Today in History Friday April
1789 - George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.
1803 - The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15
1812 - Louisiana admitted as the 18th U.S. state.
1864 - Work began on the Dams along the Red River. The work would allow
Union General Nathaniel Banks' troops to sail over the rapids above
1889 - George Washington's inauguration became the first U.S. national
1900 - Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory.
1930 - The Soviet Union proposed a military alliance with France and
1939 - The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put
into service. The train car was known as the "General Pershing Zephyr."
1943 - The British submarine HMS Seraph dropped 'the man who never was,'
a dead man the British planted with false invasion plans, into the
Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.
1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been
married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
1945 - Arthur Godfrey began his CBS radio morning show "Arthur Godfrey
Time." It ran until this day in 1972.
1947 - The name of Boulder Dam, in Nevada, was changed back to Hoover
1953 - The British West Indian colonies agreed on the formation of the
British Caribbean Federation that would eventually become a
self-governing unit in the British Commonwealth.
1964 - The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive
both VHF and UHF channels.
1968 - U.S. Marines attacked a division of North Vietnamese in the
village of Dai Do.
1970 - U.S. troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army
base areas. The announcement by U.S. President Nixon led to widespread
1972 - The North Vietnamese launched an invasion of the South.
1973 - U.S. President Nixon announced resignation of Haldeman,
Ehrlichman, and other top aides.
1975 - Communists North Vietnamese troops entered the Independence
Palace of South Vietnam in Saigon. 11 Marines lifted off of the U.S.
Embassy were the last soldiers to evacuate.
1980 - Terrorists seized the Iranian Embassy in London.
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.
1998 - NATO was expanded to include Poland, Hungary and the Czech
Republic. The three nations were formally admitted the following April
at NATO's 50th anniversary summit.
1998 - United and Delta airlines announced their alliance that would
give them control of 1/3 of all U.S. passenger seats.
1998 - In the U.S., Federal regulators fined a contractor $2.25 million
for improper handling of oxygen canisters on ValuJet that crashed in the
Florida Everglades in 1996.
2001 - Chandra Levy was last seen in Washington, DC. Her remains were
found in Rock Creek Park on May 22, 2002. California Congressman Gary
Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.
2002 - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was overwhelmingly approved
for another five years as president.
Riot police shield Obama from tea-party grandmas -- When hundreds of
tea-party protesters – including many elderly women – gathered outside a
civic center where President Obama was giving a public speech Wednesday,
they were surprised to be greeted by police dispatched in full riot
gear. Snipers carefully scrutinized grandmothers singing "God Bless
20 Things You Will Need To Survive When The Economy Collapses And The
Next Great Depression Begins -- Are you prepared? The following is a
list of 20 things you and your family will need to survive when the
economy totally collapses and the next Great Depression begins. Read
Want to get rich? Work for feds -- Data compiled by the Commerce
Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis reveals the extent of the pay
gap between federal and private workers. As of 2008, the average federal
salary was $119,982, compared with $59,909 for the average private
Arizona Immigration Law Hit With Its First 3 Lawsuits -- The first
three lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's new
illegal immigration law were filed in federal court today, and another
group is promising theirs will come soon.
US Army Trains to Take On Tea Party -- In short, the military was
training in Kentucky to take on mythical militias — no word if they were
of the FBI-created variety — and remarkably the non-violent Tea Party
Debtorboards teaches consumers how to protect against debt collector
harassment -- Debtorboard.com is a website that is teaching
consumers how to protect themselves against the harassment that comes
along with the endless phone calls from debt collectors. Consumers are
flocking to Debtorboards to find information on debt collection laws.
(NOTE: If the website is down, keep checking back).
* Related Article:
Supreme Court decision helps debtors fight collectors
The Daily Bell: Gold Shines Brightly -- Where we may differ from
Sprott is on how to handle the purchase of gold. If price inflation
becomes severe and the price of gold continues to rocket upwards, we can
see that various nation-states will eye ways that they can control both
the price of gold and the physical metal itself. Is outright
confiscation a possibility? Even months ago, we would have predicted
confiscation was not a likely measure. But in the past year, Western
economies and their leaders have shown an astonishing level of mendacity
and desperation. We wouldn't put anything past the Western bureaucracy
at this moment in time.
$2,100 Target for Gold as Recognition Move Approaches -- Since early
2009 we've written about the super-bullish long-term cup and handle
pattern in Gold. It dates back to 1980 and has a logarithmic target of
about $2,100. We noted that previous cup and handle patterns in Gold all
reached their logarithmic target1. We expect that this move to $2,100
will be the recognition move that awakens the masses to the Gold bull
market and the reality of severe inflation in the near future.
Oklahoma House Passes Bill Outlawing Militias and Gang Recruiting --
Recruiting membership in an unauthorized militia or the Ku Klux Klan
would be a crime if legislation approved Thursday by the House of
Representatives becomes law.
Census Mail Results Could Be Trouble for 5 States -- Five states —
New York, California, Texas, Arizona and Florida — are perilously close
to losing out on congressional seats because of lackluster participation
in the U.S. census.
Greek DIP Update: Bailout Loans to be Junior To Existing Claims --
In breaking all ties with reality, the IMF has decided that not only
will US taxpayer money be freely abused to rescue a profligate Greece,
but that money will be effectively junior to existing claims, in essence
making it some MC Escher DIP reverse DIP nightmare.
Parents Recount Flu Jab Nightmare -- More and more parents from
around the country are recounting horrific flu jab experiences amid
mounting controversy over adverse reactions to the seasonal flu vaccine.
CDC: Almost Half US Population Suffers From Serious Illness -- Stop
someone in any street in America and chances are you'll find a chronic
Goldman Sachs Adds to Its Ranks of Lobbyists -- But now, faced with
fraud charges, investigations, a firestorm of criticism and a regulatory
overhaul bill that could seriously damage its profitability, the
venerable Wall Street firm is assembling a team of veteran lobbyists,
well-connected former Hill staffers and top public relations strategists
to confront what is arguably the most traumatic moment in its 140-year
GOP Candidate's 'Microchip an Illegal' Comment Draws Outrage --
During a Republican forum in Tama County, 3rd District candidate Pat
Bertroche said police should catch illegal immigrants and document their
whereabouts with microchips, the Des Moines Register reported.
Three-Year-Old Arrested as Suspect Terrorist in France -- A
three-year-old was arrested as a suspected terrorist and held at a
French police station for more than two hours, it emerged today.
Want Some Cancer With That Burger? -- No one wants cancer served up
with their steak or hamburger. But that's just what you may be getting.
As NaturalNews has previously reported, numerous studies have linked
meat consumption with cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/024966_i...).
Now comes evidence from scientists at the University of Texas M. D.
Anderson Cancer Center that eating meat frequently, especially meat that
is well done or cooked at high temperatures, significantly raises the
risk of developing bladder cancer.
HRT Drugs Based on Medical Fraud -- Court documents unsealed as part
of a lawsuit against drug giant Pfizer reveal how drug companies used
deception and fear to manipulate women into taking dangerous hormone
replacement therapy (HRT) drugs.
Commercial Beef Really is Made Out of Chicken Feces -- A recent
investigation into industrialized agriculture feeding practices has
revealed some disturbing information of which many may not be aware.
Commercial animal husbandry practices often involve feeding livestock
mass amounts of animal waste, including chicken litter, which contains
chicken feces, bedding, feathers, and other unknown residue.
Drone Aircraft Are Patrolling US Cities -- Public Intelligence has
received several messages from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department requesting the removal of a Law Enforcement Sensitive
document which was published on March 25, 2010 regarding Nevada’s
“Silver Shield” infrastructure protection program.
Alabama Candidate Vows to Conduct Drivers Test Only in English -- As
if tension over immigration weren't high enough, Alabama gubernatorial
candidate Tim James just dialed up the volume on the debate with a new
ad declaring that, if elected, he will allow the state's driver's
license test to be conducted only in English.
VIDEO: Illegals Threaten to Murder Americans With Axes and Shovels
Dems' Plan to Control Your Land -- It's not enough that Barack Obama
and the Democrats want complete control of health care, the financial
system and the air above – now they are advancing a bill that will
control the land beneath our feet.
Today in History Thursday April
1813 - Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel.
1852 - The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.
1856 - A peace treaty was signed between England and Russia.
1858 - Austrian troops invaded Piedmont.
1861 - The Maryland House of Delegates voted against seceding from
1862 - New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
1879 - In Cleveland, OH, electric arc lights were used for the first
1916 - Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities in Dublin.
1918 - Germany's Western Front offensive ended in World War I.
1927 - Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis was completed for
1945 - The German Army in Italy surrendered unconditionally to the
1945 - In a bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were married.
Hitler designated Admiral Karl Doenitz his successor.
1945 - The Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated.
1946 - Twenty-eight former Japanese leaders were indicted in Tokyo as
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 recordings related to the
1975 - The U.S. embassy in Vietnam was evacuated as North Vietnamese
forces fought their way into Saigon.
1988 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev promised more religious freedom.
1990 - The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.
1992 - Exxon executive Sidney Reso was kidnapped outside his Morris
Township, NJ, home by Arthur Seale. Seale was a former Exxon security
official. Reso died while in captivity.
1992 - Rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles
policemen in the Rodney King beating trial. 54 people were killed in 3
1997 - Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on
the first U.S.-Russian space walk.
1998 - The U.S., Canada and Mexico end tariffs on $1 billion in NAFTA
1998 - Brazil announced a plan to protect a large area of Amazon forest.
The area was about the size of Colorado.
2003 - Mr. T (Laurence Tureaud) filed a lawsuit against Best Buy Co.
Inc., that claimed the store did not have permission to use his likeness
in a print ad.
2009 - NATO expelled two Russian diplomats from NATO headquarters in
Brussels over a spy scandal in Estonia. Russia's Foreign Ministry
criticized the expulsions.
Debtorboards teaches consumers how to protect against debt collector
harassment -- Debtorboard.com is a website that is teaching
consumers how to protect themselves against the harassment that comes
along with the endless phone calls from debt collectors. Consumers are
flocking to Debtorboards to find information on debt collection laws.
(NOTE: If the website is down, keep checking back).
* Related Article:
Supreme Court decision helps debtors fight collectors
Texas lawmaker to introduce anti-immigration bill -- A Texas
lawmaker says she plans to push for a law similar to Arizona's get-tough
immigration measure. San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle
report Wednesday that Republican Rep. Debbie Riddle of Tomball says she
will introduce the measure in the January legislative session.
Springfield, Missouri: State foreclosures jump in first quarter --
Missouri's 9,080 home foreclosures in the first quarter of 2010
represent a 9.5 percent increase from fourth quarter 2009 and a 24.5
percent hike from first quarter 2009, according to RealtyTrac, an online
marketplace for foreclosure properties. Nationwide, home foreclosures
increased 7.2 percent during the first quarter and 16 percent from first
quarter 2009. Missouri ranks 30th in the nation. New Springfield home
foreclosure numbers also shot up from the previous month, according to
American Citizenship -- Even when a person gives up US citizenship,
and establishes citizenship with a freer country, the US government can
still haunt him with continuing tax obligations and demands for military
service. There is, at the least, a vast exit penalty. Any regime that
would do things like this inspires people to want to stay at arm's
length. Far more frightening is the sense that financial calamity is
around the corner. A look at the data seems to suggest that. Vast
reserves are sitting in the banking system, waiting to be unleashed to
create what could be total destruction of the dollar. The deficit is
rising so fast that it is hard to chart.
Rapid City , South Dakota - KOTA anchorman temporarily sidelined after
tea party appearance -- “I want people to fall back in love with
their country based on what the founding principles are and the legacy
left by the people who fought and bled and died to establish America on
this continent,” he said. Yet his superior said Olson is entitled to
those beliefs but crossed an ethical line in his tax day speech. Olson
said he is non-partisan in his advocacy and believes that his personal
beliefs coincide with the tea party movement in general. His superior a
Mr. Petersen said “A journalist should not participate,” A journalist
should report the news, not make the news.”
WHOA: TARP Watchdog Says Criminal Charges May Be On The Table For NY FED
Over AIG Coverup -- Neil Barofsky, The Special Inspector General for
TARP oversight, better known as SIGTARP, says criminal or civil charges
are still on the table in the AIG coverup, according to a long profile
Fulp: What Is Gold Actually Worth? -- Notice I am saying, "what gold
is worth," not "what the gold price is," because that is dependent on
the U.S. dollar. When the U.S. dollar is strong, the gold price
generally suffers. Gold is at an all-time high in euros. I'm sure you've
noticed that the Canadian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar now. So
let's go back to the question: what is gold actually worth?
ABC News: U.S. Deficit Serious, Action Needed: Policymakers -- Talk
of a VAT, which is applied to each stage of production, has sparked
concern among conservatives that the commission is a stalking horse for
raising taxes. Volcker also suggested policymakers begin their deficit
tackling efforts with the government-run Social Security retirement
program, which faces increasing financial strains as the baby boom
Bloomberg: Glaxo Earnings Beat Estimates on Swine Flu Vaccine (Update3)
-- GlaxoSmithKline Plc reported first- quarter profit that beat
analysts’ estimates, boosted by sales of a vaccine for pandemic
influenza. The London-based company said it was able to absorb the costs
of a U.S. health-care law that has prompted Eli Lilly & Co., Johnson &
Johnson and Abbott Laboratories to cut 2010 sales forecasts.
Final tally: IT lost 250,000 jobs last year -- The U.S. tech
industry lost about 250,000 jobs last year, about 4% of its total
workforce, but is seeing signs of a hiring turnaround, particularly in
software services, according to TechAmerica, an industry group. But
tech, even in a downturn, remained one of the better occupations.
Although the overall unemployment rate was about 9.3% last year, for
computer programmers it was 5.2% and for computer scientists, 6.1%.
Real House Prices and the Unemployment Rate -- Below is a comparison
of real house prices and the unemployment rate using the First American
Corelogic LoanPerformance national house price index (starts in 1976)
and Case-Shiller Composite 10 index (starts in 1987). Both indexes are
adjusted by CPI less shelter. This is an update to a post from almost a
Banks Bailed Out by American Taxpayers Are Paying Us Back by Shorting
Our States and Cities -- Americans bailed out the giant banks. So
how do the too big to fails re-pay the American taxpayers?
Greece Will Default: $150 Billion Needed to Keep Its Nose Above Water
-- International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn
told German lawmakers today that between 100 billion euros and 120
billion euros will be needed to bail out Greece, N-TV reported, citing
SPD lawmaker Thomas Oppermann.
Aerial Drone Will Fly on Texas Border Soon, Napolitano Says --
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate hearing
Tuesday that an unmanned aerial drone will soon fly through Texas skies
as drug-cartel violence continues to escalate on the U.S.-Mexico border.
GM Pays Back TARP Loans With...TARP Loans! -- Have you driven a Ford
lately? That might be a good idea, as it seems that GM's claims to have
repaid its TARP loans in full and ahead of schedule are, well, bullshit.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to Treasury Secretary
Tim Geithner pointing out that GM has apparently paid back its TARP
money with...more TARP money. Here's some of Grassley's query...
House and Senate Ramming Through Secret Bill Add-Ons to Block
Supplements -- Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement
Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by the House; Please Take
Action to Prevent Same Thing Happening in the Senate!
Roubini: 'In a Few Days Time, There Might Not Be a Eurozone For Us to
Discuss' -- When it comes to the PIIGS, Dr. Doom is in full-on doom
Holy Cow, The Treasury Is Taking Online Donations To Pay Down the Debt
-- As far as we know, this is nothing new, still it's pretty remarkable.
The Treasury is taking online donations to pay down the debt. (Via
World Markets Tumble As Euro Debt Crisis Escalates -- World markets
tumbled Wednesday amid acute fears that Greece's debt crisis would
spread like wildfire through Europe after a leading credit ratings
agency downgraded the country's debt to junk status and cut Portugal's
rating as well.
Judge Tells Defense: Prove Militia Isn't Dangerous -- A judge told
attorneys for nine members of a Dover Township-based militia charged
with trying to launch war against the U.S. that they must prove their
clients aren’t as dangerous as prosecutors claim before she will release
Reid: Senate to Act on Climate Before Immigration -- Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he is willing to bring up climate change
legislation ahead of an immigration bill, a possible first step toward
resolving a dispute with Senate Republicans that threatens to derail a
bipartisan effort months in the making.
Barbara Hollingsworth: Fannie May Owns Patent on Residential 'Cap and
Trade' Exchange -- When he wasn't busy helping create a $127 billion
mess for taxpayers to clean up, former Fannie Mae Chief Executive
Officer Franklin Raines, two of his top underlings and select
individuals in the "green" movement were inventing a patented system to
trade residential carbon credits.
Eurozone Edges Closer to Endgame as Greek Contagion Hits Portugal --
The eurozone "lurched towards the endgame" yesterday as Standard &
Poor's finally relegated Greece's sovereign credit rating to "junk"
status, downgraded Portugal by two steps to A-, and the yields on Greek
debt climbed beyond 15 per cent, a signal that the market regards a
default as virtually certain.
A Raw Deal -- “They came in the dark, shining bright flashlights
while my family was asleep, keeping me from milking my cows, from my
family, from breakfast with my family and from our morning devotions,
and alarming my children enough so that the first question they asked my
wife was, ‘Is Daddy going to jail?’”
Former Air force Intelligence Specialist Claims to Have Bomb and Fake
Passport Aboard Trans-Atlantic Flight -- The father of a former Air
Force intelligence specialist was left to wonder why his son went from
leading a "squeaky clean" life to being accused of claiming he had
explosives aboard a trans-Atlantic flight, forcing the jetliner and its
passengers to spend the night in Bangor.
Doctors Sterilise Uzbek Woman by Stealth -- WHEN her baby died soon
after delivery, Gulbahor Zavidova, 28, a poor farmer’s wife, longed to
be pregnant again. After months of trying she and her husband visited a
doctor who told her she could never have another child because she had
Police State Canada 2010 and the G20 Summit -- The G20 summit will
be held on June 26-27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre preceded by
the G8 summit which will take place in Huntsville, Ontario. The
secretive meetings will be attended by world leaders, finance ministers,
central bank governors, along with thousands of other delegates.
Review of Bear Fruit Bars USDA Organic Real Food Bars Made With Nothing
But Fruit -- In the world of food bars, it's tricky to determine
what's really good for you. In this article, I'm going to reveal some
common myths about food bars as well as a full review of certified USAD
Organic Bear Fruit Bars (along with an amazing discount on getting some
FDA to Probe Risk of Weight Gain in Kids Using Antipsychotic Drugs
-- The FDA has begun an investigation into whether atypical
antipsychotic drugs such as Zyprexa and Seroquel are more likely to
produce abnormal weight gain and diabetes in children than in adults.
San Francisco's Toxic Sludge is Good For You! -- If someone were to
begin marketing toxic sewer sludge as "high-quality, nutrient-rich,
organic" compost, he or she would likely be considered a crook and
possibly sued for false advertising. Unfortunately, this is what the
city of San Francisco and Synagro, "the largest recycler of organic
residuals in the United States," have begun doing to the people of San
Today in History Wednesday April
1788 - Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S.
1818 - U.S. President James Monroe proclaimed naval disarmament on the
Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.
1902 - A revolution broke out in the Dominican Republic.
1910 - First night air flight was performed by Claude Grahame-White in
1914 - W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner.
1916 - The British declared martial law throughout Ireland.
1919 - The League of Nations was founded.
1932 - The yellow fever vaccine for humans was announced.
1946 - The Allies indicted Tojo with 55 counts of war crimes.
1952 - The U.S. occupation of Japan officially ended when a treaty with
the U.S. and 47 other countries went into effect.
1953 - French troops evacuated northern Laos.
1965 - The U.S. Army and Marines invaded the Dominican Republic to
1967 - Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and was
stripped of boxing title. He sited religious grounds for his refusal.
1969 - Charles de Gaulle resigned as president of France.
1974 - The last Americans were evacuated from Saigon.
1989 - Mobil announced that they were divesting from South Africa
because congressional restrictions were too costly.
1992 - The U.S. Agriculture Department unveiled a pyramid-shaped
1994 - Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who gave U.S. secrets to the
Soviet Union and then Russia, pled guilty to espionage and tax evasion -
life in prison.
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
1997 - A worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons took effect. Russia
and other countries such as Iraq and North Korea did not sign.
2001 - A Russian rocket launched from Central Asia with the first space
tourist aboard. The crew consisted of California businessman Dennis Tito
and two cosmonauts. The destination was the international space station.
Exposed: Israeli was behind Muslim ‘extremist group’ -- A Popular
American cartoon show, South Park, which is no stranger to controversy,
recently censored a show because they received death threats from a
Muslim group. The right wing media jumped at the chance to further
demonise Muslims by highlighting the story as much as possible, but what
they failed to tell you is that the Radical Muslim group that made the
threats was apparently founded and run by Joseph Cohen, a former Israeli
Radical who use to live in a settlement in the West Bank. Joseph Cohen
(aka Yousef al-Khattab) apparently...Read More...
Intel Corp. to invest almost $190 million to expand plant in western
Mexico -- Computer chip manufacturer Intel Corp. says it will spend
2.3 billion pesos (about $190 million) to expand its existing plant in
western Mexico. Intel CEO Paul Otellini says the investment over the
next three years will allow the company to increase the number of
engineers at its design center in the western city of Guadalajara from
400 to 550. Comment: Thank you NAFTA! Grrrrrrrrr! (Thanks Jimm)
Chinese drywall victims win ruling -- U.S. District Court Judge
Eldon E. Fallon, who is overseeing the massive combined Chinese drywall
litigation in New Orleans, ruled that: A couple affected by the drywall
- Tatum and Charlene Hernandez of Mandeville, La. - are entitled to
$164,000, plus attorneys' fees and court costs.That money includes about
$5,400 to pay the Hernandez family for damaged personal property and
close to $20,000 to pay for somewhere to live while the repairs are
MORTGAGE NIGHTMARES, ONE TALE AT A TIME -- Richard Zombeck has set
out help people tell those stories -- one at a time -- at a Web site
Philadelphia is test site of new satellite-surveillance radio system
-- At Philadelphia International Airport's busy tower, air traffic
controllers showed off new satellite technology Monday that will one day
transform the nation's air traffic system from radar navigation to an
Internet in the sky. Philadelphia is one of four airports to get the
technology, which relies on global positioning satellites, like GPS in a
car, to transmit a plane's location to radios on the ground, controllers
in towers, and to other aircraft nearby.
Screenwriter Says Hollywood Conservatives ‘Have to Meet in Secret’ and
‘Talk in Whispers’ -- Screenwriter and author Andrew Klavan said
that in Hollywood, “(i)f you’re a conservative, especially a religious
person, people have to meet in secret. They talk in whispers. It’s a
very disturbing kind of culture.” Klavan, in an exclusive interview with
CNSNews.com, explained that he and fellow conservatives in Hollywood are
battling the liberal status quo by creating entertainment that reflects
the values held by the majority of Americans.
'The Contagion is Spreading and Spreading Quite Rapidly' -- German
Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday she won’t release funds to help
Greece shore up its finances until the nation has a “sustainable” plan
to reduce its budget deficit. Translation: Never.
Silicon Valley Cops Raid Gizmodo Editor's Home, Take Four Computer
-- Police broke into the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen and
confiscated four computers and two servers, the tech blog reports.
Gizmodo broke the news last week about Apple's next-generation iPhone,
after paying a source who found it in a California bar $5,000 for the
Torture, rape was norm at illegal Iraq prison says report -- The
rights group on Wednesday called for a thorough investigation over the
detention center, which was discovered and closed down this month by
Iraq's Human Rights Ministry, and urged Iraq to prosecute those
responsible. Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has denied any
connection with the facility, which housed mainly Sunni Arab prisoners
from the volatile northern city of Mosul where insurgent groups such as
al Qaeda operate.
The Daily Bell: Wrong Law, Wrong Time? -- We would have preferred if
Napolitano had offered up a libertarian position rather than a political
one, as this sort of analysis only further reinforces people's
perception that the state - rather than the market - ought to decide
where people should live. But in fact people should be able to live
where they can make an effective living without taking advantage of
state-offered welfare largesse. In fact, welfare ought to not to be
offered as a general rule. In a libertarian, free-market society, the
community, especially religious institutions, would take care of the
indigent. This has worked in the past, and worked well.
Americans losing confidence in healthcare -- Thomson Reuters
interviews more than 100,000 U.S. households annually via telephone
surveys about healthcare behaviors, attitudes and utilization. This
particular index is based in a subset of 3,000 people, representative of
the nation as a whole, interviewed every month. "I think it may have
something to do with the reform legislation," Pickens said in a
telephone interview. "Getting legislation through hasn't reassured
Americans," he added. "People are being unclear about what it means for
Look out below: U.S. pain not done yet -- While real estate sales
and prices are up in a few areas of the United States compared to last
year, it's doubtful that trend is anything but temporary or local. That
might be why 160 U.S. banks are expected to go under this year; up from
140 banks that were shut down in 2009.
Skipping Class? NAU High-Tech System Will Know -- Students who are
thinking about sleeping late and skipping that morning class may have a
new incentive to roll out of bed at one Arizona university this fall.
Q1 2010 Homeownership Rate Lowest Since Q1 2000 -- The Census Bureau
reported the homeownership and vacancy rates for Q1 2010 this morning.
Here are a few graphs ...Read More...
Tsunami of Red Ink -- The Chicago Tribune had an excellent set of
charts this weekend in A Tsunami of Red Ink regarding US government debt
and who owns it, and also a comparison of US debt to the national debt
of other countries.
Computerized Front Running and Financial Fraud -- The second story
was sitting in my done box were I keep stories that I have not published
yet when Ellen landed this story outlining just how gamed the actual
trading system has become. For what it is worth, everyone knows how to
skim an order and traditionally floor governors were on the lookout for
just such behavior as it worked directly against the client’s interest.
Starry Starry Night -- This item is mostly a good excuse to hang out
a great picture. They certainly have been getting progressively better
although I am always uneasy reading interpretations.
VIDEO: Don't Be Surprised 116: FACEBOK Has Merged Your User Profile with
Remember That Ash Cloud? It Didn't Exist -- Britain's airspace was
closed under false pretences, with satellite images revealing there was
no doomsday volcanic ash cloud over the entire country.
GM Crops to US High Court, Environmental Laws on the Line --
Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in its
first-ever case involving genetically modified crops. The decision in
this case may have a significant impact on both the future of
genetically modified foods and government oversight of that and other
Mexico Issues Travel Alert Over New Arizona Law -- Mexico's
government is warning its citizens about travel to Arizona because of a
tough new immigration law there.
Raelian Cult Signaling Illuminati Intentions? -- For over 30 years,
Rael Maitreya (left) has been the leader of a growing world movement
known as Raelism - a self proclaimed 'atheist religion' claiming direct
contact with invisible 'extraterrestrial beings' resembling Biblical
Big Brother to Track Your Medication Compliance with Electronic
Transmitters in Pills -- Now that the U.S. government has achieved
its monopoly over health care, new technologies are in the works that
will allow the government to remotely monitor and track whether ordinary
citizens are complying with taking medications prescribed by
conventional doctors. One new technology described at the U.S. Senate
Committee on Aging allows "pills to be electronically outfitted with
transmitters" which would track the patient's compliance with
medications and broadcast that information back to government health
care enforcers who check for "compliance and efficacy."
Natural Substances in Breast Milk Destroy Cancer Cells -- Breast
milk is documented to be the best food possible for infants and
breastfeeding is known to have enormous health benefits for moms, too.
It turns out, however, that breast milk has even more amazing
properties. Swedish researchers have found that it contains a compound
that kills cancer cells in humans.
Two-Thirds of Store Bought Chickens Contaminated With Food-Borne Illness
Microbes -- Two out of every three store-bought chickens may be
contaminated with bacteria that commonly cause human illness, according
to a study conducted by the Consumers Union.
Vitamin D Reduces Diabetes Risk by 43 Percent - Is There Anything
This Vitamin Can't Do? -- A team from Warwick Medical School in the U.K.
has found that people who maintain healthy vitamin D levels are 43
percent less likely to get heart disease or diabetes. After evaluating
28 different studies conducted on nearly 100,000 people, researchers
concluded that people who eat oily fish two or three times a week and
five servings of fruits and vegetables a day are able to achieve healthy
levels of vitamin D.
Today in History Tuesday April
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.
1865 - In the U.S. the Sultana exploded while carrying 2,300 Union POWs.
Between 1,400 - 2,000 were killed.
1880 - Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing
1899 - The Western Golf Association was founded in Chicago, IL.
1937 - German bombers devastated Guernica, Spain.
1945 - The Second Republic was founded in Austria.
1946 - The SS African Star was placed in service. It was the first
commercial ship to be equipped with radar.
1950 - South Africa passed the Group Areas Act, which formally
1953 - The U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist
pilot that delivered a MIG jet.
1960 - The submarine Tullibee was launched from Groton, CT. It was the
first sub to be equipped with closed-circuit television.
1961 - The United Kingdom granted Sierra Leone independence.
1965 - "Pampers" were patented by R.C. Duncan.
1975 - Saigon was encircled by North Vietnamese troops.
1978 - Pro-Soviet Marxists seized control of Afghanistan.
1982 - The trial of John W. Hinckley Jr. began in Washington. Hinckley
was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of U.S.
President Reagan and three others.
1982 - China proposed a new constitution that would radically alter the
structure of the national government.
1989 - Student protestors took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
1992 - The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed in Belgrade by
the Republic of Serbia and its ally Montenegro.
2005 - The A380, the world's largest jetliner, completed its maiden
flight. The passenger capability was 840.
2005 - Russian President Vladimir Putin became the first Kremlin leader
to visit Israel.
2006 - In New York, NY, construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom
Tower on the site of former World Trade Center.
VIDEO: Shows airliner bomb suspect in training -- New videos
produced by al Qaeda in Yemen show the accused underwear bomber Umar
Farouk Abdulmutallab and others in his training class firing weapons at
a desert camp whose targets included the Jewish star, the British Union
Jack and the letters "UN."
in the USA product - JEANS -- Yes...good ole jeans made right
here in the US.
Smoke bombs, eggs fly in Ukraine parliament -- Opposition protests
against extension of Russian Navy’s stay in country’s port. Read More...
Ron Paul Commentary: Socialism vs Corporatism -- But a closer,
honest examination of his (Obama's) policies and actions in office
reveals that, much like the previous administration, he is very much a
corporatist. This in many ways can be more insidious and worse than
being an outright socialist.
Pope Benedict XVI: The Glory of the Olive? -- Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger has been named Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. For his
official name he has chosen Pope Benedict XVI. Could this name indicate
there will only be one more Pope beyond him? Time will tell.
Learning How to Fight the Collector -- Call this movement revenge of
the (alleged) deadbeats. Even as collectors try to recoup debts from
millions of Americans struggling to pay their bills, a small but growing
number of lawyers and consumers are fighting back against what they
describe as harassment, unscrupulous practices — and, most important to
their litigiousness, violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices
VIDEO: GoldSilver.com News Headlines "Thank You Manipulators" -- We
would like to take this moment and express gratitude to the great Gold
and Silver price manipulators of our day! If not for their hubris,
historical ignorance, and lack of respect for free markets, we would not
be able to acquire 5000-year-old money at these artificially suppressed
prices. Thanks Manipulators! There is nothing quite like converting
paper backed by nothing fiat currency into real money, Gold and Silver.
Dollar, Euro, Pound Are All ‘Ugly Sisters,’ HSBC’s King Says --
Creditors of the U.S. will eventually sour on that arrangement, and may
raise demands for other American assets or move away from the greenback
as the world reserve currency, King said. He said the U.S.’s practice is
similar to the Catholic church’s sale of indulgences in medieval times.
“You’re making a promise to people not for a wonderful afterlife, so to
speak, but making a promise in this case that U.S. taxpayers in the
future will pay you back,” he said. “The chances of that promise being
met are actually quite low. And the difficulty with this is that
eventually the creditor nations will begin to realize that buying IOUs
from the U.S. is ultimately not in their interest.”
Small yuan revaluation not enough say lawmaker -- China needs to
raise the value of its currency by a "significant" amount or the United
States will take action, a top U.S. lawmaker said on Monday in the
latest sign that tensions on the yuan remain high. "I think 2 to 3
percent over a year would be totally unsatisfactory," House of
Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin said,
commenting on a market estimate about the size of a possible move.
New Home Sales Spike Nothing but 'Borrowing' From the Future as Stimulus
Expires -- Last week's number one soundbite on CNBC was the increase
from the all time bottom in new home sales. What they did not focus on
was the reason for this.
Here Kitty-Kitty (CAT) -- Worse, in North America (that's here!)
machinery sales were down 15% with dealer inventories half of year ago
levels. That is, not only is heavy equipment not selling, dealers don't
think it will be in the near future either. So how did we get big
increases? Asia, up 40%. Yep, that matters, and it's what drove the
Foreclosure Inventory = 103 Months -- In a piece from the Wall
Street Journal on Saturday, LPS Applied Analytics estimated that
foreclosures would create so much market supply that it would take 103
months to liquidate it.
Expect Contagion in Europe, Greek Debt Crisis Will Spread; New Wave of
Riots in Greece -- Given that the European Commission has been 100%
wrong 100% of the time in its ability to yap away the problems in
Greece, I take the opposite side of Greek Debt Crisis Won’t Spread
Through Europe, Officials Say
Hyper Fast Missile to Hit Anywhere in an Hour -- HAUNTED by the
memory of a lost opportunity to kill Osama Bin Laden before he attacked
the World Trade Center in New York, US military planners have won
President Barack Obama’s support for a new generation of high-speed
weapons that are intended to strike anywhere on Earth within an hour.
Could the National Guard Help Battle Crime? -- Two local legislators
believe extra help from the military could help curb the street violence
in Chicago, as CBS 2's Vince Gerasole reports.
The Slippery Slope to Strike on Iran -- Last week’s partial leak of
Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s January memo on Iran, and the later
statements from Gates and Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy,
reveal two crucial points.
CIA Director Says Cyber Attack Could Be Next Pearl Harbor -- Central
Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta told 300 Sacramento Metro
Chamber Cap-to-Cap delegates that the next “Pearl Harbor” is likely to
be an attack on the United States’ power, financial, military and other
Lucifer Instrument Helps Astromers See Through Darkness to Most Distant
Oberservable Objects -- A new instrument with an evil-sounding name
is helping scientists see how stars are born. Lucifer, which stands for
(deep breath) "Large Binocular Telescope Near-infrared Utility with
Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research," is a chilled
instrument attached to a telescope in Arizona. And yes, it's named for
the Devil, whose name itself means "morning star." But it wasn't meant
to evoke him, according to a spokesman for the University of Arizona,
where it is housed.
China: Authorities Plan to Sterilise 10,000 People to Ensure They Meet
Family Planning Targets -- Health authorities are planning to
sterilise nearly 10,000 people in southern China over the next four days
as part of a population control programme.
US Prepares to Push for Global Capital Rules -- The US is preparing
to pivot from domestic regulatory reform to a push for a tough new
international capital regime after the weekend’s G20 and International
Monetary Fund meetings glossed over differences between leading
Maybe Cleavage Does Cause Earthquakes -- Boobquake, a day of action
that calls on women worldwide to dress scandalously and prove wrong an
Iranian cleric who blames natural disasters on immodest cleavage, has
started disastrously, news.com.au reported Monday.
Obama Seeks to 'Reconnect' ...Young People, African-Americans,
Latinos, and Women for 2010 -- The Democratic National Committee this
morning released this clip of the president rallying the troops, if
rather coolly, for 2010. Obama's express goal: "reconnecting" with the
voters who voted for the first time in 2008, but who may not plan to
vote in the lower-profile Congressional elections this year.
VAT Talk Runs Against Desire of the Country -- What is a president
to do when his gargantuan spending increases threaten to double the
national debt and push the federal government into insolvency?
Illegal Drug Money Saved Banks During Global Finance Disaster --
Billions of dollars from the illegal drug business was the only thing
that kept the global financial system from collapsing at the height of
the banking crisis just over a year ago, according to the head of the
U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.
Milk Thistle Herb Protects Liver From Damage -- The herbal
supplement milk thistle may prevent liver damage in people undergoing
chemotherapy, according to a new study conducted by researchers from
Columbia University Medical Center and published in the journal Cancer.
The Government Has Your Baby's DNA! -- According to Brad Therrell,
director of the National Newborn Screening & Genetics Resource Center,
all babies born in the United States are required to be screened for a
host of genetic diseases. The government has mandated that all newborns
be evaluated genetically to see whether or not they might be predisposed
to developing a genetic disease and most parents are not informed about
Today in History Monday April
1607 - The British established an American colony at Cape Henry,
Virginia. It was the first permanent English establishment in the
1865 - Joseph E. Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee to Sherman
during the American Civil War.
1865 - John Wilkes Booth was killed by the U.S. Federal Cavalry.
1921 - Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio in St.
1937 - German planes attacked Guernica, Spain, during the Spanish Civil
1937 - "LIFE" magazine was printed without the word "LIFE" on the cover.
1937 - "Lorenzo Jones" premiered on NBC radio.
1941 - An organ was played at a baseball stadium for the first time in
1945 - Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy
government during World War II, was arrested.
1954 - Grace Kelly was on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.
1964 - The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form
1964 - The Boston Celtics won their sixth consecutive NBA title. They
won two more before the streak came to an end.
1968 - Students seized the administration building at Ohio State
1982 - The British announced that Argentina had surrendered on South
1983 - Dow Jones Industrial Average broke 1,200 for first time.
1985 - In Argentina, a fire at a mental hospital killed 79 people and
1986 - The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl,
in Kiev. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands more were
exposed to radioactive material.
2000 - Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar purchased the NHL's New York
2002 - In Erfurt, Germany, an expelled student killed 17 people at his
former school. The student then killed himself.
PBS: COMING TUESDAY April 27, 2010: The Vaccine War - Airs Apr.
27th, 9PM ET (check local listings)
510 is hissing in the grass - Food Freedom -- S 510, the
Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous
bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to
our economy, only we can live without money
Violent storms kill 12 in Mississippi and Alabama -- 160 mph tornado
leaves path of destruction at least 50 miles long.
Australia: Toddler Ashley Jade Epapara, 2, dies after flu vaccination
-- A FAMILY is in mourning after their toddler unexpectedly died less
than 12 hours after receiving a seasonal flu vaccination. National
health authorities have ordered doctors to stop giving seasonal
influenza vaccinations to children under five after dozens of serious
reactions, including convulsions.
Thought For The Day from our friend Mike Tawse in the UK -- The
Power Of Shared Knowledge - Knowledge is at its most powerful
when it is shared. Any one of us has the potential to change the world
for others, but in order to do so, we must be prepared to do so for
ourselves and to accept the gift of learning from others. (inspired by
Perry A~ a great friend of The Power Hour).
Thousands Of Teachers To Be Laid Off - What Economic Recovery? --
Thousands of teachers are about to lose jobs in many states. To manage
massive budget deficits, several layoff notices were sent out to 22,000
teachers in California, 17,000 in Illinois, and 15,000 in New York. The
numbers are expected only to increase in the coming months.
Jimmy On The Spot: The Myths and Realities of the Tea Party Movement
-- The citizens are awakening to the fact that they've been asleep too
long and allowed all the illusions of what the pop culture dominate
their thinking. I believe that the O.J. Simpson debacle, from the chase
to the trial, was the beginning of the end to meaningful news being
presented in the news media. As a matter of fact, I also believe that
single event was the beginning of the end to the credibility of the
mainstream news media.
What Police State Legislation Looks Like -- In the interest of
accuracy, the bill's title is "Enemy Belligerent Interrogation,
Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010" -- in other words, how to treat
terrorists. Yet the supposed purpose of a law is one thing, while the
actual language may be a different thing indeed. In this case, the
bill's broad language is different from its purpose in the same way the
Mississippi River is different from a spring-fed creek.
Britons believe the hills are alive with haggis -- One in five
people in Britain thinks that haggis, the traditional Scottish dish made
from the lung, liver and heart of a sheep, is an animal that roams the
Highlands, according to a survey on Friday. Commissioned by the online
takeaway food service Just-Eat.co.uk, the survey found that 18 percent
of Britons believe that haggis is a hilltop-dwelling animal.
What Happens to Your Pension or Retirement Plan if You Expatriate?
-- Expatriation-giving up U.S. residence and nationality, including your
U.S. passport-is an admittedly radical step. But it's the only way that
a U.S. citizen or long-term resident can permanently disconnect from
future tax obligations. Comment: Note everything you're still entitled
to as a non-citizen. (Thanks Jimm)
Goldman executives cheered housing market's decline, newly released
e-mails show -- documents show that the firm's executives were
celebrating earlier investments calculated to benefit if housing prices
fell, a Senate investigative committee found. In an e-mail sent in the
fall of 2007, for example, Goldman executive Donald Mullen predicted a
windfall because credit-rating companies had downgraded mortgage-related
investments, which caused losses for investors. "Sounds like we will
make some serious money," Mullen wrote.
Hope Springs Eternal:
Simple Ways to Sustain the Bees -- Just plain
old pesticide avoidance will save the bees, as scientists have
confirmed. And our planetary survival along with it, considering the
bees’ roles in crop pollination. Aha! Eureka, we’ve got it. The
Solution! End of story? Not quite. There are plants we can use to
sustain and even nourish the bees and their immune systems, and yes
there are bee infections en masse which need to be taken care of. But
even for these infections, the right plants may hold the key. Read on...
Plan To Sterilise 10,000 People To Ensure They Meet Family Planning
Targets -- Health authorities are planning to sterilize nearly
10,000 people in southern China over the next four days as part of a
population control programme. Some of the people in Puning City will be
forced to have the procedure carried out against their will. Chinese
newspaper reports say that those who refuse to be sterilized have seen
their elderly mothers or fathers taken away and detained.
Lawsuits Involving Local Police Working for DHS Highlighted by the
Identity Project -- In all the cases referenced in the article, the
courts have been dismissing charges against federal agencies but have
allowed the lawsuits to proceed against local and state actors. The
primary reason appearing to be because local and state actors are
playing the largest role in civil rights violations, even if they are
taking their marching orders so to speak from federal agents.
WSJ's On Fed's Mortgage 'Assets' -- Jon Hilsenrath at the WSJ had an
interesting article titled “Fed’s Focus: How to Sell Its Mortgage
Securities” I read Hilsenrath. He writes well, he knows his stuff and he
is connected. I think he is blowing “Fed Speak” at us with this one.
Here’s the link, you decide.
Judge Napolitano: Immigration Law Will 'Bankrupt the Republican Party'
-- After Fox News analysts spent most of Friday defending Arizona's bill
to target illegal immigrants, Judge Andrew Napolitano offered a
different take on the controversial measure, Crooks and Liars reported.
Blippy.Com Glitch Exposed More Credit, Debit Card Information Than
Disclosed -- An anonymous tipster pointed us to Google search
results, which, when we called them up, showed more credit and debit
card numbers -- one full number, the others partial numbers -- in
transactions posted on Blippy.com that Google cached, potentially
putting those users of the site at risk.
30 Pieces of Silver and a President -- First of all, if you call a
big press cabal together and you announce a major speech by the
president all over the place and you make sure it’s televised to a
billion homes, could you maybe at least actually say something in that
speech? Blah, blah, we’ll prevent the next crisis, blah blah, and to do
that we need the cooperation of the guys who caused the latest crisis.
The Imminent Crash of the Oil Supply -- Look at this graph and be
afraid. It does not come from Earth First. It does not come from the
Sierra Club. It was not drawn by Socialists or Nazis or Osama Bin Laden
or anyone from Goldman-Sachs. If you are a Republican Tea-Partier, rest
assured it does not come from a progressive Democrat. And vice versa. It
was drawn by the United States Department of Energy, and the United
States military's Joint Forces Command concurs with the overall picture.
New Goldman PR Disaster: Execs Celebrate Subprime Implosion -- It’s
ironic how the “Goldman was so smart to have shorted subprime” meme is
now being turned on its head in the MSM as Goldman’s conduct in the
run-up to the crisis is begin re-examined in a new light.
Treasury May Be Forced to Guarantee GMAC;s Residential Capital Losses
for Sale -- Frustrated by the pace of the sale of GMAC's struggling
mortgage company, Residential Capital, the US Treasury is considering
sweeteners, including government-funded guarantees, in order to lure
offers, sources have told The Post.
Florida Could Privatize all Medicaid Statewide -- MIAMI -- Florida
could become one of the country's first cash-strapped states to let
for-profit companies compete for contracts overseeing nearly every
Medicaid patient, including those in nursing homes and the disabled.
Conquering Amerika One Stomach At a Time! -- Let’s face it. We are a
country of uninformed, docile, narcissistic people who eat what we are
told, when we are told, and don’t look too closely at how that food is
prepared, and what it is doing to our health.
One-Fourth of Nonprofits Are To Lose Tax Breaks -- As many as
400,000 nonprofit organizations are weeks away from a doomsday.
5 Reasons Cellphones and Mobile VoIP Are Forging an Unlikely Truce
-- The battle to deliver your wireless phone calls once seemed to have
all the makings of an epic showdown between cellphone carriers and
mobile voice-over-IP upstarts like Skype.
For Nations Living the Good Life, the Party's Over, IMF Says -- In
the lingo of the International Monetary Fund, the future of the world
hinges on "rebalancing and consolidation," antiseptic words that would
not seem to raise a fuss.
Failed German Bond Auction: An Evil Portent? -- WHAT IF THEY GAVE a
bond auction and nobody came?
Food in US Is Still Tainted With Chemicals That Were Banned Decades Ago
-- In a photograph from a 1947 newspaper advertisement, a smiling mother
leans over her baby's crib. The wall behind her is decorated with rows
of flowers and Disney characters. Above the photo, a headline reads
"Protect Your Children From Disease Carrying Insects."
Is The Bank Tax a Major Step Toward World Government? -- Finance
ministers and central bank governors are in Washington D.C. this weekend
for a G-20 meeting, in preparation for the G-20 Summit to held in
November in South Korea.
18 Veterans Kill Themselves Every Day -- The suicide rate among war
veterans is extraordinary, new data reveals.
Mega-Banks Which Received Bailouts Slashed Lending More, Gave Higher
Bonuses and Reduced Costs Less Than Banks Which Didn't Get Bailouts
-- Banks that received federal assistance during the financial crisis
reduced lending more aggressively and gave bigger pay raises to
employees than institutions that didn't get aid, a USA TODAY/American
University review found.
Five Israeli's Charged With Organ Trafficking -- Israel has charged
five of its citizens, including a retired army general, with operating a
nationwide organ trafficking ring that ensnared dozens of potential
victims. The charges include human trafficking for the purpose of organ
harvesting and money laundering.
ADL Calls for Major Law Enforcement Operation to Deal With Obamacare
Critics -- The global banking elite are preparing to assault
Americans with two huge new tax increases as President Obama contradicts
the assurances of White House aides and his own campaign trail promise
by asserting that a VAT tax is still on the table, as the IMF outlines a
new tax on financial transactions that is being hailed as a blow to the
banks yet represents another stealth tax on the people.
Good Health is No Accident -- Those who seek answers for their
health outside the realm of their own decisions are looking in the wrong
place. Health is no accident. Lasting health can only appear as the
result of a lifetime of informed, deliberate decisions aligned with
nature's principles of health, not the distorted version of health
promoted by our backward system of mainstream medicine.
Longer Duration of Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Metabolic Syndrome for
the Mom -- Women who breastfeed their children longer are
significantly less likely to develop the cluster of heart disease and
diabetes risk factors known as metabolic syndrome, according to a study
conducted by researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California and
published in the journal Diabetes.
Stephen Hawking Warns Over Making Contact with Aliens -- Aliens
almost certainly exist but humans should avoid making contact, Professor
Stephen Hawking has warned.
GM Used Bailout Money to Repay Loan -- A top Senate Republican on
Thursday accused the Obama administration of misleading taxpayers about
General Motors’ loan repayment, saying the struggling auto giant was
only able to repay its bailout money by dipping into a separate pot of
Today in History Friday April
1861 - Arkansas troops seized Fort Smith.
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.
1915 - The A.C.A. became the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA).
1920 - The Turkish Grand National Assembly had its first meeting in
1924 - The U.S. Senate passed the Soldiers Bonus Bill.
1945 - The Soviet Army fought its way into Berlin.
1948 - Johnny Longden became the first race jockey to ride 3,000 career
1951 - The Associated Press began use of the new service of teletype
1968 - The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church
merged to form the United Methodist Church.
1969 - Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for killing U.S. Senator
Robert Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life in prison.
1981 - The Soviet Union conducted an underground nuclear test at their
Semipaltinsk (Kazakhstan) test site.
1982 - The Unabomber mailed a pipe bomb from Provo, Utah, to Penn State
1982 - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that consumer prices
declined the previous month (March). It was the first decline in almost
1985 - The U.S. House rejected $14 million in aid to Nicaragua.
1988 - A U.S. federal law took effect that banned smoking on flights
that were under two hours.
1989 - It was reported that 277 had been killed in the most recent rebel
attack in Afghanistan.
1996 - An auction of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' possessions
began at Sotheby's in New York City.
1998 - James Earl Ray died, at age 70, while serving a life sentence for
the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray had confessed to the
crime and then later insisted he had been framed.
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 George W. 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.
2009 - The iTunes Music Store reached 1 billion applications downloaded.
milk bill passes state Assembly, heads to Doyle -- The state
Assembly early Friday morning passed 60-35 a controversial bill that
would allow farmers to sell untreated milk at their farms. The issue has
struck a chord with many consumers and segments of the farm community
who tout milk - straight from the udder - as a safe product with many
healthful properties. The bill had already passed the Senate and now
goes to Gov. Jim Doyle, who has said he would sign a raw milk bill under
the right circumstances. The bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Chris Danou
(D-Trempealeau), said the bill would help small farmers make a better
suggests value-added tax may be an option -- President Barack Obama
suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on
the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have
expressed in recent days.
Years later, still looking for traces of Sept. 11 victims -- With
buildings slowly being erected where the towers stood, the latest effort
to comb through 844 cubic yards of debris collected since 2007 from
excavation of new sections of Ground Zero was launched this month.
Scientists have sifted through two batches of debris already and are
testing those samples for human DNA. The new batch of debris has been
dug up as construction progresses. For some victims' families, finding a
physical trace of the dead is vitally significant.
The Daily Bell: U.S. Goes Broke? -- The most startling aspect of
Reagan's presidency was not its achievements, but the rhetoric that
Reagan himself employed as chief executive. Unlike American presidents
who came later, Reagan actually seems to have been a sincere believer in
free-markets and the American experience as enunciate by the great
agrarian republican Thomas Jefferson. He preached the message of lower
taxes, smaller government and supported the private sector as the front
of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Things Monsanto Does Not Want You to Know -- This is a list of 10
facts about Monsanto and GMOs, and how they can adversely affect your
health, local farmers, and the planet.
LA Closing Down Courts Because of Budget Crisis -- In the midst of a
serious budget crisis, courtrooms in Los Angles are getting shut down
and are disrupting everything from divorce and custody proceedings to
traffic ticket disputes.
Massive Anti-Obama Rally Set for Sunday in New York -- Thousands of
Americans are preparing to protest in New York this Sunday against the
Obama administration's increasing hostility towards Israel. The event is
scheduled to take place outside the Israel Consulate on Sunday, April 25
at 1:00 p.m. EDT. A partial list of organizations who endorsed the
demonstration is below.
Potentially deadly fungus spreading in US, Canada -- The airborne
fungus, called Cryptococcus gattii, usually only infects transplant and
AIDS patients and people with otherwise compromised immune systems, but
the new strain is genetically different, the researchers said. "This
novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a threat to otherwise
healthy people," said Edmond Byrnes of Duke University in North
Carolina, who led the study.
* Related Article:
airborne fungus in Oregon set to spread
Geithner Harnesses G-20 to Push for Chinese Yuan Revaluation --
Three weeks since U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner called
today's G-20 talks in the U.S. capital an "avenue for advancing
U.S.interests" on the Chinese currency, counterparts are rallying to his
side. Central bankers in India and Brazil this week backed a stronger
yuan as did the International Monetary Fund and European Union
governments. Comment: Treason! (Thanks Jimm)
Fresh water is overtaking oil as the scarcest critical resource --
Access to clean water has always been a defining mark of advanced
societies, author Steven Solomon notes in his new history of water.
"Fresh water is overtaking oil as the scarcest critical resource. In the
same way oil gave a shape to geopolitics and the environment and our
daily lives in the 20th century, water is starting to do so in the 21st
century," Solomon told Reuters in an interview.
American Arrested in Mexico for Carrying 150 Gold Coins: Coins Seized
-- The Federal Police arrested at the International Airport of Mexico
City, U.S. [citizen] Martin Thomas Arnold, 58 years old, who was
scheduled to travel to Panama with 150 gold coins in his possession,
with a total weight of five kilos 33 grams.
George W. Bush
Internet Freedom Fighter? Are You Kidding Me? -- Well if things in
this video are true, George W. Bush is now a freedom fighter against
Internet tyranny. Russia today covers that are former president the one
person who brought us the patriot act, the person that made torture to
be the norm, the man who put us into two unconstitutional wars only to
be continued by Obama, is now a good guy.
Goldman Sachs Fraud Roundup; The Story Has Just Begun -- Here are
some interesting videos and news clips regarding Goldman Sachs.
Bile Vs. the Department of Homeland Security -- Manhattan
Libertarian activist Antonio Musumeci, better known to the teeming
masses by his nom de intertubes Bile, filed a lawsuit today challenging
a government regulation that unconstitutionally restricts photography on
federal property, including public plazas and sidewalks.
South Park Episode Censored After Muslim Group's Warning -- "After
receiving a 'warning' from a radical Islamic Web site following their
Prophet Muhammed parody on 'South Park' last week, Trey Parker and Matt
Stone aren't taking any chances," the New York Daily News reports.
Obama Earth Day - Carbon Footprint of Air Force One -- On a day when
many Americans will be reflecting upon how they can reduce their impact
on the environment, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden
will board separate jets in Washington on Earth Day morning to fly 250
miles up the east coast to New York, where they will land at separate
airports to attend separate events within a few miles of each other.
Jim Rogers: Next Recession Will Be Much Worse -- While optimistic
that the US dollar is an okay place to be in the short-term for
technical reasons, Rogers says the currency is terribly-flawed over the
long-term. He believes inflation is here, as prices are already going
ADL Calls for Major Law Enforcement Operation To Deal With Obamacare
Critics -- The global banking elite are preparing to assault
Americans with two huge new tax increases as President Obama contradicts
the assurances of White House aides and his own campaign trail promise
by asserting that a VAT tax is still on the table, as the IMF outlines a
new tax on financial transactions that is being hailed as a blow to the
banks yet represents another stealth tax on the people.
Massive Government Corruption Hidden by Focus on Goldman Sachs -- As
the country's attention is directed to the Goldman-Sachs scandal, a much
greater story lurks beneath the surface involving massive government
corruption that makes Wall Street firms pale in comparison.
Human Torpedoes Blamed for Korea Ship Strike -- Korea's Defence
Intelligence Command had alerted the navy weeks ahead of the sinking
that North Korean suicide squads were being deployed, according to
reports in Seoul.
Another Drug Record for Afghanistan -- In addition to being the
world’s leading producer of opium, Afghanistan has now become the
largest producer of hashish, according to the first ever cannabis survey
released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) earlier
this month. Again, the US invasion is behind the new record.
Food Costs Jump Most in 26 Years -- Wholesale prices rose more than
expected last month as food prices surged by the most in 26 years.
American Phenomenon: The Widespread Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and
Toddlers -- The United States has become the psychiatric drugging
capital of the world for kids with children being medicated at a younger
and younger age. Medicaid records in some states show infants less than
a year old on drugs for mental disorders.
US Soldier Who
Felt Bad About Slaughter of Civilians in Iraq -- "I was told that I
needed to get the sand out of my vagina." Wired.com: At the time you
arrived on the scene, you didn’t know what had happened, is that right?
New Global 'FAT' Tax to Rein in Banks -- Gordon Brown claims credit
for International Monetary Fund plan to impose tough levy on biggest
banks' profits and pay.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Makes Mockery of Self with KFC Pinkwashing
Campaign -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure has now crossed the line
into asinine idiocy thanks to its new alliance with Kentucky Fried
Chicken (KFC), where pink buckets of fried chicken are sold under the
slogan, "Buckets for the Cure." I'm not making this up. See the ad image
Big Brother Doctors Say Patients Don't Need to See Their Imaging Test
Results -- If you are an American, you probably assume that this is
a free country. So if you agree to undergo imaging tests -- which cost
you or your insurance company hundreds and even thousands of dollars and
may subject you to radiation -- you have every right to see the results.
There is Literally Excrement in Your Salad -- A recent Consumer
Reports investigation has revealed that bagged salads labeled
"pre-washed" or "triple-washed" may not be as clean as they appear. Of
the 208 samples taken from 16 different brands of bagged salad,
researchers found that nearly 40 percent of them were tainted with
bacteria often found in fecal material.
Most Prostate Cancers Detected by Screening Aren't Dangerous in the
First Place -- Only about one in 10 prostate cancers detected by
screening actually poses a threat to a man's life, according to a new
analysis conducted by researchers from the University if Cambridge.
Ohio Loses 70% of Their Bee Population -- It's a bizarre mystery for
bee keepers: Why are so many honeybees dying?
Major Earthquake Could Strike Midwest -- Two years after a 5.2
magnitude quake rattled the Hoosier State and much of the Midwest,
experts say a stronger quake is likely in the future.
Today in History Thursday April
1792 - U.S. President George Washington proclaimed American neutrality
in the war in Europe.
1861 - Robert E. Lee was named commander of Virginia forces.
1864 - The U.S. Congress mandated that all coins minted as U.S. currency
bear the inscription "In God We Trust".
1898 - The first shot of the Spanish-American war occurred when the USS
Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship.
1914 - Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles.
1915 - At the Second Battle Ypres the Germans became the first country
to use poison gas.
1918 - British naval forces attempted to sink block-ships in the German
U-boat bases at the Battle of Zeeburgge.
1930 - The U.S., Britain and Japan signed the London Naval Treaty, which
regulated submarine warfare and limited shipbuilding.
1931 - Egypt signed the treaty of friendship with Iraq.
1931 - James G. Ray landed an autogyro on the lawn of the White House.
1944 - During World War II, the Allies launched a major attack against
the Japanese in Hollandia, New Guinea.
1952 - An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear
explosion shown on live network television.
1954 - The U.S. Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings began.
1970 - The first "Earth Day" was observed by millions of Americans.
1976 - Barbara Walters became first female nightly network news anchor.
1987 - The American Physical Society said that the "Star Wars" missile
system was "highly questionable" and would take ten years to research.
1993 - The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington,
1997 - 93 people are killed in the insurgency of extremist Muslims that
continued in Algeria in a town south of Algiers.
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.
2002 - Filippino President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered a state of
emergency in the city of General Santos in response to a series of
bombing attacks the day before. The attacks were blamed on Muslim
2005 - Zacarias Moussaoui pled guilty to conspiring with hijackers in
the September 11, 2001, plot to attack American buildings and citizens.
New $100 Dollar Note - Note the colors on the new bill (Blue & Orange)
-- The new design for the $100 note made its debut on April 21 during a
ceremony at the Department of the Treasury's Cash Room. The U.S.
government redesigns currency in order to stay ahead of counterfeiters
and protect the public. The unveiling of the $100 note is the first step
in a global multi-government agency public education program implemented
by the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve Board and the
U.S. Secret Service, to educate those who use the $100 note about its
changes before it begins circulating on February 10, 2011. * See
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Morris Reveals Bombshell on Waco and Janet Reno
– Dick Morris: "It's never been said before" ...Janet Reno to Clinton:
"If you don't appoint me, I'll tell the truth about Waco"
VIDEO: BREAKING- Shots Fired at Polish Prez. Plane Crash Site- Shocking
'First Witness' Footage
Polish investigators challenge Russian claim that pilot error caused
crash that killed president
"The guy who filmed the shots fired at the POLISH PLANE CRASH WAS
ASSASSINATED"???? -- "Author of the video seen by everyone by
now has been stabbed near Kijow on 4.15 and transported in critical
condition to the hospital in Kijow. On 4.16 three unidentified
individuals unplugged him from life support system and stabbed him 3
more times. Andrij was pronounced dead that afternoon. Russian
government claims it was a coincidence. "
Lawmakers Predict Congress Will Pass Finance Bill -- Senate
Republicans and Democrats predicted on Wednesday that Congress would
soon pass a far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s financial regulatory
system, indicating a potentially swift resolution of the latest partisan
firefight on Capitol Hill.
'Toxic stew' of chemicals causing male fish to carry eggs in testes
-- More than 80% of the male bass fish in Washington's major river are
now exhibiting female traits such as egg production because of a "toxic
stew" of pollutants, scientists and campaigners reported yesterday.
Intersex fish probably result from drugs, such as the contraceptive
pill, and other chemicals being flushed into the water and have been
found right across the US.
Police Raid Homes of White Supremacists -- The Southern California
homes of dozens of white supremacists were raided Tuesday as part of a
probe into a string of potentially deadly booby trap attacks targeting
police officers, authorities said.
With Goldman charged, rivals smell blood -- Investment bankers have
been lobbying executives at state-owned Agricultural Bank of China and
pushing officials in Beijing to drop Goldman as an underwriter for the
more than $20 billion IPO the Chinese bank is preparing, according to
sources familiar with the matter. The sources said rival bankers were
also asking officials at state-controlled Bank of Communications
(601328.SS) to ditch Goldman from its joint global coordinator role in
the $6.1 billion rights issue that China's fifth-largest bank is
planning for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Senate to Ask Moody's Chief Why Bad Bonds Got Good Ratings --
Following the nation's financial crisis, which culminated in the near
collapse of Wall Street in September 2008, the heads of most major firms
involved have stepped aside, been removed by the government or were
forced out by corporate
Barack Obama Leaves the Door WIDE OPEN for a VAT Tax -- JOHN
HARWOOD: If reducing consumption is a good idea, could you see the
potential for value-added tax in this country?
IMF Says Major Currencies May Need to Weaken -- Heavily indebted
rich countries may need to weaken their currencies to promote exports
because reducing government debt will probably slow domestic growth, an
IMF official said on Wednesday.
VIDEO: 93 Year Old Involved in Shake Down Over Applesauce by TSA
Major Plan for Global Tax of Banks, Just Ahead -- Using the current
crisis environment to expand global control of the banking sector, which
will ultimatley lead to the directing of bank funds towards global
government favored projects, the IMF plans to call for extensive new
taxation of the banking sector.
More Capital for World Bank Signals More Global Trouble Ahead -- EPJ
has learned that, at the G-20 meetings to be held later this week in
Washington D. C., the United States will call for significant increases
in capital for the World Bank.
Here is How Your New, Soon To Be Worthless Money, Will Look Like --
Judging by Ben Bernanke's recent abnormal behavior, we are quite
confident the Fed forgot to add at least three zeroes to the latest
version of the Benjamins. Here is how the government is spending money
to recreate old money, just so it can print even more money.
If We Continue Down This Path, the Outlook is General Impoverishment for
the Country -- A few weeks ago, I asked Fred Hickey what he would do
as chairman of the Federal Reserve. In the remainder of our interview, I
asked Fred whether we can avoid recessions in a business cycle, what
will happen to the US Dollar, how our creditors are behaving, and what
advice he can offer given the new economic environment.
Southern Poverty Law Center Publishes Patriot Hit List -- In a
report on its web site dated April 2010, entitled "Meet The Patriots,"
the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) profiled "36 individuals at the
heart of the resurgent [patriot] movement."
Vanished Persian Army Said Found in Desert -- The remains of a
mighty Persian army said to have drowned in the sands of the western
Egyptian desert 2,500 years ago might have been finally located, solving
one of archaeology's biggest outstanding mysteries, according to Italian
NY Times: Up to 300,000 Public School Jobs Could Be Cut -- School
districts around the country ... are warning hundreds of thousands of
teachers that their jobs may be eliminated in June.
ABC Consumer Comfort Index Drops Back to 2010 Low, 92% Say the Economy
Is In 'Bad Shape' -- The April 19 Consumer Comfort Index number
dropped back to -50, a 2010 low, just 4 points from its all-time low in
24 years of weekly polls, -54 in January 2009 and December 2008. 92% of
those polled said the national economy’s in bad shape.
are 'Pigs with Lipstick' -- Let me just first give a little
background for those of you who don't know Ivy Zelman. She's the former
Credit Suisse analyst who called the housing crash, even before the boom
DC Knows Obama is Ineligible for Office -- Members from all three
branches of the Federal government already know that Barack Hussein
Obama is ineligible for the office of President. National leaders, to
include members of the US Supreme Court, already know that Barack
Hussein Obama is not a “natural born citizen” of the United States of
America, and therefore, is ineligible for the office he currently holds.
Checks and Cash Slowly But Surely Disappearing -- The Washington
Post is reporting that the US Department of the Treasury will be
announcing later today that most federal benefits payments from Social
Security to Veteran disability checks will be made by electronic direct
deposit beginning 1 March 2013. Businesses using Federal Tax Deposit
Coupons will also need to go the electronic tax payment route.
Student Suspected and Labeled Terrorist for Finger Gun -- A
13-year-old girl was suspended from school after she was accused of
threatening her teacher. Her family says it's a misunderstanding under a
zero tolerance policy.
The 10 Biggest Health Care Lies in America -- Mainstream health care
isn't based on "health" or "caring." It's actually based on an ingrained
system of medical mythology that's practiced -- and defended -- by those
who profit from the continuation of sickness and disease. This system of
medical mythology might also simply be called "lies", and today I'm
sharing with NaturalNews readers the top ten lies that are still
followed and promoted under mainstream health care in America today.
Alzheimer's Drugs Cause Brain Damage and Actually Worsen Memory Loss
-- Big Pharma drugs that are being used on humans right now and promoted
as potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease (AD) could cause the
very brain damage and memory loss they are supposed to treat. That's the
conclusion of University of California at San Diego (UCSD) scientists
who just published their groundbreaking findings in the Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences.
US Government Continues Its War on Raw Milk -- Growing awareness
among the American populace about the health benefits of wholesome, raw
milk has been steadily increasing over the past decade, putting many
state and federal officials into a frenzy. The harsh crackdown tactics
used in the past to deter farmers from selling, and consumers from
buying, raw milk are giving way to a new approach that anti-raw milk
fanatics hope will put an end to the sale of raw milk.
Radiation From CT Scans Causes 29,000 Cancers a Year, Kills 14,500
Americans -- Computerized tomography (CT) medical scans cause at
least 29,000 cases of cancer and 14,500 deaths in the United States
every year, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal
Government Has Over 2,000 Photos from Airport Body Scanners -- As a
result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, EPIC has obtained
hundreds of pages of documents from the Department of Homeland Security
about the plan to deploy full body scanners in US airports.
Today in History Wednesday April
1789 - John Adams was sworn in as the first U.S. Vice President.
1836 - General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San
Jacinto. This battle decided the independence of Texas.
1856 - The Mississippi River was crossed by a rail train for the first
time (between Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL).
1862 - The U.S. Congress established the U.S. Mint in Denver, CO.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington.
1898 - The Spanish-American War began.
1914 - U.S. Marines occupied Vera Cruz, Mexico.
1918 - German fighter ace Baron von Richthofen, "The Red Baron," was
shot down and killed during World War I.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt announced that several
Doolittle pilots had been executed by the Japanese.
1956 - Leonard Ross, age 10, became the youngest prizewinner on the "The
Big Surprise". He won $100,000.
1959 - The largest fish ever hooked by a rod and reel was caught by Alf
Dean. It was a 16-foot, 10-inch white shark that weighed 2,664 pounds.
1960 - Brasilia became the capital of Brazil.
1961 - The French army revolted in Algeria.
1967 - Svetlana Alliluyeva (Svetlana Stalina) defected in New York City.
She was the daughter of Joseph Stalin.
1967 - In Athens, Army colonels took over the government and installed
Constantine Kollias as premier.
1972 - Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the
surface of the moon.
1975 - South Vietnam president, Nguyen Van Thieu, resigned, condemning
the United States.
1984 - In France, it was announced that doctors had found virus believed
to cause AIDS.
1985 - Manuel Ortega proposed a cease-fire for Nicaragua.
1994 - Jackie Parker became the first woman to qualify to fly an F-16
1998 - Astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered
possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220
2000 - North Carolina researchers announced that the heart of a 66
million-year-old dinosaur was more like a mammal or bird than that of a
2000 - The 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act went into
2003 - North and South Korea agreed to hold Cabinet-level talks the
2009 - UNESCO launched The World Digital Library. The World Digital
Library (WDL) is an international digital library operated by UNESCO and
the United States Library of Congress.
SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER PUBLISHES PATRIOT HIT LIST By Chuck Baldwin
-- it is highly likely that the report negatively profiling 40 American
patriots will find its way into Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
fusion centers and be distributed to police agencies all across the
country. Read More and see the list...
* Related Article:
Southern Poverty Law Center: Liars Ca$hing in by Devvy Kidd
Al-Qaeda Chief in Iraq: Captured, Killed, Never Actually Existed,
Re-Captured, Now Killed Again -- U.S. and Iraqi officials have today
announced that two “Al-Qaeda in Iraq” leaders have been killed in an air
strike carried out by American troops.
Botox may diminish the experience of emotion -- Botox, which is used
by millions of people every year to reduce wrinkles and frown lines on
the forehead, works by paralyzing the muscles involved in producing
facial expressions. A study due to be published in the journal
Psychological Science suggests that by doing so, it impairs the ability
to process the emotional content of language, and may diminish the
quality of emotional experiences.
GM, church team up to convert sales -- In what organizers said was
the first event of its kind in the area, Hartford Memorial Baptist
Church in Detroit teamed up Sunday with GM and the GM Minority Dealers
Association to offer churchgoers a chance to test drive more than a
Alzheimer's drugs cause brain damage and actually worsen memory loss
-- Potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease (AD) could cause the
very brain damage and memory loss they are supposed to treat. That's the
conclusion of University of California at San Diego (UCSD) scientists
who just published their groundbreaking findings in the Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences.
Germany opens airspace - Airlines lose $1.7 billion -- Air
controllers lifted all restrictions on German airspace on Wednesday,
paving the way for more flights into one of Europe's busiest airports.
Airlines announced they had lost at least $1.7 billion and criticized
government actions during the volcanic ash crisis.
When Heart Devices Fail, Who Should Be Blamed? -- It was a landmark
episode brought to light by two Minneapolis cardiologists that changed
the way the medical device industry deals with the safety of heart
implants. Now the doctors, five years later, are raising a fundamental
question about medical safety and the law: who should be held
accountable when a company sells a flawed product that can injure or
kill patients? Is it the company or the people who run it?
FDA warns Pfizer for lax oversight of drug study -- Federal
regulators say the drugmaker Pfizer has failed to correct problems with
its testing procedures that resulted in overdoses of several children
during a company trial. The Food and Drug Administration issued a
warning letter saying Pfizer did not properly monitor physicians testing
an experimental medication, which the agency did not name. A Pfizer
spokeswoman said the drug is Geodon, which the company was studying for
children with bipolar disorder.
Hundreds of Cleveland Ohio teachers, principals to lose jobs; innovation
schools would be particularly hard-hit by layoffs -- The Cleveland
school board went budget cutting on a grand scale Tuesday, approving
layoffs for about 10 percent of its 8,000 employees. True to forecasts,
the board voted to lay off 545 teachers and 117 support staff, effective
in June. To that were added more than 100 principals and assistant
criminal mortgage case may be first in nation -- Two Shaker Heights
residents will be sentenced today (Monday) for engineering a massive
mortgage fraud case in Cleveland's Slavic Village. WKSU's M.L. Schultze
says what's different about this case is that the two have admitted
they're criminally culpable for damage done to an entire neighborhood.
Why the Gold Price Doesn't Matter -- The gold price simply doesn't
matter. Gold's value as measured in a fiat currency is arbitrary. Some
are calling for $5,000 (or even $10,000) gold. It might happen. Who
knows? But if all other assets grow at the same rate, the sum gain is
zero. Gold growth in dollar terms does not guarantee increased wealth.
On the contrary, it is wholly conceivable that the gold price could fall
and you could make a fortune! If gold settles at $1,000/oz, but the DJIA,
S&P, home prices, car prices, etc, all fall at a greater rate, your net
gain is the difference to the downside. In other words, your net
purchasing power would increase!
Supreme Court Sharply Divided on Christian Student Group Case -- The
Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in the case of a Christian student
group that required members to denounce homosexuality. The court
The National Biometric ID Card: The Mark of the Beast? -- As
technology grows more sophisticated and the government and its corporate
allies further refine their methods of keeping tabs on the American
people, those of us who treasure privacy increasingly find ourselves
engaged in a struggle to maintain our freedoms in the midst of the
modern surveillance state.
Minimum Wage Cruelty -- Which allows an American Samoan worker to
have a higher standard of living: being employed at $3.26 per hour or
unemployed at a wage scheduled to annually increase by 50 cents until it
reaches federally mandated wages at $7.25?
A Finance Overhaul Fight Draws a Swarm of Lobbyists -- Assessing the
battle to overhaul the nation's financial regulations recently, Jamie
Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, left no doubt about the
consequences if Congress cracked down on his bank's immense business in
DOT: Vehicle Miles Driven Decline in February -- The Department of
Transportation (DOT) reported today that vehicle miles driven in
February were down from February 2009:
US Spent $5.6 Billion Last Year Treating Veterans with Mental Disorders
-- Caring for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
and other mental illnesses is costing the federal government billions of
dollars a year, and will continue to do so for years to come.
Economist: Recession Over in Arizona -- University of Arizona
economist Marshall Vest says the recession officially ended in Arizona
several months ago, although it will be months before a recovery is
evident and years to repair all the damage that's been done.
Be Very Scared About Katla -- This is a strong introduction to what
are some of the world’s scariest volcanoes. Iceland can be thought of as
mostly one very large strata volcano that has been built on successions
of eruptions. This week’s events are at best a warm up to months of
activity. The only positive spin that I can put on this is that this
particular volcano is tending to been lazy.
Vancouver Customer Service -- The City of Vancouver, Incorporated
refers to the process of shaking down citizens for cash at the barrel of
a gun as “customer service.”
Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System -- Ever since
Google disclosed in January that Internet intruders had stolen
information from its computers, the exact nature and extent of the theft
has been a closely guarded company secret.
FDA Plans to Limit Amount of Salt Allowed in Processed Foods for Health
Reasons -- The Food and Drug Administration is planning an
unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by
Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would
prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. (Which
makes me want to go stock up on sea salt!)
Get Packing: Brussels Decrees Holidays are a Human Right -- AN
overseas holiday used to be thought of as a reward for a year’s hard
work. Now Brussels has declared that tourism is a human right and
pensioners, youths and those too poor to afford it should have their
travel subsidised by the taxpayer.
Arizona Lawmakers Pass Toughest Illegal Immigration Law in US --
Arizona lawmakers on Monday approved one of the toughest illegal
immigration laws in the United States.
Branded a Coward, Sgt. Fights for PTSD Victims -- They call him the
angry guy now. Even his friends. And at this moment, on a snowy evening
when he should be home, putting his son to bed, Andrew Pogany is, in
fact, ticked off.
Contest Seeks Videos Promoting Government Regulations -- President
Obama's Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging the public to
create video advertisements that explain why federal regulations are
"important to everyone."
US to Launch Secret 'Space War Plane' -- The United States Air Force
has announced that it will launch a secret space plane that has sparked
speculation about the militarization of space.
Sherman: Dodd Bill Contains Unlimited Bailout Authority -- We can
say, “No taxpayer money to Wall Street firms, their creditors and the
High-Tech Speed Cameras Using Satellites to Track Motorists Secretly
Tested in Brittain -- Speed cameras which communicate with each
other by satellite are being secretly tested on British roads.
Pistachios Cut Cancer Risk -- Making pistachios a regular part of
your diet could reduce your risk of cancer, according to a study
conducted by researchers from the University of Texas and Texas Women'
University, and presented at the American Association for Cancer
Research's Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference in
Obama Now Pushing Sneaky Wall Street Bailout -- Talk about taking
another giant leap in the wrong direction.
Iceland Volcano Eruption: New Volcanic Ash Cloud Bound for UK Halts
Re-Opening of Airports -- German airline Lufthansa flew planes over
London today, despite British aircraft remaining grounded because of the
volcanic dust chaos.
E. Coli Test Prompt Recall of WinCo Beef -- A ground beef recall
that has expanded to WinCo Foods stores in six Western states was
prompted by a law firm's investigation of contaminated beef products.
Facing Unfit Recruits, Military Leaders Target Food in Schools --
The obesity epidemic is threatening national security, so schools —
which are on the front lines in battling the problem — need to boot out
junk food and serve healthier snacks and meals, a group of retired
military leaders is announcing today.
Organic Products Beat Genetic Ones in Taste Test -- I READ with some
interest — and unfortunately with considerably more amazement and
finally disappointment — Elliot Entis’s piece on the environmental
benefits of genetically modified crops (“Green thumbs,’’ Op-ed, April
Iran Missile Threat Growing: May Be Able to Hit Us by 2015 -- U.S.
Defense Department report also says Iranians have gone to great lengths
to protect its nuclear infrastructure from physical destruction
including using buried and hardened facilities.
Today in History Tuesday April
1775 - American troops began the siege of British-held Boston.
1792 - France declared war on Austria, Prussia, and Sardinia. It was the
start of the French Revolutionary wars.
1809 - Napoleon defeated Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria.
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.
1861 - Robert E. Lee resigned from U.S. Army.
1865 - Safety matches were first advertised.
1902 - Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive
1916 - Chicago's Wrigley Field held its first Cubs game with the first
National League game at the ballpark. The Cubs beat Cincinnati Reds 7-6.
1940 - The First electron microscope was demonstrated by RCA.
1945 - Soviet troops began their attack on Berlin.
1945 - During World War II, Allied forces took control of the German
cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
1953 - Operation Little Switch began in Korea. It was the exchange of
sick and wounded prisoners of war. Thirty Americans were freed.
1961 - FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC.
1967 - U.S. planes bombed Haiphong for first time during the Vietnam
1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial
desegregation in schools.
1972 - The manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.
1978 - The Korean Airliner Flight 902 was shot down while in Russian
airspace. Two passengers were killed when the plane landed on a frozen
1981 - A spokesman for the U.S. Nave announced that the U.S. was
accepting full responsibility for the sinking of the Nissho Maru on
1984 - In Washington, terrorists bombed an officers club at a Navy yard.
1984 - Britain announced that its administration of Hong Kong would
cease in 1997.
1985 - In Madrid, Santiago Carillo was purged from the Communist Party.
Carillo was a founder of Eurocommunism.
1987 - In Argentina, President Raul Alfonsin quelled a military revolt.
1988 - The U.S. Air Forces' Stealth (B-2 bomber) was officially
1989 - Scientist announced the successful testing of high-definition TV.
1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev became the first Soviet head of state to visit
1999 - 13 people were killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO,
when two teenagers opened fire on them with shotguns and pipebombs. The
2 gunmen then killed themselves.
Update: Peter Hendrickson, “Cracking the Code” author' draws prison term
in tax fraud case -- A man whose claims that most earnings are not
subject to income tax have drawn national attention was sentenced to two
years and nine months in prison Monday by a federal judge.
Majority of Americans distrust the government: survey -- Nearly 80
percent of Americans say they do not trust the U.S. government to do
what is right, expressing the highest level of distrust in Washington in
half a century, according to a public opinion survey.
Second Coming of Christ Threat to World Peace According to War College
Report -- In a sixty-one page report that he prepared as a monograph
for a thesis at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS)
and United States General Command and General Staff located at
Leavenworth, Kansas, Major Brian L. Stuckert in no uncertain terms has
declared that those who believe in “Dispensational Millennialism” (DM),
i.e., the literal return of Jesus Christ to this earth to reign on His
throne for 1,000 years, to be the enemies of America and totally
unsuitable to serve in a leadership capacity in the U.S. military.
FDA wants pharmacy to stop making animal drugs -- The U.S. Food and
Drug Administration wants a Florida pharmacy to stop making animal drugs
after it mixed a brew of supplements that killed 21 elite polo horses as
they prepared for a championship match last year. Compounding is a
process in which pharmacists mix drugs using bulk ingredients. Patients
- both human and animal - usually turn to compounders when they are
allergic to inactive ingredients in FDA-approved medicines. They are
also used when a patient needs a different dose or a different form of
delivery - such as a cream, powder or injectable liquid - than what is
Elder-Care Home Foreclosures, Without Warning -- Sometimes even the
licensed administrators managing an elder care home have been blindsided
by an eviction notice resulting from a mortgage default. Inocencia
Arindaeng, the administrator of a facility in Walnut Creek, Calif., has
said in court documents that this happened to her. She had signed a
"lease to purchase" agreement with the owner of the property in 2007,
according to court records, and diligently paid her monthly rent to the
owner while caring for her elderly charges, who range in age from 86 to
97. The complaint said the owner did not use Ms.
Arindaeng's money to pay the mortgage.
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When Foreclosure Threatens Elder-Care Homes - Neither the residents
nor their families had been warned about an eviction, said Sergeant
NanoBio Launches Development Of Hepatitis B Nasal Vaccine -- The
company's NanoStat adjuvant technology has demonstrated numerous
potential advantages over traditional vaccines, including: the ability
to generate robust mucosal, systemic and cellular immunity;
antigen-sparing qualities; cross-protection against non-vaccinated
strains; ability to adjuvant multiple antigen types without inducing
inflammation; thermally stabilizing the vaccine; and removing the need
Federal Reserve Bank of New York: Why Did FDR's Bank Holiday Succeed?
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Sharps Compliance Corp. revamps medical waste treatment -- Sharps
Compliance Corp. has renamed its medical waste disposal system Green
Waste Conversion Process to mark the unveiling of its new way to
repurpose medical waste. The Houston-based company now takes used
needles, syringes, lancets and other medical waste, and converts them
into a new product called PELLA-DRX, a clean, raw material used in the
manufacture of industrial resources.
Advocates carry handguns, rifles at Va. rally -- Carrying loaded
pistols and unloaded rifles, dozens of gun-rights activists got as close
as they could Monday to the nation's capital while still bearing arms
and delivered what they said was a simple message: Don't tread on me.
Bond Crash to Drive Gold -- Estimates vary however it would seem
that the debt burden the world now faces is at least double the one that
existed before the great depression of the 1930's. Credit was completely
removed from the system in the USA back in the 30's which completely
crashed the economy. The crash occurred at that level of severity
despite there being excellent manufacturing capability, demand, skilled
labour and infrastructure and the will to keep the game going. We may
have learned from that disaster and there are now mechanisms in the tool
chest of the banking system that most people are not aware of however my
question is: who will be able to afford the new credit?
DPS: Two Tickets Safer Than One -- Over the past week (and several
other times in the past), DPS has ordered Redflex to park speed vans in
one of their favorite spots on Eastbound 101 where it goes under I-17.
US Leading Economic Indicators Surge Past Expectations To All Time High
-- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S.
increased 1.4 percent in March, following a 0.4 percent gain in
February, and a 0.6 percent rise in January. The U.S. LEI is now at its
Forget Eyafjallajokull, Mt. Katla Is Now Getting Ready to Rumble --
The ground is now literally shaking around Iceland's Mt. Katla. If that
blows, look for Bund spreads to promptly catch up with Greek ones.
Majority of Americans Distrust the Government -- Nearly 80 percent
of Americans say they do not trust the government to do what is right,
expressing the highest level of distrust in Washington in half a
century, according to a public opinion survey.
'Tea Partiers' More Wacky Mavericks Than Extremist Threat -- I went
to the "tea party" rally at the Washington Monument on Thursday to check
out just how reactionary and potentially violent the movement truly was.
Silk Brain Implant Could Aid Spinal Injuries, Epilepsy -- A brain
implant made partly of silk can melt onto the surface of the brain,
providing an "intimate" connection for recording signals, researchers
reported on Sunday.
Gore Takes Cash for Water Campaign From Chemical Firm -- Al Gore,
the self-styled squeakiest-clean and deepest-green politician in
American history, has some explaining to do this weekend.
Goldman Sachs Finds $5 Billion for Pay and Bonuses Amid Fraud
Investigation -- Goldman Sachs is expected to earmark about $5bn
(£3bn) for staff pay and bonuses this week, days after being accused of
securities fraud by the US regulators, fuelling the controversy over
bankers' rewards in the teeth of the financial crisis.
Schools Shot Thousands of Webcam Images of Students -- School
administrators at a suburban Philadelphia school district wrongly
captured thousands of images of students using school-issued laptop
computer cameras, according to a motion filed in a lawsuit involving one
of those students.
DOJ Abandons Warrantless Attempt to Read Yahoo Mail -- The U.S.
Justice Department has abruptly abandoned what had become a high-profile
court fight to read Yahoo users' e-mail messages without obtaining a
search warrant first.
High Frequency Trading High-Tech Highway Robbery -- The Securities
and Exchange Commission (SEC) knows that High-Frequency Trading (HFT)
manipulates the market and bilks investors out of tens of billions of
dollars every year.
POLICE: Let Us Sedate Suspects -- POLICE want the power to order
dangerous suspects to be injected with a sedative.
Goldman Sachs Fraud Charges 'Just the Tip of the Iceberg' -- Charges
of fraud brought against banking titan Goldman Sachs by the Securities
and Exchange Commission rocked financial markets Friday, but experts say
the allegations are merely the first of many to come, Reuters reported.
Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to More Aggressive Lymphoma -- Lymphoma
patients with vitamin D deficiency are twice as likely to die from their
cancer than patients with sufficient blood levels of the vitamin,
according to a study conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic and
presented at a meeting of the American Society of Hematology.
Taking a Mid-day Nap Brain Power -- Researchers from the University
of California, Berkeley, found that people who take naps during the day
are helping to improve their overall brain function. Among the 39
healthy adults who were evaluated in the study, those who slept for an
hour and a half during the day performed better on a post-nap cognitive
exam than did those who remained awake.
Clinically Dead Boy 'Saw Grandmother in Heaven' -- A boy of three
claims he saw his great grandmother in heaven while he was clinically
dead after falling into a pond.
Low Vitamin D Level Tied to Cognitive Decline -- Two new studies add
to evidence that older people with low levels of vitamin D may be more
likely to suffer from cognitive impairment.
Bestiality Farmer Allegedly Offered Sex with Dogs and Horses -- A
convicted cocaine smuggler on parole has now been linked to a 'farm'
that offered wealthy visitors the chance to perform sex acts with dogs,
horses and other animals, police say.
British Airspace Lockdown Sparks Food Supply Concern -- British
supermarkets could start running short on some imported goods such as
certain fruit and vegetables if the island's airspace remains closed
into next week, a trade body warned.
Today in History Monday April
1770 - Captain James Cook discovered New South Wales, Australia. Cook
originally named the land Point Hicks.
1775 - The American Revolution began as fighting broke out at Lexington,
1802 - The Spanish reopened the New Orleans port to American merchants.
1839 - The Kingdom of Belgium was recognized by all the states of Europe
when the Treaty of London was signed.
1861 - Thaddeus S. C. Lowe sailed 900 miles in nine hours in a hot air
1861 - The Baltimore riots resulted in four Union soldiers and nine
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln ordered a blockade of Confederate ports.
1892 - The Duryea gasoline buggy was introduced in the U.S. by Charles
and Frank Duryea.
1897 - The first annual Boston Marathon was held. It was the first of
its type in the U.S.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation that
removed the U.S. went off of the gold standard.
1938 - General Francisco Franco declared victory in the Spanish Civil
1939 - Connecticut approved the Bill of Rights for the U.S. Constitution
after 148 years.
1960 - Baseball uniforms began displaying player's names on their backs.
1967 - Surveyor 3 landed on the moon and began sending photos back to
1971 - Russia launched the Salyut into orbit around Earth. It was the
first space station.
1975 - India launched its first satellite with aid from the USSR.
1982 - NASA named Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut.
1982 - The U.S. announced a ban on U.S. tourist and business traval to
Cuba. The U.S. charged the Cuban government with subversion in Central
1987 - The last California condor known to be in the wild was captured
and placed in a breeding program at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
1989 - A giant asteroid passed within 500,000 miles of Earth.
1989 - In El Salvador, Attorney General Alvadora was killed by a car
1993 - The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground.
It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and U.S. federal
1994 - A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to Rodney King for
violation of his civil rights.
1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was
destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168
people were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured. Timothy
McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997.
2000 - The Oklahoma City National Memorial was dedicated on the fifth
anniversary of the bombing in Oklahoma that killed 168 people.
2000 - In the Philippines, Air Philippines GAP 541 crashed while
preparing to land. 131 people were killed.
2002 - The USS Cole was relaunched. In Yemen, 17 sailors were killed
when the ship was attacked by terrorists on October 12, 2000. The attack
was blamed on Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
Special Report: Nattokinase and Cardiovascular Health by Ralph E.
Holsworth, Jr., D.O. -- Animals treated with nattokinase regained 62
blood flow, whereas those treated with plasmin regained just 15.8
percent of blood flow. Conclusion: Nattokinase is a particularly potent
treatment because it enhances the body’s natural ability to fight blood
clots in several different ways and has many benefits including
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TODAY is Patriot's Day:: THE VOICE OF FREEDOM WILL BE HEARD ACROSS
AMERICA -- We will honor God, our Country and our Constitution and
then serve the Articles of Freedom on our elected officials. At the Same
Moment in Time in Every State - 9am in Hawaii, 10am in Alaska, Noon -
PDT, 1pm MDT, 2pm CDT, 3pm EDT
State Rep. Charles Key Demands AP Retraction -- DEMAND FOR
RETRACTION AND RELEASE OF RECORDED INTERVIEW - April 15, 2010 - AND
8 Banks Closed on April 16 -- Check out which ones.
15th Anniversary of Oklahoma City Bombing Observed -- April 19 marks
the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal
Building in Oklahoma City. 168 people were killed in that blast,
including 19 children.
UK sends warships to rescue stranded Britons -- Britain sent Royal
Navy warships on Monday to rescue those stranded across the Channel by
the volcanic ash cloud, and the aviation industry blasted European
transport officials, claiming there was "no coordination and no
leadership" in the crisis that shut down most European airports for a
Arizona to allow concealed weapons without permit -- Favoring the
constitutional right to bear arms over others' concerns about gun
safety, Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill making Arizona
the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without
requiring a permit. Two other states, Alaska and Vermont, already have
Hospira says it received 2 FDA warning letters -- Hospira Inc. said
Friday it received a warning letter from the Food and Drug
Administration after the agency discovered manufacturing problems at two
Hospira facilities in North Carolina. Some of the problems were repeat
violations that were first discovered in an inspection in April 2009.
9 Ingredients to avoid in processed foods -- One test to know
whether an ingredient is healthy is to ask yourself whether your
grandmother would recognize it. If not, there is a good chance the
ingredient is less natural food and more man-made chemical. Another good
test is whether or not you can easily pronounce the ingredient. If you
feel like you need a science degree to pronounce it properly, chances
are the ingredient is worth avoiding.
First meteor's blaze, then it's a hunt for chunks -- Researchers at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday got their first look at
what they believe to be fragments of a meteor that set night skies
ablaze over much of southern Wisconsin and Iowa earlier in the week. The
fragment, which measures about 2 inches by 3/4 of an inch and weighs 7.5
grams, was found by a farmer west of Madison on Thursday morning,
researchers said in a news release from the university.
Potential Scenarios for Volcano Gas Cloud Crisis -- The economic
impact of air travel disruption from a volcanic cloud over Europe
depends almost entirely on how long it lasts -- something even experts
say they cannot predict.
Transforms into One Health Command -- The Army’s public health
capabilities are being integrated to form a new U.S. Army Public Health
Violence Flares at White Supremacist Rally in LA -- A white
supremacist group rallied against illegal immigration in downtown Los
Angeles Saturday as hundreds of counter-protesters gathered to shout
them down in a tense standoff that included several arrests, thrown
rocks and police in riot gear.
Ahmadinejad Calls for US to Destroy Its Nuclear Arsenal First --
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad drew applause at a nuclear
disarmament conference in Tehran attended by representatives of 60
countries when he called for the destruction of all atomic weapons,
starting with those in the U.S. arsenal.
Sen. Bob Casey: Pat Time to Recognize Nuclear Terrorism as a Threat
-- This week, the United States hosted a historic summit in Washington
to address the threat of nuclear terrorism. This long overdue gathering
addressed the most critical threat to U.S. national security and was an
important first step toward the president's goal of securing all
vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years.
US Shuts 8 More Banks; 50 Total Have Been Closed This Year --
Regulators on Friday shut down eight banks — three in Florida, two in
California, and one each in Massachusetts, Michigan and Washington —
putting the number of U.S. bank failures this year at 50.
Congress 2010 and Mexico's North American Union Climate Agreement --
Bill Clinton will speak at PMI® Global Congress 2010—North America in
Washington, D.C., 10 October 2010. Recently reported in a PRN Newsire
release, Clinton will deliver his usual composition of fabian socialist
talking points outlining why America should relinquish economic and
national independence for a better world.
Vector Injects Genes into Human Cells -- he genetic engineering
community has assumed that Agrobacterium, a commonly used gene transfer
vector for plants, does not infect animal cells, and certainly would not
transfer genes into them.
VIDEO: CIA Columbia Obama Cover Up
Gold-Plated Contract or Real Gold? -- The price of a nickel is now
six cents, that is, the metallic value of the copper and nickel in the
U.S. five-cent piece is now worth six cents.
Cookbook Pulped Over 'Ground Black People' -- An Australian
publisher is reprinting 7,000 cookbooks over a recipe for pasta with
"salt and freshly ground black people."
US Troops See 'Expanded Role' in Pakistan -- Despite an official
prohibition at taking any part in Pakistan’s assorted military
offensives, the US Special Forces in the nation have continued to expand
the definition of “training operations” until now they are overseeing
the combat in several areas.
Cops Drop 'Corrupting Youth' Charge Against War Protestor's Mom --
Police in Des Moines, Iowa, may have been trying to "scare" the peace
movement when they ticketed the mother of an adolescent anti-war
protester for corrupting her daughter, a law professor says.
WiKiLeaks Plans to Post Video Showing US Massacre of Afghani Civilians
-- The whisteblower website WikiLeaks -- which exploded onto the
national stage earlier this month after it released a video recording
showing US service members shooting two reporters and six others to
death -- says they plan to release another, even more harrowing clip.
Arizona to Allow Concealed Weapons Without Permit -- Favoring the
constitutional right to bear arms over others' concerns about gun
safety, Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill making Arizona
the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without
requiring a permit.
Residents in Camden Tent City Granted a Reprieve -- Homeless people
who built a community of campground tents just a few blocks from
downtown Camden got a reprieve Thursday, allowing them to remain, at
least for now, at the self-governing settlement in one of the nation's
Liberty Activist Round-Up? Cops Draw Guns and Enter House -- In the
last 36 hours 3 well known Liberty activists were rounded up at their
work and homes. Russel Kanning, Jim Johnson and Mike Tiner have all been
rounded up and arrested.
China Gives Venezuela $20 Billion -- China will provide $20 billion
in fresh funding to Venezuela, the latest sign of the Asian giant's
expanding economic and financial role in Latin America.
Goldman Sachs Said to Have Been Warned of SEC Suit -- Goldman Sachs
Group Inc., which fell 13 percent yesterday after U.S. regulators
announced fraud accusations, didn’t disclose that it was warned nine
months ago that investigators wanted to bring a case, people with direct
knowledge of the talks said.
Charges against Goldman Sachs & Co. likely to kick off a torrent of bank
Goldman Sachs SEC Case May Hinge on Meaning of Word 'Selected'
Goldman CDO case could be tip of iceberg
Feds Indict Ex-Blackwater President -- The former president of
Blackwater Worldwide was charged Friday with using straw purchases to
stockpile automatic weapons at the security firm and filing false
documents to cover up gifts given to the King of Jordan.
Microsoft's Chinese Labor Scandal -- Back in February, I wondered if
Apple (AAPL) might be the next Nike (NKE) because of labor problems
reported at one of its big manufacturing contractors.
Chip Implanter PositiveID Aims to Clean Up a PR Mess -- The pressure
has finally taken its toll: PositiveID (PSID), the microchip implant
company formerly known as VeriChip, has hired a PR firm to clear up
inaccuracies in the media about its products — many of which originate
from PositiveID’s own Web sites and its annual report.
Study: Insurance Companies Hold Billions in Fast Food Stock -- The
fast-food industry has long been under fire for selling high-fat,
high-calorie meals that have been linked to weight gain and diabetes,
but the financial health of the industry continues to attract investors
-- including some of the leading insurance companies in the U.S., a new
Why Drug Addicts Are Getting Sterilized for Cash -- When Joanne
Chavarria's grandmother died last summer, she coped by turning to the
bottle. "I started to drink. And then I started to smoke some weed. And
then I started doing meth," says the 32-year old from Merced,
California. Chavarria, who began abusing drugs at the age of 12, was
eight months pregnant at the time.
Green Tea Prevents Eye Disease -- Recent research out of Hong Kong
is indicating that certain substances found in green tea work to
penetrate eye tissue and prevent eye disease. Catechins, a type of
antioxidant, are one such substance that researchers say helps to
prevent ocular degeneration and oxidative stress.
Meat Industry Lying About E. Coli Contamination -- The meat industry
has been misusing data to make it appear that E. coli contamination of
meat is decreasing, said Barbara Kowalcyk of the Center for Foodborne
Illness, Research and Prevention.
Today in History Friday April
1818 - The U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed
1854 - San Salvador was destroyed by an earthquake.
1862 - In the U.S., slavery was abolished by law in the District of
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.
1912 - Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English
1917 - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia to start Bolshevik
Revolution after years of exile.
1922 - Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, to set a women's
1944 - The destroyer USS Laffey survived immense damage from attacks by
22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.
1945 - American troops entered Nuremberg, Germany.
1947 - The Zoomar lens, invented by Dr. Frank Back, was demonstrated in
New York City. It was the first lens to exhibit zooming effects.
1947 - In Texas City, TX, the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium
nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up. The explosions killed 576
1948 - In Paris, the Organization for European Economic Co-operation was
1951 - 75 people were killed when the British submarine Affray sank in
the English Channel.
1962 - Walter Cronkite began anchoring "The CBS Evening News".
1968 - The Pentagon announced that troops would begin coming home from
1968 - Major league baseball’s longest night game was played. The 24
innings took six hours, six minutes to play.
1972 - Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon. It was the fifth
manned moon landing.
1972 - Two giants pandas arrived in the U.S. from China.
1975 - The Khmer Rouge Rebels won control of Cambodia after a five years
of civil war. They renamed the country Kampuchea and began a reign of
1978 - In Orissa, India, 180 people died when a tornado hit.
1982 - Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada's new constitution in effect.
The act severed the last colonial links with Britain.
1985 - Mickey Mantle was reinstated after being banned from baseball for
1987 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sternly warned U.S.
radio stations to watch the use of indecent language on the airwaves.
1992 - The House ethics committee listed 303 current and former
lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.
1996 - Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York,
announced that they were in the process of getting a divorce.
1996 - An Italian court found former Prime Minister Bettino Craxi guilty
of corruption. He was sentenced to eight years and three months in
2002 - The U.S. Supreme Court overturned major parts of a 1996 child
pornography law based on rights to free speech.
The Thought for the Day from our friend Mike Tawse in the UK -- The
Courage To Understand - The acquisition of knowledge is a necessity of
learning, but cannot be its goal. To transform knowledge into
understanding requires the humility to acknowledge its limits and the
courage to challenge them.
listeners: We need you help in identifying these structures -- They
are located near Sedalia, Missouri in Pettis County at location of TT
and Monsees Dr. off Hwy 50E. They were built by the military from the
base near there. The only thing the military charged for was the fuel.
In picture 1 you can see the ball field which was also built at the same
time. The neighbors were told they were "shelters" however during storms
they are not used. The property is allegedly owned by a local Judge.
They are 1 0f 8 to be built here and and each one will hold 1,000
people. We would like your help in identifying, are they fallout
shelters, concentration or relocation shelters or jusy plain old tornado
shelters. Your help would be appreciated. Joyce Riley
VIDEO: Somalis arrive in Tennessee small town and who brings them in
Tea party activists rally across Texas -- Flag-waving tea party
activists gathered at tax-day rallies around Texas on Thursday,
denouncing big government
while cheering on former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other
Icelandic Volcanic Ash Alert -- All flights in and out of the UK and
several other European countries have been suspended as ash from a
volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south.
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Europe flights could be grounded into weekend by ash -- Flights
across much of Europe will be severely disrupted well into Saturday
because of drifting ash ejected from a volcano in Iceland, officials
said. Hundreds of thousands of passengers in Europe and around the world
have been affected.
F.D.A. Sends Another Warning to Apotex -- In the letter, posted on
the Food and Drug Administration's Web site late Wednesday, the agency
cited lapses at Apotex, Canada's biggest drug company, that included
charred particles in a diabetes drug; contamination of an antihistamine,
and drug cross-contamination that resulted from inadequate cleaning of
Another 2.15 Million Ounces of Silver Disappear From the SLV ETF --
Talking about silver disappearing... the U.S. Mint updated their April
sales figures yesterday. They reported that 21,500 gold eagles and
another 749,500 silver eagles were sold. This brings April one-ounce
gold eagle sales up to 33,500... and silver eagle sales up to 1,147,000.
The Comex-approved depositories reported a net inflow of a very tiny
17,950 ounces on Wednesday. But there was a lot of in-and-out movements
associated with that small change... and you can view all the action
U.S. Dollar - Grave Concerns Remain -- We continue to see risks
ahead for the U.S. economy, and in particular, the U.S. dollar.
Significant global imbalances remain - indeed; the recent global
financial crisis has served to exaggerate many of these imbalances. Of
grave concern is the unsustainable Federal budget deficit, which may
have morphed out of control, with no signs of government constraint over
April 15 2010: Foreclosures will be the wrecking ball for the American
economy -- Not only are foreclosures, short sales and the like
devastating for homeowners, they are a death knell for many banks. For
the past three years, Washington's policy has been to sweep anything
toxic under the carpet. Well, we've run out of carpet. And pondering
this unequaled mess, it shouldn't surprise anyone that jobless claims
come in far worse than projected. The very foundations are starting to
shake. And it no longer matters what tricks come out of the Fed, the
Treasury, Wall Street, the White House or Capitol Hill.
Markets Could Be Derailed Again, Warns Soros -- Railway
porter-turned-billionaire financier George Soros delivered a stark
warning last night that the financial world is on the wrong track and
that we may be hurtling towards an even bigger boom and bust than in the
Firms Reaped Windfalls in Lehman Auction -- Barclays Bank and
Goldman Sachs reaped windfalls from an emergency auction of Lehman
Brothers' derivatives portfolio, but the firms and the exchange that
held the auction may be immune from any lawsuits, a court-appointed
Predator Priests Shuffled Around Globe -- There he was, five decades
later, the priest who had raped Joe Callander in Massachusetts. The
photo in the Roman Catholic newsletter showed him with a smile across
his wrinkled face, near-naked Amazon Indian children in his arms and at
Special Army Unit Ready to be Deployed on American Soil Just Before
November Elections - UPDATE -- In October of this year, one month
prior to the November midterm elections, a special army unit known as
'Consequence Management Response Force' will be ready for deployment on
American soil if so ordered by the President.
New Website Takes Aim at Redflex Traffic Systems -- It used to be so
much easier to sweep these things under the rug, eh mates? Australia’s
Redflex Traffic Systems (ASX:RDF) has had enough trouble brushing off
all the bad press and embarrassments, but now the highlights have been
chronicled for all to see on
McCain: US Should 'Pull the Trigger on Iran' -- Senator John McCain
said the United States has been backing away from a brewing fight with
Iran, while that country moves ever closer to having nuclear weapons.
Mysterious Radio Waves Emitted from Nearby Galaxy -- There is
something strange in the cosmic neighborhood. An unknown object in the
nearby galaxy M82 has started sending out radio waves, and the emission
does not look like anything seen anywhere in the universe before.
Senators Consider Gasoline Tax as Part of Climate Bill -- Leading
voices in the Senate are considering a new tax on gasoline as part of an
effort to win Republican and oil industry support for the energy and
climate bill now idling in Congress.
Crime Prediction Software Is Here and It's a Very Bad Idea -- There
are no naked pre-cogs inside glowing jacuzzis yet, but the Florida State
Department of Juvenile Justice will use analysis software to predict
crime by young delinquents, putting potential offenders under specific
prevention and education programs. Goodbye, human rights!
Genetic Breakthrough Could Produce Babies With Three Parents --
Researchers in the UK have developed a method of curing a class of
genetic disorders by transplanting parts of embryonic cells from one
mother to another, creating the possibility of babies with three
Using Your Thought-Controlled iPhone to Dial Home -- Don your
telepathic headset and plug into your iPhone. Want to call your friend?
Just look at her picture and think about her.
You'll Get Nothing and Like It -- No, this isn’t a game of
“Battleship”, it’s your place in line to get that broken finger looked
at by a healthcare professional. That’s right, I said “healthcare
professional”. That nurse who used to greet you and take your blood
pressure before turning you over to a physician has now become your
doctor. And that general practitioner who used to treat you for minor
illness has now become your brain surgeon. Welcome to life under
Ahmadinejad Asks UN to Investigate 911 -- Iran’s president, Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, who said last month that the terrorist attacks in the
United States on Sept. 11, 2001, were “a big fabrication,” wrote to the
United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday to ask him to
open an investigation into the events of that day.
Artificial Pancreas Works in 11 Patients -- A test run of an
"artificial pancreas" that monitors blood sugar and delivers both
insulin and regulatory hormone called glucagon helped patients achieve
near-normal blood sugar levels for more than 24 hours, U.S. researchers
said on Wednesday.
What Are the Health Consequences of the Tax Season Burden on Americans?
-- It's tax season in the U.S. again, and when it comes to discussions
about the financial burden on the economy from the complexity of the
current U.S. tax code, most of the criticisms focus on the number of
dollars (or hours) spent in compliance.
Bayer Admits GMO Contamination Out of Control -- Drug and chemical
giant Bayer AG has admitted that there is no way to stop the
uncontrolled spread of its genetically modified crops.
Happiness Prevents Heart Disease -- Sometimes it is the simple
things in life that make all the difference in maintaining good health.
7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls - must read! -- A
computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of
thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and
conditions agreed to by online shoppers.
Bernake: America Facing Armageddon -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben
Bernanke told Congress Wednesday that America is facing something
approaching a debt Armageddon
Taxpayers Foot the State Department's Stiff Liquor Bill -- Months
after President Obama urged federal agencies last year to cut wasteful
spending, the U.S. Department of State paid $3,814 to fill an order of
Jack Daniel's whiskey for gratuities at one of its many overseas
Here's Obama's Secret Plan to Drastically Reduce the Deficit and Save
Economy -- Obama's Secret Plan for Economic Revival. Obama's
strategy to extricate the US from its dire economic straights has been
leaking out from Washington over the past few weeks. How does he wean
the country off of massive stimulus programs, zero interest rates, and
Today in History Thursday April
1817 - The first American school for the deaf was opened in Hartford,
1850 - The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln mobilized the Federal army.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died from injuries inflicted by
John Wilkes Booth.
1871 - "Wild Bill" Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
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
1934 - In the comic strip "Blondie," Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead
welcomed a baby boy, Alexander. The child would be nicknamed, Baby
1945 - During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the
Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
1948 - The Arabs were defeated in the first Jewish-Arab battle.
1952 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed the official Japanese peace
1952 - The first B-52 prototype was tested in the air.
1953 - Pope Pius XII gave his approval of psychoanalysis but warned of
1953 - Charlie Chaplin surrendered his U.S. re-entry permit rather than
face proceedings by the U.S. Justice Department. Chaplin was accused of
sympathizing with Communist groups.
1955 - Ray Kroc started the McDonald's restaurant chain.
1956 - The worlds’ first, all-color TV station was dedicated. It was
WNBQ-TV in Chicago and is now WMAQ-TV.
1956 - General Motors announced that the first free piston automobile
had been developed.
1959 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro began a U.S. goodwill tour.
1967 - Richard Speck was found guilty of murdering eight student nurses.
1986 - U.S. F-111 warplanes attacked Libya in response to the bombing of
a discotheque in Berlin on April 5, 1986.
1987 - In Northhampton, MA, Amy Carter, Abbie Hoffman and 13 others were
acquitted on civil disobedience charges related with a CIA protest.
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.
1989 - In Sheffield, England, 93 people were killed and 180 were injured
at a soccer game at Hillsborough Stadium when a crowd surged into an
overcrowded standing area.
1994 - The World Trade Organization was established.
1998 - Pol Pot died at the age of 73. The leader of the Khmer Rouge
regime thereby evaded prosecution for the deaths of 2 million
1999 - In Algeria, former Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Bouteflika was
elected president. All of the opposition candidates claimed that the
vote was fraudulent and withdrew from the election.
2000 - 600 anti-IMF (International Monetary Fund) protesters were
arrested in Washington, DC, for demonstrating without a permit.
Another ‘Mike Tawse Original’ Thought For The Day -- The Foundation
Of Learning - Knowledge is more than the firm foundation of learning; it
is the springboard of discovery.
Volcanic ash halts all UK flights -- Airline passengers are facing
massive disruption across the UK after an ash cloud from a volcanic
eruption in Iceland grounded planes. The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats)
said no flights would be allowed in or out of UK airspace from midday to
1800BST amid fears of engine damage. The restrictions were imposed after
the Met Office warned the ash was sufficient to clog engines. Passengers
were also affected in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
Tea-Party Mania: Taxpayers to Storm White House -- Thousands of
taxpayers from across the nation are planning to descend on the White
House Thursday, and a million more are expected to take their fight
against excessive spending, growth of big government and soaring
deficits to more than 700 rallies in U.S. cities this week.
Tax Day 2010: Most of Every Dollar You Pay in Federal Taxes is Spent On
-- The correct answer may be that 53% of the federal tax being collected
in 2010 has already been allocated for defense spending.
Court to hear suit over Tea Party name -- Nearly three dozen people
and groups who called themselves part of the Tea Party movement filed
suit against O'Neal and two associates in January, accusing them of
trying to "hijack" the movement and confuse the public. "They're trying
to promote candidates that we wouldn't support," said plaintiff Everett
Wilkinson, who has been active in Tea Party events and groups. "The
people trust us more than the political parties. We work hard to keep
Poland to reveal black box details from crash -- Komorowski became
acting president following Kaczynski's death and it is unclear who he
will run against in an election now expected to take place on June 20.
Right-wing Law and Justice (Pis), led by Kaczynski's twin brother
Jaroslaw, and the main leftist opposition party SLD, whose presidential
candidate also died in the crash, are now under pressure to name new
candidates to take on Komorowski.
Laughing All The Way To The Bank -- A can-do nation like America
cannot afford to be overrun with can't do/better-not-try humorless
pessimists. A collective sense of humor would allow us to laugh at our
pratfalls, correct them, and move on to a brighter future. Entrepreneurs
must believe in happy endings, not end games. Evidence suggests that
creative thinkers with a good sense of humor could be laughing all the
way to the bank.
Workers strike over ban on drinking at work -- A few hundred
warehouse workers and drivers at Danish brewer Carlsberg halted work for
a second day on Thursday to protest a company decision to limit beer
drinking at work to lunch breaks. The strike in Denmark followed the
company's April 1 decision to introduce new rules for employees on beer
drinking at work, said Jens Bekke, spokesman at the world no.4 brewer.
Family Firms See Two-Year Timeline to Sell, Rothstein Kass Says --
"It's been absolutely frightening to see how many small businesses have
had to close their doors or gone bankrupt," Rossello said. Confidence
among U.S. small businesses fell in March to the lowest level since July
2009 as executives grew more concerned about earnings and sales,
according to the Washington-based National Federation of Independent
China 'Power' Over Metals for Smart Bombs Prompts U.S. Hearing --
U.S. lawmakers called for a hearing after a government report exposed
potential "vulnerabilities" for the American military because of its
extensive use of Chinese metals in smart bombs, night-vision goggles and
radar. China controls 97 percent of production of materials known as
rare earth oxides, giving it "market power" over the U.S., the
Government Accountability Office said in the report obtained by
Bloomberg News before its public release on April 14.
Chinese Economy Grows 11.9% -- China's economic growth accelerated
to the fastest pace in almost three years in the first quarter,
highlighting overheating risks that may prompt the government to scrap
the yuan's peg to the dollar. Comment: Now we know why Geitner is there!
Donkey, Horse and Cat in Israeli Jail - this is not a joke -- The
date of the crime was on the return to the Christian celebrations of
Palm on Sunday on last March 28, 2010. The story is about the arrest of
a donkey and a horse by the Israeli soldiers in occupied Bethlehem in
the occupied West Bank
CFR, Trilateral Commission Member to Replace Poland's Kaczynski? --
BusinessWeek reported yesterday that Andrzej Olechowski will enter a
presidential race in Poland to replace Lech Kaczynski.
Chinese President Maintains that Outsiders Don't Influence Currency
Policy -- Amid a clamor in Washington over the value of the Chinese
currency, President Hu Jintao used a visit to the United States this
week to address what, for any Chinese leader, is a more pressing
concern: asserting his nationalist credentials in the face of foreign
ACTA - The Most Dangerous Global Trade Agreement You've Never Heard Of
-- This week the White House sent out a press release touting the Obama
administration's efforts to increase transparency in government. "For
too long Washington has closed itself off from the oversight of the
American public," President Obama said. "That's why my administration is
taking concrete steps to build a government that's more transparent,
open and accountable."
Pornographic Magazine for the Blind Launched -- A pornographic
magazine for the blind has been launched - complete with explicit text
and raised pictures of naked men and women.
Brief Filed in GM Alfalfa Appeal -- An Organic Amicus brief has been
filed in support of the Center for Food Safety’s case against Monsanto’s
Supreme Court appeal of the lower court-ordered injunction against the
selling of GM alfalfa.
Maryland Cops Beat the Daylights Out of a guy for Absolutely No Reason
Whatsover -- Video obtained by ABC 7 News appears to support a
University of Maryland student’s claim that he was attacked — unprovoked
— by Prince George’s County police during the civil disturbance that
followed the Terps’ victory over Duke last month, ABC 7’s Brad Bell
Iran is Attacked, Nuclear Devices Will Go Off in American Cities --
This warning, along with an announcement that Iran would join the
world's nuclear club within a month, raised the pitch of Iranian anti-US
rhetoric to a new high Tuesday, April 13, as 47 world leaders gathered
in Washington for President Barack Obama's Nuclear Security Summit.
Commercial Delinquencies Rise Again, Data Ignored -- Commercial Real
Estate delinquency rates for loans held >30 days rose to 5.69% (as REITs
continue to hit record highs)
Pakistan Airstrike Kills 71 Civilians -- Up to 71 civilians were
killed in a weekend strike by Pakistani jets near the Afghan border,
survivors and a government official said Tuesday — a rare confirmation
of civilian casualties that risks undercutting public support for the
fight against militants.
IMF Prepares for Global Cataclysm, Expands Backup Rescue Facility by
Half a Trillion for 'Contribution to Global Financial Stability' --
And all the pundits thought that the IMF would be on the hook for just
€10 billion... The IMF has just announced that it is expanding its New
Arrangement to Borrow (NAB) multilateral facility from its existing $50
billion by a whopping $500 billion (SDR333.5 billion), to $550 billion.
Small Businesses Say the Economy Sucked in March -- Small businesses
are NOT seeing much of an economic rebound.
ANH-USA Victory! Supplements Are Exempted from Codex Language in Food
Safety Bill -- The FDA Food Modernization Act (S. 510), also
referred to as the “Food Safety” bill, has been modified to exempt
dietary supplements from language that otherwise creates a slippery
slope toward U.S. harmonization with Codex Alimentarius.
Chile Surrenders Hoard of Enriched Uranium -- Chile has given up
President Pinochet’s secret hoard of highly enriched uranium, boosting
US efforts to secure volatile stockpiles worldwide.
'Russia Engineered Plane Crash' -- The Russian government prevented
the Polish president's plane from landing four times to divert him from
a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, according
to an MP.
WHO Appoints H1N1 Cover-Up Committee -- Reports that the WHO is
appointing an ‘independent’ committee to investigate its own conduct in
the H1N1 panic of 2009 has been tempered by the fact that one of the
committee’s members, John Mackenzie, was in fact one of the advisors who
urged the WHO to declare a pandemic in the first place.
Iceland Crisis Report: Bank's Owners Owed the Most -- The majority
owners of the three largest Icelandic banks, Kaupthing, Landsbanki and
Glitnir, and of the investment bank Straumur-Burdarás, were also their
largest debtors, as the Special Investigative Commission’s crisis
report, which was made public yesterday, has revealed.
America Does Not Have a Shortage of Doctors, It Has Excess of Disease
-- Now that health reform relying on monopolized pharmaceutical medicine
has become the law of the land across America, the mainstream media is
reporting on a sudden shortage of doctors.
Migratory Birds Are Teaching Humans About Benefits of Superfood Berries
-- Birds such as sparrows, thrushes and warblers are apparently experts
on preventing disease and optimizing their bodies to deal with stress.
Antidepressant Use Increases Risk of Stroke -- Taking
antidepressants may significantly increase the risk of stroke in
post-menopausal women, according to a study conducted by researchers
from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and published in the
Archives of Internal Medicine.
Space Storms Could Threaten UK Power Grid -- Changes in the space
environment caused by the Sun can lead to periods of bad “space
Retail Sales Rise for Third Straight Month -- Retail salesrose for
the third straight month in March as better weather and auto incentives
encouraged more spending.
Club of Rome Behind Eco-Fascist Purge To Criminalize Climate Skepticism
-- The British lawyer who last week called for introducing international
laws through the United Nations which would make it a crime against
humanity to question the reality of man-made global warming has close
ties with the Club of Rome – the ultra elitist organization which openly
bragged of how it invented the climate change scare as a means of
manipulating the global population to accept world government.
Newsweek: Oath Keepers are Extremists -- Rhodes told a NEWSWEEK
reporter, “We’re not a militia.” Oath Keepers do not run around the
woods on the weekend shooting weapons or threatening the violent
overthrow of the government. Their oath is to uphold the Constitution
and defend the American people from dictatorship.
Special Army Unit Ready to be Deployed on American Soil Just Before
Elections -- In October of this year, one month prior to the
November midterm elections, a special army unit known as 'Consequence
Management Response Force' will be ready for deployment on American soil
if so ordered by the President.
Dangers of Small 'Green' Cars -- I suppose it was only a matter of
time. I saw one of these little death boxes almost two years ago.
Croatian Teenager Wakes Up From Coma Speaking Fluent German -- Since
waking up from her 24 hour coma however, she has been unable to speak
Croatian, but is able to communicate perfectly in German.
Woman Receives House Arrest for Piercing 'Gothic Kittens' -- A woman
convicted of animal cruelty for marketing "gothic kittens" with ear and
neck piercings has been sentenced to six months of house arrest.
Caterpillar Helps Power DOW Above 11,000 -- Stocks rose, prompting
the Dow Jones Industrial Average to close above 11000 for the first time
since September 2008, with Caterpillar, Alcoa and Chevron in the lead.
Today in History Wednesday April
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.
1902 - James Cash (J.C.) Penney opened his first retail store in
Kemmerer, WY. It was called the Golden Rule Store.
1910 - U.S. President William Howard Taft threw out the first ball for
the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics.
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
1918 - The U.S. First Aero Squadron engaged in America's first aerial
dogfight with enemy aircraft over Toul, France.
1925 - WGN became the first radio station to broadcast a regular season
major league baseball game. The Cubs beat the Pirates 8-2.
1931 - King Alfonso XIII of Spain went into exile and the Spanish
Republic was proclaimed.
1946 - The civil war between Communists and nationalist resumed in
1953 - Viet Minh invaded Laos with 40,00 troops.
1956 - Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, CA, demonstrated the first
commercial magnetic tape recorder for sound and picture.
1959 - The Taft Memorial Bell Tower was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1969 - For the first time, a major league baseball game was played in
1981 - America's first space shuttle, Columbia, returned to Earth after
a three-day test flight. The shuttle orbited the Earth 36 times during
1985 - The Russian paper "Pravda" called U.S. President Reagan's planned
visit to Bitburg to visit the Nazi cemetery an "act of blasphemy".
1986 - U.S. President Reagan announced the U.S. air raid on military and
terrorist related targets in Libya.
1987 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev proposed banning all missiles
1988 - Representatives from the U.S.S.R., Pakistan, Afghanistan and the
U.S. signed an agreement that called for the withdrawal of Soviet forces
from Afghanistan starting on May 15. The last Soviet troop left
Afghanistan on February 15, 1989.
1988 - In New York, real estate tycoons Harry and Leona Helmsley were
indicted for income tax evasion.
1990 - Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles began a streak of 95
errorless games and 431 total chances by a shortstop.
1994 - Two American F-15 warplanes inadvertently shot down two U.S.
helicopters over northern Iraq. 26 people were killed including 15
1998 - The state of Virginia ignored the requests from the World Court
and executed a Paraguayan for the murder of a U.S. woman.
1999 - Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile that was capable of
carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching its rival neighbor India.
2000 - After five years of deadlock, Russia approved the START II treaty
that calls for the scrapping of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads. The
Russian government warned it would abandon all arms-control pacts if
Washington continued with an anti-missile system.
VIDEO: Oklahoma Gubernatorial candidate (R) Randy Brogdon... opines
Bloom: Rescuer James King Tells 'Good Morning America' God Led Him to
Missing Girl -- The man who found missing, 11-year-old Nadia Bloom
of Florida said God told him to "follow the sunrise" into the heart of a
treacherous swamp where the girl awaited rescue on a log. The man who
found Nadia Bloom, 11, says God directed his path."He [God] directed my
path," volunteer searcher James King told "Good Morning America" today.
"When you're in a swamp, there's no good-looking way. He led me directly
to her. ... I would be praying and calling out Scriptures and at one
point I called out, 'Nadia,' and I heard, 'What?'
Wisconsin pension funding for teachers falls $10.9 billion short, report
says -- Wisconsin's statewide pension system for public employees
may not be as well-funded as the state reports, with a new study
estimating it could be as much as $10.9 billion short in meeting its
obligations just to teachers.
Says Walnuts Are Illegal Drugs By William Faloon -- The FDA has
determined that walnuts sold by Diamond Foods cannot be legally marketed
because the walnuts “are not generally recognized as safe and effective”
for the medical conditions referenced on Diamond Foods’ website. Read
Tea Parties And Lawmakers Envision Militia -- Frustrated by recent
political setbacks, tea party leaders and some conservative members of
the Oklahoma Legislature say they would like to create a new volunteer
militia to help defend against what they believe are improper federal
infringements on state sovereignty.
Arizona passes strict illegal immigration act -- The bill directs
police to determine the immigration status of noncriminals if there is a
'reasonable suspicion' they are undocumented. Immigrant rights groups
say it amounts to a police state.
Wall Street-backed Chinese dairy firm collapses -- Chinese dairy
products maker Taizinai, which counts Goldman Sachs (GS.N) and Morgan
Stanley (MS.N) among its investors and Citigroup (C.N) among its
lenders, has collapsed, leaving around 3 billion yuan ($440 million) in
unpaid debt, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
earthquake’ kills hundreds in China -- A series of strong
earthquakes struck a far western Tibetan area of China on Wednesday,
killing at least 400 people and injuring thousands as houses made of mud
and wood collapsed, trapping many more, officials said.
tea rally has glaring absence: Scott Brown -- When the Tea Party
Express pulls into the city where the conservative movement got its
name, the crowd will be as notable for who is not there as who is. Sarah
Palin is the keynote speaker at Wednesday's rally on Boston Common, but
Republican Sen. Scott Brown _ whose January election the movement claims
as its proudest accomplishment _ is skipping the event.
Mexico tells U.S. to stop sending Mexicans back to Juarez -- The
U.S. government has stopped deporting people with criminal records
through the El Paso and Juarez bridges, a Department of Homeland
Security official said today. Comment: When Mexico speaks, the US jumps?
Wait until you see this article, which originally ran in the El Paso
press, which has "mysteriously" been removed by the El Paso paper.
Vatican's New Strategy -- The Vatican has been reeling for weeks
since reports surfaced that Benedict - when known as Joseph Ratzinger
and served as archbishop in Munich from 1977-82 - approved therapy for a
pedophile priest who was allowed to do pastoral work. The priest was
later convicted of molesting boys. Since then, hundreds of people have
come forward with abuse accusations in Germany and elsewhere in Europe,
and old cases with connections to Rome and the pope himself have come to
light in the United States.
Toyota to stop selling Lexus GX 460 SUV -- Toyota Motor Corp. is
temporarily halting sales of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 after Consumer
Reports issued a rare "Don't Buy" warning amid concerns the large SUV
has handling problems that could cause it to roll over during sharp
Supplements Are Exempted From Codex Language in Food Safety Bill --
The FDA Food Modernization Act (S. 510), also referred to as the “Food
Safety” bill, has been modified to exempt dietary supplements from
language that otherwise creates a slippery slope toward U.S.
harmonization with Codex Alimentarius.
Rich Dad tips silver investment strongly -- Don’t get rich, get
famous! But Rich Dad Robert Kiyosaki has managed both with his
best-selling Rich Dad books on investment advice. Before the real estate
boom he was into housing, now he is promoting precious metals and
particularly silver as the next big thing. Be sure to listen to the
audio clip within the article!
Video Catches Maryland Police Beating Unarmed Student Unprovoked --
Three Maryland police officers were caught beating an unarmed student
following post-basketball game revelry in a videotape released Monday.
Biblical scholar's date for rapture: May 21, 2011 -- Camping, 88,
has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed
a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good
Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade,
crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he'dfound: The world will
end May 21, 2011. This is not the first time Camping has made a bold
prediction about Judgment Day. On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping's
believers gathered inside Alameda's Veterans Memorial Building to await
the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years.
Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles
open-faced toward heaven.
the U.S. Army Losing Its War on Suicide? -- From the invasion of
Afghanistan until last summer, the U.S. military had lost 761 soldiers
in combat there. But a higher number in the service — 817 — had taken
their own lives over the same period. The surge in suicides, which have
risen five years in a row, has become a vexing problem for which the
Army's highest levels of command have yet to find a solution despite
deploying hundreds of mental-health experts and investing millions of
dollars. Read More...
Evigia Releases New Active-Passive Mobile RFID Platform -- "The
introduction of Evigia's active-passive mobile platform is another
indication of our commitment to lead the RFID industry with products
that provide superior functionality and performance to government and
commercial end-users," said Navid Yazdi, Evigia CEO. "This mobile
platform provides the benefits of both DASH7 active RFID and EPC Gen 2
passive RFID technologies. This enables end-to-end item-level asset
tracking, dramatically improving the visibility and functionality of
supply networks." Comment: Note the comment of "superior functionality
and performance to government". (Thanks Jimm)
Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle offer fixes in big Patch Tuesday --
Microsoft fixed 25 holes on Tuesday, including critical ones for Windows
that could be triggered by browsing to a malicious Web page, while Adobe
plugged 15 holes in Reader and Acrobat and launched its new updater
service. Oracle also released its own critical patch update, covering
nearly 50 new vulnerability fixes across hundreds of its products, on
what was turning out to be an uber Patch Tuesday.
The Daily Bell: Lieberman: US Must Plan to Attack Iran -- But now
there is a new cool dude in the White House. He has committed tens of
thousands of additional troops to the futile war in Afghanistan. He has
pressured Pakistan to more actively fight the Taliban. He has
consistently ratcheted up the pressure on Iran, to try to ensure its
leaders do not attempt to build a nuclear weapon. Who knows what Obama
is capable of? Probably more, unfortunately, than most allow.
Priest calls for pope's resignation -- "If he can't take the
consequences of being truthful on this matter, his integrity should lead
him, for the good of the church, to step down and to have the conclave
of cardinals elect a pope with the understanding that the elected pope
would be willing to take on this issue, not just in promise," Scahill
Today in History Tuesday April
1782 - Washington, NC was incorporated as the first town to be named for
1796 - The first known elephant to arrive in the United States from
1808 - William "Juda" Henry Lane perfected the tap dance.
1829 - The English Parliament granted freedom of religion to Catholics.
1860 - The first mail was delivered via Pony Express when a westbound
rider arrived in Sacremento, CA from St. Joseph, MO.
1861 - After 34 hours of bombardment, the Union-held Fort Sumter
surrenders to Confederates.
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.
1919 - British forces killed hundreds of Indian nationalists in the
1941 - German troops captured Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson
1945 - Vienna fell to Soviet troops.
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.
1970 - An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, preventing a planned moon
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.
1990 - The Soviet Union accepted responsibility for the World War II
murders of thousands of imprisoned Polish officers in the Katyn Forest.
The Soviets had previously blamed the massacre on the Nazis.
1998 - Nations Bank and Bank America 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.
1999 - Jack Kervorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, MI, to 10 to 25 years
in prison for the second-degree murder of Thomas Youk. Youk's assisted
suicide was videotaped and shown on "60 Minutes" in 1998.
2000 - It was announced that 69 people had died when the Arlahada, a
Philippine ferry, capsized. 70 people were rescued.
2002 - Twenty-five Hindus were killed and about 30 were wounded when
grenades were thrown by suspected Islamic guerrillas near Jammu-Kashir.
2002 - Venezuela's interim president, Pedro Carmona, resigned a day
after taking office. Thousands of protesters had supported over the
ousting of president Hugo Chavez.
Bill Murphy of GATA Reveals Whistle-Blower in Gold Price Suppression
-- Bill Murphy, Chairman of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee
delivers his testimony about a whistle-blower in the gold price
suppression scheme to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on
– Whistle Blower Comes Forward With Solid Proof The Price Of Gold And
Silver Is Being Manipulated By Major Financial Institutions
U.S. Faces Doctor Shortage -- Medical Schools Can't Keep Up! As
Ranks of Insured Expand, Nation Faces Shortage of 150,000 Doctors in 15
Income falls 3.2% during Obama's term -- Real personal income for
Americans - excluding government payouts such as Social Security - has
fallen by 3.2 percent since President Obama took office in January 2009,
according to the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis.
U.S. military playing expanded role in Pakistan - U.S. Special
Operations Forces on a training mission in Pakistan are playing an
expanded but largely unseen role in the country's counterinsurgency
campaign, working with paramilitary units to "hold and build" tribal
areas as militants are cleared out.
Pakistan: Exodus Caused by Airstrikes Continues -- More than 200,000
people have fled Pakistan’s latest offensive against Taliban militants
in the northwestern Orakzai tribal region, the United Nations said
Monday. The military has pounded the region with airstrikes and
artillery in an attempt to rout insurgents from the area near the Afghan
border. The exodus there adds to the more than 1.3 million people driven
from their homes by fighting in Pakistan.
LA Times: Recession may not be over yet, panel says -- The
seven-member committee said that it "would be premature" to set a date
marking the end of the last economic contraction and the beginning of an
expansion. Although recent economic data have been positive, its
statement said, "many indicators are quite preliminary at this time and
will be revised in coming months." The weak labor market has prompted
many American workers to ask, "What recovery?"
Obama Caught In Lie On Birthplace -- Arakaki told Baro's
investigators she had no recollection of Obama being born or of the
family living next door having a black child born to a white mother.
Baro sent a team of investigators to Honolulu to explore records
regarding current residents of Kalanianaole Highway and to track down
residents back to 1961. Baro's investigators were unable to locate any
current or past resident of Kalanianaole Highway who could recall Obama
or his family living at the address listed in the Sunday Advertiser
Census Nonsense: Why Barack Obama isn’t black -- In its American
incarnation, blackness emerged as a social category in the seventeenth
century as part of Southern whites’ attempt to justify the economic and
social subordination of Africans who had been brought to the country in
bondage. The legal interpretation of blackness was accompanied by laws
barring miscegenation between whites and blacks
Failed rescue leaves AnchorBank struggling for stability -- Now that
a complex plan to recapitalize AnchorBank has fallen through, the
(Wisconsin) state's fourth-biggest bank is back to the drawing board in
its effort to save itself. While a Wall Street firm hired by Anchor
seeks a new investment deal, a buyer or other ways to raise capital, the
bank's chief executive, Chris Bauer, said he intends to keep doing what
has been his top priority since he came on board last summer: try to
stabilize the troubled bank. That means lowering expenses so there's
more income to cover ongoing loan losses. It also means attempting to
sell more branches that are outside of Anchor's core markets of Madison,
Milwaukee and the Fox Valley.
VOTE: Do you Think Congress should have the same Healthcare --
Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana !Congressman John Fleming (
Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment that would require
congressmen and senators to take the same healthcare plan they force on
us (under proposed legislation they are curiously exempt). Congressman
Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and Sign his petition
(very simple - just email).
New battery could change world, one house at a time -- "I can't
imagine anything more secure than generating my own energy with the sun
at my house, and now I'll have a way to store it. It's the ultimate in
security, and the ultimate in control."
One Marine's 'Liberty Walk' -- I met Ernest Logan Bell, a
25-year-old Marine Corps veteran, as he walked along Route 12 in upstate
New York with a large American flag strapped to the side of his green
backpack. Read More...
The Accomodationists: Memo to Liberals on the White House Death Warrants
-- Let us hear no more excuses for Barack Obama. Let us hear no more
defenses, no more special pleading, no more extenuations. Let us have no
more reciting of the "pressures" he is under, of the "many obstacles"
that balk him in his quest to do us good, of the "bad advisors" who are
swaying him to unworthy acts against his will.
The $2.3 Trillion State and Local Government Debt Monster -- Much of
the focus on government debt over the past few years has revolved around
the federal government. No doubt, this is a stunningly large amount.
Intel Wants Brain Implants in Its Customers by 2020 -- If the idea
of turning consumers into true cyborgs sounds creepy, don't tell Intel
researchers. Intel's Pittsburgh lab aims to develop brain implants that
can control all sorts of gadgets directly via brain waves by 2020.
Spend It Now! A Huge New Tax Is Coming -- I’m not kidding. The
latest idea out of Washington is to pay for its insatiable appetite for
spending with what’s called a “Value-Added Tax.”
Carbon Credit Documentary Should Not Have Been Shown, BBC Admits --
A BBC documentary about socialite Robin Birley and his carbon credits
business venture in Africa should never have been broadcast, an internal
inquiry by the corporation has found. Millions of viewers were misled
because the sympathetic documentary shown on BBC World News failed to
declare that it was financed by a secretive trust that was linked to
Israel Ranks 6th With Up to 300 Nukes -- Analysts for a reputable
military journal have rated Israel as the world’s sixth nuclear power,
alongside Britain, with up to 300 nuclear warheads.
Europe Agrees $40 Billion Greece Rescue Deal -- Europe could lend
debt-stricken Greece up to 30 billion euros (40 billion dollars) under a
contingency package agreed on Sunday
in a bid to restore investor confidence in the continent's economy.
BOMBSHELL - Whistle Blower Comes Forward With Solid Proof The Price of
Gold and Silver is Being Manipulated by Major Financial Institutions
-- For a long time many of us have had very serious suspicions that the
prices of gold and silver were being highly manipulated.
Kenyan Official: Obama Born Here -- "If America was living in a
situation where they feared ethnicity and did not see itself as a
multiparty state or nation," Orengo posited, "how could a young man born
here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the president
Procter and Gamble to Reduce 1, 4 Dioxane Levels in Herbal Essences
Shampoos -- A recent press conference hosted by the Green Patriot
Working Group (GPWG) included an announcement that Procter and Gamble
(P&G) will be reducing the levels of toxic 1,4-dioxane in its Herbal
Essences line of hair care products.
Some US Hospital Patients Exposed to 700% Excess Radiation from CT Scans
-- The FDA has launched an investigation into how patients at several
different hospitals were exposed to as much as eight times more
radiation than they were supposed to receive while undergoing computed
tomography (CT) scans of their brains.
Why You've Never Heard the Truth About Vitamin D Deficiency -- There
is an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency sweeping across our modern world,
and it's an epidemic of such depth and seriousness that it makes the
H1N1 swine flu epidemic look like a case of the sniffles by comparison.
Vitamin D deficiency is not only alarmingly widespread, it's also a root
cause of many other serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes,
osteoporosis and heart disease.
Corporate Media Connects Hutaree Members to US Military -- Newsweek
is reporting that two members of the Hutaree “militia” are ex-members of
the U.S. military.
Abu Ghraib Torture Team Returns to Iraq -- The Army reserve unit
that became infamous after some of its members were charged with abusing
prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison six years ago is returning to Iraq.
Extraordinary Number US Quakes - Still Climbing -- The shaking
hasn't stopped after a 7.2 earthquake rattled the U.S. and Mexico Easter
Sunday. Yesterday around 2 a.m. local time, a respectable 4.5 quake
rattled San Diego, which was followed by more than a dozen Richter 3's
in the same area.
TX Pipe Bomb Mad at Government -- The man who’s suspected of
planting thirty-six bomb-like devices in and around mailboxes in East
Texas may have had a beef with the US government. Investigators arrested
52-year old Larry Eugene North yesterday after they say they spotted him
planting a device near a shopping center in Tyler.
Lame Cherry: A Polish Assassination in Theory -- All of this appears
too convenient in getting rid of a Polish government which Mr. Obama
cast to the wind and the Russians were pointing nuclear missiles at. I
do not believe in coincidences and when one has heaps of coincidences
piling up that puts a Polish assassination theory into a Polish
assassination reality. Could this be done by the Russian government?
Global Warming: List of Bad Things Attributed to Global Warming --
Actual links to stories that make the claims listed below can be found
http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm . (Below the list are some
claims that no longer have working Internet links.)
Today in History Monday April
1811 - The first colonists arrived at Cape
1833 - Charles Gaylor patented the fireproof safe.
1861 - Fort Sumter was shelled by Confederacy, starting America's Civil
1864 - Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest captured Fort Pillow, in
Tennessee and slaughters the black Union troops there.
1892 - Voters in Lockport, New York, became the first in the U.S. to use
1905 - The Hippodrome opened in New York City.
1911 - Pierre Prier completed the first non-stop London-Paris flight in
three hours and 56 minutes.
1916 - American cavalrymen and Mexican bandit troops clashed at Parrel,
1927 - The British Cabinet came out in favor of women voting rights.
1938 - The first U.S. law requiring a medical test for a marriage
license was enacted in New York.
1944 - The U.S. Twentieth Air Force was activated to begin the strategic
bombing of Japan.
1945 - In New York, the organization of the first eye bank, the Eye Bank
for Sight Restoration, was announced.
1945 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in Warm Spring, GA. He
died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 63. Harry S Truman became
1955 - The University of Michigan Polio Vaccine Evaluation Center
announced that the polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was "safe, effective
1961 - Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin became first man to orbit the
1963 - Police used dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights
demonstrators in Birmingham, AL.
1981 - The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL,
on its first test flight.
1982 - Three CBS employees were shot to death in a New York City parking
1983 - Harold Washington was elected the first black mayor of Chicago.
1984 - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Challenger made the first
satellite repair in orbit by returning the Solar Max satellite to space.
1984 - Israeli troops stormed a bus that had been hijacked the previous
evening by four Arab terrorists. All the passengers were rescued and 2
of the hijackers were killed.
1985 - In Spain, an explosion in a restaurant near a U.S. base killed 17
1987 - Texaco filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it failed to settle a
legal dispute with Pennzoil Co.
1989 - In the U.S.S.R, ration cards were issued for the first time since
World War II. The ration was prompted by a sugar shortage.
1993 - NATO began enforcing a no-fly zone over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2000 - More than 1,500 anti-drug agents raided four cities in Colombia
and arrested 46 members of the "most powerful" heroin ring.
2000 - Israel's High Court ordered the release of eight Lebanese
detainees that had been held for years without a trial.
2002 - A first edition version of Beatrix Potter's "Peter Rabbit" sold
for $64,780 at Sotheby's. A signed first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's
"The Hobbit" sold for $66,630. A copy of "Harry Potter and the
Philosopher's Stone," signed by J.K. Rowling sold for $16,660. A
250-piece collection of rare works by Charles Dickens sold for $512,650.
2002 - JCPenney Chairman Allen Questrom rang the opening bell to start
the business day at the New York Stock Exchange as part of the company's
centennial celebrations. James Cash (J.C.) Penney opened his first
retail store on April 14, 1902.
69 Wisconsin doctors show up on Pfizer payroll -- Sixty-nine
Wisconsin doctors were on the payroll of the world's largest drug
company, Pfizer, during the last six months of 2009, working as
speakers, consultants and researchers and pulling in more than $200,000
combined, according to a list made public by the company.
Link to Pfizer's spin
Hundreds gather in Madison to promote raw milk sales -- The movement
to legalize raw milk sales in the United States has been driven by
people seeking alternatives to processed food, which they believe is
unhealthy and causes diseases. "We are not ignorant people who need to
be protected from ourselves," said Emily Matthews, a registered nurse
who spoke at the symposium. It's a freedom-of-choice issue, according to
raw milk advocates. "We are in a war, and it's not really about milk. It
is about control of our food supply," said Ted Beals, a retired
pathologist from Michigan.
VIDEO: Microchipping Airport Workers
Poland's National Bank President Slawomir Skrzypek Says No to IMF - Dies
in Plane Crash 12 Days Later -- Poland’s economy is in “good enough
shape” that the country doesn’t need to extend its Flexible Credit Line
from the International Monetary Fund, the central bank said in an
e-mailed statement today.
Polish Leader, 96 Others Dead in Russia Jet Crash -- The crash of an
aging Russian airliner ravaged the top levels of Poland's military,
political and church elite Saturday, killing the Polish president and
dozens of other dignitaries as they traveled to a ceremony commemorating
a slaughter that has divided the two nations for seven decades.
Big businesses winning contracts meant for small ones, groups charge
-- A new skirmish is emerging in an ugly, ongoing dispute between small
business advocates and the federal government over its past -- and
perhaps continuing -- practice of awarding small business contracts to
Fortune 500 companies. The American Small Business League in a lawsuit
is accusing the General Services Administration of destroying
information in a database that could help advocates trace the
violations, and the league has asked a federal court in Northern
California to force the government to restore the data, which spans 10
years, and to make the information public.
Sheriff's friends benefit from foreclosures -- The foreclosure
crisis that has impacted Summit County homeowners has been a financial
boon for a select few friends of Sheriff Drew Alexander. Fifteen men,
mostly retired police officers with little or no appraising experience,
combined to earn more than $1.2 million working part time setting
property values for the sheriff's office last year.
NASA's Global Hawk Completes First Science Flight -- NASA has
successfully completed the first science flight of the Global Hawk
unpiloted aircraft system over the Pacific Ocean. The flight was the
first of five scheduled for this month's Global Hawk Pacific, or GloPac,
mission to study atmospheric science over the Pacific and Arctic oceans.
Ultimate road test: Stanford's driverless Audi tests high-speed handling
on Colo.'s Pikes Peak -- The U.S. Department of Defense has been
developing driverless technology that allows unmanned vehicles to
perform military missions without endangering soldiers. Its research
arm, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, has been sponsoring
autonomous vehicle contests since 2004 with the goal of making one-third
of the military's ground combat vehicles driverless by 2015.
2 big banks forecast major rise in foreclosures in 2010 -- Remember
Ben Bernanke assuring us the subprime problem was "contained"? In
mid-2008, after the recession had been under way for six months, the Fed
thought there would be no recession, and the most pessimistic member of
its Open Market Committee thought the unemployment rate could climb to
6.1 percent by late 2009. It actually went over 10 percent. Having been
embarrassed by missing impending disaster, there is an understandable
hesitation to appear foolishly optimistic again.
FDA Finally Admits That Asthma Drugs Can Actually Cause Serious Asthma
Attacks -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently
issued new restrictions for four popular long-acting asthma drugs.
Novartis AG's Foradil, GlaxoSmithKline's Serevent and Advair, and
AstraZeneca's Symbicort, all contain an ingredient that relaxes airway
muscles in the lungs which can cause asthma-related death. If not
accompanied by other asthma drugs to offset this life-threatening side
effect, the consequences could be fatal.
Poverty Now Rampant: Half of US Kids on Food Stamps -- Almost half
of all children living in the United States will receive food stamp
assistance at some point before they turn 18, according to a study
conducted by researchers from Cornell and Washington Universities and
published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
VIDEO: Federal Reserve BANK Con Exposed on MSNBC There is No Money
Super-High Alcohol Beer Heads to the US -- Thanks to a war between
European brewing companies, it's never been easier to catch a healthy
'If you get too close to me with that camera, I'll take it out of your
hand and ram it down your throat' -- The irony in the above video is
that the man hired to protect the courthouse from “terrorists” is the
one doing the terrorizing by making violent threats against law-abiding
Energy Star Rating Given to Gas Powered Clock Radio and 14 Other Bogus
Products -- The Environmental Protection Agency certified that a
“gas-powered clock radio” was an energy-efficient product under the
government’s Energy Star program, despite the fact that neither the
clock nor its manufacturer ever existed.
The Coast Guard:
A Branch of the Military That is Not Subject to Posse Comitatus -
Say What??? -- What branch of the military, that is not really a branch
of the military, or sometimes is a branch of the military, is not
subject to Posse Comitatus like the military, but gets to act like the
military and prosecute civilians under military law, and is now a part
of the Department of Homeland Security?
Is There Really a Recovery? -- The talking heads on all the major
news shows keep telling us that the U.S. economy is experiencing a
Bilderberg Found! -- The Bilderberg group will conduct its annual
meeting June 3-6 in Sitges, Spain (a small, exclusive resort town about
20 miles from Barcelona) behind a wall of armed guards who will seal off
the resort in a futile attempt to keep the event secret.
Amid Cuts, Ohio Judge Tells Citizens to Carry Guns -- A judge in an
Ohio county is urging citizens to be vigilant and carry firearms because
of budget cuts to the sheriff's department.
Inkjet-Like Device 'Prints' Cells Right Over Burns -- Inspired by a
standard office inkjet printer, U.S. researchers have rigged up a device
that can spray skin cells directly onto burn victims, quickly protecting
and healing their wounds as an alternative to skin grafts.
IMF Warns High Public Debt Tremendous Challenge -- IMF chief
Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on Saturday that public debt in the advanced
economies is set to increase significantly and reversing the rise would
be a "tremendous" challenge.
Glenn Beck: 'Mitt Romney Could be the Only Guy That Could Win in 2012'
-- Glenn Beck and radio pals Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere rattled down the
list of potential Republican nominees for President in 2012 this
morning, and they had some bad news for the Tea Party movement: Sarah
Palin probably won’t run, Ron Paul is still and long shot, and Mitt
Romney, as of now, is the GOP’s best bet.
Cable Ties Kissinger to Chile Controversy -- As secretary of state,
Henry Kissinger canceled a U.S. warning against carrying out
international political assassinations that was to have gone to Chile
and two neighboring nations just days before a former ambassador was
killed by Chilean agents on Washington's Embassy Row in 1976, a newly
released State Department cable shows.
33 States Out of Money to Fund Unemployment Benefits -- With
unemployment still at a severe high, a majority of states have drained
their jobless benefit funds, forcing them to borrow billions from the
federal government to help out -of-work Americans.
Sovereign Debt Crisis at 'Boiling Point' -- The Bank for
International Settlements does not mince words. Sovereign debt is
already starting to cross the danger threshold in the United States,
Japan, Britain, and most of Western Europe, threatening to set off a
bond crisis at the heart of the global economy.
Citigroup Bosses Under Fire for Role in Credit Meltdown --
Citigroup's board was blindsided by the collapsing mortgage market and
unaware it was sitting on tens of billions of dollars of mortgage
derivatives in the run-up to the financial crisis, its former bosses
told a commission of inquiry.
Opium and the CIA: Can the US Triumph in the Drug Addicted War in
Afghanistan? -- Alfred McCoy’s important new article (TomDispatch,
posted on Global Research, April 5, 2010) deserves to mobilize Congress
for a serious revaluation of America’s ill-considered military venture
in Afghanistan. The answer to the question he poses in his title – “Can
Anyone Pacify the World's Number One Narco-State? – is amply shown by
his impressive essay to be a resounding “No!” . . . not until there is
fundamental change in the goals and strategies both of Washington and of
Big Brother Pre-Crime Quiz Used on Children -- The British
government plans to collect lifelong records on all residents starting
at the age of five, in order to screen for those who might be more
likely to commit crimes in the future.
Today in History Friday April
1682 - Robert La Salle claimed the lower Mississippi River and all lands
that touch it for France.
1770 - Captain James Cook discovered Botany Bay on the Australian
1833 - Peterborough, NH, opened the first municipally supported public
library in the United States.
1838 - The National Galley opened in London.
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
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
1867 - The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty with Russia that purchased
the territory of Alaska by one vote.
1869 - The Hudson Bay Company ceded its territory to Canada.
1870 - The American Anti-Slavery Society was dissolved.
1872 - S.R. Percy received a patent for dried milk.
1905 - The first aerial ferry bridge went into operation in Duluth, MN.
1912 - The first exhibition baseball game was held at Fenway Park in
Boston. The game was between Red Sox and Havard.
1913 - The Brooklyn Dodgers' Ebbets Field opened.
1940 - Germany invaded Norway and Denmark.
1942 - In the Battle of Bataan, American and Filipino forces were
overwhelmed by the Japanese Army.
1945 - National Football League officials decreed that it was mandatory
for football players to wear socks in all league games.
1945 - At Bari, Italy, the Liberty exploded and killed 360 people. The
ship was carrying aerial bombs.
1953 - TV Guide was published for the first time.
1957 - The Suez Canal was cleared for all shipping.
1959 - NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts.
1965 - The Houston Astrodome held its first baseball game.
1967 - The first Boeing 737 was rolled out for use.
1968 - Murdered civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was buried.
1976 - The U.S. and Russia agreed on the size of nuclear tests for
1981 - The U.S. Submarine George Washington struck and sunk a small
Japanese freighter in the East China Sea. The Nissho Maru's captain and
first mate died.
1984 - Nicaragua asked the World Court to declare U.S. support for
guerilla raids illegal.
1985 - Japanese Premier Nakasone urged Japanese people to buy foreign
1987 - Dikye Baggett became the first person to undergo corrective
surgery for Parkinson’s disease.
1988 - The U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Panama.
1989 - 16 civilians were killed during rioting in Soviet Georgia.
1989 - Hundreds of thousands marched past the White House in support of
the right to abortion.
1992 - Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami,
FL, of eight drug and racketeering charges.
1998 - The National Prisoner of War Museum opened in Andersonville,
GA, at the site of an infamous Civil War camp.
1998 - More than 150 Muslims died in stampede in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on
last day of the haj pilgrimage.
2000 - CBS-TV aired "Failsafe." It was the first live full-length show
to by aired by CBS in 39 years.
Judge Awards Families $2.6M Over Chinese Drywall -- It remains to be
seen how the plaintiffs can collect from Chinese companies that do not
have to respond to U.S courts, although some have talked about getting
orders to seize U.S.-bound ships and cargoes from the drywall companies.
Thousands of homeowners, mostly in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi,
Alabama and Louisiana, have reported problems with the drywall, which
was imported in large quantities during the housing boom and after a
string of Gulf Coast hurricanes.
Homebuyers Scramble as Mortgage Rates Jump -- The average rate on a
30-year loan has jumped from about 5 percent to more than 5.3 percent in
just the past week.
Antibacterial in soap comes under U.S. scrutiny -- The U.S. Food and
Drug Administration said Thursday it was reviewing the safety of
triclosan, a widely used antibacterial agent found in soap, toothpaste
and a range of other consumer products.
U.S. aircraft crashes in Afghanistan, 4 die -- A U.S. Air Force
Osprey aircraft crashed overnight in Afghanistan, killing three American
service members and one civilian employee, the NATO-led international
force in the country said on Friday.
China may raise rates soon, revalue yuan by Oct -- Another one-off
currency revaluation looked unlikely, said Zhu Baoliang, chief economist
at the State Information Center (SIC), a think-tank that comes under the
National Development and Reform Commission, China's powerful planning
agency. "I believe a band widening is possible but another one-off
revaluation is unlikely. The yuan might be pegged to a basket of
currencies," he told Reuters.
Greenspan In Elite Plot? -- We are a bit baffled by his denials.
This is a man who was a preeminent acolyte of Ayn Rand, and wrote a
paper on the value of gold when he was in his mid 20s. He knew then and
he knows now that paper money creates difficulties when issued by
private/public central banks under the aegis of the state. He
understands the business cycle, Austrian economics and how destructive
publicly issued fiat money can be.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sounds a warning on growing
deficit -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warned Wednesday
that Americans may have to accept higher taxes or changes in cherished
entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security if the nation is to
avoid staggering budget deficits that threaten to choke off economic
World Stocks Drop as Greece Debt Intensifies -- World markets slid
Thursday amid mounting worries about a potential Greek debt default as
the country's borrowing costs continue
to go through the roof.
Icelanders Opt for Exile -- Anna Margret Bjoernsdottir never thought
she would be forced to leave her once wealthy homeland. But taking out a
loan in a foreign currency was a disastrous decision.
Tim Geithner in Beijing for Yuan Talks -- Tim Geithner, the US
Treasury Secretary, is to meet with China's vice-premier on Thursday in
an unexpected visit likely to advance hopes of an end to Beijing's
Nearly Half of US Households Escape Fed Income Tax -- Tax Day is a
dreaded deadline for millions, but for nearly half of U.S. households
it's simply somebody else's problem.
Kyrgyzstan Revolt: Interim Govt Takes Control After Bloody Uprising
-- Rioting in Kyrgysztan, which has ousted the country’s President, has
now left 74 dead and some 500 injured. Violence spread to several
regions, including the capital, Bishkek. Opposition leaders say they’ve
seized power and now control the police and the army.
Obama Gives Order to Kill American Terror Imam -- The Obama
Administration has taken the unprecedented step of authorising the
killing of a US citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki,
linked to the plot to blow up a US airliner on Christmas Day.
Your Credit Card Is Spying on You -- Visa knows if you’re going to
get a divorce. It knows that you just moved and, most importantly, it
knows if you’re going to miss a payment—maybe before you do.
Health Care Overhaul Spawns Mass Confusion for Public -- Two weeks
after President Barack Obama signed the big health care overhaul into
law, Americans are struggling to understand how — and when — the
sweeping measure will affect them.
FED: Recovery May Lose Steam -- Federal Reserve policymakers are
worried that the economic recovery may lose steam going forward, despite
recent moderate improvements, according to minutes from their recent
policy meeting released Tuesday.
Ensnared by Error on Growing US Watch List -- Rahinah Ibrahim, a
Stanford University doctoral student, arrived at San Francisco
International Airport with her 14-year-old daughter for a 9 a.m. flight
home to Malaysia. She asked for a wheelchair, having recently had a
Bam Man Pitching National Sales Tax -- Acknowledging it would be a
highly unpopular move, White House economic adviser Paul Volcker said
yesterday the United States should consider imposing a "value added tax"
similar to those charged in Europe to help get the deficit under
CNN Touts Civilian Service Corps As Way of Shedding Student Debt --
Essentially, if you join up with the government’s civilian service army,
you get some of your indentured debt stripped away.
Will Jotting Down License Plates Pay the Rent? -- Can you make money
just by writing down the license plate numbers of cars in your
Seasoned Flu Vaccines Increase Risk of Pandemic H1N1, Stunned Scientists
Discover -- I remember the H1N1 "swine flu" season of 2009 very
well. People were rushing out to get vaccinated, scared half to death by
the mainstream media which was pushing false reports that the swine flu
would kill tens of millions of people and that only a vaccine could save
Transplanted Organs Impart Memories Onto Recipients -- Becoming an
organ donor is a great way to help out a person in the event of one's
death. A study has shown, however, that sometimes donor recipients take
on certain characteristics or personality traits from the donor, a
phenomenon that researchers are having a difficult time explaining.
Today in History Thursday April
1789 - The U.S. House of Representatives held its first meeting.
1839 - The first Intercollegiate Rodeo was held at the Godshall Ranch,
Apple Valley, CA.
1873 - Alfred Paraf patented the first successful oleomargarine.
1911 - The first squash tournament was played at the Harvard Club in New
1913 - The Seventeenth amendment was ratified, requiring direct election
1935 - The Works Progress Administration was approved by the U.S.
1939 - Italy invaded Albania.
1942 - The Soviets opened a rail link to the besieged city of Leningrad.
1946 - The League of Nations assembled in Geneva for the last time.
1947 - The first illustrated insurance policy was issued by the Allstate
1952 - U.S. President Truman seized steel mills to prevent a nationwide
1953 - The bones of Sitting Bull were moved from North Dakota to South
1962 - Bay of Pigs invaders got thirty years imprisonment in Cuba.
1974 - Hank Aaron hits 715th home run breaking Babe Ruth's record.
1975 - Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians became first black
manager of a major league baseball team.
1985 - India filed suit against Union Carbide for the Bhopal disaster.
1985 - Phyllis Diller underwent a surgical procedure for permanent
eyeliner to eliminate the need for eyelid makeup.
1986 - Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, CA.
1988 - Former U.S. President Reagan aid Lyn Nofzinger was sentenced to
prison for illegal lobbying for Wedtech Corp.
1998 - The widow of Martin Luther King Jr. presented new evidence in an
appeal for new federal investigation of the assassination of her
2000 - 19 U.S. troops were killed when a Marine V22 Osprey crashed
during a training mission in Arizona.
2002 - Ed McMahon filed a $20 million lawsuit against his insurance
company, two insurance adjusters, and several environmental cleanup
contractors. The suit alleged breach of contract, negligence and
intentional infliction of emotional distress concerning a toxic mold
that had spread through McMahon's Beverly Hills home.
Hundreds attend rally of tea party movement -- For the most part,
Wednesday's speeches stuck to the theme of lower taxes, limited
government and adherence to the U.S. Constitution. Lisa Bond, a real
estate agent from Grafton who was attending her first tea party rally,
said she has been fed up with politics for decades. Why turn out to a
political event now? "Opportunity," she said. "Finally voicing something
I've been feeling. The Constitution is not hard to understand."
U.S. and Russia Sign Nuclear Arms Pact -- President Obama and his
Russian counterpart, Dmitri A. Medvedev, signed a historic treaty here
on Thursday to trim their strategic nuclear arsenals to their lowest
levels in half a century.
Rescuers descend into W.Va. mine -- Crews hope to reach missing
miners by noon, governor says!
Seismic Events Record Not Far From Mine Disaster -- Two seismic
events -- one natural, the other manmade -- occurred not far from a West
Virginia coal mine just days before a suspected methane explosion left
at least 25 miners dead and four missing.
On a wing and a sunbeam: Solar-powered plane makes 1st flight ahead of
round-the-world attempt -- At the pace of a fast bicycle, a
solar-powered plane took to the skies for its maiden flight Wednesday,
passing an important test on the way to a historic voyage around the
world — a journey that would not use a drop of fuel.
Sovereign Risk: Nations Poised for Downgrades -- Sovereign risk is
back on the front burner this week, with Greek bonds now trading at
their worst levels and credit default swaps near their worst levels.
What's interesting to us is that despite market talk of contagion to the
weaker euro zone credits, the spillover from Greece has so far been
How Might Gold, Silver and T-bonds Behave in a Bear Market? -- The
U.S. government is the borrower of last resort. When it can't borrow any
more, the game will be up, because the government's T-bonds are the
basis of our "monetary" "system." What will happen when creditors begin
to smell default? They will demand more interest. At first, it might not
be much: 4%, 6%. But as the depression spreads, spending accelerates,
deficits climb and tax receipts fall, the rate that creditors demand
might soar to 10, 20, 40 or even 80%. In 1998, annual bond yields in
Russia reached over 200% before the government finally threw in the
towel and defaulted.
Terror alert as Qatari passenger lights up on US plane -- A
passenger on a United Airlines flight from Washington to Denver sparked
a security alert after he was apparently caught smoking in the toilet
and made a remark that was perceived as a threat.
Anarchy in the Streets -- How often do discussions on the prospects
of a stateless society produce the response that, without government,
there would be "anarchy in the streets"?
Oh Oh - Greece Going Supercritical -- According to information
Commerzbank was concerned about the Greek bonds accepted as guarantees
of Greek bonds. Commerzbank has provided some liquidity to Greek banks
are more concerned about the Greek bonds. Based on a reliable source in
the recent past, foreign banks have applied to withdraw repo with Greek
banks even offer powerful bonus.
Subliminal Signs in Tempe Arizona -- These signs appeared about a
month ago all along the streets of Tempe. They must be the new slogan of
Tempe: They say "Play Learn Live Grow." I was pretty surprised at the
obvious secondary messages that they express.
Moody's Downgrades $1.9 Trillion of Subprime RMBS -- There is still
nearly $2 trillion in subprime out there? Good thing the FASB has
allowed all this worthless paper to be carried at par or else we might
all realize just how the market trades on vapors, myth and lots of hope.
But at least Obama's campaign was based on a promise of transparency.
Instead we are getting a Value Added Tax.
Collateral Murder: WikiLeaks Bombshell Killing Video Goes Online
Obama Excludes Iran in Ban on US Nuke Strikes -- US President Barack
Obama plans to release a review of the US nuclear arms strategy that
purportedly restricts the use of its nuclear arms against most
non-atomic states except Iran and North Korea.
Volcker: Taxes Likely to Rise Eventually to Tame Deficit -- The
United States should consider raising taxes to help bring deficits under
control and may need to consider a European-style value-added tax, White
House adviser Paul Volcker said on Tuesday.
Food Stamp Usage Hits Record 39 Million, 14th Consecutive Monthly
Increase -- Food stamp usage is up again except the program is now
called SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Scientist Researching Radio Frequency Waves for Cancer Treatment Killed
in 'Home Invasion Robbery -- Who would want to kill scientist Joseph
Morrissey, who enjoyed an international reputation for his pioneering
research into the use of radio frequency waves in cancer treatment?
Is the US On Its Way Toward a Debt Disaster? -- More than likely,
and this will set the stage for the total demise of the dollar, which
will usher in a world currency to replace the long-standing reserve
currency status the U.S. has held.
Breast Cancer Deaths Lower in Areas Without Mammograms -- A 2005
study concluded that a push in Denmark to screen large numbers of women
for breast cancer with mammography had reduced breast cancer deaths in
Copenhagen by a whopping 25 percent. Sounds like proof that regular
mammograms are truly life-savers, right? Wrong.
Psychiatrists Say That Being Angry is a Mental Illness -- Proposed
updates to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
(DSM) are prompting many to question whether or not the psychiatric
profession itself has gone crazy.
Today in History Wednesday April
1712 - A slave revolt broke out in New York City.
1798 - The territory of Mississippi was organized.
1862 - Union General Ulysses S. Grant defeated Confederates at the
Battle of Shiloh, TN.
1864 - The first camel race in America was held in Sacramento,
1888 - P.F. Collier published a weekly periodical for the first time
under the name "Collier’s."
1922 - U.S. Secretary of Interior leased Teapot Dome naval oil reserves
1927 - The first long-distance TV transmission was sent from Washington,
DC, to New York City. The audience saw an image of Commerce Secretary
1930 - The first steel columns were set for the Empire State Building.
1933 - Prohibition ended in the United States.
1940 - Booker T. Washington became the first black to be pictured on a
U.S. postage stamp.
1945 - The Japanese battleship Yamato, the world’s largest battleship,
was sunk during the battle for Okinawa. The fleet was headed for a
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.
1957 - The last of New York City's electric trolleys completed its final
run from Queens to Manhattan.
1963 - Yugoslavia proclaimed itself a Socialist republic.
1963 - Josip Broz Tito was proclaimed to be the leader of Yugoslavia for
1966 - The U.S. recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the coast of
1967 - Israel reported that they had shot down six Syrian MIGs.
1969 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting
private possession of obscene material.
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,
1983 - Specialist Story Musgrave and Don Peterson made the first Space
1985 - In Sudan, Gen. Swar el-Dahab took over the Presidency while
President Gaafar el-Nimeiry was visiting the U.S. and Egypt.
1985 - The Soviet Union announced a unilateral freeze on medium-range
1987 - In Oklahoma a 16-month-old baby was killed by a pit bull. On the
same day a 67-year-old man was killed by another pit bull in Dayton, OH.
1988 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to final terms of a Soviet
withdrawal from Afghanistan. Soviet troops began leaving on May 16,
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
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.
1998 - Mary Bono, the widow of Sonny Bono, won a special election to
serve out the remainder of her husband's congressional term.
1999 - Yugoslav authorities sealed off Kosovo's main border crossings to
prevent ethnic Albanians from leaving.
2000 - U.S. President Clinton signed the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work
Act of 2000. The bill reversed a Depression-era law and allows senior
citizens to earn money without losing Social Security retirement
2002 - The Roman Catholic archdiocese announced that six priests from
the Archdiocese of New York were suspended over allegations of sexual
2009 - Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25
years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security
Web MD: EPA: Bisphenol A Is a 'Chemical Concern' -- The action by
the EPA follows an FDA announcement in January about concerns over BPA's
potential impact on human health; the FDA said it will study the
potential effects along with measures to reduce exposure to BPA in food
packaging. Some experts are concerned that exposure to BPA and its weak
estrogen-like effects during critical periods of human development may
be associated with a wide range of health problems, including behavioral
effects, reproductive problems, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Geithner to China to Resolve Currency Dispute -- Treasury Secretary
Will Meet Chinese Vice Premier in Beijing. The Obama administration
delayed a report to Congress due April 15 in which it had the option of
citing Beijing as a currency manipulator, a designation that could lead
to a World Trade Organization complaint and possible trade sanctions.
The White House denied the delay had anything to do with seeking Chinese
support for penalties over Iran's nuclear program. Comment: Talk about
the pot calling the kettle black. (Thanks Jimm)!
Food Stamp Usage Hits Record 39 Million, 14th Consecutive Monthly
Increase -- Food stamp usage is up again except the program is now
called SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Cuban government releases photos of teenaged Elian Gonzalez -- Ten
years ago this month, the saga of a Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez
captivated the nation and much of the world. Elian, 6, was found
floating on an inner tube off the coast of Florida, after his mother
drowned trying to reach America.
Alan Greenspans Slide Into Oblivion: The Complete Guide -- Greenspan
has gone on the defensive and is now hesitant to admit he was wrong
about the housing crisis and it's badly hurting his reputation.
Whole Foods recalls frozen yellow fin tuna steaks -- The recall was
initiated because of possible elevated levels of histamine, which can
cause an allergic reaction called scombroid poisoning when the fish is
consumed, according to a Whole Foods news release posted on the Food and
Drug Administration's Web site. Scombroid poisoning symptoms, which can
occur within minutes to an hour after eating affected fish, include a
tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, facial swelling, rash, hives
and itchy skin, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, according to the release.
Obama Pushing No Nukes - Even to Defend US -- President Obama, fresh
off the announcement of agreement with Russia to reduce nuclear arms
stockpiles, plans to unveil a nuclear weapons strategy Tuesday that will
limit the United States' potential uses of such weapons -- even in self
Russia Stresses the Importance of Creating Global Zero -- Russia
considers important to achieve the goal of Global Zero, Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
US Military Goes Hungry in Afghanistan -- The United States Military
is in the midst of a troop surge in Afghanistan, but the surge has
caused the ratio of resources to troops to widen. Many American Forward
Operating Bases are experiencing food and water shortages.
W Va Mine Blast Kills at Least 25 -- An explosion at a coal mine
with a history of safety problems killed 25 workers and at least four
others were missing early Tuesday more than a thousand feet underground
in the worst U.S. mine disaster since 1984.
Janet Napolitano Example of Peter Principal: Total Incompetence --
Last week, on the Mexican border in Arizona, an illegal alien walked
across the line and shot rancher Robert Krentz, and the illegal walked
back across the border. Untouched! Thousands of illegal migrants walk
across the border nightly! Untouched!
House Plans to Resurrect Law Requiring 'Gay' Hires -- Now that the
health-care fight has proven House Democrats can muscle through
legislation without a drop of bipartisan support, plans are underway to
resurrect a bill that would make employers susceptible to lawsuits for
refusing to hire "gay" or transsexual employees.
Einstein's Equations Indicate Possibility of Black Hole Formation at LHC
-- One of the concerns that has been voiced about the Large Hadron
Collider (LHC), is that it could result in the formation of black holes
that could destroy the world.
At Quake's Epicenter, Water Gurgled From Ground -- GUADALUPE VICTORIA,
Mexico — After the ground shook violently, small cracks formed on
the rich soil and cement floors. They quickly became big cracks,
Mansion Owner Fights Taxes With Church Exemption -- He says he
converted part of his home into a chapel and became ordained as a
minister by signing up with an online program. But is that enough to
exempt Illinois real estate agent George Michael from tens of thousands
of dollars in taxes on his multimillion dollar lakefront property?
Judge Dismisses Scores of Guantanamo Habeas Cases -- A federal judge
has dismissed more than 100 habeas corpus lawsuits filed by former
Guantanamo captives, ruling that because the Bush and Obama
administrations had transferred them elsewhere, the courts need not
decide whether the Pentagon imprisoned them illegally.
String of Bombings Rips Through Baghdad, Killing 49 -- BAGHDAD — At
least seven bombs ripped through apartment buildings across Baghdad
Tuesday and another struck a market, killing 49 people and wounding more
than 160, authorities said.
Cameras Make Chicago Most Closely Watched US City -- When the body
of Chicago's school board president was found partially submerged in a
river last fall, a bullet wound to the head, cameras helped prove it was
Marc Faber and Mish on Inflation, Deflation, Doom and the End of
Civilization -- Gloom Boom & Doom Report publisher Marc Faber and
economic analyst Mike “Mish” Shedlock join Yahoo’s Tech Ticker on March
12, 2010 to discuss the global economy, where we’re headed and the
possibility of the “end of civilization.” (Videos follow excerpts and
European Parliament: Question on Aircraft Condensation Trails Which No
Longer Contain Water -- Subject: aircraft condensation trails which
no longer only contain water but cause persistent milky veils, possibly
due to the presence of barium, aluminum and iron.
Deflation on the Prowl as Bernake Shuts Down His Printing Press --
The US Federal Reserve has completed its purchase of $1.7 trillion
(£1.1bn) of mortgage securities, agency debt and US Treasuries, the
conjuring trick of "credit easing" that allowed Ben Bernanke to create
stimulus equal to 12pc of GDP.
Let the Short
Sales Begin -- Today the Administration's Home Affordable
Foreclosure Alternative Plan takes effect, offering incentives to
borrowers, servicers, investors and second lien holders to push short
sales through the system.
McChrystal's Employment of Military Deception -- By now, since the
New York Times is grudgingly going along with Jerome Starkey’s
blockbuster reporting on US Special Operations Forces murdering pregnant
Afghan women and manipulating the evidence in an attempt to hide their
crimes, it should be painfully obvious to even the most disinterested
observer that US forces, and especially US Special Forces, engaged in
deception on this case.
The Major US Media Won't Ever Report Them or Explain Iraq and
Afghanistan Wars are Illegal -- After General Stanley McChrystal
took charge of US/NATO Afghan forces last June, systematic atrocities
escalated sharply after promises of kinder, gentler killing (an
oxymoron), winning hearts and minds, and fewer civilian casualties as a
"paramount" objective - now much higher the result of more than a
fourfold increase in night raids, targeting civilians, including
children, while they sleep.
Dense Plasma Physics Update -- Test shots continue at focus fusion
and appear to be going very well. Good things are been learned about the
material been used. I suspect that production models will have a lot of
graphene in them before we are too far down the road.
Kristol: 'Better' For US to attack Iran Than Israel -- The Obama
administration should be seriously considering a strike on Iran,
according to neoconservative Fox News contributor Bill Kristol.
Shhh! What If it Was Reported That They Are Spraying Aluminum? --
Geo-engineers gathered once again near Monterey California at the
Asilomar International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies
meeting to develop norms and guidelines for what they say will be
“controlled experimentation” on geo-engineering the planet.
93 Percent of Medicinal Plants Threatened With Extinction --
Traditional Ayurvedic medicine could face an uncertain future as 93
percent of the wild plants used in the practice are threatened with
extinction due to overexploitation, the Times of India reports.
Goodbye Paper Money: Does It Mean More Ways for the Banks to Screw Us?
-- The spiral of economic calculation is dizzying, when you factor in
inscrutable fees and other invisible transactions banks attach to the
light-speed movement of our money.
Launches New Global Program to Target 'High Wealth Individuals' --
The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new global program to target
what it calls “high wealth individuals,” IRS Commissioner Douglas
Shulman said Monday.
IRS Could Tap Refunds for Health Insurance Penalties -- The Internal
Revenue Service could tap individual tax returns to collect fines
against people who fail to buy health insurance as required under
recently enacted healthcare legislation, the U.S. tax commissioner said
Greece Rebels, Does Not Want IMF Participation in Bailout -- The
soap opera that just refuses to die, is just getting better and more
bizarre by the day. The latest lunacy out of Greece, as reported by
Market News, is that the near-bankrupt country is now imposing its own
conditions on the bailout, saying it wants to amend the deal struck
recently by Eurozone lenders, and wants to bypass the IMF's financial
contribution, and eliminate the role of the IMF entirely, as it is
"concerned that intolerably stringent conditions would be imposed by the
International Monetary Fund in exchange for aid."
Looting Main Street -- How the nation's biggest banks are ripping
off American cities with the same predatory deals that brought down
Would Microsoft's 'Guardian Angel' Turn Our Brains to Mush? -- Call
me pessimistic if you want, but do we really need the artificial
intelligence of a digital guardian angel to supplant the organic
intelligence of our own selves?
Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure and Slashes Risks of Heart Disease
-- As NaturalNews reported previously, Canadian scientists have found
that consuming chocolate regularly significantly reduces the odds of
having a stroke.
FBI Takes Out billboard on Bad Guys -- Crime fighting doesn't get
much simpler than this: When Virginia drug suspect Edward Myricks eyed
his photo on a giant digital billboard, he knew his run from the
authorities was over.
How Much Taxation is Enough? -- Congratulations! This is your last
week working for the man — at least for this year.
Today in History Tuesday April
1830 - Joseph Smith and five others organized the Mormon Church in
1830 - Relations between the Texans and Mexico reached a new low when
Mexico would not allow further emigration into Texas by settlers from
1862 - The American Civil War Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee.
1865 - At the Battle of Sayler's Creek, a third of Lee's army was cut
off by Union troops pursuing him to Appomattox.
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.
1903 - French Army Nationalists were revealed for forging documents to
guarantee a conviction for Alfred Dryfus.
1909 - Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson claimed to be the first
men to reach the North Pole.
1917 - The U.S. Congress approved a declaration of war on Germany and
entered World War I on the Allied side.
1924 - Four planes left Seattle on the first successful flight around
1927 - William P. MacCracken, Jr. earned license number ‘1’ when the
Department of Commerce issued the first aviator’s license.
1938 - The United States recognized the German conquest of Austria.
1941 - German forces invaded Greece and Yugoslavia.
1957 - Trolley cars in New York City completed their final runs.
1965 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson authorized the use of ground
troops in combat operations in Vietnam.
1967 - In South Vietnam, 1,500 Viet Cong attacked Quangtri and freed 200
1981 - A Yugoslav Communist Party official confirmed reports of intense
ethnic riots in Kosovo.
1985 - William J. Schroeder became the first artificial heart recipient
to be discharged from the hospital.
1987 - Dennis Levine began a two-year jail term for insider trading.
1987 - Sugar Ray Leonard took the middleweight title from Marvin Hagler.
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.
1998 - Federal researchers in the U.S. announced that daily tamoxifen
pills could cut breast cancer risk among high-risk women.
1998 - Pakistan successfully tested medium-range missiles capable of
attacking neighboring India.
1999 - Carmen Electra filed for a divorce from Dennis Rodman. They had
only been married six months.
List of Foods Clean and Unclean -- Are you Eating Kosher According
VCS Advocacy in the News: VA May Designate 9 Infectious Diseases as
Related to Gulf War -- Iraq / Afghanitan Burn-Pit, Gulf War Illness
Veterans Would Benefit. April 5, 2010 (Army Times) - In a boost for
veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War and those who have served in
recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Veterans Affairs Department
has proposed changes to its list of illnesses that are presumed
connected to service to include nine infectious diseases.
VA secretary releases draft Gulf War task force report -- Secretary
of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced March 31 that the
department's Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force has completed the
final draft of a comprehensive report that will redefine how VA
officials address the concerns of veterans who deployed during the Gulf
War in 1990 and 1991.
Medicating the military -- Use of psychiatric drugs has spiked;
concerns surface about suicide, other dangers. At least one in six
service members is on some form of psychiatric drug. And many troops are
taking more than one kind, mixing several pills in daily “cocktails” —
for example, an antidepressant with an antipsychotic to prevent
nightmares, plus an anti-epileptic to reduce headaches — despite minimal
clinical research testing such combinations.
Senators want data on prescription drug use -- Several senators
expressed concern Wednesday about increasing psychiatric drug usage
among service members and called on top military health officials to
provide detailed data about how many troops are on anti-depressants and
other mind-altering drugs.
Air Force Times Editorial: A drawdown or not? -- During the Air
Force Association meeting last week in Orlando, Fla., Chief of Staff
Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Secretary Michael Wynne told reporters they
may reconsider this summer the plan to draw down the force by 40,000
positions — stopping short of that total.
2nd Mexican Helicopter Sighted in US Airspace -- The U.S. Department
of Defense said it was investigating the second sighting within three
weeks of a Mexican military helicopter flying in U.S. airspace over
rural Zapata County.
Wikileaks reveals video showing US air crew shooting down Iraqi
civilians -- Wikileaks has obtained and decrypted this previously
unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. Hear
the crude comments made by one of the American crew.
AP Analysis: Is the tea party brewing a revolution? -- They heeded a
pamphleteer's call for "manly opposition to the machinations of tyranny"
— the 60 American colonists who stormed Griffin's Wharf and emptied 342
chests of tea into Boston Harbor. And with that, a revolution brewed.
Now, more than two centuries later, come the angry throngs of the
modern-day tea party. They've gotten the nation's attention. Can they
foment their own revolution? Not yet.
Ranchers Speak Out on Lack of Action -- Ranchers across southern
Arizona are rallying around their friend and neighbor Rob Krentz after
his brutal murder. Krentz was shot to death on his ranch last Saturday.
Obama Health Care Supporters: Florida Doctor Tells Obama Health Care
Supporters to Go Elsewhere -- A doctor who considers the national
health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on
his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to
seek care "elsewhere."
VIDEO: Illinois Democrat Phil Hare: Obamacare More Important than
The Manufactured Menace From Michigan, Take Two -- When the stranger
materialized a few years ago, nobody really knew much about him.
Major Quake in Mexico Rocks Southwestern US, Kills At Least 2 -- At
least two deaths are being blamed on a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that was
centered in Baja California, Mexico and felt all over Southern
California on Easter Sunday, rocking high rise buildings from San Diego
to Los Angeles.
Tornado Alley Shifts East as Delayed Tornado Season Begins -- This
year's tornado season is expected to shift farther eastward into the
Midwest and become more active in late April through June.
The US Economy Will Not Recover For At Least Another Decade --
American bankers see themselves as the gods of money, a class above mere
mortals, and they can do what they wish, said renowned economic
researcher and historian William Engdahl in an interview with RT.
FED Still Fighting Over Whether The Problem is Inflation or Deflation
-- The Federal Reserve can’t make up its mind what the problem is.
Specifically, it can’t agree on whether to fight inflation or deflation.
So don’t expect any violent moves anytime soon.
No Joke: Karzai Threatens to Join the Taliban -- In a private
meeting with up to 70 Afghan lawmakers Saturday, Karzai also warned that
the Taliban insurgency could become a legitimate resistance movement if
foreign meddling in Afghan affairs continues, the Journal said, citing
participants in the talks.
Why US Companies Pay Less Taxes Than You (in the US) -- As you work
on your taxes this month, here's something to raise your hackles: Some
of the world's biggest, most profitable corporations enjoy a far lower
tax rate than you do--that is, if they pay taxes at all.
Geithner Delays Chinese Currency Report -- U.S. Treasury Secretary
Timothy F. Geithner delayed a scheduled April 15 report to Congress on
exchange-rate policies, sidestepping a decision on whether to accuse
China of manipulating the value of the yuan.
Global Food Reserve Needed to Stabilize Prices -- A global crop
reserve system is needed to reduce price volatility, curb speculation
and prevent a food crisis, said researchers from Germany and France.
Power of the
Pupils: Child 'Spies' Allowed to Sabotage the Careers of Teachers --
Pupil 'spies' are attempting to rid schools of strict teachers by
sabotaging their promotions and snitching on their lessons, it has been
Israel Gags News on Extra-Judicial Killings -- An Israeli journalist
remains under house arrest and another lives abroad, after they broke
news on Israeli undercover units carrying out assassinations or
"targeted killings" of non-combatant Palestinian political opponents.
Police Accused of Trespasses After 'Burgling' 50 Homes -- When it
comes to fighting crime, a certain understanding of the criminal mind is
But the police have been criticised for their attempts to prevent a
spate of house thefts - by committing the burglaries themselves.
Prepare to Use 'Anarchists' to Provoke Tea Party Violence -- Given
the past history of how so-called “anarchist” groups are so easily
infiltrated and provocateured by the authorities to commit meaningless
acts of violence that only serve to discredit political causes.
Calling for Violence -- If you have been paying attention, the media
as of late has been doing everything in their power to expose “right
wing extremism” throwing in all kinds of guilty by association tactics
to try and discredit some grassroots movements. However I doubt you will
see them reporting about this.
Latest Pedophilia Scandal Rocks the Vatican -- Lest anyone think
members of organized religions are above reproach, take note. In his new
book "God and His Demons," Michael Parenti confronts both Old and New
Testaments saying...Read More...
Deputy Accused of Sex Acts Granted Bond: Can Return to Oregon While
Awaiting Trial -- Former Broward Sheriff's deputy Jonathan Bleiweiss
was given $250,000 bail on Friday and will be allowed to go to Oregon
until his trial on charges he sexually battered illegal immigrant men,
according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Bleiweiss faces 73 charges
ranging from sexual battery to false imprisonment.
Capt and Wife Skimmed US Contracts -- A Marine Corps captain and his
wife skimmed $1.75 million from government contracts intended to spur
economic development in Iraq, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles
Marching for Right to Bare Breasts -- About two dozen women took a
walk down Congress Street topless Saturday, attracting a large crowd as
they tried to preach that partial female nudity is not worthy of
attracting a crowd.
Potential Risk to Blood Supply Probed -- An infectious virus linked
to two diseases is drawing the attention of public-health officials, who
are investigating the potential threat to the nation’s blood supply.
US Government a Big Commercial Real Estate Player -- Evidence of the
federal government’s growing influence on Washington area commercial
real estate is illustrated in big deals it is working on both sides of
the table: auctioning a 127,000-square-foot Bethesda building previously
occupied by the National Institutes of Health and moving to snatch up
vast spaces in buildings on the private market that have been vacant for
Unemployment Benefits Expire for Thousands -- Extended unemployment
benefits will temporarily expire for thousands of Americans on Monday
because the Senate went on its spring recess without approving a
one-month deadline extension.
FDA Dupes Interpol to Achieve Illegal Kidnapping and Deportation of
Herbal Formulator Greg Caton -- The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration today stands accused of taking part in the kidnapping and
illegal extradition of a permanent resident of Ecuador, in violation of
both international law and Ecuadorian law.
Nutty News from Scientists: Pistachios Reduce Lung Cancer Risk --
Researchers have reported over the past year that nuts offer a wide
range of health benefits -- from helping fight the pre-diabetic
condition known as metabolic syndrome to preventing age-related
blindness and lowering breast cancer risk.
Today in History Monday April 5, 2010
1614 - American Indian Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in
1621 - The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, MA, on a return trip to
1792 - U.S. President George Washington cast the first presidential
veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives among the states.
1806 - Isaac Quintard patented the cider mill.
1827 - James H. Hackett became the first American actor to appear abroad
as he performed at Covent Garden in London, England.
1843 - Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong to be a British crown colony.
1869 - Daniel Bakeman, the last surviving soldier of the U.S.
Revolutionary War, died at the age of 109.
1887 - Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller the meaning of the word "water"
as spelled out in the manual alphabet.
1892 - Walter H. Coe patented gold leaf in rolls.
1895 - Playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the
Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde had been accused of homosexual practices.
1908 - The Japanese Army reached the Yalu River as the Russians
1919 - Eamon de Valera became president of Ireland.
1923 - Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began the first regular
production of balloon tires.
1930 - Mahatma Ghandi defied British law by making salt in India.
1933 - The first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes
Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
1941 - German commandos secured docks along the Danube River in
preparation for Germany’s invasion of the Balkans.
1951 - Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for
committing espionage for the Soviet Union.
1953 - Jomo Kenyatta was convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison
for orchestrating the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya.
1955 - Winston Churchill resigned as British prime minister.
1985 - John McEnroe said "any man can beat any woman at any sport,
1986 - A discotheque in Berlin was bombed by Libyans. The U.S. attacked
Libya with warplanes on April 15, 1986.
1989 - In Poland, accords were signed between Solidarity and the
government that set free elections for June 1989. The eight-year ban on
Solidarity was also set to be lifted.
1998 - The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan opened becoming the largest
suspension bridge in the world. It links Shikoku and Honshu.
1999 - Two Libyans suspected of bombing a Pan Am jet in 1988 were handed
over so they could be flown to the Netherlands for trial. 270 people
were killed in the bombing.
1999 - In Laramie, WY, Russell Henderson pled guilty to kidnapping and
felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard.
2004 - Near Mexico City's international airport, lightning struck the
jet Mexican President Vicente Fox was on.
2009 - North Korea launched the Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket, prompting an
emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL): ‘I Don’t Worry About the Constitution’ --
Within one week of ObamaCare being crammed through the Congress, we had
Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. admiting that programs would need to be cut to
pay for it and we had
Sen. Max Baucus admit that it was really a wealth re-distribution
plan. Now we have Rep. Phil Hare admitting that when it comes to health
care “reform,” he doesn’t “worry about the Constitution”
FBI looking into demand that Rendell Resign -- Gov. Rendell was
among at least 30 governors to receive a letter this week from an
extremist antigovernment group demanding that he resign or face being
"removed from office," according to officials in the Philadelphia office
of the FBI.
What is the FairTax plan? -- The FairTax plan is a comprehensive
proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with
an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales
tax, a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up
to the poverty level, dollar-for-dollar federal revenue neutrality, and,
through companion legislation, the repeal of the 16th Amendment.
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Deadly quake jolts Mexico and California -- The quake struck at 3:40
p.m. PT (6:40 p.m. ET), about 20 miles southeast of Mexicali, according
to the U.S. Geological Survey. Three aftershocks of magnitudes 5.1, 4.5
and 4.3 followed within the hour. "It sounds like it's felt by at least
20 million people at this point," USGS seismologist Lucy Jones said.
"Most of Southern California felt this earthquake."
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Thousands of vets missing out on better benefits -- Only a fraction
of wounded veterans who could get better benefits have applied in the
two years since Congress, acting on concerns the military was cutting
costs by downplaying injuries, ordered the Pentagon to review disputed
Homes with Chinese drywall must be gutted -- Thousands of U.S. homes
tainted by Chinese drywall should be gutted, according to new guidelines
released Friday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The
guidelines say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm
systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall
need to be removed. "We want families to tear it all out and rebuild the
interior of their homes, and they need to start this to get their lives
started all over again," said Inez Tenenbaum, chairwoman of the
commission, the federal agency charged with making sure consumer
products are safe.
Bizarre Speculation Circles Weather Bureau -- THEY are the
digital-age equivalent of crop circles - mysterious patterns appearing
on the Bureau of Meteorology's national radar system without any
Web Bot Predictions -- For those who follow the web bot predictions,
these are the latest from George Ure & Clif High as presented on Coast
To Coast AM
US to Drop Extra Security Against 'Terror Prone' Muslim Travelers --
The Obama Administration said yesterday that it would no longer impose
extra airport screening on all travellers from “terror-prone” Muslim
nations after protests from allies that are on the list.
Clinton's Plan is Back - Israel Opinion -- The crisis with the
United States shows us for the umpteenth time that ambiguity is indeed a
positive thing, as long as both sides enjoy it.
Iran Got Nuke Gear From Chinese Firm -- Iran recently managed to
obtain equipment critical to its uranium enrichment efforts, and which
is banned by UN sanctions against the country, through a Chinese
company, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
Vatican Hails Pope as a 'Solid Rock' Who Does Not listen to Petty Gossip
as Child Abuse Scandal Overshadows Easter -- The Vatican defended
the Pope today, insisting he would not be intimidated by 'petty gossip'
about the child abuse scandal during a special Easter Sunday statement.
Drug Investigation Net 81 Felonies Against 44 Adults - USPS Gets in on
Drug Raids -- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State
Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, Martinsville Police Department
and the United States Postal Service conducted a joint drug operation in
Henry County between 2008 and 2010.
Pfizer Ordered to Pay Up Over 'AIDS-like' Virus Infection -- In what
is being hailed as a major victory for workers in the biotech and
nanotech fields, a former scientist with pharmaceutical firm Pfizer has
been awarded $1.37 million for being fired after raising the alarm over
researchers being infected with a genetically engineered "AIDS-like"
Foreign Governments Line Up to Buy US Drones -- Foreign buyers are
itching for the opportunity to buy American-made pilotless
reconnaissance aircraft, and the Department of Defense does not plan to
get in the way, despite concerns that the military technology could fall
into the wrong hands.
Tim Geithner and the Sovereign Debt That Dare Not Speak Its Name --
Geithner . . . said debt from the two government-sponsored enterprises
isn’t the same as U.S. Treasurys, but that support for the two firms “is
crucial in helping to stabilize the housing market and the overall
Geithner Says He's Confident China Will Move to Strengthen Yuan --
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner expressed confidence China will
decide that a stronger currency is in the country’s interest, saying the
U.S. is trying to “maximize the chance that they move quickly” on the
FCC Calls on Congress to Spend More Money to Push PBS Style Government
Sponsored Journalism Onto Internet to Compete With Privately Funded
Internet Journalism -- The Federal Communications Commission’s
National Broadband Plan calls for Congress to spend more tax dollars
than it currently does on public broadcasting in order to push PBS-style
government-funded journalism onto the Internet to compete with
private-sector Internet journalism.
The Fed Admits to Breaking the Law -- After months of litigation and
political scrutiny, the Federal Reserve yesterday ended a policy of
secrecy over its Bear Stearns Cos. bailout.
China Denies Backing Iran Sanctions -- Yesterday’s claims that the
Chinese government had, after months of US cajoling, finally agreed to
support sanctions against Iran appear to be premature, and China has
reiterated its past position that diplomacy, not sanctions, should
resolve the issue.
Revealed: The Nasty Secret in Your Kitchen Cupboard -- Some of
Britain's best-known foods contain the controversial chemical bisphenol
A, The Independent can reveal.
Saudi Central Bank to Head New Gulf Monetary Union -- The head of
Saudi Arabia’s central bank on Tuesday was named the first chairman of a
council that will serve as the precursor to a regional central bank in
the latest step toward a unified Gulf currency and greater economic
Obama to Crush Economy with Massive CO2 Taxes As Early As Next Week
-- Abandoning all loyalty to the democratic processes this nation holds
dear, President Obama has made the decision that getting energy tax
legislation through Congress with the approval of the American people is
just too much of a pain to bother with.
Haiti Leader Calls for 'Red Helmet' UN Force -- UNITED NATIONS:
Haitian President Rene Preval has given his backing to the creation of a
UN “red helmet” humanitarian rapid reaction force which could swing into
action within hours of natural disasters. (Red helmet, blue helmet -
maybe a different hat, but same ole shoe.)
Israeli Warplanes Pound Gaza Strip -- Israeli warplanes carried out
at least 13 overnight air strikes on the Gaza Strip, injuring three
children on Friday, Palestinian sources say.
Not Just Opium: UN Says Afghanistan Now World's Largest Hashish Producer
-- Afghanistan, the world's biggest producer of opium, has also become a
major source for cannabis, overtaking Morocco as the top producer of
hashish, the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime said Wednesday.(Aren't we
doing a grand job?)
Obama Puts Pesticide Pusher in Charge of Agriculture Trade Relations
-- Sidestepping a stalled Senate confirmation vote, yesterday President
Obama recess-appointed Islam Siddiqui to be chief agricultural
negotiator in the office of the U.S. trade representative. Dr.
Siddiqui's nomination was held up in the Senate and was opposed by the
Center for Biological Diversity and more than 80 other environmental,
small-farm, and consumer groups. More than 90,000 concerned citizens
contacted the White House and Senate to oppose the nomination.
Connecticut White Wolves Militia Group Indicted by Feds -- A federal
grand jury in New Haven, Connecticut returned a seven-count indictment
charging five individuals with conspiracy and firearms offenses stemming
from an alleged attempt to sell firearms and explosive grenades to a
white supremacist group located outside of Connecticut.
S.3081 - Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act
of 2010 -- A close reading of the bill suggests it would allow the
U.S. military to detain U.S. citizens without trial indefinitely in the
U.S. based on suspected activity. "
VIDEO: Michele Obama Admits Barak is From Kenya
Residents of NJ City Say Cops Worse Than Criminals -- For years,
residents say some police officers have bullied them in this
impoverished city, making cases by planting drugs on suspects,
falsifying police reports, and conducting searches without warrants. Now
four officers, including Stetser, are being investigated by a federal
Obama's 17- Minute, 2,500 Word Response to Woman's Claim of Being
'Over-Taxed' -- Toward the end of a question-and-answer session with
workers at an advanced battery technology manufacturer, a woman named
Doris stood to ask the president whether it was a "wise decision to add
more taxes to us with the health care" package.
Russia Warns US Communist Threat Endangering Entire World -- In a
chilling speech to Russian defense experts on March 1, Prime Minister
Putin ordered the buildup of strategic weapons and warned that the
growing threat of the expansion of American Communism is endangering the
entire World and bringing the Motherland closer to war than at any time
since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
Afghan Corruption: How to Follow the Money? -- Hamed Wardak, the
soft-spoken Georgetown University-educated son of an Afghan cabinet
minister, has a Defense Department contract worth up to $360 million to
transport U.S. military goods through some of the most insecure
territory in Afghanistan. But his company has no trucks.
MSM Coverage of Tea Party Protests: Blueprint for Smear -- The
latest developments in the ongoing investigation in the smear and
slander campaign against the Tea Party protesters at the health care
rally in Washington a few weeks ago.
NBER's Hall Says Payrolls Make It 'Pretty Clear" the Recession is Over
-- The biggest increase in employment in three years makes it “pretty
clear” the deepest U.S. recession since the 1930s has ended, said the
head of the group charged with making the call. (Uh, huh and ya know
that bridge for sale? Well, it needs a little bit of work, but not
Bodies Stack Up in California Morgues as Families Can't Afford Burials
-- Hard economic times have made the cost of cremation or burial
prohibitive for many people, leading them to abandon the bodies of their
loved ones to be disposed of in mass graves by the state.
Antidepressants Simply Don't Work on Most Patients -- Researchers
from the University of Pennsylvania have found that antidepressant drugs
do little to nothing for people with mild to moderate depression.
Rogue Kidney Brokers in the US Sell Black Market Organs for
Transplantation -- The recent arrests of 44 people on charges of
organ trafficking have exposed a major criminal market in illegal organ
transplants, where wealthy patients purchase organs from poor Third
World residents through brokers residing in the United States.
George Jolicur: The 43-Stone Man Too Fat To Lock Up -- Morbidly
obese George Jolicur ordered huge meals and ate most of them before
complaining about the products and sending them back. He would then
refuse to pay.
Texas Case Could Decide Health Care Reform Suit -- A Texas high
school student's decision to bring a .38-caliber handgun to school in
1992 could end up at the center of the legal fight over President Barack
Obama's health care reform plan.
States Fear That Five Words in Obama Health Law Will Open Door to
Lawsuits -- The addition to existing law of five words, and a comma,
may cause a world of hurt to state governments.
Disgruntled Democrats Join the Tea Party -- Some Americans who say
they have been sympathetic to Democratic causes in the past -- some even
voted for Democratic candidates -- are angry with President Obama and
his party. They say they are now supporting the Tea Party.
Guardians of the Free Republic Looked to Ghandi. King and Mandela --
In a recent plea, Sam Kennedy, a "guardian elder" of the Guardians of
the free Republics, warned the modern -day "original government"
revolutionaries to approach their March 31 "Restore America Plan" with
Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Mohandas Gandhi in mind.
Another Twenty-Five Years of Affirmative Action? -- The university,
for its part, does not deny that race is employed as a factor in
admission: It has publicly embraced a policy whereby one-fourth of each
entering class is admitted on the basis of factors that include racial
A Reporter's Notebook From the Border -- In an instant, I realized I
took too many footsteps into the belly of the beast.
Oregon Farmer Says 'Wheat Crop is Total Loss' -- Kandra said in
order to keep his soil in place, he was forced to till the ground to put
wind ridges in it, which meant the loss of the tender plants.
2010 Arkansas Wheat Crop Smallest Since 1960's -- Arkansas' wheat
crop this year is the smallest since the 1960s, the result of bad
weather, lower prices for grain, and high input costs.
Bottoms-Up-Evaluating the Topsy Turvey -- Topsy is everywhere these
days. Besides QVC, where Felknor's tomato planters and other Topsy
products are best sellers, they're in all the big boxes and thousands of
Walgreens, Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, and Ace Hardware stores across the
United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, and, soon,
When Planning a Vegetable Garden, Grow What Your Family Will Eat --
When it comes to container gardening, there isn't a lot of room for
maneuvering. Space is limited, nutrients are precious and planting
anything that requires an extensive root system is out of the question.
Iceland Volcano Comes to Life After 200 Years -- News that a dormant
volcano has come to life would send most people running in the opposite
Today in History Friday April 2, 2010
1872 - G.B. Brayton received a patent for the gas-powered streetcar.
1877 - The first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in
1889 - Charles Hall patented aluminum.
1902 - The first motion picture theatre opened in Los Angeles with the
name Electric Theatre.
1905 - The Simplon rail tunnel officially opened. The tunnel went under
the Alps and linked Switzerland and Italy.
1910 - Karl Harris perfected the process for the artificial synthesis of
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.
1932 - A $50,000 ransom was paid for the infant son of Charles and Anna
Lindbergh. He child was not returned and was found dead the next month.
1935 - Sir Watson-Watt was granted a patent for RADAR.
1944 - The Soviet Union announced that its troops had crossed the Prut
River and entered Romania.
1947 - The U.N. Security Council voted to appoint the U.S. as trustee
for former Japanese-held Pacific Islands.
1951 - U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower assumed command of all allied
forces in the Western Mediterranean area and Europe.
1958 - The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics was renamed NASA.
1960 - France signed an agreement with Madagascar that proclaimed the
country an independent state within the French community.
1963 - Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King began the first non-violent
campaign in Birmingham, AL.
1966 - South Vietnamese troops joined in demonstrations at Hue and Da
Nang for an end to military rule.
1967 - In Peking, hundreds of thousands demonstrated against Mao foe Liu
1982 - Argentina invaded the British-owned Falkland Islands. The
following June Britain took the islands back.
1983 - The New Jersey Transit strike that began on March 1 came to an
1984 - In Jerusalem, three Arab gunmen wounded 48 people when they
opened fire into a crowd of shoppers.
1986 - On a TWA airliner flying from Rome to Athens a bomb exploded
under a seat killing four Americans.
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
1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein threatened to incinerate half of
Israel with chemical weapons if Israel joined a conspiracy against Iraq.
1992 - Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and
racketeering. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
1995 - The costliest strike in professional sports history ended when
baseball owners agreed to let players play without a contract.
1996 - Russia and Belarus signed a treaty that created a political and
economic alliance in an effort to reunite the two former Soviet
2002 - Israeli troops surrounded the Church of the Nativity. More than
200 Palestinians had taken refuge at the church when Israel invaded
House passes horse slaughtering bill - Now goes to the Senate -- The
Missouri House has sent a bill to the Senate that would allow horse
slaughtering in Missouri. On a 91-61 vote, the Republican-controlled
House passed the legislation Thursday.
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Missouri looks to revive horse slaughter -- The Missouri House has
endorsed legislation designed to allow the slaughter of horses for human
FDA Suspends Rotarix -- The FDA is calling for doctors to suspend
the use of Glaxo Smith Kline's Rotavirus Vaccine "Rotarix," until they
can study it more closely. FDA officials announced Monday that
researchers found DNA material from a virus called PCV one in the
vaccine. They do not believe this virus poses any safety risk, it has
been present in the vaccine since before it was approved. Yet, it was an
unexpected finding and they would like to study it further.
Vaccine Demand Down -- Not too long ago people were scrambling to
get an H1N1 vaccine, but it's a different story now. Health departments
say the demand for those flu shots have dropped so much, thousands of
doses are being thrown away.
Fried breakfast is healthiest start to day, say scientists -- A
breakfast of bacon, sausages, eggs, and beans could be the healthiest
start to the day, according to new research. --This is what mainstream
media is telling us!
Thought For The Day from our friend Mike Tawse in the UK -- No Good
Days… No Bad Days. Read More...
Board Considering Armed Police Officers in School By: David
Deschesne -- Fort Fairfield Police Chief Joe Bubar wants to place
armed police officers in Fort Fairfield Schools in order to get the
students used to government snooping and spying on them at an early age.
Security Check System for Flights to U.S. to Be Altered -- President
Obama has signed off on new security protocols for people flying to the
United States, establishing a system that uses intelligence information
and assessment of threats to identify passengers who could have links to
terrorism, a senior administration official said Thursday.
Rep. Hank Johnson Fears Guam May Capsize -- Meet Rep. Hank Johnson
(D-GA). While questioning the Navy's Pacific Fleet commander, Adm.
Robert Willard, at a March 25 Armed Services Committee hearing, Johnson
worried that the island of Guam might capsize if we put a few thousand
more people on it - because it's only 7 miles across at its "least
widest" point. Johnson later explained that he was speaking
metaphorically. Watch the video and judge for yourself.
US Navy captures suspected pirates after gunbattle -- A US warship
has seized five suspected pirates after an exchange of fire in the
Indian Ocean west of the Seychelles, the US Navy says.
Idaho Militia: Groups Train, Support Right to Bear Arms -- They are
not police officers. They are not active-duty soldiers. But what a group
of weekend warriors is doing with guns in the woods not far from the
Canadian border is perfectly legal.
of Natures's Most Powerful Medicinal Plants -- From marijuana to
catnip, there are hundreds of remarkably common herbs, flowers, berries
and plants that serve all kinds of important medicinal and health
purposes that might surprise you: anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, insect
repellent, antiseptic, expectorant, antibacterial, detoxification, fever
reduction, antihistamine and pain relief.
Who'd Obama Please With His Offshore Oil Drilling Plan? -- President
Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that he'll lift bans on new
drilling for oil and natural gas off much of the U.S. coastline drew
criticism from environmentalists and halfhearted welcomes from
Republicans, even as Obama called it only one part of a broad strategy
to reduce foreign oil dependence and enact climate-change policy.
Bush Wiretapping Program Takes Hit In Calif. Ruling -- In a
repudiation of the Bush administration's now-defunct Terrorist
Surveillance Program, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government
investigators illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of an Islamic
charity and two American lawyers without a search warrant.
Fed Reveals What Bailout Billions Bought -- After two years of
secrecy, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is disclosing key details
about billions of dollars of risky investments it bought while rescuing
insurance giant American International Group Inc. and supporting the
sale of failed investment bank Bear Stearns.
Sues Homeowner For Asking Who Owns Note -- The person with the
mortgage is Michele Reagan, a State Rep from the State of Arizona.
GATA on the Trail of the Biggest Gold Manipulation Story -- The
Andrew Maguire LBMA whistleblower story just refuses to go away, and it
is about time someone from the mainstream media (yes, we know you read
us constantly) finally picked up on this massive expose about the
decades of fraud and manipulation in the commodities market, with a
focus on gold and silver.
January Fannie Mae Delinquency Rate Climbs to New Record -- Fannie
Mae reported its January total serious delinquency rate for
single-family houses: the rate hit a new record of 5.54%, a jump from
the December's 5.38%, and double the 2.77% in January 2009.
Engineers Design Pill That Signals It Has Been Swallowed -- Seeking
a way to confirm that patients have taken their medication, University
of Florida engineering researchers have added a tiny microchip and
digestible antenna to a standard pill capsule.
Top Senate Dem Admits Un-American Health Bill Was to Address
'Mal-Distribution of Income' -- Now Max Baucus tells us: the health
care overhaul America was just forced to endure was the government’s
attempt to fix the “mal-distribution of income.”
Henry Waxman's War on Accounting -- Accounting basics: when a
company experiences what accountants call "a material adverse impact" on
its expected future earnings, and those changes affect an item that is
already on the balance sheet, the company is required to record the
negative impact--"to take the charge against earnings"--as soon as it
knows that the change is reasonably likely to occur.
90 Years of History Suggests a Move Like This One Is Followed by a
Market Bust -- Based on data going back 90 years, whenever the
12-month rate of change (ROC) in the Dow Jones Industrials Average has
exceeded 40 percent, it has generally signaled trouble ahead.
Militia Leader's Mistrust Festered, Friends Say -- The leader of a
Michigan militia group charged this week with conspiring to kill
law-enforcement officers was described Tuesday as a private,
family-oriented man who nurtured a festering mistrust of governmental
authority, according to people close to the family.
The Health Care Reform Law Contains a Hidden Tax on Annuities -- The
Obama administration is trying to encourage people to buy annuities to
ensure that they don't outlive their savings. But a little-noticed
provision of the new health care reform law will slap a 3.8% tax on
payouts from annuities purchased by high-income earners outside their
workplace. And, not surprisingly, the life insurance industry isn't
happy about that.
The K Street Hustlin' of Obamacare -- All the big K Street money
pumped into the House and Senate has been overwhelmingly one-sided in
favor of Obama’s horrendous new healthcare legislation.
Federal Court Rules Against Patenting Human Genes -- In a ruling
that has enormous implications for the biotechnology industry, a
district court judge in New York threw out the patents on human genes
relating to breast and ovarian cancers. Judge Robert Sweet invalidated
the patents held by Myriad Genetics for more than a decade, saying
companies cannot legally own exclusive rights to human DNA.
Moscow Bombings Leading to Censorship, Political Spying and Silencing of
Opposition Protests -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pledged Tuesday
to drag “from the bottom of the sewers” those behind the deadly attack
on the Moscow subway system, but some Russians began to challenge his
government for failing to prevent the suicide bombings despite signs
that Islamist rebels had been preparing to strike.
Queen Elizabeth Could Suspend Elections Under Ancient Code -- The
Queen could step in and block a second General Election this year in the
event of a hung Parliament, to prevent Britain spiralling into an
53% Worry Opposition to Obama's Policies Will Lead to Violence --
Fifty-three percent (53%) of U.S. voters now are at least somewhat
concerned that those opposed to President Obama’s policies will resort
to violence, up 10 points from last September.
CNN Fails to Stop Fall in Ratings -- CNN continued what has become a
precipitous decline in ratings for its prime-time programs in the first
quarter of 2010, with its main hosts losing almost half their viewers in
Police: Teaching Kids to Mistrust Government Makes Couple 'Unsuitable
Parents' -- Texans, beware: If you teach your kids that the
“government is out to harm them,” police in Williamson County might just
deem you an “unsuitable” parent.
NIH Researchers Are Up-Front About Their Support From Drug Companies,
Right? -- Medical research that is sponsored by drug companies has
long been a conundrum. After all, scientists often welcome the big bucks
of the drug industry in order to finance their studies -- but can they
be totally objective when they are supported by Big Pharma?
Capitol Locked Down in Wake of Threats -- State workers and visitors
to the Nevada Capitol were surprised Wednesday morning to find all but
the front door locked and metal detectors for both packages and people
set up at the entrance.
Speeding 'Cushion' May Dwindle Due to Recession -- The recession may
be claiming a new victim: the 5-10-mph “cushion” police and state
troopers across the USA have routinely given motorists exceeding the
Great-Grandmother given an Electronic Tag and curfew For Selling
Goldfish to 14 yr Old -- Joan Higgins, a pet shop owner, was caught
selling the fish to the teenager in a 'sting' operation by council
officials. She was then prosecuted in an eight month court process
estimated to have cost the taxpayer more than £20,000.
NASA - Sunset Planet Alert -- This week, Mercury is emerging from
the glare of the sun and making a beeline for Venus. By week's end, the
two planets will be just 3o apart, an eye-catching pair in the deep-blue
twilight of sunset.
to the Wise - 'Multi-Vitamins Allegedly Linked to Breast Cancer -- A
startling connection between multi-vitamins and breast cancer occurrence
has prompted doctors to caution older women against a daily
multi-vitamin, unless absolutely needed. According to the results of a
Swedish study, the vitamins may be linked to breast cancer.
Obama - Alledged to be Hated by the Chicago Law School Faculty -- Is
the President's resume accurate when it comes to his career and
qualifications? I can corroborate that Obama's "teaching career" at
Chicago was, to put it kindly, a sham.
Today in History Thursday April 1, 2010
1621 - The Plymouth, MA, colonists created the first treaty with Native
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 Speaker.
1793 - In Japan, the volcano Unsen erupted killing about 53,000.
1826 - Samuel Mory patented the internal combustion engine.
1853 - Cincinnati became the first U.S. city to pay fire fighters a
1867 - Blacks voted in the municipal election in Tuscumbia, AL.
1876 - The first official National League (NL) baseball game took place.
Boston beat Philadelphia 6-5.
1889 - The first dishwashing machine was marketed (in Chicago).
1924 - Adolf Hitler was sentenced to five years in prison for high
treason in relation to the "Beer Hall Putsch."
1927 - The first automatic record changer was introduced by His Master's
1929 - Louie Marx introduced the Yo-Yo.
1934 - Bonnie & Clyde killed 2 police officers.
1938 - The first commercially successful fluorescent lamps were
1938 - The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY.
1945 - U.S. forces invaded Okinawa during World War II. It was the last
campaign of World War II.
1946 - Weight Watchers was formed.
1953 - The U.S. Congress created the Department of Health Education and
1954 - The U.S. Air Force Academy was formed in Colorado.
1960 - France exploded 2 atom bombs in the Sahara Desert.
1960 - The U.S. launched TIROS-1. It was the first weather satellite.
1970 - The U.S. Army charged Captain Ernest Medina in the My Lai
1970 - U.S. President Nixon signed the bill, the Public Health Cigarette
Smoking Act, that banned cigarette advertisements to be effective on
Jan. 1, 1971.
1971 - The United Kingdom lifted all restrictions on gold ownership.
1972 - North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops renewed their offensive in
1973 - Japan allowed its citizens to own gold.
1982 - The U.S. transferred the Canal Zone to Panama.
1992 - Players began the first strike in the 75-year history of the
National Hockey League (NHL).
2001 - China began holding 24 crewmembers of a U.S. surveillance plane.
The EP-3E U.S. Navy crew had made an emergency landing after an
in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese pilot was
missing and presumed dead. The U.S. crew was released on April 11, 2001.
2001 - Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was arrested on
corruption charges after a 26-hour standoff with the police at his
2003 - North Korea test-fired an anti-ship missile off its west coast.
2004 - U.S. President George W. Bush signed the Unborn Victims of
Violence Act. The bill made it a crime to harm a fetus during an assault
on a pregnant woman.
2004 - Gateway Inc. announced that it would be closing all of its 188
stores on April 9.
2009 - Albania and Croatia joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Summary Timeline for Major Items in Senate Health Care Bill
VIDEO: Rumsield 2.3 Trillion Dollars missing Pentagon -- Donald
Rumsfeld says 2.3 Trillion Dollars missing at Pentagon 1 DAY before the
VIDEO: Surprise! Automatic Paycheck Deduction Hidden in ObamaCare--As
Nancy Pelosi said, "we have to pass the bill so you can know what's in
it". First it was Viagra for child molesters. Now it's an AUTOMATIC
deduction from YOUR paycheck for "long-term care". $150-200 will be
automatically deducted unless you OPT-OUT, which you can (at least for
now). This deduction is scheduled to begin in 2011.
WHO to launch study into Fallujah birth defects -- The World Health
Organization (WHO) says it will conduct an independent study into the
high level of birth defects in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.
Police: Teaching Kids to Mistrust Government Makes Couple ‘Unsuitable’
Parents -- Texans, beware: If you teach your kids that the
“government is out to harm them,” police in Williamson County might just
deem you an “unsuitable” parent.
Pharmaceutical giant admits to secretly investigating FDA, swears it was
legal -- A pharmaceutical giant has admitted to secretly
investigating the FDA, but swears it was all legal. Private
investigators working for pharmaceutical company Amphastar
Pharmaceuticals gathered information on high-ranking officials at the
Food and Drug Administration for more than two months in late 2008,
Politico reports. Amphastar hired Kroll, a New York-based private
investigative firm, to uncover information about Janet Woodcock,
director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, who
oversees the agency's new drug approvals. According to Politico,
Amphastar paid Kroll more than $100,000 for the investigation.
The Press Association: Chemicals linked to breast cancer -- Analysis
of this data found that exposure to nylon fibres in the workplace before
the age of 36 increased the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by
almost double, while exposure to acrylic fibres increased the risk more
than seven times. Women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer (oestrogen
and progesterone) had triple the risk if they had been exposed to PAHs
from petroleum sources. PAHs are a group of more than 100 different
chemicals formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil and gas,
rubbish or other organic substances such as tobacco. People can be at
risk if they breathe in PAHs in workplaces such as coking, coal-tar and
asphalt production plants.
2010 Gun Dollar -- Talk about getting more bang for your buck!
Democratics nervous about foreclosure bills -- Over the past 4
years, Ohio has seen around 337-thousand home foreclosures, but state
legislators have yet to approve any major bills to stem the tide.
Democrats who dominate the Ohio house have okayed two proposals...but
they're upset that Republicans who dominate the senate have ignored
them....and haven't even okayed any alternatives. Statehouse
correspondent Bill Cohen files this report.
Pupils 'frogmarched by teachers to have fingerprints taken' so they
could eat in canteen-- A school has provoked uproar after taking
children's fingerprints without permission from their parents.
U.S. Standard of Living Unsustainable Without Drastic Action, Former Top
Govt. Accountant Says -- Who will bail out America? A longtime
budget hawk and currently CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, David
Walker says America's growing long-term debt is dangerously close to
passing a "tipping point" that could trigger soaring interest rates and
a plummeting dollar. In a worst case scenario, that could trigger a
"global depression," he says, warning: "Nobody's going to bail out
America." Comment: Bob Chapman is right (again).
Cuba to vaccinate more than 1.1M against swine flu -- Cuba will
begin vaccinating nearly 10 percent of its citizens against swine flu
next week, reversing its previous skepticism about the high cost and
effectiveness of immunization to combat the virus. Communist Party
newspaper Granma said Friday that the vaccinations will come in two
waves, the first beginning April 1. More than 1.1 million Cubans deemed
particularly vulnerable to swine flu will get them in a country of about
Idaho: Lawmakers pushing for taxes being paid in silver -- The Idaho
state treasurer would have to accept a state-made silver medallion or
bar for the payment of fees and taxes, if a bill that's cleared the
House becomes law. It now heads to the Senate. Conservative northern
Idaho lawmakers including Rep. Phil Hart, the Republican sponsor, hope
to accomplish twofold: revive their region's mining economy's glory days
as well as get a foot in the door toward replacing standard American
currency with precious metals, or so-called "constitutional money."
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to the actual bill:
The Daily Bell: Could US Taxes Rise Hard? -- How then does Obama
propose to keep power? There are two potential answers to this question.
The first is that Obama is pursuing a larger power-elite agenda and
doesn't care whether he retains power so long as he fulfills it as
successfully as he can. But the second possibility is that Obama and the
Democrats generally are going to try between now and the next
presidential election to fundamentally change the texture of US voting
patterns by somehow legalizing the votes of up to 50 million Hispanics.
States Have $$5.17 Trillion in Pension Obligations, Gap is $3.23
Trillion; State Debt as Share of GDP -- California, New York and
other states are showing many of the same signs of debt overload that
recently took Greece to the brink — budgets that will not balance,
accounting that masks debt, the use of derivatives to plug holes, and
armies of retired public workers who are counting on benefits that are
proving harder and harder to pay.
Eighteen Million, Out in the Road -- RealtyTrac, the
California-based authority on property trends and valuations, projects
4.5 million home foreclosures before the end of this year. That’s 4.5
million homes, and with four people to a household that is eighteen
million people. Eighteen million men, women and children put out into
the road, people who must scramble to find shelter and scramble to find
new schools for their children.
Irish Banks Need $43 Trillion in New Capital "As Worst Fears Have Been
Surpassed" -- Ireland’s banks need $43 billion in new capital after
“appalling” lending decisions left the country’s financial system on the
brink of collapse.
ADP Negative 23,000 -- Well now this is interesting. ADP's private
employment report came in negative, down 23,000. That wasn't expected,
and it sent the futures down a bit when released.
Sub Sea Volcano Near Italy -- Europe'slargest undersea volcano could
disintegrate and unleash a tsunami that would engulf southern Italy "at
any time", a prominent vulcanologist warned in an interview published
Glenn Beck Goes After Ventura -- Glenn Beck is at it again adding to
his already huge list of enemies. However its not 9/11 truth or liberals
he’s going after this time. Its none other then former governor of
Minnesota Jesse Ventura. During one of his radio shows Glenn decided to
comment on Ventura’s opinion of peoples lack of protesting of the loss
habeas corpus due to things like the patriot act. Which Mr, Beck was a
huge supporter of. He then went up to call him a big dumb wrestler and a
Neuroscientists Influence People's Moral Judgements by Disrupting
Specific Brain Region -- Previous studies have shown that a brain
region known as the right temporo-parietal junction (TPJ) is highly
active when we think about other people's intentions, thoughts and
beliefs. In the new study, the researchers disrupted activity in the
right TPJ by inducing a current in the brain using a magnetic field
applied to the scalp.
Oddities in the Nancy Schaeffer 'Suicide' Case -- On Friday, former
Senator Nancy Schaefer and her husband were found dead in their home in
Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda -- Although there is a need for
Canada to expand its trade horizons, the Comprehensive Economic and
Trade Agreement (CETA) currently being negotiated with the European
Union (EU) appears to be based on the flawed NAFTA model.
Fried, Grilled and Pasteurized Foods Cause Degenerative Disease --
Toxic chemicals produced when foods are cooked in certain ways encourage
oxidation and inflammation in the body, increasing the risk of
cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions, according to a
study conducted by researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
MRSA Superbugs Actually Caused by Widespread Antibiotics Use in the 60's
-- A recent study published in the journal Science has concluded that
the emergence of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, also known as
methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), was caused by the
widespread use of synthetic antibiotic drugs which began in the 1960s.
Wal-Mart to Label Products With Green Rating -- Retail giant
Wal-Mart has announced plans for an ambitious "green rating" system, an
easy to understand score giving consumers an idea of the ecological
footprint of every product sold in Wal-Mart stores.
Floods in Rhode Island, Snowmageddon, and Other Disasters May Create
Next Bailout -- A couple weeks ago, Swiss Reinsurance Co. warned,
“Natural disasters may cost insurers as much as $110 billion worldwide
in 2010, five times more than last year when the U.S. escaped hurricane
damage.” That was before the new round of massive flooding in the
Northeastern US which has devastated Rhode Island.