Today in History August 31, 2009
1852 - The first pre-stamped envelopes were created with legislation of
the U.S. Congress.
1881 - The first tennis championships in the U.S. were played.
1887 - The kinetoscope was patented by Thomas Edison. The device was
used to produce moving pictures.
1920 - The first news program to be broadcast on radio was aired. The
station was 8MK in Detroit, MI.
1935 - The act of exporting U.S. arms to belligerents was prohibited by
an act signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1954 - 70 people were killed when Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern
coast of the U.S. .
1964 - California officially became the most populated state in America.
1965 - The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created by
the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
1988 - A Delta Boeing 727 crashed during takeoff at Dallas-Fort Worth
International Airport in Texas. Fourteen people were killed in the
accident that was later blamed on the crew's failure to set the wing
flaps in their proper position.
1990 - East and West Germany signed a treaty that meant the harmonizing
of political and legal systems.
1991 - In a "Solidarity Day" protest hundreds of thousands of union
members marched in Washington, DC.
1992 - Randy Weaver, a white separatist, surrendered to authorities
after an 11 day siege at his cabin in Naples, ID.
1997 - Princess Diana of Wales died at age 36 in a car crash in Paris.
Her companion, Dodi Fayed, and their chauffeur were also killed.
Bill S.773 would give president emergency control of Internet --
Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring
when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to
disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.
Silent Subliminal Mind Control -- United States Patent 5,159,703
Lowery October 27, 1992 - Silent Subliminal Presentation System. This
invention relates in general to electronic audio signal processing and,
in particular, to subliminal presentation techniques.
'Moon Rock' in Dutch Museum Is Fake -- The Dutch national museum
said Thursday that one of its prized possessions, a rock supposedly
brought back from the moon by U.S. astronauts, is just a piece of
petrified wood. Read More...
The Massacre of Muslim Civilians is always: ‘Self-Defence’ but never
Terrorism -- The Anglo-US-Israeli axis continues to market the
murdering of Muslims civilians as the result of self-defence, through
its media outlets.
it couldn't happen? IOWA QUARANTINE ORDER -- The Iowa Department
of Public Health (Department) has determined that you have had contact
with a person with Novel Influenza A H1N1. Novel Influenza A H1N1 is a
disease which is spread from person to person and is associated fever
(greater than 100.0 F), cough, sore throat, rhinorrhea (runny nose),
nasal congestion, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Novel
Influenza A H1N1 presents a risk of serious harm to public health and if
it spreads in the community severe public health consequences may
result. The Department has determined that it is necessary to quarantine
your movement to a specific facility to prevent further spread of this
Emergency Health Powers Act HB-492 -- The Commonwealth must do more
to protect the health, safety and general well-being of its citizens.
(2) New and emerging dangers, including emergent and resurgent
infectious diseases and incidents of civilian mass casualties, pose
serious and immediate threats. (3) A renewed focus on the prevention,
detection, management and containment of public health emergencies is
Lockerbie bomber release "linked to oil deal" says report -- Britain
agreed to include Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi in a prisoner
transfer deal with Libya because of "overwhelming interests" shortly
before an oil deal was sealed with Tripoli, a newspaper reported on
Sunday. Read More...
DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show -- Scientists in
Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence,
undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold
standard of proof in criminal cases.
No-warrant terrorism raids proposed -- The Federal Government has
unveiled plans to toughen its counter-terrorism laws, including a change
to allow police to break into a suspect's home without getting approval
from a judge.
Laser breakthrough opens door to DNA manipulation -- Laser
Breakthrough Opens Door To DNA Manipulation.
bank failures -- Regulators have shut down banks in California,
Maryland and Minnesota, pushing to 84 the number of bank failures this
year amid the soured economy and rising loan defaults. The Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday it had taken over the three banks:
Affinity Bank, based in Ventura, Calif., with about $1 billion in assets
and $922 million in deposits; Baltimore-based Bradford Bank, with $452
million in assets and $383 million in deposits; and Mainstreet Bank,
based in Forest Lake, Minn., with assets of $459 million and deposits of
$434 million. The insurance fund (FDIC) has been so depleted by the
epidemic of collapsing financial institutions that some analysts have
warned it could sink into the red by the end of this year. The fund fell
20 percent to $10.4 billion at the end of June, the FDIC reported
Meltdown 101: Why banks' struggles have worsened -- For any money in
a failed bank's deposit accounts that exceeds the insured limits, you
become essentially a creditor of the bank. You would eventually recover
some of your money, but the amount can range from 40 cents on the dollar
up to the full amount. Recovery of the money could take months.
to shut Indiana plant, cut 1,100 jobs -- Whirlpool Corp. announced
Friday it will close its Evansville, Ind., factory next year, moving the
plant's production of top-freezer refrigerators to a facility in Mexico.
Comment: Wasn't NAFTA a blessing? I don't see any politicians jumping in
to keep Whirlpool here. (Thanks Jimm)!!
Town Hall clash! Arrest threat over Obama joker poster -- A video of
the town hall held earlier this week by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., shows an
unnamed protester standing on school grounds carrying a sign that read
"Organizing for National Socialist Health Care – The Final Solution" and
depicted Barack Obama in the Joker's makeup. Read More...
South Dakota Supreme court limits interrogation of travelers -- The
South Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday limited the ability of police to
search and interrogate innocent interstate travelers absent a reasonable
and articulable suspicion of wrongdoing.
Iraqi shoe thrower released from prison early for good behavior --
He has been in custody since the outburst on December 14 last year
during a Bush news conference.
The Katrina videos that Congress did not want you to see
warns of severe form of swine flu -- Doctors are reporting a severe
form of swine flu that goes straight to the lungs, causing severe
illness in otherwise healthy young people and requiring expensive
hospital treatment, the World Health Organization said Friday.
Creators of H1N1 vaccine refuse to take it -- Journalist Wayne
Madsen tells Russia today scientists involved in creating previous
vaccinations are telling family and friends not to take the H1N1
vaccine. Madsen also warns that the government may make the vaccination
Flu Pandemic Game! Fluedo! -- The Flu Pandemic Game, which can be
downloaded from the Department of Health’s website, is for three to 60
players, takes around 90 minutes and has chance cards much like
Return of swine flu-what's ahead for Americans -- The alarm sounded
with two sneezy children in California in April. Just five months later,
the never-before-seen swine flu has become the world's dominant strain
of influenza, and it's putting a shockingly younger face on flu. So get
Columbia says president has swine flu -- Colombian President Alvaro
Uribe has contracted the H1N1 swine flu virus and is being treated by
doctors while continuing to work from his residence, government
spokesman Cesar Velasquez said on Sunday.
& current fears about vaccination -- If large numbers of confirmed
Swine Flu deaths occur, contrary to compelling scientific reasons why
they should not, then serious investigation is called for to determine
if inoculations, not H1N1, caused them, and whether corporate greed and
government complicity are behind a sinister plot to distract world
attention from a deepening global depression, enrich drug companies
hugely, and depopulate nations in numbers too horrifying to imagine - or
as some observers put it, "depopulation by inoculation."
CT scans cause cancer -- A computed tomography (CT) scan can detect
calcified plaque in coronary arteries. And because this calcium-laced
plaque is believed to be associated with the presence of heart disease,
CT scans are being widely advertised and hyped at many medical centers.
Mostly, the scans are aimed at the healthy as a new must-have
"preventive" test. Ads push the message that if the test shows you don't
have heart disease, the worried well can breathe a sigh of relief and if
calcified plaques do show up, they can begin medical treatment.
Anti swine flu shot website
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Operation fax to stop the vax campaign -- Consider this site central
command for those ready to jump in and stop this sickening assault on
Flu shot or get fired -- About 25,000 Capital Region hospital
workers need the state-mandated shield, and the area's top sites say
comply or quit
Banks hiding Tsunami of foreclosures -- “I believe we are about to
see a tsunami of foreclosures in the U.S. A lot of homes have been held
back because if the banks are foreclosing on them they will have to do a
writedown on the mortgages they have on their balance (sheets),” Karsbol
on internment camps by Chuck Baldwin -- "We remain vulnerable to
massive catastrophes in this country--natural or man-caused. We need to
be prepared and FEMA with all its faults--BACKED BY THE MILITARY--is
charged with this job." (Emphasis added.)
from a $105,000 job for emailing a rense.com story -- "I live in
Minneapolis. I was let go from my job (of TEN years) at Target Corp,
Marketing over an article from rense.com which I e-mailed to a
subordinate at work. This happened one year ago, and I'm just now
starting to recover from the shock of it." Read More...
New browser red flags disputed facts on the web -- Developers of new
web browsing software that flags questionable claims or outright lies on
the web hope it will become a valuable tool to deal with the
misinformation that litters the Internet.
Energy saving light bulbs offer dim future -- Energy saving light
bulbs are not as bright as their traditional counterparts and claims
about the amount of light they produce are "exaggerated", the European
Union has admitted.
Acoustic weapons...death by cortisol -- Imagine an enemy that learns
how to use your body’s natural defenses to kill you. And, by doing so,
they can cause your death in a way that is untraceable and that will
always be attributed to natural causes.
57% would like to replace entire Congress -- If they could vote to
keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would
keep the current batch of legislators.
Today in History August 28, 2009
1609 - Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.
1774 - The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother
Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.
1830 - "The Tom Thumb" was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the
first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.
1907 - "American Messenger Company" was started by two teenagers, Jim
Casey and Claude Ryan. The companies name was later changed to "United
1917 - Ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House.
1922 - The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. The
Queensboro Realty Company bought 10 minutes of time for $100.
1939 - The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took
place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
1955 - Emmett Till was abducted from his uncle's home in Mississippi.
Two white men had brutally murdered the black teen-ager after he
supposedly whistled at a white woman.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at
a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people
1981 - John Hinckley, Jr. pled innocent to the charge of attempting to
kill U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Hinckley was later acquitted by
reason of insanity.
1981 - "The New York Daily News" published its final afternoon edition.
1986 - Jerry Whitworth, a retired Navy warrant officer, was convicted
for his role in a Soviet spy ring. He was sentenced to 365 years in
prison and fined $410,000.
1989 - Jim Bakker's fraud and conspiracy trial opened.
1991 - A subway operator in New York was charged with manslaughter after
his train derailed, killing 5 people and injuring 133.
1994 - A DEA plane crashed in Peru killing 5 U.S. agents.
1995 - The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and
Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal.
Health Care Bill Divulges IRS Tax Data -- Section 431(a) of the bill
says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including
the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of
dependents, and "other information as is prescribed by" regulation. That
information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and
state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for
Mock emergency drill tests readiness of Hillsborough volunteers --
Under the drill's fictitious scenario, nearly 400 volunteers came to the
scene pretending to obtain bags of mock emergency supplies. Instead, the
bags contained coupons for township restaurants and businesses.
Banks to Fail In Next Two Years says Bank CEO -- The US banking
system will lose some 1,000 institutions over the next two years, said
John Kanas, whose private equity firm bought Bank United of Florida in
Another Taser Death - Man Dies after L.A. Police Tasering -- The Los
Angeles County Sheriff's Department says a man has died after a deputy
shocked him three times with an electric stun gun at a San Fernando
Valley subway station.
investigating mystery laptops sent to governors -- The FBI is trying
to figure out who sent five Hewlett-Packard laptop computers to West
Virginia Governor Joe Mahchin a few weeks ago, with state officials
worried that they may contain malicious software. HP laptops
mysteriously were also ordered for officials in 10 states.
Socialist calls for US-style primaries in French ballot -- An
American-style primary election open to all French voters will be
organised by the Parti Socialiste (PS), the main opposition party, to
pick the man or woman who will challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy in
Tamiflu turned children into hallucinating sobbing wrecks -- raging
fevers, nightmares and hallucinations which plagued both our children
until we decided they could take no more.
field questions about novel flu vaccines for pregnant women --
Federal health officials today hosted a Web telecast to help pregnant
women and new mothers prepare for an uptick in novel H1N1 flu
infections, a day after a federal judge rejected an advocacy group's
request to limit use of the H1N1 vaccine in pregnant women.
rejects ban on use of vaccine in pregnant women -- -- A judge on
Wednesday denied an advocacy group's bid to prevent the government from
giving pregnant women flu vaccines with a preservative that contains
DHS funding police cameras that automatically check license plates
-- Automated license plate scanners, which enable cops to quickly check
whether passing cars warrant stopping, are the latest police tool to
take advantage of available digital technologies—and stir up fears of
Newspaper slump deepens as 2Q ad sales fall 29 pct -- Newspapers'
financial woes worsened in the second quarter as advertising sales
shrank by 29 percent, leaving publishers with $2.8 billion less revenue
than they had at the same time last year.
Misinformation linked to explosion of swine flu in US schools -- A
high number of students at Sylacauga city schools are reporting being
sick, but it appears to be a stomach virus doing most of the damage
right now instead of the H1N1 strain of influenza that has worried
health officials around the world.
induced epidemic outbreaks -- Read the facts!
Defense officials prepare for H1N1 flu -- "We'll be getting vaccine
the same time the highest priority groups are receiving their vaccine,"
said Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Wayne Hachey, director of preventive medicine
and surveillance in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Toll road firms continue to lose millions -- Toll road giants
Macquarie and Transurban lose millions as motorists continue to avoid
MORE ON INTERNMENT CAMPS by Chuck Baldwin -- "Keep a wary eye out
for anything that the federal government could use to encroach upon our
liberties and freedoms--even reports of internment camps. If the reports
are bogus, you've lost nothing; but if they are real, you could end up
losing your liberty."
McCain speaks with angry crowd at Ariz. town hall -- Sen. John
McCain met with an angry crowd at a town-hall meeting about health care
reform Wednesday, sometimes having to fight to talk and telling one
woman who wouldn't stop yelling that she had to leave.
is shut off as bills pile up -- More Americans are having their
power shut off as the weak economy makes it harder to pay bills.
$49.9M US Contract for 300 Winchester Magnum Ammo -- ATK subsidiary
Federal Cartridge Co. in Anoka, MN received a $49.9 million
firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for
.300 Winchester magnum ammunition. Maximum quantity is 80,100 boxes of
480 rounds each, minimum is 117 boxes. This ammunition will be used by
U.S. forces engaged in combat, and by the US Navy in Match Team
EDITORIAL: The government 'Death Book' -- Bureaucrats investigate
what life is 'not worth living'....Read More....
First Steps to Deal With Debt -- The moves you need to make to get
back to even.
Scientist warning of dangers of Monsanto herbicide get threatened
CDC turns to social sites to get flu message out -- U.S. health
authorities are turning to social networking sites such as Facebook and
Twitter in a bid to prepare people to be vaccinated against the pandemic
group blasts GM foods as dangerous -- Stop eating dangerous
genetically modified (GM) foods! That's the upshot of the Lyme Induced
Autism (LIA) Foundation's position paper released.
Foreclosure guilt haunts home buyers -- In most cases, folks who buy
foreclosed properties never deal with the previous residents, but Jesse
Chase, 30, of Las Vegas came home one day to find his life partner
sitting with the woman who owned the house before her. The two were
weeping. The previous owner had come by just to see her former home
US copter loses ballot boxes as Afghan vote count moves slowly forward
-- As the count for Afghanistan’s hotly disputed election trudges along
at a snail’s pace, a bit of excitement happened when the US military
admitted that it had misplaced 25 ballot boxes it was shipping from
Paroon to Kabul. Actually it didn’t so much misplace them as it dropped
them, off a helicopter, into what officials are describing as "the
rugged mountains of Nuristan."
Half of health workers reject swine flu shot -- About half of Hong
Kong's health workers would refuse the swine flu vaccine, new research
says, a trend that experts say would likely apply worldwide.
The fast food industry's 7 most heinous concoctions -- In this
article, we'll name and shame the very worst offenders, whether they're
1,400-calorie hamburgers or 550-calorie cups of coffee. So let's get
things rolling with …...
one for the "you've got to be kidding me" articles -- Giant
microbe toys manufactured by toy company- wouldn't your child just love
one of these to play with?
Some stupid news: Scientists ponder threat of a zombie attack
Vending machines take finger scans instead of cash -- Biometric
scanners are popping up everywhere, and now Hitachi has debuted the
first vending machine that will accept a finger scan instead of cash or
coins. By linking the scan to a credit card account, customers can
simply place their finger in the machine and purchase whichever snack
goods they desire most. It’s probably the best reward you’ll ever get
for giving a vending machine the finger.
No swine flu "crisis" plan for Copenhagen climate summit -- Denmark
does not intend to establish an "emergency plan" for managing a major
swine flu outbreak at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in
December, a Danish health official said Thursday.
Brisk July portends frigid snowy winter say experts --
Meteorologists at AccuWeather have a name for 2009: "Year Without True
Summer." The worst part? It could lead to the truest of winters.
Mohammed Jawad: 'I was 12 when I was arrested and sent to Guantanamo'
-- Sitting cross-legged on the cushioned floor of a family friend’s
house, Mohammed Jawad furrowed his brow and fidgeted nervously as he
struggled to explain his extraordinary ordeal over the past seven years.
DoD seeks panacea for pandemics -- DARPA/DSO is soliciting research
proposals that seek to develop highly innovative approaches to counter
any known, unknown, naturally occurring or engineered pathogen.
Fed urges secrecy on banks in bailout program...revealing the truth
could collapse economy -- The U.S. Federal Reserve asked a federal
judge not to enforce her order that it reveal the names of the banks
that have participated in its emergency lending programs and the sums
they received, saying such disclosure would threaten the companies and
Bee colony collapse disorder caused by several viruses -- An illness
that has been decimating US honeybees for more than three years probably
isn't caused by a single virus, but by multiple viruses that wear down
the bees' ability to produce proteins that can guard them against
infection, according to a new study.
Moon rock in Dutch museum is petrified wood -- The Dutch
national museum said Thursday that one of its prized possessions, a rock
supposedly brought back from the moon by U.S. astronauts, is just a
piece of petrified wood.
Today in History August 27, 2009
1660 - The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks
on King Charles II.
1858 - The first cabled news dispatch was sent and was published by "The
New York Sun" newspaper. The story was about the peace demands of
England and France being met by China.
1859 - The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by
Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, PA.
1889 - Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet.
1892 - The original Metropolitan Opera House in New York was seriously
damaged by fire.
1894 - The Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act was passed by the U.S. Congress. The
provision within for a graduated income tax was later struck down by the
U.S. Supreme Court.
1928 - The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed by 15 countries in Paris.
Later, 47 other nations would sign the pact.
1938 - Robert Frost, in a fit of jealousy, set fire to some papers to
disrupt a poetry recital by another poet, Archibald MacLeish.
1962 - Mariner 2 was launched by the United States. In December of the
same year the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe
to reach the vicinity of another planet. .
1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to
go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen
was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January
1985 - The Space Shuttle Discovery left for a seven-day mission in which
three satellites were launched and another was repaired and redeployed.
1989 - The first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched. A
British communications satellite was onboard.
1992 - Federal troops were ordered to Florida for emergency relief due
to Hurricane Andrew. 2001 - The U.S. military announced that an Air
Force RQ-1B "Predator" aircraft was lost over Iraq. It was reported that
the unmanned aircraft "may have crashed or been shot down."
2001 - Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the
U.S. capital's historic national Mall. The site is between the
Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
"may refuse pandemic vaccine" -- Parents and healthcare workers may
refuse to get immunized or vaccinate their children against a pandemic
virus if they believe the risks of a novel vaccine outweigh the
benefits, according to research published in Emerging Health Threats
Army's new bid to promote mental health-170 questions -- Come
October, the service will require all its active duty, National Guard,
and reserve soldiers to take a test that will help identify potential
problem areas for soldiers. The 170-question test will look at physical,
mental, emotional, spiritual, and family issues and then recommend
follow-on training as needed.
New Taliban leader 'ruthless' -- The Pakistani Taliban have
appointed a new chief, militants said Saturday, selecting a top
commander known for his ruthless efficiency in staging attacks,
including a major hotel bombing and a deadly assault against the Sri
Lankan cricket team.
Compulsory vaccination in America? Bill passes in Massachusetts - 30
days in jail or $1000 a day fine.
Glenn Beck's fear of Obama: Seize power overnight -- Will President
Obama "seize power overnight" in a move to consolidate White House
control of the U.S. government? That's the fear of Fox News anchor Glenn
Beck who discussed the issue at length today with another broadcasting
powerhouse, radio's Rush Limbaugh. Read More...
Statin drugs cause serious structural muscle damage -- New research
shows that in some people statins cause serious structural damage to
FDA approves military flu testing on portable lab -- Military
doctors can use a portable polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing
device to diagnose novel H1N1 flu infections in troops overseas, the FDA
Swine flu toy sold at CDC headquarters -- "You've got to be kidding
me!" category!! The fuzzy, stuffed toy that resembles a microbe of the
H1N1 virus, commonly know as "swine flu" is sold in the CDC's gift shop,
along with several other toy versions of microbes.
CIA spies 'certified' with 2 weeks training -- With just two weeks
of training, or about half the time it takes to become a truck driver,
the CIA certified its spies as interrogation experts after 9/11 and
handed them the keys to the most coercive tactics in the agency’s
Real US unemployment rate at 16%: Fed official -- "If one considers
the people who would like a job but have stopped looking -- so-called
discouraged workers -- and those who are working fewer hours than they
want, the unemployment rate would move from the official 9.4 percent to
16 percent, said Atlanta Fed chief Dennis Lockhart.
prove Pentagon is profiling reporters -- Contrary to the insistence
of Pentagon officials this week that they are not rating the work of
reporters covering U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Stars and Stripes has
obtained documents that prove that reporters’ coverage is being graded
as “positive,” “neutral” or “negative.”
Pentagon reporter screening crisis deepens -- The Pentagon has begun
using a contractor to rate the attitudes of potential embedded
reporters, according to the partially - government-funded Stars &
deposition: video & transcript released -- Long-gagged FBI
whistleblower's full under-oath testimony from Ohio election case,
details Congressional blackmail, bribery, espionage, infiltration,
Breast cancer 'wonder drug' increases risk of rare tumour by 440% --
Breast cancer patients given tamoxifen are more than four times more
likely to develop a more aggressive tumour than those not prescribed the
drug, scientists have warned.
Setting the people up to die-a conspiracy of silence about swine flu
natural remedies -- The absence of natural remedies information from
virtually all the advice being handed out to the American public is
increasingly suspicious. If a pandemic flu is, indeed, threatening to
infect half the U.S. population, and if most of the population is
deficient in a nutrient known to strongly prevent influenza infections,
wouldn't it make good sense to make a few announcements encouraging
Americans to raise their vitamin D levels throughout the coming winter?
heated high fructose corn syrup can be dangerous -- Researchers have
established the conditions that foster formation of potentially
dangerous levels of a toxic substance in the high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
often fed to honey bees.
DARPA seeks precision electronic warfare -- US military researchers
are looking to build networks of small, low-power transmitter boxes
which together can perform "surgical jamming" of digital signals -
shutting down cellphones and sat nav receivers within an area "on the
order of a city block corner".
Cellphones & brain tumors-15 reasons for concern -- This report
provides information on scientific findings from studies on the risk of
brain tumors from cellphone use. It includes studies independent of
industry funding as well as telecommunications industry funded studies.
Further, it includes background information on the soon to be published
Telecom-funded Interphone study.
Victimized by Identity Fraud Ring -- According to court documents,
the Fed chairman and his wife were swindled in 2008 by a skilled team of
Mysterious tubular clouds defy explanation -- Similar tubular shaped
clouds called roll clouds appear in various places around the globe. But
nobody has yet figured out what causes the Morning Glory clouds.
CDC offers perspective on White House flu severity scenario -- A
White House expert advisory group's report on influenza preparedness on
Aug 24 contained many recommendations, such as appointing a flu czar,
but its illness and death projections seem to be drawing most of the
AFRICOM: Pentagon's first direct military intervention in Africa --
Until last October Africa was the only continent other than Australia
and Antarctica without a U.S. military command. The fact that one has
now been established indicates that Africa has achieved heightened
importance for the Pentagon and its Western military allies.
Jones website blocked under filter for ‘criminal skills’ content --
According to a tip to infowars.com, the Oregon County Library in Thayer,
Missouri has classified [cached] this website, JonesReport.com, as
‘promoting’ criminal skills.
Satellites used to predict infectious disease outbreaks -- Rather
than searching for weird weather or enemy missiles, some satellites are
helping researchers to track—and predict—the spread of deadly diseases.
Maytag Refrigerator Recall Expanded Following More Overheating --
Maytag is expanding its March refrigerator recall to include an
additional 46,000 Maytag, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley
brand refrigerators. The original Maytag refrigerator recall was for 1.6
million refrigerators that posed a fire hazard.
Long range Taser that can be fired from a 12 gauge shotgun -- THE
manufacturer of the Taser stun gun is sparking new controversy with the
commercial launch of a long-range version that can be fired from a
Survey says travelers feel mistreated, misinformed & misled -- Read
the top 10 issues as ranked as “most important” by this Consumer Travel
Alliance poll of newsletter readers. Delayed/canceled flights and hidden
fees/surcharges topped the list of issues.
Growing poverty & despair in America -- Annually, two - three
million Americans, including 1.3 million children, experience
homelessness and many more are at risk. Most vulnerable are those losing
jobs, homes, and the millions of low-income workers paying 50% or more
of their income in rent so that a missed paycheck, health emergency, or
unexpected financial burden makes them vulnerable to homelessness at a
time government aid is being cut.
Held in a psych ward for 11 days & declared delusional for saying 9-11
was an inside job -- "I was wrongly diagnosed as delusional by the
psychiatric staff of Ward 7 at Northland Base Hospital and held against
my will for 11 days, because I maintained that 9/11 was the work of
criminal elements inside the US Administration. Not only did the staff
not have their facts right or make an effort to look into what I was
claiming, but they were contravening Section 4 of the Mental Health Act,
which makes it clear that people can not be deemed to be mentally ill on
the basis of their political beliefs."
Today in History August 26, 2009
1498 - Michelangelo was commissioned to make the "Pieta."
1743 - Antoine Lavoisier was born. He was the chemist that proved that
the union of oxygen and other chemicals is used in burning, rusting of
metals and breathing.
1842 - The first fiscal year was established by the U.S. Congress to
start on July 1st.
1873 - Dr. Lee DeForest was born. He was the inventor of the Audion
tube. The tube makes the broadcasting of sound possible.
1873 - The school board of St. Louis, MO, authorized the first U.S.
1883 - A two-day eruption of the volcanic island Krakatoa began. The
tidal waves that were associated with the eruption killed 36,000 people
when they destroyed the island.
1920 - The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The
amendment prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in the voting
1957 - The first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled out.
1973 - A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August
26th Women's Equality Day.
1987 - The Fuller Brush Company announced plans to open two retail
stores in Dallas, TX. The company that had sold its products door to
door for 81 years.
1990 - The 55 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait left Baghdad by
car and headed for the Turkish border.
1998 - The U.S. government announced that they were investigating
Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they "bullied" Intel into
delaying new technology.
EDWARD KENNEDY DIES AT AGE 77 -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal
lion of the Senate and haunted bearer of the Camelot torch after two of
his brothers fell to assassins' bullets, has died at his home in Hyannis
Port after battling a brain tumor. He was 77. His family announced his
death in a brief statement released early Wednesday.
Percent of U.S. Workers Surveyed Have Only One Week or Less of Savings
to Cover Expenses if Laid Off from Work -- Despite the fact that
most financial advisors caution workers to save the equivalent of six
months’ salary in preparation for troubled economic times, a recent
Monster Meter Poll reveals more than one-third of U.S. workers surveyed
on Monster.com admit they have only one week or less of savings to cover
living expenses if they were to be laid off from work.
veterans await checks, VA workers get $24M bonuses -- Outside the
Veterans Affairs Department, severely wounded veterans have faced
financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment. Inside,
money has been flowing in the form of $24 million in bonuses.
Wrongly Told They Have Fatal Disease -- Former Air Force reservist
Gale Reid received a letter from the Veterans Affairs Department that
told her she had Lou Gehrig's disease, and she immediately put herself
through a battery of painful, expensive tests. Five days later, the VA
said its "diagnosis" was a mistake.
health center starts RFID soap monitoring -- RFID tags are being
deployed at the University of Miami to report when doctors and nurses
wash their hands, and let them know if their fingernails aren't clean.
CDC advice to parents: flu shots for all -- "We're going to continue
to stress that the vaccine is the most important thing that parents can
do to protect their children," said Tom Skinner, a CDC spokesman. This
H1N1 vaccine should be taken in addition to the seasonal flu vaccine,
and not as a replacement for it. (The seasonal flu vaccine, offered
every fall, is recommended for people at risk for serious complications,
including very young children, people older than 65, those with chronic
health conditions and pregnant women.)
Man collapses with ruptured appendix...three weeks after NHS doctors
'took it out' -- After weeks of excruciating pain, Mark Wattson was
understandably relieved to have his appendix taken out. Doctors told him
the operation was a success and he was sent home. But only a month later
the 35-year-old collapsed in agony and had to be taken back to Great
Western Hospital in Swindon by ambulance. Guess what for...ruptored
Office plans cuts via buyouts of up to 30,000 employees -- The U.S.
Postal Service is offering buyouts to tens of thousands of employees as
it faces financial losses caused by the recession, as well as changes in
the way Americans communicate.
Drastic Measure? Officials Consider Early Roll-Out of Swine Flu Vaccine
-- The government appears to be moving forward with an early roll-out of
a vaccine against the H1N1 swine flu virus – even as trials to determine
its safety, efficacy and proper dosage are still under way.
Next Tasks Will Be Undoing His First -- As he looks forward to a
second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke’s
biggest challenge will be to undo much of what made him a hero during
his first term.
Pittsburgh airport to run mock disaster drill -- The Pittsburgh
International Airport is not only preparing for the upcoming G-20
Summit, they are getting ready for a rare mock disaster drill. The drill
has nothing to do with the summit, but 30 crews will be responding to
the staged scenario in which 100 people on a large aircraft are injured
in an accident.
asks Congress for higher US debt limit -- U.S. Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner formally requested that Congress raise the $12.1
trillion statutory debt limit on Friday, saying that it could be
breached as early as mid-October.
Waxman Takes on Drug Makers Over Medicare -- As the health care
debate focuses on whether cost cuts are looming in Medicare coverage,
Representative Henry A. Waxman is on a crusade to save Medicare billions
of dollars — in a way that he says would end up helping the elderly.
Marines seek crowd blasting "venom" launcher -- The Marine Corps has
issued an urgent request for a powerful non-lethal weapon that can fires
volleys of 40mm grenades. And in parallel, the service is launching a
push for a more futuristic version of the same weapon.
Troop support is KBR's bread & butter -- Logging more than 1 billion
labor hours and supporting more than 100,000 troops are impressive feats
at any time. Add growing revenues by the double digits amid an economic
downturn, and it’s a wonder KBR Inc. isn’t laughing all the way to the
crime solved for every 1,000 CCTV cameras senior official says --
Just one crime is solved a year by every 1,000 CCTV cameras in Britain's
largest force area, it was claimed today.
H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating the Data to Justify a Worldwide
Public Health Emergency -- The Atlanta based Center for Disease
Control (CDC) acknowledged that what was being collected in the US were
figures of "confirmed and probable cases". There was, however, no
breakdown between "confirmed" and "probable". In fact, only a small
percentage of the reported cases were "confirmed" by a laboratory test.
Reserve loses suit demanding transparency -- A federal judge on
Monday ruled against an effort by the U.S. Federal Reserve to block
disclosure of companies that participated in and securities covered by a
series of emergency funding programs as the global credit crisis began
Training Center run by Xe (formerly known as Blackwater) -- Training
today to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Possible leak detected at chemical weapons depot -- The Army says a
low level of mustard agent has been detected in a building storing
chemical weapons at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.
Ron Paul takes out the New World Order trash -- Comic: Ron Paul
Cleans House in D.C.
Rex 84-your internment camp awaits you -- Did you know that the
United States Army National Guard has been advertising job openings for
“Internment Specialists?” Who would we be rounding up for internment,
anyway? The United States hasn’t done that openly since Asian-Americans
were forced into relocation camps during the World War II era.
to kill detainee families -- A newly declassified CIA report says
interrogators threatened to kill family members of a man accused of
planning the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The report, written in 2004 and
released Monday by the U.S. Justice Department, said CIA officers told
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed that if any other attacks happened in the United
States, “we’re going to kill your children.”
Springfield Mass. to be under a period of martial law over crime rates
-- (police chief said-police be allowed to operate under what he called
"a short period of martial law." The move, over a period of 30 to 60
days, would give police the power to sweep all the illegal guns in the
city) Police Commissioner William J. Fitchet and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno,
in a press conference Monday afternoon at police headquarters, said
there will be additional patrols by officers on foot and in cruisers all
hours of the day.
Sunscreen may be linked to Alzheimer's -- University of Ulster says
two of its experts have been awarded £350,000 by the European Union to
explore the possible links between the sunscreen and the brain disease.
2009 makes Orwell's 1984 look harmless say 2 German authors -- "The
only danger which terrorism really poses is the way in which our society
has reacted to it," said writer Ilija Trojanow at the official launch of
his book Attack on Freedom. Read More...
Today in History August 25, 2009
1718 - Hundreds of colonists from France arrived in Louisiana. Some
settled in present-day New Orleans.
1814 - The U.S. Library of Congress was destroyed by British forces.
1840 - Joseph Gibbons received a patent for the seeding machine.
1916 - The National Park Service was established as part of the U.S.
Department of the Interior.
1920 - The first airplane to fly from New York to Alaska arrived in
1921 - The U.S. signed a peace treaty with Germany.
1940 - Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward were married while suspended in
parachutes at the World’s Fair in New York City.
1941 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed the bill appropriating funds for
construction of the Pentagon.
1950 - U.S. President Truman ordered the seizure of U.S. railroads to
avert a strike.
1972 - In Great Britain, computerized axial tomography (CAT scan) was
1981 - The U.S. Voyager 2 sent back pictures and data about Saturn. The
craft came within 63,000 miles of the planet.
1992 - It was reported by researchers that cigarette smoking
significantly increased the risk of developing cataracts.
1993 - Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman was indicted by a federal grand jury for
terrorist activities, one of which was the World Trade Center bombing.
1993 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3,652.09, an all-time
1997 - The tobacco industry agreed to an $11.3 billion settlement with
the state of Florida.
1998 - A survey released said that 1/3 of Americans use the Internet.
Astronomy Picture of the Day for Aug. 25, 2009
of ‘9/11 building 7’ by Martin Noakes & Tim Jones -- Toronto
producers "SO OUT THERE" have released one of the most controversial
dance tracks to hit the floors this summer which is FREE for download.
Their latest song 9/11 What Went Down With Building 7? was written to
support the massive growth of the global 9/11 Truth Movement -
individuals and organizations questioning the mainstream interpretation
of September 11th 2001. Check out the video and music on the site.
VA Simplifies Rules for PTSD -- The VA is publishing a proposed
regulation today in the Federal Register to make it easier for a Veteran
to claim service connection for PTSD by reducing the evidence needed if
the stressor claimed by a Veteran is related to fear of hostile military
or terrorist activity. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted
over the next 60 days. A final regulation will be published after
consideration of all comments received.
Report: Return of the Militias -- The total report can be downloaded
in the right side box or
FINALLY made the news:
1,200 Gulf War Veterans Wrongly Told They Have ALS -- At least 1,200
Gulf War veterans across the country have been mistakenly notified by
the Veterans Administration that they suffer from a fatal neurological
MANDATORY VACCINATIONS? TELL FEDS AND STATES TO 'STICK IT' by Devvy
The swine flu hoax -- The alarm has been sounded. Politicians,
pharmaceutical executives and media conglomerates would have us believe
that a 1918-style pandemic is a real threat. The 1918 pandemic, however,
evolved out of conditions unique to World War I, for four specific
Hundreds of 9-11 first responders dying of cancer -- 85 per cent of
first responders are suffering from lung diseases which they say were
caused by the huge clouds of dust. Those people are now calling on the
state for medical support. So far the US government has refused to help.
Rhode Island to shut down state government for 12 days -- Rhode
Island will shut down its state government for 12 days and trim millions
of dollars in funding for local governments under a plan Gov. Don
Carcieri proposed Monday to balance a budget hammered by surging
unemployment and plummeting tax revenue.
First it was Cash for Clunkers - Latest in stimulus: Cash for
refrigerators -- A $300 million cash-for-clunkers-type federal
program to boost sales of energy-efficient home appliances provides a
glimmer of hope for beleaguered makers of washing machines and
dishwashers, but it's probably not enough to lift companies such as
Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR - News) and Electrolux out of the worst down cycle
in the sector's history.
Homelessness grows in shadow of White House -- The nation's capital
has one of the worst chronic homelessness problems in the nation and
almost triple the number of homeless per 10,000 people as the national
average, according to 2007 statistics from the National Alliance to End
lady now requires 26 servants -- The annual cost to taxpayers for
such unprecedented attention is approximately $1,750,000 without taking
into account the expense of the lavish benefit packages afforded to
every attendant. She is served by twenty-six attendants, including a
hair dresser and make-up artist.
Inject Me" swine flu vaccine song & video by Mike Adams -- Check it
When swine flu brings in big money -- Never in history has there
been an attempt to vaccinate so many people in so short a period of
Radioactive wreckage, land mines plague Iraq -- Radioactive wreckage
and tens of millions of landmines still blight Iraq after decades of war
and the deadly violence that engulfed the nation after the 2003
invasion, the environment minister has said.
Presidential panel calls for planning czar, faster vaccine (what?
Another czar?) -- A White House expert advisory group today released
a report calling for the Obama Administration to accelerate novel H1N1
vaccination preparation for high-risk Americans and appoint a White
House pandemic preparedness point person, among other recommendations.
Panel urges HHS to prepare for vaccine safety concerns -- An
advisory committee today called on the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) to be ready to respond quickly to safety concerns that
may emerge during this fall's novel H1N1 influenza vaccination campaign.
Most GPs may reject swine flu vaccine -- Up to 60% of GPs may choose
not to be vaccinated against swine flu, with many concerned about the
safety of the vaccine, a GP newspaper survey suggests.
Montana firearms freedom act -- The primary purpose of the MFFA is
to set up a legal challenge to federal power under the commerce clause.
MSSA and SAF expect to mount this legal challenge by filing a suit for a
declaratory judgment to test the principles of the MFFA in federal court
on October 1st, the day the Montana law becomes effective.
Social Security payments to shrink for the first time in a generation
-- Millions of older people face shrinking Social Security checks next
year, the first time in a generation that payments would not rise.
Detox & Cleanse with raw apple cider vinegar -- The cleansing
properties of apple cider vinegar have been utilized for centuries.
Eastern medicine teaches us that apple cider vinegar can help stimulate
circulation and aid detoxification in the liver. Ancient cultures often
used apple cider vinegar to purify the blood. Today we are exposed to
more toxins than ever before, so it's become even more important that we
take care of our bodies by detoxing with natural medicinal foods like
apple cider vinegar.
Fed must release data on emergency loans judge says -- The Federal
Reserve must make records about emergency lending to financial
institutions public within five days because it failed to convince a
judge the documents should be exempt from the Freedom of Information
Vegetable gardens help morale grow -- Employer-sponsored gardens can
be a cheap and easy way to boost workers' morale, relate better to
certain customers and expand a company's health and wellness program.
Hundreds of I-35 bridge collapse suits await trial -- It has been
more than two years since the Interstate-35W bridge in Minneapolis
suddenly collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people and
injuring 145 others, and yet scores of lawsuits filed against firms
involved in the bridge’s design and upkeep are just getting under way.
Americans abusing attention deficit disorder drugs -- It's a new
form of drug abuse that is soaring among teenagers -- abuse of
prescription drugs. Attention-deficit pills seem to be the drug of
Mexican Army takes over customs at US border -- Mexico's Army took
control of customs Sunday on the busy US border, as federal authorities
pulled agents off the job in a massive anti-corruption shakeup,
officials told AFP.
NASA photos: Cities at night
Alimentaruis threatens human health -- The main purposes of this
Programme are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade
practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food
standards work undertaken by international governmental and
$1000 Per Day Fine And 30 Days In Jail For Refusing The Swine Flu
Vaccine In Massachusetts? -- A new law just passed in Massachusetts
imposes fines of up to $1000 per day and up to a 30 day jail sentence
for not obeying authorities during a public health emergency. So if you
are instructed to take the swine flu vaccine in Massachusetts and you
refuse, you could be facing fines that will bankrupt you and a prison
sentence on top of that. See the YouTube video on this website of a news
report about this disturbing new law.
Experts concerned about dangers of antibacterial products --
Canadian Medical Association calls on the federal government to ban all
antibacterial household products because of fears they cause bacterial
Feds to steal state pension funds -- Congress may confiscate every
state pension fund into the bankrupt social security system. Indications
that this strategy is being discussed in Washington have come in to us
from several sources over the last few days.
National Interoperability Field Operations Guide - Scanner
frequencies for emergencies
Today in History August 24, 2009
0079 - Mount Vesuvius erupted killing approximately 20,000 people. The
cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum were buried in volcanic ash.
1456 - The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
1814 - Washington, DC, was invaded by British forces that set fire to
the White House and Capitol.
1853 - The first convention of the American Pharmaceutical Association
1867 - Johns Hopkins died. The railroad millionaire left $7.5 million in
his will for the founding of a new medical school in his name.
1869 - A patent for the waffle iron was received by Cornelius Swarthout.
1880 - Joshua Lionel Cowen was born. He was the inventor of the toy
1891 - Thomas Edison applied patents for the kinetoscope and kinetograph
(U.S. Pats. 493,426 and 589,168).
1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the U.S.
non-stop. The trip from Los Angeles, CA to Newark, NJ, took about 19
1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went into effect.
The agreement was that an attack against on one of the parties would be
considered "an attack against them all."
1954 - The Communist Party was virtually outlawed in the U.S. when the
Communist Control Act went into effect.
1970 - A bomb went off at the University of Wisconsin's Army Math
Research Center in Madison, WI. The bomb that killed Robert Fassnacht
was set by anti-war extremists.
1986 - Frontier Airlines shut down. Thousands of people were left
1990 - Iraqi troops surrounded foreign missions in Kuwait. .
1992 - Hurricane Andrew hit southern Florida causing 55 deaths in the
Bahamas, Florida, and Louisiana.
1998 - A donation of 24 beads was made, from three parties, to the
Indian Museum of North America at the Crazy Horse Memorial. The beads
are said to be those that were used in 1626 to buy Manhattan from the
2001 - The remains of nine American servicemen killed in the Korean War
were returned to the U.S. The bodies were found about 60 miles north of
Pyongyang. It was estimated that it would be a year before the identies
of the soldiers would be known
2005 - The planet Pluto was reclassified as a "dwarf planet" by the
International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto's status was changed due
to the IAU's new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met
two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to
assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit
and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet.
Astronomy Picture of the Day for Aug. 24
veterans await checks, VA workers get $24M bonuses -- Outside the
Veterans Affairs Department, severely wounded veterans have faced
financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment. Inside,
money has been flowing in the form of $24 million in bonuses.
Calls for Hearings on End-of-Life Care Guide for Veterans -- Sen.
Arlen Specter on Sunday called for hearings to scrutinize a guide for
veterans' end-of-life care which one former Bush official says sends a
"hurry-up-and-die" message to injured troops. The guide, called "Your
Life, Your Choices," was suspended under the Bush administration but has
been revived under the current Department of Veterans Affairs.
Death Book for Veterans -- Who is the primary author of this
workbook? Dr. Robert Pearlman, chief of ethics evaluation for the
center, a man who in 1996 advocated for physician-assisted suicide in
Vacco v. Quill before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for his
support of health-care rationing. "Your Life, Your Choices" presents
end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward
predetermined conclusions, much like a political "push poll." For
example, a worksheet on page 21 lists various scenarios and asks users
to then decide whether their own life would be "not worth living."
Utility: How Much Are Grandpa and Grandma Worth? By Russell L. Blaylock,
M.D. -- "We can honestly say that it was the labor of our seniors
that built this great country, so how can be betray them now? Even worse
is that we are telling them that we don’t even care that they are
suffering during their last days and that they are aware that relief of
their suffering exist, but they cannot have it?—?the money, they are
told, would be better spent on educational programs, studies of
global climate change and a plethora of other socialist dreams. If we
let this happen, we should hold our heads in shame."
Official, More Than A Million U.S. Gulf War Troops Dead and Disabled
-- According to an official Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf war
Information Systems Report dated August 2007, more than THREE AND A HALF
MILLION U.S. troops who took part in the Gulf War since 1990 are dead or
Swine flu conference in Washington DC predicts end of the USA as a
result of swine flu pandemic -- Every day the mainstream media in
the US and around the world hypes the threat of the so-called swine flu
and spends acres of words on every alleged fatality. And yet not one
mainstream media outlet has covered the first INTERNATIONAL Swine Flu
Conference, which finishes today 21st August in Washington DC.
Substitute House Bill No. 6200 - Public Act No. 09-128 - AN ACT
CONCERNING THE USE OF LONG-TERM ANTIBIOTICS FOR THE TREATMENT OF LYME
DISEASE -- Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 20-8a and
20-13e of the general statutes, on and after said date, the Department
of Public Health shall not initiate a disciplinary action against a
licensed physician and such physician shall not be subject to
disciplinary action by the Connecticut Medical Examining Board solely
for prescribing, administering or dispensing long-term antibiotic
therapy to a patient clinically diagnosed with Lyme disease, provided
such clinical diagnosis and treatment has been documented in the
patient's medical record by such licensed physician.
LAWS -- The purpose of this page is simply to provide reproductions
of and links to various federal and state laws and regulations
concerning vaccinations of citizens in the event of pandemics,
particularly the predicted "swine flu" episode for this fall. There
appears to be great interest at present regarding this matter, yet there
is no readily available source where an interested American can actually
read the relevant laws for every jurisdiction. The author has been
primarily concerned with compiling those laws that actually subject a
citizen to forced innoculations.
Nearly One in Two Mortgages in Ohio is Underwater or Close to it --
Ohio joins California, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois and Arizona as the
top states in the nation with the most number of properties either in or
approaching negative equity position, according to the report.
was Mossad “false flag” operation -- Both the ZOG administrations in
Washington and London have expressed their displeasure over the hero
welcome given to the so- called “Lockerbie bomber”, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi
by his countrymen in Libya. Read More...
Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Congressman Brian Baird -- Marine voices
his concern at Town Hall Meeting! He was one questioner out of 38, that
was called at random from an audience that started at 3,000 earlier in
Lieberman: Postpone Universal Healthcare -- One of the Senate's most
powerful Democrats said Sunday that President Obama should take an
"incremental" approach to fixing health care and argued that the country
should postpone adding nearly 50 million new patients to the government
system until after the recession is over.
USDA Says Biotech Is Compatible with Organic -- The organic movement
rejects biotechnology as inherently contradictory to its fundamental
goal of promoting environmental protection in agriculture.
Heart disease warning over cholesterol found in junk food -- A form
of junk food cholesterol virtually unknown to the public may pose the
biggest threat of heart disease, research suggests.
The vaccines are far more deadly than the swine flu -- What worries
the public most is the mass vaccination programmes governments are
putting in place to combat the emerging pandemic, which could well be
worse than the pandemic itself.
Swine flu campaign waits on vaccine -- Government health officials
are mobilizing to launch a massive swine flu vaccination campaign this
fall that is unprecedented in its scope -- and in the potential for
complications. Government hopes to vaccinate half the population.
Swine flu: Who will get vaccinated first?
Does virus vaccine increase the risk of cancer? -- The swine flu
vaccine has been hit by new cancer fears after a German health expert
gave a shock warning about its safety. Some people fear that the risk of
cancer could be increased by injecting the cells.
Next step in H1N1 scare: Microchip implants -- A Florida-based
company that boasts selling the world's first and only federally
approved radio microchip for implanting in humans is now turning its
development branch toward "emergency preparedness," hoping to produce an
implant that can automatically detect in its host's bloodstream the
presence of swine flu or other viruses deemed a "bio-threat."
WHO predicts 'explosion' of swine flu cases -- The global spread of
swine flu will endanger more lives as it speeds up in coming months and
governments must boost preparations for a swift response, the World
Health Organization said Friday.
AGENDA 21: Cap and Trade Calls for Productive U.S. Farmland to be
Converted -- New forests would spread across the American landscape,
replacing both pasture and farm fields, under a congressional plan to
confront climate change, an Environmental Protection Agency analysis
shows. About 18 million acres of new trees — roughly the size of West
Virginia — would be planted by 2020, according to an EPA analysis of a
climate bill passed by the House of Representatives in June.
That Make You Smarter -- Here are some healthy, environmentally
friendly ways to kick-start your brain.
Farmers suing German-based Bayer Cropscience over genetically engineered
strain of rice -- Nearly 1,500 rice farmers are suing the German
conglomerate Bayer Cropscience and affiliated companies over a
genetically engineered strain of rice. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in
federal court in Little Rock claims the farmers' crops were corrupted by
the rice that was produced by Bayer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture
announced in August 2006 that traces of an unapproved genetically
engineered rice had been found in U.S. supplies of long-grain rice. The
lawsuit says Bayer and Riceland Foods Inc. confirmed the traces in early
2006 but didn't tell farmers, the government or the public until July or
Clock ticks down on a deadly chemical stockpile -- Efforts have been
stepped up at the Blue Grass Army Depot to wipe out the last of the U.S.
chemical weapons' stockpile. But disposal isn't expected to be completed
until 2021, well past deadlines.
If it's Friday, there must be a bank failure somewhere - The first time
a foreign bank has bought a failed U.S. bank - Large Texas bank shut
down by federal regulators -- Guaranty Bank became the
second-largest U.S. bank to fail this year after the Texas lender was
shut down by regulators and most of its operations sold at a loss of
billions of dollars for the U.S. government to a major Spanish bank.
Unemployment Edges Up to Great Depression Level -- Here is a chart
released by the government that claims to show the percentage of
unemployed people in the United States as of July, 2009. It is a
fictional snapshot of the actual number of unemployed and under-employed
Days Away From Economic Chaos? -- America is just a few days away
from a possible day of reckoning. I again call attention to this day,
August 25, when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issues its 2nd
Quarter report for 2009 on the state of health of American banks.
FEMA’s new administrator has a message for Americans -- Get in touch
with your survival instinct.
Text of H.R. 645: National Emergency Centers Establishment Act --
This is the original text of the bill as it was written by its sponsor
and submitted to the House for consideration. This is the latest version
of the bill available on this website.
Biologists napping while work militarized -- As researchers discover
more agents that alter mental states, the Chemical Weapons Convention
needs modification to help ensure that the life sciences are not used
for hostile purposes, says Malcolm Dando.
Seller, beware: Feds cracking down on garage sales -- If you're
planning a garage sale or organizing a church bazaar, you'd best beware:
You could be breaking a new federal law. As part of a campaign called
Resale Roundup, the federal government is cracking down on the
secondhand sales of dangerous and defective products.
KBR reorganizes to expand federal and defense business -- KBR Inc.
is stepping up its push into the federal and defense contracting arena
with the formation of the Government, Defense and Infrastructure
Blackwater's license to kill under the lens -- Did the
non-disclosure clauses just expire for some former Blackwater Xe
executives? It would seem to be the case, based on the New York Times‘
series of scoops on the company’s more-intimate-than-previously-reported
ties to the CIA.
Texas Senator Declares Anti-Toll Campaign for Governor -- US Senator
Kay Bailey Hutchison on Monday officially announced her bid to unseat
fellow Republican Rick Perry as Texas governor. As she unveiled her
campaign platform in LaMarque, transportation issues emerged as one of
five themes central to her argument that she would be better for the
state than the ten-year incumbent who has championed the use of toll
roads and the sale of public assets to foreign corporations.
Thousands Flee as Greek Fires Rage -- Firefighting crews resumed
their efforts early Monday across Greece after raging wildfires swept
through the northern suburbs of Athens over the weekend, destroying
homes and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.
Man jailed for 3 months for driving with breath mints -- The
arresting officer thought the mints looked like crack cocaine and threw
Mays in the slammer for drug possession.
No-warrant terrorism raids proposed -- The Federal Government has
unveiled plans to toughen its counter-terrorism laws, including a change
to allow police to break into a suspect's home without getting approval
from a judge.
VIDEO: Mom in minivan tasered twice in Salina traffic stop; camera
captures deputy's rough roadside arrest -- Lady was charged with
disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and going 50 in a 45 mph zone. The
district attorney's office dismissed the charges a month later -- after
watching the videotape, said her lawyer, Terrance Hoffmann. The
prosecutor could not be reached for comment.
Water Cops Crack Down in Drought Areas -- Citations being written,
Sprinklers Monitored and Trickles Investigated, With Some Effect: In Los
Angeles, Consumption Is Lowest in 32 Years. In San Antonio, city water
officials credit strict water restrictions -- and the more than 1,800
water waste citations issued since April.
CIA Faulted for Conduct at Prisons -- The CIA lacked clear
safeguards to prevent abuses in some instances in its network of secret
prisons for terror suspects, and some interrogators had inadequate
training and oversight, a long-withheld 2004 report found, according to
current and former officials who have read the document.
Colwood British Columbia first Canadian city to declare
electrosensitivity month in August.
Is The Anti-War Movement In The Age Of Obama?
Today in History August 21, 2009
1680 - The Pueblo Indians drove the Spanish out and took possession of
Santa Fe, NM.
1841 - A patent for venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton.
1888 - The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs.
1912 - Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle
1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state. U.S. President Eisenhower also
issued the order for the 50 star flag.
1971 - Laura Baugh, at the age of 16, won the United States Women's
Amateur Golf tournament
1987 - A U.S. Marine was convicted for spying for the first time.
Sergeant Clayton Lonetree was giving secrets to the KGB while working as
a guard at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He served eight years in a
1996 - The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
was signed by U.S. President Clinton. The act made it easier to obtain
and keep health insurance.
1997 - Afghanistan suspended its embassy operations in the United
2003 - In Ghana, businessman Gyude Bryant was selected to oversee the
two-year power-sharing accord between Liberia's rebels and the
government. The accord was planned to guide the country out of 14 years
of civil war.
veterans await checks, VA workers get $24M bonuses -- Outside the
Veterans Affairs Department, severely wounded veterans have faced
financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment. Inside,
money has been flowing in the form of $24 million in bonuses.
WHO predicts ‘explosion’ of swine flu cases -- The global spread of
swine flu will endanger more lives as it speeds up in coming months and
governments must boost preparations for a swift response, the World
Health Organization said today.
Over 50 killed on Afghan election day -- More than 50 people have
been killed throughout Afghanistan, as voters went to the polls to elect
a new president to lead the country out of militant-related violence.
After the polls closed, the incumbent Afghan President who is running
for a second term, hailed the turnout, saying those who cast their
ballot displayed great bravery.
Australia signs $50bn gas deal with China -- The world's two biggest
listed oil companies signed an A$50 billion (£25 billion) deal to supply
liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Australia to China in the largest-ever
trade deal between the two countries.
Cash for Clunkers to end on Monday -- The Obama administration will
end the popular $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program on Monday, giving
car shoppers a few more days to take advantage of big government
Eating Curry Fights Dementia -- Regular consumption of curry could
reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia,
according to a study conducted by researchers from Duke University and
presented at the annual meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Ten Things That Are Missing from Obama's Health Care Reform Debate
-- Read the top 10 things missing from Obama's health care reform plan.
Number 1 being ending the FDA's suppression of natural cures and safe,
effective nutritional supplements.
Government Permission Will Be Required To Travel -- In other words,
if your name appears among hundreds of thousands on "watchlists," or you
assert that the government should not require ID to fly or you don't
want to reveal your date of birth for concern about identity theft, or
you don't choose to declare your gender, you can just stay home or find
other modes of transportation.
Mexico Hit By Lowest Rainfall In 68 Years -- Mexico is suffering
from its driest year in 68 years, killing crops and cattle in the
countryside and forcing the government to slow the flow of water to the
Today In History August 20, 2009
1866 - It was formally declared by U.S. President Andrew Johnson that
the American Civil War was over. The fighting had stopped months
1914 - German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I.
1918 - The British opened its Western Front offensive during World War
1940 - France fell to the Germans during World War II.
1945 - Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest player to
hit a home run in a major league ball game. Brown was 17 years old.
1953 - It was announced by the Soviet Union that they had detonated a
1955 - In Morocco and Algeria hundreds of people were killed in
1964 - A $1 billion anti-poverty measure was signed by U.S. President
Lyndon B. Johnson.
1977 - Voyager 2 was launched by the United States.
1986 - Patrick Henry Sherril, postal employee, killed 14 co-workers in a
shooting spree at the post office in Edmond, OK.
1989 - Jose and Kitty Menendez were shot to death by their sons Lyle and
Erik. The first trials ended in hung juries.
1998 - Canada's Supreme Court announced that Quebec could not secede
without the federal government's consent.
1998 - The U.N. Security Council extended trade sanctions against Iraq
for blocking arms inspections.
Juice It Up! Dr. Julian Whitaker reveals fresh juices for blood
pressure, arthritis, ulcers and more -- Celery Juice Lowers Blood
Pressure, Cabbage Juice Heals the Stomach, Cherry Juice Reduces Pain and
Inflammation. Read More...
Lockerbie bomber's release agreed -- The Lockerbie bomber is to be
released on compassionate grounds, the Scottish Government has
announced. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, 57, was jailed in 2001 for the
atrocity which claimed 270 lives in 1988. Scottish Justice Secretary
Kenny MacAskill revealed that the Libyan, who has terminal prostate
cancer, would be allowed to return to his homeland. The US Government
said it "deeply regretted" the Scottish Government's decision to release
Megrahi. (Thanks to
in the UK for alerting TPH to this breaking news).
Former probation officer says changing the diet changes the behavior
-- Is it possible that the problems so many children and schools have
these days are food related?
Time for Pentagon to do more with less -- The Pentagon must do
better, especially with defense spending poised to shrink. The bottom
line: The days of lavish defense budgets are over. If America is to
adequately equip its forces, it must figure out how to get more for
Probing Doctors' Ties to Industry -- Can you trust your doctor?
Patients might well ask themselves this question when they learn that 94
percent of physicians have "a relationship" with the pharmaceutical,
medical device or other related industries, according to a national
survey of physicians published two years ago in the New England Journal
Swine flu PSA YouTube contest announced by HHS -- The U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sponsoring a 2009 Flu
Prevention PSA Contest, informally referred to herein as the Swine Flu
YouTube Contest, with a grand prize payout of $2500. Its purpose is to
help increase and renew awareness about H1N1 influenza A and promote the
Climate plan calls for forest expansion -- New forests would spread
across the American landscape, replacing both pasture and farm fields,
under a congressional plan to confront climate change, an Environmental
Protection Agency analysis shows.
YouTube: The Movie "Carriers" Opens Sept. 4th -- The movie,
which will be released on September 4 in Us (September 11 in Spain)
begins with pandemic outbreak of a rare strain of flu to go into the
reaction of men in extreme situations. Check out the trailer...
Woman's House Mistakenly Auctioned by Bank -- You know times are
tough when people are getting kicked out of their house when it’s not
even for sale. That’s what happened to Anna Ramirez after she found all
of her stuff out on the front lawn of her Homestead home last week and a
strange man demanding she get out of his newly purchased house. The
eviction came after Ramirez’s home was mistakenly auctioned off to the
highest bidder by her bank, Washington Mutual. Usually, you get a
warning before you get the boot. A foreclosure letter. Maybe a sign
saying your house is up for sale. Not Ramirez, who found her belongings
bashed and battered in the street.
Cannabis treats prostate cancer, study finds -- Following the
growing interest in medical benefits of cannabis, a new study finds that
the compound can help fight prostate cancer. According to the study
published in the British Journal of Cancer, chemicals found in cannabis
can stop prostate cancer cells from growing in the laboratory.
Tamiflu puts 600,000 at greater risk of a stroke -- A Government
watchdog is concerned that the anti-swine flu drug can interact with the
blood-thinning medication warfarin, which is taken by more than 600,000
people in the UK.
screening info 'misleads' -- Women undergoing routine breast
screening in the UK are being misled about the risks involved, warn a
group of UK experts.
York Sate requires Flu Shot for Health Care Workers -- The State
Health Department is requiring tens of thousands of health care workers
across the state to be vaccinated for flu, amid fears that swine flu
will return in the fall.
Blackwater tied to CIA assassination plot -- Millions were spent on
program, which did not capture or kill any suspects.
Taliban threats deter Afghan voters -- Taliban threats kept voter
turnout low in the capital and the militant south Thursday as Afghans
chose the next president for their deeply troubled country. Militants
launched scattered rocket and bomb attacks, violence that closed some
Some smokers start growing tobacco -- Driven largely by ever-rising
tobacco prices, a growing number of smokers who have turned to their
green thumbs to cultivate tobacco plants to blend their own cigarettes,
cigars and chew.
Turner was an FBI trained agent provocateur, his attorney told reporters
in Hartford -- A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for
allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges was trained by the
FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday.
Read the rest...
Environmental Mercury Contamination Found To Be Widespread -- The
federal government is considering new rules to limit mercury emissions
from cement kilns, which makes two new studies released this week
timely. The first study, from the federal government, shows how
pervasive mercury is in our environment," while the second, from Duke
University chemists, "explains how that mercury becomes toxic to us," as
"particles released into the air from cement kilns or coal-fired power
plants can settle on lakes and rivers where they accumulate in fish and
other wildlife. And since we humans are at the top of the food chain,
some of that mercury eventually ends up in our bodies."
Fish in streams across U.S. tainted with mercury
Mercury found in all fish caught in U.S.-tested streams
Federal study reveals widespread mercury contamination in fish from air
Duke study finds easily inhalable ash bits carry most toxicity
Reverse Mortgages Leave Seniors at Risk, GAO Says -- Reverse
mortgages, which are usually backed by HUD's Federal Housing
Administration, enable seniors to withdraw equity from their homes. The
loan and the accumulated interest do not have to be paid back until the
owner dies or sells the home. But the upfront costs are substantial.
Today in History August 19, 2009
1692 - Five women and a clergyman were executed after being convicted of
witchcraft in Salem, MA.
1856 - The process of processing condensed milk was patented by Gail
1919 - Afghanistan gained independence from Britain.
1929 - "Amos and Andy," the radio comedy program, made its debut on NBC
starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll.
1955 - Severe flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Diane, in the
Northeast United States, claimed 200 lives.
1960 - Two dogs were launched in a satellite into Earth's orbit by the
1981 - The final episode of "Charlie's Angels was aired on ABC-TV.
1993 - "Cheers" ended an 11-year run on NBC-TV. The show debuted on
September 30, 1982.
1996 - A judge sentenced former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker to four
years probation for his Whitewater crimes.
1998 - The first piece of the 351 foot bronze statue of Christopher
Columbus arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2004 - Google Inc. stock began selling on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The
initial price was set at $85 and ended the day at $100.34 with more than
22 million shares traded.
Hurricane Bill grows to Category 4 storm -- Are you prepared?
Delivers New Encyclopedia of Natural Health Knowledge to the World -- Mike Adams, the creator of NaturalPedia,
is the editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet's top natural health news
site. This website discusses all your Natural News Issues!!
Nervosa: Healthy food obsession sparks rise in new eating disorder
-- Eating disorder charities are reporting a rise in the number of
people suffering from a serious psychological condition characterised by
an obsession with healthy eating. The condition, orthorexia nervosa,
affects equal numbers of men and women, but sufferers tend to be aged
over 30, middle-class and well-educated.
Drills/Depleated Uranium to be used on US coast lines -- The U.S.
Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Commander of the U.S.
Pacific Fleet have decided, without our consent, that that are going to
use the Pacific Ocean off the Coast of California, Oregon and Washington
and the land over four states to test weapons of war. They did not
contact Senator Harry Reid of Nevada to obtain permission to use the
Nevada Test Site for these warfare experiments. Instead they decided to
use public lands, the Pacific Ocean, private property, wildlife, and
humans as test subjects for warfare testing in four states. Related
vaccine Gardasil still faces questions -- Three years after the
world's first cervical-cancer vaccine was hailed as a public-health
breakthrough, Gardasil is facing renewed questions about its safety and
Won’t Accept Its Own IOUs” -- Small businesses that received $682
million in IOUs from the state say California expects them to pay taxes
on the worthless scraps of paper, but refuses to accept its own IOUs to
pay debts or taxes. The vendors' federal class action claims the state
is trying to balance its budget on their backs.
beds as bad as cigarettes, arsenic -- A study released by the
International Agency for Research on Cancer, a department of the World
Health Organization, classified tanning beds as "carcinogenic to
Monsanto to Charge as Much as 42% More for New Seeds -- Monsanto
Co., the world’s largest seed maker, plans to charge as much as 42
percent more for new genetically modified seeds next year than older
offerings because they increase farmers’ output.
Great Flu Game Online -- An online game on influenza.
Doctors on lookout for Guillain-Barré symptoms in swine flu patients
-- Doctors treating swine flu patients have been instructed to monitor
the incidence of a rare nerve disease that has been linked to the body’s
immune response to flu-like illnesses. Neurologists will study the
occurence of Guillain-Barré syndrome, which affects the nervous system
and can cause temporary paralysis, during the swine flu pandemic and
Secretary Shinseki Announces Expansion of Counseling for Combat Veterans
-- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced that combat
Veterans will receive readjustment counseling and other assistance in 28
additional communities across the country where the Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) will establish Vet Centers in 2010.
Butler, Missouri: CNN INTERVIEW GOES WRONG WITH MISSOURI TRUCK DEALER
-- This Missouri car salesman kept his cool while CNN reporter tries to
make him come off looking like a redneck, gun-toting hillbilly.
Man says he sold kidney in U.S. for $20k -- New York recipient says
he was near death when Israeli man answered ad. This took place back in
2005 but the article is just now being published. For years, kidneys
have been available on a thriving international black market, but
evidence of organ trafficking in the United States is harder to find.
However, doctors and others in the transplant field have long suspected
an illegal organ market exists here.
New data: Mega-quake could strike near Seattle -- Using
sophisticated seismometers and GPS devices, scientists have been able to
track minute movements along two massive tectonic plates colliding 25
miles or so underneath Washington state's Puget Sound basin. Their early
findings suggest that a mega-earthquake could strike closer to the
Seattle-Tacoma area, home to some 3.6 million people, than was thought
Chinese mayor apologizes for lead poisoning -- Environmental
problems have escalated as China's economy booms, sometimes prompting
violent protests. Counting on lax enforcement of regulations, some
companies find it easier and cheaper to dump poisons into rivers and the
ground rather than dispose of them safely.
Syrian civilians killed in failed missile test -- Twenty Syrian
civilians were killed and 60 more were injured after a Scud missile
test-fired jointly by Syria, North Korea and Iran in late May strayed
off course, Japan's Kyodo News reported.
Security tightened ahead of Afghan election -- Security is being
tightened in Afghanistan as voters prepare to go to the polls tomorrow
for a much-anticipated presidential election.
School prayer charges stir protests: Educators face jail in Florida
-- Students, teachers and local pastors are protesting over a court case
involving a northern Florida school principal and an athletic director
who are facing criminal charges and up to six months in jail over their
offer of a mealtime prayer.
Is Cap and Trade for Babies Next? -- Just when you thought you'd
seen everything, a pair of scientists at Oregon State University has
published a study arguing that any effort to limit carbon emissions must
consider the impact of "reproductive choices" on the ecological
Scientists fear a revolt by killer robots -- “These are powerful
technologies that could be used in good ways or scary ways,” warned Eric
Horvitz, principal researcher at Microsoft who organised the conference
on behalf of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial
Socialist Sweden Moves to Ban Homeschooling for Religious or
Philosophical Reasons -- The Swedish Association for Home Education
(ROHUS) is asking for support from the international community to stop
an attempt by the Swedish government to outlaw homeschooling. The new
legislation argues that because a child's education should be
"comprehensive and objective" it must be "designed so that all pupils
can participate, regardless of what religious or philosophical" views of
parents or children.
Zimbabwe’s Hyperinflation: #2 in world history -- Steve Hanke and
Alex Kwok just published a paper calculating last year’s hyperinflation
in Zimbabwe, when “conventional inflation measures were not available.”
Their conclusion is that in mid-November, prices were doubling every
day. That means Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation ranks second worst in world
history. Link to PDF about this article:
Today in History August 18, 2009
1735 - The "Evening Post" of Boston, MA, was published for the first
1846 - Gen. Stephen W. Kearney and his U.S. forces captured Santa Fe,
1894 - The Bureau of Immigration was established by the U.S. Congress.
1916 - Abraham Lincoln's, the 16th president of the U.S., birthplace was
made into a national shrine.
1920 - Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Amendment guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.
1937 - The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA.
The station went on the air two years later.
1940 - Canada and the U.S. established a joint defense plan against the
possible enemy attacks during World War II.
1963 - James Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi. He
was the first black man to accomplish this feat.
1966 - The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back
to the U.S.
1982 - The longest baseball game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL,
went 21 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1.
1983 - 22 people were killed and over $1 billion in damage was caused
when hurricane Alicia hit the Texas coast.
1990 - The first shots were fired by the U.S. in the Persian Gulf Crisis
when a U.S. frigate fired rounds across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker.
1997 Virginia Military Institute admitted a female student for the first
time in its 158-year history.
2008 Pervez Musharraf resigned as the president of Pakistan.
Flu Vaccine Linked to Paralysis, Leaked Memo Reveals -- A warning
letter about the swine flu vaccine was leaked to the DailyMail over the
weekend. Written by Professor Elizabeth Miller, head of the Health
Protection Agency's Immunization Department, it warns neurologists that
the influenza vaccine of 1976 was linked to a devastating neurological
condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). "The vaccines used to
combat an expected swine influenza pandemic in 1976 were shown to be
associated with GBS and were withdrawn from use," says the July 29
flu vaccinations 'disaster in the making' -- In 1976, 40 million
were vaccinated for a swine flu pandemic that never materialized.
Thousands filed claims for injury. At least 25 died and 500 developed
paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome. The H1N1 vaccine will contain
oil-based adjuvants including squalene, which contributed to Gulf War
Syndrome. This left GIs with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy,
photosensitive rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, ulcers,
dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuro-psychiatric
problems, multiple sclerosis, lupus and other diseases.
Lockheed Martin to Cut 800 Space Systems Jobs -- Lockheed Martin,
the world's largest defense contractor, said it plans to cut about 800
jobs at its space systems division by the end of the year, as it
anticipates flat budgets for space programs at NASA and the Pentagon in
the coming decade.
Toyota spent $1.4M lobbying in 2nd quarter -- Toyota Motor North
America Inc. spent $1.4 million in the second quarter to lobby on
vehicle safety and other issues, according to a recent regulatory
Rationing and Denying Care by Dr. Dave Janda -- It should be clear
that the same warning notice must be placed on The ObamaCare Plan as on
a pack of cigarettes: Consuming this product will be hazardous to your
health. Read More...
Obama's MySpace page: I'm 52 years old, not 48 -- A new wrinkle in
the dispute over his birth – and whether he is eligible to be president
under the U.S. Constitution's requirement that the president be a
"natural born" citizen – appeared today when Obama's official MySpace
page declared his age is 52, thus placing his birth year at 1957 instead
of 1961 as has been claimed.
about Rahm Emanuel -- Emanuel was encouraged by his mother to take
ballet lessons as a boy and is a graduate of the Evanston School of
Ballet. Also...In the first Gulf War, Emanuel served with the Israel
Defense Forces as a civilian volunteer helping to maintain equipment.
Why Cash for Clunkers is Stupid -- “‘It just don’t make sense,’ said
a used-car-parts salesman in Dayton, Ohio. In Glenview, Illinois,
mechanics watched a blue 1994 Chevy Lumina van wheeze and choke for five
minutes before stopping. ‘That’s a good American GM product,’ said
service manager Mark Rolla, ‘that won’t die.’”
Thousands Quit AARP Over Health Reform -- CBS News has learned that
up to 60,000 people have cancelled their AARP memberships since July 1,
angered over the group's position on health care.
charged with stealing 130M credit card numbers in record identity theft
-- Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Miami man with the largest
case of credit and debit card data theft ever in the United States,
accusing the one-time government informant of swiping 130 million
accounts on top of 40 million he stole previously.
more cases of botched cancer treatment at Pa. VA -- Six more cases
have been found of cancer patients being given incorrect radiation doses
at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia. The errors
happened in a common surgical procedure to treat prostate cancer. That
brings the total to 98 veterans who were given incorrect radiation doses
over a six-year period at the hospital.
NYC officials drill for possible anthrax attack -- New York City has
been getting ready for a massive anthrax attack — even if it never
happens. The Department of Health conducted a drill Saturday to test
city preparedness to distribute antibiotics and vaccines to large
numbers of New Yorkers.
peddles fresh food, not ice cream, in Detroit -- In a neighborhood
served by 26 liquor stores but only one grocery, a community group is
peddling fresh fruits and vegetables just like you would ice cream.
Russia arrests 8 suspects in Arctic Sea hijacking -- Russia's navy
arrested eight men accused of hijacking the Arctic Sea freighter near
Sweden and forcing the crew to sail to West Africa, the defense minister
Fillers and Ingredients -- In addition to the viral and bacterial
RNA or DNA that is part of the vaccines, read the fillers...
A third of nurses will refuse to have the swine flu jab -- Up to a
third of nurses will say no to the swine flu jab because of concerns
over its safety, a poll has found. NHS workers are first in line for the
vaccine, but a survey of 1,500 nurses found many will reject it.
U.S schools gear up for swine flu shots -- Hundreds of districts
nationwide preparing for mass vaccinations.
Children risk cancer by eating salami and ham, warns charity --
Parents should not put ham or salami in their children's packed lunches
because processed meat increases the risk of developing cancer, experts
in the disease are warning. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) wants
families to instead use poultry, fish, low-fat cheese, hummus or small
amounts of lean meat as sandwich fillings when making up school
Mental Stress Training Is Planned for U.S. Soldiers -- The Army
plans to require that all 1.1 million of its soldiers take intensive
training in emotional resiliency, military officials say. The training,
the first of its kind in the military, is meant to improve performance
in combat and head off the mental health problems, including depression,
post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide, that plague about one-fifth
of troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Scientists analyze blood to test for toxic airplane air exposure --
Inside a freezer in a research laboratory at the University of
Washington are blood and blood plasma samples from 92 people who suffer
from mysterious illnesses, including tremors, memory loss and severe
migraine headaches. They are mostly pilots and flight attendants who
suspect they've been poisoned in their workplace -- on board the
aircraft they fly.
Man carries assault rifle to Obama protest -- and it's legal -- A
man toting an assault rifle was among a dozen protesters carrying
weapons while demonstrating outside President Barack Obama's speech to
veterans on Monday, but no laws were broken. It was the second instance
in recent days in which unconcealed weapons have appeared near
White House disables e-tip box -- Following a furor over how the
data would be used, the White House has shut down an electronic tip box
— firstname.lastname@example.org — that was set up to receive information on
“fishy” claims about President Barack Obama’s health plan. E-mails to
that address now bounce back with the message: “The e-mail address you
just sent a message to is no longer in service. We are now accepting
your feedback about health insurance reform via
Starting to Fizzle -- After $150 billion in election-year check
writing, $700 bill billion in TARP funds (with a shocking $150 billion
in pork to get it passed), $787 billion in “stimulus” funds, $2 trillion
in secret Federal Reserve loans; after bailouts of General Motors,
Chrysler, Freddie and Fannie; after spending more than any government in
the history of the world to fix the economy, MSNBC reports that hopes
for economic recovery are “starting to fizzle.”
Lego 6-Month Profit Surges To $177 Million -- Hurray for Legos! It's
nice to see a profitable company and one that's all about non-computer
creativity for kids. (Thanks Jimm)!
What happens to accounts if the bank fails? -- It can be unsettling
when your bank fails. No advance notice is given to the public before
the institution is closed because officials don't want to create a run
on the bank. If you were a Washington Mutual customer, you knew it was
in trouble because it was in the news. But sometimes it's not nearly so
24 Banks w/$5 Billion or more in assets..."could" fail -- Some of
the names of the banks listed are VERY recognizable and have been
mentioned as "troubled banks" in other various articles. To say we're in
trouble is a complete understatement. (Thanks Jimm)!
Today in History August 17, 2009
1492 - Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain to find a
passage to Asia and the Indies.
1629 - Horses were first imported into the colonies by the American
Massachusetts Bay Colony.
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
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
1946 - The last French troops left Syria.
1964 - Jerrie Mock became first woman to fly an airplane solo around the
1964 - The Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Mustang model.
1967 - "The Joey Bishop Show" debuted on ABC-TV.
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.
1969 - Woodstock Music Festival concludes
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.
1985 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent, "LOVE" stamp.
1993 - A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police
officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King.
Two others acquitted.
1996 - Erik and Lyle Menendez were sentenced to life in prison without
parole for killing their parents.
1999 - In India, the government of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
collapsed after losing a vote of confidence.
2002 - At the National Maritime Museum in London, the exhibit "Skin Deep
- A History of Tattooing" opened.
Tropical Storm Hits Florida - Hurricane Bill Forms -- Are you
NYC officials drill for possible anthrax attack -- New York City has
been getting ready for a massive anthrax attack — even if it never
happens. The Department of Health conducted a drill Saturday to test
city preparedness to distribute antibiotics and vaccines to large
numbers of New Yorkers.
City Government in Chicago Closed For Business On Monday -- The City
of Chicago will basically be closed for business on Aug. 17, a
reduced-service day in which most city employees are off without pay,
according to a release from the Office of Budget and Management. City
Hall, public libraries, health clinics and most city offices will be
UK concludes military involvement in Iraq -- Britain has concluded
its troop presence in Iraq following its six years of military
involvement in the war-torn country.
Music Video: Heroes Close To Home Video -- Recorded at Servello
Family Studios Altoona, PA Featuring Jack Servello on all instruments
and vocals and Richie Servello on Drums.
Polio surge in Nigeria after vaccine virus mutates -- Polio, the
dreaded paralyzing disease stamped out in the industrialized world, is
spreading in Nigeria. And health officials say in some cases, it's
caused by the vaccine used to fight it.
Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals
concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America -- A warning that
the new swine flu jab is linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent
by the Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter. The
letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that
oversees public health, has been leaked to The Mail on Sunday, leading
to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public
before the vaccination of millions of people, including children,
Mexico Replaces All 700 Customs Inspectors -- Mexico has replaced
all 700 of its customs inspectors with agents newly trained to detect
contraband, from guns and drugs to TVs and other big-ticket appliances
smuggled to avoid import duties. The shake-up - part of a broader effort
to root out corruption and improve vigilance at Mexican ports with new
technology - doubled the size of Mexico's customs inspection force.
To Do If Force Vaccinated By Dr. Russell Blaylock -- Read Dr
Blaylock's List of suggestions on How to Reduce the Toxic Effects of the
UK: Death toll from hospital bugs hits new high -- More than 30,000
people have died after contracting the hospital infections MRSA and
Clostridium difficile in just five years, official figures will show
this week. The spread of infections into most British hospitals, which
occurred under the last Conservative government, had been allowed to
"escalate, and become out of control" under Labour, Mr Lamb said, with
waiting targets and efficiency prioritised over basic safety and
"Mad as Hell Doctors" Embark on Cross Country Care-A-Van to Demand
Single-Payer from Congress -- Frustrated with the health care
'options' coming out of Washington, D.C., six "Mad as Hell" Oregon
physicians are taking an unprecedented road trip across America to lobby
Congress for a single-payer health care system.
Parents are worried about the swine flu vaccine -- Parents are
confused and concerned about the swine flu vaccine due to be introduced
Obama Campaign Ad Firms Signed On to Push Health-Care Overhaul --
Two firms that received $343.3 million to handle advertising for
Barack Obama’s White House run last year have profited from his top
priority as president by taking on his push for health-care overhaul.
The brutal truth about America’s healthcare -- An extraordinary
report from Guy Adams in Los Angeles at the music arena that has been
turned into a makeshift medical centre.
Obama Says Insurers Are Trying to Block Change -- In Montana,
President Obama on Friday accused some insurance companies of trying to
undermine his plans for overhauling health care by “funding in
opposition,” a comment that could inflame tensions at a time when Mr.
Obama is hoping to keep insurers at the negotiating table.
Should Mandatory HIV Testing Be the Norm? -- After nearly three
decades of fighting HIV/AIDS, more than a 140 people in the U.S. are
still being infected with the virus every day. To combat that, the
Centers for Disease Control recommends identifying new cases by
systematically testing every patient who steps into an emergency room -
without asking the patient.
United States soldiers will deploy to Colombia -- Some American
troops will soon find themselves stationed at military bases scattered
across the South American nation of Colombia with a mission to use
advanced Predator drone technology to aid in fighting the drug trade and
to combat terrorism, according to published reports Saturday.
Army suicides surpass 2008 suicide numbers By Michelle Tan -- As
many as 12 soldiers killed themselves in July, the Army announced today,
and the service remains on course to setting a record for suicides in a
single year. Of the 12 deaths, eight were active-duty soldiers and four
were National Guard or Army Reserve soldiers who were not on active duty
at the time of their deaths. All 12 deaths are possible suicides and
remain under investigation.
Greta Interviews Couple Who Filmed ACORN Buses At Penn Town Hall --
Greta Van Susteren of FOX News speaks with a couple who filmed ACORN
being bused in to a Pennsylvania town hall which the couple attended.
Who is funding the Afghan Taliban? You don’t want to know -- The
article by Jean MacKenzie originally appeared in GlobalPost. This is
part of a special series by GlobalPost called Life, Death and The
Taliban. Read More...
ANCHOR BABIES: BORN IN THE USA By Frosty Wooldridge -- U.S. House
member Nathan Deal introduced a new bill to stop 400,000 babies birthed
annually by unlawful migrants to gain instant citizenship. Known as
“Jackpot Babies or Anchor Babies”, these children cost U.S. taxpayers
billions of dollars annually in medical as well as educational costs
K-12. This three part series will give American citizens a mouthful of
ashes as to what it costs them and what those anchor babies do to their
medical, educational and prison systems. It doesn't have to be this way.
Most European countries have done away with birthright citizenship
because they experienced the same abuses we are seeing.
Today In History August 14, 2009
1756 - Daniel Boone married 16-year-old Rebecca Bryan.
1848 - The Oregon Territory was established.
1873 - "Field and Stream" magazine published its first issue.
1888 - A patent for the electric meter was granted to Oliver B.
1896 - Gold was discovered in Canada's Yukon Territory. Within the next
year more than 30,000 people rushed to the area to look for gold.
1917 - China declared war on Germany and Austria during World War I.
1935 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security
Act into law. It created unemployment insurance and pension plans for
1936 - The first basketball competition was held at the Olympic Games in
Berlin, Germany. The U.S. defeated Canada, 19-8.
1941 - The U.S. Congress appropriated the funds to construct the
Pentagon (approximately $83 million). The building was the new home of
the U.S. War Department.
1945 - It was announced by U.S. President Truman that Japan had
surrendered unconditionally. The surrender ended World War II.
1953 - The whiffle ball was invented.
1959 - The first meeting was held to organize the American Football
1973 - The U.S. bombing of Cambodia ended. The halt marked the official
end to 12 years of combat in Indochina by the U.S.
1980 - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was incorporated.
1987 - Mark McGwire set the record for major league home runs by a
rookie when he connected for his 39th home run of the season.
1997 - Timothy McVeigh was formally sentenced to death for the Oklahoma
2006 - U.N. cease fire takes effect in Lebanon
Ed Schultz Radio Show: Conservatives ‘Want Obama to Get Shot’ --
Hmmmm....And he's still on the air?????!!!!!
Guard Takes Over School In Swine Flu “Vaccine Riot” Drill -- A High
School in Maine is to be taken over by the National Guard today for the
purposes of a drill that will see Guardsmen deal with unruly citizens
begging for swine flu vaccines. Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School
in Paris, ME, has been chosen as a distribution site for the H1N1 flu
vaccine by state officials.
FAA Suspends Two Air Traffic Controllers in Hudson Air Crash -- The
Federal Aviation Administration has suspended a pair of air-traffic
controllers from New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, following the
catastrophic midair collision of an airplane with a helicopter over the
Hudson River August 8, that killed nine people. Read More Details...
stranded on a plane really are stuck -- So what can a flier do?
Federal aviation law gives pilots and the airlines sole authority to
decide whether to keep passengers on planes or let them off, government
officials and aviation legal experts say. Anyone trying to leave on
their own could be cited for interfering with the duties of the flight
crew and fined up to $25,000, says Alison Duquette, spokeswoman for the
Federal Aviation Administration, the government agency that regulates
air travel and safety.
Fla. doc fired over 'doughnuts equal death' sign -- Dr. Jason Newsom
railed against burgers, french fries, fried chicken and sweet tea in his
campaign to promote better eating in a part of the country known as the
Redneck Riviera. He might still be leading the charge if he had only
left the doughnuts alone.
launched a one-man war on obesity by posting sardonic warnings on
an electronic sign outside. After the lawyers threatened to sue, his
bosses at the Florida Health Department made him remove the anti-fried
dough rants and eventually forced him to resign, he says.
deputizes dentists, others to help with vaccinations --
Massachusetts health authorities took the unprecedented step yesterday
of deputizing dentists, paramedics, and pharmacists to help administer
vaccines against both the seasonal flu and the novel swine strain
expected to make a return visit in the fall.
Turmeric Fights Body Fat -- A diet high in turmeric may help reduce
weight gain by suppressing the growth of new fat tissue, according to a
study conducted by researchers from Tufts University and published in
the Journal of Nutrition.
Officials see rise in militia groups across US -- Worth a re-post.
Militia groups with gripes against the government are regrouping across
the country and could grow rapidly, according to an organization that
tracks such trends.
Couple embracing in iconic Woodstock photo still together -- Blast
from the past.
Mom in minivan tasered twice in Salina traffic stop; camera captures
deputy's rough roadside arrest -- The young mother was charged with
disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and going 50 in a 45 mph zone. The
district attorney's office dismissed the charges a month later -- after
watching the videotape, said her lawyer, Terrance Hoffmann. The
prosecutor could not be reached for comment.
Today In History August 13, 2009
1784 - The United States Legislature met for the final time in
1846 - The American Flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles,
1889 - A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to William Gray
1907 - The first taxicab started on the streets of New York City.
1912 - The first experimental radio license was issued to St. Joseph's
College in Philadelphia, PA.
1931 - The first community hospital in the U.S. was dedicated in Elk
1934 - Al Capp's comic strip "L'il Abner" made its debut in newspapers.
1935 - The first roller derby match was held at the Coliseum in Chicago,
1942 - Walt Disney's "Bambi" opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York
1961 - Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of
refugees. Two days later work on the Berlin Wall began.
1989 - The wreckage of Texas Congressman Mickey Leland's plane was found
a week after disappearing in Ethiopia. There were no survivors of the 16
1990 - Iraq transferred $3-4 billion in bullion, currency, and other
goods seized from Kuwait to Baghdad.
1994 - It was reported that aspirin not only helps reduce the risk of
heart disease, but also helps prevent colon cancer.
Thought For The Day from our friend Mike Tawse in the UK - When The
Law Protects Your Rights… What Is Left Of Freedom? - When the law
protects your rights, they can be destroyed in the same way. He who
defines your rights, defines your freedom, and in doing so, sets its
limit. Therefore, the law, which protects your rights, will limit your
freedom and it can only protect your rights until the law itself is
Check out Mike's other website: My Serrapeptase Adventure
ITEM: Letters to Legislators to PREVENT MANDATED Swine Flu Vaccination
in your State -- This link will provide you with 4 SIMPLE ACTION
ITEMS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE - SAMPLE LETTER TO LEGISLATORS. Adjust any of
this information to apply to your state.
Fall Short on Mortgage Help -- Among the companies that have not
modified any loans were American Home Mortgage Servicing and National
City Bank. Bank of America had a 4 percent assistance rate for trial
modifications, with Wells Fargo marginally better at 6 percent. "We're
disappointed in the performance of some of the servicers," Barr said.
"We think they could have ramped up better, faster, more consistently
and done a better job of serving borrowers and bringing stabilization to
the broader mortgage markets and economy and we expect them to do more."
soldiers, largest swine flu-infected group in Iraq -- US soldiers in
Iraq have become the largest group in the country to be infected with
the deadly A/H1N1 virus, which is rapidly spreading in Asian countries.
Swine flu cases climb among US soldiers in Iraq -- The number of
American troops in Iraq diagnosed with swine flu has climbed to 67,
making U.S. soldiers the largest group in the country to come down with
the potentially deadly virus, Iraqi health officials said Wednesday.
Former Clinton aide Betsey Wright accused of smuggling knife and needles
into prison -- Betsy Wright, 66, a vocal death penalty opponent, was
detained May 22, prison officials said. It was unclear why she allegedly
carried the items into the prison. Wright denied the charges, but
admitted bringing in the Doritos, which she claimed she found in the
bottom of a prison vending machine.
Is Getting More Personal Starting Aug. 15 -- A new TSA program
called "Secure Flight," which transfers the responsibility of
pre-screening passengers from the airlines to the TSA. Secure Flight
requires that airlines get your birthdate and gender so you can be
prescreened agasinst a government watch list.
Cities Tolerate Homeless Camps -- Nashville is one of several U.S.
cities that these days are accommodating the homeless and their
encampments, instead of dispersing them. With local shelters at
capacity, "there is no place to put them," said Clifton Harris, director
of Nashville's Metropolitan Homeless Commission, says of tent-city
LAWS (amended Aug. 9, 2009) -- The purpose of this page is simply to
provide reproductions of and links to various federal and state laws and
regulations concerning vaccinations of citizens in the event of
pandemics, particularly the predicted "swine flu" episode for this fall.
There appears to be great interest at present regarding this matter, yet
there is no readily available source where an interested American can
actually read the relevant laws for every jurisdiction. The author has
been primarily concerned with compiling those laws that actually subject
a citizen to forced inoculations.
Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m killing on bird flu drug -- Donald
Rumsfeld has made a killing out of bird flu. The US Defence Secretary
has made more than $5m (£2.9m) in capital gains from selling shares in
the biotechnology firm that discovered and developed Tamiflu, the drug
being bought in massive amounts by Governments to treat a possible human
pandemic of the disease.
Biological Warfare and the National Security State A Chronology --
This chronology has drawn from dozens of books, articles and
declassified government documents in its preparation. Notable in this
regard is Michael Christopher Carroll's Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of
the Government's Secret Germ Laboratory; Linda Hunt, Secret Agenda; Bob
Coen and Eric Nadler, Dead Silence: Fear and Terror on the Anthrax
Trail; the National Security Archive's documentary history of U.S.
Biological Warfare programs and The Sunshine Project.
Drug to combat swine flu leaves '1,000 patients in suffering' -- The
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said
yesterday that between 1 April and 6 August there had been 418 reports
of adverse side effects to Tamiflu and a further 686 suspected cases of
adverse reactions. Last week alone there were 125 reports of adverse
side effects in people taking Tamiflu, although not all of them may be
due to the drug, the MHRA said.
Think you deleted your cookies? Think again -- Unlike traditional
browser cookies, Flash cookies are relatively unknown to web users, and
they are not controlled through the cookie privacy controls in a
browser. That means even if a user thinks they have cleared their
computer of tracking objects, they most likely have not. Read More...
5 Ways Companies Mistreat Job Seekers -- When it comes to hiring,
some employers act like they hold all the cards--and they can treat job
seekers as poorly as they want, without consequence. They're wrong:
Smart employers know that good candidates have options (to say nothing
of the ethical implications of being rude just because you think you
can). Read five common ways employers behave badly when hiring...
Hunger Hits Detroit's Middle Class -- Food has long been an issue in
this city without a major supermarket. Now demand for assistance is
rising, affecting a whole new set of people. Take a look at the photo as
a security guard watches over groceries being delivered in Detroit.
of older drivers have no idea their meds impair driving -- Many
older drivers who take medications that could affect their performance
behind the wheel are unaware of the risks associated with those drugs,
according to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
NY City Swine Flu Victim Widow Plans $40 Mln Suit -- The widow of a
New York City school administrator who became the first person in the
city to die of H1N1 flu said on Tuesday she planned to file a $40
million wrongful death lawsuit against the city. The widow claims the
city of failing to adequately control the H1N1 outbreak and failing to
inform Wiener that he had come in contact with individuals who tested
positive for the H1N1 flu.
Food Firms Warn of Sugar Shortage -- Some of America's biggest food
companies say the U.S. could "virtually run out of sugar" if the Obama
administration doesn't ease import restrictions amid soaring prices for
the key commodity.
China warns of 'arms race in outer space' -- "Outer space is now
facing the looming danger of weaponization," he said. "Credible and
effective multilateral measures must be taken to forestall the
weaponization and arms race in outer space."
Kissinger continues to influence U.S. policy despite extensive ties to
Beijing -- Former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger is continuing to
influence U.S. foreign policy, despite conflicts of interests involving
his international business relations with China’s government.
see rise in militia groups across US -- Militia groups with gripes
against the government are regrouping across the country and could grow
rapidly, according to an organization that tracks such trends.
Painted at Congressman's Office -- A swastika was spray-painted on a
sign in front of Rep. David Scott's office early this morning, the
Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports. The Democratic Georgia
congressman, who is black, suggested that the swastika did not come from
any of his constituents. He said he has received racist mail in recent
days and is working with local and national law enforcement.
It's Still a Depression -- It is no wonder there seems to be a
groundswell of discontent growing throughout the States. Fewer working
people are carrying an ever greater burden of people in government. And
those people who have lost their jobs are resentful that government
workers are immune to the pains of a severe economic contraction.
Government Bailouts and the Stock Market - The Seen and the Unseen
-- The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 “paid farmers to slaughter
livestock and plow up good crops, as if destroying useful goods could
somehow make the nation wealthier,” Hamilton writes on his blog. “And
yet, here we are again, with the cash for clunkers program insisting
that working vehicles must be junked to qualify for the subsidy.”
Consumer, Celebrity Bankruptcies May Hit 1.4 Million -- Consumer
bankruptcies show no sign of abating after rising more than a third this
year and may hit 1.4 million by Dec. 31 as jobs are lost and loans are
harder to get, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Bob Prechter "Quite Sure" Next Wave Down Will Be Bigger and March Lows
Will Break -- "The big question is whether the rally is over,"
Prechter says, suggesting "countertrend moves can be tricky" to predict.
But the veteran market watcher is "quite sure the next wave down is
going to be larger than what we've already experienced," and take major
averages well below their March 2009 lows.
Today In History August 12, 2009
1811 - The first colonists arrived at Cape Disappointment, Washington.
1833 - Charles Gaylor patented the fireproof safe.
1861 - Fort Sumter was shelled by Confederacy, starting America's Civil
1864 - Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest captured Fort Pillow, in
Tennessee and slaughters the black Union troops there.
1877 - A catcher's mask was used in a baseball game for the first time
by James Alexander Tyng.
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.
1945 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in Warm Spring, GA. He
died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 63. Harry S Truman became
1955 - The University of Michigan Polio Vaccine Evaluation Center
announced that the polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was "safe, effective
1963 - Police used dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights
demonstrators in Birmingham, AL.
1967 - Jim Brown made his TV acting debut on the NBC show "I Spy."
1969 - Lucy and Snoopy of the comic strip "Peanuts" made the cover of
1981 - The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL,
on its first test flight.
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.
2002 - JCPenney Chairman Allen Questrom rang the opening bell to start
the business day at the New York Stock Exchange as part of the company's
centennial celebrations. James Cash (J.C.) Penney opened his first
retail store on April 14, 1902.
Secret No. 1 in Obamacare by Chuck Norris -- Health care reforms are
turning into health care revolts. Americans are turning up the heat on
congressmen in town hall meetings across the U.S. While watching these
political hot August nights, I decided to research the reasons so many
are opposed to Obamacare to separate the facts from the fantasy. What I
discovered is that there are indeed dirty little secrets buried deep
within the 1,000-plus page health care bill. Read More...
President Obama tells Mexico he will begin seeking immigration reform
this year -- "We have a broken immigration system," he said. "Nobody
denies it. Continuing on the current path means tensions with Mexico,
danger for those trying to cross into the United States illegally,
unfairness for those trying to immigrate legally, exploitation by
unscrupulous employers, the depression of U.S. wages and other ills,"
Illegal's Will be Counted in the U.S. Census 2010 -- California
could get nine House seats it doesn’t constitutionally rate because
illegal aliens will be counted in 2010, concluded an opinion piece in
The Wall Street Journal.
U.S. Freezes Assets of North Korea Bank -- The U.S. moved Tuesday to
freeze the assets of a North Korean bank accused of providing financial
services to companies involved in Pyongyang's missile programs. The
Treasury Department's action against Korea Kwangson Banking Corp., or
KKBC, means any bank accounts or other financial assets found in the
United States that belong to the firm are blocked. Americans also are
prohibited from doing business with the bank. It is based in North Korea
and has operated at least one overseas branch in Dandong, China.
With jobs harder to find, work gets easier for Army recruiters --
Traditionally the Army has attracted the young, many of them fresh out
of high school. They join for the promise of adventure, the chance to be
part of something bigger, and a free college education. But as the
number of jobs dwindles across the country, more Americans are enlisting
later in life, drawn by the promise of steady work and generous
Another 45,000 US troops needed in Afghanistan, military adviser says
-- The United States should send up to 45,000 extra troops to
Afghanistan, a senior adviser to the American commander in Kabul has
told The Times. The US reinforcements already approved by Mr Obama
include 8,000 Marines of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade who have
arrived in Helmand province, replacing the British troops in the south
of the province, and 4,000 US Army soldiers from the 5th Stryker
Brigade, who are also arriving in the region.
Lying Low After a Layoff -- When he lost his job as a business
development manager with General Dynamics Information Technology in
February, Cole was too ashamed to tell anyone except his wife and family
what had happened. It made no difference that 1,200 other workers were
pink-slipped at the same time. He felt as if he had done something
wrong, even though he knew he hadn't.
Bank of America faces more bonus embarrassment -- Bank of America
Corp will likely face more embarrassing disclosures about bonuses paid
at Merrill Lynch & Co after a federal judge refused to rubber-stamp a
settlement over the $3.6 billion of payouts.
NASA wants proposals for space taxis -- NASA plans to use $50
million of federal economic stimulus funds to seed development of
commercial passenger transportation service to space, agency officials
said on Monday.
California Won't Even Accept Its Own IOUs -- The state government
itself will not accept its own IOU's as payment for debts – at least not
until their “maturity date” in October.
GMTV host Andrew Castle berates minister over how he almost lost his
daughter to swine flu 'danger' drug -- GMTV presenter Andrew Castle
yesterday waded into the row over the widespread prescription of Tamiflu
as he revealed his daughter almost died after taking the swine flu drug.
Dirty Secrets of the Food Processing Industry By Sally Fallon --
This presentation was given at the annual conference of Consumer Health
of Canada, March, 2002. If we don't return to good eating practices one
mouth at a time, one meal at a time, one farm at a time, preparing our
own food and preparing it properly, there is not going to be another
300 children a day added to DNA database: 400,000 under-15s on Big
Brother roll -- More than 300 children a day have their DNA taken by
the police and added to the national database. Already 412,670
youngsters under 15 have their genetic profiles stored. Once 15 to
17-year-olds are added, the total rises to an astonishing 1.1million,
according to Freedom of Information replies revealed yesterday.
Today In History August 11, 2009
1874 - A patent for the sprinkler head was given to Harry S. Parmelee.
1877 - The two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American
astronomer. He named them Phobos and Deimos.
1896 - Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb
socket with a pull-chain.
1909 - The American ship Arapahoe became the first to ever use the SOS
distress signal off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.
1924 - Newsreel pictures were taken of U.S. presidential candidates for
the first time.
1934 - Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, received federal prisoners for
the first time.
1951 - The first major league baseball game to be televised in color was
broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1.
1962 - Andrian Nikolayev, of the Soviet Union, was launched on a 94-hour
flight. He was the third Russian to go into space.
1971 - Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins got his 500th and 501st
home runs of his major league baseball career.
1991 - The space shuttle Atlantis ended its nine-day journey by landing
1992 - In Bloomington, MN, the Mall of America opened. It was the
largest shopping mall in the United States.
1994 - A U.S. federal jury awarded $286.8 million to about 10,000
commercial fishermen for losses as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil
1995 - All U.S. nuclear tests were banned by President Clinton.
2002 - US Airways announced that it had filed for bankruptcy.
United States Air Force Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Plan 2009-2047
(Unclassified) -- See the unclassified document. However, you may
want to read this related article:
Unmanned aircraft take on increased importance
Consumer, Celebrity Bankruptcies May Hit 1.4 Million -- Celebrities
who filed for bankruptcy in July included movie actor Stephen Baldwin,
who sought protection from creditors after lenders began foreclosure
procedures against his home. Lenny Dykstra filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy in a petition that says the former Major League Baseball
All-Star owes between $10 million and $50 million. Read More...
Prepares for “unwillingness to follow government orders” -- The
International Swine Flu Conference is being held in Washington D.C. next
week. Read the agenda for the breakout sessions, especially the session
on “psychological issues” (Session #2) and the topic heading:
“Unwillingness to follow government orders.” Also note session #6, which
includes “Control and diffuse social unrest & public disorder” and
“Isolate prisons and other facilities.” Read the entire Swine Flu
Conference Brochure at:
cities in US line up for swine flu vaccine test including St Louis
-- Hundreds of Americans in eight cities are lining up for experimental
swine flu shots in a race to get a vaccine out in case the new flu virus
regains strength this fall and winter. About 2,800 people will
participate in the government-led studies. Saint Louis University will
test 200 adults and 200 children. Also under way are
separate studies by five flu vaccine manufacturers under contract with
Trillion Reasons To Murder 100 Million Americans With Poisonous
Vaccinations by Leonard G. Horowitz -- The fact is, you are worth
more dead than alive to Obama's ilk, because in reality, there is a
WARRANT FOR YOUR DEATH THAT CARRIES A REWARD OF $189K, and rising. Now
you would never believe this is true. But do your "homework" and learn
the FACTS - Read More...
Flu drugs 'unhelpful' in children -- Research has cast doubt on the
policy of giving antiviral drugs to children for swine flu. (Sent to us
by our friend Mike Tawse in the UK....thanks Mike)
Subdivisions and "Pig In The Python" Shadow Inventory -- These
idled, “zombie” subdivisions can be found across metro Atlanta, but
they’re most prevalent in outer-ring suburban areas. Selling them has
proven tough, with some properties sitting on the market for months on
end without even a nibble.
A Few things You Should Know About Offshore Banking in 2009 -- The
Swiss emerged from those early conflicts wise enough to know that war
was a messy, violent and costly affair…especially for whoever was waging
war against them. So it comes as no shock that Switzerland hasn’t been
at war internationally since 1815.
Deaths from avoidable medical error more than double in past decade,
investigation shows -- Preventable medical mistakes and infections
are responsible for about 200,000 deaths in the U.S. each year,
according to an investigation by the Hearst media corporation. The
report comes 10 years after the Institute of Medicine's "To Err Is
Human" analysis, which found that 44,000 to 98,000 people were dying
annually due to these errors and called for the medical community and
government to cut that number in half by 2004.
make $38bn from overdraft fees -- US banks stand to collect a record
$38.5bn in fees for customer overdrafts this year, with the bulk of the
revenue coming from the most financially stretched consumers amid the
deepest recession since the 1930s, according to research. The fees are
nearly double those reported in 2000.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, JFK's sister and Special Olympics founder, dies
-- President John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a champion
for the rights of the mentally disabled and founder of the Special
Olympics, has died. She was 88.
Force Used Twitter to Track Public Backlash to Statue of Liberty Flyover
-- Although the Pentagon has warned of the security risks posed by
social networking sites, newly released government documents show the
military also uses these Internet tools to monitor and react to coverage
of high-profile events.
Spokane VA Center Miscounted Suicides -- The number of Spokane,
Wash.-area veterans who killed themselves in a one-year period is far
greater than the Spokane Veteran Affairs Medical Center knew at the
time, a VA investigation has found. The VA's Office of Medical
Investigations discovered that from July 2007 through the first week of
July 2008, at least 22 veterans in the Spokane VA service area killed
themselves, and 15 of them had contact with the medical center.
Amputee Private Matt Woollard plans return to fight Taliban -- A
BRITISH soldier who had part of his leg blown off by a landmine is
preparing to return to Afghanistan to settle “unfinished business” with
the Taliban. The army expects him to pass fitness tests and he could
return as early as next year.
Morrison & Foerster and DRA to Present Appeals Argument Against
Department of Veterans Affairs on Behalf of 900,000 Veterans --
Non-profit group Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) and co-plaintiff
Veterans United for Truth (VUFT) are asking Court of Appeals judges to
reverse the lower court’s ruling, which lacks the authority to order VA
to provide timely medical care and disability benefits to hundreds of
thousands of waiting veterans. The lawsuit was filed in July 2007 on
behalf of all veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
and traumatic brain injury (TBI), conditions impacting more than 600,000
U.S. service members sent to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Canada Finds Possible US Plane Lost in 1942 -- Nine people were
aboard the PBY-5A Catalina, which was based at Presque Isle, Maine. Four
crew members survived. Five others died inside the aircraft. Their
bodies have yet to be recovered.
Neutralizing A TASER Gun Assault -- A simple body armour can be
nothing but a piece of tin foil worn under the clothes. That
would short out the electrical currents even if the darts pierce through
it. Two or three layers of the foil would even be better if the dart
probes pierced it and would provide small holes so the taser electrical
arcs would short out more and faster. Even a piece of cardboard or heavy
cloth wrapped in tin foil would do the trick.
VIDEO: An Interview with Gerald Celente
'Buy American' won't endanger Canadian trade says Obama -- U.S.
President Barack Obama on Monday downplayed the threat to Canadians
posed by Buy American policies while rejecting the notion that Canada
should be seen as a health-care "bogeyman." The Buy American policy,
which requires that U.S. suppliers use American-made materials in
economic-recovery projects, has cast a chill over Canadian exporters and
provoked fears of U.S. protectionism.
Big Brother Britain has more CCTV cameras than China -- Britain has
one and a half times as many surveillance cameras as communist China,
despite having a fraction of its population, shocking figures reveal.
There are 4.2million closed circuit TV cameras here, one per every 14
Obama fights back as bid to reform US healthcare stalls -- President
Barack Obama has become mired in a frenzied fight over US healthcare
reform as Republicans scent a devastating political victory that could
hobble his presidency. Obama yesterday lashed out at critics of his
ailing push to provide coverage for America's 46 million uninsured
people by saying that his critics were resorting to "outlandish rumours"
and "misleading information" to scupper his plans.
Today In History August 10, 2009
1821 - Missouri became the 24th state to join the Union.
1856 - In Louisiana, a hurricane came ashore and killed about 400
1869 - The motion picture projector was patented by O.B. Brown.
1885 - The first electric streetcar, to be used commercially, was
operated in Baltimore, MD, by Leo Daft.
1914 - Austria-Hungary invaded Russia.
1921 - Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio.
1927 - Mount Rushmore was formally dedicated. The individual faces of
the presidents were dedicated later.
1944 - U.S. forces defeated the remaining Japanese resistance on Guam.
1945 - The day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan announced
they would surrender. The only condition was that the status of Emperor
Hirohito would remain unchanged.
1949 - In the U.S., the National Military Establishment had its name
changed to the Department of Defense.
1969 - Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered. Members of the Charles
Manson cult committed the crimes one day after the killing of Sharon
Tate and four other people.
1977 - The "Son of Sam," David Berkowitz, was arrested in Yonkers, NY.
Berkowitz, a postal employee, had shot and killed six people and wounded
1981 - Pete Rose hit a single and broke the National League all-time hit
record with his 3,630 hit.
1988 - U.S. President Reagan signed a measure that provided $20,000
payments to Japanese-Americans who were interned by the U.S. government
during World War II.
1995 - Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were charged with 11 counts in
the Oklahoma City bombing.
1995 - Norma McCorvey, "Jane Roe" of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court
decision legalizing abortion, announced that she had joined the
anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.
2006 - In Great Britain, 24 people were arrested for their roles in a
plot to blow up airliners traveling between Britain and the United
States. In Pakistan, 7 people were arrested for their roles in the same
U.S. soldiers in Iraq diagnosed with swine flu -- Fifty-one American
troops in Iraq have been diagnosed with and treated for swine flu, while
another 71 soldiers remain in isolation suspected of contracting the
potentially deadly virus, the U.S. military said Sunday.
Officials announce first death of a Kansan infected with swine flu virus
-- Kansas health officials Thursday announced the first death of a
Kansan infected with the swine flu virus.
Indian woman who tested positive for swine flu dies says officials
-- "She was found to be H1N1 positive. This patient has expired early in
the day today (Saturday)," Manisha Mhaiskar, from the Mumbai municipal
authority, told a news conference. If confirmed, the death would be only
India's second from the virus, which first emerged in Mexico and the
United States in April.
Using New Laws for Swine Flu, Designed for a Much Deadlier Disease, May
Create a Perfect Storm -- The US government is using laws designed
for dealing with a very deadly pandemic, or bioterrorism, to bring about
a mass vaccination program for swine flu, beginning with the Public
Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act 0f 2006. "Today, untested
vaccines with novel adjuvants that are likely to cause more autoimmune
illness than occurred in 1976 will almost certainly be used. The
manufacturers have been given liability, as have the government program
planners. *But no compensation mechanism has been created. And the
public has not been informed."
to get 8 new private jets -- Congress plans to spend $550 million to
buy eight jets, a substantial upgrade to the fleet used by federal
officials at a time when lawmakers have criticized the use of corporate
jets by companies receiving taxpayer funds.
Hall Meetings: Video Compilation: Town Hall Rebellion -- A
compilation of videos from across the country of Americans standing up
against the totalitarian Obamacare agenda.
bank failures bring 2009 tally to 71 -- Two bank failures in Florida
raised the number of bank failures to 71 for the year, according to the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. late Friday. Florida regulators closed
Community National Bank of Sarasota County in Venice, Fla., and First
State Bank of Sarasota, Fla.
Another Bank Fails: Community First Bank, Prineville, Oregon - was
closed by the Oregon Division of Finance & Corporate Securities, and the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. No
advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is
National Guard asked to explain 'internment' jobs -- An ad campaign
featured on a U.S. Army website seeking those who would be interested in
being an "Internment/Resettlement" specialist is raising alarms across
the country, generating concerns that there is some truth in those
theories about domestic detention camps, a roundup of dissidents and a
crackdown on "threatening" conservatives.
Geithner asks Congress for higher U.S. debt limit -- U.S. Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner formally requested that Congress raise the
$12.1 trillion statutory debt limit on Friday, saying that it could be
breached as early as mid-October.
Hurdle for the Jobless: Credit Inquiries -- Digging out of debt
keeps getting harder for the unemployed as more companies use detailed
credit checks to screen job prospects.
Fiat Plans To Build Chrysler Cars At Bertone Plants -- The Wall
Street Journal reports, "Fiat SpA plans to build Chrysler Group LLC
vehicles in Italy at the plants it will acquire through its purchase of
niche manufacturer Carrozzeria Bertone, according to the Italian
government." The acquisition "underscores how fast Sergio Marchionne,
chief executive of both Fiat and Chrysler, is moving to follow through
on his plans to produce Chrysler products outside North America."
Marchionne is in the "midst of revamping Chrysler's production as he
redefines its product portfolio." Comment: Here's more bailout money,
never to be seen again...along with the United States manufacturing
jobs. How nice!
Sotomayor sworn in as Supreme Court justice -- Sonia Sotomayor was
sworn in Saturday as the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice and only
third female member in the top U.S. court's 220-year history.
Seniors refuse to keep "Health Care Comments Quiet" & AARP Walks OUT!
-- "AARP WALKS OUT ON PROTESTING SENIOR CITIZENS...AND CITIZENS TAKE
OVER. (Note also, AARP has failed to notify seniors about the pending
$400 or more billion cut to Medicare spending and the associated cuts to
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Freed Violent Illegal Aliens
-- Data released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) show an
alarming number of violent illegal immigrants being released from
custody due to lack of space and funding. Through a Freedom of
Information Act request from the Houston Chronicle, ICE reported that
several hundred illegal immigrants previously convicted of murder and
sexual assault were released from custody in Michigan, Illinois,
Minnesota and California in the past few years.
did that bank bailout go? Watchdogs aren't entirely sure -- Although
hundreds of well-trained eyes are watching over the $700 billion that
Congress last year decided to spend bailing out the nation's financial
sector, it's still difficult to answer some of the most basic questions
about where the money went.
Multivitamins Lower Heart Disease Death Risk -- Multivitamins taken
regularly over a long period of time may lower the risk of death from
heart disease by 16 percent, according to a new study at the Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington. The
study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, also tied
daily supplements of vitamin E over a 10-year period to a 28 percent
decrease in the risk of death from heart disease.
Now hiring: Everywhere you didn't want to work -- Some of the
dirtiest, smelliest, most dangerous jobs are suddenly looking a lot more
appealing in this economy. People who have been out of work for months
are lining up for jobs at places they once considered unthinkable:
slaughterhouses, sewage plants, prisons. Recessions and tight job
markets always force some people to take less-desirable or lower-paying
work than they are used to. But this recession has been the most
punishing job destroyer in at least 60 years, slashing a net total of
6.7 million jobs.
At least 12 dead, many missing in Pacific storms -- Two powerful
storms have slammed into eastern Asia, leaving at least 12 dead and
hundreds missing. Typhoon Etau plowed into Japan's west coast on Monday,
bringing heavy rain that triggered floods and landslides.
1 million evacuated as typhoon hits China -- A typhoon slammed into
China's eastern coast Sunday, forcing the evacuation of nearly a million
people after earlier lashing Taiwan with torrential rains that caused
the island's worst flooding in 50 years and left dozens missing and
Still Paying Blackwater Millions - Outcry Grows From Veterans,
Elected Officials -- Despite its scandal-plagued track record,
Blackwater (which has rebranded itself as Xe) continues to have a
presence in Iraq, trains Afghan forces on US contracts and provides
government-funded training for military and law enforcement inside the
United States. The company is also actively bidding on other government
contracts, including in Afghanistan, where the number of private
contractors is swelling. According to federal contracting records
reviewed by The Nation, since President Barack Obama took office in
January the State Department has contracted with Blackwater for more
than $174 million in "security services" alone in Iraq and Afghanistan
and tens of millions more in "aviation services."
Birmingham, Alabama: Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale Critical Of
Commission -- He says he had a meeting with the commissioners and
they said that they would cut his budget by 30% if they didn't get an
occupational tax. Then as he left the meeting the media showed him
documents that they were expecting to cut is budget by 52%. He called
the commissioners heartless.
city destroying ancient Indian mound for a Sam's Club -- City
leaders in Oxford, Ala. have approved the destruction of a
1,500-year-old Native American ceremonial mound and are using the dirt
as fill for a new Sam's Club, a retail warehouse store operated by
Today in History August 7. 2009
1789 - The U.S. War Department was established by the U.S. Congress.
1782 - George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart.
1888 - Theophilus Van Kannel received a patent for the revolving door.
1928 - The U.S. Treasure Department issued a new bill that was one third
smaller than the previous U.S. bills.
1934 - The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling striking
down the government's attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce novel
1942 - U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first
major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.
1959 - The U.S. launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the
1964 - The U.S. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which
gave President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North
Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
1981 - After 128 years of publication, "The Washington Star" ceased all
1989 - A small plane carrying U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland, D-TX, and
15 others disappeared during a flight in Ethiopia. The wreckage of the
plane was found six days later. There were no survivors.
1990 - U.S. President Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi
Arabia to guard against a possible invasion by Iraq.
2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run
for the office of governor.
Sotomayor confirmed by 68-31 Senate vote -- Sonia Sotomayor won
confirmation Thursday as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court
justice, a history-making Senate vote that capped a summer-long debate
heavy with ethnic politics and hints of high court fights to come. The
third woman in court history, she'll be sworn in Saturday as the 111th
justice and the first nominated by a Democrat in 15 years.
whistleblower Sibel Edmonds subpoenaed, set to break gag order unless
DOJ intecedes -- Unless the Dept. of Justice re-invokes their
twice-invoked "state secrets privilege" claim in order to once again gag
former FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, her attorneys
have notified the department by hand-delivered, sworn letter of
declaration [PDF] this week, that she intends to give a deposition, open
to the media [Updated: see bottom of article for details], in response
to a subpoena this Saturday in Washington D.C.
USAspending.gov: Want to see where tax dollars go? -- Have you
ever wanted to find more information on government spending? Have you
ever wondered where Federal contracting dollars and grant awards go? Or
perhaps you would just like to know, as a citizen, what the Government
is really doing with your money. Read More...
Congressman wants government GPS in cars -- An Oregon congressman
says he wants to test having a government GPS unit in every car so a tax
could be imposed on the miles driven. The proposal, H.R. 3311, which
calls for a test project costing $150 million-plus, was introduced by
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. (this has been in the works for years)
Ohio city nets 10,000 traffic tickets in 1 month -- Heath, Ohio
(population 8,527) has issued more than 10,000 tickets in a 4-week
period. At $100 a pop, that's a pretty nice supplemental income for the
Licking County municipality. But residents are red hot over the
aggressive monitoring, as well as the slow turnaround time for mailing
out the traffic summons.
Russia to boost border control after China plague outbreak -- Russia
will boost monitoring at its border with China following an outbreak of
pneumonic plague in a neighboring north-western region, Russia's top
sanitary doctor said Monday.
Baxter completes first swine flu vaccine batches -- Baxter
International Inc said on Wednesday it completed its first commercial
batches of H1N1 vaccine in late July and is discussing distribution
plans with national health authorities.
protest lack of safety protection for swine flu -- A cancer nurse
at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael has died of the H1N1 flu,
becoming the first reported health care worker in California killed by
the new variant of swine flu.
Now they want to give you 3!!! flu shots this fall -- Get ready to
roll up your sleeve three times for flu shots this fall. That's right,
three times. This year's flu season is shaping up to be a very different
one. Most people will need one shot for the regular seasonal flu and
probably two others to protect against the new swine flu. Experts
suggest you get that first shot as early as this month — if you can find
WHO tries to assure you the vaccines are safe (yeah, right!) --
Dated 6 August, and issued from Geneva, where the WHO has its
headquarters, the world agency said that vaccines are one of the most
important medical devices for minimizing illness and deaths during a
pandemic, but to be effective they have to be available quickly and in
very large quantities. Read More...
Retired vaccine scientist would never vaccinate his kids -- "If I
had a child now, the last thing I would allow is vaccination." -Retired
Vaccine Researcher to Jon Rappoport.
Flu jabs not tested on children -- A new vaccine for swine flu is
most likely to be targeted at vulnerable groups such as young children
and pregnant women. But a Radio 4 documentary has discovered that little
or no data exists on the safety or effectiveness of flu vaccines on
Snitch switch: Turn tables on Obama rat patrol -- John Cornyn,
R-Texas, has demanded that Obama either halt the program, widely known
in the blogosphere as the "snitch" program, or define how he will
protect the privacy of those who send or are the subject of e-mails to
the email@example.com e-mail address.
Obama's dissident database could be secret...and permanent -- "Since
we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking
for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about
health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org."
Obama seeks to institutionalize indefinite detention -- Press
reports have revealed that the Obama administration is considering the
creation of a prison and court complex on US soil to process and hold
current and future terrorist suspects. It would include a facility to
indefinitely detain people held without trial or any other
constitutionally mandated due process rights.
The Fed buys last week's Treasury notes -- The Fed bought $7 billion
in Treasuries today and even more yesterday. This is at the upper end of
their recent range of already exceptional purchasing activity. If things
are so rosy that every single dip is being bought in the stock market
with a vengeance, I wonder why these printing operations are really
Ron Paul son Rand joins Kentucky GOP race for Senate -- Rand Paul,
the son of 2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul, ended months of
speculation Wednesday by saying he will run for the U.S. Senate seat
being vacated next year by fellow Republican Jim Bunning.
Pennsylvania state Rep speaks out against I-80 tolls -- Rep. Dick
Stevenson, a Republican representing Mercer and Butler counties, opposes
recent statements by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission that the
previously rejected application for tolling authority will soon be
resubmitted to the federal government.
Florida, EZ-PAss exchanging data to test camera based tolls --
Several toll agencies in Florida and the E-ZPass have begun exchange of
camera based data to test the feasibility of levying tolls on one
another's license plates in a pilot program.
Mercenaries training US local police a new trend -- There are many
police and law enforcement officials who are concerned with the growing
trend of using military-experienced mercenaries to train and work with
local police officers in the United States, but there are many who
believe the events of September 11, 2001 dictate the need for this new
US led blitz kills farmers in Afghanistan -- The farmers were
loading cucumbers on a truck when the American forces hit them from
A US military spokeswoman in Kabul also confirmed the attack, but said
the men were militants spotted loading weapons on a truck. (cucumbers
look like bombs???)
Modified corn seeds sow doubts -- Next spring, farmers in Canada
will be able to sow one of the most complicated genetically engineered
plants ever designed, a futuristic type of corn containing eight foreign
Lying about Iraq made me quit says UK military press officer --
Having to peddle "government lies" about the safety of soldiers in Iraq
led to a Ministry of Defence press officer suffering post-traumatic
stress disorder, an employment tribunal will hear.
show magnitude of proposed NSA building -- A draft environmental
assessment obtained by KSL 5 News gives some idea of the magnitude of a
highest security-intelligence facility the government proposes to build
at Camp Williams. Plans call for approximately 1.5 million square feet
of building space--more than twice the size of the Energy Solutions
New Air Force facility energizes ionosphere; fans conspiracy flames
-- Alaska: High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (Haarp): a
$250 million facility with a 30-acre array of antennas capable of
spewing 3.6 megawatts of energy into the mysterious plasma of the
ionosphere. Read More...
"We sell a bunch of junk" says Whole Foods chief -- Struggling US
store says it would attempt to educate in the ways of healthy eating.
When Whole Foods arrived in the UK two years ago it was hailed as a
mecca for those determined to follow a healthy diet. But today the
struggling US store's chief executive will probably want to eat his
words after admitting that, alongside the organic carrots and bags of
granola, the shops "sell a bunch of junk".
Popular insect repellent Deet is neurotoxic -- Researchers say that
more investigations are urgently needed on DEET to confirm or dismiss
any potential neurotoxicity to humans, especially when deet-based
repellents are used in combination with other neurotoxic insecticides.
Today in History August 6, 2009
1787 - The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began. The articles
of the U.S. Constitution draft were to be debated.
1806 - The Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis II
1926 - Gertrude Ederle became the first American woman to swim the
English Channel. She was 19 years old at the time. The swim took her 14
1926 - Warner Brothers premiered its Vitaphone system in New York. The
movie was "Don Juan," starring John Barrymore.
1945 - The American B-29 bomber, known as the Enola Gay, dropped the
first atomic bomb on an inhabited area. The bomb named "Little Boy" was
dropped over the center of Hiroshima, Japan. An estimated 140,000 people
1960 - Nationalization of U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuba began.
1965 - The Voting Rights Act was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B.
1981 - Fire fighters in Indianapolis, IN, answered a false alarm. When
they returned to their station it was ablaze due to a grease fire.
1986 - William J. Schroeder died. He lived 620 days with the Jarvik-7
manmade heart. He was the world's longest surviving recipient of a
permanent artificial heart.
1995 - Thousands of glowing lanterns were set afloat in rivers in
Hiroshima, Japan, on the 50th anniversary of the first atomic bombing.
1996 - NASA announced the discovery of evidence of primitive life on
Mars. The evidence came in the form of a meteorite that was found in
Antarctica. The meteorite was believed to have come from Mars and
contained a fossil.
1998 - Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1/2 hours
testifying before a grand jury about her relationship with U.S.
FEMA is dysfunctional, so we're making it larger? -- Don't look now,
but US lawmakers -- Republican and Democrat alike -- in Congress are
grabbing more power for themselves while at the same time creating a
whole new federal bureaucracy. Americans will rue the day it was created
when they see their communities under the control of federal bureaucrats
and agencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was so ineffective
and mismanaged during Hurricane Katrina that it should be totally
dismantled and replaced with a new disaster response agency, according
to a draft of a Senate report that was presented to their Homeland
The FDIC Is in Trouble -- Of course, in the end, all of this falls
on the taxpayer, either directly in the form of more taxes or indirectly
via the destruction of the dollar's purchasing power. Another bale of
straw on the camel's back, and another reason to be concerned about
holding paper dollars for the long term.
Canadian counterinsurgency manual reflects US-Canada "synergy" --
Obama's administration has sent clear signals, through political
appointments and holdovers (such as Defense Secretary Robert Gates),
that the US military and national security apparatus' transformation
toward fighting smaller, "irregular wars" begun under Bush will continue
Comment: The info in this link is even more disturbing than that
admission. (Thanks Jimm)
orders up 3 elite jets -- At the end of July, the House approved
nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets
for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress. Ellis
said the airplanes are part of a larger trend for the Appropriations
Committee to simply decide that big-ticket items are program increases,
not earmarks, so they require less public disclosure.
hold little hope for legal justice on Agent orange -- A legal
victory for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims is highly unlikely as the US
government and chemical companies work only to protect themselves,
several international activists have said.
Hundreds panic in India over swine flu death -- Hundreds of anxious
people, many with young children, crowded a hospital Wednesday to be
tested for swine flu in a western Indian city that reported the
country's first fatality two days ago.
WHO plans to vaccinate more than half the world's population for swine
flu -- Get in line folks! NOT...!!!!
who didn't obey is jailed -- A soldier at Fort Hood who fought his
deployment to Afghanistan and stopped obeying orders was sentenced to a
month in jail and demoted to private in a military court on Wednesday
deficiency linked to ADD & ADHD in children -- Children's diets
today are filled with processed foods, refined sugars and food
additives. This type of diet depletes children of magnesium in two ways.
First, this diet is extremely low in magnesium to begin with. Secondly,
refined sugars and food additives can actually stress the nervous
system, causing the body to use up magnesium supplies as it tries to
counteract this effect.
Spike in suicide calls due to the economy -- Economic woes are
weighing heavily on some Americans _ so much so that the federal
government is boosting financial support for suicide prevention centers
around the nation.
Demand at food banks up, even in well off DC suburbs -- As the
national unemployment rate nears 10 percent, more and more people are
turning to food banks for help keeping food on their plates.
hemp farming bill becomes law -- New State Program for Hemp Farmers
to be Established.
Cat food irradiation in Australia banned as cats die -- About 90
cats fell ill last year and 30 died before a Sydney vet, Georgina Child,
made the link in November between the mystery illness and a brand of
Canadian gourmet pet food called Orijen.
New Jersey bill seeks help of truckers in reporting suspicious activity
-- A bill awaiting a floor vote before the full Senate would make an
exception from the state’s cell phone law for truck drivers to assist in
national security efforts. Assembly lawmakers already approved a similar
Pain ray first commercial sale looms -- The military isn’t about to
deploy its pain ray to the battlefield. But someone in the commercial
sector is about to. We don’t know who. The sale is mentioned in a
presentation by Raytheon, who built the microwave weapon for the Defense
Obama team mulls new quarantine regulations -- The Obama
administration is quietly dusting off an effort to impose new federal
quarantine regulations, which were vigorously resisted by civil
liberties organizations and the airline industry when the rules were
first proposed by the Bush administration nearly four years ago.
White House website asking for info on anti health care advocates --
Of the information that American snitchers send off to the White House,
who in the White House is going to get this information? What are they
going to do with it? Will they create a data base of people that stand
against Obama? What is to be done with such a database? Who will get
visited by the FBI in the dead of night because they sent an email
critical of Obama’s socialist styled healthcare policies?
An overdue ban on a dangerous sweetener, Aspartame -- Back in 2006,
based on highly sensitive and life long feeding tests in groups of about
200 rats and at doses less than usual human dietary levels, the
prestigious Italian Ramazzini Foundation confirmed that aspartame is
unequivocally carcinogenic. A high incidence of cancers was induced in
multiple organs, including lymph glands, brain and kidney.
uprising begins; Congress feels heat back home -- The vast American
heartland is standing up to the Washington elitists who presume to know
what we need better than we do.
Feds at DefCon alarmed after RFIDs scanned -- It’s one of the most
hostile hacker environments in the country –- the DefCon hacker
conference held every summer in Las Vegas. Federal agents at the
conference got a scare on Friday when they were told they might have
been caught in the sights of an RFID reader.
Today in History August 5, 2009
1833 - The village of Chicago was incorporated. The population was
1861 - The U.S. federal government levied its first income tax. The tax
was 3% of all incomes over $800. The wartime measure was rescinded in
1864 - During the U.S. Civil War, Union forces led by Adm. David G.
Farragut were led into Mobile Bay, Alabama.
1884 - On Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor, the cornerstone for the
Statue of Liberty was laid.
1914 - The electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio.
1921 - The first play-by-play broadcast of a baseball game was done by
Harold Arlin. KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, PA described the action between
the Pirates and Philadelphia.
1923 - Henry Sullivan became the first American to swim across the
1962 - Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home. The "probable suicide"
was caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. Monroe was 36 at the time
of her death.
1963 - The Limited Test Ban Treaty was signed by the United States,
Britain, and the Soviet Union. The treaty banned nuclear tests in space,
underwater, and in the atmosphere.
1964 - U.S. aircraft bombed North Vietnam after North Vietnamese boats
attacked U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.
1969 - The Mariner 7, a U.S. space probe, passed by Mars. Photographs
and scientific data were sent back to Earth.
1974 - U.S. President Nixon said that he expected to be impeached. Nixon
had ordered the investigation into the Watergate break-in to halt.
1981 - The U.S. federal government started firing striking air traffic
1990 - U.S. President Bush angrily denounced the Iraqi invasion of
1991 - An investigation was formally launched by Democratic
congressional leaders to find out if the release of American hostages
was delayed until after the Reagan-Bush presidential election.
1992 - Federal civil rights charges were filed against four Los Angeles
police officers. The officers had been acquitted on California State
charges. Two of the officers were convicted and jailed on violation of
civil rights charges.
announces creation of children's working group -- The working group
will allow FEMA and its partners to explore and implement planning and
response strategies specific to children throughout the agency and
ensure that during a disaster the unique needs of children are not only
considered, but fully integrated into how FEMA administers this support
to states and the public.
African green monkeys used to make swine flu vaccine; Private military
contractor (DyneCorp) holds patent -- Aside from the dangerous
ingredients many people already know about (like squalene or thimerosal),
one of the key ingredients used in flu vaccines (including the vaccines
being prepared for the swine flu pandemic) is the diseased flesh of
African Green Monkeys. This is revealed in U.S. patent No. 5911998 -
Method of producing a virus vaccine from an African green monkey kidney
cell line. Read more...
Pneumonia vaccine may help limit swine flu deaths -- Most of the
serious consequences linked to the H1N1 virus are the result of
pneumonia, but the Pneumovax vaccine is underused. (another excuse to
give another vaccine)
founder implicated in murder -- A former Blackwater employee and an
ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have
made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on
August 3 in federal court in Virginia.
in the shots-components of H1N1 vaccines -- We all are their
experimental lab rats. There is no concern about harming or killing
anyone, because the companies (GlaxoSmithKline, Baxter, and Novartis,
and others) have been indemnified by the government, so that there is
absolutely no recourse for any deaths or injuries these vaccines may
Squalene-the swine flu vaccine's dirty little secret -- When a virus
is injected into your body in a vaccine, and especially when combined
with an immune adjuvant like squalene, your IgA immune system is
bypassed and your body’s immune system kicks into high gear in response
to the vaccination. Injecting organisms into your body to provoke
immunity is contrary to nature, and vaccination carries enormous
potential to do serious damage to your health.
Buffett's Betrayal -- From the article: As Roger Lowenstein wrote in
his 1995 biography of Buffett, "Wall Street's modern financiers got rich
by exploiting their control of the public's money ... Buffett shunned
this game ... In effect, he rediscovered the art of pure capitalism - a
cold-blooded sport, but a fair one." But there's nothing fair about
Buffett getting a bailout, about exploiting the taxpaying public for his
own gain. The naïve 14-year-olds among us thought he was better than
Bloomberg: Dollar Drops to Lowest Level Since Weeks After Lehman
Collapsed -- "We are starting to see the dollar sell-off getting
more momentum," said Paresh Upadhyaya, who helps manage $21 billion in
currency assets as a senior vice president at Putnam Investments in
Boston. "Risk sentiment is very strong now that the global recovery is
Here comes the commercial real estate bubble...about to burst --
“The degree and speed at which these changes in market fundamentals have
occurred are staggering,” noted CoStar Group’s President and CEO Andrew
C. Florance." Florance noted that, on an inflation-adjusted basis, the
average price per square foot buyers paid for office properties had
enjoyed an 11-year run-up beginning at the end of 1996 to their peak in
the third quarter of 2007. In the past six quarters, U.S. office
buildings have lost more than half their value.
Commercial Real Estate Reaches Saturation Point -- In addition,
office-leasing activity is off 39% from year-ago levels and all but
three U.S. office markets posted negative net absorption over the first
two quarters of 2009.
Poor GMO Food Giant -- The Decatur, Ill.-based agribusiness company
earned $64 million, or 10 cents per share. That's down from $372
million, or 58 cents per share, in the same period a year ago when the
company benefited from crop prices that hit all-time highs. Comment:
Hurray for our side, organic home gardening, and people not eating
frankenfoods! Someone is certainly not telling the real story regarding
ADM's losses. (Thanks JImm)!!
Guard may be deployed to troubled Alabama county -- The sheriff in
Alabama's most populous county may call for the National Guard to help
maintain order, a spokesman said Tuesday, after a judge cleared the way
for cuts in the sheriff's budget and hopes dimmed for a quick end to a
Experts predict quieter Atlantic hurricane season -- experts on
Wednesday reduced the number of projected hurricanes in the north
Atlantic this season to four, two of them major hurricanes with winds
above 178 kilometers (111 miles) per hour.
Stan Deyo's quake predictions hit the nail on the head -- He nailed
today's Baja California quakes 4 days ago. See map. His spot on forecast
picked the July 15th 7.8 New Zealand earthquake 2 days before it struck
on July 13.
flee China's quarantined plague town -- Frightened residents of a
Chinese town sealed off after an outbreak of pneumonic plague have begun
to flee under cover of darkness, sneaking around checkpoints set up to
stop the spread of one of the world’s deadliest diseases.
Don't go to Great Britain because of swine flu Russia says --
Russia’s leading health official urged a boycott of Britain over swine
flu yesterday as he appealed to his country’s football fans not to
travel to Wales for a World Cup qualifying match.
Russian submarines discovered patrolling East Coast -- Two
nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines have been patrolling in
international waters off the East Coast for several days, in activity
reminiscent of the Cold War, defense officials said Tuesday.
fines & harassment for people who refuse to answer intrusive survey
questions -- The survey, which is sent to 3 million random homes
each year, is in addition to the census but demands far more invasive
information from citizens, such as how many times they have been
married, if they have a toilet that flushes, and how much is left
outstanding on their mortgage.
Senator says Army neglected to protect troops from deadly poison in Iraq
-- Democrats in the U.S. Senate say the Army and the nation's largest
war contractor failed to protect troops from a "deadly poison" in Iraq
and are demanding that the inspector general investigate.
Jay Leno discusses destruction of speed cameras on BBC -- Appearing
Sunday on the top-rated BBC show Top Gear, Leno suggested that as a
visitor, the number of cameras in England is overwhelming. He also
suggested that US drivers have a much less tolerant attitude toward
it's barcodes that can be read at a distance -- Radio frequency
identification tags are not fully catching on, thanks to objections from
Alan Watt, Katherine Albrecht, and others who have been hammering away
for years at RFID’s threats to privacy and civil liberties. Now enters
the new barcodes. Read More...
Culture of fear at the US border -- Janet Napolitano wants Americans
to stop living in fear. To achieve that, DHS must change its
Bringing the "bio" war home -- The 2001 anthrax attacks underscore
the dangers posed to our health and safety by the Bioweapons- Industrial
DU contamination now under way in Gaza -- It is with horror to learn
that the UNDP has started clearing the rubble from Gaza. "The task of
pulverizing the pieces of broken concrete will begin in eight days".
Health bills allow some a religious exemption (such as the Amish) --
One of the central tenets of the health care legislation under
construction on Capitol Hill is a mandate that every American be
protected by some kind of medical insurance. There’s one exception to
the mandate, though: people opposed to buying health coverage for
Hog farm lawsuit settled for $1.1 million -- A couple who lives near
Stockton Lake, Missouri has been awarded $1.1 million in a lawsuit
settlement because of the stench from a nearby factory hog farm. The
lawsuit said Mullings built one of six barns without a construction
permit, a violation of Missouri Department of Natural Resources
regulations. The farm operated six years without an operating permit
African chickens won't eat GM feed -- Chickens refusing to eat the
maize they had been fed has led to the discovery that their feed had
been genetically modified to include a well-known weed and insect
Intense, prolonged exposure to World Trade Center attacks linked to
health problems years later -- Large number of individuals, such as
recovery and rescue workers, nearby residents and office workers, who
experienced intense or prolonged exposure to the World Trade Center
attack have reported new diagnoses of asthma or posttraumatic stress 5-6
years after the attack, according to a study in the August 5 issue of
JAMA, a theme issue on violence and human rights.
Today in History August 4, 2009
1735 - Freedom of the press was established with an acquittal of John
Peter Zenger. The writer of the New York Weekly Journal had been charged
with seditious libel by the royal governor of New York. The jury said
that "the truth is not libelous."
1753 - George Washington became a Master Mason.
1790 - The Revenue Cutter Service was formed. This U.S. naval task force
was the beginning of the U.S. Coast Guard.
1821 - "The Saturday Evening Post" was published for the first time as a
1921 - The first radio broadcast of a tennis match occurred. It was in
1922 - The death of Alexander Graham Bell, two days earlier, was
recognized by AT&T and the Bell Systems by shutting down all of its
switchboards and switching stations. The shutdown affected 13 million
1954 - The uranium rush began in Saskatchewan, Canada.
1958 - The first potato flake plant was completed in Grand Forks, ND.
1964 - The bodies of Michael H. Schwerner, James E. Chaney, and Andrew
Goodman were found in an earthen dam in Mississippi. The three were
civil rights workers. They had disappeared on June 21, 1964..
1977 - U.S. President Carter signed the measure that established the
Department of Energy.
1987 - The Fairness Doctrine was rescinded by the Federal Communications
Commission. The doctrine had required that radio and TV
stations present controversial issues in a balanced fashion.
1993 - Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell, Los Angeles police officers were
sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for violating Rodney King's civil
Austin, Texas - Rep. Doggett had a very bad, bad day when
constituents followed him and chanted “just say no” to health care.
Health Care Bill Would Allow Feds To Snoop in Your Checkbook --
Congressman John Shadegg calls the language in the healthcare bill
"pretty troubling." Section 163 of the bill states that the government
would be allowed real-time access to a person's bank records - including
direct access to bank accounts for electronic fund transfers.
Obama Family Secret Service Code Names -- The new First Family has
been issued code names by the Secret Service. Take a look...
Really in Obama's Health Care Reform Bill - A Plain English
record breaking July for cool temps (NOT IN TEXAS) -- More than
1,100 daily record low temperatures were broken in July nationwide,
according to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). When record
afternoon low highs are considered, that number jumps to more than 3,000
records. An additional 1,200 stations tied records.
Patients forced to live in agony after NHS refuses to pay for
painkilling injections -- Tens of thousands with chronic back pain
will be forced to live in agony after a decision to slash the number of
painkilling injections issued on the NHS, doctors have warned.
to install cameras in private homes -- The UK government is
about to spend $700 million dollars installing surveillance cameras
inside the private homes of citizens to ensure that children go to bed
on time, attend school and eat proper meals.
Clorox gets sales boost from flu outbreak -- “We are preparing for
the potential of H1N1?.?.?. expanding during the traditional flu system,
and we’re working closely with our retailer partners to take advantage
of any opportunities that may accrue to us,” Mr Peiros said. Comment: A
pandemic is an opportunity??? (Thanks Jim)
general takes over key NATO command in Norfolk, VA -- In an
unprecedented move, a French general will take over a key NATO command
in Norfolk, Virginia, charged with transforming the Europe-centered Cold
War alliance to tackle today's global challenges, NATO said Wednesday.
Weather records are a state secret -- But if global warming
continues to be set back so firmly, one begins to wonder if the monetary
elite will continue to support it. That will mean one less dominant
social theme for us to write about. (Thanks Jim)
Obama faces 30 death threats a day, stretching Secret Service -- US
President Barack Obama is the target of more than 30 potential death
threats a day and is being protected by an increasingly over-stretched
and under-resourced Secret Service, according to a
New Firm Offers Electronic Medical Records To Psychologists -- An
Ann Arbor company called TherapyCharts is introducing its electronic
health record system tailored to the specific needs of individual and
small clinic psychologists, clinical social workers and mental health
Magnesium is the underrated master mineral -- Magnesium is a very
underrated, virtually ignored mineral for our diets, yet it is the most
crucial and essential to over 300 bodily biochemical and cellular
metabolic processes. It has been called the "Master Mineral" because of
its central importance to so many cellular functions and proper body
glucose balance. Because of poor topsoil conditions and poor eating
habits, almost everyone is magnesium deficient to some extent.
Something fun -
The top 100 essential folk songs -- These are the 100 essential folk
songs as voted by our Folk Alley listeners, which are available for
streaming at this website.
year of no tomatoes -- You may be noticing that tomatoes are doing
poorly this year. We may have to worry about the H1N1 Swine Flu, but
Tomatoes are worries about the early emergence and outbreak of the
Potato Famine Blight, or 'Late Blight'.
Post office branches that may close -- United States Postal Service
- Station/Branches Identified For Full Study.
US dollar collapse starting next Monday? -- The trading week
finished with a further attack against the US Dollar, reversing a
short-lived strenghening of the US Dollar that could be observed during
the last two days
Wal-Mart weighs role in U.S. H1N1 vaccination plans -- Wal-Mart
Stores Inc is discussing with U.S. health officials the possibility of
putting vaccination sites at some of its stores for an H1N1 swine flu
inoculation campaign this fall, a company official said .
HR3311 calls for federal tax on miles traveled -- A bill up for
consideration in the U.S. House seeks to change the way highway users
are taxed to fund transportation. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR, introduced
a bill that would establish a federal pilot program to study vehicle
miles traveled, or VMT, as a possible supplement to or possible
replacement for the current per-gallon fuel tax. The bill, HR3311, does
not specify what would happen to the fuel tax if a VMT program were
Greece plans mandatory swine flu vaccination -- Greece will
vaccinate its entire population of 12 million against the H1N1 swine flu
pandemic which has swept around the world in weeks, killing hundreds of
people, the country's health minister said on Friday.
we prepared for flu outbreak? -- Most Americans aren't worried about
the resurgence of swine flu, but government agencies have been working
for months to prepare for an epidemic. (note in the article where they
may ask people to stay home for 4 months, but later they say store 7
days worth of supplies)
Fox news video on the military activation & mass quarantines for flu
followed by comments -- According to CNN, the Pentagon is "to
establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian
authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus
this fall, according to Defense Department officials."
From Akron Ohio -- the influenza Stay at Home Toolkit -- Basic
Information on what household members can do to prevent the spread of
Tax revenue posts biggest drop since Depression -- Tax receipts are
on pace to drop 18 percent this year, the biggest single-year decline
since the Great Depression, while the federal deficit balloons to a
record $1.8 trillion.
Pregnant mother tasered at baptism party -- A child’s Virginia
baptism ended up being a real shocker. Responding to a noise complaint
in Prince William County, police sought to quell the assembled crowd —
who they said were making too much of a racket — by firing a Taser at
the child’s grandfather and at the pregnant mother of the baptized
Antidepressants facts website -- The Serotonergic System, the Pineal
Gland & Side-Effects of Serotonin Acting Anti-Depressants -Part 1
million Americans on antidepressants -- Use of antidepressant drugs
in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of
a mix of factors, researchers reported on Monday.
I was a Taser guinea pig -- First, they attached the metal probes to
my hip, and to my sneaker. Then, two men grabbed my forearms, in case I
fell over. After a deep breath and a final look, I gave the thumbs-up.
That’s when Taser International chairman and co-founder Tom Smith
blasted me with his latest stun gun, the X3.
causes sickness & nightmares in children -- More than half of
children taking the swine flu drug Tamiflu experience side-effects such
as nausea and nightmares, research suggests.
Armored SWAT team confronts Young Americans for Liberty in Washington DC
-- Yesterday, YAL Events Director, Trevor Leach, and our top youth
activists demonstrated on the Washington, DC, National Mall to collect
petitions in opposition of Obama's government takeover of health-care.
Too much TV time bad for kid's blood pressure -- You knew too much
TV could be bad for kids in general. Now, hints a study released Monday,
too much time in front of the tube, even playing video games, may
increase a child's risk of developing high blood pressure.
Scientists fear a revolt by killer robots -- Advances in artificial
intelligence are bringing the sci-fi fantasy dangerously closer to fact.
Today in History August 3, 2009
1492 - Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The
voyage would lead him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached
the Bahamas on October 12.
1750 - Christopher Dock completed the first book of teaching methods. It
was titled "A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management."
1880 - The American Canoe Association was formed at Lake George, NY.
1900 - Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded.
1922 - WGY radio in Schenectady, NY, presented the first full-length
melodrama on radio. The work was "The Wolf", written by Eugene Walter.
1923 - Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the U.S.
after the sudden death of President Harding.
1933 - The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.
1958 - The Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole
underwater. The mission was known as "Operation Sunshine."
1981 - U.S. traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic
Controllers Organization, went on strike. They were fired just as U.S.
President Reagan had warned.
1985 - Mail service returned to a nudist colony in Paradise Lake, FL.
Residents promised that they’d wear clothes or stay out of sight when
the mailperson came to deliver.
1988 - The Iran-Contra hearings ended. No ties were made between U.S.
President Reagan and the Nicaraguan Rebels.
1992 - The U.S. Senate voted to restrict and eventually end the testing
of nuclear weapons.
2004 - In New York, the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public. The
site had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on
September 11, 2001.
Bob Chapman on gold, silver, a bank holiday and the monetary elite
-- The editors of The Daily Bell are pleased to present this exclusive
interview conducted by Scott Smith with hard-money expert Bob Chapman.
Identified as Navy Captain Michael Scott Speicher (Missing In Action
Since 1991) -- The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) has
positively identified remains recovered in Iraq as those of Captain
Michael Scott Speicher. Captain Speicher was shot down flying a combat
mission in an F/A-18 Hornet over west-central Iraq on January 17th, 1991
during Operation Desert Storm. Our Prayers are with the family.
Amish farmers lose court battle against RFID -- Michigan farmers
have failed in their attempt to block the introduction of RFID tags for
cattle, despite arguments about the cost and the risk of upsetting an
otherwise benevolent deity.
NOT GO TO CARS.GOV -- Glenn Beck: Cash For Clunkers is a
government scam to gain access to your computer!
The Latest Layoff Report: Saturday, August 1st/Sunday, August 2nd 2009
truth about flu shots by Sherry Tenpenny -- It is absolutely crucial
that you share the following information with your friends, family and
both elected and appointed bureaucrats within your community.
WHO lists warning signs for severe H1N1 -- The WHO said signs that
can signal a progression to severe disease include shortness of breath,
difficulty breathing, turning blue, bloody or colored sputum, chest
pain, altered mental status, high fever lasting more than 3 days, and
low blood pressure.
plague in China-town quarantined -- A second man died of pneumonic
plague in a remote area of northwestern China as officials quarantined a
town to stop the pneumonia-causing disease spreading.
Q+A-What is plague and what are its various forms? -- China has
sealed off a remote western town of 10,000 people after two people died
of pneumonic plague. Read some facts about the plague.
to pay Nigeria $75 million for using children in experiments --
American-based pharmaceutical company Pfizer has signed a settlement
worth up to $75m (£45m) with the Nigerian state of Kano, a joint
scare a boon for body bag sales -- Demand for body bags is prompting
a surge of interest in the wares of a small Toronto custom bag
manufacturer named Trevor Owen Ltd. Inquiries about its pandemic body
bags are pouring in from as far away as the Sultanate of Oman on the
New wide-ranging powers to quarantine, force medical exams may be tested
in flu outbreak -- A resurgence of swine flu anticipated this fall
could test new provincial powers that include being able to place sick
people under quarantine in their homes and shut down schools.
CDC to seek public's advice on H1N1 vaccination drive -- The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to gather the public's
thoughts in August on how big this fall's H1N1 influenza vaccination
drive should be.
Dollar - Ambushed & Closed -- "It is with a very heavy heart that I
regret to inform you that I have suspended (closed) the Liberty Dollar
operation… until I am acquitted. "My thanks for your continued support.
These are tough times and it takes tough people to bring about a free
and independent currency that provides us with "just weights and
measures" and throw off the yoke of a manipulated monetary/tax system
and generate a peaceful and prosperous society"...Thank you again for
all your efforts to return America to value - one dollar at a
time!...Bernard von NotHaus - Monetary Architect/Editor
Monsanto, Dow stack up the genes with smartstax GM corn -- The most
complex genetically engineered corn (maize) yet has been approved for
use next year in Canada and the United States without its potential
health and environmental risks being investigated, anti-biotech
Marshalls seize sanitizer for bacteria problems -- Officers with the
U.S. Marshals Service have seized all skin sanitizers and skin
protectants, including ingredients and components, at Clarcon Biological
Chemistry Laboratory's facility in Roy, Utah, the Food and Drug
Administration said. The FDA also warned the public Saturday not to use
any Clarcon products because they contain harmful bacteria and are
promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds,
damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases. No cases
have been reported to the FDA.
Bernanke Go into Panic Mode Over Congressman Ron Paul's Bill to Audit
the Federal Reserve System -- Ben Bernanke is in panic mode over Ron
Paul's bill to let Congress audit the FED. Watch him stutter and
stammer. The video is a delight. Never has the FED been under such
scrutiny. This is unique.
Want a job? How about a National Guard Internment resettlement
specialists -- Job training for a Internment / Resettlement
Specialist requires 19 weeks, one day of One Station Unit Training (OSUT)
which includes Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training. Part of
the training is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
Military civilian terror prison eyed -- The Obama administration is
looking at creating a courtroom-within-a-prison complex in the U.S. to
house suspected terrorists, combining military and civilian detention
facilities at a single maximum-security prison.
Illinois National guard puts military war machines on streets in
Springfield -- In Springfield, Illinois, the commoners will get
acclimated in the coming week to the idea of the military on the
streets. “A Springfield-based military police company will be training
with a new armored vehicle in the area this week,” the Associated Press
reports. “The Illinois Army National Guard says training with the new
Armored Security Vehicles will start Thursday and run through Sunday.”
Injecting oxygen into tumors can kill cancer -- Injecting oxygen
into cancerous tumours significantly boosts the chances of recovery, a
ground-breaking study has revealed. Read More...
World's largest science group rejecting man made climate fears -- An
outpouring of skeptical scientists who are members of the American
Chemical Society (ACS) are revolting against the group's editor-in-chief
-- with some demanding he be removed -- after an editorial appeared
claiming “the science of anthropogenic climate change is becoming
increasingly well established.”
National Biodefense Sceince Board meets in September to discuss
flu(Federal register) -- As stipulated by the Federal Advisory
Committee Act, the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the
National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will be holding a public
meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
DHS -- September is National Preparedness month.
Towns Halls gone wild -- On the eve of the August recess, members
are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry,
sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a
congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation
has spiraled so far out of control.
See rebellion at grass roots -- A rebellion is brewing in home
congressional districts of incumbent Democrats evidenced by the reaction
at several town hall meetings.
US Mint must seek court Ok to keep rare 1933 gold coins -- The U.S.
government improperly seized a set of extremely rare and valuable
"double eagle" coins from a Philadelphia jeweler's descendants and must
win a forfeiture case to keep them, a judge ruled this week.
Power shifts to military in plan for Washington DC calamity -- A
shift in authority has given military officials at the White House a
bigger operational role in creating a backup government if the nation’s
capital were “decapitated” by a terrorist attack or other calamity,
according to current and former officials involved in the decision.
Bin Laden worked for US before 9/11 -- Sibel says that the US
maintained 'intimate relations' with Bin Laden, and the Taliban, "all
the way until that day of September 11."
Our future in health care? - -UK poor patients forced to live in
pain as national health service reduces pain injections.
Warning in Philippines against fake flu vaccines & medicines --
Filipinos should guard against the proliferation of counterfeit
medicines in the country, and more people should be made aware of the
dangers that these illegal substances pose to public health.