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MARCH 2008

Trucker Forum -- Many posts about the upcoming truckers strike.

Red Wine Antioxidant Kills Pancreatic Cancer Cells -- Rochester researchers showed for the first time that a natural antioxidant found in grape skins and red wine can help destroy pancreatic cancer cells by reaching to the cell's core energy source, or mitochondria, and crippling its function. The study is published in the March edition of the journal, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology.

Mega-quake risk to rise in April -- The chances of a massive earthquake striking B.C.'s south coast will be somewhat higher than normal in April. Seismologists project the region will soon enter another period of what they call "episodic tremor and slip" (ETS) activity.

Embattled HUD chief reportedly set to resign -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson, buffeted by allegations of cronyism and favoritism, is expected to announce his resignation Monday, sources close to the matter told the Wall Street Journal.

Ex-drug salesman: We lured docs with gifts -- “We were the beautiful people,” Shahram Ahari, a former Eli Lilly “drug detailer,” told a group of Boston University medical students last week. The group contends that aggressive marketing to physicians by pharmaceutical companies creates conflicts of interest in the medical profession and raises questions about the appropriateness of treatment choices. Ahari, who spent two years promoting drugs such as Prozac and Zyprexa, is telling the medical students what to watch out for when the sales reps come calling.

Two popular cholesterol drugs, Vytorin & Zetia, may not work -- Full results of a failed trial on Vytorin, a medicine taken by millions of people to lower cholesterol, left doctors stunned that the drug did not improve heart disease even though it worked as intended to lower three key risk factors.
Related Article: Vytorin, Zetia should be drugs of last resort, panel urges

The New Healthcare System by Christopher S. Bentley -- September 5, 2005 article - "Applied Digital wants millions of Americans to be implanted with an RFID chip for medical purposes, and the Frist-Clinton bill (S. 1262) would pave the way."

UN rejects water as basic human right -- The Harper government can declare victory after a United Nations meeting rejected calls for water to be recognized as a basic human right.

Remains of long-missing soldier Sgt. Keith 'Matt' Maupin finally ID'd -- The father of a soldier listed as missing-captured in Iraq since 2004 said Sunday that the military had informed him that his son's remains had been found.

Police denounce area Web site that rates officers' performance -- Less than a month old, has gotten 100,000 hits a day, with users leaving comments - good and bad - about their interactions with cops, founder Gino Sesto said. Police organizations across the country have denounced the site, arguing that it endangers officers' safety and is ripe for misuse.

Chinese exporters shun flagging dollar -- Rising numbers of Chinese exporters are shunning the US dollar or devising ways to offset the impact of the falling currency as they confront rising labour and raw material costs at home.

Merkel, German chancellor, yesterday became the first world leader to decide not to attend the Olympics in Beijing -- The disclosure that Germany is to stay away from the games' opening ceremonies in August could encourage President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to join in a gesture of defiance and complicate Gordon Brown's determination to attend the Olympics.

Those who control oil and water will control the world -- At present, a race for the world's resources is underway that resembles the Great Game that was played in the decades leading up to the First World War. Now, as then, the most coveted prize is oil and the risk is that as the contest heats up it will not always be peaceful. But this is no simple rerun of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, there are powerful new players and it is not only oil that is at stake.

School lunch crunch -- The cost of school meals is set for a meaty hike next fall, turning up the heat on already cash-strapped education chiefs and struggling moms and dads.

Living Clay: The Pathway to Elimination of Toxins -- Clay's amazing abilities to adsorb and absorb make it one of the most powerful methods of cleansing the body by detoxing.

UK News from Mike Tawse:
* Legal threat over detentions bill -- Plans to extend the limit on detaining terror suspects without charge to 42 days could face an Equality and Human Rights Commission court challenge.
* New bank code comes into effect -- The new voluntary code states that banks must contact customers they think may be heading toward debt problems. Banks must do more to help customers in financial difficulties, under the new Banking Code which has come into force.
* Personal NHS budgets considered -- Patients with chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis and diabetes could get control of their own NHS budgets to buy treatment, the government has said.
* Drug 'could aid cystic fibrosis' -- Widely-used antidepressants could prevent infections which shorten the lives of many cystic fibrosis patients.
* Hospital deep clean target missed -- "MRSA is carried by people and as soon as you deep clean a hospital, if you let people back into it again, you're going to have the same MRSA problem."
* Pesticide/Parkinson's link strong -- There is strong evidence that exposure to pesticides significantly increases the risk of Parkinson's disease, experts believe.

Developer Larry Silverstein Sues to Win $12.3 Billion in 9/11 Attack -- He is seeking 12.3 Billion in damages from airlines and airport security companies for the 9/11 attack.

FDA Harasses Dairy Company Employees -- Special FDA agents and investigators from the US Food and Drug Administration aggressively interrogated two young female employees of Organic Pastures Dairy Company, the nation's largest raw milk producer, with questions focusing on the dairy's interstate sales of raw colostrum and raw milk for pet food. The surprise interrogations took place after work in their private homes on the evening of March 19, just hours after Judge Tobias of the Hollister Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order against the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

FDA investigating possible link between Singulair allergy drug and suicide -- FDA said it is reviewing a handful of reports involving mood changes, suicidal behavior and suicide in patients who have taken the popular allergy and asthma drug. A must read for anyone taking Singulair or knows someone who is!

There's plenty of buzz over this kegger, and none of it is from beer -- Well publicized keg party crashed by local police - however it was a root beer keg party! Dustin Zebro insists he didn't throw a root beer keg party to embarrass the police. Every kid blew 0.0.

Doctors demolish myths on medical marijuana -- In a just-released position paper, backed up with 10 pages of scientific documentation and references, ACP says the federal government is wrong to classify marijuana as unsuitable for medical use and urges an immediate review of its status, "given the scientific evidence regarding marijuana's safety and efficacy in some clinical situations." ACP specifically calls for "protection from criminal or civil penalties for patients who use medical marijuana as permitted under state laws," such as the one Michigan will soon vote on.

Have You Seen Those Misleading Lipitor Ads? -- Maybe lowering cholesterol isn't the be-all and end-all of a heart healthy lifestyle. Remember, fully half of people with heart attacks have normal cholesterol. And half of the people with "elevated" cholesterol have perfectly fine tickers.

YouTube: Operation Paperclip / MKULTRA / CIA Mind Control -- The Most Dangerous Game traces the history of top-secret CIA mind control operation MK-ULTRA: from the covert importation of NAZI scientists at the end of WWII, to the illegal brainwashing experiments conducted on the patients of world famous psychiatric researcher, Dr. Ewen Cameron - cut to the pulsing hypnotica of Mitchell Akiyama.

Judge: Learn English or Go To Prison -- A judge known for creative sentencing has ordered three Spanish-speaking men to learn English or go to jail. The men, who faced prison for criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, can remain on parole if they learn to read and write English, earn their GEDs and get full-time jobs, Luzerne County Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. said.

Trucker Strike Links:
Middle Georgia Truckers Strike - Do You Have What You Need? -- Over 85% of all manufactured freight in Georgia is moved by trucks. Everything from wood to toothpaste travels from manufacturers to your local stores thanks to the owners and operators of trucking companies like Greg Hobert, owner of Hobert Trucking. All of that may change, however, since Greg and his fellow owner/operators are now on strike.
Truck Shutdown? - SPECIAL REPORT: Shutdown talk heats up; OOIDA flooded with calls -- From the Atlantic to the Pacific the price of diesel is topping $4 a gallon, and truckers across the country are running not only out of money, but also out of patience. Calls and e-mails to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association have been increasing as mainstream media outlets have picked up and reported numerous rumors about possible strikes and temporary shutdowns.
Cattle hauler calling for April 1 shutdown -- There are a lot of different dates bouncing around for a shutdown by truckers to protest fuel prices. But most of the mainstream media is going with April 1 – the date that a Carrollton, MO, cattle hauler is publicizing.
Google Trucker Strike Links
Trucker Strike Links -- List of links concerning the truckers strike from Julie in Maine. Thanks Julie!

VIDEO: Cops Beat Peaceful Tibetan Protesters IN AMERICA -- Disgusting video footage of New York cops clubbing and arresting peaceful Tibetan protesters who were merely walking down the street has gone relatively ignored beyond Youtube.

Exercise tests communication in event of domestic crisis -- This week at Fort Monroe, 150 participants from 32 federal, state and local agencies are practicing for the next big domestic crisis. The DICE, short for Department of Defense Interoperability Communications Exercise, is designed to test new software and other communications systems in a realistic tactical setting. Basically, it will see if first responders and various layers of government can talk to each other in a time crunch.

ARKANSAS WHEAT - Flooding Drowns Fields, Futures -- LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Empty grain elevators surrounded by a swollen White River await a harvest that may never come as floodwaters drown wheat already planted this spring.

Brain-damaged woman at center of Wal-Mart suit -- After suffering brain damage due to vehicle accident, Wal-Mart wants to recoup funds after the family wins a major lawsuit against the trucking company involved in the crash. After legal fees were paid, $417,000 was placed in a trust to pay for victims long-term care. Wal-Mart had paid out about $470,000 for victims medical expenses and later sued for the same amount. However, the court ruled it can only recoup what is left in the family's trust...which is $417,000.

Blackwater…peacekeeping mercenaries? -- Blackwater, the notorious US security firm whose trigger-happy mercenaries were involved in civilian killings in Iraq and elsewhere, is expanding its lucrative business pitch into UN peacekeeping missions, hiding behind a mystique, off-shore affiliate called Greystone who has been quietly seeking to win peacekeeping and security work from aid organizations and foreign governments.

TSA Tells Woman To Remove Nipple Rings -- A woman was forced by the Transportation Security Administration to remove her nipple rings before she was allowed to board a flight, an attorney said on Thursday. "The woman was given a pair of pliers in order to remove the rings in her nipples," said Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred. "The rings had been in her nipples for many

Doctor who began MMR scare stands by research -- The doctor who linked MMR vaccine with autism, triggering a collapse in vaccination rates, has defended his research, saying he adhered at all times to official ethical guidelines.

South Korea pension fund says to shun US Treasuries -- South Korea's National Pension Service (NPS), the world's fifth-biggest pension fund, said on Thursday it was shying away from U.S. Treasuries because of falling yields and the weakening dollar.

VIDEO: The housing crisis hits home -- Homeless camps are starting to fill up with employed people. They couldn't keep up with the their mortgage payments so they lost their homes. This story is repeating all over America.

Passport Case Raises Outsourcing Concern -- Struggling with a deluge in passport applications, the State Department did what much of the government does to deal with a manpower crunch: It hired more private contractors---outsourcing!

Space shuttle Endeavour lands safely in Florida -- The space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven returned to Earth on Wednesday, making a rare nighttime touchdown to wrap up "a two-week adventure" at the international space station.

NASA science chief resigns post suddenly -- NASA's science chief resigned on Wednesday after just a year in the post, with the U.S. space agency giving no reason for his sudden departure.

Prepare for the Worst, Because Solar Storms Are About to Get Ugly -- Every 11 years or so, the sun gets a little pissy. It breaks out in a rash of planet-sized sunspots that spew superhot gas, hurling clouds of electrons, protons, and heavier ions toward Earth at nearly the speed of light. These solar windstorms have been known to knock out power grids and TV broadcasts, and our growing reliance on space-based technology makes us more vulnerable than ever to their effects. On January 3, scientists discovered a reverse-polarity sunspot, signaling the start of a new cycle — and some are predicting that at its peak (in about four years) things are gonna get nasty. See a forecast for 2012 at the link.

AP: FEMA preps for 'Nuclear attacks, invasions and suicide bombings in the United States' in abandoned town -- A once-abandoned town in the middle of the New Mexico desert now is victim to "more bombings than Jerusalem ... more terrorist attacks that Baghdad," the Associated Press reports.

300 flights canceled for inspections -- American Airlines canceled about 300 flights yesterday so its crews could inspect some wire bundles aboard its MD-80 aircraft. Delta Air Lines also said it was voluntarily reinspecting wiring on 133 MD-88 and MD-90 airplanes.

Eli Lilly pays $15 million to settle state of Alaska's lawsuit over drug Zyprexa -- The state sued for hundreds of millions of dollars to cover costs to Medicaid for treating what it says are Zyprexa-related health problems, including weight gain, high blood sugar and diabetes.

Radio Interview with Monsanto's Nemesis, Canadian Farm Activist Percy Schmeiser -- An exclusive interview with Percy Schmeiser only moments after his March 19 scheduled court date with Monsanto. Kossick was the only media at the courthouse.

FOOD WAR: Grain Prices Soar Globally Leading To Food Riots -- “The farmers are afraid as their fields have been robbed in the nighttime,” says Sarayouth Phumithon, an official at the Thai government’s Bureau of Rice Strategy and Supply. “This is just the beginning. The problem will get worse if the price keeps increasing.”

Gas prices affecting farmers too -- Lawton, Oklahoma - Some local farmers worry that they won't be able to earn money for food, much less profit. All farm expenses are high - the cost of diesel, fertilizer, equipment, and even feed for animals have increased - and, farmers don't know what else they can do.

Military tells Bush of troop strains -- Behind the Pentagon's closed doors, U.S. military leaders told President Bush they are worried about the Iraq war's mounting strain on troops and their families. But they indicated they'd go along with a brief halt in pulling out troops this summer.

US: Saddam paid for lawmakers' Iraq trip -- Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

U.S. may withhold retailer names in recalls -- Under pressure from the food industry, the Agriculture Department is considering a proposal not to identify retailers where tainted meat went for sale except in cases of serious health risk, The Associated Press has learned. Had that been the rule in place last month, consumers would not have been told if their supermarkets sold meat from a Southern California slaughterhouse that triggered the biggest beef recall in U.S. history.

AK-47s are turning up more in US -- Since 1993, the year before the ban took affect, ATF has recorded a more than sevenfold increase in 7.62x39mm guns — which includes the original Russian-made AK-47 and a variety of copycats from around the world. The number of AK-type guns rose from 1,140 in 1993 to 8,547 last year.

Tibet monks disrupt tour by journalists -- A group of monks shouting there was no religious freedom disrupted a carefully orchestrated visit by foreign reporters to Tibet's capital Thursday, an embarrassment for China as it tried to show Lhasa was calm after recent deadly anti-government riots. "Tibet is not free! Tibet is not free!" yelled one young Buddhist monk, who started to cry.

Companies use scans to track employees -- Employees at a growing number of businesses around the nation are starting and ending their days by pressing a hand or finger to a scanner that logs the precise time of their arrival and departure — information that is automatically reflected in payroll records.

Taliban Warns of Spring Offensive -- A car bomb exploded Wednesday in a farmers' market in southern Afghanistan, killing eight civilians, as the Taliban
warned it will use new techniques and draw on years of fighting experience to increase attacks this spring.

Spy-in-the-sky drone sets sights on Miami -- Miami police could soon be the first in the United States to use cutting-edge, spy-in-the-sky technology to beef up their fight against crime. "Our intentions are to use it only in tactical situations as an extra set of eyes," said a police department spokesman.

Report: Costs Eat Up Afghan Aid Money -- Too much money meant for Afghanistan aid is wasted, with a vast amount spent on foreign workers' high salaries, security and living arrangements, according to a report from humanitarian groups published March 25.

Agent Orange: A Chapter from History That Just Won’t End -- The origins of Agent Orange lie in an obscure laboratory at the University of Chicago where, during World War II, the chairman of the school’s biology department, E. J. Kraus, discovered that direct doses of 2,4-D can kill certain broadleaf vegetation by causing the plants to experience sudden, uncontrolled growth not unlike that of cancer cells in the human body. Kraus, thinking his findings might be of use to the Army, informed the War Department, which initiated testing of its own but found no use for the stew of hormones prior to the end of the war. But experiments with 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T continued through the 1950s.

Is your grocery bill going up? You're not alone -- From rice in Peru to miso in Japan, food prices are rising all over the world!

YouTube: O-h-h-h Hil-la-reeeeeee! -- A little humor...Check it out.

FDIC Plans Staff Boost for Bank Failures -- Federal bank regulators plan to increase staffing 60 percent in coming months to handle an anticipated surge in troubled financial institutions.

CANADIAN ARMY MAY ASSIST LOCAL MAINE AUTHORITIES DURING CIVIL EMERGENCIES by David Deschesne of the FORT FAIRFIELD JOURNAL -- An exclusive interview with the Fort Fairfield Journal, Major General Bill Libby, Adjutant General, Maine National Guard discusses his thoughts on the recent Civil Assistance Plan where the Canadian Army has agreed to assist Civil Authorities in the United States during an "emergency."

Pentagon report finds no evidence of Saddam attempt to assassinate Bush -- In President Bush's view, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was many things -- a developer of weapons of mass destruction, an ally of al Qaeda and "a guy that tried to kill my dad." Recent intelligence reports have already shot down those first two notions.

Audio to Ron Paul's Interview on Coast To Coast AM 03/25/2008 -- Ron Paul sits down with George Noory for about 35 minutes (after the commercial breaks were cut out) to discuss his campaign and the issues affecting America today. He also answers callers questions in the second segment.

VIDEO: Rick Stanley goes to the US Supreme Court Friday -- Rick Stanley’s case is going before the United States Supreme Court on Friday. Click the hyperlink that links to a video just posted which explains Rick’s case in layman’s terms. I am pleased to do interviews to publicize this matter. Signed: John Klar, Rick Stanley’s attorney.

Jesse Ventura Confirms Consideration of Presidential Run in 08 -- "...I'm facing probably the most monumental decision of my 56 years on this planet. Will I run for president of the United States, as an independent, in 2008? Or will I stay as far away from the fray as possible, in a place with no electricity, on a remote beach in Mexico?

US Mistakenly Ships Missile Parts to Taiwan -- The Pentagon announced Tuesday it mistakenly shipped part of the triggering mechanism for four nuclear warheads to Taiwan a year-and-a-half ago, and only realized the mistake last week and recovered the material in recent days. BUT...The U.S. Air Force cannot say how the mistake happened!

Report: Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska -- NATO forces sent jets to escort two Russian long-range air force bombers patrolling neutral skies near Alaska on Wednesday, Russian news agencies quoted the defense ministry as saying.

Court Overturns Airline Passenger Rights Law -- A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a state law requiring airlines to give food, water, clean toilets and fresh air to passengers stuck in delayed planes, saying the measure was well-intentioned but stepped on federal authority.

Engineer society accused of cover-ups -- Critics now accuse the group of covering up engineering mistakes, downplaying the need to alter building standards, and using the investigations to protect engineers and government agencies from lawsuits. Similar accusations arose after both disasters, but the most recent allegations have pressured the organization to convene an independent panel to investigate.

Medical Prostitution: Doctors On the Take--Minnesota an example -- Minnesota is the first of a handful of states to pass a law requiring drug manufacturers to disclose payments to doctors. The information thus obtained is the focus of a front page report in The New York Times. The accompanying graphic provides a Birdseye view of the highest trafficking medical specialties who are debasing their profession--we call it, prostituting for drug business.

Mexico plans big splash with new Baja port
-- Mexico's government is preparing to open bidding on the largest infrastructure project in the nation's history, a $4-billion seaport that could transform this farming village into a cargo hub to rival the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Some doubt the $4-billion project will be built, but backers dream of dominating West Coast cargo traffic.

Government benefit programs in trouble -- Trustees for the government's two biggest benefit programs warned that Social Security and Medicare are facing "enormous challenges" with the threat to Medicare's solvency far more severe.

Chavez: Little chance FARC will free high-profile hostage -- There is little chance Colombia rebels will free one-time Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt after that country's March 1 attack on a rebel camp inside
Ecuador, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday.

High Schoolers Create Car That Gets 1,693 Miles-Per-Gallon -- Engineering students from high schools all over Indiana are preparing to enter their automotive creations into an annual mileage competition. The majority of
entries achieve fuel economy that most people only fantasize about, with many cars breaking the 1,000 miles-per-gallon (mpg) mark. That's right, 1,000-mpg.

Convoy To Washington... April 15th... Keep on Hauling...

Navy Fires Admiral for Lying -- The Navy fired a three-star admiral (Vice Adm. John Stufflebeem) after a Pentagon investigation concluded he'd lied during questioning about whether he had an inappropriate relationship while working at the White House in 1990, officials said March 24.

§ 1520a. Restrictions on use of human subjects for testing of chemical or biological agents -- TITLE 50 - CHAPTER 32 - § 1520a.

Hillary 'Misspoke' About Bosnia Trip -- Hillary Clinton's campaign said she "misspoke" last week when saying she had landed under sniper fire during a trip to Bosnia as first lady in March 1996. She later characterized the episode as a "misstatement" and a "minor blip."

US cargo ship opens fire in Suez canal, 1 dead -- An American cargo ship under contract to the U.S. Navy opened fire on a small Egyptian boat while moving through the Suez Canal, the Navy said today. Egyptian authorities said at least one man was killed.

UK News from Mike Tawse:
Anger problems 'left untreated' -- People who cannot control their anger have nowhere to turn leading to family breakdown, sickness and mental health problems, a charity has warned.
Wheeze 'link' to baby milk powder -- Prolonged exposure to baby milk powder increases the risk of breathing problems, including wheezing and breathlessness, a study has found.
Cod oil 'cuts arthritis drug use' -- A daily dose of cod liver oil can cut painkiller use in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, a study suggests.
Deadly TB strain sweeps Kyrgyz prisons -- A drug-resistant and virtually untreatable form of tuberculosis is spreading from prisons in Kyrgyzstan to the general population. The BBC's Geneva correspondent Imogen Foulkes travelled to Kyrgyzstan with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to see why.
Drug may help excessive growth syndrome -- Trials for a new drug are about to begin in a bid to help people with a genetic disorder that can cause unusually excessive height and a weak cardiovascular system. There is no cure for Marfan Syndrome - but the drug could help cut the number of deaths from heart failure.
Call to offer faith class choice -- Head teachers should allow imams, rabbis and priests to offer religious instruction to pupils in all state schools, teachers' leaders have said.
Teachers reject 'Army propaganda' -- Teachers have voted to oppose military recruitment activities in schools if they employ "misleading propaganda".

TB patient indicted as risk to public health -- A tuberculosis patient who was involuntarily quarantined for a year in the jail ward at a Phoenix hospital has been indicted on charges that he unlawfully exposed the public to a disease.

Dallas gets rid of red-light cameras -- Why? The cameras weren’t generating enough in fines. As motorists become aware of the red-light intersections, they become more cautious and run fewer lights.

US 'deploys nuclear sub to Persian Gulf' -- An American nuclear submarine has crossed the Suez Canal to join the US fleet stationed in the Persian Gulf, Egyptian sources say.

DOE reports national diesel average near $4 per gallon -- Across the country, the U.S. Energy Information Administration is reporting that the national average price for a gallon of diesel fuel is edging a little closer to the $4 mark at $3.989, an increase of 1.5 cents from this past week, and an increase of $1.313 from a year ago.

Pension funds used for retirement offers -- Detroit automakers are turning to their pension funds to pay for incentives to persuade people to retire, the Free Press has learned. Some workers, however, are balking at the arrangements, worried about their future retirements, even though the pension funds being used contain more money than they need to meet obligations.

Signs of Possible Deal on New ID Rules -- There are signs of a potential compromise to end the Bush administration's standoff with states resisting new standards for driver's licenses. For people who live in those holdout states, the dispute raises the specter of hassles at airports and federal buildings.

Video: Mexican Army Crossing U.S. Border -- Be on the look out for Mexican Military Units crossing the border.

Stolen laptops containing patient data probed -- Lawmakers are questioning why the government waited almost a month to warn 2,500 patients enrolled in a National Institutes of Health study that some of their medical records were in the memory of a stolen laptop computer.

Chertoff: ID must comply to fly -- Homeland security officials on Friday hinted at a possible face-saving deal to end their standoff with a handful of states over new driver's license rules — a dispute that, left unresolved, could cause big air travel headaches.

US And Allies To Microchip All Citizens To Prevent Bird Flu Pandemic By: Sorcha Faal -- Russian infectious disease specialists are reporting in the Kremlin today that the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to approve an ‘emergency measure’ mandating that all human beings on our planet have implanted within their bodies a newly invented microchip said to be able to prevent the deaths of over a billion people from the dreaded avian flu virus H5N1.

States urged to comply with ID rule -- Millions of residents of three states will soon face tougher and longer screening at airport checkpoints if their governors defy a federal law requiring new, more-secure driver's licenses. Maine, New Hampshire and South Carolina have until March 31 to say whether they plan to comply with the law, which they say is costly and will inconvenience residents by forcing them to get new licenses.

$24B spent on security in Canada since 9/11 -- Canada has spent an extra $24 billion beefing up security measures since the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. soil, CBC News estimates.

Ban on travelers with HIV into U.S. reviewed -- Public health officials and advocates are calling on the U.S. government to lift the long-standing travel ban for foreigners with HIV, calling it draconian and politically motivated.

10 reasons your taxes are going up -- Well, folks, the party's over. Campaign rhetoric won't hide America's excesses, denial, incompetence and arrogance much longer. No matter who's elected, taxes will increase to cover massive debts.

Radio talk show host Michael Corbin dies after being found in car after suffering a stroke -- Michael Corbin, journalist, talk radio host, and champion of liberty died on Tuesday after suffering a stroke on Sunday night. He was 52.

Ron Paul will be on Coast to Coast tonight - March 24 -- First Hour: Congressman Ron Paul will talk about limited constitutional gov't, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies, as well as discuss his 2008 presidential bid. Dr. Paul will also take questions.

Freedom Rally April 15, 2008 -- MASS RALLY IN DC. TO TAKE BACK AMERICA!! Washington, D.C. at 11 AM on the west lawn of the Capitol on April 15, 2008.

Transcript of Joyce & Dave Von Kleist's Interview with Rey Kapitka & Loma Wharton on March 18, 2008 -- Full trnascript of the progrma on March 18 with Rey Kapitka & Loma Wharton. Thanks to the McNeil for suppling us with this transcript!

Check out the orange and blue - Maroon Beret -- The maroon beret has been the international symbol of elite airborne forces since its selection for use by the airborne forces in World War II.

FDA Quietly Acknowledges Medical Benefits of Honey -- In an Associated Press story dated December 27th 2007, it was revealed that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had quietly approved a line of honey-based wound dressings during the fall of that year. Derma Sciences, Inc., a New Jersey manufacturer of medical wound and skin care supplies, was then able to market their MEDIHONEY product.

Raise Your Immunity Frequency With Essential Oils to Beat the Common Cold -- Essential oils have been proven to fight infection, improve the immune system and, because they contain hormone-like compounds, are very effective in initiating cellular/tissue regeneration. Why do they do this? Read More...

Will the Militarized Police State Shock You Into Submission? -- EMD safety bracelet, which is being billed as the "last line of defence." A company called Lamperd Firearm Training Systems(scroll down) is trying to commercialize this item as an "airline security product." Watch the video!!!
* Website for EMD System

Toss out Honduran cantaloupes, FDA warns -- People should throw away cantaloupes from a Honduran manufacturer believed to be linked to a salmonella outbreak. So far, 50 people have become sickened in 16 states and nine have become ill in Canada after eating the cantaloupes.

Pilot's gun discharges on US Airways flight -- A US Airways pilot’s gun accidentally discharged during a flight from Denver to Charlotte Saturday, according to a statement released by the airline.

Bank of America may face $6.5 billion loan loss says analyst -- Bank of America Corp, the largest U.S. retail bank, may set aside a record $6.5 billion in the first quarter to cover possible future loan losses, including in its mortgage and home equity portfolios, according to a banking analyst.

U.S. military reports 2,688 sex assault claims in 2007 -- The U.S. military recorded 2,688 cases of sexual assault involving its staff last year, 60 percent
of which were allegations of rape, a Department of Defense report said Friday.

Qualified borrowers face credit squeeze -- Lenders are rejecting more loan applicants with strong credit scores, the latest indication the nation's credit
crunch is deepening and further depressing the housing market and the economy.

Ron Paul backers tangle with state GOP over caucus reports -- Debbie Hopper, national field director for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas (and who is continuing his campaign for president), called Thursday to recount a contentious encounter that she had just had with Missouri Republican Party executive director Jared Craighead. As readers may be aware, Paul’s supporters came out in force. In sites where they were in the majority, the Paul contingents controlled the caucuses and elected their slates of delegates. Hopper reaffirmed her side’s belief that the Paul supporters snagged about a third of the state delegates.

Israel grounds some F-16 fighters over cancer fears -- The Israeli air force said on Friday it was suspending training flights using U.S.-made F-16I fighter jets after finding a suspected cancer-causing substance in the cockpit.

All-you-can-eat seats fill fans up — and out -- Dozens of arenas, stadiums and tracks have offered tickets that come with unlimited snacks. The seats have been a hit with fans, a moneymaker for the venues and a worry for obesity-conscious health officials.

UK news from Mike Tawse:
Olympic torch lit despite protest -- The torch is to be carried through 20 countries. It will pass over Mount Everest and into Tibet, before arriving in Beijing for the Games on 8 August.
Peer and Church clash on embryos -- A Labour peer has accused the leader of Scotland's Catholic Church of misleading the public over the government's embryo research proposals.
'Killer' marrow transplant hope -- Some leukemia patients who do not respond to conventional treatments may benefit from bone marrow transplants selected to target the cancer directly.
Untested drugs for terminally ill -- Cancer drugs which have not been tested on humans are to be given to terminally ill patients by the NHS.
Drug-resistant TB case confirmed -- Doctors in Glasgow are treating Scotland's first diagnosed case of the drug-resistant XDR tuberculosis strain.

Charlotte teen dies after shocked by Taser -- A Charlotte teenager has died after being shocked with a Taser during a confrontation with police at the grocery store where he worked.

U.S. military reports 2,688 sex assault claims in 2007 -- The U.S. military recorded 2,688 cases of sexual assault involving its staff last year, 60 percent of which were allegations of rape, a Department of Defense report said Friday.

Wounded Vet Again Tackles Basic Training -- Stockwell, 27, is one of more than a dozen disabled veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- seven of whom now are living and training full time at USOC training facilities -- hoping to qualify for the U.S. Paralympic squad.

Daylight Savings Time Savings Disputed by Richard Cooper -- As policymakers and citizens consider year-round Daylight Savings Time let us investigate, analyze and debate whether it is justified based on the evidence rather than aspirations.

Wal-Mart milk to have no artificial growth hormones -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Thursday that its private-label Great Value milk is now being sourced only from cows that have not been treated with artificial growth hormones, such as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST).

Mexican police chief requests US asylum -- The police chief of a Mexican border town racked by smuggling-related violence fled to the U.S. seeking asylum after his deputies abandoned him, federal officials said Friday.

Are Microwaves Killing The Insects, Frogs, And Birds? And Are We Next? -- What the heck is going on? And when are we going to do something about this? This is pretty serious stuff. If all the insects, amphibians, and birds are disappearing, how much longer will it be until we mammals start disappearing?

Google Video: Japanese MP Yukihisa Fujita Speaking at Oz 2008 911 Truth Conference -- Japanese MP Yukihisa Fujita of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet of Japan is the single most important person to step forward to ask hard questions about 9/11 and the "War on Terror" this year.

E-ZPass recompete announced - the world's biggest toll systems procurement is on -- from tollroads news about ezpass transponders & toll related issues...scroll down and check out the frequency...5.9 Gigahertzs for these new tags as compared to 915 megahertz tags...more exposure to radio frequencies.

Owner-operator organizes fuel protest Monday near Pittsburgh -- Owner-operator Don Waltenbaugh of Pennsylvania has organized a daylong event to demonstrate just how bad it’s getting out there for truckers struggling with high fuel prices.

Silver Shortage gets Worse, Price Drops Again! -- Three more major silver dealers are reported to be out of silver today: The U.S. Mint, Kitco, and Monex. This, on top of the major dealers yesterday, Amark, Perth Mint, CNI Numismatics, and APMEX, all reported sold out. Further, nearly all of Canada is reported to be out of silver, from Vancouver to Toronto.

YouTube: The Assassination of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer -- the US news media remained characteristically clueless about why Spitzer was taken out. It's simple. He had the goods on Bush adminstation colusion with predatory lenders and was preparing a case that would have tied the administration directly to wide spread fraud and criminality in the lending business.
Spitzer's article that prompted his political assassination -- By Eliot Spitzer: Predatory Lenders' Partner in Crime - How the Bush Administration Stopped the States From Stepping In to Help Consumers.

Cheney Impeachment Not Off the Table -- You would not know it for the news blackout, but New Yorkers of Rep. Jerrold Nadler's district held a Town Hall/Impeachment Forum last Sunday to encourage Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, to begin impeachment proceedings against Vice President Dick Cheney.

Now there's "rent a chick" -- Want to surprise your child with a chicken for Easter? Well now there is "Rent-A-Chick"! Families pick up the chicks during Holy Week, take them home to awe at, and return them two weeks later to the farm.

Grain Farmer Percy Schmeiser Claims Moral Victory in Seed Battle Against Monsanto -- Yesterday, Monsanto agreed to pay the Schmeisers $660 to settle a
small-claims court case they brought against the company for costs associated with removing the patented Roundup Ready canola from their field in 2005.

Heads Monsanto Wins, Tails We Lose; The Genetically Modified Food Gamble -- There have been few experiments as reckless, overhyped and with as little potential upside as the rapid rollout of genetically modified crops. Last month, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), a pro-biotech nonprofit, released a report highlighting the proliferation of genetically modified crops. According to ISAAA, biotech crop area grew 12 percent, or 12. 3 million hectares, to reach 114. 3 million hectares in 2007, the second highest area increase in the past five years.

Plans for Canada anti-terror unit found in garbage -- Canada will probe how blueprints for the new headquarters of an elite military counter-terrorism unit ended up in a pile of garbage, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said on Thursday.

Soldier electrocutions probed in Iraq -- A U.S. House committee chairman has begun an investigation into the electrocutions of at least 12 service members in Iraq, including that of a Pittsburgh soldier killed in January by a jolt of electricity while showering.

Vaccine failure is setback in AIDS fight -- The two-decade search for an AIDS vaccine is in crisis after two field tests of the most promising contender not only did not protect people from the virus but may actually have put them at increased risk of becoming infected.

Headed for Olympics? Beware of Big Brother -- If you're planning on attending this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing, expect your hotel room to be bugged and searched while you're not there. "All visitors should be aware that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy in public or private locations," the fact
sheet says.

Iraq: 5 Years Later - Where are they now? -- Tommy Franks. Jessica Lynch. Lynndie England. 'Chemical Ali.' Tony Blair. Hans Blix. As the war in Iraq began, these were names on front pages everywhere. Find out what has happened to them – and 10 other headliners associated with the conflict – since.

Salmonella outbreak in Colorado town linked to tap water -- State health officials warned residents of a southern Colorado town Alamosa Wednesday to stop drinking and cooking with tap water because they said it might be linked to a salmonella outbreak.

'Ontario residents only' at Tent City -- Officials begin thinning out the encampment, saying the city can provide space only for those who once lived there and can prove it.

Contaminant In Heparin Is Identified -- A modified form of a cheap and widely used dietary supplement sold to relieve joint pain was identified as the contaminant found in tainted and at times lethal heparin produced in China for American patients, Food and Drug Administration officials said yesterday.

New Interagency Group to Oversee Cyberattack Defense -- The Bush administration is planning to tap a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to head a new interagency group that will coordinate the government's efforts to protect its computer networks from organized cyberattacks.

Bush Fills Key Posts In Homeland Security -- President Bush yesterday tapped veteran prosecutor Kenneth L. Wainstein to serve as his White House homeland security adviser as he moved to name another key counterterrorism official and defuse criticism that he has left important positions unfilled.

Ron Paul Washington, D.C. Rally needs $4000 -- Granny Warriors have taken care of getting the location next to the Capitol Building, Speakers, Staging, Sound and the many other expenses. Ron and Carol Paul will be there too.

Comcast Cameras to Start Watching You? -- At the Digital Living Room conference, Gerard Kunkel, Comcast’s senior VP of user experience, told me the cable company is experimenting with different camera technologies built into devices so it can know who’s in your living room.

Ordinance Allows Workers On Private Property To Kill Africanized Bees -- Commissioners in Martin County have unanimously passed an ordinance allowing county employees to go onto private property without permission to kill Africanized bees and treat areas where mosquitoes are breeding.

YouTube - Narrated By George Carlin -- Ron Paul: Who Owns You (WARNING: BAD LANGUAGE)

VA Putting Mobile Pharmacies on the Road -- The first mobile pharmacy was unveiled on Sept. 11, 2007 in front of VA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. The unit was displayed recently at a meeting of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists in Las Vegas. A second mobile pharmacy is expected to be delivered in March 2008.

Dozens Arrested As War Protests Move Through DC -- Anti-war protesters paraded in the streets of downtown D.C., causing traffic tie-ups for many commuters Wednesday afternoon. D.C. Police used brute force to remove some of the protesters off of the streets and onto the curb.

What is the real death toll in Iraq? -- The Americans learned one lesson from Vietnam: don't count the civilian dead. As a result, no one knows how many Iraqis have been killed in the five years since the invasion. Estimates put the toll at between 100,000 and one million, and now a bitter war of numbers is raging. Jonathan Steele and Suzanne Goldenberg report.

Three Banks End Federal Loans To Students -- Three big banks have dropped out of the federal student-loan program for the coming academic year, adding uncertainty to the financial-aid arena at a time when students are poised to receive admissions notices and begin to line up borrowing.

Toronto hospital denies reports it's treating avian flu -- The Toronto East General Hospital is denying reports it is treating patients who may have been exposed to the avian flu.

States Hand Over the DNA of Newborns to DHS -- Unknown to most new parents, or those who became parents in the last ten or so years, DNA of newborns has been harvested, tested, stored and experimented with by all 50 states. And all 50 states are now routinely providing these results to the Homeland Security Department.

NH House OKs Bill Limiting RFID Tracking Devices -- Privacy advocates overturned a Commerce Committee vote and won House approval of a bill yesterday limiting the use of radio tracking devices in consumer products. HB 686 bans the implantation of RFID (radio frequency identification ) chips in humans and requires a notification label on any product that contains them. It also bars the state from using the devices in drivers licenses, license plates and E-ZPass transponders.

NEW "SMOKING GUN" EVIDENCE FOR OKC BOMBING CASE -- Since January 2008 there has been a series of new releases of startling “smoking gun” evidence about the OKC bombing almost 13 years after the Alfred P. Murrah building was bombed on April 19, 1995 killing 168 people. Read More...

FDA Takes Next Step in Establishing Overseas Presence -- In an important development, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received approval from the U.S. State Department to establish eight full time permanent FDA positions at U.S. diplomatic posts in the People's Republic of China, pending authorization from the Chinese government. This is an important step forward in
the FDA's plans to hire and place FDA staff in China over the next 18 months.

Cluster of "SIDS" deaths in north Idaho prompt parents to blame vaccines;
doctors, government deny vaccine link
-- The deaths of three infants in Coeur d’Alene in September and October, 2007, within a few days of their four- month vaccines, prompted one of the mothers to fight back.

Excellent vaccine/autism stories -- This is an excellent site for "vaccine news they seem to lose."

The Selling of Organic -- Organic farms have historically been small, family-run businesses producing for local markets. But as conventional agribusiness and the supermarkets move in, organic shops are expanding, being bought up, and increasingly resembling their non-organic counterparts.

Asked about two thirds of Americans' opposition to war, Cheney says, 'So?' --
During a Good Morning America interview broadcast Wednesday that two-thirds of Americans now think the war was not worth fighting, Cheney said: "So?"

Second Amendment Rights Hearing Transcript -- Transcript from the 2nd amendment hearing. (This is a .pdf file)

The Bankruptcy of The United States -- From United States Congressional Record, March 17, 1993 Vol. 33, page H-1303. Speaker-Rep. James Traficant, Jr. (Ohio) addressing the House: "Mr. Speaker, we are here now in chapter 11.. Members of Congress are official trustees presiding over the greatest reorganization of any Bankrupt entity in world history, the U.S. Government. We are setting forth hopefully, a blueprint for our future. There are some who say it is a coroner’s report that will lead to our demise. Read More...

The Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World Out of Balance -- Scientists worldwide puzzle over an alarming and unexplained rise in the rates of autoimmune disease. Yet the media remain mute on this crisis.

China aims to control Olympics weather -- As they prepare to host the Olympics — an event whose very purpose is to push the limits of human beings — the Chinese are trying to do what man never has: Control the weather.

Lawmakers blast plan to cut farm pollution reporting requirements -- Democratic lawmakers are questioning a Bush administration plan to eliminate requirements for farms to disclose air pollution from animal waste.

Anti-War Grannies Arrested Trying to Enlist -- As part of actions across the United States to mark the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, 10 "Grandmothers for Peace", ranging in age from 57 to 80, were arrested Monday while trying to enlist in the United States Army. Acts of civil disobedience are planned this week in at least 17 other U.S. cities.

Military veterans to deliver citizen arrest warrants for Bush and Cheney -- Backed by family members and supporters all across the nation, U.S. military veterans will serve citizen arrest warrants for George Bush and Dick Cheney March 19, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

How to Get Your Town or City to Indict Bush and Cheney -- Indictment resolutions passed on March 4, 2008, in Brattleboro and Marlboro, Vermont, and spread from there. For full list of towns see this list. This resource page will be expanded as this campaign grows and develops. This extensive kit for passing impeachment resolutions will be helpful. Much of the same advice applies.

Bentonite Clay: Protect Yourself From Pharmaceuticals in Your Water -- There is a safe and easy way to protect yourself from these horrifying contaminants – calcium bentonite clay. According to Michel Abeshera, author of The Healing Clay, "Clay has a remarkable resistance to chemical agents... as a bacteria-destroying agent it can render contaminated water innocuous."

Salads, Gardening Linked to Lower Lung Cancer Risk -- By simply eating four or more servings of green salad a week and working in the garden once or twice a week, smokers and nonsmokers alike may be able to substantially reduce the risk of developing lung cancer, say researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Bush Says Iraq War Was Worth It -- President Bush says he has no doubts about launching the unpopular war in Iraq despite the ``high cost in lives and treasure,'' arguing that retreat now would embolden Iran and provide al-Qaida with money for weapons of mass destruction to attack the United States.

Justices agree on right to own guns -- Americans have a right to own guns, Supreme Court justices declared Tuesday in a historic and lively debate that could lead to the most significant interpretation of the Second Amendment since its ratification two centuries ago.

Fed cuts key interest rate -- In a forceful move to contain the growing credit crisis, the central bank slashes its benchmark interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point to 2.25%.

Army Says Suicide; Family Says Murder -- Several Soldiers interviewed under oath during the investigation said they knew of no reason Musack would kill himself. He had no medical, financial or personal problems they were aware of. Some described him as a quiet person who held in his feelings.

Action Alert: Oppose S2674/HR5509 Which Discriminate Against Disabled Veterans -- Please send the following message to your elected officials and candidates for office...Read More on how to help. "I strongly urge you to oppose S2674/HR5509 and any other legislation which is detrimental to and/or discriminatory against this nation's veterans."

Gitmo captive: I was threatened with rape -- In a fresh document from the Guantánamo war court files, Canadian captive Omar Khadr alleges that he was repeatedly threatened with rape as an interrogation technique in Afghanistan and at U.S. Navy base in Cuba.

The bill (HCM2003) to oppose the North American Union passed the House today! -- Says Senator Karen S. Johnson: "Thanks to all of you who have worked so hard to get legislators to change their minds and their votes on this bill! Many hundreds of people have made phone calls, sent emails, and visited their legislators in person. You have no idea what an impression you have made!!!"

Whistleblower exposes insider trading program at JP Morgan -- A confidential memo obtained by Wikileaks shows that not only has the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission created an insider trading loophole big enough to drive a truck through, but that Wall Street is taking full advantage of it, establishing 'how-to' programs and even client service divisions to help well-heeled clients circumvent insider trading regulations.

UK News:
Brown unveils security strategy -- Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to set out plans to deal with national emergencies such as terror attacks, disease pandemics and flooding.
Vote fraud 'undermines democracy' -- Standards chief Sir Christopher Kelly, said household registration could not stop bogus names being registered and used as fraudulent postal votes. Sir Christopher says changes to the electoral system are needed.
Papers paying damages to Madeleine McCanns parents -- A newspaper group is paying £550,000 to the parents of Madeleine McCann after it settled a libel case over reports of her disappearance. They say they were wrong to suggest the couple, of Rothley, Leicestershire, were responsible for Madeleine's death.

Raging Floods Deluge Parts of Central US -- PIEDMONT, Mo. (AP) - Torrential rain chased hundreds of people from their flooded homes and deluged roads in the nation's midsection Tuesday, killing at least two people. The National Weather Service posted flood and flash flood warnings from Texas to Ohio, with tornado watches in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Col.: DOD Delayed Brain Injury Scans -- Pentagon Hoped to Avoid Another 'Gulf War Sydrome' Phenomenon, Says Air Force Colonel. For more than two years, the Pentagon delayed screening troops returning from Iraq for mild brain injuries because officials feared veterans would blame vague ailments on the little-understood wound caused by exposure to bomb blasts, says the military's director of medical assessments. -- CNN Money Information Website.

CIA Torture Jet wrecks with 4 Tons of COCAINE -- This Florida based Gulfstream II jet aircraft # N987SA crash landed on September 24, 2007 after it ran out of fuel over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula it had a cargo of several tons of Cocaine on board now documents have turned up on both sides of the Atlantic that link this Cocaine Smuggling Gulfstream II jet aircraft # N987SA that crashed in Mexico to the CIA who used it on at least 3 rendition flights from Europe and the USA to Guantanamo's infamous torture chambers between 2003 to 2005.

New NY governor admits affair -- With his predecessor's term doomed by a sex scandal, brand-new Gov. David Paterson tried to come clean about his own skeletons just hours after assuming office by acknowledging a years-old affair.

Fed poised to cut interest rates again -- The Federal Reserve is expected to aggressively lower interest rates in its intensified battle against the credit crisis and spreading economic weakness. The question is whether all of the effort will turn the tide.

Ron Paul supporters control Republican county conventions -- A Ron Paul volunteer and organizer in Kansas City confirms that the Jackson County Republican caucus elected a nearly-complete slate of Paul delegates at its convention Saturday. Larry Holland says the caucus elected more than 170 Paul delegates out of an estimated 187 available.

LANDSLIDE VICTORY FOR RON PAUL IN MISSOURI -- Today in Saint Charles County Missouri, the largest Republican County caucus in the state 111 of a possible 137 Delegates were elected for Ron Paul. The St. Charles Caucus was a landslide turnout for Ron Paul.

Girl's Flu Death Happened Within Hours -- When 12-year-old Jasmine Levy woke up feeling unwell, her mother gave her Tylenol and sent her back to bed. A few hours later, she was dead. Jasmine was the first child in Minnesota to die of the flu this season; six children died of flu last year.

China issues human rights record of United States in 2007 (6) -- The report says the United States has a notorious record of trampling on the sovereignty of and violating human rights in other countries. Read More...

United States censors Guantanamo prisoner's sketch of force-feeding -- The United States has censored a gruesome drawing by a Guantanamo Bay detainee depicting him as a skeleton being force-fed at the military prison, the man's lawyers said Monday as they released a recreation of the sketch.

Vietnam military to test bird flu vaccine on humans -- Vietnam, one of the countries hardest-hit by bird flu, will start a human vaccine trial this month, a military medical official said on Tuesday.

Dummy Bomb Dropped in Oklahoma -- An Air National Guard jet mistakenly dropped a 22-pound non-explosive, practice bomb on an apartment complex, damaging the foundation but no one was injured, police said Friday.

Jim Rogers: 'Abolish the Fed' -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke should resign and the Fed should be abolished as a way to boost the falling dollar and speed up the recovery of the U.S. economy, investor Jim Rogers, CEO of Rogers Holdings, told CNBC Europe Wednesday.

Media: U.S. denies Indonesia's allegation on bird flu samples -- The United States has flatly denied allegations it was producing biological weapons from bird flu samples sent by Indonesia to the World Health Organization, the English daily The Jakarta Post reported Monday.

UN police retake courthouse occupied by Kosovo Serbs -- The U.N. police stormed the courthouse just before dawn to arrest dozens of Serbs who had occupied the U.N. building since Friday to protest Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia.

Dollars tough to sell on streets of Amsterdam -- The U.S. dollar's value is dropping so fast against the euro that small currency outlets in Amsterdam are turning away tourists seeking to sell their dollars for local money while on vacation in the Netherlands.

Controversial sweetener dropped from Mexican Coke Zero -- Sodium cyclamate, which is legal in more than 50 countries, including Mexico, Canada and the European Union nations, was replaced in Coke Zero in Mexico with a combination
of two other artificial sweeteners, aspartame and acesulfame-K.

Credit card data stolen from supermarket chain -- Computer Hackers broke into the Hannaford Bros. stores in Massachusetts, New England and New York, and Sweetbay customers in Florida, Hannaford said in a statement. Nearly 2,000 cases of fraud have been linked to the breach.

Blockade to be held of  the IRS March 19 in D.C. -- On March 19, 2008, a nonviolent blockade of the national Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington, DC will be held, as part of the day of actions against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. US violates chemical weapons convention -- The use of chemical weapons such as CS gas for military operations is illegal. The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997, drafted by the United Kingdom and ratified by the United States, declares “Each State Party undertakes not to use riot control agents as a method of warfare”. Permissible uses are restricted to "law enforcement including domestic riot control."

FEMA Urges Residents to Prepare for Spring Flooding -- Take a look at the many states who has been warned.

JPMorgan to buy Bear Stearns for $2 a share -- JPMorgan Chase said Sunday it will acquire rival Bear Stearns for a bargain-basement $236.2 million — or $2 a share — a stunning collapse for one of the world’s largest and most storied investment banks.

Glass baby bottles make a comeback -- Concerns about a chemical in hard plastic makes old-fashioned new again!!

FBI pedophile symbols -- This visually explosive FBI document reveals the secret symbols organized pedophiles use to recognize each other and is likely to be of broad interest to readers, especially parents. Wikileaks has verified the document. This is an unclassified but sensitive law enforcement document showing how pedophiles identify with their preferences. Read More...

Gang Members Get Trained in the Army -- While hundreds of Mexican soldiers are deserting the army to join drug trafficking gangs, California is facing the
opposite problem: A growing number of gang members here have infiltrated the U.S. Armed Forces in order to receive military training.

Antipsychotic drugs are doing harm -- The life expectancy of those treated in community mental health centers has plunged to an appalling 25 years less than average. Life expectancy may have fallen by as much as 15 years since 1986. Indications are that the death rate continues to accelerate in what must be ranked as one of the worst public health disasters in U.S. history.

Covert research on torture by CIA -- Over the last decade, U.S intelligence funding of academic research has taken on cavalier, even brazen qualities. This article reveals over 3,000 National Security Agency and over 100 Defense Intelligence Agency funded papers and draws attention to recent unreported revelations of CIA funding for torture research.

CIA-MK-Ultra and research (Part I)-- This is a .pdf file worth reading in your spare time. CIA funding Part II

Video: Tent Cities In California -- Tent cities much like we saw during the Great Depression are now popping up in California. Check out this BBC report on the issue.

Ala. Building Can't Shake Swastika Shape -- From the ground, the Wesley Acres Methodist retirement home looks like any other building. But fly over in an airplane, and the outline is unmistakable: It's one big swastika.

Wall Street fears for next Great Depression -- One UK economist warned that the world is now close to a 1930s-like Great Depression, while New York traders said they had never experienced such fear. The Fed's emergency funding procedure was first used in the Depression and has rarely been used since.

German Scientist Exposes Chemtrails As Military Operations --A TV news report from Germany available at:( ) confirmed that the German Military is manipulating the climate in Germany. As a result scientists have filed a lawsuit against the government for climate

Ted Kennedy Dumps Fuel into Nantucket Sound -- Ted Kennedy has called Nantucket Sound near his Massachusetts estate “a national treasure” — but that didn’t stop the senator from having oil dumped from his yacht into its waters.

Versailles, Missouri Caucus - READ/ACT TODAY: Saturday morning (March 15, 2008) for 1 hr = Ron Paul Victory -- Ron Paul and the movement for Constitutional government need you to attend your MORGAN County Republican caucus this Saturday to help elect Ron Paul Delegates to the Missouri Convention!

Articles on Homeschooling:
* Homeschoolers' setback sends shock waves through state

Eli Lilly Waited Too Long to Warn About Zyprexa,Doctor Testifies -- Eli Lilly, the drug maker, could and should have warned physicians as early as 1998 about the link between Zyprexa, its best-selling schizophrenia medicine, and diabetes, an expert witness told jurors Friday in a lawsuit that claims that Zyprexa has caused many mentally ill people to develop diabetes.

Hawaii Senate, House Consider Resolutions on Aspartame -- There is now a Hawaii Senate Resolution authored by Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland, which requests the Department of Health and National Academy of Sciences to review existing reports and studies related to aspartame, by funding source.

Artificial sweetener persists in the environment -- Reports from Sweden and Norway show high levels of sucralose in wastewater effluent and surface waters.

McCain Has Lost It - Reportedly Babbles To No One -- A few months back, I noticed that McCain was displaying involuntary motor activity where his left hand was uncontrollably shaking while giving a speech behind a podium. Usually, as it was explained to me, this is indicative of a breakdown taking place within the person's central nervous system, that is exhibiting the aforementioned symptoms.

Housing Crisis -- BOCA RATON, Fla. - SWAT teams disperse crowd of hundreds awaiting housing applications. Police in riot gear intervened Wednesday when hundreds of people seeking a chance at subsidized housing grew frustrated after officials ran out of applications.

Many truckers ‘close to the wall’ with fuel costs through roof -- Dave Crosby parked his truck in late January. He told Land Line on Thursday, March 13, he’s not moving it again until he can start making a decent living wage again. After spending the entire month of January running around the Southwest as hard as he could trying to make a living, Crosby said he went back home to Santa Fe, NM, “with nothing to show for it.”

John Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Ron Paul -- The video within this article shares words from some of the greatest leaders in U.S. history, including Ron Paul -- which was actually censored, and removed, by YouTube.

Pentagon Cancels Web Release Of Controversial Iraq Report -- The Pentagon on Wednesday canceled plans for broad public release of a study that found no pre-Iraq war link between late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the al Qaida terrorist network.

Ron Paul warns of Worldwide Economic Collapse -- In this C-SPAN video, Ron Paul warns of a worldwide economic collapse brought on by the fall of the dollar, the expense of maintaining an American empire, and soaring budget deficits.

FUNDING FOREIGN MILITARY WHILE DUMPING ON AMERICAN VETERANS by Devvy Kidd -- Our veterans coming home from these unholy invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as our freedom fighters still alive who fought in Viet Nam and other foreign wars, continue to be dumped on Washington, DC.

Change unlikely as Iranians head to the polls -- Iranians voted Friday in elections likely to yield little change: Conservatives and allies of the hard-line president are expected to retain control of parliament after many reformists were barred from even running.

Chrysler to shut down all operations for 2 weeks in July -- Chrysler LLC is telling employees worldwide to take a mandatory two-week vacation in July. Chrysler plans a corporate-wide shutdown the weeks of July 7 and July 14.

New color $5 bills has come out -- Abraham Lincoln is getting a little color in his cheeks. New $5 bills bearing the gaunt visage of the nation's 16th president — but with some touches of color added — are making their way to banks and cash registers near you.

CDC clarifies preference on childhood vaccines -- Children who get a combined vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox are slightly more likely to have seizures compared to those getting two separate shots for the same diseases, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Strokes Triple Among Middle-Aged Women -- Strokes have recently tripled among middle-aged women, a trend that doctors are calling “alarming.”

Gold futures soar to record above $1,000 an ounce -- Early Thursday, gold for April delivery soared to a record high of $1,001.50 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange. This was the first time that gold surpassed $1,000 an ounce.

Debt Collection Industry Collapse Approaches -- Attention Debt Foreclosing Attorneys: Now is probably your best/last chance to get out of the business.

Loma Wharton fights for life and liberty -- This is in response to the Feb. 17 letter "Axes of Evil." The writer is incorrect that Loma Wharton is fighting the IRS. Loma and The Liberators are fighting to protect the life, liberty and property of the people of Douglas County against the fraudulent and unlawful acts being facilitated by current procedures in the county clerk's office.

Justice Department says legal opinion on Executive orders is classified -- The Bush Administration's Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel is refusing to turn over a document providing its analysis of Bush's justification for executive orders.

Spitzer resigns -- Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace Wednesday after getting caught in a call-girl scandal that shattered his corruption-fighting, straight-arrow image, saying: "I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people's work."

Forgotten veterans, and DOD has quit looking for them -- GAO finds that DOD has stopped trying to find veterans used in Cold War experiments that used chemical weapons and biological weapons and drugs such as LSD and PCP. They basically just gave up in 2003 and have no plan to continue.

Press Secretary Ordered Not To Discuss Dollar -- Watch the video - White House Press Secretary Dana Perino mentioned in a press conference that she is not allowed to talk about the value of the U.S. Dollar. She says that the Treasury Secretary is the only one allowed to discuss the U.S. Dollar. She even said that she would be fired if she talked about the U.S. Dollar.

Video Shows Cop Tasering Already Restrained Disabled Man -- Recently uncovered video of a disabled British Columbia man being shocked with a taser by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer has sparked controversy and once again brought the use of such weapons into the limelight.

104 products on shelves already contain toxic 'grey goo' by stealth, say Friends of the Earth -- Potentially toxic chemicals are being incorporated into food, packaging, health supplements and other products by stealth, it is claimed.

Parents may be jailed over vaccinations -- As doctors struggle to eradicate polio worldwide, one of their biggest problems is persuading parents to vaccinate their children. In Belgium, authorities are resorting to an extreme measure: prison sentences.

Blogger charged in Russia -- Prosecutors have charged a Russian blogger who wrote on a popular Internet site that police should be publicly incinerated in what is believed to be the country's first such case against a blogger. The charges filed Tuesday stemmed from his posting on a Web forum in February 2007 that criticized police in the wake of a raid on an opposition newspaper.

Carlyle Expects Banks to Seize Assets -- Carlyle Capital Corp. said late Wednesday it expects its creditors to seize all of the fund's remaining assets after unsuccessful negotiations to prevent its liquidation.

Vitamin D 'cuts risk of diabetes' -- Giving young children vitamin D supplements may reduce their risk of developing type 1 diabetes later in life, research suggests. Children who took supplements were around 30% less likely to develop the condition than those who did not.

Plan To Spray Toxic Biological Chemicals Over San Francisco Announced -- The US Government is planning to poison more than two million people, in California, using an untested biological "pesticide" this summer. The chemical to be sprayed is classified by the EPA as a "pesticide" and the plan is to douse cities with this chemical designed to stick on everything for 90 days or longer.

Nanotech Exposed in Grocery Store Aisles -- Untested nanotechnology is being used in more than 100 food products, food packaging and contact materials currently on the shelf, without warning or new FDA testing, according to a
report released today by Friends of the Earth. Report finds Miller Light beer, Cadbury Chocolate packaging and ToddlerHealth, a nutritional drink powder for infants sold extensively at health food stores including WholeFoods, and other brands have toxic risks.

Nine WWI Vets Survive Worldwide -- Following the death of the Italian-French war veteran Lazare Ponticelli, a total of nine men who served in their countries' armed forces during World War I are known to be still alive around
the world. They are listed within this article.

HUD E-Mails Refer to Retaliation -- After Philadelphia's housing director refused a demand by President Bush's housing secretary to transfer a piece of city property to a business friend, two top political appointees at the department exchanged e-mails discussing the pain they could cause the Philadelphia director. High-Level Officials Wrote of Punishing Philadelphia Housing Director.

U.S. organic food industry fears GMO contamination -- Widespread contamination of U.S. corn, soybeans and other crops by genetically engineered varieties is threatening the purity of organic and natural food products and driving purveyors of such specialty products to new efforts to protect their markets, industry leaders said this week.

20 QUESTIONS ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GM) FOODS -- Read some of the questions such as "What are genetically modified (GM) organisms and GM foods?" and "Why are GM foods produced?"

Atlanta Federal Reserve releases DVD aimed at helping banks prepare for
-- Drawing on the experience of bankers who have weathered crisis situations, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta developed Crisis Preparedness: Reconnecting the Financial Lifeline, a DVD designed to assist bankers with their institutions' emergency preparedness efforts. Each section of the DVD profiles a facet of crisis preparedness, from preparing and testing a plan to caring for employees to providing cash to customers to working with banks and first responders.

YouTube: The Cactus Cuties sing The National Anthem -- This is a video of the Cactus Cuties, very talented young ladies ranging in age from 8 to 13 singing The Star Spangled Banner. The performance was at the Texas Tech vs Texas basketball game January 20, 2008 in front of over 11,000 people.

Toxic Soup of Plastic Debris, Twice the Size of US, Forms in the Pacific Ocean -- It is twice the size of the continental United States, yet you cannot set foot on it. Scientists have named it "Plastic Soup", and appropriately so. Floating in the Northern Pacific Ocean lays a huge expanse of plastic refuse. This garbage patch is actually two attached areas on either side of Hawaii, known as the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches.

Do You Know What Toxic Chemicals Lurk in Your Clothing? -- Have you ever thought twice about putting on your favorite T-shirt, or snuggling into your cotton sheets? Read More...

Prosecutor accused of spying on church -- The prosecuting attorney for Waterford Township in Michigan has been accused of spying on a church's activities and personally leading police raids on its worship band because he doesn't like "rock" music.

Adm. William Fallon to resign as U.S. mideast military chief -- The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East resigned Tuesday amid speculation about a rift over U.S. policy in Iran.

Cities rarely release water test results -- When water providers find pharmaceuticals in drinking water, they rarely tell the public. When researchers make the same discoveries, they usually don't identify the cities involved.

Tell the FDA What You Think About Drug Ads -- The FDA will soon decide whether these TV ads should include a toll-free number and web address where you can report side effects or other problems. The drug companies don't like this idea. They don’t want their ads used to help identify potential problems with their products. But if we have to watch these endless ads, we should at least be able to easily report to the FDA how these medicines really work! Add your name to the FDA petition.

Two-year-old boy kept alive by daily doses of Viagra -- The toddler has a rare condition that causes chronic high blood pressure. Something as simple a chest infection could kill him. The pulmonary hypertension, as it is known, can be controlled with four doses of Viagra a day.

UK top cop who led CIA probe found dead -- A city police chief who led an investigation into charges that Britain cooperated with secret CIA flights to transport terrorism suspects without formal proceedings has been found dead, his deputy said Tuesday.

Is Salvia the Next Marijuana? -- On Web sites touting the mind-blowing powers of Salvia divinorum, come-ons to buy the hallucinogenic herb are accompanied by warnings: "Time is running out!" and "stock up while you still can." That's because salvia is being targeted by lawmakers concerned that the inexpensive and easy-to-obtain plant could become the next marijuana. Eight states have already placed restrictions on salvia, and 16 others, including Florida, are considering a ban or have previously.

Australia's food bowl lies empty - World warned on food price spiral -- As the BBC looks at the impact of rising food prices around the world, Sydney correspondent Nick Bryant reports from Australia on how the worst drought on record has slashed its exports of wheat.

NORTH AMERICAN UNION MILITARY FORGES NEW CANADIAN ALLIANCE by David Deschesne -- Canadian Military to Assist in Civilian Law Enforcement Duties in United States.

Boy punished for T-shirt with gun image -- The family of a middle school student who was given detention for wearing a T-shirt bearing the image of a gun has filed a federal freedom of speech lawsuit against the school district.

ATTENTION MISSOURI TRUTH TROOPERS--OPERATION STOP THIEF NEEDS ALL OF YOU -- As you know, Truth Attack and its sponsor groups are making April 15 a day of ACTION all over the country.  Truth Attack’s Operation Stop Thief has T-Troopers at post offices open late on April 15 passing out materials and showing signs to freshly blooded victims filing (and paying) their ‘taxes’ at the last minute.  This project is going to gain us millions of dollars worth of television coverage through local news programs, but only if YOU are out there to get filmed and reported on. Read More...

Gulf War Illness: Pesticides, Nerve-Gas Pills Tied to Gulf War Illness (Update1) -- A pill given to U.S. soldiers to help protect them against nerve gas, and pesticides sprayed in the air and used to treat their clothes, may have triggered the cluster of symptoms known as Gulf War illness, a study found.
Related Article: Gulf War syndrome firmly linked to chemical exposure

Churches to receive disaster preparedness booklets -- CARTHAGE, Mo. - A pandemic illness has forced area health departments to order all public gatherings halted to slow the spread of the illness.

Scandal puts Spitzer's career in danger (you think) -- Gov. Elliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal came just over a year since he stormed into the governor's office, vowing to root out corruption in New York government.

Gorton's Fish: Pills in Fillets Were Safe -- Gorton's Inc. said Monday that the pills a Pennsylvania family reported finding in their fish fillets were harmless over-the-counter herbal supplements. FDA spokesman Brad A. Swezey declined to comment on the investigation into what he called "suspected tampering."

Antidepressants Are No Better Than Placebos -- Antidepressant drugs, including the best-selling Prozac, simply do not work as advertised, according to a comprehensive review by U.S. and Canadian researchers.

Our Tax Dollars at work: IRS spending $42 million on rebate reminders -- At a cost of nearly $42 million, the IRS wants you to know: Your check is almost in the mail. The Internal Revenue Service is spending the money on letters to alert taxpayers to expect rebate checks as part of the economic stimulus plan. The notices are going out this month to an estimated 130 million households who filed returns for the 2006 tax year, at a cost $41.8 million, IRS spokesman John Lipold confirmed.

One Woman's Astonishing Experiment With Aspartame -- Victoria Inness-Brown’s family was addicted to diet soda. After researching the effects of aspartame, she strongly believed the artificial sweetener might one day lead to their illness or even their early deaths. So she decided to perform her own aspartame experiment. Read More...

FDA Approved the Wrong Drug Plant -- According to the FDA, the Chinese facility that supplies the active ingredient of the widely used blood thinner heparin was never inspected because the agency confused it with another plant that had the same name.

YouTube: Ron Paul's son gives Campaign update on WBKO, KY -- Dr Rand Paul speaks to WBKO of Bowling Green KY about the state of his father's campaign for president.

NSA quietly expands domestic spying program, even as Congress balks -- "According to current and former intelligence officials, the spy agency now monitors huge volumes of records of domestic emails and Internet searches as well as bank transfers, credit-card transactions, travel and telephone records," Gorman adds. "The NSA receives this so-called 'transactional' data from other agencies or private companies, and its sophisticated software programs analyze the various transactions for suspicious patterns.

Bird flu shows signs of mutation says China expert -- A Chinese expert on respiratory diseases says the H5N1 bird flu virus has shown signs of mutation and urged vigilance at a time when seasonal human influenza is at a peak, newspapers reported on Tuesday.

Do We Want Judges Who Have Profited Off of Private Prisons and Locking Up Children? -- A judicial nominee is under scrutiny because of his membership in a discriminatory country club. But what about his career as a prison profiteer?

UK: Why are children so unhappy? -- Over the next two weeks, Association of Teachers and Lecturers members will discuss several topics relating to the mental health of primary age children and the pressures they face in modern society. Another motion on the ATL's agenda warns that "social dysfunction and family breakdown are damaging the educational attainment of children and the performance of schools and colleges", while a third speaks of the growing number of pupils being driven to suicide by "academic, social and peer pressure".

Probiotic hope for kidney stones -- Treating patients with bacteria may be an effective way of reducing their risk of repeatedly developing painful kidney stones, a study suggests. Researchers at Boston University, in the US, are now investigating the possibility of using the bacteria as a "probiotic" treatment.

Kentucky Lawmaker Wants to Make Anonymous Internet Posting Illegal -- Kentucky Representative Tim Couch filed a bill this week to make anonymous posting online illegal. The bill would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site.

CA gas at $5.39 for premium -- GORDA, Calif. - Gas Prices up, Production Down: $5.19 for Regular -- There is one place on the Central Coast where you can expect to pay more than $5 a gallon. The Americo gas station in the tiny coastal town of Gorda, about 40 miles south of Big Sur, is selling gasoline for $5.19 a gallon for regular, and $5.39 for premium.

Rain and high winds battering UK -- Parts of the UK are being battered by rain and fierce winds, as weather forecasters warn worse may be to come.

Current Infrared Satellite Image -- These images are generated by geostationary satellites orbitting 22,000 miles above the equator looking at the United States. These include visible, infrared and water vapor images. The images are updated once an hour at about 30 after the hour.

Rand Paul: Is the Revolution Over or Just Beginning? -- Is Ron Paul still campaigning for president? Yes. Ron Paul has tentative plans to campaign in Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Ron Paul will also likely appear in other states that have remaining primaries.

150,000 AMERICAN SOLDIER SUICIDES By Frosty Wooldridge -- Chuck Dean, a Vietnam War veteran wrote a troubling book, NAM VET, published in 1990 by Multnomah Press. Out of the 2.7 million Americans who served in Nam, Dean reported 58,000 died. That proved small compared to the suicides! “Over 150,000 veterans have committed suicide since the war ended,” Dean said.

Slain Georgia Student supposedly killed by Iraqi war veteran -- The mother of Courtney Lockhart, the man accused of killing Burk, offered an apology to Burk's family in a television interview, saying her son was an Iraq war veteran who was changed after his service. Williams said her son, 23, hasn't been the same after serving 16 months in Iraq. She said her son had been living with her in Smiths Station, Ala., since returning from the war.

Vegas clinic may have sickened thousands -- Nearly 40,000 people learned this week that a trip to the doctor may have made them sick. In a type of scandal more often associated with Third World countries, a Las Vegas clinic was found to be reusing syringes and vials of medication for nearly four years. The shoddy practices may have led to an outbreak of the potentially fatal hepatitis C virus and exposed patients to HIV, too.

Martial Law, Inc. - KBR: A Halliburton Subsidiary by Andrew G. Marshall -- Given KBR’s history related to war and violence, more light should be shed on their current activities with the Department of Homeland Security, as morality is not a concept KBR seems to understand.

Alpha Company hit hard by post-traumatic stress -- Alpha's rate of PTSD is higher than that of most U.S. troops who served in Iraq or Afghanistan - partly, no doubt, as a result of its being a frontline combat unit that lost six men.

Tennessee legislature wants to build underground bunker -- Why does the state legislature in Tennessee feel they need an underground bunker and what do they know that we don't know.

Cyber Storm II stirring -- During the second week of March, nine states, four foreign governments, 18 federal agencies and 40 private companies will participate in Cyber Storm II — a weeklong simulation designed to better prepare the players for cyberattacks. DHS, FBI and the Defense Department are among the federal agencies that will participate.

Courts Finally Recognize that Spreading Sewage Sludge on Farmland is a Very Bad Idea -- It was a farm idea with a big payoff and supposedly no downside: ridding lakes and rivers of raw sewage and industrial pollution by converting it all into a free, nutrient-rich fertilizer. Then last week, a federal judge ordered the Agriculture Department to compensate a farmer whose land was poisoned by sludge from the waste treatment plant here. His cows had died by the hundreds. Read More...

'Suspicious liquids' used in plane crash attempt: China -- Terror attack thwarted -- Passengers carrying suspicious liquids on board a Chinese airliner were involved in what officials have called an attempted terror attack last week, the national aviation authority said Monday. An official with the Xinjiang regional government said an unspecified number of suspects were held in Lanzhou, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Bush veto allows CIA torture to continue -- US President George W Bush has vetoed legislation that would have prevented the CIA from using torture during interrogation of terrorism suspects.

Insect 'spies' fitted with video camera implants -- Scientists are creating real-life "flies-on-the-walls" by fitting insects with special implants that enable them to be used as spies.

Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water -- A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Related Article: NYC: Traces of Sedatives in NYC Water

Water Makes US Troops in Iraq Sick -- Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor (KBR Inc.) once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says.

British Officers Invade Kansas -- Some 200 British army and Royal Marine officers are currently in northeast Kansas, training and building relationships with American officers they are likely to see again.

Liberty Dollar: WARNING!!! THE G-BOYS ARE BACK! -- Now, despite the lack of any complaint from a resident or business in Western North Carolina, US Secret Service and the FBI agents have launched a thorough investigation into the use of the Liberty Dollar in the Asheville area. Beginning April 3, rogue agents have tracked down people one by one from the easily available list of merchants and demanded answers regarding their use of the Liberty Dollar.

Homeschoolers' setback sends shock waves through state -- A California appeals court ruling clamping down on homeschooling by parents without teaching credentials sent shock waves across the state this week, leaving an estimated 166,000 children as possible truants and their parents at risk of prosecution.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Message to Supporters -- Video message to his supporters - March 6, 2008.

New Fed snapshot shows a weakening economy -- The U.S. economy has weakened since the start of this year as shoppers turned more cautious given the severe housing slump and painful credit crunch, according to a government report yesterday.

Commander warns of al-Qaida threat to US -- Al-Qaida terrorists may be plotting more urgently to attack the United States to maintain their credibility and ability to recruit followers, the U.S. military commander in charge of domestic defense said.

California gas at $5.39 for premium -- Gas prices in California are at an all-time high. The statewide average price for a gallon of regular is now 58 cents more per gallon, than the same time last year. In the Central Coast you can expect to pay more than $5 a gallon. The Americo gas station in the tiny coastal town of Gorda, about 40 miles south of Big Sur, is selling gasoline for $5.19 a gallon for regular, and $5.39 for premium.

Americans' home equity lowest since 1945 -- Five years of cash-out refinancing, loans, and lines of credit have succeeded in reducing Americans' percentage of equity in their homes to below 50 percent for the first time since 1945, the Federal Reserve said yesterday.

Pentagon bans Google Earth from mapping bases -- The Pentagon has banned Google Earth teams from making detailed street-level video maps of U.S. military bases.

Palestinian territories closed; seminary shooter named -- Authorities closed the Palestinian territories Friday, a day after a gunman from East Jerusalem opened fire at a Jewish seminary school, killing eight students. The general closure of the West Bank and Gaza went into effect early Friday morning and "will be lifted according to security assessments," a statement from Israel Defense Forces said.

Vaccine against ‘strep throat’ may be coming -- It may be possible to make a safe vaccine against the type of bacteria best known for causing ”strep throat” and rheumatic fever, U.S.-based researchers reported on Thursday.

Troop Depression in Afghanistan Rises -- U.S. troop morale improved in Iraq last year, but soldiers fighting in Afghanistan suffered more depression as violence there worsened, an Army mental health report says.

Early morning blast at recruiting office in New York's Time Square is akin to 2 consulate attacks -- The search for a bicyclist who bombed the Times Square military recruiting office expanded quickly Thursday as the probe's focus turned to photos of the attack site sent to Capitol Hill and possible connections to previous attacks on two city consulate buildings.

UK: Doctors and teachers will be among first issued with ID cards -- Millions of teachers, doctors, nurses and carers could soon be issued with identity cards, Jacqui Smith disclosed yesterday as she moved to inject "new momentum" into the controversial plans.

'Frankenfoods' Giant Monsanto Plays Bully Over Consumer Labeling -- Monsanto doesn't want consumers to know the truth about the milk they're drinking. The corporation's monopoly is at stake.

NASA wary of relying on Russia -- In 2 1/2 years, the U.S. will have retired all of its space shuttles, making Moscow the lone carrier of astronauts to the space station.

Georgia girl helps link autism to childhood vaccines -- In a move autism family advocates call unprecedented, federal health officials have concluded that childhood vaccines contributed to symptoms of the disorder in a 9-year-old Georgia girl.

Rare Helen Keller picture with doll discovered -- Researchers have uncovered a rare photograph of a young Helen Keller with her teacher Anne Sullivan, nearly 120 years after it was taken on Cape Cod.

Scary or sensational? A machine that can look into the mind -- Scientists have developed a computerised mind-reading technique which lets them accurately predict the images that people are looking at by using scanners to study brain activity.

NYC police probe explosion at Times Square -- An explosive device caused minor damage to an empty military recruiting station in Times Square early Thursday, shaking guests in hotel rooms high above.

NGOs Wary of Doomsday Seed Vault -- Agricultural non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in India and elsewhere are criticizing the newly-opened Global Seed Vault (GSV) at Svalbard in Norway as fundamentally unjust in its objectives.

Swiss bank drops lawsuit against Wikileaks -- Public Citizen is pleased that Bank Julius Baer – apparently having suffered an attack of good judgment that has been lacking since the outset of its attempt to “take down” –has now dismissed its lawsuit against the domain name, the Wikileaks community and its Internet host.

Exposing Hillary’s Illegalities In Los Angeles Court -- The first law suit in American history to bring a President and a Senator to court for defrauding the Senator’s largest campaign donor and his public company will be set for trial and discovery at the Case Management Conference before Judge Munoz. Discovery and depositions of key witnesses, including the Clinton family, Al Gore, Ed Rendell, Terry McAuliffe, Harold Ickes, Howard Wolfson, Kelly Craighead, Barbara Streisand, Brad Pitt, Larry King, Mike Wallace among an array of political and entertainment leaders, will present an inside look at a culture of corruption that will shock the public.

Massachusetts: No health insurance? Face fines -- Massachusetts has begun imposing stiff fines on residents who, for whatever reason, fail to purchase health insurance. The program is the enforcement end of the state's universal health-insurance plan – and the fees reach up to $912 a year.

FDA finds contaminant in suspect blood-thinner -- U.S. health officials said Wednesday they have found a contaminant in a blood-thinning drug produced by Baxter Healthcare Corp. that has been linked to more than a dozen deaths in the United States.

Don't Be Alarmed by This IRS Letter -- Don't be alarmed. More than 130 million households will get letters from the Internal Revenue Service beginning next week and it's good news, not bad. The letters are part of an extensive outreach effort to make sure people don't miss out if they are eligible to receive a tax rebate check under the recently passed $168 billion economic stimulus plan.

Three amigos at 2010 Winter Olympics? By BOB MACKIN -- Could Canada's Games be secured with help from Americans and Mexicans?

MRE makeover: Army unveils a new menu for soldiers -- Army leaders are calling the new high-calorie Natick offering the First Strike Ration, and it would serve troops like Laverty, who head into combat first and are on the move. The packet is good for three meals, and includes about 3,000 calories -- designed for soldiers moving hard and fast, carrying heavy packs and equipment.

IRS Keeps Secret Files on Pastors – They Better Watch Out -- Several pastors and church related ministries have publicly declared that they are taking on the IRS in this election year in a no-holds-barred fight. If the IRS doesn’t like it, they can basically go take a hike because it’s going to be business as usual with them, even if their tax-exempt status is put in jeopardy.

Huckabee drops out of presidential race -- Former Arkansas governor bows out after McCain clinches GOP nomination.

GIZMO PUTS TEENS OUT ON THEIR EARS -- A pesky new security device aims to clear out young troublemakers from their hangouts in apartment-building lobbies and foyers by emitting an irritating high-frequency screech that can only be heard by young ears.

Doctor accused of hastening death for patient's organs -- A respected California transplant doctor faces charges he hastened a comatose man's death to retrieve his organs -- a far-reaching case that could impact the nation's organ donation industry.

Woman sickened by lead-tainted dental work outsourced to China -- Dental patients urged to ask about foreign lab use - In the wake of a Midwestern woman being sickened by lead-tainted dental work that was outsourced to China, consumers are being asked to inquire about the origins of their crowns, veneers, bridges and dentures.

Toxic Chemicals to be Sprayed Over San Francisco -- I am angry! On January 24th, 2008, United States Department of (USDA) Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner announced the availability of $74.5 million in emergency funding to combat the light brown apple moth (LBAM) infestation in California (1). This announcement comes in conjunction with the release of the California Department of Agriculture's (CDFA) expanded aerial spray zone, which includes the entire cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkley and many others. Read More...

JUDGES WANT TO TERMINATE FAMILY'S HOMESCHOOLING RIGHTS -- In a case that's almost guaranteed to have repercussions throughout the country, California appellate judges ruled that one family's children could not be homeschooled and must attend a government school or accredited private school.

YouTube: Sound the Alarm - Stop the MOTHERS Act (antidepressants/PPD):
* To sign the petition against the MOTHERS Act, please click here.
* For contact information for the 21 senators on the HELP Committee, please click here.
* To read more about the bill, as well as who is cosponsoring it besides Barak
   Obama and Hillary Clinton, click here.

YouTube: The Beginning of Martial Law -- "Preparation of martial law have begun. Are we gonna sit still and let Bush & Co take over our freedom when are we gonna say it is enough no more lies and starting wars for the sake of making the elite get richer from our troops blood." Be sure to read the article that goes along with this YouTube clip.
Related Link: YouTube Clips: Concentration camps have already been built HERE IN America -- This is a Guide to the concentration camps of America.

FLUORIDE ACTION NETWORK Bulletin -- Networking success in New Zealand.
Related: YouTube: Poisoned Horses Excerpts -- Justus's horses are found to be suffering from chronic fluoride poisoning from drinking fluoridated water. Study published in peer reviewed scientific literature.

France proposes tougher EU rules for modified crops -- France on Monday proposed scrapping the EU's present system for authorising genetically modified crops for tougher standards which take into account a wide range of environmental and safety factors.

Senate candidate calls for Bush’s arrest -- Calling President George Bush "the worst president in the history of the United States," Independent U.S. Senate candidate Laurie Dobson stood on the steps of Town Hall Tuesday and called upon the town to indict Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney as war criminals.

Batten down the hatches --12 hour Loop of Infrared Satellite Image.

University Unveils Lincoln Letters Online -- In one of Abraham Lincoln's letters unveiled to the public by the University of Rochester last month, the president laid out a plan to end the Civil War. He wanted the government to pay states about $400 for each slave and states in turn to set a 20-year deadline for abolishing slavery.

S.F. homeless get free phone numbers -- Internet giant Google announced on Wednesday a plan to partner with all the homeless shelters in San Francisco and offer free phone numbers and voice mail accounts to homeless individuals, giving people the ability to distribute their own phone numbers and retrieve voice mail messages left for them whenever and from wherever they choose.

You're Invited to a Web Conference with Dr. Ron Paul -- Announcing a very special opportunity for Missourians to join a web conference discussion with Dr. Paul! With Missouri's March 15 County Caucuses fast approaching, Dr. Paul wishes to thank you for all of your hard work and answer questions you may have. Call all your friends and ask them to join us!

Top Drugs' Strange Side Effects -- Ever experience a sudden, strong desire to gamble, or a funny feeling that you've been driving in your sleep? Even though drugs must pass through three phases of clinical studies before getting FDA approval, new side effects often emerge only once a medicine reaches the broader population, says Cynthia Reilly, director of clinical standards and quality for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Media's Deafening Silence and Ron Paul's Candidacy -- For all the reporting they've done on him, you'd think Ron Paul didn't exist. He's one of three candidates left in a Republican field that started with eleven, and yet you'd never know he was one of the last three survivors.

Pentagon to test invisible gases in Crystal City -- The Pentagon is scheduled to release an odorless, invisible, and yes, harmless, gases into the city Thursday to test how quickly they spread through buildings, officials said.

Thoughts on Urban Survival -- This is an amazing and sad/scary but true story of living in Buenos Aires, Argentina since the economic crash in 2001 by a 26yo man with a wife & child who is with the university there. His English is great. It is a very long read but a real education with good information about how to prepare for the unstable future we are facing....

Atlanta Fed Releases DVD Aimed at Helping Banks Prepare for Disasters -- Drawing on the experience of bankers who have weathered crisis situations, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta developed Crisis Preparedness: Reconnecting the Financial Lifeline, a DVD designed to assist bankers with their institutions' emergency preparedness efforts. Each section of the DVD profiles a facet of crisis preparedness, from preparing and testing a plan to caring for employees to providing cash to customers to working with banks and first responders.
* Related Article: The Fed Releases Crisis Preparedness Video -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta this past January released a video on crisis preparedness. The timing
of such a video being released is suspicious considering the prospect of bank
failures and an inflationary collapse of the U.S. monetary system loom large.

Doctors Interrogate Children as Informants on Parents' Behavior -- Encouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), pediatricians across the United States have begun questioning children about their parents' habits, in some cases even filing police reports based on this information, according to an opinion article published in the Boston Herald.

Feds warn states of ID deadline, travel hassles -- States have less than a month to send a letter to the Homeland Security Department seeking an extension to comply with the Real ID law passed following the 2001 terror attacks. Some states have resisted, saying it is costly, impractical and an invasion of privacy.

In a massive disaster, care will be scarce -- State guidelines lay framework for deliberately letting some people die. Older, sicker patients could be allowed to die in order to save the lives of patients more likely to survive a massive disaster, bioterror attack or influenza pandemic in California.

Hard times are on the menu at restaurants -- Same-store sales are sliding. Commodity prices are climbing. Units are closing. Customers are dwindling. Some of the top names in all ends of dining are in pain, from Starbucks to Applebee's to The Cheesecake Factory cake.

UN To Censor Dr. Len Horowitz Manmade AIDS Research? -- A United Nations sponsored AIDS group, hosted by the UNAIDS Secretariat to the UN Theme Group on AIDS, is considering censoring his research determinations and publications, along with Internet links to vaccination theories on the origin of HIV/AIDS.

Hepatitis scare in Vegas may be ‘tip of iceberg’ -- The city of Las Vegas shut down the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada last Friday after state health officials determined that six patients had contracted hepatitis C because of unsafe practices including clinic staff reusing syringes and vials.

USDA: SHAME ON YOU FOR USING OUR KIDS -- “Here son, let’s get that good lookin’ steer up here on the scales,” said Joe, the volunteer who was weighing in 4-H steers. “He looks like a winner - you takin‘ him to State this year? If you are, we need to put the required Electronic Identification tag in him. You’ve got your Premise ID number on his papers - so you are ready to show this big guy.”

'Testosterone link' to depression -- Older men with lower levels of the male sex hormone testosterone in their blood may be more prone to depression, a study suggests.

U.S. Jets Hit Town In Somalia -- The U.S. launched a military airstrike in Somalia to go after a group of terrorist suspects, defense officials said Monday.

Decorate Your House to Support Ron Paul, Get Foreclosed On! -- Her house will be foreclosed on if she does not have her house repainted by March 17th. It seems the Mortgage company does not like the paint colors. Mind you...the Mortgage company, not the Home Owners Association...but the actual mortgage company.

More Families Are Shunning Inoculations -- AS states move to require more vaccines for school-age children, an increasing number of parents are saying no to some of the inoculations. They are seeking exemptions from the state in growing numbers, citing religious reasons or saying that they believe the vaccines will do more harm than good.

Bill proposes new employee verification system -- Employers would verify the legal status of prospective employees through a new all-electronic system using expanded state databases that may include biometrics under a bill introduced Feb. 28 by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas). The New Employee Verification Act proposes to replace the Homeland Security Department’s current E-Verify system, which began as a voluntary pilot program 10 years ago.

Cyber Storm II stirring -- During the second week of March, nine states, four foreign governments, 18 federal agencies and 40 private companies will participate in Cyber Storm II — a weeklong simulation designed to better prepare the players for cyberattacks. DHS, FBI and the Defense Department are among the federal agencies that will participate.

ATTORNEY MICHAEL MINNS BEATS IRS, AGAIN -- Two innocent and patriotic citizens’ dodge 64 IRS lethal bullets in a triumph for justice and the American way. Read More...

Asian markets tumble on Wall Street drop -- Asian and European markets tumbled Monday as investors reacted nervously to a steep decline on Wall Street Friday after disappointing economic and corporate news rekindled worries about a U.S. recession.

Don't Chemtrail Me Bro -- The purpose of this site is partly to bring together the differing analysis and opinions, and partly to offer our own analysis and opinions. Let's try to put it ALL together and expose the criminals behind this assault.

Chavez Warns of War With Colombia -- Warning that Colombia could spark a war, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent tanks and thousands of troops to the countries' border Sunday and ordered his government's embassy in Bogota closed.

US VACCINE MAKER TARGET OF HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION -- A formal investigation as been launched by French authorities against two managers from drug companies GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur. A second investigation for manslaughter has also been opened against Sanofi Pasteur MSD, according to French news sources.

U.S. study shows why winter is "flu season" -- Influenza viruses coat themselves in fatty material that hardens and protects them in colder temperatures -- a finding that could explain why winter is the flu season, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday.

Feds Search Utah Home in Ricin Case -- FBI agents on Sunday searched a Utah house as well as three storage units linked to a man whose hospitalization led to the discovery of deadly ricin in a motel room he had occupied on the Las Vegas Strip.

Brasscheck TV: Meet the next president -- 2008 election results a little early.

Soaring cost of gold causes jewelry market pandemonium -- The soaring cost of gold and platinum is causing pandemonium in the UK's jeweler market as retailers and private owners rush to reappraise the value of necklaces, brooches and rings.

Radio frequency ID tags in garments worry privacy experts -- Thousands of garments in the sprawling men's department at the Galeria Kaufhof are equipped with tiny wireless chips that can forestall fashion disaster by relaying information from the garment to a dressing-room screen.



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