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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 Church.
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 Cheney's chest.
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.

Jury 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.

U.S. 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.

US 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 Shi-Tzu.

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.

Attorneys 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, attorneys say.

See how government "fixed" hazards of infectious waste -- Public exposed as contagious medical trash routinely trucked across America's highways.

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.

Court 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.

Madoff 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.

The 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 the tech.

2 Texas 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 Monday.

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 More...

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 highways.

YouTube: "Emergency Containment Area"... Possible Martial Law Indicator?

Pay 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, Britain.

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 to America.
1776 - The Virginia constitution was adopted and Patrick Henry was made governor.
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 priest.
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 international law.
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 only candidate.

PREP 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.

Latest on 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 internment camps.

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 Saturday.

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 diseases.

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.

9,271 or 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.

Dr Ann 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 killers.

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

Albuquerque NM to make engine revving a crime -- Up to $500 fines await drivers and motorcyclists who blip the throttle in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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 internment camps.

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 influenza pandemic.

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. Nazaire.
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 Internet.
2000 - The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome.

Journalist 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.

YouTube: 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 costs.

Flu cases strain health care system in Rochester NY -- Area residents experiencing mild flu-like symptoms are being advised to stay home.

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 each meal.

HR 45 - 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., population 1,700.

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 forces.

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.

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a'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 high-tech barbarism.

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 virus.

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 terrorist threats.

State shutdowns loom as deadlines near -- One week and counting. An unprecedented number of states have only days left to pass their fiscal 2010 budgets.

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 was constitutional.
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 spending legislation.
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 pressed.

Congress 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.

Chinese 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, 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 be working.

Ron 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 collapse."

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)

How 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.

Journalist 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...

Sen. Lautenberg wants guns sales blocked to anyone on terror watch list -- Alert: Bill Blocking One Million From Gun Sales Announced Today In Senate.

At 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 Nerds.

The 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.

Dole & 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 rubber.
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.

Sign 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.

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 stated.

Globalist 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 magnified.

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 policy.

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.

Congress 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 proposed.

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."

Weed 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.

MSG 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 the answer.

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 terrorism.

Today in History June 23, 2009
1683 - William Penn signed a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.
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 Oklahoma Territory.
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 Philadelphia, PA.
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 investigation.

Judge 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.

Evidence 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 elections.

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 capital city.

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...

What's on my food? -- What’s On My Food? is a searchable database designed to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more understandable.

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.

EPA 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 organizations.

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.

Feds 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 declares.

Winter refuses to go away in Northern Canada, migratory birds can't breed -- Winter grips 90 per cent of north, migratory birds can't breed.

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 Ambassadors.

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. Read More...

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.

China: Hundreds 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 osteopathy.
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 free-speech rights.

Iran's 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.

Confidential 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.

After 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 injury.

Nestlé 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 product.
Related Article: 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.

Iran 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 social networks.

Who 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

Report: 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.

Medical 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.

Ritalin 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.

NAIS 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 interviews.

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.

Hand 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 Protection Office.

"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.

The 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 overall numbers.

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.

North 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 federal government."

Hyperinflation 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 two sticks.
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 established.
1912 - The U.S. government established the 8-hour work day.
1934 - The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration was established.
1934 - The U.S. Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The commission was to regulate radio and TV broadcasting (later).
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 God.
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 Judicial Conduct.

U.N. 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.

Inventory 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)

Russia 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.

FDA 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.

Baxter 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 as July.

Charges 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."

WHO 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...

What 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...

Officials: 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 drinking water.

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 health concerns.

ACLU, 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.

BRIC 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.

Ridiculous 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 wallet.

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.

NASA 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 this?)

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 Electromagnetic Radiation.

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 Massachusetts.
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. President.
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.

Eddie Bauer 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 chemicals.

House 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 Skinner.

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.

VA 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.

S845 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 co-sponsors.

Texas 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.

Texas 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 future Legislature."

HR 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.

36 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: Tri-Air Developments.

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.

Thousands 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.
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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 Philadelphia.
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 Horse.
1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
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 Breger.
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.

Credit Card 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 amount owed.

FDA: 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 Tuesday.

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.

ABC 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 House.

Media smearing of truth movement reaching a crescendo -- Despite recent breakthroughs, media continues to paint 9/11 truthers, others as dangerous terrorists.

House 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 California.

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. Read More...

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.

Every 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)

Detroit: 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.

Polio 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 too.

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 11-and-a-half months.

Smart 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.

A stunning 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 Bolívar.

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 shot.
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 home.
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 mortgage debt.

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.

Are you 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 Washington's power.

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 blood transfusion.
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 strengthens rubber.
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 Hawaii.
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.

Toxic burn 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 and leukemia.

FBI 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,"

IRS 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 More....

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.

Sexual 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.

New 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.

New "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.

New 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.

H1N1 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.

Flu 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 needs it?

YouTube: Tapping your cell phone -- This is a frightening video...a must watch!

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 old boy.
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. Prohibition laws.
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 words.
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 English Channel.
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.

Ron 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.

Mexico 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.

Global influenza pandemic declared -- The world is now in the early days of a global pandemic of novel H1N1 influenza, the World Health Organization announced today.

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 people.

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 Association.

California 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.

Canada 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.

Lilly 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 wellbeing.

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, 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 metres.

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 explorer.
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 Cross.
1947 - The U.S. government announced an end sugar rationing.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.
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.

Gold 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.

Terror 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 orange?"

Glenn 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.
Related Article: 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 spread.
Related Article: 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 plan.

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 public zoo.
1854 - The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, held its first graduation.
1898 - U.S. Marines landed in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
1902 - The "outlook" or "see-through" envelope was patented by Americus F. Callahan.
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. Robert Smith.
1943 - Laszlo Biro patented his ballpoint pen. Biro was a Hungarian journalist.
1948 - Chuck Yeager exceeded the speed of sound in the Bell XS-1.
1954 - General Motors announced the gas turbine bus had been produced successfully.
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.

North 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.

Air 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.

Latest 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 interference.

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 food supply.

Brazil extreme weather..48 dead, 400,000 homeless -- Weather ravages Brazil.

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.

Federal subpoena 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 no."

Today in History June 9, 2009
1534 - Jacques Cartier became the first to sail into the river he named Saint Lawrence.
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. Congress.
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...

Recycled 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 Alzheimer's Disease.

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.

Loss 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 suspects.

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 biofuels farming”.
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 Industrial Revolution.

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 until 1790.
1786 - In New York City, commercial ice cream was manufactured for the first time.
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 Hamilton.
1861 - Tennessee voted to secede from the Union and joined the Confederacy.
1869 - Ives W. McGaffey received a U.S. patent for the suction vacuum cleaner.
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 Washington, DC.
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.

N. Korea 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 States.

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 populations.

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 problems.

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 Liberty Dollars.

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 unconstitutional.

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 armed forces.
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 gold standard.
1946 - The first medical sponges were first offered for sale in Detroit, MI.
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 seven weeks.

Missile 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...

Sarkosy's 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.

Internet 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 fight recession.

Chicken 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.

1 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.

Google widens it's gaze in street view -- Hide the children and lock the doors. Google Street View is on the loose.

Tapping 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 statement said.

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."

Seattle 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 them?

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 outbreak.

Company 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 Territory.
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 Pollard.
1939 - The first shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman in Oklahoma City, OK. It was actually a folding chair that had been mounted on wheels.
1947 - The House of Representatives approved the Taft-Hartley Act. The legislation allowed the President of the United States to intervene in labor disputes.
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 schools.
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.

BARACK 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.

House 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.

British 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.

Chicago 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.

Special 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.

Inside 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.

GAO-FDA's tracking system isn't secure -- FDA needs to improve a new risk analysis program to ensure privacy, GAO finds.

A 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.

Obama 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 pilot programs)

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 Week festivities.

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 say.

Canadian 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 name.

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 Springs, CO.
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 Square.

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.

US 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.

33 OF THE HEALTHIEST FOODS ON EARTH -- Read the Healthiest Foods on Earth.

Katrina 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.

Bomb 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 People's Republic.

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.

GM 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.

USS 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 legislative process."

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.

Computer 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 More...

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 More...

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 it.

Former MI6 chief says Big Brother has gone too far -- Warning: Sir Richard Dearlove is concerned about the loss of liberties in 'Big Brother' Britain.

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.

Florida 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 nothing!

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 alcohol.
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. Congress.
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 since 1975.

GM files 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 experts.

Cash 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.

Bloomberg: 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.

When 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."

Air 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.

Boston 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 & 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.

AstraZeneca 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 a lawsuit.

Irradiated 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.

Cheney-execute 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.

Elaine 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 arrest affidavit.

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.

The 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 Season.

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.

Committees of 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 law.
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 New York.
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 in Moscow.
1980 - Cable News Network (CNN) made its debut as the first all-news station.

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 by 2011.

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.

Freedom 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.

The 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 grass.

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 intent.”

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 space."

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 -- The National 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 amounts collected.

Big 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 Elderberry extract.

The coming persecution of Christians in the coming one world government



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