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MARCH 2011 

Today In History - Thursday - March 31, 2011
1776 - Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John that women were "determined to foment a rebellion" if the new Declaration of Independence failed to guarantee their rights.
1831 - Quebec and Montreal were incorporated as cities.
1854 - The U.S. government signed the Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The act opened the ports of Shimoda and Hakotade to American trade.
1870 - In Perth Amboy, NJ, Thomas P. Munday became the first black to vote in the U.S.
1880 - Wabash, IN, became the first town to be completely illuminated with electric light.
1889 - In Paris, the Eiffel Tower officially opened.
1900 - The W.E. Roach Company was the first automobile company to put an advertisement in a national magazine. The magazine was the "Saturday Evening Post".
1908 - 250,000 coal miners in Indianapolis, IN, went on strike to await a wage adjustment.
1917 - The U.S. purchased and took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.
1918 - For the first time in the U.S., Daylight Saving Time went into effect.
1932 - The Ford Motor Co. debuted its V-8 engine.
1939 - Britain and France agreed to support Poland if Germany threatened invasion.
1940 - La Guardia airport in New York officially opened to the public.
1948 - The Soviets in Germany began controlling the Western trains headed toward Berlin.
1949 - Winston Churchill declared that the A-bomb was the only thing that kept the U.S.S.R. from taking over Europe.
1949 - Newfoundland entered the Canadian confederation as its 10th province.
1958 - The U.S. Navy formed the atomic submarine division.
1966 - An estimated 200,000 anti-war demonstrators march in New York City.
1967 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Consular Treaty, the first bi-lateral pact with the Soviet Union since the Bolshevik Revolution.
1970 - The U.S. forces in Vietnam down a MIG-21, it was the first since September 1968.
1976 - The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from a respirator. Quinlan remained comatose until 1985 when she died.
1980 - U.S. President Carter deregulated the banking industry.
1991 - Iraqi forces recaptured the northern city of Kirkuk from Kurdish guerillas.
1998 - U.N. Security Council imposed arms embargo on Yugoslavia.
1998 - For the first time in U.S. history the federal government's detailed financial statement was released. This occurred under the Clinton administration.
1999 - Three U.S. soldiers were captured by Yugoslav soldiers three miles from the Yugoslav border in Macedonia.
2004 - Air America Radio launched five stations around the U.S.
2004 - Google Inc. announced that it would be introducing a free e-mail service called Gmail.

'It is not a war, it is kinetic military action': National security adviser finally puts title on Libya
In a press briefing on board Air Force One on Wednesday, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes called it 'kinetic military action'.

Federal prisons director charged with DUI
The Federal Bureau of Prisons' retiring director was charged with drunken driving in February after police in Maryland say an officer spotted him driving erratically near his Annapolis home.

Japan evacuees refused treatment amid fear of radiation
Hundreds of evacuees from the area around Japan's stricken nuclear power plant are being turned away by hospitals and temporary evacuation centers because of fear they may be carrying radiation, a British newspaper reported.

Libya's foreign minister defects
Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa arrived in Britain on Wednesday to seek refuge after quitting the government in protest against leader Moammar Gadhafi's attacks on civilians.

110 Mph Winds Damage Homes in Mississippi
Winds that reached estimated speeds of 110 miles per hour in central Mississippi damaged more than 40 homes as severe storms dumped large hail and heavy rain flooded roads, officials said Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

How and Why The Elite Destroyed 3 Tons of Silver Last Week
Almost half of the cost ($269 million) has come from the 191 Tomahawk missiles that have been launched into Libya. I think it is extremely interesting to know that each Tomahawk has more than a monster box (500 oz.) of silver inside of each missile. Pure silver has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of all metals. When there is a $1.5 million dollar missile is being produced to secure more oil for the Empire, the Elite will use only the best materials to ensure the best performing results. So far the US has thrown 3 tons of silver at Libya just with the Tomahawk missiles.

VIDEO: Threats Claim Nuclear Bombs Hidden All Over U.S.
The threats came in the mail and to date, there have been 25 letters that warn of nuclear bombs destroying America. People who got them called the FBI and CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman learned, the Bureau’s Chicago office is leading the investigation. FBI Special Agent Andre Zavala said, “Yes, they alarmed a lot of people.” The letter inside said, “The Al-Qaeda organization has planted 160 nuclear bombs throughout the U.S. in schools, stadiums, churches, stores, financial institutions and government buildings.” It also said, “This is a suicide mission for us.”

Impact Of Gulf Disaster Greatly Underestimated
A new study argues that many more whales, dolphins and other animals died in the Gulf oil spill last year than people were led to believe.

Think Twice Before You Eat Modified Crops
I read a recent article about genetically modified organisms and how the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are so convinced of its safety that they don't even have to label it.

Money Saving Tips For Starting A New Vegetable Garden
Starting a new vegetable garden is a great way to save some money on your grocery bill. Purchasing fresh produce at your local grocery store can really add up, especially when you buy organically grown products.

Biggest Spike In Radiation At Japan Power Plant
Seawater outside the hobbled nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan was found to contain 3,335 times the usual amount of radioactive iodine — the highest rate yet and a sign that more contaminated water was making its way into the ocean, officials said Wednesday.

Fukushima Beyond Point Of No Return
The battle to save the Fukushima nuclear power plant now appears lost as the radioactive core from Reactor No. 2 has melted through the containment vessel and dropped into the concrete basement of the reactor structure.

Obama's Approval Rating At All Time Low
President Obama's approval rating has hit an all-time low, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

EPA: Radioactive Iodine-131 Levels In PA And MA Rainwater 'Exceed Maximum Containment Level Permitted In Drinking Water'
The levels [of iodine-131 in rainwater in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts] exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL) permitted in drinking water, but EPA continues to assure the public there is no need for alarm:

Threats Claim Nuclear Bombs Hidden All Over US
The threats came in the mail and to date, there have been 25 letters that warn of nuclear bombs destroying America.

Farrakhan: 'America Will Be Bathed In Blood'
Whether you love him or hate him, agree or disagree, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan has some interesting views worthy of your time.

Federal Reserve Silently Grows Balance Sheet To Approximately $2.75 Trillion By A Shadow Bailout Of Residential Real Estate And Commercial Real Estate
The biggest silent financial bailout going on in the nation revolves around commercial real estate.

Beware Of Homeland Security Training For Local Law Enforcement, By An Insider
I’ve been in law enforcement for the past 18 years. I have attended a variety of training over those years.

Canada-US Deep Integration Agenda Continues Unabated
Canada and the U.S recently issued a joint threat and risk assessment as part of ongoing efforts to further enhance security on the northern border.

Depleted Uranium: A Strange Way To Protect Libyan Civilians
In the first 24 hours of the Libyan attack, US B-2s dropped forty-five 2,000-pound bombs. We do not know if these massive bombs, along with the Cruise missiles launched from British and French planes and ships, contained depleted uranium (DU) warheads.

Libyan Rebels Flee East From Gaddafi Bombardment
Libyan rebels fled in headlong retreat from the superior arms and tactics of Muammar Gaddafi's troops on Wednesday, exposing the insurgents' weakness without Western air strikes to tip the scales in their favor.

Springs Man's Claim To Have Obama Records Sets Birthers Abuzz
A Colorado Springs “birther,” retired Air Force Col. Gregory Hollister, has Internet blogs abuzz with what may be an illegal foray into an online Social Security data base and how he obtained a copy of President Barack Obama’s draft registration from 1980.

Nine Dead In Alabama Hospitals After Receiving Contaminated Intravenous Supplements
Nine patients died in Alabama hospitals -- most in the Birmingham area -- after receiving intravenous nutritional supplements contaminated with a lethal bacteria, the state health department said Tuesday.

Yemen Crisis Intensifies With Factory Explosion
An explosion ripped through crowds of looters in a munitions factory Monday, killing at least 78 and injuring scores in the latest sign of weakening government authority amid Yemen’s two-month-old populist uprising.

Senate Dems To Boehner: Ditch The Tea Party Or Shut Down The Government
Senate Democrats on Tuesday posed an ultimatum to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on the budget: Bring your tea party "extremists" in line or prepare for a government shutdown come April 8.

Technological Breakthrough Could Generate Free Power For Portable Devices Using Simple Body Movements
Imagine never again having to charge your mobile phone or portable music device using a wall plug and batteries, but instead be able to charge such devices simply by moving your body.

Fluoride Spill At Water Facility Literally Burns Holes In Parking Lot Cement
A recent chemical spill at a water treatment facility in Rock Island, Ill., required the assistance of an emergency relief crew decked in the very same type of hazmat suits being worn by workers at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in Japan.

The Number One Health Destroyer Is All Natural
It is linked to nearly every major disease and multiple non-lethal conditions that plague us.

Exposure To Pesticides Leads To Poor Semen Quality, Infertility
The organochloride pesticides used every day on many conventional food crops is responsible for lowering semen quality and causing infertility, according to a new study out of Spain.

Today In History - Wednesday - March 30, 2011
1822 - Florida became a U.S. territory.
1842 - Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.
1855 - About 5,000 "Border Ruffians" from western Missouri invaded the territory of Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. It was the first election in Kansas.
1858 - Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil.
1867 - The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
1870 - The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1870 - Texas was readmitted to the Union.
1916 - Pancho Villa killed 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
1936 - Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 warships.
1941 - The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
1944 - The U.S. fleet attacked Palau, near the Philippines.
1945 - The U.S.S.R. invaded Austria during World War II.
1946 - The Allies seized 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
1950 - U.S. President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
1972 - The British government assumed direct rule over Northern Ireland.
1972 - The Eastertide Offensive began when North Vietnamese troops crossed into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the northern portion of South Vietnam.
1975 - As the North Vietnamese forces moved toward Saigon South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets in desperation.
1981 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.
1982 - The space shuttle Columbia completed its third and its longest test flight after 8 days in space.
1984 - The U.S. ended its participation in the multinational peace force in Lebanon.
1998 - Rolls-Royce was purchased by BMW in a $570 million deal.
2002 - An unmanned U.S. spy plan crashed at sea in the Southern Philippines.
2002 - Suspected Islamic militants set off several grenades at a temple in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Four civilians, four policemen and two attackers were killed and 20 people were injured.

US sending robots to Japan to help nuclear plant
Robots with electronics built to withstand radiation could presumably work in areas where radiation levels would harm or even kill a person. Workers at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have been exposed to high levels of radiation and burned. The device being shipped to Japan is equipped to provide visuals, radiological surveys and mapping data in areas of the plant that are not accessible to humans due to potential elevated radiation levels that are above recommended safety guidelines. In addition to the robots, the Energy Department has sent about 40 employees and more than 17,000 pounds of equipment to Japan, Lyons said.

As US Preps For Nuclear Disaster Drills, Scientists Reassure About Quake Zone Facilities
The United States is home to 104 nuclear plants, 15 of which are located in the what's known as the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a region defined by a fault line of the same name.

Fears For Food Supply As Radioactive Waste Pours From Stricken Reactor
Radioactive water was pouring from a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant last night, with officials warning it will soon reach the sea.

Japan Nuclear Meltdown: Radioactive Iodine From Fukushima Found In Rainwater In US
Low levels of radioactive iodine believed to be from Japan's disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected in the atmosphere in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida, environmental officials said today.

Japan Radioactivity Found In UK
Extremely low levels of radioactive iodine from the tsunami-hit Japanese nuclear plant have been detected in parts of the UK, the Health Protection Agency said today.

Ron Paul Introduces Free Competition in Currency Act of 2011
"One private enterprise which attempted to popularize the use of precious metal coins was Liberty Services, the creators of the Liberty Dollar," stated Ron Paul. "Evidently the government felt threatened, as Liberty Dollars had all their precious metal coins seized by the FBI and Secret Service in November of 2007. Of course, not all of these coins were owned by Liberty Services, as many were held in trust as backing for silver and gold certificates which Liberty Services issued. None of this matters, of course, to the government, who hates to see any competition."

Prediction: 20 Years of War in Libya
This prediction came the day after Obama gave one of those speeches, like his speeches on Gitmo or Iraq, where he persuades you that something is already over without actually making that claim. How can the war (excuse me, humanitarian intervention) in Libya be over and have 20 years left to go?

Michigan Debuts New, Improved Driver’s License
The new card is designed to confound the counterfeiters. The idea is to stay one step ahead of the forgery crowd, given post-9/11 concerns about those who use such means to get in where they don’t belong.

Biotech company using cell lines from aborted babies in food enhancement testing
Pepsico, Kraft Foods, and Nestlé are among the corporations partnered with a biotech company found using aborted fetal cell lines to test food flavor enhancers, according to a pro-life watchdog group.

Obama Administration Under Mounting Pressure For Botched Gun Trafficking Investigation
Congress and the Department of Justice appear to be headed for a showdown this week over documents detailing Operation Fast and Furious, the botched gunrunning sting set up by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that funneled more than 1,700 smuggled weapons from Arizona to Mexico.

Group To Tell Senate Panel About 42 Disease Clusters In 13 States
An environmental group will tell a Senate panel Tuesday that it has identified 42 suspected clusters of cancer, birth defects and other illnesses in 13 states.

Global Shipping Industry The Latest Casualty Of Japans Nuclear Disaster
Radiation fears have begun to play havoc with the global shipping industry, in which Japan is a key player on several levels.

Libya Crisis: Tuesday 29 March Part One
There has been much debate about whether the coalition should arm the rebels.

Syrian Cabinet Resigns Amid Political Unrest
Syria's Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago and is now threatening President Bashar Assad's 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian and closed-off nations in the Middle East.

More Dead Sealife Continues To Plague US Beaches
Months after the hundreds of birds fell dead from the sky and after thousands of dead fish, crabs, sardines, dolphins, and whales washed ashore worldwide, more dead fish washed ashore in Alabama, and a dead whale washed ashore in Virginia.

Double Dip Recession 2011: We Are Way Over The Edge Right Now
Last Friday, I wrote a piece called “Could America be Pushed over the Economic Edge?” It was about how Libya, Japan or even covert economic warfare (from America’s enemies) could push the U.S. into another financial meltdown.

Obama's High Food Price Policy Stealing Milk From Babies
The price of corn has reached a record $7 a bushel.

Lejeune Marines Prepare To Deploy Off Libyan Coast
Twenty-two hundred Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune are preparing to deploy off the coast of Libya in northern Africa. They said goodbye to their families Monday afternoon, and they'll be leaving in the days ahead.

Libyan Rebels Retreating After Gadhafi Onslaught
Libyan government tanks and rockets pounded rebel forces into a panicked full retreat Tuesday after an hourslong, back-and-forth battle that highlighted the superior might of Moammar Gadhafi's forces, even hobbled by international airstrikes.

A Stealth Downsizing, As Shoppers Pay More For Less Food
As an expected increase in the cost of raw materials looms for late summer, consumers are beginning to encounter shrinking food packages.

Obama On Non-Criminal Illegal Aliens: We Don't Want To Deport Them; 'We Want Them To Succeed'
President Barack Obama on Monday told a student who has received a deportation notice that he does not want to deport her -- he wants people like her to succeed.

Cash For Clunkers 2: The Return Of Government Motors
Ready for another cash for clunkers program? It looks like General Motors is attempting to replace it's own consumer incentives with tax payer money.

Before Libya, White House Must Negotiate With ABC
President Obama had a message for the American people Monday night, an explanation of the government’s intentions in Libya, one that he believed was important enough to request air time from the broadcast networks as well as the cable news networks.

French Vegans In Dock Over Baby's Death
Two vegans who fed their 11-month-old daughter only mother's milk went on trial in northern France on Tuesday charged with neglect after their baby died suffering from vitamin deficiency.

EU To Ban Cars From Cities By 2050
The European Commission on Monday unveiled a "single European transport area" aimed at enforcing "a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers" by 2050.

Wow That Was Fast! Libyan Rebels Have Already Established A New Central Bank Of Libya
The rebels in Libya are in the middle of a life or death civil war and Moammar Gadhafi is still in power and yet somehow the Libyan rebels have had enough time to establish a new Central Bank of Libya and form a new national oil company.

Egypt Junta: Mubarak, Family Under House Arrest
The military council currently ruling post-Mubarak Egypt denied rumors and media speculation that President Hosni Mubarak had fled to Saudi Arabia and was receiving treatment for cancer in Tabuk.

Petraeus To Head CIA Would Be Obama's Worst Move Yet
In a presidency that has been marked by actions in direct opposition to his high-minded campaign, Barack Obama appears poised on the precipice of a move that could do more material damage to the US than his refusal to prosecute torturers, coddling of big business, healthcare sellout, escalation of existing wars and starting of a new one all combined.

Plutonium Found In Soils Near Fukushima, But Governments Say There's Nothing To Worry About
In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown catastrophe, plutonium has now been found in soil samples taken from five locations around

Herb Fenugreek Could Be Natural Viagra, New Study Finds
Erectile dysfunction (ED), the politically correct term for what used to be called impotence, is the ongoing inability to maintain an erection firm enough, or that lasts long enough, for sex.

Today In History - Tuesday - March 29, 2011
1847 - U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott took possession of the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.
1848 - Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day due to an ice jam.
1867 - The British Parliament passed the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada.
1903 - A regular news service began between New York and London on Marconi's wireless.
1906 - In the U.S., 500,000 coal miners walked off the job seeking higher wages.
1941 - The British sank five Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in the Mediterranean.
1943 - In the U.S. rationing of meat, butter and cheese began during World War II.
1946 - Gold Coast became the first British colony to hold an African parliamentary majority.
1951 - The Chinese reject MacArthur's offer for a truce in Korea.
1961 - The 23rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment allowed residents of Washington, DC, to vote for president.
1962 - Cuba opened the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
1967 - France launched its first nuclear submarine.
1971 - Lt. William Calley Jr., of the U.S. Army, was found guilty of the premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. The trial was the result of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.
1971 - A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The death sentences were later commuted to live in prison.
1973 - The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam.
1974 - Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. It had been launched on November 3, 1973.
1974 - Eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University on
May 4, 1970. All the guardsmen were later acquitted.
1975 - Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975.
1979 - The Committee on Assassinations Report issued by U.S. House of Representatives stated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy.
1992 - Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said "I didn't inhale and I didn't try it again" in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana.
1993 - The South Korean government agreed to pay financial support to women who had been forced to have sex with Japanese troops during World War II.
1995 - The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment that would have limited terms to 12 years in the U.S. House and Senate.
1999 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time.
2004 - Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia became members of NATO.

Aftershock: The Blast That Shook Psycho Platoon
How the Military Is Failing Its Wounded. Studies have estimated that about 20 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury while deployed. Of those, anywhere between 5 percent to nearly 50 percent may suffer both PTSD and lingering problems from traumatic brain injuries. It is an epidemic so new that doctors aren't even sure what to call it, let alone how best to diagnose and treat it.

PARENT ALERT: Sexual Predator Stalks Kids Through X-Box Live
“All parents need to monitor their children actions whether it’s text, internet or chatroom, they need to monitor their children’s activities,” says Det. Lupi.
Even while playing their Microsoft’s X-Box live!!!!

Latest Japanese Supply Chain Disruption Summary
By now the only homo sapiens in the world who don't realize that the Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster will have profound implications on supply chains, inventory levels, profit margins, corporate bottom lines and broad economic output are Wall Street sell side analysts, who remain convinced that the Lemming view is the right one, at least until management teams start coming out, most likely in the upcoming week, and issuing profit warnings, conveniently blaming their declining profitability on Japan, the weather and other "one time items."

Patty Murray, Chairman Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, urges DOD to creat database of service members supporting the relief in Japan
"I urge DoD to create a database of U.S. servicemembers supporting the relief effort in Japan to track data related to exposure to radiation and other environmental toxins. This information will aid DoD and ultimately VA as care and benefits are provided to those who suffer ill-effects from any such exposures."

European Parliament Issues Warnings On HAARP
The daily lives of people seem blissfully unaffected by events about which they know little or nothing. Daily news reports unfold with no mention as to why and how the powerful operate behind the scenes.

Shocking Video Show US Troops Cheering As Airstrike Blows Up Afghan Civilians
Shocking new details emerged today of how American soldiers formed a 'death squad' to randomly murder Afghan civilians and mutilate their corpses.

Iranian Video Says Mahdi Is 'Near'
New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi--or Islamic messiah--is about to appear.

Unrest In Syria And Jordan Poses New Test For US Policy
Even as the Obama administration defends the NATO-led air war in Libya, the latest violent clashes in Syria and Jordan are raising new alarm among senior officials who view those countries, in the heartland of the Arab world, as far more vital to American interests.

Time Short, Tempers Flare In Budget Showdown
The specter of a partial government shutdown looms again as Congress returns to Washington with Democrats and Republicans as far apart on a bill to keep the government running as they were two weeks ago.

Children Of The Revolution: The Yemeni Boys Taking A Stand As Their Country Teeters On The Brink
As their country teeters on the brink, many of Yemen's children draped in their country's flag today joined a protest against incumbent president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

US home sales slump to lowest level since 1960s
Sales tumbled nearly 17 percent in February to 250,000 units, the Commerce Department said, marking the lowest total since at least 1963, when records were first kept.

Gold Replacing Dollar As World's Reserve Currency?
$105 per barrel oil. Cotton prices at record levels. Food prices at 2008 highs.

UFO Sighting Spooks Lafayette, Colorado Town
The strange triangular formation of lights hovering above Lafayette, Colo., last week has many wondering if it's a sign that we're not alone.

Consumer Spending Up, Inflation Accelerates
U.S. consumer spending rose for an eighth straight month in February, but much of the gain went to cover rising food and energy prices, providing little lift to the economy.

Plutonium Found In Fukushima, TEPCO Executive Says 'Radioactive Substance Should'nt Have Any Impact On Human Health'
The spin? It is not harmful to human health. Oh really? We can't wait for Kan to eat some plutonium on national TV to confirm this.
Related Article: Plutonium found in soils near Fukushima, but governments say there's nothing to worry about

Simple foods provide protection against radiation exposure
Research on food based radiation exposure after the Chernobyl disaster can give us insight on what foods can reduce radiation exposure from our diet.

MIT Lab Creates The World's First Feasible 'Artificial Leaf'
A practical artificial leaf that can turn sunlight and water into energy as efficiently as the real thing has long been a Holy Grail of chemistry, and researchers at MIT may have finally done it. Today at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society researchers from MIT’s Nocera Lab, led by Dr. Daniel Nocera, claimed that they’ve created an artificial leaf made from stable and--more importantly--inexpensive materials.

Fears Rise That Japan Could Sell Off US Debt
Some lawmakers and market analysts are expressing rising concerns that a demand for capital by earthquake-ravaged Japan could lead it to sell off some of its huge holdings of U.S.-issued debt, leaving the federal government in an even tighter financial pinch.

Defiant Granny Margaret Jaconelli Finally Thrown Out Of Her Glasgow Flat
Their entire street in Dalmarnock, Glasgow, is now set to be bulldozed to make way for the 2014 Commonwealth Games athletes' village.

Libya May Be Placing Corpses At Bombed Sites
U.S. intelligence reports suggest that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces have placed the bodies of people they have killed at the sites of coalition air strikes so they can blame the West for the deaths, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said in a television interview on Saturday.

Sixth Study In Recent Months Links Mercury In Flu Shots To Brain Damage, Autism
The toxic effects of the mercury, also known in vaccines as Thimerosal, have once again been confirmed, this time by researchers from the University of Brazil.

Organic Dairy Farmer Francis Thicke Promotes House File 394, The Iowa Raw Milk Bill
Iowa is one of only 11 states that prohibits any form of raw milk sales to the public.

GM Soy Making Its Way Into The UK Food Chain Through Animal Feed
Labeling laws throughout the European Union (EU) require that all food containing genetically-modified (GM) ingredients be properly labeled.

More Scientific Evidence That Antioxidants Can Fight Cancer
For the first time, scientists have discovered a genetic pathway suggesting that antioxidants may help in the treatment of cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers from Thomas Jefferson University and published in the journal Cancer Biology & Therapy.

Flip Your Stress And Empower Yourself Toward Health
In the legendary book, The Road Less Traveled, psychiatrist M. Scott Peck identified two fundamental maladaptive responses to stress, pressure and failure to meet the ongoing demands of life.

Fukushima Update: False Radiation Readings, Radioactive Water And Anti-Nuclear Protesters
Here's the latest on the Fukushima nuclear power plant situation as it is unfolding in Japan:

Today In History - Monday - March 28, 2011
1834 - The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
1854 - The Crimean War began with Britain and France declaring war on Russia.
1865 - Outdoor advertising legislation was enacted in New York. The law banned "painting on stones, rocks and trees."
1885 - The Salvation Army was officially organized in the U.S.
1898 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the U.S. to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen. This meant that they could not be deported under the Chinese Exclusion Act.
1908 - Automobile owners lobbied the U.S. Congress, supporting a bill that called for vehicle licensing and federal registration.
1917 - During World War I the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded.
1921 - U.S. President Warren Harding named William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.
1922 - Bradley A. Fiske patented a microfilm reading device.
1933 - In Germany, the Nazis ordered a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions and schools.
1938 - In Italy, psychiatrists demonstrated the use of electric-shock therapy for treatment of certain mental illnesses.
1939 - The Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to Francisco Franco.
1941 - The Italian fleet was defeated by the British at the Battle of Matapan.
1942 - British naval forces raided the Nazi occupied French port of St. Nazaire.
1945 - Germany launched the last of the V-2 rockets against England.
1962 - The U.S. Air Force announced research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.
1968 - The U.S. lost its first F-111 aircraft in Vietnam when it vanished while on a combat mission. North Vietnam claimed that they had shot it down.
1979 - A major accident occurred at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. A nuclear power reactor overheated and suffered a partial meltdown.
1986 - The U.S. Senate passed $100 million aid package for the Nicaraguan contras.
1986 - More than 6,000 radio stations of all format varieties played "We are the World" simultaneously at 10:15 a.m. EST. It raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US.
1990 - In Britain, a joint Anglo-U.S. "sting" operation ended with the seizure of 40 capacitors, which can be used in the trigger mechanism of a nuclear weapon.
1991 - The U.S. embassy in Moscow was severely damaged by fire.
2010 - China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. signed a deal to buy Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo car unit.

VIDEO: G Edward Griffin: Monsanto transfers all liability to farmers

The Surprising PNAC Connection to Libya
Looks like the PNAC, or Project for A New American Century, agenda of 1997 is rolling along as planned. Just as has been outlined by other think tanks, Illuminati writers and social programmers.

VIDEO: CNN Segment On Libya Titled "The New World Order"

VIDEO: U.S. General Wesley Clark - proof Libyan Invasion was Planned 10 Years in Advance - Minerva Roman goddess of war

Check out the awesome Greenhouse being built on contract by Ron Klinefelter

FDIC Bank Closures

Nuclear Plants Fail to Report Safety Defects
Nearly 30% of U.S. nuclear-power plants fail to report equipment defects that could pose substantial safety risks, a flaw in federal oversight that could make it harder for regulators to spot troublesome trends across the industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's inspector general said Thursday. The Office of Inspector General said nuclear-plant operators were confused about what they were required to report to regulators about manufacturing defects. One section of federal law, known as Part 21, requires them to report defective equipment that could cause a safety risk, while another section calls for them to report only defects that compromise safety.

Japan Activist Warns Another Nuclear Quake Looms
The nuclear safety crisis entering its third week in Japan was not exactly the disaster that long-term activist and author Takashi Hirose foresaw in his book last summer, "Nuclear Reactor Time Bomb."

Wind and Waves Growing Across Globe
“Careful analysis of satellite data shows that extreme oceanic wind speeds and ocean wave heights have increased dramatically over the last 23 years,” Professor Young said.

Experts: Area Drought Worsens, Breaks Records
You don’t have to be a meteorologist to know it’s been dry lately; some area fire departments have responded to a number of grass fires.

Syrian Army Reportedly Enter Damascus After Tense Day of Anti-Government Protests
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syrian army units deployed in a seaside Mediterranean city rocked by protests and unrest, eyewitnesses and activists said Sunday.

Israel Deploys Iron Dome Missile Defense System For First Time
The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday deployed the Iron Dome anti-rocket system for the first time ever on Sunday in southern Israel.

Wolf: Loudest Obamacare Cheerleader Wants Out
Becoming the most hypocritical politician in America is not an easy goal to achieve, but New York’s Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, is up to the task.

Money Trouble Ahead: 15 Indications That Bad Times Are About To Hit The US Economy
2011 is shaping up to be a really bad year for the U.S. economy.

Global Food Scare Widens From Japan Nuclear Plant
Countries across the world shunned Japanese food imports Thursday as radioactive steam leaked from a disaster-struck nuclear plant, straining nerves in Tokyo.

Ahmadinejad Says: 'The Final Move Has Begun'
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is telling the people of Iran that the Twelfth Imam is managing the the revolution now underway in Egypt and in various parts of the Islamic world, and that “the final move has begun” to destroy America, Israel and the influence of the Western powers in the epicenter.

There's A 'Superbug' Spreading Around America Killing 40% Of The People Who Come In Contact
A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium has spread to patients in Southern California, according to a study by Los Angeles County public health officials.

Brevan Howard Equity Fund Reduced Stock Bets Before Japan Quake
Brevan Howard Asset Management LP “significantly reduced” risk last month in its $569 million equity hedge fund because of the unrest in the Middle East, a move that limited potential losses from the stock selloff in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake.

NATO Decision Body To Consider Libya Air Strikes
BRUSSELS – NATO's top decision-making body is likely to expand its air mission over Libya on Sunday to take over command of U.S.-led air strikes against Moammar Gadhafi's military.

US Officials: Libya Operation Could Last Month
U.S.-led military action in Libya has bolstered rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces, but the international operation could continue for months, the Obama administration says.

Japan Nuclear: Workers Evacuated As Radiation Soars
Workers trying to cool the reactor core to avoid a meltdown have been evacuated.

Tiny Amounts Of Radiation From Japan Reach Nevada
Minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear plant have reached Las Vegas, but scientists say it poses no health risk.

Low-Level Radiation Found In Bay State Rainwater
Radiation from the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan is now showing up in rain in Massachusetts, health officials announced today.

Anti-Cuts March Draws Hundreds Of Thousands As Police Battle Rioters
More than a quarter of a million people have marched through central London to deliver a powerful message about the government's cuts in public spending.

Why You Should Be Freaked Out About The Stock Market
This is a chart of the US monetary base. In simple terms, it charts how much money the Fed has pumped into the system (at least that it admits).

FDIC 'Cash for Keys' Proposal Would Pay Underwater Homeowners $21,000 To Walk Away; In Prison For Taking A Liar Loan
The five biggest US mortgage servicers were told this week at a private meeting with regulators to consider paying delinquent borrowers up to $21,000 each as part of a broader settlement of the foreclosure crisis.

Canadian Government Falls, Election Set For May
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Opposition politicians drove Canada's Conservative government out of office on charges of sleaze and mismanagement on Friday, setting the scene for an early May election that polls indicate the Conservatives will win.

Indiana Prosecutor Told Wisconsin Governor To Stage 'False Flag Operation'
An Indiana prosecutor and Republican activist has resigned after emails show he suggested Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stage a fake attack on himself to discredit unions protesting his budget repair bill.

More Than Half Of Store Receipts And Nearly Money Bills Contain Dangerously High Levels Of Toxic BPA
Avoiding exposure to Bisphenol-A (BPA), the endocrine-disrupting plastics chemical linked to reproductive problems and other serious health issues, means more than just drinking out of BPA-free bottles and limiting consumption of canned foods.

Obesity Rates Double Worldwide As More Countries Embrace American Junk Foods, Indoor Lifestyles
Worldwide rates of obesity have doubled since 1980, but levels of cholesterol and blood pressure are strikingly different between rich and poor countries, according to a study conducted by researchers from Imperial College London and published in The Lancet.

Stress Alters Gut Bacteria Balance, Inhibits Proper Immune Function
Researchers from Ohio State University (OSU) have identified an important connection between stress and health.

Worst Texas Drought In 44 Years Causing Wheat, Beef Shortages
Lower yields and continually-rising demand has sparked a sharp rise in prices for wheat and beef in the US.

Male Hormone Production Occurs In The Bones, Study Finds
The bones in men's bodies serve a much greater purpose than simply the "mere assembly of inert calcified tubes," says a new study out of Columbia University.

Cookware Chemicals Disrupt Hormones, Lead To Early Menopause, Study Finds
The type of cookware you use can make all the difference in determining the health of you and your family.

Natural Tree Compounds Effective At Treating MRSA, Skin Cancer
It is often considered to be a "trash tree" by farmers who fight to eliminate it in order to protect the viability of their land.

Why Not Getting Enough Sleep Can Cause You To Gain Weight
A new study out of Columbia University says that sleep deprivation can cause a person to eat roughly 300 more calories a day than normal, which can ultimately lead to weight gain and obesity.

Today In History - Friday - March 25, 2011
1774 - English Parliament passed the Boston Port Bill.
1776 - The Continental Congress authorized a medal for General George Washington.
1802 - France, Netherlands, Spain and England signed the Peace of Amiens.
1807 - The first railway passenger service began in England.
1813 - The frigate USS Essex flew the first U.S. flag in battle in the Pacific.
1857 - Frederick Laggenheim took the first photo of a solar eclipse.
1865 - During the American Civil War, Confederate forces captured Fort Stedman in Virginia.
1900 - The U.S. Socialist Party was formed in Indianapolis.
1901 - The Mercedes was introduced by Daimler at the five-day "Week of Nice" in Nice, France.
1905 - Rebel battle flags that were captured during the American Civil War were returned to the South.
1905 - Russia received Japan's terms for peace.
1911 - In New York City, 146 women were killed in fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. The owners of the company were indicted on manslaughter charges because some of the employees had been behind locked doors in the factory. The owners were later acquitted and in 1914 they were ordered to pay damages to each of the twenty-three families that had sued.
1915 - 21 people died when a U.S. F-4 submarine sank off the Hawaiian coast.
1947 - A coalmine explosion in Centralia, IL, killed 111 people.
1947 - John D. Rockefeller III presented a check for $8.5 million to the United Nations for the purchase of land for the site of the U.N. center.
1953 - The USS Missouri fired on targets at Kojo, North Korea.
1954 - RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production.
1960 - A guided missile was launched from a nuclear powered submarine for the first time.
1965 - Martin Luther King Jr. led a group of 25,000 to the state capital in Montgomery, AL.
1966 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the "poll tax" was unconstitutional.
1970 - The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.
1975 - King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew. The nephew, with a history of mental illness, was beheaded the following June.
1981 - The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador was damaged when gunmen attacked using rocket propelled grenades and machine guns.
1983 - The U.S. Congress passed legislation to rescue the U.S. social security system from bankruptcy.
1985 - It was reported that a U.S. Army Major stationed in East Germany had been shot and killed by a Soviet Border Guard.
1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan ordered emergency aid for the Honduran army. U.S. helicopters took Honduran troops to the Nicaraguan border.
1990 - A fire in Happy Land, an illegal New York City social club, killed 87 people.
1991 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein launched a major counter-offensive to recapture key towns from Kurds in northern Iraq.
1992 - Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returned to Earth after spending 10 months aboard the orbiting Mir space station.
1993 - President de Klerk admitted that South Africa had built six nuclear bombs, but said that they had since been dismantled.
1994 - United States troops completed their withdrawal from Somalia.
1996 - An 81-day standoff by the antigovernment Freemen began at a ranch near Jordan, MT.
1996 - The U.S. issued a newly redesigned $100 bill for circulation.
1998 - A cancer patient was the first known to die under Oregon's doctor-assisted suicide law.
2002 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dismissed complaints against Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network broadcast of a Victoria's Secret fashion show in November 2001.

Over 60 killed in Myanmar's 6.8 tremor
At least 60 people have been killed and more than 90 others injured in a strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Myanmar near the Thai border Thursday night.

Japan fears reactor core breach
Japanese nuclear safety officials raised the possibility of more severe environmental contamination on Friday with their latest announcement on the country's nuclear crisis. “It is possible that somewhere at the reactor may have been damaged,'' AP quoted Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the nuclear safety agency, as saying.

Japan death toll tops 10,000 as plant keeps fuming
The death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 Friday as the operator of a radiation-belching nuclear plant warned that work to stabilise it may take another month. Japan held out little hope of finding alive another 17,433 listed as missing.

Post Office News: Layoffs, Closings, Saturday Delivery
The United States Postal Service has announced “efficiency Improvements” that eliminate 7,500 administrative and executive positions across the organization and close district offices in Columbus, OH, South East Michigan, Northern Illinois, South East New England, South Georgia, Big Sky and Albuquerque. The Postal Service says the closing will not affect customer service, mail delivery, Post Office operations or ZIP codes.

Comments From Piers
The very active solar region which emerged from the SE limb of the sun on the morning of 21st March is crackling with dangerous activity including extreme UV radiation and up to 50Mev proton bursts and its appearance along with other active regions on the sun fits our long-range WARNING for significant weather extremes and earthquakes in the period around 23rd-27th March, issued during February.

Japan's Tsunami Topped 70 Feet In One Estimate
Video footage of the tsunami that hit Japan this month makes it clear: This was no ordinary wave. And now there are initial estimates for just how high it reached -- nearly 80 feet in at least one place.

Worst Texas Drought In 44 Years Eroding Wheat, Beef Supply As Food Rallies
The worst Texas drought in 44 years is damaging the state’s wheat crop and forcing ranchers to reduce cattle herds, as rising demand for U.S. food sends grain and meat prices higher.

New Census Milestone: Hispanics To Hit 50 Million
In a surprising display of growth, census figures indicate Hispanics will reach a new milestone: more than 50 million people, or roughly 1 in 6 Americans.

Mideast Expert: Gadhafi Losing Grip On Reality
Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is rapidly losing his already frail grip on reality, increasing the odds that he could unleash chemical weapons on his own people or launch a terrorist attack on the United States, a leading expert on the Middle East tells Newsmax.TV.

Radioactive Iodine In Fukushima Seawater Highest Ever, Reactors 5 And 6 Now Leaking Too
And while futures rise as the market anticipates the latest central bank intervention to paper over the global financial insolvency, the radioactive fallout from Fukushima continues to worsen as Iodine 131 levels in the seawater hits the highest since the start of the crisis.

'Kinetic Warfare'
"Retronym" is a word coined by Frank Mankiewicz, George McGovern's campaign director, to delineate previously unnecessary distinctions

Massive Fire At MIA Fuel Tank Farm Cancels Flights
An intense fire that broke out Wednesday night at a fuel tank farm at the Miami International Airport left 36 flights canceled.

Obama Rules Out 'Land Invasion' In Libya
President Barack Obama Wednesday categorically ruled out a land invasion to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as coalition forces launched a fifth day of air strikes against government military targets in the North African nation.

Obama: No US Forces On The Ground In Libya...Except For Those Guys
“President Obama said Wednesday it was ‘absolutely’ out of the question that U.S. ground forces would be used in Libya.”

Japan Disaster: Over 27,000 Dead Or Missing
More than 27,000 people are officially dead or missing after the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11th.

Magnitude 6.8 - Myanmar

Dangerous Neutrons Beams Shooting From Crippled Fukushima Reactor
One of the most deadly forms of radiation has been detected shooting from the heart of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant: neutron beams.

Oil Prices Climb Amid Libya Fighting
World oil prices advanced on Tuesday as fighting raged on in Libya, a significant exporter of crude before the current crisis.

Another Voice: US Will Go Bankrupt
"If we continue down on the path on which the fiscal authorities put us, we will become insolvent, the question is when," Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said in a question and answer session after delivering a speech at the University of Frankfurt.

Durable Goods Orders Come In Way Worse Than Expected
This number is much worse than expectations, and futures have pulled back a bit on the news.

Fukushima Deteriorates Again As Steam Now Rising From Reactor 1 For First Time, Including All Other Reactors; Reactor 5 Cooling Fails
Not an hour passes without something material developing in Fukushima. Just out from NHK: all four broken reactors are now smoking.

Lethal In Japan - The Real Story On Radiation
The headlines we wake up to Monday morning say: A new column of smoke rising from an overheating nuclear plant in Japan drove workers out of the smoldering site dented hopes for a breakthrough in the post-quake atomic crisis raising the risk of uncontrolled radiation.

Think Pink To Prevent Dementia: Natural Pigment Astaxanthin Protects Brain
It's time to "think pink". No, that's not just the familiar marketing slogan used to promote breast cancer awareness (and, it can be argued, to push the multi-million dollar breast cancer industry).

More Than 2,000 Vaccinated Babies Died: The Cost Of Doing Business
Earlier this month (March 2011), Japanese authorities ordered doctors to stop using pneumococcal and Hib vaccines because four children died after receiving the shots.

Ohio Farmers Resist GMO's Because Non-Hybrid Seeds Work Better
Ohio farmers are more reluctant to plant genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their fields than their counterparts in other Midwestern states, planting nearly 30 percent of their fields with non-modified corn.

Chinese Herbal Medicine May Treat Cancer And Rheumatoid Arthritis
For centuries, traditional Chinese healers have used a medicinal plant usually called thunder god vine, or lei gong teng, as a therapy for a host of health problems including rheumatoid arthritis.

Pecans Promote Heart Health, Lower Cholesterol Levels
The health benefits offered by pecans are greater than previously believed, according to a new study published in The Journal of Nutrition.

Study: 700,000 People, Mostly Children, End Up In The ER Every Year For Pharmaceutical Drug Poisoning
Besides motor vehicle accidents, the second leading cause of injury death in the US is drug-related poisoning, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Omega 3s Significantly Reduce Risk Of Macular Degeneration
Loading up on omega-3 fatty acids can significantly reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new report published in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology.

Today In History - Thursday - March 24, 2011
1720 - In Paris, banking houses closed due to financial crisis.
1765 - Britain passed the Quartering Act that required the American colonies to house 10,000 British troops in public and private buildings.
1832 - Mormon Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.
1837 - Canada gave blacks the right to vote
1868 - Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was formed.
1882 - In Berlin, German scientist Robert Koch announced the discovery of the tuberculosis germ (bacillus).
1883 - The first telephone call between New York and Chicago took place.
1898 - The first automobile was sold.
1900 - Mayor Van Wyck of New York broke the ground for the New York subway tunnel that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
1920 - The first U.S. coast guard air station was established at Morehead City, NC.
1934 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill granting future independence to the Philippines.
1938 - The U.S. asked that all powers help refugees fleeing from the Nazis.
1944 - In Rome, The Gestapo rounded up innocent Italians and shot them to death in response to a bomb attack that killed 32 German policemen. Over 300 civilians were executed.
1946 - The Soviet Union announced that it was withdrawing its troops from Iran.
1947 - The U.S. Congress proposed the limitation of the presidency to two terms.
1955 - The first oil drill seagoing rig was put into service.
1988 - Former national security aides Oliver L. North and John M. Poindexter and businessmen Richard V. Secord and Albert Hakim pled innocent to Iran-Contra charges.
1989 - The Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil in Alaska's Prince William Sound after it ran aground.
1989 - The U.S. decided to send humanitarian aid to the Contras.
1998 - In Jonesboro, AR, two boys open fire at students from woods near a school. Four students and a teacher were killed and 10 others were injured.
1998 - A former FBI agent said papers found in James Earl Ray's car supports a conspiracy theory in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
1999 - NATO launched air strikes against Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Vojvodina). The attacks marked the first time in its 50-year history that NATO attacked a sovereign country. The bombings were in response to Serbia's refusal to sign a peace treaty with ethnic Albanians who were seeking independence for the province of Kosovo.
2001 - Apple Computer Inc's operating system MAC OS X went on sale.
2006 - In Spain, the Basque separatist group ETA announced a permanent cease-fire.


VIDEO: Could Obama be Impeached over Libya? Let's ask Biden
Back in December 2007 Then Senator Joe Biden appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews and talked about the new NIE report that showed Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Biden said that if the president chose to bypass Congress and invade Iran he would immediately call for his impeachment. Biden stood behind those comments, saying they were a warning to President Bush and that he has no constitutional authority to take us to war without congressional approval.

911 Truth TOUR - List of cities

First pictures emerge of the Fukushima Fifty as steam starts pouring from all four reactors at the stricken nuclear power plant
These first images of inside the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant reveal the terrifying conditions under which the brave men work to save their nation from full nuclear meltdown.

Toyota tells U.S. plants 'prepare to shut
Word has gone out to all 13 of Toyota's factories in the United States, Canada and Mexico. This does not mean that the plants will stop working, Toyota spokesman Mike Goss said, but that they should be ready in case the need arises. "We expect some kind of interruptions," he said.

More U.S. states find traces of radiation from Japan
Colorado and Oregon have joined several other Western states in reporting trace amounts of radioactive particles that have likely drifted about 5,000 miles from a quake and tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan, officials say.

Number of Fla. lawyers under investigation for foreclosure-related wrongdoing grows
While specifics of the cases are not public, complaints generally about the handling of foreclosures have included knowingly forged signatures on court documents, bad notarizations on assignments of mortgage and shortcuts taken that led to illegal home repossessions.

Missouri House Passes Firearms Freedom Act, HB 361
If passed into law, the bill would make law that “a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Missouri and that remains within the borders of Missouri is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the legislature that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce.”

Arkansas Rockin' and Rollin'
The New Madrid Seismic Zone in northeastern Arkansas has become very active of late. The map on the left shows 226 quakes that have struck this area over the past 4 weeks. Below the maps is a specific list when these quakes occurred.

Geologists Warn Another Powerful Earthquake Could Now Strike Tokyo After Disaster Weakened Fault Line Near Capital
Geologists have warned that another powerful earthquake could inflict terrible damage on Tokyo because the Size 9 monster which struck on March 11 has altered the earth's surface.

Soaring Food Prices: Worst Yet To Come
Over the past few months, consumers in America are witnessing higher prices for their daily food items. The concern is that this inflationary situation may only get worse in the days to come.

Florida Judge Orders Use Of Islamic Law In Mosque Case
TAMPA — A Tampa judge is under fire after ruling that he will follow Islamic law in a case against a local mosque that ultimately could decide who controls $2.2 million in state money.

1 Dead, 39 Injured In Jerusalem Bus Bombing
Bomb inside bag explodes next to Egged bus 74 opposite Binyanei Ha'uma in central Jerusalem; 3 seriously injured, 5 in moderate condition.

Supermoon Blamed After Five Ships Run Aground On British Coast
The super moon was today blamed for causing five ships to run aground within hours in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Plucky Dachshund Lola Survives One Month In Charred House
A bleating truck alarm led a Boston woman back to her dog, who was believed lost or perished after a Feb. 23 fire but was actually surviving inside the burned-out house.

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Former SEIU Official Reveals Secret Plan To Destroy JPMorgan, Crash The Stock Market, And Redistribute Wealth In America
A former official of one of the country's most-powerful unions, SEIU, has a secret plan to "destabilize" the country.

Hirose Takashi: What They're Covering Up At Fukushima
Hirose Takashi has written a whole shelf full of books, mostly on the nuclear power industry and the military-industrial complex.

Gold Just 1% From Record Nominal High Of $1, 444/oz - Risk Of Dollar Crisis Increases By Day
The U.S. dollar and yen are under pressure again today while gold and silver have taken breathers after yesterday’s gains (see table).

Chernolby Cleanup Survivor's Message For Japan: 'Run Away As Quickly As Possible'
Natalia Manzurova, one of the few survivors among those directly involved in the long cleanup of Chernobyl, was a 35-year-old engineer at a nuclear plant in Ozersk, Russia, in April 1986 when she and 13 other scientists were told to report to the wrecked, burning plant in the northern Ukraine.

Libya War: Germans Pull Forces Out Of NATO As Libyan Coalition Fall Apart
Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign.

Obama Rules Out 'Land Invasion' In Libya
President Barack Obama Wednesday categorically ruled out a land invasion to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as coalition forces launched a fifth day of air strikes against government military targets in the North African nation.

Elizabeth Taylor Dies Of Congestive Heart Failure In Hospital Aged 79
Actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79, her publicist confirmed in a statement today.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Morlock Pleads Guilty In Deaths Of 3 Afghan Civilians
A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier from Wasilla accused of killing Afghan civilians entered a guilty plea in court Wednesday.

Oil Up On Mideast Unrest, US Gasoline Stocks Drop
Oil rose on Wednesday as unrest in the Middle East and North Africa continued to flare and as a report showed U.S. gasoline inventories fell more than expected.

Donald Trump To Obama: Show The Birth Certificate
"I want him to show his birth certificate. I want him to show his birth certificate," Trump later said in the interview.
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Trace Amounts Of Radioactive Element Found In Anaheim, Riverside
Trace amounts of radioactive elements consistent with the earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan were detected by monitors in Anaheim and Riverside, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

Germany Set To Abandon Nuclear Power Good
Germany is determined to show the world how abandoning nuclear energy can be done.

Cost Of Military Campaign In Libya Could Wipe Out GOP's Spending Cuts
U.S. military operations in Libya could wipe out a significant chunk of the budget cuts won by congressional Republicans in recent weeks, defense analysts say.

Glenn Beck Contemplating Starting His Own Channel
The possibility that Glenn Beck will exit the Fox News Channel at the end of the year has prompted a big question in media circles: if he leaves, how will he bring his considerable audience with him?

A Light Bulb Dawns
In one of the stupider acts that George Bush ever put forth, this one didn’t rate a light bulb over his head.

Yes, Sex Can Kill You, US Study Shows
Sudden bursts of moderate to intense physical activity -- such as jogging or having sex -- significantly increase the risk of having a heart attack, especially in people who do not get regular exercise, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

Power Crumbling, Yemen's Leader Warns Of Civil War
SANAA, Yemen — Yemen's U.S.-backed president, his support crumbling among political allies and the army, warned that the country could slide into a "bloody" civil war Tuesday as the opposition rejected his offer to step down by the end of the year. Tens of thousands protested in the capital demanding his immediate ouster, emboldened by top military commanders who joined their cause.

India Says Monsanto Covertly, Illegally Conducted GM Corn Trials Without Approval
Recent reports out of India say that multinational biotechnology giant Monsanto has once against skirted the law by clandestinely planting its genetically-modified (GM) corn without receiving approval to do so. Nitish Kumar, chief minister of the Indian state of Bihar, recently wrote a letter to India's environment minister Jairam Ramesh explaining the situation.

USDA Refuses To Enforce Organic Standards, Allows Synthetic Omega-3s In Horizon Organic
The US Department of Agriculture is once again deliberately shirking its responsibility to properly oversee the integrity of the certified organic program.

Sprouts: An Ideal Emergency Preparedness Food
Given the rapidity with which critical global events are unfolding, preparedness just makes good sense.

Rickets Is Back As A New 'Affluence Disease'
The bone disease rickets, thought to be all but vanquished in the 1940s, is making a comeback in the United Kingdom, doctors have warned.

Study Says Safflower Oil Helps Prevent Heart Disease, Reduce Inflammation
A diet supplemented with a daily dose of safflower oil may help improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar, elevate "good" cholesterol, lower inflammation, and ultimately prevent heart disease, says a new study out of Ohio State University (OSU).

Organic Poultry Far Less Prone To Salmonella Than Conventional, Study Finds
What chickens eat and how they are raised makes all the difference in determining their overall health and susceptibility to salmonella, according to a new study published in the journal Foodborne Pathogens and Disease.


Today In History - Wednesday - March 23, 2011
1775 - American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared, "give me liberty, or give me death!"
1806 - Explorers Lewis and Clark, reached the Pacific coast, and began their return journey to the east.
1840 - The first successful photo of the Moon was taken.
1857 - Elisha Otis installed the first modern passenger elevator in a public building. It was at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City.
1880 - John Stevens patented the grain crushing mill. The mill increased flour production by 70 percent.
1903 - The Wright brothers obtained an airplane patent.
1903 - U.S. troops were sent to Honduras to protect the American consulate during revolutionary activity.
1909 - British Lt. Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole.
1912 - The Dixie Cup was invented.
1922 - The first airplane landed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
1925 - The state of Tennessee enacted a law that made it a crime for a teacher in any state-supported public school to teach any theory that was in contradiction to the Bible's account of man's creation.
1934 - The U.S. Congress accepted the independence of the Philippines in 1945.
1942 - During World War II, the U.S. government began evacuating Japanese-Americans from West Coast homes to detention centers.
1951 - U.S. paratroopers descended from flying boxcars in a surprise attack in Korea.
1957 - The U.S. Army sold the last of its homing pigeons.
1967 - Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. called the Vietnam War the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement.
1972 - The U.S. called a halt to the peace talks on Vietnam being held in Paris.
1983 - U.S. President Reagan first proposed development of technology to intercept enemy missiles. The proposal became known as the Strategic Defense Initiative and "Star Wars."
1990 - Former Exxon Valdez Captain Hazelwood was ordered to help clean up Prince William Sound and pay $50,000 in restitution for the 1989 oil spill.
1993 - U.N. experts announced that record ozone lows had been registered over a large area of the Western Hemisphere.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that term limits for state lawmakers were constitutional.
1998 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin fired his Cabinet.
1998 - The German company Bertelsmann AG agreed to purchase the American publisher Random House for $1.4 billion. The merger created the largest English-language book-publishing company in the world.
1999 - Paraguay's Vice President Luis Maria Argana was shot to death by two gunmen.
1999 - NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana gave formal approval for air strikes against Serbian targets.
2001 - Russia's orbiting Mir space station plunged into the South Pacific after its 15-years of use.

MOVIE: A 1935 movie showing who made the money off the WWI weapons
This 1935 anti-war documentary tells the story of the companies that became rich selling weapons in World War I. It also looks into the years that lies ahead.

FDA Bans Milk, Vegetable, Fruits From Nuclear Plant Crisis-Affected Areas in Japan
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today it will stop all milk products and vegetable and fruit products imported from the Japan's prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma from entering the U.S. -- a response to public fears about radiation from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Contaminated Tokyo tap water is 'unfit for babies' as Japan radiation 'heads to Britain' from Fukushima plant
Tokyo's tap water has been deemed 'unfit for babies' after radiation from the stricken Japanese nuclear power plant contaminated the Japanese water supply, officials have warned. The warning comes after it emerged last night that radioactive particles have reached Europe and are heading towards Britain in the wake the catastrophe that officials say could cost up to £190billion - making it the costliest natural disaster in history.

Germans pull forces out of NATO as Libyan coalition falls apart
Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign. A German military spokesman said it was recalling two frigates and AWACS surveillance plane crews from the Mediterranean, after fears they would be drawn into the conflict if NATO takes over control from the U.S.

'Libya war could last 30 years': Armed forces minister's extraordinary admission
And as Tory MPs expressed fears that the war could last for 30 years, Foreign Secretary William Hague added to fears of an expensive and open-ended commitment, saying that it was impossible to put a deadline on British involvement. Mr Hague said: 'It's too early to speculate. It depends what happens one way or another. 'I don't think you can put a deadline or a time objective to that.

US military families arrive in Calif. from Japan
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.—Nearly 350 dependents of U.S. military personnel based in Japan have arrived in California after voluntarily evacuating from the earthquake-stricken country. Two chartered flights carrying family members and pets from Japan landed Tuesday morning at Travis Air Force Base.

Ten Reasons to Throw Out Your Microwave
Microwaves heat food by causing water molecules in it to resonate at very high frequencies and eventually turn to steam which heats your food. While this can rapidly heat your food, what most people fail to realize is that it also causes a change in your food’s chemical structure.

Bartering, Inflation and Growing a Garden
Depending on your age, you might remember when grocery stores had excess stock and inventory in the “back room.” Those days are long gone. If the “just in time” trucks stop rolling for any reason, your local grocery store will be empty within days and that’s even in good times!

Libya: Obama's 'Coalition Of The Unwilling' Asks Does The West Have The Right To Kill Gaddafi?
A war of words has erupted between the U.S. and Britain after the U.K. government claimed Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target for assassination.

Take Obama's Peace Prize
Bolivian President Evo Morales has called for US President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize to be revoked following his decision to attack Libya.

US Approaching Insolvency, Fix To Be 'Painful'
The United States is on a fiscal path towards insolvency and policymakers are at a "tipping point," a Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday.

FBI Center Takes On $1 Billion ID Project
The Clarksburg FBI complex is taking part in a $1 billion project that will enable law enforcement agencies to identify criminals and terrorists by physical characteristics more quickly and accurately, an FBI official said Monday in Charleston.

Russia's Zhininovsky Calls To Revoke Obama's Nobel Peace Prize
Russia's head of the Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has appealed to the Nobel Prize Committee to revoke U.S. President Barack Obama's Nobel Prize, the party's press service said in a statement on Monday.

Portugal Braces For Govt Collapse Over Debt Vote
Portugal's government is on the verge of collapse after opposition parties withdrew their support for another round of austerity policies aimed at averting a financial bailout.

Good thing this isn't happening in the U.S. too
Britons are suffering their biggest drop in living standards for 30 years, according to a new report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The average household's "real" income -- what is coming in after inflation is taken into account -- will have fallen by 1.6 percent over the three years to the end of 2011, the influential think-tank said ahead of Wednesday's budget.

The Weekend Interview with Paul Singer: Mega-Banks and the Next Financial Crisis
"What would a loss of confidence in the dollar actually look like? Gold going absolutely nuts," adds Mr. Singer, who is also a major donor to conservative intellectual causes and think tanks such as the Manhattan Institute. He observes that prices for many commodities are already near all-time highs, even with "kind of a soft recovery" in the U.S. and Europe, and robust growth in Asia. "Imagine if hoarding, speculation, investment positions in [hard assets] accumulate to cause commodities and gold to go rocketing up. Wages, prices will follow," he says.

Where You Hide It
There are more horror stories than I think most of us are aware of. The message is the same: the gold and silver bullion you possess is valuable, and will be increasingly so, so tell only one other person. And to determine if your home storage is really secure, think like a thief: how likely would someone intent on robbing you find or get to your valuables?

Jeremy Morlock To Testify Against Fellow 'Kill Team' Troops
Corporal Jeremy Morlock has confessed to three murders. In January 2010 he threw a grenade at a boy before opening fire along with other members of his squad. He has also admitted to murders in February and May 2010.

Tiny Amount Of Radioactive Particles Reach Iceland
Miniscule amounts of radioactive particles believed to have come from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected as far away as Iceland, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.

Egypt's Interior Ministry Burns As Police Protest
Fire swept the upper floors of Egypt's Interior Ministry building on Tuesday as policemen protested outside to demand higher pay. A security official accused demonstrators of starting the blaze in downtown Cairo.

High Earthquake Risk Now Imminent Say Two Leading Experts
Two prominent experts hold the view that earthquakes are not random events and may now be predicted in advance due to increasing sophistication in observational and predictive techniques.

3 Shocks Near Epicenter Of Japan Quake
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Japan Tuesday, the third strong aftershock in 2 1/2 hours near the epicenter of the March 11 mega quake, scientists said.

Japan Quake Leave 22,000 Dead, Missing
The confirmed death toll in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan rose to 8,649 people on Monday while another 12,877 are still missing.

UNREAL, Obama Administration Announces Creation Of Conservation Youth Corps Of America
Just when you thought this radical administration was ready to cut back on their socialist agenda they surprise you with another shockingly radical initiative.

The Amount Of Radioactive Fuel At Fukushima DWARFS Chernobly
The Daiichi complex in Fukushima, Japan ... had a total of 1760 metric tons of fresh and used nuclear fuel on site last year, according to a presentation by its owners, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). The most damaged Daiichi reactor, number 3, contains about 90 tons of fuel, and the storage pool above reactor 4, which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) Gregory Jaczko reported yesterday had lost its cooling water, contains 135 tons of spent fuel.

Surviving A Societal Breakdown
Baltimore, Maryland – “…little electricity or gasoline…” reports an eyewitness from The Washington Post, visiting Sendai, Japan. “Nearly all restaurants and shops are closed…roads blocked…supplies depleted…the devastation is catastrophic.”

Utah Becomes First In US To Designate Official State Gun
Utah has become the first U.S. state to name an official firearm, placing an automatic pistol on a list of designated symbols, right along with the honeybee and the cutthroat trout.

'Dying To Have Known' Documentary Features Gerson Therapy Natural Cancer Cure
The small California town of Oakhurst recently had several screenings of the 2006 film Dying to Have Known, a well-done and highly-informative documentary by esteemed filmmaker Steve Kroschel that explores the evidence and effectiveness of the infamous Gerson Therapy in treating and curing cancer naturally. Dr. Carl Bosco, a practicing naturopathic doctor for 35 years, organized the viewings of the film, which highlights numerous individual cases of cancers cured using Gerson Therapy, as well as interviews with various doctors and medical experts who share their honest assessment of its viability.

Apples Could Hold Key For Increasing Lifespan
Sure, apples are delicious and healthy. And, as NaturalNews has previously reported, there is a growing body of evidence showing apples fight cancer. In fact, half a dozen studies published by Rui Hai Liu, Cornell associate professor of food science and a member of Cornell's Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, have found eating apples is an especially powerful way to prevent breast cancer.
 * Related Article: An apple a day really does keep the doctor away

Psychiatric Drug Industry Driven By Wealth, and Stealth, Not Mental Health
Drug company corporate websites tell us of their integrity and utmost commitment to people's health and well-being. The American Psychiatric Association's website begins with "Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives" and asserts the "highest ethical standards of professional conduct." Yet a mountain of evidence points to an entirely different picture.

The Dose Is The Poison
The principle of hormesis has been understood for centuries: large and small doses evoke opposite effects.

Today In History - Tuesday - March 22, 2011
1733 - Joseph Priestly invented carbonated water (seltzer).
1765 - The Stamp Act was passed. It was the first direct British tax on the American colonists. It was repealed on March 17, 1766.
1775 - Edmund Burke presented his 13 articles to the English parliament.
1790 - Thomas Jefferson became the first U.S. Secretary of State.
1794 - The U.S. Congress banned U.S. vessels from supplying slaves to other countries.
1871 - William Holden of North Carolina became the first governor to be removed by impeachment.
1872 - Illinois became the first state to require sexual equality in employment.
1873 - Slavery was abolished in Puerto Rico.
1902 - Great Britain and Persia agreed to link Europe and India by telegraph.
1903 - Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine containing up to 3.2% alcohol.
1935 - In New York, blood tests were authorized as evidence in court cases.
1935 - Persia was renamed Iran.
1941 - The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington began operations.
1946 - The first U.S. built rocket to leave the earth's atmosphere reached a height of 50-miles.
1948 - "The Voice of Firestone" became the first commercial radio program to be carried simultaneously on both AM and FM radio stations.
1954 - The first shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan.
1954 - The London gold market reopened for the first time since 1939.
1965 - U.S. confirmed that its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong.
1972 - The U.S. Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment. It was not ratified by the states.
1974 - The Viet Cong proposed a new truce with the U.S. and South Vietnam. The truce included general elections.
1977 - Indira Ghandi resigned as the prime minister of India.
1980 - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco.
1981 - U.S. Postage rates went from 15-cents to 18-cents an ounce.
1981 - RCA put its Selectra Vision laser disc players on the market.
1981 - A group of twelve Green Berets arrived in El Salvador. This brought the total number of advisors to fifty-four.
1982 - The Space Shuttle Columbia was launched into orbit on mission STS-3. It was the third orbital flight for the Columbia.
1988 - The Congress overrode U.S. President Reagan's veto of a sweeping civil rights bill.
1989 - Oliver North began two days of testimony at his Iran-Contra trial in Washington, DC.
1989 - The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee reported the class gap was widening.
1990 - A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found Captain Hazelwood not guilty in the Valdez oil spill.
1992 - A Fokker F-28 veered off a runway at New York's LaGuardia airport and into Flushing Bay, killing 27 people.
1993 - Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a boating accident in Florida. Bob Ojeda was seriously injured in the accident.
1993 - Intel introduced the Pentium-processor (80586) 64 bits-60 MHz-100+ MIPS.
1995 - Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned to Earth after setting a record for 438 days in space.
1997 - Tara Lipinski, at 14 years and 10 months, became the youngest women's world figure skating champion.
2002 - The U.S. Postal Rate Commission approved a request for a postal rate increase of first-class stamps from 34 cents to 37 cents by June 30. It was the first time a postal rate case was resolved through a settlement between various groups. The groups included the U.S. Postal Service, postal employees, mailer groups and competitors.
2002 - A collection of letters and cards sent by Princess Diana of Wales sold for $33,000. The letters and cards were written to a former housekeeper at Diana's teenage home.

Costs of Libya Operation Already Piling Up
A U.S. F-16 fighter jet takes off from Aviano Air Base in Italy on Sunday. The cost of the first day of Operation Odyssey Dawn topped $100 million.

Supreme Court Rules Fed Must Release All Bailout Data
The Federal Reserve must disclose details of emergency loans it made to banks in 2008, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an industry appeal that aimed to shield the records from public view. The justices today left intact a court order that gives the Fed five days to release the records, sought by Bloomberg.

Army slow to act as crime-lab examiner falsified, botched tests
The McClatchy investigation shows:
Mills made many mistakes. In an extensive review of his work, lab officials disagreed with his DNA results 55 percent of the time in cases they could retest. Law enforcement officials, following military policy at the time, had destroyed evidence in 83 percent of Mills' cases before it could be retested. Those 388 cases include rape and other serious crimes.

US Army 'Kill Team' In Afghanistan Posed For Photos Of Murdered Civilians
Commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for possible riots and public fury triggered by the publication of "trophy" photographs of US soldiers posing with the dead bodies of defenceless Afghan civilians they killed.

Revealed: US Spy Operation That Manipulates Social Media
The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

Fort Worth Dad Receives Full-Face Transplant
Dallas Wiens, the 25-year-old father who sustained severe burns when his head touched a high voltage wire, received his long-awaited face transplant last week.

Existing-Home Sales Plunge, Setback For Housing Recovery
Sales of previously owned U.S. homes fell unexpectedly sharply in February and prices touched their lowest level in nearly nine years, implying a housing market recovery was still a long off.

Supreme Court Lets Fed Bailout Records Release Stand
The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that the U.S. Federal Reserve must disclose details about its emergency lending programs to banks during the financial crisis in 2008.

Libya Crisis: Gaddafi Uses Civilians As Human Shields To Prevent Military Targets
Colonel Gaddafi suffered a massive personal setback today when one of his sons was allegedly killed in a suicide air mission on his barracks.

No Quick Fix At Japan's Nuclear Plant
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) -- Officials raced Monday to restore electricity to Japan's leaking nuclear plant, but getting the power flowing will hardly be the end of their battle: With its mangled machinery and partly melted reactor cores, bringing the complex under control is a monstrous job.

Illinois National Guard Heads To Libya
An Air National Guard unit based out of Illinois is heading to Libya to help fight against Colonel Gaddafi.

Roads Closed Amid Flooding, Snow, Mudflows From Heavy Rains
Southern California was cleaning up Monday morning after a heavy storm that produced record rain totals in parts of the region.

Japan Quake Death Toll Passes 18,000
The human and financial cost of the tsunami continues to rise, after police estimates showed more than 18,000 people have died in the disaster and the World Bank said it may cost Japan as much as £145bn to repair the damage.

Radioactive Cesium Content In Japan Sea Water 25 Times Limit, Radioactive Iodine At 127 Times Maximum Allowed
According to Kyodo, the Fukushima sea fallout is getting material enough to where the sea soon won't need a blacklight to glow in the dark:

Bill Bonner On The Falling US Bond Market, The Coming Hyperinflation And The End Of The Dollar Reserve System
Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries.

QE Is The End Of America As Know It
Each time we begin to approach the end of an announced QE period, the nervous jitters of financial markets start to set in.

As Radioactive Rain Starts To Pour, Japan Engages In Another Cover Up As It Increases Decontamination Threshold Sixteenfold
No surprise there: by now everyone is well aware that the fuel rods are if not completely then certainly partially destroyed.

Report Confirms EPA Cap & Trade Will Be WORSE Than Cap & Trade
A report from the National Center for Public Policy Research finds that if the EPA enacts their regulations regarding Global Warming and Greenhouse Gases, it will virtually send the oh-so-minor ‘recovery’ of America’s economy right down the toilet.

Japan Fukushima Nuclear Crisis
Radioactivity fears are growing, with evidence of contamination in milk, vegetables and fish. High quantities of radioactive cesium and iodine were detected in nearby seawater, according to Kyodo.

Discover The Radiation Protective Benefits Of Spirulina And Chlorella
Protecting yourself in the event of a serious radiation event involves much more than simply loading up on potassium iodide and various other iodine supplements.

New Research: 'Smart' Vitamin A Plays Multiple Roles In The Immune System, Depending On The Body's Needs
It's been known for a long time that a lack of vitamin A can make you susceptible to infections.

New Study Shows Best Leg Ulcer Treatment Is Natural And Indulges Laughter
For five years, scientists at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom tested the supposedly latest, greatest medical marvel for healing leg ulcers -- treatment with a high tech ultrasound wand.

World's Largest Dairy Exporter Under Scrutiny For GMO Contamination
Trouble down under has led to a major controversy concerning the contamination of the food supply with genetically-modified organisms (GMO).

Exposed Fuel Rods In Empty, Cracked Cooling Pool May Soon Release 130 Tons Of Uranium Into The Environment
While much of the mainstream media appears to be moving on from the impending Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently released some startling and dire news about the now-empty spent fuel rod pool in the plant's Reactor 4.

Today In History - Monday - March 21, 2011
1788 - Fire destroyed 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana leaving most of the town in ruins.
1790 - Thomas Jefferson reported to U.S. President George Washington as the new secretary of state.
1851 - Yosemite Valley was discovered in California.
1857 - An earthquake hit Tokyo killing about 107,000.
1859 - In Philadelphia, the first Zoological Society was incorporated.
1871 - Journalist Henry M Stanley began his famous expedition to Africa.
1905 - Sterilization legislation was passed in the State of Pennsylvania. The governor vetoed the measure.
1906 - Ohio passed a law that prohibited hazing by fraternities after two fatalities.
1907 - The U.S. Marines landed in Honduras to protect American interests in the war with Nicaragua.
1910 - The U.S. Senate granted ex-President Teddy Roosevelt a yearly pension of $10,000.
1918 - During World War I, the Germans launched the Somme Offensive.
1928 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge gave the Congressional Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh for his first trans-Atlantic flight.
1945 - During World War II, Allied bombers began four days of raids over Germany.
1946 - The United Nations set up a temporary headquarters at Hunter College in New York City.
1963 - Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, CA, closed.
1965 - More than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began a march from Selma to Montgomery, AL.
1971 - Two U.S. platoons in Vietnam refused their orders to advance.
1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not require one year of residency for voting eligibility.
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced to the U.S. Olympic Team that they would not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
1982 - The United States, U.K. and other Western countries condemned the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
1984 - A Soviet submarine crashed into the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Japan.
1991 - 27 people were lost at sea when two U.S. Navy anti-submarine planes collided.
1991 - The U.N. Security Council lifted the food embargo against Iraq.
1995 - Tokyo police raided the headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo in search of evidence to link the cult to the Sarin gas released on five Tokyo subway trains.
2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the U.S. FDA had overstepped its regulatory authority when it attempted to restrict the marketing of
cigarettes to youngsters.
2002 - In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was charged with murder for his role in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pear. Three other Islamic militants that were in custody were also charged along with seven more accomplices that were still at large.
2002 - In Paris, an 1825 print by French inventor Joseph Nicephore Niepce was sold for $443,220. The print, of a man leading a horse, was the earliest recorded image taken by photographic means.
2003 - It was reported that the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 235.27 (2.8%) at 8,521.97. It was the strongest weekly gain in more than 20 years.

Operation Odyssey Dawn
On Saturday, the Pentagon began "Operation Odyssey Dawn" in Libya, according to NBC News.

Search For Missing Continues In Japan As Death Toll Rises
As searches for nearly 13,000 missing continued Sunday, police in Japan said 8,199 people had died since the monster earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck last week.

The Ring Of Fire Explodes As The Americas Join Japan As The Next Earthquake Predicted To Erupt
The former US Geological Survey scientist, Jim Berkland, has been on the international news lately when his latest earthquake predictions are targeting the Pacific Northwestern coastline of the United States, not Japan as the next big Mega-Quake.

Japan's Efforts To Ease Nuclear Crisis Hit Setback As Reactors Face Unexpected Rise In Pressure
An unexpected rise in pressure inside a troubled reactor set back efforts to bring Japan's overheating, leaking nuclear complex under control Sunday as concerns grew that as-yet minor contamination of food and water is spreading.

Japan Officials: Radioactive Iodine In Tokyo Water
TOKYO – The government said Saturday that small but safe amounts of radioactive iodine turned up in tap water in Tokyo and five other areas, amid concerns about radiation leaking from a damaged nuclear power plant.

Japan Halts Sale Of Food From Near Fukushima
Japan has halted sales of food products from near a crippled nuclear plant because of contamination by a radioactive element which can pose a short-term health risk, the UN atomic agency said on Saturday.

Possible Oil Sheen Under Investigation In Gulf Of Mexico
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating reports of a potentially massive oil sheen about 20 miles north of the site of last April's Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

FOIA Eyes Only: How Buried Statutes Are Keeping Information Secret
Anyone can request information from U.S. officials under the Freedom of Information Act, a law designed to allow people to know what their government is up to.

The Sky Is Falling
Food and water shortages, earthquakes, nuclear spills, birds falling from the sky, EMP’s, the debt, terrorists, teachers rioting. To top it all off that little man in Iran keeps chanting “Death to America!” and no one really takes him seriously. It is the stuff of a great doomsday movie.

Initial Bombing Call Successful; Endgame Unclear
The U.S. claimed initial success two days into an assault on Libya that included some of the heaviest firepower in the American arsenal — long-range bombers designed for the Cold War — but American officials on Sunday said it was too early to define the international military campaign's end game.

Gadhafi Vows 'Long War' After US, Allies Strike
A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed a "long war" after the U.S. and European militaries blasted his forces with airstrikes and over 100 cruise missiles early Sunday, hitting air defenses and at least two major air bases and shaking the Libyan capital with explosions and anti-aircraft fire.

Libya To Give Weapons To One Million People
Libya's government has begun distributing arms to more than one million people and will complete the operation within hours, the state news agency reported on Sunday.

Anti-War Protesters Arrested Near White House
More than 100 anti-war protesters, including the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, were arrested outside the White House in demonstrations marking the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Rubber Bullets Fly At Anti-Obama Protest In Rio
A molotov cocktail was launched in front of the US consulate in Rio de Janeiro late Friday in protest of the arrival of President Barack Obama, the O Globo newspaper in Rio reported.

Testing Finds No Health Threats Along West Coast
Minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan's stricken nuclear plant have reached the west coast but federal and state officials say it poses no health risk.

Saudi King Orders More Handouts
Saudi King Abdullah announced on Friday billions of dollars in handouts for his people and boosted his security apparatus in a renewed effort to shield the world's top oil exporter from unrest rocking the Arab world.

Rocket Fired From Gaza; Troops Kill 2 Palestinians
Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel on Sunday, while Israeli troops killed two Palestinians in a new outburst of violence along the volatile border with Gaza.

Super Moon: Amazing Pictures Of The Lunar Planet
Look to the skies tonight and you might just notice something different. For the first time since 1992, a 'super moon' is shining down on us. That means it is brighter and closer to Earth than unusual.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: After 9 Days 2 People Rescued From Rubble In Mikako
Extraordinary news emerged from the tsunami coast today when police reported they had found an 80-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy still alive under rubble in a tsunami-smashed city.

NWO Order War On Libya Uses Key Illuminati Word 'DAWN'
As revealed and underscored by Illuminati Symbols master, Jordan Maxwell, the word DAWN is once again right in the world's face.

Libya: Air Strikes Begin Today
THE LATEST: Qaddafi is now opening up his country's arms caches and arming the public. He has threatened to attack targets in the Mediterranean.

27 Signs That The Nuclear Crisis In Japan Is Much Worse Than Either The Mainstream Media Or The Japanese Government Have Been Telling Us
How much of a threat is the nuclear crisis in Japan? That question is on the minds of millions of people around the globe tonight.

Feds, Teachers To Stalk Your Kids On Facebook Now?
When did the Department of Education become the Department of Speech Monitoring? Add the Dept of Ed to the list of Obama agencies that need to be reined in, hard and fast.

Is The FDA Silencing Journalists?
Many prominent organizations and agencies like the FDA release information with an embargo on it. In other words, news organizations will agree not to publish this information until a certain date.

Cancer On The Rise Globally As Developing Nations Eat American Food and Use American Products
Cancer rates are increasing worldwide but especially in economically developing countries, according to a report released by the American Cancer Society in honor of World Cancer Day and published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Natural Molasses Treatment Works Just As Well As Toxic Methyl Bromide At Mitigating Weeds and Pests, Says USDA
For many decades, farmers have used methyl bromide, a highly-toxic fumigant, as an agricultural treatment to eliminate weeds, pests, and harmful

Today In History - Friday - March 18, 2011
1766 - Britain repealed the Stamp Act.
1818 - The U.S. Congress approved the first pensions for government service.
1850 - Henry Wells & William Fargo founded American Express.
1865 - The Congress of the Confederate States of America adjourned for the last time.
1874 - Hawaii signed a treaty giving exclusive trading rights with the islands to the U.S.
1881 - Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth opened in Madison Square Gardens.
1909 - Einar Dessau of Denmark used a short wave transmitter to become the first person to broadcast as a "ham" operator.
1910 - The first opera by a U.S. composer performed at the Met in New York City.
1911 - Theodore Roosevelt opened the Roosevelt Dam in Phoenix, AZ. It was the largest dam in the U.S. at the time.
1917 - The Germans sank the U.S. ships, City of Memphis, Vigilante and the Illinois, without any warning.
1931 - Schick Inc. displayed the first electric shaver.
1937 - More than 400 people, mostly children, were killed in a gas explosion at a school in New London, TX.
1938 - Mexico took control of all foreign-owned oil properties on its soil.
1942 - The third military draft began in the U.S. because of World War II.
1943 - American forces took Gafsa in Tunisia.
1944 - The Russians reached the Rumanian border in the Balkans during World War II.
1945 - 1,250 U.S. bombers attacked Berlin.
1948 - France, Great Britain, and Benelux signed the Treaty of Brussels.
1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was ratified.
1950 - Nationalist troops landed on the mainland of China and capture Communist held Sungmen.
1959 - U.S. President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.
1961 - The Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy was introduced.
1963 - France performed an underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria.
1966 - Scott Paper began selling paper dresses for $1.
1969 - U.S. President Nixon authorizes Operation Menue. It was the ‘secret’ bombing of Cambodia.
1970 - The U.S. Postal Service experienced the first postal strike.
1971 - U.S. helicopters airlifted 1,000 South Vietnamese soldiers out of Laos.
1975 - Saigon abandoned most of the Central Highlands of Vietnam to Hanoi.
1977 - Vietnam turned over an MIA to a U.S. delegation.
1981 - The U.S. disclosed that there were biological weapons tested in Texas in 1966.
1987 - The U.S. performed nuclear tests at a Nevada test site.
1997 - A Russian AN-24 crashed killing 50 people.
2003 - China's new president, Hu Jintao, announced that his country must deepen reforms and raise living standards of workers and farmers.

Radiation Toxicity Antidotes
What can I do now to protect myself from nuclear fall-out arriving from the meltdown of Japan's nuclear power plants?

Radiation Plume Course Charted by U.N. Agency
A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.

This is a good site that gives an updated status of the plants as it happens

An interactive map and photographs of places in Japan that were damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Updated March 17, 2011

Japan Nuclear Plant: Exposed To The Elements - Nuclear Fuel In Meltdown
Open to the elements after its walls were blown away, this is the dried-up storage pool where overheating fuel rods are threatening a nuclear meltdown at Japan's stricken Fukushima power plant.

Foods that contain high levels of natural iodine

Video: Caution: Some Profanity - You Tube Has Been Restricted In Japan, A Last Message Sent Out From Man In Japan

Tokyo Passengers Trigger US Airport Detectors, NY Post Says
Radiation detectors at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare airports were triggered when passengers from flights that started in Tokyo passed through customs, the New York Post reported.

Radiation Spurs Fears Around Japanese Food
The spiking radiation in Japan is spurring fears about food safety and prompting other countries to test Japanese imports, but any contamination would have the biggest impact on the Japanese, since most fruit, vegetable, meat and seafood are consumed domestically, say experts.

Low Radioactivity Seen Heading Towards N. America
Particles not normal, but not dangerous-Swedish official

Obama To Make Statement About Japan Today
"I'm going to be making a statement later about Japan," Obama said in a photo opportunity with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

Libya Threatens Retaliation As US Seeks UN Resolution Authorizing Strikes
Libya's defense ministry warned Thursday that any military action against the African nation resulting from a possible U.N.

Windows At Washington D.C. Republican Office Shot Out
WASHINGTON - Police are searching for suspects after someone shot-out windows at a Republican office in the District.

EPA Deploys More Radiation Monitors To The West Coast
As public concern grows about radiation from Japan possibly drifting to the West Coast of the United States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced that it will deploy more electronic monitors that measure radiation levels in the air.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Water Dropped On Nuclear Reactors
Plans are being drawn up to evacuate every British national in Japan amid mounting fears of a nuclear catastrophe. Thousands of Britons were last night warned to leave Tokyo and all other areas under threat of radiation poisoning.

Chinese Drought Could Cause Global Food Crisis
A world kept busy lately watching, first, the revolts in the Middle East, and now, the tragic aftermath of the tsunami in Japan, should keep an eye too on the weather in China, where widespread drought may soon make the emerging global crisis over rising food prices much worse worldwide.

All Mizhua In Japan Have Stopped Working
Mizuho, the second-largest financial services company in Japan, has just locked out its customers from accessing their cash.

Currency Meltdown Coming
The situation in Japan is getting worse, not better. There are shortages in food, fuel and warm dry shelter.

Urgent Radiation Preparedness Action Items For California, Oregon, Washington D.C., Yukon and Alaska
The New York Times report that a radiation plume will reach California by Friday has a lot of people asking us for more information about what to do.

World Food Supply Threatened By Japan Nuclear Radiation
Fallout from the current meltdown occurring at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was hit by the 9.0+ mega earthquake and tsunami last Friday, could contaminate the world's food supply with toxic radiation, say experts.

Protocol For Nuclear Contamination: Iodine, Gluathione, Chelation, Clay, Baking Soda
Iodine - Glutathione - Natural Chelation - Clay - Baking Soda.

Iowa Legislature Prompted By Big Ag To Ban Secret Filming Of Animal Abuse
Many NaturalNews readers have probably seen at least one of the many shocking video clips found online or in movies that expose the horrors of animal abuse taking place at industrial factory farms.

Missouri Town Approves Measure To Make Cold Medicines Prescription Only
Following the lead of several other communities in the St. Louis, Mo., area, the city of Wildwood may soon be outlawing the over-the-counter (OTC) sale of cold and sinus medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE),

Widespread Nuclear Fallout Edges Closer As Spent Fuel Pool Runs Dry
The situation in Japan seems to be going from bad to worse, as officials from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently came forward saying that water pools used to cool spent fuel rods in Unit 4 have run dry, and that temperatures are rising rapidly in several of the other reactor units.

Barclays Kills Yen Trading During USD JPY Flash Crash, Pulls All Liquidity To Protect Prop Positions
In an eerie recreation of the events that transpired during last year's flash crash, among the reasons for the spectacularly wide spreads during yesterday's dramatic yen surge (which was more than just a selloff of in the USDJPY but virtually all carry pairs as we pointed out previously) is that various brokers pulled away their entire market making in the currency.

Diet Coke Passes Pepsi To Become No. 2 Soda In US
Diet Coke has topped rival Pepsi-Cola for the first time to become the second-most popular soft drink in the country behind Coca-Cola. It marks a victory for Coca-Cola Co. as its sodas now hold the top two spots, beating out its longtime rival PepsiCo Inc.

US Funds To Pay Hamas Salaries?
TEL AVIV – The Palestinian Authority has quietly offered to place tens of thousands of Hamas security forces on its payroll if Hamas joins in a unity government, according to information obtained by WND.

Time For More QE?
We have heard it all before. The market is going up because of QE2.

Donald Trump Reveals He's a Birther
Donald Trump isn't even running for president yet, but he is already gearing up for the primaries by pandering to the Republican base.

EU Energy Chief Says Possible Catastrophic Events In Next Hours, Mini Flash Crash Follows
Trust the EU to come in prancing with all the grace of a shroomed up, drunk bull in a nitroglycerin store.

HHS Warns That All Infant Formulas Are Contaminated With Toxic Fluoride
Piggybacking on the recent government announcement concerning overexposure to fluoride, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has now announced that all infant formulas are contaminated with fluoride, and that when mixed with the fluoridated water provided in most US cities, the combination is a toxic threat to babies and infants.

10 Year Bond Yield Plunge
Finally, we have a true liquidation flight to safety. We expect the Fed will come to market with an announcement before market opens tomorrow.

Today In History - Thursday - March 17, 2011
1756 -
St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in New York City for the first time. The event took place at the Crown and Thistle Tavern.
1766 - Britain repealed the Stamp Act that had caused resentment in the North American colonies.
1776 - British forces evacuated Boston to Nova Scotia during the Revolutionary War.
1868 - Postage stamp canceling machine patent was issued.
1870 - Wellesley College was incorporated by the Massachusetts legislature under its first name, Wellesley Female Seminary.
1909 - In France, the communications industry was paralyzed by strikes.
1910 - The Camp Fire Girls organization was founded by Luther and Charlotte Gulick. It was formally presented to the public exactly 2 years later.
1914 - Russia increased the number of active duty military from 460,000 to 1,700,000.
1917 - America’s first bowling tournament for ladies began in St. Louis, MO. Almost 100 women participated in the event.
1930 - Al Capone was released from jail.
1941 - The National Gallery of Art was officially opened by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC.
1942 - Douglas MacArthur became the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in the Southwestern Pacific.
1944 - During World War II, the U.S. bombed Vienna.
1950 - Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced that they had created a new radioactive element. They named it "californium". It is also known as element 98.
1958 - The Vanguard 1 satellite was launched by the U.S.
1961 - The U.S. increased military aid and technicians to Laos.
1962 - Moscow asked the U.S. to pull out of South Vietnam.
1966 - A U.S. submarine found a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean off of Spain.
1970 - The U.S. Army charged 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre case.
1972 - U.S. President Nixon asked Congress to halt busing in order to achieve desegregation.
1973 - Twenty were killed in Cambodia when a bomb went off that was meant for the Cambodian President Lon Nol.
1973 - The first American prisoners of war (POWs) were released from the "Hanoi Hilton" in Hanoi, North Vietnam.
1982 - In El Salvador, four Dutch television crewmembers were killed by government troops.
1999 - A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS.
2000 - In Kanungu, Uganda, a fire at a church linked to the cult known as the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments killed more than 530. On March 31, officials set the number of deaths linked to the cult at more than 900 after authorities subsequently found mass graves at various sites linked to the cult.
2009 - The iTunes Music Store reached 800 million applications downloaded.


Watch Live Geiger Counter From Tokyo - Live Stream NHK TV From Japan - Update From Prime Minister

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Global Financial Markets Plunge As The World Watches Japan Descend Into A Nuclear Nightmare
Global financial markets are in turmoil as the situation in Japan continues to deteriorate. Stock markets are plunging all over the world as investors flock to investments that are considered to be safer.

Obama Looking For Ways Around Congress On Gun Policy
Faced with a Congress hostile to even slight restrictions of Second Amendment rights, the Obama administration is exploring potential changes to gun laws that can be secured strictly through executive action, administration officials say.

Setback In Japan's Reactor Fight
TOKYO—Efforts to extinguish smoldering spent fuel were thwarted Wednesday, after high radiation levels above forced the cancellation of a plan to dump water from a helicopter on the power plant at the center of Japan's escalating nuclear crisis.

Frequently Asked Questions on Potassium Iodide (KI)

Fukushima No. 3 Reactor Vents Smoke, But Container Damage Unlikely
Japan's nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power station showed no signs of abating Wednesday, five days after a mega earthquake crippled it, with the focus shifting to how to address the possible overheating of pools that store spent fuel rods at the already troubled No. 3 and No. 4 reactors.

Japan Nuclear Crisis: Rising Radiation Levels Halt Fukushima Plant Workers
Surging radiation levels temporarily halted work to cool the troubled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, raising worries that officials are running out of options to stabilize the escalating catastrophe.

Fukushima Heros: Not Afraid To Die
Since the disaster struck in Japan, about 800 workers have been evacuated from the damaged nuclear complex in Fukushima. The radiation danger is that great.

A USGS graphic of the location where Maj. Ed Dames believes the next 'Big One" will be

Wholesale Prices Up 1.6 Percent On Steep Rise in Food
Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years. Excluding those volatile categories, inflation was tame.

Japanese Earthquake: Death Toll Expected To Reach 25,000
The terrible toll of Japan's double disaster became clearer today as it emerged as many as 25,000 people could be dead.

US Forces Kept 50 Miles Away From Japan Nuclear Plant
U.S. forces in Japan are not allowed within 50 miles of Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, the Pentagon on Wednesday, explaining measures meant to keep troops safe during a relief operation.

Stocks Fall On Japan Crisis, Weak Economic Reports
Worsening fears about the nuclear crisis in Japan shook financial markets Wednesday.

Housing Starts See Biggest Drop Since 1984
Housing starts posted their biggest decline in 27 years in February while building permits dropped to their lowest level on record, suggesting the beleaguered real estate sector has yet to rebound from its deepest slump in modern history.

Obama Heads To Rio Sunday; Maximum Security Awaits
President Barack Obama will take his first official trip to Brazil this weekend where he will speak in the popular Cinelandia Square in downtown Rio de Janeiro.

FBI Visits Elderly Woman Over Threat To Castrate Politician
A threat an elderly Guilford is accused of making over Planned Parenthood funding doesn't quite jibe with recent efforts to be more civil in political discourse.

White House Wants New Copyright Law Crackdown
The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making "illegal streaming" of audio or video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers.

Where The Wind Blows: Experts Ponder Fallout Risks
Experts monitoring weather patterns for any fallout from Japan's stricken nuclear plant said Tuesday the winds had so far been favourable but they were less confident about the outlook later this week.

VIDEO: Bahrain Police Destroying Property To Make Out It Was Done By Protesters

Alert: Fukushima Coverup: 40 Years Of Spent Nuclear Rods Blown Sky High
In addition to under reporting the fires at Fukushima, the Japanese government has not told the people about the ominous fact that the nuclear plant site is a hellish repository where a staggering number of spent fuel rods have accumulated for 40 years.

Nuke Pills Top $200 Per Pack On Auction Sites; Prices Up 1900% In Just Few Days
As the effects of the nuclear disaster in Japan remain unclear, panicked US residents are doing whatever they can to get their hands on Potassium Iodide pills.

Petraeus: First US Cuts Will Include Forces
The initial U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan in July probably will include combat as well as non-combat forces, the top U.S. commander there told a House committee on Wednesday.

House Republicans Secure Votes To Pass Sweeping Anti-Abortion Bill
High-priority Republican legislation aimed at curtailing abortion rights across the United States is on its way to passage in the House, having secured enough co-sponsors for approval on the floor.

POMO Closes, Fed Buys $6.6 Billion In 5 Year Bonds
The once-delayed POMO has just been completed as Primary Dealers did not have enough clout to delay it for a second time even as the 5 Years was surging.

You Won't Believe Where Recovery Money Is Going
A Chicago charter school that recently received a grant of federal funds was founded and is led by activists who have been closely tied to the Nation of Islam while its campuses are named after former Nation of Islam activists and black radicals, WND has learned.

Iodine For Radiation Exposure: Practical Solutions You Need To Know
It is an especially important moment for parents around the world to sit up and take notice of what they will need to do to protect their children against the toxicities that are threatening them from many sources.

Study Reveals Lymph Node Removal Surgery Useless For Many Breast Cancer Patients
The common practice of removing the lymph nodes of breast cancer patients does nothing to reduce the rate of cancer recurrence, according to a study conducted by researchers from the John Wayne Cancer Institute and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Epilepsy, Migraine Drug Linked To 2000 Percent Increase In Birth Defects
New data released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that mothers taking Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) Topamax, as well as its generic version topiramate, during pregnancy are 2000 percent more likely to bear children with oral defects like cleft lips or cleft palate than women who do not take the drug.

One Dead, 200 Wounded In Yemen
One person was killed and 200 wounded when Yemen security forces attacked protesters in the Red Sea city of Hudaida with live and rubber bullets, tear gas, clubs and daggers, a doctor who treated victims said.

Donald Trump: For Obama To Be Playing Golf At This Time Is 'Totally Inappropriate'
Donald Trump appeared with Neil Cavuto last night and continued to keep open the possibility that he might run for President.

An Anonymous Attack On The 'Global Banking Cartel'
On Saturday, to begin, the hacker group calling itself “Anonymous” issued a video manifesto calling for “a relentless campaign of nonviolent, peaceful civil disobedience.”

Today In History - Wednesday - March 16, 2011
1802 - The U.S. Congress established the West Point Military Academy in New York.
1836 - The Republic of Texas approved a constitution.
1871 - The State of Delaware enacted the first fertilizer law.
1882 - The U.S. Senate approved a treaty allowing the United States to join the Red Cross.
1908 - China released the Japanese steamship Tatsu Maru.
1909 - Cuba suffered its first revolt only six weeks after the inauguration of Gomez.
1913 - The 15,000-ton battleship Pennsylvania was launched at Newport News, VA.
1915 - The Federal Trade Commission began operation.
1926 - Physicist Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-fuel rocket.
1928 - The U.S. planned to send 1,000 more Marines to Nicaragua.
1935 - Adolf Hitler ordered a German rearmament and violated the Versailles Treaty.
1939 - Germany occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia.
1945 - Iwo Jima was declared secure by the Allies. However, small pockets of Japanese resistance still existed.
1964 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson submitted a $1 billion war on poverty program to Congress.
1968 - U.S. troops in Vietnam destroyed a village consisting mostly of women and children. The event is known as the My-Lai massacre.
1982 - Russia announced they would halt their deployment of new nuclear missiles in Western Europe.
1984 - Mozambique and South Africa signed a pact banning the support for one another's internal enemies.
1984 - William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by gunmen. He died while in captivity.
1985 - Terry Anderson, an Associated Press newsman, was taken hostage in Beirut. He was released in December 4, 1991.
1988 - Indictments were issued for Lt. Colonel Oliver North, Vice Admiral John Poindexter of the National Security Council, and two others for their involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.
1988 - Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy were shot to death in their driveway. Thompson, known as the "Speed King," set nearly 500 auto speed endurance records including being the first person to travel more than 400 mph on land.
1989 - In the U.S.S.R., the Central Committee approved Gorbachev's agrarian reform plan.
1993 - In France, ostrich meat was officially declared fit for human consumption.
1994 - Tonya Harding pled guilty in Portland, OR, to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up the attack on her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. She was fined $100,000. She was also banned from amateur figure skating.
1994 - Russia agreed to phase out production of weapons-grade plutonium.
1995 - NASA astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to visit the Russian space station Mir.
1998 - Rwanda began mass trials for 1994 genocide with 125,000 suspects for 500,000 murders.
1999 - The 20 members of the European Union's European Commission announced their resignations amid allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement.

'They've lost control': French claim Japan is hiding full scale of disaster as teams move back in to tackle nuclear meltdown as TWO more reactors heat up
Japan's stricken nuclear power plant was abandoned for hours today, as soaring radiation forced emergency workers to flee for their lives and authorities were reduced to spraying reactors with police water cannons. All 50 emergency workers who had been fighting to keep overheating reactors cool were this morning pulled back 500 yards from the complex as radiation levels became too dangerous.

50 workers bravely stay at troubled Japan reactors
A small crew of technicians, braving radiation and fire, became the only people remaining at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday — and perhaps Japan’s last chance of preventing a broader nuclear catastrophe.

Obama Administration’s Backing Of Global Currency Shocks Global Markets
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner’s comments that the U.S. would support a global currency shocked global markets. The dollar plunged instantly against the euro, yen, and sterling as Geithner’s comments flashed across trading screens. David Bloom, currency chief at HSBC, said the apparent policy shift amounts to an earthquake in geo-finance.

14 Reasons Why The Economic Collapse Of Japan Has Begun
Many in the mainstream media are claiming that the economy of Japan will bounce right back from this, but they are wrong. The tsunami decimated thousands of square miles. The loss of homes, cars, businesses and personal wealth is almost unimaginable. It is going to take many years to rebuild the roads, bridges, rail systems, ports, power lines and water systems that were lost. There are going to be a significant number of Japanese insurance companies and financial institutions that are going to be totally wiped out as a result of this great tragedy.

27 Signs That The Nuclear Crisis In Japan Is Much Worse Than Either The Mainstream Media Or The Japanese Government Have Been Telling Us
It is somewhat understandable that the Japanese government and the mainstream media do not want to panic the public, but the reality is that people need the truth about what is going on. Unfortunately, it is not likely that the Japanese government or the mainstream media are going to "change their stripes" overnight, so in order to try to get an idea of what is really going on we need to look at the clues. Sometimes it is much more important to watch what people are doing rather than what they are saying.

6 killed, 1,000 injured in Bahrain
At least six Bahrainis have been killed and more than 1,000 others injured by government security forces and Saudi troops, and thousands of Bahrainis have marched to the Saudi Embassy.

Map of the Damage From the Japanese Earthquake
An interactive map and photographs of places in Japan that were damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

House Votes 3-Week Stopgap Federal Spending Bill
The House Tuesday passed a measure blending $6 billion in budget cuts with enough money to keep the government running for an additional three weeks.

Gadhafi Forces Overwhelm Rebel City In March East
Moammar Gadhafi's forces overwhelmed rebels in a strategic eastern city, hammering them with airstrikes, missiles, tanks and artillery Tuesday in an assault that sent residents fleeing and threatened to open the way for an all-out government offensive on the opposition's main stronghold in the east, Benghazi.

Japan Disaster Another Worry For Global Economy
Japan's earthquake and nuclear crisis have put pressure on the already fragile global economy, squeezed supplies of goods from computer chips to auto parts and raised fears of higher interest rates.

Blasts, Fire Escalate Japan's Nuclear Crisis
SENDAI, Japan (AFP) – Explosions and a fire at Japan's quake-hit nuclear plant unleashed dangerous levels of radiation on Tuesday, sparking a collapse on the stock market and panic buying in supermarkets.

Radioactive Winds Chase Evacuees In Japan, Hawaii Threatened By Fukushima Fallout
In a deepening tragedy, after an earthquake and tsunami caused four explosions at nuclear reactor plants in Japan, most of those who evacuated the area headed south, since winds normally would have pushed the radioactive clouds to the north and east.

Japan Braces For Potential Radiation Catastrophe
Japan raced to avert a catastrophe on Wednesday after an explosion at a quake-crippled nuclear power plant sent radiation wafting into Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and others to stock up on essential supplies.

Prepare To Stock Up On Food In Case Radioactive Fallout Reaches The United States
Every year where I live in Texas being so close to the Gulf of Mexico. People are encouraged to stock up on supplies in case these storms make landfall. Power may be down and services maybe cut off.

Gaddafi Forces Seize Town, G8 Stalls On No-Fly
Muammar Gaddafi's forces seized a strategic town in eastern Libya on Tuesday, opening the way to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi while world powers failed to agree to push for a no-fly zone.

Nuclear Plant Accident Among Most Severe, Official Says
[4:48 p.m. ET Tuesday, 5:48 a.m. Wednesday in Tokyo] The U.S. military has blocked access to a range of websites to free up bandwidth for use in Japan recovery efforts, according to a spokesman for U.S. Strategic Command.

You Can Stop Worrying About A Radiation Disaster In Japan
This was originally posted as a comment on Japan Death Toll Climbs Astronomically As Nuclear Crisis Spreads.

Stocks Plunge As Japan Nuclear Crisis Worsens
Stocks fell sharply Tuesday as the nuclear crisis in Japan weighed on global markets.

Possibly The Last Time To Get Out Of The Dollar
It's no secret that the United States government owes a pretty penny to foreigners.

Portugal Protests: Revolt Of The Generations
Portuguese society took to the streets in eleven cities on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and political leanings came together to send a clear message to Portugal's political class to start implementing policies which create a future for the country's youth.

It's Much Worse Than It Looks
I just got off the phone with several frightened, somewhat dazed survivors of the Japanese earthquake who work in the financial markets, and I thought it important to immediately pass on what they said. Some were clearly terrified.

Wall Street Tumbles More Than 2 Percent
Wall Street tumbled more than 2 percent on Tuesday and the Nasdaq turned negative for the year as Japan's looming nuclear crisis looked set to thrust financial markets into a period of turmoil.

PepsiCo Develops Recyclable, Plant-Based Bottle
PepsiCo Inc has developed a bottle made from plant-based, renewable resources that is fully recyclable, and will start using it in a test program next year.

Epilepsy, Migraine Drug Linked to 2000 Percent Increase In Birth Defects
New data released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that mothers taking Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) Topamax, as well as its generic version topiramate, during pregnancy are 2000 percent more likely to bear children with oral defects like cleft lips or cleft palate than women who do not take the drug.

FDA Shuts Down Maryland Sprouts Grower
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that Vegi-Pak Farm of Mt. Airy, MD, and its president, Sun Ja Lee, and general manager, Brian W. Lee, signed a consent decree earlier this month prohibiting them from processing, holding and distributing bean sprouts due to numerous sanitation problems.

Labor Protests Spread Throughout The United States
Labor protests are continuing across the United States.

Surgeon General: Buying Iodine a 'Precaution'
The fear that a nuclear cloud could float from the shores of Japan to the shores of California has some people making a run on iodine tablets.

Today In History - Tuesday - March 15, 2011
1820 - Maine was admitted as the 23rd state of the Union.
1864 - Red River Campaign began as the Union forces reach Alexandria, LA.
1875 - The Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, John McCloskey, was named the first American cardinal.
1892 - New York State unveiled the new automatic ballot voting machine.
1907 - In Finland, woman won their first seats in the Finnish Parliament. They took their seats on May 23.
1913 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson held the first open presidential news conference. 
1919 - The American Legion was founded in Paris.
1937 - In Chicago, IL, the first blood bank to preserve blood for transfusion by refrigeration was established at the Cook County Hospital.
1938 - Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.
1939 - German forces occupied Bohemia and Moravia, and part of Czechoslovakia.
1944 - Cassino, Italy, was destroyed by Allied bombing.
1946 - British Premier Attlee offered India full independence after agreement on a constitution.
1948 - Sir Laurence Olivier was on the cover of "LIFE" magazine for his starring role in Shakespeare’s "Hamlet."
1949 - Clothes rationing in Great Britain ended nearly four years after the end of World War II.
1951 - General de Lattre demanded that Paris send him more troops for the fight in Vietnam.
1951 - The Persian parliament voted to nationalize the oil industry.
1954 - CBS television debuted its "Morning Show."
1955 - The U.S. Air Force unveiled a self-guided missile.
1960 - Ten nations met in Geneva to discuss disarmament.
1968 - The U.S. mint halted the practice of buying and selling gold.
1977 - The U.S. House of Representatives began a 90-day test to determine the feasibility of showing its sessions on television.
1989 - The FDA decided to impound all fruit imported from Chili after two cyanide-tainted grapes were found in Philadelphia, PA.
1989 - The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs became the 14th Department in the President's Cabinet.
1990 - Mikhail Gorbachev was elected the first executive president of the Soviet Union.
1991 - Four Los Angeles police officers were indicted in the beating of Rodney King on March 3, 1991.
1991 - Yugoslav President Borisav Jovic resigned after about a week of anit-communist protests.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton extended the moratorium on nuclear testing until September of 1995.
1996 - The aviation firm Fokker NV collapsed.
1998 - More than 15,000 ethnic Albanians marched in Yugoslavia to demand independence for Kosovo.
1998 - CBS' "60 Minutes" aired an interview with former White House employee Kathleen Willey. Wiley said U.S. President Clinton made unwelcome sexual advances toward her in the Oval Office in 1993.
2002 - In the U.S., Burger King began selling a veggie burger. The event was billed as the first veggie burger to be sold nationally by a fast food chain.
2002 - In Texas, Andrea Yates received a life sentence for drowning her five children on June 20, 2001.
2002 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told the Associated Press that the U.S. would stand by a 24-year pledge not to use nuclear arms against states that don't have them.

Japan tsumani and earthquake: America on nuclear accident radiation alert
Fears that America could be hit by the nuclear fallout from the Japan earthquake have dramatically increased as workers prepared to abandon a reactor crippled by the earthquake and tsunami last night in the face of what is set to become the world's second worst nuclear disaster - topped only by Chernobyl. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has admitted it is 'quite possible' the fallout could reach America.

Treatments for Nuclear Contamination Posted by Dr. Mark Sircus
Now, just hours after writing this above paragraph we get a report in the New York Times indicating that even best case scenarios include radioactive releases of steam from the crippled plants could go on for weeks, months or even years. So prepare we must.

National Radiation Map 
Environmental radiation levels across the USA, updated in real time every 3 minutes.

XMM-Newton Live Radiation Monitor Plot

The DEFCON Warning System Website

Nuclear Radiation Detection Summary
This contains A Few Common Radioactive Isotopes, Types of Nuclear Radiation, Nuclear Radiation Detection Rate-Detector Sensitivity Scales, Probe Sensitivity, US Citizen Annual Radiation Dose and more.

Sometimes one can find good even in the worst circumstances...
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: 4-Month-Old Baby and Father Reunited In Ishinomaki
The four-month-old girl had been swept from her parents’ arms in the shattered village of Ishinomaki when the deadly wave crashed into the family home.

VIDEO: Woman Predicted 03/11 Earthquake on 03/08

Japan Distributes Iodine To Evacuation Centres
VIENNA, March 14 (Reuters) - Japan has provided 230,000 units of stable iodine to evacuation centres as a precautionary measure in the country's nuclear emergency, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Monday.

The Sinking Ship That Is The US Economy
Poor Mr. Obama. The man who ran on a campaign promise of “change,” is striving to achieve his stated goal by implementing a slew of conspicuously “same” policies, one after the other.

Internet To Become Most Popular News Platforms As Use Of Smartphones and Electronic Tablets Grows
The rapid growth of smartphones and electronic tablets is making the internet favorite for people seeking news, a report released today said.

Stupid Gov. Tricks: Collecting Taxes On Sales Made Via Affiliate Sites
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn just made a big mistake and a good many people who own Web sites and have affiliate relationships with Amazon and some other ecommerce giants are hopping mad.

Japanese Officials Say Nuclear Fuel Rods Likely Melting In All Three 'Troubled' Japanese Reactors
Japanese officials say the nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting inside all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors.

Japan Moves 8 Feet Over and 633 Points Down
Japan’s quake on Friday was powerful enough to shift the whole island by 8 feet!

America's Corporate Tax Nightmare
Take a look at this chart and weep. Somehow over the past two decades, the rest of the developed world has learned that corporate taxes need to be low and the result has been a steady reduction. The USA has missed out on this process.

MOX Populi...Hubris and Plutonium Don't Mix
The sight of Japan's Fukushima #3 nuclear reactor exploding is chilling (Youtube video pasted below.)

President Obama: We Must Seek Agreement On Guns Reforms
It's been more than two months since the tragedy in Tucson stunned the nation. It was a moment when we came together as one people to mourn and to pray for those we lost.

US Welcomes Arab League's Important Step On Libya
The United States on Saturday backed the Arab League's call for the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, and Washington said it was preparing for "all contingencies."

Michigan Republicans Seek Power To Dis-Incorporate Whole Cities, Dismiss Elected Officials
Republicans in Michigan have come up with a revolutionary solution to the state’s growing budget crisis: claim the right to auction off entire municipal entities, like cities, counties, school districts and water systems.

Saudi Arabia Prepares To Enter Bahrain
And just when oil was tapering off on hopes that the Middle East supply situation may actually normalize, we get this from The Guardian: "Saudi forces are preparing to intervene in neighbouring Bahrain, after a day of clashes between police and protesters who mounted the most serious challenge to the island's royal family since demonstrations began a month ago.

Anonymous Hackers Release Trove Of Emails That Allegedly Show Bank of America Committed Mortgage Fraud
Hacker group Anonymous (aka OperationLeaks on Twitter) just released what they say is a trove of damning documents on Bank of America.

Japan Earthquake
1905: British energy secretary Chris Huhne says the UK will try to learn all it can from the troubled nuclear plant in Fukushima although there are "enormous differences". "Safety is our number one concern," he says.

US West Coast In Path Of Fallout
“If There Were a Reactor Meltdown or Major Leak at Fukushima, the Radioactive Cloud Would Likely be Blown Out … Towards the US West Coast”

Lufthansa Scans Japan Flights For Radioactivity
Lufthansa is scanning aircraft that return from Japan for radioactivity but has not detected any yet, the German airline said on Monday.

Rush To Fix Quake-Damaged Undersea Cables
BEIJING—Asia's major telecom operators scrambled Monday to eliminate the impact on their operations from damage to several submarine cables following the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Japanese Survivors Worry About Dwindling Supplies
TOKYO — Overwhelmed by a still-growing catastrophe, Japanese authorities struggled Monday to reach buried survivors and the missing, faced roadblocks in delivering aid and raced to contain an expanding nuclear emergency.

Shares Fall On Japan Quake: US Growth Story Intact
Stocks fell on Monday as investors shunned risk after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, but the U.S. growth story was seen proceeding on track.

Devastation In Japan Leads To Drop In Gas Prices
Gas prices are still hovering around $4 per gallon in Chicago, but the disaster in Japan could actually bring them down a bit.

Police Employ Military Eye in the Sky
According to local news, "The Micro Air Vehicle, or MAV for short, is a small radio controlled drone aircraft equipped with a portable camera system. Miami-Dade Sgt. Andrew Cohen said drone will be used to gather real time information in situations which may be too dangerous for officers."

Why Is There No Looting In Japan?
The landscape of parts of Japan looks like the aftermath of World War Two; no industrialized country since then has suffered such a death toll.

Republicans Push English-Only Bill, Requiring Language Tests
Republicans introduce legislation in the House and Senate to make English the official language of the U.S.

Obama's Social Security Hoax
Everyone knows that the U.S. budget is being devoured by entitlements. Everyone also knows that of the Big Three — Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — Social Security is the most solvable.

Gulf Divers Experiencing Health Problems, Blood Contaminated With Petroleum Hydrocarbons
A team of three scientific divers found high levels of ethyl benzene and xylene in their blood after completing 15-20, -dives of approximately 30 minutes, while wearing full wet suits.

Mass Honeybee Deaths Now Occurring Worldwide, Says UN
For several decades, colony collapse disorder (CCD) -- a mysterious condition where entire bee colonies die for seemingly no obvious reason -- has been inflicting bee populations across both Europe and the US.

Untested Nanoparticles Showing Up In Thousands Of Consumer Products
Since 2006, the use of nanoparticles in consumer products has skyrocketed by over 600 percent.

Watch Out For Toxic Ingredients In Sunscreen
The majority of sunscreens are toxic, environmental groups have warned.

US Backing For World Currency Stuns Markets
The dollar plunged instantly against the euro, yen, and sterling as the comments flashed across trading screens. David Bloom, currency chief at HSBC, said the apparent policy shift amounts to an earthquake in geo-finance.

US Mega-Quake Coming Warn Russian Scientists
A new report released today in the Kremlin prepared for Prime Minister Putin by the Institute of Physics of the Earth, in Moscow, is warning that the America’s are in danger of suffering a mega-quake of catastrophic proportions during the next fortnight (14 days) with a specific emphasis being placed on the United States, Mexico, Central America and South American west coast regions along with the New Madrid Fault Zone region.

Today In History - Monday - March 14, 2011
1743 - First American town meeting was held at Boston's Faneuil Hall.
1757 - British Admiral John Byng was executed by a firing squad on board HMS Monarch for neglect of duty.
1794 - Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin.
1891 - The submarine Monarch laid telephone cable along the bottom of the English Channel to prepare for the first telephone links across the Channel.
1900 - U.S. currency went on the gold standard with the ratification of the Gold Standard Act.
1903 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Hay-Herran Treaty that guaranteed the U.S. the right to build a canal at Panama. The Columbian Senate rejected the treaty.
1904 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the governments claim that the Northern Securities Company was an illegal merger between the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railway companies.
1905 - French bankers refused to lend money to Russia until after their war.
1906 - The island of Ustica was devastated by an earthquake.
1907 - Acapulco, Mexico, was hit by an earthquake.
1915 - The British Navy sank the German battleship Dresden off the Chilean coast.
1923 - President Harding became the first U.S. President to file an income tax report.
1932 - George Eastman, the founder of the Kodak company, committed suicide.
1936 - Adolf Hitler told a crowd of 300,000 that Germany's only judge is God and itself.
1938 - Germany invaded Austria. A union of Austria and Germany was proclaimed by Adolf Hitler.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office.
1945 - In Germany, a 22,000 pound "Grand Slam" bomb was dropped by the Royal Air Force Dumbuster Squad on the Beilefeld railway viaduct. It was the heaviest bomb used during World War II.
1947 - The U.S. signed a 99-year lease on naval bases in the Philippines.
1947 - Moscow announced that 890,532 German POWs were held in the U.S.S.R.
1951 - U.N. forces recaptured Seoul for the second time during the Korean War.
1954 - The Viet Minh launched an assault on Dien Bien Phu in Saigon.
1958 - The U.S. government suspended arms shipments to the Batista government of Cuba.
1964 - A Dallas jury found Jack Ruby guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.
1967 - John F. Kennedy's body was moved from a temporary grave to a permanent one.
1978 - An Israeli force of 22,000 invaded south Lebanon. The PLO bases were hit.
1983 - OPEC agreed to cut its oil prices by 15% for the first time in its 23-year history.
1989 - Imported assault guns were banned in the U.S. under President George H.W. Bush.
1995 - American astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to enter space aboard a Russian rocket.
1996 - U.S. President Bill Clinton committed $100 million for an anti-terrorism pact with Israel to track down and root out Islamic militants.
1998 - An earthquake left 10,000 homeless in southeastern Iran.
2002 - A Scottish appeals court upheld the conviction of a Libyan intelligence agent for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. A five-judge court ruled unanimously that Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was guilty of bringing down the plane over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Navy Says 17 Americans Were Treated for Contamination
American Navy officials in Japan said early Monday that 17 military personnel who had been aboard three helicopters assisting in the earthquake relief effort had been exposed to low levels of contamination. Read More...

Military Crew aboard the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan said to Be Exposed to Radiation, but Officials Call Risk in U.S. Slight
The Pentagon was expected to announce that the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, which is sailing in the Pacific, passed through a radioactive cloud from stricken nuclear reactors in Japan, causing crew members on deck to receive a month’s worth of radiation in about an hour, government officials said Sunday.

FDIC Failed Bank List

Toxic Recycled Cereal Boxes? We Just Can't Win
A new study showed that food stored in packaging made from recycled cardboard may have some mineral oils that leeched from the cardboard. Mineral oils have been shown to be toxic on rats and could cause in humans:

Potassium Iodine Pills Really Potassium Iodide: FAQ's
** Related Article: Differences And Dangers Of Potassium Iodide And Iodate

'Supermoon' Has Nothing To Do With Japanese Earthquake
Although it's more than a week away, some people say the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan today could be caused by the supermoon.

Surviving Radioactive Fallout & Radiation Contamination From Japan
This guide provides panic dispelling knowledge so people downwind can more promptly initiate appropriate protective actions, as required.

Japan Earthquake: Before and After
Hover over each satellite photo to view the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami.

What Exactly Is A Nuclear Power Plant Meltdown?
“Given the large quantity of irradiated nuclear fuel in the pool, the radioactivity release could be worse than the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe of 25 years ago.” said Kevin Kamps, a nuclear waste specialist.

Weather Model - North Pacific Jet Stream Wind and 250 mb Pressure

US approved $40 billion in 2009 private arms sales
The U.S. government approved $40 billion in worldwide private arms sales in 2009, including more than $7 billion to Mideast and North African nations that are struggling with political upheaval, the State Department reported.

The 2008 Crash Isn't Over, Only Covered Up
Was their Reaganomics ideology so rigid, so blinding, they couldn’t (and still cannot) admit they were wrong? Forcing them to lie to America? Cover up the lies? The evidence is clear.

Parkinson's Disease Discovery
Along with MS and Alzheimer’s this is the disease that desperately needs real progress.

Arne Duncan's Brave New World: Dept. Of Education Wants Your Kid's Blood Type?
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Department of Education — already ensnared by allegations of insider trading — appear to be maneuvering for greater federal influence over state education boards.

Liberty Dollar Trail
I consider myself to be a friend of Bernard von NotHaus and I also am a Liberty Dollar Associate, so I am by no means a partial reporter in this case.

Quake-Hit Japan Nuclear Plant Faces Fresh Threat
Japan battled to contain a radiation leak at an earthquake-crippled nuclear plant on Sunday, but faced a fresh threat with the failure of the cooling system in a second reactor.

Should We Be Alarmed That The Biggest Bond Fund In The World Has Dumped All Of Their US Treasury Bonds?
Michael Snyder talks about the world's addiction to debt and where that is leading us.

Kyodo Reports Radiation Eight Times Normal Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant, 1,000 Times Normal In Control Room
Per Reuters, which cites Kyodo news agency, the radiation levels near the main gate at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant are already 8 times normal.

The True Cause Of The 2008 Market Crash Looks Like Its About To Rear Its Ugly Head Again, With A Vengeance
As I sit back and contemplate the content and delivery style that would be best suited for my upcoming keynote speech at the ING Real Estate Valuation Conference in Amsterdam (this is my first presentation to a large group where English is not the primary language), I am bombarded with news bits and bytes that confirm what I've been modeling, warning, fearing and preparing for - for nearly 2 years.

Quake Moved Japan Coast 8 Feet, Shifted Earth's Axis
The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.

Arab League Backs Libya No-Fly Zone
A special meeting in Cairo voted to ask the UN Security Council to impose the policy until the current crisis ended.

Hacker Collective Anonymous To Release Documents Proving Bank of America Committed Fraud This Monday
After Julian Assange crashed and burned in his threat to release documents that expose fraud at Bank of America, many thought he had been only bluffing, and that BofA is actually clean. Not so fast.

Japan Races To Avert Multiple Nuclear Meltdowns
Japan's nuclear crisis intensified Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple reactor meltdowns and more than 170,000 people evacuated the quake- and tsunami-savaged northeastern coast where fears spread over possible radioactive contamination.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Fears Of Second Explosion At Nuclear Power Plant As Exclusion Zone Around Facility
Japan's nuclear crisis was growing today amid the threat of multiple meltdowns, as more than 170,000 people were evacuated from the quake- and tsunami-savaged northeastern coast where police fear more than 10,000 people may have already died.

10K Dead In Japan Amid Fears Of Nuclear Meltdowns
The estimated death toll from Japan's disasters climbed past 10,000 Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns and hundreds of thousands of people struggled to find food and water.

Aftershocks and Japan
Japan can expect another monster earthquake large enough to trigger a tsunami within days, the head of the Australian Seismological Centre says.

Police Probe Death Of 14 In Bronx Tour Bus Crash
Police investigating a tour bus crash that killed 14 passengers en route from Connecticut to Chinatown Saturday morning say they have identified the driver of a tractor trailer that may have contributed the crash.

TSA To Restart Airport Scanners For Radiation
The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.

Earth's Day Length Shortened By Japan Earthquake
The massive earthquake that struck northeast Japan Friday (March 11) has shortened the length Earth's day by a fraction and shifted how the planet's mass is distributed.

Utah Legislature Goes For Gold, Silver As Currency Options
The Utah Legislature on Thursday passed a bill allowing gold and silver coins to be used as legal tender in the state — and for the value of their precious metal, not just the face value of the coins.

FDA Grants Monopoly Over Preterm Labor Prevention Drug: 15,000 Percent Price Increase Then Announced
Still think the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has your best interests in mind?

Skin Cancer Group Ridiculously Says Never Expose Your Skin To Natural Sunlight
Exposing skin to natural sunlight every day is the best way for the body to receive adequate levels of health-promoting and disease-preventing vitamin D.

Twelve-Year-Old Girl Suffering From Painful Rickets Because Mom Smothered Her In Sunscreen
A 12-year-old girl living on the Isle of Wright in southern Britain developed a severe vitamin D deficiency verging on rickets because her mother never let her go outside without sunscreen on.

Facebook Group Helps Mothers Share Breast Milk
Mothers who have a difficult time producing breast milk for their babies -- or those who produce more than they need and want to share it with other mothers -- can now make a connection through Facebook, thanks to the group "Eats On Feets."

Multiple Studies Link Autism To Mercury, Which Is Still Present In Most Vaccines
Mercury is already a known neurotoxin that causes cancer (carcinogen), damages DNA (mutagen), alters proper embryonic development (teratogen), and disrupts the immune system.

Exercise Induced Cell Regrowth Critical To Reducing Stress, Improving Health
For many years, the medical community denied the possibility that adult brain cells could regrow.

Eat Spinach For Bigger Muscles, Better Cell Performance
Popeye was right; eating spinach really does help build muscle strength and improve cellular function, according to a new study released by the Swedish medical school Karolinska Institutet.

Today In History - Friday - March 11, 2011
1702 - The Daily Courant, the first regular English newspaper was published.
1824 - The U.S. War Department created the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Seneca Indian Ely Parker became the first Indian to lead the Bureau.
1847 - John Chapman 'Johnny Appleseed' died in Allen County, Indiana. This day became known as Johnny Appleseed Day.
1861 - A Confederate Convention was held in Montgomery, Alabama, where a new constitution was adopted.
1865 - Union General William Sherman and his forces occupied Fayetteville, NC.
1901 - U.S. Steel was formed when industrialist J.P. Morgan purchased Carnegie Steep Corp. The event made Andrew Carnegie the world's richest man.
1927 - The Flatheads Gang stole $104,250 in the first armored-car robbery near Pittsburgh, PA.
1930 - Babe Ruth signed a two-year contract with the New York Yankees for the sum of $80,000.
1930 - U.S. President Howard Taft became the first U.S. president to be buried in the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
1935 - The German Air Force became an official organ of the Reich.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the Lend-Lease Act, which authorized the act of providing war supplies to the Allies.
1946 - Pravda denounced Winston Churchill as anti-Soviet and a warmonger.
1964 - U.S. Senator Carl Hayden broke the record for continuous service in the U.S. Senate. He had worked 37 years and seven days.
1965 - The American navy began inspecting Vietnamese junks in an effort to end arms smuggling to the South.
1965 - The Rev. James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, died after being beaten by whites during a civil rights disturbances in Selma, Alabama.
1966 - Three men were convicted of the murder of Malcolm X.
1969 - Levi-Strauss started selling bell-bottomed jeans.
1977 - More than 130 hostages held in Washington, DC, by Hanafi Muslims were freed after ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined the negotiations. 
1986 - Popsicle announced its plan to end the traditional twin-stick frozen treat for a one-stick model.
1988 - A cease-fire was declared in the war between Iran and Iraq.
1990 - Lithuania declared its independence from the Soviet Union. It was the first Soviet republic to break away from Communist control.
1992 - Former U.S. President Nixon said that the Bush administration was not giving enough economic aid to Russia.
1993 - Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first female attorney general.
1993 - North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty refusing to open sites for inspection.
1997 - An explosion at a nuclear waste reprocessing plant caused 35 workers to be exposed to low levels of radioactivity. The incident was the worst in Japan's history.
1998 - The International Astronomical Union issued an alert that said that a mile-wide asteroid could come very close to, and possibly hit, Earth on Oct. 26, 2028. The next day NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that there was no chance the asteroid would hit Earth.
2002 - Two columns of light were pointed skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
2003 - Fort Drum, NY, 11 troops were killed and two were injured during a training mission when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed.
2004 - In Madrid, Spain, several coordinated bombing attacks on commuter trains killed at least 190 people and injured more than 2,000.

Huge tsunami slams Japan after 8.9 magnitude quake
At least 32 deaths confirmed. The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that pounded the country’s east coast and prompted advisories along Canada’s Pacific coast. 8.9 Earthquake and 13 foot tsunami has hit Northeast coast of Japan! There are several aftershocks including a 7.0 and 6.8!
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Justice Department investigating death threats against Republican senators, representatives
Seventeen Republican Senators in addition to Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald received the email threat that stated they should put their "things in order because you will be killed and your families also will be killed."

Saudi Police Open Fire During Protest
Saudi police opened fire Thursday to disperse a protest in the section where minority Shiites live, leaving at least one man injured, as the government toughened its efforts to prevent a wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world from reaching the kingdom.

Global Stocks Sink on China, Saudi Unrest; Euro Weakens
World stocks and commodities sank on Thursday after an unexpected trade deficit in China fueled concerns about the global economy, while the euro fell after a downgrade of Spain's credit rating by Moody's.

The Sword Hanging Over the Housing Market
That is how much bankrupt federal agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are taking down in loan guarantees to the residential housing market.

The Banks Abuse Seniors - Again
You own your house with your spouse. You're "encouraged" to reverse-mortgage the place with only the older spouse's name on the note, which has the effect of increasing the monthly payments to you (because he or she is expected to live for a fewer number of years.) Then that spouse dies and the younger one, who has plenty of time left to live, has to pay off the entire balance or lose the house.

Detroiters Rally On 'Day Of Outrage'
Over 200 demonstrators stood in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue, Thursday, to protest a number of issues. Some of the protestors were locked out of the Mayor’s office when they took their protest up to the 11th floor of the Coleman Young Municipal building. Minister Malik Shabazz led a dozen or more protesters to City Hall. “We don’t want our pension fund, which is operating at a surplus, put up under MERS, the state pension, which is operating at a deficit,” Shabazz said.

Proposed FLORIDA Bill makes taking pictures of a farm a FELONY!
Photographers — perhaps including some ghosts from Farm Security Administration days — are astir at news of a bill introduced by State Senator Jim Norman of Florida that would make it a felony to take a picture of a farm without the owner’s more!!

Paul Craig Roberts: The Greatest Rip-Off
The American Empire is failing. A number of its puppet rulers are being overthrown by popular protests, and the almighty dollar will not even buy one Swiss franc, one Canadian dollar, or one Australian dollar.

Is Your Cell Phone Tapped (2009 article but worth the read)
Careful your cell phone may be eavesdropping. Thanks to recent developments in “spy phone” software, a do-it-yourself spook can now wirelessly transfer a wiretapping program to any mobile phone. More than 200 companies sell spy-phone software online, at prices as low as $50 (a few programs cost more than $300). Vendors are loath to release sales figures. But some experts—private investigators and consultants in counter-wiretapping, computer-security software and telecommunications market research—claim that a surprising number of people carry a mobile that has been compromised, usually by a spouse, lover, parent or co-worker.

China Confronts Revolution
This article makes clear that a revolution in China will be tough to initiate or even sustained.

Doctors: Yemen Used 'Nerve Gas' Against Protesters
The regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh has off and on switched between its use of rubber bullets against protesters and live ammunition, and now, doctors say, it is swapping out traditional tear gas for a banned nerve agent of some sort.

Israel Seeks Another $20 Billion in US Military Aid
Though Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak termed the pro-democracy revolutions in the region “a movement in the right direction,” that apparently doesn’t mean that they can’t be used as an excuse to press for massive additional military aid.

Geithner Says Lending Cuts Could Hurt US Influence
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner urged lawmakers on Wednesday to approve capital increases for global lending institutions and warned that failure to do so could harm U.S. influence abroad.

Dade Cops Waiting To Get Crime Fighting Drone Airborn
“If an SRT (Special Response Team) has to go into an area they don’t know what’s there, we don’t know what is in the backyard,” said Cohen, “They want to know if there are dogs in the backyard, if there is a shed, things that could be a threat to us.”

Drivers Detained For Paying Tolls With US Currency
A man in Tampa, Fla., has uncovered what he calls an illegal scheme by the state's turnpike authority to detain motorists who pay tolls with $20, $50 or $100 bills until they disclose personal information recorded by the state.

Prisoners Help Build Patriot Missiles
This spring, the United Arab Emirates is expected to close a deal for $7 billion dollars’ worth of American arms. Nearly half of the cash will be spent on Patriot missiles, which cost as much as $5.9 million apiece.

France Formally Recognizes Libyan Rebels' Authority
In a major diplomatic victory for the Libyan opposition, France has become the first country to formally recognize Libya’s rebel leadership, pledging to exchange ambassadors between Paris and the Libyan opposition stronghold of Benghazi.

Rep. King Opens Muslim Hearing, Says Panel Can't 'Live in Denial'
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) defended his hearing Thursday on radicalization in the U.S. Muslim community, saying his panel “could not live in denial.”

Demonstrators Forcibly Removed; Capitol Reopens
Madison - Demonstrators were carried out of the Assembly by police Thursday as Gov. Scott Walker's administration again closed and then reopened the building to the public.

Hope and Change: Gas Prices Have Gone Up 67 Percent Since Obama Became President
Ah, January of 2009. Hope was in the air, but more importantly, gas was under two dollars a gallon. Since then gas prices, have gone up 67 percent and it's an ominously upward trend. Interestingly enough, the Heritage Foundation also took a look at the first 26 months of Bush's presidency -- gas only rose 7 percent during that time frame.

GM Chief Financial Officer Resigns Unexpectedly
The chief financial officer of General Motors Co., who brought the company through a successful public stock offering and was once considered a candidate for CEO, is resigning as of April 1.

Jobless Claims in the US Rose 26,000 Last Week to 397,000
First-time claims for jobless benefits rose last week from an almost three-year low, highlighting the uneven nature of the improvement in the U.S. labor market.

UN Alarmed At Huge Decline In Bee Numbers
The UN on Thursday expressed alarm at a huge decline in bee colonies under a multiple onslaught of pests and pollution, urging an international effort to save the pollinators that are vital for food crops.

Michelle Obama Sports a $1,000 Handbag
Mrs. Obama was gaining a lot of traction as the fashion icon for the everywoman when all of a sudden she stepped out of the Michellemobile – reportedly Monday – grasping a $1,000 tote bag.

Safety Equipment Removed From Airplanes
HOUSTON -- It is a change that affects every single airline that operates in the United States. The federal government has ordered safety equipment be removed from 6,000 commercial passenger planes, and the Federal Aviation Administration kept the decision to do it a secret

Saudi Expectations High Before Friday's 'Day of Rage Protests'
Al-Qatif in Saudi Arabia's eastern province has a harsh climate: summer temperatures often reach the mid-40s, though the winter is pleasantly mild.

Pope's Book On Jesus Condemns Religious Violence
VATICAN CITY, March 10 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict has condemned violence committed in God's name and personally exonerated Jews of responsibility for Jesus' death in his latest book, released on Thursday.

At Least 24 Dead, 207 Injured in SW China Quake
At least 24 people were killed and 207 others injured in a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that jolted Yingjiang County in southwest China's Yunnan Province around noon on Thursday.

Destructive Arkansas Earthquakes
Geologists say a fault in central Arkansas where hundreds of earthquakes have been recorded in recent months is longer and potentially more destructive than initially believed.

March's Super Moon: More Earthquakes, Weird Weather, Volcanic Eruptions?
While following up on the ‘UFO Mystery in Australia‘-the sighting by hundreds of witnesses in Maryborough, Queensland of mysterious orange lights that continue to appear in the skies since last week, lights unexplained by authorities or ‘experts’, we discovered two new reports from the Fraser Coast Chronicle:

US Commodities: Cattle Rise to Record as Beef Demand Climbs
Cattle futures jumped to a record as rising demand for U.S. beef erodes supplies of animals for slaughterhouses and boosts meat costs for food retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Civil Unrest and Food Riots Predicted In the UK
The UK is experiencing a hike in inflation. After quite a few years when inflation was under control, it is hitting everyone hard.

Canadian Coins Bugged; US Security Agency Says
They say money talks, and a new report suggests Canadian currency is indeed chatting, at least electronically, on behalf of shadowy spies.

America's Breadbasket Aquifer Running Dry; Massive Agriculture collapse Inevitable
It's the largest underground freshwater supply in the world, stretching from South Dakota all the way to Texas.

Big Pharma Lies About R&D Costs to Justify Illicit Profits
If you listen purely to the industry side of the story, you might think that drug companies are more than vindicated in selling brand-name drugs for sometimes thousands of times more than they cost to produce, and raking in billions of dollars in profits every year.

Electroshock Discipline On Students? School Successfully Lobbies Congress To Keep It Legal
For nearly 20 years, the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center (JREC), a special needs school for children and adults in Canton, Mass., has been utilizing a controversial, "moderately painful" electric shock discipline technique on its students that many say is inhumane.

Whey Protein Fights Fatty Liver Disease and Heart Disease
New research just published in the journal Clinical Nutrition concludes supplementing the diet with whey protein could be a powerful natural way to reduce the risk of both fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease.

Why Using Electronic Devices Before Bed May Destroy Healthy Sleep Cycles
Do you use your computer, watch television, or mess around on your cell phone within the hour before you go to bed at night?

Stress: Good or Bad? In Your Control Or Out Of Your Control?
As a psychoanalyst who has specialized in working with cancer patients, I hear the word "stress" frequently.

Today In History - Thursday - March 10, 2011
1776 - "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine was published.
1785 - Thomas Jefferson was appointed minister to France. He succeeded Benjamin Franklin.
1804 - The formal ceremonies transferring the Louisiana Purchase from France to the U.S. took place in St. Louis.
1814 - In France, Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by a combined Allied Army at the battle of Laon.
1848 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war with Mexico.
1849 - Abraham Lincoln applied for a patent for a device to lift vessels over shoals by means of inflated cylinders.
1864 - Ulysses S. Grant became commander of the Union armies in the U.S. Civil War.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful call with the telephone. He spoke the words "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."
1880 - The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S. from England.
1893 - New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony because the only graduate was robbed and killed the night before.
1894 - New York Gov. Roswell P. Flower signed the nation's first dog-licensing law.
1912 - China became a republic after the overthrow of the Manchu Ch'ing Dynasty.
1924 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a New York state law forbidding late-night work for women.
1927 - Prussia lifted its Nazi ban allowing Adolf Hitler to speak in public.
1933 - Nevada became the first U.S. state to regulate drugs.
1945 - American B-29 bombers attacked Tokyo, Japan, 100,000 were killed.
1947 - The Big Four met in Moscow to discuss the future of Germany.
1947 - Poland and Czechoslovakia signed a 20-year mutual aid pact.
1966 - The North Vietnamese captured a Green Beret camp at Ashau Valley.
1966 - France withdrew from NATO's military command to protest U.S. dominance of the alliance and asked NATO to move its headquarters from Paris.
1969 - James Earl Ray pled guilty in Memphis, TN, to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray later repudiated the guilty plea and maintained his innocence until his death in April of 1998.
1971 - The U.S. Senate approved an amendment to lower the voting age to 18.
1975 - The North Vietnamese Army attacked the South Vietnamese town of Ban Me Thout.
1980 - Iran's leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, lent his support to the militants holding American hostages in Tehran.
1981 - The U.S. Postal Service announced an increase in first class postage from 15 to 18 cents.
1982 - The U.S. banned Libyan oil imports due to their continued support of terrorism.
1991 - "Phase Echo" began. It was the operation to withdraw 540,000 U.S. troops from the Persian Gulf region.
1994 - White House officials began testifying before a federal grand jury about the Whitewater controversy.
1995 - U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher told Yasser Arafat that he must do more to curb Palestinian terrorists.
1998 - U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf began receiving the first vaccinations against anthrax.
2002 - The Associated Press reported that the Pentagon informed the U.S. Congress in January that it was making contingency plans for the possible use of nuclear weapons against countries that threaten the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction, including Iraq and North Korea.
2003 - North Korea test-fired a short-range missile. The event was one of several in a patter of unusual military maneuvers.

The Recipe You've Been waiting For: The Power Hour Nutritional Un-chicken broth (vegan)

Undercover Web Site Derailed By Hosting Firm
In an aggressive bid to entice prospective “sex tourists,” the Department of Homeland Security last year launched an undercover web site that purported to arrange trips from the U.S. to Canada, where clients could engage in sexual activity with minors, The Smoking Gun has learned.

Miami-Dade police buy drones
The Miami-Dade Police Department is poised to become the first large metro force using drones in its aerial missions. The department finalized a deal to buy a drone called T-Hawk from defense firm Honeywell and officially applied for permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month to begin flying it around the county.

VIDEO: Peace in Tripoli: 'Wake Up! We Love Gaddafi!'

Doctors: Yemen Used ‘Nerve Gas’ Against
Doctors at the scene of one of the “tear gas” attacks say that the victims showed symptoms of the gas targeting their central nervous system and as a paralytic, banned under international law. Traditional tear gas is supposed to only produce symptoms in the respiratory system.

Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining
At least two dozen protesters spent the night just outside the Wisconsin state Assembly chamber in anticipation of a late Thursday morning vote on explosive union rights legislation that passed the Senate after Republicans outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts and pushed through the bill.

NATO Members Weighing Libya No-Fly Zone May Face Resistance
NATO countries are seeking to overcome divisions on a no-fly zone to ground Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s air force and forge a response to the fighting there that stops short of military involvement.

Hillary Clinton: No-Fly Zone Over Libya Cannot be U.S.-Led Effort
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Sky News Wednesday that a no-fly zone over Libya cannot be a U.S.-led effort, and would need the backing of the international community.

Israel to ask U.S. for $20 billion extra in military aid because of Middle East turmoil
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal defence minister Ehud Barak was reported as saying his country is considering making the request while the Arab world survey the wreckage of the 'historic earthquake'.

TARP Police! Step Away From the Bailout Money!
As early as last summer, TARP agents were participating in raids alongside other law enforcement agencies. They worked with FBI agents in a raid on Colonial Bank in Orlando, Florida in an investigation into possible TARP-related fraud. Witnesses saw armed law enforcement officers in the familiar oversized blue "raid jackets" with yellow lettering on the back. But the jackets didn't say "FBI." Instead, they were stenciled with the words: "Federal Agent SIGTARP."

Welfare State; Handouts Make Up One-Third of US Wages
Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement.

New Biometric Time Clocks Available At
If you’re business is considering making a vital investment into it’s payroll investment, has the clock for you. Today’, has announced that it has added multiple new biometric time clock models to it’s growing selection biometric time and attendance systems.

Unemployment Rate: Flying Blind
Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the economy created 192,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 8.9%.

Bill Gross Puts Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is, and Completely Abandons US Treasuries
In his latest monthly note, PIMCO's Bill Gross said he didn't know who would be buying Treasuries after QEII ended this summer. He said, specifically, that he wanted out of the market.

Oil Will Go Up 'Ballistically' If Unrest Shifts to Saudia Arabia, Says Marc Farber
Marc Faber the Swiss fund manager and Gloom Boom & Doom editor sees oil prices extending their bull run despite the 15% run-up this year alone.

On The Libyan Oil Tank 'Time Bomb'
Three weeks ago we first mused about the irrational endgame of it all when we asked: "When Hussein left Kuwait he set the oil wells on fire. Will Ghaddafi?"

Will Oil Spike Lead to QE3?
Recent comments from Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart, combined with spiking oil prices, have led to speculation regarding future rounds of quantitative easing.

Libyan Oil Output Down to Half MLN - BPD Official
Unrest in Libya has cut oil output to about half a million barrels per day from 1.6 million bpd as many foreign and local workers left the oil fields, the country's top oil official said on Wednesday.

Oil Markets Brace For Saudi 'Rage' As Global Capacity Wears Thin
Those exhorting OPEC to boost output should be careful what they wish for. The cartel card can be played once only, and it risks exposing the fragility of the global energy system if the Gulf powers are seen struggling to deliver.

Attack On Iraq Pipeline Halt Oil Exports
A government spokesman says a bomb has hit Iraq's largest oil pipeline, halting exports to Turkey in an insurgent strike that could lead to millions of dollars in losses.

Sectarian Strife Flares In Egypt, 13 Killed
Thirteen people were killed in violence between Egyptian Christians and Muslims, the health ministry said on Wednesday, as sectarian tensions that appeared to evaporate in the country's revolution resurfaced.

Gaddafi Blows Up Libya's Oil Pipeline As Tanks Are Turned On Civilians
Colonel Gaddafi's forces today blasted an oil terminal to smithereens as Libya's bloody civil war entered its blackest day.

82% Percent of US Schools May Be Labeled 'Failing'
An estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as "failing" under the nation's No Child Left Behind Act this year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

State Might Have More Time On Bond Deal; Senate Democrats Fined
Lawmakers may have more time to resolve the state's immediate budget problems than previously believed - which could lower tensions among legislators but also prolong a weeks-long standoff.

Electronic Warfare: North Korea Nears Completion of Electromagnetic Pulse Bomb
North Korea appears to be protesting the joint U.S. and South Korean military maneuvers by jamming Global Positioning Devices in the south, which is a nuisance for cell phone and computers users -- but is a hint of the looming menace for the military

Threat of Earthquakes Pales Beside the 50 Volcanoes On Our Doorstep
It hardly needs an official list from the council to remind Aucklanders that, like Christchurch, this city is peppered with old buildings that are likely to tumble down in a severe earthquake.

US Too Vulnerable to Rising Oil and Food Prices
Last Friday, oil contracts traded in New York closed at $104.42 per barrel, levels not seen since September 2008.

Dems Admit to Cooking the Books
Last week, whether by accident or design, the Democrat party and the Obama administration revealed an unprecedented level of contempt for the intelligence of the American public with regard to that public’s understanding of economics. Sad to say, if a recent survey is accurate, a substantial portion of that contempt is cynically justifiable.

Drugs in Short Supply
Hospitals across the country are running low on key drugs used in surgeries and to treat some diseases, including cancer.

USDA to Drop a Genetic Bomb
By allowing the unrestricted release of genetically modified, Roundup Ready alfalfa, the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Secretary Tom Vilsack is allowing Monsanto to drop a genetic atomic bomb on organic agriculture, family farmers and consumers.

People Take Over Bank of America Branch in DC
Seems that some people who want the banksters to pay are taking matters into their own hands.

Japan Hit By 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake
The north east of Japan was hit by an earthquake today 9th March 2011 in the morning and its effect was felt miles away till Tokyo.

Obama Creates Indefinite Detention System For Prisoners At Guantanamo Bay
President Obama signed an executive order Monday that will create a formal system of indefinite detention for those held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who continue to pose a significant threat to national security. The administration also said it will start new military commission trials for detainees there.

Psychiatry Has Developed From Personalized Therapy to Shameless Drug Dealing
Back in the day, psychiatrists used to actually consult intimately with their patients and provide some type of personalized, talk-based therapy as part of their practice.

Scientists Deliberately Create 127 Hybrid Viruses From H1N1, Then Warn They Are Dangerous
Chinese researchers recently warned the world in a study that the H1N1 virus is capable of combining with various other viruses to create "novel pandemic strains." Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the paper states that with the proper mixing host in place, viruses can swap genes and mutate into new strains -- and researchers discovered this by deliberately creating 127 of them in a laboratory.

The Myth of the Normal Mammogram
In my experience, it's not often that pro-mammogram literature or textbooks tell the truth about the limitations of mammography so imagine my surprise when I came across this section in the 1,100 page textbook I'm studying called Breast Imaging by Dr. Daniel B. Kopans.

New Discovery; 'Good' Gut Bacteria Can Control Organ Functions
Researchers have long known that the "good" bacteria in the human gut help digest food and keep "bad" pathogens, including an overgrowth of yeast, in check.

Healing With Light Energy
"The pain is gone - I can't believe it!" That is what Jack had to say when his pain suddenly disappeared after two decades of unrelenting pain from diabetic neuropathy and a treatment program that profoundly interfered with his quality of life and led to an addiction to a myriad of pharmaceutical drugs.

Today In History - Wednesday - March 9, 2011
1734 - The Russians took Danzig (Gdansk) in Poland.
1788 - Connecticut became the 5th state to join the United States.
1793 - Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first balloon flight in North America. The event was witnessed by U.S. President George Washington.
1799 - The U.S. Congress contracted with Simeon North, of Berlin, CT, for 500 horse pistols at the price of $6.50 each.
1820 - The U.S. Congress passed the Land Act that paved the way for westward expansion of North America.
1822 - Charles M. Graham received the first patent for artificial teeth.
1832 - Abraham Lincoln announced that he would run for a political office for the first time. He was unsuccessful in his run for a seat in the Illinois state legislature.
1858 - Albert Potts was awarded a patent for the letter box.
1860 - The first Japanese ambassador to the U.S. was appointed.
1862 - During the U.S. Civil War, the ironclads Monitor and Virginia fought to a draw in a five-hour battle at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
1863 - General Ulysses Grant was appointed commander-in-chief of the Union forces.
1909 - The French National Assembly passed an income tax bill.
1910 - Union men urged for a national sympathy strike for miners in Pennsylvania.
1911 - The funding for five new battleships was added to the British military defense budget.
1916 - Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, New Mexico. 17 people were killed by the 1,500 horsemen.
1933 - The U.S. Congress began its 100 days of enacting New Deal legislation.
1936 - The German press warned that all Jews who vote in the upcoming elections would be arrested.
1945 - During World War II, U.S. B-29 bombers launched incendiary bomb attacks against Japan.
1949 - The first all-electric dining car was placed in service on the Illinois Central Railroad.
1954 - WNBT-TV (now WNBC-TV), in New York, broadcast the first local color television commercials. The ad was Castro Decorators of New York City.
1956 - British authorities arrested and deported Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus. He was accused of supporting terrorists.
1957 - Egyptian leader Nasser barred U.N. plans to share the tolls for the use of the Suez Canal.
1964 - The first Ford Mustang rolled off of the Ford assembly line.
1965 - The first U.S. combat troops arrived in South Vietnam.
1967 - Svetlana Alliluyeva, Josef Stalin's daughter defected to the United States.
1975 - Work began on the Alaskan oil pipeline.
1975 - Iraq launched an offensive against the rebel Kurds.
1985 - "Gone With The Wind" went on sale in video stores across the U.S. for the first time.
1986 - U.S. Navy divers found the crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger along with the remains of the astronauts.
1989 - The U.S. Senate rejected John Tower as a choice for a cabinet member. It was the first rejection in 30 years.
1989 - In the U.S., a strike forced Eastern Airlines into bankruptcy.
1989 - In the U.S., President George H.W. Bush urged for a mandatory death penalty in drug-related killings.
1990 - Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in as the first female and Hispanic surgeon general.
1993 - Rodney King testified at the federal trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused of violating his civil rights.
2000 - In Norway, the coalition government of Kjell Magne Bondevik resigned as a result of an environmental dispute.

Libya: David Cameron and Barack Obama plan 'full spectrum' of action on Libya
David Cameron and President Barack Obama have announced a “full spectrum” of action on Libya as Col Muammar Gaddafi’s forces pounded two oil towns in an effort to bring the rebellion against the regime under control.

Britain unable to patrol no-fly zone over Libya as we have not got enough planes, warn experts
Britain would not be able to patrol a no-fly zone over Libya without switching resources from Afghanistan, military experts warned yesterday.

Obama creates indefinite detention system for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay
President Obama signed an executive order Monday that will create a formal system of indefinite detention for those held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who continue to pose a significant threat to national security.

Top 10 Pet Toxins of 2010
Both known and unknown toxins can be found hiding in our houses and yards. In 2010, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, IL, fielded more than 167,000 phone calls about pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances.

YouTube: Dangers with smartphone photos and tags

European Gasoline Hits All Time Record of $8.632 Per Gallon
And Americans are complaining at an average gas price in the mid $3 range.

Gallup Finds Consumer Confidence Declines Materially On Surging Gas Prices, Budget Battles and S&P Decline
After Gallup confirmed that the February NFP data was doctored just enough to allow the Fed to decide what to do with March employment data (should QE3 be determined necessary, look for a huge miss to expectations), today the polling company confirms that recent 3 year highs in consumer confidence were an inflection point.

Disaster Preparedness Part 1: The Basics
This is the first in a series of articles in which I’ll be explaining some of the basics in getting you, your family and your pets ready for anything if you are in your own home and disaster strikes.

Obama Abandons Key Pledge By Restarting Guantanamo Trials
Any last vestiges of doubt that President Barack Obama had abandoned entirely on his election pledge to close down Guantanamo Bay evaporated last night as he gave the green light for military trials there to resume and laid down the rules for holding some of the detainees inside the camp indefinitely.

RBC On The US Dollar 'At The Tipping Point'
RBC is out with a new technical note on the US dollar, noting that it stands on the precipice of breaking a major trend.

Insurrection and Military Intervention: The US-NATO Attempted Coup d'Etat in Libya?
The US and NATO are supporting an armed insurrection in Eastern Libya, with a view to justifying a "humanitarian intervention".

February $223 Billion Budget Deficit Largest Ever
Well, it's one way to start a deficit cutting scramble. Washington Times reports that the preliminary number for the February deficit, which will formally be released by the FMS shortly, is $223 billion: this is the largest single month deficit in history!

White House Ok's Restarting Military Trials at Gitmo
FoxNews.Com is reporting that the White House has decided to reinstate military trials at Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo).

Will The Day Of Rage In Saudi Arabia On March 11 Send The Price Of Oil Into Unprecedented Territory?
The price of oil is shaping up to be the number one economic story of 2011, and right now the eyes of the investing world are closely watching the developing situation in Saudi Arabia.

'As Many As 160 Prisoners Were Injected With Live Cancer Cells'
Perhaps the most famous was the cancer-vaccine test. As many as 160 prisoners were injected with live cancer cells.

Drillers Say They Will Halt Disposal Of Fluids
Chesapeake Operating Inc. and Clarita Operating LLC both said before a hearing Friday in Little Rock by the state Oil and Gas Commission that they will comply with an emergency request to stop injections of used natural-gas drilling fluid in the two wells in Faulkner County.

Gaddafi Deploys Tanks and Hundreds of Troops In All-Out-Effort To Take Zawiayah
The regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has launched a devastating assault on the opposition-held town of Zawiyah, deploying up to 50 tanks and scores of pickup trucks carrying troops.

Massive Fish Die-Off Likely Due To Oxygen Depletion, Not Pollution, Redondo Beach Officials Say
Redondo Beach officials said initial assessments suggest oxygen depletion in the King Harbor basins caused the massive fish die-off.

Tipping Point For Oil Seen At $150 Per Barrel
A top Federal Reserve official on Monday said the central bank should react if oil prices soar as high as $150 a barrel because prices that high could throw the economy back into recession.

'No Fly Zone Means War On Libya By Us'
Press TV talks with David Lindorff, Philadelphia to find out his views of this imperialist tactic.

Iranian Official Admits Aiding Hezbollah, Says All Middle East Oil Will Be Cut Off To The West
On Wednesday, March 2nd, Commander of the Basij organization, Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi spoke at a conference of specialist working groups of Basiji corps of engineers.

Teacher Fired For Bumper Sticker Highlighting The Over-Medication Of Children
When Tarah Ausburn, a former English teacher at Imagine Prep High School in Surprise, Ariz., refused to remove a bumper sticker from her car that asked the question, "Have you drugged your kids today?" officials fired her, according to reports from KPHO CBS 5 in Phoenix.

Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Cause Higher Blood Pressure
New research just published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association concludes that soda and other drinks sweetened with sugar are associated with higher blood pressure.

Lung Cancer Study Shows That Nail Clippings Really Are Useful In Identifying, Assessing Disease
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have published a study showing that lung cancer risk can be identified through an evaluation of toenail clippings.

Feeling Winter Heaviness? Five Common Cleansing Foods and Herbs to Lighten Up
If the approach of spring has you eager to get up and go, but you're feeling weighed down from winter hibernation and heavier foods, it's time to lighten up.

Today In History - Tuesday - March 8, 2011
1702 - England's Queen Anne took the throne upon the death of King William III.
1782 - The Gnadenhutten massacre took place. About 90 Indians were killed by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.
1853 - The first bronze statue of Andrew Jackson is unveiled in Washington, DC.
1855 - A train passed over the first railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, NY.
1880 - U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes declared that the United States would have jurisdiction over any canal built across the isthmus of Panama.
1887 - The telescopic fishing rod was patented by Everett Horton.
1894 - A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. It was the first animal control law in the U.S.
1904 - The Bundestag in Germany lifted the ban on the Jesuit order of priests.
1910 - The King of Spain authorized women to attend universities.
1911 - In Europe, International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time.
1911 - British Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Gray declared that Britain would not support France in the event of a military conflict.
1921 - French troops occupied Dusseldorf.
1933 - Self-liquidating scrip money was issued for the first time at Franklin, IN.
1941 - Martial law was proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish any anti-Nazi protests.
1943 - Japanese forces attacked American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle lasted five days.
1945 - Phyllis Mae Daley received a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She later became the first African-American nurse to serve duty in WWII.
1946 - The French naval fleet arrived at Haiphong, Vietnam.
1954 - France and Vietnam opened talks in Paris on a treaty to form the state of Indochina.
1965 - The U.S. landed about 3,500 Marines in South Vietnam. They were the first U.S. combat troops to land in Vietnam.
1966 - Australia announced that it would triple the number of troops in Vietnam.
1973 - Two bombs exploded near Trafalgar Square in Great Britain. 234 people were injured.
1982 - The U.S. accused the Soviets of killing 3,000 Afghans with poison gas. 
1986 - Four French television crewmembers were abducted in west Beirut. All four were eventually released.
1999 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
1999 - The White House, under President Bill Clinton, directed the firing of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee from his job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The firing was a result of alleged security violations.
2001 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted for an across-the-board tax cut of nearly $1 trillion over the next decade.
2005 - In norther Chechnya, Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov was killed during a raid by Russian forces.

America's secret plan to arm Libya's rebels
Desperate to avoid US military involvement in Libya in the event of a prolonged struggle between the Gaddafi regime and its opponents, the Americans have asked Saudi Arabia if it can supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi.

Clever Monkeys: Monkeys and Medicinal Plants
When we are sick, or suffering discomfort from diarrhea or indigestion, we take medicines to make us feel better. We know what ails us, and we know what can help us. Monkeys, too, seem to have knowledge of the therapeutic.
** Related Article: Zanzibar Monkeys Eat Charcoal To Counteract Toxins
Charcoal is a good thing to keep on hand!

Japan Halts Vaccines From Pfizer, Sanofi After Deaths of Four Children
The deaths just keep mounting all across the world: Children are collapsing into comas and then dying, just minutes after receiving combination vaccines that have been deceptively marketed as "completely safe."

Teacher fired for bumper sticker highlighting the over-medication of children
Ms. Ausburn had only worked at the school for two months when she was notified that some of her stickers were upsetting some parents, and that they did not fit into the school's culture. School officials told Ausburn that she could either remove the stickers or park her car off campus. She refused both options and was consequently released.

VIDEO: So what have you learned as a legal intern?
A law student who worked as an intern discusses what she has learned about corruption in the legal system. Entertaining, informative, and

The MOST Important Chart of the CENTURY
The latest U.S. Treasury Z1 Flow of Funds report was released on March 11, 2010, bringing the data current through the end of 2009.

Obama Says NATO Considering Military Options Against Libya
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that NATO was considering military options in response to the situation in Libya.

Crime DOES pay: Rikers Island inmates share $35m payout over illegal strip searches
Taxpayers are footing a compensation bill of $35.7million after former prisoners won their class-action suit for illegal strip searches. A total 26,131 former inmates of Rikers Island prison in New York, will each receive a cheque for as much as £1,000. Astonishingly the city has already forked out $81million to settle three identical strip-search suits over the past decade.

U.S. Supreme Court denies rehearing in Obama/Soetoro eligibility case
The U.S. Supreme Court denied reconsideration of Gregory Hollister's case regarding President Obama's constitutional eligibility without commenting on his motion for justices Sotomayor and Kagan to recuse themselves.

Greece Slams Rating Agencies After Moody's Cut
Greece launched a tirade against credit ratings agencies Monday after Moody's downgraded its debt grade further below junk status, warning the bailed-out euro country might have to default on its massive borrowings.

Report says too many whites, men leading military
The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat, an independent report for Congress said Monday.

French Government Comes Under Cyber Attack
The French finance ministry has shut down 10,000 computers after a "spectacular" cyber attack from hackers using Internet addresses in China, officials and reports said Monday.

Saudis Mobilize Thousands of Troops to Quell Growing Revolt
Saudi Arabia was yesterday drafting up to 10,000 security personnel into its north-eastern Shia Muslim provinces, clogging the highways into Dammam and other cities with busloads of troops in fear of next week's "day of rage" by what is now called the "Hunayn Revolution".

Indiana's New Republican Sec. of State Charged With Three Counts of Felony Voter Fraud
What do GOP superstar Ann Coulter, the head of the GOP's California voter registration firm Mark Anthony Jacoby, and, as of yesterday, Indiana's newly elected GOP Secretary of State Charlie White all have in common?

People of the Earth: Prepare For Economic Disaster
It is not just the United States that is headed for an economic collapse.

You Call This An Economic Recovery?
When Barack Obama, the Federal Reserve and the mainstream media tell us that we are in the middle of an economic recovery, is that supposed to be some kind of sick joke?

Brent Over $118, Crude Passes $107, EURSD Above $1.40, Futures Up, Silver and Gold At Highs, Dollar In Flight to Safety Freefall
It is one of those days when the flight to new reserve currency is on, with gold and silver trading near overnight highs, same for the oil complex, yet futures are also at the highs of the premarket session, purely on the ongoing monkeyhammering in the dollar, which has now completely given up the ghost as the reserve currency on yet another bout of QE3 concerns, following last night's very cautious note from Jan Hatzius.

Government Posts Biggest Monthly Deficit Ever
The federal government posted its largest monthly deficit in history in February at $223 billion, according to preliminary numbers the Congressional Budget Office released Monday morning.

Spain's Savings Banks Race To Find Funding By Thursday
Spain's ailing regional savings banks are scrambling to raise billions of euros of fresh funds to meet strict new capital requirements by a Thursday deadline.

Portugal Edges Closer To Crisis
Ireland's election winner, Enda Kenny, jetted off to Helsinki this weekend to lobby for a reduction to the hefty interest payments on its €85 billion ($160 billion) bailout, and for a more hands-off approach from Brussels on spending cuts.

Wisconsin Democrats May Return Soon
Playing a game of political chicken, Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to stymie restrictions on public-employee unions said Sunday they planned to come back from exile soon, betting that even though their return will allow the bill to pass, the curbs are so unpopular they'll taint the state's Republican governor and legislators.

US Farmers Fear the Return of the Dust Bowl
For years the Ogallala Aquifer, the world’s largest underground body of fresh water, has irrigated thousands of square miles of American farmland. Now it is running dry

Earthquakes Reported Off Oregon Coast
The U.S. Geological Survey reports three earthquakes hit within hours of one another hundreds of miles off the Oregon Coast.

Gallup Reports Underemployment Surges to 19.9%, February 'Jobs Situation Deteriorates'; As Bad As 2010
On one hand we have the Department of Truth about to tell tomorrow that NFP based on various seasonal and birth death adjustments increased by 250,000. On the other hand, we have Gallup which actually does real time polling without a procyclical propaganda bias.

Some Vegetable Seeds Are Already Cleaned Out
We purchased garden seeds last weekend through today, and noticed that some retailers are already cleaned out, listing availability as "unknown" for certain varieties, certain types.

Mega-Doses of Vitamin D Help Prevent Breast Cancer and Other Diseases, Study Finds
Current government recommendations of 400 or 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day are insufficient to prevent serious diseases like breast cancer, a new study published in the journal Anticancer Research has found.

Black Cohosh Safe For Your Liver, Review Finds
A safety review published in the journal Menopause has confirmed that black cohosh, a natural plant alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), is safe and will not cause liver damage.

Coral Reef Bacteria Found To Protect Bone Health, Fight Cancer
Scientists from the University of Florida (UF) have identified a substance in the bacterium of some varieties of coral reef that helps heal injured and deteriorating bones, as well as prevent bone loss and degradation.

Employers Start Firing Employees Who Test Positive For Certain Prescription Drugs
Companies across the United States have started including some prescription drugs in random employee drug tests, and firing workers who test positive.

Today In History - Monday - March 7, 2011
1774 - The British closed the port of Boston to all commerce.
1848 - In Hawaii, the Great Mahele was signed.
1849 - The Austrian Reichstag was dissolved.
1850 - U.S. Senator Daniel Webster endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a method of preserving the Union.
1854 - Charles Miller received a patent for the sewing machine.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell received a patent (U.S. Patent No. 174,465) for his telephone.
1901 - It was announced that blacks had been found enslaved in parts of South Carolina.
1904 - The Japanese bombed the Russian town of Vladivostok.
1906 - Finland granted women the right to vote.
1908 - Cincinnati's mayor, Mark Breith announced before the city council that, "Women are not physically fit to operate automobiles."
1911 - Willis Farnworth patented the coin-operated locker.
1911 - In the wake of the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. sent 20,000 troops to the border of Mexico.
1918 - Finland signed an alliance treaty with Germany.
1927 - A Texas law that banned Negroes from voting was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1933 - The board game Monopoly was invented.
1936 - Hitler sent German troops into the Rhineland in violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles.
1942 - Japanese troops landed on New Guinea.
1945 - During World War II, U.S. forces crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany.
1965 - State troopers and a sheriff's posse broke up a march by civil rights demonstrators in Selma, AL.
1968 - The Battle of Saigon came to an end.
1971 - A thousand U.S. planes bombed Cambodia and Laos.
1975 - The U.S. Senate revised the filibuster rule. The new rule allowed 60 senators to limit debate instead of the previous two-thirds.
1985 - The first AIDS antibody test, an ELISA-type test, was released.
1999 - In El Salvador, Francisco Flores Pérez of the ruling Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) was elected president.
2002 - A federal judge awarded Anna Nicole Smith more than $88 million in damages. The ruling was the latest in a legal battle over the estate of Smith's late husband, J. Howard Marshall II.
2003 - Scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center announced that they had transferred 6.7 gigabytes of uncompressed data from Sunnvale, CA, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 58 seconds. The data was sent via fiber-optic cables and traveled 6,800 miles.
2009 - NASA's Kepler Mission, a space photometer for searching for extra solar planets in the Milky Way galaxy, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Asthmatics should avoid this common food additive
Sodium Metabisulphite, or E223 as it may be more commonly referred to as, has been linked to a host of allergic reaction in people. Because of its ability to induce asthmatic symptoms and bronchospasms in individuals, this preservative product of industrial quality should not be consumed by those prone to these conditions, or by children.

Cell phone use found to affect the glucose metabolism of the brain
Does using a cell phone have an effect on the brain? According to a 2011 study titled "Effects of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Signal Exposure on Brain Glucose Metabolism," the answer is absolutely.

Video: Judge Napolitano grills Donald Rumsfeld on Freedom Watch

UK: Census 2011: Forms on their way to millions of homes
The 2011 Census is the biggest ever carried out, but it could also be the last!  Critics say it is intrusive, old-fashioned and expensive. A report is being prepared which could recommend scrapping the exercise.

Saudis Mobilize Thousands of Troops to Quell Growing Revolt
Saudi Arabia was yesterday drafting up to 10,000 security personnel into its north-eastern Shia Muslim provinces, clogging the highways into Dammam and other cities with busloads of troops in fear of next week's "day of rage" by what is now called the "Hunayn Revolution".

Libya: British Army Ready for Mission at 24 Hours Notice
Sources confirmed that The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, had been placed on heightened readiness, prepared to deploy to North Africa at 24 hours’ notice.

Gas Prices Headed Toward $4 Gallon
It won’t be long before we’re paying $4 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, at least if prices keep going up at their current pace.

2011 Budget Showdown: Don't Raise the U.S. Debt Ceiling. Sell the White House!
The debt-ceiling debate is shaping up to be Washington's Waterloo moment: It's the debt load - not the debt ceiling - that matters and that must be addressed. Given how easily a massive debt load can crush the finances (and future) of the person, company or government that has to endure it, it's clear to me that the time to attack and slash those trillions in federal debt is now - not later. Indeed, this may well be our last chance to do so.

Fired Workers Burn Indian Executive to Death
Indian police detained two people after an angry mob of fired workers burned to death a senior executive of a steel factory, an official said Friday. After learning they were laid off, about a dozen workers attacked a vehicle carrying Radhey Shyam Roy as he was leaving the factory in eastern Orissa state on Thursday, dousing the Jeep with gasoline and setting it on fire, said police Superintendent Ajay Kumar Sarangi.

TSA,DHS Plan Massive Rollout of Mobile Surveillance Vans With Long-Distance X-Ray Capability. Eye Movement Tracking and More
Newly-released documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) reveal that the US Depart of Homeland Security has been working on plans to roll out a new wave of mobile surveillance technologies at train stations, stadiums and streets.

Mystery of Two Suns in Chinese Sky Leaves Scientists Puzzled
A rare meteorological event occurring over the Chinese skies has left scientists scratching their heads.
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Breaking News: Libyan Planes Launch Airstrike on Rebel Forces
No-Fly Zone? How's that decision coming?

Saudi Arabia Bans Demonstrators As Its Plunge Protection Team Sends Stocks Surging
Proving that Saudi Arabia is a fast learner from both China's and America's experience, today Saudi's interior minister announced he is banning all protests, marches and strikes following the world's realization courtesy of the clip posted on Zero Hedge yesterday, showing that not all is well in the kingdom in which protests are banned.

Clone Food Could Be Sold Without Warning Labels as Eurocrats Change in the Law
Milk and meat from cloned animals’ offspring could soon be on sale without any warning labels, shoppers were warned last night.

More Manipulation of Jobs Numbers? You Had Better Learn the Truth
As we reported before there are a few things people need to understand about unemployment.

Mimicry Presages Market Crashes
What this really means is that a mark up materializes in a given sector around clear leaders.

Charting the Impact of Prior Oil Crises, With a Particular Focus On the 350% Increase In Price Following the Yom Kippur War
Morgan Stanley has compiled a convenient table looking at the impact of all prior oil crises, and how that reflected in peak oil production loss as well as the price of oil on a monthly, 3 month and 6 months basis.

Saudi Government Says Demonstrations, Marches Prohibited by Kingdom's Law
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said that demonstrations, marches and sit-ins are “strictly” prohibited under the kingdom’s laws, the Saudi Press Agency said, citing an unidentified official at the Interior Ministry.

Golf is Back! Obama's 60th Outing As President
Well, the mercury has crept back up above 60 degrees here in Washington, and so it’s time once again for President Obama to head out to the golf course.

A Novice No More, Romney Focuses On Obama, Economy
This time, Mitt Romney has a clear pitch: I'm the strongest Republican to challenge President Barack Obama on the country's single biggest issue — the economy.

World's Sixth Mass Extinction May Be Underway: Study
Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth's history, according to a paper released by the science journal Nature.

MS-13 Gang Yelled ' The Beast Has Eaten!' After Murder of Man He Mistook for a Blood
An MS-13 gang member whooped it up, shouting "The beast has eaten!" after murdering a Queens man he mistook for a rival Blood, a government witness testified Thursday.

One Killed When Tornado Tears Through Louisiana Town
At least one person was killed, and 12 others injured, when a tornado struck the southwestern Louisiana town of Rayne Saturday.

Residents Flee Christchurch In Wake of Earthquake
City officials estimate one-sixth of Christchurch's 390,000 residents - 65,000 people -- have fled, terrified by incessant aftershocks or because their workplace has been affected.

Recall Issued for Skippy Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter Sold in 16 States
The possible discovery of salmonella has prompted a limited recall of Skippy reduced-fat peanut butter spreads sold in 16 states, its parent company announced.

Weather Sends Produce Prices Soaring
Consumers always find some produce temporarily scarce and more expensive in winter. This year, it’s historic.

Corn Prices Heading to Record Highs Amid 'Incredibly Light' Supplies
Corn prices are heading toward record highs with U.S. supplies expected to be “incredibly tight” this year and exports and ethanol production on pace to exceed government forecasts, Rabobank Group analysts said.

Does Topical Fluoride Really Protect Tooth Enamel? Study Suggests NO
A popular mantra in American dentistry claims that topical fluoride treatments help to protect teeth from cavities by forming a protective shield on the enamel of teeth.

Prescription Stomach Acid Drugs Lead to Magnesium Deficiency
Popular prescription proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs like AstraZeneca Plc's Nexium and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd's Prevacid will now contain new labels warning patients that long-term use may cause magnesium deficiency.

Dirt! The Movie Explores the Vital Importance of Soil and Why We Must Do Everything Possible to Preserve and Protect It
Life on earth depends on the health and vitality of a seemingly simple and often overlooked natural element -- dirt. Ignorance, greed, and plain lack of appreciation has led to
the widespread decimation of this precious resource throughout at least the last century.

FDA to Pull 500 Unapproved Drugs From Market After Allowing Them To Be Sold For Decades
For years, prescription cold and cough medicines like Cardec, Rondec, Organidin, Pediahist, and hundreds of other drugs have been available to patients, even though none of them have ever received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dead Baby Dolphins Continue To Wash Ashore on Gulf Beaches
Dozens of dead baby and adult dolphins have washed ashore on Gulf beaches since the beginning of the year, according to new reports.

Obama Declares State Governors Will Enforce Health Care Bill Whether They Like It Or Not
At a recent meeting with US state governors in Washington, DC, President Obama made clear his intent to force the individual states to comply with his unconstitutional health care overhaul.

The Hidden Tyranny: Children Diagnosed and Drugged for Profit
Not everyone has fallen for the grand hoax: 20 million kids worldwide diagnosed with mental disorders, necessitating psychiatric drugs for years or life. Some individuals are speaking out.

Wave of Mental Illness Sweeps America, Huge Boon for Psychiatric Drug Industry
Twenty percent of U.S. adults - 45 million people - suffered from mental illness in 2009, according to a report by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Today In History - Friday - March 4, 2011
1766 - The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act, which had caused bitter and violent opposition in the U.S. colonies.
1778 - The Continental Congress voted to ratify the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance. The two treaties were the first entered into by the U.S. government.
1789 - The first Congress of the United States met in New York and declared that the U.S. Constitution was in effect.
1791 - Vermont was admitted as the 14th U.S. state. It was the first addition to the original 13 American colonies.
1794 - The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress. The Amendment limited the jurisdiction of the federal courts to automatically hear cases brought against a state by the citizens of another state. Later interpretations expanded this to include citizens of the state being sued, as well.
1813 - The Russians fighting against Napoleon reached Berlin. The French garrison evacuated the city without a fight.
1826 - The first railroad in the U.S. was chartered. It was the Granite Railway in Quincy, MA.
1861 - The Confederate States of America adopted the "Stars and Bars" flag.
1877 - Emile Berliner invented the microphone.
1902 - The American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago.
1904 - In Korea, Russian troops retreated toward the Manchurian border as 100,000 Japanese troops advanced.
1908 - The New York board of education banned the act of whipping students in school.
1908 - France notified signatories of Algeciras that it would send troops to Chaouia, Morocco.
1914 - Doctor Fillatre successfully separated Siamese twins.
1917 - Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the House of Representatives.
1925 - Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office in Washington, DC. The presidential inauguration was broadcast on radio for the first time.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt gave his inauguration speech in which he said "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself."
1933 - Labor Secretary Frances Perkins became the first woman to serve in a Presidential administrative cabinet. 
1947 - France and Britain signed an alliance treaty.
1954 - In Boston, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital reported the first successful kidney transplant.
1963 - Six people received a death sentence in Paris for plotting to kill French President Charles de Gaulle.
1974 - "People" magazine was available for the first time.
1991 - Sheik Saad al-Jaber al-Sabah, the prime minister of Kuwait, returned to his country for the first time since Iraq's invasion.
1993 - Authorities announced the arrest of Mohammad Salameh. He was later convicted for his role in the World Trade Center Bombing in New York City.
1994 - Bosnia's Croats and Moslems signed an agreement to form a federation in a loose economic union with Croatia.
1994 - Four extremists were convicted in the World Trade Center bombing in which six people were killed and more than a thousand were injured.
1997 - U.S. President Clinton barred federal spending on human cloning.
1998 - Microsoft repaired software that apparently allowed hackers to shut down computers in government and university offices nationwide.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court said that federal law banned on-the-job sexual harassment even when both parties are the same sex.
1999 - Monica Lewinsky's book about her affair with U.S. President Clinton went on sale in the U.S.
2002 - Canada banned human embryo cloning but permitted government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
2003 - In the southern Philippines, a bomb hidden in a backpack exploded and killed at least 19 people at an airport.
2009 - The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Al-Bashir was the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC since its establishment in 2002.

Just a little something for "Feel Good Friday" -  Baby Aardvark Roxanne Is Born At The Detroit Zoo
Okay, cute is a subjective term, but just about any baby animal should warm your heart. Aardvark Roxanne is the Detroit Zoo’s newest star. The adorable baby – whose name means “bright star” – was born Jan. 8, 2011. She is the second offspring of Rachaael, 6, and Mchimbaji, 7; her sister, Amani, was born in December 2008.

US Preparing for Possible Libya Invasion
More US Troops Sent to Region as European Nations Reject Participation.

Family gets most of its food in the backyard in Prosper, Texas
Inspired to turn away from processed foods after their two younger children had stomach troubles, the Weyenbergs started with small changes. Those led to a move about three years ago from a big house with a tiny yard to a smaller home on an acre lot farther out in the countryside, in Prosper, about 45 miles north of Dallas.

China's Frightening Military Modernization
China's military is the largest in the world with 2.3 million active personnel, and an additional 1.2 million in reserve. By comparison, the U.S. Armed Forces have just under 3 million in total active and reserve personnel.

YouTube: ALERT! New Madrid EarthQuake Imminent!!!!
PROOF that HAARP is being used!

A Conspiracy With a Silver Lining
Nonetheless, how to explain the price of silver? In the past six months, the value of the precious metal has increased nearly 80 percent, to more than $34 an ounce from around $19 an ounce. In the last month alone, its price has increased nearly 23 percent.

Announced US Job Cuts Rose 20% From Year Ago, Challenger Says
Employers in the U.S. announced more job cuts in February than in the same month last year, led by a surge at government agencies.

Dollar's Reign as World's Main Reserve Currency Is Near An End
The single most astonishing fact about foreign exchange is not the high volume of transactions, as incredible as that growth has been. Nor is it the volatility of currency rates, as wild as the markets are these days.

$1.2 Trillion for National Security?
What if you went to a restaurant and found it rather pricey? Still, you ordered your meal and, when done, picked up the check only to discover that it was almost twice the menu price.

Shadow Stats' John Williams Explains Why It's All Been Downhill Since 1973
"If you look at the government’s latest statistics - the poverty survey of 2009, which is the most recent release, with average and median household income adjusted for inflation (and they use a really gimmick low inflation rate with that one)

Legislators, Unions Acting Badly Wednesday in Madison, WI
Today was not a good day for some legislators at the Capital in Madison.

Global Food Prices Hit a Record High For the Third Straight Month
Global food prices broke another record in February: higher than January, December and the so-called food crisis of 2008.

Spy Bloggers Not 'Friending' US Targets, Centcom Says
The U.S. Central Command says its new “Persona” social media "infiltration" software is designed to cozy up to extremist bloggers overseas, not law-abiding Americans chatting on Facebook or similar sites.

97% of All US Mortgages Are Backed By the Government
I heard a recent talk by Richard Wolff - Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (PhD in Economics from Yale), where Wolff said that 97% of all U.S. mortgages are either written or guaranteed by the government.

China 'Attacks the Dollar' - Moves To Further Cement Renminbi Reserve Currency Status
In a surprising turn of events, today's biggest piece of news received a mere two paragraph blurb on Reuters, and was thoroughly ignored by the broader media. An announcement appeared shortly after midnight on the website of the People's Bank of China.

Dangerous New Organism Found and Linked to GMO's!
The following information is vitally important to understanding just how dangerous genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are, not only to the environment, but to the health of everyone on the planet.

Indiana Judge Forces Newspapers to Rat Out Anonymous Posters
Be careful of what you post online, those comments could come back and bite you in the backside, even if you post anonymously.

Documents Reveal TSA Research Proposal To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers
Giving Transportation Security Administration agents a peek under your clothes may soon be a practice that goes well beyond airport checkpoints. Newly uncovered documents show that as early as 2006, the Department of Homeland Security has been planning pilot programs to deploy mobile scanning units that can be set up at public events and in train stations, along with mobile x-ray vans capable of scanning pedestrians on city streets.

China Aims to Settle Nationwide Trade In Yuan by 2011
China hopes to allow all exporters and importers to settle their cross-border trades in the yuan by this year, the central bank said on Wednesday, as part of plans to grow the currency's international role.

Jobless Claims: Jobless Claims At 2 1/2 Year Low; Productivity Rises
New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to touch their lowest level in more than 2-1/2 years, while nonfarm prouctivity rose as expected in the fourth quarter.

US Stocks Climb Over 1%. Led by Techs; Oil Slips
Stocks rallied more than 1 percent across the board Thursday, fueled by a handful of upbeat economic news and as oil prices declined amid talks of a peace plan in Libya.

Saudi Arabia Contagion Triggers Gulf Rout
Fears of sectarian uprisings in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have set off the first serious wave of investor flight from the Gulf, compounding market turmoil as civil war in Libya pushes Brent crude over $116 a barrel.

1st Call For Impeachment By Member of Congress
A Republican congressman has told a left-leaning blog that if there is collective support, he would favor the impeachment of Barack Obama over his decision to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Gallup Finds US Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February
Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, hit 10.3% in February -- up from 9.8% at the end of January. The U.S. unemployment rate is now essentially the same as the 10.4% at the end of February 2010.

UN: Food Prices Hit Record High in February
A U.N. food agency says that global food prices reached new highs in February and warns that oil price spikes could provoke further increases.

Drought a Major Concern For US Crops This Spring
In the Spring 2011 Forecast, Paul Pastelok, leader of the Long-Range Forecasting Team, is concerned about a severe drought in the southern Plains and interior Southwest worsening and spreading.

Veggie Shortage Hits Fast Food Chain
Some fast food chains in North America are limiting the servings of some vegetables on their sandwiches after a frost hit crops in California and Mexico.

FDA Cracks Down on Untested Cold Medicine
The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will remove roughly 500 unapproved cold and allergy medications from the market as part of an ongoing crackdown on ineffective prescription drugs

Diabetes Takes Six Years Off Your Life By Increasing Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer
A 50-year-old with Type 2 diabetes will lose an average of six years of life as a result of the disease, only one less than would be lost by a long-term smoker of the same age, researchers reported Wednesday.

America's Third War: Texas Farmers Under Attack at the Border
In Texas, nearly 8,200 farms and ranches back up to the Mexican border.

Hungry Dog Eats Toes of Diabetic Man, Performs Role of Surgeon in Home Amputation
What do you get when you combine a few too many beers, two large margaritas, a hungry dog and a diabetic man with infected toes?

8000 IUs of Vitamin D Necessary to Raise Blood Levels of 'Miracle' Anti-Cancer Nutrient, Declares Ground Breaking New Research
The reign of censorship and suppression against vitamin D is now coming to an end.

Deep Penetrating X-Ray Body Scanners To Be Installed At Airports
If you think the current backscatter and millimeter-wave naked body scanners found at airports are bad, wait until you see what authorities have in store for phase two of their privacy molestation agenda.

Massive Animal Cloning Research Project Ended Due to 90 Percent Death Rate and 'Unnecessary Suffering'
New Zealand-based research organization AgResearch has abandoned its 13-year animal cloning research program after it proved to be an abysmal failure.

More Proof of Hygiene Theory - Exposure to Microbes Help Kids Breathe Better
More and more children in Europe are being diagnosed with asthma. But not all youngsters are equally at risk.

Today In History - Thursday - March 3, 2011
1791 - The U.S. Congress passed a resolution that created the U.S. Mint.
1803 - The first impeachment trial of a U.S. Judge, John Pickering, began.
1812 - The U.S. Congress passed the first foreign aid bill.
1817 - The first commercial steamboat route from Louisville to New Orleans was opened.
1845 - Florida became the 27th U.S. state.
1845 - The U.S. Congress passed legislation overriding a U.S. President’s veto. It was the first time the Congress had achieved this.
1849 - The U.S. Department of the Interior was established.
1849 - The Gold Coinage Act was passed by the U.S. Congress. It allowed the minting of gold coins.
1851 - The U.S. Congress authorized the 3-cent piece. It was the smallest U.S. silver coin.
1857 - Britain and France declared war on China.
1863 - Free city delivery of mail was authorized by the U.S. Postal Service.
1875 - The U.S. Congress authorized the 20-cent piece. It was only used for 3 years.
1885 - The American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) was incorporated in New York as a subsidiary of the American Bell Telephone Company.
1903 - The U.S. imposed a $2 head tax on immigrants.
1923 - The first issue of Time magazine was published.
1931 - The "Star Spangled Banner," written by Francis Scott Key, was adopted as the American national anthem.
1959 - The San Francisco Giants had their new stadium officially named Candlestick Park.
1969 - Apollo 9 was launched by NASA to test a lunar module.
1969 - Sirhan Sirhan testified in a Los Angeles court that he killed Robert Kennedy.
1973 - Japan disclosed its first defense plan since World War II.
1980 - The submarine Nautilus was decommissioned. The vessels final voyage had ended on May 26, 1979.
1985 - The TV show "Moonlighting" premiered.
1987 - The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a package of $30 million in non-lethal aid for the Nicaraguan Contras. 
1991 - Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers. The scene was captured on amateur video.
1994 - The Mexican government reached a peace agreement with the Chiapas rebels.
1999 - In Egypt, 19 people were killed when a bus plunged into a Nile canal.
1999 - Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones began their attempt to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon non-stop. They succeeded on March 20, 1999.

'Patriot' Paranoia: A Look at the Top Ten Conspiracy Theories
This list is a compilation of 10 of the most popular conspiracy theories currently circulating on the radical right and, increasingly, on points of the political spectrum much too close to the center for comfort.

8000 IUs of vitamin D daily necessary to raise blood levels of "miracle" anti-cancer nutrient, declares groundbreaking new research
A typical adults needs 4,000 - 8,000 IUs of vitamin D each day to prevent cancer, MS and type-1 diabetes, not the ridiculously low 400 - 800 IUs recommended by the U.S. government.
** Scientists Say Higher Vitamin D Intake Will Slash Cancer, MS, and Diabetes Risk by Half
In findings just published in the journal Anticancer Research, scientists at the University of California (UC) San Diego School of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha have reported that most people need a much higher intake of vitamin D.

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. service member shot dead in Germany - A gunman shot at U.S. Air Force personnel on a bus outside Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being   taken into custody, authorities said.
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FDA Pulls 500 Cold Drugs It Has Not Approved
The Food and Drug Administration continued a push against unapproved drugs today, ordering 500 prescription cold products off the market because their safety record is unclear. Most are timed-release products and many contain unnecessary combinations of drugs to relieve congestion, sneezing and coughing, FDA said. “Given that so many cough, cold, and allergy drug products exist that are FDA-approved prescription products or are appropriately marketed OTC [over the counter], taking an unapproved prescription product is an unnecessary risk,” the agency said in a statement. “This action is necessary to protect consumers from the potential risk of unapproved drugs,” Deborah Autor, director of FDA’s Office of Compliance, told reporters in a telephone briefing.

The Campylobacter Infection and Your Supermarket Chicken
Microbiological tests carried out by an independent laboratory found Campylobacter contamination on the packaging of fresh chicken purchased at many of Britain's leading supermarkets. Experts say the problem is bad enough that shoppers handling packaged chicken should take the same precautions as if touching the raw meat itself. Symptoms of campylobacter infection usually include diarrhea and stomach cramps. There can be more serious complications, especially among the young, elderly and ill.

Coming Dollar Crisis = Lower Stock Prices + Much Higher Gold Prices
Gold needed less than a month to recover most of the $120 drop out of its December high… and the dollar hasn’t even broken its trend line yet… Gold rallies tend to accelerate during each of the daily cycles contained within a larger-degree rally. Furthermore, gold and silver markets are quite thin compared to, say, the Treasury market, which usually receives the bulk of safety-seeking capital.

Gold Hits Record $1,432.57 An Ounce
Gold struck a new record at $1,432.57 an ounce Tuesday as worries spread that the surging price of oil could fuel inflation and dampen economic growth.

The Dollar Collapse Will Shock the World
Today King World News interviewed James Turk out of Spain and Turk issued the following warning regarding the US dollar, “I am looking at the weekly chart for the last 2 1/2 years and my conclusion is that the dollar is forming a massive top. If we stop to consider that gold was rising while the dollar was basically going sideways during this period of time, imagine how rapidly gold will rise when the dollar starts falling.”

House Passes Two-Week Extension, Averting Gov't Shutdown For Now
In a 335 to 91 vote, the House on Tuesday approved a package of legislation that would reduce spending by $8 billion and still provide funding for Congress through March 18.

Pope: Jews Are Not Responsible For Death of Jesus
In the second book in his series Jesus of Nazareth, set for release on March 10, Pope Benedict XVI says that the Jews are not collectively responsible for the death of Jesus Christ, reports the Associated Press.

Morgan Opens Gold Window
Earlier this month, J.P. Morgan made an important announcement that received scant coverage in the media: the bank would now accept gold as collateral for loans.

Bill Gross Aids the $64,000 Question: 'Who Will Buy Treasuries When the Fed Doesn't ?'
After serving as the inspiration for the Chairsatan's latest appellation with his February missive, Bill Gross now goes for the jugular with the $64,000 question: with "nearly 70% of the annualized issuance since the beginning of QE II has been purchased by the Fed, with the balance absorbed by those old standbys – the Chinese, Japanese and other reserve surplus sovereigns.

Rebels Corner Fleeing Gadhafi Forces After Battle
Rebel forces routed troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in a fierce battle over an oil port Wednesday, scrambling over the dunes of a Mediterranean beach through shelling and an air strike to corner their attackers.

Oil Settles at 2 1/2 Year High on Libya Violence
Oil rose to settle at its highest level since August 2008 on Wednesday after an airstrike near Libya's oil infrastructure raised more fears the OPEC nation's oil sector could become a target in embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi's efforts to hold power.

US Assault Ships Clear Suez, Enter Mediterranean
Two U.S. amphibious assault ships have reached the Mediterranean Sea, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, as Washington intensifies pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to end his four-decade rule.

Capitol Chaos: Resolution Passed to Find 'Wisconsin 14'
The 14 Wisconsin state Senate Democrats who left the state two weeks ago will now face fines of $100 for each day they miss, if they miss two or more days.

Announced US Job Cuts Rose 20% From Year Ago, Challenger Says
Employers in the U.S. announced more job cuts in February than in the same month last year, led by a surge at government agencies.

Post Office Faces Cash Shortage By End of Year
The Republican-controlled House opened the envelope of postal finances on Wednesday and what it pulled out wasn't pretty.

Earthquake Seismic Waves Can Trigger Other Seismic Events Across the Planet
By studying seismographs from the earthquake that hit Chile last February, earth scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found a statistically significant increase of microearthquakes in central California in the first few hours after the main shock.

Ohio bill Would Ban Worker Strikes, Punish Walkout
Another showdown on an Ohio bill to restrict the bargaining rights of public workers could come as early as Wednesday with a vote by a Republican-majority legislative committee whose chairman says he has the support to send the measure to the Senate.

This Middle East Meltdown Will Send Oil to $300 a Barrel
The events in Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Oman and other countries are also forcing us to ask that long-dreaded question: What happens if the countries throughout the Middle East region fall to radical governments?

Extreme Super (Full) Moon to Cause Chaos
Coming up later this month (March 19 to be exact) the moon will make its closest approach to Earth (called lunar perigee) in 18 years.

Dr. Jonas Salk, Inventor of Polio Vaccine, Exposed as Criminal-Minded Scientist Who Conducted Illicit Medical Experiments on Mental Patients
Dr. Jonas Salk, one of the "gods" in the cult of pharmacology -- a man who is credited with inventing the polio vaccine -- has now been exposed as a medical criminal who conducted illegal medical experiments on mental patients.

Treat Ulcers With Probiotics, Not Antibiotics
Ulcers caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacterial strain may be more effectively treated by beneficial probiotics rather than by conventional antibiotics, according to a new study published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

GAC Super Fruit Improves Vision, Immune Function
The bright-red Gac superfruit from Vietnam, also known as Momordica cochinchinensis, may not yet be all that popular throughout North America, but in Southeast Asia and China it is widely cultivated and consumed for its unique taste and myriad health benefits.

Droves of Bald Eagles Dropping From Skies in Canada
Bald eagles in the Comox Valley of British Columbia, Can., are having a difficult time finding food these days.

Today In History - Wednesday - March 2, 2011
1807 - The U.S. Congress passed an act to "prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States... from any foreign kingdom, place, or country."
1836 - Texas declared its independence from Mexico and an ad interim government was formed.
1861 - The U.S. Congress created the Territory of Nevada.
1866 - Excelsior Needle Company began making sewing machine needles.
1877 - In the U.S., Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election by the U.S. Congress. Samuel J. Tilden, however, had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.
1897 - U.S. President Cleveland vetoed legislation that would have required a literacy test for immigrants entering the country.
1899 - Mount Rainier National Park in Washington was established by the U.S. Congress.
1899 - U.S. President McKinley signed a measure that created the rank of Admiral for the U.S. Navy. The first admiral was George Dewey.
1900 - The U.S. Congress voted to give $2 million in aid to Puerto Rico.
1901 - The U.S. Congress passed the Platt amendment, which limited Cuban autonomy as a condition for withdrawal of U.S. troops.
1903 - The Martha Washington Hotel opened for business in New York City. The hotel had 416 rooms and was the first hotel exclusively for women.
1908 - In New York, the Committee of the Russian Republican Administration was founded.
1908 - In Paris, Gabriel Lippmann introduced three-dimensional color photography at the Academy of Sciences.
1917 - The Russian Revolution began with Czar Nicholas II abdicating.
1917 - Citizens of Puerto Rico were granted U.S. citizenship with the enactment of the Jones Act.
1925 - State and federal highway officials developed a nationwide route-numbering system and adopted the familiar U.S. shield-shaped, numbered marker.
1929 - The U.S. Court of Customs & Patent Appeals was created by the U.S. Congress.
1939 - The Massachusetts legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. These first ten amendments had gone into effect 147 years before.
1946 - Ho Chi Minh was elected President of Vietnam.
1969 - In Toulouse, France, the supersonic transport Concorde made its first test flight.
1974 - Postage stamps jumped from 8 to 10 cents for first-class mail.
1983 - The U.S.S.R. performed an underground nuclear test.
1985 - The U.S. government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus that allowed possibly contaminated blood to be kept out of the blood supply.
2003 - Over the Sea of Japan, there was a confrontation between four armed North Korean fighter jets and a U.S. RC-135S Cobra Ball. No shots were fired in the encounted in international airspace about 150 miles off North Korea's coast. The U.S. Air Force announced that it would resume reconnaissance flights on March 12.
2004 - NASA announced that the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence that water had existed on Mars in the past.

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. service member shot dead in Germany
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YouTube: Rep. Ted Poe: There's 192 Countries That Exist In The World & We Give Foreign Aid To Over 150 Of Them!"

Yikes! Guess who was named dangerous 'patriot' group
Southern Poverty Law Center publishes 'antigovernment, conspiracy-minded' list. Yes indeed....A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center on "hate groups" warns of the explosive growth in 2010 of extremist, "patriot" organizations, among them the Constitution Party, Oath Keepers and WorldNetDaily.

This Middle East Meltdown Will Send Oil to $300 a Barrel - and Pump Prices to $9.57 a Gallon
Under such a scenario, we'd be looking at U.S. gas prices of about $9.57 a gallon - up from the current $3.19. The cost to the typical motorist - who uses about 500 gallons of gas - would be an additional $2,700 (assuming that his usage declined by 11.4%). That's not enough to afford the payments on a $41,000 Chevy Volt, suggesting that government-backed schemes to shunt the citizenry out of their gas-guzzlers still remain uneconomic - even with crude oil at $300 a barrel.

Feds awards $215 million pacts for flu vaccines
Novavax will develop new technology to make vaccines using insect cells. VaxInnate will develop technology that combines influenza and bacteria proteins to stimulate strong immune response against the flu.

Gold Buying in China Jumps as Inflation Flares, Boosting Demand
Gold purchases in China, the world’s largest producer, climbed to 200 metric tons in the first two months of 2011 as faster inflation boosted consumer demand, according to UBS AG, which said the price may gain to $1,500.

H1N1 and bird flu virus produce dangerous hybrids
The H1N1 swine flu virus is compatible with a bird flu virus that is endemic in poultry in Asia and they can produce hybrid viruses packed with greater killing power, Chinese researchers warned on Monday. The scientists made 127 hybrid viruses by mixing genes of the H1N1 and the avian H9N2 virus in a laboratory, and eight of the hybrids turned out to be more virulent than either parents when tested in mice.

BP fund lawyer to refuse 100,000 Gulf spill disaster claims
Upwards of 100,000 claims arising from the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico may never be paid, the beleaguered administrator of the oil company's compensation fund has acknowledged. "Here is the problem that I continually have to address … roughly 80% of the claims that we now have in the queue lack proof," Feinberg told foreign reporters in Washington. "That is a huge number."

Libyan Rebels Fight Off Qaddafi
Libyan rebels fought off an onslaught by dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi during six hours of fierce battle overnight, reports the Wall Street Journal.

US Tightens Military Grip On Gaddafi
The west was edging towards a possible military confrontation with Muammar Gaddafi's regime, as the US deployed naval and air force units around Libya, and David Cameron ordered contingency plans for Britain to help enforce a no-fly zone.

QE3? Several Top Federal Reserve Officials Seem To Think That More Quantitative Easing Is Necessary
The end of QE2 is still several months away and yet quite a few top Federal Reserve officials are already hinting that more quantitative easing may be necessary.

They're Playing Games, Literally, In The Justice Department
An open letter to Rep. Frank Wolf, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science:

US Department of Truth Goes Full Retard After ISM Employment Index Prints At Highest Since 1973
The total farce that is US diffusion index data continues, with the manufacturing ISM printing at 61.4 on expectations of 61.0, and compared to 60.8 previously.

JPMorgan Fighting 10,000 Lawsuits
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- JPMorgan Chase (JPM_) is a defendant in more than 10,000 legal proceedings and may be $4.5 billion short of reserves needed to cover those costs in a worst-case scenario, the firm said in a regulatory filing on Monday.

Bernanke: Surge In Oil Prices Not Hurting US Economy
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a fairly upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy Tuesday, saying the recent surge in oil prices is unlikely to have a major effect on growth or inflation as long as higher prices do not become sustained.

Bad Day? Need a Laugh?
This Baby Will Put a Smile On Your Face!

THIS Is What the Unions Are All ABOUT!  SHAME on THEM!
Long time readers of DRScoundrels will remember some posts by our very good friend Kayte of sECULAR sTUPIDEST.

Could Venezuela Really Go Bankrupt?
Ever since Greece plunged into a sovereign debt crisis in 2009, investors have focused on which European country might be next.

Gold Ends At Record On Inflation Fears Metals Stocks
Gold futures closed at a record high and silver futures advanced to a fresh three-decade high on Tuesday as simmering tensions in the Middle East and North Africa, along with fears of inflation, drew investors to the metals.

Oil Prices Jump on Middle East, Bernanke Comments
Oil prices climbed Tuesday as Iran clamped down on anti-government protesters and unrest in the Middle East threatened to keep energy prices high for months to come.

Saudi Arabia Sends Tanks to Riot-Hit Bahrain
Saudi Arabia has sent dozens of tanks to Bahrain, where anti-government protests continue for about two weeks, Egypt's Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper said on Tuesday.

UN Set to Adopt Report Praising Libya's Record
The UN Human Rights Council is set to adopt a major report hailing Libya's human rights record -- despite moving to suspend the Arab country's council membership amid an international outcry over attacks on civilians.

4.7 Earthquake, Arkansas, Swarm, Enola Swarm, Natural Gas Industry, Injection Wells
The largest earthquake to hit Arkansas in 35 years also shook parts of Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Mississippi on Sunday night. This comes in a swarm of about 800 earthquakes to strike north central Arkansas since September.

Flooding, Power Cuts in Parts of Midwest
Storms with heavy rain, high winds and hail flooded homes and roads Monday and knocked out power in parts of the Midwest, where at least six people were injured and two tornadoes touched down in Indiana. Three homes in Kentucky were destroyed by a tornado.

Food Prices to Skyrocket, Riots Could Follow, Suggests USDA
When the upswing in commodity prices eventually makes its way throughout the food system in mid-to-late 2011, food prices are sure to spike with levels potentially reaching those of 2008, announced U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economist Ephraim Leibtag at the agency's annual Outlook Forum.

Body Bags Reveal Fate of Soldiers Who Refused to Fire On Their Own People
The bodies were in dark green shrouds lying on the concrete floor of the morgue, 10 prisoners shot and then set on fire as the security forces of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi unleashed a last round of vengeful violence before being forced to flee.

US, UK, French Forces Land in Libya
Islamabad—The United States, Britain and France have sent several hundred “defence advisors” to train and support the anti-Gadhafi forces in oil-rich Eastern Libya where “rebels armed groups” have apparently taken over.

China's Holdings of US Debt Larger Than Reported
China's holdings of US bonds reached $1.16 trillion at the end of December, almost $270 billion more than previously estimated, new data showed Monday.

Cocoa Surges to 32-Year High on Ivory Coast Political Unrest
Cocoa futures jumped to a 32-year high on mounting political unrest in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer.

Obama: Criticizing Public Employees Violates Their Rights
At a recent gathering of US governors in Washington, DC, President Obama castigated those who he says are violating the "rights" of public employees by criticizing them.

Arkansas Legislature Ignores Science, Mandates Toxic Fluoridation For Entire State
In the wake of the recent recommendation made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to lower water fluoridation levels from the 1.2 parts per million (ppm) upper threshold to 0.7 ppm, the legislature of the state of Arkansas has decided to mandate that all cities and communities in the state with populations of 5,000 or more fluoridate their water supplies.

Today In History - Tuesday - March 1, 2011
1692 - In Salem Village, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Salem witch trials began. Four women were the first to be charged.
1781 - In America, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation.
1790 - The U.S. Congress authorized the first U.S. census.
1803 - Ohio became the 17th U.S. state.
1845 - U.S. President Tyler signed the congressional resolution to annex the Republic of Texas.
1867 - Nebraska became the 37th U.S. state.
1869 - Postage stamps with scenes were issued for the first time.
1872 - The U.S. Congress authorized the creation of Yellowstone National Park. It was the world's first national park.
1932 - The 22-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped. The child was found dead in May.
1937 - U.S. Steel raised workers’ wages to $5 a day.
1937 - In Connecticut, the first permanent automobile license plates were issued.
1941 - FM Radio began in Nashville, TN, when station W47NV began operations.
1954 - The United States announced that it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test on the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
1954 - Five U.S. congressmen were wounded when four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives.
1961 - The Peace Corps was established by U.S. President Kennedy.
1962 - Pakistan announced that it had a new constitution that set up a presidential system of government.
1966 - The Soviet probe, Venera 3 crashed on the planet Venus. It was the first unmanned spacecraft to land on the surface of another planet.
1966 - Ghana ordered all Soviet, East German and Chinese technicians to leave the country.
1974 - Seven people were indicted in connection with the Watergate break-in. The charge was conspiring to obstruct justice.
1989 - In Washington, DC, Mayor Barry and the City council imposed a curfew on minors.
1992 - King Fahd of Saudi Arabia announced major political reforms that ceded some powers after 10 years of disciplined rule.
2002 - Operation Anaconda began in eastern Afghanistan. Allied forces were fighting against Taliban and Al Quaida fighters.
2003 - In the U.S., approximately 180,000 personnel from 22 different organizations around the government became part of the Department of Homeland Security. This completed the largest government reorganization since the beginning of the Cold War.
2003 - Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was captured by CIA and Pakistani agents near Islamabad. He was the suspected mastermind behind the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

New Madrid Seismic Zone graphics, illustrations, diagrams
Natural gas pipelines & NMSZ

The Market Is Telling Us That the Dollar Is Finished
Sure, the food and freedom riots that are spreading across the globe are a major indicator that civil unrest follows very closely behind resource shortages and economic turmoil…but there’s something else that I’ve noticed recently– it’s a sea change in the financial system.

Past medical testing on humans revealed
Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital. Much of this horrific history is 40 to 80 years old, but it is the backdrop for a meeting in Washington this week by a presidential bioethics commission. The meeting was triggered by the government’s apology last fall for federal doctors infecting prisoners and mental patients in Guatemala with syphilis 65 years ago. U.S. officials also acknowledged there had been dozens of similar experiments in the United States _ studies that often involved making healthy people sick.

Is the Real Crisis About to Begin?
The BIG story from last week is that stocks broke support in a BIG way, falling below the trendline that has supported them since this rally started in late August ‘10. Indeed, it looks as though we not only broke below this line but have since rallied to retest it: a classic pattern during corrections.

A Quick Summary of the Latest Events In Libya
The U.S. is moving military assets in the Middle East in an effort to provide "flexibility [and] options," according to Reuters (via Al Jazeera).

Flood destroys many supplies at Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
Flood waters have destroyed many food supplies at Second Harvest Food Bank. Food banks will not get their deliveries this week. Nearly two feet of water seeped into the organization's warehouse located on Delaware Avenue in North Knoxville. The warehouse houses 5 offices, a freezer and all of the food the non-profit organization gives away.

Do Plunging Tax Refunds and Declining Tax Withholdings Predict a Consumption Collapse and a Subpar Nonfarm Payroll Number?
Almost a year ago, Zero Hedge looked at the trend in US tax refunds, and we found that last year the government was doing everything in its power to accelerate the remittance of refunds to taxpayers.

Obama Says Kadhafi Must 'Leave Now'
President Barack Obama said Saturday that Libya's leader Moamer Kadhafi needs to "leave now," having lost the legitimacy to rule, a White House statement said.

Could Venezuela Really Go Bankrupt?
Ever since Greece plunged into a sovereign debt crisis in 2009, investors have focused on which European country might be next.

Wisconsin's Walker to Absent Democrats: 24 Hours to Return
Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker said on Monday that absent senate Democrats have 24 hours to return and vote on a measure to reduce the power of public sector unions or the state will miss out on opportunity to refinance its debt.

Oil Rises $1 as Oman Protests Fan Supply Concern
Brent crude rose over 1 percent to near $114 a barrel on Monday as protests in Oman fuels concern about security of supply from the Middle East and North Africa even as top exporter Saudi Arabia pumps more.

External Security Cameras Coming to 'Real Time Crime Center'
Attempting a police omniscience seen in only about 20 U.S. cities, the Ogden Police Department is gearing up for a "real time crime center" to be operational soon after its Crime Blimp launches.

Heirloom Plants: Gardeners Growing Produce That Has a Heritage - and Tastes Good Too
No one knows when people first started gardening. In the book of Genesis in the Bible, we read that the Creator "planted a garden eastward in Eden." If he used seeds to do this, they certainly met the definition of heirlooms.

Iceland Hit by 400 Earthquakes in 24 Hour, Krisuvik Volcano Show Activity
After four days of continues earthquake activity it appears that Krísuvík volcano has stepped up it’s activity by a order of magnitude.

ARKANSAS; Largest Earthquake Since 1969 Rattles State
According the the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a preliminary magnitude 4.7 hit 4 miles northeast of Greenbrier just after 11:00 p.m.

In Less Than 90 Days, You Will Be 'REQUIRED' by Federal Law to Carry a 'National ID' Card
Even though no one on Capitol Hill is talking about it, unless it is stopped, the provisions of The Real ID Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-13, 119 Stat 392), through the Department of Homeland Security, will require the federalization of State-issued driver's licenses by May 11, 2011.

Ordinary Compasses Thrown Off By Changes in Earth's Magnetic Field
The Earth's magnetic field is changing at an increasing rate, throwing off airports and altering the aurora borealis -- and its effect on ordinary compasses could mean the difference between homeward bound and hopelessly lost.



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