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Today in History July 31, 2009
1498 - Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, arrived at the island of Trinidad.
1790 - The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. The substance was used in fertilizer.
1792 - The cornerstone of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, PA, was laid. It was the first building to be used only as a U.S. government building.
1928 - MGM’s Leo the lion roared for the first time. He introduced MGM’s first talking picture, "White Shadows on the South Seas."
1948 - U.S. President Truman helped dedicate New York International Airport (later John F. Kennedy International Airport) at Idlewild Field.
1964 - The American space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the moon's surface.
1971 - Men rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle (LRV).
1991 - U.S. President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
1997 - In New York City, NY, police seized five bombs believed to be bound for terrorist attacks on city subways.
1999 - The spacecraft Lunar Prospect crashed into the moon. It was a mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface. The craft had been launched on January 6, 1998.

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The Mandatory Swine Flu Drill -- "How timely! I am a surgeon in the Baltimore area. My main hospital decided to run a “Swine Flu Drill” for the employees and doctors over the last 2 days. Apparently, the general public was excluded because only hospital workers get swine flu. I am sure that the ability to coerce employees had nothing to do with it." Read More...

List of blog posts by Meryl Nass, M.D. on Swine Flu vaccines:

Insane food bill HR 2740 passes House on second try -- HR 2749: Totalitarian Control Of Our Food Supply

Children treated with Tamiflu suffer nightmares and nausea -- More than half of children who take Tamiflu suffer side effects such as nausea and nightmares. The drug being used to fight swine flu can also produce stomach pain, diarrhea and sleeping problems.

Damaged cable causes Internet blackout in four West African countries -- Five days ago, the Appfrica tech blog reported an Internet blackout in Benin, a West African country roughly the size of Ohio. The outage, which also affected neighboring Togo, Niger and Nigeria, was caused by damage to the SAT-3 submarine communications cable, which links Portugal and Spain to South Africa via the West African coastline.

A plain english translation of what's really in Obama's health care legislation -- This is a reprint of what was found in the health care reform bill. As you read this, keep in mind that some of these translations are a bit loose with the interpretations, but I've personally spot-checked these points, and they are indeed all contained in the bill in one form or another (shrouded in Doublespeak language, of course).

Obama exposed disappears off net --, an extensive information depot questioning Barack Obama's eligibility to hold the office of president, has vanished off the Internet, and its publisher believes the political end is also near for the commander in chief.

Obama forms shadow government for crisis -- The White House Military Office will now lead the way in installing a “shadow government” should officials have to leave the capital because of a terrorist strike or some other catastrophe. The contingency plans include moving those officials to Mount Weather, Va. and running backup computer systems.

US Supreme Court upsets speed camera industry -- Red light camera makers fear high court Confrontation Clause ruling will create legal challenges.

Swine flu hits Air Force operations in N. FLA -- Swine flu has hit the Air Force's special operations command in northwest Florida. As many as 59 airmen at Hurlburt Field are suspected of having the virus, while another four have tested positive.

Additive used in US meat production may be too dangerous even for Codex -- The latest session of the U.N. Codex Alimentarius ended without final adoption of a maximum residue level for ractopamine, a feed additive widely used in pork and beef production.

GM sugar beets found in soil mix sold to gardeners -- In May, genetically modified sugar beet plants were found in a soil mix sold to gardeners at a landscape supply business in Corvallis, Oregon. The contamination incident raises doubts about the ability of the sugar beet seed industry to keep GM sugar beets from contaminating non-GMO sugar beets and related plants.

Disease threatens Afghan wheat crop -- Agronomists and crop experts fear that an aggressive disease that attacks wheat crops could soon reach Afghanistan, potentially threatening food security and initiatives to curb the cultivation of illicit crops.

"Clunkers" rebate program so popular that it's broke -- New-car shoppers appear to have already snapped up all the $1 billion that Congress appropriated for the “cash for clunkers” program, leading the Transportation Department to tell auto dealers Thursday night to stop offering the rebates.

Unique immunization method provides insights about protective anti-malaria immune response -- "The scientists' experimental approach involved exposing two groups of healthy human subjects to mosquitoes once a month over a three-month period at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in The Netherlands. One group (vaccine group) was exposed to mosquitoes infected with the malaria parasite, P. falciparum, and the second group (control group) to uninfected mosquitoes."

AG Eric Holder warns of radicalization of Americans -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder warned on Wednesday of increased "radicalization" of Americans in recent months, two days after seven people were arrested in North Carolina for allegedly plotting attacks overseas.

YouTube: NRA: the untold story of gun confiscation after Katrina -- Thousands of firearms were confiscated from law-abiding gun owners. The police gave no paperwork or receipts for those guns. They just stormed in and seized them.

Downtown Ft. Myers condo has 32 floors and only 1 occupant -- Victor Vangelakos lives in a luxury condominium tower on the Caloosahatchee River. He never has to worry about the neighbors making too much noise. There are no neighbors.

Swine flu shock-is it a biological weapon? -- As type A (H1N1) flu continues its relentless toll in Thailand, seemingly largely defeating preventative measures, there are disturbing reports that the flu is not one type but, in fact, already a cocktail of human, avian and swine viruses. Which means most antidotes will be ineffective, especially if it turns out to be an ‘escaped biological weapon’; one of the latest claims!

Will Krakatoa volcano rock the world again? -- Last time, it killed thousands and changed the weather for five years, now it could be even deadlier...

Is your cat left or right pawed? -- It may not be obvious from the scratch marks cats dish out, but domestic felines favour one paw over the other. More often than not, females tend to be righties, while toms are lefties, say Deborah Wells and Sarah Millsopp, psychologists at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Let's break up the Fed-Wall St Journal -- The Federal Reserve has done a terrible job at financial regulation. Why give it more power?

Today in History July 30, 2009
1502 - Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.
1619 - The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, VA. (House of Burgesses)
1729 - The city of Baltimore was founded in Maryland.
1733 - The first Freemasons lodge opened in what would later become the United States.
1889 - Vladimir Zworykin, called the "Father of Television" was born in Russia. He invented the iconoscope.
1898 - "Scientific America" carried the first magazine automobile ad. The ad was for the Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH.
1932 - Walt Disney's "Flowers and Trees" premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor.
1937 - The American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA) was organized as a part of the American Federation of Labor.
1942 - The WAVES were created by legislation signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of the Women's Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service were a part of the U.S. Navy.
1945 - The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack.
1956 - The phrase "In God We Trust" was adopted as the U.S. national motto.
1965 - U.S. President Johnson signed into law Social Security Act that established Medicare and Medicaid. It went into effect the following year.
1974 - The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Nixon for blocking the Watergate investigation and for abuse of power.
1975 - Jimmy Hoffa, former Teamsters union president, disappeared in Michigan. His remains were never found.
1990 - The first Saturn automobile rolled off the assembly line.
2003 - In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagon Beetle rolled off an assembly line.

China's national flag to go up in White House on Sept 20 -- The national flag of the People's Republic of China (PRC) will be hoisted at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on September 20, media reported Sunday.

Volunteers swarm for shot at swine flu vaccine -- Response overwhelms scientists leading safety trials for new H1N1 drug.

Who gets first swine flu shots? Panel advises -- The priority groups include pregnant women; health care and emergency services personnel; children, adolescents and young adults up to age 24; household and caregiver contacts of children younger than six months; and healthy adults with certain medical conditions. Related Article: CDC Advisors Make Recommendations for Use of Vaccine Against Novel H1N1

World Health Organization Secrecy Surrounding the Swine Flu Raises More Red Flags -- The reported secrecy surrounding minutes of a key World Health Organization (WHO) meeting of an advisory vaccine group that was packed with executives from Baxter, Novartis and Sanofi recommending compulsory vaccinations in the U.S., Europe and other countries raises a multitude of red flags while offering more evidence that the lawsuit filed against the WHO, other world organizations and governments and the actions leading up to this 'Swine Flu pandemic' should be examined more closely.

Alarming provisions in food safety bill HR 2749 -- A new food safety bill is on the fast track in Congress-HR 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. The bill needs to be stopped. HR 2749 gives FDA tremendous power while significantly diminishing existing judicial restraints on actions taken by the agency. The bill would impose a one-size- fits-all regulatory scheme on small farms and local artisanal producers; and it would disproportionately impact their operations for the worse.

Bloomberg buys one way ticket for homeless to get them out of the city -- New York City is buying one-way plane tickets for homeless families to leave the city. It's part of a Bloomberg administration program to keep the homeless out of the expensive shelter system, which costs $36,000 a year per family. More than 550 families have left the city since 2007. All it takes is for a relative to agree to take them in. 

War on terror reaches US citizens -- Washington has called on Americans to aid in counterterrorism activities -- a move seen as a stepping stone to encroach upon civil liberties. "You are the ones who know if something is not right in your communities, such as a suspicious package, or unusual activity," Obama's Secretary said.

Military to deploy on US soil to "assist" with outbreak -- (..if a soldier comes to your door, what will YOU do?) When it comes to the U.S. military, the word "assist," of course, could mean almost anything. Typically, the U.S. military offers assistance at the end of a rifle. This "assistance" could mean assisting with quarantines, assisting with rounding up infected people or assisting with arresting and imprisoning people who resist vaccine shots.

NY Times editorial-The military is not the police -- The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 generally prohibits the military from law enforcement activities within the United States. If armed officers are going to knock on Americans’ doors, or arrest them in the streets, they should answer to civilian authorities.

GAO Report: Gaps in pandemic planning & preparedness need to be addressed -- Over the past 3 years, GAO conducted a body of work, consisting of 12 reports and 4 testimonies, to help the nation better prepare for a possible pandemic.

Cambodian government accused of creating AIDS colony -- Aids campaigners and human rights groups today accused the Cambodian government of herding HIV-affected families into an "Aids colony" outside the capital, Phnom Penh.

SOMARK - The Patented RFID Ink Tattoo -- The SOMARK technology is an RFID-like tattoo unique to the industry. Unlike conventional RFID, our product is chipless and features electronic ink for identification. We have competitive advantage with a lower price point, increased retention, easy application and reliable reading. What’s more, injection of our product is short and simple. No shaving is required and the process takes less than two seconds.

FBI investigates 11 letters with unknown powder -- Eleven letters containing suspicious white powder have been sent to government and private offices in North Jersey over the past 10 days, the FBI said yesterday.

Russia warns that massive anthrax attack is underway in the United States -- (it;s Sorcha Faal, but this paragraph makes one sit up & take notice) The World Health Organization, being aware of the true cause of this Swine Flu virus, is now being reported to have closed its deliberations to the public and has begun refusing to release the minutes of their meetings; and in the United States their government officials have been ordered to their protective bunkers this weekend under the guise of holding secret Cabinet meetings while at the same time their Nation is holding the largest terror exercise in their history, leading one to wonder when the other “shoe” is going to drop.)

Selenium helps remove mercury from the body -- While high levels of Mercury are often found in large species of fish, a more important factor to consider is the relative amount of Selenium the fish contains. Selenium, also abundant in seafood, actually helps remove Mercury from the body. Thus, consuming certain types of seafood (and other foods) that have a high Selenium to Mercury ratio can purify the body of heavy metals even when the fish contains those same elements. This article will explore the benefits of Selenium, those foods with the highest Selenium content, and the Mercury to Selenium ratio of several types of fish.

Use the healing properties og Helichrysum essential oil -- Helichrysum is known to help all sorts of medical ailments from ridding the body of scar tissue and stretch marks to relieving the pain of arthritis and regulating blood pressure.

Unemployment map for June -- See the Worst Hit Cities.

Murders by people with mental health issues on rise -- The number of people killed by individuals with mental health problems in England and Wales has risen over the last ten years, according to new figures.

DeClassified documents reveal military operative spied on Washington state peace groups -- Newly declassified documents reveal that an active member of Students for a Democratic Society and Port Militarization Resistance in Washington state was actually an informant for the US military.

YouTube on Aspartame -- Check every drink that you buy!

We've only just for begging in the streets -- Most of the population is struggling. The “haves” and the “have nots” is glaring. Sections of the United States will resemble third world poverty. Public infrastructure will continue to crumble. Tent cities continue to grow. Food pantry’s have empty shelves. FEMA camps are billed as “homeless camps”.

America's expansive bioweapons industrial complex -- A giant loop hole in the BWC allows for the production of "small quantities" of pestilential agents "for medical and defensive purposes." Note however, it is is not the production of said agents that are prohibited as such but rather, their transformation into "weapons, equipment or means of delivery ... for hostile purposes or in armed conflict." Read More...

Chinese workers say illness is real, not hysteria -- Public health experts tell sick workers to ‘get a hold of their emotions’ - Over 1200 people were sickened by exposure to toxic chemicals that came from the Jilin Connell Chemical Plant.

Mother nature's fireworks -- Lightning captured on camera by Storm Chaser, Roger Hill.

Immigration agents make home raids into a fun time -- Reports surfacing about the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency this past week seem more like an episode of Law and Order than real-life events, but the nightmarish stories of armed, warrantless raids of the homes of civil immigrants are nonetheless true.

Suppressed report shows cancer link to GM potatoes -- Campaigners against genetically modified crops in Britain are calling for trials of GM potatoes this spring to be halted after releasing more evidence of links with cancers in laboratory rats.

Today in History July 29, 2009
1773 - The first schoolhouse to be located west of the Allegheny Mountains was built in Schoenbrunn, OH.
1786 - "The Pittsburgh Gazette" became the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies to be published. The paper's name was later changed to "The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette".
1914 - The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York, NY and San Francisco, CA.
1940 - John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River. The swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO took him 89 hours and 48 minutes.
1957 - Jack Paar began hosting the "Tonight" show on NBC-TV. The name of the show was changed to "The Jack Paar Show". Paar was host for five years.
1957 - The International Atomic Energy Agency was established.
1958 - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1967 - Fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin. 134 U.S. servicemen were killed.
1975 - OAS (Organization of American States) members voted to lift collective sanctions against Cuba. The U.S. government welcomed the action and announced its intention to open serious discussions with Cuba on normalization.
1985 - General Motors announced that Spring Hill, TN, would be the home of the Saturn automobile assembly plant.
1997 - Minamata Bay in Japan was declared free of mercury 40 years after contaminated food fish were blamed for deaths and birth defects.
1998 - The United Auto Workers union ended a 54-day strike against General Motors. The strike caused $2.8 billion in lost revenues.
2005 - Astronomers announced that they had discovered a new planet larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun.

Military planning for possible H1N1 outbreak -- The U.S. military wants to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials. The proposal is awaiting final approval from Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Southern Poverty Law Center Calls for CNN’s Lou Dobbs to be taken off the Air -- The president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, J. Richard Cohen wrote a letter to CNN president Jonathon Klein calling for Lou Dobbs to be taken of the air for spreading racist conspiracy theories about Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Cohen wrote, “Respectable news organizations should not employ reporters willing to peddle racist conspiracy theories and false propaganda.”

China police,30,000 workers clash -- About 30,000 Chinese steel workers clashed with police over plans to merge their mill with another company, and beat a manager to death, a Hong Kong-based human rights group has said.

Security cameras in all subway cars in New York -- In a groundbreaking security initiative, MTA will begin running one subway train with security cameras in every one of its cars by the end of the year, officials said yesterday. Every corner of every car will be in the cameras' view.

CDC panel to recommend who should get flu shot -- With the first trials of a vaccine against the new H1N1 swine flu set to begin shortly, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will convene a panel of experts Wednesday to recommend a priority list of candidates for the vaccine.

YouTube: History Channel Documentary Validates Chemtrails and Weather Warfare Airs July 25 4pm -- The name of the program is That's Impossible-Weather Warfare and it airs on July 25th on the History Channel at 4pm.

FDA says mercury dental filling not harmful -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday silver-colored dental fillings that contain mercury are safe for patients, reversing an earlier caution against their use in certain patients, including pregnant women and children.

Real unemployment rate hits 68 year high -- Although you have to dig into the statistics to know it, unemployment in the United States is now worse than at any time since the end of the Great Depression.

Ebola in pigs new health threat -- A team of scientists in the Philippines has warned that a member of the Ebola family of viruses has been found in pigs, causing concern.

Elderly should be low priority for antivirals says scientist -- The controversial view was published yesterday by an Italian scientist who claimed that distributing drugs such as Tamiflu to those over 65 has little effect on the spread of the infection or on mortality rates.

WHO recommends mandatory injections in almost 200 countries -- Executives from Baxter, Novartis, Glaxo-Smith Kline, and Sanofi Pasteur have seats at the advisory group that on July 13th recommended mandatory H1N1 vaccination of everyone in all 194 countries that belong to the World Health Organization (WHO), according to a report just issued by journalist Jane Burgermeister.

Senate Pages May Have Contracted Swine Flu, Says Top Official -- The pages have been quarantined, or as Gainer put it, "resting comfortably apart from their peers" in Daniel Webster Page Residence, near the Hart Senate Office Building. They will not be allowed to return to the Senate until the physician's office clears them,

New criminal charges filed against Baxter in Austria -- This is a translation into English of the first part of the new set of criminal charges filed last week at the Vienna State Prosecutor’s Office concerning the Baxter case.

Medal of honor to be awarded: only the 6th since 9/11 -- Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan. He is the second service member to receive the military's highest honor for action in Afghanistan. The award was given 246 times in Vietnam.

Data detailing New York Stock Exchange network exposed on unsecure server -- Sensitive information about the technical infrastructure of the New York Stock Exchange’s computer network was left unsecured on a public server for possibly more than a year, Threat Level has learned.

CDC Chief: Soda Tax Could Combat Obesity -- The last congressional panel expected to produce its own recommendations for health care reform -- listened to arguments earlier this year both for and against imposing a three-cent tax on sodas as well as other sugary drinks, including energy and sports drinks like Gatorade. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a three-cent tax would generate $24 billion over the next four years, and proponents of the tax argued before the committee that it would lower consumption of sugary drinks and improve Americans' overall health.

Study: Tanning beds as deadly as arsenic -- International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, deeming them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas. For years, scientists have described tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation as "probable carcinogens."

Gardasil causes 400% more deaths than other common vaccine -- A federal report has concluded that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil has a 400 percent higher rate of adverse effects than another comparable vaccine, the Menactra anti-meningitis shot. "It is unusual for there to be such a big discrepancy between two vaccines used in similar populations involving serious and relatively rare life threatening adverse events and autoimmune disorders," the researchers from the federal Vaccine Events Reporting System wrote.

The new retirement plan: just keep working -- With nest eggs crushed, retirees rely on a paycheck — if they can find one.

Barcode replacement shown off -- A replacement for the black and white stripes of the traditional barcode has been outlined by US researchers.

Citizens of the United States welcome to Animal Farm 2009 -- Remember the book Animal Farm by George Orwell?

The death of playground games -- 'Ultimately, we're seeing a gap emerge in today's younger generation in the "fun" skills that we learn through a wide variety of physical and mental activities. 'This in turn, is not giving our kids the best opportunities for their future.

Today in History July 28, 2009
1865 - The American Dental Association proposed its first code of ethics.
1866 - The metric system was legalized by the U.S. Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States.
1868 - The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect. The amendment guaranteed due process of law.
1896 - The city of Miami, FL, was incorporated.
1914 - World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
1932 - Federal troops forcibly dispersed the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington, DC. They were demanding money they were not scheduled to receive until 1945.
1941 - Plans for the Pentagon were approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.
1942 - L.A. Thatcher received a patent for a coin-operated mailbox. The device stamped envelopes when money was inserted.
1945 - A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building. 14 people were killed and 26 were injured.
1965 - U.S. President Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.
1976 - An earthquake northern China, killed at least 242,000 people.
1998 - Bell Atlantic and GTE announced $52 billion deal that created the second-largest phone company.
1998 - Monica Lewinsky received blanket immunity from prosecution to testify before a grand jury about her relationship with U.S. President Clinton.
2006 - Researchers announced that two ancient reptiles had been found off Australia. The Umoonasaurus and Opallionectes were the first of their kind to be found in the period soon after the Jurassic era.

Hawaii again declares Obama birth certificate real -- State officials in Hawaii on Monday said they have once again checked and confirmed that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen, and therefore meets a key constitutional requirement for being president.

Learn How Coconut Oil Can Benefit Insulin Resistance and Diabetes -- The healthy fat in coconut oil plays an essential role in regulating blood sugar: it slows the digestive process to ensure a steady, even stream of energy from your food by lowering the overall glycemic index of your meal. When you include coconut oil in a meal with carbohydrates, the carbs are broken down into glucose more slowly, so blood sugar levels remain steady even after you eat.

Thought For The Day from our good friend Mike Tawse in the UK -- "The search for good health has so much more to offer than freedom from illness. It is as much about new insight as new eyesight and as much about new hope as new health." Be sure to check out his website My Serrapeptase Adventure

U.S. charges seven with plotting attacks overseas -- U.S. authorities on Monday arrested seven people from North Carolina who have been charged with plotting to carry out terrorist attacks overseas, including in Kosovo, Jordan and the Gaza Strip.

Government swine flu advisor on vaccine maker payroll -- “Professor Sir Roy Anderson sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), a 20-strong task force drawing up the action plan for the virus. Yet he also holds a £116,000-a-year post on the board of GlaxoSmithKline,” reports the Daily Mail.

Companies start shipping U.S. seasonal flu vaccine -- Both Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines unit of Sanofi Aventis, and CSL Biotherapies, a unit of Australia's CSL Ltd, said they had begun shipping seasonal flu vaccine to health providers in the United States.

US gears for huge swine flu vaccination push -- "This is the largest vaccine effort the world has ever seen," agreed Robin Robinson, director of the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority (BARDA), quoted in the Washington Post.

10 things you're not supposed to know about the swine flu vaccine -- there are a whole lot of things you'll never be told by health authorities about the upcoming swine flu vaccine. Read More...

Nurses Association opposes mandatory flu shots for health workers -- Speaking at a meeting of the New York State Hospital Planning and Review Council, the New York State Nurses Association strongly opposed a regulation that would require every healthcare worker in the state to be immunized for influenza.

FEMA toxic trailers expose larger RV industry problem -- A July 23 report from the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General officially blames FEMA for putting victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita at risk by mishandling formaldehyde problems in trailers.

12,000 children to be swine flu vaccine guinea pigs -- Around 12,000 U.S. children will be used as guinea pigs for an experimental swine flu vaccine known to contain the dangerous ingredient squalene, which has been directly linked with cases of Gulf War Syndrome and a host of other debilitating diseases.

Evaluating the capability and cost of a mass influenza & pneumonococcal vaccination clinic via computer simulation -- Objective. To determine if a mass influenza/pneumococcal vaccination clinic could vaccinate 15,000 clients in 17 h; optimize personnel configuration to maximize number of clients vaccinated; and estimate costs (opportunity and clinic) and revenue.

Health agency in Canada to test idea that vitamin D offers flu protection -- By screening infected blood, researchers hoping to find new ways to fight the virus.

Police in Texas can now use force to compel hurricane evacuation -- A new state law will allow police to arrest people who don’t leave town under mandatory evacuation orders. The law, passed this year, takes effect Sept. 1, in the heart of hurricane season in Texas. It also applies to other disasters, such as fires or floods.

Radio talk show hosts fired for interviewing Joseph Farah about Obama birth certificate issue -- A pair of Louisiana FM radio talkers say they got canned following an interview with WND Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah on the subject of Barack Obama's constitutional eligibility for office.

Almost 1/4 of Spanish women take anti-depressants -- Psychopharmaceutical use has risen over recent years. This is fact, but what is not clear is the reason why. Researchers from four Madrid-based health centres have shown that family conflict is not a significant factor.

3,000 record low temperatures recorded in July -- Check out the chart.

FEDERAL JUDGES ENGAGE IN CONSPIRACY TO COVER UP INCOME TAX FRAUD by Devvy Kidd -- What can be more detrimental to the lives of the American people than the enforcement of the federal income tax under a law that doesn't exist? And corrupt judges on the bench running a bankruptcy fraud scheme?

A brief history of communications intelligence in the United States -- A BRIEF HISTORY OF COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE IN THE UNITED STATES by LAURANCE F. SAFFORD - CAPTAIN, USN (RET.)

More Taser abuse by police in Idaho -- Boise police already had the suspect handcuffed when they rammed a Taser gun into his anus and fired. Then they placed the Taser gun against his genitals and threatened to do the same.

Daniel Hauser ordered by judge to continue chemo treatments -- During court it was decided the Hausers have been completely compliant with the court's orders and that Daniel's treatment at Children's in Minneapolis is going well. "Dan Zwakman says, "Their history has shown that the Hauser's are going to cooperate here and they have been, there's been no objection as to what they've been doing.

UK: Secret tax for having a patio or scenic view -- Shocking new details of a stealth tax of up to £600 for householders with views of any kind, patios, conservatories and even a nearby bus stop are revealed for the first time today.

Phone gadget to diagnose disease -- Researchers have developed an add-on to a mobile phone that can take detailed images and analyse them to diagnose diseases such as tuberculosis.

Stupid news: California city spends thousands to defend red light camera ticket -- Fullerton, California spends $14,000 to convince a judge to overturn his own red light camera decision.

Verizon to cut 8,000 jobs by end of year -- The company will be cutting more than 8,000 employee and contractor jobs before the end of the year in the wireline business, speeding up its efforts to keep costs in line, according to chief financial officer John Killian.

Today in History July 27, 2009
1663 - The British Parliament passed a second Navigation Act, which required all goods bound for the colonies be sent in British ships from British ports..
1694 - The Bank of England received a royal charter as a commercial institution.
1775 - Benjamin Rush began his service as the first Surgeon General of the Continental Army.
1784 - "Courier De L’Amerique" became the first French newspaper to be published in the United States. It was printed in Philadelphia, PA.
1777 - The marquis of Lafayette arrived in New England to help the rebellious American colonists fight the British.
1789 - The Department of Foreign Affairs was established by the U.S. Congress. The agency was later known as the Department of State.
1804 - The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With the amendment Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.
1866 - Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable. It was an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe.
1909 - Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight. He was testing the first Army airplane and kept it in the air for 1 hour 12 minutes and 40 seconds.
1918 - The Socony 200 was launched. It was the first concrete barge and was used to carry oil.
1940 - Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon "A Wild Hare."
1964 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson sent an additional 5,000 advisers to South Vietnam.
1965 - In the U.S., the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act was signed into law. The law required health warnings on all cigarette packages.
1974 - The U.S. Congress asked for impeachment procedures against President Richard Nixon.
1995 - The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, by U.S. President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.
1999 - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.
2003 - It was reported by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the "Loch Ness Monster" began in the 6th century.

Cuomo Sues Debt Collectors, Law Firms to Toss Default Judgments -- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sued 35 law firms and two debt collection agencies to throw out about 100,000 default judgments he said were improperly obtained in debt-related lawsuits.
Related Article: Cuomo sues 35 law firms over debt collection mess

Missouri Gulf War Veteran Driving Tractor to DC -- A Missouri man driving his John Deere tractor from his home in Willow Springs, Missouri to Washington DC is making a stop in our region July 25th. The Gulf War Veteran says he's at a breaking point because he claims he is disabled, but not getting disability benefits from his country. Follow His Blog at:

US Navy warns of increased pirate activity -- With the monsoon season ending in four to six weeks pirate activity is expected to increase, the Navy said in a statement Monday.

Video: "Influenza -The Doomsday Flu - 1918" -- The influenza pandemic of 1918 and the possibility of a future outbreak.

Biden's remarks baffle Russia -- Russian leadership is baffled by the "harsh criticism" of the Kremlin by US Vice President Joe Biden at the time when the two countries are trying hard to improve their ties. Read More...

About That New Jersey Organ Scandal -- Even by New Jersey standards, Thursday’s roundup of three mayors, five rabbis and 36 others on charges of money laundering and public corruption was big. But what put this FBI dragnet head and shoulders above the rest are the charges of trafficking in human body parts.

Bush Almost Sent the Military Into Buffalo -- The Bush administration in 2002 considered sending U.S. troops into a Buffalo, N.Y., suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects in what would have been a nearly unprecedented use of military power, The New York Times reported.  Read More...

The National Immunization Survey -- The NIS is a list-assisted random-digit-dialing telephone survey followed by a mailed survey to children’s immunization providers that began data collection in April 1994 to monitor childhood immunization coverage.

DHS plans massive 5 day multi national terrorism prevention exercises -- Beginning Monday, security officials at all levels in the United States and four other countries will scramble into action in the wake of a fictional terrorist attack somewhere outside the United States.

Gov't considers 7 states for mercury site discovering that no one really wants it around -- The federal government is trying to find a location to store the nation's excess mercury deposits, with seven states being considered. But the government is quickly finding out that very few people want the stuff. Sometimes called "quicksilver," mercury is a dense, metallic element that occurs naturally in the environment and has been used in gold mining, manufacturing chlorine and caustic soda, batteries, thermometers and other uses. Its use has been in decline in this country since it was linked to health issues, including pulmonary and neural disorders.

A Vaccine Form You Can Give to Your Pediatrician (or even your general practitioner) -- Print it up and see if your physician will sign it!!!

You Know Who You Are...But Does the IRS Know? -- Last March, the IRS announced a "Voluntary Disclosure program" for people who haven't been reporting or paying taxes on offshore income. The IRS warns that those who don't confess by a Sept. 23 deadline will be hit with far bigger penalties.

5 freedoms you would lose under health care reform -- If you read the fine print in the Congressional plans, you'll find that a lot of cherished aspects of the current system would disappear.

Speed cameras to be used to track litter -- Speed camera vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) next month will use its automated ticketing expertise to run a litter camera program for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Under first-of-its-kind initiative, city workers will drive around photographing neighborhoods with special cameras hooked into a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite tracking device. The workers will be looking to capture homes that might have litter, weeds or trash on their lawn so that a hefty fine can be imposed.

Vitamin C facts -- To foil the musings of mainstream medicine and mainstream media who wrongfully attack the use of supplements, especially vitamins C and E, here is a recent report on how these vitamins reduce mortality. Read More...

Microwave weapon will rain pain from the sky -- THE Pentagon's enthusiasm for non-lethal crowd-control weapons appears to have stepped up a gear with its decision to develop a microwave pain-infliction system that can be fired from an aircraft.

Hundreds volunteer for SLU swine flu study -- Saint Louis University has received 500 calls from people interested in volunteering to try a new swine flu vaccine.

Europe fast tracking swine flu vaccine -- In a drive to inoculate people against swine flu before winter, many European governments say they will fast-track the testing of a new flu vaccine, arousing concern among some experts about safety issues and proper vaccine doses.

Flu pandemic: Mass graves & martial law -- According to an AFP news item, governments are indeed planning for mass graves in response to a flu pandemic.

Startling new evidence that the swine flu is man made -- Novartis Patent Detailed And Mass Murder Charged.

Texas governor raises state's rights issues over Obama health care -- Gov. Rick Perry, raising the specter of a showdown with the Obama administration, suggested Thursday that he would consider invoking states’ rights protections under the 10th Amendment to resist the president’s healthcare plan, which he said would be "disastrous" for Texas.

US on verge of closing anthrax probe after 8 years -- A year after government scientist Bruce Ivins killed himself while under investigation for the lethal anthrax letters of 2001, the Justice Department is on the verge of closing the long, costly and vexing case.

Soldiers in Colorado slayings tell of Iraq horrors -- "The Army pounds it into your head until it is instinct: Kill everybody, kill everybody," he said. "And you do. Then they just think you can just come home and turn it off."

Whistleblower tells of America's hidden nightmare for its sick poor -- When an insurance firm boss saw a field hospital for the poor in Virginia, he knew he had to speak out. Here, he tells Paul Harris of his fears for Obama's bid to bring about radical change.

Uranium contamination haunts Navajo country -- It was one year ago that the environmental scientist showed up at Fred Slowman’s door, deep in the heart of Navajo country, and warned that it was unsafe for him to stay there. The Slowman home, the same one-level cinderblock structure his family had lived in for nearly a half-century, was contaminated with potentially dangerous levels of uranium from the days of the cold war, when hundreds of uranium mines dotted the vast tribal land known as the Navajo Nation.

Private prisons turn a handsome profit -- While the nation’s economy flounders, business is booming for The GEO Group Inc., a private prison firm that is paid millions by the U.S. government to detain undocumented immigrants and other federal inmates. In the last year and a half, GEO announced plans to add a total of at least 3,925 new beds to immigration lockups in five locations.

Bush weighed using military in arrests -- Top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated testing the Constitution by sending American troops into the suburbs of Buffalo to arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with Al Qaeda, according to former administration officials.

Monsanto GM corn a disaster in South Africa -- Farmers in South Africa have reported an inexplicable failure to seed in three different varieties of corn genetically modified (GM) by the Monsanto Corporation.

Quick, quiet genetic corn approval questioned -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has quietly approved a new genetically engineered corn with eight different insect- and weed -fighting traits, but farmer and environmental groups in Canada say the approval was rushed and environmental risks ignored.

NWO depopulation document -- This document was passed out at the ECO meeting, and we eventually received a copy after almost two years had transpired. We feel that the above document provides sufficient information as to the design of the NWO relative to world population. The telephone number was attempted and found to be associated with Senator Gephardt.

Beyond Gates' arrest - a growth of police power -- Arrests of those who challenge police authority are not uncommon, say civil libertarians.

Poisonous gas from African lake poses threat to millions -- Trapped methane and carbon dioxide could be set loose by a quake or landslide, say scientists.

The crisis of choosing between owning a dog & having homeowner's insurance -- When you get home owner insurance quotes, it is best to tell the agent or broker if you have a dog. Many insurance companies have special policies concerning dog ownership. Having a dog can raise your rates or make it impossible for you to get complete coverage on your home. People sue for dog bite and attacks more often now and the cost of covering that risk on home owner insurance is increasing.

Today in History July 24, 2009
In 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley in present-day Utah.
In 1858, Republican senatorial candidate Abraham Lincoln formally challenged Democrat Stephen A. Douglas to a series of political debates; the result was seven face-to-face encounters.
In 1862, the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, died in Kinderhook, N.Y.
In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.
In 1929, President Herbert Hoover proclaimed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy.
In 1937, the state of Alabama dropped charges against four of the nine young black men accused of raping two white women in the "Scottsboro Case."
In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts — two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon — splashed down safely in the Pacific.
In 1974, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.
In 1975, an Apollo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific, completing a mission which included the first-ever docking with a Soyuz capsule from the Soviet Union.

UK: Heinz recalls baby food after nine-month-old chokes on piece of plastic 'bigger than a stamp' -- Just another reason to make your own baby food and all other food! (Thanks Karen & Paul)

National Immunization Survey -- They want to know where all the little kids are and if they have been vaccinated.

Readying Americans for Dangerous, Mandatory Vaccinations -- At least three US federal laws should concern all Americans and suggest what may be coming - mandatory vaccinations for hyped, non-existant threats, like H1N1 (Swine Flu). Vaccines and drugs like Tamiflu endanger human health but are hugely profitable to drug company manufacturers. The Project BioShield Act of 2004 (S. 15) became law on July 21, 2004 "to provide protections and countermeasures against chemical, radiological, or nuclear agents that may be used in a terrorist attack against the United States by giving the National Institutes of Health contracting flexibility, infrastructure improvements, and expediting the scientific peer review process, and streamlining the Food and Drug Administration approval process of countermeasures."

Swine flu website overwhelmed by demand as new cases double in a week -- About 100,000 people caught swine flu in England last week, the chief medical officer revealed today, as the government's online diagnosis service crashed within minutes of launch when thousands of people tried to log on at the same time. The rapid spread of the virus was confirmed as the National Pandemic Flu Service – dispensing advice and anti-viral prescriptions over the telephone and online – went live to relieve pressure on GPs.

More Troops Relying on Food Stamps -- Military members and their families are using more food stamps than in previous years – redeeming them last year at nearly twice the civilian rate, according to Defense Commissary Agency figures.

Obama to announce $4.35 billion in stimulus for schools -- President Obama plans to announce the next phase of education funding Friday as one round of stimulus money filters through state governments and into school districts. The $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund is the largest federal investment in school reform in the United States, according to the Department of Education.

North Korea 'Tests Weapons on Children' -- When Im Chun-yong made his daring escape from North Korea, with a handful of his special forces men, there were many reasons why the North Korean government was intent on stopping them. Among the accounts they carried with them is one of the most shocking yet to emerge – namely the use of humans, specifically mentally or physically handicapped children, to test North Korea's biological and chemical weapons. Read More...

Jobless Checks Delayed as States Struggle -- In a program that values timeliness above all else, decisions involving more than a million applicants have been slowed, and hundreds of thousands of needy people have waited months for checks.

Feds bust 44, including 3 mayors, 5 rabbis -- An investigation into the sale of black-market kidneys and fake Gucci handbags evolved into a sweeping probe of political corruption in New Jersey, ensnaring more than 40 people Thursday, including three mayors, two state lawmakers and several rabbis.

Farmed Fish Could Give Humans Mad Cow Disease -- scientists are calling for government regulators to ban feeding cow meat or bone meal to fish until this common practice can be shown to be safe. "We have not proven that it's possible for fish to transmit the disease to humans. Still, we believe that out of reasonable caution for public health, the practice of feeding rendered cows to fish should be prohibited. Fish do very well in the seas without eating cows," Friedland said in an interview with the Kentucky Post newspaper. (Thanks Mathilda)

U.S. Loses Moral High Ground With Torture -- Obama left unaddressed the possibility of torture in secret foreign prisons under our control as in Abu Ghraib in Iraq or Bagram in Afghanistan, not to mention the "black sites" sponsored by our foreign clients in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Thailand and other countries."The United States will not torture," Obama said in his directive. But he has been silent on the question of whether the U.S. would help others do the torturing.

Thought For The Day -- A Truly Educated Person -- Sent by our friend Mike Tawse in the UK. Be sure to read Mike's latest update to his Serrapeptase Adventure.

Iraq PM admits US troops may stay longer -- The Iraqi prime minister has admitted US troops could stay in the country beyond 2011. Under the US-Iraq Status of Forces agreement, which sets out a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, American troops must exit the country by December 31, 2011.

Obama remark on Gates’ arrest angers cops -- Obama's public criticism that Cambridge officers "acted stupidly" when they arrested black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. angered many police officers across the country have a message for President Barack Obama: Get all the facts before criticizing one of our own.

Texas cleaning up oil blobs on South Padre Island -- Gooey oil blobs as big as basketballs have been washing up on the sandy beaches of South Padre Island in Texas, officials said Thursday. The Texas General Land Office said it doesn't know what is causing the tar-like blobs, but authorities were working to clean up the popular tourist destination. Beaches have not been closed.

Gov't considers 7 states for mercury site -- The federal government is trying to find a location to store the nation's excess mercury deposits, with seven states being considered. But the government is quickly finding out that very few people want the stuff. Officials are considering sites in seven states: Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Missouri and South Carolina.

Today in History July 23, 2009
1775 - U.S. Postal System created
1829 - The first typewriter was patented -- by William Burt of Mt. Vernon, MI.
1865 - William Booth founds the Salvation Army.
1868 - The 14th Amendment is ratified, granting citizenship to African Americans.
1885 - Ulysses S. Grant dies of throat cancer at the age of 63.
1894 - Japanese troops take over the Korean imperial palace.
1903 - The Ford Motor Company sells its first automobile, the Model A.
1944 - Soviet troops take Lublin, Poland as the German army retreats.
1962 - The Geneva Conference on Laos forbids the United States to invade eastern Laos.
1995 - Two astronomers, Alan Hale in New Mexico and Thomas Bopp in Arizona, almost simultaneously discover a comet.

Airman lost legs after gallbladder surgery -- An airman lost parts of both legs and was in critical condition after routine gallbladder surgery at Travis Air Force Base went terribly wrong, his family said.

Doc at center of VA cancer probe admits errors -- A doctor accused of botching dozens of prostate cancer surgeries at a Veterans Administration hospital admitted Monday that he sometimes missed his target when implanting radioactive seeds, leaving patients with incorrect dosages.

Volunteers sought for testing swine flu shots -- The government called Wednesday for several thousand volunteers to start rolling up their sleeves for the first swine flu shots, in a race to test whether a new vaccine really will protect against the virus before its expected rebound in the fall.

Mass flu vaccination would be madness -- The current threat of swine flu doesn’t justify a gamble on a vaccine that has not been fully tested!!

Think H1N1 is bad now? Wait till flu season -- Although the good news is that most H1N1/09 illnesses have been extremely mild, the rapidity of its spread — and the fact that young people seem to be especially vulnerable — still worries global health officials. "We don't know if it will actually ever completely go away," says David Butler Jones, the public health chief of Canada, which has been unusually hard-hit. "We're still seeing new cases, so nobody should let down their guard." There is always a chance that the virus could become more virulent when it returns in the fall — just as the deadly 1918 pandemic did.

UK: Pandemic flu service to go live -- The National Flu Service is expected to go live later, giving thousands of swine flu sufferers access to drugs without needing to consult a GP. The phone and website service, which will only cover England, is the first of its kind in the world.

Wireless patient tracking to halt contagion including swine flu -- It is time for our government to enact legislation requiring mandatory patient and caregiver tracking in hospitals and medical centers. We have a right to know if we have come in contact with a person who is contagious or if we have visited a location a contagious person recently occupied. Not only does it protect the individual, but the greater population. Read More...

Research In Motion Ltd. Warns Update Has Spyware -- Research In Motion Ltd. warned BlackBerry users in the United Arab Emirates that a software upgrade recommended by their wireless carrier was actually surveillance software that could enable unauthorized access to the popular smart phone. (Comment: At least someone is exposing this in the UAE, unlike how things go in the States. - Thanks Jimm!)

EPA Wants Better Monitoring of Airborne Lead -- The agency said it has no plans to change the lead air quality standard, which was tightened last year. But EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said more monitoring may be needed to make certain that the tougher requirements are being followed. Exposure to even very low levels of lead in early life has been linked to damage to a child's IQ, learning disabilities and memory loss. (Comment: They're "concerned" about this, but don't talk about chemtrails or fluoride in the water. Thanks Jimm)

Hot dogs should carry a warning label, lawsuit says -- "Just as tobacco causes lung cancer, processed meats are linked to colon cancer," said Neal Barnard, president of the Cancer Project and an adjunct professor at the George Washington University medical school in Washington, D.C. "Companies that sell hot dogs are well aware of the danger, and their customers deserve the same information."

Va. Tech shooter's mental health records surface -- The discovery of missing mental health records of the Virginia Tech gunman has victims' families and the governor questioning the thoroughness of the criminal investigation into the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Mexico to Host the 5th North American Leaders' Summit on August 9 and 10, 2009 -- Mexico will host the North American Leaders’ Summit in Guadalajara on August 9 and 10, 2009. President Obama will join his counterparts—Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper—for this fifth annual summit.

SOTOMAYOR'S CONFIRMATION VOTE RESCHEDULED - HERE'S WHY By: Devvy Kidd -- "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Sotomayor has been a willing participant in a judicially run and tolerated bankruptcy fraud scheme. There is no hesitation on my part when I say that if given all the evidence, a grand jury would indict not only Sotomayor, but several other federal judges involved in this fraud."

Man bursts into flames after being hit by taser -- An Australian man is in a critical condition in hospital after he became engulfed in flames when he was shot by police with a Taser gun.

Bernanke fights audit threat to the fed -- Central bank chief argues more review would compromise independence, seeking to deny legislative victory for one of Fed's biggest opponents.

Top Pentagon contractors unnamed -- All of the work done by the unnamed contractors was in either Iraq or Afghanistan, the analysis shows. However, in previous years, classified contracts still identified the contractors — the listing last year marked the first time the Pentagon omitted the names in such a way. Further, the Defense Department also omitted addresses and other contractor identifiers, and even created false corporate identification numbers, known as “Dunn’s numbers,” for the companies (Aerospace DAILY, May 22, June 24).

World's biggest tsunami -- The largest recorded tsunami was a wave 1720 feet tall in Lituya Bay, Alaska. On the night of July 9, 1958 an earthquake along the Fairweather Fault in the Alaska Panhandle loosened about 40 million cubic yards (30.6 million cubic meters) of rock high above the northeastern shore of Lituya Bay.

Hold the line! The cavalry is coming -- Army Corps construction in Afghanistan - Some amazing things are being done under some unbelievably challenging circumstances.

Speed cameras tackle seatbelt & cell phone offenses in Kent UK -- Speed cameras across Kent, UK, are to be used to catch motorists using their cell phones or not wearing seatbelts, following the completion of a four-month trial in the Medway region between November 2008 and February 2009.

Today in History July 22, 2009

1376 - The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date.
1587 - A second English colony was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. The colony vanished under mysterious circumstances.
1796 - Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland.
1798 - The USS Constitution was underway and out to sea for the firs time since being launched on October 21, 1797.
1933 - Wiley Post ended his around-the-world flight. He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
1937 - The U.S. Senate rejected President Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.
1941 - Plans for the Pentagon were presented to the House Subcommittee on Appropriations.
1975 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee had his U.S. citizenship restored by the U.S. Congress.
1998 - Iran tested medium-range missile, capable of reaching Israel or Saudi Arabia.
2000 - Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter.
2003 - In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated and no injuries were reported.
2004 - The September 11 commission's final report was released. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited "deep institutional failings within our government." The report was released to White House officials the day before.

Swine flu rages on at US Coast Guard Academy -- Ten percent of the freshman class at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has swine flu, and that number could rise in the coming days as more test results come in.

Navy Ships Under Swine Flu Quarantine -- A group of Navy ships is under quarantine after several dozen sailors and Marines on board tested positive for swine flu. Health officials say at least 69 people had been confirmed with the virus, and all of them have since recovered.

Asia watches long solar eclipse -- People in Asia have seen the longest total solar eclipse this century, with large areas of India and China plunged into darkness.

High fructose diets impair memory -- Adopting a diet rich in fructose, a form of sugar commonly found in processed foods and beverages, may result in impaired spatial memory.

Curcumin may prevent breast cancer in women who took hormones -- New research concludes a natural therapy could help. University of Missouri researchers have found that curcumin, a popular Indian spice derived from the turmeric root, could reduce the risk of breast cancer risk in women exposed to HRT.

This article will self-destruct: A tool to make online personal data vanish -- College Facebook posts or pictures can resurface during a job interview. A lost cell phone can expose personal photos or text messages. A legal investigation can subpoena the entire contents of a home or work computer, uncovering incriminating, inconvenient or just embarrassing details from the past.

Housing complex owners vote to ban smoking in private homes -- Members of the Fairfax Parkside Homeowners Association on Wednesday voted to outlaw smoking inside residences that are part of the 34-unit development. The ban also prohibits smoking in shared spaces, such as porches and garages, but does allow it in yards and on patios.

FTC goes after RiteAid stores in supplement crack down -- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged both the retailer Rite Aid and its supplier for the deceptive marketing of dietary supplement products, providing a clear indication that the watchdog is ready to clamp down on all parties involved in false advertising.

Are we destroying our health with hi potency Synthetic vitamins -- What we haven't been told about vitamins is that in large dosages, as commonly prescribed by physicians or recommended by vitamin manufacturers, vitamins can become overwhelmingly toxic and the same vitamin treatment that potentially benefit sick individuals may actually devastate healthy individuals. To understand how vitamin poisoning occurs, we need to examine the some issues...Read More....

Questions out there as world readies for swine flu vaccination -- A flurry of innovative vaccine trials is in the offing as governments and regulatory agencies prepare for the probable launch of mass swine flu vaccination programs in the fall.

WHO moves forward in secrecy to accomplish forced vaccinations -- The WHO has refused to release the Minutes of a key meeting of an advisory vaccine group – packed with executives from Baxter, Novartis and Sanofi – that recommended compulsory vaccinations in the USA, Europe and other countries against the artificial H1N1 “swine flu” virus this autumn.

A whole industry waits for a pandemic -- INTERVIEW WITH EPIDEMIOLOGIST TOM JEFFERSON.

Doctors warn avoid GM food -- The American Academy of Environmental Medicine states, "Genetically Modified foods have not been properly tested and pose a serious health risk. There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation."

Patriot Mark Yannone found dead in his Arizona home -- Mark was a patriot and pursued news to uncover truth to inform everyone of America's corrupt government. He was an Internet Tech (IT), and served as a web expose activist. Dead at 53.

Economy forces more families to leave bodies unclaimed -- The Los Angeles County morgue is handling more unclaimed bodies because the weak economy means more people can't afford burials for their loved ones.

Obama administration takes aim at gun rights revolt -- The Obama administration is raising the stakes in a fight over states' rights and firearm ownership by arguing that new pro-gun laws in Montana and Tennessee are invalid.

ATF to Montana: 'You will respect our authoritah!' -- Open letter to all Montana Federal Firearms Licensees - The ATF has issued a letter in which it disregards the 10th Amendment restrictions on federal power (as seems to be the trend since the late 1930) and has notified Montana’s federal firearms dealers that the Montana Firearms Freedom Act is meaningless. Essentially, ATF is saying to the state of Montana that the 10th Amendment no longer exists.

Big brother Amazon deletes books from your Kindle device -- also has a lot of power over consumers, and last week that translated into a truly Orweillian stunt by Amazon that deleted copies of the e-book 1984 from Kindle devices everywhere.

Judge restores Dan Rather's fraud claim against CBS -- A New York City judge has restored a fraud claim he previously dismissed from Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS Corp. over a story about former President George W. Bush.

Today in History July 21, 2009
1733 - John Winthrop was granted the first honorary Doctor of Law Degree given by Harvard College in Cambridge, MA.
1861 - The first major battle of the U.S. Civil War began. It was the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas Junction, VA. The Confederates won the battle.
1873 - Jesse James and his gang pulled off the first train robbery in the U.S. They took $3,000 from the Rock Island Express at Adair, IA.
1925 - The "Monkey Trial" ended in Dayton, TN. John T. Scopes was convicted of violating the state law for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. The conviction was later overturned.
1930 - The Veterans’ Administration of the United States was established.
1931 - CBS aired the first regularly scheduled program to be simulcast on radio and television. The show featured singer Kate Smith, composer George Gershwin and New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker.
1949 - The U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.
1961 - Capt. Virgil "Gus" Grissom became the second American to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern around the Earth. He was flying on the Liberty Bell 7.
1969 - Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission.
1980 - Draft registration began in the United States for 19 and 20-year-old men.
1997 - The U.S.S. Constitution, which defended the United States during the War of 1812, set sail under its own power for the first time in 116 years.
1999 - The missing plane of John F. Kennedy Jr. was found off of the coast of Martha's Vineyard, MA. The bodies of Kennedy, his wife Carolyn Bessette and her sister Lauren Bessette were found on board. The plane had crashed on July 16, 1999.
2002 - WorldCom Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At the time it was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
2004 - White House officials were briefed on the September 11 commission's final report. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited "deep institutional failings within our government." The report was released to the public the next day.

Patriot radio host Alan Stang passes away at 77 -- Author and radio host Alan Stang, a longstanding champion for conservativism and outspoken opponent of communism in the U.S., died yesterday. He was 77 years old.

EU666 defense stockpile & US666 defense stockpile -- datasheet on vaccine Prepandrix.

International Swine Flu Conference -- Top leaders and key decision-makers of major companies representing a broad range of industries will meet with distinguished scientists, public health officials, law enforcers, first responders, and other experts to discuss pandemic prevention, preparedness, response and recovery at the 1st International Swine Flu Conference. Note the Cost:

Rep. Mike Castle Fends Off the Birthers -- Here’s Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), a moderate Republican who hasn’t announced whether he’s running for re-election or for the U.S. Senate next year, at a town hall meeting earlier this month. A woman gets up, holding a baggie containing her birth certificate, and unleashes a rambling, minute-long tirade tirade about how the president is a “citizen of Kenya.” The crowd hoots and cheers when she’s done.

Goldman Sachs: A Vampire On The Jugular of America -- In this process, voters are temporarily satisfied when “their” candidate wins. In truth, “their” candidate was never theirs in the first place, already having been brokered and bought by powerful interest groups who have much to gain by their candidate’s ability to get elected.

Chuck Baldwin on the Billings murders in Pensacola -- By now, most Americans are familiar with the horrific murder of a Pensacola, Florida, couple by the name of Byrd and Melanie Billings. They were the parents of 17 children, 13 of whom were adopted--most of whom had disabilities. This case hits home with me, because they lived in my hometown of Pensacola. I did not know them personally, but they were fairly well known around town. Byrd was a well-to-do businessman who owned a used car business and financial loan service.

Governors worried about health care bill costs -- The nation’s governors, Democrats as well as Republicans, voiced deep concern yesterday about the shape of the healthcare bill emerging from Congress, fearing that the federal government is about to hand them expensive new Medicaid obligations without providing the money to pay for them.

Will coming winter bring more snow due to cool summer? -- According to's Chief Meteorologist and Expert Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi, cooler-than-normal weather this summer in the Northeast could point to a cold, snowy winter for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. He says the heart of winter will be centered over the area from Boston to Washington, D.C.

Longest Solar Eclipse of the 21st Century -- The event begins at the crack of dawn on Wednesday, July 22nd, in the Gulf of Khambhat just east of India. Morning fishermen will experience a sunrise like nothing they've ever seen before. Rising out of the waves in place of the usual sun will be an inky-black hole surrounded by pale streamers splayed across the sky. Read More...

University of Missouri receives $250,000 USDA grant to investigate growing biofuel crops while supporting wildlife -- University of Missouri researchers have received a $250,000 federal grant to demonstrate techniques for growing biofuel crops while supporting wildlife, protecting soil and water, and bolstering the farmer’s profits. “MU is the model for demonstrating how conservation, wildlife and modern agriculture can work together,” said Tim Reinbott, director of the new project and superintendent of MU’s Bradford Research and Extension Center in Columbia.

Warning: Imaging tests can damage kidney, increase heart attack & strike risk -- No matter what your health complaint is, if you go see your doctor you might end up undergoing some kind of high tech imaging procedure such as cardiac angiography, CT (computed tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). According to a study published last fall in the journal Health Affairs, medical imaging has soared over the last few years across all types of these tests, doubling the annual medical cost per patient. In fact, the study confirmed previous reports that patients are far-too-often being subjected to unnecessary imaging.

Fetuses found to have memories -- The unborn have memories, according to medical researchers who used sound and vibration stimulation, combined with sonography, to reveal that the human fetus displays short-term memory from at least 30 weeks gestation - or about two months before they are born.

Interior to halt uranium mining at Grand Canyon -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce that his department is temporarily barring the filing of new uranium mining claims on about 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, an Obama administration official said.

Swine flu threat bigger than terrorism -- Swine flu is a greater threat to Britain than terrorism, said Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, as pregnant women were advised to avoid unnecessary travel.

India's "hottest" new weapons powered by chili -- The Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is harnessing the super-hot bhut jolokia chilli pepper as an alternative to tear gas as a filling for grenades, Asia Times notes.

Crisis spurs people to work for free -- With U.S. unemployment at a 20-year high, some Americans are working for free while looking for a job, but experts are split over whether it is a sign of dedication or desperation.

Space surveillance system -- Space surveillance is a critical part of USSPACECOM's mission and involves detecting, tracking, cataloging and identifying man-made objects orbiting Earth, i.e. active/inactive satellites, spent rocket bodies, or fragmentation debris. See what Space surveillance accomplishes.

Carcinogenics & other toxic products in cosmetics -- Carcinogenic and Other Toxic Ingredients in the Majority of Cosmetics & Personal Care Products*

Personal Pandemic Preparedness resource list -- Get & Stay Prepared!!!

New Zealand to prepare for earthquake emergency -- Residents in New Zealand were warned Friday to be prepared for a civil emergency as strong aftershocks continued to rock the region two days after a powerful 7.8 earthquake.

With a gust of wind an Iowa crop duster can squash an organic farm -- The clever folks at Monsanto hire the crop dusters as contractors, and they in turn use a corporate shell with no assets, so when something like this happens and a victim sues, they simply file bankruptcy and then form a new corporation.

Understanding the use of Thermite on 9-11 -- When one understands how Thermite and Thermate work, and that these violent reactions produce intense heat, white smoke, and molten iron, the visible evidence of thermitic reactions in the photographs and videos of 9-11 becomes quite obvious.

Photos of Morgellon's fibers -- See many pictures of of Morgellon's Specimens.

VIDEO: Town hall confronts congressman over Obama birth certificate

NOAA bans krill harvesting in Pacific ocean to save food for whales -- In order to help protect the food supply of whales, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced a ban on krill harvesting in a wide section of the Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. The effort is part of NOAA's longstanding attempts to protect the delicate food supply of marine mammals.

Globalist think tank trots out Iran attack scenario -- In a hare-brained nightmare scenario dreamed up by the Center for Strategic and International Studies — home-base for neocon crackpots such as Michael Ledeen and war criminals of Madeleine Albright’s caliber — Iran manages to produce a nuclear weapon and drops it on Israel, ultimately killing 800,000 people.

Today in History July 20, 2009 - Take note of the first item under the history
1801 - A 1,235 pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson at the White House.
1861 - The Congress of the Confederate States began holding sessions in Richmond, VA.
1868 - Legislation that ordered U.S. tax stamps to be placed on all cigarette packs was passed.
1881 - Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big Horn, surrendered to federal troops.
1917 - The draft lottery in World War I went into operation.
1942 - The first detachment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, (WACS) began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
1944 - U.S. President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
1969 - Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. became the first men to walk on the moon.
1976 - America's Viking I robot spacecraft made a successful landing on Mars.
1993 - White House deputy counsel Vincent Foster Jr. was found shot to death, a suicide, in a park near Washington, DC.
1997 - Seven people were arrested after New York City police found scores of deaf Mexicans kept in slave-like conditions and forced to peddle trinkets for the smugglers who had brought them to the U.S.
1998 - Russia won a $11.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to help avert the devaluation of its currency.
2003 - In India, elephants used for commercial work began wearing reflectors to avoid being hit by cars during night work.

Idaho Town Prays for Return of Captured GI -- Friends and family of an Idaho soldier who was captured in Afghanistan prayed for his safe return Sunday, shaken by the image of the frightened young private in a Taliban video posted online.

The 'No-Sneeze' List: 'Fit-to-Fly' certificate required by airlines over swine flu -- --Airlines offer guidance to check-in staff to help them prevent customers boarding flights if they appear to have the virus. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic said they had provided check-in staff and cabin crew with guidance on how to act if they believe a passenger is unwell.

Hillary Clinton says that government directed by Council on Foreign Relations -- "... it's good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department. We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won't have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future. -Hillary Clinton. Read More....

More Banks Closed: Regulators shut banks in Calif., GA. and SD -- Regulators on Friday shut two banks in California and two smaller banks in Georgia and South Dakota, boosting to 57 the number of federally insured banks to fail this year.

Retired general, lieutenant colonel join reservist’s lawsuit over Obama's birth status -- A controversial suit brought by a U.S. Army reservist has been joined by a retired Army two-star general and an active reserve Air Force lieutenant colonel.

Pro-terror group holds conference in Chicago suburbs -- Protesters gathered outside a Chicago-area hotel Sunday as an Islamic extremist group reportedly linked to Al Qaeda held a conference in an attempt to step up Western recruitment efforts.

New drug shields against radiation -- A MEDICATION that can protect people exposed to normally lethal doses of radiation from a nuclear or a "dirty" bomb has been developed, reports say.

Hate Bill Passed (63-28) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy’s hate crimes bill, amending the National Defense Authorization Act, effectively passed the Senate last night at about eleven o’clock p.m. EDT. A call for cloture, or termination of debate after thirty hours, was passed 63 to 28. Clearly, the Senate majority had spoken. Once cloture is invoked there is usually little more that can be done to resist. (Brought forward in case some missed it Friday)

Obama Health Plan to Cover 12 Million Illegals -- On Friday, Democrats moved one step closer to giving free health insurance to the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal aliens when they successfully defeated a Republican-backed amendment, offered by Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., that would have prevented illegal aliens from receiving government-subsidized health care under the proposed plan backed by House Democrats and President Barack Obama.

Almost Half of U.S. Companies Say Sales Bottomed, Survey Shows -- Almost half of U.S. companies surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics projected sales have already bottomed and their outlook on hiring is starting to improve.

Billboards tell America to cheer up -- RHODE ISLAND: Some Americans put out of work by the latest recession are driving past billboards with messages like: "Interesting fact about recessions ... they end."

Obama Signs Executive Order Barring Release Of His Birth Certificate -- On January 21st, 2009, his very first day in office, Barack Obama implemented and signed into law Executive Order 13489. “Sec.2. Notice Of Intent To Disclose Presidential Records - When the Archivist provides notice to the incumbent and former Presidents of his intent to disclose Presidential records pursuant to section 1270.46 of the NARA regulations, the Archivist, using any guidelines provided by the incumbent and former Presidents, shall identify any specific materials, the disclosure of which he believes may raise a substantial question of executive privilege.”

Food-Safety Bill Spurs Backlash -- The legislation, approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee last month, aims to give the FDA more money and authority to police food safety, and technically doesn't apply to foods the agency doesn't regulate: meat, poultry and some egg products, which are regulated by the Department of Agriculture.

Robots Could Replace Teachers -- In the future, more and more of us will learn from social robots, especially kids learning pre-school skills and students of all ages studying a new language.

Sen Gregg: "force the poor to buy health insurance" -- New Hampshire Republican Senator Judd Gregg, who was almost President Obama's commerce secretary, thinks he has a solution to America's healthcare crisis. Watch the video of him explaining the plan.

D.C. Area Officers Subject of FBI Probe -- Federal authorities are investigating whether a group of Washington area police officers took money to protect a high-stakes gambling ring frequented by some of the region's most powerful drug dealers over the past two years, according to internal police documents and law enforcement sources.

Tales of How Big Corporations Are Screwing Americans Over -- Stagnant wages, sexual harassment, worsening benefits, horrible treatment: just a few of the problems faced by American workers in all industries.

DICK ACT of 1902... CAN'T BE REPEALED (GUN CONTROL FORBIDDEN) - Protection Against Tyrannical Government -- The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws. It also divides the militia into three distinct and separate entities.

Potential Neurotoxin Could Be in Our Food -- Long after a potentially neurotoxic flame retardant is off the market, it could linger in our food chain.

World Health Organization Recommends Sunshine to Prevent TB -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended two simple measures to reduce the spread of tuberculosis (TB), which kills nearly 2 million people per year: sunshine and air.

Baxter Files Swine Flu Vaccine Patent a Year Ahead of Outbreak -- US20090060950A1 to Baxter International filed 28th August 2008. Read More...

VIDEO: Swine Flu 1976 & Propaganda -- QUOTE: "CBS " 60 MINUTES" documentary on the swine flu epidemics of 1976 in the U.S. It went on air only once and was never shown again. Please look at this, it talks by itself."

Legal immunity set for swine flu vaccine makers -- Vaccine makers and federal officials will be immune from lawsuits that result from any new swine flu vaccine, under a document signed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, government health officials said Friday.

Free flu vaccine for Aborigines, pregnant -- ABORIGINES and pregnant women will receive free access to the flu vaccine, federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said today.

Swine flu cure used during 1918 pandemic -- This article has a few Homeopathic remedies that have been very effective during all the major flu epidemics.

Britain prepares for 65,000 deaths from swine flu -- The NHS has been told to plan for a worst-case scenario of 65,000 swine flu deaths this year. The news came as the number of people to die after contracting the virus rose sharply.

Swine flu will be biggest pandemic ever, warns world health chief -- As swine flu sweeps the planet, Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organisation, tells how she is leading the battle against it – and the personal price she is paying.

Will feds use new power to dictate what you drive? -- Now that the federal government has gained control over the nation's auto industry, one U.S. senator contends, it's time to make some changes in the kinds of cars Americans drive and the kinds of fuel they use.

Your Brain Will Eventually Be Used Against You -- Although every lie detector ever built has proved unreliable, scientists continue to search for that magic machine that will reveal dishonesty. Now two Harvard neuroscientists have hit on a "pre-crime" technique that reveals intent to lie before it happens.

DHS chief accused of using no fly list for political payback -- State Treasurer Dean Martin told Arizona CBS affiliate KPHO that his name suddenly appeared on the government's list of those banned from US commercial flights after former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano became head of the DHS. Martin claims the airline blacklisting may be related to his past political rivalry with Napolitano.

BrassCheckTV: Army Tested Biological Weapons on U.S. Citizens -- I know many of you have seen these clips, but worth a repeat!

Minneapolis Struggles With Rise of Somali Gangs -- Ahmednur Ali's family fled the chaos and violence of their West African homeland Somalia in the 1990s, eventually making their way to Minnesota like thousands of their compatriots. Gangs like the Somali Hot Boyz, the Somali Mafia and Madhibaan with Attitude have grown more active in recent years, said Jeanine Brudenell, the Minneapolis Police Department's Somali liaison officer.

Today in History July 17, 2009
1821 - Spain ceded Florida to the U.S.
1862 - National cemeteries were authorized by the U.S. government.
1866 - Authorization was given to build a tunnel beneath the Chicago River. The three-year project cost $512,709.
1867 - Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston, MA. It was the first dental school in the U.S.
1898 - U.S. troops under General William R. Shafter took Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War. .
1941 - Brigadier General Soervell directed Architect G. Edwin Bergstrom to have basic plans and architectural perspectives for an office building that could house 40,000 War
Department employees on his desk by the following Monday morning. The building became known as the Pentagon.
1944 - 232 people were killed when 2 ammunition ships exploded in Port Chicago, CA.
1955 - Disneyland opened in Anaheim, CA.
1975 - An Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit. It was the first link up between the U.S. and Soviet Union.
1986 - The largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history took place when LTV Corporation asked for court protection from more than 20,000 creditors. LTV Corp. had debts in excess of $4 billion.
1987 - Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and rear Admiral John Poindexter begin testifying to Congress at the "Iran-Contra" hearings.
1995 - The Nasdaq composite stock index rose above 1,000 for the first time.
1996 - 230 people were killed when TWA Flight 800 exploded and crashed off Long Island, NY.
1997 - After 117 years, the Woolworth Corp. closed its last 400 stores.
1998 - An entire village was swept away in Papua New Guinea by a 23-foot wave that was triggered by an undersea earthquake. Eight days later the government reported that 1,500 people were dead, 2,000 were missing and thousands were homeless.

Max Motors giving away a AK-47 With Every Truck Deal -- Check out the website...!

Hate Bill Passed -- Sen. Patrick Leahy’s hate crimes bill, amending the National Defense Authorization Act, effectively passed the Senate last night at about eleven o’clock p.m. EDT. A call for cloture, or termination of debate after thirty hours, was passed 63 to 28. Clearly, the Senate majority had spoken. Once cloture is invoked there is usually little more that can be done to resist.

Thousands of Homeless have vanished around America -- It's true that about 700 homeless people have been given housing through Care Not Cash, which is unquestionably a good thing. But since it began, more than 1,000 others have disappeared from its welfare rolls – and the Department of Human Services, which administers the program, has no idea where they've gone. *** Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies -- A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find — grass, wood, old furniture, even dead bodies.

Extreme Instability - Incredible storm photo site -- Amazing photos from a storm chaser.

After 5 year absence, Monsanto is back in wheat and you can bet it will be GMO -- Five years after shelving plans for biotech wheat, Monsanto is re-entering the wheat business with the purchase of a Montana seed company.

Drug makers score early win as plan takes shape -- The pharmaceuticals industry, which President Barack Obama promised to "take on" during his campaign, is winning most of what it wants in the health-care overhaul.

Article on gold versus the fractional reserve -- [This article originally appeared in The Freeman, May 1979.] The present worldwide inflation has done, and will continue to do, immense harm. But it may eventually lead to one great achievement. It may make it possible to restore (or perhaps it would be more accurate to say to create) a full 100 percent gold standard.

Ron Paul audio interview with the

YouTube: Max Keiser takes offense to Goldman Sachs story -- Interview date: July 16, 2009

Can and Should Bill Gates Control Hurricanes? -- "This article has the best illustration that I've seen yet, of what this device would look like. Although it says they could be "dropped from planes" I would think that the trickiest thing would be to get them in the path of a hurricane accurately and quickly enough."

Mysterious glowing clouds appear across America's night skies -- Mysterious, glowing clouds previously seen almost exclusively in Earth’s polar regions have appeared in the skies over the United States and Europe over the past several days.

Health bill would force vaccinations in private homes -- The healthcare reform bill approved this week by a Senate committee contains language that allows state authorities to intervene in a citizen’s home to ensure that both adult and children family members are properly immunized, according to a report by CNSNews.  Related Article: Health care bill would fund state vaccine teams to conduct interventions in private homes -- The committee’s official summary of the bill says: “Authorizes a demonstration program to improve immunization coverage. Under this program, CDC will provide grants to states to improve immunization coverage of children, adolescents, and adults through the use of evidence-based interventions.

WHO says swine flu spreading too fast to count -- The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that the H1N1 flu pandemic was the fastest-moving pandemic ever and that it was now pointless to count every case.

Fight for swine flu vaccine could get ugly -- An ugly scramble is brewing over the swine flu vaccine — and when it becomes available, Britain, the United States and other nations could find that the contracts they signed with pharmaceutical companies are easily broken.

WHO chief doubts speedy swine flu vaccinations -- The world's top health official said Wednesday a vaccine to combat the surging swine flu pandemic would not be readily available for months as the number of deaths from the virus spiralled.

Broad unemployment across the US (map) -- Under a broader definition of joblessness, some states have rates higher than 20 percent. This rate includes part-time workers who want to work full time, as well some people who want to work but have not looked for a job in the last four weeks.

House health care bill would outlaw private insurance -- The current House health care bill would make individual private medical insurance illegal and obliterate the market for individual coverage, opponents warn. (if they outlaw private insurance, what happens to all the people who work for private insurance companies? More unemployment)

GI special 7G111 "they forget about you" -- “Once You’re Wounded, They Basically Forget About You”...Read More

ARKNAV announces R-35 GPS tracker for the elderly -- Lightweight and compact so that it can even be used as a stop-motion detection device for the elderly - with alerts when subjects are not moving.

National Biodefense Sceince Board to hold teleconference on swine flu today...public input invited -- The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will hold a public teleconference on July 17, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. The purpose of this teleconference is for the Board to learn about and comment on the findings from the June 18-19, 2009 H1N1 Countermeasures Strategy and Decision Making Forum hosted by the Pandemic Influenza Working Group of the National Biodefense Science Board.

Mosquito borne dengue fever threat spreading across America -- A new National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report released today has found that outbreaks of dengue fever may now be possible in 28 U.S. states, with the potential to affect up to 173.5 million Americans.

The myth of the chemical cure-antidepressants put people in drug induced states -- Taking a pill to treat depression is widely believed to work by reversing a chemical imbalance. But in this week's Scrubbing Up health column, Dr Joanna Moncrieff, of the department of mental health sciences at University College London, says they actually put people into "drug-induced states".

Pentagon to Ditch Two-War Strategy -- The Pentagon's major four-year strategic overhaul due to be finalized late this year will result in deep-sixing the two major theater war strategy, according to Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. Cartwright is helping manage the strategic analysis, dubbed the Quadrennial Defense Review, which takes a sweeping look at the services' organization, equipment, strategy and tactics.

New highly toxic pesticide sulfuryl fluoride is greenhouse gas 4,780 times more potent than CO2 -- Public health and environmental advocates Friday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deny a request from Dow AgroSciences for a permit allowing it to release large amounts of sulfuryl fluoride onto farm fields in four states.

National survey finds 6 in 10 Americans believe swine flu outbreak in fall -- Approximately six in ten Americans (59%) believe it is very or somewhat likely that there will be widespread cases of Influenza A (H1N1) with people getting very sick this coming fall or winter. Despite a majority believing that a serious outbreak is likely, more than half of Americans (61%) are not concerned about their personal risk-that is, that they or their family members will get sick from influenza A (H1N1) in the next year.

Another propaganda toy: Scan it Operation Checkpoint toy x ray machine -- Scan It® is an educational and creative play toy that helps children become acclimated with airport and public spaces security. The device is both a fun toy and an educational tool. It detects metal objects and simulates an X-ray scan via a functioning conveyor belt that glides articles over its metal detector path. When metallic items are present the unit beeps and lights up.

Today in History July 16, 2009
1779 - American troops under General Anthony Wayne capture Stony Point, NY.
1790 - The District of Columbia, or Washington, DC, was established as the permanent seat of the United States Government. .
1845 - The New York Yacht Club hosted the first American boating regatta.
1862 - David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.
1912 - Bradley A. Fiske patented the airplane torpedo.
1918 - Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by Bolsheviks at Ekaterinburg, Russia.
1926 - The first underwater color photographs appeared in "National Geographic" magazine. The pictures had been taken near the Florida Keys.
1935 - Oklahoma City became the first city in the U.S. to make use of parking meters.
1945 - The United States detonated the first atomic bomb in a test at Alamogordo, NM.
1957 - Marine Major John Glenn set a transcontinental speed record when he flew a jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds.
1969 - Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, FL, and began the first manned mission to land on the moon.
1973 - Alexander P. Butterfield informed the Senate committee investigating the Watergate affair of the existence of recorded tapes.
1990 - An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter Scale devastated the Philippines, killing over 1600 people.
1999 - The plane of John F. Kennedy Jr. crashed off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, MA. His wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, were also on board the plane. The body of John Kennedy was found on July 21, 1999.
2004 - Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison for lying about a stock sale. She was also ordered to spend five months confined to her home and fined $30,000. She was allowed to remain free pending her appeal.

Twitter Hack Raises Flags on Security -- The Web was abuzz Wednesday after it was revealed that a hacker had exposed corporate information about Twitter after breaking into an employee’s e-mail account. The breach raised red flags for individuals as well as businesses about the passwords used to secure information they store on the Web.

Social Security spends $700,000 on Phoenix conference -- A Social Security Administration motivational management conference held at a high-end Valley resort last week cost $700,000, the SSA told the ABC15 Investigators.

Calif. regulators will not list Bisphenol A under Prop. 65, call for more study -- A California regulatory board voted Wednesday against placing Bisphenol A, a chemical used to manufacture plastic baby bottles and toys, on the state's list of chemicals that are believed to cause reproductive harm.

Evidence is revealed that DU rods and sabots survived the inferno at Camp Doha -- What Adverse Health Effects Have Been Observed,
Recognized, Treated, And Documented?

Fort Carson report: Combat stress contributed to soldiers' crimes back home -- "The Army’s support for our service men and women is falling short and we need to do better," Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said after the report was released. "This situation is unacceptable for our troops, untenable for military families and communities, and incompatible with our priorities as a nation."

Flu shots may not prevent hospitalizations in children -- The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research that will be presented on Tuesday, May 19, at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego.

CDC: Kids may get up to 4 flu shots in the fall -- School children who have never had a flu shot may need to get vaccinated four times in the fall - twice for seasonal flu, twice for pandemic swine flu - officials at the CDC told health professionals on Wednesday. Most everyone else should expect three shots.

Despair flows as fields go dry & unemployment rises -- Farmers have idled half a million acres of once-productive ground and are laying off legions of farmhands. That's sending joblessness soaring in a region already plagued by chronic poverty.

Jobless benefits run out in record numbers -- With the recession midway through its second year, the number of people running out of jobless benefits has reached a record high.

Codex continues to assume that GMO labeling would confuse ignorant consumers -- At the latest Codex Commission on Food Labeling (CCFL) meeting held in Calgary, Canada in May, the US and its allies continued to push for the case that food created through the use of genetic modification (GM) needs no labeling.

Turmeric shown to be natural remedy against Alzheimer's -- This research is by no means pointing towards a cure for the disease, but it may go a long way to helping prevent thousands if not millions of sufferers from going through the hell that can be Alzheimer's.

Nuclear missile crew falls asleep, gets fired -- The Air Force discharged three North Dakota ballistic missile crew members who fell asleep while holding classified launch code devices, the military announced Tuesday. Officials said the codes were outdated and remained secure at all times.

Wastewater used to map illicit drug use -- A team of researchers has mapped patterns of illicit drug use across the state of Oregon using a method of sampling municipal wastewater before it is treated.

Huge globs of goo floating in arctic ocean -- Something big and strange is floating through the Chukchi Sea between Wainwright and Barrow. IT'S NOT OIL: No one in the area can recall seeing anything like it before.

Glimpses of US man made disasters -- Washington, Beijing and Rangoon were all most eager to cover up the causes, consequences, and outcomes of the devastating cyclone Nargis in April 2008, and the earthquake in Sichuan ten days later, but all for very different reasons. Read More...

Bank of America operates under secret regulatory sanction -- Bank of America Corp. is operating under a secret regulatory sanction that requires it to overhaul its board and address perceived problems with risk and liquidity management, according to people familiar with the situation.

Ron Paul: Obama will destroy the dollar -- Ron Paul tells Newsmax the economic stimulus plan is a "total failure," and he's pushing a bill requiring the Federal Reserve to disclose its dealings so Americans can find out who the "culprits" are behind the financial meltdown.

Snooping through the power socket -- Power sockets can be used to eavesdrop on what people type on a computer.

Video: David Icke on swine flu vaccine

JPMorgan Chase posts $2.7 billion profit -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. posted a second quarter profit of $2.72 billion, a 36 percent jump that easily surpassed expectations as strength in its core consumer and investment banking businesses offset a jump in credit losses.

Another example of censorship of US mainstream media - Cynthia McKinney detention in Israel -- Cynthia McKinney and 20 other humanitarians on the ship "Spirit of Humanity" were stopped in International waters Monday by the Israeli Navy. This is a pretty big deal. An aid ship captured by the armed forces of another country in International waters is an act of piracy...I think. At least it was when Somali pirates captured an American ship recently. It appears that the U.S. Mainstream media is going to ignore this story even though Cynthia McKinney was once a Congresswoman from Georgia and a Presidential candidate. How odd.

Tracking trash -- What if we knew exactly where our trash was going and how much energy it took to make it disappear? Would it make us think twice about buying bottled water or "disposable" razors?

From iPhone apps to beer holders-killer accessories for your guns -- The technology for actually firing a bullet has evolved relatively slowly over the years, but the accessories that can be mounted on guns themselves are a different story. Read More...

Ban Glyphosate herbicides now! -- Latest evidence confirms world's top-selling herbicide used with GM crops is toxic and disrupts sex hormones at infinitesimal doses; time for a worldwide ban.

Test 184-electromagnetic pulse -- This is a new page for 2009 on the Soviet nuclear EMP tests in 1962.

Plantagon: Geodesic Dome Farm of the Future -- A Swedish-American company called Plantagon has conceived of an incredible solution to many moving to the cities: a massive urban greenhouse contained within a geodesic dome. The vertical farm, which consists of a spiral ramp inside a spherical dome, is currently in the development stages.

The licensing of tyranny in dog ownership -- To Legislate Animals and Control or Not to Legislate that is the Question.

California Supreme court admits, ignores breathalyzer flaws -- The California Supreme Court last Thursday entered a ruling allowing motorists accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) to question the reliability of the breathalyzer machinery used to secure convictions. The decision, however, leaves room for the conviction of drivers even when the machine is proved unreliable.

Mainers invited to become track your car guinea pigs-testing tax per mile system -- It's all in the name of research on finding a better way to tax motorists, and the pay is $895.

Today in History July 15, 2009
1806 - Lieutenant Zebulon Pike began his western expedition from Fort Belle Fountaine, near St. Louis, MS.
1863 - Confederate raider Bill Anderson and his Bushwhackers attacked Huntsville, MO, where they stole $45,000 from the local bank.
1870 - Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union. .
1888 - "Printers’ Ink" was first sold.
1901 - Over 74,000 Pittsburgh steel workers went on strike.
1904 - The first Buddhist temple in the U.S. was established in Los Angeles, CA.
1916 - In Seattle, WA, Pacific Aero Products was incorporated by William Boeing. The company was later renamed Boeing Co.
1922 - The duck-billed platypus arrived in America, direct from Australia. It was exhibited at the Bronx Zoo in New York City.
1940 - Robert Wadlow died at the age of 22. At that time he was 8 feet, 11-1/10 inches tall and weighed 439 pounds.
1965 - The spacecraft Mariner IV sent back the first close-up pictures of the planet Mars.
1968 - Commercial air travel began between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., when the first plane, a Soviet Aeroflot jet, landed at Kennedy International Airport in New York.
1971 - U.S. President Nixon announced he would visit the People's Republic of China to seek a "normalization of relations."

Breaking news! Deployment orders revoked for soldier challenging president -- A U.S. Army Reserve major from Florida scheduled to report for deployment to Afghanistan within days has had his military orders revoked after arguing he should not be required to serve under a president who has not proven his eligibility for office. His attorney, Orly Taitz, confirmed to WND the military has rescinded his impending deployment orders.
Related Article: Soldier balks at deploying: says Obama isn't president

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Shows Off Sample Coin of New ‘World Currency’ at G-8 -- Medvedev shows reporters a sample coin of a possible global currency during a news conference at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, Friday, July 10, 2009. Medvedev at G8 was given the first coin of future supranational currency which he called a "united future world currency." (AP) “Here it is,” Medvedev told reporters today in L’Aquila, Italy, after a summit of the Group of Eight nations. “You can see it and touch it.” (Thanks Stan)!!

Statins given to prevent pneumonia in elderly actually increase chance of getting it by 61% -- Pneumonia risk was 26 percent higher in people using a statin than in those not on the drug. What's more, the extra risk soared up to 61 percent for severe pneumonia that landed people in the hospital.

Careful-credit card issuers are watching what you buy -- Here's a word to the wise: Think twice before whipping out that credit card to pay for purchases at the Salvation Army or a discount store, have tires re-treaded or even buy a late-night round of drinks. Credit card companies see those purchases, and a slew of others, as a sign of real or impending financial trouble and they'll quickly cut the credit limit, raise the interest rate or even cancel the card with no warning. Once that happens the credit score that determines who is worthy of a loan and at what rate usually plummets.

The economy is even worse than you think -- The average length of unemployment is higher than it's been since government began tracking the data in 1948.

A deadly ingredient in a chicken dinner...arsenic -- Most people don't know that the chicken they eat is laced with arsenic. The ice water or coffee they enjoy with their chicken may also be infused with arsenic. If they live on or near a farm, the air they breathe may be infected with arsenic dust as well.

Mandatory swine flu vaccination report -- On July 13, a World Health Organization (WHO) Global Alert headlined, "WHO recommendations on pandemic (H1N1) 2009 vaccinations" suggest that universally mandated ones are coming. It stated that on July 7, the pharmaceutical industry-dominated Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization held an "extraordinary meeting in Geneva to discuss issues and make recommendations related to vaccine for the pandemic (H1N1) 2009."

Swine flu fears close summer camps -- The American Lung Association has advised its affiliated camps to close, including one in Colorado that was scheduled to begin next week.

HHS purchases additional H1N1 vaccine ingredients -- HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the department will commit $884 million to purchase additional supplies of two key ingredients for potential H1N1 vaccine to further prepare the nation for a potential resurgence of the 2009 H1N1 virus.

1918 pandemic H1N1/swine recombination -- It has become almost common wisdom that the virus that caused the 1918 flu pandemic was an avian strain introduced into the human population shortly before the pandemic erupted. But a new study disputes that hypothesis, arguing instead that genes of the 1918 virus had circulated in mammalian hosts, most likely pigs and humans, for several years before 1918.

India to issue all 1.2 billion people biometric ID cards -- It is surely the biggest Big Brother project yet conceived. India is to issue each of its 1.2 billion citizens, millions of whom live in remote villages and possess no documentary proof of existence, with cyber-age biometric identity cards. Millions of Indians who live in remote rural areas will finally have proof of their existence thanks to biometric identity cards.

Cause of cancer is known in lab animals -- It's difficult to understand medical establishment claims that the cause of cancer and other diseases is unknown, when these diseases are easily created in lab rats by injecting pesticides and chemicals into them.

Ron Paul painting/artist will donate portion of winning bid -- The seller will donate 25% of the final bid to the winners Liberty related group of their choosing. Such as: Campaign for Liberty, Restore the Republic, We are Change, and "If the bidding goes past $1,200 I will donate 40% to a Liberty related group."

Our lives at risk: drug company greed, dangerous vaccines -- We must protect our own safety, because there is no official who will help any of us. This is the tragic reality. Nevertheless, it is in our hands. We live in perilous times. We can either stand together for justice, safety, and our Constitutional rights, or we can cower and be in denial. We do have a choice. With little of our freedom left, we can and must STOP THIS IMMANENT THREAT TO ALL OF US!

Organic panic - Michelle Obama's garden and it's discontents -- Pushing organic and local foods is hardly official White House policy. The first lady's public statements, combined with the selection of a White House chef who favors local and organic foods, has brought more attention to what we eat than anything since Top Chef.

Scientists fear mad cow disease from farm raised fish -- Scientists are worried that people who eat farmed fish that are fed cattle byproducts could get mad cow disease, according to an article in the new issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

3 reasons why US cybersecurity sucks -- Good news, cybersecurity nerds: You're not running out of work, anytime soon. As last week’s cyber panic about North Korea showed, when there isn’t a teenager-simple denial-of-service attack that delays your access to a government website, there is a voracious hype machine that feeds on the tiniest slivers of data – both significant and trivial – and expels massive quantities of fear and misinformation. And where there’s cyber fear, there’s cybersecurity work to be done.

DHS awards technical & engineering assistance contracts -- Four contractors will compete for $389 million in task orders over five years to support the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communication.

Does Google know too much about you? -- Earlier this week, Google announced it's jumping off its own servers and onto your desktop with its own operating system, Chrome OS.  Read More...

Upcoming military robot could feed on dead bodies...ewwww! -- A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find — grass, wood, old furniture, even dead bodies.

CONTRAILS & MAN-MADE CLOUDS CHANGE CLIMATE, HARMING AGRICULTURE -- Now, almost twenty years after the first reports of jets leaving persistent jet contrails, our elected officials are still “dodging and weaving” when the subject of the negative impacts, associated with persistent jet contrails and man-made clouds on our environment, is brought to their attention. The media has refused to do any in-depth investigations into the synergistic impacts of persistent jet contrails on global warming and climate change. No current congressional legislation, which claims to be addressing climate change and global warming, has been introduced which would address this major cause of climate change and global warming.

Al Gore's global warming hoax will bankrupt us -- Let us begin today with full disclosure: For those who don't know my position on global warming alarmism and its insidious uses, it is that this phenomenon is the greatest hoax in modern times and is being used to achieve things - bad things - quite apart from its ostensible goal of "saving the planet."

Today in History July 14, 2009
1789 - French Revolution began with Parisians stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside.
1798 - The U.S. Congress passed the Sedition Act. The act made it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the U.S. government.
1868 - Alvin J. Fellows patented the tape measure.
1891 - The primacy of Thomas Edison's lamp patents was upheld in the court decision Electric Light Company vs. U.S. Electric Lighting Company.
1908 - "The Adventures of Dolly" opened at the Union Square Theatre in New York City.
1911 - Harry N. Atwood landed an airplane on the lawn of the White House to accept an award from U.S. President William Taft.
1914 - Robert H. Goddard patented liquid rocket-fuel.
1945 - American battleships and cruisers bombarded the Japanese home islands for the first time.
1946 - Dr. Benjamin Spock’s "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was first published.
1951 - The George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, MO, became the first national park to honor an African American.
1958 - The army of Iraq overthrew the monarchy.
1965 - The American space probe Mariner 4 flew by Mars, and sent back photographs of the planet.
1998 - Los Angeles sued 15 tobacco companies for $2.5 billion over the dangers of secondhand smoke.
2003 - Jerry Springer officially filed papers to run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio.

"Jane Roe" (Norma McCorvey) Arrested at Sotomayor Hearing -- he woman known as "Jane Roe" in the landmark Supreme Court abortion case Roe v. Wade was reportedly arrested today at Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearing. McCorvey and another protester were arrested after she interrupted remarks from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the Washington Post reports. Groups of anti-abortion protesters trekked to the Senate office buildings where the hearing was taking place.

67 Air Force cadets stricken with swine flu -- The number of cadets with confirmed cases of the swine flu at the Air Force Academy has increased to 67. The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs reported Monday that 121 freshmen with flu-like symptoms have been separated from the rest of the cadets. They were placed in a dormitory on the base near Colorado Springs late last week when they started showing symptoms.

McCain looks to cut funding for more F-22 jets -- Sen. John McCain, in an unusual alliance with the Obama administration, moved Monday to eliminate $1.75 billion recently inserted into the proposed 2010 defense budget for more fighter jets from Lockheed Martin. From the article: "We do not need these plans," President Barack Obama wrote in a letter to Messrs. McCain and Levin Monday. "To continue to procure additional F-22s would be to waste valuable resources that should be more usefully employed to provide our troops with weapons that they actually do need."

Citizen petitions put photo enforcement companies on the defensive -- Petitions placing the fate of red light cameras and speed cameras in the hands of voters are circulating across the country. In November, photo enforcement bans are likely to be considered in three Ohio cites and two Texas cities. Every Arizona jurisdiction may have a chance to vote in November 2010.

Chicago housing prices drop even faster -- Real estate agents have been advising sellers for months that they were going to have to let go of a good chunk, if not all, of the appreciation their homes enjoyed during the past five years. Now it appears that a confluence of factors -- fluctuating mortgage rates, sales comparisons that include bargain-price bank foreclosures, lingering job insecurity, a real estate market headed into its August lull and a first-time buyer's tax credit that expires Dec. 1 -- are giving their argument more credence. And sellers like Gongola are taking their advice.

Monitoring faulted in rise of soldier suicides -- Army commanders are failing at the day-to-day task of monitoring troubled young soldiers in their barracks back home, which is helping push suicides to record numbers, the head of the Army's suicide task force says.

Heed flu vaccination warnings and bad omens -- There has been a recent groundswell of warnings and bad omens about the dangers of vaccinations, man-made flu pandemics, and the enforced vaccinations. Not mentioned much on CNN or your daily newspapers or favorite magazines, but disclosed consistently through alternative, independent media and publications by courageous individuals and health experts, whose concern over public health and safety is more important than being part of the status quo.

H1N1 swine flu appears similar to 1918 pandemic: WHO Recommends Vaccines Use Live (Attenuated) Influenza -- Two shocking bits of news about the H1N1 swine flu virus emerged this week. The first is that the widely-circulating swine flu virus may be a lot more dangerous than people have so far been told: It appears to resemble the 1918 pandemic virus in the fact that it is capable of embedding itself deep in lung tissue and causing deadly infections. This is very different from the more common "seasonal flu" which does not replicate in the lungs.

WHO: no licensed flu vaccine until end of year -- A fully licensed swine flu vaccine might not be available until the end of the year, a top official at the World Health Organization said Monday, in a report that could affect many countries' vaccination plans.

Swine vaccine prep ramps up; pregnant women worried about risks -- "Congress has agreed with the president that this is the number one priority, keeping Americans safe and secure," she said, adding that US scientist are working "to get the shots in folks' arms."

Study finds pig's role in 1918 pandemic -- History's deadliest flu pandemic, in 1918, may not have made a sudden jump from birds to people after all. New research says the pig played a big role as an influenza mixing bowl _ a gene probe with lessons for tracking today's swine flu outbreak.

70 years: Chart illustrates dominance by Bilderbergers, CFR and Trilateral Commission -- This chart illustrates the dominance by – The Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission and The Bilderberg - in the major decision making processes and institutions of the United States of America over the last seventy years.

How to detox fluorides from your body -- You can rid you body of most fluorides with some easy natural remedies. Fluorides have been linked to a variety of severe chronic, even acute health issues. First a quick review summary of fluoride. Read More...

After losing homes, families move into tents -- Home these days is a cluster of tents covered by a blue tarp in a back corner of the Timberline Campground in Lebanon. Surrounding them are the tents, campers and recreational vehicles of other families in similar straits, living full time in campgrounds because they can no longer afford to live anywhere else.

US deficit reaches more than 1 trillion dollars -- The US budget deficit reached more than one trillion dollars for the current fiscal year in June as the government wrestled with a prolonged recession, official data showed Monday.

Is your city prepared for a homemade nuke -- Radiation from an improvised bomb could kill hundreds of thousands, but with the right preparation many might be saved.

YouTube: Turn in your neighbor for $1000 cash-video -- Step right up and help us confiscate guns! Make a phone call with an anonymous tip an we'll pay you tax free cash once we get the guns!

Us backed peacekeepers roll out the big guns in Somalia -- Fighting flared up in the Mogadishu, Somalia again this weekend. It’s the latest in a series of skirmishes pitting the Al-Shabab insurgent group against the new, U.S.-, U.N.- and African Union-backed “transitional government.”

Swearing can make you feel better, lessen pain -- Cut your finger? Hurt your leg? Start swearing. It might lessen the pain. Researchers from the school of psychology at Britain's Keele University have found swearing can make you feel better as it can have a "pain-lessening effect," according to a
study published in the journal NeuroReport. (Wonder how much this study cost)?

Havasupai tribe conference to oppose uranium mining in Grand Canyon -- The gathering will be held on July 2526, South of the Grand Canyon at the Sacred Red Butte.

Norfolk contractor says chinese drywall put him out of business -- The business owner says he imported the drywall at the height of the housing boom in 2006 because there wasn't enough supply of American-made drywall.

Pennsylvania to target aggressive driving with help from US Border Patrol -- Pennsylvania State Police, in a joint effort with the Ohio Highway Patrol, New York State Police and U.S. Border Patrol, will target aggressive driving, impaired driving and speeding during a 12-hour period.

Momentum builds to end this US agency (the Fed) -- A movement to audit the Federal Reserve – the private institution that virtually controls U.S. interest rates, money supply and other economic influences – is gaining momentum in the House and Senate while the Fed ramps up its efforts to thwart scrutiny of its books. House Resolution 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, now has 260 co-sponsors with many members of the House Financial Services Committee – where the bill currently resides – signed on already.

Obama's teleprompter breaks; leaves him speechless -- President Barack Obama had just started a spirited defense of his economic stimulus plan on Monday when one of his teleprompter screens came loose, crashed to the floor and shattered into pieces. Fortunately for him, he relies on 2 teleprompter screens!!

Warning over honeybee decline -- "Honeybees are dying and colonies are being lost at an alarming rate," said Edward Leigh, the Tory chairman of the committee. "This is very worrying, and not just because the pollination of crops by honeybees is worth an estimated £200m each year to the British economy. So it is difficult to understand why Defra has taken so little interest in the problem up to now.

Natural tomato worm control -- Learn to fight those big, ugly, green tomato worms....safely!!
Related Article: Organic Tomato Worm Control

Today in History July 13, 2009
1585 - A group of 108 English colonists, led by Sir Richard Grenville, reached Roanoke Island, NC.
1754 - At the beginning of the French and Indian War, George Washington surrendered the small, circular Fort Necessity in southwestern Pennsylvania to the French.
1787 - The U.S. Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, enacted the Northwest Ordinance, which established the rules for governing the Northwest Territory, for admitting new states to the Union and limiting the expansion of slavery.
1812 - The first pawnbroking ordinance was passed in New York City.
1832 - Henry Schoolcraft discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
1835 - John Ruggles received patent #1 from the U.S. Patent Office for a traction wheel used in locomotive steam engines. All 9,957 previous patents were not numbered.
1863 - Opponents of the Civil War draft began three days of rioting in New York City, which resulted in more than 1,000 casualties.
1875 - David Brown patented the first cash-carrier system.
1954 - In Geneva, the United States, Great Britain and France reached an accord on Indochina which divided Vietnam into two countries, North and South, along the 17th parallel.
1967 - Race-related rioting broke out in Newark, NJ. At the end of four days of violence 27 people had been killed.
1978 - Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II. . 1998 - "Image of an Assassination" went on sale. The video documentary is of Abraham Zapruder's home video of U.S. President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas.

Iraq veteran blames his ills on chemical exposure -- Seven National Guard veterans in West Virginia are among 50 nationwide who say they are experiencing severe health problems after being exposed to a toxic chemical in Iraq. The veterans are suing civilian contractor KBR Inc. for not warning them of the dangers they faced protecting KBR workers at an Iraqi water treatment plant.

EPA to rebuild uranium contaminated Navajo homes -- FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The federal government plans to spend up to $3 million a year to demolish and rebuild uranium-contaminated structures across the Navajo Nation, where Cold War-era mining of the radioactive substance left a legacy of disease and death.

Uranium decommissioning projects USA -- This report, which is the second of two volumes, provides a general scoping evaluation of potential radiogenic cancer and environmental risks posed by small abandoned uranium mines in the western United States. While this technical report has been peer reviewed, EPA will take into consideration public comments for revision before the report is finalized.

Bill Gates sets his sights on controlling the weather -- Billionaire Bill Gates has patented the idea to halt hurricanes by decreasing the surface temperature of the ocean. The patent calls for a large fleet of specially equipped ships which would mix warm water from the ocean surface with colder water down below, according to five new patents that include Microsoft's chairman as a co-inventor.

Drug Addicted Doctors Create Patient Risk -- Serious questions surround healthcare workers addicted to the very drugs intended to help their patients. 12 Percent of Health Care Workers Become Addicted, Authorities Say.

UK: Swine flu vaccine to be given to entire population -- The UK government has ordered enough vaccine to cover the entire population. GPs are being told to prepare for a nationwide vaccination campaign.

Swine flu kills obese people-US primed for a pandemic catastrophe -- The fact that nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults are clinically obese is worrisome for a whole new reason: Evidence emerging from a hospital in Michigan (and published by the CDC) appears to indicate that obese patients may be very easily killed by swine flu.

Swine flu vaccine rushed through safety checks -- A swine flu vaccine will be fast-tracked for use in Britain within five days once it is developed, and 130 million doses are on order.

Swine flu vaccine to be cleared after 5 DAY! trial -- When the new vaccine for swine flu arrives in Britain, regulators said this weekend, it could be approved for use in just five days.

US to spend another 1 $billion on flu vaccine -- The United States will spend another $1 billion on ingredients for an H1N1 vaccine, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Sunday.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests given to high school students -- Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery—is a military-designed test vocational aptitude test that was given to 621,000 students in 11,900 high school in 2006-07. The test is mostly given to juniors and seniors who are eligible to be contacted by military recruiters. The number of students taking the test has dropped 19 percent in the past five years.

Goldman Sachs returns to lofty profits -- Up and down Wall Street, analysts and traders are buzzing that Goldman, which only recently paid back its government bailout money, will report blowout profits from trading on Tuesday.

Obama administration's plan to coerce people out of their cars -- Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood remarked in May that his livability initiative[1] "is a way to coerce people out of their cars."[2] When asked if this was government intrusion into people's lives, LaHood responded that "about everything we do around here is government intrusion in people's lives," a sentiment that would have certainly surprised the authors of the United States Constitution, a document whose major purpose was to restrain government.

Egypt calls for establishing new world order to overcome crises -- Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister Naela Gabr said Saturday that the world society should make joint efforts to set up a new world order to deal with various crises.

Big brother eye in the sky comes to California town -- In what they say is the first step toward a new era in law enforcement techniques, city officials are testing a small airplane mounting a high-tech surveillance camera to help fight crime.

Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears -- Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he'd bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective: To read the identity cards of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car. It took him 20 minutes to strike hacker's gold.  Read More...

Hackers next target: your brain? -- In the past year, researchers have developed technology that makes it possible to use thoughts to operate a computer and maneuver a wheelchair . Another new device reportedly can convert brain waves into data and transmit the data via wireless technology into the minds of other wearers of the device.

Special alloy sleeves for passports to stop hackers? -- To protect against skimming and eavesdropping attacks, federal and state officials recommend that Americans keep their e-passports tightly shut and store their RFID-tagged passport cards and enhanced driver's licenses in "radio-opaque" sleeves.

Durbin: Cheney "way beyond the Constitution" -- The revelation that Dick Cheney ordered the CIA to withhold information from Congress “absolutely” warrants an investigation, Sen. Dick Durbin said.

Taser releases safety tests for shocking new shotgun -- Controversial electroshock weaponeer Taser International is quickly building up it arsenal. The firm recently made available a shocking XREP shotgun projectile. It also introduced a new specialist shotgun (pictured) optimized for the XREP and other ‘”less lethal” rounds. And then there’s the ghastly teaser campaign for the company’s forthcoming “X3.”

Wild weather in the year ahead, scientists predict -- Climate scientists have warned of wild weather in the year ahead as the start of the global "El Niño" phenomenon exacerbates the impact of global warming. As well as droughts, floods and other extreme events, the next few years are also likely to be the hottest on record, scientists say.

Protests in downtown Chicago - Quote: "Well, based on this, I think the voters are sick and tired of this change!! If the rest of the USA saw this I'm certain more of those who are like-minded would have the guts to stand up too, but obviously they're not going to show this in the news.....for that very reason!"

Today in History July 10, 2009
1679 - The British crown claimed New Hampshire as a royal colony.
1776 - The statue of King George III was pulled down in New York City.
1778 - In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI declared war on England.
1821 - U.S. troops took possession of Florida. The territory was sold by Spain.
1832 - U.S. President Andrew Jackson vetoed legislation to re-charter the Second Bank of the United States.
1866 - Edison P. Clark patented his indelible pencil.
1890 - Wyoming became the 44th state to join the United States.
1900 - ‘His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
1913 - The highest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was 134 degrees in Death Valley, CA.
1919 - The Treaty of Versailles was hand delivered to the U.S. Senate by President Wilson.
1928 - George Eastman first demonstrated color motion pictures.
1929 - The U.S. government began issuing paper money in the small size.
1949 - The first practical rectangular television was presented. The picture tube measured 12 by 16 and sold for $12.
1962 - The Telstar Communications satellite was launched. The satellite relayed TV and telephone signals between Europe and the U.S.
1989 - Mel Blanc, the "man of a thousand voices," died at age 81. He was known for such cartoon characters as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig.
1992 - In Miami, a federal judge sentenced former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega to 40 years in prison. He was convicted of drug and racketeering charges.
1992 - In New York, a jury found Pan Am responsible for allowing a terrorist to destroy Flight 103 in 1988, killing 270 people.
1998 - The Diocese of Dallas agreed to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who said they had been molested by a priest.

Ed and Elaine Brown were convicted Thursday -- Ed and Elaine Brown were convicted Thursday of amassing weapons, explosives and booby traps and plotting to kill federal agents during a nine-month standoff in 2007 at their fort-like home in rural New Hampshire.

State Dept. under cyber attack for 4th straight day -- The US State Department said Thursday its website came under cyberattack for a fourth day running as it tried to prevent further attacks.

AIG seeks clearance for more bonuses -- American International Group is preparing to pay millions of dollars more in bonuses to several dozen top corporate executives after an earlier round of payments four months ago set off a national furor.

Obama's Popularity Plummets in Ohio as Residents Express Impatience -- A new Quinnipiac poll shows the president's approval ratings from Ohio voters has dropped from 62 percent in May to 49 percent this month, making it the first state where President Obama's job approval has dipped below 50 percent.

Good gold report (PDF format) -- It reiterates things we already know about gold, but in a concise and easy to understand report. I'd consider it a 101 for the new gold investor. Check out the "Myth" area in the report.

POLL: USA Today poll on second amendment -- 97% say individuals have the right to bear arms.

America's disappeared: The homeless of the big cities -- Some major cities, including New York and Atlanta, have been discovered to be “dumping” their homeless residents on other smaller towns and cities. Others threaten their homeless with prison unless they leave town with usually a one-way bus ticket provided.

Study: Many With Breast Cancer Overtreated -- One in three breast cancer patients identified in public screening programs may be treated unnecessarily, a new study says.

H1N1 summit: Mid-October target date for swine flu vaccine -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will begin evaluating efficacy of H1N1 vaccines in early August and hopes to begin vaccinating certain high-risk groups by mid-October, public health officials said Thursday.

Schoolchildren targeted first for swine flu vaccine -- U.S. swine flu vaccinations could begin in October with children among the first in line — at their local schools — the Obama administration said Thursday as the president and his Cabinet urged states to figure out now how they'll tackle the virus' all-but-certain resurgence.

10 dangerous household products you should never use again -- Air fresheners, disinfectants, and cleaners found under your sink are more dangerous than you think.

Ron Paul's effort to audit Fed gains support -- The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009, put forward by Republican Representative Ron Paul of Texas, now has 250 co-sponsors in the House. It will get air-time on Thursday during a congressional hearing on Fed independence that will feature testimony from the Fed's No. 2 official, Donald Kohn.

Cyclone Biomass Engine Takes Next Step in Powering DARPA's EATR Bot, a Hungry Hungry Sentinel -- A waste heat engine would allow a robot to feed off grass, furniture, and dead bodies. (Dead Bodies???) The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) is a prototype military reconnaissance 'bot that could keep going and going, except that it's not dependent on long-lasting batteries. The robot would instead use a waste heat engine developed by Cyclone Power Technologies to continually fuel itself on plants and other biomass from the surrounding environment. (Many questions on this one!!! Thanks Jimm)

Kohn warns congress on meddling in Fed's affairs -- The U.S. Federal Reserve on Thursday launched a robust defense of its independence and warned that efforts in Congress to put monetary policy under political sway would hurt the economy.

Snow plows remove hail after NY storm -- Weather investigators are trying to determine whether a tornado touched down during a storm that knocked out power in suburban New York and dumped hail up to 2 inches deep.

Physician blasts CDC over Morgellon's -- "Definition of Morgellon's is woefully incomplete and inadequate, and that the CDC and medical establish have been totally negligent in studying this system of disorders, and have provided no treatment, support, or comfort, at all to the patients afflicted. Morgellons is not a problem of "delusions of parasitois."

Nation's banks to stop accepting California's IOUs after Friday -- The banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and Citigroup Inc. and some regional banks, are trying to pressure lawmakers to end the impasse by warning that, after Friday, they won't accept IOUs issued by the state.

A garden in every backyard -- If every one of the 40 million gardening households in America persuaded just two friends or neighbors to take up this phenomenally worthwhile hobby, there could be more than 100 million household vegetable gardens.

Mob of teens attack Ohio family -- Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by 50 teenage boys, who shouted ''This is our world'' and ''This is a black world'' as they confronted Marshall and his family.

Obscene drug profits: where they go -- Recently, a couple of Federal Budget Analysts from Washington, DC wondered about the profits in pharmaceutical drugs and came up with some interesting figures. Turns out that to purchase the active ingredients for many drugs is often pennies, while a hundred dollar plus price tag is passed on to consumers.

Scientists develop system using existing data link in cars & cellphones to track miles traveled for use in charging fees by the mile -- Engineers at the University of Minnesota (UMinn) have devised a plug-in device for measuring vehicle-miles traveled and logging it for road use charges (RUC) that they say could be deployed within a year or so.

BrassCheck TV: X-Files tv show predicted 9-11 in March 2001 -- Who knew? Strange with all the reporting about 9/11, that no one in the mainstream media happened to notice that one of the most popular television programs on TV featured this scenario just six months before it happened. "This is about increasing arms sales?" And a whole lot more.

Police in UK city to set up Baghdad style checkpoints -- POLICE are to blockade neighbourhoods with Baghdad-style checkpoints in a bid to catch criminals.

Military looks to stop drivers with laser blasts -- Laser dazzlers — or “optical distraction devices,” as the military prefers to call them — have proven invaluable in Iraq as a way of warning drivers to stop at checkpoints.

Thinking cap that can help the brain learn moves a step closer -- A thinking cap that can enhance the mind's ability to learn has moved a step closer, scientists claim, after tests showed magnets can boost brain power.

Ancient volcano caused 10 year winter -- U.S. scientists said they have determined the eruption of Indonesia's Toba volcano about 74,000 years ago triggered a decade-long severe winter.

Billy Corgan Disses Michael Jackson, Sorta -- "Today is a day where we should remember all the children who are victims of abuse," Corgan wrote on Tuesday. It was perhaps a subtle (or not so subtle) reference to the allegations that Jackson abused children.

Today in History July 9, 2009
1776 - The American Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in New York.
1792 - S.L. Mitchell of Columbia College in New York City became the first Professor of Agriculture.
1808 - The leather-splitting machine was patented by Samuel Parker.
1847 - A 10-hour work day was established for workers in the state of New Hampshire.
1850 - U.S. President Zachary Taylor died in office at the age of 55. He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore. Taylor had only served 16 months.
1868 - The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It did this by prohibiting states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
1872 - The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel.
1877 - Alexander Graham Bell, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Thomas Sanders and Thomas Watson formed the Bell Telephone Company.
1878 - The corncob pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe.
1910 - W.R. Brookins became the first to fly an airplane a mile in the air.
1922 - Johnny Weissmuller became the first person to swim the 100 meters freestyle in less than a minute.
1951 - U.S. President Truman asked Congress to formally end the state of war between the United States and Germany.
1953 - New York Airways began the first commuter passenger service by helicopter.
1971 - The United States turned over complete responsibility of the Demilitarized Zone to South Vietnamese units.

75-year-old time capsule contains veteran memorials -- A time capsule from 1934 was opened Tuesday at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. The lead box contained everything from military newspapers and photographs to a book about Native American leader Hiawatha and a collection of memorial addresses by President Abraham Lincoln. Be sure to check out the slide show!!!

US food stamp recipients reach record 33.8 million in April -- A record 33.8 million people received food stamps in April, up 20 percent from a year earlier, as unemployment surged toward a 26-year high, government figures show. Spending also jumped, as the average benefit rose.

14 US personnel treated for swine flu -- A US military spokeswoman said 14 US personnel at the main American military base in Afghanistan had swine flu but were treated successfully.

Argentina to declare bank holiday because of swine flu -- Argentine financial markets and banks will close on Friday as part of government efforts to fight an outbreak of the H1N1 flu strain that has killed 70 people, officials said on Wednesday.

Swine flu outbreak at San Quentin prison limits inmate intake -- An outbreak of swine flu at San Quentin State Prison led officials today to limit the acceptance of new inmates from 19 Northern California counties and halt the transfer of prisoners to other correctional facilities.

Important caution about the H1N1 swine flu vaccine -- If there is any question why parents would not want their kids to be vaccinated, read this link.

Swine flu summit: Govt checks on state readiness -- The Obama administration put the states on notice Thursday: Swine flu promises to create a mess this fall. Are you ready?

Canada finds another new flu strain in farm workers -- Public health officials in Canada yesterday announced that they have detected a new influenza strain—one that contains human seasonal flu and a swine flu virus—in two workers on a Saskatchewan hog farm.

Michael R. Taylor Named Advisor to FDA Commissioner -- While America's media were busy covering the funeral of Michael Jackson, Monsanto has succeeded in getting Michael Taylor into the highest echelon of the Obama Administration.
Related Article: Former Monsanto VP May Be Named To Head FDA Safety Working Group

$18M Being Spent to Redesign Web Site -- For those concerned about stimulus spending, the General Services Administration sends word tonight that $18 million in additional funds are being spent to redesign the Web site.

Businesses should prepare now for fall flu -- Nevada businesses large and small have been preparing for “the big one” — a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or a killer strain of global flu. Now it’s time to prepare for the “little one” — the anticipated resurgence of the recent menace, the H1N1 virus (swine flu), this fall.

The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room » White House spells Obama’s name wrong -- In a release touting an agreement between Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev over how to craft a follow-up to the START arms reduction treaty, the White House claimed the document had been signed by one "Barak Obama." Whoops!!!

The jobs situation is even worse than the headlines -- Based on the initial claims for unemployment benefits, it's more likely that the job losses are closer to 600,000 per month rather than the figures officially reported.

IRS tells pro-lifers to give up 1st Amendment -- The Internal Revenue Service has told members of the Coalition for Life of Iowa they would have to give up their 1st Amendment rights in order to be recognized as a non-profit organization, according to a complaint being pursued by members of the Thomas More Society. However, an IRS agent then contacted the Coalition, through its president Susan Martinek, demanding to know whether the group "engaged in any 'picketing' or 'protest' activities at Planned Parenthood. … You then asked Ms. Martinek to have all Coalition Board members sign a statement that the Coalition will not 'picket' or 'protest' outside of Planned Parenthood or similar organizations and will not 'organize' others to do so," the law firm's letter said.

Defense contractor KBR may seek legal defense funds -- KBR is battling three lawsuits stemming from an attack on a truck convoy in April 2004 in which six truck drivers died, 15 were injured, and one remains missing and presumed dead. The plaintiffs claim KBR did not take appropriate measures to protect the truck drivers. An attorney for KBR told the Houston Chronicle that if the cases go to trial, KBR could ask the government to accept responsibility for the legal fees under its contract.

EDITORIAL: Passing unread laws -- As the Declaration of Independence set forth 233 years ago, our government derives its power from the consent of the governed. Such consent does not exist when legislation is purposely rammed through Congress so quickly that congressmen -- let alone citizens -- do not have time even to read it.

Banks Cash in On Huge Overdraft Fees -- With Americans cutting back on credit, more and more people are using their debit cards to purchase that cup of coffee, tank of gas or bag of groceries. At the same time, banks, facing a federal crackdown on their credit practices, are tapping a new cash cow: an explosion in overdraft fees when consumers spend more than they have.

Foods Face Tougher Path From Farm to Table -- Government Rules Aim to Prevent Salmonella in Eggs, E. Coli in Beef. New measures, announced this afternoon by Vice President Joe Biden, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, include requirements to refrigerate eggs during transport and more stringently inspect poultry houses to prevent the spread of salmonella. It also includes efforts intended to keep E. coli out of beef and prevent bacteria from entering fruits and leafy greens.

NYSE, Nasdaq sites targeted by cyber attack -- NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq OMX Group said their public Web sites were targets of "cyber attacks," though market operations were unaffected.
White House among targets of sweeping cyber attack-N. Korea suspected -- The powerful attack that overwhelmed computers at U.S. and South Korean government agencies for days was even broader than initially realized, also targeting the White House, the Pentagon and the New York Stock Exchange.

Budget Nightmare: 10 Most Broke States -- Things are so bad that 48 states addressed or are facing shortfalls in the fiscal year that just started. The total deficit: $166 billion, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Many states are also already predicting shortfalls next year. Only Montana and North Dakota have so far been unscathed in their state budgets.

FDIC gearing up for bank failures -- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is gearing up to handle a large number of bank failures expected as a result of bad mortgages, both in residential and commercial real estate, an economist said Tuesday.

Text House Resolution 600 - a Tribute to Michael Jackson?! -- Ms. Shelia JACKSON-LEE of Texas (for herself and Ms. WATSON) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Colorado: City launches website to stop toll road -- Golden, Colorado wants nothing to do with toll roads. Last month, the city sent a 48-page report to investment firms that had expressed interest in being part of a tolled beltway project near Denver. The city warned that this would be an unwise investment and even set up a website,, to outline the case against the toll road.
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Big Brother is watching you-surveillance pervasive under Obama -- Under the rubric of cybersecurity, the Obama administration is moving forward with a Bush regime program to screen state computer traffic on private-sector networks, including those connecting people to the Internet, The Washington Post revealed July 3. That project, code-named "Einstein," may very well be related to the much-larger, ongoing and highly illegal National Security Agency (NSA) communications intercept program known as "Stellar Wind," disclosed in 2005 by The New York Times.

Darpa's handheld nuclear fusion reactor -- The project, known as the “Chip-Scale High Energy Atomic Beams” program, is an effort aimed at working on the core technologies behind a tiny particle accelerator, capable of firing subatomic particles at incredible speeds. It’s part of a larger Darpa plan to reduce all sorts of devices to microchip-scale — including cryogenic coolers , video cameras and multi-purpose sensors.

Make purchases without cash - barter -- In a tough economy, more business owners are conserving cash by bartering for the stuff they need. Read More...

US consumers fall behind on loans at record rate -- Soaring U.S. unemployment and a shrinking economy drove delinquencies on credit card debt and home equity loans to all-time highs in the first quarter as a record number of cash-strapped consumers fell behind on their bills.

Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in sewage sludge fertilizer could breed more superbugs -- Waste-water treatment by-products, also known as sewage sludge, are frequently used as fertilizer. And that means whatever this stew of sewage leftovers contains, including substances hazardous to human and animal health, could potentially get into the food supply.

How to get relief from hiccups -- Read some natural remedies to help overcome bothersome hiccups.

Robo-bats to be next eyes in the sky -- Tiny flying machines can survey anything from indoors to collapsed buildings. Now researchers are mimicking nature's small flyers - and developing robotic bats that offer increased manoeuvrability and performance. Read More...

Astronomy picture of the day-The Big Dipper over Mt Rushmore -- Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Today in History July 8, 2009
1099 - Christian soldiers on the First Crusade march around Jerusalem.
1663 - King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
1693 - Uniforms for police in New York City were authorized.
1755 - Britain broke off diplomatic relations with France as their disputes in the New World intensified.
1776 - Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the U.S. Declaration of Independence to a crowd at Independence Square in Philadelphia.
1795 - Kent County Free School changed its name to Washington College. It was the first college to be named after U.S. President George Washington. The school was established by an act of the Maryland Assembly in 1723.
1865 - C.E. Barnes patented the machine gun.
1879 - The first ship to use electric lights departed from San Francisco, CA.
1881 - Edward Berner, druggist in Two Rivers, WI, poured chocolate syrup on ice cream in a dish. To this time chocolate syrup had only been used for making ice-cream sodas.
1889 - The Wall Street Journal was first published.
1919 - U.S. President Wilson returned from the Versailles Peace Conference in France.
1947 - Demolition work began in New York City for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
1950 - General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.
1969 - The U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for the game "Twister."
1993 - Charles Keating, chief of Lincoln Savings & Loan Association, was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison for violating California security and fraud laws.
1997 - The Mayo Clinic and the U.S. government warned that the diet-drug combination known as "fen-phen" could cause serious heart and lung damage.

Cyber attack knocks out government Web sites -- A widespread and unusually resilient computer attack that began July 4 knocked out the Web sites of several government agencies, including some that are responsible for fighting cyber crime. Officials eye potential N. Korea link after 'well-organized' July 4 assault.

More on Barack Obama's birth certificate or LACK OF IT -- More than eight months after Barack Obama was elected president, the mystery surrounding his precise birthplace is deepening as the myth-busting website – along with several news agencies and an Obama community blog – directly contradict the president's own claim regarding the hospital in which he was born.

Statin drugs cause muscle damage even after discontinuing use -- Statins, medications widely used to lower cholesterol, may cause structural damage to the muscles of people experiencing muscle aches and weakness, a new study has found.

Home-Equity Loan and Credit Card Delinquencies Reach Record Since 1974 -- Delinquent bank-card accounts jumped to a record 6.60 percent of outstanding card debt in the first quarter from 5.52 percent in the previous period, a signal unemployed borrowers are relying on cards as falling prices erode the equity in their homes. More borrowers are using cards to meet daily expenses after losing their jobs, the ABA said.

White House: Acquitted detainees may not be released -- The Obama Administration signaled Tuesday it may keep terrorism detainees even if they’ve been acquitted.

Relatives of soldier slain in Afghanistan decry lack of coverage while Michael Jackson is all over the news -- A day before New York Rep. Peter King called Michael Jackson a “pervert” unworthy of nonstop media coverage, the aunt of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan on the same day Jackson died asked why her nephew's death went virtually unnoticed while the King of Pop got memorial shrines across the country.

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True unemployment rate at 20% -- 467,000 people lost their jobs compared to 345,000 in May, a one-time fluke? Or does it mean that all those Wall Street economists who believe the economic recovery is starting are dead wrong?

Adding up the true costs of 2 wars -- The conflict that began in 2003 is far from over for us, and the next chapter -- confronting a Taliban that reasserted itself in Afghanistan while the U.S. was sidetracked in Iraq -- will be expensive and bloody.

Waffle House waiter sues over Taser incident -- A Waffle House employee is suing the Gwinnett County Police Department over what he says was an unprovoked encounter with an officer who stunned him with a Taser.
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* Police Officer Arrested After Tasing Waffle House Worker -- Gwinnett County police arrested former officer Gary Miles Jr., 33, Thursday evening, after investigators said Miles tased a Waffle House employee.
* 3 Gwinnett Officers Resign After Taser Incident At Waffle House

Tennessee ticket quota reported -- Although the Tennessee Highway Patrol denies it, a Nashville TV station is reporting that state troopers appear to have a quota system for issuing tickets.

GAO: Major security flaws at federal buildings -- The police agency in charge of protecting thousands of federal buildings nationwide has failed to keep bomb-making materials out of several high-security facilities in the past year, according to Congressional testimony provided by Senate aides.

July 6, 1775 Declaration of the causes & necessity of taking up arms -- This document was prepared by the Second Continental Congress to explain to the world why the British colonies had taken up arms against Great Britain. It is a combination of the work of Thomas Jefferson and Colonel John Dickinson (well-known for his series "Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer."). Jefferson completed the first draft, but it was perceived by the Continental Congress as too harsh and militant; Dickinson prepared the second. The final document combined the work of the two.

New study find that Canadian farmers are opposed to genetically modified wheat as controversy reignites -- A new study on Canadian farmer perceptions toward genetically modified (GM) wheat - specifically Roundup Ready wheat (RRW)- has just been published in the international peer reviewed journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research. This scientific paper is being released just as the controversy over growing GM wheat is re-igniting. Unlike a recent industry-sponsored study conducted in the US, it shows that Canadian farmers are categorically opposed to RRW.

US opposition to GMO's gathers momentum -- Scientists and physicians in the heartland of genetic modification are alerting policy-makers and the public to the dangers of GM crops.

Are breast cancer patients being kept in the dark? -- Despite the increase of breast reconstruction procedures performed in 2008, nearly 70 percent of women who are eligible for the procedure are not informed of the reconstructive options available to them, according to a recently published report.

Most awesomely bad military acronym ever -- A year ago, Danger Room and its readers began a quest: to comb through the armed forces and the spy agencies and their contractors, to discover the Most Awesomely bad Military Acronym of all time.

Queen Elizabeth largest landowner on earth -- Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom and of 31 other states and territories, is the legal owner of about 6,600 million acres of land, one sixth of the earth’s non ocean surface.

Shreveport citizens disarmed by police for 2nd amendment stickers -- Welcome to Shreveport: Your rights are now suspended. According to Cedric Glover, mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, his cops “have a power that [. . .] the President of these Unites States does not have”: His cops can take away your rights.

RESEARCHERS SAY THEY CAN GUESS YOUR SSN -- There’s a new reason to worry about the security of your Social Security number. Turns out, they can be guessed with relative ease.Read More...

Letter sparks investigation of Baxter vaccine by New Zealand minister of health -- The New Zealand Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall, has asked the Ministry of Health officials to urgently advise him on issues raised about a "swine flu" vaccine produced by Baxter International Inc. This follows his receipt of a letter raising concerns about whether vaccines produced by Baxter for "swine flu" can be trusted.

Explosion in Argentina of H1N12 fatalities -- According to data provided by the Situation Room, there are more than 2,000 cases reported, of which 400 were confirmed as positive.Of the 15 deaths corresponding to node Rosario, Santa Fe to two and the rest of the Venado Tuerto.

Preparing for civil unrest by Claire Wolfe -- The most remarkable thing about civil unrest is that there hasn't been more of it.

Innovation: When advertising meets surveillance -- Innovation is a regular column that highlights emerging technological ideas and where they may lead.

This sunspot is going nuts!!! -- This is just a baby....wait till a big one comes!!

Today in History July 7, 2009
1754 - Kings College opened in New York City. It was renamed Columbia College 30 years later.
1846 - U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison.
1862 - The first railroad post office was tested on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad in Missouri.
1865 - Four people were hanged in Washington, DC, after being convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate U.S. President Lincoln.
1885 - G. Moore Peters patented the cartridge-loading machine.
1898 - The United States annexed Hawaii.
1920 - A device known as the radio compass was used for the first time on a U.S. Navy airplane near Norfolk, VA.
1930 - Construction began on Boulder Dam, later Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River.
1981 - U.S. President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1987 - Public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing began.
2000 - Cisco Systems Inc. announced that it would buy Netiverse Inc. for $210 million in stock. It was the 13th time Cisco had purchased a company in 2000.
2003 - In Liberia, a team of U.S. military experts arrived at the U.S. embassy compound to assess whether to deploy troops as part of a peacekeeping force in the country.

Vaccination Liberation - Information -- This website provides critical information concerning the Bird/Swine HOAX!! It also contains a Legal Document (Downloadable) for filing charges! GET THIS INFORMATION TO EVERYONE YOU CAN!!! (Thanks Billy-Joe)!!

Obama, Medvedev agree to deal to cut nuke weapons -- Check out the flag color!!

In Canada: 4 chemicals used in consumer products slapped with toxic label -- The federal government on Friday declared four chemicals widely used in paints, varnishes, stains and industrial cleaners as toxic to human health, paving the way for their possible ban in products.

Texas puts brakes on private toll roads -- Lawmakers quit the Capitol on Thursday after refusing Gov. Rick Perry's pleas to extend the state's authority to enter long-term contracts with private toll-road developers beyond this summer.

Caraco Lays Off Production Staff After FDA Seizure -- The FDA seized drugs and pharmaceutical ingredients June 25 made at Caraco's Detroit, Farmington Hills and Wixom locations. The FDA said the seizure was based on "the company's continued failure to meet the FDA's
current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) requirements."

Airline considers making people stand during flight -- Ryanair is considering proposals to make some of its customers stand during flights. The low-cost airline would charge passengers less on "bar stools" with seat belts around their waists.

UM Study: Chemicals In Consumer Products May Cause Early Birth -- Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health found that women who deliver prematurely have, on average, up to three times the phthalate level in their urine compared to women who carry to term.

Homeless people die after bird flu vaccine trial in Poland -- Three Polish doctors and six nurses are facing criminal prosecution after a number of homeless people died following medical trials for a vaccine to the H5N1 bird-flu virus.

First Nations pandemic teams bracing for fall flu carnage -- A day after Manitoba marked its fifth death from the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, First Nations emergency planners in the province gathered on Monday to talk about how to prevent carnage in their communities this fall, when the flu is expected to surge.

Few people changed their behavior in early stages of swine flu outbreak -- Few people changed their behaviour in the early stages of the swine flu outbreak, finds a study published on today. But the results do support efforts to inform the public about specific actions that can reduce the risks from swine flu and to communicate about the government's plans and resources.

Consumer warning on swine flu vaccines - video by Barbara Loe Fisher -- Specialty drug maker Baxter International Inc. says it's in "full scale" production of a swine flu vaccine. The vaccine will be commercially available in July.

Legal action you can take against forced vaccinations -- To defend yourself and your countrymen you can now take legal steps using documents journalist Jane Burgermeister has created specifically for this purpose. After many days of intense effort and two failed attempts due to hackers, Jane has these documents ready to be downloaded. She gives them freely with the hope that others will follow her lead in standing up for their rights while there is still time.

Bioweapons, dangerous vaccines and threat of global pandemic -- Although international law prohibits the use of chemical and bacteriological weapons, America has had an active biological warfare program since at least the 1940s. Read More...

New Zealand orders 300,000 doses of untested swine flu vaccine for health workers -- The government is spending millions of dollars to import a swine flu vaccination for front line health workers – even though it has not been licensed yet. It has ordered 300,000 doses of the vaccine but it is unlikely to be available until December.

Swine flu worries spark Cambridge MA jail riot -- Inmate fears over an apparent swine flu outbreak sparked a riot at the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge on Sunday.

National Strategic Plan for Emergency Department Management of Outbreaks of Novel H1N1 Infuenza -- “ Even with the support of tools and policies, it will be incumbent on the hospital to have a plan or strategy for bringing together the appropriate personnel who can make the best decisions possible ….” AHRQ Providing Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources: A Community Planning Gui.

Missouri National Guard Train to Kill “Militia Insurgents” in Exercise -- The Missouri National Guard is training to engage in combat with “militia” groups, according to the News Tribune. “During the battalion’s annual training exercise, eight members of the Jefferson City-based unit, acting as a fictitious militant group, attempted to disrupt the battalion’s operations through attacks and harassment. The battalion’s other two units, the Kansas City-based 205th Area Support Medical Company, and the Springfield based 206th Area Support Medical Company, fended off the attacks while performing their medical duties,” the newspaper reported on June 30.

From Farm to Pharma: How Animals Ended Up Living in Confined Feedlots Guzzling Antibiotics -- Pharmaceutical corporations claimed that with antibiotics, the stress of the crowded conditions of confinement could be overcome. Again, the federal agencies did not challenge these claims. So, the path was paved for today's industrial bacon bins, chicken factories, and feedlots where pigs, chickens, and beef cows are raised in cramped conditions and treated with several chemical additives and drugs to keep them from getting sick in crowded cells and pens.

Paging The President -- A day before the American president was scheduled to meet with opposition and civil society groups in Russia, NEWSWEEK spoke with human rights activists, politicians, and experts about what they expect from the summit. From the article: I will tell President Obama about Russia's dozens of political prisoners--opposition activists, scientists, and businessmen. We will judge him by whether or not he has a clear plan for Russia. But we wish to highlight that Russia deserves democracy.

Facebook to make "Billions" Within Five Years -- Facebook will likely be posting billions of dollars in revenue in five years, up from about $500 million this year, according to Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mark Andreessen who sits on Facebook's board.

Senate torpedoes Fed Reserve audit, but House plan already has majority support -- Members of the U.S. Senate today rejected a proposal for an audit of the Federal Reserve, the private institution that virtually controls U.S. interest rates, money supply and other economic influences.

Anti REAL ID governors serially discredited (MArk Sanford & Sarah Palin are 2 of them) -- Something is definitely amiss in the Anti-Real ID political community. Amid chatter of neo-con infiltration in various Republican grassroots groups, 2 of the 5 original Governors in States opposed to the Real ID Act [Maine, Alaska, New Hampshire, South Carolina & Montana] seem to have been serially removed from effectiveness in public office.

The truth behind depleted uranium contamination and it's usage -- There has been significant publicity about the use of Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions, its ability to travel very long distances and the consequences to our health.

Drug tests are flagging natural products for narcotics-tea tree oil & chocolate tested positive for marijuana? -- Police in the United States and Canada have been arresting people when their natural health, food and body products falsely test positive for drugs.

Military Documents: Militarizing the US "Homeland": NORTHCOM's Tasking - Army Continuity of Operations Program (COOP)

US reported in a panic after chemtrail planes forced down in India & Nigeria By: Sorcha Faal -- Russian Military Analysts are reporting in the Kremlin that US Military Forces are “panicked” over the forced landings ordered by Indian and Nigerian Air Forces of two Ukrainian AN-124 aircraft [photo top left] operated by the United States Air Force and based at their gigantic, but secretive, Diego Garcia air base located in the Indian Ocean.

Atlantic City Expressway may shift to all electronic tolls -- South Jersey Transportation Authority's board has endorsed a $56k report by Wilbur Smith Associates to lay out the implications of moving to all-electronic tolling (AET) as compared to upgrading obsolete electronic and cash collection and providing open road lanes on the Atlantic City Expressway (ACE). Sharon Gordon spokesman for the south Jersey toller says the board now expect to make a decision this fall after the WSA report is received. Michael Kolb of TTI is consulting engineer on the project.

GMO corn: France rejects report by EU food agency -- In a joint statement, the French ecology and agriculture ministries said the Italy-based European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had failed to take into account requests to change the way it evaluated the risk.

Research shows cell phone towers can predict the next big flood -- Researchers from Tel Aviv University say they have found a novel and reliable way to help predict the intensity of the next big flood, using common cell phone towers across the United States. Their model, which analyzes cell phone signals, adds a critical component to weather forecasting never before available.

Oldest Bible made whole again online -- The surviving parts of the world's oldest Bible were reunited online Monday, generating excitement among scholars striving to unlock its mysteries.

Solved: Riddle of Siberia's flattened forest -- A massive explosion that flattened an entire forest in northern Russia over an area of 800 square miles more than a century ago was almost certainly caused by the Earth colliding with a comet, according to a study by rocket scientists in the United States.

Ron Paul strikes gold -- Why the oft-marginalized congressman is the greatest threat to Obama’s regulatory plan.

Today in History July 6, 2009
1699 - Captain William Kidd, the pirate, was captured in Boston, MA, and deported back to England.
1777 - British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution.
1854 - In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention.
1858 - Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine.
1885 - Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute.
1905 - Fingerprints were exchanged for the first time between officials in Europe and the U.S. The person in question was John Walker.
1919 - A British dirigible landed in New York at Roosevelt Field. It completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship.
1923 - The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established.
1932 - The postage rate for first class mail in the U.S. went from 2-cents to 3-cents.
1945 - U.S. President Truman signed an order creating the Medal of Freedom.
1981 - The Dupont Company announced an agreement to purchase Conoco, Inc. (Continental Oil Co.) for $7 billion. At the time it was the largest merger in corporate history.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans could not pay women smaller monthly payments solely because of their gender.
1988 - Several popular beaches were closed in New York City due to medical waste and other debris began washing up on the seashores.
1989 - The U.S. Army destroyed its last Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, TX. The dismantling was under the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
1997 - The Mars Pathfinder released Sojourner, a robot rover on the surface of Mars. The spacecraft landed on the red planet on July 4th.

The Fat Lady Hasn't Sung Yet -- Judging from the market's immediate reaction to the jobs news--a wicked 223-point dive that day in the Dow Jones Industrials--obviously a lot of investors are signaling that they, too, believe Inmelt is all wet in his positive economic outlook.

Cynthia McKinney speaks from prison in Israel -- This is Cynthia McKinney, I'm speaking from an Israeli prison cellblock in Ramle. [I am one of] the Free Gaza 21, human rights activists currently imprisoned for trying to take medical supplies to Gaza, building supplies and even toys and crayons - I had a suitcase full of crayons for the children. Read More...
UPDATE: McKinney Back in U.S. from Israeli Jail -- Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was scheduled to return from Tel Aviv on a flight that landed in New York at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Computer Failure Snarls Flights at O'Hare -- A computer problem temporarily disrupted United Airlines flights at O'Hare International Airport on Thursday, causing long delays and lines for travelers headed out for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Major Outage at Seattle Data Center -- Multiple data centers at Seattle’s Fisher Plaza are offline after a fire in an electrical vault, which has left much of the complex without power and generator support.

Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America -- Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law
enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work.

CATO Website-Botched police raids in America-interactive map -- An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko.

Sandstorms plague Iraq and are getting worse -- These sandstorms still hover over the capital. It coats parked cars in a tan frosting. It seeps under windowsills and doorways. It grits the teeth and stings the eyes. It clogs rifles and etches scrimshaw across sniper scopes. And it kills people. Read More...

3 Thoughts for the Day from our friend Mike Tawse In the UK -- Learning Is Not A Memory Test - The Gift Of Learning - The Door To Success.

How computers can harm your children's damaging their brains -- Children who spend hour after hour on the computer may be damaging a vital part of their brains. Here, in a stark warning, Baroness Susan Greenfield, director of the Royal Institution and Oxford Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology, explains how this could be creating a generation blighted by obesity and gambling.

Obama touches down for Moscow summit -- Arms control is expected to dominate the two-day meeting with Russian leaders, the first of its kind since the early part of the George W. Bush presidency.

Tea parties from sea to shining sea-more than 2,000 -- More than 2,000 tea parties from coast to coast attracted hundreds of thousands tax and Big Government protesters on Independence Day – perhaps the biggest July 4 political event in America since the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence.

China state media: 140 killed in riots in west -- More than 800 hurt in protests started by ethnic Muslim group, officials say.

Plant disease hit Eastern US vegetable plants -- Tomato plants have been removed from stores in half a dozen states as a destructive and infectious plant disease makes its earliest and most widespread appearance ever in the eastern United States.

WHO warns swine flu unstoppable -- The UN's top health official has opened a forum in Mexico on combating swine flu by saying that the spread of the virus worldwide is now unstoppable.

Group focuses ire on Monsanto -- The Organization for Competitive Markets will hold its annual conference on August 7 in St. Louis to discuss what it sees as unfairness between farmers and ranchers and the corporations with whom they do business.

Spending $102 billion a year on 800 worldwide military bases is bankrupting the country -- We're building new "embassies" that run close to $1 billion and host countries keep jacking the rent for existing bases.

BrassCheck TV: Vaccine created illnesses-Garth Nicholson video -- Can vaccines cause chronic illnesses? Dr. Garth Nicholson, microbiologist and director of the Institute for Molecular Medicine, says yes.

Speed cameras disabled in Arizona & France-the people fight back!!! -- Vigilantes in Arizona have declared their independence from speed cameras. Over the past two weeks, Post-It Notes have been placed on mobile speed camera vans operated on Phoenix-area freeways by Redflex Traffic Systems, an Australian company. As a result of the notes, photographs taken by the unmanned Ford SUVs are unusable for ticketing purposes.

Experts call for diversified reserve currency ahead of G8 summit -- The declining US dollar could not play the long term role as the world’s single reserve currency and a more diversified global currency system should be formed, prominent experts said Saturday at a global think tank summit in Beijing, days ahead of the G8 meeting this week.

Incandescent bulbs return to the cutting edge -- “Due to the 2007 federal energy bill that phases out inefficient incandescent light bulbs beginning in 2012, we are finally seeing a race” to develop more efficient ones, said Noah Horowitz, senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

NSA plans massive data center in Utah -- The National Security Agency was so confident that its nearly $2 billion plan for a new data center in Utah would be approved by Congress that it began designing the facility last November.

A secret history of dissent in the all volunteer military -- The All-Volunteer Force (AVF) exists for a reason captured in a study by Colonel Robert D. Heinl, Jr., author of the "definitive history of the Marine Corps," published in Armed Forces Journal in 1971. Read More...

2 centuries on, a cryptologist cracks a presidential code -- For more than 200 years, buried deep within Thomas Jefferson's correspondence and papers, there lay a mysterious cipher -- a coded message that appears to have remained unsolved. Until now.

White House to hold swine flu summit -- The White House said Thursday it would hold a high-level meeting next week bringing together top government officials to prepare for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of A(H1N1) flu.

North American integration agenda continues -- North American integration is a deep-rooted agenda that continues on many different fronts. This has not changed under an Obama administration. Posted on the U.S. Department of State’s website calendar of events is the fifth annual North American Leaders Summit, which is set to take place August 8-11 in Mexico. Read More...

Even cockroaches get fat on bad food -- As part of a decade's worth of research on cockroaches, Patricia Moore of the University of Exeter studied how female cockroaches change their mating behavior in response to their diet, specifically what they eat when they are young.

Senate bill fines people for refusing health coverage -- Americans who refuse to buy affordable medical coverage could be hit with fines of more than $1,000 under a health care overhaul bill unveiled Thursday by key Senate Democrats looking to fulfill President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

Suicide warnings on 2 anti-smoking drugs -- Federal drug regulators warned Wednesday that patients taking two popular drugs to stop smoking should be watched closely for signs of serious mental illness, as reports mount of suicides among the drugs’ users.

Search the TSA No-Fly List -- Search the NO FLY list from the Terrorist Security Administration.

YouTube: Police State - The Militarization of the Police Force in USA -- Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army.

Strange martial law via food control -- HR 2749 is a strange bill in many ways. While the other “food safety” bills have been around since winter, allowing for much public discussion on the internet, HR 2749 has only suddenly appeared. It is a mutant conglomeration of the worst of the other bills, with the addition of one very original part – martial law. Read More...

Pennsylvania House unanimously passes bill to ban forced implantation of microchips -- the Philadelphia Democrat introduced a bill, passed unanimously last week by the House, that would ban the forced implantation of computer chips in humans.

G-8 surveys financial crisis aftershocks -- Eight of the world's most powerful leaders gather in an Italian earthquake zone this week to thrash out a common strategy on how to absorb the tremors of global recession, climate change and Iran.

Frankincense Essential Oil and lecture on Human Growth Hormone

YOUNG LIVING TRAINING on Age Related Macular Degeneration and the use of the Wolfberry


Today in History July 3, 2009
1775 - U.S. Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, MA.
1844 - Ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiated a commercial treaty with China that opened five Chinese ports to U.S. merchants and protected the rights of American citizens in China.
1863 - The U.S. Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, PA, ended after three days. It was a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated.
1871 - The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company introduced the first narrow-gauge locomotive. It was called the "Montezuma."
1878 - John Wise flew the first dirigible in Lancaster, PA.
1880 - "Science" began publication. Thomas Edison had provided the principle funding.
1890 - Idaho became the 43rd state to join the United States of America.
1901 - The Wild Bunch, led by Butch Cassidy, committed its last American robbery near Wagner, MT. They took $65,000 from a Great Northern train.
1903 - The first cable across the Pacific Ocean was spliced between Honolulu, Midway, Guam and Manila.
1924 - Clarence Birdseye founded the General Seafood Corp.
1930 - The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Veterans Administration.
1934 - U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) made its first payment to Lydia Losiger.
1945 - The first civilian passenger car built since February 1942 was driven off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit, MI. Production had been diverted due to World War II.
1981 - The Associated Press ran its first story about two rare illnesses afflicting homosexual men. One of the diseases was later named AIDS.
1986 - U.S. President Reagan presided over a ceremony in New York Harbor that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.
1991 - U.S. President George Bush formally inaugurated the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

The Declaration of Independence -- When is the last time You read it?

Independence now & forever -- As we approach Independence Day, it behooves us to recall the principles of America's founding, especially in light of the ongoing attempt by today's political and commercial leaders to merge the United States into a hemispheric government. In fact, the clarion call for independence is just as fundamental, just as revolutionary as it was 233 years ago.

Rare copy of Declaration of Independence found -- British researchers have announced the discovery of a rare original copy of America's Declaration of Independence — just in time for the Fourth of July.

Seeds of Dissent in the U.S. Military Are Growing -- From suicide to desertion to refusal to deploy -- service members' dissent may be growing into something far larger.

7 more banks fail -- Six Illinois banks and one bank in Texas were shuttered Thursday as government regulators proposed new rules for private equity firms seeking to take over failed banks.

Texas pastor Tasered during church member's traffic stop -- WEBSTER, Texas—Webster police used a Taser on a pastor and pepper spray to disperse members of his congregation Wednesday after they said the pastor tried to interfere with a traffic stop of a member of his church.

EU food agency claims GMO maize is safe -- A genetically modified strain of maize, banned in some EU countries, poses no risk to health or the environment, the European Food Safety Authority declared Tuesday.

Border agents to dump Agent Orange like chemical to kill all plant life along US-Mexico border -- The Border Patrol has temporarily postponed -- but refused to cancel -- plans to use helicopters to spray herbicide along the banks of the Rio Grande between the cities of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in order to kill a fast-growing river cane that provides cover for undocumented migrants, smugglers and other border crossers.

Russians order flight changes after massive magnetic shift downs airliners -- Reports circulating in the Kremlin today are saying that Russian Air Force Commanders have issued warnings to all of their aircraft to exercise “extreme caution” during flights “in and around” an area defined as Latitude 17 North [North Atlantic Ocean] Latitude 3 South [South Atlantic Ocean] to Latitude 8 North [Indian Ocean] Latitude 19 South [Indian Ocean] between the Longitudes of 46 West, 33 West, 46 East and 33 East, and which covers the greater part of the African Tectonic Plate.

Climate bill may force home energy audits -- The American Clean Energy and Security Act is aimed at reducing the nation’s energy consumption. If passed, how will it affect you?

Bomb detection CEO named to head DARPA -- Mechanical engineer and defense entrepreneur Regina Dugan has been named the new director of Darpa, the Pentagon’s premier research arm.

Americans fed up with out of control airport searches -- The Transportation Security Administration has moved beyond just checking for weapons and explosives. It’s now training airport screeners to spot anything suspicious, and then honoring them when searches lead to arrests for crimes like drug possession and credit-card fraud.

Swine flu "cannot be contained" -- The rising numbers of swine flu cases mean trying to contain the virus is no longer an option, the government says.

Swine flu vaccine made in Europe -- The first doses of an H1N1 swine flu vaccine have been produced in Europe - but it will be around two months before any is distributed.

New dog flu strain worrying pet owners -- According to scientists, the dog flu first appeared in horses before mutating and affecting dogs, and although it hasn't jumped to humans yet, experts say that enough new cases are popping up to warrant a new vaccine.

Some dog foods may deliver toxic doses of fluoride! -- Study raises questions about use of bone meal, animal by-products and other cheap ingredients.

West Virginia Turnpike tolls to increase 60%! -- The West Virginia Parkways Authority, which oversees the state turnpike, voted unanimously on Wednesday, July 1, to increase tolls by 60 percent for cars and trucks.

Controversial Taser shotgun weapon launched -- The controversial Taser range of weapons, used by police forces in the UK to deliver electric shocks via metal barbs fired from a pistol shaped device, has been extended to include a shotgun launched option.

Job losses up in June -- U.S. employers cut far more jobs than expected last month and the unemployment rate hit 9.5 percent, the highest in nearly 26 years, underscoring the likelihood of a long, slow recovery from recession.

Forbes layoff tracker -- Number of layoffs since Nov. 1, 2008, at America's 500 largest public companies: 579,372.

Website: Layoff Daily -- Interesting. Check it out.

The EPA silences a climate skeptic -- The professional penalty for offering a contrary view to elites like Al Gore is a smear campaign.

Court to defendant-stop blasting that man's mind (interesting story) -- Man goes to court to stop his former business associate from blasting him with mind-altering electromagnetic radiation. The court decided in the mans favor, and issued a first-of-its-kind order of protection, banning the defendant from using “electronic means” to further harass the fellow.

America is vulnerable to EMP attack -- If a small atomic bomb were to explode 400km above Chicago it could fry all electronically-based technology from Chicago to Dallas affecting the infrastructure of all major cities on the east coast and as far as South Dakota. Read More...

Lawsuit now accuses Xe contractor of murder, kidnapping & child prostitution -- A just-amended lawsuit alleges six additional instances of unprovoked attacks on Iraqi civilians by Blackwater contractors.

Today in History July 2, 2009
1776 - Richard Henry Lee’s resolution that the American colonies "are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States" was adopted by the Continental Congress.
1850 - B.J. Lane patented the gas mask.
1857 - New York City’s first elevated railroad officially opened for business.
1881 - Charles J. Guiteau fatally wounded U.S. President James A. Garfield in Washington, DC.
1890 - The U.S. Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.
1926 - The U.S. Congress established the Army Air Corps.
1937 - American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
1947 - An object crashed near Roswell, NM. The U.S. Army Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts led to speculation that it might have been an alien spacecraft.
1964 - U.S. President Johnson signed the "Civil Rights Act of 1964" into law. The act made it illegal in the U.S. to discriminate against others because of their race.
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter reinstated draft registration for males 18 years of age.
1985 - General Motors announced that it was installing electronic road maps as an option in some of its higher-priced cars.
1998 - Cable News Network (CNN) retracted a story that alleged that U.S. commandos had used nerve gas to kill American defectors during the Vietnam War.

We The People Federal Lawsuit to Ban All Electronic Voting Heads for Trial -- Discovery Begins, Jury Will Decide the Law!

UK/USA Defeated: Ahmadinejad Wins Yet Again! -- Despite the stiff anti-Ahmadinejad campaign spearheaded by the US-inspired opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi on behalf of the anti-Islamc forces, including some quirky and spoilt Muslims, to see the end of the victorious president Mahmoud, Ahmadinejad has been declared reelected for the second time.

Natural Health… Taming Nature’s Fury! by Mike Tawse in the UK -- Update from Mike Tawse - our friend from the UK who has the website My Serrapeptase Adventure. Please check it out in your spare time.

U.S. Marines Launch Major Operation in Afghanistan -- Thousands of U.S. Marines descended upon the volatile Helmand River valley in helicopters and armored convoys early Thursday, mounting an operation that represents the first large-scale test of the U.S. military's new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

House Joint Resolution 5 to repeal 22nd amendment (Obama looking to third term)? -- Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

California declares fiscal emergency -- The emergency means that the state may start issuing IOU's instead of checks as soon as Wednesday.

Louisiana Parish revolts against speed cameras -- Neither the churches nor law enforcement in Livingston Parish, Louisiana want anything to do with photo radar. In a statement yesterday, the parish sheriff's office explained that it has become fed up with Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian company that uses a Ford Escape SUV to issue automated tickets worth between $100 and $464 each within the parish.

Big pay packages return to Wall Street -- Business is back on Wall Street. If the good times continue to roll, lofty pay packages may be set for a comeback as well.

Goldman Sachs behind every market crash since 1920s -- Goldman Sachs has played a crucial role in creating every market bubble since the 1920s -- and has profited from not only the bubbles, but from the crash that followed as well, says a new expose in Rolling Stone magazine.

Passport details to be kept on ID register despite card U-turn -- British citizens who apply for or renew their passport will be automatically registered on the national identity card database under regulations to be approved by MPs in the next few weeks.

Payrolls probably fell, unemployment hits 26 year high -- Employers in the U.S. probably cut an additional 365,000 jobs in June, a government report may show today, offering little evidence the Obama administration’s stimulus package is shoring up the labor market.

Fuel tax could be replaced with by the mile tax -- The year is 2020 and the gasoline tax is history. In its place you get a monthly tax bill based on each mile you drove — tracked by a Global Positioning System device in your car and uploaded to a billing center. What once was science fiction is being field-tested by the University of Iowa to iron out the wrinkles should a by-the-mile road tax ever be enacted.

Smart Card to protect patients from radiation -- A Smart Card project to log how much radiation a person receives in the course of a lifetime is among the latest efforts by the Vienna based United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its partners to ensure better protection of patients from any unnecessary exposure.

TEXAS: Federal agents conducting house by house gun checks -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) agents are in the midst of fanning out across Texas in order to conduct house by house investigations into what the agency deems numerous “suspicious” firearms transactions and as a means to combat “narco-terrorism” along the U.S. /Mexican border.

Solutions for forced vaccinations & flu pandemics -- In response to several readers concern over the issues presented by the article Watch Out for Flying Syringes, GMO Food Vaccines, and Forced Vaccinations, here are some solutions. Most of the solutions suggested are for vaccination induced disease syndrome (VIDS) or post vaccination syndrome (PVS). Some are for the flu itself.

CDC: US may need 600 million(!) swine flu doses -- Among the issues to be resolved are the amount of vaccine likely to be available, the timing of the vaccine's availability, how it would be distributed, who would provide the shots, who would pay for them and whether it will be possible to track potential side effects.

Python strangles 2-year-old girl in Florida home -- A man woke up Wednesday morning and found his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter being strangled by his 8.5-foot pet albino Burmese python, according to Sumter County sheriff's officials. How so very sad...please be aware if you have these pets to make sure it is IMPOSSIBLE for that pet to escape!!!

Digital Angel announces active tag for livestock -- Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) does not require the use of RFID for tracking livestock, it does recommend the technology as a means of doing so, as part of the National Animal Identification System, a voluntary tracking system. Producers may also utilize ear tags that have only a printed number, rather than both a printed number and an integrated RFID tag.

Human rights activists arrested off Gaza coast-Rep Cynthia McKinney is one of them -- British and Irish people are among a group of 21 human rights activists arrested by the Israeli authorities, campaigners claimed.

Big Pharma pushes statin drugs for 40 year olds -- Statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs, should be prescribed to millions of people over 40 even if they do not have heart disease, research suggests. Researchers agreed that statins should be given to people without established heart disease but with risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Two anti smoking drugs to carry mental health warnings -- The FDA said Chantix and Zyban will carry the warnings to alert consumers to the risks of depression and suicidal thoughts when using the drugs.

Common chemo drug kills women -- A new study from the Research on Adverse Drug Events and Reports (RADAR) pharmacovigilance program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has identified another side effect caused by a commonly used chemotherapy drug -- death.

Pasadena, CA. to have checkpoints not for DUI but to search for fireworks on July 4 -- The city will set police checkpoints on July 4 to search for fireworks near hillside areas.Violators are subject to confiscation and impound of vehicles, up to one year in jail and fines up to $50,000.

Federal Register: Disposition of Dept of Energy excess Depleted Uranium, natural uranium -- SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE, the Department) has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Disposition of DOE Excess Depleted Uranium (DU), Natural Uranium (NU), and Low-Enriched Uranium (LEU) (DOE/EA-1607).

Scientists re-engineering brain cells with lasers -- Scientists are working on genetically engineered laser-controlled brain cells.

Reverse Mortgages Leave Seniors at Risk, GAO Says -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development has left elderly borrowers vulnerable to abusive lending practices because of shortcomings in programs that offer reverse mortgages, according to a report released yesterday by the Government
 Accountability Office.

Today in History July 1, 2009
1847 - The U.S. Post Office issued its first adhesive stamps.
1862 - The U.S. Congress established the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
1863 - During the U.S. Civil War, the first day's fighting at Gettysburg began.
1874 - The Philadelphia Zoological Society zoo opened as the first zoo in the United States.
1893 - The first bicycle race track in America to be made out of wood was opened in San Francisco, CA.
1898 - During the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt and his "Rough Riders" waged a victorious assault on San Juan Hill in Cuba.
1905 - The USDA Forest Service was created within the Department of Agriculture. The agency was given the mission to sustain healthy, diverse, and productive forests and grasslands for present and future generations.
1909 - Thomas Edison began commercially manufacturing his new "A" type alkaline storage batteries.
1934 - The Federal Communications Commission replaced the Federal Radio Commission as the regulator of broadcasting in the United States.
1940 - In Washington, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was opened to traffic. The bridge collapsed during a wind storm on November 7, 1940.
1941 - Bulova Watch Company sponsored the first TV commercial in New York City, NY.
1943 - The U.S. Government began automatically withholding federal income tax from paychecks.
1945 - New York established the New York State Commission Against Discrimination to prevent discrimination in employment because of race, creed or natural origin. It was the first such agency in the U.S.
1946 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 that incorporated the Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. The Civil Air Patrol was created on December 1, 1941.
1946 - The U.S. exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
1948 - The price of a subway ride in New York City was increased from 5 cents to 10.
1960 - Somalia gained its independence from Britain through the unification of Somaliland with Italian Somalia.
1961 - The first community air-raid shelter was built. The shelter in Boise, ID had a capacity of 1,000 people and family memberships sold for $100.
1963 - The U.S. postmaster introduced the five-digit ZIP (Zoning Improvement Plan) code.
1966 - The Medicare federal insurance program went into effect.
1968 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was signed by 60 countries. It limited the spreading of nuclear material for military purposes. On May 11, 1995, the treaty was extended indefinitely.
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that provided for 2 acres of land near the Lincoln Memorial for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1981 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that candidates for federal office had an "affirmative right" to go on national television. .
1999 - The U.S. Justice Department released new regulations that granted the attorney general sole power to appoint and oversee special counsels. The 1978 independent-counsel statute expired on June 30.

245 Congress members support Fed audit bill -- A couple dozen more members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors to a plan from Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, that would subject the Federal Reserve to an audit, bringing to 245 the supporters so far.
Related Article: Ron Paul Wins Support to Audit Fed Reserve

Cap & trade bill will lead to capitol fight by Ron Paul -- In my last column, I joked that with public spending out of control and the piling on of the international bailout bill, economic collapse seems to be the goal of Congress. It is getting harder to joke about such a thing however, as the non-partisan General Accounting Office (GAO) has estimated that the administration's health care plan would actually cost over a trillion dollars. This reality check may have given us a temporary reprieve on this particular disastrous policy, however an equally disastrous energy policy reared its ugly head on Capitol Hill last week.

States brace for shutdowns -- Time is running out for the legislatures in Arizona, California, Indiana, Mississippi and Pennsylvania to solve budget gaps.

Worldwide Depression: Review of Global Markets by Bob Chapman -- As you have already seen this is a worldwide depression and no one will escape. Europe’s economy is already in a shambles as is the US economy. Inflation will rage all over the world, because every nation has created massive amounts of money and credit as demanded by US and British elitists. They have all overmedicated the patient. As the Broadway hit play of many years ago told us, we are going to have to go through a “Period of Adjustment.”

Could your post office be closing? -- As mail volume declines, the US Postal Service could shutter up to 3,200 post offices and retail outlets. Most people say they understand -- unless it's their post office.

America's Most Endangered Malls -- To gauge which malls are in trouble, U.S. News analyzed data from Green Street Advisors, an investment research firm in Newport Beach, Calif., that specializes in publicly owned real estate companies. Their data includes occupancy rates, sales per square foot, and quality grades for about 650 of America's biggest shopping centers. The average property in the data set has sales of about $420 per square foot and an occupancy rate of 92 percent, good for an A- grade.

US to provide more police, staff to UN Army -- The United States is prepared to provide more military observers, police, and civilian staff to beef up the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping operations, the U.S. ambassador said Monday.

Illinois Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination -- Valley Meats LLC, a Coal Valley, Ill., establishment is recalling approximately 95,898 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

OSU Center for Health Sciences | Morgellons Disease

Top 10 best states for personal freedom -- These states were compiled by the Mercatus Center, a nonprofit public policy research center affiliated with George Mason University.

FDA panel: Eliminate Vicodin & other similar drugs because of side effects -- Government experts say prescription drugs like Vicodin and Percocet that combine a popular painkiller with stronger narcotics should be eliminated because of their role in deadly overdoses. 

Doctor gets 8 years in prison for HIV/Medicare scam-treated patients who did not need it -- A Miami physician was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison after admitting he fraudulently prescribed HIV therapy for Medicare patients who didn't need or get the treatment, costing the government program millions of dollars.

Pentagon: Stop biothreats before they spread -- Viruses are spreading faster than ever — it took the Swine Flu less than a month to infect over 1,800 people in 72 countries. No wonder the Pentagon is looking to turbocharge the response to pathogens, stopping the bugs before they even start.

Oregon legalizes hemp cultivation -- Oregon’s House of Representatives voted Monday night to legalize the cultivation of hemp, becoming the sixth state to do so just this year.

Vaccine expert reveals what you should know before you roll up your sleeve -- Read Dr. Tenpenny's well documented findings in the form of questions everyone should be asking.

Did leak from lab cause swine flu pandemic? -- It has swept across the world killing at least 300 people and infecting thousands more. Yet the swine flu pandemic might not have happened had it not been for the accidental release of the same strain of influenza virus from a research laboratory in the late 1970s, according to a new study.

Swine flu vaccine close as Australian death toll rises -- Australian researchers Monday said a swine flu vaccine could be ready in months as the worst-hit Asia-Pacific country reported two more deaths linked to the virus, taking the total to six.

Talk show hosts may be accomplices under hate bill -- The Hate Crimes Prevention Act which has passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin is now facing hearings in the Senate. There are already similar hate crime laws in place, however, this bill imposes much stronger federal enforcement, which is a clear violation of the Tenth Amendment.

Will 2 flus mix in Indonesia experts worry -- Indonesia's first cases of the new H1N1 flu have raised concerns that if the virus spreads it could combine with the entrenched and deadly H5N1 avian influenza to create a more lethal strain of flu. Even if this worst-case scenario did not occur, experts say populous, developing countries such as Indonesia, India or Egypt, where healthcare systems can be rudimentary, will suffer more deaths from the new virus.

Inquiry called into suppressed climate change report -- A top Republican senator has ordered an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency's alleged suppression of a report that questioned the science behind global warming.

The Honduran coup: Another US destabilization program -- While publicly opposing the military coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Sunday, the Obama administration on Monday indicated that it will not cut off aid to the Central American country or demand Zelaya’s reinstatement.

Email patterns can predict impending doom -- EMAIL logs can provide advance warning of an organization reaching crisis point. That's the tantalising suggestion to emerge from the pattern of messages exchanged by Enron employees.

DHS seeks volunteer guard for border drug war -- Senior officials say the Obama administration is developing plans to seek up to 1,500 National Guard volunteers to step up the military's counterdrug efforts along the Mexican border.

The emperor's seven signing statements -- Lawless detention is the least of it. State secrets and warrantless spying scrape the surface. Drone attacks and ongoing torture begin to touch it. But central to the power of an emperor, and the catastrophes that come from the existence of an emperor, is the elimination of any other force within the government. Signing statements eliminate congress. Not that congress objects. Asking congress to reclaim its power produces nervous giggles.




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