and BankAmerica announced a $62.5 billion merger, creating the country's first coast-to-coast bank.
1998 - Dolly, the world's first cloned sheep, gave natural birth to a healthy baby lamb.

Captain freed when snipers kill pirates -- After being held hostage for five harrowing days by four armed pirates, Capt. Richard Phillips was freed following an operation by Navy Seals in which U.S. Navy snipers opened fire and killed three pirates holding an American captain at gunpoint, delivering the skipper unharmed and ending a five-day high-seas hostage drama on Easter Sunday.

U.S. Military Considers Attacks on Somali Pirates’ Land Bases -- The U.S. military is considering attacks on pirate bases on land and aid for the Somali people to help stem ship hijackings off Africa’s east coast, defense officials said. Read More...

VIDEO: The Truth Behind The Income Tax

Air bag safety takes some hits -- Recalls of some 800,000 cars in the last year to address issues with so-called smart air bags and occupant-detection systems are raising questions about the products' IQ.

Midwest auto industry: Tough times ahead for towns across region -- In tattered and gray industrial towns across the Midwest, no one knows exactly where the ax will swing next. But there is no doubt the forced downsizing of General Motors and Chrysler, which will begin to take shape in the coming weeks, will fundamentally change the quality of life in communities and the region for years to come.

Tea Party Day Map -- Over 1900 cities so far for the tea parties.

Rioting follows state of emergency in Thai capital -- Swarms of anti-government protesters attacked the prime minister's car, seized control of major intersections in the capital and commandeered buses, bringing new chaos to the Thai capital as the country's ousted leader threatened to return from exile to lead a revolution.

POW benefit claims exceed number of recorded POWs -- There are only 21 surviving POWs from the first Gulf War in 1991, the Department of Defense says. Yet the Department of Veterans Affairs is paying disability benefits to 286 service members it says were taken prisoner during that conflict, according to data released by VA to The Associated Press.

Portland police boost arsenal with 'tank' -- The department receives two armored personnel carriers for free from the Department of Defense. The M113 armored track-driven military vehicles were offered for free as surplus property by the Department of Defense last fall, and Portland police got two of them. One will be used for parts, since maintaining the old vehicles is difficult.

Maryland Legislature Approves Statewide, Freeway Speed Cameras -- The Maryland General Assembly yesterday gave final approval to a measure that will expand the use of speed cameras to every part of the state, allowing cameras on high-volume freeways for the first time.

VA Authorities Confiscate Tape of Journalist Reporting on Bad Treatment of Veterans -- The reporter states: "the story is not about me versus the hospital. It's about why is the hospital taking these measures to prevent the 56 year old veteran from speaking. What are they trying to hide?"

Obama announces new record system for veterans -- President Obama on Thursday promised a more efficient record system to ease delays in health care for wounded veterans, as the government copes with more than 33,000 military personnel injured in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Microchip that tells the doctor if you've taken your pills -- Microchips in pills could soon allow doctors to find out whether a patient has taken their medication.

Drinking Water Threatened: TVA Tries to Hide Information About Water Contamination from Massive Coal Spill -- Third-party tests have found high levels of toxins in the river water and in private wells, while the TVA has assured residents the water is safe.

New bird flu cases suggest the danger of pandemic is rising -- First the good news: bird flu is becoming less deadly. Now the bad: scientists fear that this is the very thing that could make the virus more able to cause a pandemic that would kill hundreds of millions of people.

College students preparation for a pandemic -- - Some organizations have begun to prepare like Columbia University, who this summer released a plan to cope with the next severe flu pandemic, as well as an FAQ designed to educate students and faculty(10).

Top UK dentist calls for mass fluoridation -- "We encourage the fluoridation of water supplies and welcome the planned consultations on the move in the North West and Yorkshire, where decay figures have been higher in the past."

World flouridated water map -- The extent of fluoridated water usage around the world. Colors indicate the percentage of population in each country that receives fluoridated water, where the fluoridation is to levels recommended for preventing tooth decay (sic). This includes both artificially and naturally fluoridated water.

Taps off for two million in water-starved Mexico City -- Some two million residents of Mexico City on Thursday began 36 hours without water under an emergency plan over Easter vacation to respond to a record drop in water supply and to work on repairs.

UK: 'Wi-fi networks must be removed from schools to stop children getting cancer,' teachers insist -- The Association of Teachers and Lecturers called for classroom wireless networks to be suspended immediately until research has properly considered the threat to health.

Concerned resident aims to form armed militia to patrol Stockton, California -- A retired truck driver and Vietnam War veteran said Monday that he is forming an armed militia - mostly men with rifles and armbands, four to a car - to patrol Stockton this summer, when at least 43 police officers are to be laid off.

Painful Kidney Stones Becomes a Growing Trend in Kids -- More than 1/2 million people will be in emergency rooms this year because of kidney stones and that number is rising, explains Gary Curhan, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He says the reason may be the growing number of overweight Americans. Kidney Stones which was once considered a disorder of middle age, is now showing up in children as young as five or six. A stone was found in an 8-month-old girl as reported by a pediatrician at Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago. Some hospitals have even opened pediatric kidney stone clinics.

DuPont Magically Granted Three-Year Extension on Safety Testing of PFOA (Teflon) -- The Environmental Appeals Board of the U.S. federal government has granted the DuPont corporation a three-year extension on its obligation to conduct a comprehensive assessment of a widely used chemical believed to expose consumers to the toxic substance perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

Clandestine Compound Could Power New Pain Ray -- The Active Denial System is a non-lethal ray gun that heats the outer surface of the skin -- a painful but (mostly) harmless experience -– using microwaves. But the thing is a little unwieldy for battlefield use.

UK: Gordon Brown's plan for army of teen volunteers -- Gordon Brown has vowed to make every young person do 50 hours of voluntary work by the time they reach the age of 19.

Honeybees in danger from Agricultural pesticides -- up to 60% loss. Industrial, pesticide-dependent agricultural practices in the United States are creating a death trap for the honeybee and threatening the human-bee symbiotic relationship forged over millenia.

The largest land owner -- “Queen Elizabeth II the largest landowner on Earth.” Read More.....

Tibetans refuse to sow spring crops in protest against Beijing -- Tibetan discontent at Chinese rule has taken a new twist, with farmers refusing to till their fields in a show of passive resistance against Beijing.

The Poppy Palace -- Interview with Sibel Edmonds on Turkey & the heroin trade, ties to US.

Today in History April 10, 2009
1790 - The U.S. patent system was established.
1849 - Walter Hunt patented the safety pin. He sold the rights for $100.
1865 - During the American Civil War, at Appomattox, General Robert E. Lee issued his last order.
1866 - The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was incorporated.
1912 - The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England.
1922 - The Genoa Conference opened. The meeting was used to discuss the reconstruction of Europe after World War I.
1930 - The first synthetic rubber was produced.
1941 - In World War II, U.S. troops occupied Greenland to prevent Nazi infiltration.
1941 - Ford Motor Co. became the last major automaker to recognize the United Auto Workers as the representative for its workers.
1960 - The U.S. Senate passed the Civil Rights Bill.
1963 - 129 people died when the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher failed to surface off Cape Cod, MA.
1972 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union joined with 70 other nations in signing an agreement banning biological warfare.
1988 - On Wall Street, 48 million shares of Navistar International stock changed hands in a single-block trade. It was the largest transaction ever executed on the New York Stock Exchange.
1992 - In Los Angeles, financier Charles Keating Jr. was sentenced to nine years in prison for swindling investors when his Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed. The convictions were later overturned.

ICRC: Red Cross Report: Link for International Committee of the Red Cross 40-page report on torture of Gitmo prisoners -- Link to leaked Int'l Committee of the Red Cross report on Gitmo torture - including by CIA medical personnel...PDF File!

Pirate Research:
* You are being lied to about pirates -- One of the pirate leaders, Sugule Ali, said their motive was “to stop illegal fishing and dumping in our waters … We don’t consider ourselves sea bandits. We consider sea bandits [to be] those who illegally fish and dump in our seas and dump waste in our seas and carry weapons in our seas.
* Somalia Waste Imports from Italy -- During the Somali civil war hazardous waste was dumped in this African nation by industrialized countries. Read More...
* Somalia's secret dumps of toxic waste washed ashore by tsunami -- THE huge waves which battered northern Somalia after the tsunami in December are believed to have stirred up tonnes of nuclear and toxic waste illegally dumped in the war-racked country during the early 1990s.
* Nuclear Waste Dumped on Somali Waters -- Read the report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the situation in Somalia- dated 16 Aug 1999.

Bungling terror cop quits -- BRITAIN'S bungling terror cop Bob Quick has sensationally quit and apologised to colleagues after accidentally leaking details of a top secret al-Qaeda operation.

Obama wants another $83 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan -- The Obama administration will ask Congress for another $83.4 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the end of September, Democratic congressional sources said Thursday.

YouTube: Freedom Watch w/ Napolitano, Daniel Hannan, Peter Schiff, Lew Rockwell, and more (Part 1: 04/08/2009)

YouTube: Neil Cavuto discussing the tea parties happening the 15th and talking to a host that refuses to even cover the parties.

VA, DOD to create lifetime e-record -- President Barack Obama said today that the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments have started to create a lifetime electronic record that would ultimately contain administrative and medical information from the time people enter military service through their lives as veterans.

Pentagon preps for economic warfare -- The Pentagon sponsored a first-of-its-kind war game last month focused not on bullets and bombs — but on how hostile nations might seek to cripple the U.S. economy, a scenario made all the more real by the global financial crisis.

New Public Database Reveals First-Hand Accounts of How Toxic Burn Pits Are Making U.S. Troops Sick -- Welcome to the BURN PITS Action Center. This is an information resource for servicemen and servicewomen, their families and others concerned about addressing the damages of the burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

FDA Okays Rapid Test for H5N1 Avian Flu -- The FDA has approved a rapid test that can detect influenza A/H5N1 infection in humans in about 40 minutes, the agency said.

UN aid to halt bird flu spreading to humans -- The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation yesterday pledged US$7.3 million to help Viet Nam prepare for any outbreaks of avian influenza.

Fed Said to Order Banks to Stay Mum on ‘Stress Test’ Results -- The Fed wants to ensure that the report cards don’t leak during earnings conference calls scheduled for this month. Such a scenario might push stock prices lower for banks perceived as weak and interfere with the government’s plan to release the results in an orderly fashion later this month.

Elderly Being Poisoned by Cocktail of Prescription Drugs at Hospitals -- An estimated one in seven hospital patients suffer an adverse reaction to a drug they are prescribed there, with many of those reactions caused by drug combination effects, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust, and published in the journal PLoS One.

Death rate falls when doctors go on strike -- "There are only four times in recorded history that the death rate actually fell. The first was in highly technologically developed Israel in 1973. During a one-month physicians' strike, the national death-rate reached the lowest rate ever. According to statistics by the Jerusalem Burial Society, the number of funerals dropped by almost half.

Unimaginable Tragedies or execution by cop? -- "Unimaginable Tragedies" is the way Corporate Media describes the killings of seven police officers that have recently died in inner-city combat with some of the people they were charged with protecting.

E-Bombs Could Go Mainstream -- E-bombs, weapons that destroy electronics with an intense pulse of electromagnetic radiation, have been discussed for decades. But despite years of research and development, there is little sign of their deployment. The prospect of knocking out communications and other electronic systems is attractive, but commanders prefer proven weapons with known effects. Now the U.S. Army is developing technology to provide the best of both worlds, by creating munitions that combine conventional and e-bomb effects in one package.

Wiring a Home Generator for Emergencies -- Remember, if someone else can do it, you can learn to do it also. You can do this. Just follow these instructions exactly and completely!

Redoubt Ash Cloud Raises Food Shortage Concerns -- With experts predicting that eruptions could continue for several months, the state of Alaska is fearing the possibility of food shortages.

US military blew up pigs to test body armour -- American military researchers have blown up live pigs dressed in body armour in an attempt to study the link between roadside bomb blasts and brain injury.

Virginia Fusion center releases list of homegrown terrorists -- Virginia’s network of colleges and universities also represent a potential avenue of entry for terrorist operatives and a possible forum for recruitment of sympathizers.

Police come up short on ammo; increased costs, budget cuts, worldwide demand -- Even police are feeling the pinch from the greater demand for ammunition worldwide, sometimes finding themselves waiting for ammo of critical caliber.

New York Legislature Approves Massive Traffic Camera Expansion -- As budget deficits continue to soar at all levels of New York government, the state legislature on Tuesday approved a package of bills to provide relief through the use of red light cameras.

Northrup marketing video: We're evil, omnipresent... -- Northrop Grumman's technical services wing decided it needed a new promotional video, to hype how important it is to America's national security. The theme: Northrop as a fifth column, within the U.S. military. "They could be anywhere among us!" one rattled man screams.

Complete list of other MIAC reports -- A list of Missouri Information Analysis reports — obtained after controversy over one report said supporters of third-party candidates might be militia members — shows conservative groups aren’t the only subjects these reports.

Today in History April 9, 2009
1682 - Robert La Salle claimed the lower Mississippi River and all lands that touch it for France.
1833 - Peterborough, NH, opened the first municipally supported public library in the United States.
1865 - At Appomattox Court House, Virginia, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of William McClean's home. Grant allowed Rebel officers to keep their sidearms and permitted soldiers to keep their horses and mules. Though there were still Confederate armies in the field, the war was officially over. The four years of fighting had killed 360,000 Union troops and 260,000 Confederate troops.
1866 - The Civil Rights Bill passed over U.S. President Andrew Johnson's veto.
1867 - The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty with Russia that purchased the territory of Alaska by one vote.
1872 - S.R. Percy received a patent for dried milk.
1947 - 169 people were killed and 1,300 were injured by a series of tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
1959 - NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts.
1963 - Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen.
1967 - The first Boeing 737 was rolled out for use.
1988 - The U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Panama.

'Pirates' Strike a U.S. Ship Owned by a Pentagon Contractor, But Is the Media Telling the Whole Story? -- The Somali pirates who took control of the 17,000-ton "Maersk Alabama" cargo-ship in the early hours of Wednesday morning probably were unaware that the ship they were boarding belonged to a U.S. Department of Defense contractor with "top security clearance," which does a half-billion dollars in annual business with the Pentagon, primarily the Navy.

Navy ship arrives to aide American crew that fought off Somali pirates -- A missile-armed U.S. destroyer steamed through the lawless waters off Somalia last night to rescue a hostage American captain snatched by pirates in a high-seas drama aboard a hijacked cargo ship.

12 arrested in 'very serious' terror plot in UK -- British police Wednesday arrested 12 people in a counterterrorism operation, and locations were being searched, authorities said.

Congress Moves to Ban BPA in All Food Containers -- Congress has introduced legislation intended to establish a federal ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in all food and beverage containers. The measure would greatly expand earlier efforts to limit the chemical from products used only by babies and children.

World's largest laser built in California -- The U.S. Department of Energy says the National Nuclear Security Administration has certified the completion of the world's largest laser.

National Trailer Truck Dealers convention postponed until 2010 -- A press release from the National Trailer Dealers Association says that with many companies downsizing or even closing it’s a difficult time for people to spare the time and expense of attending a convention.

Wintry Weather Slams Plains Wheat; Will the Crop Recover? -- Another spring, another season of winter wheat crop-threatening cold temperatures and wintry precipitation. That's been the case for a lot of wheat farmers from the Dakotas to the southern Plains, where tough weather conditions continue to pressure the crop that's in the process of coming out of dormancy.

FEMA - The history of Government Internment camps in America (before FEMA) -- The War Relocation Authority is alive and well. Rendition is being practiced by Obama despite his campaign promises to end it. Guantanamo is not going to close. The following is a list of camps and prisons used for holding both foreigners living in America and citizens who would not fight in the war.

FEMA taking back its hurricane trailers -- Katrina and Rita victims have to vacate housing units by May 1.

Look out! Here comes a new sweetener called Advantame -- A new and as yet unknown biochemical threat.

Gutsy Germs Succumb To Baby Broccoli -- A small, pilot study in 50 people in Japan suggests that eating two and a half ounces of broccoli sprouts daily for two months may confer some protection against a rampant stomach bug that causes gastritis, ulcers and even stomach cancer.

1934 Depression era cartoon-look familiar?

Diseases 'hurting chocolate crop' -- Scientists are warning of a possible chocolate shortage as disease ravages cocoa crops across the world.

Lone Cattleman Develops Web Site to Oppose NAIS -- As the controversy of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) continues to divide the livestock industry, one man is leading a campaign against the program by not only writing letters to congressmen, but also by starting up a Web site and contributing articles he has written.

Oh so stupid news -- Can Government Scientists Save the Planet by Nuking Yellowstone National Park to Halt Global Warming?

HPV Vaccine Batch Makes Girls Sick; Emergency Recall Results -- The Health Ministry of Spain has ordered an emergency recall of a batch of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil, manufactured by Merck and jointly marketed by Merck and Sanofi-Aventis.

Cities collapsing throughout US -- "Property abandonment is getting so bad in Flint that some in government are talking about an extreme measure that was once unthinkable -- shutting down portions of the city, officially abandoning them and cutting off police and fire service.

AP Newsbreak: Obama looks at climate engineering -- The president's new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air.

Credit card companies shut down 8 million credit card accounts in February -- All the while accepting more Bailout Credit Cards from the U.S. Treasury. 400 Million Credit Card Accounts still open.

It's Not a Flying Car — It's a Driveable Airplane -- A Boston startup is confounding naysayers with a plane that combines the ease of driving with the thrill of flying, and it could shake up the industry by ushering in a new wave of recreational aviation.

A backdoor RealID card -- Lowell Rogers has been an engineer on a brownwater tugboat for 23 years. He loves his work, and his employer likes the way Lowell does his job. But starting April 2009, thanks to the Maritime Safety Act, Lowell's employer will have to assume he's a potential terrorist, unless he has a Transportation Worker Identification Credential -- a TWIC card.

Louisiana: Public Slams Traffic Cameras in Referendum -- More than 85 percent of Sulphur, Louisiana residents vote to reject photo enforcement in a special election.

Elizabeth Nelson: What really happened to Flight 93 Interview transcript

Filling the skies with robot assassins-the drone wars have begun -- Hunter-killer drones armed with Hellfire missiles are patrolling the Pentagon's expanding global battlefields: It's a scene right out of Terminator.

Inside Moldova's Twitter Revolution -- Aided by social networking tools like Twitter, LiveJournal and Facebook, demonstrators in the former-Soviet republic of Moldova are gearing for another round of protests. Just yesterday, activists seized the president's office and the country's parliament -- only to have the government take the buildings back. More crowds, however, are converging on the main square. And they are Tweeting, posting, and uploading.

Today in History April 8, 2009

1789 - The U.S. House of Representatives held its first meeting.
1832 - About 300 American troops of the 6th Infantry left Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, to confront the Sauk Indians in the Black Hawk War.
1834 - In New York City, Cornelius Lawrence became the first mayor to be elected by popular vote in a city election.
1873 - Alfred Paraf patented the first successful oleomargarine.
1913 - The Seventeenth amendment was ratified, requiring direct election of senators.
1935 - The Works Progress Administration was approved by the U.S. Congress.
1946 - The League of Nations assembled in Geneva for the last time.
1952 - U.S. President Truman seized steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
1985 - India filed suit against Union Carbide for the Bhopal disaster.

A Thought For The Day from Mike Tawse (in UK) -- Humility does not mean denying one’s talents. It requires recognition that talents are gifts, not entirely of one’s own creation. Read More...

The Free-Versus-Paid Debate for Online Web News Heats Up -- Publishers like Hearst Newspapers, The New York Times and Time Inc. are drawing up plans for possible Internet fees.

Why Are Army Recruiters Killing Themselves? -- Last year alone, the number of recruiters who killed themselves was triple the overall Army rate. Like posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, recruiter suicides are a hidden cost of the nation's wars. Because station commanders and their bosses are rated on how well their subordinates recruit, there is a strong incentive to cut corners to bring in enlistees. Read More...

YouTube: Dobbs Concludes Corrupt U.S. Gov't Allows Drugs In -- Last night Lou Dobbs agreed with the President of Mexico that drugs are flowing into the United States because our government permits it. President Calderon said U.S. corruption permitted drug imports. "If there is traffic in the United States, it is because there is some corruption in the United States," Calderon said. Dobbs agreed....

YouTube: Michael Savage: Expect a Staged Terrorist Attack Soon !!!!!!!!

Gunfire erupts at California religious retreat -- One person was killed and three others were wounded during a shooting at a religious retreat Tuesday at a remote campground in southern California. The retreat was for a Korean group, Gutierrez said. Police thought the shooter was one of the people injured, he added. Those wounded were in critical condition.

Many Recent Shooters Had Legal Gun Permits -- Licensed to kill? Nearly every gunman in recent mass shootings had weapons permits. Related article: Gun Permits: What The Latest Mass Killings Have In Common

Mother With History of Mental Illness Kills Son, Herself At Gun Range -- The incident took place at the Shoot Straight shooting range in Casselberry, FL on Monday afternoon. Casselberry Police Lt. Dennis Stewart said: "Nobody knows why. There was no argument or anything before."

52 Dead in Mass Shootings in the Last Month: What Has America Become? -- A report by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning, America Monday asked the following question: "What is going on with the gun rampages in America?"

Growing threat from cyber attacks says US general -- Cyber attacks pose an increasingly serious and costly threat to US government and commercial networks, a US general warned on Tuesday.

Millions spent defending Pentagon computers from attack -- The U.S. military has spent at least $100 million defending its computer network from and responding to cyberattacks, according to a top official responsible for network security. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has highlighted the need to increase personnel involved in cybersecurity. The money was spent over the last six months responding to incidents that affected the Pentagon's networks, according to Brig. Gen. John Davis of the U.S. Strategic Command, which is responsible for military cybersecurity.

Water Supplies in a Pandemic -- Obviously, there are lots of concerns about how people might contract ordinary flu and other diseases. Let me discuss a transmission route that is LIKELY to occur in the event of a pandemic: namely the public water supply systems. What every person needs to know: how to protect yourself in a pandemic!

MO highway landing ends cross-Canadian-U.S. flight, security scare -- A 31-year-old Turkish man reportedly stole a Cessna 172 single-engine plane from a Canadian flight school on Monday. He spent about six hours flying before landing on a rural highway and being taken into custody in southern Missouri.

Bird flu vaccine may be scarce in pandemic -- States will get to decide how to ration scarce vaccine if bird flu triggers a worldwide epidemic, the nation's health secretary said Tuesday — a decision that means where people live could determine their protection.

Hyperactivity drug 'could help solve Britain's obesity crisis' -- Drugs used to treat hyperactive children, such as Ritalin, could be used to help solve Britain's obesity crisis as new research has shown one in three severely obese adults who fail to lose weight have undiagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Communities print their own currency to keep cash flowing -- A small but growing number of cash-strapped communities are printing their own money. Borrowing from a Depression-era idea, they are aiming to help consumers make ends meet and support struggling local businesses. In Detroit, three downtown businesses have created a local currency, or scrip, to keep dollars earned locally in the community.

Marijuana Ingredient Retards Cancer Growth says Study -- A study by Complutense University in Madrid has discovered that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, may retard cancer growth and reduce the size of tumors.

Ginger, Turmeric, Neem Declared "Hazardous" in Thailand After Chemical Companies Try to Protect Pesticide Profits -- The government of Thailand has classified 13 plants - traditionally used as herbal medicines and natural pesticides - as "hazardous substances," causing outrage among farmers and advocates of traditional medicine.

Plans for Mass Graves Confirmed: Government Surveying Cemetery Readiness for Flu Outbreak -- The State of New York Division of Cemeteries has sent out “Mass Fatality forms” to cemeteries in that state to collect data about their ability to deal with the high volume of casualties that would occur if their were a flu pandemic or other disaster. The form letter that this office received was dated April 4, 2007, so clearly preparation for such disasters has been ongoing for some time.

FBI shuts down another internet provider in Dallas -- Apparently 3 IP s have been shut down in the last month in Dallas.

Analyst warns eligibility could become flashpoint -- A security analyst who provides intelligence information to a wide range of law enforcement, private corporation and security interests has written in a publicly released "white paper" that the issue of Barack Obama's eligibility to be president could become a "flashpoint" in the United States.

Purdue, Rutgers to Lead $30 M U.S. Homeland Security Research Center -- Purdue and Rutgers universities will co-lead an international research and education group in a six-year, $30 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security center to create methods and tools to analyze and manage information for all mission areas of homeland security.

Laser Printers Emit Toxic Micro Dust -- A new study from researchers at the Queensland Institute of Technology has shed some light on exactly what factors lead laser printers to emit toxic particles into the air, making them the single most polluting piece of equipment in the typical office.

Private Roads, Public costs -- The facts about toll road privatization & how to protect the public report (This is a pdf file)

The Real Monsanto -- The Global Food Security Act Bill # S.384 -- Read all about the Senate Bill #384.

Japan: 10 raccoons discovered with bird flu antibodies -- Ten wild raccoons have been found with signs of previous H5N1 bird flu infections, according to a joint study by Tokyo University and Yamaguchi University. This is the first time mammals in this country have been found with bird flu virus antibodies, which develop as a result of infection. Before the discovery, only birds had been found with bird flu antibodies.

Did the First Lady Break Protocol by touching the Queen? -- The rules are set in stone, and so the eagerly watching British media sputtered when the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, briefly put her hand on the back of Queen Elizabeth II as the two chatted at a reception.

President Obama Landed in Baghdad for Surprise Visit to Troops -- President Obama made a surprise detour on his way home for his European trip, stopping in Baghdad today to consult with Iraqi officials. During the president's stopover he will also meet with U.S. troops at Camp Victory, the sprawling American camping that is a short car drive from Baghdad airport.

Today in History April 7, 2009
1712 - A slave revolt broke out in New York City.
1798 - The territory of Mississippi was organized.
1864 - The first camel race in America was held in Sacramento, California.
1922 - U.S. Secretary of Interior leased Teapot Dome naval oil reserves in Wyoming.
1927 - The first long-distance TV transmission was sent from Washington, DC, to New York City. The audience saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover.
1933 - Prohibition ended in the United States.
1948 - The United Nations' World Health Organization began operations. .
1953 - IBM unveiled the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. It was IBM's first commercially available scientific computer.
1971 - U.S. President Nixon pledged to withdraw 100,000 more men from Vietnam by December.
1980 - The U.S. broke diplomatic relations with Iran and imposed economic sanctions in response to the taking of hostages on November 4, 1979.
1988 - In Fort Smith, AR, 13 white supremacists were acquitted on charges for plotting to overthrow the U.S. federal government.
1989 - A Soviet submarine carrying nuclear weapons sank in the Norwegian Sea.
1990 - In the U.S., John Poindexter was found guilty of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. The convictions were later reversed on appeal.

ICRC: A confidential report by the International Committee of the Red Cross says that US personnel, including medical officers, engaged in torture.

Get ready for the anti-Tea Party sabotage and smear campaign -- Only nine days away from the nationwide Tax Day Tea Party protest.

Once-in-a-Century Heat wave Kills 374 in Australia -- The figures showed the elderly were particularly vulnerable as temperatures soared as high as 45.1 degrees Celsius (113.2 Fahrenheit), resulting in power blackouts and a spike in emergency hospital admissions.

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Hemp Bill Introduced In Congress -- A bipartisan group of agitating members of Congress introduced legislation Thursday to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp.

Top 5 Financially Happy States -- Nebraska Tops the List, While Oregon's High Unemployment Brings Up the Rear.

US Mint Reports Highest Monthly Silver Bullion Sales Since 1986 -- The US Mint recorded the highest monthly silver bullion sales since December 1986, which was the second month the silver bullion coins were offered.

FBI Raids Dallas, Texas ISP Center -- U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have raided a Dallas ISP, knocking the company and almost 50 of its clients offline.

Poland: Bird flu vaccine tested on 200 people without their knowledge -- Nine health workers went on trial in northern Poland Monday accused of having tested a vaccine against bird flu on nearly 200 patients without their knowledge, court officials said.

Gulf War Veterans lives at stake -- Call to action - PLEASE HELP NOW!! Start calling the White House (202-456-1414) to leave a message for Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel urging him to include $25 million in the DoD 2010 budget for the Gulf War Illness treatments research program of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

Should Obama Control the Internet? -- A new bill would give the President emergency authority to halt web traffic and access private data. The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (PDF) gives the president the ability to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" and shut down or limit Internet traffic in any "critical" information network "in the interest of national security." The bill does not define a critical information network or a cybersecurity emergency. That definition would be left to the president.

AP cuts newspaper rates, moves to protect web news -- The Associated Press unveiled rate cuts on Monday to help member newspapers reeling from declining advertising revenue and said it would sue websites that use its members' articles without permission.

Italy earthquake: 40 dead and 50,000 homeless -- Several towns in central Italy have been shaken by a strong earthquake that has killed at least 40 people, including five children, and left up to 50,000 people homeless.

Italy muzzled scientist who foresaw quake -- An Italian scientist predicted a major earthquake around L'Aquila weeks before disaster struck the city on Monday, killing dozens of people, but was reported to authorities for spreading panic among the population.

LoJack for People? -- Now Alzheimer's Patients to be Tracked, Too.

Flu pandemic training in Akron Ohio April 29 -- FEMA looking for 200 volunteers to participate.

Homelessness up as families on the edge lose hold -- Cities and counties are reporting a sharp increase in homeless families as the economic crisis leads to job loss and makes housing unaffordable.

White paper discussion on Obama's eligibility -- This report states: “if Mr Obama fights unsealing his documentation…there will be civil unrest unleashed on the streets”

CT Scans Raise Cancer Risk -- A new study just published in the April issue of the medical journal Radiology has a sobering conclusion for anyone who thinks "non-invasive" CT scans are simply pain-free, high tech medical marvels with no downside. The research shows that people who undergo numerous computed tomography (CT) scans over their lifetime may be at a significantly increased risk of cancer.

Iraqi babies for sale -- People trafficking crisis grows as gangs exploit poor families and corrupt system• At least 150 children a year sold for £200 to £4,000.

Tea prices are surging -- Your cup of tea may be about to get more expensive.

Lilies Deadly to Cats, Veterinarians Warn -- Lilies, a floral reminder that winter has passed, frequently appear in homes during spring holidays as potted plants or cut flowers. But for cats, many lilies can be as lethal as they are lovely.

DARPA wants 'clandestine' 3D building-interior mapping kit -- Pentagon bizarro-tech chiefs have issued a requirement for mysterious sensor systems which would be able to peer through concrete walls to produce a complete internal picture of a building. US Forces would use such kit for "overseas urban building interior awareness".

VIDEO: Governments -- The American form of government. GOOD VIDEO!!

The Financial War Against Iceland -- Being defeated by debt is as deadly as outright military warfare.

Today in History April 6, 2009
1789 - The first U.S. Congress began regular sessions at the Federal Hall in New York City.
1830 - Joseph Smith and five others organized the Mormon Church in Seneca, NY.
1830 - Relations between the Texans and Mexico reached a new low when Mexico would not allow further emigration into Texas by settlers from the U.S.
1875 - Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the multiple telegraph, which sent two signals at the same time.
1896 - The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.
1909 - Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson claimed to be the first men to reach the North Pole.
1916 - Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation for $675,000 a year. He was 26
years old.
1917 - The U.S. Congress approved a declaration of war on Germany and entered World War I on the Allied side. ."
1965 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson authorized the use of ground troops in combat operations in Vietnam.
1988 - Mathew Henson was awarded honors in Arlington National Cemetery. Henson had discovered the North Pole with Robert Peary.
1998 - Citicorp and Travelers Group announced that they would be merging. The new creation was the largest financial-services conglomerate in the world. The
name would become Citigroup.
1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 9,000 points for the first time.

YouTube: Kucinich on Fox 04/04/09 -- More big bonuses given....this time Merrill Lynch!

YouTube: Peter Schiff: China Rising 4/2/09 - CBS Evening News

FedEx Cuts 1,000 Jobs in $1 Billion Savings Plan -- FedEx Corp. will cut 1,000 jobs under a plan to save $1 billion in costs, Bloomberg reported Friday.

Mass protest in Rome over financial crisis -- Several hundred thousand workers, pensioners, immigrants and students filled a Rome park on Saturday in protest at the Italian government's handling of the financial crisis.

Brasscheck TV: Judge Napolitano interviews Ron Paul Suppoter Detained by TSA for carrying cash

Barack Obama Maintains Control Over Banks By Refusing to Accept Repayment of TARP Money -- It is not for nothing that rage has been turned on those wicked financiers. The banks are at the core of the administration's thrust: By managing the money, government can steer the whole economy even more firmly down the left fork in the road.

Corn is Making the U.S. Unhealthy -- Rates of chronic diseases like cancer and Type 2 diabetes are much higher today than they were in 1900. Type 2 diabetes is a $100 billion a year consequence of, among other things, obesity related to a corn-based diet. Four of the top 10 causes of American deaths -- coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer – have well-established links to diet as well.

China milk scandal sends two to death row -- A Chinese court finds two men guilty of endangering public safety by selling and producing tainted milk products, sentencing them to death.

YouTube: RON PAUL - Audit the Federal Reserve!!! - HR 1207 -- Encourage your representative to support HR 1207 - the Federal Reserve Transparency Act. The Fed is a private institution and is therefore not subject to normal Governmental Freedom of Information requests, as Bloomberg recently found out.

H.R. 875: If Approved Pet Owners Could be Left Completely Defenseless -- No Protection for Pet Food H.R. 875 Food Safety Modernization Act. If this bill is approved, pet food can easily and legally get far worse than it is today.

Should Obama control the internet -- A new bill would give the President emergency authority to halt web traffic and access private data.

Many killed as powerful earthquake rocks Italy -- A powerful earthquake struck a huge swathe of central Italy as residents slept on Monday morning, killing at least 27 people when houses, churches and other buildings collapsed, officials and news report said.

Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe -- Read the Abstract, Introduction and Conclusions of this important and carefully researched article.

Alarming Explosion of Mild H5N1 Toddler Cases in Egypt -- The second H5N1 confirmed toddler in Beheira this week raises concerns that these cases represent an ongoing H5N1 epidemic in Egypt.

Perchlorate Chemicals Found in 100% of Tested Infant Formula Products -- The CDC has conducted a study of infant formula products sold in the United States and shockingly found they were all contaminated with rocket fuel chemicals!

Bottled water found contaminated with disinfectants, medications & fertilizers -- Bottled water across the country contains a wide variety of toxic substances, according to laboratory tests conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

South African GMO crop failure highlights dangers of food supply domination -- Worry is building over the effects of the Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2009, otherwise known as HR 875. This is the bill currently working its way through Congress that would effectively hand over control of America's food supply to such a nefarious giant as Monsanto and its lesser counterparts such as Tyson and Cargill.

Threat to shut Boston Globe shows no paper is safe -- When it bought the Boston Globe for a record $1.1 billion in 1993, the New York Times Co. added one of the nation's most acclaimed and profitable newspapers to its empire. But analysts say the 137-year-old Globe has been a money-loser in recent years, and the Times, now $1.1 billion in debt, is threatening to shut down Boston's pre-eminent paper unless it gets $20 million in union concessions.

War On The Citizens Of Oakland -- "Defense lawyers for BART police officers involved in the Jan. 1 shooting death of an unarmed patron deny their clients had any intent to kill, according to court papers filed Friday.

3 officers killed in Pittsburgh shooting -- Pittsburgh police say a man wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire on officers during a domestic disturbance call, killing three of them. Friends say the gunman recently had been upset about losing his job and that he feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

Police: Dad killed kids because wife was leaving -- A man who fatally shot his five children and killed himself had just discovered his wife was leaving him for another man, authorities said Sunday.

Binghamton, Ny - 14 killed -- For the third time this week innocent people have died at the hands of gunmen. The latest incident happened in Binghamton, NY where a gunman - later identified as Jiverly Voong, 42, also known as Linh Phat Voong - killed 13 people and seriously injured 4 others before turning his gun on himself. 37 people who were also in the building at the time of the shootings were evacuated safely afterward.

Free energy device seized from inventor

Today in History April 3, 2009
1776 - Harvard College conferred the first honorary Doctor of Laws degree to George Washington.
1829 - James Carrington patented the coffee mill.
1860 - The Pony Express connected St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half.
1862 - Slavery was abolished in Washington, DC.
1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed.
1933 - First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized "3.2" beer.
1948 - Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn Europe. It was $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated.
1993 - The Norman Rockwell Museum opened in Stockbridge, MA.
1996 - An Air Force jetliner carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown crashed in Croatia, killing all 35 people aboard. .
1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 9,000 for the first time.
2000 - The Nasdaq set a one-day record when it lost 349.15 points to close at 4,233.68.

YouTube: Beck: I was wrong - We're headed toward fascism, not socialism (also speaks about the mercury dime)

YouTube: Gerald Celente expect World Riots Ghost Malls and a Revolution in This Country

Federal grand jury indicts Rod Blagojevich -- Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich was indicted Thursday on charges of trying to auction off President Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat along with new corruption allegations that he tried to extort a congressman.

The World's First Purpose-Built Law Enforcement Vehicle is on the Way -- “We decided to find out exactly what law enforcement wanted in a vehicle,” said Alan Bratt, the executive vice president and chief production officer for Carbon Motors, a homeland security startup in Atlanta, Georgia, and the developer of the world's first purpose-built law enforcement vehicle, the Carbon E7. Note: integrated external and internal surveillance capabilities; radar; LoJack; an automatic license plate recognition system; radiation and biological threat detectors; and 360-degree, built-in LED emergency lighting.

G-20 Makes Six Pledges Toward New World Order -- In a press conference after the plenary session the British PM Gordon Brown read the communique of the G-20 leaders where the heads of the states have agreed to make six pledges to improve the world economy and emerge a "new world order."

Curcumin: An Ancient Gift For Modern Health by Mike Tawse -- "I have been writing about Curcumin98, since February 2006. The astonishing effect it has had upon my eyesight continues to be among the most joyous gifts of My Serrapeptase Adventure, and my continuing journey towards good, and improving, health."

Police teargas hundreds of anti-NATO protestors -- Police clashed with hundreds of protestors on the eve of a NATO summit in Strasbourg Thursday, firing tear gas at the crowd to stop them entering the city centre, an AFP correspondent said.

Obama admits: Attack on US soil likely -- President Barack Obama admits that al-Qaeda network is planning fresh raids on the United States from the militants' safe havens in Pakistan.

The Soft Panic of 2009 Has Just Begun -- Good article about Commercial Real Estate (CRE), commenting on how that market is going to be affected by this economy. (Thanks Jimm)!!

One in ten Americans getting food stamps -- A record 32.2 million people -- one in every 10 Americans -- received food stamps at the latest count, the government said on Thursday, a reflection of the recession now in its 16th month.

U.S. private sector axes 742,000 jobs in March -- Job losses in the U.S. private sector accelerated in March, more than economists' expectations, according to a report by ADP Employer Services on Wednesday.

German family claim asylum in US over home schooling -- A German family is to seek political asylum in the US claiming they have been persecuted in their homeland for wanting to teach their children at home in accordance with their evangelical Christian beliefs.

The vanishing shopping mall -- Enclosed shopping centers, long the cathedrals of American consumerism, are closing their doors by the hundreds as the recession continues to clobber retail sales. Is America’s love affair with the mall over?

A hot solution to bean sprout safety -- Bacterial infection of mung bean seeds can cause outbreaks of food poisoning when the sprouts are eaten. Now research by a microbiologist from Nottingham University, UK has shown ways of disinfecting the bean seeds using natural methods and which do not prevent the beans from sprouting. Read More...

Where taxes are headed -- Obama and lawmakers aim to raise revenue and simplify the system. How much they'll get done is far from clear. But they're planting seeds.

Frustrated flyers -- There was a time when airline travel was a special treat, the kind of occasion that inspired passengers to
dress up. Now, the awe people once felt about flying through the clouds is tempered by additional fees, cramped seats and horrifying tales of fellow travelers.

Suspicious Envelope Sent To Shea-Porter's Office -- Police Determine Substance Inside Envelope Was Green Tea!

Huge Danish police deployment set for climate summit -- More than half of Denmark's police force will be deployed to ensure security at a major international climate conference in Copenhagen in December, police said Monday.

Detroit retiree, 69, supplements his income by living off the land -- Where one man sees a vacant lot, Beasley sees a buffet. "Starvation is cheap," he says as he prepares an afternoon lunch of barbecue coon and red pop at his west side home.

The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S. -- While 90 percent of the guns traced to the U.S. actually originated in the United States, the percent traced to the U.S. is only about 17 percent of the total number of guns reaching Mexico.

Mobile phone calls on planes make slow take off in Europe -- A year after they were authorized, the use of mobile phones aboard planes remains very limited in Europe, with only 27 planes equipped to allow them, the European Commission said Thursday.

China says no cover-up in disease outbreak -- China's health minister Wednesday brushed off reports that officials had tried to cover up an outbreak of a highly contagious illness, but admitted problems exist in systems for reporting health threats.

Profiting from the Slaughter of Innocents in Iraq -- The Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT), a Canadian anti-war network based in Ottawa, has published a detailed report exposing Canadian corporate complicity in the Iraq War. This COAT report highlights Canadian war industry exports for 39 different varieties of war planes deployed in the invasion and occupation of Iraq since March 2003.

Today in History April 2, 2009
1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida. The next day he went ashore.
1792 - The U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act to regulate the coins of the United States. The act authorized $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle
gold coins & silver dollar, dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime to be minted.
1865 - Confederate President Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, VA.
1889 - Charles Hall patented aluminum.
1902 - The first motion picture theatre opened in Los Angeles with the name Electric Theatre.
1914 - The U.S. Federal Reserve Board announced plans to divide the country into 12 districts.
1917 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson presented a declaration of war against Germany to the U.S. Congress.
1951 - U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower assumed command of all allied forces in the Western Mediterranean area and Europe.
1963 - Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King began the first non-violent campaign in Birmingham, AL.
1987 - The speed limit on U.S. interstate highways was increased to 65 miles per hour in limited areas.
1989 - An editorial in the "New York Times" declared that the Cold War was over.

Obama's Massive Tobacco Tax Slams Middle Class -- One of President Barack Obama's campaign pledges on taxes went up in puffs of smoke Wednesday. The largest increase in tobacco taxes took effect despite Obama's promise not to raise taxes of any kind on families earning under $250,000 or individuals under $200,000.

Fears of fresh G20 violence after police are pelted with bottles as they try to save dying protester -- Police were braced for another day of violence in London today after officers were pelted with bottles as they tried to save a protester dying on the street.

G20 protesters storm RBS branch but Obama steals show -- Anti-capitalist protesters tried their best to upstage world leaders gathering for the G20 summit today, but could not stop Barack Obama stealing the show on his international debut.

Mexico's president given George Orwell's 1984 by the Queen -- At Buckingham Palace, Felipe Calderon was presented with a first edition of George Orwell's nightmarish book, which tells of a totalitarian regime and coined the concept Big Brother.

Agricultural chemical industry shudders at organic White House garden -- Here's an interesting twist in what appeared to be a piece of all-around good news: when officials at the Mid America Croplife Association discovered that the new White House kitchen garden was to be managed organically, they sent a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama asking her to consider managing the garden "conventionally."

Kroger adds mayonnaise to recall -- First Private Selection shelled pistachios recalled now Kroger is recalling Kroger Lite Mayo in 32-ounce plastic jars with a sell-by date of Sept. 25, 2009, and a UPC code of 11110 66090. That product also could be contaminated with salmonella, the company said in a news release.

Flu epidemic in Pacific atoll group raises concerns -- A small group of New Zealand health officials are on their way to Tokelau to help the tiny island nation cope with its worst health crisis in 30 years. About 10 per cent of the 1,500 people living there are reporting flu-like symptoms.

It's official: there is no state left in the United States that is not in a recession -- One would have to look back as far as 1982 to find a similarly grim and widespread set of economic conditions. Even then, seven states escaped the downturn. Take a look at a graphic representation of the state of the States, courtesy of Marketwatch.

ABC News/Washington Post Poll: 63 Percent Cutting Back on Spending -- Sixteen months into the worst recession in at least a generation, six in 10 Americans are under economic stress, a third call it serious stress -- and cutbacks are raging, from restaurant meals to charitable giving, family vacations to spending on the kids.

Flint Michigan government considers abandoning parts of city, cutting off police & fire service -- Property abandonment is getting so bad in Flint that some in government are talking about an extreme measure that was once unthinkable -- shutting down portions of the city, officially abandoning them and cutting off police and fire service.

High Levels of Lead Found in Cameron, Missouri -- After a series of brain tumors in Cameron Missouri, several tests were done on the soil. The tests have confirmed that there are levels of potential concern.

Hooray for Heirloom Tomatoes!

Small earthquake hits near Lake Tahoe; second in three days

Guns, Gold, Secession -- "The Feds are engaged in a sweeping series of measures to take complete control of the financial system (which is forever destroyed) and selected business entities; ratchet up plans for perpetual war; socialize health care; further implant federalized education and criminalize homeschooling; grab guns and ammo; remove children from the homes of dissenters; commence race wars and class wars; force young adults into mandatory state service camps; send protesters to FEMA camps; and on and on and on."

War Pigs: Cost of a Global Empire -- "You know civilization is in danger when I find more wisdom in the words of Ozzy Osbourne than in the words of any elected U.S. official."

When Empires Fall -- No one rings a bell when an empire falls. No one sends out an alert when an empire decays. Most of the people who live in such nations continue to live their normal lives. They think that life will go on as before. Two thousand years ago, Romans numbed their minds by watching circuses and gladiators. Today, Americans numb their minds by watching sports, "Dancing With The Stars," and "American Idol." Only the external appearances differ. The fundamentals are the same. Is America asleep? I fear it to be so.

Monsanto GM-corn harvest fails massively in South Africa -- South African farmers suffered millions of dollars in lost income when 82,000 hectares of genetically-manipulated corn (maize) failed to produce hardly any seeds. The plants look lush and healthy from the outside. Monsanto has offered compensation.

NYPD seeks to expand surveillance cameras, license plate readers -- If New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has his way, surveillance cameras will blanket the entire midtown area of New York City.

JAMA's Hush-Up -- Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) - Muzzling whistleblowers might help JAMA control its image -- but it's a disservice to the public. Read More for details...

Psychiatric Hospital Operates Like Prison, with Sex Abuse and Violent Assaults -- federal Justice Department investigation has concluded that the psychiatric ward of Brooklyn's Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) has been a place where patients are regularly abused by staff and other patients, and where treatment needs are ignored in favor of restraint and control.

U.S. Weighs Putting 70,000 Troops In Afghanistan -- President Barack Obama is weighing whether to deploy 10,000 more troops to Afghanistan but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are questioning an increased commitment and seeking specific measures of progress against the deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan
and Pakistan.

Today in History April 1, 2009

1621 - The Plymouth, MA, colonists created the first treaty with Native Americans.
1778 - Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, created the "$" symbol.
1789 - The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City. Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House
1826 - Samuel Mory patented the internal combustion engine.
1863 - The first wartime conscription law goes into effect in the U.S. .
1889 - The first dishwashing machine was marketed (in Chicago).
1927 - The first automatic record changer was introduced by His Master's Voice.
1934 - Bonnie & Clyde killed 2 police officers.
1935 - The first radio tube to be made of metal was announced.
1938 - The first commercially successful fluorescent lamps were introduced.
1971 - The United Kingdom lifted all restrictions on gold ownership.
1973 - Japan allowed its citizens to own gold.
1982 - The U.S. transferred the Canal Zone to Panama.

Walgreens giving free care to jobless and uninsured -- Drugstore operator Walgreens will offer free clinic visits to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year, providing tests and routine treatment for minor ailments through its walk-in clinics — though patients will still pay for prescriptions.

92,000 Acres Sold in Adirondacks, With Protection Pledge -- The Nature Conservancy has sold 92,000 acres of forest in the Adirondacks to a Danish pension fund as part of a long-term strategy to protect the land from development. The pension fund, ATP, paid $32.8 million for the acreage.

US soldier gets 35 years in deaths of 4 Iraqis -- A U.S. soldier convicted of murder in the execution-style slayings of four blindfolded Iraqis apologized for shooting one of them in the back of the head, but said he acted out of concern for his fellow troops.

Weapon Cost Overruns: From Bad to Worse -- A report by the Government Accountability Office last year stirred up a scandal of sorts as it meticulously documented that the Pentagon’s 95 largest weapon systems were nearly $300 billion over budget.

US moves warships into position for North Korean missile -- The US and Japan yesterday deployed anti-missile batteries on land and sea to shoot down possible debris from an intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea is expected to test in the next few days.

Manufacturing Probably Shrank as U.S. Slump Hit 70-Year Record -- The recession that began in December 2007 will probably continue until at least late this year, according to Federal Reserve projections. With sales tumbling at manufacturers from General Motors Corp. to Ingersoll-Rand Co. to steelmaker Nucor Corp., an industrial rebound is also unlikely for months, analysts said.

Federal Pension Insurer Shifted to Stocks Last Year -- Just months before the start of last year’s stock market collapse, the federal agency that insures the retirement funds of 44 million Americans departed from its conservative investment strategy and decided to put much of its $64 billion insurance fund into stocks.

Montana Legislature Votes to Ban Red Light Cameras -- The Montana state Senate yesterday gave preliminary approval to legislation that would ban the installation of red light cameras. The Senate voted 37-13 in support of the bill which must face one more vote before the modified legislation heads back to the state House for its consent.

Republicans Disinvite Palin From Major Fundraiser, Trash Her In Private -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is out, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is in as keynote speaker at a Republican dinner this spring. Palin, the party's 2008 nominee for vice president, had been slated to address the annual Senate-House Dinner in Washington on June 8. The dinner, sponsored by the House and Senate Republican campaign committees, is one of the GOP's biggest fundraisers.

Newt Gingrich: A Single Nuke Could Destroy America -- Learn how to protect yourself from a nuclear or EMP attack – they ARE survivable!

Critics oppose Border Patrol herbicide plan -- Critics are protesting a Border Patrol plan to poison vegetation along a 1.1-mile stretch of the Rio Grande riverbank to eliminate dense foliage used as hiding places by illegal immigrants and smugglers. Some opponents of the action compare it to the Vietnam War-era Agent Orange chemical spraying program.

Giving Gardening a Whirl -- More people than ever are trying their hand at homegrown vegetables!

'Ontario residents only' at Tent City -- Tent City residents gather as the city of Ontario starts the process of sorting out who may stay and who must leave. The city issued wristbands – blue for Ontario residents, who may stay, orange for people who need to provide more documentation, and white for those who must  leave.

Ahead of G20 summit, council told to switch off illegal £15m CCTV network -- The security operation at this week's G20 summit was thrown into chaos last night when it emerged that the entire network of central London's wireless CCTV cameras will have to be turned off because of a legal ruling.

Vitamin A and Arsenic Effectively Treat Leukemia, Also Vitamin C -- Doctors appear to have safely and successfully treated patients with cancer of the blood and bone marrow with a combination of arsenic and vitamin A, according to long-term study in China. In an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the doctors said they prescribed the regimen to 85 patients and monitored them for an average of 70 months.

Interview with Dr Sherry Tenpenny on vaccines -- Dr. Sherry Tenpenny speaks out against the dangers of vaccines in an exclusive audio interview.

Legislation Introduced to Curtail Patriot Act Abuse -- New Legislation Will Rein in Overbroad National Security Letter Power.

FDA Official Says Production Error Probably Contaminated Pistachios -- A basic error on the production lines of a California processing plant is thought to have contaminated its pistachios with salmonella, a top federal food safety official said yesterday.

Federal Plan to Aid Small Businesses Is Flawed, Lenders Say -- The conditions attached to the program, which require these financial firms to surrender ownership stakes to the government and limit executive pay, are so off-putting that these companies say they will not participate.

CFR Unveils Global Governance Agenda -- The Council on Foreign Relations, often described as the "real state department", has launched an initiative to promote and implement a system of effective world governance. The program is titled "The International Institutions and Global Governance Program."

Top Constitutional Scholar: Secret Bush Memos Reveal Plan For "Massive Military Takeover Of US" -- A top constitutional scholar has said that recently released Justice Department memos prove that nefarious elements within the Bush Administration were planning a massive military takeover of the country and that the documents should be used to bring charges of treason.

Out, Monsanto! No GMOs in National Wildlife Refuge, Says Federal Judge -- In what could be a huge blow to Monsanto and a boon for small farms, a federal judge issued a ruling in Missouri stating that the US Fish and Wildlife shouldn't have allowed genetically modified crops on a national wildlife refuge.

Irradiated Foods Cause Severe Neurological Damage -- In a study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) report on cats developing severe neurological symptoms due to a degradation of myelin, the fatty insulator of nerve fibers called axons. Read More...

Free speech shakedown -- "On Jan. 11, 2008, I was summoned to a 90-minute government interrogation. My crime? As the publisher of Western Standard magazine, I had reprinted Danish cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad to illustrate a news story."

A NEW GLOBAL CURRENCY By Paul Proctor -- "It was reported recently that two of the world’s superpowers, Russia and China, have called for a new global currency. I believe they’re doing this because they know that the U.S. is printing huge amounts of dollars right now to pay on its own massive debts – debts that other countries, like China, have been financing for years by purchasing U.S. Treasury Bonds."

Fears that airport scanner pictures could be posted on Internet etc. -- There are new fears that images of what's underneath the clothing of airline passengers could be circulated on the Internet.

Stupid news? - Mannequin Sparks Bomb Scare In Kenmore Square -- Kenmore Square is back open to traffic on Tuesday after a mannequin found locked to the front door of a Bank of America sparked a bomb scare.

Could Indigenous chickens stop bird flu? -- The Good news is that cross breeding with indigenous chickens could help stop the threat of bird flu in certain regions. Now read the bad news...



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