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Today in History - Tuesday -  April 30, 2013
1789 - George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.
1803 - The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.
1812 - Louisiana admitted as the 18th U.S. state.
1864 - Work began on the Dams along the Red River. The would allow Union General Nathaniel Banks' troops to sail over the rapids above Alexandria, La.
1889 - George Washington's inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
1900 - Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory.
1930 - The Soviet Union proposed a military alliance with France and Great Britain.
1939 - The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the "General Pershing Zephyr."
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 Dam.
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. This led to widespread protests.
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.
2002 - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was overwhelmingly approved for another five years as president.

World News

REPORT: The Israeli Air Force Flew Into Syria And Bombed A Chemical Weapons Plant - The Free Syrian Army (FSA) reports that Israeli fighter jets slipped into Damascus over the weekend and bombed a chemical weapons depot outside the city.

Guantanamo Bay sends in 40 medical reinforcements as two thirds of prisoners join hunger strike
Medical reinforcements have arrived at Guantanamo Bay to deal with a growing hunger strike by prisoners at the US detention centre in Cuba. Roughly 40 US Navy nurses and other specialists arrived over the weekend to deal with the growing number of strikers, which stands at 100 out of the 166 total inmates, according to Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House.

US urges North Korea to release detained American
Press TV - The United States called on North Korea on Monday to immediately release on humanitarian grounds a U.S. citizen accused of trying to topple the state's government.

Israel joins US-UK-Qaeda anti-Assad plot
Press TV - The Israeli regime has joined forces with the United States, Britain, and al-Qaeda terrorists in the plot to depose Syrian President Basher al-Assad. Speaking at a conference in New York on Sunday, former Mossad director Meir Dagan said Tel Aviv must “do whatever it can to make sure that Syrian President Basher al-Assad is removed from power.”

UN renews call for full access to Syria for chemical weapons inquiry
RT - The UN chief has urged Damascus to give its fact-finding team full access to sites where chemical weapons allegedly were used, stressing that he takes seriously the recent US report about the use of chemical weapon in Syria.

Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills one Palestinian, reportedly a militant
RT - An Israeli airstrike has killed a Palestinian motorcyclist and wounded two other people in Gaza. The attack is the first deadly airstrike carried out by Israel since a November ceasefire.

Pentagon using China satellite for US-Africa Command
Press TV - A U.S. lawmaker is questioning the Pentagon’s decision to use a Chinese commercial satellite to provide communications for its Africa Command.

VIDEO: U.S. Moves Closer to Military Intervention in Syria
Kurt Nimmo - Exploiting the unsubstantiated rumor that Syria has used chemicals weapons, senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham went on the Sunday news shows to push for military intervention in Syria.

Speak no evil: Netanyahu orders Israeli ministers to ‘remain silent’ on Syria
RT - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his ministers to cease making public comments on the civil conflict in Syria, especially reports regarding the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces, Israeli media said.

With Bags of Cash, C.I.A. Seeks Influence in Afghanistan
NY Times - For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency. 

20 Signs That The Next Great Economic Depression Has Already Started In Europe
Economic Collapse - The next Great Depression is already happening - it just hasn't reached the United States yet. Things in Europe just continue to get worse and worse, and yet most people in the United States still don't get it.

VIDEO: Greek parliament approves draconian civil service job cuts
RT - A new law which will cut some 15,000 state jobs by the end of next year, including 4,000 in 2013, has been passed by the Greek parliament. The harsh move is a part of austerity measures imposed by the Troika in return for a $11.4 billion bailout loan.

Report: Farmers Hoarding Food To Protect Against Currency Collapse
Mac Slavo - Like many Greeks, who have headed to the countryside to grow their own food in the midst of complete economic destruction, farmers in Argentina are hoarding the one tangible investment they know will not lose value, no matter what their currency does.

‘Big Brother’ in your fridge: British National Grid eyes ‘forced’ electricity switch
The UK’s National Grid has proposed all white goods for the British consumers to be fitted with special sensor chips, which would automatically and without owner’s consent turn the device off in the event of abnormal nationwide electricity demand.

Canada to tax Bitcoin transactions
RT - Canadians using bitcoins, the decentralized crypto-currency that recently went mainstream, must report their incomes and pay taxes as with other earnings, Canada's Revenue Agency (CRA) confirmed following a media request.

Mysterious kidney disease now 'top priority' in Central America - Over the last two years, the Center for Public Integrity has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, as well as in Sri Lanka and India. Scientists have yet to definitively uncover the cause of the malady, although emerging evidence points to toxic heavy metals contained in pesticides as a potential culprit.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Boston Suspect’s Defense Team Gets Major Boost With Lawyer Who Defended Unabomber, Loughner
Fox News - The team that will be led by Miriam Conrad, the chief federal public defender for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, got a major boost Monday with the addition of prominent San Diego lawyer and death penalty opponent Judy Clarke. Not that Conrad is considered any slouch.

Jersey City Police Brass Identify A Pro-militia Clique (Oathkeepers) In The department And Say They’ve Been Stopped - A clique of officers who calls themselves “Three-Percenters” in the Jersey City Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit sprouted about two years ago, officials have told The Jersey Journal.

VIDEO: Cruz: GOP Senators Yelled at Me for Supporting Gun Filibuster - Texas senator Ted Cruz on Friday indicated that the battle among GOP senators over gun-control legislation was so fierce that, at several points during the debate, some of his Republican colleagues yelled at him “at the top of their lungs.”

UPDATE: Baby returned to parents after mix-up over ‘neglect’
RT - A Sacramento court has ruled for the return of a baby who had been forcefully taken from his parents by police and child protective services without a warrant on April 24, according to a Russian consulate spokesperson’s statement.

Misha the Radicalizer Story Hits a Speed Bump
Kurt Nimmo - The emerging narrative on the Boston bombings and the role allegedly played by the now deceased Tamerlan Tsarnaev hinges on a shadowy figured the government calls “Misha.” It is said the red-bearded Armenian Muslim lives in the Boston area, but could not be located by the authorities or the corporate media.

Mother of Bomb Suspects: “It’s All Lies”
Paul Joseph Watson - The mother of the Boston bombing suspects continues to insist that her sons are innocent, while the media responds by portraying Zubeidat Tsarnaeva as a terrorist herself after reports that Russian authorities intercepted phone calls during which she “vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son.”

Female DNA Found on Bomb in Boston Attack
Wall Street Journal - Investigators have found female DNA on at least one of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks, though they haven’t determined whose DNA it is or whether that means a woman helped the two suspects carry out the attacks, according to U.S. officials briefed on the probe.

Obama: ‘I Am Not the Strapping, Young Muslim Socialist That I Used to Be’
CNS News - Speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Barack Obama joked that he is no longer a young Muslim socialist.... “Now, look, I get it. These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be. Time passes. You get a little gray.”

U.S. Companies Purchased 900 Million Rounds of Ammo from Russia - The outlandish purchase of billions of rounds of ammunition by the federal government has created a serious shortage in the United States. In response, according to a Russian website (, suppliers in the United States are turning to Russia to fill the gap.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: ‘I’m Going to Grab Your Baby, and Don’t Resist’: Cops Barge Into Cali. Parents’ Home, Take Their Baby After They Seek 2nd Medical Opinion
The Blaze - California couple had their five-month-old baby “snatched” by police after they took the infant to get a second opinion on a medical procedure, they claim.


The Next Time Gold & Silver Skyrocket It Will Be in an American Financial Collapse! - The charade that the Fed and US bankers/Financiers have been playing CAN NOT CONTINUE MUCH LONGER. The only way for them to make it out of this mess is an economic collapse. This way they can default on their debts and in the ensuing chaos pilfer the gold and silver with a promise to pay it back…One day.

The More Illegal Immigrants That Go On Food Stamps The More Money JP Morgan Makes - Recently uncovered documents prove that the Obama administration has been working with the Mexican government to increase the number of illegal immigrants on food stamps, and when more illegal immigrants go on food stamps JP Morgan makes more money.
As you will read about below, JP Morgan has made at least 560 million dollars processing Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.

Energy & Environment

California Proposal for Fracking Moratorium Clears Panel
Bloomberg - A California Assembly panel approved a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing by oil and natural-gas producers until the most populous U.S. state assesses health and environmental concerns.... Nazarian’s bill would require the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency to lead a study to determine whether fracking can be done without risk.

VIDEO: Hanford worker's struggle to 'do the right thing' - The private company that manages the radioactive waste tank farms at the Hanford Site ignored or missed numerous red flags over a 10-month period that showed a double-shell tank holding some of the worst waste was leaking.


Los Angeles County now targeting low-income, uninsured residents with 'free' vaccine jabs
(NaturalNews) A media-induced panic has apparently set in across Los Angeles following the recent death of a West Hollywood lawyer due to bacterial meningitis. According to reports, both the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Los Angeles County are now busy jabbing as many local residents as possible for the condition, including low-income and uninsured residents who are among the primary targets for the "free" vaccine.

Lower your blood pressure naturally with tomatoes and CoQ10
(NaturalNews) Did you know that there are natural ways to lower your blood pressure safely and effectively? Scientific studies have shown that both ordinary tomatoes and the naturally occurring substance CoQ10 can provide benefits to people with high blood pressure.

Five natural alternatives for banishing fibromyalgia pain and inflammation
(NaturalNews) Though there is still some debate over whether or not it is an inflammatory or a neurological condition, or some combination of both, most everyone will agree that fibromyalgia is a severely debilitating health condition that robs its victims of their energy, their strength and ultimately their lives.

Still Believe Nature Got It Wrong? Top 10 Health Benefits of Marijuana - Marijuana has been found to suppress cancer, reduce blood pressure, treat glaucoma, alleviate pain and even inhibit HIV. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective. Can you understand more now why it's illegal?

4 Ways to Increase Nitric Oxide Naturally for a Better Workout, Sex, & Heart Health
Natural Society - There are far safer and natural ways to boost nitric oxide for a better workout, sex, and heart health than to take supplements. Here are 4 ways.

Science & Technology

Obama Expands Wiretap Authority to Cover Finance, Healthcare and Other Industries - Although the secret DOJ prosecution waiver initially applied to a cyber-security pilot project—the DIB Cyber Pilot—that allowed the military to monitor defense contractors’ Internet links, the program has since been renamed Enhanced Cybersecurity Services and is being expanded by President Obama to allow the government to snoop on the private networks of all companies operating in “critical infrastructure sectors,” including energy, healthcare, and finance starting June 12.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

How DuPont profits from drought: Half the rainfall, double the profits
(NaturalNews) When there are drought conditions, you might think that an agri-business corporation's bottom line would suffer, but not so for chemical giant DuPont, whose quarterly profits more than doubled despite the worst dry spell in decades. According to Reuters, DuPont's profits have soared as U.S. farmers flocked to by the company's "drought-hardy seeds" and other "crop-protection products" to increase their yields.

Action Alert: Industry Backed Legislation Directs EPA to Allow Hazardous Pesticide in Food - The Pest Free Food Supply Act, H.R. 1496, sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) and 14 others, prohibits EPA from implementing its proposed phase-out of this agricultural fumigant's uses in 2014 and circumvents a long history of science that requires a reduction of public exposure to this chemical. Click here to send a message to your member of Congress!

Pet News

Chemical Flea Collars Threaten Pets and Kids, as well as Pests - According to a report just released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), many name-brand collars on store shelves contain chemicals that can harm pets and their owners, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn’t doing anything to stop them.

Today in History - Monday -  April 29, 2013
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 Union.
1862 - New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
1879 - In Cleveland, OH, electric arc lights were used for the first time.
1918 - Germany's Western Front offensive ended in World War I.
1924 - An open revolt broke out in Santa Clara, Cuba.
1927 - Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis was completed for Lindbergh.
1945 - The German Army in Italy surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.
1945 - The Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated.
1946 - Twenty-eight former Japanese leaders were indicted in Tokyo as war criminals.
1952 - IBM President Thomas J. Watson, Jr., informed his company's stockholders that IBM was building "the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world." The computer was unveiled April 7, 1953, as the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine.
1974 - U.S. President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
1975 - The U.S. embassy in Vietnam was evacuated as North Vietnamese forces fought their way into Saigon.
1984 - In California, the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor went online after a long delay due to protests.
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 days.
1994 - Israel and the PLO signed an agreement in Paris which granted Palestinians broad authority to set taxes, control trade and regulate banks under self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
1997 - Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was convicted of raping six female trainees. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was dishonorably discharged.
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 trade.
2009 - NATO expelled two Russian diplomats from NATO headquarters in Brussels over a spy scandal in Estonia. Russia's Foreign Ministry criticized the expulsions.

World News

US names nationals killed in Afghanistan
Press TV - The United States Department of Defense has identified four Americans killed in Saturday's crash of a spy aircraft in southern Afghanistan. The US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) issued a statement on Saturday saying that the soldiers were killed when their plane went down in the province of Zabul.

‘N Korea to put American on trial’
Press TV - North Korea will put an American citizen, detained last year, on trial for allegedly plotting to overthrow Pyongyang’s government, a Korean news agency says.... The United States has so far not publicly commented on the latest development.

US lawmakers introduce tough N. Korea sanctions bill - Republican and Democratic lawmakers are proposing to step up sanctions against North Korea by punishing companies, banks and governments. The bill crafted by leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and introduced Friday is modeled on sanctions in force against Iran.

‘US claims against Syria point to despair’
Press TV - senior Iranian lawmaker says the recent claims by the United States about the use of chemical weapons in Syria shows Washington's desperation in confronting the Syrian nation and government.

Lab-Altered H5N1 Flu More Infectious to Humans than Birds - A new study suggests a laboratory-mutated H5N1 avian influenza virus could pose a greater risk to humans than to birds, adding to concerns about the new avian flu strain that has emerged recently in China.

‘North Korea prepares for major drill’
Press TV - The military exercise involves North Korean artillery units and air force jets, Yonhap cited a South Korean government source, whose name was not mentioned. “It appears that the scale of the drill will be quite big,” the source stated.

New York Times Tells Truth About Syria; Neo-Cons Unfazed - Shocking as it may seem, the New York Times managed to tell the truth about Syria today: "Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of." The conclusion to this revelation is not, unfortunately, "stop arming the non-existent secularists." Rather, it is to intervene even more -- and even more quickly.

Iraq suspends 10 satellite TV channels
Press TV - Iraq’s leading al-Sharqiya and Qatar-based Al-Jazeera are among the pan-Arabic channels whose operating licenses were revoked on Sunday. The Iraqi Communication and Media Commission said in a statement that the satellite channels had "exaggerated things, given misinformation and called for breaking the law and attacking Iraqi security forces".

'French troops to stay in Mali'
Press TV - France’s defense minister has reaffirmed that the country will keep 1,000 troops in Mali to fight armed groups even after the arrival of more than 12,000 UN peacekeepers later this year.

Israeli Dominated Drone Industry to Cash in on Boston Bombings - The Jewish state is the single largest exporter of drones in the world, responsible for 41 percent of all UAVs exported between 2001 and 2011, according to a database compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Israeli companies export drone technology to at least 24 countries, including the United States.

8 Revisions to Canada's Anti-Terrorism Bill That You Need to Know About
Activist Post - The House of Commons passed the new anti-terrorism bill on April 24th 2013 and received royal assent on the 25th. The bill revived provisions from the Anti-terrorism Act passed just after the Sept. 11 attacks and adds some new ones that can very easily violate civil rights.

Peru says no to GMO - Peru is the first country in the Americas to ban genetically modified foods, putting its food policy closer to that of Europe, than the United States or many of its South American neighbors.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald Spars With Former CIA Officer On MSNBC Over Whether American Violence Abroad Fuels Jihad - Outspoken civil libertarian and Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald made a rare cable news appearance this afternoon to debate with TheBlaze host and former CIA officer Buck Sexton over the role American foreign policy has played in fueling Islamic extremists to execute terrorist attacks against the United States.

VIDEO: See Something, Say Something… Rat Out Your Neighbor
Kurt Nimmo - All of the non-stop fear mongering since the Boston Marathon has paid off in spades. There were 186 reports of “suspicious activity” the week before the Boston Marathon. There were 311 reports of suspicious activity in Allegheny County the week after the bombings, according to CBS News. No actual terrorist bombs were found, of course. People are now seeing bombs where none exist.

All In The Family: Uncle Ruslan Married to Daughter of Top CIA Official
Kurt Nimmo According to new research, Uncle Ruslan, aka Ruslan Tsarni, was married to the daughter of former top CIA official Graham Fuller. This is an interesting discovery considering Tsarni is at the forefront of the effort to convince the American people that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the alleged and now dead Boston bomber, was “brainwashed” by a shadowy Armenian named Misha.

Shifting Focus, Federal Agents Arrest New Suspect in Ricin Case
NY Times - A former taekwondo instructor was taken into custody early Saturday by federal authorities in Mississippi, accused of mailing letters containing the poison ricin to the president, a United States senator and a local judge.

Police State Euphemism: “Shelter In Place”
Kurt Nimmo - Philadelphia, home of the Constitution, has issued instructions on how to “shelter in place” following the successful police state lockdown in Boston.

VIDEO: Rachel Maddow’s Jihad Against Alex Jones, Part II - So it has once again enlisted Rachel Maddow to tell her dwindling audience of semi-somnolent liberals that Ron Paul is a racist while continuing her scripted attack on Alex Jones and Glenn Beck.

Bloomberg: New Yorkers will 'never know where our cameras are'
RT - [New York City Police Department Commissioner] Kelly said the Domain Awareness System, nicknamed “the dashboard,” would centralize already existing data captured on the between 3,500 and 6,000 cameras already placed throughout the city with new technology developed in conjunction with Microsoft.
* Related Video: Rand Paul: If The Government Is Going To Watch Us They Need Probable Cause

They Come For the Ammo: New Bill Would Require Background Checks for “Explosive Materials”
Mac Slavo - Senator Harry Reid has introduced a new bill that would require background checks for anyone purchasing “explosive materials” or “powders”... The purchase of black powder in amounts over 50 pounds already requires a background check, but the new bill would lower the thresholds and will also include “smokeless powders,” which are used for the production of ammunition.

VIDEO: Part of landing gear from 9/11 plane is found - 11 years after attacks
Daily Mail - The location is particularly noteworthy because 51 Park Place is the site of the Islamic Cultural Center that stirred up controversy and months of protests two years ago when the site developers wanted to turn it into a mosque. ...part of a landing gear from one of the 9/11 planes was discovered wedged between buildings with a mysterious rope around it.

VIDEO: Ron Paul’s Dire Warning to America - Former Congressman and 2012 presidential contender Ron Paul drops in to give us his take on how Congress plans to exploit our fears to take our liberties in the aftermath of the Boston terror attack on April 15.

VIDEO: Bilderberg Sleuth Jim Tucker Dead at 78 - Jim Tucker, the ground breaking journalist who chronicled the activities of the secretive Bilderberg Group beginning in the 1990s, has died from complication after a fall. Tucker was 78.


Senator Paul stirs business ire over blocking of tax treaties
Chicago Tribune - Senator Rand Paul is coming under pressure from some multi-national businesses to drop his opposition to tax treaties between the United States and other nations. Citing privacy concerns about Americans' tax data, Paul, a Republican and libertarian, has single-handedly blocked Senate action on treaties with Hungary, Switzerland and Luxembourg that have been signed by authorities on both sides, but have been awaiting Senate review since 2011.

Judicial Watch Uncovers USDA Records Sponsoring U.S. Food Stamp Program for Illegal Aliens - Documents Reveal that Mexican Government Encourages Maximum Participation in U.S.-Funded Program.... The promotion of the food stamp program, now known as “SNAP” (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA with a statement advising Mexicans in the U.S. that they do not need to declare their immigration status in order to receive financial assistance.

HHS stages multimillion-dollar PR campaign to promote Obamacare - The federal agency charged with implementing the Affordable Care Act announced a multimillion-dollar public relations contract last week in order to convince people to join the program and keep it from collapsing, critics claimed.

Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever - The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There's no price the big banks can't fix

Energy & Environment

Expert: Material is flowing out from bottom of giant sinkhole — Volume of hole doubled since October — Now 25-acre settlement area
ENENews - In a presentation April 5 at LSU, Gary Hecox, a CB&I hydrogeologist, described how other rock movements also have been increasing the sinkhole’s size and creating subsidence in the surrounding area.

Anonymous Insider: “Something grossly wrong” at California nuclear plant — Fears for his safety — Potential reactor meltdown if restarted
ENENews - For the first time, a source from inside the San Onofre nuclear power plant has come forward to warn that restarting the power plant is too dangerous.... The anonymous insider and [Dr. Joe Hopenfeld, a former employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission] said if there is a main steam line break, there is potential for the reactor core to overheat – which could mean a full or partial meltdown.

VIDEO: GE Trees May Be Even More Damaging to the Environment than GE Foods
Dr. Mercola - Imagine a fast-growing tree that can kill its own insects... Or a "terminator gene" that could sterilize an entire native forest, making it uninhabitable to wildlife. Discover the silent assault happening right now in the up to 150 "test plots" in the US.

Fracking debris considered too radioactive even for waste site - A truck carrying drill cuttings from a fracking site set off a radiation alarm at a landfill in Pennsylvania.... The Pennsylvania landfill, located in South Huntingdon, rejects waste that emits more than 10 microerm per hour of radiation. The fracking materials were found to emit 96 microerm per hour of Radium 226 – a rate that is 84 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s air-pollution standard and ten times higher than the landfill’s permitted level, Forbes reports.


Top 12 Strategies for Optimizing Your Health
Dr. Mercola - The vast majority of health problems are in fact responsive to appropriate lifestyle changes—the most important of which are covered in this article

Why turmeric is the fountain of youth and the key to vibrant health
(NaturalNews) A cohort of scientific studies published in recent years have shown that taking turmeric on a regular basis can actually lengthen lifespan and improve overall quality of life.

Prostate cancer linked to high intake of protein and calcium from dairy
(NaturalNews) The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPICN) is a multicenter meta-epidemiological (broad statistical survey) study designed to assess cancer risks by investigating past and current relationships between diet, lifestyle, environmental factors and cancer among a large population of different EU nations.

“Police State” Registry System Being Set Up to Track Your Vaccination Status
Activist Post - The Centers for Disease Control has been quietly rolling out a nationwide program called the Immunization Information Systems (IIS), registering your vaccine information into a database. [1] This effort has been run in parallel with state vaccine registry implementations.

Cancer Doctor Explains How Cooking with Turmeric Leads to Amazing Health Benefits
Natural Society - As Dr. Sukumar said, the benefits of turmeric are many—from inflammation of the joints as is common in arthritis, to reduced cancer risk and the treatment of diabetes. But, not all sources of curcumin are equal. As Dr. Sukumar points out, your body can get the most benefits when you add it to your cooking.

Magnesium rich foods reverse Alzheimer’s disease
(NaturalHealth365) Researchers have found that magnesium plays an important part in protecting the aging brain’s structure and function; it can rebuild ruptured synapses, and restore the degraded neuronal connections within the brain and help reverse memory lost. In fact, for many years, magnesium has been recognized as a key component to optimal brain function.

VIDEO: OMG, that really happens? The truth about trying to wash pesticides off produce
Occupy Monsanto - Plants aren’t just coated with pesticides, plants soak up pesticides; root vegetables in particular are vulnerable as well as fruits and veggies with thin “skins” as they lack the proper physical barriers needed for protection. No matter how much you wash them you can’t get rid of the pesticides that are now throughout your food.

Why nightly snacks are unhealthy
(NaturalNews) It might seem harmless if you grab a bowl of cereal at night, but the fact is that it is better off if you eat that in the morning. New studies have shown that the human body is inclined to convert food consumed at night into fat and then converting it into energy during the daytime.

Quick and Clean: 40 Non-Processed Snacks That Meet Your Need For Speed
Activist Post - In a society that is geared towards instant gratification, the problem with non-processed food is that it isn’t “quick”. One of the major reasons that people give for eating processed foods over whole foods is that “I needed something quick.” Don’t let your need for speed sidetrack your healthy eating habits.

Music Prompts Numerous Brain Changes Linked to Emotions and Abstract Decision Making
Dr. Mercola - When you listen to music, much more is happening in your body than simple auditory processing. Music triggers activity in the nucleus accumbens, a part of your brain that releases the feel-good chemical dopamine and is involved in forming expectations.... Listening to music was found to lessen anxiety better than anti-anxiety drugs, and also has beneficial effects on premature babies.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Police stake out hydroponics shops, harass customers who grow their own food
(NaturalNews) Apparently Americans who employ hydroponics are the newest targets in an insane "drug war" that has gone from bad to ludicrous since it was first "declared" in the early 1980s.

Monsanto-Free Seed Companies
Occupy Monsanto - Monsanto now owns 40% of the conventional seed market in the US and 20% of the worldwide market, including organics and heirlooms. It’s not terribly easy to avoid them, which is why we’ve compiled this list with the help of readers and some experts from the field....
* Related Article: Monsanto ‘Owned’ Heirloom Seednames...

11 Precautions and Tips for Safe Foraging - There is a veritable feast out there! Herbalists believe that foods available seasonally provide nourishment appropriate to the body’s needs at the different times of year.

Compost Made Easy
Mother Earth News - Never underestimate the power of letting stuff rot in a pile. There are loads of easy ways to compost — and we’ll help you find the right methods for you.

Pet News

The Alarming Proposed Bill That Could Threaten Your Pet's Life
Dr. Mercola - California Assembly Bill AB 272 is proposing new vaccine legislation that will require puppies in California to receive the rabies vaccine at 12 weeks rather than 16 weeks. A primary concern is that too-early rabies vaccination can interfere with residual maternal antibodies, with the result that puppies presumed to be immunized against the disease, will not be.

Today in History - Friday -  April 26, 2013
1819 - The first Odd Fellows lodge in the U.S. was established in Baltimore, MD.
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.
1929 - First non-stop flight from England to India was completed.
1937 - German planes attacked Guernica, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War.
1941 - An organ was played at a baseball stadium for the first time in Chicago, IL.
1945 - Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.
1968 - Students seized the administration building at Ohio State University.
1982 - The British announced that Argentina had surrendered on South Georgia.
1983 - Dow Jones Industrial Average broke 1,200 for first time.
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.
1998 - Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera was bludgeoned to death two days after a report he'd compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war was made public.
2002 - In Erfurt, Germany, an expelled student killed 17 people at his former school. The student then killed himself.

World News

US, UK claim Syria used chemical weapons against militants
Press TV - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, told reporters on Thursday that Washington has evidence that the chemical weapon sarin has been used in Syria on a small scale.

UNSC OK’s peacekeepers for Mali
Press TV - The United Nations Security Council has approved more than 12,600 peacekeeping forces for the West African country of Mali. The peacekeeping forces comprising 11,200 military personnel and 1,440 international police will be present in Mali from July 1st. The force, to be known as MINUSMA, will be backed by French troops, if necessary, to combat fighters in the African country.

'Iraqi forces enter seized northern town'
Press TV - Iraqi security forces enter the northern town of Sulaiman Bek, which has been under the control of militants, officials says.

Inciting violence in Iraq is ‘playing with fire’: Iran official
Press TV - Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has warned foreign sides against inciting violence in Iraq, describing the measure as “playing with fire.”... “Having failed in Syria, foreign sides are now seeking to create sedition in Iraq, whereas this is playing with fire,” Amir-Abdollahian added, urging the outsiders to act wisely.

‘Syria crisis could spread into Jordan’
Press TV - Syria’s deputy foreign minister has warned the Jordanian government that the turmoil in Syria would spill over into Jordan.... “Menacing danger is threatening the two countries (Syria and Jordan) and the entire region, as well as all those who are supporting armed terrorist groups,” the Syrian deputy foreign minister stated.

“Gross containment failure” of Fukushima reactors — Now we are seeing plutonium far from plant
ENENews - Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Chief Engineer: There was a melt-down and a melt-through of the nuclear reactor vessels, but that wouldn’t be enough unless the containment failed too […] Now we are seeing heavy isotopes like plutonium out at 20 to 30 kilometers […] All these are signs of gross containment failure.

'Over 3.2 million jobless in France'
Press TV - The French Labor Ministry says the number of unemployed people in France increased by 36,900 in March, reaching 3.224 million for the first time since 1997.

VIDEO: Putin on Boston bombings
RT - Putin was commenting in Moscow during his annual Q&A session on the flood of comments in the US, many of them from common people, which blamed Russia, where the suspects in the bombing were born, over the crime. “Common fold in the US are not to be blamed, they don’t understand what is happening. Here I am addressing them and our citizens to say that Russia is a victim of international terrorism too,” he said.

VIDEO: Canada censured over anti-terror bill
Press TV - Canada’s government has come under fire for exploiting the issue of a “foiled terror plot” in the country and the April 15 bombings in the US in order to pass a controversial anti-terror bill, which is deemed harmful to civil liberties.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Rachel Maddow Froths Over Boston False Flag and Alex Jones
Kurt Nimmo - Maddow tried to conflate “truthers” and Boston bombing skeptics with neocons calling for a renewed war on Islam. In a segment broadcast on the military-industrial complex’s favorite “liberal” network (MSNBC is owned in part by death merchant General Electric), Maddow rallied against the very idea that government would engage in false flag terror events.

Uncle Ruslan and the Official Boston Bombing Narrative
Kurt Nimmo - Following Zubeidat Tsarnaev’s claim that her son, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was set-up by the FBI, her brother-in-law, Ruslan Tsarni, was rolled out to engage in damage control and save the official narrative on the Boston bombings.

CONFIRMED: Both FBI & CIA Watched Boston Bombing Suspects for Years
Tony Cartalucci - FBI & CIA now admit to putting Boston bombing suspect on 2 “watch lists,” directly contradicting previous public statements. CIA most likely sponsored suspect’s trips to meet US-backed terrorists in Chechnya, Russia.

Reps challenge DHS ammo buys, say agency using 1,000 more rounds per person than Army
Fox News - Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday that the Department of Homeland Security is using roughly 1,000 rounds of ammunition more per person than the U.S. Army, as he and other lawmakers sharply questioned DHS officials on their "massive" bullet buys.

Calif. bill would let non-citizens serve on juries
AP - The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty. Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, said his bill, AB1401, would help California widen the pool of prospective jurors and help integrate immigrants into the community.

PHOTOS: Today’s big ‘Stop the NRA March’ in DC that no one showed up to - Washington Examiner reporter Charlie Spiering swung by todays Stop the NRA March in our nations capitol to check out the scene. What he came across wasn’t so much of a march as it was a sad gathering of a few dozen people.

VIDEO: Teen Suspended for Wearing NRA T-shirt Returns to School Wearing the Same Shirt - After refusing to remove the NRA shirt, 14-year-old Jared Marcum was arrested and charged with obstruction and disturbing the education process. He was also suspended for one day. Preceding the incident, he had no criminal record.

Teacher Sues School over Suspension for 'Weapons' Charge: Showing Students Garden Tools
CNS News - Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a civil rights lawsuit against a Chicago public school district on behalf of a second-grade teacher who was suspended after he displayed garden-variety tools such as wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers in his classroom as part of a "tool discussion" in his class.

Retailer Pulls Pressure Cookers in the Wake of Boston Bombing, Then Puts Them Back After Public Outcry
Activist Post - Pat Connolly, a Williams-Sonoma spokesperson, provided “Right Views” a statement regarding the decision, including an apology to anyone who was offended: “Pressure cookers are available at all our stores nationwide."

FBI Conducting Gun Sweeps in Oakland - Less than a week after SWAT police went house to house ripping families out of their homes during broad daylight in the manhunt that ensued following the Boston bombings, other police departments have seemingly taken a police state cue and followed suit. Yesterday it was reported that FBI agents and local police SWAT along with the California Highway Patrol conducted a “massive sweep” of Oakland where they barricaded several streets and closed down certain parts of the town for more than an hour.

VIDEO: Patrick administration refuses to release Tsarnaev brothers' records - The Patrick administration clamped down the lid yesterday on Herald requests for details of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s government benefits, citing the dead terror mastermind’s right to privacy.

Bloomberg: Suspects planned NYC blasts - "Last night we were informed by the FBI that the surviving attacker revealed that New York City was next on their list of targets," Bloomberg said. The two came up with the plan spontaneously after the Boston bombing, as they talked in an SUV they hijacked, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Gov. Rick Scott signs drones bill into law - The new law bans local law enforcement officials from using drones without a warrant or threat of a terrorist attack, and prohibits the use of information collected by drones to be used as evidence in courts.

Four more fragments that could be 9/11 victim human remains found at landfill on Staten Island
SI Live - Four more fragments that could be human remains of 9/11 victims have been unearthed since Friday at the former Fresh Kills landfill, bringing to 71 the total number of fragments recovered since sifting resumed on April 1.

VIDEO: BIzarre: Knoxville Tn. High School, half year long "Zombie Pandemic Project" and Idaho Zombie/UFO drill April 27th - The Idaho Zombie/UFO crash drill is happening on the 27th of this month. They have taken the information off the website it was on, when it began getting a lot of attention. But it is still being held and a video about it, is below.

Couple Survives Drug Crazed Home Invader Because of Their AR-15 - A couple whose names are being withheld by police were outside of their apartment on Friday, when Jasper Brisbon, who they said appeared to be on drugs, walked up and began staring at them.... Eventually, they decided to go inside of their apartment to get away from Brisbon, but he followed them. That’s when things really took a turn for the worse. * Related Video

VIDEO: I-Team Investigates Fort Worth Fertilizer Plant
CBS News - In the wake of the fertilizer explosion in West, there are questions and concerns about other fertilizer plants in North Texas. Several people in a north Fort Worth neighborhood told CBS 11 they’re worried about the American Plant Food Corporation facility on Deen Road. The plant has no connection to the plant in West.

New bill would require genetically modified food labeling in US
RT - The new bill, known as the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, was introduced on Wednesday by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and resembles previous legislation that failed to garner sufficient support in Congress.


65% of JPM’s Gold Vanishes as Massive 8 Tons of Gold Withdrawawn Overnight! - JPM’s eligible gold inventory has just plunged to an All-Time Low as a massive 8.125 metric tonnes- a full 65% of The Morgue’s phyzz was withdrawn overnight!
Jamie & Blythe are expected to be working overnight tonight moving pallets of phyzz from 5 floors below The Fed into JPM’s depleted vault.

Texas University Sells $375 Million in Gold Bars…to Re-Invest in Gold Futures! - Bloomberg reports this morning that the University’s Endowment fund has just liquidated $375 million of its physical gold position over the past 3 months, and will plow the proceeds…back into the PAPER GOLD FUTURES MARKET (along with general equities).

Congress Prepares $100 Million Bipartisan Flu Tax
Weekly Standard - Congress is preparing to take action on a bipartisan proposal to raise taxes on flu vaccines. This is not a tax on the wealthy, but rather on a broad swath of Americans, or at least those who choose to be immunized against the flu.

Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption
Politico - The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.

VIDEO: Maryland Offers Glimpse at Obamacare Insurance Math - In the latest preview of prices for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Maryland’s dominant insurer says proposed premiums for new policies for individuals will rise by 25 percent on average next year. That’s lower than what some had predicted. Just three weeks ago, the insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, had been looking at a proposed 50 percent increase. But the company revised that initial estimate, citing worries about affordability for consumers.

Record Number of Households on Food Stamps-- 1 out of Every 5
CNS News - The latest available data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that a record number 23 million households in the United States are now on food stamps.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Tests reveal tar sands in Lake Conway, Exxon denies - An expert in water testing tells Channel 7 new information conflicting with reports from Exxon about the Mayflower oil spill. A person who conducted several water tests said there are remnants of the oil spill in Lake Conway, and could be headed toward the Arkansas River.


Outbreak: Frightening H7N9 Study: “Authorities Should Definitely Be Alarmed and Get Prepared for the Worst-Case Scenario”
Mac Slavo - While U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden suggests there is no cause for panic over the H7N9 influenza strain and says that Americans, “go about their daily lives,” this unusually dangerous virus has concerned officials at the CDC to such an extent that they are rapidly working to develop an effective vaccine in the event it makes its way to North America.

Big Brother Has A New Face, And It’s Your Boss
Forbes - Recently, the CVS Caremark Corporation began requiring employees to disclose personal health information (including weight, blood pressure, and body fat levels) or else pay an annual $600 fine. Workers must make this information available to the company’s employee “Wellness Program” and sign a form stating that they’re doing so voluntarily.

New Review Links Roundup to Diabetes, Autism, Infertility and Cancer - The review paper states that “glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of …food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.

You Knew It Was Coming...First Vaccine Announced For Autism - A first-ever vaccine created by University of Guelph researchers to control autistic symptoms is here.... Constipation and diarrhea are common in autistic patients. So what's the solution? A vaccine of course.

Gut Flora Accounts for up to 80% of Immunity, Not Vaccinations
Natural Society - Pediatricians are chastising parents for refusing vaccines for their children, but balanced gut flora accounts for up to 80% of our immunity, not vaccines.

Oil Pulling: Ancient Secret for Optimal Health
Green Med Info - Oil pulling is an ancient Indian folk remedy, first mentioned in the early Ayurveda text "Compendium of Caraka," the Charaka Samhita, which was believed to have been written approximately 1500 years ago.

Why You Should Keep Your Orange and Banana Peels - The peels of fruits hold some of the most incredible nutrients in the world. There are dozens of uses, both medicinal and practical, for orange and banana peels that are unknown to most. Next time you think about throwing away one of these peels, you may want to have this information handy.

McDonalds Hamburger Discovered 14 Years Later Still Looks the Same
Green Med Info - A couple from Utah has kept this McDonalds burger for 14 years and it still looks the way it did when it was purchased.

Science & Technology

Defense Distributed Putting Final Touches on Completely 3D-Printed Gun - Defense Distributed has announced that they plan to unveil a completely, or near-completely, 3D-printed handgun. They expect to have the design finalized and published in the next couple of weeks.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: CISPA Is A Direct Assault On Privacy
Fox Business April 24th.

Department of Justice secretly gave Internet service providers immunity when conducting surveillance
Activist Post - According to documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Department of Justice secretly authorized the interception of electronic communications on certain parts of AT&T and other Internet service providers’ networks.

Today in History - Thursday -  April 25, 2013
1792 - The guillotine was first used to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier.
1846 - The Mexican-American War ignited as a result of disputes over claims to Texas boundaries. The outcome of the war fixed Texas' southern boundary at the Rio Grande River.
1860 - The first Japanese diplomats to visit a foreign power reached Washington, DC. They remained in the U.S. capital for several weeks while discussing expansion of trade with the United States.
1862 - Union Admiral Farragut occupied New Orleans, LA.
1864 - After facing defeat in the Red River Campaign, Union General Nathaniel Bank returned to Alexandria, LA.
1867 - Tokyo was opened for foreign trade.
1898 - The U.S. declared war on Spain. Spain had declared war on the U.S. the day before.
1901 - New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.
1928 - A seeing eye dog was used for the first time.
1945 - Delegates from about 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
1959 - St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping. The water way connects the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
1962 - The U.S. spacecraft, Ranger, crashed on the Moon.
1967 - Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. The law was limited to therapeutic abortions when agreed to, unanimously, by a panel of three physicians.
1980 - In Iran, a commando mission to rescue hostages was aborted after mechanical problems disabled three of the eight helicopters involved. During the evacuation, a helicopter and a transport plan collided and exploded. Eight U.S. servicemen were killed. The mission was aimed at freeing American hostages that had been taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. The event took place April 24th Washington, DC, time.
1982 - In accordance with Camp David agreements, Israel completed its Sinai withdrawal.
1984 - David Anthony Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, was found dead of a drug overdose in a hotel room.
1987 - In Washington, DC, 100,000 people protested the U.S. policy in Central America.
1990 - The U.S. Hubble Space Telescope was placed into Earth's orbit. It was released by the space shuttle Discovery.
1992 - Islamic forces in Afghanistan took control of most of the capital of Kabul following the collapse of the Communist government.
1996 - The main assembly of the Palestine Liberation Organization voted to revoke clauses in its charter that called for an armed struggle to destroy Israel.
1998 - U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was questioned by Whitewater prosecutors on videotape about her work as a private lawyer for the failed savings and loan at the center of the investigation.
2003 - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader and ex-wife of former President Nelson Mandela, was sentenced to four years in prison for her conviction on fraud and theft charges. She was convicted of 43 counts of fraud and 25 of theft of money from a women's political league.
2007 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000 for the first time.

World News

500 Europeans fight against Assad in Syria – EU anti-terror chief
RT - About 500 Europeans are now fighting for the rebels in Syria against Bashar al-Assad's regime, the EU's anti-terror chief told the BBC. He added the majority of those fighters are from the UK, Ireland and France.

South Korea warns North on Kaesong
Press TV - South Korea has offered North Korea formal talks over the issue of suspended operations at the joint Kaesong industrial zone, warning that Seoul would take ‘significant measures’ if Pyongyang rejects the offer.

South Korea summons Japanese envoy
Press TV - South Korea has summoned Japan’s ambassador to Seoul to protest Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s defense of the visits by senior Japanese officials to a controversial shrine in Tokyo, which is seen by Seoul as the symbol of Japan’s wartime aggression.

Spain jobless rate hits new record
Press TV - Official data show that the unemployment rate in Spain climbed to a new record of 27.16 percent of the workforce in the first quarter of 2013.

Genetics Tie Haiti’s Cholera Strain to U.N. Peacekeepers, More than 8,000 Dead
Palm Beach Post - There’s new evidence that the strain of cholera raging through Haiti today is an especially toxic one that was delivered by United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal, sent to respond to Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010.

‘Japan may use force on islands’
Press TV - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to use ‘force’ against any Chinese landing on disputed East China Sea islands, claimed both by Tokyo and Beijing.

Japan's SDF to join US drill on island retaking in California - The Japanese Defense Ministry said about 1,000 Self-Defense Forces (SDF) personnel will join in a U.S. military drill to be held in June in U.S. California on recapturing isolated island, local media reported early Wednesday.
* Related Article: 1,000 Japanese Officers To Participate In "Island Recapture" Drill In California

China H7N9 bird flu hits Taiwan
Press TV - Taiwan authorities have confirmed a case of infection with H7N9 strain of bird flu in the island, the first reported case outside of China.

Earthquake kills 13, injures 105 in Afghanistan
Press TV - At least 13 people have been killed and 105 more sustained injuries in a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that rattled Afghanistan, with strong tremors felt in neighboring Pakistan.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. had more tips on Boston suspect; Congress asks questions
Reuters - U.S. intelligence was alerted when one of the Boston bombing suspects traveled to a volatile region of Russia last year, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, raising new questions about the government's handling of the case and how well law enforcement agencies share information and cooperate with one another.

2 U.S. Agencies Added Boston Bomb Suspect to Watch Lists
NY Times - His name was entered into two different United States government watch lists in late 2011 that were designed to alert the authorities if he traveled overseas.

Govt. paranoia gone wild: Merchants told to 'call the police' if people buy beauty products
(NaturalNews) In the latest example of government overreach and outright paranoia following the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, a New York Republican congressman is actually calling for a measure that would require retailers to inform cops when customers buy innocuous items that could be, somehow, someday, perhaps, used to make a bomb.

Suspected Saudi Terrorist Al-Harbi Visited White House Numerous Times
Kurt Nimmo - Saudi national Abdul Rahman Ali al-Harbi, who was briefly held as a “person of interest” in the Boston bombings and then downgraded in less than 24 hours to a witness, visited the White House on numerous occasions since 2009... The startling allegation follows an earlier report indicating that al-Harbi was visited in the hospital by First Lady Michelle Obama after he allegedly sustained injuries from one of the explosives placed at the Boston Marathon.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Attended CIA-sponsored Workshop
Kurt Nimmo - Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended a workshop sponsored by the CIA-linked Jamestown Foundation, Izvestia reports today (see English translation here). The Russian newspaper cites documents produced by the Counterintelligence Department Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia confirming that the NGO “Fund of Caucasus” held workshops in the summer of 2012 and Tsarnaev attended.

VIDEO: Police State Measures at Kentucky Derby
Kurt Nimmo - In response to the Boston bombings, Churchill Downs management has announced new restrictions to be imposed on attendees at the Kentucky Derby next month.

NYPD teams with US lab to study airborne weapons
Fox News - The New York Police Department is teaming up with a national laboratory to study how chemical weapons could be dispersed through the air into the subway system. Researchers will track the movement of harmless tracer gases. They'll place air sampling devices in specific areas on the street and within the subway system. The gases mimic how a chemical or biological weapon may react if released.

Report: GE Capital to stop making loans to gun shops
LA Times - The company will continue to lend to diversified businesses that sell firearms, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods. But it will cut off financing for scores of mom-and-pop gun retailers around the country, according to the story.


IRS Issued Billions in Improper Refunds, Report Says
Washington Post - The Internal Revenue Service issued more than $11 billion in improper payments through its Earned Income Tax Credit program last year, according to an inspector general’s report released this week.

Sinclair - Full-Blown Panic As People Ask “Where Is The Gold?”
King World News - Sinclair: “People have to understand what the motivation was for the recent takedown in the gold price. It was so well organized, strategized, and executed by the gold banks, in unison, even though it has had the unintended consequence of creating a massive and worldwide buying frenzy in the physical gold market.

Former CME CEO Refused Physical Delivery for 2 Gold Contracts! - Signs of extreme physical tightness in the gold and silver markets continue to intensify, with reports of banks and firms refusing their customers physical delivery of their own bullion increasing nearly by the hour. The latest report comes from the CME’s former CEO Leo Mahlamed, who reportedly was refused delivery of 2 gold contracts Tuesday!

Child Hunger Is Exploding In Greece – And 14 Signs That It Is Starting To Happen In America Too
Economic Collapse - The world is heading into a horrific economic nightmare, and an inordinate amount of the suffering is going to fall on innocent children.

Meet the New $100 Bill, the World’s Most Popular Bank Note
Yahoo! - The US Federal Reserve just announced that its redesigned $100 bills will go into circulation on October 8. The rollout, originally planned for 2010, was delayed by production issues with the blue ribbon that’s threaded through the note.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Concern over anti-psychotic drug given to soldiers - Psychiatrists in Australia and the United States are calling for a review of the use of anti-psychotic medications to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Australia's Department of Defence has confirmed an almost 600 per cent increase in the use of one particular anti-psychotic, Seroquel, in just five years. Soldiers have told Lateline the drug, originally intended to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, is being prescribed just to help them sleep.

Energy & Environment

California Fracking Rules Plan Stirs Trade Secrets Fight
Bloomberg - A California proposal to regulate the chemicals used by oil companies in hydraulic fracturing is stirring a battle over industry assertions of trade secrets protection and environmentalist calls for disclosure to shield public health.

Obama Approves Raising Permissible Levels of Nuclear Radiation in Drinking Water. Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket
Global Research, April 14, 2013 - The White House has given final approval for dramatically raising permissible radioactive levels in drinking water and soil following “radiological incidents,” such as nuclear power-plant accidents and dirty bombs.

Chemtrails: An Obvious Overhead Pollutant Ignored and Denied
Paul Fassa - Readings taken after chemtrail episodes from air traps, water traps, ground and snow samples vary slightly from location to location, but they usually contain small particulates or nanoparticles of aluminum, barium, strontium, and sometimes ethylene dibromide or EDB, often called dibromoethane, an EPA banned fuel additive.


Johnson and Johnson's new diabetes drug causes vaginal yeast infections and other unlabeled health conditions
(NaturalNews) The FDA has recently approved Johnson and Johnson's new type 2 diabetes drug Invokana. This drug, although deemed safe by the government, has been found to cause debilitating side effects including Candida yeast infections and a host host of unlabeled risks.

New research: Eat grapes to reduce body-wide inflammation and organ damage
(NaturalNews) Research just presented at the Experimental Biology conference held in Boston this week reveals that grapes contain powerful health promoting properties. Specifically, natural components known as polyphenols appear to protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome - a group of conditions that occurs together and includes high blood pressure, abdominal fat and elevated cholesterol levels.

VIDEO: FDA, FBI Raid Tulsa Cancer Clinic - Investigators have been tight-lipped about why they were there, but a source tells us the FDA is looking into the center's use of Laetrile, and has a concern for the safety of its patients. But one man speaks highly of Camelot and the natural chemical that he claims was saving his wife's life. "Listen, my wife's dying, and we don't want to go with chemotherapy and radiation," said Sam Bass.

VIDEO: Chemo-Free Cancer Survivor Chris Wark on Ricki Lake - Chris Wark, Stage 3 colon cancer survivor who refused chemo tells his story on Ricki Lake.

Report Finds Vitamin D Supplements to Contain 9-146% of Amount on Label
Natural Society - According to the Research Letter, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, bottle labels on vitamin D supplements aren’t always accurate. As a matter of fact, sometimes they are way off. Vitamin D supplements sold over the counter may have as little as 9% or as much as 146% of the vitamin D that their labels imply.

The Mind-Altering Effects of Fish Oil
Green Med Info - Omega 3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil pills have become a popular supplement for their heart health benefits. But fish oil is also good for your head. Research shows that omega 3 fatty acids may be beneficial for treating serious mood disorders, stress, and even alcohol abuse.

Exciting: Compound in Plants Found to Halt Growth of Melanoma Cancer Cells
Natural Society - Showcasing once again how numerous food-based substances are able to both treat and protect against cancer, scientists from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute have found for the first time that a natural, plant-derived substance known as gossypin is capable of treating the deadliest form of skin cancer – melanoma.

Shocking Vaccine Testimony to U.S. Government
Green Med Info - Shocking and brillant testimony about the dangers of childhood vaccinations given to the United States government by concern citizens. On June 26, 2011 – these courageous (concerned) citizens came together in support of H1055 – a bill proposing to add “parent choice” to the options on whether your child should receive a vaccination or not.

Antiviral herbs such as Pau d'arco can be used to treat HPV - While there are many antiviral herbs that can be taken to both prevent and eliminate HPV, herbs that have been traditionally used specifically for HPV are: Garlic, Lemon Balm, Thuja, Hyssop, and Pau d’ Arco.

Accelerated Aging Could be Result of Chronic Anxiety
Natural Society - Recent research from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston suggests that chronic panic, phobia and similar anxiety disorders may lead to accelerated aging by shortening telomeres, the DNA-protein complexes whose lengths serves as biomarkers of cells’ biological ages.

Science & Technology

Oh Look, Rep. Mike Rogers Wife Stands To Benefit Greatly From CISPA Passing... - So it seems rather interesting to note that Rogers' wife, Kristi Clemens Rogers, was, until recently, the president and CEO of Aegis LLC a "security" defense contractor company, whom she helped to secure a $10 billion (with a b) contract with the State Department.

Everywhere, Big Brother Is Smiling: Congress Sells Your Privacy For A Cool $84 Million - In case you were wondering why so many Democrats switched sides during the most recent CISPA vote, the answer is exactly what you think it is: $$$. And lots of it. Last year's CISPA vote only managed to secure 40 Democrat supporters. This time around, the number leapt to 92.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

10 Easy Ways to Beat Weeds
Organic Gardening - If you had more weeds than seedlings last year or are already feeling defeated by the number of weeds choking out your favorite plants, don't worry! These surefire tips will help you keep down weed populations during the growing season.

Humor & Satire

Alert: Spider-Man linked With Boston Bombers
Steve Watson - The ongoing intelligence search for evidence as to how the Boston bombing suspects may have been radicalized has uncovered earth shattering new evidence. Authorities now believe that they have unquestionable evidence linking the bombings to Spider-Man.

Today in History - Wednesday -  April 24, 2013
1800 - The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.
1805 - The U.S. Marines attacked and captured the town of Derna in Tripoli.
1877 - Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.
1877 - In the U.S., federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans. This was the end to the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.
1889 - The Edison General Electric Company was organized.
1897 - William Price became the first to be named White House news reporter.
1898 - Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America's ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba.
1915 - During World War I, the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the mass deportation of Armenians.
1916 - Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later.
1944 - The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.
1948 - The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.
1961 - U.S. President Kennedy accepted "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
1967 - Soviet astronaut Vladimir Komarov died when his craft crashed with a tangled parachute.
1967 - The newest Greek regime banned miniskirts.
1970 - The People's Republic of China launched its first satellite.
1973 - Albert Sabin reported that herpes viruses were factors in nine kinds of cancer.
1981 - The IBM Personal Computer was introduced.
1989 - Thousands of students began striking in Beijing.
1990 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.
1997 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.
2003 - A U.S. official reported the North Korea had claimed to have nuclear weapons.

World News

US, Russia clash over Syria
Press TV - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov offered starkly different views of the Syrian unrest Tuesday, after meeting at NATO headquarters, according to VOA. The United States wants Russia to convince Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, but Russia refuses. Secretary Kerry tried to downplay the differences.

Israeli tanks, bulldozers raid Gaza
Press TV - Israeli tanks and bulldozers have conducted an incursion into the Gaza Strip, days after carrying out airstrikes on the Palestinian enclave.

'Afghan civilian casualties up by 30 %’
Press TV - During a NATO ministerial briefing in Brussels on Tuesday, UN special representative for Afghanistan, Jan Kubis said that civilian deaths had increased by 30 percent compared to the same time last year. Kubis said that about 475 civilians were killed and 872 others wounded from January to March this year.

VIDEO: US rejects N. Korea’s demands to be recognized as a nuclear arms state
RT - Washington has refused to recognize North Korea as a nuclear-armed state, effectively closing the door on negotiations with Pyongyang. North Korea said it would only conduct talks with the US as an equal nuclear state.

Jordan ‘opens airspace for Israeli drones’
Haaretz - Jordan has opened its airspace to Israeli drones en route to monitor the situation in Syria, French newspaper Le Figaro has claimed in a report based on an interview with a Western military source in the Middle East.

‘US incites Iranophobia to sell arms’
Press TV - A senior Iran parliament official says the United States incites Iranophobia in an attempt to promote its weapons sales in the Middle East.

US behind Canada’s anti-Iran allegations
Press TV - The United States has persuaded Canada to falsely attribute a botched al-Qaeda-linked terror plot to Iran in a last-ditch bid to cover up its support of terrorist groups fighting in Syria.

Fukushima Clean-Up Will Last More Than Forty Years, says Nuclear Watchdog
Common Dreams - TEPCO must urgently ‘improve the reliability of essential systems.’... The prepared statements from the IAEA were released just hours after Fukushima operator TEPCO said it had switched off a reactor cooling system after discovering two dead rats near critical equipment—the third time in five weeks that cooling equipment at the site has gone off-line because of rodents.

VIDEO: Nestle CEO: Water is Not a Human Right, Should be Privatized
Natural Society - According to the former CEO and now Chairman of the largest food product manufacturer Nestle, corporations should own every drop of water on the planet.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Chambliss: Law enforcement agency may have known about Boston bombing in advance - Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss told Channel 2 Action News late Tuesday afternoon that a law enforcement agency may have had information in advance of the Boston bombings that wasn’t properly shared.

VIDEO: Former FBI Employee: Bombers Could Have Been Recruited By FBI
RT - Former FBI employee Sibel Edmonds believes the pursuit of truth will eventually lead to a far more secret agenda by the US, which she reveals to RT.

Government-Media Complex Sneaks New Buzz Word on American Public: “LOCKDOWN” - aka Martial Law
Activist Post - In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon government false flag, a new phrase has gained strength in the global government dictionary; a term used commonly in prisons is now being used in the United States to be imposed on Americans. ‘Lockdown’ is the new catch phrase the government-mainstream media complex has created to catch criminals that are ‘REALLY’ dangerous.

Sen. Paul Statement on Domestic Drone Use - "My comments [on Fox Business with Neil Cavuto] last night left the mistaken impression that my position on drones had changed. "Let me be clear: it has not. Armed drones should not be used in normal crime situations. They only may only be considered in extraordinary, lethal situations where there is an ongoing, imminent threat. I described that scenario previously during my Senate filibuster. "Additionally, surveillance drones should only be used with warrants and specific targets.

Mayor Bloomberg Says America Needs to Change the Constitution in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombing
Activist Post - NYC Mayor Bloomberg has shown he is often delusional when it comes to his role as a public servant. He has proven to be a far better servant of the elite and their police state measures every chance he gets.

Same 3 guys at Sandy Hook (police) that were there in Boston in Blackwater?
Quote: "When there is one person that looks the same, it’s hard to know if you’re perhaps – - just mistaken. But, this is all three of the same guys! They are even aligned the same as in the Sandy Hook Interview. Unless they all have twin brothers – I don’t understand how they could be at both the Sandy hook event and at the Boston Bombing, unless there is a connection."

“Best Place to Raise a Family” to be Rattled by Gunfire and Military Helicopters
Kurt Nimmo - The Pentagon has announced it will conduct an “urban training event” in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park. Residents will be treated to “training explosives and other techniques” in the evening on April 23 and 24. In addition, the military, in collaboration with local public safety agencies, will hold helicopter operations in the night sky.

VIDEO: 99.5% of illegal immigrants get approval for legal status; high number raises concerns about fraud
Washington Times - The administration has approved 99.5 percent of applications of those who have applied for legal status under President Obama’s nondeportation policy for young adults, granting legal status to more than 250,000 formerly illegal immigrants.

VIDEO: Rand Paul: Hillary's Benghazi story unraveling
WND - Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was “surprised” by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s sworn testimony in a Senate hearing in which she claimed that she did not know whether the U.S. mission in Libya was procuring or transferring weapons to Turkey and other Arab countries.

US Drops Charges Against Man Accused in Ricin Poison Case
VOA News - A lawyer for Paul Kevin Curtis say investigators have turned their attention to another suspect whose house they already have searched. The attorney said investigators could find no evidence that Curtis was involved.

VIDEO: Women Mistakenly Shot at in Christopher Dorner Manhunt to Get $4.2M
NBC News - The city of Los Angeles will pay $4.2 million to the two women injured when police mistakenly opened fire on their truck during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, a disgruntled ex-LAPD police officer who killed four people in a rampage that kept Southern California on heightened alert for days.

VIDEO: Facebook Shuts Down Pennsylvania Gun Store’s AR-15 Giveaway - Late last week, a Pennsylvania-based gun store had its Facebook page suddenly deactivated after administrators at the social media giant reportedly learned the shop’s proprietor was using the store’s Facebook presence as a way to raffle off semiautomatic firearms.


U.S. Mint Runs Out Of Smallest American Eagle Gold Coin
Bloomberg - The U.S. Mint ran out its smallest American Eagle gold coin after demand surged following the biggest drop in futures prices in 33 years. Sales of the coins weighing a 10th of an ounce were suspended after demand more than doubled in 2013 from a year earlier, the Mint said today in a statement. Total sales of American Eagles in April have almost tripled from a month earlier, according to Mint data on the website.

One Obamacare Program Already Closed to New Applicants - An early Obamacare program already is running out of money, and the president has decided to close it to new enrollment, leaving out tens of thousands of people who were expecting help. The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on legislation that would extend this safety net, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Program, and it would do so with money from an Obamacare ”slush fund.”

YouTube: Ron Paul on Gold: No One Knows Value; I'm Buying
April 23 (Bloomberg) -- Ron Paul, Former Congressman from Texas, discusses his views on gold, central banks, and the weakened Republican Party. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."

Veteran News

National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Process - This information is some of the most alarming we have ever received. The VA has turned over the mental health files of over 88,898 veterans to the FBI (ATF) as part of the national instant background check as a result of the Brady Handgun bill of 1993. The VA believes that it has the right to forward your mental health records without your permission. It was done under the guise of notifying the FBI of vets who are "mental defectives."

Housing Market

Homeowners defaulting in loan modification program, report says
Washington Post - Struggling homeowners who received loan modifications under a federal government program are defaulting on their mortgages at an alarming rate, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Shooting near Watts Bar nuclear plant; feds search for gunman
ENENews - Shooting near Watts Bar nuclear plant; feds search for gunman [...] Federal officers did an in-depth search of the area, and have since lifted the alert. They’re just thankful the suspect was stopped at the edge of the property. TVA says the man was nowhere near sensitive portions of the plant, but the feds are still looking for the gunman and his motive.

VIDEO: New flyover of giant sinkhole — Oil sheen covering surface, large section of trees not turning green
ENENews April 23, 2013.


Six supplements that could make a difference when exposed to bioterrorism or other poison agents
(NaturalNews) Whenever anyone is exposed to a deadly toxin they should immediately seek emergency medical help by calling 911, their doctor or the National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222). In the interim between help arriving, there are some key supplements which might make a big difference in surviving the exposure.

What you should know about cinnamon and how it can help you
(NaturalNews) Cinnamon, which is generally an appreciated spice for its good taste when added to certain foods, definitely seems to have much more going in its favor than simply pleasing your taste buds. It's a potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal medicinal herb offering many advantages to the human body.

Seven great food substitutions for common food allergens
(NaturalNews) For the millions of people around the world who suffer from food allergies, finding nutritionally-equivalent food substitutes can be a challenge. Many popular food substitutes, after all, contain vastly different ratios of protein to carbohydrates, for instance, or simply do not cut it when it comes to providing adequate, synergistic nutrition for your body.

Plastic and Cancerous Compounds in Tea Bags—A Surprising Source of Potential Toxins
Dr. Mercola - Chances are you’ve never even given the tea bag a second thought. But indeed, some of the newer tea bags are made with a variety of plastics; some are nylon, some are made of viscose rayon, and others are made of thermoplastic, PVC or polypropylene. Anyone aware of the dangers of plastic chemicals leaching out of plastic containers and bottles is likely to be concerned about drinking tea steeped through heated plastic.

FDA declares BPA exposure is safe! Don't worry about gender-bender chemicals
(NaturalNews) Despite countless scientific evidence explaining the dangers of Bisphenol-A (BPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refuses to ban this highly profitable industrial chemical. In their "current perspective on BPA" the FDA now states that the chemical is "safe" at the exposure level listed on current product packaging.

Why Chemotherapy That Costs $70,000 in the U.S. Costs $2,500 in India
Dr. Mercola - This costly gap exists thanks to US patents that prevent competitors from making and selling lower cost versions. Such patents do not exist to the same extent in India, and, in fact, just this month India’s highest court again rejected an application to patent the cancer drug – a move that likely would have sent prices soaring.

Government-funded medical experiments on babies risked blindness and death, over 23 prestigious universities involved
(NaturalNews) In a sick experiment on humans that eerily resembles the horrors of the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study, which involved deliberately infecting hundreds of black men with sexually-transmitted diseases between 1932 and 1972, a cohort of researchers from at least 23 prestigious American universities is the center of a new controversy involving medical experimentation on premature babies.

Heal Cuts and Scrapes with Herbs - Treat minor emergencies (cuts, scrapes, car sickness, splinters, burns) with herbal remedies. Our herbal first-aid kit will easily handle on-the-go accidents.

Breastfeeding Could Save 830,000 Lives Annually
Natural Society - A new report called Superfood for Babies indicates that breastfeeding newborns could save around 830,000 lives each and every year.... It’s during the first hours after childbirth that a woman produces something called colostrum. Known as “first milk”, the colostrum contains powerful immune boosters that can help a child thrive throughout infancy and throughout their life. Still, many mothers put a bottle to their baby’s mouth soon after they enter the world.

9 Healthy & Delicious Spring Greens - Transform spring greens into a dish worthy of a place at your dining table. From mellow to pungent, fresh and flavorful greens pack a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients with minimal calories. Grow these nine nutritious greens in your garden for easy-to-access additions to soups, salads, vegetarian lasagna and more.

Clean Naturally with Essential Oils - Keep your home naturally clean with plant essential oils. These potent oils disinfect surfaces without dangerous ingredients. Learn how to make cleaning products with essential oils, and try our Lemon-Mint Window Wash.

Science & Technology

Online Sales Tax Overwhelmingly Passes Cloture Vote
Daily Caller - The Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states the mechanism to start collecting taxes for online sales, overwhelmingly passed a Senate cloture vote Monday night, circumventing regular order and drawing concern from a minority of Senators over the end of the debate on the proposal. Seventy four Senators voted in favor of the motion, while 20 dissented.

U.S. Employees Set To Be Forced To Give Bosses Their Facebook PASSWORDS
Daily Mail - An attempt to ban US bosses from asking employees to hand over their Facebook login details has been blocked by Congress. A last minute alteration to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) that would have prevented employers demanding that prospective employees disclose social media passwords as a condition of employment was voted down in the house of representatives.

AP Twitter account hacked, 'explosions at White House' tweet crashes DOW
RT - A hacker compromised the main Twitter account for the Associated Press on Tuesday, creating momentary chaos across the world by inaccurately posting that US President Barack Obama was injured by an explosion in the White House.

Today in History - Tuesday -  April 23, 2013
1789 - U.S. President George Washington moved into Franklin House, New York. It was the first executive mansion.
1789 - "Courier De Boston" was published for the first time. It was the first Roman Catholic magazine in the U.S.
1861 - Arkansas troops seized Fort Smith.
1872 - Charlotte E. Ray became the first black woman lawyer.
1895 - Russia, France, and Germany forced Japan to return the Liaodong peninsula to China.
1908 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.
1924 - The U.S. Senate passed the Soldiers Bonus Bill.
1940 - About 200 people died in a dance-hall fire in Natchez, MS.
1945 - The Soviet Army fought its way into Berlin.
1981 - The Soviet Union conducted an underground nuclear test at their Semipaltinsk (Kazakhstan) test site.
1982 - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that consumer prices declined the previous month (March). It was the first decline in almost 17 years.
1985 - The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was not successful, which resulted in the resumption of selling the original version.
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.
1988 - In Martinez, CA, a drain valve was left open at the Shell Marsh. More than 10,000 barrels of oil poured into the marsh adjoining Peyton Slough.
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.
2004 - U.S. President George W. Bush eased sanctions against Libya in return for Moammar Gadhafi's agreement to give up weapons of mass destruction.
2005 - The first video was uploaded to

World News

‘Afghans protest US-led detentions’
Press TV - The protesters complained that Afghans are often detained in night-time operations by foreign forces without any legal justifications. The detainees are then taken to unknown places without coordination with Afghan authorities. Locals say US-led troops are never held accountable for the unwarranted detentions.

Spain arrests 2 al-Qaida suspects
AP - Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested two suspected members of al-Qaida's North African branch who have a similar profile to the suspects in the recent attacks in Boston.... The ministry said the two were suspected members of a cell of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, a branch of al-Qaida that operates in northwest Africa.

'US Black Hawk crashes near N Korea'
Press TV - An American UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter has crashed in South Korea near the North Korean border, a South Korean defense official says. The official speaking on condition of anonymity said that the incident took place during ongoing South Korea-US joint military exercises in Cheolwon county of Kangwon Province bordering the North.

North Korea gives South ultimatum
Press TV - North Korea has vowed to launch a military attack on South Korea without any warning if the South continues its anti-North activities. North Korea's military issued the stark warning on Monday in response to what it said were insults from the "puppet authorities" in the South, AFP reported.

Magnitude 7.5 quake jolts Sistan-Baluchestan Province in SE Iran
Press TV - A powerful earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale has struck Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, the Iranian Seismological Center (IRSC) says. The IRSC also reported that the epicenter of the quake was situated 81 kilometers north of the city of Saravan. According to the United States Geographical Survey (USGS) the quake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and was powerful enough to be felt as far away as New Delhi, India.

EU eases Syria oil sanctions to assist rebels
RT - EU governments have agreed to ease sanctions on Syria, allowing European importers to buy oil from the Syrian opposition. The move is aimed at EU countries providing a financial lifeline to rebels fighting Syrian government forces. The European Union foreign ministers decided to ease the 2011 imposed sanctions on Syrian oil import during the Monday meeting in Luxembourg.

Germany’s KMW selling tanks to Qatar
Press TV - German arms manufacturer Kraus-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has just closed a billion dollar deal with Qatar under which the tiny Persian Gulf state will buy modern tanks and weapons from Europe’s largest economy.

‘Egypt unlikely to mend ties with Israel’
Press TV - Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has dismissed the likelihood of a thaw in relations between Egypt and Israel until Tel Aviv continues its violation of the Palestinians rights.

VIDEO: FBI and RCMP Bust al-Qaeda “Major Terror Plot” in Canada - One week after the Boston bombing, Canada has arrested two men it claims planned to attack a passenger train running between New York and Toronto. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the terrorist plot involved derailing the train, but gave no further details.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: Proof That Craft or Blackwater Agents did the Boston Marathon Bombing
Craft aka Blackwater Agent was caught running out of the scene...

FBI to explain actions regarding older bombing suspect
The Hill - The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday will brief the Senate Intelligence Committee on what it learned from an interview it conducted in 2011 with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and why it did not pursue him further at the time. The briefing on Tuesday afternoon will be classified and the witnesses are not yet known, according to a source close to the proceedings.

Tsarnaev brothers were double agents who decoyed US into terror trap
DEBKAfile - The conclusion reached by debkafile’s counterterrorism and intelligence sources is that the brothers were double agents, hired by US and Saudi intelligence to penetrate the Wahhabi jihadist networks which, helped by Saudi financial institutions, had spread across the restive Russian Caucasian. Instead, the two former Chechens betrayed their mission and went secretly over to the radical Islamist networks.

VIDEO: Mystery Military Men in Boston Were Part of WMD Response Team
Activist Post - After much speculation around the mysterious "military contractor" types with black backpacks in the bomb zone of the Boston Marathon before and after the explosions took place, it has been revealed that they were part of an elite government WMD response team.

Official story unraveling for Boston marathon bombing; clear evidence points to bomb squad's prior knowledge
Mike Adams - It's now becoming clear that members of the Boston bomb squad had advanced notice of the horrific bombing that took place at the marathon today. As an eyewitness reports, once the bombs went off, officials began announcing, "this is just a drill!" This logically means they were all informed of the "bomb drill" beforehand. Otherwise, why would they respond with, "this is just a drill" ?

Saudi national reportedly arrested as suspect in Boston marathon bombing; 'drill' questions remain (update 1)
Mike Adams - The NY Post is reporting that a Saudi national has been arrested as a suspect in the Boston marathon bombing that took place today. The same paper is now reporting 12 dead, 50 injured in the bombing, representing a significant increase in fatalities over early reports.

On April 12 Boston EMS Announced Deployment of Mass-Casualty Tablet Device During Marathon - Boston EMS is deploying a new, off-the-shelf, lightweight mobile device for the first time at the Boston Marathon on April 15. The platform, from SafetyPAD, is intended for use in mass-casualty situations gives EMS personnel the ability to carry into crowds and assess a patient upon arrival, document in realtime, transmit data to transport units before they arrive, and other features.

False Flag Alert: ABC Releases Article – Justice and Fema Preparing for Major Terrorism Exercises Three Cities
By David Ruppe - The federal government has begun preparing three U.S. cities for large-scale, 10-day terrorism-response exercises scheduled this month. Beginning sometime between May 7 and May 29, local, state and top level federal authorities will respond to simulated weapons of mass destruction attacks in three cities — Denver, Portsmouth, N.H., and the Washington, D.C.-area.

Bombing suspect won't be charged as 'enemy combatant'
CNN News Apr 22, 2013 - The surviving suspect in last week's Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "will not be treated as an enemy combatant," but rather will be prosecuted "through our civilian system of justice," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday afternoon.

YouTube: Glenn Beck on Saudi National once Considered Person of Interest in Boston Bombing
April 22, 2013 - Glenn Beck's Big Revealing Info "Inside Job", Monday morning Glenn Beck laid out what he knows about the Saudi connection to the Boston marathon bombings.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano on legal defense of Boston Bomber suspect
Apr 21, 2013 - Boston Bomber - What Will The Younger Terrorist's Defense Be? - Judge Napolitano - Huckabee

YouTube: Woman calling into radio show saying first suspect was run over and shot BY police
Eyewitness to Shootout that killed the older brother calls into radio station- Says Gov SUV vehicle ran over suspect, and most likely dead instantly !!

Boston Bomber Last message on Facebook to his Father : I have never done it , they set me up - Boston Bomber's Last message on Facebook to his Father - This will be the last message before the police will get me. I never done it, they set me up.I am sorry it has come to this.

VIDEO: Tamerlan Tsarnaev Naked, Handcuffed, Alive! How Did His Body End Up Like This?
By Josey Wales (Reporter) - This UNCONFIRMED video which we are told appeared on Brazilian TV earlier today appears to have been shot at the scene of the Boston Police Dept’s arrest of suspect bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev – the video clearly shows the 26 year old being escorted to BPD vehicle whilst handcuffed and not wounded, which in total contradiction to official reports which claim the suspect was shot by police and then run-over by his younger brother in a stolen SUV in Sommerville, MA.

YouTube: Back to Back C-span callers - Boston Marathon Bombing a false flag
People call into CSPAN concerned that a possible false flag attack was perpetrated at the Boston Marathon.

YouTube: A foreign language heard being spoken in Sandy Hook raw footage - Need translation
Jan 22, 2013 - A foreign language can clearly be heard in the background and could offer clues to what really happened. We need this vid shared with as many people as possible to understand what they are saying. I am no expert on foreign languages but it sounds Aramaic or Hebrew.

Monsanto Threatens To Sue Vermont If It Passes GMO Labeling Bill - What happened to the formerly staunch legislative champions of Vermont’s “right to know” bill? They lost their nerve after Monsanto representatives recently threatened that the biotech giant would sue Vermont if they pass the bill. [Officials] expressed concern about Vermont being the first state to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill and then having to “go it alone” against Monsanto in court.


Congress Quietly Repeals Insider Trading Ban
Liberty Crier - While Congress might be stuck in a deadlock on just about every issue imaginable, there’s one piece of legislation that both Democrats and Republicans hate unanimously: the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, a law passed last year designed to prevent insider trading among lawmakers and government officials by requiring them to post disclosures of their financial transactions online.

David Morgan: Fed Confirms US Banks Will go Cyprus if Needed - In an interview released over the weekend, silver guru David Morgan discusses Federal Reserve governor Jeremy Steins’ official comments last week confirming that the U.S. will do as Cyprus and take depositors money if need be. Morgan urges listeners to understand their money is not safe in banks, the banksters do not consider your deposits as your money, and that the time to exit the US banking system is NOW.

US Mint Sells 681k ASE’s Monday, Sets All-Time April Gold & Silver Sales Record! - S Mint reported a whopping 681,000 ASEs sold Monday, bringing the April sales total past 3 million ounces for the first time EVER at a record 3,068,000 oz. The Mint has now set a monthly sales record 3 out of the first 4 months in 2013, including January’s record sales for any month of 7,498,000 oz sold!

Suddenly Carbon is a US$6 Trillion Bubble
Daily Bell - Suddenly, the reality of carbon investing is sinking in. According to this Bloomberg article, "banks, funds and institutional investors are seeking clarity from government and central banks about how greenhouse- gas emissions may affect the value of their investments."

IRS to Close for 5 Days Due to Furloughs
Fox Business - The IRS will issue official furlough notices next week to employees detailing that the agency will be closed for five days with unpaid leave for workers this summer because of the sequester.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: No charges for NYPD cops filmed punching, pepper-spraying Occupy protesters
RT - Two New York City Police officers will not face charges after the Manhattan District Attorney decided that widely circulated videos of them punching and pepper-spraying protesters amounted to insufficient evidence that they had done so.


VIDEO: Despite Doctor’s Order, School Bans Girl for Not Getting Chickenpox Vaccine
Dr. Mercola - A Staten Island kindergartner has been barred from attending school because she hasn’t been vaccinated against chickenpox—even though her pediatrician refuses to vaccinate her on grounds that it may endanger the health of her baby sister.

Children today receive more than 12 times as many vaccine doses than in 1940
(NaturalNews) It is a fact that children today are far less able and free to develop their own natural immunity through proper nutrition and normal childhood development.... Data compiled by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) reveals that children today receive as many as 49 doses of 14 vaccines before theççy reach age six, which is roughly 12 times higher than the number of vaccines administered to children back in 1940.

Hydrolyzed, Autolyzed, and Other MSG-Containing Ingredients In Foods and Vaccines Kick-Start Schizophrenia - Glutamate is everywhere. It's in food, medicine, vaccines, spices, and even household cleaning agents. It's very toxic to the brain of any mammal at any age. New evidence suggests excess glutamate causes a progression of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders.

The John Robbins Food Revolution Summit begins this Saturday! Listen for free to 24 interviews with amazing food experts
(NaturalNews) The John Robbins Food Revolution summit begins this Saturday, where you can listen in to powerful new interviews with many of the top names in food, nutrition and health.

Heart Disease Test May Predict Dementia Better than Cognitive Tests
Dr. Mercola - Heart disease and stroke risk tests had a stronger association with dementia risk according to a new study, suggesting that they are better tools for predicting future cognitive decline than the dementia risk test. Chronic degenerative conditions like heart disease and dementia often have underlying commonalities, such as insulin resistance.

Dr. Oz Investigates the Hazards of Dental Amalgams
Dr. Mercola - Dental amalgam is composed of about 50 percent mercury, a well-known neurotoxin that can also damage your kidneys. There is overwhelming evidence showing mercury is easily released in the form of vapor each time you eat, drink, brush your teeth or otherwise stimulate your teeth. These mercury vapors readily pass through your cell membranes, across your blood-brain barrier, and into your central nervous system, where it can cause psychological, neurological, and immunological problems

Melanoma breakthrough: Natural fruit and vegetable substance stops skin cancer cells
(NaturalNews) Currently, there is no single therapeutic agent or combination treatment available to treat all melanomas. About 9,480 Americans are predicted to die in 2013 from this malignancy which can spread throughout the body. But there's good news on the research front about the disease. For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a natural substance, gossypin, found in vegetables and fruits can halt melanoma cells - and they say they know why.

7 Ways To Prevent and Even Reverse Heart Disease With Nutrition
Green Med Info - Considering that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the developed world, anything that can prevent cardiac mortality, or slow or even reverse the cardiovascular disease process, should be of great interest to the general public.

Ophthalmologists walk out of Obamacare talk at national medical meeting - Dr. Kristin Held, a San Antonio-based ophthalmologist, is live-tweeting the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Government Relations session. The conference is being held this weekend in San Francisco. The topic of the Government Relations session is complying with and implementing Obamacare. Dr. Held doesn’t like what’s she’s hearing, and she’s not the only one. Indeed, almost all the doctors have walked out of the meeting.

Science & Technology

House opposes international regulation for the Web but favors US censorship
RT - CISPA won’t give the government the go-ahead to regulate the Web, but another bill being touted by Congress could. Never mind the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act: some lawmakers are looking at something even more Orwellian.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Drying Herbs: Easier Than You Think
Mother Earth News - Are you growing any herbs this year? As you harvest, put extras by for later use by trying these super-simple drying techniques.

Today in History - Monday -  April 22, 2013
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".
1876 - The first official National League (NL) baseball game took place. Boston beat Philadelphia 6-5.
1889 - At noon, the Oklahoma land rush officially started as thousands of Americans raced for new, unclaimed land.
1898 - The first shot of the Spanish-American war occurred when the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship.
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.
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.
1993 - The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1997 - In Lima, Peru government commandos storm and capture the residence of the Japanese ambassador ending a 126-day hostage crisis. In the rescue 71 hostages were saved. Those killed: one hostage (of a heart attack), two soldiers, and all 14 rebels.
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 extremists.
2005 - Zacarias Moussaoui pled guilty to conspiring with hijackers in the September 11, 2001, plot to attack American buildings and citizens

World News

Butchery in Nigeria: At least 185 killed as army battles Islamists
RT - A northeastern Nigerian town turned into a slaughterhouse as a battle between government troops and Islamist militants left at least 185 dead. Heavily-armed extremists used locals as human shields while soldiers set residential quarters on fire.

Syrian opposition claim dozens killed in ‘massacre’ by Assad forces
RT - Syrian opposition activists allege that government troops have killed at least 85 people during the storming of a Damascus suburb following five days of fighting.

‘N Korea moves more missile launchers’
Press TV - North Korea has moved two more missile launchers to its east coast amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, a report says. The move comes as Pyongyang has been apparently preparing for a missile test on its east coast.

Russian Navy warships dock in southern Iran
Press TV - A group of Russian Navy warships has docked at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas after a long journey from the Pacific Ocean.

Iraqis vote in first election since U.S. withdrawal
Washington Times - raqis cast ballots in regional elections Saturday amid tight security, marking the country’s first vote since the U.S. military withdrawal and a key test of its stability.

New Evidence That US Invasion Has Produced Epidemic Of Birth Defects In Iraq - A new study confirms, not for the first time, the horrific price paid by the Iraqi people for the US-led invasion of their country in 2003, and the 2004 bombing campaign and assaults on the city of Fallujah in particular.

Earthquake in China claims 203 lives, with over 11,500 injured (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
RT - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in southwestern China has left 203 dead and over 11,500 people injured. The Chinese army has stepped in to deal with the debris of collapsed houses and public building as death toll continues to rise.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Heads Up Denver, Portsmouth, N.H., and the Washington, D.C.-area - Preparing for Major Terrorism Exercises Three Cities
The federal government has begun preparing three U.S. cities for large-scale, 10-day terrorism-response exercises scheduled this month. Beginning sometime between May 7 and May 29, local, state and top level federal authorities will respond to simulated weapons of mass destruction attacks in three cities — Denver, Portsmouth, N.H., and the Washington, D.C.-area.

PHOTO: Boston Bomber Last message on VKontakte (Russian equivalent of Facebook) to his Father : I have never done it , they set me up

Boston bombers: FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Mirror News - A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google. “They were too advanced. Someone gave the brothers the skills and it is now our job to find out just who they were. Agents think the sleeper cell has up to a dozen members and has been waiting several years for their day to come.”

Suspect Awake, Responding to Questions Hours After Alleged Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound to Throat
USA Today - Investigators had been unable to question Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was badly wounded and unable to talk since he was captured Friday night. But less than 48 hours after he was taken into custody, the 19-year-old suspect — who remains hospitalized in serious condition — began responding to questions in writing, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Suspects' Aunt Maret Tsarnaev: Nephews Set Up
Business Insider - A Toronto woman who identified herself as the Boston Marathon bombings suspects' aunt suggested to reporters Friday afternoon that her nephews had been set up.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk: Congress Exploits Our Fears to Take Our Liberty
This week, as Americans were horrified by the attacks in Boston, both houses of Congress considered legislation undermining our liberty in the name of "safety." Gun control continued to be the focus of the Senate, where an amendment expanding federal "background checks" to gun show sales and other private transfers dominated the debate....

Why Has US President Already Delivered Guilty Verdict to Boston Bombers? Gitmo Comes to America
Activist Post - President delivers ‘executive verdict’ as Feds draft in Gitmo interrogators to handle 19-year-old student held in custody.

McCain and Graham: Suspect Dzhokhar has no rights and should be ‘enemy combatant’
Activist Post - Seen by some as the poster children for new Senate ‘term limits’, Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain are warning against trying the surviving Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in a court of law, claiming he should be held as an “enemy combatant” instead. They were joined in their call by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).
* Related Video: This Is What A Police State Looks Like

Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi, Bombing ‘Person Of Interest’ Has 6 Saudi ‘Terrorists’ In Family
The Global Dispatch - Out of a list of 85 terrorists listed by the Saudi government shows several of Al-Harbi clan to have been active fighters in Al-Qaeda.... Then you have Al-Harbi clan members in Gitmo:...

Glenn Beck’s Double Standard on “Bad-Bad-Bad Men”
Kurt Nimmo - Glenn Beck’s claim that the Obama administration protected a Saudi involved in the Boston bombing reeks of hypocrisy. Beck is a master of the false left-right paradigm game. He is attacking Obama while conveniently forgetting that George W. Bush had his own Saudi problem on September 11, 2001.

YouTube: Beck Gives Obama Till Monday to Admit Boston Bombing was Inside Job
Apr 19, 2013 - Glen Beck claiming he has proof the federal government carried out the boston marathon bombing as a false flag opperation. He said that Obama has till monday to admit it or his show will reveal the evidence for his conspiracy theory!

VIDEO: Tsarnaev Brothers’ Mother: My Sons Are Innocent, This Is A Setup / FBI Interviewed Dead Boston Bombing Suspect Years Ago
Liberty Crier - The FBI admitted Friday they interviewed the now-deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years ago and failed to find any incriminating information about him.

Brothers Tsarnaev Inspired by Chechen Warlord on State Department Payroll
Kurt Nimmo - The Daily Mail reports today that despite the fact the FBI had Tamerlan Tsarnaev under surveillance for five years, the agency discounted the possibility he was in direct contact with Doku Umarov, a man described as “Russia’s Bin Laden,” and thus posed a threat to the United States.

Military Men Witnessed At Boston Bombing Identified As National Guard CST Teams
Steve Watson - After days of speculation and calls for officials to provide an explanation, it has emerged that the unidentified military style group pictured at the scene of the Boston bombing both before and after the explosions could be National Guard Civil Support Teams (CSTs) that were pre-scheduled to be at the event.

Mourn For America: Whenever A Tragedy Happens They Take Even More Freedom From Us
Economic Collapse - What in the world is happening to America? Over the past couple of decades, the federal government has used just about every major national tragedy as an excuse to take even more liberty and freedom away from us.

Kerry: Let's Face It, We Have "More Important Things" to Worry About Than Benghazi - Four Americans, including our sitting ambassador, murdered in a terrorist attack. Repeated warnings and requests for beefed up security ignored and denied in a notorious jihadi hotspot. Zero assistance, hour after hour, as two murdered former SEALs begged for back-up. Let's wrap this up and move on, says the Obama administration's top diplomat.

Michigan House Unanimously Passes NDAA Nullification Bill
New American - On Thursday, April 18, the Michigan House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill prohibiting state agents and law enforcement from participating with the federal government in the indefinite detention of its citizens.

VIDEO: 8th Grader Arrested, Suspended For NRA ‘Protect Your Right’ T-Shirt With Image Of Gun
The Blaze - An eighth grade student from West Virginia has been arrested, suspended and faces charges for wearing an NRA T-shirt with the image of a firearm and the words “Protect Your Right” printed on it to school.

Texas fertilizer plant flew under Dept. Homeland Security radar
RT - The fertilizer plant which exploded, killing at least 14 and partially razing a small Texas town, failed to alert the DHS it was storing 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate allowable without mandatory safety checks, Reuters reports.


Treasury's Miller: No banks will be bailed out
Market Watch - No financial institution, regardless of its size, will be bailed out by taxpayers again, Treasury Undersecretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller said Thursday.

Gold Panic!?! April 21, 2013 - Gold just suffered what can only be described as a panic. This metal plummeted so fast that its price surrendered a staggering 1/7th of its value in just two trading days! This blistering decline was so extreme it even dragged the general stock markets down with it. Shell-shocked gold investors are nervously wondering what to make of it.

10 Signs The Takedown Of Paper Gold Has Unleashed An Unprecedented Global Run On Physical Gold And Silver - The crash of the price of paper gold on Monday has unleashed an unprecedented global frenzy to buy physical gold and silver. All over the planet, people are recognizing that this is a unique opportunity to be able to acquire large amounts of gold and silver at a bargain price.

Citing U.S. Debt, Arizona Set To OK Gold, Silver Currency - It may be time for Arizonans who have invested in gold and silver to take their stockpiles of coins out of hiding and get ready to put them to use. If some of the state’s more conservative politicians get their way, someday soon shoppers could conceivably be able to plunk down precious metal to pay for groceries, buy a new car or pay a traffic fine.

So Who Sold All That Gold? - JPM's Own Version
Zero Hedge - Since prevailing fringe theory is that JPMorgan and the other bullion banks 'control' the price of gold, we thought it would be interesting to hear yet another explanation for last week's monumental precious metal market events... from the horse's mouth... Via JPMorgan...

Energy & Environment

Midwest Floods Turn Deadly - Hundreds of thousands of acres of swamped farmland as planting season approaches; three people died; roads and bridges closed, including sections of major highways like U.S. 61 in Iowa and Missouri and crossings at Quincy, Ill., and Louisiana, Mo.

VIDEO: Witness Gives Details of His Role in BP Oil Spill Cover-up
Activist Post - A former boat captain, Malcolm Coco, has come forward to reveal his role in setting fires in the Gulf following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He details how local shrimp boats were hired to corral the oil, after which "homemade bombs" would ignite the oil creating fires the size of city blocks.


Martial law shakes hands with the US vaccine program - Known as the "Blue Angel" Project (2012 Article but worth reading again) - DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has been doing research on vaccine production. They’ve found a way to produce flu vaccines a lot faster than Big Pharma.... This “Blue Angel” project, as it’s called, suddenly puts the Pentagon in the forefront of the vaccine business. The big question is: why is the Army involved in vaccines at all?

The Link Between Nightshades, Chronic Pain and Inflammation
Green Med Info - Few people are familiar with the term nightshades, and many will be surprised to learn that consuming foods from this plant group may be contributing to their pain and inflammation. Nightshades belong to the Solanaceae family which includes over 2,000 species. They also include some of the most popular foods consumed today; such as tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant. Although not truly nightshades, blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwaganda all share the same inflammation-inducing alkaloids.

10 Easy Ways to Prevent Cancer at Home
Dr. Mercola - More than half of all cancer deaths can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes; cancer prevention starts, first and foremost, with you and your home.

Saffron: The Spice Found to Preserve Eye Health, Reverse Macular Degeneration
Natural Society - A study found that supplementing with this spice could reverse the effects of macular degeneration, preserving vision and eye health.

The most disturbing “natural” flavors in our food supply
(NaturalHealth365) There is a natural flavor company Givaudan, which uses (brace yourself) the beavers’ anal gland secretions (Castoreum) in the manufacturing of vanilla, strawberry and raspberry flavors – which then appear in ice cream, soda and yogurt.

Science & Technology

Anonymous leads 200+ websites in April 22 blackout to protest CISPA
Only 3 days left until Conference 2013. Check out our 35+ speakers. As various time zones begin ticking over to April 22, an Anonymous-led Web blackout has begun that will reportedly include over 200 sites suspending regular operations in protest of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) that recently passed the US House of Representatives.

NASA finds three super-earths in stars’ habitable zones
RT - NASA’s Kepler space telescope has discovered three planets that may be able to support life, while one of them is the most earth-like world spotted to date, scientists say.

Anonymous calls for internet blackout to protest CISPA
RT - The internet is bracing itself for a blackout in protest against CISPA on Monday, as the controversial law makes its way to the US Senate. Hacktivist group Anonymous has urged for the blackout and is now storming Twitter with calls for action.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Protecting honey bees and wild pollinators from pesticides - Earth Day Launch of BEE Protective. Beyond Pesticides and Center for Food Safety launch the BEE Protective campaign, a national public education effort supporting local action aimed at protecting honey bees and other pollinators from pesticides and contaminated landscapes. BEE Protective includes a variety of educational materials, including the BEE Protective Habitat Guide...

VIDEO: Ripe for Change Documentary
Dr. Mercola - Ripe for Change, a 50-minute documentary film, gives a concise yet poignant glimpse into farming trends and traditions in California. Unfortunately, as is happening with agriculture all over the US, many family farms have been coerced into the use of toxic conventional farming methods.

Tell USDA to Reject GE Eucalyptus!
Center for Food Safety - Tree biotechnology company ArborGen is requesting an unprecedented USDA approval: a genetically engineered (GE) “freeze tolerant” eucalyptus tree to be grown in seven southeastern states, and possibly the Pacific Northwest.... Eucalyptus trees are not native to North America, are harmful to native wildlife, and they’ve already become invasive in California.

Today in History - Friday -  April 19, 2013
1764 - The English Parliament banned the American colonies from printing paper money.
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, MA.
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 - The Baltimore riots resulted in four Union soldiers and nine civilians killed.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln ordered a blockade of Confederate ports.
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. from the gold standard.
1938 - General Francisco Franco declared victory in the Spanish Civil War.
1939 - Connecticut approved the Bill of Rights for the U.S. Constitution after 148 years.
1943 - The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule began. The Jews were able to fight off the Germans for 28 days.
1951 - General Douglas MacArthur gave his "Old Soldiers" speech before the U.S. Congress. He said that "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
1960 - Baseball uniforms began displaying player's names on their backs.
1967 - Surveyor 3 landed on the moon and began sending photos back to the U.S.
1971 - Russia launched the Salyut into orbit around Earth. It was the first space station.
1982 - NASA named Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut.
1982 - The U.S. announced a ban on U.S. tourist and business travel to Cuba. The U.S. charged the Cuban government with subversion in Central America.
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 agents. 86 people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire.
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.
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.

World News

North Korea sets conditions for talks
Press TV - North Korea has called on the United States and South Korea to immediately halt their military drills while demanding the withdrawal of UN sanctions as conditions for dialogue to diffuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

‘Two Gaza rockets hit southern Israel’
Press TV - Germany has offered to keep nearly 800 of its troops in Afghanistan, following the planned withdrawal of US-led forces from the Asian country by the end of 2014.

‘Japan provokes tensions over islands’
Press TV - China has accused Japan of heightening tensions in the East China Sea by its increased use of fighter jets to patrol the disputed chain of islands that are claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo.

Magnitude 7.0 quake recorded north of Japan - USGS
Reuters - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck off northern Japan on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

‘Violence getting worse in Afghanistan’
Press TV - The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that violence is increasing significantly in Afghanistan as the Taliban are stepping up their spring offensives.

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,200
Press TV - At least 2,200 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan as a result of the US-led invasion of the Asian country in late 2001, according to latest statics.

YouTube: Nigel Farage: "This EU is the New Communism. It is Power without Limits."
European Parliament, Strasbourg, 17 April 2013. Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the 'Europe of Freedom and Democracy' (EFD) Group in the European Parliament... Debate: Current situation in Cyprus Council and Commission statements.

Chinese govt. warns of bird flu spread - Two more people in China have died from a new strain of avian influenza, bringing to 16 the The latest victims were from the commercial capital of Shanghai, where the majority of the 77 cases have been found, Reuters reported citing the official Xinhua news agency.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

What is Craft International Private Military Forces doing at the Boston Marathon"
Thanks to Joel and George for this contribution.............
**Related Article & Photos: Photo surfaces of ‘The Craft’ mobile communications van at Boston marathon
Mike Adams - A detailed, hi-res photo of more “The Craft” operatives and what appears to be their mobile communications van has just surfaced. “The Craft” is a group of private military operatives who have been revealed through a fast-growing number of photos published by Natural News and Info Wars.
**More Related News: Photos: Private military operatives hired to 'work' the Boston marathon with black backpacks, radiation detectors, tactical gear

Total media blackout now under way on most likely suspects in Boston marathon bombing
NaturalNews - "Astonishingly, there is not a single mention of "The Craft" in any mainstream media outlet: not NYT, not Washington Post, not LA Times, etc. Not a single word."

One Boston Bombing Suspect Is Dead
NY Times - One of two suspects wanted in Monday’s deadly Boston marathon bombing was killed early Friday in a violent standoff with the police in a quiet residential neighborhood just west of Boston. The second suspect remained at large following what authorities described as a deadly crime spree that left one police officer dead and another seriously wounded.

Breaking: Police Confirm Infowars Photos of Boston Suspects
Paul Joseph Watson - Photos of Boston bombing suspects sent to Infowars by Anonymous that caused a huge stir on the Internet yesterday after being posted by the Drudge Report have been confirmed by police to be the two men sought for questioning, but the authorities and the media remain mute on other photos which show what are likely to be employees of a private security firm carrying large black backpacks at the scene of the explosion.

VIDEO: FBI Releases Images of Suspects in Boston Marathon Bombing
ABC News - The FBI today released images of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing the bureau still considers to be "armed and extremely dangerous."
* Related Article/Video: FBI Blurs Suspect’s Face?

Photos: Private military operatives hired to ‘work’ the Boston marathon
Mike Adams - Natural News has now confirmed that at least five private military contractors were operating on scene at the Boston marathon, and that they all carried black backpacks which look very similar to the backpack carrying the pressure cooker bomb (see pictures below).

YouTube: Reality Check: Did The FBI Know About Boston Bombing Beforehand
Could it be that the FBI knows more about this attack than they are letting on? Could they have known about the attack before hand?

VIDEO: Ricin Arrest: Suspect Appears To Be Mentally Unstable Democrat
Steve Watson - Also wrote diatribes about organ harvesting conspiracy. Police in Mississippi have arrested a man in connection with the ricin letters that were intercepted earlier this week before reaching their intended targets; the President, and a Republican Senator, also from Mississippi. Initial research suggests that the man is a Democratic supporter, a fact skipped over by much of the mainstream media.

YouTube: Ron Paul launches Institute for Peace and Prosperity
RT - For the first time since leaving office, Ron Paul returned to the spotlight this week. The recently retired congressman launched a new foreign-policy educational effort from Washington on Wednesday called the Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Some fellow lawmakers past and present - including Walter Jones, Dennis Kucinich, John Duncan, and Thomas Massie are on the Institute's board, and they are aiming to change more than policy as RT's Meghan Lopez explains.

YouTube: Press Conference: Release of Task Force Report on Detainee Treatment
The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment is an independent, bipartisan, blue-ribbon panel charged with examining the federal government's policies and actions related to the capture, detention and treatment of suspected terrorists during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. {Related article from Yesterday: US War Crimes over Three Administrations]

Gitmo Is Killing Me
Ny Times - ONE man here weighs just 77 pounds. Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago. I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity. I’ve been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial.

Obama Looking at Executive Actions After Senate Defeats Gun Bill
Kurt Nimmo - According to a BuzzFeed source, Joe Biden told gun control “stakeholders” via conference call on Thursday that the fight against the Second Amendment is not over and additional laws will be imposed on firearms owners.

YouTube: Karl Rove Heckled Throughout Speech In Massachusetts, Called Murderer, Terrorist
According to CBS 3, the demonstrations [at the University of Massachusetts] raged both inside the auditorium and out, and Rove had barely begun speaking before people began standing up and shouting Rove down with accusations that his guidance of former President George W. Bush on the Iraq War had led to countless American and Iraqi casualties.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Warrantless Blood Tests In DUI Cases
Raw Story - Police following up on drunk driving investigations will no longer be able to draw their suspect’s blood without a court order authorizing the search, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. In a 5-4 decision... the court ruled that the natural expiration of alcohol in the bloodstream does not constitute “destruction of evidence,” which would otherwise give officers cause for a warrantless search.

VIDEO: Napolitano: Drudge Report is not credible
Washington Examiner - During a House hearing this morning, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano criticized the Drudge Report for highlighting stories about the department’s purchases of ammunition and MRAP (mine-resistant, ambush protected) vehicles.

Immigration Bill Contains Free Cell Phones
Breitbart - The 844-page immigration reform bill the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” dropped in the dead of night contains a lucrative handout that would give taxpayer-funded free cell phones to some people who live or work near the U.S. border with Mexico.
* Related Article: Immigration Bill Would Take Nearly Three Days To Read - Nonstop

Sex Offenders In Florida Now Have Warning Signs Outside Their Homes - Last week, 18 sex offenders in Bradford County, Florida, found large red signs outside their homes that read, "a convicted sexual predator... lives at this location." The Bradford County Police Department installed the signs.

6 Reasons Why States Should Continue to Oppose Obamacare - Over the past year, 34 states have decided against implementing some, or any, parts of Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges—and with good reason.

VIDEO: Missile Used In Texas?
Conspiracy Theories - The bullet whiz sound just prior to the boom reminds me of the Air Show when the Blue Angels do the sneak attack low fly over extremely fast..

Election News

Kentucky Sen. Paul Says He Is Considering 2016 Presidential Campaign
Washington Post - Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, popular with conservatives and libertarians in the GOP, said Wednesday he is considering a presidential campaign in 2016 but will not make a decision before next year. Paul said at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor that he wants to be part of the national debate and said that remaining open to a presidential bid would give him a broad audience on a number of policy issues.


10 Signs The Takedown Of Paper Gold Has Unleashed An Unprecedented Global Run On Physical Gold And Silver
Economic Collapse - The crash of the price of paper gold on Monday has unleashed an unprecedented global frenzy to buy physical gold and silver. All over the planet, people are recognizing that this is a unique opportunity to be able to acquire large amounts of gold and silver at a bargain price. So precious metals dealers now find themselves being overwhelmed with orders in the United States, in Canada, in Europe and over in Asia.

IRS workers accused of stealing jobless benefits and welfare
RT - Two dozen Tennessee-based IRS workers have been accused of fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits, food stamps, welfare and housing vouchers, illegally receiving a total of $250,000 in government benefits.

Gold Wipes $560 Billion From Central Banks as Equities Rally
Bloomberg - Investors are dumping gold funds at the fastest pace in two years in favor of equities, compounding a slump that has wiped $560 billion from the value of central bank reserves.

Steve Forbes: Why Gold Plunged
Forbes - Ben Bernanke has pulled off a neat trick that could well give us the worst of all worlds: a brief commodity deflation, future inflation and a stagnant economy. It will earn him a prominent place in the central bank’s Hall of Infamy. Usually central bankers earn opprobium from history the old-fashioned way, by debasing the currencies under their care. But Bernanke has added a new twist.

FDIC Deposit Insurance Scam: The Infographic - In the wake of bail-ins as the new bank resolution method of choice throughout the entire Western world, our friends at Demonocracy have released a MUST SEE infographic on the FDIC illusion of insured bank deposits.

Housing Market

Some checks issued to homeowners in foreclosure settlement are bouncing - The checks were issued as a result of a $3.6 billion settlement in January with the nation’s largest banks, according to the New York Times DealBook blog. The banks agreeing to the settlement had been accused of wrongful evictions and other foreclosure abuses. It’s unclear how many checks bounced.


Nine foods that lower blood pressure
(NaturalNews) High blood pressure (BP) or hypertension is considered a high risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as well as kidney failure. Many have high BP, but most don't know as it doesn't usually have its own symptoms.

VIDEO: 5 Foods Higher in Antioxidants than Goji Berries: New Study
Green Med Info - Until this study was published the most antioxidant dried fruit known was goji berries. But then along came….

Health Care Worker Alert: ABC News Misquoted Vaccine Rights Attorney
Green Med Info - ABC News reported on hospital nurses who were fired for refusing flu shots, but misquoted a Vaccine Rights attorney about the law in the process, leaving those who read this article vulnerable to misunderstanding their rights and losing the exemption this fall.

Prevention and Treatment of Vaccine Damages
Green Med Info - Everyone should understand and know what can be done before, during and after vaccination to mitigate collateral damages, which are sometimes quite severe and much more frequent then federal health officials want you to know.
* Related Article: State Vaccine Exemption Forms

VIDEO: 24-yr-old Rejects Chemo, Curing Brain Cancer with Hemp Oil
Activist Post - 24-year-old Kristina Marie was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given a death sentence by establishment doctors. She decided to reject chemotherapy and treat herself with Rick Simpson's hemp oil instead. After three MRI's her tumors have shrunk considerably.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Ben Swann: Senate moving forward on Internet Tax Mandate - April 17, 2013
(FOX19) - Between the Boston bombing and the ricin laced letters sent to members of Congress and the White House, it might be easy to miss a bill moving forward in the U.S. Senate. One that would mean every product you buy online will more expensive. Senators say this bill is about 'fairness', but is it?

U.S. House of Rep. Shamefully Passes CISPA; Internet Freedom Advocates Prepare for a Battle in the Senate
Activist Post - For the second year in a row, the House voted to approve CISPA, a bill that would allow companies to bypass all existing privacy laws to spy on communications and pass sensitive user data to the government. The Electronic Frontier Foundation condemns the vote in the House and vows to continue the fight in the Senate.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

52 Plants In The Wild You Can Eat
Before It's News - We all know our vegetables and fruits are safe to eat, but what about other wild edibles? Here are a few common North American goodies that are safe to eat if you find yourself stuck in the wild...

33 Tips on Turning Your Boring Lawn Into a Permaculture Food Forest
Waking Times - Does the idea of getting fresh, nutritious food right out in front of you kitchen door sound like a good idea in these turbulent times? A growing movement to reclaim, restore, and re-localize our relationship to food is happening all around us, and you can participate by re-thinking what you do with the under-utilized space outside of your home.

Today in History - Thursday -  April 18, 2013
1775 - American revolutionaries Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode though the towns of Massachusetts giving the warning that "the Regulars are coming out." Later, the phrase "the British are coming" was attributed to Revere.
1791 - National Guardsmen prevented Louis XVI and his family from leaving Paris.
1818 - A regiment of Indians and blacks were defeated at the Battle of Suwann, in Florida, ending the first Seminole War.
1847 - U.S. troops defeated almost 17,000 Mexican soldiers commanded by Santa Anna at Cerro Gordo. (Mexican-American War)
1861 - Colonel Robert E. Lee turned down an offer to command the Union armies during the U.S. Civil War.
1906 - San Francisco, CA, was hit with an earthquake. The original death toll was cited at about 700. Later information indicated that the death toll may have been 3 to 4 times the original estimate.
1923 - Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, NY. The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1.
1937 - Leon Trotsky called for the overthrow of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
1942 - James H. Doolittle and his squadron, from the USS Hornet, raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
1943 - Traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, was shot down by American P-38 fighters.
1945 - American war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa. He was 44 years old.
1946 - The League of Nations was dissolved.
1949 - The Republic of Ireland was established.
1950 - The first transatlantic jet passenger trip was completed.
1955 - Albert Einstein died.
1978 - The U.S. Senate approved the transfer of the Panama Canal to Panama on December 31, 1999.
1983 - The U.S. Embassy in Beirut was blown up by a suicide car-bomber. 63 people were killed including 17 Americans.
2002 - Actor Robert Blake and his bodyguard were arrested in connection with the shooting death of Blake's wife about a year before.
2002 - The city legislature of Berlin decided to make Marlene Dietrich an honorary citizen. Dietrich had gone to the United States in 1930. She refused to return to Germany after Adolf Hitler came to power.

World News

West will pay for 'supporting Al Qaeda' - Assad
RT - In the statement that was made on Wednesday to state channel Al Ikhbariya, Assad warned that "The West has paid heavily for funding Al-Qaeda in its early stages. Today it is doing the same in Syria, Libya and other places, and will pay a heavy price in the heart of Europe and the United States."

Surreal: US Troops Stage in Jordan to Defend Al Qaeda in Syria
Tony Cartalucci - CNN reports that some 200 US troops are staging along Syria’s border, this as reports reveal huge amounts of US-provided flour smuggled into Syria have formed the foundation of Al Qaeda’s public relations strategy. Together with huge amounts of US-provided weapons, the aid is fueling Al Qaeda’s continued operations and atrocities inside Syria.

French court summons IMF chief Lagarde
Press TV - A French court has summoned Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to testify in a corruption investigation into alleged misuse of public funds when she was France’s finance minister. Under the leadership of the separatist Parti Quebecois (PQ) -- the current ruling party of Quebec -- the Quebec sovereignty movement gained momentum last year, Press TV correspondent Ashantai Hathaway reported from Montreal on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Quebec pushes for secession from Canada
Press TV - The government of Quebec, a predominantly French speaking province of Canada, is making efforts to make the province an independent country... Taking the issue a step further, the New Movement for Quebec (NMQ) will hold a convention, or “the Convergence Nationale”, in May.

US terror drones kill 5 in Yemen
Press TV - At least five people have been killed in two strikes carried out by US assassination drones near the Yemeni capital Sana’a.

'US to send troops to Jordan for Syria’
Press TV - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United Stated is dispatching 200 troops to Jordan for military operations along the Syrian border. On Wednesday, Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington that the deployment would include specialists in intelligence, logistics and operations. The troops will come from the headquarters of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, to replace a similar number of US forces already in Jordan.

US Aid Falls into Al Qaeda's Hands in Syria by Design, Not Chance
Activist Post - Huge amounts of US-provided flour smuggled into northern Syria have formed the foundation of Al Qaeda's public relations strategy, the Washington Post and London Telegraph reveal. Together with huge amounts of US-provided weapons, the aid is fueling Al Qaeda's continued operations and atrocities inside Syria.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Official Document:  Special Events as Planned Disasters: Marathons – A Tale of Two Cities and the Running of a Planned Mass Casualty Event
It is important to emphasize that the New York Times recently reported that most of the recent domestic terror plots in the United States “were facilitated by the F.B.I.,” suggesting that yesterday’s incident in Boston may have been part of such an operation. It remains to be seen how the media and the Obama administration will exploit this incident depending who gets the blame, but Rahm Emanuel’s“never let a serious crisis go to waste” advisory is sure to be in play. The fact that the explosions were preceded and overlapped by a”drill” of an almost identical nature mirrors other major terror attacks, such as the 7/7 bombings in London.

YouTube: What is this guy holding? - Boston Marathon Bombing

VIDEO: Obama Covering Up Saudi Link to Boston Bombing?
Paul Joseph Watson - The Saudi “person of interest” suspected of being involved in the Boston Marathon bombings is being deported from the United States next week on “national security grounds,” according to a terrorism expert, who notes that the move is “very unusual,” especially given an unscheduled meeting yesterday between President Obama and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.

VIDEO: FBI/DHS DRILL Staged Boston Marathon Bombing? Nevada Governor 2014 David Lory VanDerBeek - Bloody footsteps leading up to the door…Wherever FBI/DHS/police are drilling, there is terror when the drills go live and they burn their patsy.

Self-declared 'Master of Impressions' arrested in Obama ricin letter case
RT - Federal agents have arrested a man they believe mailed the letters to President Obama and Senator Roger Wicker that “preliminarily tested positive” for the poison ricin. The FBI named a Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Mississippi as its arrest.

VIDEO: 'Like a nuclear blast’: Texas plant explosion registered as 2.1 earthquake
RT - It felt ‘like a bomb went off’, those who saw the deadly Texas explosion ripping through a fertilizer plant say. A video taken by a father several meters from the scene captures his child screaming ‘Daddy, please get out of here, I can't hear!' The blast injured over 172 people; dozens are feared dead. The explosion leveled local residents’ homes, shaking doors and sending shockwaves across the community. Related article/video: Dozens believed killed...

PHOTOS: Boston Bombing Culprits Identified? - Photos collated on the 4chan website show numerous images of suspicious individuals wearing large backpacks present at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings. Three of the men appear to be Arab or Middle Eastern in appearance, whereas another two of the individuals are white.
* Related Article/Video: Navy SEALs Spotted at Boston Marathon...

Israeli police head to US to aid in Boston Marathon bombing investigation
RT - Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino says he has dispatched officials to Boston, Massachusetts, where they will meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and other authorities, the Times of Israel Reports.

VIDEO: CNN Links Alleged Pressure Cooker Bomb to “Extreme Right-wing Individuals”
Kurt Nimmo - It looks like CNN is falling back on old habits instilled by the U.S. Army’s Fourth Psychological Operations Group. In a news story about the alleged pressure cooker bomb found in Boston, the political establishment’s propaganda network claimed “extreme right-wing individuals” are fond of the device featured in al-Qaeda’s magazine.

VIDEO: Boston Police Radio: Additional Explosive Devices Found - The official story is now in chaos.

Security officers order staff, media to clear Boston courthouse
Reuters - Security officials on Wednesday ordered staff, media and attorneys to evacuate Boston’s federal courthouse Wednesday.... “Get away from the building. I can’t stress this enough, people,” a uniformed law enforcement official yelled at the crowd.

VIDEO: Follow Up Attack? Ricin Sent To Senator Who Ended Gun Control Filibuster; Second Letter Sent To Obama
Steve Watson - Pattern beginning to emerge as some suggest both attacks could be right wing, pro-gun extremists. A letter believed to have been laced with the deadly substance ricin was intercepted in a Maryland post office yesterday before it could reach it’s intended destination – the desk of a Senator who has been fiercely critical of gun control legislation, yet voted to block a filibuster on the issue.

Boston Marathon Finish Line: 666 Boylston St.
Before It's News - No kidding. How Bizarre! Is this a sign that the Illuminati are behind this bombing? Maybe even behind Newtown Massacre since the last mile was dedicated to Newton victims? The last mile ending at 666 Boylston St. That's really wild.

Flashback: AG Holder: Americans Not Worried Enough About Home-Grown Terrorists
New American Feb 28, 2013 - "I worry a little that the American people, from the general population, has become a little complacent that we don't understand or realize that the threats are still real, that the danger is out there, is still tangible, that we still have to be as vigilant as we need to be," Holder told Pierre Thomas of ABC News.

Clinton, Bush and Obama: US War Crimes over Three Administrations
Global Research - On Tuesday, the Constitution Project, a Washington, DC think tank, released a 600-page report by its “Task Force on Detainee Treatment” documenting decades of war crimes committed by US imperialism and its military and intelligence agencies.

VIDEO: Obama on Senate gun vote: ‘A shameful day’
US Today - An angry President Obama criticized a minority of the Senate on Wednesday for helping defeat a proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases. "It came down to politics — the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections," Obama said in the Rose Garden. "All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington."

Oath Keepers to Muster on Lexington Battle Green, MA on April 19, 2013 - Oath Keepers will be mustering on Lexington Green, in Lexington Massachusetts, this April 19, 2013! Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers, has been invited to speak at a rally being held on the Green by the Massachusetts chapter of Gun Rights Across America.
Town of Lexington Pulls Permit...

537 Taser-Related Deaths In The United States Since 2001
Electronic Village - Today we added 29-year old Kevin Culp (Richmond, WA) and 33-year old Christopher Parker as the 184th and 186th taser-related death in America since 2009. [NOTE: the full list is shown below].

New York government confiscates 'private' records of psychiatrists in chilling Orwellian mental health sweep
The march to tyranny has picked up fierce momentum in the state of New York, where the criminal Cuomo administration is now issuing subpoenas that demand psychiatrists turn over ALL their records to the state, reports


Here We Go Again - Gold & Silver Plunge to $1350, $22.50 on Globex April 17, 2013 - Gold and silver have been greeted to yet another waterfall plunge as the first trading since the CME hiked margins in both metals by 18% after today’s COMEX close.

History Tells Us That A Gold Crash + An Oil Crash = Guaranteed Recession
Economic Collapse - Is the United States about to experience another major economic downturn? Unfortunately, the pattern that is emerging right now is exactly the kind of pattern that you would expect to see just before a major stock market crash and a deep recession.


B vitamins can help prevent breast cancer
(NaturalNews) The study of 1,412 women, by researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center in Honolulu, found "that prediagnostic plasma concentrations of pyridoxal-5'-phosphate (PLP), an active form of vitamin B6, may prevent breast cancer," according to a summary of the data.

Salt and Heart Disease: Shaky Science?
Green Med Info - Recent news from the American Heart Association claims that 1 of every 10 Americans dies from eating too much salt. But is it true? Health organizations and groups with political agendas are ignoring a growing body of research finding that less salt does not equal a longer life and in fact can have some dire consequences.

The 8 best herbal home remedies to fight Avian flu or bird flu virus
(NaturalNews) A new bird flu pandemic has arisen in China including the original strain, now intensified with additional pathogens. There are no conventional treatments for avian flu; however herbs and home remedies protect against the flu and speed recovery in those who become ill.

Vitamin E protects health; is safe even in large amounts
NaturalNews) Doctors have warned over the years that taking extra vitamin E could pose health risks. But is this based on facts? According to a new review of numerous studies of vitamin E just published in the Journal of Lipid Research, the human body has biological mechanisms that simply eliminate excess levels of the vitamin - and that makes it almost impossible to take a harmful amount.

Obscene psychiatrists compete for gold bullion and bragging rights for diagnosing mental illness in 60 seconds or less
(NaturalNews) I am not making this up. Real doctors compete for real gold bullion and bragging rights to see who can sling those labels the fastest and win the most points. Leaders are displayed on leader boards and updates are made weekly. I'm not sure if there is a yellow jersey involved. I'm quite sure there are no restrictions on performance enhancing drugs. There just can't be.... Here is the text from Psychiatric Times...

Could Lavender be the Solution to Drug-Resistant Infections
Natural Society - Researchers found that lavender oils were able to inhibit growth of two different drug-resistant strains of staph, including MRSA.

Daily Serving of Soda Increases Aggressive Prostate Cancer Risk by 40%
Natural Society - According to a study, consuming about 1 soda per day increases a man’s risk of prostate cancer by 40% compared to someone never touching the beverage.

Top 10 Questions to Ask a Naturopath - Here is a list of some of the most common questions that I have received as a naturopathic practitioner.

Science & Technology

Website Domains Being Procured to Prevent Boston Marathon Conspiracy Theories Spreading
Huffington Post - Conspiracies swirled after the massacre at Sandy Hook as fringe groups on the Internet picked apart police video and media reports, in some cases causing pain and suffering to real victims they accused of being “actors.” But one person is attempting to prevent something similar from happening in the aftermath of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Boston bombing outage rumors shed light on mobile and Internet 'kill switch'
RT - Following the Boston Marathon bombings, news began to spread of a US government cellphone network shutdown. While the claims were quickly shown to be false, a secret federal rule does, in fact, make such a shutdown possible.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Pesticide Is Killing Birds, Too—Bees Just the Beginning
Gaia Health - The EPA is utterly derelict in its duty to regulate neurotoxic pesticides. Neonicotinoids are killing our primary pollinators, the bees. Less known, though, is that they’re also wiping out one of the real farmers’ best friends: birds. They’re on a devastating decline that can clearly be linked to the massive use of these deadly neurotoxins.

Pet News

Breeder’s Choice Recalls Active Care Biscuits
Susan Thixton - Breeder’s Choice, a Central Garden & Pet company, has issued a voluntary recall for a single batch of Active Care Biscuits-Healthy Dog Treats due to mold discovered in one of the lots of dog biscuits.


VIDEO: Two People Described The Same Person To A Forensic Artist And This Is What Happened - Your self-confidence shouldn't be dependent on how attractive other people find you, but ... because I know I would have reacted the same way if I'd been part of this project, I'll get down off my high horse just long enough to say, "Ladies, we really need to stop being so hard on ourselves!"

Today in History - Wednesday -  April 17, 2013
1704 - John Campbell published what would eventually become the first successful American newspaper. It was known as the Boston "News-Letter."
1758 - Frances Williams published a collection of Latin poems. He was the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere.
1808 - Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France ordered the seizure of U.S. ships.
1824 - Russia abandoned all North American claims south of 54' 40'.
1860 - New Yorkers learned of a new law that required fire escapes to be provided for tenement houses.
1861 - Virginia became the eighth state to secede from the Union.
1864 - U.S. Civil War General Grant banned the trading of prisoners.
1865 - Mary Surratt was arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.
1895 - China and Japan signed the Treaty of Shimonoseki. It was the end of the first Sino-Japanese War. In the treaty China ceded Taiwan to Japan.
1916 - The American Academy of Arts and Letters obtained a charter from the U.S. Congress.
1917 - A bill in Congress to establish Daylight Saving Time was defeated. It was passed a couple of months later.
1941 - The office of Price Administration was established in the U.S. to handle rationing.
1946 - The last French troops left Syria.
1961 - About 1,400 U.S.-supported Cuban exiles invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro. It was an unsuccessful attack.
1967 - The U.S. Supreme Court barred Muhammad Ali's request to be blocked from induction into the U.S. Army.
1969 - In Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1970 - Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on-board accident with an oxygen tank.
1975 - Khmer Rouge forces capture the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. It was the end of the five-year war.
1984 - In London, demonstrators outside the Libyan Embassy were fired upon from someone inside. Eleven people were injured and an English Police woman was killed.
1985 - In Lebanon, the cabinet resigned as Shiites took W. Beirut.
1989 - In Poland, courts gave Solidarity legal status.
1993 - A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King. Two other officers were acquitted.
1999 - In India, the government of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee collapsed after losing a vote of confidence.

World News

US-led forces kill Afghan tribal elder
Press TV - US-led forces in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia Province have killed an influential tribal elder, Haji Merza, and arrested four members of his family... Following the incident, local villagers staged a protest, condemning the killing and the arrests by the US-led forces.

US moves to aid Israel in war on Iran
Press TV - On Tuesday, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopted "Senate Resolution 65," according to which the US will provide the Israeli regime with diplomatic, economic and military assistance if Tel Aviv decides to launch an attack against Iran.

'N Korea rejects negotiations with US'
Press TV - North Korea Foreign Ministry said in a statement released by the North’s KCNA news agency on Wednesday that Pyongyang would not return to a “humiliating negotiating table with the party brandishing a nuclear stick.” Washington’s insistence that Pyongyang should show its “will for denuclearization” before any negotiation was "a very impudent hostile act,” the statement added.

Israel again threatens to invade Iran
Press TV - The Israeli military chief has repeated warmongering rhetoric against the Islamic Republic of Iran, saying the regime can invade Iran on its own.

US drone kills 4, injures 2 in Pakistan
Press TV - At least four people have been killed and two others injured in an attack carried out by a US assassination drone in northwestern Pakistan.

GM meat and fish set to go on sale: Scientists to press ahead despite public outrage
Daily Mail - Authorities in the US are expected to grant approval to Aquabounty salmon, which has been modified to grow twice as fast as normal salmon. And experts trying to combat world hunger are calling on the British Government to back the use of GM farm animals on the dinner table here.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Officials: Boston Bombing Likely Carried Out By “Domestic Terrorist”
Paul Joseph Watson - Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the Boston FBI office, asserted, “The person who did this was someone’s friend, neighbor or coworker,” ruling out the possibility that the attack was carried out by foreigners who entered the United States.

VIDEO: Special Report: Inside Boston Marathon Bombing Press Conferences - Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi was on location at the Boston Marathon explosion press conferences minutes after the event and managed to get in some hard-ball questions for Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

PHOTOS: Is this the second Boston bomb just moments before it exploded?
Daily Mail - New crime scene photographs of the remnants of the first bomb which detonated during Monday's Boston marathon appear to show that a pressure cooker was used in at least one of the deadly charges - as experts described the devices as military-style 'anti-personnel' devices.... And photographs taken by a member of the public of the second bomb site before and after detonation show an orange and grey bag next to the barrier - right where the bomb appears to have gone off.

Photo of Man on the Roof Above Explosion Goes Viral, Citizens Demand Answers
Activist Post - Authorities in Boston are investigating a highly suspicious photo that shows a man on the roof just above the area where the second explosion hit near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Bravery of soldiers who ran the grueling race wearing 40lb BACKPACKS in honor of fallen comrades... then found the strength to tear down barricades and free victims
DailyMail - A group of soldiers competing in the grueling Boston Marathon wearing 40lb backpacks in honor of fallen comrades managed to find the strength to tear down barricades and free trapped victims.

VIDEO: Terror in Boston: Hagel Says Pentagon Ready to Violate Posse Comitatus
Kurt Nimmo - During testimony on Capitol Hill, Chuck Hagel characterized the attack in Boston as terrorism and said the Pentagon is prepared to respond quickly to any request from domestic law enforcement, according to Pentagon’s propaganda newspaper, Stars and Stripes.

Boston Marathon bombs: al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine taught pressure cooker bomb-making techniques
Telegraph - A recipe for how to make pressure cooker bombs, which investigators say were used in the Boston Marathon attack, was most notoriously published in the al-Qaeda magazine Inspire.

VIDEO: YouTube Censors Family Guy Clip Which Predicted Boston Marathon Attack
Paul Joseph Watson - Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane created a cartoon which made fun of terrorist bombings and depicted mutilated Boston Marathon runners, yet he is labeling people who merely talk about the episode as “abhorrent”. Tivo and others are now removing the episode from their systems, which is strange given that the episode is supposedly a “hoax” and doesn’t exist, according to the media.

American Conservative magazine founder: Attack could be ‘false flag’ operation to start Iran war
Daily Caller - In a blog post on the American Conservative’s website, McConnell conceded that the attacks are most likely an al-Qaida operation, but said there is a small chance it could be a false flag operation perpetrated by those who want the U.S. to go to war with Iran. “I agree with Charles Krauthammer that this has an Al Qaeda feel to it, the urban setting, the quest for dramatic photographs,” he wrote.

VIDEO: Obama Insider Attempts To Link Boston Bombing To ‘Tax Day’
Steve Watson - Former Obama advisor David Axelrod has joined other mainstream media mouthpieces in insinuating that the horrific Boston Marathon bombing may have been linked to “tax day”.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Signs 2nd Amendment Protection Act into Law - Today, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law Senate Bill 102 (SB102), formerly HB2199 – the 2nd Amendment Protection Act. In the wake of increased federal interest in restricting the right to keep and bear arms, the new Kansas law is the most comprehensive nullification of such acts thus far.

VIDEO: Envelope tests positive for ricin at Washington mail facility
CNN News - An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was told the letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi.

GOP fast tracks bill to fortify ObamaCare's high-risk pools
The Hill - House Republicans are moving quickly on a new bill to strengthen ObamaCare's temporary insurance plan for people with pre-existing conditions. The Helping Sick Americans Now Act (H.R. 1549) was introduced late Monday and is scheduled for a mark-up Wednesday in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.


Force Majeure Was the End Game All Along, COMEX Will Default in the Next Week! - The COMEX will default in the next week or several weeks and people will be “settled” with Dollars, no more metal will be delivered! So, knowing that “game over” has arrived, they are dumping a massive volume of paper contracts with impunity to push the metals prices as low as possible before the “default”.

Chris Martenson: This Gold Slam Is A Massive Wealth Transfer From Our Pockets To The Banks - The central plank of Bernanke’s magic recovery plan has been to get everybody back borrowing, spending, and “investing” in stocks, bonds, and other financial assets. But not equally so – he has been instrumental in distorting the landscape towards risk assets and away from safe harbors.

Energy & Environment

Check the HAARP Status map at!
"The signal over that larger area is as intense as it was over just Arkansas the last time I wrote but it is now centered over Missouri, and covering eight other
central-midwestern states. I would be on the lookout for chemtrails, and weird weather effects."

Obama Approves Raising Permissible Levels of Nuclear Radiation in Drinking Water. Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket
Global Research April 14, 2013 - The White House has given final approval for dramatically raising permissible radioactive levels in drinking water and soil following “radiological incidents,” such as nuclear power-plant accidents and dirty bombs. The final version, slated for Federal Register publication as soon as today, is a win for the nuclear industry which seeks what its proponents call a “new normal” for radiation exposure among the U.S population, according Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

VIDEO: How the New American “Oil Boom” Might Destroy the Environment and Decimate the Health of Millions
Dr. Mercola - Recent headlines in the American press would have you believe we’re in for a robust economic boom, courtesy of the new shale gas revolution... But are we really “swimming in oil”? And is the shale revolution really the answer to all our energy and economic problems?

Keystone Emissions Seen as Equal to 46 Coal Power Plants
Bloomberg - The Keystone XL pipeline would increase greenhouse-gas emissions by 181 million metric tons, groups fighting the project said in a report, the equivalent of more than 46 coal-fired power plants or 34 million vehicles,


Tart Cherries are Top Super Fruit for Antioxidants - Researchers have found that the components in whole cherries have a synergistic effect to provide even more health benefits. That's why capsule supplements may not be the best choice. All varieties of cherries contain magnesium, vitamin C, A, E, fiber, beta carotene, potassium (280mg in one glass with concentrate), iron and folate. It’s the tart ones that pack the biggest punch, especially for immunity.

Six dangerous prescription drugs you should think twice before taking
(NaturalNews) Just because your doctor prescribes it does not necessarily mean it is safe for you to take. Many popular prescription drugs, it turns out, come with the potential for serious side effects, including everything from short-term nausea and headaches to chronic inflammatory myopathy and heart disease -- or worse.

Research: Treat severe flu with omega-3 fatty acids
(NaturalNews) The more you read the more you discover health benefits from omega-3 fatty acids. Many naturopaths, chiropractors, physicians and NaturalNews readers know its value for supporting cardiovascular health, reducing inflammation, and enhancing cognitive brain function. Now it seems to fight severe influenza.

Research: Reduce insulin resistance with omega-3 fatty acids
(NaturalNews) A higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce insulin resistance, thereby reducing the risk or severity of type 2 diabetes, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of South Australia and published in the journal Public Health Nutrition.

VIDEO: 5 Ways to Lower Your IQ
Activist Post - The (EPA) Environmental Pollution Agency has established a list of chemicals that are known to cause learning disabilities and central nervous system disorders.The Mundy Database refers to these chemicals as developmental neurotoxins. This list contains well over two dozen different poisons that will lower your IQ level while quenching your thirst and brightening your teeth.

Genetics have little influence over health, top stem cell biologist asserts
(NaturalNews) Bruce Lipton believes 98 percent of all illness is environmental, while a mere two percent of disease can be traced to genetic disposition. Working as a stem cell researcher at Stanford University, Lipton uncovered a startling truth: Our genetic composition has very little influence on health whereas the impact of chemistry within the body is far-reaching.

Baby food makers sued over trace levels of lead in their products
(NaturalNews) Many parents are already well aware of the fact that consumer products made in China, and particularly those marketed for children, have a not-so-hot track record of safety. But a recent investigation conducted by the Oakland, California-based Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) has revealed that many popular baby food products manufactured right here in the U.S. are also highly contaminated with potentially dangerous levels of lead.

Over 9 Kiwi Health Benefits - Boosting Immunity, Vision, and More
Natural Society - Did you know that this fruit also offers numerous health benefits? It's time to experience all of the kiwi fruit benefits that the fruit has to offer.

Health Benefits of Thyme: Medicinal Uses of a Favorite Herb
Natural Society - The health benefits of thyme are timeless and undeniable. From detoxing to boosting the immune system, this herb is a must-have in your kitchen.

5 Benefits of Sunlight and Vitamin D you Probably Never Knew About
Natural Society - Cavity- and cancer-preventing vitamin D isn't the only reason to spend time in the sun. Here are 5 benefits of sunlight you probably never knew about.

YouTube: The Dangers of Magnesium Deficiency – Carolyn Dean, M.D., ND
For over 30 years, Dr. Dean has been at the forefront of health issues and is an expert in the health benefits of magnesium. Find out how to eliminate chronic fatigue, heart problems plus much more!

Science & Technology

Obama advisers say they will urge president to veto CISPA
RT - In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon by the Executive Office of the President, top advisers say they will ask Mr. Obama to reject the CISPA bill if it proves successful on Capitol Hill.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

52 Plants In The Wild You Can Eat
Before It's News - We all know our vegetables and fruits are safe to eat, but what about other wild edibles? Here are a few common North American goodies that are safe to eat if you find yourself stuck in the wild...

How to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms
Organic Gardening - It's hard to get what experts say is a reasonable vitamin D target, 1,000 to 2,000 International Units (IU) a day, from food. But one potent source of vitamin D is often overlooked: the shiitake mushroom. These mushrooms have long been used medicinally in Asia (some studies have found the fungi to hold antitumor properties). But many shiitake mushrooms you'll find at the supermarket are grown in sawdust, not on logs, as nature intended, so they don't have as many nutrients as they should.

Today in History - Tuesday -  April 16, 2013
1818 - The U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
1854 - San Salvador was destroyed by an earthquake.
1862 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis approved conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.
1862 - In the U.S., slavery was abolished by law in the District of Columbia.
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 Channel.
1917 - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution after years of exile.
1942 - The Island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack.
1944 - The destroyer USS Laffey survived immense damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.
1945 - American troops entered Nuremberg, Germany.
1968 - The Pentagon announced that troops would begin coming home from Vietnam.
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 terror.
1982 - Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada's new constitution in effect. The act severed the last colonial links with Britain.
1983 - China shelled the Vietnam border in retaliation for raids.
1983 - Brazil detained four Libyan planes en route to Nicaragua after finding weapons, explosives and ammunition on the planes.
1987 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sternly warned U.S. radio stations to watch the use of indecent language on the airwaves.
1987 - The U.S. Patent Office began allowing the patenting of new animals created by genetic engineering.
1992 - The House ethics committee listed 303 current and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.
2002 - The U.S. Supreme Court overturned major parts of a 1996 child pornography law based on rights to free speech.
2007 - In Blacksburg, VA, a student killed 33 people at Virginia Tech before killing himself.

World News

'US Black Hawk crashes near N Korea'
Press TV - An American UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter has crashed in South Korea near the North Korean border, a South Korean defense official says. The official speaking on condition of anonymity said that the incident took place during ongoing South Korea-US joint military exercises in Cheolwon county of Kangwon Province bordering the North.

North Korea gives South ultimatum
Press TV - North Korea has vowed to launch a military attack on South Korea without any warning if the South continues its anti-North activities. North Korea's military issued the stark warning on Monday in response to what it said were insults from the "puppet authorities" in the South, AFP reported.

Magnitude 7.5 quake jolts Sistan-Baluchestan Province in SE Iran
Press TV - A powerful earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale has struck Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, the Iranian Seismological Center (IRSC) says. The IRSC also reported that the epicenter of the quake was situated 81 kilometers north of the city of Saravan. According to the United States Geographical Survey (USGS) the quake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and was powerful enough to be felt as far away as New Delhi, India.

Syria forces kill militants, seize arms
Press TV - The Syrian Army says it has killed more foreign-sponsored militants and seized their weapons during an operation across the country. Syrian government forces launched attacks against militants in the governorates of Homs, Idlib, Daraa, Latakia, Hama, Deir ez-Zor, Aleppo, and Damascus, on Monday and killed dozens of them, the official SANA news agency reported.

Russia sends humanitarian aid to Syria
Press TV - Russia has sent more than 30 tons of humanitarian aid to the crisis-hit Syria to help the victims of the two-year-long conflict in the Arab country, the Russian Embassy in Damascus says.

VIDEO: Black Monday in Iraq: 46 killed, almost 300 injured in series of attacks
RT - A string of attacks in several parts of Iraq killed 46 and injured almost 300 on Monday. The upsurge of violence came as Iraqis prepare to go to polls for their first election since the withdrawal of US troops.

Israel's booming economy puts billions in US aid under spotlight
NBC News - Boosted by newly discovered natural resources, Israel is surging ahead economically – a success that is pushing the issue of the country's $3 billion in annual aid from the United States onto the agenda. The country made its first intervention in the foreign currency market in almost two years Tuesday, buying $100 million to peg back the growing strength of its shekel.

Greece, troika agree on bailout loan
Press TV - Greece and its troika of international creditors have agreed on the release of an 8.8-billion-euro bailout loan for the country.

Production of Opium by Afghans Is Up Again
NY Times - For the third year in a row, opium cultivation has increased across Afghanistan, erasing earlier drops stemming from a decade-long international and Afghan government effort to combat the drug trade, according to a United Nations report released on Monday.

VIDEO: Child kidnapped by German police for being home schooled - 15-year old Christian girl Melissa Busekros was taken from her parents in a SWAT-style police raid. German officials consider her family dangerous because her parents home school their daughter.... She was diagnosed of school phobia by state-paid shrink, declared mentally ill and locked in an asylum because she opposed the government's policies and believed in God.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

How to recognize the signs of False Flag Terrorism (Operations)
A false flag operation is any procedure, which is carried out by one organization, but designed to appear as though it was orchestrated by another entity. Read More...

VIDEO: Bizarre footage from Marathon
Listen to the military with the HUGE backpacks.

Official story unraveling for Boston marathon bombing; clear evidence points to bomb squad's prior knowledge
Mike Adams - It's now becoming clear that members of the Boston bomb squad had advanced notice of the horrific bombing that took place at the marathon today. As an eyewitness reports, once the bombs went off, officials began announcing, "this is just a drill!" This logically means they were all informed of the "bomb drill" beforehand. Otherwise, why would they respond with, "this is just a drill" ?

Saudi national reportedly arrested as suspect in Boston marathon bombing; 'drill' questions remain (update 1)
Mike Adams - The NY Post is reporting that a Saudi national has been arrested as a suspect in the Boston marathon bombing that took place today. The same paper is now reporting 12 dead, 50 injured in the bombing, representing a significant increase in fatalities over early reports.

On April 12 Boston EMS Announced Deployment of Mass-Casualty Tablet Device During Marathon - Boston EMS is deploying a new, off-the-shelf, lightweight mobile device for the first time at the Boston Marathon on April 15. The platform, from SafetyPAD, is intended for use in mass-casualty situations gives EMS personnel the ability to carry into crowds and assess a patient upon arrival, document in realtime, transmit data to transport units before they arrive, and other features.

Boston marathon bombing happened on same day as 'controlled explosion' drill by Boston bomb squad
Mike Adams -Two bombs have rocked the streets of Boston and reportedly injured 22 marathon runners (two have reportedly died). It's too early to know the cause of these explosions, but you can rest assured both the state and federal government will try to use this tragic event to blame whatever convenient enemies are most advantageous for the government.

VIDEO: UM Coach: Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Spotters on Roofs Before Explosions - University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions went off, said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines. "They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise," Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15.

VIDEO: Boston Police Commissioner on Marathon Explosions: 'This Is An Ongoing Event'
PBS - A loud explosion on the north side of the street went off first, followed by a second blast a few seconds later.... Meanwhile, police said the motive for the bombings remains unclear. They also reported a third explosion -- at the John F. Kennedy Library -- but it may not be related.

Five More Undetonated Bombs Found In Boston; Death Toll Rises To 3
Zero Hedge - Via WSJ, The devices—which are in addition to the two that exploded near the finish line of the marathon... Each had been rendered inoperative or was in the process of being rendered inoperative, the officials said. But the officials also sounded a note of caution, saying they are moving quickly and each device they believe is a bomb hasn't been fully dissected or analyzed.

Facebook Memorial Page Made BEFORE Boston Bombing
Here is the page before it is taken down - 

Boston runners were warned: Squamish man - Mike Heiliger, 59, said a woman holding several bags was telling runners who were picking up their pre-race packages in downtown Boston on Saturday (April 13) that they were going to die if they participated in the event.

VIDEO: LIVE UPDATES: Boston Marathon Explosion
ABC News - "Terror At The Boston Marathon".

Boston Marathon Bombing Media and Rumor Roundup
Activist Post - While Obama mentioned that the bombings were still being investigated and thus people shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions before the facts are learned, some in the media have not followed that advice. CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen has already said that it could either be the work of al Qaeda terrorists or “right-wing extremists.”

YouTube: Gun Rights Advocate's Staff Helped Write Background Check Bill
An influential Gun Rights Advocate actually helped write the Background Check Bill coming up before the Senate this coming week. Alan Gottlieb, Executive Vice President of the Second Amendment Foundation, speaking candidly at a GOP gathering on Friday claimed that his staff had actually helped write the bill.

New York's assault weapon registration begins
Breitbart - Key measures of New York's tough new gun law kicked in Monday, with owners of firearms now reclassified as assault weapons required to start registering the firearms and new limits on the number of bullets allowed in magazines.

llegal Immigrant DUI Killer Ruled Incompetent Because Of His ‘Unique Cultural Background’
Donna Anderson - A self-confessed illegal immigrant in Milford, Mass., faces up to 15 years if found guilty of vehicular homicide but it’s a big “If.” As it stands right now, Nicolas D. Gauman has been found incompetent to stand trial because he doesn’t speak English and doesn’t understand the American legal system. Critics say Guaman had an accomplice – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick..

YouTube: Ron Paul's Straight Talk 4/15/13: Why Can't We All Travel To Cuba?
Earlier this month, entertainers Jay-Z and Beyoncé were given a license by the US government to travel to Cuba. Because it is not otherwise legal for Americans to travel to Cuba, this trip was only permitted as a "cultural exchange" by the US Treasury Department. Many suspect that the permission was granted at least partly due to the fame, wealth, and political connections of the couple.


The Eleventh Marble
Michael Rivero - Any five-year old child knows that if you put ten marbles into a tin can, you can only take ten marbles back out. No amount of wishful thinking, dreaming, or praying, will yield that eleventh marble from inside that can. That eleventh marble does not exist. It never did, and it never will. All discussions about the eleventh marble are the product of imagination. The eleventh marble is a fantasy. Private central bankers issuing the public currency as interest-bearing loans operate on the belief that they can put ten marbles (dollars) into a tin can (the world) and magically get 11 marbles back out.

Congress Quietly Repeals Insider Trading Ban
Liberty Crier - While Congress might be stuck in a deadlock on just about every issue imaginable, there’s one piece of legislation that both Democrats and Republicans hate unanimously: the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, a law passed last year designed to prevent insider trading among lawmakers and government officials by requiring them to post disclosures of their financial transactions online.

VIDEO: Gerald Celente - "The Dollar Can Lose It's Reserve Status" - Gerald Celente discusses the possibility that the dollar could lose its reserve status, much to the detriment of the nation’s already shaky economy

All US Wholesalers Sold Out Of All Physical Silver!!! - Two of the largest wholesale suppliers in the US, including Amark and CNT, who is the supplier of gold blanks to the US Mint for Gold Eagles, and is a registered COMEX depository, HAVE JUST SOLD OUT OF ALL PHYSICAL SILVER!!!

Is The Takedown Of Gold A Sign That The Entire Global Financial System Is About To Crash?
Economic Collapse - Somebody out there is sure getting prepared for something really big. We have just witnessed a takedown of gold and silver unlike anything that we have witnessed in decades.

House bill would fire tax-delinquent federal workers
Washington Post - The House this week is scheduled to vote on two bills that would block federal employees, job candidates and contractors from working for the government if they owe back taxes.

Veteran News

VIDEO: V.A. Shrink Admits He Gets a $3K Bonus Per Vet for Seizing Their Guns
Clash Daily - In an hour long interview with George Hemminger, and a NY psychiatrist reveals shocking and detailed information of a seemingly insidious, deliberate and concerted effort by governmental auspices to confiscate firearms from veterans via psychiatric evaluations.

Taser death of 77-year-old veteran with Alzheimer's prompts lawsuit
Examiner - After wandering away from a Montana veterans home, 77-year-old Korean War Veteran Stanley L. Downen, who suffered from severe Alzheimer’s, fell and hit his face on the pavement after being tasered by police, resulting in his death three weeks later, according to a lawsuit filed by Downen's granddaughter.

Energy & Environment

Code 3 Alert at giant Louisiana sinkhole — “Increasing trend of subsurface activity in the area”
ENENews - The Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Incident Command, is advising the public that the Oxy 3/sinkhole monitoring alert status has been raised to Code 3 – requiring all work inside and around the sinkhole to cease until further notice.
* Watch the latest flyover footage here

VIDEO: 'All Risk, No Reward' Coalition Puts Out Anti-Keystone XL TV Ad
Huffington Post - The message of the ad suggests the inevitability of an oil spill and the fact that “Keystone XL doesn’t go to the U.S.-- it goes through the U.S.” According to a press release, the original Keystone pipeline had 12 spills in the first year, and more than 30 spills overall.

VIDEO: OWOC Flyover of the Mayflower, AR ExxonMobil Pipeline Spill Apr 12, 2013 - Two weeks ago ExxonMobil's Pegasus Pipeline burst into the backyards of a neighborhood in Mayflower, AR, a beautiful small town next to Lake Conway and surrounded by other scenic lakes and waterways. Thousands of gallons of tar-sands oil have since filled the yards, streets, and now it has begun to make its way into nearly Lake Conway.


Heart Disease Test May Predict Dementia Better than Cognitive Tests
Dr. Mercola - Heart disease and stroke risk tests had a stronger association with dementia risk according to a new study, suggesting that they are better tools for predicting future cognitive decline than the dementia risk test. Chronic degenerative conditions like heart disease and dementia often have underlying commonalities, such as insulin resistance.

Dr. Oz Investigates the Hazards of Dental Amalgams
Dr. Mercola - Dental amalgam is composed of about 50 percent mercury, a well-known neurotoxin that can also damage your kidneys. There is overwhelming evidence showing mercury is easily released in the form of vapor each time you eat, drink, brush your teeth or otherwise stimulate your teeth. These mercury vapors readily pass through your cell membranes, across your blood-brain barrier, and into your central nervous system, where it can cause psychological, neurological, and immunological problems

Melanoma breakthrough: Natural fruit and vegetable substance stops skin cancer cells
(NaturalNews) Currently, there is no single therapeutic agent or combination treatment available to treat all melanomas. About 9,480 Americans are predicted to die in 2013 from this malignancy which can spread throughout the body. But there's good news on the research front about the disease. For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a natural substance, gossypin, found in vegetables and fruits can halt melanoma cells - and they say they know why.

Vitamin K Deficiency Symptoms – 5 Signs of Low Vitamin K Levels
Natural Society - Known primarily for helping blood clot and promoting strong bones, vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin that is often ignored compared to some other vitamins and minerals. But like all other vitamins, vitamin K is essential for optimal health for numerous reasons. So why is the vitamin so important, and what are some vitamin K deficiency symptoms?

Best Kept Secrets to Prevent, Halt, or Even Reverse Macular Degeneration
Green Med Info - The eye, GI tract, liver, and gallbladder are intricately entwined. Think about it, when your liver is sick, your eyes turn yellow or jaundiced. When your GI tract is out of balance, red, itching "allergy" eyes often result. Interesting signaling! The solution is more complicated than just popping a supplement or even making some dietary changes. Are you ready to learn the secrets?

Vaccines’ Alum Adjuvant Path to Brain Found: Study
Gaia Health - Newly published research by Keele Conference scientists shows that aluminum adjuvant in vaccines transfers to the brain. They have documented the path from injection site to the brain, and that once in the brain, it persists. Newborns, the elderly, and people with a certain genetic variation are particularly at risk.

Analysis Finds Monsanto’s GM Corn Nutritionally Dead, Highly Toxic
Natural Society - A 2012 nutritional analysis of genetically modified corn found that not only is GM corn lacking in vitamins and nutrients when compared to non-GM corn, but the genetic creation also poses numerous health risks due to extreme toxicity.

VIDEO: GMO Wheat Molecules May "Silence" Hundreds of Human Genes
Green Med Info - “What we found is that the molecules created in this wheat, intended to silence wheat genes, can match human genes, and through ingestion these molecules can enter human beings, and potentially silence our genes.” ~ Prof. Jack Heinemann

Science & Technology

Arkansas Company Introduces Unique ‘invisible fence’ Solution at Border Security Expo
GSN Magazine - According to Ron Hutcheson, president of Sentry Visions, the company’s fluorescent material, which draws radiation from the sun and glows during the night, clearly shows footprints and other traffic when disturbed and leaves a clear trail which could be used by Border Patrol agents in the states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico to stem illegal border crossings.

Today in History - Monday -  April 15, 2013
1794 - "Courrier Francais" became the first French daily newspaper to be published in the U.S.
1813 - U.S. troops under James Wilkinson attacked the Spanish-held city of Mobile that would be in the future state of Alabama.
1817 - The first American school for the deaf was opened in Hartford, CT.
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.
1892 - The General Electric Company was organized.
1912 - The ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people survived.
1917 - The British defeated the Germans at the battle of Arras.
1923 - Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
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 treaty.
1952 - The first B-52 prototype was tested in the air.
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.
1984 - Ten members of a family were found murdered in their home in New York City. An infant was found crawling among the corpses.
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.
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 Cambodians.
1999 - In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a panel of two Lahore High Court judges convicted former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, of corruption.
2000 - 600 anti-IMF (International Monetary Fund) protesters were arrested in Washington, DC, for demonstrating without a permit.

World News

VIDEO: All Wars Are Bankers' Wars!
Michael Rivero - I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations. There is ample precedent for this.

The Rothschilds Want Iran’s Banks
AFP - Some researchers are pointing out that Iran is one of only three countries left in the world whose central bank is not under Rothschild control. Before 9-11 there were reportedly seven: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, North Korea, and Iran. By 2003, however, Afghanistan and Iraq were swallowed up by the Rothschild octopus, and by 2011 Sudan and Libya were also gone. In Libya, a Rothschild bank was established in Benghazi while the country was still at war.

The Lie Of The Century
Michael Rivero - There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.

Creating a North Korean Threat
Activist Post - Washington needs enemies. When none exist, they're invented. A previous article said North Korea's straight from central casting. Pyongyang threatens no one. Media scoundrels say otherwise.

Iran dealing mortal blow to US global hegemony: Irish analyst
Press TV - Finian Cunningham, an expert on international affairs, wrote in a column for Press TV that Iran presents a “greater and more problematic challenge” than North Korea to “US global hegemony.” Cunningham warned that any possible military strike on Iran would end in a “deathblow to the waning American and global economy.”

President Anastasiades' daughter included in list of 6 000 who moved money - Τhe Ethnos on Sunday in Athens has revealed the names of six thousand individuals and legal persons in Cyprus that transferred money abroad from the first through to the 15th March, the eve of a Eurogroup decision for a haircut on deposits in Cyprus banks over 100 thousand euro.

Fresh Leaks Reveal Outrageous Corruption Among Political Leaders
Press TV - A collection of 2.5 million records obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) -- a global network of journalists from more than 60 countries -- has unmasked high ranking politicians, arms dealers and other famous individuals from 170 countries operating under the cover of private trusts and businesses in the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands and other offshore locations.

N Korea says will ready N-force for war
Press TV - The President of the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong-nam said that Pyongyang would expand the quantity and quality of its nuclear force which is the “treasure of a unified Korea.” He made the comments during a memorial event, which was held in the capital, Pyongyang, on Sunday on the eve of the 101st anniversary of the birthday of late leader Kim Il-sung.

IMF recognizes Somali government after 22 years
Press TV - "The International Monetary Fund today recognized the federal government of Somalia, headed by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, paving the way for the resumption of relations after a 22-year interval," the IMF said in a statement on Saturday.... However, the IMF said it will not lend money to Somalia until the country repays a $352 million debt it owes to the monetary body.

UK confirms use of chemical weapons in Syria, media say - Tests at the British Ministry of Defence on a Syrian soil sample reveal that chemical weapons have been used in the conflict, The Times reported on Saturday. A diplomatic source said Thursday that "hard evidence" confirmed the weapons had been used.

EXPOSED: Syrian Human Rights Front is EU-Funded Fraud
Activist Post - NYT admits fraudulent Syrian human rights group is UK-based "one-man band" funded by EU and one other "European country."

Israel says Gaza family killed lawfully
Press TV - The November 18 attack during Israel's war on the besieged Gaza Strip on the three-story home of the al-Dallu family killed 10 members of the family, along with two neighbors. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said on Sunday that Tel Aviv informed it that Israeli forces did not violate the laws of war or commit any criminal acts in the attack.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

46 Senators Willing to Trash 2nd Amendment, Surrender Sovereignty to UN
Ventura County Tea Party - Over the weekend, we came four votes away from the United States Senate giving our Constitutional rights over to the United Nations. In a 53-46 vote, the senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

DoD Issues Instructions on Military Support of Civilian Law Enforcement - The Department of Defense has issued an instruction clarifying the rules for the involvement of military forces in civilian law enforcement. The instruction establishes “DoD policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for DoD support to Federal, State, tribal, and local civilian law enforcement agencies, including responses to civil disturbances within the United States.”

California Liberty Preservation Act Passes Committee 6-0 to Nullify the NDAA
Activist Post - Dozens of states and local jurisdictions continue to move toward nullifying the unconstitutional National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Montana's Final Vote to Pass Anti-NDAA Bill Might Override Governor Veto
Activist Post - As People's Blog For The Constitution notes: Since more than two-thirds of the statehouse and senate have already voted in favor of restoring due process, there may be enough votes to override a veto. In Montana, H.B. 522 passed its House Judiciary Committee hearing overwhelmingly by a unanimous vote of 20 – 0, which was then followed by another sweeping vote of 98-0 which sent it off to the Senate.

Florida Atlantic U. Disciplines Professor Who Questioned Accounts of Newtown Shootings - Florida Atlantic University has formally reprimanded a tenured professor for mentioning his institutional affiliation in blog posts in which he questioned official accounts of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn.

Cop fired for using Trayvon Martin images in target practice
RT - A Florida policeman has been fired for using photos of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, shot and killed last year by a neighborhood watchman, for target practice. Martin's family attorney condemned the act as “depraved.”

Here are the 16 Republicans who voted to kill Rand Paul’s gun control filibuster before it started - Sadly, just a few hours later, 16 Republican Senators caved to the Democrats and voted to end debate and bring to the floor a gun control bill that no one has had a chance to read.... Here are the GOP members who sided with their Dem opponents....

VIDEO: Larry Pratt knocks Blitzer on his heels: "Your polls are hokum. So are Fox's...
Daily Paul - "I don't believe they ask the right questions". And much more. Pratt also calls for ousting Toomey. It's a great match.

Ron Paul launches free online curriculum for home schoolers to learn about reality
(NaturalNews) Finally - a decent alternative to failing public schools. The Ron Paul Curriculum is an online educational forum parents can utilize to home-school their children from Kindergarten through the 12th grade.


Gold Extends Bear-Market Plunge Below $1,400 on U.S. Recovery
Bloomberg - Gold slumped below $1,400 an ounce to a two-year low after dropping into a bear market last week as optimism that a U.S. recovery will curb the need for stimulus cut demand for a protection of wealth. Precious metals declined.

Here Is What You Must Know About The Gold & Silver Smash
King World News - On the heels of enormous volatility in gold and silver, today 40-year veteran, Robert Fitzwilson, wrote the following piece exclusively for King World News. Fitzwilson, who is founder of The Portola Group, tells KWN readers what they must know about the incredible action that is now taking place in these key markets.

16% of US Annual Silver Supply Just Vaporized… - 5 million ounces of annual silver supply and 500,000 ounces of annual gold supply have just been vaporized landslided. Rio Tinto’s Kennecott mine in Utah- the US’ 2nd largest silver mine and world’s largest copper mine has just suffered a massive landslide which will likely shut down production at the mine for years as upwards of 1 billion tons of dirt and ore have collapsed into the basin.

100 Years Old And Still Killing Us: America Was Much Better Off Before The Income Tax
Economic Collapse - Did you know that the greatest period of economic growth in American history was during a time when there was absolutely no federal income tax? Between the end of the Civil War and 1913, there was an explosion of economic activity in the United States unlike anything ever seen before or since.

VIDEO: The Entire Economy Is a Ponzi Scheme
Washington's Blog - Bill Gross, Nouriel Roubini, Laurence Kotlikoff, Steve Keen, Michel Chossudovsky, the Wall Street Journal and many others say that our entire economy is a Ponzi scheme. Former Reagan budget director David Stockman just agreed...

Interest on Student Loans to Give Government $34 Billion a Year in Revenue
AllGov - At present, student loan debt stands at $1.1 trillion, more than all other consumer debt except for home mortgages.... If a doubling of the student loan interest rate scheduled for July 1, 2013, goes into effect, the rate will go from 3.4% to 6.8%, which would add thousands of dollars to the average student borrower's payments every year.

VIDEO: Jim Rogers: ‘I Suspect Governments Will Take the Pension Plans Next; I Am Worried And I’m Taking Preparations’
Liberty Crier - When asked if bank account confiscation will be going worldwide, Jim said, ”Well, it’s now in their bag of tricks, but yes, they can do anything they want too now. I for one am worried and I’m taking preparations. Who knows if I’m right or not, but I’d rather be safe than sorry as all of those people who had money in Cyprus have learned.

IRS High-Tech Tools Track Your Digital Footprints - The Internal Revenue Service is collecting a lot more than taxes this year—it’s also acquiring a huge volume of personal information on taxpayers’ digital activities, from eBay auctions to Facebook posts and, for the first time ever, credit card and e-payment transaction records, as it expands its search for tax cheats to places it’s never gone before.
* Related Video: Judge Napolitano On IRS E-Mail Snooping...

YouTube: John Stossel: Americans Taxed from Dusk Till Dawn
Fox Business - Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge on the need to simplify the tax code.

Housing Market

Fed Argues that Mortgage Abuses are Trade Secrets, Meaning Institutionalized Fraud - ...Federal Reserve staff argued that the documents relating to widespread legal violations are the “trade secrets” of mortgage servicing companies. In addition, staff from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) argued that these documents should be withheld from Members of Congress because producing them could be interpreted as a waiver of their authority to prevent disclosure to the public of confidential supervisory bank examination information.

Energy & Environment

Is the End in Sight for America’s Biofuel Boondoggle?
Via Meadia - Did we just hear the death knell for corn ethanol? Congress may finally be coming to its senses about one of the biggest green policy failures in America, as two bills were introduced yesterday to fix the corn ethanol mandate. Reuters reports...

VIDEO: Salmon Confidential—How a Canadian Government Cover-Up Threatens Your Health, and the Entire Ecosystem
Dr. Mercola - Salmon Confidential draws back the curtain to reveal how the Canadian government is covering up the cause behind British Columbia’s rapidly dwindling wild salmon populations: fish farms.... Fish farms breed pathogens that can spread like wildfire and contaminate any wild fish swimming past. Wild salmon that died before spawning have tested positive for a number of salmon viruses, including the highly lethal “salmon influenza”


VIDEO: Injection-free vaccinations developed with the help of the Gates Foundation - The team, based in King's College London and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, used dried sugar to create a microneedle array — a tiny disc that only lightly perforates the skin. The dried sugar, which was laced with a proposed HIV vaccine, dissolves when inserted in to the skin, effectively delivering the vaccine and kick-starting an immune response.

The sweet taste and deadly effect of mothballs
(NaturalNews) Mothballs were developed as a means to kill things. It seems the method by which this is done, is with the vaporous gas given off by the mothballs. When inhaled in concentrated amounts (presumably by bugs), the gas tends to clog, then paralyze the lungs, damaging tissue and red blood cells while making normal breathing difficult to the point of exhaustion for the victim.

San Diego County considers forcing residents to take psychiatric medication under Laura's Law
(NaturalNews) San Diego County in California is considering implementing Laura's Law, which would give the state's second most populous county - home to over three million people - the uncontested right to force psychiatric medication upon its residents.

Black Elderberry: Natural Solution for Cold and Flu Treatment
Natural Society - Rich in antioxidants like quercetin, black elderberry is another natural cold and flu treatment you can add to your list of natural solutions.

American Ginseng Effective in Treating Type 2 Diabetes
Green Med Info - The researchers found that the American Ginseng significantly altered the "glycemic curve" by reducing glucose in the blood stream, while the placebo capsules had no effect. These effects occurred in both the diabetic subjects and the nondiabetic subjects.

Onions: Harnessing Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Natural Society - What really produces the anti-inflammatory properties in onions are antioxidant phytonutrients. Compounds like quercetin and anthocyanin work to prevent the oxidation of fatty acids. They also act to reduce inflammation throughout the body.

6 Foods and Herbs for Arthritis and Other Inflammatory Pain
Natural Society - Some prescriptions can be addictive and all of them have unhealthy, and sometimes dangerous side effects. Many of these drugs are taken to treat some type of inflammatory-related pain, especially that stemming from arthritis. But there are plenty of foods and herbs that can be taken or used to relieve this arthritic, inflammatory-related pain.

Catnip: Growing Your Own Medicine
Natural Society - Catnip (Nepeta cataria), is a powerful healer with numerous health benefits to offer. And just like other mint plants, catnip is super easy to grow!

Science & Technology

Sirius documentary coming soon; claims first coverage of non-human, DNA-sequenced humanoid and advanced free energy technology
(NaturalNews) Sirius, an upcoming crowd-funded documentary film, premieres on April 22 in Hollywood, Calif., and promises to offer fresh, never-before-revealed insight and testimony into not only the existence of ETs, but also the myriad of secret government research that links their planetary visits to advanced free energy technologies.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

FDA requests $300 million war chest to implement onerous new food safety regulations against farmers, commercial food growers
(NaturalNews) The FDA claims it is having to struggle through "tight budget times," and insists that a roughly 17 percent budget increase over its 2013 budget will be needed for 2014. If granted by Congress, the requested funding increase will bring the FDA's overall operating budget to a massive $4.7 billion for the 2014 fiscal year, which is the highest it has ever been.

Ninety-eight percent of cave-hibernating bats have died in Pennsylvania, say biologists
(NaturalNews) They serve a critical role in pollinating crops, killing insects, and fertilizing soil, but their presence throughout the state of Pennsylvania is in a disastrously serious decline.

National Organic Standards Board Decision a Victory for Organics, Preservation of Antibiotics - Today [April 11th, 2013] the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) rejected a petition to extend the expiration date for the use of oxytetracycline to treat fire blight in apple and pear production beyond October 21, 2014. The decision is a victory for the organic standard and advances efforts to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Take action to prevent passage of The Missouri's Monsanto Protection Act
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund - House Joint Resolution 11 (HJR 11) proposes an amendment to the Missouri Constitution that will forever protect "agricultural technology" and "modern and traditional" farming practices in Missouri. Two other identical bills (HJR 7 and SJR 22) have also been introduced, but HJR 11 has passed in the House and is on the fast track for a vote in the Senate. This bill will benefit biotech and mega farm companies, not Missouri's small family farms nor consumers seeking wholesome locally grown food.

Arkansas House OKs sale of raw milk A proposal to allow Arkansas farmers to sell unpasteurized milk has won approval from the state House. Lawmakers on Saturday voted 60-19 to permit the sale of "raw" milk from cows and goats at the farms where it's produced. Farmers would be allowed to sell up to 500 gallons per month on average.

Pet News

Early Neutering: We'll Call This Myth Busted...
Dr. Becker - A myth so widespread, you'd think it was backed by hundreds of studies. But nothing could be further from the truth. So if you're making a hurry-up decision based on this "fact"... slow down and think twice because your pet's health could hang in the balance.

Today in History - Friday -  April 12, 2013
1770 - The British Parliament repealed the Townsend Acts.
1782 - The British navy won its only naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica.
1811 - The first colonists arrived at Cape Disappointment, Washington.
1861 - Fort Sumter was shelled by Confederacy, starting America's Civil War.
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 voting machines.
1916 - American cavalrymen and Mexican bandit troops clashed at Parrel, Mexico.
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. Died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 63. Harry S Truman became president.
1955 - The University of Michigan Polio Vaccine Evaluation Center announced that the polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was "safe, effective and potent."
1961 - Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin became first man to orbit the Earth.
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 lot.
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.
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.
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 - It was announced that the South African version of "Sesame Street" would be introducing a character that was HIV-positive.

World News

20,000 U.S. M-16s stolen from unguarded warehouse in Kuwait - Kuwait has reported the theft of a massive amount of U.S. weapons. The Interior Ministry said thieves broke into a warehouse and stole a huge amount of firearms and ammunition. The ministry said 20,000 U.S.-origin M-16 assault rifles and 15,000 rounds for 9mm pistols were stolen.... Kuwait has been a major defense client of the United States.

S Korea 'doubts' North has nuclear missile despite US intel. report
Press TV - South Korea's Defence Ministry said on Friday it doubted North Korea had the ability to launch a nuclear-armed ballistic missile as claimed in a report by the U.S. military spy agency. "North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests, but it is still doubtful that North Korea has made a small, light warhead that can be mounted on a missile," ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told reporters.

Nuclear bombshell: North Korea has nukes capable of striking neighboring nations, says Pentagon
(NaturalNews) A classified Defense Intelligence Agency report described in testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday reveals that “North Korea now has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles.” The U.S. has jointly declared “Watchcon 2″ status with South Korea, the highest level of military alert, as North Korean missiles have been spotted in the “launch” position.

Audit: Pentagon gave Afghan contracts to Taliban, other terrorists
Press TV - A new audit from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has found significant weaknesses in the oversight intended to keep the Pentagon from giving contracts to Taliban and other terrorists.

‘74,000 Malian refugees need urgent aid’
Press TV - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says 74,000 Malians who have taken refuge in the desert of Mauritania need urgent help and humanitarian assistance.... The French-led war on Mali, which Paris launched on January 11, has caused a serious humanitarian crisis in the northern areas of the country and has displaced thousands of people, who now live in deplorable conditions.

Proponents of ‘first strike’ nuclear war against Iran rob billions from their own citizens
RT - The Pentagon and NATO’s multibillion-dollar war budgets are financed by massive economic austerity measures, impoverishing people in the US and NATO member-states in order to build advanced nuclear weaponry justified by the ‘Iran threat.’

'Kerry in Mideast for Iran war coalition'
Press TV - An unnamed security official said in an interview with the Israeli news website Walla on Wednesday that the recent visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East aimed to create an anti-Iran axis in the region. The anti-Iran axis would include Israel, Turkey, Jordan and the Persian Gulf states, the official said.

Leaked report: Nearly half of US drone strikes in Pakistan not against al-Qaeda
RT - A trove of leaked classified reports has confirmed what many had suspected – US drone kills in Pakistan are not the precision strikes against top-level al-Qaeda terrorists they are portrayed as by the Obama administration.

Cost of Cyprus bailout swells to $30 billion, leaked document shows
Press TV - The cost of the bailout for Cyprus has swollen to 23 billion euros (30 billion US dollars), with most of the burden on the shoulders of the crisis-hit nation, leaked updated plans for the rescue show.

Ugandan thief contracts Ebola virus from swiped cell phone
NY Daily News - An unlucky crook caught the Ebola virus when he swiped a cell phone from a patient battling the disease at a hospital in western Uganda, the locus of an outbreak of the deadly fever.

Bird Flu Causing Suffocation Shows Severe Spectrum of New Virus
Bloomberg - Bird flu turned fatal for a 52- year-old Shanghai woman whose lungs became so damaged that she began to suffocate, causing her vital organs to rapidly shut down, doctors in China said.... Treatment with intravenous antibiotics, steroids, antibody therapy, and mechanical ventilation failed to help, and she died April 3.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Treason Alert: Dems Try to Move Gun Bill Forward Without Allowing Senators to Read It
Kurt Nimmo - Like the disastrous and unconstitutional Obamacare bill rammed down the throats of the American people, the unconstitutional S. 49 gun bill aimed at the heart of the Second Amendment passed cloture earlier today in the Senate with 68 votes despite the fact senators have not had a chance to read it.

VIDEO: Day of Action to Close Guantanamo': US cities protest Obama's inaction
RT - With Guantanamo prisoners on hunger strike for over two months, human rights activists across the United States demonstrated against the country's treatment of detainees in the offshore US prison camp.

Guantanamo Bay hearing delayed after mysterious disappearance of legal files
RT - Pre-trial hearings in the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunals have been delayed to address the disappearance of defense legal documents from Pentagon computers, military officials said on Thursday.

Climate change now included in US curriculum
RT - Those who doubt climate change could soon be forced to change their minds – if they want to succeed in school, that is. To prepare kids for adulthood, the American school system is incorporating climate change into its science curriculum.

VIDEO: Off-Duty Firefighter Saves Man Who Cuts Himself With Saws at Home Depot
NBC4 News - Art Hurtado, Pasadena Fire captain and paramedic, helped save the life of a man at Home Depot after the victim apparently tried to cut his arms off using handsaws found at the home improvement store.

17 Qualities of a True Revolutionary
Revolutionary Champion of Man (RCOM) is a maverick thinker who lives their life differently than everybody else. He sees everybody else as crazy for living in a way that is destroying the planet and all life on earth. She was born to change the world and would rather die than live like the rest.
Instead of living in a way that will lead humanity towards extinction, an RCOM decides to live life in a way that will fix all of the problems and clean up the mess created by previous generations.


COMEX Silver Inventories Fall Off Cliff As Registered Silver Declines by 10% in 48 Hours! - Nearly 4 million ounces of physical metal has vaporized from COMEX vaults as the rush to physical intensifies in the wake of the Cyprus bail-in wealth confiscation as news has spread that nations the Western world over are preparing to shove the next banking crisis down the throats of depositors.

VIDEO: If Bullion Were Not a Threat Government Would Not Attack It- Paul Craig Roberts - “When gold hit $1,900, the Federal Reserve panicked because they realized with the dollar deteriorating so rapidly, compared to bullion prices, that soon it would also deteriorate its exchange value with other currencies.”

Bitcoin Trading Reopens, Promptly Plunges Another 35%! 3/12/13 - After MtGox halted trading for 12 hours to allow the market to “cool down”, trading resumed at 10pm EST tonight. Not surprisingly, the digital currency immediately plunged another 35% to $78 from $120 where it was when trading was halted earlier Thursday, before rebounding back above $100.

Office of Management and Budget: Obama Will Become First President to Spend $4T in One Year
CNS News - In the historical tables it released along with President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget proposal this morning, the White House Office of Management and Budget revealed that in fiscal 2016, under the president's budget proposal, it expects Obama to become the first president in the nation's history to preside over a federal government that spends more than $4 trillion in one year.

Are DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks being used to fix Bitcoin rates?
RT - A massive surge in the number of Bitcoin users and reports of hacking attempts are being blamed for a worldwide panic that caused the cryptocurrency’s worth to fluctuate drastically in recent days.... “Attackers wait until the price of Bitcoins reaches a certain value, sell, destabilize the exchange, wait for everybody to panic-sell their Bitcoins, wait for the price to drop to a certain amount, then stop the attack and start buying as much as they can.”

North Carolina’s New Welfare Requirement: Submit to a Criminal Background Check if You Want Benefits
The Blaze - Some North Carolina legislators agreed Tuesday to require county social service workers to perform criminal background checks on people seeking welfare and food stamps.... “We absolutely have to make sure our aid goes to law-abiding citizens first,” said state Rep. Dean Arp, R-Union, one of the bill’s primary sponsors. “This is a reasonable provision to ensure that.”

Veteran News

YouTube: "Starve The Beast, Don't Join The Military" - War Veteran
Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran, Popeye talks about his experiences with Veteran Affairs and some of the mistreatment that happened to himself and to others. Due to unsanitary equipment and procedures, the Miami VA hospital put numerous veterans health and lives in danger. Popeye also talks about problems with Veterans Affairs in general and a solution to the crisis we're seeing our country in.

Housing Market

Small banks and credit unions brace for more Dodd-Frank impact
Legal Newsline - More provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act go into effect for mortgage lenders Jan. 21. And, like other regulations stemming from the legislation intended to prevent another financial crisis, small community banks and credit unions are bracing for their impact.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Homes Leveled as Storms Rip Through Missouri, Arkansas
Daily Mail - Tornadoes reported in Arkansas and Missouri, where dozens of homes were damaged and a church leveled; several people have been injured. Thousands without power in Minnesota after snow and ice storm strikes the Midwest.
* Related Article/Video: State of Emergency Declared in Missouri

Arkansas ExxonMobil oil spill even worse than thought
RT - Arkansas state attorney general has announced that the ExxonMobil pipeline rupture that has leaked thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas is “substantially larger” than initially believed, but that the size of the leak still remains unknown.

HaarpStatus Network - is a news website for weather, space, geology, and anything that has to do with the Earth. This site is also a custom weather forecast center.


Report: Many urban tap water systems loaded with SSRI antidepressant drugs
(NaturalNews) As you may recall, the Associated Press (AP) released the results of a groundbreaking investigation it conducted back in 2008 concerning the presence of pharmaceutical drugs in the water supply. In this report, it was revealed that at least 41 million Americans are exposed daily to tap water containing trace amounts of antibiotics, sleeping pills, and even sex hormones.

High Levels of Lead Detected in Imported Rice - The biotech industry is pushing the envelope further on the need for genetically modified rice by highlighting recent evidence that rice imported from certain countries contains high levels of lead that could pose health risks, particularly for infants and children, who are especially sensitive to lead's effects.

Research links eating cooked black beans to lowered risks of cancer
(NaturalNews) Research has shown that consuming cooked black beans leads to lowered risk and incidence of breast, colon, liver, lung, and prostate cancers.

Beat your sugar cravings once and for all: Five unconventional solutions
(NaturalNews) Sugar addiction is a difficult habit to break for many people, especially when the body and digestive tract become so overrun with yeast, candida, parasites and other sugar-loving bacteria that not eating sugar triggers intense withdrawal symptoms.

Increase your energy with 6 super herbs
NaturalHealth365) To me, herbs simply represent another (healthy) food to eat – on a regular basis – to increase your energy and prevent disease. Herbs are foods that help to improve immunity, brain function and overall vitality. But, most importantly, herbs represent a great way to incorporate the divine intelligence of the plant kingdom into our daily lives.

Home Remedies for Bee Stings
Natural Society - Unless you are highly allergic, there are a number of home remedies for bee stings that can be used to reduce pain and help you to heal.
* Related Article: Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

For a Beautiful Smile: 7 Natural Teeth Whitening Home Remedies
Natural Society - Want whiter teeth? No problem! There are plenty for teeth whitening at home. Here are 7 natural teeth whitening home remedies for a beautiful smile.

7 Effective Natural Hay Fever Remedies to Beat Allergy Season
Natural Society - Ragweed season will be longer and more intense than normal, so more people will experience hay fever, Here are 7 of the most effective hay fever remedies.

Needle biopsies can spread cancer
(NaturalHealth365) Could needle biopsies actually promote cancer cell growth? There are a substantial number of reports that claim the spread of malignant cells can follow a breast tumor biopsy. This has been reported for lung, thyroid, brain and pancreatic tumor biopsies as well.

Science & Technology

CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act), stripped of privacy protections, heads for House vote
RT - Privacy advocates are up in arms after the House Intelligence committee overwhelmingly approved an updated draft of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, Wednesday afternoon by a vote of 18-to-2. Now if the bill makes it all the way to the desk of US President Barack Obama, Americans will likely be subjected to having the personal information they provide to online businesses shared with the government’s top-secret spy agencies.

Pentagon to Build Robots With ‘Real’ Brains
Paul Joseph Watson - A Pentagon-funded team of scientists have constructed a machine that functions like a human brain and would enable robots to think independently and act autonomously.... “What sets this new device apart from any others is that it has nano-scale interconnected wires that perform billions of connections like a human brain, and is capable of remembering information,” writes Sandra I. Erwin.

Supreme Court to decide if human genes can be patented
RT - The US Supreme Court is about to hear arguments in a case challenging patents on breast and ovarian cancer genes. If the court upholds the company’s right to patent human genes, the course of US medical research could forever be altered.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Convert your garden to organic in just three years
(NaturalNews) Soil fertility and weed management are the two major challenges in converting, but efficient crop rotation can handle this. Tips and tricks to organic land conversion...

Monsanto wins patent battle with DuPont corporation to seize full rights of GM seed patents
(NaturalNews) Apparently discontent with its more than $13.5 billion-plus in annual sales, genetic modification kingpin Monsanto has been trying for the past four-or-so years to extract billions more dollars from rival DuPont for alleged patent infringements involving its genetically-modified (GM) Roundup-Ready soybean technology.

EPA acknowledges releasing personal details on farmers, senator slams agency
Fox News - The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged Tuesday that it released personal information on potentially thousands of farmers and ranchers to environmental groups, following concerns from congressional Republicans and agriculture groups that the release could endanger their safety.

Today in History - Thursday -  April 11, 2013
1713 - The Treaty of Utrecht was signed, ending the War of Spanish Succession.
1783 - After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on March 13, the U.S. Congress proclaimed a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain.
1803 - A twin-screw propeller steamboat was patented by John Stevens.
1814 - Napoleon was forced to abdicate his throne. The allied European nations had marched into Paris on March 30, 1814. He was banished to the island of Elba.
1895 - Anaheim, CA, completed its new electric light system.
1898 - U.S. President William McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war with Spain.
1899 - The treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.
1921 - Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax.
1921 - The first live sports event on radio took place this day on KDKA Radio. The event was a boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee.
1941 - Germany bombers blitzed Conventry, England.
1945 - U.S. troops reached the Elbe River in Germany.
1945 - During World War II, American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald in Germany.
1951 - U.S. President Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur as head of United Nations forces in Korea.
1961 - Israel began the trial of Adolf Eichman, accused of World War II war crimes.
1968 - U.S. President Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
1970 - Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft. The astronauts did return safely.
1974 - The Judiciary committee subpoenas U.S. President Richard Nixon to produce tapes for impeachment inquiry.
1980 - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations specifically prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors.
1981 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital after recovering from an assassination attempt on March 30.
1981 - In the Brixton area of London, a race riot erupted that resulted in the injury of more than 300 people.
1984 - China invaded Vietnam.
1984 - General Secretary Konstantin U. Cherenkov was named president of the Soviet Union.
1985 - The White House announced that President Reagan would visit the Nazi cemetery at Bitburg.
1986 - In Groton, CT, the submarine Nautilus exhibit opened to the public.
1991 - U.N. Security Council issued a formal cease-fire with Iraq.
1996 - Forty-three African nations signed the African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty.
1998 - Northern Ireland's biggest political party, the Ulster Unionists, announced its backing of the historic peace deal.
2001 - China agreed to release 24 crewmembers of a U.S. surveillance plane. The EP-3E Navy crew had been held since April 1 on Hainon, where the plane had made an emergency landing after an in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese pilot was missing and presumed dead.
2007 - Apple announced that the iTunes Store had sold more than two million movies.

World News

Chinese Professor: 70-80% Chance of War With North Korea
Paul Joseph Watson - “There is a 70 to 80 per cent chance that a war will happen because North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may want to use this opportunity to force a reunification of the Korean Peninsula,” Zhang Liangui, a professor of international strategic research at the Communist Party’s Central Party School, told the South China Morning Post.

Top Economic Advisers Forecast War and Unrest
Washington’s Blog - Kyle Bass, Martin Armstrong, Larry Edelson, Charles Nenner, James Dines, Nouriel Roubini, Jim Rogers, Marc Faber and Jim Rickards Warn of War. We’re already at war in numerous countries all over the world. But top economic advisers warn that economic factors could lead to a new world war. Kyle Bass writes...

North Korea close to dangerous line: US
Press TV - Hagel told reporters on Wednesday that Pyongyang “with its bellicose rhetoric, its actions, has been skating very close to a dangerous line.” The US defense secretary also expressed Washington’s readiness to deal with “any contingency, any action that North Korea may take or any provocation that they may instigate.”

US plans funds to upgrade nuclear arms
Press TV - US President Barack Obama has reportedly requested more funding to further upgrade American nuclear weapons at the cost of reduced spending on nuclear nonproliferation measures, which it demands from other nations.

Cyprus to sell around 400 mln euros worth of gold
(Reuters) - Cyprus has agreed to sell excess gold reserves to raise around 400 million euros and help finance its part of its bailout, an assessment of Cypriot financing needs prepared by the European Commission showed.

'India defies US-led oil sanctions on Iran'
Press TV - India has reiterated that it will not halt its oil imports from Iran despite the US-engineered sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s oil sector, a report says.

North Korea's reservists 'called back to help with spring harvest'
Independent - This week comes one sure sign that life on in the North is returning to normal after weeks of military drills.... Sources in South Korea say a quarter of the North’s population – up to seven million people – have been ordered to prepare for spring crops, an annual ritual that is critically important for the impoverished, aid-dependent nation.

Alert level at 'vital threat’ in S Korea
Press TV - South Korea has raised its military surveillance alert to "vital threat" amid claims that North Korea would test-launch a medium-range missile.

Pakistan tests nuclear-capable missile
Press TV - Pakistan’s military says it has successfully launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.... The test came four days after India successfully test fired a nuclear-capable Agni II missile from eastern Odisha state. The surface-to-surface missile strike can reach targets around 2,000 kilometers away.

‘Israel sanctions hit Gaza food stocks’
Press TV - A UN humanitarian official says a new round of Israeli sanctions on the besieged Gaza Strip is impacting food supplies and would have "serious" effects if continued.

Mali crisis: French withdraw troops amid fears of prolonged war
RT - France has withdrawn its first batch of 100 troops out of the 4,000 deployed in Mali as it prepares to hand over operations to a UN peacekeeping force, with 1,000 French troops to remain on the ground by the end of the year.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Hagel Speaks About Pentagon Cuts, North Korea
April 3 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks about the cuts to the Pentagon's budget and the latest threats made by North Korea against South Korea and the U.S. Hagel speaks at the National Defense University. (Source: Bloomberg)

Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee & 8 Senators to Filibuster S. 649 - 13 Senators, led by Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee, signed letters to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid guaranteeing a filibuster & full-stop against any attempts of gun-control, gun registration, and/or gun confiscation. These 13 brave Senators are as follows...

YouTube: Ending Forfeiture Abuse: How States Can Be Tough on Crime and Respect Property Rights
InstituteForJustice - Civil asset forfeiture is one of the greatest threats to private property rights in our nation today. Law enforcement can take your property without even charging you with a crime. According to reports from the Institute for Justice, law enforcement agencies frequently fail to disclose what they seize or how they use the proceeds. Failure to report only makes this already bad problem worse.

VIDEO: Senate Moves Closer to Gun Confiscation
Kurt Nimmo - ABC News reported earlier today that senators Joe Mancin, a Democrat from West Virginia, and Republican Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania have reached a deal to impose universal gun registration on all Americans practicing their right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.

VIDEO: Democrat Admits Obama Agenda Is Total Gun Ban
Paul Joseph Watson - Democratic Austin City Council member and potential next mayor Mike Martinez admitted during a speech that the Obama administration’s long term gun control agenda is focused on banning firearms altogether.

Sheriffs Suing Own State Over Guns
WND - Revealing the disconnect between Colorado politicians and the law enforcement officers who are charged with making sure the state’s laws are followed, more than half of the sheriffs in the state are planning to file a lawsuit against recent gun control laws passed by Democratic lawmakers.

VIDEO: Student Says Gun Free Zone Laws Left Him and Others Defenseless During Lone Star Campus Mass Stabbing
Adan Salazar - One of the students who hid in a classroom with about 50 others during a mass stabbing at the Lone Star Community College in northwest Houston yesterday told reporters he wished “that the law would let us carry guns,” slamming the unconstitutional laws that prevented students from being able to defend themselves.

Mississippi to Add Terrorism to Death Penalty Bill
AP - Mississippi prosecutors can pursue the death penalty if a victim is killed while certain other felonies are committed — crimes such as rape or armed robbery. The new law will add terrorism as one of the other, aggravating crimes. The bill defines terrorism as an act committed to influence government by intimidation, coercion, mass destruction or assassination, or to intimidate or coerce civilians.

YouTube: Liberty & Civil Rights speech by Senator Rand Paul Howard University
Senator Rand Paul joined the students at Howard University to discuss civil rights, liberty and the future of freedom in America today.


Bitcoin crashes over 50% just one day after bold public prediction by Mike Adams of Natural News
(NaturalNews) But the real story here isn't that I accurately made this dire prediction less than 24 hours before it took place; the real story is that this crash was almost certainly caused by a covert central bank "stress test" of the pliability of the bitcoin market. That's all explained below. (This is a Natural News exclusive. Nobody else has realized this yet...)
* Related Article: BitCoin Down 40% And Dumping - Zero Hedge 4/10/13 - Time to rename it BitCrash... or will it stage an amazing recovery?... Bitcoin is undergoing a classic correction after quintupling in price over the past 30 days. The currency, which was trading as high as $265 earlier today on Mt. Gox, plummeted and is now trading at around $150.

Why Are The Banksters Telling Us To Sell Our Gold When They Are Hoarding Gold Like Crazy?
Activist Post - The big banks are breathlessly proclaiming that now is the time to sell your gold. They are warning that we have now entered a "bear market" for gold and that the price of gold will continue to decline for the rest of the year. So should we believe them? Well, their warnings might be more credible if the central banks of the world were not hoarding gold like crazy. During 2012, central bank gold buying was at the highest level that we have seen in almost 50 years.

Seniors would see smaller Social Security checks under Obama budget
CNN Money - The budget plan, released Wednesday, calls for changing the way the annual cost of living adjustments for Social Security and other federal programs are calculated. Shifting to "chained CPI" from the current inflation measure could reduce the federal debt by $230 billion, but it would also mean that seniors would get smaller increases in their Social Security payments each year.

Veteran News

Can An Afghani War Veteran Help Us to Understand Good Conscience? - I believe the medical community has made a mistake in considering war-related post-traumatic stress a disorder. War related post-traumatic stress is a natural order, not a disorder.... Anyone who witnesses gruesome violence and death would feel nauseous and repulsed, and these reactions are a natural order of human preservation, not a disorder.

Housing Market

The Banks' "Penalty" To Put Robosigning Behind Them: $300 Per Person
Zero Hedge - Yes, it turns out the banks will have to fork over some out-of-pocket change to put not only the robosigning scandal behind them but the indirect housing subsidy from which they have benefited to the tune of hundreds of billions. That quite literally change, which is what the final cost of the release and bank indemnity amounts to, is roughly $300 for each of the affected borrowers!

Energy & Environment

Stephen Hawking predicts end-of-Earth scenario
CNET - Not known for conspiracy theories, Hawking's rationale is that the Earth is far too delicate a planet to continue to withstand the barrage of human battering. "We must continue to go into space for humanity," Hawking said today, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We won't survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet."

Unstable planet: Massive dry landslide on rare seismic zone near Seattle threatens destruction of homes
(NaturalNews) The island of Whidbey near Seattle, Washington, has been active lately... Early reports indicate that neighbors heard a loud booming sound that resembled thunder around 4:15 am the morning of the landslide. Not long after, a huge mass of land with enough mass to fill a dozen football stadiums plunged into Puget Sound, raising the beach on the side where it fell by about 30 feet compared to its previous shoreline.


17 Qualities of a Revolutionary Champion of Man
Instead of living in a way that will lead humanity towards extinction, an RCOM decides to live life in a way that will fix all of the problems and clean up the mess created by previous generations.

Cancer care rationing begins in America as cancer clinics turn away thousands of Medicare patients
(NaturalNews) According to the Washington Post, many cancer clinics are having to turn away patients without adequate coverage, or else face potential closure of their practices. Since many of the latest cancer drugs now cost upwards of $35,000 or more per year, it is grossly unsustainable to deliver such treatments to patients without adequate insurance coverage -- doing so would spell financial suicide for even the most successful and well-funded cancer clinics.

The Grocery Store Blacklist: 12 Food Companies to Avoid (and 95 Sneaky Aliases)
Activist Post - Many of the products that seem so good are actually just subsidiaries of the companies that were most complicit in blocking GMO labeling, aided and abetted by everyone’s favorite purveyor of death, Monsanto... Protect your health and help starve the beast by avoiding products distributed by these companies and their subsidiaries...

11 Uses for Lemons You Might Not Have Known - When life hands you lemons.... Make lemonade?! Or.. perhaps a whole lot more! There are plenty of uses for lemons that you may not have known about!

Berries, pomegranates shown to have highest anti-cancer activity of any fruits
(NaturalNews) One major study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2004, analyzed the antioxidant levels of more than a hundred separate foods including fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, nuts and spices.... Among all the fruits analyzed, cranberries, blueberries and blackberries topped the list for antioxidant content. Just a single cup a day of berries was found to provide the recommended daily intake of antioxidants for disease-fighting purposes.

Belly fat no more: Six ways to naturally combat toxic belly fat
(NaturalNews) If you have excessive abdominal girth, a holistic approach must be taken to permanently rid yourself of the toxic beast. A few ideas for addressing belly fat (and fat in general)...

How to Recognize the Plastics That are Hazardous to You
Dr. Mercola - The most toxic plastics are #7, #3 and #6, while those that may be somewhat safer include #1, #2, #4 and #5. Ninety-five percent of all plastic products tested were positive for estrogenic activity, meaning they contain chemicals that can potentially disrupt your hormones and cause other adverse health effects.

Activated Charcoal: Natural Toxin Removal - Activated Charcoal absorbs ingested toxic substances ( like re-gifted fruitcake) and prevents it from being absorbed in the stomach, and further down in the gastrointestinal tract. Used in single or multiple dose therapy it increases the rate in which the toxic substance is eliminated from the body, by neutralizing the toxins in it's porous spaces and allowing it to be removed as physical waste.

Chamomile Benefits: Growing Your Own Medicine
Natural Society - From combating stress to treating insomnia, chamomile benefits range far and wide. Here are over 10 benefits of chamomile as an herb and tea.

FDA Approves Morning Sickness Drug It Pulled Off The Market 30 Years Ago
Consumerist - The Associated Press is calling it a comeback (unclear whether or not LL Cool J would rule it as such) as the FDA now says a new version of a drug called Benedictin is okay to go on the market. The agency yanked it way back when after hundreds of lawsuits claimed it contributed to birth defects.

Science & Technology

Cancer drugs to stop bioweapons
Fox News - Part of the Department of Defense, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency counters weapons of mass destruction from chemical, biological and radiological through to nuclear and high yield explosive threats. The agency is funding St Louis University’s Mark Buller, who will look at cancer-fighting drugs Gleevec and Tasigna for preventing and treating monkeypox exposure.

IRS: We Can Read Emails Without Warrant
The Hill - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people's emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, released the information on Wednesday.

Today in History - Wednesday -  April 10, 2013
1790 - The U.S. patent system was established.
1809 - Austria declared war on France and its forces entered Bavaria.
1814 - Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Toulouse by the British and the Spanish. The defeat led to his abdication and exile to Elba.
1865 - During the American Civil War, at Appomattox, General Robert E. Lee issued his last order.
1866 - The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was incorporated.
1912 - The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England.
1922 - The Genoa Conference opened. The meeting was used to discuss the reconstruction of Europe after World War I.
1938 - Germany annexed Austria after Austrians had voted in a referendum to merge with Germany.
1941 - In World War II, U.S. troops occupied Greenland to prevent Nazi infiltration.
1944 - Russian troops recaptured Odessa from the Germans.
1960 - The U.S. Senate passed the Civil Rights Bill.
1963 - 129 people died when the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher failed to surface off Cape Cod, MA.
1968 - U.S. President Johnson replaced General Westmoreland with General Creighton Abrams in Vietnam.
1972 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union joined with 70 other nations in signing an agreement banning biological warfare.
1981 - The maiden launch of the space shuttle Columbia was cancelled because of a computer malfunction.
1984 - The U.S. Senate condemned the CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors.
1990 - Three European hostages kidnapped at sea in 1987 by Palestinian extremists were released in Beirut.
1992 - A bomb exploded in London's financial district. The bomb, set off by the Irish Republican Army, killed three people and injured 91.
1992 - In Los Angeles, financier Charles Keating Jr. was sentenced to nine years in prison for swindling investors when his Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed. The convictions were later overturned.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton vetoed a bill that would have outlawed a technique used to end pregnancies in their late stages.
2001 - Jane Swift took office as the first female governor of Massachusetts. She succeeded Paul Cellucci, who had resigned to become the U.S. ambassador to Canada.
2001 - The Netherlands legalized mercy killings and assisted suicide for patients with unbearable, terminal illness.
2002 - Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the U.S. Senate as a representative of the Israeli government. He warned that suicide bombers would spread to the U.S. if Israel was not allowed to finish its military offensive in the West Bank. Netanyaho also cited the goals of dismantling the terror regime and expelling Arafat from the region, ridding the Palestinian territories of terrorist weapons and establishing "physical barriers" to protect Israelis from future Palestinian attacks.

World News

Kerry: US to step up aid to Syrian rebels
Press TV - With a planned meeting with Syrian rebel officials scheduled for tomorrow, Secretary of State John Kerry says imposing regime change in the nation remains “front and center” in foreign policy discussions, and that the U.S. is considering “stepped-up” aid to rebel factions.

Navy Deploying Laser Weapon Prototype Near Iran
NY Times - The laser will not be operational until next year, but the announcement on Monday by Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations, seemed meant as a warning to Iran not to step up activity in the gulf in the next few months if tensions increase because of sanctions and the impasse in negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program. Related RT video here.

Libyan arms fueling warfare in Syria, Mali, Gaza Strip – UN report
RT - Arms out of post-Gaddafi Libya are empowering militant groups, including terrorists and criminal gangs across the Middle East and Africa, a UN report said. Twelve countries are involved in the illicit trade of weapons, including portable SAM missiles.

Two Afghans killed in US-led attack
Press TV - Local officials say a third victim was also injured after US-led soldiers opened fire on the bus in Afghanistan’s western Herat Province on Wednesday.... Following the attack, the families of the victims and the other passengers on the bus held a protest, demanding justice, and called for the withdrawal of the US-led forces from their country. The US military has not yet commented on the incident.

China-N Korea border closed to tourists
Press TV - A key border crossing between China and North Korea has been closed to tourist groups amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

UK Man Wins Court Victory Over BBC for 9/11 Coverup Broadcast
Activist Post - Tony Rooke refused to pay a TV license fee because the BBC intentionally misrepresented facts about the 9/11 attacks, he alleged. It is widely known that the BBC reported the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 over 20 minutes before it occurred. WTC 7 was a 47-story skyscraper that was not hit by a plane on 9/11 but collapsed at free-fall speed later that day.

‘S Korea, US raise surveillance status’
Press TV - According to the report by the South Korean Yonhap news agency, a senior military official said that the two countries upgraded their surveillance status on Wednesday to monitor an imminent missile test by North Korea.

Chinese colonel says latest bird flu virus is U.S. biological weapon - A Chinese Air Force officer on Saturday accused the U.S. government of creating the new strain of bird flu now afflicting parts of China as a biological warfare attack. People’s Liberation Army Sr. Col. Dai Xu said the United States released the H7N9 bird flu virus into China in an act of biological warfare, according to a posting on his blog on Saturday.

VIDEO: Police injured and arrests made as hundreds 'celebrated' death of Margaret Thatcher
Telegraph - More than 100 people gathered in south London suburb - the scene of fierce riots in 1981 just two years into her first time in office. Some scaled the nearby Ritzy Cinema and changed the film listings to read "Margaret Thatchers dead".

VIDEO: 'Devastating' quake strikes near Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant, kills dozens
NBC News - A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck near Iran's only nuclear power station Tuesday, killing at least 37 people and injuring hundreds, according to one report, and generating tremors that were felt on the other side of the Persian Gulf.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Why gun control is bad for America
Veterans Today - n apparent violation of his Constitutional Oath of Office, President Barack Hussein Obama has been aggressively promoting gun control, including a recent appearance in Denver, CO, where there are reasons to believe that Colorado is going to be the pilot project for a nation-wide effort to secure universal registration as a step toward confiscation.

VIDEO: Obama Demands Vote On 2nd Amendment During Hartford Speech
Kurt Nimmo - President Barack Obama traveled to Hartford, Connecticut on Monday and delivered a speech calling for a vote on the Second Amendment. He lashed out at Republicans who plan to resist attempts by Congress to destroy the right to bear firearms.

NY Gun Confiscation Underway – Citizens Told to Turn in Pistol Owner ID & Firearms - News came from multiple NY State based firearms enthusiast websites late Friday that confiscations of Pistol Owner ID Cards, as well as firearms and accessories has commenced in NY under the provisions of the horribly flawed, draconian and blatantly unconstitutional NY SAFE Act. Those folks having their weapons and FID cards confiscated have been discovered to have been prescribed multiple different types of psychotropic drugs, such as those for Depression or Anxiety.

Colorado Gun Grabbers Target Health Records To Set Up A NY Style Gun Grab - Just when it looked as though Democrats were done forcing their radical anti-gun agenda on Coloradans… Democrat gun-grabber Beth McCann has announced she is drafting a bill that will require the release of mental health records into a mass government-controlled database.

Police Confiscate Man’s Guns Over Son’s Water Pistol Threat
Paul Joseph Watson - In the latest example of anti-gun hysteria, police in New York State confiscated a man’s firearms and revoked his pistol license after his son threatened to use a water pistol against bullies who had taunted his friends at school.

Macabre case involving abortionist receives zero national attention
Paul Joseph Watson - One of the employees who worked for infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell described to a jury how she heard a baby “screaming” during a live-birth abortion, but the shocking story continues to receive virtually no national attention.

Charlie Reese Final Column 545 vs. 300,000,000 People - Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

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Election News

VIDEO: Mitch McConnell seeks FBI investigation
Politico - “Senator McConnell’s campaign is working with the FBI and has notified the local U.S. Attorney in Louisville, per FBI request, about these recordings,” McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said in a statement. “Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished presumably will be the subject of a criminal investigation.”


Obama's 2014 budget numbers are based on bad math, phantom revenues, imagined spending cuts and a middle-class tax hike
Daily Mail - The Obama administration released an outline of its fiscal 2014 budget to reporters on Tuesday, forbidding its release until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday. The preview promises that President Barack Obama's budget 'reduces the deficit and puts the Nation on a sound fiscal course.'

IRS to Reduce Audits of Big Businesses by 18%
Tax Prof Blog - The IRS plans to expend 18% percent less effort auditing businesses with assets of $10 million or more compared with just two years ago, according to a very timely IRS planning document. ,,, This series of internal IRS management reports — the last one covers the period ending in January 2013 — are provided by the IRS thanks to a court order granted TRAC as a result of a suit filed under the Freedom of Information Act.

Nearly 20% of CNT Silver Inventories Withdrawn from COMEX Vaults Monday! - Epic drainage of physical silver inventories continued Monday, as Brinks’, CNT, and Scotia all reported massive withdrawals of silver from their COMEX depositories. The biggest withdrawal came in the CNT vault, where 1.138 million ounces (including 737k REGISTERED oz) were withdrawn- an astonishing 17.3% of CNT’s entire physical silver inventory vaporized overnight!

Modern Money Mechanics - As explained and revealed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Creating Money Out of Nothing and Selling it is explained in great official detail. The important thing to realize is there is no money with intrinsic value! It is really nothing more than transactions and the ability to create them!... This document has been removed from print by the Federal Reserve and made unavailable. Here is the Document: Modern Money Mechanics.pdf.

YouTube: The Tiny Dot
A situation too weird for 99.999% of people to adequately explain.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

NYC has to pay $365k to settle OWS suit
Press TV - In an agreement announced Tuesday, the City of New York will pay more than $365,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by people whose property was destroyed when the New York Police Department raided Zuccotti Park and evicted Occupy Wall Street on November 15, 2011.

Energy & Environment

Court ruling: Obama administration overlooked fracking risks
RT - The Obama administration has broken the law, issuing oil leases across California without examining the risks of fracking. A federal judge ruled that the administration has “completely ignored” environmental concerns upon issuing the leases.

ExxonMobil found liable of contaminating New Hampshire
RT - Oil giant ExxonMobil is being asked to pay the state of New Hampshire nearly a quarter-of-a-billion dollars for polluting groundwater with a gasoline additive called MTBE.

Sinkhole at 300 ft. is Superdome-sized - The sinkhole that was a grave concern when it was the size of a football field is now the size of the Superdome in New Orleans. The sinkhole that caused explosions and odors and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents had now expanded by 12 acres in the course of a weekend to the tune of rumblings, tremors and giant smelly gas bubbles coming from underground. The escaping gas is being burnt to avoid a massive explosion.

‘Irreparable’ safety issues: All US nuclear reactors should be replaced, ‘Band-Aids’ won’t help
RT - All 104 nuclear reactors currently operational in the US have irreparable safety issues and should be taken out of commission and replaced, former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko said.


Cigarettes or diet soda: Which gives you cancer sooner?
(NaturalNews) Cancer thrives in an acidic body where the cells are deprived of oxygen and nutrients. Yet, even worse than cigarettes are artificial sweeteners, which fool the body into ingesting them, as if they are food, and polluting the cleansing organs with mutagens. Some research shows the body never excretes all of the aspartame, sorbitol, sucralose or saccharin.

Biotech lies exposed: Genetically-modified corn contains practically no nutrients but is loaded with chemical poisons
(NaturalNews) Entitled 2012 Nutritional Analysis: Comparison of GMO Corn versus Non-GMO Corn, the paper reveals not only that GMO corn is greatly lacking in vitamins and minerals compared to non-GMO corn, but also that it is highly toxic and filled with deadly crop chemicals like glyphosate (Roundup).

Reverse and eliminate cataracts naturally without surgery
(NaturalNews) Dr. Kondrot at the Healing the Eye and Wellness Center in Dade, Fl., believes that the three most important steps you can take to reduce the growth and reverse cataracts are the following...

Certain Dietary Nutrients Reduce Premenstrual Syndrome
Green Med Info - Several recent studies have confirmed that premenstrual syndrome symptoms can be significantly reduced by including certain nutrient-dense foods in the diet.

Low-Fat Foods Lead to Weight Gain
Green Med Info - The diet food industry had great hopes for the idea of low-fat potato chips as a weight loss aid. But it turns out that the artificial fat substitutes used in low-fat foods may actually lead to weight gain and obesity.

Big Pharma made $711 bln overcharging seniors and disabled - The 11 largest global drug companies made an astonishing $711 billion in profits over the 10 years ending in 2012, and they got a turbo-charged boost when the Medicare Part D prescription drug program started in 2006, according to an analysis of corporate filings by Health Care for America Now (HCAN).

Science & Technology

Homeland Security top officer to work on UN’s new global Internet rules
RT - The second-in-command at the US Department of Homeland Security is stepping down as deputy secretary in order to sign-on for a role with the United Nations. But as Jane Holl Lute changes venues, will she change the world’s Internet as well?

VIDEO: U.S. Navy Demonstrates Laser Weapon System - The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Even the NY Times is now rejecting Monsanto GMO science
Activist Post - This isn’t a leak. It isn’t a timid flow. It’s a flood. I’m talking about about the criticism of Monsanto’s so-called science of genetically-engineered food. For the past 20 years, independent researchers have been attacking Monsanto science in various ways, and finally the NY Times has joined the crowd.

YouTube: What's killing the bees?
Honey bees have been dying off in large numbers in recent years. CBS News' Michelle Miller reports on how this drastic increase in their death rate could threaten our food supply.

Pet News

VIDEO: Gov't fined and suspended retired (and licensed) veterinarian, and threatens fines & jail time...just for giving pet advice online. - This Institute for Justice lawsuit involves free speech and Internet freedom while centering on one of the most important unresolved issues in First Amendment law: When does occupational licensing trump the First Amendment?

Today in History - Tuesday -  April 9, 2013
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 continent.
1833 - Peterborough, NH, opened the first municipally supported public library in the United States.
1865 - At Appomattox Court House, Virginia, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of Wilmer McLean's home. Grant allowed Rebel officers to keep their sidearms and permitted soldiers to keep their horses and mules. Though there were still Confederate armies in the field, the war was officially over. The four years of fighting had killed 360,000 Union troops and 260,000 Confederate troops.
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.
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 Harvard.
1913 - The Brooklyn Dodgers' Ebbets Field opened.
1916 - The German army launched it’s third offensive during the Battle of Verdun.
1940 - Germany invaded Norway and Denmark.
1942 - In the Battle of Bataan, American and Filipino forces were overwhelmed by the Japanese Army.
1950 - Bob Hope made his first television appearance on "Star-Spangled Review" on NBC-TV.
1957 - The Suez Canal was cleared for all shipping.
1959 - NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts.
1963 - Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen.
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 peaceful use.
1983 - The space shuttle Challenger concluded it first flight.
1988 - The U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Panama.
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.

World News

Pyongyang warns foreigners to evacuate S. Korea, threatens ‘thermonuclear’ war
RT - North Korea has warned all foreign nationals to prepare to evacuate the South in the event of conflict. "We do not wish harm on foreigners in South Korea should there be a war," Reuters quoted KCNA news agency as saying, citing the spokesperson for its Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee.

‘Dimona poses threat to environment’
Press TV - An Israeli nuclear scientist has warned that Israel's Dimona nuclear plant is aging and poses a real threat to the environment. Professor Uzi Even, a former member of the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission, said the power plant should be shut down. Last year, some 70 workers suffering from cancer filed lawsuits against the Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission, over the lack of proper safety measures.

EU calls on Austria and Luxembourg to abandon bank secrecy regime
Austria is under pressure from the European Commission over its banking secrecy policy and risks being left alone in an "unsustainable position" as the EU gears up for a drive to curb tax evasion. The Commission has called on Austria to free up information on foreign depositors in its banking sector on Monday and follow the transparency rules other EU members follow.

Japan deploys Patriot missile launchers
Press TV - Japan has deployed Patriot missile launchers to defend against potential attack by North Korea as tensions in the Korean Peninsula continue to build up.

N Korea to suspend Kaesong operations
Press TV - North Korea says it will suspend operations at an industrial complex it has jointly run with South Korea blaming military warmongers for the move.

Russia Putin Warns Korean Crisis Could Be Worse Than Chernobyl - Russian President Vladimir Putin appealed on Monday for calm on the Korean Peninsula, warning that the escalation of tension in the region could lead to a nuclear disaster far worse than the Chernobyl incident.

France launches major offensive in Mali
Press TV - French forces have launched one of their largest offensives against what they claim to be extremist militants in the West African country, Mali.

GlobeCast to pull Hispan TV off air
Press TV - GlobeCast has decided to stop the transmission of Iran’s Spanish-language Hispan TV on an SES satellite in line with the Western campaign against free speech.

H7N9 Bird Flu Update: 21 Infected, 6 Dead
ABC News - Three new cases of the new bird flu strain, H7N9, have been reported in China, bringing the total number of cases to 21, according to the World Health Organization. Six of those who were infected have died, but no new deaths have been reported since Friday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: Communism Survivor Blasts Salem Gun Grabbers: "You Don't Know What Freedom Is!"
"You don't know what freedom is because you never lost it!" With a pointed finger Manuel Martinez called out Anti-Gun Committee Leader Floyd Prozansky during heated testimony on Friday.

YouTube: Leaked Government Report Reveals Testing Of Gun Sensing Drones In Oklahoma
DHS Small Drone Test Plan Calls for Evaluating Sensors for 'First Responder, HS Operational Communities'.
* Related Article: EXCLUSIVE: DHS Small Drone Test Plan Calls for Evaluating Sensors for 'First Responder, HS Operational Communities'

Army Labeled Evangelicals as Religious Extremists’
Fox News - A U.S. Army training instructor listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania, Fox News has learned.

VIDEO: Firearms Company Relocating To North Texas
CBS News - A firearms company that makes AR-15 style rifles for the iconic brand Colt, will open a plant in Breckenridge in Stephens County. Oregon company Bold Ideas confirmed the development Friday.

YouTube: Larry Pratt Schools Gun Control Cheerleaders on CSPAN
April 7, 2013 C-SPAN.

Mitch McConnell joins Senate gun filibuster
Politico - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would join a group of Senate Republicans threatening a filibuster to oppose a cloture vote if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moves a gun bill to the floor this week.

Report: 'Gang of Eight' to Oppose Amendments to Their Immigration Bill
Breitbart - All the members of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” pushing immigration reform in the U.S. Senate will band together to block any efforts by other senators to offer amendments to their legislation once it is introduced, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.


US Mint Sells Nearly 1 Million Silver Eagles Monday, Begins Rationing Sales! - The US Mint has updated April sales statistics for the first time since last week, and to no surprise, the Mint again reported more massive sales, with another 833,000 silver eagles reported sold Monday! The April total through 6 business days is now 1.645 million ounces, bringing the 2013 total to a massive 15.868 million ounces.

25 Things That You Should Do To Get Prepared For The Coming Economic Collapse
Economic Collapse - The strategies posted below are a mix of both short-term and long-term strategies. Some will be important for our immediate future, while others may not be needed for a number of years. But in the end, you will be very thankful for the time and the effort that you spent getting prepared while you still could.

YouTube: Time to Sequester Air Force One Vacation Flights
Air Force One costs taxpayers $179,750 per hour. It's time to sequester President Obama's use of Air Force One and limit it to official business rather than vacations and sight seeing tours.

Analysis: Obama’s Budget Includes $800 Billion In Tax Hikes, $7.3 Trillion In New Debt
Weekly Standard - The Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee is breaking down President Obama's budget with this preliminary analysis...

More Than Dozen States Push For Gold as Legal Tender
Bloomberg - Arizona is poised to follow Utah, which authorized bullion for currency in 2011. Similar bills are advancing in Kansas, South Carolina and other states.

MD Residents to Pay New “Rain Tax” For Rain That Falls on Their Property
Intel Hub - The Maryland government, under direct order of Obama and the EPA will now begin taxing the state’s 10 largest counties according to the rain that falls on their property and the “impervious surfaces” on their land.

VIDEO: Corporations Profit From $75 Billion Tax Payer Funded Food Stamps Program - On Friday “Boomtown 2: The Business of Food Stamps” Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon exposed how politicians and corporations have used the country’s food stamps program to profit on the backs of tax payers.

Energy & Environment

Another Solar Company Can't Take The Heat, Closes Despite $10 Million In Stimulus
CNS News - A Pittsburgh, Pa. solar energy company has shut its doors four years after receiving nearly $10.2 million in tax credits from the Obama Administration as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.


VIDEO: Ginger Beats Drugs In Defeating Cancer, Motion Sickness and Inflammation - Along side turmeric, ginger is one of the world's most potent disease-fighting spices. It has been widely regarded for centuries as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. The use of ginger is numero uno when it comes to curing common cold and cough. It is also superior to pharmaceutical drugs in defeating cancer, motion sickness and inflammation.

Six ways to maximize the healing powers of peppermint
(NaturalNews) Peppermint has demonstrated the ability to relax the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and reduce pain transmitted through the central and/or peripheral nervous systems. Respiratory problems can also be ameliorated with peppermint. There is also evidence that peppermint has anti-tumor and anti-allergenic properties.

6 Natural Acne Remedies: Healthier Skin from Your Kitchen
Natural Society - There are countless over the counter solutions that claim to kill the acne-causing bacteria and help create a smooth, flawless complexion. But many of these treatments are harsh chemicals, not to mention very expensive. Fortunately, there are several natural acne remedies you can put together in your own kitchen.

Dark chocolate and pistachios: The power snack duo that fights inflammation and heart disease
(NaturalNews) Snacking on pistachios and dark chocolate for heart health? Hand them over! It's hard to imagine a tastier duo. And the science confirming this is in for both snack treats individually. But it shouldn't require further clinical research to grasp that combining them offers even more protection against cardiovascular disease (CVD). It's a no-brainer.

Mesquite flour: A nutritious, gluten-free substitute to white flour
(NaturalNews) Like buckwheat flour and coconut flour, mesquite flour (also called mesquite powder and mesquite meal) is gluten-free. This is a big plus for everyone, not just for people with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, because gluten consumption has been linked to brain fog, fatigue, headaches, depression, bloating and gas, and much more.

Chemical Clothing: Which Hidden Toxins are You Wearing?
Natural Society - Toxic chemicals are used excessively for processing garment fibers and also for manufacturing clothes. Asian and third world countries manufacture most textiles and clothes, and their industrial pollution and workplace chemical safeguard standards are usually lacking or ignored. This is a bit concerning as clothing clings to our largest organ – the skin.

Toxic Consumption: Big Pharma Putting Pharmaceuticals in Water
Natural Society - According to MSNBC, the presence of pharmaceuticals in water at sewage treatment plants downstream from drug manufacturing facilities are much higher than the levels at plants where there are no drug makers upstream. These drugs include opiates, tranquilizers, and barbiturates, among many other active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Fecal Contamination Warning Labels
Susan Thixton - From the PCRM website…“Nearly half the chicken products sold in supermarkets are contaminated with feces, according to independent laboratory testing commissioned by the Physicians Committee in 2012. The study analyzed chicken samples from 15 grocery store chains in 10 major U.S. cities. The Physicians Committee’s petition explains that even thorough cooking does not remove feces from meat.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: New DARPA Robot Looks Human
Paul Joseph Watson -The new incarnation of Boston Dynamics’ PETMAN robot, being developed for DARPA with Department of Defense funding, not only looks human but it also sweats to regulate body temperature.

Broadcasters worry about 'Zero TV' homes
AP - Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don't like timing their lives around network show schedules. They're tired of $100-plus monthly bills.... There are 5 million of these residences in the U.S., up from 2 million in 2007.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

7 Chemical-Free Fixes for Common Lawn Problems
Organic Gardening - By some estimates, our chemically addicted lawns are as polluting to our health and to waterways as chemical agriculture. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that Americans apply 90 million pounds of pesticides and herbicides every year in order to get lush green yards, and surveys have found that because their use is so heavy, those chemicals can drift into our homes—even if they started out on a neighbor’s lawn and not our own.

Pet News

Show the Science Carrageenan
Susan Thixton - Carrageenan is in the news again, and its not good news. Decades of science is challenging the FDA's stance on the common human and pet food additive.

Humor & Satire

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Today in History - Monday -  April 8, 2013
1789 - The U.S. House of Representatives held its first meeting.
1832 - About 300 American troops of the 6th Infantry left Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, to confront the Sauk Indians in the Black Hawk War.
1834 - In New York City, Cornelius Lawrence became the first mayor to be elected by popular vote in a city election.
1913 - The Seventeenth amendment was ratified, requiring direct election of senators.
1935 - The Works Progress Administration was approved by the U.S. Congress.
1939 - Italy invaded Albania.
1946 - The League of Nations assembled in Geneva for the last time.
1947 - The first illustrated insurance policy was issued by the Allstate Insurance Company.
1952 - U.S. President Truman seized steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
1953 - The bones of Sitting Bull were moved from North Dakota to South Dakota.
1962 - Bay of Pigs invaders got thirty years imprisonment in Cuba.
1985 - India filed suit against Union Carbide for the Bhopal disaster.
1994 - Smoking was banned in the Pentagon and all U.S. military bases.
1998 - The widow of Martin Luther King Jr. presented new evidence in an appeal for new federal investigation of the assassination of her husband.
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.

World News

Iran, Nicaragua eye more ties
Press TV - The Islamic Republic of Iran and Nicaragua have called for the further expansion of economic and political relations between the two countries. In a meeting with his Nicaraguan counterpart Sandinista René Nunez, Iran Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said, “Political and economic relations between Iran and Nicaragua are expanding.”

Africa: The Growing Campaign to Revoke Obama's Nobel Peace Prize - This week, a challenge has begun with the launch of a petition urging the Norwegian Nobel Committee to revoke Obama's Peace Prize. By midnight of the first day, nearly 10,000 people had signed.

Report: Authorities Seize $50 Million In Gold From Private Owner: “Nearly A Ton”
Mac Slavo - When one obviously panicked family looking to get out of harms way before contagion spreads and financial Armageddon takes hold attempted to cross into Switzerland, customs agents on the border found much more than they expected. After questioning the family and inspecting their vehicle police reportedly found one ton of gold hidden in the floor boards.

12 Million Tons of the UK’s Carefully Sorted Recyclables are being Dumped in Foreign Landfills
Daily Mail -The trade in sending rubbish abroad – mainly to Asia – has doubled over the past decade, as councils have increasingly turned to contractors to deal with mountains of waste generated by compulsory recycling schemes.

Deadly New Bird Flu Vindicates Controversial Research
Reuters - Scientists know precisely what it takes for a bird flu to mutate into a potential human pandemic strain – because they’ve created just such mutant viruses in the laboratory.

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant leaking contaminated water
Reuters - As much as 120 tons of radioactive water may have leaked from a storage tank at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The power company has yet to discover the cause of the leak, detected on one of seven tanks that store water used to cool the plants reactors, a spokesman for the company, Masayuki Ono, said at a press briefing.

Deadly levels of radiation found in food 225 miles from Fukushima
(NaturalNews) Despite a complete media blackout on the current situation, levels of Cesium-137 (Cs-137) and Cesium-134 (Cs-134) found in produce and rice crackers located roughly 225 miles away from Fukushima are high enough to cause residents to exceed the annual radiation exposure limit in just a few months, or even weeks.

Twelve civilians, including 11 children killed in Afghan NATO strike
RT - A NATO airstrike has killed 11 children and one woman in the East of Afghanistan, report local officials. A house collapsed during the attack, causing the casualties and leaving six women injured. The civilians were killed during a joint Afghan-NATO operation late on Saturday night in the Shigal district of Kunar province, which borders Pakistan.

North Korea allegedly preparing fourth nuke test
RT - As tensions are running high on the Korean Peninsula reports have emerged that North Korea could be gearing up for a fourth underground nuclear weapons test at Punggye-ri, the site of its previous test.

Inside North Korea's Environmental Collapse
PBS - North Korea has been hiding something. Something beyond its prison camps, its nuclear facilities, its pervasive poverty, its aching famine, its lack of energy—electrical, fossil, or otherwise.

US to deploy spy drone in Japan
Press TV - The U.S. military is set to deploy an unmanned spy plane in Japan to boost surveillance capabilities as North Korea apparently readied for missile launches, a newspaper report said on Saturday.

S Africa scheduled to send troops to DRC
Press TV - The South African government is scheduled to dispatch troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO).

VIDEO: One killed, over 60 injured in clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo
RT - One person has reportedly been killed and 66 wounded when clashes erupted outside a Coptic cathedral in Cairo after funeral prayers were held for four Christians killed in sectarian violence.

‘US drone hits in Pakistan followed deal’
Press TV - The report by The New York Times said on Sunday that Pakistan granted the US permission to use drones in the country after the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) killed a wanted Pakistani tribal rebel.

Global Deposit Confiscation Called For By Influential CEO Of Italy’s Largest Bank - The CEO of Unicredit Federico Ghizzoni said yesterday that it is “acceptable to confiscate savings to save banks.”

Gold-Run: “There is Not One Single Ounce of Gold Available for Sale in Bangkok!” - SD reader Anders has submitted a boots-on-the ground report from Bangkok Thailand, which is normally flooded with physical gold. In the wake of this week’s massive gold take-down by the cartel, Anders reports that: EVERY Gold-shop in Bangkok is out of Bullion…there is not 1 single ounce of gold bullion available for purchase in the entire city of Bangkok!

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Kissinger in new mass WikiLeaks document release
RT - WikiLeaks has published the ‘Kissinger Cables’: its largest public release of documents in nearly a year, totaling some 1.7 million classified files, including information on the US’s secret diplomatic history.

VIDEO: Rand Paul: Republicans And Some Evangelicals Often Appear ‘Too Eager For War’
Daily Paul - Appearing on the Christian Broadcasting Network this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said something that is likely to continue the distancing of himself from the staunch neoconservative types like Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer who have actively blasted the senator for civil libertarian views. Speaking with CBN’s David Brody, Paul said that Republicans and evangelical Christians too often seem eager to go to war.

Kansas set to enact life-starts-"at fertilization" abortion law
Reuters - In addition to the provision specifying when life begins, the bill prevents employees of abortion clinics from providing sex education in schools, bans tax credits for abortion services and requires clinics to give details to women about fetal development and abortion health risks. It also bans abortions based solely on the gender of the fetus.

Ohio town wants to implement massive aerial surveillance program
RT - Drones aren’t conducting surveillance 24/7 in the United States just yet, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to worry about: in Dayton, Ohio, manned airplanes might soon do the spying. Officials with the Dayton City Commission recently announced that they hope to sign a $120,000 contract with a local security company in order to give law enforcement agencies an eye-in-the-sky ability unheard of elsewhere in America.

VIDEO: Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk 4/8/13: Homeschooling: The Future Of Liberty
Liberty Crier - A common feature of authoritarian regimes is the criminalization of alternatives to government-controlled education. Dictators recognize the danger that free thought poses to their rule, and few things promote the thinking of “unapproved” thoughts like an education controlled by parents instead of the state. That is why the National Socialist (Nazi) government of Germany outlawed homeschooling in 1938.

VIDEO: Reality Check: One Glaring Oversight In U.N. Arms Treaty?
(FOX19) - The United Nations has voted on a historic, first of its kind treaty aimed at the international arms trade. So what does this international treaty mean for you? And what one area of arms trafficking did the U.N. happen to miss?

Feds Identify 300,000 Americans as Terrorists
Activist Post - On Friday, the Los Angeles Times posted an article attempting to define a domestic terrorist movement consisting of as many as 300,000 Americans. Some are even labeled as non-violent "paper terrorists".... They refer to this so-called terror group as "sovereigns, zealots who refuse to recognize government authority in virtually any form."

VIDEO: James Holmes' psychiatrist warned he may pose threat
LA Times - Details about the case have been tightly sealed from the earliest days of the investigation. Yet on Thursday, District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. reversed previous rulings on public access and made public the arrest affidavit and 12 search warrants.... They found prescription medication for sertraline, a generic version of Zoloft used to treat depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder; and Clonazepam, usually prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks. * Related Article: As Predicted, James Holmes Was Taking Violence-Linked Antidepressant Drugs

YouTube: MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry » All Your Kids Belong To Us
On March 23, my colleague Mark Finkelstein noted how MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry considers the unborn child a “thing” which takes a “lot of money” to “turn into a human,” costing thousands of dollars to care for each year of his/her life. Now it appears that Harris-Perry thinks that, after they’re born, children fundamentally belong to the state.


Obama Budget to Cap Retirement Accounts at $3 Million
Breitbart - The budget President Barack Obama will submit on April 10 will contain a proposal that would prohibit individuals from accumulating more than $3 million in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and tax-preferred retirement accounts.

More Than 101 Million Working Age Americans Do Not Have A Job
Economic Collapse - The percentage of the working age population in the United States that had a job in March 2013 was exactly the same as it was all the way back in March 2010.

VIDEO: Paul Craig Roberts: ‘US a Third World country in 11 years’
Press TV - A former assistant secretary to the U.S. Treasury has predicted that the U.S. will become a Third World country in 11 years because a lot of manufacturing and professional jobs are being moved offshore.... “I believe we’re about half way there,” said Roberts.

VIDEO: Ron Paul’s Podcast Nation: Cyprus Fair Warning (4-5-13)
Liberty Crier - The midnight raid in Cyprus, could it be a fair warning to us? Ron Paul will discuss it with Charles Goyette.

Tungsten Silver? Fake ASE’s Discovered - We now have an official confirmed report of tungsten molybdenum filled American Silver Eagles. A reader of silver analyst Jeff Lewis submitted the evidence after acquiring 15 fake ASE’s on ebay (underscoring the need to acquire your precious metals from a reputable dealer who obtains their supply directly from national mints)...

Energy & Environment

Study says fallout from nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan may be harming local infants
ABC News - Two years later, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan may be affecting the health of young children in San Diego.... In a study of states in the West Coast and in the Pacific, infants born soon after the nuclear disaster were 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hypothyroidism, which can lead to stunted growth. In California, that number jumped to 39 percent. Critics say there is still no direct evidence those radiation levels can harm humans.

VIDEO: Activists: Arkansas oil spill diverted into wetland
Press TV - Activists with the group Tar Sands Blockade published new videos on Sunday showing oil from the Arkansas pipeline rupture purportedly diverted from a residential neighborhood into a wetland area to keep it out sight and, most importantly, out of the media.

Exxon Receives Safety Medal From National Safety Council Days After Arkansas Oil Spill
Huffington Post - Days after an ExxonMobil pipeline swamped an Arkansas subdivision, pouring an estimated 84,000 gallons of crude oil into residential streets, the National Safety Council presented Exxon Mobil Corporation with a safety award.

Third major oil spill in a week: Shell pipeline breaks in Texas
Thousands of gallons of oil have spilled from a pipeline in Texas, the third accident of its kind in only a week. Shell Pipeline, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, shut down their West Columbia, Texas, pipeline last Friday after electronic calculations conducted by the US National Response Center showed that upwards of 700 barrels had been lost, amounting to almost 30,000 gallons of crude oil.


Court Rules 8 Oregon Children to be Vaccinated Against Parents’ Will
Mikael Thalen - A ruling from The Oregon Court of Appeals said that the parents did not have the right to exempt their children from forced vaccinations after child welfare workers and the Oregon Department of Human Services fought to obtain a court order demanding the children receive multiple vaccinations last year.

Camu camu: An incredible source of vitamin C and flavonoids
(NaturalNews) Although they are not well-known fruits in the West, camu camu berries rival some of the best fruits and vegetables in the nutrition department. Let's take a look at the benefits of camu camu and find out why the reputation of this exotic superfruit is ever-increasing....

Black rice: Rare yet highly nutritious
(NaturalNews) There are currently different rice types available today with the most common one being the white variety. Out of all the types, however, black rice is found to be the one containing the highest amount of nutrition that helps with growth. Here's some information on the different rice colors on their content....

Can Green Tea Aid in the Prevention of Lung Cancer?
Natural Society - According to the BBC, the study found that those who didn’t drink green tea were at a five times greater risk of developing lung cancer than those who had just one cup a day. Among smokers, the rate was even higher, with the non-drinkers seeing a risk increase of 12 times that of the tea drinkers.

Indian black salve: The magical cancer cure
(NaturalNews) Indian black salve is one of the most powerful natural cancer treatments known to man. And this is primarily due to the fact that it contains bloodroot, a potent herb native to the United States and Canada that is already recognized among many in the natural health community as being effective in the treatment of warts, moles, skin tags, cherry angiomas, and skin cancer. But as it turns out, bloodroot is also effective internally as a treatment for ovarian, breast, bladder, bone and many other cancers.

Science & Technology

The ATF Wants 'Massive' Online Database to Find Out Who Your Friends Are
Wired - The ATF doesn’t just want a huge database to reveal everything about you with a few keywords. It wants one that can find out who you know. And it won’t even try to friend you on Facebook first.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Transmits from Livestock to Humans
Activist Post - The groundbreaking study was conducted by genetics researchers who analyzed the genomes of MRSA bacteria from patients and their farm animals, and found the samples to be genetically identical. Published on Tuesday in EMBO Molecular Medicine, the study confirms animal-to-human transmission of MRSA.

Pet News

Senate panel OKs "Don't Shoot My Dog" bill after emotional testimony
Denver Post - The measure — dubbed the "Don't Shoot My Dog" bill — next will be heard by the full Senate. The measure requires sheriff's and police departments to develop training programs that prepare law enforcement for encounters with dogs. The training emphasizes how to recognize dog behaviors and employ non-lethal methods to control dogs.

Ditch This Pet Food Now - Can Be Deadly to Your Pets
Dr. Becker - In an article last November, I reported on the very real danger of future widespread aflatoxin contamination of commercial pet food, primarily dry dog food. Thanks to the very hot, dry summer of 2012, experts predicted U.S. corn crops would be heavily infested with two types of mold -- Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus.

Today in History - Friday -  April 5, 2013
1621 - The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, MA, on a return trip to England.
1792 - U.S. President George Washington cast the first presidential veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives among the states.
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.
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.
1908 - The Japanese Army reached the Yalu River as the Russians retreated.
1923 - Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began the first regular production of balloon tires.
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.
1955 - Winston Churchill resigned as British prime minister.
1986 - A discotheque in Berlin was bombed by Libyan terrorists. The U.S. attacked Libya with warplanes in retaliation 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. The bridge cost about $3.8 billion.
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.
2009 - North Korea launched the Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket, prompting an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

World News

‘North Korea moves 2nd missile to east’
Press TV - North Korea has moved a second medium-range missile to its eastern coast amid escalating tension in the Korean Peninsula, a report says.

Confirmed: 2 N. Korean Subs Missing
From the Trenches - This situation is going from bad to worse. According to this report, two North Korean subs went missing two days ago. Though the google translation below from Chosun News TV is very shabby, you can get the jist of it. This situation was brought to my attention via this tweet from Defense Analyst Nathan J. Hunt minutes ago (7pm Eastern 4-3-2012).

‘International terrorists move into Syria’
Press TV - A recent study by the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICRS) found that up to 5,500 foreign fighters had traveled to Syria since the crisis erupted more than two years ago.

UN stops food distribution in Gaza
Press TV - The United Nations has halted food distribution among tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees in the besieged Gaza Strip after demonstrators protesting aid cuts stormed a UN compound.

Soros calls Japan’s aggressive stimulus plan ‘dangerous’
RT - “What Japan is doing is actually quite dangerous because they’re doing it after 25 years of just simply accumulating deficits and not getting the economy going,” Soros said in Hong Kong. “If the yen starts to fall, which it has done, and people in Japan realize that it’s liable to continue and want to put their money abroad, then the fall may become like an avalanche.”

‘War with US could start any time’
Press TV - North Korea says a preemptive nuclear war with the United States could start any time as tensions continue to escalate between the two countries. “The moment of explosion is approaching fast… The US had better ponder over the prevailing grave situation,” said the General Staff of the North Korean People's Army (KPA) in a statement issued on Thursday.

YouTube: South Korea Ready for Possible Missile Launch by North
Wi Yong-Sup, South Korea's Defense Ministry Spokesman] "We consider a North missile launch is always a possibility. And we've got our measures ready for it. We are ready to respond if the North launches a missile, we are closely monitoring the situation."

DPRK’s “State of War” Declaration Is a Faulty Translation: Not an Official Policy Statement
Scott Creighton - “from that time” becomes “from this time on” and “from this moment“… little change, big difference. As much as our leaders would like them to have taken the bait, North Korea has not declared war on the South or the U.S. in response to our unprecedented provocations.

‘Egypt captures arms sent from Israel’
Press TV - Egypt’s navy has captured a ship carrying more than a 100 crates of weapons and ammunition, which had wandered into the country’s territorial waters after departing from Israel, says one report. he capture took place on Thursday after the vessel, which was heading from the Israeli port of Eilat to Togo, strayed into Egypt’s waters, AFP reported. The report, however, said the ship was sailing under the flag of an African country.

Bank of Japan to pump $1.4 trillion yen into economy in unprecedented stimulus
Reuters - The Bank of Japan unleashed the world's most intense burst of monetary stimulus on Thursday, promising to inject about $1.4 trillion into the economy in less than two years, a radical gamble that sent the yen reeling and bond yields to record lows.

Deadly New Bird Flu Virus in China Possibly Linked to Dead Pigs
The Epoch Times - A new and deadly strain of bird flu is threatening two eastern Chinese provinces, with health authorities and virologists suspecting that a virus mutation is the link between the dead pigs that floated past Shanghai, dead migratory birds in north China, and the deaths of three people.
* Related: Shanghai culls birds over flu detection

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Gun Owners of America: We’ve Been Against Background Checks From The Beginning
From the Trenches - Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America owns Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Harball.

VIDEO: 15-Year-Old Girl Demolishes Gun Control Arguments
Activist Post - States continue to wrestle with gun control in the wake of incidents such as Sandy Hook. In response, Connecticut predictably just passed the most restrictive package of bills in the nation, while other states are taking a 180-degree different direction.

MAP: America’s Death Zones: Where NOT To Be When It Hits the Fan
Mac Slavo - As the potential for a globally destabilizing event becomes ever more probable, many concerned Americans are starting to wonder where they’d go if the worst were to happen.

Chechnya High Rise Burns For 29 Hours With No Collapse, WTC 7?
Activist Post - On April 3rd Chechnya’s tallest building, a luxury hotel, caught fire and burned for 29 hours before finally being put out. The building is completely destroyed; however, it did not collapse. This raises many questions as to how World Trade Center 7 could have collapsed on 9/11 with only small fires on a couple of floors.

VIDEO: Man Charged With Terrorism For Criticizing School Security - Brain Davis, disabled man from Iowa, made the mistake of telling his physical therapist that he believes security at his grand daughter’s school is lacking. Now he is in the slammer charged with felony threat of terrorism.... “I never said that I would go in there and do something to those kids.” Davis told WHO TV 13 in Des Moines. “I said anybody, any one person could go in there. Anybody.”

Spokane Grandmother Of 10 Holds Burglar At Gunpoint At Her Home
CBS News - KXLY-TV reports that Sandy Mize, a grandmother to 10, fired a warning shot and held the suspect, 35-year-old Sean Denny, in her living room until he tried to get away. That’s when authorities apprehended him in her backyard early Wednesday morning.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Gun Shop Makes Own Ammo To Beat Shortage
Steve Watson - A gun shop in Texas has turned to making its own ammo in an attempt to keep up with the overwhelming demand for bullets in the midst of a national shortage that many believe is being purposefully exacerbated by the federal government.

Delaware Mayor and Gun-grabber Enjoys Concealed Carry
Kurt Nimmo - The hypocrisy of the gun-grabbers knows no bounds. Delaware House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf said he may look into banning firearms in the legislature after it was discovered Williams packed on the House floor. Schwartzkopf, however, gave the mayor a pass. “That’s Dennis. He comes from inner-city Wilmington, and it’s a lot of things going on up there,” he said.

VIDEO: 'Drones fly, children die’: US activists launch massive anti-drone campaign
RT - A month-long nationwide anti-drone campaign has kicked off in New York. Numerous activist groups are planning to take part in ‘April Days of Action’ demonstrations, attempting to draw public attention to the use of drones.


Tens of thousands Obamacare 'navigators' to be hired
Washington Examiner - Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community activists hired as "navigators" to help Americans choose Obamacare options starting Oct. 1 could earn $20 an hour or more, according to new regulations issued Wednesday.

21 Statistics About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Everyone Should Know
Economic Collapse - With each passing year the level of economic suffering in this country continues to go up, and we haven't even reached the next major wave of the economic collapse yet. When that strikes, the level of economic pain in this nation is going to be off the charts.

VIDEO: 10 Things You Didn't Know You Can Buy with Bitcoins
Activist Post - Last week I wrote about 5 digital currencies besides Bitcoins which had some people still wondering what crypto-currencies are and what they can be used for.

Mining Your iPhone for Gold & Silver- the Infographic - You’ve heard rumors and reports of all the physical gold and silver that is headed to the landfill every year via discarded electronics- but just how much gold, silver, and platinum is really in your iPhone or tablet?

Senate GOP: Gang of Eight Deal Could Cost Trillions in Welfare
Breitbart - Senate Budget Committee Republican staff on Thursday released a description of what they claim is a “major flaw” in the immigration reform plan being pushed by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight"--a loophole that will end up being a multi-trillion dollar entitlement spending increase, with the burden falling on American taxpayers.

As economy flails, debtors' prisons thrive
CBS News - (MoneyWatch) Thousands of Americans are sent to jail not for committing a crime, but because they can't afford to pay for traffic tickets, medical bills and court fees. If that sounds like a debtors' prison, a legal relic which was abolished in this country in the 1830s, that's because it is. And courts and judges in states across the land are violating the Constitution by incarcerating people for being unable to pay such debts.

Eric Holder Gets Busy: Enron’s Skilling May Be Released From Prison Over A Decade Early
Zero Hedge - Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling may be the latest beneficiary of the culture of pervasive permitted, even according to some - encouraged, crime. After being sentenced to prison for 24 years in the aftermath of Enron's spectacular 2001 bankruptcy, the former CEO may be released after serving well less than half of his term.

Bitcoin Hacked: Price Stumbles After Buying Frenzy
CNBC - Online currency bitcoin had 20 percent knocked off its price overnight on Thursday as one of its major exchanges became the victim of a hacking attack leading to a sell-off in the virtual currency after reaching an all-time high.

Fast-food workers strike, citing low wages: 'It's not enough'
NBC News - "It's not enough," Elba Godoy, a crew member at a McDonald's just a few blocks from Times Square, said of her $7.25-per-hour minimum wage, which helps support her extended family of seven. "They don't like [that we're out here], but we have to do it. We cannot survive on $7.25." Godoy and her colleagues are seeking a raise to $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Energy & Environment

YouTube: Gerald Celente on Russia Today
Gerald Celente predicts there will be more oil spills, saying the U.S. is investing more in its wars overseas, than improving its eroding infrastructure back home.

Maryland's Howard County council approves new stormwater fee
Baltimore Sun - Howard County property owners can expect to see a new fee on their annual tax bill in July. After a three-hour legislative session Thursday that included the passage of 17 amendments, the Howard County Council voted to approve legislation creating a state-mandated stormwater fee to fund stormwater restoration projects.


USDA caves to food industry pressures, approves three new toxic meat preservatives
(NaturalNews) After intense lobbying by Kraft Foods Global Inc. and Kemin Food Technologies, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has agreed to reverse existing regulations that prohibit the use of three toxic meat preservatives.

Effective natural remedies to cure spring allergies
(NaturalNews) Spring allergy is commonly used to refer to hay fever, a seasonal allergic rhinitis attack experienced by more than 35 million Americans every year as the season changes and many allergens start to blossom - during springtime.

VIDEO: Vaccines Linked to Childhood Cancers
Activist Post - The propagators of pestilence with their childhood immunization program have been able to covertly subject the youth of America to a constant flow of formaldehyde - a known carcinogen - leading to an epidemic of childhood cancers.

Vaccine legislative update: The vaccine police state is knocking
(NaturalNews) The National Vaccine Information Center's Advocacy Portal ( lists current vaccine bills throughout the U.S. Right now, Right now, it lists from one to six vaccine bills in each of 30+ states. Most of these bills, if passed into law, will further expand an already out-of-control pharmaceutical vaccine agenda that seeks to require more vaccines for more people while further restricting our right to refuse them.

Low vitamin B increases inflammation and causes oxidative stress: Eat these foods to boost your levels
(NaturalNews) Researchers at Tuft University in Boston, Massachusetts, conducted a study entitled "Association of vitamin B-6 status with inflammation, oxidative stress, and chronic inflammatory conditions: the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study."

VIDEO: Man with Stage 3 Colon Cancer Refuses Chemotherapy & Cures Himself with Vegan Diet
Green Med Info - In this short and powerful testimony Chris Ward shares his story of how he refused chemotherapy and cured himself with a raw vegan diet. “If you don’t do chemotherapy you’re insane.” quote from his doctor.
* Related Article/Video: Chris Beat Cancer

Boost Immune Function, Slow Aging and More with Astragalus
Natural Society - Adding to the astragalus benefits, research and history suggests astragalus may be useful in fighting heart disease, protecting against cancer, boosting immunity, slowing the aging process, regulating diabetes and blood sugar, increasing energy, and balancing the adrenals.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Healthier Skin and Hair
Natural Society - Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used on everything from warts to dandruff, but it also has a place on the vanity of someone with the occasional blemish or dry hair. (And beyond skin and hair health, apple cider vinegar uses are nearly endless.)

Walgreen clinics to begin treating chronic illnesses
Fox News - Walgreen Co. has expanded the reach of its drugstore clinics beyond treating ankle sprains and sinus infections to handling chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Rick and ZENN Car - Did you Know that the ZENN car (Zero Emissions No Noise) is made in Quebec. Cost approx $12,000. Plug it in like a toaster, and is illegal to sell in Canada (except in B.C.)

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto announces huge profits despite public backlash
RT - Monsanto on Wednesday reported that its net income rose 22 percent to $1.48 billion, or $2.74 a share, in a one-year period. The profit increase, which occurred in the three-month period through February, marked a new record for the lucrative biotech company. Revenue rose 15 percent to $5.47 billion, much of which came from the sales of genetically modified corn seeds, particularly those sold in emerging markets like Brazil, Argentina, and other Latin American countries.

Help Us Kill the "Monsanto Protection Act" For Good
Center for Food Safety - The rider will be alive for the six month duration of the temporary spending bill and we are now working to ensure that this agribusiness handout is not included in any future Appropriations bills.... Congress is expected to take up FY2014 appropriations bills in the next few months, and we need to make sure this dangerous rider doesn’t get included in them. Let’s keep the pressure on Congress to dump the Monsanto rider!

Your Gardening To-Do List for April
Organic Gardening - The fashion of spring is fickle and quick: March is out, April is in. Our Gardening To-Do List for this month will help you navigate the changing seasons in your zone and help you stay on track for the rest of the spring. There's so much to do—preparing beds, planting seeds, dividing perennials—and there's much to look forward to: tulips, lilacs, spring greens, and more.

Today in History - Thursday -  April 4, 2013
1812 - The territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state and will become known as Louisiana.
1818 - The U.S. flag was declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state.
1841 - U.S. President William Henry Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first president to die in office. He died of pneumonia.
1848 - Thomas Douglas became the first San Francisco public teacher.
1850 - The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.
1862 - In the U.S., the Battle of Yorktown began as Union General George B. McClellan closed in on Richmond, VA.
1914 - The first known serialized moving picture opened in New York City, NY. It was "The Perils of Pauline".
1917 - The U.S. Senate voted 90-6 to enter World War I on the Allied side.
1918 - The Battle of Somme, an offensive by the British against the German Army ended.
1932 - After five years of research, professor C.G. King, of the University of Pittsburgh, isolated vitamin C.
1945 - Hungary was liberated from Nazi occupation.
1945 - During World War II, U.S. forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany.
1949 - Twelve nations signed a treaty to create The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
1967 - The U.S. lost its 500th plane over Vietnam.
1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39.
1969 - Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart.
1975 - More than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashed just after takeoff from Saigon.
1983 - At Cape Canaveral, the space shuttle Challenger took off on its first flight. It was the sixth flight overall for the shuttle program.
1984 - U.S. President Reagan proposed an international ban on chemical weapons.
1987 - The U.S. charged the Soviet Union with wiretapping a U.S. Embassy.
1991 - Pennsylvanian Senator John Heinz and six others were killed when a helicopter collided with Heinz's plane over a schoolyard in Merion, PA.

World News

US chemical battalion in South Korea
Press TV - The United States has deployed a battalion equipped to deal with nuclear, biological and chemical attacks in South Korea after North Korea threatened to attack the US with ‘nuclear weapons.’

Israel cuts water to Palestinian villages
Press TV - Palestinian media reported on Monday that Israeli authorities halted the water flow to 10 villages located northwest of al-Quds (Jerusalem). According to reports, local Israeli officials had already imposed restrictions on the amount of water pumped to these villages.

Dutch ING Bank Suffers "Technical Glitch", Clients Report Negative Balances
Zero Hedge - UPDATE: Another Dutch bank - Rabobank - is apparently having 'technical' issues now. Following yesterday's discussion of the brink-like nature of the Dutch economy (and banking system), it is perhaps just a coincidence that ING is suffering from a major failure in its Internet Banking. It is unclear how many customers are affected but judging by the scale of responses on Twitter (#ING) it is widespread.

North Korea 'ratifies' nuclear strike against US
RT - North Korean army says it has final approval for nuclear attack on the US, the official KCNA news agency says. This comes shortly after the Pentagon said the US military prepares to deploy an advanced missile-defense system to Guam.

VIDEO: Pentagon sends missile defences to Guam as North Korea 'approves nuclear attack on US'
Telegraph - The Pentagon has announced that it is sending an advanced ballistic missile defence system to Guam, as North Korea ramped up its bellicose rhetoric with the announcement that it has given final approval for a nuclear attack on the US.

N. Korea suspends access to crucial jointly-run industrial zone with South
RT - North Korea has suspended access to the Kaesong industrial zone shared with the South – the latest move amid escalating tensions on the peninsula. South Korea’s defense minister warned that all options will be considered if worker safety is at risk.

1mn died' from Afghan heroin, drug production '40 times higher' since NATO op
RT - Heroin production in Afghanistan increased 40 times since NATO began its ‘War on Terror’ in 2001, the head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service stated, adding that more than 1million people have died from Afghan heroin since then.

Bank of Japan Set to Unlease Massive Cost-Push Inflation, Propel Gold Well North of $2,000 - Money managers are calling this week’s BOJ [Bank of Japan] meeting, the most important one in many years. Key market players expect Governor Kuroda to imitate Ben Bernanke’s actions, and begin buying longer maturity bonds, and more of them, with electronically printed yen.

Britain's debt reaches £1.39TRILLION, equivalent to 90% of the entire economy, ONS reveals
Daily Mail - Chris Leslie, Labour's shadow Treasury minister, said: 'For all David Cameron's false claims to be paying down Britain's debts, the national debt has gone up and up on his watch.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Here Are the 46 Senators Who Voted to Turn Your Gun Rights Over to UN - Fortunately, the odious, anti-American treaty was again voted down by the full Senate, but 46 Senators voted in favor of handing over our Constitutional rights to the UN. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) offered Amendment 139 that was passed with a 53 to 46 vote. His Amendment contained language to affirm that foreign treaties would not trump the U.S. Constitution.

VIDEO: A Run On Gun Stores In Connecticut
KOMO 4 News April 02, 2013 - A run on gun stores in Connecticut before sweeping new gun control laws are enacted.

Pentagon May Outsource Supply Of Explosives Due To US Shortage - A recent Pentagon probe has revealed that the U.S. Defense Department may be running out of domestic suppliers of so-called energetic materials used in military munitions. The end result could be the U.S. relying on foreign suppliers for materials such as explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics and other ingredients.

VIDEO: North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill
Huffington Post - Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from the Constitution and court rulings.

VIDEO: ObamaCare in Trouble? Exchange provision delayed, as lawmakers push to repeal another
Fox News - The Obama administration now says a special system of exchanges designed to make it easier for small businesses to provide insurance will be delayed an entire year -- to 2015.... Meanwhile, 79 senators including several liberal lawmakers recently voted to repeal a new tax on medical devices contained in the health care law following a similar vote in the House.

Ben Swann leaving Fox 19 News - Anchor Ben Swann will leave WXIX-TV “to explore other opportunities” when his contract expires at the end of May. He says he’s close to announcing his new gig. “After 2 ½ years at WXIX Fox 19, the time has come for me to explore other opportunities,” he said in the station announcement.

9/11: Illegitimacy of US government
Press TV - More than 11 years after the catastrophic destruction of the World Trade Center, New York City’s government is finally asking: What in the world could have happened to the missing 1,116 victims?


Obama to Return 5 Percent of Salary in Show of Solidarity
CNBC News - Obama's decision grew out of a desire to share in the sacrifice that government employees are making, said a White House official, who was not authorized to discuss the decision publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Hundreds of thousands of workers could be forced to take unpaid leave -- known as furloughs -- if Congress does not reach an agreement to undo the cuts.... A 5 percent cut from the president's salary of $400,000 per year amounts to $1,667 per month.

VIDEO: Fannie Mae Posts Record $17B Profit, Still Owes Taxpayers $80 Billion
Daily Bail - Fed mouthpiece, WSJ reporter Jon Hilsenrath on Fannie's massive debt to taxpayers despite record profits. This is the first profit in 6 years for Fannie Mae, which lost $16.5 billion last year alone, and who along with Freddie has borrowed $187 billion from taxpayers since 2008.

VIDEO: McDonald’s want ad demands bachelor’s degree, two-years experience for cashier
Washington Examiner - With colleges producing more graduates, and youth unemployment at a sky-high 11.5 percent, even landing a job selling Big Macs is getting competitive. Consider: A job opening at a Massachusetts McDonald’s for a full-time cashier requires one to two years experience and a bachelor’s degree.

VIDEO: Global Elite Preparing New Korean War to Coincide with Economic Implosion?
Kurt Nimmo - The Federal Reserve plan to crash the economy and make room for world government and an authoritarian globalist economic and accompanying police state control system will necessitate a sufficient prerequisite – and that prerequisite may very well be a new war on the Korean peninsula.

Housing Market

Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit
Washington Post - he Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say will help power the economic recovery but that skeptics say could open the door to the risky lending that caused the housing crash in the first place.

Energy & Environment

YouTube: AMAZING Aerial Footage of Arkansas Tar Sands Oil Spill!
Tens of thousands of gallons of oil have flooded some of the streets and yards of Mayflower, Arkansas. The Exxon tar sands oil spill is small taste of what we would see if the Keystone XL Pipeline is approved. The media is largely being kept away from this spill. In the video you can see that Exxon's plan to clean it up consists mostly of hoses and paper towels.

FAA puts no-fly zone over Arkansas oil spill with Exxon employee in charge
RT - The FAA announced a temporary no-fly zone would be enacted indefinitely over the Arkansas oil spill. With word that an Exxon employee was controlling the airspace, though, speculation pointed to the idea the oil company was trying to keep the media away.

Officials report gas is now being detected underneath homes near giant Louisiana sinkhole
ENENews - Texas Brine contractors have reported and verified that a home on a slab, located on Sauce Piquante Lane, has the presence of gas under the slab of both the home and the shed. Monitoring will continue to check for gas presence at this location.

Hanford nuclear waste tanks at risk of explosion
RT - US residents near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation may be in grave danger: a nuclear safety board found that the underground tanks holding toxic, radioactive waste could explode at any minute, due to a dangerous buildup of hydrogen gas.


Coconut Oil Fats Found To Boost Brain Function In One Dose
Green Med Info - MCTs, the primary type of fat found within coconut oil, have been found to boost cognitive performance in older adults suffering from memory disorders as serious as Alzheimer's -- and not after months or even days of treatment, but after a single dose!

Why High Salt Consumption Alone Will Not Increase Your Heart Disease Risk
Dr. Mercola - Salt is an essential nutrient required for blood pressure regulation, transportation of nutrients into and out of your cells, ion exchange, and brain-muscle communication. But all salts are not equal, in terms of their impact on your health. Processed (table) salt is health harming, while natural unprocessed salt is not only healing, but in fact essential for many biological functions

Mycotoxins: The Hidden Hormone Danger In Our Food Supply
Green Med Info - One quarter of our global food supply contains a hidden hormone-disrupting danger that can cause serious acute, as well as chronic adverse health effects. A recent study on young girls in New Jersey found detectable concentrations in the urine of 2/3rds of the population sampled.

Energy Psychology Tool Cuts Tension Headache Frequency and Intensity by More Than Half
Dr. Mercola - After eight weeks, those who had been taught how to do EFT [Emotional Freedom Technique] on their own and tapped twice a day reduced the frequency of their headaches by 62 percent and the intensity of the headaches by 60 percent.1 This was from performing EFT on their own; it’s likely that if they worked with a skilled EFT practitioner the results may have been even more impressive.

Top ten ways humanity is being murdered in the name of 'evidence-based science' (#1 GMOs)
(NaturalNews) Of all the threats to humanity today, none is more destructive than modern-day "evidence-based science." And by the word "science," I don't mean the humble pursuit of knowledge using genuine scientific methods. What I mean is the dogmatic, corporate-driven brand of distorted science based on falsified evidence, bribery of gatekeepers and corruption of government regulators.

7 Superfoods To Increase Longevity (with Infographic)
Natural Blaze - Superfoods are aptly named. Each of them is high in the areas the body needs most: vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, protein, fiber and antioxidants. A balanced diet of these components can promote weight loss, prime the body for muscle gain, add energy stores, and provide mental clarity and acuity.

Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester.
Washington Post - Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially.

Governors Team With Hallmark to Pressure Parents to Vaccinate
Twenty-seven state governors from across the United States have teamed with Hallmark, the $4 billion greeting card company, to exert pressure on new parents to vaccinate their children. Hallmark’s “For America’s Babies” program, now in its 18th year, prints personalized greeting cards for all new parents complete with detachable growth chart and immunization schedule.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Neuroscience, Obama's BRAIN Project, and Military Mind Control
Activist Post - In light of Obama's announcement of a $100 million brain-mapping project, which is being promoted as essential in unlocking the secrets behind degenerative brain conditions and kick starting job growth, it is worth examining the darker potential. As The New American rightly highlights, whenever DARPA is involved, we can expect that there will be creepy military applications . . . like mind control.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Flawed Government Report Thwarts State Raw Milk Initiatives - A recent CDC study claims that unpasteurized milk and products made with unpasteurized milk cause 150 times more outbreaks than pasteurized milk or products made from pasteurized milk. After careful analysis, The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) finds the CDC study to be substantially flawed and misleading.

Pet News

Bravo! Issues a Voluntary Recall for Three Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats
Susan Thixton - Manchester, CT– Bravo! is voluntarily recalling three of its raw diet frozen foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Today in History - Wednesday -  April 3, 2013
1776 - George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College.
1860 - The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half.
1865 - Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
1882 - The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed.
1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed.
1933 - First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized "3.2" beer.
1936 - Richard Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.
1942 - The Japanese began their all-out assault on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.
1946 - Lt. General Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed in the Philippines.
1948 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn Europe. It was $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
1967 - The U.S. State Department said that Hanoi might be brainwashing American prisoners.
1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated.
1968 - North Vietnam agreed to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks.
1979 - Jane Byrne became the first female mayor in Chicago.
1983 - It was reported that Vietnamese occupation forces had overrun a key insurgent base in western Cambodia.
1985 - The U.S. charged that Israel violated the Geneva Convention by deporting Shiite prisoners.
1986 - The U.S. national debt hit $2 trillion.
1996 - An Air Force jetliner carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown crashed in Croatia, killing all 35 people aboard.
1996 - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was arrested. He pled guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole.
1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 9,000 for the first time.
2000 - A U.S. federal judge ruled that Microsoft had violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors. Microsoft said that they would appeal the ruling.
2010 - The Wi-Fi version of the Apple iPad went on sale.

World News

US calls on China to restrain N Korea
Press TV - Washington has urged Russia and China to use their influence on North Korea to restrain the East Asian country as tensions continue to escalate on the Korean Peninsula.

Concerned Officials Warn: “North Korea Could Explode a High-Altitude Nuclear Device Over The United States”
Mac Slavo - The idea that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea may have a secret weapon of sorts may sound far-fetched, but not everyone considers it an impossibility. With the U.S. deploying naval assets to the region and Chinese troops mobilizing en masse at the border, there is a distinct possibility that a military clash of some type is in the works.

‘US expands training of Syria militants’
Press TV - The United States and Jordan have increased the training of militants fighting against the Syrian government in an effort to establish a buffer zone along the southern border of Syria, a report says.

US sends 2nd warship to Korean coast
Press TV - The United States says it has deployed a second guided-missile destroyer in the Pacific to waters off the Korean Peninsula as tensions mount with North Korea.

North Korea crisis gone too far, says UN
BBC - UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the North Korea crisis has "gone too far" and calls for urgent talks after Pyongyang announced plans to restart its main nuclear complex.

VIDEO: Syria crisis: March was 'conflict's deadliest month'
BBC - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based activist group, said it recorded 6,005 deaths last month. It said victims included at least 291 women, 298 children, 1,486 rebel fighters and army defectors, and 1,464 government troops. The other casualties were unidentified civilians and fighters, it added.

Israel launches fresh airstrike on Gaza
Press TV - Israeli warplanes have launched an airstrike on the besieged Gaza Strip, the first such attacks since a truce ended an eight-day Israeli onslaught on the coastal enclave in November. Hamas Interior Ministry said in a statement that Israeli jets bombarded an open area in northern Gaza late on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

U.N. passes sweeping international arms regulation viewed by some as 2nd Amendment override
Washington Times - The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday signed off on a sweeping, first-of-its-kind treaty to regulate the international arms trade, brushing aside worries from U.S. gun rights advocates that the pact could lead to a national firearms registry and disrupt the American gun market.

WHO Suspends Vaccine After 26 Children Die in the Developing World
Activist Post - According to reports, at least 26 children have died and many more have been seriously injured after they were given the 5 in 1 vaccine, Quinvaxem. Newspapers have reported that all of the victims suffered adverse reactions including fevers, vomiting and the appearance of bruises all over their bodies.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Nearly Every Mass Shooting In The Last 20 Years Shares One Thing In Common... - The overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.

VIDEO: Free Gun Program Plans To Expand To North Texas
CBS News - The Armed Citizen Project is raising money to give free guns to residents living in high-crime areas and to single women — so they can defend themselves against criminals. Based in Houston– the group now wants to expand to Dallas.

VIDEO: Connecticut Legislature Moves to Impose Severe Restrictions on 2nd Amendment
Kurt Nimmo - Connecticut will soon follow New York and impose unconstitutional restraints on the Second Amendment. In addition to reaching an agreement to outlaw “high-capacity magazines” in the future, lawmakers have agreed to create a so-called “eligibility certificate” for residents legally practicing their right to own a firearm.

YouTube: Full Disclosure: "Rand Paul's 13 Hours That Changed Public Opinion"
Apr 2, 2013 - Ben Swann Full Disclosure explains how the Rand Paul filibuster has been responsible for a 50 point swing in public opinion on the use of drones to kill U.S. citizens who are also terror suspects overseas.

Police shooting could cost taxpayers millions - The case involves a 2012 incident where 28-year-old Dustin Theoharis was shot 16 times while in bed. Theoharis had not committed a crime--police entered his room to search for weapons after arresting someone else at the Auburn home.
* Related Video: Cops Fire 20 Bullets At Unarmed Man In His Bed! Then Call It Justified!

Housing Market

In MERS We Trust - When you get your pocket picked by a real pro, sometimes all you can do is appreciate the artistry. Such, apparently, is the case with MERS, a national electronic database of home mortgages that effectively swiped millions of dollars from local governments just when they could have used the revenue most.


Cyber Attack Alert: You are not facing a financial haircut but financial decapitation! - Steve Quayle’s banking management source has released an alert stating that a false-flag financial cyber attack is close at hand in which the Western Central banks will blame the coming financial collapse.... I have said it before this will be a financial false flag. The frequency of banking network failures has gotten to be very acute to the point that I am convinced that we are edging closer to the one major event that will set everything in motion.

Take Your Money Out of the Bank, While You Still Can
Activist Post - My sources tell me that Obama is going after every investment including our pensions and 401(k)’s. The banksters on Wall Street are also acquiring firearms, ammunition and control over private mercenary corporations like DynCorp and Blackwater, as authorized by Department of Defense (DOD) directive 3025.18.

VIDEO: U.S. Senator Inhofe: Banks Never Paid Back Bailouts
We Are Change - Luke Rudkowski interviews U.S. Senator James Inhofe about his opposition to the 700 billion dollar bank bailout in 2008 and martial law threats he received from Henry Paulson. Even though the public has been led to believe that the banks paid back this money, according to Senator Inhofe this is false and the full amount was never paid back.

Capitol Alert: State auditor: California's net worth at negative $127.2 billion - Were California's state government a business, it would be a candidate for insolvency with a negative net worth of $127.2 billion, according to an annual financial report issued by State Auditor Elaine Howle and the Bureau of State Audits.

Energy & Environment

US law says no 'oil' spilled in Arkansas, exempting Exxon from cleanup dues
RT - The central Arkansas spill caused by Exxon’s aging Pegasus pipeline has reportedly unleashed 10,000 barrels of Canadian heavy crude - but a technicality says it's not oil, letting the energy giant off the hook from paying into a national cleanup fund. Related article/video.

Scientists call for regulation to legitimize "Geoengineering" and admit to "causing disasters"
News Beacon Ireland - While the unaware public is wondering why there are droughts in one region and deluges in others, why there are unprecedented wildfires in one region and out of season hurricanes in others, the messing around with the atmosphere has been going on at an accelerated rate. Now it seems that even the advocates of the global warming theory get a little scared (emphasis added)...

New Discovery: NASA Study Proves Carbon Dioxide Cools Atmosphere
Principia Scientific - A recent NASA report throws the space agency into conflict with its climatologists after new NASA measurements prove that carbon dioxide acts as a coolant in Earth's atmosphere. NASA's Langley Research Center has collated data proving that “greenhouse gases” actually block up to 95 percent of harmful solar rays from reaching our planet, thus reducing the heating impact of the sun.


Report: Third of US West Coast Children Hit With Thyroid Problems Following Fukushima
Natural Society - Still think that the Fukushima nuclear meltdown of 2011 never affected the United States public? Young children born in the United States West Coast, right in the line of fire for radioactive isotopes, have been found to be 28% more likely to develop congenital hypothyroidism than infants born the year before the incident.

Sugary Drinks Linked to Over 180,000 Deaths Worldwide
Dr. Mercola - Many people mistakenly believe that as long as you are drinking fruit juice, it's healthy even though it's sweet, but this is a dangerous misconception that is fueling the rising rates of weight gain, obesity, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes in the United States and other developed nations.

Garlic kills bubonic plague and other pathogen-based disease epidemics
(NaturalNews) Due to its remarkable ability to destroy numerous toxic pathogens, garlic possesses the clout to kill plague.... Along with garlic, there are other extremely potent, natural antimicrobial substances that can be used to prevent and treat bubonic plague.

Higher Protein Breakfast May Reduce Nighttime Munchies
Green Med Info - Are you really good at controlling your diet all day long but can't stop eating from dinner to bedtime? It may not be a question of willpower but poor planning. According to a new study, eating a really high protein breakfast can head off those evenings munchies.

Oil from Petroleum Used as Vaccine Adjuvant
Gaia Health - Petroleum forms the basis of one of the most devastating adjuvants in existence. Historically, it was considered too dangerous for use in vaccines, but it’s making a comeback in this new age of recombinant DNA vaccine development. Of course, the public relations mantra is that it’s safe—so why is it kept quiet?

Pradexa Linked to 542 Deaths and 2,367 Hemorrhages, but FDA Refuses to Pull It
ANH - Pradexa (dabigatran) is an anti-clotting drug used to treat a type of irregular heartbeat called nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and to prevent strokes. It’s used as an alternative to warfarin... FDA states that Pradexa’s bleeding rates “do not appear to be higher” than warfarin, even though elsewhere on FDA’s website, we see that the risk of bleeding from Pradexa is six times greater than with warfarin—usually in a pericardial location.

Cystic fibrosis bug 'can spread between patients'
BBC - Doctors previously thought the Mycobacterium abscessus bacteria could only be caught from water and soil. But hospitals around the world may now have to change the way patients are treated, the study says. Around 3-10% of cystic fibrosis patients in Europe and the US are infected with the hard-to-treat bug.

Science & Technology

National internet tax mandate is in place to cripple the online marketplace
(NaturalNews) Large retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Target have lobbied for this tax. It is no surprise that some of the nation's most powerful corporations are lobbying hard for this legislation. While these companies can afford to absorb the additional burden imposed by this bill, smaller competitors cannot.

New California "Right to Know" Act Would Let Consumers Find Out Who Has Their Personal Data -- And Get a Copy of It
EFF - The Right to Know Act (AB 1291) would require a company to give users access to the personal data the company has stored on them—as well as a list of all the other companies with whom that original company has shared the users' personal data—when a user requests it. It would cover California residents and would apply to both offline and online companies.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Could Oregano Oil Replace Antibiotics in Livestock Treatment?
Natural Society - With a growing demand of antibiotic-free meat comes new and innovative ways to raise food animals who are free of disease and illness while also remaining free of antibiotics. As one example, some farmers are turning to oregano oil and even cinnamon in place of massive amounts of antibiotics.

Pet News

Recalls of Aflatoxin-Contaminated Dog Food Have Begun
Dr. Becker - Voluntary recalls of dry dog food due to high levels of aflatoxin contamination have already begun across states in the Midwest. Unfortunately, because of the behavior of the molds involved, it has proved difficult to control, minimize or even accurately assess levels of contamination.

Choosing a Dog for an Apartment - Before we explore the most compatible breeds, let's look at a few precautions you will want to take care of before going out and getting a dog.

Today in History - Tuesday -  April 2, 2013
1792 - The U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act to regulate the coins of the United States. The act authorized $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime to be minted.
1801 - During the Napoleonic Wars, the Danish fleet was destroyed by the British at the Battle of Copenhagen.
1865 - Confederate President Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, VA.
1877 - The first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in Washington, DC.
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.
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.
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.
1981 - In Lebanon, 37 people were reported killed during fighting in the cities of Beirut and Zahle. It was the worst violence since the 1976 cease fire.
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 end.
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.
1988 - U.S. Special Prosecutor James McKay declined to indict Attorney General Edwin Meese for criminal wrongdoing.
1989 - An editorial in the "New York Times" declared that the Cold War was over.
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 republics.
2002 - Israeli troops surrounded the Church of the Nativity. More than 200 Palestinians had taken refuge at the church when Israel invaded Bethlehem.

World News

N Korea relaunching main N-complex
Press TV - According to the official KCNA agency on Tuesday, a uranium enrichment facility and five MW Yongbyon reactors, which were closed in 2007 as part of an international nuclear disarmament deal, are to be put into operation again. The move is in line with a policy of “bolstering the nuclear armed force both in quality and quantity” as well as solving “acute” electricity shortages, said a nuclear energy spokesman.

Iran, Turkey resume gold trade
Press TV - Iran and Turkey have resumed their trade of gold for natural gas and made a USD-120-million deal in February, circumventing tough US sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear energy program.

List Released With 132 Names Who Pulled Cyprus Deposits Ahead Of “Confiscation Day”
Zero Hedge - The disclosure of the list, which shows that the outflow of deposits from local banks other financial institutions outside Cyprus became massively raises suspicion that some had inside information about the decisions taken by the other 16 eurozone countries in exchange for financing deficits of the economy.

Eurozone unemployment hits its highest level: 19.071 million out of work
RT - The average unemployment rate across the eurozone’s 17 constituent European Union countries rose from January’s initial 11.9 percent high to 12 percent in February, meaning a further 33,000 people were put out of work. Overall, 19.071 million are jobless across Europe.

North Korea almost certainly lacks basic technical capability to carry out its big war plan
Washington Post - Let’s rule out the nuclear threat right now: while North Korea does have nuclear warheads, it does not appear to have mastered the technology to miniaturize them enough to put on top of a missile. The odds for non-nuclear missiles aren’t much better.

China mobilizing troops, jets near N. Korean border, US officials say - China has placed military forces on heightened alert in the northeastern part of the country as tensions mount on the Korean peninsula following recent threats by Pyongyang to attack, U.S. officials said.

China Yuan Touched A Record High Against the Dollar
Reuters - China's yuan touched a record high versus the dollar on Monday and stayed near that level for much of the day, buoyed by an abundance of dollar supply in the market, traders said.

Judge Rules In Favor Of Banks In Massive Libor Lawsuit
Reuters - A judge on Friday dismissed a "substantial portion" of claims facing a number of banks in a barrage of lawsuits accusing them of interest-rate rigging.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Small Georgia town passes law requiring residents to own guns
Fox News - Council members in Nelson, a city of about 1,300 residents that's located 50 miles north of Atlanta, voted unanimously to approve the Family Protection Ordinance. The measure requires every head of household to own a gun and ammunition to "provide for the emergency management of the city" and to "provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants."

Top scientists to Obama: Ban mutation experiments that will make avian flu more infectious
RT - A group of leading scientists – including a Noble Prize winner - has proclaimed that it is “ethically and morally” wrong to alter the deadly H5N1 virus to make it more contagious for research purposes, and have asked President Obama to ban it.

YouTube: Teachers Attend Gun Training in Ohio
The gun control debate is taking a new direction in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. A firearms company in Ohio is putting together the country's first ever gun training class for school teachers. 1400 applicants from across the country applied and 24 were selected....

Mexican drug cartels dispatch agents deep inside US
Daily Star - Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States – an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world’s most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits.

VIDEO: Rhode Island Marijuana Decriminalization Law Going Into Effect
Huffington Post - This is not a prank: Rhode Island will officially decriminalize less than an ounce of marijuana on April 1, as a law signed last year by independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee goes into effect.

NYPD boss said stop-and-frisk designed to 'instill fear' in minorities - Senator's testimony
RT - A New York State Senator testified in federal court Monday that New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly explained the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk program as a means of instilling fear in young African American and Hispanic men.

Police Pepper Sprayed Babies, Lawsuit Claims
Activist Post - Marilyn Taylor is suing the City of New York, the NYPD and Officers Maripily Clase, Suranjit Dey and Jermaine Hodge in Federal Court on behalf of her family after an incident at a New York subway put them in confrontation with police officers.

VIDEO: Don't Talk to Cops
Underground Documentaries - Mr. James Duane, a professor at Regent Law School and a former defense attorney, tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police.

Genetically Modified Oranges With A Side Of Frog Genes?
Activist Post Forum - In this PDF presentation obtained by Food Nation Radio Network, read about genetically modified oranges. The information speaks for itself. These GM oranges are currently in field trials in the State of Florida to combat a citrus blight called Greening, instead of testing two varieties of citrus that are already resistant to the blight.

Election News

Hooray: South Carolina Republicans About to Nominate Mark Sanford for Congress
Guy Benson - Yep, he was the guy whose staff claimed was off "hiking the Appalachian Trail" when he mysteriously disappeared for nearly a week in June of that year -- when, in fact, he was visiting his journalist mistress (now-fiancee) in Buenos Aires.


Five Reasons You Should Care About Cyprus
Forbes - Unless you are a student of history or are planning a Mediterranean vacation, you may never have given the island of Cyprus much thought. Then suddenly, it dominated the headlines for several days. What does a banking crisis in a small and far-off land mean to you?

David Stockman warns of economic collapse, critics cry 'cranky old man' - David Stockman, who served as President Reagan’s budget director, has liberal economists like Paul Krugman and Jared Bernstein in an uproar over his new book, “The Great Deformation,” that will be released Tuesday.

Fastest Growing Contributor to National Debt is Interest on National Debt
AllGov - The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the fastest growing segment of federal spending from 2015 to 2021 won’t be Medicare or Social Security, but interest payments on the debt. Ballooning interest payments could be so bad that they would wipe out the $1.2 trillion in savings from the sequestration budget cuts over the next decade.

Stockton, CA bankruptcy can move forward, judge rules
LA Times - At issue will be whether U.S. bankruptcy law trumps California law, which says the pension plan must be funded. The $900 million Stockton owes to the California Public Employees Retirement System to cover pensions is its biggest debt -– as is the case with many cities in California.

Energy & Environment

Rivers of oil in Arkansas town: Many 'didn't even know' Exxon pipeline ran under their homes
RT - Residents of Mayflower, Arkansas are shocked, frustrated and discouraged after an ExxonMobil oil pipeline - which many were unaware existed - burst, devastating the small town by flooding its streets with thousands of barrels of Canadian crude.

New Study Suggests Disturbing Link Between Fracking and Large Earthquakes
Activist Post - Since September of 2010, nearly 1,000 earthquakes have rattled Arkansas and the area around the New Madrid Fault Line. Previous to this, Arkansas had a total of 38 quakes in 2009. Yet two cities, Greenbrier and Guy had a swarm of 30 small earthquakes in a four-day period in early 2011, which paralleled fracking activity in the same area.

New science: "Pesticide soup" scrambles bee brain function - The research, reported in the journals Nature Communications and the Journal of Experimental Biology, observed an immediate "epileptic-type activity" when bees were exposed to neonicotinoids, followed by neural inactivation "where the brain goes quiet and cannot communicate any more," as Dr. Christopher Connelly of the University of Dundee in Scotland described to BBC News.

Drought Worsens in Central Texas, Threatening Water Supplies - According to the latest drought monitor map released Thursday, much of Williamson County slipped into extreme drought, the second-worst drought category, since last week, with Hays County already in extreme drought. Travis and Bastrop counties and much of the Hill Country are in severe drought, the third-worst category.


Green smoothies' performance effects are the subject of new Boutenko documentary
(NaturalNews) As advanced as high-performance athletic training has become in the technological era, what effect can green smoothies have on the performance of endurance athletes? Sergei Boutenko is currently setting out to test the results of adding a regular and substantial intake of green smoothies to the training regimen of endurance athletes.... Be sure to watch the Kickstarter video of Powered by Green Smoothies where you can be part of the crowd sourcing for the film.

16 Signs You’re Magnesium Deficient – Symptoms of Low Magnesium Levels
Natural Society - You may know what magnesium is, but do you know how important the mineral can be for your health? Magnesium is involved with over 300 metabolic processes in our bodies, leading to the mineral being called the ‘master mineral’. So what exactly does it mean to have a magnesium deficiency?

Integrative Vision Care And Nutrition - Nutrition and nutritional supplementation could play a key role in helping to prevent vision loss and keeping our bodies strong. More and more peer review studies are identifying specific nutrients, by eye disease, that are lacking in patients with diseases such as the following...

Vaccines Don’t Protect: Exposing the Vaccination for Immunity Fraud
Natural Society - There are two primary guilt trips used on parents who refuse vaccinations for their children. The first is absurd enough to be laughable – the peer pressure tactic of not letting children who weren’t vaccinated around parents’ vaccinated children. But if your kids were vaccinated, they’re supposed to be protected. right?

Think Your Eggs Are Fresh? Here’s How to Tell - Even if you buy organic eggs from Whole Foods or other healthfood store, it is possible to get old eggs. Old eggs not only don’t taste as good, in my opinion, but they also don’t poach nicely into that perfect egg shape that sits so pretty on top of a slice of toast or English muffin.

Healthy Alternative To Furniture Polish - We all know the smell—lemon with a touch of engine oil—that we identify as furniture polish. What we may not identify with the smell is the irritability, depression, and other bad moods that can be the response to its use. Related recipes here and here.

Science & Technology

Air Force Wants New Energy Weapons to Cause Non-Lethal ‘Bioeffects’
Wired - The Air Force is preparing to spend millions researching how unknown “bioeffects” happen when the human body is blasted by radiowaves and high-powered microwaves — which the Air Force hopes could lead to exotic new energy weapons.... An award for a $49 million contract to conduct studies, laboratory tests and field experiments is expected in September, and tests in San Antonio are expected to last for seven years.

VIDEO: April Fools’ Day Joke? Feds Seize 3-D Printed Gun Website - According to a notice posted on the Defense Distributed website, Homeland Security Investigations and the Justice Department have taken the site down. “This domain name associated with the website or has been seized pursuant to an order issued by a U.S. District Court,” the home page of the website states.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Top Senator Apologizes for Monsanto Protection Act
Anthony Gucciardi - Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland has released a public statement apologizing to the public for the passing of the Monsanto Protection Act, stating that the legislation was buried deep within a government spending bill that was required to ‘prevent a government shutdown’.... Although ‘written’ by Senator Roy Blunt, who actually gave Monsanto the ability to write their own Monsanto Protection Act and has received over $60,000 from Monsanto, Mikulski has taken serious flak for the passing of the rider.

Pet News

A Single Treatment Cures Diabetes - How to Protect Your Pet Now
Dr. Becker - As reported in the February issue of the journal Diabetes1, researchers from the Center of Animal Biotechnology and Gene Therapy, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain, used a single gene therapy session to treat dogs with type I diabetes. The dogs in the study regained their health and showed no further symptoms of disease. Some of the dogs were monitored for over four years with no recurrence of the condition.

Today in History - Monday -  April 1, 2013
1748 - The ruins of Pompeii were found.
1789 - The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in NYC. Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House Speaker.
1853 - Cincinnati became the first U.S. city to pay fire fighters a regular salary.
1864 - The first travel accident policy was issued to James Batterson by the Travelers Insurance Company.
1865 - At the Battle of Five Forks in Petersburg, VA, Gen. Robert E. Lee began his final offensive.
1918 - England's Royal Flying Corps was replaced by the Royal Air Force.
1924 - Adolf Hitler was sentenced to five years in prison for high treason in relation to the "Beer Hall Putsch."
1933 - Nazi Germany began the persecution of Jews by boycotting Jewish businesses.
1938 - The first commercially successful fluorescent lamps were introduced.
1938 - The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY.
1941 - The first contract for advertising on a commercial FM radio station began on W71NY in New York City.
1945 - U.S. forces invaded Okinawa during World War II. It was the last campaign of World War II.
1953 - The U.S. Congress created the Department of Health Education and Welfare.
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 massacre.
1970 - President Nixon signed the bill, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, that banned cigarette advertisements to be effective on January 1, 1971.
1971 - The United Kingdom lifted all restrictions on gold ownership.
1972 - North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops renewed their offensive in South Vietnam.
1973 - Japan allowed its citizens to own gold.
1976 - Apple Computer began operations.
1982 - The U.S. transferred the Canal Zone to Panama.
1987 - U.S. President Reagan told doctors in Philadelphia, "We've declared AIDS public health enemy No. 1."
1991 - Iran released British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years.
1991 - The Warsaw Pact was officially dissolved.
1998 - A federal judge dismissed the Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against U.S. President Clinton saying that the claims fell "far short" of being worthy of a trial.
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.
2003 - North Korea test-fired an anti-ship missile off its west coast.
2004 - Gateway Inc. announced that it would be closing all of its 188 stores on April 9.
2010 - The U.S. Congress cut Medicare reimbursements to physicians by 21%.

World News

U.S. F-22 stealth jets join South Korea drills amid sabre-rattling
Reuters - The United States sent F-22 stealth fighter jets to South Korea on Sunday to join military drills aimed at underscoring the U.S. commitment to defend Seoul in the face of an intensifying campaign of threats from North Korea.

N. Korea vows to strengthen nukes amid tensions - North Korea vowed Sunday to strengthen its nuclear weapons, a day after announcing it is in a "state of war" with South Korea, and said it would never trade its atomic deterrent for aid.

Fighting erupts in Mali’s Timbuktu
Press TV - French fighter jets continue to bomb northern regions of Mali amid clashes between the French-backed Malian troops and local fighters.

BRICS dumping euro amid simmering EU banking crisis
RT - Brussels has been forced to eat a generous slice of humble pie: A massive sell-off of the euro is underway in the wake of a persistent financial crisis, as holdings in the European currency by emerging economies were slashed by almost 8 percent last year.

Cyprus’ President-related company transfers €21mn to London prior to bailout agreement – report
RT - A company owned by in-laws of Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades wired €21 million from Laiki Bank to London days before the Eurogroup’s crisis-triggering levy proposal, claims a Cypriot newspaper. The president demands an investigation.

GMO plague: Charts show worldwide GE crop fields cover entire size of U.S., and then some
(NaturalNews) Data compiled by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), a pro-GMO group whose stated mission is to increase crop productivity and alleviate poverty for resource-poor farmers, reveals that an astounding 420 million acres of land in 28 countries are currently growing GM crops.

World Must Unite Against US-Saudi-Israeli Proxy War in Syria
Tony Cartalucci - US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel have conspired to destroy Syria by way of arming sectarian extremists since 2007. - The West now admits it, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have provided thousands of tons of weapons to militants in Syria – while also conceding that Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, Jabhat al-Nusra is the best armed, most well equipped militant front in the conflict.

‘US Army veteran fighting Syrian government worked for CIA’
Press TV - The father of a US Army veteran recently arrested by the FBI for joining foreign-backed militants in Syria says his son was serving the CIA and reporting back to the Agency from the country. Darryl Harroun says his son Eric, who was arrested and charged with conspiracy on Wednesday for fighting with al-Qaeda-linked militants, is extremely patriotic and would not join militants.

Bank of Cyprus depositors could lose up to 60% of their savings
Guardian - The officials said on Saturday that deposits over €100,000 (£84,000) at the country's largest bank will lose 37.5% of their value after being converted into bank shares. If the bank were to need further capitalisation the savers could lose as much as 22.5% more, depending on an assessment by officials who will determine the exact figure needed to restore the troubled bank back to health.

FDIC & Bank of England Create Resolution Authority for Unlimited Cyprus-Style “Bail-Ins” for TBTF Banks! - We suspected that the same policy change had been made by the US & the UK, but was simply yet to be discovered, buried in the website of a Federal agency. We suspected correctly…
* Related Article: In Cyprus, The Economic Misery Is Just Beginning To Sink In

Who’s Next? Italy’s Monte Paschi Admits To Billions In Deposit Outflows
Zero Hedge - In a somewhat wishy-washy, ‘hide-the-truth’-like statement on Monte dei Paschi’s website, the CEO admits to, “the withdrawal of several billion in deposits.” Of course, the reasons why these depositors withdrew their capital from the oldest bank in the world will never be known though of course he blames it on “reputational damage” from their derivative cheating scandal.

Sorry, Mates, Strictly Business: Australia Wants To Cut Out US Dollar In Trade With China - Australia is seeking to bypass trading in U.S. dollars with China in an effort to avoid the commercial uncertainties that come with the recent fluctuations in the greenback.... Eliminating the dollar in trade will be the focus of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s trip to Beijing next week.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Removing military assets from Afghanistan to cost at least $5 billion
Press TV - The U.S. operation to remove military hardware and vehicles from Afghanistan as troops withdraw after 12 years of war will cost between five and six billion dollars, officials said Sunday.

YouTube: Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk: Cyprus Crisis and the Dangers of Fractional-Reserve Banking – 4/1/13
Full transcript coming soon!

Texas DA Slain in His Home; Had Armed Himself
ABC News - On Saturday, he and his wife were found shot to death in their rural home just outside the town of Forney, about 20 miles from Dallas. While investigators gave no motive for the killings, Forney Mayor Darren Rozell said: "It appears this was not a random act."

White House Overruled FDA Attempt to Require Microbiological Testing at Food Facilities
AllGov - The (FDA) drafted new food safety rules that mandated companies conduct product and environmental testing to prevent pathogens from getting into food supplies. But when those rules were submitted to OMB for review, administration officials from OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs stripped the provision requiring facilities to conduct microbiological testing.

VIDEO: Ron Paul’s Podcast Nation 3-29-2013
Liberty Crier - Ron Paul talks about Syria and North Korea: Powder Kegs and Interventionism.

Unanimous Supreme Court Rules that Citizens Can Hold Federal Government Liable for Abuse by Law Enforcement Officers
Liberty Crier - In its ruling in Millbrook v. United States, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court has concluded that the U.S. government may be held liable for abuses intentionally carried out by law enforcement officers in the course of their employment.

Obama Uses Executive Power To Move Gun Control Agenda Forward
The Hill - The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership.

VIDEO: Sen. Grassley and Republicans Plan to Work With Democrats On Legislation Attacking 2nd Amendment
Kurt Nimmo - Despite a plan by Republican senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to derail and defeat S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is preparing work with Democrats in their war on the Second Amendment next month.

Connecticut Baker Under Fire for Designing Pro 2nd Amendment Birthday Cake - Jennifer Montalto, owner of Jenny-Lu’s bakery in Middlebury, CT is receiving some backlash for baking a pro 2nd Amendment cake for a local Friends of NRA birthday dinner. Elizabeth Mais wanted to order her husband Bill an AR-15 crafted cake for his 51st birthday, but she was turned down by a number of local bakers who didn’t approve of her idea.


VIDEO: IMF Proposes $1.40 a Gallon Gas Tax on US Drivers
Activist Post - The national average for a gallon of gasoline is currently at $3.65. On top of that sky-high price, the International Monetary Fund has now proposed that the U.S. should impose a tax of $1.40 per gallon in order to pay for social programs around the world and help the environment.

Denver Airport Probe: Nearly $2 Billion Overbudget
Intel Hub - The aesthetics of the airport were a particular concern amongst it’s designers according to public reports. Ominous art lines the interior and exterior of the massive 53 square mile complex, ranging from murals depicting some type of future apocalypse, to massive statues which some say represent evil on every level.

Judge holds up American Airlines merger with US Airways because bankrupt company plans to pay CEO $20MILLION golden parachute
Daily Mail - Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane gave his preliminary approval on Wednesday to a plan that would combine the two airlines and form the largest carrier in the country. However, he raised questions about a plan to pay Tom Horton, the CEO of AMR Corp, parent of American, $9.9million in cash and $9.9million in stock as part of a severance package.

New malware goes directly to US ATMs and cash registers for card info
RT - Research conducted by the Russian-based security company Group-IB recently discovered malware called “Dump Memory Grabber,” which it believes has already been used to steal debit and credit card information from customers using major US banks including Chase, Citibank and Capital One, Security Weekly reports.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Navy Vet David Schmecker Has Guns Confiscated By Force In Connecticut - David A. Schmecker, a 50 year-old, honorably discharged Navy veteran with no criminal past and no previous history of any mental disorder, had his gun permit revoked and his guns forcefully confiscated by police without true cause or reasonable justification.

Housing Market

VIDEO: SWAT Standoff Ends in Flames, Cops Shoot, Kill Man As He Comes Out
Adan Salazar - 49-year old Rick Marlowe was identified as the armed man at the center of the standoff that took place Wednesday night in Hoquiam, Wa. The standoff had waged on for 20 hours after the man reportedly fired at officers coming to serve arrest warrants for a 2004 Sacramento, Ca. real estate fraud case.

Energy & Environment

ExxonMobil cleans up after Arkansas oil spill
Press TV - Emergency crews sent by U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil worked Sunday to contain several thousand gallons of crude oil that spilled from a ruptured company pipeline in central Arkansas, the corporation said.
* Related Article/Video: CEOs of oil companies 'should be prosecuted'

Harvard Develops Robotic Bees, Begs the Question – Why Not Save Real Bees?
Beyond Pesticides - Researchers believe the RoboBees project could have a wide range of applications, one being the autonomous pollinating a field of crops..... However, this project, which is funded at levels up to $2,000,000 per year for five years, also raises some important questions. The most pressing of these questions being, shouldn’t we be focused on saving the remaining bees and other pollinators that now face staggering levels of environmental stress?


160 Uses for Coconut Oil
Wake Up World - Offering a myriad of health benefits, Coconut Oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural.

Mycotoxins are contaminating these 10 food staples
(NaturalNews) Studies have shown that when humans are exposed to small amounts of aflatoxins over an extended period of time, they develop a wide range of serious health problems including growth impairment, liver cancer due to DNA mutation, and a suppressed immune system.

Flu vaccine causes 1,400 percent increased risk of narcolepsy
(NaturalNews) Speculation that an emergency vaccine widely administered for H1N1 (swine flu) may have caused a sharp uptick in cases of narcolepsy has been confirmed following the release of a new study out of the U.K. As reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), individuals given the Pandemrix vaccine for influenza during the 2009/2010 swine flu "pandemic" had a 1,400 percent increased risk of developing the neurological disorder compared to those not vaccinated.

How extra virgin olive oil protects against Alzheimer's
(NaturalNews) The latest is from a team of scientists in the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. They say consuming extra virgin olive oil helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer's -- and they think they know why.

Do You Make Any of These Breakfast Mistakes?
Dr. Mercola - Conventional breakfast foods like waffles, cereal, toast, muffins, bagels and other breakfast sandwiches are among the absolute worst foods you can eat. They make you hungry soon after eating, and fuel excess body fat and obesity-related diseases. Fat is far more satiating than carbs, so if you have cut down on sugar yet still feel ravenous, this is a sign that you haven't replaced the carbs with sufficient amounts of high quality fats.

Turmeric equals exercise in its ability to prevent aging
(NaturalNews) A chemical that naturally occurs in turmeric root appears to protect the heart from aging as much as moderate aerobic exercise, according to a trio of studies conducted by researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.

Chlorella and Spirulina Found to Treat Viral Hepatitis C
Green Med Info - Researchers from Springfield Massachusetts' Northgate Hospital have determined that Chlorella is a viable treatment for hepatitis C, adding to already extant clinical research indicating another blue-green algae, Spirulina, acts as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of hepatitis C virus as well.

Black Cumin Oil: ‘One of the Most Important Oils for Your Health’
Natural Society - Recently, in reporting for the Progressive Radio Network, Dr. Gary Null called black cumin oil “the single most important oil you can put in your system.” He went on to add that “Every time you take black cumin you are stimulating your immune system to fight on your behalf and increase natural killer cells.”

CoQ10 Found to Benefit Patients with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
Natural Society - You need CoQ10 for cell growth and maintenance as well as cell protection, digestion, and other basic body processes, but that isn’t all. Emerging research shows it may have value as a supplement in treating neurodegenerative diseases like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) as well.

New study: Common chemicals combine to create super potent hormone wrecking toxins
(NaturalNews) The research, just published in the journal Environmental Health, uncovered that combinations of these hormone disrupting chemicals have a dramatically greater effect on cells than one of them alone. And the possible ramifications to health, fertility and the development of healthy children are potentially disastrous.

CDC Claim of No Autism-Vaccine Link Based on Junk Science
Gaia Health - The CDC has produced junk science that demonstrates absolutely nothing, but claims it shows no connection between autism and the vaccine schedule. It’s now spinning it as if it proves that there’s no link between the modern day nightmare of autism and the vaccines that they push for Big Pharma. Here’s the evidence.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Arkansas Fusion Center Admits It Spies On “Antigovernment” Groups
Kurt Nimmo - During an interview earlier this week, the director of the Arkansas State Fusion Center, Richard Davis, said the fusion center in Little Rock does not waste its time surveilling al-Qaeda and other supposed foreign terror threats. “We focus a little more on that, domestic terrorism and certain groups that are anti-government,” Davis told “We want to kind of take a look at that and receive that information.”

The Golden Gate Bridge is Watching You
EFF - As of March 27, drivers entering San Francisco no longer have the option to pay the $6 cash toll to a human toll collector. Unfortunately, all of the bridge's electronic payment options track the identities of those paying the toll, and all represent a loss of privacy for visitors or commuters entering San Francisco by car.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

SWAT Raids Home Over Hydroponic Equipment Purchase, Finds Tomatoes and Squash
Activist Post - Did you know that buying hydroponic growing equipment is now being used as probable cause for the government to raid your house? Neither did Bob and Addie Harte, a Kansas couple who were raided by SWAT without a warrant last April because the authorities took notice of their purchase of indoor gardening items.

Pet News

Driving With Your Dog? Bill Would Prohibit Pets Behind the Wheel - Proposed legislation would make it illegal in Illinois for dogs to get behind the wheel of a car. Dogs in the driver's seat — on their owners' laps — is a dangerous but common habit, said state Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), co-sponsor of the bill.

Recall BARF Diet brand Lamb Patties and Combo Patties
Susan Thixton - The following recall information was forwarded to me - via a retailer. "This is to inform you of a voluntary recall involving BARF DIET brand which includes our BARF Lamb Patties and BARF Combo patties as noted below:"

Natura Expands Recall
Susan Thixton - Provided to from a pet food retailer is the following information of recall expansion by Natura Pet Food...



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