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Friday - August 30, 2013 - Today in History:
1682 - William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America.
1780 - General Benedict Arnold secretly promised to surrender the West Point fort to the British army.
1862 - The Confederates defeated Union forces at the second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, VA.
1941 - During World War II, the Nazis severed the last railroad link between Leningrad and the rest of the Soviet Union.
1945 - General Douglas MacArthur set up Allied occupation headquarters in Japan.
1951 - The Philippines and the United States signed a defense pact.
1956 - In Louisianna, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened.
1960 - A partial blockade was imposed on West Berlin by East Germany.
1963 - The "Hotline" between Moscow and Washington, DC, went into operation.
1965 - Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the first black justice to sit on the Supreme Court.
1982 - P.L.O. leader Yasir Arafat left Beirut for Greece.
1983 - The space shuttle Challenger blasted off with Guion S. Bluford Jr. aboard. He was the first black American to travel in space.
1984 - The space shuttle Discovery lifted off for the first time. On the voyage three communications satellites were deployed.
1991 - The Soviet republic of Azerbaijan declared its independence.
1994 - Rosa Parks was robbed and beaten by Joseph Skipper. Parks was known for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, which sparked the civil rights movement.
1994 - The largest U.S. defense contractor was created when the Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger.
1996 - An expedition to raise part of the Titanic failed when the nylon lines being used to raise part of the hull snapped.
1999 - The residents of East Timor overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia. The U.N. announced the result on September 4.

World News

Syria War “Coalition” Dissolves: Britain, France, Canada and Most Other Countries Say NO to Syrian Attack
Washington's Blog - Britain, France, Canada, Nato, Israel, Italy, Jordan and the rest of the world have said no to a Syrian attack. The Arab League – which backed the war against Libya – has also said no to an attack on Syria. After it was revealed that U.S. claims that the Syrian government carried out recent the chemical weapons attack are wholly unsubstantiated, the U.S. has become isolated.

With Britain out, U.S. ready to go it alone in Syria
McClatchy - U.S. intervention in Syria won’t have the support of key ally Britain after a historic vote by Parliament on Thursday to reject any military action to deter the use of chemical weapons by President Bashar Assad’s regime. The move seriously undermines President Barack Obama’s ability to build an international coalition in support of missile strikes against Syria.

Report: US Attack On Syria to Begin Saturday
Paul Joseph Watson - A reporter with Israel’s most widely read newspaper has been told by defense establishment officials that a US-led attack on Syria will begin on Saturday and end when Barack Obama meets Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

VIDEO: UN Security Council meeting on Syria ends in deadlock
Press TV - Representatives from the United States, Britain, France, Russia, and China met on Thursday afternoon at the UN headquarters in New York for the second time in two days, but the meeting broke up after less than an hour, with the ambassadors steadily walking out.

Brzezinski: ‘Global Political Awakening’ Making Syrian War Difficult
Story Leak - During a short interview with Germany’s DW News last Monday, former US National Security Adviser and Trilateral Commission co-founder Zbigniew Brzezinski commented on the growing inefficiency of war due to the increased political knowledge of the public.

Selective ‘obscenity’: US checkered record on chemical weapons
RT - The US charge against Syria is being driven by Damascus’ alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians. While Washington is quick to intervene on moral grounds, its own checkered past regarding WMDs may put the world’s policeman under the spotlight.

Turkish protesters hold demo against military strike on Syria
Press TV - Turkish people have held a demonstration outside a US military installation in the south of the country to protest against a possible military intervention in Syria.

VIDEO: Activists hold rally against US military presence in Philippines
Hundreds of Filipino activists have held a mass protest rally against the military presence of the United Sates in their Southeast Asian country.

VIDEO: Palestinians protest US-brokered PA-Israel talks
Press TV - Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the Gaza Strip and are demanding Israel to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

‘Israel benefits from Lebanon bombings’
Press TV - The Iranian ambassador to Beirut has censured the recent wave of deadly bombings in Lebanon, saying the Israeli regime is the main beneficiary of such acts of violence.
* Related Article/Video: Israeli forces violate the UN-designated Blue Line

Greek civil servants protest layoffs, job transfers
Press TV - On July 17, Greek lawmakers passed a deeply resented austerity bill tied to the country's next tranche of loans from foreign creditors. By the end of this year, 25,000 civil servants must be redeployed and an additional 4,000 fired under the terms of the recent bailout package, which will grant the country €6.8 billion ($8.7 billion) in rescue loans.

Rebels Admit Responsibility for Chemical Weapons Attack
Paul Joseph Watson - Syrian rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta have admitted to Associated Press journalist Dale Gavlak that they were responsible for last week’s chemical weapons incident which western powers have blamed on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, revealing that the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Rand Paul Warns Obama Against Starting “Major War” With Russia
Paul Joseph Watson - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says it’s more likely the Syrian rebels were behind last week’s chemical weapons attack, warning President Obama that military escalation risked provoking a major war with Russia in the longer term.

25 Quotes About The Coming War With Syria That Every American Should See
Economic Collapse - If the American people are going to stop this war, they need to do it now. The following are 25 quotes about the coming war with Syria that every American should see...

252 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, Cronyism, etc. - Every President, every politician, and every human being tells lies and engages in acts of hypocrisy. But Barack Obama does these things to a far greater degree than anyone else that I have ever known of.

Snowden reveals US intelligence’s black budget: $52.6 billion on secret programs
RT - Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has leaked a new top-secret document that for the first time ever publically discloses how the United States spends tens of billions of dollars annually on clandestine spy programs.

Did You Know... 26 States Have Your DMV Photo Entered Into A Facial Technology Database? - Without informing the public and without first reviewing security rules for the system, Ohio law enforcement officers started using facial recognition technology more than two months ago, scanning databases of driver's license photos and police mug shots to identify crime suspects, The Enquirer has learned.

More than 150 Congress Members Demand Vote on Syria
Washington Blog - Already Thursday, more than 150 members of Congress have signaled their opposition to airstrikes on Syria without a congressional vote. House members circulated two separate letters circulated that were sent to the White House demanding a congressional role before military action takes place.

VIDEO: Ron Paul: We’re Not Positive Who Set Off the Gas
Fox Business - Former Rep. Ron Paul, (R-Texas), argues the U.S. should stay out of Syria.

U.S. Web Attacks Skyrocket Ahead of Mid East Action: 81% Above Normal
Activist Post - Outgoing Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano ominously warned of a coming “cyber event” in an open letter to her successor this week, claiming that such an attack on the domestic Internet “will have a serious effect on our lives, our economy, and the everyday functioning of our society.”

Ted Cruz is right: Obamacare delays alone are enough grounds for impeachment
(NaturalNews) Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was ridiculed by some ex-Bushie RINO chick I'd never heard of before recently, because, when asked why it wasn't possible to impeach President Obama, he answered, "Because we don't have the votes."

Natural News writer targeted by police, asserts his rights, threatened with violence, dragged from car
(NaturalNews) A natural news writer was stopped by Casey, Illinois, police early Sunday morning, August 18th. On his way home with his wife, the writer was suddenly stopped by Officer Hanley. According to police, a rear light was out on the driver's vehicle.


Death (certificates) took a holiday in wake of bankruptcy filing
Detroit News - Detroit’s funeral directors received this unusual text message last month. “FYI, city of Detroit can’t process death certificates because they have no paper and don’t have money to buy any.”

20 Triggers For Collapse If US Strikes Syria...
Activist Post -- For years now at Alt-Market I have carefully outlined the most likely path of collapse to take place within the U.S., and a vital part of that analysis included economic destabilization caused by a loss of the dollar's world reserve status and petro-status. I have also always made clear that this fiscal crisis event would not occur in the midst of a political vacuum.

Housing Market

West Virginia Repo Company Sent To Wrong House
Huffington Post - Going to the wrong house and repossessing everything inside has to be one of the biggest mistakes a repo company can make.

Energy & Environment

Climate Science Exploited for Political Agenda, According to Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons - Climatism or global warming alarmism is the most prominent recent example of science being coopted to serve a political agenda, writes Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology... He compares it to past examples: Lysenkoism in the Soviet Union, and the eugenics movement.

Fracking fluid linked to fish die-off
RT - A new government study found that a 2007 fracking fluid spill in Kentucky killed off several species of fish, including two that were classified as “threatened.” Some of the surviving fish developed gill lesions, liver damage and spleen damage.

Energy Firm Caught Breaking Down Door to Install Smart Meter!
Activist Post - Smart Meters are a financial Trojan Horse for Big Energy. This is why we are witnessing – and now catching on film – criminal acts of vandalism, breaking and entering and trespass by energy firms trying to install their next-generation cash machines in the homes of customers.


19 Important Herbs For A Healthy Body - As we discussed previously, being able to resist hay fever, bronchitis, colds, and the like depends upon having a healthy body, not just a strong respiratory or immune system.

UNICEF Surveils, Defames Health Sites Over Vaccines - GreenMedInfo,,, NaturalNews
Green Med Info - A stunning new report reveals that the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has been monitoring independent health sites and their users in an attempt to identify 'anti-vaccine influencers' and their effect on lackluster vaccine uptake.

Toxic, Dangerous Food Imports Will Increase with TPP and TAFTA - Under the TPP and TAFTA, two harmful “free trade” agreements currently being negotiated, the U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) would essentially be stripped of the power to stop imports of unsafe food and to conduct extensive food safety inspections.

J&J Adds Warning to Tylenol Caps on Acetaminophen Risk
Bloomberg - Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) said it will add a red warning to caps of Tylenol to reinforce the risks of taking too much of the painkiller.... Acetaminophen overdose is the most-common cause of liver failure in the U.S. The ingredient is found in more than 600 medicines, including generic non-prescription pain relievers and stronger combination products that require a doctor’s order, such as Vicodin.

New Pap Smear Tests Are Defective
Gaia Health - The Gardasil & Cervarix situation is far worse than you might have imagined. The one thing that stands between you and deadly cervical cancer is a pap test, but as this report shows, even that has been subverted by the profit imperative that operates in modern medicine & the FDA.

Antipsychotic meds make children three times more likely to develop diabetes, increase suicide rates 20 fold
(NaturalNews) Two detailed studies shine light on the devastating side effects that antipsychotic medications have on children and adolescents. One study, recently published in JAMA Psychiatry, reports that children on anti-psychotic medications are three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Eliminate headaches fast with these five herbs
(NaturalNews) Almost everyone has experienced at least one or two headaches in a lifetime. Some have to put up with several headaches over time, especially those who experience migraine or cluster headaches.

Seniors: Minimize risk of functional losses with this vitamin
(NaturalNews) Vitamin D has been in the spotlight for a number of years with evidence stacking up that the majority of all chronic, degenerative diseases are worsened by low levels of vitamin D.

8 Super Foods That Can Magnify All Your Other Fitness Results
Dr. Mercola - If you want a way to get more mileage from every workout, it may be as simple as choosing these 8 foods. Great for energy, strength and stamina - along with reducing overuse injuries and sun overexposure... Why not enjoy these great training foods today?

Toxic chemical dicyandiamide found in Fonterra milk powder
(NaturalNews) Trouble continues for New Zealand-based Fonterra after Sri Lankan officials found dicyandiamide, an agricultural chemical, in milk powder products distributed by the embattled company's local subsidiary.

VIDEO: Hospital Battling Amish Family's Decision to End Girl's Chemotherapy
ABC News - An Ohio appeals court has sided with a hospital that wants to continue treating a 10-year-old Amish girl with chemotherapy after her parents decided to stop the treatment for her leukemia.

Science & Technology

New Nanotech Set to Track, Self-Destruct, and GPS Tag Guns Wirelessly
Story Leak - The technological system, known as a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS), utilizes tiny devices that are implanted in guns and other weapons.... The scary thing is that MEMS is being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon’s science division.

Mind Control and Narrative Psy-Ops
Activist Post - Happiness Brigades could soon be part of every town and smart city – making us brimful of sunshine to fulfil the United Nations’ mandate for Gross Global Happiness. Tracked and monitored, the “not-yet-happy” could be brought up to spec with a specialized brain zapper, such as the ultrasonic neural interface funded by DARPA.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Fears Confirmed: Rootworms Grow Resistant To GMO Corn In Illinois Fields - The rootworms have grown resistant despite the fact farmers are rotating their crops between corn and soybeans – a practice designed to prevent pest resistance. Rootworms generally lay eggs in cornfields, not soybean fields.


Shortwave Radio For Preppers
Activist Post - While we all understand the need to have a viable method of communication both during and after a catastrophic emergency, most of us think of a NOAA weather radio first and a shortwave band last. But in reality, both are important.

Thursday - August 29, 2013 - Today in History:
1833 - The "Factory Act" was passed in England to settle child labor laws.
1842 - The Treaty of Nanking was signed by the British and the Chinese. The treaty ended the first Opium War and gave the island of Hong Kong to Britain.
1944 - During the continuing celebration of the liberation of France from the Nazis, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris.
1945 - U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese.
1949 - At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients.
1957 - Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
1962 - The lower level of the George Washington Bridge opened.
1965 - Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles ("Pete") Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space.
1977 - Lou Brock brought his total of stolen bases to 893. The record he beat was held by Ty Cobb for 49 years.
1983 - Two U.S. marines were killed in Lebanon by the militia group Amal when they fired mortar shells at the Beirut airport.
1983 - The anchor of the USS Monitor, from the U.S. Civil War, was retrieved by divers.
1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq.
1991 - The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party's role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev.
1991 - The republics of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to stay in the Soviet Union.
1992 - The U.N. Security Council agreed to send troops to Somalia to guard the shipments of food.
1998 - Northwest Airlines pilots went on strike after their union rejected a last-minute company offer.
2004 - India test-launched a nuclear-capable missile able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles.

World News

Obama ‘not yet made a decision’ on Syria as UK political rows stall intervention
RT -Facing strong opposition in the UK parliament, military action against the Syrian regime over the alleged use of chemical weapons could be delayed. Meanwhile, US president Barack Obama said he has not yet made a final decision about the military attack. On Thursday, the House of Commons will be asked by the government to approve a "strong humanitarian response" to the Syrian government’s alleged war crimes.

Intelligence Suggests Assad Not Behind Chemical Weapons Attack
Paul Joseph Watson - Intercepted phone calls that will be presented by the Obama administration as proof that Bashar Al-Assad was behind last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria actually suggest that the attack was not ordered by the Syrian government.

Syria asks UN to immediately investigate three new ‘chemical attacks’ by rebels
RT - The Syrian government is demanding that the United Nations immediately investigate three alleged chemical attacks carried out by rebel groups on the outskirts of Damascus last week, Syria’s envoy to the UN said.

U.S. rejects Syrian request that U.N. inspectors stay longer, possibly delaying military strike
Washington Post - The Obama administration appeared Wednesday to be forging ahead with preparations to attack Syria. It dismissed a Syrian request to extend chemical weapons inspections there as a delaying tactic and said it saw little point in further discussion of the issue at the United Nations.

WW3? Syrian, Iranian Officials Say Israel Will Be “Set On Fire” If US Strikes
Steve Watson- Senior Syrian and Iranian officials have again warned that should the US pursue military action in Syria, the state of Israel will find itself firmly and immediately in their crosshairs.

Syria: US Aided Terrorists in Chemical Attack, Europe Next
Anthony Gucciardi - In an explosive declaration, Syria’s deputy foreign minister has now come out on record in declaring that the US, Britain, and France were instrumental in aiding the chemical attacks on Syria through a network of terrorists inside the country.
* Related Article/Video: US, UK, France helped militants use chemical weapons says Syrian official

Fearing U.S. missiles, Syrians flood neighboring Lebanon
McClatchy - The main border crossing between Syria and Lebanon was thronged Wednesday with Syrians intent on fleeing what many locals believe will be a series of American-led airstrikes against Syrian government targets over the regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons last week against rebels.

Attack on Syria likely to trigger terrorists acts against U.S., Israel
Washington Times - Some analysts say that Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia fighting in support of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, likely would be inspired to ramp up operations in Iran’s “shadow war” with the U.S. and its allies.

Syria sends oil to 2-year high, $150 spike feared
RT - Oil has jumped to a two-year high and could see Brent spike as high as $150 per barrel as US and western allies move towards a military strike on Syria.
* Related Article: Will War With Syria Cause The Price Of Oil To Explode Higher?

22 Reasons Why Starting World War 3 In The Middle East Is A Really Bad Idea
Economic Collapse - We are looking at a scenario where the entire Middle East could be set aflame, and that might only be just the beginning. Russia and China are sternly warning the U.S. government not to get involved in Syria, and by starting a war with Syria we will do an extraordinary amount of damage to our relationships with those two global superpowers.

YouTube: FLASHBACK - All Wars Are Bankers' Wars
Written and spoken by Michael Rivero. Go here for the written version.

Popular Mechanics: Contaminated water threatens to swamp Fukushima site as it rises to surface
ENENews - The headlines are dire: Two and a half years after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Dai-ichi, contaminated water is leaking from the plant at a faster rate than most people realized, getting into the groundwater and the Pacific Ocean.... To add to Fukushima’s woes, there have also been reports of contaminated groundwater, blocked from its path to the ocean, rising toward the surface and threatening to swamp the site.

Russia Sends Warships to Mediterranean; Denies Syria Link
Paul Joseph Watson - The Russian Navy has denied that the dispatch of two warships to the eastern Mediterranean is linked to western military action against Syria, despite Interfax quoting a source in the armed forces’ general staff who said the deployment was in response to the “well-known situation”.

Cameron backs down on urgent Syria strikes
Telegraph - David Cameron backed down and agreed to delay a military attack on Syria following a growing revolt over the UK's rushed response to the crisis on Wednesday night.

France: political solution the ultimate goal for Syria
Reuters - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that Syria needed a political solution, but that could only happen if the international community could halt killings like last week's chemical attack and better support the opposition.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Ignores Congress on Approval For Syria Attack
Paul Joseph Watson - The White House has so far failed to respond to a letter signed by 56 bipartisan members of Congress asking President Obama to get congressional approval for an attack on Syria, despite Obama himself affirming the constitutional necessity of such an authorization during his 2008 campaign.

Obama Says He Will Use “Executive Action” On Gun Control - During a private meeting with some of America’s major mayors on Tuesday, President Obama said he would use executive action to promote his gun control agenda.

Top 10 Reasons Why the U.S. Should Not Sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty - The U.S. has announced that it will sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) as soon as it is satisfactorily translated into all official U.N. languages. This could happen as early as August 28th 2013, when the Russian-language translation is scheduled to be completed.

9th Circuit dismisses Firearms Freedom Act: Fed. can regulate guns that stay within state of origin - The case centers around the Firearms Freedom Act, which invokes states rights under the 9th and 10th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and declares that “any firearms made and retained in-state are beyond the authority of Congress under its constitution to regulate commerce among states.”

Maryland lawmaker introduces stand your ground bill
Washington Times - Last week a Baltimore County lawmaker announced that he plans to introduce legislation during the 2014 Maryland General Assembly to bring a “Stand Your Ground Law” to the state. Del. Pat McDonough says that it is time to reverse state laws that he believes do not protect innocent people.

Banker Pleads Guilty To Using Bailout Money To Buy Himself A Luxury Condo - The feds announced that a banker, Darryl Layne Woods, who was the head of Mainstreet Bank in Ashland, Missouri, applied for TARP funds and received over $1 million from the program back in January of 2009. On February 2nd of 2009, he used $381,487 of that same money and bought himself a luxury condo in Florida.

California school district hires company to spy on students’ Facebook, Twitter activities
Activist Post - Southern California’s Glendale Unified School District has hired an outside company to spy on their students’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube activities, going truly above and beyond in the name of student safety.

A Neutral Look At Police Brutality (Infographic)
Liberty Crier - Police brutality infographic from


Fast Food Workers Plan To Strike Nationwide Thursday
Press TV - Fast-food workers in about 50 cities will walk off their jobs during lunch hours and demonstrate in front of restaurants such as McDonald's, Burger King and KFC. They are expected to be joined by retail employees from stores like Wal-Mart, Macy's, Sears and Dollar Tree in some cities.

YouTube: Money Is Not Safe In The Big Banks
Global Research TV - People think that money is safe in the big banks because the FDIC will protect the deposits. This assumption is not based on the facts....

Jim Rogers: Syria War And “Market Panic” To Send Gold “Much, Much Higher” - Astute investor, Jim Rogers has warned overnight in an interview with Tara Joseph of Reuters that “oil and gold will go much, much higher” due to “market panic” regarding Syria and the coming end of free money.

Veteran News

Agent Orange possibly on former base - Doug Rokke — a retired Army major who served in the Vietnam and First Gulf War and said he obtained a PhD in physics and technology education from the University of Illinois — said he has a contact who worked at Chanute in the 1960s and sprayed the dangerous defoliant on the base by Hangar 3, other hangars and along Officers Row. Rokke said his source, who later was reveled to be Michael Glasser of Florida, told him he buried Agent Orange by Heritage Lake.

Suspect in WWII vet slay: We were buying crack from victim
NBC News - One of the teens charged with beating to death a World War II veteran allegedly claimed he was buying crack cocaine from the 88-year-old and the transaction turned violent — but cops said there is no evidence to support that.

Energy & Environment

Red worms found in drinking water supply to Oklahoma town - Beating the late-summer heat isn't as easy as running to the sink in one northeast Oklahoma town, as residents there are being asked not to drink tap water after red worms were found in the filtering system.
The worms — ranging from a half-inch to an inch long — showed up earlier this week in the drinking water supply in Colcord, a small town about 80 miles east of Tulsa.


Coconut oil halts tooth decay by attacking the bacteria that cause it
(NaturalNews) If health authorities are going to remain insistent upon lacing the water supply with additives to thwart tooth decay, then they really should be using all-natural coconut oil rather than fluoride chemicals, based on the findings of a new study. Researchers from the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) in Ireland have found that coconut oil effectively inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria that can cause cavities and mouth infections, without causing any harmful side-effects.

Vitamin C kills drug-resistant TB bacteria: Study
(NaturalNews) Tuberculosis (TB) was once thought to be totally under control, an ancient, historical disease that has been handled easily with a course of antibiotics over a few to several months. Now, Now, TB is making a strong comeback mostly among the less well-off financially and the more immune challenged. This TB surge's bacteria has figured out most of the current antibiotics that once dominated them.

16 Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms - Signs of Low Magnesium Levels
Natural Society - Some of your health issues may be magnesium deficiency symptoms. Here are 16 signs of a magnesium deficiency.

Deadly Drug Given to Women to Increase Milk Supply
Gaia Health - What risks are worth taking for the benefits of a drug? If you think doctors ask that question before prescribing, take a look at drug metoclopramide, prescribed to increase nursing mothers’ milk supply, even though it’s deadly and causes birth defects & permanent neurological damage.

Why Mammography Is Unscientific And Harmful
Green Med Info - Getting a mammogram seems like a "no-brainer." The diagnostic test detects, by emitting allegedly harmless ionizing radiation, breast cancer early, thus it prevents the premature demise of the patient. Yet, many solid scientific facts invalidate these, on the surface, seemingly legitimate, highly plausible notions or claims about the value of mammography.

Numerous Clinical Trials Prove Peppers can Ease Pain, Promote Weight Loss
Natural Society - There are many health benefits of peppers, with numerous studies showing how peppers can ease multiple types of pain and help promote weight loss.

Can't Obtain Health-Boosting Raw Milk? Try a Supplement Called Lactoferrin
Natural Society - Want to experience the health benefits of raw milk, but can't? Ttry a raw milk-derived supplement called lactoferrin.

Study: Prescribed Sleeping Pills Linked to Premature Death, Cancer
Natural Society - Study: Sleeping pills may lead to an increased death threat of up to 4 times AND an increased cancer risk.

Science & Technology

Facebook to pay out $20 million in privacy compensation
RT - Facebook will pay out $20 million in compensation to users who had their personal information shared on the website without permission. Each of them will receive a $15 payout.

Choose your (Facebook) friends wisely: Companies assess social media accounts before lending
RT - Instead of heavily relying on one’s FICO credit score, as is standard in the lending business, newer companies turn to a host of online behaviors in offering loans. Creditworthiness of customers is judged on a guilt-by-association basis for lending company Lenddo, which takes into account one’s Facebook friends, especially those with frequent interactions.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Biotech's Idolized Bt Technology May Transform Benign Insects Into Pests
Green Med Info - A new study reveals that one of the most widely used GM pest control technologies could actually be increasing pest virulence in non-target species.

Gardener’s To-Do List for September
Organic Gardening - Here’s a zone-by-zone to-do list for the month of September.

Overwintering Spinach
Organic Gardening - Overwintering this cold-hardy green is simple—the key is planning, and these easy-to-follow steps will yield a bountiful harvest of spinach come spring.

Wednesday - August 28, 2013 - Today in History:
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.
1833 - Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire.
1907 - "American Messenger Company" was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. Later changed to "United Parcel Service."
1916 - Italy's declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I.
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.
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 attended.
1981 - "The New York Daily News" published its final afternoon edition.
1990 - Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.
1995 - The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal.
1996 - A divorce decree was issued for Britain's Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
1998 - The Pakistani prime minister created new Islamic order and legal system based on the Koran.
2004 - George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.

World News

Marine units positioned near Syria - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told BBC television Tuesday that the Defense Department has “moved assets in place to be able to fulfill and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take.”

Syrian Electronic Army takes down New York Times website, claims Twitter’s domains
RT - The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed access to a number of Twitter’s international domains shortly after bringing down the New York Times’ website. The attack was apparently made through Melbourne IT.

Syria strike due in days, West tells opposition - sources
Reuters - Western powers have told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against President Bashar al-Assad's forces within days, according to sources who attended a meeting between envoys and the Syrian National Coalition in Istanbul.

Syria crisis: warplanes spotted in Cyprus as tensions rise in Damascus
Guardian - Warplanes and military transporters have begun arriving at Britain's Akrotiri airbase on Cyprus, less than 100 miles from the Syrian coast, in a sign of increasing preparations for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria.

Saudis Threaten Russia With Olympic Terrorist Attacks Unless It Abandons Syria Support
Steve Watson - Saudi intelligence has issued a tacit threat to have terrorist attacks carried out in Russia at the Winter Olympics in February 2014, should the state continue to support the Assad regime in Syria. The threat was revealed in leaked transcripts of a closed-door meeting three weeks ago between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

Syria: Russia evacuates citizens ahead of military strikes in the 'next few days'
Telegraph - A Russian emergency situations ministry aircraft carrying aid landed in Syria on Tuesday, and is set to take Russians and other CIS citizens out of the country on its return flight.

Obama’s Cruise Missile Attack Will Not Topple Assad
Kurt Nimmo - Defense officials told the Washington Post late last week that a destroyer scheduled to leave the Mediterranean was kept in place to keep more resources in the area. As noted in the above video, other assets are being positioned.

UK govt keenest of all on Syria intervention, decision already made - Farage
RT - The British government is the most enthusiastic country in the entire international community to get involved in Syria, and the decision on intervention has already been made, believes leader of UK Independence Party Nigel Farage. The UK Parliament is to be recalled on Thursday to discuss possible responses to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria last week.

US Attempts to Sabotage UN Chemical Weapons Investigation
Paul Joseph Watson - Desperate to maintain a narrative that will justify a cruise missile attack on Syria, the Obama administration is seemingly trying everything within its power to sabotage the UN chemical weapons investigation in Syria.

U.S., Britain and Israel have Used Chemical Weapons within the Last 10 Years - Two wrongs don’t make a right. But it is hypocritical for the U.S., Britain and Israel to say that we should bomb Syria because the government allegedly used chemical weapons.

France calls on UN, AU to act on CAR
Press TV - French President Francois Hollande has called on the United Nations Security Council and the African Union to "take charge of the situation" in the violence-hit Central African Republic (CAR).

France jobless rate continues to rise
Press TV - The French Labor Ministry says the number of unemployed people in the country has climbed for the 27th consecutive month in July, reaching a record high of 3.28 million.

Fukushima in freefall: radioactive water filters taken offline
(NaturalNews) After a 29-month cover-up, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is now calling for international help and has all but admitted Fukushima's radiation leaks are spiraling out of control.

Tepco Faces 132 Olympic Pools Worth of Radioactive Water
Bloomberg - The more than 330,000 metric tons of water with varying levels of toxicity is stored in pits, basements and hundreds of tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant. The government said this week it will take a bigger role in staunching the toxic outflow that’s grown to 40 times the volume accumulated in the atomic disaster at Three Mile Island in the U.S.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned - Seven Countries In Five Years

Massive Transport of Tanks in New Orleans - Massive Transport of Tanks in New Orleans on the Huey P Long Bridge over the Mississippi River in Jefferson Parish. The exact destination is unknown. It’s fair to speculate that these tanks might be shipping to Syria for an anticipated ground war.

22 House lawmakers demand say in approving Syria military strike
The Hill - “Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution,” wrote Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.). The congressman also wrote that the president’s decision to authorize the 2011 U.S. military in Libya without Congress’s green light was unconstitutional.

Documents: NYPD labels mosques terrorism enterprises to record sermons and spy on imams
Washington Post - The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Departing DHS secretary warns of 'serious' cyber-threat, devastating natural disaster
RT - The departing US Homeland Security Secretary used her farewell speech to warn the nation’s leaders of an impending “serious” cyber-attack as well as a natural disaster, the impact of which will dwarf Hurricane Sandy and other disasters in recent memory.

Obama Believes Following Constitution Counterproductive to Syria Attack Plan
Kurt Nimmo - Corporate media talking head and Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News, Chuck Todd, offered an explanation as to why the Obama administration is shirking Congress and violating the Constitution as his administration prepares to bomb Syria. Getting approval to pull off an attack would be nigh impossible, Todd said, because of “isolationists” in both houses of Congress.

Biden prepares ground for Syrian war
Press TV - US Vice President Joe Biden says there is no doubt that the Syrian government is responsible for the use of chemical weapons near Damascus, appearing to prepare the ground for a US military offensive against the Arab country.

72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents
Activist Post - Are you a conservative, a libertarian, a Christian or a gun owner? Are you opposed to abortion, globalism, Communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations or the New World Order? Do you believe in conspiracy theories, do you believe that we are living in the “end times” or do you ever visit alternative news websites (such as this one)?

Spendopedia: Federal Waste Collection Site Opens On Internet
Washington Times - Has government waste become so bad that we need an encyclopedia to keep track? One watchdog group seems to think so and has started a publicly edited, crowdsourced website that compiles cases of fiscal abuse, modeled after the popular site Wikipedia.... The government waste website can be found at


Raytheon stock rockets amid news of Syria strike
The Hill - The stock price for U.S. defense firm Raytheon jumped close to its highest level Tuesday on Wall Street amid news of possible U.S. military action in Syria. Raytheon shares were trading at nearly $77 each when U.S. markets opened, coming close to matching its all-time price of $77.93 over the last year for the American defense firm.

Dow falls 100 amid mounting worries over Syria, all S&P sectors lower
CNBC - Stocks finished sharply lower for a second session Tuesday, with the Dow falling to a two-month low, amid escalating worries over potential U.S. military action in Syria.

IRS issues final rules on Obamacare's 'individual mandate'
Reuters - The Internal Revenue Service issued final rules on Tuesday for the individual mandate of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul... If individuals choose not to carry insurance, they are subject to a penalty, starting at $95 per person per year or 1 percent of income in 2014, whichever is greater, and eventually reaching $695 per person or 2.5 percent of income by 2016.

IRS: Compliance Burden for Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax Totals 7.5 Million Hours Each Year - 7.5 million hours: Taxpayers will be forced to spend a total of 7.5 million hours each year complying with the new tax. 30 Minutes: Taxpayers will be forced to spend up to 30 additional minutes filling out paperwork each year, just for this one new tax. 63: The number of times the final rule uses the Orwellian term “Shared Responsibility Payments” to describe what is actually a tax.

America’s Outsourcers To Be Reclassified As Manufacturers
Economic Populist - Don't like the trade deficit, low GDP and the public outrage over the offshore outsourcing? Change the accounting method to make it go away! Such is the agenda of government statisticians it appears. How they are going to incorporate statistical lies into national accounts is shocking. Production location no longer matters, the thing that will count is ownership of the final product.

Veteran News

Veterans Affairs workers reap bonuses despite claims backlog
Staffers in the Department of Veterans Affairs have been reaping millions of dollars in bonuses despite a huge backlog of cases that has veterans waiting hundreds of days for compensation. The bonuses were reported Monday by journalism project News21, whose findings were published in The Washington Post. According to 2012 data, the VA employed more than 11,000 claims processors or assistants. Most handle disability claims, while some deal with claims such as those for education and other benefits.

Energy & Environment

California’s Rim Fire Is The Size Of Chicago
Activist Post - The huge fire raging around Yosemite National Park now covers more than 230 sq miles (600 sq km) and continues to grow with just a small percentage of it contained. It continues moving and is now only 20 miles from the park’s main tourist area.

Weather Could Be Controlled With Lasers
London Telegraph - Experts from around the world are to gather at the World Meteorological Organisation next month to discuss how powerful laser pulses can be used to generate changes in the atmosphere that influence the weather.

VIDEO: Mercury contamination in fish expected to rise in coming decades
CBS News - In a study published Aug. 25 in the journal Nature Geoscience, University of Michigan researchers say that mercury produced by the coal-burning power plants in these northern Pacific countries travels thousands of miles through the air before rainfall deposits it on the ocean floor near Hawaii. From there, it's passed on to humans who consume contaminated Pacific Ocean fish, such as tuna and swordfish.


Naked Juice class action settlement announced: Here's how to claim $45 from PepsiCo even without proof of purchase
(NaturalNews) The Naked Juice company was sued in 2011, accused of using GMO ingredients and deceptively labeling its products, "all natural." As the Organic Consumers Association explains...

Virus traces in Fluvax blamed for increase in convulsions, other adverse reactions in children
(NaturalNews) Australian Life Scientist reports that a two-year investigation into why Fluvax caused an alarming number of children to experience serious febrile seizures and other frightening side effects has revealed that an exceptionally high number of virus components in the vaccine may be to blame. Nearly one in 100 children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) experienced seizures as a result of receiving Fluvax.

Muscle loss and Celiac disease
(NaturalNews) There are over 300 disorders scientifically linked to gluten and clearly it is impossible to cover that list in one article, so let's focus on just two: bodybuilding and weight loss (including fat loss for definition).

Omega-3 Fats Linked to Eye-Health, Prevention of Age-Related Blindness
Natural Society - A diet low in trans-fats and rich in omega-3 fats could reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

What if Beer Companies Told the Truth?
Alliance for Natural Health - Would some of their labels say, “Brewed with pure Rocky Mountain spring water, GMO corn syrup, and fish bladder”?... The reality is far less appetizing. The list of legal additives to beer includes...

Medicaid is Drowning Our Kids in Toxic Psychiatric Drugs!
Alliance for Natural Health - The number of children on Medicaid taking antipsychotic drugs has tripled in just ten years—and shockingly, many of them are under the age of three. Note that these are not just antidepressants, which are bad enough. We are talking about strong antipsychotic drugs.

Science & Technology

Facebook Succombs to 38,000 Government Requests for User Info in 2013
Julie Wilson - Facebook has released statistics revealing how often the government requests information on its users. During the first half of this year, Facebook released information on approximately 38,000 users in 74 countries.

Scientists Control One Person’s Body With Another Person’s Brain - Researchers at the University of Washington have figured out how to send commands from one person’s brain to control a different person’s muscle movement. In technical terms, it’s the world’s first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

My Four Biggest Gardening Mistakes
Mother Earth News - Over the past year, this experienced gardener has made countless mistakes in her garden. In this post, she shares four of her most frustrating mistakes and how to avoid them in the future.

Tuesday - August 27, 2013 - Today in History:
1789 - The Declaration of the Rights of Man was adopted by the French National Assembly.
1828 - Uruguay was formally proclaimed to be independent during preliminary talks between Brazil and Argentina.
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.
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. Was 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.
1945 - American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.
1962 - Mariner 2 was launched by the U.S. In Dec. of the same year the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet.
1972 - North Vietnam's major port at Haiphong saw the first bombings from U.S. warplanes.
1981 - Work began on recovering a safe from the Andrea Doria, a luxury liner that had sank in 1956 in the waters off of Massachusetts.
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 28, 1986.
1985 - The Space Shuttle Discovery left for a seven-day mission in which three satellites were launched and another was repaired and redeployed.
1990 - The U.S. State Department ordered the expulsion of 36 Iraqi diplomats.
1996 - California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.
1999 - The final crew of the Russian space station Mir departed the station to return to Earth. Russia was forced to abandon Mir for financial reasons.
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.

World News

Syria: We’ll Strike Israel If US Attacks
Steve Watson - A senior Syrian official has warned that Israel will “come under fire” should the United states pursue any military aggression against the Assad regime. As reported by the Israeli news site Ynet, Halef al-Muftah, a leading member of the Syrian Ba’ath national council, and a former aide to the Syrian media minister said today that the Syrian government has “strategic weapons aimed at Israel.”

'Israel behind Lebanon bomb attacks'
Press TV - Lebanon's Grand Mufti has accused Israel of being behind the recent wave of bomb attacks in the country, saying Tel Aviv is the only side to benefit from violence in Lebanon.

UK gathers warplanes, military hardware in Cyprus base near Syria – report
RT - “Warplanes and military transporters” have reportedly been moved to Britain’s Akrotiri airbase in Cyprus in the latest sign of the allied forces’ preparations for a military strike on Syria amid bellicose rhetoric against the Syrian government.

Phone Intercept proves “Terrorists used Chemical Weapons in Homs”
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) - Official Syrian sources state that telephone intercepts between terrorists, affiliated to the so-called “Shuhada al-Bayada Battalion” and their Saudi Arabian liaison, called Adulbasit, clarify that foreign-backed terrorists have used a chemical weapon in Deir Balba, in the countryside of Homs.

Now Egypt looks to ‘expose’ Obama
WND - President Obama’s half-brother in Kenya could cause the White House more headaches over new evidence linking him to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and establishing that controversial IRS supervisor Lois Lerner signed his tax-exempt approval letter.

Edward Snowden got stuck in Moscow ‘after Cuba blocked entry’
The Guardian - The US whistleblower Edward Snowden got stuck in the transit zone of a Moscow airport because Havana refused to let him fly from Russia to Cuba, a Russian newspaper has claimed.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Sec. State Kerry Prepares WMD Pretext Ahead of Syria Attack
Kurt Nimmo - During his remarks today at the State Department, Secretary Kerry exploited the shock value of the chemical attack last week in Syria but did not provide a shred of verifiable evidence that the attack was the work of Bashar al-Assad and his military.

U.S. Prepares to Attack Syria — 60% of Americans Are Against It, Obama Has No UN Approval, and No Proof of Who Was Behind Gas Attacks
RINF - The U.S. is giving all signs of preparing for a unilateral military strike on Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack last week. Any move to attack Syria could entangle American involvement in a brutal civil war that has killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians.

Donald Trump’s university sued for $40mn over fraud
RT - Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed the case against Donald Trump, who serves as the University's Chairman, and the former President, Michael Sexton. The filing claims Trump University both deceived and defrauded students who hoped to gain an entrepreneurial edge.

Middle of the Road in Healthcare Leads to Socialism
Ron Paul - The ever-expanding role of government in healthcare provides an excellent example of Ludwig Von Mises’ warning that “The Middle of the Road Leads to Socialism.”

It Is Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Cities All Over The United States
Economic Collapse - What would you do if a police officer threatened to arrest you for trying to share a sandwich with a desperately hungry homeless woman that really needed it? Such a notion sounds absolutely bizarre, but this is actually happening in major cities all over the United States.
* Related Article: North Carolina cops threaten to arrest charity groups for feeding the homeless.


VIDEO: US to hit debt limit in mid-October
Press TV - The US Treasury Department has warned that the US government could run out of money to pay its bills by mid-October, causing the nation major problems. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday urged lawmakers in Congress to move swiftly to raise the country™s $16.7 billion debt limit “well before any risk of default becomes imminent.”

Gold, Crude Spike On Pre-War Jitters
Zero Hedge | Events over the past 48 hours have shown beyond a reasonable doubt that the US may have the most confused, conflicting foreign policy of any western nation.

Poof! Your Job Is Now Freelance, Part-time, No Benefits
RINF - First, be aware of what a weird economic downturn and recovery this has been. From the end of an “average” American recession, it ordinarily takes slightly less than a year to reach or surpass the previous employment peak. But in June 2013 — four full years after the official end of the Great Recession — we had recovered only 6.6 million jobs, or just three-quarters of the 8.7 million jobs we lost.

America Is No-Vacation Nation
RINF - The Centre for Economic and Policy Research, found that in the absence of government standards, almost one in four Americans have no paid vacation (23%) and no paid holidays (23%) and the average worker in the private sector receives only 10 days of paid vacation per year. Contrast this with European countries where most employees are legally entitled to at least 20 days of paid vacation per year.

Veteran News

Young Deputy Sheriff Guns Down Air Force Vet in His Own Garage
Kit Daniels - Funeral arrangements are underway for a 68-year-old Air Force veteran who was gunned down in his own garage by a young Blount County, Tenn. deputy sheriff.

Housing Market

Buying a flipped home? Be careful...
With more flipped properties on the market, buyers need to be careful by making sure the investor didn’t cut corners while prepping the home for sale.

Energy & Environment

Yosemite wildfire nears San Francisco water supply
RT - A California wildfire near Yosemite National Park is threatening a major San Francisco water source, power supplies and some of the Golden State’s giant sequoia trees.


Olive oil may avert memory loss - study - Extra-virgin olive oil has long been known for its potential health benefits, but now researchers in Italy say it could also fend off Alzheimers and other neurological disorders.

Banana power: Ten perks of nature's panacea
(NaturalNews) There's no denying that banana trees are among the most useful plants in the world. Well, it's also undeniable that their fruits are much more valuable than their other parts.

Food Labs Use An Average of 2000 Chemicals To Create 500 'Natural Flavors' You Would Never Suspect Are Artificial
Prevent Disease - Chemists working for half a dozen companies make approximately 80 percent of all the natural and artificial flavors in the world to please consumers with convincing tastes and aromas they find delicious and appealing. So what constitutes a natural flavor? Certainly nothing natural.

CDC Study Finds Pesticide Ineffective at Stopping the Spread of Lyme Disease
Beyond Pesticides - A recent study presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and other Tick-Borne Diseases in Boston finds that spraying lawns with the insecticide bifenthrin does not reduce the incidence of tick-borne diseases.

Science & Technology

China's Internet hit by biggest cyberattack in its history
Internet users in China were met with sluggish response times early Sunday as the country's domain extension came under a "denial of service" attack. The attack was the largest of its kind ever in China, according to the China Internet Network Information Center, a state agency that manages the .cn country domain.

Monday - August 26, 2013 - Today in History:
1842 - The first fiscal year was established by the U.S. Congress to start on July 1st.
1873 - The school board of St. Louis, MO, authorized the first U.S. public kindergarten.
1920 - The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in the voting booth.
1934 - Adolf Hitler demanded that France turn over their Saar region to Germany.
1937 - All Chinese shipping was blockaded by Japan.
1939 - The first televised major league baseball games were shown. The event was a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1945 - The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.
1957 - It was announced that an intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully tested by the Soviet Union.
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.
1981 - The U.S. claimed that North Korea fired an antiaircraft missile at a U.S. Surveillance plane while it was over South Korea.
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.
1991 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.
1992 - A "no-fly zone" was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the U.S., France and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.
1998 - The U.S. government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they "bullied" Intel into delaying new technology.

World News

Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria - Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against his own people.

U.S. preps for possible cruise missile attack on Syrian gov't forces
CBS News has learned that the Pentagon is making the initial preparations for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces. We say "initial preparations" because such an attack won't happen until the president gives the green light. And it was clear during an interview on CNN Friday that he is not there yet.

Syrian rebels claim receipt of major weapons shipment - Militia leaders say hundreds of tonnes of ammunition and some light weapons allowed across Turkish border in past three days

Breaking: Israeli, US, Jordanian Commandos Operating in Syria - American, Israeli and Jordanian commandos are currently deployed on the ground in Syria, training and operating alongside the rebels trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the French daily Le Figaro reported. The report has not been corroborated by any official American, Israeli or Jordanian source.

GMOs in water supply may be behind Fronterra botulism scare in New Zealand
(NaturalNews) The world's largest dairy exporter, New Zealand, is struggling to maintain its prized reputation as a global leader in high-quality dairy production following a recent botulism scare involving whey protein manufactured by the country's largest dairy conglomerate. New expert analysis of the situation has revealed that the contamination event was most likely caused by pollution from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the water and animal food supply and not an isolated dirty pipe as is being widely reported.

‘UN Syria team entirely compromised’
Press TV - A prominent political analyst says the UN team of chemical weapons inspectors has been entirely compromised and will be presenting evidence to indict Syrian President Bashar al-Assad... “They [inspectors] will be fabricating the evidence. We are aware of that,” said Gordon Duff, senior editor with Veterans Today from Ohio.

Al-Nusra Front to target Alawite faith, Assad 'over chemical attacks'- recording
RT - The head of the Syria-based and Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusa front has vowed unrestrained rocket attacks on Alawite communities, alongside attacks on President Bashar Assad’s government in revenge for an alleged chemical strike, according to a new recording.

Foreign-backed militants assassinate Syria’s Hama governor
Press TV - Foreign-backed militants in Syria have assassinated the governor of the Syrian city of Hama, Anas Abdul Razaak Na'em, Syrian TV reports.

'Ball of fire in Middle East': Tehran, Damascus warn US against Syria strike
RT - Iran has warned the US not to cross “the red line” on Syria threatening it would have “severe consequences” for the White House. This follows a statement from Syrian officials who said a strike would create “very serious fallout” for the whole region.

US readies possible missile strike against Syria - report
RT - Despite President Obama cautioning against intervention in Syria, the Pentagon is making “initial preparations” for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces, according to a new report.
* Related Article: US fabricating pretexts to justify military act against Syria

Obama and Cameron Chat About Murdering Syrians
Kurt Nimmo - Despite an obvious lack of evidence the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical attack outside of Damascus earlier this week, Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have reached and understanding that a “serious response” aimed at the government of Bashar al-Assad and his military is in order.

“Doctors” Behind Syrian Chemical Weapons Claims are Aiding Terrorists
Tony Cartalucci - The “evidence” upon which the West is propping up its narrative of the Syrian government using chemical weapons against large numbers of civilians hinges so far entirely on claims made by “Doctors Without Borders.” In the New York Times article, “Signs of Chemical Attack Detailed by Aid Group,” it is reported...

Twin blasts kill 42 in Lebanon's Tripoli
Press TV - At least 42 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in explosions near two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.

Government Communications Headquarters runs secret internet surveillance site in the Middle East
Press TV - Britain is acting as a proxy for American spy agencies, running a covert internet spying site in the Middle East to eavesdrop on a huge bulk of emails, telephone calls and web traffic in the region.

Greece will get another 10 billion euros’
Press TV - A German official says a fresh bailout package by the so-called troika for the recession-hit Greece will be a little over 10 billion euros (USD 13.36 billion), amid economic slump in the European country.

The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis
Greg Palast - The Memo confirmed every conspiracy freak’s fantasy: that in the late 1990s, the top US Treasury officials secretly conspired with a small cabal of banker big-shots to rip apart financial regulation across the planet.

VIDEO: Canada's Quebec to propose religious headwear ban for public workers
Press TV - According to leaked details obtained and published by Journal de Montreal, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois will introduce a “Charter of Quebec values,” which bans government employees, including teachers and doctors, from wearing religious headwear as well as large Christian crosses in the workplace.

Orwell’s Dystopic Nightmare Comes True: Agenda 21 Smart Cities Are Here!
Activist Post - So-called smart cities aren’t just some far off futuristic abstract twinkle in the New World Order’s eye…these are being built right now.... Currently being built in Abu Dhabi at a price tag of $22 billion, Masdar (which means “the source”) is a six-kilometer walled smart city shaped like two squares that resemble The Borg’s Unicomplex from the sci-fi TV show Star Trek.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US Set to Launch ‘Iraq, The Sequel’, in Syria
Ron Paul Institute - If you liked the run up to the US attack on Iraq, with the lurid fictional tales of mobile chemical weapons labs and Saddam's nukes, you will love "Iraq, The Sequel", currently unfolding in Syria. It is everything the interventionists have been hoping for: a heady brew of Kosovo, Iraq, and Libya all rolled into one.

15 Signs That Obama Has Already Made The Decision To Go To War With Syria
Economic Collapse - The Obama administration seems absolutely determined to help radical Islamic jihadists that have beheaded Christians, that have massacred entire Christian villages, and that have pledged loyalty to al-Qaeda topple the Assad regime and take over Syria.

US military removes commander of nuclear weapons unit over loss of confidence
ABC News - The Air Force has removed the commander of a nuclear weapons unit at a Montana base following a failed safety and security inspection that marked the second major misstep this year for one of the military's most sensitive missions.

NSA paid millions to Internet companies to cover surveillance program costs
RT - Top-secret national security documents leaked to the Guardian newspaper reveal that the United States government compensated the tech companies that signed on to participate in the controversial NSA spy program known as Prism.

The NSA Reportedly Bugged The UN’s New York Headquarters
TechCrunch As tensions mount between the United States and other countries over the NSA’s once-secret spying programs, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported earlier today that the NSA has been spying on the goings-on at the United Nations’ New York headquarters for nearly a year.

DoD Training Manual: ‘Extremist’ Founding Fathers ‘Would Not Be Welcome In Today’s Military’
Adan Salazar - Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch recently obtained a Department of Defense training manual which lists people who embrace “individual liberties” and honor “states’ rights,” among other characteristics, as potential “extremists” who are likely to be members of “hate groups.”

VIDEO: US civil war is coming (E22)
RT - US Government "getting ready for civil war"; the experimental vaccines in your dinner; and that virus on your computer - the army now linked to systematic black ops against ordinary citizens. Seek truth from facts with Trends Journal publisher Gerry Celente, editor of Storyleak Anthony Gucciardi, and author of Questioning the War on Terror Dr. Kevin Barrett.

YouTube: Obama Killed Hope For Young People
The Young Turks - "Controversy over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs is eroding President Obama's popularity — particularly among young voters. Some polls show a double-digit drop in Obama's approval rating since Edward Snowden revealed NSA secrets, weakening the president ahead of fall fights with congressional Republicans over the budget and immigration."

Veteran News

Thousands Gather to Honor WWII Veteran Delbert ‘Shorty’ Belton
Breitbart - With the second suspect believed to have been involved in his death is still on the loose, thousands gathered in Spokane, WA on August 23 to honor WWII Army veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton.

Energy & Environment

Alaska Newspaper: Concern Fukushima nuclear waste is tainting our salmon
ENENews - We are concerned our Alaska salmon are being slowly tainted with nuclear waste. We are worried about the impact this waste could have on our resources, and especially the people who consume them.... We urge scientists in Alaska to be proactive about conducting research and monitoring our salmon species. And we urge them to be vocal about their findings.

UPDATE: Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish, Louisiana

Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Another Video with a Tall Tree going down into hole 8/22/13
Sherrie Questioning All - Video of another tree that goes down into the hole. Yesterday they released a video show a bunch of trees being sucked down. Watch how this tree goes down, leans over and then straight up and down into the hole. It is a tall tree too.


Parents charged with murder of baby that was actually killed by vaccines
(NaturalNews) Parents in South Africa could face life in prison if convicted of murdering their baby girl, who died just days after being given what reports say were routine vaccinations.

Probiotics are a MUST for type-2 diabetics: Research
(NaturalNews) It's common for many, especially members of the mainstream medical profession, to be ignorant of the importance of probiotics. While antibiotics that turn gastrointestinal tracts into killing fields are routinely prescribed, probiotics probiotics to replace lost beneficial bacteria are rarely even suggested.

Big Pharma invents yet another disease to sell deadly drugs: 'Shift Work Disorder' now used to push medication that may kill you
(NaturalNews) Ever heard of "shift work disorder?" It's a new disease being played up by the pharmaceutical industry to sell drugs so dangerous that even the home page of the drug website admits the drug may kill you. One such drug is called "Nuvigil," sold by Cephalon, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. The warning text on the Nuvigil website says...

Cancer-in-a-Can? The horrific true story of how Pringles are made
Underground Health - The Pringles Company (in an effort to avoid taxes levied against “luxury foods” like chips in the UK) once even argued that the potato content of their chips was so low that they are technically not even potato chips. So if they’re not made of potatoes, what are they exactly?

Reverse Aging by Using Just a Single Tablespoon of Aloe Daily
Natural Society - Just a single tablespoon of aloe vera gel daily can significantly reduce wrinkles and make skin look more youthful.

How Milk Thistle can Fight Skin Cancer and Photo-Aging
Natural Society - Researchers have found that silibinin, an extract from milk thistle, can actually combat skin cancer and photo-aging in two specific ways. According to their work, milk thistle is both able to repair skin cells damaged by radiation and destroy those that may go on to cause cancer.

Child’s Non-Stop, ‘Untreatable’ Seizures Halted with Medicinal Marijuana
Natural Society - marijuana are changing. We’re not only seeing it in the law changes—where 20 states currently have medical marijuana programs on the books and two have legalized recreational marijuana—but also in the opinions of regular citizens. Related article: 20 Studies That Prove Cannabis Can Cure Cancer

Documentary: Fast Food Baby
Dr. Mercola - It seems harmless enough, but one study revealed kids doing this had low IQ scores within 5.5 years. Don't risk it - also sets the stage for asthma, eczema, allergies, inflammatory conditions, and autoimmune diseases.

5 Ways Stress Affects Your Mind and Body
Natural Society - We all know we should lower our stress levels, but it isn’t always easy. Sometimes, though, knowing exactly how stress is affecting us can be highly motivating to take steps that will actually decrease stress in our lives.

11 Signs You May Be Dating A Sociopath
Huffington Post - Could that amazing new person you or a loved one is dating actually be a sociopath? It's not as far-fetched as you might imagine.

Science & Technology

DARPA Wants Portable Brain Recorders "In Every Classroom in America"
Activist Post - When DARPA issues a solicitation, they are looking for researchers who can develop the particular ability the solicitation calls for. Researchers respond with their ideas, and DARPA awards funding to the most promising proposals. A very creepy solicitation (SB131-002) has now been released, which calls for a “Portable Brain Recording Device & App”.

YouTube: New Encryption Company May Go Offshore - "Privacy rights don't exist in US anymore"
Chris Kitze gives exclusive interview to RT.

Germany Govt WARNS: Windows 8 NEVER USE! Microsoft can control computer - gather ALL Data and a Never Get Rid of Backdoor for NSA
Sherrie Questioning All - The German government released a WARNING yesterday about Microsoft's Windows 8. They are Warning all people and companies NOT to use it. They have revealed that Microsoft can completely control and take over a computer with Windows 8 and it has a backdoor for the NSA that can never be gotten rid of!
* Related Article from Reuters: German agency warns Windows 8 PCs vulnerable to cyber threats

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

4 Year Old Girl’s Vegetable Garden Must Go, Says USDA
Healthy Home Economist - In this latest crackdown on citizens simply trying to provide for themselves using the most basic of skills – gardening – the USDA’s Rural Development Agency is forbidding Rosie, an industrious 4-year old girl in South Dakota from using a small, unused area outside her subsidized housing unit to grow green vegetables.


Unemployment Prepping: What You Can Do Beforehand
Activist Post - Job loss is one of those personal emergencies that can strike without warning. Those who have been affected by unemployed know all too well of the stress involved in this “personal economic collapse”. That said, steps can be taken beforehand to buffer and prepare your household for this unexpected and unwelcoming disaster.

Will You Be Ready If The Grid Goes Down?
Activist Post - Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.

Friday - August 23, 2013 - Today in History:
1838 - The first class graduated from Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, MA. It was one of the first colleges for women.
1839 - Hong Kong was taken by the British in a war with China.
1902 - Fannie Merrit Farmer opened her cooking school, Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery, in Boston, MA.
1914 - Tsingtao, China, was bombarded as Japan declared war on Germany in World War I.
1939 - Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty.
1944 - During World War II, Romanian prime minister Ion Antonescue was dismissed. Soon after the country would abandon the Axis and join the Allies.
1944 - Marseilles was captured by Allied troops during World War II.
1952 - The security pact of the Arab League went into effect.
1962 - The first live TV program was relayed between the U.S. and Europe through the U.S. Telstar satellite.
1979 - Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defected while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York City.
1982 - The parliament of Lebanon elected Bashir Bemayel president. He was assassinated three weeks later.
1983 - The U.S. announced that it was nearly ready for a test flight of an anti-satellite missile.
1990 - President Saddam Hussein appeared on Iraqi state television with a group of Western detainees that he referred to as "guests." He told the group that they were being held "to prevent the scourge of war."
1996 - U.S. President Clinton imposed limits on peddling cigarettes to children.
2000 - Richard Hatch was revealed as the winning castaway on CBS' "Survivor." Hatch won $1,000,000 for his stay on the island of Pulau Tida in the South China Sea.

World News

US blasted for arming Riyadh with bomb
Press TV - The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) has denounced the United States for planning to supply 1,300 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. “We are disappointed with the US decision to export cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia as both countries acknowledge the negative humanitarian impact of these weapons on civilians,” CMC Director Sarah Blakemore said on Thursday.

Australian military planners in Washington work on Syrian war plans - NEITHER Kevin Rudd nor Tony Abbott will talk of armed intervention in the Syrian crisis, but Australian officers are already working with US allies on a plan if one is needed. Mr Rudd also reiterated Australia’s major alliance with the United States, where Australian military officers are working alongside the the US military in the Pentagon to help draw up war plans for an American-led intervention.

Syrian govt ready to cooperate with UN experts in chemical attack probe - Moscow
RT - The Syrian government is ready for “maximum” cooperation with UN experts working to clarify the alleged use of chemical weapons in attacks, Russia’s Foreign Ministry says. The UN has requested access to Damascus suburbs to be granted “without delays”.

Flashback: US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, blame it on Assad govt' - London, Jan 30 (ANI): The Obama administration gave green signal to a chemical weapons attack plan in Syria that could be blamed on President Bashar al Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country, leaked documents have shown.

‘US vowed arms to anti-Shia terrorists’
Press TV - Iran Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says a former US envoy to Iraq had promised weapons to terror elements on the condition that they use them against Iran and followers of Shia school of thought.... The top Iranian legislator further emphasized that today, the US clearly states that they are supplying arms to extremist and radical elements in Syria, so “it seems veils have been somewhat uncovered.”

China dispatches ships for rare drills with US Navy
RT - A task group of three Chinese warships has set off for Hawaii Islands to participate in search-and-rescue training with American Navy, a rare event in US-China naval interaction. Later, People’s Liberation Army ships will visit New Zealand and Australia.

US plan to station military aircraft in India? Govt denies - A top US Air Force official’s remarks that his country is planning to station a military aircraft in Thiruvananthapuram as part of it’s policy of encircling China with defence bases has created flutters here and the government has dismissed any such possibility. “This is just the start of the Air Force’s plan to expand its presence in Asia.

Fukushima operator pleads for international help as radiation crisis deepens
RT - TEPCO, operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, admits it needs overseas help to contain the radioactive fallout, after 18 months of trying to control it internally. It comes after the latest leak at the facility was deemed a “serious incident.”

New European food safety guidelines affirm methodology, findings of Seralini's GM corn lab rat study
(NaturalNews) After vehemently criticizing a researcher's groundbreaking study and inappropriately calling into question the validity of his rigorous scientific research methods, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has made a surprising about-face.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

THE GOVERNMENT RAG BLOG - SILENT WEAPONS FOR QUIET WARS: An Introduction Programming Manual, which is an Operations Research Technical Manual was uncovered by accident on 7/7/86 when a Boeing Aircraft Co. employee purchased a surplus IBM copier and discovered the document inside with detailed plans were hatched in the “embryonic days” of the “Cold War” and calls for total control of the masses including the manipulation by use of the Peoples’ pastime, education, industry, and political leanings. The document is a startling quiet war waged upon humanity and pits one another against each other, while diverting the public’s attention to what is really going on behind the scenes. Actual Document: SILENT WEAPONS FOR QUIET WARS

Why an Iraqi Single Mom Is Suing George W. Bush for War Crimes - Why an Iraqi single mom and a tech lawyer think they can prove the Iraq War was a “crime of aggression” under U.S. law.

DOJ wants Bush, senior cabinet members exempt from Iraq War trial
RT - The United States Department of Justice has requested that former President George W. Bush and the highest figures in his administration receive full exemption from being tried for the Iraq War, which the DoJ says was in line with international law.

Georgia shooter gives 'off his meds' as reason for school shooting
Activist Post - In what looks to be a direct correlation between anti-psychotic/depression medication and school shootings, a man identified in this week's shooting made the bizarre statement to investigators that he was 'Sorry he was off his meds'.

Michael Hastings Feared His Mercedes Had Been Tampered With
Paul Joseph Watson - The very day before a suspicious car crash claimed his life, journalist Michael Hastings feared his Mercedes had been tampered with and asked to borrow a friend’s vehicle, telling her that he was “scared and wanted to leave town.” The revelation, which emerged in an LA Weekly interview with Jordanna Thigpen, re-emphasizes the fact that Hastings was fearful for his safety having complained of being under scrutiny by the FBI.

Gunshot Wound to Dzhokhar’s Face Contradicts Original Boston Bombing Narrative
Julie Wilson - Trauma surgeon Stephen Ray Odom, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, testified on April 22 that alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suffered from a “high-powered injury” that resulted in wounds to the middle ear, the skull base, his vertebrae and his pharynx.

Napolitano: DHS Has ‘Deferred’ Deportation of 430,000 Illegals
CNS News - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says that over the past year the Obama Administration has exercised what she calls “prosecutorial discretion” in allowing 430,000 self-declared illegal aliens to stay in the United States without any worry that her department—which is charged by law with enforcing the immigration law—will take action against them.

School Pressured to Stop Making Kids Kneel Before the Principal
Activist Post - n San Bernardino County, southern California, parents got a rude awakening in the form of a flyer from an outraged parent. Yes, for some time, Calimesa Elementary School had a policy unbeknownst to parents that involved making the children kneel down on one knee with arms at the their sides at various times throughout the day.


Monsanto stock not looking good, dumped by hedge funds
Natural News Buzz - Constant news of harmful products and irresponsible practices has caused Monsanto tough luck with its stocks. Investors are picking up on the bad publicity and pulling hedge funds from the company.

They Actually Expect Us To Have Faith In These Financial Markets After This Week?
Economic Collapse - What in the world is happening to our financial markets? Trading on the Nasdaq was halted on Thursday for more than 3 hours, and the only formal explanation that we got was that it was a "technical issue". On Tuesday, Goldman Sachs made thousands of "erroneous trades" that are now being canceled.

US Mint Silver/Gold Eagle Sales Ratio Explodes to Staggering 500/1! - Ever since the big take-down in the price of the precious metals in April of this year, an interesting trend has taken place in the Gold & Silver Eagle market. While demand for both coins remained strong in the first four months of the year, investors are now overwhelming purchasing more Silver Eagles — banking on much higher gains in silver than gold. The gold to silver sales ratio was 19.5/1 in April, fell to 80/1 in July and so far in August it is a staggering 489/1!

Housing Market

Wells Fargo to cut 2,300 mortgage jobs as refinancing slows
Reuters - Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N), the largest mortgage lender in the United States, will cut 2,300 jobs in its home loan business because fewer customers are refinancing as interest rates rise, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters.

UPDATE: Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish, Louisiana

Video: Louisiana sinkhole swallows dozens of trees at the Bayou Corne Sinkhole in Assumption Parish, Louisiana
* Related Article: Caught on video: Bayou Corne sinkhole swallows trees

Energy & Environment

Tar Sands Drones Are On Their Way - North American energy companies are planning to use drones to monitor their pipelines—in part to check for potential gas or oil leaks, but also to limit “third-party intrusions,” a broad range of activity that includes anything from unwanted vehicles entering restricted areas around pipelines to environmental activists.

VIDEO: Live Blood Analysis – Observable Effects of RF/MW Radiation from ‘Smart’ Meters
Activist Post - The following clip is an excerpt from upcoming documentary, Take Back Your Power – a critical investigation of the Smart Metering phenomenon and Smart Grid. It shows observable effects of the RF/MW radiation from a Smart Meter on human blood cells using dark-field microscopy.

VIDEO: You Won’t BELIEVE the Upshot of BP’s Gulf Oil Spill
Zero Hedge - The alternative media tried to tell you that the chemicals added to the Gulf of Mexico to hide all of the oil were super toxic, and that there was a giant cover-up where BP used the government as a sock puppet. Now it's gone mainstream ... 60 Minutes – Australia tells the tale...

Government Recklessly Reopened Fisheries in the Gulf
Natural Society - Everyone knew something was very wrong back in 2010 when the “US Department of Commerce – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began closing fisheries on May 2, 2010. It began reopening them, with various spatial and other limits, on June 23. The well was capped on July 15.”


This Pharmaceutical Company Used NSA-Like Tactics to Monitor Parents’ Concerns About Vaccines - According to a recent news article, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) hired a text analytic software company, called Luminoso, to find out what parents were most concerned about with vaccines.

The healing power of coconut kefir
(NaturalNews) In your digestive system, coconut kefir will enhance hydration and recolonize your gut and mucous membranes with healthy strains of beneficial microflora. Coconut kefir is superior, as it promotes a wide variety of microflora and has been said to have a much more potent effect on the digestive system than any yogurt.

10 American Foods That Are Banned in Other Countries - Americans are slowly waking up to the sad fact that much of the food sold in the US is far inferior to the same foods sold in other nations. In fact, many of the foods you eat are BANNED in other countries. Learn which ones are banned....

Dump toxic pharmaceuticals and use lavender essential oil for migraine headache relief instead
(NaturalNews) In 2012, for the first time, a placebo-controlled clinical trial confirmed that lavender essential oil aromatherapy is effective in relieving migraine headaches.

Biological Effects of Aluminum: The Current Science
Gaia Health - The effects of aluminum on the central nervous system are being studied from several different angles. The latest Keele meeting covered a wide range of aspects...

Possible negative impacts of GMOs on health and skin: How to avoid GMOs in skincare products
(NaturalNews) Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants and other living organisms derived from modern molecular biotechnology techniques that alter the genetics of the organism.

Science & Technology

Must Read: Glimmerglass Intercepts Undersea Cable Traffic for Spy Agencies - Glimmerglass, a northern California company that sells optical fiber technology, offers government agencies a software product called “CyberSweep” to intercept signals on undersea cables. The company says their technology can analyze Gmail and Yahoo! Mail as well as social media like Facebook and Twitter to discover “actionable intelligence.”

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Oregon Blocks Canola Planting in Willamette Valley to Prevent GE Contamination
Beyond Pesticides - In a victory for consumers and Willamette Valley’s $50 million vegetable seed industry, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed HB 2427 last week, banning the commercial production of canola in the region until at least 2019.

Thursday - August 22, 2013 - Today in History:
1642 - The English Civil War began when Charles I called Parliament and its soldiers traitors.
1770 - Australia was claimed under the British crown when Captain James Cook landed there.
1775 - The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England's King George III.
1846 - The U.S. annexed New Mexico.
1902 - In Hartford, CT, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first president of the United States to ride in an automobile.
1906 - The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ began to manufacture the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200.
1910 - Japan formally annexed Korea.
1941 - Nazi troops reached the outskirts of Leningrad during World War II.
1968 - Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to Latin America.
1973 - Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by U.S. President Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.
1984 - The last Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off the assembly line in New Stanton, PA.
1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed an order for calling reservists to aid in the build up of troops in the Persian Gulf.
1990 - The U.S. State Department announced that the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait would not be closed under President Saddam Hussein's demand.
1991 - Mikhail S. Gorbachev returned to Moscow after the collapse of the hard-liners' coup. On the same day he purged the men that had tried to oust him.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton signed legislation that ended guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanded work from recipients.

World News

Egypt Brotherhood official arrested
Press TV - Egypt’s security forces have arrested Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref in the capital, Cairo, reports say.

Mubarak to be put under house arrest if freed
Press TV - Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak will be placed under house arrest if he is freed from prison, the interim government has ordered.

EU suspends arms deliveries to Egypt
RT - The EU has restricted military aid to Egypt and condemned the violence in the county but has left other aid untouched. The US has yet to make a decision on the aid issue. Egypt has said the EU’s decision will only play into the hands of extremists.

UNSC to hold urgent meeting on Syria
Press TV - The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting on the alleged use of chemical weapons near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Russia calls Syria’s chemical weapons use claims provocation
Press TV - Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement on Wednesday that since reports of the alleged attack were issued just as a UN chemical weapons inspection team arrived in Syria, "this makes us think that we are once again dealing with a premeditated provocation."

New Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria Another False Flag?
Activist Post - [...] Indeed, before the dust from the rockets even settled, corporate media outlets such as the New York Daily News recently ran the headline “Bashar al-Assad kills 1,300 in Syrian nerve gas attack, activist estimate,”[3] clearly suggesting that Assad was the guilty party, despite there being so many loose ends to the story now being spread about in the mainstream media circuit.
* Related Video: Corbett Report: Syrian Chemical Attack Follows History

Genocide in Syria as 1,300 people including hundreds of women and children are wiped out in nerve gas attack say Syrian rebels
Daily Mail - (Graphic images) Syrian activists accuse President Bashar al-Assad's forces of launching the nerve gas attack in what would be by far the worst reported use of poison gas in the two-year-old civil war. Activists said rockets with chemical agents hit the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar before dawn.

Profiting from Your Thirst as Global Elite Rush to Control Water Worldwide - A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Antoinette Tuff, Elementary School Clerk, Convinced Armed Suspect At Georgia School To Put Down His Weapons (VIDEO)
Huffingtonpost - When an armed gunman entered an elementary school in Decatur, Ga., yesterday, the school's bookkeeper, Antoinette Tuff, was able to talk him into putting down his weapon and giving himself up to the police, AP reports.

Vaccine Inventor & Genetic Engineer Jokes About Depopulation & Biological Warfare
natural Society TV - Edible vaccine supporter and head of the Biodesign Institute for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, Dr. Charles Arntzen has recently responded to questions about the issue of overpopulation with the following sardonic remarks, “Has anybody seen Contagion? That’s the answer! Go out and use genetic engineering to create a better virus [to wipe out the population]“.

57 ships Anchored off shore of NJ, MD/VA - Not sure what’s going on, might be nothing. 4 days ago there was 12 ships anchored in a group 100 miles offshore of MD and VA. Right now theres 23 ships anchored in this group. The last 2 days another group of ships, but spread a bit further apart is anchored off the NJ shore starting from 25 miles out to aprox 150 miles off shore. In all 32 ships are anchored.

US encircling China with military bases: Report
Press TV - As part of a new strategy to “pivot” increased US military presence in the Asia-Pacific, the United States is encircling China with a chain of small air bases and military ports, a report says.

UPDATE: Manning asks Obama for pardon, but ready to pay 'heavy price for living in a free society'
RT - Three hours after a military judge sentenced Pfc. Manning to 35 years in prison for disclosing sensitive government documents, attorney David Coombs said the appeals process will begin in a matter of days.

8 real spies treated better than Manning
Huffington Post - Was the judge's sentence overly harsh? Does Manning deserve to be jailed at all? Below, take a look at how his 35-year sentence stacks up to those handed out to other criminals, many of whose crimes were arguably more severe than Manning's.

US drone pilot demand outstrips supply
RT - The US Air Force is now facing a shortage in the number of pilots able to operate the military’s quickly expanding drone fleet, according to a new report published by a top Washington, DC, think tank.

NRA built massive database of gun owners while opposing national gun registry
RT - The National Rifle Association has frightened Americans about the prospect of a federal registry of firearm owners, but the NRA itself has secretly created a database with information from tens of millions of Americans who do not hold a membership.

New Details Show Broader NSA Surveillance Reach! Programs Cover 75% of Nation's Traffic!
WSJ - The National Security Agency—which possesses only limited legal authority to spy on U.S. citizens—has built a surveillance network that covers more Americans' Internet communications than officials have publicly disclosed, current and former officials say.

YouTube: Kucinich: Do Away with the NSA!
Thom Hartmann talks with Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Former U.S. Congressman (D-OH, 10th district) Website:, who says Congress needs to abolish the NSA.

NSA Using Copyright Claims To Crush Free Speech?
Ben Swann - Can a government agency block criticism by claiming copyright infringement? Sounds a bit ridiculous but it is happening. The NSA is effectively stopping one small business owner from criticism, claiming that by using its name he has infringed on their copyright. Can they do that?

10 Signs We Live In a "Minority Report" World
Activist Post - With the quickening pace of technological advancement it is no surprise to see "ideas" become reality quicker than ever before. Philip K. Dick explored the concept of pre-crime in his short story "The Minority Report" in 1956, but it wasn't until Steven Spielberg offered it on the big screen as Minority Report in 2002 that the audience got a true look at a potential day-to-day existence under corporate and government data management and control.


33 Shocking Facts Which Show How Badly The Economy Has Tanked Since Obama Became President
Economic Collapse - Barack Obama has been running around the country taking credit for an "economic recovery", but the truth is that things have not gotten better under Obama. Compared to when he first took office, a smaller percentage of the working age population is employed, the quality of our jobs has declined substantially and the middle class has been absolutely shredded.

Wells Fargo to cut 2,300 mortgage jobs as refinancing slows
Reuters - Wells Fargo & Co (NYS:WFC), the largest mortgage lender in the United States, will cut 2,300 jobs in its home loan business because fewer customers are refinancing as interest rates rise, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters.

Presidential Meeting Signals Catastrophic Event? “There Is a Crisis Unfolding Somewhere in the Background”
Activist Post - This week, in a move that has spooked a lot of economic and financial analysts, President Barack Obama held a special, closed door meeting with the heads of the U.S. government’s financial, monetary and oversight agencies. It included members of the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, the CFTC, the SEC, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. This has left many wondering what is really going on – and if a serious event is about to take place yet again.

Energy & Environment

Rim Fire Near Yosemite Out of Control, Threatens 2,500 Structures
LA Times - More than 400 firefighters were battling a wildfire Tuesday evening that was raging out of control near Yosemite National Park and threatening 2,500 structures, officials said. The Rim fire had charred more than 10,000 acres of brush, oak and pine in the Stanislaus National Forest as flames raced across rugged terrain, the U.S. Forest Service said.

Spending to Fight Raging Wildfires Tops $1 Billion
NBC News - Wildfires burning in Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise upped the national wildfire preparedness level Tuesday to the highest level for the first time in five years.

Wild and Dangerous Weather -- 29,000 Lightning Strikes in Two Days
LA Times - A storm front that worked its way north through California early this week produced an unusual -- and potentially dangerous -- result: nearly 29,000 lightning strikes in two days, which sparked about 150 fires, Cal Fire officials said Tuesday.


CVS pharmacies 'bribing' customers to abandon medical privacy protections
(NaturalNews) The CVS/pharmacy corporation recently launched a new pharmaceutical marketing scheme that pushes customers to fill more drug prescriptions at its stores by enticing them with cash prizes and other rewards, an initiative that is now part of the company's "ExtraCare Rewards Program."

Co-Q10 decreases inflammation and protects your muscular and neurological systems: Research
(NaturalNews) There have been several studies proving CoQ10's ability to restore cellular energy not only for cardiovascular purposes, but also neurological health. One study even discovered that low blood levels of CoQ10 were a common denominator among older lethal diseased patients.

5 Things You Should be Eating to Protect Your Brain as it Ages
Natural Society - Don't underestimate diet as a means to keep your brain sharp as you age. Here are 5 foods to consume forever and always to maintain memory and brain health.

8 Foods to Naturally Increase Melatonin for Better Sleep
Natural Society - Trouble sleeping? There are numerous foods you can consume to naturally boost melatonin production, which leads to better, long-lasting sleep.

Why Calcium In Milk And Most Calcium Supplements Are A Huge Detriment To Your Health
Prevent Disease - Most people are unaware that pasteurized milk actually causes osteoporosis because there is a process the body must commit to due to milk's calcium content being unabsorbed. The majority of calcium supplements on the market also contain inferior forms of the mineral which are also not absorbable and actually decrease the digestibility of other nutrients.

The Failed Medical Experiment: PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer
Green Med Info - PSA screening for prostate cancer has been a failed medical experiment leaving behind 1 million male victims treated unnecessarily for a type of prostate cancer that was clinically insignificant, providing little or no benefit in terms of lives saved.

Science & Technology

YouTube: The Resident: Gov't gag order for the Internet
RT - A group of state attorneys general have written a letter to Congress asking they amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1998. Section 230 specifically protects websites from being liable for what users might post on their sites in public interaction areas. These attorneys general want websites to be liable for their users' posts. The Resident (aka Lori Harfenist) discusses.

DARPA Issues Request For Information to Create a Computer Brain
Activist Post - DARPA continues to march full steam ahead in its quest to reverse engineer the human brain. On August 14th the military research arm of the U.S government solicited information that could lead to the development of a "Cortical Processor" - essentially a processing system that can simulate the human brain's neocortex; the area responsible for sensory understanding, thought, and language.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

9 Healing Herbs for a Natural Medicine Cabinet: Grow Your Own Healing Herb Garden
Natural Society - Forget medications. Replace your pills with simple-to-grow healing herbs. Here are 9 amazing healing herbs any novice gardener can grow and utilize.

Extend the Season—Build a Coldframe
Mother Earth News - Building a coldframe is a great end-of-summer garden project. With a simple coldframe, you can extend your season by a month or more on either end—in some climates, you can grow right through the winter with one. There are a few different methods. Find out which one is right for you.

Pet News

The One Feline Feeding Mistake That Can Lead to TWO Top Medical Conditions
Dr. Becker - In 2012, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) policyholders spent over $58 million treating the 10 most common health conditions in pets. The number one reason cats visited the vet was for cystitis (inflammation of the bladder) or feline lower urinary tract disease. The average cost of a vet visit for a kitty with the condition was $251.

Will They be Eating their 'Real Meat' Words?
Susan Thixton - Some interesting news...a large New York law firm that often represents consumers is investigating the 'Real Meat' claims of pet foods. This could get 'real' interesting.

Is this a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?
Susan Thixton - Nestle Purina just purchased One of the largest manufacturers of pet food in the world purchasing the largest pet adoption online resource in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. How do you feel about this acquisition?

Wednesday - August 21, 2013 - Today in History:
1680 - The Pueblo Indians drove the Spanish out and took possession of Santa Fe, NM.
1831 - Nat Turner, a former slave, led a violent insurrection in Virginia. He was later executed.
1878 - The American Bar Association was formed by a group of lawyers, judges and law professors in Saratoga, NY.
1912 - Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout. It is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
1923 - In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner.
1943 - Japan evacuated the Aleutian island of Kiaska. Kiaska had been the last North American foothold held by the Japanese.
1945 - U.S. President Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped about $50 billion in aid to America's Allies during World War II.
1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state. U.S. President Eisenhower also issued the order for the 50 star flag.
1963 - In South Vietnam, martial law was declared. Army troops and police began to crackdown on the Buddhist anti-government protesters.
1991 - The hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev ended. The uprising that led to the collapse was led by Russian federation President Boris Yeltsin.
1992 - NBC News fired Authur Kent two weeks after he refused an assignment to war-torn Croatia.
1993 - NASA lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. The fate of the spacecraft was unknown. The mission cost $980 million.
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 - Hudson Foods Inc. closed a plant in Nebraska after it had recalled 25 million pounds of ground beef that was potentially contaminated with E. coli 01557:H7. It was the largest food recall in U.S. history.
1997 - Afghanistan suspended its embassy operations in the United States.
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.

World News

‘Israel behind Egypt coup’ – Turkish PM
RT - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims Ankara has proof Israel was behind the July 3 military "coup" that toppled Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, Turkish media report.

One-sided Propaganda Takes The Stage Amid Egypt Violence
Activist Post - Amidst the blitz of propaganda coming from the mainstream media regarding the recent events violently unfolding inside Egypt, it is unfortunate that even many alternative media outlets are simply repeating the line being served to them via the corporate media and Western governments.

VIDEO: Syria Army seizes most of Latakia
Press TV - Syrian army has taken back most of the coastal province of Latakia, killing scores of foreign-backed militants.

CIA Confirms Role in 1953 Iran Coup
Global Research - American and British involvement in Mosaddeq’s ouster has long been public knowledge, but today’s posting includes what is believed to be the CIA’s first formal acknowledgement that the agency helped to plan and execute the coup.

UK ordered Guardian to destroy hard drives in effort to stop Snowden revelations
RT - UK authorities reportedly raided the Guardian’s office in London to destroy hard drives in an effort to stop future publications of leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

18 Signs That Global Financial Markets Are Entering A Horrifying Death Spiral
Economic Collapse - You can see it coming, can't you? The yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries is skyrocketing, the S&P 500 has been down for 9 of the last 11 trading days and troubling economic news is pouring in from all over the planet.

West Coast of North America to Be Hit Hard by Fukushima Radiation
Washington's Blog - While many people assume that the ocean will dilute the Fukushima radiation, a previously-secret 1955 U.S. government report concluded that the ocean may not adequately dilute radiation from nuclear accidents, and there could be “pockets” and “streams” of highly-concentrated radiation.

Reports of massive chemical attack near Damascus as UN observers arrive in Syria
RT - Wildly varying reports have emerged of recent chemical weapons use in Syria, with hundreds allegedly killed in the latest attack. This comes on the same day that the UN inspectors arrive in Damascus to investigate allegations of use of toxic arms.

Damscus denies chemical arms claims
Press TV - Syria has denied accusations that it has used chemical arms against foreign-backed militants near Damascus, saying the false claims against the government aim to distract UN weapons experts, State TV reports.

Terrorists kill Iranian journalist in Syria
Press TV - Iranian journalist and documentarist Hadi Baghbani has been killed by foreign-backed Salafi terrorists near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Guardian editor on Miranda detention: ‘Terror and journalism being aligned’
RT - The UK government created a “lawless bit of Britain” under the terror act which suspends all checks and balances, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said in an interview, adding that the paper is financing David Miranda's lawsuit against the Home Office.

Japan nuclear agency upgrades Fukushima alert level
BBC - Japan's nuclear agency has upgraded the severity level of a radioactive water leak at the Fukushima plant from one to three on an international scale.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Facial Scanning Is Making Gains in Surveillance
NY Times - The federal government is making progress on developing a surveillance system that would pair computers with video cameras to scan crowds and automatically identify people by their faces, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with researchers working on the project.

Senator: Obama Administration Secretly Suspended Military Aid to Egypt - The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if the military takeover of Egypt was a coup, temporarily suspending most forms of military aid, despite deciding not to announce publicly a coup determination one way or the other, according to a leading U.S. senator.

Release of Michael Hastings Autopsy Report Only Prompts More Questions
Paul Joseph Watson - The autopsy report states that Hastings had small amounts of marijuana and amphetamine in his blood, but that this would not have impaired his driving at such low levels. It also twice references two empty alcohol bottles found at the scene of the crash as if to suggest that they could have belonged to Hastings despite the fact that no alcohol was found in his blood.

Missouri Police Tackle and Arrest Peaceful “Impeach Obama” Protestors
Kit Daniels - In yet another example of political suppression overtaking Missouri, a startling video shows the Missouri Highway Patrol tackling and arresting peaceful protestors for refusing to leave a public area.

November 2013 - America's "Power Grid" Scheduled for Nationwide "Drill" - One goal of the drill, called GridEx II, is to explore how governments would react as the loss of the grid crippled the supply chain for everyday necessities. “If we fail at electricity, we’re going to fail miserably,” Curt Hébert, a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at a recent conference held by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Industry Groups Insist On Charging You $1,195 To Read A Public Law - Today, private organizations charge U.S. citizens hundreds of dollars simply to read a copy of standards they issue, standards that regulate things like gas pipeline safety, crane usage, and toy manufacturing — even though citizens are required to obey those standards, because the federal government has incorporated them into regulations.

Detroit police adopt ‘stop-and-frisk’
RT - The controversial “stop-and-frisk” tactic used by the New York Police Department could be coming to the Motor City: law enforcement agents in Detroit, Michigan plan to adopt a policing method from officers in the Big Apple.

YouTube: Ron Paul special guest in Conversations with Great Minds
The Big Picture RT - On The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann a special Monday Edition of Conversations with Great Minds. The Former Congressman talks NSA, drones, Edward Snowden, The U.S. economy and his new Youtube channel. Plus we talked about the never ending debate in Washington over Obamacare.

78 Reasons Every American Should Wish Ron Paul a Happy Birthday
Tuesday (Aug 20) is Ron Paul’s 78th birthday. The former Texas congressman has had a long career as America’s most ideologically consistent politician. Love him or hate him, he always speaks his mind, and refuses to pander to the crowd.

Biting Our Tongues Doesn’t Keep Us Safe … It Only INCREASES Danger In the Long Run
Washington's Blog - First They Came … Preface: German pastor Martin Niemöller initially supported Hitler. But he later opposed him, and was imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp for years. Niemöller learned the hard way that keep your head down doesn’t keep one out of trouble … in the long run, it increases the danger to all of us.

Obama Dogs: Sunny Joins Bo At White House - Barack Obama and his family have welcomed a playful new addition to the White House, a new dog called Sunny.
The black Portuguese Water Dog joins the First Family's other four-legged friend of the same breed, Bo.


Texas rips up asphalt roads rather than raise taxes on oil companies - Governor Perry and the Republican legislature will do anything to avoid raising taxes on profitable oil companies. It came to light this week that Texas is ripping up the asphalt roads damaged by oil and gas drilling activities and returning them to gravel because the state does not want to spend the money to repave them.

Energy & Environment

Huge lightning strike leaves 120,000 homes without power in southern California as forecasters warn of more storms (Photos)
Daily Mail - A bolt of lightning knocked out power to around 120,00 homes in southern California during a storm on Monday. The fork of lightning struck a major bank of transformers at the Rector Station, just outside Visalia on Road 148 and Caldwell, causing it to burst into flames.

Oregon wildfire burns across 5,000 acres, threatens dozens of homes
Fox News - A wildfire in Oregon has burned across 5,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge, forcing the evacuation of several dozen buildings.


Study: Turmeric Spice When Combined with Anti-nausea Drug Kills Cancer Cells
Activist Post - In a laboratory, preclinical study recently published by the journal Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers combined structural features from anti-nausea drug thalidomide with common kitchen spice turmeric to create hybrid molecules that effectively kill multiple myeloma cells.

Want to maximize supplement absorption? Try transdermal nutrients
(NaturalNews) More effective than oral supplements in many situations, topical application of nutrients is often an overlooked (although superior) method of delivery. Whether using magnesium oil for debilitating arthritis, iodine to heal skin cancer or water soluble vitamins for general health, topical creams, gels, oils and sprays are one of the best ways to receive vitamins and minerals that are crucial for healthy well-being.

Research shows that sage can help preserve or enhance memory and brain functions
(NaturalNews) This well regarded medicinal herb definitely has incredible health benefits if only taking into account its strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, although the most interesting aspect about this wonderful herb seems to be the research that has led specialists to believe it could be a major player in preserving or optimizing brain functions.

Miso Protects Against Radiation, Cancer and Hypertension
Green Med Info - When the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945, 21 healthcare workers were attending 70 tuberculosis patients in a hospital 1.4 km from ground zero. None of them suffered from acute radiation poisoning. Dr. Tatuichiro Akizuki, a physician at the hospital, credited this miracle to the fact that everyone was consuming daily cups of miso soup garnished with wakame seaweed.

Nanoparticles Don’t Belong in Organic Foods!
Alliance for Natural Health - The FDA allows manufacturers to add potentially toxic nanomaterials to any food without notifying anyone, or even putting it on the label, even organic food. This outrageous state of affairs was highlighted in a February 2010 report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that the FDA has completely dropped the ball in ensuring the safety of additives to the food supply.

FDA Attempting to Restrict Medical Foods
Alliance for Natural Health - “Medical foods,” by federal definition, aren’t simply a diet plan prescribed by a doctor. They are foods that are specifically formulated and processed for a sick patient. They form a separate category from conventional foods and dietary supplements in that they are intended to meet specific nutritional requirements for the management of a disease or condition, and are used under medical supervision. These foods can be consumed orally or through a feeding tube.

Science & Technology

Court Rules Accessing a Public Website Isn’t A Crime, But Hiding Your IP Address Could Be
EFF - In the ongoing legal battle between craigslist and 3taps, a new court opinion makes clear that people are "authorized" under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to access a public website. But what the court gave with one hand it took with the other, as it also ruled that sending a cease-and-desist letter and blocking an IP address is enough to "revoke" this authorization.

Surveillance concerns bring an end to crusading site Groklaw - A legally informed Web site critical of lawsuits from the SCO Group, Apple, Oracle, and patent trolls shuts down because its founder says e-mail can't be protected from government scrutiny.

Pet News

Pedigree dog food may be endangering your pet, yet no recall despite over 300 complaints from customers
(NaturalNews), reveals that popular dog food brand Pedigree has received hundreds of complaints in recent days about injuries and deaths potentially caused by its dog food lines, and yet neither Pedigree nor the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued any formal recalls of Pedigree dog food products.

Tuesday - August 20, 2013 - Today in History:
1741 - Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska.
1866 - The National Labor Union in the U.S. advocated an eight-hour workday.
1866 - It was formally declared by U.S. President Andrew Johnson that the American Civil War was over. The fighting had stopped months earlier.
1885 - "The Mikado", by Gilbert and Sullivan, opened at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City.
1914 - German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I.
1918 - The British opened its Western Front offensive during World War I.
1939 - The National Bowling Association was founded in Detroit, MI. It was the first bowling association in the U.S. for African-Americans.
1940 - France fell to the Germans during World War II.
1953 - It was announced by the Soviet Union that they had detonated a hydrogen bomb.
1955 - In Morocco and Algeria hundreds of people were killed in anti-French rioting.
1955 - Colonel Hanes, a U.S. Air Force pilot, flew to an altitude of 40,000 feet. Hanes reached a speed of 822.135 miles per hour in a Super Sabrejet.
1964 - A $1 billion anti-poverty measure was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1968 - The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" liberalization.
1977 - Voyager 2 was launched by the United States. The spacecraft was carrying a 12 inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
1991 - A rally of more that 100,000 people occurred outside the Russian parliament building to protest the coup that removed Gorbachev from power.
1997 - NATO troops seized six police stations in Banja Luka that had been held by troops controlled by former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic.
1997 - Britain began voluntary evacuation of its Caribbean island of Montserrat due to the volcanic activity of the Soufriere Hills.
1998 - Canada's Supreme Court announced that Quebec could not secede without the federal government's consent.
1998 - U.S. military forces attacked a terrorist camp in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan. Both targets were chosen for cruise missile strikes due to their connection with Osama bin Laden.
1998 - The U.N. Security Council extended trade sanctions against Iraq for blocking arms inspections.

World News

Purported U.N. disarmament document long on hysteria, short on provability - “Check this out … is this legit?” an email received over the weekend asked. The question was wholly appropriate, revealing a correspondent on his toes and interested in due diligence.

Egypt MB leader arrested: State TV
Press TV - Egyptian authorities have arrested the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, in Cairo, state TV reports.

Minya churches cancel second mass for first time in 1,600 years - Minya churches canceled on Sunday the second mass, holding only a brief one. Meanwhile, prayers did not take place at other churches which were attacked.

Hosni Mubarak, ex-Egypt leader, acquitted of corruption
Washington Times - Mr. Mubarak’s attorney, Fareed El-Deeb, said the deposed president would be freed in the face of the court’s acquittal — but not everyone agrees, CBS reported. Mr. Mubarak still faces charges related to the killing of hundreds of protesters in the lead-up to his ouster from office.

Over 30,000 Syrian refugees enter Iraq's Kurdistan region: UNHC
Press TV - On Monday, the UNHCR reported one of the most massive influxes of Syrians fleeing the violence in the country, saying that an estimated 5,000 Syrians entered Iraq's Kurdistan region on the same day alone.

S. Korea-US drill begins, simulating invasion by North
Fox News - South Korea launched a military drill Monday with the United States against a simulated North Korean invasion, even as tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang eased after a series of breakthroughs. Defence Ministry officials confirmed the exercise was underway from early Monday morning.

Greece set to allow home foreclosures, risking rift
Greece will lift restrictions on home foreclosures to allow banks to recover bad loans, the finance minister said on Saturday, adding fuel to a row that may test the cohesion of its fragile coalition government. Cash-strapped banks are currently barred from auctioning most first homes owned by delinquent borrowers, under a temporary measure introduced in 2010 to protect austerity-hit households.

Radiation levels in Fukushima bay highest since measurements began
RT - Readings of tritium in seawater taken from the bay near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has shown 4700 becquerels per liter, a TEPCO report stated, according to Nikkei newspaper. It marks the highest tritium level in the measurement history.

Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant to become tourist attraction
RT - Despite the land and ocean around Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant being contaminated by dangerous levels of radiation, plans are being drawn up to turn the no-go zone into a tourist attraction.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

White House Had Advance Notice on Heathrow Detention
WSJ - The White House was given advance notice of the British government’s plans to detain the partner of the Guardian reporter who has written a series of high-profile stories about U.S. surveillance practices, a spokesman said Monday.

Fort Hood Judge Bars Most Motive Evidence
ABC News - A military judge blocked several key pieces of evidence Monday that prosecutors said would explain the mindset of the soldier accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, including his belief that he had a "jihad duty" to carry out the attack.

License plate readers used to record attendees at political rallies
RT - Heeding the demands of the Secret Service, state police in Virginia recorded and collected the whereabouts of potentially millions of people in an effort to monitor attendees at political rallies in 2008 and 2009.

TSA to Purchase 3.5 Million Rounds of Ammunition
Paul Joseph Watson - The Transportation Security Administration is set to purchase 3.5 million .357 SIG caliber bullets, enough for its agents to fire 9,400 rounds a day, every day of the year. According to a solicitation issued by the agency on August 16, the TSA is looking to buy “3,454,000 rounds of .347 SIG Caliber Training Ammunition”.

Chris Christie Signs 10 of 13 Proposed Gun Restrictions - On Aug. 8 Christie signed 10 of the 13 bills; Aug. 16 he vetoed a ban on .50 caliber firearms and conditionally vetoed the two remaining bills. A “conditional veto” means that the legislation is dead, unless the legislature reconvenes to resurrect it through amendments that meet strict conditions imposed by the governor.

Exclusive: FL Sheriff Arrested, Charged With Felony & Suspended For Protecting Citizens' 2nd Amendment Rights
Ben Swann - In a developing story, Sheriff Nick Finch was arrested, charged with a felony and suspended without pay for supporting a citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights. It’s not a story you hear every day. It’s certainly not a story you’d expect out of a county named Liberty.

Rural Coloradans to vote on breaking away as 51st state, angered by liberal policies on guns, energy
Washington Times - The Weld County Commissioners voted unanimously at Monday’s meeting to place a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot asking voters if they want the county to join with other rural counties in forming a new state, the latest reaction to what disgruntled local residents say is the Democratic state legislature’s so-called “war on rural Colorado.”


National Retailer Cuts All Full Time Employee Hours to Avoid Paying Health Care - Hate to say “I told you so”, but we officially have our first major retail company cutting its employee hours in order to avoid paying for health care. Our concerns about the Affordable Care Act seem to finally be materializing. Forever 21, a popular clothing company, is now demoting full-time employees to part-time positions.

When welfare pays better than work
NY Post - Today, the Cato institute is releasing a new study looking at the state-by-state value of welfare for a mother with two children. In the Empire State, a family receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, food stamps, WIC, public housing, utility assistance and free commodities (like milk and cheese) would have a package of benefits worth $38,004, the seventh-highest in the nation.

Those That Are Not Preparing For The Coming Economic Depression Are Going To Bitterly Regret It
Economic Collapse - We are living in the largest debt bubble in the history of the planet, and when it bursts we are going to experience a crippling "adjustment" to our standard of loving. Some people understand this and are busy preparing for what is ahead. It has been estimated that there are approximately 3 million "preppers" in the United States, and that number is growing all the time.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Seen Dodging Billions in Write-Offs
Bloomberg - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have reported record profits after a taxpayer bailout, are ignoring billions of dollars in potential losses on overdue loans as they take three years to adopt a new accounting system, a government auditor said in a letter made public today.

Housing Market

Foreclosure lawyers charge some homeowners for nonexistent cases
Denver Post - At the risk of losing their homes if they didn't, scores of Colorado homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosure in the past year were each forced to pay hundreds of dollars in lawyer charges for phantom court cases against them, a Denver Post investigation has found.

Energy & Environment

Appeals Court Rules States cannot Shut Down Federally-Approved Nuclear Plants
AllGov - Vermont has sought to prevent the Vermont Yankee reactor, whose original 40-year license expired in March 2012, from being re-licensed, but the court ruled that federal regulation of nuclear power safety preempts state authority over safety completely. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has already re-licensed the plant for another 20 years.

Where is the Money Going? - Oil Industry Avoids Paying Landowners for Drilling Rights
AllGov - One of the arguments for allowing oil and gas companies to expand drilling in the United States has been that many of the new wells would be on private property, which meant individual Americans stood to profit from new fossil-fuel explorations. But oftentimes companies have gotten away with not paying landowners the full royalties to which they’re entitled, according to ProPublica.


As Obamacare Deadline Looms, Doctors are Opting for “Cash Only” Clinics - Physicians across the country are attending seminars that teach doctors how to start their own direct primary care practices. Direct primary care practices take no health insurance, only cash. In a recent survey conducted by the DPMA Foundation, 2 out of 3 doctors say they are “just squeaking by or in the red,” and 83% say they are “thinking about quitting the business.”

Celery and Artichokes Contain Powerful Flavonoids That Kill Cancer Cells
Prevent Disease - Celery, artichokes, and herbs, especially Mexican oregano, all contain powerful flavonoids that wipe out diseased cancer cells. Apigenin and luteolin kill pancreatic cancer in the lab by inhibiting an important enzyme, according to two new University of Illinois studies.

23 Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn: The Miracle Berry
Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is a super fruit full of all the Omegas – 3, 6, 9 and the rare 7, as well as a host of antioxidants and other healing nutrients.

What you need to know about camu camu
(NaturalNews) Camu camu is a powerhouse of nutrients, including 30-50 times the vitamin C - the most of any botanical source in the world, 10 times the iron, three times the niacin, twice the riboflavin, and 50 percent more phosphorous as oranges and other citrus fruits. It also has beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and amino acids This fruit has one of the highest concentrations of phytochemicals in the world.

Guyabano fruit acknowledged as a miracle cure for cancer
(NaturalNews) The guyabano, or otherwise known as the custard apple or sour sop fruit, is deemed as one of the miracle cures for cancer. There have been various websites and claims that say that guyabano, from the tree, to its leaves, bark, and fruit, is capable of killing cancer cells naturally.

Soda may make children more likely to destroy things, attack others
CBS News - Studies of young soda drinkers often focus on added risk for childhood obesity. But now, a new study suggests the sweet stuff could actually be making kids more violent. Public health researchers looked at thousands of 5-year-olds, and found the more sugary soft drinks they consumed, the more likely they were to inflict damage and hurt others.

Break a sugar addiction in a week using three simple steps
(NaturalNews) Refined sugar is a drug that is similar to opiates in its power to become addicted to it. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs stated in a study published in 2010 that sugar releases euphoric endorphins in some people's brains in a manner very similar to that of certain drugs which are commonly abused.

Science & Technology

Google Glass Gets An App To Power The Cyber Cops And Futuristic Firefighters Of Tomorrow - The app would allow public safety officers and officials to communicate in real-time via streaming video from the scene, as well as to receive and view key documents, including things like building schematics, medical records of victims, live feeds of security cameras in the area and more. It’s the ultimate on-demand intel platform for agents working in the field, and a way to stay in contact with HQ and other organizations even when radio systems won’t talk to each other.

Monday - August 19, 2013 - Today in History:
1812 - "Old Ironsides" (the USS Constitution) won a battle against the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia.
1848 - The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald.
1856 - The process of processing condensed milk was patented by Gail Borden.
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.
1934 - Adolf Hitler was approved for sole executive power in Germany as Fuehrer.
1940 - The new Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.
1942 - About 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France. They suffered about 50 percent casualties.
1960 - Francis Gary Powers, an American U-2 pilot, was convicted of espionage in Moscow.
1960 - Two dogs were launched in a satellite into Earth's orbit by the Soviet Union.
1981 - Two Libyan SU-22s were shot down by two U.S. Navy F-14 fighters in the Gulf of Sidra.
1991 - Soviet hard-liners announced that President Mikhail Gorbachev had been removed from power. Gorbachev returned to power two days later.
1998 - The first piece of the 351 foot bronze statue of Christopher Columbus arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1999 - In Belgrade, thousands of Serbs attended a rally to demand the resignation of Yugoslavia's President Slobodan Milosevic.
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.

World News

Diana's Death: Police Handed New Information
Sky News - New information that alleges Princess Diana was murdered has been passed to Scotland Yard through military sources, it has emerged. The information, thought to include the allegation that the Princess of Wales, Dodi al Fayed and their driver were killed by a member of the British military, will be assessed by officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Command.

Looters ransack Egyptian antiques museum and snatch priceless artifacts as armed police move inside stormed Cairo mosque
Daily Mail - Egypt’s famous Malawi National Museum has been ransacked, looted and smashed up by vandals in another example of the recent unrest in the country. Photos of the damaged artefacts and empty display cases were released this afternoon as supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi fought a gunbattle with security forces in a Cairo mosque.

Brotherhood supporters hit the streets as army vows to confront violence
RT - Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets of Egypt, despite reports that Sunday protests were called off. The army said it will not tolerate violence amid news that thousands of Morsi loyalists were allegedly arrested and facing terrorism charges.

‘36 die during Egypt attempted jailbreak’
Press TV - “Thirty-six of the prisoners died of suffocation and crowding after tear gas was used to stop their escape,” the ministry said in a Sunday statement. According to the Egyptian official MENA news agency, the military and police deployed reinforcements to the Abu Zaabal prison where Sunday's jailbreak attempt occurred.

Who’s to blame for Egypt violence? EU, Obama and Mideast leaders beg to differ
RT - The EU will urgently review its relations with Egypt, the two top officials of the 28-member union said – signaling a more critical European approach toward the country’s military rulers than that coming from Washington.

Libya’s interior minister tenders resignation
Press TV - Libya’s Interior Minister, Mohamed Khalifa al-Sheikh, has tendered his resignation, becoming the second cabinet minister to quit in August.

Spanish Armada: Flotilla of fishermen in stand-off with Royal Navy and police boats after going into British waters around Gibraltar
Daily Mail - A flotilla of around 38 fishing boats and a small number of pleasure craft (left and centre) was 'corralled' by Royal Gibraltar Police and military vessels after crossing from Spanish waters close to an artificial reef. The reef, created by the British Overseas Territory's government, is at the centre of a diplomatic row between Britain and Spain.

Revenge tactics: UK detains Greenwald’s partner under Terrorism Act, confiscates electronics
RT - The partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald was held at Heathrow airport under the UK Terrorism Act for the maximum time allowed before pressing charges. Amnesty International dubbed the move an unwarranted revenge after Greenwald revealed NSA spy programs.

Fukushima apocalypse: Years of ‘duct tape fixes’ could result in ‘millions of deaths’
RT - Even the tiniest mistake during an operation to extract over 1,300 fuel rods at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan could lead to a series of cascading failures with an apocalyptic outcome, fallout researcher Christina Consolo told RT.

Atomic kitchen: French research center stores plutonium in pressure cookers
RT - A French nuclear research center has been using ordinary pressure cookers to store and transport plutonium and other “sensitive materials” for 50 years, it has been revealed. The news leaked as the center posted a public tender for 4,000 pressure cookers.

Illegal StarLink™ GM Corn Resurfaces in Saudi Arabian Food Supply
Natural Blaze - StarLink™ maize, the first genetically modified organism to be pulled off the market over a decade ago due to safety concerns, was recently found to be contaminating food products in Saudi Arabia. Does this mean that an illegal form of GM corn is still being produced in the US?

Chile fights GMO in national protest against ‘Monsanto law’ (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
RT - Thousands of Chileans have rallied against a bill dubbed the “Monsanto law” that would let multinationals patent GMO seeds. Activists say it will not only compromise food sovereignty in Chile, but will also harm consumer health.

New figures reveal Britons are prescribed a record 1,900 tablets every MINUTE
Daily Mail - More than a billion prescriptions are being written by Britain’s doctors every year. Record numbers taking painkillers, sleeping pills, antidepressants and medication for heart disease and diabetes have helped the figure soar by two thirds in a decade. More than 2.7 million prescriptions are being written out each day – equivalent to more than 1,900 every minute, according to NHS data.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pratt & Whitney sued over The Acreage cancer cluster - New lawsuits, including a proposed class action, were announced Friday against Pratt & Whitney Group and Palm Beach Aggregates over The Acreage cancer cluster. The suits claim that Pratt & Whitney failed to safely use and maintain potentially cancer-causing radioactive material and allowed it to escape into groundwater. The suits also claim that, from 2003 until September 2008, the Aggregates continued a dredging process that increased dangerous levels.

Top ten reasons Washington’s Egypt aid continues
Press TV - The continued unrest upped the pressure on the Obama administration to cut off military aid to Egypt. It is the only legal and ethical thing to do, but here are some reasons it has been difficult for Washington to take that step.
* Related Article: US arms industry would lose big from Egypt aid cut-off

Ron Paul to Malzberg: US 'Stirring the Pot' in Egypt for Years
Newsmax - "Just think of how many years we've propped up [Hosni] Mubarak, a military dictatorship, and gave him all of those weapons — and he was our guy as long as he did what we told him," Paul, the former Texas congressman, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
Washington Post - An internal NSA audit dated May 2012, identifies 2,776 incidents, or violation of the rules or court orders for surveillance of Americans or foreign targets in the United States, from April 2011 through March 2012.

Obama Has Hired the Fox to Watch the Hen House
Activist Post - In the aftermath of the Snowden revelations and furthered by the admission that the NSA has broken the law thousands of times in order to illegally spy on the American people, Obama has decided to appoint a special “commission” to fairly and accurately investigate the latest revelations of this rogue, anti-American agency.

Oath Keepers Places Pro-Snowden Sign at White House Stop on D.C. Metro, Featuring Obama as “Big Brother” - Oath Keepers has placed a large sign featuring President Obama as “Big Brother” at the Washington D.C. Metro stop closest to the White House, praising Edward Snowden for exposing the NSA spying on Americans and urging White House employees to follow Snowden’s example by becoming whistle-blowers.

A Speeding Ticket Camera Company Is Doctoring Evidence Photos - Driving politics website (yep!) The Newspaper reports that DC camera contractor American Traffic Solutions has started cropping photos and repositioning cameras to make the citations issued as a result of photo evidence harder to challenge in court. A court recently ruled that if any additional vehicles are visible in a gotcha photo, it can be questioned.

Verizon Rewarded for Records Release With $10 Billion Government Contract
New American - Verizon’s willingness to give the federal government unfettered access to its customers’ phone records is paying off handsomely for the telecommunications giant. Verizon announced on August 16: The U.S. Department of the Interior has selected Verizon to participate in a $10 billion, 10-year contract to provide cloud and hosting services. This is potentially one of Verizon's largest federal cloud contracts to date.

TSA on the Lookout for Breast Bombs
Activist Post - Apparently many of the ‘terror experts’ in Homeland Security and their counterparts think that ‘breast bombs’, ‘butt bombs’, ‘belly bombs’ and other implanted explosives (with reported plots to sew them into dogs) are the next threat worth hyping.

Nanny Bloomberg Wants to Fingerprint More Than a Half Million New Yorkers
Kurt Nimmo - Nanny Bloomberg never gets enough to satisfy his authoritarian urge. First it was cracking down on soda, allegedly part of a government health imitative, then he wanted to ban e-cigarettes.... Now he wants to fingerprint more than 600,000 people who live in public housing.

Order That The NYPD Wear Cameras Stirs Unexpected Reactions
NY Times - Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, of Federal District Court in Manhattan, ruled on Monday that the city’s stop-and-frisk program was unconstitutional and ordered that police officers in certain precincts strap tiny cameras to their uniforms to record their dealings with the public, Mr. Bloomberg’s response was immediate and emphatic. “It would be a nightmare,” he said.

VIDEO: Police Department Tests Officers Wearing Cameras, Police Complaints Down 88% And Use Of Force Down 60%!
Liberty Crier - It’s no longer an experiment. It worked! Overwhelming success with police complaints down 88% and use of force down 60%!

Shock Video: The New Common Core Obama Math Standard: "3 x 4 = 11"
Activist Post - At a recent school meeting in Grayslake, Illinois curriculum director Amanda August discusses the new federally mandated Common Core education standards, which are currently being implemented into school districts across the nation. Here’s how we’re readying America’s children for a highly competitive globalized marketplace.


Feds: More Americans selling their food stamps for cash
Fox News - The percentage of Americans selling their food stamps back to stores for cash has increased by 30 percent over the past several years, according to a new Agriculture Department study.

VIDEO: Ron Paul: Why Gold Will Explode Higher
Liberty Crier - On gold’s “explosion”: “I think what’s going to happen to gold, it’s going to explode when they realize that the economy is going down, that we’re really in a recession.” On the dollar: “[The Fed] took a dollar and eliminated 98% of its purchasing power and they’re doing that more rapidly than ever but it just hasn’t been fully discounted. When it is, gold is going to be much, much higher.”

JP Morgan is Selling its Gold Vault at 1 CMP!
Silver Doctors - With JPMorgan’s COMEX gold inventories plunging to all-time lows, it appears that Mr. Dimon has no use for an empty (and now publicly known) gold vault, as Bloomberg reports that JP Morgan is seeking to sell its 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza tower, which houses the world’s largest commercial gold vault 5 stories below street level.

What Is Going To Happen If Interest Rates Continue To Rise Rapidly?
Economic Collapse - If you want to track how close we are to the next financial collapse, there is one number that you need to be watching above all others. The number that I am talking about is the yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries, because it affects thousands of other interest rates in our financial system.

Energy & Environment

Idaho firefighters step up battle against wildfire threatening resort towns
Daily Mail - Firefighters readied for a massive ground and air attack on Sunday against a wildfire in central Idaho that has forced the evacuation of some 2,250 homes and threatens the posh Sun Valley ski resort.

Florida Keys turns to drones in battle against mosquitos
Daily Mail - Officials responsible for curtailing the swamp-heavy island chain's disease-carrying insects will deploy their first unmanned drone on a test flight. If the flight is successful, the Florida Keys Mosquito District will consider purchasing the $65,000 aircraft from Condor Aerial, a North Florida-based company that holds a contract to supply the Canadian military with drones for reconnaissance missions in Afghanistan.


Chia Seeds Provide Relief for Heartburn, Indigestion and Acid Reflux
Chia seeds have been around for thousands of years and are commonly used medicinally by the natives of Mexico, Central and South America. They are high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, antioxidants and other essential nutrients. The chia seed contains amino acids and is a complete protein that works to increase stamina and reduce appetite. Because of their unique makeup, chia seeds provide relief from heartburn, even heartburn from water. Their consumption works to reduce acid reflux and chest pain and heal symptoms of GERD.

Mother Threatened for Feeding Baby Goat's Milk Instead of GMO-Soy Formula
Natural Society - A mother unable to breast feed refused feed her baby GMO-soy formula, and opted for goat milk instead. The DHHS is threatening to take her child away.

Senator Calls for 'Dietary Supplement Labeling Act' Instead of GMO Labeling
Natural Society - Senator Dick Durbin has called for a 'dietary supplement labeling act' to 'improve safety' of supplements, all while ignoring GMO labeling completely.

More Chicken McNugget 'strange fiber' photos released by Natural News Forensic Food Labs
(NaturalNews) More microscopic photos of the "mysterious fibers" found in McDonald's Chicken McNuggets have been released by the Natural News Forensic Food Lab. The forensic microscopy investigation was conducted by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, using clean laboratory protocols.

Turmeric Superior to Chemical Mouthwash In Improving Oral Health
Green Med Info - Since ancient times, turmeric has been used for remedying oral ailments, among other therapeutic applications too numerous to count. Now, new research indicates this amazing spice is superior to chemical mouthwash in killing gingivitis associated bacteria.

MCT’s In Coconut Oil Treat Alzheimer’s and Boost Cognition In One Dose
Natural Blaze - Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are the primary type of fat found in coconut oil. MCT’s have been found to boost cognitive performance in older adults suffering from memory disorders like Alzheimer’s. What’s most astonishing about this fact is that brain function is boosted immediately after one dose of 40 ml.

Hot chocolate enhances memory, modulates immune cells
(NaturalNews) In the August 7th issue of Neurology, scientists at Harvard Medical School suggest that drinking two cups of hot chocolate daily will prevent memory decline in older people.

5 Signs That You Might Have A Sensitivity To Gluten and Not Know It
Natural Blaze - To recognize a gluten sensitivity is not the easiest thing to do as symptoms can overlap other health issues making it difficult to distinguish what is causing what. It is important to determine whether we have a sensitivity to gluten because not only can we increase our health and quality of living by doing so, but we can avoid having the ignored sensitivity turn to Celiac Disease.

How Toxic Is Your Home or Car's Air Freshener?
Prevent Disease - Artificial fragrance sales reach over $8 billion every year and rising. It's shocking how many consumers still purchase products which emit toxic fumes in their cars and homes. If you use synthetic air fresheners, you should know that you're likely increasing you risk of headaches, earaches, depression, allergies, irregular heart beat, and even diarrhea.

Science & Technology

CIA Cops to Area 51 But Not UFOs - UFO buffs and believers in alien encounters are celebrating the CIA's clearest acknowledgement yet of the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of elaborate conspiracy theories for decades.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Gardeners Beware: Bee-Toxic Pesticides Found in "Bee-Friendly" Plants Sold at Garden Centers Nationwide
Friends of the Earth - A new, first-of-its-kind pilot study by Friends of the Earth-US and Pesticide Research Institute has found 54 percent of common garden plants purchased at top retailers including Lowes and Home Depot contained neonicotinoid pesticides, which studies show can harm or kill bees and other pollinators, with no warning to consumers.... Read our letter to retailers and take action today!

Pesticides 101 - A Primer
Pesticide Action Network - What are pesticides? Insecticides (bug killers), herbicides (weed killers), and fungicides (fungus killers) are all pesticides; so are rodenticides and antimicrobials. Pesticides come in spray cans and crop dusters, in household cleaners, hand soaps and swimming pools.... Each year, an estimated 1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to U.S. farms, forests, lawns and golf courses. More than 17,000 pesticide products are currently on the market.

Big Ag Fungicide Leads to Defect in Male Reproductive System, Demasculinization
Natural Society - A commonly used fungicide called vinclozolin is causing defects in the male reproductive system, but Big Ag is using this fungicide on food crops anyway.

Tyson Foods announces it will stop buying meat cattle raised on cruel Zilmax drug
(NaturalNews) According to reports, the company has recognized not only that cattle fed the Merck & Co. drug often suffer immense pain due to excessive weight gain, but also that many export countries like Russia and China do not want meat that contains any trace of the controversial substance.

Raw Milk Farmer in Double Jeopardy Case Found Guilty
Activist Post - In an odd turn of events, raw milk and pastured-egg farmer Alvin Schlangen, who received a court victory last September, was brought up on the same charges again and found guilty. Jury nullification, which is frequently upheld in Minnesota, was the saving grace last time - strangely, not so in this case.


5 Free Things You Can Do Now to Be More Prepared
Natural Blaze - The most obvious aspect of being prepared is the acquisition of supplies and gear. But that is not all there is to it. These activities are actually very important and should not be skipped in favor of the more exciting activities of buying beans, bullets or band-aids.

Weird &  Stupid News

China Zoo Under Fire for Disguising Dog as Lion
Fox News - The zoo in the People's Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily. It quoted a customer surnamed Liu who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made -- but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labelled "African lion" was barking. Related article: Everything's fake...

Friday - August 16, 2013 - Today in History:
1777 - During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Bennington took place. New England's minutemen routed the British regulars.
1812 - Detroit fell to Indian and British troops in the War of 1812.
1858 - A telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria to U.S. President Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln prohibited the Union states from trading with the states of the Confederacy.
1923 - Carnegie Steel Corporation put into place the eight-hour workday for its employees.
1930 - The first British Empire Games were held at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event is now called the British Commonwealth Games.
1937 - Harvard University became the first school to have graduate courses in traffic engineering and administration.
1954 - Sports Illustrated was published for the first time. It was claimed that 250,000 subscriptions had been sold before the 1st issue came off the presses.
1960 - Cyprus was granted independence by Britain.
1978 - Xerox was fined for excluding Smith-Corona Mfg. from the copier market. The fine was $25.6 million.
1984 - The U.S. Jaycees voted to admit women to full membership in the organization.
1995 - Voters in Bermuda rejected independence from Great Britain.
1999 - In Russia, Vladimir V. Putin was confirmed as prime minister by the lower house of parliament.

World News

Hundreds of Morsi supporters torch govt building in Giza after brutal crackdown
RT - Hundreds of Morsi supporters have stormed a government building in Giza and set it alight, reports state TV. This comes after Wednesday’s brutal crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood loyalists in which over 630 people died.

Egypt authorizes further use of live ammunition against pro-Morsi protesters
Washington post - Egypt’s military-backed government authorized the security forces to fire live ammunition against opponents Thursday, underlining its determination to crush with force any lingering challenge posed by supporters of the country’s ousted elected president in the wake of a bloody crackdown on their camps.

Obama cancels joint military drill with Egypt over violence
RT - US President Barack Obama has called off joint US-Egypt military drills scheduled to take place next month in protest of the Egyptian government’s brutal crackdown on protesters, in which more than 630 people were killed on Wednesday.

Several countries see demos over Egypt
Press TV - Thousands of people in Libya, Pakistan, and Yemen have staged rallies to condemn Egyptian police's violent crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Back to 2011? Military is in control of Egypt again
McClatchy - Despite the 2011 uprising that aimed to end the military’s grip in Egypt and give power to its civilians, the military is firmly in charge of the country again.

Oil soars on Egypt turmoil, tops $110 per barrel
RT - Brent oil jumped to a four–month high on Thursday on fears a new wave of political turmoil in Egypt could disrupt supplies through the Suez Canal.

At least 20 dead, 150 wounded in blast near Hezbollah HQ in Beirut - security sources
RT - At least twenty people have been killed and 150 wounded in an explosion near the Hezbollah headquarters in Lebanese capital Beirut, according to security sources. Sunni radicals have claimed responsibility for the sectarian attack.

Syria says ready to cooperate with the UN team of inspectors
Press TV - A Syrian Foreign Ministry official made the remarks on Thursday, a day after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the UN team would soon travel to Syria to probe the sites of alleged use of weapons.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Compact laser weapons inch closer to battlefield
Fox News - This week, Boeing announced that its “Thin Disk Laser” system surpassed the DoD’s requirements for the RELI system. It takes a series of commercial solid-state lasers and integrates them to produce one concentrated high-energy beam.

Cyber Attack Against Establishment Media Next Phase in Never Ending War On Terror
Kurt Nimmo - Ramped up propaganda effort to get you to love NSA surveillance.... On Wednesday, Mackenzie Weinger wrote: The Washington Post announced that its website had been hacked, “with readers on certain stories being redirected to the site” of a group supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. And the New York Post on Tuesday became another victim as several reporters’ Twitter accounts were apparently hacked by the same group, the Syrian Electronic Army.

Top NSA and DOJ Officials Have Fled the U.S. - Obama Admin. Files Espionage Charges
Daily Kos Jul 17, 2013 - In a stunning development, Deputy Director of the NSA, John Inglis, along with Assistant Attorney General, James Cole, have fled the United States after their participation in a contentious congressional meeting on Capitol Hill. In that meeting, both Inglis and Cole revealed that the depth of NSA spying far surpassed anything that whistleblower Edward Snowden has made public to date.

Egypt Is Descending Into Civil War, But Don’t Expect Obama To Cancel His Golf Vacation
Economic Collapse - The largest Islamic nation in the Middle East is on the verge of descending into civil war, the Syrian civil war is starting to spill over into Lebanon, and the worst violence in five years has just hit Iraq, but Barack Obama is way too busy to be bothered with any of that.

CNS News - President Obama suggested in an interview with the New York Times that was published on Saturday that you need to be a lawyer to understand the U.S. Constitution. The president made the suggestion when talking about members of Congress who have argued he does not have the constitutional authority to unilaterally suspend enforcement of parts of the Obamacare law.

Obamacare Provision: "Forced" Home Inspections
Ben Swann - According to an Obamacare provision millions of Americans will be targeted.
The Health and Human Services’ website states that your family will be targeted if you fall under the “high-risk” categories below...

YouTube: Rand Paul: Wall Street Journal's 'The Big Interview' - 8/15/2013
In a no-holds-barred interview with WSJ's Simon Constable, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul explains why the U.S. should stop giving arms to Egypt, why immigration reform is needed, why the government are bullies and what's wrong with the Affordable Care Act.

SWAT Ties Up Students, Blows Out Tires During Bus Hijacking Drill
Julie Wilson - Just when you think you’ve become numb to terror drills, a drill emulating a school bus hijacking leaves you shocked and speechless.


Obama Bypassing Congress to Enact New Taxes
Ben Swann - Obama is sidestepping Congress once again. This time, the unconstitutional act is in an effort to raise $6 Billion in new taxes to put WiFi in public schools across America. Rather than waste his time with the Constitution and Congress, Obama is going straight to the FCC to lobby for the new taxes. The new tax will apply to every American who uses a cellphone.

Top 10 Reasons for President Obama’s 35% Economic Approval Rating
Americans for Tax Reform - According to a Gallup poll released on August 15, only 35 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of the economy, down from 42 percent in June. His overall approval rating also fell from 47 to 44 percent.

If This Guy Is What The Future Of America Looks Like, We Are In BIG Trouble
Economic Collapse - Should taxpayer dollars be used to buy sushi and lobster for a young man whose future plans consist entirely of surfing and partying as much as he possibly can? When I first saw the video that I am about to share with you, I was absolutely floored. Recently, Fox News interviewed a self-described beach bum named Jason Greenslate who was very open about the fact that he has no problem sponging off of all the rest of us.

Trader Tells Bloomberg: “We Tried to Buy Gold 8 Weeks Ago at $1200, We Still Haven’t Received Our Physical Gold!”
Silver Doctors - Did Bloomberg just inadvertently ignite a gold bank run? Mihir Dange, co-founder of commodity trading firm Grafite Capital clarified gold backwardation for Bloomberg, predicted a massive move higher in gold once $1350 is taken out to the upside, and dropped this bombshell on the Bloomberg host...

Veteran News

Retired Vet Threatened By Police After Legally Carrying His Gun
Ben Swann - As reported by KiroTV, “Laigaie knew that Washington is an ‘open carry’ state where it is allowed. He even offered the officer, Allen Bass, a copy of that law when Bass asked for his identification. When Laigaie refused to hand over his ID, he said the officer pulled out his own weapon and pointed it at him.” The officer allegedly pointed the gun at Laigaie’s chest from a mere three feet away.

U.S. military veteran describes how vaccines made service members sick
(NaturalNews) The veteran, who wrote her account anonymously on the website, said she received a total of three vaccines - bird flu, Gardasil, and smallpox - that she believes were, in total, responsible for months of sickness.

Energy & Environment

All U.S. nuclear reactors vulnerable to terrorism, probe finds
McClatchy - All 107 nuclear reactors in the United States are inadequately protected from terrorist attacks, according to a Defense Department-commissioned report released Thursday. The report, by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at the University of Texas at Austin, warns that the current security required of civilian-operated reactors fails to safeguard against airplane attacks, rocket-propelled grenades and more than a small handful of attackers.

Potassium Iodide tablets being distributed to PA residents living near Nuclear Power Plants
Adan Salazar - The Pennsylvania Department of Health is giving away Potassium Iodide tablets [video] to anyone living near any of the five nuclear power plants located throughout the state. The Department of Health issued this press release on the 6th: The Department of Health is again providing free potassium iodide, or KI, tablets on Thursday, Aug. 9, to help Pennsylvanians be prepared for public health emergencies involving nuclear facilities.

Orwellian Smart Grid Exposé to air Sept. 5
Activist Post - A single smart meter measuring a home’s electricity usage, by appliance, emits radiation 100 times higher than the level internationally recognized as “extreme concern” and 450 times higher than a cell phone. These are but two of the facts presented in Josh del Sol’s long-awaited documentary, Take Back Your Power, which will air online September 5.


10 Natural Substances That Could Help Cure Type 1 Diabetes
Green Med Info - Could the long sought-after cure for type 1 diabetes be as close as your kitchen cupboard? An accumulating body of scientific research appears to point in exactly that direction.

Ginseng is much more than simply an aphrodisiac herb
(NaturalNews) Some studies on American ginseng have given hope for a possible future use with type 2 diabetes patients, as it showed the ability to control and also lower overall blood sugar, even in those presenting milder levels in their bodies.

Tired, Worn-Out? It Could be Adrenal Fatigue - Here are Signs and Solutions
Natural Society - Could your constant tiredness be the result of adrenal-fatigue? What causes adrenal fatigue, and more importantly, what are the solutions?

3 of the Worst Vitamin Deficiencies You Could Have, If You Want a Good Nights' Sleep
Dr. Mercola - If the thought of a pleasant full night of sleep eludes you, check out whether you're deficient in any of these 3 nutrients. One leads to insomnia, another the inability to stay asleep, and the third to excessive daytime sleepiness.

Chamomile Proven to Fight Anxiety and Clinical Depression
Green Med Info - ew research has determined that the humble chamomile herb - non-addictive with no adverse effects - not only relaxes the muscles and organs, but can significantly decrease anxiety and even fight depression.

Science & Technology

The Evolution of Non-Lethal Weapons
Activist Post - This is an update to the ongoing look at the technological evolution of supposedly non-lethal weapons.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

A Guide to Drying Herbs and Spices
Mother Earth Living - Growing and drying herbs and spices is among the easiest forms of food preservation.

Freeze with Ease
Organic Gardening - The quickest way to preserve vegetables also locks in the most nutrition.

Pet News

P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk
Susan Thixton - The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.

Thursday - August 15, 2013 - Today in History:
1848 - The dental chair was patented by M. Waldo Hanchett.
1877 - Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, PA. The letter stated that the word, "hello" would be a more appropriate greeting than "ahoy" when answering the telephone.
1911 - The product Crisco was introduced by Procter & Gamble Company.
1914 - The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
1918 - Diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Russia were severed.
1939 - "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Hollywood, CA. Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
1944 - The Allied forces of World War II landed in southern France.
1945 - The Allies proclaimed V-J Day a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.
1947 - India became independent from Britain and was divided into the countries of India and Pakistan. India had been under British about 200 years.
1948 - The Republic of Korea was proclaimed.
1961 - East German workers began construction of the Berlin Wall.
1971 - U.S. President Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, rents and prices.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved a package of economic sanctions against South Africa. The ban included the importing of steel, uranium, textiles, coal, and produce from South Africa.
1992 - Vietnam blamed Hollywood for creating the "myth" concerning the issue of U.S. servicemen still being held prisoner in Indochina.
1994 - The U.S. Social Security Administration became an independent government agency. It had been a part of the Department of Health and Human Services agency.
1997 - The U.S. Justice Department decided not to prosecute FBI officials in connection with the deadly 1992 Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho. The investigation dealt with an alleged cover-up.
2000 - A group of 100 people from North Korea arrived in South Korea for temporary reunions with relatives they had not seen for half a century. Also, a group of 100 South Koreans visited the North.
2001 - Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. They had discovered two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

World News

War zone': Scores killed in Egypt violence, month long state of emergency proclaimed
RT - A state of emergency was declared on Wednesday after Egyptian security forces violently broke up sit-in camps of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo. Officials say at least 281 have been killed nationwide.

Sudan becomes the newest player in Syria’s protracted conflict: NYT - The Sudanese government has been selling Chinese and local-made weapons to the Arab Gulf state of Qatar which in turn has been shipping it to rebels in Syria who have staged an uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s rule since 2011, U.S. officials and rebels told the New York Times (NYT).

US Sends Warship to Bahrain In Response to Protests
Paul Joseph Watson - While the world concentrates on the bloody scenes emerging out of Egypt, the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier has been stationed off the coast of Bahrain in response to building protests against the country’s US-backed dictatorship.

Anti-government protests begin in Bahrain amidst tight security
RT - Police have reportedly used tear gas and birdshot to contain long-planned protests in the Gulf State of Bahrain. The country’s Shi’ite majority is demanding a greater say in the political decisions of the Sunni-ruled country.

VIDEO: Israel, PA hold talks amid news blackout
Press TV - On Wednesday, Palestinian and Israeli negotiators began talks in East al-Quds (Jerusalem). The Israeli side had previously announced that there would be no statements or pictures from the meeting.

US contractor accused of Abu Ghraib human rights violations suing former prisoners
RT - After a US federal judge ruled that CACI International, a US corporation, was not culpable for torture allegations at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, lawyers for the defense contractor have filed a suit against the former detainees seeking legal expenses.

Gazprom, Halliburton sign major deal
Press TV - Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom Neft has signed a major cooperation agreement with the huge American energy services corporation Halliburton to facilitate “technological exchanges” to boost production.

Greece to seize assets of tax dodgers - Greek tax authorities will seize the assets of businesses and individuals who do not settle their tax debts, the government said on Tuesday (13 August). Under the plans, the Greek finance ministry will issue warnings that assets will be seized if the recipients do not arrange a payment plan within 20 days to those who owe more than €10,000.

PetroChina poised to dominate Iraqi oil - Possible deals said to be in the works with Exxon Mobil, Russia’s Lukoil PetroChina Co, China’s largest oil explorer, may join with United States-based energy giant Exxon Mobil Corp to co-develop the West Qurna oilfield in Iraq, which would make the Chinese company the biggest single foreign investor in the Iraqi oil industry.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Black Citizens Group Files ‘Articles of Impeachment’ Against Obama
Paul Joseph Watson - A conservative black citizens group has filed lengthy and detailed articles of impeachment against Barack Obama, calling for the President to be removed from office over NSA spying, prosecution of whistleblowers, wiretapping of journalists, the torture program as well as the Benghazi cover-up.

YouTube: "We're building a domestic army" -Marine Corps Colonel speaks out
Marine Corp Colonel speaks out at a local council meeting about the militarization of our police forces on 08/12/13 at 41 Green St, Concord, NH 03301.

Rubio: Obama May Sign Executive Order Legalizing Illegals
Kurt Nimmo - Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio told a Tallahassee radio station on Tuesday that if Congress does not pass immigration “reform” this year, Obama may sign an executive order legalizing more than 11 million currently illegal immigrants.

YouTube: Rand Paul: The President Doesn't Get To Write Legislation, It's Illegal And Unconstitutional
Senator Rand Paul joined America's Newsroom and railed against Hillary Clinton's handling of the Benghazi attack, saying it should preclude her from holding higher office.

Michael Hastings Last Story Was On CIA Director Brennan; Will Be Published In Upcoming Rolling Stone
San Diego 6 - This week Elise Jordan, wife of famed journalist Michael Hastings, who recently died under suspicious circumstances, corroborated this reporter’s sources that CIA Director, John Brennan was Hastings next exposé project (CNN clip).

Obama’s clever plan for next school shooting: ‘run and hide’
Daily Caller - In response to the Newtown, Conn. massacre and a host of school shootings in recent years, the Obama administration released a 67-page report on emergency planning this summer that includes several pages advising educators on how to manage “an active shooter situation.”

NAACP Attacks Rodeo Stunt and Political Satire
Kurt Nimmo - Satirizing presidents has a long tradition in America. From cartoons and caricatures early on to Chevy Chase and Dana Carvey more recently poking fun at Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, presidents, presidential candidates and the establishment political class at large has constituted fair game for newspaper editorialists, commentators, and comedians – until now.

Election News

Straw Poll Results: Did Rand Paul Win Your State?
Daily Paul - The Straw Poll 2016 results are in.

Jesse Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months in prison
Associated Press - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.... According to court papers in the case, Jackson used campaign money to buy items including a $43,350 gold-plated men's Rolex watch.


Fed ‘Quarantines’ Over 1 Billion $100 Bills After Misprint
The Blaze - The Federal Reserve is scrambling for answers after it was discovered that it misprinted over 1 billion new, high-tech $100 bills, rendering the the bills unusable and costing taxpayers about $120 million.... Since officials do not know what caused the problem, all the new bills have had to be quarantined. Sorting through them by hand could take “20 and 30 years,” says CNBC, leaving the government trying to develop a mechanized sorting system. Once the defective bills are discovered they will be shredded.

Food Stamps Avoided By Millions Of Eligible Americans
Huffington Post - Roughly a quarter of Americans eligible for federal nutrition assistance don't sign up for it, according to the most recent data. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program, says that in fiscal 2010 nearly 51 million Americans were poor enough to qualify but only 38 million received benefits.

Every Important Person In Bitcoin Just Got Subpoenaed By New York’s Financial Regulator
Forbes - The department is starting out by subpoenaing 22 digital-currency companies and investors to get a lay of the Bitcoin land. They sent letters to the major Bitcoin players asking them to hand over information regarding their money laundering controls, consumer protection practices, source of funding, pitch books (for Bitcoin start-ups) and investment strategies (for Bitcoin investors).

This Is The Biggest Cluster Of Hindenburg Omens Since The Last Stock Market Crash
Economic Collapse - Warnings about a crash of the financial markets are quite common these days, and usually they don't materialize. But this time may be different. A number of top analysts are pointing out the fact that the biggest cluster of "Hindenburg Omens" has appeared since the last stock market crash.

Veteran News

YouTube: Coast to Coast AM - August 14 2013 - Veteran Issues / Superman's Legacy
Coast to Coast AM Today Date: 08-13-2013 Coast to Coast AM Host: George Noory Coast to Coast AM Guests: Larry Tye, Dannion Brinkley, Joyce Riley Coast to Coast AM Topic: Veteran Issues / Superman's Legacy.

Energy & Environment

US fracking industry 'wasting $1bn a year in gas flaring'
The Guardian - New report calculates flaring of gas from North Dakota fracking industry leading to greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to putting one million cars on the road

New Mexico is the driest of the dry
LA Times - Nevada is removing wild horses and stocks of cattle from federal rangelands, Wyoming is seeding clouds as part of a long-term "weather modification program," officials in Colorado say the state's southeastern plains are experiencing Dust Bowl conditions, and the entire western U.S. has been beset by more frequent and ferocious wildfires across an ever-more combustible landscape. But nowhere is it worse than in New Mexico.


Mortality rate doubles for females eating refined white sugar - lab mice study rocks soda industry
(NaturalNews) In what is arguably the most shocking food study conducted since the Seralini "GMO rats" study released last year, researchers at the University of Utah have found that even a small amount of refined sugar consumption resulted in a doubling of the death rate of female mice.

Heart Surgery in India for $1,583 Costs $106,385 in U.S.
Dr. Mercola - The average cost of a coronary bypass at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is $106,385. In India, you can get the same procedure for 95,000 rupees, or $1,583, which is half the price it cost 20 years ago. And, efforts are underway to bring the cost down even more, to about $800, within a decade.

Burrito backlash: Chipotle announces it might use sick cows as beef source, then reverses itself after internet backlash
(NaturalNews) Earlier today, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., reportedly told that it was considering expanding its supply chain to include sick animals treated with antibiotics. As Bloomberg shockingly reported...

How the alkaline diet (does not) affect your pH
(NaturalNews) The idea that what you eat or drink has a direct effect on blood pH is not founded in physiology. Stress, infection, and quantity of food will affect digestive juices, not the types of food. Different areas of the body have different pHs depending on their function. Regardless of what goes in, the pH of the blood will not change. It is true that "alkaline" foods do have an effect on urinary pH, but this is completely independent of blood pH and doesn't reflect overall health.

Avocados - Superfood for your health
(NaturalNews) According to Dr. Daniel G. Amen, the founder of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach, the avocado fruit is loaded with a kind of fat that can be used up immediately to provide energy.

Men: Drink Tea to Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk by 1/3
Natural Society - Researchers found that drinking five or more cups of black tea each day could reduce prostate cancer risk by a third in men.

And What If I Do Get a Foodborne Illness?
Alliance for Natural Health - Those unlucky enough to come down with a foodborne illness are usually prescribed antibiotics, which may wreak further havoc on their digestive and immune system, especially if not offset with probiotics. An alternative is raw garlic.

The 2013 Back to School Guide to PVC-free School Supplies - Our annual guide helps you and your family steer clear of phthalates and vinyl, the poison plastic, in your children’s school supplies. So grab a binder, snatch up a lunch bag, ditch phthalate-laden vinyl plastic, and join the fight for healthier PVC-free schools!

Science & Technology

MIT: Future Smartphones Will ‘Listen to Everything All the Time’
Paul Joseph Watson - A report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hails the era of “technologies that emphasize listening to everything, all the time,” ubiquitous surveillance aided by microphones installed on new smartphones, such as Google’s Moto X, that do not run off the main battery and can, “continually monitor their auditory environment to detect the phone owner’s voice, discern what room or other setting the phone is in, or pick up other clues from background noise.”

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Grow Your Best Fall Garden: What, When and How
Mother Earth News - For gardeners wanting to get the most from the time they have, here’s expert advice on planting and growing fall garden vegetables.

Plant “green manure” this fall, and your garden will be more productive and healthier next season
Organic Gardening - Cover crops just might be the hardest-working plants you’ll ever grow. Cover crops (also called green manure) suppress weeds, build productive soil, and help control pests and diseases. Plus, cover crops are easy to plant and require only basic care to thrive. And they grow well in nearly every part of the country.


YouTube: God Made a Dog
On the 9th day, He made a dog.

Wednesday - August 14, 2013 - Today in History:
1805 - A peace treaty between the U.S. and Tunis was signed on board the USS Constitution.
1848 - The Oregon Territory was established.
1873 - "Field and Stream" magazine published its first issue.
1880 - The Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany was completed after 632 years of rebuilding.
1888 - A patent for the electric meter was granted to Oliver B. Shallenberger.
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 Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. It created unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.
1941 - The U.S. Congress appropriated the funds to construct the Pentagon ( $83 million). The building was the new home of the U.S. War Department.
1944 - The federal government allowed the manufacture of certain domestic appliances to resume on a limited basis.
1945 - It was announced by U.S. President Truman that Japan had surrendered unconditionally. The surrender ended World War II.
1969 - British troops arrived in Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.
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.
1992 - The U.S. announced that emergency airlifts of food to Somalia would begin. The action was being taken to stop mass deaths due to starvation.
1998 - A U.S. federal appeals court in Richmond, VA, ruled that the Food and Drug Administration had no authority to regulate tobacco. The FDA had established rules to make it harder for minors to buy cigarettes.
2000 - Valujet was ordered to pay $11 million in fines and restitution for hazardous waste violations in the crash that killed 110 people in 1996.

World News

UN chief denounces attacks in Nigeria
Press TV - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned deadly attacks in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, in which many civilians were killed.

Afghan forces kill 16 Taliban militants
Press TV - Afghan National Security Forces have killed sixteen Taliban militants in separate cleanup operations across the country over the past 24 hours.

US urged to follow int’l law on drones
Press TV - “As I have often and consistently said, the use of armed drones like any other weapon should be subject to long-standing international law, including international humanitarian law,” Ban said in a speech at the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad. Ban was addressing the controversial issue of drones during his visit to Pakistan, where the US drone operations are a major thorn in relations with Washington.

Israel's Undisputed Role in Training Middle East Terrorists
Activist Post - With the recent controversy surrounding decisions by the “secret Congress” and White House to openly arm, train, and assist the death squads wreaking havoc across Syria (commonly known as the Syrian “rebels” in more mainstream circles) truly informed observers have been well aware of the American, NATO, and generally Western backing of the terrorists ever since the beginning of the Syrian destabilization campaign that went live in late 2011.

Israeli drone strikes northern Gaza
Press TV - An Israeli drone has carried out an airstrike on the northern Gaza Strip, which has been blockaded since June 2007, but there have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Israeli troops clash with Palestinians
Press TV - The clashes occurred on Tuesday as the Tel Aviv regime released about two dozen Palestinian prisoners it held for over two decades. Israel is holding more than 4,700 Palestinians in prisons, many of them without charge or trial.

Brazil may reject US fighter jet deal over NSA spying scandal
RT - Brazilian officials have expressed reluctance to purchasing dozens of military planes from the US after it was revealed that the NSA not only closely monitored Brazilian energy and military affairs, but also mined for commercial secrets.

Iceland top of the pile in global employment
IceNews - Iceland, which normally performs well in socioeconomic tables, has the world’s lowest rate of unemployment, according to new figures from prominent research firm Gallup.

Monsanto’s SmartStax maize ‘to be approved for growth in October’ in EU
RT - Controversial genetically modified super-maize from Monsanto is set to be approved for cultivation across the European Union by late October, officials tell RT.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Air Force to shut down 'Space Fence' surveillance system
Reuters - The U.S. Air Force will shut down its space surveillance system that tracks satellites and other orbiting objects by October 1 due to budget constraints caused by automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequestration, it announced Monday. Deactivating the system by October 1 would save the Air Force Space Command $14 million annually starting in fiscal year 2014.

US Air Force unit operating nuclear missiles fails safety and security inspection
RT - US Air Force officials have said a nuclear missile unit has failed a safety and security inspection. Last Spring another missile unit in North Dakota almost failed a safety test resulting in 17 officers being suspended from operating missiles.

Glenn Beck Calling For A U.S. War in Syria and Another War in Iraq?
Ben Swann - Today, on Glenn Beck’s national radio show, Beck and Blaze TV commentator Buck Sexton talked about this growing problem of Al Qaeda in Syria and the growth of Al Qaeda in Iraq. The position that Beck and Sexton took… that Al Qaeda must be stopped.

Snowden Tells NYT That Media Sold Out After 9/11
Activist Post - In an interview with Snowden, put together by filmmaker Laura Poitras who worked with Glenn Greenwald on the original disclosure, the New York Times got an earful indictment of their complicity to government policies.

Real or Hoax? 1960′s Subliminal National Anthem Video Says ‘Obey Government’
Paul Joseph Watson - A creepy 1960′s national anthem video features subliminal messages encouraging the viewer to “obey,” “consume” and “trust the US government.” It sounds like something straight out of They Live, but is the clip genuine or a hoax? The video contains all of the following messages. While it’s difficult to read them all at normal speed, slowed down analysis reveals the following;...

Florida to test drone designed for military and law enforcement for use in mosquito population control
Activist Post - In one of the more unusual uses of a drone in recent history, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is considering using a drone originally designed for military and law enforcement to help combat the state’s mosquito problem.

VIDEO: Ron Paul TV behind-the-scenes
CNN - A look behind the scenes of Ron Paul's latest venture.

VIDEO: Ron Paul: Safe To Say I'm Not A Christie Fan, He's A Big Government Person
Liberty Crier - Former Rep. Ron Paul, (R-Texas), talks about his new online television channel and the feud between his son Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Chris Christie with Fox Business' Neil Cavuto.

Newly Discovered Eighth Grade Exam From 1912 Shows How Dumbed Down America Has Become
Activist Post - In Kentucky, an eighth grade exam from 1912 was recently donated to the Bullitt County History Museum. When I read this exam over, I was shocked at how difficult it was.


U.S. Pays $1.5 Mil to Help Brazilian Women Quit Smoking
Judicial Watch - Brazilian-born researcher who runs minority health programs at a public university in Alabama has convinced the U.S. government to give her $1.5 million to help women quit smoking in her native country.

U.S. Holds “Labor Rights Week” to Protect Mexican Workers
Judicial Watch - The United States has signed an agreement with Mexico’s government vowing to prevent workplace discrimination against illegal immigrants while educating them about their civil rights and minimum wage laws.

Obamacare Limit on Consumer Costs To Be Delayed a Year
News Max - The implementation of Obamacare is suffering another setback, after it was discovered that a rule establishing a maximum limit in the out-of-pocket expenses people may have to spend on their own health care will be delayed until 2015.

Energy & Environment

OFA Gets Zero Attendance for Climate Change Rally - Not a single person showed up at the Georgetown waterfront Tuesday for a climate change agenda event put on by Organizing for Action, the shadowy nonprofit advocacy group born out of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, the NRCC wrote in its blog.

Distorted data? Feds close 600 weather stations amid criticism they're situated to report warming
Fox News - Data from hundreds of weather stations located around the U.S. appear to show the planet is getting warmer, but some critics say it's the government's books that are getting cooked -- thanks to temperature readings from sweltering parking lots, airports and other locations that distort the true state of the climate.

Collapsing Earth: Why Are Giant Sinkholes Swallowing Cars, Homes And People All Around The World?
Activist Post - It seems like there is a story about another giant sinkhole in the news almost every single day now, and scientists seem to be at a loss for an explanation. Could human activity be responsible?


Brazilian Study Finds that Coconut Oil can Help You Lose Belly Fat
Natural Society - A peer-reviewed study from Brazil shows how eating just two tablespoons of coconut oil a day can help promote weight loss and boost overall health.

Study: Millions Treated for Hypothyroidism At Risk for Lung Cancer
Green Med Info - A new study has uncovered a link between the synthetic thyroid hormone (trade name Synthroid) used to treat millions diagnosed with hypothyroidism and lung cancer, bringing to the forefront the harmful role that overdiagnosis and overtreatment plays in nutritional deficiency and chemical exposure related 'diseases."

Kellogg, Pepsi, Kraft & Coke Drop GMOs in Europe, but Keep Feeding it to USA
Natural Society - Alluding to consumer fears, many large US-based corporations, including Kellogg, Pepsi, Kraft, Coke and Heinz will now drop GMO foods from their European products while leaving GMO-sourced food in our US supply.

Coke To Defend Safety of Aspartame in New Chicago Ad - The print ad is set to run in USA Today in the Atlanta area, followed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Thursday and the Chicago Tribune next week. It says that diet drinks can help people manage their weight and stresses the scientific evidence showing the safety of aspartame, which is more commonly known under the NutraSweet brand name.
* Related Article: Aspartame: By Far the Most Dangerous Substance Added to Most Foods Today

Dying teen denied heart transplant due to ‘non-compliance’ - Doctors told his family that Anthony has less than six months to live, but he couldn't be put on the transplant list because of a history of non-compliance. "They said they don't have any evidence that he would take his medicine or that he would go to his follow-ups," said Melencia Hamilton, Anthony's mother.

20 Easy Steps To A Healthier You!
Prevent Disease - Lets be honest, staying (or getting) healthy isn’t as easy as it seems. I know I talk a lot about simple tricks and tools you can take to be healthy.

Science & Technology

NASA creates map of potential killer asteroids
Science Recorder - NASA released a map Monday of every asteroid known to stand a chance of hitting Earth—Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA’s) being the technical term. The map, a computer visualization that displays each asteroid’s potential trajectory as a color-coated field encircling a globe that stands for Earth, includes 1,397 asteroids in all.

Google: Gmail users ‘have no legitimate expectation of privacy’
RT - As tensions worsen among privacy-focused email users amid the escalating scandal surrounding government surveillance, a brief filed by attorneys for Google has surfaced showing that Gmail users should never expect their communications to be kept secret.


Prepper tips to help YOU survive and thrive! - Following is a mixture of philosophical comment and several practical tips that I hope will help you to fill in some of the blanks in your prepping.

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: Senator Rand Paul Interview – The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Full Interview)
Liberty Crier - Rand Paul appears on the Daily Show and discusses Obamacare.

Tuesday - August 13, 2013 - Today in History:
1792 - French revolutionaries took the entire French royal family and imprisoned them.
1784 - The United States Legislature met for the final time in Annapolis, MD.
1846 - The American Flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles, CA.
1876 - The Reciprocity Treaty between the U.S. and Hawaii was ratified.
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 City, OK.
1932 - Adolf Hitler refused to take the post of vice-chancellor of Germany. He said he was going to hold out "for all or nothing."
1960 - "Echo I," a balloon satellite, allowed the first two-way telephone conversation by satellite to take place.
1961 - Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work on the Berlin Wall began.
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.

World News

Saudi prince defects: 'Brutality, oppression as govt scared of Arab revolts'
RT - Saudi Arabia, a major supporter of opposition forces in Syria, has increased crackdown on its own dissenters, with 30,000 activists reportedly in jail. In an exclusive interview to RT a Saudi prince defector explained what the monarchy fears most.

400 US surface-to-air missiles were 'STOLEN' from Libya during the Benghazi attack, claims whistleblower
Daily Mail - A former U.S. Attorney who represents whistle-blowers with knowledge of what happened when armed militants attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya last year says 400 surface-to-air missiles were 'taken from Libya' during the attack, and that the U.S. intelligence community is terrified they might be used to shoot down airliners.

U.S. Navy is soliciting 12 more drones for possible Yemen strikes - According to, the U.S. Navy is soliciting “12 Light Observation Aircraft to Yemen for use by the Yemeni Air Force (YAF) equipped with EO/IR sensor.”

Germany, US to negotiate Washington-proposed ‘no spy’ pact
RT - Germany and the US will begin negotiations this month on an agreement not to spy on each other, a German official said on Monday. The meeting comes in the wake of revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden surrounding NSA surveillance programs.

‘Greece to need more bailout loans'
Press TV - A report has revealed a document showing Germany's central bank predicts that the recession-hit Greece will need more rescue loans from its international creditors by the start of the next year.

Crypto-currency for NSA leaker: Snowden fund accepts Bitcoin
RT - US fugitive Edward Snowden’s defense fund, launched recently by WikiLeaks to raise money for the legal protection of the NSA leaker, has announced it now accepts donations in virtual currency Bitcoin.

AUDIO: Nuclear watchdog describes Fukushima contaminated water leaks as a ‘state of emergency’ - As the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant struggles to plug leaks of radioactive water, workers at the plant have told the ABC that contaminated water has most likely been seeping into the sea since the disaster two-and-a-half years ago.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Amash: NSA Docs Were Withheld From Congress By Higher Ups
Steve Watson - Rep. Justin Amash, the Congressman who attempted to defund the NSA recently in the wake of the domestic spying revelations has indicated that he believes the House Intelligence Committee withheld information it had about the programs from selected representatives.

Former NSA boss: Government will continue surveillance, so get used to it
Kurt Nimmo - Former NSA and CIA boss Michael Hayden went on Face the Nation Sunday and told America the NSA’s Fourth Amendment busting surveillance program is “lawful, effective, and appropriate.” He made it clear Obama did not say during a Friday news conference he would implement “operational changes” to the NSA program.

IRS Official Who Oversaw Targeting Has Been Promoted
Ben Swann - Cindy Thomas, the single IRS official who would have received thousands of red flag warnings that IRS targeting was taking place and yet did nothing to stop it, has been…promoted.

Agencies buying hotel rooms for surge of Mexican illegal immigrants, others released
Fox News - Documents obtained by Fox News show that recently on a single day, dozens of illegal immigrants were being transferred to an area hotel where rooms cost $99 a night. Others were released to addresses in Texas, Florida and even Brooklyn, N.Y.

Eric Holder Proposes Drug Sentencing Reforms
Huffington Post - With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder called for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes.

New Company Allows Organizations To Hire Fake Protesters - So, no one supports your cause? No problem. You can hire supporters- even protesters. A company started last October by 22-year-old Adam Swart provides just this service.

SWAT Team Raid Sustainable Organic Co-Op For Drugs, Find None, Force Them To Mow Their Lawn - A group of over a dozen police and a heavily armed SWAT team held those present on site at gunpoint and handcuffed them while they searched their property. No marijuana was found, but the cops forced them to bring their property "up to code," by among other things, forcing them to "mow their grass" and uproot their blackberries while they stood watch.


America's Biggest Companies Continue To Move Factories Offshore And Eliminate Thousands of American Jobs - Hundreds of major American corporations are shipping thousands of jobs overseas, according to an analysis of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) filings made to the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration on behalf of the displaced workers.

Stimulus-Backed Green Energy Company ECOtality May Declare Bankruptcy
Washington Free Beacon - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has suspended stimulus payments to a major green energy company after the company said it is having trouble finding financing and may have to declare bankruptcy.

Why Are So Many People Choosing To Leave The United States Permanently?
Economic Collapse - Some are doing it for tax reasons, some are doing it because they believe the future is brighter elsewhere, and others are doing it because they are very distressed about the direction that America is heading and they don't see any hope for a turnaround any time soon.

Veteran News

Disabled Vet Says Mocking Cop Kicked Him Off a New Jersey Boardwalk Because of His Service Dog
The Blaze - Jared Goering, a veteran who served in the U.S. Army for nearly two decades, says he was mocked and asked to get off a New Jersey boardwalk by a police officer — all because he had a service dog.

Housing Market

Your mortgage documents are fake! - A newly unsealed lawsuit, which banks settled in 2012 for $95 million, actually offers a different reason, providing a key answer to one of the persistent riddles of the financial crisis and its aftermath. The lawsuit states that banks resorted to fake documents because they could not legally establish true ownership of the loans when trying to foreclose. This reality, which banks did not contest but instead settled out of court, means that tens of millions of mortgages in America still lack a legitimate chain of ownership, with implications far into the future.


Indiana Offers Free School Supplies to Children who Consent to Vaccines
Natural Society - In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the County Department of Health is ‘helping’ kids get back to school by offering free school supplies to those who consent to vaccinations.

How to boost your nutrition intake and your health with smoothies
(NaturalNews) Depending on what you put in your smoothies, they can boost your daily nutrition and vitamin count considerably. Some smoothies contain foods loaded with health benefits, such as kale, flax and ingredients with omega-3 fatty acids that are highly recommended for good health.

5 of the Worst Condiments You Can Add to Your Food
Dr. Mercola - They're consumed in such small quantities they're usually brushed off as harmless. But scientific evidence suggests it's time to stop giving these dangerous blends of chemicals a free pass. Here're the 5 worst to watch out for - are you eating them?

Science & Technology

The DNA Nanobots Have Arrived
Activist Post - [...] In fact, the reverse engineering of the human brain has already been announced to be well under way via new microchips and accompanying software. And, while full nanobot rewiring of the brain is not expected before 2020, is reporting that our DNA has been successfully targeted by nanobots "for drug therapy or destruction."

Monday - August 12, 2013 - Today in History:
1851 - Isaac Singer was issued a patent on the double-headed sewing machine.
1865 - Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister.
1867 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him when he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
1877 - Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.
1898 - Hawaii was annexed by the U.S. Hawaii was later given territorial status and was given Statehood in 1959.
1898 - The Spanish-American War was ended with the signing of the peace protocol. The U.S. acquired Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Hawaii was also annexed.
1953 - The Soviet Union secretly tested its first hydrogen bomb.
1960 - The balloon satellite Echo One was launched by the U.S. from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was the first communications satellite.
1962 - The Soviet Union launched Pavel Popovich into orbit. Popovich and Andrian Nikolayev, who was launch a day before, both landed on August 15.
1969 - The Boston Celtics were sold for $6 million. At the time it was the highest price paid for a pro basketball team.
1977 - The space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test.
1981 - IBM unveiled its first PC.
1985 - A Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 crashed into a mountain killing 520 people.
1986 - It was announced by NASA that they had selected a new rocket design for the space shuttle. The move was made in an effort at correcting the flaws that were believed to have been responsible for the Challenger disaster.
1992 - The U.S., Canada, and Mexico announced that the North American Free Trade Agreement had been created after 14 months of negotiations.
1993 - U.S. President Clinton lifted the ban on rehiring air traffic controllers that had been fired for going on strike in 1981.
1998 - Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to World War II Holocaust victims.

World News

Syria rebels pass 'Kurd hostages to jihadists'
France 24 - Syrian rebel fighters kidnapped 13 Kurds in the northern province of Aleppo on Sunday, turning them over to jihadist fighters already holding 250 abducted Kurds, an NGO said.

‘West meddling drives Egypt to civil war’
Press TV - An Iranian lawmaker says foreign powers are pushing Egypt toward the brink of a civil war by meddling in the ongoing crisis gripping the North African country.

Unidentified gunmen kidnap female lawmaker in Afghanistan
Press TV - Local Afghan officials say Friba Ahmadi Kakar was abducted late on Saturday evening along with her four children in Ghazni Province while traveling from the southern city of Kandahar to Kabul.... The incident comes as the security situation continues to deteriorate in the war-ravaged country.

U.S. embassies in Muslim world reopen amid still-murky threats
McClatchy - Eighteen of the 19 U.S. embassies and consulates reopened Sunday after being shut down for a week across the Islamic world because of a terrorist threat.

Russia among countries atop NSA surveillance priority list
RT - Russia, alongside the EU, China and Iran, are on top of the NSA’s spying priority list, according to a document leaked by fugitive Edward Snowden and published by Der Spiegel weekly.

Snowden’s Father, Defiant, Will Head to Russia
National Review - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s father has plans to visit his son in Russia. Lon Snowden and Snowden-family attorney Bruce Fein did not disclose when they would depart, but said they had secured the necessary visas to make the trip.

Italians protest US radar system
RINF - Thousands of people in Italy's Sicily have staged a protest against the US military plans to build a satellite communication system on the Italian island. The protesters marched on Saturday through the southern city of Niscemi opposing the construction of US military facility, which will include some large radar and tens of radio antennas. The city already hosts 46 US military satellites.

A Quadrillion Yen And Counting – The Japanese Debt Bomb Could Set Off Global Panic At Any Moment
Economic Collapse - How much is 1,000,000,000,000,000 yen worth? Well, a quadrillion yen is worth approximately 10.5 trillion dollars. It is an amount of money that is larger than the "the economies of Germany, France and the U.K. combined". It is such an astounding amount of debt that it is hard to even get your mind around it.

Forget REAL ID -- The Global Smart-ID is coming!
Activist Post - The grand plan for Global ID is to give each person on the planet a way to identify themselves online. One ID number for each person, to signify all that they are. This is the full personal profile containing anything relevant for identification purposes. It means all our private details being managed by a corporation, in the cloud.

Philippines Protesters Trample, Uproot GM Golden Rice Trial
Activist Post - A group called Sikwal-Gmo destroyed the crop trial saying that GM technology was not the answer to Philippines' malnutrition issues. The farmers that stormed the trial in Camarines Sur only needed 15 minutes to do the job. Thirty policemen could not stop the crowd of farmers. Furthermore, they sensed the international agrochemical and American corporate push for Golden rice, but saw the trial as a danger to humans and environmental diversity.

Radioactive water overruns Fukushima barrier - TEPCO
RT - Contaminated groundwater accumulating under the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has risen 60cm above the protective barrier, and is now freely leaking into the Pacific Ocean, the plant’s operator TEPCO has admitted.
* Related Article: Fukushima leak emergency: LIVE UPDATES

Israel Court Rules To Stop Water Fluoridation in 2014, Citing Health Concerns
Prevent Disease - It seems that almost the entire world is now realizing the health consequences of poisoning the water supply with fluoride. Most developed nations, including all of Japan and 97% of western Europe, do not fluoridate their water. Israel will now be added to that list in 2014.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

First dog Bo is airlifted to Obama holiday home
Telegraph - Bo, the president's Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane. It was the first time the Ospreys have been taken on holiday by a US president.

Deaths of wandering autistic kids prompt action
AP - The 3-year-old girl wandered away from her grandmother's home in Wareham, Mass., in mid-April. A frantic search began almost immediately, and within an hour little Alyvia Navarro was found unresponsive in a nearby pond. She was pronounced dead the next day.

Possible Nerve Agent Shuts Down JFK Airport Post Office; Turns Out To Be Beauty Supplies
Activist Post - As a plethora of scandals continue to erupt in U.S. government, many are suspecting that an increase in terror drills (including one for chemical agents in the NY subway) and fake terror threats could be the harbinger of a real event -- false flag or otherwise.

US Domestic Drone Use Sidesteps Warrants for Thermal Imaging
News Max - Drones are equipped with powerful video cameras and infrared (thermal imaging) devices capable of seeing through roofs, but they can also be fitted with radar speed-cameras and other miniaturized equipment capable of performing chemical analyses, environmental sampling, industrial emission monitoring, radiation detection, and much more.

NSA head says agency working to reduce leaks by replacing people with machines
Fox News - National Security Agency director General Keith Alexander defended the controversial programs disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and said Thursday his agency was taking steps to prevent future leaks by working to reducing the number of system administrators—the same position Snowden held—by 90 percent.

IRS Won’t Explain Why Agents Need AR-15′s For ‘Standoff Capability’
Inquisitr - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been buying up a vast collection of AR-15 assault rifles for agents and training them in the proper use of those weapons. In May 2013 U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) questioned why the federal agency needs to arm its agents with assault rifles.

US 'deeply concerned' over freeing of Mexico drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero
The Guardian - The White House has waded into a row over the release of a notorious Mexican drug lord who was convicted of murdering a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent... A Mexican federal court ordered his release on administrative grounds, saying he had been improperly tried in a federal court for state crimes.

Border Crossing Loophole: People are being told to use "key words" to cross border
Fox News - Just this past Monday, Border Patrol agents say about 200 people came through the Otay Crossing claiming a quote: "credible fear" of the drug cartels. So many were doing this that they had to close down the processing center and move the overflow by vans to another station.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano: If The Fourth Amendment Was Written For Anything, It Was To Prevent NSA Surveillance
Liberty Crier - Judge Andrew Napolitano: This president has orchestrated an end run around the constitution of gargantuan proportions. He approved it, he authorized it, he knows it’s extend. He did it in secret and now he is denying that it exists.

One In 25 Americans Was Arrested In 2011
Huffington Post - According to the FBI, in 2011 there were 3991.1 arrests for every 100,000 people living in America. That means over the course of a single year, one in 25 Americans was arrested.

Sensors Report Gunfire Directly to Police in 70 U.S. Cities, No 911 Call Needed - ShotSpotter, the dominant gunfire detection technology on the market, gathers data from a network of acoustic sensors placed at 30-foot elevation under a mile apart.... If shots are fired anywhere in the coverage area, the software triangulates their location to within about 10 feet and reports the activity to the police dispatcher.


Critics question IRS initiative targeting small businesses
Fox News - Small business owners across the country are receiving letters from the IRS questioning if they are reporting all of their cash income, in a new push by the agency some are saying could unnecessarily create fear in the small business community.

Things About Prosecuting Wall Street You Wanted to Know (But Were Too Depressed to Ask)
Huffington Post - President Obama's Justice Department, under the direction of Attorney General Eric Holder, hasn't indicted a single bank executive for the massive Wall Street crime wave that devastated the economy. The regulatory reform which followed the 2008 crisis wasn't nearly enough, and yet Republicans are trying to weaken even that.

During The Best Period Of Economic Growth In U.S. History There Was No Income Tax And No Federal Reserve
Economic Collapse - Between the Civil War and 1913, the U.S. economy experienced absolutely explosive growth. The free market system thrived and the rest of the world looked at us with envy. The federal government was very limited in size, there was no income tax for most of that time and there was no central bank. To many Americans, it would be absolutely unthinkable to have such a society today, but it actually worked very, very well.

Man who created own credit card sues bank for not sticking to terms
The Telegraph - When Dmitry Argarkov was sent a letter offering him a credit card, he found the rates not to his liking. Dmitry Argarkov's version of the contract contained a 0pc interest rate, no fees and no credit limit.

Veteran News

Are These The Last Days Of The U.S. Marine Corps?
Economic Collapse - The Marine Corps was already in the process of drawing down from a peak of 202,100 Marines to 182,100, and now Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is warning that the sequester cuts may force the Army to be cut down to a size of 380,000 and the Marine Corps to be cut down to a size of 150,000. Unfortunately for the Marines, even larger cuts may eventually be coming.

Energy & Environment

Scientist, FDA: Don't worry about radioactive fish - Alaska fishermen and fish consumers shouldn't be concerned about the new disclosures of radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean near the site of the hobbled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, according to an ocean chemist and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
* Related Article: Radiation Tainted Tap Water May Have Long-lasting Cumulative Effects

Thousands Flee as 18,000-acre California Wildfire Spreads
NBC News - Some 2,000 residents fled parts of Cabazon and the surrounding area south of Banning on Wednesday and Thursday as the blaze, dubbed the “Silver Fire,” spread east through the San Jacinto mountains, a desert range 90 miles east of Los Angeles. By Friday evening, it had burned 18,000 acres and destroyed 26 homes and one commercial structure, according to the state agency Cal Fire. It was 40 percent contained, Cal Fire said.


35% of Food Additives Deemed Harmless were Evaluated by Manufacturer or Contractor Hired by Manufacturer
AllGov - A new study has raised questions about the experts who help to validate so-called “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) additives.

13 Things Sure To Slow Down Your Metabolism
Prevent Disease - Every cell in your body plays a role in energy metabolism -- the process of turning the food you eat into energy that keeps your heart beating, lungs pumping, and muscles moving. The faster your basal metabolic rate, the more calories you burn.

The disease causing dangers of high iron levels
(NaturalHealth365) When too much iron is present, increased oxidative stress is always present as well. Increased oxidative stress is always the stage on which disease is based. However, unless you have a documented iron-deficiency anemia, which is very easy to diagnose on routine laboratory testing, you should never supplement iron.

Why Medicine Won’t Allow Cancer to Be Cured and My Top 12 Cancer Prevention Strategies
Dr. Mercola - Imagine a commercial plane crashed and there were some fatalities involved. You can be sure that would make the headline of every major newspaper. Well, we have the equivalent of 8-10 planes crashing EVERY DAY with everyone on board dying from cancer.

An Argument for Consuming Apricot Seeds: A Hidden Inexpensive Cancer Therapy
Natural Society - Apricot seeds are vilified for containing a toxic substance: cyanide. But this seed is actually a lesser-known solution to cancer - don't be fooled.

Science & Technology

Two Email Companies Close Shop rather than Reveal User Details to Government
AllGov - Two U.S.-based email providers committed corporate suicide Thursday rather than comply with the government’s ongoing domestic spying programs. Although many in the business community have hesitated to criticize the government snooping on constitutional grounds, this development has led some to caution that it could have an adverse impact on the technology sector of the economy.

Proof that the Government Spies On ALL AMERICANS
Washington's Blog - The Guardian, New York Times, the ACLU and others have shredded the claim that the U.S. government doesn’t spy on Americans. But since Obama, top NSA brass, and a handful of congress members are still pretending that they don’t spy on us, let’s review the facts.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Raw Milk Farmer on Trial for Keeping Eggs at Customer Preferred Temperature
Natural Blaze - The state of Minnesota is going after a small, peaceful dairy farmer…again. Alvin Schlangen is wanted for selling raw milk and other real foods to members of a private, buying club, without retail food sales permits.

Pet News

Allergic Dermatitis: The NEW #1 Reason Dogs Visit Vets, and How to Treat It at Home
Dr. Becker - In 2012, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) policyholders spent over $58 million treating the 10 most common health conditions in pets. The number one reason dogs visited the vet was for allergic dermatitis (allergies). The average cost of a vet visit for an allergic dog was $96.

Friday - August 9, 2013 - Today in History:
1790 - The Columbia returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage. It was the first ship to carry the American flag around the world.
1831 - The first steam locomotive began its first trip between Schenectady and Albany, NY.
1842 - The U.S. and Canada signed the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which solved a border dispute.
1942 - Mohandas K. Gandhi was arrested Britain. He was not released until 1944.
1944 - The Forest Service and Wartime Advertising Council created "Smokey the Bear."
1945 - The U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The bombing came 3 days after the bombing of Hiroshima. About 74,000 people were killed. Japan surrendered August 14. 1945 - The first network television broadcast occurred in Washington, DC. The program announced the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan.
1956 - The first statewide, state-supported educational television network went on the air in Alabama.
1965 - Singapore proclaimed its independence from the Malaysian Federation.
1973 - The U.S. Senate committee investigating the Watergate affair filed suit against President Richard Nixon.
1974 - U.S. President Richard Nixon formally resigned. Gerald R. Ford took his place, and became the 38th president of the U.S.
1975 - The New Orleans Superdome officially opened with the Saints vs. Houston Oilers in exhibition football. The new Superdome cost $163 million to build.
1985 - Arthur J. Walker, a retired Navy officer, was found guilty of seven counts of spying for the Soviet Union.
1996 - Boris Yeltsin was sworn in as president of Russia for the second time.
1999 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin fired Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin and his entire cabinet for the fourth time in 17 months.
2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush announced he would support federal funding for limited medical research on embryonic stem cells.
2004 - Trump Hotel and Casion Resorts announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

World News

12 Al-Qaeda suspects killed in 3 US drone strikes in Yemen
RT - Three additional suspected Al-Qaeda militants have been killed by US drone strikes in Yemen, raising Thursday’s death toll to 12. It was the eighth such attack in the country in less than two weeks, as US officials instituted a global terror alert.

'3 US soldiers killed in W Afghanistan'
Press TV - The Taliban say three US soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in a blast in Afghanistan's western province of Farah.

Tunisian government sees Egypt turmoil as cautionary tale: Nii Akuetteh
Press TV - Press TV has conducted an interview with Nii Akuetteh, an African policy analyst in Washington.. Akuetteh: I think after the Egyptian situation, there were some interesting remarks from the Tunisian government. And what I mean by that is that it seems to me that the government and other political activists are watching what is going on in Egypt ...

'Russia snubs Saudi offer for Syria shift'
Press TV - Russia has reportedly rebuffed an offer by Saudi Arabia to abandon its support for the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad in exchange for a package of incentives.

Germany warns of its militants in Syria
Press TV - Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has warned about the increasing number of Germans who are fighting alongside militants in Syria.

Dow and Pentagon in denial after barrels discovered in Okinawa reported to contain trace Agent Orange chemicals - Recently, 22 barrels containing traces of lethal herbicides were discovered on former U.S. military land in the Japanese city of Okinawa. According to two leading Agent Orange specialists, the barrels could pose the same level of risks as dioxin hot spots in Vietnam where the American military stored toxic defoliants during the 1960s and 1970s.

‘We Won't Pay’: Greek activists reconnect power to poverty-stricken homes
RT - With a Eurozone record of 27 percent of Greeks unemployed, people are taking a pro-active approach to the crisis. Activists from the ‘We Won't Pay’ movement, which boasts 10,000 members, are illegally reconnecting power to hundreds of homes.

Brazil to broach US spying with Kerry
Press TV - Brasilia says it will raise the issue of American spying on Brazilian companies and individuals next week when US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the South American country.

‘Germany sent metadata to NSA’
Press TV - The new information was recently published by German weekly magazine Der Spiegel and was based on secret documents recently leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. According to the documents, at least 500 million pieces of phone and email communications metadata were sent by Germany’s Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) to the NSA’s giant databases in December last year.

Encrypted email service used by Snowden mysteriously shuts down
RT - The highly encrypted email service reportedly used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden has gone offline - and its administrator claims the company is legally barred from explaining why.

The Rise Of The Bear: 18 Signs That Russia Is Rapidly Catching Up To The United States
Economic Collapse - The Russian Bear is stronger and more powerful than it has ever been before. Sadly, most Americans don't understand this. They still think of Russia as an "ex-superpower" that was rendered almost irrelevant when the Cold War ended.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

IRS agent: Tax agency is still targeting Tea Party groups
Washington Examiner - In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted..

FBI to Conduct “Homeland Security” Drills in Austin, Texas
Multi-agency “homeland security” drills will be conducted in the Austin, Texas area during the next few weeks. Agencies involved in the joint operation includes the FBI, the Austin Police Department, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, and even the University of Texas Police Department.

Waco TX Police Search Apartment Complexes, For A ‘Crime Prevention and Safety Inspection’- The Police State Grows
Intel Hub - Waco, Texas police plan to search apartments to ‘prevent crime’, and invade the very most personal space of these citizens. They will look for whatever criminal activity, perhaps some cannabis, and apparently look at doors, fire alarms, and other ‘safety’ features, used as an excuse to barge in.

So you thought you might hide in the crowd... (give it time to load)
This picture was taken with a camera 70,000 x 30,000 pixels (2100 MegaPixels). It can identify a face in a multitude. The cameras are not sold to the public and are being installed in strategic locations (this one is in Canada). Place the cursor in the multitude of people and left double click a couple times. It will continue to show the people much closer, when you double left click again or click more if needed. Amazing! There were thousands of persons and yet one can spot and recognize any face. Imagine what this means ... both police and Army have it.

Politicians Given “Invisible” License Plates That Make Them Immune To Traffic Laws - Colorado lawmakers do not have to follow traffic laws, as they are exempt from speeding and parking tickets. The legislators are issued special license plates that are “invisible” to both traffic cams and traffic tickets. Their specially-issued plates do not show up in the DMV database.


Late fees: Taxpayers foot the hefty bill for Obama’s talk-show tour
Washington Times - When it comes to late-night comedy shows, President Obama is a prolific guest, but taxpayers might not be laughing along with him.

Court officially declares Bitcoin a real currency
RT - A federal judge has for the first time ruled that Bitcoin is a legitimate currency, opening up the possibility for the digital crypto-cash to soon be regulated by governmental overseers.

How Homeschool Led 17 Yr. Old to Question Money System - Topics include benefits of homeschooling vs public school and how homeschool led Elijah to think outside the box and question the monetary system in America.  Elijah’s Web Channel:

Housing Market

JPMorgan faces criminal and civil probes over mortgages
Reuters - JPMorgan Chase & Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, said on Wednesday it is being investigated by criminal and civil divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice over offerings of mortgage-backed securities.

Widow caught in foreclosure vortex after bank's mistake
The Oregonian - Two weeks ago, a jury in Hillsboro found that JPMorgan Chase broke state law when it foreclosed on a Washington County adult foster home. The jury believed Chase had promised the homeowners a modification, told them to stop making payments, then foreclosed on them anyway. Other homeowners continue to face similar loan-servicing mistakes and delays, advocates and experts say, despite the 18-month-old mortgage settlement.

U.S. mortgage applications rise, but so do rates says MBA - Potential buyers crept back into the U.S. housing market last week as applications for mortgages edged up, even though rates resumed their ascent, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday. Fixed 30-year mortgage rates rose again last week to average 4.61 percent, up 3 basis points from the week before. Rates have risen more than 1 percentage point since early May, but still remain low by historical standards.

Energy & Environment

Austin Energy seeks $60 million to extend smart meter program - Austin Energy started phasing out analog electric meters and upgrading its 420,000 customers to digital smart meters. While the company owns the meters, it doesn't own the software to read them. Austin Energy has a $35 million contract with Landis and Gyr, which expires in 2017. On Thursday, utility executives will ask the city council to extend the contract until 2022, costing $60 million.... Austin Energy is also working on a smart meter opt-out program, but it would cost customers.

U.S. declares 'unusual mortality event' as dolphin deaths rise
Reuters - Federal scientists investigating an unusually high number of dead bottlenose dolphins washing up on the East Coast said on Thursday the carcasses are showing up at a rate that is seven times higher than usual.


7 Home Remedies for Kidney Stones – Natural Foods & Herbs for Kidney Health
Natural Society - The following home remedies for kidney stones can and have been used for not only kidney Stone removal, but also for prevention as well as tonics for the kidney organs.

Health Benefits of Cloves: The Super Spice for Healing
Natural Society - The health benefits of cloves are so great that the spice is harvested profusely in Zanzibar and is used in folk-remedies around the world – including Chinese medicine. Over 1000 tons of cloves are imported to the US ever year.

Merck hit with $285,000 verdict in Fosamax trial
Reuters - A federal jury on Tuesday ordered Merck & Co Inc to pay $285,000 in a lawsuit over the risks of its osteoporosis drug Fosamax, the second loss for the company after several earlier trials.... More than 4,000 lawsuits are pending in federal and state courts arising out of injuries allegedly caused by the one-time blockbuster medication.

The Flu Propaganda Matrix Continues To Promote Fear And A New Pandemic By Modifying H7N9 Bird Flu Strain
Prevent Disease - According to our beloved public health specialists, the flu pandemic boogeyman is around the corner again and this one, like clock work, is undergoing genetic tweaking to prepare for what researchers are claiming is a virus with 'pandemic potential'.

Exposed: Factory chicken slaughterhouses using super-strength chemicals to cover up extreme salmonella contamination
(NaturalNews) ...The Washington Post (WP) reveals that many chicken slaughterhouses are merely treating their filthy chickens with an ever-expanding volume and variety of toxic chemicals to mask the presence of more virulent salmonella strains from federal regulators.

Science & Technology

PayPal tests mobile payments using your face for verification | Internet & Media
CNET News - A new trial in the U.K. lets people pay for items using the PayPal app, a mobile phone, and a photo to prove their identity.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Eleven Reasons To Stop Using Roundup
Elisha McFarland - Glyphosate is the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. Glyphosate is an herbicide designed for home and agricultural use; it is also the largest selling herbicide worldwide. The health risks associated with exposure to glyphosate are becoming more obvious and numerous as time goes by.

Monsanto's new GE crops already in the ground? - Dicamba-resistant soy is still awaiting USDA approval, as are 2,4-D-resistant corn and soy. And after receiving hundreds of thousands of comments opposing the approval of these crops, the agency recently extended its decision-making timeline. Despite the outcry, however, Monsanto has plowed full speed ahead, planting and spraying these crops in large, field-sized “Ground-Breaker” demonstration plots in North and South Dakota and in research plots in undisclosed locations.

Thursday - August 8, 2013 - Today in History:
1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena, in the South Atlantic. The remainder of his life was spent there in exile.
1844 - After the killing of Joseph Smith, Bringham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons.
1899 - The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall.
1911 - The numbers of U.S. House of Representatives was established at 435. There was one member of Congress for every 211,877 residents.
1940 - The German Luftwaffe began a series of daylight air raids on Great Britain.
1945 - The United Nations Charter was signed by U.S. President Truman.
1945 - During World War II, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan.
1953 - The U.S. and South Korea initiated a mutual security pact.
1956 - Japan launched an oil tanker that was 780 feet long and weighed 84,730 tons. It was the largest oil tanker in the world.
1966 - Michael DeBakey became the first surgeon to install an artificial heart pump in a patient.
1974 - U.S. President Nixon announced that he would resign the following day.
1978 - The U.S. launched Pioneer Venus II, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.
1988 - It was announced that a cease-fire between Iraq and Iran had begun.
1989 - The space shuttle Columbia took off from Cape Canaveral, FL. The trip was said to be a secret five-day military mission.
1990 - American forces began positioning in Saudi Arabia.
1991 - John McCarthy, a British TV producer was released by his Lebanese kidnappers. He had been held captive for more than five years. A rival group abducted Jerome Leyraud in retaliation and threatened to kill him if any more hostages were released.
1991 - The U.N. Security Council approved North and South Korea for membership.
1994 - The first road link between Israel and Jordan opened.
1994 - Representatives from China and Taiwan signed a cooperation agreement.
1995 - Saddam Hussein's two eldest daughters, their husbands, and several senior army officers defected.
2000 - The submarine H.L. Hunley was raised from ocean bottom after 136 years. The sub had been lost during an attack on the U.S.S. Housatonic in 1864. The Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink a warship.

World News

Former Libyan militia boss denies US charges over Benghazi consulate attack
The Guardian - A former Libyan militia commander has denied charges filed in a US federal court accusing him of involvement in an attack that killed a US ambassador and three other Americans.

Al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri is said to have ordered terrorist attack; U.S. citizens urged to leave Yemen
The Washington Post - Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri ordered the head of the terrorist group’s Yemen affiliate to carry out an attack, according to intercepted communications that have led to the closure of U.S. embassies and a global travel alert, said a person briefed on the case.

‘Fight on US-led troops will continue’
Press TV - The Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Omar says his group will continue its battle against US-led foreign soldiers until they end their occupation of war-torn Afghanistan.

Syrian army kills over 60 militants
Press TV - The Syrian army forces have reportedly killed more than 60 Takfiri militants as they were trying to infiltrate a suburb of the capital, Damascus, reports say.

China Food Conference Warns Against GMOs, New Zealand Takes Note Dangers
Natural Society - New Zealand officials took heed to warnings presented at a meeting about the dangers of genetically modified crops.

Fukushima leaking radioactive water for ‘2 years, 300 tons flowing into Pacific daily’
RT - The rate at which contaminated water has been pouring into the Pacific Ocean from the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant is worse than thought before, an Industry Ministry official said as PM Shinzo Abe pledged to step up efforts to halt the crisis.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Benghazi Bombshell: Valerie Jarrett, Commander in Chief - Confidential sources close to Conservative Report have confirmed that Valerie Jarrett was the key decision-maker for the administration, the night of the Benghazi terrorist attack on 9/11/2012.

Homeland Security Taps Generals to Run Domestic Drone Program: The Rise of Predators at Home
StratRisks - The continuing rise of Predator drones at home has been fueled by the bizarre merger of military influence in domestic affairs and the key role of border hawks in the politics of immigration reform.

Air Guard unit authorized to fly MQ-9 Reaper drones in Syracuse region - Col. Greg Semmel of the Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing spoke to the media Monday morning at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, to announce the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized the use of 20 nautical miles more of air space for training missions, including, for the first time, parts of Onondaga and Madison Counties, and more of Oswego Counties.

IRS manual detailed DEA's use of hidden intel evidence
Reuters - Details of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program that feeds tips to federal agents and then instructs them to alter the investigative trail were published in a manual used by agents of the Internal Revenue Service for two years.

Fake Terror Alert Extended
Activist Post - It's to silence lawless NSA spying critics. On Sunday TV talk shows, Republicans and Democrats agreed. Terror threats justify NSA surveillance, they claim. According to Senator Saxby Chambliss (R. GA), there's "an awful lot of chatter out there." NSA monitors it electronically. "If we didn't have these programs then we simply wouldn't be able to listen in on the bad guys."

Unhappy With U.S. Foreign Policy? Pentagon Says You Might Be A 'High Threat'
Huffington Post - A security training test created by a Defense Department agency warns federal workers that they should consider the hypothetical Indian-American woman a "high threat" because she frequently visits family abroad, has money troubles and "speaks openly of unhappiness with U.S. foreign policy."

Obama Refuses to Talk to America About Terror Threat
White House Dossier - President Obama continues to say nothing to a jittery nation about what some who have been briefed on the danger are describing as the worst terrorist threat since 9/11, declining to either offer reassurance or an explanation of the peril the nation faces. Related video.

6th Circuit Court Judge rules legislative prayers are constitutional
On July 19, 2013, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to Jesus-hating atheists, affirming that prayers given before legislative bodies are constitutional.

Colorado apartment tenants told they must get rid of their guns - Retired Marine Art Dorsch says his Second Amendment rights are in danger. His apartment complex, the Oakwood Apartments in Castle Rock, sent out a notice telling all residents to get rid of their guns. The 77-year-old retired US Marine Corps veteran sent a newstip to 9Wants to Know saying he's afraid he'll be homeless if he doesn't comply.

TSA Invades Train Terminals, Sporting Events, Music Festivals and Rodeos
Kurt Nimmo - It is said the Transportation Security Administration was originally established as a response to the September 11, 2001, attacks. If this is the case, then the Department of Homeland Security, the federal agency now exercising authority over the agency, must think al-Qaeda will soon target rodeos. * Related Video: FED: If You Don't Want To Be Search Don't Ride Trains Or Attend Events

Rand Paul Slams NPR Host
Steve Watson - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul blasted an NPR radio host Tuesday following a blatant attempt to dredge up controversial writings that a former employee of Paul’s published years ago.

VIDEO: The Revolution is About to Begin - When the Ron Paul Channel launches, we’ll take mainstream media by storm. No advertisers, no corporate agenda — just the truth delivered exclusively to subscribers like you. Watch Ron Paul’s message from the set of the Ron Paul Channel, then sign up to be the first to know when it launches.

Knocking off the citizens, one at a time: "Murder by Cop"
Activist Post - In some jurisdictions, police solve crimes and try to protect the public. In Santa Ana, California, the fastest growing hobby for the police is shooting unarmed civilians. On 8/5, residents packed the city hall to demand that police stop shooting people. The Santa Ana Police Department has shot at least five unarmed people since the start of the year.


Chicago Faces Looming Pension Crisis - With one of the most poorly funded pension systems in the country, Chicago faces a looming pension crisis. Its pension fund for its teachers is approaching collapse, and four other funds are short $19.5 billion, The New York Times reported. The state of Illinois will require Chicago to contribute an additional $1 billion a year starting next year to make up shortfalls.

20 Cities That May Face Bankruptcy After Detroit
News Max - According to an analysis by the Manhattan Institute, several Chicago pension funds are in worse financial shape than the worker pensions in Detroit. One is only 25 percent funded, and where the other 75 percent of the money will come from is anyone's guess. And there are about a dozen major California cities having systemic problems paying their bills.

Most 2013 job growth is in part-time work, survey suggests
McClatchy - The July government employment report released Friday showed the job market treading water. And a closer look at one of the two measures the Labor Department uses to gauge employment suggests that part-time work accounted for almost all the job growth that’s been reported over the past six months.

Veteran News

Afghan translator of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer caught in bureaucratic limbo
Washington Free Beacon - Four years ago, an Afghan translator known as “Hafez” charged into enemy fire to help Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer rescue wounded American soldiers during one of the most famous battles in the Afghanistan war.

Pentagon doctors claim military suicides not related to combat
RT - Deployments to war zones and combat exposure have no effect on military suicides and fail to explain the increase in self-inflicted deaths that occurred from 2001 to 2008, according to a new medical study which contradicts previous research. Military medical researchers on Tuesday published a paper that claims mental disorders such as depression and alcohol abuse are to blame for military suicides – not combat.

Energy & Environment

Austin Energy seeks $60 million to extend smart meter program - In 2001, Austin Energy started phasing out analog electric meters and upgrading its 420,000 customers to digital smart meters. While the company owns the meters, it doesn't own the software to read them. Austin Energy has a $35 million contract with Landis and Gyr, which expires in 2017.

The EPA Tried to Cover Up This Fracking Report - DeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) PowerPoint presentation about fracking groundwater contamination that describes findings about Dimock, Pennsylvania — a town featured prominently in the films Gasland and Gasland 2.


2 Kiwi/Day Found to Provide Powerful Heart-Protecting Benefits
Natural Society - For the second time in recent years, researchers have found that the small fuzzy kiwifruit could protect people from heart disease. It is already common knowledge that the fruits rival citrus for their vitamin C content, but now we know they may be able to do far more – kiwi fruit benefits really are astounding.

150+ Common Medications Could Make You Feel Tired and Run-Down
Natural Society - There are 150+ common medications causing chronic fatigue syndrome. Here are some medications that may be causing you to feel endlessly tired.

Science & Technology

Obama task force revives SOPA provision outlawing online streaming
Sharing a song on YouTube could soon become a felony: the United State Department of Commerce is asking Congress to increase the penalties for streaming copyrighted work, reviving a provision from the failed Stop Online Piracy Act.

Google Chrome security flaw allows access to users’ passwords
RT - A software developer has discovered a critical security flaw in the highly popular Google Chrome browser that could put the privacy of potentially millions of users at risk.

We're Just a Few Months Away From A Flip In The Sun's Magnetic Field And A Shift In Human Behavior
Prevent Disease - We are currently in the middle of a peak or solar maximum which has brought us more solar flares, CMEs, and geomagnetic storms. Historically, research has been conducted to link the 11 year cycle of the sun to changes in human behavior and society. A big event is about to happen on the sun which may assist in this process--the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip in just a few months.

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: Jay Leno’s Obama Put-Downs - To mark Obama’s appearance Wednesday on The Tonight How, Politico assembled a collection of Jay Leno jokes told at Obama’s expense. Some of these are funny.

Wednesday - August 7, 2013 - Today in History:
1789 - The U.S. War Department was established by the U.S. Congress.
1782 - George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart.
1914 - Germany invaded France.
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 "Ulysses."
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 Earth.
1960 - The Cuban Catholic Church condemned the rise of communism in Cuba. Fidel Castro then banned all religious TV and radio broadcasts.
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.
1974 - French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.
1976 - Scientists in Pasadena, CA, announced that the Viking 1 spacecraft had found strong indications of possible life on Mars.
1981 - After 128 years of publication, "The Washington Star" ceased all operations.
1987 - The presidents of five Central American nations, met in Guatemala City, and signed an 11-point agreement designed to bring peace to their region.
1990 - U.S. President George H.W. 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.
2003 - Stephen Geppi bought a 1963 G.I. Joe prototype for $200,000.

World News

Report: Al-Qaida developed liquid that turns clothes into explosives - An Al-Qaida affiliate has developed a new generation of liquid explosive that U.S. officials fear could be used in a future attack, ABC News reported Monday. Two senior U.S. government sources who have been briefed on the terror threat that prompted the U.S. to close embassies across the Mideast and North Africa this week, told the network that clothes dipped in the liquid become explosive devices when dry.

Yemen terror alert prompts US embassy closure, citizens warned to leave country
RT - The US State Department has told citizens and non-essential staff at its embassy in Yemen to leave the country "immediately" due to security threats, while the US Air Force is moving personnel out of the capital of Sanaa.

Pakistan puts major cities on high alert amid militant threats
Press TV - Pakistan's security forces have been put on high alert after a warning by law enforcement agencies that pro-Taliban militants might be planning the "biggest ever" attack in major cities.

Syria militants cut drinking water
Press TV - Militants fighting against the Syrian government have cut drinking water supply for at least 12 months in a city in the country’s northern governorate of Aleppo.

Germany to stay longer in Afghanistan
Press TV - Head of German army says Berlin will extend its military presence in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 deadline.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Files Charges in Benghazi Attack - The Justice Department has filed sealed criminal charges against a number of suspects in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, according to people familiar with the matter.

US Special Forces on alert against Al-Qaeda attacks following intercepted communiques
RT - Intercepted communiques between Al-Qaeda leadership and its affiliated branch in Yemen have led to major terror alert at US diplomatic sites. But some doubt that the lockdown of almost all the posts is proportionate to the threat.

Judge agrees to reduce maximum sentence for Manning to 90 years
RT - Convicted WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning will now face a maximum sentence of 90 years in prison after his judge agreed to merge some of the 20 offenses he was found guilty of last week.

Feds Visited Michael Hastings’ House Day Before His Death
Paul Joseph Watson - Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a suspicious car crash after complaining that he was being harassed by the FBI, had his home visited by agents from an unnamed federal agency the day before his death, a close friend of Hastings told Infowars.

FEMA Demanding 24 Hour Delivery of Emergency Food Reserves
Paul Joseph Watson - Feds preparing for calamity? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is contacting storable food suppliers requesting immediate delivery of food reserves within a 24 hour period, increasing suspicions that the federal government is accelerating its preparations for social disorder or an environmental calamity.

Documents Reveal Holder’s Travel Expenses Exceeded $4 Million in Four Years
Steve Watson - Attorney General Charges taxpayers for luxury trips, including 2009 US/Mexico gun running “meeting”. Department of Justice documents made public this week reveal that Attorney General Eric Holder amassed over $4 million in travel expenses in a four year period, figures that will once again raise questions over opulent government spending.

Obamacare months behind in testing IT data security: government
Reuters - The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns will be in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday (8/7)
Liberty Crier - The “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” bus tour sponsored by Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) will be in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday (8/7/13).

Missouri State Senator Calls on Google to Completely Remove ‘Gun Geo Marker’ App - As the NRA-ILA previously reported, Google recently released the Gun Geo Marker app which was misguidedly designed to encourage users to “geolocate dangerous guns and owners” in their communities. According to Google Play, “Geolocation means marking dangerous sites on the App’s map so that you and others can be aware of the risks in your neighborhood.“

In Virginia, Gun Sales Rise and Crime Rate Falls
Breitbart - In a real life demonstration of scholar John Lott's maxim "more guns, less crime," violent crime has dropped in Virginia as gun ownership has increased.

11 Examples Of The Escalating Crime And Violence That Are Plaguing Communities Across America
Economic Collapse - Even though the United States has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the world by a very wide margin, hundreds of communities all over America are being overwhelmed by crime and violence


Revealing: Obama Administration Spends $500 Million on Green Energy Jobs that Don't Exist - A recent Government Accountability Office report revealed that the Obama Administration spent $501 million of taxpayer money on ‘green energy training programs’ for jobs that do not exist in the green energy sector. The half-a-billion dollar training program, funded by the 2009 Stimulus Bill, resulted in 55% employment; this equates to only 11,000 jobs, many of which are part-time.

Housing Market

5 Years after Contributing to Financial Meltdown, S&P is Back to Giving Inflated Credit Ratings
AllGov - An analysis of S&P by Commercial Mortgage Alert found that the ratings agency is reclaiming market share it lost to its chief rivals, Moody’s Investor Services and Fitch, by giving higher ratings than them to certain mortgage-backed securities. S&P has given the higher ratings on at least a part of half the deals it has made since September 2012 when changes to its policies were put in place, according to the study.

DOJ Sues Bank Of America Over Mortgage-Backed Securities
Huffington Post - The U.S. government on Tuesday filed two civil lawsuits against Bank of America for what the Justice Department and securities regulators said was a fraud on investors involving $850 million of residential mortgage-backed securities.


Turmeric Extract 100% Effective At Preventing Type 2 Diabetes, ADA Journal Study Finds
Green Med Info - A remarkable human clinical study published in the journal Diabetes Care, the journal of the American Diabetes Association, revealed that turmeric extract was 100% successful at preventing prediabetic patients from becoming diabetic over the course of a 9-month intervention.

The Latest About Cabbage
Dr. Mercola - The George Mateljan Foundation recently highlighted some of the latest news about cabbage and topping the list was its potential for cancer prevention. Nearly 500 studies have looked into this connection and revealed that cabbage’s anti-cancer powers are likely related to...

Research: Radiotherapy Causes Cancer, Blueberry Kills It
Natural Blaze - An important new study reveals both the abject failure of conventional radiation treatment for cancer, and the very real possibility that blueberries contain a curative compound far may be effective than anything modern cancer specialists have available to them today to strike at the very root of cancer malignancy.

Myth-Melting Study Finds Chocolate Burns Belly Fat, Improves Cholesterol
Green Med Info - A new study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences has revealed something quite counterintuitive about chocolate, one of the world's most prized 'high-fat' foods.

Eating raw garlic twice a week HALVES the risk of developing lung cancer, claims new study
Daily Mail - A study carried out in China found adults regularly consuming raw garlic as part of their diet were 44 per cent less likely to suffer the disease. Even when researchers allowed for whether people smoked - the biggest single cause of lung cancer - they found garlic still seemed to reduce the dangers by around 30 per cent.

How Can a Drug that Causes Leukemia, TB, and Listeria Remain on the Market?
Alliance for Natural Health - Despite all their well-documented dangers, as of 2013, TNF blockers remain on the market. The FDA has simply asked manufacturers of TNF blockers to let them know when someone got cancer—essentially taking a “wait and see” approach to a drug that has caused at least thirty-five deaths from cancer, at least fourteen deaths from Legionnaire’s Disease, and at least seven deaths from listeria infections. Over fifty people have died, and the FDA is still at the “information-gathering” stage.

Science & Technology

How DNA Is Reprogrammed By Words and Frequencies
Prevent Disease - We now know that just as on the internet, our DNA can feed its proper data into a network of consciousness and can call up data from the network and also establish contact with other participants in the network. In addition, there is evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies without cutting out and replacing single genes.

The Sun's Magnetic Field is About to Flip
Activist Post - "It looks like we're no more than 3 to 4 months away from a complete field reversal," says solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford University. "This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system."

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

31 Percent Of U.S. Honey Bees Were Wiped Out This Year – Who Will Pollinate Our Crops?
Natural Blaze - If bees keep dying off at this rate, we are going to be facing a horrific agricultural crisis very rapidly in the United States. Last winter, 31 percent of all U.S. bee colonies were wiped out. The year before that it was 21 percent. These colony losses are being described as “catastrophic” by those in the industry, and nobody is quite sure how to fix the problem.

Tuesday - August 6, 2013 - Today in History:
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 abdicated.
1890 - Cy Young achieved his first major league victory. He would accumulate 511 in his career.
1914 - Austria-Hungary declared war against Russia. Serbia declared war against Germany.
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 were killed.
1960 - Nationalization of U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuba began.
1962 - Jamaica became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
1965 - The Voting Rights Act was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1985 - The 40th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing brought tens of thousands of Japanese and foreigners to Hiroshima.
1986 - William Schroeder died. He lived 620 days with the Jarvik-7 manmade heart. Was the world's longest surviving recipient of a permanent artificial heart.
1990 - The U.N. Security Council ordered a worldwide trade embargo with Iraq. The embargo was to punish Iraq for invading Kuwait.
1993 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Louis Freeh to be the director of the FBI.
1993 - Morihiro Hosokawa was elected prime minister of Japan.
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. President Clinton.

World News

US warns citizens to leave Yemen amid terror alert - The US state department has told citizens and non-emergency government staff to leave Yemen "immediately" due to security threats. It comes after the sudden closure of 20 US embassies and consulates on Sunday. This was prompted by intercepted conversations between two senior al-Qaeda figures, including top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, US media said.

US raises alert for warships in Middle East
Press TV - DEBKAfile said on Monday that US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel “is reported by CNN to be considering a special deployment of US forces in the Middle East ready for action if a terrorist attack makes it necessary.”

US Special Forces poised to strike against Al-Qaeda following intercepted communiques
RT - Intercepted communiques between Al-Qaeda leadership and its affiliated branch in Yemen has led to credible evidence of plots against American and Western targets on the Arabian Peninsula, according to US officials.

Al-Zawahiri is back from the dead, issuing new 'al-Qaeda' terror threats - You just can't keep a good terrorist down (or dead) for long, when the NSA's public relations department is in serious trouble! By Lori Price, 06 Aug 2013 Five (or seven) years after his death, the ever-useful Ayman al-Zawahiri is baack, issuing new 'al-Qaeda' terror alerts! These new round of terror alerts issued by the Obama administration will provide cover for the next big, fat false flag which, in turn, will provide cover for the illegal surveillance activities of the NSA, CIA, FBI, and -- as we just learned -- the DEA.  Read More....

Egypt army, government to compromise with Muslim Brotherhood
Press TV - The unnamed source said on Monday that the army and the government will offer to release some Brotherhood members from prison, unfreeze the group's assets and give it three ministerial posts. “The initiative will be made so that we can end the crisis and have the Brotherhood end their sit-ins,” the military source added.

Al-Nusra Mercenaries in Syria Slaughter Kurdish Women and Children
Kurt Nimmo - According to a report posted on the Al-Alam News Network, the al-Nusra Front has massacred 120 children and 330 men and women in the town of Tal Abyad located in a district of northern Syria that is part of the Al-Raqqa governorate.

NSA Blowback: German Minister Floats US Company Ban - German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger on Monday called for new EU rules on data protection and a ban on American companies that violate them.

UK Queen in depleted uranium trade?
Press TV - British anti-war campaign group the Stop the War Coalition has in a video claimed that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is one of the richest women on earth and much of her profits are from arms trade including the notorious depleted uranium trade.

Costa Rica Will Stop Sending Cocaine to Miami
Costa Rica Star - According to an official press release from the Organization of Judicial Investigations (OIJ in Spanish), Costa Rica will no longer send cocaine or other controlled substances to the United States, at least for the time being. The announcement comes in the wake of news reports about nearly 24 tons of cocaine transported by the U.S. Air Force to Miami on Saturday, July 27th 2013.

Japan marks 68th anniversary of US atomic bombing
Press TV - Tens of thousands of people, including survivors, victims' relatives, and government officials are expected to attend the annual ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Memorial, commonly called the Atomic Bomb Dome, at 8:15 am on Tuesday (2315 GMT Monday), AFP reported.

Lethal threat from radioactive water flowing into sea from crippled Fukushima
The Times of London - Contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, and is rising towards the surface, exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge. Japan’s nuclear watchdog warned of a new emergency at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant yesterday, confirming that highly radioactive water had reached the sea and was posing a threat to life.
* Related Article: Fukushima radioactive water leak an 'emergency'

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Greenwald: Embassy closings looks like a conspiracy to silence NSA debate
The Raw Story - Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald on Monday suggested that President Barack Obama had ordered 19 U.S. embassies in the Middle Easy closed not because of a legitimate terror threat, but to silence a debate on recently-revealed details of National Security Agency (NSA) data collection programs.

Ron Paul: Why Won’t They Tell Us the Truth About NSA Spying?
Ron Paul - In 2001, the Patriot Act opened the door to US government monitoring of Americans without a warrant. It was unconstitutional, but most in Congress over my strong objection were so determined to do something after the attacks of 9/11 that they did not seem to give it too much thought.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Fourth Amendment Dead in Los Angeles
Kurt Nimmo - [Explicit language] In the video below, a Los Angeles cop threatens to search a rental car because she has an issue with its “tatted up” occupants. She has not witnessed a crime, does not have probable cause, but wants to search the car because she has an emotional issue with the driver and his passenger.

Toddler Dies In CPS Captivity After Being Taken from Marijuana-smoking Parents
Adan Salazar - The Texas division of Child Protective Services may be ultimately to blame for a child’s death this past week after the child was taken from her parents because they smoked pot and put in foster care with the woman that would eventually end up killing her.

Oklahoma Legislator Pushes Raw Milk Delivery To Homes - "Basically, my hope is that we can make milkmen legal again," said Rep. Ken Walker, R-Tulsa. "Since these customers already go to the farm, my sole purpose is to let the farmer deliver to the home."

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Just Bought The Washington Post - After managing The Washington Post for four decades, the Graham family has decided to sell the beloved newspaper. But it isn't being sold to some major media conglomerate. Instead, its new owner is Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Seattle-based Amazon.

Election News

RNC to NBC, CNN: Dump Hillary Docs or We Will Dump Debates
Breitbart - On Monday, RNC Chair Reince Priebus sent stinging letters to NBC and CNN concerning their recently announced decisions to produce films celebrating the life of Hillary Clinton. The RNC sees the odd programing move as an in-kind contribution to Clinton's presumed campaign for President in 2016. As a result, the party will formally bar Republicans from partnering with the networks on any primary or Presidential debates in 2016.


Obama economy: Part-time jobs swamp full-time jobs
Washington Times - House Republicans have crunched the numbers and say that since President Obama took office, the economy has added seven times more part-time jobs than it has created full-time jobs.
Since January 2009 the country has added a net total of 270,000 full-time jobs, but it has added 1.9 million part-time jobs, according to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Billionaire Issues Chilling Warning About Interest Rate Derivatives
Economic Collapse - Hugo Salinas Price was the founder of the Elektra retail chain down in Mexico, and he is extremely concerned that rising interest rates could burst the derivatives bubble and cause "massive bankruptcies around the globe".

Veteran News

Nearly one-third of recent U.S. military veterans have considered committing suicide, according to a new survey - An astonishing survey from a veterans group found that 30 per cent of recent military vets have considered committing suicide since returning from active duty. The Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) surveyed more than 4,000 of its members, 37 per cent of whom said they personally knew a recent vet who took his or her own life. Overall, 45 per cent reported knowing a fellow soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who has tried to commit suicide.

Energy & Environment

Contaminated Water Leak From Fukushima Plant Is "An Emergency", Which Tepco Alone Cannot Handle: Japan's Nuclear Regulator - Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority, or NRA, on Monday told Reuters that the radioactive water has already breached an underground barrier and is moving quickly toward the surface and accused the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, of downplaying the crisis.

Revealed: EPA Fracking Study Rebukes Agency's Own Safety Claims
RINF - DeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of an Obama Administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fracking groundwater contamination PowerPoint presentation describing a then-forthcoming study’s findings in Dimock, Pennsylvania.

Pesticides Contaminate Frogs in California National Parks
Beyond Pesticides - A recent study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry found levels of pesticide contamination from agricultural drift in Pacific Tree frogs in remote mountain areas including national parks


Appealing health benefits of apple cider vinegar
(NaturalNews) Apple cider vinegar is often looked upon by natural wellness enthusiasts as a panacea for all good things. Taking a tablespoon or two of it every day is said to cure everything from gout to allergies and more. It's said that it is important that the apple cider vinegar you take be organic and have the "mother" in it to be of most benefit to you.

Keep Colon Cancer at Bay with Phytonutrients (Berries, Grapes, Apples)
Natural Society - A diet rich in phytonutrients, specifically flavonoids and flavanols (found in berries, grapes, and apples) reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Daily Dose of Ginger, Cinnamon Could Relieve Muscle Soreness Significantly
Natural Society - A recent study has found that taking as little as 1 teaspoon of ginger and cinnamon could significantly reduce post-workout muscle soreness.

FDA destroys business of anti-aging supplement manufacturer by classifying amino acid derivative as 'unapproved drug'
(NaturalNews) According to the Trans-D Tropin website, the FDA sent a letter to the supplement's manufacturer on April 26, 2013, notifying it that Trans-D Tropin is now recognized by the agency as an "unapproved drug." Even though Trans-D Tropin has been on the market for more than 15 years in full accordance with the legal guidelines of the Dietary Supplement Health Information Act (DSHEA) of 1994, the FDA suddenly, without precedent, decided that it is no longer permitted.

Good Oils Gone Bad: Recognizing Rancidity and Other Defects
Dr. Mercola - When you spend the money on a quality bottle of olive oil, you want to know that you’re getting what you pay for. However, there are many factors that influence quality, from how long the olives sat before processing to how long you’ve left the oil sit out on your counter.

Purple potatoes pack serious antioxidants compared to their white-fleshed counterparts
(NaturalNews) The rule of thumb with fruits and vegetables is that the deeper and richer the color, the more nutritious the content tends to be. The purple potato is no exception to this rule. It is rich in the antioxidant that is characteristic of deeply colored blue or purple produce called anthocyanin.

Monday - August 5, 2013 - Today in History:
1833 - The village of Chicago was incorporated. The population was approximately 250.
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 1872.
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.
1923 - Henry Sullivan became the first American to swim across the English Channel.
1944 - Polish insurgents liberated a German labor camp in Warsaw. 348 Jewish prisoners were freed.
1953 - During the Korean conflict prisoners were exchanged at Panmunjom. The exchange was labeled Operation Big Switch.
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 controllers.
1989 - In Honduras, five Central American presidents began meeting to discuss the timetable for the dismantling of the Nicaraguan Contra bases.
1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush angrily denounced the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
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.
1991 - Iraq admitted to misleading U.N. inspectors about secret biological weapons.
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.
1998 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein began not cooperating with U.N. weapons inspectors.
2002 - The U.S. closed its consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. The consulate was closed after local authorities removed large concrete blocks and reopened the road in front of the building to normal traffic.
2011 - NASA announced that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during warm seasons.
2011 - Juno was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to Jupiter. It was the first solar-powered spacecraft to go to Jupiter.

World News

The Government Rag - TAKE NOTE!! The following is just a quick list of military operations taking place within this window of time. With the Embassies closing and the terror threat heightening, it is important to understand what is happening around the world in real-time and the potential for a false-flag to happen. Please take a moment and read through these headlines and see where the current military exercises are taking place. Are we being fooled again? You tell me…

China Halts All New Zealand Dairy Imports over Wide Tainted Reports - Chinese authorities have halted all imports of New Zealand milk powders from Australia and New Zealand.
It comes as China's top quality watchdog names importers of potentially tainted products from New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra.
Those four importers include China's largest beverage producer Wahaha and children's nutrition company Dumex.

Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack
CNN - Was there a political cover up surrounding the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans?... Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

US involved in Egypt ‘coup’: Brotherhood
Press TV - Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says the United States has been involved in the “military coup” that ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

US Diplomat Kills Man in Car Crash, Leaves Kenya
ABC News - An American diplomat who police say was speeding crossed the center line in his SUV and rammed into a full mini-bus, killing a father of three whose widow is six months pregnant, officials said Friday.

Brazilians demand governors to resign
Press TV - Hundreds of Brazilian youths have staged protests demanding the resignation of the governors of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro as well as the release of demonstrators arrested during previous rallies.

Amber warning: Britain’s ageing nuclear submarines a risk – Navy's watchdog
RT - Five Trafalgar class submarines, some of which are almost 30-years-old, are suffering reliability issues with their nuclear reactors, according to a report put online by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) that covers 2012-2013.

Fukushima shaken by 6.0 magnitude quake
RT - A strong undersea earthquake has hit the same northeastern region of Japan that was devastated by a deadly 2011 tsunami. No damage or injuries have been reported in the affected area, including the Fukushima prefecture.

Oil companies begin 'fracking' in China’s most dangerous earthquake zone
RT - The Chinese want to join the shale gas revolution, even if it means drilling for oil in China’s earthquake hot bed in the Sichuan region, where nearly 70,000 died in an earthquake in 2008.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

‘Terror Alert’ Is Fearmongering Theater
Zero Hedge - The theater is so elaborate, even Obama stepped away from the golf course.

Embassy closings, travel warning renew debate over NSA data collection - The closing of U.S. embassies in 21 predominantly Muslim countries and a broad caution about travel during August that the State Department issued on Friday touched off debate Sunday over the National Security Agency’s sweeping data collection programs.

Time Warner-CBS Blackout Could Last Until September - Millions of Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas could be without CBS Corp programming for several weeks as the two companies appear no closer to settling a fee dispute, analysts said.

A few Judge Jeanine Pirro videos of interest:
* The US is 'neither respected nor feared' (8-4-13)
* Opening Statement - Destroys Obama Admin. On 'Phony Scandals' - 7/27/13
* Who's Watching Who? - Can You Trust Your Gov? - Opening Statement 6-8-2013
* Judge Goes Nuclear On Obama: Why Do You Apologize To Muslims And Lie To Americans (May 19, 2013)
* White House 'How do you sleep at night' (Oct 22, 2012)

Crying Wolf, Wolf, Wolf
Information Clearing House - After weeks under heavy pressure for limitless spying on people everywhere the U.S. intelligence services conveniently detect a "threat" of some undefined future attacks. The "detection", we are of course told, was only possible because of limitless spying on people everywhere:

Exclusive: FBI allowed informants to commit 5,600 crimes
USA Today - The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation's top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime.

Mexico and Canada declared part of US homeland by Senate maps
RT - Sen. Dianne Feinstein referred to the US, Canada and Mexico as “the Homeland” at an NSA Senate briefing on Wednesday, presenting a map that united the three nations as one.

U.S. grand jury probing contractor that vetted Snowden says The Wall Street Journal
Reuters - The company that conducted the most recent security review of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is the subject of a federal grand jury investigation into its background check processes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people involved with the probe.

Someone within the US Senate edited Edward Snowden's Wikipedia page to change his description from 'dissident' to 'traitor'
Daily Mail - In a move sure to grind the gears of conspiracy theorists everywhere, a member of the US Senate recently edited Snowden’s Wikipedia page from describing him as a ‘dissident’ to a traitor, according to the entry’s changelog. The user’s IP address was quickly traced back to the US Senate.

Insider Blows the Whistle On Military Takeover Plan
Shepard Ambellas - FORT CHAFFEE, ARKANSAS — Carnis Village is what the Army National Guard calls it. A mock American town which even contains dummy citizens for domestic training purposes. Located on the grounds of the Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center, the massive training compound is likely a dead-ringer clue foreshadowing the grim path we are now traversing as a nation.

YouTube: Want A Jail Cell Upgrade? That’ll Be $155 A Night
FREMONT, CA -- A jail has taken the unique step of offering premium accommodations for inmates who can afford it. For $155 per night, jail inmates can stay in a smaller, cleaner area with other wealthy inmates. They have a cable HD television mounted on the wall (with remote), game tables, and a more relaxed atmosphere, dealing with fewer prisoners (and only misdemeanor inmates).

llinois becomes 20th state to legalize medicinal marijuana as reform continues
RT - Marijuana has been legalized for medicinal use in Illinois, making it the twentieth state in the US that permits individuals with serious diseases, including HIV and multiple sclerosis, to buy the drug in limited quantities.


Consulates and the Vatican in chaos as HSBC tells them to find another bank - Diplomats in London have been thrown into chaos after Britain’s biggest bank, HSBC, sacked them as customers and gave them 60 days to move their accounts.

America: Where Hard Working, Productive Members Of Society Pay For The Health Care Of Everyone Else
Economic Collapse - Everybody in America wants health care - but most Americans seem to want someone else to pay for it. In the United States today, the way that our system works is that the hard working, productive members of society pay for the health care of everyone else. At least under socialism everyone gets the same benefits.

Thousands of New Yorkers on food stamps sending welfare-funded groceries to Jamaica, Dominican Republic
(NaturalNews) The New York Post (NYPost) reports that thousands of New Yorkers living on welfare regularly send their food stamp-purchased groceries to family members and other loved ones living in countries like Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, where living conditions are generally poor. Large barrels filled with subsidized goods like rice, beans, and sausage are routinely shipped to the Caribbean on the taxpayer's dime, which has caused considerable controversy.

Paul Ryan’s claim that $15 trillion has been spent on the war on poverty
Washington Post - “We have spent $15 trillion from the federal government fighting poverty, and look at where we are, the highest poverty rates in a generation, 15 percent of Americans in poverty.”

Record 21 Million 'Young Adults' Now Live With Their Parents - The highest proportion was among 18- to 29-year-olds, for whom unemployment is particularly high, with 60.7% reported living at home.

40 Percent Of U.S. Workers Make Less Than What A Full-Time Minimum Wage Worker Made In 1968
American workers are not making as much as they used to after you account for inflation. Back in 1968, the minimum wage in the United States was $1.60 an hour. That sounds very small, but after you account for inflation a very different picture emerges.

Gold - Breaking Bad - The wedge broke south as the bullish camp were unable to generate the momentum to carry the market higher solely on the continued stimulus story. Traders overseas are now focused again on the US dollar horse being the healthiest in the glue factory as Draghi indicated that systemic risk continues to exist in the EU.

Veteran News

New Rochelle sued by veterans group over historic flag - A veterans group is alleging in a federal lawsuit that the city violated its free-speech rights and the state’s Open Meetings Law when a council majority decided in March to remove a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag from the city-owned former armory. The United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association of New Rochelle and its president, Peter Parente, are suing the city, Mayor Noam Bramson, the city manager and four City Council members.

Study: Connecting with Nature Boosts Mental Health and Well-Being
Natural Society - The study included 98 veterans who went out several days for outdoor recreation like camping and hiking. They were surveyed a week before, a week after, and a month after the outings to determine a potential psychological effect. Prior to the study, most of the participants reported experiencing physical or mental problems on a frequent basis.

Bayou Corne

Louisiana suing Texas Brine over Bayou Corne sinkhole - The state of Louisiana sued Texas Brine LLC on Friday for the environmental damage and massive sinkhole that officials say was caused by the collapse of a salt dome cavern operated by the company.
Gov. Bobby Jindal and Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell announced the lawsuit a day ahead of the one-year anniversary for when the sinkhole was discovered in a swampy area of Assumption Parish about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge.

Energy & Environment

Lifelong ‘frack gag’: Two Pennsylvania children banned from discussing fracking
RT - The 7- and 10-year-old children of a Pennsylvania couple that reached a settlement following a lawsuit involving health issues brought on by fracking have been barred from discussing details of the case for the rest of their lives.

Toxic cloud of tar sands waste travels from Detroit to Canada
RT - A massive cloud of black dust that swept across the Detroit River into Windsor, Canada this week has been linked to piles of petroleum coke, a by-product of tar sands oil illegally stored in Detroit by Koch Carbon.


Burning Incense Causes Human Cell Inflammation and Cancer - What's In it?
Prevent Disease - A popular cultural practice in many parts of the world, incense may create a sweet scent, but it also generates indoor air pollutants that cause inflammation in human respiratory organs as well as a variety of carcinogenic agents resulting in far more risk in their use than any benefit.

12 Foods That Supercharge Your Brain
Prevent Disease - Simply put, your brain likes to eat. And it likes powerful fuel: quality fats, antioxidants, and small, steady amounts of the best carbs. The path to a bigger, better brain is loaded with Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, and fiber. Give your brain a kick start: eat the following foods on a daily or weekly basis for results you will notice.

Gelatin: A protein rich superfood that conquers food allergies, insomnia, arthritis - plus much more
(NaturalNews) In traditional diets, gelatin was consumed readily in the form of slow simmered bone broths. Instead of isolating cuts of meat and discarding the rest, those of bygone days used the entire animal - and enjoyed strong health as a result. Today, there has been a resurgence of these time-honored practices through organizations like the Weston A. Price Foundation and many are rediscovering the merits of bone broth in particular. Katji of the Savory Lotus explains how gelatin can change health for the better...

Author Ann Cameron cured her stage 4 cancer with carrot juice, nothing else - My name is Ann Cameron. On Tuesday July 30th, 2013 I had a CT scan for malignant tumors in my lungs. On Thursday August 1st 2013, I got the results: “No evidence of cancer.”

Ocean Discovery: Possible Anthrax, MRSA Solution Found in the Sea
Natural Society - One researcher with the University of California San Diego recently found a new chemical compound from the ocean, one which they believe has the potential to treat deadly bacteria like anthrax and MRSA, and one which they are excitedly plotting to turn into a drug.

Science & Technology

Science as Social Control: Political Paralysis and the Genetics Agenda
Green Med Info - Over the last twenty years, human genetic research has convinced the public that genetic factors often underly disease and human behavior. Could this be entirely wrong?

Introducing "Drone Patrol" Website and Apps
Activist Post - The Sleuth Journal, in association with Staticwave Studio has just launched a new site called Drone Patrol where you can report drone sightings and read others’ encounters of their sightings.

The First Commercial 3D Printed Metal Gun Part - Neal Brace, founder of Sintercore LLC and a former US Marine infantryman, has developed the world’s first commercially available 3D printed firearm accessory. What sets Sintercore’s component apart from previous 3D printed firearm designs is that it was manufactured using direct metal laser sintering technology, rather than a plastic 3D printer.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The Supermarket Where You Pick Your Own Produce - Ben Greene wants to tighten that gap even further with The Farmery, an all-in-one greenhouse and local food mart that will offer urbanites the opportunity to harvest their favorite greens on the spot.


Preppernomics: Let There Be Light
Natural Blaze - A very pertinent issue to a down-grid situation is lighting. Not only is lighting necessary to perform tasks at night, it is very important psychologically.

Pet News

Alfalfa: 3 Reasons to Avoid This Plant Protein in Your Pet’s Food
Dr. Becker - Alfalfa is an ingredient in a number of commercial pet foods, but is this forage plant appropriate nutrition in large quantities for dogs and cats?

Friday - August 2, 2013 - Today in History:
1776 - Members of the Continental Congress began adding their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.
1791 - Samuel Briggs and his son Samuel Briggs, Jr. received a joint patent for their nail-making machine. 1st father-son pair to receive a patent.
1824 - In New York City, Fifth Avenue was opened.
1858 - In Boston and New York City the first mailboxes were installed along streets.
1861 - The United States Congress passed the first income tax. The revenues were intended for the war effort against the South. The tax was never enacted.
1887 - Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire.
1939 - Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging the U.S. to have an atomic weapons research program.
1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act. The act prohibited civil service employees from taking an active part in political campaigns.
1943 - The U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, sank after being attacked by a Japanese destroyer. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy.
1945 - The Allied conference at Potsdam was concluded.
1964 - The Pentagon reported the first of two North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.
1983 - U.S. House of Representatives approved a law that designated the third Monday of January would be a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law was signed by President Reagan on November 2.
1990 - Iraq invaded the oil-rich country of Kuwait. Iraq claimed that Kuwait had driven down oil prices by exceeding production quotas set by OPEC.
1995 - China ordered the expulsion of two U.S. Air Force officers. The two were said to have been caught spying on military sights.

World News

US To Shut Embassies Over Security Fears
The Telegraph - US diplomatic posts in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries will close on Sunday out of concerns about a possible terror plot. Marie Harf said the move was a precautionary step, taken out of an "abundance of caution", because of unspecified information indicating a threat to US facilities overseas. "The Department of State has instructed certain US embassies and consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4," Ms Harf told reporters.

Italian drone to buzz over Congo skies for UN
Press TV - "Unarmed UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) will allow our peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor the movements of armed groups and protect the civilian population more efficiently," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said on Thursday.

US not to pull out of Afghanistan: Kerry
Press TV - US Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington has no plan to withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan even after the 2014 pullout deadline. "We are drawing down, not withdrawing," Kerry said in a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday.

Obama has 'timetable' of ending US drone strikes in Pakistan - Kerry
RT - US President Obama has a timeline for ending US drone strikes, Secretary of State John Kerry announced live on Pakistani TV, hinting that they could end soon.

Your Tax Dollars at Work in Afghanistan Supporting al-Qaeda
Kurt Nimmo - The next time Obama and the federal government tell you about the noble cause of our brave soldiers fighting on the side of freedom and democracy in Afghanistan, remember this: you’re not only paying for military action against terrorists (under the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists passed by Congress), but you’re also doling out money to the terrorists, viz al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport
RT - NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory. The whistleblower has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, Snowden's legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said, with his words later confirmed by Russia’s Federal Migration service.

NSA paid British spy agency $150 mln in secret funds – new leak
RT - The NSA has made hush-hush payments of at least $150 million to Britain’s GCHQ spying agency over the past three years to influence British intelligence gathering operations. The payouts were revealed in new Snowden leaks published by The Guardian.

1,700 Russian websites on strike against new anti-piracy law
RT - Over 1,700 websites in the Russian internet have joined an online strike against the new anti-piracy legislation, which came into force on Thursday, allowing pre-trial blocking of web-pages.

U.S. expects immunity for its cops working in new cross-border policing program
From the Trenches - "Canadians would likely have serious concerns with cross-designated officers from the U.S. not being accountable for their actions in Canada," says the classified memo prepared for RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, a censored version of which was obtained by CP.

TEPCO did nothing about radioactive water leak for 2 years - The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant sat on its hands for more than two years despite having pledged to seal a leaking hole in a turbine building, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.

Kenya’s Best and Only Reality Show for Struggling Farms - Shamba Shape Up is a wildly popular reality show, with upwards of 10 million weekly viewers across Africa. Each week, two hosts cheerily descend on a struggling farm. They look for issues, tell the owners what they’re doing wrong, and give tips on how to shape up. It’s a familiar reality show format, with a key variation: everyone is nice to each other.

CIA 'running arms smuggling team in Benghazi when consulate was attacked'
The Telegraph - The CIA has been subjecting operatives to monthly polygraph tests in an attempt to suppress details of a US arms smuggling operation in Benghazi that was ongoing when its ambassador was killed by a mob in the city last year.

GMO green light? French court overturns ban on Monsanto corn
RT - One of France’s top courts has thrown out a ban on genetically modified corn, which had been in place since March 2012, leaving the door open for Monsanto’s GMO seed to be introduced into the country’s farmland.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Snowden’s Father Calls Out Obama On Nuremberg Crimes
Kurt Nimmo - Predictably, the corporate media, the official propaganda outlet for the establishment, has refused to post or publish an open letter sent to Obama by Lon Snowden, the father of Edward Snowden.

Obama meets with 9 from Congress on surveillance
Politico - As NSA leaker Edward Snowden finally left Moscow's airport, President Barack Obama met Thursday afternoon with nine members of Congress to discuss American surveillance efforts. Obama hosted what the White House called "some of the programs’ most prominent critics and defenders," though it did not include Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), perhaps the most prominent critic of the National Security Agency.

Sen. Ted Cruz calls for public uprising to defund ObamaCare; Aug. 20 town hall in Dallas with Heritage - Sen. Ted Cruz and a handful of tea party allies are trying to stir up public pressure – enough to persuade GOP leaders to risk a government shutdown in a confrontation with the White House.
* Related Video: Chris Matthews: Ted Cruz 'a political terrorist'

VIDEO: Ben Swann Interviews G. Edward Griffin
Activist Post - Ben Swann talks with G. Edward Griffin, the author of Creature From Jekyll Island, about the need for truth in media and how to share liberty ideas with friends, coworkers and neighbors.

Google 'Pressure Cookers' and 'Backpacks,' Get a Visit from the Cops
Atlantic Wire - Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How'd the government know what they were Googling?

Armed agents raid animal shelter for baby deer - WISN 12 News investigates an operation raising questions about the use of government resources and the state policy that meant a death sentence for a fawn. "It was like a SWAT team," shelter employee Ray Schulze said.

Indiana at center of national terror response training exercise - Exercise Vibrant Response is in full effect at the Muscatatuck training camp and Camp Atterbury in Johnson County. More than 5,000 members of the military and civilians from across the country are taking part in the two-week, large-scale disaster response exercise. The scenario is a nuclear terrorist attack in Columbus, Ohio—and the backdrop is as close to the real thing as it gets.


Feds give laid-off Boeing workers a big helping hand - [...] Boeing Commercial Airplanes will enjoy a financial cushion that’s much, much plumper than what the average unemployed state resident gets.... The U.S. Department of Labor has approved Boeing workers — union or nonunion, production workers or engineers — laid off between April 2012 and June 2015 for a package of benefits that includes drawing unemployment pay for up to 2½ years, rather than the regular six months.

Court sides with retailers, goes against Fed rule on debit card fees
The Washington Post - A U.S. district court on Wednesday overturned a Federal Reserve rule capping the debit card fees that banks collect from merchants. The judge ruled that the Federal Reserve improperly set the caps too high after an extensive lobbying campaign by the banking industry. Under the rule, banks can charge retailers as much as 21 cents a transaction.

Detroit city staff including Police and Fire will receive a 10% pay cut effective Aug 6th
Investment Watch - Despite the repeated cries and even a drawn up “eviction notice”, the state appointed Financial Advisory Board took residence for an hour and a half meeting on Wayne State’s campus and moving ahead with decisions about how to clean up the city’s financial mess.

Veteran News

Farming a Future for Veterans - Over the next few years, millions of veterans will return to the United States. Training them to find purpose and community in farming may be the most sensible gift we can offer soldiers searching for a way home.

Pentagon agency under fire for refusing to ID unknown World War II soldiers
Former Pentagon investigator Rick Stone kneels quietly by a grave marker of a "known unknown," a serviceman from World War II in the military cemetery in Honolulu, one of more than 125 whom Stone says should be given back his name and returned to his family.
But a Pentagon agency has refused to conduct DNA tests to determine once and for all whose bones are in the graves of the unknowns, even when its own investigators say they have narrowed it down to only one possible match. The agency -- the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Command, known as JPAC -- is now under fire.

Housing Market

Why Another Great Real Estate Crash Is Coming
Economic Collapse - There are very few segments of the U.S. economy that are more heavily affected by interest rates than the real estate market is. When mortgage rates reached all-time low levels late last year, it fueled a little "mini-bubble" in housing which was greatly celebrated by the mainstream media. Unfortunately, the tide is now turning.

Bayou Corne News

Army General (Ret.): Giant Louisiana sinkhole is “unprecedented environmental disaster”
ENENews - Bayou Corne, Assumption Parish, sinkhole is an unprecedented environmental disaster. Geologists say they have never dealt with anything quite like it before, but the sinkhole has made few headlines beyond the local media. Over 50 storage caverns in that area. One storage facility is still adding butane to their cavern. 19,284 barrels of butane from July 15 to July 22, 2013.
** Please check out the most recent photos by Bonny Schumaker, Ph.D. at

Energy & Environment

CU-Boulder team develops new water splitting technique that could produce hydrogen fuel - A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficiently split water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen, paving the way for the broad use of hydrogen as a clean, green fuel.


Senator Durbin has actually reintroduced his disastrous anti-supplement bill!
Alliance for Natural Health - Today, just as Congress is preparing to recess until the second week in September, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced legislation that would deal a deadly blow to nutritional supplements. This bill is a naked new FDA power grab—an attempt to move us one step closer to a full FDA pre-approval system for supplements. That, of course, would just make supplements insanely expensive, like drugs—if you could get them at all.

Bexsero: Stealth Ingredient Similar to Squalene
Gaia Health - We can be glad that Britain has refused to approve Bexsero. It contains a stealth adjuvant known to cause a severe autoimmune disorder, APS. This stealth adjuvant is similar to squalene and, believe it or not, butter—which long ago was discovered to act as an adjuvant.

Yet another reason to go organic - Research verifies it really is more nutritious
(NaturalNews) In the battle between conventional versus organic, research has shown the latter to be the victor with higher levels of vitamins and minerals as well as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3 fats.

Tart Cherries Relieve Osteoarthritis Pain
Green Med Info - If you are among the millions of Americans suffering from joint pain and arthritis, there’s good news about a favorite summer treat. Researchers have declared that tart cherries have the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food.” They can help you manage the pain of osteoarthritis and more.

Top 10 health benefits of fiber
NaturalNews) Dietary fiber provides numerous benefits to the human body. The top ten benefits include keeping the heart healthy, cancer prevention, it lowers cholesterol, prevents gallstones and kidney stones, promotes healthy skin, prevents stroke, aids in weight management, regulates bowels, increases energy, and it may affect the course of diabetes.

Seven natural solutions to overcome morning fatigue and kick the coffee addiction
(NaturalNews) Overcoming coffee addiction can be tough for many people, especially when the headaches, jitters, and other nasty withdrawal symptoms start kicking in... Here are seven alternatives to coffee that will help you overcome morning fatigue, gain lasting energy throughout the day, and ultimately defeat your coffee addiction.

Science & Technology

Smart Skin Is Here – Transhumanism Made Easy
Zen Gardner - A wispy new kind of electronic circuit that can conform to every shape your body takes could give amputees greater control over artificial limbs, spawn truly controller-free video gaming, and make wearable devices like fitness trackers and computers so unnoticeable we never bother taking them off.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

List of Foods We Will Lose if We Don’t Save the Bees
Natural Society - Many pesticides have been found to cause grave danger to our bees, and with the recent colony collapses in Oregon, it's time to take a hard look at what we would be missing without bee pollination. While we don’t need bees to pollinate every single crop, here is just a brief list of some of the foods we would lose if all our bees continue to perish...

Nestle Wants to Patent Mother Nature: The Fennel Flower vs. Big Corporations
Natural Society - The Swiss food company known as Nestlé is now seeking a patent on Nigella sativa, commonly known as fennel flower, black seed or black cumin, which has been used for centuries in impoverished countries throughout Asia and the Middle East as a reliable and inexpensive herbal medicine.


The Miracle of Lavender Oil: 25 Amazing Uses for Survival
Backdoor Survival - From a prepper’s point of view, lavender has three primary uses, as an antiseptic, a topical anesthetic, and as a sedative.... Beyond these broad uses, there are also many practical applications of lavender essential oil. Each of the 25 uses below will foster self-sufficiency not only now, but in a survival situation.

Thursday - August 1, 2013 - Today in History:
1774 - Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly.
1790 - The first U.S. census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia
1834 - Slavery was outlawed in the British empire with an emancipation bill.
1873 - Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car. The design was done for San Francisco, CA.
1876 - Colorado became the 38th state to join the United States.
1893 - Shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford.
1894 - The first Sino-Japanese War erupted. The dispute was over control of Korea.
1907 - The U.S. Army established an aeronautical division that later became the U.S. Air Force.
1914 - Germany declared war on Russia at the beginning of World War I.
1936 - Adolf Hitler presided over the Olympic games as they opened in Berlin.
1944 - In Warsaw, Poland, an uprising against Nazi occupation began. The revolt continued until October 2 when Polish forces surrendered.
1946 - In the U.S., the Atomic Energy Commission was established.
1953 - The first aluminum-faced building was completed. It was the first of this type in America.
1956 - The Social Security Act was amended to provide benefits to disabled workers aged 50-64 and disabled adult children.
1957 - The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) was created by the United States and Canada.
1975 - The Helsinki accords pledged the signatory nations to respect human rights.
1995 - Westinghouse Electric Corporation announced a deal to buy CBS for $5.4 billion.
2006 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro turned over absolute power when he gave his brother Raul authority while he underwent an intestinal surgery.

World News

US to conduct joint military exercise in Egypt
Press Tv - The United States is determined to go ahead with a major military exercise in Egypt despite the deadly violence in the wake of a military coup that brought down the government of Mohammed Morsi.

South Africa welcomes Chinese military assistance - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would benefit from Chinese military training, discipline and expertise if an exchange programme were initiated, Maj-Gen Ntakaleleni Sigudu of the Department of Defence said on Wednesday.

Eurozone on brink, again — investors, analysts - Dow Jones Market Watch is warning of major problems emanating from the Eurozone. This comes amid the latest data from Spain where the economy contracted yet again, this time by 1.7 percent in the second quarter on a year-on-year basis. More problems were reported out of Greece, Italy and Germany.

Morsi supporters to hold ‘march of millions’ on Friday
Press TV - “The national alliance supporting legitimacy and defying the coup calls upon all the free people of the world to demonstrate peacefully in (an) ‘Egypt against the coup’ march of the millions,” a coalition of Morsi supporters said in a Thursday statement.

VIDEO: Syria militants take 200 Kurds hostage
Press TV - According to reports, militants form the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant seized control of the village of Tall Aren in Aleppo province on Wednesday and were laying siege to a nearby village called Tall Hassel.

Apocalyptic images reveal the shocking scale of devastation in Syria
The Independent - An aerial view of destruction in the al-Khalidiyah neighbourhood of the central Syrian city of Homs.

Kerry to talk drone attacks in Pakistan
Press TV - Kerry arrived in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad on Wednesday on an unannounced visit, and is scheduled to meet with Pakistani President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and advisor for foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday.

VIDEO: 'July deadliest month in Iraq since 2008'
Press TV - According to figures compiled by the Health, Interior and Defense Ministries, a total of 989 people were killed and 1,567 others were wounded in terrorist acts throughout Iraq in July, AFP reported on Wednesday. The data showed that 778 of those killed and 1,356 of the injured were civilians.

VIDEO: Eurozone unemployment rate alarming: Bruges Group director
Press TV - The agency published new jobless data for the eurozone, which has seen its unemployment rate increase constantly since April 2011. The 12.1 percentage translates into more than 19 million Europeans without a job in the eurozone.

Air France to cut 2,500 jobs next year
Press TV - France’s flagship carrier Air France has confirmed plans to cut an additional 2,500 jobs next year, on top of the 5,000 already announced.

VIDEO: Canada continues heavy-handed media repression
Press TV - Canada is seeing an increasing number of its journalists and photographers being criminalized and arrested by law enforcement officers for recording incidents involving police brutality.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon propaganda websites under fire
USA Today - Pentagon propaganda websites aimed at countering terrorism in foreign countries would be shut down under a Senate measure sponsored by the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, according to his office.

VIDEO: Ron Paul On Fox News With Neil Cavuto – 7/30/13
Liberty Crier - Ron Paul joins Fox News’ Neil Cavuto to discuss foreign aid sent to Egypt.

Court Rules Cops Don’t Need Warrant to Track Cell Phones
Kurt Nimmo - The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit delivered another blow to the Fourth Amendment this week when it ruled the police do not need a search warrant to track cell phones. The court ruled that because cell phone records are owned by phone providers the user has no expectation of privacy and thus no search warrant is required to access data. Related video.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: San Diego Mayor Sued by His Own City
Julie Wilson - As of late Tuesday night, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been accused of unwanted inappropriate sexual advances by eight different women. Although a slew of women have had the unfortunate experience of allegedly being violated by Filner, only one so far has filed a lawsuit.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Report: TSA employee misconduct up 26% in 3 years
CNN -Let's get this out of the way straight off: The Transportation Security Administration is probably not going to top anyone's list of Favorite Federal Government Agencies.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Disturbing Video Shows Court Officer Sexually Assaulting, Then Arresting Mother While Judge Does Nothing - A CBS affiliate in Clark County, Nevada, has uncovered video of a disturbing incident in family court, in which a mother present for a routine proceeding is sexually assaulted and then arrested in full view of the court.

Greenwald: NSA hearing canceled
Politico - This week's informal congressional hearing on the National Security Agency's surveillance program has been canceled, according to The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, who was expected to testify via satellite.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Security Consultant Heckles NSA Head: Shouts “Freedom!”; “Read The Constitution!”
Steve Watson - The NSA head General Keith Alexander faced a hostile crowd Wednesday while attempting to defend mass surveillance programs at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.

Hillary Clinton Receives the American Patriot Award…No, Really
Activist Post - In a move that could only be topped in irony by President Barack “Drone-the-Children” Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been honored with the American Patriot Award from the National Defense University Foundation. Lest you think that this is a joke, please check your calendars and note that the date is NOT April 1. This is for real.


Big California corporations parking $262 billion offshore
The Sacramento Bee - A dozen of California's largest corporations are holding nearly $262 billion in foreign earnings in offshore subsidiaries to shield the money from American taxation, according to a new study by a consumer advocacy group.

Guantanamo costs US taxpayers over $5 billion: Report
Press TV - A new report says the Pentagon will have spent a whopping $5.242 billion on its notorious detention facility at Guantanamo, Cuba by the end of 2014.

The Most Important Number In The Entire U.S. Economy
Economic Collapse - There is one vitally important number that everyone needs to be watching right now, and it doesn't have anything to do with unemployment, inflation or housing. If this number gets too high, it will collapse the entire U.S. financial system. The number that I am talking about is the yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Massive solar flare narrowly misses Earth, EMP disaster barely avoided
Washington Examiner - The earth barely missed taking a massive solar punch in the teeth two weeks ago, an "electromagnetic pulse" so big that it could have knocked out power, cars and iPhones throughout the United States.

Geoengineering is Destroying the Ozone Layer - Off The Chart UV Levels Not Being Disclosed - So, How Bad Can It Get? Just when it seemed the negative news surrounding global geoengineering could not get any worse, it absolutely can and is.

Future Earth: Agenda 21?s ‘Forbidden Zones’
Activist Post - A new article up at Forbes “Earth’s Future Forbidden Zones?” begins with all manner of coming world doom... Science fiction is rife with planetary ‘forbidden zones’ — whole regions of a planet that have become virtually uninhabitable due to changes in climate; politics; nuclear, chemical or biological warfare; pollution; technology gone amok; or something even more exotic.

New bill aims to make 'smart' meters mandatory for entire nation
(NaturalNews) ...the Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013, introduced by Representative Jerry McNerney (D-Cal.) and co-authored by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.), which would force utilities all across the country to convert their customers to smart meters.


VIDEO/ARTICLE: Millions Wrongly Treated for 'Cancer,' National Cancer Institute Panel Confirms
Green Med Info - A devastating new report commissioned by the National Cancer Institute reveals that our 40-year long 'War on Cancer' has been waged against a vastly misunderstood 'enemy,' that in many cases represented no threat to human health whatsoever.

New Study Confirms Gingko Biloba Aids Stroke Recovery
Green Med Info - A new study published in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease confirms that extracts of one of the oldest plants in existence today, the 'living fossil' known as Gingko biloba, protects against stroke-related neurologic deficits in human subjects.

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

3 Evidence-Based Ways To REVERSE Skin Aging Naturally
Green Med Info - Our aging skin is the target of billions of dollars worth of marketing, the object of a continual stream of cosmetics, drugs and 'nutraceuticals' promising to deliver age-defying results. But what really works? What does the scientific evidence say?

Even the 'Safest' of RX Opioids Highly Addictive, say Experts
Natural Society - Tylenol-2 is combines paracetamol and codeine, and is considered one of the safer prescription painkillers. The problem is - it's extremely addictive.

FDA Issues "Black Box" Warning on Drug Linked to Mass Killings
Activist Post - The FDA has issued a public safety announcement for mefloquine, an anti-malarial drug also known by the band name Lariam. The drug will now carry a “black box” warning – the most serious warning the FDA issues. Mefloquine has been used by U.S. troops for years, and is also available to civilians traveling to “hot spots”.

10 Reasons Why Obamacare Is Going to Ruin Your Medical Care… and Your Life
Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D - As an independent physician, I've been discussing these issues with my patients for the past few years, helping them to prepare for what's ahead. Here are the ten most important points that I tell my patients...

Coming soon to a restaurant near you: Lab-grown synthetic hamburgers
(NaturalNews) Food scientists from Maastricht University in the Netherlands will very soon be unveiling a laboratory-grown hamburger made from fake meat and fat that they hope will be a prototype for an eventual commercial release of this culinary abomination.

Try these four incredible natural treatments for chronic inflammation
(NaturalNews) The more progressive side of modern medicine is quickly learning that the root cause of many contemporary illnesses is none other than chronic inflammation, a lingering immune response caused by poor diet and other factors that, if left unchecked, can damage a number of important systems throughout the body.

Seven ways chronic people pleasing ruins your health
(NaturalNews) Most people don't associate people pleasing with a higher risk of physical disease, but it is true. People pleasing can lead to increased risk for all the major diseases including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity and all manner of maladies related to chronic inflammation. It also leads to depression, anxiety and a host of psychological issues.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Gardening To-Do List for August, Zone by Zone
Organic Gardening - Find out what else you need to be thinking about this month in our zone-by-zone to-do list.


YouTube: It Can't Happen Here (Documentary)
Larken Rose - This video is for all those who imagine that there is some sort of magic that renders the United States immune to the tyranny that has plagued every other major empire in history.




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