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Today in History Monday December 28, 2009

Airlines: New rules keep passengers in seats -- Some airlines were telling passengers on Saturday that new government security regulations prohibit them from leaving their seats beginning an hour before landing. The regulations are a response to a suspected terrorism incident on Christmas Day.

Top official admits security system failed -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano conceded Monday that the aviation security system failed when a young man on a watch list with a U.S. visa in his pocket and a powerful explosive hidden on his body was allowed to board a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Anglers Must Register With Feds Before Fishing -- State officials say all Maryland recreational anglers must register with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before fishing in 2010. Anglers must provide their name, birth date, address, telephone number and the regions they plan to fish. Registration information is available online at 

6 stealth health foods you should be eating -- Power up your diet with these overlooked, heart-healthy, cancer-fighters.

Today in History Wednesday December 23, 2009
1783 - George Washington returned home to Mount Vernon, after the disbanding of his army following the Revolutionary War.
1788 - Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government. About two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.
1823 - The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore (" 'Twas the night before Christmas...") was published.
1834 - English architect Joseph Hansom patented his 'safety cab', better known as the Hansom cab.
1852 - The Theatre of Celestial John opened on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, CA. It was the first Chinese theatre in the U.S.
1880 - Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Electric Light Company of Europe.
1888 - Following a quarrel with Paul Gauguin, Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh cut off part of his own earlobe.
1913 - The Federal Reserve Bill was signed into law by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. The act established 12 Federal Reserve Banks.
1919 - The first ship designed to be used as an ambulance for the transport patients was launched. The hospital ship was named USS Relief and had 515 beds.
1941 - During World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese.
1942 - Bob Hope agreed to entertain U.S. airmen in Alaska. It was the first of the traditional Christmas shows.
1947 - John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain and William Shockley invented the transistor.
1986 - The experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight without refueling as it landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
1997 - Terry Nichols was convicted by a Denver jury on charges of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 federal building bombing in Oklahoma City. The bomb killed 168 people.

That's A Nasty Scar on Obama's head -- This photo of Obama consists of a picture of the right side of his head and shows what appears to be a long scar going from just above the right ear to almost the top of the head.

Breaking News: Michael Badnarik reported hospitalized after heart attack -- News was received that the President of the 2009 Continental Congress and 2004 Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, Michael Badnarik had a Heart Attack this morning and [is] in an unconscious state. His condition is serious. Please keep him in your prayers!

Silicone Based Chemical in Pizza Huts Cheese is Polymethylsiloxane -- Pizza Hut cheese is not just cheese, its silicone! In this issue, writer John Bunting details how Pizza Huts cheese supplier Leprino Foods uses a silicone-based industrial chemical in the patented manufacturing of Pizza Cheese. That chemical Polymethylsiloxane has no FDA approval for use as a food ingredient. Polymethylsiloxane is sold by Dow-Corning as Antifoam FG 10 .

Josh Groban singing "O Holy Night" -- Start your day off right...absolutely beautiful!!!

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas -- A classic funny song by Allen Sherman.

Prescription narcotics cause more deaths that heroin & cocaine -- On the heels of the sudden death of celebrity actress Brittany Murphy, people are once again raising the question of just how dangerous prescription drugs might really be.

Could this forbidden medicine (homeopathy) eliminate the need for drugs -- "Perhaps the most derided of alternative medicines is my own favorite – homeopathy. Over the past few years, detractors have focused their efforts in the United Kingdom and have succeeded in crippling homeopathic hospitals and clinics funded by the National Health Service, as well as the practices of many homeopaths."

Misdiagnosis of HIV ruins couple's marriage -- A city hospital nearly destroyed a New Jersey woman's life and wrecked her marriage after misdiagnosing her with terminal HIV, hepatitis and herpes, according to a bombshell lawsuit.

"Hell on Earth" released Somalian speaks of Guantanamo -- AFP secured an interview on Monday with Mohamed Saleban Bare (known to the Pentagon as Mohammed Sulaymon Barre), the Somali refugee, released from Guantánamo at the weekend with eleven other men (including another Somali, Ismail Mahmoud Muhammad), who ran a money transfer operation for the Somali diaspora in Karachi, Pakistan, until he was seized in a house raid on November 1, 2001. He declared, "Guantánamo Bay is like hell on Earth."

Ron Paul goes from ridicule to respect -- Ron Paul has refused to go out to the political pasture to live in comfortable irrelevance. As odd as it may seem, he has become one of the most influential Republicans in a capital city dominated by liberal Democrats.

Dept. of Veteran's Affairs reports 73,000 Gulf War deaths -- More Gulf War Veterans have died than Vietnam Veterans.

Credit Card Debt up to 15 Percent of Annual Household Income -- Average Credit Card Debt in 1980 was $670 and Today it is up to $7,800. The Slimy World of Credit Card Lending.

Over the Arctic, auroras collide -- Two curtains of light known as the aurora borealis have been caught in a collision by NASA cameras deployed around the Arctic, creating a spectacular explosion of light.

Unemployment funds going absolutely broke -- The recession's jobless toll is draining unemployment-compensation funds so fast that according to federal projections, 40 state programs will go broke within two years and need $90 billion in loans to keep issuing the benefit checks.

Banks with political ties got bailouts, study shows -- U.S. banks that spent more money on lobbying were more likely to get government bailout money, according to a study released on Monday.

At Dragon Boat Race in Chicago, RFID captures festival goers -- This year's Chinese Dragon Boat Race, held on July 25, marked the first time the organizers employed radio frequency identification to track the movement of people throughout the 12-acre city park, in order to measure where individuals of various demographics spent their time.

Paxar showcases RFID Smart Mirror for retailers -- Equipped with an RFID reader behind it and out of sight, the mirror displays rich, user-centric information when a tagged piece of apparel is brought within range. That information might include brand messaging from the apparel maker, a description of the item, size and color availability of the item within the store, and even suggestions on what other apparel items would complement the current item.

Do Agribusiness giants fear organic agriculture? -- Michael Mack, the chief executive of Syngenta, said organic farming takes up 30 percent more land than non-organic farming for the same yield. Syngenta is a Swiss agribusiness company that makes pesticides and seeds. “If the whole planet were to suddenly switch to organic farming tomorrow, it would be an ecological disaster.”

More herbicide use reported on genetically modified crops -- A report has found that farmers are using more herbicides on genetically engineered soybeans, corn, and cotton because of resistant weeds.

Military Science: Hack stormy skies to lord over lightning (are they nuts?) -- Darpa’s got a new target for geo-hacking science, and if they can make it work, we might see modern firearms making way for weapons of the mythological variety. The out-there research agency is soliciting proposals that would harness control over the natural mechanism of lightning initiation by coming up with a way to launch manmade lightning bolts, and prevent or redirect natural lightning strikes — and their accompanying destruction.

What is the US Constitution -- The time has come in America when to restore constitutional law and freedom in the STATES, the people of the states must begin looking internally to their own powers, sovereignty, self-defense, self-preservation, self-reliance and constitutions.

US Supreme Court rules on police entry -- U.S. Supreme Court Police did not violate a man's Fourth Amendment rights by entering his house under the emergency aid exception, even after he told them to get a search warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Dec. 7. Read More...

Nathan Myhrvold's anti-global warming scheme -- Nathan Myhrvold also thinks that he has found a cheap and reliable way to solve global warming, which does not involve upending and perhaps destroying the world's economy. The global warming solution proposed by Nathan Myhvold involves Nathan Myhrvold's Anti Global Warming Scheme running a hose up to the stratosphere with balloons and using that hose to pump out enough sulfur particles to dim the sun's heat just enough to counteract the effects of global warming.

Report: ICE using unlisted detention centers for immigrant prisoners -- (& who else?) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is holding an untold number of people in secretively maintained detention facilities all over the United States, according to a report set to be published next year in The Nation. Many of the sites are unmarked and unlisted, going unnoticed in office parks and commercial zones.

President Obama's secret: Only 100 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan -- With 100,000 troops in Afghanistan at an estimated yearly cost of $30 billion, it means that for every one al Qaeda fighter, the U.S. will commit 1,000 troops and $300 million a year.

Iran sanctions are precursor to war by Ron Paul -- Last week the House overwhelmingly approved a measure to put a new round of sanctions on Iran. If this measure passes the Senate, the United States could no longer do business with anyone who sold refined petroleum products to Iran or helped them develop their ability to refine their own petroleum. The sad thing is that many of my colleagues voted for this measure because they felt it would deflect a military engagement with Iran. I would put the question to them, how would Congress react if another government threatened our critical trading partners in this way? Would we not view it as asking for war?

Connecticut: Unemployment calls overwhelm server -- Unemployment claims have been flooding into the state Department of Labor, dragging the filing system to a crawl. “Due to the high volume of claim filing, you may experience some difficulty filing your claim via the Web or by telephone. We apologize for any inconvenience,” the Web site says.

Officer fired over assault on store employee who asked for proof of age -- A Ridley Township (Delaware County), Pa. police officer is out of a job -- and facing criminal charges -- after an alleged assault on a convenience store employee last week. Police officer Brian Decker, 33, was off duty when, according to court papers, he hit a Wawa manager who asked for proof of age when he bought some chewing tobacco.

Humor: Politically correct holiday greeting

Farming town demands answers on birth defects -- Owners of the waste facility in KETTLEMAN CITY, Calif have offered to fund a health study, but they say there's no evidence linking the dump to the birth defects.

Deep in health care bill very specific beneficiaries -- Buried in the deal-clinching health care package that Senate Democrats unveiled over the weekend is an inconspicuous proposal expanding Medicare to cover certain victims of “environmental health hazards.”

And now for a short break from the serious news: A Spoof medical research website -- The Bonkers Institute for Nearly Genuine Research-Advancing in the direction of bona fide medical science since last Tuesday.

Today in History Tuesday December 22, 2009
1775 - A Continental naval fleet was organized in the rebellious American colonies under the command of Ezek Hopkins.
1807 - The U.S. Congress passed the Embargo Act, designed to force peace between Britain and France by cutting off all trade with Europe.
1864 - During the American Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent a message to U.S. President Lincoln from Georgia. The message read, "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah."
1877 - The "American Bicycling Journal" went on sale for the first time.
1894 - The United States Golf Association was formed in New York City.
1895 - German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen made the first X-ray, of his wife's hand.
1910 - U.S. Postal savings stamps were issued for the first time. They were discontinued in 1914.
1939 - Gloria Jacobs became the first girl to hold a world pistol record when she shot 299 out of a possible 300 points. She was 17 years old at the time.
1961 - James Davis became the first U.S. soldier to die in Vietnam, while U.S. involvement was still limited to the provision of military advisers.
1990 - Lech Walesa was sworn in as Poland's first popularly elected president.
1998 - A unit of RJR Nabisco pled guilty to attempting to smuggle cigarettes into Canada.
2001 - Thirty Afghans, including two women, were sworn in as part of the new interim government in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai was the head of the post-Taliban government.

* * "The Wizard of Oz" - What it really means!

VIDEO: Sen. Whitehouse: Foes of health care bill are birthers, right-wing militias, aryan groups -- Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today took shots at those who are not supporting the health care legislation. During a floor speech, he excoriated Senate GOP members for holding up the pending health care bill and accused their supporters of being birthers and fanatics in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups. He started off by citing an editorial from the Manchester Journal Inquirer, which used the insult "lunatic fringe.". (Scroll to about 1:07 Minutes into the video)

Important Update on Crow Creek:
      * Crow Creek leader Brandon Sazue in Day 10 of protest on disputed land
      * Interviews from Crow Creek
      * Crow Creek: stolen lands, wind farms and taking a stand for the people
      * Petition: Crow Creek Land is not for sale
      * Crow Creek gains support of California tribe -- The California Valley Miwok Tribe sent a letter to Sazue voicing their support for him and his tribe as its  leaders prepare to barricade themselves for the second time on the tribe's only real estate, one-and-a-half acres housing the tribal office in Stockton, Calif., that is in a bank foreclosure. "Please don't allow what is happening to us today to happen to you. Stay strong and fight for your land, your people and your future," the letter said.

Officials & experts warn of crash induced unrest -- Numerous high-level officials and experts warn that the economic crisis could lead to unrest world-wide - even in developed countries.

Microwave cooking, microwave convenience food a risk to your health -- Bottom line..."microwave oven radiation disrupts the electrical field of the body, which in turn affects functioning on biological, chemical and physiological levels. Being within just a three foot range of a microwave oven will expose you to these dangers."

CIA working with Palestinian security agents -- Palestinian security agents who have been detaining and allegedly torturing supporters of the Islamist organization Hamas in the West Bank have been working closely with the CIA, the Guardian has learned. Less than a year after Barack Obama signed an executive order that prohibited torture and provided for the lawful interrogation of detainees in US custody, evidence is emerging the CIA is co-operating with security agents whose continuing use of torture has been widely documented by human rights groups.

How to avoid fluoride -- 'For instance, if one considers a condensed soup, the soup stock may likely have started with fluoridated water, when this water is boiled off to condense the soup, the fluoride remains in the unboiled off water and is only made more concentrated. If one then adds fluoridated tap water to reconstitute the soup, one is getting a double dose as it were of fluoride.'

Being frugal is back in fashion -- Hit hard by job losses, strapped with debt or just plain weary of shopping for shopping's sake, millions of Americans are changing their free -spending ways.

Montana history almanac: Sitting Bull shares his side of famous battle -- Readers of the Butte Miner wake up to a Christmas Day report that gives a glimpse of Sitting Bull’s version of the Battle of the Little Bighorn 18 months earlier.

Chavez accuses US of sending spy plane into Venezuelan airspace -- Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said Sunday a U.S. unmanned spy plane violated Venezuela's airspace and he had ordered the military to shoot down similar aircraft in the future.


Rumbling volcano could blow up soon; sees 2,000 earthquakes since Sunday -- The Philippines' Mayon volcano turned up the heat with lava fountains and loud rumbling sounds Monday, and officials said it was getting closer to a major eruption that could come at any time.

Fears that Eurostar train chaos could last weeks as thousands face being stranded over Christmas -- Eurostar tonight blamed 'fluffy' snow for bringing its cross-Channel services to a halt and plunging 100,000 people into chaos.

Founders understood necessity of firearms ownership -- it is evident that the Founding Fathers wanted to ensure that there was a prepared, armed militia to defend our newly sovereign nation. Read More...

Wachovia bank ought to be ashamed of themselves -- A soldier's story: wounded vet says Wachovia bank took away his customers. Remember: The law requires employers to protect employees' careers while they are on active military duty.

EPA, USDA push farmers to use coal waste on fields -- The federal government is encouraging farmers to spread a chalky waste from coal-fired power plants on their fields to loosen and fertilize soil even as it considers regulating coal wastes for the first time. The material is produced by power plant "scrubbers" that remove acid rain causing sulfur dioxide from plant emissions. A synthetic form of the mineral gypsum, it also contains mercury, arsenic, lead and other heavy metals.

The next war? who is going to pay for all of these wars????? -- US military aggression against Venezuela escalating.

World's sole military superpower's 2 million troop, $1 trillion wars -- With a census of slightly over 300 million in a world of almost seven billion people, the U.S. accounts for over 40 percent of officially acknowledged worldwide government military spending with a population that is only 4 percent of that of the earth's. A 10-1 disparity.

Obama's bioweapons program -- The Obama administration's recent declaration on bioweapons would simply be another run-of-the-mill example of our "change" president's duplicity were it not such an unmitigated disaster.

Sprint fed customer GPS data to cops over 8 million times -- A blogger has released audio of Sprint's Electronic Surveillance Manager describing the carrier's cooperation with law enforcement. Among the revelations are that Sprint has so far filled over 8 million requests from LEOs for customer GPS data.

Yahoo is spying on you -- is allegedly spying on its customers and acting as a proxy for U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Our toxic world: 9 year old diagnosed with dementia -- A 13-year-old girl living in the United Kingdom has been suffering from early-onset dementia since the age of nine, according to British news reports.

Another celebrity on prescription drugs dies -- Brittany Murphy had been taking flu drugs.

Stunning statistics about war every American should know -- From June 2009 to September 2009, there was a 40% increase in Defense Department contractors in Afghanistan. During the same period, the number of armed private security contractors working for the Defense Department in Afghanistan doubled, increasing from approximately 5,000 to more than 10,000.

Video: Happy Christmas, War is Over: John Lennon -- Warning: Graphic war footage.

The few, the proud , the forgotten -- Water contamination at Ft Lejeune.

Update on Greg Caton kidnapping from Ecuador by FDA -- Allegations of kidnapping and illegal detention by the US Food and Drug Administration are being made after its seizure of a prominent herbalist from Ecuador.

Pennsylvania: Lawmakers line up against tolling Interstate 80 -- Federal and state lawmakers banded together last week in an attempt to block the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) from allowing the state of Pennsylvania to turn Interstate 80 from a freeway into a 311-mile toll road.

Supreme Court gut due process protection -- American civil liberties were gutted last week, and the media failed to report it.  Anyone who is arbitrarily declared a "suspected enemy combatant" by the president or his designated minions is no longer a "person."

Today in History Monday December 21, 2009
1620 - The "Mayflower", and its passengers, pilgrims from England, landed at Plymouth Rock, MA.
1849 - The first ice-skating club in America was formed in Philadelphia, PA.
1898 - Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium.
1909 - McKinley and Washington schools of Berkeley, CA, became the first authorized, junior-high schools in the U.S.
1913 - The "New York World" Sunday edition included a crossword puzzle as an added feature of the "Fun" supplement. It was the first crossword puzzle to be published.
1914 - Marie Dressler, Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Mack Swain appeared in the first six-reel, feature-length comedy. The film was entitled "Tillie’s Punctured Romance".
1937 - Walt Disney debuted the first, full-length, animated feature in Hollywood, CA. The movie was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
1944 - Horse racing was banned in the United States until after the end of World War II.
1945 - U.S. Gen. George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, of injuries from a car accident.
1968 - Apollo 8 was launched on a mission to orbit the moon. The craft landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on December 27.
1988 - 270 people were killed when Pan Am Boeing 747 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, due to a terrorist attack.
1990 - In a German television interview, Saddam Hussein declared that he would not withdraw from Kuwait by the UN deadline.
1996 - After two years of denials, U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted violating House ethics rules.
1998 - The first vaccine for Lyme disease was approved.
2002 - Larry Mayes was released after spending 21 years in prison for a rape that maintained that he never committed. He was the 100th person in the U.S. to be released after DNA tests were performed.

Serving U.S troops could face prison if they fall pregnant while active -- But Major General Anthony Cucolo, who runs US operations in northern Iraq, issued the new orders because he said he was losing too many women with critical skills.

7 more banks closed on Friday -- Regulators on Friday shut down two big California banks, as well as banks in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Illinois, bringing to 140 the number of U.S. banks brought down this year by the weak economy and mounting loan defaults.

Health Bill Passes Key Test in the Senate With 60 Votes -- The roll was called shortly after 1 a.m., with Washington still snowbound after a weekend blizzard, and the Senate voted on party lines to cut off a Republican filibuster of a package of changes to the health care bill by the majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada. The vote was 60 to 40 — a tally that is expected to be repeated four times as further procedural hurdles are cleared in the days ahead, and then once more in a dramatic, if predictable, finale tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Related Article: Health Care Legislation Passes First Hurdle In Senate

China's Dumping Of The Dollar Has Begun -- For years the People's Republic has bought U.S. Treasuries, eventually becoming the largest holder of U.S. debt ($799 BILLION to be exact!). Those days are long gone, though. During 2009, China hasn't been buying many Treasuries and has been unloading dollars in a way that makes Geithner shiver at night.

'Gold at $ 2,000 becoming acceptable to investors' -- And yet more evidence of exploding investment demand for gold comes from the US Mint: it has periodically suspended the sale of 1 ounce Gold Eagles and the 1 ounce Silver Eagle as production cannot keep up with demand. The impact of mainstream money on gold will be profound, because the size of the gold and silver industry is so small. The total value of all the gold ever mined is estimated at just $ 5 trillion. Total 2008 gold production was valued at $ 73 billion. The market capitalization of all the world's gold producers is just equal to Wal-Mart and is less than Microsoft. The oil and gas industry is 12 times larger.

This is how the mentally ill are handled in Toledo, Ohio -- 62-Year-Old Woman Shot And Killed By Police - Toledo Chief of Police Mike Navarre said Tuesday during a news conference that a 62-year old woman was threatening two Toledo Police officers with a pair of scissors when she was shot and killed by one of the officers on Monday night, Dec. 14th, 2009. Read More...

Drivers stuck on WV turnpike for hours -- Some motorists were stranded on the Turnpike overnight Friday and well into Saturday.

UK: Cold weather traps 2000 in Channel Tunnel -- Around 2,000 passengers were trapped in the Channel Tunnel overnight as four Eurostar trains broke down amid freezing temperatures that have brought travel chaos to Britain.

History of the east coast December snowstorm 2009 -- One landmark record fell prey to this storm. Philadelphia got its heaviest December snowfall on record and the second-greatest snowfall in city history.

Storm hits US on 'Super Saturday" -- A massive snowstorm slammed the eastern U.S., hitting Washington, Philadelphia and parts of Virginia and the Carolinas before winding its way north.

Maine To Consider Cell Phone Cancer Warning -- A Maine legislator wants to make the state the first to require cell phones to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer, although there is no consensus among scientists that they do and industry leaders dispute the claim. The now-ubiquitous devices carry such warnings in some countries, though no U.S. states require them, according to the National Conference of State Legislators.

Fewer states add jobs as recovery sputters along -- Unemployment rates dropped in 36 states and the District of Columbia, but that trend appeared to reflect more people leaving the work force. Unemployed people who stop looking for jobs out of frustration aren't counted in the labor force. Friday's Labor Department report underscored that employers have yet to ramp up hiring, and many Americans can't find work. The number of people jobless for at least six months rose last month to 5.9 million, according to a separate report released earlier this month. And the average length of unemployment exceeds 28 weeks, the longest on records dating to 1948.

NO FUN allowed anymore -- People go out to have fun in DC with snowball fight...DC detective pulls gun on them -- People squealed as they hurled balls of snow across the largely deserted road. Then, a snowball or two slammed into a Hummer. The driver, a plainclothes detective whom D.C. police refused to identify, got out, drew his gun and exchanged angry words with revelers, according to video footage and witnesses.

Wave of sickness & disease striking baby boomers -- Research is now showing that today's "baby boomers", the generation currently eclipsing age 60, is the first generation to be less healthy than the generation before them. Those in this age group are more susceptible to debilitating diseases than in years past, stemming primarily from poor diet and lack of proper exercise.

The news that didn't make the news -- Read the top 25 stories form Project Censored.

Minnesota Supreme court: state can grab cars from innocent owners -- The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the right of police to confiscate vehicles from owners who have done nothing wrong. The decision narrowed the applicability of an "innocent owner" defense in cases where a vehicle is jointly owned. The high court considered the case of David and Jean Margaret Laase whose then-brand new 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe was confiscated in 2006.

Missouri: legislators to consider banning mileage tolls & traffic cameras -- Missouri state lawmakers gearing up for next year's legislative session will consider a number of bills limiting government's ability to track, tax and ticket motorists...(get this going in YOUR state too)

Special Ops robots now do psychological warfare -- US arms globocorp Boeing has announced yet another military robot demonstration - but this time, one with a difference. Rather than spying on meatsacks or mowing them down with the traditional array of automated weaponry, the war-bots in this trial sought to win over their fleshy opponents using psychological warfare.

How to avoid food made with GMO -- Certified organic products are not allowed to contain any GMOs. Therefore, when you purchase products labeled "100% organic", "organic" or "made with organic ingredients", all ingredients in these products are not allowed to be produced from GMOs. For example, products labeled as "made with organic ingredients" only require 70% of the ingredients to be organic, but 100% must be non-GMO.

Toward home brewed electricity with 'personalized solar energy' -- The report describes development of a practical, inexpensive storage system for achieving personalized solar energy. At its heart is an innovative catalyst that splits water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen that become fuel for producing electricity in a fuel cell.

GM wheat is on its way -- Five years after scrapping its trials, Monsanto calculates that the time is now ripe for GM wheat to make a comeback.

New Bedford MA sues Monsanto, Cornel-Dubelier over buried toxic materials -- Monsanto Co. and Cornell-Dubilier Electronics, Inc., which manufacture pesticides and electrical capacitors, respectively, have been linked to PCB contamination at three privately-owned properties in the Parker Street neighborhood near Keith Middle School, according to court documents the City of New Bedford filed Thursday in Bristol County Superior Court.

When does tyranny become treason? By Jim Kirwan -- The short answer is that Tyranny becomes Treason whenever the actions taken, will irreversibly lead to the destruction of the nation. Read More...

Homeowners ousted in Obama mortgage plan -- Ten months after the Obama administration began pressing lenders to do more to prevent foreclosures, many struggling homeowners are holding up their end of the bargain but still find themselves rejected, and some are even having their homes sold out from under them without notice, McClatchy reports.

Stock up on Incandescent light bulbs!!  In fact buy a lifetime supply of them! -- While claiming these new CFL bulbs will reduce carbon emissions, "our" Congress passed legislation stating these new light bulbs must completely replace our everyday incandescent light bulbs by 2014, without telling us of the serious dangers to health and environment, that these mandated bulbs pose.

2010 food crisis for dummies -- If you read any economic, financial, or political analysis for 2010 that doesn’t mention the food shortage looming next year, throw it in the trash, as it is worthless. There is overwhelming, undeniable evidence that the world will run out of food next year. When this happens, the resulting triple digit food inflation will lead panicking central banks around the world to dump their foreign reserves to appreciate their currencies and lower the cost of food imports, causing the collapse of the dollar, the treasury market, derivative markets, and the global financial system. The US will experience economic disintegration.

Ireland: hundreds fall ill after swine flu vaccine -- Swine flu vaccine has caused adverse reactions in 619 people to date, varying from seizures and anaphylactic shock to fainting and vomiting. Two more people have died from the flu but the number of people falling ill with the virus has halved in the past week.

Swine flu cured using Chinese herbs -- What are these Chinese herbs that worked so well? The Deputy Director of the hospital said there were four herbs in the packets given to patients who drank them as a tea and used as a mouth wash. Lonicera Japonica, (honeysuckle flower), Isatis Indigodica, Mentha (mint) and Glycyrrhiza (licorice). All were dosed at 3 grams per serving. These same herbs are available in Chinese herbal medicine shops here in the US.

Sec. of State Clinton appoints pandemic flu ambassador -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs as the U.S. Special Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza.

A new world war for a new world order -- This article is Part 3 in the Series, "The Origins of World War III."

The murderous face of Obama's surge -- "The surge has begun in earnest," a Pentagon spokesman announced Thursday. While only a few advance elements of a single Marine battalion have arrived in Afghanistan, the escalation in killing and destruction that will accompany the deployment of an additional 30,000 US troops is already underway.

How many more wars will the US participate in and where will the money come from? -- So what is this conflict all about that has been burning away in the background of world politics? It all about power sharing in the Middle East.....US backed Saudi Arabia versus Iranian backed Yemen.

And now US is bombing Yemen? -- On orders from President Barack Obama, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles early Thursday against two suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yemen, administration officials told ABC News in a report broadcast on ABC World News with Charles Gibson.

Pentagon's role in global catastrophe: add climate havoc to war crimes -- By every measure, the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy in general. Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.

Autism cases increase 59% in 4 years -- One in every 100 children in the United States may have some form of autism spectrum disorder, far more than previously believed, and the rate appears to be worsening quickly, especially among boys, new figures from the CDC show.

Skeletal Fluorosis: Report from India -- Skeletal fluorosis is a bone disease caused by excessive consumption of fluoride. In India, the most common cause of fluorosis is fluoride-laden water derived from borewells dug deep into the earth. While fluorosis is most severe and widespread in the two largest countries - India and China - UNICEF estimates that "fluorosis is endemic in at least 25 countries across the globe. The total number of people affected is not known, but a conservative estimate would number in the tens of millions."

Today in History Friday December 18, 2009
1787 - New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1796 - The "Monitor," of Baltimore, MD, was published as the first Sunday newspaper.
1862 - The first orthopedic hospital was organized in New York City. It was called the Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled.
1865 - Slavery was abolished in the United States with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution being ratified.
1898 - A new automobile speed record was set at 39 mph (63 kph).
1903 - The Panama Canal Zone was acquired 'in perpetuity' by the U.S. for an annual rent.
1912 - The U.S. Congress prohibited the immigration of illiterate persons.
1917 - The Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1935 - A $1 silver certificate was issued for the first time in the U.S.
1944 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese-Americans, but also stated that undeniably loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry could not be detained.
1953 - WPTZ, in Philadelphia, PA, presented a Felso commercial, it was the first color telecast seen on a local station.
1957 - The Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania went online. It was the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States. It was taken out of service in 1982.
1972 - The United States began the heaviest bombing of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The attack ended 12 days later.
1979 - The sound barrier was broken on land for the first time by Stanley Barrett when he drove at 739.6 mph.
1998 - The U.S. House of Representatives began the debate on the four articles of impeachment concerning U.S. President Bill Clinton. It was only the second time in U.S. history that process had begun.
1999 - After living atop an ancient redwood in Humboldt County, CA, for two years, environmental activist Julia "Butterfly" Hill came down, ending her anti-logging protest.

Thought For The Day From our friend Mike Tawse in the UK -- Every Day Can Be A Better Day.

Infowars reader gets threatening letter from census Bureau for refusing to fill out survey -- An Infowars reader was sent a copy of this threatening letter after he refused to fill out and send in the American Community Survey (ACS).
 * Click Here to see a Copy of the letter

Cities dump sewage into local rivers -- The Mississippi River is famous for its muddy appearance, but dirt isn't the only brown stuff lurking in Memphis' portion of the river. It has been reported that 23 million gallons of raw sewage leaked into city streets, yards, and the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

City water worker in Florida quits over water fluoridation -- AFTER 15 years loyal service with Fitzroy River Water, Graham Demeny says his career is down the gurgler because of fluoride and an uncompromising council.

Credit cards newest trick: 79.9% interest -- It's no mistake. This credit card's interest rate is 79.9%. The bloated APR is how First Premier Bank, a subprime credit card issuer, is skirting new regulations intended to curb abusive practices in the industry.

Australia: Speed cameras watch from the skies -- Airrborne speed camera equipment offers the additional capability of photographing license plates and automatically preparing citations for dropping in the mail. The system will depend on pavement markings to estimate speed using a time-over-distance method. The sophisticated video equipment will be used to "monitor drivers from the air, observing signs of fatigue." Tickets will be generated for vehicle owners if the driver or passengers are spotted without a seatbelt or if the driver uses a mobile phone.

UK: Big Brother cameras read faces, license plates and talk back to you -- The new community safety system launched on Monday, enabling Hounslow Council and the police to monitor thousands of people from a lone control room, in Isleworth. It is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

FDA panel recommendation on cholesterol drug stirs debate -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel's recommendation that some adults with no prior heart problems should take the cholesterol-busting statin Crestor appears to have pitted cardiologists against many primary care physicians over the best use of the popular drug.

Was Russian climate data tampered with? -- On Tuesday, the Moscow based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) issued a report claiming that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter (Devon, England) had probably tampered with Russian-climate data.

Why Monsanto won the Angry Mermaid Award -- Copenhagen's "Angry Mermaid Award" was hung around Monsanto's neck for being a "corporate climate criminal." Monsanto, perhaps the world's most hated corporation, is a major driving force in polluting the atmosphere while at the same time offering false high-tech solutions -- biotech bullying, environmental destruction, a highly subsidized and unhealthy food chain, and rural poverty.

Agent Orange's lethal legacy -- Tribune investigation unearths documents showing that decisions by the U.S. military and chemical companies that manufactured the defoliants used in Vietnam made the spraying more dangerous than it had to be.
 * Interactive map - Review spraying missions in Vietnam by date & location

Radiation overdoses from CT Perfusion brain scans spark FDA investigation -- CT perfusion imaging devices are giving patients severe radiation poisoning. When you go in for a medical imaging procedure, you're typically made to understand that there's some risk involved. Even mild procedures like chest X-Rays expose you to small doses of radiation that minutely increase your cancer risk. More advanced procedures can come with larger risks.

Cannabis spray reduces cancer pain -- Cancer patients who used a cannabis mouth spray had their level of pain reduced by 30%, a study has shown.

Fox news covers mass drugging of society with Lithium -- In this remarkable Fox News report, Dr. Archelle Georgiou, described as a well-recognized physician leader who “helps consumers make better health care decisions,” argues the case for adding lithium to the water supply. Georgiou is affiliated with the Center for Health Transformation, an organization founded by the notorious neocon Newt Gingrich.

Hypertension drug lots face voluntary recall -- Nine lots of the injectable hypertension drug clevidipine (Cleviprex) have been recalled because of potentially harmful debris visible in some vials during an annual inspection, the FDA announced.

How journals can twist & manipulate vaccine research -- President and co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center, Barbara Loe Fisher, speaks to Russia Today about the dangers of the swine flu versus the H1N1 vaccine, and what the latest vaccine recall means for you.

Drunk 4 year old steals Christmas presents from neighbor -- A 4-year-old boy, beer in hand, is accused of stealing Christmas presents from his neighbors. It's a strange story, but also a sad one.

KBR: the Pentagon's imaginary friend -- Once again, the Army decided to side with the same contractor that has overcharged them for feeding our troops, electrocuted our forces due to faulty work, and exposed them to human sewage through their inability to even get a building properly plumbed.

Unemployment in Detroit pushing 50%? -- Nearly one out of two workers in Detroit are unemployed, according to a report by The Detroit News. It's a figure far higher than the government's official figure, which is still close to a staggering 30 percent.

City workers in Philadelphia acted like a 'band of brigands' said District Attorney -- Nine city workers who were assigned to clean up blight in Northeast Philadelphia instead acted like a "band of brigands" by illegally entering homes and ransacking them of cash, jewelry, TVs and guns, District Attorney Lynne Abraham said yesterday.

Intelligence improperly collected on U.S. citizens -- In February, a Department of Homeland Security intelligence official wrote a “threat assessment” for the police in Wisconsin about a demonstration involving local pro- and anti-abortion rights groups. Read More...

Energy efficient traffic lights can't melt snow -- Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don't burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm — a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death.

Teen unemployment at record level -- This August, the U.S. teenage unemployment rate - that is, the percentage of teenagers who wanted jobs but could not find any - was 25.5 percent, its highest level since the government began keeping track of such statistics in 1948. Likewise, the percentage of teenagers overall who were working was at its lowest level in recorded history.

Mayon volcano crisis may last for months -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology is considering raising the alert level to 4 from 3 if Mayon Volcano's condition worsens. The agency on Wednesday extended the danger zone to eight kilometers radius as it imposed a forced evacuation of 3,000 residents within the extended danger zone.

Most earthlike solar planet found right next door -- Meet GJ 1214b, the most Earth-like planet ever found outside our solar system.

Training for the civilian surge -- A former mental hospital in the woods is the staging ground for one of the biggest deployments of U.S. civilians since the Vietnam War. Dozens of U.S. agriculturists, legal experts and development-aid administrators pass through elaborate mock-ups of foreign courtrooms and bazaars here each week -- part of training for nation-building work in some of Afghanistan's most unruly provinces.

Bizarre & unusual destinations around the world -- Amazing Photos!

Today in History Thursday December 17, 2009
1777 - France recognized American independence.
1791 - A traffic regulation in New York City established the first street to go "One Way."
1895 - George L. Brownell received a patent for his paper-twine machine.
1903 - The first successful gasoline-powered airplane flight took place near Kitty Hawk, NC. Orville and Wilbur Wright made the flight.
1944 - The U.S. Army announced the end of its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast which ensured that Japanese-Americans were released from detention camps.
1953 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to approve RCA’s color television specifications.
1957 - The United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.
1969 - The U.S. Air Force closed its Project "Blue Book" by concluding that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.
1975 - Lynette Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of U.S. President Ford.
1976 - WTCG-TV, Atlanta, GA, changed its call letters to WTBS, and was uplinked via satellite. The station became the first commercial TV station to cover the entire U.S.
1978 - OPEC decided to raise oil prices by 14.5% by the end of 1979.
1986 - Davina Thompson became the world's first recipient of a heart, lungs, and liver transplant.
1992 - U.S. President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement.
2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush ordered the Pentagon to have ready for use within two years a system for protecting American territory, troops and allies from ballistic missile attacks.
2004 - U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law the largest overhaul of U.S. intelligence gathering in 50 years. The bill aimed to tighten borders and aviation security. It also created a federal counterterrorism center and a new intelligence director.

Global Warming on Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6

150-Year-Old Household Cleaner a Remedy for Swine Flu? -- In a 1924 booklet published by the Arm & Hammer Soda Company, the company starts off saying, “The proven value of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda as a therapeutic agent is further evinced by the following evidence of a prominent physician named Dr. Volney S. Cheney, in a letter to the Church & Dwight more...

Thought For The day -- from Mike Tawse in the UK.

Stupid News: President Obama: Federal Government 'Will Go Bankrupt' if Health Care Costs Are Not Reined In -- President Obama told ABC News' Charles Gibson in an interview that if Congress does not pass health care legislation that it will bring down costs, the federal government "will go bankrupt."
--"Will go bankrupt"? What are we now?, says Joyce.

More Stupid news: Time magazine names Bernanke 'Person of the year' -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2009

CIA Agent Captured in Cuba -- An article published in the December 12th edition of the New York Times revealed the detention of a US government contract employee in Havana this past December 5th.

China Central Banker Says Harder to Buy U.S. Treasuries -- In a discussion on the global role of the dollar, Zhu told an academic audience that it was inevitable that the dollar would continue to fall in value because Washington continued to issue more Treasuries to finance its deficit spending. "The United States cannot force foreign governments to increase their holdings of Treasuries," Zhu said, according to an audio recording of his remarks. "Double the holdings? It is definitely impossible."

US National debt tops debt limit -- The latest calculation of the National Debt as posted by the Treasury Department has - at least numerically - exceeded the statutory Debt Limit approved by Congress last February as part of the Recovery Act stimulus bill.

Student suspended for drawing picture of Jesus -- Forced to undergo psychological evaluation.

US approves Massive military spending bill-$636.6 Billion!! -- The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a massive military spending bill to defray annual expenses, fund operations in Afghanistan, and pay for the troop withdrawal from Iraq.

Army again turns to Depleted Uranium for new weaponry -- For decades, depleted uranium (DU) has been the material of choice for anti-tank projectiles — despite a series of controversies about its potential health hazards. But for the near future, at least, the U.S. military will keep on using DU.

20 Senators demand investigation of health care vote threat -- Twenty senators are demanding an investigation into reports the Obama administration threatened to close Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, home of the Strategic Command, if that state's Democratic senator, Ben Nelson, didn't join other Democrats in voting for health-care reform.

US program of green card lottery 2010 -- 50.000 People Will Win a Lifetime Green Card to USA?? Nina stumbled on this and she's not quite sure if this is real or not. If it is this is unbelievable!!!

Florida man takes eminent domain case to high court -- When Congress ruled in 1989 to expand the Everglades National Park in Florida, Gilbert Fornatora's home stood in the way. Now, after having his private property condemned and seized by the government exercising eminent domain, Fornatora is appealing his case before the Supreme Court in an effort to prove his constitutional rights were violated.

Prepare for rebellion, Obama orders Us-Canadian troops -- Kremlin position papers presented to Prime Minister Putin today on his meeting with NATO Secretary General state that the European-US military alliance has authorized an ‘emergency request’ from President Obama to utilize American and Canadian NATO troops to put down what is expected to be a “rebellion” after the expected January, 2010 ‘declaration of bankruptcy’ by the State of California.

Are Americans a Broken People? -- Why We've Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression.

Domestic terrorism charges filed against Noble peace prize winner Obama -- Criminal charges of ‘domestic terrorism’ have been filed in the US First Circuit Appeals Court, case no. 09-2619, against this year’s Peace Prize Recipient, United States President Barack Obama. The charges stem from President Obama’s leading role in an extensive seditious conspiracy operating with impunity within the government and the courts of the United States

Debt fears rattle Europe -- The latest calculation of the National Debt as posted by the Treasury Department has - at least numerically - exceeded the statutory Debt Limit approved by Congress last February as part of the Recovery Act stimulus bill.

Aspartame alert-diet soda destroys kidney function -- Scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have revealed results from a study outlining some of the effects of artificial sweeteners on the body. Conducted on a group of 3,000 women, the results indicated that those who drank two or more artificially-sweetened beverages a day doubled their risk of more-rapid-than-normal kidney function decline.
 * Splenda is just as bad -- Cause the thymus to shrink by as much as 40% (the thymus is your immune powerhouse - it produces T cells)Cause enlargement of the liver and kidneys, etc...

Queen Elizabeth worth $33 Trillion! -- The more you know about the Royal holdings the more you shake your head in amazement.

Motion sensing phones that predict your every move -- COULD your cellphone learn to predict what you are going to do before you've even started doing it?

Gulf petro-powers to launch currency in latest threat to dollar -- The Arab states of the Gulf region have agreed to launch a single currency modelled on the euro, hoping to blaze a trail towards a pan-Arab monetary union swelling to the ancient borders of the Ummayad Caliphate.

New goat flu outbreak in Netherlands -- A new epidemic goat flu (or called Q-fever) has struck the Netherlands since last week.

Cement factories release huge quantities of toxic mercury into the air -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is targeting cement plants in California as a major source of mercury and other toxic emissions.

The new underground economy -- Here is the evidence. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) released a report last week concluding that 7.7 percent of U.S. households, containing at least 17 million adults, are unbanked (i.e. those who do not have bank accounts), and an "estimated 17.9 percent of U.S. households, roughly 21 million, are underbanked" (i.e., those who rely heavily on nonbank institutions, such as check cashing and money transmitting services).

Stupid news: Time magazine names Bernanke 'Person of the year' -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2009

Hawaii passes resolution against forced vaccination laws -- Hilo, HI - Department of Health officials in Hawaii were overruled by County of Hawaii directors supporting a resolution favoring First Amendment constitutional rights and vaccination exemptions for everyone demanding them.

Small community cancer cure (hemp oil) crushed by big Pharma -- A small Canadian community's success with curing cancer naturally was recently crushed, forcing its provider into exile in Europe. Rick Thompson had discovered a cure for himself and then had shared it at no cost with others in the small rural town of Maccan, Nova Scotia.
 * Related article: Hemp oil & cancer-by Mark Sircus
 * The Forbidden medicine- reference for marijuana medical history

Read about 4 cancer survivors that used natural treatments -- Check out the reference material at end of article -save the info before they ban it!

Study proves 3 Monsanto corn varieties pose health hazard -- A study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences demonstrates the toxicity of three genetically modified corn varieties from the American seed company Monsanto, the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (Criigen, based in Caen), which participated in that study, announced Friday, December 11.
  * Justice Dept investigation of Monsanto-action alert

Environmentalism in the third Reich -- It has been elaborately pointed out how the device of environmentalism is especially favoured by tyrants as a means of controlling their subjects.

Australia plans Chinese style Internet filtering -- The Australian government has announced controversial plans for Chinese-style compulsory filtering of the internet, rejecting criticism the measures will strangle free speech.

H1N1 vaccine causes pregnant woman to lose use of both arms -- The story posted on this website is about a pregnant woman who lost the use of both of her arms after getting injected with the H1N1 swine flu vaccine. So just how is she supposed to hold her baby or take care of it? If this story is true it is completely heartbreaking....

VIDEO: Introducing the Fluid Piano

Uninvited tourists enjoy White House breakfast -- A Georgia couple that mistakenly showed up at the White House somehow ended up enjoying breakfast with President Barack Obama and the first lady, according to media reports Wednesday.

Today in History Wednesday December 16, 2009
1773 - Nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor off of British ships by Colonial patriots. The patriots were disguised as Indians. The act was to protest taxation without representation and the monopoly the government granted to the East India Company.
1835 - In New York, 530 buildings were destroyed by fire.
1901 - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," by Beatrix Potter, was printed for the first time.
1903 - Women ushers were employed for the first time at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.
1912 - The first postage stamp to depict an airplane was issued was a 20-cent parcel-post stamp.
1950 - U.S. President Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in order to fight "Communist imperialism."
1985 - Reputed organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a New York City restaurant.
1991 - The U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a vote of 111-25.
1993 - The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for negotiations on a comprehensive test ban.
1995 - Many U.S. government functions were again closed as a temporary finance provision expired and the budget dispute between President Clinton and Republicans in Congress continued.
1995 - NATO launched a military operation in support of the Bosnia peace agreement.
1998 - The U.S. and Britain fired hundreds of missiles on Iraq in response to Saddam Hussein's refusal to comply with U.N. weapons inspectors.
2000 - Researchers announced that information from NASA's Galileo spacecraft indicated that Ganymede appeared to have a liquid saltwater ocean beneath a surface of solid ice. Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, is the solar system's largest moon. The discovery is considered important since water is a key ingredient for life.
2000 - U.S. President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to be the first African-American secretary of state. Powell was sworn in January 20, 2001.
2001 - In Tora Bora, Afghanistan, tribal fighters announced that they had taken the last al-Quaida positions. More than 200 fighters were killed and 25 captured. They also announced that they had found no sign of Osama bin Laden.
2001 - Cuba received the first commercial food shipment from the United States in nearly 40 years. The shipment was sent to help Cuba after Hurrican Michelle hit Cuba on November 4, 2001.

Thought For The Day from our friend Mike Tawse in the UK -- Start Each Day With Confidence.

Iran successfully simulates nuclear warhead detonation -- German intelligence reports that Iranian scientists have successfully simulated the detonation of a nuclear warhead in laboratory conditions, in an effort to sidestep an underground nuclear test like the one that brought the world down on North Korea's head earlier this year.

US considering drone attacks on Pakistani city of 850,000 -- Senior US officials are pushing to expand CIA drone strikes beyond Pakistan's tribal region and into a major city in an attempt to pressure the Pakistani government to pursue Taliban leaders based in the city of Quetta -- a city with some 850,000.

Veterans Group Calls On Soldiers to Refuse Orders to Deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq -- In response to President Barack Obama's announcement on December 1 to deploy 30,000 additional troops to the occupation of Afghanistan, the organization March Forward!, comprising both veterans and active-duty members of the US military, has called on all soldiers to refuse their orders to deploy.

Kansas City Health Dept. Vaccine Gestapo To Suspend Students Who Refuse Vaccinations -- Kansas City, Kan., school officials said hundreds of kids face suspension if they don't get their required immunizations.

800,000 Kids’ H1N1 Flu Shots Recalled -- Hundreds of thousands of H1N1 (swine) flu shots for children have been recalled because tests indicate the vaccine doses lost some strength, government health officials said Tuesday.

CT scans cause 29,000 cancers a year in the US -- CT scans deliver far more radiation than has been believed and may contribute to 29,000 new cancers each year, along with 14,500 deaths, suggest two studies in today's Archives of Internal Medicine.

OUTRAGEOUS!!!!  FDA dupes Interpol to to achieve illegal kidnapping & deportation of herbal formulator Greg Caton -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today stands accused of taking part in the kidnapping and illegal extradition of a permanent resident of Ecuador, in violation of both international law and Ecuadorian law.

Female veterans don't feel at home -- Even near military bases, female veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t often offered a drink on the house as a welcome home.

Ukraine flu cases explode in second wave -- Ukraine H1N1 Cases Explode - 507 Dead.

DOD: Obama's Afghanistan surge will rely heavily on private contractors -- Private contractors will make up at least half of the total military workforce in Afghanistan going forward, according to Defense Department officials cited in a new congressional study.

Poll reveals depth & trauma of joblessness -- More than half of the nation’s unemployed workers have borrowed money from friends or relatives since losing their jobs. An equal number have cut back on doctor visits or medical treatments because they are out of work.

Journalists exaggerate claims of pharmaceuticals, misrepresent risks -- Doctors and researchers are beginning to question the outlandish claims being made by the media in response to alleged breakthroughs in cancer research. In an editorial published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), several doctors expressed concern that news pieces fail to accurately reflect the truth concerning drugs and scientific studies.

US gave up billions in tax revenue in deal with Citigroup -- DEAL MADE TO RECOVER BAILOUT.

US to drill Iranian attack scenario -- A top Pentagon official said Monday that a US missile defense drill would simulate an Iranian attack - a departure from the usual scenario of a North Korean attack - according to Reuters.

Military: Burn pits caused illnesses -- Backing away from steadfast official denial, the U.S. military's senior health protection official said Monday that some service m embers might suffer long-term medical problems as a direct result of exposure to smoke and fumes from open-air burn pits scattered throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.

Octopus snatches coconut and runs, surprising scientists -- Underwater footage reveals that the creatures scoop up halved coconut shells before scampering away with them so they can later use them as shelters.

Why is the FDA opening offices in other countries? (To persecute people like Greg Caton?) -- The FDA has announced the opening of its Mexico City post, the agency's third office in Latin America and the tenth international post created in just over a year.

Chemtrails..white grit rain in Slovenia -- Email from Solvenia about Low Flying Planes 2 Days Ago - Video within article.
 * Click Here for close up photos.

Want to stick it to the banks? -- Join a credit union!

UKs richest man could reap billions from carbon trading scheme -- New analysis released by climate change NGO Sandbag has revealed that the UK’s richest resident, Lakshmi Mittal, CEO and major shareholder of the steel giant ArcelorMittal, could make over £1 billion between now and 2012 from his company’s participation in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme

US kids represent psychiatric drug goldmine -- Prescriptions for psychiatric drugs increased 50 percent with children in the US, and 73 percent among adults, from 1996 to 2006, according to a study in the May/June 2009 issue of the journal Health Affairs.

Obama's big sellout -- The president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway .

Edinburgh, Scotland protest against the swine flu vaccine -- Demonstrators have marched through Scotland’s capital to protest against swine flu vaccination.

Federal government's own employees owe $3 billion in back taxes -- Federal workers owe more than $3 billion in income taxes they failed to pay in 2008. According to Internal Revenue Service documents, 276,300 federal employees and retirees owe $3,042,200,000.

When did "special ops" become kidnapping, drug dealing, torture & political dirty tricks? -- What does "Special Ops' mean? Why would a special operations command, JSOC, be answerable to our Vice President, a mentally unstable draft dodging hack from the oil industry? Why would the CIA outsource its most secret projects to Blackwater, a GOP mercenary group with the worst reputation of any firm the US has ever done business with?

Federal official: avoid Bisphenol A -- A high-level federal health official warns Americans not to be exposed to a ubiquitous chemical, found in many plastics, baby products, bottles, canned foods and more. Read how...

Hope for financial freedom -- Despite financial freedom being considered a natural right, our federal government has ignored this right and principle of freedom; and today, it controls virtually every aspect of money, starting with money’s very creation (i.e. printing) through the inaptly-named, Federal Reserve System (created in 1913 by Congress).

DOE announces $620 million for SmartGrid projects -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $620 million in funding for 32 smart grid demonstration projects. Projects include large-scale energy storage systems, smart meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring devices, and a range of other smart technologies. They will serve as models for the large-scale deployment of integrated smart grid systems.

Volcanic ash knocks out power on Monserrat -- A series of ash showers from ongoing activity within Montserrat’s Soufriere Hills volcano has caused numerous power failures in recent weeks, according to Montserrat Utilities Ltd.

Erosion of ownership rights -- Property rights are under assault on at least six different fronts, from all branches and levels of government.

Thousands flee erupting Phillipines volcano -- Tens of thousands of villagers in the Philippines have fled their homes as one of the nation's most active volcanoes spewed lava and sent ash plumes high into the sky.

Homeowner jailed for beating up burgler -- A businessman who fought off knife-wielding thugs after his family were threatened has been jailed for 30 months.

Surgery fools Japan's fingerprint checks -- A Chinese woman arrested in Japan had surgery on her fingers to fool biometric border checks when entering the country.

In Afghanistan, Marines live a tough camp life -- The living conditions in Helmand Province, one of the worst regions for trouble in Afghanistan, are such that most of friends and family in the United States wouldn't consider putting up with them for one day, much less the months these men will be assigned here.

The return of gold & silver eagle rationing -- In a return to the situation experienced during most of 2008 and the first half of 2009, the limited number of gold and silver bullion coins available from the US Mint are subject to rationing.

Google"i'm feeling lucky "button leads to mystery countdown clock -- Google has sparked mystery by launching an unexplained countdown that only appears when users press the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button on the search engine's homepage.

Space tornadoes cause a stir -- The idea of a giant radiant pillar rising up from the earth to the sky would have sounded too fantastic to be true – until recently.

Today in History Tuesday December 15, 2009
1654 - A meteorological office established in Tuscany began recording daily temperature readings.
1791 - In the U.S., the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, went into effect following ratification by the state of Virginia.
1854 - In Philadelphia, the first street cleaning machine was put into use.
1877 - Thomas Edison patented the phonograph.
1890 - American Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, SD, during an incident with Indian police working for the U.S. government.
1925 - The third Madison Square Gardens opened.
1938 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt presided over the ground-breaking ceremonies for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into practice Bill of Rights Day.
1965 - Two U.S. manned spacecraft, Gemini 6 and Gemini 7, maneuvered within 10 feet of each other while in orbit around the Earth.
1979 - In a preliminary ruling, the International Court of Justice ordered Iran to release all hostages that had been taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979.
1993 - In Geneva, 117 countries completed the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The countries agreed on a reform package.
2000 - The Chernobyl atomic power plant in Kiev, Ukraine, was shut down.
2000 - New York Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed to accept an $8 million book deal with Simon & Schuster. The book was to be about her eight years in the White House.  The advance was the highest ever to be paid to a member of the U.S. Congress.

Live from Crow Creek Dec.13, 2009 -- Protesting IRS sell off of land...they need your help!
 * Crow Creek residents continue to suffer -- video on conditions at the Crow Creek reservation.
 * But they are also working to revitalize the community - Project Can-do
 * Some history of the Crow Creek Tribe

Retired Optician And AMD Patient's Story After Taking Macushield Eye Supplements, UK -- Harry Marsland is a retired Optometrist who developed Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) seven years ago. Although there is a lack of unawareness of AMD in the UK, it is the leading cause of blindness in the world today. AMD currently affects 30 million people world-wide1 and this figure is expected to double in the next 20-30 years. Being the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60,once detected, steps can be taken to prevent the condition and/or future eyesight deterioration.

WMD treaty violations and inspection refusal for biological, nuclear, chemical weapons. Iran? No, US -- President Obama rejected inspection protocol for US biological weapons, in Orwellian contradiction to his statement to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). This comes after increased US investment in bio-weapons during the Bush Administration with multiple reports of secret and illegal programs.

Veteran's groups calls on soldiers to refuse to deploy to Iraq & Afghanistan -- "March Forward! calls on all service members to refuse orders to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Soldiers get mass swine flu shots before holidays -- Thousands of Army recruits in training must line up at least once more before heading home for the holidays, this time for mass inoculations by the hundreds against swine flu. The Army's largest training camp, just outside Columbia, S.C., and other posts are hurrying to finish the shots before the year-end break. More than 40,000 soldiers in advanced and basic training across the country head home over the next two weeks in a massive troop movement known as "block leave," Army officials said.

AP investigation: Monsanto seed biz role revealed -- Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Police State Canada 2010 and the Olympic crackdown -- In advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics, critics of the Games have been subjected to surveillance, harassment, along with other intimidation tactics.

Scott Ritter: Our murderers in the sky...drones -- the president’s recent decision to “surge” 30,000 additional U.S. military troops into Afghanistan transfers ownership of the Afghan conflict to him and him alone. It is in this light that his decision must be ultimately judged.

Drug dealers use child care as front -- Records show many of those centers have been used to stash and transport drugs, launder dirty cash and provide fake employment for criminals - at taxpayers' expense.

Hot pepper anti-fungal compound holds promise for use in agriculture & medicine -- Dried, ground cayenne peppers have been spicing up cuisine for thousands of years. Now, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and colleagues have found that a patented antifungal plant compound in cayenne, called CAY-1, holds promise for dual use as an antifungal in both agriculture and medicine.

Study verifies mammography screenings cause cancer -- A new study presented on December 1 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) verified that annual mammography screenings may be responsible for causing breast cancer in women who are predisposed to the disease. Epidemiologist Marijke C. Jansen-van der Weide from the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands suggests that doctors should be very cautious when screening younger women, especially those under age 30.

Radiation from CAT scans linked to cancers, deaths -- CT scans deliver far more radiation than has been believed and may contribute to 29,000 new cancers each year, along with 14,500 deaths, suggest two studies in today's Archives of Internal Medicine.

Colorado: crime lab generates false DUI readings -- At least eighty-two motorists in Colorado Springs, Colorado may have been falsely accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) based on unreliable blood test results.

California port truckers will protest, reportedly strike over new engine emission rules -- state Port Drayage Rule prohibits trucks with 1993 or older engines from entering ports and intermodal rail yards beginning on Jan. 1, 2010. “This is a campaign to take out the independent truckers throughout the United States because they’re the ones who service our rails and ports, and they’re not going to be able to work.”

Global warming science is settled for public consumption, but privately -- In public pronouncements the warmists - the ideologists of global warming - tell us that the science is "settled." Global temperatures are on an inexorable and dangerous upward trend, they claim.

Forced vaccinations, government & the public interest -- Those who are observant have noticed a dangerous trend in the United States, as well as worldwide, and that is the resorting of various governments at different levels to mandating forced vaccination upon the public at large.

VIDEO: Tim Hawkins - The Government Can -- Catchy little tune & lyrics.

The federal bureaucracy-plutocracy -- Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months – and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

A military health care system over stretched by 2 ongoing wars -- US: Soldiers Forced to Go AWOL for PTSD Care!!

Cremated remains dumped in Arlington landfill -- More burial mixups unearthed at national cemetery!

US foreclosures to reach a record 3.9 million in 2009 -- Foreclosure filings in the U.S. will reach a record for the second consecutive year with 3.9 million notices sent to homeowners in default, RealtyTrac Inc. said.

Stupid news: Fugitive hides from arrest warrant by working at the Dept of Homeland Security!

Morgellon's disease -- A mechanism of blood damage.

Infrared space telescope launched from California -- NASA's new infrared space telescope was launched into orbit on Monday on a 10-month mission expected to reveal previously unseen objects ranging from near-Earth asteroids to some of the most distant galaxies in the cosmos.

US to expand drone attacks into Pakistani cities -- After confirmation that the CIA has been operating drone strikes in Pakistani territory, a new report says the US is seeking to expand the attacks into the country's cities.

Drug addicted surgical tech replaced patients needles with her own used needles -- A Colorado hospital technician has admitted to stealing syringes from the facilities where she worked and replacing them with needles that she had previously used, thus exposing patients to hepatitis C.

Many of the tallest mountains in North & South America contain PCBs -- Researchers from the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research in Spain, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany, and the University of Concepcion in Chile have identified the presence of high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on mountain ranges all over North and South America. Banned worldwide since 2001, PCBs are being found at the highest levels in many of the tallest mountain ranges.

Missing Bush emails found! -- The Obama administration and two nonprofits have reached a wide-ranging settlement in their legal battle over millions of missing Bush-era White House emails, the three parties announced Monday. The agreement—first reported by Mother Jones on Friday—is a major victory for the plaintiffs, who sued in October 2007 to force the recovery of missing messages, determine how emails were lost, and prevent the problem from happening again.

Sick of swine flu? -- Toxic algae could be the next threat.

Food label tricks & truth -- What’s Really in the Stuff You’re Eating? ShopSmart Debunks Food Label Myths.

Pew report on unfair & deceptive credit card practices -- Congress has passed sweeping new legislation aimed at making credit cards safer and more transparent, but Americans are still waiting for the new law to protect them.

Today in History Monday December 14, 2009
1503 - Physician, astrologer and clairvoyant Nostradamus was born at St. Remy, Provence, France.
1798 - David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patented the nut and bolt machine.
1799 - The first president of the United States, George Washington, died at the age 67.
1819 - Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state.
1900 - Professor Max Planck of Berlin University revealed his revolutionary Quantum Theory.
1903 - Orville Wright made the first attempt at powered flight. The engine stalled during take-off and the plane was damaged in the attempt. Three days later, after repairs were made, the modern aviation age was born when the plane stayed aloft for 12 seconds and flew 102 feet.
1911 - Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole. He reached the destination 35 days ahead of Captain Robert F. Scott.
1946 - The U.N. General Assembly voted to establish the United Nation's headquarters in New York City.
1962 - The U.S. space probe Mariner II approached Venus. It transmitted information about the planet's atmosphere and surface temperature.
1985 - Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she formally took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
1986 - The experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world. The trip took nine days to complete.
1987 - Chrysler pled no contest to federal charges of selling several thousand vehicles as new. Chrysler employees had driven the vehicles with the odometer disconnected.
1988 - The first transatlantic underwater fiber-optic cable went into service.
1998 - Hundreds of Palestinian leaders renounced a call for the destruction of Israel.
2001 - European Union leaders agreed to dispatch 3,000-4,000 troops to join an international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.

Blackwater operating at CIA Pakistan base, ex-official says -- The US contractor Blackwater is operating in Pakistan at a secret CIA airfield used for launching drone attacks, according to a former US official, despite repeated government denials that the company is in the country.

Criminal Background Checks Part of Draconian Law Proposed for Homeschoolers -- A bill proposed by the British government and now making its way through parliament would impose the most burdensome and intrusive regulation on homeschooling in the English-speaking world.

3 more banks close now 133 -- Regulators on Friday shut down banks in Florida, Arizona and Kansas, bringing to 133 the number of U.S. banks that have failed to hold up this year against the struggling economy and a cascade of loan defaults.

Obama declares war on Pakistan by Webster Tarpley -- Obama's West Point speech of December 1 represents far more than the obvious brutal escalation in Afghanistan -- it is nothing less than a declaration of all-out war by the United States against Pakistan .  (who is going to pay for all these wars?)

Emergency Preparedness...100 top items -- In order to get through any major catastrophe you need to think in terms of survival, protection, food, water, clothing and shelter.  Here is one person's opinion on what you will need in the event of a "financial collapse" or other disaster.

Back from combat, women struggle for acceptance -- More than 230,000 American women have fought in those recent wars and at least 120 have died doing so, yet the public still doesn't completely understand their contributions on the modern battlefield.

The 10 most magnificent trees in the world!! -- There are probably hundreds of majestic and magnificent trees in the world – of these, some are particularly special...take a look at a few.

Texas red light cameras generate $100 million in tickets -- Red light cameras in the Lone Star State generated $95,799,675 worth of tickets in a twelve month period according to reports filed with the Texas Department of Transportation. Private vendors based in Australia, Arizona, Dallas and England used a total of 333 cameras installed across 36 Texas cities to mail 1,277,329 tickets between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.

Sign at homeless camp: 'Welcome to Obamaville' -- Residents of Colorado Springs, Colo., have a mystery on their hands: Who came up with the idea to erect a sign reading "Welcome to Obamaville" on the site of a homeless tent camp in the city? The sign, which was visible from the Cimarron Street ramp to Interstate 25, clearly conveyed a political jab at rising unemployment under President Barack Obama, for it read in full, "Welcome to Obamaville – Colorado's fastest growing community."

Retired optician cures own blindness (macular degeneration) with marigold supplement -- A retired optician believes he is the first person in Britain to recover from a degenerative eye condition – after taking a food supplement containing marigolds.

Tamiflu anti viral drug revealed as a complete hoax; Roche studies based on scientific fraud -- When it comes to selling chemicals that claim to treat H1N1 swine flu, the pharmaceutical industry's options are limited to two: Vaccines and anti-virals. The most popular anti-viral, by far, is Tamiflu, a drug that's actually derived from a Traditional Chinese Medicine herb called star anise.

Drug money saved the banks from collapse during global crisis claims UN drug & crime chief (are you really that surprised?) -- Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, told the Observer that there were signs that some banks were rescued by billions of dollars that 'originated from the drugs trade and other illegal activities.

Criminal FDA gangsters kidnap American Greg Caton from Ecuador -- Greg had been providing alternative treatments for cancer etc.. and was driven out of the US, yet the FDA still went after him.
 * Read Greg's story about 2003 FDA raid

Missouri bill (HB 1265)would nix pursuit of Vehicle Mile Tax -- A similar effort is under review in Massachusetts. time to get a bill like this in your state going.
A Missouri lawmaker is planning for the future with a bill that would prohibit the use of global positioning systems to monitor mileage traveled.

Anti-smoking drugs trigger mental health problems -- The FDA has ordered pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline to place warning labels on their anti-smoking drugs Chantix and Zyban, respectively, warning that the drugs may increase a patient's risk of depression and suicidal thoughts.

A Critical Decision by Michael Gaddy -- Here is a man that tells it like it is!! Don't miss The Best of Michael Gaddy for more outstanding articles!! GET PREPARED!!It would appear those who call themselves "public servants" believe the people they supposedly serve have become dissatisfied with their job performance and will resort to some form of civil disobedience, which will necessitate military intervention.

The CDC has been purposely mixing H1N1 & H5N1 in vaccines to see what will happen -- In a move that can only be described as incredibly reckless, scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control conduct experiments in which they infect ferrets with both the H1N1 swine virus and the H5N1 bird flu virus to see if they will "resort" and create a new hybrid flu virus.

Why compact fluorescent bulbs are not what they seem -- Think those compact fluorescent bulbs are not as bright as the old-style lights they replaced? You are probably not imagining it.

The weapons (depleted uranium) used in Iraq, Afghanistan have far reaching effects -- We have seen the terrible consequences to human life and the environment that has been caused by weapons that contain uranium components. Genetically speaking the US and UK have destroyed the DNA of the Iraqi people as well as causing catastrophic effects on the environment.

Is Obama really preparing for civil war? -- According to an obscure report in the European Union Times (, "Russian Military Analysts are reporting to Prime Minister Putin that US President Barack Obama has issued an order to his Northern Command's (USNORTHCOM) top leader, US Air Force General Gene Renuart, to 'begin immediately' increasing his military forces to 1 million troops by January 30, 2010, in what these reports warn is an expected outbreak of civil war within the United States before the end of winter.

Compounds derived from two spices - pepper and turmeric - could help prevent breast tumors -- When curcumin (from turmeric) and piperine (from black peppers) were applied to breast cells in the laboratory, the number of stem cells decreased, but there was no change in normal cells, say researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Winchester to deliver 200 million 40 cal. rounds to Homeland Security - why does DHS need so much ammo? -- Winchester Ammunition was recently awarded a contract by the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security to supply a maximum of 200 million, 40 cal. rounds over the next five years.

Be afraid, be very afraid of Obama's Big Brother plan -- Under the Democrats' national health care scheme not only would OPM be charged with overseeing and administering federal employees health care but they will have the added charge of administering civilian federal health care as well. What does that mean? Basically, that Americans will be treated as “civil servants.”
 * Link to OPM:

"Whack a Banker" game proving to be a hit in Britain -- A new "Whack A Banker" amusement arcade game is proving so popular in Britain that the mallets used to clobber them are wearing out fast, its creator said.

UN security stops journalists questions about Climategate -- A Stanford Professor has used United Nation security officers to silence a journalist asking him “inconvenient questions” during a press briefing at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Spinning out of control -- The Pentagon propaganda plan to win the hearts & minds of Americans.

Senate send $1.1 trillion spending bill to Obama -- The Senate on Sunday passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill with increased budgets for vast areas of the federal government, including health, education, law enforcement and veterans' programs. (once again, who is going to pay for all of this?)

WMD treaty violations and inspection refusal for biological, nuclear, chemical weapons...Iran? -- No, US!

Predator drones flying within America -- “The Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System has proven its value to homeland security over the nation’s land borders, the Great Lakes region, and in support of DHS hurricane and flood response operations,” said Michael Kostelnik, assistant commissioner for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine. “With the introduction of the Guardian, maritime variant of the Predator B, DHS now has a powerful tool and force multiplier to increase maritime domain awareness and confront threats to our borders.”

Audi testing driverless car up Pike's Peak -- Audi is set to return to a venue synonymous with its past motorsport successes when a ‘driverless’ TTS Coupé quattro tackles the infamous Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the USA.

Video: 20mm rifle that FBI is purchasing -- Who do they plan to use these things against?

End US wars website
Dennis Kucinich at End US war rally Sat Dec 12 (that received no press coverage) -- "These wars are corrupting out nation"

Germany and EU to Legalise Paedophilia -- To express concerns to German authorities, just visit the link to get the address.

Today in History FRIDAY December 11, 2009
1719 - The first recorded sighting of the Aurora Borealis was in New England.
1769 - Edward Beran of London patented venetian blinds.
1816 - Indiana was admitted to the Union as the 19th American state.
1844 - Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to have a tooth extracted after receiving an anesthetic for the dental procedure. Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, was the anesthetic.
1872 - Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became America's first black governor when he took office as acting governor of Louisiana.
1882 - Boston's Bijou Theater had its first performance. It was the first American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity.
1894 - The world's first motor show opened in Paris with nine exhibitors.
1930 - The Bank of the United States in New York failed.
1941 - Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. The U.S in turn declared war on the two countries.
1967 - The prototype of the Concorde was shown for the first time in Toulouse, France.
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed into law legislation creating $1.6 billion environmental "superfund" that would be used to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.
1985 - The U.S. House of Representatives joined the U.S. Senate by giving final congressional approval to the Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law.
1985 - General Electric Company agreed to buy RCA Corporation for $6.3 billion. Also included in the deal was NBC Radio and Television.
1994 - The world's largest free trade zone was created when leaders of 34 Western Hemisphere nations signed a free-trade declaration known as "The Miami Process."
1997 - More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's "greenhouse gases."
1998 - Scientists announced that they had deciphered the entire genetic blueprint of a tiny worm.
1998 - Majority Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pushed through three articles of impeachment against U.S. President Clinton. .
2001 - U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft announced the first federal indictment directly related to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Zacarias Moussaoui was charged with six conspiracy charges. Moussaoui was in custody at the time of the attacks.
2001 - Ted Turner purchased 12,000 acres in Nebraska for Bison ranches.

Ohio Supreme Court Lets Wells Fargo v. Jordan Stand -- In a significant victory for consumers and particularly victims of predatory lending the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday quietly let stand what may turn out to be a landmark decision prohibiting banks, trusts and other loan servicing entities who cannot prove ownership of a mortgage note from foreclosing on Ohio homeowners.
 * Help for those who cant afford a lawyer is available at

Kucinich: US tax dollars help fund Taliban attacks -- “U.S. contractors are paying U.S. tax dollars to the Taliban in order to protect the delivery of U.S. shipments of U.S. goods to U.S. soldiers so that our soldiers can fight the Taliban," Kucinich's press release sent to RAW STORY states.

Former Chrysler dealers fight back using the Quo Warranto -- Two attorneys who have been prominent in the court battles regarding whether Obama is Constitutionally eligible to be President have joined forces. Leo Donofrio and Stephen Pidgeon represent a group of former Chrysler dealers. These dealers lost their businesses as result of the federal government's intervention and partial take over of Chrysler.

Five US students arrested in Pakistan over suspected links to terrorist groups -- Five Americans arrested in Pakistan are being investigated for links to terrorist groups after leaving behind an apparent suicide video in the United States proclaiming that Muslims must be defended.

The 7 foods experts won't eat -- How healthy (or not) certain foods are—for us, for the environment—is a hotly debated topic among experts and consumers alike, and there are no easy answers. But when Prevention talked to the people at the forefront of food safety and asked them one simple question—“What foods do you avoid?”—we got some pretty interesting answers. Although these foods don’t necessarily make up a "banned” list, as you head into the holidays—and all the grocery shopping that comes with it—their answers are, well, food for thought:

Norwegians incensed over Barack Obama's snubs -- Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit. The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, appearances at a children's event promoting peace and a music concert, as well as a visit to an exhibition in his honour at the Nobel peace centre. He has also turned down a lunch invitation from the King of Norway.

VIDEO: Ron Paul: War monger Obama should have returned Peace prize -- Republican Congressman Ron Paul says Obama's recent war plans show he shouldn't have been awarded the peace prize.

Maryland reduces hours at highway rest stops to save money -- In an effort to save money during these “challenging economic times,” the state of Maryland has recently enacted a new policy that reduces the amount of operating hours at many of its rest areas.

Smartrac to supply RFID tags for vehicle tracking project -- Manufacturer and supplier of RFID transponders, Smartrac, has announced that it has been selected as technology partner for a traffic management project in the Philippines. The project will use long range passive RFID tags to track vehicles and is one of the first country-wide implementations of RFID technology for traffic management in the world.

WHO issues warning about corruption & pharmaceuticals -- Read the key facts.
 * WHO: Chart of unethical practices in the pharmaceutical sector

Want to cut cancer risk? Try munching on pistachios -- Benefit comes from a particular type of vitamin E in the nuts, expert says.

Injection molding: We pulled our molds -- After acquiring its key competitor earlier this year, it didn’t take long for officials at U.S. Block Windows to recognize that logistics issues plus their own low-cost captive molding capacity were reason enough to pull molds from a Chinese processor and bring them to its own captive molding facility in western Florida. The company also pulled some extrusion tooling from overseas and now has that work done by processors in the U.S. The company’s challenge, he explained, is the number of different blocks it markets. “Hy-Lite had a lot of inventory, and they had to have it due to the long lead times” when shipping from overseas, he explained. “The value (in China) can make sense in a busy market and if you don’t have your own captive processing,” he said. “But we’re comparing with our in-house molding costs, and the costs aren’t that much more here.” Should demand surge, the company has identified a contract molder in Ohio as its backup.

Are Americans too broken for the truth to set them free? -- Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not “set them free” but instead further demoralize them?

New Effort to Identify Kansas Homes With Chinese Drywall -- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify Kansas homes where Chinese drywall may have been used. The Federal Trade Commission reports homes built between 2003 and 2008 contain imported drywall. People who live in these homes have reported issues including strong odors, itchy & irritated skin, persistent cough, headaches, and deterioration of metal components in homes.

Gold: The Ultimate Un-Bubble -- The gold bubble has not popped! ...because gold is not in a bubble. There is no gold bubble. There is no such thing as a gold bubble. Never has been. Never will be. 1980 was not a gold bubble. And anyway, today's situation is entirely different. In fact, gold is the opposite of bubbles. It is the inverse, the recipient, the beneficiary of "frothy air" that escapes at lightning speeds when bubbles pop. It has already capitalized on the demise two bubbles this decade. And it is now about to absorb the froth spontaneously expelled by two more, the two biggest bubbles the world has ever seen.

How far your produce travels -- This is a look at the average distance that produce travels in the United States—from where it's grown, to where it's sold (imported foods are not considered in this graphic). The numbers were compiled for Iowa, but should be generally applicable wherever you live. Buy from your local farmers' markets when possible.

YouTube: Yet another 9-11 was an inside job song! -- An original song. Although primarily about 9/11 it does touch on some other issues such as the dumbing down of the public and more.

A gun case or Pandora's box? -- On March 2, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in McDonald v. City of Chicago. It is a gun rights case, challenging Chicago's categorical ban on handguns. The ban is essentially identical to the D.C. gun ban that was struck down by the Supreme Court in the 2008 case D.C. v. Heller, in which the court held that an absolute ban in the federal city violates the Second Amendment.

This is an interview that Steve Quayle did recently with Former state trooper Greg Evensen -- It has 11 parts.

Giant banks are trying to make bailouts permanent -- See the list of Democratic and Republican congress members, economists, financial experts and journalists, the "too big to fails" (with help from bank-friendly voices in Congress) who are trying to make the bailouts permanent.

Governments turn to cloud seeding to ease drought -- On a mountaintop clearing in the Sierra Nevada stands a tall metal platform holding a crude furnace and a box of silver iodide solution that some scientists believe could help offer relief from searing droughts. Read More...

Blackwater guards tied to secret raids by the CIA -- Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.’s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company employees and intelligence officials.

Ft Detrick: Army makes plague vaccine with Britain, Canada -- A group of Fort Detrick researchers recently found out their 15-plus years of work to combat the plague would be the focus of a multinational effort to mass produce a vaccine.

Funny video! It's a ClimateGate Christmas! -- Our friends at Minnesotans for Global Warming have released a fabulous new video just in time for the holidays

Pandemic infections hit 50 million; vaccine supply up -- After seven months of the H1N1 flu pandemic, about 50 million people have been infected, or one in six U.S. residents, the CDC said today.

Iraq inquiry hears that Washington called the shots on post war government -- MI6 chief says key decisions including banning Saddam's Ba'ath party from new regime 'were taken in advance in Washington'.

H5N1 and H1N1 in the same family in Vietnam? -- There is a disturbing new report out of Vietnam that appears to indicate that one family there has tested positive for both the H5N1 bird flu and the H1N1 swine flu.

H1N1 vaccine roulette: The mercury in the H1N1 swine flu vaccine settles to the bottom of the vial -- If you are foolish enough to run out and get injected with the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, please make certain to insist that the person administering the vaccine shakes the flu vaccine vial very, very well before using it. Why? Because the mercury in the H1N1 swine flu vaccine is a very heavy metal, it tends to settle on the bottom of the vaccine vial.

Science according to Al Gore: Earth interior "millions of degrees" -- Not only did Al Gore invent the internet, he has also redefined earth science. The puffed up phrophet of the phony climate change movement went on the Conan O’Brien Show in mid-November and told the world the temperature of the interior of the earth is “millions of degrees.” O’Brien didn’t flinch.

Lord Monckton warns Obama will attempt use of executive authority to commit US to Copenhagen climate agreement -- In a brief video released on the Internet, Lord Christopher Monkton is seen giving a speech in Copenhagen warning that President Obama will try to use his Executive Authority to sign an agreement, rather than a treaty, to commit the United States to undertake measures against climate change that will seriously damage the freedoms and prosperity of America.

Food stamps go to a record 37.2 million -- A record 37.2 million people, or about one out of every eight Americans, received food stamps in September, as the recession drove a surging jobless rate, according to a government report.

Shocking 1991 UN Policy Paper Describes the Exact Purpose and Trajectory of Current Copenhagen Treaty -- A 1991 policy paper prepared for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) by self-described ‘ecosocioeconomist’ professor Ignacy Sachs outlines a strategy for the transfer of wealth in name of the environment to be implemented in the course of 35 to 40 years. As it turns out, it is a visionary paper describing phase by phase the road to world dictatorship.

An overview of HAARP

Massive storm buries central US; 15 ft drifts -- A massive storm buried much of the central United States in dangerous ice and snow Wednesday, stranding scores of motorists with massive drifts that shut down major roads and defeated plows.

Verichip's merger with credit monitoring firm worries privacy activists -- In November it pulled off a seemingly incongruous acquisition. Now called PositiveID, the new company is a merger between VeriChip and Steel Vault, the people behind

Fast food standards for meat top those of school lunches -- In the past three years, the government has provided the nation's schools with millions of pounds of beef and chicken that wouldn't meet the quality or safety standards of many fast-food restaurants.

Nobel winning Obama defends war in call for peace -- "War is Peace"-George Orwell 1984

Editor & publisher closing after 108 years -- The Nielsen Co. is selling some of its most prominent trade journals — including The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard — and shutting down Editor & Publisher, which has chronicled the newspaper business for 108 years.

Today in History Thursday December 10, 2009
1520 - Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict. The papacy demanded that he recant or face excommunication. Luther refused and was formally expelled from the church in January 1521.
1787-Thomas H. Gallaudet, a pioneer of educating the deaf, was born in Philadelphia.
1817 - Mississippi was admitted to the Union as the 20th American state.
1830 - Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, MA. Only seven of her works were published while she was alive.
1845 - British civil engineer Robert Thompson patented the first pneumatic tires.
1851 - American librarian Melvil Dewey was born. He created the "Dewey Decimal Classification" system.
1869 - Women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory.
1896 - Alfred Bernhard Nobel died in San Remo, Italy. He was a Swedish chemist who invented dynamite. In his in his will he stipulated that income from his $9 million estate be used for annual prizes for people judged to have made valuable humanitarian deeds.
1901 - The first Nobel prizes were awarded.
1906 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
1931 - Jane Addams became a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she was the first American woman to do so.
1948 - The United Nations General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
1964 - In Oslo, Norway, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the youngest person to receive the award.
1980 - South Carolina Representative John W. Jenretter resigned to avoid being expelled from the U.S. House of Representatives following his conviction on charges to the FBI's Abscam investigation.
1982 - The Law of the Sea Convention was signed by 118 countries in Montego Bay,
1990 - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved Norplant, a long-acting contraceptive implant.
1995 - The first U.S. Marines arrived in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to join NATO soldiers sent to enforce peace in the former Yugoslavia.
1998 - Six astronauts opened the doors to the new international space station 250 miles above the Earth's surface.
2003 The U.S. barred firms based in certain countries, opponents of the Iraq war, from bidding on Iraqi reconstruction projects. The ban did not prevent companies from winning subcontracts.

Let TRU TV know what you think - email contact link -- The Governor said he's only done a half dozen shows or so and they want to make sure people like it before they allow him to do more. So take a minute and write them. (Thanks Bonnie)!

VIDEO: UN Resolution Would Criminalize Christianity -- Attorney Jay Sekulow from the American Center for Law and Justice reports on the UN Resolution that would outlaw Christian expression worldwide according to International Law. Islam is on the march. Here’s the video.

Winter pet safety -- Winter storms don't just affect you -- they also affect your pets. And your pets depend on you for their safety. There are many ways to be "Pet Prepared," but you must think ahead and start planning NOW.

U.S. Homeowners Lost $5.9 Trillion Since 2006 Peak (Update1) -- Almost half a trillion dollars was wiped out this year through November as housing headed for a third straight annual decline. New foreclosures and higher mortgage rates in 2010 may hinder a rebound, the property data service said today in a statement. “A phenomenal amount of wealth has been erased since the housing bust,” Stan Humphries, chief economist for Seattle- based Zillow, said yesterday in an interview. “For many households, most of their wealth is tied up in real estate.” Check out the website - It will give you an honest assessment of the state of this economy.  (Thanks Jimm)

Cancer profiteering: new drug costs $30,000 a month -- A new cancer treatment drug called Folotyn, made by a small drug company named Allos Therapeutics. It costs $30,000 a month. But here's the best part: Folotyn has never been proven to save lives.

Brussels gives CIA the power to search UK bank records -- This weekend civil liberties groups and privacy campaigners said the surveillance programme, introduced as an emergency measure in 2001, was being imposed on Britain without a proper debate. Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said: “The massive scope for transferring personal information from Europe to the United States is extremely worrying, especially in the absence of public debate or parliamentary scrutiny either at EU or domestic level. “No one is saying that allies should not co-operate, but where is the privacy protection? Where are the judicial safeguards in such a sweeping scheme? “This looks like yet another example of lopsided post-9/11 compromise and of the ease with which temporary emergency measures are foisted on us permanently.”

Private Contractor Posted Secret TSA Screening Manual Online -- While insisting the security of the public was never placed at risk, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that her department is conducting a review to determine how the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) air passenger screening manual ended up online.
 * Five Put on Leave Over Internet Posting

UK: Big Brother quiz for new school parents: Officials launch 83-point probe into families' lives -- Parents of five-year-olds starting school have been sent an 83-point questionnaire that probes personal details of their lives. It asks whether their children tell lies or bully others, and if they steal at home or from shops. Parents are questioned over whether they have friends, if they can speak freely with others in their family and how well they did at school themselves.

The Quiet Coup -- But I must tell you, to IMF officials, all of these crises looked depressingly similar. Each country, of course, needed a loan, but more than that, each needed to make big changes so that the loan could really work. Almost always, countries in crisis need to learn to live within their means after a period of excess—exports must be increased, and imports cut—and the goal is to do this without the most horrible of recessions. Naturally, the fund’s economists spend time figuring out the policies—budget, money supply, and the like—that make sense in this context. Yet the economic solution is seldom very hard to work out. No, the real concern of the fund’s senior staff, and the biggest obstacle to recovery, is almost invariably the politics of countries in crisis.

Doesn't our Congress have anything better to do that pass a college football playoff bill? -- A House subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine its national champion, over the objections of some lawmakers who said Congress has meatier targets to tackle.

Patients choose alternative therapies when given more personal responsibility by doctors -- The December issue of Arthritis Care & Research contains a study showing that, when given the option to choose an alternate treatment, patients are more likely to refuse high-risk treatments recommended to them and pursue something else. Patients are more willing to take personal responsibility in making important medical decisions when their doctors give them the opportunity to consider other options.

Virginia veteran wins fight to keep flagpole in his front yard -- RICHMOND, Va. — A 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient can keep his 21-foot flagpole in his front yard after a homeowner's association dropped its request to remove it, a spokesman for Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday.

Bayer admits GMO contamination is out of control -- EXTRACT: Bayer has admitted it has been unable to control the spread of its genetically-engineered organisms despite 'the best practices [to stop contamination]'(1). It shows that all outdoors field trials or commercial growing of GE crops must be stopped before our crops are irreversibly contaminated.

Why does the FBI need 20mm rifles? -- According to this website, the FBI is spending about $13,000 apiece on two MagFed 20mm rifles. You read that right; not “.20-caliber” but “20mm.” We’re talking serious firepower here.

22 stories underground: Iron Mountain's experimental room 48 -- Among dozens of red steel doors inserted in the rock face along corridors that create an elaborate subterranean honeycomb, you'll find Room 48, an experiment in data center energy efficiency. Open for just six months, the room is used by Iron Mountain to discover the best way to use geothermal conditions and engineering designs to establish the perfect environment for electronic documents.

Only 10 days into December and look at all of the layoffs, closings & bankruptcies -- Who says the economy is improving?

American Dream 2: default , then rent -- Thanks to a rare confluence of factors -- mortgages that far exceed home values and bargain-basement rents -- a growing number of families are concluding that the new American dream home is a rental.

Want to cut cancer risk? Try munching on pistachios -- Benefit comes from a particular type of vitamin E in the nuts, expert says.

Novartis Is Celebrating - Should We? -- By Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

HHS modifies it's approach to second generation anthrax vaccine -- “Following a thorough evaluation of proposals, we determined that awarding Project BioShield acquisition contracts at this time would have placed undue risk of failure on potential contractors and the federal government.”

Homeland security embarks on Big Brother programs to read our minds & emotions

Hemp protein: eat the nutrients -- Researchers claim that if no other food is consumed, hemp seeds could sustain a human life for a few months without causing nutrient deficiency problems. In fact, hemp protein was used in Europe during tuberculosis outbreaks to reverse the wasting away caused by the disease.

When toy guns are outlawed only outlaws will have toy guns -- Speaker Christine C Quinn, together with Council Member Al Vann, today announced legislation that would increase penalties for selling a toy gun by 500 percent. The legislation would also enhance the Department of Consumer Affairs’ enforcement ability and allow the agency to shut stores that are repeat offenders of the law. Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz and Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt joined the Speaker and Council Members at the announcement. The officials also announced a new citywide public awareness campaign about the dangers of toy guns that look real and real guns that look like toys. Hmmmm...

The climate change propaganda machine

Holdren's guru: Dispose of 'excess children' like puppies -- Science chief acknowledges Brown as inspiration for career in ecology.

Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway -- What's blue and white, squiggly and suddenly appears in the sky?
 * Could this be Project Blue Beam?(video)

Neglected crops in Copenhagen -- There is a strong scientific consensus that altered growing conditions caused by climate change--such as increases in heat, drought, plant pests and disease--are going to damage food production rapidly and profoundly. The destabilizing effects on our food supply will be so far reaching that they are destined to disrupt, among other things, all of the carefully laid climate mitigation and adaptation measures it is hoped will emerge from Copenhagen.

Copenhagen climate summit in disarray after Danish text leak -- The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN's role in all future climate change negotiations.

Winter's here, yet Illinois corn harvest drags on -- Across much of the Corn Belt, a wet spring kept farmers from planting on time or in some cases forced them to replant washed-out crops. The season was followed by a cool, damp summer that slowed crop development. A rainy fall kept farmers out of their fields and prevented corn from quickly drying out. Corn must be dry before it is used for animal feed, corn syrup or other products. Elevators penalize farmers if they bring in corn with high moisture content.

Corruption is destroying the soul of America warns FBI agent -- One of the FBI's top agents warned yesterday that corruption in the US was increasing and tearing at the fabric of society.

Obama quietly backs Patriot Act provisions -- With the health care debate preoccupying the mainstream media, it has gone virtually unreported that the Barack Obama administration is quietly supporting renewal of provisions of the George W. Bush-era USA Patriot Act that civil libertarians say infringe on basic freedoms.

Oklahoma could keep an eye on uninsured motorists -- Plan to record bar codes on license tags raises lawmaker’s cry of ‘Big Brother’

Ron Paul Poised to finally pass fed audits -- For first time in nine tries, amendment goes to House floor.

Undocumented volcano contributed to extremely cold decade 1810-1819 -- South Dakota State University researchers and their colleagues elsewhere in America and in France have found compelling evidence of a previously undocumented large volcanic eruption that occurred exactly 200 years ago, in 1809. The discovery helps explain the record cold decade from 1810-1819.

Today in History Wednesday December 9, 2009
1793 - "The American Minerva" was published for the first time. It was the first daily newspaper in New York City and was founded by Noah Webster.
1803 - The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress. With the amendment Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.
1848 - American author and creator of "Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit," Joel Chandler Harris was born.
1854 - Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England.
1879 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Ore Milling Company.
1884 - Levant M. Richardson received a patent for the ball-bearing roller skate.
1907 - Christmas Seals went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington, DE, post office.
1914 - The Edison Phonograph Works was destroyed by fire..
1940 - The Longines Watch Company signed for the first FM radio advertising contract with experimental station W2XOR in New York City.
1958 - In Indianapolis, IN, Robert H.W. Welch Jr. and 11 other men met to form the anti-Communist John Birch Society.
1960 - Sperry Rand Corporation unveiled a new computer, known as "Univac 1107."
1975 - U.S. President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan authorization to prevent New York City from having to default.
1990 - Lech Walesa won Poland's first direct presidential election in the country's history.
1990 - The first American hostages to be released by Iraq began arriving in the U.S.
1992 - Clair George, former CIA spy chief, was convicted of lying to the U.S. Congress about the Iran-Contra affair. U.S. President George Bush later pardoned George
1993 - At Princeton University in New Jersey, scientists produced a controlled fusion reaction equivalent to 3 million watts.
1999 - The U.S. announced that it was expelling a Russian diplomat that had been caught gathering information with an eavesdropping device at the U.S. State Department.
2002 - United Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after losing $4 billion in the previous two years. It was the sixth largest bankruptcy filing.

URGENT PRAY REQUEST FOR Greg Pound AT 8:27 -- Listeners please pray for Greg Pound at 8:27 AM this morning. We pray the court rules in his favor and that he gets his kids back!!

Spices halt growth of breast cancer stem cells, UM study finds -- Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that when the dietary compounds curcumin, which is derived from the Indian spice turmeric, and piperine, derived from black peppers, were applied to breast cells in culture, they decreased the number of stem cells while having no effect on normal differentiated cells. “If we can limit the number of stem cells, we can limit the number of cells with potential to form tumors,” says lead author Madhuri Kakarala, M.D., clinical lecturer in internal medicine at the U-M Medical School and a research investigator at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

Can You Afford Fries With That? -- The economy is so bad parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names. The economy is so bad Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting. The economy is so bad Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

Will Missouri Nullify Federal Gun Laws? -- Missouri State Representative Cynthia Davis has introduced the “Firearms Freedom Act” (HB1230) – prefiled for the 2010 legislative session. The bill “Asserts the right of the State of Missouri to regulate the intrastate use and acquisition of certain firearms pursuant to the reserved powers of the state over intrastate commerce and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”

The amazing story behind the global warming scam -- The key players are now all in place in Washington and in state governments across America to officially label carbon dioxide as a pollutant and enact laws that tax us citizens for our carbon footprints.

9/11/01 Articles from Pravda -- You'll not see this in the US mainstream press.

George Washington letter smashes auction record -- A letter written by the first US President, George Washington, has sold at auction for $3.2m (£1.9m).

Agent Orange: Birth defects plague Vietnam; US slow to help -- U.S., Vietnam split over whether defoliants used in war are to blame.

NIH report notes similarity of New York City H1N1 swine flu deaths with 1918 Spanish flu epidemic -- A shocking new report from the National Institutes For Health has noted the similarity between H1N1 swine flu deaths in New York City and deaths caused by the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

Internet worries mount by Holly Deyo -- A growing number of issues may bring down the Net.
 * How to shut down the 'Net -- A guide for repressive regimes

Homeowner Bailout Plan May Not Stop US Housing Market Crash -- Yet despite efforts by the US Treasury Department last week to step up pressure on mortgage companies to modify more loans, take-up has been slow and the programme has been widely condemned for providing insufficient help to borrowers who have lost their jobs or who owe more than their homes are worth. Only a small percentage of eligible Americans have benefited from payment reductions, and many are encountering difficulties as they try to make the cuts permanent. Since 2006, when the US housing bubble burst, 2.3 million American homes have been repossessed, according to RealtyTrac, the data provider.

California city asks: why so many birth defects -- Some residents of the impoverished town wonder if a nearby hazardous waste facility is to blame.

Silver (& copper) bullets kill disease causing bacteria -- The bottom line: following the colloidal silver uproar, many people may now believe silver has no efficacy at all in protecting health. But that assumption is unscientific and downright wrong.

Social Security will go bust in 2010 -- For the third time in my life, the Social Security System will go belly-up. The first time was in 1977 ­ well, almost. To head off the bust, Jimmy Carter got Congress to pass a major FICA tax increase ­ sorry, "contribution" increase ­ in order to save Social Security. Read More...

A lonely voice against the Fed now leads a chorus -- Ron Paul is used to going it alone. During 20 years in Washington, the libertarian Republican congressman from Texas has proposed doing away with personal income taxes, federal antitrust laws and the minimum wage. He's advocated pulling the United States out of the United Nations, NATO and the International Monetary Fund. Those efforts have mostly been legislative non-starters. Many of his bills fail to attract a single co-sponsor. But one of his perennial causes is headed to the House floor Wednesday with widespread support: to audit the Federal Reserve. That measure, which he first introduced in 1983, has the backing of more than 300 legislators and last month won bipartisan approval in the House Financial Services Committee.

Dyes injected for imaging are more dangerous than the MRI -- If you take a dye for an MRI (magnetic resonance imagery) examination orally, your chances of danger from that dye are slim and none. It's the ones that are injected that can cause problems. They are known as gadolinium based contrast agents or GBCAs.

Open letter to UN from scientists challenging climate change -- "Climate change science is in a period of ‘negative discovery’ - the more we learn about this exceptionally complex and rapidly evolving field the more we realize how little we know. Truly, the science is NOT settled."

Famous weather scientist: Climategate just the tip of the iceberg -- 'Conspiracy would become manifest' if all climate research e-mails unveiled.

Indiana: city threatens $2500 fines for challenging traffic tickets -- Motorists who receive a minor parking or traffic ticket in Indianapolis, Indiana are being threatened with fines of up to $2500 if they attempt to take the ticket to court.

Battery made of paper charges up -- Batteries made from plain copier paper could make for future energy storage that is truly paper thin.

Scientists show Monsanto's GE corn is a health hazard

Google CEO: secrets are for filthy people -- "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

Major corruption at World Health Organization -- Did you know: WHO's 'Mr Flu' Holland's Albert Osterhaus has deep ties to pharma industry & The WHO gets more money from private pharma and related industry sources than from governments....and there's more...

Breaking point 2010 by Gerald Celente -- The first decade of the 21st century is going out the same way it came in with a bust and a bang. The dot-com bubble burst in 2000, and the Bailout Bubble will bust in 2010.

US Air Force confirms "Beast of Kandahar" drone -- Robots or "unmanned systems" in the air and on the ground are now deployed by the thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan, spying from the sky for hours on end, searching for booby-traps and firing lethal missiles without putting US soldiers at risk.

More on Indian tribe's travails with the IRS -- IRS auctioned Crow Creek's ancestral land for tax purposes.
 * Auction brings $2.6 million
 * Article from last week leading up to sale -- Robert Williams Jr., a law professor and director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona, said "it is ironic that the Obama administration is pressuring banks to ease up on their mortgage foreclosure policies for defaulting homeowners in the worst recession since the Depression, and here Obama's IRS is going after one of the poorest tribes in one of the poorest and economically hard-hit areas of the country."

Pilot program at Pittsburgh elementary school uses finger scans for students to access accounts -- The school recently installed a lunchroom device that scans children's fingers and uses the scans to access personalized lunch accounts.

Rep Rangel to push for overhaul of tax system -- The best part of this article are the comments.

TSA leaks sensitive airport screening manual -- Who needs anonymous sources when the government is perfectly capable of leaking its own secrets?

MIT researchers develop tech for next generation of airport scanners -- New scanner tech uses terahertz lasers.

Stupid news -- Police cars repossessed in Louisiana, mayor blames stimulus fund snafu

A critical decision - Members of all branches of the United States Military will soon be facing a most critical decision -- The European Union Times is reporting here that Obama is using the deployment of additional troops to Afghanistan to cover for the movement of some 200,000 troops, presently on duty in countries other than Iraq and Afghanistan, to USNORTHCOM to prepare for the "expected outbreak of Civil War within the United States before the end of winter."

Homeland Security to study dispersion of biological weapons in Boston subway -- The U.S. Homeland Security Department has announced that it will release harmless gases and dye tracers into Boston's subway system next week to study the circulation of airborne contaminants through public transit networks in the event of a biological or chemical attack.

20 signs that the UK has become the most oppressive big brother society on earth -- Read 20 signs that the U.K. has now become the most oppressive Big Brother society on earth.

Copenhagen climate summit: Global warming caused by sun's radiation -- Global warming is caused by radiation from the sun, according to a leading scientist speaking out at an alternative "sceptics' conference" in Copenhagen.

State Dept. (sorta) fires 101st Tequila Brigade -- Josh Rogin at The Cable confirms that the State Department is ending its contract ArmorGroup, the private security outfit that held the $187 million embassy security deal in Kabul. Allegations of poor contractor performance first surfaced back in 2007, but the department took no action until employees were caught — quite literally — with their pants down.

Today in History Tuesday December 8, 2009
1765 - Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, MA. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts.
1776 - George Washington's retreating army in the American Revolution crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
1863 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.
1886 - At a convention of union leaders in Columbus, OH, the American Federation of Labor was founded.
1941 - The United States entered World War II when it declared war against Japan. The act came one day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Britain and Canada also declared war on Japan.
1953 - Los Angeles became the third largest city in the United States.
1962 - Workers of the International Typographical Union began striking and closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike lasted 114 days and ended April 1, 1963.
1982 - Norman D. Mayer demanding an end to nuclear weapons held the Washington Monument hostage. He threatened to blow it up with explosives he claimed were inside a van. 10 hours later he was shot to death by police.
1987 - U.S. President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty agreeing to destroy their nations' arsenals of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
1992 - Americans got to see live television coverage of U.S. troops landing on the beaches of Somalia during Operation Restore Hope. (Due to the time difference, it was December 9 in Somalia.)
1993 - U.S. President Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement.
1997 - The second largest bank was created with the announcement that Union Bank Switzerland and the Swiss Bank Corporation would merge. The combined assets were more than $590 billion.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police could not search a person or their cars after ticketing for a routine traffic violation.
1998 - The FBI opened its files on Frank Sinatra to the public. The file contained over 1,300 pages.
1998 - AT&T Corp. announced that it was buying IBM's data networking business for $5 billion cash.
1999 - In Memphis, TN, a jury found that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been the victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin.

Michigan funds "Mandy & Pandy" -- Four Michigan Startups Get State Pre-Seed Funds - Why would the state of Michigan use seed money to fund this? Mandy & Pandy are going to help children learn how to speak Chinese, as they say, in a "fun and easy way". Thanks Jimm!

IRS sells off impoverished Indian tribe's land to pay tax debts -- the IRS was auctioning the land to recover more than $3.1 million in federal employment taxes owed by the tribe. The tribe didn't pay the taxes because it was told, erroneously, by an official connected to the BIA that federally recognized tribes do not have to pay the taxes.

EPA rules CO2 a danger to human health -- Allows Big Government control over us.

Obama the Puppet: The world's least powerful man by Paul Craig Roberts -- It didn't take the Israel Lobby very long to bring President Obama to heel regarding his prohibition against further illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.  Read More...

Administration to hike driving taxes for NON-ROAD spending -- More tolls and vehicle miles traveled tax coming.
 * It's happening in Europe by 2013 -- European Electonic Toll Service. That's the term for a scheme recently adopted by the European Commission to enable tolls to be paid almost everywhere in the European Community with one contract, one account and one on-board unit (transponder or GPS). They envisage just the one EETS electronic toll service provider.

Texas: Judge Ignores November Vote On Anti-Camera Initiative -- Judge overturns vote in favor of company that makes them.

It's not just Obama, it's the system -- Our methods of change are proven ineffectual, the expressed terms of the constitution notwithstanding. It is time for a different course of action–a course that has already been given to us by principle and practice. It is time that we the people of the states think in the pure political and philosophical terms that formed our country and secured our freedom in 1776. It is time that the states of this country reclaim what has been taken from us and to reignite the flames of independence and federalism which will cause freedom to burn brightly for us and our posterity for years to come.

Is US prepared to care for more casualties from troop buildup? -- As the Obama administration ramps up the war in Afghanistan, veterans advocates say the government must develop a better plan to handle the wounded when they come home.

"BPA free" foods found to contain BPA -- A recent analysis of canned foods revealed that, across the board, the cans contained measurable levels of bisphenol A, also known as BPA, a toxin known to cause hormonal problems, sexual dysfunction, cancer, and other abnormalities. Even among products labeled "BPA-free", tests revealed levels of BPA significant enough to cause problems.

US probing more cases of CT scan radiation overexposure, sometimes as much as 800% -- U.S. regulators are probing more cases of patients who were exposed to excess radiation from brain scans performed with equipment from General Electric and Toshiba, government officials said on Monday.

USDA labels PETA a terrorist group -- PETA is not the most popular kid on the block. Between antagonizing meat-eaters and radicalizing the use of naked ad campaigns, the animal rights group has made more than a couple enemies. This is the first time, however, that the lawful, nonviolent organization has been officially classified as a “terrorist threat.”

Was Democrats' health care strategy written in Federal prison? -- Rep. Schakowsky’s husband, Robert Creamer, used to be the leader of Citizen Action/Illinois. He also founded its predecessor, Illinois Public Action, in which Ms. Schakowsky served as Program Director. He runs a political consulting firm, the Strategic Consulting Group, which lists ACORN and the SEIU among its clients and which made $541,000 working for disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Creamer ended up in prison for bank fraud and tax evasion where he wrote a lengthy political manual, Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win.  Read More...

Former Chrysler dealers fight back using the Quo Warranto by Devvy Kidd -- A quo warranto may be issued from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in the name of the United States against a person who within the District of Columbia usurps, intrudes into, or unlawfully holds or exercises, a franchise conferred by the United States or a public office of the United States, civil or military. The proceedings shall be deemed a civil action.

I was a caddy for the elite-interesting insight -- Having tripped across the truth about 9/11, central banks, etc. in 2006, I set out to get a grasp on the elite class in order to understand their collective mindset. For three summers, I caddied at one of the most exclusive private golf clubs in the Northeast and had the opportunity to spend four hours at a time with some of the most recognizable stars of the business world and their families. I was not out there asking direct questions like a journalist, just going where the conversations went. Read some of the impressions these experiences left me with.

Severe winter weather hits US -- Much of the United States was braced for severe winter weather on Monday, as a major storm hit California while an unrelated first round of wintry conditions snarled commutes in the Midwest. The storm hitting California Monday afternoon was expected to affect weather across the country through Wednesday.

Rand Corp: A Stability Police Force for the US -- Justifications and options for creating US capabilities - The authors conclude that an SPF containing 6,000 people — created in the U.S. Marshals Service and staffed by a “hybrid option,” in which SPF members are federal police officers seconded to federal, state, and local police agencies when not deployed — would be the most effective of the options considered. The SPF would be able to deploy in 30 days. The cost for this option would be $637.3 million annually, in FY2007 dollars.

High Court hears argument on Miranda rights to lawyer -- The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether Florida police misread a suspect's Miranda right to have a lawyer present during questioning when they told the man he had the right to consult a lawyer "before answering any questions." Justice Sonia Sotamayer asked from the high court bench, "The police here could have chosen to be explicit, but instead they chose to be less explicit. Shouldn't we assume that that is an intent to deceive or perhaps to confuse?"

Wal-Mart to pay $40 million to settle wage claims in MA. -- The settlement is in response to a 2001 class action filed by two former employees, who accused the mega-retailer of skimping on employee breaks and overtime pay and fudging timesheets to reduce hours worked.

VIDEO: Police youth corps confronted at parade

How many Afghans will die in Obama's war? -- In the media coverage of Barack Obama’s decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan, one question goes unasked and unanswered: how many thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians will die as a result of US military aggression?

Average speed cameras installed in neighborhoods for the first time -- The cameras, which link wirelessly to each other, are capable of tracking vehicles for up to 15 miles whichever route they take over a wide area.

White House security breached 91 times since 1980 -- According to a devastating internal review leaked after Tareq and Michaele Salahi strolled into the banquet for the Indian Prime Minister without a ticket, there have been at least 91 breaches of Secret Service security in the past 30 years, including at least four by a serial intruder who believes that God has made him undetectable to bodyguards.

30 dead as mystery flu plague ravages Saratov, Russia -- Der Spiegel is reporting that 30 deaths being blamed on the H1N1 swine flu have created panic among the citizens of Saratov, Russia.
 * Spain reports mutant swine flu death

Chicago: Deaths, hospitalizations for H1N1 high in minorities -- H1N1 swine flu death rates for blacks and Hispanics in Illinois are double the rate for whites, state health officials said Friday, though it's not clear why.

Look vaccine ad campaign coming -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Ad Council Launch New Nationwide PSA Campaign Urging Vaccination against the H1N1 Flu Virus.

PHOTOS: Amazing images from around the world -- Take the time to look around you and marvel at the beautiful planet on which we live. Here scientists walk on an iceberg, 36 metres above the water surface of Kane Basin in the Arctic.

Hanford nuclear reservation pulls down big stimulus dollars -- It was ground zero for nuclear bomb production, then it became the nation's biggest atomic waste headache. Now the old Hanford nuclear reservation boasts a new distinction: It is the single biggest recipient of federal stimulus contracts.

White House is urged to help states with nuclear plants stockpile thyroid drugs -- After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Congress passed a law instructing the federal government to help states build bigger stocks of a simple, cheap drug to protect people near nuclear power plants in the event of an accident or terrorist attack. Read More...

Pillaging pirates holding Greek supertanker warn against Navy raid -- Somali pirates who captured an oil-laden Greek tanker a week ago on Saturday warned against any attempt by foreign naval forces to free the vessel by force. Hijacked on November 29 with a crew of 16 Filipinos, nine Greeks, two Ukrainians and a Romanian, the Greek-flagged Maran Centaurus -- a very large crude carrier -- is now anchored off the pirate lair of Haradhere, they said.

Today in History Monday December 7, 2009
1787 - Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. constitution becoming the first of the United States.
1796 - John Adams was elected to be the second president of the United States.
1836 - Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the United States.
1925 - Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 150-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 25 and 2/5 seconds. He went on to play "Tarzan" in several movies.
1926 - The gas operated refrigerator was patented by The Electrolux Servel Corporation.
1941 - Pearl Harbor, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese warplanes. The attack resulted in the U.S. entering into World War II.
1972 - Apollo 17 was launched at Cape Canaveral. It was the last U.S. moon mission.
1987 - Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev set foot on American soil for the first time. He had come to the U.S. for a Washington summit with U.S. President Reagan.
1992 - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Mississippi abortion law which, required women to get counseling and then wait 24 hours before terminating their pregnancies.
1993 - Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary revealed that the U.S. government had conducted more than 200 nuclear weapons tests in secret at its Nevada test site.
1993 - Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders suggested that the U.S. government study the impact of drug legalization.
1995 - A probe sent from the Galileo spacecraft entered into Jupiter's atmosphere. The probe sent back data to the mothership before it was presumably destroyed.
1998 - U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno declined to seek an independent counsel investigation of President Clinton over 1996 campaign financing.

Obama Orders 1 Million US Troops to Prepare for Civil War -- Russian Military Analysts are reporting to Prime Minister Putin that US President Barack Obama has issued orders to his Northern Command’s (USNORTHCOM) top leader, US Air Force General Gene Renuart, to “begin immediately” increasing his military forces to 1 million troops by January 30, 2010, in what these reports warn is an expected outbreak of civil war within the United States before the end of winter.

Biggest climate meeting in history kicks off -- COPENHAGEN - The biggest climate meeting in history, with 15,000 participants from 192 nations, opened in Copenhagen on Monday with host Denmark saying an unmissable opportunity to protect the planet was "within reach."

6 more banks failed Friday -- Regulators on Friday shut down six U.S. banks, taking the total number of bank closures in the year to 130.

No Bin Laden information in years says Gates -- The US has had no reliable information on the whereabouts of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in years, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has admitted.
 * Reports in 2002 said Bin Laden died of kidney failure

Government insanity! -- Springfield, Missouri government plots undercover sting operation against families selling raw milk!!!!!!!!!

Slim-Fast Launches Recall of 10 Million Cans -- The maker of Slim-Fast announced a recall of its canned, ready-to-drink products due to possible bacterial contamination. The weight-loss drink may be tainted by Bacillus cereus, which can cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

Diabetes drug found to promote cancer tumors, but FDA says keep using it anyway -- "Based on the currently available data, the FDA recommends that patients should not stop taking their insulin therapy without consulting a physician, since uncontrolled blood sugar levels can have both immediate and long-term serious adverse effects," the FDA said.

Dubai stocks drop most in world on concern about debt problems -- Dubai shares tumbled to lowest in more than four months, led by Emaar Properties PJSC and Emirates NBD PJSC, on investor concern that a potential Dubai World default will hurt economic growth in the emirate.

Long term unemployment worsens -- Within the vast pool of 15.4 million unemployed workers, a split is emerging: The number of long-term jobless -- those out of work six months or longer -- is growing, while the number of short-term unemployed is declining.

Elderberry: Nature's flu fighter -- Elderberry is an excellent and proven preventative and treatment for influenza and upper respiratory infections. Folk medicine has long recommended an elderberry tincture or tea when treating colds and flu and scientific data now adds credence to those folk medicine claims.

12 days, 3 networks and no mention of ClimateGate scandal -- Even as Copenhagen looms, broadcast news ignores e-mails suggesting warming alarmists 'manipulated' data, conspired to destroy information and thwarted peer reviews.

On the lighter side: YouTube: Silent Monks Singing Halleluia -- High school students get creative.

Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos,140 private planes & caviar wedges -- Copenhagen is preparing for the climate change summit that will produce as much carbon dioxide as a town the size of Middlesbrough.

Watch out for sneaky online shopping scams -- After over a decade of complaints to Better Business Bureaus and state Attorney Generals (AGs), a Senate Commerce Committee finished a full scale investigation of "questionable business practices" in e-commerce this past November. Read More...

Stores face new hurdles in pitching credit cards -- The restrictions, if enacted by the Federal Reserve, would force retailers to gather more financial information from customers— including how much they earn— before giving them credit.

Timetable of US troop pullout in Afghanistan could be 2 to 5 years -- Robert Gates, defense secretary, said US troops could be in Afghanistan for years to come as administration officials sought to refute criticism that setting a 2011 withdrawal date was a strategic error.

Af-Pak war racket: the Obama illusion comes crashing down -- The economic elite have escalated their attack on the U.S. public by surging military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

$10 an hour with 2 kids? IRS pounces -- The government not only told Porcaro she was poor. They said she was too poor to make it in Seattle. "I asked the IRS lady straight upfront — 'I don't have anything, why are you auditing me?' " Porcaro recalled. "I said, 'Why me, when I don't own a home, a business, a car?' " "They showed us a spreadsheet of incomes in the Seattle area," says Dante Driver, an accountant at Seattle's G.A. Michael and Co. "The auditor said, 'You made eighteen thousand, and our data show a family of three needs at least thirty-six thousand to get by in Seattle." Read More...

New evidence shows huge price rises for GM seed –- A stark warning to UK farmers.

Bloomberg & Lautenberg team up to violate the second & fourteeth amendments -- (S. 1317, H.R. 2159 in the House), which would allow the Attorney General to stop watchlisted people from buying guns through NICS. It would also prevent those people from contesting their rejections in a full and open hearing in court. Obviously, that scheme would violate not only the Second Amendment, but also the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection against deprivation of liberty without due process of law.

Is Erik Prince 'greymailing' the US government? -- The in-depth Vanity Fair profile of the infamous owner of Blackwater, Erik Prince, is remarkable on many levels--not least among them that Prince appeared to give the story's author, former CIA lawyer Adam Ciralsky, unprecedented access to information about sensitive, classified and lethal operations not only of Prince's forces, but Prince himself.

Sprint manager: 'Half of all police surveillance includes text messaging' -- Half of millions -- including some 8 million automated, web-based requests for GPS location, all in just over a year's time.
 * Sprint lawful spying guide(pdf)
 * Voicestream lawful spying guide(pdf)

Research reveals most victims of 1918 Spanish flu died from bacterial pneumonia -- Just like those dying from swine flu mutation in Ukraine.

Are large dams altering extreme weather patterns? -- Large dams may cause shifting regional weather extremes. This finding is causing scientists to wonder if aging dams around the world can withstand the extreme weather events they may inadvertently generate.

Freaky fish -- The strange creatures that inhabit the oceans.

The short guide to a healthy dog -- Here are several things to keep in mind as we head to the field with our dogs.

Environmental warfare: Climate modification schemes -- Who would have the wisdom to dispense drought, severe winters, or the effects of storms... If, as history shows, fantasies of weather and climate control have chiefly served commercial and military interests, why should we expect the future to be different?

The weird architecture of rebuilt houses in New Orleans -- A Manhattan-based architect who was born and raised in New Orleans, described the houses as “alien, sometimes even insulting,” adding, “the biggest problem is that they are not grounded in the history of New Orleans architecture.”  Visit the link and check out some of the houses being built.

Chinese wind power companies target global markets -- China's Goldwind Science & Technology Ltd. is one of the world's biggest makers of wind turbines _ a cornerstone of the booming clean power business _ but is virtually unknown outside its home country.
 * Meanwhile US windmill company has layoffs -- Cambria County PA windmill company to lay off 114.

You know the economy is bad when they close a dollar store -- Store clerks in Pasco are about to be out of job. The Dollar Store at Sylvester Street and 20th Avenue is closing. The company is blaming the economy.
 * Just take a look at the layoffs & closing for the first week of December! -- Schools, grocery stores, hospitals, fire stations, local governments, restaurants, car dealers....Who says the economy is improving?

Today in History Friday December 4, 2009
1783 - Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
1812 - Peter Gaillard patented the power mower.
1867 - The National Grange of Husbandry was founded.
1875 - William Marcy Tweed, the "Boss" of New York City's Tammany Hall political organization, escaped from jail and fled from the U.S.
1918 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson set sail for France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference. Wilson became the first chief executive to travel to Europe while in office.
1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration. The program had been created in order to provide jobs during the Great Depression.
1942 - U.S. bombers attacked the Italian mainland for the first time during World War II.
1945 - The U.S. Senate approved American participation in the United Nations.
1965 - The U.S. launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Comdr. James A. Lovell on board.
1973 - Pioneer 10 reached Jupiter.
1979 - For the second time, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to urge Iran to free American hostages that had been taken on November 4.
1986 - Both U.S. houses of Congress moved to establish special committees to conduct their own investigations of the Iran-Contra affair.
1991 - Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson was released after nearly seven years in captivity in Lebanon.
1991 - Pan American World Airways ceased operations.
1992 - U.S. President Bush ordered American troops to lead a mercy mission to Somalia.

YouTube: Obama - Yes We Can = Thank You Satan -- Listen closely!!

Place Illuminati backwards within a URL format then put it in your browser and see where it takes you -- Like this (Thanks Don)

Chinese official slams banks over derivatives -- A senior Chinese official who oversees the country’s largest state-owned enterprises has publicly slammed western investment banks for “maliciously” peddling complicated derivative products that caused huge losses for Chinese companies over the last year. In Beijing’s strongest criticism on the matter to date, Li Wei, vice director of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, singled out Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup in a long and highly critical article in the latest issue of an official Communist party newspaper.

Jesse Ventura and his team head north to a remote region of Alaska to confront the military installation called HAARP -- Watch Jesse Ventura's new show, Conspiracy Theory, divided into six parts:
Part 1  -  Part 2  -  Part 3  -  Part 4  -  Part 5   -  Part 6
Thanks Chris!

Think Climategate is non-event? Think again -- President Obama's climate czar, Carol M. Browner, and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs might think that Climate-gate is a nonevent, but on Monday Pennsylvania State University announced that it was launching an investigation into the academic conduct of Michael Mann, the school's Director of the Earth System Science Center. And Tuesday, Phil Jones, the director of the Climatic Research Unit at Britain's University of East Anglia, announced that he would stand aside as director while his university conducted an investigation.

Warning: Drug ads are harmful to your health -- Currently, some members of Congress, including Rep. Henry Waxman (D-California), are calling for stricter FDA regulations of DTCA because the ads can lead to inappropriate prescribing. They also portray what may be a non-medical problem (such as over-active bladder, the latest "malady" discovered by Big Pharma) as a treatable medical illness requiring side-effect-laden medication.

Media ignores Navy SEALS for Tiger woods diversion -- The Media can’t be bothered to tell the story of charges filed against three Navy SEALs who captured the supposed mastermind behind the slaughter of four Blackwater security guards in Fallujah five years ago.

Pentagon: 1 in 3 female soldiers are raped or sexually assaulted by fellow soldiers -- Watch the following video where Russia Today interviews one woman about her personal experience of being raped while serving in Iraq.

Woman gets 'kennel cough' from her dog's vaccine -- Bordetella pneumonia in a person from dogs vaccine.

Peter Schiff: Gold to Soar to $5,000 -- Look for the price of gold to hit $5,000 very soon, Peter Schiff, president of EuroPacificCapital tells the financial news network CNBC.

Western Pa man cited for flying flag upside down -- A western Pennsylvania man has been cited under a little used law for flying his American flag upside-down. Related Article: Portersville man says flying flag upside down was a mistake

International officials knew 9-11 was brewing -- There is evidence that officials at high levels in Syria, Germany and even inside the Central Intelligence Agency had information about the 9/11 terror hijackers' hatred for Americans and their desire to attack the U.S. before the mass murders were carried out, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

Beware Windows 7 -- Frustrated Windows 7 users are facing 'black screens of death' after logging on to their computers, Microsoft have confirmed.
* Now, How to fix it -- While Microsoft investigates, British PC security firm Prevx has issued an unofficial fix. Its 11-step walkthrough promises to solve the problem free of charge. (We should say that the Monitor has not tried this approach. None of our computers have faced the dreaded black screen. But Prevx is a reliable name.)

Danish cops prepare dog kennels for Copenhagen protestors -- “The old buildings in Valby, which is intended to house the arrested protesters during the climateconference, bears all the hallmarks of a dog kennel.” “346 people are to be held in the 37 cages in the old brewery storage facilities of world wide danish corporation Carlsberg.”

Deal in works to solve some FEMA trailer claims -- Lawyers for one of several trailer manufacturers accused of supplying the federal government with toxic hurricane shelters said Wednesday they were negotiating a settlement for thousands of claims.

Australian Senate rejects climate bill -- Australia’s Senate rejected the government’s climate-change bill, frustrating Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s ambition of taking landmark legislation to global warming talks with world leaders in Copenhagen.

Another 10 year old tasered by cop in Colorado -- For at least the second time in three weeks, police officers have shocked an unruly 10-year- old child, and, once again, the child's adult guardians are supporting the move. Be sure to read the comment section!

Critics attack new "Big Brother quiz" aimed at identifying young criminals -- Troubled children as young as five are to be tracked by authorities under "Big Brother" government plans to identify the criminals of the future.

While people are distracted by fake news Obama quietly expands drone war in Pakistan -- President Obama focused his speech on Afghanistan. He left much unsaid about Pakistan, where the main terrorists he is targeting are located, but where he can send no troops.

Anguish lingers in Bhopal 25 years after chemical disaster -- Bhopal residents are still angry with Union Carbide, owner of the chemical plant that 25 years ago today released a poisonous gas cloud that killed more than 15,000 people and injured hundreds of thousands in what's been termed the world's worst industrial accident.

BPA on cash register receipts? -- Janet Raloff, writing a blog item for ScienceNews, the magazine of the Society for Science and the Public, says that a Massachusetts researcher has found a new source of BPA: cash register receipts.

UK: photographer questioned by anti terrorism police for taking too many photos of Christmas lights -- An amateur photographer taking pictures of Christmas lights was questioned by police under anti-terror laws.

Florida Turnpike recording license plates of anyone who pays with $20 bill or larger -- Supposedly to find counterfeit bills.

Command posts of the future readied for Afghan surge -- The marines heading to Afghanistan as part of this latest surge will keep track of friendly troops, enemy attacks and civilian infrastructure using Command Posts of the Future. Literally.

Crazy news: Argentine leaders throw chairs at each other -- Politicians were seen on local television hurling plastic chairs and pushing and shouting at each other.

North Korea panic after currency revaluation -- Surprise decision to redenominate its currency has prompted panic and despair among merchants left with piles of worthless notes, even driving one couple to suicide, activists said today.

Medicare part D reforms will harm seniors -- An ObamaCare change will cost taxpayers a bundle and lead to poorer drug coverage.

Drugmaker's payments draw heat -- A $112 million settlement involving alleged drug kickbacks that the Justice Dept. announced with the nation's largest nursing home pharmacy and a generic drug manufacturer on Nov. 3 is part of a wide-ranging investigation of suspected Medicaid fraud by the pharmaceutical industry.

Foot reflexology massage relieves stress & back pain -- The first step in addressing back problems through reflexology is to find a qualified reflexologist who will use specific techniques to exert deep pressure on the foot area corresponding with the specific back problem. This may be painful and several sessions may be required before the condition improves. Sore points are often the most important ones to work on, since they represent places where energy is blocked. A gentle spa type massage is probably not going to help much, pleasant as it may be.

Yucca mountain nuclear disposal site is dead -- Former Sen. Pete Domenici, a longtime advocate of nuclear power, said yesterday that it is time to give up attempts to create a permanent disposal site for the nation's nuclear waste fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. He urged the Obama administration to move ahead with a planned blue-ribbon commission to find an alternative.

Recent world events indicate impending market chaos -- We are now on the edge of winter 2009, and recent events across the globe indicate more and more that our predictions for 2010 were correct. Take a look at some of those events and their implications...

MSG causes obesity-hides behind many fake names -- MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as "Natural Flavoring". MSG is even in your favourite coffee from Tim Horton's and Starbucks coffee shops.

Today in History Thursday December 3, 2009
1818 - Illinois was admitted as the 21st state of the union.
1828 - Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States.
1833 - Oberlin College in Ohio opened as the first truly coeducational school of higher education in the United States.
1835 - In Rhode Island, the Manufacturer Mutual Fire Insurance Company issued the first fire insurance policy.
1910 - The neon lamp was displayed for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. The lamp was developed by French physicist Georges Claude.
1931 - Alka Seltzer was sold for the first time.
1947 - The Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theater.
1948 - The "Pumpkin Papers" came to public light. The House Un-American Activities Committee announced that former Communist spy Whittaker Chambers had produced microfilm of secret documents hidden inside a pumpkin on his Maryland farm.
1950 - Paul Harvey began his national radio broadcast.
1964 - Police arrested about 800 students at the University of California at Berkeley. The arrest took place one day after the students staged a massive sit-in inside an administration building.
1967 - The famed luxury train, "20th Century Limited," completed its final run from New York to Chicago.
1973 - Pioneer 10 sent back the first close-up images of Jupiter. The first outer-planetary probe had been launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, on March 2, 1972.
1980 - U.S. Representatives Frank Thompson, Jr. (D-NJ) and John Murphy (D-NY) were convicted on Abscam charges.
1983 - 3-foot-high concrete barriers were installed at two White House entrances.
1984 - In Bhopal, India, more than 2,000 people were killed after a cloud of poisonous gas escaped from a pesticide plant. The plant was operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary.
1997 - In Ottawa, Canada, more than 120 countries were represented to sign a treaty prohibiting the use and production of anti-personnel land mines. The United States, China and Russia did not sign the treaty.
1999 - The World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded a four-day meeting in Seattle, WA, without setting an agenda for a new round of trade talks. The meeting was met with fierce protests by various groups.
1999 - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) lost radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander as it entered Mars' atmosphere. The spacecraft was unmanned.

Thought For The Day from our Friend Mike Tawse in the UK -- The Good Grace To Listen: When someone asks a question, but does not give you the opportunity to answer, do not be frustrated; it is their question, which has been wasted. Your answer remains with you, for those with the good grace to listen.

24 States Borrow Money To Pay Unemployment Benefits -- Increased taxes aside, business have little reason to expand given rampant overcapacity in retail stores, restaurants, strip malls, office space, etc. Neither housing, commercial real estate, nor autos will provide the same boost as coming out of the last recession. Couple that with over 9 million people working part-time whose hours will be lengthened before new hiring begins and you can see what a mess this is.

Our Annual Predictions for 2010. Good News and Bad News -- New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and California are among the financially worst, hurting from falling tax revenue on broken businesses and consumers. Read More...

Army Times: "Trigger Happy" private security undermines Afghan mission -- According to one Afghan security official, private security guards have killed or wounded more than thirty civilians over the past four years in just the Marwand district and the district chief there claims that "most of them are addicted to heroin."

UK: Mother has 2 year old taken for refusal to feed junk food -- Zak Hessey was placed in a foster home for four months because his parents refused advice to feed him junk food to help the toddler gain weight.

Cost of Afghan war explodes -- President Obama's decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan means more red ink for a nation reeling from a $12 trillion debt.

America's best kept secret is the School of the Americas -- When did Chelsea Clinton’s marriage plans or Tiger Woods’ health issues become important headline stories? These issues don’t affect us, but they continue to steal air time from important issues such as the countless murders or violations of human rights linked to School of the Americas graduates.

November layoffs, bankruptcies & closings -- Your source for daily job news!

Unemployment worsens, climbs in nearly half of Metropolitan areas -- Despite all of our government's recovery efforts, it still can't get a grasp on the dampened job market.

Yahoo, Verizon: Our Spy Capabilities Would ‘Shock’, ‘Confuse’ Consumers -- Want to know how much phone companies and internet service providers charge to funnel your private communications or records to U.S. law enforcement and spy agencies? Read More...

Medical imaging tests expose patients to unnecessary amounts of radiation -- A University of Wisconsin (UW) study has found that patients who receive computed tomography (CT) scans for various abdominal and pelvic conditions often receive a slew of additional scans that are unnecessary and that expose them to excess radiation. The findings were presented at the meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

VA Hospital Botched Prostate Cancer Treatments in Nearly Four out of Five Men -- In 92 out of either 114 or 116 treatments performed (depending on the source), medical workers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia botched a procedure known as brachytherapy, in which radioactive seeds are implanted into the body to kill off malignant cells. In 57 of these cases, radiation doses too low to be effective were used. In 35 of these cases, dangerously high levels of radiation were delivered to the wrong part of the body. Some patients were the victims of both errors on separate occasions.

Genetically engineered crops have led to massive increases in pesticide use -- According to a recent report compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, the growing of genetically engineered crops has led to a 383 million pound increase in U.S. pesticide use during the time period spanning from 1996 to 2008. The Organic Center (TOC), the Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS), and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) jointly released the report that illustrates the environmental hazards posed by the farming of GMO crops.

Why a recall of tainted beef didn't include school lunches -- The recall, announced by the government Aug. 6, covered only ground beef sent to certain retailers. In the days after it was announced, government and company spokesmen said meat sent to schools was not included. Documents obtained by USA TODAY through the Freedom of Information Act reveal a more complicated story — one that raises questions about whether the government took adequate steps to ensure that meat it bought for schoolchildren during the same period was safe.

Shocking H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Miscarriage Stories From Pregnant Women –- Tell Your Doctors That Vaccines And Pregnancy Do Not Mix!

Swine flu vaccine supplies increase as reports of H1N1 cases decrease -- According to the CDC, swine flu activity has been decreasing. Therefore making the vaccine more available.

US health threat response to be reviewed -- Citing the balky swine flu vaccination campaign and other shortcomings in the nation's medical defenses, a top Obama administration official has announced a major review of the government's efforts to develop new protections against pandemics, bioterrorism and other health threats.

New Mexico sees higher swine flu deaths among American Indians -- Indians make up 10 percent of New Mexico's population, but 20 percent of the state's swine flu deaths.

Foreclosure procedures by state -- This is a general guide only, laws change and you need to check your state statutes for accurate, up to date procedures.

Ohio Supreme court decides foreclosure plaintiffs who do not own the mortgage at time of filing lack standing to pursue cases -- In a significant victory for consumers and particularly victims of predatory lending the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday quietly let stand what may turn out to be a landmark decision prohibiting banks, trusts and other loan servicing entities who cannot prove ownership of a mortgage note from foreclosing on Ohio homeowners.

Tennessee lawmakers take aim at traffic camera enforcement -- Tennessee state lawmakers are meeting this week to review the use of traffic cameras. Critics of the program want the General Assembly to look at requiring Tennessee cities that have red-light cameras or speed cameras posted to put a portion of the revenue generated into public safety.

BPA found in 90% of newborns -- A study released Wednesday which found that nine of 10 babies tested were born with bisphenol A in their systems has renewed calls for the chemical to be banned.

Captured on film: the hottest star in the galaxy -- Astronomers have taken the first pictures of one of the hottest stars in the Galaxy. The temperature on its surface is 200,000C, 35 times hotter than the Sun. The mysterious dying star at the heart of the Bug Nebula – 3,500 light years away in the constellation Scorpius – has never been seen before as it is hidden behind a cloud of dust and ice.

America creates serfdom through cap & trade -- The so called Land of the Free has decided to recreate the ancient and rejected art of serfdom. As anywhere in history, serfdom was set in gradually with restrictive laws that slowly or quickly ate away at the right of the people to move freely, thus guaranteeing the government a stable tax base and its favorite enterprises, a stable work force to exploit, one that can not walk away.

Blackwater's chief to step down, reveals CIA role -- 'Power struggle' inside Blackwater over Prince's successor.

The Lost People Exploited. What those who actually live in Wisconsin really think -- ( NAIS case) An announcement was posted yesterday by Judith McGeary of Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) saying that FTCLDF had filed an Amicus brief in the Emmanuel Miller Case.

Goldman Sachs staff arm themselves against public -- Writer Alice Schroeder, a respected columnist for Bloomberg News and bestselling biographer of Warren Buffett (with whom she is photographed above), has claimed that senior members of the Goldman Sachs bank in New York have begun to arm themselves in fear of a popular uprising against bankers.

Gold, Freedom & the Fed -- This is a non-verbatim transcript of a speech given by Jacob G. Hornberger which was delivered on November 23, 2009, at the End the Fed rally in Philadelphia. "If you’re like most Americans today, you’re having a difficult time making ends meet. Moreover, not only are you not saving a large portion of your income, you’re likely not saving anything at all. You’re just getting by."  Read More...

"Swine" flu could also be called ferret, feline & fowl flu -- Pandemic H1N1 has been identified in pigs, ferrets, turkeys and one cat so far. While the positive test results in animals are not unexpected, the occurrence is worrisome all the same.

Dupont accused of massive water pollution -- DuPont has been covering up and refusing to take responsibility for its toxic pollution of the Ohio River for a quarter of a century, and the poisons it uses to make Teflon stay in the environment for 2,000 years, a nonprofit water association claims in Federal Court.

Give Thanks, But Not For Toxic Sewage Sludge -- Sludge, for those to whom this is new, is that toxic mix that is created by our municipal wastewater treatment facilities. Just about anything that is flushed down toilets or that ends up in sewers is in this sludge; the pollutants in sludge come not just from household sewage, but also from every hospital, industrial plant, and stormwater drain. Note that our federal government has prosily and misleadingly renamed sludge "biosolids"; don't be fooled. It's just the same old sludge with a PR spin.

Hawaii volcano emissions prompt federal disaster declaration -- Gases in the volcanic fog, or vog, from Kilauea volcano are killing crops and costing Big Island farmers millions of dollars, but help is on the way.

Public Menace-Private Profit: America's Biowarfare Alliance -- The close proximity of US biological warfare programs and the pharmaceutical industry is hardly an historical accident. Read More...

Today in History Wednesday December 2, 2009
1816 - The first savings bank in the U.S., the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened for business.
1823 - U.S. President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
1859 - John Brown, a militant abolitionist, was hanged for his raid on Harper's Ferry the previous October.
1862 - Circus entrepreneur Charles Ringling was born.
1901 - Gillette patented the first disposable razor.
1917 - During World War I, hostilities were suspended on the eastern front.
1927 - The Ford Motor Company unveiled the Model A automobile. It was the successor to the Model T.
1939 - New York's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago landed at 12:01 a.m.
1942 - A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated by Dr. Enrico Fermi and his staff at the University of Chicago.
1954 - The U.S. Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy for what it called "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute." The censure was related to McCarthy's controversial investigation of suspected communists in the U.S. government, military and civilian society.
1969 - The Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview as 191 people flew from Seattle, WA, to New York City, NY. Most of the passengers were reporters and photographers.
1970 - The Environmental Protection Agency began operating under its first director, William Ruckelshaus.
1982 - Doctors at the University of Utah implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Barney Clark. He lived 112 days with the device. The operation was the first of its kind.
1990 - The Midwest section of the U.S. prepared for a massive earthquake predicted by Iben Browning. Nothing happened.
1993 - The space shuttle Endeavor blasted off on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope.
1994 - The U.S. government agreed not to seek a recall of allegedly fire-prone General Motors pickup trucks. Instead a deal was made with GM under which the company would spend more than $51 million on safety and research.
1997 - U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno declined to seek an independent counsel investigation of telephone fund-raising by President Clinton and Vice President Gore. It was concluded that they had not violated election laws.
1998 - Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates donated $100 million to help immunize children in developing countries.
2001 - Enron Corp. filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. The filing came five days after Dynegy walked away from a $8.4 billion buyout. It was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

The Articles of Confederation - The U.S. Constitution Online

The Presidents Before George Washington -- Several men served as leaders of our country before Washington took office, both as Presidents of the Congress and then as Presidents of the United States under the Articles of Confederation, which proceeded the Constitution. There is also the story of the man who served as President for one day between Polk and Taylor. Although they are not as well known, and most only served one year terms, they were no less important to the history of our country.

North Korea sharply revalues its currency -- North Korea has revalued its currency by a factor of 100, causing chaos on the streets of Pyongyang.

US gold futures hit record near $1220 an ounce -- U.S. gold futures rose to an all-time high at $1,218.40 an ounce as investors bet on persistent dollar weakness and further buying by central banks. Related Article: Gold's still looking good

Oil falls below $78 amid US crude supply jump -- Oil prices fell below $78 a barrel Wednesday after U.S. crude supplies unexpectedly rose, suggesting demand in the world's largest economy remains weak.

Two more reasons why investors shouldn't trust governments -- It's a reminder that as an investor, you can't trust governments. That's not cynicism speaking, it's just the way things are. A government's job is not to serve shareholders or bondholders in a specific company. Its main goal – democracy or dictatorship – is to stay in power for as long as possible. This goal doesn't always coincide with the best interests of the companies it runs, as Royal Bank of Scotland shareholders have just discovered.

Judge Napolitano says military hiding truth about Ft. Hood shooting -- Appearing on Alan Colmes radio show, Andrew Napolitano said the military is not telling us the truth about the Fort Hood shooting.

'Sunsetting' Provisions of Patriot Act Revives Privacy Debate -- Authority to Spy on Americans Unclear as Patriot Act Expires - Rushed into law by Congress just weeks after Sept. 11, 2001 three controversial provisions of the Patriot Act granting officials far-reaching surveillance and seizure powers in the name of national security, are due to expire this New Year's Eve.

Dov Zakheim and the 9/11 Conspiracy (The Smoking Gun) -- As the events of September 11, 2001 occurred, little was mentioned about these strange connections, and the possible motives and proximity of Dov Zakheim and his group. Since there was little physical evidence remaining after the events, investigators were left only with photographic and anecdotal evidence. NOTE: The original article was once located at but now gets a message saying: The requested article is currently suspended.

What Recovery? U.S. Consumers Getting "Dramatically Worse," Howard Davidowitz Says -- Davidowitz predicts "the noise will be taken out" about "strong" Black Friday sales in the coming weeks and a sobering reality will settle in: "People will look a stores closing and a rash of bankruptcies after Christmas. People will start to look at this and say ‘wow, this is terrible,'" he says.

Dr. Ron Paul Guest Editorial on The Daily Bell: Healthcare Freedom or Healthcare Bureaucracy? -- It is naive to think that recommendations by an authoritative government panel will never be used to deny services to people that want them. It is sad to think that people will be forced to spend their hard-earned money for a one-size fits all, government mandated healthcare delivery model, but then have to scrape together additional funds to pay out of pocket for healthcare they really want or need - that is, if the government allows them to at all. After all, the federal government currently forbids Medicare beneficiaries from spending their own money on services covered by Medicare, if for whatever reason they need to. Why wouldn't the government eventually apply these kinds of restrictions to everyone, if they are successful with this takeover? Beware of the supposed gifts offered to you by government, for when it gives you things with one hand, the other hand takes away your liberty and independence. (Thanks Jimm)!

H1N1 identity theft scam makes e-mail rounds -- Add this to the counterfeit Tamiflu ads and other flu-based scams making their rounds of the Internet: a phony "Personal H1N1 Vaccination Profile."

Rumsfeld, Baxter, Pentagon, Tamiflu: Connection of US & biological weapons -- A very interesting connection of the dots - of Biological Weapons to Rumsfield, Baxter and The Pentagon.

Mammograms cause breast cancer new study declares -- A new study just presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), concludes the low-dose radiation from annual mammography screening significantly increases breast cancer risk in women with a genetic or familial predisposition to breast cancer.

The Geopolitics Of The Dubai Debt Crisis: It's Iran vs. The United States -- The role of Iran may be the most overlooked in the Dubai debt crisis.

Food stamp usage across the country interactive map -- The number of food stamp recipients has climbed by about 10 million over the past two years, resulting in a program that now feeds 1 in 8 Americans and nearly 1 in 4 children.

'No You Can't!' Anti-War Rally At WH 12-12 -- Unity Among Peace Movement Groups Against Obama War Escalation - Warning of Reprisals To Troop Surge.

Video: Why Bank of America fired me

Obama's illegal alien aunt has Guillain Barre syndrome -- Zeituni Onyango, the half sister of Obama’s late father, has lived in the United States illegally in public housing for years and suffers from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a neurological disorder connected to vaccinations.

Homeland security or homeland enslavement By Chuck Baldwin -- All the while, America's federal buildings today more resemble castles of ancient Europe than they do buildings that house the people's servants.

EPA's efforts to issue exposure guidelines for radiofrequency radiation suppressed for years -- Guidelines may have made cellphones illegal.

Feds 'pinged' Sprint Nextel GPS data 8 million times over a year -- Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with customer location data more than 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009, according to a company manager who disclosed the statistic at a non-public interception and wiretapping conference in October.

Iraq sees alarming rise in cancers, deformed babies -- We have seen new kinds of cancer that were not recorded in Iraq before war in 2003, types of fibrous (soft tissue) cancer and bone cancer. These refer clearly to radiation as a cause," said Jawad al-Ali, an oncologist in Iraq's second city of Basra.

US warns Tyson on serious violations at food plant -- U.S. regulators have warned Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) about "serious violations" of food safety regulations at a Texas plant where the company makes seafood soup, a letter released on Tuesday said. Seafood soups and sauces made at a Fort Worth, Texas, plant were "prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions.

Safety flaws in US next gen nuclear reactors -- You'd think it would be the one thing nuclear companies want to be sure about: that their reactors can withstand freak weather or a plane crash. However, Westinghouse has so far failed to convince regulators that its AP1000 reactors can withstand such events.

As bees continue to die off, suspicion turns to chemically coated seeds and other factors -- "We do feel like pesticides are playing a role in pollinator decline," said Maryann Frazier, a senior extension associate with Penn State University. "We know that the pesticides are there. We don’t know yet exactly what role they’re playing."

Is your eco-label lying? -- Sure, it says it's green. But what's that really mean?

Contractors make UAV Ops happen -- Operational experience is driving operators to rethink the way they use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Forcibly adopted American Indians torn between cultures -- The 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act in an effort to preserve what was left of American Indian families. The law gives tribal governments a stronger voice in American Indian child-custody proceedings, including adoptions. The act blocks state courts from having any jurisdiction over the adoption or custody of Indian children residing within their own reservations.

Survival snacks -- Take a look at a few.

US mayors & governors want right to put tolls on roads -- Lobby groups for America's cities and states now are on record as wanting the right to toll without federal restriction.

How your brain will betray you in a court of law -- I know it's science, which is ostensibly more objective than human intuition, but there's something unnerving about an MRI brain scan being admitted as evidence in a murder trial in Chicago, the first in the US.

Artificial Intelligence anchors replace human reporters in the newsroom of the future -- A.I. Anchors Engineers at Northwestern have created an entire newsroom operation using artificial intelligence, even using avatars to anchor the evening news.

Rapidly mutating flu viruses threaten dogs & cats -- Rapidly mutating influenza viruses threaten family pets!

Bush began Iraq war drumbeat 3 days after 9-11 -- George Bush tried to make a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida in a conversation with Tony Blair three days after the 9/11 attacks, according to Blair's foreign policy adviser of the time.

DoD document: Handling dissident & protest activities among members of the armed forces - Does this have anything to do with Oathkeepers?

Most awesomely bad military acronyms -- The defense and intelligence establishment is famous for stirring words into an insane alphabet soup of acronyms, abbreviations, and neologisms. For over a year, we’ve been on a quest to find the silliest, most agonizing MAMAs out there. Our latest batch has a heroic bent - the champions of mil-jargon, if you will.

Today in History Tuesday December 1, 2009
1835 - Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales.
1909 - The Pennsylvania Trust Company, of Carlisle, PA, became the first bank in the in the U.S. to offer a Christmas Club account.
1913 - Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that ushered in the era of mass production.
1913 - The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, PA.
1941 - In the U.S., the Civil Air Patrol was created. In April 1943 the Civil Air Patrol was placed under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces.
1942 - In the U.S., nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect.
1955 - Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, AL, refused to give up her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks was arrested marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S.
1959 - 12 countries, including the U.S. and USSR, signed a treaty that set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, which would be free from military activity.
1965 - An airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began.
1969 - The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.
1983 - Rita M. Lavelle, a former Environmental Protection Agency official, was convicted in Washington of perjury and trying to obstruct a congressional inquiry.
1984 - A remote-controlled Boeing 720 jetliner was deliberately crashed into California's Mojave Desert to test an anti-flame fuel additive. The test proved to be disappointing.
1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan said he would welcome an investigation of the Iran-Contra affair if it were recommended by the Justice Department.
1990 - British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel finally met under the English Channel.
1993 - In Minnesota, 18 people were killed when a Northwest Airline commuter plane crashed.
1998 - Exxon announced that it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion creating the largest company in the world to date.

AP declared Obama “Kenyan-Born” -- The AP reporter stated the following: Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.

Resist DC: A step by step plan for freedom -- by Washington State Rep. Matthew Shea

France calls in army to meet demand for swine flu jab -- French authorities said Saturday they were calling in the army's health services to meet a surge in demand for vaccinations against swine flu, which has killed 30 people in the country.

Colloidal Silver Water Product May Pose Health Risk -- Health Canada is advising Canadians not to use the unauthorized product Colloidal Silver Water 20ppm, because of the potential health risk to consumers.

UK House of Commons swine flu vaccination document -- (note, UK absolved Vaccine manufacturers of liability)

Nanoparticles used in untested H1N1 vaccine -- Vaccines which have been approved by the responsible government authorities for vaccination against the alleged H1N1 Influenza A Swine Flu have been found to contain nano particles. Vaccine makers have been experimenting with nanoparticles as a way to “turbo charge” vaccines for several years. Now it has come out that the vaccines approved for use in Germany and other European countries contain nanoparticles in a form that reportedly attacks healthy cells and can be deadly.

Flu shots & increased health risk -- Flu shots can make lung function worse. Read more...

Missouri Supreme court to tackle red light camera issue -- Missouri Supreme Court agrees to hear case on the legality of red light camera hearings.

Scientists grow pork meat in a laboratory -- SCIENTISTS have grown meat in the laboratory for the first time. Experts in Holland used cells from a live pig to replicate growth in a petri dish. So far the scientists have not tasted it, but they believe the breakthrough could lead to sausages and other processed products being made from laboratory meat in as little as five years’ time.

YouTube: Global warming hoax planned in 1961

The devastating truth about the Obama health care plan -- 2.1 million people in America, every year, are hospitalized as a result of reactions to FDA-approved medicines. Annually, 36 million serious adverse reactions to those drugs occur. So, inclusive health coverage for many more Americans under the Obama Plan—with business as usual—means these horrendous figures will rise.

Authority to spy on Americans unclear as Patriot Act set to expire -- House Defies White House and Renews Two of Three Expiring Provisions.

HHS would become federal giant under Senate plan -- "The legislation lists 1,697 times where the secretary of health and humans services is given the authority to create, determine or define things in the bill," said Devon Herrick, a health care expert at the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Venezuela turns to cloud seeding to battle drought -- Hugo Chavez says he is starting to "bombard" clouds now that Cuba has provided Venezuela with cloud-seeding help in an effort to produce rain and alleviate the effects of a severe drought.

Ron Paul gains mainstream steam -- Ron Paul's economic views, long dismissed by the political establishment, seem to be resonating more broadly.

Obama treason charges advance in Tennessee Grand Jury -- Formal treason charges filed against Barrack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, reach Monroe County Tennessee Grand Jury - Tuesday December 1, 2009.

Beware of aluminum in deodorant products -- Most consumers don't know it, but antiperspirant deodorant products often contain extremely toxic chemicals and heavy metals that can cause severe harm to the human nervous system. To rub such products under the arms is inviting the absorption of these harmful chemicals, which many believe will inevitably lead to cancer or neurological problems (such as Alzheimer's disease).

Wisconsin groundwater standards for explosives could set national precedent -- A move by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to set standards for a carcinogenic explosive in groundwater is being applauded by rural neighbors of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant but is expected to draw opposition from the U.S. military.

The few, the proud, the forgotten -- Water at Camp LeJeune NC tainted with chemicals for years. The I-Team has uncovered a trail of documents that first raised red flags about alleged contaminants in Camp Lejeune water dating back to 1981. But at the end of this day, the military says there is not enough proof to link contaminants with the health nightmares so many are experiencing today.

Study to examine health of female Vietnam vets -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching a four year, $5.6 million study of women veterans who served in the Vietnam War to examine their mental and physical health nearly 40 years later.

Rising military suicides -- The pace is faster than combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan!

World Health Organization ‘Manufactured’ The Global Swine Flu Scare –- Suspected Of Corruption.

WHO linked scientists mixing swine & bird flu to create deadly virus -- Swine flu and bird flu viruses are being mixed together by French professor , Bruno Lina, affiliated with WHO, potentially creating a lethal virus writes Ester Nordland on the internet news site Norway Health.

Video: Military Hardware Movements into California

Unusually mild Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end -- An unusually mild 2009 Atlantic hurricane season came to an end Monday, having largely spared the Caribbean and US east coast, weather officials said.

Inventor's terminal cancer courtesy of Verichip? -- Bob Boyce, who has invented a super-efficient electrolysis method, as well as a self-looping electrical circuit capable of charging batteries, discovered a microchip implant in his shoulder when having a tumor removed from that spot, which metastasized. It turns out the chip was made by VeriChip; and he has no idea how it got there.

Policing with alcohol bracelets instead of handcuffs -- With the U.S. prison population bursting at the seams, one company has taken it upon itself to change things, county by county, via a tiny piece of technology.

Cancer: the health risk behind the cosmeceutical mask -- These products are the fastest growing sales sector of the entire cosmetics industry, and are widely marketed as being safe. But Cancer Prevention Coalition Chairman Dr. Samuel S. Epstein warns that altering the physical structure of skin with chemicals to look more youthful comes at a hidden price to the skin, and even more so to overall health.

15 ridiculous toys NOT to buy your children for Christmas -- Be sure to check out the list of what NOT to buy!

Public employees find an enemy in Allentown, Pennsylvania Eagle Scout -- Young Mr. Anderson most likely never thought he would end up being a lightning rod for controversy when he decided to clean up a rural bike path, but he also probably never gave any thought to the disgruntled Parks Department employees who felt he was overstepping his bounds.

Delicious and Healthy: Try Hemp Protein and Coconut Oil Shake Recipe -- Master food of the new millennia. Hemp seeds contain one of the most complete protein profiles of any nut or seed known to mankind. They get even better; they also contain the right ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Their GLA content is 30% for whole seeds and 10% for protein powders. They taste delicious and nutty and do not overpower the other flavors like some vegetarian shake mixes tend to do.



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