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Today in History June 30, 2009
1841 - The Erie Railroad rolled out its first passenger train.
1859 French acrobat Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as
5,000 spectators watched.
1908 An asteroid exploded above Tunguska in Siberia, leaving 800 square
miles of scorched or blown-down trees.
1921 President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William
Howard Taft chief justice of the United States.
1934 Adolf Hitler began his "blood purge" of political and military
leaders in Germany.
1936 The novel "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell was published.
1952 The radio soap opera "The Guiding Light" made its TV debut on CBS.
1963 Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic
1971 The 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting
age to 18, was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it.
1971 Three Soviet cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 11 were found dead inside
their spacecraft after it returned to Earth.
1985 Thirty-nine American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner were
freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days.
1986 The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states could outlaw homosexual
acts between consenting adults.
1994 The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the
national championship and banned her from the organization for life for
an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
2001 Doctors implanted a dual-purpose pacemaker in Vice President Dick
2001 Country musician Chet Atkins died at age 77.
2004 The international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn's orbit after a
nearly seven-year journey.
2005 Spain legalized gay marriage.
chosen for Ed & Elaine Brown's weapons conspiracy trial -- Nearly
200 jurors were delivered to the federal courthouse in Concord at 8 a.m.
Monday. By 2 p.m., the group had been narrowed down to a jury of 12,
plus three alternates. The jury pool was tripled in an effort to seat a
panel that had not been tainted by intense media coverage.
Air Force Test Fires ICBM from California Coast -- The Air Force
successfully launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic
missile Monday from the California coast to an area in the Pacific Ocean
some 4,200 miles away.
withdrawal from cities brings joy to Iraq -- Iraq is filled with joy
as American troops hand security duties over to Iraqi forces and end
their presence on the streets of the country's towns and cities.
New Flu Vaccine Approved — for Dogs -- There is a new flu virus
going around. It initially looked quite lethal, and caused panic. Now it
is clear that it has killed relatively few victims — and many of those
have underlying conditions. It is particularly dangerous to be the
possessor of a pushed-in nose — that is, to be a Pekingese, a pug or a
Jet crashes with 153 aboard -- A passenger jet from Yemen with 153
people on board crashed in the Indian Ocean early Tuesday as it tried to
land in bad weather on the island nation of Comoros, officials said.
Arkansas State Health Department: Mandatory Vaccines Are Constitutional
-- A member of the public who was concerned about a mandatory mass
vaccination program in light of the swine flu pandemic called the
Arkansas State Health Department for advice only to be told that
mandatory vaccines were constitutional and could be enforced at gunpoint
by the government if necessary.
advise clients to stay in their homes -- The flood of foreclosures
has clogged the courts, allowing homeowners to stay in their homes while
the paperwork goes through the system. Many homeowners are unaware that
they can remain at home for months while the foreclosure is in court,
See how government "fixed" hazards of infectious waste -- Public
exposed as contagious medical trash routinely trucked across America's
FDA scientists warn about bleeding risk from Bayer's blood thinning drug
-- The FDA has publicly released documents from science reviewers
expressing concern over the blood-thinning drug rivaroxaban, marketed by
Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) as Xarelto in Canada and Europe.
The drug has yet to receive regulatory approval in the United States,
but an application is pending.
Avoid plastic dry cleaning bags -- A form of plastic was first
introduced at London's Great International Exhibition in 1862. It was
not the same as the plastics we see today; these became popular after
WWI when petroleum became more readily available. Plastics have changed
lives and have many uses. They are used in hospitals, airplanes, cars,
and for prosthetic limbs. At some point, though, for the sake of
convenience rather than necessity plastics have become abused.
The backyard chicken coop - info & resources in article -- The
“urban chicken” trend has been endlessly chronicled in recent months,
touting tales of city folks building backyard coops, buying hens and
getting fresh eggs daily. The maintenance for these millennial pets is
minimal, they say, and it’s the next step in the “eat local” effort.
won't hear Sept 11 claims against Saudi Arabia -- The Supreme Court
has refused to allow victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to pursue lawsuits
against Saudi Arabia and four of its princes over charitable donations
that were allegedly funneled to al-Qaida.
TSA agents detain comic book writer for book script -- Boom! Studios
sends word that comics writer Mark Sable was detained by TSA security
guards at Los Angeles International Airport this past weekend because he
was carrying a script for a new issue of his comic miniseries
Unthinkable. Sable was detained while traveling to New York for a debut
party at Jim Hanley's Universe today.
sentenced to 150 years in prison -- The sentence went far beyond the
12 years suggested by Madoff’s lawyers and virtually guaranteed that, at
age 71, the financier-turned-felon would die while imprisoned.
cover charge at this club? An RFID implant -- The same RFID implants
used to identify lost pets are now being adapted for use on you and me,
and not how one might have originally expected. As with all pioneering
technologies, it's leisure pursuits that are getting the first stab at
toll roads to go cashless -- Bush Turnpike in Dallas, E470 Denver go
all-electronic this week.
Brookings Institute publication mentions possibility of "horrific
provocation" to trigger Iran invasion -- In a recent policy
paper published by the influential Brookings Institute, the authors
propose almost anything to guarantee dominance of Persia by the new
world order, including bribery, lying, cheating and mass murdering by an
all-out military assault of Iran.
Major growth ahead for Minot AFB -- Hundreds of new positions will
be added at Minot Air Force Base in the next fiscal year, according to
an Air Force report. The announcement addresses the Air Force's force
structure, realignment and management actions supported by the
president's fiscal year 2010 budget, which begins Oct. 1.
Lightning kills 35 in eastern India -- At least 35 people including
eight children were killed after they were struck by lightning in the
adjoining eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand, officials said
Commentary: Four reasons why gun sales are up -- What are we
suddenly so afraid of? Well in our discussions it seems to boil down to
four areas. First, fear of federal government intrusion into our lives.
Every time I look at or listen to the news, there is something new and
intrusive coming out of the Obama administration and this Congress. Read
Anti NWO? Then you are a terrorist according to Virginia State Police
-- Another document designating Americans as terrorists has surfaced.
The document, entitled “Crisis Controlled: Assessing Potential Threats
of Violence,” authored by Trooper John R. Wright, is posted on the
official website of the Commonwealth of Virginia, under the Department
of Human Resources Management.
See how government 'fixed' hazards of infectious waste -- Public
exposed as contagious medical trash routinely trucked across America's
YouTube: "Emergency Containment Area"... Possible Martial Law Indicator?
attention at Wal-Mart--Price switching? -- Ever pay more than item
actual costs? Pay close attention at the check outs and watch carefully
on how much your items ring up.
New washing machine uses only 1 cup of water -- An environmentally
friendly washing machine has been developed by the University of Leeds,
Radio "screams" forecast dangerous solar storms -- Speedy solar
storms carrying a billion tons of charged gas through space let out a
thunderous scream before they unleash satellite-stopping radiation
storms that slam into Earth's magnetic field.
Something clever &
funny -- Ingenious ways to fix things.
Today in History June 29, 2009
1652 - Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth.
1767 - The British Parliament approved the Townshend Revenue Acts. The
acts imposed import duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea shipped
1776 - The Virginia constitution was adopted and Patrick Henry was made
1946 British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in
an attempt to stamp out alleged terrorism.
1951 Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was ordained as a
1967 Actress Jayne Mansfield, 34, and two male companions died when
their car struck a trailer truck east of New Orleans.
1972 The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty could constitute "cruel
and unusual punishment."
1992 A divided Supreme Court ruled that women have a constitutional
right to abortion, but the justices also weakened the right as defined
by the Roe v. Wade decision.
2001 U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was elected to a second term.
2002 President George W. Bush transferred presidential powers to Vice
President Dick Cheney for more than two hours during a routine colon
screening that ended in a clean bill of health.
2003 Actress Katharine Hepburn died at age 96.
2004 Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the fourth pitcher
in major league history to record 4,000 career strikeouts.
2006 The Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that President George W. Bush's plan to
try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violated U.S. and
2007 The first Apple iPhones went on sale.
2008 Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe was sworn in as president
for a sixth term after a widely discredited runoff in which he was the
Act -- Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act -- Passed
primarily to address the pandemic influenza threat, the PREP Act
provides liability protections after a Secretarial declaration of
covered countermeasures for any disease or health condition that the
Secretary views as constituting a public health emergency, either
presently or in the future. Liability protections cover the manufacture,
testing, development, distribution, or use of the designated covered
countermeasure absent willful misconduct as defined in section
319F-3(c)(1) of the PHS Act. A Secretarial declaration specifies the
categories of health threats or conditions for which countermeasures are
recommended, the period liability protections are in effect, the
population of individuals protected, and the geographic areas for which
the protections are in effect.
In addition to liability protections, the PREP Act provides the
Secretary the authority, which was delegated by the Secretary on
November 8, 2006 to the Administrator of the Health Resources and
Services Administration, to compensate eligible individuals for covered
injuries from a covered countermeasure.
Home schooling goes mainstream in America -- The number of
home-schooled children soared by 29 percent between 1999 and 2003, from
850,000 to roughly 1.1 million, data from the National Center for
Education Statistics show.
the journalist filing bioterrorism charges against WHO -- 173 page
word Word document.
Skin brushing shown to have amazing benefits -- Thousands of people
are drawn in to buying creams, scrubs, soaps and oils every day by the
promise of younger, firmer, wrinkle free skin. Many of these products do
have their uses. They can stop the skin from becoming dry, sore and
cracked; many can even reduce acne and help smooth out fine lines. But
none of them can boast the all around cleansing benefits that are
associated with the age old practice of dry skin brushing.
Bachmann: Census Could Send People to Camps -- Rep. Michele
Bachmann, R-Minn., says Americans should refuse to comply with the Obama
administration’s 2010 census because the data could be used for
nefarious purposes, including the imprisonment of Americans in
California Assembly speaker: conservative talk show hosts are terrorists
-- Conservative talk radio hosts are terrorists. So said the Speaker of
California's Assembly in an interview published at the Los Angeles Times
Gold still a safe haven: analyst -- The latest report from Resource
Capital Research confirms that gold will continue to perform as a ‘safe
haven investment’ relative to most asset classed, thriving on bad news,
US Dollar weakness and inflation fears.
Schwarzenegger rejects inmate health care plan -- The Schwarzenegger
administration has rejected a plan designed to end years of litigation
over inmate medical care in California's prison system.
500,000 New Yorkers may have swine flu virus -- As many as 500,000
New Yorkers may have been infected with the H1N1 virus that causes swine
flu, federal officials said yesterday, far more than initially estimated
by the city's Department of Health.
HOMELAND SECURITY AND US ARMY PLAN INVASION OF STATES -- According
to officials from the Homeland Security Department, FEMA and Northern
Command share a common interest and a unified approach to disaster
response and recovery.
Obama calls for cuts in Medicare, Medicaid -- Over the weekend,
President Barack Obama called for cuts in funding for Medicare and
Medicaid, the federal health insurance programs for the elderly and the
poor, including the elimination of subsidies for hospitals that treat
uninsured patients. This proposal, combined with plans to limit medical
tests and treatments, underscores the reactionary, anti-working class
character of Obama’s proposed “reform” of the health care system.
Dozens of National Guard Soldiers Sick After Iraq 2003 Deploy, Toxic
Chemical Eyed -- Guard members from Indiana, Oregon and West
Virginia were protecting workers hired by a subsidiary of the giant
contractor, KBR Inc., to rebuild an Iraqi water treatment plant. The
area, as it turned out, was contaminated with hexavalent chromium, a
potent, sometimes deadly chemical linked to cancer and other devastating
CIA has Distributed 400 Million Dollars Inside Iran to Evoke a
Revolution -- Former Pakistani Army General Mirza Aslam Beig claims
the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has distributed 400 million
dollars inside Iran to evoke a revolution. “The documents prove that the
CIA spent 400 million dollars inside Iran to prop up a colorful-hollow
revolution following the election,” he added. Pakistan’s former army
chief of joint staff went on to say that the US wanted to disturb the
situation in Iran and bring to power a pro-US government.
53.8 bank offices per month failing -- Past Year Bank Failures to
6/27/09 Offices-ATMs-Others. (Scroll down a bit to see the actual list).
A Deadly Ingredient in a Chicken Dinner -- Why do our chicken, our
water and our air contain arsenic? Because in the United States, most
major poultry producers add an arsenic compound known as roxarsone to
their chicken feed. Inorganic arsenic is a Class A carcinogen that has
been linked to heart disease, diabetes and declines in brain function.
Recent scientific findings show that most Americans are routinely
exposed to between three and 11 times the Environmental Protection
Agency's recommended safety limit.
Blake Tracey said Michael Jackson died of serotonergic medications
-- Michael Jackson lost his life due to the organ-stopping effect of
Serotonin Syndrome thanks to a drug that should have been removed from
the market decades ago - Demerol. A serotonergic medication similar in
action to antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics, and other pain
Target: Hawaii -- The Pentagon recently announced that it is
repositioning ground-to-air radar and missile defenses near Hawaii in
case North Korea decides to launch another long-range missile, this time
toward the Aloha State. So at least 1.3 million Hawaiians will benefit
from defenses that many officials in the current Administration didn't
even want to build.
Talk Show Hosts May Be Accomplices Under Hate Bill -- The Hate
Crimes Prevention Act HR 1966 which has passed the Congress by
overwhelming margins 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. Read More...
ID cards for India: 1.1billion citizens will go into second largest
citizens' database -- India is planning to provide its 1.1
billion-plus citizens with ID cards. The
government believes the scheme, which will be finalized over three
years, will aid the delivery of vital social services to the poorest
people who often lack sufficient identification papers.
Cyber warfare Vs. Internet censorship -- We have seen time and time
again, in our own country, that when laws are developed to stop specific
issues, but are very powerful in scope, special interests get involved.
Once this happens, the laws encroach or expand to other areas.
America's fortress Cheyenne Mountain Norad lives on -- The Cheyenne
Mountain complex is very much still operational. In some ways, in fact,
in a world where existential threats come not from the Soviet Union but
from things like natural disasters, cyberattacks, and amorphous
terrorist organizations on the hunt for nuclear weapons, it may today
even be considered more important than ever.
US General: Prepare for terrorist attacks from N. Korea -- The
commander of US forces in South Korea says the North would likely use
roadside bombs and other insurgent strategies in a ground war.
Plan to protect DC from nuke EMP attack -- As North Korea threatens
a missile launch on Hawaii and Iran continues to develop its own nuclear
war capabilities, President Obama has greenlighted a plan to save the
federal government from the devastating capabilities of a nuclear
electro-magnetic pulse attack on the U.S. according to a report in
Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
America's "bases of empire" -- Besides waging perpetual wars,
nothing better reveals America's imperial agenda than its hundreds of
global bases - for offense, not defense at a time the US hasn't had an
enemy since the Japanese surrendered in August 1945.
Pet bites can put owners at risk for MRSA -- Dog and cat bites
aren't just painful and traumatic, they also may put you at risk for an
infection with the so-called superbug, a strain of bacteria known as
MRSA, according to LiveScience.com.
Albuquerque NM to make engine revving a crime -- Up to $500 fines
await drivers and motorcyclists who blip the throttle in Albuquerque,
DARPA seeking Genesis-style godware capability -- US military
wacky-professor bureau DARPA has outdone itself this time, issuing a
request for "intelligent" electronic components and chemicals which can
"self-organise" themselves to form complex items such as routers, fuel
cells, biofuel factories or medical drugs. Indeed, reading between the
lines it appears as though the American killboffins are seeking nothing
less than the creation of artificial intelligent lifeforms.
Space Shuttle links 1908 Tungiska explosion to comet -- The
mysterious 1908 Tunguska explosion that leveled 830 square miles of
Siberian forest was almost certainly caused by a comet entering the
Earth's atmosphere, says new Cornell University research. The conclusion
is supported by an unlikely source: the exhaust plume from the NASA
space shuttle launched a century later.
Harrisburg PA chapter of NAACP urges martial law to control crime --
The Harrisburg Chapter of the NAACP is calling on Pennsylvania Gov. Ed
Rendell to suspend some civil liberties and impose martial law in the
city to halt the wave of recent lawlessness.
Minnesota Rep. Bachmann: Census could send people to camps -- Rep.
Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says Americans should refuse to comply with
the Obama administration’s 2010 census because the data could be used
for nefarious purposes, including the imprisonment of Americans in
HHS extends liability shield for anti viral drugs for H1n1 -- The
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently provided a shield
against damage claims related to the use of the antiviral drugs
oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) in the current H1N1
Key leaders of Honduras military coup trained in US -- At least two
leaders of the coup launched in Honduras today were apparently trained
at a controversial Department of Defense school based at Fort Benning,
Georgia infamous for producing graduates linked to torture, death squads
and other human rights abuses.
Today in History June 26, 2009
1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas
River after c
completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
1819 - The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr.
1844 - John Tyler took Julia Gardiner as his bride, thus becoming the
first U.S. President to marry while in office.
1870 - The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was
opened to the public.
1894 - The American Railway Union called a general strike in sympathy
with Pullman workers.
1900 - A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight
against the deadly disease yellow fever.
1926 - A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France was unveiled at St.
1945 - The U.N. Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, CA.
1959 - U.S. President Eisenhower joined Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in
ceremonies officially opening the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1963 - U.S. President John Kennedy announced "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I
am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall.
1971 - The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg,
accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers. .
1981 - In Mountain Home, Idaho, Virginia Campbell took her coupons and
rebates and bought $26,460 worth of groceries. She only paid 67 cents
after all the discounts.
1996 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to
admit women or forgo state support.
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act
of 1996 that made it illegal to distribute indecent material on the
2000 - The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly
announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome.
files charges against UN & WHO for bioterrorism and intent to commit
mass murder...a MUST read! -- As the anticipated July release date
for Baxter's A/H1N1 flu pandemic vaccine approaches, an Austrian
investigative journalist is warning the world that the greatest crime in
the history of humanity is underway. Jane Burgermeister has recently
filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health
Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN), and several of the highest
ranking government and corporate officials concerning bioterrorism and
attempts to commit mass murder.
Obama- Preventive and Indefinite Detention - Rachel Maddow
says..."SHAME ON YOU MR PRESIDENT!!!" - SAY WHAT???? Constitution
rEVOLlution coming your way.
Michael Jackson was taking cocktail of prescription drugs -- Michael
Jackson was taking a cocktail of up to seven prescription drugs in the
months before his death, Life & Style magazine reported Thursday.
California set to issue IOUs as fiscal crisis weighs -- California's
controller said on Wednesday that he would have to issue IOUs in a week
if lawmakers can't quickly solve a $24 billion budget deficit, and the
state's treasurer plans to tap a reserve fund to meet debt service
Flu cases strain health care system in Rochester NY -- Area
residents experiencing mild flu-like symptoms are being advised to stay
UN to emerge as global IRS -- While our media sleep, the United
Nations is proceeding, with President Obama’s acquiescence, to implement
a global plan to create a new international socialist order financed by
global taxes on the American people.
China to buy $80 billion worth of gold -- When China recently
expressed its interest in purchasing $80 billion in gold (about 2600
tonnes), it profoundly altered the gold market's long-standing synergy
in three significant ways...Read More...
Food Inc: Michael Pollan and Friends Reveal the Food Industry's Darkest
Secrets -- The new film Food Inc. is a shocking look at the health,
human rights and the environmental nightmare that lands on our plate
- criminalizing gun ownership -- Congress is now starting on the
firearms confiscation bill. If it passes, gun owners will become
criminals if you don't fully comply.
Lawmaker accuses Fed of cover up in Bank of America deal -- The
Federal Reserve sought to hide its involvement in Bank of America Corp's
(BAC.N) acquisition of Merrill Lynch as Merrill's financial condition
worsened, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee said on Wednesday.
Even cops are losing their jobs in recession -- In a Pennsylvania
town that disbanded its three-member police force, Anita Gricar worries
that officers from the neighboring town won't come fast enough if she
calls for help. She also misses the comfort that came from having
officers who knew everyone and everything about Versailles, Pa.,
Medical Madness: More women scared into double mastectomy as way to
Prevent cancer -- Increasing numbers of women are choosing to have
both breasts removed in order to avoid breast cancer -- but doctors warn
that many of these procedures may expose women to serious risk without
providing the promised benefit.
Obama: Community service is a national duty -- President Barack
Obama urged all Americans Thursday to find a way to serve their country
this summer. The president and first lady Michelle Obama did their part
at Fort McNair, helping volunteers load 15,000 backpacks with books,
healthy snacks and toys for children of the men and women of the armed
Obama's classroom spies -- As the continuities and disjunctures
between the Bush and Obama administrations come into focus it becomes
increasingly clear that while Obama’s domestic agenda has some
identifiable breaks with Bush’s, at its core, the new administration
remains committed to staying the course of American militarization. Now
we have an articulate, nuanced president who supports elements of
progressive domestic policies, can even comfortably say the phrase LGBT
in public speeches, while funding military programs at alarming levels
and continuing the Bush administration’s military and intelligence
invasion of what used to be civilian life.
Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane....it's a Raytheon spy blimp!
-- As the American republic's long death-spiral continues apace, newer
and ever more insidious technologies usher us towards an age of
A fight in the Amazon that should inspire the world -- The uprising
In the Amazon is more urgent than Iran's - it will determine the future
of the planet.
Strip search of Arizona teen illegal court says -- The Supreme Court
ruled Thursday that school officials violated an Arizona teenager's
rights by strip-searching her for prescription-strength ibuprofen,
declaring that U.S. educators cannot force children to remove their
clothing unless student safety is at risk.
Raising animals & rising threats -- The stench in Eastern North
Carolina - one of the densest areas of swine production in the world is
compounded by huge turkey and chicken operations.
Hybrid AH1n1 flu tied to genetic trigger for larger mutated version
-- WMR has now learned from virus researchers that the current A-H1N1
strain strongly appears tied to vaccinations for the seasonal form on
influenza. The hybrid flu began in countries where seasonal vaccinations
are commonplace and where A-H1N1 did not respond to the normal seasonal
flu vaccination antibody, according to researchers studying the new
Scientific analysis of Morgellon's fiber -- We report a possible
basis of differentiation, based on the biophysical properties of fibers
isolated from a Morgellons patient, as well as a future avenue of study
for isolating the cause of Morgellons.
Illegal e-waste dumped in Ghana contained unencrypted hard drives full
of US security secrets -- Illegal e-waste dumped in Ghana includes
unencrypted hard drives full of US security secrets.
The NSA's new data mining facility -- America’s top spy agency has
taken over the former Sony microchip plant and is transforming it into a
new data-mining headquarters — oddly positioned directly across the
street from a 24-hour Walmart — where billions of electronic
communications will be sifted in the agency’s mission to identify
State shutdowns loom as deadlines near -- One week and counting. An
unprecedented number of states have only days left to pass their fiscal
Scientists cage chemical demon white phosphorus -- A Cambridge
University-led research team has discovered a technique to safely handle
and transport white phosphorous.
Today in History June 25, 2009
1788 - Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 10th state
of the United States.
1864 - Union troops surrounding Petersburg, VA, began building a mine
tunnel underneath the Confederate lines.
1867 - Lucien B. Smith patented the first barbed wire.
1868 - The U.S. Congress enacted legislation granting an eight-hour day
to workers employed by the Federal government.
1868 - Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South
Carolina were readmitted to the Union.
1876 - Lt. Col. Custer and the 210 men of U.S. 7th Cavalry were killed
by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn in Montana. The event
is known as "Custer's Last Stand."
1877 - In Philadelphia, PA, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the
telephone for Sir William Thomson (Baron Kelvin) and Emperor Pedro II of
Brazil at the Centennial Exhibition.
1910 - The U.S. Congress authorized the use of postal savings stamps.
1951 - In New York, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions
were presented on CBS using the FCC-approved CBS Color System. The
public did not own color TV's at the time.
1964 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson ordered 200 naval personnel to
Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.
1970 - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission handed down a ruling
(35 FR 7732), making it illegal for radio stations to put telephone
calls on the air without the permission of the person being called.
1981 - The U.S. Supreme Court decided that male-only draft registration
1986 - The U.S. Congress approved $100 million in aid to the Contras
fighting in Nicaragua.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the line-item veto thereby
striking down presidential power to cancel specific items in tax and
1998 - Microsoft's "Windows 98" was released to the public.
Minnesota lawmaker vows not to complete Census -- Outspoken
Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's so worried that information
from next year's national census will be abused that she will refuse to
fill out anything more than the number of people in her household.
Computer glitch could be cause of D.C. train crash -- Investigators
looking into the deadly crash of two Metro transit trains focused
yesterday on why a computerized system failed to halt an oncoming train,
and why the train failed to stop even though the emergency brake was
to CIA: Review Gulf War illness info -- After a former CIA employee
told a team created to investigate Gulf War illness that 1.5 million
documents exist detailing poisonous gas exposures during Operation
Desert Storm, Congress is asking the CIA to review the secret
classifications of those documents.
Philly VA to research homelessness among vets -- A new federal
agency dedicated to eliminating homelessness among veterans has been
established in Philadelphia. The National Center on Homelessness Among
Veterans plans to provide data, research and analysis to policymakers in
hopes of ending the problem within five years.
Vaccine Fillers and Ingredients -- In addition to the viral and
bacterial RNA or DNA that is part of the vaccines, listed on this
website is a list of the fillers.
First batch of swine flu vaccine worth $35 million -- A US company
that on Tuesday was awarded a 35-million-dollar contract to develop an
influenza vaccine using insect cell technology has produced a first
batch against (A)H1N1 flu, company boss Dan Adams said.
H1N1 poses potential threat to US forces -- NCMI assesses with high
confidence a new H1N1 influenza virus (referred to by the media as
"swine flu") poses a potential threat to U.S. forces overseas and within
the United States. The virus can be acquired relatively easily through
casual contact with infected persons. The full worldwide extent of the
H1N1 outbreak, including the extent of the virus spread, the number of
cases, and the number of related deaths, remains unknown because of the
lack of specialized diagnostic capabilities in many countries.
drywall forces NFL coach from his home -- New Orleans Saints head
coach Sean Payton is among the Louisiana residents whose homes have been
ruined by defective Chinese drywall. According to a report on
CBSSports.com, Payton has been forced to move from his suburban New
Orleans home because of the Chinese drywall.
Minnesota judge orders teen to continue chemo -- A Minnesota judge
has ruled that a 13-year-old boy who fled the state to avoid
chemotherapy must continue getting the treatment because it appears to
Paul: Obama 'Goal' Is Economic Collapse -- "Congress exercises its
constitutional prerogatives through the power of the purse," Paul said.
"As long as Congress continues to enable these dangerous interventions
abroad, there is no end in sight: that is until we face total economic
The Next Bubble Is Here. Have You Bought In? -- Tax revenues are
down. Expenditures are up. Debt is rising. Interest rates will follow.
State and local bonds will be downgraded. So, consumer confidence is a
bubble market. Stay out of it.
America's Forgotten War Against the Central Banks -- This is an
older article, but probably more relevant today than when it was
written. Apparently, United States presidents who opposed the bankers
had their lives terminated in very suspicious ways. Kennedy was the last
one to challenge them. An excellent read and history lesson about the
banking system in the United States. (Thanks Jimm)
Much Money is There? -- The figures on this website indicates
compiled data for the most commonly used measures (M0, M1, M2 and M3)
from 102 currencies representing 138 countries.
Public not allowed to know locations of hazardous coal ash sites --
There are 44 coal combustion waste sites nationwide that the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency has identified as "high hazard," but the
agency cannot make the locations of these hazardous sites public,
Senator Barbara Boxer told reporters today.
Longshoremen running idle at Newport News port -- Nearly every day,
the piers at the Newport News Marine Terminal are empty. The cranes sit
idle. The backlands are barren. On many days, the gates are shuttered.
Workers are few. Cargo is not moving.
files charges against UN & WHO for bioterrorism and intent to commit
mass murder...a MUST read! -- As the anticipated July release date
for Baxter's A/H1N1 flu pandemic vaccine approaches, an Austrian
investigative journalist is warning the world that the greatest crime in
the history of humanity is underway. Jane Burgermeister has recently
filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health
Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN), and several of the highest
ranking government and corporate officials concerning bioterrorism and
attempts to commit mass murder.
Bankster holiday planned for September -- Bob Chapman’s influential
International Forecaster is reporting on the possibility of a so-called
“bank holiday” planned for late August or early September. According to
Chapman’s sources, U.S. embassies around the world are selling dollars
and stockpiling money from respective countries where they operate.
Pensioners kidnap & torture financial advisor that lost their money
-- A group of wealthy pensioners have been accused of kidnapping and
torturing a financial adviser in Germany after he lost £2 million of
their savings in the financial crisis.
The tax implications of foreclosure -- Going through a foreclosure
on your principal residence is stressful enough, but there are tax
implications too. While some are fairly harmless, others can be pretty
bad. Read More...
Lautenberg wants guns sales blocked to anyone on terror watch list
-- Alert: Bill Blocking One Million From Gun Sales Announced Today In
least 65 dead as drones attack funeral procession in Pakistan -- On
Thursday, US drones launched an attack on a compound in South
Waziristan, and when locals rushed to the scene to rescue survivors,
they launched more missiles at them, leaving a total of 13 dead. The
timing and target of the attack were controversial, as was the tactic of
luring locals in with a first strike to maximize the kill count. Today,
locals were involved in a funeral procession when the US struck again.
N. Korea threatens US-World anticipates missile -- North Korea
threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington
and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of
missiles in the coming days.
Sam's club handing out candy to kids in pill bottles -- The Sam's
Club in Salisbury, Maryland, is promoting its pharmacy by handing out
pill bottles filled with candy to kids. I guess that's better than
filling Dots boxes with Vicodin. Or handing out gallon-sized jugs of
Caduceus decoded-secret symbols reveal dark agenda of western medicine
-- Everywhere in western medicine you find the Caduceus symbol: It's the
staff entwined with two serpents, with wings at the top. You'll find it
emblazoned on medical texts, medical school certificates, medical
websites and even in hospitals and medical buildings.
Nigerians seize arms amid unrest -- Amid growing unrest around the
oil-rich Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, Nigerian security authorities
have seized a Ukrainian cargo aircraft loaded with 18 crates of weapons
and ammunition bound for Equatorial Guinea, the third-largest oil
producer in sub-Saharan Africa.
9-11: The highest treason substantiated -- Conclusions drawn from
the evidence in the September 11, 2001 killings at the Pentagon.
& Monsanto team up to force feed consumers GM veggies -- Dole Fresh
Vegetables, Inc. and Monsanto Co. have entered into an agreement to
develop new products that will "enhance consumer vegetable choices,"
according to the companies. The five-year agreement will focus on
broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and spinach.
Two thirds of teenagers don't believe in God -- Nearly two thirds of
teenagers don't believe in God, according to a study by Penguin books.
Today in History June 24, 2009
1497 - Italian explorer John Cabot, sailing in the service of England,
landed in North America on what is now Newfoundland.
1664 - New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, was founded.
1675 - King Philip's War began when Indians massacre colonists at
Swansee, Plymouth colony.
1844 - Charles Goodyear was granted U.S. patent #3,633 for vulcanized
1896 - Booker T. Washington became the first African American to receive
an honorary MA degree from Howard University.
1940 - TV cameras were used for the first time in a political convention
as the Republicans convened in Philadelphia, PA.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pledged all possible support to
the Soviet Union.
1964 - The Federal Trade Commission announced that starting in 1965,
cigarette manufactures would be required to include warnings on their
packaging about the harmful effects of smoking.
1968 - "Resurrection City," a shantytown constructed as part of the Poor
People's March on Washington D.C., was closed down by authorities.
1997 - The U.S. Air Force released a report on the "Roswell Incident,"
suggesting the alien bodies witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were
actually life-sized dummies.
1998 - AT&T Corp. struck a deal to buy cable TV giant
Tele-Communications Inc. for $31.7 billion.
2002 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juries, not judges, must make
the decision to give a convicted killer the death penalty.
the universal declaration of resistance to mandatory vaccination --
Vaccine against the "swine flu" will be ready in July. It has been
developed in half the time it used to take to develop flu vaccines due
to Baxter International's patented technology. This means about 13 weeks
from drawing board to injection instead of the usual 26. Never mind time
for testing to see if it is safe. You remember Baxter, don't you? It is
the company that in February delivered seasonal flu vaccine to 18
countries that was laced with live "bird flu" virus.
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Let's Stop Kidding Ourselves: Ten "Big Duh" Realizations about Our World
That Need to be Stated by Mike Adams -- You want to know what's real
in our world? Here are ten "Big Duh" realizations that need to be flatly
Plan to Disarm America: PL87-297 Arms Control and Disarmament Act/State
Department Publication No.7277 by Bernadine Smith -- This is the
primary source of the current anti-gun/disarmament agenda - not only in
the U.S. but world-wide.
The Depression Case Reiterated -- It is therefore fair to say that
the mistakes of the 1930s are not only being repeated, they are being
International Bailout Brings Us Closer to Economic Collapse (Ron Paul
commentary) -- We are buying nothing but evil and global oppression
by sending your tax dollars to the IMF. Not to mention there is no
Constitutional authority to do so.
Insiders Dump Shares at Fastest Pace in 2 Years -- “If insiders are
selling into the rally, that shows they don’t expect their business to
be able to support current stock- price levels,” said Joseph Keating,
the chief investment officer of Raleigh, North Carolina-based RBC Bank,
the unit of Royal Bank of Canada that oversees $33 billion in client
assets. “They’re taking advantage of this bounce and selling into it.”
EU to examine national opt-outs for GM crops-11 countries don't want GM
food! -- Eleven European Union countries will call next week for the
right to opt-outs for growing genetically modified (GM) crops, to cut
through complex EU decision-making and end years of stalemate on biotech
The Return of the Bear Market -- Markets have been wobbly for at
least the last week or so in any case. But the big blow to confidence
yesterday was the Washington-based World Bank's announcement that the
economy was in an even worse state than it had thought as far back as –
oh, three months ago.
9-11 FEMA videographer goes public -- Kurt Sonnenfeld: Exclusive
interview. As official videographer for the U.S. government, Kurt
Sonnenfeld was detailed to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, where he
spent one month filming 29 tapes: "What I saw at certain moments and in
certain places ... is very disturbing!" He never handed them over to the
authorities and has been persecuted ever since.
Port-a-potty named for Pelosi -- Enthusiastic tea partiers in
Virginia have decided to give "imperial leaders" in Washington a seat of
power they believe they truly deserve – a portable toilet throne.
approves $7.65 billion for pandemic flu response -- Responding to
lobbying by the Obama administration and public health advocates,
Congress last week approved $7.65 billion for battling pandemic
influenza, more than three times what the House and Senate had earlier
NASA hopes to predict Southern Californian major earthquakes -- A
new NASA radar project could help uncover clues to the timing of a
mega-earthquake hitting Southern California. In other words, they hope
to be able to predict "the big one."
killer Roundup is toxic to human cells: study intensifies debate over
"inert" ingredients -- Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the
world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now
researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill
human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells.
is the new nicotine: What the food industry does not want you to know
-- Monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG, is a common food additive.
It`s toxic and physically addictive. Fast food companies and other food
manufacturers use MSG as a "flavor enhancer," so consumers will become
"hooked" on their products and keep dishing out money for more. When
people consume unhealthy foods containing MSG, they often gain weight
and feel sluggish, and some also experience "MSG symptom complex." The
symptoms can include headaches, chest pain, heart palpitations, nausea,
and other heath problems.
Ron Paul: Obama's goal is economic collapse -- Ron Paul, the popular
Republican Congressman from Texas, is ripping into the president and
Congress for what he sees as their “goal” with round after round of
stimulus: complete economic collapse.
Another celebrity affected by Morgellon's - Louise Mandrell's husband
has the disease -- After two years of ineffective analysis and
treatments, Louise Mandrell's husband, John Haywood, has been diagnosed
with Morgellons disease. Influenced by her husband's illness, Mandrell
has joined the Morgellons Research Foundation Board. Morgellons is a
debilitation disease affecting countless individuals who have been
misunderstood and neglected by the medical community.
Boy discovers microbe that eats plastic -- PhDs have been searching
for a solution to the plastic waste problem, and this 16-year-old finds
Work begins on world's deepest underground lab -- Far below the
Black Hills of South Dakota, crews are building the world's deepest
underground science lab at a depth equivalent to more than six Empire
State buildings—a place uniquely suited to scientists' quest for
mysterious particles known as dark matter.
Workers began construction Monday in an old gold mine that was once the
site of Nobel Prize-winning physics research.
Kamikaze drone loiters above, waits for target -- A new kamikaze
drone out of Israel is designed to hang about overhead until it spots a
target, then crash into it with "pinpoint accuracy" destroying the
target, and itself, with 50 pounds of on-board explosives.
Afghan airstrike video goes down the memory hole -- Last month, U.S.
Central Command chief Gen. David Petraeus and other American military
officials strongly suggested that they were ready to show the public a
classified video which they said would largely vindicate a series of
deadly American air strikes in western Afghanistan. Now, a CENTCOM
report on the incident has been released. But the video is nowhere to be
seen. And the report fails to address why massively destructive one-ton
bombs and airbursting munitions were used during the fight, when
civilians were in the vicinity.
Supreme Court turns down Valerie Plame's appeal -- A lawsuit by
former CIA operative Valerie Plame against former Bush administration
officials will not be revived by the US supreme court.
VIDEO: Kissinger calls for attack on Iran if revolution fails
Ranchers attempt to hold off Army's expansion in Colorado -- The
U.S. Army owns nearly 10 million acres of land across the U.S., and it
wants more in remote southeastern Colorado, which it says is ideal for
intense combat training.
Google analyzes your vacation snaps to figure out where you where --
Tired of trying to identify landmarks in your endless folders of travel
photos? Google's image recognition engine could help. Just upload the
mystery image to an online album, point the engine at it, and zap --
turns out it was the Acropolis, in Athens, Greece.
60,000 US inmates sexually abused every year report says -- Prison
rape commission says 60,000 inmates sexually abused every year.
WHAT NIGHT VISION SEES -- Just watch this film clip and be amazed at
our high tech capabilities today.
Nebraska website allow people to report suspicious activity -- Local
law enforcement agencies have created a Web site that they hope will
increase the exchange of communication to reduce the threat of
Today in History June 23, 2009
1683 - William Penn signed a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians
1836 - The U.S. Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a
provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states.
1860 - The U.S. Secret Service was created to arrest counterfeiters.
1865 - Confederate General Stand Watie, who was also a Cherokee chief,
surrendered the last sizable Confederate army at Fort Towson, in the
1868 - Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention that
he called a "Type-Writer."
1926 - The first lip reading tournament in America was held in
1931 - Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first
round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.
1938 - The Civil Aeronautics Authority was established.
1947 - The U.S. Senate joined the House in overriding President Truman's
veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.
1964 - The burned car of three civil rights workers was found prompting
the FBI to begin a search. The men had been missing since June 21, 1964.
Their bodies were found on August 4, 1964.
1966 - Civil Rights marchers in Mississippi were dispersed by tear gas.
1972 - U.S. President Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman
discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate
Orders Guantanamo Detainee Freed -- U.S. District Court Judge
Richard Leon emphatically rejected the government's claims against Abd
Al Rahim Abdul Rassak, even going so far as to add punctuation to get
his point across. "I disagree!" wrote the judge, adding U.S. officials
are "taking a position that defies common sense."
Defined Benefit Pensions Threatened -- In the U.S., the top 100
corporate pension plans experienced funded-status drops of roughly 30%
in 2008, according to Pensions & Investments. Given that these plans had
a surplus of over $110 billion in 2007, ending 2008 with a deficit of
close to $200 billion is particularly serious.
is revealed: DU rods & Sabots survived the inferno at Camp Doha --
Sadly, the known adverse health and environmental hazards from uranium
weapons contamination are in our own backyard. Read More...
Australian Emissions Trading Plan in Trouble -- Conservatives say
Australia should not commit itself to any target before the world’s
biggest emitters — China and the United States — lay their cards on the
table, and a successor to the Kyoto agreement, which expires in 2012, is
reached. They contend the plan will drive up the cost of coal and other
energy-intensive exports, allowing competitors like Indonesia to
undercut Australia on world markets.
Top Iran council: Vote results stand -- Despite opposition protests,
the 12-cleric body says it found “no major fraud” in the disputed
Death toll rises to nine in D.C. train disaster -- Rescue workers
located three more bodies in the wreckage early Tuesday raising the
death toll to nine following a crash between two commuter trains in the
Vaccinate Canadians under 40 first, then Natives --
Five-to-40-year-olds and Canada's aboriginal communities should be the
first to get vaccinated against human swine flu, experts say as Canadian
officials decide who gets priority for the flu shots.
12 creative ways to use coconut oil -- In the past several years,
coconut oil has become a sort of rising star in the world of health
food. More and more homes have a jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil
on their pantry shelf. But coconut oil is more than a healthy cooking
alternative. There are endless ways to use
coconut oil that extend far beyond the occasional cookie or
stir-fry. Read twelve creative uses for a classic health food...
on my food? -- What’s On My Food? is a searchable database designed
to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more
Flu concerns extend to household pets -- The H1N1 strain may not
affect our animals in the way that it does humans, but similar type A
flu viruses can affect our pets.
Man destroys foreclosed house "I have nothing to lose" -- This is
Iceland today. A man in Alftanes, a suburb of Reykjavik destroyed a
house he and his family lived in until his bank repossessed it after the
economic collapse. The man in his fifties said he’d lost everything. He
also buried his car in the back garden and left before police arrested
him for property damages.
Video: Zbigniew Brzezinski discusses "intelligent manipulation" in Iran
Pentagon pull description of protestors as terrorists -- The
Department of Defense has withdrawn a training manual question that
linked protesters across the United States to terrorism, but there's
evidence coming to light that describing Americans as terror suspects,
or "low-level" terror suspects, is routine. WND reported just days ago
that the U.S. Department of Defense had included in a training course a
question that defined protesters as terrorists.
conspired with DuPont to allow Teflon chemicals in drinking water --
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed an agreement with
the DuPont corporation, imposing a new maximum level of a toxic Teflon
chemical in drinking water near a factory in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), however, the
agreement does not go nearly far enough.
Kentucky hate crime report mentions Constitution Party -- A report
posted on the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet website mentions
the Kentucky chapter of the Constitution Party. The 2006 report,
entitled “Hate Crime and Hate Incidents in the Commonwealth,”
characterizes the paleoconservative political party as a patriot group
and associates it with the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist
US. Canada military integration -- Under the pretext of the war on
terror and through initiatives such as the Security and Prosperity
Partnership (SPP), as well as other commitments, there has been an
ongoing effort to further harmonize North American security priorities.
The militarization of the continent, along with U.S.-Canada integration
is taking place in areas of law enforcement, border services and the
armed forces. More is being done to better protect the northern border,
but somehow government needs to strike a balance between security and
the movement of goods and people.
propose Mandating interoperability of Electronic Toll Collection devices
for all toll facilities -- The Surface Transportation Authorization
Act of 2009 (STAA or hb44) filed today by US house transport committee
chair James Oberstar requires the US Secretary of Transportation to
establish a "national standard for the interoperability of electronic
toll collection devices for all toll facilities on the National Highway
System" within 18 months of the law's enactment. Not later than two
years after the national standard is established "all toll facilities on
the National Highway System shall adopt such standard," the legislation
Winter refuses to go away in Northern Canada, migratory birds can't
breed -- Winter grips 90 per cent of north, migratory birds can't
Urban Ranger youth patrols in UK -- Urban Rangers receive training
in safety advice, working with the public, and other skills such as
first aid. They go out ‘on patrol’ and to community events with staff
such as Fire Fighters, Police Community Support Officers and City Centre
Document exposes disturbing truth about food supply -- Several
films, including "Food Fight" and "Fast Food Nation," have explored many
of these themes. But none engenders the sense of urgency -- and anger --
that "Food, Inc." does. The main villain is agribusiness, a
multicorporation behemoth that controls virtually everything you eat.
NASA moon bombing violates space law -- The planned October 9, 2009
bombing of the moon by a NASA orbiter that will bomb the moon with a
2-ton kinetic weapon to create a 5 mile wide deep crater as an alleged
water-seeking and lunar colonization experiment, is contrary to space
law prohibiting environmental modification of celestial bodies.
New nuke detectors no better than old ones -- Federal investigators
say the government's next generation radiation detectors are only
marginally better at detecting hidden nuclear material than monitors
already at U.S. ports, but would cost more than twice as much.
of riot police battle the people of Shishou -- The text in this
article is an AP piece, but you should really click through to see the
images and videos. This is just a sample.
Today in History June 22, 2009
1611 - English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people
were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers.
1807 - British seamen board the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to
the War of 1812.
1832 - J.I. Howe patented the pin machine.
1868 - Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
1870 - The U.S. Congress created the Department of Justice.
1874 - Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began the first known practice of
1942 - V-Mail, or Victory-Mail, was sent for the first time.
1944 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the "GI Bill of Rights"
to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.
1970 - U.S. President Richard Nixon signed 26th amendment, lowering the
voting age to 18.
1977 - John N. Mitchell became the first former U.S. Attorney General to
go to prison as he began serving a sentence for his role in the
Watergate cover-up. He served 19 months.
1992 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws
that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated
PRESSTV Versus America's CNN -- Just when the Iranian protesters
decided not to defy their government's ban on street trouble, CNN and
the rest of the American media went into an overdrive today to provoke
the Iranian protesters, and especially mislead the younger ones into
creating a situation that could result in bloodshed.
YouTube: Kissinger Threatens Regime Change In Iran -- Talking on BBC
Newsnight Kissinger says that while the US will not intervene in the
current crisis, if the coup fails and a popularly based government is
not installed (ie the one he wants), then we may conclude that we must
work for regime change in Iran from the outside. This is an indicted war
criminal making threats against a sovereign nation.
memo reveal plans to invade Iraq -- A confidential record of a
meeting between President Bush and Tony Blair before the invasion of
Iraq, outlining their intention to go to war without a second United
Nations resolution, will be an explosive issue for the official inquiry
into the UK's role in toppling Saddam Hussein.
Investigations, VA Relocates Its Texas Brain Lab -- Three years ago,
the Department of Veterans Affairs established a laboratory at the
University of Texas at Austin with high expectations that it would
conduct state-of-the art research into combat-related brain injuries.
Last month, VA announced it was moving the facility, after spending more
than $3 million without testing a single veteran with traumatic brain
Recall Leaves A Mystery in Its Wake -- Federal microbiologists and
food safety investigators have descended on the Danville, Va., plant
that makes Nestlé's refrigerated cookie dough, trying to crack a
scientific mystery surrounding a national outbreak of illness from E.
coli 0157, a deadly strain of bacteria, which has been linked to the
Recall: Nestle Cookie dough for E.coli
'China Is Destined to Be the Leader of the World' -- Many analysts
have speculated on China's powerful long-range ambitions, both within
and outside its immediate sphere of influence. Not surprisingly, the
Chinese themselves have kept their cards close to the chest, to avoid
raising too many alarm bells among prospective rivals and to thwart
efforts that might undermine more immediate objectives, including the
push to achieve self-sustaining economic momentum.
More Friday bank shutdowns -- Banks in North Carolina, Georgia and
Kansas with combined assets of $1.5 billion were seized by regulators
last week, costing the U.S. insurance fund $363 million and pushing this
year’s tally of failures to 40. Southern Community Bank of Fayetteville,
Georgia, and 111- year-old Cooperative Bank in Wilmington, North
Carolina, were closed June 19 by state officials, and the Office of the
Comptroller of the Currency shut First National Bank of Anthony, Kansas.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was named receiver.
prepared to track dissent on social networks -- The Iranian
government has high-tech equipment that will enable it to trace
thousands of activists who have encouraged the recent demonstrations and
spread news about them by using Twitter, cell phones and other Web-based
Owns the FED -- "Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in
sin. The Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them
the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will
create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from
them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear, and they
ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live
in. But if you wish to remain the slaves of bankers and pay the cost of
your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits."
Audit of the
Federal Reserve -- Audit of the Federal Reserve from 2006-2008.
(Thanks to Walter Burien of CAFR1.com)
VA errors cause radiation burns -- A doctor at the Philadelphia
Veterans Administration hospital was off target on most of more than 100
patients he treated for prostate cancer, records showed.
Horror Stories Remain a Reality -- One Federal program, the National
Practitioner Databank, is supposed to head off costly lawsuits by
keeping tabs on bad doctors. But, an alarming study by the nonprofit
consumer advocacy group Public Citizen reports that the program is not
working -- giving way to medical horror stories.
being pushed as a brain booster -- Bioethics expert Professor John
Harris, of the University of Manchester, said if the drug was safe for
children, adults should also be able to take it.
Anti depressant use soars because of recession -- Experts warn on
'quick fix' after a rise of 2.1m prescriptions in 2008.
Proposed law allows Attorney General to block gun sales to over a
million Americans -- New Jersey Democrat senator Frank R. Lautenberg
plans to introduce legislation designed to cancel the Second Amend
rights of well over a million U.S. citizens this coming week, according
to the New York Times.
R.I.P? -- Now it's getting to look like NAIS is, although not dead
yet, in suspended animation
Alcohol abuse by GIs soars since 2003 -- The rate of Army soldiers
enrolled in treatment programs for alcohol dependency or abuse has
nearly doubled since 2003 — a sign of the growing stress of repeated
deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Army statistics and
Cop pulls gun on McDonald's worker for food order taking too long --
A Denver police officer has been suspended after allegedly brandishing
his gun at a McDonald's restaurant in Aurora after his order took too
long to fill.
South Florida's housing crisis leaves behind ghost towers -- Drive
down Federal Highway or Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale or
Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach and the "For Sale" signs seem
inescapable. Every lonely strip-mall storefront and empty condominium
complex pleads to become someone else's problem.
sanitizers; toxic danger if ingested -- QUOTE: "After doing research
on the Internet, we found out that it only takes about 3 squirts of the
stuff ingested to be fatal to a toddler."
Homeland security drone patrolling northern New York -- A Predator B
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has been temporarily based at Fort Drum
since early June in an experiment by the U.S. Customs and Border
"Something different" happening with new flu - CDC -- "The fact that
we are seeing ongoing transmission now indicates that we are seeing
something different," the CDC's Dr. Daniel Jernigan told a news
briefing. "And we believe that that may have to do with the complete
lack of immunity to this particular virus among those that are most
likely affected. And those are children," Jernigan added.
E627K acquisition in H1N1 Sine flu raises pandemic concerns -- The
recently released PB2 sequence from a patient (22F) in Shanghai (see
updated map) contains E627K. This is the first reported acquisition of
this change, which is present in virtually all human influenza A
isolates, including the pandemic strain from 1918.
CDC's fuzzy swine flu reporting -- Note the 20% increase over last
week, even though the CDC falsely claims the numbers are dropping in
Press Briefings and Announcements. Also note that several states with
rampant infection did not report numbers for this week which skews the
Virginia State police say anti NWO & gun rights activists are terrorists
-- Another document designating Americans as terrorists has surfaced.
The document, entitled “Crisis Controlled: Assessing Potential Threats
of Violence,” authored by Trooper John R. Wright, is posted on the
official website of the Commonwealth of Virginia, under the Department
of Human Resources Management.
Northern lights pictured form space -- Illuminating the sky with a
ghostly green light, pictures taken from space have captured the
supernatural beauty of the Northern and Southern Lights.
Carolinians against Real ID -- "Failure to comply means that anyone,
even U.S. citizens, not possessing a REAL ID compliant driver's license
or other type of government-approved identification will be unable to
board a plane, enter federal buildings or obtain services from the
could hit US in 5-10 years -- The US is headed toward
hyperinflation, and within five to 10 years it could have inflation
rates of 10 to 20 percent, said Marc Faber, editor and publisher of the
Gloom, Boom & Doom Report.
Images reveal horror of Amazon's "Tianamen" -- Peru accused of
cover-up after indigenous protest ends in death at Devil's Bend.
Today in History June 19, 2009
0240 BC - Eratosthenes estimated the circumference of the Earth using
1586 - English colonists sailed away from Roanoke Island, NC, after
failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America.
1778 - U.S. General George Washington's troops finally left Valley Forge
after a winter of training.
1862 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln outlined his Emancipation
Proclamation, which outlawed slavery in U.S. territories.
1910 - Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, WA.
1911 - In Pennsylvania, the first motion-picture censorship board was
1912 - The U.S. government established the 8-hour work day.
1934 - The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration was
1934 - The U.S. Congress established the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC). The commission was to regulate radio and TV
1943- Henry Kissinger became a naturalized United States citizen.
1951 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the Universal Military
Training and Service Act, which extended Selective Service until July 1,
1955 and lowered the draft age to 18.
1958 - In Washington, DC, nine entertainers refused to answer a
congressional committee's questions on communism.
1961 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's
constitution that required state officeholders to profess a belief in
1964 - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an
83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
1998 - A study released said that smoking more than doubles risks of
developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
Houston Judge indicted in keying of neighbor's car -- A Harris
County grand jury on Thursday indicted a state district judge on a
criminal mischief charge after his neighbor gave prosecutors a videotape
that he says proves the judge keyed his car. Woody Ray Densen, 69, could
face 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000
if convicted. He could also be disciplined by the state Commission on
protocol used to regulate homeschoolers -- A British plan to allow
local authorities "the right of access to the home" and "the right to
speak with each child alone" in order to evaluate homeschooling families
and make certain they do what the government wants is a warning about
what could happen in the United States, according to the world's largest
homeschool advocacy organization.
Uncovers 9,200 More Pathogens -- An inventory of potentially deadly
pathogens at Fort Detrick's infectious disease laboratory found more
than 9,000 vials that had not been accounted for, Army officials said
yesterday, raising concerns that officials wouldn't know whether
dangerous toxins were missing. (worth re-posting)
and China sign 100-billion-dollar deal of the century -- A new deal
between Russia and China in the sum of about $100 billion became the
largest deal that has ever been signed between the two countries,
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said as a result of the meeting with
his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.
Are Pesticides Causing Parkinson's Disease? -- Scientists are
closing in on an inescapable conclusion: Pesticides may be a cause of
Parkinson's disease. In the past few years, Christensen has been
part of a movement exploring a possible connection between exposure to
environmental toxins -- in particular, the organophosphate pesticides --
and Parkinson's disease, through her work with the Collaborative on
Health and the Environment, a national network of advocacy and
scientific organizations. She is co-founder of CHE's working group on
Parkinson's Disease and the Environment.
threatens to seize all natural products that dare to mention H1N1 flu
-- In an effort to censor any online text that might inform consumers of
the ability of natural products to protect consumers from H1N1 influenza
A, the FDA is now sending out a round of warning letters, threatening to
"take enforcement action... such as seizure or injunction for violations
of the FFDC Act without further notice."
Public outcry forces hate crimes hearing-Senate received hundreds of
thousands of letters -- Democratic bill managers in the Senate, who
earlier had been reported to be wanting to attach a "hate crimes" plan
as an amendment to another bill already moving through the legislative
process, apparently have dropped that plan.
expect to deliver A/H1N1 vaccine to WHO by July -- Baxter
International Inc. has completed testing and evaluation of the A/H1N1
influenza virus and is now in full-scale production of a commercial
A/H1N1 vaccine using its Vero cell culture technology. Baxter received
an A/H1N1 strain from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
[a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center] in early May
and is diligently working to deliver a pandemic vaccine for use as early
filed in Austria against Baxter for contaminated bird flu vaccine --
"I have filed criminal charges in Austria against Baxter and Avir Green
Hills Biotechnology for producing and distributing contaminated bird flu
vaccine material this winter, alleging that this was a deliberate act to
cause a pandemic, and also to profit from that pandemic."
cries wolf over flu -- How can the WHO say swine flu qualifies as a
pandemic? And why?
Obama's Doctor Knocks ObamaCare -- Scheiner, 71, was Obama's doctor
from 1987 until he entered the White House; he vouched for the
then-candidate's "excellent health" in a letter last year. He's still an
enthusiastic Obama supporter, but he worries about whether the health
care legislation currently making its way through Congress will actually
do any good, particularly for doctors like himself who practice general
medicine. "I'm not sure he really understands what we face in primary
care," Scheiner says.
World’s oldest man dies at 113, official says -- Japanese ex-land
surveyor drank milk every morning and avoided alcohol. (He drank milk
every morning, but I'll bet it wasn't corporate farm, rBGH enhanced
milk!) Tanabe, who was born Sept. 18, 1895, had eight children — five
sons and three daughters. The former city land surveyor also had 25
grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and six
great-great-grandchildren, according to a statement from the Miyakonojo
city. He was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the
world's oldest man when he was 111 years old.
The Secret History of Government Debt (Treasury Bonds) -- One of the
biggest lies in history is the idea that government debt is a “safe
haven.” Today we’re going to revisit one of The Sovereign Society’s
favorite “hidden histories” for the real scoop. Tally Sticks were a
brilliant invention. But they were also insidious, as they formed the
foundation for the fiat currency systems we still have today. One where
the root of a currency's value is in a promise from a faceless
institution, and not in the actual value of a tangible object...
is a Ponzi Scheme -- A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment
operation that pays returns to investors from their own money or money
paid by subsequent investors rather than from any actual profit earned.
The Ponzi scheme usually offers returns that other investments cannot
guarantee in order to entice new investors, in the form of short-term
returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent. The
perpetuation of the returns that a Ponzi scheme advertises and pays
requires an ever-increasing flow of money from investors in order to
keep the scheme going. Read More...
US tracking suspicious ship from North Korea -- The U.S. military is
tracking a ship from North Korea that may be carrying illicit weapons,
the first vessel monitored under tougher new United Nations rules meant
to rein in and punish the communist government following a nuclear test,
officials said Thursday.
Sewage treatment plants fail to remove artificial sweeteners completely
from water -- Sewage treatment plants fail to remove artificial
sweeteners completely from waste water. What’s more, these
pollutants contaminate waters downstream and may still be present in our
USDA misleading investors to hide looming food shortage -- The
Weekly Times Now reports that world wheat stocks 'to increase'.
Nanotechnology - the new asbestos? -- The safety risks of
nanotechnology use by the food industry could make it “the new
asbestos”, says toxicologist Dr George Burdock of the Burdock Group.
30 toxic chemicals to avoid -- California has identified 30
chemicals that may cause cancer, reproductive problems and other serious
Ron Pauls' Campaign for Liberty to sue TSA over illegal detainment
-- The American Civil Liberties Union may have just earned itself a few
more Republican admirers. Announcing a lawsuit against the
Transportation Security Administration for the “illegal” detention of
the Campaign for Liberty’s treasurer in April at a St. Louis airport,
the ACLU damned what it called a “troubling pattern” of aggressive
invasions of privacy by the TSA.
Web beats TV, radio as preferred news source -- The Internet is by
far the most popular source of information and the preferred choice for
news ahead of television, newspapers and radio, according to a new poll
in the United States.
nations join to fight US dominance -- With public hugs and backslaps
among its leaders, a new political bloc was formed yesterday to
challenge the global dominance of the United States.
News: Student who blew kiss to mom denied diploma -- A Maine
high school senior says he was denied his diploma because he bowed
during graduation and blew a kiss to his mother.
Future combat systems - lessons learned -- The Army’s Future Combat
Systems failed to live up to expectations, but it failed well rather
than badly, according to a Government Accountability Office official.
CIA recruiting laid off bankers in NYC -- Laid off from Wall Street?
The CIA wants you -- as long as you can pass a lie detector test and
show that you are motivated by service to your country rather than your
Towards a new financial world order -- During their summits in the
Russian city of Yekaterinburg on Tuesday, SCO and BRIC members urged the
creation of a new global financial security system, reiterating their
drive to act in concert to weather the economic meltdown.
prepares to bomb the moon -- NASA scientists are preparing to launch
a space mission from Cape Canaveral carrying a missile that will fire a
hole deep in the surface of the moon. (why are we spending money on
Cement kilns release tons of toxic mercury into the air -- The
federal agency has proposed regulations that could cut mercury emissions
81% to 93% annually. Industry representatives warn the rules would
increase costs and could lead to outsourcing.
Stand up for rural America while you still can -- The assault on
rural America continues unabated. For the past six months dairy farmers
across the country have suffered a historic drop in milk prices while
operating costs remain high. Since December 2008, the price that farmers
are paid for the milk they produce has plunged over 50 percent, the
largest single drop since the Great Depression.
Protection from EMF radiation -- Protect your health from
YouTube: Chemtrails over Florence, Oregon -- A unknown plane dumps
chemicals on a small town in oregon.
Today in History June 18, 2009
1621 - The first duel in America took place in the Plymouth Colony in
1778 - Britain evacuated Philadelphia during the U.S. Revolutionary War.
1812 - The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great
Britain. The conflict began over trade restrictions.
1861 - The first American fly-casting tournament was held in Utica, NY.
1873 - Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote for a U.S.
1898 - Atlantic City, NJ, opened its Steel Pier.
1927 - The U.S. Post Office offered a special 10-cent postage stamp for
sale. The stamp was of Charles Lindbergh’s "Spirit of St. Louis."
1928 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic
Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales.
1936 - The first bicycle traffic court was established in Racine, WI.
1948 - The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its
International Declaration of Human Rights.
1959 - A Federal Court annulled the Arkansas law allowing school
closings to prevent integration.
1979 - In Vienna, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev signed
the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) 2.
1983 - Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard
the space shuttle Challenger.
1997 - Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole for the 10th time. He had
assassinated presidential candidate Robert Kennedy in 1968.
files for bankruptcy protection -- The company filed for Chapter 11
protection in Delaware, and said that Bank of America, GE Capital and
the CIT Group have agreed to provide up to $100 million in financing
during the bankruptcy case.
Pentagon Wants Cyborg Insects to Sniff WMD, Offer Free Wi-Fi -- The
Pentagon has handed researchers at Agiltron Corporation a contract to
implant larvae with “high sensitivity micromechanical chemical sensors”
that run on electric power collected with an embedded “electromagnetic
harvester.” The implanted system would include muscle actuators, so
different tics or twitches would signal the detection of different
to cough up money U.S. owes U.N. -- The House of Representatives
passed a war-funding bill Tuesday that includes about $900 million for
U.N. peacekeeping missions and related activities. That funding includes
$175 million in arrears accrued since fiscal year 2005, according to the
United Nations Foundation, a charitable group that promotes U.N. causes.
Russian Scientists Warn Of Genetically Modified Fast Food Link To
Pandemic Flu by Sorcha Faal -- According to reports, the protease
enzyme genetically modified in the potatoes being sold through Western
fast food restaurants as French Fries to protect against Potato virus X
causes an “explosive” replication of the H1N1 influenza virus by
increasing the acidic conditions of the endosome and causing the
hemagglutinin protein to rapidly fuse the viral envelope with the
vacuole's membrane, then causing the M2 ion channel to allow protons to
move through the viral envelope and acidify the core of the virus, which
causes the core to dissemble and release the H1N1’s RNA and core
proteins into the hosts cells.
Swine flu cruise ship Aruba-bound -- Operators of a Spanish cruise
ship hit by an outbreak of swine flu say the vessel is heading to Aruba,
where passengers should be able to disembark.
Milwaukee County: Disaster drill continues for local hospitals, public
safety staff -- First responders in hazardous material suits worked
alongside U.S. military personnel and hospital officials at area
hospitals Tuesday and will continue the operation Wednesday as part of a
community disaster drill.
Auditors: FEMA's contract files a mess -- The Federal Emergency
Management Agency’s contracting files are in disarray and most of the
files reviewed are missing key information, according to a new audit
released today by Homeland Security Department Inspector General Richard
9200 uncounted vials found at Army biodefense lab -- Officials of an
Army biodefense lab in Frederick say an inventory of deadly germs and
toxins found more than 9,200 vials of material that had been unaccounted
for in laboratory records.
Russia Making A Move To Gold -- Russia is proposing the inclusion of
the ruble, yuan and gold as a part of a revised basket of currencies to
form the valuation of the IMF’s special drawing rights seen as the
coming new alternative global reserve currency, reported AP.
U.S. Banks Decline After S&P Cuts 18 Ratings on Regulation -- U.S.
lenders slid after Standard & Poor’s reduced its credit ratings on 18
banks, including Wells Fargo & Co., Capital One Financial Corp. and
KeyCorp, citing tighter regulation and increased market volatility.
Keycorp dropped 7.8 percent.
officials grilled over botched colonoscopies -- Lawmakers sharply
criticized the Veterans Affairs Department on Tuesday about why a
national scare over botched colonoscopies earlier this year didn't
prompt stronger safeguards at the agency's medical centers.
GPS satellite glitches fuel concerns -- Technical problems are
degrading the accuracy of signals from the last GPS satellite launched
by the Pentagon, sparking concerns among U.S. military and aerospace
industry officials that the next generation of the widely used
satellites could face similar troubles.
would allow truckers to protect themselves -- On Friday, June 12,
the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent a letter of
support to a lawmaker who has introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate that
would allow drivers to protect themselves while out on the road. The
bill – S845 – “The Respecting States Rights and Concealed Reciprocity
Act of 2009” was introduced by Sen. John Thune, R-SD, and has 22
police chief fired for questioning red light cameras -- Questioning
the wisdom of photo enforcement can be fatal to the career of a top law
enforcement official. Former Texas police Chief Michael Clancey found
this out the hard way when he dared to suggest that the College Station
City Council should not use red light cameras as a budgetary tool.
Clancey filed a lawsuit in federal court last month demanding punitive
damages and back wages from the city which, he claimed, violated his
First Amendment rights.
Federal Reserve to GAIN power under plan -- The Federal Reserve,
already arguably the most powerful agency in the U.S. government, will
get sweeping new authority to regulate any company whose failure could
endanger the U.S. economy and markets under the Obama administration’s
regulatory overhaul plan.
Attorney General question constitutionality of public/private toll road
concession -- The recently signed 52 year concession contract
between Cintra and partners and TxDOT for the North Tarrant Express
project is being held up by the state Attorney General, Greg Abbott on
the grounds that it is not "legally sufficient." He has been arguing
that the contract is unconstitutional and the News quotes him: "The
Texas Constitution says that one Legislature cannot financially bind a
2749: Totalitarian Control of the Food Supply -- 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.
patents worldwide on British invention that kills H1N1 in minutes --
British scientists have developed a unique air purifier, now patented in
36 jurisdictions around the world, which according to independent
research can kill the viruses H1N1 Swine Flu and H5N1 Bird Flu within
minutes in any room or other enclosed space. It is also effective
against the MRSA 'superbug' and other airborne bacteria and viruses:
How to buy the best organic foods -- If you're not an organic
shopper, perhaps you have questions about whether or not these products
are worth their premium price tag. Here you'll learn the lowdown.
return to streets of Iran's capital -- Thousands of Iranians swarmed
the streets of Tehran on Tuesday in rival demonstrations over the
country's disputed presidential election, pushing a deep crisis into its
fourth day despite a government attempt to placate the opposition by
recounting a limited number of ballots.
Teenage girls develop degenerative muscle diseases after HPV vaccine
injections -- The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) have launched an investigation into a potential
connection between the Gardasil vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV)
and a rare degenerative muscle disease.
Biofuel's drug problem -- The Food and Drug Administration found
recently that samples of a feed by-product from dozens of corn-ethanol
plants were contaminated with antibiotics. With that news, producing
vehicle fuel from grain is looking not only like a wasteful and
inefficient process, but also like a danger to human health.
IRS moved to ban tax returns prepared by all but experts -- In an
astonishing power grab, the Internal Revenue Service wants to license
all who prepare returns for taxpayers. This means that Uncle Oscar
couldn’t help his nephew prepare his income tax return unless a
Washington bureaucrat grants a license.
March of the killer robots -- The development of mechanical soldiers
and remote-controlled tanks and planes is changing war for ever - but
the moral consequences have often been overlooked.
Number of people driven from homes by conflict at all time high --
Report by UN's refugee agency shows more than 28 million people
displaced within own countries.
Sanofi Aventis to give flu vaccine to WHO -- The drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis
says it will donate millions of doses of swine flu vaccine to the World
Health Organization for poor countries.
Police departments with heavy artillery -- According to the Boston
Globe, West Springfield is one of 82 Massachusetts police departments
that have obtained military surplus weapons over the last 15 years as
part of a federal program.
Massachusetts police to get surplus grenade launchers from Feds
Glimpses of America's man made disasters -- The Bush administration,
especially the Pentagon's Donald Rumsfeld and DCI Porter Goss, was most
concerned about public and media reaction to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
- worried that they might be seen as the culmination of their covert
operations coming home to roost, thanks to what Naomi Klein had written
in The Nation the previous spring about the rise of disaster capitalism,
and what former Malaysian President Mohammad Mahathir had been feared of
alluding to before a conference on the environment at Kuala Lumpur
shortly after the disasters.
Savi launches GlobalTag -- Savi Technology has announced product
availability of the first asset and shipment monitoring device that
combines a Global Positioning System, active Radio Frequency
Identification and Satellite Communications.
Today in History June 17, 2009
1579 - Sir Francis Drake claimed San Francisco Bay for England.
1775 - The British took Bunker Hill outside of Boston.
1837 - Charles Goodyear received his first patent. The patent was for a
process that made rubber easier to work with.
1856 - The Republican Party opened its first national convention in
1861 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln witnessed Dr. Thaddeus Lowe
demonstrate the use of a hydrogen balloon.
1872 - George M. Hoover began selling whiskey in Dodge City, Kansas. The
town had been dry up until this point.
1876 - General George Crook’s command was attacked and bested on the
Rosebud River by 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Crazy
1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French
1928 - Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to
successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
1930 - The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill became law. It placed the highest
tariff on imports to the U.S.
1932 - The U.S. Senate defeated the bonus bill as 10,000 veterans massed
around the Capitol.
1941 - WNBT-TV in New York City, NY, was granted the first construction
permit to operate a commercial TV station in the U.S.
1942 - Yank, a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, began
publication. The term "G.I. Joe" was first used in a comic strip by Dave
1950 - Dr. Richard H. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant in a
45-minute operation in Chicago, IL.
1963 - The U.S. Supreme Court banned the required reading of the Lord's
prayer and Bible in public schools.
1972 - Five men were arrested for burglarizing the Democratic Party
Headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington, DC. The men all
worked for the reelection of President Nixon. The event was the
beginning of the Watergate affair.
Companies Slashing Card Balances on delinquent accounts -- As they
confront unprecedented numbers of troubled customers, credit card
companies are increasingly doing something they have historically
scorned: settling delinquent accounts for substantially less than the
Zicam nasal spray can cause loss of smell -- Consumers should stop
using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can
permanently damage the sense of smell, federal health regulators said
Shuttle launch delayed until July due to gas leak -- For the second
time in less than a week, a hydrogen gas leak on shuttle Endeavour's
fuel tank early Wednesday forced a launch delay, pushing the space
station construction mission into July.
TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE
HOUSE -- On the night of June 24, the media and government become
one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White
House officials to push government run health care -- a move that has
ignited an ethical firestorm! Highlights on the agenda: ABCNEWS anchor
Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White
smearing of truth movement reaching a crescendo -- Despite recent
breakthroughs, media continues to paint 9/11 truthers, others as
passes $106 billion war funding bill -- War-funding legislation
survived a fierce partisan battle in the House on Tuesday, a major step
in providing commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan the money they would
need for military operations in the coming months.
Schools put on notice they may be turned into shot clinics --
Schoolchildren could be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall —
and schools are being put on notice that they might even be turned into
shot clinics. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said
Tuesday she is urging school superintendents around the country to spend
the summer preparing for that possibility, if the government goes ahead
with mass vaccinations.
Swine flu vaccine
poses serious threat to your health -- If they attempt to force
these untested and essentially experimental vaccinations on you, cite
the Nuremberg Code, which states: “The voluntary consent of the human
subject is essential.” No experimental vaccine should be “conducted
where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling
injury will occur, except, perhaps, in those experiments where the
experimental physicians also serve as a subjects.
Brazil finds NEW strain of H1N1 virus -- Brazilian scientists have
identified a new strain of the H1N1 virus after examining samples from a
patient in Sao Paulo, their institute said Tuesday. The variant has been
called A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1 by the Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological
Institute, which compared it with samples of the A(H1N1) swine flu from
Purifier device developed that can wipe out bird & swine flu viruses
-- British scientists have developed a revolutionary machine which can
wipe out swine and bird flu, it has been revealed. The purifier device,
which can be installed in hospitals, planes, offices and even homes, was
found to be 99 percent effective in tests to kill airborne bacteria.
Florida tent city offers hope to homeless -- Church-run camp boasts
food hall, showers, laundry room, computers. The Pinellas Hope camp, 250
single-person tents in neat rows on land owned by the Catholic Diocese
of St. Petersburg in a wooded area north of the city, has been filled to
capacity since it opened two years ago.
vehicle in Mexico to get RFID sticker tags for registration & tolling
-- Mexican toll and motor vehicle registry authorities are cooperating
to deploy sticker tags on the windshield of every vehicle in the
country. (it's coming here too)
Retailers head for exits in Detroit -- No national grocery store
chains left in city & you have to leave town to buy a Chrysler or a
Jeep. Lately, they are finding it increasingly tough to buy groceries or
get a cup of fresh-roast coffee as the 11th largest U.S. city struggles
with the recession and the auto-industry crisis.
Promises, promises - Indian health care victims -- On some
reservations, the oft-quoted refrain is "don't get sick after June,"
when the federal dollars run out. It's a sick joke, and a sad one,
because it's sometimes true, especially on the poorest reservations
where residents cannot afford health insurance. Officials say they have
about half of what they need to operate, and patients know they must be
dying or about to lose a limb to get serious care.
US credit card defaults rise to record in May -- U.S. credit card
defaults rose to record highs in May, with a steep deterioration of Bank
of America Corp's lending portfolio, in another sign that consumers
remain under severe stress.
vaccine victim wins lawsuit against big pharma -- A New York jury
has concluded that pharmaceutical company Lederle Laboratories was
responsible for the injury to a man who contracted polio from a vaccine
30 years ago, and ordered it to pay him $22.5 million.
Cash to become extinct as chips take off -- CASH is accelerating
down the path to extinction as new technologies threaten to mark the end
of loose change within a decade. Bank and credit union bosses say cash
won't be alone, with wallets and credit cards also likely to disappear
Agent Orange continues to poison Vietnam -- Animals that inhabited
the forests and jungles have become extinct, disrupting the communities
that depended on them. The rivers and underground water in some areas
have also been contaminated. Erosion and desertification will change the
environment, contributing to the warming of the planet and dislocation
of crop and animal life. An estimated 3 million Vietnamese people were
killed in the war, which also claimed 58,000 American lives. For many
other Vietnamese and U.S. veterans and their families, the war continues
to take its toll.
Microbe found two miles under Greenland ice is reawakened from a
120,000-year sleep -- A tiny purple bug that has been buried under
nearly two miles of ice for 120,000 years has been revived in a lab. The
unusual bacterium was found deep within a Greenland ice sheet and
scientists believe it holds clues to how life might survive on other
planets. Researchers coaxed the dormant frozen microbes, back to life by
carefully warming the ice samples containing them over a period of
car? This one knows when you've had a stroke -- BMW is building the
ultimate nanny machine — a car that will safely guide itself to a stop
and notify the authorities if the driver suffers a heart attack, stroke
or other medical emergency and can no longer drive.
Indigenous genocide in battle for oil fields -- IT HAS been called
the world's second "oil war" but the only similarity between Iraq and
events in the jungles of northern Peru over the past few weeks has been
the mismatch of force. On one side have been police armed with automatic
weapons, tear gas, helicopter gunships and armoured cars. On the other
are several thousand Awajun and Wambis Indians, many of them in war
paint and armed with bows and arrows, and spears.
US video game sales fall 23% in May -- Market researcher NPD Group
says U.S. video gamers spent less on games, hardware and accessories in
May compared with a year ago.
graph of world cement production and China is certainly using a lot of
it -- Cement is mainly used to make concrete, and is sort of the
"active ingredient" in concrete - it is combined with sand and gravel in
roughly fixed proportions. So cement production can be considered a
rough proxy for the total amount of construction going on in a country.
Freak Beijing storm turns day into night -- China correspondent
Stephen McDonell and ABC cameraman Rob Hill saw day turn into night as a
freak storm swept across the capital Beijing today.
The dark side of Plan Columbia -- On May 14 Colombia's attorney
general quietly posted notice on his office's website of a public
hearing that will decide the fate of Coproagrosur, a palm oil
cooperative based in the town of Simití in the northern province of
Today in History June 16, 2009
1858 - In a speech in Springfield, IL, U.S. Senate candidate Abraham
Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved. He declared, "A house
divided against itself cannot stand."
1897 - The U.S. government signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.
1903 - Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
1910 - The first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the closure of all
German consulates in the United States. The deadline was set as July 10.
1955 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend Selective
Service until 1959.
1978 - U.S. President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos
ratified the Panama Canal treaties.
1987 - A jury in New York acquitted Bernhard Goetz of attempted murder
in the subway shooting of four young blacks he said were going to rob
him. He was convicted of illegal possession of a weapon. Also, in 1996 a
civil jury ordered Goetz to pay $43 million to one of the people he
1992 - U.S. President George Bush welcomed Russian President Boris
Yeltsin to a meeting in Washington, DC. The two agreed in principle to
reduce strategic weapon arsenals by about two-thirds by the year 2003.
1999 - The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that a 1992 federal music
piracy law does not prohibit a palm-sized device that can download
high-quality digital music files from the Internet and play them at
2000 - U.S. federal regulators approved the merger of Bell Atlantic and
GTE Corp. The merger created the nation's largest local phone company.
Thought For The Day from Mike Tawse in the UK -- No man is free who
is not a master of himself....Epictetus
ADHD drugs linked to sudden death -- Ann Hohmann is one of a handful
of parents across the country who believes that their children's sudden
death was due to the use of drugs to control ADHD. And she said she
hopes a new study released this morning, which suggests that the use of
stimulants is tied to an increased risk of sudden unexplained death
among children and teens, will open the eyes of the public to what she
sees as the cause of her son's demise.
Obama to outline sweeping changes to the US financial regulatory system
-- President Barack Obama will outline on today the most sweeping
changes to the US financial regulatory system since the 1930s in an
attempt to prevent last year's financial crisis from happening again.
Foreclosures fuel home stripping by ex-owners -- Police, neighbors
and task-force officers have reported finding homes in the process of
foreclosure without toilets, bathtubs and even spiral staircases.
Neighbors living near the stripped homes and frustrated that their
neighborhoods are devalued often feel they are the unwitting victims.
Are you freer today than before Obama -- Survey shows Americans
grave concerns about loss of freedom. Nearly half of all adults in
America believe there has been a decrease in personal freedom under the
Obama administration, which signals a significant degree of alarm across
a wide swath of the population, the WND "Freedom Index" Poll finds.
Journalist calls for rounding up hate promoters -- It is a very
dangerous sign when members of the media start calling for rounding up
those who's views they find offensive and use a tragedy to support
violating the 1st Amendment.
Novartis says won't give poor free H1n1 vaccine -- Swiss drugs
company Novartis (NOVN.VX) will not give free vaccines against H1N1 flu
to poor countries, though it will consider discounts, the Financial
Times reported on Sunday.
Bird flu virus can survive in buried bird carcasses for 2 years --
Bird flu virus can survive for up to two years in the carcasses of
buried birds, according to a new study.
Zyprexa lawsuit exposes CVS' ties to Lilly -- A unit of CVS Caremark
Corp. used its access to doctors to market Eli Lilly & Co.'s Zyprexa
antipsychotic while it was under contract to bargain with the drug maker
on behalf of health insurers, internal Lilly files disclosed in a
multibillion-dollar lawsuit by insurers show.
DeLauro zeroes out funding for animal ID -- New funding for the
troubled National Animal Identification System (NAIS) was dropped today
from the fiscal 2010 spending bill. Agricultural appropriations
subcommittee chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D., Conn), who has been a strong
critic of how the U.S. Department of Agriculture has handled millions of
dollars spent on the program, said "continued investments into the
current NAIS are unwarranted" until USDA comes up with a better plan.
Common spices work better than aspirin to stop blood clots -- Spices
do a whole lot more than liven up food. New research has found that the
active ingredients in several common spices prevent platelet aggregation
and blood clot formation up to 29 times better than aspirin, and without
the side effects.
Extended Stay Hotels Files Bankruptcy -- The top holders of Extended
Stay secured debt are Wachovia Bank NA., with claims of $984 million in
mezzanine debt and $515 million in mortgage debt; and Bank of America
Corp., which claims $958 million in mezzanine debt and $400 million in
mortgage debt. The petition names "Bear Stearns/Blackrock" as the No. 3
secured claimant with $796 million in mezzanine debt and $274 million in
Kiwi, Aussie, Loonie Advance Spurs Intervention Talk -- New Zealand
farmers face at least a 12 percent drop in milk prices as the nation's
currency rises at its fastest pace since 1985, according to
Auckland-based Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd., the world's largest
dairy exporter. That explains why central bank Governor Alan Bollard on
June 11 called the exchange rate against the U.S. dollar "unhelpful" and
"a real risk to us" as the country endures its deepest recession in
three decades. Note: It's always the farmers and the food supply that is
affected by all this monetary insanity.
Arizona drivers face arrest at fast food joints -- The Pima County
Sheriff's Department has a new campaign targeting drunken driving.
Operation Would U Like Fries, or Operation WULF, will put undercover
deputies inside 24-hour fast-food restaurants to spot impaired drivers
placing their orders.
DoD manual-protests are "low level terrorism" -- The Department of
Defense is training all of its personnel in its current Antiterrorism
and Force Protection Annual Refresher Training Course that political
protest is "low-level terrorism."
Lawmakers crafting health care reform reveal industry investments --
Almost 30 key lawmakers helping draft landmark health-care legislation
have financial holdings in the industry, totaling nearly $11 million
worth of personal investments in a sector that could be dramatically
reshaped by this summer's debate.
being watched by blimps? -- The blimp flying above your head may be
watching your every move.
Video: Former Gitmo detainee describes prison ordeal -- THE FRANCE
24 INTERVIEW: Former Guantanamo inmate Lakdhar Boumediene told FRANCE 24
in an exclusive interview about his seven-year ordeal in the US prison
camp, where his protestations of innocence were met with escalating
brutality from interrogators.
Montana gun law challenges federal powers -- A new Montana gun law
puts the state at the forefront of a national bid to restore states'
rights by attacking up to a century of federal court decisions on
Most awesomely bad military acronyms -- Every time I think our
series on the goofy acronyms of the military-industrial complex has run
its course, the geniuses of the defense boffin community dream up a few
more. Read their latest breakthroughs.....
YouTube: Japanese water powered car -- As per the claims it runs
only on a 300W "Water Energy System (WES)" where WATER is the only FUEL.
A Time bomb for world wheat crop -- The Ug99 fungus, called stem
rust, could wipe out more than 80% of the world's wheat as it spreads
from Africa, scientists fear. The race is on to breed resistant plants
before it reaches the U.S.
Property rights take a hit -- On Monday, the Supreme Court refused
to hear an appeal from Chrysler's secured creditors based on the
government's argument that the needs of other stakeholders outweighed
those of a few creditors. Read More...
Volcanic cloud threatening planes -- A VOLCANIC eruption on a remote
Russian island north of Japan has created a giant ash cloud that
threatens passing airplanes, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported on
Sunday, citing Russian geologists.
Dutch supermarkets to phase out use of cash by 2014 -- Dutch
supermarkets are hoping to phase out the use of cash by 2014, the
Financieele Dagblad reports on Thursday, quoting the retail board CBL.
Catastrophic fall in global 2009 food production -- 2009 looks to be
a humanitarian disaster around much of the world. To understand the
depth of the food Catastrophe that faces the world this year, consider
the graphic in this article depicting countries by USD value of their
agricultural output, as of 2006.
N.Korea nuclear crisis was engineered by design -- Should it be any
surprise that the North Koreans have a nuclear weapon after nuclear
technology was given to them in the mid-1990s? Much like how the U.S.
provided chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein during the 1980s to create
an eventual enemy, they have also done the same with North Korea.
Today in History June 15, 2009
1215 - King John of England put his seal on the Magna Carta.
1607 - Colonists in North America completed James Fort in Jamestown.
1667 - Jean-Baptiste Denys administered the first fully-documented human
1752 - Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a
thunderstorm. The result was a little spark that showed the relationship
between lightning and electricity.
1775 - George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army by
the Second Continental Congress.
1836 - Arkansas became the 25th U.S. state.
1844 - Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for the process that
1864 - An order to establish a military burial ground was signed by
Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The location later became known as
Arlington National Cemetery.
1898 - The U.S. House of representatives approved the annexation of
1911 - The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. was incorporated in the
state of New York. The company was later renamed International Business
Machines (IBM) Corp.
1916 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy
Scouts of America.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court reinforced its position on abortion by
striking down state and local restriction on abortions.
1992 - It was ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court that the government could
kidnap criminal suspects from foreign countries for prosecution.
1992 - U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell
"potato" with an "e" on the end during a spelling bee. He had relied on
a faulty flash card that had been written by the student's teacher.
pits in Iraq causing health problems -- Though military officials
say there are no known long-term effects from exposure to burn pits in
Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 100 service members have come forward to
Military Times and Disabled American Veterans with strikingly similar
symptoms: chronic bronchitis, asthma, sleep apnea, chronic coughs and
allergy-like symptoms. Several also have cited heart problems, lymphoma
seeks to target lone extremists -- "Lone-wolf offenders continue to
be of great concern to law enforcement," the agency said in a February
memo reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The FBI is "trying to identify
a potential lone wolf before he or she would act out violently,"
Moves to Ban Tax Returns Filed By All But ‘Experts’ -- In an
astonishing power grab, the Internal Revenue Service wants to license
all who prepare returns for taxpayers. This means that Uncle Oscar
couldn’t help his nephew prepare his income tax return unless a
Washington bureaucrat grants a license.
Oil & Indians don't mix by Greg Palast -- There's an easy way to
find oil. Go to some remote and gorgeous natural sanctuary, say Alaska
or the Amazon, find some Indians, then drill down under them. Read
How to withdraw from the NAIS system step by step -- NAIS is
voluntary and you don't have to be in it and in fact, some people have
been put in without their permission. Read More...
North Carolina student arrested for making "monster" out of construction
barrels -- Raleigh police arrested a North Carolina State University
student last week who was accused of creating a "monster" out of
construction barrels and placing it on the side of the road. (Actually
this is a pretty clever use of these barrels...)
84 Peruvian Indians massacred-the true cost of oil -- At least 84
indigenous people have been killed fighting to defend their traditional
territories from oil exploration. As part of a free trade agreement with
the US, Peru has altered their constitution and implemented new laws
stripping indigenous tribes of their land rights and opening their lands
to oil companies.
AIG balks at claims from ditching of plane in Hudson -- For the
first couple of days after his flight ditched into the Hudson River,
Paul Jorgenson was just glad to be alive. But then he started to need
his laptop, his wallet, his car keys -- all the essentials he had stowed
under his seat and left behind in the sinking plane. A Must Read!!
Minnesota Residents: Search to see if your doctor received money from
drug companies -- This search engine contains public information
from the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy on pharmaceutical company payments
to doctors and other caregivers from 2002 through 2008. Some doctors may
be listed under more than one city. Maybe other states have the same
search website available?
US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive -- Dozens of
US cities may have entire neighborhoods bulldozed as part of drastic
"shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama
administration to tackle economic decline.
Georgia construction crew uses GPS instead of street address &
demolishes WRONG house!!! -- A crew using coordinates from a global
positioning system demolished a 60-year-old home in Carrollton earlier
this week, but it was the wrong house.
assault in military up 8% -- 2,923 reports of sexual assault
involving U.S. service members received by the Pentagon during fiscal
2008, which ended last September. Required by Congress, the recently
released annual statistics on sexual assault in the military showed an 8
percent increase in reports over the year before - a rise officials say
reflects an increase in awareness and reporting of such crimes, but not
necessarily a jump in assaults themselves.
NORAD, USNORTHCOM exercises planned for mid-June -- North American
Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command are planning to
conduct a combined exercise June 18 - 24 that will incorporate several
military exercises with a National Guard exercise. These linked
exercises are referred to as ARDENT SENTRY 09. Events will take place in
multiple venues across the country including Iowa, Kansas, Oregon,
Wyoming, and off the East and West Coasts.
Local military, civilian police training build skills -- PETERSON
AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Security forces Airmen kicking in doors were
only part of the action during a joint training exercise, where 21st
Security Forces Squadron Airmen teamed with members of the Colorado
Springs Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Department, and the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, among other police agencies.
York drill for possible nuclear war -- US security authorities have
conducted a semi-clandestine nuclear fallout drill in the City of New
York in order to be prepared "for the worst.
"memory test" will wind up diagnosing most elderly with dementia --
A five-minute memory test could help to improve diagnosis of the early
signs of dementia, a study suggests.
Swine flu still affecting Mexico tourism -- Mexico says it is going
through what is the biggest drop in its tourism revenue since records
began in the 1980s because of the swine flu scare. Tourism officials are
speaking of a "lost summer" after visitors, particularly from the US and
Canada, cancelled their holidays.
flu H1N1 has been around for years in pigs -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
The new H1N1 virus, which has caused the first pandemic of the 21st
century, appears to have been circulating undetected among pigs for
years, researchers reported on Thursday.
vaccine ready for tests -- A Swiss pharmaceutical giant said on
Friday it has a swine flu vaccine ready for trial as governments stepped
up precautions to counter the newly-declared influenza pandemic.
pandemic spurs queries about vaccine and who really needs to get it
-- Governments and drug companies ramping up production of a vaccine
against the swine-flu virus are facing a tough question: Who really
YouTube: Tapping your cell phone -- This is a frightening video...a
YouTube: Obama gets lost reading his teleprompter --
Teleprompter-in-Chief, Barack Obama gets lost reading his teleprompter.
VIDEO: The Touchtable -- GPS technology (video)
Crops under stress as temperatures fall -- Our politicians haven't
noticed that the problem may be that the world is not warming but
cooling, observes Christopher Booker.
In Chicago, June's chill is one for the records -- The cloudy,
chilly and rainy open to June here has been the talk of the town. So far
this June is running more than 12 degrees cooler than last year, and the
clouds, rain and chilly lake winds have been persistent. The average
temperature at O'Hare International Airport through Friday has been only
59.5 degrees: nearly 7 degrees below normal and the coldest since
records there began 50 years ago.
Today in History June 12, 2009
1667 - The first human blood transfusion was administered by Dr. Jean
Baptiste. He successfully transfused the blood of a sheep to a 15-year
1838 - The Iowa Territory was organized.
1849 - The gas mask was patented by L.P. Haslett.
1897 - Carl Elsener patented his penknife. The object later became known
as the Swiss army knife.
1921 - U.S. President Warren Harding urged every young man to attend
military training camp.
1923 - Harry Houdini, while suspended upside down 40 feet above the
ground, escaped from a strait jacket. .
1931 - Al Capone and 68 of his henchmen were indicted for violating U.S.
1935 - U.S. Senator Huey Long of Louisiana made the longest speech on
Senate record. The speech took 15 1/2 hours and was filled by 150,000
1941 - In London, the Inter-Allied Declaration was signed. It was the
first step towards the establishment of the United Nations.
1963 - Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his
home in Jackson, MS.
1979 - Bryan Allen flew the Gossamer Albatross, man powered, across the
1982 - 75,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons in New York City's
Central Park. Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda
Ronstadt were in attendance.
1985 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved $27 million in aid to
the Nicaraguan contras.
1996 - In Philadelphia a panel of federal judges blocked a law against
indecency on the internet. The panel said that the 1996 Communications
Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.
Paul’s HR1207 Gets House Majority Cosponsorship -- Congressman Ron
Paul's Federal Reserve Transparency Act, HR 1207, has reached and
surpassed the level of 218 cosponsors in the House of Representatives,
which means it is now cosponsored by a majority of the members. The
218th cosponsor was Dennis Kucinich (OH-10), and the bill has since
received its 222nd cosponsor.
Novartis Makes First Batch of Swine Flu Vaccine Ahead of Time --
Novartis AG has completed production of the first batch of swine flu
vaccine weeks ahead of time as its cell-based method proved faster than
an egg-based approach. The 10-liter (2.6 gallons) batch of wild-type
H1N1 vaccine will be used for pre-clinical tests and is being considered
for use in human trials, Basel, Switzerland-based Novartis said in an
e-mailed statement today. Based on the results with the wild- type
vaccine, Novartis expects to gain approval for manufacture with
reassortant seed in the fall.
Latest swine flu maps -- Interactive Google map pinpointing
outbreaks of H1N1 swine flu in 2009, together with source attributions,
report dates, and current known statuses.
to host swine flu summit in Cancun -- Mexico will next month host an
international summit on swine flu at the Caribbean beach resort of
Cancun, the country's health minister said Monday.
influenza pandemic declared -- The world is now in the early days of
a global pandemic of novel H1N1 influenza, the World Health Organization
Predictions of $250 per barrel oil -- The price of oil burst through
the $71 a barrel mark today amid revelations that proven reserves had
fallen for the first time in 10 years and predictions that the price
could eventually hit $250.
US museum attacks seen as home grown terrorism -- Wednesday’s
killing of a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by an elderly
white supremacist is the latest incident in what many see as a potential
new wave of right-wing violence triggered, at least in part, by the
election of President Barack Obama and the economic downturn.
AMA to oppose Obama's health care reform -- Congress and Obama can
not afford to mess this up. So far, everything is pointing to higher
costs, longer waits, government dictated treatment, and physicians
turned into Government employees. Is that the change you signed up for?
Declassified documents reference system -- Fully searchable
collection with online images and text files of more than 70,000
declassified documents in many subject areas. UT Austin users.
Man has brain surgery and awakens as a talented artist -- When Alan,
49, emerged from a gruelling 16-hour operation following his stroke, he
found he had become a reborn 'Michelangelo' and was able to paint and
draw with incredible detail.
Peru suspends decrees that fueled Amazon violence -- Peruvian
lawmakers suspended a controversial law that eased restrictions on
lumber harvesting in the Amazon rain forest, days after it sparked
clashes between police and indigenous protesters, killing dozens of
YouTube: Monsanto & cancer milk: FOX news kills story and fires
reporters -- FOX NEWS Reporters (Reporters Steve Wilson & Jane Akre)
uncover that most of the Milk in the USA and across some parts of the
world is unfit to drink due to Monsanto Corporation's POSILAC®, which
has been proven to be a cancer-causing growth hormone. (known in short
as "BGH" "BST" or "rBGH" ), but they were fired for trying to tell
people the truth.
No probable cause? New Jersey bill would expand post accident sobriety
tests -- An effort in the New Jersey statehouse would require
sobriety tests for truckers and other drivers in “serious” wrecks,
whether or not there’s indication of driving “under the influence.” The
additional power the bill would give to law enforcement is of
significant concern to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers
collapsing as lawmakers debate Blueberries & Pomegranates -- As
California faces what one official this week called a complete meltdown
of state government, some lawmakers have their minds on other matters.
frosts the most widespread in recent history -- The multiple frosts
that have blanketed Western Canada in the last week are the most
widespread in the top canola-growing province of Saskatchewan in at
least five years, the Canola Council of Canada said on Tuesday.
FEMA offers Katrina survivors trailers for $1 -- The offer comes 10
days after the FEMA housing program officially ended and amid growing
worries that federal officials would start evicting tenants.
sold Zyprexa for dementia knowing it didn't help, files say -- Eli
Lilly & Co. urged doctors to prescribe Zyprexa for elderly patients with
dementia, an unapproved use for the antipsychotic, even though the
drugmaker had evidence the medicine didn’t work for such patients,
according to unsealed internal company documents.
EU security proposals are dangerously authoritarian (scary stuff here)
-- The European Union is stepping up efforts to build an enhanced
pan-European system of security and surveillance which critics have
described as “dangerously authoritarian”.
Super volcano may be brewing beneath Mt St Helens -- IS A super
volcano brewing beneath Mount St Helens? Peering under the volcano has
revealed what may be an extraordinarily large zone of semi-molten rock,
which would be capable of feeding a giant eruption.
FDA trying to censor Omega 3 oil claims -- The FDA has proposed a
rule that would prohibit food manufacturers from marketing any product
as an "excellent source" of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic
acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Cinnamon is the wonder spice for health & well being -- Cinnamon is
well known as the world's oldest spice. It has a beautiful warm aroma
that makes it an inviting ingredient to add to food. In the past
Cinnamon was seen as an expensive luxury that was used as an
aphrodisiac, and as it was more expensive to buy than silver, many
people simply used it as currency. It is a wonder spice for health and
Radioactive wasps bug out nuclear cleanup workers -- If workers
cleaning up the nation's most contaminated nuclear site didn't have
enough to worry about, now they've got to deal with radioactive wasp
nests. Mud dauber wasps built the nests, which have been largely
abandoned by their flighty owners, in holes at south-central
Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation in 2003.
More rain, more mosquitoes, more West Nile virus? -- As the first
day of summer approaches, many people will engage in outdoor activities
that will be accompanied by a very unwanted guest--the mosquito.
Incoming space rocks now classified -- A recent U.S. military policy
decision now explicitly states that observations by hush-hush government
spacecraft of incoming bolides and fireballs are classified secret and
are not to be released, SPACE.com has learned.
Robocop gadget developed for police -- The lightweight handheld unit
uses high frequency microwaves to see through clothes and pick up
"reflections" of concealed guns or knives from a distance of several
Today in History June 11, 2009
1776 - In America, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft
a Declaration of Independence from Britain.
1793 - Robert Haeterick was issued the first patent for a stove.
1847 - Sir John Franklin died in Canada while attempting to discover the
Northwest Passage. Franklin was an English naval officer and an Arctic
1880 - Jeanette Rankin was born. She became the first woman elected to
the U.S. Congress.
1889 - The Washington Business High School opened in Washington, DC. It
was the first school devoted to business in the U.S.
1895 - Charles E. Duryea received the first U.S. patent granted to an
American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.
1912 - Silas Christoferson became the first pilot to take off from the
roof of a hotel.
1927 - Charles A. Lindberg was presented the first Distinguished Flying
1947 - The U.S. government announced an end sugar rationing.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Florida for trying to
1985 - Karen Ann Quinlan died at age 31. Quinlan was a comatose patient
whose case prompted a historic right-to-die court decision.
1990 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that would prohibit the
desecration of the American Flag.
1993 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people who commit "hate crimes"
could be sentenced to extra punishment. The court also ruled in favor of
religious groups saying that they indeed had a constitutional right to
sacrifice animals during worship services.
can be available through vending machines in Germany now -- A
vending machine selling tiny gold bars was launched at the main railway
station in Germany’s Frankfurt-am-Main. The ATM machine, the size of a
phone-booth and shaped as a gold bar, was installed in the financial
metropolis of the European Union, Itar-Tass news agency reports. The new
service appeared because of the aspiration of the Germans to rescue
their savings during the crisis converting the funds on their bank
accounts to gold bars.
Names Linked To Doomed Flight AF 447 -- Two passengers with names
linked to Islamic terrorism were on the Air France flight which crashed
with the loss of 228 lives, it has emerged. Can we spell "light blue and
Beck’s Outrageous Lie: Racist Von Brunn is “Hero of 9/11 Truthers”
-- There should be absolutely no doubt Glenn Beck is a government
disinfo operative tasked with taking down the 9/11 truth and patriot
movements. In fact, Fox News — as a primary fount of Operation
Mockingbird — is tasked with attacking not only the 9/11 truth movement
but the pro-liberty and Constitution movements as well.
White supremacist opens fire in Holocaust Museum -- An 88-year-old
white supremacist and Holocaust denier opened fire in Washington’s
Holocaust Museum yesterday, killing a security guard before being shot
in the head.
Shooter was a 9-11 truther
Oil price leaps to year's high -- The price of oil burst through the
$71 a barrel mark today amid revelations that proven reserves had fallen
for the first time in 10 years and predictions that the price could
eventually hit $250.
Economic Decline Slows in Some Regions -- The economy continues to
slog its way through the recession, held back by tight credit conditions
and weak demand, according to the Federal Reserve's "beige book" survey.
Look out! WHO is ready to declare a pandemic -- The World Health
Organization is gearing up to declare a swine flu pandemic, a move that
could trigger both the large-scale production of vaccines and questions
about why the step was delayed for weeks as the virus continued to
19 U.S. airports to be quarantine sites in pandemic -- In the event
of a pandemic, flights would be rerouted to Miami International Airport
and 18 other major U.S. airports, according to plans by the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
Getting Americans ready for mandatory vaccinations -- At least three
US federal laws should concern all Americans and suggest what may be
coming - mandatory vaccinations for hyped, non-existent threats, like
H1N1 (Swine Flu).
US government will own 34% of Citigroup -- Many of its rivals are
getting ready to throw back the government’s lifeline, but not
Citigroup: To the contrary, Citi on Wednesday said it was moving forward
with a plan to convert a large chunk of its preferred shares into common
equity. The long-awaited move is expected to give the United States
government a 34 percent ownership stake in the troubled bank.
Army Closing Some Special Care Units -- The Army plans to reduce the
size of some of its 36 wounded warrior units by the end of the month and
close three by October after tightening standards to stem a flood of
patients, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Pentagon investigates pill popping PTSD prevention -- As many as
300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans may have suffered from PTSD or
depression at some point, and the military has already spent millions on
treatment for returning troops - everything from “samurai meditation” to
at-home computerized counselors. Now the Pentagon’s advanced research
arm is hoping that a combination of neuroscience, psychology, and
creative pill-popping can stop battlefield stress before it even starts.
Ft Bliss building complex for wounded personnel -- The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers’ first project funded under the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act was awarded by the Ft. Worth District May 1 to Sundt
Construction, Inc., Tempe, Ariz., for construction of the $30-million
first phase of a $57-million Warriors in Transition complex to be built
at Ft. Bliss, Texas.
Obscene drug price markups (this is incredible) -- Did you ever
wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active ingredient in
prescription medications? Some people think it must cost a lot, since
many drugs sell for more than $2.00 per tablet. We did a search of
offshore chemical synthesizers that supply the active ingredients found
in drugs approved by the FDA. Read More...
Patient upside murky in drug price cases -- The prices of hundreds
of brand-name drugs are about to be cut 4%, and millions of Americans
may soon receive a check in the mail as compensation for having overpaid
for their prescriptions. But the extent to which the average consumer
will benefit isn't yet clear.
FDA approves use of antipsychotic drugs on children -- Today an FDA
advisory panel approved the prescribing of powerful mind-altering
chemicals for children. Seroquel, Zyprexa and Goedon have now been
approved by the advisory panel to be prescribed to children as young as
10 years old to treat a fictitious disease invented by psychiatrists and
given the name "bipolar disorder." (There is no such thing as a bipolar
disorder disease. It is merely a name assigned to children demonstrating
the predictable side effects of correctable dietary imbalances.)
Venezuela bans Coke Zero, cites "danger to health" -- The Venezuelan
government of U.S.-critic President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday ordered
Coca-Cola Co <KO.N> to withdraw its Coke Zero beverage from the South
American nation, citing unspecified dangers to health. Health Minister
Jesus Mantilla did not say what health risks Coke Zero, which contains
artificial sweeteners, posed to the population.
Health minded consumers are tricked into eating more sugar -- Sugar
and monosodium glutamate have one thing in common. People are more
likely to buy products containing them if they are called something
else. Consumers trying to avoid sugar have started reading food labels.
Stupid news: New GM chair "I don't know anything about cars" -- The
new chairman of General Motors is already under fire. Edward Whitacre, a
former AT&T hotshot whose long corporate career has been touted as an
example of his big-business prowess, delivered a rather startling
comment to a Bloomberg reporter on Tuesday — saying he knows nothing
about the auto industry.
House committee subpoenas Federal reserve -- The congressional panel
investigating what happened to all that bank bailout money has issued a
subpoena to the Federal Reserve, asking them to hand over all documents
relating to the takeover of Merrill Lynch by the Bank of America.
Fed would be
shut down if it were audited says expert -- The Federal Reserve's
balance sheet is so out of whack that the central bank would be shut
down if subjected to a conventional audit, Jim Grant, editor of Grant's
Interest Rate Observer, told CNBC.
FDA issues warning on some hand sanitizers -- On Monday, the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning concerning hand
sanitizers developed by Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of
Utah – marketed under several brand names – which were recalled due to
“high levels of disease-causing bacteria.”
Peru: Battle lines drawn over the Amazon -- After a joint
police-military operation aimed at stopping an Indigenous protest had
gone awry, leaving many dead on both sides, Garcia declared the
Indigenous elements to be standing in the way of progress, in the path
of national development, wrenches in the gears of modernity, and part of
an international conspiracy to keep Peru down.
Obama move would eliminate 8 out of 10 POCKETKNIVES! -- The U.S.
Customs and Border Protection Agency is proposing a new definition that
could be used to eliminate 8 of 10 legal pocketknives in the United
States right now, according to activists who are gearing up to fight the
Truckers oppose tolling I-80 in Wyoming -- Truckers who use
Interstate 80 in the West – and there are a lot of them – should know
that state officials in Wyoming are continuing to push forward with a
plan to convert it to a toll road.
Something for fun: Brewer names new beers after exits on NJ Turnpike
-- The Flying Fish Brewing Company (FFBC) are naming a series of their
beers for Exits on the New Jersey Turnpike. General manager Gene Muller
says he got tired of jokes about which exit he came from after he said
he was from New Jersey, so he decided to try a line of brews inspired by
the distinctive character of each Exit of the Turnpike, starting with
Exit 4 nearest Flying Fish, which they describe as a Belgian-style
Trippel with a hazy golden hue and the aroma of citrus with hints of
banana and clove.
Freak storm brings Welsh town to a standstill -- A FREAK storm has
brought a Welsh town to a standstill this afternoon, with four-feet of
water leaving homes and businesses flooded and hundreds of staff
"marooned" in their offices.
Today in History June 10, 2009
1776 - The Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a
Declaration of Independence.
1793 - The Jardin des Plantes zoo opened in Paris. It was the first
1854 - The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, held its first
1898 - U.S. Marines landed in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
1902 - The "outlook" or "see-through" envelope was patented by Americus
1909 - The SOS distress signal was used for the first time. The Cunard
liner SS Slavonia used the signal when it wrecked off the Azores.
1920 - The Republican convention in Chicago endorsed woman suffrage.
1935 - Alcoholic Anonymous was founded by William G. Wilson and Dr.
1943 - Laszlo Biro patented his ballpoint pen. Biro was a Hungarian
1948 - Chuck Yeager exceeded the speed of sound in the Bell XS-1.
1954 - General Motors announced the gas turbine bus had been produced
1971 - The U.S. ended a 21-year trade embargo of China.
1984 - The U.S. Army successfully tested an antiballistic missile.
1993 - It was announced by scientists that genetic material was
extracted from an insect that lived when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton intensified sanctions against Haiti's
military leaders. U.S. commercial air travel was suspended along with
most financial transactions between Haiti and the U.S.
Korea would use nuclear weapons in a 'merciless offensive' -- North
Korea today said it would use nuclear weapons in a "merciless offensive"
if provoked — its latest bellicose rhetoric apparently aimed at
deterring any international punishment for its recent atomic test blast.
France Flight 447 Info from Jim McCanney Website -- Read his
Analysis of Air France Flight 447.
The next great crisis: America's debt -- Normally Paul Krugman, the
liberal pundit and Nobel laureate in economics, and Paul Ryan, a
conservative Republican congressman from Wisconsin, share little in
common except their first names and a scorching passion for views they
champion from opposite political poles. So when the two combatants agree
on a fundamental threat to the U.S. economy, Americans should heed this
alarm as the real thing.
Are Banks Lying…or Just Hiding the Truth? -- Quantitative easing is
Santa Claus for adults. Do you still believe in Santa? The Chinese
certainly don't. Every day the Chinese announce some new initiative to
reduce or eliminate exposure to dollars - both now and forever more.
Mikhail Gorbachev calls for new American Revolution -- Mikhail
Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s last communist general secretary, called
for a new American “revolution” — also calling it a “perestroika,” or
government restructuring — in an editorial published Wednesday in The
Sydney Morning Herald.
swine flu update from CDC -- This is a Map: Weekly Influenza
Activity Estimates, Including Novel H1N1 Flu.
Swine flu spreads to 73 countries -- Swine flu has now spread to 73
countries with 25,288 people known to have been infected since the
disease was first uncovered in April, data from the World Health
Organization showed Monday.
Australia flu may tip pandemic -- A sharp increase in swine flu
cases in Australia may mean the infection has become a pandemic, the
World Health Organization says.
WHO on verge of declaring H1N1 pandemic -- The World Health
Organization (WHO) is on the verge of declaring the first influenza
pandemic in more than 40 years, but wants to ensure countries are well
prepared to prevent a panic, its top flu expert said on Tuesday.
GOP lawmakers to Fed-stop printing money -- Some GOP lawmakers want
Uncle Sam to stop printing money — fresh U.S. dollars being used to buy
down the ever-burgeoning U.S. debt, according to a Fox News report.
Shoe bomb terrorist being force fed in Supermax prison after going on
hunger strike -- CONVICTED "shoe-bomber" Richard Reid, who was found
guilty in 2003 of trying to blow up a transatlantic jetliner, has been
refusing food for several weeks and is being force-fed.
USA Patriot Act defines Chemotherapy pushers & CPS agressors as
terrorists -- In observing the outrageous acts of doctors who have
turned 13-year-old Daniel Hauser and his mom into "fugitives from the
law" over their refusal to submit to toxic chemotherapy treatments, I
began to wonder whether existing U.S. law covers the crimes being
committed against the Hauser family. It turns out the U.S. PATRIOT ACT
already defines these cancer doctors and Child Protective Services
zealots as "terrorists."
Broadcasters lose in court over low power FM radio -- Supporters of
low-power FM (LPFM) radio won a victory on Friday when a federal appeals
court rejected a lawsuit to stop the Federal Communications Commissions
from protecting LPFM stations from full power station signal
YouTube: Military contract given for GMO blood -- Take a look!!
Watching TV before going to bed can cause chronic health problems --
Watching TV before you go to bed gives you a bad night's sleep and can
lead to chronic health problems, scientists have claimed.
Federal judge dissolve spying limits for Chicago police -- A federal
judge has dissolved decades-old legal restrictions placed on Chicago
police because of their infamous Red Squad.
Arizona makes it easier to impose DUI on non-drivers -- Arizona
Supreme Court rules that showing the potential to drive while drunk is
sufficient for a DUI conviction.
Florida fisherman hooks US missile in Gulf waters -- The military
says a commercial fisherman reeled in an Air Force missile in the Gulf
of Mexico. A military bomb squad met him at the shore in Florida to
remove sensitive technology from the projectile and dispose of it.
Agriculture department reopens comments perios on Genetically engineered
ethanol corn -- Scientists are concerned it will contaminate the
Brazil extreme weather..48 dead, 400,000 homeless -- Weather ravages
Global mind control tyranny -- A new world religion is being
invented to force on everybody. It’s a mishmash of legitimate religious
movements, new age psychobabble and a sprinkling of so-called
traditional ideologies. We are all supposed to be drawn in to be
controlled by a small group of cult leaders.
Chlorophyll in wheatgrass proven to fight cancer -- Wheatgrass is an
amazingly nutrient dense food. Dr. Earp-Thomas once said that, "15
pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots,
lettuce, celery and so forth." Wheatgrass contains no less than thirteen
vitamins and all 20 essential amino acids. It also contains chlorophyll
which has some proven health and anti-cancer properties.
seeks names & lots more of web posters -- This is a little over two
years old, but it describes the “full pipe” surveillance that federal
law enforcement is doing.
Do You Know About the Narcotic Effects of Nutmeg? -- Humanity has
used nutmeg as a medicine, narcotic, aphrodisiac, dream enhancer and
inebriant. Nutmeg has been used to treat rheumatism in Indonesia,
Malaysia, England, and China. The essential oil is used externally to
treat rheumatic pains, limb pains, general aches, and inflammation. In
England, far into the twentieth century, a nutmeg was simply carried in
one's pocket to ward off the pains of rheumatism (Rudgley 1998).
At Issue: Amazon Chernobyl -- "I don’t know how many of you have
been following what some environmentalists are calling Amazon Chernobyl,
but one word keeps reverberating in my head — ridiculous. Maybe even
unbelievable. Actually, I could probably go as far as audacious."
I, Thomas Paine 200 years hence
Champions of EU progress stopped dead in their tracks -- The morning
after the night before, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen was either defiant or in
denial. The veteran Danish centre- leftist and former prime minister
heads the PES, or Party of European Socialists, that groups all the
mainstream social democratic movements of the EU. To those who announce
a profound crisis in European socialism", he declared yesterday, "I say
Today in History June 9, 2009
1534 - Jacques Cartier became the first to sail into the river he named
1790 - John Barry copyrighted "Philadelphia Spelling Book." It was the
first American book to be copyrighted.
1931 - Robert H. Goddard patented a rocket-fueled aircraft design.
1934 - Donald Duck made his debut in the Silly Symphonies cartoon "The
Wise Little Hen."
1943 - The withholding tax on payrolls was authorized by the U.S.
1959 - The first ballistic missile carrying submarine, the USS George
Washington, was launched.
1985 - Thomas Sutherland, an American educator, was kidnapped in
Lebanon. He was not released until November 1991.
1986 - The Rogers Commission released a report on the Challenger
disaster. The report explained that the spacecraft blew up as a result
of a failure in a solid rocket booster joint.
1998 - In Jasper, TX, three white men were charged in the dragging death
of African-American James Byrd Jr.
2000 - The U.S. Justice Department announced that it had not uncovered
reliable evidence of conspiracy behind 1968 assassination of Martin
Luther King Jr.
2000 - Canada and the United States signed a border security agreement.
The agreement called for the establishment of a border-enforcement team.
The 10 Safest Places In The World For Outsourcing -- Wilson's Black
Book of Outsourcing assigns each location a score for each of those risk
categories, and then compiles a mean score across those ratings in each
category. Read the list of the 10 safest with its mean score and a note
on each location's highest-risk category.
Soldiers put at risk from bioterrorism vaccine -- About 200 service
members have developed complications associated with the smallpox
vaccination that were serious enough to require hospitalization or
absence from work, according to Lt. Col. Patrick Garman of the Military
Vaccine Agency. Problems included inflammations of the brain and parts
of the heart.
America a weapons supermarket for terrorists, inquiry finds -- The
US is a virtual supermarket for terrorists and foreign governments
seeking high-end military technology, including components that can be
used to build nuclear weapons and equip militants fighting US and
British troops, the American government has found.
Bankruptcy filings 6,000 per day as unemployment increases --
Consumer and commercial bankruptcy filings are on pace to reach a
stunning 1.5 million this year, according to a report from Automated
Access to Court Electronic Records.
Comparative study of Morgellon's fibers with fibers found in US currency
-- "My name is Jan Smith and I have had Morgellons Disease for 12 years.
I have been studying this disease from a layman's perspective for just
as long." Read More...
radioactive metals contaminate consumer products -- Thousands of
everyday products and materials containing radioactive metals are
surfacing across the United States and around the world.
Obama transportation appointees like speed cameras, tolls --
President Obama has also nominated Victor M. Mendez to be Administrator
of Federal Highway Administration. Mendez, who awaits confirmation, was
most recently the Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation
where he coordinated state agencies and interest groups for the rollout
of the state's freeway speed camera program.
GPS shoes for Alzheimer's patients -- A shoe-maker and a technology
company are teaming up to develop footwear with a built-in GPS device
that could help track down "wandering" seniors suffering from
Some US states are reconsidering ban on raw milk sales -- As dairy
farmers around the globe continue to raise concerns over the declining
value of their products, unpasteurised milk is being touted as one
solution to generate added value and profitability, albeit amongst
staunch opposition from some manufacturers.
of 2nd amendment closer than you think -- During the years in which
the British government incrementally took away most gun rights, the
notion that a citizen had the right to "armed self-defense" came to be
seen as vigilantism.
US police could get pain beam weapons -- The research arm of the US
Department of Justice is working on two portable non-lethal weapons that
inflict pain from a distance using beams of laser light or microwaves,
with the intention of putting them into the hands of police to subdue
Spokane valley residents push for disincorporation -- The push to
disincorporate the Spokane Valley continues to grow the amount of
attention as well as the amount of support its getting.
Global military spending sets new record -- Global military spending
rose 4% in 2008 to a record $1,464bn (£914bn) - up 45% since 1999,
according to the Stockholm-based peace institute Sipri.
Looming ahead: Orwells Big Brother -- 1949: Sixty years ago today,
Nineteen Eighty-Four is published. It’s official: In the face of the
monolithic state, the little guy has no chance at all. Read More...
Afghanistan's parliament calls for prosecution of criminal foreign
troops -- "Afghanistan's parliament plans to pass an approval and
send all related documents to the country's High Court as well as the
international Hague tribunal," Khawaasi said.
Obama orders extermination of Amazon Indians for free trade pact By:
Sorcha Faal -- Russian Military Analysts are reporting to Prime
Minister Putin today that President Obama has authorized the United
States Southern Military Command to “immediately assist” Peruvian
President Alan Garcia’s plan to “virtually exterminate” Amazonian
Indians who for the past month have been protesting US mandated laws in
the newly signed US-Peru so called Free Trade Pact that would “open
their region to oil and gas drilling, hydroelectric projects and
A Related Article:
Living in Peru with news about what is going on with the natives
Peru declares curfew after bloody clashes -- Peru has declared a
curfew in its Amazon jungle after dozens died and hundreds were injured
in bloody clashes between security forces and indigenous tribes
protesting against oil and mining projects.
NASA acknowledges solar cycle , not man responsible for past warming
-- Report indicates solar cycle has been impacting Earth since the
Cold weather hampers crops -- Chilly temps delay yield, farmers say.
Flexible solar panels turn watsted roof space into energy source --
A transparent thin film barrier used to protect flat panel TVs from
moisture could become the basis for flexible solar panels that would be
installed on roofs like shingles.
Today in History June 8, 2009
1783 - Iceland’s Laki volcano erupted and continued to spew lava for
eight months. 9,350 people were killed and famine started and lasted
1786 - In New York City, commercial ice cream was manufactured for the
1790 - The first loan for the U.S. was repaid. The Temporary Loan of
1789 was negotiated and secured on September 18, 1789 by Alexander
1861 - Tennessee voted to secede from the Union and joined the
1869 - Ives W. McGaffey received a U.S. patent for the suction vacuum
1872 - The penny postcard was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1915 - U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a
disagreement over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania.
1953 - The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregated restaurants in
1967 - Israeli airplanes attacked the USS Liberty in the Mediterranean
during the 6-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors. 34 U.S. Navy
crewmen were killed. Israel later called the incident a
tragic mistake due to the mis-identification of the ship. The U.S. has
never publicly investigated the incident.
1978 - A jury in Clark County, Nevada, ruled that the "Mormon will," was
a forgery. The work was supposedly written by Howard Hughes.
1991 - A victory parade was held in Washington, DC, to honor veterans of
the Persian Gulf War.
1995 - U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady was rescued by U.S.
Marines after surviving alone in Bosnia after his F-16 fighter was shot
down on June 2.
1998 - The space shuttle Discovery pulled away from Mir, ending
America's three-year partnership with Russia.
Stay up to date with state sovereignty bills -- The Tenth Amendment
Center (interactive map and text of all U.S. state sovereignty bills).
FEMA Web Page Shows Martial Law Exercise With Foreign Troops --
National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) is scheduled for July 27 through
July 31, 2009. NLE 09 will be the first major exercise conducted by the
United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism
prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery.
sentences U.S. journalists to 12 years -- North Korea's top court
convicted two American journalists and sentenced them to 12 years in a
prison Monday, intensifying the nation's confrontation with the United
Radioactive cheese grater from China reflects lack of federal oversight
-- A new investigative piece published by the Scripps Howard News
Service explores official responses to the discovery of the radioactive
cheese grater and finds that there is no government agency in charge of
tracking radioactive consumer products.
Military backed public schools on the rise in US -- The U.S. Marine
Corps is wooing public school districts across the country, expanding a
network of military academies that has grown steadily despite criticism
that it’s a recruiting ploy.
5 US contractors held in slaying of another in Iraq -- Five American
security contractors were detained in connection with the killing of
another American contractor last month inside Baghdad's Green Zone. The
names of the suspects and the company they work for were not released.
The U.S. military declined comment and referred questions to the U.S.
Embassy in Baghdad. Embassy officials did not immediately respond to
request for comments.
Melbourne Australia world's swine flu capital -- Australia's second
city of Melbourne has become the "swine flu capital of the world", a
report said Saturday, as the country's confirmed tally of the disease
soared to 1,009.
Bird flu viruses can live for 5 months in water -- There are avian
influenza viruses that can persist for up to 150 days in water, a
research team at the University of Georgia has shown, advancing
understanding of how outbreaks of bird flu begin in wild bird
Welcome to celebrity hell, Dick Cheney -- Cheney has joined the
likes of Paris and Lindsay on the TMZ video website.
FDA panel chairman on Bisphenol A secretly receives $5million payment
-- As an FDA panel prepares to issue a ruling on whether the
controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) should be considered safe,
press reports have revealed that the research center headed by the
panel's chair recently received a massive donation from a vocal BPA
supporter and former medical device manufacturer.
Drug risk list released by FDA -- U.S. regulators on Thursday listed
two dozen drugs, including weight-loss medicines and sleep disorder
pills, that it is at an early stage of reviewing for potential safety
Oregon organic farmers fight GM seed contamination -- Critics of
genetically modified crops have warned about "frankenfood" and "superweeds"
for years. But today, more than four-fifths of the nation's corn, cotton
and soybean crops are altered to resist pesticides and insects.
Deadly bat disease spreading fast scientists warn congress -- A
mysterious disease that's killing tens of thousands of bats in the
Northeast is spreading so fast that it could reach California within
five years, biologists and officials of the Agriculture and Interior
departments told lawmakers Thursday.
The geography of jobs animated map -- Net Job Gains/Losses by
Metropolitan Statistical Area. (slide the arrow at the top from 2005 to
present & see the astonishing change!)
Fed to hire PR person to fight against the Fed audit bill -- As HR
1207 gains momentum and co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, the
Federal Reserve is planning to fight the tide calling for an audit of
its books by hiring a veteran lobbyist to “manage its relations with
Congress,” according to Reuters.
The Fed audit bill is up to 190 co-sponsors -- Title: To amend title
31, United States Code, to reform the manner in which the Board of
Governors of the Federal Reserve System is audited by the Comptroller
General of the United States and the manner in which such audits are
reported, and for other purposes.
Daniel Hauser sick after chemo treatment -- Daniel Hauser, the
13-year-old cancer patient whose mother took him on the run from the law
to shield him from chemotherapy, is feeling sick after a second round of
the treatment his family later agreed to.
Bacteria in strokes & heart disease -- Reflections On The 'Cure' Of
A Paralyzed Stroke Victim.
Avandia raises risk of bone fractures & heart failure -- The
diabetes drug Avandia significantly raises the risk of both heart
failure and bone fractures, but it does not boost the odds for either
cardiovascular disease or death, new research has found.
New Army rifle fires smart bullets with on board targeting chips --
New rifles with explosive rounds can be told where to detonate.
Asheville man charged in alleged Liberty dollar scheme -- Federal
authorities arrested an Asheville man in what they said was a scheme to
undermine the U.S. currency system and defraud consumers with so-called
Niagara court ruling: tasing to obtain DNA is NOT unconstitutional
-- A decision by Falls Police to use a Taser to obtain a DNA sample from
a suspect in an armed robbery, shooting and kidnapping is not
Weaponized education-controlling tomorrow with the youth of today --
There has been and continues to be an effort by some of the worlds most
elite families to establish a global community, with a global
government, some call it the new world order. Read More...
California Highway patrol wants residents to rat on out of state plates
-- Officials want residents whose vehicles are registered in other
states to pay their fair share in licensing fees
Today in History June 5, 2009
1752 - Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate
that lightning was a form of electricity.
1783 - A hot-air balloon was demonstrated by Joseph and Jacques
Montgolfier. It reached a height of 1,500 feet.
1794 - The U.S. Congress prohibited citizens from serving in any foreign
1865 - The first safe deposit vault was opened in New York. The charge
was $1.50 a year for every $1,000 that was stored.
1917 - American men began registering for the World War I draft.
1924 - Ernst F. W. Alexanderson transmitted the first facsimile message
across the Atlantic Ocean.
1933 - President Roosevelt signed the bill that took the U.S. off of the
1946 - The first medical sponges were first offered for sale in Detroit,
1947 - U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at
Harvard University in which he outlined the Marshall Plan.
1968 - U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy was mortally shot in Los Angeles
by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy died early the next morning.
1981 - In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare
pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the
first recognized cases of what came to be known as AIDS.
1998 - A strike began at a General Motors Corp. parts factory near
Detroit, MI, that closed five assembly plants and idled workers across
the U.S. for seven weeks.
1998 - A strike at a General Motors parts factory began. It lasted for
possibly launched in Liberty Texas - Investigation continues -- A
missile may have just barely miss hitting a Continental Airlines flight
on Friday. Liberty County sheriff deputies are meeting with the FBI and
FAA to discuss this incident.
A Sign to take a look at -- My next door neighbor wants to ban all
guns - see more...
Liberty Dollar Alert:
FBI Arrests Bernard, Kevin, Sarah & Rachelle -- Now that the
Liberty Dollar faces a federal criminal trial, it is the US Government v
Liberty Dollar ala Bernard, Kevin, Sarah & Rachelle. Read more...
secret plan for mandatory swine flu vaccination -- The French
Government is developing secret plans to impose mandatory vaccination of
the entire French population, allegedly against possible Swine Flu
disease according to reports leaked in a French newspaper. The plan is
without precedent and even defies recommended public health advice.
Pharmaceutical giants benefit from the move, as the Swine Flu increases
the trend towards the militarization of public health and use of
needless population panic to advance the agenda.
radio host Hal Turner arrested -- Radio host Hal Turner, shown
during his broadcast over the Internet from his New Jersey home, was
arrested in that state Wednesday on a warrant obtained by Capitol police
in Hartford. Turner, who also hosts a blog, is accused of inciting his
listeners and readers to "take up arms," and of singling out two
Connecticut lawmakers and a state ethics official. As of Thursday
afternoon, Turner remained in a New Jersey jail, said state Capitol
Police Chief Michael J. Fallon. Bail was set at $25,000.
VIDEO: Former NTSB vice chairman says crash of Air France's Flight 447
was 'weather induced'
Germany warns of Fed power, another crisis -- German Chancellor
Angela Merkel has harsh words for central banks around the world,
suggesting they have eased monetary policy too far in their effort to
injected with beef waste sold in UK...ewww! -- Cafes and restaurants
across Britain have been selling chicken secretly injected with beef and
pork waste, The Independent can revealed. The fraud has been taking
place for at least the past two years, and still continues because of
inaction by the authorities in three EU states, believed to be Germany,
Netherlands and Spain.
in 7 scientists say colleagues falsify data -- Faking scientific
data and failing to report commercial conflicts of interest are far more
prevalent than previously thought, a study suggests.
widens it's gaze in street view -- Hide the children and lock the
doors. Google Street View is on the loose.
your cell phone -- Imagine someone watching your every move, hearing
everything you say and knowing where you are at every moment. If you
have a cell phone, it could happen to you. 13 Investigates explains how
your cell phone can be secretly hijacked and used against you - and how
to protect yourself.
Bankruptcy Filings Rise To 6,000 A Day As Job Losses Take Toll --
Bankruptcy filings are surging back in part because of rising job
losses. The unemployment rate could hit 10% this year. And tighter
credit, dwindling 401(k) accounts, smaller paychecks and less savings
have left unemployed workers and those who are working but struggling
with fewer financial resources to keep creditors at bay.
Benefit spending soars to new high -- Enrollment for food stamps hit
a record 33.2 million people in March, up 5.2 million from last year.
Daniel Hauser sick from chemo treatments -- the 13-year-old boy
reacted poorly to a chemotherapy treatment on Thursday, his first since
February, and was depressed about returning to conventional care. "Danny
is not tolerating the drugs well and has been vomiting all day,'' the
Monsanto & Dow should be indicted for war crimes -- "If no change is
made, no condemnation of the use of Agent Orange, no call for immediate
compensation to the victims and their families, no call for the chemical
companies such as Monsanto and Dow to be charged with war crimes, then
the hearings will have solved nothing."
plans comprehensive tolling of all major highways & arterials -- The
Seattle metro area is the first in America to formally base transport
plans on comprehensive tolling.
Daniel Hauser & the side effects from this treatment - commentary --
As you read this, note that this is what the Minnesota judge is now
forcing Daniel Hauser to undergo -- essentially at gunpoint. This
decision puts the state of Minnesota in the position of engaging in
chemical child abuse.
Is Larry Summers taking kickbacks from the banks he's bailing out?
-- Why did Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley steer millions to
a company Larry Summers directed while he administered "stress tests" on
Next flu could strain US health care system -- A report released
Thursday commended the government for developing plans and stockpiling
antivirals after the avian flu scare but warned that gaps still exist
and that the health system may not be prepared in a more severe
that makes toll equipment to make UHF ear tags for cattle -- Sirit
dominant supplier of electronic toll equipment to California and a
partner with 3M in producing sticker tags announces it's teaming with
eriginate corp to produce a UHF cattle ear tag to work with Sirit's
IDentity 5100 reader. Sirit says its system allows a read of each cow in
a herd, and just the one read of each, from many angles and at ranges
between 0.6m and 15m (2ft to 50ft).
Bailout banks storing oil in anticipation of price increases -- The
giant US bank JPMorgan Chase has reportedly hired a newly-built
supertanker to store heating oil off the Mediterranean island of Malta.
Other companies, including BP and a unit of Citigroup, have also hired
ships to store either crude oil or oil products.
Video: Man Gets Tazed, Mocks Cops, and Gets Away
Today in History June 4, 2009
1717 - The Freemasons were founded in London.
1784 - Marie Thible became the first woman to fly in a hot-air balloon.
The flight was 45 minutes long and reached a height of 8,500 feet.
1812 - The Louisiana Territory had its name changed to the Missouri
1816 - The Washington was launched at Wheeling, WV. It was the first
stately, double-decker steamboat.
1896 - Henry Ford made a successful test drive of his new car in
Detroit, MI. The vehicle was called a quadricycle.
1911 - Gold was discovered in Alaska's Indian Creek.
1919 - The U.S. Senate passed the Women's Suffrage bill.
1924 - An eternal light was dedicated at Madison Square in New York City
in memory of all New York soldiers who died in World War I.
1935 - "Invisible" glass was patented by Gerald Brown and Edward
1939 - The first shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman in
Oklahoma City, OK. It was actually a folding chair that had been mounted
1947 - The House of Representatives approved the Taft-Hartley Act. The
legislation allowed the President of the United States to intervene in
1974 - Sally Murphy became the first woman to qualify as an aviator with
the U.S. Army.
1985 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling striking down
an Alabama law that provided for a daily minute of silence in public
1989 - In Beijing, Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square to crush
the pro-democracy movement. It is believed that hundreds, possibly
thousands, of demonstrators were killed.
OBAMA SPEECH to Cairo -- Barack Obama has said he wants to "seek a
new beginning" with the Muslim world in today's keynote speech at Cairo
University in Egypt.
Gold Panic Inside The Oval Office -- "The Germans have demanded that
gold bullion held in US custodial accounts be returned to their owners,
with physical gold shipped back to Germany ."
German criticism may limit ECB's room for maneuver -- How
interesting that Germany is wanting it's gold reserve back and now is
criticizing the European Central Bank.
Resurgent Russia Discharging Dollars -- Ironically, during the
Information Age there is a return to all things real. Immediate
worldwide communication overextends and will eventually decimate the
inherently unsound, unstable and immoral financial and monetary system.
Democrat doubtful of approving more money for flu, Obama wanted 2
billion -- U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Wednesday said
President Barack Obama may not get the extra $2 billion he requested to
combat the H1N1 flu strain that has infected thousands of Americans.
Genetically modified crops get the Vatican's blessing -- The Vatican
seldom approves of scientists meddling with God's creation. So the
decision of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences to back oft-demonised
genetically modified crops as an answer to world hunger and poverty may
come as a surprise.
Government in meltdown as Minister quit -- British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown lost his fourth minister within 24 hours on Wednesday as he
faced taunts that his government was in meltdown on the eve of polls
which could seal his fate.
Chicago woman dies of swine flu after giving birth -- The new H1N1
swine flu virus claimed the life of a 20-year old Chicago woman on
Saturday, one day after giving birth to a baby via Cesarean section at
the city's University of Illinois Medical Center, according to local
news. Officials said Huber's condition deteriorated quicky and her baby,
a 27-week fetus was delivered by Caesarean on Friday.
Childhood leukemia rates increase near nuclear power plants --
Leukemia death rates in U.S. children near nuclear reactors rose sharply
(vs. the national trend) in the past two decades, according to a recent
study. The greatest mortality increases occurred near the oldest nuclear
plants, while declines were observed near plants that closed permanently
in the 1980s and 1990s. The study was published in the most recent issue
of the European Journal of Cancer Care.
Law Banning Handguns in City Upheld by Court -- A Chicago ordinance
banning handguns and automatic weapons within city limits was upheld by
a U.S. Court of Appeals panel, which rejected a challenge by the
National Rifle Association.
General Ricardo Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission - VIDEO
UPDATE -- May 31st, 2009 on MSNBC's "Countdown" Keith Olbermann
cited this post and interviewed General Ricardo Sanchez on the truth
commission issue. Link to VIDEO is within this article.
Brasscheck TV: Treaty against your second amendment rights (video)
-- Obama wants the Senate to ratify the “Inter-American Convention
against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms” treaty,
also known as CIFTA. This blatant gun-control treaty was signed in 1997
by then President Bill Clinton, but it was not ratified by the Senate as
required by the Unites States Constitution.
Ops - clandestine tagging & tracking manual -- Clandestine Tagging,
Tracking, and Locating (CTTL) The Ability to Locate, Track, and Identify
Human Beings and Other Important Targets. This is a .pdf file.
the military's secret tagging tech -- The military has spent
hundreds of millions of dollars researching, developing, and purchasing
a slew of “Tagging tracking and locating” (TTL) gear — gizmos designed
to keep covertly tabs from far away. Read More...
Organic dairies crippled coast to coast -- “We’re in big trouble,”
said Craig Russell, an organic dairy farmer in Brookfield, Vt., who owes
$500,000, mostly from converting his farm to organic in 2006.
tracking system isn't secure -- FDA needs to improve a new risk
analysis program to ensure privacy, GAO finds.
reminder from Stan & Holly Deyo NOT to give rawhide chews to your dogs!!
-- The primary problem is bacteria in rawhides that can cause severe
gastrointestinal upset. In Holly and Stan's case, their dogs were
diagnosed with acute pancreatitis and were put on several antibiotics -
Amoxicillin injections plus Gentocin and Baytril (antibiotics sent home
with them) plus Reglan for nausea. After blood and stool tests were
taken, they stayed overnight for observation. Though still not eating
enough to keep a gnat alive, both were allowed to come home Tuesday -
day 5 of this mess. Read the entire article...
FDA Approves Cancer Treatment for Dogs -- The Food and Drug
Administration has approved the first drug made specifically to treat
cancer in dogs. Until now, all cancer drugs used in veterinary medicine
were developed for use in humans and weren't specifically approved for
animals. Federal law allows vets to administer cancer medicines and
other human treatments under controlled circumstances. The new drug,
Palladia, manufactured by Pfizer Animal Health Inc., has been approved
to treat a type of cancer that accounts for about one in five cases of
canine skin tumors.
Just another reason to grow your own food -- After noting that GM
foods cause damage to human organ systems the AAEM doctors’ association
specifically connects, “infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated
aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis,
insulin regulation, cell signaling and protein formation, and changes in
the liver, kidney, spleen, and gastrointestinal system” as possible
effects of consuming GM foods. Read the labels before you buy.
administration is really pushing for Vehicle Miles Traveled tax --
Attendees at the ITS America annual conference at National Harbor
Maryland say they are very encouraged by Obama administration officials'
interest in road pricing and other ITS technologies. (actually this was
already being pushed in previous highway bills...6 states are conducting
Highway Trust Fund is almost broke -- The nation’s Highway Trust
Fund, which helps pay for roads and bridges, will go broke in two months
unless the U.S. Congress supplies emergency funding.
Military training in Staten Island Park -- Don't be alarmed --
Staten Island isn't under attack. Two helicopters carrying visiting U.S.
Marines landed in Staten Island's Clove Lakes Park this afternoon, as
two additional choppers circled, for a simulated raid as part of Fleet
Al Qaeda eyes bio attack from Mexico, maybe with help from white
supremacist groups -- U.S. counterterrorism officials have
authenticated a video by an al Qaeda recruiter threatening to smuggle a
biological weapon into the United States via tunnels under the Mexico
border, the latest sign of the terrorist group's determination to stage
another mass-casualty attack on the U.S. homeland.
FDA says company misrepresented Oxycontin illegally -- “An
investigation by OCI uncovered an extensive, long-term conspiracy by The
Purdue Frederick Company, Inc. to generate the maximum amount of
revenues possible from the sale of OxyContin through various illegal
schemes,” according to an FDA statement.
School orders student not to promote gun club -- A free speech
organization says it is fighting officials at Community College of
Allegheny County after they first banned a student from trying to
organize a chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, then
reaffirmed that activity would not be permitted on campus.
Self interest motivates men to get Gardisil vaccine -- Telling men
that getting a human papillomavirus vaccine would help protect their
female partners wouldn't convince them to get the shot, U.S. researchers
mint can't account for missing gold -- A significant quantity of
gold, silver and other precious metals is unaccounted for at the Royal
Canadian Mint. External auditors are investigating a discrepancy between
the mint's 2008 financial accounting of its precious metals holdings and
the physical stockpile at the plant on Sussex Drive in Ottawa.
The cloud with no name: Meteorologists campaign to classify unique
Aspertus clouds seen all over the world -- Whipped into fantastical
shapes, these clouds hang over the darkening landscape like the
harbingers of a mighty storm. But despite their stunning and frequent
appearances, the formations have yet to be officially recognized with a
Mint can't account for missing gold -- A significant quantity of
gold, silver and other precious metals is unaccounted for at the Royal
Canadian Mint. External auditors are investigating a discrepancy between
the mint's 2008 financial accounting of its precious metals holdings and
the physical stockpile at the plant on Sussex Drive in Ottawa. The
mystery raises possibilities from sloppy bookkeeping to a gold heist.
Today in History June 3, 2009
1539 - Hernando De Soto claimed Florida for Spain.
1621 - The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New
Netherlands (now known as New York).
1784 - The United States Congress created the United States Army.
1800 - John Adams moved to Washington, DC. He was the first President to
live in what later became the capital of the United States.
1805 - A peace treaty between the U.S. and Tripoli was completed in the
captain's cabin on board the USS Constitution.
1856 - Cullen Whipple patented the screw machine.
1871 - Jesse James, then 24, and his gang robbed the Obocock bank in
Corydon, Iowa. They stole $15,000.
1952 - A rebellion by North Korean prisoners in the Koje prison camp in
South Korea was put down by American troops.
1959 - The first class graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado
1974 - Charles Colson, an aide to U.S. President Richard Nixon, pled
guilty to obstruction of justice.
1989 - Chinese army troops positioned themselves to began a sweep of
Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen
Northwestern Mutual Makes First Gold Buy in 152 Years --
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., the third-largest U.S. life
insurer by 2008 sales, has bought gold for the first time the company’s
152-year history to hedge against further asset declines. “Gold just
seems to make sense; it’s a store of value,” Chief Executive Officer
Edward Zore said in an interview following his comments at a conference
hosted by Standard & Poor’s in Brooklyn. “In the Depression, gold did
very, very well.”
Expired passport prevents Brazilian from boarding missing plane -- A
Brazilian man said his expired passport saved his life and the life of
his friend as he was not allowed to board the missing Air France plane,
Brazilian media reported on Tuesday.
accidentally leaks maps of nuclear sites -- A 266-page classified
document detailing information about United States civilian nuclear
sites and programs was accidentally made public by the federal
government, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots -- During a
conference call in preparation for President Obama's trip to Cairo,
Egypt, where he will address the Muslim world, deputy National Security
Adviser for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough said
SAILORS NOW TO BECOME GUINEA PIGS FOR NEW H1N1 VACCINE? -- Vical
Inc. (VICL 2.18, -0.02, -0.91%) said Thursday that in the two weeks
since launching its program to develop a vaccine against H1N1 influenza,
or swine flu, it has completed development of a prototype vaccine,
produced an initial supply and initiated immunogenicity testing on
animals. The firm said that, assuming a successful outcome of this
testing and a commitment for external funding, it is ready to advance
directly to large-scale manufacturing of the vaccine for human clinical
trials to be conducted by the U.S. Navy.
THE HEALTHIEST FOODS ON EARTH -- Read the Healthiest Foods on Earth.
trailers for sale — for $5 or less -- The Obama administration will
announce plans today to virtually give away roughly 1,800 mobile homes
to 3,400 families displaced by Hurricane Katrina who are living in
government-provided housing along the Gulf Coast, officials said.
threat AIR FRANCE in S America -- Days Before Flight Disappeared over
Atlantic? -- This came from Drudge Report - May 27, 2009: 'The
airport safety delayed an AIR FRANCE flight this evening before
departing for Paris immediately after the company received a bomb threat
over the phone at the airport of Ezeiza [Buenos Aires]'. (The
article is no longer on the web....This is a cache of the article).
Obama to Sell B-2 Bomber Blueprints to China to Pay Off Debt? -- On
April 1st, President Obama spoke to Chinese Premier Hu Jintao during the
G20 Summit. During this meeting, Mr. Hu expressed interest in writing
off some of the US debt in exchange for military technology. The
President has since referred the matter to Defense Secretary Robert
Gates. The Defense Department is reportedly furious with the President's
proposal to sell blueprints of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber to the
W.H.O. says it's close to declaring a flu pandemic & raising to level 6
-- Moving closer to declaring swine flu a worldwide pandemic. The
disease has reached 64 countries, and there have been dozens or hundreds
of cases in several nations outside North America, including Britain,
Spain, Japan, Chile and Australia.
And who benefits? AstraZeneca gets $90 million swine flu vaccine
order -- AstraZeneca's (AZN.L) MedImmune biotechnology unit has won
an initial $90 million order from the U.S. government to make a live
attentuated vaccine against the new H1N1 flu strain, it said on Monday.
to sell Hummer to Chinese company -- GM has a buyer for Hummer,
Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company of China plans to
buy the company. GM says the deal would likely save more than 3,000
jobs, including hundreds in our area. The Wall Street Journal is
reporting that the Mishawaka plant will continue to make the H2.
Texas deputies searching for mysterious 'rocket-like' object -- A
Continental Express jet pilot reported a close call with an unidentified
flying object. Now officials from the FAA are trying to determine just
what happened in the skies over Liberty County.
Liberty: Sailor Awarded Silver Star for '67 Actions -- A former
Sailor whose quick action aboard the USS Liberty 42 years ago kept it
from sinking was awarded a Silver Star Wednesday in the Visilia, Calif.,
office of Rep. David Nunes.
U.S. auto sales rise in May -- U.S. sales of cars and light trucks
rose 13 percent in May when compared with April, even as two of the
nation's automakers grappled with reorganizations.
California to run out of cash in 14 days -- The state wallet is
empty. The bank closed. Credit has dried up, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
told lawmakers in a special Tuesday morning address at the Capitol.
“California’s day of reckoning is here,” he said. With no action, the
state will run out of cash in 14 days. Three months after the state
budget was approved, California faces a $24 billion deficit.
War Stories: The Greatest Generation remembers -- A soldier's final
tribute. They all lived through the Great Depression, and when their
country asked for help they answered the call, never dreaming that some
day they would be dubbed the Greatest Generation.
House panel wants new review of BPA safety -- The federal
investigation comes after the Journal Sentinel revealed Saturday that
lobbyists met last week at an exclusive club in Washington to hammer out
a public relations strategy to sell the benefits of BPA to the American
public, including "befriending people that are able to manipulate the
Crisis as backlog of benefits claims at VA top 1 million -- During
the past four months, the Department of Veterans Affairs backlog of
unfinished disability claims grew by more than 100,000, adding to an
already mountainous backlog that is now close to topping one million.
New Zealand most peaceful country; Canada 8th; US 83rd -- The
economic downturn has made the world more violent and unstable in the
last year, according to a study Tuesday that ranked New Zealand as the
most peaceful country and Iraq the least.
End of Live Free or Die Rally the end of free assembly in America?
-- The 4th Annual New Hampshire Live Free or Die Rally is quickly
sinking into a quagmire of bureaucratic red tape, and with no 11th hour
reprieve on the horizon, chief organizer Jean Coutu may have to cancel.
modeling shows that strategies to rein in epidemics need to be retooled
for rural populations -- An infectious disease striking a large city
may seem like a disastrous scenario -- millions of people sharing
apartment buildings, crammed on buses and trains and brushing past one
another on crowded sidewalks. A group of Kansas State University
engineers is finding that a truly disastrous epidemic scenario could
also take place in the wide-open spaces of the Great Plains. Read
Fighting for the right to grow food in Los Angeles -- Just how much
trouble can one community garden start? For starters, three years of
court proceedings, two eviction notices, one assault charge, countless
allegations of corruption, and $16 million worth of fundraising. Read
Farm groups counter call for GMO wheat -- Farm and environment
groups opposed to genetically modified wheat are countering a call from
other farm organizations for biotech companies to commercially develop
Former MI6 chief says Big Brother has gone too far -- Warning: Sir
Richard Dearlove is concerned about the loss of liberties in 'Big
Federal court says states can regulate guns -- A federal appeals
court in Chicago ruled today that the Second Amendment doesn't bar state
or local governments from regulating guns, adopting the same position
that Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's nominee to the
Supreme Court, did when faced with the same question earlier this year.
county requires fingerprints to resell video games -- For many young
Americans, reselling video games to pick up the newest, latest and
greatest is simply the only choice to keep up with the fast-paced,
high-dollar industry (which is about to kick off a massive annual trade
show in Los Angeles).
Taxed for nothing -- With all the trillions of dollars of new money
being deficit-spent by the US federal government, not the least of which
is the mind-boggling US$1.84 trillion in new deficit-spending that the
Barack Obama administration and Congress have conspired to enact and
spend This Freaking Year (TFY), it is at least amusing to know that we
taxpayers are paying taxes for nothing! Hahaha! Paying taxes for
FDA asks if supplement labeling notifications are a burden -- The US
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked the dietary supplement
industry for feedback on the burden of notifying the agency of claims
made on their product labels.
Drug samples handed out by doctors pose risks to patients --
According to Dr. Chimonas and Dr. Kassirer, these findings show that
prescription drug samples often reach people they weren't intended for
-- and the obvious result is that these medications are frequently
misused and abused.
Interactive data eyeglasses (this is wild!) -- The data eyeglasses
can read from the engineer's eyes which details he needs to see on the
building plans. A CMOS chip with an eye tracker in the microdisplay
makes this possible. The eyeglasses are connected to a PDA, display
information and respond to commands.
Today in History June 2, 2009
1774 - The Quartering Act, which required American colonists to allow
British soldiers into their houses, was reenacted.
1851 - Maine became the first U.S. state to enact a law prohibiting
1886 - Grover Cleveland became the first U.S. president to get married
while in office.
1896 - Guglieimo Marconi's radio was patented in the U.S.
1897 - Mark Twain, at age 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as
saying "the report of my death was an exaggeration." He was responding
to the rumors that he had died.
1924 - All American Indians were granted U.S. citizenship by the U.S.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the first swimming
pool to be built inside the White House.
1953 - Elizabeth was crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey.
1954 - U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that there were communists
working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.
1985 - The R.J. Reynolds Company proposed a major merger with Nabisco
that would create a $4.9 billion conglomerate.
1997 - Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing of a federal
building in Oklahoma City in which 168 people were killed.
2003 - In the U.S., federal regulators voted to allow companies to buy
more television stations and newspaper-broadcasting combinations in the
same city. The previous ownership restrictions had not been altered
for bankruptcy protection -- President Obama said Monday that
General Motors’ bankruptcy plan is viable, achievable and will help
automaker move toward profitability. He said he is "absolutely
confident" that a well-managed GM will emerge from the process -
government will act as a caretaker.
GM bankruptcy spells disaster for small suppliers -- Independent
suppliers manufacture 70 percent of the 15,000 parts -- including seats,
engine blocks, electronics, and bumpers -- that go into a single
automobile. Collectively, they make up a $388 billion industry that
accounts for more than 600,000 of the 2 million American jobs tied to
the auto industry. Of those, the overwhelming majority are small
businesses with an average of 80 to 100 employees, according to industry
missing after Navy rescue from pirates -- The U.S. Navy is
investigating the disappearance of $30,000 in cash during the hijacking
of the U.S.-flagged ship Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia and the
Navy SEALs' rescue of its captain, Richard Phillips, in April.
Global Crisis ‘Inevitable’ Unless U.S. Starts Saving, Yu Says --
Another global financial crisis triggered by a loss of confidence in the
dollar may be inevitable unless the U.S. saves more, said Yu Yongding, a
former Chinese central bank adviser.
What Do The Chinese Think About The Dollar? -- In order to reduce
its dollar holdings, China is diversifying its estimated $40 billion per
month in new investments. The Chinese are locking up the rights to
resources and raw materials around the world. They are stocking up on
copper, iron ore, oil, as well as the precious metals. As reported last
month, China recently announced that it had more than doubled its gold
reserves. China admits to having about 1,054 tonnes of gold. In all
likelihood, the real number is higher.
Go-Go Went Bye-Bye -- "Having cut prices on its new homes by more
than 50 percent, Meritage Homes of Scottsdale, is attracting buyers in a
punishing market. Three years ago, Meritage Homes was selling dozens of
$250,000-$300,000 homes in the Maricopa area southeast of Phoenix. Then
came the crash. Meritage executives have spent the past six months
overhauling their entire business model. They now are building and
selling homes for less than $100,000 in the same Maricopa neighborhood."
France plane missing off Brazilian coast -- An Air France plane
carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paris has
disappeared off the Brazilian coast after hitting strong turbulence,
officials reported Monday morning. Brazilian officials feared that the
Airbus A330 had gone down with 216 passengers and 12 crew members
aboard. The Brazilian air force had begun search and rescue operations
in the Atlantic Ocean off the Brazilian coast, near the small island of
Fernando de Noronha, a lieutenant colonel told Brazil's TV Globo.
police getting more firepower -- The Boston Police Department is
preparing a plan to arm as many as 200 patrol officers with
semiautomatic assault rifles, a significant boost in firepower that
department leaders believe is necessary to counter terrorist threats,
according to law enforcement officials briefed on the plan.
Oklahoma (Gulf War Vet) pharmacist charged with murder after shooting
would-be robber -- Jerome Ersland, a former Air Force lieutenant
colonel and a Gulf War veteran, is facing charges of first degree murder
after he shot and killed 16 year-old Antwun Parker when the teenager and
an accomplice identified as 14 year-old Jevontia Ingram, attempted to
rob the pharmacy.
& Johnson being asked to remove 2 chemicals from baby shampoo --
Johnson & Johnson is being asked by a coalition of organizations to
remove two chemicals, considered probable human carcinogens, from its
baby shampoo and other personal care products.
Swine H1N1 summer spread raise fears of pandemic -- The latest
surveillance report (week 20) from the CDC, clearly indicates that swine
H1N1 activity is on the rise in the United States, as seasonal flu
levels continue to decline.
told reps to lie about Seroquel/diabetes link -- Drug giant
AstraZeneca instructed its sales representatives to tell doctors that
there was no link between its antipsychotic drug Seroquel and an
increased risk of diabetes, even though studies conducted by the company
had already shown otherwise, according to documents uncovered as part of
cat food banned in Australia-it kills cats -- A SERIES of mysterious
cat deaths was caused by the government-mandated practice of irradiating
imported pet food.
Monsanto dropped a cool 2 million on lobbying in 1st quarter 2009 --
Turns out, the GMO-seed giant spent $2 million pushing its agenda in
Washington the first three months of the year.
Public asked to help monitor life on earth -- Scientists asked
people around the world on Monday to help compile an Internet-based
observatory of life on earth as a guide to everything from the impact of
climate change on wildlife to pests that can damage crops.
terrorists if Gitmo must close -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney
said Monday that the only alternative to holding some suspected
terrorists indefinitely would be to execute them, arguing against the
Obama administration's plans to close the Guantanamo detainee prison.
Brown Update: Lawyer request evaluation of New Hampshire tax evader
-- A New Hampshire judge has been asked to order a mental evaluation of
convicted tax evader Elaine Brown to see if she is competent to stand
trial on conspiracy and weapons charges.
Revolution: Boots on the Ground county by county by Devvy Kidd --
True to form, the usurper has picked another dangerous individual - this
time for the U.S. Supreme Court. Knowing the Republicans are too
cowardly to put a real fight, this candidate was selected because she's
female, Hispanic and her anti-Second Amendment stand.
72 year old woman tasered at traffic stop -- A 72-year-old woman is
pulled over for speeding, then tasered and sent to jail. "I wasn't
argumentative, I was not combative as they said. This is a lie. All of
this is a lie, pulled away from him I did not," she said, reading the
US firm says handheld puke ray is ready to go (so the cops can use
these too after they taser you?) -- A US industrial laser company says
it has developed a functional puke-ray system, ideal for use by cops or
military personnel wishing to take down their opponents without shooting
them. The firm proposes to issue the "non lethal light fighting
technology" in two form factors - light-sabre/torch and blaster-pistol.
Bilderberg group & what they may be planning -- For over 14 years,
Daniel Estulin has investigated and researched the Bilderberg Group's
far-reaching influence on business and finance, global politics, war and
peace, and control of the world's resources and its money. Read More...
Army deploys old tactic in PR war -- Body counts are back,
reigniting the decades-old debate about whether victory in war can be
judged by measuring the stack of enemy dead. In recent months, the U.S.
command in Afghanistan has begun publicizing every single enemy fighter
killed in combat, the most detailed body counts the military has
released since the practice fell into disrepute during the Vietnam War.
Spy chips guiding CIA drone strikes locals say -- Ever since 9/11,
locals in Central Asia and the Middle East have spread tall tales about
American super-technology: soldiers with x-ray glasses, satellites that
can see into homes, tanks with magnetic, grenade-repelling armor. But
small radio frequency or GPS emitters have been commercially available
for years. A veteran spy tells Danger Room that the use of these
Taliban-tracking devices entirely plausible.
Increased storm off US coastline have forecasters concerned -- These
Popup Storms Could Mean More Severe Weather for U.S. During Hurricane
Newly discovered reaction from an old drug may lead to new antibiotics
(selenium & gold) -- A mineral found at health food stores could be the
key to developing a new line of antibiotics for bacteria that commonly
cause diarrhea, tooth decay and, in some severe cases, death.
Uranium mining near the Grand Canyon? -- The Obama administration
has been quick to overturn several anti-environmental moves ushered in
during the 11th hour of George W. Bush's presidency, but halting uranium
exploration and mining near the Grand Canyon has not been one of them.
correspondence & safety -- Copy of Broadside from Boston,
Massachusetts, 1775 and Text of Broadside message.
Today in History June 1, 2009
1774 - The British government ordered the Port of Boston closed.
1789 - The first U.S. congressional act on administering oaths became
1792 - Kentucky became the 15th state of the U.S.
1796 - Tennessee became the 16th state of the U.S.
1861 - The first skirmish of the U.S. Civil War took place at the
Fairfax Court House, Virginia.
1869 - Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric voting machine.
1916 - The National Defense Act increased the strength of the U.S.
National Guard by 450,000 men.
1921 - A race riot erupted in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 85 people were killed.
1939 - The Douglas DC-4 made its first passenger flight from Chicago to
1961 - Radio listeners in New York, California, and Illinois were
introduced to FM multiplex stereo broadcasting. A year later the FCC
made this a standard.
1963 - Governor George Wallace vowed to defy an injunction that ordered
the integration of the University of Alabama.
1978 - The U.S. reported the finding of wiretaps in the American embassy
1980 - Cable News Network (CNN) made its debut as the first all-news
Check out the correlation between dollar and gold-----coincidence?
-- Gold is starting to take off. The U.S. dollar is breaking down. These
and other markets like global stocks and bonds are signaling that the
worst of the financial crisis is behind us.Remember, the markets lead
and they’ll start moving well ahead of the world economy.
Vet's Patriotic Stickers Under Fire -- Dallas, Texas: Frank Larison
is a disabled veteran with more than 14 years of service, including more
than a year of combat duty in Vietnam. The 58-year-old former Marine now
finds himself under attack by his Dallas homeowners association for
displaying seven decals on his vehicle supporting the Marine Corps. The
board says the decals are advertisements that violate HOA rules, and
must be covered or removed.
Pakistan to send satellite in space by 2011 -- Renowned scientist Dr
Samar Mubarik Mand has said that Pakistan would send satellite in space
Texas Senate approve freeway spy cameras -- The Texas state Senate
voted Monday to give federal, state and local authorities the ability to
track and identify every passing vehicle on state highways. The
provision calling for "automatic license plate identification cameras"
was slipped into the Senate version of the must-pass Texas Department of
Transportation (TxDOT) reauthorization bill.
FDA Weighs the Risks of Rituxan -- Drug for Treating Lymphoma Is
Linked to Cases of Fatal Brain Disease.
Archdiocese of Miami considers closing 14 churches -- South Florida
Catholics may learn struggling churches' fates Sunday, when pastors are
expected to announce that 14 struggling congregations in the Archdiocese
of Miami are on the cutting block and may have to merge with others.
fighter arrested -- On November 5, 2008 Jim the host of
Freedom Fighter Radio was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct
by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Dept. in Georgia The crime the display
of the flag Union Down (upside down). His arrest was by 6 police
vehicles and 12 officers. and resulted in his detention for close to 10
hours. There was a trial but the charges were dropped and the case is
now closed. Listen to the arrest clip this incident proving that the
arrest and dis-orderly charge was because of a Union Down flag The
officer in the recording is Captain Bill Probus of Columbia County Ga.
End of National Currency -- Capital flows have become
globalization's Achilles' heel. Over the past 25 years, devastating
currency crises have hit countries across Latin America and Asia, as
well as countries just beyond the borders of western Europe -- most
notably Russia and Turkey. Even such an impeccably credentialed
pro-globalization economist as U.S. Federal Reserve Governor Frederic
Mishkin has acknowledged that "opening up the financial system to
foreign capital flows has led to some disastrous financial crises
causing great pain, suffering, and even violence."
Freak heat expected for much of US this summer -- Vacationers should
expect unusually warm weather for much of the USA this summer, according
to federal forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center, which released
its summer 2009 forecast last Thursday, the same day they made their
2009 Atlantic hurricane season forecast.
Unemployment probably went past 9% in May -- Unemployment in the
U.S. probably surpassed 9 percent in May for the first time in more than
25 years, underscoring forecasts that the economy will be slow to pull
out of the worst recession in half a century, economists said before a
report this week.
Lawsuit filed against St. Petersburg, Florida due to police, officials
targeting homeless -- About 30 percent of new residents are
''economic homeless,'' people who recently have lost jobs and homes and
have nowhere else to go. The lawsuit claims St. Petersburg officers and
officials are using the city's laws on trespass, outdoor storage,
sleeping in public and public urination and defecation to deprive the
homeless of their rights. Read More...
Stomach acid drugs can cause pneumonia -- Whether you've been
diagnosed with a peptic ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or
just have some annoying heartburn from time to time, the odds are your
doctor or pharmacist has pushed you towards drugs like Prevacid,
Prilosec and Nexium. All are a variety of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs),
the most potent inhibitors of stomach acid secretion currently on the
market as both prescription and non-presciption drugs. But evidence is
mounting that these medications can lead to some troublesome and even
serious side effects. In fact, a new study just published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes that by disrupting
the body's natural balance, PPIs may cause deadly pneumonia.
Tamoxifen,anti depressant mix may cause cancer -- Breast-cancer
survivors risk having their disease come back if they use certain
antidepressants while also taking the cancer-prevention drug tamoxifen,
worrisome new research shows.
Wyeth's menopuase drugs may increase risk of lung cancer -- Wyeth’s
hormone replacement therapy, a menopause treatment whose use has
declined after being linked to heart attack, stroke and breast cancer,
increases the risk of death from lung tumors, a study found.
Man arrested for mowing park grass -- Good Samaritan pleads not
guilty to charges stemming from mowing city park. Hamilton was arrested
8:30 a.m. Thursday as he mowed the foot-high grass at the park. Police
arrested him after he continued to mow when they asked him to stop.
US state mows with goats to go gently on environment -- Officials in
the eastern US state of Maryland have come up with an innovative,
cost-saving way to protect the environment: they use goats to mow the
Flu vaccines in corn coming? -- Iowa State University researchers
are putting flu vaccines into the genetic makeup of corn, which may
someday allow pigs and humans to get a flu vaccination simply by eating
corn or corn products.
Bush calls Bill Clinton "brother" -- Former President George W. Bush
has defended former President Bill Clinton and called him his "brother"
in their first ever appearance together on stage.
Federal debt obligation: $546,668 per household -- Taxpayers are on
the hook for an extra $55,000 a household to cover rising federal
commitments made just in the past year for retirement benefits, the
national debt and other government promises, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
Boston police to be equipped with M16s -- The Boston Police
Department is preparing a plan to arm as many as 200 patrol officers
with semiautomatic assault rifles, a significant boost in firepower that
department leaders believe is necessary to counter terrorist threats,
according to law enforcement officials briefed on the plan.
Army looks at abnormal perspiration as sign of harmful intent -- If
you walk weird, make funny faces, or sweat a little too much — watch
out, when you walk into an airport. The U.S. military wants to use those
irregularities as “indicators” of “possibly suspicious and harmful
Silver-long term -- "My purpose this week is to point out what many
others have addressed and it might be referred to as peak silver. Now
before we get too far into this subject, please note this topic
previously has been addressed by me and several other writers in this
Gold futures close in on $1000 mark -- Gold prices may breach $1,000
an ounce this coming week if the dollar continues sliding and the metal
can surmount any technical chart-based resistance and profit-taking.
Beating victim 'I thought I was going to die' -- Two young men who
had never been in trouble with the law say they were beaten and Tasered
as many as 24 times by York cops after innocently ending up in the wrong
place at the wrong time.
Support your local Domestic Warrior "heroes" or get kicked in the head
-- Police are “society’s sheepdogs, [who] willingly and selflessly
protect your flock — with your lives if necessary,” trumpeted retired
SWAT officer Robert O’Brien in a recent column for Police magazine. “You
are our nation’s domestic warriors and heroes.”
Remarks by National Security Adviser Jones at 45th Munich Conference on
Security Policy -- U.S. National Security Adviser Jones gave these
remarks at the 45th Munich Conference on Security Policy at the Hotel
Bayerischer Hof on February 8, 2009. "Thank you for that wonderful
tribute to Henry Kissinger yesterday. Congratulations. As the most
recent National Security Advisor of the United States, I take my daily
orders from Dr. Kissinger, filtered down through Generaal Brent
Scowcroft and Sandy Berger, who is also here. We have a chain of command
in the National Security Council that exists today.
9298 bogus speed camera tickets issued refunds in Netherlands --
Public Prosecutors Office in The Netherlands on Monday announced that it
had ordered the refund of 9298 speed camera tickets because the agency
was unable to guarantee the accuracy of the automated speed readings.
Recipients of citations issued between April 23 and May 9 on the A12 in
Arnhem will receive a letter from the Central Fine Collection Agency (CJIB)
dismissing the notice of violation and providing a check repaying any
Brother asks: 'Do you have a flush toilet?' -- The federal
government is forcing 3 million Americans to disclose sensitive,
personal information about finances, health and lifestyle in a 14-page
survey – including questions about availability of household flush
toilets and difficulty with undressing and bathing.
The unseen photographs that throw new light on the 1st World War --
A treasure trove of First World War photographs was discovered recently
in France. Published here for the first time, they show British soldiers
on their way to the Somme. But who took them? And who were these Tommies
marching off to die?
Elderberry trumps tamiflu for flu remedy -- According to the New
York Times, February 5, 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) has
even admitted that Tamiflu is not as effective as previously believed.
But there is an alternative for several flu viruses, both type A and
type B. It's a natural remedy that has no side effects and is
inexpensive. It has been around for quite some time as a cold cure. But
lately it has proven effective against virulent flus. It is Black
The coming persecution of Christians in the coming one world government